SECURITY AFRICA Security - Fire - Safety
South Africa 2014
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Final Countdown to Ifsec South Africa: It would appear that although there has been a general decrease in total crimes from 2004 to 2013 of over 448,500, key areas still require attention.
with Magna BSP: Magna BSP emboldening border control with its world renown detection technology.
Thermal Cameras Monitor the Assets of South African Solar Farms: PV specialist Tenesol gets going with one of the many renewable energy projects that are popping up all over South Africa.
Efficient Border Control with Teleste Video Surveillance Solutions: The increase in traffic across borders means less time for the entire process of authentication and verification of persons and documents. At the same time, there is a need to demonstrate that border sites are safe and that certain goods don’t cross the border easily
electronic access control and door entry systems has expanded into South Africa, bringing its smart network of security solutions to the country’s specifiers and installers.
Nigeria & Kenya News: The Kiambu government plans to rehabilitate 500km of roads in the entire county by 2017.
Key Trends, Morse Watchman: Sophisticated technology and systems integration now make key management more than a means to control access to keys.
Art on the Radar with Navtech: The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar have chosen to implement one of the worlds most sophisticated state of the art surveillance and security technology systems
Revolutionary Tech set to fire Coal: Eskom prepare to tap the un-mineable coal seams at the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Access Control with EntraZone: The world in which our generation now live and work is a far cry from the one 2030 years ago, EntraZone seeks to accommodate this growth with new access control technology.
EMS Fire Cell: FireCell manufactured by EMS is now available across South Africa and neighbouring countries
Public Safety Surveillance System With Vivoek: Arvaikheer City is a provincial capital situated in the center of Mongolia. Foothills that flank the city regulate temperature for the most part – a luxury most of Mongolia is forced to live without – but a biting wind and overall harsh environment still pervades the region.
New Cutting Edge in Detection technology
Alarm Processing with Bold Gemini: Remote alarm monitoring has been a huge success story for the security industry and is developing from strength to strength.
New Office in South Africa for Paxton Access: The Global designer and manufacturer of
Mine Safety: The death of 9 miners at the Harmony Doornkop mine 20 miles west of Johannesburg in February has underlined the Mine, Health & Safety Amendment Bill set to toughen enforcement and penalties for non-compliance in the industry.
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elcome to the second edition of Security Africa magazine. We are pleased to announce our media partnership with this yearâ€™s IFSEC South Africa. This is the 20th year for the leading event for the African security industry - 3 days of expositions and seminars around current issues and trends. Creating connections between the leading global manufacturers and local suppliers as well as end user audience, the exhibition will attract an estimated 6,759 security, fire and safety professionals from 43 countries and close to 300 exhibitors. IFSEC South Africa has seen phenomenal growth in line with a RSA security market forecast growth of 8.7% by 2014. The conference is taking place from 13 - 15 May 2014 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng. It remains the largest trade exhibition of its kind in the African continent attracting senior representatives of the Fire and Security industry from South Africa, neighbouring countries and internationally.
Our first publication of 2014 also includes key contributions from industry specialists : Bold Communications: Work-Flow Alarm processing EntraZone: Access Control barrier systems Morsewatchman: Key Control technologies. Magna BSP: Detection Technology. Navtech Radar: Surveillance and Security technology. Teleste: Border Control Video Surveillance. Vivotek: Public Safety Systems. Flir: Thermal Cameras. Paxton Access: Access Control Please remember all interesting news surrounding Security, Fire, Health & Safety will be considered as editorial for future episodes. Please send to editor@ securityafricamagazine.com
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Final countdown to IFSEC SA 2014
n light of the most recent crime statistics released by Crime Stats SA, it would appear that although there has been a general decrease in total crimes from 2004 to 2013 of over 448 5000, key areas still require attention. For example, there has been an annual increase in robbery (with violent intent and coercion) at non-residential premises of 12 677 while commercial crime has increased by 35 631 and residential theft has increased by 8 587. “Once a year we provide risk and security professionals with the opportunity to see the largest and most comprehensive selection of fire and security products under one roof. IFSEC SA 2014, which takes place between 13 and 15 May at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, provides industry with an unparalleled resource for viewing and sourcing the best dire and security technology and services available on the African continent,” said Joshua Low, IFSEC SA Event Director at exhibition organiser UBM Montgomery. IFSEC SA is recognised on a global level as a highquality trade exhibition. This was reinforced by the event receiving the best Trade Show (6 001 m2 – 12 000 m2 in extent) award by the Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa (EXSA), for the second consecutive year. For the past 20 years IFSEC SA has been the first choice for industry professionals in search of fire and security best practice. On site demonstrations and a hard-hitting
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specific elements of the exhibition. Ideco has once again secured the contract to sponsor the Premier Lounge and Hikvision has renewed its contract to supply all carrier bags for the event. Miro Distribution is responsible for the walkway banner and Axis Communications will supply all branding at the registration area. Lanyards will be provided by ADI Global Distribution and NEC is supplying the z-cards.
seminar programme complement the wide variety of technology offered by the eventâ€™s exhibitors. Feedback from exhibitors indicates that IFSEC SA is the ideal platform for them to showcase their products and services to a targeted audience. In a business environment characterised by time constraints, fire and security professionals are looking for ways to decrease the time taken to decide on and secure suitable technology. IFSEC SA guarantees that they will find solutions to their risk assessment and management needs, within a shorter timeframe. This not only means less time spent meeting with salespeople over an extended period of time, but the implementation of new technology is also greatly accelerated.
While a number of international companies have secured stand space at this yearâ€™s exhibition, the event is dominated by local suppliers and a number of local manufacturers.
