Digital video recorders (DVRs) Comparison: Bosch, Honeywell Security  (4)

 
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Storage Capacity GB
500
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Image per second (IPS)
25 (PAL) / 30 (NTSC)
200
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400
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H.264
MPEG-4, JPEG
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704 x 576
704 x 576
704 x 576
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1 in (RCA G.726 Compression) / 1 out (RCA)
8 in / 1 out
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Factory installed accessories

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Solution from Bosch Security protects the end of the line
Solution from Bosch Security protects the end of the line

Bosch products chosen for security at  London Southend Airport An entire portfolio of technologies from Bosch Security Systems - including the PLENA range of Public Address/Voice Alarm (PA/VA) technology - is being installed at the new Stobart Rail operated railway station at Stobart Group’s London Southend Airport to protect the safety and security of passengers and staff.   The station and airport, which was acquired by the famous transport and logistics group in 2008, features the Bosch range of Projection Speakers and Metal Cabinet Speakers to ensure effective communications with passengers, whose numbers are expected to rise to more than two million by 2020. The site is also benefitting from a surveillance system which includes the first installation of its new digital hybrid recorder (DHR).   Project Managers Birse Rail appointed DACS Rail as Electrical Engineers on the project who in turn appointed Max Electronic Systems to design and install a safety and security system that was fit for purpose today, but that could be relied upon to still be operating efficiently in the future. For that reason, Bill Anderson, Managing Director of MAX turned to Bosch: “When Stobart first purchased the site, it was obvious that security would be paramount,” he says. “This major new gateway for the South East now has a security and communications solution that is at the cutting edge and will be further upgraded as technology advances. “Bosch products are at the centre of everything we have done; the proven reliability and quality of its technology is exceptional,” he adds. The railway station has been expanded as a direct result of plans to upgrade London Southend to handle larger aircraft, and therefore more passengers, requiring the highest specification CCTV.   At the heart of the CCTV system are 20 Dinion XF Colour cameras, 15 Dinion 2xDay/Night cameras, three video interconnect portals and three LCD TFT monitors. It is also the first site in the UK to use the new DHR technology. In terms of delivering the messages and audio throughout the station, Bill opted for the flexible but entirely scalable Plena Controller which forms part of the PLENA communication family, including a remote control panel and zonal microphones.    The railway station is also covered by Bosch Speakers, with Projection speakers located upon the platforms and Cabinet speakers within the waiting areas. The Bosch 700 Series (formerly Divar XF) is a highly scalable system recorder for medium to large applications. It is a realtime 4-CIF embedded recorder, available in hybrid (analogue/IP) and IP-only versions and utilizes state-of-the-art H.264 compression to deliver bit rates that are up to 30% lower than conventional MPEG-4 based recorders.

City institution invests in integrated CCTV, DVR and access solution from Honeywell
City institution invests in integrated CCTV, DVR and access solution from Honeywell

