Monthly Archives: February 2015

Wavestore and Vizualize collaborate to offer enhanced KPI monitoring

The successful combination of Vizualize technology and Wavestore’s video management software (VMS) has enhanced the ability of businesses to identify opportunities for increasing operational efficiency and enhancing customer satisfaction.

Vizualize harmonises its leading-edge sensors, intelligent devices, analytics and dynamic reporting solutions. When working alongside Wavestore’s open platform VMS, its highly accurate 3D edge-based people counting system can, for example, provide options for shopper tracking, in-store audience measurement and product interaction monitoring within the retail space which deliver an insight into virtually every element of shopper activity.

In addition to retail applications, Vizualize’s technology can capture and analyse data in order to help a wide range of other market sectors identify opportunities where productivity may be improved and customer satisfaction maintained while ensuring a safe and secure environment for staff and customers.

 

These include applications within the transport sector where passenger waiting times and delays at airports, ports and other transport facilities have become an increasing concern as security measures are tightened, and also within stadiums, large venues, pubs and night clubs where the need to comply with licensing and safety laws means that having an accurate and reliable system for monitoring occupancy levels is essential.

360-degree visibility for the end user

Vizualize’s ability to generate data that will allow an analysis of customer movement by way of, for example, heat maps is further enhanced when 360-degree fisheye cameras are deployed to record all of the activity in the monitored area.

In addition, Wavestore is able to assist in this process as, in addition to de-warping the fisheye images, it enables operators to control a ‘virtual’ PTZ function to track activity and save video clips of an unlimited number of individual events captured in the camera’s entire field of view.

Wavestore director Chris Williams

Wavestore director Chris Williams

“Our collaboration with Vizualize underpins Wavestore’s  commitment to provide seamlessly solutions which can deliver so much more than what has traditionally been expected of a video surveillance system,” said Chris Williams, director of Wavestore.

“We’ve developed a strong relationship with Vizualize to bring our combined solution to the attention of the countless number of businesses that could  benefit from visually verified data which helps them track their performance in line with defined KPIs.”

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ISC secures key operating license to provide security and crowd management solutions in Singapore

Integrated Security Consultants (ISC Group) reports that ISC Singapore has been awarded Security Agency license status, in turn enabling the company to offer its full portfolio of security and crowd management services in the country.

This important milestone is another step forward on the journey begun when the company expanded into Asia back in 2013. Since then, ISC Singapore* has been supporting DTZ Facilities and Engineering Pte with the recruitment and selection of the 24/7 full-time site security team for the SGD $1.33 billion Singapore Sports Hub, which opened earlier this year.

The new license enables ISC to offer a portfolio of services across Singapore, including event and venue security provision, crowd management, safety planning, crowd safety resources, consultancy (in such areas as venue layout and design, deployments, risk assessments and operations), event and project management, venue site crew management, security guarding and an array of corporate security solutions.

Integrated Security Consultants (ISC Group) has announced that ISC Singapore has been awarded Security Agency license status

Integrated Security Consultants (ISC Group) has announced that ISC Singapore has been awarded Security Agency license status

ISC is well known for its security and safety work with clients including Wembley National Stadium Ltd (London) and the American National Football League.

For its part, and following this latest development, ISC Singapore is now meeting with industry professionals looking to enhance their security and crowd management provision in Asia, and particularly in Singapore.

“We’re delighted to continue further developing our service provision for the events industry in Singapore,” enthused ISC Singapore’s senior director Roger Hooker. “We very much look forward to making a positive contribution, offering specialist advice as well as plenty of practical hands-on support for our clients.”

Singapore's business district

Singapore’s business district

In conclusion, Hooker told Risk UK: “This license enables us to continue to develop new partnerships in 2015. It’s an exciting marketplace in Singapore underpinned by great opportunities and a growing and vibrant events scene.”

