Traka has proven its credentials as a global solutions provider at IFSEC 2019, taking the opportunity to present its bespoke solutions and latest innovative technical development, along with integrating with leading access control providers. On stand IF105, Traka, intelligent management solutions developer for keys and equipment showcased its latest generation TrakaWEB software and its ability to offer remote administration, including faulty item exchange, fleet management and full audit contro...
Morse Watchmans, the industry pioneer in key control and asset management systems, is showcasing the benefits of their KeyWatcher Touch and AssetWatcher key and asset management solutions at IFSEC International 2019 (stand no. IF620) in London, from June 18-20. The company is also introducing KeyWatcher Fleet, a key control system specifically for fleet management, to IFSEC attendees. “We’re thrilled to once again showcase the exciting features of our AssetWatcher and KeyWatcher Tou...
ELATEC is pleased to announce its recent hire of Ron J. Fiedler, who joins the ELATEC team as Vice President of Strategic Alliances. In this role, Fiedler will expand ELATEC’s global presence through business development, strategic partnerships, and penetration of new markets. ELATEC RFID readers ELATEC designs and manufactures unique radio frequency identification (RFID) readers for user authentication and access control applications. ELATEC readers recognise and decode over 60 RFID tra...
Traka is attending IFSEC 2019 to showcase the latest advances in key and asset management, together with innovative technical development and integration capability, developed as part of its journey to becoming a global solutions provider. Key management solutions On stand IF105, the industry leader in intelligent management solutions for keys and equipment will unveil its latest generation Traka Web software, offering remote administration with the benefits of faulty item exchange, fleet mana...
Dahua Technology, a video-centric smart IoT solution provider, has announced the addition of targeted vertical market solutions in the North American market. Vehicle inspection is one area where contemporary technology is rising to address a critical need. Preventing restricted items from entering high-security environments has traditionally been limited to the use of mirrors and police dogs, where blind spots and human error put detection at risk. In order to combat this problem, Dahua Technol...
Morse Watchmans, the global provider of key control and asset management systems, is introducing KeyWatcher Fleet this week at ISC West 2019 (booth #11109) in Las Vegas. “We are continually focussed on developing key control solutions that go beyond securing keys to help users improve business operations,” said Fernando Pires, CEO, Morse Watchmans. “That was our charter when we engineered KeyWatcher Fleet. As fleet professionals know, when you control the keys, you control the...
At ISC West 2019 this week in Las Vegas, Morse Watchmans (booth #11109) is showcasing its AssetWatcher and KeyWatcher Touch key and asset management solutions that protect important keys and physical assets, resulting in reduced downtime, fewer losses, and improved accountability. On display alongside AssetWatcher and KeyWatcher is Morse Watchmans’ latest introduction, KeyWatcher Fleet – the first key management platform designed from the ground up with Fleet Managers in mind. “Morse Watchmans has proven experience in delivering tailored key and asset management systems with full audit trail capabilities, for a multitude of applications,” said Fernando Pires, CEO, Morse Watchmans. “AssetWatcher and KeyWatcher Touch make it easier than ever to protect valuable assets and to streamline key management, while KeyWatcher Fleet breaks new ground in optimising fleet usage.” Available in 10, 22, 34-locker configurations, AssetWatcher locker is sized for small laptops, tablets, phones and other objects RFID-enabled locker system AssetWatcher is a flexible, scalable, and highly capable RFID-enabled locker system. Perfect for tools, mobile electronics, and other valuable items, it can easily support more than 10,000 users on a single system and is configurable in three modes for flexible usage. AssetWatcher’s RFID technology allows users to easily track who is removing or replacing an asset, as well as when and where in the system the asset has been taken from or placed. Available in 10, 22, or 34-locker configurations, each AssetWatcher locker is sized for small laptops, tablets, phones and other objects. Additional systems can be added as needed to expand the solution to support even more lockers. Each system is designed to be freestanding and can be mounted to the wall or the floor for convenience and stability. SmartKey system with KeyAnywhere technology Morse Watchmans’ KeyWatcher Touch key management system features a 7” touchscreen with an easy-to-use interface and patented SmartKey system with KeyAnywhere technology to make it simple to withdraw and return a key securely to any key cabinet in an enterprise. KeyWatcher Touch also offers the convenience of scheduled PDF reports that are emailed KeyWatcher Touch also offers the convenience of scheduled PDF reports that are emailed to authorised recipients. Email delivery of customised or standard reports can be scheduled for any frequency or specific time, or they can be accessed using the Morse Watchmans smartphone app. System administrators have access to view or run reports as needed. The system also enables security management to notify a user via email when a key becomes overdue. Actionable insight on fleet utilisation Built on proven KeyWatcher Touch hardware, KeyWatcher Fleet is the only key control system with software designed specifically for fleet management. A dashboard displays vehicle use, bookings, status, and more. Administrators can generate quick and customisable reports to gain actionable insight on fleet utilisation and operations. Morse Watchmans Smarts lets administrators create policies to enable automatic vehicle allocation. Vehicles can be assigned by lowest mileage, most fuel, priority and more. Drivers can be notified automatically via email or text if a specific vehicle is not available, and unique pin codes or optional card or fingerprint readers provide strong key/vehicle management.
People and vehicle access control specialist Nortech is now offering a robust long-range reader based on semi active RFID technology, which enables automatic vehicle identification at distances of up to 10 metres and speeds of up to 125 mph. The TRANSIT Ultimate from Nedap is a high-end reader and is designed to perform well in both high security applications and demanding vehicular access control applications. It is also designed to perform under harsh environmental conditions. It is ideal for use in staff car parks, for priority vehicle control, industrial site access control, fleet and parking management. The specially designed technology also makes it the perfect solution for tolling systems, distribution centres, bus lane control, taxi-feeder systems and vehicle access control. Highest level security The TRANSIT Ultimate offers the highest level of security and convenience for both vehicles and drivers. The built-in antenna, an integrated read range adjustment board and a variety of communication interfaces ensure that integration is both seamless and flexible. The identification lobe of the reader is a directed beam, offering precise determination of the detection area. To work alongside the TRANSIT Ultimate, Nedap has designed five different tags to suit all environments. These are the Booster, Compact Tags, Window Button and Switch and the Heavy Duty Tag ISO. The Booster combines long-range vehicle and driver identification at up to 10 metres. It supports HID prox, EM, Nedap, MIFARE, HID iClass and LEGIC credentials and comes with simultaneous driver and vehicle identification. The Compact Tags are small and credit card sized with identification up to seven metres. It benefits from dual side read capability and has an optional tag holder for windshield mounting. Nortech uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs Reliable long-range identification The Window Button is a long range single ID tag that can identify for up to 10 metres. It is designed to suit the interior of a passenger vehicle and comes with a suction pad to allow for windshield mounting. It also benefits from automatic transmission of vehicle ID. The Window Button Switch long range single ID tag also identifies up to 10 metres and can be mounted with a suction pad. User activated transmission of vehicle ID is included. The Heavy Duty Tag ISO is a durable and weatherproof RFID tag suitable for applications requiring reliable long range identification in harsh environmental conditions. It is ideal for the ID of trucks, trailers, containers and fork lifts and has identification up to 10 metres. Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind.
