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Bulgarian-Turkey border protected by TVT IP surveillance solution

Bulgarian-Turkey border protected by TVT IP surveillance solution

Editor / Provider: TVT | Updated: 7/25/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Kapitan Andreevo - one of the most important European border check points is deploying TVT's IP based surveillance solution. The location is known as a jammed border line crossing by trucks, bused, and vehicles from surrounded areas the whole year. Therefore, reliability and value for money were the key requirements for Bulgarian Government.

The importance of this trasnportation security project is that the border check point is not merely an European community border, it also separates christianity and islam countries around this area.

Furthermore, Bulgarian-Turkey border is under serious supervision by the EU authorities due to the severe political and internal shocks in Syria over past decades. In fact, this CCTV project is part of Bulgarian national total control on the borders. This system is mainly used to help the authorities not only to control and monitor the traffic and order and border area rules, but also passenger's behaviour.

Solutions
RAK, the leading surveillance products supplier, also TVT's official distributor in Bulgarian market, supplied the equipment for this Kapitan Andreevo project. The project is completely IP-based solution providing 120 units of TVT's TD9511D - 1.3 Megapixel Network IR-dome camera; 80 units of TVT's TD9411D –1.3 Megapixel Network IR-dome camera; 15 units of TVT's TD-9620 – 2.0 Megapixel Network Speed Dome camera; 14 units of TVT's TD-2816NE-L – 16CH 1080P Network Video Recorder; NVMS1000 -- TVT's video management software for local monitoring and control.

Cameras, which are mostly installed outside in this bulgarian boarder surveillance case, must be able to withstand harsh weather condition and capture clear video image at night. The TD9511D and TD-9411D, equipped with ICR and weather proof IP66 housing, are ideal equipment to be deployed under such condition. Furthermore, the cameras' WDR function enable them to capture quality image from the high-contrast light environment. The IR illuminators around the lens can reach up to 20-meter distance for night vision. The 2-megapixel TD-9620 Network high speed dome are mainly installed at the outdoor area to safeguard the boarder by utilizing its 20x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom.

The storage system, NVR TD-2816NE-L, provides a storage of 6TB allowing the users to connect with at most 16 IP cameras on each unit and record 1080P/720P image. With TVT's NVMS1000, a video management software that support 1000+ cameras, the whole boarder region is under good watch.

Feedback
“We could proudly say that TVT IP devices – camera and NVR – have successfully reached EU requirements for specification and quality,” the project manager of the local installer said . “The climate at the Balkans area is very extreme. During the summer we have temperatures over 40 celcius degrees; and during the winter, sometimes the temperature could fall lower than minus 25 celcius degree at night. We have to make sure that the systems will run nonstop under any condition. ”

FLIR and Aimetis provide solar plant in Spain with perimeter security solutions

FLIR and Aimetis provide solar plant in Spain with perimeter security solutions

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by FLIR | Updated: 7/22/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Solarpack is a multinational integrated management company focusing on electricity generation projects in the field of solar photovoltaic energy and is specialized in the development, financing, construction, operation and management of these projects. Controlling a large area where high valuable equipment is deployed all over the site, is not an easy task and it usually requires investing a great amount of money to keep the facility well protected.

For one of the most important solar plants in the West of Spain, Solarpack is now protecting its perimeter of 41 acres with an intelligent analytics solution of Valencia based company CCTV CENTER, combining FLIR thermal imaging cameras and Aimetis Symphony powerful analytics software.

Business challenge
Solarpack is continuously investigating new security solutions to have a pragmatic security system to protect its installations, considering the complexity that involves a solar plant. In this project, the challenge was saving investment costs and maintenance costs, as well as improving the security system towards a more effective and reliable solution, offering automatic notification of alerts and events. Quick search and review of video images was also an essential requirement. A number of tests made with other security systems lead Solarpack to determine that thermal imaging cameras were the best solution and, specially, FLIR thermal imaging cameras. It was then when Solar Pack contacted CCTV CENTER, FLIR's official distributor and integrator in Spain.

Solution
CCTV CENTER's presented a solution combining FLIR thermal imaging camera and Aimetis Symphony analytics software. Aimetis Symphony is award-winning intelligent video surveillance software that offers a single, innovative, open IP video platform for video management, video analytics, system integration and alarm management. The superior quality images from the FLIR thermal imaging cameras together with Aimetis Symphony analytics were a really great solution for the whole system. The end user had a previous experience in projects with thermal imaging cameras and a good image quality was always a main requirement.

