Airports & Ports
- Arecont Vision cameras and Arteco VEMS software helps safeguard USS Iowa museum
- Security ready for take off: MOBOTIX helps protect 11 million passengers at major Italian airport
- Vanderbilt solutions facilitate free movement and effective safeguarding measures for airports
- Nedap AEOS controls access for Aéroport International de Genève
Banking & Finance
- Hikvision multi-site surveillance solution protects Gujarat Technical Education facility
- Arecont Vision video surveillance deployed by Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
- SeeTec's flexible and modular video security solution protects The Vienna University of Economics and Business
- Securing student accommodation with SMARTair™ access control
Government & Public Services
- Hikvision multi-site surveillance solution protects Gujarat Technical Education facility
- MOBOTIX announces new Cactus Concept for product protection against cyberattacks
- Dahua delivers surveillance solution for Turkey's Sinan Erdem Dome
- Dahua secures G20 summit to ensure smooth running and safety of officials
- Arecont Vision megapixel cameras slash healthcare video costs & increase quality and coverage
- Smart domotics: MOBOTIX cameras chosen for Conview Care solution
- SMARTair™ advanced wireless access control utilised by the Casa de la Misericordia care home in Pamplona
- CLIQ® electromechanical locking system improves staff access at QE Hospital, Birmingham
Hotels, Leisure & Entertainment
Industrial & Commercial
- Dahua provides patented HDCVI technology to secure Lulu Mall in Oman
- Pyronix PCX46 APP protects financial, industrial and commercial installations
- Hikvision IP CCTV system secures perimeter and enables remote monitoring of workshop for GRW, South Africa
- Akuvox all-Android intercom solution ensures smart living environment
- Pyronix Octopus DQ takes a new approach to retail protection
- VIVOTEK provides IP surveillance system to Cea Point for retail store management
- CLIQ® technology allows flexible access and cuts key management costs at Festival Palace
- Arecont Vision provides outdoor surveillance system for new Dahl automotive campus
Delta Scientific, manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, has announced that Delta's innovative MP5000 portable barrier systems were selected to protect people attending the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games held from 4-15 April on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, included 4,400 athletes from 70 Commonwealth nations throughout the world, competing in 19 championship sports. It was the largest sporting event in Australia since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Organisers required a vehicle access system that could be rapidly deployed and would create secure vehicle check points that carried crash-certification. It was important for the Games' operations that access for emergency and authorised vehicles was maintained through the duration of the event" Hostile vehicle mitigation Security focus had begun years prior to the games. The focus went beyond hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) measures to include various other identified security risks. Perimeter security measures were aligned with the recently implemented Australia and New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC) strategy for the protection of places of mass gatherings. A core element of this strategy was the effective and practical implementation of HVM measures at key locations. As the Australian partner of Delta Scientific, Knight Brothers Pty Ltd secured the contract for the vehicle barrier systems in late 2017 and liaised closely with organisers to ensure that specific security measures could be achieved through implementing Delta's unique barrier systems. "Barriers protected major event venues including the main games stadium, Gold Coast Convention Centre, the Athletes Village and critical street closures throughout the Gold Coast area," reports Matthew Knight, director of Knight Brothers. "It was important for the Games' operations that access for emergency and authorised vehicles was maintained through the duration of the event.” Delta MP5000 portable barriers "The primary use of the 20-foot (6m) Delta portable barriers was in public areas where ground fixation or in-situ HVM measures were not practical or achievable," Matthew Knight adds. "Barriers were deployed in a variety of configurations in order to meet security and access needs. This included direct access points as well as heightened temporary security check points with stringent vehicle inspections undertaken by Australian Defense Force personnel. Secure access points at other locations were operated by contracted security personnel." Knight Brothers worked closely with Delta Scientific to adapt certain elements of the barrier systems to meet the needs of the Commonwealth Games Delta's MP5000 portable barricades can be installed in 15 minutes or less to protect streets, entrances or wide expanses such as access to pedestrian areas. They protect people and critical infrastructures at public events and places of mass gathering, such as the Commonwealth Games. These mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers carry a recognised K8 rating (M40 ASTM rating). They lower to let vehicles through but, when raised, they will stop a 6800 kg vehicle traveling 64 km/h. At the Games, stand-alone battery operated hydraulic systems with supplementary solar power charging and remote-control operation activated the barriers and allowed a high rate of vehicle throughput in meeting specific operational requirements. Knight Brothers worked closely with Delta Scientific to adapt certain elements of the barrier systems to meet the needs of the Commonwealth Games. This included the ability to externally power the system through Australian compliant methods such as mains power or solar power arrays. Barrier deployment "Training of barrier deployment and operation were conducted directly to Commonwealth Games security staff during barrier delivery and commissioning. This ensured seamless integration of the systems across the various deployment locations," reports Daniel Knight, director of Knight Brothers. "We were very proud to be a part of this prestigious sporting event and to provide the first known deployment of portable active vehicle barriers systems on Australian soil. With the continued support of industry leading Delta Scientific, we look forward to expanding our offering to Australian event and venue organisers, to enable them to meet their ever-increasing requirements of temporary HVM measures," Daniel Knight adds.
