FIREX International, alongside the co-located IFSEC International, Safety & Health Expo and Facilities Show, has announced that the Protection & Management series of events will be moving to a new dateline of 19-21 May for the 2020 edition at ExCeL, London. FIREX International 2019 Dates Unchanged Gerry Dunphy, Exhibition Director, FIREX, explains: “Major business decisions are made at FIREX every year, and the event has been in huge growth in its home in London, as we anti...
The year ahead holds endless promise for the physical security industry, and much of that future will be determined by which technologies the industry embraces. The menu of possibilities is long – from artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things to the cloud and much more – and each technology trend has the potential to transform the market in its own way. We tapped into the collective expertise of our Expert Panel Roundtable to answer this question: What technology trend will...
GJD has hit the ground running in 2019 with the appointment of Jason Hill as the company’s Commercial Director. Mark Tibbenham, Managing Director of GJD has big plans for the British manufacturer of external motion detectors and LED illuminators, and has recruited Jason Hill to help deliver on his aspirations. GJD Expands In The US Commenting on the new appointment, Mark said: “Even though we were 2017 recipients of the Queens Award for Enterprise, International Trade there are a s...
Senstar, global perimeter intrusion detection and video management solutions provider, is pleased to announce its Senstar LM100 hybrid perimeter intrusion detection and intelligent lighting system has received the Fixture Seal of Approval (FSA) from the International Dark Skies Association (IDA). IDA is the recognized authority on light pollution. Its mission is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and the heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting....
iluminar Inc., the specialist manufacturer and supplier of infrared and white light illuminators, is proud to announce that CEO Eddie Reynolds has been selected as an ambassador for the 2018 IoT Now Applications in Connectivity Conference. The seminar will take place Sept. 19, 2018 in the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center, in Tysons, Va. 2108 IoT Now Applications In Connectivity Conference IoT Now will focus on innovations in physical security, cybersecurity, industrial automation, digital tra...
Senstar is pleased to announce the FiberPatrol FP1150, the newest addition to its fiber optic perimeter intrusion detection line. The dual-channel FP1150 accurately detects and locates intrusion attempts for up to 10 km (6.2 mi) or 5 km (3.1 mi) per side in a platform that is more compact, more highly integrated, and more rugged than previous generations. Perimeter Intrusion Detection The FP1150 enhances the market-leading capabilities of the Senstar’s FiberPatrol line by extending...
Senstar is pleased to announce the first major sale of its Senstar LM100 hybrid perimeter intrusion detection and intelligent lighting system. Over 1,300 LM100 luminaires will protect the 28,000 ft (5.3 mi) perimeter of a $1.5 billion brewery being constructed by a Fortune 500 international beverage company. “The Senstar LM100 is the first perimeter intrusion detection product of its kind to combine two key security features in one cutting-edge product – deterrence (lighting) and detection (vibration-sensing) – illuminating intruders at the fence line and alerting the site’s security management system of any attempt to cut, climb or otherwise breakthrough the fence fabric,” said Senstar Product Manager Todd Brisebois. “We are honored the beverage company has chosen the Senstar LM100 to safeguard its people and property and are confident the system will provide the desired level of security for the site.” With Senstar’s broad portfolio of perimeter intrusion detection products, we were able to offer solutions that met the different requirements of the distinct sites" Fiber Optic Intrusion Detection System This project, in which the Senstar LM100 will be coupled with layers of video analytics and surveillance cameras, will be the second partnership between Senstar; the beverage company; A&E firm Benham, A Haskell Company; and installer EON Solution SA de CV. The group previously worked together on the expansion of a brewery site where Senstar’s FiberPatrol fence-mounted fiber optic intrusion detection system was installed to protect a 5,000 ft (0.95 mi) section of new perimeter fence. “There was not a one-size fits all for the beverage company’s two most recent construction projects," said Senstar’s Executive Director of Business Development Nancy Marshall. "But with Senstar’s broad portfolio of perimeter intrusion detection products, we were able to offer solutions that met the different requirements of the distinct sites.” Combining sensing and lighting technologies allows the lighting to be controlled by its sensing which further increases its deterrence capability Fence Vibration Detection Launched in Fall 2017, the Senstar LM100 provides fence vibration detection as well as configurable, localised, uniform lighting allowing cameras to operate with a higher dynamic range, ensuring objects and people are illuminated while avoiding the generation of dark silhouettes in front of bright backgrounds. Combining sensing and lighting technologies allows the lighting to be controlled by its sensing which further increases its deterrence capability. With the LM100’s low voltage design, installation costs are kept low as expensive electrical infrastructure or expensive labor are not required, and the need for additional permits, which could be time consuming and costly, is eliminated. Integration With VMS And Analytics Systems The Senstar LM100 is easy to install and maintain, environmentally-friendly, and suitable for sites of all sizes as a standalone or complimentary perimeter security system, seamlessly integrating with video management and analytics systems, PSIM and security management systems. Senstar has sold several LM100 systems to small sites including VIP residences, electrical substations, marinas and marijuana production facilities.
Digital Watchdog, the industry leader in digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, and Connected Technologies LLC, provider of a powerful cloud-hosted security management interface, announced the release of the DW Spectrum integration with Connect ONE. DW Spectrum is a powerful and user-friendly IP Video Management software, highly optimized to provide unlimited scalability, unmatched bandwidth savings and simplified system setup and management. Connect ONE by Connected Technologies is a cloud-hosted integrated security management solution which provides a single user interface to control intrusion, access control, video surveillance, critical environmental monitoring and energy management. Connect ONE works with the Bosch B and G series as well as DMP, ELK and Honeywell Vista Turbo security and access control panels. DW Spectrum and Connect ONE can be integrated via direct network connection or DW Cloud Simplified Connectivity DW Spectrum and Connect ONE can be integrated via direct network connection or DW Cloud. The cloud integration between DW Cloud and Connect ONE’s cloud service eliminates the need to connect to an IP address or to open an inbound port on the end user’s network firewall. Once connected, users can retrieve a camera list for quick and easy configuration, view live video, record snapshots upon an event from the Intrusion/Access System for video verification or review a 10-second Pre-Event and up to 45-second Post-Event video clip. “DW Spectrum is built on simplicity and ease of use and the partnership with Connect ONE simplifies system integrations,” says Patrick Kelly, Director of IP Video Solutions, Digital Watchdog, Cerritos, Calif. “Video verification of events gives a more complete picture of what is happening. By tying control panel events like intrusion alarms to the associated video, this integration enables our installing channel partners to deliver greater value to clients.” Seamless System Integration “Being able to provide the installation community with this critical integration between the widely specified DW Spectrum and Connect ONE helps expand the possibilities for integrated solutions,” says Dan Simon, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Connected Technologies, Monument, Colo. “It adds value to their projects, brings exciting capabilities through a single user interface and helps differentiate their service offerings.”
