Daily Archives: 15/09/2015

DVS and Lantec Security enhance Sand Martins Golf Club surveillance system with Hikvision technology

Video surveillance solutions developer Hikvision and systems installer Lantec Security have recently completed an upgrade project at the prestigious Sand Martins Golf Club in Surrey with assistance from Hikvision’s UK distributor DVS.

The Sand Martins Golf Club is located near Wokingham and, only recently, the management team decided it was time to upgrade the club’s existing standard definition analogue surveillance system.

Given that the course is spread across many acres of land, CCTV is paramount for the security and smooth running of the location. Steve Lane of Lantec Security headed up the installation project for the new surveillance system, all the while working closely with DVS. A full HD system has been designed and implemented using Hikvision surveillance solutions.

The project consists of 16 Hikvision Full HD cameras, among them vandal-resistant IR domes, bullet cameras and even a newly-released Lightfighter model installed to watch over the club’s grounds.

Hikvision’s ANPR system is employed in the car park, recording the number of every vehicle that enters the compound. The large field of view on the ANPR solution means that it can also serve as a general overview system.

The installation even boasts an auto tracking dome on the 18th hole that streams live images directly into the clubhouse.

End-to-end solution

“We decided to choose a Hikvision system as the user interface is ideal,” explained Steve Lane. “Using Hikvision’s products also allowed us to provide an end-to-end solution covering ANPR, internal areas and the retail space at the club while providing an auto tracking dome which helps with player traffic in addition to general security around the clubhouse.”

Lane added: “The 3 Megapixel picture quality rendered by the cameras on site represents a massive improvement on the original analogue system. The end result will be a great help on any future incidents due to the superior image quality that’s now rendered.”

In conclusion, Lane told Risk UK: “DVS was very helpful in assisting with the design of the security infrastructure.”

Andrew Hall, a PGA professional at Sand Martins Golf Club and overseer of the new security installation, commented: “The system is extremely sophisticated and much more user friendly than the previous one. It’s now very quick and easy for us to search for any footage we need. The ability to view images from a mobile device is also fantastic. Those images are very clear, which is so important when there are any issues to be resolved.”

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Dycon Power Solutions launches “innovative” security power supply for use in plastic housings

Dycon Power Solutions has launched the XLo range featuring a “revolutionary” new power technology that’s designed to offer reliable, battery backed-up, switched-mode power supplies for use in today’s increasingly popular plastic housings.

Manufacturers of electronic products are keen to harness the benefits that modern plastic housings can bring but, too often, these offer little or no barrier to EMC emissions. In order to comply with EN 55022 Class B and other designated safety standards, they’re forced to rely on conventional metal-boxed or metal-shielded Power Supply Units (PSUs).

Dycon Power Solutions has now developed an XLo PSU that effectively dissipates most extraneous RF signals, in turn “dramatically reducing EMC emissions” while still delivering a full 3 Amp output at >85% efficiency and with battery back-up facilities.

All PSUs have been thoroughly tested to EN 55022 Class B (and other relevant safety standards) at an approved Class 5 Test House. Further tests were conducted for transients including 1 KV fast transients and 2 KV slow high energy transient. Such tests are designed to check if the board would break down under such severe stress conditions.

The XLo power board passed the tests and, indeed, exceeded all these requirements.

Dycon’s new XLo power boards deliver 12 V DC 1, 3 or 5 Amps power at >85% efficiency. They don’t require any expensive metal shielding and can be used as they are. They’re significantly flatter and, as they have no bulky transformers or metal screen around them, can be easily incorporated into other electronic devices.

Now, a combined unit doesn’t need to be contained in a metal housing. It can be fitted into much smaller, flatter and customised plastic box. This can also reduce the amount of interconnecting cable (which can be another source of EMC interference).

XLo technology will prove invaluable to developers and manufacturers who want to ensure that EMC emissions from power supplies don’t interfere with the operation of their products and yet remain flat enough to be successfully incorporated within new plastic housings.

*Dycon Power Solutions is offering a free design advisory service for product developers and manufacturers wishing to incorporate XLo power technology into their new products

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Tyco partners with ASSA Abloy Access Control to enhance C•CURE 9000 security and event management system

Tyco has partnered with ASSA Abloy Access Control – a UK division of ASSA Abloy – to enhance its C•CURE 9000 security and event management system.

ASSA Abloy Access Control’s latest Aperio wireless cylinders, PINpad escutcheon and L100 – dubbed the “world’s first complete wireless security lock” – have all been integrated within the latest Software House access control system.

Aperio is designed to upgrade mechanically locked doors and wirelessly connect them online and to new or existing access control systems. With minimal modification to doors and premises; Aperio offers a “cost-effective and simple” security upgrade solution for end users. 

