Cathexis is proud to be exhibiting at Security Essen from 25-28 September 2018 at the Messe Essen Exhibition Centre, in the City of Essen, Germany. Cathexis is a globally recognised Video Management Software (VMS) Developer, with over two decades of expertise in providing world-class Video Surveillance Software solutions to the international market. Cathexis will be showcasing CathexisVision 2018 which offers feature-rich functionality and ease of installation and use for a range of vertical ma...
The Middle East’s outstanding security and fire safety projects and products will share the spotlight in Dubai next week, when they contest for the ultimate accolade at the region’s only awards ceremony dedicated to excellence in commercial security and fire protection. Security, Safety and Fire Protection Awards A stellar shortlist of 55 finalists from 150 entries has been selected for the inaugural Intersec Security, Safety and Fire Protection Middle East Awards, with the winners...
Optex are preparing for a busy Security Essen show, where the sensor technologies company will demonstrate how the different detection technologies can improve security systems. Optex are showcasing new firmware for 2D Lidar scanners, with models now ranging from less than 20m to a 100m pre-warning zone, along with a new PIR to add to our outdoor intrusion range. For residential applications, they will be exhibiting the newly launched Shield PIR series that feature a volumetric 12m 90-degree m...
Door and window hardware professionals can now nominate their projects for the internationally recognised biennial GAI/RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards. Organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in the specification of architectural ironmongery. Architectural ironmongery advisers Projects can be nominated for the following categorie...
Hikvision, the world’s premier provider of innovative security products and solutions, is proud to announce it has achieved a U.S. Government Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification, marking another important milestone in Hikvision's cybersecurity programme. FIPS 140-2 is a U.S. government encryption standard created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Used by federal government ag...
UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, a premier provider of door opening solutions, has been granted a second patent for its keyPRIME reversible key cylinder system, giving a patented lifetime to 2036. Providing secure key control, the second patent ensures UNION keyPRIME offers one of the longest patent protected products in the market. Keys and cylinders can only be ordered, cut or assembled by authorised partners. Delivering similar benefits and greater...
Tomorrow’s commercial buildings will be safe, comfortable, efficient and smart. But how do ordinary buildings turn into smart buildings? And how will we live and work in a smart city? What possibilities and opportunities for optimally protecting people, property and the environment will holistic solutions deliver? Inspiration, dialog & networking These and other fascinating questions will be illuminated by building experts from Bosch, joined by futurologists and customers, in a unique event series titled “Connected Buildings – turning ideas into reality”. It will take place on five dates in the fall of 2018 at an equal number of venues across Europe. Milan will lead the way, followed by Zurich, Amsterdam, Vienna and Berlin. Each top-class event will address technical and commercial decision-makers from various industries who wish to derive inspiration from solutions for enhancing the safety, comfort and efficiency of commercial buildings and seek an opportunity to network and share information and ideas with other leaders and experts. The interconnectivity of technical devices via the Internet of Things (IoT) will result in greater interlinking of various aspects of technical infrastructure Opportunities & possibilities through IoT The growing interconnectivity of technical devices via the Internet of Things (IoT) will result in greater interlinking of various aspects of technical infrastructure than is still the case today. New functions and services will appear for improving, accelerating or automating processes. Integrated, networked solutions that merge state-of-the-art technology with services will enhance processes across domains and generate benefits for owners, operators, personnel and users. As an enabler of networked building solutions, Bosch is already tapping the potential of the IoT and leveraging its many years of experience as a system integrator to make people’s everyday lives safer, more comfortable and more efficient and ultimately protect both property and the environment more effectively. Participants in the “Connected Buildings” events can therefore look forward to thought-provoking topics, presentations and discussions in an exclusive setting. Bosch expert insights The speed with which digitisation is driving change and the importance of taking action now will be insightfully described by prominent futurologists at all of the events. They include Michael Carl, Director, Research & Consulting of 2bAhead ThinkTanks, the Dutch trend researcher Richard Van Hooijdonk and the world renowned futurist Vito Di Bari. Bosch experts will also talk about smart cities and pragmatically explain how the Internet of Things is already transforming life in cities. Together with customers, Bosch will provide exclusive glimpses of regional lighthouse projects where networked building solutions are becoming reality. Among them: the Nove project in Munich and Prime Tower in Zurich. Apart from the events themselves, attendees can look forward to exciting and inspiring locations that provide very appropriate backdrops for the topics addressed.
