CCTV, ANPR camera, Fish-eye camera
Client: Secured Mail
Delivering over 500 million items a year, Secured Mail part of The Delivery Group, are one of the largest independent postal businesses in the UK. Of the two depots in the UK, their Luton centre receives, sorts and delivers to the whole of the Midlands and the South.
Their local management felt they needed to update their CCTV system. Their existing CCTV system, with relatively low-resolution cameras, which spread across the site, was connected to 5 separate hard disk recorders (DVRs). However the complete system was not linked together, which meant if they wanted to view two particular cameras at the same point in time, they had to view one camera at one location in the depot, but to view the other camera, move to another office elsewhere and use a different DVR accordingly. In addition, the ability to download and share footage wasn’t necessarily a simple process.
Aware of Silver Group’s professional reputation for bespoke systems, as well as the recommendation by other nearby organisations, who had benefited from Silver Groups expertise – there was no question who to call upon.
The Silver Group Solution
Although one option would have been to remove all cameras and wiring and re-start completely. Instead, Silver Group were able to utilise much of their existing wiring infrastructure to the cameras, thereby saving the clients disruption to their own operations, but also of course significant cost.
“These latest technology, hi-definition cameras which can operate from the standard previously installed co-axial cables have been ideal for so many of our clients in similar warehouse and industrial units. For Secured Mail, this meant we could install the new system without the depot losing a single minute in productivity. They hardly knew we were there!” – Sergio De Michele, Managing Director of Silver Group
For some of the key areas within the sorting unit, we suspended ‘Fish-eye’ lens cameras from the ceiling. These are particular useful as unobtrusive fixed lens units and with the accompanying software, they can zoom in with a non-distorted image to clearly show activity within that zone. Never missing that crucial moment because the cameras was pointing the other way!
Having replaced the DVR units with hybrid network capable recorders with larger storage capacities and able to handle much faster data rates, we were able to offer the solution, whereby although they were still positioned separately across the site as before, they could be all controlled centrally. Footage could more viewed and easily downloaded, to be shared either with the head office or if necessary, external authorities. From that one desk they have complete view of the whole site and because of the secure software used, they can easily change the viewing location if required
Due to Silver Groups ‘common sense’ approach for the best solution for Secured Mail’s CCTV requirements, we were able to install less cameras than they had previously and yet still managed to provide much better coverage.
In particular, the addition of ANPR cameras at the depot gates, mean that the registration plates of all vehicles entering and departing are electronically logged and time stamped.
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