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


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.


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.


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.


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.

Secret CCTV cameras INSIDE people’s homes – a step too far?

November 19, 2009

Croydon council in south London has taken the step of trialing CCTV surveillance in people home’s to monitor anti-social behaviour.

The £1,000 security cameras have been installed inside private properties but are monitoring the streets to gather evidence of anti-social behaviour.

This type of CCTV would be less expensive than erecting external street cameras because internal cameras are much cheaper and no complex install or street furniture would be required. So the council is obviously saving money.  Each camera is linked to a laptop computer and accessible online by police and council officials 24 hours a day.  The big question for me is how solutions like these can be legal without the signage required to alert the public that they are being filmed?

The trial that is taking place inside two homes in Croydon,  south London has sparked new fears about the invasion of privacy in Britain today and the growth of what has become known as the  ‘surveillance society’. Many commentators have argued that there are too many CCTV cameras today and that Britain is beginning to resemble George Orwell’s novel 1984 where the state had a controlling influence over the populace.

So how do you feel about this?

Are there too many CCTV cameras today?

Do you think they help fight crime?

Have you been a victim of crime where CCTV has not helped or where it has lead to a prosecution or the return of stolen items?