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Remotely monitored school

by Mark Rowe

An east London school recently had installed a remotely monitored security system supplied by the infrared (IR) CCTV product company Basson Group. Caterham High School, in the London borough of Redbridge, was looking for protection against stolen lead roofing and other break-ins as seen at schools across the borough. The products fitted were from Basson’s range of long-distance IR cameras, monitored by Kent-based CCTV and Alarm Monitoring company, FLR Spectron.

Martin McCormick, Managing Director of The Basson Group, said: “After rising cases of lead theft and break ins to schools, mainly happening at night, we were approached by the school to supply a security system that would help reduce these crimes. The brief from the school also required us to recommend a cost-effective and reliable monitoring service that would manage alarm-activated CCTV. This task was awarded to one of our trusted partners, FLR Spectron Monitoring in Kent, who we were confident would deliver the required service.”

Alarmed images from the school are now sent to FLR’s monitoring station where they are viewed by operators. The cameras installed are a mix of internal and external Basson PTZ cameras. The IRBD-MINI PTZs, used for monitoring the internal buildings, were chosen for their compact size, 12x optical zoom and 50-metre IR range. The IR LEDs allow adaptable night vision illumination, which alters on zooming in, for night-time images.

For outside areas, particularly the perimeter fences, a mix of the IRB2-36VHQ static night-vision and IRB2 PTZ cameras were installed. The IRB2 PTZ is a day/night, cable-managed, infrared pan and tilt camera, suited the makers claim to applications such as airports, utilities and critical national infrastructure.

Tim Hoyles, FLR’s sales director, said, “We regularly partner with The Basson Group on CCTV projects requiring monitoring, because their CCTV systems give years of maintenance-free operation, while still providing outstanding, professional results – and, most importantly to us as a business, fewer false alarms. We know that the school has had zero cases of vandalism or theft since the installation and monitoring service were set up.”

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