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South African golf and residential community protects residents and visitors 24x7 with Hikvision
South African golf and residential community protects residents and visitors 24x7 with Hikvision

To keep residents and visitors safe, 24 hours a day, gated communities need comprehensive, reliable security solutions. At Copperleaf Golf Estate in Centurion, South Africa, these needs have been met with an advanced security solution from Hikvision, which incorporates AI-powered optical, thermal, and license plate recognition cameras that provide real-time alerts in the event of a perimeter breach or other security incident. The challenge Securing gated golf and residential community Residential gated communities provide significantly improved security compared to 'open' streets. In particular, gated communities can tightly control the vehicle and people’s access, helping protect residents and visitors to a far greater degree than would otherwise be possible. Security challenges  Perimeters need to be checked to prevent security breaches and to support real-time responses to prevent theft But gated communities also face specific security challenges. As well as requiring physical walls or fences to prevent unauthorised people from entering, site perimeters need to be checked constantly to prevent security breaches, and to support real-time responses to prevent theft, vandalism, and other negative outcomes. These were the challenges facing Copperleaf Golf Estate, a gated residential community just 15 minutes outside Centurion in Mnandi, Gauteng, South Africa. The community offers a range of lots and houses in a peaceful setting, as well as South Africa's second 'Signature' golf course designed by the legendary South African professional golfer Ernie Els. Perimeter protection solution To protect residents and visitors, Copperleaf needed a perimeter protection solution to prevent unauthorised vehicles or people from entering the site. To achieve this goal, they worked with Independent Technology Security Systems (ITS Systems), an integrated security and building management solutions expert. "To keep everyone safe, Copperleaf needs to keep a close eye on their perimeter wall and other areas of the site, including the golf course. They also need to maintain vigilance even in adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain and fog, and after dark." Theo Mienie, Managing Director from ITS Systems says, "After conducting a thorough review of the facilities, we concluded that Hikvision's solutions are a good fit for Copperleaf." The solution A comprehensive solution from Hikvision AcuSense Fixed Bullet Network Cameras constantly protect the site's perimeter wall, the Els golf course, residential streets To provide the exceptionally high levels of security residents and golf members expect, ITS Systems has implemented a comprehensive Hikvision security solution for Copperleaf. This incorporates more than 100 AcuSense Fixed Bullet Network Cameras that constantly protect the site's perimeter wall, the Els golf course, residential streets, and security vetting rooms and offices. Security for the 8km perimeter wall is provided by over 50 Hikvision Thermal & Optical Bi-spectrum Network Bullet Cameras with intrusion detection capabilities up to a distance of 700 metres. If the perimeter is breached by a person or vehicle, an alert is sent to the security team automatically, and in real-time. ANPR Cameras, I-Series NVR and iVMS-4200 Hikvision ANPR Cameras have also been installed at the site's three entrance and exit points, providing an overhead view of vehicles coming into and leaving the estate 24 hours a day. These cameras offer license plate recognition technology to ensure that only authorised vehicles are admitted.  The Copperleaf Security team checks feed and alert from the cameras using Hikvision's advanced control room infrastructure. This includes the Hikvision I-Series NVR and iVMS-4200 software and monitors, which display video footage and alerts, allowing the security team to take immediate action in the event of a suspected security breach. The benefits Efficient operation and all-around protection for peace of mind With the bullet network cameras' remote patrol capabilities, the security staff can visually check all sites Copperleaf Gold Estate has achieved alarm efficiency and labour cost reduction with the help of AI-embedded thermal cameras and AcuSense bullet network cameras, which can greatly reduce false alarms and provide accurate, real-time threat detection that distinguishes people and vehicles from other targets. Copperleaf has also minimised expenses on physical patrols. With the bullet network cameras' remote patrol capabilities, the security staff can visually check all sites using high-definition cameras based on patrol schedules, reducing requirements for physical patrols and other interventions. Efficient and effective "We no longer spend our time carrying out physical security checks and responding to and investigating false alarms," says Phineas Thosago, General Manager from Copperleaf Golf Estate. "Instead, we can focus 100% of our effort on real threats, which makes us far more efficient and more effective as a team and helps us maximize security for our residents and visitors." Deep-learning video analytics The thermal cameras feature deep-learning video analytics in all weather and light conditions The site is protected 24/7/365, even in adverse weather conditions. The thermal cameras feature deep-learning video analytics in all weather and light conditions, ensuring that Copperleaf Golf Estate is protected 24x7, 365 days a year. "Copperleaf needed cameras that could withstand all kinds of adverse weather conditions," says ITS Systems' Theo Mienie, "The Hikvision cameras provide the reliable, always-on capabilities they need. Copperleaf Golf Estate has now achieved an extremely high level of security for residents and visitors." AI features Combined with the AI capabilities of Hikvision cameras – the advanced features ensure that security threats can be detected accurately and addressed immediately. "We are taking advantage of AI features that automate alerts and help us work faster and better," says Phineas Thosago. "It just shows how quickly the security industry is evolving that these kinds of features have become accessible for small and medium-sized businesses." Copperleaf Golf Estate’s Phineas Thosago says, "We can now detect and respond in real-time in the event of a security incident, which means total peace of mind for our residents and visitors to the golf course."

CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd., a Hungarian car dealership boosts efficiency with Hikvision smart security solution
CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd., a Hungarian car dealership boosts efficiency with Hikvision smart security solution

With millions in inventory, car dealerships can’t take any risks with their security, but manual security patrols significantly increase operating costs. To address this challenge, Hungarian car dealership, CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. has implemented an innovative, AI-powered perimeter protection solution from Hikvision. This supports far more efficient remote security monitoring, while also automating car-rental processes for further cost savings – all adding up to 100% ROI in under eight months. Asset protection and automation Car dealerships and car rental companies often hold millions of dollars in assets, including vehicles, tools, and buildings. As a result, these kinds of businesses often need large security teams on site 24x7 to manage and monitor their operations. The challenges of manual security processes and staffing costs are very familiar to CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd The challenges of manual security processes and staffing costs are very familiar to CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd., which is the official dealership and service centre for Ford and Peugeot in the country. The company, which operates four sites in the Győr, Sopron and Tatabánya regions of Hungary, and employs more than 100 people, holds millions of dollars-worth of vehicle stock, and also offers vehicle rental services. Enhanced site security and efficiency To maximise site security and to increase efficiency, CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. needed new systems to improve and automate its security monitoring operations. Additionally, the company wanted to automate checks on rental cars being returned by customers to reduce reliance on manual processes and to reduce staffing requirements and associated costs. Smart video technology from Hikvision To automate and improve site security and rental car checks, CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. worked with local security partner, Derik Hungária Kft (Derik Group) to implement a smart video solution from Hikvision. The video solution incorporates Hikvision AcuSense fixed bullet cameras and an AcuSense Network Video Recorder (NVR), Hikvision DS-7732NXI-I4/4S, which automate monitoring of the site perimeter. These AI-powered products trigger ‘line crossing’ alerts, when unauthorised people enter the CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. site. In such cases, an alarm is sent to remote security staff at the Derik Group operating centre, and guards are dispatched to the site immediately. Hikvision AcuSense cameras are equipped with DarkFighter technology Hikvision AcuSense cameras equipped with DarkFighter technology The Hikvision AcuSense cameras are equipped with DarkFighter technology, which enables crystal-clear video imaging, even in very-low light conditions, or at night. This ensures that security breaches are captured on camera in vivid detail – supporting investigations and providing evidence for later use.  As well as protecting the site perimeter, the Hikvision solution also helps automate and streamline CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd.’s car rental processes – including vehicle collection and drop-off. This is achieved with Hikvision video intercoms, which are used by operators who tell customers how and where to pick up and drop off their rental cars. Hikvision high-resolution Fixed Mini Bullet cameras and other Fixed Bullet cameras positioned at different angles are then used to check that vehicles being returned by customers are undamaged. Efficiency gains and rapid ROI CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. has eliminated the need for on-site security staff, significantly improving operating efficiency Thanks to the Hikvision smart video solution, CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. has eliminated the need for on-site security staff, significantly improving operating efficiency. What's more, the company has increased site security with the ability to detect, verify, and respond to security threats in real time. With far fewer false alarms, security costs have also fallen significantly, and security teams at the operating center can focus more of their effort on responding to real security threats. Finally, Hikvision provided excellent technical and local language support for the Derik Group, throughout the CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. installation, ensuring that all project quality, cost, and time KPIs were met. Cost-effective and high performance remote security Imre Mózes, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd., said “Our intention with this project was to transition from manual, on-site security monitoring to far more efficient, cost-effective, remote security.” Imre Mózes adds, “The Hikvision solution, with its automated "line-crossing" detection, has helped us achieve our efficiency goals. Not only that, but we have also automated our car rental processes with Hikvision, which has enabled us to achieve even greater efficiency gains.” Delivering major cost and time savings, CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd.'s smart video solution is expected to pay for itself in just six to eight months. Based on this outstanding ROI projection, CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. has decided to implement similar remote security solutions from Hikvision across all four of its sites in Győr, Sopron, and Tatabánya.

