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PSI Magazine SEPTEMBER 2021

September 2021 – £4.00

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Professional Security Installer

MEET THE INSTALLER Carlton Littleford of Carlton Alarms

PRODUCT TESTS HKC – RF-Touch Milesight – MS-C5375-EPC Pyronix – MCEXTERNAL-WE

IN MY WORDS Mike Burton of PSCEU

EDITOR’S CHOICE A look at the best new products

DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP! Realistic uses of video analytics

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September 2021 – £4.00

September 2021

Professional Security Installer

5 Editorial This month PSI magazine steps up its USP with the extension of the magazine testing section. Now you’ve got more trustworthy independent reviews every month for free!

6 Industry news News and events from the security and fire sectors

11 Appointments Movers and shakers from the security industry

MEET THE INSTALLER Carlton Littleford of Carlton Alarms

PRODUCT TESTS HKC – RF-Touch Milesight – MS-C5375-EPC Pyronix – MCEXTERNAL-WE

IN MY WORDS Mike Burton of PSCEU

12 Social media The posts that caught our eye on the PSI Instagram feed

15 Reacting to market changes This month we talk to Mike Burton of Panasonic to find out more about i-PRO EMEA and what it means for the UK market and installers

20 Editor’s Choice The pick of the latest security products with information from the manufacturers and handy QR codes

EDITOR’S CHOICE A look at the best new products

DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP! Realistic uses of video analytics

PRODUCT TESTING 23 TESTED – HKC RF-Touch keypad The keypad and a sensor are put through their paces by an independent reviewer


Don’t get your hopes up! Apparently you can do almost anything with video analytics these days, but what are the genuine uses of the technology that are reaping rewards today? We look at the real applications of analytics

The newly launched magnetic contact is reviewed

23 TESTED – Milesight MS-C5375-EPC A closer look at the 5MP external mini dome camera


30 TRIED & TESTED An essential guide covering some of the most recent technology reviews from the pages of PSI magazine

35 Meet the installer Life in the security business with Carlton Littleford of Carlton Alarms in Huddersfield

39 Video analytics uncovered Forget all of the marketing hype, here we outline the analytics applications that are in use today

42 All about Adaptive IR A bite-sized overview of the contribution IR Illumination can make to the effectiveness of a surveillance system

45 Skills for installers David Scott of Skills for Security looks at the Fire Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship

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57 The PSi Directory Your guide to vendors and service providers


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Giving you more... In this edition of PSI you’ll notice that we’ve upped our game and increased the number of independent product reviews each month. Not only are we the only UK magazine bringing you product tests, but we’re carrying even more!




hen you have a Unique Selling Point (USP) in business it’s great to be able to improve upon it and develop it even more to set you further apart from the competition. You will have your own USPs that you bring up when you pitch for work and you might also be backed up by independent, third party approval so that the customer knows that they are dealing with a reliable provider. Here at PSI we have a few USPs in our locker. First off, as you know, we’re the only UK magazine that is mailed exclusively to security systems installers, we have our own established annual awards campaign, a golf day and we were the first security magazine to introduce a podcast a few years back. Another of our USPs is that we carry independent product reviews. You may not realise this, but for a trade magazine to carry product tests is a rare thing because so much revenue is dependent upon advertising. Cynical people think that advertisers will get favourable scores to keep them sweet however I can tell you that when it comes to PSI tests there is no such bias and manufacturers have no input at all in the tests (but that doesn’t mean they don’t try to). We carry out tests in partnership with independent third parties who don’t work for our company so that you know the results are genuine and unbiased. It also means that I, as well as the manufacturers, sit with crossed fingers every time a report comes in. You either do tests properly or you don’t bother - and the majority of trade magazines don’t bother. This month we step up our testing to three products a month plus we’ve extended our listing of prior tests to give you even more insight into what is reliable and recommended. Testing isn’t always plain sailing however. For example last month we looked at a system called Agate from Satel. During the test our reviewer came across a problem and we reported it so. However following further reviews this problem could not be recreated so we have now upped the final score of the product to 8.5 out of 10 (as you can see in the Tried & Tested section). If we are to be a trustworthy source of information we need to be sure reports are entirely correct and will amend scores when required. Because we put so much effort into our USPs you can be sure that, as the only source of independent product tests in the security market, we will strive to continue to give you the information you require in order to service your own USPs. Andy Clutton EDITOR


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Texecom announces management buyout from Halma Mid-market private equity investor LDC has backed the management buyout (MBO) of Texecom from FTSE 100-listed technology group Halma plc. LDC’s investment will support Texecom’s existing management team, led by Managing Director Jim Ludwig, to build on its position and international presence through developing new products, enhancing its digital services and exploring complementary acquisitions.

Valsoft enters UK market with Bold Communications acquisition Valsoft Corporation (Valsoft) has acquired UKbased security firm Bold Communications in a move to drive expansion of its security business in the UK. The acquisition follows Valsoft’s recent acquisition of Innovative Business Systems (Innovative). Innovative is a provider of security technology in the Nordic region and a member of MIT Group, an operating portfolio within Valsoft Corporation. Valsoft Corporation


The investment was led by LDC’s Head of Yorkshire Dan Smith and Investment Directors Will Scales and Leigh Daveran. As part of the transaction, Dan and Will join Texecom’s Board as Non-Executive Directors. Jim Ludwig, Texecom Managing Director, said: “We’re thrilled to have an investor that is as excited about our business, and the customers we serve, as we are. Our new partnership with LDC gives us the support and financial firepower to build on our legacy and achieve our ambitions. With the team’s help, we will continue to grow market share in the UK and in key overseas markets.” Dan Smith, Head of Yorkshire at LDC, added: “Texecom’s international footing and its reputation for quality, innovation and technical capability means the business is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the evolving global security market. We’re excited to support Jim and his ambitious management team to realise Texecom’s future potential.” Reports explain that the business was sold for £65m following its initial purchase in 2005 for £26m and also reveal that wireless fire systems company Ramtech has been acquired by Halma. is based in Montreal, Canada and specialises in the acquisition and development of vertical market software businesses. Bold Communications has developed alarm communications and management systems for the alarm central station and ARC market for over 30 years. The company supports UK alarm and CCTV monitoring control rooms with its Gemini software platform. Patrick Cusk, CEO of MIT Group said: “We’re excited to build on Bold’s distinguished reputation, established over 30 years in the UK security industry. We’re delighted to welcome our new colleagues to the team – together we can look forward to supporting our customers in the UK and Nordics.” Bold Managing Director, Brian Kelly, commented: “The synergies between Bold and Innovative were clear to both businesses and I look forward to helping build on the fantastic brand and products we’ve developed here at Bold over the least 30 years.”

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BAFE and NAPIT reveal domestic fire detection and alarm scheme Following adevelopment process over two years in the making, the BAFE Fire Safety Register and NAPIT have announced a new scheme to assess the competency of organisations who provide design, installation, commissioning and maintenance services for BS 5839-6 Grade D fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises. BAFE DS301 (For the Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of Grade D Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems in Domestic Premises) supports appropriate

British Standards and best working practice, most notably the latest iteration of BS 5839-6 (Code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises). Acknowledging progress of recognising both organisational and individual competency following the Grenfell Tower fire, the BAFE DS301 Scheme will also focus scrutiny on two key personnel roles required for an organisation to become Third Party Certificated/BAFE Registered for Grade D systems. These are a Principal Duty Holder (the person appointed by the organisation to have responsibility for the maintenance of the overall standard and safety of the fire detection and fire alarm system work) and a Qualified Supervisor (a Competent Person who meets the requirements of the BAFE DS301 Scheme and with specific responsibility on a day-to-day basis for the safety, technical standard and quality of the fire detection and fire alarm system work). A key requirement for the Qualified Supervisor will be to ensure that all operatives undertaking fire detection and fire alarm work for the organisation are competent.

In brief • Security and Safety Things and Prosegur have announced collaboration on the development of the Security Operations Center (SOC) environment, leveraging AI infused video analytics and Prosegur human operators to improve security services. • IoT service and solutions provider North has been acquired by mid-market private equity investor, Livingbridge. The news comes as North confirmed it had expanded its UK footprint with the strategic acquisition of Data Techniques.

HID Global announces Omni-ID acquisition for further growth HID Global has announced that it has acquired Omni-ID, a manufacturer of RFID tags and industrial IoT hardware devices for passive and active tagging, tracking, monitoring and alerting applications. “I am very pleased to welcome Omni-ID into the Assa Abloy Group and HID,” said Björn Lidefelt, EVP and Head of HID Global. “Omni-ID is a strategic technological addition to HID and reinforces our current RFID and IoT offering. Expanding our sales and manufacturing footprint with Omni-ID will further enhance


HID’s ability to serve customers locally, while extending our industrial IoT technology into emerging markets.” “The acquisition of Omni-ID supports HID’s Identification Technologies business strategy to power trusted identities by optimising our portfolio with a broader range of value-added RAIN RFID UHF components, active identification devices and more ways to deliver customised solutions to customers as a leading component supplier for RFID use cases and IoT applications,” said Marc Bielmann, SVP and Head of Identification Technologies with HID Global.

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Global video surveillance market is predicted to reach $24bn by close of 2021

The interview that gets the facts from the top This month Simon Banks talks to Hiran Ravat, Head of IoT Business Development & Partnerships at CSL. Hiran spent 23 years working for UK Mobile Network Operators, Vodafone and, more recently, O2. He joined CSL in March 2021.

The global video surveillance market revenues are set to reach $24bn by the end of 2021 according to Omdia’s latest Video Surveillance and Analytics Intelligence Database. This marks a quick recovery for the video surveillance market as demand that was suppressed in 2020 will return and revenues will be bolstered by projects that were postponed in 2020 due to COVID getting the greenlight in 2021. Omdia forecasts that total video surveillance market revenues will grow to $31.9bn by 2025 with a total CAGR of 7.1% between 2020-2025. The size of thermal body temperature solutions market has rapidly grown to $1.3bn globally in 2020. Driven by Covid 19 precautions, this technology has been adopted by several regions, in particular China, East Asia, India and the Middle East. However, without the growth in thermal body temperature solutions, the global video surveillance equipment market declined 3.8% globally in 2020 Despite being a driving growth factor in 2020, Omdia forecasts the thermal body temperature solutions market will decline in 2021 to $137 million, an 89.8% decline, ultimately limiting the overall video market surveillance market growth. Omdia expects average selling prices of video surveillance equipment to increase in the short term as US-China geopolitical tension and supply chain constraints from the pandemic increases pressure of vendor margins. Oliver Philippou, Research Manager – Physical Security at Omdia commented: “The semiconductor shortfall driven by geopolitics and COVID impact has affect all industries, and video surveillance is no expectation. This disparity between supply and demand is expected to last until mid-2022.” Longer term Omdia expects that there will be a greater adoption of the network camera products using AI deep learning acceleration and inference at the endpoint. According to the report, this will result in higher average prices of network cameras.

