Video observation in the hotel industry

March 2019 Entertainment and Hospitality (Industry), CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

The completion of The Fontenay has enriched Hamburg with a timelessly modern, luxury class hotel. Standing directly on the shores of the Outer Alster lake, this ‘modern classic’ succeeds in creating a remarkable blend of urban nature and cosmopolitan lifestyle. The hotel sets new standards not only in respect of its architecture and interior, but also in terms of guest protection and building security. For the latter aspect, the hotel relies on an innovative solution from Dallmeier.

The foundation stone was laid for the hotel The Fontenay in the spectacular Hamburg Alsterpark in August 2014. The ceremony took place on the property of its former owner, the man after whom the hotel is named: ship broker John Fontenay. After a construction period of about three-and-a-half years, the new five-star superior luxury hotel with 130 rooms and suites finally opened in March 2018.

The striking architecture of the hotel was designed by the star Hamburg architect Jan Störmer. The basic layout of the hotel consists of three merged circles, so that no wall in the spectacular building runs parallel to another. It therefore goes without saying that a hotel of such distinctive form must also have a custom-designed security solution. Naturally, the planning partner also has a critical part to play in implementing precisely this requirement.

The choice was ultimately made for Dallmeier, and Dallmeier subsidiary Dekom Video Security & Network was tasked with management of the project – since its main offices are in Hamburg it is ideally positioned to ensure the requisite technical expertise and quality.

Security follows form

The first planning meetings were held as early as 2015, at which the customer laid out its strict specifications: Accordingly, the highest degree of security must be afforded without giving the guests occasion to feel importuned or under observation, and without detracting from the architecture. For example, visitors should be able to enjoy unrestricted views of the imposing, 27-metre high circular atrium and its seven metre long light sculpture. Another important consideration was that the video security system should be sustainable into the future. The Fontenay also insisted most particularly that the solution should conform to data protection requirements.

Wolfgang Haack, managing director of Dekom, explains: "The entirely justified wish on the part of the customer to ensure security for all areas with video security technology often conflicts with the demands of data protection. Our objective was to reconcile these concerns."

Ultra-HD cameras

Based on the specifications, it quickly became clear that security must be assured for the expanses of the hotel using the smallest possible number of cameras. This meant that only ultra-HD cameras could be considered so that the entire video security system could be kept discreet and unobtrusive. For system planning purposes, this approach in turn entailed the use of appropriate network components and in particular of powerful servers for recording. The Dallmeier systems are capable of storing these enormous quantities of data and backing them up redundantly – also for prolonged periods of time.

Dekom project manager Kai Gebhardt recounts: "Given the large quantities of sensitive data, it became clear very early that in this project data protection and data security must be considered very carefully. The combined data protection and data security module from Dallmeier guarantees secure operation and helps the customer to comply with all requirements of the GDPR."

In order to provide rapid orientation for the hotel staff in the new video security system as well, a team from Dekom was deployed to the site and instructed the hotel security personnel thoroughly in the system and the management software. These individuals were also very impressed by the ease of use of the overall system.

For more information contact Dallmeier Southern Africa, +27 11 510 0505, dallmeiersa@dallmeier.com, www.dallmeier.com



Credit(s)




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

Camera Selection Guide 2020
CCTV Handbook 2020 , Camera Selection Guide, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
The Camera Selection Guide 2020 includes a range of IP, analogue, thermal and speciality cameras aimed at a broad range of surveillance functions.

Read more...
Storage Selection Guide 2020
CCTV Handbook 2020 , Storage Selection Guide, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
The Storage Selection Guide 2020 includes a range of video storage and management options for small, medium and large surveillance operations.

Read more...
The future of the VMS
CCTV Handbook 2020, Technews Publishing, Cathexis Technologies, Arteco Global, XtraVision , Editor's Choice, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
Will AI-enhanced video analytic apps that can be downloaded and installed directly onto cameras take business away from the VMS market?

Read more...
An end to complexity and frequent false alarms
Issue 6 2020, Dallmeier Electronic Southern Africa , Mining (Industry)
The right camera technology and the right artificial intelligence (AI) systems provide for smarter perimeter protection with almost no false alarms.

Read more...
Integrated security management system
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020, Protoclea Advanced Image Engineering , Products, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
Phorcas is a security information system developed by Protoclea designed to integrate multiple sub-systems into a powerful crime fighting solution.

Read more...
Bosch launches a fully open camera platform
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020, Bosch Building Technologies , Products, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Bosch has announced the launch of INTEOX, a new camera platform designed to modernise the security and safety industry.

Read more...
IP 3000i cameras with built-in analytics
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020, Bosch Building Technologies , Products, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Bosch IP 3000i cameras extend smart video surveillance to general security applications.

Read more...
Arteco Video Event Management Software
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020, XtraVision , Products, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Arteco views video analytics as an enhancement to the video security experience and not as a costly addition or complication to standard video management.

Read more...
Vehicle and driver identification
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020, Protoclea Advanced Image Engineering , Products, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
Detecta features vehicle identification (make and model), automated number plate recognition (ANPR), vehicle colour recognition, driver identification, high speed and free flow detection.

Read more...
Wide-area surveillance with early detection
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020, Protoclea Advanced Image Engineering , Products, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
Being aware of a threat beforehand allows landowners to implement the necessary steps and alert security personnel, and thereby prevent threats from reaching the property.

Read more...