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ISM introduces Enterprise version of proven integrated security management system

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM), a leader in the design, development and manufacture of ISMS technology, has just launched an Enterprise version of the company’s proven Genesys integrated security management system (ISMS).

Already deployed within the Critical National Infrastructure sector, the new ISMS offers end users “unparalleled scale, redundancy and ease of use”.

As an enhancement of the existing Genesys2, the Enterprise version has been developed with the largest organisations in mind. Genesys is fully-scalable to manage and control multiple sites from a single Control Room (or even a single workstation) across a country, or even across continents. It features the most advanced levels of encryption to ensure network security, and is accredited to the highest standards of Government national infrastructure security.

Stephen Smith, managing director of ISM, believes that the extension of the Genesys range gives customers greater choice. “There have been a number of articles in the security press talking about PSIM companies starting to develop systems that go beyond the current solutions and moving to a federated architecture. With Genesys, we’re already there. Genesys Enterprise resolves those issues associated with the increasing geographical scope of clients, corporations, Governments and institutions, while also adhering to a multi-tiered hierarchy or ‘federated’ system here total control is centralised, but allows individual sites to maintain local control.”

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Smith added: “This new addition is ideally suited to those large organisations with multiple sites across multiple regions who might also want to ‘flex’ to accommodate further sites and geographies as their needs evolve. As this comes from the Genesys stable, existing users only have to upgrade from their existing version to Enterprise without the expense of a complete technology refresh.”

Multiple systems, multiple manufacturers

Crucially, the new development allows the integration of multiple systems from multiple manufacturers – all from one holistic integrated security system. Every electronic security or fire safety device from CCTV and intruder alarms through to electronic locking and Public Address can be monitored and controlled from a single platform, regardless of who made them.

Most importantly, this solution includes the existing Migrating 3+ technology, a patented automatic fail-over technology that adds higher levels of automatic configurable redundancy and power. Control is effectively distributed across multiple workstations.

“We take power to your PC and multiple it by the number of PCs on your network,” added Smith. “What this means is that, if one PC fails, control is migrated to another PC on a seamless basis with no interruption or downtime. Our system isn’t restricted in its performance by the size or capability of a server, and nor does it require the expense of moving to server farms or using clustering software. It means we deliver the most extreme redundancy characteristics for the threats you’ve thought of, not to mention those that you haven’t.”

Continuing this theme, Smith observed: “The Enterprise development within the existing Genesys isn’t a development waiting for a trial site, but rather it has already been installed within a high-security Critical National Infrastructure project. It is tested and proven at the highest level and under the most demanding of conditions and has been very successful.”

‘True’ ISMS

Genesys is a ‘true’ ISMS built around intuitive software that combines a range of industry-leading features and benefits including an enhanced graphical user experience, 3D modelling and a comprehensive event management database. Events and alarms are presented to the operator clearly as and when they happen.

“Operators can be quickly trained to gain maximum advantage,” highlighted Smith. “The system also enables end users to make better use of their staff and resources since they don’t have to have all of their Control Rooms working on a 24-hour basis. Genesys is a truly unique solution offering advanced system architecture, unparalleled ease of use for the operators and the very low lifecycle costs.”

The ISMS software operates as a standalone platform over LAN or WAN networks for remote and local sites with workstations that can be transferred to any operating Security Control Room on the network. This offers the end user flexibility when closing down sites or buildings for off-peak or out of normal working hours or in the unlikely event of any system failures.

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Veracity showcasing end-to-end Command and Control solution at IFSEC International 2017

Veracity, a leading provider of solutions that solve real-world challenges in IP video systems, is showcasing a new suite of products at IFSEC International 2017 which neatly brings together the three cornerstones of its business: IP transmission, storage and display.

Following on from its acquisition of security Command and Control software manufacturer icomply, Veracity’s largest-ever IFSEC stand is built around a walk-through Control Room, promoting the company’s integrated security management platform powered by VTAS Pro.

Bringing together new and legacy third party video recording systems, VTAS Pro combines them with other security systems such as access control, LPR, guard tours and building management. This provides a “unified and coherent system” for the management and control of single or multiple sites, allowing system operators to be far more efficient in responding to incidents.

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VTAS Pro is fully-integrated with Veracity’s TRINITY direct-to-storage architecture and, fundamental to that, the advanced COLDSTORE surveillance storage system. It also features a full video and media wall display option which can be reconfigured ‘on-the-fly’ and in response to specific incidents or emergency situations.

Live views may be mixed with playback and media streams such as broadcast news, online data streams, maps or other graphical displays.

This end-to-end Command and Control solution is highly scaleable and supports a large number of operator workstations, with shared incident management and alarm receiving co-ordination. It’s capable of handling thousands of remote sites.

The system can provide integration with access control, building management, intruder detection, VoIP intercom systems and video analytics including ANPR and facial recognition. Several native security functions can be added to the system in a modular, customisable way such as guard tour, lone worker monitoring, dispatch, alarm monitoring and key management.

