Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council puts Videalert mobile enforcement vehicle on the road

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has taken delivery of a new CCTV enforcement vehicle from Videalert, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of intelligent traffic enforcement and management solutions.  The new Mobile Enforcement Vehicle (MEV) has an unattended operating capability and will be used to enforce school locations where illegal parking on the yellow ‘keep clears’ has been identified as putting children’s lives in danger.

Councillor Bob Norton, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Highways, said: “We know that measures to tackle parking are often controversial and seen by some as a ‘cash grab’ but that is simply not the case. This is all about safety!  Three accidents involving school children in one year is three too many and we won’t allow this continuing risk to the safety of children in our schools.  Our message is clear: Don’t want to get fined? Then don’t put people at risk when you park.”

Videalert has supplied a white Renault Kadjar equipped with two roof-mounted ANPR cameras and two colour cameras to capture contextual video evidence.  Used in conjunction with the latest video analytics, the system delivers the highest productivity at the lowest operating cost even in the highest density traffic environments.  The on-board systems are controlled by the operator manning the vehicle using a dashboard-mounted touchscreen.

All contravention evidence data is transferred to Videalert’s Digital Video Platform in the parking office at the end of each shift.  The Videalert system automates the construction of video evidence packs which are reviewed by trained council operatives prior to sending confirmed offences to the back office processing system for the issuance of PCNs.

Redcar and Cleveland’s new mobile enforcement vehicle is also equipped with a complete suite of Videalert software applications enabling it to be used for a wide range of traffic and parking management applications in the future as required.

“In recent benchmarking trials, our MEVs equipped with four cameras have proved to deliver industry-leading capture rates whilst consistently outperforming vehicles from other suppliers.  This new generation of multi-purpose MEVs will give councils greater flexibility in the enforcement of a wide range of moving traffic and parking contraventions,” added Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert.

FLIR Introduces High-Resolution Thermal Security Cameras to Award Winning FB-Series Family

FLIR has expanded its award-winning line of FLIR FB-Series thermal security cameras to include the first models with 640 x 480 resolutions. Originally launched in early 2018 with a resolution of 320 x 240, the FB-Series now has a broader range of resolution and lens options to suit any application.

FB-Series is a compact, fixed bullet camera line that offers wide-to-narrow coverage of commercial and industrial facilities, reducing the number of cameras required to monitor fence lines, perimeters and open areas. The FB-Series produces crisp thermal video in challenging conditions, including total darkness, sun glare, smoke, dust, and light fog.

FB-Series cameras are available with built-in analytics (FB-Series ID) or without analytics (FB-Series O), depending upon user needs. Analytics enable better classification of human and vehicles, while dismissing innocuous targets that might otherwise trigger alarms. The result is more reliable detection with fewer false alarms. The FB-Series family also offers “plug-and-play” compatibility with major video management systems—including FLIR United VMS—using hybrid, IP and analog outputs.

This introduction further strengthens FLIR’s position as a leader in providing one-stop solutions for professional security and perimeter protection, including thermal and optical (daylight) cameras, radar, United VMS, and Cameleon perimeter intrusion detection software.

To learn more about the full FB-Series offering, visit

G-Tec’s Serage range to take market by Storm

Serage range has been improved and expanded to include IP & HD Analogue Range .

G-Tec’s has been leading provider of security equipment, Brand wise . GTec has its own brand Serage, a brand that has built from the ground up, by using their experience and expertise carefully cultivated over a fifteen year period, they have used this and developed a new range of Serage products Covering IP and Analogue HD.

Over the Years Serage is known to be a reliable , high quality and an elegantly designed range and Is able to be implemented into any project required.

Whatever the application requires Serage has the right product, never compromising on quality and always delivering peace of mind for both the installer and the End user .

Who is G-Tec Distribution? Established in 2002, G- Tec is a CCTV distribution company, which has carved its name into the industry to be one of the respected distributors of security equipment in the UK. It has done so by focusing on being on the front lines, cultivating relationships, providing a high quality service, it’s people are very well informed regarding their products and the market as a whole. Add quality products at competitive prices, after sales care, and marketing support to its customers. There is no doubting why they have been around for over 15 years and still they’re growing!.