Leaders in the security industry, government and technology gathered on June 27-28 in Washington, D.C., as the Security Industry Association (SIA) hosted its 2018 GovSummit. Each year, SIA GovSummit offers top-quality information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and local agencies. This year’s summit tackled key security and policy issues like moving security services to the cloud, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for surveillance and the path forward for government and private security regarding the commercial use of aerial drones. Additionally, the event featured a half-day, expanded version of SIA’s popular Secure Schools Roundtable, SIA member visits on Capitol Hill, a networking breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club and presentation of the 2018 Legislator of the Year and Statesman Awards. DHS works to protect federal networks and facilities and critical infrastructure Protecting federal networks & facilities Providing keynote remarks at the 2018 GovSummit were Chris Krebs, undersecretary of the National Program and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Soraya Correa, DHS’ chief procurement officer. Krebs highlighted DHS’ work to protect federal networks and facilities and critical infrastructure, the threat of nation-state attacks on American democracy through targeting election equipment and spreading false information on social media to sow division and discord and NPPD’s focus on blending physical security and cybersecurity in a holistic, top-down risk management approach. “Government’s role is to assist in raising the security baseline,” said Krebs. Correa spoke about DHS’ procurement efforts in support of the department’s strategic vision and interest in inviting creativity and innovation in its contracts with organisations. “When we understand each other’s business processes, we can do better business together,” Correa said. “We work with industry, associations and more – we want you to do business with us.” Cybersecurity and identity policy In a panel discussion of the Office of Management and Budget’s new cybersecurity and identity policy, Jeff Nigriny highlighted the Interagency Security Committee’s new instructions to federal chief security officers on physical access control systems implementations being fully compliant with federal security standards. “2018 is the year we fix the policy,” Nigriny said. In another session, a panel of experts considered the path forward for government and private security when it comes to unmanned aerial system (UAS) and counter-UAS policy. As drones have become more widely used, national security agencies have raised drone security as an important policy issue. “We could call this time the years of drone security,” said Lisa Ellman, partner at Hogan Lovells LLP and Company and co-executive director of the Commercial Drone Alliance. Rob Reiter was recognised for his leadership on issues related to protective and architectural bollards to address the need for greater perimeter security Public safety and security During the summit’s Policy Leadership Awards Dinner, SIA also presented its 2018 Legislator of the Year and Statesman Awards. The SIA Legislator of the Year Award is presented annually to members of Congress and other elected officials who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in advancing legislation and policies that encourage the effective use of technology solutions to enhance public safety and security and protect critical infrastructure. This year, SIA honored Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. John Rutherford (R-Fla.) for their work on the STOP School Violence Act, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) for authoring the Investment in New Ventures and Economic Success Today (INVEST) Act, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) for authoring the Secure Airport Spaces Act and Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) for authoring the Shielding Public Spaces From Vehicular Terrorism Act. The Statesman Award is presented each year to SIA member volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions of professional time, leadership and resources to position SIA to address the public policy challenges impacting the security industry. This year’s recipient was Rob Reiter, co-founder of the Storefront Safety Council and chief security consultant at Calpipe Industries, recognised for his leadership on issues related to protective and architectural bollards to address the need for greater perimeter security. SIA 2018 partners & sponsors This event was made possible through Washington sponsor United Technologies (Lenel and Interlogix); Lincoln sponsor HID Global; Jefferson sponsor Johnson Controls; dinner and reception sponsor Allegion; event sponsors AMAG Technology, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Ameristar Perimeter Security, ASIS International, Axis Communications, BCDVideo, Calpipe Security Bollards, Chenega Security, Christie Digital Systems, Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency, Gallagher, GSA Schedules, Inc., Hanwha Techwin America, DHS Science & Technology, Identiv, Louroe Electronics, Marshalls, Milestone, Nasatka Security, Panasonic, the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools, Renova Technology and the Secure Schools Alliance; media sponsors Campus Safety and DomesticPreparedness.com; and industry partner ISC Security Events.
