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Proximex Surveillint PSIM solution from Tyco Security Products offers “unparalleled situational awareness”

Tyco Security Products has announced the newest release of its Proximex Surveillint PSIM solution, which provides Security Operations Centres with “unparalleled situational awareness and communication capabilities” through enterprise dashboards, contact management, social media integration and a new module that raises operator alarms based on correlated events.

A new Analysis Module enables alarms to be raised on combinations of events that are separated by time or space without the clutter of extraneous alerts. For example, a site might want to raise an alert only when a combination of sensors (eg a fence motion sensor and video analytics) report an event in the same location.

The Analysis Module can also trigger operator alerts for events that may otherwise be ignored (for instance, raising an invalid access attempt alarm if someone repeatedly tries to access a secure location by using a card at multiple doors).

“We’re committed to giving end user organisations around the world as much information as possible about potential threats and the quickest, most cost-effective ways to communicate with their communities,” explained Michael Mesaros, group product manager at Proximex, which is part of Tyco Security Products.

“Operators can now receive automatic notification of weather events, for example, and they now have the ability to deploy a cost-effective mass-notification solution. This capability can be used to implement a crowdsourced ‘Say Something, Text Something’-style incident reporting system.”

This latest release of Surveillint features a new development tool that allows deployers to quickly build custom dashboards that display real-time operational information from security, building management and enterprise application systems. Security Operations Centres can, in one convenient display, monitor the number and types of open alarms, operator response times, the status of doors, cameras and sensors in the environment and other operational metrics.

“Our customers want to be able to continuously monitor their security and operational status,”  said Stephen Moody, business development manager for Ireland-based systems integrator ViS Security Solutions, which deployed Surveillint for a local hospital. “This new ability to design custom enterprise dashboards which combine data from a variety of security and operational systems will help us to address that need and deliver additional value for our end customers.”

*For more information on the entire Proximex product line visit: www.proximex.com

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CNL Software appoints James Condron to global vice-president for sales and marketing

Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software specialist CNL Software is strengthening its senior management team and Board with the promotion of James Condron to the role of global vice-president with responsibility for sales and marketing. Condron will now be in charge of driving growth for the company via its already extensive global partner ecosystem.

Condron joined CNL Software in 2004 and boasts over 25 years’ experience within sales and marketing of IT software and hardware solutions. With a successful track record in delivering significant business growth, he has been instrumental in some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking security integration projects during his tenure at CNL Software.

Condron’s appointment comes as CNL Software increases its share of the growing international security integration market by demonstrating a strong customer-focused approach and specialism in key vertical segments. Condron’s ability to execute profitable sales through customer relationship management and systematic marketing strategies will help to drive growth over the next three years. Immediate attentions will be focused on process management, partner acquisition and support and customer service strategies.

James Condron: moving into a new role at CNL Software

James Condron: moving into a new role at CNL Software

“We’re all extremely excited that James has accepted this new role,” commented Keith Bloodworth, CEO at CNL Software. “He brings with him great drive, energy and expertise within complex security integration programs.”

Bloodworth continued: “The global growth of connected devices will exceed 40 billion by 2020. That being so, organisations across all vertical markets and geographies will need to transform huge volumes of data into meaningful intelligence for their security and operations. James’ excellent work over the last decade leaves us with no doubt that he’s the right person to help us increase our share within this market segment.”

Speaking about his new role within the business, Condron told Risk UK: “Security operations across the world are eager to leverage additional value from the investments made in their security infrastructure and also to exploit the tremendous benefits offered by the Internet of Things, yet they’re struggling to make sense of the myriad of data being produced by multiple systems and devices. CNL Software can help them cut through all of this complexity.”

In conclusion, Condron stated: “I look forward to engaging with our valued international customer base to help support their operational insights and to working with our world class partner ecosystem as we expand our global footprint.”

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Intergrated Security Manufacturing shortlisted in Benchmark Innovation Awards 2015

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) – a specialist in the design, development and manufacture of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) technology – has been shortlisted in the Site Protection Software category of the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2015 for its Genesys V2 software platform. 

