Named for the blue skies and open country of its surroundings, Blue Valley Golf and Country Estate is a perfect blend of hospitality, sport and nature. Situated conveniently between northern Johannesburg and Pretoria, this Gary Player residential golf estate offers a location second to none in the Gauteng area. Recently, the estate has chosen to implement a combination of thermal cameras and intelligent video analytics, technology endorsed by the Israeli defence forces, as their perimeter security solution.
Like many other residential estates Blue Valley had implemented conventional security measures to secure the estate, such as electric fencing with zone indication of intrusion detection, roving guards, reaction vehicles and a central control room. Whilst these are still standard and traditional methods of security, many estates are finding that these are NOT sufficient when it comes to preventing and detecting intrusions. The perimeter of Blue Valley is approximately 7 km's and they needed a system that would give instant visual verification as to the cause and position of any breaches in the perimeter day or night without the need for additional lighting to be erected.
C3 Shared Services, specialists in the design and implementation of high-end perimeter security solutions and military grade intrusion detection systems, has been appointed as the preferred vendor to supply and commission the new state of the art perimeter security solution. Mark Cowley, Chairman of the Blue Valley Security Sub-Committee, says "After many years of deliberation and 'shoot outs' between potential vendors over which camera system to install, we finally settled on C3 who were able to demonstrate excellent product knowledge and solutions. We have not been disappointed since installing the first phase of a trial of their solution". The first phase has comprised of a total upgrade of the existing control room and the implementation of EVT IP video management platform of which the existing analogue cameras have been integrated. The EVT video management system will be integrated with the thermal cameras and analytics on the perimeter making for a very high end and sophisticated command and control room.
A combination of static and PTZ thermal cameras combined with analytics will be strategically placed along the perimeter as part of Phase two. Once complete, Blue Valley will be equipped with one of the most advanced and sophisticated perimeter security systems in the country. Nick Grange, Technical director of C3 says, "We are truly honoured to have been appointed to install and commission our security solution for this prestigious Gary Player golf estate. Once again, our technology has proved to be superior in performance, quality and also flexibility in catering for the client's requirements". Nick goes on to say, "In South Africa there are many estates claiming to be 'secure' whilst they employ outdated methods of security. Blue Valley will be able to advertise a truly secure environment for their residents once our system is in place".