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Bosch’s PA and voice evacuation solutions now available in UK through ADI Global Distribution  

Bosch Security & Safety Systems Limited – part of Bosch Building Technologies – has announced that its Public Address (PA) and voice evacuation products portfolio is now available to the UK market through Residio business ADI Global Distribution. 

Andrew Pigram, UK general manager for Bosch Security Systems, explained: “The combination of Bosch’s 60 years of global experience in developing communication systems combined with ADI’s 30 years of delivering extensive global distribution provides our customers and the marketplace with complete peace of mind.”

ADI stocks a broad portfolio of PA and voice evacuation systems from Bosch, including a wide range of loudspeakers for a range of applications, underpinned by the enhanced features, build quality and reliability that today’s security professionals have come to expect from Bosch.

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ADI offers “industry-leading” support on these systems, including guidance on product selection and pre-sales support in the form of site surveys, system design, pre-build and configuration and commissioning via a dedicated ADI project support team.

Hemant Trivedi, regional director for the UK and Southern Europe at ADI, commented: “This collaboration will enable system integrators and installers to confidently pursue new market opportunities and add devices for end users to their existing installs, from smaller retail and commercial applications right through to sports stadiums and larger Shopping Centres.”

To ensure customers receive dedicated support in the field, there will be a comprehensive training roll-out around the UK providing hands-on demonstrations across the local ADI branch network as well as at the ADI Expos throughout the year.

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Static Systems Group wins Westfield M7 Building A fire alarm contract

Westfield Europe Ltd has appointed Static Systems Group as its specialist fire alarm contractor for Westfield M7 Building A, a new 14-storey commercial office development in Westfield’s Stratford City Estate in the heart of East London.  

Static Systems was awarded the contract following a competitive tender and will now design, supply, install and project manage the scheme, which is scheduled for completion towards the end of this year.  

Westfield Europe Ltd was familiar with Static Systems’ work on other large-scale projects of a similar nature. The company visited a number of ongoing Static Systems projects and was confident that the business would serve as a reliable partner to deliver the fire alarm system for the new Westfield office development.

Alex Southall, proposals manager at Static Systems, commented: “We’re pleased that our ability to deliver large-scale and highly complex fire solutions within the required timescales has been recognised. This, coupled with our design competence and ability to ensure system compliance, clearly reassured Westfield Europe Ltd that we’re the ideal contractor for this project.”

Included in Static Systems’ contract are the fire detection, disabled alarms, fire telephone, gas suppression, paging and public address/voice alarm (PAVA) systems.

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ISM introduces Enterprise version of proven integrated security management system

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM), a leader in the design, development and manufacture of ISMS technology, has just launched an Enterprise version of the company’s proven Genesys integrated security management system (ISMS).

Already deployed within the Critical National Infrastructure sector, the new ISMS offers end users “unparalleled scale, redundancy and ease of use”.

As an enhancement of the existing Genesys2, the Enterprise version has been developed with the largest organisations in mind. Genesys is fully-scalable to manage and control multiple sites from a single Control Room (or even a single workstation) across a country, or even across continents. It features the most advanced levels of encryption to ensure network security, and is accredited to the highest standards of Government national infrastructure security.

Stephen Smith, managing director of ISM, believes that the extension of the Genesys range gives customers greater choice. “There have been a number of articles in the security press talking about PSIM companies starting to develop systems that go beyond the current solutions and moving to a federated architecture. With Genesys, we’re already there. Genesys Enterprise resolves those issues associated with the increasing geographical scope of clients, corporations, Governments and institutions, while also adhering to a multi-tiered hierarchy or ‘federated’ system here total control is centralised, but allows individual sites to maintain local control.”

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Smith added: “This new addition is ideally suited to those large organisations with multiple sites across multiple regions who might also want to ‘flex’ to accommodate further sites and geographies as their needs evolve. As this comes from the Genesys stable, existing users only have to upgrade from their existing version to Enterprise without the expense of a complete technology refresh.”

Multiple systems, multiple manufacturers

Crucially, the new development 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 through to electronic locking and Public Address can be monitored and controlled from a single platform, regardless of who made them.

Most importantly, this solution includes the existing Migrating 3+ technology, a patented automatic fail-over 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,” added 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 isn’t restricted in its performance by the size or capability of a server, and nor does it require the expense of moving to server farms or using clustering software. It means we deliver the most extreme redundancy characteristics for the threats you’ve thought of, not to mention those that you haven’t.”

Continuing this theme, Smith observed: “The Enterprise development within the existing Genesys isn’t a development waiting for a trial site, but rather it has already been installed within a high-security Critical National Infrastructure project. It is tested and proven at the highest level and under the most demanding of conditions and has been very successful.”

‘True’ ISMS

Genesys is a ‘true’ ISMS built around intuitive software that combines a range of industry-leading features and benefits including an enhanced graphical user experience, 3D modelling and a comprehensive event management database. Events and alarms are presented to the operator clearly as and when they happen.

“Operators can be quickly trained to gain maximum advantage,” highlighted Smith. “The system also enables end users to make better use of their staff and resources since they don’t have to have all of their Control Rooms working on a 24-hour basis. Genesys is a truly unique solution offering advanced system architecture, unparalleled ease of use for the operators and the very low lifecycle costs.”

The ISMS 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 the end user 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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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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PEL Services takes care of specialist fire safety and security solutions for Debenhams

PEL Services has just completed the design, supply and installation of a package of key safety systems for a further Debenhams store. As is the case at numerous other Debenhams stores around the UK, the new retail outlet in North Lincolnshire Shopping Park, Scunthorpe has been fitted with fire detection, security and Public Address systems.

The new store, which occupies 40,000 sq ft across two floors, is protected by a comprehensive store-wide ‘open protocol’ fire detection system as well as PEL’s Refuge Call, which allows a disabled person to alert Central Station operators to their predicament, in turn enabling the appropriate action to be taken.

A PA system has also been fitted by PEL Services’ engineers. This is used for safety and general announcements and to broadcast in-store radio and advertisements under a company-wide MEDIAinSTORE contract.

Security is a key consideration for the retailer. To this end, PEL Services has installed access control, intruder alarm and video-based door entry systems as part of the overall store security requirements.

PEL Services is providing security and fire safety solutions for the Debenham stores estate

PEL Services is providing security and fire safety solutions for the Debenham stores estate

For PEL Services, the real challenge at this site was the quick turnaround. Managing director Ken Faulks stated: “PEL Services has developed an excellent working relationship with Debenhams over the years. We serve the retailer with a quality package of cost-effective systems and provide a level of support to match. We also have the resources and the expert team to enable us to provide this level of service. Debenhams recognises as such through its continued use of our services across its stores, including our MEDIAinSTORE music in-store radio and advertising service which is now distributed throughout the Debenhams estate.”

PEL Services was recently responsible for the successful design, supply and installation of a Bose professional digital sound and PA system at Debenhams’ flagship Oxford Street store as part of an extensive £25 million refurbishment. The sound system features 650 ceiling speakers, making it one of the largest Bose ceiling speaker installations in Europe.

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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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