Constructing a secure future based on digital video surveillance

Construction and building chain Sodimac in Argentina choses Axis IP video cameras over analog technology

“Axis cameras have enabled us to implement an innovative system for our company that provides the ability to detect any fraud or theft that may occur within the store, as well as to obtain particular analytics of commercial interest. The IP cameras provide better image quality, along with software that allows us to remotely access the system from our personal devices.” Juan Manuel Riavec, Assistant Director of Prevention at Sodimac.


Sodimac is a Chilean retail chain with over 130 stores in South America, marketing products for residential and commercial renovation and construction. In the four countries it operates in, it has amassed more than 10.8 million square feet of retail floor space offering a product line that ranges from whirlpool spas to concrete-reinforcing steel rebar. In Argentina, its branch in the city of La Plata, Buenos Aires, occupies a vast property that required an advanced video surveillance system more capable than the analog technology in place at its other stores in the country.


Convinced of the advantages of digital video surveillance technology, Sodimac decided to install 80 Axis network cameras throughout the interior, the perimeter area and the parking lot for the store. With the use of Milestone software, the company was able to apply various analytics to relevant data. Tech integrator Exanet, an Axis partner in Argentina, was responsible for the implementation of the project, which included the capability of people counting.


Since its opening, this Sodimac branch has relied on the visual monitoring of points of access, employee and customer activity, as well as the products on display in various departments throughout the store. The cameras provide high-resolution images and readily-available tools to resolve any unforeseen incident instantly, either from its remote operations headquarters, or through the directives of managers themselves, including those who may even be service providers located in other countries.

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