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 SV-16 Genetec’s all-in-one CCTV management system

October 25, 2010

Genetec’s powerful SV-16 powered by Omnicast CCTV software is now available from Controlware UK. Find out the main benefits SV-16 can provide below.

Speed Up Your Installation

The SV-16 operates as a stand-alone recording system, allowing you to benefit from Genetec’s video surveillance system, Omnicast, even with 16 cameras or less. Since the SV-16 comes pre-loaded with Omnicast, you can have your system up and running in no time.

The SV-16 can also be easily integrated into any existing Omnicast installation for local recording in remote locations or for the management of distant cameras over wireless network.

Choose The Cameras You Want

With Omnicast’s open architecture, you get the ability to select best-of-breed hardware from a long list of manufacturers. You can even preserve existing hardware, whether IP or analog cameras. And as new hardware is released, you can take advantage of hardware integration packs to benefit from the latest technology.

Install An Energy-Efficient NVR

Weighing only 13 ounces, the SV-16 is one of the smallest network security appliances on the market. The SV-16’s compact and fanless design gives you the recording power you need with low 6W power consumption. The aluminum casing of the SV-16 ensures durability, no matter the environment.

Opt for A Future-Proof Solution

Since camera licenses are obtained on a per-camera basis, adding a new camera on the SV-16 is as simple as acquiring another license. You can also benefit from new releases of Omnicast with simple software upgrades. And when the system grows beyond 16 cameras, you can trade in your licenses to easily move your system to traditional server-based storage.

SV-16 is now available from Controlware UK. To find out more about SV-16 click here or call Controlware UK on 0844 225 9 225 for expert advice and great product deals.


Find out more about Omnicast Enterprise CCTV management platform

October 22, 2010

Genetec’s powerful Omnicast Enterprise CCTV software is now available from Controlware UK. Find out the main benefits Omnicast Enterprise can provide below.

Scalability

Omnicast Enterprise is designed to reach the heights of system scalability. This advanced IP video surveillance system supports up to 50,000 video cameras, and an unrestricted number of client workstations and other system components. With Genetec’s Federation feature, you can scale your system across all your facilities, whether in a campus environment or across multiple geographical locations.

Flexibility

Omnicast open and distributed architecture gives you ultimate system flexibility. You can set up your video system over the network the way that suits your organization best. You can leverage existing hardware and infrastructure investments and cut costs. You can even choose from a myriad of third-party solutions to enhance your video surveillance system.

High Availability and Security

High-end redundant and failover archiving features in Omnicast ensure that your system is online and recording at all times. You can count on having live and recorded video available to your team when you need it most. Password-protected logins, encrypted communications, and other security features ensure there is no threat of system or video tampering.

Ease of Use and Installation

Because Omnicast Enterprise was made specifically for large-scale applications, installation is simplified. IP unit discovery tools and setup wizards ensure deployment is quick and upgrade downtime is minimal. Simplicity also extends to the user interface. Being part of Genetec’s Security Center unified security platform, Omnicast offers avant-garde operator tools for quick decision making and a smooth learning curve.

Remote Site Expansion

For your smaller remote systems with 16 cameras or less, the SV-16, Genetec’s compact network security appliance, can easily integrate with your Omnicast Enterprise system. The SV-16 provides you with a cost-effective and energy-efficient option for local recording in remote locations. The SV-16 network security appliance can also be used to manage distant cameras over a wireless network.

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


Omnicast Pro advanced CCTV management software – Find out more…

October 21, 2010

Genetec’s powerful Omnicast Pro CCTV software is now available from Controlware UK. Find out the main benefits Omnicast Pro can provide below.

Maximum Flexibility

Omnicast is an open-architecture video surveillance system. You can choose your preferred hardware or even re-use what you currently have. And, with Omnicast’s distributed architecture and archiving, you can configure your video surveillance system to adapt it to your current network environment.

Customizable

Omnicast Pro comes with the added option of a mature software development kit (SDK). This gives you the ability to customize your video surveillance system to your business processes. You can also use the SDK to fully integrate other key systems within your organization.

User-Friendly

Omnicast is part of Genetec’s unified security platform, the Security Center. For this reason, Omnicast Pro provides operators with a one-of-a-kind interface. Single-click widgets, intuitive tasks, and quick commands make it easy for operators to make fast and informed decisions. The user-friendliness of the video surveillance system also means lower training and operating costs.

