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Smart R Distribution provides vital link for CCTV expansion at New Cross Hospital

As a direct consequence of COVID-19, many hospitals have needed to quickly erect new portable buildings to expand the capacity of certain sensitive areas. In turn, this has created a requirement to immediately expand the scope of existing CCTV systems to ensure Control Room operators are able to monitor and react appropriately to any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the new buildings.

New Cross Hospital, which is run by the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, is just one of many throughout the UK faced with the challenge of ensuring all areas of its campus can be monitored on a 24/7 basis. Providing 700 beds and employing circa 9,500 members of staff, it’s the largest teaching hospital in the Black Country, having been originally built in 1900 as a workhouse.

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The need to install a new 4K camera in a location over 300 metres from the hospital’s Control Room initially seemed daunting in terms of the cost of laying the network cabling normally needed to transmit the ultra-HD images captured by IP cameras.

“Apart from the cost of the engineering work and the disruption caused by installing the new cabling, it would also have taken several days to achieve,” said Dan Mather, director of Derby-based JKE Security who’ve enjoyed a long-term working relationship with the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust.

“We clearly needed to find a much simpler and cost-effective solution which would enable our clients to take full advantage of the superb quality images captured by 4K cameras and, if necessary, pass evidence of any wrongdoing to the police.”

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Mather sought advice from Smart R Distribution, the Haverhill-based specialist electronic security products distributor. The business was able to offer Mather an assurance that its own brand 602POE-2P single port PoE Ethernet Extender would be able to reliably support a new 4K Wisenet PNP-9200RH dome camera by facilitating the transmission of the IP images over the hospital’s existing coaxial cabling.

The Smart R 602POE-2P is proven to be able to robustly transmit data over any two-wire cable and, with the ability to handle bandwidth of up to 200 Mbps, is more than capable of coping with the transmission demands of the Wisenet 4K camera.

“Although we didn’t source the camera directly from Smart R, it could not have been easier to connect it to the Ethernet Extender,” said Mather. “It was truly a case of plug-and-play, with both devices installed, configured and working within half a day.”

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Commenting on the successful installation of the new camera, Paul Smith (head of security and car parking for the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust) said: “During this challenging time, it’s essential that we’re able to continue to provide a secure and safe working environment for all our heroic colleagues who are so compassionately caring for people suffering from the Coronavirus. I’ve been impressed with how quickly various companies within the electronic security supply chain have been able to join forces and use their combined expertise to provide us with an efficient and cost-effective solution.”

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Double award triumph for IDIS security camera technology

The H.265 IR PTZ surveillance camera developed by IDIS has achieved the rare distinction of winning two of Germany’s top international design accolades. The innovative camera has scooped both a 2018 International iF Design Award and the Red Dot ‘Seal of Quality’ Award.

The annual iF Design Awards are globally-recognised prizes, this year attracting no less 6,402 entries from 54 countries. The awards have been running since 1954. This time around, the panel of independent expert Judges selected just 65 winners.

Also dating back to the 1950s, the Red Dot Award is now one of the most sought-after quality marks when it comes to recognition of good design. The scheme recognises qualities such as ‘ease of use, high level of functionality, attractive appearance and compatibility with the environment’.

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The double-winning entry from IDIS, namely the H.265 IR DC-S3883HRX model, provides clearer images using an 8 MP auto focus lens. It’s equipped with high-powered IR LEDs for motion detection and image analysis of objects at up to 200 metres during night-time conditions. The cameras’ horizontally-placed lenses and IR capabilities are designed to reduce camera height and prevent diffuse reflection during tilt moving. This design feature improves usability with notably smooth movement of the lens head.

IDIS’ winning network PTZ also features a 31x auto focus optical zoom lens delivering 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolution, as well as two-way audio, a built-in heater and PoE. In addition, it incorporates IDIS Intelligent Codec and Motion Adaptive Transmission technology, which delivers savings of up to 90% on storage and bandwidth depending upon the scene and resolution.

James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe, has welcomed the iF and Red Dot Awards, duly attributing IDIS’ success to continual investment in product design aimed at superior performance and ease of use.

Min commented: “The IDIS development team is delighted with these international awards because they recognise the importance that we afford to product excellence in surveillance. Our aim is to continually improve on the design, quality and performance of our products and to lead innovation whenever and wherever we can.”

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Hikvision UK & Ireland launches ‘Hikvision Insight’ for security installers and systems integrators

Hikvision UK & Ireland is renowned for hosting a series of well-attended Roadshows twice yearly that brings the company’s technologies and solutions to cities close to security installers and systems integrators across the UK and Ireland.

In October, the Hikvision Roadshows will be “taken to the next level” with the introduction of ‘Hikvision Insight’a new series of events designed to educate installers and systems integrators on the latest advances from the security solutions manufacturer.

