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Shard owners ramp up security in wake of Greenpeace protest

Specialist CCTV with intruder detection systems has installed at the tallest building in the European Union after Greenpeace protesters climbed to the summit.

Six activists, all of them women, scaled the iconic Shard in London and unfurled a flag with ‘Save the Arctic’ emblazoned upon it to protest against plans to drill in the Arctic by the oil company Shell.

The Prime Minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, inaugurated the 95-storey building on 6 July 2012 in a ceremony attended by HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York.

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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, officially opened the View from the Shard viewing platform on 1 February 2013.

Following the Greenpeace stunt, the management company for the owner Sellar Property Group and the State of Qatar decided to enhance the on-site security system with the latest state-of-the-art CCTV.

They appointed installer Unique Security, and together evaluated leading products on the market. Zaun’s EyeLynx SharpView was selected on the basis of performance, quality and its focus on reliability.

Its rapid deployment system, Pharos, was installed together with wireless PIRs from Luminite to further secure the perimeter and the main escalators to London Bridge Station.

EyeLynx provided a back-up SharpView NVR for critical cameras in time for a Royal visit from Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Phillip.

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This unit worked seamlessly with the installed Pharos cameras using SharpView VMS and demonstrated to the management team how the security could be drastically improved by recording in High Definition quality and retaining video for at least 30 days for all the building’s CCTV cameras.

The complete CCTV system was subsequently changed over to SharpView in January 2014, with over 200 cameras recording to ten SharpView Corporate NVRs incorporating over 200 Tb of storage, while four SharpView Manager Workstations allow the security team to manage and control the entire security system on desktop monitors and a 16 ft video wall in the Control Room.

Security for gas distribution network

One of the UK’s largest gas distributors has specified prison-style double skin steel mesh and special fence toppings to secure its gas distribution network across the north of England.

The business has turned to the Zaun Group and, specifically, its HiSec DualSkin and Flexible Steel Topping (FST) products.

The distributor delivers gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses and around 6.7 million individuals in the North East, northern Cumbria and much of Yorkshire through a vast network of 37,000 km of gas pipes – enough to stretch from Leeds to Sydney, Australia and back again, in fact.

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During periods of peak demand, the network transports four times as much energy as the electricity networks to large cities such as Newcastle, Sunderland, Leeds, York, Hull and Bradford and beautiful rural areas including North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Zaun’s HiSec DualSkin has been specifically designed for sites that need a more secure solution and features two layers of the traditional HiSec 358 welded mesh with 76.2 mm x 12.7 mm open mesh sections.

These double-skin 358 panels are welded together with the secondary panel turned 90 degrees to make a very tight 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm mesh configuration which is difficult to cut and almost impossible to climb.

The tiny apertures eliminate foot and finger holds for people trying to climb the fence or gain access to the site, prevent objects being passed through and are highly resistant against the use of hand or power cutting tools.

HiSec DualSkin conforms to BS 1722 Part 14 Category 4 and has been extensively used in prisons and by the Ministry of Defence to protect high security assets.

The FST topping system that tops the fence is fully-tested for use in UK high security prisons. At the heart of FST is a steel mesh arch, curved back over the top of a steel fence and fixed to a flexible steel bracket that’s designed to move when people try to climb it.

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Zaun acquires CCTV developer EyeLynx in bid to offer complete perimeter security solutions for end users

Perimeter fencing manufacturer Zaun has acquired EyeLynx Limited, the specialist developer and manufacturer of video and electronic security solutions. The acquisition enables Zaun to offer complete perimeter security solutions to its ever-growing end user customer base.

Jay Patel and Francisco Feijoo, the founders of EyeLynx, have continually delivered comprehensive solutions using their SharpView software. Indeed, the company has actively collaborated with Zaun for more than two years now, rendering this purchase the natural next step forward for both organisations.

Commenting on the deal, Zaun’s co-founder and director Alastair Henman explained: “Jay and Francisco are great guys with an exciting product. The synergy of that product with our customers is plain to see, so we look forward to helping the tie-up thrive in the years ahead. We’re giving Jay and Francisco all the support they need to develop state-of-the-art perimeter protection solutions that integrate with Zaun’s fencing products. As well as growing EyeLynx, this development also moves Zaun towards an integrated perimeter security systems offering.”

The deal is signed at EyeLynx's Chessington office by (from left to right) Alastair Henman, Jay Patel and Francisco Feijoo

The deal is signed at EyeLynx’s Chessington office by (from left to right) Alastair Henman, Jay Patel and Francisco Feijoo

Working out of offices in Chessington, Surrey and Zaragoza, Spain, EyeLynx has created SharpView, the highest performance system for HD MegaPixel CCTV. Built-in capabilities for Video Content Analysis mean that SharpView is also “the smartest recording and management system” in the security sector.

EyeLynx’s Pharos system is the only true Rapid Deployment High Definition (HD) surveillance system on the market with Edge Recording Cluster capability to incorporate an intelligent recorder, management software and wireless communications all in the same unit. Using the SharpView recording engine, Pharos can accommodate multiple slave PTZ cameras of any make connected into the master.

Cameras record in HD on a 24/7 basis and, whenever a perimeter zone is compromised or a potential intruder approaches too close to the fence, Pharos will send a snapshot alert to the Control Room operators for visual verification or to assigned personal mobile devices (such as those belonging to the local police chief or the nearest constable to the reported breach).

Screen shot from the EyeLynx Zaun RDS SharpView Manager

Screen shot from the EyeLynx Zaun RDS SharpView Manager

Zaun and EyeLynx have already developed a rapid deployment CCTV tower with embedded cabling and an integrated power cabinet in the post base to enable quick and easy on-site set-up without the need for heavy machinery. Remote connectivity is achieved over wireless 3G or 4G.

Only the master unit needs a SIM card, which helps beam the video intelligence to a workstation or mobile device into which anyone authorised can dial-in to view live footage or rewind and replay from any of the cameras.

The system was successfully deployed at the Conservative Party’s Annual Conference, which took place at the ICC in Birmingham last week.

EyeLynx in operation at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham

EyeLynx in operation at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham

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