UK’s renowned manufacturer and supplier of electronic and electrified perimeter security systems, Harper Chalice has added to its dealer network with what it describes as ‘one of its most prestigious signing to date’. Harper Chalice-Binns Fencing partnership Harper Chalice has secured premier prison perimeter systems installer Binns Fencing as an authorised dealer of its high security defence and detection systems and complementary products. The range is specifically designe...
Edesix has entered at number 64 in the 18th annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table, which ranks Britain's 100 private tech (TMT) companies with the fastest-growing sales over the last three years. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each September, with an awards dinner in November, and alumni dinners during the year. Impressive safety & security solutions Edesix has enjoyed a very successful last 18 months, where it has won some impressive new co...
Hikvision, the premier global supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has released a new Thermal Bi-spectrum bullet camera, which will bring enhanced capabilities to perimeter security, including advanced fire detection technology. The new camera (DS-2TD2615-7/10) is very cost-effective and will prove useful on a ‘short distance’ perimeter in the fight against damage and property loss. The camera uses deep learning algorithms in its powerful behaviour analy...
Viking’s family of surface mount boxes has expanded to include low profile boxes in a variety of sizes and colours, making the VE-Series even more versatile for your surface mount application. “This is an upgrade that our customers have been asking for. These low profile boxes are tough, yet aesthetically designed for hallways, store fronts and building entry, or any crowded area.” – Geoff Heintz, Engineering Manager, Viking Electronics. Viking’s rugged surface mo...
HSI Sensing, an Oklahoma-based manufacturer of custom reed switch and sensor technology, announced at ISC WEST 2018 that its high-security sensors product line – Sentinel – now includes four new UL 634 certified sensors. HSI launched its Sentinel sensors line in 2017 as an enhanced technology for high-security intrusion detection. “We are excited to offer an expanded line of Sentinel products to our customers,” said Ryan Posey, CEO of HSI Sensing. &ldqu...
Vicon Industries, Inc. (“Vicon”), designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components, has introduced a new 3MP version of its heavy-duty Roughneck V-CELL-HD-B camera, specially designed for use in custodial suites and prison cells. This ONVIF compliant camera features stainless steel assembly, security screws and polycarbonate windows that protect the camera and IR illuminators. Its unique triangular shape accommodates mounting at t...
Traka has launched a new downloadable white paper to open a discussion on the opportunities and challenges of introducing body worn technology into our communities. The white paper, entitled ‘Body Worn Camera Technology in our Community’, looks at the growing interest in the technology, especially across police and emergency services, prisons and education. Taken into account are the positives of video surveillance in each of these environments alongside the concerns cited, primarily concerning individual safety and security. Ensuring individual privacy All is considered in line with the timings of its growing use, with a difficult economic climate and high-profile security issues such as Brexit and terrorism. Says Mick Haggerty, Traka’s Senior Product Manager and author of the white paper, “The use of body worn camera technology is fast becoming a common solution in a number of sectors. Backed by significant government funding, they have a number of suggested benefits; acting as a deterrent and improve accountability and transparency.” “But as quickly as interest in the technology has grown, so too have the questions and concerns surrounding their use. In this white paper, our aim is to introduce body worn camera technology and identify best practice to balance their advantages whilst ensuring individual safety and privacy interests are maintained at all times.” Prison to educational security The white paper investigates the impacts of body worn camera technology used to improve safety for police and emergency services. In addition, the implementation with prison staff, following the recent £3m recent investment by the Prisons Minister, Sam Gyimag. As a third sector identified is education, where body worn cameras are now being trialled for use as a deterrent to resolve problems such as ‘background disorder in classrooms’. Justin Sasse, Managing Director Traka UK concluded, “We have put this discussion paper together, using our experiences in working with dedicated body camera technology suppliers, together with understanding latest research and influencing standards that relate to careful use of body worn camera technology.” “We wish to stimulate debate and encourage views and contributions from as many difference voices as possible, which in turn will lead to improvements in the effective control and use of these technologies. We look forward to your opinion, experience or comment on this matter of growing importance across our communities.”