The Ava Group was formed from the takeover of MaxSec Group (MSP) by Future Fibre Technologies Limited (FFT) in December 2017, with the new group name approved at the EGM on 10th May 2018. Merging MSP And FFT The group is a provider of risk management services and technologies, used by commercial, industrial, military and government companies across the world. The Ava Group encompasses Future Fibre Technologies and both MaxSec Group companies - BQT Solutions and Ava Global. The Group features a range of complementary solutions including intrusion detection and location for perimeters, pipelines and data networks, biometric and card access control, as well as secure international logistics, storage of high value assets and risk consultancy services. For decades, the Ava Group continues to build upon a portfolio of services and technologies for the most complex and demanding markets.The group is a provider of risk management services and technologies, used by commercial, industrial, military and government companies across the world The new group will operate under two divisions – a Services Division (Ava) and a Technology Division (FFT and BQT). The merger represents a unification of three firms. Each company holds similar values and philosophies about how to do business; producing an excellent service for the customer, with an emphasis on integrity and transparency. New Appointment As Group CEO The Ava Group has announced that Chris Fergus was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer. Chris commented: “I am excited to lead the group under the new identity of ‘Ava Group’, leveraging the combined strengths of our experienced leadership team and innovative products and services to build a Sales-and-Marketing-focused global Risk Management organization.” Chris has extensive experience within the security integration and services sectors. For the past two years Chris has been the CEO of Ava Global, and SVP Strategy and Business Development for MaxSec Group Limited (MSP), and served as an Executive Director on the board of MSP. Chris has also served as a Director of FFT for the previous 18 months. Chris was previously employed for 20 years with G4S, most recently as Regional Managing Director, Middle East, managing a portfolio of Security & FM joint ventures with a total revenue in excess of US$1 billion.
FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the Saros line of security cameras, its next-generation outdoor security product line that combines multiple traditional perimeter protection technologies into a unified solution. This approach is designed to deliver accurate, actionable alerts and verified alarm data. FLIR Saros Cameras The FLIR Saros camera line enables commercial businesses to implement state-of-the-art outdoor intrusion detection in a cost-effective manner. Traditional perimeter security systems can require substantial investment, both in infrastructure and in ongoing expenses stemming from false alarms. FLIR Saros not only greatly reduces the cost of initial deployment by minimizing the amount of equipment required, but also reduces false positives with built-in advanced analytics, expanding the outdoor perimeter protection market for security alarm monitoring companies. Included Security Technologies A single FLIR Saros unit combines numerous security technologies, including: Multiple FLIR Lepton thermal sensors – Provides the ability to deliver wide-area monitoring regardless of unfavorable lighting or weather conditions High-definition optical cameras – Option of 1080p or 4K resolution to realize accurate visual identification of intruders IR and visible LED illuminators – Ability to deter intruders with white light illumination Advanced onboard analytics – Accurate target detection and classification, to help reduce false alarms 2-way audio and digital input/outputs – Enables real-time audio response Cybersecurity And End-To-End Encryption The FLIR Saros platform was designed and engineered with today’s cybersecurity risks in mind The FLIR Saros platform was designed and engineered with today’s cybersecurity risks in mind, with end-to-end encryption for setup, web, and video streams, and configuration lockdown after initial setup for increased tamper prevention. FLIR Saros also eliminates the need for port-forwarding, so devices are less exposed to remote security attacks. “FLIR Saros, equipped with multiple FLIR Leptons, represents a new security paradigm for wide-area commercial locations that face the threat of loss,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR. “FLIR Saros products open new business opportunities for both central monitoring stations and security integrators looking to distinguish themselves in the industry. The Saros family is an important addition to FLIR’s security portfolio and supports our goal of innovating technologies that increase perception and awareness to support professionals in decision-making that saves lives and livelihoods.” Initial FLIR Saros models – in both dome and multi-imager form factors – will begin shipping in North America and Europe in the third quarter of 2018 through FLIR’s established network of dealers and integrators.
The Duke Energy Corporation, one of the largest utilities in the word, has hired Brian Harrell as Managing Director, Enterprise Protective Services. Harrell is widely seen as an industry expert on critical infrastructure protection, with a specific focus on power grid security. He is the former Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs and Director of Operations for the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) while at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). He was recently recognized as one of Security Magazine's Most Influential People in Security and he currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at The George Washington University. Duke Energy is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. and serves approximately 7.5 million retail electric customers in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company which provides energy services to approximately 24 million people.
Friday marked the closing day of ISC West 2018. ISC West, sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), the largest converged security event of the year, experienced its biggest and most successful year to date. On the heels of ISC West being named to Trade Show Executive’s Next 50 List for Attendance Growth in 2017, this year included a larger show floor with more exhibits than ever before (an additional 4K square feet from last year), growth in featured areas (Unmanned Security & Safety Expo sponsored by Knightscope, Connected Security Expo, Public Security & Safety Expo, and Connected Home sponsored by Alarm.com, plus the addition of the brand new Emerging Technology Zone that had 40 companies participate), 120+ new products displayed in SIA’s New Products Showcase, six percent growth in overall attendees and 10 percent growth of the coveted ISC Executive’s Club. Security Education Program This year, ISC West had the pleasure of offering over 85 sessions throughout the SIA Education@ISC program, spanning a range of topics that impact security professionals across physical, IT and IoT security – from biometrics to drones to leadership skills.The enthusiasm of our attendees, loyal returning exhibiting companies and the 250 new exhibiting companies inspire us to put on the best show" Some of the most highly-attended sessions were Access Control and Video in the Cloud, The Evolution of Credentials and their Use in the IT, OT, and Physical Security Environment, Connected Home – The Future is Now, and The Future of Physical Security: The Decade Ahead. Providing comprehensive education is one of the cornerstones of ISC West, and more attendees are leveraging these offerings each year, learning from one another and networking with their peers. “Another successful year in the books,” said Sherida Sessa, Industry Vice President of ISC Security Events at Reed Exhibitions. “The enthusiasm of our attendees, loyal returning exhibiting companies and the 250 new exhibiting companies continue to inspire us to put on the best show we can. We’re so pleased with the turnout and want to formally thank everyone – attendees, exhibitors, speakers, our media partners and sponsors, and most importantly, SIA, for helping to make this year the biggest and best show we’ve had yet.” Re-Inventing Cybersecurity This year’s keynotes were unparalleled. Each one had a packed house, with Dr. Douglas Maughan of the Department of Homeland Security explaining how the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) is re-inventing cybersecurity, and Jeff Crume, Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor, IT Security Architect at IBM talking about the dark side of the IoT.ISC West 2018 featured the SIA Women in Security Forum to mentor and empower other females to enter the industry ISC West 2018 also had several special events on the agenda, including the 23rd SAMMY Awards hosted by Security Sales & Integration, honouring dealers and integrators for their sales, marketing, business and installation excellence; tours of the new Emerging Technology Zone to showcase next-generation products on the market; SIA’s New Products Showcase awards ceremony, where over 120 product entries were pitched to leading industry experts and winners were selected in nearly 30 categories; the Security 5K Run/2K Walk, where all proceeds were donated to Mission 500, a non-profit charitable organization focused on the security industry and dedicated to serving children and families in need across the U.S.; the SIA RISE Happy Hour and SIA Autonomous Security Robotics Reception where security industry professionals had the chance to network with each other; and the inaugural committee meeting of the SIA Women in Security Forum, a place for women to engage, mentor and empower other females to enter the industry. Business Impact “There’s nothing better than hearing someone on the show floor say, ‘ISC West is like the Super Bowl of security events',” said Will Wise, group vice president of the ISC security portfolio. “At the end of the day, it’s so rewarding knowing that exhibitors and attendees – from end-users to integrators to dealers/installers to consultants and engineers – feel that ISC West made a measurable business impact for them. We’re looking forward to the Cyber: Secured Forum in Denver in June and are already setting our sights on ISC East in New York City in November!”
