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Systems integration in banking sector: tricks to crack the hard nut

Systems integration in banking sector: tricks to crack the hard nut

Editor / Provider: Prasanth Aby Thomas, a&s International | Updated: 5/26/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Financial institutions are at the heart of contemporary global economy. Modern corporates that are accustomed to the convenience of transnational trade and commerce would never function without the support of banks that are working around the clock. Customers used to the convenience of accessing cash any time and making cashless transactions too would be at a loss without them.

The banks, on their part, are going all out to make sure that they are able to reach each and every possible customer. To this end, they have embraced technology and made use of the internet for electronic, and more recently, mobile banking. In the U.S. alone, despite the slow growth of the financial sector post the financial crisis, the year 2014 saw banks put up a strong performance in terms of assets and liabilities, according to the US Federal Reserve.

Concerns on a Lukewarm Approach to Security in Banking
Yet, despite such an aggressive financial rebound and its subsequent contribution to the GDP, banks continue to be a dismal vertical for the security industry. Even with the sensitive nature of their business and risky character of their transactions, banks have largely abstained from adopting modern video surveillance technology.

To most systems integrators (SI), this attitude is illogical. Banks are willing to move ahead with Internet and mobile banking but are reluctant to make use of similar technology to make their systems secure. According to Bob Mesnik, President of New York-based SI Kintronics, convincing banks to improve their security is an uphill task.

“They are reluctant to spend money in security and we have not found any way to convince them otherwise,” said Mesnik. “The larger banks don't seem to care at all about security, which is very strange. Outside the U.S. there is more interest at smaller banks, but in this case they are mostly interested in monitoring performance of their employees.”

Mesnik's complaint echoes sentiments from several other SIs across the industry. Major reasons often attributed to this reluctance from banks are concerns on safety and cost effectiveness. But even when these apprehensions are put to rest, banks are not enthusiastic to move forward.

Understanding the Challenges in Financial Sector
But this is not to say that banks have totally remained off limits when it comes to upgrading their video surveillance systems. Numerous case studies from manufacturers as well as SIs show instances where banks have moved forward to IP technology and felt it was worth spending money on. Tyco, a company with significant experience in the vertical, explained the challenges that SIs face when dealing with banking sector clients.

“Clients are working with tighter budgetary constraints and have to prioritize those projects which are deemed absolutely necessary, whether this is due to replacing dated security installation, meeting regulatory demands or responding to business expansion strategies,” said Chris Jones, Regional Global Account Manager for Installation & Services at Tyco Asia Pacific.

“A number of clients are also outsourcing their sourcing or procurement departments. These companies are more aggressive in their scrutiny and more likely to prefer to go to tender to encourage competitive pricing.”

Aidan Anderson, Security Consultant at Red Leaf Consultancy in UK, elaborated this point further. According to him, not all SIs are aware of how the banking sector operates and how they view physical security.

Although from a security-industry perspective protecting bank assets may be seen as a priority, banks are more likely to think in terms of controlling certain identified risks. Security is only one among these risks, the others being liquidity, capital and regulatory. Methods of controlling risks may include upgrading systems and equipment, but it might just as well be adopting certain procedures or buying insurance products.

“Within a bank, security is generally seen as another department, rather than a special case and as with all departments any investment has to provide returns, whether those are measured in terms of increased revenues, cost savings, process efficiencies or a reduction in headcount,” said Anderson.

“The challenge for systems integrators is to work with potential clients to establish how their products could, in terms of risk and for the security department, provide benefits to the extent that the business will invest in them, rather than the competing requirements of all other departments.”

Paul Bremner, Senior Analyst for Video Surveillance - Security Services at IHS, who works closely with the systems integration community, added a few more variables that impact security related decisions in banks.

“The banking sector itself can be divided into different sectors, there are the retail branch locations, the distribution centers, and the corporate offices; each of these has different requirements with its own unique challenges,” said Bremner.

“For an integrator trying to win business in this sector, it is important to understand that the level at which the decision to install or retrofit a security system can vary at each of these locations.”

The decision to hire a particular SI would also depend heavily on where it is taken. If the decision is made locally, it could level the playing field for regional as well as national level SIs. But if the decision is taken at the national level, then banks are certain to choose SIs with a national presence and relevant experience.

