How an integrator’s advanced camera system solved a megachurch’s surveillance challenges

Helixeon chose Vivotek’s indoor and outdoor cameras to solve security issues on the campus of James River Church, located in Ozark, Missouri.

The Vivotek FE9191 12MP 360° Panomorph Network Camera features a 12MP CMOS sensor that uses the latest panomorph lens technology for 180° panoramic view (wall mount) or 360° surround view ( ceiling/wall mounting).

On the campuses of educational institutions and places of worship, extensive security measures have unfortunately become a necessity. As such, the mega-church James River Church, located in Ozark, Missouri, was looking to upgrade its security solution.

The church’s old security camera system used multiple PTZ cameras, which failed to capture entire areas of the property, allowing for criminal actions.

Because of these gaps in coverage, James River Church now needed to incorporate camera coverage indoors and outdoors in low-light and hard-to-see areas of the campus. The challenges of the project were related not only to being able to see all areas of campus, but also the ability to count empty seats in the interior auditorium, as well as being able to track individuals if 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 security solution issues.

In interior corridors and some rooms, 15 Vivotek FD9189-HT-v2 are now used due to its remote imaging and focus capabilities. The FD9189-v2 series is an indoor H.265 dome network camera equipped with a 5 megapixel sensor, enabling 2560×1920 resolution 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 images in high contrast and low light environments. It offers two lens options for different usage scenarios: prime and remote focus lenses. The camera is equipped with IR illuminators with an effective range of 30 meters for better nighttime visibility.

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

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

To better secure the campus exterior, five H.265 dome network cameras of the FD9389-v2 series equipped with a 5 megapixel sensor allowing a resolution of 2560 x1920 at 30 fps are now used. Featuring Vivotek SNV and WDR Pro technologies, the FD9389-v2 series is capable of capturing high quality images in high contrast and low light environments.

The FD9389-v2 series offers two lens options, a prime lens and a distance lens for different usage scenarios. The camera is equipped with IR illuminators with an effective range of 30 meters for better nighttime visibility. To provide reliable coverage in harsh outdoor environments, the FD9389-v2 series is enclosed in an IP66 and IK10 enclosure.

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

And finally to further solidify the inner and outer sanctuaries of the church, four next generations FE9191 12-megapixel 360° panomorph network cameras were installed. Featuring a detailed 12-megapixel CMOS sensor that uses the latest panomorph lens technology for 180° panoramic view (wall mount) or 360° panoramic view (ceiling/wall mount) with no blind spots, the camera is capable of providing 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 optimum image quality around the clock for visibility in high contrast lighting environments. 3D noise reduction technology also allows the camera to capture clear videos in low light conditions.

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

“Our client now has the ability to see all necessary areas and backtrack without having to worry about whether a PTZ was pointed in the right direction or not,” says Rick Dale, owner of Helixeon. “They are very happy with the overall installation and plan to use Vivotek on all of their campuses.”

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