Groupama, a major player in the French insurance market, has chosen Honeywell security solutions to secure its Noisy-Le-Grand premises.
The Groupama group, one of the largest mutual insurance groupsin France, develops insurance, banking and services activities in eleven countries. Heavily involved in the prevention and protection of property and persons, Groupama has been distributing the brand Activeille since the 1990s.
Located in Noisy-Le-Grand, the Groupama offices, built in the 1970s and spanning two buildings, comprise eight floors and three basements including offices and kitchens, among other facilities. Nearly 1000 people move around the site each day, covering a surface area of 40,000 m2. The offices are located near the "Les Arcades" shopping centre , with retail space of 56,000 m2, and which welcomes 12.5 million visitors per year. Risk preventing on this site is therefore twofold: involving that of the employees and members of Groupama, but also those using the public areas, particularly the esplanade located between the two Groupama buildings and which is also used by customers in the shopping centre.
In 2011, the security system having become obsolete and no longer responding to security standards for such a site, Activeille, the services company of the Groupama group specialising in the telemonitoring of property and premises, recommended that the entire security system be modernised.
“We had to completely rethink the security system on the site, while adhering to APSAD certification standards. We had no video surveillance system, only an intrusion detection system. We wanted to put in place a comprehensive solution that would allow us to see the entire site,” explains Christophe PILLET.
Implementation of the new security system was subject to a preliminary assessment carried out by Activeille, taking into account the client's needs and particular features of the site. Following this assessment, an invitation to tender was launched in order to choose the most suitable solution. This solution had to allow us to combine video protection with the intrusion detection system.
The decision was taken to choose Honeywell's solutions.
“With the buildings being relatively large, we had to find technology that enabled us to secure all of the premises while controlling the number of security guards. The Honeywell solution allowed us to respond to all these challenges by combining the intrusion detection system and Galaxy® Dimension access control with Network Video Recorders (NRVs) from the Fusion range", adds Christophe PILLET.
- Optimal security over the entire site
Given the surface area, location and multi-site infrastructure,
Activeille therefore had certain requirements for the security
system. It was looking for a solution providing remote,
centralised management from security posts. It was also
important to respond to the needs of security teams,
these being to improve their safety and increase their
autonomy, particularly at night when the number of
guards was reduced.
Activeille therefore installed the integrated intrusiondetection
and Galaxy® Dimension access control solution
covering more than 200 detection points and six Fusion
NRVs at two telemonitoring posts. The recorders
managed 80 IP cameras, including two mobile domes.
Security guards can now monitor a scene remotely from
PC screens, which reduces the number of interventions
made alone on site, thereby improving their own safety
and saving time.
“the security system is like a second person” says a security
Christophe PILLET adds "The detection system is
integrated with the video surveillance system, so when
triggered, the verification image is sent directly to the
telemonitoring post, making it possible to manage the
situation quickly, securely and effectively."
- A comprehensive security solution with the possibility of large-scale customisation
The Honeywell intrusion-detection system makes it possible
to define autonomous groups.
“On this site we have identified up to 16 groups, enabling
us to programme and activate the alarm in a section of
the building at certain times, while keeping other areas
operational. The security systems evolves 24/7 depending
on which parts of the building are occupied.
As an example, when the company's restaurant is closed,
the alarm and intrusion-detection systems are
automatically activated. This unique, integrated system
solution is really easy to use, programme and activate",
explains Christophe PILLET.
- A reliable and certified security system
The new security system has been designed to be
APSAD R81 certified, made possible thanks to the
NF&A2P 3-shield certified Honeywell Galaxy Dimension
solution. APSAD R81 is an installation rule that defines
minimal technical requirements and methods for
implementing automatic detection systems designed
to detect and warn of the approach, penetration and/or
movement of an intruder in the areas being monitored.
“To do this, we have fitted opening-detector systems on
the main entrances and emergency exits and a motion
detector, providing double detection. In the event of an
alarm, we have the opening detector which can trigger
Added to this is video surveillance, where cameras are
automatically triggered to see the monitored area using
cameras corresponding to the entrance.
We can thereby verify the source and cause easily and
quickly. The risk of false alarms is reduced and the reliability
of the system reinforced", notes Christophe PILLET.
A partner of choice
Groupama, one of the largest mutual insurance groups in France.
Launched at the start of the 1990s, Activeille is a subsidiary company of the Groupama group, specialising in the telemonitoring
of property and premises. It carries out its activity in partnership with a large network of security guards spread throughout
Designed for businesses, towns and professionals, Activeille offers customised installation with the option to purchase
or rent surveillance equipment, as well as remote surveillance solutions (24/7) including intervention and maintenance
A subsidiary offering a property telemonitoring service to protect homes and professional premises (40,000 customers). The
telemonitoring service combines intrusion detection, dissuasion and alarms, home monitoring and intervention at the location
of the incident.
Christophe PILLET concludes
“the implementation of this Honeywell system has
allowed us to reliably secure the entire site and all
staff,as well as shopping centre customers who
frequently use the esplanade, an area monitored by
Installing security cameras in this location has significantly
reduced cases of vandalism and damage. We have
extended the Galaxy® Dimension solution to other Group
buildings, and for video surveillance, Honeywell's
Fusion NVRs and IP cameras. We also offer Honeywell
solutions to our clients.
For businesses with complex sites, we install the same
system: for residential properties and small businesses,
we recommend Honeywell's radio-technology solution
- Galaxy Dimension Solution
- Fusion Network Video Recorders
- IP Domes
Groupama – Case Study (PDF)