VuWall, the provider of video wall and AV network management, and TBC Consoles — a world-class technical furniture designer, manufacturer, and installer— announced a partnership to provide customers with an affordable and efficient control room kit that addresses the specific requirements of small to midsize control rooms — and fully complements VuWall solutions. Engineered to simplify the design, quoting and purchasing, and installation process for small and medium size contr...
A long-term technical partner of CCTV manufacturer 360 Vision Technology, Envisage Technology Limited has earned itself a distinguished reputation as an expert in high-end projects, with a portfolio of unique products. For many years, the company has overseen the installation of many 360 Vision Technology camera products across a variety of applications. “Exploring beyond conventional CCTV and embracing the latest technologies allows us to stay at the very cutting edge of system solutions...
Matrox Graphics Inc. is excited to announce the launch of Matrox QuadHead2Go Series, an innovative range of multi-monitor controllers designed to deliver an easier, more convenient way to deploy next-generation video walls. Capable of driving four displays from one signal, these controller appliances and PCI Express cards provide complete video wall scalability and flexibility by powering video walls of any type and size — while delivering flawless image quality across high-impact configur...
‘Conquering new markets together’ was the motto of the MOBOTIX Innovation Summit DACH 2019 held in Langmeil (located in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate). The main topic was the opening of new market opportunities through a global network of partnerships and technology alliances. More than 150 participants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland learned about trends in the global markets for cyber security as well as the latest, market-ready MOBOTIX innovations. In addition, p...
Visix, Inc. is now shipping the full release of their AxisTV Alert software application for digital signage. This stand-alone alerting platform can be used with any content management solution, including Visix’s own AxisTV Signage Suite, and easily integrates with popular third-party alerting suites like Alertus and Rave Mobile Safety. AxisTV Alert “We’re excited to launch this new app after beta testing it since December,” says Trey Hicks, chief sales officer for...
Eagle Eye Networks, globally renowned company in cloud video surveillance and security solutions, along with IONODES, international market innovator in dedicated IP video appliances and products, has announced the integration of Secure Display Stations with the Eagle Eye Cloud VMS. The IONODES Secure Display Stations offer a comprehensive video wall and spot monitor solution for Eagle Eye Cloud VMS. This partnership will deliver Eagle Eye Cloud VMS users seamless live video wall displays, spot m...
Custom Consoles reports a successful and well-attended the Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX) 2019 show, held at the London Olympia exhibition centre March 5th-6th. The company exhibited its SteelBase range of control room and the latest version of the MediaWall monitor mounting system. Technical control applications "Increasing use of remote cameras throughout the security and process control industries has generated greater than ever demand for multi-screen video displays," says Sales Manager Gary Fuller. "We expanded our exhibit floor space this year to accommodate an example of MediaWall and a SteelBase Lite desk in a classic CCTV supervision configuration. This attracted a lot of interest from visitors in the defence and corporate security sectors." MediaWall is an ideal way to mount multiple flat-panel video display screens in any combination of sizes" "There was a big focus at this year's show on the use of drones as aerial surveillance platforms. These generate even more video content which needs to be studied live or after the event. MediaWall is an ideal way to mount multiple flat-panel video display screens in any combination of sizes for side-by-side comparison of live or stored security feeds from any source. Originally developed for the broadcast industry, MediaWall has proved highly successful for technical control applications in security and process monitoring." MediaWall and flat-screen monitor displays Custom Consoles' MediaWall allows flat-screen monitor displays of practically any width to be constructed from standard horizontal and vertical support elements. It can be used as a fully self-supporting structure or coupled directly to a studio wall. Individual screens can be positioned so that the edges meet exactly to form a continuous horizontal display limited only by the boundary of the monitor panel itself. Ergonomic efficiency All wiring between components mounted on MediaWall is fully concealed and can enter or leave the structure at any desired point. Redesigned lateral support beams in the latest version allow display panels to be mounted even more easily than before. Redesigned lateral support beams in the latest version allow display panels to be mounted even more easilyCable management is in stronger and more attractively styled steel ducts rather than plastic. The supporting leg sides are now black instead of silver, matching the latest Custom Consoles Module-R desk styles. Media Wall is available in any specified element widths. Built to withstand the wear and tear of the utilities and marine industries, SteelBase Lite desks are designed to ensure ergonomic efficiency particularly during a long working shift. The desks are attractively styled and built on extremely robust steel base frames with desktops surfaced in a choice of hard-wearing laminate or Marmoleum. SteelBase Lite range features Additional design features of the SteelBase Lite range include hinged removable access doors, 19 inch equipment racking, heavy cable management, power distribution panels and variable-speed ventilation fans. Worktops can be configured to suit individual client requirements. SteelBase-Lite is designed to conform to ISO9241 part 5, ISO11064 Part 4 and EN527 Parts 1, 2 and 3 All elements of the desks are guaranteed against component failure for five years of normal use. SteelBase-Lite is designed to conform to ISO9241 part 5, ISO11064 Part 4 and EN527 Parts 1, 2 and 3. ISO 9001 certified manufacturer Custom Consoles Ltd is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. Its product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. The company operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design facilities, computer-controlled cutting machinery and a thermoform press. These resources provide the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. Custom Consoles' clients include governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.