Greenpeace have posted footage on their Facebook page of them flying a drone into a French nuclear facility. The group have claimed the stunt was performed to highlight security issues around the facility. The facility was reportedly "at no time worried about the drone or attempted to intercept it". It was crashed into the tower in Bugey, a town around 30km away from the major city of Lyon. With the use of drones growing exponentially, now is the time to act against the potential negative threats that drones pose. Investing in drone detection technology Drone detection experts COPTRZ believe the crash seriously highlights the need for these major facilities to invest heavily in drone detection technology. The technology is there and readily available, so there is no excuse for incidents like this to happen again. This isn't the first stunt Greenpeace have performed at French nuclear facilities. It would, therefore, suggest they are vulnerable to attack if action isn't taken in the immediate future. Can these incidents be prevented with drone detection? Drone detection systems would have allowed the facility to not only be warned about the drone, but also the location of the drone and its pilot Incident prevention What's the solution to prevent incidents from happening again? The answer to that question is quite a simple one, drone detection. A lot of major facilities and businesses in the UK have begun to take ownership of this technology. It can help prevent these kinds of incidents and protect companies’ important assets from being accessed. Drone detection systems would have allowed the facility to not only be warned about the drone, but also the location of the drone and its pilot. It also collects data such as the altitude, speed, the location of take-off, the direction the drone is heading in. This data can allow facilities to quickly act in the event of a drone attack. If it's caught early enough, it can prevent similar incidents from happening, and this is what Greenpeace is clearly trying to show. Preparing against potential threats Steve Coulson, Managing Director and Founder of COPTRZ commented on the incident saying: "This incident further highlights just how important drone detection is. The Greenpeace incident has hopefully helped to show the facilities just how crucial it is to be wary of the potential negative threat that drones can have on their facilities. The time to act is now to ensure that these incidents don't occur outside of a controlled environment. Drone detection is going to play a key part moving forward, so it's important for businesses to get ahead of the game."
Hikvision, the world's premier supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has launched a range of groundbreaking face recognition terminals. Hikvision’s face recognition terminals are embedded with deep-learning algorithms for access control and office scenarios for improving building operations, workforce management and safety operations. Hikvision's face recognition terminals Three face recognition terminal models are available, each one uniquely and flexibly designed for a wealth of applications and scenarios: Wall-Mounted Face Recognition Terminal – DS-K1T604MF & DS-K1T606MF Base- or Wall-Mounted Face Recognition Terminal – DS-K1T605MF Face Recognition Component for Access Turnstile – DS-K5603-Z All three of these models are easy to install and use. The wall-mounted terminal is well-suited for quick access at an entrance. The base & wall-mounted terminal can be mounted on convenient vertical surfaces or on the front desk. The face recognition component is designed for use in conjunction with access turnstiles. If needed, this model can be rotated horizontally upon installation for capturing facial images at the most effective angle. Various models and types are available with a wide variety of front-end or back-end combinations to meet a multitude of scenarios and environments. Hikvision’s face recognition terminals support 1:1 or 1:N matching modes, authentication via Mifare cards, and TCP/IP or RS-485 connectivity. Hikvision’s face recognition terminals apply to a wide variety of scenarios and environments and can be highly personalised Accurate & fast face recognition Hikvision has embedded deep-learning algorithms into its face recognition terminals, providing fewer transmission delays and a reduced load on backend components. As a result, the terminals have a high success rate – the face-capture rate can hit 99% accuracy at less than 0.5 seconds. Dring rush hours, access turnstiles equipped with Hikvision’s face recognition terminals can respond in less than a half-second, passing up to 40 persons per minute. Hikvision’s face recognition terminals apply to a wide variety of scenarios and environments and can be highly personalised. Multiple authentication modes are available: face images, swiping ID card and comparing images, custom modes, and more. Applications range from commercial real estate, government agencies, small to very large businesses or factories, just to name a few.
