As the business owner and managing director of Ecl-ips, a CCTV installer, Aaron Kernaghan, has experience of the needs of CCTV operators, installers and those employed to maintain the system. This understanding has led to the development of a new product that will help to ensure CCTV systems are managed more effectively. CCTV Logbook will give users a tool to have all the information about their CCTV system at their fingertips. There is an easy-to use-interface allowing users to log the camera information initially and update it overtime. Additional compliance feature The additional compliance feature takes you through the steps to help you become compliant with data protection The online portal will be a useful product for a range of people within an organisation that need to understand the CCTV system and the IT network it connects to. This includes small and medium-sized business owners, heads of security, IT managers and HR managers. Meanwhile, the additional compliance feature takes the user through a series of steps to help become compliant in respect of data protection and GDPR in relation to CCTV which should mean this is also a relevant tool for data controllers and compliance managers. CCTV logbook If there are existing cameras, CCTV Logbook provides an easy process to add those cameras in and ensures you are aware of the other devices and IT infrastructure that they are attached to and so supports the smooth running of the CCTV system. These include servers, sensors, switches and UPS devices. CCTV logbook will ensure that for each camera, and the other devices, the user will be able to see the location on their site, details such as the manufacturer, model and serial number and their date of installation and when the appliance will need to be reviewed. Ease-of-access Staff who are responsible for day-to-day administration can easily access the information they need Users will be able to access appliance manuals; maintenance check review dates to ensure that image quality will not be compromised by dirty cameras and records of previous work carried out and by whom which will be on the work log for each camera. It means that staff who are responsible for day-to-day administration of a business who will deal with camera installers or CCTV maintenance staff can easily access the information they need to ensure that work is completed quickly and efficiently. Aaron and colleagues will be showcasing CCTV Logbook at trade shows this year and will be talking to CCTV users and installers at these events who may have experienced similar issues to Ecl-ips. These issues include users who have very little knowledge of their CCTV system and rarely have a process in place to properly manage the system. These installers will be able to offer CCTV Logbook to their clients too. CCTV Logbook will be going live in the first quarter of 2020.
Mobotix AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of an installation of its MOBOTIX CCTV solution which is helping to protect and improve access for staff and clients at Pinfields Limited, 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 August 2009 Pinfields moved into new purpose-built offices covering 5,500 sq ft 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 which specialises in monitoring and surveillance using IP technology. 360° all-round viewAfter surveying the building and discussing the exact requirements with the client, Aaron Kernaghan, Managing Director of Ecl-ips, recommended a solution that combined the MOBOTIX IP Surveillance cameras and a door entry and access control system from Access Control Technology (ACT).Due to MOBOTIX's innovative Q24 hemispheric camera, Ecl-ips only had to install one camera in the office building. Thanks to the 360° all-round view, the Q24 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. Currently the MOBOTIX Q24 is the only product on the market that offers this functionality and reduces the number of cameras needed to provide surveillance of a room. The MOBOTIX M12 camera was situated at the front of the building to provide external surveillance of the premises. As with the Q24, all of the MOBOTIX cameras are high resolution cameras which store images that are more revealing and provide stronger evidence than other formats. MOBOTIX cameras record approximately 30 times more detail than 95% of all existing video systems worldwide. In virtually all applications, one MOBOTIX camera can replace several standard CCTV systems because MOBOTIX technology offers four times more coverage. Ecl-ips also installed a surveillance class network attached storage device which is capable of recording and storing up to 28 days of high-definition footage from the MOBOTIX cameras. Retrieval of these images is made simple by the utilisation of the license-free MOBOTIX MxControlCenter Video Management Software that has been set up and deployed on several client PCs within the business. One MOBOTIX camera can replace several standard CCTV systems because MOBOTIX technology offers four times more coverage Restricted access and time and attendance recorderThe ACT access control system recommended by Ecl-ips has exceeded the expectations of Nick Pinfield and his team. Ecl-ips fitted an ACTpro 3000 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 ACTentry V-IP 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. Nick Pinfield, a Partner at Pinfields Limited commented: "The system recommended and installed by Ecl-ips has definitely exceeded my expectations. The quality of the MOBOTIX 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 incredibly easy and intuitive to use. 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."Pinfield continued: "We have been delighted by the professionalism of Ecl-ips and the team of engineers that have worked on this project. They are a company that understand technology and in particular IP. It has definitely been money well spent."
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