With the introduction of affordable high definition megapixel cameras and the ability to control them over an IP network infrastructure, has come the opportunity for distribution centres to achieve considerably more from their investment in a video surveillance system. There can perhaps be no better example of this then at APC Overnight’s new national sortation centre in Cannock, West Midlands. A Samsung video over IP solution, in addition to providing a powerful tool to minimise theft, is assisting operational personnel with tracking the movement every month of 1.5 million parcels, as well as ensuring strict compliance with the company’s health and safety procedures.
The construction of the new sortation centre provided APC Overnight with an opportunity to take full advantage of the superb images that can be captured by the latest generation of high definition megapixel cameras by deploying them in locations where evidence grade images might be required or where there was a need, such as at conveyor belts and loading bay areas, to be able to zoom in to observe close up detail of any activity.
Sixty-one of the specified cameras are from the Samsung LiteNet ‘affordable’ network camera series. Thirty-six of these are SND-7061 3 megapixel full HD network dome cameras and 25 are SND-5061 1.3 megapixel network dome cameras. Both models are equipped with 3-8mm varifocal lens and share a long list of features including four programmable motion detection zones, 12 programmable privacy zones and power over Ethernet.
The remainder of the 124 cameras are a mixture of fixed cameras and PTZ domes, each carefully selected for the specific location at which they are installed in order that the video surveillance system meets APC Overnight’s expectations. The images captured by all the cameras are recorded onto Samsung network video recorders with operators able to view both live and recorded video with the help of Samsung Security Manager license-free video surveillance management software.