March Networks, a global provider of intelligent video solutions, has announced the March Networks RideSafe RT Series IP Recorder, a new video recording and management platform designed to help passenger rail operators improve security and incident investigation using integrated high-definition (HD) video and vehicle data. Available in two 20-channel models – the RT20E and the RT20EP with eight PoE ports for vehicles that require integrated camera power – the RideSafe RT Series IP Recorder is ideal for rail fleets ready to transition to scalable, all-IP video capture. It provides operators with sharp megapixel video evidence at a full 30 fps per channel, and time-saving video and data extraction over WiFi or 4G wireless networks. Seamless integration The recorder complements March Networks’ complete video solution for mobile and wayside environments, which also includes mobile IP cameras, user-friendly client software and video systems designed for use in stations and other transit facilities. March Networks mobile and fixed recorders come with all channel licensing included All of the products integrate seamlessly and can be centrally managed with powerful March Networks Command Enterprise video management software. In addition, March Networks mobile and fixed recorders come with all channel licensing included, providing rail operators with a convenient, plug-and-play platform right out of the box. Successful fleet management “March Networks has spent more than a decade designing and delivering high-performance, highly reliable video systems to rail and transit operators worldwide,” said Réal Barrière, Transit Solutions Product Manager, March Networks. “This new RideSafe RT Series solution delivers all the benefits of our accumulated expertise, as well as the advanced integration and investigation capabilities necessary for successful fleet management.” Continuing the company’s commitment to video solutions that enable better operational intelligence and risk mitigation, the March Networks RideSafe RT Series delivers innovative search and investigation capabilities through integrations with leading train control and management systems (TCMS), passenger information systems (PIS), GPS and other peripheral devices. The recorder is also compliant with multiple environmental, electromagnetic (EMC) and shock/vibration regulatory standards, including EN50155 Efficient incident tracking Rail operators can use the Command software to search for recorded events including emergency brake activation, speed, location and driver-tagged incidents, and review these incidents along with the associated video. The combined video and data enables fleet operators to investigate complaints, liability claims and other events quickly and cost-effectively and resolve disputes with the help of compelling video evidence. They can also use the investigation tool to proactively identify and address potential issues, such as a malfunctioning door, before an incident occurs. In addition, the recorder is purpose-built for reliable operation in demanding rail environments, incorporating features such as an embedded Linux OS, solid state drives, front-panel diagnostic LEDs, an optional battery backup, and real-time system health monitoring. It is also compliant with multiple environmental, electromagnetic (EMC) and shock/vibration regulatory standards, including EN50155.
Traka is exhibiting at Safety & Health Expo, displaying its wealth of innovative solutions in intelligent key and equipment management, each designed to ensure compliance to the highest health and safety standards. On stand M140, Traka will demonstrate how it can help organisations enforce process and fulfil health and safety requirements, whilst implementing superior management control right from pre-operational safety checks through to loading management. Fault reporting, integrated alcohol testing and machine start-controlled access to fork truck and fleet management, making sure only qualified staff can operate, are just some of the processes available where Traka can help to keep audit control using the latest intelligent key management. Traka will be available to discuss tailored customer solutions when required to secure a wide variety of equipment, including PDAs and scanners, alongside increasingly used body worn camera technology to present accountability, efficiency and significant cost savings. Visitors will be able to see live displays of a range of Traka’s specialist systems, including its popular Touch series Ensuring visibility and traceability Says Steve Bumphrey, Sales Director at Traka: “The implications for not taking ownership of health and safety, both from a human perspective and business case, are increasingly significant. With severe fines that can prove the downfall for any business, and even immediate imprisonment becoming a reality for those caught.” He adds, “Our ambition on stand M140 is to prove how simple measures can make a difference. Whilst we know every business has different health and safety requirements, Traka systems can help control, manage and audit the use of every key or asset in a secure setting. And with ease of installation, we can ensure visibility and traceability at all times to offer total peace of mind.” Visitors will be able to see live displays of a range of Traka’s specialist systems, including its popular Touch series, presenting its ability to either operate as standalone systems requiring no network capabilities or networked via Traka’s exclusive Web software. Traka’s DockSafe and loading management will also be on show as a simple install addition designed as a drive off prevention system, to stop vehicles prematurely leaving Goods Out bays of distribution centres.
