Amthal has been awarded a new support contract with global technology leaders Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V, to upgrade and maintain security solutions at its UK Head Office, and across its regional UK offices. As one of the world’s leading names in the manufacture and sales of electrical products and systems, Mitsubishi Electric has eight regional offices, including its UK Head Office in Hatfield, supporting over 700 staff members. New contract details The new contract with Amthal cov...
Global and domestic threats have highlighted the need for tighter security across all verticals. One of the technologies that has redefined situational awareness and intrusion detection is thermal imaging. Once a technology exclusively manufactured for the military operations, thermal cameras today are deployed across hundreds of security applications and continue to see strong demand in existing and emerging commercial markets. With thermal technology, security personnel can see in complete...
As anyone who has ever flown on a commercial airline since 2001 knows, security measures at airports are well enforced and the emphasis on traveller safety is all around the airport and its grounds. Mass transportation, meanwhile, presents a special but not any less significant challenge when it comes to determining security issues. These facilities need to develop the means to protect a constantly changing and large population of passengers. And unlike airports these facilities often have hund...
When there is a need to search for a package, this involves a certain amount of work for the responsible person. The route must be traced meter for meter. Every camera that may have picked up the package must first be found in the tracking plan and then the user must manually switch between these cameras one by one to check for the package. With G-SIM VTT, a track & trace solution from Geutebrück, this manual camera switching process is no longer necessary. This function alone signific...
Total Recall Corporation, a Convergint Technologies Company, will showcase its portable CrimeEye LPR License Plate Recognition unit at the 32nd annual Police Security Expo to be held June 26-27 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey. “Our exclusive CrimeEye video surveillance products have offered law enforcement portable, high-quality video surveillance solutions for years. This year we’re excited to showcase the latest configuration that will benefit the law enforcem...
With the impact of a rapidly developing online shopping industry through PC and mobile devices, retail stores are facing great challenges. In a fiercely competitive market, enlarging the customer base and maintaining their loyalty become increasingly important and at the same time – very difficult. Improving customer satisfaction, maximising per-customer transactions, ensuring a safe environment, and reducing unnecessary loss have become a major focus of retail owners and chain store compa...
Lechange, the brand for Dahua Technology’s consumer products, officially launched LOOC, its new active deterrence Wi-Fi camera. With an advanced PIR detector, built-in spotlight and 110dB security siren, LOOC is not only able to provide a proactive warning with accuracy, but also helps create a safer environment for households and business places. LOOC aims to take preventive measures for its customers that not only records the crime scene evidence but drives away threats before they actually happen - a great leap compared to conventional consumer surveillance products. Also, it is designed with advanced technologies in conjunction with the customer-oriented features, proving to be a best choice for consumers. LOOC enables long-distance detection in detail and effectively reduces false alertsAccurate active deterrence Supported by a high-quality PIR sensor with a sensitivity of up to 10m, LOOC enables long-distance detection in detail and effectively reduces false alerts. Also, the built-in motion activated spotlight and up to 110dB security siren will help scare away unwelcomed visitors, proactively repulsing home threats. Clear vision And communication Aside from providing 2MP resolution live monitoring, LOOC supports H.265 compression, enabling crystal clear video quality while also minimizing storage space and bandwidth by up to 50%. Dual internal antennas improve 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, supporting smooth transmission. Besides, a specially designed built-in speaker and MIC enables remote communication with people in front of the camera. All-Round Protection LOOC provides sweet protection by alerting you with a notification to your or a family member’s smartphone, with live video available wherever there is an Internet connection. Even in the night, automatically-switched night vision mode and advanced IR algorithms help offer clear pictures in complete darkness. LOOC is open to diversified video storage making it easier to access and use the footage Diversified Storage LOOC is open to diversified video storage, such as SD Cards (up to 128GB), NVR or Cloud Storage, making it easier to access and use the footage. It also provides flexibility for consumers in different application scenarios. Customer-Oriented Features With an IP65 weatherproof design, multiple bracket options and different color of durable silicon rubber skins, LOOC can easily handle outdoor surveillance and blend into various environments. With all these features, LOOC is no doubt an ideal choice for those who desire advanced video surveillance solutions with individual styles. With true values delivered to families and SMBs, Lechange is perfecting daily life.
