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IndigoVision celebrates security triumph at third consecutive World Cup

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has, of course, drawn to a close. Germany isn’t the only team that can look back on a successful tournament. Following on from successful security installations for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and the 2010 event in South Africa, IndigoVision’s IP video surveillance solution was deployed in South America to allow staff from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) in Rio de Janeiro to monitor all 12 FIFA World Cup Stadiums from a dedicated Control Room.

International events of this scale present a massive challenge in terms of homeland security. Not only do such events attract fans from around the globe, but they also attract criminals, increase traffic and become potential targets for would-be terrorists.

IndigoVision’s solution was deployed in the regional Control Rooms located in each of the 12 host cities as well as two master Control Rooms developed by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice’s Special Law Enforcement Secretary specifically to support major events. This meant that every single security camera used for Brazil 2014 could potentially be monitored from any Control Room in any city.

The world famous Maracana Stadium in Brazil

The world famous Maracana Stadium in Brazil

Few security systems can deal with challenges like these, but IndigoVision has extensive experience in this field having provided solutions for five Olympic Games.

Integration of existing security systems

“Integrating the various stadiums’ existing systems was a major requirement,” stated Lopez Martin, IndigoVision’s regional director for Latin America. “Often, stadiums have their own security systems including security cameras, intrusion detection solutions, fire alarm systems and perimeter detection. To simply replace them all would be impractical and expensive. The open nature of IndigoVision’s solution means it’s easy to integrate and manage these systems in a single security set-up, making operator response faster, reducing installation times and lowering overall project cost.”

Martin added: “However, the greatest benefits of IndigoVision’s solution may be yet to come, as the highly scalable nature of this solution will allow it to grow and adapt as the end users’ needs change following the World Cup’s conclusion.”

“Regeneration is an important issue for any major event such as the World Cup,” explained IndigoVision’s CEO Marcus Kneen. “The great thing about our solution is that it’s so easy to scale and reconfigure as the use of the facilities changes. For example, after the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Stuttgart expanded the solution used for the tournament to monitor all transport routes within a 30 km radius of the stadium. It’s really rewarding to think that the people of Brazil will still be able to benefit from IndigoVision’s solution long after the World Cup has ended.”

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AMG Systems’ transmission solutions secure Kuwait University

AMG Systems’ business partner Kharafi National KSC has installed the former’s sophisticated integrated surveillance solution at one of the most prestigious universities in the Middle East.

AMG Systems (the British manufacturer of CCTV transmission technology) and systems integration partner Kharafi National have co-operated on a project to secure Kuwait University.

With 16 separate colleges including the Department of Architecture, a Faculty of Engineering and Petroleum and the Design Department at the College for Women, the university is so vast that it’s located in its own massive compound named the ‘City of Sabah Al-Salem University’ in honour of the late Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah.

Kuwait University's buildings span a large area

Kuwait University’s buildings span a large area

Leona Hayes, AMG Systems’ business development manager for the Middle East region, explained: “Kharafi chose our AMG 4700 transmission solution for the integrated system at Kuwait University. The AMG solution transmits signals from around 360 cameras. Data for the access control system – in addition to that for other facilities – is also transmitted on this backbone.”

Hayes continued: “The project is unusual in the sense that it requires all CCTV camera signals to be received at multiple, redundant Control Rooms. AMG’s innovative ‘add, drop and pass’ facility on the 4700 Series allows signals to be dropped off at multiple locations without duplicating transmitters. This sophisticated and unique approach significantly reduces hardware and infrastructure costs.”

Understanding of changing demands

Tarek Tahboub, sales executive in the Facilities Technology Unit at Kharafi National, commented: “AMG Systems’ transmission solution was chosen for this comprehensive project not only because the AMG 4700 Series meets our requirements. Equally important is the fact that a lot of flexibility was demonstrated by AMG and there was a willingness to understand the constraints under which we were working. At every stage, the AMG team members took the time to understand the changing demands of the project and responded in an effective and professional manner. It’s for these reasons that AMG is the partner of choice for Kharafi National.”

Kuwait University is the first public research university in the State of Kuwait and was established in 1966. Its vision is to provide world class education, and there’s a commitment to advancing, preserving and disseminating knowledge, in addition to preparing educated, enlightened and qualified Human Resources in order to realise society’s wider developmental needs in the region.

This is to be done by:
• Strengthening national, Arabic and Islamic values and principles
• Disseminating knowledge
• Developing and investing in Human Resources
• Achieving excellence and distinction in education, scientific research and community services
• Using modern technology.