Due to the high contrast of their images, thermal imaging cameras are specially recommended for analytics and perimeter applications. Thermal imaging cameras can detect a human target at a distance of up to 2,000 m and produce clear and crisp images in total darkness, light fog and rain where color CCTV cameras can't. Thermal imaging cameras provide an ideal solution for 24/7 surveillance, saving costs in IR illuminators or any other additional illumination system.

FLIR F-series--Thermal imaging cameras for Security & Surveillance applications

F-Series thermal security cameras let you see intruders and other threats to your facility clearly in total darkness and in bad weather. Fully enabled for control and operation over digital and analog networks, F-Series thermal imaging cameras are available in 160 × 120 pixels, 320 × 240 pixels, and high-resolution 640 × 480 pixels formats, providing up to sixteen times the image clarity and longer threat detection range performance than lower resolution cameras.

Installation
For the perimeter protection of this solar plant 21 FLIR F-Series thermal imaging cameras with a resolution of 320x240 pixels are installed on 2 to 3 meter high poles, alongside a wired fence. The F-series are fully enabled for control and operation over digital and analog networks. The F-Series provide high contrast imagery optimized to get the most out of video analytics software. Digital Detail Enhancement ensures clear, properly contrasted thermal images in all weather conditions. The thermal imaging cameras are working together with an intruder detection system, both connected to a CSA (Central Station Alarm). All the thermal imaging cameras are integrated with Aimetis Sym+phony software so they can be controlled from a server PC placed at a remote workstation. "Integrating the FLIR F-Series cameras with Aimetis software was a great solution", says Pablo Campos from CCTV CENTER, in charge of this project. "We used FLIR thermal imaging cameras before with Aimetis Symphony and the FLIR F-Series are included in the list of compatible devices. Once calibrated, analytics performance is outstanding."

Target detection
Aimetis Symphony software is configured with a virtual fence, so when an intruder crosses the virtual line, determined by the operator, an alarm is triggered. The alarm is then sent to the CSA, where the operator receives the signal. The operator then connects with Aimetis Symphony client and checks the video stream associated to verify if it's a false alarm or a real threat. The system can make distinction between humans and animals. When the system identifies the target as a human, it will start tracking the target. The software doesn't trigger any alarm unless the target crosses the virtual line configured by the operator. When the system identifies a target as an animal or unknown object, it will not send an alarm at all, even when an animal crosses the virtual fence. This is because “animals” are considered as authorized intruders in the system. The high quality of the thermal imaging cameras and the reliability of the analytics makes it possible to make this distinction, resulting in a drastically drop in the number of false alarms.

Cost savings
Before the new installation 10 to 15 security guards were hired to protect the premises. Now there are no security guards patrolling or controlling the access to the solar park anymore. Everything can now be managed from a remote workstation by only one or two operators. “The new installation is saving a lot of money and is far more effective than having a team of security guards viewing daylight cameras that can't display images at night or in bad weather conditions. Furthermore, the use of thermal imaging technology saves costs of deploying and keeping an illuminating system running. Also not a lot of electricity is consumed, using thermal imaging cameras instead of other solutions, and maintenance costs are low as well”, concludes Pablo Campos.

 

Synectics supplies security solution for North Sea Clair oilfield

Synectics supplies security solution for North Sea Clair oilfield

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 7/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Synectics has designed and delivered an end-to-end surveillance solution for Clair Ridge – the USD $77bn second phase development project taking place in the North Sea's Clair field.

Located 75km west of the UK's Shetland Islands, Clair Ridge is the most recent high profile project to feature in Synectics' North Sea portfolio, which also includes developments such as Jasmine/Judy, Golden Eagle, Shell Gannet, Shell Clipper, Erskine and Elgin.

The Clair Ridge development, due for full platform topside installation in 2015, will consist of two bridge-linked platforms - a drilling and production platform, and a second for quarters and utilities.

Production is scheduled to commence in 2015 and continue for 40 years. It is estimated that the development will produce around 120,000 barrels of oil per day and will provide a vital ‘hub' for future expansion in the area. It will be the first time that BP's award-winning new LoSal EOR extraction technique for boosting oil yield – achieved by using desalination technology – will be used. This is expected to result in more than 40 million additional barrels being cost effectively recovered over the lifetime of the field.