IONODES, a market innovator in dedicated IP video appliances, announced that it has joined the Genetec Technology Partner Program as a Silver Partner. Genetec is a global provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions. IONODES’ Secure Display Stations, which offer a secure and reliable video wall and spot monitor solution, is now fully integrated with Genetec Security Center. The integration is available as of Security Center 5.7 Service Release 5 and the related products are now listed in the list of supported devices from Genetec. Live video monitoring Secure Display Stations have been designed to use live video monitoring to promote more secure environments. They can display live video on a variety of digital monitors without the cost, complexity and security risk of a client workstation. This is ideal in public areas and in remote sites or facilities with few or no trained security staff. The ION-R100S and ION-R200 Secure Display Stations can display up to 32 IP video streams, on one or two HD monitors, and can be managed directly through the Genetec Security Desk client application. IONODES is very committed to using video to increase safety through awareness, by making live video available to more people" “We’re excited about this integration with IONODES because it makes valuable visual information available, further extending the value of the Genetec Security Center platform and offering greater situational awareness to our joint users”, said Alexandra Scarlat, Commercial Manager, Device Integration at Genetec. Enhanced cybersecurity Secure Display Stations limit cyber security threats and cannot be tampered with by general staff or the public. This ensures that video is delivered reliably, securely and efficiently, around the clock. “IONODES is very committed to using video to increase safety through awareness, by making live video available to more people. This integration with Genetec will allow customers using Genetec Security Center another means to dynamically share live video throughout their organisations to enhance safety and improve business processes.” said Steve Green, Director of Sales and Business Development at IONODES.
Custom Consoles has selected SCTX 2019 in London, March 5th and 6th, for the first exhibition of its latest MediaWall monitor mounting system. Representatives on the company's stand, L50, will include Neil Reed (Managing Director) and Gary Fuller (Sales Manager). The stand itself will be expanded from last year to accommodate MediaWall plus an example from the Custom Consoles SteelBase Lite desk series. MediaWall monitor mounting system "Originally developed for the broadcast industry, MediaWall has proved highly successful for technical control applications in security and process monitoring," Neil Reed comments. "A free-standing flat screen mounting solution for flat-panel monitors of practically any size, it incorporates adjustable horizontal beams with T-slot mounting to allow easy configuration." Integral cable management conceals video, data and power cables" "Integral cable management conceals video, data and power cables. Redesigned lateral support beams in the latest version allow display panels to be mounted even more easily than before. Cable management is inside stronger and more attractively styled steel ducts rather than plastic. The supporting leg sides are now in black instead of silver, matching the latest Custom Consoles Module-R desk styles." Flat-screen monitor displays MediaWall allows flat-screen monitor displays of practically any width to be constructed from standard horizontal and vertical support elements. It can be used as a fully self-supporting structure or coupled directly to a studio wall. Individual screens can be positioned so that the edges meet exactly to form a continuous horizontal display limited only by the boundary of the monitor panel itself. All wiring is fully concealed and can enter or leave the structure at any desired point. Media Wall is available in any specified element widths. SteelBase Lite is built to withstand the wear and tear of the utilities and marine industries" "We will also be exhibiting an example from our configurable SteelBaseLite desk series," adds Gary Fuller. "SteelBase Lite is built to withstand the wear and tear of the utilities and marine industries while still providing ergonomic efficiency and attractive styling. The desks are built on extremely robust steel base frames with desktops surfaced in a choice of hard-wearing laminate or Marmoleum." SteelBase Lite desk series "Additional design features of the SteelBase Lite range include hinged removable access doors, 19-inch equipment racking, heavy cable management, power distribution panels and variable-speed ventilation fans. Worktops can be configured to suit individual client requirements. All elements of the desks are guaranteed against component failure for five years of normal use. SteelBase-Lite is designed to conform to ISO9241 part 5, ISO11064 Part 4 and EN527 Parts 1, 2 and 3."
