May 29, 2015 1:33 pm Leave your thoughts
London, UK, 8th November 2013. Family-run Polhill Garden Centre and Shopping Village operates three thriving garden centre businesses: one situated in Sevenoaks, another in Cambridge and the third in Wembley. Due to high shrinkage levels at certain sites and a spate of after-hours break-ins, the company enlisted the help of specialist UK CCTV manufacturer and supplier, the Basson Group, to introduce a new remotely monitored CCTV system.
The Kent-based garden centre management team were not only experiencing theft of stock from their retail operation, but several recent break-ins at night had convinced them of the need to employ a specialist CCTV company. All the garden centres are in rural locations, have relatively long perimeters to breach and are in areas of pitch darkness at night. As specialist suppliers of infrared (IR) and light-enhancing CCTV cameras, the Basson Group was asked to supply a system capable of delivering excellent long-distance images at night and that could be remotely monitored once all the staff had left for the day.
The Basson Group solution across all three sites comprised a series of:
• 40 static Basson IRB84 VHQ IR cameras
• 28 Basson IRBD VHQ2 static vandal-resistant domes
• 9 ruggedised PTZ IRB4IP PTZ cameras
• Dedicated Micros DVRs
• GJD outdoor motion detection sensors
• PA Tannoy System
Instead of multiple cameras the length of each long perimeter, a series of Basson PTZ cameras were chosen due to the crisp night-time images they deliver at distances in excess of 175 metres. Motion detection at certain critical points around the perimeter of both sites was also added, meaning the cameras would start recording at a higher resolution (25 frames per second) only when triggered. This meant less image storage was required. It also enabled a central monitoring company to monitor the cameras more effectively and respond to any genuine alarms accordingly.
As a further security enhancement, a Tannoy PA system was installed that will also be connected to the CCTV System and monitored to warn off intruders and trespassers without having to confront them.
Mark Novell, director at Polhill said: “I’m more than happy with the complete system Basson supplied, particularly how the cameras perform at night. Our garden centres are large sites with long fences and are all very dark at night-time. Basson’s PTZ cameras have clear night-time images at distances well over 175 metres. Other CCTV manufacturers’ claims of IR distances simply weren’t achievable when tested and would have meant installing twice the number of cameras to give us the same amount of coverage.”