French shopping mall unifies security management

French shopping mall unifies security management

The largest shopping mall in Northwestern France, the Atlantis shopping mall in Saint-Herblain near Nantes, upgraded its stand-alone security systems for video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection to a centrally managed integrated IP-based security system during a major reconstruction between 2010 and 2012. To ensure smooth integration and reliable interoperability, the entire technology should come from a single vendor and be installed by experienced local partners with extensive knowledge of the chosen products. Bosch Security Systems teamed up with system integrator ISO Security and AMR Services to design a customized integrated security solution that comprises of 125 new HD cameras, Bosch VMS, 80 access control readers and intrusion alarm system with about 1,300 detection points that are integrated into Bosch's building integration system for the 10.62-acre (43,000 square meters) shopping mall.

Originally built in late 1980s, the mall has undergone a major reconstruction and enlargement between 2010 and 2012. The mall management decided to take this opportunity to also upgrade their security systems. Rather than the existing stand-alone systems for video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection they wanted to install an integrated security solution based on the IP protocol and centrally managed via a single console and user interface.

ISO and AMR have been long-time partners of Bosch, thus guaranteeing the required expertise. Also, ISO Security had already been supplying video solutions to the Atlantis mall since 2008, including PTZ dome and fixed domes, managed by the VMS. The scope of the new project was to replace existing intrusion detection and access control solutions with IP-based technology, extend video surveillance through installation of 125 new HD cameras and at the same time integrate all technologies into one consistent security solution. It should also lay the foundation for an integrated building management system, comprising security systems as well as public address, heating and air conditioning and control of electricity and water.

During the bidding process, an integrated team of all three companies designed an integrated security system that finally convinced the mall management. But the decision was not only based on the design and the capabilities of the solution itself. It was also heavily influenced by the fact that, with AMR and ISO, the Atlantis mall could rely on very comprehensive expertise on the installer level. The solution was first presented in November 2011, followed by a working demo in February 2012. The installation was then completed by the end of that year.

The intrusion alarm system is a scalable solution for medium-to-large applications. It can connect up to eight sLSN modules with up to 127 sensors or inputs/outputs each for maximum security and flexibility. All programming of the sensors and modules connected to the LSN loop is stored in the panel, avoiding the need to reprogram in case a sensor or module needs to be replaced. The data bus can also be used to connect up to 32 keypads with a maximum of 1,000 users.

In the Atlantis mall, VMS manages cameras throughout the entire mall including public areas as well as individual stores and parking areas. Access control is implemented by means of AMC2 modular controllers and AMC readers. Each controller can control a group of one to eight access points. At Atlantis, AMC controllers and readers protect all restricted areas of the mall from unauthorized access. All the individual solutions support communications via the IP protocol, making it easy to integrate them using the BIS. BIS allows one single operator to manage and configure all the different security systems of the Atlantis mall from one central console with a unified and intuitive user interface.

All security components are integrated and centrally managed via Bosch's building integration system. This is a modular security and safety management system which can be customized to suit users specific needs. Individual modules integrate subsystems such as video surveillance, intrusion alarm, access control, and fire alarm, allowing customers to reduce costs by licensing only what they really need while offering an easy upgrade path, should requirements change in the future. So while the BIS at Atlantis mall is configured to integrate and manage access control, intrusion detection and video surveillance today, it will also allow to integrate other building technologies in the future.

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