UK based PPSS Group has recently seen record sales for their SlashPRO Slash Resistant Clothing brand, offering tested, certified and reliable levels of cut resistance. Poverty and social exclusion, religious and political extremism, drugs, social media as well as serious mental illnesses have all been blamed for the global rise of knife crime. SlashPRO Slash Resistant Clothing is made from 100% Cut-Tex PRO, a highly acclaimed, cut resistant fabric made in Great Britain The news of individuals...
The new Wisenet TNV-7010RC 3 megapixel corner mount camera manufactured by Hanwha Techwin has been designed to meet the requirements of police, prisons and mental health institutions where there is a duty of care to prevent inmates and patients from self-harming. The Wisenet TNV-7010RC has a built-in 940nm IR emitter which projects infrared light up to 10 metres at a higher wavelength than traditional red glowing IR lighting. This is invisible to the human eye and avoids the risk of disturbing...
The new year 2019 is brimming with possibilities for the physical security industry, but will those possibilities prove to be good news or bad news for our market? Inevitably, it will be a combination of good and bad, but how much good and how bad? We wanted to check the temperature of the industry as it relates to expectations for the new year, so we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How optimistic is your outlook for the physical security industry in 2019? Why?
Terrorism by unmanned aircraft is a growing threat. Using drones to smuggle contraband into prisons is a current trend. While many countries are deploying UAVs in combat, the UAS technology is getting easier and easier to acquire by the general public and ill-intentioned groups. Most of current security systems set up in critical infrastructures are not sufficient to guarantee an appropriate level of protection. Over the past several months, more and more drones have been flying over Florida's p...
ClanTect, the UK-based provider of Motion Detection Systems for the security sector, is proud to announce the launch of its powerful new ‘ClanConnect’ communications software module. ‘ClanConnect’ provides a high-speed and secure communications gateway, connecting a wide dispersed network of remote terminals, with the head office host system. This provides for the rapid and tamper-free 2-way transmission of data and programs. The benefits for security operations within l...
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 contracts with UK prisons, Scotrail and South Australian Police, and launched several new products, including the VideoTag Series, its smallest most light-weight BWCs to date, 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. Police officers, paramedics and bailiffs in countries as far afield as Peru and New Zealand can be found wearing Edesix body worn cameras Edesix has also opened new offices in both the USA and the Middle East. Police officers, paramedics and bailiffs in countries as far afield as Peru and New Zealand can be found wearing the company's body worn cameras which help improve safety for workers in public facing roles as well as providing video evidence. Developments in body worn camera "This is fantastic news for us and a great testament to all the hard work that has been put in over the last few years to grow the business both here in the UK and overseas," explains Richie McBride, Managing Director of Edesix. "There have been huge developments in the body worn camera market in recent years, and we are determined to keep our place as market leader by continuing to innovate, listening to what customers want and keep moving into new target markets. We now have a presence in the USA, Middle East, Europe, Canada, and Australasia, and we will continue to expand in the coming years."
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 analysis, delivering smart alarms, like line crossing, region entrance/exit and intrusion, among others. Thermal Imaging The camera’s image processing technology combines several image processing and improving technologies to create the best thermal outcome. It also uses NETD (Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference) less than 50mK (millikelvin), a measurement of how well a thermal imaging detector can distinguish between small differences. This means the lower the temperature difference sensed by the camera, the smaller the value and thus the better the image. This camera also boasts a reliable temperature exception alarm function. It has the function to pre-set a temperature alarm threshold, which will trigger an alarm once the temperature goes higher than the pre-set limit. The camera can detect bad weather or more extreme environments and auto-calibrate to compensate Bi-spectrum image fusion Bi-spectrum image fusion gives the users a picture-in-picture preview. Clearer image details with optical details overlaid onto thermal images come in handy for capturing proof when necessary. The preview will also reduce bandwidth, and there’s no need to switch from thermal to optical or vice versa. Other features include: - High sensitivity, 160 × 120 resolution sensor (output resolution 320 × 240), supports contrast adjustment - Mirror image, digital zoom ×2, ×4, ×8, and local output - Strong environmental adaptability, so the camera can detect bad weather or more extreme environments and auto-calibrate to compensate Perimeter security and fire prevention This camera is a boon to any perimeter security and fire prevention solution, specifically in critical infrastructures like airports, railways, prisons and power stations. On top of this, the camera is designed with installers in mind, too. Its small size and neat, stable design makes it convenient to install, either by wall, ceiling or stand mounting. “Our Thermal Bi-spectral Bullet camera is not only about seeing what’s happening on a perimeter, for example. It’s also about giving pre-alarms even before a fire starts, protecting property, and even – essentially – keeping people from harm”, says Franck Carette, Thermal Product Manager Europe.