Dahua takes the lead in bringing advanced security technology to Antarctica
Dahua takes the lead in bringing advanced security technology to Antarctica

Antarctica is the Earth’s southernmost and least populated continent. It holds the world record for the lowest temperature ever measured: −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F). To help cover different scientific bases in the Argentine region of Antarctica, Dahua Technology has donated 15 security cameras specially developed to handle the harsh weather conditions in the “white continent”. These devices enable 24-hour footage, increase contact and connectivity with scientists on the ground and improve knowledge of local fauna and meteorology, allowing scientific research conducted in Antarctica to become more visible in Argentina. Handling extreme weather For this project, Dahua developed a Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) solution that can handle extreme weather conditions. It consists of 4MP Vari-focal Bullet WizMind Network Camera and 2MP Starlight+ PTZ Camera with 33x optical zoom capability to provide clear images of flora and fauna in the region, connecting the distant continent closer to the capital city of Argentina in real time. A customised Thermal Camera was also deployed to monitor the security of the runway and arriving planes, as well as to record the habits of penguins living there even in the dark, paving the way for deeper understanding of scientific research in the region. Coping with low temperature The most difficult part of the project is obtain the specific cameras that can cope with the low temperatures "The most difficult part of the project was to obtain the specific cameras that can cope with the low temperatures and climatic conditions that the region suffers in order to offer an optimal result based on their needs," explained Engineer José Varas, BDM of Dahua Technology. In fact, the continent’s temperature is so extreme that technicians could only stay outside for only 90 seconds. “The main complexity for the installation was obviously the extreme climate of Antarctica during the winter,” said Sebastián Mirich, President of Mirich Electronic Security, which was responsible for the installation. “However, the installation was a success and the cameras are working and withstanding the harsh and demanding Antarctic climate,” he added. Dahua Technology has donated 15 security cameras Providing greater security “In addition to increasing connectivity and showing more closely the activities that are carried out there. It also seeks to provide greater security to the runway every time a plane arrives, something fundamental to continue exploring in this area,” said Julia Anschütz, MarCom Manager of Dahua Technology. Bringing security technology to Antarctica This project has brought advanced security technologies to Antarctica, an unprecedented initiative in the world’s fifth-largest continent. It greatly reflects Dahua’s commitment to integrating digital intelligence technology into environmental protection and sustainability, as well as its unremitting support for ecological research. The equipment and solution provided by Dahua not only assists field researchers and technicians in their daily work, but also creates awareness about the scientific research activities and life in the region, breaking distance boundaries and extreme climate challenges.

Fresno Police Department enhances safety management with Pelco surveillance solution
Fresno Police Department enhances safety management with Pelco surveillance solution

