They will make sure the team can watch every corner. Whether inside or outside, day or night, they provide security and remain consistent. On the occasion of our centenary, we present our All-Stars team of maritime video surveillance in more detail.
WISKA is considered one of the pioneers in the field of CCTV video surveillance (Closed Circuit Television) in shipping. The background to this development are the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 in New York, which have suddenly changed the awareness of safety and security. The demand for products that guarantee increased security and the announcement of new International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines encourage WISKA to continue developing camera systems. Video surveillance is seen as a useful complement to other alarm systems. Outdoor cameras support navigation and provide enhanced safety and security. In the interior, cameras protect the crew on board and provide an overview.
In 2003, WISKA founds the subsidiary "WISKA CCTV GmbH" and introduces the in-house developed product line "WISKA VIEW". WISKA VIEW offers a digital, computer-aided CCTV system that was specially developed for the extreme requirements of shipping. The cameras are produced and continuously developed by experienced WISKA employees directly at the Kaltenkirchen headquarters. The first analogue and computer-based camera systems are produced, delivered and installed on container ships in the same year.
One year later, the International Maritime Organisation publishes extensive security measures for shipping. These have been in force since July 2004 for ships and port facilities worldwide in order to improve maritime security. The so-called ISPS Code is applied to a wide variety of ship types and port facilities.
The first IP system with network cameras is delivered in 2008. An absolute standard today, it was still a technical rarity at the time. IP systems offer a higher video quality than analogue cameras and enable integration into existing network structures on board. WISKA will also be presenting its first explosion-proof IP camera for Zone 1 at the SMM, the leading international trade fair for the maritime industry, in 2008.
In 2008, WISKA also combines its lighting expertise with the know-how of its video surveillance technology and delivers the first searchlight-camera combination. The camera is mounted on the side of the searchlight head and can be moved with a pan/tilt unit. On the high seas, external conditions can severely reduce visibility and make safe navigation more difficult. In combination with a searchlight, the camera can zoom into the light cone, with xenon lamps the searchlights have a range of more than 8 km.
In 2012, offshore wind farms will be equipped with camera systems for the first time. Currently, more than 10 offshore wind farms are monitored with WISKA camera systems. Larger wind farms have more than 100 cameras.
Another highlight is presented at SMM 2012. WISKA presents a new IP camera with extremely high light sensitivity and a thermal camera. These camera types provide good visibility, even in low-light conditions and night vision during complete darkness.
WISKA will deliver more than 250 network cameras to the ship "Pioneering Spirit" in 2015. This is the world's largest workboat which is responsible for the hub installation and demounting of large offshore oil and gas platforms as well as the installation of oil and gas pipelines. On a ship of this size, cameras that ensure safety and overview are the basis for carrying out the work at all.
During SMM 2018, the latest generation of dome cameras are presented. For the hazardous areas it is the D300. The D300 is IECEx / ATEX certified and can be used for zone 1. The D100 is presented for conventional outdoor use. This camera housing is completely made of plastic and is manufactured in the company's own injection moulding production.
The wide range of products makes it possible to use it in a wide variety of applications. WISKA now equips all types of ships with video surveillance systems. Since 2018, container gantry cranes and cranes have also been included. To date, WISKA has supplied more than 500 ships worldwide.