Is the UK’s All IP programme impacting other sectors? Yes, it is. There are lots of systems that currently rely on the PSTN, from the obvious ones like landlines, to things you might not consider like public traffic lights, cash machines, railway signals and motorway signs. This is a big challenge, with Transport for London suggesting 1,000 of its 6,400 sets of traffic lights are currently monitored remotely using PSTN technology. Just like security and fire alarms, they will all need to move into the new digital IoT world, utilising radio, or IP alternatives. The expansion of 4G and 5G means that most of these will favour a wireless mobile solution. In what way does IoT exist within the Fire & Security Industry? When lots of people think of IoT they think of a Smart Cities and huge integrated systems, but IoT really means anything that is connected digitally. There is no doubt that security and fire alarms are part of this, and increasing as these systems become smarter, they fit comfortably into the world of IoT. In this sector, we are leading the way in terms of mission critical IoT solutions. What we do has to work every time and all the time. Lives and properties depend on it. That’s therefore why in this sector we see the highest standard of IoT systems anywhere. How important are managed services in IoT? In the wider IoT world, markets are built on platforms and portals, with ‘the myth’ being that all end-users want to self-manage their systems via these tools. However, speak to a retailer on a busy Saturday when they have a network issue. They would have to call their IT department to log into these tools and perform diagnostics to get them back up and running. Or worse, they have no IT department and must log in and do this themselves. Increasingly, end-users want a fully managed service, that guarantees things work and proactively fixes them when they break. In a connected IoT world, this will be vital. What has changed in the world of IoT during the Covid pandemic? One of the biggest changes over the past 18 months is people are viewing connectivity differently. People are working from home, away from their offices or factories, so we’re seeing for the first time lots of unique cases. Across industries, people are finding more and more examples where IoT solutions can enhance existing systems. Whether this is to provide increased insight on the performance of a system, or to provide the ability to remotely perform health checks or software upgrades.

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Reacting to market changes Recently we heard that Panasonic is changing its organisation and moving its security business into a new entity called i-PRO EMEA. What does this mean for the UK market and for the company moving forward? ast month we reported that Panasonic Europe B.V. and Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU) will be transferring the European Security and Industrial Medical Vision businesses, currently part of PSCEU, into a newly founded independent company, i-PRO EMEA (Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Co. Ltd until end of March 2022). The new company will formally start its operations from 1 October 2021, and will be part of the Japan-based Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions. To find out more about the news and its potential impact on UK installers, we spoke to Mike Burton, Manager of Regional Sales for UK and Ireland.


What is the thinking behind the new set up? A new organisation has been set up called i-PRO EMEA which will move both the security and the Industrial medical vision (IMV) departments away from the Panasonic company. We understand in the world of manufacturing that being able to adapt to current market situations in both technology and service is crucial for the industry to evolve and ultimately the end user to benefit. With the creation of i-PRO EMEA it allows us a strong platform to build on the 60 years of history that Panasonic has as a manufacturer of high performance surveillance equipment with the flexibility to respond to the markets needs in a much quicker way. This is highlighted further when we see the technology lifecycles becoming shorter and therefore product and technology development needs to be completed and delivered in a much quicker manner enabling us to deliver on our customers expectations.

are making into our team to make sure that we can deliver on our promises while enhancing the channels development. They will, however, see some considerable changes in our operation which can be split down into 3 areas: Technology advancement – making sure that we have the right technology based on the correct product for our customers. Quicker delivery – with the implementation of an on demand manufacturing process, while enhancing market competitiveness making sure that the products are priced correctly. The reality is our headquarters in Japan has been operational in this way since October 2019 meaning that the industry is already starting to see these changes with many new products being launched, without any deterioration of the performance and reliability.

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“With the creation of i-PRO EMEA it allows us a strong platform to build on the 60 years of history that Panasonic has”

So they'll see changes in the terms of the amount of technology coming through, but not necessarily in how they buy it and deal with distributors?

Is this more of a move in the background or will installers actually see some changes? From a perspective of day to day dealings with i-PRO, our partners will see no major differences in the way they are able interact with ourselves and we are working hard in the background to make sure this is realised. One key difference, however, will be the investment we


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“We are very much still investing on the hardware side of our portfolio. I think it's probably where our heritage lies, but that’s not to say that AI and VMS platforms etc. aren’t a major part of our business moving forward”


Our focus is to enhance and develop further our distribution channel business while also focusing our effort into, not just system integrators, but also into end users as well. We do focus heavily on understanding our customers’ needs and issues, this allows us to develop tailored solutions that meet their requirements and reduce ongoing problems. In terms of the new technology development is it fair to say that it's more software based or are you still looking at hardware? We are very much still investing on the hardware side of our portfolio. I think it's probably where our heritage lies, but that’s not to say that AI and VMS platforms etc. aren’t a major part of our business moving forward. Certainly from an AI perspective, if we look at what i-PRO is looking to do and become a major introducer of the technology, we have already launched 8 AI engine cameras in the last 8 months with a roadmap of an additional 12 – 16 cameras being introduced in the next 12, demonstrating our commitment to hardware. In terms of AI from a software perspective, it’s technology that offers limitless possibilities and will be in the industry for a long time. We know that we can't necessarily be all things to everybody in this area but we know that there are a vast amount of independent companies that are focusing all of their time around developing new algorithms. They are however, in need a high performance products/hardware on which to host that technology, which is where we can support. This approach also offers additional benefits to our clients, not only in the way that their security system develops but also in the operational cost. By having technology hosted on the edge, we can make sure that each individual camera location is set-up and configured independently

while guaranteeing its processing performance for making environmental based decisions. This removes the need for a complex server and network architecture, which can be costly to install, commission and difficult to maintain while also removing a single point of failure to the overall system. If you were asked what is AI currently being used for what would you say? We're starting to see lots of requests about AI, some of them along the lines of more traditional security solutions while some are a little bit more adventurous, the interest is growing but ultimately allowing us to reduce the false alarm rates that we have traditionally seen from other technologies. In terms of the current deployments, these centre on applications like protecting virtual fence lines for large area sites, city centre surveillance, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, making sure that social distancing was being monitored as well as Face detection providing stadium protection making sure unwanted people are not entering and causing trouble. We're also working with some proof of concepts across Europe for highways which

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“Not all scenarios are of a standard nature and this is where we feel that being able to partner with many third party AI technology companies opens up more opportunity to find a solution needed”

can monitor average and maximum speed of vehicles passing or whether or not seatbelts are being worn. As a relatively new technology we are also experiencing more requests from our end users and channel partners about how AI technology can resolve their current issues, as you can imagine not all scenarios are of a standard nature and this is where we feel that being able to partner with many third party AI technology companies opens up more opportunity to find a solution needed. There does seem to be a little bit of confusion between what is AI and what's analytics in the industry do you see that? Yes we also see similar confusion, our belief is AI understands its environment and makes decisions based on a certain criteria set up within the system configuration, before providing an alarm, whereas analytics is more using pixel based movements in particular directions to create an alarm, which does not allow the ability to filter out false detections. Analytics do play a part in the industry but this doesn't necessarily give you the differential needed for actual use, for instance with perimeter detection, if we're interested only in human activity around a fence line, we don't want to be picking up pixels movement of a bird or a deer that's going through the scene and sending alarms back to the control centre, because that ultimately becomes a hindrance to the operator and has the potential to be ignored. AI technology used in the correct way provides a much friendlier user experience in handling alarms.

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So where do you think the UK fits in, in the development of security technology? Are we ahead of the curve or behind it? I don't think that there is a huge difference between the system requirements we have in

the UK and across Europe. As a global manufacturer we see technology moves forward at a similar pace across all regions and we’re seeing a lot of projects with similar foundations and requests. This is giving us the opportunity to look at how we develop or adopt AI technologies further. What I would say about the UK market, compared to the rest of Europe, is that it is probably one of the most established market spaces, this provides is an easy platform for all security manufacturers to showcase new products and technology to a larger number of customer and gauge the success before launching to wider regions. This does make the UK security market one of the most fiercely competitive environments to be in. Do you ever think we'll be a day when video systems powered by AI and analytics will cover all aspects of security, access, fire etc. in a building? I actually think that there are many different answers to this question. In principal yes this could be utopia for clients having one product that serves all security needs across all disciplines, but I do also understand that the single point of failure in this style of system would be terrifying for a security manager. The second element to consider here is the end users and how they feel about having all security disciplines being looked after by a single provider, many prefer not to have all of their eggs in one basket as this may not play to their core strengths and can potentially have a similar effect as a single point of failure to the system. Lastly, referring back to earlier in our conversation we spoke about technology lifecycles and the way in which technology is being superseded at a quick pace, this could cause challenges to our customer; both in changing of legislation in a particular discipline and how does this get upgrades or the best way to invest in a phased upgrade approach with budget constraints in place. From personal experience I tend to see the solution chosen in this scenario is a centralised software platform, allowing all security systems to be managed in an effective way from one control position. This style of design also allows each system the opportunity to operate individually, should the centralised control platform fail, making sure the site remains secure and de-risking the single point of failure.

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Interactive noticeboard can reduce site visits Intratone’s Interactive Digital Noticeboard is designed to make communicating with Housing Association tenants faster, easier, and more inclusive. Display important information, such as maintenance schedules or repair notices, as well as public health information and general announcements, via the secure remote online management system. An efficient way to keep tenants informed that also reduces waste, the Interactive Digital Noticeboard removes the need for paper-based notices, which can often be lost or mistakenly taken down. Plus, it reduces the need for time-consuming site visits.

