AMG, the ISO 9001:2015 approved UK manufacturer and global provider of environmentally robust fibre, analogue, IP/Ethernet, wireless & hybrid communication transmission solutions, has expanded its depth of customer support, by appointing Amanda Cowell as Sales & Technical Support Engineer. IP networking and hybrid systems Supporting AMG’s Sales and Technical Support Manager, Ian Creary, Amanda’s new role will be to provide pre and post-sales technical support. Previously a network engineer with responsibilities ranging from on-site installations to maintenance, Amanda has worked on projects in the UK, including TfL, and oversees in Europe, and the USA. “I am really excited to be starting with AMG and I’m looking forward to taking on the challenges that are to come,” says Amanda, adding “My objective is to bring some fresh ideas and provide technical support for the entire AMG family.” CCTV surveillance and technical support expert “We are delighted to welcome Amanda to the technical team at AMG Systems,” said Ian Creary, AMG’s Sales and Technical Support Manager. He adds, “Amanda’s networking qualifications, certification and experience, combined with the CCTV experience gained in her previous role, will prove invaluable in providing pre and post-sales technical support for our internal sales team, and valued customer base. In the short time Amanda has been with AMG, she has demonstrated the commitment and attributes required to become a valued key member of our team.”
AMG Systems is proud to announce that it has partnered with Juniper Networks, a provider of automated, scalable and secure networks, to offer its clients a single-source, enterprise-level, total networking solution. Customers will now be able to take advantage of both AMG’s specialised edge of network transmission systems for video security and other devices and Juniper’s core Layer 3 backbone networks, all provided by a single-source supplier. AMG Systems is the only UK-based IP and Ethernet switch product manufacturer and solution provider. Aiming to create simplicity through engineering, Juniper works to solve the world’s most difficult problems in network technology. Enhanced customer support Utilising a single supplier for an end-to-end networking solution can lower risk for usersThe new partnership means that AMG Systems will become an authorised reseller of Juniper Networks solutions through added value EMEA distributor, Nuvias. AMG Sales and Technical Support Manager, Ian Creary, says this will provide enormous benefit to customers. “They’ll receive even greater support with system design and product specification from AMG,” he says. “We have a reputation for providing the highest quality service and support, and that will only be enhanced now that our offering has expanded to include this full network provision capability.” AMG Business Development Director, Sara Fisher, says utilising a single supplier for an end-to-end networking solution can lower risk for users. “They have the peace of mind that only comes when both aspects of a network are designed and implemented together,” she says. Software-defined networking solutions The partnership between Juniper and AMG is significant and exciting because it offers users the very best of both worlds"“There’s no danger that the core network and the specialist edge network will be working at cross-purposes because they both come from the same reliable source. The partnership between Juniper and AMG is significant and exciting because it offers users the very best of both worlds, but with a single point of contact.” Rob Neal, Area Partner Director, UK and Ireland at Juniper Networks, says with video security and related smart devices as one of the IoT use cases, these systems can provide peace of mind and protection for people, assets and infrastructure. “Implementing and integrating these systems into an existing network can be complex, and means overcoming new infrastructure, security, and innovation challenges,” Neal says. “Juniper is ready to help with software-defined networking solutions that address and simplify the tasks that could otherwise derail big IoT projects.”