IFSEC SA is proven to decrease the time required for suppliers to secure a sale. A number of exhibitors also choose to increase their brand exposure by sponsoring
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Axis Communications’ new top-of-the-line AXIS Q60-S PTZ dome network cameras in nitrogen-pressurised stainless steel casings are ideal for surveillance and remote monitoring applications in medical and clean room manufacturing facilities. The company will also be exhibiting its Lightfinder technology, which incorporates a CMOS sensor with exceptional light sensitivity. In addition, the AXIS Q1931–E thermal network cameras secure an area or a perimeter 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cameras use thermal imaging, which allows users to detect people, objects and incidents in complete darkness and difficult conditions such as smoke, haze, dust and light fog. Ideco has a range of biometric enrolment software, visitor management solutions and access control and time & attendance (T&A) readers which it will be exhibiting.
Amongst other products on display at the ADI Global Distribution stand, the company will also demonstrate its Ademco dome cameras, bullet cameras, monitors and DVRs. Leveraging its current success on the Standard Bank project, ADI will show visitors the advantages of its Tridium NiagaraAX Framework lighting control solution. While a number of international companies have secured stand space at this year’s exhibition, the event is dominated by local suppliers and a number of local manufacturers. “IFSEC SA truly brings the best brands to the market and offers technology that is suited to the very demanding South African environment,” said Low. Adding impetus to the advantages of visiting IFSEC SA 23014 is the fact that the exhibition will once again be co-located with OSH EXPO Africa 2014. Now in its fourth year, this exhibition has grown at a rapid pace and is very popular with risk and occupational health and safety professionals tasked with finding OHS solutions. SA
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Thermal cameras monitor the assets of South African solar farms
ith the construction of two new solar farms in the Northern Cape Province, PV specialist Tenesol started another of the many renewable energy projects that are popping up in South Africa. To protect its valuable solar panel assets against intruders, Tenesol called upon Security Specialist TeleEye, who are a firm believer in the benefits of thermal imaging technology for surveillance applications.
Solar country South Africa is destined to make solar energy flourish in the years to come. The warm, dry climate, as well as the countryâ€™s geographical vastness, makes it ideal for the development of solar farms. In its 20-year plan for renewable energy, the South African government aims to achieve energy production consisting of 8,400 MW wind power, 8,400 MW solar power and 100 MW concentrating solar power energies. Ambitious goals,
which have been set to meet the countryâ€™s ever increasing demand for power. Late 2012, Tenesol, a SunPower company, announced the construction of two ground-mounted solar power projects totalling 33 megawatts (MW). Both projects are located near Douglas, in the Northern Cape Province. Tenesol specialises in the engineering, design, manufacturing, installation and operation of solar energy systems. Its services cover systems that produce or consume the energy they generate (off-grid sites, electricity grid connected, solar water heating) for customers around the globe. In January 2012, Tenesol was acquired by US-based SunPower Corp.
Perimeter protection Solar power plants are unmanned sites and require real-time monitoring day and night in order to avert
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unwanted intruders and prevent damage or terrorist attacks. TeleEye South Africa (Pty) Ltd, the South African division of Hong Kong based company TeleEye, has many years’ experience in securing public utilities sites. The solutions provided by TeleEye South Africa enable 7 day a week, 24 hour a day standalone and remote operation with real-time monitoring and recording. TeleEye has been a strategic distributor of FLIR thermal cameras since 2010.
For the two solar plants, TeleEye, along with system integration partner, Stallion Security, provided Tenesol with a complete perimeter surveillance solution, including thermal cameras, video analytics and alarm management. The two solar plants have perimeters of 5 and 8 km, and have been secured with electric fencing and thermal imaging cameras from FLIR Systems. TeleEye video analytics seamlessly integrates with the FLIR thermal imaging security cameras and is able to generate a wide range of alerts for intrusion detection applications.
In comparison to traditional video cameras, thermal imaging cameras can cover a larger viewing distance, which means that fewer cameras are needed to efficiently monitor the perimeter. In addition, with thermal cameras, there’s no need to invest or to maintain expensive lighting infrastructure. For the two solar parks near Douglas, 5 and 11 cameras were installed for the 5 and 8km perimeter respectively. TeleEye used different configurations of the SR series, with different lenses in order to efficiently monitor the odd shaped perimeter.
TeleEye was responsible for the entire specification of the surveillance project, including the definition of the camera technology, video analytics and alarm management. In order to calculate the correct camera viewing distances, TeleEye used FLIR Raven software, the thermal security site planning tool. With FLIR Raven, you can conveniently display both range and location for each camera specified. The software shows you the area of detection coverage, allowing you to plan which cameras you need to have installed and where. SA
Philip Smerkovitz, Managing Director at TeleEye South Africa, explains why FLIR thermal cameras were the number one choice: “Next to the very accurate optics and image quality we get from FLIR technology, the robustness of these cameras is beyond compare. This is no luxury, because the harsh temperatures that these cameras need to withstand almost every day is enormous.” The two solar farms are located in South Africa’s Karoo region. The Karoo heartland contains vast desert plains and majestic mountains. In the summer it is hot and dry and daytime temperatures of 40°C are not uncommon. “FLIR’s experience of mission-critical systems is invaluable here, because the company has years of built-up expertise in the development of robust technology, which can stand extreme environments and extreme heat.”
Seeing in the sun FLIR thermal cameras allow you to see day and night. So, without any additional lighting, it is possible to detect intruders approaching the perimeter at night. “But equally important for this project was the ability to see in bright sunlight conditions,” comments Philip 9
Smerkovitz. “Sunlight can obviously be very bright in the Karoo Desert. Thermal cameras are not hampered by that at all, and provide a clear image even if they are directed towards the sun.” Glare from the sun – whether it’s shining directly into the camera or reflecting off wet roads – blinds conventional video cameras, effectively hiding vehicles, people, and animals. Since thermal cameras need no light to operate, they ignore this glare, and only respond to the heat signatures they detect.