New single-path new signalling solution is launched CSL has announced the launch of the MiniAir 2, a single-path signalling solution that utilises a 4G/LTE-M path to signal an alarm from a protected premises to an ARC. It comes with a standby SIM as a backup to safeguard systems if the active SIM fails. Both SIMs operate on an independent network from the other for total resilience. It is designed for both residential and commercial premises as an affordable upgrade from a digital communicator to secure signalling. The UK’s Telephone Network Upgrade (All IP) is well underway yet many alarm systems are still utilising legacy digital communicators that rely on PSTN. MiniAir 2 provides a radio signalling solution to ensure alarm systems can still send signals to the ARC. This professional signalling upgrade also ensures systems maintain their existing Police URNs.


Connectivity for lights, heating, gates or cctv The RF-RBX Wireless Output Relay Box from HKC Security has two changeover output relays that wirelessly communicate with either an SW-10270 control panel or, in standalone mode, an RF-AK7 keypad and/or RF-Keyfob. It is listed as easy to install and ideal for multiple uses that require wireless outputs e.g. remote arming/disarming CCTV sites, access and gate controller equipment. The RF-RBX can also be controlled via the HKC SecureComm App (cloud subscription required). It is IP67 rated to ensure it is weather proof.

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EDITOR’S CHOICE The security industry is busy and complex, so it’s easy to miss new products and services as they get lost in day-to-day activities. Every now and again, certain products grab our attention so here we take a look at a few of the products we think you won’t want to miss this month.

Smartphone link enables door panel to be contactless New wireless sounder works with PIRs Powered by 4 x 1.5v batteries (supplied), the LGsounder from Luminite will emit an alarm sound up to 117 decibels. There are 32 alarm sounds to choose from, along with a flashing beacon which is available in red or blue. A built in adjustable timer silences the sounder after activation. This can be used with any alarm product that has volt free contacts including the Genesis and EasySwitch PIRs. Activation is via a momentarily closed contact, for Genesis PIRs use the LGMRU4x4 receiver and for EasySwitch PIRs use the ESR8+8 receiver.

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The Hero door panel line consists of a single element: a panel made of 316L stainless steel, with large steel keys and six tamper resistant torx screws, for flush mounting helping with vandal-proofing. Hero is designed for Duo video systems with bus power supply and is ideal for large complexes, with a digital keyboard consisting of 14 large keys, backlit also in the outline of the button, backlit graphic display, wide angle camera and status icons. Hero manages up to 500 users with individual passwords, it is ready for mechanical assembly of any proximity readers. 2 independent outputs: 1 for electric lock and 1 with relay for automatic gate or other lock. If integrated with the XE2922 board, Hero can be connected with the apps Farfisa Smart Access and Farfisa Smart Dial for contactless access control, through smartphone via Bluetooth, thus contributing to the containment of covid-19 (notouch / nocovid) contagion.

NDAA compliant video recorders for a smooth migration NDAA compliant Wisenet Pentabrid video recorders launched by Hanwha Techwin are designed to extend the life of existing analogue based CCTV, whilst providing a smooth migration to an IP network based video surveillance solution. Combinations of analogue or IP cameras up to 4K ultra high definition can be connected to the new Wisenet Pentabrid 4, 8 and 16 channel video recorders, with a simple onboard software switch enabling users to convert any channel from analogue to IP, when required. The recorders, which are ONVIF Profile S conformant and supersede existing NDAA non-compliant Pentabrid devices, are equipped with features such as dual track recording, multiple monitor output and the ability to create user groups. They also support a range of Intelligent Video Analytics including audio, face, defocus, enter/exit and camera tampering detection, which trigger a variety of actions when an event occurs, such as moving a PTZ camera to a pre-set position or automatically sending email alerts to specified personnel, as well as directly to the Wisenet Mobile App.


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he RF-Touch wireless intruder keypad and RF-MCS magnetic door contact are the latest additions to the SecureWave product line. The keypad is produced in either a black or white finish and it can be supplied with optional replacement facia trims in Black, White, Chrome and Grey. It is compliant with EN50131-3 Grade 2 Class II. The RF-MCS is a compact window or door detector with shock detection built in and available in White, Brown and Grey finish. It complies with the requirements of EN50131-2.6 and -2-8 Grade 2 Class II.

Getting started Two captive crosshead screws secure the RFTouch front panel to its back plate. Once released the front panel folds out through 90° giving access to the internals. The front panel can be removed from the back when angled at around 15° and pulled away with a reasonably sharp tug to overcome the resistance of the plastic hinge clips. The 115mm spaced main mounting holes allow suitable space for levelling the unit with an additional hole should pattress box mounting be preferred. In addition to a large cable inlet aperture there are five cable knockouts should a wired connection be required. The unit is supplied with batteries fitted but with insulating tabs in place; removing these powers the unit up.

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The RF-MCS detector and its magnet are in plastic cases that are prised open using a screwdriver blade to one of three locations available on the detector module and at either end of the magnet unit. The backing plates are then fixed to a suitable door or window surface. The magnet has 2 fixing holes at 45mm centres, and the detector has 2 holes at 43mm with a 10mm offset. Alternatively, double sided tape is supplied for fixing, but this would not be EN 50131 compliant if used, due to compromised tamper detection. The keypad must be enrolled onto the system using the panel’s engineering menu structure. Up to two wireless keypads can be used per system. The “RF Devices” Menu is used to add the RF-MCS detector, and this is individually identified by pressing the tamper switch when adding. Shock Gross and Pulse levels can then be set. Monitored Supervisory signalling is turned on by default.

What’s in the box? RF-Touch Wireless Keypad: Cover trim Trim removal tool Instruction sheet Drilling template Quick-codes sticker RF-MCS Magnetic contact: Instruction sheet Fixing screws


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A very stylish compact grade 2 wireless alarm keypad and door contact to add to the HKC intrusion detection product range


Hardware The printed circuit board takes up most of the space within the keypad with four battery holders at the top left (looking into the rear of the panel) with a 23mm speaker at the bottom. The four batteries are 3v CR123 lithium and are all wired in parallel. If external power is used, the batteries will work as backup supply. Around the base of the battery compartment is a multistrand coil of wire that forms the antennae for the proximity tag that can be used for contactless setting and un-setting of the system. The active zone for proximity tag use is at the top right of the panel front. On the rear of the pcb, the only components accessible are the tamper switch and a 100microfarad electrolytic capacitor close to the 4-pole terminal block at the top right of the board. This has connections for an optional external 12-volt input and an A & B connection for serial data to the panel if wireless connectivity is not being used. The back plate contains a drop-down plastic information tab that can be accessed beneath the casing when installed. This can hold the selfadhesive Quick-Codes sticker to provide a function reminder to the user. A 17 x 38 mm backlit window to the right of the keypad shows the manufacturers logo and EN 50131-3 details. This is printed onto a removable plastic sheet of 49 x 39 mm accessible beneath the clip-on facia, this allows replacement with the installer’s branding detail. The supplied plastic facia trim removal tool is taped to the front of the panel and should be retained for future use. The RF-MCS magnetic detector is supplied with a single DL2450 3-volt button cell fitted. An insulating tab is removed to start the unit operating. At first power-up, an on-board LED dimly illuminates and then flashes three times. It is then ready for enrolling onto the system.

Simply placing a hand near to the keypad wakes up the display in a low intensity mode and this increases brightness with a press. The screen remains active for a few seconds but with external power supplied, the screen can remain active for a longer duration. Although using capacitive touch screen technology the telephone style numeric keypad and additional functions are permanently printed onto the device so immediately identifiable for precise control. With an anticipated battery life of over three years in normal operation, the keypad has a very low 25µA standby demand that increases to 40mA when transmitting. With maximum functions including the display operational the current may rise to a maximum of 145mA, but the short duration of the screen time-out limits such demand. In use the device was seen to reach around 60mA for a brief period so the three-year life should be easily achieved with a normal duty cycle. Line of sight range for both devices is stated as greater than 400 metres, though real world installation distances will be dependant on building structures, but a wireless expander is available for larger properties. When cleaning of the keypad is required, simultaneously pressing 1 and 3 will activate a short period of inactivity with “CLEAN KEYPAD” flashing on the display, this prevents unintended activation of any functions while cleaning.

Conclusion A very stylish compact grade 2 wireless alarm keypad and door contact to add to the HKC intrusion detection product range.

8.5 out of 10 NOTE: This PSI Product Test was carried out by an independent third party, not editorial staff. The manufacturer had no input in the review or the final result

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Pyronix – MCEXTERNAL-WE guide for installation and a reasonable level of written information and specification about the product. The QR code, however, takes you to Pyronix webpage where you a full product specification is provided giving you a straightforward information about the product, capabilities, security, and suggested installation locations. Like all Pyronix products the set-up process if really easy with the easy-to-follow system set-up and the clearly labelled “Learn” button found on the PCB.


What’s in the box? Mounting screws Mounting and installation manuals 3V Lithium battery

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his tamperproof and weatherproof contact extends perimeter protection applications to securing sheds, garages, gates etc, with remote voice push notification alerts via the smart device apps, HomeControl2.0 and ProControl+. Featuring an IP66 rating, this discreet and versatile Grade 2 device is described as easy to fit and calibrate. This product is suitable for external use or in locations where environmental conditions would affect or alter the performance of other devices. The device would also be suitable where integration and monitoring of hard-wired devices are required – such as roller shutter contacts connected to the on-board terminals found on the reed-switch PCB.

Getting started The instructions are in pamphlet form, but a QR code is provided on the exterior of the box. The included pamphlet provides a good picture-based

The device would be suitable where integration and monitoring of hard-wired devices are required – such as roller shutter contacts connected to the on-board terminals found on the reed-switch PCB 26

During testing, the external contact was very responsive. The devices “Instant Two-way Device Control (ITDC)” meaning instant sleep and wake up of the devices allowing for continuous communication between the device and the control panel. The device was installed in two external locations – approximately 10-15m from the control panel, and the device worked flawlessly. Pros: The Pyronix Wireless External Magnetic Contact is a quality product that feels great, is well constructed. It provides responsive detection with false alarm reduction due to the 70mm tolerance between magnet and contact, and worked seamlessly in the external environments it was tested in. Cons: One drawback to the contact is the size. The overall finish of the contact looks great, but the plastic housing for both the magnet and reedswitch are very large and would not be suited in any area where aesthetics are to be considered.