ASSA Abloy'S Aperio L100 access control solution for end users

ASSA Abloy’S Aperio L100 access control solution for end users

Rafael Schrijvers, product marketing manager for the EMEA region at Tyco Security Products, told Risk UK: “Our C•CURE 9000 system is one of the industry’s most powerful and flexible security management solutions, allowing end users to monitor events and manage their personnel.”

Schrijvers added: “Aperio is wireless and so avoids invasive cabling, allowing quick and easy installation that will not be intrusive. It’s a solution that’s ideal for installation within listed buildings and other heritage projects. We’ve already deployed the solution across a number of healthcare and education projects.”

Richard Hall, technical sales support manager at ASSA Abloy Access Control, said: “The integration of Aperio wireless technology brings added flexibility to the C•CURE 9000 system, allowing Tyco to extend wireless capability to any new or existing access control system without end users having to break the bank.”

*For further information on the complete Aperio product portfolio visit: www.assaasbloy.com/aperio

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Apollo Fire Detectors brought in to protect the priceless Archive of Serbia with XP95 solutions

For any building that’s both a historical monument and houses millions of records – most of them on paper – it stands to reason that fire protection is of the utmost importance. This is very much the case at the Archive of Serbia, where Apollo Fire Detectors has been brought in to provide a robust solution.

Fires in libraries and archives cause two types of damage: material loss of the collections (and perhaps the building) and what might be termed social damage.

Indeed, society has suffered some extraordinary losses from ancient times to the present, from the fire at the Alexandria Library to the fire at the Library of the Academy of Sciences in the former Soviet Union.

Archives cannot be replaced. Once they’ve been destroyed, they are lost forever.

Opened in 1900, the Archive of Serbia is the country’s national archive. Located in Belgrade, the current building was dedicated in 1928 to house and protect documents and other materials produced by state bodies and organisations of Serbia before 1918, as well as documents produced during and after World War II.

Although the National Archive was heavily damaged during the latter conflict, the archives still hold a large amount of information dating back to early medieval times. Over ten kilometres worth of historical records, in fact, housed within 972 archives and representing 51 collections.

By definition, archives contain highly combustible materials like paper and cardboard. Tightly packed shelves positioned closely together accelerate the progress of any fire and even small amounts of smoke and soot can damage ancient and valuable documents. Water which is used to extinguish any fire can also cause a great deal of damage.

To avoid as much damage as possible, early warning fire detection is an absolute essential.

Designing the fire protection system

When called in to design, install and commission a new fire protection system for the Archive of Serbia, Apollo Fire Detector’s business partner TVI Ltd in Belgrade specified Apollo’s XP95 optical smoke detectors and XP95 heat detectors.

Vladimir Zrnić from TVI said: “Designing a fire detection system for the Archive of Serbia was challenging and interesting at the same time. We knew that the air would not be completely clear and that rising temperatures had to be detected extremely early to avoid fire spreading rapidly as it would in a room filled with very old, and therefore very dry paper.”

Zrnić continued: “XP95 heat detectors monitor temperature by using a single thermistor which provides a count output proportional to the external air temperature. The standard heat detector will report an alarm at a temperature as low as 55 degrees Celsius, whereas the XP95 optical smoke detector works using the light scatter principle and is ideal for applications where slow-burning or smouldering fires are likely. Both are ideally suited for this project.”

Overall, more than 80 devices have been installed covering ten software zones in the four-storey building. Fire suppression systems cover three floors of the structure which boasts an overall floor space of five thousand square metres.

Special considerations to be taken into account included the above average dust levels and very high ceilings. In combination with heating and ventilation systems, which can cause stratification, high rooms can be challenging spaces for fire detection systems. Large numbers of high shelves are potential obstacles that could delay the detection of fire and smoke so system designers need to bear this in mind.

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March Networks introduces “world’s first” self-contained HDR surveillance camera for banking ATMs

Intelligent IP video solutions developer March Networks has introduced the MegaPX ATM camera. The MegaPX is believed to be the security sector’s first self-contained, covert IP camera with High Dynamic Range (HDR) image clarity.

Purpose-built for easy installation in leading ATMs, the camera captures highly-detailed video in all lighting conditions, enabling banking investigators and the police to clearly identify faces and other distinguishing features.

The new models are ONVIF Profile S compliant and can be deployed seamlessly to provide the high quality ATM video evidence many financial institutions are seeking to fill a gap in their complete banking surveillance solution.

