Located in a quiet suburb ofAtlanta, the community of Flowers
Crossing looks like other established neighborhoods across the country. The peace and quiet was welcome and desired, however like many other properties the community began to see some changes from both its own members, as well as unwelcome visitor.
Vandals began making a mark on the common areas including spray painting doors and tennis screens, late-night swimming and horseplay, throwing chairs and concrete bags in the pool, loitering into all hours of the night and even breaking into the clubhouse and pool areas.
The board began looking at options to stop the behavior, primarily a video surveillance solution that could be assessed from board members homes or offices and as needed by the police. One of the most important requirements of the solution was for the video to be recorded off of the property. The vandals had already broken into the pump-rooms and clubhouse, so what was to stop them from simply following the camera cable and walking out with the evidence.
Lance Graves, the board member tasked with the project, contacted ControlByNet. “ControlByNet has a history with community surveillance and was one of the only viable options to offer the remote-hosted surveillance our community required.”
Flowers Crossing has two amenity areas, each with a pool and tennis courts. ControlByNet installed four cameras at each area. Each of the amenity areas was equipped with an Internet connection. Using it’s i-flashback™ cloud-based video surveillance solution, ControlByNet provided Flowers Crossing with a result that left only cameras and a network switch at the locations. Using IP or digital cameras allows the community to have everything offsite, as well as higher quality images then analog cameras provide. The software also allows the two locations to appear as one for all the viewers; allowing quick access to review video archives or see live video at any time.
“The ControlByNet solution has provided us with valuable information and helped cease the reckless activity. Once word got out that we were on ‘candid camera’ and that the video was all off-site things really settled down,” said Graves. “We have also seen benefits beyond security. We now use the system to check on lifeguards, pool service and ground maintenance workers and the board can do this from anywhere with an Internet connection.”
More information on ControlByNet’s Cloud-based Video Surveillance Solution may be found at www.controlbynet.com or (770)-564-5544.