STANLEY Security, a UK security provider, is delighted to have contributed to Formula Services winning Truck Stop of the Year, following the installation of a CCTV system. Located in Ellesmere Port, Formula Services Premier Truck Stop offers customers top class facilities, including a free fitness room along with superb lounge/relaxation areas with free massage chairs, Sky sports and Xbox usage, to shower, laundry and catering facilities and even the use of free bicycles to get out and about. 36 cameras CCTV system and ANPR A key part of its success has been its onsite security as Gerry Graham, General Manager of Formula Services, states: “Security is vital to our business and our clients/customers, who all carry materials/items of value. On our new website we heavily promote our site security (36 Cameras, Manned Security Guards, ANPR) as this is what customers require and, I personally believe, insurance companies also want this level of security. I believe that along with our superb facilities, the security measures that we have in place most definitely contributed towards our winning of the Truck Stop of the Year award and our accreditation with TAPA (LEVEL 3 PSR). I believe we will also start to see additional benefits as we enter 2019.” STANLEY Security designed and installed a 36 camera CCTV system with six monitors STANLEY Security designed and installed a 36 camera CCTV system with six monitors. A mostly external system to protect the site from unwanted visitors, static cameras were used for perimeter detection and Pan Tilt and Zoom cameras deployed in key locations. STANLEY Security – Dahua collaboration A key challenge involved utilising the existing onsite cabling, which meant thinking outside of the box. A solution was found by STANLEY, involving Dahua extenders to boost the signal to the furthest points then powering the cameras via switches at the bases of the camera towers. This enabled the cable to be used without compromising the quality of the CCTV system. Gerry based his decision to award this contract to STANLEY Security on his previous experiences when looking at site security. “I also looked at the site’s history with two to three previous security installers and basically went with what I believed to be the best option for Formula; this included back up support/maintenance etc.” Site security Formula Services is clearly pleased with the results as Gerry comments: “Having spoken with the security staff who operate the equipment they believe the clarity of the pictures, along with the easy to use controls, are the main benefits. Our site customers are also impressed with the system/cameras.” Advanced CCTV system STANLEY Assure removes the need to justify and raise significant capital outlay in a depreciating asset The new CCTV system was financed under STANLEY Assure, a finance solution for customers wishing to benefit from up-to-date security technology without the risks of ownership and with evenly spread, manageable payment terms with no hidden extra costs. STANLEY Assure removes the need to justify and raise significant capital outlay in a depreciating asset. Instead, STANLEY will buy back and take over an existing security system, upgrade it to incorporate the latest security technology, and then hire it back for usage. It provides customer such as Formula Services with an affordable means of upgrading a complete security system as Gerry comments: “Having the costs spread over the length of the deal was deemed the best option for the business at that time. We were also spending money upgrading other site facilities at this time so again this made total sense”. Formula Services is also benefitting from a STANLEY Security maintenance contract for the CCTV system for maximum effectiveness and peace of mind.
As a prominent Intercom and Access Control brand, Fermax attended the 21st edition of Intersec Dubai, the largest security exhibition in MENA. The Spanish company presented their latest innovations to integrate multiple applications for smart homes on door entry systems. In 2019 Fermax has taken the leap to networkable devices and the integration of multiple applications in residential buildings, managing to merge security systems and smart homes’ applications to lead this trend and offer unique solutions for top constructions. MEET IP System Fermax presented the new high-end range of MEET IP system composed by the new WIT video entry monitors and KIN touch panelFermax most desired demo at INTERSEC DUBAI 2019 was MEET and the new applications especially designed for integrating security and home automation solutions. Exclusive to Intersec 2019, Fermax presented the new high-end range of MEET IP system composed by the new WIT video entry monitors (WIT monitors are already available), and KIN touch panel (KIN will be released during 2019). This new cutting-edge technology of Fermax has become a competitive solution for those looking for a versatile, cost-effective and reliable IP Door Entry System. Its uniqueness lays on its connectivity to third party devices, CCTV, alarm systems, access control and home automation applications, as well as offering trendy features as call divert to smartphones and face recognition. On top of that, it offers full HD video and outstanding audio quality at an affordable price. MEET IP system by Fermax is established in the door entry and security market, being already installed in several projects around the world: from the Middle East to Australia, India, China, Spain or the United States among others. MARINE ELITE outdoor panels Intersec 2019 was the opportunity to launch MARINE ELITE, a new bespoke range of stainless steel outdoor panelsMARINE panel is known as one of the best stainless steel panels in the market thanks to its quality, design, robustness and durability. Intersec 2019 was also the opportunity to launch MARINE ELITE, a new bespoke range of stainless steel outdoor panels. For Fermax, this is a step forward in the door entry industry, which allows the company to manufacture any type of MARINE panel: Any colour, any size and any composition. DUOX 2 wires intercom system As one of the flagship door entry technologies of FERMAX, the full digital 2 wires DUOX system was presented at Intersec Dubai. The range showcased included outdoor and indoor devices for different type of markets and residential constructions. This 2 wires intercom system offers multiple advantages: For the door entry installers because its easy installation and programming. DUOX provides a total wiring flexibility to systems’ integrators and builders, being able to adapt to any type of installationOn the other hand, it provides a total wiring flexibility to systems’ integrators and builders, being able to adapt to any type of installation, both new constructions or retrofitting projects. Last but not least, DUOX gives the end-user freedom to choose the indoor terminal, depending on his design or functionalities preferences. DUOX is already making its way into the Middle East market, having been installed in renowned projects as The Views, a construction project developed by Emmar Greens. Building communications since 1949 FERMAX journey started in 1949. Today is well known for its intuitive, user-friendly products, a wide range of references, outstanding customer service and long-lasting presence in the global market of intercoms, door entry systems, access control and home automation solutions. The company’s experience allows the brand to work with the best architectural studios and contribute our Know-How to the most demanding engineering and integration teams. FERMAX has been attending Intersec Dubai since 2005, being positioned as one of the top door entry exhibitors. In 2019, the team on-site welcomed over 400 system integrators, electrical engineers, developers and constructors from all over the world.
