Genetec Security Center 5.0 released and available from Controlware

May 9, 2011

Genetec, a leader in innovative IP security and public safety solutions, announces the release of the latest version of its unified security platform, Security Center 5.0.

With this latest release, the Security Center now supports an embedded video recording and streaming engine. Additional features include, among others, an enhanced architecture that facilitates the installation and maintenance of the platform, third-party intrusion integration of alarm panels and perimeter detection devices, a new plug-in architecture for adding third-party integrations, standby and redundant archiving capabilities.

One of the most significant enhancements is the addition of Genetec’s next generation video and streaming engine within the unified platform, continuing to benefit from the power of Genetec’s industry-leading video surveillance system, Omnicast. With Security Center 5.0, customers will now be able to configure and manage IP cameras and encoders, recording schedules, camera settings, and much more. More importantly, the same configuration application can be used to configure the Security Center’s Synergis access control and AutoVu license plate recognition systems. Benefits that naturally flow out of the Security Center’s architecture include the use of common features across all platforms, consistent workflows for configuration and reporting activities, reduced training costs, and most importantly, a single interface for monitoring all your security and safety applications.

Security Center 5.0 brings to the market Genetec’s latest video management engine based on our Omnicast 4 platform but with significant enhancements with respect to video streaming, rendering, and recording,” says Jimmy Palatsoukas, Senior Product Manager at Genetec. “We have also worked diligently to expand, as well as to enhance the deployment and maintenance capabilities of the system. The end result is not just a platform that provides the highest level of security, but also one that is easy to deploy, configure, and use on a daily basis.”

With the aim of expanding the unification capabilities of the platform, this latest release of the Security Center now supports the integration of third-party intrusion panels through an intrusion devices protocol or API. Users can not only arm and disarm panels manually or configure arming on a schedule, but they can also run intrusion reports to view an alarm panel’s events and alarms. What’s more, the addition of an intrusion driver kit will allow Genetec to integrate additional intrusion devices without requiring a new Security Center release. The addition of a plug-in engine will also enable Genetec to add new video analytics, third-party access control, and point-of-sale integrations when needed and with a short turnaround time. Lastly, a web-based software development kit will allow Genetec’s customers to develop platform-independent applications and interfaces for various operating environments.

On the user interface side, the Security Center now supports task sharing for operators to share their monitoring and reporting tasks with other operators in real-time, enhanced video thumbnail support, and advanced video caching that supports full-frame playback to dramatically improve the operator`s experience all around. A new system status monitoring task allows operators and administrators alike to monitor the real-time state of cameras, doors, intrusion panels, client applications and servers thereby having a clear picture of the entire security environment.

Security Center along with Omnicast (CCTV video management), Synergis (Access Control) and AutoVu (ANPR) are available from Controlware. Call +44 (0)1635 884800 for more information or email video(at)

Upgrading CCTV from analogue to IP is easy with encoders

April 1, 2011

Encoders – the easy way to move CCTV to IP

Encoders convert analogue CCTV to IP video and provide an easy way to upgrade your analogue to IP. You can acquire all the benefits that digital technology offers while retaining your investment in your system.

As leading value-added distributors of IP CCTV products and systems Controlware provide a wide range of product options to suit all requirements and budgets together with the advice and support to future-proof your CCTV.





Axis encoders combine high quality video encoding with a low cost per channel making them an extremely attractive choice. Axis encoders are ideal for bandwidth efficient, high density encoding requirements.

Find out more here or call 0844 225 9 225 for best prices.






Bosch provides a range of new H.264 highly single channel and multi-channel video encoders. Bosch encoders combine high reliability, optional video analytics and all the components for a complete end to end solution.

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Siqura by Optelecom-NKF




Siqura by Optelecom-NKF encoders provide single channel and multi-channel encoders built for tough environments and temperature ranges. The range includes video encoders, flexible install options such as CCTV over fibre and modular switches that are all housed in a universal chassis.

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Need help selecting the right encoder for you?

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Call 0844 225 9 225 or email us with your solution requirements today and we can advise the right product or system for you.

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CCTV Overstock offer

January 13, 2011

January Offer

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Bosch CCTV products are well known for their quality and durability and are ideal for CCTV systems and security requirements of all sizes.

