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To keep residents and visitors safe, 24 hours a day, gated communities need comprehensive, reliable security solutions. At Copperleaf Golf Estate in Centurion, South Africa, these needs have been met with an advanced security solution from Hikvision, which incorporates AI-powered optical, thermal, and license plate recognition cameras that provide real-time alerts in the event of a perimeter breach or other security incident. The challenge Securing gated golf and residential community Residential gated communities provide significantly improved security compared to 'open' streets. In particular, gated communities can tightly control the vehicle and people’s access, helping protect residents and visitors to a far greater degree than would otherwise be possible. Security challenges Perimeters need to be checked to prevent security breaches and to support real-time responses to prevent theft But gated communities also face specific security challenges. As well as requiring physical walls or fences to prevent unauthorised people from entering, site perimeters need to be checked constantly to prevent security breaches, and to support real-time responses to prevent theft, vandalism, and other negative outcomes. These were the challenges facing Copperleaf Golf Estate, a gated residential community just 15 minutes outside Centurion in Mnandi, Gauteng, South Africa. The community offers a range of lots and houses in a peaceful setting, as well as South Africa's second 'Signature' golf course designed by the legendary South African professional golfer Ernie Els. Perimeter protection solution To protect residents and visitors, Copperleaf needed a perimeter protection solution to prevent unauthorised vehicles or people from entering the site. To achieve this goal, they worked with Independent Technology Security Systems (ITS Systems), an integrated security and building management solutions expert. "To keep everyone safe, Copperleaf needs to keep a close eye on their perimeter wall and other areas of the site, including the golf course. They also need to maintain vigilance even in adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain and fog, and after dark." Theo Mienie, Managing Director from ITS Systems says, "After conducting a thorough review of the facilities, we concluded that Hikvision's solutions are a good fit for Copperleaf." The solution A comprehensive solution from Hikvision AcuSense Fixed Bullet Network Cameras constantly protect the site's perimeter wall, the Els golf course, residential streets To provide the exceptionally high levels of security residents and golf members expect, ITS Systems has implemented a comprehensive Hikvision security solution for Copperleaf. This incorporates more than 100 AcuSense Fixed Bullet Network Cameras that constantly protect the site's perimeter wall, the Els golf course, residential streets, and security vetting rooms and offices. Security for the 8km perimeter wall is provided by over 50 Hikvision Thermal & Optical Bi-spectrum Network Bullet Cameras with intrusion detection capabilities up to a distance of 700 metres. If the perimeter is breached by a person or vehicle, an alert is sent to the security team automatically, and in real-time. ANPR Cameras, I-Series NVR and iVMS-4200 Hikvision ANPR Cameras have also been installed at the site's three entrance and exit points, providing an overhead view of vehicles coming into and leaving the estate 24 hours a day. These cameras offer license plate recognition technology to ensure that only authorised vehicles are admitted. The Copperleaf Security team checks feed and alert from the cameras using Hikvision's advanced control room infrastructure. This includes the Hikvision I-Series NVR and iVMS-4200 software and monitors, which display video footage and alerts, allowing the security team to take immediate action in the event of a suspected security breach. The benefits Efficient operation and all-around protection for peace of mind With the bullet network cameras' remote patrol capabilities, the security staff can visually check all sites Copperleaf Gold Estate has achieved alarm efficiency and labour cost reduction with the help of AI-embedded thermal cameras and AcuSense bullet network cameras, which can greatly reduce false alarms and provide accurate, real-time threat detection that distinguishes people and vehicles from other targets. Copperleaf has also minimised expenses on physical patrols. With the bullet network cameras' remote patrol capabilities, the security staff can visually check all sites using high-definition cameras based on patrol schedules, reducing requirements for physical patrols and other interventions. Efficient and effective "We no longer spend our time carrying out physical security checks and responding to and investigating false alarms," says Phineas Thosago, General Manager from Copperleaf Golf Estate. "Instead, we can focus 100% of our effort on real threats, which makes us far more efficient and more effective as a team and helps us maximize security for our residents and visitors." Deep-learning video analytics The thermal cameras feature deep-learning video analytics in all weather and light conditions The site is protected 24/7/365, even in adverse weather conditions. The thermal cameras feature deep-learning video analytics in all weather and light conditions, ensuring that Copperleaf Golf Estate is protected 24x7, 365 days a year. "Copperleaf needed cameras that could withstand all kinds of adverse weather conditions," says ITS Systems' Theo Mienie, "The Hikvision cameras provide the reliable, always-on capabilities they need. Copperleaf Golf Estate has now achieved an extremely high level of security for residents and visitors." AI features Combined with the AI capabilities of Hikvision cameras – the advanced features ensure that security threats can be detected accurately and addressed immediately. "We are taking advantage of AI features that automate alerts and help us work faster and better," says Phineas Thosago. "It just shows how quickly the security industry is evolving that these kinds of features have become accessible for small and medium-sized businesses." Copperleaf Golf Estate’s Phineas Thosago says, "We can now detect and respond in real-time in the event of a security incident, which means total peace of mind for our residents and visitors to the golf course."