It had been a particularly slow night. The plant security guard had just made his rounds on this Sunday evening shift. As soon as he passed the weighing scales, he could enter the guard shack and get off his feet. Challenging A Curious Incident However, on this night, he noticed the waste vendor’s truck sitting half on and half off the scale. He stopped dead in his tracks to see if the truck would back up and completely sit on the scale. It never did. The observant guard walked up to the truck and challenged the driver who seemed surprised. “Hey, you’re not weighing your truck properly.” The driver fumbled for a response before replying, “Sorry, I was on the phone with a friend. I didn’t notice it.” But this security guard had the presence of mind to demand the driver’s phone. The driver was caught off guard and surrendered the phone. The guard then pulled up the most recent incoming/outgoing calls and saw no calls during the last 30 minutes. “I don’t think so.” “You don’t think so what?” The security guard was frank, “You haven’t used this phone in over half an hour.” The truck driver sheepishly acknowledged the fact. It was decided to install video surveillance covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting Preventing Crime As It Happens Knowing the driver was lying, the security guard ordered the truck back on the scale for a correct weighing and advised the driver that he would report the incident. The security guard wrote up his report and handed it off to his supervisor who, in turn, contacted the local corporate investigator. This investigator was soon on the phone with his boss at corporate headquarters on the other side of the world. Together with Security, they decided to install video surveillance covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting. However, once completed, they waited. They would not have to wait long. For the next two months, the waste vendor trucks, filled to the brim with production waste, black-and-white paper and other waste products from the plant, would stop on the scale only for a moment and then drive the front half of the truck off the scale for weighing. It was obvious that the vendor was cheating the company by only paying for half the waste. After two months, it was decided to catch the next cheating driver “en flagrante.” Sure enough, the next truck went half on and half off the scale and was weighed. Security then asked the unsuspecting driver to park his truck and invited him inside the building to talk to a supervisor. The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet Waiting for the driver in a large office was the local investigator and his close friend, the Head of Security. After a difficult interview, the driver admitted to cheating on the scales over a two-year period—he claimed that some of the scale cheating was done at the direction of the vendor’s management, while some of it he did himself by “ripping off” the vendor—which he acknowledged was dangerous. Working With Authorities The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet—they would see what they could do for him later on. In the meantime, Corporate Investigations had received a due diligence report on the vendor company which contained disturbing news—the company and its managers were associated with a countrywide waste management mafia. The report suggested that the vendor had a reputation for thefts and involvement in numerous lawsuits regarding thefts and embezzlement. Shockingly, no prior due diligence had ever been conducted on the vendor. Fortunately, the plant’s finance and audit team had maintained good records over the past 5 years and were able to re-construct the amount of waste going out the plant door and the amounts being claimed and paid for by the vendor. The discrepancy and loss stood at a multi-million dollar figure. After consulting with the local police authorities and company lawyers, it was decided to pursue a civil case against the vendor. Pursuing Legal Action The regional lawyer, the Head of Investigations, the Head of Security and the CFO invited the vendor to discuss the problem. Some of the evidence was shown to the vendor’s CEO who became indignant and, in order to save face, promised to fire the truck drivers and to repay any losses for the last two months. Inter-dependent entities - security, investigations, finance/audit and legal - combined their resources and agendas to form a unified front That was not enough for the company and a protracted legal battle ensued which lasted several years and resulted in the vendor’s paying almost the entire amount in instalments. The vendor was dropped from the contract and internal controls strengthened—the only plant employee dealing with the waste issue left the company and was replaced by two individuals. The plant also began paying more attention to the waste process and less to the production side. Several “lessons learned” come to mind. First, the tripwire came in the person of an astute and well-trained security guard who exhibited some of the best characteristics you want to see from men and women in that profession. The Security Department was also adept at installing the surveillance system and capturing the fraud live on videotape. But a far greater lesson was learned—of what can happen when inter-dependent entities (security, investigations, finance/audit and legal) within a company combine their resources and agendas to form a unified front. The results speak for themselves.
