Category: NW Security

Blog posts and articles concerning NW’s IP security solutions arm, NW Systems.

Why Milestone XProtect is our go-to Video Management System (VMS)

Milestone XProtectAs 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.

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CCTV & Security Technology keynote event, 3rd November 2016 at FACT, Liverpool

CCTV & Security Technology Keynote Event 2016NW 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.

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NW Systems Group wins Axis Enterprise Project of the Year award for IP CCTV upgrade at Chester Zoo

NW Systems Group Managing Director Frank Crouwel accepts Axis Award 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.

Improving CCTV standards requires tighter regulation and a collective desire to professionalise

Frank Crouwel - MD of NW Systems GroupI 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.

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Bespoke Axis-Milestone CCTV system at Positive Steps improves safety for visitors and staff

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.”

Read the full Positive Steps case study

Press release: NW Systems partners with Kentima to exploit opportunities for IP video integration with building management systems and manufacturing plants in the UK

Mads Bo Frederiksen, area sales manager, Kentima & Frank Crouwel, managing director of NW Systems Group
Mads Bo Frederiksen, area sales manager, Kentima & Frank Crouwel, managing director of NW Systems Group

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.

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NW awarded Sony Gold Partner certification

sony-gold-partner-logoOn 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.

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NW Systems installs Health and Safety video monitoring system for BAM Nuttall Highway Services, Cheshire

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.  All cameras were linked back to Milestone XProtect Express VMS.

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TransGlobal Freight Management chooses Milestone XProtect and Sony after live trial

transglobal freight management logoInternational freight forwarder TransGlobal Freight Management has commissioned NW to install a 26 channel video security system after trialling Sony IP cameras on a Milestone XProtect software platform in its airfreight centre near Heathrow.

The open platform nature of Milestone enables for the system to take in existing analogue CCTV cameras and combine this with new, high-performance Sony HD network cameras and 12 megapixel Arecont cameras delivering highly detailed 180° views for high-level security surveillance monitoring.

Axis video encoding equipment has been specified for converting the analogue part of the CCTV system to IP, whilst a bespoke-build management server delivers the processing power and throughput required for the Milestone video management software to operate effectively.

Further information: TransGlobal Freight Management

NW is a specialist integrator of security systems in IT environments and is a Sony and Arecont certified installer and Milestone Platinum Partner.

Barratt Homes use IP video over 3G to manage busy road in North London

Barratt Homes, one of the UKs premiere residential house builders, has worked with NW to implement a 3G-based video-over-ip system for traffic monitoring at a residential development close to Emirates Stadium in North London. Emirates Stadium

The landowners, London & Quadrant Group, teamed up with Barratt Homes on the £26 million purchase of the landmark private development site on Queensland Road, close to Arsenal FC‘s Emirates Stadium. The £128 million project will feature 375 private homes across three residential towers.

During this three year regeneration project, Barratt require a camera system for monitoring a shared access road on the site. NW installed a Mobotix camera system using 3G connectivity, allowing Barratt to monitor and record traffic flows with minimal network infrastructure and hardware needed on site.

The video system helps Barratt to manage traffic on the access road whilst work is going on, to keep vehicles moving and avoid trucks obstructing the road. It is a good example of how video can be used effectively in management tasks.

Should Barratt need any further information regarding an incident or queue caused, they can easily retrieve footage and take it up with the party responsible for causing the blockage.

More information on the Queensland Road development >>