Conclusion The product is constructed very well. The casing is made of a hard polycarbonate with a deep grey (anthracite) finish which makes the door contact look great, with the reed switch side being double layered providing additional protection and a weatherproof seal. Keeping in mind that the housing is very large, the finish to the contact looks good with a very good build quality compared to similar products. The overall performance of the product did not disappoint during testing as it managed to maintain a high signal strength at all times as well as being very responsive.

8.5 out of 10

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What’s also in the box? Back fixing plate Spare rubber cable entry grommet Allen Key screwdriver


his IP67 and IK10 rated motorized 5MP mini dome boasts a number of features including Smart IR, which combines high beam and low beam to adjust IR intensity to suit different lighting conditions, plus functions such as HLC (highlight compensation) and defog. It has a multi-interface for easier installation, a built-in microphone, PoE and DC12v.

Getting started

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Installation instructions are provided in the foldout pamphlet, including quick installation steps for mounting and connecting the camera as well as setup instructions for using Milesight’s smart tools to assign an IP address and assigning an IP address via the web browser. The installation steps are well laid out and picture based which makes for easier reading, but the IP assigning section could be explained better, especially when assigning using the web browser. When the online user manual is accessed via the QR code things become much clearer with a lot more information detailing the process and providing product details for their range of cameras. When the CMS and smart tools where downloaded they did not fit onto a laptop screen so the camera was set up via the web browser. Once in the camera settings setup is straight forward and is very user-friendly with easy to navigate menus. It will also integrate with most VMS software and work on most NVRs as long as they support the ONVIF protocol.

Performance The camera could struggle to pick out detail if fitted facing out a window or an entrance where

Milesight - MS-C5375-EPC there is typically a lot of light. The motorised lens functions are reasonably good from 2.8mm to 8.4mm which is a 3x zoom. The picture and image quality is good when light levels are low or when fitted externally. Pros: The camera is versatile and due to its ONVIF protocol it will integrated with most software’s and NVRs available in the UK. The image quality for the camera performs as expected, and when it is not drown by background light, it produces a good, clear image. The camera is also fitted with a hinge on the rear base connected to the lens which allows for easy access when the camera is mounted. It allows the camera to be opened, exposing the connection points without having part of the camera suspended by a wire or being loose increasing the risk of it being damaged. It’s a great feature. Cons: Even though it is a great addition to the camera, the hinge also causes some problems. The hinge is on the rear of the camera below the entry holes for the cabling, this is a problem as it limits where the camera can be mounted. When the camera is hinged open, the lens over hangs about 3-4 inches past the base meaning that the camera cannot be mounted close to a wall or ceiling without obstructing access to the connections. The motorised lens capabilities work reasonably well, apart from the lag time between the camera zoom and the camera focusing, but the lack of reasonable back light compensation or a good WDR results in a distorted image when facing out a door or window.

Conclusion The build quality is superb, the camera is well made. There are real signs of quality with this camera that include a solid casing throughout, connection points do not flex or move and all pivot points on the camera and lens move fluidly and are not flimsy. there has been a lot of thought put into its design – it’s a nice-looking camera. That being said, it isn’t without its flaws, and there are a few. The “Smart Tools” application renders poorly not fitting a standard laptop format. However, the online configurator works well and is easy to navigate. The Motorised lens is relatively good but the 3x zoom doesn’t provide much benefit and will only allow for remote setup of the camera rather than a usable function. Milesight has produced a good quality product that has clear image quality and good functionality.

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An overview of some of the products we have featured in PSI independent test reports over recent months. Manufacturers and distributors have no input in the testing or the final results so you can rest assured that these are genuine reports and not based on external influences. Bosch – Flexidome NDE-3503-AL Part of the Bosch Flexidome IP 3000i IR range, this fixed dome camera is impact resistant to IK10 with IP66 protection rating and has a 1/2.9” 5MP CMOS sensor, 3.2 to 10mm motorised lens and a range of “Essential” video analytic functions. It has a diameter of 137mm and height of 122.5mm. It has an operating temperature of -30°C to +50°C. Review: A very capable dome camera with a wide range of configuration options. Score: 8.5/10

IDIS – DC-S6283HRXL The DC-S6283HRXL dome is an external IP66, IK10 rated, 1/2” CMOS 2MP Lightmaster PTZ ONVIF compliant dome with 36 times zoom lens and long range IR capability. Review: A well featured PTZ dome with simple setup, excellent optical performance and enhanced IR illumination. Score: 8/10

Uniview – IPC2325EBR5-DPZ Promoted as a 5MP WDR Starlight Varifocal IP67 network bullet camera, the unit is based on a 1/ 2.7” sensor with a 2.7 to 13.5mm auto-focus motorized zoom lens giving a horizontal angle of view from 93.28° to 28.56°. Review: A versatile solidly built external bullet camera with a wide range of configuration settings. The security settings allow the camera to be suitably locked-down but the lack of a forced “strong” password is a concern; perhaps a future firmware update will remedy this. Score: 8/10

Luxrite – SPR0DHIPD80 The SPRO DHIPD80 “Turret” style camera is an IP67 externally rated 8MP (4k) camera with a 2.8mm fixed lens, “ColourNight” operation and Active Deterrence capability. It has a built-in speaker and microphone along with external audio connection and alarm input and output. Review: A very sensitive “Turret” style camera with high definition and some excellent features for deterring intruders. Score: 9/10 30

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Hikvision – ColorVu DS-2CD2087G2-LU This IP67, 8MP bullet camera is from the Hikvision ColorVu range. It is designed for 24hour colour imagery with warm-white visible LED illumination support for zero light scenes. A wide 2.8mm lens version is standard with 4mm and 6mm options. Review: An extremely sensitive 8MP high-resolution camera with advanced detection capabilities, 24-hour colour capability and a wide range of security features. Score: 9/10

Tyco – Illustra Multi Sensor Dome The Illustra Flex multi-sensor camera provides four 4MP camera views from a single location over a single network cable using just one IP address. The IP66 cameras can be flexibly positioned within the housing for full 360° coverage. Review: An interesting approach to the provision of multi-camera highly detailed wide-angle views from a single housing with straightforward installation and configuration. Score: 8/10

Hanwha Techwin – Wisenet XNV-8081RE The XNV-8081RE is from the Wisenet X range and incorporates a PoE extender capability to simplify cabling infrastructure when installing a second camera within 80 metres of an existing position. The dome is based on a 1/2.8” 5MP CMOS sensor with a stated 0.07 Lux colour sensitivity and IR LED monochrome illumination. Review: A very installer friendly ONVIF compliant external dome camera with ease of set-up and an ability to simplify network cabling when retrofitting for additional cameras, installing two cameras to a single location or when needing to install an adjacent PoE device such as lighting or PIR detection. Score: 9.5/10

Dahua – DH-SDT-5X225-2F-WA-0600 The DH-SDT-5X225-2F-WA-0600 is promoted as a 2MP Starlight IR Dual PTZ external network camera. It is from the Dahua WizMind range and is based on 2 x 1/2.8” CMOS sensors, one with a wide angle view and one with a 25x optical zoom lens. “Deep Learning algorithms” are used to support detection functions such as smart tracking of vehicles or humans with automatic filtering of false alarms. . Review: An interesting ONVIF compliant dome with high sensitivity and capable of tracking subjects while still maintaining an overview of the scene of interest. Good differentiation of targets to track humans and/or vehicles while preventing false alarms. Score: 8/10

Optio – OPA4ED28V12IRG The OPA4ED28V12IRG camera is an IP67 rated, 4 Megapixel (2560H x 1440V) Eyeball style analogue camera with a varifocal 2.7mm to 12mm lens. It consists of an aluminium body and mount available in a dark grey or white finish. Review: Working with all of the key analogue HD formats and providing up to 4MP resolution this camera is relatively simple to install and set up. When combined with a compatible recorder, this camera allows simple and cost-effective upgrades for legacy analogue systems using coaxial cabling. Score: 9/10


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Hikvision – AX Pro The AX Pro can be purchased as a kit or individual components. The reviewed system was a DS-PWA96-Kit1-WE kit with the seven parts as listed. It is a wireless Grade 2 alarm system that can be used stand-alone or integrated into a management system. Additional modules are available to link to home automation products and systems. The DS-PWA96-M-WE panel supports up to 32 areas and 96 zones. Review: A compact wireless alarm system with extended battery duration and flexible remote management. The product is well suited to central monitoring with a range of protocols supported. A reasonably wide and increasing range of detector types with scope for integration with home-automation systems. Score: 8.5/10

Western Digital – Purple 18TB HDD The Purple range of hard drives is designed for surveillance applications with a variety of capacities from 1TB up to 18TB. They are designed for 24-hour, all-year-round operation with an emphasis on continuous write-cycle time. The drive is said to support up to 64 HD cameras and is optimised for AI based read / write requirements with an additional 32 AI streams. Review: A very high-capacity drive with fast read & write access and multiple features to improve the storage and robustness of multi-camera surveillance recordings, especially where complex analytics and Deep Learning are utilised. Score: 9/10

Ajax – Wireless Alarm System The Ajax alarm system is a wireless based EN50131 Grade 2 range of components that can be mixed and matched to suit a variety of home and office environments. Components are available in white or black finish to suit the décor of the site. Smartphone setup, management and monitoring along with extended battery life mean that the system is easy to install and use. Review: A wide range of detectors and simple set-up process makes for a potentially very quick installation. Good access to diagnostic information for monitoring purposes coupled with relatively straightforward battery changing. Score: 9.5/10

2N – IP Verso Intercom The door unit is IP54 rated, with IK08 impact rating (IK07 for display). It is produced in modules that can be extended to allow for numeric entry keypads, card readers and button arrays. It supports voice and video communication calls to mobile phones and tablets and can be integrated into security systems. The indoor viewer (right) is a 7” 1024 x 600 pixel touch screen device that can be desk or wall mounted. Review: A flexible system with great potential for mobile, remote, or central monitoring station use. It is potentially let down by its lack of worked examples for some of the commissioning settings, but manufacturer support should help overcome this. Score: 7.5/10

MaxxOne – M1P-IPC-080 A combination test unit for both analogue and IP CCTV systems. Its touch-screen control allows selection of a wide range of functions such as camera testing and set up, wireless network signal strength monitoring and multi-meter functions all in one compact unit. Review: The M1P-IPC-080 provides comprehensive test features and should limit the need to carry multiple test items to site. A very useful addition to the installation or commissioning engineer’s toolbox. Score: 9/10