Crime prevention may require changes to the structure, added surveillance cameras, effective access control methods Given the vast amount of litigation, businesses and property owners must find a system of adherence towards safe and secure premises to avoid multimillion dollar verdicts. In the business of law, negligent security is a rapidly growing niche field and the number of lawsuits continues to increase. Why? The obvious answer is the current lack of uniform security protocols and policies to employ. Four Elements Of Negligence The idea behind these cases is that property owners and property managers must take proper precautions to safeguard their invitees, guests, customers, patrons, visitors and other individuals lawfully on their premises. Before reaching the ultimate decision of whether a property owner or property manager was negligent, four elements must be proven. First, it must be established that the property owner or management company had a duty to provide reasonably safe premises. Typically, the first element of duty is the easiest piece of the puzzle to find. The case law stands strong behind the presumption that property owners and property managers have a duty to supply safe grounds for guests, patrons, invitees, customers, or any individual lawfully on their premises. The case of Bovis v. 7-Eleven, Inc., 505 So. 2d 661, 664 (Fla. 5th DCA 1987), reminds us that “the duty to protect others from injury resulting from a dangerous condition on a premises does not rest on legal ownership of the dangerous area but on the right to control access by third parties which right usually exists in the one in possession and control of the premises.” If the property is in a high crime area that presumption is further bolstered by the fact that the property owner should not only have taken some measures to provide security, but also to conduct inspections of the premises and/or searches of the neighbouring crime. Furthermore, landowners are expected to give warning of hidden dangers that are known or should be known to the landowner and unknown to the invitee. Second, it must be shown that the property owner breached that duty. Arguably, this should be the hardest piece of the puzzle to find. However, more often than not, the defendants in these cases fail to provide reasonable security measures. Crime prevention is “the anticipation, recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to reduce or remove that risk” Components Of Liability The thornier component of liability is bifurcated into foreseeability and preventability. From a legal standpoint, there is currently no bright line rule to apply to the preventability and foreseeability components. The current method of addressing these issues is to hire a seasoned security expert, who will review the records reporting the types of crime and frequency of those crimes that occurred in the vicinity of the incident in question. Those records can be obtained from the local police department and through other avenues during the discovery process. The prior crime history of a property is an important focal point for any security expert, plaintiff, or defense, evaluating the foreseeability component. Preventability is approached differently, as there are numerous theories on crime prevention, such as the commonly referenced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) method. As echoed by the National Crime Prevention Institute, crime prevention is “the anticipation, recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to reduce or remove that risk.” The central theme for property owners to remember is that crime prevention requires action, which may include changes to the structure, added surveillance cameras, effective access control methods, and proper maintenance of the premises. Negligent Security Case The third element is causation. Usually, foreseeability goes to proximate cause. A jury must consider whether the negligence on the part of the defendant caused the plaintiff’s injury. The negligent act need not be a direct cause of the plaintiff’s injury if they were reasonably foreseeable consequences of negligence. The fourth and last element looked upon by a jury is damages. Here is a case example that sheds light on what is happening on the negligent security litigation frontline. More often than not an hourly waged security officer could have prevented these unfortunate violent crimes Barrak v. Report Investment Corporation In 2002, Sami Barrak, at 25 years of age, was rendered a quadriplegic after sustaining a life-altering gunshot wound to the neck while in the parking lot of Tootsie’s Cabaret during an attempted robbery by an unknown assailant. There, the club owners failed to adequately maintain the property and failed to provide adequate security to safeguard its customers, patrons, and guests, including Sami Barrak. The parking lot at Tootsie’s Cabaret was inadequately illuminated and lacked the proper foot patrol. Sami was sitting in the car waiting for his friend to return, when the unknown assailant pointed a gun at him. Moments later, Sami was shot in the neck. Now, Sami survives with the assistance of a ventilator, but every day is a struggle. Security Measures It was established that the defendant, Report Investment Corporation, had a duty to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition. Report Investment Corporation was found negligent after admitting that they never spent one dollar on security or safety. During the seven years prior to Sami’s attack, there were approximately 26 violent crimes on the same property. Yet, nothing was done to cure the crime problem and ensure the safety of Tootsie’s patrons. The verdict awarded in favour of the Plaintiff was the largest jury verdict recorded for a negligent security case for $102.7 million, including $1.4 million for past medical expenses, $164,000 for past lost earnings, $28 million for future medical expenses, $650,000 for lost earning ability, $2.5 million for past pain and suffering and $70 million for future pain and suffering. It is important to note that different properties require different security needs; thus different standards should be implemented in different industries A disheartening fact of these cases is that more often than not an hourly waged security officer could have prevented these unfortunate violent crimes from occurring and saved a victim’s life. Frequently, it boils down to cost. As a result, property owners and property management companies are less inclined to spend the money and resources on adequate security measures. However, that is a costly mistake as evidenced above. Uniform Security Standards The above case is just one example of the stark negligence of defendant property owners around the state of Florida. These same issues exist on a national level, with, Texas, New York, and California as top negligent security litigation contenders. That is precisely why nationally uniform industry standards need to be implemented. It is important to note that different properties require different security needs; thus different standards should be implemented in different industries. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, violent victimisations and serious violent victimisations have declined in number in recent years. The numbers for 2010 reflect 3.8 million violent victimisations and 1.4 million serious violent victimisations, which is a 34% decrease since 2001. If crime is on the decline, why is negligent security litigation such a growing sector? Owners must find a system of adherence towards safe and secure premises to avoid multimillion dollar verdicts Risk Management Practices Owners must find a system of adherence towards safe and secure premises to avoid multimillion dollar verdicts. A security analysis must be done prior to purchasing any parcel or property. Secondly, a sound security plan must be developed and enacted. Many local police departments offer free security analyses, where law enforcement will come out to a property, inspect the premises and provide recommendations as to what reasonable security a given property needs. Crime grids and police reports showing the types of crimes occurring in your area, the number of those crimes and locations relative to your property can be obtained for a minimal charge from local police departments. Supplement the police department services by contacting a reliable and experienced security company. They will recommend what security devices and measures should be adopted and create a security plan, which may include but not be limited to: security surveillance cameras, gates, panic buttons, lighting, security guards, etc. Again, the central theme for property owners to remember is that crime prevention requires action. Security As A Responsibility Property owners and property management companies must not hide behind the guise of a failing economy. Instead, they must put forth reasonable effort to provide safe premises for the well-being of their patrons, guests and invitees. Violent crimes are generally foreseeable and with the sophistication and refinement of the security industry in recent years, crime prevention and deterrence has become more accessible and affordable. Landowners are doing themselves and their invitees a disservice by ignoring obvious crime-infested properties and exposing themselves to liability. These cases are complex and costly to litigate. Furthermore, the cases going to trial frequently result in multi-million dollar verdicts. When a violent crime occurs on your premises, how do you defend a negligent security claim when you took no reasonable steps to provide reasonable safe premises? You simply cannot.