“This makes having a large geographic footprint an important selling point for an integrator looking to win business across the entire banking sector,” Bremner pointed out. “Another requirement from an integrator that goes hand-in-hand with this large footprint is a proven track-record of servicing these financial institutions.”

 

Banks to Favor Surveillance Beyond Security
The technological developments for banking security are not unique to the sector, but their applications are. According to Paul Bremner, Senior Analyst for Video Surveillance - Security Services at IHS, banks tend to proceed with investment decisions in new security equipment and solutions after considering the ROI and reduced operational costs it may bring. Among this, reducing operational cost is mostly about bringing down the headcount, but in terms of increasing ROI, banks are interested in business intelligence analytics.

According to a survey from Cisco, 43 percent of US customers believe their primary bank does not understand their needs. Thirty one percent feel their bank is not helping them reach their primary financial goals.

Banks are increasingly aware of this gap in their service and are actively seeking a solution. This requirement, coupled with a rising need to increase efficiencies of the branches and do more with less, clearly paves the way for banks to utilise their surveillance systems for analytic data.

“Technologies such as business intelligence analytics can help a bank's branch locations improve their operational metrics, such as queue line monitoring,” said Bremner.

“This allows the bank to create staffing models which are in tune with the flow of customers throughout the day, preventing the bank from being overwhelmed. Technology such as this is helping banks improve their customer's waiting times, while also optimising their staffing schedules.”

 

Improvised Marketing Strategies to Win Clients
Considering the trend of banks preferring experienced, national-level companies, it's natural that banking sector appears like an uphill task for most SIs. But analysts suggest companies to rethink their marketing strategies to improve their presence in the market.

At present sales strategies are centered on the promotion of equipment and software packages as separate solutions, with integration referring to how the separate components are installed together. Some focus is also given to interoperability and lower downtime with the capacity to remotely repair most faults. While these may work in a number of sectors, it wouldn't make a mark in the banking sector unless the product being sold is unique.

“However where there is a leading strategy, it is working with potential clients to design systems,” Anderson said.

“This does require a great deal of time and effort by the systems integrator, as it might not only be the security department that has to be engaged, but the IT department and perhaps other equipment suppliers. The overriding advantage in doing this is obvious but for the systems integrator who has put the work in, the outcome might not necessarily be the right answer for them.”

A key point that Anderson makes here is that even though systems integration on its own will help reduce costs even after the initial investment, its impact is not significant when compared to a security department's or the organization's budget. Hence the focus should be on generating opportunities that reflect the ongoing business need of matching their strategy, understanding what their driving factors are and creating solutions that not only focus on integrated systems but how that could be used with other security functions to create a winning position.

Elaborating on the reasons for Tyco's success in this business sector, Jones indicated that the crucial point was enterprise solutions that would integrate several platforms deployed for security surveillance in accordance with the client's requirements. The company's PSIM solution has been instrumental in this aspect.

“Tyco's PSIM solution can provide an open platform for integration to get a centralized view of security activity,” Jones said. “Its ability to turn disparate information sources into real-time actionable intelligence, analyze the situation to obtain timely and accurate insights, and automated workflow results in quicker and more effective incident response and resolution which enforce incident response processes, mitigate risk and reduce operational costs.”

Some systems integrators are also trying a more traditional approach of adding values to their services to increase their clients. George Zarifopoulos from the Marketing & Communication Department of Athens-based SI, Takis G. Zarifopoulos, said his company offers a free maintenance contract for a specific period of time.

“Giving two years period free maintenance, directly adds more fidelity and reliability in our projects,” Zarifopoulos explained.

Security Systems Tailored for the Financial Climate
According to a report from Ernest and Young, the major trend in the banking sector for 2015 will be to increase profitability but not look for large revenues. To this end, banks will need to reinvent themselves, with leaner, more flexible business models that can survive a slow global economic growth.

A modern video surveillance system that goes beyond offering security and aids in enhancing the bank's business would be an ideal solution to bank's requirements to survive the weak economic climate. At the same time a tailored and customized marketing strategy that projects the advantages beyond security would be what SIs should focus on to make their mark in the banking sector.

Music festival safety is coordinated with Milestone video

Music festival safety is coordinated with Milestone video

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 5/25/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS) is a core technology in the mobile event incident command unit developed by Unified Command as a temporary security operation center (SOC) that moves from one event location to another.