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Texecom – Capture Capture motion detectors are intended for use in a wide variety of professional security applications. With a choice of EN Grade 2 wired or wireless connectivity, wall or ceiling mounting, and a choice of detection technologies including dual element, quad element or dual technology sensing, Capture suits a wide variety of security environments. Review: The ease of connection with a range of switchable, built-in EOL resistor values simplifies the installation process. The potential for device branding will likely be appealing to independent installers. Score: 9/10

Zyxel – GS1350-6HP A “Smart Managed Switch for Surveillance”, the 6-port version has five PoE enabled ports and one SFP socket. All ports support up to 1Gb data rate with a 12Gb/s switching capacity and a 60-Watt PoE budget. 8, 16 and 24 port versions are available, each with 2 SFP sockets and PoE power of 130W, 250W and 375W respectively. Review: A very well featured security industry network switch with specialised surveillance features, that allows a high degree of network security and remote management when suitably configured. Score: 9.5/10

Camect – NVR The Camect NVR is a Smart Network Video Recorder using AI routines to identify specific subjects within the scene and to prevent false alarms. This model is primarily aimed at mid to high-end residential and small commercial properties Review: A very interesting, small intelligent recording device that does not rely on “Cloud” analysis or storage and with ease of installation and management. Score: 8/10

Satel – Agate The Satel Agate unit is an externally rated (IP54) “curtain” format intrusion detector designed for perimeter protection. It utilises two sensors, passive infrared and microwave, and meets the requirements of Grade 3 when wall mounted indoors. Review: A compact dual-tech curtain device that can be discreetly installed to provide perimeter intrusion detection. Score: 8.5/10

Seagate – SkyHawk ST14000VX0008 The 14TB SkyHawk is a conventionally packaged 3.5” hard drive with SATA connection. It is promoted as a surveillance optimised drive with “superior image integrity”. Multi-Tier Caching allows for up to 64 HD video streams to be handled. Review: A very fast and efficient hard drive with an impressive specification, vast storage and manufacturer support for data recovery if required. The attention to the specific current and developing requirements of the surveillance industry should ensure that this drive provides the required performance and longevity of service. Score: 9/10


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Meet the installer

Security life with Carlton Littleford of Carlton Alarms in Huddersfield

Name: Carlton Littleford Job title: Managing Director Time in security/fire: 47 years Company: Carlton Alarms Location: Huddersfield

“An ideal project would be a commercial client who wants us to install intruder, fire, access and CCTV; we aspire to be a “one-stop” shop for our clients”

Areas of expertise: Intruder, CCTV, access control and fire alarm systems Accreditations: NSI Gold and BAFE What would be a typical project for you? I don’t think there is exactly a typical project as we install from small domestic systems up to large commercials and everything in between. An ideal project would be a commercial client who wants us to install intruder, fire, access and CCTV; we aspire to be a “one-stop” shop for our clients wherever possible as it’s more cost effective for them and more efficient for us, so everyone wins. Do you have any ‘go to’ technology and manufacturers? Our main suppliers are Texecom and Optex for intruder, Dahua for CCTV, Paxton for access control and Kentec and C-Tec for fire alarms.

insurers confidence to recognise the quality of the work we do. Do you think there is an engineer skills shortage? Any trouble recruiting? There is definitely a skills shortage. Over the years we have trained many apprentices but they never stay. I can understand why, as I was the same once, you want to move on and be recognised in your own right. We try to avoid agencies wherever possible, the fees are just ridiculous.

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What is the best thing about working in this industry? I suppose it’s a bit of a cliché but the best thing for me is all the people I have met, from clients, employees to suppliers - it’s the best part of the job and that has never changed. The latest technology is amazing, both from the development of the equipment, to vehicles, tools etc…… I go back to when we were fitting key operated systems, running cables everywhere, carrying a 110-volt transformer around with a percussion drill and now everyone has cordless everything, installing wireless systems and a laptop! Is third party accreditation beneficial to you? It definitely is. When I started Carlton Alarms 35 years ago, initially I just wanted to work for myself and be my own boss. When the business expanded and I started employing engineers I wanted to be recognised as a professional company and so I went through the process to become NSI Gold accredited. I think on the whole it is very beneficial as it gives the client confidence that they will get a well designed system fitted to a high standard and it gives the


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What impact has smart/home automation had on your business? We don’t get involved with home automation, however everyone wants everything on their phone these days so we offer control of their systems via apps on their smart devices, but that’s as far as we go. What would make your job easier? Clients paying their invoices on time! It’s always the same ones that you have to chase and the old favourite, engineers completing their paperwork. To be fair we have a great team here and they all make my life easier. At one time I worked seven days a week, five evenings and sometimes all night. I did this for years, so working four to five days is a much better life work balance. What is your ultimate/fantasy electronic security/fire product? It would be great if manufacturers could preprogram their control panels to meet the various standards and grades as it would make the engineers job much easier and there would be less chance of an error when setting the system up. There are so many parameters on a modern system it’s easy to miss something - you need a degree to program a system these days. What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? Work hard, put the hours in and you will reap the rewards. Install quality products, fit them properly, be neat and tidy and back it up with a good service. You only get once chance to make a first impression, so be smart and punctual when you meet a potential client for the first time. I still take my slippers to all my domestic clients - it’s the small things……………. Production Director Matt Wilson recently celebrated a milestone achievement at Carlton Alarms having been with the firm for 20 years!

Are there any common requests from customers that give you problems? (ie impossible expectations) You still get domestic customers in bungalows asking for their siren box to be fitted on the chimney stack! The client who wants a survey in the morning, the specification in the afternoon and fitted the day after! With regards to CCTV many clients want to see a vast area with one camera and then read a number plate 100 metres away!

Will England ever win the World Cup again? Of course they will but I’m not sure if it will be in my lifetime. It would be fantastic to have all the family round to watch the match; beating Germany 5-0 would be the icing on the cake. If you won £25,000 what would you do with the money? As a motorcycle enthusiast I would have to add to my collection, a big party for the family and a donation to one of our local charities.

What is the security/fire industry’s biggest myth? I think the biggest myth is that you can get a reliable quality system fitted and installed professionally for a quarter of the going price by companies advertising on social media!

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The real analytics applications Video analytics have extended the use of CCTV beyond simple security, but what are the real applications that benefit from analytics? ideo security systems are improving all the time, and as a growing number of users make the adjustment to modern solutions like CCTV cloud storage, new possibilities like video analytics are also emerging. This technology can be used for a whole range of different purposes, from crime prevention, through to resource management. Additionally, with the emergence of Covid-19 and associated rules on social contact, it can play a valuable role in helping companies to enforce the safety guidelines and keep their employees safe. Some of the applications we see from manufacturers can be a little ‘blue sky thinking’ meant to stimulate ideas rather than focus on real life situations that can be improved straight away. We asked Logan Bell of Cloudview to give us his top five genuine uses for video analytics in security and business.


Crime and anomaly detection The detection and prevention of crime have always been among the most pressing concerns requiring CCTV solutions. One of the key ways in which video analytics is helping to change the game is through real-time - or close to real-time - crime and anomaly detection, helping businesses and others to react much more swiftly. The kind of anomaly detection software needed for this works through the deployment of machine learning algorithms. According to a recent guide published by the CPNI, this then allows a CCTV system to gain a sense of what a 'normal' scene looks like, allowing it to more quickly and easily detect when something is out of the ordinary. Although such anomaly detection systems are far from infallible, they can present security staff and others monitoring CCTV with the necessary 'nudge' needed to react quickly in the event of something unexpected taking place. This then makes it much easier to detect crime as and when it occurs, rather than responding after the damage is done.

Calculating retail footfall One of the simpler uses for video analytics occurs within retail settings, with the technology helping to detect the levels of retail footfall. Such technology can be invaluable for businesses, especially if they operate multiple premises because it allows them to understand which stores or locations are attracting the most customers. Going further, retail companies can use video analytics to pick up on significant trends. For instance, it may be that through a combination of CCTV cloud storage and video analytics, they are able to detect that the number of customers entering a particular store increases at a particular time of day, or at a particular time of the year. Detection of footfall in such a way can also be useful for other reasons. As an example, a store might be able to use video analytics to detect which areas of their shop floor are busiest. When this information is analysed and compared across different premises, it becomes much easier to identify the products customers are interested in.

One of the key ways in which video analytics is helping to change the game is through real-time - or close to real-time - crime and anomaly detection

Enforcing Covid protocols The use of video analytics technology has expanded into new areas as a consequence of the pandemic and the various safety protocols and procedures that have been introduced. 39

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Video analytics can be used to conduct behavioural analysis, in real-time, alerting security staff and others to specific situations

Here, the technology can be used to automatically detect breaches in protocol, or to identify areas of risk. When combined with CCTV cloud recording, video analytics can allow businesses, event organisers, security firms, law enforcement and other authorities to continually analyse locations. Artificial intelligence can enable CCTV systems to quickly and accurately detect non-compliance with mask-wearing, social distancing and mass gathering rules. Aside from enforcing laws, this technology makes it significantly easier for employers to operate a safe workplace and to have people working on-site. Any breaches of Covid guidelines can be detected immediately and dealt with, resulting in a workforce that feels less vulnerable and more like their employer is actively considering their safety at all times. Of course, at the moment we don’t know the long-term lifespan of Covid-based technology solutions, but for now analytics certainly has a role to play.

Evidence-based decisions

Another way in which video analytics can be used within retail and other business settings is with a

view to making evidence-based staffing decisions. The ability to monitor how busy retail locations are can help companies to respond to situations and allocate staff resources appropriately. Shops, restaurants and other businesses with multiple premises can use video analytics to move employees from one location to another, in response to changes in demand. Over time, machine learning and artificial intelligence can build up a picture of what a typical scene looks like and identify when one location seems excessively busy. When combined with CCTV cloud recording, alerts can also be sent when certain specific conditions are met, such as a specified number of customers being physically present in a store. The ability to move employees from location to location swiftly, based on need, can also save employers money by reducing the overall number of staff they employ.