*ISC Singapore is a subsidiary of the ISC Group which is based at Wembley National Stadium, London

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Axis’ Camera Companion upgrades security regime at convenience retailer Nisa

Axis Communications’ Camera Companion system has been voted the ‘most innovative’ solution available by an independent panel at an innovations showcase run by the Association of Convenience Stores, and was also chosen for installation at a branch of Nisa, the national convenience retailer.

Axis Communications and partner Defence Security were selected for the installation following an initial proof of concept trial. Axis led the trial at the Nisa Local in Hockley where store owner Rav Garcha challenged the specialist security surveillance company to expand the functionality of his current analogue set-up – including remote central monitoring, mobile accessibility and the option to integrate cross-functional retail analytics.

Commenting on the project, Daren Lang – regional business development manager for northern Europe at Axis Communications – said: “What they needed was a small, cost-effective solution that was not only easy-to-use and set up but also innovative. The installation needs to grow and adapt with the business plans of the store.”

Axis’ Camera Companion is an easy-to-use video surveillance solution optimised for small systems up to 16 cameras. It consists of software running on standard Axis cameras, storage on SD cards or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices, software clients for PC and smart phones and standard network equipment. It offers future-proof IP advantages such as digital HDTV image quality and optimised bandwidth usage with Axis Mobile Streaming.

Axis' Camera Companion software and cameras are making a positive difference to security at Nisa

Axis’ Camera Companion software and cameras are making a positive difference to security at Nisa

Dave Brown, business development manager at Defence Security, added: “The store’s existing system often experienced faults and failures and needed a wholesale upgrade. In comparison, the flexibility and image quality offered by the Axis cameras is streets ahead. Even its smallest camera achieves two-and-a-half times the picture quality of most analogue systems.”

Compact dome and fixed lens cameras

As part of the store’s upgrade, Defence Security replaced 16 conventional cameras with a range of Axis compact dome and fixed lens cameras. Variously featuring video motion detection, active tampering alarm, two-way audio and integrated passive infrared sensors, the cameras capture the entire store in full HDTV image quality.

An in-built microphone and speaker system also allows members of staff to communicate directly with customers at the critical point of sale area in the store. The Axis cameras’ superior image quality and reliability also mean that footage is of evidential quality and certified for use in court.

Using Axis’ Corridor Format, the cameras record footage in vertical aspect ratio which is better suited than traditional landscape format for monitoring the narrow aisles in the Nisa Local store. The system is also fully open to future high-spec integrations that use surveillance data to analyse staff levels, peak trading hours, customer footfall and buyer behaviour.

Data can also be collated to inform staffing policy, store layouts and the relative success of special promotions or offers.

Rav Garcha told Risk UK: “The great picture quality and advanced audio detection features are incredibly important. In the past, we’ve experienced armed robberies and several incidences of abusive behaviour and threats being made towards staff. Axis’ cameras can be relied upon not only to see these incidents in perfect detail but also hear and record what’s being said.”

Increased surveillance coverage

Despite reducing the store’s overall camera count, the new Axis Camera Companion system has significantly increased surveillance coverage in the store, as measured against the retailer’s historic analogue system.

Indeed, the success of the Hockley store project has resulted in the installation of a network video encoder at Nisa’s Broadway outlet.

Garcha concluded: “We’ve been incredibly impressed with the entire Axis Camera Companion package, from ease of installation right through to the end product. We now have a bespoke surveillance system set-up and an analytics capability that will make a real difference to the business’ profitability.”

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Technocover boxes clever with flexible build options for Critical Infrastructure security kiosks

However challenging the location, Technocover is solving asset protection issues for security and risk professionals working at Critical Infrastructure sites thanks to flexible installation options for its LPCB-approved UltraSecure security kiosks.

The physical protection specialist is offering a tailored fulfilment service for end users across its kiosk range – from small cabinets right up to extra large walk-in buildings – in order to overcome access and installation constraints.

