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EverFocus to showcase brand new solution at Security Essen 2014

EverFocus to showcase brand new solution at Security Essen 2014

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 8/8/2014 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus is prepared for exhibiting at Security Essen from 23rd – 26th September 2014. On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Security Essen broadcasts more than 1,000 exhibitors from 40 countries and trade visitors from 115 countries are expected to meet in Essen.

This year, EverFocus plans to demonstrate open platform Central Management Software (CMS), Genie XMS, which is designed with a flexible architecture to offer large scale integration scalability. This surveillance management system is able to connect any devices or systems including IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, access control, LPR and POS systems. Web pages or messages can also be displayed on the live view screen. The live view layout can be arranged in any form end users desired. Any systems can be modularized and integrated into Genie XMS as the customer wish!

The newly unveiled technology, eZ Tracker, will also be highlighted at EverFocus' booth. The eZ Tracker is designed for wide-area surveillance without compromising optimal image quality. Combining EverFocus network fisheye camera (EFN series) and EverFocus network speed dome camera (EPN series), this technology can be easily operated using a mouse. Click a desired location on the 360° surround view from the fisheye camera and the speed dome camera will be exactly triggered to track the location. Users can then utilize the smooth PTZ function on the speed dome camera view to zoom in or focus on a region of interest. Meanwhile, users can also monitor all the movements from the 360° surround view.

Moreover, EverFocus will showcase the innovative gadget, IP Sidekick (ESK1000), which is a simple, quick solution for IP-based camera installation. Equipped with PoE and Wi-Fi networking, the Sidekick allows users to view any PoE IP camera live views through browsers over iOS / Android mobile devices for camera adjustment. Users can also install EverFocus Sidekick App to instantly display the live views of all EverFocus IP cameras.

Another highlight will go to the Universal DVR. EverFocus EPHD16+U, an embedded Linux-based universal DVR, comes with 16-channel HD-SDI and analog video inputs. This product supports video signals from D1, 960H, 720P to 1080P in one single DVR and also features triple streams for live view, playback and recording. The EPHD16+U supports recording 480 (NTSP) / 400 (PAL) frames per second at 1080P, and can be played back 16 channels of HD-SDI recordings simultaneously. The model also supports RS-485 serial interface, 2 USB interfaces and 1 RJ45 (10/100/1000) Base-T Ethernet interface. Other than that, the EPHD16+U can be expanded up to 7 SATA devices (6 SATA HDDs and 1 eSATA), ensure the large capacity of the HD-SDI video recordings.

According to Aska Liu, Deputy Project Manager of EverFocus, since EverFocus has already provided a comprehensive product lineup, including IP, HD-SDI and analog hardware devices. The EPHD16+U can take all signals, no matter HD-SDI, 960H, or D1. Moreover, EverFocus also provides mobile apps, which allow users to view the HD-SDI camera streams via their mobile devices (iOS or Android platforms). The ease of high-quality and high-definition video is the most important piece. Users can take the HD-SDI video and record it in 1080P, see the HD-SDI video remotely or locally.

Except the above solutions, EverFocus will also demonstrate the Mobile and Access Control solutions on-site at EverFocus' booth, Hall 2.0 Stand 215.

Invest in Russian security market – things need to know

Invest in Russian security market – things need to know

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 8/7/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Groteck Business Media, the leading B2B publisher and event organizer that has been serving security, telecom, IT, and broadcasting in Russian market, today co-hosts a seminar with Messe Frankfurt New Era in Taipei, Taiwan, talking about current Russian security market. Andrey Miroshkin, the CEO and owner of Groteck Business Media, and Olga Inshakova, Project Director of Groteck Business Media, presented a full aspect of current Russian market trend and a series of professional suggestions in terms of investing in this market.

Russian security market is forecast to keep growing in the following years, as several major international events such as 2016 IIHF World Championship and 2018 FIFA World Cup are coming up in Russia. Meanwhile, the government in Russia has highly focused on safe city and transportation security projects, whereas global security suppliers has targeted their market strategies on verticals more than usual.