EverFocus, GeoVision, PLANET and VIVOTEK—were the highlights of a press conference at ISC West 2018, organised by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taiwan’s foremost trade promotion organisation. These breakthrough products, with potential to transform the global security market, include a futuristic Virtual Reality 720° camera, a facial recognition dome camera, a cutting-edge Internet of Vehicle (IoV) fleet surveillance system, an IP camera armed with anti-intrusion software, and a next-gen intuitive colour touch LCD switch.We are proud to showcase Taiwan’s finest at one of the United States’ most prestigious security tradeshows" Extensive engagements “Today, the United States and Taiwan enjoy an ever-expanding relationship and extensive engagement in many fields, especially in electronic security." "Our products launch event unveil some of Silicon Island’s most cutting-edge products and technologies in the areas of IoT and Internet of Vehicles (IoV), unmanned security and cyber + physical integration." "We are proud to showcase Taiwan’s finest at one of the United States’ most prestigious security tradeshows and look forward to having participants experience the future of security,” said TAITRA Executive Director Simon Lai. These Taiwanese ICT companies, all winners of the Taiwan Excellence Awards, generated a lot of excitement and buzz with the unveiling of their new products at the conference. XFleet management platform EverFocus demonstrated its engineering and research prowess as Regional Technical Sales Manager Marques Phillips unveiled details of the company’s XFleet Management Platform which he described as not only transforming the IoV experience, but the future of vehicle fleet management. The new solution allows users to easily track, monitor and manage any type of fleet vehicles on a Web browser anywhere and anytime. With Xfleet, users can not only reduce overall costs by effectively utilising resources such as vehicles, fuel, and manpower, but also improve management efficiency and business performance by keeping and analysing the historical records of the vehicle data as needed.GeoVision cameras can recognise human faces in 1.5 seconds, making possible identification of authorised versus un-authorised personnel Virtual reality camera GeoVision showed off the VR 360, the world’s first Virtual Reality camera that can provide a 720° view. President David Huang said it’s the only camera with two Fisheye lenses to provide a floor to ceiling, 720° view with no blind spots. It’s ideal for security environments such as airports, train stations, city streets, harbors and highways. The camera uses advanced computer vision technology to simulate a three-dimensional, highly realistic, and practical 3D space. It’s water-proof, vandal-proof and dust resistant, making it ideal for outdoors. It also boasts IR Night Mode for clear images even in dark environments. Huang also demonstrated new facial recognition IP dome camera with cutting-edge AI. It can recognise human faces in 1.5 seconds, making possible identification of authorised versus un-authorised personnel, creation of blacklists for restricted personnel, and VIP lists to improve relationship management. Intruitive touch LCD switch PLANET explained how the Intuitive Touch LCD Switch makes it possible to easily manage powered devices in real time, greatly enhancing network management efficiency. Tammy Huang, Sales Manager, noted that it’s the unique touch LCD that makes such management possible. In addition to the touch LCD interface, the solution features L2+ switching, intelligent PoE management and an ONVIF support function. An Industrial flat-type touch LCD switch model is also offered, making possible management of large-scale networks.VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II and H.265 technology allows users to benefit from reduced bandwidth and data storage demands VIVOTEK’s network cameras With the theme ‘Security within Security,’ Shengfu Cheng, Director of Marketing and Product Development, demonstrated the first cybersecurity enhanced network cameras in the IP surveillance industry. The three new cameras are armed with Trend Micro’s anti-intrusion software, allowing them to automatically detect and prevent credential attacks and block suspicious events. They also feature VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II and H.265 technology, allowing users to benefit from reduced bandwidth and data storage demands by up to 90% more than systems employing H.264. Low-light surveillance Add to that a new generation of night visibility technology, Supreme Night Visibility II (SNV II) which allows them to reproduce high-quality colour images, even in very low-light conditions. In the security industry, the United States is the largest buyer of electronic security products and spent $12.3 billion on imports in the field in 2016. And Taiwan constitutes North America’s 4th largest trade partner in the electronic security field, with an import value that was close to $1 billion in 2016. Throughout ISC West 2018, Taiwan exhibitors will present their latest innovations. In pursuit of Asia’s Silicon Valley vision of propelling Taiwan to the international forefront of technology, Taiwanese companies continue their pursuit of excellence and innovation.
Sofradir Group shareholders, Thales and Safran announced the appointment of Jean-François Delepau as its new chairman, with immediate effect. Previously managing director of ULIS, a Sofradir Group company, Mr. Delepau will oversee all the defence, aerospace and commercial market operations of the three companies within the Group: Sofradir, ULIS and US-based Sofradir-EC. “Jean-François’ vision, dedication to excellence and the wealth of his experience and career-long achievements fully equip him to take over the reins of the Sofradir Group. He has the board’s complete confidence in continuing to create growth opportunities." "His objectives are to reinforce the high quality and price competitiveness of the Group’s products and improve their time-to-market, whilst accelerating innovation within each company,” said the board representative.Jean-François has worked in different companies specialised in electronics and components in various positions Technology and management expertise “I am honoured to serve as chairman of the Sofradir Group. I’m confident that I can bring immediate value based on my past experience, determination and drive,” said Mr. Delepau. “I will help build upon the Group’s outstanding technologies, staff expertise and commitment as it embarks upon a new era of development.” Mr. Delepau (53) joined ULIS as deputy director in 2007. Previously he worked in different companies specialised in electronics and components in various positions (marketing, production). He also has eight years of experience as a technology and management consultant. Mr. Delepau graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1986 and Telecom Paris in 1988. He earned an MBA from Insead in 1994.
