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Hikvision releases iVMS-5200 professional software

Hikvision releases iVMS-5200 professional software

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 4/1/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Hikvision, the global leader in video surveillance equipment, announces the release of its iVMS-5200 Professional video management software.

“The release of iVMS-5200 Professional reflects Hikvision's commitment to providing complete security solutions for our partners and customers,” states Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision. “Up to 1024 video devices can be connected and iVMS-5200 fully supports all Hikvision products, including DVRs, NVRs, cameras and speed domes; third party products that conform to ONVIF standard can also be connected. This will allow any security needs to be addressed, regardless of the size, complexity or location of the installation.”

iVMS-5200 Professional video management software introduces a complete, smart, open, easy-to-use and customizable solution for all users.

Complete
iVMS-5200 Professional software can be easily customized to suit the complete business needs of different vertical markets. For example, iVMS-5200 Professional includes a Transact module and a Business Intelligence module in, to better meet the demands of the retail sectors and Hikvision is integrating a License Plate Recognition module for transportation and parking systems and an Access Control module for building facilities management. Many more modules are planned and will be introduced in the future.

The retail sector also benefits from a fully-integrated POS system, which enables users to combine video and transaction data to assist loss prevention and provide evidence in case of customer disputes. Retailers, and supermarkets and chain stores in particular, can also take advantage of the advanced video analytics, such as face recognition, people counting and heat maps to monitor customer flow and preferences and employee performance. iVMS-5200 Professional generates a host of graphical reports to capture this valuable business intelligence and improve management efficiency.

Smart
iVMS-5200 Professional fully supports smart features from Hikvision products, including smart search, playback, smart detection, and smart application for people counting, heat map, interactive map and much more. It delivers a total Smart Solution and enhances management efficiency, allowing users to easily find a specific video clip or locate a suspicious target, etc.

Open
Besides integration with all types of leading CCTV equipment, iVMS-5200 Professional also easily interconnects with various types of security and business systems due to its open architecture design. This complete flexibility provides customers with greater operational possibilities and almost limitless adaptations. More importantly, the iVMS-5200 software allows operators to fully customize their own security system specifically tailored to meet each project's individual needs.

Besides the comprehensive benefits that Hikvision iVMS-5200 Professional brings through being Open, Smart and Complete, users can also enjoy the easy-to-use functions in which it excels. iVMS-5200 Professional video management software ensures a simple and optimized experience for partners and end users, such as supporting One Step Installation. With just a few clicks, users are able to easily install the software and avoid time-consuming tasks, such as additional staff training. With efficient modular design, iVMS-5200 Professional is also capable of resolving potential system failure quickly by automatic detection and recovery. This ability enables shorter maintenance times and protects users' investment.

“I am very excited about this release and the possibilities it gives our customers. Whether it's a new site installation or expanding an existing system, the iVMS-5200 professional software delivers a complete end-to end solution, a more seamless integration of system components, and a superior user experience for our customers worldwide,” concludes Yao.

Wireless access control: the Truth is Out There… or is it?

Wireless access control: the Truth is Out There… or is it?

Editor / Provider: Chris Bone, ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 3/31/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Let's begin with something that's hardly front-page news: the market potential for wireless access control is huge. At January's Intersec exhibition forecasts of 15% annual growth in the Middle East region alone were suggested. ASSA ABLOY's own data predicts that wireless locks could make up 30% of the total market within a decade.

The potential is there.

But when ASSA ABLOY worked with IFSECglobal.com last year on a major market survey of security managers, industry insiders and decision-makers, we encountered some big surprises. The conclusion: our market knows less than you think about wireless locks.

Wireless access control systems can run fully integrated with an existing wired system,
even if it incorporates CCTV or
energy management functions.

For starters, almost two-thirds of those we surveyed thought that fitting a wireless access control system would be disruptive to an already fitted traditional system. In fact, wireless access control systems—including our own battery-powered Aperio® locks—can run fully integrated with an existing wired system, even if it incorporates CCTV or energy management functions. Integrations have been exhibited, by ASSA ABLOY and other leading access control manufacturers. Installation is quick and easy.

