Identification problems solved with Sony

April 2011 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

Big brother is watching you snack.

When Truda Snacks moved to its new building, top of mind was the installation of an adequate security system.

“The company had experienced a number of unpleasant incidents at its previous premises where it needed to identify individuals and was not able to,” said Kris Venketas of Security Unlimited.

The owner of the Truda Snacks undertook his own research on CCTV cameras available on the market. This included determining what specific features were most suited to the Truda Snacks environment then adjudging demonstrations of each brand in a live situation. One of the factors that he cited as of primary concern was superb clarity on all footage and number plate recognition as these had been stumbling blocks in the past.

“After testing the Sony brand he was instantly sold on the quality of image production and promptly signed the contract to purchase 32 high-definition cameras,” said Venketas.

Security Unlimited assumed the project management role from conceptualisation through to design to installation. The cameras were supplied by Norbain and installation was carried out over a three-month period. Security Unlimited and PMB Digital offer Truda Snacks a 24-hour call-out service with an ongoing maintenance contract.

Venketas explained that the 32 HD cameras run on 8-core multimode fibre, with five SFP fibre switches. The furthest switch is 1 km away and the system uses Real Shot Manager Professional software.

Venketas said that, with hindsight, they would have run more fibre. “We now need to link a new building to the server so we have had to run a separate fibre link, which serves its purpose, but we would have preferred both buildings to be on the same link.”

Venketas added that it is important to undertake a proper site evaluation and do on-site demonstrations with customers to ensure that all critical monitoring areas are adequately covered and all security requirements are met.

He also pointed out that companies should ensure that they always have built-in system redundancy. “We actually ran 8 core fibre cables when the installation only called for 2 core fibre cable. In addition, we ran 2 CAT6 cables at the main hub to counter against the possibility of cable loss or tampering.”

Truda Snacks’ owner is extremely pleased with the success of his system and said that it has far exceeded his expectations. “Sony is by far the best camera we have used and has revolutionised the way people look at systems in high definition,” Venketas concluded.

For more information contact Norbain SA, +27 (0)11 887 1546, marketing@norbain.co.za, www.norbain.co.za


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