Leaders in the electronic security and life safety industry will roll up their sleeves and contribute some creativity to an interactive art project on the ESX expo floor June 20-21 in Nashville, TN. #PassionateSecurity in Schools initiative As part of ESX’s ‘#PassionateSecurity in Schools’ initiative, which also includes a heartfelt presentation during the show’s Closing Keynote Luncheon on June 22, attendees will be painting a 3-part mural that ESX will then donate to...
Oncam, global provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, has announced the availability of the Evolution 180 outdoor model to its 180-degree camera portfolio, adding to the indoor version introduced earlier this year. The technology builds upon the experience and heritage of the company's 360-degree video and intelligence solutions to meet the needs of customers in a variety of markets that require an outdoor-ready wall-mounted camera with Panoramic+ views from a...
Sony’s latest SNC-HMX70 security camera maintains an all-round 360-degree hemispheric view with no blind spots – ensuring full situational awareness in a wide range of indoor surveillance applications. The camera's fixed lens and high-resolution 12-megapixel CMOS sensor stream crisply detailed, high-resolution video at a smooth 30 fps. This assures that people and objects are seen clearly, even in challenging lighting conditions. Harshly backlit windows, lobbies and entrances...
CNL Software, global pure play Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software provider, will be showcasing its latest IP Security Center PSIM solution at the Connected Security Expo at ISC West in Las Vegas April 11-13, 2018. CNL Software will demonstrate how its PSIM technology helps law enforcement, government agencies and the military, owners and operators of public and private critical infrastructure, large corporations and school districts, colleges and universities, and transport...
IDIS, the largest south Korean surveillance manufacturer, announced that it has signed a strategic alliance with Al Sulaiman Security Systems and Services (A4S). The Qatari based company is a well-established Extra Low Voltage (ELV) provider as well as offering total security solutions. A4S prides itself on its technical expertise, a motivated sales team, and highly qualified management personnel, with the company rolling out many high-profile projects across Qatar and beyond. Offering IDIS Tot...
Wren enclosures are another important option Arecont Vision customers can now employ with confidence Arecont Vision, a provider of IP-based megapixel camera technology, announced that Wren Solutions, a developer of innovative camera housings and accessories, has joined the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program. Multiple Arecont Vision cameras are certified with Wren Solution housings. Stainless-steel camera housings “We are excited to further develop our partnershi...
Joe Vitalone has more than 30 years of sales, marketing, and business development experience Razberi Technologies, a provider of video surveillance appliances and software, has hired Joe Vitalone as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer worldwide. In this role, Vitalone will have executive responsibility for growing Razberi’s sales revenues as well as expanding the company’s partnerships and distribution channels globally. Seasoned veteran with ample knowledge Vitalone is a seasoned veteran with more than 30 years of sales, marketing, and business development experience in the telecom and security industries. He will report to Razberi CEO Tom Galvin. “Joe’s proven track record of growth combined with his channel expertise and strong partnering abilities align well with Razberi’s strategic direction," said Galvin. “Under his leadership, many more channel partners will realise the value that Razberi’s solutions offer their businesses.” Previous work experience Vitalone joins Razberi from Arrow Systems Integration, a division of Arrow Electronics, where he most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer. Previously, Vitalone was Executive Vice President and President of Mitel Networks for the Americas region. He has also held executive level positions at ShoreTel, LifeSize, CoVi Technologies, and Polycom.“Razberi is known for its innovation and technology leadership in the security industry, which they have translated into major partnerships and customers around the world,” said Vitalone. "They have great momentum in a fast-growing market, and I am eager to use my contacts and experience to take Razberi to the next level.”Security integrators and enterprises use Razberi video surveillance solutions across the world, in industries such as energy, education, finance, retail, government, and more.
