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Showsec hailed as “credit to their industry” in wake of Bloodstock 2014 Festival role

Bloodstock Open Air 2014 not only proved to be another memorable occasion which enhanced the festival’s proud reputation, but it also served as an important landmark for crowd management and event security specialist Showsec in terms of its ongoing association with the heavy metal event.

The fifth year of Showsec’s involvement with the festival, which takes place each year at Catton Park in Derbyshire, marked the start of a new three-year contract awarded to the Leicester-based company.

After thousands of denim and leather-clad heavy metal fans enjoyed three days of revelry featuring metal legends including Saxon and Thrash kings Megadeth, the organisers were clearly delighted to hit another high note.

“Bloodstock celebrated its 14th year in style,” said Adam Gregory, the event’s director. “We’re proud to be associated with Showsec for all our security and stewarding needs. Yet again, the company was outstanding in terms of its all-round performance. Its staff engaged in a friendly and courteous manner with both festival crew and fans alike. Any issues were dealt with swiftly and without incident, ensuring that everyone had a great weekend. Showsec is a true credit to its industry.”

Heavy metal fanatics gather at Bloodstock 2014

Heavy metal fanatics gather at Bloodstock 2014

The enjoyable time had by so many who attended Bloodstock Open Air 2014 between 7-10 August was shared by the staff on duty for Showsec at Catton Park.

“Bloodstock attracts a very dedicated crowd of heavy metal fans, and the atmosphere certainly puts it up there among the more enjoyable festivals at which we operate,” explained Joe Milner, Showsec’s area manager for the East Midlands. “It has been an absolute pleasure working with the organisers and fans over the past five years.”

This time around, the weather presented the biggest challenge. “We had to contend with an amber warning for six hours on the Sunday due to hurricane Bertha,” explained Milner, “but it didn’t cause too much disruption and didn’t spoil the enjoyment of the crowd.”

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Samsung Techwin introduces Beyond 1280H Series analogue cameras

Models in Samsung Techwin’s new Beyond 1280H Series of 1,000 TV Lines analogue cameras are equipped as standard with a long list of innovative and technically advanced features which, until now, end users might only have expected to see built-in to IP network cameras.

To ensure that end users can gain maximum benefit from the “outstanding quality” images captured by the eight new analogue models, Samsung Techwin has also introduced new high performance 4, 8 and 16-channel Beyond DVRs which can simultaneously record the extremely high quality 1,000 TV lines images in real time across all their channels.

“We have introduced the new Beyond 1280H series of analogue cameras and DVRs in support of those many thousands of CCTV users across Europe who want to extend the life of their existing analogue systems on a cost-effective basis,” explained Tim Biddulph, product manager for the Security Solutions division of Samsung Techwin Europe.

“While the widespread adoption of video over IP is inevitable,” added Biddulph, “there is nevertheless an almost countless number of existing analogue CCTV systems which are working satisfactorily. That said, end users may now need identification grade images which their existing analogue cameras cannot deliver. The good news is that the Beyond series is fully interoperable with current, existing and legacy analogue systems.”

Samsung Techwin's new Beyond Series

Samsung Techwin’s new Beyond Series

Many of the new and competitively priced models feature enhanced Wide Dynamic Range which, with performance greater than 120 dB, can accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas.

They’re also equipped with SSNR IV (Samsung Techwin’s new generation of noise reduction technology) for the delivery of high resolution images in night-time conditions without any smear or ‘ghosting’.

Other key features include various forms of video analytics and defog (which can improve the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions such as rain, smoke or fog).

Beyond DVRs: the detail

In addition to the Beyond 4 channel SRD-476D, 8-channel SRD-876D and 16-channel SRD-1676D (which can all record 1,000 TV lines images in real time across all of their channels), Samsung Techwin has also introduced the 16 channel SRD-1656D which is able to record (in real time) CIF quality images captured by connected cameras.

De-Interlace support on each channel ensures the sharp, accurate display of still images.

All four of the new Beyond DVRs, which have a single channel audio output, offer the flexibility to separately configure each of their channels to make best use of the available storage capacity by enabling end users to set the specific image quality/resolution required for each camera location.

With the exception of the 4-channel SRD-476D (which has a single internal HDD), the Beyond Series of DVRs has four internal SATA HDDs. Each provides the option for extra video storage via two external SATA ports.

The Beyond DVRs benefit from a new “ultra-end user friendly” GUI (Graphical User Interface) and offer authorised users the option to remotely view live or recorded video from a PC, any Android or IOS-supported smartphone or tablet via Samsung Techwin’s license-free SSM, SmartViewer or iPOLiS Mobile monitoring software.

A built-in web viewer offers enhanced compatibility via Chrome, Explorer and Safari.

The new cameras and domes in the Beyond 1280H series are as follows:

• SCB-5003 WDR 1280H Bodied Camera
• SCB-5000 1280H Bodied Camera
• SCD-5083 WDR 1280H Dome Camera
• SCD-5080 1280H Dome Camera
• SCV-5083 1280H WDR Vandal-Resistant Dome Camera
• SCV-5080 1280H Vandal-Resistant Dome Camera
• SCD-5083R 1280H WDR IR Dome Camera
• SCV-5083R Vandal-Resistant WDR IR Dome Camera

Collectively, the first eight new models are designed to offer solutions for a wide range of applications and environments including offices, retail stores, schools and hospitals in addition to warehouses and on to more challenging environments such as airports, ports, transport facilities, car parks and town centres.

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