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Efficient border control with Teleste’s video surveillance solutions
obility of persons, goods, and traffic is a high priority in border control. The increase in traffic across borders means less time for the entire process of authentication and verification of persons and documents. At the same time, there is a need to demonstrate that border sites are safe and that certain goods don’t cross the border easily. In such conditions, a reliable video surveillance system is an invaluable asset in guaranteeing the safety of vital operations. A well-operating system also addresses the challenges of interoperability between different authorities and managing users that have several different authorization levels and are possibly located geographically apart. Teleste’s professional video surveillance solutions are based on extreme reliability in rough conditions, fast integration, and scalability to various demands, which makes them especially fit for demanding border control environments. Teleste’s solutions can be tailored to customer-specific requirements, and they
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are applicable to both analogue and IP-based networks with or without a cable infrastructure. The core of the solutions is Teleste’s Video Management System (VMS), which provides fast and easy integration of all system components and allows unlimited system scalability and management of up to thousands of users with different authorization levels. Solid backbone with wireless extensions Teleste’s “First mile” technology utilizes fibre-optic transmission in linking the different parts of the surveillance system. The technology makes it possible to easily and costeffectively carry out solutions that combine high reliability with high transmission capacity and video quality. Fiber-optic transmission makes it possible to transfer data from remote locations to the main network via fibre-optic links. This means that it is not necessary to bring the network interface outside of restricted and secured areas, where the network could be exposed to hacking and violations. “First mile” technology provides many benefits that are vital for border control video surveillance systems:
> Real-time data transmission with high throughput capacity and excellent video quality > Increased data security via resistance to interception and proprietary line coding > Resilience to external interference > Long-haul data connectivity with a single link without need for amplifiers > Almost non-existent demand for maintenance after installation Teleste’s CFO product family utilizes the latest technologies within the field of fibre-optics. The family provides cost-effective and easy-to-use fibre-optic transmission of video, data, and audio for point-to-point link topologies. The CFO products enable large latencyfree add-and-drop and ring-type system topologies with up to dozens of channels. If necessary, the built-in Ethernet bridge also makes it possible to build network interfaces outside of the main network. For system extensions to areas without a cable infrastructure, Teleste offers solutions that are based on wireless technologies and applications. Wireless
applications provide the means to remotely access and manage the surveillance system or its different parts via radio links. This allows for mobile access and control of live cameras as well as seamless communication between mobile devices and control room. In both the “First mile” and wireless solutions, Teleste’s video management system by default supports the main existing analogue camera matrices and all common video (MJPEG, MPEG2, MPEG4, H.264) and non-video standards. Integrated features for efficient workflow Not all video surveillance is on IP yet. Teleste has the in-house expertise to offer tailored integration of all the various technologies required for legacy, hybrid, and new IP CCTV systems. When video surveillance systems are updated to meet changing demands, flexible and effective integration allows security operators to reuse their existing CCTV equipment. For operators, this means reduced costs, increased system reliability via less interruptions in operations, and future-proof scalability to increase system size and capacity. Teleste’s patent-pending Command & CaptureTM also enables easy integration to third-party systems such as area detection/perimeter protection, access control, crime detection, fire-alarm systems, and video content analytics. This enhances interoperability and sharing of information between different authorities and provides valuable assets when setting up an efficient workflow for securing borders. Timely and accurate information, sharing of high-quality video with all stakeholders, userfriendly management, and flexible user authorization all result in a video surveillance system that can ease the daily work and add value for the end-user. SA
Teleste Corporation: Established 1954; Headquarters in Finland Net sales about 193 million euros in 2013 About 1,300 employees at the end of 2013 About 30 offices worldwide Listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. Over 15 years of experience in professional video surveillance solutions Several patent-pending features Several major projects globally
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Public Safety Surveillance System with VIVOTEK
rvaikheer City is a provincial capital situated in the center of Mongolia. Foothills that flank the city regulate temperature for the most part – a luxury most of Mongolia is forced to live without – but a biting wind and overall harsh environment still pervades the region. Even with a natural protective barrier and moderate average temperatures, the city still experiences extremes, with lows that at times dip to a frigid -39°C with wind chill, as well as highs of over 33°C. The city has seen a slow but steady growth in population over the last few years, and the government responded by putting forth an initiative to equip Arvaihkeer with a new public safety surveillance system. VIVOTEK, working together with the local distributor ITZONE LLC., answered the call by outfitting many of the streets and public areas of Arvaihkeer with a strong line of security cameras perfectly fitted for the job.
Reducing Crimes The camera system had to cover a very expansive area of Arvaikheer city, about 64 km2. The infrastructure of Arvaikheer is sparsely laid out, which meant that choosing locations for the cameras was limited to the various buildings and utility poles already in place. 13
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VIVOTEK cameras are well equipped to deal with such situations, and the cameras were strategically set up to accommodate this barrier. A bigger challenge in the project, however, was the local environmental conditions. Given the bone-chilling absolute lows and sultry highs, VIVOTEK was required to provide cameras that could function in the harshest of environments. In addition to the extreme temperature range, winds can reach speeds of above 90km/h, meaning the elements were sure to put VIVOTEK’s equipment to the test. Arvaikheer City decided to install a new public safety surveillance system to reduce crime in certain public areas. As far as the government was concerned, part of the challenge of a growing population is an increased responsibility to keep the peace. With a new system in place, crimes can be both caught and prevented, which was the basic requirement of the city commission. They requested high quality cameras that could be used to easily detect and identify a crime in progress, and thus deter people from attempting any illegal activity. The city wants its citizens to live in a clean and safe environment, so the system was designed to cover Arvaikheer City’s main roads and public areas,
as well as the entries to main highways that connect Bayankhongor, Arvaikheer and Ulaanbaatar.
