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Kentec provides fire protection for Yorkshire Power Station project

A Sigma XT extinguishing panel and accessories manufactured by Kentec, the life safety control systems manufacturer, are protecting a power storage station built in Hefei, China and then brought over to Yorkshire.

The Guangzhou Wanzhen Information Technology Co Ltd completed the installation and commissioning of the project for Sungrow Power in Hefei earlier this year, after which it was transported to Yorkshire, where the storage container was fixed to the site. The storage station forms part of Sungrow’s photovoltaic solar energy project.

From construction to installation, the project was completed in just four months, with the methodology now being used as a blueprint across the power construction industry.

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The installation included a Sigma XT Extinguishant panel, status unit, abort switch and warning signs. A spokesperson for the Guangzhou Wanzhen Information Technology Co Ltd has stated the Sigma range is ideal for high-risk sites such as power stations. “Kentec’s Sigma range is highly reliable and renowned throughout the industry for its robust build quality. We were very happy to specify the system for this project.”

Three initiation circuits are included as standard with the Sigma XT releasing panel. This means release can be configured to activate from any combination of detection zone inputs to enable specific and controlled activations, thus protecting a site’s critical equipment from unnecessary extinguishant release damage.

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Kevin Swann, managing director of Kentec, observed: “A large LED display provides a highly-intuitive interface for end users to configure systems to suit their specific sites. With all of the electronics mounted on a single, easily removable steel plate, the panels are both robust and easy to install.”

The LED display informs on the time remaining until release for added user safety. This countdown timer can be duplicated on up to seven status units per panel to provide localised indication of system status. Any number of abort switches can be connected to the abort terminal, in turn providing complete convenience of system design.

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The Sigma XT has been approved and certified to EN 12094-1, EN 54-2 and EN 54-4, with UL and FM versions also available.

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Hanwha Techwin introduces Wisenet T network thermal positioning cameras

Hanwha Techwin has added two thermal positioning cameras to its Wisenet T range. The Wisenet TNU-4041T and TNU-4051T models, which are able to capture images at up to 640 x 480 resolution, are designed to detect objects and people in difficult environmental conditions such as through smoke, snow, heavy rain and fog, which traditional video surveillance cameras may not be able to do. They also offer an effective solution for projects where there are concerns about light pollution.

With a pan speed of 120° per second and a ground-to-sky view of -90° to 40°, the TNU-4041T and TNU-4051T provide a versatile solution for monitoring wide open areas. Both models, which have a robust aluminium die-cast exterior, incorporate a true day/night (ICR) camera and can be programmed to endlessly pan 360°. They also offer operators the flexibility to select from up to 255 pre-set positions which can be scheduled.

The TNU-4041T is equipped with a 19-mm lens and has a maximum range of 1,714 metres for vehicle detection, while the TNU-4051T has a 35-mm lens and a maximum range of 3,157 metres.

Both cameras are able to monitor areas such as construction sites and oil, gas and chemical facilities which may have a temperature range of between -50˚C and +130˚C.

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A wide range of features ensures that the TNU-4041T and TNU-4051T are able to deliver optimised images in every situation.

*Built-in Gyro sensors which offer accurate stabilisation that come into effect when a camera is disturbed by wind or vibrations, resulting in more stable images

*A ‘Hallway View’ feature provides a highly effective way in which to monitor narrow vertical areas such as corridors, tunnels and aisles, with the added bonus of minimising bandwidth and video storage requirements

*Analytics: The Wisenet TNU-4041T and TNU-4051T are equipped with audio analysis functionality which recognise critical sounds such as gunshots, explosions, screams and broken glass. Additional features include temperature change, shock, object/people direction, loitering and camera tampering detection

*WiseStream II is a complementary compression technology which dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement in the image. Bandwidth efficiency is improved by up to 99% compared to current H.264 technology when WiseStream II is combined with H.265 compression

*Support for H.264 and MJPEG compression and with an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory slot to ensure video is automatically recorded in the event of network disruption

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Remote sites upgrade delivers enhanced security for energy provider

Working to a tight ten-week schedule, four teams of Secom engineers recently completed a significant electronic security upgrade at no less than 150 critical sites resident within the UK’s energy infrastructure network.