Working in partnership with IT and telecommunications company Page Europa, Synectics' IP-based system - utilising Synergy integrated security management software - will provide complete surveillance across both platforms for safety and security processes.

Toni Partipilo, Sales Director from Page Europa, said: “As the main telecommunications and security systems integrator on this significant North Sea project, implementing a robust and intuitive end-to-end surveillance solution that would be flexible enough to provide reliable safety and security situational awareness was paramount. Synectics' solution fulfilled the brief perfectly.”

COEX C3000 PTZ hazardous area and safe area dome camera stations will be positioned throughout the development, all of which will be centrally controllable, allowing live, color footage to be viewed, played back and analyzed without any disruption to recording. H.264 encoding technology will also enable high-quality footage to be transmitted and stored with minimal bandwidth requirements.

Amedeo Simonetto from Synectics said: “As well as providing detailed coverage for both hazardous and non-hazardous platform areas, the system we've supplied is centrally controllable and will integrate effectively with multiple third-party systems including the Driller's CCTV system.

“Additionally we factored in remote viewing capabilities, to enable head office monitoring of the platform, and also future capacity. With plans to utilize Clair Ridge as a hub for further expansion and development of the field, the system we've developed is ‘future proof' as it is flexible enough to cope with additional demands.”

Next station is security- centralized surveillance in real time

Next station is security- centralized surveillance in real time

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 7/14/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

A revolution is going on within the security industry – the shift from analog to digital technology. It brings new, valuable possibilities to increase actual and perceived security within public transportation systems. Already today, several station owners and transit authorities benefit from high-resolution surveillance video, automatic security alerts and centralized security systems.

One of the driving forces of the revolution is the Swedish company Axis Communications. In 1996, Axis invented the digital surveillance camera, which more often is referred to as a network camera or an IP camera. Today, Axis is fully focused on network video solutions and has more than 1100 employees. One of them is Patrik Anderson who is responsible for the company's offering for the transportation industry.

“Decades ago, the transportation sector was one of the early adopters of CCTV surveillance as security plays a central role in making public transportation the preferred choice for commuters,” says Patrik Anderson, director business development transportation, Axis Communications. “A key concern of the transit authorities is to keep their systems running with as few interruptions as possible. To achieve this, they need to know what is going on at all times – whether at stations, on board individual trains or along the transit infrastructure. And this is where network video makes a big difference.”

From forensic to real-time security
Stations and transit systems are exposed to a number of security incidents every day, ranging from vandalism and graffiti to robbery and violence. With a traditional, analog surveillance solution, video from the security cameras is mainly used forensically to investigate incidents after they have occurred. In a network-based solution the video plays a much more crucial role, offering new possibilities to efficiently monitor and respond to incidents in real-time.

“One of the overall advantages of network video is the possibility to access and share live video from the security cameras over a computer network, also wirelessly. This enables a transit authority to efficiently monitor all stations, vehicles and infrastructure from one or a few security centers,” explains Anderson. “Even if several incidents happen at the same time, a network video solution provides the real-time video images needed to get a complete view of the situation.”

Efficient incident response
To fully understand the value of access to live surveillance video, one has to consider what happens in a security center when an incident occurs. “Each incident, minor or major, has to be evaluated and followed by an active decision on what action to take – if any at all,” says Anderson. “For many of the incidents, someone also has to decide on appropriate response resources. Taking such decisions based on an emergency call from a passenger in shock or a stressed security guard is often very difficult.”

Authorities that implement network-based video surveillance systems benefit from:
-More efficient evaluation and prioritization of incidents
-Quicker and more accurate decisions on appropriate response resources
-Fewer unnecessary delays and traffic interruptions

“Networked video can also be shared with the response resources via portable computers, PDAs or mobile phones,” says Anderson. “This allows them to get a good understanding of what to expect when they arrive at the scene and prepare their response accordingly.”

HDTV video quality
Another significant improvement that comes with network video is the high image quality. “In our homes we have become used to the sharp and crisp images from high-definition television (HDTV). The very same image quality is now available in many network cameras,” says Anderson.