Opengear, global provider of solutions that deliver secure, resilient network access and automation to critical IT infrastructure, has announced that Virtual1, a major UK network services wholesaler has selected Opengear’s Smart OOB platform to provide remote console connectivity across its growing UK network. Smart OOB remote network platform With a network spanning 180 cities and towns across the UK, Virtual1 is fast becoming the UK’s Digital Service Provider. Working exclusively for the wholesale markets, Virtual1 operates an advanced platform delivering high capacity, low latency networking which is also privately connected to market-leading UC, SIP and Cloud solutions. Our network reaches around 75% of UK businesses and the criticality of network and internet access means that any outage or disruption can be incredibly damaging" Reliability is a vital attribute as Rich Adam, head of architecture for Virtual1 explains: “Our network reaches around 75% of UK businesses and the criticality of network and internet access means that any outage or disruption can be incredibly damaging. As such, we take monitoring, proactive maintenance and rapid problem resolution incredibly seriously.” Core routing and switching technology With major data centres located in the UK’s largest cities, Virtual1 also maintains hundreds of additional sites housing core routing and switching technology. “We have traditionally used Cisco consoles server for remote management, but our rapid growth required us to become more streamlined across areas such as cabling, space and power footprint,” explains Adam, “After looking at the market, Opengear offered us the best long-term option for out-of-band (OOB) connectivity - especially around flexibility. Working closely with Flow Communications, a highly regarded Opengear partner.” IP-based secure access Virtual1 has deployed a resilient OOB architecture that uses secondary DSL circuits and even traditional modems to provide a triple layer of resilient IP based accessibility to key switches, servers and PDUs across its network. “Flow Communications provided everything from 32 port Opengear units at our main data centres all the way down to 4 port models at smaller sites,” explains Adam. “In terms of day-to-day usage, alongside out-of-band console server, we also use the Opengear devices for port mirroring during diagnostic activities. Over the years, Opengear has proven incredibly reliable and robust when it has been called upon.” Virtual1 core network The Virtual1 core network comprises over 350 routers and switches deployed nationwide The Virtual1 core network comprises over 350 routers and switches deployed nationwide providing service via Gigabit and 10Gb ports passing 7.5M premises, delivering a potential 15Tbps of capability. This infrastructure is supplemented with the 300th recently installed Opengear ACM7000 Remote Site Gateway appliance. “We have consistently delivered industry leading services through our innovative architecture and partner centric approach,” says Adam, “and our investing in network management technologies such as Opengear is part of a long-term commitment to ensure that we continue to meet our customers’ expectation for the best price, performance and reliability.” Alan Stewart Brown, VP sales EMEA for Opengear added, “Virtual1 is a fantastic example of a market leader that recognises the importance of always-on availability. Opengear is delighted that Virtual1 chose our technology to deliver the scalability and flexibility they need – whether it’s a major data centre or smallest remote site.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), UK’s renowned independent certification body specialising in the security, guarding and fire sectors, announces the appointment of Robert Conlon as Head of Standards. This newly-created position demonstrates NSI’s commitment to continually enhancing its technical know-how and expertise within the industry in which its approved companies operate to recognised British and International standards. In his new role, Conlon will oversee NSI’s own Codes of Practice, interpreting documents for the practical implementation of management, security and fire safety standards in addition to identifying new approval schemes aligned to the trends and technologies being adopted by the security and fire safety market. I am very much looking forward to applying my knowledge of quality improvement and auditing for the benefit of the wider security sector" Security and fire safety market expert Conlon joins NSI from the healthcare sector where he has held senior quality improvement and management roles, as well as undertaking compliance auditing. He brings over 30 years’ experience in applying and managing quality management and security services systems, schemes and standards. On his appointment Conlon said: “Having been involved with quality improvement and auditing throughout my career I am very much looking forward to applying my knowledge for the benefit of the wider security sector which is experiencing significant changes.” CCTV and remote home monitoring NSI’s Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins commented: “Robert joins NSI 20 years to the month that NSI gained its independence. It’s a key time for the industry, with heightened awareness of the significance of life safety risk assessments, the integration of new technologies in remote monitoring of home security systems, the ever-widening use of CCTV, the impact of GDPR, the SIA’s review of its Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) and close cooperation with the police, all serve to demonstrate the importance of the highest standards of service and technical competence.” “The changing focus of quality management standards to risk-based thinking increases the opportunity for companies to become Gold approved using NSI’s unique tools to apply standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 to the security and fire safety market.”
