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AAH Pharmaceuticals, a distributor to the retail and hospital sectors, has chosen a digital CCTV system to cover their nationwide network of UK branches.

AAH Pharmaceuticals, a distributor to the retail and hospital sectors, has chosen a digital CCTV system to cover their nationwide network of UK branches. An end to the disadvantages of videotape-recording, besides the advantages of a digital system that could run over the company’s network, were both factors.
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Because of the sensitive nature of the company’s products, its security system had to be carefully chosen to meet Home Office regulations governing such an environment, and to measure up to Home Office inspection. Warrington-based Ron O’Brien, the AAH Regional Security Officer, led the commissioning of the network system with National Security Manager Tony Hunt. Ron O’Brien reports that he was impressed by the first demonstrations of a digital system. He says: ‘After our experience of VCR and tapes, with the need for constant play-back rather than the capacity for instant viewing, the proposal for upgrading to a digital alternative was an important part of the monitoring equation we were looking for. Equally, cost is always an issue, but the system Seceuro and Gardiner Security proposed was remarkably attractive in that regard too ‘ very reasonable even using top of the range branded equipment. The quality of monitoring and response now possible throughout our branch network can save us considerably on guarding and the network element reduces travelling needs. The end result is ideal for AAH and our operations. Being networkable, it allows all the branch managers and deputy managers to view locations via their PC and the next stage is to bring all stations on line so that the network is also viewable from their home PC via ISDN.’
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The system design and installation was awarded to North-West based security firm Seceuro, who worked with their main suppliers Gardiner Security. System specifier Brian Jamieson of Seceuro said that his aims were to achieve a future-proof and fully network-capable system allowing integration with other site security, safety and operational systems. The system management uses the Digital Sprite range of digital recorders from Dedicated Micros supported by Yamaha CD writers for on-site and the Dennard Phocus 3000 for remote transmission. For the sound system the Direct Comms equipment was specified.
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Dennard 2050 range dome cameras, and Ikegami ICD803 cameras with Computar aspherical lens (external) and Sony DC138P camera with SDG vari-focal lens (internal) were selected on the grounds of quality and reliability, according to the specifier. The Pecan internal high resolution dome was specified for reception areas. To detection unauthorised intruders, Redwall passive infra-red (PIR) detectors from manufacturer Security Enclosure and the Optex beams were chosen. Sheffield-based installer Camwatch were chosen to provide the remote monitoring facility.
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AAH’s National Security Manager Tony Hunt adds: ‘Seceuro were given very specific objectives prior to the award of the contract. Thus far, installations have been completed in Glasgow, Swansea, Leeds, Weedon, Gateshead and Romford and already the benefits of the system are apparent on a security basis, but equally as pleasing is the non-security benefits of the system are being utilised, via a network link as management tool within the wider distribution operation. The remainder of the centres will come on line over the next 12 months.’
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Structured cabling and networking have seen such major growth in the market in the UK, say security distributor Gardiner Security, that the company has formed a new division. Headed by manager Ray Ashby, Gardiner’s Integrated Systems Division has products from manufacturers Ortronics (for residential), Brand-Rex (for fibre), and Molex and RW Data for Cat5. Gardiner report that much commercial new-build property is ‘flood wired’ with Cat5 cabling, meaning security installers can supplement their installation business by connecting into the Cat5 network. Ray Ashby says: ‘With the structured cabling market in the UK expanding in excess of the security market, the division will serve installers in a number of ways: authorised installer training programmes for Cat5E and residential structured cabling installers, plus fibre optics (with their increasing use in large multi-site systems), the offer of pre-terminated cable and fibre training.’ The division is offering one-day training courses for commercial and residential installers at its 10 regional training centres across the UK.

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