Pacom achieves highest European security grade for intrusion detection

Pacom Systems, a specialist in high-level integrated security management solutions, has announced that the 8002 Intelligent Field Controller and associated devices have been awarded EN50131 Grade 4 approval – the highest European standard for intruder alarm security and signalling.

The EN50131 Standard uses the concept of security grades to classify Intrusion and Hold-Up Alarm Systems based upon the level of risk. Grade 1 is the lowest tier and represents environments in which intruders are expected to have a low knowledge of intruder alarm systems and there is a low risk of theft.

At the other end of the scale, a Grade 4 system is where security takes precedence over all other factors.  At this level, intruders are expected to have the ability and resources to plan a burglary in advance and have the knowledge and equipment to alter part of the intruder alarm system to avoid detection.

Grade 4 compliance indicates that Pacom has met the demanding requirements of the EN50131 Standard. The 8002 Controller is now certified for the highest risk environments which can include applications within the banking and finance, military, transport, Government, education and healthcare sectors.

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“This is a significant milestone for Pacom” stated Andrew Minnikin, global sales director for the company. “We’re extremely proud to be one of the very few companies globally to have achieved EN50131 Grade 4, and we look forward to providing this elevated level of security to our customers.”

The Pacom 8002 is an integrated access and alarm controller that delivers an all-in-one building platform integrating the functionality required for a remote security system. Its modular architecture makes the 8002 Controller simple to install and configure, as well as expand and integrate as future security needs require.

As an alarm system, the 8002 Controller supports up to 32 alarm areas and 256 alarm zones. The 8002 controller can operate stand-alone for smaller projects or as part of a fully integrated alarm and access control system for larger buildings or multi-site applications.

*For more information about the Pacom 8002 Intelligent Field Controller visit www.pacom.com

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Veracity releases plug-in for qulu 2.5 VMS connection to COLDSTORE

Veracity (a leading provider of innovative and intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display) has released the latest update for its qulu plug-in, providing tight integration with COLDSTORE as either the main or back-up storage.

Available now from Veracity and Vista, the qulu 2.5 plug-in provides support for full play, fast wind/rewind and synchronised playback as well as full export in this very efficient integration.

Installers and end user administrators can configure the qulu VMS to use COLDSTORE in exactly the same way as any external storage, including storage alerts delivered by e-mail if required, in turn providing a seamless integration experience.

A detailed integration guide explains the plug-in installation and how to optimise qulu to gain the full benefits of COLDSTORE, while a comprehensive set-up and diagnostic COLDSTORE administration application, designated SITESCAPE, is also now available for download.

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New website launched by Bull Products for Cygnus wireless fire alarm system

Bull Products has just launched a brand new website at www.cygnusalarms.com devoted to its innovative Cygnus wireless fire alarm system.

Developed in conjunction with major construction companies, the Cygnus system is designed specifically for use on construction sites where the environment demands far higher radio performance than standard systems. The Cygnus system is able to link no less than 480 alarm devices in 15 zones.

The new website has been created to help construction companies specify the exact Cygnus system they would like for a particular project. As well as giving an explanation of the system and its capabilities, there’s a full listing of all the control panels and individual alarm units available.

There are also helpful videos to explain the system and its maintenance, and a gallery showing recent installations for end user customers including BSkyB, Crossrail and Scotland Yard together with a number of customer testimonials on projects as well as full Case Studies.

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Included on the site is a full technical section and servicing advice plus details of the standards relating to the use of fire alarm systems on different types of construction sites and conformity to regulations.

The Cygnus wireless fire alarm system is backed by an eight-strong customer support team who are there to help customers with their specific requirements, installation and servicing needs.

Five control panels, 31 alarm units

In the Cygnus family there are a choice of five control panels and 31 alarm units and accessories, all illustrated with their details on the website. A CYG6 control panel has recently been introduced to cater for smaller construction sites, handling 32 alarm devices in a single zone. There’s also a control panel available with a GSM modem allowing reporting via SMS text messaging.

Another innovation is a PIR option available on all alarm modules to detect intruders and alert off-site personnel for added safety protection.