Around a third of our respondents using wired access control had no idea that wireless systems use much less energy. Because wireless locks are battery powered and only “wake up” when a credential is presented, they consume a tiny fraction of the power used by always-on wired mag locks. And battery life? Not a problem—that's another market myth shared by close to 100% of our research group, who expected wireless lock batteries to drain too quickly. In fact, our own Aperio® or SMARTair™ locks run for approximately 2 years on a new battery.

If you thought wireless locks don't support multiple credentials, sorry, you're wrong. Products that offer multi-authentication via PIN, smart card or mobile phone are out there. What about the fact that wireless locks are not secure? Another myth: there are CE and EN certified, or even fire-rated products available, including for security doors.

Most ironic of all, over half of those we surveyed cited “fear of the expense” as a reason not to upgrade to wireless. In fact, when you factor in major savings on energy costs and maintenance bills, even a fairly small facility could save thousands of euros by making the switch to wireless locks.

The challenge is there. Potential is huge, but the market is suffering from some serious misconceptions. As a global industry leader we have begun a game of knowledge whack-a-mole, and all of us with a stake in the future of wireless access control need to get involved.

There are so many myths about what wireless locks can and can't do. Our solution? ASSA ABLOY has launched a true facts campaign—“Busting the myths about wireless access”—aimed at professional end-users. Not specifically about our locks, but wireless locks in general.

                                        - By Chris Bone, Vice President Access Control Solutions EMEA, ASSA ABLOY

About Chris Bone: Specialist in the Electronic Security Industry for more than 20 years Several roles within industry leading companies such as Honeywell and ASSA ABLOY Extensive knowledge of all aspects of building automation

Hikvision IP cameras point to the future for South Africa's shopping malls

Hikvision IP cameras point to the future for South Africa's shopping malls

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The scenic splendour of South Africa's Western Cape Province has long attracted visitors. Millions of tourists flock to visit Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island - where the late Nelson Mandela was incarcerated - and enjoy the Cape Winelands and the beautiful coastline. But, as the fourth largest of South Africa's nine provinces with a population of almost 6 million, visitors with business in mind are also plentiful in the capital, Cape Town.

The town of Somerset West on the outskirts of Cape Town is ideally situated for commuters and visitors. Lying in the Helderberg basin with a view across the bay to Simon's Town and Cape Point, and overlooked by the Hottentots-Holland mountain range, approximately 55,000 people call it home and welcome tourists to the beachfront and numerous golf courses. Both can also take advantage of Western Cape's third largest shopping centre - Somerset Mall.

Bigger challenges
First opened in 1993, Somerset Mall is on the N2 Freeway that connects Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and Durban. It's an ideal position to attract visitors and since its first opening the mall has seen numbers continue to climb. Two separate expansion phases have taken place and Somerset Mall now houses 204 stores extending over more than 1.3 km, all with single level access. Parking is also similarly extensive, with a total of 4,500 parking bays of which approximately 700 are undercover.

Alongside the stores, the most recent expansion of Somerset Mall has also seen it expand to encompass an Adventure Arena. This is dominated by a spectacular double climbing wall with views of the Helderberg mountains but the Adventure Arena also includes a 10-pin bowling alley, a games arcade and an 8-screen movie complex.

As a result, the successful complex now attracts an average of 200,000 visitors per week. However, the CCTV security system had not kept pace with the growing numbers of visitors and shoppers and the Mall's management realised that enhancing the level of security was vital. They turned to systems-integrator SSC Infrasek for a solution.

New IP System
According to Mario Groenewald, technical manager at SSC Infrasek, "When we looked at the entirety of the security challenges facing the Mall, we quickly realised that simply supplementing the existing analogue system was not going to work. The expansion of the shopping precinct to 1.3 km of storefronts together with the new Arena and extensive car parks had stretched the old system almost to its limits. Increasing levels of surveillance in the pedestrian areas and in the extensive car parks was a priority and we were also conscious that the mall is very innovative and successful in attracting visitors to its unique blend of attractions. Therefore, further expansion of the site is quite likely and any proposed CCTV system would have to be capable of coping with this expansion.

