Los Amigos, like all popular restaurants, is a bastion for thieves “looking for a an easy target.” The original patio area was surveilled by a single fixed view camera that was not capable of covering the dining area as well as detailed imagery of entrance. So owner Chris Mandel asked GeckoTech to add yet another camera to his Milestone System. The new camera being a PTZ with low lumens capability and one that could be controlled by the Milestone operator to change pan, tilt or zoom… After collected detailed user requirements (what did owner Chris Mandel hope to achieve with this new camera/view) GeckoTech selected a high end Toshiba PTZ with a 180′ Panning FoV. Now the property has imagery capable of providing irrefutable ID of all people entering the property through the main gate. Thus continuing to prove that Los Amigos is one of the safest (least # of incidence) to dine out.
Savings and Security. What more could one ask for. Especially when the former pays for the latter. with a little change to spare. Such is the case for 3 rental units at Vista Mar that recently became subscribers to GeckoTech’s services: GeckoEye and GeckoWatch. Vista Mar. situated in Jaco, is one of Jaco’s first developments. The owners were experiencing brisk occupancy, but were having their rental income gobbled up by ICE. So they turned to GeckoTech to help lower their AC operational costs relative to ICE power. GeckoTech answered their “cry for help” by installing GeckoEye. The gEye system not only lowered the owner’s AC operational costs by 30% but also allowed them remote managing and monitoring of doors/windows/thermostats. The subsequent savings afforded them the option to install gPhoto at the front door to track all pedestrian traffic in and out of his rental unit. gPhoto takes successive photos on one second intervals and sends them to a web service where the subscriber can review up to 30 days of photos. Gone are the days of wondering if their units are rented.. All three unit owners are now in complete control of their properties even though they might be 1000s of miles away.
Chris Mandel, owner of Los Amigos, is in the process of upgrading his Milestone Video Surveillance sytem (branded GeckoWatch) to allow him to view his property’s cameras real-time “on the go”. To facilitate this upgrade, Chris purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note with both Wifi and 3G services. Now, from almost anywhere in the world, Chris can “keep tabs” on his business. GeckoWatch: Piece of mind with a Costa Rican business.
BohioGrill, a long time user of various GeckoTech technologies, has recently upgraded its GeckoPOS to include proximity card technology to allow better (more secure) credentialing for Waitstaff and employee access. Previously, employees simply entered a four digit PIN code that could easily be passed verbally. Now, with the GeckoAccess add-on, each employee is issued a card, and each card as UNIQUE ID encoded/embedded using proximity technology. The card (aka token) is then used to gain access to the GeckoPOS. This enhancement helps minimize internal fraud.
Monaco Condominiums, situated in central Jaco, is evaluating GeckoTech’s GeckoWatch (managed service for Video Surveillance). Starting with one hi res IP Camera monitoring the gate, they will be expanding the service to include video coverage of each of the tower’s pedestrian access. It is expected the pilot will grow to 12+ cameras over the next 8 months providing tighter security for guests and unit owners. The cameras are visible (both historically and realtime) from the main office viewing terminal, as well as designated staff with mobile device access.