PRODUCT FOCUS: DOMES/PTZ 30x optical zoom dome with Smart UX controls for improved tracking accuracy The full HD 30x optical zoom PTZ camera from IDIS features Smart UX controls. These intuitive “slingshot” and “rubber band” style controls deliver accuracy and ease of use to users. The camera (DC-S1283WHX) also supports ONVIF and is compatible with a range of recording platforms, including DirectIP NVRs and the IDIS Solution Suite enterprise-level VMS. With simple click-and-drag actions, operators can quickly focus on and track specific objects with no need for multiple clicks to change direction. The quick and simple operation of IDIS Smart UX controls reportedly enables accuracy in any given environment, delivering a critical advantage in security environments. Day and night ICR delivers a clear subject image from broad daylight to the darkest night. The camera also features IDIS digital image stabilisation (DIS) technology, reducing the jarring effects from vibrations during recording. www.idisglobal.com HD PTZ features built-in video analytics The Autodome IP starlight 7000 HD from Bosch Security Systems is a high-speed PTZ dome camera that delivers (HD) 1080p25/30 video and 30x optical zoom. Easy to install, the camera is available in either a fieldproven, indoor/outdoor pendant housing or an indoor, in-ceiling housing. The camera provides complete network-based control of all dome functionality including pan/tilt/zoom operation, pre-sets, tours and alarms as well as web based configuration of all dome settings. It also provides direct network video streaming using H.264 compression / bandwidth throttling to manage bandwidth and storage requirements. The camera comes with video analytics that detects and analyses moving objects while suppressing unwanted alarms from spurious sources in the image. With this method, the camera can detect idle and removed objects as well as loitering, multiple line crossing, and trajectories. uk.boschsecurity.com THE POWER TO PUT YOU IN THE FIRE PROTECTION BUSINESS BAFE accreditation opens up new business opportunities in the Fire Protection industry and can generate more work. We offer scheme certification for the following modules dependent on the type of work you undertake: Design Installation Commissioning Maintenance We support contractors through the BAFE accreditation journey with: A RANGE OF FIRE ALARM TRAINING MODULES ESSENTIAL FIRE ALARM BSI GUIDANCE MATERIALS the power behind your business To find out more about how BAFE accreditation can grow your business visit niceic.com/bafe or call 0843 308 7860
SECURITY The war on winter With winter approaching fast, facilities managers, building owners and security systems installers who are managing systems need to think long and hard about what this season brings in terms of security and safety issues for buildings and occupants When winter approaches the UK, there are some common and recurring talking points that come with it. For instance, you might hear the talk of crisp, cold, refreshing morning air, time off around Christmas, winter warming beverages and comfort foods. What isn’t normally discussed is securing the office for long nights, protecting a building’s occupants from potential attacks, checking external openings are secured against would-be burglars and not losing heat from the building through draughty gaps in doors. These discussions are normally reserved for the facilities managers and building owners. Why is this? According to Simon Osborne of Allegion UK these issues are not so visible and known – not everybody knows how cold temperatures can affect doors and their furniture. They are also obviously not so popular. Lastly, topics such as break-ins are almost talked about in hushed voices – nobody wants to think about what could happen, and people tend to think it’ll never happen anyway. However, that is a dangerous mindset to take, as the winter brings many dangers. These topics should be at the top of the agenda for any person responsible for the building when the cold season strikes, not just to secure your building’s valuables, but to ensure the health and safety of occupants inside. With that in mind, Simon lists five common scenarios in winter and what you can do as someone installing and maintaining systems to avoid the problems they bring. Low occupancy at closing time By 5pm in December, the night has drawn in and darkness has enveloped the building. Normally around this time, most office workers are leaving or will have already left for home. The last to leave is given the task of locking up the building. Of course, if they work in a densely populated urban area, attacks might seem less likely; however, if the place of work is on a business park or estate where it may not be as well-lit and protection from footfall is not as great, then the company is more susceptible to becoming a victim of crime. “To deter or prevent would-be attackers, use of timed access control systems can automate the process of locking up,” says Simon Osborne. “This also means that users can lock down entrances to the building from a single tap of a button on a smartphone or desktop computer and make sure that, should access be needed during the night, only those authorised and known to the person responsible for the building can gain entry.” The use of exit devices that have been tested above and beyond the standard security grading can also protect a building and its contents. For the customer, installing floodlights and CCTV is a good way of keeping the building from becoming a target. Door swelling and contracting Door swelling is a major problem to external doors, frames and even windows. Just as the summer heat will cause doors to expand, the cold of the winter can shrink doors back down and cause doors to swell as they absorb moisture, causing problems for both the door and the operating components. For example, a swollen or bowed door can cause door locks to move out of line and jam against the strike plate, or can also bend the arm of a door closer. This is problematic for a number of reasons. If users with reduced upper body strength need to open these doors, they might be unable to do so. Or, if the door doesn’t latch to the frame, particularly if it is an external door, then there’s a huge problem with regards to security. In “To deter or prevent would-be attackers, use of timed access control systems can automate the process of locking up” www.psimagazine.co.uk 53
Here at Dorset Electrical Solutions Ltd we take security of home and business seriously, protect your premises with CCTV. We are fully trained and competent to install IP and traditional analogue cameras to suit our client requirements. We cover the Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire & West Sussex areas but will venture further afield if required. We install our systems in many environments such as houses, businesses, schools, leisure facilities, shops, bars, clubs, public houses and more. We also carry out repair/replacement and maintenance works as and when required.