Future-Proof

When you choose an Omnicast Pro video surveillance system, it is a long-term decision. As the latest versions are released, you can easily upgrade to benefit from new features. And, if you outgrow your system or decide to expand to other facilities, getting the Omnicast Enterprise package is a seamless process.

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


Growth spurs new Tech Support Manager

November 12, 2009

Controlware announce the appointment of Mark Ashbolt as Technical Support Manager

Leading IP CCTV specialists and Value Added Distributors Controlware have appointed Mark Ashbolt as Technical Support Manager. Mark brings over 15 years technical experience to the role and will be responsible for managing UK support operations.

Prior to joining Controlware, Mark was most recently IT Manager at the Halcrow Group where he was responsible for managing a team that supported over 600 users. At Controlware, Mark is responsible for the management of all Customer Support operations including the Help Desk and onsite Technical Field Engineers. He is currently managing the transition of the company’s traditional Help Desk to an integrated Service Support model based around the introduction of procedures that will streamline operations to assist all areas of the business.

Customer focused support services

Mark and his team provide expert Technical Support for Controlware’s existing customers and new surveillance projects that can range from a few cameras to thousands across multiple sites. Having provided support services for more than 20 years Controlware engineers have a reputation for providing exceptional technical assistance enabling service contracts to be tailored to exact requirements for individual products or complete solutions. In this way the Controlware support team can help make CCTV more effective than before through regular firmware updates, configuration management and maintenance checks.

As the primary UK Technical support team for Controlware’s Cware open management platform the team also has expert strength in depth to deal with the most technical of enquires. The Cware open management platform enables users to benefit from integrated surveillance and recording solutions. Based on open standards Cware supports integration with leading vendor codec’s and cameras, external systems such as access control, video analytics and intruder alarms as well as technologies such as H.264. Systems based on the Cware management platform are future-proofed and provide a real-world return on investment for users, reseller and integration partners.

“We are pleased to welcome Mark Ashbolt to Controlware and are already seeing the benefit of having someone with his extensive experience on board,” said Mark Harraway, Country Manager, Controlware UK. “Mark has joined us during a period of extremely strong growth both in staff and customer numbers and we look forward to his input as we continue to evolve and expand our support services. “

Rapid growth of IP based CCTV

Mark Ashbolt’s career began with the RAF providing support for flight simulators before leaving to join the private sector. Having spent the majority of his career in management roles for the likes of IBM where he managed a multi-lingual Pan European team Mark Ashbolt is looking forward to this new role assisting Controlware’s integrator and reseller customer base especially at this time of exciting growth for the company.

“I am looking forward to helping Controlware meet the growing demand for IP based security systems in the industry at this exciting time and aim to ensure that the support team continues to provide the highest levels of support for our customers.”

For more information about Controlware click here.

Mark Ashbolt joins Controlware


The importance of vocational training for CCTV

November 11, 2009

Mike Tennent of Tavcom Training sets out the final part of his response to Mark Harraway of Controlware’s “Dont Go Hybrid”  article.

The security systems industry is one of exceptional challenge and reward. At Tavcom, we believe that the key to a successful future career in the sector lies with our special brand of vocational training – a careful blend and balance of classroom theory and ‘hands on’ practical experience that reinforces knowledge based learning. In a fast paced technological world we are not ashamed to state that some ‘old fashioned’ tried and tested methods of teaching still remain the best. In short, ‘Tell me and I will listen’, ‘Show me and I will observe’ and ‘Let me do it to demonstrate that I have learned’ are the maxims by which Tavcom’s team of experienced tutors continues to operate. Tavcom’s total independence of individual manufacturers or suppliers is fundamental to the success of training as students are able to observe and compare a selection of products side by side. This allows them to develop informed opinions of competing systems and support the choices and recommendations made within the workplace. In accordance with the sentiments expressed in this article, Tavcom’s policy is to utilise only equipment that is current and in general use – neither fully redundant nor excessively futuristic – for students to hone their skills.

To read the original “Dont Go Hybrid” article click here.

To read from the beginning of the Tavcom posts click here.