UltraSecure kiosks can be planned and delivered as pre-built ‘plug-in’ solutions complete with M&E services for easy connection to mains electricity. They can also be supplied as part-assembled or flat pack systems to suit site logistics and the client’s project needs.

Available in a wide range of sizes and LPCB security ratings Level 3 and 4, UltraSecure cabinets and kiosks offer “rigorously tested, high durability protection” of critical processes, materials and restricted areas/zones.

Technocover's LPCB-approved UltraSecure security kiosks

Technocover’s LPCB-approved UltraSecure security kiosks

Systems can be adapted to specific operational needs from a range of accessories and options. These include single or double doors (with or without vision panels), venting louvres, roof escape hatches and internal lining (timber or recycled plastic).

They’re compatible with LPCB-approved padlocks and locking/user ID systems, entry and exit hardware and may be fully integrated with site intruder alarms and the latest access control management systems.

Comprehensive project support

Technocover’s flexible build kiosks are the latest feature of the company’s Total Service which offers comprehensive project support from surveys, risk assessment advice and early project consultation through to product design, installation and maintenance.

Total Service aims to add value to the recognised quality and benefits of Technocover’s LPCB-certificated equipment by affording high levels of technical and site support designed to identify best value solutions and subsequently maximise customer satisfaction.

Technocover’s managing director Michael Miles told Risk UK: “We’re seeing growing demand for increasingly large security kiosk modules as clients ramp up protection on Critical Infrastructure sites in a bid to defend against the risks of vandalism, theft, sabotage and potential terrorist attacks. Of course, logistics are increasingly the challenge for as well as providing flexibility in how we fulfil the security brief for large and critical structures.”

Miles concluded: “In hand with scaling up our manufacturing and delivery fleet for larger components and pre-assembled fabrications, we have the capability to readily adapt our security kiosks such that they meet the client’s precise needs whether the emphasis is on offsite or onsite assembly.”

*Technocover’s latest security installations for Critical Infrastructure projects can be viewed online at: www.technocover.co.uk

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Team TDSi ‘Wears It Red’ to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation

The dedicated team at integrated security solutions development specialist TDSi recently supported the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Wear It… Beat It’ fundraising day by wearing red and enjoying a fine selection of red food. 

Embracing the spirit of the event, the TDSi team members each came to work wearing a red item of clothing (donating £1 each to the charity in order to do so) and enjoyed a delicious selection of red-coloured foods including home-baked cakes, sweets, jellies, fruit and fruit-flavoured drinks along with an array of suitably coloured delicatessen meats.

The event has a serious side, though, in terms of raising awareness around serious health issues. Indeed, the British Heart Foundation charity estimates that one-in-four individuals will suffer from heart and/or circulatory disease at some point in their lifetime.

Sarah Phillips, TDSi’s product and marketing manager, commented: “As a company we’re very socially aware and believe in supporting good causes. As a team we raised an impressive £70 for the British Heart Foundation. These funds will go towards life-saving research and combating life-threatening diseases. We also had a great time, sharing in the fun of a good-natured fundraising event with the whole team taking part to support what is a very worthy cause.”

Team TDSi at hq on the day of the British Heart Foundation-centred event

Team TDSi at hq on the day of the British Heart Foundation-centred event

The event follows a charity Bake Off challenge held at the company’s Poole offices last November in aid of the Boo charity. Members of the TDSi team competed to produce the best sweet treats as judged by a panel of staff members.

Established in 1982, TDSi has been at the forefront of the access control and integrated security management market for over 30 years. The company’s diverse and comprehensive product range encompasses access control systems, biometric readers (fingerprint and facial), security management software, IP CCTV cameras and storage media and Video Management Software.

Its portfolio of solutions can be easily integrated with other security and BMS applications and may be deployed at businesses and organisations of all sizes and types.

With customers all around the world, millions of people rely on TDSi cards every day to gain secure, reliable access to installations. ISO 9001 accredited, TDSi’s access control systems range from standalone products to networked and integrated systems for all sectors.

