Glasgow Science Center invests in Hanwha Techwin video surveillance system

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The Glasgow Science Center has invested in a new video surveillance system from Hanwha Techwin to help ensure a safe environment for visitors.

The Glasgow Science Center, located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, is an educational charity that seeks to inspire and motivate people to get involved in science. His work is supported by a non-profit visitor experience and other sources of income, with all income he generates being reinvested to support his charitable purpose.

Major upgrade of the surveillance system

The contract to install the new video surveillance system, which includes cameras sourced from Hanwha Techwin, was awarded to Scottish Communications Group, one of the UK’s independent communications and electronic security systems integrators, which installed the original analog CCTV system when the center opened in 2001.

“We have a close and long-term business relationship with the Glasgow Science Center and are delighted to have had the opportunity to develop this partnership by being entrusted with the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the new system, ”said Stuart Leslie, Sales Director of the Scottish Communications Group. “The old analog system had done a great job over the years, helping to keep visitors safe by ensuring staff and contractors comply with health and safety procedures. However, in terms of features and functionality, as well as the image resolutions of the cameras, the system was not able to provide the advantages offered by the latest generation of cameras ”.

Specification of Wisenet cameras

A total of 68 new Wisenet cameras have been installed at the Center by Scottish Communications Group, of which 48 have been deployed to replace the existing old analog cameras, while an additional 20 cameras have been installed in new locations to eliminate any blind spots. and give the operators of the control room of the Center a better knowledge of the situation.

40 cameras have been selected from the Wisenet Q series of IP networks which, with integrated IR illumination, are capable of capturing clear and crisp 2 and 4 megapixel images, regardless of the lighting conditions. These bullet and minidome cameras also feature a wide dynamic range (WDR), which works up to 120 dB to produce clear images from areas with a difficult mix of bright and dark areas, such as the area. reception center where sunlight is able to pour in.

The remaining 28 Bullet, PTZ and Minidome cameras were selected from the Wisenet HD + analog series and are capable of delivering 2 megapixel HD images over coaxial cables. Wisenet HD + cameras are said to minimize the cost and disruption of installing new data cabling as they can support transmission of HD images using standard coaxial cabling – without any latency. no image loss – at distances of up to 500 m. In addition, without the need to incur the cost and time of installing encoders, converters or switches, further savings can be made.

Camera images are recorded on a Pentabrid “hybrid” recorder or Wisenet NVR, each of the five devices providing up to 12 terabytes of storage.

“The safety and security of our visitors is always our top priority,” said Roddie Galbraith, Center Facilities Manager.

“We have therefore invested in the very latest technologies in order to significantly improve the capabilities of our video surveillance infrastructure and, in doing so, provide our security colleagues with a powerful tool which will enable them to respond quickly and efficiently to any incident.”

“We are very pleased with the performance of the new system and are delighted that we were able to take advantage of the economic benefits of Wisenet HD + cameras without compromising on quality or functionality. We believe that we now have a CCTV system that will be fit for use for many years to come. “

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