Associated British Ports

Associated British Ports

This is a partnered Avigilon case study.


To help comply with industry regulations, boost security, and improve operational efficiencies, Associated British Ports (ABP) needed an advanced, flexible high-definition surveillance system that could leverage the existing network infrastructure and easily integrate with the port’s current analog-based system.


ABP relies on the Avigilon Control Center software with High-Definition Stream Management TM (HDSM) to seamlessly manage the high-definition surveillance system 24/7. At the Port of Grimsby, ABP installed two 11 MP Avigilon HD cameras and one 3 MP Avigilon HD camera for complete coverage. Six 5 MP Avigilon HD cameras are used at the Port of Immingham and four Avigilon analog video encoders are used at the Immingham Bulk Park where four Avigilon NVRs record and store 30 days of continuous footage.


The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system has helped ABP improve operational efficiencies at the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham. By leveraging its existing network infrastructure, ABP was able to reduce installation time and costs. ABP has also been able to centralise several processes, including weighbridge and lockgate operations, which can now be managed remotely in conjunction with the surveillance system.

– Improved operational efficiency

– Leverage existing infrastructure

– Flexible & scalable

– Centralised processes

United Kingdom’s Largest Port Operator Deploys Avigilon High-Definition Surveillance System to Increase Security and Improve Operations

With 21 ports and over 1,500 employees, Associated British Ports (ABP) is the United Kingdom’s largest port operator and leading cruise port operator, moving one quarter of the country’s seaborne trade ranging from coal and containers to iron ore and the import/export of vehicles. In compliance with industry regulations such as the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, ABP has implemented the necessary security measures to reduce risk by deploying a comprehensive security system across all its sites. As part of this effort, ABP deploed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system at two locations to boost security and at the same time, improve operational efficiencies to ensure the successful management of international trade through its ports.

Improving Security and Operations

Surveillance is a critical component of ABP’s overall security initiative, but it also plays a key role in helping to build a ‘safety first’ culture that protects the health and safety of employees and enhances overall productivity. “With the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system in place, we can monitor the entire port operations – from loading ships to crane operations – from a centralized location to ensure port security, employee safety, and productivity,” explained Michael Howarth, Humber IT Infrastructure Manager at ABP. “As a result, we can strengthen security, improve operational flow, and reduce costs for better overall operational performance.”

With the assistance of Global Vision CCTV Ltd., a local provider of surveillance system design, installation, and service, ABP installed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance at two of its sites – the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham. “We were not getting the image quality or reliability we needed from our previous system,” said Howarth, who also noted that the previous software was cumbersome to use. When ABP began to roll out its new, more advanced internal network infrastructure, the team determined that network-based IP cameras would more effectively meet their needs. “The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is versatile and flexible enough to support hardware from many vendors – including analog cameras – and can leverage our existing cabling for a more cost-effective and powerful surveillance solution.”

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