CCTV for Garages or MOT Workshops – Ideal for Reception / Waiting Areas

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The DVSA has now changed rules and regulations regarding MOT tests – if you wish to have a remote location serving as a waiting area, you are now able to deliver footage of the test being carried out via CCTV cameras. You aren’t allowed to record the MOT test, however, you can relay it via a camera and screen if you prefer not to have a physical viewing area.

One of our local garages in Swindon approached us because they were expanding into a new building, however, it was a lot of extra expense to create a new viewing area when they already had a reception and waiting area. The solution was to install a screen into the existing waiting area, along with two network IP cameras in the MOT bay.

The screen was branded to their company design, although the facility to add extra information or offers can be added if required.

We have put together one of the best systems out there which ensures great image quality via Wireless IP cams, along with a small discreet control PC which can be easily mounted behind any screen. You can use a PC monitor, but we would recommend using a larger screen for a greater impact. It’s even all upgrade-able so you can view footage remotely.

At the same time, we upgraded the local garages network infrastructure to include two new Cisco Wireless Access Points, along with two Netgear POE (Power Over Ethernet) switches. This now means that they have the ability to utilise the existing internet connection across a greater geographical area incorporating the two sites they run without suffering a frustrating loss of signal.

Future upgrades for the client may also include a more up to date IP phone based VOIP system for their telephones, along with a possible update of CCTV based security.

References:

A clearly identified weatherproof public waiting room or area from which the whole test can be directly observed without interruption, except for road testing (room for 2 seated people is considered sufficient)

A mirror or camera relayed images may be acceptable if all parts of the test can be observed as it would from an enclosed viewing area with window. Consideration should be given to the quality of image produced during variable light conditions.

The use of recording equipment (CCTV) is unacceptable – the observation room or area should be identified by a notice and floor markings if applicable. There should also be a notice in reception indicating the presence of a viewing area.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/222614/Req_for_Auth_common_classes_1211.pdf

 

 

Retail Store Smart Network Speakers – New Product Launch

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AXIS C1004-E Network Cabinet Speaker and AXIS C2005 Network Ceiling Speaker are full-featured sound systems that come preconfigured for use right out-of-the-box. Background music can be seamlessly streamed across multiple retail store locations. In-store announcements can be made live as well as prerecorded and scheduled for playback.

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Axis introduces smart sound systems for efficient background music and announcements. See film.

Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, enters the retail store sound system market with smart sound systems. ”Traditional retail store sound systems typically consist of a number of different analog components and specific audio knowledge is required to be able to properly install and fine tune these systems. These new products are a complete audio system and you do not need any audio knowledge or extra hardware to use them. They are preconfigured for use right out-of-the-box”, says Håkan Hansson, Global Product Manager Audio, Axis Communications.

Axis’ all-in-one speaker system offers amplifier, mixer, digital signal processor, streaming functionality, microphone, power supply and loudspeaker. With Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology, only a single network cable is needed to provide both power and data to each unit. The units can be combined into a flexible and scalable system and it is easy to add or remove speakers in an instant. Managing the loudspeakers is versatile, and it is possible to address and control each unit individually or make a unified command for several units. By creating zones to address a number of loudspeakers it is possible to direct different background music, live or prerecorded announcements or control and change the volume for each unit individually and parallelly.

“We have driven the change from analog to digital in the video surveillance market making systems smart, open and secure. We are now bringing this same approach to audio. For a retail store, these sound systems can not only simplify the management of announcements and background music, but also contribute to uniform atmosphere and service in different store locations”, Hansson continues.

AXIS C1004-E and AXIS C2005 are high sensitivity full range loudspeakers offering high quality background music playback and clear speech announcements, possible to schedule to meet any needs. Background music can be played via the preinstalled AXIS Audio Player application. You can create and schedule your own MP3 playlists either from the speakers offline playlist (SD card) or from audio streaming services. Announcements can be scheduled from pre-recorded audio files or triggered by an event captured by a surveillance camera. Further, the speakers come with built in SIP-support which makes it easy to integrate them with Voice over IP telephone systems, for example for live voice announcements.

Designed for professional use, the sound systems are smart devices and with the inbuilt microphone, it is possible for the speakers to verify its functionality. This gives operators the peace of mind that background music or announcements are actually heard and that the system deliver quality music around the clock. AXIS C1004-E is splashproof and comes in black and white.

The open ACAP platform and VAPIX protocol makes the products future-proof and ready for additional music streaming solution.

AXIS C1004-E and AXIS C2005 are planned to be available in Q3 2016 and will be available for supply and installation via Visually Connected. Other speaker systems are also available for supply and installation from Visually Connected – Please give us a call to find out more.

 

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We are now a BRIVO authorised partner & dealer

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We are proud to announce that we are now a BRIVO authorised partner, expanding our range to offer their products here in the UK.

BRIVO are a US based provider of access control systems, and the software they provide is a key product in the ‘Visually Connected’ line up for smart building control and integration. Fantastically simple and easy to use, yet powerful – The Software as a Service (SaaS) technology scales to your needs, dramatically simplifying deployment and security management. The software is an open platform, with a great API, which means it’s much more than traditional access control, allowing ways to integrate your access control into other applications and deployments.

The product centres around the core ‘On-Air’ product, and we simply love the fact that the software makes it easy to integrate access control with your smartphone too! (with Mobile Pass S/W).

The other great thing about this product is that it ties CCTV footage and access control together, allowing the end user the ability to view matched footage and access swipes.

If you already have an access control system, but you are interested in the opportunities the system can offer, we may be able to retain part of your existing access control installation and upgrade the core software to BRIVO to give you excellent cloud based functionality!

More information can be found here …

 

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We are now an AXIS authorised partner for Cameras CCTV and DVR’s

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Visually Connected are now proud to announce that we are now an AXIS certified authorised partner, so we can assist with any CCTV or DVR equipment questions that you may have.
We sell a wide variety of models from the AXIS range, and we are more than happy to discuss or specify any project you may have. We can supply, install and configure the following types of camera:

  • IP Rated (Outdoor / Waterproof)
  • POE (Power over Ethernet)
  • 720P / 1080P Full HD cameras / 1MP 2MP
  • Nightvision and Infrared
  • Easily Configured
  • Dome Cameras (Fixed / Motorized)
  • Fixed Cameras

Can be supplied with a range of easy to use software for monitoring your site, with footage stored on site or via the cloud. We are also partners for Brivo, so we can supply a fully integrated access control and CCTV system.
Call us today for a free site survey and to see how we can improve every aspect of your security system.

Why don’t architects listen to their buildings?

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Why don’t architects listen to their buildings?

My attention has recently been directed to this article that was in the NYMAG at the end of December 2015. ‘Why don’t architects listen to their buildings?’ by Justin Davidson.

Whilst the article itself posed many questions, and was indeed interesting to read, there wasn’t much talk of the solutions out there that can reduce the less than perfect acoustic experience Justin describes within his article. Whilst there are are a lot of ‘Acoustic’ solutions out there, we believe that our AKUART products are actually the ‘acoustic solutions that stand out from the pack’. From clever room dividers to magnificent wall art, we provide a number of products which can not only solve these common problems, the also look visually impressive too.

You can find out more information about our AKUART products here

Featured Photo: Calatrava’s transit hub: Looks great, but how will it sound? Photo: Andrew Holbrooke/Corbis