The City of Fresno, in California, USA is surrounded by some of the country’s most beautiful national parks. Fresno has a lively arts scene and a budding technology hub, along with an established large-scale agricultural community. Fresno Police Department serves the City and surrounding area, which covers approximately 115 square miles and has a population of approximately 515,000 residents. The department comprises five policing districts, supported by an auto theft team, mounted units, air support, tactical teams, canine units and a video policing programme. Pelco video surveillance For more than 10 years, Fresno PD has utilised Pelco video surveillance in the video policing programme, in order to help ensure a safer and more secure community. Images from the cameras installed throughout the downtown area in Fresno were monitored and archived at the city’s Communication Centre. As technology advanced, the City of Fresno kept up with the changes, with new IP high definition cameras phased in to replace aging analogue cameras and the programme was expanded to cover additional areas of the city. Pelco camera technology Pelco camera technology also provided new opportunities for improving situational awareness Pelco camera technology also provided new opportunities for improving situational awareness, but the department’s existing system configuration could not take full advantage of the technology. Cameras were not monitored 24/7 at the Communication Centre, they could not optimise use of the new panoramic cameras, and monitoring multiple scenes from multiple cameras on multiple platforms to quickly assess or investigate incidents was time consuming and inefficient. Operational enhancements The system was also closed in so the department could not view images from cameras installed by local businesses or schools. The Fresno Police Department's move from the Communication Centre to its new Real-Time Crime Centre (RTCC), and the addition of a new Regional Training Centre (RTC), provided the opportunity for Fresno PD to initiate further operational enhancements and expand their video policing programme. Pelco Spectra® and Spectra® Enhanced cameras With the move to the new RTCC, Fresno PD system operators can now monitor approximately 200 video surveillance cameras, which include both Pelco Spectra® and Spectra® Enhanced PTZ dome cameras, along with Pelco Optera® Panoramic multi-sensor cameras, on a 24/7 basis. These newer cameras feature Pelco SureVision™ technology for improved Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) performance and smart compression technology for reduced bit rate usage and storage savings. Pelco Spectra® Enhanced cameras feature a full suite of built-in analytics and single cable Hi-POE installation. Pelco Optera Panoramic cameras The Optera® Panoramic cameras capture superior images in difficult lighting conditions The cameras also feature HD optimised dome bubble technology, a revolutionary solid pendant design to eliminate vibration noise, 20X or 30X optical zoom, and precise 360° PTZ control. Pelco Optera Panoramic cameras provide completely stitched, seamless and blended 360°, 270° and 180° panoramic views with electronic PTZ capability across the entire panoramic image. With Pelco SureVision technology, the Optera® Panoramic cameras capture superior images in difficult lighting conditions, where highly contrasted lighting sources exist within the same scene. Enhanced monitoring and response capability “The advanced technology and imaging quality in our new Pelco cameras has significantly improved our monitoring and response capability,” said Sergeant Steve Casto of the Fresno Police Department, adding “In some locations we have both an Optera and a Spectra camera installed. This gives us a bigger picture and allows us to view what the PTZ may have missed.” He continues, “If something is noticed, we use the advanced optical zoom of the Spectra camera to zoom in and get more detail. The two cameras complement each other and heighten situational awareness.” VideoXpert™ VMS Control of the video surveillance system was upgraded from the Pelco Endura VMS to the company’s VideoXpert™ VMS, at both the RTC and new RTCC. Improvements over the previous VMS solution include a united user interface for improved centralised system management, incident management to easily and quickly correlate related video files, improved event management to customise event alerts with real-time visual notification, and immersive viewing of 180°, 270° and 360° panoramic images from Pelco Optera® Cameras. Third-party applications for operational improvements The VideoXpert’s open platform allowed Fresno PD to cast a wider net for monitoring and response The VideoXpert’s open platform allowed Fresno PD to cast a wider net for monitoring and response, by allowing video sources from local businesses, retail centres, schools and hospitals to be integrated into their resident VMS. It also allows Fresno PD to incorporate third-party applications for additional operational improvements. For instance, by integrating a mapping application within VideoXpert, the Department was able to simplify and speed up the process of addressing and responding to various and multiple alerts and calls. Benefits of 24/7 real-time monitoring The benefits of 24/7 real-time monitoring and better video management and control has been an increase in officer safety, according to Sergeant Casto. When officers are in the field at a scene, operators at the RTCC can quickly and easily pull up a video feed of the scene to assess and offer assistance. He says, “In one instance where an officer was in a physical altercation with a suspect and wasn’t able to broadcast that he needed help, the officers at RTCC could see the situation and dispatched help to resolve the situation safely. Additionally, by seeing and assessing the situation beforehand, we can provide details and warnings to the field so they know what to expect when they arrive on scene.” Pelco’s simple migration process VideoXpert was installed first at the Regional Training Centre and then at the RTCC. Both locations have the capability for monitoring and control of the installed cameras. The changeover was simplified because Endura components map nearly one-to-one with VideoXpert. Pelco’s simple migration process transferred user names, roles, permissions and the associations from Endura to VideoXpert, so that all user data would be maintained in the new system. The migration process also transferred all existing camera names, numbers, groups, and locations to VideoXpert, which made the transition faster and less susceptible to manual input errors. “We couldn’t be more pleased with this upgraded Pelco surveillance system,” said Sergeant Casto, adding “Law enforcement’s first job is safety, and not only are our officers and community safer, but we are more efficient and effective as a police department with the new Pelco cameras and VMS.”