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CCTV protects EV charging bays

by Andy Clutton

Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is using Wisenet cameras manufactured by Hanwha Techwin to help protect its investment in electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs.

With the sales of electric vehicles growing, MFG is accelerating its plans to offer ultra-rapid, electric vehicle (EV) charging bays – up to twelve charging bays at each location – across its 900+ station network. Wisenet video surveillance systems are being installed to deter and detect vandals enabling MFG personnel to identify if any charging equipment has been damaged.

The contract to install the systems was awarded to Age CCTV, a division of Age Electrical Services. “We have been installing new video surveillance solutions and upgrading existing systems at MFG forecourts for over 15 years. In all cases, we have used Wisenet cameras in line with MFG’s decision to single source cameras and recording devices from Hanwha Techwin,” said Jason Gargiulo, Managing Director of Age CCTV.

Depending on the number of charging bays at each location, Age CCTV has installed one or more 5-megapixel Wisenet QNO-8080R bullet cameras.

The QNO-8080R is a true day/night camera, equipped with built-in IR illuminators which enable it to capture images regardless of the lighting conditions. It also benefits from enhanced Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) which performs at up to 120dB to produce images from scenes containing a challenging mix of bright and dark areas which normally results in overexposed or underexposed images.

With many MFG (EV) charging sites being unmanned, authorised MFG personnel are able at any time to remotely access the live images captured by the H.265 Wisenet QNO-8080R cameras or retrieve the recorded video of any incidents. They can do so from a desktop PC or laptop by using management software or via their smartphones or tablets using a mobile app.

The images are transmitted over 4G technology and bandwidth efficiency is improved by up to 75% compared to current H.264 technology when WiseStream II is combined with H.265 compression.

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