For over a century, IEEE's mission has been to advance technology for the benefit of humanity. As the world’s largest technical professional organisation, IEEE’s global community includes over 420,000 members in engineering, computing and technology, collaborating on communications, consumer electronics, robotics, sustainable energy, aerospace, life sciences, and many other critical initiatives. Dave George felicitated with IEEE Life Membership Dave George has been an active IEEE me...
Dahua Technology is proud to present the world with HDCVI 5.0, the latest instalment to a revolutionary series for the global surveillance industry initiated in 2012, which brings clarity, intelligence and security to an unprecedented level. For those who are not already familiar with the field, there’s no need to rush into jargons of technical details behind the acronym. Simply imagine a really good security guard you hire that happens to enjoy exceptionally sharp eyesight unaffected by...
D-Tools, Inc., global provider of data-driven software for system integrators, and PSA Security Network, globally renowned systems integrator consortium, announced that D-Tools has been named as the official product catalog content provider for PSA Security Network and USAV. D-Tools will work with PSA and USAV vendor partners to collect, manage, publish, and update the detailed vendor product information that is delivered through the PSA webstore. D-Tools System Integrator software Complete, a...
The last day of Global Security Exchange (GSX) in Las Vegas proved to be the calm after the storm. But a slower third day could not undermine a largely successful 2018 show for exhibitors and attendees. Sometimes the success of a trade show isn’t measured by numbers of attendees (which were reportedly down again this year). Sometimes it’s the individual successes that make an impression. “Just learning about this made the whole trip worthwhile,” said one GSX attendee at...
Audio over IP pioneer Barix announced that the company has promoted Reto Brader to CEO, following a highly successful tenure as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. The change in company leadership correlates with the availability of new products that Barix introduced in 2018, including its award-winning RetailPlayer platform for background music distribution. Barix appoints Reto as new CEO The remaining Barix management team, which has worked together effectively for the past several years,...
Vistacom, a provider of audio-visual and communications solutions, announced the addition of Martin O’Donnell as its new Control Room Territory Sales Representative in the Northeast. In this role, O’Donnell will spearhead, support and expand upon the sales efforts of Vistacom’s command-and-control technologies in target markets and regions. O’Donnell is an experienced business development professional with more than 25 years of client relations and sales experience. He h...
Eagle Eye Networks announced it has integrated Eagle Eye NuboCam - a mobile camera that connects over 4G/LTE or WiFi - into the Eagle Eye CameraManager cloud video platform. Eagle Eye CameraManager is the ideal video solution for small and medium sized businesses seeking an affordable, quality cloud solution with small camera counts. Eagle Eye CameraManager certified resellers and customers have requested mobile monitoring solutions. “The combination of a mobile connection and Eagle Eye CameraManager brings mobile video monitoring to the CameraManager professional video management software.” says Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks, “Now both remote and temporary locations can be monitored without limitations.” Features of Eagle Eye NuboCam The Eagle Eye NuboCam connects to 4G/LTE mobile networks or WiFi, providing connectivity at all times. Eagle Eye NuboCam features include: Night Vision: View video clearly at night or in the dark or when events are triggered by the PIR-motion detector. Two-Way Audio: Have two-way conversations via the built-in speaker and microphone. Smart Detection: Receive only relevant notifications with the Smart Object Detection feature. Outdoor Ready: Use either indoor and outdoor applications due to weatherproofing (IP-64). Mobile video monitoring solution “We can now empower our Channel and end users with the freedom, flexibility and mobility of a 4G/LTE monitoring solution. With the integration of our 4G/LTE NuboCam into our Cloud video platform CameraManager, this true Mobile Video Monitoring solution is going to lead to new, unique applications.” says Rishi Lodhia, Managing Director of Eagle Eye Networks EMEA. All Eagle Eye NuboCam’s come SIM-lock free and run on all European Mobile Operators. Additionally, Eagle Eye Networks will also be offering connectivity with various data plans with European coverage in combination with its cloud service.