March Networks' Mega PXATM camera

March Networks’ MegaPX ATM camera

“While ATM-related fraud incidents fell last year, related losses and losses through both skimming and ATM physical attacks have increased in Europe* so banking organisations are relying more heavily than ever on IP video technologies that can provide clear video evidence to accelerate investigations,” explained Net Payne, chief marketing officer at March Networks. “This new camera offers financial institutions a way of capturing better video at ATMs and advances an area of the banking surveillance ecosystem which, until now, has not kept pace with technology improvements.”

The MegaPX ATM camera combines HDR and “exceptional” low-light performance to capture clear video in high contrast lighting, such as the direct sunlight and near-dark conditions that ATM’s can be located in at different times of the day.

Available with a 2.8 mm standard lens or 3.7 mm pinhole lens, the camera’s wide field of view records ATM users from the waist up rather than just capturing faces to provide more comprehensive video evidence. In addition, an innovative feature auto-corrects images recorded behind the tinted glass enclosures present in many of today’s ATMs.

Distinct from other covert cameras with separate sensor units, the MegaPX ATM models combine all components in a single housing measuring just 2.2 x 2.3 x 2.7 inches (5.6 x 5.8 x 7 cm). This self-contained design speeds installation and eliminates typical cable wear and tear.

To prevent the cameras from shifting – a common issue caused by ATM doors being slammed during the daily cash vaulting process – the MegaPX ATM solution offers a choice of two mounting brackets that lock firmly into place. The robust locking mechanism ensures that the camera’s desired field of view is maintained and that images are not cut off or lost altogether.

Importantly, this feature saves financial institutions and their systems integrators valuable time and expense by eliminating continual service calls for onsite camera adjustments.

Making service calls even faster and more convenient, each MegaPX ATM camera is supplied with a unique QR code that technicians can scan with their mobile device using March Networks’ free GURU Smartphone Application. GURU automates typically time-consuming tasks such as determining a camera’s serial number, verifying its warranty status and completing online return forms.

The app also connects systems integrators with ‘How To’-style video tutorials, product manuals and convenient troubleshooting tools to help them work more efficiently and resolve camera issues onsite.

*Further information on the new MegaPX ATM cameras is available online at: www.marchnetworks.com.

*Source: EAST, European ATM Crime Report, April 2015

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Community cinema in Dulwich protected by Fire-Cryer Voice Sounders from Vimpex

The former St Thomas More Community Centre in East Dulwich, London is now home to a new three-screen cinema with a café-bar and a courtyard garden.

Refurbished in 2015, the East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café offers diverse programmes catering for all sections of the local community and is equipped with the latest digital and satellite technology, enabling live broadcasts of the best performing arts productions from around the world.

As part of the refurbishment project a new fire alarm system was installed, together with Vimpex’s EN 54-3 approved Multi-Message Fire-Cryer Plus Voice Sounders to ensure timely building evacuation in the event of fire.

The fire alarm system was designed and commissioned by Southern Fire Alarms in partnership with consultant LTS International and installed by DW Electrical.

Artist's impression of the East Dulwich Picturehouse Cinema

Artist’s impression of the East Dulwich Picturehouse Cinema

“There’s a high level of noise pollution in today’s modern building environment,” explained David Fell, sales director of Southern Fire Alarms. “Fire alarm bells, sirens, sounders, security alarms, public address systems and mobile ringtones are just some of the cacophony of noises that bombard building users on a daily basis. The confusion of tones means people can become complacent and ignore safety-critical alarms.”

Fell continued: “From experience, we know that the addition of unambiguous voice messages that are heard and understood vastly reduces this confusion. Fire-Cryer Voice Sounders deliver this as a very cost-effective solution when compared with standalone voice evacuation systems.”

A total of 35 Mini Fire-Cryer slimline base sounders have been installed under ceiling-mounted fire detectors in all parts of the building. The Mini Fire-Cryer provides an attractive and unobtrusive solution and is installed on a conventional two-wire sounder circuit.

A two-stage alarm strategy is deployed. Stage One alerts staff using flashing beacons and then, after a three-minute investigation delay, Stage Two initiates a full building evacuation aided by the Fire-Cryers with the fully-synchronised message: “Ladies and Gentlemen… In the interest of safety this building must be evacuated. Please leave immediately by the nearest exit. Staff will assist you.”

Other models in the Fire-Cryer range include wall mounted units with optional integral synchronised LED strobe as well as output versions for use in wide open spaces and outdoors.

Each voice sounder may be programmed with up to seven messages from a library of thousands, many of which are multi-lingual, ensuring that any site requirement can be fulfilled.

The Fire-Cryer’s multi-message capability also ensures that system test and ‘all clear’ messages can be easily transmitted, in turn avoiding confusion with the fire/evacuation alarm.

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