Xtralis Secures UK Historic Site

Xtralis, a provider of intelligent fire detection and security solutions, announced that its remote monitoring and perimeter protection system has been chosen to help protect UK steam ship, the SS Great Britain, from the threat of vandalism, crime and other potential security breaches.

The Xtralis's design has been installed by Bristol-based Cannon Security, it consists of an integrated system of PIR detectors, cameras and a live audio speaker warning system installed on and around the vessel, with images that are recorded locally and/or transmitted to a remote monitoring station.

High-quality surveillance cameras monitor the SS Great Britain and surrounding shipyard. Each camera field of view consists of PIR device to create an invisible 'virtual fence' around the vessel. During the times when the public is allowed access to the vessel, the Xtralis system records all events, creating an archive record of the day-to-day operations of the site. After hours, the Xtralis system is armed and the 'virtual fence' is activated.

At the heart of the system is the remote monitoring system, which connects to the detectors and cameras and incorporates a series of loud speakers connected via an audio amplifier. The system is then connected via secure monitored communications link to the CMS. An intruder who passes thru the 'virtual fence' creates an alarm, which is immediately transmitted to the remote CMS. The operator can visually verify the intruder's presence and switch to a live video view of the site. Local response teams can be dispatched to the site or operators can issue a live audio warning which typically averts any intrusion. These actions take place long before the actual vessel is breached or any critical part of the site is threatened, proactively preventing loss or damage to this important historic site.

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