Foot traffic remained at respectable levels during Day Two of IFSEC International 2016 at ExCeL London. Attendees are bombarded with sensory overload as manufacturers look for new ways to stand out from the crowd. The result sometimes seems more like a lot of noise. Everyone is looking for ways to stand out from the noise of competing product features and claims at the show. One exhibitor, Tyco Security Products, is taking a different approach at this year's show, abandoning traditional emphasis on individual products and opting instead to focus on customer solutions targeted to end users. Tyco Security Products’ end-user targeted solutions Peter Ainsworth, Tyco Security Products' Director of Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), says everything at the Tyco stand -- from the layout to collateral material -- is built around the need to answer "so-what" questions from customers. "They want to know how we can save them money and make their lives better," says Ainsworth. A single brochure provides the "ultimate takeaway" for Tyco's visitors at this year's show; the "augmented reality" brochure has images that can be scanned with a smartphone to provide additional information, data sheets, etc. Tyco Security Products is also giving away a "magic cube" that can be configured as a cube showing Tyco's product lines, and then reconfigured into a multi-sided "star" shape that depicts various vertical market applications. There are "trigger points" on the cube that can be scanned using a smartphone app to provide additional information for potential customers, including videos. The design of both the brochure and the cube emphasise the message that Tyco Security Products understands customers' businesses. "This is where we see our product fitting within your establishment," says Ainsworth. "We take them through the journey at our stand." The brochure depicts the same journey and "helps the end customer understand what we can do for them," he adds. "It's not about intrusion, access or video, but about the total solution." "At a trade show like IFSEC, we are one of hundreds of stands," says Ainsworth. "We want something that people will remember us for. It's different and innovative, and reflects who we are as an organisation." TDSi Gardis access control "At a trade show like IFSEC, weare one of hundreds of stands.We want something that peoplewill remember us for. It's differentand innovative. It's not aboutintrusion, access or video, butabout the total solution" In addition to getting customers' attention, some manufacturers have other agendas. Gathering feedback for product development is another way exhibitors can get the most out of IFSEC. For example, TDSi is previewing its new Gardis access control platform at IFSEC, including all-new, intuitive software that is easier to navigate, and a new hardware controller, both conformant to ONVIF Profiles A and C. Two years in development, the system will be easier to integrate with third party systems, using a REST-based application programming protocol (API). The new TDSi products are six months or so away from launch, and TDSi is using the IFSEC show to get feedback about changes customers might like to see as the software is fine-tuned; then it will undergo extensive field trials in the next several months. Getting feedback from potential customers is an invaluable tool for TDSi's development engineers, and IFSEC is an ideal venue to provide the feedback. "We can do an awful lot in three days that would take us weeks driving around in a car or flying around," says John Davies, TDSi's Managing Director. "It's a cost-effective way to achieve the same thing. Also, every year at the show we dig up a couple of projects that pay for the stand. This year we met with a customer that has 900 sites. We're in the early stages of talking with them about the new platform." IFSEC 2016 provides a first look at the new TDSi technology, which Davies says the company will introduce to the U.S. market by 2017, likely as a hardware component of an OEM partner's access control system. The open, ONVIF-conformant strategy makes it possible. TDSi has not been active in the U.S. market for 10 years or more; developing the open-architecture product is a favourable alternative to entering the large market with an older, "me too" product, says Davies. HID Global Seos and Mobile Access solution Also at the show, HID Global introduced new high-definition direct-to-card printers, and showed its HID Mobile Access solution, powered by Seos. The company also emphasised integration of its Seos mobile credentialing system with time and attendance, fleet management and hand-held devices. There is a related managed services offering. A lot of buzz has surrounded Seos since it came on the market in September 2014, and currently there are several hundred mobile access systems installed worldwide, including hundreds of thousands of mobile identities in use in Western Europe and the United States. There have been several notable installations in the United States, especially among colleges and universities. HID Global is currently in the process of building out a "global wallet" in cooperation with chip manufacturer NXP, which is preloading its computer chips with Seos, usable for many applications beyond physical access control. At IFSEC, HID Global announced it has been selected by Vodafone Italy to modernise the company's physical access control system by providing a group of employees a mobile access solution across multiple sites and applications at the Vodafone Village in Milan.
There is a saying that ‘Everything is Bigger in Texas’, and the Dallas, Texas police department is no exception. The city of Dallas is ranked in the top 10 cities in the U.S. in terms of population, at 1.2 million people. The Dallas Police Department is the ninth largest municipal police force in the U.S., based on 3,012 sworn officers. It is led by Chief of Police, U. Reneé Hall. The department is located in the Jack Evans Police Headquarters building, which was built in 2003. It is 358,000 square feet, has six floors, is spread over a three-acre site, has a separate 1,200 car parking garage and a two-acre, open parking lot for additional visitor parking. Prior to 2003, the department was housed in the circa 1914 former City Hall Building. Preventing terrorist attack and hazards Police officials worked with a Police Design Consultant to help design the building to resist terrorist attacksThe Jack Evans Police Headquarters building was under construction when 9/11 terrorists flew airplanes into the World Trade Buildings in New York. That event was preceded by the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bombing in April 1995. Therefore, security was a concern in its design. Police officials worked with a Police Design Consultant – McClaren, Wilson, and Lawrie Architects of Phoenix – to help design the building to resist a terrorist attack and isolate potential hazards. The building also needed to control visitor traffic and access. On an average month, there are 5,000 public visitors to the Jack Evans building. In addition, shots fired at police buildings nationally are not uncommon, says Paul M. Schuster, Senior Corporal/Facilities Management for the Dallas Police Department. Ready to anticipate dangerous crimes “For the most part they are random, single shot drive-by shootings. Often, the officers are unaware that the building has been shot at, until they find a bullet hole in the brick or glass. Increasingly, police tend to be a symbol of government and some citizens see that as a visible target to lash out at. Police officers are trained to expect the routine types of calls, such as domestic violence, traffic accidents, and other crimes. Yet they must be flexible to anticipate the non-routine that can be dangerous and change in a heartbeat.” On June 13, 2015, after midnight, a 35-year-old male placed a duffle bag with a remote-controlled bomb to detonate later between cars in the parking lot of the headquarters building. The suspect then began shooting continuously at the lobby windows. Officers responded to the scene, a vehicle chase began, and the incident ended outside the city. Luckily officers in the lobby took cover and were not injured. Conducting building security assessment The assessment included testing various