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  In a digital world, this approach is out of date.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.”

For more information on STANLEY Security, please go to www.stanleysecurity.co.uk

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 www.idealnetworks.net.

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.

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FLIR Named Official Video Security Provider of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

FLIR Provides Over 300 Cameras and Video Management Software to Increase Security Surveillance at Athlete Village and City Perimeter Protection.

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced it has been selected as the official Video Security Provider of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) in Australia. FLIR will provide surveillance equipment, including security cameras and video management software (VMS), to help national and local law enforcement provide safety and security at the Games from April 4 – 15, 2018.

In preparation for GC2018, FLIR has delivered a suite of visible and thermal security cameras, including fixed and pan-tilt-zoom cameras. In many cases the cameras will be equipped with embedded video analytics, the cameras will detect threats and stream live information to allow rapid response to security events at the Commonwealth Games’ venues. To protect this high-profile international event, FLIR will also provide a mix of thermal imaging cameras that operate day and night, through light fog or smoke, ensuring continual observation and accurate detection capabilities.

“Public safety is our number one priority and we are determined to make sure all athletes and spectators are able to enjoy GC2018,” said GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC. “The Games are a major sporting event – not a security event – and importantly for fans, we are using a number of products, like those being delivered by FLIR, to provide a safe and secure environment while still allowing for efficient access to venues for patrons, athletes and officials in an unobtrusive manner. We have acquired the largest number of sponsors for any Commonwealth Games and I’m pleased to welcome FLIR to the GC2018 Sponsor Family.”

“FLIR is honored to be selected as the official supplier of video security for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” said Travis Merrill, President of FLIR Commercial Business Unit. “FLIR products will provide wide area, 24/7 surveillance to ensure the protection of the Gold Coast community, guests, and athletes. Our end-to-end suite of security solutions supports the comprehensive plan for a safe and successful Commonwealth Games, and we look forward to playing a role in this celebration of ‘Humanity, Equality, and Destiny.’”

To learn more about FLIR security products and solutions, visit www.flir.com/security.

ComNet Fiber Units Team Up With Vanderbilt’s SPC to Lay Down A Marker

Vanderbilt’s SPC was recently deployed to act as part of a security and communication solution between a toll booth and plaza located on the M1 between Dublin and Belfast.

At night time, the toll system is automated and therefore an intruder alarm system was needed for protection. The distance between the toll booth and plaza is 6.2 kilometers and the security systems – SPC and video cameras – had to be able to connect and operate over that distance sooperators could get an overview of activity at each site.

SPC replaced an existing Europlex legacy product that had the IFS fiber drivers connected and working on multimode fiber over the 6.2 kilometer distance. Due to this distance, the fiber driver was bespoke. Multimode is usually only specified for approximately two kilometers. However, when the 3GS legacy system was replaced for a new SPC panel, the communication over the fiber link stopped working.

The installation company, Precision Security, previously had to deploy a pair of fiber cables – two transmitters and two receivers – to transmit the signal back and forth successfully. However, in updating the site, they found that a single pair of ComNet fiber units, straight from the box, could successfully execute the task, despite only being specified for 4.5 kilometers.

The ComNet FDX60 multimode fiber units allowed the SPC X-Bus transmission to be converted from RS485 protocols to optical and back to RS485. This enabled the data between the SPC expanders to travel further distances.

The ComNet FDX60 (M,S)[-M] data transceivers provide point-to-point transmission of simplex or duplex EIA RS232/RS422/RS485 (2W/4W) data signals over one or two optical fibers. The transceivers are transparent to data encoding, allowing for broad-range compatibility. Models within this series are available for use with multimode or single mode optical fiber.

“ComNet came straight out of the box and was easy to use and to install. Its threshold is only around four kilometers, but it is working well beyond that. When I saw the name ComNet, I was pretty confident that it would work, to be honest. We previously worked with ComNet fiber managed switches, and we found that they always work as a sweet as a nut,” stated Victor Fields of Precision Security, who installed the fiber solution on site.