Security is more-than-ever linked to consumer electronics, especially in the residential/smart home market. CES 2018 in Las Vegas is therefore brimming with news that will have a direct impact on the security market, today and especially looking into the future. Products for the future of security CES is a giant trade show for consumer electronics with 2.75 million net square feet of exhibitor space and featuring more than 3,900 exhibitors, including 900 startups - in contrast, ISC West has some 1,000 exhibitors. During the week-long show welcoming 170,000-plus attendees from 150 countries, more than 20,000 new products are being launched. The products incorporate ingredient technologies such as artificial intelligence and 5G that will also be familiar elements as the future of the security industry unfolds. Familiar players at security shows also have a presence at CES, and many consumer technologies on display offer a glimpse of what’s ahead for security The areas of consumer electronics and security are closely intertwined. For example, Apple recently expanded near-field communication (NFC) support to include the NDEF (NFC Data Exchange Format), which will likely accelerate the adoption of smartphones for access control credentialing. In another recent development, Amazon acquired Blink, a home security camera startup that offers wireless home security systems. The acquisition aligns with Amazon’s effort to offer more home devices. Key Security Technologies At CES 2018 Familiar players at security shows also have a presence at CES. For example, Bosch is highlighting its “Simply. Connected” portfolio of smart city technology to transform security as well as urban mobility, air quality and energy efficiency. Many consumer technologies on display offer a glimpse of what’s ahead for security. Are Panasonic’s 4K OLEDs with HDR10+ format or Sony’s A8F OLED televisions a preview of the future of security control room monitors? At CES, Johnson Controls is announcing support for Apple HomeKit now offered in their DSC iotega wireless security and automation solution. Consumers can manage both their security system and also other home automation abilities using Apple’s Home app, or Siri on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. Interlogix is announcing new features and components of its UltraSync SmartHome system, including hands-free voice control, high-definition cameras, an LTE cellular module and soon-to-be-released doorbell camera. The areas of consumer electronics and security are closely intertwined Developments In Crime Awareness ADT has a high profile at CES, including the launch of its ADT Go mobile app, equipped with 24/7 emergency response from ADT’s live monitoring agents and backed by Life360’s location technology, providing emergency response, family connectivity, safety assistance and crime awareness. ADT is also unveiling a video doorbell and expanding its monitoring to cybersecurity. IC Realtime is introducing Ella, a cloud-based deep-learning search engine that augments surveillance systems with natural language search capabilities across recorded video footage. Ella enables any surveillance or security cameras to recognise objects, colours, people, vehicles and animals. Ella was designed using the technology backbone of Camio, a startup founded by ex-Googlers who designed a simpler way to apply searching to streaming video feeds. It’s a “Google for video:” Users can type in queries such as “white truck” to find every relevant video clip. Smarter homes and smarter computers Do-it-yourself smart home security company Abode Systems announces iota, an all-in-one system giving customers more freedom and flexibility to build out and monitor their smart home. The new form factor has a built-in full-HD resolution camera enabling customers to see and hear what’s going on in their home 24/7 while a built-in gateway supports hundreds of devices to make homes more convenient, safer and more secure. There is also support for Apple HomeKit. Highly programmable and high-performance platforms will no doubt play a role in the future of video surveillance systems in our market The Z-Wave Alliance will host 30-plus leading smart home brands in the Z-Wave pavilion at CES. A full walk-through home will demonstrate different brands working together to create one cohesive smart home experience. Sigma Designs unveils its 700-Series Z-Wave platform, including numerous performance and technology enhancements in energy-efficiency and RF performance. Personal protection in attendance Self-defence product company SABRE will debut a combination pepper spray with dual sound-effect personal alarm that “alternates between the traditional wailing sound and a primal scream, while a strobe blinks 19 times per second to disorient assailants.” SABRE’s Modern Fake Security Camera includes “sleek, realistic design to deter would-be thieves.” Chip maker Ambarella is introducing the CV1 4K Stereovision Processor with CFflow Computer Vision Architecture. The chip combines environmental perception with advances in deep neural network processing for a variety of applications, including video security cameras and fully autonomous drones. At CES, applications will focus on automotive uses, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), self-driving, electronic mirror and surround view systems. The highly programmable and high-performance platform will no doubt play a role in the future of video surveillance systems in our market. A full walk-through home will demonstrate different brands working together to create one cohesive smart home experience Extending home security and efficiency The Ring whole-house security ecosystem creates a “Ring of Security” around homes and neighbourhoods. Products include “Stick Up” indoor/outdoor security cameras, integrated LED lighting, a “Ring Alarm” integrated bundle for $199 including a base station, keypad, contact sensor, and Z-Wave extender. “Ring Protect Plans” include 24/7 professional monitoring. The “Streety” phone app, from Vivint Smart Home, extends home security into the neighbourhood. Streety makes it easy for neighbours to monitor neighbourhood activity through a network of shared residential cameras. They can keep an eye on kids, cars and property through live video feeds and use recorded video clips to investigate incidents. A new device making its debut at CES is the Walker “commercialised biped robot,” from UBTECH Robotics, which provides a complete home butler service and is designed to ease the day-to-day operations of a busy home or office. The varied of functions includes video surveillance monitoring, security patrol monitoring, motion detection and “instant alarm,” as well as dancing and playing games with children. The company says Walker will “bridge the gap between technologies that were once only available in scientific research institutions and everyday people.”
STANLEY Security, one of the most trusted names in the world of security, has installed an intruder alarm system at Wraps & Tints’ new premises, which houses high value vehicles. The system not only protects the contents but also meets the insurance company’s needs, keeping everyone happy! Based in Leyland, Lancashire, Wraps & Tints is the North West’s Paint Protection Film, Vehicle Wrapping and Window Tinting installers. The company has gone from strength to strength and recently moved into larger premises to meet customer demand and to better represent the quality of the service with a smarter, more professional working environment. Provide Certification With supercars and high-end vehicles occasionally stored, and to meet insurance requirements, an intruder alarm system was requisite within the new premises. After initially employing a small, local security company to undertake the job who were unable to provide the certification needed by Wraps & Tints’ insurance company, Jonathan Burke, Director of Wraps & Tints, approached STANLEY Security. The system incorporates dual technology detectors, door contacts and roller shutter contacts, interconnected and fed back to a control panel Following a risk assessment of the building content and the building’s fabric and structure, STANLEY Security installed a hard wired Texecom intruder alarm system to Grade 2 (low to medium risk). The system incorporates dual technology detectors, door contacts and roller shutter contacts, interconnected and fed back to a control panel. A maintenance contract is in place with STANLEY Security to ensure the system remains fully functional. Highly Skilled Technicians Jonathan is pleased with the outcome, finding the system easy to use. He’s also happy with the service he received, which was ‘straight forward and efficient’. Ultimately, the new intruder alarm system has enabled him to cost-effectively meet his insurer’s requirements and to focus on his business with the peace of mind that comes from knowing his property and its contents are well protected. STANLEY Security provides security services to a wide range of organizations. Its SME division offers high-quality business security systems regardless of the size of office, building, store or facility. All installation work is handled by a team of highly skilled technicians, each of whom is locally based across offices located across the UK.