Visiting seven cities across the UK and Ireland, ‘Hikvision Insight’ 2017 will showcase the latest products and solutions from the company, among them the ultra-low light camera DarkfighterX which produces full colour images 24 hours a day, the all-in-one iVMS station Hikvision Blazer, Hikvision’s video wall technology, thermal technology, ultra HD 4K solutions and the latest in deep learning (including face capture and face comparison technology).

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“We’re looking forward to taking Hikvision out on the road again and demonstrating our latest products and solutions,” said Andy Keeley, head of marketing for Hikvision UK and Ireland. “With plenty of new solutions on show including our Deep Learning technology, thermal, 4K and updates to our IP3.0 and Turbo 4.0 ranges, we’re looking forward to giving professional security installers and systems integrators an insight into the future of video surveillance.”

Besides the demonstration area, Hikvision will also be hosting a number of seminars which will educate systems integrators and security installers on the latest technologies on show and how these will benefit their end user customers.

Hikvision will be joined by authorised distributors ADI Global, DVS, Dynamic CCTV, EZCCTV, Mercury, Norbain and RWL as well as technology partners Pyronix, Seagate and Milestone Systems, all of whom will be demonstrating the value they bring to a Hikvision solution.

*To find out more about ‘Hikvision Insight’ and the dates and locations for each event visit www.hikvision.co.uk/insight

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Bosch launches VMS 7.0 for “higher quality and more secure” video streaming

Bosch Security Systems has just released its Video Management System 7.0 software (Bosch VMS 7.0), which will empower security operators to effectively manage high resolution video streams in their day-to-day work.

At the rate video cameras are evolving, keeping track of an ever-growing amount of high resolution video data is becoming even more challenging. In places like metro stations and airports where many cameras are needed, the burden on a workstation is very high. If a workstation’s overloaded, the client application will often lag. This is a great obstacle for security operators who need to view many cameras at once in order to maintain a complete and uninterrupted overview of a given location.

With the new Bosch VMS 7.0, however, the user is able to keep multiple Ultra High Definition ameras open without having to worry about slowing down the application. Bosch VMS 7.0 uses technology dubbed ‘Streamlining’. This technology automatically shows the optimal video resolution on the screen.

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If an operator needs to view many cameras simultaneously, the Bosch VMS 7.0 automatically uses a lower-resolution stream. When enhanced pictures are required to zoom in or view on a full screen, for instance, a higher resolution stream is automatically chosen. This feature uses the multi-stream capabilities available on Bosch IP video cameras and runs on existing workstations.

Another new feature of Bosch VMS 7.0 is the encrypted communication between Bosch cameras and the VMS. A security manager can choose to encrypt all control communications and videos through a secure HTTPS connection, reducing the risk of the system being hacked.

Bosch VMS 7.0 also offers customers an IT Security Guide which explains how to set up a secure system. The document describes how to configure Bosch VMS for Windows operating systems and how to secure video cameras against unauthorised access.

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Wavestore moves to integrate VMS with Paxton Net2 access control solution

Wavestore’s open platform Video Management Software (VMS) has been successfully integrated with Paxton’s Net2 access control system.

“In simple terms, the integration of Paxton Net2 with our VMS ensures that operators can instantly view live or recorded video to visually verify access control events,” said Enrico Bizzaro, head of integrations at Wavestore. “However, our respective engineering teams have worked closely together to achieve a level of functionality that delivers what we believe is the ‘Best of Breed’ solution for video, data and access control management.”

Net2 is a PC-based access control solution which offers centralised administration and control of sites from single to hundreds of doors and with up to 50,000 users. It can be easily customised to set up access privileges accommodating groups or individuals, while event reports may be generated with just a few clicks.

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High level of technology interaction

“With an increasing number of access control and video surveillance systems being specified for the same projects, end users are understandably looking for a high level of interaction between the two technologies in order to provide a complete solution,” continued Bizzaro. “With this in mind, and working in partnership with Paxton, we’re able to offer a solution that provides two-way communication between the respective systems. This enables, for example, doors to be locked and unlocked remotely via Wavestore’s WaveView client application for seamless operation.”

Wavestore’s ‘any video, any format’ philosophy sees its VMS support all leading camera vendors across multiple camera technologies. These include very high megapixel, Ultra HD, 4K, HD, 360° fisheye, thermal and analogue cameras operating on H.264, MJPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MxPEG and JPEG200 video formats.

Wavestore can also integrate a host of other devices and sensors into its VMS, in turn allowing operators to simultaneously view, control and manage live video, recorded footage and integrated devices all from one screen and all at the same time to create a fully scalable and powerful total security solution.

Searching for access events

Other key features of the integration include the ability to easily search for access control events from any keyword, such as a person’s first name, surname or any other database credentials and instantly bring up video as well as perform back-up procedures using Wavestore’s three-click evidential export function from associated cameras.

There’s also the ability to view video of events in real time, such as ‘access denied’. Thanks to the Wavestore rules engine, end users are able to configure any number of customised actions in response to trigger events, such as when a person of interest presents a token to a specific door reader.

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