The COLDSTORE solution allows direct recording from the cameras, cutting down on additional hardware Veracity, a provider of innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage, and display, announced its attendance at the BETT Show for the first time. COLDSTORE storage solution The BETT Show takes place between 25-28 January at the London ExCeL Arena, and is the largest show of its sector in Europe. By partnering with Kingsfield Computer Products on stand G372, and Kent CCTV & Data on stand E370, Veracity will show visitors from schools, colleges, and further education that choosing to use higher definition cameras to record in much greater detail is now perfectly possible using their award-winning surveillance storage product COLDSTORE. Depending on the environment and the use of open-platform cameras, it is also possible to reduce the systems’ overall total cost of ownership by recording direct to COLDSTORE from the cameras, cutting out the additional hardware, VMS licence and energy costs of network video recorders. Unique recording design “No longer need you worry about reducing the recorded resolution from your cameras to conserve hard disk space” “No longer need you worry about reducing the recorded resolution from your cameras to conserve hard disk space,” says Alastair McLeod, Group CEO of Veracity, “Or recording in high definition for short periods only. Retail malls are already realising the benefits of being able to record continuously in high definition, enabling them to retrospectively interrogate CCTV footage in greater detail than previously possible. COLDSTORE’s unique recording design, using only two hard disk drives at a time in a mirrored overlapping pair sequence, extends the life of those disks considerably and reduces system energy consumption by around 90% compared to similar-sized RAID systems.” POINTSOURCE Wireless solution Veracity’s transmission products will also be available for visitors to see, including the industry-benchmark HIGHWIRE family of products, enabling the latest IP cameras to be installed over legacy coax networks without re-cabling and with the associated business disruption. Also of interest will be POINTSOURCE Wireless, which enables installers to locally view IP cameras on a smartphone during installation.
Event brings end users, integrators and technology partners together to discuss the surveillance and security needs of educational institutions Oncam, a provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, announced that it will partner with Pivot3, a innovator in the development of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions, to host the second in its series of education security symposiums aimed at creating a dialogue about the risks that today’s educational facilities face. The event, titled “OnCampus,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Offsite in Chicago. The open, welcoming nature of today’s educational facilities poses significant threats to the safety and security of students, faculty and staff, leaving every tier of the community – from parents to police departments to school administrators – anxious to find better protection. The OnCampus educational symposium brings manufacturers, consultants, technology partners and systems integrators together to discuss the evolution, improvement and future of the education security market. Two components The OnCampus symposium includes two components. The first explores the challenges the education end user faces in today's environment where campuses are increasingly becoming the targets of evolving physical threats. The second focuses on the efforts of technology partners to bring integrated solutions to these campuses, and how these strategic partnerships can leverage the latest in video surveillance, analytics and other security technologies to aid in investigations and proactively keep students safe. “We’re excited to partner with Oncam in this endeavour to bring more awareness to the security challenges educational institutions face. With a growing focus on increasing surveillance deployments to provide safe and secure places to grow and learn, we are eager to help drive the conversation around how the industry can help support stronger security postures across the education sector,” said Brandon Reich, senior director of surveillance solutions, Pivot3. “Pivot3 is uniquely able to offer these institutions system resiliency and data protection for their video needs, which are paramount to providing security and peace-of-mind to all parties involved.” “This series of events has shown us how important the security posture of a school can be – whether it’s as small as a rural elementary school or a large, widely dispersed university,” said Jumbi Edulbehram, regional president, Americas, Oncam. “Alongside Pivot3, we want to start a dialogue about how security manufacturers, integrators and consultants can best meet those unique needs with comprehensive solutions that keep ROI, scalability and efficiency at the forefront. This event is one way to spark the conversation and offer attendees a chance to add to the discussion.”
