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Graeme Powell Marketing wins Finest Security/Technical PR Consultancy Award 2016

Graeme Powell Marketing (GPM), the security industry-focused PR and marketing specialist, has been awarded Finest Security/Technical PR Consultancy Award 2016 at the prestigious Corporate Vision European Business Awards. 

Launched to shine a spotlight on the ongoing work of companies of all sizes and within all sectors across the continent, the Corporate Vision European Business Awards identify the most respected companies and rewards their outstanding success.

Based 100% on merit and a reflection of those businesses and people currently making an impact in their industry, after much deliberation and a process involving industry research, analysis and vote counting, GPM won the Finest Security/Technical PR Consultancy Award 2016 in the marketing sector.

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“Successful businesses need to build strong brands and effective customer relationships, which is why timely and relevant communication across a whole range of hard copy and digital media is such a vital cog in any ambitious company’s machinery,” expplained Graeme Powell, director of PR and marketing services at GPM.

“GPM’s fully-integrated PR and marketing support is fulfilled by a team of highly dedicated and knowledgeable individuals who are committed to communicating our customers’ offer in the most imaginative and effective ways possible. I’m very proud of the achievement and the recognition that this European Business Award brings to the hard working team at GPM.”

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Wavestore moves to integrate VMS with Paxton Net2 access control solution

Wavestore’s open platform Video Management Software (VMS) has been successfully integrated with Paxton’s Net2 access control system.

“In simple terms, the integration of Paxton Net2 with our VMS ensures that operators can instantly view live or recorded video to visually verify access control events,” said Enrico Bizzaro, head of integrations at Wavestore. “However, our respective engineering teams have worked closely together to achieve a level of functionality that delivers what we believe is the ‘Best of Breed’ solution for video, data and access control management.”

Net2 is a PC-based access control solution which offers centralised administration and control of sites from single to hundreds of doors and with up to 50,000 users. It can be easily customised to set up access privileges accommodating groups or individuals, while event reports may be generated with just a few clicks.

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High level of technology interaction

“With an increasing number of access control and video surveillance systems being specified for the same projects, end users are understandably looking for a high level of interaction between the two technologies in order to provide a complete solution,” continued Bizzaro. “With this in mind, and working in partnership with Paxton, we’re able to offer a solution that provides two-way communication between the respective systems. This enables, for example, doors to be locked and unlocked remotely via Wavestore’s WaveView client application for seamless operation.”

Wavestore’s ‘any video, any format’ philosophy sees its VMS support all leading camera vendors across multiple camera technologies. These include very high megapixel, Ultra HD, 4K, HD, 360° fisheye, thermal and analogue cameras operating on H.264, MJPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MxPEG and JPEG200 video formats.

Wavestore can also integrate a host of other devices and sensors into its VMS, in turn allowing operators to simultaneously view, control and manage live video, recorded footage and integrated devices all from one screen and all at the same time to create a fully scalable and powerful total security solution.

Searching for access events

Other key features of the integration include the ability to easily search for access control events from any keyword, such as a person’s first name, surname or any other database credentials and instantly bring up video as well as perform back-up procedures using Wavestore’s three-click evidential export function from associated cameras.

There’s also the ability to view video of events in real time, such as ‘access denied’. Thanks to the Wavestore rules engine, end users are able to configure any number of customised actions in response to trigger events, such as when a person of interest presents a token to a specific door reader.

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Urmet provides bespoke access solution at former foreign missionary college in London

Urmet’s IPervoice video entry and access control solution has been installed at St Joseph’s Gate, an apartment complex located at a former foreign missionary college in Mill Hill, London.

The system was chosen for the redevelopment of the Berkeley Group’s site due to its simple installation process and the ability of Urmet products to blend in with the Grade II-listed architecture present at the location.

Residents and visitors benefit from Urmet’s digital video door entry panels which communicate with touchscreen iModo monitors inside the apartments. The Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) external panels are Urmet’s Elekta Glass units, housed in a design that has minimal visual impact on the building.

St Joseph’s Gate is an apartment complex located at a former foreign missionary college in Mill Hill, London

St Joseph’s Gate is an apartment complex located at a former foreign missionary college in Mill Hill, London

IPervoice has been installed across the whole location, with its server connected to a dedicated LAN that routes all communication between the external and internal devices supplied by Urmet. This solution has produced cost-savings for the property management client and is also a ‘green’ approach since only one LAN is required for both access control and video entry.

The iModo monitors make no dedicated cable infrastructure demands and are simply integrated with general network cable.

Access control is managed by Urmet’s PC-based concierge switchboard software, with an intuitive wizard simplifying day-to-day operation. Residents at St Joseph’s Gate use proximity key fob tokens with car owners also using RF cards. The site manager operating the switchboard is presented with simple screen menu options to search for, add, delete and suspend tokens, as well as generate reports when required.

Urmet worked closely with the installation company to create bespoke pedestrian and vehicle posts for the entry panels, with the posts finished in a black powder coat to achieve the unobtrusive visual effect desired by the client.

Options for visitors to the site

Residents and visitors enter via a gatehouse, which is staffed by a concierge. An Urmet reader with RF capability allows long-range activation by residents while they are still in their vehicles. Visitors have the choice of making a call directly to an apartment from the post-mounted video entry panels or via the concierge’s switchboard.

Occupants answer calls at the entry panels and communicate with visitors using iModo 7” touchscreen monitors within their apartments. The role of the monitors extends well beyond these functions. Optimising the lifestyle of people living at locations employing Urmet’s access control is one of the company’s core objectives. Residents benefit enormously from an ‘away mode’ that allows them to receive calls made to the monitors on their smart phones and tablets when they are off-site. Families are even able to use this feature on up to four devices.

The iModo can also record a message, which is then played to visitors at the external entry panel when the resident is away or simply doesn’t want to be disturbed.

Being server-based, the IPervoice system conducts live status sampling on the health of network devices. Network alarms are displayed on the concierge switchboard software with diagnostics presented in real-time for local or remote viewing.

Mark Hagger, Urmet’s sales and marketing director, said: “An unusual feature of this project is that all of the entry panels at St Joseph’s Place are post-mounted. The building dates from Victorian times and is in the Jacobean style. This meant that the visual appeal of the exterior could not be compromised. We have successfully delivered numerous projects for the Berkeley Group on previous occasions, although mainly for new-build projects. Consequently, this restoration project was both interesting and challenging. It’s certainly one that we are proud to have been involved in.”

In Greater London alone, Urmet equipment has been specified for residential projects including Chelsea Creek, 375 Kensington High Street, Cobalt Place (Battersea Village), One Tower Bridge, Fulham Reach, Goodman’s Fields and the former Walthamstow Stadium.

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