The widespread adoption of vehicle to intersection technology – known as V2I – can help to solve a range of mobility issues in communities of all sizes, enabling cities to make the vital first moves towards delivering smarter transportation systems. That’s the message that Global Traffic Technologies (GTT) – the trusted market leader in priority control solutions – will be giving at a special session on Automated and Connected Vehicle Technologies during the American Public Transport Association TransITech conference in Jacksonville, Florida. During the session, Josh Lehman, GTT’s pre-sales engineer, will discuss the ways in which cities and communities can take advantage of connected technologies to make an immediate improvement in their public transit operations and on-time efficiency, leveraging connected devices, cloud-based computing and the potential to extract insightful analytics from the resulting data. GTT’s industry-leading Opticom™ Transit Signal Priority (TSP) solution allows transit vehicles to request a green light at intersections, dramatically reducing the potential for intersection crashes Improving travel times and reliability “Transit agencies and their partners can use data and technology to make smarter decisions about routes, timing and service levels,” Lehman said. “These improvements provide a better experience for riders and more efficient operations for the agencies. GTT’s industry-leading Opticom™ Transit Signal Priority (TSP) solution allows transit vehicles to request a green light at intersections, dramatically reducing the potential for intersection crashes and improving travel times and reliability. These intelligent priority management systems allow users to oversee and control the movement of vehicles that operate on a city's streets. With 50 years of priority control expertise under its belt, GTT is now pioneering innovative new approaches to the introduction of smart mobility solutions. Connected vehicle technologies Lehman’s presentation, during the Automated and Connected Vehicle (AV/CV) Technologies session from 2.45-4pm on Monday April 9, will explore three communities that worked to solve mobility issues by using connected vehicle technologies: New York City: Following a successful TSP pilot project on SBS-M15, NYC MTA has started deploying TSP on nearly 6,000 buses citywide. New York is leveraging existing infrastructure to create a centralised TSP solution. TSP is provided by a software application instead of typical purpose-driven hardware on the buses and at the intersections. Laval, Quebec: Laval recently implemented a number of preferential bus measures that aim to increase ridership. Advanced TSP is used to do more than just give a green light to buses – TSP in Laval takes into account passenger loads and lateness to determine what level of priority each bus should receive at each intersection. Bay Area, Calif.: Agencies in the Bay Area use advanced TSP applications to help manage schedules and maintain bus headway. The conditional priority measures help to ensure buses arrive at stops at posted times and help to avoid bus bunching. Data generated by the TSP system are used in analytics tools that drive performance and operational improvements. The 2018 TransITech Conference is focused on managing innovation in the best interests of public transportation operations and safety. The event attracts a wide range of public transportation information technology professionals, chief information officers, operations managers and staff, and software developers for transit agencies. TransITech is co-located with APTA’s Fare Collection/Revenue Management conference, at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida, and takes place from April 9-11.