construction materials for bullet resistance to various types of weaponsFollowing that incident, the Dallas Police Department conducted a security assessment of the building and also at seven patrol stations throughout the city. The assessment included testing various construction materials for bullet resistance to various types of weapons. Gensler Architects and Guidepost Solutions, LLC developed the solutions and plans. “Yesterday we were concerned about handguns, today we are worried about rifles, and the idea of terrorism is always present with outright attack or bombs,” Schuster notes. “The police officers and police staff only want a place that is safe and where they can do their good work.” Funding of $1.3 million was approved to upgrade the lobbies of the seven patrol stations to withstand rifle rounds, and $1.9 million to improve headquarters lobby security, and to upgrade an aging security system. Turner Construction Company and Convergint Technologies, LLC conducted the renovations and security technology integration. Challenges in upgrading lobby security Visitors were allowed free entry into the lobby and were only screened in an open area to the side if going to other floorsThe headquarters’ lobby was initially designed as a two-storey glass-walled structure, with an information desk and public records service windows. Visitors were allowed free entry into the lobby and were only screened in an open area to the side if going to other floors. “The challenge in upgrading lobby security was the two-storey lobby entrance glass. The glass was not bullet rated, due to budget constraints. Changing the front of the building to support ballistic rifle-rated glass would have caused extensive time, exposed the inside of the lobby to weather, and would not have solved all of the security issues,” Schuster says. “In addition, there were concerns about keeping an ‘open’ and friendly service concept in mind and ensuring that the lobby would not resemble a ‘fortress’,” Schuster notes. Bullet-rated glass and bullet resistant wall The solution was to keep the existing exterior unchanged and focus on adding a layer of security once a person enters the lobby. Visitors now enter the headquarters and immediately proceed to a side room where security screening is conducted. Once inside the screening room, the visitor has belongings x-rayed, and they walk through a metal detector A new secondary wall with bullet-rated glass and solid bullet resistant wall materials was constructed inside the lobby to channel visitors to the room. Once inside the screening room, which also has bullet resistant walls, the visitor has belongings x-rayed, and they walk through a metal detector. In the event that anyone was to produce a gun and begin shooting, the incident could be contained inside that room. Tourlock 180+90 security revolving door Once a visitor has been cleared, they proceed into the main lobby via a Boon Edam Tourlock 180+90 security revolving door. This automatic, four-wing door is the most advanced, security revolving door in the Boon Edam product range that offers maximum throughput, allowing users to enter and leave the building simultaneously. In the event that a large number of persons try to force their way into the facility, the Tourlock 180+90 will determine that more than one person is trying to enter and will reject the person and lock out any others from entering. Once a visitor is ready to leave the lobby and exit the building, they pass through another Boon Edam Tourlock 180+90 that leads to a vestibule with exterior swinging doors. In the event that someone tries to go back into the lobby from the front vestibule area, without going through the security screening room, the Tourlock security revolving door will reject their entry. Preventing tailgating and piggybacking The Boon Edam security revolving doors accurately prevent both tailgating and piggybackingThe Jack Evans Headquarters security upgrades for the lobby improved security and still kept the best aspects of the lobby design, including the antique police car, and the overhead police helicopter. The Boon Edam security revolving doors accurately prevent both tailgating and piggybacking, and provide the department with maximum security while controlling traffic flow. “While it would be great to have a building totally open to the public and then add security as needed, such is not the world we live in anymore,” Schuster adds. Future security plans include exterior site security upgrades to the patrol stations and the headquarters to include security fencing with card access controls for fleet and employee vehicles at each of the sites.
Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA), is one of North America’s leading salvage auto auctions companies with the largest facility footprint, strong buyer base, and high auction returns. The exclusive focus is on the automotive total-loss industry with over 160 corporate owned facilities across the United States and Canada. IAA provides sellers and buyers with the best solutions to process and acquire total-loss, recovered-theft, fleet lease, dealer trade-in and collision damaged rental vehicles. Holding a variety of automobiles from cars, trucks, SUV’s, and motorcycles on site - the highest property protection measures must be taken. When IAA felt it needed a more robust security system along with unsurpassed service to protect its business, they chose Gallagher’s perimeter security solution. Over 12 strong years, Gallagher is now much more than a security solutions vendor to IAA. Gallagher is a long-term partner. Reduction in theft and vandalism The quality of the fence is rigid, and wires are closer together and tighter, not loose and easily movable"Covering auction site sizes up to and over 70 facility acres, Gallagher’s networked perimeter fencing is in use and continually being rolled out into new IAA sites across various geographical regions. IAA staff believe that the threat of theft, vandalism and damage has been significantly reduced thanks to the deterrence and detection features of Gallagher’s networked perimeter security. Compared to other electric fences on the market, IAA chose Gallagher after they tested it and found it to be the best product available. Eric Zurawski, Director of Security, said “The quality of the fence is rigid, and wires are closer together and tighter, not loose and easily movable, as we’ve found with other products. All these attractive features are what sets Gallagher’s electric fencing apart.” Monitoring perimeter security With Gallagher’s latest software system Command Centre v7.10 and Trophy FT Fence Controllers, IAA monitors and controls perimeter security by sending a regulated electrical pulse around the high voltage fence zones and sections of the perimeter fence. IAA has the ability to configure, control and monitor between 3-12 fence zones at one time giving a thorough overlay of the entire yard, zone by zone, region by region. The integration features of Gallagher Command Centre have enabled IAA to streamline and improve all operations from the head office in Chicago. By remotely monitoring all sites they can see when fences go offline and where from a central control room. Protecting assets of customers Gallagher’s electric fences are our number one perimeter security choice to protect our assets and the assets of our customers"“The interface is far better than anything on the market. It is a very powerful tool, particularly great for monitoring. We’re able to monitor sites that turn on their electric fences and the ones that don’t from a remote location. It’s really helped boost our security measures. “Gallagher’s system has grown with us as we continue to expand by opening new sites and overflow lots, and acquiring existing businesses. Gallagher’s electric fences are our number one perimeter security choice to protect our assets and the assets of our customers. It is the number one security solution on the market that deters, detects, and delays.” Gallagher perimeter electric fencing is IAA’s primary line of defence, enabling IAA to enhance the security of its facilities while at the same time reducing its security costs. IAA has integrated Gallagher’s Command Centre with third party alarm systems offering regional alarm companies advanced installation help and support.