“Milestone VMS technology helps us unify all the facets of complex events into one centralized command. That coordination enables us to respond more effectively to emergencies. We're able to quickly dispatch the right people to the right places, which makes events safer for everyone,” says Chris Gandy, Chief Technology Officer, Unified Command.

The company hires local law enforcement, dispatch and emergency service personnel for 40–50 big events across the U.S. each year, such as the music festivals Hard Summer and Outside Lands, Coachella and Stagecoach. In 2013, Chris Gandy joined as chief technology officer. With nearly two decades of experience as a police technical detective in a major metropolitan police force, he has worked with video surveillance for years.

Freedom of Choice in the Components
Gandy's list of must-haves for a VMS solution was extensive, from overall video stability to ease-of-use, to robust mapping capabilities – all based on a truly open platform. Milestone XProtect®, his ultimate choice, met all requirements and exceeded most.

“A lot of manufacturers force you to buy their hardware, but with Milestone I use a Dell server, my own networking equipment and whatever kinds of cameras I want. I don't like being locked into a certain make and model of camera or a specific brand of hardware: I make my own choices.”

Fast Deployment and Response
Gandy reports that the ease and speed for Milestone to be deployed makes it an attractive solution, especially in an industry where speed matters. “We go into a field in the middle of nowhere, put up cameras and the next thing you know we've got eyes on more than 100 acres. For the people operating the system, it's very user friendly and easy to learn.”

The primary benefit is better overall response to incidents that happen at events: overflowing trash cans, lost items, clogged entry and exit points, unruly and potentially dangerous crowds and serious medical emergencies.

“By putting everyone in the same virtual room through access to a top quality video solution, everyone involved in the event's success is able to read off the same page. Without this way to coordinate, you would have all different facets operating separately,” Gandy says. “The Milestone VMS helps put the right people into the right places. Since we can all communicate with each other directly, we respond more quickly.”

For example, when a call comes in that someone has passed out, the dispatcher in the command center uses the call's point of origin to identify the closest camera and directs that camera to scan the crowd to the person needing attention. The dispatcher gives the exact location to the medics - which is critical when it's dark out, strobe lights are running and there are no cross streets for reference points. As a result, the medics quickly get assistance to those in need, not wasting precious time searching a crowd of thousands.

The incident command team proactively scans video for potential problems. When people appear to have consumed too much alcohol or other substances, or crowds gather near perimeters perhaps preparing for “fence crashing”, Unified Command operators use the camera coordinates to direct security staff to the exact location, fast.

Efficient Ease of Use, Interactive Maps Give Pinpoint Precision
The complexities of managing incident response for changing event venues leave little – if any – time for training. Gandy reports that the Milestone VMS is very easy to use. “We can bring up multiple customized views for display on computers, mobile devices and the XProtect Smart Walls. It's a big issue with a lot of security systems to know where the cameras are to get the live view quickly, but the interactive map in Milestone takes care of that: operators just click on an icon and a separate window pops up with the camera feed of that view.”

Gandy begins each event by putting a location diagram into the software and placing an icon for each camera on the computer-generated map. This eliminates the need for staff to look up confusing camera identifiers like North Parking Lot Facing South, which means nothing to dispatchers who don't work in the area every day.

Mobile and Wireless for Situational Awareness
Unified Command takes advantage of mobile and wireless capabilities to coordinate among the locations within an event. Using the Video Push feature in the Milestone Mobile client, cell phone cameras can record video at points not covered by the network cameras and stream (‘push') those images back to the command center via wi-fi. Milestone Mobile also streams video to iPads that Unified Command assigns to event managers, enabling ‘views of the entire festival they can carry in their back pocket'.

Gandy says the Milestone wireless support makes it possible to set up the command center physically removed from the heart of the event. This ensures that staff can focus on coordinating services rather than protecting themselves during an emergency. “Anyone we have connected to the event's security network can easily and quickly see exactly what's going on anywhere without having to get to the command center,” he says. “That frees all of us up to focus on resolving whatever the situation may be.”

DoubleTree by Hilton in Chile upgrades video surveillance with Dahua IP solution

DoubleTree by Hilton in Chile upgrades video surveillance with Dahua IP solution

Editor / Provider: Dahua Technology | Updated: 5/22/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China upgraded the security system for DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Santiago, capital city of Chile.

