Digital video recorders (DVRs) Comparison: Digital Express, Honeywell Security  (4)

 
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City Institution Invests In Integrated CCTV, DVR And Access Solution From Honeywell
City Institution Invests In Integrated CCTV, DVR And Access Solution From Honeywell

The client: Barings Asset Management, London Barings traces its origins back to 1762 when it was established as a firm of merchants and merchant bankers.  The Baring Asset Management (Barings) operation was established in London more than 40 years ago.  Today the company is a global investment management firm with offices, clients and business lines spanning the world's major markets. The situation Barings operates two facilities in the London area.  The first, in Bishopsgate, City of London, is the company's worldwide headquarters, housing 450 staff.  Barings shares occupancy of their building, renting space across the ninth to twelfth floors.  Whilst the building has a main reception and manned guard station on the first floor, Barings manages security across its individual floors which includes operation of its own reception and security desks, access control and CCTV. The second facility is located in South London.  The facility is used as the European Data Centre and a disaster recovery office so that, in the event of a crisis at the Bishopsgate office, staff could work at this location without too much disruption.  The security system at the Data Centre needed to be easy to manage remotely whilst performing all of the required functions including continuous synchronisation with the access control system at Bishopsgate.  Barings also wanted a solution that offered proven reporting so that, in the event of a security breach, it could quickly and easily interrogate the system's history. Banks are at risk from all manner of internal, external and cyber threats, hence security and business continuity are pivotal to Barings strategy.  The solution When Barings first moved into its Bishopsgate office there was an access control solution already in place.  Whilst initially meeting the needs of the business, over time it had become unreliable and difficult to manage with costs increasing for maintenance and support, as well as frequent system downtime.  The reporting functionality was slow and ineffective, making it impossible to track history when security issues occurred. Barings took the decision to replace its outdated system and, following an extensive tender process, chose the Honeywell WIN-PAK™ access control system with PW5000 controllers and approximately 50 proximity card readers, all of which were installed by partner of choice Reliance High-Tech Ltd. For the Data Centre - Reliance demonstrated Honeywell WIN-PAK™ and the Honeywell Fusion IV Digital Video Recorder (DVR), which offer an integrated video and access control solution, enabling staff at the Bishopsgate site to monitor the Data Centre remotely.  The cameras would be linked to the graphical user interface (GUI) of the access control software so that, in the event of an alarm being triggered, the remote operator could receive instant pop-ups showing a live camera view or click to easily retrieve historic event images. Reliance High-Tech Ltd also proposed installing the Neverfail disaster recovery software that would monitor WIN-PAK™ and maintain a replica of the application environment as a back-up in the event of a problem.  This meant that the Access database running at the Bishopsgate site would be continually replicated on a server at the Data Centre, ensuring full service continuity.  This was a critical consideration in Barings' Enterprise Continuity Planning (ECP) requirements. Implementation of the new system, including ten readers, one Fusion DVR and a number of cameras, was carried out during working hours without any disruption to staff and no impact on business security.  The system runs on a VLAN within Barings's own IT network with a fiber backbone to the Data Centre supporting the Neverfail back-up.  "The installation went very smoothly and I doubt staff even noticed" added Dave Matthews, Security Manager at Barings. The integrated networked solution enables security staff to visually confirm the identity of visitors as images from the CCTV cameras can be instantly compared with access card photo-id pop-ups   The benefits As a financial institution, Barings is accountable not only to its customers and shareholders but also to the Financial Services Authority (FSA).  The latter has stringent legal requirements with which companies such as Barings must comply, covering all manner of areas from accounting to disaster recovery.  The new access control and video system supports Barings' ECP disaster recovery planning. Dave Matthews, Security Manager at Barings, says: "Barings has always taken a pro-active approach to IT, recognising that new technology can provide a real competitive advantage in this market.  We could immediately see the advantages that the Honeywell system offered including the search and reporting functionality, the database back-up and being the sole supplier for both CCTV and Access". On a day-to-day basis the system is proving easy to manage.  As well as handling the main office systems, security staff based at Bishopsgate are able to monitor activity at the Data Centre, responding to alarms remotely.  The integrated networked solution enables them to visually confirm the identity of visitors to the site as images from the CCTV cameras can be instantly compared with access card photo-id pop-ups within the WIN-PAK™ software. Reporting is straightforward and when searching through history, both access control and CCTV logs can be quickly and simply accessed.  The system has already proved its value; following a recent incident, Barings was able to provide police with CCTV evidence which helped police to detain an individual at other premises in the City. Barings is confident that, as its requirements change over time, the Honeywell system will be able to accommodate these changes.  In fact, Barings is so impressed with the security system that it has now asked Reliance High-Tech Ltd to upgrade the Bishopsgate site to include Honeywell Fusion DVRs, to gain the full benefits of access control and CCTV integration across its entire operation. Partner of choice Reliance High-Tech Ltd specialises in the provision of fully integrated electronic security solutions, closed circuit television surveillance (CCTV) and access control systems.  The company offers a comprehensive range of services, based on cutting-edge technology, for the commercial, industrial and public sectors. Reliance High-Tech Ltd is a NSI Gold certificated company, complying with ISO 9001:2000 requirements for the installation and maintenance of CCTV, access control and intruder alarm systems.  It is proud to have received accolades for the quality of work including ‘Best Integrated Security Solution' awarded at the 2005 industry Security Excellence awards.

