360 Vision Technology, the UK CCTV manufacturing company, is delighted to announce that it has appointed Sara Fisher to the role of Business Development Director. Formerly Sales and Marketing director at AMG Systems, with full responsibility for driving sales and marketing activities, Sara’s new role will be geared to supporting end users, systems integrators and consultants in the ITS, local authority and Oil & Gas sectors in the UK and international regions. High-performance camera and lighting technologies “Having worked with Mark Rees and the team for a number of years, I am extremely excited to be taking on this new position at 360 Vision Technology,” says Sara. “I have admired 360 Vision’s innovative and high-performance camera and lighting technologies for some time, and can’t wait to start promoting another great British brand. Primarily my aim will be to increase 360 Vision Technology’s global presence across a number of key market sectors.” “Supporting the company’s continued growth plan, we welcome Sara as an excellent addition to the 360 Vison Technology team,” says Mark Rees, 360 Vision’s Managing Director. “Having worked with Sara in a Technology Partnership with her previous company, AMG Systems, it was clear that her experience and tenacity was aligned with our own company’s ethos and aspirations. Sara’s role is set to lead us into new sectors, as well as strengthen those we are already making inroads into. I am thrilled to have someone of Sara’s calibre and experience join the 360 Vision team.”
AMG, the ISO 9001:2015 approved UK manufacturer and provider of environmentally robust fibre, analogue, IP/Ethernet, wireless & hybrid communication transmission solutions, has released a new 3F outdoor wireless radio transmitter. Extremely compact and lightweight, AMG AMG8870F-06 Skywave 3F Outdoor Wireless Radio has been designed to deliver the highest performance and stability available in the 5GHz 802.11ac class. Providing the ideal solution for capacity demanding point-to-point, or point-to-multipoint network applications, the AMG8870F-06 Skywave 3F wireless radio’s feature-rich operating system is optimised for high-performance wireless communication. High-performance transmission solutions Supporting up to 450Mbps compressed video throughput (depending on the configurable channel size utilised), it utilises a powerful hardware platform incorporating a QCA 9563 CPU (750 MHz), QCA 9882 radio, 64Mbs of RAM and 16Mb flash memory. “The new AMG AMG8870F-06 Skywave 3F Outdoor Wireless Radio complements the existing AMG range of technologies to provide a broad portfolio of high-performance transmission solutions suitable for any application,” says Sara Fisher, Sales and Marketing Director at AMG. “With the options of integrated high-gain 16 and 90 Degree, dual-polarisation MIMO 2x2 technology, directional antennae (up to 6Km range), and models accepting a choice of external antennae for greater range, the new wireless range is the ideal choice to support any size of system project.” AMG8870F-06 Features Base station / Satellite, PtP Smart Station Coordination Function (SSCF) Up to 6km (integrated antenna) Up to 500Mbps compressed video throughput 5/10/20/40/80MHz Channelisation support User configurable gain up to 23dBm (30dBm max) 24V passive PoE Extremely compact and light IP66 rated enclosure -40°C to +65°C operating range
AMG Systems has been commissioned to help digitise the traffic monitoring system for newly-extended hard shoulder bus lanes on Belfast’s main motorways, to make it more efficient, secure and reliable. A new IP-based CCTV system was being installed as part of the extension project, so the underlying fibre network needed to be upgraded in order to handle the high-grade images being transmitted back to the city’s Traffic Information and Control Centre (TICC). The upgrade helps to enhance passenger journeys by improving the quality of real-time information sent to traffic management teams. AMG – Juniper Networks partnership AMG, working with Juniper Networks, a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, brought the IP-driven CCTV project together across numerous government agencies and private construction contractors to create a cost-efficient, robust solution for Belfast’s M1 and M2 motorways. The Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure (DfI) awarded a tender to Graham Construction to work on the extension of hard shoulder bus lanes along the M1 and M2 motorways, intended to improve journey times and service reliability for bus passengers without affecting general traffic flows. The scheme was designed by DfI consultants Aecom, who also carried out site supervision and project manager roles during construction. The work included the provision of new and upgraded Pan Tilt Zoom IP-based CCTV cameras for traffic monitoring purposes by the Traffic Information and Control Centre (TICC) in Belfast. Hikvision PTZ IP video camerasGraham used Hikvision PTZ IP video cameras – installed by Chubb – for traffic monitoring Graham used Hikvision PTZ IP video cameras – installed by Chubb – for traffic monitoring. But connecting