Security Bulletin Direct: August 2014

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Andy Alexander joins Redvision’s expanding team as Regional Sales Manager in the North.

Redvision, manufacturer of the rugged X-SERIES™ PTZ and dome cameras, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Alexander as Regional Sales Manager for the North of the UK.

Andy brings 15 years of CCTV industry experience in both manufacturing and installation companies to his new role, alongside a dynamic, personable approach. At Video Controls, acquired by Honeywell, Andy had sales administration and product specification responsibility. He then gained hands on installation experience at BDI CCTV, followed by sales management expertise with manufacturer 360 Vision Technology.

Andy explains why he was attracted to his new post, “Redvision is the rugged PTZ dome market-leader in the UK with a high-quality product range and an excellent reputation. The fact Redvision designs, builds and supports its products in the UK is important to me, as it results in an exceptional service to customers. I am pleased to be part of such a successful, rapidly growing company and look forward to playing my part in its future expansion.”

Andy, who has been a semi-professional footballer, football manager and professional tennis coach, brings energy, team playing experience and a high level of motivation to his new role.

Paul Hucker, MD at Redvision, added, “Andy’s appointment is great news for Redvision. He has a comprehensive understanding of analogue and IP CCTV products. This is supported by his manufacturing and installation experience and detailed knowledge of the rugged dome market. He understands the needs of security installers and integrators, so is ideal for supporting our customers as we launch our new IP X-SERIES™ range over summer.

“Andy has the tenacity and drive to deliver excellent growth for Redvision. We welcome Andy into the Redvision team and wish him well in his new role.”

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Watch a short video introducing the new Aimetis A10D Thin Client™.

Aimetis Corp., a global leader in intelligent network video management software, has announced the launch of the Aimetis A10D Thin Client™ decoder, using a short video to show just how simple it is to configure and install.

The Aimetis Thin Client™ is a secure and cost-effective PC substitute, which decodes 1080p, Full HD video from over 30 different network camera manufacturers. It has greater functionality than a traditional decoder and is significantly less expensive. In addition, the maintenance and installation are less complex than a Windows PC, with the easy installation complete in less than five minutes. The A10D has the capability to connect to iPhone and Android apps for the remote control of cameras and has multiple screen layouts on an intuitive user interface.

Watch Aimetis Thin Client™ video.

The Aimetis A10D supports up to 60 FPS at 1080p in MJPEG, MPEG4 and H.264 formats and has a single HDMI output. It is designed for use in systems using Aimetis Symphony™ video management software (VMS) or the Aimetis E-Series, Physical Security Appliance.

The Aimetis A10D is compact at just 175 x 120 x 35mm and is easy to fit anywhere. It is ideal for public view monitors in retail applications or video walls in large-scale deployments. Highly secure, simplified IT management and reduced end user training, due to the intuitive user interface, offer additional, significant savings. The A10D is a fanless; PoE powered product and draws 95% less energy than a Windows PC, to deliver high level performance at a fraction of the cost.

Key features include:

1080p video decoding from multiple camera brands

Customised camera layouts

Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af) powered

Anti-theft support with Kensington Security Lock

USB ports for use with keyboard and mouse

VESA, wall or desktop mount options

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ComNet allows integrators to add IP video to an existing analogue video system.

Combines analog baseband video and 10/100T(X) Ethernet on a single RG-59 coaxial cable and transmits it up to 500m

Available with and without Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Uses sloc™ (Security Link over Coax) Technology

Lifetime Warranty

For more information, see Product Documentation

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For information about our complete line of connectivity and communication network solutions visit our website or contact the ComNet marketing department.

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The Security Buying Group launches an ATEX-approved, explosion-proof, fixed camera.

The Security Buying Group, UK agent for Grundig and Aimetis VMS distributor, has launched an ATEX-approved, explosion-proof, fixed camera solution using a Grundig vandal-resistant dome camera chassis.

“‘ATEX’ certification is a compulsory requirement for CCTV equipment operating in potentially explosive atmospheres,” explained Paul Scott, technical manager at Security Buying Group. “The ATEX rating is defined by the EU directive 94/9/EC. The explosive atmospheres may arise from a mixture of air and flammable materials such as gases, vapours, mists and dusts. The CCTV equipment is categorised by the severity of explosive atmospheres it can withstand. We have introduced this product range to support our work in oil, petrochemical, and off-shore markets.”