"Having been tasked with implementing a comprehensive CCTV system to maintain security throughout the whole complex, we decided that the only realistic solution was to replace the whole of the existing analogue system with a fully IP CCTV system, based upon 130 Hikvision network cameras supplied through their local distributor, Sensor Limited."

According to Mario, the choice of Hikvision technology was based on a number of factors. "The wide range of cameras and options available to us meant that we could select the right camera for the job without compromising the design objectives. We had also used Hikvision products in other projects and found them to be robust and reliable, delivering very high quality images whilst remaining cost-effective. Finally, Hikvision has successfully delivered many similar projects around the world and offered us great support all the way from system design through to implementation."

Maximum protection inside...
For the inside of the mall, SSC Infrasek chose the DS-2CD7153-E network mini dome camera, which offers many features that make it ideal for the surveillance of an area like Somerset Mall where image quality and a robust build quality are key priorities.

Inside the vandal proof IP66 rated housing, the camera is based around a large 1/3" progressive scan CMOS image sensor, offering 2 megapixel HD resolution (1600 x 1200 pixels), dual real-time video streams of up to 720p, and offers a choice of H.264, MPEG4 and MJPEG video compression. The DS-2CD7153-E model is fitted with a bright 4 mm F1.8 lens, although 2.8, 6 and 8 mm versions are also available, and offers a wide 68 degree viewing angle. The unit also offers three axis adjustment at installation and Hikvision's ePTZ capability for increased viewing control and versatility. The result is a camera that delivers outstanding images while withstanding the rigours of a very public placement.

Versatility is also offered in placement of the camera courtesy of the PoE feature. Meanwhile, the inclusion of day/night automatic switching and multiple alarm triggers, including motion detection, tampering alarm, network disconnect, and IP address conflict, give installers and users maximum flexibility.

A total of 100 DS-2CD7153-E models were installed throughout the interior of the mall.

...and outside
SSC Infrasek opted to install 30 Hikvision DS-2DF1-518 PTZ network high speed dome cameras to protect the outside of the mall and the 3,800 outside parking spaces. Again, image quality was paramount but protecting the camera from any environmental factors was considered closely.

At the heart of the DS-2DF1-518 is a powerful 36x F1.8 zoom lens that take just 5.4 seconds to go from wide open to fully zoomed. Augmented with 16x digital zoom, this bright 3.4 - 122.4 mm lens is backed up by with a 1/4' Sony Super HAD CCD image sensor inside a tough, weatherproof IP66 housing.

This combination of 36x zoom, 3D intelligent positioning and the powerful built-in PTZ control means that operators can maintain surveillance over very large panoramas whilst retaining the ability to focus effortlessly on any area of interest. The camera also integrates an IR cut filter, for seamless day and night operation down to a minimum 0.2 lux in colour and a very low 0.02 lux in black & white.

Building success into the future
"The successful implementation of South Africa's first IP surveillance solution in a shopping centre environment is an impressive demonstration of SSC Infrasek's design and implementation expertise that is set to bring in more IP projects in the coming months," according to Mario Groenewald.

"It is also an expression of Hikvision's commitment to producing the most technologically advanced cameras and making them available to every market in the world," he concludes.

NVT EoC protects Italian Co-op stores

NVT EoC protects Italian Co-op stores

Editor / Provider: Network Video Technologies | Updated: 3/26/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A network of Italian consumers' co-operatives, Co-op Italia Società Co-operativa, operates the largest supermarket chain in Italy, generating an annual revenue of 13.2 billion euros

From a humble beginning, with the first Co-operative shop established in 1854 in Turin, the chain now has 1,444 shops and 56,682 employees.

Looking to update their in-store CCTV, two pilot stores from the chain have had their coax cable based analogue surveillance systems upgraded to IP, using Network Video Technologies (NVT) Ethernet over Coax (EoC) technology.

The mission
For many years, Co-op Italia has employed comprehensive CCTV systems across all of its stores as part of its overall security strategy, installed throughout its buildings and car parks. However, with advancements in electronic surveillance performance, the existing analogue systems were proving to be lagging behind the image quality and systems capabilities of today's technology, so an upgrade to IP cameras was considered.