Genesys is a fully-integrated PSIM technology suitable for entry level applications that require the integration of up to two different hardware solutions through to very complex solutions. It allows multiple computer systems from different manufacturers to be incorporated into one holistic security system.

At its core, the technology enables every electronic security or fire safety device – from CCTV and intruder alarms to electronic locking and public address systems – to be monitored and controlled from one single platform. This not only brings greater control for end users with automatic escalation of selected alarm scenarios but also decreases operating costs against traditional security guarding.

Importantly, Genesys features Migrating 3+, a patented automatic failover technology that adds high levels of automatic configurable redundancy with control diffused across all PCs on a given network. This effective distribution scenario means that security is never compromised: if one PC fails then control is seamlessly migrated to another with no interruptions.

Stephen Smith of Intergrated Security Manufacturing

Stephen Smith of Intergrated Security Manufacturing

Genesys also provides the operator with a high resolution 2D or 3D image that affords an instant overview of onsite maps while all activity is recorded on a log such that detailed reports or audit trails can be created.

Stephen Smith, managing director of ISM, said that to be shortlisted is clear evidence for both existing and prospective customers that ISM is a true innovator in its field.

“Innovation is at the very core of our business,” explained Smith. “For Genesys to be shortlisted in the 2015 Benchmark Innovation Awards is testament to the many hours that we commit to driving the security sector forward.”

For this year’s awards, Benchmark will be collaborating with UBM – the organiser of IFSEC International – to present the Innovation Arena. As such, nominated companies like ISM will be invited to deliver a presentation of their product to an audience of installers, integrators, end users and other professionals currently seeking innovative security management solutions for their buildings.

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Intergrated Security Manufacturing to exhibit Genesys PSIM technology at ISC West

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) – a leader in the design, development and manufacture of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) technology – is to show the latest version of its proven Genesys security management system at ISC West 2015 in Las Vegas, which runs from 15-17 April. The company will be present in Booth 31108.

Genesys v2 is a technology designed by engineers who have a firm understanding of the commercial security market and which delivers “exceptional” levels of functionality, performance and ease of use for system installations both large and small.

Steve Smith, managing director of ISM, explained that the business continues to invest significantly in technology and R&D and is expanding the use and application of Genesys into new markets.

“The US provides a significant growth opportunity for our PSIM technology,” said Smith, “and notably in Homeland Security applications to protect critical infrastructure, embassies and data centres. There’s also a market in new vertical sectors including casinos.”

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) is set to show the latest version of its proven Genesys security management system at ISC West in Las Vegas

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) is set to show the latest version of its proven Genesys security management system at ISC West in Las Vegas

Smith continued: “Whatever the size of the installation or the opportunity, Genesys is fully scalable and able to ‘flex’ in line with a client’s needs.”

Genesys allows the integration of multiple systems from multiple manufacturers – all from one holistic integrated security system. Every electronic security or fire safety device from CCTV and intruder alarms to electronic locking and Public Address can be monitored and controlled from a single platform.

Control migration in practice 

Most importantly, Genesys features Migrating 3+ technology, a patented automatic failover technology that adds higher levels of automatic configurable redundancy and power. Control is effectively distributed across multiple workstations:

“We take power to your PC and multiple it by the number of PCs on your network,” stated Smith. “What this means is that if one PC fails, control is migrated to another PC on a seamless basis with no interruption or downtime. Our system is not restricted in its performance by the size or capability of a server, nor does it require the expense of moving to server farms or using clustering software.”

Genesys is a ‘true’ PSIM system built around intuitive software that combine a range of industry leading features and benefits including an enhanced graphical user experience and 3-D modelling as well as a comprehensive event management database.

Events and alarms are presented to the operator clearly as and when they happen.

The PSIM software operates as a standalone platform over LAN or WAN networks for remote and local sites with workstations that can be transferred to any operating Security Control Room on the network. This offers end users flexibility when closing down sites or buildings for off-peak or out of normal working hours (or in the unlikely event of any system failures).

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VMS developer Wavestore and NBM agree terms on distribution partnership

Wavestore, a leading global supplier of video management software (VMS), has agreed a new distribution partnership with NBM Distribution. Under the terms of the agreement, NBM Distribution will supply Wavestore’s hardware-based solutions to its extensive customer base of installers and systems integrators throughout the EMEA region. 

