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BAM becomes early adopter of Bull Products’ Cygnus fire alarm system

A division of BAM, one of the UK’s foremost construction groups, has installed the Cygnus wireless fire alarm system from Bull Products at over 10 construction sites since the solution was launched in May 2014.

One of these projects is a new development for Hayes Retail which incorporates an Asda supermarket boasting 8,000 square metres of floor space and including car park and petrol filling station.

Due to the large site footprint and separate office and welfare complex, the project management team at BAM Fire Protection Services opted to install the Cygnus system as the temporary fire alarm system.

The complete Cygnus system with the control panel (centre) and alarm modules either side

The complete Cygnus system with the control panel (centre) and alarm modules either side

Mike Whitfield, the contracts manager at BAM Fire Protection Services, was so impressed with the development of the new Cygnus system that he, along with the Health and Safety Department, has put the system forward under Safety Best Practice to the entire BAM London region as a recommendation for all BAM site managers, project managers and Health and Safety officers.

Whitfield explained: “We were looking to adopt a wireless fire alarm system within the group. We particularly like the Cygnus system’s addressability, and Bull Products also integrated a First Aid alert within the Call Point which satisfied our needs.” Bull Products is now working on a future option for controlling panels on a remote basis.

Linking 480 units in 15 zones

Launched only two months ago, the Cygnus wireless fire alarm system can linkno less than 480 units in 15 different zones around a construction site, with each zone having the capacity to accommodate 32 units. The individual units can be fire alarm Call Points, First Aid alert points, smoke detectors, heat detectors and a combined Call Point-First Aid alarm. The alarms – which can be used “time and again” – are addressable to the panel and may be re-addressed very simply after being relocated.

Intended purely for use on construction sites, the Cygnus system has been specifically designed for deployment in dense concrete and steel-structured buildings and areas where there are many other radio frequencies in operation. On that basis, particular attention has been given to achieving an impressive connection range. Where there are multiple sites within range of each other, the Cygnus system has been designed to operate on different site addresses in order to keep each system separate and free from interference.

The Cygnus fire alarm Call Point in detail

The Cygnus fire alarm Call Point in detail

A major feature of the Cygnus system is the optional control panel which provides a very sophisticated capability with an event log function which records any events such as an alarm activation, low battery warning and signal faults, all of which can be viewed if necessary in the history folder held on the panel.

The system also has the ability to test all units and has an evacuate function which will act as a Call Point to the rest of the alarm units.

Each unit in the system can provide the panel with information at regular intervals. This explicit information confirms the unit is still present and what the battery status of each device is at the time. Known as the ‘heart beat’ this message is monitored by the control panel where fitted and, if the ‘heart beat’ is not heard for several intervals, the control panel logs a full status for that unit.

Further information is available at: http://www.bullproducts.co.uk

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AMG Systems’ transmission solutions secure Kuwait University

AMG Systems’ business partner Kharafi National KSC has installed the former’s sophisticated integrated surveillance solution at one of the most prestigious universities in the Middle East.

AMG Systems (the British manufacturer of CCTV transmission technology) and systems integration partner Kharafi National have co-operated on a project to secure Kuwait University.

With 16 separate colleges including the Department of Architecture, a Faculty of Engineering and Petroleum and the Design Department at the College for Women, the university is so vast that it’s located in its own massive compound named the ‘City of Sabah Al-Salem University’ in honour of the late Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah.

Kuwait University's buildings span a large area

Kuwait University’s buildings span a large area

Leona Hayes, AMG Systems’ business development manager for the Middle East region, explained: “Kharafi chose our AMG 4700 transmission solution for the integrated system at Kuwait University. The AMG solution transmits signals from around 360 cameras. Data for the access control system – in addition to that for other facilities – is also transmitted on this backbone.”

Hayes continued: “The project is unusual in the sense that it requires all CCTV camera signals to be received at multiple, redundant Control Rooms. AMG’s innovative ‘add, drop and pass’ facility on the 4700 Series allows signals to be dropped off at multiple locations without duplicating transmitters. This sophisticated and unique approach significantly reduces hardware and infrastructure costs.”

Understanding of changing demands

Tarek Tahboub, sales executive in the Facilities Technology Unit at Kharafi National, commented: “AMG Systems’ transmission solution was chosen for this comprehensive project not only because the AMG 4700 Series meets our requirements. Equally important is the fact that a lot of flexibility was demonstrated by AMG and there was a willingness to understand the constraints under which we were working. At every stage, the AMG team members took the time to understand the changing demands of the project and responded in an effective and professional manner. It’s for these reasons that AMG is the partner of choice for Kharafi National.”

Kuwait University is the first public research university in the State of Kuwait and was established in 1966. Its vision is to provide world class education, and there’s a commitment to advancing, preserving and disseminating knowledge, in addition to preparing educated, enlightened and qualified Human Resources in order to realise society’s wider developmental needs in the region.