OnCampus is dedicated to ongoing discussions on the improvement and future of security needs of education sector Oncam, the leading provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, announced recently a series of education security symposiums aimed at creating a dialogue about the risks that today’s educational facilities face, as well as offering solutions on how these risks can be mitigated. The first event, “OnCampus,” which is co-sponsored by Genetec, will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesday, March 22, at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As agents of change, education campuses are places where the youth of America expand upon their intellectual capabilities to drive research and leadership initiatives to hew horizons. These unique open environments are increasingly becoming the targets of evolving physical threats, leaving every tier of the community — from parents to police departments to executive boards — anxious to find better protection. Discussion with end users, integrators and technology partners OnCampus is dedicated to the ongoing discussion on the evolution, improvement and future of the security needs of the education sector, and is designed to bring together thought leaders including end users, systems integrators and technology partners from around the country to strive for coalescent, pertinent security solutions on campuses of all sizes. Each OnCampus symposium discussion will include two important components. The first will focus specifically on the challenges educational institutions face in today's environment as campuses are increasingly targets of evolving physical threats. The second will focus on the efforts of technology partners to bring integrated solutions to these campuses, and how these strategic partnerships can leverage the latest in video surveillances, built-in analytics and other video technologies to aid in investigations and proactively keep students safe. During the first event of the series, Martha Entwistle, Editor, Security Systems News, will moderate the discussion and panellists include: Thomas W. Komola, Security and Emergency Manager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology John Silva, Director of Safety and Security, Cambridge Public Schools Brad Baker, CISSP, CPP, PSP, President, FTG Security Jumbi Edulbehram, Regional President, Americas, Oncam Jake Hauzen, Regional Sales Manager for Education, Genetec Demonstration of 360-degree surveillance & analytics technology During the event, attendees will also have the chance to network with colleagues and participate in a technology demonstration of 360-degree surveillance and advanced analytics technology. “The changing landscape of the education security market is moving at a such a rapid pace that the evolving physical and technological threats not only makes our students less safe, it also leaves all stakeholders - whether they are campus police, school boards or systems integrators - with significant business challenges to overcome,” said Jumbi Edulbehram, Regional President, Americas, Oncam. “If it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to protect one. Oncam sees a need in today’s market to seriously address the current gaps in campus security and come together as thought leaders to ensure a brighter future for students, and schools and universities.”
Hikvision is set to reveal its newest edition: the DS-2CD6362F-I(S)(V) 6MP IR Fisheye Network camera. This 6MP IR Fisheye features a 1/1.8” progressive scan CMOS sensor to provide high-resolution images of up-to 3072 x 2048, 30 frames-per-second, and a 1.19 mm fisheye lens for a 360° panoramic view. Choice of 3MP model with WDR A 3MP model of the WDR Fisheye Network Camera is also available - the DS-2CD6332FWD-I(S)(V). This 3MP model features a 1/3” progressive scan CMOS sensor, 120 dB WDR (wide dynamic range), and streams video of up-to 1536 x 1536 resolution at 30 fps. See all around with only one eye It's all about seeing more with just one camera than with multiple cameras. Case in point, a single 6MP/3MP IR Fisheye Network Camera does the work of multiple cameras in both indoor and outdoor surveillance environments. Hikvision’s unique fisheye is designed to capture images from every corner of a particular location and eliminate blind spots with only its single camera. Both models are equipped with IR functionality, offering up-to 15m IR distance of visibility under low or even zero-light conditions. Features such as these make both Fisheyes a great choice for detailed coverage of wide, open areas like airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices, restaurants, classrooms, and more. Furthermore, a state-of-the-art housing unit and IP66 rating protect the camera against outdoor elements like rain and dust, and allows it to confidently withstand temperatures ranging from -30°C to 60°C. Multiple display modes The 6MP/3MP IR Fisheye Network Camera supports several viewing modes, including the aforementioned 360° overview (in 6 megapixel resolution and 3 megapixel resolution, respectively), a horizontal panoramic view, PTZ quad window, and PTZ multi-window modes. Customers can also utilise this smooth PTZ functionality to easily zoom, and focus, on any region of interest (ROI). Multiple compression formats MJPEG and H.264 video compression formats are supported. Additionally, these cameras feature multiple H.264 compression profiles, allowing users to optimise bandwidth and storage without compromising image quality. Furthermore, supporting ONVIF, PSIA, and CGI standards, both Fisheye models offer the ability to easily integrate with other video surveillance equipment and systems. Other features include a built-in micro SD/SDXC slot (with a total capacity of up-to 64GB), a DI/DO interface to connect to alarm devices for further security control purposes, and an inbuilt high-quality audio intercom that allows two-way communication. Fisheye camera combines with PTZ dome To further benefit the users, Hikvision has launched a Fisheye Camera and IP PTZ Dome Camera combo which elegantly provide a panoramic's 360° surround view while offering the capability for a detailed regional view from a speed dome. A perfect solution to monitor wide areas in the greatest of detail!