CCTV and video surveillance devices and access control systems will still be taking up the largest proportion of imported security products in Russian market. While premium security systems imported to Russia are mainly manufactured by the U.S., European countries (GB, Germany, France, Italy, and Poland), Japan, and Israel, the component and systems equipped in these systems are mostly originated from China, according to Inshakova'. Interestingly, some hi-tech products in Russian market are mainly provided by Taiwanese, Chinese, and Korean suppliers.

As Miroshkin mentioned in the seminar, there are some basic options for the suppliers who intend to invest in the Russian security market; however, some potential issues need to be considered while making business call. For example, as care-free as it may seem, hiring a distributor cannot be merely about selling and delivering products to the end users. Handling promotion and advertising campaigns through independent local distributors can lead to disappointing outcome, especially when the distributors do not fully understand the investor's product lines and target verticals.

On the other hand, representative office could be a wiser choice. Running business through representative office suggests having better control over both promotion and distribution. However, Russian authorities forbid representative offices directly involved in commercial activities. In order to legally take part in commercial activities, the investors may consider opening branch offices to engage in commercial activities legally in Russia. Educating your customers is crucial in the Russian market, according to Miroshkin. Lacking of informative connection with the customers can easily give the competitors an upper hand. Furthermore, to make sure the promotion worth every penny, the investors need to think Russia-wide, because business works differently from Siberia and from Moscow – that is the reason for hiring more than one professional representative in Russia.

Siqura introduces explosion-protected cameras for hazardous areas

Siqura introduces explosion-protected cameras for hazardous areas

Editor / Provider: TKH | Updated: 8/7/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Siqura, an international supplier of advanced video surveillance solutions, has just announced the availability of ExPLORE, a new range of explosion-protected surveillance cameras. Combining Siqura's trademark reliability with an extremely robust exterior, these cameras are the perfect choice for hazardous areas in the marine, oil and gas (MOG) industry. The ExPLORE series consists of fixed and PTZ housings containing an analogue camera or a full-featured network camera that provides high-quality, high-definition images.

No sparks, no corrosion
Siqura's ExPLORE cameras are certified for Zone 1, where concentrations of flammable gases or vapors may occur and a single spark can lead to disaster. The housing of these environmentally hardened cameras is made of 316L electro-polished stainless steel, a corrosion-resistant alloy suited for use in harsh offshore and onshore environments. All models can be provided with certifications to meet different requirements worldwide, including ATEX, UL and IECEx.

Intelligent video content analysis
While the demand for “intelligent” surveillance cameras becomes a stronger in global market, the ExPLORE range is equipped with intelligent features. Take ObjectR-PID, Siqura's system-wide solution for perimeter intrusion detection (PID). This powerful piece of analytics automates the surveillance of unmanned platforms and substations by sending out an alert whenever an intruder crosses a detection line or enters a detection zone.

Complete solution
“MOG locations are highly complex environments,” says Roger Decker, Managing Director at Siqura. “Operators are faced with so much information that they easily miss out on crucial events. In order to help them take better decisions, Siqura and its sister companies in the TKH Group developed an integral security solution that includes access control, lighting systems, offshore cables, control room software and now also explosion-protected cameras. All components are designed to work together and increase situational awareness through a careful selection of data streams. Only information relevant to a particular situation makes it to your security screen, the rest is omitted. The result: a greatly enhanced workflow.”

Bosch delivers integrated solution for Warsaw landmark building

Bosch delivers integrated solution for Warsaw landmark building

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security System | Updated: 8/7/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Security Systems has delivered a complete and integrated security solution for the New Union Square, a landmark building at historic Lublin Union Square in Warsaw, Poland. The New Union Square, which has been completed in May 2014, features a 23-story tower with two 7-story bars in a triangular alignment and contains a shopping center, offices and a large parking garage. It has a floor area of more than 100.000 square meters. Completely based on Bosch technology, local partner CORAL installed fire detection, access control, video surveillance and voice evacuation systems, all of them being networked and integrated through the IP protocol and the Bosch Building Integration System (BIS).

