As the sixth oldest town in South Africa and with 180,000 residents, George forms the administrative capital of the Southern Cape in the world-renowned Garden Route area. Whilst George is the business capital of the region, it also boasts the largest medical fraternity and has the largest number of bed-nights' accommodation available. With its own airport, large conference facilities, many tourist attractions which includes numerous championship Golf courses, George is a travel destination for many South Africans and also tourists from all over the world.
The George Municipality wanted a surveillance system to protect the building that includes the mayor's office, the offices of all the political parties' councilors, a place where meetings about decisions on local government are held, all the city management and services departments and payments for local rates and taxes are also received at this location.
After months of tender processes, Suiderkruis Security was awarded the contract to install a new surveillance system for George Municipality. The biggest challenge was the size of the building that included multiple floors which could result in vast amounts of cabling used and would increase the project value and time spent tremendously. A very important issue was also system functionality and ease of use. The controllers monitoring these cameras are normally not very IT literate and the system should work for them and not the other way around. "I therefore decided that the system design should as far as possible utilize network cameras and at selected places and entrances use megapixel cameras. To save even further cabling and time costs all cameras were to be powered by PoE switches" said Andre Steenkamp from Suiderkruis Security.
"We are very excited to roll out the initial safe-city project in South Africa," stated Michael Isakov of 3xLOGIC. "Our system was specifically designed to address the deployment and operational challenges we face in safe-city projects assuring we meet the main goal – keeping the city center safe, protecting the public buildings, streets and public parks, and more importantly, preventing potential crime and violations. There is a high growing demand for safe-city projects and we are here to address the need".