Security Systems – NMSA Axis body worn cameras

PNG maritime authority implements Axis body worn cameras


The PNG National Maritime Safety Authority is responsible for the regulation of maritime safety standards and coordination of search and rescue operations.

In addition, the NMSA monitors and coordinates vessels entering PNG waters to prevent injuries and environmental damage. The NMSA is required to comply with the safety standards and constitution of the national and international maritime laws.

NMSA’s responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring a cleaner marine environment – prevention and control.
  • Monitoring ship-sourced maritime pollution in PNG waters.
  • Complying with safety standards – ensuring maritime safety through effective regulation and implementation of maritime safety standards and coordinating search and rescue operations.

Their vision is to be a proactive maritime regulator and administrator committed to safety and a cleaner marine environment in the Pacific.

The Challenge

The National Maritime Safety Authority’s key function is to regulate maritime safety standards, coordinate search and rescue operations and to monitor and control marine pollution in PNG waters.

An integral part of NMSA’s role is to conduct thorough inspections on vessels entering PNG’s coastal territories. It is equally important for inspection officers to comply with safety regulations and follow protocols correctly.

One of its major challenges is the provision of adequate and efficient evidence, for the primary purpose of filing routine reports or presenting it to the court of law in the case of a violation.

In addition, seeking the right equipment, support and training was another challenge – a barrier – that NMSA continued to encounter. This includes technology that is secure and convenient (in terms of functionality), and technology that can be utilised in remote settings.

The Requirements

NMSA was seeking a supplier that could provide them with the solutions that will assist with their intensive daily challenges.

NMSA provided requirements that had to be met to successfully deliver the service requested:

  • Equipment supplied must suit the nature of NMSA’s operations, whilst complying with its constitution.
  • Supplier of recommended equipment must be able to install and support the equipment, and conduct training for it.
  • Equipment must produce efficient and quality outcomes including visuals and clear audios.
  • Equipment must be reliable and durable and function with limited or no interruptions.
  • Equipment functionality must include a high level of data security and reliable methods of retrieving footage.

An important stipulation is to demonstrate the technology is free from tampering attempts and can be legally used as evidence in the court of law if required.

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The Solution

After testing the suitability of several products, the solution for this project was the body worn system (BWS) by AXIS and Genetec VMS for wearing a camera on the head but with a view to possible future expansion.

Both companies, AXIS and Genetec, welcomed the opportunity to assist TE (PNG) in developing the solution and provided engineering level assistance in training and the final design and implementation stages of the National Body Worn Camera System.

The system was implemented in seven locations around PNG and images from inspections carried out were transmitted to the NMSA Head Office for investigative analysis.

The Results

The National Body Worn Camera System model was built in the NMSA office and tested successfully, with the parameters produced by the NMSA network proving sufficient for image transmission with minimum disruption to the NMSA network.

The server was then transferred to the proper environment and all field units shipped to respective locations, tested and proven as a successful operation.

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