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Samsung Techwin generates bespoke power plant video surveillance solution

Samsung Techwin has provided a bespoke video surveillance solution for a major thermal power plant in Turkey.

The Çelikler Seyitömer thermal power plant is playing an important role in helping Turkey implement a strategic energy plan which will see the country become less dependent on the importation of natural gas by dint of using its own natural resources.

Located in Kütahya and having an annual production capacity of four billion kilowatts per hour, the Çelikler Seyitömer thermal power plant is owned and operated by Çelikler Seyitömer Electricity Production Corp which is part of Çelikler Holdings, one of Turkey’s largest construction, mining and energy companies.

The plant has undergone a reconstruction during the last 12 months, and part of this process has seen an old analogue CCTV system replaced with a Samsung Techwin IP network-based system.

The contract to carry out this work was awarded to Entpa Elektronik, a leading specialist distributor of electronic security and energy management solutions, and one of its local solution partners, namely Erkaya Elektronik.

“The old CCTV system has done a good job over many years, but it was very limited in its functionality,” said Doğan Can, product group manager for Entpa Elektronik. “On that basis we had no hesitation in designing and recommending a solution which was IP network-based in order to help the client provide a safe and secure environment for everyone who works at the plant, as well as protecting high value machinery and other assets.”

Phased installation process

The video surveillance system is being installed in phases in line with the ongoing reconstruction work being carried out at the power plant.

Phase 1 has seen 45 Samsung Techwin cameras being deployed. Among them are SNP-5300H 1.3 Megapixel IP network PTZ dome cameras equipped with a 30x optical zoom and featuring PoE (Power over Ethernet) that enables power to be drawn from the network to drive all of the camera features.

The SNP-5300H 1.3 Megapixel IP network PTZ dome camera

The SNP-5300H 1.3 Megapixel IP network PTZ dome camera

They also feature a built-in heater for when the outdoor temperature may be as low as -30°C.

Cameras from the Samsung Techwin Open Platform WiseNetIII camera range have also been installed, including 2 Megapixel Full-HD SND-6011RP dome cameras (that have built-in IR LEDs which can enable objects up to 10 metres distant to be viewed even in total darkness) and SNB-6004P 2 Megapixel Full-HD fixed cameras.

Images from all the cameras are recorded on a Samsung Techwin SRN-1000 NVR which provides up to 24 Tb of on-board video storage capacity with the potential for an additional 24 Tb of storage via two external e-Sata direct storage devices.

Samsung Techwin's SND-6011R dome camera

Samsung Techwin’s SND-6011R dome camera

The Linux-based SRN-1000 can record at 100 MBs, supports H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression and is fully compatible with Samsung Centralised Management Software which provides the option for end users from any remote location to have access to live or recorded video via a PC or mobile device (such as a smart phone or tablet).

Phase 2 will see additional Samsung Techwin cameras and domes installed throughout the power plant in order to ensure that there are no blind spots.

“This is what can be called a mission-critical project where reliability is just as important as the quality of the images captured,” said Doğan Can. “With this in mind, we specified Samsung Techwin as the sole supplier for all the component parts of the video surveillance system because, having previously worked with the company’s products and its technical team on other projects, we knew that we could work in partnership with them to successfully meet the requirements of this project.”

Detail of the SRN-1000 NVR

Detail of the SRN-1000 NVR

Philosophy of delivering Smart Security

The Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin manufactures video surveillance products designed to meet the current and future needs of today’s practising security professionals.

The products use innovative technologies, many of them unique to Samsung Techwin and which can deliver tangible benefits and “outstanding value” to those involved in combating criminal activity while also offering time and cost saving advantages to installers and system integrators alike.

Samsung Techwin’s’ philosophy of delivering ‘Smart Security’ is reflected in a product portfolio which provides customers with the flexibility to choose the best solution for the job in hand. A complete end-to-end IP network solution range includes NVRs, licence-free viewing and recording software and an impressive line-up of HD Megapixel cameras which feature Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII DSP chipsets and incorporate the ‘Three Pillars’ of development: image quality, bandwidth utilisation and ease of use.