The discount is applicable to OnSSI's latest version of its flagship product, Ocularis Recognising that nothing is more important than a safe and stable learning environment for children and faculty, OnSSI announced recently that they are offering an aggressive educational discount for schools, universities and other educational institutions. The 30% discount is intended by OnSSI to help educational institutions provide the high level of security expected by every student, teacher and visitor to the facility. Effective from February 1 through September 31, 2014 the educational discount is applicable to the latest version of the company’s flagship product, Ocularis video surveillance and security software. Ocularis can play an essential role in alerting security and law enforcement immediately on their PCs, laptops or mobile devices once a security threat has been detected. This assures that response times are minimised to quickly address any developing situation. Under the programme, new and existing installations of Ocularis PS, IS and CS including base and camera licenses, CURRENT, VideoWall and OpenSight are eligible for the discount. “A safe learning environment is essential for all students,” said Ken LaMarca, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, OnSSI. “Our education discount promotion supports our dedication to helping provide that level of security for students, staff and school visitors.” The education discount is available to all K - 12 schools, colleges and universities with a minimum $1, 000.00 product order.
Pivot3, the hyperconverged infrastructure performance and technology firm, has announced that the University of Central Florida has deployed its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform for more robust video surveillance data protection, improved remote access to sensitive and critical data from any device, streamlined management for all their campus safety and security IT systems, and support for additional datacenter workloads as they grow. Pivot3 hyperconverged infrastructure platform Located in Orlando, Fla., the University of Central Florida (UCF) is one of the largest universities in the country with more than 66,000 students and over 12,000 employees. It is regularly recognised as one of the best colleges for quality, access, impact and value. U.S. News & World Report recently named UCF as one of the nation’s Most Innovative Colleges for 2018. Prior to implementing Pivot3, UCF was struggling with the costs and complexity of managing 58 standalone servers, 12,000 individual access points, hundreds of video surveillance cameras, and a diverse range of digital video recorders, or DVRs. The university’s IT organisation and security teams required a solution that could easily consolidate these disparate systems, centralise management and provide more effective, efficient and reliable video data storage. Pivot3 HCI streamlines video management and storage capabilities by hosting the university’s Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS) Milestone XProtect VMS Pivot3 HCI streamlines video management and storage capabilities by hosting the university’s Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS), and server and storage management on a single platform. Pivot3 also offers industry-leading resilience — critical in environments such as public universities that have been demanding data protection and retention requirements in order to mitigate risk and ensure legal compliance. If multiple hardware failures occur, servers remain online, and previously recorded data is protected and available when needed. Pivot3 is also designed to support mixed workloads and can host multiple applications on a single infrastructure, delivering significant return on investment for the university as its security and IT needs evolve. “We wanted a security solution that specialised in video storage but also offered options to expand into other datacenter use cases as needed, and Pivot3 was the hands-down winner,” said Joseph Souza, assistant director of security for UCF’s Department of Security and Emergency. “During our selection process, both our security team and our IT organisation discovered that Pivot3 delivered the best solution for our growing environment.” Pivot3 also captures and protects video data from 2,500 video surveillance cameras and supports up to three petabytes of storage Video surveillance and data recording In addition to hosting Milestone System’s video management software, Pivot3 also captures and protects video data from 2,500 video surveillance cameras and supports up to three petabytes of storage. Pivot3’s ability to easily scale to this level was a key criterion in UCF’s selection process as its demand for more cameras and video data storage capacity continues to grow. The UCF camera count is expected to rise to over 3,000 when the university’s downtown Orlando Campus opens in the fall of 2019. “UCF is a leader in educational excellence, and we are pleased to play a role in helping the university protect critical assets and enhance security operations,” said Brandon Reich, surveillance practice leader, Pivot3. “The education market in particular experiences significant benefits and cost savings through the implementation of Pivot3 HCI – not to mention the increased security benefits for students and staff - which reduces complexity and cost, delivers scalability and increases resiliency.”