Controlware provide all the assistance you need to select the right Bosch CCTV product based on more than 15 years experience with the product range. You can be assured that you will get the highest quality assistance to select the products that meet your needs at the best possible prices.

As a value added distributor Controlware provide not just market leading products from leading CCTV manufacturers but services such as free system design, consultancy and support services.


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Growth anticipated for UK CCTV sales

January 7, 2011

CCTV sales in the UK is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 14.5% during 2010 – 2013, RNCOS acknowledged.

The CCTV/video surveillance market has been witnessing exponential growth for the past few years on the back of rising concerns for security and safety across the globe. The UK is one of the world’s topmost destinations in terms of development and maturity of CCTV market. As far as the number of cameras installed is concerned, the UK represents the most mature market in the world. With the government endorsement of public-area video surveillance, and emergence of other growth areas like, home security and wireless transmission of CCTV, the research report “Global CCTV Market Analysis (2008-2012, anticipates that the country’s CCTV sales will grow at a CAGR of around 14.5% during 2010 – 2013.

As per the RNCOS study, the UK market is predicted to witness sustainable growth (in terms of both value and volume) for the design, supply, installation, and maintenance of CCTV systems. The need to update legacy systems, new construction, and public security will drive this growth. Therefore, it is anticipated that digital systems and Internet Protocol (IP) cameras will dominate the market by 2013. A plethora of opportunities has emerged with the advancement of technology. We have analyzed the UK CCTV market in our research report along with the information on key players and other details about the country’s CCTV market.

The research also reveals that currently, the analogue CCTV market dominates the global CCTV market, but the scenario will change by the end of 2013. In future, network IP technology will emerge as the leading CCTV technology. Various factors that will drive the IP technology market in coming times have also been covered in the report. It also details the potential growth areas for the CCTV market along with the major roadblocks.

Solutions for CCTV transmission over an IP network

October 15, 2010

How to get CCTV video across the network

There are essentially three ways of transmitting video streams over the network from the source to the destination: broadcast, unicast and multicast.

Broadcast is defined as a one-to-all communication between the source and the destinations. In IP video surveillance, the source refers usually to the IP camera and the destination refers to the monitoring station or the recording server. In this case, broadcasting would mean that the IP camera would send the video stream to all monitoring stations and recording servers, but also to any IP devices on the network, even though only a few specific destination sources had actually requested the stream. Typically, this method of transmission is not commonly used in IP video surveillance applications, but can be seen more often in the TV broadcasting industry where TV signals are switched at the destination level.

Unicast is defined as a one-to-one communication between the source and the destination. Unicast transmissions are usually done in TCP or UDP and require a direct connection between the source and the destination. In this scenario, the IP camera (source) needs to have the capabilities to accept many concurrent connections when many destinations want to view or record that same video at the same time.
In terms of video streaming in unicast transmission, the IP camera will stream as many copies of the video feed requested by the destinations. In figure 1 below, three copies of the same video stream are sent over the network; one copy for each of the three destinations requesting the stream. If each video stream is 4 Mbps, this transmission will produce 12 Mbps (3x4Mbps) of data on multiple network segments.

As a result, many destinations connected in unicast to a video source can result in high network traffic. In other words, if we imagine a large system with 200 destinations requesting the same video stream, we would end up having 800 Mbps (200x4Mbps) of data travelling over the network, which is realistically unmanageable. Although this method of transmission is widely used over the Internet where most routers are not multicast-enabled, within a corporate LAN, unicast transmission is not necessarily the best practice as it can quickly increase the bandwidth needed for viewing and recording camera streams.

In multicast transmission, there is no direct connection between the source and the destinations. The connection to the video stream of the IP camera is done by joining a multicast group, which in simple terms means actually connecting to the multicast IP address of the video stream. So the IP camera only sends a single copy of the video stream to its designated IP address and the destination simply connects to the stream available over the network with no additional overhead on the source. In other words, the destinations share the same video stream. In figure 2 below, the same three destinations requesting the video stream have the same impact on the network as a single destination requesting the stream in unicast and there is no more than 4 Mbps of data travelling on each segment of the network. Even with 200 destinations requesting that video stream, the same amount of data would be travelling on the network.

