MELBOURNE’S Convention and Exhibition Centre is taking advantage of enhancements to Honeywell’s Digital Video Manager to improve operator efficiency and reduce risks.

BIG public venues like exhibition centres present challenging security applications and quality CCTV solutions supporting well-trained and dedicated security teams are vital to the secure, safe and efficient operation of Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“Our surveillance system has always been robust, utilising hundreds of cameras throughout both our facilities to promote visitor safety and security,” says Tom Owen, operations manager for Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, which manages the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia. 

“However, the IT infrastructure required large storage capacity and as many as 15 standalone PC servers. We have cut our costs significantly with DVM R600 by using the system’s single-server virtual machine environment, and intelligent redundancy of storage, processing and memory. The new architecture has also helped lower life-cycle and maintenance costs.”

Major updates to DVM R600 include enhanced system access and usability, which are designed to improve operator efficiency and reaction time. MCEC security personnel now can access high-definition, full-frame-rate video on a mobile device, for example, enabling continuous monitoring from almost any location. MCEC operators can also control DVM using voice commands to more easily manage multiple video feeds and request near-real-time system updates.

“Every second is important to an organisation when an incident occurs and security staff must take immediate action if there is a threat,” said John Rajchert, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “The latest update to DVM helps operators quickly identify and react to an issue to help mitigate the impact to safety and business continuity — no matter if they are in front of a central workstation or on the opposite side of a campus, connected with a smartphone.”

DVM R600 allows customers to deploy and intelligently group multiple back-up servers to boost system robustness, which helps protect surveillance systems from failures. Other features include speeding data collection — security operators can export footage from multiple camera feeds in unison to streamline incident response and workflow, and quickly collect and archive forensic data in the event of an incident. 

There are also now reduced storage requirements. Dynamic recording enables the system to capture critical video under higher frame rates, while collecting less important footage at lower frame rates, slashing storage requirements and costs up to 40 per cent. ♦


“Our surveillance system has always been robust, utilising hundreds of cameras…However, the IT infrastructure required large storage capacity and as many as 15 standalone PC servers”