Total surveillance

April 2012 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Retail (Industry)

With more than 250 stations located all over Morocco under the management of the Total Group, Total is one of the top three petrol suppliers in the north African country. As plenty of customers and vehicles flow in and out every day, it is imperative for Total to guarantee the safety of the customers and employees with reliable surveillance products.

Total wanted to establish a centralised video management platform supporting high-quality video viewing and retrieval at its headquarters so as to remotely monitor the petrol stations in different locations throughout the country.

The weather in Morocco can be extreme with high temperatures, under which the surveillance products would operate abnormally, resulting in halted system or image distortion. Therefore, choosing reliable products with high-temperature resistance was a critical concern for Total.

In order to secure the petrol stations and the adjoining areas such as restaurants and supermarkets on a 24x7 basis, Hikvision introduced its DS-2CC192P-IR3 IR cameras to meet the company’s requirements. This camera uses the H.264 video codec and 1/3-inch Sony Super HAD CCD, delivering video resolution of up to 540 TVL with IR distance coverage of 30 to 40 metres.

This largely caters to the customer’s demand for monitoring with clear images at night. Moreover, the DS-2CC192P-IR has a minimum illumination of 0,1Lux at F1.2 while the IR LEDs are off, and 0Lux while the IR LEDs are on, which enables the product to monitor the stations at all hours. Back light compensation and auto white balance are also supported to capture clear images in various lighting conditions, which meet the requirements of Total.

The product has an IP66 rating, which enables it to withstand the extreme weather conditions, such as high temperature, dust and wind, and dramatically reduces the maintenance cost.

Centralised monitoring

With 30 surveillance points throughout Morocco, Total asked for a centralised platform to operate at its headquarters in Casablanca. This was accomplished with Hikvision’s DS-7000HI-S series standalone DVRs and the iVMS-4000 video management software.

The standalone DVR has maximum of 16-channels of video input, with 8- and 4-channel options available. This product can deliver video in playback at up to 4CIF using the H.264 video codec. Featuring a dual compression stream, the DVR allows Total to locally store high-quality video footage while broadcasting a sub-stream for remote review with minimal bandwidth usage.

In addition, Hikvision’s client software iVMS-4000 was used for building a video surveillance system. It supports remote preview and playback, as well as the ability to remotely configure camera parameters, which helps the security staff in Total’s headquarters view the on-site scenes, as well as to centrally manage the surveillance system.

For more information contact Hikvision, +86 571 8700 6060,,


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