Vehicle Delivery Services (VDS), the leading logistics service provider to the sub-Saharan automotive industry, operates 200 specialized vehicle-carriers, transporting commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles from its South African-based storage facility to all major
cities in Southern Africa. The high value of the vehicles from manufacturers such
as MBSA & Volvo and the significant operational risk involved in moving these vehicles within the huge bonded storage yards requires suitable management strategies. An effective monitoring solution is absolutely imperative for these premises.
The Surveillance Factory, a company specializing in the design, implementation and management of videosurveillance solutions, was appointed by VDS as their integration
partner. VDS resolved to deploy a video surveillance system in its depots to monitor and record activity. The crucial objective of the installation of network cameras is twofold: to cover the required area in terms of monitoring and also to provide a visual deterrent. “Axis
Communications was chosen as the camera vendor because of their diverse range of products and their superior network cameras”, says a company spokesperson for VDS. Network cameras, as opposed to conventional analog or CCTV camera systems, allow the user to make use of wireless-IP-networking to transmit video images between sites separated by public roads.
VDS storage facilities are now monitored using videoover- IP network cameras with recorded footage that can be used to identify vehicles and criminals, or for quick reaction to suspicious activities taking place on the premises. The cameras also act as a powerful deterrent as they are clearly visible and serve as a warning that the area is being monitored.