them to the Pelco system in use at TICC was not as straightforward as it at first seemed, which is where AMG Systems and Juniper Networks came in. “On each of the two motorways, the existing fibre network had only two spare fibres, so all the images had to be combined onto the two, allowing for a resilient ring,” consultant Jo Hopkins of Highways Consulting says, “meaning that if one fibre broke, the other would be able to transmit all the images. The existing cameras on the network were analogue, but we took the opportunity to install digital cameras. This reduces the number of times the images are sampled and converted from analogue to digital and back again, which improves the quality of the image.” Connecting IP cameras to fibre network Hopkins worked with Graham on the project, and said AMG was asked to provide a reliable, cost-effective means of connecting new cameras onto the existing fibre network, bringing the images back to the Traffic Control Centre in Belfast. “The task itself was straightforward, but the integration into an existing live system made the project more complex,” she said. Hopkins and AMG Systems Business Development Director Sara Fisher worked to address the network challenge, which included upgrading from analogue to IP cameras for the first time on the Belfast motorways. AMG switches The network design utilises nine AMG switches on the M1 fibres and 15 switches for the M2 The network design utilises nine AMG switches on the M1 fibres and 15 switches for the M2. At the TICC control room, there are a further four AMG switches which allow the IP cameras to connect to the existing Pelco monitoring equipment. Fisher explains that the control room network connection was further complicated as the TICC’s existing system called for the use of multi-casting and VLANs, and an existing firewall also had to be factored in. “The most appropriate interface in this case was Layer 3 POE switches from our partner Juniper Networks,” she said. IP video surveillance A DfI TICC representative said: “The joint network design by AMG and Juniper Networks has met the challenge presented to them in upgrading our hard shoulder bus lane cameras from purely analogue to IP and has provided a resilient network, intended specifically for the task. AMG’s post-sales service and advice has also proved extremely helpful.”
AMG, the ISO 9001:2015 approved UK manufacturer and provider of environmentally robust fibre, analogue, IP/ethernet, wireless & hybrid communication transmission solutions, is inviting visitors to IFSEC 2019 to see their latest range of transmission technologies, at stand number IF131. To be found on AMG partner stand, ICAD, who provide world-class technology services for facilities, AMG will be exhibiting models representing their latest industrial switches with up to 90W PoE capability and new Skywave 3F Wireless range. Web-browser interface Visitors will see AMG’s range of managed ‘PLUS’ industrial Ethernet switches which feature 90W PoE per port On the ICAD stand, visitors will see AMG’s range of managed ‘PLUS’ industrial Ethernet switches which feature 90W PoE per port and offer full Layer 2 Managed Ethernet functionality. Compliant with all IEEE 802.3 variants (u/ab/x/z), the new switches have up to 8 Fast or Gigabit Ethernet ports, with up to 2 additional Dual Speed SFP ports for data uplink, and as with all AMG Managed ‘Plus’ switches, a console port as standard, and a web-browser interface for configuration of all aspects of the device. Supporting 10/100/1000Mbps data rates, full duplex, the DIN rail mountable devices are ideally suited for connecting and powering field based equipment (such as IP CCTV cameras and industrial controllers) to Ethernet networks, using all variants of multimode and single mode fibre to cover distances up to 120Kms. Wireless communication Extremely compact and lightweight, AMG will also show the new AMG8870F-06 Skywave 3F Outdoor Wireless Radio, designed to deliver the highest performance and stability available in the 5GHz 802.11ac class. Skywave 3F’s feature-rich operating system is optimised for ultra-high performance wireless communication Skywave 3F’s feature-rich operating system is optimised for ultra-high performance wireless communication with 450Mbps compressed video throughput, utilising a powerful hardware platform and incorporating a QCA 9563 CPU (750 MHz), QCA 9882 radio, 64Mbs of RAM and 16Mb flash memory. The AMG8870F-06 radio is an ideal solution for capacity demanding point-to-point or point-to-multipoint network applications. Industrial switches “We’re looking forward to discussing AMG's existing and new range of technologies that offer a broad range of high-performance transmission solutions for any application,” says Sara Fisher, Business Development Director at AMG. “We’re delighted to be involved with ICAD and will be co-promoting the deployment of our industrial switches, up to 90W PoE capability and new wireless range, to support world-class system projects.” At the show, AMG’s Sara Fisher, Alan Hayes and Leona Hayes will be on hand to discuss any technology or project requirement.