Brivo, the original innovator of cloud-based physical security solutions for commercial buildings, has announced its expansion into Europe with the opening of its Amsterdam office and the creation of a new subsidiary, Brivo Systems BV. The move highlights the increasing adoption of cloud-based physical security systems and the company’s growing partner and customer base in Europe. With sales, technical, and logistics operations located in Amsterdam, Brivo will now provide a full range of support services to its European customers. Cloud-based access control solutions “We’re seeing growing demand for cloud-based access control solutions in Europe and felt this was a great time to expand our reach,” explained Brivo’s President and CEO, Steve Van Till. “We’re really excited about the opportunities and our ability to provide local support resources for our European customers.” As part of this expansion program, Brivo has recently conducted commercial and technical training sessions in Amsterdam and London, with more planned for the future. “We have a great group of end-users and partners already established in Europe,” said Van Till. “It's a pleasure to see their enthusiasm for our solutions and passion for bringing our products to the European market. Brivo Onair cloud security platform The Brivo Onair cloud-based security platform will offer all the same features in Europe as it does in the U.S, including integrated cloud video from Eagle Eye Networks. With customers in over 55 countries worldwide, Brivo has long had a solid customer base in Europe. The expansion of staff and offices will further drive Brivo’s ability to provide solutions for its customers around the world.
NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Randy Zornberg, Metro New York Sales Manager, for the New York Boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester, reporting to Napco SRVP, Northern Region, Dave Sheffey. Napco security new appointment Randy joins Napco’s sales team, with years of security experience, in all facets of the industry, including other fire companies, Siemens & Potter. Dave Sheffey said, “With Randy’s extensive fire background in particular, he’s joining Napco at an ideal time to support dealers, with our recent introductions of award-winning StarLink Fire Dual Path Universal Commercial Fire Communicators, ESX Innovation Award Winning FireLink FACP with built in StarLink comms; Firewolf Systems, as well as our other StarLink universal communicators, iBridge & Napco Gemini & Commercial lines.” As Napco Metro NY Sales Manager, Zornberg, a SUNY Poly, Engineering Tech Grad, based on Long Island will be providing sales support, new product introductions and applications solution assistance on Napco’s Communications, Intrusion & Commercial Fire Security Systems and Connected Home Solutions, throughout the region, i.e., Metropolitan New York, Long Island, and Westchester.
Nationwide Building Society has partnered with Traka to provide an intelligent key management system in its branches. The partnership will enhance the Society’s processes in its network, for the benefit of its employees and members. Nationwide has around 18,000 employees and around 650 branches across the UK. Previously branch managers were initially being relied upon to have ensured the management and safety of branch keys throughout the working day, and overnight. This has been a time constraining and manual process, but an essential part of branch security. Traka’s intelligent key management solution has been trialled, originally tested across 21 sites, and systems Key management process Traka’s intelligent key management solution has been trialled, originally tested across 21 sites, and systems now operate across Nationwide’s UK-wide branch network. Richard Newland, Director of Branch & Workplace Transformation at Nationwide said; “There was an opportunity to greatly improve our key management process, to make it easier for our colleagues to manage branch keys.” Seamless installation process “The introduction of Traka key management systems moved us into a more digital management system. Our colleagues no longer need to solely manage keys, and the audit trail capability has helped us to remove the manual paper recording and see the instant status of keys at any one time.” Traka worked closely with Nationwide to understand bespoke requirements for key management across its branch network, ensuring a seamless installation process under a tight timeframe for delivery. Once installed, Traka worked closely with individual branches to ensure staff had full training in the use of key management systems and access control solutions for authorised personnel. In Nationwide’s case, Traka has made a significant difference from an operational perspective Accurate audit trail Tom Smith, Traka Market Development Manager added: “What our relationship with Nationwide demonstrates is our preferred approach to working with clients, in true partnership. Our aim is to understand bespoke requirements for key management and ensure our systems can accommodate, without compromising on ease of use for staff.” “In Nationwide’s case, Traka has made a significant difference from an operational perspective. The main resolution being staff no longer need to solely manage keys, and instead, they can focus on servicing members needs more efficiently. Nationwide has total peace of mind they have a secure and accurate audit trail of all keys, across every branch in its network.”