DoubleTree by Hilton is an American hotel chain. It is part of Hilton Worldwide. Most DoubleTree hotels are independently owned and operated by franchisees. In early 2011, Hilton Worldwide launched a logo and name rebranding for the chain, replacing the name "Doubletree" with "DoubleTree by Hilton". DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Santiago-Vitacurais centrally located within developed commercial and financial district in Santiago.

As the Five Star Alliance's number, the hotel offers top-notch services for the customers and meanwhile it needs five star security systems for its safety. With the demand for hotel rooms and space constantly increasing, the hotel decides to upgrade its IP surveillances as to offering a better security ambience for its customers, employers and property.

The hotel wants to upgrade its existing security system for higher quality images. Dahua IP solution offers a highly reliable and cost effective method of hotel surveillance. Dahua HD network small IR dome cameras, IPC-HDW4100S features 1.3-Megapixel progressive scan Aptina CMOS and supports up to max 25/30fps@1.3M&720P encoding. The maximum IR length is 20 meters. The IP cameras install across each floor of the hotel to monitor doors and stairs of people entering and leaving. Dahua IP solution covers all public spaces and circulation areas with total 200 units including all stairways, kitchens, car parks, leisure facilities and laundry rooms, as well as the inner courtyards and the roof.

The key objective has always been to record activity captured by the cameras so that any incidents or suspicious activity can be recorded and be used if appropriate. Dahua IP solution can help keep the guests safe from theft and other criminals by helping track the visitors and prevent break-ins on hotel property.

The hotel also upgrades its old NVRs to Dahua NVR6000 series which is able to provide a higher resolution. Dahua, 128channel super network video recorder, NVR6000 series supports HDMI and VGA output at up-to 1920x1080p resolution, which benefits users with high-definition video image viewing.

DoubleTree by Hilton understands that doing the little things well can mean everything. So does Dahua, Dahua offers a comprehensive product portfolio for hotel surveillance system to help protect and give its guests a peace of mind when they stay. A safe and secure environment is also fundamental in guest expectations and vital in protecting a hotel's brand.

VIVOTEK wins privilege of providing Mongolia's Khan Bank surveillance systems

VIVOTEK wins privilege of providing Mongolia's Khan Bank surveillance systems

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by VIVOTEK | Updated: 5/18/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Khan Bank: Helping Mongolia Grow Since 1991
Khan Bank is one of the largest commercial banks of Mongolia. It provides banking services to an estimated 80% of Mongolian households. Established in 1991, Khan Bank has continued to grow and expand its service since its inception. Today, Khan Bank has 535 branches throughout Mongolia and provides comprehensive banking services to individuals and companies. Never settling for the status-quo, Khan Bank has also continuously invested in technology to enhance the quality of service it provides its customers, such as an extensive ATM network covering Ulaanbaatar, aimag capital and major district centers and nationwide access to Internet Banking, Mobile Banking and Telephone Banking. Moreover, the rapid growth and development of Khan Bank is expected to continue as Mongolia continues to perform economically. This young bank is preparing to gallop, like Mongolia’s world famous horses, into the future.

The Challenge: Khan Bank’s Previous Security System Unable to Keep Pace. A Trial is Held to Determine the Ideal Solution.
In this climate of rapid growth and expansion, Khan Bank required a thoroughbred surveillance system which could keep pace with its changing demands and keep Khan Bank ahead of the field. At the heart of any bank is its ability to secure its customers’ property, and as such the safes at each of Khan Bank’s branches required the utmost level of security. Unfortunately, the bank’s previous security system was not able to keep up with Khan Bank’s security needs, leading to a need to revolutionize its entire security system. The bank needed high quality and high megapixel surveillance cameras not only for its central headquarters, but for every branch across urban and rural areas, and all ATMs in the Ulaanbaatar area.

In order to determine which surveillance system could provide them with the absolute best performance for this vast network, Khan Bank decided to run a trial between the leading providers of security systems, including VIVOTEK.

The Solution: VIVOTEK – Ahead of the Field and Ready to Help.
No stranger to a challenge, VIVOTEK, along with local distributor ITZONE LLC’s highly qualified and experienced engineers and sales team, were able to provide the strongest solution and exceed Khan Bank’s demanding expectations.

The broad coverage, high resolution, variable focus and specialized design of VIVOTEK cameras ensured that Khan Bank’s offices, branches, safes, ATMs and entrances could all be monitored on a secure and stable high-performance IP network system. Khan Bank, thoroughbred among Mongolian banks, had finally found a surveillance system that could keep pace.

