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A safe and secure shopping scenario for Palms Shopping Mall in Nigeria

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The Palms Shopping Mall (Lekki Shoprite) is a very famous shopping centre located in the downtown area of Lagos’ Victoria Island in Nigeria. This large shopping and entertainment hub hosts hundreds of shops and regularly attracts thousands of people. Naturally, such a busy area for shopping, commerce and congregating in a high-density city with tremendous amounts of foot-traffic requires serious security at all times.

The previous system was ageing and in need of improvement. That’s why local systems integrator, Totalnet Technologies Services Limited was asked to map out the specifications and design an advanced system for the mall. They chose Hikvision’s CCTV surveillance products for a unified solution and to improve the overall quality of the previous one. The cameras installed included several of Hikvision’s advanced models designed for more than just retail security – they come equipped with smart features that offer insights into business and management data to add value to the safety they offer.

Hikvision provided 50 smart IP cameras for the security in public places. But that is only the beginning – Hikvision also provided an ANPR solution for the entrances and exits, people counting technology for the main entrance, access control devices and even more. This solution has helped secure the shopping centre, decreasing the theft incidents and increasing the business operation efficiency.

“Hikvision’s product was an ideal choice for the project after comparing different products by different manufacturers. They are wholly reliable with 99.99% uptime which makes our service reliable and our customers happy,” according to Kolade Kayode, CRO at Totalnet Technologies Services Limited.

Hikvision’s 3MP Smart IP Vandal-proof Bullet Camera from its Ultra Series (model no. DS-2CD4635F-IZ), was chosen for outdoor settings. With its vandal-proof and weatherproof ratings and excellent 3MP imaging day and night, it was the ideal choice. In addition to its performance and durable housing, the camera also features on-board recording in case the network fails, with support for 128GB of SD card storage.

The 2MP Low-Light Smart Camera (model no. DS-2CD4126FWD-IZS), also part of Hikvision’s Ultra Series, features a smaller dome housing for inconspicuous indoor use. This small-but-powerful unit is ready to capture critical imaging and render clear, sharp details for security staff and law enforcement when it’s needed most. A 2MP Low-Light Smart Camera in bullet housing (model no. DS-2CD4A26FWD-IZS) was chosen for capturing images and video on the main roadways. Its 1/1.8” Progressive Scan CMOS sensor, full HD 1080p video rendering and 50-metre IR range made it a trustworthy component in this critical region. Beyond its high-performance imaging technologies, this camera also features IP67 weather protection, a motorised lens with smart focus.

Last but not least, Hikvision’s Dual-Lens People Counting Camera (model no. iDS-2CD6810F/C) is the go-to choice for people counting and the Shoprite shopping centre is making good use of it – as are scores of businesses around the world. Supporting real-time people entering, exiting and passing by data, as well as statistical traffic reports based on configurable time intervals (day/week/month/year), this camera brings a new level of intelligence to decision-makers in consumer businesses. Smart and powerful, this people-counting unit stores data in its flash memory, while the smart codec, high-bandwidth efficiency, low time delay and optimised bit rate make it a camera that cannot be overlooked for an installation like this one.

The security system is being operated 24 hours a day. Future plans to upgrade and expand the system include introducing Artificial Intelligence for advanced, automated security functionality as well as a speed limit detection system for the transportation and parking areas.

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