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.


The cost of replacing analogue CCTV cameras with IP cameras is expensive…

October 20, 2009

While IP cameras are often more expensive than their analogue counterparts on a one-to-one basis there is often no need to rip out analogue cameras if they still have life in them.  Most analogue cameras can be migrated to IP through the use of encoders; and indeed this is as a key foundation stone for the UK CCTV strategy over the next few years to avoid unnecessary cost.  Encoders can be deployed at the camera (network edge) or in the Control room.  Once you have encoders in place you can also start to add additional functionality to your system with the use of video analytics, which over the past couple of years have proven to offer demonstrable benefits; or driving additional services such as audio for announcements and commands, or connecting other equipment such as PIR’s / Redwalls or opening and closing barriers.

System integrators and end-users who wish to see the benefits of an IP-based solution should look to someone who really knows the technology and can give an impartial view. It is common sense that manufacturers will only support their own hardware and will promise the earth for it, whereas a distributor will have evaluated a number of solutions from different vendors and be able to say that product A is the best for solution B because of XYZ whereas product Y is the best for solution C because of etc etc.

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

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Developing an integrated security environment with CCTV, Access control and Intruder Systems

September 22, 2009

The key to success in tackling ongoing security risks is to ensure that the technology can meet the demands placed upon it. Providing a reliable, effective, integrated solution into the hands of competent and well trained security staff can result in real world reductions in crime and safety.

Controlware are constantly examining, testing and developing new state-of-the-art technologies to ensure that these challenges are met. These developments provide new and innovative ways in which security can be applied and integrated within our CCTV Security management platform, Cware. This allows for a more flexible, efficient system with increased control and capabilities.

Cware is an advanced IP based video management and Networked Video Recording (NVR) platform that makes control of surveillance networks simpler and more effective than ever before.

Based on open standards architecture Cware provides the freedom to create integrated surveillance networks. Support for a range of manufacturers cameras and encoders ensure investment protection for existing network equipment and integration with new products and technologies in the future.

An advanced user-friendly interface that can be customized to meet individual requirements enables simultaneous access to live and recorded video making it easy for all levels of security personnel to operate and control the system. Comprehensive video management, on screen display, alarm, recording and playback features deliver support for limitless cameras, recording servers and operator workstations. Advanced features such as Image Content Navigation (ICN) and 2.5D Live Maps provide unrivalled video interaction, innovating the way locations are monitored.

Highly flexible and cost-effective architecture enables Cware to easily manage single or multiple locations and all sizes of installation, supporting thousands of cameras. A modular approach utilising common PC, networking and storage hardware, provides a platform for endless scalability, without requiring full and costly system upgrades. The number of cameras, clients and storage capacity can be increased with ease and by supporting a high level of system redundancy disruption to security operations is minimized.

Having supplied thousands of solutions through a worldwide network of channel partner’s, real world experience is at the heart of Cware development. Based on flexible architecture, boasting advanced features and designed specifically for the user Cware delivers all the advantages of a next generation management platform today.

To find out more about the innovative Cware management platform click here.

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