Opengear, global provider of solutions that deliver secure, resilient network access and automation to critical IT infrastructure, has announced significant momentum across EMEA including new senior leadership and supporting staff. The continued acceleration in revenue growth, approaching 40% year-on-year, is being driven by increased demand and an enlarged channel community. “Our increased investment in EMEA is a response to the fantastic growth we’ve seen in the region over the last few years,” says Gary Marks, CEO of Opengear. “To support this acceleration of the market, we are strengthening our team on the ground along with exciting new partner agreements in Central and Eastern Europe.” Opengear has experienced impressive growth in the region and is quickly becoming the de facto technology innovator" Opengear Opengear has appointed Alan Stewart-Brown as its new VP of Sales for EMEA with responsibility for overseeing all sales, channel development, and marketing activities across the region. Stewart-Brown is a highly regarded and experienced executive with career spanning 25 years across the technology sector, including Wireless LAN, Enterprise Software, BI Analytics and e-Commerce. Before joining Opengear, Stewart-Brown spent 8 years at Xirrus where as VP of Sales EMEA he was responsible for the region’s year-on-year double-digit growth. In addition, Opengear has strengthened its EMEA footprint with the creation of a UK-based inside sales team, and an additional direct sales manager in Western Europe along with the onboarding of several new resellers including, S-Connect and IP Xchange in the Netherlands, Delo in Italy and Teneo in the UK. Commenting on his appointment, Stewart-Brown added, “Opengear has experienced impressive growth in the region and is quickly becoming the de facto technology innovator and leader within the critical infrastructure management space. With a future embracing emerging areas like SD-WAN and NetOps, the strategy is to grow our addressable market and enlarge an already sizeable channel community into new territories and vertical markets to maximise Opengear’s full potential.” Partner Portal Opengear has launched a new Partner Portal to provide a smooth interface with its expanding channel partners To further support its growth agenda, Opengear has launched a new Partner Portal to provide a smooth interface with its expanding channel partners. The portal is available to Preferred Partners and includes automated deal registration, a library of product information and easy access to channel-specific promotions. “Our commitment to EMEA is recognition that the challenges that organisations face when managing the complexities of critical IT infrastructure are truly global,” says Marks. “Through technical excellence and innovation, Opengear will continue on its path to help organisations overcome these challenges and deliver more reliable and easier to manage networks.”
Security teams at casinos and gaming facilities are challenged daily to balance a welcoming and guest-focused attitude with a firm and capable presence to prevent and handle security issues, manage surveillance and security systems, and protect employees, guests, and assets. And all of this needs to be accomplished while complying with strict gaming regulations. An experienced security systems integrator can assist you with many of those challenges, including the very important job of ensuring that the correct security technologies are integrated and installed correctly to avoid downtime and maintain regulatory compliance. On the flip side, partnering with the wrong security integrator can be an expensive lesson with disastrous financial consequences due to system interruptions that can shut down gaming operations. However, selecting the right security systems integrator is not always an easy task. To get the answers you need, you need to ask the right questions. Here’s a list of criteria to help get the search process started. It’s vital to hire a systems integrator who has significant experience in the gaming and casino industry 1. Relevant and proven industry experience This may be one of the most important factors for you to research. It’s vital to hire a systems integrator who has significant experience in the gaming and casino industry. You wouldn’t hire a plumber to fix your roof or a chef to repair your car, so why consider hiring an integrator without relevant work experience in your specific industry? Does the integrator have experience working with security solutions for casinos and gaming facilities similar to your facility? Have they worked with gaming commissions in your state? Do they have the gaming certifications necessary to ensure your new system is in compliance? And what specific projects have they done – with references you can contact? Even more, look for a systems integrator who has strong relationships with contractors, suppliers, unions and equipment suppliers, as they may need to call on them for assistance during the course of your installation. 2. Security systems knowledge Security technologies are evolving at an unprecedented pace which presents obvious advantages and some hidden dangers. It’s important that you select a systems integrator who not only installs products well – but also works very closely with equipment and software manufacturers to develop new and innovative solutions for the most challenging installations.It’s also important to ask about their procedures and processes for after-hours emergency situations Look for systems integrators that utilise integration and testing facilities to evaluate which system configuration and specific components meet your functionality needs, lighting challenges, resolution and frame rate requirements, and recording accuracy demands to ensure your system provides you with the highest levels of identification while maintaining regulatory compliance. Since no two systems are ever alike, it’s also important to look for custom integration capabilities employing solutions from different manufacturers to ensure you are getting the best possible solution on an application by application basis. 