The recent theft of luxury wines from Spanish restaurant, Atrio, highlighted one of the greatest difficulties when it comes to security in the entertainment sector. From museums and art galleries to wineries, hotels, and restaurants, protecting against theft, vandalism and unauthorised handling of goods is a continuous challenge in the tourism industry. Despite the wide variety of issues, there is a key differentiating element, which is that these are places open to the public, where security must coexist with daily business operation and must not deteriorate the visitor experience. Perfect security solution This is a key aspect to consider when designing an effective security strategy, with 2D LiDAR sensors positioned as the perfect security solution. Laser detectors based on LiDAR technology (Laser Imaging, Detection and Ranging) allow users to protect goods very discreetly on display by detecting hands or objects that come too close to them. Laser detectors based on LiDAR technology allow users to protect goods very discreetly The sensor creates an invisible virtual wall or curtain that protects the cabinets or shelves where the items are on display, precisely excluding other areas, thus avoiding the effect on the user experience. Because of their smart and versatile detection, LiDAR sensors are successfully used in a wide variety of applications. Security in warehouses, bars, and restaurants Bars and restaurants often offer diners a selection of fine wines and spirits. Wineries and cellars have also become a tourist attraction, and an important part of the experience is usually to visit areas where high-value products are stored. In these confined spaces, the precise detection of LiDAR technology can alert if a bottle or item is removed from the shelf. For example, in the case of The Londoner luxury hotel in the UK, its six bars and restaurant areas have REDSCAN LiDARs installed to protect their expensive beverages on display. The laser sensor creates an invisible wall and continually scans the detection area; the size of the detection zone can be configured for objects as small as 2.5 cm, so that if any hand or object were to enter the detection area, the alarm would trigger, alerting staff by activating cameras or sound alerts. The precise detection of LiDAR technology can alert if a bottle or item is removed from the shelf Protection in art spaces At the same time, LiDAR allows users to create separate zones within the detection area and link them to arming and disarming alarm systems, or access control credentials to not obstruct day-to-day work. Similarly, in museums, galleries, and art exhibitions, 2D LiDARs are used to create a virtual ‘shield’ that allows customers and visitors to enjoy works of art while protecting them, activating alerts with extreme precision only when someone or something approaches the protected art. Whether intentionally or not, paintings, sculptures, and other pieces of art face a series of threats—it could be a curious hand, a child playing or a real theft attempt. This can occur during opening hours or while the business is closed, but in all cases losses due to stolen or damaged art can be very significant; therefore, adequate protection is required. Complete wall protection LiDARs allow different settings to protect the same space to adapt to security needs Some artistic goods can be protected in a display cabinet, but, in most cases, art is exhibited without any physical protection. So that visitors may connect with the art, it’s important that security should not get in the way nevertheless threats must be identified quickly and accurately and security personnel must be alerted. LiDARs allow different settings to protect the same space to adapt to security needs depending on opening and closing times. For example, only valuables can be protected during opening hours, and complete wall protection can be set up when the exhibition is closed. It’s important that security should not get in the way nevertheless threats must be identified quickly Security at festivals and seasonal events The organisation of festivals requires mobilising large electronic and AV equipment, instruments, costumes, props, and more. The short-term nature of these events can be a significant vulnerability when it comes to protecting all these high-value goods and, to some extent, limits security options. The solution must be quick to implement and not require an existing structure or fixed wiring. The LiDAR sensor can create a virtual wall that alerts if someone enters the warehouse area A LiDAR with a built-in camera, such as the new REDSCAN Pro model, allows the creation of a security system in these environments, offering extremely precise and ultra-fast detection to initiate security events, together with a camera for video verification of alarms and event recording. Mounted on a retractable pole and easy to install and transport, the LiDAR sensor can create a virtual wall that alerts if someone enters the warehouse area or parking areas, where equipment is usually stored. Accurate detection technology In addition, the LiDAR wall can alert if someone or something enters hazardous areas, such as fuel tanks or electrical generators, immediately alerting someone to their approach to these areas and setting off a sound warning or informing the security team. With the use of smart, versatile, and accurate detection technology, security goes from being a reactive process to a proactive, much more agile, and effective security system. LiDARs offer the precision and reliability that high-value goods need, in addition to being aesthetically discreet, both because of the type of protection they offer (a very thin invisible laser curtain) and because the cover can be customised to adapt them to the environment where they are going to be installed.
