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IDIS video technology cuts criminality at London’s Meridian South development

30 October 2020

AN UPGRADE of video technology at a South London development has proven to be so effective that the system has been immediately scaled-up. The IDIS video solution, implemented by Hall & Kay Security Engineering at the Meridian South site in Hither Green, is less obtrusive than the system it replaced and has immediately delivered better results.

Although the mixed development, comprising 440 owner-occupied and rented properties, is a safe and pleasant environment for most of the time, to maintain this high standard, it followed that site managers needed to tackle the growing dual problems of petty crime and anti-social behaviour.

Issues were being reported with increasing frequency, including rubbish being dumped by short-term tenants vacating their apartments, theft from mailboxes, vandalism and car-related crime. Rubbish removal alone was costing the management company more than £12,000 per annum.

Hall & Kay Security Engineering was asked to solve this problem by implementing an advanced, end-to-end video solution from IDIS. The Hall & Kay Security Engineering team began by replacing the ten column-mounted PTZ cameras with IDIS cameras. IDIS technicians visited the site with the engineers and conducted a bandwidth test on the existing cabling. They demonstrated that, by using the existing coax with IDIS Ethernet converters, up to four IDIS fixed bullet cameras could be cost-effectively mounted on each existing column.

Additionally, wireless access points were installed where cameras couldn’t be cabled directly to the estate’s Security Control Room. This approach eliminated blind spots and guaranteed that events would not be missed when the system was unmanned. To provide wider coverage, a further six columns were added and additional IDIS cameras mounted in the underground car parking areas.

Easy-to-use analytics

The system now delivers Full-HD images in all lighting conditions, with built-in IR ensuring night-time image capture at distances of up to 30 metres. All footage is stored for 30 days.

The security officers and maintenance staff who manage the estate are also taking advantage of the easy-to-use analytics functions that come with the cost-free IDIS Center VMS.  These tools include motion detection which can be used out of hours to ensure that scenes are only recorded when movement occurs, thus minimising bandwidth usage and storage requirements. This feature, along with IDIS MapVue navigation, makes it easy to quickly review footage to find incidents of interest.

The 57 IDIS Full-HD IR cameras, and the three NVRs with 12 TB of storage each, benefit from true plug-and-play set up with DirectIP. When the South Meridian management team saw the quality of images now being captured, they asked if the system could be extended. With IDIS’ flexible approach this was quick and easy to do.

Within 24 hours of the cameras being installed, departing tenants were recorded illegally dumping rubbish. Shortly after this, a contractor working at the site reported that tools had been stolen. In both cases, HD video evidence of the crime was captured and passed to the police.

In fact, thanks to the design of the system, and the easy-to-use VMS controls, security staff were able to retrieve footage of the incidents along with a full video trail of the thieves moving across the estate before and afterwards. Word has now spread about how effective the new system is and residents are delighted that there are now no blind spots.

Positive difference

“The support we had from IDIS was second to none and the technology works exactly as promised,” explained Wayne Wharton, security sales manager for Hall & Kay Security Engineering. “We’re now looking at many more IDIS projects with the same customer and others.”

James Min, managing director at IDIS Europe, concluded: “We’re delighted that IDIS technology is making such a positive difference to the quality of life of residents at Meridian South.”

 
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