ARG Communications, a provider of business telephone systems, VoIP, voice data and fiber cabling and video surveillance in and around Delaware and Philadelphia, chose VIVOTEK and a total of 38 of its indoor and outdoor security solutions to solve security surveillance issues for Martin Honda, Mazda and Kia dealerships in Newark, Del.

When a customer brings a vehicle into an auto service center, the vehicle often has pre-existing damage, even as small as chips in the windshield and scrapes on the bumper. When a customer claims the dealership caused the damage after the vehicle was brought in to be serviced, disputing the claim often is difficult and sometimes impossible, thus resulting in a settlement and costing the dealership thousands of dollars to fix an issue they did not cause.

Martin request a video surveillance system to detect damage of any and every size as the vehicle entered the dealership’s service bay to be able to dispute any unwarranted claims.

One of the more challenging requests for this system was to design an application whereby virtually every angle of the vehicle could be caught on video surveillance in such a way that it could detect pre-existing damage on the vehicle.

The VIVOTEK Video Surveillance System was designed to be on its own network. ARG installed a separate network router/firewall and POE switches for this system. ARG’s lead technician Richard Pharoh, working with Aaron Logan, designed an application whereby the cameras could detect such pre-existing damage for any size vehicle, from a standard car to a minivan to a full-size SUV. They came up with a solution in which the VIVOTEK cameras were mounted offset from the wall covering the left and right sides of the vehicle for all three of the dealership’s bays, and the top of the vehicle was covered from above. There were a total of eight cameras installed for this application alone.

Overall, ARG installed 32 other cameras throughout the service center, car wash and parking lot. Two CC9381-HV panoramic network cameras are used for stairwells. 13 FD9187-HT fixed dome network cameras are used in various indoor locations. Six IB9387-HT bullet cameras are being used in various exterior locations. 13 FE9191 360 degree fisheye network cameras are being used in the service bay. Three MS9321 20MP multi-sensor panoramic network cameras are being used in the parking lot. One MS9390 multi-sensor network camera is being used in the parking lot. And two ND9541P 32-channel NVRs provide the throughput and storage needed for the system.

To date, this solution has proven that damage occurred either prior to a customer bringing a vehicle in for service, or that the damage did in fact occur while it was in the hands of the service personnel. They installed two NVRs with 32TB of storage each to record each camera and hold recordings for the requested timeframe. As a part of this system installation, they also installed monitors for the service manager and assistant service manager to view live video. ARG installed VMS client software and a cell phone application so that they could also view and access recordings on their PC’s or cell phones from

“The customer was very pleased with the quality of the system and picture,” said Joseph Ruggieri, ARG Communications president. “They were even asked by another vendor working on the project to provide our contact information, as this vendor works with other dealerships that would be interested in this specific design.”

Added Dave Jernegan, service and parts director for Martin Honda, Mazda, Kia, “I really appreciated the flexibility [ARG] showed in tuning the cameras so we could see everything we needed to see. [ARG] was outstanding as they brought the ideas we brainstormed into a reality for us. We couldn't be more pleased with the product or its implementation.”