G-Tec is also an authorised Distributor for FLIR and Fermax . All can found on their website.


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Champion Security Installations modernise the video surveillance at the Fort Dunlop site in Birmingham

A comprehensive video surveillance solution consisting of 96 cameras from Dahua Technology UK has being installed at the striking Fort Dunlop commercial and retail site, overlooking the M6 motorway in Birmingham, by Champion Security Installations.

Built for Dunlop Rubber, Fort Dunlop became the tyre-maker’s flagship production facility and at one time was the world’s largest factory, employing 3,200 workers. After production stopped in the 1980s, the building lay derelict before being redeveloped into 360,000 square feet of office and retail space, also now with an adjoining hotel.

Much of the site’s previous video surveillance system was installed during the refurbishment in 2006, but with advances in modern technology, it was felt that the current system was no longer meeting basic requirements. An external consultant assessed the site and put forward plans for an upgrade. Bromsgrove-based Champion Security Installations won the bid for the upgrade project.

Installed over two phases, the design consists of a total of 96 static and PTZ cameras from Full HD to 4K resolutions. Cameras include the 12MP panoramic internal IPC-EBW81230 fisheye camera, which uses H.265/H.264 triple-stream encoding, and the external panoramic IPC-PDBW8802 dome camera, with four 2-Megapixel progressive scan CMOS sensors and day/night functionality. Images are managed and recorder by a 128-channel, ultra 4K NVR616 network video recorder.

“Having undertaken a full review of the security systems at Fort Dunlop, it became clear that a replacement CCTV system was required to ensure protection of the staff, visitors and building,” said a spokesperson from Savills. “Three different options were presented by contractors, but it quickly became clear that the Dahua system presented by Champion Security Installations met our brief. The system installed has changed the way we monitor and protect our asset, and its ease of use has been a revelation to our site staff.”

A spokesperson from Champion Security Installations added, “We have worked with the management of Fort Dunlop for a number of years now, so we designed the new IP CCTV system in consultation with them.

The aim was to meet all of the different security, health and safety criteria, as well as ensure ease of use for the operators. Having installed Dahua equipment at a number of sites, we invited them to assist with the design of the Fort Dunlop system using a number of their new products. Working in conjunction with Dahua and Oprema Ltd, the project was delivered on time and within budget.”

Article originally published on the Champion Security Installations website.

About Champion Security Installations
Champion Security Installations are experts in commercial security systems, who pride themselves on delivering tailor-made solutions that meet their client’s objectives, which can range from improving employee safety and performance to deterring and preventing theft and damage.

CSI will evaluate your requirements, your budget and your circumstances – such as location, lighting and environment – in order to offer you a bespoke security system. Because CSI are not affiliated to any particular manufacturers, they are able to offer independent, impartial advice and always deliver the best, tailor-made systems for each and every one of their clients.

CSI offers an integrated approach with one point of contact and take total ownership for your security needs, from fire extinguishers and intruder alarms to CCTV and security patrols. They work with many different companies, in all types of industry sectors, all over the UK, and pride themselves on their expert knowledge, impartial advice and outstanding service.


Champion Security Installations Ltd
Unit 29, Bromsgrove Enterprise Park
B60 3ET

0845 299 6855

Surveilling security options with Burg-Wächter

Newly launching into the UK market, Burg-Wächter’s extensive range of remote access video surveillance solutions includes BurgCam Wi-Fi, which can run as either a standalone or modular system. The BurgCam analogue range updates existing coaxial systems, whilst the BurgCam IP range represents the very latest in video surveillance technology.

Security specialists Burg-Wächter is bringing its extensive range of home and professional video surveillance cameras, software and accessories to the UK. With an increasing number of homeowners and businesses becoming concerned about the security of their property, security professionals are ideally placed to make the most of the increased popularity, affordability and functionality of video surveillance systems.