The OCULAR “F” fixed camera is ATEX EExde IIC T6 approved. This means it is explosion-proof, with a flameproof safety rating. It has a gas group rating for surface use (not underground) and is categorised as gas group C, for safe use with the most easily ignited gases, mists, vapours and dusts, such as hydrogen and acetylene. Its temperature classification is up to 85°.

The fixed camera is ø100mm x 150mm, made from 316L stainless steel and is amongst the smallest and most cost-effective, fixed camera solutions available.

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Grundig protects Avia self-service petrol stations.

Avia, a chain of self-service petrol stations in Belgium, has recently installed Grundig CCTV equipment at an unmanned site.

The site consists of six lanes of self-service fuel pumps serving diesel, unleaded and super unleaded fuel. The fuel is paid for directly at the pumps by cash or card and no staff are present. Belgomine NV, distributor of the Swiss brand AVIA in Belgium, is the biggest, independent petrol station company in Belgium. The company has four key priorities; quality, price, proximity and partnership. These key priorities are directly affected by the company’s security and surveillance provision at each site. Ensuring the safety of its customers is paramount, whether they are using city centre or rural service stations. Protecting sites, customers and fuel helps to keep costs low and makes product pricing hugely competitive.

Eric Audenaert, technical manager of Belgomine, explained what the company needed in terms of security at the fuel station. “We were looking for a system that would observe the general operation of the site, whilst also providing detailed images for an automatic number plate recognition system (ANPR). The site is busy, with a high volume of vehicles of all sizes passing through. It is important to ensure the site runs efficiently and effectively. We wanted to be able to respond immediately and appropriately to any incidents as they occur. All events are recorded for evidential purposes and clear images of vehicle number plates are provided to resolve disputes and support criminal investigations. The CCTV system also had to work in conjunction with a site access control system.”

Belgomine chose installation company Tim Security to manage the CCTV and security project from start to finish. Tim Security was selected because of its proven track record in fuel station security. The company offers a complete service from design and installation to integration and post-sales support. Its exceptional customer care and more than 150 years combined security experience meant the company could meet all Avia’s requirements.


The new CCTV system comprises six Grundig HD SDI day/night bullet cameras. These offer full HD, high resolution, WDR and night vision using 42, built-in, infra-red LEDs, ideal for ANPR. The cameras are connected to a Grundig, eight channel HD-SDI DVR for recording and playback of video images. The cameras are used to protect entrances, exits and pumps and are monitored remotely 24/7.

Grundig HD SDI security cameras were chosen because they provided outstanding image quality, have an excellent reliability rating and are competitively priced. In addition, the cameras offered significant upgrade cost savings. The new HD-SDI cameras directly replaced old analogue ones on the same coaxial cable infrastructure. Installation was carried out quickly, with little disruption, and no new cabling was necessary.

The images from each camera are viewed live at Avia’s head office; a facility which is used to monitor all Avia fuel stations around the clock. An intuitive monitoring screen allows each camera view to be watched simultaneously. Using a simple mouse click, single camera views are enabled. No audio “listening” is used in the system, although it is an option technically, as it is not allowed under Belgian law.

Operators monitor all Avia petrol stations remotely to ensure they are functioning properly and efficiently. Any incident is immediately identified and action taken. This can include relatively simple issues such as a car break down requiring assistance or a pump malfunction requiring an engineer call out. More serious incidents, such as vandalism, “drive-off” theft, the misuse of fuel tank cards or planned criminal activity on site are also monitored and recorded. Response to these more serious incidents can involve the police and detailed evidence is provided.

Avia was so impressed with the results that it plans to install the same camera systems at further sites. The Grundig system provides evidential-level images; the operators respond immediately and appropriately to incidents; and the site is kept safe and operational at all times. In the first few months of operation, Avia has already benefitted from the deterrent effect of the system. This, combined with cost-effective equipment and installation, has helped keep fuel prices competitive and uphold Avia’s quality, price, proximity and partnership promise to all fuel station users.

German video security excellence – by Grundig.

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