An HDTV camera can be used in one of two ways; it can enable viewers to see greater details in a higher resolution image, or it can be used to cover a much larger part of a scene than an analog camera. “Video from HDTV network cameras is stored in megapixel resolution. This can be a great help in investigations by facilitating positive identification and providing detailed information of the persons and objects involved,” says Anderson. “When used for overview of larger areas, HDTV cameras are a cost-efficient option as one camera covers a larger area than four analog cameras.”

Intelligent video applications
The last few years, there have been many discussions about intelligent video capabilities that enable a security camera to automatically alert when something suspicious is going on. Anderson is a little careful when discussing this topic. “It is easy to set the expectations too high, making the market believe that capabilities that are a few years away are available today. However, there are several reliable intelligent applications available – and in use – that bring great value to the security staff. Examples of such applications include motion detection, license plate recognition and tampering alarms,” he says.

A camera with a built-in tampering alarm automatically alerts the operator if the camera is covered, redirected or manipulated. Thanks to this capability, a security center can easily ensure that its cameras are up and running as intended. With motion detection, a camera can automatically detect and alert for activity in areas where there is not supposed to be any activity. This makes it easier to detect, for example, graffiti artists at depots, tunnel trespassers or suspect activity along the rail infrastructure.

Successful implementations
Madrid, Moscow, Oslo, Prague, Stockholm and Sydney are some of the cities where Axis network video solutions have been implemented in the transit systems. As the experiences are shared at security and transportation conferences, there is a rapidly growing interest among authorities and operators to learn more about the new possibilities. “More than 50,000 of our cameras have been successfully installed in buses, trains, stations, terminals and depots in different parts of the world,” says Anderson. “Our product portfolio also includes thermal network cameras and cameras with Lightfinder technology, making it possible to detect activity in complete darkness and see colors also in very low-light conditions. Looking at the response from the transportation industry so far, I believe that the network video revolution has only started,” concludes Anderson.

GKB ramps up Indonesia market

GKB ramps up Indonesia market

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by GKB | Updated: 7/14/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In response to the sharply rising demand for surveillance solution in South Asia, GKB has announced the opening of a new branch in Jakarta, Indonesian.

We are pleased to welcome Eko Titono as a General Manager for GKB Indonesian. His long experience with local system integrator and distributers is perfectly suited to represent GKB in Indonesia. He will focus on GKB as a local company bringing GKB's products closer to Indonesian customers and to provide them with superior services to meet various needs.

In order to promptly respond the Indonesian partners and customers' needs, we decided to hold a grand opening of GKB Indonesia to build up a strong connection and closer cooperation with local partners.

GKB Indonesia has been successfully wrapping up the grand opening seminar at Holiday Inn, Jakarta. The event brought the dealers, distributors, and system integrators altogether. GKB Indonesia presented a series of innovative technology and some of the latest featured products, including IP solution, HD-SDI systems, and Analog solutions. The impressive demonstration of GKB's products functionalities in this event has successfully captured the partners' attention and caused tremendous and positive feedback.

 

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.

LILIN IP camera range integrated with iDefender VMS from Selcom

LILIN IP camera range integrated with iDefender VMS from Selcom

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 7/14/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

One of the most significant LILIN CCTV systems has been deployed in the city of Pescara, Italy (Italian: Montesilvano). This set of LILIN video surveillance system was widely applied for city surveillance and traffic monitoring in Montesilvano. LILIN, a 33-year-old global surveillance camera manufacturer, is in a partnership with Selcom, one of the leading systems integrators in Italy who offers the best-in-class Video Management Software (VMS) – iDefender – providing a user-friendly and intuitive design that is able to manage cameras with optimal operating experience. iDefender VMS software delivers centralized video management which is capable of managing cameras located across multiple locations. ANPR License Plate Recognition technology can be integrated into iDefender as well.

The project
A total of 60 Pro series IPR-438ESX3.6 network cameras were installed based on strategic points. These electronic eyes are meant to safeguard the city center and are therefore positioned at the border areas in the city of Montesilvano, Città Sant'Angelo and Pescara to monitor city traffic.

Furthermore, another 18 cameras were installed in the waterfront touristic area to monitor nocturnal activities around the hotels, station and surrounding areas.

Installed products
* 60 pieces of Pro Series camera, IPR-438ESX3.6, were installed to deliver quadruple streaming at 15 frames per second;
* iDenfender VMS video management software;
* ANPR License Plate Recognition software, ID-PLATE;
* External storage system NAS.

