Digital video recorders (DVRs) Comparison: IndigoVision, 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 Barings took the decision to replace its outdated system and, following an extensive tender process, chose the Honeywell WIN-PAK™ access control system with PW5000 controllers and approximately 50 proximity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.

Alton Towers Goes Digital With The Honeywell Fusion DVR
Alton Towers Goes Digital With The Honeywell Fusion DVR

The client:Alton Towers is amongst the top five tourist attractions in the UK. Located in 500 acres of grounds in Staffordshire - it attracts on average 2.5million visitors per year, making it the most visited theme park in the UK and the 11th most visited in Europe. Honeywell Fusion DVRs have been installed at the Alton Towers Resort to enhance the security of employees and visitors.The situation:During the summer of 2008 the Resort recognized that the video surveillance system needed bringing up to date - principally the video recording platform was to be upgraded from VHS driven analog multiplexers to modern data driven digital video technology.The specialist security installer, Midlands Electrical Fire & Security (MEFS), was appointed to carry out the contract. MEFS are the official security and maintenance contractor for Alton Towers and are a leading installer in Staffordshire and Midlands.Theme parks are regarded as high risk environments due to the size of the sites, the vast crowds, queues for the rides and the many retail outlets contained within them. An effective CCTV & video management system is essential to ensure the site and all its rides, catering / retail outlets and visitors are kept safe and secure.The solution: Richard McCredie, the Installation Manager at Midlands Electrical Fire & Security approached Martin McGrath of Honeywell Security, a manufacturer with a wide product range in the digital video recorder market.At Alton Towers, there are many retail, food and gaming facilities for visitors and sadly every year, owing to the sheer volume of people that come to the Resort, there is a relatively high incidence of theft and attempted theft. Therefore the Resort's security team relies heavily on CCTV to capture the incidents on video which in turn helps them apprehend and deal with anti-social behaviour. Queue monitoring on rides is important to deter queue dodgers - particularly during peak season when visitors can be waiting for up to two hours for some of the more popular attractions like Air, Nemesis and Oblivion. The Resort's security team relies heavily on CCTV to capture incidents on video The previous video management solution relied on a VHS multiplexer; therefore storage, recall, reliability and quality of images and video footage were a real issue for the security team. The Honeywell Fusion DVR Series was chosen because it expands beyond the traditional analog DVR role. It is a full featured hybrid digital recording system that bridges the gap between digital video recorders and network video recorders. Remarkably, the new Fusion DVR and RAID storage units was expertly installed by Midlands Electrical Fire & Security in about 10 hours of a nightshift at the beginning of June 2008.The benefitsSince the Honeywell Fusion DVRs have been installed, Alton Towers has reported savings in time and resources. The security operators are now able to instantly review a recording of an incident and high resolution still photos can be produced. This helps security staff 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 courts if charges are pressed. The operation has become more effective and efficient all round.

Eden Shopping Centre Chooses Honeywell Integrated Security Solution
Eden Shopping Centre Chooses Honeywell Integrated Security Solution

