Reverse vandalism CCTV footage seen by millions ‘a very powerful image’

Last month in Boston, Lincolnshire, the myth surrounding the idea that CCTV is used only as a deterrent to stop crime was well and truly exploded.  On prime-time television, viewers around the globe witnessed a group of youths bending a previously vandalised bike-rack back into position, with CCTV images broadcasting the whole incident with crystal-clear quality.

Unknown to revellers and onlookers alike was the fact that impressive quality CCTV images were being transmitted wirelessly back to the town’s security control room using equipment supplied by specialist outdoor wireless airsoft holographic sight company, Wavesight. Operators at the new control room can clearly be seen zooming in on the youths and watching them as they carefully bend the bike rack into position.

In July, facilities management and security company, OCS, updated the Boston Wireless IP CCTV Camera system to future-proof it for years to come.  Removing the old analogue cameras and leased fibre lines, they utilised Wavesight’s transmission products and expertise to provide a wireless solution using the latest in IP cameras supplied by Panasonic.

Steve Pittom, MD for Wavesight, said: This is a very powerful image for us. It clearly shows the quality of the images that can be transmitted wirelessly in real-time. It is often said that a picture paints a thousand words, and this was never so true as when the cctv surveillance camera operators in Boston witnessed the un-vandalising of a piece of street furniture.  For it to make headline news, due not only to the nature of what was happening, but also on account of the quality of the images broadcasting this impressive DIY repair job to the masses, is a testimony to our skills in ensuring that wireless CCTV IP Camera technology really works and provides an excellent solution that meets client needs.

The footage, which has already received over 2 million views from around the world and was also aired on BBC and ITV evening news. See the video below:

Delta Security helps to protect vulnerable housing association residents

Delta Security has installed a new door entry and ip cctv system into Rotheley House, a supported-living housing development in Hackney, assisting residents who suffer from mental health issues and learning difficulties to manage their own security and to live independently.

Rotheley House is home to 15 residents and is managed by Advance Housing and Support. With over 40 years experience, Advance offers a wide range of housing and support services to over 5,000 people at home, in work or within the community.

The previous entry system had become unreliable and Kevin Pearce, Deputy Area Manager for London and the South East at Advance, sought a new system that would provide greater security specific to the needs of the residents:

“One of our requirements was for us to be able to choose which residents had the functionality to let visitors in or not, depending on their capabilities.”

Following an assessment of the property, Delta upgraded the door entry system to an isolated digital video entry system using the latest Videx Kristallo colour apartment handsets. These provide users with clear video images of visitors and have the required flexibility to restrict functionality where required.

Delta also recommended and installed high definition Nexus IP CCTV cameras in communal areas and outside the premises. The IP CCTV Security Camera provide exceptional image quality, even at night, and the high storage capability enables images to be stored and reviewed when necessary.

Kevin says that installation went very well and was completed faster than expected: “All engineers were professional and understanding in giving residents extra time to understand why they were there, giving them their badges and working through any communication challenges.

“The whole process for us was made very simple with regular communication and prompt, flexible responses to issues or changing requirements.

“The CCTV has already proved extremely useful on two occasions,” he continues, “one for an internal incident and the other to assist the police with a mobile phone robbery that happened outside the premises, where we were able to provide very clear images.”

Dave Mundy, Operations Manager at Delta Security Cameras, says that the company has valuable expertise in a wide range of housing association projects: “For the Rotheley installation, we hand picked engineers who knew the challenges and best practice of working within this kind of accommodation. As a company we take pride in the part we play in helping those living in supported living environments to live as independent lives as possible.”

Pro-Vision offer new Samsung WiseNet Lite range from stock

Pro-Vision Distribution Limited, the distributor of branded CCTV and access control equipment, are pleased to announce that they can now offer Samsung’s new WiseNet Lite range from stock.

