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The Metropolitan Police have praised the quality of CCTV used by a series of London business centres in the quest to hunt down and prosecute petty criminals. Police in Kingston-upon-Thames were impressed by the full resolution recording and remote monitoring achieved by Unit Management Ltd, the managing agent for a dozen business centres along the A3 heading out of London. Facial recognition at night Facilities manager Alex Brewer said: “Kingston police were really impressed with our high-res imagery that is sharp enough even at night for full facial recognition, that has led to arresting and prosecuting would-be thieves. We have even monitored an incursion of gypsies at our New Malden site while we were down in Devon.” Unit Management has been working with security software expert EyeLynx Ltd for the past five years and is in the process of upgrading all its sites with EyeLynx’s iconic SharpView CCTV solutions. EyeLynx co-founder Jay Patel said: “Unit Management has successfully implemented many of the features of SharpView, including video analytics, PIR alarms and the use of radar.” "With night-vision technology and the advent of widespread superfast broadband, we can monitor from anywhere" EyeLynx EPR-500 radar Police recently made arrests from the camera footage when an intruder broke through the perimeter fence at Trident Court in Chessington, where EyeLynx’s EPR-500 radar is also in use. “We’re able to track people on foot and identify people breaking in through the perimeter fence – and even watch people dodging between cars and buildings – all remotely,” said Mr Brewer. The latest two installations are at Eurolink in Brixton and Kingspark Business Centre, New Malden, while Mr Brewer is about to commission enhancements to security at Battersea Business Centre, Lavender Hill. Early warning of potential threat The radar can help detect security threats early then use the software to control CCTV autonomously and zoom in to collect evidence and send to manned patrols or security control rooms. It can serve as a high-performance very-low-cost early warning of potential threats on large sites, with minimal maintenance and no user intervention once it has been fitted. Mr Brewer concluded: “The EyeLynx system records at full resolution, so images are razor sharp and not the grainy and dark images most people associate with CCTV recordings when you’re not live monitoring. So, with night-vision technology and the advent of widespread superfast broadband, we can monitor from anywhere and pull off recordings to suit.”
Gallagher Security has extended the range of video management systems (VMS) which can integrate into its ubiquitous access and control solution. EyeLynx Limited has developed a plugin to integrate its SharpView network video recorder with the Gallagher Command Centre. This integration allows security managers operating a Gallagher Command Centre for site control to view the high-end recording capabilities of SharpView all in one place. HD recording and remote monitoring Security operators can respond swiftly and appropriately to any security threats through real-time display of outputs from complementary security and site management solutions defined uniquely for their site. SharpView specifically offers full-resolution recording and remote monitoring from an unlimited number of HD CCTV cameras. It is in use at high-security water, utilities and education sites, bringing praise from The Metropolitan Police for its video evidence that is sharp enough even at night for full facial recognition. Jason Boyce, Strategic Business Development Manager at Gallagher, said: “This integration offers a razor-sharp full HD recording capability to site managers with Command Centre.” SharpView features SharpView can record alarms from other security devices, such as intruder, fire and automatic number plate recognition sensors – while EyeLynx also offers a radar that can identify predatory vehicles up to 700m away. EyeLynx CEO Jay Patel said: “We’re excited to have integrated SharpView into the Gallagher environment and look forward to collaborating on sites where our solutions are both specified. Collectively, we’re looking to put site managers in total command of security threats and help cut costs, increase efficiency and simplify the process.”
