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A security system featuring more than 40 Bosch cameras has been installed at a food processing company, with some located in the deep freeze and operating at -23 degrees C.Hannah Foods is a family run business that has been serving the food service sector for more than 30 years. Based in Skelmersdale, the company underwent a £3 million expansion of the business in 2008 that integrated the cold store and chiller, so that all its products can be brought in from local, national and international suppliers and distributed by a fleet of temperature-controlled vehicles. A number of installers pitched for the contract but following a full demonstration from Steve Dobby, Technical Sales and Support Manager at Bosch, Hannah Foods decided to opt for the majority of the equipment from Bosch. Mark Ashall, Operations Director for installer Unique Integrated Systems, says it was this demonstration that edged out the competition: “Once we were able to demonstrate the full capability of the Bosch cameras, the customer was only going to make one choice. Even those installed in the deep freeze are working flawlessly.” The system includes a mixture of 40 Bosch cameras – 455 and 498 FlexiDomes, three 600 DVRs and a keyboard: “The original system was in dire need of upgrading and knowing the slightly different challenges of this site, we always had the Bosch FlexiDomes in mind. Once the customer has seen for himself the results delivered by the superior performance of the Bosch hardware, the budget was no longer an issue.” The FlexiDome 2X Day/Night camera is the ultimate solution for virtually any indoor or outdoor surveillance application, even under the most challenging lighting conditions. This vandal-resistant dome camera uses a 1/3-inch, wide dynamic range CCD sensor and incorporates advanced (20-bit) digital signal processing for outstanding picture performance. Anthony Whiteside, General Manager at Hannah Foods, says the security system has already proved invaluable: “Our old system was very weak and because of the poor quality of the images we could not prove someone’s involvement when a couple of incidents happened externally and internally,” he says. “The new system is working very well, better than expected in fact. One HGV driver was lining up to reverse into one of the loading bays and clipped the building. Had it not been for the cameras we would not have known who had done it and been thousands of pounds worse off because of the damage.”
Hallbergmoos High School is an educational site, a meeting place and a workplace for 15 teachers, more than 120 students and many participants of evening classes. The Hallbergmoos community in Upper Bavaria set a great example with their investment. The trend-setting Bosch security technology installed at the site soon proved its worth when young intruders were identified from recorded video images, allowing them to be apprehended just a few days later. Faced with such strong evidence, the culprits did not take long to confess.Business objective:The security system installed at Hallbergmoos high school should provide optimum security against intrusion, fire hazards and unauthorized access. The future-oriented and investment proof solution should also include a video surveillance system, an intrusion and a modular fire detection system, an access management system, a voice evacuation system and a clock system.Solution:The video surveillance system that provided the evidence for the recent intrusion operates with 13 vandal-resistant FlexiDome cameras and a Dibos-8 recorder. The NZ 300 Intrusion Alarm System from Bosch uses magnetic and bolt contacts to monitor the perimeters of the school building.The community benefits from the access management system, featuring an access control panel, with mechatronic offline brackets, proximity tokens and eight vandal-resistant readers outside the building.A Modular Fire Panel 5000 series from Bosch with 110 automatic fire detectors and 15 fire detection controls ensure comprehensive fire protection throughout the school.The system also controls the voice evacuation equipment in the event of an alarm. Under normal operating circumstances, the Plena Voice Alarm electroacoustics is used to ring the bell for recess and for transmitting announcements. There are 120 loudspeakers in total, spread over 14 public address zones; this allows announcements to be restricted to individual areas if necessary. The community benefits from the access management system, featuring an access control panel and vandal-resistant readers In addition, the access management system enables considerable medium and long-term cost savings: the replacement of cylinders due to damage or to keys being lost or finding their way into the hands of unauthorized parties is no longer an issue.To ensure class times are strictly regulated, Hallbergmoos high school uses a Bosch BoLine clock system in combination with 32 slave clocks and one RF timer.Result:It was not just the prompt apprehension of the young intruders that has convinced the school and community leaders of the advantages of the Bosch video technology. All of the subsystems in the security solution have been keeping the school running smoothly and securely. Andreas Niederreiter from the Hallbergmoos community is full of praise for the Bosch technology: "So far we are extremely satisfied and will definitely bear this system in mind for future construction projects."
Sophisticated technology from Bosch Security Systems is playing a central role in a major new CCTV installation by CDS (Computerised & Digital Security Systems) at the University of Glamorgan as it migrates its existing analog CCTV system over to IP. The system, specified by the University in conjunction with specialist consultants Global MSC Security, is an entirely Bosch-based solution comprising primarily fully-functional high-speed domes and associated transmission and digital recording technologies as Dave Mann, the University's Security Manager explains: "We had a tape-based analog system installed seven years ago and in need of upgrading for which we received funding from the Directorate. We were looking specifically to migrate to an IP-based system not only for the main campus, but also to cover the remote campus nearby. "We used to have a microwave link between the two but this wasn't reliable, and having merged with Merthyr Tydfil College and opening a new Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries in Cardiff, we needed a system that could use the existing IT infrastructure, and could be easily expanded in the future. "With our consultants we specified a compatible hardware and software solution. CDS proposed an all-Bosch system, and after further presentations from the installer and Bosch, we awarded the contract to CDS. As part of the tender," Dave continues, "we brought in our security staff who would be using the system to see how easy it was to work with. They were united in their praise for the Bosch technology, which has already resulted in a number of successes in protecting our staff and students." The CCTV system to date includes some 70 cameras, primarily EnviroDomes and FlexiDomes as well as a handful of fixed cameras. EnviroDomes are an integral part of Bosch's AutoDome range, featuring its innovative motion tracking capability AutoTrack. Rugged in design and ideally suited for perimeter surveillance, car parks and other similar outdoor applications, EnviroDomes feature Day/night cameras that automatically switch from color to monochrome when light levels decrease to give extra sensitivity, whilst high-resolution cameras with optical zoom of up to 25x capture the finest detail. FlexiDomes utilize advanced 15-bit imaging technology, already proven in its Dinion cameras to exploit the full potential of today's imaging chips. With their 540 TV-line resolution, FlexiDome cameras are able to produce extremely sharp and detailed images and handle difficult lighting conditions, including an Auto Black feature to counteract the effects of fog or glare, NightSense to compensate for fading light, and backlight compensation to ensure clear images when viewing entrances. As well as cameras, Bosch provided single channel encoders, eight channel encoders, Networked Video Recorders (NVRs), Raid 5 storage units, and pre-configured workstations with all ancillaries such as keyboards. As well as hardware, it also provided all of the appropriate operational software and storage management software. "Initial cost was not the deciding factor in going with Bosch," Dave adds. "We looked at the total cost of ownership over a 10-year plan, where the quality and reliability of the technology was critical, and could see the value in buying Bosch. We needed a system also where we can add further cameras either permanently or temporarily as required, and the Bosch-based solution gives us the flexibility we are looking for. We were also attracted by the three-year warranty. "I recently recommended Bosch Security Systems to another University and I wouldn't do this if I didn't have complete faith in the system." CDS, based in Pontypridd, is one of Wales' leading suppliers and installers of CCTV and access control, and one of the first companies in the UK to specialize in IP-based projects.
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