Simon Davies, Internal Sales Manager for Pro-Vision Distribution, said “Samsung has launched a range of high definition Hikvision IP Camera under the WiseNet Lite series to provide installers with keenly priced alternatives to their highly acclaimed, feature rich, Open Platform WiseNetIII models. The bullet Security Cameras and domes in the new range provide a high performance video surveillance solution for retail applications and offices that simply require high definition CCTV IP Camera to capture evidence grade images. As well as an affordable solution for larger projects where a greater number of cameras may be needed.“

Simon continued: “The 1.3MP and 2MP Full HD WiseNet Lite models share many of the features built into the WiseNetIII range – including Intelligent Video Analytics, motion detection, privacy masking zones, audio support, PoE and a SD/SDHC memory slot. They also benefit from a Hallway view function for monitoring narrow vertical areas such as corridors, tunnels and aisles. This allows the outdoor cctv camera to capture images with a 9:16 x 3:4 aspect ratio that works effectively in tall and narrow spaces – with the added bonus of minimizing bandwidth and video storage requirements.”

Gloucester leads the UK with Pioneering Communications Project

Work is underway on a pioneering project which aims to convert Gloucester into one of the best connected cities in the UK, partners Gloucester City Council and BT announced today.

A landmark deal, the first of its kind in the UK, will see the introduction of a free public wireless (wi-fi) service for tourists and people living and working in the city centre, a new state-of-the-art IP CCTV Camera service and control room and improved mobile phone coverage for 4G and other new services.

Gloucester is believed to be the first UK city to combine all three in one project with BT.

The investment will improve public safety and help people to stay in touch more easily as they shop, work and socialise in the city centre.

It’s also been confirmed the new CCTV and wi-fi services will be up and running to coincide with the start of the Rugby World Cup in September, in which Gloucester is playing a major role.

Once the planning and surveying work is complete, the partners will begin installing the wireless access points and 50 new high-definition Wireless IP CCTV Camera in the heart of the city centre and Gloucester Park.

Where possible, existing structures will be used to house the new equipment which will replace the current analogue CCTV network, now more than 15 years old. The new digital service will provide clearer images, enable security teams to zoom in on potential trouble-spots and gather evidence with high quality images.

Access to the Gloucester wi-fi service will be free and unlimited to all. It will extend from Westgate and Eastgate, along Northgate and Southgate and into Worcester Street towards Kingsholm Stadium.

Laptops, tablets and mobile devices, including smartphones, will be able to connect to it via a specially tailored page being developed by the partners.

Councillor Jennie Dallimore, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “Today marks an important milestone in our quest to make Gloucester one of the most connected places in the UK.

“This is fantastic news for people visiting the city as well as local businesses, students and shoppers. We really hope the project will help put Gloucester on the map.

“It’s great to work with BT on this unique project and we are really looking forward to when everything is up-and-running – just in time for the Rugby World Cup too.”

BT will manage the combined services for up to 10 years*.

Paul Coles, BT’s regional manager for Gloucestershire and the South West, said: “Connecting people is at the heart of what we do, but this is the first time these three key elements – CCTV, wi-fi and enhanced mobile communications – have been developed in one project for one city by BT, at the same time. It’s great to see Gloucester pioneering this approach which we now hope to replicate in other towns and cities.

“This project is another important step forward in the development of communications for Gloucester and the wider county, where the roll-out of high-speed fibre broadband is continuing at a pace.

“The new free public wi-fi service will provide people with a reliable and secure way of staying in touch whilst they are working, studying, shopping or socialising in and around the city, whilst the latest CCTV technology will help to keep them safe.

“Providing better mobile phone coverage is also important and we hope mobile network operators will take advantage and opt to boost their local coverage through the new cells that can be made available alongside the new CCTV IP Camera and wi-fi networks.”

Hikvision and Hommax Sign Revolutionary Platform Agreement

May 10th, 2012    After two consecutive years of successful collaboration between Hikvision Camera and Hommax – the official distributor of Hikvision products in Spain – these two companies have reached an exciting new agreement: Hommax will now officially act as Hikvision’s Subsidiary Agent throughout the Spanish market.

The new subsidiary agreement will be responsible for logistics, technical support, as well as pre-and-post sales service for Hikvision IP Camera products in Spain.

Additionally, this new contract serves to highlight the good business environment between both companies; which facilitates the further elaboration of market strategy that benefits both members, as well as a means to more fully integrate various Hikvision DVR distributors in Spain. Ultimately, the goal of having only one point of delivery and technical support throughout Spain’s security market will be achievable.

