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Samsung Techwin Europe on the right track with Network Rail PADS approval

Industry professionals from across the UK recently attended a Samsung Techwin seminar held at Pickering Station (part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway) to learn about the latest open platform video surveillance technology now available to the rail sector. Brian Sims reports.

All delegates attending on the day are involved in the railway sector’s supply chain and were thus the perfect audience for the formal announcement that Samsung Techwin Europe’s cameras, domes, recorders and Ethernet switches forming its complete IP network video surveillance range have been approved for use within Network Rail’s infrastructure.

The PADS Certificate of Acceptance follows a process during which the Samsung Techwin Europe video surveillance products were evaluated and comprehensively tested to ensure that they’re wholly reliable, fit for purpose and duly comply with Network Rail’s demanding standards in respect of safety issues.

Simon Shawley (director for Northern Europe at the Security Solutions division of Samsung Techwin Europe) proudly told members of the audience that obtaining PADS approval represents a significant landmark for the business.

Simon Shawley informed delegates that obtaining PADS approval represents a significant landmark for Samsung Techwin Europe

Simon Shawley informed delegates that obtaining PADS approval represents a significant landmark for Samsung Techwin Europe

Shawley explained: “PADS approval means that consultants, system designers and specifiers can include our products in their proposals and be confident that they’ll be acceptable to Network Rail’s project managers. The rail sector offers significant new business opportunities for installers and systems integrators, and we’re therefore very pleased that we can now offer high performance video surveillance solutions which, as well as being robust and reliable, will meet the safety requirements of security projects within the Network Rail infrastructure.”

Shawley’s view was robustly supported by James Smith, sales and marketing director at the Quadrant Security Group. “Many of the projects with which we’re involved have specific compliance demands attached to them so as to ensure the high quality operation of systems in what are often complex and mission-critical environments,” outlined Smith. “However, the nature of these environments can make it hard for our vendor partners to innovate as the barriers may be high. ‘Tried-and-tested’ and the status quo might be see as the easy options with which to continue. It’s therefore great to see the investment that Samsung Techwin has made in obtaining PADS approval for its IP cameras in order to meet Network Rail’s demanding requirements.”

Smith also stated: “This development will undoubtedly lead to innovation on the rail network as the industry looks to benefit from the further deployment of network technology. It also opens up a host of possibilities for enhanced interoperability and efficiencies.”

Among the products approved by Network Rail are Samsung Techwin’s open platform WiseNetIII HD megapixel cameras. These offer end users the option of running multiple applications such as video analytics, facial recognition, people counting and ANPR which can be downloaded to cameras in a similar way that you would add Apps to a smart phone.

Importantly, the PADS Certificate of Acceptance issued by Network Rail also provides approval for a number of Samsung Techwin’s analogue cameras and DVRs.

Opportunity for business networking

The Samsung Techwin seminar was conducted inside the Learning Centre at Pickering Station. This is the flagship station and headquarters of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which last year celebrated its 40th Anniversary as a fully operational heritage railway.

The railway was formed in 1967 when founder members met with the aim of reopening the Grosmont to Pickering line both as a tourist steam railway and to preserve the rail link to Goathland, the roads to which were prone to being blocked by snow during winter months.

Today, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway carries around a third of a million passengers each year and operates on 270 days of every year, running between eight and 20 trains per day while relying on over 400 volunteers and more than 100 paid staff to maintain the service.

Philip Benham of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway delivering his historical presentation to delegates

Philip Benham of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway delivering his historical presentation to delegates

After a brief presentation on the railway by Philip Benham (general manager of North Yorkshire Moors Railway), who explained the history of the railway and its plans for the future, attendees had the opportunity to network with colleagues before preparing to board the ‘Samsung Techwin Express’ which departed from Pickering Station for a return journey to Grosmont through the picturesque Yorkshire countryside.

Travelling with the aid of the A4 class locomotive Sir Nigel Gresley is a rare opportunity. This is one of only a small number of working models in the world. The train is the sister to the Mallard which, back in 1938, achieved a speed of 126 mph and, in so doing, set a world speed record which still stands today.

Keeping steam locomotives on the rails comes at a hefty price, not to mention the other areas of maintenance and restoration on the railway that relies so heavily on public donations. With this is mind, attendees were invited to provide a donation as a ‘Thank You’ to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for helping organise such a brilliant day. Over £700 was raised.

Demanding surveillance conditions on rail networks

Pickering Station proved to be the perfect venue for the seminar and for Samsung Techwin to be able to demonstrate how the latest generation of HD cameras can cope with the demanding conditions often experienced at railway stations and on board trains.

Samsung Techwin’s WiseNetIII cameras and domes had previously been installed on the platforms of Pickering Station as part of an overall programme of improving security for North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s facilities following a major theft last year which saw the loss of valuable steam engine parts.

