Argentinean country club deters crime with IP eyes

Argentinean country club deters crime with IP eyes

Founded in 1969, the 235–hectare Los Lagartos Country Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina deployed an integrated IP-based video surveillance system consisting of Axis Communications network cameras, fixed PTZ domes, video server and Netcamera VMS to deter crime at its sports and residential facilities. The club has 616 housing units, 380 families of resident members, and sporting facilities including 27-hole golf course, 30 tennis courts, six fields for soccer, hockey, squash and equestrian facilities and others. Local installer Cameras Overnet implemented began implementing the project in early 2007, and new equipment is currently being added to the system.

With its large surface area and concentrated sporting, social, and cultural activities, this country club found it necessary to install a modern, agile, and flexible video surveillance system that would: Allow for real-time monitoring of events affecting security at access points, perimeters, and public areas to provide greater protection for critical areas of the country club. In addition, the system needs to perform video surveillance from a central monitoring room and facilitate remote access to images captured at various points throughout the facilities. Serve as an additional deterrent to crime that complemented other security systems and allow for the retrieval of archived images for security audits.

A preliminary study was conducted in each sector of the country club to determine the points to be monitored, analyze the current network, and determine the infrastructure needed to achieve the client's security objectives. After the study was completed, the project moved on to the implementation phase and the deployment of the proposed solution. Camaras Overnet professionals also conducted training sessions to ensure that the club's security team was fully prepared to handle all aspects of the new system.
 
In addition, because it is based on an open architecture, the system supports new enhancements and updates. The Axis network cameras, fixed PTZ domes and video server were installed outdoors, equipped with protective housings. A video recording system controlled by Netcamara VMS was also employed.

The club now can control, monitor, and save images captured by cameras at each of the sectors. Cameras Overnet suggested that the solution architecture should be installed in a centralized fashion (several locations managed from one central operating point). This means that live and recorded images from any camera can be accessed from the control center. The level of security at the country club has been significantly improved, which is reflected in a better quality of life.

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