At IFSEC International 2018 in London, AMG Systems is taking part in the Cortech Open Innovation Event – a free, CPD-accredited seminar and demonstration for security end users, consultants and main contractors. COIE is designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to see the latest advances in building, fire and security control technology and discover how smarter interoperability between these systems can reduce cost and risk, improve operational efficiency and provide greater situation awareness. AMG Systems will be on hand with a host of other manufacturers as part of a live software and hardware demonstration that focuses on the challenges faced by modern day control room environments, including intrusions, unauthorised access, fire detection, nuisance alarms and building energy efficiency. AMG Sales and Technical Support Manager, Ian Creary said COIE aims to challenge us all to think about the way we manage infrastructures and buildings with a view to safety, security, interoperability and sustainability. AMG will offer visitors some valuable insights into the way networking and transmission of video and data can be best optimised" Cortech Open Innovation Event “AMG Systems is delighted to be involved with the Cortech Open Innovation Event,” he said. “During IFSEC International 2018, we will be talking to attendees about a number of AMG products and service offerings, including our 90W and 60W Industrial PoE options, our Multi Service Ethernet Switch range, our free of charge system design support, and our 10GB managed Ethernet switch, which brings the power and convenience of high performance Ethernet networking to business of all sizes. AMG will offer visitors some valuable insights into the way that the networking and transmission of video and data can be best optimised for their operational needs.” COIE attendees can expect benefits including: Being educated, informed and better equipped to manage evolving building needs Keeping abreast of the latest advancements in security, fire and building control technology in the marketplace Discovering new opportunities for sustainable cost reduction Learning how to implement effective holistic business solutions Discovering how to become more sustainable and reduce energy consumption AMG is participating in two sessions on Tuesday June 19th, and a further session on Thursday June 21st. COIE takes place during IFSEC International 2018 at London ExCel, in South Gallery Room 28. The COIE sessions are free to attend but prospective attendees need to pre-register as places are limited.
Technological acceleration in the 21st century means that CCTV cameras are becoming increasingly powerful and feature-rich. These advances allow the capture of higher quality, crisp and clear images in circumstances traditionally unkind to video surveillance: extremes of temperature and precipitation, harsh sunlight, dark interiors and remote locations. But with this increased functionality comes increased demand for power – and in many cases it’s not feasible to run dedicated power cables or use additional sources to provide that extra power. This is why AMG Systems has introduced the newest member of its Industrial Ethernet switch family: models able to deliver 90W of power over Ethernet cabling. Benefits of Power over Ethernet (PoE) Power over Ethernet, or PoE, is the ability to pass both power and data over twisted pair Ethernet cabling. The benefits for CCTV systems are clear, as not only can the Ethernet cables send video, power and additional data to networked cameras, they also help with: Costs – PoE eliminates the costs of hiring electrical installers Simple, rapid deployment – Just plug Ethernet cabling into compatible equipment for required functionality Flexibility – Powered devices are able to be deployed at almost any location with an Ethernet presentation, without the need for additional power supplies Safety – The relatively low voltage of Ethernet means it presents a low risk of electrical hazards Scalability – PoE makes it simple to add equipment to a network AMG’s new products are able to offer 60W and 90W of PoE to help provide simple and effective installation for surveillance systems with the most demanding of power requirementsDelivering twice the amount of power supply The most common standards for Power over Ethernet deliver 15W (802.1af - PoE) or 30W (802.1at - PoE+). But AMG’s new products are able to offer 60W and 90W of PoE to help provide simple and effective installation for surveillance systems with the most demanding of power requirements. AMG Sales and Technical Support Manager Ian Creary says AMG’s new media converter and switch range, delivering up to 90W per port, enables enhanced deployment options for next-generation high powered surveillance products. Monitoring of motorways “We’re seeing more and more examples of camera deployments where the additional power our 90W PoE option presents can be really useful,” he says. “In many cases these are fully functional pan-tilt-zoom cameras with in-built illuminators for low-light operation, heaters to prevent condensation issues, wipers for use in wet environments – this sort of functionality is now more the norm rather than the exception. The switches have all been designed to deliver high performance even in temperatures ranging from minus 40 deg C to 75 deg C" “For example, we can see the way that 90W PoE switches provide benefits for the monitoring of motorways. Those cameras operate at all hours, so can require illumination and heaters, as well as PTZ capabilities, and wipers to deal with the water thrown up off the road by traffic. “Our full portfolio now includes 15W, 30W, 60W and 90W managed, unmanaged and semi-managed industrial Ethernet Media Converters and Switches. The result is the widest variety of options for even the most complex and demanding of applications. And the switches have all been designed to deliver high performance even in the harshest of environments, operating in temperatures ranging from minus 40 deg C to 75 deg C.” Invulnerable against the cyberattacks AMG Systems is the only UK-based IP and Ethernet transmission product manufacturer and solution provider. AMG’s experience in the secure transmission of video images and data is unparalleled. It designs, manufactures and implements solutions for customers, and is able to do so with a level of in-house control which makes AMG products less vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks than other companies, which are reliant on third-party hardware and software. This allows AMG to live up to its tagline: ‘Putting the ‘Secure’ back into ‘Security’.
