Choosing sustainability

The BC Empresarial building in Colombia becomes LEED Gold certified upon implementing PVC-free, low energy-consuming cameras

“We installed IP video surveillance technologies based on an open architecture concept and building automation systems that monitor and control overall building operations.” Naisir Abdala, representative of AP Engineering.


Businesses are increasingly becoming more aware of their impact on the environment. BC Empresarial, an office high rise that serves as the Colombian headquarters to many large national and international corporations, was designed from the start with the idea of environmental sustainability in mind. From its inception, the plan was to implement a Building Management System (BMS) and IP video surveillance system that would help to not only increase building security but also further promote the concept of “green entrepreneurship.”


BC Empresarial chose Axis IP cameras with Milestone XProtect® video management software technology, taking into account the scalability, ease of use and durability required, and the need to perform simultaneous, synchronized video searches between cameras integrated with an alert management system. The cameras are PVC-free and low energy consuming (including integrated infrared models that don’t require the installation of lighting). By having PoE in all 60 cameras, it was possible to connect them directly to the switch through a single cable, therefore saving even further in infrastructure.


By using PTZ cameras like AXIS P5414-E that need just a single cable for power and data transmission – and cameras such as AXIS P3364-LV with guaranteed energy efficient, long-lasting infrared LEDs – BC Empresarial was able to install a video surveillance system compatible with its concept of sustainability. The upgraded system has greatly improved and streamlined building operations, allowing for all to be recorded and audited – and ultimately contributing to a greater sense of security.

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