An ever-increasing number of sectors are starting to take notice of the huge array of security, training and performance benefits body worn cameras can bring to the table. As a result, new targeted solutions are now needed to meet the growing demands of customers that require cameras specifically designed to meet their security needs. This is the message being relayed by Edesix, market leaders and innovators in the provision of body worn camera solutions, as it continues its expansion drive into new markets around the globe. Edesix, which is based in Edinburgh, has just enjoyed another record year of success in 2017. It announced significant contract wins with Her Majesty’s Prison Services, Scotrail and South Australian Police. It has also made huge moves into new markets such as airport and retail security.We already have exciting plans in place for 2018, and are working with a number of clients, both existing and new" Innovative security solutions Richie McBride, managing director of Edesix, commented, “This again has been a record year of success for Edesix. The company has taken some major strides forward, especially with the contract wins for UK prisons, Scotrail and South Australian Police. We have also moved into new target markets, including airport security, and we expect this level of expansion will continue throughout 2018 and beyond.” “We have also been at the forefront of innovation throughout 2017, launching some exciting new products including the VideoTag, the X-100 (head mounted) and X-200 (torso mounted) cameras and ONStream which integrates Edesix body worn cameras with existing CCTV video management systems. We already have exciting plans in place for 2018, and are working with a number of clients, both existing and new, to modify and evolve our offering so we will continue to be at the forefront of the body worn camera market on a global scale.” Central camera management Edesix was announced as the preferred supplier for the UK Prison Service nationally in 2017. Edesix won this contract primarily due to the sophisticated tailored solution it presented to the UK Prison Service. The hardware and infrastructure provided by Edesix ensures efficient workflow and ease of use for prison officers, and those managing the data. Using a combination of DockControllers (a device which allows up to 84 VideoBadges to be connected, assigned and managed from one instance of VideoManager) and MicroServers for data storage; large estates of cameras can be simply rolled-out and centrally managed. The cameras worn by prison officers are capable of recording up to eight hours of footage, including audio Although complex in its design, the Edesix solution ensures that the day-to-day operation of prison-wide BWCs is simple to manage, unobtrusive for staff, and easily scaled upon demand. The cameras worn by prison officers are capable of recording up to eight hours of footage, including audio, and come with flexible mounting options for uniforms. The entire solution is secure and encrypted, meaning that even in the worst circumstance, a lost or stolen camera’s footage cannot be viewed, deleted or shared. VideoBadges for incident monitoring The ScotRail Alliance has invested £300,000 to make the railways even safer for customers and staff. Over 300 Edesix body worn cameras are being made available to frontline staff. The devices can be clipped on to the staff member’s uniform, or worn on a lanyard, and are clearly marked as CCTV cameras. The roll-out follows a successful trial, where staff found that people positively changed their behaviour when informed that they were being recorded. Footage from cameras worn by staff has also been used in a number of prosecutions. The aim of the roll-out is to continue to improve the safety of customers and staff, deter antisocial behaviour, and gather evidence when it does occur. Edesix’s VideoBadges are currently utilised by Police Forces around the globe, including Police Services Northern Ireland and Police Scotland.
Boasting excellent performance in many aspects, Dahua’s master access controller ASC2204C-H, is a good choice for large scale projects such as business parks, office buildings, banks, prisons, libraries, and commercial centers. The following features offer you security control in a simpler, smarter and more cost-effective way. ONVIF compatibility Compatibility is a big plus. Dahua’s new master access controller (ASC2204C-H) allows third-party integration with ONVIF Profile C, CGI or SDK. It is equipped with an alarm of 8 zones, synchronising NTP, DST, and P2P. While capable of initiative register to platform, the system can also work offline to ensure uninterrupted operation. By itself it can perform many useful functions. In terms of storage, it supports 200,000 valid cards and 150,000 records. To keep large areas safe, the master controller is designed with global anti-passback and global multi-door interlock, meaning any door in the system can be setup in an anti-passback rule, thus the function is not restricted to only one controller. Wiegand support With CAN bus, each master controller can cascade 16 slave controllers (ASC2104B-T/ASC2102B-T) and manage up to 68 doors, which reduces IP addresses and cable cost. Each slave controller supports 20,000 users and 30,000 offline logs and its slide design is smart and convenient. Given CAN bus communication and an adjustable transmission rate, the slave controller supports all Dahua readers as well as 3rd party Wiegand 26/34 bit readers. In summary, the aforementioned features of Dahua’s new master access controllers (ASC2204C-H) matched with slave controllers (ASC2104B-T/ASC2102B-T) are compatible, competent and cost effective, especially when used in large scale applications such as business parks and scenarios alike. With each new innovative product, Dahua takes one step closer to enabling a safer society and smarter living.
