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Vicom helps London Underground protect key depot with security solution from MOBOTIX

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high resolution, network-based video security systems has been involved with a project for London Underground (LU) using thermal imaging technology to protect a service depot.

At one of its service depots, LU began a security upgrade project that needed to take into account the limitations imposed by the depot’s location while addressing the need to maintain 24-hour a day access complete with a full audit of who has accessed the site and what equipment had been removed.

LU was also keen to avoid using cumbersome PTZ cameras and external housings while still ensuring the site was always covered and using the least number of devices to increase reliability of the system.

Vicom, a highly-regarded systems specialist with a number of successful rail sector projects under its belt, duly proposed an innovative solution using a combination of MOBOTIX thermal and hemispheric cameras featuring advanced analytics with local access control and remote monitoring.

By using MOBOTIX’s decentralised concept and dual lens cameras, the proposal would provide intelligent analytics able to detect site intruders during the day and night without the need for external perimeter lighting.

Site survey and capability testing

Vicom carried out a detailed site survey and capability test at the depot location to ensure the site could be monitored both day and night.

Due to the dual lens capabilities and hemispheric models, the entire site was designed to be secured using just six cameras.

The system is also integrated alongside IP access control, intruder alarm and Public Address systems which are remotely monitored 365 days per annum by an NSI Gold-accredited Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC).

Through the use of built-in Power-over-Ethernet capability and the MOBOTIX MxPEG video encoder technology, all video from the site is relayed back to the ARC over a single BT provisioned broadband circuit.

The simplicity of the installation meant that the whole project, including exhaustive testing and sign-off phases, took just 12 weeks to complete.

The flexibility of the system means that different areas can be armed independently while the thermal imaging combined with the MOBOTIX MxAnalytics system built into each camera can detect movement and emit an audible alarm, warning any intruders to leave the area.

MxAnalytics also makes it possible to track the movement of people and objects in a given image. The end user is able to collect statistical behaviour data to maintain a complete audit of site activity.

Since implementation, the system has been extremely effective with only some minor remedial work required to secure the site against the encroachment of urban wildlife such as foxes that occasionally trigged alarms.

Adoption at other sites

John Hinds CEng MIET, senior telecommunications engineer at London Underground, said: “This has proven to be a successful project. Based on the results, it’s definitely an approach we could consider adopting at other sites across the capital.”

Paul Bonnet, managing director for Vicom, added: “This is a great example of how innovative IP video surveillance systems can help save hundreds of thousands of pounds each year in security guarding costs while at the same time delivering the flexibility and accessibility that customers require without compromising on security.”

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Castel’s IP-based intercom solution helps secure London Underground’s maintenance depots

London Underground (LU) has embarked on a major security upgrade at its London maintenance depots and, as part of that process, has procured Castel’s IP intercom solution as part of that process.

Operations at the busy sites include general maintenance and train cleaning while facilities encompass driver rest areas. A large number of employees, suppliers and other visitors pass through LU’s various depots on a daily basis.

Working alongside Honeywell Security, Castel has supplied an IP intercom solution that will help protect the sites from the theft of high-value plant and equipment and the ever-increasing problem of metal and cable theft from the rail network.

The previous intercom system was made up of numerous disparate technologies and obsolete equipment and would have been too expensive to upgrade or repair. As a result, the decision was taken by Transport for London to invest in a totally new IP intercom system, together with a new Honeywell surveillance and access control system.

A dedicated site-wide network was installed for 35 of Castel’s CAP IP PoE (Power over Ethernet) Video Entry Stations which have been used for the gates, vehicle barriers and turnstiles. All calls are networked back to a single central point locally – either a gatehouse or Security Control Room.

However, if a call goes unanswered, the next available operator at another depot will be able to receive and deal with it – another great advantage of using an IP/SIP network solution. This feature helped reassure LU’s management team that no calls would go unanswered, particularly as round-the-clock access to the sites is critical.

Operators using Castel’s Xellip IP Master Stations now have the ability for simultaneous video communication with other colleagues across all sites, thereby enhancing overall security and generally improving working conditions. Castel’s Xellip Server Max has also been used on the project, which allows up to 1,000 SIP extensions and provides plenty of capacity for expanding the system in the future.

The new intercom system will not only prevent unwanted visitors from accessing the sites, some of which cover a very large area and have many entrance and exit points, but will also safeguard staff working there and give them easier access.

Castel’s sales director Stuart Hibberd commented: “This project demonstrates our ability to provide an IP video intercom solution in a very demanding environment where there’s a great deal of traffic and valuable assets.”

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Olympic Games fencing supplier Zaun called in to protect London Underground construction project

London Underground has once again turned to high-security fencing systems supplier Zaun to protect one of its sites during important construction works.

Zaun has supplied MultiFence – a temporary, high-security fencing and gate system it developed specifically for the London 2012 Games – to help safeguard the £1 billion upgrade of Tottenham Court Road London Underground station.

MultiFence was used previously as hoardings to provide access while protecting construction works at nearby St Paul’s station, at Kings Cross station and also at the famous Bull Ring complex in central Birmingham.

Zaun became synonymous with temporary security fencing when it installed the 20 km boundary to the main Olympic Park, which included some intriguing 7.5 metre-high parapet fencing alongside the adjacent railway line, with a further 1.5 km of fencing providing a ‘ring-within-a-ring’ around the Olympic Stadium itself.

Crossrail and Transport for London are jointly redeveloping the existing 100 years-old tube station at Tottenham Court Road and building a new station, which is expected to be completed by 2016-2017.

The work is at the intersection of Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road. The existing London Underground station handles 150,000 passengers per day, a figure forecast to increase to 200,000 per day when Crossrail comes on stream.

Key journey times will be reduced from Tottenham Court Road station to other stations including Canary Wharf (from 21 minutes down to 12 minutes), Ealing Broadway (27 minutes to 12 minutes) and Heathrow (53 minutes to 28 minutes).

The new, four-storey station will feature a Ticket Hall at Dean Street, three new station entrances, step-free access, additional escalators to access Northern Line platforms, a public piazza, access to the Northern and Central Line platforms and a western station box.

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London’s calling for Assa Abloy’s security doors

Assa Abloy Security Doors has designed, manufactured and installed a range of high performance security doors for multiple specification projects across London.

From the installation of innovative fire doorsets in the Shard through to supplying London Underground’s Bond Street Station with its specialist steel doorsets, the company has proven its ability to specify high profile projects.

Working with some of the most respected contractors in the industry, Assa Abloy Security Doors has used its value added service and consultancy skills across range of specification projects.

London's iconic Canary Wharf skyline

London’s iconic Canary Wharf skyline

The company has supported the design intent of buildings such as Buckingham Gate, which was part of the regeneration of Victoria, Canary Wharf and Quadrant 3 (one of London’s most ambitious West End redevelopments to date).

Brian Sofley, managing director at Assa Abloy Security Doors, commented: “We’re proud to have secured a vast number of projects that are very much part of progressive and exciting developments in the capital. Many of the buildings we have supplied are set to become iconic features of London’s skyline, and we hope to continue to provide sustainable, robust and effective door solutions across the country.”

For further information visit: http://www.assaabloy.co.uk/securitsolutions

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