Security Bulletin Direct: September 2014

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Mark Ryder joins expanding Redvision as General Manager.

Redvision, manufacturer of the rugged X-SERIES™ PTZ and dome cameras, is pleased to announce the appointment of its new general manager, Mark Ryder.

Redvision is rapidly growing in the UK and Europe; launching a new IP X-SERIES™ range over summer; and moving into larger premises to accommodate its increased production requirements and larger staff team.

Mark Ryder explains, “My operational responsibilities include the effective manufacture of the current X-SERIES™ PTZ and dome camera range. This includes the modular production of cameras with wiper, IR light, Dual Light and optical zoom variances; all accessories and mounts and bespoke colours and marine finishes and marine finish upgrade option. I am also responsible for the launch of the IP X-SERIES™ over summer, which will increase production demands and has necessitated our expansion into larger premises.”

Mark brings original and innovative ideas to his new role as a result of his industrial and commercial experience. Having trained as a mechanical engineer, Mark cut his teeth working for the multinational pneumatics manufacturer Norgren. He soon moved into a technical operations management role, overseeing the manufacture of bespoke control systems. He gained his commercial experience at NTL / Virgin Media, working initially in a sales role and then as an account director.

Paul Hucker, MD of Redvision added, “Mark has been appointed to manage all UK operations, including production control and new product introduction processes. His commercial and technical expertise will be invaluable to Redvision and he will be instrumental in driving our expanding business forward. Mark’s appointment allows me to operate in a chairman capacity, focusing on new product development and the future of the company.”

Mark is a keen sportsman who participates in cycling and skiing. He is pleased to be playing a significant part in one of the UK’s most rapidly expanding security companies.

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Redvision X-SERIES™ PTZ cameras selected by Kevin White, CCTV Development Manager for Lambeth council.

Lambeth council selects Redvision cameras following extensive field trials.

Lambeth Council is investing in a state-of-the-art, central monitoring facility, controlling 479 CCTV surveillance cameras in the Clapham and Brixton districts of London. The CCTV system, watched by a team of highly trained operators, enables an immediate and proportional response to crime and disorder. In the riots of 2011, the Lambeth CCTV system helped secure a higher conviction rate than the national average, and has subsequently become a reference site for many other UK council-run CCTV systems.

Lambeth - putting public safety first.

“Lambeth is a densely populated inner city borough with a population of over 300,000”, explains Kevin White, CCTV Development Manager. “The council’s priority is public safety and we work with the police and other agencies to prevent crime wherever possible, protect victims of crime and increase the personal safety of Lambeth residents, businesses and visitors. Trained operators spot suspicious activity and respond to incidents immediately. We provide high-quality video evidence of criminal activity and incidents for prosecution purposes and we support police investigations when required.”

Lambeth’s security expertise.

Kevin White has operational responsibility for the CCTV system in Lambeth, which is managed, day to day by Andrew Steel-Dodd of OCS Ltd. Kevin has value-engineered the entire CCTV security process, from the recruitment of operators to the selection of cameras - maximising system sustainability and reducing total cost of ownership.

Kevin White has served on the London CCTV Managers Group as chairman, a body that includes all 32 Local Authority run CCTV systems in the capital. He is also a member of the Public CCTV Managers Association (PCMA); responsible for a further 90 CCTV systems across the UK. He has developed numerous documents for Best Practice in central monitoring station operation and is consulted by ministers responsible for homeland security. He is currently working on Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA), balancing legal privacy law with effective surveillance. He represents Lambeth Council as a committee member of the British Standards Institute, working on the review of BS7958 The Operation and Management of CCTV Control Rooms

Sustainability and TCO.

Kevin recognised that correct product selection is critical for sustainability and reducing total cost of ownership. After extensive field trials, where eight leading manufacturers’ PTZ cameras were tested, Redvision’s X-SERIES™ rugged PTZ and dome cameras were the preferred PTZ solution.

The X-SERIES™ proved to be affordable, reliable, well-supported by the manufacturer and rugged. The build-quality is very high and all the mechanical parts are robust and well-designed with features such as a wiper. The cameras offered rapid pan, tilt and zoom functionality, which operators found to be the most intuitive of those tested. The cameras were easy to install, upgrade, replace, repair and service. This was verified as the cost, frequency and duration of down-time during routine and reactive maintenance and repair work were all considered in the trials. The Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) figures for the X-SERIES™ were exceptional, at between 5 – 7 years. This was vitally important in managing and budgeting for a servicing and replacement schedule, which also minimised on-site failures.

Total cost of ownership and green credentials were important. The X-SERIES™ had no hidden operational costs and power consumption was minimal. Redvision’s use of ultra-efficient IR and white-light LED illumination for night-time operation was a significant contributing feature.

Redvision is based in the UK, so any support issues are handled quickly by the company’s technical team.

Andrew Steel-Dod and Kevin Whyte
Andrew Steel-Dodd and Kevin White

The importance of the operator.

Lambeth operators are as important as the equipment they use. They are recruited as professional “CCTV operators not TV watchers.” They have outstanding observational skills and are very resilient due to the serious nature of some incidents. The operators are able to use the PTZ cameras intuitively to gather evidence more effectively. Their local knowledge is also critical in recognising street layouts, known troublemakers and crime hotspots.

Paul Hucker, MD of Redvision added, “Our X-SERIES™ cameras demonstrated their worth in stringent field trials and have earned their place in Lambeth’s highly effective CCTV system. Redvision is proud to play a pivotal role in such a high profile CCTV installation and one which has become the blueprint for many local authority systems across the UK.”

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Grundig Security introduces advanced IP camera technology at Security ESSEN 2014.

