Located in the Littoral region in Cameroon and in the city of Douala, Douala is not only the biggest city in Cameroon, it is also the regional economic engine, as well as the country's wealthiest city.
As can be expected of such a logistically vital location, many of Africa's biggest companies are represented; and among these, is Libya Oil.
While it is no secret that the country of Libya has undergone recent political and societal upheaval, Libya Oil's Head Office in Cameroon has thankfully experienced few of this turmoil. Instead of these larger geopolitical issues, Libya Oil administrators are more concerned with common daily security issues. It is in this vein that Hikvision technology arrived.
Through this effort, Libya Oil contacted Ernest Kindakong, Sales Executive and Presales Engineer at Servitel, a Cameroon-based security integrator, to develop a new security solution for their Libya Oil Cameroon Head Office in Douala.
After a thorough analysis of Libya Oil's facilities and concerns, Mr. Kindakong designed a solution that would:
Capacity for the Future
Tackling the video storage requirement, Mr. Kindakong elected to go with Hikvision's DS-9632NI-ST Embedded NVR. As Mr. Kindakong explained, this model's 8 SATA interfaces perfectly fit one of the key NVR requirements - massive storage capacity. Furthermore, the up-to 5 Megapixel (2560x1920) of recording resolution guarantees that these images will be sharp and clear, regardless of when they are accessed.
"It is really a synthesis between required recording capacity and quality images. Another nice bonus is that the DS-9632NI-ST's 32 channels provide excess camera capacity ... therefore should this head office choose to later install additional cameras, the upgrade will be simple and mess-free, from an NVR standpoint," added Mr. Kindakong.
Video Coverage Both Front & Back
Providing video surveillance for the Head Office's front and main entrance, as well as the building's rear exit area (and larger back surrounding area) is the Hikvision DS-2CD7353F-E(I) 2MP Outdoor Network Camera.
This fixed camera provides "a great choice for general surveillance for these areas. What I mean by this is, both the front and back areas are rather large, so by placing this DS-2CD7353F-E(I) in both areas, we get excellent 2MP resolution for specific clarity on objects - such as the entrance. We also have excellent coverage of wide-open areas, such as the employee parking facility located behind the Head Office," furthered Mr. Kindakong.
Since both the Head Office's front, and rear, have good 24/7 lighting, this model's IR functionality is not generally needed, but does provide an excellent backup should a nighttime lighting issue suddenly arise.
However, in the open-air parking facility, the decision was made to add a bit more coverage. In this vein, the DS-2DF7274 Series 1.3MP IR Network Speed Dome was placed on the building's back outer structure to capture the parking facilities' entrance. Utilizing Hikvision's iVMS software, Libya Oil's IT staff use this camera's 20x Optical Zoom and 1.3MP resolution to accurately view office visitors and car details, such as license plates, to gain a more complete picture of who is entering the premises.
Rounding out the solution, thematically and hardware-wise, is Hikvision's DS-1002KI RS-485 Keyboard. Mr. Kindakong explained, "Again, this office facility does not employ a full-time, dedicated, security staff. Instead, IT is largely charged with the administration of day-to-day security issues."
To make this transition as easy as possible, the DS-1002KI RS-485 Keyboard was chosen because it optimizes PTZ camera functions. In this setting, IT personnel only need concern themselves with possible issues, rather than trying to figure out how to observe these possible issues on their monitors: efficiency trumping cumbersome mechanics.
In this fashion, the DS-1002KI RS-485 Keyboard serves as a metaphor for the entire solution: a detailed-oriented solution devised for both potency and efficiency - a South African Hikvision solution.