The EPR-500 radar with SharpView detects, tracks and records moving objects in a 120° field of view A security software expert has created a portable system to demonstrate instantly the range of its latest radar unit—able to identify predatory vehicles at up to 700m.EyeLynx has designed a mobile pack fitted with its EPR-500 radar and all-in-one Pharos PTZ camera on top of a tripod and challenged security managers to book a free demo to prove it can detect potential intruders up to a quarter of a mile away—and drones at 80 metres. EyeLynx EPR-500 radar The free demo is so EyeLynx can show site operators live, in-the-field in their own environment the EPR-500’s ability to detect security threats early and the capability of EyeLynx software to control CCTV autonomously and zoom in to collect evidence and send to manned patrols or security control rooms. Chief Executive Officer Jay Patel says: “We built this pack so we can visit your site, get in your car and drive to the remotest location and set up the radar within minutes with a hammer, batteries, and camera and demonstrate the extraordinary range of this powerful radar.” The system supports multiple radars, cameras and these other sensors and analyses the outputs against user-configured priorities “Even in dense fog or at night, we’ve proven this at sites where it has followed a train travelling at 60mph, panned back to pick up people, then locked onto vehicles entering and leaving the gated car park.” SharpView Manager Professional software “Installed correctly at strategic locations, the EPR-500 can serve as a high-performance very-low-cost early warning of potential threats on huge sites, with minimal maintenance and no user intervention once it has been fitted.” “Used this way, we believe it could cut the burden on security guards having to monitor and control multiple CCTV cameras. Security managers can simply log in and manage the site from anywhere using our free SharpView Manager Professional software.” Radar technology requires line of sight to the target object, so EyeLynx will advise on PIDs or PIRs and other technologies for blind spots. The system supports multiple radars, cameras and these other sensors and analyses the outputs against user-configured priorities. Detecting moving vehicles The installation and configuration is simpler than with video analytics, returns fewer false alarms, consumes less than 2.5W power and works on the C-band, so no special licences are needed. However, the radar can work as an add-on to operators’ existing video management system—or as a complete package using EyeLynx’s technology. The system detects moving vehicles in any weather conditions, even at night, up to 700m away, people at 400m and drones at 80m. The system detects moving vehicles in any weather conditions, even at night, up to 700m away, people at 400m and drones at 80m Application areas Integrated into SharpView video management software, it will automatically control Pan Tilt Zoom cameras that follow movements detected by the radar to monitor, track and provide early warnings to security managers of intruders on protected sites, such as utility stations, military bases, national borders, airports, large campuses, solar farms and stately homes. The EPR-500 radar with SharpView detects, tracks and records moving objects in a 120° field of view, such as people and transport, in high resolution, even at night, making it ideal for airport perimeter intruder detection, railway trackside public safety and building site security and asset protection.The video coverage can also record legitimate activity within the perimeter for health and safety monitoring and productivity improvement.
EyeLynx recently launched the EPR-100 and EPR-500 radars to enhance security protection at large sites A software security expert is celebrating a decade of protecting the City of London 10 years after its iconic video recording and management software was first installed. Multi-megapixel CCTV solution Jay Patel, Founder of the SharpView system, first installed the multi-megapixel CCTV solution at CityPoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, in November, 2006. This is recognised as the world’s first deployment of multi-megapixel cameras in a live CCTV application. CityPoint was the first building in the city of London to exceed the height of St Paul's Cathedral when it was built in 1967 as a 122 metres, 35-storeyed headquarters for British Petroleum. SharpView was further developed into a full-blown VMS platform when Chief Executive Officer Patel and Francisco Feijoo restructured the company and formed EyeLynx Limited in July 2012. Video analytics Since then, current generations of EyeLynx systems have gone into The Shard and Broadgate Towers to provide city buildings with state-of-the-art CCTV and video analytics in response to a continuing severe threat level from international terrorism. "The management software works seamlessly within SharpView to allow the autonomous control of PTZ cameras" EyeLynx is now part of the integrated perimeter protection group Zaun, with offices in Chessington, Surrey, and Zaragoza in Spain. Built-in capabilities for video content analysis and integration of numerous detection technologies including radar mean that SharpView remains the highest performance HD, megapixel CCTV recording and management system in the security industry. Patel said: “While construction and other markets have been subdued for much of the 10 years since we created SharpView, terrorism and other threats have driven the demand for ever more innovative security measures, which has enabled us to keep ahead, stay busy and grow.” EPR-100 and EPR-500 radars EyeLynx recently launched the EPR-100 and EPR-500 radars to enhance security protection at large sites. The management software works seamlessly within SharpView to allow the autonomous control of PTZ cameras, thereby cutting annual critical infrastructure security budgets dramatically by reducing the reliance on human patrols and manned guards. The radars detect moving objects in any weather conditions, even at night, up to 500m away, with minimal false alarms. SharpView provides early warnings to security staff and allows them to verify potential threats of intruders on protected sites, such as public utility sites, military bases, national borders, solar farms, airports, and large campuses.
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