Daily Archives: 19/08/2015

ITS Products issues corner-mount adaptor for Canon mini dome cameras

Locations such as police interview rooms, custody suites, secure mental hospitals and immigration centres make special demands of integrators with the twin challenges of ensuring maximum room coverage and factoring out possible ligature points for self-harm. With this in mind, ITS Products has released an “innovative” flush corner-mount adaptor for the Canon mini dome series that allows the cameras to be installed in environments where there’s a likelihood of physical attack.

The triangular design of the new unit, combined with Canon’s wide-angle lens, delivers “as complete a view of the room as possible” and “outperforms more traditional solutions” by eliminating the blind spot usually found immediately below the camera.

ITS Products is aware that there are no Europe-wide standards on performance of cameras in these circumstances but individual countries and organisations such as National Health Trusts, police services and border control forces impose stringent criteria on optical performance, flushness of mounting and resistance to impact.

The corner adaptor configured by ITS Products for Canon’s mini dome cameras

The corner adaptor configured by ITS Products for Canon’s mini dome cameras

In the UK, for example, the NPCC guidance on safe custodial detention emphasises the importance of designing out possible ligature points in any custody suite.

Installers working in high security environments will know that engineers are regularly accompanied on site by overseers to minimise the risk of tools being mislaid and appropriated by inmates. This is combined with laborious counting in and out of every item in an engineer’s toolbox.

The new adaptor is installed by fitting a mounting frame complete with an IP-rated seal in the corner of the room. The installation can be enhanced by using anti-pick mastic that further prevents any risk of ligature points. The normal outer cover of the dome is discarded so as not to produce a second lens effect while safeguarding Canon’s optical performance.

Installation is completed with three screws to secure the camera in place. Now fully integrated, the clamping bracket and dome are fitted back onto the front panel and located within the frame.

The whole installation process takes a matter of minutes which is a great advantage compared with traditional offerings in facilities that are occupied by vulnerable or potentially disruptive residents.

Appealing to facilities and risk managers

Installers will also appreciate that the mounting frame has a degree of flex which accommodates the fact that few corners form a perfect 90-degree angle.

The minimal requirement for tools will appeal to any facilities or risk manager securing a building where there is a potential for appropriation and misuse of tools by residents or inmates.

The corner unit’s dome and the camera itself remain concentric so the optical performance is not compromised and there is no change to the focal point if a PTZ camera is being used. The dome is certified to be optically correct even when used with cameras of up to 5 Megapixels.

ITS Products has anticipated the likelihood of casual vandalism and sustained physical attack on the unit by making the cast acrylic dome with a scratch-proof coating and the ability to withstand an impact specified by the IK10 rating.

Installers will be aware of the need for optically correct corner units for quality control in machine vision applications. There is also provision for an integrated audio system within the unit’s design which requires local power. A flying lead is supplied ready to connect directly to the mini dome.

Austin Freshwater, pro-imaging director for Canon UK, said: “At Canon, we strive to work with partners to develop solutions that meet specific industry needs. Our mini dome range offers customers superior image quality and functionality within compact and discreet designs. Partnering the camera with ITS provides a solution for use in demanding niche verticals that offers a greater angle of view and greater protection for end users.”

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Milestone Systems launches The Milestone Post website to share insights on IP Video

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has launched a new mini-website called The Milestone Post designed to host thought leadership articles for its global ecosystem of partners and customers.

The site will post blogs and other articles from the company’s own wealth of expertise and from its universe of stakeholders, the goal being to continue educating business people from a broad spectrum of industries about networked video monitoring in action, practical advice, trends, concepts and innovative visions.

Lead articles for the premier of The Milestone Post include ‘Recalibrating The Market’ by Keven Marier, Milestone’s director of large accounts, ‘The World Is Changing: Are You?’ by ISONAS CEO Rob Mossman and ‘Too Many Cooks Don’t Spoil The Pot’, which is written by consultant Paul Boucherle.

A blog by long-time Milestone Systems communications manager Courtney Pedersen entitled ‘It’s NOT a Wolf!’ describes the history and meaning of the popular Milestone Systems ‘mascot’ whose watchful eye has been used in the company’s worldwide branding since early on in 2004.

Thoughtful pieces reflecting the viewpoints from Milestone managers, partners, consultants, customers and industry journalists will be posted. These will describe interesting concepts, new ideas and emerging trends; share technology know-how, Best Practice and blueprints, air opinions or comments and encompass in-depth interviews.

Customer stories and partner project ‘lessons learned’ will provide useful knowledge for all kinds of implementations.

Karl Erik Traberg

Karl Erik Traberg

“Over 17 years now, Milestone Systems has built up a treasure trove of documented expertise in the field of IP video management software,” explained Karl Erik Traberg, head of corporate communications at Milestone Systems. “This intellectual capital has been presented separately in different security media over time but now, in The Milestone Post, has a home of its own acting as a convenient central repository for easy access by all of our stakeholders, both current and future.”