3. Brand loyalty versus conflicts of interest There’s no doubt that security professionals have their preferred brands. This can be based on prior experience, proven reliability, superior customer support, or even personal relationships. But it’s also no secret that price and sometimes spiffs can play a deciding role on which products a reseller recommends. Be specific to ask questions about the systems integrator’s line card – which manufacturers’ products do they actually represent and why? And how do they select specific products for specific applications? If the answers to these simple questions seem vague, there may be more at play than meets the eye. The more choices a system integrator has at their disposal, the higher the probability they are providing the best system products and configurations for your specific installation. 4. Accelerating resolutions How is the integrator’s firm structured? How long have they been in business? Who will be your daily contact? How long have members of the integrator’s team been with the firm? What experience do they have? It’s also important to ask about their procedures and processes for after-hours emergency situations, as you will likely need service after normal business hours. Find out if they offer on-demand remote system support to address problems immediately, and to accelerate resolutions if and when there is a failure. The more choices a system integrator has at their disposal, the higher the probability they are providing the best system products and configurations for your specific installation Most importantly, verify that they have technicians who can get to your physical location quickly in the event problems need to be addressed physically in order to keep your property in compliance. Even though it can be overlooked, it’s important to assure the system integrator’s organisational structure meshes well with your general requirements before starting a relationship. 5. Pricing structure Of course, price is important, but while an integrator’s pricing should be competitive, it should be viewed as one of many selection criteria.An experienced systems integrator with casinos and gaming facilities will understand local, state, federal, and tribal regulations A security systems integrator with a proven track record of successfully configuring, installing, and servicing projects like yours, on time and on budget, is worth more than the small amount of money you might save by going with a low-cost integrator. 6. Knowledge of gaming regulations A systems integrator who has experience working with casinos and gaming facilities will understand local, state, federal, and tribal regulations, and will provide you with a gaming surveillance and security solution that minimises disruptions to your operations during its installation and after your new system has been implemented. Along with the requirement standards of performance, quality and reliability, compliance is critical to ensure fluid gaming operations. 7. Adding value with industry references Industry references are invaluable in determining your ideal choice. First, ask them to provide client contacts from their reference list, and contact those individuals. Questions to ask include: Did the integrator clearly understand the reference’s requirements? How did they contribute to the solution? What challenges did they need to overcome? Did the company deliver on time and on budget? How has the system(s) been operating since implemented? How has their support been? Why would you recommend them? A good security systems integrator will take extra steps to ensure your security solution is always working 8. Asking the right questions There are very few security systems integrators who can address all of a casino’s or gaming facility’s needs, but they do exist, and you’ll find them if you do your homework. Look for an integrator that can add value and not just take direction. A good security systems integrator will volunteer ideas to reduce maintenance costs, take extra steps to ensure your security solution is always working, and help save your casino money. Their success will be determined by their initial ability to understand your challenges and deliver the best possible solution to resolve them. And it all starts with choosing the right partner by asking the right questions.
Luxul, global innovator of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, has announced its Epic 5 router (ABR-5000) is now shipping with Domotz remote management software. Remote management software With the Epic 5's onboard Domotz technology, integrators receive alerts when network issues arise — allowing them to take immediate action — and share device information with Luxul's support team for swift and easy troubleshooting. The router also eliminates the need to purchase a separate Luxul Domotz Pro for remote management. This lowers network costs and speeds setup, improving the bottom line for integrators while providing a better experience for their clients. Router Limits offers cloud-based controls for internet safety and management and puts users in complete control of every aspect of their internet experience, allowing them to manage screen time, filter content, and track browsing history. Router Limits users can also control mobile devices' access to the internet when they leave the home network. Sporting a clean and modern look, the Epic 5 features green or blue front-facing LEDs, while its rear-facing ports include two dedicated WAN and five dedicated LAN ports. The router features dual-WAN capability, allowing the LAN to be connected to two internet connections with load balancing and failover control Cloud-based controls and mobile access The router features dual-WAN capability, allowing the LAN to be connected to two internet connections with load balancing and failover control. The router delivers gigabit WAN-to-LAN speeds for ultra-fast streaming and bandwidth-intensive applications while also enabling integrators to lower operational costs and improve the customer experience. "We can't wait for integrators to get their hands on the Epic 5 — our fastest and most powerful router ever," said Mike Grubb, vice president of marketing at Luxul. "Beyond speed, the advanced technology included in the Epic 5 really makes it shine. Domotz saves integrators time and money by eliminating the need for truck rolls, while Router Limits provides users with easy-to-access control over their internet experience. Together, these technologies allow integrators to build better relationships with their clients and provide a foundation for added-value RMR service programs."