Redvision, a UK manufacturer of high-performance rugged CCTV cameras, has made Architectural and Engineering (A and E) specifications available for its X-SERIES and VOLANT, rugged PTZ cameras. Aimed at consultants, specifiers and engineers, the A and E specs cover both IP and analogue camera versions, highlighting many of their unique features. Universally popular cameras Stephen Lightfoot, technical director at Redvision, explains, “All Redvision VOLANT and VEGA cameras are popular with architects, specifiers and end users. They are successfully used in many outdoor and public space applications, from town centres, utilities and universities, to ports, prisons, industrial buildings and MoD sites.” “All our rugged PTZs are made from durable, die-cast aluminium with a marine-grade plating and tough, powder coating. They are available in light grey or black, as standard, but can be supplied in any other RAL colour to order. They are IP67 weather-proof rated; IK10 shock and vandal-resistance rated, and pass IEC vibration, shock and salt spray requirements. They have super-efficient, LED illuminator options for night-time operation, and a flat, optically-correct, toughened glass, camera window with wiper for wet and adverse conditions.” Fast, quiet, accurate PTZ camera “The X-SERIES is modular, configurable as a fully functional PTZ camera or dome, and has low power consumption to keep running costs and total cost of ownership to a minimum. The VOLANT is the fastest, quietest and most accurate, rugged PTZ camera in the industry, using direct-drive motors. It has an offset camera design to allow viewing vertically downwards, when mounted on a tower, whereas the X-SERIES uses a cantilever leg design to achieve the same thing.” Redvision rugged, PTZs camera models include Full HD, IP with 30x optical zoom and SD analogue with 20 or 30x optical zoom. Pendant or pedestal mounting options and a wide range of brackets are available.
Network transmission solutions specialist AMG Systems will discuss the latest developments in environmentally robust fibre, analogue, IP/Ethernet, wireless and hybrid communication systems, when the company exhibits at the Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2017 in Bristol. The two-day event is hosted by consultancy Global MSC Security, and this year’s theme is ‘Integrating Technologies’. The conference and exhibition is designed to bring together experts from across the security industry, sharing their knowledge with delegates from local authorities, hospitals, universities, and private and blue-chip companies. This year’s event looks into the ways that security is changing, integrating with other disciplines and adapting at a rapid pace to what end-users now require from their security solutions. Speakers and topics include: Daffydd Llywelyn, Dyfed Pewees Police and Crime Commissioner – public space surveillance initiative Professor William Webster, Director, Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy – body worn video research Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner – National Surveillance Camera Strategy for England & Wales Detective Inspector Edward Heath, Avon & Somerset Police – cyber crime Bernadette Bashford-Payne, Estate Control Center Manager, Canary Wharf – inside a large control room Jim Burgess, Associate Director, Perform Green – integrating CCTV in Bristol’s Smart City Mick Neville, ex-Metropolitan Police – SeeQuestor review Discussing operational challenges with delegates At the Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition, AMG Systems is exhibiting on stand 25. AMG Business Development Director Sara Fisher said the company is looking forward to meeting delegates and discussing the challenges that they face in their day-to-day operations. “Our specialist transmission knowledge can provide enormous benefits for integrated projects, saving on infrastructure expenditure, time for install or upgrade, and reduced complexity,” she said. “I’m keen to talk to any delegates who’d like to learn more about the way that legacy systems can be transitioned relatively simply to IP and Ethernet, with all the advantages that brings, and to those who’d like to discuss any other aspect of security and data network provision.” Low vulnerability to cyberattacks AMG Systems manufactures intelligent, industrial grade, robust edge-of-network transmission solutions which have been used extensively in CCTV and security systems, as well as in sectors as diverse as the oil & gas, critical infrastructure, defence and transport industries. AMG Systems is the only UK-based IP and Ethernet transmission product manufacturer and solution provider. AMG’s levels of in-house control mean its products are less vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks than those from other companies, which rely on third-party hardware and software. The Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2017 takes place November 13 and 14 at the Bristol Hotel on Prince Street in Bristol.
