Cortech Developments is pleased to announce the integration of its Datalog Integrated Security Management Software with the Advanced Analytics Video platform from DAVANTIS, a specialist in video analytics for perimeter security. The seamless integration between Datalog and DAVANTIS provides end users with a means to reduce operator reaction times and increase overall situational awareness. Allowing consistent and timely response to different alarm triggers such as intruders, vehicle entry/exits, tampering and loitering to be managed seamlessly. The integration provides comprehensive information about security alerts in minimal clicks. Operators are provided with both alarm descriptions and visual data; it presents users with access to video from the camera with trace data (and any other associated cameras) that activated the alarm resulting in real-time analysis of the alarm trigger. Datalog provides quick and effective real time monitoring and control of events Local and remote site monitoring Datalog is a modular software suite that operates as a single or multi-user graphical user interface, providing local and remote site monitoring and control of building, fire, security and energy systems. The software provides smarter interoperability for multiple technologies across multiple sites; assisting organisations to reduce risk and costs, while maximising situation awareness and operational efficiency. Datalog provides quick and effective real time monitoring and control of events. System warnings, events and alarms are all clearly identified, prioritised, graphically located and visually verified with automatic CCTV video to enable a more efficient and accountable response. Innovation within perimeter detection The partnership will infuse both products with exciting new capabilities for Perimeter Intrusion Detection"Jason Blundell, Head of Sales & Marketing for Cortech Developments commenting on the integration said “We are delighted to welcome DAVANTIS into our portfolio of integration partners; we are looking forward to working together and providing innovation within perimeter detection. The partnership between DAVANTIS and Cortech demonstrates our on-going commitment to offer users flexibility and the widest choice, when selecting an integrated software platform.” Aaron Plant - Regional Sales Manager for DAVANTIS - UK and Nordics comments, “DAVANTIS are delighted to be in partnership with Cortech Developments, with integration into the DATALOG PSIM product. The partnership will infuse both products with exciting new capabilities for Perimeter Intrusion Detection, backed by CPNI Level 3 approval. “The combined solution delivers high performance, high reliability perimeter alarms via DATALOG to enable fast, efficient verification of real-time intrusions in a very simple and informative dialogue within DATALOG.”
QSG integrated antennae, radio and lightning protection into compact radio units Across the UK, ANPR cameras provide the police with critical data for crime prevention and prosecution. Retrieving this data quickly, securely and cost-effectively - from fleets that often stretch across whole counties - is a challenge many forces face. At Cleveland Police the response to this challenge seemed obvious. The Force explored technical options and specified a solution that would involve going wireless with their ANPR camera fleet. Unlike other areas, where the requirement to have a direct line of sight between wireless units and base stations can be prohibitive, Cleveland as a policing area is ideally suited to establishing wireless networks. With all operational specifications decided, Cleveland Police were now (towards the end of 2012) looking for an integration partner who could deliver the solution as well as the savings, and had the certification and experience to work on this security-critical and sensitive project. Exploiting “freebie” frequency bands The winning solution, designed by Quadrant Security Group (QSG) in partnership with UK Broadband, achieved annual savings of £60k and proved once more that the devil is in the detail. Aaron Plant at QSG said: “The traditional approach would have been to put in a broadband line for each camera, but that comes with recurring costs for the fixed line rental, which can be quite high over time. We know from our everyday engagement with police forces, that they prefer capital investment over recurring costs, so finding a solution that wouldn’t incur ongoing charges was very much on our radar.” "The equipment was tested at Cleveland Police and we trained their staff on how to deploy it" In close co-operation with technology partner UK Broadband, QSG presented a unique solution that made use of special proprietary equipment to use wireless technology. Not only did Cleveland Police save on line rental, it would not incur any ongoing cost for the solution. Plug & play radio units In total, 22 base stations were delivered along with 30 radio units to attach to the cameras. The problem: in order to protect camera locations, the equipment had to be deployed