The Cygnus fire alarm system has an impressive capability of linking up to 480 units across a construction site. Individual units may be either a fire alarm Call Point, First Aid alert point, smoke detector, heat detector or a combined Call Point/First Aid alert alarm. Further capabilities include out-of-hours notifications via an auto-dialling panel to key-holders.

Cygnus has been specifically designed for use in dense concrete and steel structured buildings, and areas where there are many other radio frequencies in use. Particular attention has been given to achieving an extremely long range connection. Operational distances in excess of 1.5 km have been recorded in an open air environment.

Cygnus covers impressive distances due to a meshing system which allows devices to communicate through one another and not directly to the panel.

Bull Products offers a full one-year guarantee on all Cygnus devices and provides high levels of technical, on-site and after-sales service support in addition to its standard maintenance contracts.

*Further information on the Cygnus wireless alarm system is available from Bull Products on (telephone) 01432 371170 or send an e-mail to: info@bullproducts.co.uk

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Dedication on display at the Ward Security Star Employee Awards 2016

Jeff King, security manager at Davidson House in Reading, was given a standing ovation as he collected the Star Employee of the Year Award 2016 at the tenth annual Ward Security Star Employee Awards. As well as  delivering his professional duties to the highest standards, for 14 years now King has undertaken a great deal of charity work for good causes included MENCAP and other charities, as well as local old people’s homes.

70 year-old King received his award from City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson; one of a number of VIP guests in attendance at the ceremony, which was held at The Grange City Hotel in the shadow of the Tower of London.

Other VIP guests presenting awards included Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Barnard from the City of London Police, Philip Jones (head of security for Westfield Europe Ltd), Steve Cook (director at the British Arab Commercial Bank) and Keith Hanson (chief exhibitor of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London). Also in attendance were representatives from a number of clients and partners of Ward Security.

“The Annual Star Employee Awards recognise and reward staff across the business who have demonstrated the highest standards, and who have made an outstanding contribution to the reputation of Ward Security.” explained managing director Kevin Ward. “We pride ourselves on the quality of our team members, but equally we are keen to highlight examples of dedication to service that go above and beyond the call of duty. It’s not always an easy task as the standards exhibited are so high.”

Ward continued: “It’s very important that our staff know how much they are appreciated. That being so, our annual Star Employee Awards are a hugely important date in our calendar. We’re delighted that so many of our clients and partners, as well as representatives from the police, could join us this year.”

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Left to Right: Ian Dyson, Sian Lloyd, Jeff King and Daryl Smith pictured at the Ward Security Employee Awards 2016

Keith Hanson, who presented a Special Recognition Award, told the audience “This is the tenth time I’ve attended the Ward Security Employee Awards, which says something about the high regard I have for the company.”

The tenth annual Ward Security Star Employee Awards were hosted by TV weather presenter Sian Lloyd, with entertainment provided by The Voice finalist Jamie Johnson and double Classical BRIT Awards nominee Faryl Smith.

The full list of award categories and winners is as follows:

  • Team of the Year: Imperium 315
  • Ward Belgravia Receptionist of the Year Award: Jenna Foskett (Special Commendation to Hari Bansal)
  • Response Section Employee of the Year Award: Rollo Davies (Special Commendation to Dave Ellen)
  • Head Office Employee of the Year Award: Hayley Graves (Two Special Commendations awarded to Alex Ambrose and Stephanie Huxtable)
  • Security Officer of the Year Award: Paul Williams (Special Commendation to John Boult)
  • Dog Handler of the Year Award: Joint winners Sonny Haith and John Barnet (Two Special Commendations awarded to Dennis Waterman and Gary Kennard)
  • Special Recognition Award: John Bucksey
  • Special Recognition Award: Mark Deeprose
  • Ward Security Star Employee of the Year Award 2016: Jeff King

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Digital Barriers wins new US contracts worth combined total of $6.8 million

Digital Barriers, the specialist provider of visually intelligent solutions to the global surveillance, security and safety markets, has announced a number of new contracts for its EdgeVis Live technology that have been signed this month.

