CCTV control room – upgrading, extending or integrating security systems?

June 27, 2011

Controlware’s extensive experience, knowledge of IP based systems and background in CCTV enables us to assist with CCTV control room upgrades, systems integration and refurbishments.

Controlware can work with you to develop a phased approach for

  • Upgrade of analogue CCTV to IP via encoders
  • Camera upgrades and recommendations
  • Integration of existing systems
  • Consolidation of systems
  • Development of C4i (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence) management
  • Management of alarms
  • Resilient RAID video recording options
  • Refurbishment of furniture
  • Upgrade to LCD video wall screens

The principal behind a CCTV control room upgrade is to improve security management and the operating environment for staff. This can be achieved in many ways including implementation of an IP based Intelligent IVMS system as a stepping stone to developing a full C4i (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence) solution for the growing needs of managing multiple security systems through a single platform.

The use of an open protocol and non‐proprietary system enables users to not be tied to individual vendors or support structures and can grow the system as both operational and budgetary requirements are identified.

If you are looking at getting more from your control room, improving operations and integration of security systems why not give Controlware a call to discuss the options available on +44 (0)844 225 9 225 or email video@controlware.co.uk.

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Find out more about Synergis Enterprise IP Access Control system

October 29, 2010

Genetec’s powerful  Synergis Enterprise Access Control system is now available from Controlware UK. Find out the main benefits  Synergis Enterprise can provide below.

Flexible

Synergis was designed with an open and distributed architecture. Build your system with IP readers or use what you already have and phase out older technology when you can. Integrate your access control system with other third-party systems like intrusion or building management. And distribute Synergis’ server components on many different network machines to optimize bandwidth.

Highly Scalable

Synergis Enterprise supports an unrestricted number of doors, controllers and client workstations. You can grow your system one door at a time. Or opt to scale your system across multiple buildings using a unique feature called Federation. Synergis Enterprise will meet all your growth objective head on.

Reliable and Secure

Reliability is an understatement. In case of server failure, Synergis’ offline mode ensures door controllers will continue to control access and record events. And benefit from security features like encryption and user-access privileges to enhance overall system security. You get an added layer of security in multi-tenant applications with a Partitioning feature.

Intuitive and Easy-to-Use

Synergis is the access control system of the Security Center unified security platform. This means you get the most ultra-modern and user-friendly interface on the market. Single-click widgets dynamically appear for you to unlock or lock doors or acknowledge alarms. Drag-and-drop features make it easy to review events, as well as cardholder pictures against live or recorded video. Look forward to reduced training costs and notice efficiency gains.

Synergis Enterprise is now available from Controlware UK. To find out more about Synergis Enterprise click here or call Controlware UK on 0844 225 9 225 for expert advice and great product deals.


Find out more about Synergis Pro IP Access Control system

October 28, 2010

Genetec’s powerful  Synergis Pro IP Access Control system is now available from Controlware UK. Find out the main benefits  Synergis Pro can provide below.

Flexible and Open Architecture

Synergis won’t lock you into a proprietary hardware solution. You can use what you already have or convert your older serial-based system with new IP-enabled controllers or readers; one at a time or all at once. You can set up your network the way you want. Distribute all of Synergis’ server components over many networked machines if that works best.

Customizable

Synergis allows you to customize your access control system with Genetec’s software development kit (SDK). You can easily integrate your business processes or third-party systems. System customization can also be extended to product features such as reporting templates. Users can define report content, organization, and more in advance without the need for external reporting tools.

Future-Proof

Choosing Synergis Pro means your access control system is future proof. You will benefit from new features as they are released with seamless version upgrades. It’s the same for the latest hardware technology; you will not be left behind. And if you want to extend your system beyond one building or across the country, moving to a Synergis Enterprise package is quick and easy.

User-Friendly

With Synergis Pro, you are equipped with an extremely intuitive user interface. Since Synergis is the access control system of the Security Center unified security platform, you get single-click widgets and task-oriented tools for quick decision-making. A simple setup for visitor management and badge design will benefit operators of all skill levels.

Synergis Pro is now available from Controlware UK. To find out more about Synergis Pro click here or call Controlware UK on 0844 225 9 225 for expert advice and great product deals.