The MEET by Fermax IP system, developed by the Spanish leader in video door entry systems, expands its range of products and features for intercom and security systems in residential buildings. The new 100% IP video door entry system from Fermax is the perfect solution for residential construction projects where an IP infrastructure will be installed, which in addition to providing excellent HD VIDEO quality and interference-free audio communication, allows the integration of alarm systems, video surveillance, access control and lift control, as well as home automation systems and multiple applications for smart homes. Intercom calls on smartphones The new Fermax IP system includes the MILO digital video door entry panels, with capacitive or mechanical touch keypadsOne of the new releases of Fermax's new IP system, which is very much in demand in the video door entry market, is the call divert to smartphones, the installation of which is simple both for the installer and the end-user, on downloading the free MEET ME application. This app allows you to receive calls from the video intercom on your mobile phone, establish communication with the visitor, open the door or auto on the camera. Another new feature incorporated in MEET is facial recognition as standard in MEET outdoor panels, a function demanded by the security market. The new Fermax IP system includes the MILO digital video door entry panels, with capacitive or mechanical touch keypads, which integrate all the advanced functionalities of this innovative technology. WIT monitors and MEET Guard Unit WIT monitors have a renewed aesthetic for the most demanding environments, thanks to their distinguished metal frameAs for the indoor terminals, Fermax has added the new WIT monitors, available in 7 and 10 inches, to the standard range of MIO monitors. WIT monitors have a renewed aesthetic for the most demanding environments, thanks to their distinguished metal frame. And for the techiest homes, the 10-inch WIT monitor is the most suitable option for the installation of home automation management apps, not only because of the larger screen size, but also because there are two RJ45 network interfaces that allow the house IP network to be isolated from the building IP network. Finally, the MEET Guard Unit stands out because it is the comprehensive intercommunication management device for buildings, which can be supplemented with an intuitive system management software, which allows messages to be sent to homes.
In the security industry today we see many installers and integrators using standard consumer grade monitors for video surveillance. This is primarily due to budget constraints, but can end up costing significantly more over the life of the install. This is because most installs are now using HDMI connections primarily. A consumer monitor has HDMI input, so why isn’t it good enough? Well, consider the average cost of a 19.5” consumer monitor. The retail price is around $80-100 compared to the MRRP of a commercial grade monitor of around $150-200. Yes, it’s a premium of 50-100%, but there are a few important criteria that differentiate the products.* 1. A consumer grade monitor isn’t designed to run 24/7 If you look at most consumer grade monitor user manuals they will explicitly state that they should only be used continuously for up to 14-16 hours per day due to using lower quality resistors and capacitors on the mainboard. What about your security in the hours the monitor shouldn’t be running? OK, so let’s ignore that and run the monitor 24/7. It will usually burn out within a year, leading you to replace the monitor. Already the commercial grade monitor has been worth the premium, and that’s in the first year. 2. Consumer grade monitors don’t have Anti Pixel Burn Given that most CCTV monitors are connected to static cameras they will usually have the same image on the screen for 24 hours a day. Remember why computers have “Screen Savers”? A few months of displaying a static image will cause ghost images to burn onto the screen due to overheated pixels, causing image degradation and the need to replace the monitor. These ghost images are even visible when the monitor is powered off! Anti Pixel Burn prevents this by imperceptibly shifting the image by a few pixels periodically to prevent the individual pixels from overheating and thus causing these problems. 3. Many co-axial inputs won’t be supported by a consumer grade monitor Commercial grade monitors may or may not need to use co-axial inputs including CVBS, AHD, HD-TVI, HD-CVI and HD-SDI, but one thing for sure is that a consumer grade monitor just won’t support them. Most consumer grade monitors should only be used continuously for up to 14-16 hours per day 4. When using 4K, consumer grade products more often than not use upscaled 4K This causes the image reproduction on the monitor to not be the true image being sent from the camera or input device. Commercial grade products from most specialist commercial monitor manufacturers use true 4K, recreating the image exactly as has been sent from the input device. We have heard from many distributors and OEM customers who have tested true 4K models side by side with products from LG, Samsung and others, and they have have been blown away by the difference in image and colour reproduction. 5. Consumer grade products generally come with a 1-year warranty Many commercial grade products come with a 3-year warranty as standard, but are generally expected to last much longer. The MTBF (minimum time before failure) of the panels that most commercial grade monitor manufacturers use is 50,000+ hours, which at 24 hours a day is almost 6 years! There are many commercial grade monitors out in the market still being used after 8-10 years or more, so they stand up to the test of time. Even if they only last the warranty period of 3 years that’s still as long as 2-3 consumer grade monitors. Why choose a commercial grade monitor? It’s time to ask if commercial grade monitors might be worth the premium. What are you using for your installs? Are end user budget constraints the sole driver for the use of consumer monitors, or is it that the installers aren’t explaining (or don’t know) the reasons why a commercial grade monitor is usually much better value? Let’s start the discussion. *Prices estimated July 2017
