Integrated security: The future of CCTV and Access Control?

August 7, 2011

The vast majority of functionalities across security systems are common. So, why are you still working with multiple independent systems?

The Security Center blends Genetec’s IP ANPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition), CCTV video surveillance, and access control systems, AutoVu, Omnicast and Synergis, within a single innovative solution.

Break free from running multiple client applications, or working with cluttered desktops. You no longer have to deal with inefficiencies that result from inconsistent workflows and limited integrated functionality.

Instead, you can experience the simple and compelling performance of an ultra-modern solution. The Security Center offers you a single unified interface designed around simplicity of operation.

The unified security platform will streamline every facet of managing your business, physical security and public safety applications. It’s simply that powerful.

Key Features

Unified Security Interface: The Security Desk is the unified user interface of the Security Center. Its compelling design and innovative task-based approach allow you to efficiently control and monitor multiple security and public safety applications.

Distributed Client-Server Architecture: Benefit from high configuration flexibility with the Security Center. Distribute services and client applications across several servers or off-the-shelf workstations.

Scalable Multi-Site Monitoring: Unify multiple independent video and access control systems under a single virtual system with the Federation feature. Federate hundreds or thousands of remote systems for city-wide surveillance and managed central monitoring services.

Active Directory Integration: Centralize management and synchronization of Windows user accounts with the Security Center’s user and cardholder accounts. Provide single sign-on capabilities and ensure newly created Windows users automatically inherit the proper physical building access rights

Centralized Alarm Management: Avoid the traditional approach of separate alarm monitoring applications with unsynchronized data for your different security systems. Configure, monitor and respond to alarms for your entire security environment.

Multi-Tenant Functionality: Segment operations per tenant or managed services account, and assign privileges per site with the Partioning feature. Give individual site managers or tenants their own sites to manage in parallel to any centralized monitoring.

Visual Tracking: Switch from one camera to an adjacent camera within a viewing tile when tracking a suspect, either in real-time or playback mode.

Genetec Software Development Kit (SDK): Integrate building management systems, enterprise resource planning systems, intrusion detection systems or develop custom business applications with the Security Center’s open SDK.

Advanced Reporting Capabilities: Generate a variety of integrated LPR, video and access control reports without the use of external third-party reporting tools.

For more information about the Security Center download the Security Center brochure.

If you have any questions or would like systems requirement info, supported hardware etc. or need help specifying the right management system to meet your needs call us on 0844 225 9 225 or email Controlware for expert advice.

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Best CCTV equipment showcased in new UK demo facility

August 13, 2010

See the best CCTV equipment from leading manufacturers such as Bosch, JVC, Optelecom-NKF, Pelco, Samsung and Sanyo in a single location.

Distributor Controlware’s new demo facility at their UK offices in Newbury enables existing and new partners to see and trial different manufacturers CCTV equipment back to back.

Partner companies, installers, consultants and end users are able to arrange a visit and get a feel for the CCTV equipment and technologies they want to use in a working environment.

CCTV equipment from leading manufacturers such as Bosch, JVC, Optelecom-NKF, Pelco, Samsung and Sanyo, is available to see and trial live in action. Since the system is based around an open management platform different cameras and encoders can be monitored in the same system.

Behind the CCTV equipment there is also a range of networking equipment that forms the basis of the IP CCTV system. CCTV management platforms, CCTV cameras, CCTV encoder’s, network switches, routers and hubs as well as technologies such as IP, wireless, MPEG-4, H.264, Megapixel and HD all interact to provide one of the most advanced demo suites in the UK – coupled with the widest choice of CCTV equipment.

Anyone who wants to learn more about IP CCTV systems be they reseller, installer, consultant or end user is welcome to visit, discuss their requirements and technical questions with Controlware.

Arrange a visit by calling +44 (0)1635 884800 or email video@controlware.co.uk.

