How New Security Cameras Solved a Megachurch’s Surveillance Woes

The campus’ previous security camera system wasn’t covering all of the property, which allowed for criminal activity to take place.

How New Security Cameras Solved a Megachurch’s Surveillance Woes

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Ozark, Missouri — On the campuses of educational facilities and houses of worship, extensive security measures have unfortunately become a necessity. As such, James River Church was looking to upgrade their security solution.

The church’s past security camera system was utilizing multiple PTZ cameras, which were failing to capture entire areas of the property, allowing for criminal activity.

Because of these gaps in coverage, James River Church needed to integrate camera coverage both indoors and out, in low-light and hard-to-see areas of the campus. Challenges in the project were related to not only being able to see all areas of the campus, but also in having the ability to count empty seats in the indoor auditorium, as well as track individuals when necessary.

Helixeon, a technology integrator, chose Vivotek and a total of 34 of its indoor and outdoor security solutions to solve James River Church’s previous video surveillance system issues.

In the interior hallways and some rooms, 15 Vivotek FD9189-HT-v2 are now utilized because if their clear images and remote focus abilities. The FD9189-v2 series is a H.265 indoor dome network camera equipped with a 5-megapixel sensor, enabling resolution of 2560×1920 at 30 frames per second (fps).

Featuring Vivotek Supreme Night Visibility (SNV) and WDR Pro technology, the FD9189-v2 series is capable of capturing high-quality imagery in both high-contrast and low-light environments. It offers two lens options for different user scenarios: fixed-focal and remote focus lenses. The camera is equipped with IR illuminators with a 30-meter effective range for better night visibility.

Ten MS9390-HV dual 4-megapixel wide-angle lens design cameras have been integrated for both indoor and outdoor use along main travel areas. Unlike most traditional multisensor panoramic cameras, which rely on four sensors, the MS9390-HV multisensor dome camera is also equipped with SNV, WDR Pro technology, 180° IR illuminators effective up to 20 meters and delivers full resolution imagery at 30 fps, making it suitable to provide panoramic image quality for both day and night surveillance, indoors or outdoors.

Additionally, with its dual-sensor design, the MS9390-HV is equipped with a video alignment feature, providing users both a detailed and yet seamless 180°panoramic view and a higher vertical field of view. This enables greater coverage not only on the horizontal, but also on the vertical plane, capturing an even greater field of view below the point of camera installation.

To further help secure the outside of the campus, five FD9389-v2 series H.265 dome network cameras equipped with a 5-megapixel sensor enabling resolution of 2560 x1920 at 30 fps are now being used. Featuring Vivotek SNV and WDR Pro technology, the FD9389-v2 series is capable of capturing high-quality imagery in both high contrast and low-light environments.

The FD9389-v2 series offers two lens options, fixed-focal and remote focus lens for different user scenarios. The camera is equipped with IR illuminators with a 30-meter effective range for better night visibility. To provide reliable coverage in harsh outdoor environments, the FD9389-v2 series is encased in IP66 and IK10 housing.

Employing the manufacturer’s Smart Stream III technology and H.265 codec support, the FD9389-v2 series reduces bandwidth up to 90% while maintaining supreme image quality. Additionally, the FD9389-v2 series offers artificial intelligence-enabled smart motion detection, allowing events focusing on human object instead of irrelevant noise.

And finally, to further solidify the church’s indoor and outdoor sanctuaries, four next generation FE9191 12-megapixel 360° panomorph network cameras have been installed. Featuring a detailed 12-megapixel CMOS sensor that utilizes the latest in panomorph lens technology for 180° panoramic view (wall mount) or 360° surround view (ceiling/wall mount) with no blind spots, the camera is able to provide comprehensive coverage of open areas such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices and more.

The FE9191 is equipped with a removable IR-cut filter and WDR Pro technology, allowing the camera to maintain optimal image quality around the clock for visibility under high-contrast lighting environments. 3D Noise Reduction technology also enables the camera to capture clear video under low-light conditions.

The FE9191 also now includes advanced video content analyses (VCA), including intrusion detection, crowd detection and loitering detection. These features are the next steps in elevating surveillance cameras from image capturing devices to advanced notification instruments, allowing users to see more in smarter ways.

“Our customer now has the ability to see all areas necessary and to go back without having to worry if a PTZ was pointed in the right direction or not,” explains Rick Dale, Helixeon owner. “They are very pleased with the overall installation and plan to utilize Vivotek at all of their campuses.”


This article was originally featured in CS sister publication, Security Sales & Integration, and has been edited.

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