Taking sides: CCTV security, what do you think?

July 30, 2009

Which technology is the best to use?
what are the benefits?
How much does a large system cost?

To download the documents and discuss click here.

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Seeking an Experienced Technical Support Manager

July 29, 2009

Controlware provide Integrated Security Solutions that include IP CCTV surveillance, Access Control and Intruder systems. Our customers include St Pancras International, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Bahrain Grand Prix, North Lanarkshire Council, Runnymede Council and many more.

Due to an ever expanding client base we are looking for an experienced UK Technical Support Manager who preferably has worked with CCTV systems to manage a team of engineers based in Newbury, Berkshire.

To find out more about Controlware and the role click here.


IP CCTV or analogue CCTV, which is best?

July 27, 2009

Info4security.com open a new dabate about the best technology to use for CCTV security.

Analogue CCTV has been around for a very long time, is expensive to maintain and difficult to integrate. IP based systems on the other hand deliver improved control of video data and integration with Access Control, Intruder and other external systems.

Is it now time to replace this technology and move to IP based CCTV?

What are the benefits of IP CCTV?

What are the challenges involved with moving to an IP based CCTV system?

How much will it cost?

Find out the answer to all these questions and post what you think here at the info4security discussion page.


How IP based CCTV systems can improve security surveillance

July 23, 2009

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance systems have traditionally been based on analogue technology and often connected back to Video Cassette Recorders (VCR’s) for image storage. The recent development of IP based systems enable convergence of CCTV with the data network, revolutionising the way video is accessed, controlled and stored.  IP delivers a reliable and resilient transmission network whilst reducing costs and enhancing performance.

In recent years, installations of surveillance systems have increased dramatically, the Police and other Public organisations have found CCTV invaluable for crime prevention and Private sector organisations ranging from retail to manufacturing businesses have benefited from its crime deterrent and management capabilities.

By their very nature analogue CCTV systems are “closed”, they require a dedicated network, can only be monitored from a fixed location, offer limited integration possibilities and are expensive to extend and maintain. Adoption of IP technology enables surveillance to be unrestricted; delivering increased flexibility through secure centralised and decentralised viewing and control of cameras from practically anywhere in the world. Access control and building management systems can be integrated and stored video images are not limited to videotape, but can be reproduced and distributed instantaneously in a wide variety of media (print, fax, e-mail) without loss of quality or detail. These digital images are stored using minimal storage space, and retrieved, reviewed and organised in a matter of seconds. With analogue systems only the security manager from a fixed location could monitor the building but today other departments can securely monitor and control access to their secure areas through adoption of IP based systems. Also the increasing availability of low-cost broadband technology, wireless devices and other high-speed networking connections has now made the transmission of video images and more importantly real time video, viable. The future is IP CCTV and it is here now.

To find out more about IP based CCTV security solutions visit the Controlware website here.


Job Advert: CCTV Technical Support Manager

July 22, 2009

Controlware are leading providers of IP CCTV video surveillance software and solutions. Driven by our commitment and investment in leading edge technology and people, this is an opportunity for you to join one of the UK’s most progressive security solution providers.

With an expanding client portfolio Controlware are committed to the provision of best value solutions while maintaining our reputation for delivering the highest levels of quality and service. As a proven and trusted leader in the security industry Controlware are looking for a professional and motivated individual to manage our technical support engineers based in Newbury.

The Job

Our team of Technical Support Engineers provide troubleshooting and resolution to distributors, systems integrators and end users who have medium to large IP-based surveillance systems.  Reporting to the UK General Manager, the Technical Support Manager’s role is primarily office-based with some field activities.

The Person

You will be a positive, ambitious and enthusiastic team player who is interested in working with the latest cutting edge video surveillance technology.  A technical background in IT is a must, as well as experience of working with data networking and IP video surveillance or CCTV technology.  Previous experience of managing a small support team and working to SLA’s and deadlines is a prerequisite.

Technical Skills

  • Proficient in IP networking covering LAN and WAN hardware configuration
  • Thorough understanding of IT networking technologies
  • Thorough understanding of Network Hardware and Configuration & Support including Switches, Routers & Firewalls
  • Thorough understanding of Windows Operating System (specifically Windows XP and Server 2003 including installation, troubleshooting and management)
  • Ability to diagnose complex problems and resolve them in an expeditious manner to the customer’s satisfaction
  • Experience of working within the CCTV industry

To find out more and apply, please click here.


Runnymede Borough Council benefit from advanced CCTV recording and archive security solution

July 21, 2009

The Borough Council benefit from an advanced CCTV recording and archive solution from Controlware.

Community Safety Manager for Runnymede Borough Council, David Dodd said: “CCTV is an important weapon to help combat crime and the fear of crime. Controlware has been on hand to support us every step of the way with this important project that provides advanced IP video management, control and recording of CCTV from cameras situated around the Borough.”

Runnymede Borough Council was awarded the Public Sector Security award 2009 presented by Government Business magazine at a ceremony at The Emirates Stadium in London.

This award is presented to the Local Authority or Central Government building/refurbishment project that considers security as a prime concern and enhances the safety of staff, residents and visitors to the building through the installation of CCTV, monitoring, access control or other innovative security system.

To find out more about the CCTV solution please click here.

Runnymede benefit from advanced CCTV recording from Controlware

Runnymede benefit from advanced CCTV recording from Controlware


City wide solution, CCTV security surveillance for Ipswich

July 20, 2009

The advanced surveillance soluion includes cameras, IP codec’s and networked recording all managed by the powerful Cware management platform. CCTV operators monitor real-time video and search archive recordings from 185 cameras that cover businesses, public parks, transportation links and residential areas 24 hours per day.

Cware enables the use of new compression methods such as H.264 that provide higher video quality for faster identification of suspects. Cware also makes surveillance easier for operators and delivers some key advantages including the opportunity to integrate CCTV, Video Analytics and Access Control systems together in one platform.

The continued investment in advanced IP CCTV technology by Ipswich City Council illustrates their commitment to help reduce crime and the fear of crime, creating a safer living environment for all.

To read more about the solution and download a case study click here.

CCTV control room at Ipswich Council

CCTV control room at Ipswich Council