‘Hybrid’ options include encoders providing a cost-effective and easy-to-implement method of adding analogue cameras to an IP network-based video surveillance system. Customers also have the option to choose from a comprehensive range of analogue cameras, DVRs and monitors.

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Tavcom’s Education Information Day proves popular with security professionals

Leading security professionals recently attended an Education Information Day held at Tavcom’s dedicated Training Centre in Bishops Waltham. The 50-plus delegates representing industry associations, institutions, local authorities, the police service and principle industry employers were treated to a series of presentations on a diverse range of subjects, among them analytics, forensics, cyber security and the importance of new international standards.

“Our Education Information Day has become an annual event, and we know from the feedback provided by delegates that they highly value the overview provided by our expert speakers on how to best capitalise on the latest generation of electronic security solutions, as well as the insight provided on future trends,” explained Paul Tennent, managing director at Tavcom.

Among the speakers was Jon Laws. With the market for IP network-based video surveillance systems growing almost exponentially, Laws shared his knowledge on how to extend the life of an existing analogue system by introducing hybrid solutions while starting on the process of migrating to an IP network-based solution.

Laws also provided a forward-looking and realistic view of the technologies which are likely to be integrated into tomorrow’s security systems.

CCTV expert Jon Laws speaking at Tavcom's recent Education Information Day

CCTV expert Jon Laws speaking at Tavcom’s recent Education Information Day

Cyber security and data breaches

Daren Wildgoose delivered an up-to-date fact file on cyber security and data breaches with the objective of equipping the audience with some valuable tools to understand and combat the very real and active risk that can threaten a business’ resources and reputation. For his part, Paul Fletcher offered an Alarm Receiving Centre ‘insider’s’ picture of the most effective way of providing a technical ‘fit for purpose’ solution.

Peter Mason, one of the UK’s top IP/networking specialists, shared his vision on the future of the optical world and what’s on the horizon for Video-over-IP, with a section of his presentation addressing the threat of cyber crime to IP Version 6.

Paul Tennent: Tavcom's managing director

Paul Tennent: Tavcom’s managing director

Update on the latest CCTV standards

It’s now two decades since Mike Tennent founded Tavcom. During that time he has not only built up the reputation of Tavcom to be the leading supplier of security systems training but, through wide and extensive experience, he has also earned a more than justifiable reputation as a leading expert across the spectrum that is CCTV.

Having witnessed and kept pace with the many industry changes over the years, Tennent provided an update on the latest CCTV/VSS standards. In the process, he addressed some key questions including why the ‘face’ of CCTV is changing, why the new international standards are so important and who needs to know about them.

Eneo sponsored this year’s Education Information Day. As part of the event, delegates had the opportunity to take a tour of the Tavcom CCTV Control Room operators’ testing area and state-of-the-art workshop facilities, as well as witness practical demonstrations of the latest CCTV, intruder alarm, access control and IP technologies.

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Advent IM confirmed as cyber security solution supplier to Her Majesty’s Government

Holistic security consultancy and a member of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, Advent IM Ltd has announced its confirmed status as cyber security solution supplier to Her Majesty’s Government.

The announcement follows on from the company’s long-standing and successful supplier relationships with several Government departments.

The cyber certification scheme is administrated by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and enables certified cyber security suppliers to Government to be able to publicise the fact. This offers a distinct advantage to those businesses, further enables the Government’s plan to work with more SMEs and also supports the export of UK cyber security expertise.

Speaking about the news, Advent IM director Julia McCarron told Risk UK: “The supply of specialist IA consultancy services to the UK Government is the foundation upon which Advent IM was built and this remains a very important sector for us. As an SME, we value the relationships we have with Her Majesty’s Government’s departments and agencies. Being awarded this status is important for our continued partnership development in this area and we’re delighted that we’ve been recognised as an official cyber security solution provider.”