Integrity Security Group is using SmartTask’s SmartForms to gain added visibility and dramatically cut down on its administrative burden. Having adopted the employee scheduling and mobile workforce management software last year for the provision of proof of attendance, control room management and staff rostering, the company is now using its electronic data capture functionality to streamline a range of operational processes. Initially, SmartForms are being used for vacant property and mobile patrol inspections as well as daily vehicle checks, already saving more than 15 hours of admin a month. SmartTask SmartForms The SmartForms replace previous paper-based processes that were increasingly difficult to manage by the office-based admin team “We are now using the SmartTask SmartForms to help reduce administration, capture critical work data and enforce health and safety procedures,” explains James Chittil, General Manager at Integrity Security Group. “We are constantly looking at clever ways to take advantage of the software’s rich functionality, so we can continue to simplify and enhance the way we operate.” The SmartForms replace previous paper-based processes that were increasingly difficult to manage by the office-based admin team. All reporting for vacant property and mobile patrol inspections – for both scheduled patrols and alarm activations – are now completed using a SmartTask-enabled smartphone. By electronically capturing all relevant information, including photo evidence, Integrity can quickly provide customers with a status update and details of all undertaken work as well as respond to any identified issues. Vehicle checks and fleet management Meanwhile, daily vehicle checks for Integrity’s fleet of vans are now completed using a specially-developed SmartForm, so the company can instantly see if drivers are complying with this health and safety procedure. Any vehicle-related problems or damage can be raised by the driver and actioned immediately by the admin team to mitigate fleet risk. Mileage data is also captured through the software, enabling maintenance requirements to be tracked and scheduled at appropriate intervals. “The SmartForms are enabling us to dramatically reduce paperwork and remove manual processes. This is making it much simpler for both our security officers in the field and our office-based admin team to capture, collate and communicate essential operational data. This is not only helping us make better use of our valuable resources, but also enhance the service we are providing to customers,” added James Chittil. Paul Ridden, CEO of SmartTask commented: “Our experience within the security sector means we are continually developing new functionality that overcome real-world problems for our customers. This is the reason we are working in partnership with a growing number of security businesses who recognise the value they can gain and the benefits they can achieve from using the SmartTask software.” Integrity selected SmartTask to replace an outdated time and attendance system, enabling it to effectively monitor the whereabouts and welfare of staff Lone worker protection Integrity selected SmartTask to replace an outdated time and attendance system, enabling it to effectively monitor the whereabouts and welfare of staff as part of its commitment to lone worker protection. The company is also using the intelligent rostering functionality to streamline internal planning processes, while the interactive dashboard supported the launch of a dedicated, out-of-hours control room operation by providing a live view of all scheduled shifts and expected or missed check calls. SmartTask is an advanced and simple-to-use employee scheduling and mobile workforce management solution that enables security companies to better plan and manage their workers, so they are at the right place, at the right time. The cloud-based software solution combines intelligent rostering, live monitoring and integrated proof of attendance across both static and mobile teams, making it the ideal tool to improve operational control, enhance customer satisfaction, and support duty of care to staff.
Denmark’s Evotec chose Idesco readers to complete their cargo securing system they had designed for transport companies’ vehicles. Evotec’s system does more than merely preventing cargo theft. Drivers also feel more secure when delivering because hijack risks are also reduced. This is because cargo is robustly secured when drivers leave vehicles behind. Idesco 8 CD 2.0 DESFire readers Evotec selected Idesco 8 CD 2.0 DESFire readers for deployment on delivery vehicles Danish cargo companies had been struggling with regular delivery cargo thefts. Drivers did not feel secure when delivering and financial losses were growing. Evotec decided to develop a novel vehicle security solution for cargo companies. As part of their solution, Evotec selected Idesco 8 CD 2.0 DESFire readers for deployment on delivery vehicles. Idesco readers have since been installed on several hundred Danish cargo trucks and vans. Early in their design process, Evotec had seen a clear need to strictly limit access to vehicle’s cargo space to authenticated personnel only. They had known RFID technology could provide accurate, secure user identification and authentication. They learned that Idesco’s MIFARE DESFire readers, paired with 128-bit AES-encrypted DESFire transponders, would easily repel transponder hacking or cloning. Best of all, they learned Idesco designed many of its readers for installing outdoors, reliably resisting impacts, moisture, dirt and temperature extremes. Security Key Management service Idesco’s Security Key Management service saved Evotec extensive time and resources"Bo Schønning, Evotec Aps CEO, described the subsequent cooperation of Idesco with his company, “We got great assistance in choosing the correct solution for our system”. In addition to coded readers, Evotec ApS also subscribed to Idesco’s convenient Security Key Management Service for ensure compatibility with every vehicle’s readers. Since DESFire demands readers and transponders be encoded with matching security keys, Idesco’s Security Key Management service saved Evotec extensive time and resources, freeing them to focus exclusively on installations for their customers’ vehicles without worrying about managing DESFire keys themselves. “We feel safe when Idesco handles this data for our customers”, says Bo Schønning. The cargo drivers of Evotec’s customers are assigned vehicle specific transponders to carry, which open the cargo space when presented to the reader guarding it. For increased security, the driver cabin locks automatically when the cargo space unlocks. Additionally, cargo doors automatically lock when they close and will remain locked when the vehicle’s engine is running. The system works equally well in vehicles equipped with liftgates. Opening the vehicle’s driver cabin with the ignition key doesn’t affect its cargo space: it remains continuously locked. If needed, a vehicle’s cargo space could be opened remotely via fleet management software. If a transponder is stolen, a vehicle’s readers can be reprogrammed to not recognise the transponders. Fleet management and vehicle tracking Vehicles are also equipped with GPS transmitters that update fleet software with vehicle locations and routes Vehicles are also equipped with GPS transmitters that update fleet software with vehicle locations and routes. The fleet software’s online tracking and route reporting also provides cargo companies a powerful fuel control ability that can reduce fleet costs. “This system has significantly increased drivers’ security at work while reducing costs caused by theft”, notes Bo Schønning, CEO, Evotec ApS. “Fuel costs have also been reduced, as the cars aren’t left idling anymore. It is easier to control the fleet, and our customers can also follow the quality of deliveries with this system”, he continues.” RFID technology Founded in 1989, Idesco is an experienced company in the field of RFID technology. From the very beginning, Idesco was a pioneer in using RFID, deploying it for identification in industrial applications. Down through the years Idesco continued expanding its reputation as a pioneer provider by innovating numerous technological alternatives and multiple technologies for a variety of different application areas. Every day, Idesco devices collect data and enhance security for a variety of access control, vehicle identification, logistics and inventory control systems.