The Sir Nigel Gresley locomotive on which guests at the seminar were able to travel

The Sir Nigel Gresley locomotive on which guests at the seminar were able to travel

“The burglary was a major blow to us,” said Philip Benham. “It delayed bringing back into service one of our highly-prized locomotives as the stolen parts were difficult and expensive to replace. We immediately took advice on how we could improve our security and, in particular, how best to use CCTV to deter and detect crime, as well as ensure that all our customers are safe and secure while visiting our stations and travelling on board our trains.”

Benham and his colleagues considered proposals from a number of manufacturers but, following an onsite demonstration, decided to single-source all of the required security cameras and video recording equipment from Samsung Techwin.

“We were massively impressed by the quality of the images that the Samsung Techwin cameras were able to capture,” asserted Benham. “Having an onsite demonstration meant we could see exactly what we should expect if we permanently installed the cameras. Our station is not that large and so the good news from a cost perspective was that we only needed a total of six cameras to cover all areas. This was helped by the fact that one of the cameras recommended by Samsung Techwin’s pre-sales support team was the company’s SNF-7010 360 degree HD model. This is able to cover a whole area where a much larger number of standard cameras might normally be required to avoid any blind spots.”

Deterring and detecting anti-social and criminal activity

“Apart from the fact that they work within the rail sector, many of our guests are train enthusiasts and so we’re delighted that they were able to enjoy their time on the Samsung Techwin Express,” said Diane Cooper, head of business development management at Samsung Techwin Europe for the UK, Ireland, Benelux countries and the Nordics.

“The feedback from the guests was very positive. They very much enjoyed the day and, in this respect, we’re grateful to Philip Benham and his colleagues for their efforts towards helping us make our event so successful. Of course, we’re also very pleased that our cameras and video recording equipment installed at Pickering Station are helping the railway achieve its objective of deterring and detecting anti-social and criminal activity.”

Samsung Techwin's WiseNetIII cameras and domes had previously been installed on the platforms of Pickering Station as part of an overall programme of improving security at North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s facilities following a major theft last year which saw the loss of valuable steam engine parts

Samsung Techwin’s WiseNetIII cameras and domes had previously been installed on the platforms of Pickering Station as part of an overall programme of improving security at North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s facilities following a major theft last year which saw the loss of valuable steam engine parts

Commenting on the event’s success, Paul Wood (fleet manager for First Hull Trains) said: “Samsung Techwin Europe should be congratulated on organising a first class event which was both educational and enjoyable. Achieving PADS approval for its cameras is a big step forward for the company. Together with the fact that I was able to see at first hand the excellent quality images that the cameras can produce, this experience has given me the incentive to want to evaluate potential deployment by First Hull Trains.”

Wood’s satisfaction at a day well spent was echoed by Ruth Venn, business development manager for the rail division of Optilan UK, who enthused: “Samsung Techwin Europe hosted an excellent day which not only introduced to the market its PADS-approved cameras, but also provided great networking opportunities and allowed Optilan to promote its position as a Samsung Smart Partner.”

*Samsung Techwin is now offering all rail industry professionals the opportunity to view a demonstration of PADS-approved video surveillance solutions at its European Headquarters in Weybridge. Register your interest in a demonstration

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Charter Security dog patrols help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in London’s Tower Hamlets

Residents in Tower Hamlets have praised a project that has helped to reduce crime in their neighbourhood. The ‘Dealer a Day’ programme sees Charter Security working with Tower Hamlets enforcement officers and Partnership Task Force (PTF) police officers to combat drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in an initiative led by the local authority.

In response to residents’ concerns, sniffer dogs and general patrol dogs are being used to detect a variety of items, including potential weapons and drugs. The pilot initiative began at the end of 2013, and was so successful it has been extended into an ongoing project.

That project has already achieved extremely positive results, disrupting numerous drug deals and detecting and seizing several quantities of cannabis. Indeed, recent raids have led to the seizure of heroin, cocaine and cannabis with a street value of over £6,000.

Regular patrols combat the problem at source, helping to disrupt and prevent drug deals taking place. The dog patrols target high risk areas during what would be considered ‘peak’ drug trading/anti-social behaviour hours.

Six tower blocks formed the pilot area, which has now been extended to cover 15. Stairwells of Tower Hamlets Homes managed properties are regularly visited and patrolled, and dogs are also used in open areas such as greens.

The ‘Dealer a Day’ programme sees Charter Security working with Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers and Partnership Task Force (PTF) police officers to combat drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in an initiative led by the local authority

The ‘Dealer a Day’ programme sees Charter Security working with Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers and Partnership Task Force (PTF) police officers to combat drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in an initiative led by the local authority

Bringing drug dealers to justice

Trevor Kennett, head of enforcement services at Tower Hamlets, explained: “I know that residents want the council, police and our partners to work together to stamp out drug dealing and bring drug dealers to justice. These latest patrols with Charter Security’s dog handling services are part of our continuing efforts to do just that.”