The client: The Eden Shopping Centre in High Wycombe provides one of the most exciting retail and leisure destinations in the UK. It contains an array of big name shops, a 12-screen cinema, bowling alley, library and exclusive restaurants. It provides secure car parking for 1580 cars and a brand new bus station for the town. The situation: The Eden Shopping Centre opened in March 2008 and now welcomes up to 0.5 million shoppers every week. It comprises five separate buildings linked together with ETFE-covered walkways and encompasses the previous and newly renovated ‘Octagon' shopping center. To find the security solution that would suit their needs, Brookfield Construction (UK) Ltd undertook a tender process to select a preferred supplier. The system specification demanded an easy-to-use integrated solution that could provide discreet surveillance in this prestigious shopping center. A state-of-the-art integrated access control and digital CCTV solution would provide video surveillance to all main public walkways, the multi-storey car parks, service yard areas and a new bus station. It would be possible to centrally manage door access throughout allowing a more efficient, manageable but secure process for staff access to all authorized areas. In addition, there are several communal residential front door areas for private housing association apartments that are adjacent to the shopping centre. The surveillance and door access management would need to control these as well. As the ETFE roof is an integral part of the shopping center architecture, sunlight can make it difficult to capture clear images. These areas needed to be monitored by cameras that can produce sharp, color-saturated images even in extreme back-lit conditions. Finally, it was important that the design of the CCTV domes complemented the shopping center's contemporary style providing effective but aesthetic monitoring. In parallel, the surveillance system used by the Octagon shopping center was aged and in need of modernisation. When considering the renovation and integration of the CCTV in this area, one of the biggest challenges to overcome was how to switch the security surveillance operation from the existing, old control center to the new purpose-built function with minimum downtime whilst refurbishing the existing cameras. The solution: In conjuntion with Imtech Meica (the electrical sub-contrator), Total Security Protection (TSP) designed the system to provide a comprehensive solution that was within the budget. Having met with TSP, Brookfield felt confident in the company's skill and its ability to meet the project requirements and the strict deadline. TSP recommended a Honeywell Security integrated systems solution as it offered the best match to the shopping center's requirements. The system consists of a WIN-PAK™ Access Control system with PW5000 controllers, approximately 30 OmniClass™ readers which enable integration with the 200+ CCTV cameras, the Fusion Digital Video Recorder (DVR), Fusion Video Management System (FVMS), MaxPro matrix and Honeywell monitors to provide the control room video wall. Using this software and hardware from Honeywell, the Eden Shopping Centre now has a state-of-the-art, cost-effective and user-friendly security solution that ensures the safety of staff, visitors and premises, while managing the movements of its staff.    A purpose-built security control room has been commissioned with images displayed on a bank of Plasma screens   In areas of high contrast light conditions, such as in the bus station and service yard area, the Honeywell HCU484X  wide dynamic camera was installed. The technology in this camera ensures excellent image detail in light and dark areas of a high contrast scene. Honeywell Orbiter PTZ cameras, vandal resistant mini domes and day / night box cameras (all with NVT built into the heads) were also installed to provide optimum surveillance angles - so that no area was left uncovered. Perfect picture quality is achieved by advanced auto focus control to ensure that, no matter what the zoom position, the picture is in the sharpest-possible focus. A number of programmable camera ‘tours' encompassing pan, tilt and zoom sweeps of key areas in and around the shopping center can be created using Honeywell equipment. Covering the perimeter of the centre, Orbiter dome cameras have been positioned high up on poles. Images from these cameras are also used to link to the residential area. When the entry intercom is pressed, the image of the scene is displayed in the security control room. All Orbiters are connected via a MaxPro (HMX32128) matrix with images recorded and stored on 14 Fusion III 16 channel DVRs, each with real time live display, thus enabling a quick reaction time when needed. "We now have an affordable, sophisticated security solution that meets our needs now and one that is flexible enough to expand and meet our needs in the future," says Daniel Tomkinson, Centre Director, of Eden Shopping Centre. Using the FVMS Management Software, security staff are in total control of the information being relayed via the system and can use relevant features of FVMS including; importing of maps, monitoring live video, monitoring alarms, exporting saved video and simple user management to pinpoint areas and activities of concern. In addition, 12 of the cameras are linked to the Wycombe District Council CCTV control room via a fiber-optic link. Robin Bennett, Security Manager at the Eden Shopping Centre comments, "In the event of an incident, images can be retrieved with ease, capturing the incident from all angles. It is intuitive, very easy to operate and is by far the best system I have worked with. The way in which the access control is integrated with the CCTV is excellent." Access to all ‘non-public' door entrances is managed by the WIN-PAK system, PW5000 controllers and OmniClass readers. Any emergency exit doors are alarmed and are connected to cameras so that, in the event of a trigger, an alarm notification appears on the WIN-PAK control screen, enabling security staff to identify the location of the alarm and view live images from the camera monitoring that area via the Fusion DVR. A new purpose-built security control room has been commissioned with camera images displayed on a bank of 42" Plasma screens and Honeywell 17" TFT monitors. In front of it, operators use Max-1000 keyboards and GUI interface to easily manage the operation. The project was carried out under exceptionally strict and tight deadlines, demanding the highest flexibility from TSP. TSP completed the implementation and commissioning of the system on time and on budget and when security staff came into the shopping center, TSP representatives were on-hand to ensure everything ran smoothly as well as providing training. With commissioning complete, it was time to switch over the surveillance from the legacy system in the Octagon center to the new system. Daniel Tomkinson, Eden Shopping Centre Director comments, "The transition from the legacy system to the new integrated system was seamless. Whilst the construction was taking place, the security system in the Octagon needed to be refurbished live. TSP made it look very simple." Malcolm Baron of Brookfield Construction adds: "TSP's experience was invaluable during the design and planning stage. They met our brief precisely."      Covering the perimeter of the center, Orbiter dome cameras have been positioned high up on poles The Benefits: Whilst the Eden Shopping Centre's requirement was to have a cost-effective and reliable system, the additional benefits have been enormous, including reduced crime and improved customer service. There is a high physical presence of CCTV cameras throughout which acts as a deterrent. However, when there is a need to supply evidence in order to catch shoplifters or search for suspicious activity, this can be done quickly and effectively. This is achieved via the easy to use ‘search and retrieve' facilities on the Honeywell Fusion DVRs and FVMS. The result is that the in-store security teams are confident that any criminal activity can continue to be recorded outside of their store; resulting in reduced crime and a safer shopping experience for customers. The comprehensive CCTV system also helps the Eden Shopping Centre offer a ‘Child Friendly' scheme to its customers. Should a child appear lost, CCTV is used to quickly locate the child and shopping center customer service staff are alerted and take care of the child until he/she is reunited with its parent. Via the integration of the access control with the CCTV, unauthorized door access has been eliminated and alarm events such as fire door opening can be responded to quickly and precisely. Daniel Tomkinson, Centre Director, Eden Shopping Centre, expressed confidence in the system, "We now have an affordable, sophisticated security solution that meets our needs now and one that is flexible enough to expand and meet our needs in the future."