Arecont Vision cameras provide panoramic coverage at petrol station in South Africa

Los Angeles, CA (December 6, 2011) – Arecont Vision's megapixel SurroundVideo panoramic cameras provide superior image detail for real-time video surveillance and forensic investigations at a Shell Petrol Service Station in Kensington, South Africa. The system uses three Arecont Vision 180-degree panoramic cameras to provide detailed 6,400 x 1,200 pixel images of the service station's forecourt with four pump islands. An Arecont Vision 360-degree panoramic camera keeps watch inside the adjoining convenience store. Another 2 megapixel Arecont Vision camera provides 1,600 x 1,200 pixel images at 24 frames per second to help operators recognize faces.

“The ability of our cameras to provide unparalleled image quality and resolution in a small retail environment illustrates the flexibility of our solutions and their cost-effectiveness for a wide range of uses,” said Ethan Maxon, Middle East and Africa Regional Sales Manager of Arecont Vision. “The application at the Shell Petrol station near Johannesburg is an example of how panoramic cameras can keep a watchful eye on a business and provide superior image quality and functionality.”

Each panoramic megapixel camera can take the place of a dozen or more standard-resolution network cameras or analog cameras, contributing to an overall lower system cost. The use of fewer cameras requires less labor and cabling while providing high resolution. Using fewer cameras to cover larger areas also translates into cost savings related to infrastructure (cables, mounts, housings, etc.) which makes it easier to improve system return-on-investment (ROI).

“We installed the Arecont Vision megapixel cameras to demonstrate the solution as a proof of concept at this test site,” said Tracey De Barros, Key Accounts Manager for AV Enforce Electronics, the installing dealer and South Africa's largest privately owned black-empowered security company. The installation was performed with a view toward rolling out the upgrade to other sites operated by Shell (Pty) Ltd.