Opengear, a provider of solutions that deliver secure, resilient network access and automation to critical IT infrastructure, today announced CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd, a Finnish center of expertise in Information and Communications Technology, has deployed Opengear Smart out-of-band appliances to streamline a major upgrade project and improve day-to-day remote management. CSC, a non-profit organisation with 70% ownership by the state of Finland and 30% controlled by Finnish higher education institutions provides services for research, education, culture, public administration and enterprises, to help them thrive and benefit society at large. CSC's primary customers are the Ministry of Education and Culture and organisations within its field of operations, higher education and research institutes and public administration sector. Planned network upgrade As Antti Ristimaki, Senior Network Specialist for CSC explains, "Getting from our data centres to some of the sites we look after might take many hours and so having remote out-of-band access is vital for us." CSC has used a legacy out-of-band (OOB) console server solution for several years, but with a major network upgrade planned for 2018-2020 it was decided that more flexibility was needed to help the small networking team support clients at around 40 sites spread across the country. "What we liked most about Opengear was its small footprint and high-quality software along with the 4G mobile connectivity option which provides us with the option to deploy the OOB console server at site before we have any working in-band access," says Ristimaki. Setting up the devices took very little time and we are now remotely managing the process" Remotely configure networking equipment CSC has already deployed Opengear ACM7004-5-LMR - Resilience Gateway appliances at around 10 locations across the country, which were initially used to help remotely configure networking equipment at sites connecting to its newly upgraded backbone network. Having a remote access server at distant locations makes it easier to reliably commission and configure new network equipment from its main offices at Espoo and Kajaani. At the final stage, there will be around 40 Opengear Resilience Gateway appliances across the country. "Setting up the devices took very little time and we are now remotely managing the process - which has proved surprisingly simple using 4G LTE and even 3G connections," Ristimaki adds. Built-in CLI tools The built-in CLI tools provided by the Opengear software have proven to be useful especially when commissioning the console server itself. Through this accessibility, CSC has integrated the management of its Opengear Smart OOB devices into its own internally developed network management and orchestration platform based on Ansible. CSC is also using Opengear to help record, and in the event of any problems, rollback critical firmware upgrades and configuration changes for core networking elements at remote sites.
Security is important for any construction project, but the stakes are higher when the tenants are a team of professional athletes, the parking lot is filled with sports cars and luxury vehicles, the property includes a multi-million-dollar turf field, and a professional training facility where exercises held there must be guarded as corporate secrets. To meet these challenges, Vicon recently completed work with a professional national sports team to install an end-to-end, tightly integrated video management and access control solution that relies exclusively on Vicon software, hardware and cameras. Due to sensitive security demands the team remains anonymous in this piece. The professional team’s Security Director says that he needed a system that would capture footage of everything going on, inside and around the perimeter of the facility, and make sure that access was limited to only authorised personnel. At the same time, the technology needed to make it easy for players and employees to get through security. “It doesn’t do anyone any good if a system is so difficult to use that people just prop the doors open. We had to blend those two things together,” he says. VAX access controllers Twenty-six doors, including both exterior exits and interior doors throughout the building, have been secured with VAX access control door controllers. Employee’s permissions are based on their jobs. Administrators can’t enter the locker rooms or training areas and players can’t enter the marketing offices. Many of the players come to the facility wearing athletic apparel and prefer not to carry around a wallet and key card, so Vicon created customised proximity tags embossed with the team’s logo, designed for players and employees to stick on the back of their cell phone cases. This turned out to be a popular solution, as the players always carry their cell phones with them and the tags are attractive and support the team’s branding. VAX door panels The panic buttons are wired to open inputs on the nearest VAX door panels In the world of professional sports, athletes must sometimes be protected from overly aggressive fans. This particular training facility is equipped with panic buttons at several spots within the building that allow anyone who notices a problem to immediately instigate a lock down. The panic buttons are wired to open inputs on the nearest VAX door panels, eliminating the need for long electrical runs back to the server room. The player’s practice field is accessible through an external gate that’s used by the media, and VAX provides the ability to control visitors who enter there. As needed, members of the press are given temporary credentials that can unlock the gate only for a designated time period before expiring. Parking lot video surveillance The players’ parking lot also leverages the VAX system The players’ parking lot also leverages the VAX system. The transmitters that players use to open the parking lot gate from their cars are integrated with VAX, providing a record of each time the gate is activated, and by whom. In addition, a 12MP camera captures