Following the convincing performance of an eneo pilot installation, the course for conversion of further service stations to HDcctv from eneo has been set at the service station operator St1
Only a few people in this country may have heard of the Finnish energy group St1. The company based in Helsinki was established in 1995 under the name Greenergy Baltic Oy and is committed primarily to the development and sale of environmentally compatible and sustainable energy solutions. Following the purchase of the Finnish service station operator St1 in 2005 the company also changed its name to St1 that year. St1 currently operates its service station business in four countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway and Poland. In 2010 the company took over the Shell Finnish service station chain. The total of 225 Shell retail stations are operated under their old brand name in addition to the 360 Finnish service stations. The company claims to operate around 1,200 service stations throughout Scandinavia.
Test phase passed with distinction
Last summer a test phase examined conversion of analogue CCTV systems to HDcctv at St1. The management wanted to trial the promise made by HDcctv – video surveillance over coaxial cable in outstanding HD quality, which was previously the domain of only IP megapixel cameras – in practical conditions.
The company 4safe was therefore entrusted with the task of a test installation in a St1 service station near Helsinki. The reason why eneo was chosen was explained by the system installer Kai Mäntylä: "My experience with eneo products over many years has been absolutely positive. Apart from the very good value for money and the three-year warranty, I have been impressed again and again by the high product reliability as well as the competent and fast support." And furthermore, eneo offers a complete HDcctv product portfolio, from the camera through suitable recorders right up to accessories. Nothing therefore stood in the way of a full environment with eneo equipment.
Slimmer, more efficient, more cost effective
Specifically, eight HDC-2100M1080 cameras were installed – four cameras less than in the analogue system. This was possible due to the fact that one of these cameras can monitor up to four petrol pumps, as opposed to only two by an analogue camera. Conversion to HDcctv therefore has the effect of considerably streamlining the system as well as helping to save money. In the test installation the previously required 16-channel recorder was replaced by the much slimmer and ultimately more cost-effective DVR HDR-4008AE (8 channels). Whereas the existing coaxial and power cables were retained along with the external housings for the cameras: they were reused for the new HDcctv cameras. eneo HDcctv was therefore not only able to notch up points by creating savings potentials and producing artefact-free imagery, but also due to its minimal training requirement: thanks to the very simple DVR menu structure, the specialist from 4Safe needed barely one and a half hours to instruct the responsible employees in all the functions and parameters of the HDR-4008AE. The positive overall impression was rounded off by the sophisticated design and solid workmanship of all the devices.
Course set for the conversion
The pilot project was rated as being extremely positive. Although some time passed before the final decision was made, we have recently received confirmation: St1 will gradually convert numerous subsidiaries of its service stations in Finland to HDcctv technology from eneo. What has already been decided are the HDcctv models for which the analogue cameras will have to give way: HDD-2000MIR1080, HDD-2110M as well as the HDB-2000MIR1080. We will keep you posted.