Video wall and visual display solutions experts eyevis UK has changed its name to Ultimate Visual Solutions (UVS) following the acquisition of eyevis GmbH by the Leyard group. The rebranding will allow the company to offer an expanded range of products and services and remain at the forefront of providing turnkey solutions for all types of audio visual and visual display applications. eyevis UK Ltd operated as a private entity from eyevis Germany and was the sole UK distributor of its video walls and video wall technology. Turnover increased by 20% UVS remains the UK partner for eyevis GmbH products and services and continues to supply, install and maintain eyevis solutions" UVS managing director Steve Murphy said the takeover of eyevis GmbH by Leyard provided a good opportunity to reassess the UK operation. He said: “This move was made solely to allow the company to better market the full range of products and services which we can offer and our business remains outstandingly successful, with turnover during the financial year ending May 2018 increasing by more than 20%. First quarter results for the financial year starting in June are also at record levels. “UVS remains the UK partner for eyevis GmbH products and services and continues to supply, install and maintain eyevis solutions, in addition to a wider range of visual technology, including Leyard-Planar products.” Single and multi-screen video walls Rainer Link, Sales Director Leyard EMEA International, commented: “eyevis UK has been a significant and important partner for us during the past 11 years and we look forward to continuing the relationship under the rebranding to UVS.” UVS projects range from a single display screen in a conference room to a multi-screen video wall system within a 24/7, mission-critical operationUVS projects range from a single display screen in a conference room to a multi-screen video wall system within a 24/7, mission-critical operation such as a Data Centre or a Police Special Operations Room. The Burnley-based business is led by four senior colleagues who, between them, have more than 70 years’ combined Audio Visual, Control Room and Visual Solutions experience. Support for lifetime of project Steve Murphy added: “We have developed an outstanding reputation for our total service and support during the whole life of a client project, not just the installation. During the past 11 years we have successfully installed and fully supported hundreds of visual solutions for a wide range of clients. “These include many within mission-critical 24/7 operation centres, which require high level video wall and audio-visual technology alongside project management, installation and long-term support.”
D-Link has unveiled its first 100% wire-free camera kit, the mydlink Pro Wire-Free Camera Kit (DCS-2802KT-EU), offering customers a flexible full home surveillance experience, without the inconvenience of needing to drill holes for cables or place cameras near a power source. Powered by high capacity lithium batteries which allow months of operation without the need to recharge, the cameras can be placed virtually anywhere one might need them. The cameras feature 1080p Full HD video and built-in night vision, making them ideal for 24/7 surveillance both indoors and out. With the free mydlink app, owners can monitor and protect their homes from their mobile device, and receive automatic notifications Consisting of two wire-free cameras and a hub, the compact camera kit is designed to be discreet and easy to setup without compromising on functionality. The hub supports four cameras, so customers can expand the coverage of their surveillance system as needed. Monitoring homes via mobile “At D-Link we believe technology should be intuitive, uncomplicated and unobtrusive. People who want to ensure the safety of their property and loved ones shouldn’t have to concern themselves with extra home DIY projects, compromises around where they can place the cameras, or an unattractive tangle of wires ruining their home décor,” said Kevin Wen, President of D-Link Europe. “These cameras feature all the functionality customers expect from an advanced home security system, but with greater flexibility than ever before,” continued Wen. With the free mydlink app, owners can monitor and protect their homes from their mobile device, and receive automatic notifications of unusual activity on their property. The cameras’ moving object detection together with a PIR motion sensor greatly reduces the chance of false alarms, so when you are notified via the app you know something’s actually moving, rather than being disturbed by falling rain or passing clouds. Unlimited video storage for 14 days Purchase of the camera includes 12 months’ Premium Cloud Recording plan, which stores unlimited motion triggered videos for up to 14 days Purchase of the camera includes 12 months’ Premium Cloud Recording plan (43.99GBP), which stores unlimited motion triggered videos for up to 14 days. Alternatively, the cameras support local recording to an on-board SD card slot or to private and secure cloud storage. Captured video can be played back directly from the cloud or downloaded, and the two-way audio feature enables people