High quality video in low light conditions thanks to the WDR Enhancement technology, removable IR-cut filter, and built-in IR-illuminator In December of 2013, 74 VIVOTEK network cameras were installed across two main areas: one for monitoring public activities and the other for monitoring roads and traffic. Within the designated broader areas ITZONE chose a number of specific locations, 26 public locations and 6 roadside locations. In order to withstand the harsh environment, 14 units of the most durable cameras models were installed, including the SD8362E and SD8323E outdoor PTZ models. These cameras feature IP66 rated housing
and extreme weatherproof housing. In addition to being durable, the SD8362E model boasts a very high frame rate up to 60 fps while the SD8323 has a very impressive optic zoom capability of up to 36 times. The IP8362 bullet model comprised the remaining 60 cameras, being capable of producing high resolution and high quality video in low light conditions thanks to the WDR Enhancement technology, removable IR-cut filter, and built-in IR-illuminator.
High Performance The surveillance system was successfully up and began operation on December 1, 2013. A government official who worked as a commission member for the project said, “The image quality and performance of the system are excellent and satisfied our needs.” Steve Ma, Executive Vice President of VIVOTEK indicated, “We are pleased to provide Arvaikheer City with excellent image quality and outstanding performance from our cameras. It is believed that the surveillance system enhances the peace of mind about security in Arvaikheer and improves the lives of the people tremendously.” SA
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Magna BSP: New cutting edge in detection technology
very country in the world, no matter which country it is, has its own sensitive areas such as borders, airports, military Facilities and more, that requires close and reliable monitoring in order to keep country independency and protect its own residents from terror attacks, drugs smuggling, illegal goods and more. Therefore, military and top security companies are developing cutting-edge security technologies for detection and Perimeter protection, and therefore substantial amount of money is invested in this field. However, even with the money and the technology invested in the field, there are still some critical and problematic points and areas, such as maritime areas, that because of their weather conditions, scenery and low detection capabilities maintain a high level of false-alarms, and are highly exposed to breaching and hacking. Nevertheless, there is one unique technology, developed by a company called Magna BSP, which can bypass and manage with all obstacles it confronts. Magna BSP is a well-known company in the security field, that has developed, while collaborating with the IDF (Israel defense force) technological unit, a passive electro-optic radar, for short ranges, with almost 100% detection and with the lowest rate of false-alarms in the world. The technology upon this radar based on is able to create a 3D image, similar to the human vision, which is being sent to a sophisticated software package which Interpret the data, similar to the human brain.
Magna’s radar combines a pair of thermal cameras or/ and CCD cameras which covers the detection zone. With the stereoscopic vision the radar’s system achieves unique parameters such as distance, height from the ground, velocity and many more. Those parameters are the basis of the sophisticated software that filters any kind of disturbance and in the same time doesn’t affect the detection ratio. In maritime land there isn’t an initial stable image due to sea-waves movements which frequently cause changes to the normal situation. More than it, if you ignore the sea-waves movements in order to avoid false-alarms, you will not be able to detect swimmers, vessels or any other target in the maritime zone due to the problematic terrain. After a long development process, Magna BSP has succeeded to evolve its system to the point where it can provide the solution for various maritime targets detection such as swimmers, vessels, boats, etc., In fact the system is so advanced it could detect and give alerts on a swimmer within hundreds of meters seeing only his floating head. In addition the system is effective for land intruders that are trying to penetrate from breakwaters (the system filters waves that crash on the breakwater and detects the real targets). Presently, Magna BSP has a dozens of operational systems in maritime and land fields all over the world including South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. SA
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very country in the world, no matter which country it is, has its own sensitive areas such as borders, airports, military Facilities and more, that requires close and reliable monitoring in order to keep country independency and protect its own residents from terror attacks, drugs smuggling, illegal goods and more. Therefore, military and top security companies are developing cutting-edge security technologies for detection and Perimeter protection, and therefore substantial amount of money is invested in this field. However, even with the money and the technology invested in the field, there are still some critical and problematic points and areas, such as maritime areas, that because of their weather conditions, scenery and low detection capabilities maintain a high level of false-alarms, and are highly exposed to breaching and hacking. Nevertheless, there is one unique technology, developed by a company called Magna BSP, which can bypass and manage with all obstacles it confronts. Magna BSP is a well-known company in the security field, that has developed, while collaborating with the
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IDF (Israel defense force) technological unit, A passive electro-optic radar, for short ranges, with almost 100% detection and with the lowest rate of false-alarms in the world. The technology upon this radar based on is able to create a 3D image, similar to the human vision, which is being sent to a sophisticated software package which Interpret the data, similar to the human brain.