Nestled into the base of the Sierra Foothills and on the way to California’s Yosemite National Park, the Chukchansi Gold Casino and Resort offers visitors and locals alike a scenic gaming and entertainment destination. It is owned and operated by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians and features 56,000 square feet of gaming space with 1,750 slot machines and 36 table games as well as a nightclub, players club, and dining and entertainment services. Challenge The Casino originally opened in 2003 with a Pelco video security system, including Pelco cameras and the Endura Video Management System (VMS), designed and built by system integrator - SSI. And while casino security was happy with the Endura VMS, it was looking for increased efficiencies, more functional monitoring, and a video security system that also would allow for growth. Improving monitoring and video security In addition, the casino needed to establish security for a recently- added service station and convenience store The Casino also needed a method to improve its ability to monitor gaming table and slot machine activities, cash rooms, and other areas of the property while establishing the groundwork for future scalability. In addition, it needed to establish security for a recently- added service station and convenience store. Adding complexity to the challenge, the Chukchansi Gold Casino and Resort must comply with strict tribal, state, and federal gaming regulations that include specific video security requirements. Per the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), tribal government gaming is subject to more stringent regulation and security controls than any other type of gaming in the USA. Solution The Casino gave the go-ahead for SSI to replace the existing Endura VMS with Pelco’s newest VMS, VideoXpert. “We have worked for hand in hand with Chukchansi for the past 14 years and knew they would benefit greatly from the efficiencies and expansion Pelco’s VideoXpert VMS offers,” said Todd Flowers, President of SSI. Todd Flowers adds, “The upgrade from Endura to VideoXpert was seamless and the changeover was accomplished with little to no disturbance of their operations.” VideoXpert VMS solution The VideoXpert VMS solution tackles the Casino’s need for more functional monitoring and control of the video security system. The software’s extensive capabilities allow the Casino to plan for growth and added functionality through onboard features, as well as third-party integrations. An intuitive user interface, easy-to-use solution Tagging allows cameras to be tagged with multiple names, providing the means for very specific search operations With an intuitive browser-like interface that utilises tab views for a single source experience, views can be called up via sequencing, alarm tabs, and via event, viewer features such as the bookmark feature. This allows operators to quickly review incidents by capturing scenes from multiple angles and then synchronising the video, utilising VideoXpert’s powerful investigative engine that quickly locates and collates video. Another important feature for improving efficiency is tagging, which allows cameras to be tagged with multiple names, providing the means for very specific and dedicated search operations. Camera control and management Another new function for the Casino’s VMS is the control and management of cameras deployed in the newly-built service station and convenience store on the property. Video from these cameras is monitored from the same control room as video from the casino, enabling the system to continue to scale and grow in a manageable way. Infrastructure upgrades are often finished before implementing a new video security and control system; in Chukchansi Gold’s case, the infrastructure upgrade was concurrent with the VideoXpert VMS and new control room install. These capabilities allowed for a smooth crossover because SSI could install the new VMS in parallel with the Casino’s existing Endura system. Seamless transition As an example, the integrator could map Endura components nearly one-to-one with VideoXpert. Pelco’s simple migration application also enabled Chukchansi to migrate their entire Endura database, ensuring a relatively seamless transition between the VMS solutions. The migration process transfers user names, roles, permissions, and associations for all three items, allowing authorised Endura users to maintain their same roles and permissions when using VideoXpert. The migration process also transfers all camera names, numbers, groups, and locations. Pelco IP cameras Plans for the changeover also included the Casino repurposing its existing Endura-based storage Plans for the changeover also included the Casino repurposing its existing Endura-based storage. All that was involved was to upgrade the NSM licences and then deploy the cameras and migrate them over to VideoXpert. This saved the Casino considerable budgeted funds that were subsequently applied to adding new Pelco IP cameras and a more efficient control room. According to Flowers, this made economic sense in several ways for Chukchansi Gold. Faster video data access Another system advantage can be seen in the control room. The decluttered workstations contain only an enhanced keyboard and a 3D mouse. Operators are trained on VideoXpert is usually less than a day, allowing them to quickly take advantage of the new VMS’s faster access to video data for better and more informed decision making. Result Chukchansi Gold is confident that their newly upgraded Pelco video security and control system puts them at the forefront of tribal gaming trends in California. “We have been able to meet regulatory demands and ensure a safe and secure experience for our staff and guests by leveraging new technology,” said Tommy McDonald, Surveillance Manager, Chukchansi Gold Casino, and Resort, adding “We couldn’t be more pleased with the results.” Scalable design “Our latest release of VideoXpert provides Chukchansi Gold with the user intuitive operation, scalability, performance, and versatility they required to implement all of the system upgrade objectives they set out to accomplish,” said Miki Manjal, Global Vertical Market Manager – Casinos & Gaming at Pelco. Miki Manjal adds, “Additionally, the open platform will allow them to further enhance business operations by implementing any technology integrations in our growing portfolio of solutions to deliver functionality beyond surveillance and security applications.”
