Thermal golfing

June 2010 Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection

Named for the blue skies and open country of its surroundings, Blue Valley Golf and Country Estate is a blend of hospitality, sport and nature. Situated between northern Johannesburg and Pretoria, this Gary Player residential golf estate offers a location second to none in the Gauteng area. Recently, the estate has chosen to implement a combination of thermal cameras and intelligent video analytics as its perimeter security solution.

C3 Shared Services has been appointed as the preferred vendor to supply and commission the perimeter security solution. Mark Cowley, chairman of the Blue Valley security sub-committee, says, “After many years of deliberation and shoot outs between potential vendors over which camera system to install, we finally settled on C3. We have not been disappointed since installing the first phase of a trial of its solution.”

The first phase comprised of a total upgrade of the existing control room and the implementation of EVT IP video management platform, into which the existing analogue cameras have been integrated. The EVT video management system will be integrated with the thermal cameras and analytics on the perimeter, making for a sophisticated command and control room.

Like many other residential estates, Blue Valley had implemented conventional security measures to secure the estate, such as electric fencing with zone indication of intrusion detection, roving guards, reaction vehicles and a central control room. Whilst these are still standard and traditional methods of security, many estates are finding that these are not sufficient when it comes to preventing and detecting intrusions.

The perimeter of Blue Valley is approximately 7 km long and it needed a system that would give instant visual verification as to the cause and position of any breaches in the perimeter, day or night, without the need for additional lighting to be erected. A combination of static and PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) thermal cameras combined with analytics will be strategically placed along the perimeter as part of Phase Two.


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