Siklu Inc., a supplier of mmWave solutions, has announced that its radios have been selected by Israel Police as their main wireless fibre solution. These systems were selected for nationwide deployments as well as temporary events for the purpose of backhauling HD video surveillance systems and advanced sensors. The Israel Police, similar to police forces all over the world, face a considerable challenge when it comes to deploying a camera array at a city’s main centres within a short timeframe. Adding to the difficulties in securing these parades, is the legacy communication infrastructure in the old rock-based, mountainous terrain city of Jerusalem. When a wireless communication option is considered, the challenge of a dense urban environment packed with thousands of interfering Wi-Fi networks, needs to be addressed. Putting on a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, the holiest city in the world presented an additional challenge – how fast the city’s technology partners, MER Group, SMBIT and Siklu would be able to design, supply and install the very small mmWave radios at the strategic locations marked by the security experts. The surveillance cameras serve as a deterrent, as potentially disruptive groups are aware that they are being filmed High-quality video streams Operating in the abundant 70GHz band, with 5GHz of continues spectrum, Siklu’s radios were not constrained by the costly and time-consuming frequency survey associated with legacy wireless solutions. At each location, the Police placed 2 HD cameras and simply deployed the Siklu radios back to back, eliminating the need for traditional multiple powering and switching devices. Simplified deployment was enabled by the Siklu EtherHaul radios with their integrated switch and dual PoE out. At each pole and rooftop along the parade route, a single EH-710TX radio was able to power the complete pack of cameras and radios. With these features and capabilities, the whole network was deployed in only 1 day. On the day of the parade, the event gathered four times the number of people (~20K) attending in recent years, and the Police commanders were more than satisfied with the quality of video streams arriving in real-time to the control rooms. The live, high quality video streams enabled real-time response from the Police to any possible provocations. The cameras also serve as a deterrent, as potentially disruptive groups are aware that they are being filmed. Siklu’s mmWave technology, carefully tailored for our security networks, was definitely the right call to make" Wireless fibre links Yoav Ludmer, SMBIT’s CEO stated that “for all city events, we should provide adequate safety measures for the huge crowds expected. The Israel Police tested and deployed Siklu’s mmWave radios a few months prior to the Gay Pride Parade in another sensitive part of Jerusalem, and the solution proved to be rock solid.” For the first time in Israel, Siklu’s mmWave wireless fibre links were deployed in hours to support Police surveillance cameras and sensors. “After experiencing the high-quality video cameras enabled by Siklu’s technology and integrated by the MER Group and SMBIT, we challenged them to deliver a complex solution in very little time for a very sensitive temporary event and the result was impressive” said Israel’s Police Chief Technology Consultant, Avi Gohar. “Siklu’s mmWave technology, carefully tailored for our security networks, was definitely the right call to make. It proved to be a real game changer for us, and indeed for the city.”
Vicon Industries, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components announced that the implementation of its end-to-end Valerus video management system at the Greek American Institute (GAI) in Bronx, NY has been completed. The installation was performed by the Long Island office of ITsavvy, a Chicago-based IT products and technology solutions provider. The new Vicon Valerus system encompasses the entire property, which includes the oldest continuously run Greek Orthodox School in the United States and the adjacent Church of Zoodohos Peghe and community centre. It includes cameras within the interior and around the exterior of all buildings and surrounding grounds and is managed and monitored through web-based Valerus VMS software, making it accessible to school administrators both onsite and to those logging in remotely via an internet browser. The Valerus interface provides customised views for each system user. Based upon log-in credentials, cameras that are of greatest interest to each administrator are displayed as part of their default settings. Our Valerus system provides schools and places of worship with sophisticated security solutions that are easy for non-technical administrators to use" Enhanced school security ITsavvy worked with GAI to identify camera placement to maximise coverage of all indoor and outdoor publicly accessible areas, selecting high resolution Vicon cameras models that could deliver clear visibility in a cost-effective manner. The use of 360-degree hemispheric cameras, in select locations, provide expansive coverage with no blind spots in busy areas where students often congregate. The new systems satisfy parents’ requests to provide enhanced security for the children who attend the school and provides administrators with tools to investigate and prosecute any future criminal activity. Demos Lorenzos, President of GAI’s School Board, says, “The Valerus system is simple to use but very advanced. Someone who isn’t technically savvy can easily navigate through it.” Bret McGowan, Vicon’s Senior V.P. of Sales and Marketing says that the system was designed with specifically that intent. “Schools and places of worship have been the scene of too many tragedies in recent years. Our Valerus system is designed to provide these types of facilities with sophisticated security solutions that are easy for non-technical administrators to use to their full capabilities.”