BurgCam Wi-Fi

Burg-Wächter’s BurgCam Wi-Fi range includes a choice of zoom, dome and bullet cameras. BurgCam Home Wi-Fi cameras offer greater than HD resolution and can run as a standalone unit (with SD card) or as a modular system, which can be tailored to suit each customer’s requirements.

Updating analogue

For customers with more sophisticated video surveillance requirements there’s Burg-Wächter’s ranges of analogue and IP based solutions. The BurgCam analogue range has been designed to bring HD video, video analytics, remote access and 4in1 technology as an upgrade to existing CCTV systems running on coaxial cable.

Advanced IP

Burg-Wächter’s IP range represents the very latest in video surveillance technology. Images of up to 8MP resolution are captured through a number of different cameras, including thermal imaging options. Advanced Digital Noise Reduction and Wide Dynamic Range technology provides clear and balanced images which can be processed by intelligent video analytics for face detection, people counting, object removal/placing and virtual trip wire detection.

All Burg-Wächter video surveillance products are accessible locally via a connected PC as well as remotely via the BurgCam app. The app provides real time remote video monitoring on smartphones and tablets and also allows two-way audio communication with indoor cameras. BurgCam can be configured to send notifications and alerts should pre-defined events be triggered, providing additional peace of mind and faster response times.

Nationwide technical and sales support and customised training is available from
Burg-Wächter UK’s dedicated video surveillance team:

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London Borough of Wandsworth deploys unattended CCTV enforcement cameras from Videalert

The London Borough of Wandsworth, which serves more than half a million people, has awarded Videalert, one the UK’s leading suppliers of intelligent traffic enforcement and management solutions, a contract to install unattended CCTV cameras at a number of “problem” locations across the borough. The contract was awarded following competitive trials of all the major suppliers undertaken by Wandsworth’s Parking team, now part of the Richmond and Wandsworth shared parking service.  After completing these trials it was determined that the Videalert system would provide best value to the Council in terms of performance and cost over the lifetime of the contract.

The introduction of unattended CCTV cameras into the Borough is part of the shared parking service’s drive to improve operational efficiency and achieve cost savings.  According to Adam Westwood, based in Wandsworth’s Parking Operations Team:  “We continuously challenge ourselves to provide the best services at the lowest cost. Our goal is always resident satisfaction at a price taxpayers can afford to pay.”

After benchmarking the technologies and performance, Videalert came out on top with consistently high capture rates, particularly in busy traffic conditions and across complex moving traffic contravention scenarios.   The quality of evidence captured using the latest digital, ONFIV compliant cameras also resulted in higher productivity with the added potential to reduce the number of appeals.  Other key factors in the decision-making process included flexibility of the system to capture multiple contraventions from a single WAN unit to reduce infrastructure costs combined with Videalert’s real-time monitoring service to keep system uptime as close as possible to 100%.  The platform’s automated evidence pack review suite was also recognised to further enhance productivity.

Steve Cull, Assistant Head of Shared Parking Services for Richmond and Wandsworth, added:  “The trials demonstrated that the use of unattended cameras was justified in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and compliance. Deploying Videalert’s unique Digital Video Platform allows additional camera assets and enforcement applications to be cost effectively added, providing a future-proofed investment for civil traffic enforcement.”

As a direct result of the trials, cameras have already been installed at an initial four locations.  Wandsworth will continue to transition from its current attended system with further installations of Videalert’s unattended cameras based on expected efficiency and productivity gains.

Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert commented:  “We offer a radically different way of using CCTV for traffic management and civil enforcement for today and tomorrow.  Using sophisticated ANPR and video analytics, Videalert delivers the highest productivity whilst minimising equipment infrastructure and communication costs at each target enforcement location.”