to both listen and talk through the camera through their mobile device. Full compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant enables owners of these cameras and compatible connected streaming devices such as Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick, to use voice commands to access live feeds to monitor their homes. Key benefits of the camera: 100% wire-free - for true flexibility cameras can be placed indoors or outdoors without the need to drill holes through walls or install close to a power source Extended battery life - ultra low standby power consumption provides months of operation between charges Cloud recording included - includes 12 months Premium Cloud Recording plan (worth €49.99), which stores unlimited motion triggered videos for up to 14 days Expandable - The hub supports up to four wire-free cameras, so you can add additional cameras when needed High quality camera - high-quality 1080p Full HD resolution provide a clear picture of your home or business Night vision - integrated night vision allows you to see up to 7.5 metres even in complete darkness Optional local storage - integrated microSD card slot and USB port allow you to store videos locally Advanced motion detection - smart moving object detection together with PIR motion sensor to greatly reduce false alarms Smart home compatible - works with mydlink Smart Home devices, Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant and IFTTT Two-way audio - allows customers to listen to sounds near each camera and talk through each camera via their mobile device
Edesix, a provider of Body Worn Camera (BWC) solutions, will showcase its new integrated security technology on the Genetec stand at Security Essen 2018, the world's most important trade fair for security in Germany. Edesix has an integrated technology partnership with Genetec which enables Edesix Body Worn Cameras, and associated VideoManager software, to integrate seamlessly with Genetec Security Center. This integration offers streamlined wearable security management, support and storage for city wide surveillance and law enforcement. Edesix VideoBadge and VideoTag BWC Edesix will be showcasing its camera streaming gateway software, called ONStream, at Security Essen 2018Users of Security Center will be able to automatically view live video and audio captured on an Edesix VideoBadge or VideoTag BWC. Features currently found within the Edesix solution, such as RFID touch-assign, video encryption and video offloading, will be accessible through the Genetec system, allowing for effective large-scale deployment and estate management. Edesix, global provider of Body Worn Cameras (BWC), will be showcasing its camera streaming gateway software, called ONStream, at Security Essen 2018, alongside the company's suite of wearable cameras, designed for markets such as police, security, retail and prison services. ONStream integrates Edesix's VideoManager platform with the existing Genetec Video Management Systems (VMS) for fixed IP camera networks. Cameras integrate seamlessly with VideoManager and Security Center, meaning captured footage can be instantly shared and viewed by security staff in one integrated picture. Seamless integrations "The Genetec open-architecture allows technology partners like Edesix to offer seamless integrations for its Body Worn Cameras with Security Center and Genetec Clearance—our collaborative investigation management system," said Georges Tannous, Director of Strategic Alliances, Genetec Inc. "Together, these technologies are helping law enforcement and security professionals capture, respond to, and manage video evidence and data (with privacy and encryption) which speeds up investigations. We invite all show attendees to request a demo on our stand during Security Essen 2018," added Tannous.
LRG Inc., an independent manufacturer's rep firm serving the electronic security industry, is pleased to announce a fourth LRG Regional Sales Manager for the State of Texas. Aram Hasson joins us to cover the Central and South Texas markets of Austin, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley. Aram’s industry experience includes inside sales for Northern Video, TriEd distribution, Business Development Manager for Sony and most recently Regional Sales Manager for the Ascend Group. Aram brings over 10 years of security and safety experience to LRG. He has an extensive background in various technologies, as well as experience in systems design, integration, sales, distribution, and both regional and national territory management. Michele Fancher to work with Aram With the addition of Aram, LRG is also happy to announce the return of Michele Fancher to the Support Center from her time as inside sales support for the upper Midwest region of LRG. She has returned to work with Aram in the development of the South Texas region, bringing over four years of experience and industry knowledge to this new team. “We are excited to have Aram on our team, and for the experience he brings to benefit the distributor and installing trade we service. The dynamic team of Aram and Michele will be a great boost for our manufacturer partners in this region of Texas,” stated LRG President Chris Lanier.