Security control rooms should be functional and durable, and their aesthetics should incorporate matching colours that are conducive to a 24/7 operating environment—not too much contrast and easy on the eyes. Another factor driving aesthetics is an enterprise’s desire to create a ‘showpiece’ to demonstrate a commitment to security for shareholders and other stakeholders. “Everyone wants to have a good-looking control room and a cost-effective design,” says Matko Papic, Chief Technology Officer of Evans Consoles. Role of lighting and aesthetics in control rooms “Lighting is a critical factor for operators,” adds Papic. Studies of control rooms have sought to address issues of circadian rhythms (physical, mental, and behavioural changes that a person undergoes over a 24-hour cycle, based on responses to light) and the impact of changing light colours throughout the day. Flexibility is key. Properly adjusted light can increase alertness at 2 a.m.; controlling the colour, tone and intensity of light can increase productivity any time of day. Evans Controls has experts who can do a lighting study of a room as part of construction services and consulting. Evans Controls has experts who can do a lighting study of a room as part of construction services and consulting Aesthetics, depending on the control room, can be very important, agrees Randy Smith, President of Winsted. His company accommodates aesthetics by using a variety of matching laminates, solid (Corian-type) surfaces, and sometimes real wood. They can put in a console with matching work surfaces, a credenza or other furnishings, or can even match existing décor in a facility. Customised tailored furnishing Security control rooms, often operating in glass enclosures, are often used to “make a statement” about the security of a facility, says Smith. Companies want the control rooms to be up-to-date, and have “cool designs.” Sometimes they want to add a company logo to a work surface or side panels, or they want to employ corporate colours in the design. Winsted can customise its offerings to meet any such requirements, says Smith. In too many instances, the control room is an afterthought: They just install furniture that fits with the monitors. How the furnishings are tailored to the operator is often not considered, says Papic. He offers several other considerations: Will the furniture last the lifetime of the control room? How adaptable is a design to possible future changes, whether larger monitors, managing cables, or ability to reconfigure the console? Furniture should not be viewed as a transactional item; there are more issues to address beyond physically housing the equipment, says Papic. Read part 5 of our Control Rooms series here
Technology is changing the look and function of today’s security control rooms. Old-school CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitors are giving way to the thinner, flat screen monitors in the control room environment, but the transition is gradual. Randy Smith of Winsted still sees many control rooms that need to make the conversion, which is a boon to his company’s business. Furniture today is designed differently to accommodate the thinner monitors, often with larger screens. Need for integrated rack systems With the increase of IP-based systems comes the need for integrated rack systems that include advanced functionality such as cable management, adds Jim Coleman, National Sales Manager, AFC Industries. Server rooms are environmentally controlled by cooling systems and power systems monitored on the IP network. Low-profile flat screens allow centres to utilise space vertically, thus creating a smaller footprint for the consoles. Additionally, with IP-based systems, workstations will have a smaller footprint because there is less cumbersome equipment. In most cases the servers are stored in a secured, climate controlled environment to eliminate overheating of the servers and maintain their security, says Coleman. This environment also helps with cable and power management. AFC builds technical furniture racks that adhere to the precise needs of computer network server room operators. The company designs and fabricates LAN workbenches with versatile functionalities, and server room workstation racks that are scalable. There is a complete line of IT workbenches, IT computer racks and computer server rack mounts with flexible mounting options. In most cases the servers are stored in a secured, climate controlled environment to eliminate overheating of the servers and maintain their security Flexible control room designs Matko Papic, Chief Technology Officer of Evans Consoles, says the transition from bulky CRT equipment to flat-screen (lower profile) monitors was a major disruption in control room design; it changed the whole dynamic. Another evolution is the use of IP video streaming, which allows more flexibility in manipulation of audio-video content, and requires more flexible control room designs. Another shift, driven by larger, higher-definition monitors, is a shift to fewer monitors that display more information. Instead of a smaller monitor for each information stream, larger monitors now consolidate that information into “dashboard” displays. Looking ahead, control rooms will need to be more flexible, both in the initial design and the ability to adapt to changing technology, says Papic. Legacy customers who are currently using PCs may be moving to more remote applications. Sit-stand equipment will continue to be increasingly prevalent. “There will be more emphasis on flexibility, technology integration, and the ability to change over the life of the system,” says Papic. Consolidation of multiple operations into a single system A trend in security is consolidation of multiple physical operations into a single system, says Papic. As a result, more customers are taking more interest in alarm management and situational awareness. How is the technology being used in terms of alarm triggers? How can the systems react rapidly and provide information to a larger audience in the control room? These questions impact how control rooms are designed, and Evans Consoles can adapt lessons learned from other markets to these trends in the security arena. Greater use of technology is inevitable, says Coleman of AFC Industries. “It is virtually impossible for humans to monitor all security data at the street level in our cities,” he says. “As computers become more powerful and their programs more all-encompassing, we will see a greater shift to robotic and technology uses that will provide enhanced monitoring capabilities and safety Read our Control Rooms series here
