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.
IN operation since the end of December 2010, the Fangshan Line of the Beijing metro is 24.79 km long with 11 stations (9 surface; 2 underground). The line runs north and east from
Suzhuang Dajie in the Fangshan District to Guogongzhuang in the Fengtai District, with an average of 2.3 km between metro stations. A backup control center is located at the Yan Village line.
As a key component to the success of Beijing’s public transport system, strict requirements are imposed on the access control system to safeguard the passengers and staff. The metro system features lengthy routes, numerous stations and lean management. Line sections and stations are the core management areas in the metro’s operating system, most of which are operated remotely.
PLYMOUTH-based Outersight (UK) Ltd specialises in designing wildlife observation systems for remote and hazardous locations. Managing director, Peter Barlow has been working with the SSC for more than 10 years and designed the centre's surveillance infrastructure.
The SSC is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Scotland, winning many awards, and is a world leader in the use of remote cameras to observe wildlife, which includes Sea Eagles, Gannets, Puffins and Grey Seals.
Visitors to the centre view footage on large screens and can actually move any of the 10 live cameras using a joystick, which controls the pan and tilt of the camera and can be used to zoom in and out. This ensures they are always looking at something they find interesting. All focus and iris functions are carried out automatically by the MIC Series cameras, which do an excellent job of optimising the picture.
WITH massive cargo ships coming into the port daily from Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Venezuela and the world, and employing well over 13,000 people, Port Freeport uses video surveillance technology to ensure the safety of its employees as well as to ensure the smooth execution of daily operations as well as employed constant surveillance to monitor incoming threats from the water perimeter.
Port Freeport had previously installed an analog-based video surveillance system, but as years passed and the port expanded, their requirements for newer technology such as vessel tracking through a radar system became a necessity. Unfortunately, the outdated functionalities of their existing system denied them the ability to fully integrate this newer technology, as well as forbid them from further custom development with other solutions that they were prospecting.
ARIZONA State University (ASU) is committed to the ongoing use and management of advanced technology, including solutions that optimize security and convenience for students, faculty and staff. In August 2011, the university launched a ground-breaking project to evaluate the benefits of moving its student housing keys onto NFC smartphones.
Pilot participants accessed a campus residence hall and selected resident rooms using HID Global’s iCLASS Secure Identity Object (SIO) enabled (iCLASS SE) credentials that were embedded into a variety of popular smartphones connected to all major networks.
HID Global’s iCLASS SE platform is based on a new, standards-based,
ST PATRICK’S College is a Catholic day and boarding school for boys, conducted by the Christian Brothers in Ballarat. Since 1893 it has served the people of Ballarat, Western Victoria and beyond. St. Patrick's College had an installation comprising 16 analogue security surveillance cameras from 2003 to 2009. This analogue system was recognised to be somewhat limited and required on-going maintenance, particularly for cameras which challenged the distance limitations for cabling analogue CCTV.
The sheer size of the College meant a better solution was required and the new solution needed to take into account the challenges of Ballarat’s climate. While Ballarat generally does not experience extremely harsh weather events, the temperature over the year does vary from a low of -4 degrees Celsius (overnight during winter months) and as high as 42 degrees Celsius during summer.
MOST fascinating in this application is that Protege has been chosen not for its primary functions of integrated alarm and access control but for its advanced building automation and energy management features.
According to Security Merchants’ Rod Raatjes, with energy costs soaring, schools are placing increasingly more importance on implementing solutions which will reduce their ongoing costs, particularly during school hours.
“AAA Electrical Contractors, one of the largest installers of Protégé, were given the project of designing and implementing the building and energy management system,” Raatjes explains.
MEDICA Centre is a purpose-built healthcare facility at Hurstville in Sydney, combining surgical, cancer diagnosis and treatment, pathology, diagnostic imaging and full supporting facilities. What’s more, the Medica Centre is the first fully digital hospital in Australia, with patients processed by computer from admission to billing.
It’s an impressive facility – above ground there are 9 floors in total with 6 floors of specialist consulting rooms, a chemotherapy centre, 7 high-tech operating theatres, wards containing 35 beds, and another 2 floors for radiology and nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, pathology and pharmacy services. Underground are another 9 floors including 260 public parking spaces.
SINCE September 11, 2001, additional security measures have been put in place by the UK’s Department of Transport, relating to airport security.
"At Coventry Airport we have further improved our security measures with the installation of CCTV," explains the director of customer service, Mike Morton. "We keep an eye on our passengers from the check-in to boarding and also upon arrival - the entire time they are on the airport premises."
But how to implement such tight surveillance? The original video system (six analogue cameras with six recorders) proved to be unsuitable to handle the task.
"The analogue video technology is too expensive and awkward - and the image quality is not sufficient. This was enough reason for us to look for a better alternative,” explains Mike Morton.
After undertaking research, airport management decided to implement a Mobotix solution.