Indian gas company deploys VIVOTEK cameras at 1,000 stations

BPCL utilizes 5,000 of company's surveillance cams at stations across the country


Designed for demanding outdoor surveillance applications, the IP8632 not only includes a removable IR-cut filter and built-in IR illuminators for daytime and nighttime monitoring, but it also adds robust WDR (wide dynamic range) enhancement to ensure that clear, properly exposed video can be obtained no matter the time of day—even when particularly challenging high-contrast lighting conditions—where bright and dark areas are present in the field of view—prevail.

BPCL also valued IP8362’s wide operating temperature range, crucial due to the extremely hot weather that is the norm throughout much of India. In addition, the VIVOTEK camera features an IP67-rated housing, which protects against the ingress of dust, water, and other foreign material—an important consideration in the harsh environment of a busy petrol station. Even the IP8362’s physical styling turned out to be a plus, as BPCL felt its compact form and sleek looks avoided the need to conceal it in an ungainly device box.

Video from the cameras already installed is recorded 24 hours a day at Full HD resolution, while to conserve bandwidth, VGA-quality streams are monitored at BPCL headquarters in Mumbai. Together, the live and archived footage are already proving valuable resources for management as it checks service quality at the stations, and seeks improvements where deemed necessary. Station owners can also monitor activity, and refer to the high-quality recorded video in case of incidents.

Customer feedback

Thus far, over 100 BPCL petrol stations have been outfitted with new VIVOTEK IP8362 cameras. BPCL is hoping to finish deployment of all 5000 cameras in 1000 BPCL petrol stations by the end of this year. “BPCL is very impressed with the high performance of the VIVOTEK IP8362, and needless to say, so am I,” says Vivek. “I would recommend any user and integrators to work with VIVOTEK. Not only their products are first-rate in the industry, their sales support and services are also absolutely outstanding.”

Vivek Bagri has recently been featured in “10 Leaders Under 40” published in a&s International - May 2012.