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.

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ACRE sells Mercury Security Products to HID Global

In a strategic move, ACRE divests of Mercury Security Products to HID Global

Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 18, 2017: Access Control Related Enterprises, LLC (ACRE), owner of Vanderbilt, a manufacturer of access control, intrusion and video solutions, and ComNet, a manufacturer of video and data transmission equipment, has announced the sale of Mercury Security Products (Mercury) to HID Global (HID), a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY, AB.

ACRE CEO Joseph Grillo stated, “Divesting Mercury after many years of success since ACRE purchased the business in 2013 is a strategic move that allows ACRE to focus on its core Access Control, Video and Intrusion businesses under the Vanderbilt and Comnet brands. HID is the perfect home to provide for the continued growth and success of Mercury, which will remain a valued technology supplier to Vanderbilt.”

The ACRE portfolio consists of global brands with proven technologies, a long acclaimed reputation for innovation and a high level of customer service and support. Vanderbilt provides over 2,000 products across access control, intrusion, video and cloud-based access and video systems in 95 countries. ComNet offers a broad line of fiber optic, copper, and wireless video and data transmission equipment designed for security and surveillance applications in intelligent transportation systems, utility and industrial markets.

HID’s acquisition of Mercury Security is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. It is expected to close in Q4 2017. Financial terms of the agreement are not being publicly disclosed. Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. and Raymond James & Associates, Inc. acted as financial advisors to ACRE and Mercury.

About ACRE: ACRE was formed in 2012 by security industry veteran Joseph Grillo as a platform to consolidate acquisitions in the electronic security industry. ACRE acquired the Schlage SMS business from Ingersoll Rand in 2012, followed by the 2013 acquisition of Mercury, the 2015 purchase of the Security Products Division of Siemens AG, and the 2016 acquisitions of Access Control Technology (ACT) and ComNet.

About Mercury: Mercury Security Products, located in Long Beach, California, is a global leader in the supply of OEM access control hardware. Mercury has an installed base of 4 million control panels world wide and has been providing enhanced access control technology to its valued partners since 1992.

About HID Global: HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things.  Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID technology. HID works with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 3,200 employees worldwide and operates in more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand.

APCON announces European launch of its Next-Generation Network Visibility and Security Solution at IP EXPO

Apcon Security Solution Provider LogoAt IP EXPO, APCON, a leading provider of intelligent network visibility and security solutions, will launch its new generation IntellaView family to provide enterprises and service providers with even greater network performance and security insights at their remote sites, data centers, and in private and public cloud deployments. Read more

WPS wins new parking system contract at Middlesbrough shopping centre

Sophisticated ParkAdvance™ parking system technology from WPS, one of the UK’s leading parking equipment manufacturers, is to be installed at the Cleveland Centre, a recently refurbished shopping centre complex in Middlesbrough’s town centre.

ParkAdvance™ is a pay-on-foot system which is ideally suited to shopping centre environments where the customer experience is vital and reliability and flexibility are key. It features a new IP-based operating system architecture that enables the parking system to simply and directly connect with multiple technologies being deployed in car parks both now and in the future. Read more

New Security Barrier Launch from Hesco

TERRABLOCK is the latest product range to be launched from Hesco, who have been providing innovative security solutions since 1991 to some of the most hostile parts of the world. TERRABLOCK has been designed for use on both corporate and civilian areas, as well as for use in remote parts of the world, and has been in the making for five years.

Created so that it has little to no impact on the surrounding environment, it provides peace of mind to the public that their safety is being secured by a world-leading security provider that has a wealth of experiencing in deterring hostile threats.

As terrorist threats undertake new methods, TERRABLOCK security barrier has been created in response to the heightened state of security the world is currently facing, in order to prevent hostile vehicles from entering public spaces or causing damage and harm.

The London Olympics in 2012, was the first time that Hesco deployed security barriers, with TERRABLOCK developed as a response to the increased security threats and challenges that the world is facing at present.

Engineered and tested so that the security barriers meet the minimum PAS68 security requirement for vehicle mitigation barriers in the United Kingdom, the range consists of five products – XL, XR, XT, XV and XS. Each comes with their own specialism, with the XR providing defence against a 15,000lbs truck travelling at 50mps when tested, as it stopped the vehicle from impacting the surrounding area. While the XT can be built upon to include additional perimeter protection with CCTV, detection systems and surface mounted poles. The XL has been built so that it can be deployed in city landscapes in event venues and as sport stadiums, and the XR adheres to police requirements and is able to withstand a vehicle travelling at 30mph. Previously, the XS has been used in remote oil and gas locations around the world, who require a high level of security.

Built on an energy displacement system, TERRABLOCK is a patented design which minimises the effect of an impact. Using mesh panels, alongside a series of pins and coils to form the security barrier, the solution is anti-climb, providing surface mounted protection also.

Rapidly deployable, and delivered as a flatpack, TERRABLOCK can be implemented promptly and effortlessly as it doesn’t require concrete foundations – using earth from the surrounding vicinity where possible, or a ballast bag.

At present, TERRABLOCK security barrier has been used to protect the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, as well as at oil and gas infrastructures around the world, yet is a solution which can be used in a range of environments where high levels of security need to be in place and maintained. As the crash-rated barrier can be branded so that it remains inconspicuous and in-line with an organisations branding, it’s built so that it provides security which is both innovative and fits in seamlessly with existing architecture and infrastructure.

Enabling organisations and public bodies to protect the public with a highly-regarded security solution which has been certified to reduce the impact of hostile vehicles, TERRABLOCK security barrier is an innovative solution which can be deployed across a variety of environments.


Atkinson Takes The Helm At Direct Corporate Clothing

DirectCorpClothingDirect Corporate Clothing (DCC) has promoted Nick Atkinson to commercial and operations director as it targets £50m turnover.