Wanting to take advantage of IP cameras, but not to simply discard the investments Co-op had made in their coax cable infrastructure over the years, the company turned to Sistemi e Integrazioni Srl and their partner Videoline by Trolese (a brand of Trolese Srl), with their experience of more than 15 years working with CCTV and NVT to provide practical solutions.

The solution
Supported by the experience of Videoline by Trolese, Sistemi e Integrazioni Srl recommended employing IP cameras in the Co-op's retail environment, to capitalise on the benefits of increased resolution and the ability to ‘zoom in' to the recorded footage should an incident occur. The higher resolution advantage could prove vital in identifying individuals or the actions of individuals whilst in the stores and car parks. Additionally, the new IP cameras would enable the use of the latest generation VMS control software and advanced analytics that could be used to identify vehicle registration plates, etc.

Typically, for a new installation, IP cameras would be installed along with UTP Cat5 cable to transmit their images back to the control and recording equipment. However, in the case of the Co-op upgrades, replacing the existing coax cable infrastructure was not a desired option, as this would have caused major disruption to the stores' daily business whilst it was being replaced.

To fulfill the requirement, Sistemi e Integrazioni Srl suggested an innovative and cost saving solution.

Marco Zuliani - Technical Manager of Sistemi e Integrazioni Srl explains: "Initially, twenty-four cameras in the Savona store and sixteen in the Genova outlet were required to be replaced with new IP models. The Genova store had cameras covering only the car park, but the Savona store had cameras both in the car park and in the store. When we specified the replacement IP cameras, we also suggested the use of NVT EoC transmission technology that would allow 10/100 BaseT Ethernet and PoE+ power to be transmitted using the existing coax cable infrastructure at both sites. This would save valuable installation time, disruption to the daily business operation, and costs"

Multiple NVT NV-EC1701-KIT4 kits were used, which allowed groups of four cameras to utilize their existing coax cable runs back to the control room where they were connected to a single NVT NV-EC1701. This ensured maximum economy from the installation and meant product spend was kept to a minimum.

Additionally, the Savona store had two existing analogue cameras transmitted via Cat5 UTP cable. These were also replaced with IP units and images transmitted back to the control room using the NVT Eo2 NV-EC1701U-KIT2. This again meant no change of wiring infrastructure, thanks to the flexibility of the NVT technology.

Using the existing cable infrastructure, images from the new cameras are transmitted to on-site monitoring rooms within each store. Additionally, the store managers can access live and recorded footage in their offices. This will assist the managers with overall site management, saving valuable time and increasing operational efficiency by providing an instant overview of each store and its adjacent car park.

The result
Marco Zuliani explains: "Since we finished the installations, Co-op managers have been extremely impressed with the quality of the camera images they are receiving at the various monitor locations. Also, the access to high-quality VMS software the new IP surveillance systems brings is allowing vehicle registration plate recognition and basic analytics to be used. The increase in image quality is such a contrast compared to the old analogue systems, that the Co-op security team is finding it hard to believe that they were still using the existing cabling at the upgraded sites. This is a great compliment and the best result we could have hoped for"

Marco Lazzaroni from Videoline By Trolese concludes: "The strategy for an upgrade from analogue to IP surveillance has been very successful, and has already simplified and improved site management, health & safety, and security procedures for Co-op staff. Using these installations as a pilot, it is likely that this same format using NVT's EoC transmission equipment at its heart, will be rolled out at other Co-op stores across Italy"

Synergy 3 command and control platform chosen for Jakarta International Airport

Synergy 3 command and control platform chosen for Jakarta International Airport

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 3/25/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

One of the world's busiest airports has selected Synectics' Synergy 3 command and control platform as the integrated airport security and safety management solution for its new terminal building.

Development of the Terminal 3 Ultimate at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in conjunction with the revitalization of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, is part of the Indonesian Government's plans to boost annual passenger numbers beyond 60 million people.

Working in partnership with systems integrator Jaya Teknik, which is leading the security management solution in the terminal development, Synectics has secured a significant contract to supply an integrated airport security and safety solution with their Synergy 3 command and control platform. Jaya Teknik is part of the Jaya Group of companies, one of the companies in the PT. Kawahape Jaya Consortium.

