Lawrence Katz, a chartered professional engineer and a director of Lincolne Scott has been instrumental in the development of a multi site IP based high security surveillance system.
Some of the major challenges inherent to the task included:
- A corrosive marine environment
- Intense existing inground services
- High traffic flows
- Multiple structures across multiple sites with high volumes of heavy transport
- Vast perimeters on land and sea
- Stacks of containers that can block detection zones
- Potential for overstretching manpower teams
A rethink of the relationship between technology, site, and manpower, working alongside a comprehensive system brief, Lincolne Scott was able to implement a surveillnace solution incorporating the best in integrated detection.
integratedplan design and continued development of networked video surveillance solutions and integrated management systems has made a real impact on the delivery of integrated detection and surveillance solutions.
For small well-managed security response teams, proactive networked security solutions that allow immediate threat recognition with automated planned response processes and recording are a real breakthrough.
Lawrence Katz, specialist security engineering consultant and director of Lincolne Scott, reflects on some of the challenges the build faced.
“The client required not only perimeter intrusion deterrence and detection but event-based alarm verification and perpetrator identification wherever possible,” says Katz.
“Along with this, the system needed to provide detection annunciation at various local guard house locations with facility for public address interface as an audio deterrent.
“Supporting the automatic functions of the surveillance systems, this solution also needed to offer video guard tours and full lighting control in order to facilitate those tours and capture images during event detection,” says Katz.
“Operationally there was also a need for gate control.”
“In the past, all alarm handling had been managed by the access control system but with this upgrade the client wanted their main alarm management system to be entirely video-based with multiple-input alarm management handled by the video management software.”
“This solution gives Site Australia a multi-level threat management system with an automated light level control response to alarms – with light level based on threat level.
“This feature is in line with our commitment to “Green Engineering” and energy efficiency in the design of projects delivered by Lincolne Scott” Katz explains.
“Before the system design development could commence, detailed cost models were developed specifically for the project to enable optimization of equipment and process selection against capital and lifecycle costs.”
Lincolne Scott is an international engineering consultancy firm specializing in building services and environmentally sustainable design.
Lawrence Katz is a director of Lincolne Scott. A chartered professional engineer with ASIS CPP and PSP, SCEC Endorsement and BICSI RCD qualifications, Lawrence leads the design and delivery teams for Security Engineering and Communications from the Melbourne office.