A fully integrated Bosch security, communication and safety system has been installed at Singapore’s iconic Gardens by the Bay by NCS Communications Engineering.

GARDENS by the Bay is an urban outdoor recreation development located at the South of Marina Bay in Singapore. The site covers 54 hectares and incorporates cooled conservatories, outdoor themed gardens and iconic supertrees. There are 3 waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. 

Announced in 2005 and designed to represent an orchid bloom, the final construction cost for the project was $US1.035 billion. The iconic structure was designed by Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter, has received many local and international accolades. 

In order to create the perfect environment for its visitors, Gardens by the bay management required a fully integrated system that encompasses security surveillance, public address, smoke control and a building integration system. 

Installation was a challenge in some areas due to the unique building structures in the gardens and the aesthetic considerations set by Gardens by the Bay management. Cameras and speakers had to be well integrated and concealed into their surroundings. 

Working with the criteria set out by Gardens by the Bay, NCS Communications and Bosch came up with a fully integrated solution to address the site’s requirements. This included the installation of 192 Bosch surveillance cameras, including the NDV455, the VG4 and the VG5 series. The cameras are seamlessly controlled by a Bosch Video Management system. 

There are also 1312 Praesideo speakers, a building integration system, 3 FPA5000 panels and 100 optical smoke and heat detectors installed throughout Gardens by the Bay.  

According to Gardens by the Bay management, the system represents a wholly integrated system that effectively reduces maintenance costs and eases operating processes. 

“The system allows the security team to better manage overall security of the site, ensuring the safety of all visitors,” says GB management. 

“We’ve also experienced impressive post-installation technical and application support. 

While SEN has not seen the installation from a behind the scenes perspective, on recent trip to Singapore, our editor visited Gardens by the Bay and took note of the challenges of the site and the quality of the installation. Gardens by the Bay is an enormous built space, with substantial associated gardens. 

The working conditions for video surveillance cameras include areas of extreme backlight and very low light. In parts of the garden, environmental conditions are hot, while other areas are deliberately dampened by constant spray from waterfalls and watering systems to support the needs of rainforest plant life. From an observer’s perspective, the quality of the installation by NCS Communications, given the difficulty of getting the hardware in place, is very high, with excellent coverage of key areas. 

“Installation was a challenge in some areas due to the unique building structures in the gardens and the aesthetic considerations set by Gardens by the Bay management”