Costco count on high-tech solar power CCTV solution

It’s great to hear about Costco’s expansion plans in the UK and their collaboration with using SECOM for security solutions to protect their new sites as they’re being built. Costco is a global retailer and is the world’s fifth-largest retailer. They are expanding their operations in the UK, with plans to add 14 more stores over the next two years. We have a great new case study to showcase this amazing work at their new site in Gloucestershire, Centric Park, which is set to be completed by 2024. You can read it here:

Costco CCTV Case Study

Here are some key things from it to summarise:

1. Site requirements

When searching for new sites in the UK, Costco needed areas of up to 12 acres with parking space for 650 vehicles. The Gloucester store will be built on an 11.5-acre site with extensive planning permission for various buildings.

2. Security needs

Due to the size and nature of the Gloucester site, Costco required an effective security system to protect it from potential intruders, including the possibility of individuals trying to set up a campsite. They enlisted the services of SECOM, a security specialist with whom they’ve had a working relationship for eight years.

3. Solar-Powered CCTV Systems

The Gloucester site presented challenges, including the lack of mains power. In response, SECOM installed a high-tech, solar-powered CCTV system. Solar panels are mounted on existing flagpoles, powering four full HD solar-powered cameras with battery backup and a 4G connection for each. These cameras also feature video motion detection and smart analytic capabilities to generate alarms if/when the site is entered.

4. Remote monitoring

The cameras are remotely monitored 24/7 by SECOM’s Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). If an intrusion is detected, the ARC alerts the keyholder immediately. Authorised Costco personnel can also view the camera feeds through a mobile phone app.

5. Rapid installation and durability

The solar-powered CCTV system can be installed quickly and uses rechargeable batteries. Even during rainy or cloudy weather, the system can operate for up to seven days when fully charged. The cameras are designed to be water and dust-resistant and provide clear images both day and night.

6. Exceptional service

Costco’s Loss Prevention Manager, Ged McCarthy, speaks highly of SECOM’s services. He appreciates the exceptional quality of service, efficient collaboration, and the expertise of SECOM’s team, particularly mentioning Steve Curry and Kevin Llewellyn.

7. Future collaboration

Ged is working closely with SECOM to further strengthen their relationship and access the latest and most technologically advanced security solutions available on the market, hoping for us to look after future new sites.

8. Recommendation

  1. Ged at Costco has no hesitation in recommending SECOM for any security needs, citing the high service levels and quality we provide.

Overall, it’s great to see that Costco is taking security seriously in its expansion plans and has found a reliable partner in us to address and fulfil their security needs effectively.

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