Evelina has had many different brands of door entry system, as is often the case with NHS Hospitals spread across the UK. Managers at Evelina wished to have a standardised system across the wards in order to improve operating efficiency and reduce maintenance costs. Upgrades needed to be quick problem free and cost-effective. Each independent ward utilises a self-contained door entry system to control security critical access to their busy nursing area. The Maternity Ward provides a good example of a security critical area that requires an intuitive and cost-effective system to control access with the ability of a ward receptionist to permit entry and exit via an audio-video communication link. User-friendly features Fermax Area Manager Andy Saxton worked closely with Evelina’s nominated installation company to ensure that the Fermax system design using DUOX and VEO met the hospital’s needs. Based on 2 wires with aesthetically pleasing profiles and user-friendly features and functionality the Fermax DUOX system with VEO video monitors was a perfect match for the hospitals requirements. Purely digital in nature, the DUOX 2 wire system functions perfectly using most types of cable which meant that it could be retro-fitted onto the existing system infrastructure, thereby avoiding the excessive costs of re-cabling. Equipped with the Photocaller function which allows for the time and date stamping of visitors, the Fermax DUOX VEO monitor delivered the ideal solution.
Fermax is delighted to have been able to offer an ideal, cost effective solution to allow installation partners to complete a successful upgrade of a large apartment complex in Nottingham. Working with its approved partner FSE Security systems and involving over 90 apartments at Marina Park Nottingham, the challenge was to upgrade an old third-party audio only system to a modern audio-video system with the minimum of disturbance to residents and without incurring excessive high cost. By using the Fermax 2 Wire Duox system with SKYLINE surface mounted panels and VEO-XS flat screen hands-free video monitors, the installation was completed using existing cables throughout, achieving major reductions in time and material cost. Benefit of image storage Residents were delighted to be able to upgrade to the new Fermax VEO-XS monitor using innovative 2 wire DUOX technology offering the high-quality performance of a purely digital system. As well as its modern, slimline design, the VEO XS hands-free monitor offers the added benefit of image storage and retrieval using the PHOTOCALLER function, enabling residents to view images of visitors and callers to their apartment whilst they were not at home. A delighted installer commented: “The cables were a selection of cat 5.8 core alarm cable and flat twin 0.5 mains flex; all cables suited the DUOX system which was easy to install and easy to program. Most of all it was user friendly which to me as an installer is the most important quality.”
A 300-plus camera city centre video surveillance scheme in Lincoln has been installed and commissioned using cameras, monitors and switching equipment from Dahua Technology. The previous analogue-based CCTV system was more than 20 years old and had become expensive to maintain, so City of Lincoln Council decided to replace the analogue cameras and transmission equipment with HD digital equipment. The total cost of ownership has been reduced by the savings made on legacy fibre lease costs, as well as reduced energy consumption and the ability to configure and maintain the cameras remotely. Installation of IP full HD system The installation of the new IP full HD system and network is part of Lincoln’s smart city strategy – Vision 2020 The design of the new all-wireless encrypted system was based around delivering flexible technology, reducing the total cost of ownership, ease of installation, lower maintenance requirements, smart edge analytics and remote connectivity. Environmentally friendly aspects of the project included specifying lower-energy equipment, integrating remote support and recycling hardware wherever possible. The council employed independent consultants Lever Technology Group to help them ensure they had a robust and future-proof radio network design. The installation of the new IP full HD system and network is part of Lincoln’s smart city strategy – Vision 2020 – which seeks to drive innovation in the city and harness new technologies to improve the lives of citizens. One of the results is the provision of free Wi-Fi in the city, working alongside the Dahua cameras using the same IP wireless network. Bandwidth efficiency using H.265 compression A combination of fixed and PTZ cameras were installed over a new 1GB duplex network. These include cameras from the Dahua Pro series, which features high image quality, bandwidth efficiency using H.265 compression and excellent low-light performance. Bullet cameras from the Ultra series – with powerful optical zoom, IR distances of up to 50 metres and software which supports people-counting and heat-mapping – were also installed. The design of the scheme incorporated both camera and server-side analytics with legacy motion and audio detection The bandwidth efficiency of the cameras meant that multiple cameras could be installed in any given position, providing 360° coverage of locations and up to 20 Megapixels of video capacity per location – compared with less than 400,000 pixels with the previous analogue cameras. The design of the scheme incorporated both camera and server-side analytics, including video content analytics, facial recognition, ANPR, heat maps and pedestrian counting, as well as legacy motion and audio detection. The objective of the facial recognition aspect is to support operators in areas such as the search for missing and vulnerable individuals. PoE switches for providing power The superior image quality of the new system is borne out in figures which show an increase in ‘actionable’ images from 5% with the previous system to 60% successful reviews with the new one. Dahua PoE switches were also installed to provide power to the cameras, which are then connected to a layer-2 network. A new video wall comprising ten Dahua DHL49-4K LED backlit 49-inch 4K Ultra HD video wall display units featuring industrial level wide-viewing LCD panels, was fitted into a newly refurbished control room in City Hall and connected to i-Comply wonderwall video display drivers. This is a great collaboration of key project partners that have a tried-and-tested pedigree and working relationship with Videcom Security" Supplied through authorised distributor Mayflex, the entire system was installed by public space CCTV specialists Videcom Security, which worked with other partners to