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Newcastle United FC selects MOBOTIX to help protect St James’ Park with ultra-reliable and innovative IP-Video solution

September 22nd, 2015

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MOBOTIX has released details of a project for Newcastle United FC to provide its St James' Park Stadium with a comprehensive IP video system to protect staff, visitors and property.

Being the third largest stadium in the English Premier League, the stadium constantly needs to maintain tight security and health and safety procedures using video surveillance. Their existing system consists of 140 cameras manned by two dedicated control rooms.

Eddie Rutherford, the stadium manager said the two main issues were image quality and maintenance. High quality viewing of the seating areas is needed for health and safety reasons and as such we use cameras with motorised pan-tilt-zoom but when we are zoomed in on one section, it is no longer possible to view the wider picture on that camera. The maintenance issue was in regards to the cameras being installed in the stadiums roof structure, this meant when a camera needed to be replaced or repaired it was an extensive procedure.

With the requirements of better image quality, removing the limitations of manual PTZ and a desire to increase the durability of the Video Surveillance network; Rutherford began looking at alternatives.

Rutherford was also impressed with the MOBOTIX decentralised IP-Video concept where recording on all camera models takes place both internally on an SD card or via the IP network onto Network Attached Storage offering nearly unlimited capacity. The “decentralised” recording concept removes the need for centralised server or control room that limits legacy central VMS based recording solutions.

The Football Club began a trial to ensure the technology would be suitable for the stadium. Following the successful completion, the first 30 MOBOTIX cameras were installed to cover several key areas. Rutherford explained there are extra benefits with using Mobotix “We don’t need to use special PTZ boxes, heaters or even separate power cabling and the cameras are adjusted so that they work automatically both during the day and during floodlight matches with the same image quality.”

With the first installation phase complete Rutherford plans to install the remaining 100 cameras over the next 36 months. “The old Video Surveillance system is still in place but as cameras fail and when we have our routine maintenance projects, we plan to replace them with the new MOBOTIX cameras.”

To date, there have been no failures and Rutherford has been extremely impressed by the innovative approach to upgrades, “We like the fact that we can add to the cameras as our needs change,” he says, “For example, I know that there is the optional modules for automatic people counting and thermal imaging which is useful for quickly spotting if a flare or other flammable item has been set-off in the stands. These are not things we are doing yet, but the fact that the system supports it is a potential future benefit.”

The combination of diligent management and MOBOTIX technologies will help to ensure that St James’ Park continues in its long tradition of both welcoming and protecting all its guests.

For more information about how you can join Newcastle United and move to Mobotix technologies call CNS on 01473 281 211, or email sales@cnsllp.co.uk

MOBOTIX IP CCTV cameras for less than £300

September 18th, 2015

We’re currently offering the MOBOTIX i25 and c25 Indoor IP CCTV cameras for less than £300 each.

The MOBOTIX i25 and c25 are both equipped with extremely high-sensitive 5 megapixel sensor, recording high contrast images without motion blur even in low light situations.

The solutions both incorporate hemispheric technology providing you with a 180 degrees view with no blind spots.

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Unlike competitors, hemispheric distortion correction takes place in the MOBOTIX camera and not later on the computer. This drastically reduces the image data before it is transferred and saved. This decentralised MOBOTIX solution lowers the volume of network traffic and allows dozens of hemispheric cameras to be displayed on a computer or smartphone

All MOBOTIX cameras are built with the intention to be maintenance free, so there are no heaters fans or other moving parts.

In addition there is no licensing or software fees, and you will get free of charge updates.

For more information email sales@cnsllp.com, call us on 01473 281 211 or go via our contact page.

 

MOBOTIX Launch the P25 6MP Indoor Camera

July 1st, 2015

We are happy to announce the new Mobotix p25 Indoor Camera with 6 MP is now available to order.

The p25 6MP model is equipped with the brand-new 6 MP Moonlight sensor technology, providing best low-light performance to cope with every indoor situation.

