Rustenburg, in the North West Province, is well known for its mining operations. Boasting operations that mine everything from platinum to granite, the area has a number of specialist companies serving the sector, ensuring that the mines function as efficiently as possible.
Among these are companies specialising in securing the premises of the mines, as well as their payloads. One of these, Granite Security, recently installed an IP surveillance system at its customer’s premises to monitor and protect a number of sites at a granite mine, including the quarry, the equipment, and the site offices.
Partnering with distribution house Miro, Granite Security has installed seven Vivotek IP Dome cameras, with an additional 29 still to be fitted, linking the feeds from these to 24x7 monitoring in its central control room. The choice of Vivotek for the installation was as a result of the superior quality of the cameras as well as Miro’s fantastic after-sales service, explains Granite Security’s David van Jaarsveld. A number of advanced features, which are standard for the Vivotek cameras and include tamper detection, were equally important in the choice of this product to secure the mine.
“The Vivotek range is specifically designed for these types of security applications and is equipped with a 1 MP sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at 30 fps, so they provide an all-in-one solution that can capture high quality, high resolution video,” Van Jaarsveld says.
This is important when it comes to monitoring the site, he adds, because security needs at a mine require that monitoring can quickly and easily identify any incidents as they are happening. “Because the Vivotek cameras support industry-standard compression technology, they reduce file sizes and conserve valuable network bandwidth, so video streaming is not a problem.”
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