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Xellip2’s integration with Milestone VMS affords “seamless control” for end users

Castel’s open protocol Xellip2 IP intercom has been integrated with Milestone’s Xprotect video management system (VMS) to offer “seamless interoperability” between systems.

The ONVIF-compatible Xellip2 features a 1200 x 800 wide-angle HD camera. Sporting a sleek and contemporary design with backlit and flushed nameplates, the Xellip2 has two output relays and two inputs for third party integration. It also features two Ethernet ports (one PoE plus an additional one for serial/bus architecture type and loopback).

Other highlights include echo and noise cancellation, a built-in induction loop for compliance with disability discrimination legislation, audio feedback and call status LEDs, power back-up, a built-in web browser and the ability to record audio and video.

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The integration enables all the components of the intercom system – ie camera, microphone, speaker and button – to be monitored and controlled from the Xprotect interface.

The VMS enables users to record video via the event button or via motion detection, record audio, trigger actions via the rule engine (such as the display on a matrix or on Xprotect’s dynamic image wall), send pre-recorded messages to the intercom’s speaker, reassign an alarm and display a flashing icon in the case of detection.

“Interoperability between Castel’s intercom systems and video management systems is now a key demand from our markets, with developments in the latest Xellip2 intercom range offering the perfect answer to this challenge,” explained Atmane Bensghir, business development manager at Castel. “This integration with Milestone’s VMS puts end users firmly in control, enabling them to manage their video entry and security systems using a single interface.”

The easy integration of the Xellip 2, combined with the XProtect access module, enriches the Milestone Smartclient with an integrated intercom client. This module allows the display of a pop-up alert to pinpoint a call made from an intercom.

Milestone Access pop-up notification enables video monitoring at the relevant intercom and two-way audio communication with the intercom directly from the Milestone Smartclient, as well as the opening of a door and association of intercom information with access control data.

*Readers of Risk Xtra who would like to test the Milestone solution can register at www.milestonesys.com and request a partner account for free demonstration licences

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icomply partners with TIS in security upgrade project for Boots UK

icomply has recently partnered with TIS – one of the UK’s leading independent fire, security and communications specialists – in a project designed to overhaul the security systems operated by Boots UK.

The Security Control Room at Boots UK required an update, with many of the current analogue hardware deemed unfit for purpose and data gathering sometimes proving to be a difficult process.

The proposed solution consisted of upgrading 22 CRT monitors within the Control Room to just 8 LCD flat screens which would serve as a versatile and responsive display area for the network of cameras. Not only would this free up space in the Control Room, in turn making organisation and data collection a whole lot easier, but it also meant that more areas could be surveyed at any given time while the detail captured would be clearer and easier to record.

From icomply’s perspective, there was much work to do in what was a relatively short space of time. Centralised server software had to be installed in order to enable connectivity between the IP CCTV, IDS, intercom and access control systems while the central operator control system demanded involvement from a more general perspective.

Boots UK's Control Room

Boots UK’s Control Room

As stated, one of the biggest challenges was integrating the platform with varying equipment and different manufacturers’ devices. These included the Synectics matrix integration, PC232 integration and HIK and NVR integration.

Completely overhauled security regime

The end result is a completely overhauled system. The single front-end graphical user interface can be used effectively not only to gather and record data but also to review that information.

What Boots now has in its UK Control Room is a GUI with easier navigation and mapping which also unifies all technology in one intuitive space, in turn saving on desk space and making sure that Boots is absolutely ready for the next generation of security technology when it emerges without having to compromise in the short term.

Speaking about the project, Nick Hollins of TIS told Risk UK: “Boots UK is one of my key accounts, and when TIS was asked to look at upgrading the CCTV Control Room it was imperative that the solution I proposed was not only fit for purpose but also offered a significant improvement on the existing CCTV system. Of course, we also had to be mindful of the budget.”

Hollins added: “The assistance received from icomply all the way through this project was exceptional. Business development director Michael Gallagher was always was on hand to offer a technical solution and provide a quotation that was within budget and both the installation and post-installation support was of the very highest standards. This project was delivered on time, within budget and met our end user customers’ high standards and expectations. This was down to the teamwork and professionalism of both TIS and icomply.”

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