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The p25 is positioned extremely price competitive and represents with all included MOBOTIX features and the MOBOTIX VMS MxMC, one of the most attractive security solutions in the market.

The new p25 is a ceiling camera with a manual pan/tilt functionality providing full installation flexibility. Equipped with a telephoto lens, the p25 can be directed to a specific spot in the room, with a 90 degree lens and mounted in the corner the p25 covers the entire space in 6MP resolution. A hemispheric version is also available.

The p25 is available now – place your order and enjoy the new member of the MOBOTIX indoor generation.

 

On Board:

  • Standalone: Full functionality @ zero bandwidth
  • Video Sensor: MxActivitySensor reducing false alarms
  • Event Recording: Onboard (SD card) & direct to NAS
  • MxAnalytics: Heat map & people counting
  • Alarm Notification: E-mail, FTP & VoIP (SIP)
  • Communication: Two-way audio option
  • Power: Standard PoE below 4W
  • Complete Coverage: with all lenses & sensor options

 

For more information about the all new MOBOTIX p25 call CNS on 01473 281 211, or email sales@cnsllp.co.uk

 

5 Common CCTV Security Problems Faced in Education Solved

April 27th, 2015

MX-bannerThe security of schools, colleges and universities and the safety of staff and students is one of the most important aspects of educational life. However, it is nearly impossible to deliver the necessary proactive approach within a limited budget.

Protecting property, staff and students

Schools, colleges and universities share a number of common security issues. Balancing the requirements of accessibility with control and monitoring is challenging. Academic institutions primary desire is to spend resources on education and avoid administrative costs. As such, there is a requirement to gain as much value from CAPEX and to also simplify processes around security and facility management.

Education has benefited from ICT and although most campuses now have extensive data connectivity, the demand on these networks is growing and the additional burden of CCTV poses the potential for forcing expensive upgrades. In addition, campuses tend to have minimal facilities management teams which are often rolled into the ICT function. This means that CCTV needs to be simple and extremely reliable.

Finally, campuses are typically not set-up for a centralised security control room. The common practice of distributed sites, schools and departments means that a single security desk is impractical. Accessibility to CCTV, for example to validate a visitor prior to entry, needs to be flexible enough to meet campus environments that are quickly evolving. This means the ability to integrate with intercom, door entry, barriers and card readers at a local level is often a vital requirement.

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5 Common CCTV Security Problems Faced by Academic Institutions Solved

1. We need to cover wider areas like recreation rooms, cafeterias or lecture halls but don’t want to use dozens of cameras.

MOBOTIX is the industry pioneer in high resolution hemispheric video which allows fewer cameras covering a wider area. The use of these fish-eye lenses and digital processing also solves the problems associated with legacy Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras through the use of a high resolution lens that captures an entire 360 degree scene which can be viewed, zoomed and studied in real time. However, this digital PTZ does not disrupt the on-going recording of the location. This allows a single hemispheric camera to cover large areas or even an entire room from a single ceiling vantage point without any break in coverage. MOBOTIX cameras are all over 3 megapixels in quality which means a single unit can provide enough detail to identify individuals with certainty.

2. We want to be able to act quickly when we see an issue captured by the CCTV. For example, asking students loitering in certain areas to move along to lessons or warn vandals that we can see their actions.

MOBOTIX cameras are unusually innovative in that they include built-in bi-direction audio capability to allow both local announcements and centralised messages to be played to any speaker connected to individual cameras. Each camera can also be linked to entry phones to allow visitors to communicate with facilities or reception staff who can remotely open doors. In some instances, campuses can setup contact points to help students and staff raise the alarm in the event of health or safety issue. Bi-directional audio can be seamlessly linked to existing intercoms, fire alarms and other audio systems without requiring complex third party equipment.

3. Our school has a limited budget for CCTV and wants to avoid the cost and complexity of building a dedicated CCTV control room – what are our alternatives?