With millions in inventory, car dealerships can’t take any risks with their security, but manual security patrols significantly increase operating costs. To address this challenge, Hungarian car dealership, CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. has implemented an innovative, AI-powered perimeter protection solution from Hikvision. This supports far more efficient remote security monitoring, while also automating car-rental processes for further cost savings – all adding up to 100% ROI in under eight months. Asset protection and automation Car dealerships and car rental companies often hold millions of dollars in assets, including vehicles, tools, and buildings. As a result, these kinds of businesses often need large security teams on site 24x7 to manage and monitor their operations. The challenges of manual security processes and staffing costs are very familiar to CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd The challenges of manual security processes and staffing costs are very familiar to CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd., which is the official dealership and service centre for Ford and Peugeot in the country. The company, which operates four sites in the Győr, Sopron and Tatabánya regions of Hungary, and employs more than 100 people, holds millions of dollars-worth of vehicle stock, and also offers vehicle rental services. Enhanced site security and efficiency To maximise site security and to increase efficiency, CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. needed new systems to improve and automate its security monitoring operations. Additionally, the company wanted to automate checks on rental cars being returned by customers to reduce reliance on manual processes and to reduce staffing requirements and associated costs. Smart video technology from Hikvision To automate and improve site security and rental car checks, CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. worked with local security partner, Derik Hungária Kft (Derik Group) to implement a smart video solution from Hikvision. The video solution incorporates Hikvision AcuSense fixed bullet cameras and an AcuSense Network Video Recorder (NVR), Hikvision DS-7732NXI-I4/4S, which automate monitoring of the site perimeter. These AI-powered products trigger ‘line crossing’ alerts, when unauthorised people enter the CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. site. In such cases, an alarm is sent to remote security staff at the Derik Group operating centre, and guards are dispatched to the site immediately. Hikvision AcuSense cameras are equipped with DarkFighter technology Hikvision AcuSense cameras equipped with DarkFighter technology The Hikvision AcuSense cameras are equipped with DarkFighter technology, which enables crystal-clear video imaging, even in very-low light conditions, or at night. This ensures that security breaches are captured on camera in vivid detail – supporting investigations and providing evidence for later use. As well as protecting the site perimeter, the Hikvision solution also helps automate and streamline CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd.’s car rental processes – including vehicle collection and drop-off. This is achieved with Hikvision video intercoms, which are used by operators who tell customers how and where to pick up and drop off their rental cars. Hikvision high-resolution Fixed Mini Bullet cameras and other Fixed Bullet cameras positioned at different angles are then used to check that vehicles being returned by customers are undamaged. Efficiency gains and rapid ROI CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. has eliminated the need for on-site security staff, significantly improving operating efficiency Thanks to the Hikvision smart video solution, CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. has eliminated the need for on-site security staff, significantly improving operating efficiency. What's more, the company has increased site security with the ability to detect, verify, and respond to security threats in real time. With far fewer false alarms, security costs have also fallen significantly, and security teams at the operating center can focus more of their effort on responding to real security threats. Finally, Hikvision provided excellent technical and local language support for the Derik Group, throughout the CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. installation, ensuring that all project quality, cost, and time KPIs were met. Cost-effective and high performance remote security Imre Mózes, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd., said “Our intention with this project was to transition from manual, on-site security monitoring to far more efficient, cost-effective, remote security.” Imre Mózes adds, “The Hikvision solution, with its automated "line-crossing" detection, has helped us achieve our efficiency goals. Not only that, but we have also automated our car rental processes with Hikvision, which has enabled us to achieve even greater efficiency gains.” Delivering major cost and time savings, CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd.'s smart video solution is expected to pay for itself in just six to eight months. Based on this outstanding ROI projection, CarNet FOR-TOP Ltd. has decided to implement similar remote security solutions from Hikvision across all four of its sites in Győr, Sopron, and Tatabánya.