Airport operator PT. Angkasa Pura II (Persero) - (AP II) will use Synergy 3 to monitor and manage more than 6,000 integrated safety and security edge devices from a range of sub-systems; including CCTV cameras, access control panels, fire alarm points, baggage x-ray scanners and intelligent video analytics.

A flexible, open platform that is database agnostic, Synergy 3 enables alarms and events, security and process control sub-systems, video, and data to be monitored, recorded, and managed from a single unified operator interface. The fully customizable user interface and user-driven dynamic workflows that ensure compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) were key features for AP II.

Linda Hadi, Vice Director at Jaya Teknik TICT Division, said: “Synectics was selected for this project because they were able to demonstrate extensive experience in designing and delivering mission critical solutions. It was essential we selected a partner who could provide a reliable, resilient and scalable solution that supported integration with multiple edge device sub systems. Another critical factor was the need to have access to dedicated local support, which Synectics provides through its regional office in Singapore.”

The solution will see integration with intelligent video analytics, access control, fire detection, baggage x-ray scanners and CCTV.

Chris Bishop, International Business Development Manager at Synectics, said: “We are very excited to have been selected for such a high profile project in the ASEAN region. The innovative solution we are providing will enable AP II operators to dynamically manage all aspects of the airport security and safety infrastructure through our enterprise platform Synergy 3.”

Oman UAEXCHANGE optimizes security with GKB HD SDI DVR and HEM platform solution

Oman UAEXCHANGE optimizes security with GKB HD SDI DVR and HEM platform solution

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by GKB | Updated: 3/23/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Background
AL MANTHRY SECURITY & SAFETY SERVICESLLC is GKB's Golden partner in Oman. In 2015, GKB has kicked off one of their significant projects: UAE Oman EXCHANGE. UAEXCHANGE is one of the leading exchange companies in Middle East. The company is a shopper's stop for exchange of all the major world currencies and Remittances around the globe. The Brand's presence is felt in more than 30 countries with over 700 direct offices in 5 continents through its associate, UAEXCHANGE. Oman UAEXCHANGE is bestowed with the Super Brand status consecutively in the Years for five years from 2009 to 2013 in Oman.

Challenges
Since Oman UAEXCHANGE is a major currencies circulating facility, instant, accurate and stable surveillance is highly demanded due to its special necessity. Recently, Oman UAEXCHANGE has shifted to adapt GKB SDI DVR and HEM platform to meet the need of viewing high resolution close-up images, installing in expanding branches, scheduled time backup recordings and central managing platform.

Solution
In this expanding branches project, Oman UAEXCHANGE has installed GKB HD 1331 and GKB HD3835 to enhance its security in offices. For central monitor room, they chose GKB RH1618 and HEM platform to manage recording hierarchically.

With GKB HD 3835 special camera lens, it enables close-up view during quick cash exchanging movement. Furthermore, the overall environment can be secured and monitored by GKB HD 1331. GKB team also provides GKB RH1618 and HEM platform which performs highly compatibility between different categories of cameras to optimize hierarchical management and customized backup setting. Center office is able to effortlessly obtain each branch's daily recording and automatically backup at a scheduled time. Such group management assists users in classifying and identifying cameras easily and authorizes the access to different sub-users by given admit account only.

Benefits
Automatic backup at scheduled time
Such function provides effortless collecting recordings punctually on a daily base from various branches in different locations.
Excellent stableness of products and after service
GKB's team and products stand out firmly comparing with other brands in various aspects of stability and instant efficient assistance.
Economical and practical solution
By adapting GKB's hardware and software solution, corporation's newly installed cameras in expanding branches can be easily managed without limitation of time and space.

 

Sponsored by: 

About GKB GKB Security Corporation is a global security solutions provider with a full range of CCTV, IP, Mobile, Video Fire Detection System and Home Automation products and support services designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized system integrators and security installers.