High-Quality IP Cameras Secure a Vast Network of Banking Facilities.
The largest demand for coverage was found in the halls of Khan Bank branches. These wide spaces required cameras with extremely wide-angle coverage and high image quality, while also blending in with the interior design of the bank’s branches. For this task, ITZONE LLC chose VIVOTEK’s FE8174 for its combination of high coverage, high quality and low profile. The FE8174 is capable of 180 degree panoramic views while mounted on the wall, or 360 degree surround views if mounted on the ceiling. The FE8174 also offers a variety of display options including original surround view, panoramic view, and regional view for various mounting applications. In addition, in both the panoramic as well as regional viewing modes, users can utilize the ultra-smooth ePTZ function to easily zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI). All of these features mean that the FE8174 was able to provide superb coverage of all of Khan Bank’s branch halls.

The VIVOTEK FD8136 ultra-mini fixed dome network camera was chosen for this central task. Its tiny profile hides an incredibly high-tech camera, capable of producing high quality imagery in a variety of formats. For outdoor spaces, particularly the entrances of Khan Bank’s branches, more than fifty FD8371EVs were installed across its network, allowing high-megapixel coverage in difficult operating environments. The FD8371EV is ideal for such solutions, able to withstand Mongolia’s extreme weather conditions and safe from any attempts at vandalism or tampering.

To add to the functionality of their system, Khan Bank uses Milestone XProtect® Enterprise, which is an easy-to-use video management software platform designed especially for large-scale and multi-site surveillance applications. It supports intuitive control of an unlimited number of cameras for monitoring live video, recording, and sharing evidence. All the video captured across multiple branches can be transmitted back to the main XProtect management and displays in the central control room. The security staff can instantaneously view events at different sites via the unified, intuitive interface, increasing bank operational efficiency and speeding the reaction time whenever events occur.

The Latest Surveillance Solution, the Simplest Installation
Finally, this rejuvenation of Khan Bank’s surveillance systems, providing the bank with a total best-of-breed security solution, was able to be achieved remarkably easily. Thanks to VIVOTEK’s efforts to provide high-tech surveillance systems which are able to be installed easily and are also simple to maintain, Khan Bank’s new surveillance system not only provides remarkable advances in coverage and reliability, it also simplifies the entire process of surveillance and footage retrieval. As a result of this upgrade, Khan Bank can now feel free to expand and grow with Mongolia, safe in the knowledge that VIVOTEK is running alongside and keeping pace.

Winsted equips state-of-the-art demonstration room at Genetec

Winsted equips state-of-the-art demonstration room at Genetec

Editor / Provider: Winsted | Updated: 5/8/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Leading control room furniture manufacturer Winsted has supplied a customised console solution at the Genetec UK Solutions Centre, located in Reading, UK. The project enables the physical IP security solutions provider to demonstrate the very latest in their unified IP security solutions in a simulated control room.

For over 15 years, Genetec has led the development of world-class IP security systems, providing unified video surveillance, access control and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) solutions in a flexible, open platform that supports hundreds of hardware and software partners around the globe.

Winsted was commissioned to provide a console that would not only provide functionality for the hi-tech demonstration area, but also fit the space available within the multi-functional room that is also used for training purposes. Julie McGill, from Winsted's Business Development team explains that the solution lay in using a Prestige Insight console. This incorporates all the benefits of Winsted's popular Sight-Line range, but packages them within a compact profile with a smaller footprint.

Attractively finished in Genetec's corporate colours with a blue work surface with coordinating white side panels, the console allows use of Winsted's Versa-Trak display mounting system for ergonomic comfort and adjustability. Combined with VESA-compliant brackets, Versa-Trak has enabled three 21in flat panel screens to be easily attached and provides horizontal and vertical adjustability for optimal viewing angles and sight lines for operators. The console also offers long-term advantages through its modular design, which allows the console to be adapted to meet changing future requirements, thereby extending its operational lifespan.

Commenting on its collaboration with Winsted Genetec's Business Development Manager for EMEA, Simon Barnes, confirmed that the company is pleased with both the standard of equipment and the service provided. “We actually assembled the console ourselves and can vouch for the quality of the components and instructions provided. Great thought and experience has clearly gone into the engineering and use of the Winsted console”.

