Prince of Wales Island International School provided just such an opportunity for a comprehensive high-end Hikvision solution.This international school offers many things: a British-based secondary education, full dormitory accommodations, and a large campus that rivals many international schools. With the many amenities Prince of Wales Island International School already provides their pupils, school administrators were keen to add a comprehensive security solution to the package.
In outdoor areas, Maureen Khoo, Project Manager at IS Solutions and Consultancy Sdn Bhd in Malaysia, selected Hikvision's Speed Dome to provide eyes on areas where feet couldn't. Ms. Khoo noted, "Placed outside in the general campus, this camera offers what we need to secure the common areas. We are able to utilize the flexibility of this unit, and the ability to rotate, adjust and immediately zoom in on objects. Regardless of the time of day, this gives us a very detailed picture of who, or what, we are looking at. Additionally, the ability of Hikvision's Speed Dome technology guarantees unprecedented image quality – in varying lighting situations – to meet this school's security needs." The Speed Dome achieves this through features such as a 1/4" SONY high performance CCD, 3D intelligent positioning function, and a proportional zoom function, among others.
Hikvision's High Definition & Low Light Box Camera also provides added eyes in the sky. Again, the aspect of operating in minimal lighting was very important. This is provided by a minimum illumination of 0.02Lux @ F1.2 (Color), 0.002 Lux @ F1.2 (B/W) and IR cut filter with auto switch which "gives us the ability to see in both day and night in color, but in black and white if desired," Ms. Khoo explained.
With over 150 units between these two models on campus, they secure both general and niche-type areas. Residing both indoors and outdoors, "they are great because with high definition, we are really able to identify who exactly is at a specific location – regardless of area," Ms. Khoo related.
While camera placement is an important issue because direct sunlight can diminish the quality of the picture, both of these cameras excel based on the fact that they only require a minimum of light to function. This, combined with a high definition picture, ensures that security personnel always have an excellent view of who is entering, or leaving, a facility.
Attaching these many Hikvision cameras into a central control room is the Hybrid DVR. This DVR was integral to the overall solution.
Additionally, if there is a power failure to the school – which periodically happens in Malaysia – the Decoder Server will automatically reboot the security system with the programmed security settings. This saves the school and the security provider the trouble and inefficiency of reprogramming everything after each power outage.
This server boasts high-performance hardware decoding and standard H.264/MPEG4 video codec, and is compatible with Hikvision DVR and Network cameras; offering up to 720p resolution decoding, as well as VGA and composite output simultaneously.
Finally, rounding out this solution was Hikvision's Network Keyboard. On an aesthetic note, Ms. Khoo notes "not only does this keyboard improve functionality, it also looks really cool. Often, it is the little things such as this that provide an intrinsic motivation to security personnel." Features such as 7" TFT touch screen at 800x480 resolution, and speed dome, video decoder & DVR control provide both.