Prison fence provider Binns Fencing Limited has notched up 80 years in existence – with the plan to double its turnover by the time it turns 100. History of Binns Binns Fencing Limited, now a part of the Zaun perimeter protection group, is ideally placed to benefit from the growing fear of international terrorism, both from organised targeting of critical national infrastructure and the current trend for lone wolf attacks. However, the firm had much humbler routes. AJ Binns was first registered in 1937, when John Binns set up business in Great Marlborough Street in Central London. As the demand for Binns products grew, the company was divided into two sections to accommodate the specialist knowledge required for the diversity of its product range. AJ Binns Limited catered for the growth in the sports and leisure industry and today remains one of the industry leaders in changing room equipment, shop fittings and racking systems. Kenneth Grange product range Meanwhile, Binns Fencing rapidly grew to become a frontrunner in the installation of high security fencing systems. Binns Fencing MD Adam Binns, grandson of the founder John, reminisces: “Eighty years with the direct descendants of one family at the helm feels like quite a milestone in this day and age. And there have been many twists and turns and trials and tribulations in that time.” Adam’s father and John’s son Julian joined the company in 1970, having trained as an industrial designer. He commissioned renowned industrial designer Sir Kenneth Grange CBE to design a new range of products based on good looks, high quality materials and the flexibility to suit a wide range of applications. "Eighty years with thedirect descendants ofone family at the helmfeels like quite a milestone" The range was given the name Variset® and won a Design Council Award in 1972. From the original multiple hook system, the range has developed to include many more products, with design quality always the top priority. In 1997, the company moved to its present location in Potters Bar, alongside sister business Binns Fencing. Since then it has introduced the reverse hook system, coin operated cable lock and, most recently, the Hookamals range. Anti-climb FST system Meanwhile, Binns Fencing was forging a fine reputation working with high security businesses and institutions. It too was an innovator in its field, developing its own registered design anti-climb system called the Flexible Security Topping or FST. Over the years, this has been installed in HM prisons, secure hospitals, young offender institutions and immigration centres throughout the UK and worldwide. More recently, Binns Fencing has adapted the configuration of FST specifically for the utility sector. Mounted on top of utility compound perimeter fencing, it presents razor wire to a would-be intruder without posing any risk to the public. Stake sale to Zaun Limited This followed the sale of a majority stake to Zaun Limited in 2015, which bought 73% from Adam's brother, aunt and father Julian, while Adam retained his 27% shareholding. AJ Binns was first registered in 1937, when John Binns set up business in Great Marlborough Street in Central London He said: “I had been looking for a new partner for a few years and had talks with other fencing manufacturers. But Zaun was the best match. We had worked alongside each other on a number of prison and other high security jobs over the years, including the £250m-plus super prison that opened at Wrexham this year, and this coming together was the natural next step. “With more and more clients asking for integration of both physical and electronic security solutions as well, this acquisition alongside Zaun’s purchase of EyeLynx massively enhanced the range of systems we as a group could integrate.” Delivering physical security Binns’ exemplary reputation with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence and NHS Trusts has led it to unveil a Centre of Excellence for Prisons at its Potters Bar HQ and propose a new model of perimeter security and PIDs procurement and delivery. It believes the UK Government could make significant savings by adopting its proposed model for delivering perimeter security, where it provides a single point of contact for the complete perimeter security package, providing greater opportunity for innovation, reducing complexity and the need to manage multiple contractors. Binns believes this could offer significant cost savings on PIDs cable installation and contract and project management costs. "Increasing integration and collaboration is the future and I believe Binns is well-placed to double its turnover in the next 20 years" Future plans The Government is yet to announce its latest prison build and refurbishment programme. But, as Security & Policing kicks off, the first prisoners will be moved into HMP Berwyn, the new super-prison at Wrexham, which will eventually house up to 2,100 inmates and cost £250m to build. Adam concluded: “We have devised this model in consultation with the Government, main contractors and suppliers, to deliver best value and a greater potential to innovate with a single point of contact throughout procurement, delivery and installation. “This increasing integration and collaboration is the future and I believe Binns is well-placed to double its turnover in the next 20 years on the back of the trend.” Key Binns milestones 1937 – John Binns founds AJ Binns Ltd 1951 – AJ Binns Ltd divides with the creation of Binns Fencing Ltd 1970 – Founder’s son Julian Binns joins the company 1972 – AJ Binns wins Design Council award for Variset 1996 – Flexible Security Topping (FST) first developed 1998 – Company moves to present location in Potters Bar 2001 – Founder’s grandson Adam Binns joins the company 2015 – Zaun Limited acquires 73% of company 2017 – Launch of UK Centre of Excellence for Prisons