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.”
A video surveillance system installed by Daemon Fire & Security, based on an AMG Systems-supplied Ethernet switch network, is helping to protect the UK’s first new inland rail freight hub for over a decade: iPort Rail. The iPort project near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, offers 6 million square feet of space across 337 acres. The massive park is already home to enormous distribution facilities for companies like Amazon, CEVA, Fellowes and Lidl, and its occupancy is set to expand in the coming years. The newly developed iPort Rail terminal, located on its own 30-acre site within iPort, is connected to the electrified East Coast Main Line via the South Yorkshire Joint Line. It offers integrated access to iPort, meaning occupiers can directly approach the rail terminal using their own specialist vehicles on the facility’s private roads. Implementing video surveillance system The cameras we are using are from Bosch, and they are monitored and recorded using the Bosch Video Management System"The terminal can handle up to six trains a day, operating 24-hours, six days a week. Each train can be the maximum UK length of 775m. iPort Rail has an 800m reception siding and two 400m handling sidings, with storage capacity for 1,500 shipping containers. With iPort Rail playing such a crucial role in developer Verdion’s iPort transportation strategy, there was a pressing need to ensure that the terminal has effective ongoing video monitoring. Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd was responsible for the work on iPort Rail, and they worked with CCTV specialist Daemon Fire & Security to implement the video surveillance system for the perimeter of the terminal. Chris Tattersall, Technical Director at Daemon, said the system runs on a redundant fibre optic network. “AMG Systems assisted us with the fibre optic network design.” Tattersall said. “The cameras we are using are from Bosch, and they are monitored and recorded using the Bosch Video Management System. The cameras are on towers from Altron, and the networking is from AMG.” Cameras for intrusion detection The cameras utilise Bosch analytics, monitoring the perimeter fence for people approaching and trying to climb over or cut through"There are 32 cameras mounted on 18 towers around the rail terminal site perimeter. Tattersall explained that the cameras are primarily used as detectors to monitor for trespass or intrusion. “The cameras utilise Bosch analytics, monitoring the perimeter fence for people approaching and trying to climb over or cut through,” he said. “The cameras are monitored live by the 24-hour security team in the site gatehouse. The system is networked using equipment and expertise from AMG Systems. Daemon and AMG designed a failsafe fibre optic ring system together,” Tattersall said. “From the gatehouse there’s a fibre optic cable which goes and loops around every camera tower and goes back to the gatehouse,” he said. “It’s a redundant ring, so if they get a fault or deliberate cut, everything will carry on working. We’re using industrial PoE Ethernet switches in the towers so they can withstand low temperatures, which is particularly important during cold winters in a relatively open site like this.” Operative in extreme temperatures The industrial managed switches are able to operate in temperatures ranging from -40 deg C to 75 deg CThe industrial managed switches, 20 of which were used in this project, are able to operate in temperatures ranging from -40 deg C to 75 deg C and are designed for medium to large network environments to strengthen network connections. AMG Business Development Director Sara Fisher said AMG was thrilled to be involved in this project. “We were delighted to be asked by Daemon to contribute our design and product expertise to help protect this important and growing freight hub,” she said. Daemon’s video surveillance project took around 10 weeks in total, including implementation and commissioning. It was handed over on time and installed on target. Tattersall said the smooth running of the project could be put down to Daemon’s good working relationship with contractor Buckingham, distributor Pro-Vision, networking and transmission expert AMG Systems, and product suppliers Bosch and Altron.