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 mount boxes are weather and vandal resistant, which makes them ideal for surface mounting Viking products in almost any environment Weather and vandal resistant Viking’s trusted VE-Series surface mount boxes are installed around the world for a variety of applications; like tropical resort pool-side emergency phones, commercial and residential entry phones, high-security prisons and everything in-between. Viking’s rugged surface mount boxes are weather and vandal resistant, which makes them ideal for surface mounting Viking products in almost any environment. The VE-Series surface mount boxes are available in 4 different sizes - designed to fit Viking’s door entry phones and panel phones, as well as many emergency phones. Choose from textured black, textured red or stainless steel finishes, and determine if the VE-Series box needs a rain guard or not. An optional aluminium panel is available and can be customised to mount smaller devices like card readers or stand-alone keypads.
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. “Sentinel is tried and true as a leader in high-security uses, but we pride ourselves on constant innovation to meet our clients’ ever-changing needs. We look forward to continuing to grow this line and providing exceptional solutions and service to clients.” Two of the new models - recessed & retro – carry the UL 634 Level 2 High Security certification Anti-tampering features HSI’s Sentinel sensors utilise Solid State technology and are designed with a wide range of anti-tamper features that allow them to resist physical, electrical and magnetic tampering. Sentinel is intended to be a door contact sensor and entry-point alarm where failure is not an option, like at government facilities, prisons, banks, weapon sites and other high-security areas. The Sentinel product line received a substantial expansion for ISC West 2018 with the addition of the four new UL 634 certified products. Two of the new models - recessed & retro – also carry the UL 634 Level 2 High Security certification. The new products build upon the market-leading technology HSI introduced in 2017 with the original Sentinel surface mount. Sensors for residential and commercial security The recessed version is a concealed mount for use inside door frames, and the retro version is compliant with existing models on the market to facilitate the ease of replacing outdated technology with the newest innovations. The other two new sensors are SRC+ products and are door and window contacts for the high-end residential and commercial markets – they feature much greater resistance than standard market products currently available. The expanded Sentinel high security sensors line is certified and available for delivery now. HSI is also working on several other developments, which will be released in the coming months.
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 the juncture of two walls and the ceiling and, once installed, the camera should be permanently sealed to the wall to create a ligature-proof and water-resistant housing. Additional features include built-in speaker and microphone for two way communication and privacy-masking capabilities Built-in speaker and microphone The camera’s 3MP performance and 36 IR LED illuminators, combined with a 2.3 mm lens, provide complete room coverage with no blind spots in all lighting conditions. Additional features particularly applicable for in-cell use include built-in speaker and microphone for two way communication and privacy-masking capabilities. “Vicon has long been a preferred solutions provider within the corrections sector. Our new 3MP cell camera expands the options available to detention facilities seeking purpose-built end-to-end surveillance systems that meet the demanding requirements of their unique environment,” said Bret McGowan, Senior V.P. of Sales and Marketing. See Vicon’s newest cameras on display at ISC West 2018, booth 10077.
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.”
