VIP Security has been recognised as a leading security innovator across Asia Pacific, following a customer win with Mobotix surveillance technology.
Unveiled during the Mobotix Asia Pacific Partner conference in Malaysia, the Christchurch-based integrator was honoured following the deployment of an in-vehicle surveillance system developed specifically for a New Zealand bus company.
Leveraging a partnership with specialist distributor SnapperNet, the system, currently in use in more than 110 buses, provides easier access to high quality video, wirelessly, in the event of any incidents.
“Our award recognises the innovation and design aspects of something quite complex,” VIP Security managing director, David Proud, told Reseller News.
“The project scoping, design and implementation were undertaken by VIP’s engineers and technicians, with the assistance of SnapperNet and Mobotix, who provided additional support and expertise as the need arose.”
Proud said the award also recognises the expertise of staff at VIP Security, with the “bespoke, niche integrator” up against a host of multi-national companies with more than $100 million turnovers.
Specifically, Proud said the surveillance system required “extensive technical design”, with previous bus systems requiring footage to be physically removed from buses by taking hard drives or memory sticks off the bus.
The new solution, which has been in use since last year, sends data wirelessly and is exceeding the 95 per cent recoding reliability KPI set by the customer.
“We had to work out rules and parameters to ensure a stable wireless connection and overcome issues like dropping voltages when the bus engines turned on,” Proud added.
“We also created our own software to monitor the cameras and provide email reports and video snapshots of all the buses and cameras as they log in, with exception reports and status updates to ensure everything is ok.”
Furthermore, Proud said the system enables the bus company to “quickly and accurately” check any incidents reported by both internal staff and the public, while also ensuring drivers are adhering to compliance requirements.
“VIP Security is looking to sell the product to other companies both locally and internationally, and it is also a solution that can be easily adapted into other mobile solutions,” Proud added.
“We’ve been looking at the transport market for some time, but deliberately held back waiting for the right technology.
“When Mobotix came out with their solid state intelligent cameras, we knew it would be the perfect partner for this sector because of the reliability and usability, which are critical factors for this sort of offering.”
Founded in 1997, VIP Security is a security installation company based in the South Island, operating as a SnapperNet partner for the past eight years.
In January 2000, the business was bought by international giant Siemens, allowing the company to take on “larger and more complex projects across New Zealand.
In 2002, Siemens International restructured, leading to founder Proud purchasing the company and re-forming the brand to VIP Security.
Since then, VIP Security grown to specialise in corporate, commercial and industrial security, working with customers and partners across the South Island and nationwide.
“VIP Security has been able to do something no other company has been able to do with in-vehicle surveillance,” SnapperNet director, Richard Paul, added.
“They have set a high benchmark as far as good quality video and - most importantly - getting access to that video easily and quickly on demand.”
According to Paul, the award win highlights that Mobotix cameras “are not just IP cameras”.
“They can be used for many things in various vertical markets, and this shows how partners with initiative and IT expertise can win projects over and above other brands because of what you can do with these cameras,” Pau said.
“Mobotix cameras more than just an IP camera, they are a complete system; recording, video analysis, alarms, notifications, input/output triggers, voice over IP, audio, and more capabilities.”
In 2017, the winner of the award was Singapore Coastguard, which uses Mobotix to defend the coast of Singapore.
That solution went on to win the global Mobotix Innovation Project of the Year award, which VIP Security will now be receiving a nomination for this year.
“VIP Security didn’t just go to the bus company and say, ‘we can give you high resolution images’, which is what everyone does,” Mobotix sales director Asia Pacific, Ryan Fairclough, added. “They offered to solve problems for them."