The building complex has a central monitoring room from which security staff can control all security systems. Thanks to the tight integration they can correlate events from the different subsystems and thus use all video cameras to verify alarms of the other systems in real time, greatly reducing reaction times and improving both operational and cost efficiency. The fire alarm system has a modular architecture with eight networked fire panels, which support more than 14.000 fire detectors, controls and external devices. In case of an alarm, the evacuation instruction can be distributed to different zones and to any of the installed 3.200 loudspeakers through Bosch's PRAESIDEO digital public address and voice evacuation system. This system is also used to broadcast music and advertisements in the shopping center during business hours.

The video system is comprised of 195 cameras, two servers with the Bosch Video Management System and seven disk arrays with a combined capacity of 110 Terabytes. This is sufficient to store more than one month worth of video data, thereby fulfilling a critical requirement of the building operator. Finally, the access control system features more than 240 readers, securing doors, elevators, reception areas, the main gates and tripod turnstiles.

The entire solution was designed as an integrated security system to combine the highest security level with great efficiency both in operations and cost. Supported by Bosch, CORAL developed and installed the entire solution perfectly in time for the opening.

Exacq Technologies integrates with Proximex

Exacq Technologies integrates with Proximex

Editor / Provider: Exacq Technologies | Updated: 8/7/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Exacq Technologies, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, one of the manufacturers of video management system (VMS) software and servers used for video surveillance, has announced an integration with the Proximex Surveillint physical security information management (PSIM) solution. Surveillint connects and correlates information from disparate systems into one centralized environment to help mitigate risk, ensure compliance and lower total cost of ownership.

The exacqVision /Proximex Surveillint integration enables users to leverage the intuitive exacqVision VMS features within the Surveillint module. Video and events from the exacqVision server are delivered, synchronized and displayed through the Surveillint user interface along with events and notifications from a wide range of other physical security systems including access control, video analytics, perimeter security, storage solutions and more. With this integration, end users can further analyze and display live and recorded video with associated events and cameras (sensors) within a single platform, minimizing response time to security risks and threats.

Key features of the integration include the ability to manage the following VMS functions from the Surveillint interface:
* Create soft triggers and event links
* Detect cameras automatically
* Link events to show video correlated with sensors pre-programmed in Surveillint
* Control pan-tilt-zoom presets, snapshots and exported video

“The partnership with Proximex further develops our collaboration with PSIM solutions,” said Tom Buckley, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Exacq Technologies. “Combining our exacqVision VMS functionality into Surveillint provides a complete surveillance system for easily managing security.”

This integration requires exacqVision server 6.0 or later with a current exacqVision Professional or Enterprise license.

ASSA ABLOY solutions supplied in King's College London University

ASSA ABLOY solutions supplied in King's College London University

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 8/6/2014 | Article type: Education

Champion Hill student accommodation is due to open for the Autumn 2014/15 term. The development will provide rooms for up to 715 students and is being delivered to achieve BREEAM “Outstanding” sustainability standards. The students will have access to extensive communal, social, recreation and study spaces within the refurbished existing Grade 2 listed building on the site.

Providing a full ironmongery specification from ASSA ABLOY, products from ASSA ABLOY, ASSA and UNION brands, as well as the Aperio range have been fitted throughout the building, providing access and security solutions for students at the university, which is ranked in the top 30 worldwide.

ASSA ABLOY Access Control's innovative Aperio locking solution has been fitted on 2300 doorsets, the RFID wireless door control solution allowed for the simple upgrade of mechanical locks so that they could communicate with a complete access control system. Aperio is cost-effective and easy to install, as it can be fitted without the need to modify any doors, plus the sophisticated system provides real time audits and instant updates of access restrictions through the existing access control system.

A range of Optimus3 locks, StrongBOLT deadlocks and 1000 series furniture from UNION, have also been installed throughout the new residence. Both the Optimus3 range and StrongBOLT deadlocks are tested as suitable for high frequency use, making them the ideal choice for the heavy demands of student accommodation, whilst the attractive stainless steel door furniture is in keeping with the project's modern aesthetics.

ASSA's electromagnetic hold open devices and ASSA ABLOY's DC500A door controls were installed throughout the main corridors and student accesses to provide safe passage around the building, whilst assisting in meeting the requirements under the Equality Act and Approved Document M (ADM) of The Building Regulation.