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IP CCTV manufacturing plant – case study – Health and Safety, security and process control benefits

July 9, 2010

Steel plant benefits from IP CCTV system that improves proccess control, security and safety

New system IP based CCTV system for steelworks that produces over 5 million tones of steel a year, and is situated on a 35km square site employing up to 6000 people. As one of the world’s most technically advanced producers of high quality steel slab, plate and strip products the steelworks wanted to introduce CCTV to monitor production processes and to ensure Health and Safety policies were being followed.

Having looked at analogue, hybrid and IP based CCTV systems the steelworks selected an IP based system because it allowed them to easily integrate CCTV with their existing network and CCTV cameras while benefiting from cost-saving technologies such as PoE (Power over Ethernet), UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies), iSCSI recording through RAID arrays that provide a 100% fail proof redundancy and support for the latest megapixel CCTV camera resolution that is only available with IP cameras.

This system is based on the Controlware Cware management platform, further details about this project can be found here.


Cware CCTV Video Management Software now available for mobile devices

February 25, 2010

Controlware brings the powerful Cware Video Management Software (VMS) to mobile devices enabling CCTV surveillance, camera management and control on the move.

The new Mobile Module for Cware VMS releases the power of CCTV from the confines of the control room and onto mobile phones and PDA’s. Security personnel, mobile patrols, emergency services, Loss Prevention and Facilities Managers can now benefit from secure access to their CCTV systems and get live and recorded CCTV surveillance at their fingertips. With Pan, Tilt and Zoom (PTZ) camera control remote surveillance and identification of suspects is faster and easier on the move.

The Mobile Module is client software that sits on a mobile phone or PDA and works by connecting to a Cware System Server over wireless networks or 3G / HSPDA mobile networks. Video images are then compressed with a Transcoding engine and high quality video is sent back to the remote users. Robust log-in encryption and user rights management help protect the network at all times preserving the integrity of the video data. Support for smart technologies such as motion detection, Video Analytics and ICN (Image Content Navigation) improves the management of CCTV and helps with site orientation and real-time tracking of suspects. Remote surveillance is fast and secure from CCTV cameras situated in multiple locations improving users response to incidents as they happen.

Cware Mobile enables CCTV control room operators to also distribute messages that include video links to mobile resources so that they are able to view live or recorded video from any camera. Mobile resources are able to receive alerts that contain image snapshots or videos of suspects, making correct identification more likely. Support for smart technologies such as motion detection, Video Analytics and ICN (Image Content Navigation) improves the management of CCTV and helps with site orientation and real-time tracking of suspects. Remote surveillance is fast and secure from CCTV cameras situated in multiple locations improving user’s response to incidents as they happen.

The bigger picture

Cware Mobile is ideal for a number of surveillance applications bringing all the power of live and recorded video to mobile devices and personnel regardless of geographic location. Emergency personnel, Loss Prevention and Facilities Managers benefit from Cware mobile when attending incidents or monitoring locations. They are able to send / receive video remotely and view and control cameras, improving their visibility of incidents and providing them with the means to make informed decisions out of control rooms. The same can be said for process monitoring applications for manufacturing sites where engineers are able to view and control cameras flexibly on the plant floor rather than from the CCTV control room.  Cware Mobile is also used to automatically enable remote entry to sites by confirming visitor identifications remotely.

Man guarding companies

For guarding companies protecting sites where alarms have been triggered Cware Mobile ensures that patrols on the ground are aware if intruders are present in buildings before entering the premises. Cware Mobile is used to connect to the internal cameras in the building and the mobile patrol can select which cameras, triggered alarms and recordings to view. If intruders are present video or image snap shots can be taken and the identifications of intruders can immediately be shared with other mobile patrols to ensure that trespassers are detained as soon as possible. Here, Cware Mobile provides advanced warning of intruders so that video can be sent or received on the move enabling alarms to be cleared or escalated. Guarding companies also use the software for lone worker checking services. When contact is lost with a lone worker a mobile patrol is often deployed, Cware mobile is able to access the internal cameras to ensure that lone workers are ok without the mobile patrol entering the building.