MOBOTIX includes MxControlCenter, a licence free video management software, for recording and managing an unlimited number of clients, cameras and storage devices. Campuses can setup cameras to record video continuously, on schedule, on alarm and/or on motion detection. The software offers multiple search functions for recorded events with support for mobile devices. The inclusion of such powerful software allows even the smallest schools to benefit from simple to manage CCTV security. The software can be deployed on any Windows PC and with the right settings; any MxControlCenter can link to any camera allowing campuses to setup flexible monitoring and access control processes even out of hours for night watch staff using handheld smart devices.

4. We want to cover external areas such as playing fields, car parks and our external perimeter but extending traditional fixed network connectivity out to these sites is prohibitively expensive.

MOBOTIX CCTV cameras are IP65 rated which means they will work in every type of weather condition, temperature and humidity. In addition, each camera uses only 5w of power and includes built in support for mobile connectivity and internal storage. The MOBOTIX cameras can also be used over a wireless network. This means that with just the addition of power, campuses can extend CCTV coverage to a location without a fixed network. Instead, CCTV accessibility is delivered via low cost 802.11n based wireless networks or even 3G/4G where applicable. In addition, cameras can record video using internal flash memory and just send very low bitrate preview images over Wi-Fi to monitoring stations. The internal storage means that over a weeks’ worth of high resolution images are stored internally for later viewing in the event of a network link outage.

5. Our campus network is already pretty stressed; how can we upgrade to high resolution CCTV without an expensive network upgrade?

MOBOTIX use of distributed technology, built in storage and a highly efficient MxPEG video encoder means that the amount of traffic across the network is dramatically reduced. For example, in video motion recording, recordings will be made only when movement occurs in certain areas. An intelligent distributed CCTV solution will send images only when it needs to record them to its storage device. In contrast a traditional ’dumb‘ centralised system will be constantly sending images to the central location so that the software can make the decision to store it or disregard it. This means that with non-MOBOTIX CCTV there is always a network overhead, even when there is no movement. Schools that instead choose MOBOTIX can use its distributed technology to avoid having to upgrade the underlying network and instead setup quality and frame rates based on network availability.

Do you have a CCTV pain point that isn’t covered above? If so, send them to marketing@cnsllp.com and one of our team will come back to you.

For more information on any of the points discussed call us on 01473 281 211, email us at sales@cnsllp.com or go via our contact page.

 

Introducing the Hemispheric C25 from MOBOTIX AG

March 31st, 2015

360° Indoor Camera. For Suspended Ceilings.

With a diameter of only 12 centimetres/4.7 inches and a weight of approximately 200 grams, the new c25 is the smallest and lightest Hemispheric Mobotix video complete system yet for ceiling mounting indoors (protection class IP20, 0 to 40 °C/32 to 104 °F).

Standard features include:

  • Light-sensitive 5MP day or night sensor
  • MicroSD memory card
  • HD sound microphone
  • Latest camera software including MxActivitySensor
  • MxAnalytics video analysis tools (person and object counting, heat map display of high-traffic areas).

 

The integrated Lowlight Exposure Optimisation (MxLEO) facilitates high-contrast images without motion blur, even in poorly illuminated surroundings.

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The c25 is suitable for installation in ceiling panels with a maximum thickness of 26 millimetres, in which a circular opening with a diameter of 105 mm is cut using a standard power drill head.

The camera connected to the Ethernet cable is simply slotted in from below using raised spring clips.

 

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Indoor applications in retail, supermarkets, public buildings, trade fair and exhibition spaces, hotels and recreation facilities, in residential buildings and for the surveillance of industrial production processes.

For more information email sales@cnsllp.com or call us direct on 01473 281 211.

Chigwell School selects MOBOTIX technology and CNS Ltd to create a safe and secure learning environment

August 6th, 2013

CNS creates reliable, unobtrusive and scalable high resolution CCTV with integrated ANPR system to protect leading Co-educational independent school

UK – July 30th, 2013, – MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Chigwell School  that is helping to protect students, staff and property across the 100 acre site.

​Chigwell School is a Co-educational independent school that has existed on its original site since its foundation in 1629.  The School maintains facilities for over 750 boys and girls between the ages of seven and eighteen, and an additional 108 pupils in the new Pre Prep school which opens in September, in an area which covers some 100 acres.

