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360 Vision Technology extends VMS control with Digifort integration

360 Vision Technology – the UK manufacturer of rugged HD PTZ, radar and thermal imaging cameras – has announced a technical partnership designed to provide full systems integration with Digifort’s IP-based VMS solution.

Competitively priced and with no ongoing licence costs, the Digifort IP VMS software platform offers high-quality video monitoring and management combined with flexible and secure RAID video storage to suit any size of video surveillance project. In addition, the Digifort VMS can be upgraded to include analytics, LPR, facial recognition, Point of Sale and access control functionality.

Offering fast and simple set-up, the Digifort VMS now includes comprehensive camera SDK integration to the full range of 360 Vision Technology surveillance cameras. Full camera menu and set-up functionality is provided, including PTZ, camera iris and focus control, wash/wipe and auxiliary switching for built-in long-range IR and/or white light LED illumination.

Harnessing the power of network infrastructure, the Digifort VMS and 360 Vision Technology’s camera control can be used to deliver a high-performance, end-to-end surveillance solution for traffic monitoring, border control, public space surveillance, retail security, management and Health and Safety monitoring applications.

“It’s great to be working with, and harnessing, the powerful surveillance capability of a UK camera manufacturer,” enthused Nick Bowden, managing director at the Security Buying Group, Digifort’s UK and Ireland representative. “With the 360 Vision Technology camera range fully integrated into our IP VMS, simple device set-up and user-friendly operation is guaranteed. This will greatly enhance the user experience and maximise system performance.”

Sara Fisher, sales director at 360 Vision Technology, responded: “We’ve worked on a number of significant projects in conjunction with Digifort and customers have been very pleased with the performance of the integrated end-to-end solution. Digifort’s VMS solution makes for a perfect partnership with our range of industrial PTZ cameras.”

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360 Vision Technology joins Zitko Talent training programme to impart surveillance-focused expertise

360 Vision Technology – the UK manufacturer of rugged HD, radar and thermal imaging PTZ cameras – has now entered into an enhanced partnership with Zitko and its Talent Programme (a growing alliance of tech providers, educators and manufacturers, all of whom are dedicated to attracting and developing the next generation of fire and security engineers).

With regard to developing and deploying CCTV technologies for the most demanding security requirements and physical conditions, Zitko Talent’s course content will draw on 360 Vision Technology’s expertise in the field of surveillance camera and detection technology.

360 Vision Technology will be running generic course modules on CCTV theory, applications and system design considerations, as well as providing certified product training to Zitko Talent trainee engineers working with their products.

The partnership is active immediately and comes as Zitko Talent welcomes its first quarterly intake of trainees. These include graduates, career changers and experienced engineers entering from other industries.

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“I’ve worked with Zitko to resource engineering positions for several years now and we’re very pleased to be supporting its new Talent initiative,” enthused Sara Fisher, sales director at 360 Vision Technology. “Developing new talent is the only way in which to solve the looming technical skills shortage and we’re determined to give trainees the strongest possible grounding in CCTV. We’re really looking forward to working with our colleagues across the industry with a view towards making the programme a resounding success.”

George Zitko, managing director at Zitko Consulting, responded: “Manufacturers can play an immense role in developing the next generation of fire and security engineers and it’s terrific to have 360 Vision Technology on board. I cannot think of a better and more innovative company to lead on the subject of CCTV education. The business has a formidable technical team and an outstanding track record having delivered some of the most challenging CCTV solutions seen anywhere in the world. Welcoming them to the initiative is another major milestone for Zitko Talent.”

*For more details about the Zitko Talent Programme visit https://www.zitko.co.uk/divisions/talent

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360 Vision Technology continues commitment to customer support with appointment of Craig Carton

360 Vision Technology, the UK manufacturer of rugged PTZ and thermal imaging cameras, has announced the appointment of Craig Carton in the role of customer support manager.

Carton brings a wealth of experience in customer support to the role gained across a wide variety of telecommunications applications. Alongside his passion for technology, Carton’s specialist knowledge of systems and infrastructure networks is set to further strengthen 360 Vision’s ever-increasing commitment to in-depth customer support.

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“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to start my new role with a leader in the security sector,” explained Carton. “I have a huge passion for technology having gained great experience across a variety of sectors, including gaming, retail, hospitality and leisure. I’m now looking forward to supporting 360 Vision Technology customers and being part of their journey in experiencing the outstanding service for which the business is renowned.”