NBM Distribution was established in 1988 to service the growing demands of the computer network market. From an 11,000 sq ft warehouse located in Hemel Hempstead, the company offers the IT channel an extensive portfolio of network solutions developed by leading manufacturers including MOBOTIX, Allied Telesis, Synology, Brand-Rex, Netgenium, Redetec, Riello, GJD Technologies, Prism Enclosures and Rittal.

Supported by an ongoing commitment to provide all customers with the highest level of service in the data cabling industry, the company has increased its sales to over £9 million.

Danny Kindell: managing director of NBM Distribution

Danny Kindell: managing director of NBM Distribution

“We’ve decided upon a single vendor strategy in respect of video surveillance products and, on that basis, we carefully evaluated video management solutions from a wide range of manufacturers before reaching this distribution agreement with Wavestore,” said Danny Kindell, managing director of NBM Distribution.

“Wavestore’s open platform VMS will provide our customers with the option to deploy a video surveillance solution which can be integrated with a wide range of other  security and IT-related systems. It also works particularly well with Megapixel and 360-degree cameras manufactured by MOBOTIX whom we work with on an exclusive basis.”

Identifying new business opportunities

Also commenting on the new working arrangements, Chris Williams (director of Wavestore) said: “NBM Distribution’s in-depth knowledge and understanding of the network sector makes the company an ideal partner to help us identify new business opportunities within the IT channel. We’re looking forward to working with the NBM Distribution team to bring the benefits of our video management solutions to the attention of professionals who work within the network sector.”

Wavestore director Chris Williams

Wavestore director Chris Williams

Williams added: “The timing of this partnership agreement could not be better as it coincides with the imminent launch of Wavestore V6 which will incorporate a number of exciting and innovative new features. These include the EcoStore intelligent power saving hard drive management technology offering a potential power saving of up to 90% per hard drive. V6 will also feature Wavestore’s proprietary data storage solution. Its highly scalable recording design supports up to 64 Petabytes of storage per single volume, each with a capacity of up to 64 trillion images, and is configurable for an unlimited number of volumes.”

Wavestore is a powerful and user-friendly Linux-based video recording and management system able to simultaneously record images captured by combinations of analogue, IP, Megapixel, HD, HD-SDI and 360-degree cameras.

As a business, Wavestore is fully committed to an open platform philosophy. This enables the company to integrate and work closely with camera manufacturers and other third party technology partners in offering a comprehensive security solution which can include video analytics, access control, Command and Control, Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), motion detection, license plate recognition, abandoned object and intruder detection, people counting, perimeter security detection and traffic monitoring systems.

WaveView in operation

WaveView in operation

Wavestore’s video management software is ONVIF Profile S-conformant. Profile S describes the common functionalities shared by ONVIF-conformant video management systems and devices that send, configure, request or control the streaming of media data over an IP network, and includes specific features such as PTZ control, audio streaming and relay outputs.

Paradigm shift in the approach to VMS

The expertise of its hardware and software development teams ensures that Wavestore is able to react quickly to rapidly changing market demands. Indeed, many of the features incorporated within Wavestore V5 were introduced as a direct result of listening and responding to customer requirements.

Some of those features are unique to Wavestore. One such is de-warping software, which facilitates the recording and display of the fish-eye images captured by 180 and 360-degree panoramic cameras.

Wavestore’s DVRs, NVRs and HVRs are rugged, reliable and straightforward to install, configure and operate

Wavestore’s DVRs, NVRs and HVRs are rugged, reliable and straightforward to install, configure and operate

Developed on the Linux operating system, Wavestore’s DVRs, NVRs and HVRs are rugged, reliable and straightforward to install, configure and operate.

Wavestore systems are also easily expandable and upgradable as and when a client’s requirements change, while Wavestore’s powerful SDK and metadata capability enables integrated security solutions to be developed that will provide a rapid response to dynamic events for end users.

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‘Security Integration moves beyond PSIM’ (by John Davies, md, TDSi)

In a guest blog for Risk UK’s readers, John Davies reviews developments that have been taking place beyond the initial hype around Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and how the integration of physical and information security is now offering benefits in the real world.

