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Chester Zoo rationalises, networks and centralises its security operations
Axis Internet-of-Things solution offers improvements to security, animal welfare, visitor safety and online marketing
“Chester Zoo now has a video security platform which is highly reliable, expandable and future-proof. We know that whatever our requirement in terms of security intelligence, video analytics and integration, it’s now possible with our new IP video system. Speed and appropriateness of response to threats is now assured.” Nigel Peers, Security Manager, Chester Zoo.
Chester Zoo wanted to upgrade its security provision across its expanding site. An ageing CCTV estate needed to be improved and coverage extended. All cameras needed to be networked to enable centralised control and management in a new control room. This new system needed to support the zoo’s professionalized security team - helping them to spot and act on security threats more rapidly and proportionately. The new system also needed to support more comprehensive perimeter security, as well as visitor and staff health and safety monitoring.
The completion of the two-year project saw the installation and networking of 300 Axis network cameras, combined with several Axis network horn speakers. The new IP camera system transmits video to the zoo’s new IP-based centralised control room supported by Milestone XProtect® video management software. Axis partner NW Systems completed installation, configuration and integration work for this entire project.
The comprehensive IP camera system has been instrumental in the day-to-day running of the zoo. The IP camera system has helped Chester Zoo to rationalise, network and centralise its security operations, underpinning a professionalisation of the zoo’s security team so that the zoo now meets the highest international standards for securing crowded places. The versatility of Axis’ cameras helps to provide high quality video images to meet zoo keepers’ specific operational and research needs, as well as helping the zoo’s security team to spot and act on security threats faster than before, tightening perimeter security, optimising retail operations and preventing losses at the zoo’s many shops and eateries.