Raytec Hybrid IP PoE illuminators have been installed to protect a residential palace in Lebanon. The palace located in the Lebanese mountains outside Beirut lies at an altitude of 1,150 metres above the Lamartine Valley. The ornate design and treasured contents of the palace meant the client wanted an advanced security solution for the premises to protect both indoor and outdoor areas. The client approached local security company, Security Engineering, who specialize in complex integration between various systems, to provide an effective solution for their property. Combining CCTV Surveillance With Intrusion Alarm Raytec’s Vario2 IP PoE Hybrid 8 units were selected for use on this project and would be used alongside Optex laser beam detectors and Bosch camerasThe client wanted to achieve high levels of security which they could control and activate remotely. Security Engineering recognized this would be best achieved using a range of different devices to provide a complete solution, combining CCTV surveillance with an intrusion alarm system. As well as the need for IR lighting to assist the CCTV system in the challenging low light conditions, the client also wanted to use White-Light as a deterrent to any potential intruders whenever an alarm was raised. Raytec’s Vario2 IP PoE Hybrid 8 units were selected for use on this project and would be used alongside Optex laser beam detectors and Bosch cameras (equipped with video analytics) and intrusion panel. All devices were linked to a Bosch Video Management System (BVMS), which would be used to control the system. Together, these devices would provide the client with the CCTV surveillance and intrusion alarm system they required and would be connected using TCP/IP technology in a unified communications protocol. High Quality Images For Day/Night Surveillance The quality of illumination meant the camera analytics could clearly identify any intruders approaching the palace and boosted the accuracy of detectionAs the only IP enabled illuminator combining White-Light and Infra-Red into a single unit, Raytec’s Hybrid illuminators provided the client with the greatest level of functionality, flexibility and control. In Infra-Red mode, the illuminators provide high quality images for general night-time surveillance. The quality of illumination meant the camera analytics could clearly identify any intruders approaching the palace and boosted the accuracy of detection. Crucially for the client, Hybrid’s dual functionality also meant White-Light could be triggered as a deterrent (when an alarm was activated by the camera analytics or the Optex laser beam) to scare off any intruders. As well as being able to easily control the entire system remotely through the VMS, the entire system also linked to an indoor keypad or mobile app which had to be activated in order to arm the system. This ensured the deterrent lighting was only enabled when needed and couldn’t be triggered by false alarms. Using Infra-Red And White-Light Together From the outset, Security Engineering identified the need to use both Infra-Red and White-Light illumination. Combining Infra-Red, White-Light and IP capability in a single illuminator, Hybrid represents the most advanced product of its type in today’s security market, providing the client with a more dynamic security response and tight integration with the other devices being used as part of the solution. Hybrid achieves the same power and distance as two dedicated illuminators; an important factor for the challenging low light conditions Thanks to Hybrid’s IP capability, all elements of the solution could work together seamlessly. As an open platform, all Raytec IP illuminators can easily integrate with a wide range of security devices; in this instance, Optex detectors and Bosch cameras. This gave Security Engineering greater flexibility when specifying their solution. Same Power As Two Dedicated Illuminators Hybrid’s dual use also helped to reduce the number of illuminators used on-site (previously the client would have had to install separate, dedicated White-Light and Infra-Red illuminators), reducing outlay on infrastructure and cabling by half. With no compromise on performance, Hybrid achieves the same power and distance as two dedicated illuminators; an important factor for the challenging low light conditions. Khaled Jaber, Security Engineering Managing Director comments: “Due to low light challenging conditions, and in order to maintain quality and efficiency of our Bosch cameras, we decided to use Raytec product for the advanced features it offered in enhancing the overall night image and delivering optimized end result of the camera under the given circumstances.”
FLIR cameras provide crisp high contrast video footage regardless of lighting and in all weather conditions Solar power is becoming increasingly popular and more and more solar power plants are installed every year, but solar panels are a costly and vulnerable commodity. Good security is therefore a must, but more often than not these parks are located in isolated areas, making perimeter protection a challenge. To protect their investment many solar park owners opt for a security system based on thermal imaging cameras. One solar park that is secured with FLIR thermal imaging cameras is located on a mountain top in the South of France in sight of the snowy tops of the French Alps. With a total surface of over 60 hectares (600.000 m2) the solar park has a challenging perimeter to protect. That daunting task is the responsibility of the French security company Telem - ONET SECURITE. “This is a difficult environment for perimeter protection systems”, says Reza Righi, security surveillance expert at Telem - ONET SECURITE. “Out here in this isolated location there is no lighting and installing such lighting would not only be costly, it would also require the use of a lot of electricity in order to keep the lights burning every night.” That is one of the many reasons why Telem – ONET SECURITE chose a perimeter protection system based on thermal imaging cameras. “Thermal imaging cameras provide crisp high contrast video footage regardless of lighting and in all weather conditions”, explains Righi. “This ensures a high detection performance in all possible situations.” Thermal Imaging Thermal imaging cameras are similar to regular video cameras, but where regular video cameras record visible light images a thermal imaging camera records infrared radiation. All matter emits infrared radiation as a function of its temperature. Thermal imaging cameras record the intensity of infrared radiation and produce a thermal image. Because thermal imaging cameras rely on thermal contrast instead of visual contrast they need no light whatsoever to produce crisp thermal images, making them ideal for day and night monitoring. All around the premises fences have been installed, but fences alone are not enough, according to Righi. “Fences can be climbed rather easily. Even barbed wire or electric fences will not keep out all intruders. We therefore needed to make sure that we had a complete and reliable intruder detection system.” With a perimeter of 10 km, ground and fence sensors were out of the question. “The infrastructure needed for protection of the entire perimeter was quite costly and we’d still need a surveillance system as well besides the sensors to visually confirm alarms.” Cost-Effective Solution Regular CCTV cameras are of limited use however, according to Righi. “Obviously there is no lighting here and installing lighting along the entire perimeter was out of the question, so we needed a solution that would work night and day, so to me thermal imaging cameras were obviously the best possible choice. Not only do thermal imaging cameras produce crisp high contrast thermal images regardless of lighting, they are also very cost effective. Provided that you use high quality thermal imaging cameras, fewer cameras are needed to secure the perimeter when compared with CCTV cameras. This helps keep the overall costs of the project to a minimum, without compromising on the detection performance.” The thermal imaging cameras from FLIR Systems provide unparalleled image quality FLIR delivers a full range of high quality thermal imaging cameras with wide variety of different optics. For Righi, the choice for thermal imaging cameras from FLIR Systems was therefore an obvious one. “The thermal imaging cameras from FLIR Systems provide unparalleled image quality, no other thermal imaging camera manufacturer delivers the same quality, in my opinion, but another important reason for me to choose FLIR is the fact that it is the only thermal imaging camera supplier that offers a wide variety of different optics. Due to the hilly terrain we needed lenses with different focal lengths to cover the perimeter of the solar park.” FLIR SR-Series Thermal Imaging Camera For the solar park perimeter protection system Telem – ONET SECURITE installed 110 thermal imaging cameras of three different models from the FLIR SR-Series. All three models contain a Vanadium Oxide (VOx) microbolometer detector that produces thermal images with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, but they have different optics: the FLIR SR-348 has a 9 mm lens that delivers a field of view of 48°, the SR-334 has a 13 mm lens that delivers a field of view of 34° and the SR-324 has a 19 mm lens that delivers a field of view of 24°. The live thermal footage of all 110 thermal imaging cameras is transported over glass optic fiber cables to a local encoder and transported over a local network to a server in the control room that runs Evitech video analysis software. The thermal footage is analyzed in real time and when a breach of the perimeter is detected an alarm goes off in the control room and the guards present in the park at that time will be notified. "Another important reason for me to choose FLIR is the fact that it is the only thermal imaging camera supplier that offers a wide variety of different optics", says Reza Righi, Security Surveillance Expert, Telem - ONET SECURITE For the installation of the thermal imaging cameras Telem – ONET SECURITE cooperated with FLIR products distributor AlphaPhotonics. Founded in 2003 AlphaPhotonics has many years of experience in the installation of optoelectronic systems, including thermal imaging camera based security systems such as this one. Thanks to its extensive experience in video security systems and the combination of thermal imaging cameras with software analytics, AlfaPhotonics was able to support Telem with the system design, camera locations and analytics settings, taking into consideration the minimum pixels on target, atmospheric conditions, field of view, range performance and dead zones. Thermal Imaging And Video Analytics Thermal imaging cameras generally combine better with video analytics software than CCTV cameras, according to Righi “The thermal contrast between a person and his surroundings is generally much bigger than the color contrast, even during the day, so the video analytics software can more accurately detect intruders based on thermal footage compared to CCTV camera footage.” The higher thermal contrast also helps reduce the unwanted alarm rate, according to Righi “The high contrast thermal footage allows the analytics software to more accurately distinguish between actual intruders and other types of movement. This lowers the amount of unwanted alarms to a minimum. A CCTV based perimeter protection system would generate much more unwanted alarms. However, it does take a bit of fine tuning to get the settings right, in order to let the system ignore wildlife without letting intruders go undetected."