A compressive video surveillance solution consisting of 96 cameras from Dahua Technology UK is being installed at the striking Fort Dunlop commercial and retail site, overlooking the M6 motorway in Birmingham. Built for Dunlop Rubber, Fort Dunlop became the tyre-maker’s flagship production facility and at one time was the world’s largest factory, employing 3,200 workers. After production stopped in the 1980s, the building lay derelict before being redeveloped into 360,000 square feet of office and retail space, also now with an adjoining hotel. Cameras include the 12MP panoramic internal IPC-EBW81230 fisheye camera and the external panoramic IPC-PDBW8802 dome cameraPanoramic fisheye and dome cameras Much of the site’s previous video surveillance system was installed during the refurbishment in 2006, but with advances in modern technology, it was felt that the current system was no longer meeting basic requirements. An external consultant assessed the site and put forward plans for an upgrade. Bromsgrove-based Champion Security Installations won the bid for the upgrade project. Installed over two phases, the design consists of a total of 96 static and PTZ cameras from Full HD to 4K resolutions. Cameras include the 12MP panoramic internal IPC-EBW81230 fisheye camera, which uses H.265/H.264 triple-stream encoding, and the external panoramic IPC-PDBW8802 dome camera, with four 2-Megapixel progressive scan CMOS sensors and day/night functionality. Images are managed and recorder by a 128-channel, ultra 4K NVR616 network video recorder. The aim was to meet all of the different security, health and safety criteria, as well as ensure ease of use for the operators" Ensuring safety of staff and building “Having undertaken a full review of the security systems at Fort Dunlop, it became clear that a replacement CCTV system was required to ensure protection of the staff, visitors and building,” said a spokesperson from Savills. “Three different options were presented by contractors, but it quickly became clear that the Dahua system presented by Champion Security met our brief. The system installed has changed the way we monitor and protect our asset, and its ease of use has been a revelation to our site staff.” A spokesperson from Champion Security Installations added, “We have worked with the management of Fort Dunlop for a number of years now, so we designed the new IP CCTV system in consultation with them. The aim was to meet all of the different security, health and safety criteria, as well as ensure ease of use for the operators. Having installed Dahua equipment at a number of sites, we invited them to assist with the design of the Fort Dunlop system using a number of their new products. Working in conjunction with Dahua and Oprema Ltd, the project was delivered on time and within budget.”