About Videalert

Videalert is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of traffic enforcement and management solutions.  It is the only company able to provide its own suite of attended, unattended, and Mobile Vehicle CCTV enforcement solutions using the same intelligent digital video software platform.  The same platform can also support other traffic management and community safety applications using the same infrastructure.  This unique, future-proofed solution combines sophisticated video analytics with ANPR and offers a full range of deployment options including wired LAN, Wi-Fi LAN and 3G/4G WAN as well as supporting all analogue and ONVIF compliant digital megapixel cameras.  For further information, please visit or contact:

Tim Daniels, Videalert Ltd, Tel: 0208 582 0440, Email:

Paul Jennings, PJMC Limited, Tel: 01926 312886, Email:

Your CCTV and new data protection regulations

The British Security Industry Association estimates that there are up to six million CCTV cameras in operation across the UK. Indeed, the UK is often referenced as being one of the most surveillance countries in the world.

The use of CCTV is covered by the Data Protection Act (DPA) and with the new general data protection regulations (GDPR) recently coming into effect, most businesses are aware that personal data must be processed lawfully and transparently – although many are still unaware that this includes the use of CCTV.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recommends that organisations using CCTV systems conduct a data privacy impact assessment to ensure CCTV operations are justified and legitimate.

Being able to explain why your organisation is using CCTV is vital to ensuring compliance with the new GDPR. In most cases businesses can rely on legitimate interest, for example, security of a vacant property, for operating CCTV however, they are also required to justify this against the size of the area being monitored.

Under the new GDPR, personal data can only be processed for as long as its purposes requires it so businesses should review their CCTV usage and determine how long footage is kept for. This will vary of course depending on the purpose of the CCTV system but organisations should be aware that indefinite data retention times or waiting until the system overwrites previous footage is not considered to be good practice.

People captured on CCTV are entitled to request access to the footage, which may result in businesses being required to share footage. Organisations must not disclose personal data about other subjects as part of this data-sharing process so this may require parts of the footage to be blurred before it is handed over.

Protecting CCTV data while it is being accessed and when it is stored is essential to ensuring confidentiality. Footage should only be viewed by authorised personnel and either encrypted when stored or accessed electronically, or securely locked away if it is being physically stored.

“The use of CCTV is not discouraged under GDPR,” reassures Michael Knibbs, Operations Manager, SafeSite Security Solutions.

“There is now a more equal balance between the rights and interests of the operator and data subjects.

“Displaying clear signage explaining that CCTV is in use in that area and where further information can be found is an important step to ensuring compliance with the GDPR.”

Further information regarding the use of CCTV systems is available on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.

Milestone Systems appoints new Vice President for EMEA

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announces its new Vice President for EMEA, Malou Mousten Dyhr Toft, who also becomes member of Milestone Systems’ Extended Leadership Team.  She will be responsible for the whole EMEA region, the EMEA sales operation, the EMEA Custom Development and Support and will focus on further strengthening the EMEA partner community of distributors, installers, solutions partners and camera manufacturers.

“I’m very excited to join Milestone Systems and I look forward to being part of this forward-looking and innovative company. The concept of openness and community is a profound part of Milestone Systems’ DNA and is undoubtedly one of the reasons why we will be leading the disruption that will change the security industry in the years to come,” Malou Mousten Dyhr Toft says.

Innovation and business development have played a significant role in Malou Mousten Dyhr Toft’s career in the telecom industry – an industry that was truly disrupted with the rise of mobile telecommunications and the introduction of smart phones. Disruption emerges when customers require change, so it is essential to understand who the customers are as well as their requirements for design of services and products, according to Malou Mousten Dyhr Toft.

“Milestone Systems is an industry leader, and our ambition is to maintain this position. My goal is to further grow the EMEA region and support our sales organization and community of partners in rethinking how we do business and especially how we can grow business together as a community,” Malou Mousten Dyhr Toft says.

“We were looking for someone with proven leadership skills and the ability to dare think differently. We believe that the security industry is facing significant changes and Malou Mousten Dyhr Toft is the right person to lead this change in the EMEA region and to support our ambition to increase growth in the years to come,” Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Kenneth Hune Petersen, Milestone Systems, says.

Malou Mousten Dyhr Toft joins Milestone Systems after a long and remarkable career at Telenor, most recently as Head of B2B. In 2016, Malou was elected a Top 100 Business Talent by Danish national business magazine Berlingske Tidende. Malou Mousten Dyhr Toft will be based at Milestone Systems’ headquarters in Copenhagen and report directly to Kenneth Hune Petersen, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer.