EtherWAN Systems helped with PoE connectivity in a hospital surveillance project

EtherWAN Systems helped with PoE connectivity in a hospital surveillance project

Editor / Provider: EtherWAN Systems | Updated: 3/20/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

EtherWAN Systems, a leading Ethernet connectivity solution provider, works with a system integrator to implement Ethernet switches in an IP surveillance project for a regional medical center in Taiwan. To ensure stable video surveillance with simultaneous recording, monitoring, and archiving, the hospital decides to replace the previous analog CCTV system with a digital one. EtherWAN's EX17082, EX17162 and EX17242 PoE switches provide 8, 16 and 24 PoE/PSE ports for powering up the newly-installed IP cameras over CAT.6 cables; each switch also features 2 Gigabit uplink ports for building-to-building communications thru fiber optic cables.

Over 460 brand-name PoE cameras and NVRs are connected with 50 units of EtherWAN PoE switches on site, which are fully compatible with the camera vendor's VMS software, running altogether seamlessly. These web-smart switches allow users to turn PoE function on/off remotely via a web browser, saving hassles to the partnered system integrator when it comes to camera setups. On the other hand, EtherWAN's EX25611 managed Gigabit Ethernet switch receives recording images from the NVRs; equipped with four 1G/10G SFP+ uplink ports, it connect to a Layer 3 core switch in the server room. By utilizing such a surveillance network, it enhances the total safety of the hospital's patients, staff and assets. Furthermore, the high-resolution video records come in handy for medical dispute resolutions.

EtherWAN produces high-quality Ethernet transmission products for IP security projects.“We thrive to give our customers excellent benefit-cost ratio with quick response to inquiries, network design suggestions, and solid after service, including user training and technical support;”explains Peter Yeh, Regional Sales Manager at EtherWAN.

Specialized selects MOBOTIX CCTV and access control solution to protect UK head office

Specialized selects MOBOTIX CCTV and access control solution to protect UK head office

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 3/19/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Specialized Bicycle Components in the UK to secure access to its headquarters, workshop and showroom protecting high value engineering tools and concept models.

Specialized is one of the most famous cycling brands in the world, with its iconic ‘S' favoured by professional road cyclists and mountain bikers the world over. With headquarters and design teams in California, the company's UK head office in Chessington includes extensive workshop and engineering expertise as well as a collection of high end models and concept designs within its showroom.

As part of a continual assessment of its security and procedures, in late 2014, Operations and Logistics Manager Ken Butler began a process to strengthen its general security and access control. “Although our UK headquarters are within a secured business park, we felt that with the prominence of our brand and value of some of the items within the showroom, our security could do with improvement.”

The UK site includes finances, sales and HR departments alongside a showroom and engineering workshop. The site also has extensive car parking and welcomes high profile figures from the cycling world for meetings within its well-equipped boardroom. “As an engineering focussed company, we are very conscious of using the right technology for any task and this ethos also extended to our choice of access control and CCTV system.”

Butler sought recommendations from another trusted supplier for a specialist able to advise it on strengthening its security posture. “Switchnet Systems came to us highly recommended as knowledgeable and highly skilled security specialists and at our initial meeting introduced us to the MOBOTIX technology which fitted well with our requirements for a powerful system without the complexity, maintenance or reliability issues that legacy CCTV has traditionally experienced.”

Switchnet Systems proposed using a MOBOTIX decentralised CCTV and access control system across its headquarters building.

The system removes the need for a central control room and allowed Specialized to set up flexible access control and monitoring options at multiple location as well as mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Working closely with MOBOTIX Award Winning distributor NBM, Switchnet Systems undertook a site survey and rapid implementation project over a 6 week period. Using the existing local area network with the addition of just a single additional network switch and NAS for archiving video footage, Switchnet Systems installed 11 MOBOTIX CCTV cameras, providing 13 individual video streams plus a T25 video door station. The system is also integrated with multimedia phones at several places in the building with handsets to allow rapid verification of visitors and remote door opening. The majority of the system comprises of MOBOTIX Q25 cameras offering a 360° all-round view to capture an entire room, a panorama function and a quad view to show images from four different angles simultaneously.

“The solution proposed by Switchnet Systems uses far fewer cameras than we expected while still monitoring every inch of our ground floor and entrances with exceptionally high quality video,” says Butler, “We were also impressed by the attention to detail and ability to meet some of our technical requirements demonstrated by Switchnet Systems and the MOBOTIX technology.”