Leona Hayes of AMG Systems

Leona Hayes of AMG Systems

Kuwait University has witnessed a significant expansion in the number of scientific colleges it operates, with that figure having reached 16. Several of the colleges have received academic accreditation as they offer wide-ranging study programmes in both the sciences and humanities at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

For more information visit: http://www.kuniv.edu/ku/AboutKU/AboutKU/index.htm

About Kharafi National KSC

Established in 1976, Kharafi National has developed into a pan-Arabian infrastructure project developer, contractor and FM service provider. The company has undertaken a wide range of challenging projects and is today a multi-disciplined organisation with diversified operations in infrastructure project development, engineering, procurement and construction in the water, power, infrastructure, environment and building services sectors.

The company offers construction services for oil and gas, petrochemicals, power, water and related sectors, and runs a fabrication services arm for the fabrication of process equipment and heavy structures aimed at the industrial and civil construction sectors.

Established in 1976, Kharafi National has developed into a major pan-Arabian infrastructure project developer, contractor and FM services provider

Established in 1976, Kharafi National has developed into a major pan-Arabian infrastructure project developer, contractor and FM services provider

With a multinational workforce of 29,500, a fleet of heavy construction equipment exceeding 6,100 units and a firm commitment to excellence, Kharafi National is the region’s most successful developer of infrastructure projects with an undisputed reputation for quality, safety and timely delivery.

Visit http://www.kharafinational.com for more information

About AMG Systems

AMG Systems is a leading global provider of video and communication transmission solutions designed for CCTV surveillance operations in the transport, public, Government and military sectors. AMG also manufactures a range of IP cameras solutions under its AMG-Panogenics brand.

AMG transmission solutions offer a full range of technologies including multimode and singlemode video, data and audio fibre optic transmission systems, single and multi-channel unshielded twisted pair (UTP) links for video, data and audio, multi-port Ethernet switches for the transmission of IP-based solutions over fibre and both analogue and digital wireless products for the transmission of video and data.

AMG’s transmission solutions have been successfully implemented in many high profile projects throughout the world. Projects include supplying the transmission system for the UK’s NRTS project and the security and surveillance of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

More information can be found at: http://www.amgsystems.com

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Custom Consoles to display latest SteelBase and Media Wall at IFSEC International 2014

Custom Consoles returns to IFSEC International, which will be held from Tuesday 17 June-Thursday 19 June at ExCeL London. The company’s latest SteelBase security and process control furniture and Media Wall modular video mounting system will be on display.

“Custom Consoles furniture is used for many applications, including air traffic control, airport security, emergency response centres, road traffic monitoring and public space surveillance,” explained sales manager Gary Fuller.

“Clients appreciate the strength, ergonomic excellence and modern styling of our desks and storage furniture. They’re also aware that we lead the market in terms of design innovation. Sometimes copied but never surpassed by our competitors.”

Fuller stated that a key factor in Custom Consoles’ success is careful attention to details such as cable management, ventilation and equipment access.

“We will also be showing examples of the Ergotron range of user-adjustable flat-panel monitor display supports,” said Fuller, “and a KAB controller chair.”

See Custom Consoles on Stand B340 at IFSEC International 2014 (17-19 June, ExCeL London)

See Custom Consoles on Stand B340 at IFSEC International 2014 (17-19 June, ExCeL London)

Detail on the SteelBase

Custom Consoles’ SteelBase is a range of high durability technical desks which can be configured to provide an ergonomically efficient working environment for any size of Control Room.

SteelBase desks are built using high-grade MDF on 19-inch steel base frames with powder-coated, textured-grey vertical panels.

SteelBase desktops are surfaced in a choice of hard-wearing laminate, marmoleum or Trespa. Additional design features of the range include hinged removable access doors, 19-inch equipment racking, sliding equipment trays, heavy cable management, PC sliding mounts, power distribution and data panels as well as variable-speed ventilation fans.

SteelBase desks can be specified for single or multi-operator environments. Worktops may be rectangular or curved, including angled or curved corners and optional curved front profile side panels.

All elements of the desks are guaranteed against component failure for five years of normal use. SteelBase has been tested by FIRA and certified to conform with ISO9241 Part 5, ISO11064 Part 4 and EN527 Parts 1, 2 and 3.

Media Wall: robust and efficient

Custom Consoles’ Media Wall is a robust and efficient multi-screen video display mounting system. The latest version features a series of enhancements including narrower front-to-back depth (which has been reduced from 600 to 500 millimetres).

Like its predecessor, the new Media Wall is fully self-supporting and retains the option of adding coupling brackets directly to the studio wall.

Freely adjustable horizontal and vertical screen spacing allows individual flat-panel screens to be positioned so that their edges meet exactly.

Cable management within Media Wall is now along ducts with finger-trunking slots.

About Custom Consoles

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles (www.customconsoles.co.uk) is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process control and security furniture.

The company’s product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled, sound-insulated equipment housings.

Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D CAD and computer-controlled cutting machinery. This provides the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times (typically 21 days from receipt of order).

The company’s clients include broadcasters, production and post-production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

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