The project – covering offices as well as remote locations with no staff – involved replacing key legacy equipment and software to create a superior platform for the remote monitoring of CCTV surveillance systems. It brought the 150 sites up to the same high standards of security as the customer’s other 250-plus sites across the UK.

Phil Lamb, Secom’s general manager for regional sales, feels that installation of new transmission units has allowed a switch for all of the customer’s sites to a more robust and cutting-edge video control platform in the Alarm Receiving Centre.

“Security is of course a major consideration for infrastructure service providers, but can prove to be challenging because of the many remote locations needed to ensure uninterrupted delivery to consumers nationwide. Reliable CCTV and alarm systems are important tools in dealing with issues that might affect the continuity of supply or any other risks of compromising security or Health and Safety concerns if, for example, there’s an unauthorised entry.”

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Lamb said the customer was facing a critical need as its existing transmission units had become obsolete. With the existing video management software there was a growing risk of losing connectivity with remote sites – and also, therefore, visibility of site issues.

“The decision to replace obsolete hardware and software was initiated to mitigate the risk of major security incidents by creating a more stable platform. Our role was to replace the end-of-life kit with the latest generation transmission units. As the incumbent service provider, we have intimate knowledge of each site and could evade potential issues, using our engineering skills to design issues out of the tight schedule by dint of using detailed process maps.”

The software platform was upgraded to meet customer expectations. Due to the nature of the replacement project, Secom hand-picked engineers for the four teams and also provided dedicated project managers.

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Zaun accredits installers to roll out “unique” ArmaWeave security solution

High security perimeter systems manufacturer Zaun is bolstering the ranks of approved installers for its “unique” intruder-resistant fencing.

ArmaWeave fencing is produced on the world’s largest steel loom at the company’s West Midlands manufacturing base. Crime & Fire Defence Systems engineers were trained in the installation of the product and, over the last two years, have installed kilometres of the high-security woven fencing at utilities sites right across the country.

Now Zaun has formally accredited Crime & Fire Defence Systems as an approved installer of the product, along with Zaun Group subsidiary Binns Fencing.

Zaun has established the new installer scheme because of increasing requests from customers to recommend contractors with suitable installation, quality and safety standards.

ArmaWeave boasts some unique properties which give it distinct advantages, but require some fresh skills and techniques to install. For example, unlike welded mesh, the panels can rake up and down hills such that installers require new skills to square up or rake the panels.

The wire of the panels has a tensile strength typically more than double that for welded panels so special methods are required for cutting the panels during installation.

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Zaun’s Chris Plimley (left) celebrates the accreditation with Crime & Fire Defence Systems team members (from left to right) Craig Watts, Pete Rushforth, Chris Singer and Stuart Fletcher

Training for installation teams

Zaun will be training installation teams on the properties and tolerances of ArmaWeave and how it’s manufactured. Instruction is aimed exclusively at ‘fencers’ with proven skills and experience in high-security fencing works and deals only with the specific new skills and techniques required to install ArmaWeave.

Trainers will share the secrets of installation methods Zaun has developed over time for ArmaWeave to make best use of the properties of the high-security fabric.

The training will be for experienced individuals sponsored by a company which can demonstrate its professionalism through membership of a relevant trade organisation and valid UKAS-accredited ISO 9001 certification. The certificate of training will only be valid while the individual is working for the host company. This will ensure that properly trained individuals working under proper quality management install the product.

The plan is to increase the adoption of ArmaWeave as the standard for secure sites of Critical National Infrastructure – such as utilities, Data Centres and nuclear sites – while ensuring consistent installation quality.

Zaun’s sales and marketing director Chris Plimley said: “We invested in the steel loom ahead of the sales in the belief we could produce an innovative product that installers, specifiers and high-security facility managers would want. That has proven to be so true that we need to expand the number of contractors trained in installing it correctly.”

Resistance to attacks

ArmaWeave’s properties add substantial resistance to cutting attacks perpetrated with hand, powered and non-contact tools. The tight mesh pattern provides no climbing aids, again limiting the potential for intrusion.

ArmaWeave CPNI enhanced is tested to the very highest standards and can be combined with other intruder systems, electronics and access control to create the optimum in integrated fencing solutions. The product has also been approved for use with a range of microphonic PID cable systems after testing for many months at a Ministry of Defence facility.