A few years ago, PSIM – the acronym for Physical Security Information Management – became a popular ‘buzzphrase’ in both the physical and logical security sectors. In its broadest sense, the term sought to describe the increasing unification between IT security and physical security systems which really became inevitable given the increased adoption of IP services throughout the business world and, indeed, society as a whole.

In the case of physical security, this phenomenon has revolutionised the approach the industry takes to its products and services. Manufacturers, specifiers and installers have had to adapt and evolve to meet the expectations of the market (and, in many cases, the wider public).

However, the security sector as a whole has moved on and the expectation of an IP connection is now simply a basic necessity rather than a defining characteristic.

Full integration between often complex and crucial systems is now the goal of security operators and providers alike. Paradoxically, while the technology is undoubtedly becoming more and more complex, the overall goal is to provide operators and installers with solutions that are actually simpler to use and install.

John Davies: managing director at TDSi

John Davies: managing director at TDSi

Bringing together all of the elements

PSIM has been highly successful in bringing together physical and logical security systems, but the expectations placed on integration have also grown significantly. The security market now demands more joined-up physical security technology.

Common integration components include:
• Access control (physical locks and doors)
• CCTV systems
• Intruder alarms
• Firefighting systems
• Building services controls (including environmental systems and lifts)
• Centralised business systems (and Schools Information Management Systems)
• HR systems

While physical and logical security were traditionally isolated from one another, so too were many of the individual physical security and management applications. The inability of these various facets to work directly together was a frustration when it was clear that the overall management of a facility could be enhanced and made considerably simpler and more efficient by doing so.

Bringing together the various elements has been made achievable by two improvements: the ability of many security and management systems to be connected to a universal Internet connection and the development of systems and software capable of administering and simplifying the operator’s task of running multiple functions from a single portal.

True security integration has only really been made possible with the advent of systems which are highly compatible with one another (often using shared/agreed standardised protocols) and offer the ability to network these previous disparate elements. The second hurdle has been to understand the popular standards and create software systems able to bring the strands together as a whole.

Continuous surveillance and control of facilities

While security systems are traditionally used to combat intruders and protect against attacks or thefts, some organisations actually face a substantial threat from what’s sometimes termed ‘insider theft’. Modern integrated security systems can be used as an effective deterrent against such threats.

Take the example of a busy warehouse. With items being moved in and out on a rapid basis, it can be easy for a worker to remove items (especially small ones) without necessarily being noticed by colleagues or human security operators. In this example, CCTV surveillance may not be enough to detect a problem in standalone mode. However, in combination with an integrated stocktaking system and monitoring of access to the facility it’s much easier to investigate unaccounted losses and to check video footage for the missing items. Equally, it can be a powerful tool to defend the honesty of staff members where there is suspicion or doubt.

Visual verification: monitoring of staff movements

With a truly integrated combination of security and business/building control systems there are fresh opportunities to use these existing investments. A good example is the administration of facilities management resources. Visual verification from CCTV and security software systems can be used to monitor the movements of authorised staff as well as intruders.

A practical application for this could be the intelligent use of environmental temperature control and lighting. An integrated security system can detect the use of designated areas within a facility and intelligently manage the use of resources – and especially outside normal working hours – to reduce any wastage in unoccupied areas.

Equally, this visual verification technology could be used to monitor human and vehicular traffic around a facility and analyse any congestion or influence planning decisions.

Emergency situations and fires

Integrated systems can also play an important role with regards to the safety of people on site. Fire alarms are far from a new technology, but when used in combination with all the other buildings control systems, the combined solution can play a vital role in safety.

In the event of a fire the alarm will probably be the first system to activate. In a modern integrated system this can alert the security team and, if required, automatically escalate the warning to the emergency services.

Proactively, it can automatically restrict access to dangerous parts of the building and consult HR records or check ID restricted access logs to see who has entered and left the facility. This provides a more accurate account for the emergency services and security teams to assess the situation.

CCTV systems can then be used to assess whether people are trapped within the facility and even to investigate dangerous areas and the spread of the emergency without putting lives at risk.