This is to be done by:
• Strengthening national, Arabic and Islamic values and principles
• Disseminating knowledge
• Developing and investing in Human Resources
• Achieving excellence and distinction in education, scientific research and community services
• Using modern technology.

Leona Hayes of AMG Systems

Leona Hayes of AMG Systems

Kuwait University has witnessed a significant expansion in the number of scientific colleges it operates, with that figure having reached 16. Several of the colleges have received academic accreditation as they offer wide-ranging study programmes in both the sciences and humanities at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

For more information visit: http://www.kuniv.edu/ku/AboutKU/AboutKU/index.htm

About Kharafi National KSC

Established in 1976, Kharafi National has developed into a pan-Arabian infrastructure project developer, contractor and FM service provider. The company has undertaken a wide range of challenging projects and is today a multi-disciplined organisation with diversified operations in infrastructure project development, engineering, procurement and construction in the water, power, infrastructure, environment and building services sectors.

The company offers construction services for oil and gas, petrochemicals, power, water and related sectors, and runs a fabrication services arm for the fabrication of process equipment and heavy structures aimed at the industrial and civil construction sectors.

Established in 1976, Kharafi National has developed into a major pan-Arabian infrastructure project developer, contractor and FM services provider

Established in 1976, Kharafi National has developed into a major pan-Arabian infrastructure project developer, contractor and FM services provider

With a multinational workforce of 29,500, a fleet of heavy construction equipment exceeding 6,100 units and a firm commitment to excellence, Kharafi National is the region’s most successful developer of infrastructure projects with an undisputed reputation for quality, safety and timely delivery.

Visit http://www.kharafinational.com for more information

About AMG Systems

AMG Systems is a leading global provider of video and communication transmission solutions designed for CCTV surveillance operations in the transport, public, Government and military sectors. AMG also manufactures a range of IP cameras solutions under its AMG-Panogenics brand.

AMG transmission solutions offer a full range of technologies including multimode and singlemode video, data and audio fibre optic transmission systems, single and multi-channel unshielded twisted pair (UTP) links for video, data and audio, multi-port Ethernet switches for the transmission of IP-based solutions over fibre and both analogue and digital wireless products for the transmission of video and data.

AMG’s transmission solutions have been successfully implemented in many high profile projects throughout the world. Projects include supplying the transmission system for the UK’s NRTS project and the security and surveillance of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

More information can be found at: http://www.amgsystems.com

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TDSi reaps benefits from solutions partnership with Assa Abloy

Leading integrated access control solutions specialist TDSi is reaping the benefits of being integrated with Assa Abloy Access Control’s Aperio locking system.

TDSi became the first to partner with Assa Abloy Access Control’s popular Aperio wireless locking solutions which are designed to use innovative IP hub technology in delivering “sustainable total building security”.

Aperio was featured on TDSi’s stand at IFSEC International, operating with its EXgarde 4.2 fully-featured access management system designed to support multiple doors as standard. There’s also an option to extend using an unlimited door licence and meet end user requirements for even the largest of access control networks.

John Davies, TDSi’s managing director (who was named in IFSEC International’s Top 40 listing of the most influential people in the security world), said: “By connecting with Assa Abloy Access Control’s Aperio IP hub technology, we can present a simple installation solution with greater flexibility to upgrade the controllability and security level of any premises. IFSEC International 2014 represented the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate this to our customers and stand visitors.”

Assa Abloy Access Control's Aperio locking solution

Assa Abloy Access Control’s Aperio locking solution

Integration with TDSi’s EXgarde solution

The Aperio range of cylinders, locks and escutcheons integrate with TDSi’s Exgarde via Aperio IP hub technology. By using Aperio in this way, TDSi supports MIFARE and 125 KHz credentials to provide an overall solution that’s cost-effective for the end user, with minimal modification needed to doors and premises.

The added advantage is that Aperio can assist in bringing down energy usage as well as carbon dioxide consumption due to the long battery life. Overall, this means access control solutions may be extended even further across a site at a lower cost per door.

Damian Marsh, the managing director at Assa Abloy Access Control UK, added: “Aperio is well recognised as an extremely cost-effective and sustainable way of eliminating key control issues. By way of example, White Paper research proves it can save at least £9,800 in running and maintenance costs for a typical 1,000 unit student accommodation block when compared to wired access control doors.”

Marsh continued: “However, building an innovative product is not enough on its own. This is where working closely with our OEM customers and access control specialists is vital. Assa Abloy Access Control has continued a positive working relationship with TDSi, and the company’s capability and the successful integration only works to further enhance our joint business philosophy to deliver real additional value to the proposition offered to our customers.”

