VIVOTEK’s IP network cameras were installed to cover the tunnels, platforms, and workshop areas Background: Tehran Metro – Connecting Tehran since 1999 Since 1999, The Tehran Metro has been making life more convenient and more pleasant for the people of Tehran and for visitors to this ancient city. Moving more than 2.5 million passengers daily, the Metro not only means easier transport for its customers, it has also greatly reduced congestion and pollution in the rapidly growing metropolis. Consisting of five lines at a combined length of 152 kilometres, with two more lines currently under construction that will bring the total length to 430 kilometres, the Tehran Metro is also linked to Iran’s regional rail network and has become a crucial part of the great city of Tehran. The Metro system, while designed to sit in harmony with the architecture of the ancient city of Tehran, draws on the most advanced transport technology from around the world. The tracks and track-points are provided by the Austrian company Voestalpine, and rolling stock, including double-deck passenger cars, are sourced from the leading international rail company, CRV. As of 2010, approximately 2 billion dollars has been spent on the Tehran Metro project, evidencing the Tehran Metro Company’s commitment to providing the very safest, most convenient experience for its 2 million daily passengers. The Challenge: As the Metro Network Expands, Surveillance Needs Become More Demanding Tehran Metro’s development of new lines involves a vast working area. In order to ensure the safety of this line’s future commuters, as well as the safety of its current workers, Tehran Metro required a surveillance system to cover the tunnels, platforms, and workshop areas of this rapidly expanding network. The area requiring coverage, which was not only devoid of natural light and thus often very dark, but also often extremely dusty and humid, required a range of network cameras that would not only provide clear and reliable surveillance in low-light conditions, but would also be able to stand up to the harshest operating conditions. The Tehran Metro Company’s long-standing history of looking for the best technical solutions led it to seek the help of Pooya Fara Negar (PFN) in its search for the right system to meet this difficult challenge. The Solution: VIVOTEK – Clear and Wide Coverage, Built Tough to Perform Anywhere The difficult lighting conditions of the tunnels and workshop areas called for extremely capable camera, and for this task VIVOTEK’s IP8371E low light corridor view network bullet camera with Smart IR was perfectly suited PFN, with a long history of deploying high-tech cameras in difficult operating environments, turned immediately to VIVOTEK and its range of high-performance IP network cameras. The broad range, high resolution, flexible storage capability and impressive durability of VIVOTEK’s surveillance systems ensured that Tehran Metro Company could continue work on developing its new line, secure in the knowledge that the working areas, tunnels and platforms could all be monitored on a secure and stable high-performance IP network system. With VIVOTEK’s wide range of IP network cameras, advanced network video recorders and video management systems, the often-chaotic construction areas where able to be simply, easily, and thoroughly secured. High light, low-light or no-light – No Problem for VIVOTEK’s Smart IR and WDR Pro Equipped Cameras A total of 82 VIVOTEK IP network cameras were installed throughout the construction area of the Tehran Metro. The difficult lighting conditions of the tunnels and workshop areas called for extremely capable camera, and for this task VIVOTEK’s IP8371E low light corridor view network bullet camera with Smart IR was perfectly suited. The IP8371E’s 3D Noise Reduction technology empowers it to capture clear, polished video under low-light conditions, and also helps to reduce bandwidth from sensor noise. Further enhancing the coverage of Tehran Metro’s construction areas, this camera is equipped with powerful 30 meter-range IR illuminators, and because VIVOTEK knows that lighting conditions can change throughout the day and night, the IP8371E also features Smart IR technology which prevents overexposure and provides noise reduction to adjust the IR lighting intensity instantaneously based on the changes of light in the ambient environment. For entrance areas, VIVOTEK’s IP8335H was chosen for its excellence in providing high-detail, high-quality footage in both high and low-light conditions. The IP8335H WDR Pro feature enables the camera to capture both the dark and bright parts of any image with double-shutters, enabling two frames to be combined to create a highly realistic image of the original scene, providing video quality close to the capabilities of a human eye. To add to this, the IP8335H also features automated shutter control, or P-Iris. P-Iris controls the iris with extreme precision with a built-in stepper motor, maintaining the opening at an