Palmer’s cutting edge with new CCTV

PALMER’S COLLEGE can claim to be one of the first Colleges in the UK to update its security system by investing in a networked solution which takes advantage of the latest Full HD camera technology.

Palmer’s has updated its CCTV security system to incorporate the latest High Definition (HD) technology from SANYO. The college which has committed to achieving academic excellence is now equipped with cutting edge security technology to take it forward to the next century.

The college’s analogue camera system was ‘well past its sell by date’ according to Gary Redman, Facilities Manager for Palmer’s College, when he started to look into updating the security system. To ensure the college ended up with a solution that would be fit for purpose today, but also able to cope with the advances in technology to come, Gary retained the services of an independent Security Consultant who advised that he should look for a networked solution. Whilst considering which types and styles of cameras to select, Gary met with Doug Gwilliams, Corporate Account Manager for SANYO, and was so impressed with the product, as well as Doug’s commitment to the project, that he decided to go ahead with the new Full HD solution that SANYO provide.

The Full HD cameras, launched by Sanyo in 2009 have the capability to capture full high definition (1920 x 1080) sharp and crystal clear colour images at 25 frames per second.

Putting the installation work out to tender, Gary was absolute in his commitment to get the best quality and value for his money, and selected the incumbent installation company Bastion Complete Security Ltd as they have a proven track record in working with schools and colleges, which comprises over 70% of their business. With many years of working together, Graham Gardener, Director at Bastion Complete Security Ltd, knew the operational requirements of the college extremely well and was able to generate cost savings with his sound advice and technical know-how.

Following the successful completion of phase one, Palmer’s IT department has provided Bastion Complete Security Ltd’s engineers with secure remote access to the system, enabling a high level of support to be provided to the college should there be a need, for example, to adjust the configuration of any of the cameras. “The IT department from day one had a very positive attitude towards the new camera system taking full advantage of the network.” said Graham Gardener. “Their cooperation has certainly been a significant factor in the success of this project.”

Subject to budget availability the college has plans to introduce additional SANYO Full HD cameras to enhance the current coverage, install powered speakers to the cameras to enable remote audio announcements and there is also the ambition to integrate the cameras with the college’s existing intruder alarm system.

In addition Gary Redman is looking at the option to introduce video analytics “Once the second phase of the installation has been completed, we have every intention of utilising the services of a remote monitoring centre to keep an eye on any suspicious activity occurring out of normal college hours, or during holiday periods,” said Gary. “Video analytics will assist in keeping our costs down by ensuring that the monitoring centre only has to react when there is an incident or alarm event such as an attempted burglary.”

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