Hoodlinks cloud case study Videoloft

Case study: Hoodlinks & Videoloft

Hoodlinks, based in Gauteng Johannesburg, South Africa, specialize in CCTV and wireless solutions using solar systems as a remote power source. Servicing many remote clients across a variety of industries they offer security solutions to suit areas with no connection to grid power or the internet. Read the case study to find out how Hoodlinks, with the help of Videoloft, developed a bespoke security solution to protect a remote mine.

With expensive machinery and a remote location, security at the Eagle Granite mine in Gauteng Johannesburg is a top priority.

Needing CCTV and intrusion detection at their perimeter they contacted Hoodlinks, a local specialist in remote and rural security and monitoring.

Bespoke solution for a remote mine

Hoodlinks developed a bespoke solution for the Eagle Granite site. The solution consisted of a solar powered camera unit with an external intrusion detection beam to trigger strobe lighting. The client requested eliminating local onsite video storage, so Hoodlinks chose using Videoloft to save all video to the cloud.

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Internet connection is provided using 3G, so bandwidth usage must be kept to a minimum. Using the ‘SD and Max Res Stills’ Videoloft recording mode allows reducing bandwidth usage but also maintaining the integrity of the security solution. In this mode, the motion activated video events are recorded at standard definition, and Videoloft also takes a still photo for each motion event at the maximum resolution of the camera. This reduces the bandwidth used to send the recordings to the cloud but provides the client with high quality 5MP images for each motion event.

In addition to this low bandwidth mode, the Videoloft software running on the camera constantly monitors the network connection. It also dynamically adjusts the video bitrate if the network struggles. This is to ensure that video can always be sent to the cloud. Furthermore, if there is a complete network outage, Videoloft will save video to the camera’s SD card. Once the network is restored, it will automatically send it to the cloud.

The result? Very satisfied customer as well as a happy end user. David Hood, the founder of Hoodlinks said: “We have our own Hoodlinks branded version of the Videoloft platform. Our clients just download the CCTV Connect app and the software is completely in our brand. This allows us to build up brand recognition within the industry in our area.”

Hoodlinks cloud case study Videoloft

Case study: Hoodlinks & Videoloft

Hoodlinks, based in Gauteng Johannesburg, South Africa, specialize in CCTV and wireless solutions using solar systems as a remote power source. Servicing many remote clients across a variety of industries they offer security solutions to suit areas with no connection to grid power or Internet.

Read the case study to find out how Hoodlinks, with the help of Videoloft, developed a bespoke security solution to protect a remote mine.

The challenge

With expensive machinery and a remote location, security at the Eagle Granite mine in Gauteng Johannesburg is a top priority.

Needing CCTV and intrusion detection at their perimeter they contacted Hoodlinks, a local specialist in remote and rural security and monitoring.

The solution

Hoodlinks developed a bespoke solution for the Eagle Granite site. The solution consisted of a solar powered camera unit with an external intrusion detection beam to trigger strobe lighting. The client requested eliminating local onsite video storage, so Hoodlinks chose using Videoloft to save all video to the cloud.

Internet connection is provided using 3G, so bandwidth usage must be kept to a minimum. Using the ‘SD and Max Res Stills’ Videoloft recording mode allows reducing bandwidth usage but also maintaining the integrity of the security solution. In this mode, the motion activated video events are recorded at standard definition, and Videoloft also takes a still photo for each motion event at the maximum resolution of the camera. This reduces the bandwidth used to send the recordings to the cloud but provides the client with high quality 5MP images for each motion event.

In addition to this low bandwidth mode, the Videoloft software running on the camera constantly monitors the network connection. It also dynamically adjusts the video bitrate if the network struggles. This is to ensure that video can always be sent to the cloud. Furthermore, if there is a complete network outage, Videoloft will save video to the camera’s SD card. Once the network is restored, it will automatically send it to the cloud.

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The result

The result? Very satisfied customer as well as a happy end user. David Hood, the founder of Hoodlinks said: “We have our own Hoodlinks branded version of the Videoloft platform. Our clients just download the CCTV Connect app and the software is completely in our brand. This allows us to build up brand recognition within the industry in our area.”

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