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Redvision and barox secure major UK retail site


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barox Kommunikation AG was recently selected to provide video management and 90W PoE at the flagship retail space, The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, UK.

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway comprises of 130 stores across two levels and is designed to provide shoppers with a complete retail experience.

Outside, the complex includes free parking for 7,000 vehicles, protected by a network of CCTV cameras that provide shoppers with both visual security and safety while they shop and dine.

With a brief to upgrade an existing CCTV system, RAW Fire and Security took over the maintenance and modernisation of the camera network at the site’s car parks.

Kevin Oakley, RAW Fire and Security explained: “After inheriting a network of cameras, we were asked to begin a program to update the existing analogue infrastructure to IP cameras, to take advantage of the latest developments in CCTV technology, along with adding IR and white LED lighting.

“As we wanted to provide The Mall’s security team with the very best surveillance performance, we specified and installed Redvision’s industry leading X4 COMMANDER rugged ball PTZ camera, including on-board illumination.”

Replacing analogue cameras on each of the car park’s poles, the Redvision cameras were required to be connected at the base of each pole for video and data transmission back to the onsite control room, utilising the site’s integrated fibre cable network.

During the first upgrade phase, these were accompanied with a bespoke-made bracket containing a fibre optic converter, power supply for camera and lights, plus another power supply for the splitter.

“This was a feasible solution at the time but we were struggling to package the disparate technology all-together satisfactorily in the confines of the base of each pole,” continued Oakley.

“Looking to source a better long term solution, we came across Switches made for Video manufacturer barox, who supply the only capable switch to be approved for use to provide PoE Mode B power to Redvision cameras.”  

Deploying the Redvison approved barox LT-LPITE-402GBTME 4-port 90W 802.3bt industrial compact switch at the base of each pole, RAW Fire and Security engineers were able to install a bespoke and supremely capable solution that provides the X4 COMMANDER and its ancillaries with uninterrupted, switchable power.

The first and only switch to be approved with the ability to provide PoE Mode B power to Redvision camera technology, The Mall security team now benefits from ultra-reliable power delivery.

“The advantage of the barox LT-LPITE-402GBTME 4-port 90W 802.3bt industrial switch has been its ease of installation, performance, size and 4-port capacity,” added Carl Best, Security Manager, The Mall.

“Alongside each Redvision camera, on some poles we also have a static bullet camera that permanently observes key sensitive areas, such as the staff walkway and the children’s play area.

“The 4-port capacity of the barox LT-LPITE-402GBTME ensures that we have future-proofed spare capacity with which to install other cameras too if we should ever need to expand our camera surveillance coverage, and all without the need to install additional video transmission or power infrastructure in the poles to facilitate those expansions requirements.

“So successful has the barox/Redvision solution been, that we are looking to expand its use across the site, rolling out this proven solution across many more camera locations on our journey to a completely IP CCTV based system.”

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