Over 3,800 Sony network security cameras contribute to a greater sense of public safety – and lower crime rates – in the Republic of Honduras’ two biggest cities of San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa. Over 3,800 Sony network security cameras contribute to a greater sense of public safety - and lower crime rates - in the Republic of Honduras’ two biggest cities of San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa.
In order to combat high crime levels, the Honduran government Ministry of Security established the country’s 911 National Emergency System in 2015. Uniting police, fire and ambulance departments, Red Cross and other public bodies, the system improves the handling speed and efficient resolution of 911 emergency calls. At the system’s heart is a powerful situational management platform that collates all incidents reported by phone, radio or detected by the network of cameras. Allowing a swifter response to reported incidents, the cutting-edge system offers further benefits.
Round-the-clock monitoring of many different locations gives Honduran authorities a deep understanding of crime or emergency patterns. In addition, the platform is an effective tool in auditing each agency’s performance while handling incidents, thus helping to improve processes.
The ‘eyes’ of this extensive security system are over 3,800 Sony video security cameras. The cameras’ excellent Full HD imaging performance made them ideal for this challenging large-scale application. Sony’s unique XDNR, Wide Dynamic Range and Visibility Enhancer technologies optimize picture quality in all lighting conditions, from sun-drenched city streets and backlit entrances to dim low-light conditions.
“We determined that Sony was a very reliable company with a strong reputation in the security industry,” notes Otoniel Martinez, regional business director at security integration specialist Grupo Visión. “In addition, the directors of this national project love the quality and resolution of the Sony cameras.”
The weather- and vandal-resistant SNC WR632C rapid dome camera combines powerful 30x optical zoom with gyro stabilisation. This ensures stable close-ups of suspicious activity, even when cameras are subject to strong winds and mechanical vibration on tall mounting poles.
“Before making our decision, we carefully compared the performance of several security brands,” confirms Oscar Alcerro, Director of Operations at Dynamic Corporation that worked with Grupo Visión to deliver the major project. “With valuable features like high-power zoom and fast autofocus, these Sony cameras are ideal for city surveillance. We had already used Sony on previous projects, and were convinced they are excellent in every respect.”
SNC-VB630 and SNC-VB640 box cameras feature Sony’s highly sensitive Exmor CMOS sensor technology for clear low-noise Full HD images, even in high-contrast scenes with areas of intense sunlight and dark shadow.
Based on careful analysis of ‘hotspot’ areas, the cameras’ visible location – at bus stops, streets, retail centres, parks and residential areas – improves citizens’ sense of security.
“Our expectations have been 100 percent met,” confirms Juan Carlos Degrandez, Deputy Director of the 911 National Emergency System. “The solution has delivered excellent quality and performance, with very few failures”.