Real-time behavioural analysis

Finally, video analytics can also be used to conduct behavioural analysis, in real-time, alerting security staff and others to specific situations. For instance, it may be possible to use the technology to identify when groups of people are gathering near a location and remaining there for a particular length of time. This ability to identify patterns of behaviour can be useful in reducing threats like vandalism, damage to property, theft, anti-social behaviour and a variety of similar problems. It is also possible to use video analytics to set up certain 'no go' areas in a workplace, or the surrounding area. This can be used to notify senior staff if someone enters these areas.


Video analytics has an increasingly important role to play in modern security strategies and the technology can be used in many useful ways, from assisting with crime detection and prevention, to assisting businesses with staffing decisions and keeping their employees safe in the Covid era and beyond. Some of the analytics you’ll see publicised at trade shows will be astounding and very clever, but at the moment the majority of installed systems are not using the technology in such applications. In the long term, the analytics that will become mainstream and more commonly used will be the ones that provide genuine benefits rather than those offering services that sound great in principle but ultimately only result in marginal operational bonuses or business sense. 40

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Shining a light on Adaptive IR As often has been the case, technology came to the rescue in the form of infra-red (IR) illumination. Unlike our eyes, which can only detect white light within 400 to 700 nanometres (approx.) wavelengths, IR light at 850 nanometres can assist cameras to capture high quality monochrome images in what human beings would consider to be complete darkness.

Unlike our eyes, which can only detect white light within 400 to 700 nanometres (approx.) wavelengths, IR light at 850 nanometres can assist cameras to capture high quality monochrome images in what human beings would consider to be complete darkness Earlier generations of the IR illumination were in the form of incandescent IR lights, which were expensive to buy and were power hungry, as well as having a very limited lifespan. More recently, cameras have been equipped with LED IR illuminators which are much more energy efficient and reliable. With the IR light emitted invisible to the human eye, they offer the additional benefit of control room operators being able to direct security guards to the scene or report the suspicious activity to police, without the intruders being aware they have been detected.

Uri Guterman, Head of Product & Marketing for Hanwha Techwin Europe, provides a bite-sized overview of the contribution IR Illumination can make to the effectiveness of a video surveillance system ideo surveillance cameras need light to capture high quality images 24 hours a day. In times gone by, this meant supplementary lighting had to be installed to ensure cameras could operate effectively in low light and night-time conditions. The cost of doing so could be prohibitive if civil engineering work was required for cabling purposes. Light pollution could also be an issue for local authorities in terms of people complaining about its impact in residential areas.


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Adaptive IR illumination The big breakthrough in terms of delivering light to enable cameras to capture clear, sharp images at night has come from the development of Adaptive IR illumination. This, as the name suggests, adjusts the angle of the camera’s IR LEDs to match the level of zoom and as such, the IR illumination can be concentrated on objects up to a distance of 200 metres. Cameras with Adaptive IR illumination use three sets of IR LEDs which are calibrated to ensure near, medium distance and far away objects, such as people and vehicle number plates, are sufficiently illuminated. In doing so, they offer a highly effective, as well as energy efficient and eco-friendly way to ensure video surveillance cameras are able to perform to the best of their abilities, regardless of the lighting conditions.

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Understanding FESS David Scott, Managing Director of Skills for Security reveals what an apprentice on the Fire Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship (FESS) programme learns. Here are some practical answers to the questions he frequently hears The FESS apprenticeship is split into four pathways; • Fire Alarms Only • Security Systems Only • Fire & Security • Fire & Emergency Lighting


ach pathway is designed to take three years, but can be completed quicker depending on the individual learner's level of experience and prior learning. The pathways are comprised of core elements which account for around 80% (i.e. Electrical Principles, Safe Isolation, Installation Practices, Health and Safety, Operational Checks and Readings, Processes and Procedures for Maintaining Systems and Takeover) and specialist subjects/disciplines chosen by the apprentice such as wiring, programming, commissioning and standards.

Year One The first year aims to give the apprentices the skills they need to complete simple tasks for your organisation under little to no supervision. This means when you ask them to install the first fix of a PIR, Camera, Control Panel or PSU, they can follow the process to install this to the correct recognised specification. The key aspects taught in year one: • H&S – which is a key attribute in apprentices achieving their apprentice ECS card • Communication – aims to improve both verbal and written skills, which ensures competency when communicating with customers • Introduction to Industry & Standards – providing an overview of the sector, key bodies and inspectorates,plus the role they play in raising standards • Cabling and Installation Practices – an overview of BS7671 and compliance • Wiring – the skills to complete first and second fix, including the wiring terminology single pole, double pole, EOL, network topology and wiring infrastructures • Practical Skills – first and second fix, measuring, cutting and safe working practices.

Year Two The second year aims to give the apprentices the skills they need to work on technical tasks independently, with little supervision. This means

students should be able to install systems from start to finish, ensuring they are fully operational and compliant. The key aspects taught in year two: • Survey and Design – designing systems using approved industry paperwork and showing compliance with standards. • Commissioning and Handover of Systems – using the approved processes and procedures for commissioning of systems, including the key components of communication • Programming – ensuring compliance with standards and that systems are fully operational and tested • Integration – basic integration options for all systems

The second year aims to give the apprentices the skills they need to work on technical tasks independently, with little supervision

YOUR SKILLS QUESTIONS ANSWERED As part of this column you can ask David questions directly about training and apprenticeships. We will aim, to publish the question and answer in the next column. If you want to participate in this, then email I am hiring someone that has some experience but no formal qualifications. Can I put them on the apprenticeship? The short answer is yes. When we induct them into the programme, we will skill scan them to identify their skill-set and place them appropriately into the correct class on the course. I am hiring someone that is in their mid to late 20's but has no industry experience. Can I put them on the apprenticeship? Yes, Government funding for apprenticeships is not determined by age.


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The aim of the final year of training is to turn apprentices into valuable engineers

• Fault Finding – the systematic process of identifying faults and rectification • Practical Skills – programming, commissioning, testing and fault finding. The aim of the final year of training is to turn these apprentices into valuable engineers. This means that students should be able to take over systems, identify and rectify faults and noncompliances, follow technical specifications and fully commission.

Year Three The key aspects taught in year three: • Take over systems – a systematic process for taking over systems ensuring compliance with standards • Identification of non-compliances and faults – detailed learning of standards and areas of non-compliance, the process to rectify and commission • Technical specifications – detailed understanding of wiring, building cabling infrastructures and electrical principles • Practical Skills – identifications and rectification of non-compliances and fault finding Skills for Security have a fantastic partnership with Fenix Monitoring, where our live signals go through to their ARC via a demo account. This allows learners to send signals from a protected site, check they are received, rectify faults, put systems on test, and commission. If you would like any advice on attracting new talent, retaining staff, or upskilling your workforce, please feel to reach out to Skills for Security at


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ADPRO Swansway Group Perimeter Protection With 24 branches located throughout the north of England and Wales, Swansway Group is one of the region’s leading motor companies. The company is a main dealer for a range of premium automotive brands including Audi, Volkswagen, Land Rover and Jaguar, and also operates two state-of-the-art accident repair centres. High-value stock inventories across all sites require 24/7 protection, and security is a vital priority. The client was looking for a cost-effective solution for its new vehicle storage facility in Crewe that would combine all surveillance data into a single system giving immediate action upon activation Following consultation with the client, the decision was taken to install the ADPRO FastTrace 2E Remotely Managed Multiservice Gateway (RMG), a Perimeter, Multi-site and Enterprise Security Solution by Honeywell/ADPRO. Installed by NU Fire & Security Ltd, the system delivers state-of-the-art remote monitoring, enabling security threats to be detected and assessed instantly and efficiently. When an intruder is identified, a high quality Quad image is transmitted within seconds in a time stamped data packet, displaying to a remote monitoring centre or mobile handset, allowing operators to see exactly what is happening and take appropriate action. The system uses infrared (IR) IP network High Definition low-light cameras which allows lowlight working and is backed by an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) backup. The ADPRO solution can also operate via 3G connection, which will allow for redundancy should the ADSL lines fail. Use the QR code for the full case study

Confirmation of H.265 licenses used in advanced IDIS video solutions As video users globally pay closer attention to the manufacturing origins and standards-compliance of their systems, IDIS is highlighting the value of its fully licensed network cameras and recorders that feature H.265 video compression. IDIS was among the first manufacturers to deliver the benefits of H.265 compression to the market as part of its end-to-end DirectIP® solution. The company has confirmed that it has HVEC Advance and H.265 MPEG patent licenses for all its hardware, with licenses dating back to cover all installed systems. IDIS has made extensive use of the H.265 standard since 2016, leveraging it to underpin flexible monitoring solutions using dual codec (H.264/265) and hybrid codec to ensure backward compatibility with older monitoring hardware. Combined with IDIS’s own advanced compression technology, IDIS Intelligent Codec, this typically saves up to 70% on storage capacity and lowers bandwidth requirements compared to older high-definition systems that relied on H.264. This approach means IDIS users were among the first to benefit from ultra-high-definition surveillance using 8MP and 12MP cameras, while ensuring fast incident response, smoother searches and minimized distortion when reviewing complex scenes, even from mobile devices. For example, the new IDIS Mobile Plus app – which integrates with the enterprise-level IDIS Solution Suite VMS to allow for more flexible and remote surveillance operations – enables 4K live streaming on remote mobile devices, with high image quality in H.264/MJPEG and H.265 formats. With Mobile Plus, users can remotely access cameras and NVRs, monitor live video streams, and search recorded footage via their iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet – all enabled by advanced compression technologies. For more information on IDIS solution go to


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Unmanned train depots secured by Video Analytics Southeastern Rail Network operates train services between London, Kent and parts of East Sussex. It is one of the busiest networks in the country, transporting 640,000 passengers each weekday on its 392 trains, which are temporarily housed in 12 depots situated around South-East England. Some of these depots are unmanned, and therefore require intelligent security solutions. Bosch Security System’s Integration Partner, Taylor Technology Systems, were tasked with upgrading the entire video surveillance system across the 12 depots. The camera portfolio installed across the 12 depots included FLEXIDOME IP starlight 7000 VR, DINION IP starlight 7000 HD and AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD cameras. These cameras are all equipped with Bosch’s Intelligent Video Analytics solutions ensuring that the most relevant video data can be precisely applied to the requirements of the train depots. Visit:

Integriti update includes biometrics and real time location tracking Access control and security system designer and manufacturer Inner Range has released the Version 21 update for its Enterprise-level system Integriti, which includes integrations with Suprema biometrics and Quuppa real time location tracking. The new integration with Suprema allows users to add thumb and face scans as access credentials, which can be used in addition to smartcards and PIN for high security with trouble-free access. The integration with Quuppa means tagged information from the Quuppa system can be associated with Integriti entities, allowing direct control of the asset from either system. The asset could be an object, or a user associated with it. The location of tagged assets can be made visible on Integriti’s schematic of the site, alongside all other access and security devices. Operators can access all cameras with the asset in their field of view, if fields of view are configured. Alert protocols can be set up with bespoke criteria and operators can track and view the asset instantly if an alert is triggered. Visit:


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Sensors and detectors Essential for expanding the security indoors and outdoors, sensors and detectors come in lots of different variants and styles. Here are a few of the latest innovations

Wireless design ensures quick installation

Dual technology reduces unwanted alarms

The wired Beyond detector from RISCO is ideal for private homes, remote sites, and industrial locations. The wired model can be installed using the RISCO Bus for ease of installation and supports remote services. Dual Technology (DT) provides enhanced catch performance and pet immunity, minimising false alarms. Detection technologies such as Sway Recognition and Digital Correlation reduce false alarms in outdoor environments, such as naturally swaying shrubbery surrounding houses or facilities. Beyond's IP54 environmental rating ensures complete protection against rain and dust.