Security expert Abloy UK has supplied the Design Museum in Kensington, London, with over 56 PROTEC2 CLIQ electromechanical cylinders to secure doors within the building and form part of a security system that protects high value assets and exhibits. The Design Museum is an innovative new exhibition centre showcasing a number of design features. The building is 10,000 square metres with over 100 staff working at any given time in the building’s three galleries, restaurant, café and events space. The museum opened to the public in November 2016 and required a new master key system within the schedule. The Design Museum’s construction company recommended Abloy for the specification due to the company’s excellent reputation for supplying master key systems within the museums and heritage sector. There are a number of different contractors on site every day and the security team were having to escort visitors around the site Electro-mechanical access control system Abloy were asked to specify two options - a solely mechanical solution and PROTEC2 CLIQ, an electro-mechanical solution. PROTEC2 CLIQ is an easy-to-use access control system based on mechanical high-security disc cylinders combined with highly encrypted electronic locking and identification. CLIQ was selected over the mechanical option as this gave the museum more flexibility to change access, whilst eliminating the need to change cylinders. There are a number of different contractors on site every day and the security team were having to escort visitors around the site, which was proving very time consuming. Encrypted electronic locking mechanism The CLIQ software was installed in the control room and the cylinders secured doors, allowing access only to areas personnel were authorised to enter. This gave the flexibility to change access without jeopardising security. For example, if a master key was lost on a mechanical system they would have had to replace cylinders as well as keys which would have been costly, but CLIQ eliminated this risk. Abloy worked closely with the architect and construction company to obtain information of door sizes and quantities and also highlighted compliance requirements to ensure the installation met British Standards. Brian Reeves, Head of Facilities at the Design Museum, said: “We felt that a traditional cylinder locking system wouldn’t work for us, because if keys were lost we’d have to replace the whole suite. By using CLIQ, we can just replace the lost key or cancel access.” CLIQ gives the Design Museum extra functionality over a mechanical system" Cloud-based access control “The system also allows us to audit access, giving us more granular control over the building. Any company that has a complex structure with different access requirements or a high turnover of staff would benefit from the CLIQ system.” Lisa O’Flynn, CNI Account Manager at Abloy UK, added: “CLIQ gives the Design Museum extra functionality over a mechanical system. As well as being able to change access rights, the system offers audit trails, and can be integrated with other cloud-based solutions for control via one central management programme.”
To improve safety and instil a tranquil environment for citizens of Lagos de Carrasco (Carrasco Lakes), this residential community in Uruguay invested in a new monitoring system based on video management software from Milestone Systems. Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS), is helping the lakeside community of Carrasco Lakes in Uruguay to benefit from better security control. Previous multiple standalone systems were not efficient enough. The new networked solution allows ongoing expansions with more cameras and video analytics. Located to the east of Uruguay’s capital Montevideo, Lagos de Carrasco stretches across two islands, and is known for its beautiful houses perched on the lakes’ shores. However, because the semi-private residential community can be freely accessed through city streets, the topic of security is of keen interest to its residents. A few years ago, as the neighbourhood began to grow, the area’s residents decided to invest in updating its video surveillance. Considering its location and conditions, with certain factors like humidity, electrical currents and the physical difficulties surrounding cable extensions, the system that was formerly installed deteriorated over time. This lead to a negative impact on the quality of the surveillance images, as well as to the stability of the system in general. We installed an IP network system that connected to several of the power supply points and featured a wireless connection that stretched across both islands" Installation of IP cameras and XProtect VMS Lagos de Carrasco worked with Milestone Partner Foxsys to execute the modernisation project. Its commercial director, Juan Martín González, explained: “In light of the situational requirements, we installed an IP network system that connected to several of the power supply points and featured a wireless connection that stretched across both islands. This was in addition to acquiring new cameras and a video control system in the height of the project.” The previous system’s cameras, roughly five years old, were removed and replaced with about 34 IP cameras manufactured by HikVision and Arecont Vision. With the goal of combining each of these technologies and their new functions, Lagos de Carrasco chose the video management software XProtect Professional from Milestone Systems. Reduced bandwidth González manages the system bandwidth with the software configuration. “All the security cameras are IP based, and we depend on failover redundancy with the video. It’s a big challenge to work with restricted bandwidth, and XProtect Professional allows us to optimise it, lower our consumption in real time and maintain the best recording resolution possible.” Surveillance is performed in two ways: from the central neighbourhood security office and remotely, from security company BLITZ’s main headquarters. Jaime Márquez, director of BLITZ and manager of security at Lagos de Carrasco, adds that the previously implemented systems were a complex challenge for the operators. “With the introduction of Milestone Systems software, we could optimise the concentration of CCTV personnel, immediately observe different incidents and qualify the seriousness of them. What’s more, we’re now able to conduct pre-analyses to prevent potential crime through the identification of people and/or actions,” says Márquez. This is a complicated situation, seeing as there have been several intrusions specific to the area" Video analytics for tresspasser identification The initial investment is the first of three stages that the Lagos de Carrasco community has planned – another stage focuses on expanding to the farther most western perimeters of the neighbourhood, potentially adding 20-25 additional cameras. “This is a complicated situation, seeing as there have been several intrusions specific to the area. Due to a lot of vegetation and precarious conditions, it faces some larger technical challenges,” González explains. The third and final stage involves integrating different video analytics through Milestone Solution Partners. These include prowling detection methods, identifying trespassers in restricted areas and registering them, identifying and recognising license plates, as well as establishing alerts for license plates not belonging to any of the residents that enters the neighbourhood.