The system is so advanced it could detect and give alerts on a swimmer within hundreds of meters seeing only his floating head Magna’s radar combines a pair of thermal cameras or/ and CCD cameras which covers the detection zone. With the stereoscopic vision the radar’s system achieves
Kenya: 500km upgrade for Roads in Kiambu
unique parameters such as distance, height from the ground, velocity and many more. Those parameters are the basis of the sophisticated software that filters any kind of disturbance and in the same time doesn’t affect the detection ratio. In maritime land there isn’t an initial stable image due to sea-waves movements which frequently cause changes to the normal situation. More than it, if you ignore the sea-waves movements in order to avoid false-alarms, you will not be able to detect swimmers, vessels or any other target in the maritime zone due to the problematic terrain. After a long development process, Magna BSP has succeeded to evolve its system to the point where it can provide the solution for various maritime targets detection such as swimmers, vessels, boats, etc., In fact the system is so advanced it could detect and give alerts on a swimmer within hundreds of meters seeing only his floating head. In addition the system is effective for land intruders that are trying to penetrate from breakwaters (the system filters waves that crash on the breakwater and detects the real targets). SA
he Kiambu government plans to rehabilitate 500km of roads in the entire county by 2017. Out of the 500km, 360km will be rehabilitated this financial year at a cost of Sh400 million. The county government will instal street lights in major towns and 20-metre high floodlights in all wards to boost security. Speaking at the launch in Githurai 45 yesterday, county Roads executive Njeri Mburu will put contractors who do substandard jobs on notice. Announcing that inefficient contractors will be blacklisted through an audit to be conducted by the government, Mburu said, “We shall not allow contractors to milk residents through shoddy jobs.” The Githurai road project will cost Sh50 million and should be finalised in three months. So far, 12 km have been completed but Mburu wants to focus on labour intensive contracts to create employment. 30 per cent of the contracts will be awarded to youth and women. Ruiru MP Esther Gathogo praised the county government for its efforts to rehabilitate roads in the constituency. Gathogo asked the government to invest money in the revival of water projects as well. She asked leaders to end the constant wrangles in the county government. Gathogo said the leadership wrangles tarnish the image of the county. She said leaders should focus their attention on matters of development and youth employment. The MP said there are external forces out to give Kiambu county a bad name. She said some leaders create discord on matters which can be solved if leaders agree to iron out their differences. SA
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ey control technologies have advanced significantly in the last few years, transforming key management from a simple lockbox into enterprise solutions that are integrated with access control and other business systems. Sophisticated technology and systems integration now make key management more than a means to control access to keys. Key management systems are now highly scalable, providing the ability to connect multiple cabinets to form one fully integrated system. Advanced software allows systems to be virtually hardware-agnostic while increasing end users’ control options and maximizing programmable access capabilities. System managers can generate and analyze relevant management reports, establish permission levels for each user and monitor data from any network-connected desktop. Software also enables advanced features including returning any key to any cabinet within the enterprise, or locating a specific key, determining who has the key and when it’s expected back. The cabinets themselves are more secure, with keypads, fingerprint readers and card readers available for controlling physical access to keys. Security features include intelligent locking systems with built-in memory chips that store data when a key is inserted in a slot. Management systems can send detailed alerts via email to specific recipients. Emails are pushed to the server and delivered faster and can be sent securely from an external or Web-hosted email service. These notifications can be associated with specific users, keys or other factors, and can be programmed to contain a specified key’s current location, which keys a person may have, which haven’t been returned or when they are due to be returned. SMS notification is also an option. Physical keys will continue to play a significant role in security strategies for most organizations. That’s why today’s key management systems have evolved to provide cutting-edge solutions, functionality, flexibility and security enterprise-wide. SA
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Store, manage and control keys, cards and small assets more securely and efficiently with KeyWatcher® Touch. Access is limited to authorized users, and all transactions are recorded with detailed reports available. The system will even automatically email transactional information to any user – at any time. And KeyWatcher’s convenient touchscreen makes removing and returning keys easier than ever. With our modular design and full scalability, it’s easy to see how we keep making key management better. That’s Morse Watchmans’ outside the box thinking – right inside the box.
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EntraZone: Global access
he world in which our generation now live and work in is a far cry from the one 20-30 years ago, the saying that we “live in a global village” is totally true, we travel further afield for our work our populations are growing and our need to accommodate this growth with more commercial and local infrastructure is growing as well. This has brought about another need “how do we secure the assets of our buildings” not just the items such as computers, phones and the intellectual property we use in our buildings but our most valuable asset our people. The days when anyone could just breeze in and out of a building are rapidly changing as we see the need to effectively manage who comes and goes within our properties. One of the biggest changes has been the installation of pedestrian access control systems, more commonly known as turnstiles. Whilst we recognise the need for these products we should also recognise that we are in effect installing a barrier between the outside world and the internal access to our facilities creating an entrance zone. EntraZone a UK based supplier of secure entrance control products has recently launched their EZ range of pedestrian turnstiles and re cycled bollards.
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Our extensive experience has shown that the end users need security but not at the cost where it creates a hindrance to the users, they need systems that can offer fast, secure and reliable access along with visually enhancing architecturally acceptable products that complement the buildings aesthetics. The installers or system integrators have similar needs although the delivery times, technical support and cost can be a driving factor for them. Our products have been supplied and installed in many countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa in a diverse range of buildings ranging from fitness centres, commercial and government buildings to nuclear power plants. At EntraZone we believe that we have the right product mix along with the service and reliability that can support the needs of both the end users and the system integrators that will ensure a seamless process from enquiry to delivery, installation and aesthetics. We take pride in the knowledge that all our products are designed and manufactured under strict controls to ensure that they are amongst the best available for quality and reliability. All our products are manufactured in Europe and those with mechanical & electrical components are CE rated to ensure that they meet European and International standards. Located on the South coast of the UK, with excellent road, rail and air links EntraZone is ideally placed to effectively support our customers. SA
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Bold Gemini: get to grip on Workflow Alarm Processing Judith Adele
This has become a popular methodology, particularly for handling large numbers of similar types of sites. However, the ‘one size fits all’ approach doesn’t work for every situation. Different users will have different objectives, some may require staff protection, site monitoring or fire detection, with varying levels of risk. They might also require specific, detailed and regular activity reports for management and investigation purposes. Moreover, there may be simultaneous alarm conditions from the same site as well as different sites which all need to be handled quickly and effectively.
emote alarm monitoring has been a huge success story for the security industry. Providing cost effective, round the clock protection and leveraging value from users’ security systems, as well as recurring revenue for the installer and alarm receiving centre, has all helped drive it forward. In many instances, monitoring technology has replaced the security guard while in others it has empowered him to be more productive and to work more safely. The capability to provide an almost instant response to a threat is an attractive proposition, supported by monitoring innovation and rapid technology developments. As happens in many industries, service offerings have evolved into different levels, with the basic economy version at one extreme and a highly tailored, customized service at the other. Monitoring and PSIM software has also evolved with different product offerings finding their own particular niches.