Find out more about Synergis Standard – IP Access Control from Genetec

October 27, 2010

Genetec’s powerful  Synergis Standard IP Access Control system is now available from Controlware UK. Find out the main benefits Synergis Standard can provide below.

Flexible

You get a fully customizable system with the Synergis Standard package. The open and distributed architecture allows you to make all the decisions. Maximize the use of your network. Re-use existing equipment and wiring. Grow your system at your own pace. Flexibility means you can even merge multiple Synergis Standard systems into one large virtual system using a feature called Federation.

IP-Ready

With Synergis Standard, you benefit from innate IP capabilities. Set up and manage your door controllers and readers from any IP network. Log on remotely to handle up to thousands of events per second. Forget serial communication and invest in IP-ready security equipment.

Easy-to-Use

Synergis is the IP access control system within Genetec’s unified security platform, the Security Center. This means that you benefit from an ultra-modern interface with single-click widgets and intuitive access control features. And a simplistic visitor and cardholder management tool will make your job easier.

Powerful

Synergis Standard may be Genetec’s basic access control system, but it is loaded with avant-garde features. Use the automatic discovery tool for quick controller and door set up. Add new card formats with an embedded custom card format utility. And login remotely using a web client. A Synergis Standard system will give you everything you need, and more.

Synergis Standard is now available from Controlware UK. To find out more about Synergis Standard click here or call Controlware UK on 0844 225 9 225 for expert advice and great product deals.


Genetec unified security platform Security Center selected by New Jersey schools

October 20, 2010
The New Jersey Paramus Public Schools have installed Genetec’s unified security platform, the Security Center, at all eight of its school campuses. It was important to Paramus to select an all-in-one system like Genetec’s Security Center, which provides one interface for both video surveillance and access control. Using an IP system was ideal as it has allowed security data to be shared between campuses over the network, and has saved Paramus considerable cabling costs.

Paramus preserved a few previously existing analogue cameras using IP encoders, and purchased over 100 new Panasonic IP cameras to complete the system. A Dell server was provided to each school, allowing video and security data to be stored locally to maximize network efficiency. Currently, Omnicast video surveillance and Synergis access control data can be viewed by authorised personnel located at each of the eight campuses.Additionally, Paramus recently rebuilt the entrance to the high school, incorporating a new security control room for the entire district. Staffed security guards will manage the unified security platform spanning all eight campuses from this central location. The Security Center will also allow direct access to police and emergency services to allow for a quick response should the need ever arise.For now, Paramus uses the video surveillance system of the Security Center, Omnicast, mainly as an investigative tool. They can pull archived video to discover who committed an act of vandalism or theft, definitively prove “who started what” to parents, and more. Paramus also uses Omnicast to enhance emergency procedures and crowd control, evaluating the possibility of a fire code violation by monitoring the number of people at an event. 

The access control system of the Security Center, Synergis, allows the schools to programme doors to remain unlocked on schedule while students are arriving, and to be locked down once classes have begun. Paramus was also able to use Synergis to configure cardholder groups including everything from full access cards for emergency responders, to cards provided to PTA members which only work during meeting times. Paramus is even able to provide non-access cards to community members who use the campus track recreationally. This helps Paramus monitor access to each campus, keeping cardholder information and pictures on file.

The Security Center is a highly flexible platform, and Paramus chose it in part because it is a solution that can evolve with their needs. They are currently in the process of implementing a backup system on a ninth server, and are also actively working on providing the police department with full access to their network so that officers can aide in remote monitoring. Further down the road, providing access cards to students will enable eventual integration with the library card system and cafeteria POS system for lunch purchases.

Robert Autorino, Director of Buildings and Grounds, said, “It was important to use a company that was established and reliable. Genetec’s Security Center has been fantastic. Where my previous system had upgrade glitches that caused downtime, Genetec’s system has had seamless upgrades and no downtime. Now I have people from other districts coming to look at the system because they’re interested in switching over as well.”

Richard Adams, Consultant at Let’s Think Wireless, the Genetec certified integrator for this project, said “I have the opportunity to do business with almost any company, but I choose Genetec. They are constantly working to improve their products, they have a great support staff, and in general, we rarely have service issues with Genetec products – the systems work, they perform.”

Security Center is now available from Controlware UK. To find out more about Security Center click here or call Controlware UK on 0844 225 9 225 for expert advice and great product deals.