TecSec was another exhibitor at the retail event. TecSec is a specialist, single-brand value-added distributor of both video surveillance and access control equipment from Avigilon in the southern African market. Its administration offices and distribution centre is located in KwaZulu-Natal, but it has a national footprint of sales and technical support services.
Brent Cary, sales director for TecSec, says the company’s table was staffed by two key staff members and a support engineer to ensure it was able to answer everyone’s questions. Cary says the event went very well for TecSec, the company’s exhibition was busy and a high calibre of attendees were present.
As a company focused on the Avigilon product range, a series of cameras that offer very high resolution images, TecSec was able to demonstrate how its cameras can assist retailers in better managing their locations as well as the effective POS integration. All too often retailers find that they want to query a POS transaction, but can’t get the video footage that is clear and precise.
Since the Avigilon camera range starts at a 1 megapixel resolution and can rise to as much as 29 megapixels in the top-of-the-range camera, image clarity is not a problem – even when digitally zooming on live or recorded footage.
Cary says most surveillance manufacturers don’t stray too far above the 5 megapixel resolution range because of the bandwidth required to transmit the video; even with compression it still requires substantial network resources. Avigilon’s higher megapixel cameras use the JPEG2000 video compression standard and Avigilon’s own High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) to manage the compression and transmission process, allowing for clear images at higher resolutions.
One of the cameras on display that works well in retail POS environments was the HD Micro Dome. These are golf-ball sized devices that can be placed above the POS station and be integrated with the POS system to link each transaction with a video segment. This not only prevents staff fraud, but also protects the retailer from dishonest customers.
Apart from its surveillance solutions, which includes a video management system (VMS) and video analytics (the company bought VideoIQ recently), Avigilon also provides access control solutions as a result of its acquisition of RedCloud. TecSec supports all Avigilon product lines.
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