Background to our Customer Story
Back in 2019, Vista CCTV were approached by 1st Molesey Scout Group to help improve security of their site in Molesey, Surrey.
As a non-profit organisation, all funds raised go directly into running a programme of adventurous activities for young people, helping them to learn important skills for life.
Vista were able to donate 8 Optio by Vista cameras and an NVR solution, improving the security of the 1st Molesey’s property considerably and giving them peace of mind.
Then in Summer 2022, Vista were approached again by 1st Molesey Scout Group. Their requirements had changed considerably from when the original Optio solution was installed.
About our Customer
1st Molesey Scout Group is made up of around 190 young people and adult volunteers. They are based in Molesey, Surrey.
Being a Scout is all about discovering the world. Our young people are always up for adventure and push themselves to experience new things and learn new skills.
Our Scouts master the skills that will help them weather the storms of life, and try things they’d never get the chance to do at home or at school – achieving whatever they set their minds to.
As a Sea Scout group, we have access to our own fleet of kayaks, canoes, sailing dinghies and powerboats. Our Scouts take part in a huge array of activities both on and off the water.
The Scout Group’s requirements had broadened significantly from when Vista supported them with the donation of a simple Optio solution. They needed wider coverage for several additional areas and required a larger storage capacity.
Since 2019, supplementary video surveillance cameras had been connected with no associated monitors, with cameras and recorders operating separately across different areas of the site.
Chris Andrews, the Group’s volunteer Facilities Manager, approached Vista to see if they could support the Scout Group again and provide an integrated solution.
Vista put together a simplified design providing new equipment as well as incorporating the original Optio cameras donated in 2019.
Again, free of charge, Vista were able to provide the Scouts with a further 8 Eyeball IP cameras from Vista’s VLI series, along with a 16-way NVR. These were fully tested before despatch.
The new VL series is fully NDAA compliant and the cameras provide exceptionally detailed images in 4MP. This made them a good fit for the Sea Scouts’ application, as did the ONVIF compatibility feature. As a result, it was straightforward to integrate the previous Optio cameras into the new solution.
Just as previously, it was vital to be able to record in low light conditions and all weathers, a challenge the VLI series of cameras excel at tackling due to a 30 metre IR illumination function and being IP67 rated.
The cameras also deliver the option to stream multiple formats including H.264, whilst the latest H.265 technology greatly reduces the levels of bandwidth and storage required by the recording solution. This was ideal for the Scout group.
The VLI cameras provide a micro-SD card local storage feature, which offers a cost-effective alternative to subscription-based cloud storage of motion-activated recordings.
The VL Series 16-channel NVRs are NDAA compliant, support up to 18TB per HDD of memory and include free VMS software accessible via a PC or mobile APP. This allows Chris Andrews and the Facilities team to remotely manage the system.
With easy to configure plug-n-play features and Vista on hand to optimise the set up for the volunteers, it wasn’t long before they had one cohesive video surveillance solution covering all the site and satellite areas.
The Scout Group are very pleased with the enhanced security they now have and the ease with which they can manage the system.
Chris Andrews said, “Now we have a unified system, we can manage, control and access easily, from anywhere, at any time. The support offered by the Vista technical team has been fantastic throughout the installation”.
“We’ve now been able to secure our premises adequately, including the entrances and two different parts of the site. As with the original Optio cameras, the VLI series eyeball cameras really flood the area with IR light, making the site less vulnerable. We’re viewing images & recordings as if they were captured in the middle of the day with very clear definition”.