The client: Barings Asset Management, London Barings traces its origins back to 1762 when it was established as a firm of merchants and merchant bankers.  The Baring Asset Management (Barings) operation was established in London more than 40 years ago.  Today the company is a global investment management firm with offices, clients and business lines spanning the world's major markets. The situation Barings operates two facilities in the London area.  The first, in Bishopsgate, City of London, is the company's worldwide headquarters, housing 450 staff.  Barings shares occupancy of their building, renting space across the ninth to twelfth floors.  Whilst the building has a main reception and manned guard station on the first floor, Barings manages security across its individual floors which includes operation of its own reception and security desks, access control and CCTV. The second facility is located in South London.  The facility is used as the European Data Centre and a disaster recovery office so that, in the event of a crisis at the Bishopsgate office, staff could work at this location without too much disruption.  The security system at the Data Centre needed to be easy to manage remotely whilst performing all of the required functions including continuous synchronisation with the access control system at Bishopsgate.  Barings also wanted a solution that offered proven reporting so that, in the event of a security breach, it could quickly and easily interrogate the system's history. Banks are at risk from all manner of internal, external and cyber threats, hence security and business continuity are pivotal to Barings strategy.  The solution When Barings first moved into its Bishopsgate office there was an access control solution already in place.  Whilst initially meeting the needs of the business, over time it had become unreliable and difficult to manage with costs increasing for maintenance and support, as well as frequent system downtime.  The reporting functionality was slow and ineffective, making it impossible to track history when security issues occurred. Barings took the decision to replace its outdated system and, following an extensive tender process, chose the Honeywell WIN-PAK™ access control system with PW5000 controllers and approximately 50 proximity card readers, all of which were installed by partner of choice Reliance High-Tech Ltd. For the Data Centre - Reliance demonstrated Honeywell WIN-PAK™ and the Honeywell Fusion IV Digital Video Recorder (DVR), which offer an integrated video and access control solution, enabling staff at the Bishopsgate site to monitor the Data Centre remotely.  The cameras would be linked to the graphical user interface (GUI) of the access control software so that, in the event of an alarm being triggered, the remote operator could receive instant pop-ups showing a live camera view or click to easily retrieve historic event images. Reliance High-Tech Ltd also proposed installing the Neverfail disaster recovery software that would monitor WIN-PAK™ and maintain a replica of the application environment as a back-up in the event of a problem.  This meant that the Access database running at the Bishopsgate site would be continually replicated on a server at the Data Centre, ensuring full service continuity.  This was a critical consideration in Barings' Enterprise Continuity Planning (ECP) requirements. Implementation of the new system, including ten readers, one Fusion DVR and a number of cameras, was carried out during working hours without any disruption to staff and no impact on business security.  The system runs on a VLAN within Barings's own IT network with a fibre backbone to the Data Centre supporting the Neverfail back-up.  "The installation went very smoothly and I doubt staff even noticed" added Dave Matthews, Security Manager at Barings. The integrated networked solution enables security staff to visually confirm the identity of visitors as images from the CCTV cameras can be instantly compared with access card photo-id pop-ups   The benefits As a financial institution, Barings is accountable not only to its customers and shareholders but also to the Financial Services Authority (FSA).  The latter has stringent legal requirements with which companies such as Barings must comply, covering all manner of areas from accounting to disaster recovery.  The new access control and video system supports Barings' ECP disaster recovery planning. Dave Matthews, Security Manager at Barings, says: "Barings has always taken a pro-active approach to IT, recognising that new technology can provide a real competitive advantage in this market.  We could immediately see the advantages that the Honeywell system offered including the search and reporting functionality, the database back-up and being the sole supplier for both CCTV and Access". On a day-to-day basis the system is proving easy to manage.  As well as handling the main office systems, security staff based at Bishopsgate are able to monitor activity at the Data Centre, responding to alarms remotely.  The integrated networked solution enables them to visually confirm the identity of visitors to the site as images from the CCTV cameras can be instantly compared with access card photo-id pop-ups within the WIN-PAK™ software. Reporting is straightforward and when searching through history, both access control and CCTV logs can be quickly and simply accessed.  The system has already proved its value; following a recent incident, Barings was able to provide police with CCTV evidence which helped police to detain an individual at other premises in the City. Barings is confident that, as its requirements change over time, the Honeywell system will be able to accommodate these changes.  In fact, Barings is so impressed with the security system that it has now asked Reliance High-Tech Ltd to upgrade the Bishopsgate site to include Honeywell Fusion DVRs, to gain the full benefits of access control and CCTV integration across its entire operation. Partner of choice Reliance High-Tech Ltd specialises in the provision of fully integrated electronic security solutions, closed circuit television surveillance (CCTV) and access control systems.  The company offers a comprehensive range of services, based on cutting-edge technology, for the commercial, industrial and public sectors. Reliance High-Tech Ltd is a NSI Gold certificated company, complying with ISO 9001:2000 requirements for the installation and maintenance of CCTV, access control and intruder alarm systems.  It is proud to have received accolades for the quality of work including ‘Best Integrated Security Solution' awarded at the 2005 industry Security Excellence awards.