Prison drone pioneers introduce Government to perimeter savings. The integrated security team behind a British prison’s pioneering war against drones is to share its innovative and cost-saving approach with the UK Government. Les Nicolles Prison on Guernsey became the first in the world to use a new system designed to stop drones smuggling drugs, weapons and other contraband over perimeter walls. A group of four collaborating British companies styling itself as The Perimeter Security Centre of Excellence (PSCoE) installed the comprehensive perimeter protection package, including the new ‘Sky Fence’ technology. Now PSCoE (stand Z35) is exhibiting at the official UK Government global security event, Security & Policing 2018, which takes place from 6 to 8 March at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre. A group of four collaborating British companies styling itself as The Perimeter Security Centre of Excellence (PSCoE) installed the comprehensive perimeter protection Latest equipment, training and support The unique three-day event, established over 30 years ago, is the premier platform for UK suppliers to showcase the very latest equipment, training and support, to police services, Government departments, organisations and agencies from the UK and overseas. Binns Fencing, the leading fencing contractor for the Ministry of Justice, led the Guernsey project for the conglomerate, which offers the simplicity and efficiencies of a single line of communication and management from cradle to grave of high-security perimeters. Eclipse Digital Solutions is the second of the collaborators. It created Sky Fence with fellow British company Drone Defence and offers full turnkey security design through to installation. Eclipse’s Joe Vasso said: “Our proposition is all about seamless integration to offer the most cost-effective high-end security for perimeters – whether that be along a border, around a prison, airport or the Olympic Games, or even airborne above ground, on roofs and the like. The beauty of our conglomerate is that our relationships have been formed over years and we’re all friends, so the trust is absolute and we care about each other.” Our proposition is all about seamless integration to offer the most cost-effective high-end security for perimeters" Significant cost savings The other two members are Harper Chalice, an intrusion detection company providing PIDs, electric fencing and RADAR detection, and ISM, which offers integrated security systems, PSIM software and intercom security systems. Together, they believe the UK Government could make significant savings by adopting its proposed model for delivering perimeter security and PIDs procurement and delivery. Their single point of contact for the complete perimeter security package provides greater opportunity for innovation, reduced complexity and no need to manage multiple contractors. PSCoE believes this could offer significant cost savings on PIDs cable installation and contract and project management costs – as with Les Nicolles, where the State of Guernsey that runs the prison saved £1.3 million. The other two members are Harper Chalice, an intrusion detection company providing PIDs, electric fencing and RADAR detection, and ISM, which offers integrated security systems Trusted advice and design State Deputy Mary Lowe said: “The committee decided, following discussions with key staff, that it was possible to continue housing Category B prisoners at Les Nicolles without the installation, at significant expense, of a second fence. While the second fence is advised under UK guidelines for Category B prisons, the committee is comfortable that the current technological upgrade offers security that enables Guernsey to continue housing Category B prisoners. Sending such prisoners off island to serve their sentence comes at a significant cost of approximately £50,000 per year each. The committee decided that these upgrades, which will cost £1.3m less than a second fence, offered a Guernsey-appropriate solution.” Binns MD Adam Binns said: “We have devised this model in consultation with the Government, main contractors and suppliers, to deliver best value and a greater potential to innovate with a single point of contact throughout procurement, delivery and installation. The model will give them trusted advice on design, manufacturing and installation from exclusively British companies with British products from electronic systems of CCTV, detection, video management and access control to physical security fencing, gates and hostile vehicle mitigation.” We have devised this model in consultation with the Government, main contractors and suppliers, to deliver best value and a greater potential" Security & Policing Security & Policing provides a platform for professionals from the UK and across the world to engage with the very highest level of security expertise and the latest technology. It provides the level of industry engagement needed to enable UK Government to procure and deliver its national security priorities. Major specifiers and Government specified users can obtain reference to its products from the Home Office. Normal commercial users can obtain reference to its specialist electronic perimeter security systems on the police ‘Secured by Design’ website. Harper Chalice Group’s products and systems are sold, installed and maintained worldwide via a network of specialist accredited dealers. ISM (Intergrated Security Manufacturing) ISM (Intergrated Security Manufacturing) has been at the forefront of innovation, design and manufacturing excellence in integrated security systems for almost 30 years. ISM operates from an extensive manufacturing and design facility in the United Kingdom, close to Gatwick Airport. It is the UK’s leading developer of integrated security management, intercom and cell call systems.
