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Day/Night Domes and DVR Equipment Installed At UK Office of Australian Bank

Samsung Techwin : 05 July, 2010  (Application Story)
London branch of Commonwealth Bank of Australia takes Samsung CCTV surveillance system including dome camera units and DVR equipment with licence free central management software
Day/Night Domes and DVR Equipment Installed At UK Office of Australian Bank
Security Systems Design has successfully completed the installation of a Samsung CCTV system at the London offices of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Following a refurbishment of its offices on the third floor of Senator House in Queen Victoria Street, EC4, the Bank asked Richard Slee, a Director of Security Systems Design Limited, to design a CCTV system which could assist security personnel to provide a high level of protection for staff as well as the Bank's assets.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia employs 38,000 people worldwide. Staff at its London offices are responsible for developing strategic partnerships with European banks and they also assist migrants to relocate their finances to Australia.

"Senator House is a multi-tenanted office building and although no cash is handled on the premises, the Bank nevertheless needs to maintain strict control over visitors, welcome or otherwise," said Richard Slee. "The objective therefore was to install a CCTV system to work alongside an existing access control system."

Richard worked closely with the Bank's Facilities Manager to draw up the specification for the system which included a requirement that all cameras should have day/night capabilities, as well as built-in lighting so that high quality colour images could be captured during the day and equally good monochrome images in night time conditions.

"We considered cameras as well as digital recording equipment from a number of manufacturers. We came to the conclusion that we could source all that was required from Samsung who were able to demonstrate confidence in the reliability of their equipment by offering a full three year warranty," added Richard Slee. "The other important factor that helped us make the decision to use Samsung equipment was that its DVRs are supplied with license-free CMS (Centralised Management Software) which makes it very easy for the Facilities Manager to monitor the CCTV system from a PC on his desk."

Security Systems Design installed nine Samsung SIR-60 Day/Night Dome camera units with built-in LEDs. The SIR-60 can capture very high quality colour images at 580TV lines resolution during the day. At night or in any environment where there may be zero light, the camera's built-in LEDs are activated and provide effective lighting up to a distance of seven metres. At the same time, the camera switches to monochrome mode generating superb monochrome images at 700TV lines resolution. The brightness of the LEDs is automatically adjusted to take into account how far away an object or person is from the camera.

Images from the nine Dome camera units are recorded simultaneously onto a Samsung SVR-945 DVR which uses a highly efficient MPEG-4 compression method to ensure that the three terabytes of on-board video storage capacity is more than enough to record all activity throughout the Bank's offices. The SVR-945 is located in the Bank's secure comms room.

"In the current economic climate, the client was understandably looking for a solution which would not put undue strain on the budget available for security equipment," added Richard Slee. "I am pleased to say that we have been able to provide equipment which can be regarded as the best in its class and is able to exactly match the Bank's demanding requirements."
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