A remote or difficult to access site is often one that can benefit from single-cable Ethernet provision, particularly when installing a video surveillance system. But conventional Ethernet services only allow 100m worth of cabling, and fibre installation can often be cost prohibitive. What’s the solution? UK networking and transmission specialist AMG Systems has come up with an innovative answer: industrial semi-managed switches with the capability to extend Ethernet and Power over Ethernet delivery to 250m. AMG’s semi-managed switches have an extended operation feature that provides them with the ability to provide systems with Ethernet, including PoE/PoE+, at distances of up to 250m.Semi-managed switches can be daisy-chained effectively even when cameras are multicasting Remote surveillance application The switches operate on a per copper port basis at a fixed 10Mbps duplex, and they can support up to 30W PoE+ power output. And because they’re optimised for use with IP CCTV video, this makes the switches of great value to remote and demanding security surveillance installations, says AMG Sales and Technical Support Manager Ian Creary. “The switches are really valuable in those instances where it’s not possible or feasible to incorporate additional Ethernet extenders, or to use additional fibre cable,” he says. “For instance, in an agricultural environment, or a very large car park, it might not be possible to provide additional power. But we can extend the Ethernet capabilities of the existing conventional copper cabling by 150% using these switches.” A further advantage is that the semi-managed switches can be daisy-chained effectively even when cameras are multicasting because data is only sent via the switch’s uplink, rather than via all copper ports as on an unmanaged switch. This helps to prevent data flooding and storms that can cripple a network. And because they are semi-managed, no programming, configuration or setup is required, which makes them quick to install and simple to maintain.AMG Systems is the only UK-based IP and Ethernet transmission product manufacturer and solution provider Secure image and data transmission The switches are available in 100Mbps fast Ethernet (AMG9HMS-SF) or Gigabit (AMG9HMS-SG) versions, and as part of AMG’s industrial range, they have been designed to deliver high performance even in the harshest of environments, operating in temperatures ranging from minus 40 degrees Celsius to 75 degrees Celsius. AMG Systems is the only UK-based IP and Ethernet transmission product manufacturer and solution provider. AMG’s experience in the secure transmission of video images and data is unparalleled. It designs, manufactures and implements solutions for customers, and can do so with a level of in-house control that makes AMG products less vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks than other companies, which are reliant on third-party hardware and software. This allows AMG to live up to its tagline: ‘Putting the ‘Secure’ back into ‘Security’.
AMG Systems is participating in a trade delegation to the Baltic states, helping to spread the word about the strength of the UK security industry and how AMG can play a part in providing solutions for security-critical projects in the region. The trade delegation, organised through the UK Department for International Trade, will visit Vilnius in Lithuania, Riga in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia. Each event will be opened by the British Ambassador for that country, and will include presentations from UK companies and local stakeholders. Current projects and the challenges faced will be discussed, and there will also be an exhibition area and networking opportunities. Communication transmission solutions AMG’s Sales and Technical Support Manager Ian Creary is the company’s representative on the Baltics trade mission. “It’s always a privilege to be involved in a trade mission of this kind,” he says. “I’m proud to be able to discuss the ways in which UK security companies, and AMG Systems specifically, can help to overcome challenges and provide solutions for regional projects.” AMG Systems is a UK manufacturer and a global provider of environmentally robust fibre, analogue, IP/Ethernet, wireless and hybrid communication transmission solutions. AMG’s intelligent, industrial grade, robust edge-of-network transmission solutions have been used extensively in CCTV and security systems, as well as in sectors as diverse as the oil & gas, critical infrastructure, defence and transport industries. Based in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, AMG Systems prides itself on its in-house capabilities. In-house transmission control “We are the only UK-based IP and Ethernet transmission product manufacturer and solution provider,” Ian Creary says. “The secure transmission of video images and data is critical to a massive range of companies and organisations, and we believe that our ability to design, manufacture and implement solutions for customers gives us the control to ensure that our customers’ systems are designed and implemented as securely as possible.” This level of in-house control means AMG’s products are less vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks than other companies, which rely on third-party hardware and software, and allows AMG to live up to its tagline: ‘Putting the ‘secure’ back into Security’. The UK Security Trade Mission visits the Baltic states October 24-26.