Cerberus Systems proves data cable terminations are right first time with IDEAL

Cerberus Systems Ltd is an electrical contracting company that designs, installs and maintains intelligently configured and high quality electrical systems, IT networks, CCTV and access control systems to diverse client premises including radio studios, offices, warehouses, showrooms and shops. Regardless of the type of structured cabling required, Cerberus Systems’ clients need the work finished within tight deadlines and with minimal disruption to people and processes.

To avoid delays when installing data cable, it’s important for cat5e and cat6 cable terminations to be done correctly first time.  However, the type of installations Cerberus performs often requires technicians to install RJ45 plugs at the end of links which connect directly to CCTV and access control systems. Field-terminated RJ45 plugs are prone to installation errors because they require the installer to trim the conductors to a precise length prior to placing the plug onto the cable.

“If they are too short, there will be open circuits discovered when testing, and if they are too long, terminations look sloppy, or performance can suffer when pairs are exposed outside of the plug body/cable jacket,” explains Nick Shone of Cerberus Systems.  “It’s also easy for a conductor to move during this process and go unnoticed until the cables are tested.”

“This makes identifying and resolving faults challenging and time consuming, particularly in the large areas we often work in, which can be up to 15,000 sq. ft,” Nick continues.  “Failed terminations can also mean that faults need to be investigated in difficult locations, such as in the case of externally mounted IP CCTV cameras.”

For example, on a recent large IP CCTV installation project, there were 160 plugs to terminate and no time for error. As a complex job where other trades were waiting to come on site, any delays would cost the client time and money.  It was therefore vital for Cerberus Systems to complete their work without having to go back and replace faulty terminations – a difficult task with the tools traditionally used.  However, while preparing for the IP CCTV installation, Cerberus Systems discovered the new FT-45® Feed Thru Modular Plugs and Crimp Tool from IDEAL.

“We’d been using electrical products from IDEAL, as well as IDEAL Networks testers, for a number of years,” says Nick.  “I ordered this new solution straight away as I knew the upcoming job required multiple terminations in a very tight time scale.”

The new IDEAL FT-45 solution speeds up and simplifies termination of RJ45 plugs by eliminating the need to precisely trim conductors to length before inserting the cable into the plug. Unlike the plugs with closed ends usually used for RJ45 connections, the FT-45 Feed-Thru Modular Plugs feature open channels that allow the conductors to be fed completely through the connector before crimping. This lets installers visually check conductor order and if necessary, remove the connector, reorder the conductors and replace the connector. 

Once the proper order is confirmed, the FT-45 tool crimps and trims the cable in one step. This makes terminations faster, provides better performance by allowing the cable to fully seat into the connector and virtually eliminates connector waste.

“Across our business, we like to invest in the equipment that helps us to get jobs right first time,” says Nick. “This helps us to reduce delays, meaning that we keep our clients happy.”

“In this case, preventing mistakes and delays ensured that all trades had access to the site when required so no additional costs were incurred by the client,” he continues. “It also allows us to move on to the next job on time, keeping our operations productive and profitable.” 

For Cerberus Systems, FT-45 proved to be ideal for working with patch cords in IP CCTV installations, as well as for fitting IP access controls.  It makes installing extended patch cords easier, for example to enable video conferencing, and can also be used to create a cat6 cable backbone for linking data cabinets together.

The FT-45 solution also proved simple to use. The modular plugs are suitable for cat5e and cat6 cable without a need for complex assembly, while the versatile crimp tool is capable of crimping and cutting feed-thru, standard and shielded connectors in one action.

“Since purchasing and using FT-45 we are now using it on most of our projects – I never take the FT-45 plugs and crimp tool out of my kit bag,” says Nick. “I would recommend the FT-45 package as you can genuinely reduce errors in terminations and get things done right first time.”