Mark Rees, managing director at 360 Vision Technology, informed Security Matters: “We’re extremely happy to have someone of Craig’s calibre on board in this new and significant role within the business. Craig and his team will be the main post-sales contact for our varied customer base, providing all levels of technical support, including installation training and configuration assistance.” Rees added: “Our continued commitment to customer support is at the very heart of 360 Vision, and Craig’s enthusiasm and industry understanding makes him not only the perfect fit for the team, but also a fantastic interface for our customers across all areas of the business.”

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360 Vision Technology appoints Christianne McMillen in sales and marketing executive’s role

360 Vision Technology, the UK manufacturer of rugged PTZ and thermal imaging cameras, has further expanded its sales team with the appointment of Christianne McMillen in the role of sales and marketing executive.

McMillen, who began her security sales career at Norbain, is extremely well-known in the industry and joins the business with an enviable background in senior sales team management, most recently at Mayflex, where she led the internal sales teams to deliver multi-million pound growth year-on-year.  

McMillen joins fellow new recruit Effie-Mae Sims as part of the internal sales team at 360 Vision Technology.

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“I’m excited to be joining the 360 Vision Technology team,” explained McMillen.  “After nearly 15 years in the security industry, primarily in distribution, I believe that joining this UK manufacturer is a fantastic opportunity. The company’s values and approach were an extremely important part of my decision to join 360 Vision Technology. I hope my experience in sales and account management across the security disciplines will help me to provide the business with both a good perspective and committed approach to ensuring Best-in-Class customer engagement.”

Commenting on the news, Sara Fisher (360 Vision Technology’s sales director) said: “It’s a privilege to be welcoming someone with Christianne’s calibre and sales experience into the team. On a personal level, I have huge admiration for Christianne’s achievements in the industry to date and I cannot wait to see the contribution and impact she will make in the coming weeks and months. This significant recruitment is part of a brand new sales initiative for us and the starting point for the next phase of our ambitious growth plans.”

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360 Vision Technology realises “unrivalled” low power capability on new generation of rugged PTZ cameras

360 Vision Technology has announced the launch of a new generation of its Predator and Invictus PTZ cameras with some exciting features, including a significant reduction in power requirements.

Attributed to an increase in demand for remote and ‘off-grid’ site surveillance both here in the UK and overseas, 360 Vision Technology has released a new ‘low power mode’ feature which reduces camera power draw to 12 W when idle and a maximum of 50 W at full load (Invictus range), with simultaneous PTZ control and Infrared lighting. 

Sara Fisher, business development director at 360 Vision Technology, explained to Security Matters: “In recent times, the demand for remote site surveillance has been on the increase, particularly so in those locations where there is no localised power available and renewable or alternative energy sources are the only option. Obviously, in these scenarios keeping power requirements of the camera to a minimum is a crucial factor in being able to maintain system operation. Our development team has really stepped up to the challenge and the result is that we now have the most energy efficient ruggedised PTZ cameras on the market.”

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Other new features available include the ‘attack detect with base scan’. On taking an impact from a vehicle or perpetrator, this allows the camera to gain a 360-degree view of the base of the pole before reconfiguring automatically to the home position, thereby allowing the potential identification of the ‘attacker’.

360 Vision Technology’s expansive client base, which includes local authorities, Critical National Infrastructure sites and numerous other public sector agencies, will be able to benefit significantly from these developments on new installations.

Fisher added: “By far the most significant spin-off benefit to the increased power efficiency is a substantial reduction in lifetime running costs.  On a 100-camera system, our clients could save as much as £18,700 in energy costs and, in turn, reduce their carbon footprint by 37 tonnes over a five-year period when compared to the closest equivalent camera models on the market. That’s a compelling return on investment.”

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360 Vision Technology “leads the way” in high security, CAPSS-approved cyber security

360 Vision Technology has announced that its ruggedised PTZ surveillance cameras are now the only camera product in the sector to be Cyber Assurance of Physical Security Systems (CAPSS) approved by way of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), as well as being ISO 27001 compliant.

In addition to advanced built-in cyber security capable of protection against the very real threats faced by surveillance system operators, 360 Vision Technology boasts an enviable track record in delivering specialist camera solutions designed to meet with specific customer and application-driven requirements.

This product engineering flexibility, coupled with high security protection, has paid real dividends, with significant sales and specification of the firm’s cameras for high-profile Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) projects.

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“360 Vision has worked very hard to be ahead of the game in the vital area of system security,” said Mark Rees, managing director at 360 Vision Technology. “We recognised some time ago that robust cyber security would become a determining factor in the selection of camera technology for CNI and other high-security applications, so our team of software developers was briefed to ensure that these threats can be averted.”