Veracity will also be presenting its new HIGHWIRE Powerstar Base 4 Encoder Replacement Kit containing a HIGHWIRE Powerstar Base 4 unit, four HIGHWIRE Powerstar Camera units and a 57V DC power supply (region-specific). This product bundle is a simple and cost-effective replacement for legacy analogue video encoders, allowing the end user customer to upgrade to IP cameras by re-using the coax cable and powering the new IP cameras with PoE over coax.

*Veracity will be exhibiting on Stand F1050 at IFSEC International, which runs at London’s ExCeL Exhibition Centre in Docklands from 20-22 June

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Qognify’s VisionHub wins CCTV System of the Year accolade at Security & Fire Excellence Awards

Qognify’s VisionHub next generation web-based video management system (VMS) has won the prestigious CCTV System of the Year (excluding Camera and Lens) category at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards.

A Security and Fire Excellence Award is one of the most highly-prized accolades of its kind in Europe, with the winners being selected by an independent panel of industry experts. The award was presented to Qognify in front of 1,000 security and fire industry professionals at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Wednesday 23 November.

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President of Qognify, Moti Shabtai, told Risk UK: “When we introduced VisionHub we made a strong statement that Qognify was bringing to market a new concept that would redefine and extend the scope of the traditional VMS. We’re immensely proud that VisionHub is a multi-award winning solution, recognised for its ability to leverage video as the main sensor in a security environment, while also adding data from other security systems, empowering Control Room operators to better respond to new and increasingly complex threats.”

VisionHub was launched in March this year and has already been selected by leading organisations worldwide. It has been awarded the SIA’s Best Video Surveillance Management System as well as Government Security News’s Best Integrated Perimeter Protection Solution award.

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Corporate Risk Associates announces speaker line-up for annual Risk Forum

Now preparing to host its seventh annual Risk Forum, Corporate Risk Associates (CRA) has announced a host of highly esteemed speakers for the event including a wealth of well-known industry figures. 

Due to be held on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October at the Stratford Manor Hotel in Stratford upon Avon, the event provides an excellent opportunity for professionals, academics and peers from across the security profession to learn about the latest advances in mission critical industries.

The event, which runs under the banner ‘To Automate or Not to Automate’, will feature 14 speakers who have all had first-hand experience in mission critical industries, with many working on the risk management of major projects. They will share their expertise and wealth of knowledge with attendees as they contribute towards the development of risk analysis and human factors.

Speakers include Bryan Coxson from EDF Energy, who will be presenting a Case Study focusing on specific features of the Sizewell B design having worked in the design team since 1986, as well as Elaine Vinton and Richard Screeton from the Office of Nuclear Regulation. They’ll be discussing the use of advanced Control Rooms and automation from the UK nuclear perspective.

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Speaking about the line-up of speakers, Jasbir Sidhu (CEO and founder of CRA) said: “We have a fantastic host of speakers at this year’s event who will all be presenting their own dynamic and thought-provoking views on the use of automation in safety critical industries. It’s a very poignant topic in the sector. It’s great to see that we have attracted such a high calibre of leading professionals and academics to speak at this year’s Risk Forum. As we run into our seventh year, we believe this is very much down to CRA providing a valued voice for the industry through hosting events such as this and promoting open discussion. We have successfully created an excellent platform for experts to share Best Practice and transfer valuable and insightful knowledge as we pursue our goal to make the risk management sector the best it can possibly be.”

The two-day event will focus around whether the reduction of human input, with the introduction of increasingly complex automated systems, will be either a friend or foe to the industry.

Anticipated to attract at least 100 attendees from all over the globe, the event’s popularity has grown year on year, with people travelling from as far afield as the West Coast of the USA and New Mexico to engage with leaders in the industry.

Other speakers include Karl Fleming (president of KNF Consulting Services), Andrew Buchan (head of analysis and assessment, security and resilience at Sellafield) and Jeton Partini from CGM in Sweden.

Established in 2000, CRA specialises in managing safety, reliability and risk across the nuclear, transportation, defence and finance sectors. With offices in London, Warrington and other locations, the company has recently been shortlisted as Risk Management Team of the Year at this year’s CIR Risk Management Awards.

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Capita Technology Solutions launches ‘CloudVision’ security and business intelligence service

Capita Technology Solutions has launched an all-new hosted video surveillance and analytics service using automated technology to simplify security management and intelligence gathering, in turn solving the expensive and logistically complex challenge of using CCTV systems in real-time.

Capita CloudVision integrates high quality cameras and intelligent video monitoring, enabling businesses to enhance their control over physical security and business intelligence.

The system’s sophisticated analytics include cross line detection – which actively detects moving objects that cross a virtual line – and digital auto tracking which automatically detects and follows moving objects such as people and vehicles.

CloudVision also offers intrusion detection and a people counting facility, allowing retailers to monitor customer traffic.

Capita's CloudVision

Capita’s CloudVision

Data is stored in secure UK data centres and can then be accessed by any Internet-connected device, including mobile phones, subsequently providing data for Control Room and security staff. This enables organisations of any size to implement the most appropriate and cost-effective system possible, minimising infrastructure costs and simplifying installation.

The service was officially launched at IFSEC International, which ran at London’s ExCeL from 16-18 June..

