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.


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.

A little CCTV knowledge is a dangerous thing…

December 1, 2009

Mark Harraway, Country Manager at Controlware explains why a little CCTV knowledge is a dangerous thing.

There have been some interesting and conflicting industry comments regarding the Home Office Scientific Development Branch’s (HOSDB) newly proposed test targets; many welcome the new initiative, while a number of consultants point out that they could be ineffective in driving the uptake of manufacturers to show compliance for their equipment, although the test targets and the scoring system need further review to ensure that they meet their goals. What is clear is that we live in an evolving industry, which is trying to discover for itself a clearer sense of direction, and is crying out for leadership from our industry regulatory bodies to develop a comprehensive set of achievable benchmark standards across manufacturing, installation and maintenance in order to meet useable evidence requirements.

As the industry moves forward to IP-based solutions, consultants are placed in an unenviable position of being trapped between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. There is so much confusing and conflicting information in the marketplace and the industry is moving forward so fast it’s impossible for many consultants to keep up with the knowledge required to specify IP-based solutions.

The article “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” can be read in full here

Which CCTV technology to use? Industry debate continues

November 2, 2009

Since the publication of “the true Cost of IP CCTV” in the CCTV industry press there has been much debate concerning which technology to use.

Analogue, hybrid and IP CCTV all have their champions and we have seen some heated debate in favour of each technology both in the press and in forums such as the CCTV group on Linkedin.

While it can be argued that some manufacturers are saying what they are saying because they do not have an IP solution it must be said that the debate is an ideal opportunity for all elements of the industry to come together in order to discuss fundamental issues that affect the industry as a whole. This is healthy for the industry and the fact discussion is taking place in a transparent way with the participation of users is great too. Everyone has an opinion and it is a great thing that everyone has an opportunity to say what they want to say and this extends even here on the Controlware Blog where all on-topic comments are posted.

It is certainly true to say that no single technology fits all users at the moment and this is confirmed from the feedback coming out of these debates. We have been quite clear in outlining our preference for IP based CCTV transmission (based on the fact that IP is a global standard technology for integration of different applications – voice, data, video, broadcast video and as such offers the most ideal real-world workable solution today see here for more).

A word of caution though. Sometimes it is all too easy to discuss technology based on its merits alone. As an industry we must remember that the user is the most important person in all of this. Users buy the systems and at the end of the day have to live with them so as an industry that includes manufacturers, distributors (such as Controlware), installers, consultants and users we all have a duty of care to provide each user with the best possible solution for their needs.

Long may transparent debate continue because its healthy for the industry as a whole.

To read the latest from the ongoing debate join the CCTV group on Linkedin here.

Running CCTV over IP delivers key advantages

October 8, 2009

When migrating CCTV from an analogue system it is essential that users avoid marketing messages from major players to “Go hybrid”. The main thrust of the Going hybrid messaging seems to be driven from the storage platform manufacturers.  There are now a large number of NVR’s or DVR’s that position themselves as “Hybrid”.  And by “Hybrid” they mean that they can record analogue BNC feeds and IP feeds at the same time.  But here is the rub – they don’t give the detail on which IP cameras they support as a recording platform, because the customer’s main focus is on quality of systems for current use i.e. frame rate or resolution, and what recording profile can be supported for the available storage. Unfortunately this can lead to a world of difference on how future-proofed each customer’s security system will be.

The other issues I see in the Going hybrid message are:
1.    You are still limited to a certain number of frames per second per box – therefore not allowing you to be flexible in storage profiles or indeed having to waste ports to meet an fps target.

2.    There seems to be a maximum frame rate of 12.5fps per channel when the industry is looking at better quality images for legal evidential purposes – Will 12.5 fps give you that perfect freeze frame face shot?  In many cases, as well, if you were to load up a DVR / NVR with the full complement of channels then you wouldn’t even get 12.5fps.

3.    While some recorders can have additional storage added, these are still limited in total available size, so creating an untidy solution with little or no resilience or failover, as you have to connect the cameras to that NVR / DVR which may become a single point of failure.

Other market messaging behind Going hybrid is that it allows end users to protect their existing infrastructure by not having to rip out existing analogue cameras, cables or control room equipment.  While this has historically been used as a scare tactic to force up the “perceived” cost of an IP solution, Controlware agree that this is a key factor in choosing a cost-effective security solution. If an end user has an investment in analogue cameras, transmission or back office they wish to retain, there is another way to migrate these installations to IP and still allow them to add IP cameras in the future.

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.

Taken from Controlware Country Manager Mark Harraway’s “Why go hybrid?” article as published in the September edition of Professional Security Magazine. To read the complete article click here.