The technological resources from the physical security sector available to prisons dealing with contraband threats are effective For those outside the security industry, the idea of prison contraband rarely extends beyond the old gag of a file inside a cake. In fact, contraband at prisons and other custodial premises is a major challenge: deterring and detecting it occupies many man-hours, and manufacturers devote much R&D activity to the problem. Contrabands in prison The topic went mainstream recently when a journalist was reporting on the escape by two murderers from Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum-security jail in New York State. During a live split-screen sequence, the correspondent updates the studio anchor with news about the escape while, in plain light of day, the camera shows a hooded pedestrian behind her attaching a package to a rope that has been thrown over the prison wall. At time of writing, one of the escapees has been shot dead after being challenged by police and the other has been taken alive. Contraband features prominently in the escape, with prison worker Joyce Mitchell and corrections officer Gene Palmer being accused of providing the escapees with hacksaw blades and other tools hidden in frozen hamburger meat. No, you couldn’t make this up. Whether simply alleged or ultimately proven, this is crude stuff in our sector where video analytics algorithms are being developed to frustrate infinitely more sophisticated activity such as detecting miniature drones (usually packed with narcotics and mobile phones) being flown over prison walls. The practice has been common in the UK and Ireland for several years but is new to the US where in April there was widespread coverage of a crashed drone being picked up by CCTV cameras after dark at the Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum-security facility in South Carolina. Morning revealed a package containing a mobile phone, tobacco and marijuana hanging forlornly from power lines on the prison perimeter while a high-tech drone lay in nearby bushes. A search of adjacent forest suggested that the drone’s operator had fled when the crash occurred. It was apparent that repeated flights had been made with modest consignments of contraband on each occasion until the navigational hiccup. Using drones The success with which drones are being used to bring mobile phones into prisons is particularly worrisome for authorities since contact with the outside world allows inmates to continue orchestrating crime. The practice will soon have had its day since the response of the drone community has been impeccable: prominent manufacturer DJI has introduced “geofencing” software that prevents the drones from flying over specific locations and, along with other producers, is co-operating with No Fly Zone, a website and planning tool that is creating a database of locations that are considered inappropriate for drone activity. The success with which drones are being used to bring mobile phones into prisons is particularly worrisome for authorities The criminals with their drone in South Carolina were at least showing restraint using a “little but often” approach. Greed proved the undoing of prisoners and their accomplices at Bucaramanga, northern Colombia, where a carrier pigeon was trained to fly over the prison perimeter and land in the yard with a backpack of marijuana and cocaine paste. When the strength of the bird was overtaxed by a 1.6-ounce consignment, it became exhausted. Gamely trying to complete the mission, it was captured and cared for by an animal charity. Supply methods The practice of throwing a tennis ball stuffed with heroin or cocaine over a perimeter fence is passé, and the Colombian pigeon is lucky not to have met the fate of pigeons at a jail in Auckland, New Zealand, whose narcotic-filled carcasses were being thrown into the yard until staff became suspicious. (The ruse at Auckland was particularly subtle since inmates were being tasked with clearing up the mess.) Many cats – for some reason always black with white paws – have been caught at prison perimeters with drugs and SIM cards; recent incidents being in Moldova and Tatarstan, western Russia, where a cat carrying a parcel of heroin on its collar was killed by a prison guard dog. The heroin would have been a light consignment compared with an incident at a medium-security jail in Brazil, where a cat was found with the incredible baggage of two saws, two concrete drill bits, a headset, a memory card, three batteries and a mobile phone charger. Showing admirable restraint, the prison governor relieved the cat of its load and drove it to an animal welfare centre himself. Perimeter protection manufacturers are also doing a good job in persuading prisons that they are not a one-way street focused solely on keeping offenders inside However hard one tries to report on the custodial contraband problem in a sober manner, bizarre incidents create a tone of levity. Researching this article, the choicest anecdote I found came from John Moriarity, the Inspector General of the Texas prison system, reporting how a warden in one of the state’s jails received a complaint from the mother of an inmate. She was calling to say that she was paying her son’s mobile phone bill, had checked with the cellular provider to ensure the prison was in a good coverage area and how could he justify her boy getting such a poor quality signal? Staying with Texas, in 2009 George Vera, who at the time tipped the scales at 500 lbs. defeated multiple body frisks when sneaking an unloaded 9mm pistol into Harris County Jail by burying it in his fat folds. You might like to note a final touch of opera in that the twin charges against him were possession of the firearm in a prison and an original allegation of selling bootleg CDs out of the back of an SUV. He finally fessed up to having the weapon during a shower break. Perimeter protection On a more serious note, the technological resources from the physical security sector available to prisons dealing with contraband threats are effective and varied. Many of the incidents described above that involve breaches of perimeters can be pre-empted or detected by microphonic cable fence disturbance sensors and buried volumetric sensors. Perimeter protection manufacturers are also doing a good job in persuading prisons that they are not a one-way street focused solely on keeping offenders inside and should also use systems that will stop contraband collaborators (both human and animal) from entering. Of course the debate over the effects of repeated exposure to ionising radiation during X-raying for contraband at prisons will continue. However, more and more organisations, including civil liberties bodies, are conceding that the doses are comparable with ambient exposure from the atmosphere during everyday life. The very essence of the burgeoning sector that is video analytics is to detect aberrant behaviour in whatever form, be it unusual movement, speed, positioning, clustering or direction. With more and more of this intelligence residing within cameras “at the edge,” there is an arsenal of technology to assist authorities in keeping contraband out of prisons.