Beykent University in Istanbul Turkey was established as a non-profit organisation by Adem Celik-Beykent Educational Foundation and started its education programs in 1997. Since then, it has grown its teaching and research facilities over five campuses for a population of approximately 29,000 students. The university offers a high-quality learning experience which includes 72 Associate’s degrees, 69 Bachelor’s degrees and over 50 Postgraduate programs. Medical students at Beykent University need to take lab exercises including audiometry and advanced simulation. However, in the audiometry lab, only 3 out of 20 students among a class are able to observe in the silent cabin and there is no other access to this cabin from outside. Also, patient simulation by students needed to be reviewed more closely while and after performing the exercise for educational purpose. Hanwha Techwin high resolution cameras were installed in labs to support medical students High-res camera installation About 450 Hanwha Techwin cameras were installed at multiple campuses of the university from Oct. 2015 to Aug. 2017. Especially 5 Megapixel high resolution cameras (5 of SND-6084R, 11 of XNO-8080R) were installed in labs to support medical students’ education. In the audiometry lab, Wisenet cameras installed inside the cabin made the rest of 17 students standing outside able to observe what is happening when hearing tests are being carried out. For the advanced simulation lab, Wisenet cameras were transferring images and sounds of the exercise performance collected from 3 simulation rooms to 1 observation room, making it possible for students to see the mistakes and the good examples on projection or television screens. The University has also deployed Wisenet cameras and recorders in order to help create a safe and secure environment for students and teachers throughout the campuses including VIP house, classroom, auditorium, outdoor campus and Medical School and Faculty of Dentistry in Avalon Campus. Over 700 Winset cameras to be installed in other locations throughout the University" Wisenet camera integration results “The most important reason for us choosing Wisenet products was the efficient way they work smoothly with software applications. The functionality promised to us at the sales stage has been delivered and the Hanwha Techwin team in the Turkey office have handled the project with care from start to finish. They have always been just a phone call away when we needed them for problem solving and they also provided extensive trainings. Their willingness to ensure continuity of the project has been a major benefit to us. As a result, we will be continuing to install Wisenet cameras in other locations throughout the University and are planning to have about 700 installed by the end of the project,” Barkin Oktem, IT manager at Beykent University.
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.
A safe school environment is a prerequisite for productive learning. When students feel as though their safety is compromised, this affects their learning performance. To enhance levels of security, it’s important to know which methods of lockdown are suited and which should be avoided. Andrew Shaw, architectural consultant for Allegion UK, discusses the importance of bespoke security solutions and prioritising quality. He says, 'Students need to feel safe in order to learn.' Safe and secure classroom environment Research has shown that classroom climate – all of the characteristics of a classroom – correlates with student achievement. This means that if students feel unsafe, it’s likely to affect their performance. However, because there’s no single, 'one size fits all' answer to security, implementing the 'right' solution may seem like a minefield. On top of knowing specific performance requirements, school governing bodies must know which locking protocols to adhere to and which to avoid School lockdown protocols Because of this, it’s now more important than ever that school officials not only know the options available to them but are also making decisions tailored to their own individual requirements. On top of knowing specific performance requirements, school governing bodies must know which locking protocols to adhere to and which to avoid. Security at every layer A safe and secure environment is at the crux of every successful school strategy. When it comes to classroom security, significance should be placed on how staff and teachers can maximise their protection and that of students. The key to any successful classroom lockdown operation is selecting the appropriate credentials based on individual requirements. Selecting appropriate credentials In addition to this, one thing that various credentials are often accused of is being too costly an investment to step into. In reality, a limited budget shouldn’t put a compromise on high-quality products. That’s not to ignore the fact that many schools are under budget pressures. However, the scope of security solutions available to the UK market means that schools are able to find solutions suited to their needs and budget. Implementing an effective lockdown safety plan, including staff protocol and places to hide, can also help you in being prepared for critical situations Dos There are a number of baseline protocols