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Vanderbilt launches new programming application with SPC Connect Pro

Vanderbilt, the state-of-the-art security systems developer, has announced the release of SPC Connect Pro. SPC Connect Pro is the new programming tool for SPC systems. It’s a desktop application that allows security system installers to program all the functionality of SPC systems.

“Pro is designed to use the same interface as the SPC web page so, however you decide to program your SPC, the interface and programming options use the same intuitive interface,” explained John O’Donnell, product manager at Vanderbilt.

As SPC Connect Pro evolves from SPC Pro, several operations are enhanced for security installers. The tool now maintains a back-up of configurations files, allowing access to old files via a PC if the security installer should make changes.

Installers also benefit with the freedom to define their configurations, which can then be quickly reused at other installations.

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“With SPC Connect Pro, the evolution of SPC continues,” stated O’Donnell. “We at Vanderbilt aim to provide not only great products, but also support our customers as best we can. To that end, within the tool we have built in a new support system that will provide users with the latest support information from Vanderbilt and access to manuals and other support material.”

With additional support in the required SPC 3.8.5 firmware, SPC panels will now be discoverable when the panel is in full engineer mode, thus making connecting to systems faster and easier. For security professionals who are already using SPC Connect cloud services, the tool allows installers to access their systems from the tool, creating a secure connection to support their customers.

O’Donnell concluded: “An SPC Connect installer account is needed to access the tool. Installers can sign up for an installer account free of charge and use the tool immediately. Information and pricing are available from www.spcconnect.com.

*To download SPC Connect Pro visit: http://bit.ly/SPCConnectPro

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Chubb wins fire and security systems contract with retail giant Tesco

Chubb Fire and Security has secured a new contract with retail giant Tesco to service and maintain fire extinguishers and security systems in UK stores and at Tesco’s head office, as well as the fire extinguishers present in the business’ distribution centres.

The UK’s largest retailer with over 2,600 stores, Tesco has worked with Chubb for a number of years now, using its FX range of fire extinguishers. With this new contract, Chubb will also provide intruder alarm maintenance services for half of Tesco’s estate.

John Simons, the property procurement manager at Tesco, said it was logical to explore the advantages of a combined fire and security contract.

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“In choosing a service provider,” outlined Simons, “we look for three things: technical ability, sufficient infrastructure and support to deliver a nationwide contract and value for money.”

Chubb complies with strict Service Level Agreements that ensure maintenance is carried out and calls are responded to within a specified period of time. In addition, engineers sign in and out of all site visits electronically, giving Tesco real-time visibility of engineer attendance as well as the reassurance that systems are fully maintained.

“Given the number of sites involved in this contract, good communication, collaboration and thorough organisation are essential, as well as a willingness to adopt our own procedures such as our electronic sign-in system,” added Simons.

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BSIA security systems guide published to help education sector officials ‘raise the alarm’

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has issued a free guide to aid key decision-makers within the education sector when it comes to understanding the benefits of installing intruder alarms and other security systems in order to safeguard schools.

Schools and other educational establishments face a number of security threats year round, including vandalism, arson attack and trespassers. As such, school officials have a Duty of Care to ensure that staff and student welfare is always a top priority, as well as a requirement to protect high value goods like IT equipment, personal possessions and confidential personal and financial data.

“It’s essential that key decision-makers are taking security seriously and making the necessary arrangements to protect their premises from both internal and external threats,” explained Martin Harvey, chairman of the BSIA’s Security Systems Section. “The installation of high quality intruder alarms and their integration with other security systems, such as access control and CCTV, can provide vital peace of mind that the site is being protected both in and out of school hours. With such a wide variety of products on the market, as a BSIA Section we felt it was necessary to create a helpful and concise guide to inform decision-makers of the benefits of different security systems.”

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Earlier this year, the BSIA surveyed members of its Security Systems Section in order to discover their involvement in securing the education sector over the previous year. While 50% of respondents felt that the use of private security measures in the education sector had increased over the previous 12 months, 67% anticipated them increasing over the next 12 months. 67% of respondents also felt that awareness of safety and security among education professionals had remained the same in the previous year.

The new guide endeavours to highlight the benefits of installing intruder alarms and other security systems, showcasing their effectiveness in not only responding to known threats, but also in deterring criminal activity.

Recently, the BSIA also commissioned a White Paper entitled ‘The (Real) Price of Security Solutions’ on the challenges of buying and selling high quality security solutions. The document aims to explore the price versus quality debate from the perspectives of both buyers and sellers of security solutions in order to identify the relative advantages and disadvantages between low-priced and high quality solutions.

The main findings of the White Paper clearly suggest that end users would find it far more beneficial to consider and deploy high quality security solutions. In terms of intruder alarms, a high quality solution would be one that meets with all the necessary requirements to ensure an effective police response.

“There are many standards that intruder alarm systems and their installers must meet in order to ensure that good quality products and services are available for end users,” explained Harvey. “The new guide serves to highlight the essential standards with which systems should comply in order to make them truly ‘fit for purpose’.”