Traberg added: “Highlighting the expertise in our universe of partners and customers is integral to our open business model and vision. Our goal is to generate insights that inform our thinking, add value to our efforts and help shape the world in which we operate.”

Milestone Systems boasts a worldwide ecosystem involving thousands of partners: distributors, system integrators, resellers and consultants who work with the company’s VMS to install video monitoring solutions.

The company’s open platform technology also enables unlimited combinations with many alliance partners who are third party manufacturers of cameras, storage devices and other systems. Thousands of customer installations have been achieved to date across every traditional business sector.

*Visit The Milestone Post

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‘Let’s Rebuild Nepal’: A ‘Call to Action’ from The Different Travel Company and Risk UK

Sarah Burgess – the wife of Samsung Techwin account manager Colin Burgess – is behind The Different Travel Company’s organisation of a special trip designed to assist the surviving victims of last April’s earthquake in Nepal. Brian Sims outlines the plans in place and urges the readers of Risk UK to assist in any way they can.

Back in April this year, Nepal was hit by an enormous earthquake measured on a magnitude of 7.8. The quake took over 8,000 lives while tens of thousands of others were seriously injured. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes. Avalanches were triggered and shops and businesses decimated. A few weeks later, a major aftershock dealt another blow to the country, killing and injuring hundreds more.

For nearly a decade now, The Different Travel Company has been operating trips to Nepal, an enchanting country that never fails to leave a deep impression on all those who visit. Now, in Nepal’s hour of need, The Different Travel Company is massively keen to help support the Nepalese people in their efforts to rebuild their lives and would like to invite you, the readers of Risk UK, to help the business help Nepal.

“We’re looking for at least ten people to join us to build one or more houses in a community in the Kathmandu valley,” said Sarah Burgess, owner of The Different Travel Company. “After the earthquake, many houses had to be totally demolished as the damage was so severe renovation wasn’t possible. To enable families to be rehoused safely and as quickly as possible, a method has been developed which uses a metal structure rather than brick walls. These are fast to construct, low cost and are more durable against flooding or further earthquakes. We’re hoping for the team that travels to be able to build at least one house in five days. Put simply, the more people who are involved, the more impact we can have.”

Burgess continued: “The money you pay for the trip will cover the actual costs of your visit such as flights, airport transfers, accommodation, meals and building project materials plus administration costs and support both here in the UK and locally. Any remaining funds after these costs are covered will be donated to the local community to continue the relief work in the area. A land-only, or no flight price is available on request and extensions to your stay may be possible.”

The Itinerary

Day 1-2 (Thursday 26 November-Friday 27 November 2015): London to Kathmandu
Depart for Kathmandu on an overnight flight (via a Middle East or Asian hub). Upon arrival in Kathmandu the following day you will be transferred to a central hotel. Depending on flight times there may be an opportunity for you to explore the local area before gathering together to meet the local team. There will also be a Welcome Dinner.

Day 3 (Saturday 28 November 2015): Kathmandu Project
After breakfast, there’ll be a drive to the location of the build project where the camp will be set up for the next five days. Once camp is set up, it will be time to meet the local community and have a briefing on the days to follow.

Days 4-8 (Sunday 29 November-Thursday 3 December 2015): Kathmandu Project
The next five full days will be spent building a house for a family affected by the earthquake.

Day 9 (Friday 4 December 2015): Kathmandu Project
This day will be spent putting the finishing touches to the house build and saying ‘Farewell’ before returning to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is at leisure for sightseeing and souvenir shopping, which will not only help support the local economy but also serve as a great reminder of the trip.

Day 10 (Saturday 5 December 2015): Kathmandu
A full day of leisure in Kathmandu before a farewell dinner.

Day 11 (Sunday 6 December 2015): Kathmandu to London
Transfer to the airport for the flight home (via a Middle East or Asian hub), possibly arriving the next morning depending on flight schedules.

NB: The day-to-day schedule is of course subject to weather, general conditions and the progress of the group. While The Different Travel Company doesn’t anticipate any changes to the itinerary, the business cannot be held responsible for changes made due to unexpected circumstances. Ultimately, the Health and Safety of all travelling group members takes priority in every circumstance.

The total cost of the trip per person is £1,650.

What’s included in the cost of the trip

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Local transfers and transport in Nepal
  • Three nights’ accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel
  • Tents during the project
  • Camp shower and toilet facilities
  • Expert English-speaking local guides
  • Building support staff
  • Project materials
  • All meals as per the itinerary

What’s not included in the cost of the trip

  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Spending money
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal Visa (currently these cost $25 per person for British citizens)
  • Carbon emission offsetting

*For further information access The Different Travel Company’s website, telephone 07881 698623 or send an e-mail to: info@different-travel.com

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