Safe Cities Report
Safe Cities Initiatives Reveal How Unsafe We Are
Today the biggest problem that we all face is the risk of Terrorism. Places where people gather are now considered likely targets for mass killings, yet have always been the most technically problematic areas to deliver security.
The following report shows just some of the serious security threats surrounding a City. Viseum UK is now helping mitigate these risks as part of Safe City initiatives:
Airport Security is now one of Viseum UK’s strongest growing markets. The entire airport site is protected with the higher level of security as always, but using the Viseum iVOS F3 (Find, Fix and Follow) and Viseum iVOS FaceRec software, each person’s location and actions can be found and followed in both real-time and retrospectively, delivering the safest available travel. Viseum demonstrations convince clients that they can not only save the significant staff training costs, which result from a high turnover of personnel, but they can also improve the performance of their entire security operation.
Security risk – Until Viseum UK Red and Blue Team Services have been used, many international airports still only make contingency plans for their locally experienced low level security threats, which could have catastrophic consequences.
Another strength of the Viseum technology is its rapid deployment capability, and Viseum intelligent CCTV Trailers regularly protect events such as concerts and major public events. Our most recent success was Ireland’s main annual public event in Limerick – the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in March 2014. Seventy thousand people turned out to celebrate this festival and watch the parade. Just 5 trailer-deployed Viseum cameras protected the event and people who were lined up to watch it.
Security risk – This event’s organisers were prepared for potential trouble, but the only suspect activity reported was the presence of a number of suspicious looking people, who spent the majority of their time during this event, watching and studying the Viseum cameras looking back at them whilst actively protecting the parade.
One of Viseum UK’s first security projects to protect a national power infrastructure is currently underway for a nation in the Middle East. The first remote site was a newly built gas turbine power plant where heightened security was needed from the outset to protect the site’s perimeter, and watch approaches to the perimeter from all directions at extreme distances, as well as surveillance of all activities inside the plant. The ideal solution was to use Viseum’s Thermal IMC cameras operating in conjunction with Viseum’s standard optical camera range.
A water supply organisation in the eastern hemisphere, with 2 million customers and over $12 billion worth of assets, is using Viseum to help protect its water supply, water quality and sewerage system. With over 400 remote locations, each with multiple access points and very few with any on site infrastructure, Viseum technology, with its tailored solar power modules and secure long range wireless broadband was the only feasible solution. The initial inspection of these remote sites revealed obvious signs of illegal trespassing and contamination, with meter boxes at many sites having been vandalised, and with water valve damage each costing $15,000 to repair. The head of security for this organisation said “The Viseum camera is an exciting product and something we have long been looking for”.
Security risk – Until Viseum Red Team Services have been used, some water service organisations throughout the world do not have sufficient security protection in place, where water contamination could have catastrophic consequences for entire populations.
Viseum’s overt cameras are the strongest available deterrent for criminal activity at any remote site. This is because they appear to be constantly manned by ever-alert surveillance operators. Crucially, Viseum solutions can also give the client complete situational awareness and control over each individual security threat, as well as each scenario’s development and outcome. Security staff can be confident of an early security alarm and can be fully primed to intervene and warn-off a suspect or, at a moment of their choosing, to apprehend the perpetrator, whilst collecting high quality video evidence to secure conviction.
One of our first installations for the prisons sector was for the Irish Prisons Service. This prisons’ primary security requirement is to keep prisoners inside the compound perimeter (fences and walls) with better CCTV coverage, giving greater accuracy and earlier warning of inmates approaching too close to the boundary.
The primary requirement for this was a cost saving and security improvement exercise, but as with all Viseum installations the client quickly realised that Viseum solutions can do more than just one security task at a time. This client now also uses Viseum cameras for surveillance of inmates’ circulation within the compound, as well as looking out for perimeter-pass-through where the smuggling of drugs and cigarettes is a growing problem for all correction facilities.
Access Control Systems
Viseum’s integration of access control systems can automatically allow permitted people/vehicles to move about protected areas relatively freely, and can automatically disallow others. Security staff can remotely open, close and lock doors and be aware of all access events as they occur in real time. All such events can be automatically date/time logged against relevant CCTV recordings, in order to present a coherent chain of events and provide evidence for any investigations needed.
This market grew from Viseum’s involvement in the UK’s construction industry, and in particular the protection of asset storage facilities. Another was for the new $20 Billion project in Hudson Yards in Manhattan USA. This construction project urgently needed extensive security coverage for its rapidly expanding real-estate perimeter. The Viseum solution was a natural choice and once the capabilities of Viseum IMC cameras are understood, an additional requirement will be included for them to confirm and count the number of people and vehicles entering in the vicinity.
One example of Viseum’s new markets in the USA
Our perimeter surveillance security solutions are superior because unlike all other perimeter security systems, criminals are unable to detect or locate a weak point across the whole boundary. This is because all Viseum camera points operate as if they are constantly manned. The technical performance and reliability of Viseum Intelligent CCTV security solutions produce the most effective surveillance equipment and software to deter, warn and defend against the threat of security breaches.