Grundig Security will use Security ESSEN 2014 to showcase its latest technology and IP product range developments, Hall 2, Booth 326.

The new technology introductions include facial detection and analytics, P-Iris image enhancement and the exceptional Sony Exmor® CCD sensors. The new cameras benefitting from these technologies include 2 and 3MP indoor domes, outdoor vandal domes, integrated bullet cameras, 6MP Fisheye and 4K (8MP) box camera.

The exhibition booth features retail and fuel station zones to demonstrate the new camera range in use in fuel pump, payment kiosk and shop surveillance environments.

P-Iris, automatic ‘precise iris’, is used to increase image contrast, clarity, resolution and depth of field. SONY Exmor® CMOS image sensors provide detailed, sharp and natural images, even in poor lighting conditions. The Exmor® sensor also has Quad Scan WDR, which improves sensitivity, and Dual Noise Reduction (DNR) to significantly reduce image ‘noise’.

The new products being showcased include an 8MP box camera, which delivers outstanding detail at an unprecedented 4K2K resolution, with built in facial detection. The 6MP Fisheye camera in the retail zone is ideal for shop overview and comes complete with de-warping software.

Indoor fixed domes, outdoor IK10 vandal domes and integrated bullet cameras have 2MP, 3MP and Exmor® sensor options. Motorized auto-focus and zoom (AFZ) features on top models and IR LED illumination, quad video streams, SD/SDHC card slots, PoE and ONVIF Profile S integration are standard across the range.

For more information on Grundig CCTV products contact +49 (0) 2191 374 9883 or visit

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Aimetis Symphony™ VMS helps to secure and manage Munich airport - voted Europe’s best.

Aimetis Symphony™ video management software (VMS) and video analytics has been installed to help manage Munich Airport’s 2000 camera CCTV system.

It is playing a critical role in helping the airport protect passengers, freight, border entry points and staff, as well as improving operational efficiency.

Munich Airport

Munich Airport is the second largest airport in Germany and a hub to almost 33 million passengers and 292 thousand tons of air freight a year. It was recently voted the best airport in Europe. It is a busy site run with German precision and efficiency. In order to achieve a high standard of security and site management, around 5000 users require access to the CCTV data in order to carry out their roles most effectively. Users range from the police and air field controllers to car park and forecourt managers and retailers in the airport’s shopping mall. Each user requires CCTV data presented specifically for their needs.

Munich Airport video management system

The security system at Munich Airport is extensive. 2000 IP cameras are managed by the Aimetis Symphony™ VMS, with a further 1000 input / output alarm devices. Aimetis Symphony™ operates using off-the-shelf servers using Microsoft Server operating systems. The entire CCTV system operates with only 6 servers – three operational and three as fail-over servers in case of system or network failure. The video data produced is used at 250 different station points throughout the airport, each viewed by client’s PCs with individual camera viewing and control access.

System requirements

The security brief was to provide a system that closely monitored individuals travelling in and out of the airport. The level of the security had to be exceptional, all privacy and data protection laws had to be met and passengers were to be unaware of its presence in normal airport operations. The Aimetis Symphony™ video management system was seen to be the way forward.

Michael Zaddach, CEO of Munich Airport, stated, “We selected Aimetis because of its scalability, expandability and the configurability of the system.

“The Aimetis solution is flexible and allows multiple cameras to be added to the system or moved efficiently, as licenses are not tied to the cameras’ MAC address. This allows the airport to install new cameras in higher risk areas, re-position existing ones very easily or replace cameras without having to buy a new license. The system provides intuitive set up and configuration and does not require additional servers.”

The Aimetis Symphony ™ provides Munich Airport a wealth of security and site management data to protect customers and also enhance their experience at the airport. Data includes motion tracking; video motion tracking; object classification; left item detection and alerts; removed item detection and alerts; virtual fence and boundary breach; vehicle counting; wrong direction alerts; loitering; and people counting. The data is used by the security staff and operations managers to identify a range of problems and take action. The security staff team is able to respond to security alerts, boundary breaches and suspicious behaviour quickly, efficiently and appropriately. The operations team is also able to ensure the environment is kept safe from hazards such as objects blocking doors and trip threats; manage peak travel times, car parks and people flow and use the data to inform staffing levels and site processes.

The system not only offers a wealth of functionality, but also allows the right people to see the data at the appropriate times. Flexible live viewing options include video wall, web and mobile clients. Data is sent via the network hub to desk top, PDA and web clients or via the internet to the same range of clients, offering huge flexibility and mobile site management. It allows input / output system integration, so additional security requirements, such as access control, can also be included within the system.

Human error is minimised by using a range of alerts. The system will provide event-driven data, time synchronized reports and record clear, relevant video for evidential purposes. Ensuring a rapid response to potential threats and issues has had a significant effect on the security and operations at Munich Airport.

Johann Götz, Head of ITN at Munich Airport commented, “With intelligent video software from Aimetis, we are able to analyse passenger flow and avoid potential problems.”

The Aimetis integrated surveillance system enables Munich security staff to easily monitor the entire airport. Security is enhanced as staff handle system alerts and respond rapidly to threats and major incidents immediately. Operational efficiency has been streamlined and core operational processes improved, including aircraft handling and safety monitoring. Crime prevention and investigation have become more efficient, accurate and effective. All this and on-demand business intelligence have served to improve customer experience and satisfaction. It is no coincidence that Munich is considered the best airport in Europe.

For more information, please visit: Follow Aimetis on Twitter @AimetisCorp. and on LinkedIn at

For more information on Aimetis products and services in the UK, please contact the Security Buying Group on 0161 480 5922 or visit

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