“Ochtum Park” Factory Outlet Centre in Bremen relies on Panomera® multifocal sensor technology from Dallmeier to safeguard its outdoor premises.
Anyone who has ever paid their respects to the Town Musicians of Bremen and then wanted to do a little shopping is in exactly the right place in Ochtum Park. Over 50 businesses occupying an area of 22,000 square metres attract 2.5 million visitors every year. World leading brands like Esprit, Nike, Puma, Tommy Hilfiger or Fossil, many restaurants and free parking all combine to make Ochtum Park a real shoppers' paradise.
Complete and discreet
In order to provide the most effective protection possible for the entrances and exits as well as the outdoor and car parking areas, the decision was taken to install the most modern video security equipment – which should also be discreet and unobtrusive, as recounted by Sebastian Kühne, the spokesman for the owners: "We wanted coverage of the outdoor areas to be as complete as possible, but without having to install huge numbers of cameras. After all, we want our visitors to feel comfortable here, not as if they are constantly being watched."
Ochtum Park found the solution in the Panomera® multifocal sensor technology from Dallmeier. With its patented camera technology, which unlike single sensor cameras works with multiple lenses, this system can monitor a huge expanse in the highest possible resolution from a single installation location. And in addition: "The cameras have been painted the same RAL colour as the building façades, so they blend discreetly with the overall image", explains Dirk Lüders, Sales Manager with Dallmeier and joint manager of the Ochtum Park project.
The concept for video protection was prepared by Dallmeier in cooperation with the design and engineering consultancy IfaS (Institut für angewandte Sicherheitstechnik - Institute for applied Security technology), and the cameras were then installed by the company Freihoff.
"One of the challenges we faced at Ochtum Park was that we were asked not to undertake any large-scale cable laying to transmit the images to the security office" explains Christian Linthaler, Sales Manager with Dallmeier. "So we set up a wireless local loop to carry the streams."
Good visibility in low light conditions
A major consideration for Ochtum Park was that the cameras should be extremely sensitive to light, so that they would still deliver detailed image material with high colour fidelity even at night with poor light conditions. For this reason, the Panomera® Nightline series was chosen, because it is equipped with the very latest generation of image sensors and encoders, which is highly sensitive to light and infrared radiation. The Nightline cameras are equipped with an ambient light sensor and a removable IR cut filter and can switch between day and night mode automatically. They are ideally suited to situations in which exceptional contrast, brilliant clarity and high colour fidelity even in poor light conditions, or exceptional infrared sensitivity for outstanding results in night mode are required. "We can identify individuals from a distance of 160 m, and even read car licence plates at night. The resolution is really incredible", Sebastian Kühne gives voice to his enthusiasm.
The MFS systems are supplemented with IP cameras with integrated infrared illumination, which is assured with semi-discrete 850 nm high-performance LEDs.
The camera images are recorded on multiple Dallmeier IPS 2400 appliances. The IPS 2400 is a powerful video appliance with integrated storage system for reliable recording and storage of the video material. The "Smavia Recording Server" recording software is already preinstalled. The IPS 2400 includes high-performance server hardware with a multi-core CPU. The integrated storage system (8x 3.5" hard disks) offers ample storage capacity. A sophisticated hardware concept and perfectly synchronised components also enable rapid storage speed. With the "EasyChange" functionality, hard disks can be replaced quickly and simply from the front of the device. The IPS 2400 has been certified by LGC Forensics, which means that image material obtained with this equipment is admissible as evidence in a court of law.
The video streams are analysed centrally in the security office at Ochtum Park. "Operation is really simple and intuitive", Sebastian Kühne is full of praise.
The system was commissioned in the presence of representatives from the designers, the installer, the manufacturer and of course the end customer. "The cooperation between the individual companies worked well, and we have the feeling that we are in good hands", says Sebastian Kühne. And his final word on multifocal sensor technology is just unequivocal: "There would not have been any other camera system that can cover such enormous expanses from so few installation points."