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Securing Cape Town’s cosmopolitan playground

V&A Waterfront by night. V&A Waterfront by night.

Axis Communications recently rolled out its surveillance solution across the V&A Waterfront, the historical site that attracts the maximum number of foreign visitors in the country. 

The safety of 23 million people who visit the V&A Waterfront annually has been secured with the installation of the Axis P3364-VE and the Axis Q1604 cameras.

What began as a small jetty, built in 1654 by Dutch commander Jan van Riebeeck as part of his task to establish a refreshment station at the foot of Africa, has grown immensely and today boasts more than 80 world-class restaurants, 10 international hotels and over 450 retail outlets, offering visitors a unique blend of natural beauty and commercial indulgence. 

“The massive influx of visitors to our site on a daily basis means that effective, uncompromising security is an absolute necessity. We were looking for a system that represented a long term solution,” remarks Deon Sloane, V&A Waterfront Senior Security Manager. 

The V&A Waterfront development spans a massive 300 acres; the sheer size of the site necessitates the deployment of numerous network cameras with the capacity to provide monitoring under diverse circumstances and conditions. The strong north-westerly winds and high annual rainfall for which Cape Town is known, demand robust products that are steadfast in the harshest environment.

“With a combination of the AXIS P3364-VE with Axis’ Lightfinder technology and the AXIS Q1604 with Wide Dynamic Range we have ensured that these cameras provide a complete surveillance solution to the 660,000m² of property within the V&A Waterfront precinct,” says Roy Alves Business Development Manager (MEA) at Axis Communications SA.  

In addition to the numerous Axis network cameras keeping a watchful eye on the premises, the site has a number of new and upcoming developments which require further monitoring. With Axis network cameras and Milestone video management software the expansion is a seamless and almost effortless task. 

V&A security management have found that the quality of the surveillance footage has improved dramatically. Maintenance of the solution is straightforward, the risk of tampering has been contained and the new system offers so much more in terms of functionality without any compromise to the aesthetical appeal of the Waterfront development.       

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