Butler points to one example where the front door is connected to the MOBOTIX T25 and sensors provide an alert sent to the multimedia handsets to warn that a door has been wedged or left open for an extended period of time. “The CCTV cameras are virtually undetectable and the functionality and features of the system are simple to operate yet extremely powerful without requiring a dedicated security guard.” The system has performed flawlessly since installation and Butler is now evaluating the use of MOBOTIX to upgrade its 35,000 sq/ft equipment warehouse. “This has been a successful project that matches our ethos of innovation and engineering excellence while protecting our staff and visitors without obtrusive cameras or obstructive access controls.”

Urmet's 2-Voice System chosen for Victorian restoration project

Urmet's 2-Voice System chosen for Victorian restoration project

Editor / Provider: Urmet | Updated: 3/12/2015 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

Developers, Weston Homes, have chosen Urmet's 2-Voice, 2-Wire system for Preston Hall, a prestigious Victorian restoration project in Aylesford, Kent. Preston Hall is a Grade II-listed Victorian mansion built in the Jacobean style, consisting of 36 luxurious and unique one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments, houses, and villas. To restore and refurbish this magnificent property, the developers needed a system that utilised the existing cabling throughout the building, while providing the residents with a modern-day system using the latest door entry technology.

Urmet supplied its 2-Voice system providing connectivity to the 22 apartments within the main core of the building. The apartments are accessed via 2 entrances, each with an Elekta Glass video entry panel mounted within an H-design post. The impressive main entrance to the building required a bespoke solution to mount these panels, so Urmet set about fabricating a super-slim stainless steel H-design pedestrian post to complement the finish the client wanted.

A sensor built into Elekta glass panel detects the presence of a visitor, triggering the soft-start LED illumination of the icons on the black glass keypad and the 3.5” LCD colour display, providing users with instructions on how to make a call. Aiko hands-free 4.3” soft-touch technology DDA-compliant colour video monitors were supplied for the fit-out in each apartment.

Residents at the newly refurbished building will now benefit from all the advanced features that Urmet's 2-wire system has to offer, including being able to integrate video surveillance. Up to five analogue CCTV cameras can be integrated into a single system and can be monitored from the internal video door phone within each apartment.

2-Voice connects with a twisted pair of a Cat5 cable with no additional twin cable for power, meaning it relies on very little control equipment. Simply using two wires from the entry panel up to the apartment station makes it fast and easy to install and perfect for renovation projects.

The Elekta Glass digital video entry panel, previously only available as an IP PoE panel, is now available for the 2-Voice system, which is suitable for installations ranging from small and medium blocks of flats to large-scale residential developments.

Mark Hagger, Urmet's Sales and Marketing Director, commented, “We are very pleased to have worked on such an historic building that was perfect for Urmet's 2-wire system. Previously, the range of compatible panels we could offer on our 2-wire system was limited, but now we're pleased to have added both Elekta Glass and Elekta Steel digital panels to this system, which is already proving very popular among our clients.”

Axis camera system strengthens Burnley Football Club security

Axis camera system strengthens Burnley Football Club security

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 3/4/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Burnley Football Club needed a new CCTV system to replace the ageing analogue-based system that was no longer fit for purpose as it planned its promotion back into the Barclays Premiership - the UK's top football league. Following a tender process the contract for upgrade and management of the new video surveillance system was handed to Axis partner Thorne Access & Security in early July 2014. Thorne is an expert in stadium security having installed surveillance systems in the stadia of Liverpool FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Preston North End FC, Bolton Wanderers FC and Manchester City amongst others.

Solution
Thorne designed and installed a new in-ground safety system which focused on tightening security in two core areas – at the entry turnstiles and inside the bowl of the stadium itself. A combination of AXIS Q6045-E PTZ Dome Cameras and AXIS Q1765-LE fixed cameras were deployed inside the stadium bowl while 14 legacy analogue cameras were retained to cover concourses in the new hybrid CCTV and IP video system. The Axis cameras were chosen for their ability to deliver razor-sharp images using 18x optical zoom capability even if located at the opposite end of the pitch over 120 metres away. At these distances this camera can provide images capable of positive identification and help the club's ground safety team spot issues before they escalate.

