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A shopping mall transformed by technology
The Unicentro Medellín Mall upgrades its facilities with state of the art equipment and Full HD video surveillance technology
“We feel that we have complete backup as a result of the equipment acquired for this project. Axis Communications has provided us with the best in terms of guarantees, in addition to complete monitoring and support by E5.” Robby Nelson Gañan Acosta, Facilities Maintenance Manager at the Unicentro Medellín Mall.
The Unicentro Medellín Mall has been in business for almost 25 years and for the entire time has been relying on a basic analog video surveillance system operated from a very small control room. But given that the population of the city increased from 1.6 million in 1993 to 2.7 million in 2012, growing security needs required a technology upgrade in order to keep pace. A daily increase in visitors convinced administrators to undertake an investment of approximately $6.4 million, representing the start of a major renovation.
Unicentro Medellín chose to work with tech integrator E5 S.A.S. – an Axis partner – who was in charge of the renovation effort. The project required the implementation of a modern security system that included 164 Axis network cameras. The types of cameras installed were anti-vandalism AXIS P3364-V Network Cameras, AXIS P3354 with Lightfinder technology (enabling color rendering in the dark), AXIS P1357-E (with full HD resolution), AXIS P5522 and AXIS Q6035-E Network Cameras. Access control, lighting, as well as fire detection and suppression systems are all integrated into the building management system.
The upgrade has transformed the Mall into one of the most innovative, fresh and unique business ventures in Medellín. In addition, the teams were able to optimize response time to any incidents, improving security for mall patrons as well as the entire complex.