Security A High Priority At New NHS Primary Care Centre
Security A High Priority At New NHS Primary Care Centre

The Whitegate Health Centre, a new NHS Primary Care Centre located in Blackpool, Lancashire, was opened to the public in September 2009. Eric Wright Construction was the primary building contractor responsible for the project and its Facilities Management division was selected to manage all aspects of the buildings security and general maintenance. The Primary Care Centre was built as part of a wider NHS initiative to bring non emergency / surgical health services such as x-ray, physiotherapy, dental services, general practitioners, a walk-in center, sexual health clinic, podiatry and children's services under one roof to enable hospitals to concentrate on the provision of emergency, surgery and specialist health care. The situation:A comprehensive integrated security solution was required to protect and monitor the patients, staff and visitors who use the facility. The security installer Black Box Security, based in Preston, Lancashire, has worked with Eric Wright for over 25 years and drew on a wealth of necessary experience, expertise and product knowledge to supply the right solution for this project. The security solution specified required integrated digital video recording, access control, intruder detection and CCTV (IP and analog cameras). Working with Honeywell to supply the complete product range meant that Black Box Security benefited from a smooth and uncomplicated contracting process. One of the most important aspects of any major security installation is the capability of different products to seamlessly integrate and interoperate with each other. Honeywell provides an integrated approach to security, creating a seamless system for the security contractor from an installation and maintenance point of view. The end user benefits from a reliable, customised and state-of-the-art integrated security system. "The challenge from our point of view was how to integrate the intruder system, access control, digital recording and CCTV, whilst making the installation and maintenance process as smooth as possible," stated David Barnes at Black Box Security. "As you can imagine, health facilities are high risk sites, so every detail must be accounted for." The solution:A detailed risk assessment along with a method statement was submitted before the work could be started by Black Box Security. This highlighted the potential risks at the site and how the security solution would address these risks. Following the risk assessment, Black Box Security and Eric Wright Facilities Management (on behalf of Blackpool Primary Care Trust) chose an integrated security system from Honeywell. The challenge was to combine access control, CCTV (IP and Analog) and intruder systems into a cohesive integrated and user-friendly system. Honeywell was selected because of the seamless interoperability of WIN-PAK®, Fusion Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and the Galaxy Dimension intruder control panel which ultimately creates a robust and reliable end-to-end solution. For this project the Honeywell WIN-PAK access control system includes 104 smart card proximity readers and twenty seven N-1000 control panels. Expandability is the most important feature of many access control systems. The N-1000 can operate as a standalone two or four door controller, and up to 31 N-1000's may be connected on an RS485 drop-line as needs increase. This includes the readers for the public lifts, thus only allowing public access to the appropriate floors. The challenge was to integrate access control, surveillance and intrusion detection into a user-friendly system WIN-PAK with Galaxy integration provides a single user interface that integrates access control with video and intrusion to create a more robust platform with increased functionality. Functions that have traditionally been tied together through physical relays and input devices are now controlled logically. Full-scale system management of single or multiple locations is possible - resources can be moved, controlled or shared across multiple locations simply by logging on to a system. From a video perspective, WIN-PAK offers complete enhanced digital video integration to the two Fusion DVRs installed in the center's security control room. Integration allows video to be linked to both access control and Galaxy intrusion events and alarms. Video clips can easily be recalled with the software, based on a time or event. With integration, users can have complete camera control, including pan, tilt and zoom, and can verify live users with stored images using the video verification option. The Honeywell EQUIP® HCD554IPX IP cameras were installed in the health center canteen area as a means of preventing shrinkage and monitoring movements and activity within this area of the building. This particular camera is specifically designed for object recognition which is required in locations where variable and low light conditions exist - like a canteen. Set-up is quick and easy and can be customised through a web client or from a Network Video Recorder (NVR). Full and comprehensive training was provided for both the facilities management staff and the onsite security staff. As the main manufacturer involved in the project, Honeywell supported the programme from its Training Centre of Excellence in Runcorn. Operating and maintenance manuals were supplied along with all fitted specifications and drawings in hardcopy version and on CD. This was