fast, securely and covertly – and not by QSG engineers but by the force itself. That meant equipment couldn’t be clunky or delicate. To make the deployment as swift as possible, QSG integrated antennae, radio and lightning protection into compact radio units, equipped with specially designed bracketry for fast and easy installation. Due to remote locations and fairly uncontrolled environments of the equipment in situ, QSG and the experts from UK Broadband also delivered the necessary network hardening, protecting units and all connections against intrusion. Chris Cope from UK Broadband said: “The equipment was tested at Cleveland Police and we trained their staff on how to deploy it. We also had to do some fine-tuning on the configuration to make best use of the very limited spectrum available.” Real-life conditions proved to be different from lab conditions, when the units in the field exhibited some performance issues. Chris Cope: “Some early deployments were in close proximity to some of the mobile carriers’ equipment and were getting errors. After analysing the issues, we quickly installed some band pass filters to eradicate the problem. Just another example of how it’s sometimes necessary to field-test the solution to adapt it perfectly to a challenging habitat.” The Head of Technical Surveillance for Cleveland Police summarised the project: “QSG and UK Broadband came to us with a relatively unique package. It allowed us to grasp an opportunity for cost savings while enabling us to put in a highly sophisticated infrastructure that supports the Force in its work every day. It was an innovative idea that reflects our ethos as an organisation, but it is also testament to the expert knowledge from QSG and UK Broadband which made it all happen.” The tender process for the project began towards the end of 2012 and the solution went live in August 2013.
David will be orchestrating stakeholder engagement and developing relationships with new and existing Quadrant Security’s clients David Brierley has been appointed by Quadrant Security Group Ltd (QSG) as Client Relationship Manager for its Blue Light sector. Since starting his career in the security industry with Sensormatic in the early 90s, David has amassed more than 20 years’ CCTV and integrated security experience, most recently working with the Thomson Group. Having been involved in a number of integrated security projects for the courts service, David is no stranger to technical requirements of custody suites and complex access control systems. Speaking about his new role at QSG, part of Synectics plc, David said: “I’m delighted to have joined such a professional and technically astute team. The Blue Light sector demands a unique range of competences and I’m looking forward to working with our clients with their security and compliance requirements.” Aaron Plant, Sector Lead for QSG’s Blue Light team commented: “We work with police forces across the country – combining our wider experience of security system integration and management, with the specialist demands of emergency services. David has clocked-up an impressive client portfolio throughout his career and is taking on a pivotal role here at QSG. He’ll be orchestrating stakeholder engagement and developing relationships with new and existing clients.”
QSG used the BCDVideo equipment for an estate security solution as part of a larger project for a UK police force Quadrant Security Group Ltd (QSG) has become the first integrator in the UK to use equipment from BCDVideo, the US-based manufacturer of purpose-built Internet Protocol (IP) video recording servers. The highly resilient equipment was used for an estate security solution as part of a larger project for a UK police force, where a high quality and resilient solution was needed which adhered to clear budget constraints. The chosen BCDVideo NVR is an open platform solution and certified for the video management system used by the force. This allowed the team at QSG to integrate the Nova Series 1U rack-mounted NVR with 12TB storage seamlessly into the existing Milestone Corporate platform. Jeff Burgess, CEO at BCDVideo, said: “It’s great to be recognised by a UK integrator as renowned as QSG – we value acceptance from the integrator community in the UK. It’s a highly sophisticated market with plenty of great domestic equipment manufacturers and we’re looking forward to continuing our growth in this important marketplace.” Aaron Plant, Sector Lead - Blue Light at QSG, said: “BCDVideo is a highly regarded manufacturer in the US with a wide range of quality products. We’ve been particularly impressed with the “entry-level” end of their offering, where their small, neat yet resilient NVRs are the perfect addition to our equipment toolbox. It was the perfect piece of kit for our recent perimeter project with a police force. It enabled us to install a highly reliable, quality solution that wasn’t over-engineered for the purpose and that allows the client to make the transition from their ageing, existing analogue camera estate to new IP cameras over time.”