Combating Ram-Raids in New Zealand with South Security Ltd and Network Optix

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Combatting Ram-Raids in New Zealand Retail Businesses with Nx Witness VMS, South Security Ltd Mobile Tower, and Hikvision AI Cameras.

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Within the last couple of years, New Zealand businesses have experienced a surge in ram-raids, a type of burglary in which a heavy vehicle is driven into the windows or doors of a building to allow perpetrators to loot it. Since 2020, the number of ram-raids occurring each year has quadrupled, causing major concern for retail businesses across New Zealand. In response to the phenomenon, business owners have sought to upgrade their existing security systems, which typically rely on manpower to monitor and review video streams.

In order to more effectively catch perpetrators in the act, the solution would need to be able to identify threats in real-time, as they occur and alert authorities immediately. After looking into potential solutions, many businesses decided to implement the South Security Mobile CCTV Tower.

Equipped with a lightweight VMS (Nx Witness VMS) combined with Hikvison AI cameras, the South Security Mobile CCTV Tower, a solar-powered security tower, makes it possible to quickly and accurately identify and record instances of concern, notify management as they occur, and dispatch the local authorities upon confirmation of a credible threat.

Project Challenges

The VMS and combined video analytics and hardware solution needed to address the following key questions:

  • How can IP video surveillance technology be used to quickly and accurately identify ram raids and burglary attempts as they occur to allow personnel to rapidly inform authorities?
    How can IP video surveillance technology be used to increase the likelihood of apprehending burglars?

Nx and South Security Ltd Offer a Solution

South Security Ltd used AI-based video analytic technology and Hikvision AI cameras, fully integrated with Nx Witness VMS, to address the above challenges according to the limits of the specific project without sacrificing the effectiveness of the combined solution. Nx provided the video management system (Nx Witness VMS), South Security Ltd provided the security tower (Mobile CCTV Tower), and Hikvision provided the cameras with built-in video analytics (Hikvison 8MP Colorvu AI Camera).

How It Works:

  • Nx Witness VMS provides a lightweight VMS solution that eliminates the need to deploy massive servers.
    Nx Witness VMS and Hikvision AI Cameras capture video of people, objects, and occurrences in the area.
    System operators easily manage and monitor the area using key features like a flexible grid interface, custom layouts, administration and live viewing in a single unified interface, fisheye camera dewarping, forensic zoom windows and advanced PTZ controls.
    Hikvision AI Cameras – including Human Detection, Vehicle Identification, and Intruder Detection – identify people, vehicles, and intruders in real-time.
    System operators create a Rule in the Rules engine which then creates Bookmarks and alerts system operators via a system alert (optimized to identify and alert within 3 seconds) and onboard siren and strobe when an intruder is detected by cameras. 
    If system operators need to investigate a particular piece of footage, they simply open Nx Witness VMS and search archived video for a particular item of interest. Nx Witness VMS captures and stores metadata allowing operators to search an entire year of archived video in seconds using associated metadata (tags, bookmarks, etc). Objects identified are bookmarked and classified according to their object type (vehicle, person, license plate).

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About South Security Ltd

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South Security Ltd are New Zealand and South Pacific security system specialists that provide modern solutions including Site Security Towers, Alarms, CCTV, Access Control, and more.