Leading equipment rental and support services provider, Speedy Hire, recently acquired a busy plant hire yard in an industrial complex on the outskirts of Rugby in the East Midlands. In a rural location with nearly three acres of space – mostly outdoors – and potential to store high-value construction plant, the yard’s security was a key concern. Previously the yard had employed guards overnight and at weekends, but this was proving costly and potentially problematic if guards did not report for duty.
SECOM’s Security Solution
Secom recommended intelligent CCTV, which is quick to install, technically superior to most traditional CCTV solutions and able to provide remote monitoring staff with unprecedented access to information in the event of an on-site security incident.
Installation of the system, and ongoing monitoring, is considerably cheaper than manned guarding.
Craig Smith, general manager of Speedy Services’ plant hire division, says the solution delivers a high degree of security, giving managers the confidence that any attempts to compromise stored machines will literally be stopped in their tracks. “Our Property Department looked at various security solutions, including manned guarding, before selecting the intelligent CCTV system that Secom proposed. We’ve had absolutely no problems since the system went live.”
At the core of the solution is the latest algorithm-based video analytics, built into a series of ‘intelligent’ motion-sensing megapixel cameras, each with an integrated digital video recorder (DVR). The cameras are Ethernet or wireless-linked to the customer’s IP network. When triggered by a suspicious event, the cameras send video images – in short bursts to minimise bandwidth requirements – to the Secom monitoring operator, who may call for additional images from the inbuilt DVR, and others on the site, before making an appropriate response. The low-bandwidth requirement means that if several cameras are triggered simultaneously, there is no delay in image transmission.
But not every ‘event’ is transmitted. Each camera’s ‘intelligence’– the video analytics capability – enables it to ‘learn’ the difference between non-threatening and possibly serious changes in its field of view. A passing nocturnal animal is immediately recognised as safe, while a human at an unusual time is referred as a potential threat.
Alan Blake, Secom’s Sales and Marketing Director, says the system deployed at Rugby brings CCTV-based security to a new level of technical excellence. He says: “Gone are the fuzzy, low-resolution images and the hours of footage to examine after an event. Now we have quality images of real events, compact storage, immediate transmission to trained security operators, and minimal drain on bandwidth. This will be the new standard in CCTV security.
“We see intelligent CCTV as the ideal solution for high-risk indoor and outdoor situations, particularly in the retail and industrial sectors as well as public sector environments. It enables us to offer our customers better, more cost-effective protection. It will also allow us to consolidate our excellent relationship with the emergency services as we will have more comprehensive information to assist them in their initial responses and any subsequent inquiries.”
Manufacturers of the system’s hardware claim that intelligent CCTV can reduce the bandwidth burden by up to 90%, compared to traditional CCTV with IP transmission. The system also eliminates the need for central recording – saving costs and avoiding a potential single point of failure. Additionally, the system minimises cabling requirements, saving installation time and costs. Wireless-networked systems require only a power supply to each camera-recorder. Cable-linked cameras are Power Over Ethernet (POE) devices, so they require only an Ethernet connection.