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Protection against retail crime in Rotterdam with IQeye

IQinVision : 26 February, 2009  (Application Story)
Dutch retailers in the city of Rotterdam are fighting shop robbery and other crimes with the installation of a networked IP surveillance system from IQinVision running on XProtect software including shop triggered live video streaming to police headquarters
Protection against retail crime in Rotterdam with IQeye
IQinVision has announced that upwards of 20 downtown Rotterdam shops in the Netherlands have deployed IQeye MegaPixel cameras to combat store robberies. IQeyes cameras were chosen over other leading IP camera makers for their superior image quality. UTS (Unisoft Total Services) is responsible for the overall technological application and installation.

For the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Police and the area's shopkeepers, this is the latest weapon against thieves and other "bad guys". The new IQinVision smart MegaPixel camera system follows a series of other measures taken in response to an increase in robberies in this commercial district. The security camera installation signals that police want to send a clear message: no robbery will be tolerated in the Rotterdam-Rijnmond region. The Rotterdam-Rijnmond Police won a prestigious Dutch innovation award for the deployment of the IQeye surveillance camera system.

The Tobacco Shop Vivant in Rotterdam's Mathenesserweg (West District) was the first store to install IQeyes. From there in late 2008, 17 more stores in Vreewijk and the Prince's Square districts installed the smart MegaPixel camera system. The surveillance solution will be evaluated over a period of several months to see if it delivers the desired results for both the retailers and the police. Should the results be favorable, the retail surveillance system could potentially be deployed to hundreds of shops in the area.

The IQinVision camera feeds are directly connected with Rotterdam Police Dispatch through Milestone Systems' XProtect video management software. When a shopkeeper experiences a robbery attempt or perceives trouble, he presses a button that activates the strategically placed MegaPixel cameras and a live feed is directly transmitted to the police control room. The robbers are filmed in high resolution providing razor sharp images. In addition to the live feed feature, the IQeye 702s are continuously recording to a 16 GB CF memory card in the camera itself using IQrecorder software, so the shopkeeper has a record of all incidents.

Upon alarm, police units are immediately sent to the store. If the thieves are not caught in the store, police can track their movements using city street cameras. Should the robbers manage to escape, the IQeye's high-resolution images can be used to identify them. The MegaPixel images give police a superior description of the suspects. For deterrent effect, potential robbers are warned by signs that alert them to the presence of this smart MegaPixel camera system in each of the shops.

Ramon Grado, CPP, IQinVision Managing Director for EMEA, "Here's a highly innovative system deployed across multiple shops that all benefit from superior MegaPixel camera images transmitted to the police at the touch of a button. This solution is designed for cost-effective scalability and can be easily expanded to more shops. We anticipate the police will be able to catch a lot more bad guys and that the deterrent effect will be impressive."
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