Time and attendance: shift-based business models

For organisations that run strict time-keeping and shift-based business models, security systems can be used to administer accurate time and attendance recording and secure access control records when staff enter or leave a facility as well as enforce security.

It can also measure when staff visit different parts of the facility (for example the WC or food service areas) to ascertain an accurate record of the actual working patterns.

When linked to CCTV and logical access of IT systems, the HR Department or security system operators can see exactly what’s happening.

Using legacy systems and offering the best ROI

Intelligently installed integrated physical security systems can offer an attractive return on investment. First, they allow the ‘mix and match’ purchase of systems to best suit requirements and budgets. Second, they also permit the use of existing legacy systems and the inclusion of components that are either very specific to their role or, from a financial standpoint, would be problematic to replace.

A good example is the use of CCTV cameras where the best solution may be a healthy mix of modern megapixel cameras are other legacy or specific environment systems. In the past, it would have been harder to use different specifications of camera on the same network but integrated systems are specifically designed to cater for this eventuality.

Integrated systems: greater flexibility than ever before

While PSIM has undoubtedly bridged the gap between physical and logical security, the developments that have taken place since have arguably been more helpful to security operators and installers. The connection of physical security to IP-based systems was a vital development in the security industry as a whole, but the synergy between physical systems is bringing the evolution of truly self-aware solutions even closer.

Traditionally, organisations and installers dealt with a complete solution which was mutually exclusive to other solutions and offered little in the way of upgrades and evolution options. Making any changes required serious contemplation and often involved large budgetary commitments that were usually untenable.

The combination of physical security and IP systems has also radically altered the installer market. Installation specialists increasingly have to understand both IT and physical security disciplines in order to offer the best solutions for their clients. The trade-off is that, as an industry, the security sector is able to grow and offer exactly the solutions that customers require.

Those customers now have greater control over their investments and a greater confidence that it’s a wise investment in a wider economic landscape that will help achieve sustained growth.

John Davies is managing director at security solutions specialist TDSi

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NICE Systems partners with G4S subsidiary AMAG Technology to integrate NICE Situator with Symmetry access control system

NICE Systems has announced its partnership with AMAG Technology, a G4S subsidiary, for the integration of the NICE Situator Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solution with AMAG Technology’s Symmetry access control system. The joint solution can be used by command and control centres worldwide to improve situational awareness and streamline incident management.

The integration enables bi-directional communication between Symmetry and Situator. This means Situator can receive real-time Symmetry access control alerts and display these events along with access records and images of permitted personnel.

Situator’s ability to pull in data from a wide range of security systems means that Symmetry access control information can also be correlated with information from other sensors for accurate alerting. Once an alert is received, Situator’s automated processes guide operators through response plans to improve management efficiency and minimise risk.

Several utilities companies and ports are already using the integrated solution for day-to-day security operations, allowing them to more easily identify access breaches and to improve collaboration between relevant parties.

Leading expertise in PSIM

Shae Taylor, Symmetry’s extended business solutions programme manager at AMAG Technology, explained: “We’re thrilled to certify NICE as a partner in our Symmetry Extended Business Solutions Programme. NICE’s leading expertise in PSIM and situation management complements our advanced access control technology, enabling end users to benefit from an intelligent and unified solution.”

Chris Wooten; executive vice-president at the NICE Security Group

Chris Wooten; executive vice-president at the NICE Security Group

Chris Wooten, executive vice-president for the NICE Security Group, added: “Security operations are already benefiting from the enhanced situational awareness and streamlined incident management afforded by this integrated solution. The integration is available globally for any customer that wants to leverage Situator and Symmetry together. End users can have confidence in the rigorous testing and certification process that has taken place.”

NICE Systems’ security solutions help organisations capture, analyse and leverage big data to anticipate, manage and mitigate security and safety risks and improve operations. The NICE security, intelligence and cyber offerings provide valuable insights that enable enterprises and Government agencies to take the best action at the right time by correlating structured and unstructured data from multiple sensors and channels, detecting irregular patterns and recogniszing trends.