For more information, visit spcsupportinfo.com.

Openview Security Solutions Upgrades CCTV Control Room And Wireless Infrastructure For Stockport Homes

Stockport Homes, the organisation responsible for managing housing stock on behalf of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, has unveiled a new control room at Cornerstone, its recently opened head office. Designed and built by OpenView Security Solutions (OSS), the leading provider of CCTV Control Room and IT infrastructure solutions to the public sector, the new control room will enable the delivery of an efficient concierge and security service to over 2000 properties across Stockport.

In preparation for building the new control room, OSS was asked by Stockport Homes to recommend an upgrade its current fibre optic cable-based network infrastructure which was used to link CCTV cameras installed in 22 residential tower blocks.

According to Matthew Platt, Asset Manager at Stockport Homes: “We were already working with OpenView Security Solutions, which was providing an efficient maintenance support service for our existing security infrastructure and had high levels of confidence in the company’s ability to deliver a cost effective solution to meet our evolving infrastructure requirements.”

OSS recommended the installation of a high level carrier grade Wireless Ethernet network which not only provided higher capacity but also eliminated the high ongoing costs of rented fibre optic circuits. The company then scoped and designed a dual Ethernet ring topology that would provide a resilient, high speed 1GB wireless network based on Bridgewave equipment with the ability to upgrade to 3GB in the future if required. OSS upgraded the main equipment at the tower blocks with Layer 3 Cisco 3850 network switches that offered high levels of bandwidth and the network intelligence to provide the greatest control into the future.

Prior to moving the control room facilities to its new location, OSS also upgraded the CCTV Control Room platform with the latest Dallmeier NVR (network video recorder) and software platform to allow all existing equipment to be migrated to the new network.

“This installation demonstrates our ability to deliver and support large-scale LAN/WAN-based IT infrastructures that support the provision of the highest level of services to tenants across wide geographical areas,” added Andy Ward, Sales Director of OpenView Security Solutions.

About OpenView Security Solutions Limited
OpenView Security Solutions (OSS) is the UK’S largest privately owned independent security company with over 28 years’ experience. The company is a leading provider of security solutions and IT infrastructure solutions to the public sector and employs over 300 people via a national branch network comprising six strategically located offices with a turnover in excess of £35 million. OSS provides complete turnkey solutions including the design, installation and maintenance of the latest, fully compliant fire and electrical services with a comprehensive portfolio of skills including specialist network skills and IP convergence.

For more information, please visit www.openviewgroup.com.

FLIR Systems Introduces Versatile Fixed Bullet Perimeter Protection Thermal Security Camera

FLIR FB-Series O Thermal Camera Offers Plug-And-Play Compatibility with FLIR United VMS and Industry-Leading Third-Party Video Management Systems,

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today introduced
the FLIR FB-Series O fixed bullet thermal security camera designed for short to mid-range perimeter protection. The FLIR FB-Series O offers plug-and-play integration with FLIR United VMS and certified by other major third-party video management solutions, making it a versatile solution for new or existing security systems.

Joining an award-winning line of perimeter protection thermal cameras, the FLIR FB-Series O thermal security camera features a 320×240 resolution thermal imaging sensor that detects potential intruders in total darkness, and through sun glare, smoke, dust, and light fog. Three separate lens options – 93, 49 and 24-degree field of views – provide narrow-to-wide coverage of fence lines, building perimeters, and open areas.

The FLIR FB-Series O integrates with FLIR analytic encoders such as FLIR ioi TRK-101 that help distinguish humans and vehicles, and FLIR ioi TRK-101 P PTZ Tracker that hand-off targets to thermal or visible pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ)-enabled cameras on the same network. Simultaneous IP and analog video outputs are also available for use with network and legacy analog systems. Advanced automatic gain control (AGC) and FLIR’s Digital Detail Enhancement (DDE) provide optimal image quality in all scenes and by integrating with FLIR United VMS thermal configuration, alarm notifications are easily managed.