The D-TECT X Dual Tech and the D-TECT Universal Dual Tech detectors from GJD are battery powered and include a Quad PIR sensor module, which reportedly provides better reliability compared to standard PIR detectors. Each sensor module needs to trigger simultaneously in order to activate, creating a higher resistance to false/unwanted alarms. They also have a built in Microwave sensor which only triggers if motion is detected. The added benefit of Microwave technology combined with the Quad PIR make the detectors ideal for use in a variety of changing weather and traffic conditions.

Laser sensors for long range detection Optex is rolling out the launch of its new Redscan Pro laser detection sensor which can detect intruders to a range of 50mx100m, without any ‘gaps’ or the detection reliability ‘fading’ with range. By creating rectangular as opposed to circular (fan-shaped) detection patterns, there are no unnecessary overlaps, providing coverage for virtual wall applications such as façade and fence protection, and for virtual planes to cover open areas, ceilings and roofs. To meet the individual needs of every site, Redscan Pro features multiple zones logic. This means that for each detection zone, the sensitivity, target size and output can be configured independently, allowing the zone’s risk and location to be adapted and provide maximum capture rate with minimum nuisance alarms. The sensor’s camera module brings visual assistance for configuration and post-alarm analysis. When an alarm is created, a file is saved with alarm log and video image. It helps security teams reviewing the alarms and checks if any action needs to be taken or if the settings need to be adjusted.


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Detector range caters for every eventuality

With a volumetric coverage pattern featuring 42 individual detection facets, each wall mount Capture model features double the number of detection points compared to previous Texecom detectors. This optical system makes the entrylevel Capture dual element detector perform to the same level as a quad PIR, and the Capture quad element detector perform higher again. In addition to the ease of installation and various features such as flexible mounting points and adjustable terminal blocks the Capture range also comes with the option to place company information and/or logos onto the devices using a printed label from Texecom under a clip-on clear cover for additional branding.

Triple mirror optical system with signal processing

The combination of triple mirrors and three twin pyros in the Takex IP55 rated PIR-T series enable selectable operation modes including low position, high position, pet mode (PIRT15WE/AM), middle position (PIR-T40NAM) and high- density; from a mounting height of 2m to 6m. The triple mirror optical system features a geared mirror array allowing detection patterns to be dynamically optimised for maximum performance depending on the chosen mounting height and operation mode. Enhanced features include creep zone detection, near area cancellation, dual outputs, and lightning surge protection.

External detection with anti-masking protection

MotionProtect Outdoor from Ajax Systems is a motion detector with a two-phase algorithm for protection against false triggering, pet immunity featuring antimasking system. An outdoor detector is an easy target. During the day when the system is disarmed, intruders may damage the sensors or block their view to gain an advantage in trespassing at night. To prevent the cases of sabotage, Ajax has equipped the MotionProtect Outdoor with a tamper button and an anti-masking system that can remain active 24/7. The anti-masking system in MotionProtect Outdoor calibrates automatically by analysing the surrounding area when mounting the device. Then, if an obstacle appears in the field of view of anti-masking sensors or if they are painted, the detector notices sabotage and raises the alarm. Moreover, a sensitive tamper is immediately activated if someone attempts to dismount the detector from its mount, the SmartBracket. In addition, detectors can be installed with a hood to protect the anti-masking system from rain and snow. 52

Smoke detector extends home alarm capabilities Extending the capabilities of the alarm system beyond security, the SMOKE-WE (2nd Generation) from Pyronix raises the alarm to the presence of smoke to protect homes and families. The wireless SMOKE-WE (2nd Generation) uses a photoelectric sensor alongside a light source and optical chamber for accurate detection. As smoke enters the optical chamber, it crosses the path of the pulsing LED light source; scattering smoke particles towards the light receptor/sensor to trigger the alarm. The detector has a built-in 85dB local sounder and flashing LED lights; providing a clear and obvious alarm when smoke is detected.

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Audenshaw School ensures security and safety Audenshaw School in Manchester is an all-boys secondary school with approximately 1,200 students aged 11 to 16. The school was equipped with a biometric access control system; however, it had proven to be unreliable. On a mission to find a robust and reliable security system to meet safety requirements, the school engaged Certified Gallagher Channel Partner, Clarion, to replace the current access control solution. The school required a security system and installer that would help keep people safe, reduce cyber security risks, and protect assets. It needed a solution that enabled complete site control from

Site protection for Debenhams Ottaway law firm

Amthal has worked with law firm Debenhams Ottaway to design and install fire and security solutions for its commercial offices, and present ultimate site protection for its staff and visitors. Having required assistance to ensure compliant fire safety and security at its main commercial offices, Debenhams Ottaway’s Facilities Management team spoke with the local business community to source Amthal and discuss design and specification requirements. Amthal worked with Debenhams Ottaway, completing a full risk assessment of its commercial offices in St Albans, to establish product requirements, right from perimeter protection


one central management platform, and wanted that platform to integrate with existing security and building management solutions in place. “The system had to be easy to use, scalable, and cyber secure,” said Steve Morton, IT Manager for Audenshaw School. “We found our current system was lacking and did not meet some of these key requirements.” Firstly, the school needed a security system that enabled rapid evacuation and lockdown: “In the event of an elevated incident, we must be able to lockdown all controlled doors at the push of a button. We also needed a lockdown feature capable of allowing key personnel on site to override the system with their ID card,” said Steve. Gallagher Command Centre provides this functionality allowing the school to respond swiftly and accurately during emergency situations. “The system enables us to lockdown individual zones directly via Gallagher’s mobile application, Command Centre Mobile,” said Steve. Secondly, Audenshaw wanted the access control system to be linked to managed print services, so pupils can use the same PIN on the access control system, as they do on the school’s managed print system. Thirdly, the school required a system that could integrate with its existing visitor management system, so that staff only had to carry a single card – the single card can be used to access doors and acts as an ID, so no excess cards or fobs are required for users. “Not only were we able to link our managed print services and integrate our Visitor Management System, but we were also able to integrate our fire alarm system with Command Centre for maximum safety,” said Steve. Finally, Clarion was asked to replace all hardware and software with a reliable system that could grow and adapt in line with future aspirations. through to internal fire safety procedures. Amthal designed and installed a layered security system, integrating CCTV and door entry to maintain an active presence for the safety of all staff and visitors, alongside car park barrier services to control access on site. From a fire safety perspective, Amthal now actively services its fire doors on site, including all necessary inspections to remain compliant to latest standards. Paul Rosenthal, Sales Director Amthal Fire & Security said: “Every law office should have a comprehensive security system to monitor their physical premises and to keep their confidential client data secure. Our aim was to fully understand the requirements, and install discreet security to work with every day activity and blend with its surroundings. This included ensuring there is sufficient capability to monitor the traffic across the site, at all times, during and after office hours.”

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Trinity Fire & Security opts for cloud storage solution VMware-based provider iland has announced that Trinity Fire & Security Systems has been using iland Secure Cloud and iland Secure Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to host and protect the company’s workloads, marking a transition away from on-premises data centres as a means to enable future growth. Trinity Fire & Security Systems is a provider of fire detection, fire safety, life safety and security systems. As the business grew over 20 years, delivering more contracts across a wider spectrum of industry types and sizes, Lee Angell, IT director, noted a snowball effect taking place — more customers meant more data, which in turn meant more resources needed to support the company’s data centres. From there, Lee had two options: invest even more funding and resources into expanding Trinity’s current data centre infrastructure or investigate new opportunities and technologies, particularly hosted cloud providers. “Our current data centre was becoming more and more expensive to maintain and we were responsible for training and managing our own team,” said Angell. “As part of the business case, we factored in the staff effort required to maintain the data centre, whereas that isn’t a concern for us now. We’ve been given more flexibility. We have

a small team and therefore the added agility was a good benefit for us.” When the coronavirus pandemic hit early last year, Trinity already had its workloads migrated onto iland’s Secure Cloud infrastructure. All things considered, this made for a relatively “comfortable” experience, according to Lee. With the ability to monitor and manage a variety of workloads over a single pane of glass, and a majority of employees already equipped to work remotely, business was able to proceed uninterrupted.

Protecting a research base in Antarctica from fires

The Vernadsky Research Base, a Ukrainian Antarctic Station, is now equipped with an Ajax security system featuring FireProtect and FireProtect Plus fire detectors. The Ajax equipment was delivered at a distance of 16 thousand kilometres and protects the scientific base in Antarctica. The previous fire system had not been upgraded for 36 years (since 1985). The old system malfunctioned and caused false alarms. Some detectors were inoperable. But finding spare parts for them (and getting them to Antarctica) was becoming more difficult. Fire is a serious problem in the area as most of the buildings at Antarctic stations were built decades ago. These are often small wooden houses with metal panels insulated with foam. When the foam burns, it releases the deadly phosgene gas. In addition to the Ajax hub (the security system control panel) and two sirens, ten fire detectors were delivered to Galindez Island in West Antarctica. They protect against fire, detect smoke and rapid temperature swings, and also prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. When connected to the Ajax security system via the secure Jeweller radio protocol, the detectors can operate at distances of up to 1,300 meters from the hub. Ajax fire detectors will continue protecting even if the station loses access to the Internet or

there is no one to monitor alarms. The devices can operate independently from the system control panel. Even if there will be no connection with the hub, detectors will recognise the threat, and the built-in sirens will alert the danger. The siren volume is 85 dB to wake up even those who fast asleep. The system will also operate when the temperature in the station premises drops to +11-12°C, which happens when there are strong winds. The detector’s operating temperature ranges from 0°C to +65°C. Finally, the autonomous operation period of the detectors is up to 4 years meaning that regular maintenance site visits will not be necessary.