In his new role, he will oversee the day-to-day operations of the business.

Atkinson joined the DCC board in 2016 as part of the acquisition of The Business Wear Company, which has now successfully merged with DCC.

Birmingham-based DCC is one of the UK’s largest providers of workwear, corporate wear and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the security industry. Customers including British Telecom, Geo Amey and Travis Perkins. Read more

New WatchGuard Wi-Fi Access Point Delivers Top Performance and Security for High-Density Wireless Networks

WatchGuard Wi-Fi Access Point imageWatchGuard® Technologies has announced the AP420 Wi-Fi Access Point, a new 802.11ac Wave 2 access point (AP) that provides the power and speed needed to support throughput-intensive and latency-sensitive applications like VoIP, video, music and large data file transfers over Wi-Fi. It also includes a 4×4 Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) dual radio that offers high client-density support to help eliminate Wi-Fi connection delays and a third radio for dedicated Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) and RF optimisation scanning. Read more

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

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Videx Launches Distribution Box for Video Entry Systems

VudexDistributionBoxVidex has introduced a new distribution unit, the 316C, for its digital VX2200 range of door entry video systems.

The distribution box makes it easier for video systems to be installed, designed specifically for use with Cat5/Cat6 cabling which is becoming an increasingly popular cable choice for video entry system installations.

Steve Natton Special Projects manager at Videx said: “The 316C distribution box is specifically designed for the digital VX2200 video systems which enables Read more

Videx Charitable Trust Presents £10,000 Cheque to The Bobath Centre

Videx presenting cheque to Bobath Centre

The Videx Charitable Trust, established by Videx Security, recently donated £10,314 to The Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. The charity is a specialist treatment centre that aims to improve the quality of life for children so that they are healthy and active, and can participate in everyday life to the best of their ability.

The money, which was raised at the company’s annual golf day, will be invested in the Charity’s facilities and provision for the children it cares for and the families it supports and to enable The Centre to reach and help more children with Cerebral Palsy. Read more

Siddiqui heads over fence to Zaun in Middle East

Zaun Middle East high security fencing manufacturer Zaun has poached a Middle East fencing expert from regional rival Betafence.

Aamir Siddiqui has joined Zaun as Head of Sales for Middle East and North Africa, alongside Jeremy Knight, who continues as Head of Operations for the region.

It is quite a coup for Zaun, which has been steadily progressing its strategic move into the Middle East.

It recently announced a massive Middle Eastern contract that will see the British manufacturer ship a staggering 200 40ft containers of HiSec Plus, a new flat-panelmesh security fence Zaun has designed for the purpose as a variant of its original ‘358’ welded mesh configuration, HiSec.

Designers have added an extra wire every 250mm on the inside to enhance security and eradicated the V-panel to remove a potential climbing aid.

Siddiqui started his career in the region in 1999 with Chainlink Industries Kuwait, representing Betafence, who coaxed him across to work for the export director in 2004.

Zaun first set up an office in the UAE in the Emirates Tower in Dubai in 2012.

It has delivered prestigious pilot contracts with Petroleum Development Oman worth almost £1.5 million, electric fencing at a military base in Abu Dhabi and is receiving enquiries from Iran, Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Sales and marketing director Chris Plimley said:  ‘We are gaining real credibility in the Middle East, which this latest appointment will only enhance.  It is great to welcome Aamir to drive our sales pipeline in the region.’

Zaun joins RIBA-approved CPD network

Steel fencing manufacturer Zaun Limited will be educating architects on integrated perimeter systems after becoming a RIBA-approved CPD provider.

Zaun will be delivering the RIBA-assessed seminar Perimeter and Integrated Systems, The Trusted Advisor and giving factory and demo area visits at its Wolverhampton head office to help architects fulfil their annual CPD requirements.

Zaun joins the RIBA CPD Providers Network, which consists of over 500 manufacturers and suppliers who provide RIBA-approved CPD to architects and other specifiers.

The network partners deliver free RIBA-assessed CPD face-to-face in architects’ practices or on factory tours, at RIBA CPD roadshows or online.

CPD is mandatory for RIBA Chartered Architects, and having RIBA approved CPD material available as seminar presentations, articles, videos, factory tours and in other formats is a good way to open doors to start building key relationships.

Approved seminars are worth double points to RIBA Chartered Architects.

The Zaun seminar, which can be booked by clicking here, fits within RIBA’s core curriculum subject Designing and Building It: Design, Construction, Technology and Engineering at a general awareness knowledge level.

Zaun must keep the seminar material up-to-date and advise RIBA when it changes any content to conform to current legislation, guidelines or user needs.

The RIBA promotes the material on the website, through its assessed material list and via monthly CPD Showcase e-marketing campaigns.

In an Architects Journal survey of the top 120 architectural practices, 84% said they use RIBA-approved CPD and 66% of respondents had attended a face-to-face seminar with a RIBA CPD Providers Network member.

NBCS takes the next step to success after being awarded government funding

NBCSlogoNational Business Crime Solution (NBCS), a not for profit initiative that enables the sharing of data between law enforcement agencies and the business community in order to reduce crime, is embarking on the next stage of its development after securing significant government funding. The award of a six-figure sum is in recognition of NBCS’s success in supporting the police in the fight against persistent and often travelling offenders and will enable it to become self-sustaining, make new appointments, and Read more

NBCS launches Associate Membership scheme for security solutions providers

DanHarveyNBCSNational Business Crime Solution (NBCS), a not for profit initiative that enables the sharing of data between law enforcement agencies and the business community in order to reduce crime, is due to launch a new Associate Membership scheme specifically targeted at member suppliers.

The new scheme will launch with a series of one-day member events will bridge the gap between risk management providers and end users. Read more