Vemotion with Synectics to integrate its video and streaming solutions with the Synergy command and control platform Wireless transmission technology specialist Vemotion has announced a key strategic alliance with a major global security brand. The Thirsk-based security group is working with Synectics to integrate its video and streaming solutions with the Synergy command and control platform. Synectics and Vemotion first came together on a project for Wakefield Council and it became clear to both parties that it would make a lot of sense to integrate their products to the mutual advantage of both. Vemotion, Synectics collaboration “We are proud to be working in partnership with a globally recognised brand like Synectics,” said Stewart McCone, CEO of Vemotion. “Integration with Synergy allowed Wakefield Council to benefit from the best of both worlds in terms of our wireless know-how and Synectics best in class platform. Such partnerships are very much and we are looking forward to working with Synectics on several new projects.” Wakefield council is one of the first to benefit from the Vemotion Synergy collaboration, which provided them with great flexibility. It identified hot spot areas not covered by the existing fibre network and used Vemotion to facilitate wireless rapid deployment in these target locations, with transmissions feeding directly into the Synergy platform. “We know how important flexibility and interoperability are to our customers and are pleased to add integration with Vemotion’s advanced cellular technology to our portfolio,” said David Aindow, Product and Technology Director at Synectics. “Re-deployable cameras that can be moved to address ‘hot spot’ problem areas are increasingly viable solutions, as is the ability to view footage from remote locations and mobile deployments and working together, Vemotion and Synetics can offer a compelling solution.” Security challenges faced by Wakefield council In Wakefield, the council faced increasing antisocial behaviour incidents in outlying, smaller, town centres not covered by existing CCTV fibre networks; they turned to Vemotion to provide a rapid deployment solution and Synectics for platform. “Wakefield is faced with the classic modern day safety and security challenges of a large, metropolitan area,” added Stewart. “With increasing scrutiny on resource allocation, managers need quick technology fixes that don’t mean major additional capex spend. The beauty of Vemotion and Synectics is flexibility: we solve and react to day to day operational problems, as well as offering a strategic CCTV deployment plan.” “We [Vemotion & Synectics] solve and react to day to day operational problems, as well as offering a strategic CCTV deployment plan", says Stewart McCone, CEO of Vemotion In one specific anti-social behaviour hotspot, it was proving impossible to control or respond to all the complaints and incidents, yet within three months of deployment on-site, incidents had been totally eradicated. Wakefield is also looking to install the technology for traffic management purposes, enabling traffic data to be sent and thereby assist motorists with real time instant traffic news that will help them navigate more quickly and easily. In this way, Synergy and Vemotion are offering additional benefits not originally envisaged - all important considerations for those with tight budgets to take into account. “Against a backdrop of budget cuts, achieving objectives where the right infrastructure is not already in place is tough,” added David. “Vemotion solutions provide an ideal and cost effective answer to this issue and through integration with Synergy, operators can capitalise on this while still being able to monitor and control all data within a single environment.” Public video surveillance solutions Synectics has extensive experience in developing and delivering surveillance solutions for public space applications. Its systems, many of which incorporate Synectics’ proven command and control platform Synergy, are already deployed in two-thirds of the UK’s cities and half of London’s boroughs. Moving forward, Synergy and Vemotion will be working with other councils and public space bodies looking to benefit from wireless and deployable surveillance systems. Vemotion’s encoding and streaming products enable video data to be transmitted wirelessly from surveillance cameras over any network and allows footage to be streamed from any device - ideal for councils in need of temporary or re-deployable solutions to extend and enhance their public space surveillance network.
Stewart says Vemotion can play a major role in assisting UK and other border forces Thirsk based global wireless video transmission specialists Vemotion believes the recent scenes in Calais highlight just how crucial intuitive security systems are in our modern world. Hundreds of migrants attempted to board lorries stuck in queues due to French ferry worker strikes, leading to tense contact between the migrants and police. Worryingly, members of the public were also at danger, with lorry drivers and others stuck in the traffic threatened by those attempting to gain entry to the UK. Selecting correct security systems Vemotion’s CEO Stewart McCone believes these scenes illustrate just how important security systems are and how all forms of agencies can benefit from the correct technology. “Day to day we see examples of how important CCTV and security systems are to our towns and cities,” said Stewart. “But sometimes we see high profile media stories such as this which really hit home why appropriate, sensitive security systems are so integral to stability in our modern world, protecting national and international borders, for example.” Border security with detection technology Vemotion specialises in compression and transmission of quality live video over wireless and wired networks meaning central staff can not only see but securely share all footage between agencies. What’s more, footage can be shared directly to and from vehicles, smartphones, tablets and body worn units meaning agencies can be kept up to date in real time. Vemotion can offer both blue light and general security applications, ensuring seamless use and maximum security for all. Following the UK’s announcement of extra security measures at ports in northern France and Belgium, including a £2m upgrade in detection technology along with a spend of £12m spread over three years for security at the port of Calais, Stewart says Vemotion can have a major role to play in assisting UK and other border forces. “Our products guarantee military grade capabilities, in any environment - meaning everyone involved in scenes like Calais can benefit. All of our data is safeguarded by Vemotion’s secure architecture as well, with a large degree of flexibility for users, too.”