Rees added: “As a UK-based surveillance camera manufacturer, we’re extremely adept at responding to customer requirements, which has resulted in some very exciting product deployments. Today, 360 Vision finds itself in an enviable position in the security camera market, whereby system designers and end users looking to fulfil product performance flexibility and high security applications are choosing the company as their ‘go to’ camera technology partner.”

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360 Vision Technology appoints Sara Fisher as business development director

360 Vision Technology, the UK CCTV company, has announced the appointment of Sara Fisher to the role of business development director.

Formerly sales and marketing director at AMG Systems with full responsibility for driving sales and marketing activities, Fisher’s new role will be geared to supporting end users, system integrators and security consultants in the ITS, local authority and oil and gas sectors within the UK and across international regions.

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Sara Fisher

“Having worked with Mark Rees and the team for a number of years, I’m extremely excited to be taking on this new position,” enthused Fisher. “I’ve admired 360 Vision Technology’s innovative and high-performance camera and lighting technologies for some time now and cannot wait to start promoting another great British brand. Primarily, my aim will be to increase 360 Vision Technology’s global presence across a number of key market sectors.”

Rees stated: “Supporting the company’s continued growth plan, we welcome Sara as an excellent addition to the 360 Vison Technology team. Having worked with Sara in a technology partnership with her previous company, it was clear that her experience and tenacity was aligned with our own company’s ethos and aspirations. Sara’s role is set to lead us into new sectors, as well as strengthen those in which we’re already making inroads. I’m thrilled to have someone of Sara’s calibre and experience joining the team.”

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360 Vision Technology showcases low power consumption and hybrid camera ranges at Global MSC Conference 2019

UK-based CCTV manufacturer 360 Vision Technology will be showing its latest range of high-performance surveillance cameras at the Global MSC Conference and Exhibition 2019, which runs at The Bristol Hotel in Bristol from 11-12 November. Risk Xtra is the Official Media Partner for the event.

Helping CCTV system operators to reduce their carbon footprint and cost of ownership, 360 Vision Technology will be showing its latest range of low power consumption surveillance cameras that offer greater energy savings, allied to lower running costs.

“On larger projects, the latest ranges of Predator and Invictus PTZ cameras deliver tangible savings on energy and a reduction in associated pollution, offering significant advantages over camera alternatives from the Far East,” explained Adrian Kirk, strategic account director at 360 Vision Technology, in conversation with Risk Xtra. “Featuring a host of performance and user-centric operational benefits, the highly competitive all-in-one Invictus PTZ camera is already a popular choice for local authority system upgrades as customers look at total cost of ownership and viable solutions to help them meet their carbon footprint reduction goals.”

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‘Attack Detect’ feature

Meeting the demand for CCTV cameras deployed roadside to be ‘fit for purpose’, on show in Bristol will be 360 Vision Technology’s cameras featuring accurate self-calibrating direct drive pan and tilt mechanisms with a novel ‘Attack Detect’ feature. The latter protects the camera from an increase in camera load (such as the camera being struck by an object). On detection, the camera runs an automated ‘self-check’ diagnostic routine and returns the camera head to its last known position prior to impact.

“Public space CCTV and cameras securing perimeters typically operate adjacent to roads with a heightened risk of impact from vehicles, be it accidentally or maliciously,” continued Kirk. “Installing 360 Vision Technology’s ruggedised cameras featuring ‘Attack Detect’ into those locations provides end user customers with a fit for purpose ‘Rugged at the Roadside’ solution that ensures continued surveillance performance even when cameras are under attack.”

Supporting analogue systems

Supporting the needs of customers operating analogue-based CCTV systems, 360 Vision Technology will also be showing its range of ‘Hybrid’ analogue/digital cameras. “Comprising a high-performance mono/colour analogue camera with a combined HD-ready digital output, these cameras can be used to replace or supplement existing analogue PTZ cameras,” outlined Kirk. “Providing true future-proof functionality, they also support any transition to IP networks, with their HD digital output available at the flick of a switch.”

360 Vision Technology is inviting Global MSC Conference delegates to find out more about how the company’s low-power consumption analogue, HD, thermal, radar and wireless CCTV camera models can help them to save on operational costs, while at the same time delivering high-performance surveillance solutions on site.