The School’s motto “aut viam inveniam aut faciam” which translates as “find a way or make a way” is as fundamental today as it was at the time of its foundation. However, David Morrison, Bursar at Chigwell School believes that “Safe School, Safe Child” as an equally important message.

The School has had a basic CCTV system for many years but as the site has evolved and grown, the limitations of the analogue system both in terms of quality and flexibility were starting to become apparent. Today, the school has 34 buildings and several car parks which sit on the southern portion of the large site. In September of 2013, the school will open a new Pre Prep which partly prompted the decision to upgrade to a new digital CCTV system.

Following a detailed study of different CCTV vendors and technologies conducted by Tim Crispin, Network Manager, the school selected a MOBOTIX based system from CNS, a highly regarded MOBOTIX partner.  A key deciding factor was the decentralised technology offered by MOBOTIX which allows for flexible monitoring terminals without the need for an expensive dedicated control room.  Although the school has a dedicated security team, using MOBOTIX, senior staff are able to quickly monitor pertinent cameras from any authorised PC system. “The notion of collective security that is segmented to different staff across the campus really helps to make the school a safe and secure environment,” explains David Morrison.

Working closely with CNS, the school has deployed 40 cameras covering all key buildings and doorways. These include MOBOTIX M12, M22, and Q24 cameras offering up to 3.1MP images without the need for special housing or additional power other than the single PoE Ethernet cable. CNS also developed and implemented an Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system that allows the school car park barrier to raise only for staff vehicles and pre-authorised guests.

The new CCTV system also has sound capability and linkage to the building alarm system to quickly allow the visual and audio inspection of the site if any alarm zones are triggered. “Since, we have had the system installed there have been no attempted break-ins and the exceptionally high quality image is clearly a deterrent,” says David Morrison.

The school has had additional training from CNS for its security team in the use of the MOBOTIX system as well as an external audit by an independent security expert. “The consultant we used had previously worked on security at several key Olympic sites and was impressed by our security arrangements,” explains David Morrison, “We take our responsibility to safeguard our students and staff very seriously and investment in the new CCTV and our work with CNS has been roundly supported by both our Headmaster, governors teaching and support staff and above all else our parents and pupils.”

About MOBOTIX AG:

MOBOTIX AG is a software company with in-house hardware development in the area of digital, high-resolution and network-based video security solutions. The company focuses on the development of user-friendly complete system solutions from a single source. The publicly traded company with headquarters in Langmeil, Germany, is known as the leading pioneer in network camera technology since its foundation in 1999 and its decentralized concept has also made high-resolution video systems cost-efficient. From 2010 onwards, MOBOTIX will extend its product range to include intelligent home automation products that are developed in-house. Whether in embassies, airports, railway stations, ports, gas stations, hotels or highways, over one hundred thousand MOBOTIX video systems have been in operation on every continent for years.

About CNS:

CNS has been designing and installing cabling projects throughout the UK for a vast number of years, and during this time noticed the demand for trusted providers of particular solutions. As a result of this demand CNS evolved to not only cable solutions, but to supply them as well. CNS has now developed in-depth knowledge and expertise in areas include IP-CCTV, Door Entry Systems, Storage Solution, Virtualisation and IP based phone system.

Additional Information:

MOBOTIX AG

Simone Herold

Kaiserstraße

67722 Langmeil, Germany

Phone: +49-6302-9816-111

Fax: +49-6302-9816-190

10 Reasons Why Tape is Still Best for Backup

August 5th, 2013

Long Live Tape Storage – 10 Reasons Why Tape is Still Best

Studies show that 80-90% of the data we create is never accessed again. Nonetheless, as data retention requirements become more stringent in accordance with industry compliance laws (i.e., SOX or HIPPA) and corporate regulation, companies must store all of their data for longer periods of time—sometimes forever. This quickly snowballs into petabytes and exabytes of data that require storage, and disk-based solutions are simply too expensive for storing that much data.  In addition, users can’t afford to clog up their networks and servers with that mass of “less critical” data when they often have an immediate need for a smaller set of critical data.