Complexity made simple The basic monitoring service allows site and alarm information to be presented to the alarm receiving centre operator along with a set of instructions. The instructions may include, for example – ‘contact keyholder’ or ‘view false alarm warning notice’, or may even simply provide an automated, system generated response like a text message. The alarm signal is generally filtered before being presented so that the operator doesn’t have to search for real alarms amongst a multitude of technical and duplicate signals. 23
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The ultimate objective is to provide a customised service but as efficiently and with as little human intervention as possible. This is a bigger challenge in an integrated monitoring control room where a combination of different services, such as CCTV and alarms, may be handled together. With the increasing demand for alarm handling solutions which are more tailored to specific needs and the convergence between integrated CCTV and physical security information management systems, there is risk of operator overload. Unlike alarm handling which is generally driven by a simple, mandatory set of actions, CCTV monitoring calls on the operator’s judgement to quickly decide whether an actual incident is in progress. Combining them together, and potentially with other incoming data, needs to be handled carefully. The European Standard, EN50132-7 states – ‘There is no single model design for a CCTV system.’ This is also very true for integrated CCTV monitoring. Also, given human nature, not all operators will recognise the same event even when provided with the same set of images. This can lead to an inconsistent response with the risk of false alarms being policed or, worse still, incidents may be missed altogether.
Workflow Processing If we take a step back from the rigidly standardised approach and instead consider the site risk assessment and operational requirements, we can start to design a configurable workflow process for the monitoring operator. This can be designed around compliance with system objectives, key performance indicators and activity reporting.
Typically, alarm actions should be designated as either global or custom and configured as manual or automatic. For manual actions, the workflow lists should intelligently lead the operator through alarm processing tasks, based on action outcomes such as – Success, Fail, Complete, Duress. The workflow criteria can be dependent on factors like operator action outcomes, time and date, and verification processes. For example, while a lone worker alarm activation received during office hours may require immediate local action, out of hours a different response may be required. A duress password will generate a different workflow process to a non-duress password.
Good quality training and intelligent management, is the most effective way to avoid overloading the operator and to optimise the human resource in the control room. Automating the process as far as possible allows operators, who will be of varying skills levels, to concentrate on the essential tasks. A further benefit is the potential to reduce the number of monitor displays at the workstation, freeing up valuable space and reducing power consumption in the control room. Workflow alarm processing on its own isn’t the whole story. It’s equally important that data which can support the decision making process can easily be accessed in the software. It is particularly important to avoid a situation where, in the middle of handling a live incident, it becomes necessary to click around different areas of a software program for that vital piece of information. An effective software solution should also enable the control room to demonstrate that it is achieving compliance with customer service level agreements and industry accreditation standards where appropriate.
Workflow creation should be a simple process, preferably without the need for complex text scripts. One simple option is to drag and drop linked actions onto a canvas where the required attributes can be set and made into workflow templates which can then be copied across multiple sites. System activity reporting can then be used to authenticate that those processes have been followed.
Successful Monitoring Outcomes With an easy to follow workflow, the quality of decision making is significantly improved and the need for subjective operator thinking is minimised at the same time as the process becomes more streamlined. This, together of course with good quality training and intelligent management, is the most effective way to avoid overloading the operator and to optimise the human resource in the control room. Intelligent workflow alarm processing provides the tools to leverage all elements of the monitoring system to meet the customer’s expectation and maximise the return on their investment. There are many stakeholders and components involved in an integrated security monitoring system. While the system can only be as strong as its weakest link, using intelligent workflow in a well-designed integrated monitoring system delivers the best possible service response outcome for the user. SA
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Paxton Bring Signature paxton Control to South Africa Access
he GLOBAL designer and manufacturer of electronic access control and door entry systems has expanded into South Africa, bringing its smart network of security solutions to the country’s specifiers and installers. The Paxton Group, which manufactures and exports to 50 countries around the world, is a market leader aiming to provide engineering excellence, creating simple yet intelligent and innovative products to meet the challenges and trends of the security industry. The company has a long-term strategy to help South African installers explore an existing gap in the security market. Its signature Net2 access control system is designed to be easy to specify and install, making life simpler for installers. It integrates with leading CCTV, intruder and fire alarm providers, for ultimate flexibility. Ongoing software upgrades for life and no licence fees for additional workstations mean the system is totally scalable. Paxton South Africa will be headed-up by Dan Drayton, who has 18 years’ of experience in the security industry. His sales team will include Werner Geldenhuys and Riaan van der Merwe who have a wealth of experience specifying, installing and commissioning security systems. The business will have two major distribution partners. Reditron and Secequip provide security solutions throughout the country and will work with Paxton as it launches across South Africa. Dan said: “It’s an exciting time for Paxton as we bring our international brand to South Africa. Paxton’s access control is competitively priced for the mass market, combining economy with industry-leading technology. “This flexibility of our solutions allows installers to offer a scalable security solution, designed to suit any site requirement, from smaller 5-50 door systems to 25
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hundreds of doors with thousands of users. “We believe this strategy of developing reliable, high-quality access control solutions, backed by industry-leading customer care and support, ensures installers and integrators are able to focus on business development and grow in an already significant market place.” Paxton will introduce the product to installers with a series of commercial and technical training seminars taking place across the region throughout 2014. The company invests significantly in the free training and education of its installers across the world to ensure its products are sold and installed with confidence. The Certified Paxton Installer Programme is a one day access control workshop that covers both the commercial and technical elements of selling and installing access control. Dan added: “The first step for us will be to host a number of free training seminars where installers can gain hands on experience of configuring a Paxton system and understanding how the product can complement existing security systems, such as CCTV. “This programme will be key to how we engage with installers, ensuring we grow our network and demonstrate how our products and solutions can provide ultimate flexibility and complement existing security systems.” To sign up to the Certified Paxton Installer Programme, please visit: http://www.paxtonaccess.co.za/trainingrequest-za.asp
Art on the Radar
eaching a balance in protecting the valuable artefacts and making the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar an open, friendly, and wonderful visual experience, to the visitors and scholars who use it, has been an interesting challenge for the project planners. The result is that they have chosen to implement one of the worlds most sophisticated state of the art surveillance and security technology systems. Approaching the new iconic building of the Museum from the seaside, you could therefore easily be forgiven for overlooking the four small radar pods on the wall of the building. Mounted approximately 3 meter above low tide water level, the pods blends so well into the architecture and colour scheme of the building, that only the trained eye instantly spots them. The architecture has been inspired by Islamic motifs, and not only is the Museum of Islamic Art one of the most important museums in Qatar, it is also one of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in the Middle East. Designed by world-famous architect Leoh Ming Pei, the Chinese-American architect, who also designed the (controversial glass) pyramid in the Louvre in Paris, the museum, which opened last year, is aimed as a major source of information on Islamic antiquities From the seafront the five floor building seems to raise straight out of the water. Welcoming visitors with a reception hall, shops and restaurants on the first floor, the second, third and fourth floors include permanent exhibition halls, with the general administration located on the 5th floor. Â The 45000 square meters building complex is
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situated on the southern part of Doha’s seafront (Corniche) on an artificial island about 60 meters off the coast of Doha. A crescent cape has been added to the Island to act as a northward tidal barrier and to block the eastward industrial buildings from the view.