Network transmission solutions specialist AMG Systems will discuss the latest developments in environmentally robust fibre, analogue, IP/Ethernet, wireless and hybrid communication systems, when the company exhibits at the Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2017 in Bristol. The two-day event is hosted by consultancy Global MSC Security, and this year’s theme is ‘Integrating Technologies’. The conference and exhibition is designed to bring together experts from across the security industry, sharing their knowledge with delegates from local authorities, hospitals, universities, and private and blue-chip companies. This year’s event looks into the ways that security is changing, integrating with other disciplines and adapting at a rapid pace to what end-users now require from their security solutions. Speakers and topics include: Daffydd Llywelyn, Dyfed Pewees Police and Crime Commissioner – public space surveillance initiative Professor William Webster, Director, Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy – body worn video research Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner – National Surveillance Camera Strategy for England & Wales Detective Inspector Edward Heath, Avon & Somerset Police – cyber crime Bernadette Bashford-Payne, Estate Control Center Manager, Canary Wharf – inside a large control room Jim Burgess, Associate Director, Perform Green – integrating CCTV in Bristol’s Smart City Mick Neville, ex-Metropolitan Police – SeeQuestor review Discussing operational challenges with delegates At the Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition, AMG Systems is exhibiting on stand 25. AMG Business Development Director Sara Fisher said the company is looking forward to meeting delegates and discussing the challenges that they face in their day-to-day operations. “Our specialist transmission knowledge can provide enormous benefits for integrated projects, saving on infrastructure expenditure, time for install or upgrade, and reduced complexity,” she said. “I’m keen to talk to any delegates who’d like to learn more about the way that legacy systems can be transitioned relatively simply to IP and Ethernet, with all the advantages that brings, and to those who’d like to discuss any other aspect of security and data network provision.” Low vulnerability to cyberattacks AMG Systems manufactures intelligent, industrial grade, robust edge-of-network transmission solutions which 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. AMG Systems is the only UK-based IP and Ethernet transmission product manufacturer and solution provider. AMG’s levels of in-house control mean its products are less vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks than those from other companies, which rely on third-party hardware and software. The Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2017 takes place November 13 and 14 at the Bristol Hotel on Prince Street in Bristol.
New look reflects AMG’s specialist experience and expertise in innovative Ethernet networking technology AMG, the UK manufacturer of intelligent, industrial grade, reliable edge-of-network transmission solutions, has launched a new website and refreshed its brand identity to better reflect its position as a market leader in the provision of specialist Ethernet and IP systems and products. Transmission with Innovation The new brand identity and website updates offer a visual representation of AMG’s capabilities as the only UK-based manufacturer of Ethernet switch technologies. The changes also incorporate a new tagline, ‘Transmission with Innovation’, which encapsulates AMG’s flexible and adaptable approach: developing innovative and custom built solutions to overcome some of the most common transmission challenges, in the most difficult environments. AMG Business Development Director Sara Fisher said: “We wanted to ensure that our new look reflected AMG’s unique approach and position in the specialist networking transmission sector. As a UK manufacturer of sophisticated IP and Ethernet switch solutions, we have complete control of our firmware, thanks to our in-house technology design team. This means we are far less vulnerable to cybersecurity issues than manufacturers who source their firmware or products externally.” “We also have a long history of designing bespoke transmission solutions integrating signals such as CCTV, standards-based or bespoke audio, and any type of serial data onto the same Ethernet transmission network, with systems to cater for almost any situation. Our new look and website are designed to convey that unique expertise and experience.”