To help comply with industry regulations, boost security, and improve operational efficiencies, Associated British Ports (ABP) needed an advanced, flexible HD surveillance system that could leverage the existing network infrastructure and easily integrate with the port’s current analogue-based system. ABP relies on Avigilon Control Center software with HDSM to seamlessly manage the HD surveillance system 24x7. At the Port of Grimsby, ABP installed two 11MP Avigilon HD cameras to monitor vehicle entry and exit and to provide driver identification and license plate details, and one 3MP Avigilon HD camera for complete coverage of the junction leading to the control room. Six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are used at the Port of Immingham to monitor and control the lockgates, which open and close to allow ships to pass through. ABP relies on Avigilon Control Center software with HDSM to seamlessly manage the HD surveillance system 24/7 Integrated camera system All six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are connected through the fibre network back to the marine control room where the system is monitored live. At the Immingham Bulk Park, four Avigilon analogue video encoders are used to integrate a new analogue PTZ camera and existing analogue cameras into the Avigilon HD Surveillance System for greater performance and manageability. Four 1MP Avigilon HD cameras provide site overview and monitor the entrance and exit to the weighbridges, where cargo is weighed. Four Avigilon NVRs record and store 30 days of continuous footage. The Avigilon HD Surveillance System has helped ABP improve operational efficiencies at the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham. By leveraging its existing network infrastructure, ABP was able to reduce installation time and costs. ABP has also been able to centralise several processes, including weighbridge and lockgate operations, which can now be managed remotely in conjunction with the surveillance system. All six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are connected through the fibre network back to the marine control room where the system is monitored live HD surveillance system to boost security With 21 ports and over 1,500 employees, ABP is the United Kingdom’s largest port operator and leading cruise port operator, moving one quarter of the country’s seaborne trade ranging from coal and containers to iron ore and the import/ export of vehicles. In compliance with industry regulations such as the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, ABP has implemented the necessary security measures to reduce risk by deploying a comprehensive security system across all its sites. As part of this effort, ABP deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System at two locations to boost security and at the same time, improve operational efficiencies to ensure the successful management of international trade through its ports. Surveillance is a critical component of ABP’s overall security initiative, but it also plays a key role in helping to build a ‘safety first’ culture that protects the health and safety of employees and enhances overall productivity. “With the Avigilon HD Surveillance System in place, we can monitor the entire port operations – from loading ships to crane operations – from a centralised location to ensure port security, employee safety, and productivity,” explained Michael Howarth, Humber IT Infrastructure Manager at ABP. “As a result, we can strengthen security, improve operational flow, and reduce costs for better overall operational performance.” Surveillance is a critical component of ABP’s overall security initiative, but it also plays a key role in helping to build a ‘safety first’ culture Network-based IP cameras With the assistance of Global Vision CCTV Ltd., a local provider of surveillance system design, installation, and service, ABP installed the Avigilon HD Surveillance at two of its sites – the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham. “We were not getting the image quality or reliability we needed from our previous system,” said Howarth, who also noted that the previous software was cumbersome to use. When ABP began to roll out its new, more advanced internal network infrastructure, the team determined that network-based IP cameras would more effectively meet their needs. “The Avigilon HD Surveillance System is versatile and flexible enough to support hardware from many vendors – including analogue cameras – and can leverage our existing cabling for a more cost-effective and powerful surveillance solution.” According to Howarth, the very nature of a port’s geography can cause significant challenges when it comes to deploying any technology infrastructure, including surveillance. “When we transitioned over to a fibre network, we matured from having local installations running over coaxial cable to needing a more advanced network-based surveillance solution that can accommodate various types of cameras, including wireless,” said Howarth. ABP deployed the Avigilon Control Center network video management software (NVMS), the only solution designed specifically for high definition surveillance, and installed Avigilon HD megapixel cameras, Avigilon analog video encoders, and Avigilon network video recorders (NVRs) all connected wirelessly and accessible across both ports – a distance of seven miles. ABP installed the Avigilon HD Surveillance at two of its sites – the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham 11MP Avigilon HD cameras At the Port of Grimsby, ABP installed two 11MP Avigilon HD cameras to monitor vehicle entry and exit and to provide driver identification and license plate detail, and one 3MP Avigilon HD camera for complete coverage of the junction leading to the control room. Security personnel use Avigilon Control Center software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) to seamlessly manage the system 24/7 and store 30 days of continuous footage on two Avigilon NVRs. Six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are used at the Port of Immingham to monitor and control the lockgates, which open and close to allow ships to pass through, and to ensure that there are no obstructions to prevent the lockgates from opening when required. All six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are connected through the fibre network back to the marine control room where the system is monitored live and footage is stored on one Avigilon NVR. Six 5MP Avigilon HD cameras are used at the Port of Immingham to monitor and control the lockgates Avigilon analogue video encoders At the Bulk Park Terminal, four Avigilon analogue video encoders are used to integrate a new analogue PTZ camera and existing analogue cameras into the Avigilon HD Surveillance System for greater performance and manageability. Four 1MP Avigilon HD cameras provide site overview and monitor the entrance and exit to the weighbridges, where cargo is weighed. An additional Avigilon NVR has also been deployed to store footage from this installation. ABP security personnel have been impressed with Avigilon’s image quality and speed of playback, leveraging the advanced features of Avigilon Control Center software to instantly identify details necessary for positive identification, leading to faster response times and more successful investigations. “With our previous surveillance system, we would struggle to identify the details necessary to make a positive ID,” explained Howarth. Image clarity of license plates “In fact, we could not capture license plates or facial details even with very good lighting conditions.” Since deploying the Avigilon HD Surveillance System, Howarth has noticed a huge improvement in his ability to pinpoint a specific event with exceptional image clarity for quick identification and resolution. “Even in the middle of the night, we can zoom in on a specific event and leverage Avigilon Control Center’s digital enhancement features to pull out the detail we need.” Four Avigilon analogue video encoders are used to integrate a new analogue PTZ camera and existing analogue cameras into the Avigilon HD Surveillance System When local law enforcement has been called in to help investigate an incident, ABP can now provide more tangible evidence, faster. “Before, we would spend a lot of time trying to locate a specific event and end up with poor quality footage that was not up to standard,” noted Howarth, who has been very impressed with the speed in which he can now drill down to a specific event for immediate inspection. Before, we would spend a lot of time trying to locate a specific event and end up with poor quality footage" Manipulate image in real-time “Going through footage on our previous surveillance system was cumbersome, leaving big gaps in time between selecting a timeline and displaying the image. Avigilon Control Center’s advanced functionality allows us to manipulate an image in real-time and enables us to track when footage was actually recorded to more quickly and accurately identify the images in question.” said Howarth. With its simple management tools and advanced functionality, Avigilon Control Center has also proven to be very user-friendly. “We have eight full time staff using the system live and four ad hoc uses who can view the system from their laptops,” explained Howarth. “To date, we have been able to easily get them up on the system with no significant challenges.” Installing the system at the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham was also straightforward. “The professional team at Global Vision CCTV installed the system in no time and with help from Avigilon, worked with us to ensure that the solution delivered the highest quality images possible and maximum recorded length.” The professional team at Global Vision CCTV installed the system in no time and with help from Avigilon" Cost-effective solutions The Avigilon HD Surveillance System has not only surpassed ABP’s security requirements; it has also shown to be very cost-effective. “We were able to leverage our existing network infrastructure and cables to reduce installation time and costs,” said Howarth. “But more importantly, the Avigilon HD Surveillance System has enabled us to centralise several of our processes, including the operation of our weighbridges and lockgates, which can now be managed remotely through the surveillance system in one location.” As a result, ABP can contain its operational staff costs at each location. With the Avigilon HD Surveillance System in place, ABP has also invested in a scalable, future-proof surveillance solution that can expand to meet growing needs. Enhanced security and operational productivity Having already achieved a significant improvement in security and operational productivity, ABP has been very pleased with its decision to deploy the Avigilon HD Surveillance System at the Ports of Grimsby and Immingham. “Avigilon provides high quality HD surveillance across a varied infrastructure and is flexible enough to integrate with existing CCTV systems as well as analog-based systems,” concluded Howarth. “Utilising the most advanced technology instead of relying on modified old technology, Avigilon is a fluent system that delivers powerful network video management software combined with superior image quality for dramatic performance gains.”