“The FLIR FB-Series O offers the security industry with a thermal camera that provides unmatched versatility,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR’s Security segment. “Certified by industry-leading video management systems, the FLIR FB-Series O allows you to incorporate the power of FLIR thermal imaging capabilities and enhance your perimeter security system regardless of size.”

The FLIR FB-Series O, which comes with FLIR’s industry-leading 10-year warranty on the thermal sensor and a three-year warranty on the camera body, will be available to order in August 2017 through established FLIR dealers and integrators. For more information on the FLIR FB-Series O and FLIR’s complete line of security solutions, visit www.flir.com/security.

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Mayflex Appoints a Further New Account Manager

Mayflex the distributor of Converged IP Solutions has appointed a new Account Manager to manage and develop accounts in the South East, Home Counties and London regions with a specific focus on the security product portfolio as part of the converged solution.

John Symons joined the business on 1st August and comes to Mayflex from a security distribution background so is familiar with the business model used by Mayflex to reach the market and its customer base.

John’s career background is largely security based and has encompassed a variety of responsibilities including business development, field sales and account management, all of which have equipped him with an excellent foundation for the role he has undertaken with Mayflex.

Andrew Percival, Managing Director of Mayflex commented, “These are exciting times for Mayflex, we continue to enhance our workforce to allow us to keep pace with the rate that our business is growing and expanding. Our converged product portfolio continues to develop, along with the introduction of new initiatives within the business to make a customer’s experience of dealing with Mayflex not just a good one but a great one.”

Andrew continued, “Getting John on board will provide both existing and new accounts with an experienced account manager who really can provide the knowledge and support needed to specify and design the best possible converged solutions. John will contribute to the growth of our security sales and the targeted focus on increased market share.”

John commented, “I am looking forward to getting to grips with my new role and working with my customer base, helping them with their individual project requirements and supporting them with expertise and advice.”

For further details about Mayflex visit www.mayflex.com.

All together. Products, Partners, People, Service – Mayflex brings it all together.

Mayflex lead the way in the distribution of Converged IP Solutions. We use our specialist knowledge and experience to bring together best in class infrastructure, networking and electronic security solutions to create a compatible, feature rich, value for money offering to meet the demanding needs of business types and sizes across all sectors.

Working together with VARs, Installers, integrators, and specifiers we provide support through pre-sales, product selection, commercial flexibility and technical know-how to enable the delivery of truly converged solutions which provide businesses with advanced, scalable, cost effective and reliable IP based communications networks and building management systems.

Our supply partners are made up of some of the ‘best in class’ manufacturers in the market today.   We are a leading distributor for brands such as: Excel, Nubis, Razberi, Axis, Avigilon, Paxton, Dahua, Aruba a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, MOBOTIX, CPI, Eaton, Fluke, RF Code, Veracity, Canon, Suprema, Wavestore and Overland Storage.

Award Winning:

Mayflex has won the following industry awards:

  • Milestone Open Platform Excellence Award for EMEA 2015
  • Aruba Distributor of the Year Award 2009/2010/2011/2012/2013/2014
  • Comms Expo Awards – Customer Service for 2012
  • Comms Expo Awards – Distributor of the Year 2011
  • Milestone Distributor of the Year 2012 & 2014
  • GE Security Growth Award 2009
  • MOBOTIX Partner of the Year 2010/2011
  • Mobotix UK Partner of the Year 2008 / 2009
  • Mobotix Top UK Distributor of the Year 2008
  • Mobotix Worldwide Partner of the Year Award July 2006 / June 2007
  • Mobotix Worldwide Partner of the Year Award June 2007 / June 2008
  • QNAP Best Partner Award 2011

SPC Connect latest feature developments demonstrate Vanderbilt’s agility

Vanderbilt, a global leader providing state-of-the-art security systems, announced today the release of SPC Connect 2.4 to its SPC product portfolio. SPC Connect is a hosted cloud-based solution designed specifically for installers to monitor, manage, and maintain SPC panels remotely from any location.