The company has agreed deals with two different flagship US federal law enforcement agencies worth a combined $6.8 million. In addition, it has secured a £2.0 million contract extension with BT Redcare, under which its class-leading EdgeVis Live wireless video surveillance products are marketed as ‘Redcare View’.

Digital Barriers’ EdgeVis Live surveillance technology offers secure distribution of real-time video from anywhere to anywhere, featuring end-to-end security, real world resilience and network optimisation that can stream usable live video using 60% less bandwidth than standard technologies.

It delivers significant capability benefits and material cost savings over competing technologies, and has now been sold into many of the world’s leading law enforcement and defence agencies. 

Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers, commented: “The scale of these contract awards clearly demonstrates the significant technical lead that EdgeVis Live enjoys over its competition and the value of last year’s acquisition of Brimtek in enhancing our market position and credibility across the US law enforcement landscape. EdgeVis Live continues to build market share among flagship US agencies, in turn providing us with a strong platform for material future growth.”

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ASSA Abloy offers fire safety advice on door closers for end users

Fire safety breaches can result in hefty fines and jail sentences. With this in mind, ASSA Abloy UK is offering end users salient advice on door closers in relation to fire safety.

According to Atomik Research, 45% of those responsible for fire safety within their organisations say they wouldn’t know how to spot a suspect fire door.

Door closers play a critical part in fire and smoke protection. ASSA Abloy UK’s DC700G-FM Free-Motion door closer is the first door closer for door widths of up to 1,400 mm that combines a free-swing function with Cam-Motion technology, allowing users to operate fire doors with the same low forces as non-fire doors. This replicates the absence of a door closer, but offers reliable closing in the event of a fire.

Ideal for providing barrier-free access, the DC700G-FM Free-Motion door closer satisfies BS 8300, helping towards meeting the requirements of Approved Document M of the Buildings Regulations and The Equalities Act 2010 for building owners, users and visitors.

The product is also suitable for use in schools, hospitals or residential care homes where the young, elderly or infirm may struggle in dealing with the forces associated with conventional door controls.

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David Hindle, head of door closer sales at ASSA Abloy UK, said: “Shaftesbury Care Group Ltd has recently been hit with a hefty fine and costs totalling £410,000 due to fire safety failings at a care home. This serves as a stark warning to businesses that failing to carry out fire safety responsibilities can have detrimental consequences.”

Hindle added: “It’s essential that those responsible for fire safety within organisations ensure the correct door closers are installed. Door closers on fire and smoke protection doors can be a complex matter, since they must present the user with the lowest possible opening forces, while still retaining a high closing force in line with legislation.”

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VCA’s Bridge integrated with SureView’s Immix security management platform

VCA’s Bridge appliance, which instantly adds video analytics capability to any new or existing IP video surveillance camera system, has now been successfully integrated with SureView’s security management platform.

Supporting multiple camera channels, Bridge is an easy to deploy, low cost analytics appliance which is equipped with extensive back office tools to set detection zones for people and vehicles.

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Using VCA’s video analytics engine, which has been successfully deployed worldwide in over 350,000 video channels, Bridge is able to detect movement within very small areas of a video image. As such, it can provide central station operators with a powerful ‘exception’ reporting tool to help them identify suspicious activity and, when appropriate, dispatch security officers or quickly report the incident to one of the Emergency Services. 

Filtering out false alarms

Bridge is designed to meet the challenge of detecting movement in outdoor locations as it will automatically adapt to varying light conditions and can easily be fine-tuned to minimise false alarms due to, for example, rustling trees or wildlife.

It will even continue to deliver a high level of performance when cameras may be swaying due to windy conditions.

In addition to capitalising on the benefits of analytics, the deep integration achieved means that operators using the Immix platform can view live images of any incident and exercise control over PTZ cameras. Other key elements of the integration include post-alarm video recording.

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“We achieved integration between VCA’s analytics and the Immix platform some time ago and, as a result, there are many thousands of cameras worldwide that are already acting as highly effective detection devices,” said Kevin Waterhouse, executive vice-president for global sales at VCA.

“Bridge makes it even easier to introduce analytics into a security system and, most importantly, gives installers and end users alike the flexibility to use cameras that have already been installed, regardless of who the manufacturer might be.”

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