Youngkook Electronics shows specialty for the special security sector

Youngkook Electronics shows specialty for the special security sector

Editor / Provider: Weiting Chen, a&s International | Updated: 4/30/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Youngkook Electronics, a Korean professional security company, has introduced their latest product in secutech 2015. Besides the surveillance system, Youngkook has also specialized in the security systems for special purpose including industrial, medical, and military. This year, UnRyong Seong, GM at Procurement Business Division of Young Kook Electronics, has talked about Cryogenic camera, which is specially used for oil and gas sector. The camera can submerge to the surveillance system in very low temperature ─ up to -170℃ to fit the demand for the severe enviroment. With a panoramic fisheye camera and PTZ function, it can monitor the inner wall condition. With the increasing demand for special sectors, the company has seen the prospect and has taken the innovative step for this special market.

Connected security for new tractor plant in Turkey

Connected security for new tractor plant in Turkey

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 4/22/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Türk Traktör, Turkey's leading tractor manufacturer has selected Bosch Security Systems as the supplier of an integrated and networked fire detection and evacuation solution for its new factory in Erenler. Located about 50 km from the Black Sea shoreline, the Erenler factory has been designed as a green building with an eco-friendly production and a focus on low energy and water consumption. On more than 69.000 square meters, the building complex includes modern paint shops, assembly lines and quality control laboratories. Open areas of the factory cover more than 200,000 square meters.

For its new factory, Türk Traktör needed a reliable and flexible solution for early and sensitive fire detection as well as voice evacuation. Openness for integration of third party solutions as well as high false alarm immunity were key requirements.

Local Bosch partner Bosell designed and installed an integrated solution based on Bosch's Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series and the digital public address and voice evacuation system PRAESIDEO. Four networked fire panels were installed in different parts of the building complex. They support more than 650 fire detectors including eight air aspirating smoke detectors with heavy duty filters and also integrate third party products for ex-proof environments.

The fire detection solution is tightly integrated with the evacuation system which supports multiple zones for targeted messaging and fast evacuation of areas affected by a fire. 22 amplifiers and almost 500 sound projectors, horn and ceiling loudspeakers guarantee high intelligibility throughout the factory. Critical areas are covered by ex-proof horn loudspeakers.

Based on a modular design and open connectivity standards, Bosell implemented an integrated security system that will easily be able to grow with Türk Traktör's new production site. Due to its openness it does also integrate with mechanical components such as air handling and exhaust systems. The use of sophisticated detection technologies resulted in a security system which is highly immune against costly false alarms. The entire solution is EN54 certified.

Bosch delivers networked security solution for award winning shopping center in Turkey

Bosch delivers networked security solution for award winning shopping center in Turkey

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 4/21/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Bosch Security Systems was chosen as the central supplier for the security systems at Marmara Park Shopping Center in Istanbul, one of the largest of its kind in Turkey. The shopping center is completely designed in a galaxy-theme. Space-related lighting, planet models and a theme park for visitors form the individual identity of the shopping center. The networked and integrated security solution from Bosch comprises fire and voice evacuation systems, video surveillance, access control, and intrusion detection. All of these systems are centrally managed and operated via Bosch's Building Integration System.

With a total floor space of 100,000 square meters, 250 individual shops and restaurants, a hypermarket, a cinema complex and parking for 4,000 cars, Marmara Park serves approximately 40,000 customers per day. More than 2,400 jobs were created within the shopping center developed by ECE Türkiye. In 2013 it was awarded the MIPIM award in the shopping center category, one of the world's most prestigious awards in real estate development.

To enable the highest security level for customers, employees and suppliers of Marmara Park, local Bosch partner Entegre designed a highly modular and scalable security system that meets all the standards as set in norm EN54. The Bosch fire alarm system consists of four networked Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series with 59 loops supporting more than 5,000 fire detectors. It is tightly integrated with the Bosch PRAESIDEO voice evacuation system which can also be used for announcements and background music in normal operations. This system with 64 amplifiers supports 140 independent zones, allowing targeted messaging in case of an evacuation.

Video surveillance of the entire premises has been realized using almost 300 cameras and 18 digital video recorders. In addition, Entegre installed a comprehensive access control system for non-public areas within the centre as well as the addressable intrusion detection system Modular Alarm Platform MAP 5000 from Bosch with more than 1,000 detectors. This allows the operator to exactly locate every alarm in real time, enabling fast response to any incident. The same holds true for the panic buttons which have been installed in all of the shops.