With over 166 years’ experience with seaports, ships and ferries, City Lines offer comfortable and safe sea transportation services to tourists and those who live and work in Istanbul, Turkey’s most populous city. Every day, over 150,000 passengers rely on City Lines services. Having decided to offer a new ferry service between Istinye and Çubuklu—which are both part of the Istanbul greater metropolitan area located on different sides of the Bosporus—City Lines asked Istanbul-based security systems integrator InfoMET Technologies, to recommend video surveillance cameras to help keep passengers and the ferries safe and secure. The cameras would be required to cope with sea conditions as well as capture high-resolution images day or night. The Hanwha cameras are used to monitor the movement of some 2,000 vehicles which are transported daily Monitoring vehicle movement “Having previously worked with Hanwha Techwin on a number of other projects, we were confident they would be able to provide cameras that would be able to withstand demanding conditions such as salt water and high levels of vibration,” said Oguzhan Kahraman, Project Engineer, InfoMET Technologies. “The pre-sales team for Hanwha Techwin in Turkey were extremely helpful and were able to recommend the best Wisenet camera models for each required camera location.” In addition to keeping a close eye on passengers, the Hanwha cameras are used to monitor the movement of some 2,000 vehicles which are transported daily. They also to provide a valuable navigational tool for captains who use them to view blind spots that can’t be seen from the ship’s bridge. Bullet cameras with H.265 compression The majority of the 250 cameras installed are Wisenet QNO-7080Rs, which are part of the Wisenet Q series. These 4 Megapixel bullet cameras have built-in IR illumination for night viewing and are packed with innovative features such as H.265 compression and WiseStream, a complementary compression technology that dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression, according to movement in the image. When WiseStream is combined with H.265 compression, bandwidth efficiency is improved by up to 75% compared to current H.264 technology, making the Wisenet Q series one of the most bandwidth friendly camera ranges available on the market. Hallway View provides a highly effective way to monitor narrow vertical areas such as corridors, tunnels and aisles Featuring Hallway view and True WDR The QNO-7080R cameras also feature Hallway View, True Wide Dynamic Range, Tamper Detection, Defocus Detection, and Lens Distortion Correction, to deliver optimised images in every situation. Hallway View provides a highly effective way to monitor narrow vertical areas such as corridors, tunnels and aisles. It enables cameras which can generate images in the 9:16 x 3:4 aspect ratio, to work effectively in tall and narrow spaces. “One of the biggest factors in choosing Wisenet cameras is they do not have any problems in the environments we operate,” said Cuneyt Danaci, IT Specialist for City Lines. “Equally important, whilst we did not want to compromise on quality, we needed cameras with a high price/performance ratio. Wisenet came ahead of many other camera brands in respect of price, performance and technology. This is one of the reasons why we are thinking of working with Hanwha Techwin on other new projects in the future.”
JCB Co. Ltd, the only international payments brand based in Japan, will conduct a pilot trial of its latest JCB Biometrics Card with fingerprint authentication. JCB's contactless payment solution is provided by IDEMIA, a global augmented identity solution provider. Toppan Printing will also take part in the demonstration trial in respect of card personalisation. Users first record one or more fingerprints for authentication purposes. When they want to buy something, they need only touch the fingerprint sensor on the card's lower right corner with their finger so as to authenticate payment. The fingerprint record is only kept in the card and given that fingerprint authentication is also done on the card, merchants do not need any further equipment to accept payment. The purpose of the pilot is to validate whether the solution is convenient for consumers and practical for the payment Secure customer experiences While currently most contact chip cards rely on users entering a PIN number for authentication, this will be replaced by the fingerprint authentication. With the new JCB Biometrics Card strict security is upheld with fingerprint authentication for any payment method, while maintaining efficiency and speed. The pilot trial first involves issuing the JCB Biometric Card to JCB employees from April. Once card users have recorded their fingerprints using a smartphone or tablet app, they can make purchases via fingerprint authentication at merchants accepting JCB Contactless payments. The purpose of the pilot is to validate whether the solution is convenient for consumers and practical for the payment. JCB will continue to explore and develop various authentication solutions in order to provide consumers with reliable and secure customer experiences.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has expressed strong support for MI HB 5828 and HB5830, two bills designed to improve school security across the state of Michigan. Michigan Legislation In a letter to Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Chairwoman Laura Cox and Vice-Chair Rob VerHeulen, SIA CEO Don Erickson praised the bills’ creation of a comprehensive school plan and fund to enable local districts to procure security solutions to protect students from malicious perpetrators and update building code requirements to include security measures. “Sadly, our nation’s schools have increasingly become a soft target for mass violence – at Sandy Hook Elementary, recently at Stoneman Douglas High School and in many other attacks,” said Erickson. “We support holistic approaches to improving school safety and security in response to these tragedies – recognising there is no single action that can be taken that will, by itself, make our schools safe.” SIA is a co-founder of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), a consortium of school security experts Improving school security SIA represents about 900 security and life safety solutions providers – companies that develop, manufacture and integrate technologies that help keep people and property safe from hazards. These industry leaders strive to introduce robust security solutions integrated into our nation’s K–12 public schools, private academic institutions, colleges and universities. In addition to serving member organisations working to improve security in schools and other environments, SIA is a co-founder of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), a consortium of school security experts that developed threat- and income-based guidelines for schools housing grades K–12 to implement appropriate, layered security measures. These guidelines are available to help guide school investments. Additionally, PASS provides integrators with risk assessments and white papers that can be used when working with schools to evaluate and establish the best security protections for their buildings. SIA believes state assistance like that in the Michigan legislation is a start to addressing key security gaps in schools and is especially critical to high-risk school districts or those with limited budgets.