optimal level at all times, resulting in superior image clarity and depth of field as well as image quality – no matter what the lighting conditions. So the entranceways of the Tehran Metro construction areas, which were often effected by changes in ambient light, can now be reliably monitored. Finally, the construction area of the Tehran Metro, though covering a vast area, is all able to be monitored from a single location thanks to the intelligence of VIVOTEK’s VAST video management software. VIVOTEK’s Rugged IP Cameras – The Smartest Cameras in the Toughest Skin Remarkably, while these two cameras are able to employ the very latest technology to provide crystal clear surveillance of the constantly changing construction area of the Tehran Metro, both cameras are also among the toughest on the market. Both the IP8371E and the IP8335H are encased in weather-proof, dust-proof, and vandal-proof IP67 rated housing. The IP67 rated housing is designed to help the camera body withstand rain and dust and ensures operation under a multitude of harsh weather conditions. Thus, despite the constant dust generated by the large scale construction of the Tehran Metro, both IP cameras are able to continue providing high-detail and reliable footage, and while the working area is often extremely humid, the wide operating temperature range of both cameras ensures seamless operation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. VIVOTEK’s Video Management Systems: Ready for Any Development Finally, the construction area of the Tehran Metro, though covering a vast area, is all able to be monitored from a single location thanks to the intelligence of VIVOTEK’s VAST video management software. The features of VAST allow flexible monitoring of a large network of IP network cameras over a variety of locations by a small number of security staff, with new cameras able to be added at any time; meaning that as the Tehran Metro construction project grows or changes, the entire surveillance system can grow or adapt with ease. So now Tehran Metro can get on with task of expansion and providing the people of Tehran with ever more convenient services, confident that VIVOTEK is there to support them in this challenging project.
SALTO provides access control during construction and operational phases to Bethanie As Western Australia’s largest not for profit aged care and retirement village provider, Bethanie is committed to providing a warm, social and engaging environment in which seniors can enjoy a vibrant, energetic and social lifestyle. The company’s mission is to make a real difference to people’s lives, and one of the ways they strive to achieve this is to offer a range of retirement living options for all budgets from care in the home and social center’s for seniors, to retirement villages, affordable housing and residential aged care across Perth and regional Western Australia. The Challenge Having taken the decision to upgrade their security from a traditional mechanical keyed system and all the hassles that entailed such as replacing locks and cutting keys to something that provided far higher levels of protection, the search began for a reliable and economical electronic system that could efficiently run and manage multiple displaced sites that were up to 230km distant from one another. This included 3 Lifestyle Villages in Yanchep, Bunbury and Eaton and 2 Apartment Housing developments in Dalyellup & Mandurah. The essential requirements were the flexibility to secure existing doors without having to alter hardware; an ability to easily track and replace key cards in use and be able to remotely manage the access control systems across the various properties from one central location. Through a partnership with SALTO Systems (Australia); local SALTO dealer GWA Group and installer Blue Force Pty Ltd., Bethanie was able to find a system that delivered on all of these requirements and more. The Solution The SALTO Access Control system installed by Blue Force Pty Ltd provides an excellent balance between cost and control. Its use of SALTO’s unique XS4 and SVN access control platform now provides a stand-alone networked locking solution for over 130 doors including apartment front entrance doors, club house front entrance doors, miscellaneous lifestyle village internal doors and perimeter gates without the need to hardwire or run power to each lock. "SALTO has exceeded our expectations on the versatility and ease with which actions can be undertaken" Neil Armstrong, SALTO Business Development Manager Western Australia, says “Our XS4 electronic escutcheon platform in a mix of offline and online handle sets, together with its associated control units and wall readers provides the means to operate a totally keyless environment thanks to their unique ability to distribute card holder and system information to access controlled doors by using Mifare /DESFire key cards to upload and download information between the on-line and off-line doors. The client needed the ability to deploy