By Zake Marribay of the AAVA Security Committee (as printed in AAVA News)
In pursuance of its commitment to ensure the safety and security of residents and their properties, the Board approved and authorized the installation of the CCTV in the Village.
Under the project there will be 34 IP (internet protocol) cameras, 19 of them to be mounted each on 20-foot high steel poles at strategic places along major roads and five cameras each at the Madrigal, Acacia and Mindanao gates.
In the second phase of the project more IP cameras will be installed along the 13-km perimeter fence of the Village.
As we go to press, there are initially two cameras at the Madrigal gate, each at the entrance and exit lanes. At the Yakal-Madrigal corner and Luzon-Madrigal junction, one camera each on their respective 20-foot steel poles.
The cameras at the entrance and exit lanes of Madrigal gate have fixed lens to read and record 24/7 the plate numbers and the driver’s face of moving vehicles. While the cameras on the poles have panning, tilting and zooming lens to capture the external features of vehicles within the vicinity.
All cameras are connected by fibre optics to the CCTV command control room located at the Security base within AAVA office. The command control room shall be manned 24/7 by trained operators in shifts.
In the CCTV room are four monitors, two of them are set on multi-view mode, showing live feed and in real time. Connected to a computer, the CCTV records the vehicular movements in as many as 15days, after which it automatically over writes or erases the previous recording and then starts another recording cycle all over again.
The matrix monitor is hooked up to another unit, intended as the spot monitor which can be played back or fast forward for as many times over, and for as far back as the recordings made 15days earlier.
The playback monitor is useful in reviewing and verifying the plate number of vehicles with questionable identification.
The CCTV system has been made possible with the full support of the PLDT who provided the fibre optics backbone, at no cost to the Association. It is foreseen that all 34 IP cameras shall have been installed and fully operational by the end of January 2011.