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360 Vision Technology supports Help for Heroes charity with £6,000 donation

In a move made out of the desire to make a real difference to the lives of military personnel who have sustained injuries and illness attributed to their service in the British Armed Forces, UK CCTV solutions developer 360 Vision Technology has recently donated £6,000 to the Help for Heroes charity.

The manufacturer of a range of ruggedised PTZ surveillance cameras, 360 Vision Technology handed over an initial cheque to Help for Heroes’ area fundraising manager for the North West, Trevor Fudger, at the company’s Cheshire-based manufacturing facility and headquarters.

Commenting on the donation, Adrian Kirk (strategic account director at 360 Vision Technology) said: “When we launched the Invictus Ultra Low Light HD PTZ camera, the company decided to make a contribution to the charity based on camera sales to help support military service people, who in turn, over the years have been major users ofour video surveillance products. Handing over the first cheque was a tremendously proud moment for us all at 360 Vision Technology, and the proudest moment of my career.”

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Kirk added: “Some of our staff have family members currently in service, while our chairman’s father flew Spitfires in World War II, so it felt like a natural fit for us to support serving personnel, veterans and their family members. We’re hoping that other UK businesses will help the charity, too, as it really does make a major difference to people’s lives.”

Since Help for Heroes was founded in 2007, it has supported over 21,000 individuals. This support is enabled in a variety of ways, from welfare advice and psychological support through to new career and fellowship opportunities (for both the wounded and their loved ones) and courses and activities designed to benefit physical and mental well-being. Much of this support is available at the Charity’s four Recovery Centres.

Trevor Fudger commented:  “When signing up to the Armed Forces, individuals make a promise to protect our country. In return, Help for Heroes makes a commitment to support the wounded and their families whenever they need us. To enable us to do that, we need the help of the public and of organisations like 360 Vision Technology, whom we cannot thank enough for their generous donation.”

360 Vision Technology will continue its support for Help for Heroes with another donation based on Invictus camera product sales earmarked for this summer.

*For further information on making donations to Help for Heroes visit: https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/give-support/

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360 Vision Technology’s established Invictus PTZ cameras enlisted to protect Super Bowl LIII

Super Bowl LIII was safeguarded by 360 Vision Technology’s ruggedised Hybrid Invictus PTZ cameras. These were deployed as part of Security Centres International’s high-performance Mobile Advanced Safety Tower (MAST) rapid deployment camera solution.

In all, ten MAST units were deployed in various areas surrounding the brand new, state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

With over one million fans expected to focus on the Super Bowl and the ten-day Fan Festival, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) was keen to complement the existing CCTV networks around the ground as well as mass transit point footfall areas, such as bus and rail stations.

Stuart Bostock, executive group president at Security Centres International, explained: “Featuring world-class HD surveillance imaging, leading-edge design, robustness, zero infrastructure requirements and seamless VMS integration, MAST is the only product of its kind that would readily integrate into the existing CCTV infrastructure. Additionally, MAST benefits from a significantly smaller footprint than similar trailer-based, stand-alone surveillance systems.”

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Bostock went on to comment: “MAST has been developed to answer the need for a more sophisticated and flexible surveillance system for infrastructure and public space safety, including large crowd gatherings. MAST combines a rapidly deployable unit with some of the most advanced safety and surveillance technology available. This is why we selected 360 Vision Technology’s Invictus camera for its core imaging technology.”

Mark Rees, managing director of 360 Vision Technology, added: “360 Vision Technology’s Invictus is a high-performance, ruggedised all-in-one PTZ camera with Full 1080P HD and ultra low-light camera technology, making it the perfect choice for off-grid temporary/rapid deployment mobile surveillance rigs such as MAST. Additionally, Invictus’ low power consumption greatly assists the longevity of critical battery power when deployed in the field, extending MAST’s operational performance for deployment in more remote applications.”

Rees concluded: “The Invictus camera’s unparalleled mix of competitive cost and advanced Predator low-light camera imaging technology makes it the perfect imaging component for the innovative MAST system.”

The use of the MAST units integrated to the existing fixed camera points during Super Bowl LIII week proved a huge success with HD images transmitted to the MARTA Emergency Operations Centre via a mobile network. Thanks to the high quality of the images received, system operators were able to identify and tackle a number of incidents, including a vehicle theft.

Additionally, the images were also used to predict areas of dense footfall, tackle crowd control safety issues and manage general Health and Safety concerns.

The deployment of the Invictus-based camera system at Super Bowl LIII proved such a success that plans are already in place for deployment at other large-scale US sporting events (including the NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship in 2020) and also for city centre deployment across Atlanta.

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