Pharos rapid deployment camera excels in conference season


It has been announced a quick-install, high-security PAS68 perimeter fencing system that has already won police accolades and industry awards for innovation has been further enhanced.

Zaun has incorporated the latest Video Content Analysis (VCA) system using high-performance pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras into its Rapid Deployable System (RDS) that captured the Security Innovation Award 2013 and was a double award winner at the Counter Terror Expo Excellence Awards, including being named the Best Physical Security Innovation.

RDS saved up to 90 per cent of police time and proved its rapid-install-with-high-security credentials during a whistle-stop tour from Brighton to Birmingham via Manchester for the three main political parties’ autumn conferences in 2012 and at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in May.

After the Labour party conference, Inspector Steve Worth, Specialist Operations Branch, Conference Planning Unit, Greater Manchester Police, said: “RDS is now firmly the preferred product for the delivery of security operations for party political conferences we police, fully supported by The Home Office ‘RDS’ will again be used at the current Labour party conference in Brighton and when the Conservative party hits Manchester at the end of this month.

This year, a fully integrated perimeter and intelligent CCTV system will be deployed. Zaun has teamed up with video intelligence experts EyeLynx to integrate their all-in-one rapid deployment Pharos system onto its RDS. Pharos is the only true rapid deployment high definition (HD) surveillance system on the market, with Edge Recording Cluster (ERC) capability to incorporate an intelligent recorder, management software and wireless communications all in the same unit. It uses the SharpView VCA recording engine, which can accommodate multiple slave PTZ cameras of any make connected in to the master. Indeed, the number of “slaves” is limited only by power and bandwidth requirements.

Cameras record HD video 24/7, and whenever the perimeter is compromised or a potential intruder approaches too close to the fence Pharos will send a snapshot alert to the control centre for visual verification – or even to assigned personal mobile devices, such as the police chief or nearest constable to the breach. Zaun and EyeLynx have developed a technique for embedding the cabling into the fence posts and have created an integrated power cabinet in the post base to enable quick and easy on-site deployment without the need for heavy machinery. Only the master unit needs a SIM card, which beams the video intelligence to a workstation, into which anyone authorised can dial and view live footage, or rewind and replay from any of the cameras. This new innovation will be used at the party conferences as an add-on to existing security arrangements to help better cover specific strategic positions on the perimeter.

Zaun co-founder and director Paul Painter said: “RDS was already unique in providing hostile vehicle mitigation up to 30mph in a rapidly-deployed temporary fencing solution with no below ground foundations. But we haven’t rested on our laurels. This  integration of advanced electronics and top end CCTV also designed for rapid deployment lifts temporary high security perimeter protection to new heights.”

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