UK perimeter solutions manufacturer, Jacksons Fencing, has recently completed a project at Portsmouth Retail Park, the latest addition to Portsmouth City Council’s investment portfolio. The £17m development aims to generate up to £1m a year for local services, create jobs and contribute to the city’s revitalisation. Development and construction firm Simons Group undertook the 70,000 sq. ft. build while Jacksons Fencing won the tender to supply and install fencing and access control for the perimeter of the service areas and plant and bin stores. A secure perimeter was important, as any disruption to the service areas would negatively impact day-to-day operations. Air conditioning units, loading areas and bin stores can be vulnerable to vandalism and anti-social behaviour, so protecting these areas against unauthorised access not only prevents accidents and theft, but also ensures operational efficiency and protecting businesses from financial loss and liability. Jacksons Fencing also installed two single leaf and four double leaf EuroGuard swing gates, which seamlessly match the perimeter fencing Balancing security and aesthetics While the retail park and the stores within the development need protection, it is also a public space that depends on attracting shoppers, and so required a welcoming aesthetic. To fulfil these requirements, 100m of Jacksons EuroGuard Regular fencing at 3m high was installed. Ideal for commercial properties, EuroGuard Regular is able to secure the premises without appearing imposing or fortress-like. Its anti-climb design and vandal-proof panel to post fixings give the panels the strength and rigidity to effectively demark public and private spaces, deter potential intruders, or simply keep shoppers and young children out of harm’s way. To provide efficient access for staff, delivery and service vehicles, Jacksons Fencing also installed two single leaf and four double leaf EuroGuard swing gates, which seamlessly match the perimeter fencing. Turnkey security support Head of Commercial Sales at Jacksons Fencing Cris Francis comments: “Simons Group is one of the biggest names in retail construction and development, so this is a significant project for Jacksons, and testament to the high quality of our products and expertise of our team.” Brian Hodgkin, Commercial Manager at Simons Group, adds: “It’s obviously crucial that our projects are properly secured and we were pleased to work together with Jacksons to ensure security on the Portsmouth Retail park was of the highest standard.” Jacksons Fencing designs and manufactures high-quality security fencing and has a wide range of perimeter solutions ideal for a variety of projects. Their team of technical and engineering experts have worked on many different bespoke projects, providing full turnkey support to meet any requirements their clients have.
Security has become one of the priorities to be focused on for the operation of commercial buildings because many people come in and out of the buildings every day. IP surveillance solutions are particularly essential for those commercial applications generally used in a wider and more open areas, owing to the requirement of system scalability. Surveon commercial solutions, including high-reliability cameras with wide monitoring area, feature-rich CMS with multiple access as well as RAID NVR with flexible storage expansion. These enterprise solutions help commercial buildings to prevent the incidents such as thefts or other illegalities, effectively safeguarding the property and profits in time. Enhanced storage and data security When designing a suitable surveillance system, commercial buildings might encounter some major challenges such as open field and wide monitoring area. Under such circumstances, Surveon’s 3-megapixel camera will be the best solution. Surveon’s RAID NVR allows users to scale up the storage capacity through iSCSI (SAN/NAS) and JBOD It provides 1.5-time larger monitoring range at 30 FPS, offering a cost-effective option for monitoring wide areas. Besides, Surveon cameras are with industrial-grade components and 3-year warranty to ensure long-term operations. Its quality can be proved by the extremely low RMA rate, and reliability can be assured. The data protection of recorded videos and the flexible expansion of storage capacity for future scale up are of great importance to the planning of commercial surveillance. Surveon’s RAID NVR allows users to scale up the storage capacity through iSCSI (SAN/NAS) and JBOD, bringing commercial buildings a convenient and budget-saving option that they can expand storage capacity by demand or yearly budget instead of buying entire system at the beginning. Efficient management with reduced risk Surveon’s enterprise Central Management Software provides superior features including interactive video walls, matrix screen displays, centralised alarm management, and high scalability for thousands of cameras and multiple clients, allowing the management level and the security guards to keep every detail under control and review both live and stored videos through browsers or mobile applications anytime, anywhere. Surveon was chosen as the supplier of a comprehensive networked security solution for KL Tower, the highest building in Malaysia. The security project manager for the KL Tower said, “Surveon’s full end-to-end integration, including enterprise VMS and storage that supports up to 300TB, helps us manage the project in the most efficient way and brings the lowest risk.” Surveon's commercial solutions have also been deployed at Historic Buildings in Poland, ISP server rooms in Taiwan, and the building of airline catering service provider in Hong Kong.
