Merck is the second largest healthcare company in the world and a world leader in consumer products and animal care. Over the years, Merck researchers have created ways to treat and prevent a variety of diseases, from the discovery of vitamin B1, to the first measles vaccine, cold and antacid remedies, and First medications with statins used to treat high cholesterol. The large pharmaceutical company has built corporate laboratories in Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico , a municipality northwest of Mexico City.
Merck SA De. CV was looking for video technology to provide day and night surveillance of the perimeter zone in corporate laboratories in Mexico. The company needed sharp, high-resolution images to allow identification of faces and plates, but analog technology did not meet their needs.
Megapixel solution for Merck
To provide high-quality video for surveillance of the perimeter zone in Merck's newly built laboratories, Ariel Maldujano, head of technology administration and services, turned to Universal Alarms, an integrating company with 38 years of experience in the market. Marco A. Godina of Universal Alarms designed and installed the new system at Merck's facilities in Mexico. When looking for technology to provide higher quality video images, Mr. Godina learned about Arecont Vision Costar through a manufacturer's representative.
The 5 megapixel day / night cameras from Arecont Vision Costar were the perfect choice to provide the resolution required for the application at Merck in Mexico, and Universal Alarms installed five Arecont Vision Costar MegaIP® AV5105DN cameras used with 12VM1040ASI lenses (10 mm - 40 mm zoom) inside 12-inch housings along the perimeter zone
The Arecont Vision Costar (MegaIP® series) AV5105DN is a 5 megapixel day / night camera that provides 2,592 x 1,944 pixels at 9 frames per second (fps). The sensitivity to light is 0.3 lux in F1.4. The camera uses H.264 compression (MPEG-4, Part 10) to minimize system bandwidth and storage needs. The AV5105DN can also be used at lower resolutions for various frame rates up to full movement. The camera provides 1280 x 1024 full-motion progressive scan video at 30 (fps), 1600 x 1200 pixels video at 24 fps or 2,048 x 1,536 at 15 fps.
The camera incorporates Arecont Vision Costar MegaIP® MegaVideo® image processing at 80 billion operations per second. Features include forensic zoom to zero and view the details of a recorded image, motion detection and image clipping. The day / night version of the camera used in the Merck application in Mexico includes a motorized infrared (IR) cut filter. The camera can generate multiple image formats, allowing simultaneous viewing of the full resolution field of view and regions of interest for high definition forensic zoom.
Benefits of Arecont Vision Costar cameras
The quality of Arecont VisionCostar's megapixel cameras is a great selling point, and Mr. Godina of Universal Alarms said: "We never forget that Arecont Vision was a pioneer in megapixel technology." The megapixel image quality was more important, and another benefit observed by the integrator is the digital zoom capability of Arecont Vision Costar. The sharpest images have allowed the client to identify faces and plates. The system has worked well to date, and Arecont Vision Costar has responded to the needs of the integrator and the end user.
Arecont Vision Costar megapixel IP cameras provide better overall coverage with higher resolution for superior image quality and better results. Arecont Vision Costar cameras also offer wider coverage with fewer cameras. The system produces superior images in both daytime and nighttime lighting environments. In addition to greater image clarity, the ability of megapixel cameras to cover more areas using fewer cameras compared to conventional standard resolution IP cameras helps reduce the total cost of ownership of the system. Megapixel IP cameras allow operators to expand specific areas of live or archived video to view important details, such as the license plate number. The cameras combine image quality with smaller image files and enhanced video transmission using H.264 compression. Smaller file sizes reduce storage requirements.