Megapixel cameras and video compression cards from Hikvision are being used at petrol stations on a major American motorway, the north-south highway 'US Route 1' in Massachusetts.? The filling stations are Gulf and Shell outlets on Boston's North Shore.
Problems facing management at these petrol stations include 'drive-offs' where motorists fill their tanks without paying, as well as assaults on staff, pilfering from shops on the forecourt and theft of car parts and accessories.
The challenges are being met by use of Hikvision's 5-megapixel cameras employing digital media processors based on TI's DaVinciTM technology. The cameras are positioned at cash registers, store entrances and exits as well as arrival and exit lanes from the freeway. License plate recognition is one of the most demanding tasks and clients are benefiting from the ability of these units to capture fine detail.
Some of the PoE cameras have been pole-mounted while others are attached to station fixtures. Cameras are also fitted under pump canopies. Here, shadow is an issue with the units required to perform across varying light levels, an optimum iris position being selected automatically. An ICR filter auto switch and electronic shutter control are optimizing image quality in low light.
The brief to integrator SoundBytes Security included providing footage from entrance and exit lanes to law enforcement agencies that are benefiting from the search and retrieval offered by the Hikvision H.264 video compression cards also being used on the project. SoundBytes are using dual-stream cards from the HCI series.?
Ed Morando Snr is the owner of SoundBytes Security. He said: "Our approach on all installations is to provide the client with the flexibility that comes from custom-assembled PC-based recorders, adding extra features according to individual site needs. Rapid incident retrieval is important for these customers and for police officers, but footage also helps with logistics and safety. Gulf and Shell pay particular attention to their duty of care to lone workers, and the camera images can be used to monitor tanker delivery staff when they arrive on site."
Mr Morando continued: "The range of Hikvision products used at these gas stations is wide; we are also supplying analogue and IP-addressable cameras. Both SoundBytes and the client can view images remotely from a web browser, taking control of cameras as necessary. Use of the footage is a combination of real-time monitoring and retrospective incident analysis."
The Hikvision 5-megapixel cameras used here deliver a compressed video stream with resolution of up to QSXGA (2560x1920) at 8fps and HD1080P (1920x1080) at full frame rate. The image quality more than meets evidential requirements and assists both management and civic authorities in securing convictions. The cameras recently produced images of stolen construction equipment being transported on US Route 1.
Local card storage (SD/SDHC) ensures no breaks in recording even when the network connection is interrupted. There is support for two-way audio and ePTZ. SoundBytes Security is a progressive integrator with a portfolio across transport, education and the leisure sector. The company has recently installed Hikvision speed domes at a community college in Massachusetts. SoundBytes is also active in multimedia management systems and provides the infrastructure for hosting two-way communications to remote receivers right across the United States. The company is based in Wakefield in the Greater Boston metropolitan area.
Mr Polo Cai, Vice President of Hikvision, said: "Route 1 is a crucial traffic artery and flexible fields of view across its infrastructure are paramount. Gasoline suppliers have high expectations of camera surveillance in terms of safety as well as commercial considerations.