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St. Isaac’s Cathedral Gets Video Surveillance System Using Axxon Intellect Software


The St. Isaac’s Cathedral, officially called the Cathedral of St. Isaac of Dalmatia, is the largest cathedral in St. Petersburg. It gave its name to the St. Isaac’s Square on which it stands and currently has the status of a museum. As a site of a tremendous cultural significance which is visited by many people, the cathedral requires a reliable tool to oversee what is going on inside and around it.

The objectives of ARMO Petersburg, the installation company, included setting up a high resolution video archive that would store the archived video for crucial cameras for a long time, and providing the possibility to feed the video stream into the St. Petersburg Safety System, an automated computerized city-wide system. Connection to the city safety system is a must for all video surveillance systems being set up at socially significant facilities.

This requirement was one of the factors for which the Axxon Intellect Enterprise software suite was chosen to provide backup for the most crucial part of the system. Video recorders are used to oversee what goes on inside the cathedral whereas the perimeter cameras’ signal is backed up to an Intellect G8-based video server (with eight 25fps channels). These cameras are crucial for law enforcers and the cathedral’s security guard service which is why watching their picture live is so important. The perimeter supervision should meet the following tasks:

  • oversee the situation in largely populated areas
  • oversee the situation during government visits
  • prevent uncouth or vandalistic actions
  • supervise the ticket office and the entrance
  • oversee the visitors and the cathedral’s look-out point to prevent inappropriate actions.

As of this day, the system has been in operation for three months and has proved to be a highly reliable and efficient supervision tool. Viktor Veselov, the cathedral’s IT support section head, praised the system’s video picture high quality and highlighted that the Axxon Intellect Enterprise suite is user-friendly and easy to set up.

The St. Isaac’s Cathedral video surveillance system helps protect Russia’s cultural heritage and maintain public order at this popular tourist attraction, one of St. Petersburg’s landmark sights.

Please find further information about the St. Isaac’s Cathedral here.

About the partner. The CJSC ARMO is the managing company of the ARMO Holding which includes the ARMO Group, ARMO Line, ARMEX, ARMO Petersburg, ARMO Urals, and ARMO Baltic engineering companies. The CJSC ARMO provides strategic management of its subsidiaries and investment, and supports projects to set up and develop new businesses and regional branches of the holding company.