“Make the most of your existing analogue infrastructure and utilise Ethernet over coaxial cable technology for an easy move to a modern IP-based video surveillance system.” That’s the message from AMG Systems, the UK manufacturer and global leader in the field of video transmission. AMG Sales and Technical Support Manager Ian Creary says that while it’s generally acknowledged that the rise of IP technology pushed the video surveillance industry forward, in features, responsiveness, storage, analytics and more, there are still companies who are reluctant to make the move from analogue to digital systems. Ethernet over Coax for cost-effective transmission “That’s understandable,” he says. “They are worried that the migration to IP simply won’t fit their budget. And it can be a sizeable investment, particularly if you have previously poured resources into a substantial analogue cabling infrastructure.” However, Ethernet over Coax technology is often overlooked as a cost-effective route from analogue to IP for many users. “There is a very large legacy install base of coaxial cable in existence, mainly related to analogue CCTV, and making use of this as a part of any analogue to IP system migration plan could certainly prove to be a cost effective option,” Ian Creary says. “Without the requirement to install new cabling, labour requirements reduce dramatically. This can mean an Ethernet over Coax install can cost as little as 25 percent of the expense of a full IP upgrade. The advantages of an Ethernet over Coax solution are in the simplicity of its design and application: installation is easy and the data and images it provides are reliable, so everyone involved saves money.” "The advantages of an Ethernet over Coax solution are in the simplicity of its design and application" EoC advantages The original and currently standard Ethernet over Coax products are point-to-point. That is, there is one locally powered transceiver at the camera and locally powered receiver at the control room. While this is perfect for small systems, Ian Creary says it is not really efficient for larger systems which will feature many IP cameras. “A better solution for these larger systems that still want to benefit from utilising their existing analogue infrastructure is use a PoE switch, with four PoE ports and one coax uplink port at the camera,” he says. “This gives the user more leverage of their existing cabling system, and truly allows an easy and cost-effective upgrade to IP cameras.” Solving Ethernet distance issues With Ethernet cabling, and devices that are Powered over Ethernet, additional networking products need to be installed every 100m. For installers, Ian Creary says, that typically means a requirement to source power in difficult to access locations throughout the facility, as these network products need to be located appropriately. “This usually requires a lockable closet, cabinet or enclosure and units with power supplies inside,” Ian explains. “Ethernet over Coax devices, however, can be powered from a PoE switch, and deliver Power over Ethernet up to 300m. There are no repeaters or other networking products required, so the distance issue is addressed without an impact on the project budget.” "Ethernet over Coax products provide an easy-to-connect, transparent network" Keeping installation simple Ease of installation is key to the appeal of Ethernet over Coax, Ian says. “Ethernet over Coax products provide an easy-to-connect, transparent network that is very simple to use, reliable, and offers seamless integration between the existing coaxial cable and the Ethernet backbone of the new system. The solution itself can be a simple design, and application is even more straightforward. Importantly, the data carried over the EoC network is robust and reliable, allowing for the transmission of high quality images and other sensitive security content. “Ethernet over Coax technology will enable more installers to approach an IP migration project with a new set of financial and installation options. The end result is a high-performance system that saves all parties involved time, money, and concerns over flexibility and adaptability.” AMG Systems is the UK manufacturer of intelligent, industrial grade, reliable edge-of-network transmission solutions.
AMG, the UK manufacturer of intelligent, industrial grade, robust edge-of-network transmission solutions, has welcomed Ivo Stastny to its team as Sales and Technical Support Engineer. Ivo joins AMG Systems from Czech Republic distributor Proficomms, where he held a range of positions in Technical Support and Product Management for both networking and CCTV products. During his time at Proficomms, Ivo worked with customers to add value through system design and technical support, including for Grundig CCTV products and a range of transmission and networking equipment. He has two degrees from Masaryk University in Brno, in computing and public administration. Networking and transmission systems knowledge AMG Sales and Technical Support Manager, Ian Creary, said Ivo is a perfect fit for AMG. “With his background in product management and technical support, Ivo brings to AMG a wealth of knowledge of specialist networking and transmission systems, and of their use in CCTV applications,” Ian said. “He will be a valuable asset both to the AMG team and to our customers, who he will be working closely with.” Ivo said he is very excited to begin his role with AMG. “I’m keen to help customers find effective solutions to their network transmission issues,” he said. “AMG is very client-focused, so I’m looking forward to working with them to make the most of AMG’s intelligent, cutting-edge data transmission products.”
