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Texas Title Loans upgrade IP security solution with Axis and ASG

Texas Title Loans upgrade IP security solution with Axis and ASG
ASG Security, a national systems integrator and service provider of electronic security solutions, replaced the analog cameras with compact AXIS M1031-W Network Cameras.

Texas Title Loans, LLC, which offers short-term loans against future paychecks and personal vehicles, operates 14 offices across Texas. The one-room storefronts measure less than 800 square feet and typically handle up to three transactions a day. Customers can request instant payouts from the cash drawers, and employees split their time between phone sales and walk-in business.

Each store had an analog CCTV system, but the video quality proved next to useless when investigating an incident. Additionally, the operations managers at the corporate offices were tired of managing the disparate DVRs, and they experienced video retrieval issues. Additionally, if a location lost power, Texas Title Loans would have to contact their security vendor to manually reset the analog system. This lack of control left executives feeling vulnerable to coverage blackouts. But with the need for only two cameras in each store, network video appeared costly compared to their analog system despite the additional benefits; that was until ASG Security presented a hosted video proposal that allowed the company to cut capital expenses and streamline surveillance operations.

“Going the hosted video route just made economic sense for us,” says Mark Autrey, project manager for Texas Title Loans, LLC. “If we did it all ourselves, we'd not only have to shoulder the capital expense of all that equipment, but we'd also be forced to hire two more full-time IT people to handle the workload.”

Plug-and-play simplicity
Installing the hosted video system was incredibly simple, because the new Axis cameras arrived at each site pre-configured to automatically communicate via Secure-i's Hosted Video Recorder to the ASG server. Since DSL lines, RJ45 connectors, and power outlets were already in place, ASG simply removed the old cameras and plugged in the Axis ones. As soon as the cameras powered up, they automatically started streaming to ASG's secure data center. “The One-Click Camera Connection eliminated a lot of painstaking configuration, which made the switchover go a lot faster than we hoped,” says Autrey.

Texas Title Loans now logs onto a secure portal via a standard web browser to access live and recorded video from each store. “It's a completely secure system that gives us 100% control over our chain-wide surveillance operations,” assures Autrey. Texas Title Loans can also reset cameras after power outages and modify resolutions, frame rates, microphone volumes, and other camera features from headquarters rather than sending a technician on a service call.

Camera selection: See all. Hear all.
Given the physical dimensions of the stores, ASG strategically placed two AXIS M1031-W Network Cameras in each location to capture the store's entrance and transactions at the loan desks. The cameras record continuously during business hours and are set to detect motion after hours. “The VGA resolution of the IP cameras gives Texas Title Loans great visual details – much greater than they were accustomed to with analog – while the microphones capture conversations in crystal clear clarity,” explains Bob Ryan, vice president of ASG Security. “Corporate knows what's going on during the business day, and if an alarm goes off after hours they can verify if it's a real break-in before calling police.”

All-in-one tool: Loss prevention, safety and revenue building
Texas Title Loans initially installed the cameras for the safety and security of their employees in the event of an unhappy customer or a robbery. But the image clarity has given them fresh eyes on day-to-day operations as well. Corporate can use video for training purposes and improve efficiency, including customer service. With new audio capabilities, the company uses the surveillance system to monitor the quality of employee service during telephone calls and face-to-face interactions with customers.

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