ASSA Flexcore Plus master key cylinders were also installed, providing a practical and cost effective way of maintaining accessibility, without compromising on security.

Nick O'Donnell, Deputy Director of Estates & Facilities and Director of Facilities at Kings College London, said: “We use ASSA ABLOY suited locks across the university on a quality basis, they are our first choice for reliability.”

Tabitha Morton, Sales Director at ASSA ABLOY Access Control concluded: “We have extensive knowledge of managing access control within educational premises, the Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY Access Control UK, Damian Marsh has written a white paper on the subject, which also discusses the changing nature of the school and university ‘ecosystem'.

“The features of Aperio make it a simple and intelligent way of upgrading the controllability and security level of any premises, whilst also solving key management issues.”

Allan Thomson, Commercial Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “Security at university accommodation must be very carefully considered as students today often own high value equipment and personal possessions. Students at London university campuses are statistically more likely to fall victim to crime, according to the UK police web database, so it is essential that the security ironmongery specification be in keeping with the high standard of technical specification throughout the building, to ensure the students are protected.

“It was exciting to be part of such a vast project, which required such a wide range of security solutions. This project was one of our largest ever, pure ironmongery orders, so we aimed to supply products that would provide ease of installation, we specified Optimus3 as it allows uniform door preparation, which has proven to be a particularly useful feature on other University projects.”

Axis earns a degree in protection at UDLAP with Milestone

Axis earns a degree in protection at UDLAP with Milestone

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 8/6/2014 | Article type: Education

The Universidad de Las Americas Puebla (UDLAP) is located in a small community called Cholula in the State of Puebla, Mexico. It is one of the most important colleges in the country and, although the area is relatively safe, security is a must to preserve the integrity of the institution and protect students and staff on campus. This is the reason why they upgraded their analog cameras to an Axis IP video surveillance system.

UDLAP continuously invests a large amount of capital to strengthen its physical and educational environment, and it has a wide range of both human and technical resources. The campus comprises a total area of 185 acres, and their old analog system could not provide the appropriate overview. After analyzing their needs, UDLAP selected a scalable, forward-thinking solution with 215 cameras from Axis Communications all controlled on a Milestone XProtect Enterprise 7 VMS platform running on Pivot3 vSTACR Watch converged storage and compute appliances.

The system has been a complete success. More than 700 reports have been solved since the University turned to IP video. The number of lost items has decreased, suspicious people have been detected around the campus and the incident response time has decreased. It is now possible to obtain more accurate control of the entire campus using IP video.

Social responsibility at Universidad de las Américas Puebla
The Universidad de Las Americas (UDLAP) is located in a small and quiet community in Mexico. To preserve the safety of its 10,000 students and staff within the 185- acre campus, the Director looked for a proactive system to complement their security department. “Although it was originally designed to be digital on the blueprints, the campus was equipped with an analog system that we kept for a time until we changed it for the IP cameras. This showed us the flexibility, functionality and scalability of the Axis cameras,” said Fernando Thompson de la Rosa, CIO.

Technology all around the campus
The school chose a mix of Axis cameras including fixed dome cameras such as the AXIS P3344-VE, AXIS M3004 Fixed Dome, and AXIS M3011 Fixed Dome Network Cameras; fixed network cameras such as the AXIS P1346-E and AXIS P1343-E Fixed Network Cameras; and the compact AXIS M1103 Fixed Network Camera. These cameras were installed in the classrooms and common areas at UDLAP to secure the entire campus. These IP cameras offered a wide range of advantages, such as ultra-compact sizes with an innovative design, high performance, VGA and HDTV-quality resolution video, day/night functionality, Power over Ethernet and more. The cameras with HDTV or megapixel features means the school can obtain more detail and better possibilities for identifying people and finding lost items.

