McDonald’s recently opened a 24 hour drive-thru restaurant in Liffey Valley, Dublin. Noted for their award winning high standard. The critical factors in deciding to go with IP were the clear quality images obtainable with megapixel cameras for both day time and night time, ease of use of the Smart Client user interface and the ability to log on to the store remotely via their own Virtual Private Network. Having visited the National IP Experience Centre and seeing a full working demonstration of the recommended cameras and Milestone XProtect system, the decision was made.
The camera solution consisted of 1.3MP and 2MP fully PoE internal mini-domes to cover the restaurant eating areas, the counter areas, the tills, the drive thru hatches, staff areas and kitchens. For outside to monitor vehicular traffic for the drive-thru a combination of 2MP Sentinel full body PoE cameras were mounted on poles and 720p vandal resisted domes were positioned to capture registration plates on exiting the drive-thru lanes. All of the cameras record to a Milestone server, which allows management to retrieve video easily and simply using sequence explorer and export video footage.
Running a 24 hour business, quality of footage is very important whether day time or night time. For the protection of staff and customers, having good quality video footage deters opportunistic thieves as there are TV displays in the store showing live surveillance footage.
Megapixel cameras are becoming more popular for use in retail and restaurant environments as owners realise the quality of images they can get from IP. Having a fully networked solution also reduces their maintenance costs over time. With an IP network security solution each individual camera can be adjusted for best performance including frame rates, motion detection sensitivity and privacy masking. The security installer can remotely log on to each individual camera and adjust settings, never having to go on site. This eliminates call out charges and reduces annual maintenance costs to the end user. The advantage of higher megapixel cameras such as the 2MP camera covers a wide area without comprising on detail.The user interface – Smart Client – is extremely powerful and easy to use, another reason why McDonald’s Liffey Valley is lovin’ IP.