An integrated surveillance and security management solution, developed and deployed by Synectics, is helping to improve staff and inmate safety at a major European Category A prison. The vast site, which houses over 750 inmates, comprises multiple buildings, including cell blocks, visiting zones, gym and exercise areas, and special focus zones, all of which are monitored by over 2000 cameras. A command and control solution was required that would allow operators to monitor and manage all cameras from a single location – the ECR (Emergency Control Room). The solution had to be capable of integrating with a wide range of third-party access control, security, and emergency systems operating across the prison estate that are designed to flag up staff and inmate safety risks – a key priority for the prison authority.Synergy 3 is designed to integrate with a wide range of ONVIF-conformant systems and devices Multi-site monitoring The end-to-end Synergy 3-driven solution developed by Synectics gives security personnel located in each block 24/7 access to video footage and ensures that overarching control is only allowed by operators based in the central ECR. Here, footage from any camera located in any block is monitored, controlled, and reviewed in real time, with integrated GIS mapping displaying camera points, additional location-based data and live ‘field of view’ plotting on an exact site layout. Operators can simply point and click to immediately view live feed and control PTZ cameras directly from the map. Synergy 3 is designed to integrate with a wide range of ONVIF-conformant systems and devices. Hence, video footage can be paired with data inputs from other third-party systems to provide the prison with a comprehensive alarm monitoring and alert solution. Threat detection with body-worn alerts By connecting data from the access control system and information from body-worn emergency alerts, Synergy 3 can immediately flag up the location of a staff member and display footage from the nearest camera, allowing operators to undertake a visual assessment of any potential threat. The map-centric display, teamed with alert-triggered on-screen guidance workflows, ensures that the right support is dispatched to the correct location as quickly as possible.Synergy 3 removes the need to allocate specific blocks/areas to supporting inmates in need of help GIS mapping The GIS mapping capabilities of Synergy 3 also facilitates the prison’s ‘safer cells’ initiative that changes the level of support and monitoring assigned to an individual cell based on the inmate’s risk level. For example, if an inmate is suffering from mental health issues, they may require more frequent staff contact, observation, or in severe cases be assigned to suicide watch. Using Synergy 3, operators in the ECR can monitor any designated ‘safer cells’ and therefore activate/de-activate associated systems including in-cell surveillance, pill-hatch status, and audio logging of conversations with prison staff and from audio call points implemented in partnership with the Samaritans. In addition to supporting those inmates most in need of help, using Synergy 3 to activate safer cell features removes the need to allocate specific blocks/areas of the prison to this purpose, thus reducing situations where vulnerable prisoners might feel even more isolated. Emergency response through interoperability Synergy 3’s interoperability with other systems enables operators based in the ECR to engage precise emergency protocols should a threat be detected. For example, individual doors or whole zones can be locked down for incident containment. Conversely, should the need arise to evacuate a particular area quickly, access control can be overridden to create the fastest route to safety. Synergy 3's workflow feature also enables lights and power to be controlled in response to evolving scenarios, such as disabling lifts in the event a fire or if a hazard has been detected on a specific floor.With built-in redundancy functionality, coverage at the prison is guaranteed 24/7 360-degree surveillance While enhanced safety was an essential priority for the project, the Category A status of the facility requires the highest levels of security functionality from the surveillance solution supplied. By integrating and interrogating data from a wide range of systems, the Synergy 3 solution from Synectics delivers a 360-degree view of all site movement, activity, and alarms for complete situational awareness. For example, integration with the perimeter fence solution and video analytics generates alerts based on movement, touch, and approaching shapes for immediate review and action. And with built-in redundancy functionality, including server failover and hot-swap recording to eliminate any single points of failure, coverage at the prison is guaranteed 24/7. Together with Synergy 3’s operational and safety management capabilities, these features all help ensure that inmates, personnel, and facilities across the prison estate are supported and protected. Brett Longley, Technical Sales Manager at Synectics, said: “Prison facilities are no longer just about traditional security. This project demonstrates that a fully integrated surveillance solution delivers a wide range of safety measures benefiting inmates and staff and helps improve overall operational efficacy.”
A Channel Island prison has become the first in the world to use a new system designed to stop drones smuggling drugs, weapons and other contraband over perimeter walls.A group of British companies has collaborated to install a comprehensive perimeter protection package at Les Nicolles Prison on Guernsey, including the new “Sky Fence” technology. It creates a 600m shield around the prison to detect remote-controlled drones, then uses a series of ‘disruptors’ – sensors to jam the drone’s computer – to block its frequency and control protocols and divert it back to where it came from. Drones have become a major security problem in Britain’s prisons and are increasingly used to smuggle in drugs, weapons, phones and other valuables. Perimeter fence disruptors Les Nicolles has ordered around 20 disruptors on the perimeter fence line and within the jail. Sky Fence is the creation of British companies, Drone Defence and Eclipse Digital Solutions, while steel fencing manufacturer Zaun and Coventry-based PIDs business Harper Chalice have also supplied product installed by the UK’s premier prison perimeters installer Binns Fencing. Prisoner governor, David Matthews said: “This is the first time this technology has been used in any prison anywhere in the world. I would like to see it adopted in other UK prisons because it has become a significant problem. This is about prevention.” Prison security Nottingham-based company Drone Defence has worked on the idea in the past year. Founder and CEO Richard Gill said: “It disrupts the control network between the flyer and the drone. The drone then activates return to home mode and it will then fly back to the position where it had signal with its flyer. Someone described it as the final piece in a prison’s security puzzle. I think it could have a significant worldwide impact.” Eclipse managing director Alan Drinkwater said they had modified existing technology to create Sky Fence. The new system in Guernsey is part of a £1.7 million security upgrade that also includes new cameras, new fencing and sensors, a new lighting system and new alarms. A multi-use games area for prisoners has also been set out within the walls. Les Nicolles is a mixed category prison which holds both men and women, young offenders and adults, and has a capacity of just 139. It opened in 1989 and its population has fallen to an all-time low in recent years. It is independent of the mainland prison and justice system and is run by the State of Guernsey.
