Megapixel cameras and the latest NVR technology can catch and prevent thousands of dollars in theft while achieving total system payback.

In the April issue of Security Magazine, there will be a feature on Certified Towing which has successfully implemented a high resolution surveillance system using TimeSight Systems’ Video Lifecycle Management (VLM) Appliance with the latest megapixel cameras from IQinvision to protect millions of dollars in vehicle storage value. The TimeSight solution enabled the deployment of high-resolution video surveillance at a fraction of the storage costs of traditional DVR and NVR systems. With a single TimeSight VLM Appliance, Certified Towing protects a large amount of cars with a small amount of storage.

Over the course of the past year, Certified Towing had two security incidents that required review of the video captured by the TimeSight solution. In both incidents, the TimeSight VLM appliance played a significant role in helping solve the crime.

“By using TimeSight’s intelligent video solution with quality megapixel images, it was easy to research specific times and camera angles,” said Darrell Wells, owner of Certified Towing. “In one instance, we had to review three months of stored video. Because of TimeSight, we were able to retain a large quantity of 3.0 megapixel digital video files. The video evidence ultimately led to confessions and the police, who were impressed with the ease of operation and usability of the images, arrested the perpetrators of the crimes. The amount of property recovered along with future deterrence has enabled us to pay for the system in less than six months.”

Featuring the industry’s only dynamic H.264 compression, the TimeSight VLM solution automatically reduces the size of Certified Towing’s video surveillance files over time as risk is reduced. This allows the company to make use of today’s cost-effective, high quality mega-pixel security images that provide extraordinary level of details for better protection of people and property, while maintaining video surveillance data for many months in the event that it’s needed later. It is not uncommon for Certified Towing to keep vehicles and property on site well over 30 days, making retention of quality video a must.

Certified Towing is in the business of safely and securely transporting and storing vehicles. The cars and trucks can range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars in value. The company makes money by safely storing lots of automobiles, not lots of video security data. TimeSight’s video surveillance appliance with MORe® (Motion Optimized Recording) was the solution that made using megapixel high quality cameras simple, effective and affordable.

A single TimeSight VLM appliance intelligently manages all the high resolution video without the burden of large amounts of storage needed by traditional DVR/NVR systems.

“Certified Towing can now use new high resolution cameras to eliminate all grainy video, better identify events such as accidents or vandalism through improved quality and retention times, all with reduced storage costs,” added Wells. “We’ve looked carefully at the alternatives, and they all require 6-8 times more video disk space to achieve the quality and retention we need.”

By working with TimeSight Systems, Certified Towing reduced risk through higher video quality and increased retention times, while needing only a very small storage footprint. Wells commented on the company’s ability to reduce risk and storage costs over time, “I was pleasantly surprised to see quickly we were leveraging cost-effective, high quality images.”

Certified Towing now takes advantage of high resolution images without incurring the high storage costs or limited retention times by leveraging TimeSight’s VLM implementation, reducing image sizes over time as risk is reduced.