How the system works
The iDefender VMS platform provides the recording of high-definition streams and the storage Smart car plates reading with a direct management of each individual camera device. The IPR-438ESX3.6 cameras offer a high-quality streaming output of 3 megapixels at 15 frames per second, which allows both a direct registration on camera board. With handy internal SD card in each camera, the server featuring centralized registration that can effectively perform analysis. The integration between iDefender VMS software and LILIN cameras enabled the end users to use license plate recognition and store a huge amount of data. The system will then be cross referencing the 2 lists of data (White List and Black List – these are the two lists provided by local municipality). LILIN Italy is proud to participate in this project to improve the safety of people for the city of Pescara in Italy.

 

Sponsored by: 
LILIN is a global IP video manufacturer with over 30 years of experience. Throughout the years, the company has maintained its dedication to Creativity, Progress, and Excellence providing expertise in digital video with a strong focus on innovation moving forward.

Dahua HDCVI camera named Prestigious 2014 PROTECTOR Award

Dahua HDCVI camera named Prestigious 2014 PROTECTOR Award

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 7/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology recently has its HDCVI IR camera (DH-HAC-HFW2200E) awarded the Best of Camera PROTECTOR Award 2014 after rounds of competition and voting. The awarded camera,  2-Megapixel 1080p Water-proof HDCVI IR-Bullet camera adopts 1/3-inch 3-Megapixel CMOS. It  supports 25/30fps@1080P, 25/30/50/60fps@720P real-time recording. The effective IR LED range reaches 20 meters in poor-lighting condition, with Smart IR technology which realizes intellectual IR lighting adjustment to meet different surroundings.

Besides of the technical capabilities, HAC-HFW2200E's elegant design satisfies surveillance purposes in the environment of exquisite décor, and its dark glass makes the camera quite converted as its internal LEDs are invisible during daytime.

Moreover, Dahua works together with HDcctv Alliance on HDcctv 2.0 AT, delivering true HDTV signals over any legacy CCTV coaxial cabling, along with plug ‘n' play up-the-coax remote control. HDcctv 2.0 AT, in particular, provides the means to upgrade any analogue system to HD quality video with remote control without disturbing the legacy infrastructure.

“We feel honored that HDCVI camera receives this award,” said Tim Shen, Marketing Director at Dahua Technology. “We really appreciate that through Protector magazine and its readers, HDCVI is proved to deliver all its advantages and received great acceptance from the market. Meanwhile, we will continue to hold an ‘open' attitude for more parties to enjoy HDCVI, including manufacturers, either providing module or chipsets. Based on the success we had in governmental, banking and safe city projects, HDCVI is the true Analog HD solution ‘in use'.”

FLIR FC-series thermal imaging cameras deliver cost-effective site protection

FLIR FC-series thermal imaging cameras deliver cost-effective site protection

Editor / Provider: FLIR | Updated: 7/9/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Thermal imaging cameras are an ideal way to protect premises against intruders at night. Not only is thermal imaging very effective in detecting all kinds of anomalies in all weather conditions, it is also a cost-effective solution. In a recent project where an important swimming pool in Orsay, France, needed to be protected against intruders, security installation specialist EVITECH proves that you can secure an area of more than 1,000 square meters with one single thermal imaging camera.

The public swimming pool in the municipality of Orsay, France, receives several hundred visitors every day. Schools, sport clubs and recreational swimmers all find their way to the Olympic size (50 metre) swimming pool for all kinds of swimming, diving or water-polo activities. As crowded as it might be during the day, at night during closing hours, the pool is not staffed and a ladder is all that is needed to climb the fence and access the pool.

In order to monitor the pool deck at night for irresponsible behaviour and to prevent possible deaths by drowning, the municipality of Orsay decided to invest in an efficient security solution. At the same time, it was important to limit heavy construction work and guarantee anonymity for all swimming pool guests.

EVITECH (Electronic Vision Technologies) who are based in Antony, France, installed an intruder detection system with thermal imaging technology from FLIR Systems, in cooperation with security technology installer – the TIFALI Group.

