WHEN I arrived on site for a demo of the system, I was impressed with snappy decor of the lobby and blown away by the system itself, which takes integration to a level I've never seen before. Nikos Property Group had the foresight to enable the building with building technology building blocks that would allow a tenant to further develop the building into a world class facility.
The base building security, mechanical services, electrical metering and lighting controls were all developed on an IP Platform allowing an integrated services delivery model to be further enhanced by the fitout. Lawrence Katz, director of Omnisystems Engineering Consultants (OSE), was appointed as the Building Services Architect together with the Sokolski Consulting Group (SCG) as the Services Engineers to deliver both the base building upgrade and the integrated fitout in record time.
INTERISLANDER LINE’s vessels travel Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, one of the most spectacular cruises in the world. The 92km journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourist experiences as well as being a vital piece of New Zealand’s infrastructure.
The service operates three ships Arahura, Aratere, and Kaitaki, carrying passengers and their vehicles, as well as rail and commercial freight. Taking a vehicle on an Interislander ferry is as simple as parking - just drive on and drive off one of 11 sailings a day.
This busy service carries around 1 million passengers and 230,000 vehicles every year and it goes without saying that the safety and security of passengers, luggage and staff at the ferry terminals at Wellington and Picton, is of the utmost importance.
BACK in 1981, the city of Calgary in Alberta, Canada opened the first leg of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) line for the city’s visitors and residents. Today, the LRT has more than doubled the number of stations, added two additional legs, and boasts around 95 million passengers per year.
The system is now commonly referred to as the “CTrain” and includes 38 stations connecting 46 km of track. The three legs operate on 7th Avenue through the city’s downtown area, and the resulting ten-station stretch in this high-density area is a Free Fare Zone that reduces transportation congestion in the heart of the city.
WOOLLAHRA Council’s Gap Park video surveillance system is one of the most engaging CCTV applications I’ve ever covered. A key element of Woollahra Council’s Gap Park Masterplan, the evolving system at Gap Park is designed to reduce self harm attempts at the iconic site through a multi-pronged approach incorporating fencing, onsite support for distressed individuals and intervention where possible.
Video surveillance serves 2 functions at Gap Park. If a distressed person is reported in the area by a member of the public, they can be sought by a control room working in conjunction with police response teams. Importantly when it comes to this upgrade, the system operates 24 hours and at night operators view the site using thermal cameras.
IT’S a wet and wild drive up the F3 from Sydney to Gosford to check out Central Coast Leagues Club’s video surveillance solution. I arrive deliberately early and grab breakfast in a local cafe to get a feel for the town. There’s no doubt I think, tackling my second coffee, that Gosford has a strong sense of country town about it. As the day wears on I come to realise this understated community atmosphere profoundly influences the nature of the security system at CCLC and the procedures that govern it.
I get my first inkling of the imposing physical nature of the site wading from my car to the main entrance. After snatching the first car spot I find – no parking meters! – I discover the Club has its cliff-like backside turned to me and there’s a couple of hundred metres of puddle jumping ahead.
JONES Bay Wharf marina, developed in the early twentieth century at Darling Harbour in Sydney now offers spacious berths for commercially registered super-yachts. The wharf is located right by one of the busiest entertainment districts in Sydney, Australia, where convention centres, the Sydney Aquarium, museums and attractions are within close proximity.
Doltone House at Jones Bay Wharf is a grand heritage venue situated on the Wharf overlooking the city skyline, the Harbour Bridge and the entire Darling Harbour precinct. It’s a top local venue for meetings and conferences, events and weddings, food and wine emporium, cooking classes and casual dining and catering.
INSTALLING electronic security systems is a challenging science. There are disparate comms technologies, challenges with power supply, issues with lighting and the vagaries of integrating control. But such considerations pale into insignificance when your workspace is filled with speeding vehicles, tens of thousands of them every day. Making matters more challenging, these 80,000-plus vehicles have precedence in a city whose road system is best described as stretched.
THE 2014 FIFA Games offer much more for Brazil than athletic entertainment. They present a wide variety of additional benefits that have nothing to do with swimming or wrestling. While Sao Paulo is one of the official host cities, the massive influx of tourists and publicity allow the entire country to prosper.
But with this upside comes a responsibility to ensure the safety of both Brazilians and visiting foreigner tourists. The city of Belo Horizonte, located in the state of Minas Gerais, is installing one of a wave of World Cup-inspired security projects, a citywide public transportation surveillance program.
HSING Tian Kong Temple in Taipei, Taiwan, is devoted to Kuan Yu, the patron god of businessmen. The popular Taoist temple is relatively new in origin – it was constructed in 1967 – and is located on a street corner near the center of the country’s capital city, occupying more than 7,000 square meters (75,000 square feet). Sculptures of dragons adorn the Hsing Tian Kong Temple's ornate design, which has become a popular attraction in the city.
The temple's huge number of visitors highlighted the need to enhance an existing analog video surveillance system installed at the large facility. Specifically, visitors to the temple tended to leave their handbags under the table as they prayed, and the bags were often stolen. The previous analog system provided insufficient image detail to identify the thieves.
PUBLIC surveillance systems are unique. These are no install and forget post-event investigation tools. In the same way video surveillance proactively supports onsite security officers in commercial and industrial applications, CCTV in city centres is increasingly being used by police to increase the efficiency of its operations.
It’s a given in Australia that councils do not install video surveillance in town centres without a lengthy process of consideration. These systems represent a substantial investment and there must be a clearly identified need for CCTV monitoring as well as an expectation of tangible social benefits.