“During the design phase of the Museum of Islamic Art, many aspects had to be considered. The Museum was constructed on reclaimed land and it was detailed that sea water would surround the entire museum. This prevented any form of physical barrier such as fences etc. Proposal such as floating pontoons and boons were considered but were rejected by the Architects and the Government as they would not be in keeping with the design. The design process considered Laser Detectors mounted at high level on the exterior walls, but as the sea was tidal the use of this type of technology would be problematic with false alarms.”
Exploiting nature’s organic patterns combined with the minute man-made designs of this artificial island has rendered the location an ideal one, and visible from all directions. Overlooking Doha’s lagoon from the west it even has its own marina providing mooring for guests. At night the entire complex is lit with flood lights 20 meters high which makes it visible from quite a long distance across the lagoon.
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Surveillance for seaside approach But how do you protect the museum and its valuable collections from intruders approaching from the seaside? Fencing is clearly out of the question and you need to take into account that the lagoon is also used for recreational purposes with lots of swimmers, surfers and jet skiers enjoying the bay.
“Quadrant Security Group was approached by Navtech and a demonstration of the Radar was set up in the car park at the Watford HQ. The demonstration was undertaken utilizing one PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) Camera and one Radar unit, and the demonstration was a complete success. However, the project needed four Radar Units and fourteen external PTZ Cameras all to work together as one system so as to provide complete 360 degree detection and CCTV Coverage. This was discussed with Dr Stephen Clark and he agreed to review the development of the units to the specific project requirements. This development was carried out over several months and the development was extremely successful, the system can track a Jet-Ski Radar to Radar and camera to camera around the total perimeter of the museum without loss of contact with the object being tracked.”
The security design consultant turned to Navtech Radar – a company specialised in development and manufacturing of highly effective millimetre wave (MMW) radar sensor solutions for outdoor applications within security and surveillance. Senior Security Consultant Kevin Gausden from Arup Security Consulting was previous employed by Quadrant Security Group during 2004/5 to work on the specifications for the project and he explains the design of the Radar (RAdio Detecting And Ranging) System
“The original Radar housing design was not architecturally pleasing, so although the unit provided
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the right solution this aspect lead to further discussions with Navtech on the redesigning of the housing for the Radar. Dr Stephen Clark and his team produced multiple design drawings until an agreed design was accepted by the Project Architects which is the housing that is used today by Navtech. So, not only did Navtech develop their product to meet the technical requirements but they redesigned the housing to meet with all the Architect’s aesthetical requirements and assisted with making this project a success.” Navtec developed a new housing for the Radar in keeping with the architectural requirements: “Although the Radar requires its own Front-End control computer and could not be operated by the Synergy Pro Computer the Alarms from the Navtech System were integrated using High Level integration and were displayed and controlled by the Synergy Pro System. The Navtech provided a standard RGB Video Output and this was connected to the Synectics Video Matrix and DVR which allowed the Radar Tracking images not only to be displayed on the video wall but also recorded on the DVR.” “Radar Systems are limited by line of sight; however the Radar system was the only solution that was a viable option on this project.”
Navtech Dr. Stephen Clark of Navtech picks up the story. “The 4 radars each cover different detection zones and between them they control 14 CCTV cameras. If a single intruder is detected in a zone the radar will switch the nearest CCTV camera to follow that track. Should a boat or other intruder be detected in the overlapping
area between 2 zones, both cameras will be directed to follow. If many intruders are detected in a single zone, the system has been configured to track them all, but direct the camera to follow the closest track to the museum. The rationale is that the closest track is probably posing the greatest threat.” “Each radar processor will generate ‘Tracks’ for the objects that are moving in its field of view. Track information is available over the 3rd party interface to the Security Management System and includes track Range, Speed and Heading. Since the radar are on the edge of the building, the track range and bearing can also be used to find the distance to the building itself. This is helpful when the control room operator decides what response to raise. It is further possible to filter the tracks when raising alarms to the operator. This is done in order to minimize false alarms. Effectively the system ‘learns’ to distinguish between tracks heading towards the museum and tracks which are not.” As for intercepting approaching intruders, we mentioned that the museum complex also includes a Marina which is located to the north side of the building, primarily intended for VIP use. However, the docking area is also used for changeover of the personnel in the 2 rescue boats which are constantly at sea during the Museums opening hours, so they can quickly be directed to the position of an intruder as flagged up in the control room. SA
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evolutionary technology is set to tap the un-mineable coal seams at the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Stateowned power utility Eskom is to start work on a larger-scale underground coal gasification (UCG) plant at its Majuba power station . The first UCG pilot scheme, which was at the former Majuba colliery next to the power station, had a price tag ofR1-billion and the project is now seeking another R1-billion over five years. UCG is an experimental technology in which the coal is burnt hundreds of metres underground. In conventional coal mining, which is either open cast or below ground, a coal-seam fire is a catastrophe. Centralia, in Pennsylvania in the United States, is now a ghost town after a fire began in an underground coal mine making the area unsafe, prone to sinkholes and spontaneous combustion. The Majuba power plant was built adjacent to the coal mining region of Witbank where derelict mines have been burning for decades. “There’s a vast resource of coal in that coal field but there’s no way to get it out using man and machinery,” says Mark van der Riet, a corporate specialist in Eskom’s research, technology and development division. Eskom estimates that “there is an additional 45-billion tonnes of previously un mineable coal suitable for UCG in South Africa” because about three quarters of the country’s coal is not mineable.