EVITECH video surveillance specialist Founded in 2005, EVITECH is a European leader in video analytics for security applications. EVITECH's solutions help to monitor and protect sensitive sites, public spaces and transport systems, and oil & gas installations. The company can boast some very prestigious clients, including government premises, big defence security system providers, sensitive energy sites and big construction companies.

EVITECH's most notable security solutions are Jaguar, a video analytics software package for intrusion detection, and Lynx, a software tool that helps to manage movements of crowds of people through intelligent video analytics.

Single-camera installation
For the monitoring and detection of the pool deck at Orsay around the 25x50m swimming pool, EVITECH opted for the FLIR FC-690 camera, installed on the corner of an adjacent pool building, coupled with Jaguar video analytics software. As a very cost-effective intruder detection solution, the FLIR FC-690 camera can capture all movements in its field of view, based on the temperature information the human body gives off.

The FLIR FC-690 is an affordable, network ready fixed mount camera with 640 x 480 pixel resolution. The camera uses a 7.5 mm lens, which offers a field of view of 90°. Thanks to this lens, only one camera is needed to ensure the surveillance of the whole site. The camera has been installed on the roof of the adjacent building without the use of a mast. In this way, the entire pool including the surrounding walkways and deckchair area can be monitored.

The Jaguar video analytics software is a perfect match for the FLIR thermal imaging cameras. The software continuously detects all kinds of movements around and in the water, efficiently filtering out the movements of the water.
Only activated during closing hours, the detection and monitoring system generates alarms when intruders are detected and automatically reports them to the city police.

Thermal trumps other technologies
Before selecting thermal imaging with Jaguar analytics, the municipality investigated other technologies. A common solution for detecting intruders is the use of infrared barriers. These detectors however require a lot of cable and therefore a lot of costly installation works that require the ground to be opened up. Another frequently used solution is visual video technology (CCTV). However, the area around the Orsay swimming pool is not lit at night, which makes detection difficult. Had lighting been installed, the light that plays on the moving or rippling water would generate a lot of false alarms. That's why thermal imaging proved to be the most sensible solution.

Thermal imaging cameras do not need any lights to operate at night and with only one camera covering the entire swimming pool, the installation works would be minimal.

Anonymity guaranteed
Although the detection and monitoring system is switched off during opening hours, the swimming pool customers might still be under the impression that they are being watched. Specifically in France, this would mean invasion of privacy, which could lead to legal action. With thermal imaging cameras, that is not a problem. Unlike visual based CCTV cameras, a thermal imaging camera does not actually identify the person in question when he or she is detected. This way, the municipality is able to protect the swimming pool site against intruders at night or while it is closed, and at the same time respect the anonymity of the bathers while the pool area is open.

American Dynamics safeguards well-known broadcaster's home in London

American Dynamics safeguards well-known broadcaster's home in London

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 7/8/2014 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

As one of the U.K.'s premier broadcasters, Gabby Logan's job takes her around the world.

The former gymnast turned sports presenter began her broadcast career in 1992 as a radio personality, and then quickly expanded into television with Sky Sports, ITV and BBC. Gabby has covered the London Olympics for BBC and England's football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012. Gabby also served a short stint in Brazil covering England's football team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making a quick return to the UK to present from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

In addition to her life on the road as a broadcaster, Gabby also juggles her “other” roles as wife and mother, a regular columnist for The Times, the creator of a successful workout DVD called “Twin Results Workout”, and a dedicated patron to several charities, including the Disabilities Trust, Prince's Trust and Great Ormond Street.

As a busy professional, Gabby and her husband Kenny, an ex Scotland International Rugby star, realized that they needed to implement some type of system that allowed her to keep an eye on things at home while she took care of business on road. Whether gone for the day, or away on a trip thousands of miles from England, a home security system that incorporated video surveillance was the solution Gabby needed to stay connected to her family when Kenny was back at home in charge of the family and property.

Working with Vindex Systems in West Sussex, a specialist integrator of CCTV, access control and automatic number plate recognition solutions that works with both public and private sector clients, the Logans selected a system from Tyco Security Products' American Dynamics range that incorporated the VideoEdge Network Video Recorder (NVR) and Illustra 600 outdoor mini-dome cameras.

Using a monitor at home, Gabby and Kenny can actively watch the video from the cameras on the grounds, or view recorded video with the VideoEdge NVR. The system even allows the Logans to save snapshots of specific video images.