27 FLIR thermal imaging cameras have been installed to protect the 9 kilometres long perimeter The last year’s environmental awareness has increased drastically. Instead of relying on fossil or nuclear energy only for generating electricity, renewable energies have come into play. It is generated from natural resources such as wind, water, tides, geothermal heat and solar energy. One of the main solar plants in Spain is the Abertura Solar Park. It represents an investment of over 225 Million Euro. FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras are protecting this investment day and night. To protect the 9 kilometer long perimeter, 27 FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras have been installed. With the help of photovoltaic cells, commonly called solar panels, light can be converted to electricity. Although Germany and Japan have long led the field in solar thermal energy production, today Spain is the hub for solar energy activity. Abertura Photovoltaic Solar Plant One of the main sites in Spain is the plant of Abertura. The Abertura Solar Park is located in the Spanish province of Cáceres. The location is considered ideal because it gets almost 2,000 net hours of sun per year and the land is very flat which is ideally suitable to installing photovoltaic solar panels. The 23.1 Mega Watt peak (MWp) Abertura Solar project, employing dual-axis solar trackers, is the largest project in the world using this technology. The solar trackers make the panels move both north – south and west - east. They assure that the solar panels are always in the ideal position to the sun which drastically increases the plant’s capacity. Abertura Solar uses more than two hundred 115 kilo Watt peak (kWp) installations. It was completed in July 2008. The entire installation covers an area of more than 2,000,000 square meters. Vector Cuatro: Installing And Managing Solar Plants Vector Cuatro is the leading company in Spain for strategic and financial consulting on investments in solar photovoltaic power plants. Currently, Vector Cuatro manages and/or administers nearly 90 MW. It is the only management and administration company that has participated in the complete process of promotion, development, structuring, financing and start up of photovoltaic installations for third parties. Today, Vector Cuatro manages 13 solar power plants in Spain. For nine of these plants the management started after the plants had been constructed. The solar plant in Abertura, was entirely developed and constructed under the supervision of Vector Cuatro. IBERDROLA: Transport And Distribution Of Electricity Generated At Abertura FLIR Sensors Manager software allows for easy installing and managing thermal imaging cameras and other sensors in a TCP/IP network Just as in any power station, the energy generated by the photovoltaic cells is being inverted from DC to AC. Each of the two thousand trackers generates 11.5 kWp at 400 V DC. Once the 400 V DC is inverted to 400 V AC, a step-up transformer increases the voltage to 20 kV in order to transport the electrical energy. Finally, the energy generated is uploaded to the distribution grid of the local utility at 45 kV. At Abertura, the utility that is uploading the electricity to its grid and distributing it is GRUPO IBERDROLA. Following a period of strong international expansion, IBERDROLA has established itself as one of the four largest energy companies in the world by market capitalization. Grupo IBERDROLA has made a major commitment to the use of cleaner technologies, becoming a world leader in solar and wind energy. It is one of the companies with the lowest CO2 emission levels in the electricity sector. The Iberdrola Ingeniería Substations Department also designed and built the transformer substation at Abertura. 225 Million Euro Facility Security “The development and construction of the Abertura solar power plant has been a giant project.” explains Mr. Borja Escalada, Managing Partner of the Vector Cuatro Group. “We were involved in every step. Acquiring the land on which the plant is installed, purchasing and installing the photovoltaic cells and solar trackers, and all other aspects. The entire solar plant represents a total investment of approx. 225 Million Euro. Depending on the climatic conditions, we generate electricity for about 25 Million each year.” “It is clear that an investment of 225 Million Euro needs to be protected. There are several threats for an installation of this size. Photovoltaic panels are expensive. Therefore theft is a big concern. We also have a huge network of copper cables. Therefore the site needs to be protected against copper theft as well.” “The site not only needs to be protected against theft. We need to protect potential thieves and other intruders against themselves as well. The site contains quite some high voltage installations. People that are gaining unauthorized might hurt themselves seriously or even worse, get killed.” continues Mr. Escalada. “Also for IBERDROLA it is important that the plant is well protected.” says Miss Esther Muñoz , Technical Maintenance of IBERDROLA Ingeniería Y Construcción. “Power generating facilities are vital for a countries economy and are a potential target for terrorism. If anything should happen to the plant due to sabotage or terrorism we would lose a part of our grid so that we can not serve our customers. This needs to be avoided at all times.” Securing The 9 Kilometer Long Perimeter An observation post consists of a fixed mounted FLIR thermal imaging camera, light/sound beacon and in some cases a CCTV camera “Securing a perimeter of almost 9 kilometers is however not an easy task.” says Mr. Escalada. “During daytime we are not too worried since we have a maintenance crew of 4 or 5 people that is constantly walking around on the site. Security at night however, is a different issue.” “Although we have experience with this in the other solar plants we are managing, Abertura was the first plant at which we could decide ourselves what would be the best security option. The other plants are managed by Vector Cuatro after the security system was decided and contracted”. Comparing CCTV, Fences, Walking Patrols And Thermal Imaging “We looked at several possibilities. Conventional CCTV with lighting or infrared illuminators, walking patrols, passive IR barriers and thermal imaging cameras. After careful evaluation of each option, we have chosen for thermal imaging cameras for multiple reasons." "The entire perimeter around the plant can not be lit up. This is far too intrusive for the area in which the solar plant is located. Installing and maintaining light is also an expensive exercise. It also uses a lot of power.” “Infrared illuminators are also expensive. Furthermore, infrared illumination is not offering the same range performance as thermal imaging cameras at all. This means that more cameras need to be installed and more civil works need to be carried out.” “Although we have a fence around the entire perimeter, this is not the best solution either. The fence is relatively weak since we need to have large holes in it so that animals can get through it. But even if the fence would be stronger, we would need to install detectors in it. In order to see if an alarm is false or not, a CCTV system with lights and infrared illuminators needs to be installed anyhow.” “Finally we looked at patrolling the area. But apart from the fact that guards are a costly exercise, we defined another more unexpected problem. Abertura is a sandy location where a lot of dust can be produced. Patrolling the entire area means that the guards would need to drive around in a car during the night as well. By doing this they would produce a lot of dust. This seems to be not important, but it is. In order to keep the solar panels as effective as possible, we need to remove the dust from them. Now we do this twice a year. Each cleaning costs about 100, 000 Euro. We estimated that if we have the area patrolled during the night, we need one extra cleaning per year.” FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras: Low Total Cost Of Ownership "FLIR Networked Systems, a separate division within FLIR Systems, provided us Mini Servers, input/output boxes, video processing units and Network Digital Video Recorders", says Esteban Ces, Owner, Soviter “I got in contact with Mr. Esteban Ces of Soviter, a FLIR Systems distributor in Spain. He explained me the concept of the thermal fence and the advantages of using a video analytics solution based on thermal imaging cameras. After a thorough calculation of installation