Siklu Inc., a global supplier of mmWave solutions, has announced that its wireless radios have been deployed in the City of Lincoln, United Kingdom. These systems provide 14 high capacity wireless data links in support of a modern IP networked CCTV system, primarily to provide surveillance for the city and public spaces. The new wireless network is part of the Vision 2020 project announced last year. Vision 2020 is a three-year plan to build a smart city improving the city’s infrastructure, roadways and parks, and includes investing in a new transportation hub. Previously, the cities CCTV system was transmitted back on traditional analogue fibre circuits, these were both costly and bandwidth limiting. To install the wireless network, the City of Lincoln Council worked closely with security systems integrator Videcom Security Ltd, a company specialising in large multisite Town and City Centre public safety CCTV systems. Videcom chose Siklu as their wireless partner following previous successes in Watford, London Borough Richmond, Ipswich and Cambridge City where Siklu hardware had already been successfully deployed, demonstrating the best cost and performance solution. Ultralow latency combined with high reliability and accurate forecasted uptime and resilience, added weight to the tendered design and installation mmWave EtherHaul E-band radios The project involved installing Siklu’s mmWave EtherHaul E-band radios to deliver 1 Gbps full duplex capacity for the main backhaul resilient ring over the 80 GHz frequency. Utilising Siklu’s Layer 2 switch functionality to deliver resiliency and diversity routing, the network provides ‘mission critical’ up-time with automatic fail-over. In addition, Videcom installed Siklu’s 60 GHz V-band frequency radios to connect 300 cameras at the street level including city wide Urban Traffic Cameras. Ultralow latency combined with high reliability and accurate forecasted uptime and resilience, added weight to the tendered design and installation. Significant cost savings on transmission and reduction in maintenance have also helped to reduce the total lifetime cost of the CCTV system. Videcom city-wide CCTV surveillance “At Videcom, we have always been impressed with the level of support and in particular, Siklu’s commitment to training of our engineers and the ongoing direct support offered,” said Bill Mead, Managing Director of Videcom Security. “We are pleased to work closely with Siklu and are looking forward to the next project.” The recent project with the City of Lincoln Council is part of our commitment to providing the most reliable, interference free mmWave technology"The extended CCTV camera coverage, including the creation of a Safe Zone, utilising Siklu radios connecting high specification Dahua cameras is already providing significant results, both proactively and reactively. Spare transmission bandwidth is allowing the planning of smart services to the City as well as Wi-Fi connectivity and car park data sharing. “We’re pleased to have had such a successful working relationship with Videcom Security on numerous projects throughout the United Kingdom,” said Eyal Assa, Siklu’s CEO. “The recent project with the City of Lincoln Council is part of our commitment to providing the most reliable, interference free mmWave technology available to the market for Smart City and surveillance system networks.”
A Shropshire coach company has beaten the fuel thieves who threatened to wreck their business after 100 years of operation by the same family. AT Brown (Coaches) Ltd of Telford installed monitored pulse fencing (MPF) to prevent break-ins, where burglars were syphoning off diesel from coaches. SPG Security Systems UK Ltd from Crewe installed an MPF from manufacturer Gallagher Security, which has literally stopped the criminals in their tracks. AT Brown was started by Alf Brown in 1916 and is now run by Alf’s granddaughter, Nina, and her husband Ewen MacLeod. After 80 years of operating on the busy Trench Road in Telford, the company relocated in August 2005 to larger premises on the town’s Hortonwood Industrial Estate. SPG retrofitted the Gallagher MPF onto the pre-existing security fence, ensuring no disruption to ongoing operations Ensuring smooth operation Mr MacLeod said: “For the first eight years on the new site, thieves were coming through the security fence and syphoning fuel out of coaches, despite having CCTV cameras and mobile patrols.” “The MPF has made everyone feel more secure, which is a very important factor, and now we can just carry on running our business the way we want to.” SPG, who have been installing this type of system for nearly 20 years, retrofitted the Gallagher MPF onto the pre-existing security fence, ensuring no disruption to ongoing operations. Monitored pulse fencing versus CCTV Founder and MD Simon Gleave said: “They’ve not had a single incident since we installed the MPF four years ago, which offers both a visual and practical deterrent. Once you’ve touched it, you don't want to do so again!” The business now runs a fleet of 24 coaches and employs a total of 27, including drivers, office and maintenance staff. Gallagher Security strategic business development manager Kevin Godfrey said, “CCTV can be really useful, but it tends to watch and not detect the crime. Our MPF is really easy to retrofit on to existing fences, so is highly cost-effective and it has negated the need for the patrols and the CCTV.”