Axis Communications has continued to listen to industry needs and announces two new camera models for corner-mount usage, with specific design features to meet particular use cases. The AXIS P9106-V Network Camera Brushed Steel model has a design that is perfect for blending into the aesthetic in elevators, whereas the AXIS P9106-V Network Camera White model is ligature-resistant (also known as anti-ligature), ideal for, among others, the healthcare sector. The 3 MP cameras are specially designed for out-of-the-box optimised corner-to-corner coverage. They can cover up to 130 degrees horizontally and 95 degrees vertically, without blind spots. Overcoming challenges “For niche applications such as surveillance in elevators, interview rooms, and psychiatric wards, our clients face very specific challenges and seek to achieve specific benefits that are not commonly addressed by standard products available in the market” said Michael Chen, Global Product Manager at Axis Communications. Network audio can be added by pairing AXIS P9106-V with AXIS T6112 Audio and I/O Interface and its portcast technology, so it can also record dialogue “But thanks to our strong partnership network globally, we are able to work alongside system integrators and end-users to ensure our new cameras’ designs serve their needs and exceed their expectations in aesthetics, usability and durability. In our dedication to innovating and creating cameras for long-term use, we are proud to present these two new cameras that will help our clients utilise our technology in even more industries.” Recording dialogue with portcast technology The white ligature-resistant model eliminates the chances for vulnerable people, such as those in mental health care or police custody, to use the device for self-harm. Network audio can be added by pairing AXIS P9106-V with AXIS T6112 Audio and I/O Interface and its portcast technology, so it can also record dialogue, which is very useful in applications such as police interview rooms. Additionally, the camera can be re-painted to match any environment, decreasing the chances of it standing out and upsetting or irritating vulnerable persons. If the camera is defaced, its abrasion- and chemical-resistant front window is easy to clean with the help of detergents or simple graffiti remover. The brushed steel model is designed to blend in with elegant elevator environments, such as in high-class establishments in commercial environments. The camera benefits from no visible screws, adding to its elegant design feature. If the camera has been affected or targeted by vandalism, the durable front window is easy to clean or replace, as per the white model. IK10 and IP66 rated corner cameras Both models are IK10- and IP66-rated for protection against impact, dirt and water ingress Michael adds, “Specifically in the elevator application, customers expressed the cumbersome procedures involved if any camera maintenance would require access inside the elevator shaft. To address this, we have designed the camera to be fully accessible from inside the elevator, reducing maintenance time and costs, while keeping the camera compact and discreet, to blend into elegant spaces.” These new corner cameras are easy to install alone, thanks to innovative screw gaskets. They also come pre-focused, helping installers complete the set-up quickly and correctly, which decreases installation costs. Both models are IK10- and IP66-rated for protection against impact, dirt and water ingress. The hardened cameras are compatible with multiple connectivity options to allow installation in environments where infrastructure requirements are unique. Choose between: PoE, PoE over Coax, and PoE over 2-wire connections (separate connectivity devices required). The latter of these is common, e.g. in travelling cables along elevator shafts. The cameras will be available in Q4 2018 through Axis distribution channels.