It is evident at this point that using multicast transmissions in an IP video surveillance application can save a lot of bandwidth, especially in large scale deployments where the number of destinations can grow very quickly. To find out more contact Controlware.

CCTV technology can help end football goal-line controversy

August 9, 2010

As anticipation for the new FA Barclays Premier League season builds the competition is set to kick off against the controversial backdrop of refereeing decisions throughout the summers FIFA World Cup finals.

No refereeing decision is more prominent in a nation’s mind than England’s disallowed goal against Germany sparking much debate and hype about the installation of ‘Hawkeye’ style systems in football stadiums. According to one report this would come at a cost of £300,000 per stadium.

“Not so,” states Melvyn Wray, Senior VP of Product Marketing EMEA at Allied Telesis.  “Working with our partners and leading IP security distributors Controlware, an effective and reliable monitoring service could be in place for a figure more like £30,000 – £50,000 tops.”

There are three methods of goal surveillance a stadium could select. The first is to embed mini CCTV cameras into the goalmouth framework setting off an alarm if anything crosses the line. Alternatively, the CCTV cameras could be situated at the back corners of the net offering wider coverage. The most sophisticated would be the use of Red Scan, which uses infra-red for motion detection, is extremely detailed and has a focused spread beam that triggers an alarm when anything breaks the beam.  With all these scenarios, once the alarm is triggered the image can be sent directly to a hand held PDA for the referee, or to the fourth official, over the stadium’s network cabling.

“This is not new technology,” comments Mark Harraway, Country Manager Controlware UK, “and it has been used effectively in other sports for sometime. In test match cricket there is a camera embedded in the middle stump and for a fast a furious sport such as Ice Hockey goalmouth cameras are essential. Now the time has come, if debacles such as the one in Bloemfontein are to be avoided, for such systems to be deployed in football.”

Reliability and resilience will be essential on a match day, especially as the system may not be used for weeks on end, which is why Controlware has based it offering on Allied Telesis technology. Using x900 and 8000 series switches and HD IP Cameras and Cware VMS software enables Controlware to provide stadia with efficient control systems using multi channel video and CCTV at a cost effective level.  “Due to the unique way that Allied Telesis switches are able to handle network video we find that the Allied Telesis network products can handle everything that our customers want to put through them where other higher priced offerings have failed,” added Harraway.

The installation of such a system would also open up the possibility of add-ons which could enhance the fans experience and provide extra revenue potential. Using this technology it would be possible to continually stream live video of a match to the personal PDAs or smart phones of those in the crowd so that, should play move away from their field of view, they would not miss any of the action.  This could be made available on a subscription basis, generating additional funds.

“The technology is available and proven and does not have to carry a price that would make it an economically unsound investment,” concludes Wray.

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Where is the Christmas spirit? As Scrooge is caught on CCTV stealing Xmas tree and presents

December 8, 2009

Ok, it’s early December, perhaps too early for any Christmas spirit and good cheer you might think? Well you’d be right, certainly this thief was in no mood for any festive goodwill when he helped himself to a tree and presents at a garden centre over the weekend.

This is the moment that unemployed Michael Brown was caught on CCTV taking the Christmas tree and toys from a  Santa’s grotto in Denbigh, North Wales. He can be seen below on CCTV firstly hiding and then taking the items away.

The thief steels the Xmas tree and presents

The images demonstrate what a good CCTV system can do in order to fight crime. Other images from the CCTV clearly show the face of the thief enabling conclusive identification to be made. However, many CCTV systems do not provide high quality video with which to make identification possible which is why the CCTV industry needs standards. CCTV systems must also be well designed and planned so that they can provide the most damning evidence.

Later Brown is picked up on another camera making his getaway as he drags the tree and presents behind him like some anti-Santa. Unfortunately for Brown the tree he was dragging away with him left a trail of tinsel that led directly to his arrest later by police.  Brown, from Greenfield, Flintshire, North Wales, was ordered to pay a £65 fine, £100 costs and compensation of £91 at Prestatyn Magistrates’ Court.

The thief drags the tree and presents away