A SECURITY management system is a nebulous thing. Flat explanations of potential functionalities fail to express the consolidation of ideas of company visionaries, engineers, integrators, end users and sweat-browed cable tuggers.
These inspirations are compounded and compressed over decades into a technological and operational bubble and squeak. A big system combines the mental burn, the hidden labour-lessons of thousands of people over hundreds of thousands of hours.
The enormity of synthesising the meaning of a big system then, is best expressed through its application as a solution. And that's even more the case when the solution being migrated is this one – the University of Western Sydney's epic Inner Range Concept access control, alarm and automation system. This UWS system was vast in scale and chronology, its controllers, devices and operational procedures layered in strata stretching back to 1999.
HELLERS Ltd is New Zealand’s largest producer of bacon, ham, and small goods. Its production facility at Kaiapoi, outside Christchurch, operates 24 hours a day. Safety of the company’s 400 staff is a major concern and a recent series of thefts and harassments prompted the requirement for a security system to ensure the safety.
Hellers required a CCTV system that could provide clear footage in low light conditions, could be installed easily and without expensive cabling and power supplies, and was cost effective to store, playback, and monitor. The cameras selected were also required to be strong and vandal resistant.
It goes without saying that the site demanded a rugged solution with the ability to handle extremes of weather, low light and backlight, depending on the location of camera installations. In a number of areas Mobotix hemispheric cameras have been pole-mounted to cover entire rooms.
MONA is a strange and special place. It’s not just the industrial architecture bolted into the river bank, the ramparts of golden country rock, the concrete and ferrous-red steel. The entire being and concept of this place seems iridescent. No matter which way you turn the experience in your mind, the colours look different.
The museum is the gift and home of local boy David Walsh, who decided to throw open his personal art collection to his neighbours - a personal stand against the elitism and intellectualisation of art. At one point during my visit someone points out a group of late teens in flannos clumping through the site. There, that’s the meaning of MONA, they tell me.
DARWIN International Airport (DIA) is NT’s main airport and the 10th busiest airport in Australia, serving more than 1.75 million passengers every year. Importantly from a security point of view, the airport shares runways with the Royal Australian Air Force's RAAF Base Darwin.
The airport has an international terminal, a domestic terminal and a cargo terminal and the site supports a large number of retail outlets and cafeterias. Same as every airport, this site is defined by distance and overcoming the challenges of distance was a key aspect of this access control installation.
According to Nikkie Harley, systems co-ordinator DIA, the central objective of the Cyberkey installation is to improve management of mechanical keyways and keys.
“We found our conventional mechanical masterkey system had a lot security risks associated with lost keys and the lack of being able to see who was accessing which doors/gates when,” says Harley.
FOUNDED in 1958 to provide a social outlet for local sports people, the Bankstown Sports Club now has 60,000 members and supports 40 different local sports groups which themselves have a combined membership of 8000. It’s a massive operation, employing 500 staff and turning over $A100 million annually, all of which is ploughed back into the community through general operating costs, direct investment or social initiatives like the ClubGRANTS scheme.
The next generation surveillance system acts as a kind of fourth-referee for the crowd, and effectively does away with the need for multiple CCTV cameras.Signs of trouble can be picked out and individual spectators zeroed in on, gathering detailed and full resolution video footage for evidence.
A rugby game between the Blues and the Crusaders was used by distributor C.R. Kennedy to show off the technology to interested parties from around New Zealand. Eden Park spokesperson Tracy Morgan said the ground was considering the technology to "enhance" current security systems.
"We are simply a review site...they are using us so that they can show it off to everyone else," Morgan said. "They are using the park as a trial, it's not necessarily something that we see a need for at the moment."
AUSTRALASIA’S second busiest international airport, Auckland Airport is served by more than 20 international airlines and has been voted as one of the 10 best airports in the world three years in a row. A major driver of the economy, 70 per cent of visitors enter or leave New Zealand via Auckland Airport, which handles over 14 million passengers a year and contributes $NZ17 billion to the local economy.
“Security is a crucial part of airport management and the CEM Systems solution offered by ADT Security will provide an outstanding level of security for staff, passengers and the public,” said Anil Varma from Auckland Airport.
The user interface is the most visible enhancement to DVM R500. The updated design follows established multimedia interface principles, which creates intuitive, agile navigation, helping boost productivity and reduce security event response times, as well as training costs.
These improvements are augmented by smart diagnostics modules that analyze system operations to help security operators quickly process activity reports, run system diagnostics, and check system performance and status.
“This is one of the most dynamic, user-friendly systems I’ve seen,” said Ken Yildiran, security officer for the Museum of Old and New Art, a DVM customer located in Hobart, Australia. “The analysis and reporting that would normally take 4-5 hours is now measured in minutes, allowing our operators to focus on other critical duties.”
SURVEILLANCE is a staple of retailers who struggle to rationalise the paradox of securing large retail outlets holding huge quantities of stock that must always be accessible to the hands of thousands of shoppers every day. The nature of the retail business is such that CCTV, as well as acting as a deterrent, must be a capable investigative tool for security and safety purposes and it must be easy to manage and agnostic to future developments in surveillance and IP technology.
There are other unique characteristics of many retail stores that pose a challenge and these may include legacy cabling or a store fitout designed to maximise product display, not to allow clear lines of sight. Stock picking times are another nightmare for any surveillance system with narrow aisles filled with towers of cartons as stock pickers reload shelves periodically obscuring the views of poorly placed cameras.
UXC Connect has begun the delivery and roll-out of the solution to the remote site which will house up to 4,300 construction workers. The solution consists of IP CCTV, Public Address & General Alarm and Access Control infrastructure being installed in external and internal areas throughout the campsite including cafeterias, laundries, communal areas and 14 other facilities.
While no specific details about this site have been forthcoming from UXC Connect, we speculate that given the numbers and build time-frame this contract could only be for the security and safety system at Chevron’s $A29 billion Wheatstone LNG project near Onslow on Western Australia’s Pilbara coast.