Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) is widely used as a valuable tool to prevent crime and criminal damage, provide evidence of incidents, and more recently, video analytics including motion detection, left object (car or package for example), people counting and even facial recognition.
CCTV is used extensively by Councils, Police and Traffic controllers and most recently witnessed at the 2012 London Olympics where individuals have been arrested for throwing objects at and racially abusing athletes.
Images are usually recorded to disc and stored for a period of time and automatically overwritten in an automatic cycle. These images can also be viewed remotely (with a planned set of reactions depending on circumstances) and several sites can be linked to form one overall system. Camera types include conventional, dome, Pan Tilt & Zoom (PTZ) and covert. Most camera types are typically available in mega pixel format where enhanced image quality is paramount.
CCTV is also used extensively by commercial enterprises to protect the business’ physical environment, scan areas used by employees (to act as a deterrent for their safety and protection), and to generally detect all movement activity and audio (some of the cameras used by Sicoor have acute audio capacity).
The need for security and surveillance is unfortunately ever-increasing. There are strong arguments that the financial benefits of CCTV and an integrated security system far outweigh the costs of that system, particularly when one considers the potential cost associated with any one of the following, each of which can be significantly reduced or even eliminated with the appropriate security system:
Damage to property, assets, business interruption, and the resultant increase in insurance premiums and physical deterrents (fences, walls, guards, etc.)
Damage to people, including physical, emotional, loss of confidence and the resultant issues emanating from OH&S claims, stress-related claims, loss of productivity, etc.
An inability to catch and/or prosecute the perpetrator/s, which would be eliminated with the use of appropriate CCTV’s preferably with audio capabilities
Some of the more typical installations in which Sicoor personnel have been involved include the following:
Identify shoplifters (with signage actually warning shoppers of the existence of cameras)
Monitoring employees at the cash registers, stock rooms, factory floors, restricted areas,
Monitoring car parking areas, common areas, entries/exits, sever rooms, gymnasiums, swimming pools, children’s playgrounds, school grounds and car pick-up areas, etc.
Some of the more critical issues that are assessed by the Sicoor team include the following:
What specifically is the camera/s trying to achieve – Sicoor then designs the tailored solution to meet the specific criteria
Will a response to the recorded activity be required, and if so, how, by whom and on what premise?
Will the recorded event be required for evidential purposes, and if so, what are the parameters – and then Sicoor will ensure the appropriate technical specifications of the camera/s and its recording meet these objectives, including compliance with the Data Protection ActWhere precisely should the camera/s be located, and how will these be protected against malicious damage, weather conditions, vermin, etc.? Does the CCTV system require additional lighting to be effective, and is this system to be integrated with Access Control?
If you believe your security and/or that of your personnel is exposed please take action. It is far better to be safe now than sorry after the event. Too many times one hears the words of “…if only I had done something…”.Sicoor is waiting for your call, and we will provide you with a quotation at no cost to and with no obligation from you. You can then at least make an informed decision based on the facts.
Access Control, Intrusion and Duress systems are offered as individual stand alone or as turnkey solutions. Access Control systems can feature swipe or proximity cards, biometric (fingerprint or iris), latest technology “air” keys, pin pads and even a combination of all. Sicoor systems are capable of controlling just one and up to tens of thousands of doors, areas, groups and users in a single or in multiple building installations.
Intrusion or alarm devices such as Passive Infrared Detectors (PIR’s), door contacts, glass break detection, perimeter photo-optical beams, seismic (safe) sensors, duress, smoke detection and sirens can be interfaced into an Access Control system or installed as a separate standalone system. Similar to Access Control, a standalone intrusion system can consist of one and upwards of thousands of devices. In accordance with AS2201 each device reports to a dedicated zone within the system so that its unique location can be identified immediately.
The purpose of an Access Control System includes the following:
Control who enters your premises and when (and thereby deny entry to those whom are not welcome)
Secure a particular area of your business or site.
Observe and record movement (and this system essentially saves on continuous monitoring as the system is activated only when and if there is movement)
Protect the business, its assets, people and information
Reduce the costs of damage & loss (assets, property, people, and information)
Be scalable to accommodate future growth in the business, and within reason, future technological advancements
Reduce potential litigation against you and/or your business should your security systems be suspect and human injury (or worse) is sustained as a result
The Sicoor Access Control Systems provide an ability to tailor a solution based on your specific needs. We will analyse and discuss these needs with you first, and then design the ultimate solution based on those needs, your budget, but also bearing in mind scalability. The costs may be surprisingly low depending on the system, with the following impacting both price and complexity:
Size of system (itself based on size or organisation, area/s occupied, number of employees, etc.)
Level of automation and sophistication
Number of systems to be integrated
Distance between sites (if more than one site)
Internet access and speed required
You will note in the text above the use of several technological facilities, and we explain these below:
This refers to the science of verifying a person’s identity through automatic recognition means, measuring pre-determined characteristics of each person. Two of the most common tools (and you may have seen these used in movies) relate to a fingerprint scan, which recognises the fingerprint of the individual and the iris scan, where you look into the lens that will identify you by your iris. These are very effective systems and are not easily fooled so in almost all situations are regarded as full-proof
There are various levels of sophistication in relation to alarms, and in particular what triggers the alarm. Sicoor can incorporate several ‘triggers’ including movement (indoor and/or outdoor), (specific) door/s opening, (specific) window/s breaking, safe sensors, smoke detectors, etc. A fully integrated alarm system can incorporate some or all of the above into one system, all essentially controlling access to specified areas and reporting (via the alarm) when a security breach occurs.
What this means is that Sicoor has the capacity to merge all of your security and surveillance systems (as well as systems covering building maintenance – managing things like lighting, air-conditioning, heating, UPS, etc., within the office environment and being able to, for example, switch these on and off remotely) into one manageable solution, with varying degrees of reporting, recording and access. Some of these may be accessible via the web, enabling you to review at any time, while others are based on ‘reaction’ where the triggering of an alarm is the call to action (and where that ‘action’ must be defined and planned).
Our intercom systems are capable of interfacing with our CCTV surveillance systems or can be standalone. A system may be audio, or a combination of both audio and video.
Our types of systems include basic one entry to one internal station to those consisting of multiple entries and handsets for all sizes of apartment and commercial buildings.
In addition, our higher end solutions are capable of automatically diverting to a preset phone number or via IP/VOIP for remote response. It is even possible to remotely unlock doors attached to the intercom system off site.
The Sicoor capabilities include all forms of telephony, internet provision, VoIP facilities and these can be integrated into the other security and/or access control systems.
Sicoor will design, install and maintain a tailored solution based on your specific requirements, as depending on the nature of the property, requirements can vary considerably.