provide a high-performance, efficient and feature-rich system. Cost-effective and reliable equipment Bill Mead, Managing Director at Videcom Security, said that working largely with Dahua video equipment meant it was easier for engineers in terms of configuration, as well as being cost-effective and representing good value for money. “Working with the Dahua product range has been great. The products have proved to be reliable and we experienced very few problems, from the initial configuration through to installation and commissioning. “This is a great collaboration of key project partners that have a tried-and-tested pedigree and working relationship with Videcom Security. We broke new ground with the development of 4K H.265 decoding, the support through Luxriot for camera-side analytics and edge recording, and the development by Dahua of camera-to-camera communication, allowing for non-connected systems to communicate locally.” Infinet 5GHz and Siklu E and V band radios Videcom Security is a certified Dahua Integration Partner, training for which was delivered both by Dahua and the Mayflex Academy Dahua is a solution provider in the global video surveillance industry and associated technology and has a keen focus on innovation by investing heavily in research and development. For the Lincoln city scheme, its products were selected based on their performance and cost-effectiveness to meet project budgets. Videcom Security is a certified Dahua Integration Partner, training for which was delivered both by Dahua and the Mayflex Academy. This helped Videcom negotiate key firmware enhancements, which added to many of the analytical features available in each of the cameras. The wireless network is built with Infinet 5GHz and Siklu E and V band radios. Resilience and diverse routing has been built into the network design, which supports video surveillance as well as public Wi-Fi and capacity for smart city services. Luxriot have worked closely with Dahua, supplying their Evo Global video management system and supporting edge analytics integration through their ‘events and actions’ management, which has also been integrated through to i-Comply’s VTAS CRVMS software (now rebranded as Viewscape). Real-time control and video streaming The Dahua system implemented by Videcom Security provides the main elements of our tier-1 solution" The introduction of H.265 compression was ground-breaking for such a project, with the system capable of displaying 4MP and 6MP H.265 to the operator’s spot monitor with real-time control and video streaming. “The Dahua system implemented by Videcom Security provides the main elements of our tier-1 solution,” said Martin Byrne, CCTV Team leader at Lincoln City Council. “The police are extremely pleased with the system and we’ve had very positive feedback from them. “There is really no comparison from how we operated previously to how we can now. It revolutionises how we manage the CCTV systems and data. The potential for what we can achieve going forward is remarkable. We have now started to get real results from the investment in analytics; in particular vehicle and people-counting has been deployed and data is used to enhance other city projects.” Martin added: “Dahua has taken time out to visit and discuss with us our ambitions for smart city services. We have adopted Dahua as our brand of choice for CCTV cameras and have so far been very pleased and impressed with their reliability, low-light performance and overall image quality.”
TCA, the provider of security services for North Lanarkshire Council, has seen savings of around £50,000 a year, after installing 300 Panasonic CCTV cameras, waterproofed with a unique ClearSight coating. Located east of Glasgow, North Lanarkshire has challenging weather conditions for any technology, which has previously hindered the provision of cost-effective security in the area. High levels of rain resulted in watermarks, dust spots and condensation, which meant heavy maintenance burdens and the potential for missing incidents. When considering an upgrade to the system, TCA needed to combat these issues with a security system that remained affordable in an era of local authority austerity. Implementing PTZ cameras for cost reduction The ClearSight coating forms an invisible layer over the surface of the dome preventing water droplets from obscuring footageTCA secured the lower total cost of ownership they were seeking by implementing Panasonic PTZ cameras. The ClearSight coating forms an invisible layer over the surface of the dome preventing water droplets from obscuring footage, while also eliminating dirt and dust build-up on the dome cover. "On many models, when the rain stops, you tend to get a coating of dust on the dome, which the camera then focuses on," says Nikola Graham, Operations Manager. "We just haven't seen that with the Panasonic cameras. In fact, we have actually halved the number of maintenance visits, which we think probably equates to a £50,000 annual saving.” The initial installation took place over two years with the bulk of the cameras installed on 27 high rise blocks, identified as having problems with crime and antisocial behaviour. Reduction in criminal incidents "The result has been impressive. The council has seen a reduction in the number of criminal and anti-social incidents within the residential blocks, the cameras have contributed greatly to this. The people living in the blocks feel safer as a result,” said Graeme Good, Business Manager at TCA. In total, 875 cameras are monitored round the clock, while a further 300 cameras are linked in and monitored out of hours if an alarm is triggered “A camera in the Motherwell area has on several occasions been used to catch vehicles that were used in some pretty serious crime. The quality of the footage and the evidence packs that we are giving the police is exactly what they are looking for.” Round the clock monitoring Utilising tours and salvos, the control room in Coatbridge has eyes trained on 21 Full HD monitors. In total, 875 cameras are monitored round the clock, while a further 300 cameras are linked in and monitored out of hours if an alarm is triggered. Various triggers, such as alarms within the lifts, will show as priorities for the operators. "It's a great credit to our integration partners that some of the cameras we monitor are 16 years old," adds Graeme Good. "Every time we have a fault, we will appraise whether it's cost-effective to repair the unit. If not, we'll continue with the roll out of Panasonic, which have been virtually faultless thus far."
