Axis IR IP cameras monitor Colombian cafe house in low lighting

Axis IR IP cameras monitor Colombian cafe house in low lighting

Mission
A mainstay of Bogota nightlife since 1998, this restaurant has become famous for its live tropical music, traditional food, colorful decor and party atmosphere. Its owners, the Colombian singer/songwriter Carlos Vives and his brother, Guillermo, saw the opportunity to convert it into in a central meeting point for the city's artists, earning it the nickname “The Artists' Cafe.” Constant worry about client security at the establishment led the owners to look for higher quality cameras than the analog ones that were being used.

Solution
Aiming to expand and improve their electronic security system, Gaira Cafe Cumbia House sought out Observer Monitoring, an Axis partner in Colombia. They recommended migration to an IP system of 13 fixed infrared (IR) AXIS M3024-LVE and 5 AXIS M1013 Network Cameras, and one AXIS Q1765-LE Network Camera. Distributors Lince Commercial and Scansource – also Axis partners – collaborated on the project as well.

Result
In addition to bringing a greater sense of security to its clients, Gaira Cafe Cumbia House uses the imaging capabilities of the new system to locate objects lost in dimly lit areas at night. The cameras are integrated into screens visible to everyone in the bar and also generate videos over their YouTube channel, GairaTV. Being outdoor-ready, the same camera models are found outside the entrance and on the facade in front of the bar, where they are in use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Music videos shared on the Internet
One of the greatest innovations of the video surveillance system adopted by Gaira Café Cumbia House is to use the cameras in ways that go beyond security. One of the AXIS M3024-LVE Network Camera models – which offers HDTV image quality, a built-in infrared LED and is vandal-resistant – is aimed at the stage and records the night's musical performances. This video footage is enhanced by the establishment's sound and video editor, who sends it to all displays throughout the bar so that everyone can enjoy the show. At the same time, the videos are shared worldwide over the Internet on GairaTV, the bar's YouTube channel.

Supervision of cash registers and people
In any commercial establishment, one critical area is the cash register. At Gaira Cafe Cumbia House, the register is monitored using the bullet-style AXIS Q1765-LE Network Camera. Its HDTV-quality 1080p resolution and built-in IR illumination offer a clear view of everything that happens with the handling of money and client credit cards. Another important area is the kitchen. Axis cameras monitor the handling of food, guaranteeing that the establishment's adopted procedures are followed by employees. Additionally, cameras installed in hallway areas help management evaluate employee quality of service.

Expansion in sight
After having begun its expansion with the first two floors in 2008, Gaira Cafe Cumbia House has plans to continue expanding to six floors. This growth will go hand-in-hand with a video surveillance project currently consisting of 19 Axis cameras – slated to increase to approximately 80 cameras from Axis.



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