With the amount of data being stored continuing to grow exponentially, tape offers some inherent advantages over disk-based technologies for long-term data storage, including:

  1. High capacity: LTO tape cartridges can now store up to 6.25TB on a single tape.  With Overland Storage’s NEO library, companies can now store over 6PB in less than 14 sq. ft. of data center floor space.
  2. Fast performance:  Data can now be retrieved in a matter of seconds or just a few minutes with the ability to move data at speeds of over 1TB/hr. per tape drive.
  3. Lower cost per GB: At an average cost of $.01/GB, tape storage is the most affordable option for storing massive amounts of data.
  4. Reduced energy costs: Studies repeatedly show that tape drives use less power and generate less heat than disk drives, resulting in energy costs that are 1/15th that of disk.
  5. Portability:  Tape is still the only medium on which you can reliably store data and move it offsite for disaster recovery purposes
  6. Greater reliability:  The error rate of tape technology is superior to that of disk; in addition, tape is immune to some of the pitfalls that disk is subject to (e.g., viruses), providing more reliable access to all of the data companies are storing long-term.
  7. Better longevity:  The physics of tape technology enable companies to extend its storage capacities far beyond what the physics of disk technologies will allow – making tape an ongoing data storage solution for the long haul.
  8. Scalability:  Not only do individual tapes gives users the ability to scale their storage capacity due to high capacities and backward read compatibility, but also tape libraries like Overland’s NEO Series allow users’ data storage solutions to scale with their demands and not be outstripped by them.  Tape allows you to grow into – not out of – your data storage requirements.
  9. Compatibility:  The combination of tape’s superior backward read compatibility and the fact that all major ISV applications (such as BackupExec, NetBackup, ARCserve, etc.) provide widespread support of tape-based storage results in the best possible return on investment.
  10. Good Enough For Google, Good Enough For You – In 2011, Google made headlines when it had to use tape to restore the email boxes of 40,000 users. With performance increasing significantly and storage capacities growing, companies will continue to rely on tape for offsite backup and disaster recovery.

When you combine tape’s superior storage capacities, low cost/GB, and reduced energy costs, tape-based storage solutions provide huge CapEx and Opex cost advantages. Even as technology advances, tape continues to be the ideal solution for long-term data storage and archiving.

To view the original blog post by Peri Glover at Overland Storage click here. Alternatively, speak to our expert storage sales team on 08455 084 820, or email sales@cnsltd.net.

 

CNS Ltd Add CA Technologies ARCserve Family to its Portfolio

July 25th, 2013

CNS Ltd is proud to announce that we have a new partnership with CA technologies. We will be specialising in their ARCserve family of products consisting of their ARCserve Backup, ARCserve D2D, ARCserve Replication and High Availability and ARCserve Central Applications.

CA ARCserve provides the foundation for building data protection, business continuity and disaster recovery strategies.  It provides customers with comprehensive protection and recovery of physical and virtual systems, applications and data that resides, onsite, offsite or in the cloud.    As a result, the user can reduce business disruptions caused by system downtime and data loss and address demanding recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO).

With ARCserve you can reduce cost, risk and complexity by having one solution with comprehensive protection and recovery capabilities.

We’re all excited about the ARCserve solution range. If you would like to take a closer look at our new partner, go to our CA Technology ARCserve product page, alternatively please email mimi@cnsltd.net or call her direct on 08455 084 820.

Mobotix Launches New M15 Camera Platform

July 17th, 2013

MOBOTIX AG today launches the new camera platform, M15. A platform which is based on the new MOBOTIX 5 Megapixel Technology. It offers two exchangeable sensor modules and further builds on MOBOTIX‘ innovative camera platform concept.