Ward Security has been appointed as the security provider for British Arab Commercial Bank following a competitive tender process. The appointment will see the team manage the security at BACB’s Mansion House premises in London, supplying both concierge and security guarding personnel. The British Arab Commercial Bank is a UK regulated bank that has operated for more than 40 years with an expertise in international finance and a focus on helping companies to develop and grow trade in new markets with confidence. Kevin Ward, Managing Director of Ward Security said, “We are delighted to have been awarded such a prestigious contract by the bank. We believe our philosophy of providing people who are both professional and dedicated to delivering high quality standards closely matches the principles of the bank. All our clients need bespoke solutions that consider the key security needs both today and, in the future, and our tender clearly communicated that to the bank. We look forward to working with them.”A key speciality of Wards Security is the provision of search and guard dogs Dog guarding projects Steve Cook, Director of Facilities at British Arab Commercial Bank said, “We have been impressed with the high standards and accreditations that Ward Security work to and maintain but mostly this company is clearly very passionate about what they do." "Not only have they identified efficiencies and new ways to work they have delivered a proposal to us with fresh enthusiasm. The team at Ward Security are already integrating well into our team and we are pleased with the appointment of them as our new security provider.” From its headquarters in London Ward Security provides a full range of security services to high profile companies nationwide and it has regional offices covering Kent, The Midlands and South East England regions employing a team of over 900 security personnel. A key speciality of the company is the provision of search and guard dogs. It works closely with the City of London Police and both Bromley and Bexley Borough Councils on a number of specialist dog guarding projects.
BNP Paribas is a European-centred banking group with over 190,000 employees in 74 countries. Like other banks, BNP Paribas Fortis is facing a range of threat vectors like robbery, vandalism and card fraud. Similarly, bank staff members require safeguarding from potential aggressors. Previously, the bank relied for video security on a fleet of analogue CCTV cameras. However, low-image quality frequently made it difficult to identify suspects, especially in dimly-lit and harsh backlight conditions, such as direct sunlight through a window or reflected by wet ground. Upgrading CCTV system To upgrade its current CCTV system, BNP Paribas Fortis opted to move to the benefits of an IP-based network video security solution to be able to directly integrate cameras into existing network infrastructure, as well as enable remote video monitoring.BNP Paribas Fortis has installed more than 4,400 Sony IP network cameras Working with security solutions provider SERIS technology and Stanley Security Benelux, BNP Paribas Fortis has installed more than 4,400 Sony IP network cameras. The reliable, high-performance cameras have been installed at the bank’s Belgian headquarters and commercial buildings all over the country. Designed for large-scale mission-critical security A blend of discrete minidome cameras (SNC-EM630, SNC-EM631, SNC-EM600, SNC-EM601 and SNC EM641) protects BNP Paribas Fortis premises. The cameras’ sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor ensures crisp images with HD or Full HD resolution, while selected models offer IK10 resistance standards against unwanted tampering and vandalism. Hemispheric SNC-HM662 cameras offer a 360-degree all-round view in self-banking zones and bank lobbies. As well as deterring unauthorised loitering, it provides situational awareness of potentially aggressive customers who may be a threat to employees.As well as offering excellent image quality, their efficiency and reliable operation make a real contribution to lowering long-term ownership costs" Protected against harsh weather and vandalism, ruggedised SNC-WR602 and SNC-WR632C rapid dome cameras provide round-the-clock surveillance of outdoor areas. The cameras’ high dynamic range ensures clear images in a wide range of lighting conditions, accommodating extremes of bright light and shade in the same scene. The cameras are integrated using the XProtect Corporate IP Video Management Software (VMS) platform from Milestone Systems. Designed for large-scale mission-critical security applications, this manages convenient recording and sharing of video from multiple sites. Minimisation of hack risk BNP Paribas Fortis also values the Sony IP cameras’ excellent network security provision, with the risk of attacks from hackers minimised by regular firmware updates. “Sony cameras were the obvious choice to improve our video security capabilities”, confirms Michaël Thys, Expert Security Equipments at BNP Paribas Fortis. “As well as offering excellent image quality, their efficiency and reliable operation make a real contribution to lowering long-term ownership costs.” “The retail banking industry presents several challenges for any security solution,” adds Petra Swinnen, regional account manager for Sony Video Security Solutions. “This large-scale migration to Sony IP cameras has allowed BNP Paribas Fortis to protect its front-line operations, while giving valuable extra peace of mind to employees and customers alike.”