In addition, Cerberus Systems qualifies data cable installations with IDEAL Networks SignalTEK NT to provide proof of performance to clients.  As soon as the installation is complete and has been tested, test data can be sent to a mobile phone. Using the IDEAL AnyWARE™ app, a PDF report is generated easily and emailed straight to the client to show that there are no installation issues.

“It is important for us to test our data cable installations to give customers assurance, just like we do on our low voltage electrical jobs,” says Nick.  “This reduces unpaid call backs, but most importantly keeps customers happy – they are impressed to get a professional report, and to receive this from us so quickly.” 

IDEAL Networks forms distribution agreement with Mayflex

IDEAL Networks has formed an agreement with Mayflex, the distributor of Converged IP Solutions, to distribute several products from its cable certification and security portfolio.

IDEAL Networks, part of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC, provides solutions for testing and documenting data cable, networks and more. Mayflex will be placing an emphasis on the IDEAL Networks range of security testers including the newly launched SecuriTEST IP.

SecuriTEST IP is an all-in-one CCTV tester that can connect, power, configure and document which helps to increase productivity from start to finish. SecuriTEST IP combines the functionally of a video monitor, cable tester, PoE injector and laptop in one device reducing equipment investment.

“The IDEAL Networks range of testers, including the new SecuriTEST IP, help installers to overcome challenges and improve profitability,” says Tim Widdershoven, Global Marketing Manager for IDEAL Networks. “We are confident that our collaboration with Mayflex will help more technicians to install, test, troubleshoot and document CCTV camera systems, networks and cable effectively.”

“I am delighted to welcome IDEAL Networks on board. It’s range of testers will introduce exciting new opportunities to Mayflex with both our existing and potential new customer base,” comments Jason Rudge, Commercial Procurement Director at Mayflex.

Jason continues, “The range of products from IDEAL Networks fits perfectly into both our Infrastructure and IP Security portfolios and offers our customers further choice in terms of which brand and products are right for them.’

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Stanley Security helps reduce anti social behaviour at residential blocks

STANLEY Security, one of the UK’s leading security providers, has installed new CCTV and intercom systems at a number of residential blocks for property management company Griffin Grays.  The result has been a reduction in anti-social behaviour and a more efficient way of working.

Griffin Grays is a family led estate and property management company based in Grays, Essex.  The latest addition to its range of services, Griffin Block Management is a managing agent service specifically for residential blocks in the Thurrock area.

To provide customers with a professional, effective and value for money service, Griffin Grays was keen to investigate latest cost-effective security options, including an alternate supplier to its intercom systems.  Pam Honeywell, Property Manager for Griffin Grays, explains: “The intercoms we had on most sites were installed with long term contracts that did not include any maintenance, so as well as paying for the rental of the intercom system we had to pay separately for repairs.  This system had been the same since the buildings were built, so the blocks were effectively paying a large fee for a very old system.”

STANLEY Security has installed new audio intercom systems, featuring modern vandal proof panels on entrances and new handsets in apartments.  It worked closely with Griffin Grays to gain access to apartments with minimal inconvenience or disruption to residents.

In addition to replacing the intercoms, STANLEY Security has also helped Griffin Grays tackle an issue all too common to blocks of flats: fly tipping.  “Most sites have bin stores that are close to the roads which encourages non-residents to fly tip large items,” states Pam.  STANLEY Security has installed small IP networked CCTV systems in these properties, consisting of four external cameras and some internal where required.  These are recorded to on site hard drives, although discussions are afoot to move to remote monitoring.  The CCTV has had an immediate positive impact: “To date the fly tipping has reduced as the cameras are highly visible.  In addition to this, when residents are dumping items, we are able to evidence this and charge them direct for removal, therefore reducing the overall costs of refuse removal.

“Some areas have been affected badly by antisocial behaviour; having the CCTV now gives us evidence to the perpetrators so that the police can deal with them appropriately.”

STANLEY Security has completed work at eight sites to date with a further three underway.  Each are under a ten-year contract which includes full service.

“Stanley were the most friendly and helpful contractors we had been given quotations from,” comments Pam.  “They were professional and had a great understanding of the needs of a block of flats.”