Covert Surveillance

Cware Mobile provides the ideal solution for covert surveillance under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) for Police, Local Authorities or Intelligence agencies. For example, in the case of directed surveillance where covert surveillance of individuals takes place in a public place for the purpose of a specific investigation or operation the covert officer is often remotely directed to the suspect by a commentary from the CCTV control room. Cware improves this process by empowering the officer on the ground so that he can easily identify suspects by receiving video snap shots or live video and even control cameras if necessary.

Visit Controlware at booth 7035, ISC West, March 23rd-26th to see the Cware Video Management Software platform and Mobile Module in action.


Open CCTV management software the best way forward for CCTV systems

February 11, 2010

It is plain to see that the CCTV market will embrace IP as the dominant technology for CCTV systems very soon. The next thing to examine is how the industry is able to quickly integrate IP into today’s new and existing installations.

One of the most attractive things about the IP-based open management platform is the ability to help migrate existing systems to IP without replacing existing infrastructure or the cost of upgrading relatively new components in order to get an attractive new feature. This is why one of Controlware’s fundamental approaches when working alongside partners is to make system design as modular as possible so that components can be integrated as and when required to meet operational requirements, phased project management or simply budgetary needs. By utilising an open management platform over the life of the project (be this one month, one year, 10 years) it allows us to work with partners to meet these requirements in a flexible and logical way.

It would be very difficult to achieve a project successfully if you were tied to a proprietary system because you would need to be able to ensure that you could get all the interoperable components over the lifetime of the system (How many times have we been involved with projects where a key component has gone end of life and the replacement isn’t similar at all?). The use of a proprietary solution could also force you to use inferior parts of that vendor’s overall system that don’t meet your requirements. Other vendors’ products would probably fit your needs much better but you can’t use them because you are held hostage by the very nature of selecting a proprietary system!

By taking the open management platform route the future is far easier. You can mix and match non-compatible edge devices from different manufacturers, you are free to choose which storage and recording hardware vendor you want to work with and also how storage is deployed in relation network topology to help with redundancy or resilience continuity planning. Also you can integrate other technology options including analytics or access control and actively manage migration of legacy systems to meet operational / budgetary requirements.  This is an example of how  Controlware works with its partners – We ensure that the operational requirement of the end user is met rather than just sell you tin.  In order to meet the needs of our customers and partners we work closely to ensure you don’t buy a square peg to fit a round hole – and have to live with the consequences.

If you would like to challenge Controlware to prove that open management can be just as cost effective as proprietary systems, provide a better service than analogue or allow you to enable an upgrade to IP without replacing your entire system then please contact Controlware or have a look at the Cware open management platform.


CCTV prevents drunk driver causing mayhem – video released

December 10, 2009

CCTV video has been released of the moment that a seriously inebriated individual returned to his car after a night out and drove off.

Having drunken too much the unnamed man can be seen stumbling up to his car, kissing both sides and urinating on it before managing to open the door and driving off narrowly missing a parked vehicle.

Luckily CCTV operators were able to alert police who were able to pull him over before he could inflict any harm to himself, property or others. This is another example of CCTV in Action where we have shown that CCTV has proved its worth time and time again.

The incident that happened in March 2007 in Ely, Cambridgeshire is to be used by Cambridgeshire police as part of their “Dont drink and drive” Christmas campaign. The 36-year-old man who was eventually stopped and arrested for drink-driving was later banned from driving for 20months, given a referral order, fined £190 and ordered to pay £100 costs.

This is another example of how well monitored CCTV management systems can helpfight crime by targeting police resources to incidents as they happen. The recordings from CCTV systems like this are recorded digitally in high quality video resolutions so can be used to identify suspects and be used for evidence in court.