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Stepping up clubhouse security with CCTV

9.00am 25th June 2003 - Management Topics

Following a number of security related incidents in their car park area, Lansdown Golf Club has installed a state-of-the-art CCTV system capable of monitoring activity and movement of persons within the club.

Lansdown Golf Club, situated on the hilltops surrounding Bath, offers picturesque views and a spectacular course for players. Established in 1894, the club caters for members and visitors alike and hosts a number of competitions each year.

Vault-IT tendered for the design and installation of a CCTV system capable of monitoring car park activity, and for the provision of high-resolution colour camera in the main entrance reception area, and at the changing room exit to offer protection to the changing rooms. Following a detailed survey, they recommended use of high-performance low light cameras, located on specific lighting poles in the car park and on the front of the building. The cameras provide unrivalled performance in low light conditions. They do not require the aid of infrared lighting which would have been expensive and obtrusive on the attractive Lansdown clubhouse.

The locations chosen offer blanket coverage of cars parked in the car park area and of any persons entering and leaving their vehicles. In addition, they provide useful recording of members and visitors as they move towards the main entrance. Cameras are also located at the side entrance to the first tee.

The cameras, in conjunction with existing car park lighting offer high quality recording both day and night, and operate on ‘video motion detection’, which means recording takes place only when there is motion such as cars or people in the cameras’ field of view. This delivers two major advantages to the club. First images are only recorded of actual activity, so when reviewing events they do not have to view back through hours of video footage where nothing is happening. Secondly, recording time for all cameras can be increased to offer much greater recording via the Vault-IT Digital Video Recorder.

This employs leading edge technology that records and displays up to sixteen cameras simultaneously onto a computer based unit. There are no videotapes to manage or change, no buttons to push, and no intervention from staff or management required. The unit is supplied with a 17” high-resolution computer monitor to display live views and replay recorded video footage. As all information is stored digitally, it is quick and easy for the club to choose the time and date they want to view, moving forwards and backwards through recorded footage by using the computer mouse to ‘point and click’ at the time and camera they want to review.

The unit has everything the club needs to print off evidential pictures using a standard PC printer, or copy footage onto an integral CD writer within the unit to allow them to give evidential footage directly to police or any interested parties. All cameras are also name labelled for easy identification and management.

To include club members within use of the system and to foster the feeling of the club protecting their valuables, camera views of the car park are also displayed on a 20” monitor in the bar area. This gives bar staff and members the ability to view activity in the car park and adds to the sense that the area is protected 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Vaulted Image Technologies offer a range of security products that capture images from CCTV cameras, transmit them across the Internet and store them in a remote, secure data centre. Images can be viewed via the Internet from anywhere in the world by using standard web browser software such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.


Lansdown Golf Club

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