Additionally, these cameras can cover a larger area with no loss of image resolution, which is very useful for such a large campus. Additionally, the pan/tilt/zoom functionality of the AXIS P5512 PTZ Dome Network Camera enables operators at a remote location to pan 360o for overview surveillance while the gatekeeper functionality automatically moves the camera to a preset position when motion is detected in a pre-defined area. This alerts the security personnel of intruders at night or in restricted areas without the need to monitor 24 hours a day. The system is controlled by six Pivot3 vSTAC Watch converged storage and compute appliances, which have the capability of archival search through an integrated storage system. The Pivot3 appliances also feature server failover to avoid recording downtime, high bandwidth to preserve video quality and no single point of failure. Milestone XProtect Enterprise is the Video Management Software, and it offers such benefits as the ability to capture vehicle plates on movement. The powerful platform supports many cameras and is designed for multisite installation. This greatly enhances entrance control at the campus.

A glance to the future
The IP surveillance system has significantly improved response time to incidents, and the system is supported by information obtained from access control and data storage. Today, eight people monitor the entire campus. The staff is able to control access and monitor the campus perimeter, as well as adjacent residential areas, as well. These personnel are trained under international standards of preventive security and civil protection. With this strategy, intruders can be detected and inappropriate behavior can be quickly identified. Numerous incidents have been solved thanks to the information obtained from the IP video surveillance system, and the actions of the well-trained security personnel. The security system success offers big savings and benefits to UDLAP. Results have been very positive, and in order to keep on track and continue the effort, UDLAP plans to grow the system with the goal of 100% coverage of their facilities. Thanks to the scalability of the IP video system, UDLAP is able to stay online with their ambitious technology mission well into the future.

CEM AC2000 Lite: Feature rich, cost effective access control

CEM AC2000 Lite: Feature rich, cost effective access control

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by CEM(Tyco) | Updated: 8/6/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

CEM's AC2000 Lite is a feature rich yet cost effective access control solution specifically design for installations with up to 128 secure doors or devices. Encompassing the core features of the industry leading AC2000 security management system, AC2000 Lite represents one of the most accomplished access control solutions available for small to medium sized installations.

Featuring many of the core AC2000 software modules as standard, AC2000 Lite is ideal for small to medium sized projects that still require a sophisticated level of security.

AC2000 Lite comprises a full complement of applications, providing a fully integrated solution to multiple security and operational challenges. For example, the powerful AC2000 Alarm Event Display (AED) application provides a visual and textual representation of all system alarms and events, allowing system administrators to monitor conditions on site via advanced graphical maps. Not only does AC2000 AED provide the status of secure doors throughout the system; the application can also provide a platform from which to monitor integrated 3rd party systems such as video or intruder solutions.

AC2000 Lite is available as a server-based or virtual solution. The AC2000 Lite Software Only Virtual Kit eliminates the requirement for a dedicated AC2000 Lite system server, providing significant cost savings for smaller projects. The Virtual Kit also represents a quick and easy solution with automatic installation of the AC2000 Lite software.

AC2000 Lite is supported by CEM's industry-known hardware range. The range includes intelligent card readers, portable access control solutions, support for Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) and biometrics and much more.

With AC2000 Lite solutions deployed around the world, the system has been used to secure premises in a variety of sectors including education, retail, healthcare and finance.

AC2000 Lite in Action: Distribution Center 24, Belarus
Distribution Center 24 is a busy facility in Belarus with a steady flow of staff, vehicles and visitors throughout the premises each day. The facility comprises offices, car parks and warehouse areas with a variety of security requirements. As the business continues to prosper, the need for an advanced security on site has increased. This requirement for a flexible and streamlined access control solution has been met using CEM's AC2000 Lite. The system was installed by CEM Approved Reseller, Unibelus Ltd.

AC2000 Lite is based on CEM's core AC2000 product and tailored for small-to-medium sized installations. AC2000 Lite provides Distribution Center 24 with a host of powerful features normally reserved for larger installations, without hindering the flow of people and vehicles at the site.

Powerful Software
The installation at Distribution Center 24 utilises powerful software applications provided as standard in AC2000 Lite, such as AC2000 VIPPS (Visual Image and Pass Production Software) and AC2000 Visitor Management. AC2000 VIPPS provides security staff at Distribution Center 24 with the ability to create professional quality access control passes, featuring text, images, barcodes and more. The passes can be used for access control and can be colour coded for quick visual identification in restricted areas. Using AC2000 Visitor Management, staff can also control access for temporary card holders, recording information such as visitor details, reason for visit and time of appointment directly in AC2000.