Part of Grosvenor Services, Charter Security has an impressive client list covering the commercial, construction and corporate sectors. Customers include Balfour Beatty, The Corporation of London and Network Rail. Services offered by the company include security guarding, key holding, alarm response, concierge and Front of House, Control Room management and CCTV monitoring, Mail Room services, dog handling and event and personal security.

Robert Hanratty, operations director for Charter Security, said: “We’re proud to have played such a key role in this project. It shows how successful partnership working between public and private sector organisations can produce excellent results – in this case a marked reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Established in Ireland back in 1959, Grosvenor Services is a family-owned and run facilities services company with operations throughout Ireland, the UK and the USA. The organisation provides corporate businesses in a range of sectors with the highest possible levels of service.

*For more information on Grosvenor Services visit: http://www.grosvenorservices.com, call +44 (0) 207 072 0934 or send an e-mail: enquiries@grosvenorservices.com

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MITIE awarded integrated FM contract with Network Rail

MITIE – the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company – has been awarded a renewed contract to provide integrated facilities management (FM) for Network Rail, the UK’s rail and network infrastructure provider.

The contract has a total base value in excess of £75 million over a five-year period and will see MITIE continue to deliver services across Network Rail’s UK property portfolio.

MITIE will work at over 100 Network Rail buildings across Britain, predominately in the corporate office estate, including the main campus at The Quadrant:MK in Milton Keynes.

The outsourcing specialist will be responsible for delivering a comprehensive range of services including security, fabric and engineering maintenance, energy management, cleaning, mailroom/couriers, Helpdesk, waste and pest services.

MITIE has been awarded integrated FM contract with Network Rail

MITIE has been awarded integrated FM contract with Network Rail

MITIE was awarded the contract extension “based on its innovative and technology driven self-delivery capabilities” combined with a distinct cultural approach.

Long-term strategic partnership

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, CEO at MITIE Group plc, commented: “We are delighted to be building on our long-term strategic partnership with Network Rail and supporting them in delivering better value and efficiency across their business. Safety, reliability and efficiency are central to Network Rail’s vision for Britain’s rail infrastructure. We look forward to further developing a tailored and innovative FM strategy, and providing high quality services to support this vision.”

Nigel Bunclark, the director of workplace management at Network Rail, added: “After a competitive procurement process we are looking forward to continuing our relationship with MITIE under the new contract. It’s an opportunity to work together to advance our strategy of providing great workplaces that are value-for-money, fit-for-purpose and sustainable.”

Bunclark concluded: “MITIE understands our vision to give our people efficient, effective and engaging workplaces.”

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MITIE TSM wins Workforce Safety accolade at UK Rail Industry Awards

MITIE has won an award at the UK Rail Industry Awards for Workforce Safety, recognising the company’s significant contribution to the effective and efficient running of the UK’s rail industry.

The company beat off strong competition to secure the endorsement of the independent judges at the UK rail industry event, which was attended by over 600 industry professionals.

MITIE’s Total Security Management (TSM) business was given the award because of its work with partner Reference Point and client Network Rail, the operators of Britain’s rail infrastructure.

Implementation of the Sentinel scheme

Employees needed a safe and practical tool for managing access to track sites, so MITIE TSM commissioned a platform with the objective of ensuring no-one undertakes an activity unless they have been trained and assessed as competent.

MITIE's new corporate logo

MITIE’s new corporate logo

Working with software partner Reference Point, MITIE TSM’s team implemented the enhanced, fully managed Sentinel scheme – a card system that ensures each and every track worker is fit, trained and competent to start work on Network Rail’s infrastructure.

The new Sentinel card system enables 100% authentication of staff training. With the old system only an estimated 2% of cards were authenticated.

Also, the system provides access to the UK’s only large shared access lone worker protection system.

The partnership has enabled Network Rail to implement a solution that meets the rail industry’s workforce competence and skills checking needs, as well as improving workforce safety for its trackside workforce.

Significance of the technology

Darren Gamage, technology services director for MITIE TSM, said: “I’m delighted this unique and industry leading system has been recognised. This is testament to how significant the technology will be in improving safety across more workforces, not only in the transport sector but across any industry. We see significant opportunities in other sectors with safety-critical activities.”

MITIE TSM's Darren Gamage (second from right) picks up the award

MITIE TSM’s Darren Gamage (second from right) picks up the award

Gareth Llewellyn, director of safety and sustainable development at Network Rail, added: “New Sentinel is the passport for working on our network safely. Technology has moved on apace since we introduced the original Sentinel back in 1999. The opportunity to take advantage of smartcard and smartphone technology will take Sentinel to the next level, providing us with benefits that we haven’t seen before.”

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