to uphold to ensure classroom security is kept at an all-time high. For example, remembering to keep doors closed and locked while rooms are in use will enable faster lockdown in emergency situations. Implementing an effective lockdown safety plan, including staff protocol and places to hide, can also help you in being prepared for critical situations. Installing hardware suited to your needs – whether mechanical, electronic or a combination – are each beneficial for everyday use as well as in emergencies. Don’ts There are some measures that don’t mitigate risk, they instead put staff and students in greater danger. It’s easy to overlook what may seem a harmless practice, but which is actually a violation of safety regulations – such as propping doors open and locking emergency exits. All entrances should aid free access and egress, not only for ease of passage but also in the event that emergency responders may be called to the site Cutting out unauthorised access All entrances should aid free access and egress, not only for ease of passage but also in the event that emergency responders may be called to the site. With locking credentials, it’s also important to keep control of who can access the buildings so that unauthorised persons are on record. Electronic access control systems, for example, are designed for stricter security on who has access to a site and at which time it was accessed. Electronic door access control Furthermore, one of the biggest fallacies in the door hardware industry is that quality must be compromised to make room for affordability. Whilst this could have been put down to a lack of choice years and years ago, there are now products tailored to each and every need notwithstanding limitations such as budgets. On top of this, it’s no use to switch out to a cheaper, less safe product that could ultimately cost more in the long-term if you’re to consider maintenance costs. Areas such as building entrances, must balance the need for access control with accessibility and freedom of movement The myth of ‘one size fits all’ Every school is as diverse as the people it houses. Multiple types of credentials may be used within a school, depending on your unique needs. Particular aspects that ought to be given consideration are the severity and probability of any potential risks, the effectiveness of mitigating potential risks, the ability of staff to implement lockdown, and the school’s budget. Areas such as building entrances, for example, must balance the need for access control with accessibility and freedom of movement.
Johnson Controls has announced that Florida Atlantic University, based in Boca Raton, Fla., has selected the Software House C•CURE 9000 security and event management platform to secure a new building that is part of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, a facility which houses research, administration, and a medical clinic. Florida Atlantic University is one of 12 schools that is part of the state’s university system. The Boca Raton campus boasts 3,200 faculty and staff, providing educational services and support to 4,000 students. The College of Medicine, though small with 373 students, required a robust access control system that enabled the integration of video surveillance and the ability to partition access to specific areas of the facility. Florida Atlantic University is one of 12 schools that is part of the state’s university system Student access management With C•CURE 9000, Florida Atlantic University can easily manage student access to classrooms and laboratories, which can range from 24-hour access to the building to limited facility access during examination time. In addition, the university needed to restrict access to medical record rooms, the pharmacy and other sensitive areas. The access control system is also part of the Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt Biomedical building, with C•CURE 9000 providing coverage for all exterior entrances, research labs and elevators leading to animal research floors and the anatomy labs. With C•CURE 9000, Florida Atlantic University can easily manage student access to classrooms and laboratories Building security According to Patrick Garmon, Director of Security Technology for Florida Atlantic University, it was important to implement a system that enabled the university to manage student access to buildings by floor and room, not just to restrict overall building access. “Florida Atlantic University has harnessed the vast capabilities that C•CURE 9000 has to offer when it comes to security and access control management,” said Jason Ouellette, global product general manager, Access Control, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “Whether managing access to laboratories, the pharmacy or medical records, C•CURE 9000 provides flexibility to easily manage and adjust the system based on current needs.” Florida Atlantic University has harnessed the vast capabilities that C•CURE 9000 has to offer when it comes to security and access control management C•CURE Go mobile application In the future, Florida Atlantic University plans to use the C•CURE Go mobile application, which will enable security personnel and its on-staff technician to change access status or remotely monitor the system using an iOS or Android mobile device.