Distribution Center 24 has deployed AC2000 Lite workstation software at each of the guard stations around the facility. These workstations provide guards at the facility with access to real time information about the AC2000 Lite system, allowing them to monitor system alarms and events as they happen.

Language Support
CEM's AC2000 product range, including AC200 Lite, is available in several language options including Polish, German, Russian, Italian, Arabic and Simplified Chinese. The Russian version of AC2000 Lite was installed at Distribution Center 24, making the system interfaces easy for local staff and visitors to negotiate.

Intelligent Hardware
In addition to providing industry leading software, CEM also provided Distribution Center 24 with intelligent hardware to secure a variety of access points. AC2000 Lite secures over 40 critical access points throughout the facility using CEM's eDCM 300 (Ethernet Door Control Module). The eDCM 300 features an internal database which allows it to provide full off-line card validation and decision making capability at the point of entry, even when communication with the host server is lost. At Distribution Center 24, the eDCM 300 is also used in conjunction with third party card readers to control car park barriers, staff turnstiles and electric door strikes throughout the facility.

Beyond Access Control
The installation at Distribution Center 24 demonstrates how CEM's AC2000 Lite can not only provide powerful access control but also streamline operations by providing facilities to create access control passes, manage visitors and more, all from within the AC2000 Lite software.

Future-Proof Access Control
Should the needs of Distribution Center 24 grow in future, AC2000 Lite can be seamlessly upgraded to the core AC2000 security management system, providing an upgrade path with virtually unlimited expansion capabilities.


Bosch to open new US distribution center in Spartanburg, S. Carolina

Bosch to open new US distribution center in Spartanburg, S. Carolina

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 8/6/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Security Systems, one of the  global suppliers of security, safety and communications products, solutions and services, plans to open a new distribution center in Spartanburg County. In addition to leasing a newly constructed building in Greer, S.C. and further investment in equipment, the company expects to create more than 50 new jobs over the next five years.

Bosch associates at the 150,000-square-foot facility, located at 140 Caliber Ridge Road in Greer, will distribute products to customers in North and South America and support light assembly for customer-specific projects. Bosch Security Systems' product portfolio includes video surveillance, intrusion detection, fire detection, access control and management systems, in addition to professional audio and conference systems. Operations are expected to begin in December 2014.

Bosch Security Systems employs more than 12,000 associates worldwide. The company is one of 360 subsidiaries and regional companies of the Bosch Group, a leading global supplier of technology and services that employs more than 4,000 associates among four facilities throughout South Carolina. The company will begin hiring for the new positions in fall 2014.

“We are pleased to open the first facility for Bosch Security Systems in South Carolina. With this investment, we will benefit from synergies with multiple Bosch facilities and transportation lanes in the state. We will meet the growing demands of our customers in North and South America with greater flexibility and efficiency, due in part to a constructive partnership with the state of South Carolina, S.C. Commerce, Spartanburg County and the S.C. Ports Authority.” -Christopher Gerace, regional president, Bosch Security Systems

“Bosch Security Systems is a welcome addition to our state's business community. Their decision to create more than 50 new jobs expands Bosch's footprint in our state and reinforces why South Carolina is a leader in logistics.” -Gov. Nikki Haley

“The Bosch Group is deeply engrained in South Carolina's economy, and we welcome yet another one of their esteemed divisions to the Palmetto State. Bosch Security Systems will fit perfectly here, and I look forward to their future growth and success.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"The South Carolina Ports Authority looks forward to supporting the needs of Bosch Security Systems' new location in Spartanburg. Our strong port is one of South Carolina's key strategic assets, benefitting companies all across our state.” -Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority

“We are pleased to see The Bosch Group has chosen South Carolina for yet another major investment in our great state. Spartanburg County looks forward to working with Bosch Security Systems to ensure their growth and profitability continues in the Palmetto State.” -David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment and Development Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board