To secure effective security and management for its fleet of public service buses, the Suez Governorate in Egypt is now operating innovative mobile CCTV systems, supplied by Hikvision, global supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions. One of Egypt’s 27 governates, the Suez Governorate in the northeast of Egypt has a population of over 600,000 residents, concentrated mainly in its urban areas. Supplying reliable low-cost travel across the region, the Suez Governate Public Transportation institution operates and manages its own bus service, with many public transit routes running mainly in and around its highly populated urban areas. In a move designed to further increase the efficient operation of its bus service, Suez Governorate officials approached Caesar Security Services, a Hikvision Silver Value Added Solutions Partner (VASP), to advise on a suitable mobile CCTV solution that could provide reliable and effective surveillance coverage on-board its bus fleet. Power over Coax demonstration Hikvision provided technical personnel and evaluation products to enable a Power over Coax (PoC) demonstration of the proposed system Having collaborated on several projects previously, and as a Hikvision Silver VASP, Caesar Security Services were able to capitalise on direct access to Hikvision technical assistance to liaise on the best specification of surveillance products for the project. In addition, Hikvision provided technical personnel and evaluation products to enable a Power over Coax (PoC) demonstration of the proposed system to the Suez Governate Public Transportation institution’s officials. The PoC trial and direct manufacturer input from Hikvision ensured the technical suitability of the surveillance camera and recording technology specified was proven, and the client assured of its performance within the challenging bus environment. Additionally, the trial allowed Caesar Security Services to test several different camera mounting positions and field of views. This gave Suez Governorate officials several camera scene options to choose from – ensuring the required scene coverage was exactly what they desired, prior to the process of installation and commissioning. Hikvision mobile CCTV solution Caesar Security Services installed the Hikvision-based mobile CCTV solution on-board an initial 15 buses On approval, Caesar Security Services installed the Hikvision-based mobile CCTV solution on-board an initial 15 buses. Connected via coax cabling installed within the bus infrastructure, the specification for each bus included two Hikvision AE-VC211T-IRS Mobile HD-TVI Cameras, a Hikvision DS-MP7508 Series Mobile DVR, and a Hikvision DS-MP1301 LCD Mobile Monitor, allowing the bus driver to view live images from the system. The Hikvision Up the Coax AE-VC211T-IRS Mobile HD-TVI Cameras were selected because of their HD imaging capability and worldwide proven reliability within mobile vehicle applications. Specifically designed for mobile environments, the Hikvision Mobile HD-TVI Cameras provide 1080p resolution via a 2-Megapixel progressive CMOS sensor and true Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) - to deliver the best image quality even under the challenging light source conditions. Additionally, the camera’s tough construction ensures that the unit can handle exposure to the harsh vibration, temperature extremes and dust found in mobile vehicle environments. Hikvision mobile cameras and DVRs Specifying the Hikvision DS-MP7508 Series Mobile DVR ensured simple installation and system set-up Specifying the Hikvision DS-MP7508 Series Mobile DVR ensured simple installation and system set-up - minimising installation time and the time buses needed to be withdrawn from service for the installation to be completed. The DVR’s tensile aluminium chassis construction with a ‘No-fan’ design and aviation-grade connections all contribute to a long service life in the harsh mobile conditions. Additionally, ‘Power-off’ protection and hard disk and SD card recording ensure the recorded images are secure – no matter what the situation. 4G pluggable wireless and built-in Wi-Fi modules provide flexible data transmission options and ensure images can be viewed easily back at the Suez Governorate’s central control room. At the control room, system operators can view live and recorded images from each vehicle in the bus fleet 24/7. In the event of an incident, operators can review the live video footage, advise the driver directly or deploy an immediate managed response if necessary. Bus fleet management Should an incident be reported and require investigation, system operators can access footage wirelessly, directly from the bus’s DVR With the installation of the surveillance solution aboard 15 buses now completed and in daily operation, the system is providing security and safety reassurance to encourage more people to take the bus. From the moment passengers board a Hikvision surveillance system equipped bus, all interior activity is monitored by operators at the Suez Governorate central control room and recorded locally via the Hikvision DS-MP7508 Series Mobile DVR. Should an incident be reported and require investigation, system operators can access footage wirelessly, directly from the bus’s DVR, and view any recorded footage instantly in the control room. Additionally, driver behaviour is also being monitored – to improve their performance, help to protect them in the advent of an incident and clarify their actions. Hikvision HD imaging and LCD video wall The system has brought our operation increased safety and security" Commenting on the success of the project, Mahmoud Abd El Rasol, General Manager, Caesar Security Services said: “We specified Hikvision products because they meet our customer’s requirements, providing HD imaging and reliability at a very competitive price.” Since the system has been in use, the Hikvision mobile technology has proved a great success for both staff and customers of the bus network. Gamal El Sherief, Vice President, Suez Governance comments: “The system has brought our operation increased safety and security. It allows our operators to quickly detect security issues, monitor drivers and significantly reduce the number of problematic incidents. The system also allows us to control the service quality more accurately and ensure our buses do not become overcrowded at busy times by optimising bus allocation.” The initial deployment of Hikvision technology has been so successful that a second phase is now planned – expanding the same scalable Hikvision mobile CCTV solution system across a further 50 buses in the fleet, in addition to the installation of Hikvision LCD video wall technology at the busy Suez Governorate central control room.