Being a tightly integrated solution, the entire security system can be configured and operated very efficiently from one central location or distributed consoles. The open architecture makes it highly scalable and adaptable to future additions or changing requirements.

The most comprehensive PoE and transmission solution suppliers only at Secutech

The most comprehensive PoE and transmission solution suppliers only at Secutech

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Secutech | Updated: 4/22/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Transmission is the glue that binds security systems together. Among major types of transmission solutions, PoE (Power over Ethernet) has dominated the market of transmission for some good reasons, thanks to its ability to power devices and transit data via single Ethernet cable. Hence, network and other transmission are featured as one of 2015 themed highlights. Let's take a look at the advantages come along with PoE and transmission solution providers in Secutech.

First, PoE simplifies the installation process since only one cable is needed. Second, it saves spaces and labour costs required for transmission infrastructure. In addition to the ease of installation, PoE also provides safety benefits due to the low voltage in power supply. Lastly, its simplicity brings stability to the system.

To know more about PoE technology and other transmission solutions, be sure to visit Secutech's dedicated transmission zone with a number of leading providers such as Cerio, CTC Union, Etherwan, Lantech, Optical, Yoda, and many more!

Axis strengthens its network video solution offering for small systems

Axis strengthens its network video solution offering for small systems

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 4/10/2015 | Article type: Security 50

With the continued growth of video surveillance in the SMB market, new solutions that expand storage capacity and flexibility and enhance ease of use for this segment are needed. To meet the cost, installation and maintenance requirements for SMBs, Axis has strengthened its offering specifically for small systems. For efficient storage of video, AXIS Surveillance microSDXC Card 64GB is a reliable high performance edge storage solution. The launch of AXIS Camera Companion 3 will introduce Axis Secure Remote Access, which improves ease of installation by removing the need of manual port forwarding and router configuration.

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, strengthens its offering for small systems with the launch of AXIS Surveillance microSDXC Card 64GB, a memory card optimized for surveillance applications, and AXIS Camera Companion 3, a major upgrade of the multiple award-winning surveillance solution for small systems. “The penetration of AXIS Camera Companion in small businesses shows that users really appreciate the simplicity, ease-of-installation and freedom of use that it offers. This new version further streamlines the installation process and provides even more flexibility for small security systems,” says Peter Friberg, Axis' Director Solution Management.

For optimal storage of video content, the new AXIS Surveillance microSDXC Card 64GB combines the market and technology know-how from SanDisk, a global leader in flash storage, with the extensive security system expertise of Axis. “Working with Axis, a market leader in network video, we have gained unique insight into the needs and requirements of surveillance applications, thus allowing us to optimize our products for this use,” says Oded Sagee, senior director and general manager of Connected and Computing Solutions at SanDisk. “Our vertically integrated approach and expertise in flash memory enables us to architect our industrial grade storage solutions to provide the reliability needed to offer trusted performance that's absolutely critical for the security and surveillance markets.” Reliable high performance edge storage is specifically useful in 1-4 channel AXIS Camera Companion systems, offering de-centralized video recording and eliminating the cost and the risk with centralized solutions. The AXIS Surveillance microSDXC Card 64GB is delivered with a SD™ card adapter and supported by Axis 3-year warranty.

AXIS Camera Companion software turns Axis cameras into a surveillance solution that typically comprises of
1-4 cameras and supports up to 16 channels.
The new version, AXIS Camera Companion 3, introduces Axis Secure Remote Access, which removes the need of manual port forwarding and router configuration, thus enabling an easy to setup, encrypted communication between cameras
and smartphone or PC clients.

“With Axis Secure Remote Access it is evident that security has been taken into consideration from the start,” says Jonas Magazinius, security consultant at Assured AB.

In addition, AXIS Camera Companion 3 offers an updated user interface with several performance improvements, such as instant camera switching in live view for enhanced user experience and sharper client de-warping for better image usability of overview cameras with 360 views. “The combination of AXIS Camera Companion 3, the new AXIS Surveillance microSDXC Card 64GB and the recently announced Axis' Zipstream technology for reduced bandwidth and storage needs futher aligns our solutions to meet the unique needs of the small systems market,” added Peter Friberg.

The new AXIS Surveillance microSDXC Card 64GB will be available through Axis sales channels during Q2 2015.

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