For many years, the TPAO Turkish Petroleum Corporation has used recording devices by Dallmeier. When the system was expanded, a decision was made once again in favour of recording servers by the German CCTV IP specialists.
Established in 1954, today the TPAO has a staff of over 1,600 employees in Ankara alone and more than 4,700 throughout Turkey. Their primary activities include exploring oil and natural gas reserves, drilling, executing pipeline projects, storing natural gas as well as trading in oil, including distribution and transportation.
Dallmeier recorders have been in use in the headquarters in Ankara for many years, for reliable surveillance of entrances and exits, the individual floors of the building and the lifts. But the existing system was in need of modernisation and expansion. "What we wanted were high-quality recording devices," explains Tahir Can, Security Manager of TPAO. "We have been working with Dallmeier recorders for many years and have never had any problems.”
That is why, when the time came for new devices, the appliance DMS 2400 was selected, a high performance server hardware with Multi-Core CPU and 2x 3.5” HDDs. The operating system of the 3HU high appliance is on flash memory for highest system stability. A sophisticated hardware concept and perfectly coordinated components allow for a high recording speed. Due to the “EasyChange“ functionality hard disk drives can easily and conveniently be changed from the front of the device in case of an HDD failure. Really practical: The SMAVIA Recording Server Software is already preloaded and supports standard resolutions as well as Full-HD (up to 1080p) and up to 8 megapixels.
The local partner Ni-Ti Elektronik Güvenlik Sistemleri were contracted to install the new system. Tahir Can is more than satisfied with them as well: "The technical service provided by Ni-Ti Elektronik has always been excellent and we have always kept in touch. That is why we wanted to work together with Dallmeier and Ni-Ti again when we upgraded our video system."
The evaluation of live and recorded images is done with the SMAVIA Viewing Client, a VideoIP client software for the independent and convenient evaluation of SMAVIA Recording Server recordings via Ethernet. One of the special features is the SmartFinder, a system designed for the intelligent search of movements within any given area of an image. Thus, it allows for a goal-oriented, fast and efficient evaluation of recorded video streams. Searching for images with captured motion is easy and uncomplicated: The operator uses the mouse to drag a rectangle within the image, thereby marking the relevant area. Even with respect to extended time intervals, SmartFinder is able to find and list the sequences with captured motion within seconds. The initial results may be immediately viewed and examined, even while the system is still searching.
With the new SMAVIA appliances TPAO is also fit for high-definition. Ilker Ipek (CEO) and Onur Bursali (Foreign Trade Specialist) at Ni-Ti Elektronik explain: "The existing analogue cameras, which were also re-integrated into the new system, can now be gradually replaced with HD network cameras. This migration concept is ideal for TPAO.“