Simon Furber, managing director at Capita Technology Solutions, commented: “Our new CloudVision service will be a key tool for companies looking to secure their assets or understand their business. Working at any scale, the new integrated system will mean that complex analytics tools and real-time security monitoring can be delivered wherever they are needed and when they are needed.”

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Simon Furber

*For further information about CloudVision visit: https://youtu.be/GR1RhgFBNd0

**Capita Technology Solutions is a value-added reseller and systems integrator business unit within Capita IT Enterprise Services. Technology Solutions offers a breadth of services across voice, contact centre, data networking and IT infrastructure to deliver high performance business operations. The business exists to remove complexity, risk and excess cost from IT services while optimising the lifecycle of existing IT investments. Further information can be found at: http://www.capita-its.co.uk/solutions/pages/technologysolutions.aspx

***Capita plc is the UK’s leading provider of customer and business process management and integrated professional support service solutions. With 68,000 people operating at over 400 sites – including 80 business centres across the UK, Europe, India and South Africa – the Group uses its expertise, infrastructure and scale benefits to transform its clients’ services, driving down costs and adding value.

Capita is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 with 2014 revenues of £4.4 billion. Further information on Capita plc can be found online at: www.capita.co.uk

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Bulgaria’s prime security provider SOT chooses Winsted for Control Room furniture project

Control Room furniture developer Winsted has been chosen to equip a stunning new Control Room on behalf of Bulgaria’s leading security provider SOT 161.

Specialising in the delivery of a highly professional and focused range of security services, SOT is Bulgaria’s largest security provider. The company’s 4,500 security staff protect more than 85,000 sites across the country, all of which are managed centrally from the National Operations Centre in Sofia.

The National Operations Centre runs on a 24/7, 365 days a year basis and monitors the assets of numerous companies and properties, including Embassy residencies, Government buildings, banks, High Street stores, sports facilities, hotels, car dealerships, offices and ATMs.

SOT realised that the company’s staff had to be able to operate effectively in the Control Room as this is a major factor when it comes to influencing the response time and outcome of incidents. An ergonomic solution was a must.

Winsted was invited to provide ideas for the Control Rooms’ furniture requirements and duly produced computer-aided design (CAD) drawings and colour renders giving a complete visualisation of the project.

The SOT Control Room

The SOT Control Room

While great importance was given to workstations having an optimum ergonomic design, the use of space and aesthetics were also important considerations in selecting the correct console design and space layout for the Control Room.

Winsted proposed and delivered a solution based on a Prestige Sight-Line console, with a stand-alone M-View media wall selected for its modern aesthetics within a contemporary environment. Console design allows for 19” rack-mounted electronic equipment, while Winsted’s Versa-Trak display mounting system affords ergonomic comfort and ‘adjustability’.

Combined with VESA-compliant brackets, Versa-Trak has enabled screens to be easily attached and provides horizontal and vertical adjustability for optimal viewing angles and sight lines for the operating staff.

Also incorporated into the console design is an enhanced cable management system consisting of a large dual-cable raceway hidden inside the console, in turn keeping all cables hidden from view but easily accessible.

“The aim of the new Control Room was to create a solution that meets current requirements while at the same time affording flexibility for future extension needs,” commented Darren Allen, Winsted’s European sales manager. “Combined with the modern interior, the console design really does give the space a ‘wow’ factor.”

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WebWayOne alarm handling solutions installed at Tavcom’s Training Centre

Students participating in one of Tavcom Training’s Alarm Systems courses will be able to gain practical hands-on experience of alarm handling within a Control Room environment thanks to equipment donated by WebWayOne.

The equipment installed in the Control Room operators’ testing area at Tavcom’s Training Centre in Bishops Waltham includes Communicator Pro and Mini devices, as well as WebWayWorld web access in order for students to familiarise themselves with the commissioning and support of IP and 2G/3G communication.

Six WebWay communicators are fully operational and signalling to test accounts at Southern Monitoring’s Alarm Receiving Centre in Waterlooville, with remote access via MASWeb to view alarm delivery in real time.

 

The communicators are serially connected to Honeywell Galaxy and Texecom Intruder panels and can take advantage of SIA3 signalling which includes the support of remote servicing and diagnostics.

Putting theory into practice

“As the leading provider of security systems training, we are always looking to use the latest available technology to enhance the effectiveness of our training courses by offering students opportunities to immediately put theory into practice,” said Paul Tennent, managing director of Tavcom Training. “We’re therefore very grateful to WebWayOne for its support in providing ATS equipment. We will certainly be able to put it to good use in all of our Alarm Systems-related training courses which we will be conducting during 2015.”

Tavcom currently offers over 70 regularly scheduled training courses ranging from one-day seminars to five-day, fully-residential programmes. The courses are designed to meet the training requirements of security professionals at all levels, from foundation courses for those with little or no previous experience through to highly advanced programmes for Control Room supervisors, security managers and company executives.

The wide range of technical and non-technical courses covers all security systems-related fields including security management, Control Room operations, system planning and project management, structured cabling, disaster recovery and covert CCTV.

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