Dahua AI boosts security for Ashton International College

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With the current pandemic crisis, ever-increasing threat of infection as well as security related issues experienced all over the world, the implementation of Ashton International College’s Safe School Initiative could not have come at a better time.

Based on these challenges faced by Ashton International College, Dahua Technology developed an AI-based advanced Smart Campus Solution featuring face recognition, temperature monitoring, active deterrence, ANPR, time and attendance, etc., for the customer. This solution was designed and deployed around the college campus in Ballito by Dahua’s local partner, Blackstorm Africa and its projects team.

As part of Ashton International College’s Safe School Initiative, the project aims to boost the campus security and create a safe and pleasant environment for students and teachers. To achieve this, the innovative Dahua TiOC camera that features active deterrence, real-time alarm, full colour and accurate alarm functions, was used in key areas to deter any suspicious individuals from entering the school grounds after school hours.



Even in dense fog and heavy rain, the camera’s red and blue light, together with a wailing siren or recorded voice audio, can effectively warn off suspicious people near restricted areas. At the same time, the camera provides alarm notifications in real time through the app, allowing security staff to respond in time using intelligent functions such as two-way talk. Moreover, the camera’s full-colour performance offers clear colour images at night to aid identification of possible suspects.

For access control, Dahua Temperature Monitoring Access Control (TMAC) equipment was installed at various entrances on the campus, enabling quick and contactless registration of each student and teacher via face recognition. In addition to automatic time and attendance, the system also provides a non-invasive way to monitor elevated skin temperature of people entering and leaving the college campus.

To strengthen vehicle management, Dahua Technology’s ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology was deployed and linked live to Blackstorm Africa’s control room. This enables security personnel to get instant alerts of any blacklisted or stolen vehicles that may enter the campus.

As part of Dahua’s WizMind solution, the AI NVR5216-8P-I provides reliable and comprehensive artificial intelligence solutions and allows for facial recognition, perimeter protection, SMD plus, blacklist alarms and video metadata. In addition, all front-end cameras and devices are connected to the DSS central platform that offers people flow control and generates attendance reports to improve management efficiency.

Good results achieved

Blackstorm Africa, with the Dahua Smart Campus Solution, has fostered the effective implementation of Ashton International College’s Safe School Initiative, helping it achieve 24/7 complete, proactive onsite and offsite monitoring of its campus using a variety of advanced security applications. Instead of relying only on recorded reactive videos as evidence after an event, the TiOC makes it possible to respond during the event with its active deterrence, full-colour and real-time alarm functions that can significantly help prevent criminal events from happening.

Monitoring resources for time and attendance of staff have been reduced and classroom roll call has become a thing of the past, as each student is automatically registered as they walk onto the campus. Temperature monitoring devices accurately detect abnormal temperatures of students and staff entering the campus, thus providing an additional layer of protection inside the school premises.

“In response to the pandemic in South Africa, Ashton International College Ballito embarked on our Safe School Initiative as the safety of students and teachers is always our first concern,” said Joe Erasmus, managing director of Ashton International College Ballito.

“The solution assisted us in implementing a temperature monitoring system that gives us the ability to automatically monitor our students’ and staff’s temperatures quickly and effectively as they arrive at school, reducing long lines and waiting times for entry, thus allowing us to strengthen the protection for our students and employees. It has also assisted us in enabling heightened security protocols, allowing us to monitor who is authorised to enter our campus and who is not.”

“Embarking on our Safe School Initiative, we have upgraded our security solutions with Blackstorm Africa and Dahua Technology’s AI solutions that allow us to monitor security related issues on- and off-site. The system instantly alerts our management and security regarding any potential threats, which simplifies our security operation, improves management efficiency and creates a proactive security protocol,” Erasmus added.


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