How multinational Unilever has secured its European IT headquarters with discreet CCTV.
For their European IT headquarters, Unilever wanted to attract and retain top flight IT professionals with a modern and desirable, yet secure, working environment. After a recent œ4 million investment, the IT HQ in Ewloe, North Wales, provides Unilever?s IT service delivery resource, Global Infrastructure Organisation-European Services (GIO-ES) , with a high-tech facility that supports more than 40,000 PC users in 35 countries. Employing more than 450 staff, the 52,000 sq ft building, is home to the company?s European Consumer Services Call, and Development Centres. To meetthe major security needs of the site, GIO-ES and ?Design & Build? partners TKR, issued a competitive tender to three potential suppliers. They chose Panasonic Premier Installer, Zoom CCTV?s proposal, which according to GIO-ES?s Facilities Manager, Paul Cattrell was ?clearly the most competitive in terms of quality, performance and price?. Featuring a mix of Panasonic CCTV technology, Zoom?s surveillance system uses Digital Signal Processing WV-CS850 colour dome and WV-CP454 static cameras, to cover the site?s external grounds, main entrance road, 270-space car park, building perimeter and reception hall. The Super-D colour cameras deliver pictures through a range of difficult internal and external lighting conditions, in particular, around the building?s huge, glass-fronted atrium (pictured). At the heart of the building, cameras watch the Computer Centre?s main IT servers and vital peripheral equipment. Linked to the centre?s access control, dome cameras with pre-set positioning are activated to capture all visitors to the area. With static and fully functional dome cameras controlled by a Panasonic WV-CU360 controller, the surveillance system is configured to provide multi-screen pictures and pre-programmed camera tours. Monitored in the Security Centre, and at the main reception desk via high-resolution CM1420 colour monitors, the system?s images are captured on a WJ-HD500 digital video recorder that features a built-in colour duplex multi-plexer. Operating in a continuous ?loop? recording mode via a 120Gb capacity hard disc, the digital recording facility is supported by a LF-201 DVD writer, used to enable the downloading of high-quality visual images for either archive, or evidential use. Paul Cattrell added: ?We aimed to compliment the high-quality working environment with a visible, but unobtrusive CCTV system. With the Panasonic based Zoom CCTV system, we have achieved just that, making a very positive contribution towards GIO-ES?s management ethos.?
Commenting on the installation, Rob Healey, Panasonic’s Marketing Manager for CCTV said: ?Panasonic cameras are ideal for this type of application. For example in Unilever’s large, well lit reception area, Panasonic’s Super DII cameras really come into their own. Ordinary CCTV cameras can often let you down under this type of lighting condition, the background can ‘white out’ and foreground details appear in silhouette, making it hard to identify who’s coming in. Panasonic’s Super DII cameras are specially designed to give a clearer picture, full of details even in highly contrasting light, ensuring that Unilever will easily be able to recognise every visitor to their headquarters.?