Videowall technology supplied by Ultimate Visual Solutions (UVS) is at the heart of a new security control room at iNTU Trafford Centre. High-end videowall technology The new facility helps ensure 30 million annual visitors have a safe and enjoyable time at what is the single best-known and most iconic retail and leisure destination in the UK. Burnley-based UVS, formerly eyevis UK, provides video wall displays and audio-visual solutions to a range of clients across the UK. UVS Full HD Videowall As part of the new state-of-the-art facility, UVS installed a 7.2m wide by 2.7m high videowall As part of the new state-of-the-art facility, UVS installed a 7.2m wide by 2.7m high videowall, made up of 24 eyevis 55-inch XSN extremely narrow bezel LCD screens with Full HD resolution. The displays offer 1920 × 1080 pixels, direct-LED backlight technology, a mechanical bezel width of only 3.5 mm between two displays and a brightness of 500 cd/m2. The installation also includes a control room meeting space featuring a videowall made up of four eyevis 46-inch XSN screens with 3.5mm bezel. Netpix 4900 videowall controller Both videowalls connect to a Netpix 4900 videowall controller configured for multiple analogue video feeds, IP video feeds, graphic PC data and web browsers. iNTU security staff, who monitor the centre and liaise with visitors, will be able to send live videos from their tablets directly back to the video wall to share incident video with security staff. Video monitoring and visitor management iNTU Trafford Centre is a retail and leisure destination and it is important that the control room has the latest videowall technology" UVS managing director Steve Murphy said: “iNTU Trafford Centre is a retail and leisure destination enjoyed by millions of people each year and it is important that the control room has the latest videowall technology.” He adds, “We are delighted to have been involved in such a prestigious and important project.” Lee Barlow, Security Manager, iNTU Trafford Centre said “The security and safety of our customers, retailers and staff is our number one priority so having a control room that allows us to keep them safe is really important. The new videowall and meeting room screens allows us to do just that and we are really happy with them.” New control room with videowall The new control room was designed and refurbished by Intech Solutions, which specialise in technical and control room furniture including full control room fit-outs in the UK and worldwide. UVS also worked to deliver the videowall with its security integrator partner, Nottinghamshire-based Quadrant Security Group.
One of East Scotland’s largest independent housing associations, Fife Housing, has teamed up with access control and door entry experts, Videx, to equip 84 flats in and around the Fife area with bespoke access control systems, that have been tailormade to meet the entry requirements of residents. Working with installer Caledonia Fire and Security, Videx has supplied audio intercom systems to 14 blocks of flats, which each carry key features that make them an ideal access control solution for housing association tenants and their various entry needs. The panels are also fitted with Videx’s standalone offline proximity system, MiAccess, which works as part of a multiple entrance system without the need to cable between devices. Robust access control solution Billy Paton, Scotland and Ireland Sales Manager at Videx, said: “The requirement was clear - Fife Housing needed a robust access control solution that was simple to use and navigate yet highly secure. The panels we made are to a bespoke size with many features to suit the specific needs of those who live there. For example, the panels included high visibility yellow ring bezel buttons that help the partially sighted.Videx has supplied audio intercom systems to 14 blocks of flats, which each carry key features that make them an ideal access control solution What’s more, the MiAccess proximity also means that the programming of fobs can be done remotely saving time, money and helping to reduce the carbon footprint because an engineer doesn’t need to go out to the developments each time a fob has been lost or damaged and needs replacing. Housing staff are also given a master card which allows access to each individual tenanted block.” All block panels are also engraved with appropriate numbers and addresses required, which is a key part of the bespoke service offered by Videx, that many housing associations find useful because it enables call buttons to be specifically named or labelled, helping the caller to speak to the right person when they visit or highlighting a concierge service/emergency number facility. Bespoke service for new access control Fife Housing are really pleased with the new system, with residents expressing great feedback on how easy to use they are while being a nice, modern design too. David Todd, Contract Officer at Fife Housing, said: “Security yet ease of access and a user-friendly system that could be specifically made to meet the entry needs of all different types of residents, including those with disabilities, was imperative and the Videx system has provided exactly that. "What’s more, the team have been really supportive and hands on throughout the entire installation, working closely and positively with our installer and providing technical and practical advice both pre, during and post installation. The panels are also fitted with Videx’s standalone offline proximity system, MiAccess"I also know that if I had any issues with the system, or need to modify it according to entry needs, this wouldn’t be a problem and Videx would be on hand to help us do this. It’s been a pleasure to work with Steve and the team - the system is doing a sterling job.” Seamless installation process Andrew Thomson, Director at Caledonia Fire and Security, added: “The access control system we installed into each of the 14 Fife Housing blocks are not only manufactured to a high quality but look the part too which is not always easy to find. The intercom systems, including the MiAccess integration, were absolutely perfect for this development and, from an installation point view, such a seamless process. "No cables, no fuss, no downtime. We install a lot of Videx systems across Scotland, and we’ve always found the products to be first class, as well as their bespoke approach and high level of technical support if we do need help when installing a system, either in the form of training pre-installation or onsite assistance during installation or just after. We couldn’t fault them.”