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Video and access installation for London offices The Corsham Street building in Shoreditch, East London has recently undergone refurbishment and modernisation. The site currently functions as a multi-occupancy space, housing a gym and multiple offices. These spaces are rented on short or long-term contracts to a variety of businesses. As spaces within the building are leased to a variety of businesses there are a number of different entry and access group requirements. The new security system would also need to meet the proposed requirements outlined in future plans to work across five further sites. All sites will need to be managed centrally and facilitated by a Building Manager in a single location.

“Not knowing when doors had failed, having no ability to check access rights on fobs and lack of a data log made it challenging to use” Prior to the refurbishment, the site had a basic intercom system which simply allowed visitors to buzz upon arrival. The main doors had a two-way audio intercom, with a simple electronic fob access option for users. Offices and store cupboards were accessible via traditional lock and key and there were minimal security cameras to monitor and manage users entering and leaving the site. John Watts, Director of RJM Projects & Design who refurbished and assists to manage the building said: “Management of the system was a struggle before. Not knowing when doors had failed, having no ability to check access rights on fobs and lack of a data log made it challenging to use.” 56

The new solution was installed by Seen Services, who completely removed the old system, replacing it with Paxton10, which combines video management with access control in a single platform. The system can be installed with Paxton’s own camera range or, as on this occasion, it can integrate with third-party IP cameras. The building is used by a number of different organisations and subsequently has a high turnover of people using the access control system. With Paxton10 managers do not have to administer physical tokens, instead they can issue smart credentials via email and manage the system without the need for additional hardware. The free Paxton Key app means that users with a smartphone or smartwatch can use virtual tokens, which are free to issue with the system. John Watts said: “What drew us to the system was the freedom to be able to assign virtual tokens, change permissions and access levels very easily, at the click of a button.” Additionally, the integration of Paxton’s simple door entry system allows an improved experience for visitors to the building. The touch screen Entry panels were chosen for this project to enable companies in residence, to display digital logos and facilitate video conversations with their visitors before granting access, using the internal monitors. The companies who rent office space in the building have found the system simple to use and have had a good experience with it since installation.

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BOSCH PO Box 750, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB9 5ZJ

Tel: +44(0)330 1239979 CCTV

KERI SYSTEMS UK LTD Tel: +44 (0) 1763 273 243 Fax: +44 (0) 1763 274 106 Email:

DAHUA TECHNOLOGY UK LTD Queen Anne House, 25-27 Broadway, Maidenhead, SL6 1LT


Tel: +44 (0)1628 613500 CCTV

INTEGRATED DESIGN LIMITED Integrated Design Limited, Feltham Point, Air Park Way, Feltham, Middlesex. TW13 7EQ Tel: +44 (0) 208 890 5550 ACCESS CONTROL


ZHEJIANG UNIVIEW TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. Building No.10, Wanlun Science Park, Jiangling Road 88, Binjiang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China (310051) WORLD LEADING PROVIDER OF SECURITY PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS

F3 Enterprise way, Vale Business Park, Evesham, Worcs WR11 1GS

Tel 01386 425810

HIKVISION UK & IRELAND 4 The Square, Stockley Park, Uxbridge UB11 1ET

Tel: +44(0)1628902140



Hoyles are the UK’s leading supplier of custom designed equipment for the security and access control industry. From simple indicator panels to complex door interlock systems. • Indicator Panels • Complex Door Interlocking • Sequence Control • Door Status Systems • Panic Alarms • Cell Call & Affray Systems • Bespoke Products

IDIS GLOBAL 1000 Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9HH

Tel: +44(0)203 657 5678 Email: YOU SEE. YOU CONTROL


Tel: +44 (0)1744 886600 • •

PARTIZAN Kresomyslova 384/17A, Nusle, 14000 Prague,Czech Republic

Tel: +420 608 496 889

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NORBAIN SD LTD 210 Wharfedale Road, IQ Winnersh, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG41 5TP

Tel: 0118 912 5000 Fax: 0118 912 5001 Email: DISTRIBUTOR OF SECURITY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

VIDECON DISTRIBUTION Unit 1, Concept Business Park, Smithies Lane, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire WF16 0PN

Tel: +44(0)1924 528000



INTRATONE UK 114 Power Road Studios, Chiswick, London W4 5PY

Tel: +44(0)208 0379012 Email:

ADI GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION Distributor of electronic security systems and solutions for over 250 leading manufacturers, the company also offers an internal technical support team, dedicated field support engineers along with a suite of training courses and services. ADI also offers a variety of fast, reliable delivery options, including specified time delivery, next day or collection from any one of 28 branches nationwide. Plus, with an ADI online account, installers can order up to 7pm for next day delivery.

Tel: 0161 767 2990 Fax: 0161 767 2999 DISTRIBUTOR OF SECURITY AND FIRE SOLUTIONS




FORTUS Fortus is a distributor of security and fire solutions. We are the largest privately owned, B2B security distribution company trading across the UK & IRE within the key industry verticals of CCTV, Intruder, Access and Fire products. With more than 20 years’ experience in technology distribution with key brands, we can support you with any size project as well as offering next day delivery.


Tel: +44 (0)1462 708820

Tel: +380445381310 Email:

Unit No: OneJLT-06-23, OneJLT, Plot No. DMCC-EZI-1AB, Jumeriah Lakes Tower, Dubai

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James Hill Street, Littleborough OL15 8AE

Challenge Way, Martland Park, Wigan WN5 OLD United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1706 373560 Email:

Tel: +44 (0) 1942 322744 SECURE ALARM SIGNALLING


BT REDCARE PYRONIX LTD Secure House, Braithwell Way, Hellaby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S66 8QY

Tel: +44(0)1709 700 100 SECURITY YOU CAN TRUST

TEXECOM INTRUDER Bradwood Court, St Crispin Way, Haslingden, Lancs BB4 4PW

Tel: +44(0)1706 212524


We’ve over 35 years of experience in the fire and security industry. Prepare and protect homes and businesses with our alarm signalling systems. From fast and affordable to best in the business, you can get every customer future-ready for all-IP. Simple to install, with a choice of fixed IP and wi-fi connected options. Dual SIM and roaming 4G for resilient wireless signalling. Many of them also come with no upfront costs and all with a 10-year guarantee and 24/7 support.

Tel: 0800 800 628 Email address: Twitter: @BTRedcare Website:



TECHNICAL RESOURCES LTD Rivermead House, Hamm Moor Lane, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2SF

01932 837 777


WEBEYE LTD 6a Hazel Court, Blidworth, Nottingham NG21 0RY

0115 7149990


CSL GROUP T: +44 (0)1895 474474 @CSLGroupLtd

SEAGATE STORAGE 60 Norden Road, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 4AY

+440208 7127 4477

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APPOINTMENTS Steve Callaghan

Matt Gregg Traka has appointed a new business development manager to further strengthen its focus on the retail sector. Matt Gregg brings a wealth of experience to the position, with a retail focus spanning over a decade. He has most recently worked as Head of Retail for Harvest Energy, with key responsibilities across a multi-site retail portfolio. At Traka, Matt will strategically coordinate plans and develop retail sector relationships, both new and existing, focusing on how Traka’s management solutions can help save time and money by allowing critical control over access to keys and equipment.

Marston Holdings has announced the appointment of Steve Callaghan as Chairman of its board of directors. He brings a wealth of experience in technology, transportation and sustainability, as well as leadership experience and commercial acumen to help Marston Holdings deliver its ongoing strategy for growth. His strong track record in creating shareholder value and undertaking M&A transactions will also help Marston Holdings to further extend its portfolio of services and solutions used by public and private sector clients across the UK. Steve has been a CEO and Chairman for over 24 years in both public and private equity held businesses including Ceres Power Holdings and Navtech Radar. He has also held senior leadership positions with IBM Global Services.

Sarah Long Mayflex has appointed Sarah Long as an account manager to manage and develop accounts in the North West area of the country, with a specific focus on the security product portfolio as part of the converged solution. Sarah has joined the business from Norbain, so fully understands the security industry and the requirements of the installer base. Tom Filce, Director of Sales for Security comments: “We are delighted to have Sarah join the team, she has an excellent reputation in the industry, and she has a great energy and enthusiasm which I know will fit right in with the Mayflex team and with our customers in the North West of the country.” Sarah commented “I’m really excited to join Mayflex, I’ve competed against them for many years so it’s great to now be part of the team and see it from the other side. I’m looking forward to getting out and meeting my customers and working with them to build long lasting relationships to mutually grow our businesses.”

Ivan Sval, Ben Pavesi & Andy Major Steven Robertson CSL has announced the appointment of Steven Robertson as Chief Technical Officer. Steven has over 25 years’ experience in technology leadership roles across a broad range of industry sectors including telecoms, internet security, fintech and legal technology. Throughout his career he has managed engineering and operations organisations responsible for large scale, highly secure SaaS platforms. Most recently he was CTO at Rimilia (acquired by BlackLine) and before this CTO of HighQ (acquired by Thomson Reuters) – helping to transform each organisation and support successful strategic acquisitions.

Secure Logiq recently added more security industry knowledge and experience to its team with three new hires. Ivan Sval, Ben Pavesi and Andy Major have all become part of the Secure Logiq family. Ivan joins as Regional Sales Manager for the EU, Ben Pavesi has signed on to Secure Logiq as Production Engineer , while Andy Major becomes a Secure Logiq Pre-Sales Engineer. “With Ivan, Ben and Andy we have added some very talented people to the team,” said Secure Logiq Sales Director, Ben Yoxall. “Between the three of them, there is a huge amount of knowledge which can be put to good use to benefit the company and our clients.”


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