very high-resolution video of the vehicle entering and exiting, along with the person driving it, and that video is linked to the respective access control event. “Very expensive cars are left in the lot for extended periods, when the team is traveling, and this makes sure that absolutely nobody gets into that parking lot who shouldn’t be there – not even the office staff,” says the Security Director. The facility’s surveillance system includes close to 50 cameras, inside and outside the building, connected to Vicon’s Video Management System, Valerus. They range from 2MP to 12MP, depending on their use, and all are from Vicon. Any doorway equipped with a VAX controller has a dedicated camera mapped to it, so that video verification can be made of anyone entering a restricted area. Valerus VMS and 360-degree network cameras Special 360° cameras are mounted high on each of the exterior corners of the building Special 360° cameras are mounted high on each of the exterior corners of the building. Valerus VMS software dewarps their fisheye image and breaks it into four separate views from each camera. Those four cameras provide the security team with 16 different camera views from around the building’s perimeter, providing a very cost-effective way to cover such an expansive area. The same type of cameras is used within the team’s equipment room, where warehouse style racking is filled with valuable inventory. The system is managed by the team’s head of security and head of IT. Valerus’ thin-client web-browser interface provides monitoring access to support staff, including the team’s receptionist. The system’s video search capabilities have made it easy for them to conduct investigations. Video has helped to identify vehicles that were improperly driving on the turf field, document a theft on the property, and trouble-shoot when the parking lot gate had mechanical problems. Motion activated cameras Special motion-activated 2MP cameras are positioned at every door that provides access between the players’ area and the field One of the more unusual uses for the system is not related to security at all. The team’s professional athletic league requires team management to retain a full year’s documentation of the time each player spends on the practice field. To do this, special motion-activated 2MP cameras are positioned at every door that provides access between the players’ area and the field. Anyone walking from the field to the building triggers the motion sensor and is recorded in high-definition video. That way, if a player initiates a legal battle saying he practiced too long, there is clear documentation of exactly when he was on and off the field. Vicon’s Valerus delivers powerful, end-to-end security solutions that are easy to manage. Its work with this professional sports team also highlights its ability to deliver convenience to employees and operational efficiencies to management.
3xLOGIC, Inc., global provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, has announced that, in cooperation with Control Installations of Iowa (Ci3), the two companies have donated a completed video surveillance system for this iconic ball field and movie set located in Dyersville, Iowa. Installations of Iowa collaboration “Several weeks ago, there was an act of senseless vandalism that occurred on this high-profile ball field and a lot of damage was done by someone with a very poor sense of judgement,” recalled Carl Bracken, Technical Security Sales for Ci3. “The president of my company shot me a text before I even knew about the vandalism, suggesting we get involved and try to help.” Field of Dreams, released in 1989, is a movie that has inspired millions and became an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture of the Year Field of Dreams, released in 1989, is a movie that has inspired millions and became an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture of the Year. “Nearly thirty years later, we still get more than 110,000 visitors a year,” said Denise Stillman, Manager of the Field of Dreams movie site. “Most folks come to run the bases or explore the corn field. We’re the only ball park open 365 days a year, and we’re the world’s largest pick-up baseball game.” The vandalism to the field was fairly extensive and, unfortunately, also involved destruction of expensive irrigation equipment. Bracken contacted Denise Stillman to explore installing a video surveillance system for the tourist site. After initial discussions, he visited the site on a Saturday, with demo gear in hand, to show Stillman the possibilities. She was keen on what she saw but there was nothing in the budget for such a system. 3xLOGIC V250 NVR and mini dome cameras Installation comprised of a 3xLOGIC 8-channel V250 NVR; one 3xLOGIC thermal imager, pointed at the bridge leading to the site entrance Working with his company president and reaching out to various vendors, including 3xLOGIC, Bracken came up with a plan to provide the Field of Dreams with the enhanced asset protection and increased security they needed. Recently, Bracken and his team of skilled technicians completed the installation comprised of a 3xLOGIC 8-channel V250 NVR; one 3xLOGIC thermal imager, pointed at the bridge leading to the site entrance; a 3xLOGIC 3 MP mini-dome to cover the retail sales area; and two cameras covering the field itself. The recording equipment is installed on a shelf in the retail store, which is convenient and secure. “We hadn’t really thought much about security, because for 29 years we had no incidents,” said Stillman. “Now that the system is in place, it’s doing a lot of things for us. The gift shop staff feels much more confident now that they have eyes and ears watching over them. For me, I have a sense of comfort that wherever I am in the world I can see what is happening at the field at all times—I can even check if the sod is greening up. I love that, and the 3xLOGIC mobile app, View Lite II, is easy to use and empowering.” This place is important to the fabric of Iowa life and lifestyle" “This place is important to the fabric of Iowa life and lifestyle,” continued Stillman, “and Ci3 really stepped up. Carl (Bracken) was very generous with his time and he gave us a solid comfort level in understanding what we needed, what the system would look like, and how it would function. Other local vendors wanted to help, but no one took the time like Carl and Ci3.” “Along with 3xLOGIC, we were happy to make this donation. We knew Denise didn’t have sufficient budget, and they still needed to find the money to pay for their expensive irrigation system repairs,” said Bracken. “This really gives us piece of mind when no one is on site,” said Stillman, “we now have excellent visibility to areas we must be able to see, and the system provides a great deterrent effect, too.”