Sonitrol, the provider of verified electronic security, announces the successful implementation of a Sonitrol TotalGuard system for 4EverReady Home Care, located in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. TotalGuard, innovated by 3xLOGIC, has alarm verification capabilities that detected an incident outside the premises, which led to a successful resolution of a potential false alarm situation. 4EverReady Home Care is a privately-owned home care agency based in Dayton, Ohio. The organisation is committed to providing clients with the highest quality care possible, while allowing them to maintain both freedom and independence in the comfort of their homes. Incident triggered alarm 4EverReady has two locations, in Cincinnati and Dayton. Late on a recent evening, surveillance video from inside the Cincinnati location showed a person standing outside the office when suddenly a car drove by the intersection. The person in the video made a hasty retreat from the building and crossed the street. What had happened? “We recognised the man in the video, he’s often in the neighbourhood and because our offices are all glass looking out to the street, we can observe him and others walking up and down the nearby sidewalks,” recounted Lisa Roberts-Rosser, Executive Consultant for 4EverReady. “Because this incident triggered an alarm from our system, Sonitrol of SW Ohio brought the video to my attention, I was the first person called. I knew the man in the video, and I’d never seen him move that fast.”Sonitrol operator was able to quickly determine that the offices were not in danger of a break-in, therefore, this was not an active alarm Area under protection The Sonitrol operator was able to play the video with the related audio to figure out that the passing car had actually fired (turned out later) a paintball gun at the man in front of 4EverReady’s offices, causing him to flee. More importantly, the Sonitrol operator was able to quickly determine that the offices were not in danger of a break-in. This incident occurred outside the area under protection; therefore, this was not an active alarm so no further action was necessary. “We installed the Sonitrol TotalGuard system back in April and our system’s two cameras give us all the visibility we need. Our office is essentially one big room and the cameras give views in the office and through the windows into the immediate neighbourhood,” Roberts-Rosser explained. Motion detection technologies In addition to video surveillance with video and audio alarm verification, the TotalGuard system includes glass break detection and motion detection technologies. 4EverReady has also installed a Sonitrol Cloud Access, which provides key fob entry through the office main entrance. Roberts-Rosser and any other staff with privileges can remotely arm and disarm the TotalGuard system with a smartphone through the available Sonitrol mobile app. “TotalGuard provides us complete alarm verification capability, and the mobile app definitely works well for us,” she explained. “If there is a time that someone has forgotten to arm the system upon exiting at the end of the day, I can arm the system from home or wherever I am.” Legitimate alarm situation 4EverReady has a consultant that uses the office space for meetings after hours, to prevent any interruption of the normal daily work flow. Roberts-Rosser can program the TotalGuard system from anywhere, at anytime, to grant the consultant access when it is needed. The sensitivity of our system is impressive, when it was first installed it was alarming because of loud music outside, cars backfiring, and other loud noises In addition to TotalGuard picking up an incident outside the area of protection, Roberts-Rosser said there has been a process to calibrate the system to be as effective as possible. “The sensitivity of our system is impressive, when it was first installed it was alarming because of loud music outside, cars backfiring, and other loud noises. Once a neighbourhood child pulled on the door while horseplaying around and that definitely caused an alarm. Working with Sonitrol, we’re able to verify all of these incidents to make sure we are only contacting the police when it’s a legitimate alarm situation.” Highly-effective system As is becoming abundantly clear in recent years, police forces are not unlimited resources. Sonitrol TotalGuard has proven to be a highly-effective system in cutting costly, even dangerous, false alarms. “TotalGuard is a technology package no other company is offering security customers, it is a genuine game changer, and this incident proves the technology goes above and beyond in protecting customer’s property, even if the action is well outside the area under surveillance,” said Alison Shiver, Marketing Manager, Sonitrol of SW Ohio.