essential for the client as a reference point or if security settings needed to be changed in the future. As a unit of an NHS Primary Health Care Trust, Whitegate Primary Health Care Centre is responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for patients, staff and visitors. It is accountable to the NHS, the government and the taxpayer. Therefore security is of the utmost importance. "The breadth of the Honeywell product range and our integrated solutions meant that Black Box could specify a complete security system from a single reliable supplier."David Barnes, Blackbox Security The benefitsHospitals and Health Centres are considered to be prime targets for crime. The Honeywell solution incorporating Fusion DVRs and IP cameras provides a robust, accurate and dynamic video system to monitor, capture and record images and footage. The speed, accuracy and efficiency of the system will aid security staff in dealing with any issues which may occur, either in real time or in providing evidence for later actions.   The Honeywell Fusion DVRs and IP cameras provide an accurate and dynamic video system to mintor The seamless integration and interoperability provides major benefits to the customer. For example, the doors controlled by the WIN-PAK access control system are also monitored by cameras enabling the security manager to gain visual verification of all people accessing the controlled doors. The 104 door readers installed throughout the building control access to many different rooms; access to some parts of the center is strictly controlled so only authorized personnel may enter. WIN-PAK enables security staff to know exactly who is in the building and in a particular zone at any given time, combined with integrated video surveillance staff can monitor the building in real time and thus deliver a safer and more secure environment for all. "I've worked with Honeywell on a number of projects and the product range and level of integration on offer certainly makes life easier as an installer," said Barnes. "Add to that the expertise, knowledge and professionalism of the Honeywell team both on-site and behind the scenes makes them our number one choice." The Health Care Trust is now planning to expand the current system by increasing the number of on-site cameras and doors which are access controlled. This is simple to achieve with the WIN-PAK system and allows additional areas of the building to be opened to the public whilst maintaining the appropriate level of security throughout. "This system enables us to monitor the building inside and out so we are able to correct any issues before they turn into problems," commented Dave Hamilton, Facilities Manager at Eric Wright Group. "The safety and security of the staff, patients and physical assets of the health center is our priority. Black Box Security is a great partner to work with and provides support and assistance every step of the way. As the system is user-friendly and operated via a single user interface it is easy to manage both the video and intruder parts of the system. That means my team is always in control." "This system enables us to monitor the building inside and out so we are able to correct any issues before they turn into problems."Dave Hamilton, Facilities Manager, Eric Wright Group Products: 16 Channel Fusion Digital Video Recorders (x 2) WIN-PAK® Access Control System N1000 Access control panels (x 27) 104 OmniProxTM door readers Equip® IP cameras HCD554IPX (x 2) Galaxy Dimension Intruder Detection System

Shopping Centre Euroma2 Selects Honeywell Digital Video Surveillance With Fusion Digital Video Recorder And ACUIX™ Domes
Shopping Centre Euroma2 Selects Honeywell Digital Video Surveillance With Fusion Digital Video Recorder And ACUIX™ Domes

The client Euroma2, the biggest shopping center in Europe, was opened to the public on the 23rd of June 2008. Situated in Eur, a neighborhood in the outskirts of Rome called Castellaccio, it has five floors, two of which are underground parking. The interior architecture has many domes and columns which imitate historical monuments and are made of marble, stucco and gold finished materials. Euroma2 counts more than 220 shops and 20 restaurants. The shopping mall has four thousand parking spaces available for it's customers. The shopping mall is owned by the group L.S.G.I. and is managed by the company S.C.C. Italia. The group L.S.G.I. has built more than four million square meters of real estate properties introducing a strong added value. The company S.C.C.I (Société des Centres Commerciaux Italia S.r.l) is part of the L.S.G.I group and is a leader in the management and promotion of shopping centers. The situation During the summer of 2007, SCCI launched the project tender and asked a number of security installers to design a complete security system for the center. The property owners had a key requirement - a digital platform with the very latest technology based on a sole brand that could provide an integrated security system including video, access and intrusion detection. The specialist security installer Vailati S.a.S. di Vailati Claudio&C won the project and continues to manage Euroma2's security and maintenance services. Vailati SaS has extensive expertise and experience in the design and installation of security systems for large shopping centers. Shopping centers are regarded as high risk security environments due to the size of the sites, the vast crowds, the numerous entrances and exits, and the fact that there are many retail outlets within them. An