Advent IM joins other members of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster who have been recognised for their contribution to UK Government cyber security by being part of this scheme.

Advent IM has announced the company’s confirmed status as a cyber security solution supplier to Her Majesty’s Government

Advent IM has announced the company’s confirmed status as a cyber security solution supplier to Her Majesty’s Government

Holistic security management solutions

Advent IM is an independent specialist consultancy focusing on holistic security management solutions for information, people and physical assets across both the public and private sectors.

Established in 2002, Advent IM is a Centre of Excellence for security services, promoting the benefits of Best Practice guidelines and standards and the need to address risk management to protect against potential threats.

From offices in the Midlands and London, Advent IM’s consultants work nationwide and are members of the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme (CLAS), the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), The Security Institute, the Business Continuity Institute and the British Computer Society.

Julia McCarron: director at Advent IM

Julia McCarron: director at Advent IM

Advent IM consultants are also lead auditors relating to the international standards for Information Security Management (ISO 27001) and Business Continuity Management (ISO 22301), practitioners of PRINCE2 (a recognised project management methodology widely used within the public sector), CISSP-qualified and Home Office-trained physical security assessors.

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Delta Security installs security regime for Housing Association residents in Hackney

Delta Security has installed a new door entry and CCTV system at Rotheley House, a supported-living housing development in Hackney, in turn assisting residents who suffer from mental health issues and learning difficulties to manage their own security and live an independent life.

Rotheley House is home to 15 residents and managed by Advance Housing and Support. With over 40 years’ experience, Advance offers a wide range of housing and support services to over 5,000 people at home, in work or within the local community.

The previous entry system had become unreliable and Kevin Pearce, deputy area manager for London and the South East at Advance, sought a new system that would provide greater security specific to the needs of the residents.

“One of the requirements was for us to be able to choose which residents had the functionality to let visitors in or not, depending on their capabilities,” explained Pearce.

Delta Security has installed a new door entry and CCTV system into Rotheley House, a supported-living housing development in London's Hackney

Delta Security has installed a new door entry and CCTV system into Rotheley House, a supported-living housing development in London’s Hackney

Following an assessment of the property, Delta upgraded the door entry system to an isolated digital video entry system using the latest Videx Kristallo colour apartment handsets. These provide end users with clear video images of visitors and have the required flexibility to restrict functionality where required.

Delta also recommended and installed Nexus HD IP CCTV cameras in communal areas and outside the premises. The cameras provide “exceptional” image quality, even at night, while the high information storage capability enables images to be stored and reviewed when necessary.

Regular communication and flexible response

Pearce reports that the installation process progressed extremely well and, indeed, was completed faster than expected.

“All engineers were professional and understanding in giving residents extra time to understand why they were there, giving them their badges and working through any communication challenges,” he stated. “The whole process for us was made very simple thanks in large part to regular communication and prompt, flexible responses to any issues or changing requirements.”

Pearce concluded: “The CCTV has already proven to be extremely useful on two occasions. For one in terms of an internal incident and the other when it came to assisting the police service with a mobile phone robbery that happened outside the premises. We were able to provide very clear images.”

Dave Mundy, operations manager at Delta Security, explained that the company boasts valuable expertise in a wide range of Housing Association projects.

“For the Rotheley installation,” outlined Mundy, “we hand-picked engineers who knew the challenges and Best Practice of working within this kind of accommodation. As a company, we take great pride in the part we play in helping those resident in supported living environments to live as independent a life as they possibly can.”

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ADT awarded five-year security and safety contract extension by retailer Iceland

ADT has been awarded a five-year extension to its existing contract with UK food retailer Iceland. The companies have been working together since 2009 to upgrade security systems and improve safety for Iceland’s customers and staff, as well as better protect all merchandise.

Following on from successful audit results, ADT’s remit has now been extended such that the Tyco business will now provide intruder alarms, CCTV maintenance, fire and freezer monitoring solutions for all existing and new Iceland stores.