Result
The setting-off of pyrotechnics inside grounds has been a dangerous new trend in UK grounds over the last 12-months. The Axis cameras enable operators to spot unusual behaviors such as looking down to light a firework or smoke bomb. It also enables the grounds safety team to identify the actual person lighting the fuse. So even if, as is often the case, the pyrotechnic is kicked along the stand before it begins to flare up shrouding the area in colored smoke, it is still possible to clearly identify who committed the offence of setting it off. The same is true of people throwing objects onto the pitch, towards players or linesmen. The new system has also helped reduce ticket fraud at the turnstiles significantly.

Axis camera system ensures positive identification
Burnley Football Club, established in 1882, is one of the oldest football clubs in the world. The club is set in the heart of the old mill town of Burnley in Lancashire. The stadium has a capacity of 21,500 and enjoys average gates of over 19,000, with up to 4,000 of these being allocated to away supporters on match days. Burnley FC was promoted into the Barclays Premiership (England's top league) at the end of last season. The move to the Premiership league triggered a multi-million pound facilities & IT upgrade which included funds for the upgrade of the ageing analogue-based CCTV system to a hybrid IP and CCTV system using Axis network cameras and Mirasys hybrid NVR system.

A total of 64 new cameras were installed covering the stadium, turnstiles, and concourses outside the bowl and behind the East Stand. The new system also provided total coverage of all 40 turnstiles through which fans pass on match days. Cameras trained on each turnstile capture images of the individuals showing their tickets at the turnstile. A new electronic ticketing system enables security staff to view images of the owner of the ticket on-screen as fans pass through the gates. Those thought to be using the wrong ticket can then be tracked and positively identified via the new cameras. This additional layer of surveillance has reduced ticket fraud significantly as adults trying to enter the ground with concession or child tickets are easily identified and then stopped.

Inside the ground during the first four months of the 2014/15 season Burnley FC's ground safety team, working with Lancashire Constabulary (who locate themselves in the stadium's control room on match days) have been able to positively identify a number of people committing public order offences or putting other fans or players at risk. Two convictions have been handed down following pyrotechnics-related offences which were caught on the Axis cameras within the first four months of deployment. The Mirasys system, operating on three 10TB capacity servers, records, manages and enables rapid distribution of video recordings in case of incidents.

Mirasys Spotter and Media Exporter software is used to rapidly recover and export relevant recorded images to DVD if the police need to take further action to prosecute an individual. A total of 3TB of video data is collected by the system each match day.

Doug Metcalfe, Stadium and Operations Manager of Burnley Football Club, said, “Thorne recommended the right solution for us to provide total coverage at the turnstiles and in the bowl of the stadium. The Axis cameras proved to have the power to deliver positive identifications rapidly so we can act quickly to catch perpetrators and remove people if they jeopardise the safety of other fans.”

Cliff Edens, Ground Safety Officer of Burnley Football Club, said, “The Axis cameras have proved of sufficient quality and reliability to identify individuals in the crowd, pinpoint their location and helping us to act with confidence to warn or remove offenders depending on the severity of the incident. Evidence of disorder can be quickly exported and given to the police to support further action against identified individuals. There is no doubt that Turf Moor is a safer place now that we are able to access these HD quality images.”

Hadrian Thorne, Managing Director of Thorne Access & Security, explained, “We have selected the excellent AXIS 6045-E PTZ Dome and AXIS Q1765-LE cameras for their 18x optical zoom capability, 0.6 lux, robust housing, Electronic Image Stabilisation and the 1080p HDTV images that they deliver over long distances. The lenses on these cameras are brilliant. The fact that we can gain a detailed view of a person sitting in the away supporters' west stand from a camera situated some 125 metre away, fixed on a pole just below the roof of the east stand, says it all. The camera also offers highlight compensation which eliminates glare from floodlights. Axis' service support is also excellent. Put simply, Axis gives us the peace of mind that we will be able to meet all our stadia customers' requirements.”

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