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Brazilian border town contains smuggling with digital surveillance

Brazilian border town contains smuggling with digital surveillance

Brazil's Foz do Iguassu is located in the southwest corner of Paraná and home to some of the most popular natural tourist attractions, such as the Iguacu Falls and Iguacu National Park. Its unique geographical location makes it a busy border town with Paraguay and Argentina. The city was faced with the challenges of protecting its 300,000 residents and vital tourism industry from rising crossborder crime. To stem the flood of smuggled goods entering and exiting Brazil, the city partnered with Vmi Sistemas de Seguranca (VMI), Hikvision Digital Technology's distributor in Brazil to develop a video surveillance solution.

The distributor's first public project in the country was completed in June 2012. “Since this is a project that requires us to view a variety of subjects, from people to cars, we needed a great deal of technical flexibility,” said Alvaro de Souza, CCTV Manager at VMI. The video system consists of 120 WDR network domes in strategic locations throughout the city and borders. “With this camera, we can follow a fast-moving car with 540 degrees of horizontal speed and 400 degrees in vertical speed, and can change our camera presets in 0.5 second,” de Souza remarked. The cameras were placed on 7-meter and 15-meter poles; while some cameras experienced issues on 15-meter poles, de Souza noted it was not an issue for the WDR domes.

The dome's vertical range from -5 degrees to 185 degrees covers the view from a person standing directly below the camera, to helicopters flying directly above, and the camera's 36x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom capability can give a better picture of a person or car of interest, de Souza added. Moreover, to meet the challenges of outdoor environments, such as extreme weather, D/N conditions or headlights that can interfere with camera performance, the camera has an IP66-rated enclosure, IR filter and 128x WDR to offset these factors.

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