Immersive Display Solutions, Inc. (IDSI) announced that it has selected the Barco F70 for its advanced dome display project. Using thirteen F70-4K6 projectors per dome and featuring the powerful Barco Pulse electronics processing platform and unique Single Step Processing (SSP) pixel-shifting technology, the integrated solution from IDSI will support high-performance fast jet pilot training. This selection continues the successful relationship which has been built between IDSI and Barco over many years and has produced some of the highest quality display systems in the industry. Barco F70-4K6 display projector The F70-4K6 is a high performance, robust laser-phosphor projector with sealed optics and minimal number of moving components inside. This construction enables rugged performance that ensures stability and predictability over the 60,000-hour lifetime of the product. 4K resolution is achieved using the high bandwidth Barco Pulse electronics platform and the proprietary SSP technology. All this leads to the delivery of exceptionally sharp and detailed dynamic imagery allowing trainees to detect moving objects at long distances and totally immersing them into the perfect simulation experience. The team at IDSI is well-respected throughout the industry for their precision, quality, and low-risk approach to program requirements “Our relationship with Barco is built on performance, support, and trust,” says George Forbes, President and founder of IDSI. “When we decide on which projector to use for a project, we consider much more than the technical performance- which has to be there. We know we can rely on Barco, and that the entire Barco Simulation team from top-down is behind us, and that is a big factor in who we choose to partner with.” IDSI-Barco partnership “The team at IDSI is well-respected throughout the industry for their precision, quality, and low-risk approach to program requirements,” says Dave Fluegeman, VP, Simulation at Barco. “Our teams have always integrated very well, and when there is a seamless approach and singular focus to a project, the likelihood of success is always very high.” Recently IDSI won the ‘Small Business of the Year’ award after careful selection by the MS&T judging panel and votes by the simulation and training industry. The honor was awarded for their way of leveraging human capital, innovation and agility to grow and meet client needs, all while cultivating and growing technical and social influence in the community. The Barco F70-4K6 in turn received an honorable mention as an Outstanding Innovative Product that has positively impacted the client’s ‘way of doing business.’
Videowall technology supplied by Ultimate Visual Solutions (formerly eyevis UK) is at the heart of a new customer experience centre unveiled by independent system integrator Capula. UVS videowall technology The installation allows Capula to showcase a wide range of software technologies, including the latest IoT solutions, to clients from within the energy, manufacturing and utilities sectors at its headquarters in Stone, Staffordshire. Ultimate Visual Solutions (UVS) installed four eyevis EYE-LCD-5500-XSN-LD-FX 55-inch LCD displays to make up the videowall, along with a custom-made sound bar and a Netpix 4900 video wall controller. Netpix 4900 videowall controller We are delighted to have been chosen to complete such an important project for Capula" The installation also includes two 65-inch Samsung DM-65E touch interactive whiteboards; which give the Capula team the ability to show content from the Netpix videowall controller and allow them to annotate over it mid-discussion and feed content back to any display. UVS managing director Steve Murphy said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to complete such an important project for Capula, which will showcase the solutions we provide to visitors to their headquarters.” Capula Business Manager, Neil White commented: “We are very pleased with the service provided by Ultimate Visual Solutions. The expertise, guidance and follow on support was second to none. The technology installed in our prestigious customer experience centre has provided an excellent showcase for our business’ solutions.” Video wall and audio-visual solutions Burnley-based UVS, formerly eyevis UK, provides video wall displays and audio-visual solutions to a range of clients across the UK. Capula specialises in industrial control, instrumentation and automation and has decades of expertise, having worked in some of the most complex and demanding industrial environments. The Netpix 4900 is a network-based graphic controller for the management of video wall systems, single displays or projectors. The controller creates a big joined desktop for network-applications, video and graphic sources.