On September 2, torrential rain caused mountain flood and massive landslide swept Mengdong Town of Yunnan province in southwestern China. Local transportation, electricity and communications network were disrupted.At 9:00PM, in order to reinforce local rescue forces, Yunnan Provincial Fire Brigade dispatched 24 vehicles and 130 firefighters, who later experienced serious challenges in communications in areas where intermittent voice call and short messages in cellular service was available only on heights. Hytera swung into action immediately after being notified about the firefighting department’s emergency communications requirements. Hytera iMesh broadband network solution A Hytera technical team brought the latest emergency communications equipment with them and joined the firefighters onsite. The team quickly set up an ad hoc wireless network with Hytera iMesh broadband networking solution. This broadband network has been facilitating real-time audio and video communications and coordination between the onsite forces and the Provincial Fire Brigade command center. Multiple casualties have been reported and more people are missing. The relief effort is ongoing.
3xLOGIC, global provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, has announced, in cooperation with Bates Security, Sonitrol of Lexington, and Sonitrol corporate, the partners have completed a video surveillance and audio detection security upgrade project for The Nest, known formally as the Center for Women, Children, and Families. 3xLOGIC installs video security for The Nest The Nest is located in a somewhat “rough” part of town, so a robust security system is crucial The Nest, located in a Lexington, KY public park, does a little bit of everything, according to Danny Goodpaster, Sales Consultant for Bates Security/Sonitrol of Lexington. It provides needy families with free essential items, offers counseling for domestic violence issues, and has daycare services onsite. The Nest is located in a somewhat “rough” part of town, so a robust security system is crucial. The center had been equipped with a four-camera analog system complete with alarm capabilities, so staff were very aware of the importance of verified alarms in providing a higher degree of safety and security. Goodpaster met with the customer and determined that, at a minimum, eight cameras were needed to provide enhanced visibility of the Center’s surroundings and greater protection. Also, expanded coverage of The Nest’s parking lot and the approach to the entrance were critical. “The Nest just didn’t have the budget for the upgraded system they needed, and we could have installed a much less expensive, non-verified alarm system to save costs,” explained Goodpaster. “But they have been our customer since 1989, and their verified alarm capability plus panic buttons has led to successful police apprehensions at the site on several occasions. Staff understood the importance of Sonitrol brand equipment and our positive relationship with law enforcement. So, in cooperation with our corporate office, we decided to ensure they had the system they truly needed to be able to function more safely and securely.” 3xLOGIC Sonitrol-branded cameras Bates/Sonitrol of Lexington installed a total of eight 3xLOGIC Sonitrol-branded cameras Bates/Sonitrol of Lexington installed a total of eight 3xLOGIC Sonitrol-branded cameras, equipped with full video verification capabilities, and an NVR onsite. There are different camera models to fit the varying surveillance needs, including wide-dynamic range 3MP HD cameras and a 180-degree camera to cover a wider, outdoor area. Most of the cameras are located outside, covering the parking lot and a playground. Two interior cameras cover both of The Nest’s entrances, the office, and the entrance to the daycare facility. The entire upgrade project was completed in April of this year. “One of our biggest concerns,” related Jeffrey White, The Nest Director, “is for our children and staff during operating hours, and us not knowing what is going on in the approach to our building—we need that visibility.” The center has had a number of incidents over the recent past, including a break-in, as well as one of the old analog cameras actually being shot out. NVRs with Smart Search capabilities “The old system was just not doing the job for them,” said Goodpaster. “It was in disrepair, the image quality was poor, and the wiring had deteriorated. We replaced the old DVR with a new NVR that has Smart Search capability, and the entire system is now IP. I was really impressed with the commitment by our corporate office to make sure this important non-profit, doing essential work, has a system that provides them with peace of mind and genuine security. Once we were fully installed, we provided a staff training day that included an orientation for law enforcement as well.”