Roumieh is the largest prison in Lebanon, holding thousands of prisoners within its walls. The size of the prison population of Roumieh and the challenges authorities face around internal crime, corruption, contraband, and inmate unrest have led to the continued notoriety of the facility. The prison consists of five buildings and hosts a variety of convicts and detainees. Its population ranges from individuals held on remand to terrorists and high-risk prisoners who pose great challenges to security. A riot broke out in the cellblock of building A in 2015. The violent disturbance required the dispatch of elite Internal Security Forces who were able to end the incident after several hours. After such an event, officials concluded there was a need to improve both the conditions and the overall security of the institution. Prison security project Guardia Systems was chosen as the systems integrator for the installation of a new surveillance system within the prison. This project is part of an ongoing effort to increase security within the facility while reducing criminal behaviour.Guardia Systems deployed one hundred and thirty-nine Arecont Vision megapixel cameras inside the prison walls. The surveillance system provides comprehensive monitoring of all the buildings, courtyards, and main entrance of the facility. The Arecont Vision cameras installed for Roumieh Prison include twenty-four MegaDome 5MP (megapixel) and one hundred and fifteen MegaDome 3MP cameras. All the cameras are integrated with the video management system (VMS) and monitored from the prison control room twenty-four hours a day. Arecont Vision cameras with low-light imaging and true WDR The benefits of Arecont Vision’s cameras were clear from the beginning. Their simplified installation requirements reduced the manpower needed for the deployment phase of the project. The cameras are also extremely adept at operating under a variety of lighting conditions, and Guardia Systems specifically identified the availability of both advanced low-light imaging along with true WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) technology as important factors leading to the selection of Arecont Vision for the project: "The ease of installation that Arecont Vision cameras offer was also a very important factor leading to the selection of the brand" “With widely varying lighting conditions inside the prison, combined with both indoor and outdoor views to be covered by the same cameras, the low light and WDR capabilities of Arecont Vision products were very important to their selection,” said Engineer Chadi Rahi, Business Development & Sales Manager at Guardia Systems. “The ease of installation that Arecont Vision cameras offer was also a very important factor leading to the selection of the brand.” Arecont Vision’s competitive pricing and Guardia’s positive experience with the company’s Technical Assistance Center (TAC) further informed their decision: “We have used Arecont Vision cameras in other projects with equal success, so we already knew the outstanding product quality and advanced features for the prison would be delivered at a very competitive price,” Mr. Rahi added. Integration with Milestone Systems' VMS Milestone Systems was chosen as the VMS for the project which provides a fully integrated and seamless surveillance system. Arecont Vision and Milestone have years of experience working together and have integrated a multitude of surveillance projects worldwide for a wide range of requirements. Arecont Vision was awarded two Global Partner of the Year Awards in the last five years. Through the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program, new cameras, features, and updated capabilities are pre-tested in the Arecont Vision MegaLab™ with Milestone and other vendor software and hardware. Customer support is also simplified through the use of the MegaLab for the resolution of any post-installation problems. Whenever an incident occurs in the prison, the Arecont Vision cameras are able to accurately capture it on video for response and action by the authorities Arecont Vision camera results Whenever an incident occurs in the prison, the Arecont Vision cameras are able to accurately capture it on video for response and action by the authorities: “Our surveillance security system was used several times to investigate specific activities, behaviours, and incidents that occurred during the past period of instability in the prison,” said Sandy Issa, Head of Communication & PR at Guardia Systems. The video surveillance system is monitored from a Command and Control Centre that accommodates 15 operators. Centre personnel are always on duty watching the feed from the cameras. Acceptance of the surveillance system has not come without challenges. Prisoners have tried to destroy or damage the infrastructure installed in several of the buildings: “The prisoners have tried to burn the cables and even the cameras themselves. Despite that, the Arecont Vision cameras were still able to record useful footage of the incidents,” said Mr. Rahi. “The images were very clear, even with the resulting smoke and fire.” Arecont Vision introduced new vandal-resistant, hardened corner-mount enclosures that can be added for additional camera protection. Their use will better protect newly installed cameras from destruction and vandalism. “The video surveillance system has performed very well for Roumieh Prison in improving the security environment,” concluded Mr. Rahi.
