Cable theft thwarted by surveillance

May 2010 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

Tropical Cables & Conductors deploys Axis network cameras to monitor production plant.

A solution to the financially crippling cable theft and stock shrinkage problems of Tropical Cables and Conductors, a wholly Ghanaian-owned company, was hastily sought after the devastating fatality of an employee during an armed robbery. Dataforce, a software engineering and networking consultancy, was approached to deploy a quality surveillance system.

Kobina Beecham Jr, MD of Dataforce, selected Axis network cameras for this particular installation due to their reliability and flexibility. AXIS Camera Station, the video management software designed to support Axis network cameras and video encoders, was chosen for video monitoring and recording. The software has multiple search functions and automatic camera discovery, making setup and installation extremely straightforward.

Dataforce has delivered a surveillance system that has completely eradicated stock theft and prevented any further armed robberies. Beecham is delighted that most administration of the system can be carried out over the Internet, decreasing the inconvenience of regular site visits.

Productivity has increased on the factory floor as employees are no longer able to neglect their tasks undetected. Managers and supervisors are being held accountable for events that are recorded and documented.

Monitoring from every angle

Five AXIS 211 network cameras, enclosed in weatherproof housings, were installed to monitor the loading bay, access gate and perimeter of the plant. The AXIS 211 is a cost-effective network camera featuring built-in video motion detection, simultaneous Motion JPEG and MPEG-4, allowing for optimisation in image quality and bandwidth, and a varifocal DC-iris lens ideal for outdoor light conditions. The camera also contains support for PoE (Power over Ethernet) that enables power to be supplied through a network cable, enabling operation during a power failure.

The production line is observed via three AXIS 212 PTZ network cameras. The one-click pan/tilt/zoom camera contains no moving parts, drastically reducing wear and tear and allowing the camera to instantly change the field of view without a delay for mechanical movement. The AXIS 212 PTZ is ideal for indoor surveillance of areas of up to 150 square metres and contains a two-way audio facility making it the perfect fit for the Tropical Cable and Conductors factory floor. A wide-angle lens combined with a 3 megapixel sensor ensures that the entire area can be surveyed with crystal-clear resolution.

The surveillance is completed by an AXIS 207MW network camera that monitors the relatively large car park from a nearby window. The AXIS 207MW is the smallest wireless megapixel network camera in the world. It offers spectacular image quality (up to 12 frames per second in 1,3 megapixel resolution) even in low lighting conditions, which assist with the effortless identification of vehicle occupants and licence plates.

Saving time and money

Another positive consequence of the installation is the monitoring of loading of cables onto trucks. The footage can be drawn on to resolve disputes over quantity which could only previously be determined by a time-consuming unload and recount. The cause of an industrial accident can now also be ascertained with little investigation.

“The Axis cameras are reliable, drastically reducing callouts and downtime and the loading and unloading processes have become streamlined,” remarks Beecham.

Dataforce intends to further beef-up security at Tropical Cables and Conductors by deploying additional higher resolution Axis cameras in critical areas. A sister factory of Tropical Cables and Conductors has been identified for a similar installation once Internet connectivity is available.


Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Qognify VMS adds support for Pelco IP camera series
CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Products
The latest IP camera series from Pelco can now be used with Qognify’s advanced video solution for corporate and enterprise projects, increasing the overall number of camera models and third-party devices supported in Qognify VMS to more than 6 500.

VIVOTEK launches VAST Security Station
CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Products
VIVOTEK officially launched its AI security system, VAST Security Station (VSS), in March, available to users in three flexible tiers: VSS Lite, VSS Standard, and VSS Professional.

Keeping students, staff and communities safe
Vumacam News CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Security Services & Risk Management
South African schools are facing increasing security challenges, making effective surveillance systems more important than ever. To address this issue, Vumacam is offering advanced security solutions with security partners, aimed at keeping students, staff, and the community safe.

Helping to care for zoo animals
Hikvision South Africa CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Zoo keeps an eye on the safety of animals and visitors through the installation of Hikvision 4 MP turret, 12 MP Fisheye cameras, as well as PTZs, NVRs and central management system.

Boosting digital-intelligent transformation and AI applications
Dahua Technology South Africa CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Products
2022 has been a year full of development and innovation for Dahua. The company has launched various upgrades to its existing product portfolio as well as an artillery of new products and solutions that address specific needs/problems in society.

Arcules and IMMIX announce integration
News CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Products
Arcules has announced that its integration with Immix Central Station and Guard Force is available. The integration provides Central Station and Guard Force users a way to manage, verify, and respond to security events, while using Arcules-managed video feeds.

Developing an effective CCTV control room culture
Leaderware Editor's Choice CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Training & Education
Organisational culture in organisations can be seen as the set of values, practices, focus, standards and behaviours, and ways of interacting with others that are accepted and subscribed to by the people who work there.

Eagle Eye Networks releases 2023 Video Surveillance Trends Report
Eagle Eye Networks News CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Eagle Eye Networks has released the 2023 Trends in Video Surveillance ebook, identifying five trends that will have the largest impact on businesses around the globe in 2023.

Stainless steel 8 MP dome
Axis Communications SA Products CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Enclosed in marine-grade stainless steel (SS 316L) and DNV-certified, the AXIS Q3538-SLVE can withstand the corrosive effects of seawater and cleaning chemicals.

Enhanced image clarity and enriched AI functions
Dahua Technology South Africa CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Products
The IPC WizMind S series is equipped with multiple intelligent functions, offers adaptability, and comes in plastic-free packaging, enabling better image performance, promoting environmental sustainability, and providing global clients with smarter vision with a stronger surveillance shield.