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June 2010 Surveillance

When it comes to protecting our educational environments against criminal attacks and vandalism, camera surveillance plays an important part in the security concept.

An important point in this regard is that however well a video surveillance system is able to identify a particular security breach in one monitored area of the school or campus, it is essential to maintain monitoring of all areas instead of only specific parts of halls and entrances.

Whether in daylight or at night, security cameras at schools and universities need to be capable of working around the clock and delivering high-resolution images. This is the only way to catch criminals and keep an eye on vandalism. However, this is not a problem for the Mobotix M12-Day/Night camera. It is equipped with two image sensors and two lenses, automatically selecting the ideal sensor depending on illumination, either the colour sensor with daylight lens or the black/white sensor with infrared lens. This dual sensor technology enables the camera to achieve high-quality, true-colour images in daylight and high-contrast images in dark surroundings. The Mobotix camera switches between sensors purely electronically, without any moving parts. This increases the lifespan of the product and minimises maintenance.

With the Mobotix MxControlCenter, the learning institution’s administrators and security personnel can view and monitor the current images transmitted by up to 25 cameras on a single monitor. They can also control and configure the system for event-controlled or time-controlled recording via a central management console without requiring any special training. Each camera, for example, can be set individually to record a specific time before and after events, including the sound from the camera microphone.

Mobotix cameras come with a complete alarm management already integrated which notifies administrators and security personnel if it detects events like vandalism, bad behaviour and fighting on the facility. The alarm can be transmitted as:

* A local voice message over the camera speaker (such as 'You have been recorded').

* An e-mail with an event image or sequence.

* A phone call via IP (Internet protocol) telephony or ISDN with the possibility of bidirectional communication.

* A network message to a server or control station (IP notify).

For more information contact Industrial Automation & Control, +27 (0)12 657 3600, [email protected], www.iacontrol.co.za



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