Assa Abloy Access Control is a division of Assa Abloy, a global leader in door opening solutions dedicated to satisfying end user needs when it comes to security, safety and convenience. For further information on the complete Aperio product portfolio visit: http://www.assaasbloy.com/aperio

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Navtech Radar focuses attentions on PIDS for airport projects

Navtech Radar has installed Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) at 16 major European airports in a bid to address client requirements in relation to security breaches which can result in considerable operational losses at such locations.

Navtech Radar is now one of the world’s leading suppliers of radar-based Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) for airports. Having installed 16 AdvanceGuard system solutions, and with a considerable number of airport-based projects currently undergoing installation, Navtech Radar is delivering PIDS compliant with the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Security Manual 8973.

Preventative security measures are crucial for passenger safety and confidence, as stipulated by the ICAO and EU 300/2008 and 2320/2002 regulations.

Speaking about this issue, Navtech Radar’s business development manager Jason Burger explained: “The uninterrupted running of airport operations is imperative, as unlawful interference culminating in a security breach can result in huge operational losses due to the time taken for evacuation procedures or the temporary closure of an airport.”

Multi-radar surveillance at an airport

Multi-radar surveillance at an airport

Large area to secure

Typically, commercial airports harbour extremely large perimeter areas, with many of them in excess of 15 km. Those perimeter zones can be both expensive and difficult to secure, most notably in adverse weather conditions.

Burger continued: “Navtech Radar’s frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) 76 GHz technology is ideally suited to this challenge. The robust design of the radars, coupled with their ability to operate on a 24/7 basis in all types of light and weather conditions, and even in dense fog, renders the AdvanceGuard solution a preferred technology for the challenges faced by airport operators and their security teams.”

With low installation and ongoing maintenance costs, end users will be keen to learn that the overall cost of ownership associated with AdvanceGuard is very competitive when compared with traditional fence detection systems.

Navtech’s radar surveillance technology can deliver further cost savings by re-addressing the balance between technology and physical security guarding solutions. With 360° radius detection offering a range of up to 1,000 metres of manned detection, Navtech’s radar systems are described as “the perfect solution” for perimeter and critical security restricted area surveillance.

Burger added: “Multiple overlapping radar sensors may be networked to offer site-wide security coverage for the end user which is controlled and monitored via a single PC running Navtech Radar’s sophisticated Physical Security Information Management software.” The latter is named Witness.

Jason Burger: business development manager at Navtech Radar

Jason Burger: business development manager at Navtech Radar

Reference sites: AdvanceGuard in action

To date, AdvanceGuard reference sites include Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Valencia (Spain) and Bristol Airport in the UK.

An additional benefit of the Navtech Radar AdvanceGuard solutuion is that it has the potential to be used as a surface movement system, meaning that the radars would serve a dual purpose for the end user customer.

Fernando Garcia Rodrigues (project manager for equipment and facilities in the Operations, Security and Services Directorate at Valencia Airport) explained: “We had a number of key issues we wanted to address by way of a new wide area surveillance solution. We needed to detect intrusions to the airport area, follow any intruders once they were inside the airport and avoid expensive civil works. We had to cover a huge area but had no tube bank or any other canalisation available for cabling. We also wanted to minimise communication and power costs.”

In addition, there was a desire to have the same alarm rate and response in any weather or light conditions and, at the same time, present a friendly and easy-to-use system for the operators.

“Now,” continued Rodrigues, “we have a solution in place with a very low false alarm rate. We can distinguish between ‘friend’ and ‘intruder’ and, in terms of the latter, follow them on site. This makes it much easier and faster to direct the intercepting security patrols.”

End user experiences at Bristol Airport and Ostrava Airport

Chris Ware, head of security at Bristol Airport, has also spoken of the AdvanceGuard solution.

“We selected AdvanceGuard based on all of its all-weather capabilities and operational experience at other airports,” outlined Ware. “A further major factor is that the solution demonstrates the lowest false alarm rate.”

Ware added: “We tend to experience a good deal of fog in Bristol. It was critical that the new solution could cope with that, as well as any heavy rain and snow. The AdvanceGuard solution also gives us superior track and trace capability in comparison to other types of technology solutions. To date, the system has met all of our expectations.”

PIDS in action

PIDS in action

Bristol Airport’s head of security also said: “I would like to highlight the fact that the system benefits also include an automatic tracking capability and rule-and zone setting flexibility within the Witness2 software suite. The system’s alarm log and operator acknowledgement features provide an audit trail for both employer and employee. This is vital, as members of staff can be seen to have followed procedures because there’s now a security system in place that documents they’ve done so.”

Petr Voráč, head of security for Ostrava Airport, explained: “In comparison with other radar systems which use just one long range radar unit, the Navtech Radar solution was better because the airfield has a non-uniform shape. One large unit would have given us problems with ‘dead zones’ where there would have been no detection due to ground slopes and non-linear fence lines.”

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