Technology supplied by eyevis UK is at the centre of a new Resource and Operations Control Centre opened by international audio-visual company Electrosonic in Dartford. Netpix 4900 video wall controller Both companies are now also using the Dartford control centre as a demonstration venue for prospective clients in the security and other sectors. The collaboration showcases the versatility and efficiency of eyevis Netpix 4900 video wall controllers as well as its eyecon wall control software suite and Capture software. Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that provides systems integration, technical design, project management and support of AV products and systems. It creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets. eyevis UK provides video display and audio visual solutions to a range of clients and sectors and has supplied CCTV control rooms for security services, power stations, local authorities, banks, road traffic monitoring, emergency services, blue chip retailers, prisons and other government buildings. eyecon wall control software suite The eyevis technology is allowing Electrosonic to display a host of information/data on the centre’s video wall and is both an operational system in constant use as well as allowing Electrosonic to do live demonstrations to end clients regarding video wall capabilities. eyevis UK Managing Director Steve Murphy said: “We are delighted to be supporting Electrosonic at its new Resource and Operations Control. The Netpix 4900 video wall controller is allowing the engineering team at the control centre to view multiple critical data sources simultaneously.” The Netpix 4900 is a network-based graphic controller for the management of video wall systems, single displays, or projectors “It is complemented by our eyecon wall control software suite, which includes the alarm management functionality allowing the video wall display to be automatically changed to appropriate layouts when different external alarm events occur, such as changes in colour on source screens, contact closure or audio volume increases.” Reducing response times “The software suite also allows management or authorised engineering staff to see a remote view of what is being displayed on the video wall from their own workstation/laptop, which is a feature developed based on customer requests and which has proved very successful.” The Netpix 4900 is a network-based graphic controller for the management of video wall systems, single displays, or projectors. The controller creates a big joined desktop for network-applications, video, and graphic sources. Eyecon is a universal and complete software solution for the control of video wall systems including all connected sources, distribution of information and collaboration in-between different control rooms or presentation areas. The system is based on a very simple operating concept that reduces response times and hence makes the operation of large display systems even more effective and efficient.
Milestone XProtect Expert 2016 enables the prison staff to proactively respond to potential incidents Milestone Systems, the open platform company in network video management software (VMS), has joined forces with Security Center (Öryggismiðstöðin) and Verkís to provide an advanced security solution for Holmsheidi Prison in Reykjavik, Iceland. The solution combines Milestone XProtect Expert 2016 with CIAS fence and microwave detection systems. Completed in 2015, Holmsheidi Prison is Iceland’s new high security women’s prison. Located in the outskirts of the capital Reykjavik, the premises cover roughly 9 acres, while the building with its 56 cells covers 3,700 sq.m. Uninterrupted video recording To cater to the advanced security needs of the facility, Milestone XProtect Expert 2016 enables the prison staff to proactively respond to potential incidents. The needs for high availability are ensured by the failover technology and uninterrupted video recording capabilities in the Milestone VMS. XProtect 2016 boasts several features designed to reduce the overall cost of ownership and offers unlimited expandability thanks to the use of open platform technology. This enables Holmsheidi Prison to be in greater control of their surveillance investment now and in the future. Integrated CIAS fence and microwave detection systems "We have collaborated with multiple contractors and partners on this project" Icelandic project management and engineering firm Verkís is responsible for the project’s Building Management System and has designed the electrical, lighting, and security systems.Security Center, an Icelandic security services company, provides the alarm and fence systems for the project, hereunder the integrated CIAS fence and microwave detection systems. This integration is made possible through CIAS’ IB-System IP technology, a data collection system that works as an integration server and can manage up to 1280 different sensors. Efficient security and alarm systems “Thanks to Milestone’s open platform technology, we have collaborated with multiple contractors and partners on this project,” says Lars Wilson, Regional Sales Manager Nordics at Milestone Systems. “By gathering future proof solutions from different vendors, we are able to provide the state of the art security and alarm systems necessary for managing a high security prison.”