“We are extremely pleased Bosch, a globally recognized company, is establishing a distribution operation in Spartanburg County and the City of Greer. We welcome them to our ever-growing list of international companies in Spartanburg County.” -Russ Weber, president of Integral Solutions Group and chairman of the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group Board of Directors

“It is my great pleasure to welcome Bosch to the City of Greer. With Bosch's announcement, Greer has truly been given a coveted opportunity to further grow and diversify our city. As one of South Carolina's fastest-growing cities, Greer is extremely grateful to Bosch for their commitment, and we look forward to the opportunity to provide a return on their investment.” -City of Greer Mayor Rick Danner

- Bosch Security Systems plans to open a new distribution center in Spartanburg County.
- The company is leasing a newly constructed building and expects to create more than 50 new jobs over the next five years.
- 150,000-square-foot facility, located at 140 Caliber Ridge Road in Greer, S.C.
- Bosch Security Systems is a subsidiary of the Bosch Group, which employs more than 4,000 associates among four facilities throughout South Carolina.
- Operations are expected to begin in December 2014 with hiring for the new positions starting in fall 2014.

Dancing Moose Montessori School advances education with Milestone

Dancing Moose Montessori School advances education with Milestone

Editor / Provider: Milestone system | Updated: 8/5/2014 | Article type: Education

Dancing Moose Montessori School in Salt Lake City, Utah, developed a unique way to increase parents' participation in their child's schooling, improve teacher evaluations without disturbing class, and expand overall school security. Milestone XProtect Express video management software (VMS) and network cameras from Axis Communications oversee daily operations at Dancing Moose to deliver a high degree of security and provide parents with a window into their child's learning.

“The Axis-Milestone solution has become a huge selling point for our school. Parents love the ability to drop off their children, who may be crying and suffering from separation anxiety, and check in after five minutes to see that their child is happy and engaged in the classroom. It's really powerful.” Jennifer Duffield, Executive Director, The Dancing Moose Montessori School.

The challenge:
Dancing Moose Montessori School opened its doors with a promise to parents and students to provide unmatched learning experience with programs that are unique, learning environments that are professional and safe, and processes that are transparent. Safety was a key consideration, but to stay true to its promise of transparency, the school needed a security system th at was robust and effective while also allowing parents to remotely monitor their children without interrupting class.

The solution:
Milestone XProtect Express IP video management software (VMS), 40 Axis network cameras and a pair of 42-inch monitors comprise the monitoring system that allows parents and school administrators to observe students and teachers without interfering in classroom activities. The monitors are in the lobby, the cameras are set up throughout the school and the system is custom integrated with S2 Extreme access control — thanks to the Milestone open platform architecture.

The advantages:
With the simple click of a mouse, parents have live access to their child's classroom without the distraction that their presence in the room would create. They can quickly and easily observe how their child learns and interacts with classmates and teachers. For administrators, the ability to monitor classrooms remotely means that teacher evaluations are no longer a distraction to students or the teacher. The integration of the video system with access control provides efficient management of safety matters in the school.

A Total Learning Experience
Founded by President Joyce Sibbett, Ph. D., Dancing Moose Montessori School of West Valley City, Utah, focuses on the total learning experience, providing engaging activities and specialized programs tailored to each class. A key feature of Dancing Moose Montessori School is the learning environment with bright and airy designs in multiple zones, including open spaces full of greenery, a large gym and a specialized outdoor program. Each school is newly built from the ground up, typically measuring 20,000 square feet, hosting 200 students in 12 classrooms with two teachers assigned to each room.

Peace of mind for parents, students, teachers and staff was a priority, and the state-of-the-art, integrated monitoring and security system goes a long way toward providing just that. The system, installed by Stone Security of Salt Lake City, is networked through Milestone XProtect Express VMS and includes a variety of Axis network cameras and an S2 Extreme audio/visual access control system. The solution also includes a 4U BCD Video tower server powered by HP, Netgear 24-port POE switches and a DMP intrusion system.