Honeywell and BPS provide comprehensive security at Ulster Hospital
Honeywell and BPS provide comprehensive security at Ulster Hospital

Built in 1962 and located in East Belfast, the Ulster Hospital, with a staff of around 3,500, provides acute services to a population of over 260,000.  In 2001, the Accident and Emergency (A&E) services, that had originally planned to care for 25,000 patients a year, were dealing with over 70,000. The hospital, also a designated Cancer Unit, was in need of more outpatient facilities, including Imaging Services.The maternity and theatre blocks required a thorough update to bring them up to 21st century care standards.  All these factors created a requirement for a major redevelopment plan which was to span over seven years, with a budget of £98 million.The situationPrior to 2001 when the plans for the hospital redevelopment were announced, the hospital was operating a minimal security system from a temporary room within the hospital building. It consisted of CCTV coverage limited to some areas of the main building and to the main front car parks. The security installations from various manufacturers were reaching the end of their life expectancy. The new hospital would have some of its infrastructure refurbished, whilst a range of new facilities would be built including a Maternity Unit, a Renal Unit, a terraced car park, a specialist Security Control Centre and a Critical Care Centre as part of the first phase. From the start, the Trust management team was determined that the new facilities would meet the latest safety and security standards to protect staff, patients, visitors and assets. To find the security solution that would suit their needs, the Trust undertook a tender process lasting two and a half years to select a preferred supplier, not only for the first part of the project, but for the redevelopment as a whole.    The Trust management team was determined that the new facilities would meet the latest safety and security standardsThe solution:  The Trust chose the Fire & Security integrator Building Protection Systems Northern Ireland Ltd. (BPS) to carry out the project.  A significant factor in the choice of security integrator was BPS's comprehensive experience in the new build sector, its strong design capabilities, and involvement from the outset.  BPS has been able to assist in the design of the overall security solution as well as the installation of the system. Ricky Barker, Hotel Services Manager, responsible for security issues management, and the implementation of security systems at the Ulster Hospital comments: "The Trust sought a preferred supplier of security systems that would facilitate the standardisation of security equipment and provide integrated security solutions. BPS recommended Honeywell." The first major phase in the redevelopment included the creation of a new Renal Unit, a new Maternity Unit, and a   The Honeywell Digital Video Recording system ensures all video information is suitably stored and is easily retrievablenew mult-istorey car park for the use of both staff and visitors. It has been critical to give hospital staff and visitors full confidence to use the new facility by demonstrating the high level of investment in security to ensure their safety. In total, 52 cameras, a mixture of Honeywell fully functional domes and vandal resistant fixed domes with day/night capabilities have been installed in and around the new car park, including in the car park lifts. The Trust also required that it's old and new CCTV systems be fully integrated. It was critical that the new system could accommodate a doubling of installed cameras at completion of the modernization project. This has been achieved through the installation of a Honeywell Maxpro matrix which currently controls over 160 cameras, increasing to 320 in the future. The final building under construction as part of the first phase is the Critical Care Centre where an additional 31 cameras are due to be added. A key requirement of the Trust was round the clock monitoring of the hospital premises to guarantee a 24/7 protection of staff, patients and visitors, and the smooth operation of the car park and other essential infrastructure.  This has been achieved through a brand new and state of the art Security Control Centre, opened in February 2007. The Honeywell Digital Video Recording system ensures all evidential video information is suitably stored and is easily retrievable in the event of a security breach or a health and safety incident. Calvin Adams, director of BPS said: "After a detailed evaluation of a number of manufacturers, we chose Honeywell because of the strength of their video solutions. On such a long project, we were looking for a manufacturer who would be flexible as the project requirements developed, would ensure new products were backwards compatible so that investments weren't wasted, and whose systems could grow and develop with the site's needs.  We were looking for a manufacturer who could really provide a future proof solution for our designs. Honeywell have done just that."Benefits:Using a solution from Honeywell, the Ulster Hospital now has a state of the art security system ensuring the safety   A key requirement of the Trust was round the clock monitoring of the hospital premises  and security of staff, patients and visitors. Security in the car park, an important element of the project, has been significantly improved thanks to the deterrent effect of the CCTV system against theft and assaults. Using Honeywell HRXD Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), the Trust can retrieve evidence easily, a capability that is regularly exploited by the police in the course of their investigations into crime.  Ricky Barker comments: "Our new security system enables us to monitor aggressive behaviours in areas such as A&E, and to take pre-emptive action. Honeywell equipment is easy to use and of evidential quality, which we required to meet Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) standards relating to recognition and identification of CCTV images."