effective digital video management system is essential to ensure that the site, including all its different areas such as restaurants, retail outlets and visitors, is kept safe and secure. All the entrances and exists of the parking areas are also monitored. In this way, the security guards in charge of surveillance can monitor all the areas where cars are moving around without additional cost and making efficient use of the security resources. The solution More than 280 Honeywell interior and exterior cameras and domes have been installed in the shopping center, implementing innovative video solutions in terms of technology and resolution. Vailati SaS selected the following Honeywell cameras - PTZ ACUIX with Day/Night technology and Wide Dynamic Range, rugged domes to prevent exterior vandalism and vandal-proof mini-domes for interior applications with a discrete design to match the interior decoration and style of the shopping center. The cameras are linked by an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) to 16 channel Fusion digital video recorders (DVRs), 20 of which have been installed in different technical rooms. The technical rooms and the control room are connected via a 1Gbps ethernet network over optical fiber. In the control room there are two PC work stations which enable the technicians to monitor, reproduce or save any video source from the system by means of the Honeywell Fusion Video Management System (HFVMS) software. A Honeywell WIN-PAK™ SE/PE access control solution manages access to the entrances of the shopping center linked with two Galaxy® intruder alarm panels creating an integrated system to protect the buildings. Claudio Vailati, the Installation Manager at Vailati SaS approached Honeywell, as his first port of call due to the fact that Honeywell has a comprehensive DVR product range. The Honeywell Fusion DVR Series was chosen for recording purposes because it offers much more than a traditional analog DVR "Honeywell presented us with the Fusion multi-channel DVR showing all its capabilities and features," said Claudio Vailati, Installations Manager Vailati SaS. "The solution satisfied all our needs. We had previously used Honeywell products on several large projects and have always found the products to be easy to use and manage." Euroma2 has many meeting points as well as retail outlets and restaurants. There is a relatively high incidence of theft and attempted theft due to the crowds that flock to the shopping center especially at weekends. The shopping center security team relies heavily on the video systems to capture incidents and the video footage also helps trace and monitor anti-social behavior. It is also extremely important to monitor all the exterior and parking areas to identify suspicious or antisocial behavior. At the initial design stages of the CCTV security system Vailati and Honeywell had to consider whether to continue along the path of analog systems, which require the installation of a video matrix and the centralization of all the video signals to the control room, or to opt instead for a digital solution which would allow a decentralized installation of the equipment by means of a simple and scalable Ethernet TCP IP network. The digital solution was adopted enabling Euroma2 to connect new IP cameras to the system as required. In this way the security system is always up to date and aligned with the latest technology. The Honeywell Fusion DVR Series was chosen for recording purposes because it offers much more than a traditional analog DVR. It is a full featured hybrid digital recording system which bridges the gap between digital video recorders and network video recorders, achieving an extremely high rate of network distribution of the video and audio signals. The Honeywell digital DVR Fusion system includes a software platform that can share and process video signals for other Honeywell solutions such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and intelligent video analytics, Active Alert®, which can be used to track people, objects and vehicles. "We needed to start with an effective and up to date monitoring system right from the opening of the shopping center which would also ensure a technologically future-ready platform," added Claudio Vailati. "Honeywell has enabled us to do this." The benefits Since the Honeywell Fusion DVRs have been installed, Euroma2 has reported savings in time and resources. The security operators are now able to instantly review a recording of an incident and high resolution images can be produced enabling security staff to locate and apprehend a suspected thief or vandal. The RAID storage units allow the team to store more footage over a longer period of time. The information is more easily accessible than using VHS tapes. Ultimately this helps police and the legal process if charges are pressed. Overall, the operation has become more effective and efficient. "The level of service and technical support we received from Honeywell, especially from the Italian sales and technical support team, has been excellent," continued Caludio Vailati. "They are always available to assist and advise us when required." "We are very satisfied with the new Honeywell Fusion DVR," said Attilio de Micheli, Security Manager Euroma2. "We are much better equipped to handle video incidents. The management of the shopping center security systems is a lot easier and efficient. The new Fusion DVR system has enabled us to act more quickly to deal with incidents of theft, vandalism or anti-social behavior."