DUOX, the Fermax 2 Wire digital system using stylish VEO video monitors was the system of choice for DUK Construction LTD responsible for the installation of electrical and security systems in this prestigious new development in South London consisting of 88 apartments and 5 communal entrances together with 13 bike and bin storage areas. DUOX access control system The Fermax system combines the modern innovative 2 wire DUOX access control system with high specification 316 MARINE grade stainless steel door entry panels, laser cut at the Fermax manufacturing facility in Valencia, Spain and specifically designed to meet the needs of the project by integrating a stylish proximity access control reader at each entry point. Networked CCTV also provided by Fermax UK completed the site security and door entry system The system provides ease of access for residents, visitors and trades people as well as offering a host of features for residents using the new DUOX VEO monitor installed in each apartment. As well as its elegant design the VEO monitor complete with handset provides the added PHOTOCALLER feature which enables residents to capture and store images of visitors who have called their apartment from the entrance panel while they were away. Networked CCTV also provided by Fermax UK completed the site security and door entry system. Fermax 2 wire DUOX system System design and onsite technical support by the Fermax engineering and commercial team ensured that the project was completed on time and to specification. DUK Construction project manager commented “The Fermax 2 wire DUOX system was very easy to install and we were given excellent support from Fermax UK in the face of very tight schedules and a number of technical challenges. We are delighted with the system solution provided by Fermax.” If you want to know more about DUOX advantages, download our e-book. Discover the power of digital in 2 wires!
Developer of complete end-to-end video security solutions, IndigoVision, along with their authorised partner, Boston Networks and valued technology partner, Dell Technologies, has provided Social Bite with a security system for their Social Bite Village. Social Bite is on a mission to build a collaborative movement to end homelessness in Scotland, thanks to recent fundraising efforts the Social Bite Village has become one of their many projects to help achieve this goal. The idea is to bring people from all walks of life in Scotland together to ensure that no one ends up homeless. The Social Bite Village aims to provide a low cost, innovative and safe environment for up to 20 people for 12-18 months. Residents will be provided with the support, community and skills required to get their life back on track, including work placement opportunities and employability support. After the 12-18 months period expires, the residents will transition to permanent accommodation and receive support in gaining employment, supporting their return to society. As one group of residents leaves the village, another can then enter and begin their journey. Residents will be selected from individuals in temporary and unsupported accommodation. The ambition behind this project is to create a full circle solution to the issue of homelessness – from housing to support to employment. IndigoVision is proud to have been a part of a project that will contribute with such a positive change in Scotland" Site surveillance IndigoVision, Boston Networks and Dell Technologies have worked together to help Social Bite reach their goal by installing a security system to provide surveillance for the village site, specifically during the evening hours to ensure all people on site were kept safe. Commenting on our involvement with this project IndigoVision’s Chief Executive Officer, Pedro Simoes, said “IndigoVision is proud to have been a part of a project that will contribute with such a positive change in Scotland. It’s been a great privilege to work along with Boston Networks and Dell Technologies to provide the Social Bite Village with innovation that makes you safe.” Vandal-resistant minidome cameras As part of the installation, IndigoVision provided 11 state-of-the-art BX HD vandal-resistant minidome cameras, which deliver high-quality video and audio in all environmental conditions. Boston Networks provided a survey of the Granton Road site, following which they laid cabling and set up point-to-point links to provide backhaul connectivity to support the network, before installing the cameras and configuring the security system. Purdicom and InfiNet, Boston Networks’s distribution and wireless partners, provided the back-to-back wireless kit and license. IndigoVision, Boston Networks and Dell Technologies have gone above and beyond in supporting Social Bite to create the Social Bite Village" Hybrid NVR workstation Finally, a Hybrid NVR workstation, which allows Social Bite to save recordings from the site, and a workstation monitor have been provided by Dell Technologies to complete the security system. Founder of Social Bite, Josh Littlejohn MBE, said: "Companies such as IndigoVision, Boston Networks and Dell Technologies have gone above and beyond in supporting Social Bite to create the Social Bite Village in Granton, Edinburgh. We are deeply thankful - your contribution will help ensure that we are able to support people towards independence, changing lives for the better."