Iceland is one of the fastest-growing and most innovative food retailers in the UK with over 850 stores nationwide. In 2009, the Iceland estates team began a major project to overhaul the safety and security of its stores and, as such, appointed ADT to complete an in-depth review of the retailer’s risks and requirements.

In the five years that followed, the teams from Iceland and ADT worked together to deliver a comprehensive upgrade of the existing intruder alarm and signalling path systems. In addition, significant improvements were made in the monitoring of security alarms (including freezer alarms should a unit fail) to ensure Iceland’s assets were also better protected.

Tyco business ADT has been awarded a five-year extension to its existing contract with major UK food retailer Iceland

Tyco business ADT has been awarded a five-year extension to its existing contract with major UK food retailer Iceland

A collaborative approach was crucial with such a vast upgrade and, together, the teams from Iceland and ADT achieved a cost-effective upgrade with minimal disruption to Iceland’s staff (who needed to continue to use the systems while work continued).

In addition, as a result of the installation of Galaxy alarm systems throughout the estate – which are PD6662 compliant and recognised by UK police services – ADT was able to increase the number of Iceland stores benefiting from police response from 200 to over 800 outlets.

Improvements to safety and security

“ADT presented us with the best commercial and economic solution that could improve the safety and security of our stores,” explained Duncan Miles, head of security at Iceland. “The upgrade of our alarm panels and dual path monitoring systems – IP and GPRS – has resulted in increased protection for our stores and ensured a more robust signalling platform.”

Miles added: “The majority of false alarms and faults can be dealt with remotely, in turn negating the impact on our store teams and operation. The fact that we’ve extended our contract with ADT for a further five years is a testament to the positive results of the original work.”

As stated, ADT’s remit includes intruder, fire and freezer alarm monitoring systems as well as the maintenance of Iceland’s CCTV systems. In addition, the solution also adds value by connecting to the company’s BMS to assist with energy management and the reduction of costs.

“Ultimately,” concluded Miles, “our long-term partnership with ADT and the collaborative working methods adopted means that we are pro-actively protecting our customers, staff and assets.”

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Salto Systems and Maxxess establish strategic partnership

Salto Systems, the wire-free and wireless access control technology specialist, and Maxxess (the US-based global corporation recognised for its award-winning security software) have announced a strategic partnership. The collaboration brings together Salto’s Virtual Network (SVN) with Maxxess’ universal security management software, designated eFusion, to deliver “a powerful integrated platform” for managing both online and offline access points.

The integration combines flexible and efficient wireless SVN access control with eFusion’s command and control capability. When an access incident occurs, eFusion presents operators with accurate details from SVN, along with visual verification through its integrated surveillance capability. Displayed policies and procedures provide the information necessary for security teams to initiate a fast and appropriate response.

The end result is reduced operator interaction together with automated reporting. This improves productivity, fills security gaps, enforces compliance with standard operating procedures and acts as a ‘force multiplier’ for multi-site operations.

The collaboration brings together Salto’s Virtual Network with Maxxess’ eFusion universal security management software to deliver a powerful integrated platform for managing both online and offline access points

The collaboration brings together Salto’s Virtual Network with Maxxess’ eFusion universal security management software to deliver a powerful integrated platform for managing both online and offline access points

Marc Handels, chief marketing and sales officer at Salto Systems, commented: “Integration with eFusion extends the value and benefits our customers can now realise from their online Salto SVN solution. With SVN we have already eliminated lock re-programming, re-keying and the hard wiring of buildings to create greater efficiencies and cost savings for our customers. eFusion builds on this with an industry-leading range of off-the-shelf integrations that improve the productivity of security teams while also increasing resilience through faster and more accurate responses to an ever-changing landscape of threats.”

Maxxess Systems’ president Nancy Islas added: “Our partnership with Salto provides our customers with the added benefit of its online wireless networked electronic locking solution as an integral part of the eFusion platform. Our eFusion software continues to lead the industry with off-the-shelf integrations that include more third party systems than any other security platform, in turn providing customers with the scalability to future-proof their security investments.”

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