Managing the pressures of safeguarding in education is no easy task. With a growing number of pupils in the system, funding cuts, occurrences of crime, and pressures to make greater use of advanced technology, senior leaders already face a series of challenges in maintaining or improving student safety and security. A number of facilities have integrated advanced security systems such as CCTV in schools and access control in colleges to help ease the burden of keeping people and assets secure. With the capabilities of this technology increasing, and adoption continuing to rise, the regulatory landscape is evolving to match, with bodies such as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and ATL, The Education Union updating guidance relating to surveillance technologies.
With the recent news that close to 1,400 weapons were seized in UK schools over the last year , representing a year-on-year rise of 20 per cent, it is clear security remains high on the agenda for leaders in the education sector. While many organisations have sought to effectively manage this risk with the use of advanced security systems such as CCTV and access control, the practice has also introduced questions as to how effective these systems are, and whether institutions are adhering to best practice set out by professional bodies such as the NUT and NAHT, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Department for Education.
As a company formed in the very early years of IP video and geared from the beginning to work with and deliver solutions around video over IP networks, we have seen many video management systems (VMS) come onto the market and many disappear, and our exposure to a large number of them has been significant.
We are well-placed to form an opinion on the state of the VMS marketplace and as a Milestone Platinum Partner, I’d like to explain why we have chosen to focus mainly on Milestone XProtect as the go-to VMS.
NW Systems and Axis Communications are hosting a CCTV & Security Technology keynote event at FACT in Liverpool on Thursday, 3rd November.
The event is aimed at IT and Security Managers, technicians and security technology decision makers.
If you’d like to learn about the latest trends in connected CCTV & security, this event will be of great interest – you’ll come away not only knowing about the full benefits of an IP-based system but also, how to get the most out of your investment.
NW Systems picked up the highly-coveted Enterprise Project of the Year Award UK & Ireland in this year’s Axis Communications’ VIP Northern Europe Partner Event, held in Liverpool on the 21st September.
The event which was attended by more than 40 of Axis’ top-performing Gold partners from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and the UK & Ireland, saw NW Systems being recognised for its work in upgrading Chester Zoo’s CCTV systems to a state-of-the-art IP video system which now provides surveillance, animal welfare and crowd management benefits to this world-class zoo.
The award was received by Frank Crouwel, Managing Director at NW Systems from Ray Mauritsson, CEO at Axis and Dave Needam, Axis UK and Ireland Sales Manager.
The two-year project, which continues to see expansion, has involved migrating from 150 ageing analogue-based CCTV cameras to almost 300 Axis network cameras – all being managed via Milestone XProtect Expert video management platform.
We will give you more on this project in a more detailed case study later this year.
I read with interest the message from the current CCTV Commissioner Tony Porter based on a BBC Radio 5 interview recently. For those that did not read or hear it Mr Porter pressed for increased regulation to deliver more effective surveillance and end the industry‘s legacy of poorly-specified and maintained systems.
In the interview Mr Porter states he is in favour of well-run surveillance systems that serve a clear purpose. By the same token he has clearly seen far too many poorly-run ones in his brief time in the job.
He is not alone.
Not-for-profit organisation Positive Steps provides support services to young people and adults to get them on the right track and fulfil their potential. To enhance the safety of customers and staff at their Oldham site, NW System was commissioned to design and install a modern surveillance system that would reliably work 24/7. Axis IP cameras were selected for their unobtrusive profile and HD quality for indoor, whilst Axis‘ Lightfinder technology was specified for the outdoor cameras to meet the 24 hour day and night requirement.
Paul Wooding, information systems manager at Positive Steps commented: “When I was first shown the Lightfinder technology it was mind-blowing. The images are amazing – light years ahead of our previous system.”
NW Systems Group has partnered with Swedish integrated solutions provider Kentima, as both companies eye up the opportunities for integration of IP video with Building Management Systems (BMS) and the wider deployment of video monitoring systems in manufacturing and processing plants in the UK.
NW Systems has been deploying IP video monitoring systems in UK factories, processing plants, logistical centres, office buildings and schools for some years. It has been looking for a specialist open platform software provider with domain expertise to partner with and to help expand its offering in the BMS and industrial automation sectors.
Kentima offers highly visual solutions based on HMI/SCADA (Human Machine Interface/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) and a powerful interoperability standard called OPC, which together enables rapid and inexpensive inter-connectivity between systems even if they are using non-IP based communications protocols.
On the 1st April 2014 NW Systems was awarded Sony Gold Partner certification after another year of successful Sony IP camera sales and installations. NW Systems has been a Sony certified partner since 2007 and has served hundreds of sites with Sony IP video product and solutions. This long-term commitment has now been awarded by Sony with Gold Partnership status, offering additional support to NW and its customers.
NW Systems Group has completed installation of a comprehensive video surveillance and Health & Safety monitoring system for BAM Nuttall Highway Services‘ new depot and offices in Winsford, Cheshire.
NW Systems integrated Milestone XProtect Express video management software (VMS) with Paxton Net2 access control software to provide 100% surveillance coverage site-wide. To help meet BAM Nuttall‘s Health & Safety monitoring requirements, it enabled managers to view site activity via their smart phones or tablets, around the clock. View the video case study of this installation, which integrates Milestone with Axis, Sony and Mobotix IP cameras and Paxton access control.
NW Systems installed a total of seven multi-megapixel network cameras throughout BAM Nuttall‘s 40,000 square foot road maintenance depot and road sign factory. A total of five network cameras (including one relocated from another depot), from three different manufacturers, were installed externally to provide 100% coverage of the car parks, rear yard and side entrance to the yard. NW Systems installed a further two cameras, fitted with wide angle lenses inside, to cover the sign shop and warehouse.Â All cameras were linked back to Milestone XProtect Express VMS.