Sterling Automotive is a group of premier auto dealerships in south central Louisiana that were experiencing a high amount of theft and vandalism to their vehicles and property. This theft included tailgates and sets of tires from new trucks. ASP was approached to help eliminate the constant issues at hand. The main obstacle at their biggest location was the desired camera locations in the multi-acre lot had no way to run wires back to the head end equipment room. The average distance from the desired camera location to the main building was around 350’. These remote locations included a separate used car lot across the street.
ASP installed a high-resolution CCTV system at each location, which included a video analytic device to report intruder alarms to ASP central station. The solution for the camera communication was fairly easy. ASP used wireless range extenders at each camera location, usually a pole with multiple cameras, and a wireless receiver on the main building to get the signal back to the recorder. A total of 10 wireless devices were used for 24 remote cameras. The analytics device recognizes a person or vehicle and sends an alarm to the central station; it filters out animal of other movement that is not a person, for fewer false alarms. ASP central station also can talk down to the site when a suspicious person is in an unauthorized area to prevent the theft.
Within 24 hours of installing the first system Opelousas PD made an apprehension of an intruder stealing tires. Opelousas PD has since apprehended suspects on four other occasions with the help of ASP and the video monitored systems. ASP is now proposing sending alarm events directly to the Opelousas PD cars on duty. This will enable the officers to view alarm events of intruders and track them throughout the site with real time video.