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Cost-effective municipal facility protection

Cost-effective municipal facility protection
How Ajax's wireless security system enhances protection, replacing inefficient guards and saving the municipality budget
Riga sports arena is a municipal facility maintained by the city of Riga, Latvia. Covering a total area of 21,821 square meters, the arena accommodates 2,500 spectator seats. It houses several training halls, including a large athletics arena, a training and warm-up hall, a weightlifting hall, and a sports field.

Challenge

Enhance security by replacing inefficient guards with technical equipment

Riga sports arena faced a significant security challenge, relying on two guards who worked only night shifts. Depending on just one person was insufficient to ensure the safety of the complex, given its substantial size. The guards struggled to effectively cover all areas, leaving the arena vulnerable to security risks. Moreover, the financial burden of employing guards strained the city’s budget. There was a need to enhance security while eliminating the human factor and optimizing associated costs. 

The client required a professional security system that could be implemented without extensive construction work or the need to lay a substantial number of cables throughout the building. They sought an effective and easily installable system that would enhance security without compromising the integrity of the facility.
 

Solution

Cost-effective wireless solution reinforcing security for a large municipal facility

Considering the building’s size and recent reconstruction work, the installation of a traditional wired security solution was deemed impractical. This option would have required several months to complete and additional renovation work after installation. Moreover, the presence of many oversized windows, each requiring protection with detectors, made cable-based solutions even more impractical. GRIFS AG proposed an Ajax wireless solution that can be quickly installed without damaging the walls, allowing for complete control and management of the system through a mobile app.

In total, 115 devices were installed throughout the building to ensure comprehensive security coverage. To streamline control without the need for multiple hubs, Hub 2 Plus Jeweller was selected. This hub can control up to 200 devices, managing 25 security groups with a total of 200 users. This feature aligns with the client’s requirements, given the installation of many devices and the need to manage security modes for separate premises, all in the Ajax app. For example, it allows keeping employees’ offices in armed mode while conducting training sessions in the main hall.
 

Given that the sports complex spans three floors and considering the need for the hub signal to pass through two reinforced concrete floors, the decision was made to enhance its communication range. To ensure stable communication between all 115 detectors and the hub, the ReX 2 Jeweller radio signal range extender was installed. This guarantees a reliable connection between all system components, ensuring seamless communication even in areas with challenging signal transmission conditions.
 

For comprehensive security coverage, GRIFS AG installed DoorProtect Jeweller opening detectors to oversee all doors. Additionally, MotionProtect Curtain Jeweller, with a narrow viewing angle and a maximum detection range of up to 15 meters, protects the large windows in corridors and sports halls. The challenge with large windows was that glass break detectors may be positioned far away from the hit spot, making it difficult to detect glass breakage. However, MotionProtect Curtain Jeweller, equipped with PIR sensors, instantly reacts to movement within its detection zone along the whole length of a window. Notably, the detector catches movement only if a person enters its field of view, allowing for protection even when a cleaner is working nearby, or a staff member is walking around. In addition, MotionProtect Jeweller detectors were installed throughout all entrance groups, major corridors, and stairwells to promptly notify the owner and the security company in case of any detected motion.

To facilitate arming and disarming of the security system for numerous employees in the sports complex, a wireless touch KeyPad Jeweller was installed. By entering a code, the device can activate the full security mode and automatically blocks itself if an incorrect code is entered multiple times. KeyPad Jeweller supports up to 99 codes, each corresponding to a separate user, making it suitable for enterprises with many employees.

For rapid security response, the wireless alarm Button Jeweller was installed, enabling quick notification of the security company in case of intrusion.

Furthermore, multiple HomeSiren Jeweller devices were installed indoors throughout the building to provide audible warnings in case of danger or deter potential intruders. These sirens emit loud sounds up to 105 dB to prominently signal a breach, effectively preventing unauthorized individuals and enhancing overall security.

The arena management plans to automate evacuation doors using the Relay Jeweller system soon, enhancing safety and security by allowing remote door opening during emergencies.

Why Ajax

Cost-saving security solution. Customers can experience significant savings by opting for Ajax. The costs of the Ajax system installation were approximately equal to the expenses for security guards’ salaries per year. However, starting from the second year, the Municipality of Riga can achieve significant savings by paying only a low monthly fee for monitoring.

Easily scalable future-proof system. With Ajax, the security system is easily scalable, allowing for future expansion and the implementation of additional functionality as needed. For instance, Hub 2 Plus Jeweller, already installed, supports the addition of up to 200 detectors, including MotionCam Jeweller detectors for photo verification of alarms, without requiring any system reorganization. This enables seamless integration for enhanced security measures, ensuring the system can adapt and grow with changing security requirements and evolving customer needs.

Effortless wireless installation. Ajax offers a wireless solution, eliminating the need to lay cables in walls or undergo extensive repairs. This allows for quick and efficient installation without the limitations of wired infrastructure. After implementing the Ajax security system at the sports arena, the center’s management noted its convenience and decided to install Ajax in their homes.


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