As part of the test, a pickpocket was caught ‘live’ on camera on the top deck of the test bus Victoria Square in Birmingham on Thursday 2 July was the setting for a world first as the BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow came to town to see the first trial of a live CCTV video stream direct from public transport, thanks to technology supplied by Thirsk based wireless transmission specialists Vemotion. Making public transport a safer experience The trial was commissioned by Centro and The Safer Travel Partnership to make public transport a safer experience. As part of the test, a pickpocket was caught ‘live’ on camera on the top deck of the test bus, and the control room was able to initiate a rapid response unit to intercept the bus and arrest the pickpocket before the offender has even realised they have been caught. “Vemotion is very proud to be part of a world first and it is happening right here in the West Midlands with technology pioneered and made in Britain,” said Stewart McCone, CEO of Vemotion. “It is the first trial of a live stream used in the public transport environment in this area and is clearly the shape of things to come. We know the technology works, but this is the first major trial to prove it is viable in a realistic real life situation.” Presentation on mobile CCTV The story began back in February 2015, when Stewart was invited by Centro Crime Reduction Manager Mark Babington to deliver a presentation on mobile CCTV to the group. Mark had brought West Midlands Police and British Transport Police into an intelligence led operational team, reducing crime on the network by two thirds - but work remained to be done, hence the invitation to Stewart and Vemotion. Stewart demonstrated the role effective video transmission can play and Mark and his team were impressed enough to commission this trial in conjunction with British Transport Police, represented by Inspector Lee Gordon, who spoke to the Crimewatch team on behalf of the Safer Travel Partnership. "Mobile CCTV does have a role to play and I would like to thank Stewart for coming and giving us the benefit of his insight and know-how", said Mark Babington, Centro Crime Reduction Manager “As the Safer Travel Partnership has faced the realities of austerity, we have developed an innovative approach which has seen an increase of frontline staff whilst reducing revenue expenditure by 25%,” said Mark Babington. “Mobile CCTV does have a role to play and I would like to thank Stewart for coming and giving us the benefit of his insight and know-how. Mobile CCTV is one of the ways we can look at reducing expenditure by doing more for less and while bus shelter cameras proved a great success, driver and passenger safety will always be prime considerations as part of our Public Transport Crime Reduction Toolkit.” Vemotion’s easy-to-install wireless transmission systems The easy-to-install and implement nature of Vemotion’s wireless transmission systems means that CCTV images can be accessed from any device, even with a low bandwidth connection allowing seamless communications and response times the like of which the CCTV industry has never seen before. “It is no secret that everyone wants to see the number of people using public transport increase, but in order to do that it must not just prove itself reliable, it has to be seen as safe too and that is where Vemotion can play a big part,” added Stewart. “This technology is a powerful reassurance and makes clear that offenders can be seen, intercepted and dealt with in real time. They will have to think twice – and hopefully people will then think twice before using the car and consider public transport instead. It’s a win win for all concerned and we are looking forward to developing the initiative further.”
At IFSEC, Vemotion will get the opportunity to talk to their opposite numbers about the latest thinking on CCTV and wireless transmission Vemotion will be attending the IFSEC International conference in London this month. The event, which is one of the biggest security conference events of the year, runs from the 16 – 18 of June and the Thirsk based global wireless video transmission specialist is attending this year in collaboration with Ogier Electronics and will be on their stand F800. IFSEC: great opportunity for Vemotion “We see IFSEC as another great opportunity for us to discuss our applications and explain to delegates and visitors just what Vemotion can do for them,” said Stewart McCone, CEO of Vemotion. “It’s one of the most important events for everyone with an interest in the security world, so for us to be there alongside Ogier is very exciting. The scope for potential from an event like this is huge so we can’t wait to get there.” IFSEC is taking place at ExCel in London, where guest speakers this year will include Chris Hoy, Karen Brady and Ranulph Fiennes. With more than 40 years’ experience in the security market, IFSEC connects the global buying chain under one roof. Organisations can learn about the latest technology and industry trends, discover new solutions and connect with suppliers and clients. This year’s IFSEC International is expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors, and over 650 leading manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, including security specialists like Vemotion and Ogier. A natural fit for Vemotion IFSEC covers more than just traditional security and fire solutions, including solutions in access control and biometrics, counter terror, CCTV and video surveillance, intruder alarms, which makes the event a natural fit for Vemotion. Combined with the presence of leading manufacturers, distributors and suppliers launching the latest technologies, the event allows organisations to source products that best suit their needs. “At Vemotion we specialise in blue light and security applications which makes IFSEC ideal for us and an event where we also get the opportunity to talk to our opposite numbers about the latest thinking on CCTV and wireless transmission,” added Stewart. “It’s a key event in the Vemotion diary and we’re delighted to be attending once more this year.”