AMAG will demonstrate its solutions to security fire and safety installers at the NSI Installer Summit AMG, the UK manufacturer of intelligent, industrial grade, reliable edge-of-network transmission solutions, will be demonstrating its solutions to security and fire safety installers at the NSI Installer Summit at the Vox Conference Centre, Birmingham, on March 30. NSI Installer Summit 2017 The one-day NSI Installer Summit is an exclusive event for National Security Inspectorate-approved installation companies and takes the format of a conference and a showcase exhibition. During the conference, installers will be given insight from a major security buyer, high profile case studies and receive the latest updates on NSI. Afternoon Summit Sessions will provide installers with the opportunity to share best practice and keep abreast of changes in the security market. IP and Ethernet switch solutions AMG Sales and Technical Support Manager Ian Creary said the company will be showcasing its sophisticated IP and Ethernet switch solutions. “Our new range of industrial Ethernet and wireless transmission solutions are developed specifically for overcoming challenging transmission issues such as those faced by installers of security and CCTV networks,” he said. “And as a UK manufacturer, we are not only able to provide high quality local support and advice to installers, we can also help advise on network design and even tailor custom-built solutions for the most demanding of projects. “AMG works with installers to enable their security networks to be as effective and efficient as possible. We can help those who might otherwise stand back from the networking component of projects to take ownership of this increasingly important aspect of security installations. This results in those installers being able to deliver a more comprehensive ‘total solutions’ approach to their systems proposals. “We’re very much looking forward to talking with the NSI-approved companies who attend the Installer Summit this year.”
Ian’s depth of knowledge will drive forward the customer service initiative AMG, the British manufacturer of CCTV transmission solutions and sophisticated 5 Megapixel cameras, announces that Ian Creary has joined the company as Sales and Technical Support Manager. Founder and MD of AMG Systems, Alan Hayes, says, “AMG’s technology is very innovative and we have unique expert knowhow and track record within the Security & Transport sectors. Our focus on Customer Support means that we are now set on a path that will allow AMG to further enhance our customer service initiative. I am delighted that Ian Creary has accepted the position as Technical Sales Manager. As Ethernet and IP (Internet Protocol) become more the technology of choice in systems, AMG has been leading this trend, becoming a UK Centre of Excellence in this area. However, with this advancement comes a significant responsibility to our customers as the industry adapts to the rapid technological change. Ian’s depth of knowledge will drive forward this customer service initiative.” Ian’s previous roles and responsibilities Ian Creary says, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the technically advanced products in the AMG transmission range and look forward to supporting AMG’s customers. The customers with whom AMG has collaborated are among those at the forefront of their respective fields. With the new initiatives AMG Systems is setting on track, the challenge of helping to shape the future of the company is irresistible. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to help shape the future of AMG.” Ian Creary joins AMG with more than 20 years of experience in numerous Sales and Customer Support roles within the Security & Surveillance industry. He brings in-depth knowledge and understanding of CCTV and Access Control Security disciplines as well as Networking, Transmission and Software applications. Ian is highly enthusiastic, with a conscientious, dedicated 'can-do' approach to the requirements of his role. Ian has a Maritime Radio General Certificate from the Merchant Navy College and CISCO CCNA and CCNP certificates. Ian attained the Maritime Radio General Certificate (Radio Officers ticket) at The Merchant Navy College, Greenhithe, and subsequently achieved CCNA and CCNP certification. He is married to June and is the proud dad of two daughters. In his spare time he likes to keep fit with long walks and occasional games of Table Tennis (having once been a qualified ETTA Table Tennis Coach, coaching the Junior Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire performance squads). Ian also enjoys keeping his eclectic Vinyl record collection spinning on his British audiophile hi-fi system and is keen on international travel, theatre and good food.