"The M15 offers the latest in MOBOTIX‘ camera system technology and follows a proud tradition that we  have started over 13 years ago with the M1 and have continued with the M10 and M12," says Dr. Ralf Hinkel, founder and CEO of MOBOTIX AG. "We are confident that the M15 will be breaking ground in many ways; technically, as a product platform concept, design-wise and because it is developed in a unique combination between end-users and MOBOTIX". The M15 is naturally developed around the MOBOTIX decentralised system technology which saves costs, management and network resources for the end-user.

The M15 product platform offers two exchangeable 5 Megapixel sensor modules which are exactly the same modules as for the recently launched S15. "We have developed the M15 in close cooperation with our end-users and partners. Our end-users want a dynamic platform that can change with their current and future needs, and our partners want a platform for many different applications,“ continued Dr. Hinkel. As the sensor modules can be easily exchanged by the end-user, they will always have an up-to-date camera surveillance system regardless of original mounting place and, at that time, the intended focus of that specific camera. “The end-users and our partners can today choose up to 5 completely different sensor combinations for this platform and in the future there will be even more," said Dr. Hinkel.

By using 5 Megapixel sensors for the M15 camera platform, the users will gain more than four times better light sensitivity in all conditions. The new sensor technology offers a frame rate of up to 30 frames per second and the zoom capabilities are increased by 27% in colour and by more than 200% in black-and-white. "It is important to emphasize that the M15 is a Day-and-Night camera not a day/night. The difference is huge between these two concepts, the M15 sensor modules, depending on configuration, are always able to offer one day and one night image simultaneously, which is especially important in low light conditions as well as in no light," commented Dr. Hinkel.

The new M15 camera platform is IP66 certified and is successfully tested at a temperature range from -30 °C to +60 °C. Following MOBOTIX established product strategy, the M15 does not need any additional housing, fans, heating etc. “The user can take our new camera platform and literally install it wherever he or she wants to. We have people using our products in very extreme environments and they will be very happy with the M15,” said Dr. Hinkel. The M15 camera platform only needs around 5 watt to be fully functional, which both saves costs and energy for the users. “The new M15 is marked with the MOBOTIX Green IP-Video logo for being exceptionally environment-friendly,which is a social conscience initiative that MOBOTIX have taken and I feel very strongly about,” concluded Dr. Ralf Hinkel.

A special advantage: The M15 is fully integrated with the new revolutionary MxActivitySensor technology for intelligent motion detection that reduces false alarms and errors considerably.

For more information on the M15 please email sales@cnsltd.net or call us direct on 08445 084 820.

Overland Storage Scale-Out NAS Takes Top Prize at Storage Awards

June 21st, 2013

Overland Storage the trusted global provider of effortless data management and data protection solutions across the data lifecycle, has announced that its SnapScale clustered NAS solution has won the Editor's Choice Award for Hardware Product of the Year at The Storage Awards 2013.

The Storage Awards 2013 were held at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London. This annual event is attended by most of the industry's key influencers. It offers readers of Storage Magazine (UK) the chance to reward outstanding products, services and people within the storage sector. The much-coveted Editor's Choice Award recognizes the company's industry-leading status and celebrates its innovative hardware solutions.

"We are honored to receive the Editor's Choice Award, as it reflects our continuous effort to deliver simple, intuitive and cost effective data storage solutions," said Joe Disher, Director of Product Marketing for Disk Based Products, Overland Storage. "SnapScale provides enterprise-class features such as high availability with automatic failover, snapshots, replication and flexible provisioning at one of the most competitive prices in the market. With the ability to easily add hundreds of petabytes of capacity, scale performance linearly and manage data under a single global namespace, SnapScale empowers businesses to grow their storage infrastructure without interruption or downtime."

The SnapScale brand has revolutionized scale-out storage since it was launched in late 2012. Built on the company's newest innovation - RAINcloud OS technology - and utilizing features such as RapidRebuild, which maximizes availability, this clustered NAS solution eliminates independent storage silos and unifies storage volumes under one global namespace. SnapScale represents a simple to deploy, easy to manage, highly available, high-performance data storage solution.

Click here to view the full release from Overland Storage, or for more information on the brilliant SnapScale solution email sales@cnsltd.net, or call us direct on 08455 084820