Case Studies

Integrated IP video and access

by Mark Rowe

Wirral-based IP video installer NW Systems has fitted one of the UK’s first fully integrated IP video and access control systems for transport-on-demand service provider Cabfind, at its new head offices in Birkenhead.

NW Systems recently installed pure IP-based, integrated access control and video surveillance to cover the inside and outside of Cabfind. In use are Axis IP cameras and door controllers with Imron access control software and Milestone front-end video management software (VMS), to ensure entries via key doors are covered and video recordings collected for viewing on authorised desktops and smart devices. Cabfind sought HD quality surveillance by deployment of some of the latest Axis network cameras, for images in even low light,.

The AXIS A1001 Open Platform Network Door Controller is sited at key entrances, with AXIS 4001-E smart card readers, on the building’s door frames. The Axis door control hardware units were linked to Imron’s IS2000 open architected access control software platform, holding records of Cabfind’s identity card holders which are checked at point of access.

The installer says that it was able to configure the system in such a way that the Imron access control platform was fully integrated with Milestone Systems’ Access Control Module, itself an extension to Milestone XProtect Express video management software (VMS) which manages the display of live and recorded video alongside door entry and exit events.

This integration enables Milestone XProtect Smart Client users to view IS2000-generated access control and alarm transactions alongside time-synchronised video recordings, on authorised Cabfind desktop PCs and smart mobile devices.

The new system is automating many of the tasks that previously would have taken the time of Cabfind’s IT, HR and security staff.

Michael Luddington, CFO,, said: “As well as delivering a highly streamlined access control and surveillance system in our headquarters today, NW Systems has developed a fully networked system which is capable of being expanded as we strive for further efficiencies. For example, we may extend the use of the door control system, enabling it to double as a time and attendance system to help us better manage our people going forward.”

Frank Crouwel, Managing Director at NW Systems, added: “I’m very proud that our IP video expertise has now extended into delivering one of the UK’s first fully integrated access control and IP video management systems – all on a budget that shows us that many more companies could benefit from integrating previously separate access control and CCTV systems.”

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