Visitors, parents, staff, and teachers use unique access codes to enter the system, but only after verbal and visual confirmation. Once inside the facility, parents have permissions-based virtual access to the preschool, with views of authorized classrooms and outdoor areas. The Milestone XProtect Smart Client interface allows multiple parents to view different images on the monitors simultaneously – the system is configured for as many as six camera feeds to be displayed on each screen.

“The Milestone interface is very straightforward but also effective and secure. Parents can walk up to our monitoring stations with no experience in professional video systems and the intuitive Milestone software provides easy and secure access to live video of their child's classroom — including control over camera angles. Our parents typically flock to the monitoring station where they can observe their children learning, playing, eating, and interacting with teachers and fellow students,” says Jennifer Duffield, Executive Director, Dancing Moose Montessori School.

“The IP-based Milestone system paired with Axis network cameras is easy to use and provides clear, high-resolution images to both managers and parents at Dancing Moose Montessori School,” explains Andy Schreyer, Stone Security. “Additionally, because Milestone and Axis operate on an open platform system, we are able to provide our client with the flexibility to grow the system to future schools and add new integrations over time, creating equity in the system. Milestone keeps up as Axis releases new cameras with updated features, eliminating the need for system replacement because it never becomes obsolete.”

Every child in view
Stone Security carefully selected cameras that would provide the most comprehensive viewing options for parents. At the school's original location, opened in 2007, Stone Security installed pan/tilt/zoom AXIS 212 PTZ-V Network Cameras inside the classrooms to offer instant pan/tilt/zoom functionality. When Dancing Moose opened a second location in 2014, Stone Security chose either wide-angle, 3 megapixel AXIS M3006-V or panoramic, 5 megapixel AXIS M3007-PV Fixed Dome Network Cameras to provide complete views of each room.

For external security afterhours, Stone Security installed HDTV-quality 720p AXIS P3364-VE Fixed Dome Network Cameras outside the building. The cameras' Lightfinder technology is ideal for low-light visibility. The exterior cameras are set to record on motion, and they can be viewed on Duffield's office computer.

“We recommend Axis cameras specifically because IP-based cameras are easy to use, provide high resolution, and offer a great deal of flexibility to choose frame rates, resolution and recording options on the fly,” said Andy Schreyer of Stone Security.

Effective Learning Through Observation
Two 42-inch NEC monitors are installed in the lobby of Dancing Moose Montessori School, where parents can see their child at any point throughout the day without being a distraction in the classroom, which could cause their child to act differently.

“Parents can be interested in seeing what the teacher is teaching, if their child is engaged in the lesson, or how well the student is eating at lunchtime,” says Jennifer Duffield, executive director, Dancing Moose Montessori School. “The Milestone interface and Axis cameras make our parents comfortable and offer reassurance and a sense of security.”

Parents and school administrators are equally interested in educators' teaching methods, whether or not the pupils are actively participating in the lesson and activities, and verifying that students are playing safely and eating well.

“It's nice to be able to pull a classroom image up on the screen to keep track of the teachers' lessons, or to see if students are behaving well or getting out of hand,” continues Duffield. “What's great is that the Milestone and Axis technology allows us to observe classrooms without disturbing the lesson flow, and we see the true, unvarnished behavior of our students during their normal interactions with teachers.”

According to Duffield, the Milestone XProtect Express and Axis network camera solution has surpassed her expectations. As she explains it, parents have had little, if any, exposure to operating an advanced video monitoring system, but with just the click of a mouse, they have a high-resolution view of their children in classrooms and outdoor environments.

“At the start of the school year, parents flocked to the monitors and were amazed at the ability to retain an active role in their child's day without distracting them during school hours,” she says. “As the school year progresses, the monitoring stations average about 10 users in the morning and 10 during lunch. We are proud to offer Milestone's interface to the families of our pupils and are thrilled with its positive effect on our program.”

For Schreyer of Stone Security, the Dancing Moose Montessori School installation is an outstanding example of the versatility of the Milestone software: “The flexibility of the Milestone open platform with Axis allows our techs to be experts regardless of client vertical. We are able to choose the perfect solutions for our customers and integrate every important service needed for each installation. Dancing Moose Montessori School has access control technology integrated with the Milestone video for the ability to safely monitor students at all times.”

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