Pulse Secure, a provider of Secure Access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, has announced that Entegrus has successfully deployed Pulse Policy Secure advanced network access control (NAC), to strengthen overall visibility and access security across their hybrid IT infrastructure. Entegrus, a Canadian energy company, leveraged their existing Pulse Secure virtual private network (VPN) implementation to expedite NAC deployment and fortify their infrastructure in accordance with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) guidelines. As a result, their security organisation extended visibility for remote and on-premise users and devices, as well as enhanced endpoint compliance and Internet of Things (IoT) risk mitigation. We have increased our security posture, and for the most part, there has been zero impact on our end users" Pulse Secure-Entegrus collaboration Entegrus serves over 58,000 customers throughout Ontario. They bring electricity, renewable energy and water across three large regions, with a workforce spread out over 2,300 square miles. Entegrus’ objective is to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective provision of energy and related billing services, while providing high levels of service to its customers, partners and the communities it serves. IT security plays a critical role in protecting their delivery of energy and data services. “The threat landscape is constantly evolving, forcing us to always consider how we can go one step further. With a widely distributed IT infrastructure, we considered NAC as an effective way to improve our security posture without dramatically altering how we operate,” said Dave Cullen, manager of information systems for Entegrus. “We have a long-standing relationship with Pulse Secure. The level of integration between Pulse Secure secure sockets layer (SSL) and NAC, as well as the extended feature set, made it a straightforward choice for us. Perhaps, the two most important things are that we have increased our security posture, and for the most part, there has been zero impact on our end users.” Active control with seamless network access Ensuring always active control while maintaining flexible, seamless access to network and application resources is an essential requirement for utility providers. Within such highly regulated industries, best practices dictate a constant cycle of security readiness review and improvement to meet an increasingly potent threat posed by cyber threat actors. NAC provides foundational endpoint intelligence, resource access enforcement and IoT defences that support industry and regulatory compliance guidelines. These compliance requisites apply to both regional and large national critical infrastructure providers. For stretched IT departments, Pulse Secure’s Secure Access solutions are designed to streamline deployment and on-going administration using an easy, integrated, policy-driven platform that works with a customer’s existing installed base and network infrastructure. In addition, Pulse Secure’s VPN solution utilises the same endpoint client, policy engine and appliance management as the NAC solution. Entegrus took advantage of this platform capability to rapidly implement NAC. As a result, they gained dynamic intelligence, unified policy management, automated enforcement and threat response through a single management console. We needed to make sure our secure access technologies could adapt to new regulatory requirements and new business needs" Secure access solutions Cullen highlights numerous benefits, including a simplified method of managing complex policies and user access rights, as well as an enforceable method of checking end-point devices to ensure that only properly patched operating systems can connect to the network. Another advantage of Pulse Policy Secure was evident after Entegrus recently merged with London, Ontario-based St. Thomas Energy. “We needed to make sure our secure access technologies could adapt to new regulatory requirements and new business needs, as the recent merger added new, unqualified infrastructure and grew our customer base by around a third, which also led to the hiring of 28 new staff members,” Cullen added.