The company’s solutions have been deployed to help secure a broad range of organisations and events such as banks, utility companies, airports, seaports, city centres, transportation systems, sporting events and diplomatic meetings.

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LAX extends incident management to field operations with NICE Situator

The web-based GIS solution developed jointly by NICE Systems and the AECOM Technology Corporation enables security and operations teams to enhance collaboration and co-ordination for more-efficient responses to security incidents.

NICE Systems and AECOM Technology Corporation are helping Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) extend its situation management capabilities from the Control Room to the airfield. The airport’s management team has deployed the NICE Situator Enterprise Geographical Information System (EGIS) web application, which enables field personnel to view all open security and operational incidents in Situator and log new incidents on their tablets. This creates a shared environment for managing incidents, in turn leading to better collaboration between teams, increased situational awareness for all operators and more effective responses.

The web application uses the sophisticated geospatial and mapping capabilities of Esri’s ArcGIS Server to provide customised, layered views of airport buildings, property and infrastructure. All relevant incident stakeholders can visualise the same incident on a map and engage in interactive dialogue via the comments log. They can also share response plans (such as an evacuation route) by drawing on the map, annotating it and saving it to the system.

In addition, the web application will help field operators more efficiently manage day-to-day tasks, such as Federal Aviation Administration-mandated Part 139 airfield inspections. Under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139, United States commercial service airports are required to conduct various assessments of each runway and examine pavement markings, lighting, signs and safety areas as well as oversee ground vehicle operations. If an issue arises, field operators can easily create a new incident on their mobile devices which is resolved through Situator’s workflows and recorded for compliance purposes.

Los Angeles International Airport: benefiting from a joint NICE Systems-AECOM Technology Corporation-developed security management solution

Los Angeles International Airport: benefiting from a joint NICE Systems-AECOM Technology Corporation-developed security management solution

Part of the Los Angeles World Airports, LAX has been using NICE Situator since 2011 to integrate information from various security and operational systems, like video surveillance, CCTV and access control, as well as to generate automated, adaptive response plans. With the web application, first responders and field operations personnel receive all information from Situator in real time. They can immediately pull up assets in an impact zone – for instance, a video camera within 100 feet of the incident – or use the application’s robust search engine to locate nearby geospatial assets (eg the exits closest to an incident location).

They can also create new incidents, manage ongoing ones and complete specific tasks assigned to them, thereby reducing reliance on radio communications and enhancing compliance.

Transforming security, safety and operations management

Dominic Nessi, deputy executive director/CISO at Los Angeles World Airports, explained: “The NICE-AECOM solution is allowing us to transform the way in which we manage safety, security and operations at LAX. Based on our ongoing success with NICE Situator, we sought a way to apply these capabilities to our field operations. Now, not only are we able to maximise the use of our existing PSIM, situation management and GIS technologies, but we’re also strengthening our entire security and operations apparatus.”

Kevin Carlson – vice-president of aviation systems at AECOM – added: “We’re excited to partner with NICE to bring this unique solution to LAX, and to help fulfil the airport’s vision for real-time interactive dialogue and collaboration. By combining an airport’s EGIS infrastructure with an enterprise situation management platform, organisations are able to leverage geospatial information for more effective collaboration in support of both daily operations and emergency response.”

Chris Wooten (executive vice-president at the NICE Security Group) explained: “Extending the reach of NICE Situator into the field significantly augments security operations. In a dynamic airport environment like LAX, it’s critical to maintain a direct line of communication between multiple users by providing situation management capabilities both inside and outside of the Control Room. This model for mobile situation management demonstrates NICE’s leadership and technology innovation, which can be tailored to the needs of other airports and industries as well.”

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Navtech Radar focuses attentions on PIDS for airport projects

Navtech Radar has installed Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) at 16 major European airports in a bid to address client requirements in relation to security breaches which can result in considerable operational losses at such locations.

Navtech Radar is now one of the world’s leading suppliers of radar-based Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) for airports. Having installed 16 AdvanceGuard system solutions, and with a considerable number of airport-based projects currently undergoing installation, Navtech Radar is delivering PIDS compliant with the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Security Manual 8973.

