Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) is a state-controlled oil and gas company headquartered in Mumbai, India. Among the world’s largest corporations, the company was ranked #272 in the Fortune Global 500 listing for 2011.
Recently, BPCL embarked on a surveillance project as part of the organization‘s initiative to restructure the internal surveillance system. Prior to the structure reform, the old surveillance system was not centralized. As the headquarters would like to gain better understanding of the operation at each branch location in order to improve the business and communication between the headquarters and each station, a new surveillance system was proposed - installation of a total of 5000 high-performance surveillance cameras at 1000 petrol stations throughout India.
BPCL sells petrol, diesel and compressed natural gas to consumers at these stations. The company hoped to take advantage of top quality video cameras primarily to not only monitor the customer experience for quality control purposes but also to enhance the level safety for customers and employees. A process of competitive bidding resulted in VIVOTEK cameras being selected for the project, with System Integrator Livedarshan developing the deployment, the typology and the engineering aspect of the implementation. Additionally, Kores India Pvt Ltd, a leading provider of after-sale services, was contracted out to oversee and supervise the project and its implementation, while addressing customers’ inquires and concerns.
According to Vivek Bagri, CEO of Livedarshan, one of the factors that led BPCL to decide on VIVOTEK cameras for this important large-scale project was the company’s very favorable previous experience with VIVOTEK. For the first phase of the deployment, Livedershan installed around 60 cameras for BPCL. “BPCL found the quality of the VIVOTEK camera to be superior to models within the same technical range from other competing manufacturers,” says Vivek.
As for the particular VIVOTEK camera model selected, the IP8362, part of the VIVOTEK SUPREME series, there were several reasons for the choice, Vivek explains. First of all, BPCL required very high-quality video, as it needed to be able to identify the license plate of a vehicle, an employee and a potential criminal — all to ensure that customers were to the best possible services. In addition, to simplify administration, BPCL hoped to use as few cameras as possible at each location.
The combination of these two basic requirements — for clear, detailed image footage and a relatively low number of cameras to be installed to cover the entire premises of each petrol station — meant that cameras with very exceptionally resolutions were absolutely mandatory. As a best-in-class 1080p outdoor bullet camera designed for diverse outdoor applications, VIVOTEK IP8362 is equipped with a 2-Megapixel CMOS sensor, temper detection and a vari-focal, auto-iris lens. WDR Enhancement technology and removable IR-cut filter are also available for Day & Night function, so the image quality remains uncompromised even under constantly alternating and challenging lighting conditions. In addition to satisfying the fundamental requirement for the BPCL project, the IP8362 also offered a number of other important advantages towards the solution deployed.