The security of courtrooms throughout Florida has gotten the attention of the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court, who has appointed a “state-wide courthouse security workgroup” to seek solutions to the problem. It’s interesting that there are no security professionals appointed to the group – only lawyers, most of them other judges, and an administrative staff member. Hopefully the workgroup will leverage the expertise of security professionals in their decision-making, or at least tap into the knowledge of law enforcement personnel working at jurisdictions across the state. Lack of funding To be fair, the problem seems to be more about money (or lack of money) than about strategies or expertise. Security at Florida’s local courthouses is handled by local governments, rather than at the state level, so funding depends on local boards of commissioners in each county, which must balance funding for the security of courthouses with a long and demanding list of other local needs and requirements. For example, in Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, there has been a continuing standoff with the county government over security staff funding. The new state workgroup willreview security funding on thelocal level, including how countygovernments, the courts, andlocal sheriff’s offices are usingthe funds Among its goals, the new state workgroup will review security funding on the local level, including how county governments, the courts, and local sheriff’s offices are using the funds. The workgroup includes judges from Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, Sanford, Tallahassee and Tampa – providing a state-wide analysis free from the specifics of local areas. Florida security concerns Courthouse security is a big topic in Florida, based in part on an incident July 15. A shackled murder suspect escaped a Broward County courtroom, down a stairwell, out an emergency exit and into a waiting getaway car. He was recaptured six days later. Another factor is memory of the June 12 massacre at an Orlando nightclub where 49 people were killed. A big irony is that the perpetrator of that crime, Omar Mateen, was a security guard with G4S who formerly worked to secure courthouse facilities in downtown Fort Pierce, Florida. Increasing resources If not enough manpower is at the root of the problem, then more local funding will play a big part in any solution. Officials in Broward County point to the July 15 escape as proof that there simply isn’t enough manpower to protect courthouses. The workgroup has also pledged to bring in additional resources as needed and is committed to a dialogue with all the involved parties. If they need some extra help from security professionals, I know where some will be close by in a couple of weeks – at the ASIS International 2016 Seminar and Exhibits in Orlando, Sept. 12-15. Just saying.
If you had a super power, would you use it for good or evil? The question might typically be the subject of vigorous debate among third graders, but it’s also a question that comes up when you consider technology. Sometimes the benefits of technology are almost like super powers. As much as we seek to apply the powers of technology to security, there is also a criminal element that stands ready to use them with evil intent. Such is the case with drones. We have previously mentioned the possibilities of using drones for security applications. Now comes news that the criminal element has already been applying the technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to smuggle contraband into prisons. A drone crashed outside a prison in Bishopville, S.C. recently after failing to carry contraband over the 12-foot razor wire fence surrounding Lee Correctional Institution. The drone was being used to smuggle marijuana, tobacco and cell phones, all contraband inside the prison system. A cell phone sells for about $2,500 inside a prison, for example, and prison officials say cell phones are a security risk. Case in point: A cell phone was used to order a “hit” on a prison official in South Carolina in 2010. Capt. Robert Johnson, who was shot six times, survived the attack and has since retired. Drones were used in a similar smuggling scheme at a state prison in Calhoun, Ga., in my home state. Four people were arrested and charged with using remote-control helicopters to carry contraband over prison walls. As drones become more sophisticated, and if they were to become widely available as commercial products, such security risks would escalate, presenting new challenges of perimeter security at prisons. Such threats could also extend to other possible targets such as utility and chemical plants, critical infrastructure facilities, transportation hubs, etc. Historically, security devices and sensors for perimeter applications have tended to be ground-based and/or mounted on fences and walls. The need to protect the airspace around a prison or chemical plant is a fairly new consideration. Systems to deal with such threats could include technologies like radar and thermal cameras. Addressing false alarms would also be a priority. Sensors would need to be tied to a dependable alarm system to alert overworked guards and/or security personnel only in the event of an actual threat. Wonder what technologies could prevent an “air attack” by drones?
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.”
Round table discussion
One of the things all security systems have in common is that they depend on human operators, to one extent or another. But how often is the human factor overlooked in product design? Sometimes, more focus is aimed at increasing the functionality of a system, even at the expense of usability. That’s how we get systems that have more capabilities, although accessing that functionality may be hopelessly complex. Creating effective graphical user interfaces (GUIs) is an ongoing challenge for the security market, and the consumer market, with its iPads and smart phones, has raised the expectations bar. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What elements are required to make an effective video system user interface?