Preventative security measures are crucial for passenger safety and confidence, as stipulated by the ICAO and EU 300/2008 and 2320/2002 regulations.

Speaking about this issue, Navtech Radar’s business development manager Jason Burger explained: “The uninterrupted running of airport operations is imperative, as unlawful interference culminating in a security breach can result in huge operational losses due to the time taken for evacuation procedures or the temporary closure of an airport.”

Multi-radar surveillance at an airport

Multi-radar surveillance at an airport

Large area to secure

Typically, commercial airports harbour extremely large perimeter areas, with many of them in excess of 15 km. Those perimeter zones can be both expensive and difficult to secure, most notably in adverse weather conditions.

Burger continued: “Navtech Radar’s frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) 76 GHz technology is ideally suited to this challenge. The robust design of the radars, coupled with their ability to operate on a 24/7 basis in all types of light and weather conditions, and even in dense fog, renders the AdvanceGuard solution a preferred technology for the challenges faced by airport operators and their security teams.”

With low installation and ongoing maintenance costs, end users will be keen to learn that the overall cost of ownership associated with AdvanceGuard is very competitive when compared with traditional fence detection systems.

Navtech’s radar surveillance technology can deliver further cost savings by re-addressing the balance between technology and physical security guarding solutions. With 360° radius detection offering a range of up to 1,000 metres of manned detection, Navtech’s radar systems are described as “the perfect solution” for perimeter and critical security restricted area surveillance.

Burger added: “Multiple overlapping radar sensors may be networked to offer site-wide security coverage for the end user which is controlled and monitored via a single PC running Navtech Radar’s sophisticated Physical Security Information Management software.” The latter is named Witness.

Jason Burger: business development manager at Navtech Radar

Jason Burger: business development manager at Navtech Radar

Reference sites: AdvanceGuard in action

To date, AdvanceGuard reference sites include Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Valencia (Spain) and Bristol Airport in the UK.

An additional benefit of the Navtech Radar AdvanceGuard solutuion is that it has the potential to be used as a surface movement system, meaning that the radars would serve a dual purpose for the end user customer.

Fernando Garcia Rodrigues (project manager for equipment and facilities in the Operations, Security and Services Directorate at Valencia Airport) explained: “We had a number of key issues we wanted to address by way of a new wide area surveillance solution. We needed to detect intrusions to the airport area, follow any intruders once they were inside the airport and avoid expensive civil works. We had to cover a huge area but had no tube bank or any other canalisation available for cabling. We also wanted to minimise communication and power costs.”

In addition, there was a desire to have the same alarm rate and response in any weather or light conditions and, at the same time, present a friendly and easy-to-use system for the operators.

“Now,” continued Rodrigues, “we have a solution in place with a very low false alarm rate. We can distinguish between ‘friend’ and ‘intruder’ and, in terms of the latter, follow them on site. This makes it much easier and faster to direct the intercepting security patrols.”

End user experiences at Bristol Airport and Ostrava Airport

Chris Ware, head of security at Bristol Airport, has also spoken of the AdvanceGuard solution.

“We selected AdvanceGuard based on all of its all-weather capabilities and operational experience at other airports,” outlined Ware. “A further major factor is that the solution demonstrates the lowest false alarm rate.”

Ware added: “We tend to experience a good deal of fog in Bristol. It was critical that the new solution could cope with that, as well as any heavy rain and snow. The AdvanceGuard solution also gives us superior track and trace capability in comparison to other types of technology solutions. To date, the system has met all of our expectations.”

PIDS in action

PIDS in action

Bristol Airport’s head of security also said: “I would like to highlight the fact that the system benefits also include an automatic tracking capability and rule-and zone setting flexibility within the Witness2 software suite. The system’s alarm log and operator acknowledgement features provide an audit trail for both employer and employee. This is vital, as members of staff can be seen to have followed procedures because there’s now a security system in place that documents they’ve done so.”

Petr Voráč, head of security for Ostrava Airport, explained: “In comparison with other radar systems which use just one long range radar unit, the Navtech Radar solution was better because the airfield has a non-uniform shape. One large unit would have given us problems with ‘dead zones’ where there would have been no detection due to ground slopes and non-linear fence lines.”

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