UK perimeter solutions manufacturer, Jacksons Fencing, has recently completed a project at Portsmouth Retail Park, the latest addition to Portsmouth City Council’s investment portfolio. The £17m development aims to generate up to £1m a year for local services, create jobs and contribute to the city’s revitalisation. Development and construction firm Simons Group undertook the 70,000 sq. ft. build while Jacksons Fencing won the tender to supply and install fencing and access control for the perimeter of the service areas and plant and bin stores. A secure perimeter was important, as any disruption to the service areas would negatively impact day-to-day operations. Air conditioning units, loading areas and bin stores can be vulnerable to vandalism and anti-social behaviour, so protecting these areas against unauthorised access not only prevents accidents and theft, but also ensures operational efficiency and protecting businesses from financial loss and liability. Jacksons Fencing also installed two single leaf and four double leaf EuroGuard swing gates, which seamlessly match the perimeter fencing Balancing security and aesthetics While the retail park and the stores within the development need protection, it is also a public space that depends on attracting shoppers, and so required a welcoming aesthetic. To fulfil these requirements, 100m of Jacksons EuroGuard Regular fencing at 3m high was installed. Ideal for commercial properties, EuroGuard Regular is able to secure the premises without appearing imposing or fortress-like. Its anti-climb design and vandal-proof panel to post fixings give the panels the strength and rigidity to effectively demark public and private spaces, deter potential intruders, or simply keep shoppers and young children out of harm’s way. To provide efficient access for staff, delivery and service vehicles, Jacksons Fencing also installed two single leaf and four double leaf EuroGuard swing gates, which seamlessly match the perimeter fencing. Turnkey security support Head of Commercial Sales at Jacksons Fencing Cris Francis comments: “Simons Group is one of the biggest names in retail construction and development, so this is a significant project for Jacksons, and testament to the high quality of our products and expertise of our team.” Brian Hodgkin, Commercial Manager at Simons Group, adds: “It’s obviously crucial that our projects are properly secured and we were pleased to work together with Jacksons to ensure security on the Portsmouth Retail park was of the highest standard.” Jacksons Fencing designs and manufactures high-quality security fencing and has a wide range of perimeter solutions ideal for a variety of projects. Their team of technical and engineering experts have worked on many different bespoke projects, providing full turnkey support to meet any requirements their clients have.
Perimeter systems manufacturer Zaun Limited has supplied more than 500 metres of 2.4m-high Duo8 steel mesh fencing panels to the energy giant, EDF Energy. The demountable fencing to secure huge underground gas storage chambers has been created for one of EDF Energy’s facility site in Cheshire. Each panel incorporates a 600mm crank above and sits on fencing posts slotted into sockets, allowing the fence line to be demountable. The site near Crewe incorporates 11 huge gas storage chambers 200 metres underground, each of which can store around 36 million therms. One therm is the equivalent to 30 kilowatt hours of energy (kWh). Each panel is manufactured with a 50mm x 200mm steel mesh, ideal for use with CCTV camera systems as the open mesh aperture provides excellent visibility Perimeter protection Zaun provides security fencing extensively across the utilities sector and for other sites of critical national infrastructure. Duo8 is a twin-wire fencing panel featuring two 8mm horizontal wires that sandwich 6mm vertical wires, which provides a good-looking perimeter that is strong and rigid enough to secure a site from potential trespassers, vandals and thieves. Each panel is manufactured with a 50mm x 200mm steel mesh, ideal for use with CCTV camera systems as the open mesh aperture provides excellent visibility.