*Copies of the new guide can be downloaded free of charge from the BSIA’s website: http://www.bsia.co.uk/portals/4/publications/331-intruder-alarm-education.pdf

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Qognify’s VisionHub wins CCTV System of the Year accolade at Security & Fire Excellence Awards

Qognify’s VisionHub next generation web-based video management system (VMS) has won the prestigious CCTV System of the Year (excluding Camera and Lens) category at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards.

A Security and Fire Excellence Award is one of the most highly-prized accolades of its kind in Europe, with the winners being selected by an independent panel of industry experts. The award was presented to Qognify in front of 1,000 security and fire industry professionals at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Wednesday 23 November.

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President of Qognify, Moti Shabtai, told Risk UK: “When we introduced VisionHub we made a strong statement that Qognify was bringing to market a new concept that would redefine and extend the scope of the traditional VMS. We’re immensely proud that VisionHub is a multi-award winning solution, recognised for its ability to leverage video as the main sensor in a security environment, while also adding data from other security systems, empowering Control Room operators to better respond to new and increasingly complex threats.”

VisionHub was launched in March this year and has already been selected by leading organisations worldwide. It has been awarded the SIA’s Best Video Surveillance Management System as well as Government Security News’s Best Integrated Perimeter Protection Solution award.

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ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions produces Design Manual for risk and security professionals

ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, has provided professionals working on a host of healthcare and education projects with a Design Manual to manage security and door hardware maintenance. 

The Design Manual is a document that provides facilities managers and security professionals with an inventory of hardware on doors throughout buildings.

Offering a door-by-door breakdown of products ensures that specifiers, contractors and facilities managers alike are all easily able to gain access to product information to ensure that all hardware is uniform and meets the latest legislation and standards.

Loughborough University, the University of Edinburgh and BMI Healthcare are just some of the organisations currently benefiting from the ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions Design Manual.

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Loughborough University is benefiting from the use of an ASSA ABLOY Design Manual

One of the biggest benefits of an ASSA ABLOY Design Manual is the enhanced performance guarantee that’s awarded to every project for purchasing the complete ASSA ABLOY solution. This provides the end user customer with complete peace of mind on the reliability and longevity of ASSA ABLOY products.

Paul Johnson, commercial manager at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “We work extensively with end user management teams to develop Design Manuals that ensure security systems, access control and door hardware are consistent across whole organisations, whether it be university campuses, hospitals or commercial buildings.”

Johnson continued: “Having a Design Manual ensures that end users receive the quality solutions they require, rather than cost-saving products that may sometimes be installed during design and build projects, but may not be of a high enough standard for continual application.”

Phil Sheppard from Loughborough University commented: “ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions reviewed the buildings around our campus to gain an understanding of our existing security systems. This enabled them to tailor security solutions that would provide better whole life costing for the university through providing quality products that reduce our maintenance, repair and replacement expenditures.”

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Vanderbilt highlights commitment to quality with ISO 9001 certification

Vanderbilt, the state-of-the-art security systems developer, has had its commitment to Best in Class quality management highlighted by achieving the prestigious ISO 9001 certification. This latest accolade is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to make its processes as agile as possible and set the standard in what’s now an increasingly competitive market.

ISO is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards that acknowledge industry Best Practice.

Since it was first published in 1987, ISO 9001 has become the world’s most established quality management framework and is currently used by over a million companies across the globe.

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The standard is based on a number of principles including a company’s commitment to excellence and its stakeholders, and a willingness to work towards continually improving efficiencies.

“A desire to operate to the highest standards of quality runs through everything we do,” stated Uta Ragnitz, head of quality and process management at Vanderbilt. “ISO 9001 rubber stamps our credentials through better integration and alignment of internal processes, which will lead to increased productivity and results. In addition, more effective use of resources, improved communication, planning and administration will define a standard of operation that exceeds our customers’ expectations and ensures that they view us as the security solutions supplier of choice.”

Having completed the successful acquisition of Security Products from Siemens in 2015, Vanderbilt’s ISO 9001 certification maintains the level of quality that its customers expect and allows the business to enhance customer satisfaction and improve customer loyalty, leading to repeat business. These processes will also help the organisation gain market share through flexible and fast responses to market opportunities.

Rigorous audit process

Vanderbilt’s quality management system was externally certified through Intertek, a multinational certification body that has helped companies around the world improve performance and become more efficient for over 130 years.

A rigorous audit process took place over two days. Auditor Hans Tjornvik from Intertek explained: “I was thoroughly impressed with the level of work that Vanderbilt has put into its quality management system, as well as the company’s dedication to the continual improvement of its processes. So much so, in fact, that I would place the business in the Top 10 of the companies I’ve audited during my career.”

The hard work is all set to continue, as Vanderbilt looks to meet the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, the latest revision of the standard.

Joe Grillo, the company’s managing director, concluded: “I would like to congratulate the team for all the hard work put into achieving this important standard. Our culture of quality improvement is vital. The discipline and framework provided by our system creates an environment that will help us achieve our corporate objectives.”

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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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