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Korean church improves congregation safety with networked surveillance

Korean church improves congregation safety with networked surveillance
Gwacheon Church and its congregation was founded 60 years ago. Although the church had managed well without any security system such as CCTV, its rapid growth made it necessary to more comprehensively manage church property. In particular, the church wanted to install an easy-to-use, yet efficient video surveillance system for the kindergarten within the church compound, as well as the church interior, exterior, and parking lots.
Mission
Gwacheon Church and its congregation was founded 60 years ago. Although the church had managed well without any security system such as CCTV, its rapid growth made it necessary to more comprehensively manage church property. In particular, the church wanted to install an easy-to-use, yet efficient video surveillance system for the kindergarten within the church compound, as well as the church interior, exterior, and parking lots.

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But the church’s main building, education center, and social works wing are separated by large distances so integrating the system was a challenge. The solution was to install an IP camera system capable of supporting network infrastructure and high-resolution video.
 
Given the extensive, open-ended nature of churches, high-resolution images were an absolute necessity for monitoring. For surveillance of spacious prayer halls and large parking lots, Axis network cameras were the ideal solution. Gwacheon Church has improved its security level significantly through the use of Axis network cameras which are suitable for various applications and environments.
 
Solution
Initially, Axis partner, Sunjin Infotech, set out to create a network infrastructure by using an SDSL sender/receiver at the education and social works centers along with a video extension solution through network cables in spots where monitoring was needed.
 
Installing conventional analog CCTV between remote buildings may incur significant costs and headaches for installation and maintenance along with signal deterioration when sending and receiving analog signals. Gwacheon Church cut costs while gaining high-resolution video signals by using SDSL technology that creates an environment to connect IP-based equipment. Through the network-based technology, the video images saved in the NVR system can be delivered to far-away locations via the UTP cable.
 
For security monitoring, indoor fixed dome cameras and fixed cameras were installed in several areas. In three outdoor parking lots, PTZ cameras and fixed cameras were mounted to eliminate blind spots. This avoided congestion problems during peak worship service times and simultaneously solved security issues.
 
All of this was done using the PoE technology which allows power supply and video recording with one cable. All of the cameras could monitor in real-time while permitting video searches via NVR later.
 
In addition to being able to save and search video files via NVR, the system is highly flexible to a degree that system managers can perform real-time monitoring anytime, from anywhere. The church tested several video security systems but the Axis solution was the clear choice; one of the reasons being that it enabled parents to view videos of their children in kindergarten from any location.  
 
Result
With Axis network cameras, Gwacheon Church has deployed and is managing a comprehensive security system with minimum staff. Since the cameras have been carefully selected to meet specific requirements, they offer maximum effectiveness for each application. The camera system, including the 2-megapixel HDTV camera and an array of high-resolution network cameras, guarantees the safety of the church and its congregation through progressive scan high-quality video.
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