Integrator H3C Plus has installed a Bosch IP video surveillance solution at 1 Market Street Sydney for commercial property owner, Investa. The system incorporates a wide range of cameras supported by high-end Cisco network infrastructure.
NUMBER 1 Market Street is a prominent A-grade commercial office tower, located adjacent to Darling Harbour and a stone’s throw from the vibrant centre of the Sydney CBD. Late last year, Investa’s management decided to upgrade the aging analogue camera system at 1 Market St and they chose H3C PLUS to provide the solution.
Investa is an $A10 billion plus commercial property owner and manager of more than 40 office buildings nationally, with 17 of these located in the Sydney CBD so the company undertook a full tender process and after careful consideration, integrator H3C PLUS, headed by Nicholas Churchill and Jonathan Hughes, won the project. A number of factors influenced Investa to award the project to H3C PLUS, key considerations being the need to invest in cabling and quality all-round cameras that performed well during day and night.
As part of the scope of works, H3C PLUS replaced the analogue coax cable and installed a 12-core multi-mode optic fibre backbone, running from the basement to the roof of the 33-storey building. There were 3 nodes (Basement, Level 6 and Level 33) were created with a rack and UPS at each location. All cameras were cabled via a new Cat-6 cable to the respective node. H3C Plus also installed 3 workstation locations for the security room, building manager’s office and the concierge desk at ground level.
When it comes to the camera installation, outdoor AUTODOME PTZ and FLEXIDOME IR IP 1080p cameras are scattered around the building’s perimeter. There are 33 Bosch 1080p AUTODOME and FLEXIDOME cameras across 4 zones: Building perimeter, car park/dock, general lobbies, and plant room/roof. Another 3 AUTODOME IP 5000 HD 1080p PTZs are located at key vantage points near front and back entrances. These outdoor PTZs feature high-speed PTZ control with 30x optical zoom and accurate colour reproduction in scenes with varying lighting levels, providing identification of people up to 180m without loss of detail.
The remainder of the 30 cameras comprise FLEXIDOME IP 5000 HD (outdoor & indoor versions). These feature 1080p resolution for sharp images, IR option (with 15 m viewing distance) and an auto zoom/focus lens for quick installation and setup.
“We chose Bosch cameras for their performance in different light conditions and the quality images they produce,” said Nicholas. “Their ONVIF compliance also made them compatible with Geutebrück VMS, the platform specified by Investa. With a bit of tweaking optimal integration was achieved.”
Rooftop cameras overlook Darling Harbour and Sydney City CBD
Apart from technical aspects, the aesthetics were also considered. The previous installation left large holes and facade damage in key places around the building. To rectify this, colour coded plates matching the colour of cameras were used. Jonathan Hughes, who worked closely on the project with Investa from its inception, identified that the facade of the building was of great importance to the owners given the status and location of the building.
“The plates covered up previous damage, added to the overall aesthetics of the installation and the owners are pleased with the result,” Hughes said. “The H3C Plus team holistically managed the end to end project with the on-site Investa FM team to ensure key critical cut over dates were achieved.
Jonathan Hughes (left) and Nicholas Churchill from H3C Plus
According to Nicholas Churchill, he and Hughes are pleased with the integration.
“Overall Jonathan and I are very happy with the result delivered for 1 Market Street,” Churchill said. “Objectives derived from the security audit and client’s brief were achieved. We are also pleased with the performance of the Bosch cameras. The image quality is impressive. Apart from the deployed CCTV solution, Investa management also welcomed the new fibre backbone which future proofs the building’s IP communications capabilities.”
Meanwhile, the Investa management team said they were pleased with the quality of the solution.
“We at Investa pride ourselves of being at the forefront of safety and technology,” said Investa. “The innovation brought to the table and the seamless installation was a credit to H3C Plus.” ♦
The installation at 1 Market St includes:
* 3 Bosch AUTODOME IP 5000 HD PTZ (NEZ-5230)
* 30 x Bosch FLEXIDOME IP 5000 HD (NDI-50022)
* 3 x CISCO Network Switches
* 3 x UPS stations
* 250m of 12-core fibre optic cable.