3xLOGIC, Inc., a provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, announced that Frederick Douglass High School (FDHS) has deployed a highly-successful video surveillance installation that helps ensure two points of alarm verification to sharply reduce false alarms. In the summer of 2017, Sonitrol of Lexington and Bates Security completed one of the companies’ most innovative installations. The project includes verified audio detection, verified video, and an advanced access control system. FDHS, located in Lexington, KY, comprises 350,000+ sq. ft. with over 90 staff and hundreds of students. The video surveillance system utilises 192 3xLOGIC HD and IP camera models with analytics software for verification and network health monitoring WDR HD and IP cameras for clear pictures The video surveillance system utilises 192 3xLOGIC HD and IP camera models with analytics software for verification and network health monitoring. Sixty cameras are deployed outside the building and 130+ are located inside throughout the facility. The system features wide dynamic range cameras that automatically adjust to environmental lighting and allow the end user to see clearly out of a sun-lit window or in pitch-black darkness. The cameras record to six 3xLOGIC V7300 servers. “Every door has a strike and motion detection, every lower level room has an audio sensor,” explained Sean Moberly, Sonitrol of Lexington Project Manager, who designed the system. “Every entry has a sensor and panic buttons, and we have Sonitrol access control for 12-15 doors. We concealed the door readers with built-in pockets, so the reader is not exposed but still effectively reads cards. We have video verification at every entry door.” Easily accessible security system Moberly continued, “School staff and Law Enforcement are extremely pleased with 3xLOGIC and the technology the company offers. They love the image clarity and the range of coverage it provides with the zoom feature. They appreciate the ability for easy access with cell phones and laptop computers and told us how user friendly the system is. Upon receiving an audio detection alarm at the central station, the Sonitrol operator also receives video footage for every camera connected to that alarm point “This technology allows the user to conduct faster, more efficient searches, and it enables staff to narrow searches to one area, such as a specific door, and find out quickly what you need to know. The school is so pleased they are considering migrating from their current VMS software to 3xLOGIC VIGIL. In fact, we’re talking to multiple schools who are interested in moving to VIGIL for their existing VMS.” Double verification with audio and video detection The installation features verified audio detection operating in conjunction with the verified video system. Upon receiving an audio detection alarm at the central station, the Sonitrol operator also receives video footage for every camera connected to that alarm point. This ensures double verification before alerting police dispatch and provides responding officers with up-to-the-minute intelligence on what they’ll face upon arriving at the high school. Law enforcement and the administration stated that they use it all the time to recover property from thefts or for situations where an item was lost or mislaid. FDHS administration reported that they once used the camera system to help figure out what staff propped a door open over one weekend so they could address the issue directly with that person. The ability for Sonitrol to monitor the system in real time helps ensure there will be fewer incidents of cameras and recorders being down for any length of time VIGIL Central Management monitoring software Another unique and valuable service Sonitrol of Lexington provides the high school is 3xLOGIC’s VIGIL Central Management (VCM) or health-check monitoring software. Before the client is even aware, Sonitrol of Lexington can detect and repair camera failures, as well as server and hard drive issues without even going on site. The ability for Sonitrol to monitor the system in real time helps ensure there will be fewer incidents of cameras and recorders being down for any length of time. In the long term, VCM keeps the facility much safer and reduces repair costs. The system eliminates troublesome, costly false alarms with its two points of verification. The entire system can be conveniently managed by any device with internet access or via the 3xLOGIC mobile app, View Lite II. Bates Security and Sonitrol of Lexington recently received a SAMMY Installation of the Year award for this powerful, highly-effective security system.