Furthermore, this agreement will better facilitate Hikvision’s branding in the Spanish video surveillance market and benefit customers by offering more choices  in selecting high-quality Hikvision products; as well as the assurance of excellent sales-and-service support afterwards.

About Hikvision
Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd. is one of the world’s leading suppliers of video surveillance products and solutions. Established in 2001, Hikvision has grown from a small company with 28 people, into a global enterprise with more than 7,000 employees – including 2,000 R&D engineers. With the largest R&D team in the industry and capability of continuous innovation, Hikvision’s product offerings include hybrid DVRs, NVRs, standalone DVRs, digital video servers, compression cards, high-definition IP cameras, and speed domes. These products are used in more than 100 countries, and have been used to secure various security applications around the world. For more information, please visit Hikvision’s website at

Headquartered in Hangzhou, China, Hikvision has expanded to a global operation with regional branch offices in Los Angeles covering the Americas; Amsterdam covering Europe; Dubai for the Middle East; joint ventures in India and Russia; as well as a maintenance center in Hong Kong.

Rapid growth and exceptional products have seen Hikvision recognized as the No.1 DVR supplier – according to IMS Research’s World Market for CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment Report 2011, and listed for four years in a row in Security 50 – a market survey recognizing the top 50 security vendors in the global security market (No. 5 in 2011). Hikvision is now publicly listed in Shenzhen Stock Exchange with market capitalization of US$7.3 billion.

About Hommax Sistemas, Inc.
Hommax Sistemas, is a corporation created in 1980 with an issued capital of 600,000 €, whose main activity is the distribution of electronic products for security applications such as CCTV, intrusion and fire.

All our relationships with customers and suppliers are based on knowledge of the needs, try to be the best technology partner to the Company requires, so give utmost importance to training, this being one of the most valued by our business customers.

With our customers share their needs from the embryonic project, being present in his gestation and implementing the project, providing high value to the relationship that allows us to establish strong partnerships

Hommax is synonymous of Experience, Technology, Innovation, Commitment, all part of a series of values established by our company since its creation in 1980, it has developed a strategic manner to this day, getting to be the first Spanish company to be certified ISO 9001:2000 and the only nominee NOVA Quality granted by the Government of Valencia in 2003. In 2008, the company has received the award for Best Business Management awarded by the Association of Employers of the region.

With over 30 years of uninterrupted activity, we have made our world a little safer, we have ensured that our products are used in all areas of society: Banks, Prisons, Airports, Police Stations, Shopping Malls, Residential Housing and much more.

In Hommax Sistemas, we have many of the products we sell, are made for us, reengineering is essential in our relationships with manufacturers, we do not manufacture, but if we ensure that manufacturers design products perfect for us as our clients require us , which has enabled us to achieve a high average turnover exceeding € 15,000,000 (07/10).

Our commercial network in Spain, based on their own delegations, is composed of experts Sales Engineers, because we believe that knowledge is essential plus relationships with business customers. From our headquarters, with more than 2000m2 in total area, where just over 40% is for office and technical laboratory and the rest for storage, we manage a stock that amounts to € 2,000,000, which enables us to fulfill our commitment to deliver within 48 hours.

From Hommax systems try to be different to other distribution companies, and therefore we have created our Claim that is fully committed to ratify it, “totally different”.


SND editor interviewed by BBC: Save our CCTV cameras from council cuts

[Note: During the interview, I mispoke and said Bournemouth when I meant to say Brighton. So apologies for that!]

Lincoln Council is looking at the possibility of cutting CCTV services to save £483,000 per year. The Conservative-led council says it needs to save £2.35 million by 2013 which could spell the end of the city’s 133 cameras.

The decision follows a move by nearby North Kesteven Council to switch off an ip cctv system in Sleaford and another four in North Hykeham.

The council will be leading a CCTV review with Lincolnshire police, local businesses and the public, but as part of the debate, BBC Lincolnshire contacted me this morning to ask for my views.

My interview is preceded by a plea from the father of a murdered man to keep the Infrared Security Cameras because of the crucial role that CCTV played in convicting his son’s killers.