Rip-and-replace retail IP conversion

September 2013 Surveillance

When the German giant, DM Drugstores, decided to upgrade its existing CCTV solution for each of its stores across the country, it chose Hikvision.

Christian Berkigt, chief development officer at VeViTec (the developer of this solution), remarked, “Obviously quality is a huge issue for any German corporation. In this regard, we felt confident that Hikvision would fully meet the demands of both DM Drugstores and VeViTec. What equally impressed us was Hikvision’s technical support; it really made this solution come together.”

This solution was not a simple one-step process that is often customary in large CCTV solutions of this variety. Instead of the traditional melding of pre-existing analogue and newly purchased IP components into a cost-saving hybrid model, VeViTec chose an altogether different route.

Following the German model of total commitment to quality, VeViTec initially utilised two Hikvision PCI compression cards, the DS-4008HCI and the DS-4016HCI. Both cards feature similar technology, such as H.264 (MPEG-4/Part 10) real-time video compression and up-to real-time 4CIF recording, with the main difference being the number of channels each can connect to (8 and 16, respectively). However, these compression cards were meant as only a stop-gap.

The IP future

Initially, prior to January 2012, DM Drugstores was using an exclusively analogue system. These Hikvision compression cards allowed the older analogue cameras to function to the top of their ability. “These are really good cards, providing great quality, and they allowed us to get the best possible video quality on PC monitors in the store locations,” explained Berkigt. However, January 2012 brought a turning point for DM Drugstores.

Instead of moving into the often-used analogue/IP hybrid, DM made a total switch to IP. This shift entailed discarding all pre-existing analogue technology for this brand new IP solution.

For DM Drugstores, every centimetre of its store must elicit quality. This goes for mundane aspects such as store maintenance, the type of CCTV security the store uses, and obviously the product selection DM offers its customers. DM Drugstores wanted to place large HD monitors over the registers for its customers. Not only does this provide an elegant touch of class, it also provides a powerful visible deterrent for any would-be thief.

However, DM Drugstores had an unusual request: it wanted a specially designed HDMI output on the adjacent IP camera so as to provide the ability to directly plug this camera into the HD monitor and eliminate cabling back to the server – providing efficiency, a saving of installation costs, and cleanness not often associated with bulky CCTV installations.

For this request, Berkigt worked with Hikvision to design an indoor custom Hikvision megapixel vandal-proof network dome camera to place within all of DM Drugstores’ retail stores throughout Germany. Two thousand five hundred of these custom models, the DS-2CD753F-EZ, were built to feature a variety of special features tailor-made for this application and the larger German apprehension of quality.

Custom-made quality

To begin with, the DS-2CD753-EZ’s vandal-proof housing elicits a sense of durability and high standard. Additionally, the aforementioned custom-made HDMI output allows the DS-2CD753-EZ to be placed directly under and connected to the HD monitor. Furthermore, a special lens was specifically developed to provide automatic focus, thereby allowing DM technicians a saving of time and effort. “Both the HDMI output and special lens are critical aspects in Germany. We don’t want to waste time, efficiency or effort. Another representation of this is the appearance, which is a perfect white colour, and DM wants everything perfect,” Berkigt explained.

Securing the outdoors is the DS-2CD752MF-IFB 2.0 megapixel vandal-proof network dome camera featuring infrared LED. Unlike the previous Hikvision IP camera, this unit is a standard catalogue model. One unit of this camera is placed outdoors near the back exit used by employees before leaving the store after their shift. Similar to the already-noted HD monitor used by customers, an HD monitor is placed indoors near the back door for employees to initially check before exiting into the already dark evening, hence the importance of the DS-2CD752MF-IFB’s infrared ability.

In essence, this camera is a security precaution for DM employees. Concurrently, a high-resolution video preview of 1600×1200 pixels provides the details to ensure that any potential threat is identified well before an employee might encounter it outdoors. Additionally, owing to the German sense of uncompromising quality, a custom bracket was designed allowing the DS-2CD752MF-IFB weather protection against the harsh winter conditions.



Credit(s)




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

Pentagon appointed as Milestone distributor
Elvey Security Technologies News & Events Surveillance
Milestone Systems appointed Pentagon Distribution (an Elvey Group company within the Hudaco Group of Companies) as a distributor. XProtect’s open architecture means no lock-in and the ability to customise the connected video solution that will accomplish the job.

Read more...
Embracing next-generation surveillance for safer cities
Surveillance Integrated Solutions AI & Data Analytics
With the South African government highlighting the importance of building smart cities by integrating advanced technologies to make them more resilient and liveable, the role of next-generation network video and surveillance technologies cannot be ignored.

Read more...
Hik-Connect for Teams released
Hikvision South Africa Products & Solutions Surveillance
Hikvision has released an update for its security management platform; Hik-Connect for Teams not only meets the specific needs of individual users, but also caters to various medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and multi-site management scenarios.

Read more...
The human factor side of video management systems
Leaderware Editor's Choice Surveillance Risk Management & Resilience
A video management system (VMS) is central to, and the most vital element to any control room operation using CCTV as part of its service delivery, however, all too often, it is seen as a technical solution rather than an operational solution.

Read more...
A simple system for complex protection
Surveillance AI & Data Analytics IoT & Automation
Reconeyez is a company that provides autonomous wireless visual verification systems with built-in artificial intelligence. Running on batteries, each device includes communication capabilities, creating a mesh network between the various devices, linking them to the control room.

Read more...
Revolutionise your security with integrated solutions
Secutel Technologies Products & Solutions Surveillance
By merging the capabilities of SecuVue and Secutraq, Secutel has forged a robust system empowering users to fine-tune analytics and harness facial recognition, pose detection, and XFS, among other features.

Read more...
Safer roads to a sustainable future
Dahua Technology South Africa Surveillance
With the ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road, it is imperative to constantly improve the quality of transportation monitoring and traffic management in urban and rural areas.

Read more...
Hikvision unveils range of network speakers
Hikvision South Africa Integrated Solutions
Hikvision has recently unveiled its latest audio product line, featuring various advanced network speakers. Each product is designed to meet different application needs, ensuring flexibility and adaptability across numerous environments.

Read more...
From damage management to false alarm prevention
Dallmeier Electronic Southern Africa Transport (Industry) Surveillance Logistics (Industry)
Video surveillance is undergoing an exciting evolution; today’s IP-based solutions can be fully integrated into digital systems. With the increasing integration of artificial intelligence (AI); logistics, in particular, can make processes more transparent and exploit previously untapped potential.

Read more...
Marshall Security partners with Blacklight to introduce Reconeyez to KZN
News & Events Surveillance Power Management
Marshal Security has joined forces with Blacklight Group to launch Reconeyez, a cutting-edge battery-powered surveillance platform with mesh network capability, in the KwaZulu-Natal market.

Read more...