CriticalArc has announced that it has been appointed by FCC Group (FCC) – a global provider of environmental services, water management and infrastructure works, headquartered in Spain – to help develop and implement SafeZone as a multinational safeguarding solution for all its employees and any accompanying family members while they are working overseas on company projects. CriticalArc’s pioneering SafeZone personal protection and emergency response system is already being used by FCC as part of their initial deployment phase in three very different security challenges: for the FAST consortium to design and build the Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia, for all FCC projects in Egypt, and on a gas pipeline construction project in North Mexico. Based on these experiences FCC then plans to integrate SafeZone more widely and to start rolling out the approach from mid-2018 to cover all its international operations in over 35 countries. It gives FCC a reliable method for instant mass communication, for example, to broadcast regional alerts, weather warnings or travel updates" High level of emergency support “FCC believes that SafeZone is the ideal tool to help us provide an even higher level of emergency support and assistance to all employees and their families across all our international operations. The tool will give everyone peace of mind when they are travelling between different work locations or exploring the country in their free time, plus it gives FCC a reliable method for instant mass communication, for example, to broadcast regional alerts, weather warnings or travel updates. “CriticalArc’s ongoing commitment and flexibility in helping customise and deploy SafeZone to meet our specific requirements has been outstanding. FCC is an increasingly global and diversified business with complex security needs but CriticalArc is working closely to integrate SafeZone into our existing systems and to develop new approaches and features as required,” said José Morales, corporate security director at FCC Group. SafeZone gives users the ability to call for immediate emergency assistance by simply pressing a button on their mobile phone Automatic alert in emergency situations One of the key challenges for expatriates and their families is having to deal with the cultural differences, language barriers or growing political tensions that in some regions can lead to even minor incidents quickly escalating out of control. For example: if someone is involved in a road traffic accident or stopped for questioning by the police. SafeZone gives users the ability to call for immediate emergency assistance by simply pressing a button on their mobile phone. They do not need to even say anything, and their phone automatically sends an alert with their exact location details to a centralised control room. Providing security to FCC’s expatriates “SafeZone is already extensively used by universities and other further education establishments where the prime objective is to help protect students and staff both on and off campus. However, with FCC this is the first time SafeZone has been specified by a global security team for implementation across multiple geographies and such a diverse range of operational models. FCC’s expatriates and their families are much more widely dispersed, and in some regions the company’s security assets are not directly under its own control,” said Darren Chalmers-Stevens, CriticalArc EMEA managing director. The initial intention is for FCC to mandate SafeZone for all its own expatriates, but the company is also considering the potential benefits of recommending the tool for use by all personnel working for partner companies involved in FCC-led consortia, joint ventures and the company’s other international activities.
FST Biometrics, a global biometric identification solutions provider, has announced that it has installed it’s In Motion Identification (IMID) solution to provide secure access and an enhanced customer experience for students and members of the Wellington Health & Fitness Club. Wellington College is one of the UK’s esteemed boarding schools, established in 1859, built as a monument to the first Duke of Wellington. The classically-built institution decided to make the high-tech upgrade to its security infrastructure by selecting FST’s IMID solution for its accuracy, speed and ease-of-use for members. IMID biometric access system “We required a system that provided touch-free in-motion identification for smooth member access to our fitness centre, while preventing access to those unauthorised,” explained Brian Cannon, Operations Bursar for Wellington College. “We value our tradition, but also are prepared to go cutting-edge for the sake of members’ time, health and safety, all of which are preserved through FST’s advanced biometric identification system.” FST’s IMID Access will manage secure access for the fitness centre’s 3,000 members, with access points deployed at the facility’s main entrance. IMID is also integrated with Wellington’s Gladstone MRM Plus2 system and TRP member experience management software to ensure every member receives appropriate service and attention from staff. We are proud that such a prominent institution has selected IMID to enhance the center’s security and operational efficiency" Gladstone MRM Plus2 management system “We are proud that such a prominent institution has selected IMID to enhance the center’s security and operational efficiency, and to help staff provide more personalised service to members,” said Arie Melamed, Head of the Access Control Identification Solutions Division of FST Biometrics. “Our biometric solution is ideal for use in this setting. The centre is reserved for student use at specific hours, while paying members access the leisure facilities at other times. IMID is fully customisable to ensure the right people are granted access at appropriate times.” “Given our strong experience working with Wellington College for several years, we knew they expected an access control solution that would be both secure and elegant,” said, Andrew Wylie, FTL Secure Solutions, FST’s strategic partner in the UK, and provider of design, installation, commissioning, testing and training for access control systems. “FST’s IMID Access provides the convenience and simplicity of in-motion, visual identification while also offering the highest level of biometric-based reliability.” FST’s IMID Access is deployed in health and wellness centres around the globe, and is also used in large corporations, healthcare facilities, institutions of higher education, in retail applications and others.