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AEGIS illuminators help film crew capture images for the BBC 'Big Cat Live' seriesAEGIS UFLED infrared (IR) Illuminators from Derwent, members of the Bosch Group, were used by the BBC's Natural History Unit to monitor the behaviour of the Marsh Pride of big cats at night, in Kenya's world-famous Masai Mara game reserve.The Big Cat Live series, broadcast live on BBC One in October 2008, featured live web-casting allowing audiences to watch footage 24-hours a day from the heart of Africa's most famous reserve."The film of night time activity was a revelation and it was the infrared illumination, alongside thermal imaging technology that was used to track the animals which helped make this possible," says Ian Crosby, Bosch's Product Marketing Manager. "The AEGIS illuminators helped the film crew to capture high quality images under the cover of darkness to a greater extent than previously possible."The AEGIS Illuminators were used by the BBC throughout the filming of the 8 part series, presented by Kate Silverton, Jonathan Scott, Jackson Looseyia and Simon King.Colin Jackson, the BBC producer of Big Cats says: "Infrared technology again played a crucial role in the crew's ability to find, track and ultimately to film the animals, in using IR equipment this recording was able to go on throughout the night revealing a side of life that is rarely, if ever, seen."
Derwent REG-SENTRY can be used to control any vehicle access barrier or gate including those guarding car parks Ship chartering brokers, customs agents and freight forwarder; DTS's International Freight Terminal is a world class 10.5-acre freight handling facility just outside Newcastle in the North East of England.Operating from its base in the heart of the North, the DTS International Freight Terminal offers 100,000 square feet of customs approved warehousing with loading facilities in abundance. DTS' transport vehicles range from the very small to the very large, to cover every aspect of transport need. As part of their logistics business, DTS have become members of Palletline, to ensure effective 'on time' distribution throughout the UK and Europe. Palletline was created to reduce the cost, and improve the efficiency, of overnight, part-load, palletised distribution nationwide, to the benefit of members and their customers. At such a major freight facility, vehicles are constantly moving in and out. The sites remote entry system, operated by radio frequency key fob controls was proving to be problematic, with drivers losing, forgetting or being unable to reach their key fobs. This meant that the entrance surveillance cameras had to be monitored throughout the day. Lost key fobs are also expensive to replace.A conversation between Peter Cairns, DTS Operations Principal, and his industrial estate neighbor, Tom Handysides, Derwent Systems' Business Development Manager, provided a way forward. Security lighting and license plate capture specialists Derwent had just developed REG-SENTRY, the company's first vehicle access control system based on automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), a solution that would not only solve DTS' problems, but also make an ideal final test bed for the product. Looking to replace his radio frequency key fob system, Peter agreed to trial REG-SENTRY on his entry/exit barrier. The system allowed Peter to quickly and easily program in the license plates of all staff and expected vehicles, any unexpected visitors were halted at the barrier. The beauty of REG-SENTRY is that it is a flexible solution that can be easily installed as a stand-alone system, or integrated with existing access control equipment. REG SENTRY is easily configured, using a standard PC, to permit or bar the entry of any vehicles attempting to enter a secure site. Users upload license plate data using the PC based commissioning Sentry-Viewer, to create their own user defined license plate Black/White list. Derwent's REG camera captures the license plates of vehicles approaching an access control point and sends that data to the REG-SENTRY control box, which processes the information, compares it to the list and sends a signal to the gate or access control barrier to automatically open or remain closed. Derwent's expertise in infrared illumination ensures that the system works under any ambient lighting conditions, day and night. REG-SENTRY can be used to control any vehicle access barrier or gate including those guarding car parks, gated communities, factories, warehouses, offices, schools and colleges.
Derwent Systems Ltd is delighted to have been awarded two prestigious accolades in the North East Business Awards. The company who designs, develops and manufactures innovative security lighting solutions was named winner in both the Technology and Product Innovation categories for their AEGIS infrared illuminator. Derwent developed AEGIS (meaning protected by) in direct response to customer feedback, a fact that impressed the judging panel. Combining innovations in infrared technology and product design, AEGIS is a truly unique product, which answers long standing LED performance related issues identified by the security industry.AEGIS is the only LED infrared illuminator designed specifically to compensate for LED degradation over time. The optical output of typical LED illuminators will degrade by up to 10% within the first few months of operation and continue to degrade during the operational life of the illuminator. This is a long-standing performance-related problem identified by security specifiers, consultants, and end users alike. LED degradation results in poor light output, reduced image quality and reduced illumination range.AEGIS is the only IR illuminator to feature a built-in microprocessor, which controls and adjusts light output to automatically compensate for LED degradation and guarantee a constant level of lighting performance over the life of the illuminator. This patent pending technology which Derwent call Constant Light(tm) is the reason the company describes AEGIS as "the security industry's first Intelligent-IR illuminator."AEGIS also features Black Diamond(tm) technology, a micro-refractive lens technique that enables up to 220m (720ft) of even infrared illumination and widened beam patterns (up to 120° from a single unit). This means full 360° illumination for dome CCTV cameras is possible with only three wide-angle illuminators. An innovative 12V DC / 24V AC Power-On-Board(tm) feature can eliminate the need for a separate power supply unit, for easier, more aesthetically pleasing installations. AEGIS is one of a number of innovative new products, which will be showcased by Derwent on stand 16045 at this year's IFSEC security exhibition in Birmingham, 12th - 15th May 2008. This is the eighth year of the North East Business Awards, which are run by The Journal and its sister paper the Evening Gazette in Middleborough. Derwent Systems are now looking forward to competing at the competitions finals, which take place on May 1.
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