a solution to remote buildings where network infrastructure is limited and where it would be both difficult and expensive to install it in the required locations. This meant going for a stand-alone system was the obvious choice as it was less expensive and faster to deploy than traditional hard wired solutions without any need to compromise on safety or security. Such a system also helps them overcome the challenges associated with managing remote sites and improves service levels to staff and end users and facilitates the company becoming more efficient through reduced capital and operational expenditure.” With the installation, Bethanie management staff now has remote access to all the above sites from their head office location via Salto Systems Pro Access software which is professionally hosted within a data center facility in Perth WA. SALTO’s SVN access control platform provides a networked locking solution to Australian seniors This software allows them to manage their multiple sites through one common platform via an in-built departmental feature. What’s more its remote door open tool also saves Bethanie time in deploying resources to provide physical access to contractors or delivery people requiring access to remote sites. It is also useful in instances where end users are accidentally locked out and need access quickly - saving in time and cost associated with providing resources to re-actively travel to and from site. The Result Seniors accommodation, particularly in retirement communities, can face a number of special and sensitive security issues so ensuring the safety of residents is a high priority. Controlling access therefore plays a hugely important role and the industry leading SALTO access control solution supplied by GWA Group and Blueforce Pty Ltd now provides a comprehensive, future-proof service to Bethanie. From assistance with the specification, to supply, install and commissioning, both companies knew it was essential to deliver an outstanding service from start to finish. Bethanie’s Contract & Building Services Administrator Alan Sheehan said “SALTO has exceeded our expectations on the versatility and ease with which actions can be undertaken. It gives us the ability to deploy access control to remotely situated developments during both construction and operational phases, and its SVN technology can be deployed quickly as there is no dependency on physical network infrastructure, or even power supply. This allows us to provide a safe and secure environment to all our stakeholders at all phases of site development.” "It gives us the ability to deploy access control to remotely situated developments during both construction and operational phases" Neil Armstrong concludes “The combination of the SALTO XS4 wireless product together with motivated, competent installation engineers and clarity of direction from such a professional client ensured we delivered the project on time and fully met Bethanie’s security expectations.”
Turning on a light bulb or watching television is something the population of the UK take for granted. Whether relaxing at home, taking advantage of the latest consumer gadget, or hard at work in the office, we are all responsible for the consumption of ever larger amounts of electrical power, often with little thought to its source of generation.Centrica's Kings Lynn power station is one such source. Its modern gas turbine and triple pressure heat recovery steam generator feeds 325 mega watts of power into the UK national grid, supplying the needs of commercial and domestic consumption. After a 3-year build period, the station's operation began in December 1997 under TXU management. The facility was subsequently acquired by British Gas group Centrica in October of 2001.Since the plant opened, it has been protected by a mix of security measures, including a basic CCTV system. However, due to the number of years the original system had been in service and resultant wear and tear, Centrica management decided to embark on a comprehensive overhaul of the installation. Jason Buck, Manager at Kings Lynn, drew up a document detailing how the new system would be used and invited several companies to tender for the project.After close scrutiny, Jason chose Panasonic Premier Integrator Reflex Systems of South Yorkshire who, as he explains, "Were commissioned on the basis of a comprehensive and competitive tender bid." During the tender process, Steve Ward, Technical Projects Director at Reflex, liaised heavily with Jason to qualify his expectations of the new surveillance system, and subsequently specified a Panasonic based CCTV solution to fulfill the varied needs of the power station.Surveillance monitoringReflex's surveillance solution commenced service in May 2006. Following a comprehensive site audit, Reflex installed Panasonic WV-CW860 dome cameras located to provide maximum external scene coverage, covering key, and potentially sensitive areas of the plant, including the gas and steam generating building, car