United Business Media Limited is a leading global business
media company employing over 6,000 staff in thirty countries. The company is
best known in the security industry for running IFSEC, one of the largest
security tradeshows in the world. Amongst its other UK brands is leading online
news portal – Info4Security.com. The corporate head office is based in Central
London, at Ludgate House. UBM has a wide portfolio of other exhibitions and
media brands serving a broad range of industries and markets globally.
Security Group has a long association with UBM and, in collaboration with
Minerva Integrated Security Services, has helped make Ludgate House safer and
more secure for its people and assets.
In 2006 Honeywell’s WIN-PAK® Pro access control system was
installed at Ludgate House and delivered a significant improvement from the
previous legacy system. This included several N1000 access panels which
controlled over 120 OmniClass™ door readers throughout the 10 storey building.
The client also benefited from a slave badging station and printer enabling the
security team to create access smart cards for each of the 2,000 employees and
the numerous visitors to the building. In 2008 Minerva installed the Honeywell
Galaxy® Dimension Intruder Alarm System and Fusion Digital Video Recorders (DVRs)
at Ludgate House as well as at two remote sites, enabling security staff at
Ludgate House to monitor alarms and record remote images by means of the
Honeywell Fusion Video Management Software (FVMS).
The seamless addition of the Galaxy and Fusion technology provided
a single user interface through WIN-PAK, integrating the access control with
video and intrusion and thus creating a more robust platform with increased
capability. Functions that have traditionally been tied together through
physical relays and input devices are now controlled logically.
A further Fusion DVR has been installed at Ludgate House,
facilitating the integration of CCTV cameras with the WIN-PAK software.
This unique level of integration allows video to be linked to both
access control and intrusion events and alarms. Video clips can easily be
recalled through the software, based on time or event. With integration, UBM has
complete camera control, including pan, tilt and zoom, and can verify live users
with stored images using the video verification option.
By integrating the Galaxy Dimension intruder alarm panels, WIN-PAK
is able to manage multiple Galaxy panels using floor plans and control maps to
allow easy monitoring and control of most of the intruder functionality. This
level of integration was of key importance to UBM.
The next stage of the long-term project was to address the
following security needs:
Modernisation of an antiquated CCTV system in Ludgate House main
security control room (situated on the ground floor)
The need for an advanced state of the art video management
Central video management across three remote UBM sites
In summary, the security control room at Ludgate House contained a
myriad of legacy monitors (11 in all), CCTV multiplexers, matrices, cables and
hard drives. This archaic set up was a convoluted and complex mix of out of date
display equipment which resulted in excessive use of physical energy and
electricity, and a potentially unsafe working environment for the security team.
With such old equipment came a more demanding maintenance
schedule, greater compatibility issues and other problems for the user which
ultimately resulted in higher monthly overhead costs for the client. From a
security stand point, a large multi-tenanted building like Ludgate House lacked
the agility and responsiveness that a modern digital video management system can
provide, consequently increasing the overall risk level for the building.
UBM also coveted the ability to monitor and control the video and
intrusion systems from three of its other sites around the UK (two in the North
West, one in the South East). The existing system was not capable. The case for
a cost effective upgrade grew.
Gosnell, Head of Security at Ludgate House worked closely with John Moran, the
Managing Director at Minerva Integrated Security Services and a member of the
Honeywell Systems Integrator programme.
“With such an old video system, the new technology must compliment
and be interoperable with the existing access, intrusion and DVR equipment to
enhance the overall operation,” commented Paul Gosnell.
John Moran has a lot of experience in working with Honeywell and
following a tight brief sourced the right solution. Of particular importance was
for the video management system (VMS) to work with existing third party PTZ
domes and CCTV cameras situated inside and outside the building. These cameras
comprise a mixture of analogue and IP devices.
“Given the existing Honeywell equipment on site and the need for
seamless integration and interoperability, I was very comfortable in
recommending MAXPRO® VMS as the solution to meet the client’s requirements,”
explained John Moran.
Honeywell’s MAXPRO VMS controls multiple sources of video
subsystems in a facility to collect, manage and present video in a clear and
concise manner. MAXPRO VMS intelligently determines the capabilities of each
subsystem across various sites, allowing video management of any analogue or
digital video device through a unified configuration and viewer.
In December 2010, Minerva installed the MAXPRO VMS solution in the
security control room, replacing the old equipment with an attractively
ergonomic video wall and work station set up. The result is a clean, modern
control room that is not only user friendly for the operator, but energy
efficient and safety compliant.
"With such an old video system, the new technology must compliment and
be interoperable with the existing access, intrusion and DVR equipment to
enhance the overall operation"
Head of Security at Ludgate House
"The new system is more user-friendly and its
improved screen layout enables us to quickly and easily track anyone or anything
inside or directly outside the building,” added Gosnell.
One of the key things that MAXPRO VMS enables the user to do is to
create camera sequences or “salvos” that utilize a number of cameras or PTZ
domes to track a typical path throughout the building. This was a key benefit
for Gosnell and UBM.
Apart from the obvious benefits of system reliability, scalability
and energy efficiency, the client is particularly impressed with the MAXPRO VMS
ability to constantly monitor and analyse the ever changing external
environment. For example, a railway station entrance and nightclub are being
built in very close proximity to Ludgate House increasing the threat risk, thus
the need for vigilance and control from Mr Gosnell and his team must match the
threat. MAXPRO VMS helps considerably to mitigate external threats and
MAXPRO VMS is a highly cost effective solution. A key feature is
its capability to control a hybrid of analogue and IP cameras and domes. This
meant that UBM could make best use of its security budget by not having to
replace existing camera technology with more up to date devices.
“From an installation and maintenance perspective, MAXPRO VMS is
particularly straightforward to install and operate,” added Moran. “The system
does everything we need it to do and more. Once we did the initial operator
training at Ludgate House, the operators were very comfortable on the system,
and so far it has met all of the client’s requirements.”
"Given the existing Honeywell equipment on site and the need for
seamless integration and interoperability, I was very comfortable in
recommending MAXPRO® VMS as the solution to meet the client’s requirements"
Managing Director at Minerva Integrated Security Services
Partner of Choice
Minerva Integrated Security Services is the
collaboration of a group of experienced security professionals who had a vision
of building an independent security company providing the highest quality, and
most cost effective security systems for commercial premises across the UK and
Europe. By embracing modern technology it has become an innovative, customer
focused company delivering products and services that meet with its customers’
requirements, whilst ensuring maximum economic value. With extensive experience
across the Honeywell Security product portfolio, it was natural that Minerva
would select Honeywell as its partner of choice. For more information please
United Business Media Enhances Video Surveillance through
Honeywell’s Energy Efficient MAXPRO® VMS Solution (pdf)
- MAXPRO® VMS
- Fusion Digital Video Recorder
- WIN-PAK® Professional
- Galaxy® Dimension Intruder System
- N1000 Access Control Panel
OmniClassTM Door readers