Vivotek IP Surveillance Monitors and Manages Iranian Steel Factory

Statistics show that Iran represents a construction market worth approximately US$38 billion per year, the largest turnover of its kind in the region. The nation's real estate market accounted for about 5 percent of its GDP in 2008. With so many new buildings being built and existing ones being retrofitted, security at these construction sites is a major concern.

PFN, Vivotek's authorized distributor in Iran, deployed Vivotek outdoor network cameras at the Hormozgan Steel Factory in Bandar Abbas, Iran, along with wireless solutions for remote access and monitoring.

A major Iranian steel producer, Hormozgan Steel, is building a new steel manufacturing factory in Bandar Abba, Iran. The new facility will have an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tons of slab iron and 1.65 million tons of sponge iron.

With a large area of around 18,000 square meters, the Hormozgan Steel Factory faced a problem of how to manage and monitor the construction site 24/7 and prevent crime. PFN suggested that a wireless solution and installation of Vivotek network cameras with access point (AP) devices would result in a simple, scalable, cost-effective wide-area installation.

The implementation includes a total of 28 outdoor network cameras installed around areas such as gateways, street corners, and depots. All of these cameras are suited for outdoor surveillance, featuring weatherproof IP66-rated housing for protection against dust and rain, as well as day and night functionality for clear video 24/7. The cameras are mounted on top of tall poles extending above the site, along with APs to connect the cameras to the network wirelessly, ensuring wide coverage for monitoring across the entire site.

Since the area of the metal factory is very large, the use of 360-degree cameras ensures complete coverage via its continuous pan capability. The 35x optical zoom enhances every minute detail at all corners of the location, and with the electronic image stabilization feature, some cameras can help mitigate vibration caused by wind and camera rotation so as to ensure a stable image at all times.

Vivotek's CMS was installed to allow for maximum management efficiency and operational convenience. By using it in conjunction with the wireless IP surveillance solution, the software can easily manage the construction site from the control center in Bandar Abbas and offer remote access from the head office in Tehran.

The IP surveillance solution offered savings in hardware and installation costs over other security alternatives, while at the same time showcasing excellent video quality and performance. "The solution has improved control over the entire site and ensures the smooth construction of the metal factory," said the Project Administrator at the Hormozgan Steel Factory. "It has brought us such benefits as quick search, the ability to easily add or reposition cameras, video analytics, motion sensing, and behavioral recognition."

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