park, water demineralization plant, water pumping station, auxiliary cooling tower, workshop buildings, gas storage area and gates to the compounded site. Steve Ward explains, "Right from our initial site surveys it was clear that Jason and his team required crystal clear images of the site, day and night. Although they had not experienced any specific problems, they were acutely aware of the sensitivity of the site to trespassers, both from a security and health and safety perspective."We installed Panasonic WV-CW860 dome cameras to allow them to take full advantage of its 22x zoom lens, high-speed panning and Super Dynamic II technology. The dome unit employs a day/night-switching mode allied to an extremely capable 510 TV lines resolution, allowing Centrica staff effective visual monitoring to pinpoint and identify individuals even in very low-light conditions."Supplementing the fully functional PTZ positions are 18 Panasonic WV-CP480 Super DIII fixed cameras. Contained in its own weatherproof housing, the WV-CP480 employs Panasonic's unique Super Dynamic technology to provide Auto Back Focus (ABF) and automatic colour, and black and white switching, along with 128x Dynamic Range correction, for fast, accurate reactions to contrast changes in any viewed scene - a worthy feature among the varied and constantly changing light conditions around the industrial structures at the Kings Lynn facility.Providing comprehensive surveillance coverage of the perimeter of the site, the system also provides important visual identification of individuals using the access-controlled turnstiles within the plant's fence line. Thanks to Reflex's efficient and economical camera layout, operators' surveillance capability from the cameras extends beyond the boundaries of the Kings Lynn site to include the surrounding land and its arterial roadways.Visual verificationBoth Panasonic WV-CW860 dome, and WV-CP480 cameras are also deployed within the interior of the power station. Monitoring the gas and steam turbine room, the cameras afford control room operators extensive process control information and visual verification of issues raised by the station's control equipment. Will Hopkins, Operation Technician, comments, "Using the Panasonic surveillance technology we can visually monitor any part of the site without leaving the control room. This improves the efficiency of our staffing operation and has proved a real asset in our health and safety monitoring."Images from the cameras are transmitted to two control points. The first is located in the main reception area within the administration building. From here, reception staff can monitor visitors as they approach the facility's main gate, visually verifying expected visitors and their vehicles, and assisting with any general enquiries. If necessary, visitors can be tracked from the moment they enter through the front gate, right up to their arrival in front of the reception area.The second control point is housed within the control room building and is integrated with the main power station control console, allowing Centrica staff complete surveillance over the site in liaison with general plant control. Images from the system's cameras are transmitted to Panasonic WJ-HD316A 16-channel digital video recorders, programmed to record 120 images per second, the playback quality of which permits operators to review crystal clear images of the facility if and when necessary. Panasonic WV-CU650CJ/B system controllers afford video playback and review whilst managing the system's WJ-SX150A camera switching matrix. Will Hopkins comments, "The CCTV operators use the control equipment in different ways. Panasonic's ambidextrous and intuitive joystick design allows all of our operators to be instantly ‘at home' with the system control functionality."Any incidents occurring during the production procedure can be directly investigated from the control room, Will Hopkins explains, "We can verify any alarm within the facility using the Panasonic surveillance technology, from a perimeter detection, to production issues."Management tool"The surveillance system has been extremely useful during our scheduled outage periods," Will continues. "Every power supplier has a designated offline period for maintenance and during these periods we can have a large amount of third party contractors onsite. With the new surveillance technology at our fingertips we can ensure health and safety procedures are adhered to at all times and check on service progress, in respect to human and vehicular traffic around the site. We can even observe the works progress right down to individual engineer level."Reflex Systems have provided Centrica's Kings Lynn power station with a flexible surveillance solution that is not only integrated with the access control system but actively complements the mix of other on-site security measures. The Panasonic CCTV system has proved to be a pivotal instrument providing an effective site management and health and safety tool.