The release indicates a significant development pace by the company as it comes just four months after the last feature set of SPC Connect updates in April 2017. The latest features include push notifications, local user management, and alarm verification.

“SPC Connect is designed to enhance the installer’s ability to configure their systems remotely and, with user management enhancements, SPC Connect speeds up the process of adding and configuring users. It means that the system administrator can now quickly configure users to have access to their SPC system, while simultaneously saving them time and money,” explains John O’Donnell, Product Manager at Vanderbilt.

The new push notifications for IOS devices ensure SPC Connect users are informed of new information related to their SPC system, even when the app is closed. The system also includes new local user management features, facilitating the ability to add new accounts through the server, import lists of multiple users, and automatically register multiple accounts at any given time, simplifying the user experience.

“SPC is one of the best intrusion detection solutions on the market for system user requirements. The speed and delivery of these latest features to market are proof of our commitment to providing customers with a stable and established security system that offers whole market scalability and future-proof guarantee,” concludes O’Donnell.

For more information, visit: https://vanderbiltindustries.com/spc-connect.

About Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt is a global provider of security systems, operating efficiently in 95 countries. Vanderbilt designs, manufactures and distributes systems that safeguard environments and organizations of all sizes. Agility, adaptability, and dependability are distinctive marks of the Vanderbilt brand and these decisive traits satisfy a broad variety of customers’ application needs across banking, education, healthcare, retail, and more. Our product lines include access control, intrusion and video. To learn more, please visit www.vanderbiltindustries.com, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Mayflex Uncover Fraudulent Activities

MayflexBuildingShotMayflex the distributor of Converged IP Solutions has recently uncovered a number of fraudulent activities whereby the fraudsters are pretending to work for accredited customers and have ordered goods to be shipped directly to bogus ‘end user’ sites.

In a number of separate instances, the fraudsters have targeted accredited Paxton partners, they’ve called the Mayflex sales team saying that they are from the company, asked for quotes for various Paxton product codes and having created ‘copycat’ email addresses, to look very similar to those of the individual companies in question, to fool our teams into thinking that when the orders were placed that they were legitimate. Read more

SICK’s Visionary Camera Takes 3D Images in a Snapshot

SICKcamerasSICK has launched the Visionary-T, its first robust, industrial imaging camera to capture high-resolution 3D data with a single ‘snapshot’, whether the object is stationary or moving.

The SICK Visionary-T uses high-resolution Time-of–Flight (TOF) technology to achieve superior quality 3D imaging for vision applications. Unlike 3D vision systems based on laser triangulation, the 3D image is captured with one shot of light, without the need to profile a moving object. Read more

Mayflex Appoints a New Director of Sales – Security

Mayflex_CCTVMayflex the distributor of Converged IP Solutions has appointed a new director of sales – security. Steve Proctor will commence his role on the 1st August and his key responsibilities will be to lead and support both internal and external sales teams, ensuring the continued growth and development of this area of the Mayflex business through taking market share, growing customer numbers and increasing project wins. Read more

Mayflex Enhances XTRA Online Ordering System

Mayflex_Online_orderingMayflex the distributor of Converged IP Solutions has upgraded its existing online ordering facility, XTRA, to provide enhanced benefits to its customers.

XTRA is the partner area of the Mayflex website that allows any account customers to view their pricing, place orders and check stock availability. Orders can be placed up until 8.00 p.m. on the evening for next day free delivery to the UK mainland. Read more

Introducing the TunnelCam Ultimo

TunnelCam UltimoTKH Security Solutions, a market leader in full-service surveillance solutions, is proud to introduce their latest surveillance camera for the Mobility market; the TunnelCam Ultimo. This cost-effective, compact, and lightweight tunnel camera can be installed by one person. The Ultimo can offer cross-sensor intelligence possibilities, and it is possible to interchange optical and thermal views simultaneously over a single IP address. This means easier installation, and that fewer cables and switch ports are needed. Read more