The company serves end user customers across a wide range of sectors, among them healthcare, finance/banking, education, transportation (including ports and airports) and the utilities as well as industrial and commercial/retail sites.

Clients include Bristol International Airport, the University of the West of England, Guildhall School, Natwest Bank, Bentley Motors, Vodafone, Université de Caen, CHU de TOURS, Ecole Centrale de Nantes and Arcelor Mital.

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Honeywell issues FAAST Aspiration Smoke Detection Applications Guide

A new in-depth FAAST Aspiration Smoke Detection Applications Guide has been published by Honeywell in order to aid system integrators, consultants, specifiers and installers during the specification, design, installation and commissioning process.

Choosing the right fire detection method for a specific environment can have wide-reaching benefits not only in terms of the level of protection provided but also economic advantages such as reduced downtime and improved maintenance.

Aspiration Smoke Detection (ASD) – whereby air is drawn through sampling holes in a pipe network for smoke particulate analysis – has become one of the premier detection methods in challenging applications due to its adaptability for diverse projects.

Honeywell’s FAAST Aspiration Smoke Detection Applications Guide details aspiration device benefits and application considerations, along with Best Practice techniques for installation, commissioning and maintenance. It draws on industry Codes of Practice and guidance from key associations and focuses on the FAAST Fire Alarm Aspiration Sensing Technology range.

The FAAST Aspiration Smoke Detection Appications Guide produced by Honeywell

The FAAST Aspiration Smoke Detection Appications Guide produced by Honeywell

Key applications covered include telecoms, large open spaces, extreme temperature locations, dirty environments, transportation facilities, historic and cultural sites, ducts and lift shafts.

Gintare Budriunaite – marketing manager for speciality products at Honeywell Fire Safety – explained: “We developed the guide to provide a detailed, informative resource for anyone interested in learning more about the implementation of Aspiration Smoke Detection in specific environments. It provides particular value to those working in areas where the earliest detection is required, interior design aesthetics cannot be compromised, standard detection methods fail and there are zones with restricted or limited access. We’re seeing significant growth in the use of aspiration technology in these applications thanks to its ability to meet specific challenges.”

Budriunaite continued: “Ever-evolving safety standards and insurance prerequisites are driving fire protection to new levels. In turn, this is increasing the demand for advanced detection technologies. Next generation ASDs go one stage further, incorporating state-of-the art technologies designed to deliver the earliest and most accurate fire detection in the most challenging of applications while at the same time removing the false alarm issues that plague so many sites and industry sectors.”

Choosing the right fire detection method for a specific environment can have wide-reaching benefits not only in terms of the level of protection provided but also economic advantages such as reduced downtime and improved maintenance

Choosing the right fire detection method for a specific environment can have wide-reaching benefits not only in terms of the level of protection provided but also economic advantages such as reduced downtime and improved maintenance

*Download your PDF copy of the new Honeywell guide by visiting: http://www.faast-detection.com/files/2514/2357/8294/Aspiration_Smoke_Detection_ASD_Applications_Guide.pdf

**For more information on FAAST visit: www.faast-detection.com

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Free online access to the Security Journal during March for readers of Risk UK

From 1-31 March 2015, publisher Palgrave Macmillan is offering free online access to all of its journals, including Security Journal

Edited by Professor Martin Gill FSyI (director of Perpetuity Research) and Bonnie Fisher and affiliated with ASIS International, Security Journal is – like Risk UK, in fact – a dynamic publication specifically designed to keep its readers informed about the latest developments and techniques in security management.

Professor Martin Gill

Professor Martin Gill

If the readers of Risk UK have not yet had a chance to sample the journal then we hope you will take advantage of this excellent opportunity in March.

We also encourage you to spread the word among your colleagues across the security world.

*Learn more about the Access All Areas promotion

*Explore all Palgrave’s journals in the sphere of Crime and Security

 

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