cost, and even more important, of the Total Cost of Ownership, we decided to go for this option.” “To protect the 9 kilometer perimeter we have installed 27 FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras: two VSR-6, six SR-19, five SR-35 and twelve SR-50 are creating a thermal fence around the solar plant. Two FLIR Systems SR-100 thermal imaging cameras, mounted on a pan/tilt were installed separately as an addition to this thermal fence. Vector Cuatro also ordered two spare units that can be installed if something should go wrong with one of the thermal cameras. So far, there has been no need to use them.” explains Esteban Ces of Soviter. FLIR Systems Hardware And Software “We have chosen not only for FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras, but a lot of the other material we needed is from FLIR Systems as well. FLIR Networked Systems, a separate division within FLIR Systems, provided us Mini Servers, input/output boxes, video processing units and Network Digital Video Recorders. The software used to manage the entire systems is FLIR Sensors Manager. This out-of-the-box software allows for easy installing and managing FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras and other sensors in a TCP/IP network.” The Thermal Fence “The principle of the thermal fence is quite simple. All cameras are installed along the perimeter. Using the FLIR Sensors Manager software we define “trip wires”, a video analytics algorithm, to detect if someone is trying to intrude the perimeter. If someone crosses a line, which we have set in the video analytics, an alarm will go off. A light will start to flash and an acoustic alarm will go off as well. The operator will immediately see the image on his screen of the camera that has created the alarm. He can then determine if it is a false alarm, created by e.g. an animal or not. If it is a real alarm and the intruder is not scared away by the light and sound, the operator will call the police which can be on the scene within minutes.” Combining FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras And Video Analytics “Along the perimeter 25 observation posts are installed. An observation post consists of a fixed mounted FLIR Systems thermal imaging camera that is covering a certain part of the perimeter, a light/sound beacon and in some cases a CCTV camera that can eventually be used during daylight.” “At each observation post an electrical cabinet is installed. The video and data of the thermal imaging camera and the CCTV camera are transferred to a FLIR Mini Server. The beacon is also connected to the FLIR Mini Server over a FLIR input/output (I/O) box. All signals are converted by the Mini Server to TCP/IP. Thanks to an Ethernet to fiber optics converter all signals are transferred over long distance to the control room. At this control room the data is put on a TCP/IP network again with fiber optics to Ethernet converter.” "For future solar plants that still need to be constructed, we will definitely choose the same solution. And when the security system in existing solar plants needs to be replaced, it will be replaced by a thermal solution as well", says Borja Escalada, Managing Partner, Vector Cuatro Group “On the same Local Area Network (LAN) a computer is connected. It runs FLIR Sensors Manager and displays the images of the thermal cameras. It also allows setting the necessary rules for the alarms. These rules are sent to FLIR Systems Video Processing Units. They are constantly analyzing the thermal images coming from the cameras. If they detect an anomaly, the Video Processing Units will send a signal to the observation post that is generating the alarm. The Mini Server will send a signal to the I/O box. A contact will close and a sound/light alarm will go off. At the same time the operator will get the image of the camera that provoked the alarm on his screen so that he can take the necessary action.” “Finally, in the control room, FLIR Systems nDVRs are connected to the LAN. They are continuously recording all images of all thermal imaging cameras. They have the capacity to store all the images during 15 days. Afterwards they overwrite the data.” “The combination of the FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras and the video analytics all managed by FLIR Sensors Manager is perfect. During the night there is great thermal contrast between the environment and a potential intruder which means that we only need two or three pixels to detect something. This means that we can detect potential intruders at an extremely far distance away. In fact, thermal imaging cameras provide much more information to video analytics than CCTV cameras.” Thermal Imaging, The Preferred Solution “We are extremely happy with the thermal fence.” says Mr. Escalada. “Not only is it a cost effective solution due to the fact that we did not need to do huge civil works and that we are not consuming a lot of electricity, it is very effective as well. If I compare this security installation with the ones we have at other solar plants we are managing, I can only say it beats them all. We have practically no false alarms and are able to protect the entire perimeter with just one operator.” “For future solar plants that still need to be constructed, we will definitely choose the same solution. And when the security system in existing solar plants needs to be replaced, it will be replaced by a thermal solution as well.” concludes Mr. Escalada.
Trinity Estates needed to establish a maintained system to secure residents in terms of fire safety Amthal Fire & Security is the fire safety partner of choice for Trinity Estates, currently looking after the fire requirements of properties maintained by the national property management company. Trinity Estates, specialize in providing property management solutions to blocks of flats, residential estates and mixed-use developments of any size and complexity. With over 50,000 units managed, Trinity Estates is always looking for ways to help improve the energy efficiency, comfort, safety and security for its residents. Maintained System To Secure Residents Working closely with Amthal Fire & Security, Trinity Estates needed to establish a maintained system that could secure residents in terms of fire safety systems, especially in communal areas, including all fire alarms, emergency lighting, automatic opening vents, dry -risers, sprinkles and associated services across its property portfolio in the south east. Says John McDowall, Contracts Manager at Trinity Estates: “As a responsible managing agent, we have a legal responsibility for the fire safety of our residents. Whilst this is a clear enough statement, the considerations and precautions to be taken are challenging due to the mixed tenure of property we look after.” Planned Preventative Maintenance & Emergency 24/7 “We found Amthal following an intensive search for a support supplier and have not looked back. Amthal’s team has proven to be responsive and always on hand to offer invaluable advice, right from site surveys through to ongoing planned preventative maintenance and emergency 247 on site demands and telephone support. So much so, from initial test sites, Amthal Fire & Security has grown to being one of our largest and most trusted suppliers for all processes involving fire & security.” Phil Bryant, Service Accounts Manager at Amthal Fire & Security added: “Right from our trial period with the properties specified, we developed a dedicated internal engineering and administration process bespoke to Trinity, to ensure we can achieve all operational requirements.” "We found Amthal following an intensive search for a support supplier and have not looked back." says John McDowall, Contracts Manager at Trinity Estates Constant Review To Ensure Residents Are Always Protected “By taking the time and resource out in the first place, Trinity has responded by increasing our property portfolio to manage. For Amthal Fire & Security, this is something we do as a matter of course, and we constantly review to ensure residents are always protected and managing agents such as Trinity Estates are fulfilling their legal duty.” Independently owned, Amthal Fire & Security is dedicated to satisfying end user needs for security safety and convenience offering design, installation, service and remote monitoring of advanced electronic fire & security solutions, including intruder, Fire, Access and CCTV systems. Amthal Fire & Security is accredited by the Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) and British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE).