Milestone Surveillance System Resides at South African Hotel

Milestone Surveillance System Resides at South African Hotel
Milestone-certified partner Camsecure has installed HDTV video surveillance cameras at the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. Upgrading the hotel's security technology with the newest innovations is a continuous ROI thanks to the Milestone open platform IP VMS.

The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa is an international hotel for top echelon guests such as political dignitaries, royalty, entertainers and other VIPs. Such clientele demand the utmost in security and privacy. The hotel's original African art collection also requires top protection and the surveillance system simultaneously provides constant overview of all staff shifts and activities to ensure the effective operations.

"We have about 150 HDTV cameras at the Saxon and 40 legacy STD resolution cameras, running them on H.264 compression at 8 fps which does not use a lot of disk space or bandwidth,” said Francois Malan, Technical Director at Camsecure. “In actual fact we are using less disk space with HDTV cameras on H.264 than we were using with STD resolution cameras on M-JPEG. We are covering much larger areas with a single camera than ever before and recording more pixels for coverage of all entrances for identification purposes."

Plans are to also use the Axis cameras built-in motion detection in order to cut down on the processing power required by the recording servers, so the servers will barely be doing any processing work just writing footage to disk.

Many of the Saxon Hotel's high-profile guests also travel with their own security personnel. Often these professionals will do previsit inspections of the hotel to review their VIP's specific protection requirements.

"Within the security industry, including foreign and police agencies, they know how our operation is and that it is one of the best possibly available. They are t comfortable with our security measures," said Shaun Swanepoel, Security Manager at the Saxon Hotel.

"The open-platform network video approach with Milestone at the core allows the expansions over time to cover new property, but also to use new types of cameras that become available. Taking advantage of the latest technologies keeps the business competitive and to continue providing the security and service levels for their important guests," Malan said.
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