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Stanley Security adopts digital asset mapping for improved service & maintenance

STANLEY Security, one of the UK’s leading security providers, has adopted an innovative asset mapping technology to provide customers with more efficient system maintenance & servicing than ever before.

‘Connected Assets’ is an advanced digital asset mapping technology that enables STANLEY Security to quickly and easily map out an entire security system and all its individual elements.  It allows for detailed additional information to be included, including images of equipment in situ.  Using Connected Assets, a visiting STANLEY engineer can now familiarise themselves with a customer’s security system before attending site and, whilst there, can quickly locate where specific items are that require servicing.  For customers, Connected Assets means an engineer can be on and off site quicker than ever before, making for a more efficient service with minimal disruption. 

For STANLEY Security it not only makes for happier customers, but also means STANLEY can make more efficient use of its resources.  For example, with a complex site, rather than wait for an engineer who is familiar with that site and its system(s), any available engineer can now be sent fully loaded with the information they need to conduct that service visit.

For Stephen Hodgkinson-Soto, STANLEY Security Service Director GB, Connected Assets marks a leap forward: “Most security companies use an asset register spreadsheet to detail an installed security system, but this is basic and limited in terms of what information you can include.  In a digital world, this approach is out of date.  Moving to Connected Assets enables us to add considerably more valuable information and our field engineers are using it to good effect.  It’s working well for our customers, big and small, from a single newsagent to a large international airport.”

STANLEY Security’s maintenance & servicing options include service plans with differing levels of support to suit customers’ needs.  It has a network of expert technicians UK wide who can repair or maintain security equipment to ensure that it’s fully functional.

Whilst STANLEY Security is currently using Connected Assets to map static assets for its own service and maintenance contracts, Derek McLean, Head of Technology Solutions at STANLEY Security, sees an even wider use for it: “Using Connected Assets for mapping customer’s security systems is the first step.  We are looking at ways to further develop and use this innovative technology.  For example, we are already combining it with asset utilisation.  Using technology such as Low Energy Bluetooth, GPS and RTLS Location Tracking, Temperature Monitoring and GSM we are able to provide real time information on assets, however large or small, both inside and outside a building.”

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New SecuriTEST® IP tester for easier installation and troubleshooting on any CCTV camera system

IDEAL Networks, global manufacturer of data cable and network testers, announces the launch of the new SecuriTEST IP, enabling technicians to install, test, troubleshoot and document IP/digital, HD coax and analogue CCTV camera systems with a single tester.

As IP/digital CCTV security systems become more common, technicians typically need to take a myriad of different testing equipment to each installation or maintenance job. SecuriTEST IP, which is now available to pre-order, has been developed to overcome this challenge. Its 7-inch, hi-res touchscreen and simple to use functions ensure just one tester is needed, even on complex installations. For instance, SecuriTEST IP can be connected quickly and easily to any IP or analogue camera via in-built RJ45, Wi-Fi and BNC ports.

In addition, the self-contained tester can supply power to cameras via PoE (Power over Ethernet) or standard 12V DC power using its internal Li-Ion battery. The long-life battery provides up to 10 hours continuous usage, but technicians can also pass PoE directly from the switch on an active network to a connected camera, reducing battery consumption. Regardless, the handheld SecuriTEST IP tester removes the need to use external power adapters and injectors. As well as saving space in a technician’s kit bag, this, coupled with one-hand operation and a customisable short cut menu, makes it easier to work on lifts and ladders.

With numerous types of CCTV camera, plus many different configurations and connection methods, installation and troubleshooting can be time intensive and complicated. However, to help save time and boost productivity, SecuriTEST IP offers automated camera connectivity via the QuickIP™ function. This allows even novice technicians to connect and configure IP cameras as quickly and easily as their analogue counterparts. Using the ubiquitous ONVIF protocol, SecuriTEST IP can connect to cameras from virtually every manufacturer without the need for proprietary software for each vendor.