Ogier and Vemotion have been working together for the last six months to integrate the Scan-360 with its remote technology capability Wireless transmission technology specialist’s Vemotion and Ogier Electronics have recently announced a partnership. The move will now see the Thirsk based company assist Ogier to deliver an exciting 3G/4G transmission addition to Ogier’s new all weather, multi-terrain threat detection radar system known as Scan-360. Designed as a low cost radar based threat detection system for commercial and military applications, Scan-360 was initially launched in 2014 to satisfy the immediate requirement of Europe and the Middle East. A more powerful, all-encompassing version will be launched later this year and worldwide distribution will follow in 2017. To extend Scan-360 into areas where its microwave line of sight technology is impractical, 3G and 4G capability is necessary, which has led to a partnership with Vemotion to provide an integrated solution. “As a microwave radar based perimeter protection system, Scan-360 has met with great success but we were keen to offer a holistic solution so the system could be used in multiple applications,” said Mark Rainbow, Marketing Director of Ogier Electronics. “A mutual third party introduced us to Vemotion and together we have integrated their 3G and 4G functionality into our system which now gives Scan-360 the all-round remote capability we were looking for.” Based in St. Albans, Ogier and Vemotion have been working together for the last six months to integrate the Scan-360 with Vemotion’s remote technology capability. Vemotion’s innovative wireless video transmission know-how can deliver live CCTV footage from almost any remote location. The technology means that CCTV cameras can be set up in isolated areas and transmit images back to a command centre anywhere in the world and what is more, doesn’t rely on a fast broadband connection to do so. “We were delighted to be able to help Ogier electronics with Scan-360 and we are now looking at other areas in which we can help one another as part of our developing relationship,” said Stewart McCone, Managing Director of Vemotion. “Ogier also provide mobile video solutions and fully integrated control room facilities and where Ogier need more traditional solutions, Vemotion can help.” The partnership between Vemotion and Ogier has developed to such an extent that Ogier have agreed to represent Vemotion the company’s products at several forthcoming trade shows. This will include Securex in Lagos, Nigeria on 24-26 March. Scan-360 is priced for commercial, but is being used across the board in a wide range of sectors. Its rapid deployment capability makes it perfect for both blue light and military applications and with Vemotion technology now available as standard, perfect for remote operation.
Vemotion demonstrated how the company is shaping much of tomorrow’s CCTV technology Bosses at wireless video transmission specialist Vemotion are hailing this year’s Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition held in Bristol as a great success as the firm stands poised on the brink of greater UK and global demand for its products and services. The Thirsk based group is now working with several new strategic partners, some of whom were also at the event; this contributed to delivering an even better response than expected, and has led to a welcome - if significantly increased - workload for the Vemotion team. “We were able to do some great practical demonstrations of Vemotion at Global MSC for some blue chip delegates who are now serious potential new clients,” said Stewart McCone, CEO of Vemotion. “Seeing is really believing with Vemotion, and that truism is highlighted more than ever at these high profile trade shows where delegates really know their stuff. The fantastic response we’re are getting for Vemotion at the moment is more than we dared to hope for, with new clients lining up at home and abroad. It makes us all very busy but that is a nice problem to have!” Held at The Bristol Hotel, the conference and exhibition delivered the perfect platform for Vemotion to demonstrate how the company is shaping much of tomorrow’s CCTV technology today and in addition to the demonstrations undertaken, Stewart himself is already booked in for another overseas trip as part of his follow up work on those wanting more of the Vemotion solution. Vemotion has established a firm reputation for innovative wireless video transmission know-how capable of delivering live CCTV footage from almost any remote location. The technology means that CCTV cameras can be set up in isolated areas and transmit images back to a command centre anywhere in the world and what is more, doesn’t rely on a fast broadband connection to do so - the finest transmission architecture, without the need for fibre. “We always believed that if we could just get people to see Vemotion for themselves, the system would sell itself and “We always believed that if we could just get people to see Vemotion for themselves, the system would sell itself and finally that belief if being realised” finally that belief if being realised,” added Stewart. “The security industry is a close knit group and word of mouth is now helping us to get our voices heard and more importantly our CCTV and video seen. It is more than just another wireless video solution, but unfortunately, that’s not something you can tell people – they do have to see for themselves.” Those who have seen and believed in the technology include the Gendarmerie in France, who Vemotion has been working with for the last five years, plus assisting police chiefs make informed decisions using live video during everything from G20 Summits and D-Day Celebrations to the 2014 Commonwealth games. Derek Maltby of Global MSC Security said: “We were also impressed with the quality of the images demonstrated by the Vemotion equipment and are about to conduct a trial of the Vemotion solution in a real environment with one of its clients”.