UK Accounting Firm Counts on Mobotix Panoramic Cameras

Mobotix , a manufacturer of digital and network-based video security systems, installed its surveillance solution which is helping to protect and improve access for staff and clients at Pinfields, a highly-respected Midlands-based accountancy practice.

Based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Pinfields has a long established background offering high quality financial advice to small and medium enterprises since 1938. Due to their continuing growth, in Aug. 2009 Pinfields moved into new built offices covering 5,500 square feet over three floors. With a move to bigger premises, the firm decided to improve its security monitoring and access control requirements and approached Ecl-ips, a local business who specializes in monitoring and surveillance using IP technology.

After surveying the building and discussing the exact requirements with the client, Aaron Kernaghan, MD of Ecl-ips, recommended a solution that combined the Mobotix network cameras and a door entry and access control system from Access Control Technology (ACT).

Due to Mobotix's innovative hemispheric camera, Ecl-ips only had to install one camera in the office building. Thanks to the 360-degree all-round view, the camera is able to capture an entire room. With a panorama function and a quad view, the camera can show images from four different angles simultaneously.

The other Mobotix camera was situated at the front of the building to provide external surveillance of the premises. As with the technology, all of the cameras are high resolution which stores images that are more revealing and provide evidence than other formats.

Mobotix cameras record approximately 30 times more detail than 95 percent of all existing video systems worldwide. In virtually all applications, one camera can replace several standard surveillance systems because Mobotix technology offers four times more coverage. Ecl-ips also installed a network attached storage device which is capable of recording and storing up to 28 days footage from the cameras.

Retrieval of these images is made simple by the utilization of the licensed video management software that has been set up and deployed on several client PCs within the business.

The ACT access control system recommended by Ecl-ips has exceeded the expectations of Nick Pinfield and his team. Ecl-ips fitted a door access controller which allows the staff to gain access to the building via a key fob. This also records the exact time that they enter and leave the building, and by doing so provides the restricted access that was requested and delivers a time and attendance system.

With the use of the integrated system which combines door entry with audio video over IP, visitors to the Pinfields office simply press the door entry panel, which includes a camera, and from any PC in the business that has the client software installed they can view who is at the door and speak to them over the phone system before allowing them access to the building.

"The system recommended and installed by Ecl-ips has exceeded my expectations. The quality of the images is superb and we can even zoom in and out of the recorded images as and when we need to. I have found the system easy and intuitive to use," said Nick Pinfield, a partner at Pinfields. "The access control has enabled us to be able to monitor and control our front door when reception is not attended. The time and attendance system is also very simple but highly effective and has fulfilled all of my requirements. This has also increased our productivity."

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