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IFSEC International 2016: Smart Zone launched by UBM

IFSEC International organiser UBM has announced the new Smart Zone exhibition and feature area for the 2016 event, which takes place at London’s ExCeL from 21-23 June.

Security systems and services are playing increasingly vital roles in building automation which makes IFSEC a strategically significant platform to present current technologies and research to the market.

The IFSEC Smart Zone will concentrate on two key areas. #ifsecsmarthome will focus on the burgeoning home automation sector which will provide installers, integrators, housebuilders, housing professionals and architects with an opportunity to see and experience the latest in home automation technologies from leading suppliers such as Texecom, Y3K, Paxton Access, Yale and LILIN.

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#ifsecsmarthome will come to life as an actual house located at the centre of the exhibition area wherein visitors can meet and discuss the systems’ capabilities with suppliers and trial the technologies on offer. Exhibitors will be able to showcase their products and solutions for all visiting IFSEC professionals with an interest in the home automation sector.

Jason Hill, group vice-president at LILIN, stated: “IFSEC is embarking on an exciting new path with the introduction of #ifsecsmarthome as it’s an area of significant growth on the global stage. The integrated home is very much a reality today and represents a tremendous opportunity for progressive installers and integrators. With security consistently reported as the key driver for home automation, we feel this is the logical direction for IFSEC to move in. We feel we’re well placed to centrally support IFSEC with this new feature.”

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On a larger scale and of direct relevance to the commercial, public and residential sectors alike, #ifsecsmartbuildings will look at how a fully connected building provides cost and efficiency benefits to building managers.

#ifsecsmartbuildings will take the form of an interactive display showcasing a full range of integrated building management solutions. The feature will highlight integrated solutions aimed at property management, retail, transport, the utilities and energy, providing visitors with a complete overview of how real-time networked smart solutions interact and deliver tangible business information.

In addition to the IFSEC Smart Zone feature areas will be the Smart Zone Theatre which will provide free learning and development seminars focused on home automation and smart buildings. The programme will be delivered by a range of leading experts and concentrate on key areas such as the Internet of Things, systems integration, business intelligence, building information management, cyber security and a series of highly relevant Case Studies.

Continuing evolution of the show

Gerry Dunphy, event director for IFSEC International, explained: “The IFSEC Smart Zone is an important part of the show’s continuing evolution as we look to present new and diverse applications of security products and services as vital aspects of building management systems. #ifsecsmarthome will promote exciting developments in home automation that will be of direct interest to installers looking to supplement their range of services. For its part, #ifsecsmartbuildings will present integrators, consultants, architects, facilities directors, civic authorities and building owners with key solutions to make their assets more sustainable, productive and cost-effective.’’

IFSEC International will once again be presented as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection and Management Series, the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information.

The series incorporates major events including FIREX International, The Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo and Service Management Expo.

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LOCKEN works alongside UK Power Networks to secure critical electricity supply infrastructures

LOCKEN – the developer of cable-free access control whose solution concentrates on power, intelligence and communication in one smart key – is now working with UK Power Networks to secure the latter’s electricity supply infrastructure.

LOCKEN equips more than 1,500 UK power distribution facilities with its digital access control system, enabling the power supply network to deliver maximum performance to its customers. The solution also improves Health and Safety procedures for the power group’s employees and subcontractors.

This solution allows UK Power Networks to move away from mechanical key-locking systems and make the transition to a solution built around smart keys and electronic cylinders.

The solution deployed by LOCKEN includes the company’s LPCB4 electronic high security padlocks (the most secure in the range). Only registered and accredited personnel are able to access work locations. Every lock opening or attempted opening can be tracked on the system for subsequent analysis.

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Detail of a typical electricity substation

The three networks operated by UK Power Networks use more than 100,000 miles of underground cables and overhead power lines – a distance approximately equivalent to four times the circumference of the Earth.

Reliable power supplies are essential for the UK, and particularly so for Critical National Infrastructure. The decision by UK Power Networks to continue investing in the security of its network and infrastructure is a key part of achieving this reliability.

Nick Dooley, UK managing director at LOCKEN, explained: “The all-digital concept, with the energy supplied by the key, interested UK Power Networks because it allows simple, flexible, efficient access management and is supported by proven software, giving improved operational efficiency. Ultimately, that equals enhanced profitability.”

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