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Adventure Island, Southend-on-Sea’s seafront fun park, has an IP network video surveillance system sourced from Hanwha Techwin Europe (formerly Samsung Techwin).
Adventure Island is a nine acre free entry fun park, offering more than 40 rides and attractions, plus restaurants. Greg Allen, Systems Administrator for the Stockvale Group of Companies which owns and operates Adventure Island (as well as the Sea-Life Adventure Aquarium, and a number of radio stations), says” “Strict compliance with our health and safety policies is always at the top of the list of our priorities.”
Initially employed as a ride operator, Greg has had varied roles during his 12 years at the park. He said: “We are proud of our safety record and are determined to maintain it. With this in mind, the decision was made to invest in the latest video surveillance technology in order to ensure that we could monitor in real-time the movement of people throughout the park and in particular, keep a very close eye on what is happening at each of the rides. Our old analogue CCTV cameras were still operational, but in order to capture the best possible images, we realised that we needed to install high definition cameras which could offer higher frame rates and image quality.”
Southend-on-Sea based Blake Fire & Security, which has been maintaining the park’s fire and intruder systems as well as the analogue CCTV for a number of years, were invited to submit system design proposals for the new video surveillance.
Richard Crane, CCTV Manager for Blake, said: “When carrying out a detailed survey of the site, we took into consideration our client’s operational and security requirements. We concluded that by utilising Full HD 360 degree technology in certain locations, we could limit the total number of cameras required, to 40. We considered a number of manufacturers that offer 360 degree cameras but in terms of price and performance we decided to recommend that they be sourced from Hanwha Techwin Europe, along with the other required cameras and recording device.”
Ten Samsung SNF-8010 WiseNetIII 5 megapixel 360-degree cameras have been deployed at the site with most installed immediately above some of the more thrill-seeking rides. The IK10/IP66 rated vandal resistant, weatherproof SNF-8010 has a digital PTZ feature which allows users to electronically pan, tilt and zoom in on specific areas for a more detailed view, whilst at the same time continue to monitor the whole 360-degree view.
And 25 WiseNetIII SND-5084 1.3 megapixel Day/Night domes and five WiseNetIII SNO-6084R Bullet cameras with IR (infra-red) illuminators have also been installed. Images from all cameras are recorded onto a 64 channel SRN-4000 network recorder.
Greg Allen said: “Hanwha Techwin Europe and Blake Fire & Security have worked well together to provide us with a high performance solution that we are able to benefit from in many different ways. “In terms of health and safety, we are able to use the recorded video as a training aide. We are also using both the live and recorded images for loss prevention purposes and to detect any anti-social behavior. Bearing in mind the size of the site and the number of cameras required to ensure that there are no blind spots, we installed a dedicated fibre network to support the cameras. This has allowed us to take full advantage of the superb quality images captured by the WiseNetIII cameras, some of which are located up to 100 metres from our control room. We are able to simultaneously view live and recorded images at full frame rates without any latency or loss of image quality.”
Adventure Island intends to trial a people counting application that can be run on the open platform WiseNetIII cameras, to gain a greater understanding of visitors.