Mirasys Surveillance Helps UK Monks Combat Theft and Vandalism

Buckfast Abbey, one of the U.K.'s most famous monasteries, deployed a Mirasys  surveillance system. The Abbey selected Mirasys software for a flexible, easy-to-manage and reliable security system to ensure that its shops, restaurant and conference areas are constantly monitored and protected from theft and vandalism.

Each day, Buckfast Abbey welcomes the public to visit its grounds, totaling more than 20 acres, for both leisure and business. Due to the sheer size of the site, however, security is an issue. After experiencing a series of thefts and vandalism, the Abbey sought to upgrade its analog surveillance system to a networked system for improved crime detection as well as system reliability, performance and simplicity.

"We chose the Mirasys as it offered the best transition from analog to digital and was the most cost-effective and easy to use system on the market," said Leigh Searle, IT Manager at Buckfast Abbey. "Prior to the installation, we operated five separate analog surveillance cameras into single server units across various departments on the site. With Mirasys, we now have a central management and storage system and have been able to maintain some of our analog cameras by converting them to digital with the Axis media converter. The flexibility of the Mirasys solution further allowed us to integrate new network cameras from various vendors, saving costs whilst giving us a system that was specific to our needs."

For additional security on criminal incidents, LPR from Mirasys was incorporated into the Abbey's surveillance system. Now, a motion sensor triggers license plate image capture whenever cars enter through the service and main entrances. The central server makes access to such footage faster and easier than before, dramatically improving incident response-time and helping police investigations.

The Mirasys server, which supports a variety of cameras at Buckfast Abbey, allows for digital images to be recorded from the Abbey's existing analog cameras and new network cameras, integrated within the Mirasys solution. Mirasys provides the option of introducing further high resolution network cameras in the future when the IP network infrastructure is complete.

Among the key features of the Mirasys video recording server built at Buckfast Abbey are continuous, motion-based and event recording. Footage can be searched from up to eight channels simultaneously to include time and date, specified events, motion and activity. Media can be exported to CD/DVD with one-click media clip and data watermarking, and media clip authentication with the Mirasys Media Player is also included.

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