The Redvision PTZ cameras offer superior image quality and highly responsive operation Redvision has played an important part in the protection of Bournemouth and Poole FE College, which has recently received a £12 million investment for upgrade and modernisation of its campuses. The project included constructing brand new buildings to house a Digital Media Centre, a Performing Arts Centre, and new science laboratories, as well as upgrading and renovating existing buildings across both college sites. The campuses are used by a combined student population of over 10,000, so are extremely busy throughout the academic year. The project also included adding innovative new roof panels to generate solar electricity for the college, supporting the local authority’s commitment to improved sustainability. X-SERIES PTZ dome cameras Secure Alarms Ltd, established in 1979, is responsible for installing and maintaining the college’s security systems. Secure Alarms selected Redvision, the UK manufacturer of the X-SERIES rugged PTZ dome cameras and Redcop rapid deployment systems, to supply all external PTZ cameras. Rob Cutler, Director at Secure Alarms, commented, “We rate Redvision very highly. The technical support offered, as a manufacturer, is second to none. They have expertise on all their products and know what items best suit our requirements and those of the college. The cameras are extremely energy efficient, with a low cost of ownership, so meet the local authority’s green responsibilities.” “Since both college sites are near the coast, each of the cameras also has a standard marine finish to resist corrosion and increase longevity” The newly-overhauled college site at Poole has 39 indoor cameras and 16 outdoor cameras, 8 of which are Redvision PTZ’s. The Bournemouth site has 29 indoor and 25 outdoor cameras, 5 of which are Redvision’s. Most of the indoor cameras are IP and from Dahua. These were positioned to monitor corridors, hallways, and other busy public areas within the college. Secure Alarms used analogue cameras outdoors, to take advantage of existing coaxial cabling infrastructures, which were re-used to keep costs down and building alterations to a minimum. The outdoor Redvision cameras were the X-SERIES, RVX18, rugged PTZ dome cameras, with smart infra-red night-vision to 120m for 24/7 security surveillance. They were also mounted using customised, extended corner brackets, for optimal site coverage from each camera location. RAL Colour Service Rob Cutler added, “We have always been impressed by Redvision’s excellent customer service. We realised that the standard connection leads were not long enough to reach the outdoor cameras in our customised brackets. Redvision solved this issue with longer leads, which they delivered within 2 working days, allowing us to get on with the installation efficiently and effectively. In addition, the company also helped us with pre-sales demonstrations and support when we were initially specifying the system.” Revision offers a bespoke RAL colour service on all its cameras and Bournemouth and Poole College used this to great effect. The college has a very strong branding and colour scheme, in blue and grey, which is reflected across the college buildings. Redvision matched the colours precisely, supplying both blue and grey rugged PTZs and brackets. The result is that the cameras blend into the aesthetics of each building, making them less obtrusive. The blue PTZ cameras have affectionately been nick-named Smurf-cam by college staff. Superior image quality Dermot Grace, MD of Redvision, commented, “Our bespoke, RAL colour service is very popular and has been used in a wide range of applications, from historical buildings and town centres, through to outdoor sports facilities like Tottenham Hotspur FC training academy. In this application, we have been able to support the branding and image of the newly refurbished college sites. Since both college sites are near the coast, each of the cameras also has a standard marine finish to resist corrosion and increase longevity.” The CCTV systems are monitored from a college operations room at each campus and Smurf cam is proving popular with operators. The Redvision PTZ cameras offer superior image quality and highly responsive operation. They are being used to ensure site security and boundary management, as well as assist with Health and Safety. They have already prevented a high-profile arson attack, securing a conviction, and helped to reduce bike theft and vandalism. They are regularly used in site management, preventing illegal car parking, and maintaining clear road access for site safety purposes.