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Revolutionary Technology Set To Fire Coal
In 2007, the World Energy Council estimated that UCG could potentially increase the world’s coal reserves by as much as 70% The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) clean coal division distinguishes between proved reserves, which are “the amount of coal which would be economically recoverable using current technology”, and the total amount of coal in the ground. Most of the world’s coal reserves are deep underground where it is not safe for people to mine, or the coal seams are too thin, making it uneconomical to drop a mine shaft to recover the coal. In 2007, the World Energy Council estimated that UCG could potentially increase the world’s coal reserves by as much as 70%. South Africa’s pilot project is one of the most advanced in the world, although there are others being undertaken in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, amongst others. UCG technology was also used in the former Soviet Union. SA
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ireCell manufactured by EMS is now available across South Africa and neighbouring countries through G2 Security, who have just moved into new premises in Johannesburg following significant growth in their business. Already established as a major distributor for leading brands Ziton and Aritech, G2 have expanded their reach into fire detection with FireCell. Increasing the range of certified fire products has put a demand on storage space and the new office and warehouse offer bigger storage facilities, which according to director Nichola Allan is an important asset for G2. “Having available stock is a key service issue for installers” she says. “We have worked on a new layout for our trade counter to make collecting orders as easy and efficient as possible. We have also added a separate technical counter in reception which will facilitate returns or service issues.”
properties across the country and this partnership continues with wireless solutions currently available for ZP2 based systems. Wireless is not new and is now accepted as being every bit as reliable and robust as traditionally wired alternatives, yet it offers so much more in terms of flexibility making it an ideal choice whatever the application. FireCell is a flexible integrated and scalable fire detection system that can be 100% wireless based, or a hybrid combination of wired and wireless. Fully certified to EN54-25, FireCell can provide protection for a single building or a number of properties using wireless or a conventionally wired network infrastructure, again dependant on specific requirements. SA
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South Africa Mine Safety; Fire Kills 9
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he death of 9 miners at the Harmony Doornkop mine 20 miles west of Johannesburg in February has underlined the Mine, Health & Safety Amendment Bill set to toughen enforcement and penalties for non-compliance in the industry.
underground to reach eight miners who had managed to flee to a refuge bay equipped with a telephone and other survival gear. They were brought to the surface unharmed. Nine bodies were eventually recovered from the mine.
Having published the Bill in November 2013 , Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu responded to the incident by ordering an investigation. “The situation is deeply regrettable,” Shabangu said in a statement. “We must ensure that we do all we can to get to the bottom of what caused this incident in order to prevent similar occurrences in future.”
The Amendment Bill sets out to streamline administrative processes, strengthen enforcement and penalties as well as encourage preventative measures where `...accident, serious illness or health threatening occurrence....’ Directors may face fines or imprisonment for non-compliance.
Impala Platinum who have installed 200 km of safety nets and safety bolts to protect injury from rock-fall in their mines have already slashed ground-fall fatalities by 80%.
Initial reports suggested that the fire was triggered by a small earthquake causing a rock fall which damaged an electrical cable resulting in a spark that ignited the fire. It is the most serious accident in South Africa’s mines since nine workers died in a rock fall at platinum mine in July 2009. Shares in Harmony, South Africa’s third-largest bullion producer, fell 3 percent at the start of trade. One miner surfaced and gave rescue workers the location of his colleagues underground. Rescue teams battled through smoke and debris nearly a mile 37
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Harmony Gold’s chairperson Patrice Motsepe speaking at a media conference in Randfontein following the deaths of the miners said, “It’s a very sad day for the industry, it’s a sad day for the company. There’s a whole process that’s underway. We will give total support from Harmony and the results that will come out of that investigation will indicate what happened.”
But pressure will now be on for employers to consider reviewing their use of preventative warning systems as the recommendations come into force. The Harmony disaster may have been instigated by a natural seismic event but the company will still be judged on their precautions to avoid the knock on effects of any similar incident.
However, the National Union of Mine Workers questioned safety standards at the mine, saying the rescued miners reported that the ventilation system in one of the refuge chambers was letting in fumes. “It does tell us that the rescue chambers were not according to safety standards,” said NUM Secretary General Frans Baleni. “We cannot just say that it is regrettable. Heads must roll should the investigation find that there was negligence.”
The Amendment Bill states that employers must `make recommendations to prevent a similar accident, serious illness or health threatening occurrence.’ The rush to install physical safety devices to prevent injury will now be followed by reviews of warning devices for fire, gas and other hazards. NUM fears about the problem with ventilation standards will alert companies to the chain of reactions that can lead to injury and death. Hazard fire suppression systems are crucial to the survival of those who are trapped.
Brand new safety measures, just introduced in South Africa’s mines, have already created 5,000 new nonmining jobs and built a booming business in safety equipment. Impala Platinum who have installed 200 km of safety nets and safety bolts to protect injury from rock-fall in their mines have already slashed ground-fall fatalities by 80%.
The eight workers rescued were fortunate that a colleague reached the surface and identified their position. Technology can provide a constant presence underground. Companies will be considering video surveillance systems that can identify trouble spots before they become hazards and, when incidents escalate, locate trapped miners and aid rescue. SA
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