But the real selling point of the system was the ability, through an iPhone application, to watch live and recorded video from her home surveillance system from anywhere she may be. Now Gabby has the ability while on the road to check on her home, her family and any situations that may occur through the VideoEdge Go app.

VideoEdge Go is a full-featured video surveillance viewer that delivers added value to the system and enhances the day-to-day experience by facilitating remote monitoring and forensic investigating from anywhere.

The free, downloadable app works with Logan's iPhone or other Apple iOS device. And because the video is streamed via a wifi, 3G or 4G connection in H.264 rather than MJPEG, it takes up less space on whatever device she is using.

While England was competing in the World Cup in June, Gabby was onsite with the team, but also in touch with home through her surveillance system and the VideoEdge Go app.

England charity upgrades surveillance system with Axis HD IP solutions

England charity upgrades surveillance system with Axis HD IP solutions

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 7/7/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Not-for-profit career guidance and support organization, Positive Steps, deployed Axis surveillance cameras to fully replace its antiquated surveillance system to make it fit-for-purpose and improve overall safety and security.

Oldham-based Positive Steps is a registered charity that provides a range of targeted and integrated services to young people and adults in the North West of England. Promoting education-related local government services, its overall aim is get the people of Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside on the right track to fulfil their potential within education and working environments.

Atul Rajput, Regional Director at Axis Communications, explained: “The business moved into previous commercial premises in the town centre that were last refurbished in the 1970s and inherited the outmoded analogue CCTV system that didn't provide the level of coverage needed to ensure the safety and security of its data, its staff and the general public.

“Together with our partner, NW Systems Group, we presented Positive Steps with a range of options that not only represented the most suitable solutions, based on its requirements, but also took into account the obvious budgetary constraints of a not-for-profit organization.”

Paul Wooding, information systems manager at Positive Steps added: “We work in what can be a challenging environment, so we really needed an effective surveillance system that could provide us with more coverage across the site, both internally and externally. We were conscious that our employees and the general public needed to be further reassured that their safety was a priority.”

Positive Steps decided that an overall systems replacement was the most efficient and cost-effective solution in the long-term. Working with NW Systems Group, who installed the system, Axis created a bespoke surveillance solution that comprised 14 Axis cameras. Internally, the discreet AXIS M32 Network Camera provides excellent image quality, powered over ethernet. Externally, AXIS P3364-LVE and AXIS P1354-E Network Cameras are vandal-resistant while ensuring high performance. All the outdoor cameras featured Axis' innovative ‘Lightfinder' technology meaning that they were extremely sensitive even in near-dark conditions.

Paul continued: “The previous system was designed for an office environment with significantly less members of the public entering the building. As such, there weren't enough cameras and blind spots were common. In addition, the building and its perimeter were not actively monitored and when footage was needed it was often too difficult to locate and download. “In contrast, with the new Axis-based system, the team can now access images in a much more straightforward way and the HDTV quality of these images means that recognition of those involved in an incident is far more likely.”

The Axis cameras provide blanket coverage of Positive Steps' building and surrounding area. The cameras' built-in intelligent movement recording ensures that the server is not overloaded with continual footage and only records when the cameras detect movement which has significant energy-saving benefits.

Axis' Lightfinder technology also means that any incidents that occur outside of the working day are much more likely to be accurately recorded and therefore, can be used for further investigations. The system also has the ability to continually operate during a power outage. “When I was first shown the Lightfinder technology it was mind-blowing. The images are amazing – light years ahead of our previous system”, added Paul.

Atul continued: “The Axis system provides Positive Steps with a reliable, high-quality, advanced surveillance set-up that can be accessed and monitored 24x7 both on and off-site. Staff at this public-facing organisation now have a safe and secure environment for their team and the customers using the on-site services.

“This project demonstrates how we can work with our partners to deliver the perfect surveillance solution for any business, regardless of its size or budget. The system that we delivered in conjunction with NW Systems Group will be extremely beneficial for Positive Steps and will not only provide a state-of-the-art security system but also a platform for them to build and expand upon in the future.”

Keith Bardsley, sales manager at NW Systems concluded: “We regularly recommend Axis cameras as we can be confident of both the quality of the images and their reliability. We have developed a strong relationship with Axis and we find the support excellent during and after installations. They understand that every installation is different so will do everything to help us to develop bespoke solutions for our clients.”

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