The user-friendly SecuriTEST IP tester also offers a comprehensive range of camera set-up tools to ensure the camera is installed correctly, reducing installation and maintenance time. Common analogue and digital video protocols, including H.264, H.265 and MJPEG, are supported to ensure broad camera compatibility with one tester.

Using either the touch screen or keypad, camera information, network settings, aim and focus can all be easily configured, even for 4K camera systems. Additionally, PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) presets can be programmed into the camera during installation before the head-end equipment is in place, further reducing total installation time. To demonstrate PTZ coverage to clients, real-time video clips can be recorded and sent to clients. Plus, multiple still-images of each location preset can be stored and attached to reports giving technicians a better way to prove performance.

SecuriTEST IP includes a number of other advanced reporting tools to enable installers and technicians to document performance. Until now, time has often been wasted filling in excel documents to create reports. Not only is this time consuming, but as a spreadsheet rarely has enough detail, if an issue arises, unpaid callbacks are commonplace. SecuriTEST IP is the first camera tester to capture camera images and network configuration, and provide professionally formatted documentation in PDF. This enhanced proof of performance enables unpaid callbacks to be converted into billable service calls, improving profitability.

To help increase cash flow, the detailed, automated reports can be sent directly from the jobsite, allowing projects to be completed more quickly. Using the built-in Wi-Fi and web browser on the intuitive tester, reports can be sent straight from the tester using email or file-sharing services. Reports can be sent directly to the customer, or can be used to share information with colleagues based off-site to assist with troubleshooting. The tester can also be used with screen-mirroring, allowing others to view the screen on SecuriTEST IP in real-time using their own mobile devices.

As well as providing a user-friendly solution to common installation and troubleshooting needs, SecuriTEST IP also caters to many more advanced testing requirements. Cable tracing, length, wiremap and quality testing is possible for twisted pair cabling to help determine and pinpoint common cabling faults. For example, with cameras frequently installed in outdoor locations, water ingress into the cable from poorly sealed enclosures can be detected.

SecuriTEST IP is an addition to the IDEAL Networks range of data cable and network testers which help technicians and installers overcome challenges, increasing productivity and profitability. For more information, visit

London Borough of Newham installs Videalert platform to enforce bus lanes and moving traffic contraventions

The London Borough of Newham has installed a CCTV-based system from Videalert to provide unattended enforcement of bus lanes and moving traffic contraventions with a special focus on box junctions. The contract was awarded to OpenView Security Solutions, a leading provider of CCTV systems to local authorities, under the ELS framework agreement, which is available to all London boroughs.

“An important factor in the decision-making process was to ensure that the chosen solution was open-standards based to avoid being locked in to a single supplier,” commented Carl Brown, Operations Manager Enforcement & Safety. “Videalert ticked all the boxes with a Digital Video Platform that uses standard off-the-shelf equipment to seamlessly integrate with our existing CCTV systems and fibre/wireless network infrastructure. As well as supporting existing analogue cameras, it allows a progressive migration to mixed analogue/digital camera environments.”

The latest ONVIF Profile S certified digital HD cameras and processing units have been deployed at twenty two locations across the borough where high levels of driver non-compliance has been commonplace. The London Borough of Newham also invested in a significant amount of additional data storage capacity to accommodate future system expansion at other sites that have been identified as requiring enforcement for a range of contraventions.

“Our platform has a proven capability to operate effectively in busy urban environments, delivering unattended enforcement in all traffic conditions regardless of vehicle speeds and proximity to each other,” added Tim Daniels, Sales & Marketing Director of Videalert. “Combining ANPR with video analytics ensures that only those vehicles actually committing an offence are captured which significantly speeds up the manual review process and increases productivity. This additional intelligence also enables enforcement to be carried out in areas such as bus lanes where there is adjacent parking so drivers are not penalised when entering or leaving their spaces.”

The Videalert system automates the construction of video evidence packs which are reviewed by trained council operators prior to sending confirmed offences to the back office processing system for the issuance of PCNs. It also enables the London Borough of Newham to potentially share captured data with other stakeholders for other applications such as crime prevention, community safety, traffic planning and journey time monitoring using the same camera assets.