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Wireless Redwall Intruder Detectors Keep Ford Showrooms Secure

Optex Europe : 22 April, 2010  (Application Story)
Ford Direct has chosen detectors from Optex Europe for securing vehicle stocks on dealer forecourts in the UK with low false alarm rates
Wireless Redwall Intruder Detectors Keep Ford Showrooms Secure
The full range of Optex detectors has been installed at 70 Ford Direct
forecourts across the country, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in false
alarms.

The showrooms have been blighted by the nuisance of false alarm activations
for many years, until Andy Bromley, Operations Director at P&R Fire and
Security, was approached to investigate the problem.

Having worked successfully with Optex detectors since their inception in
1995, Andy believed they could be the solution to the ongoing difficulties,
while maintaining the level one police response. "I have been specifying
Optex detectors for more than 15 years as they are seen by many as the
industry standard and my product of choice," Andy explains. "When the Optex
detectors have replaced the lower performing equipment, our monitoring
station logged at least a 60 percent reduction in false alarms."

Configuration problems had been identified in some of the legacy systems
where multiple detectors had been connected to single cameras. BS8418, the
British Standard for Detector Activated Remotely Monitored CCTV systems,
calls for all detectors to be individually connected in order to be
independently isolated if there are any problems, however to bring these
systems in line with current standards would have resulted in a costly
re-cabling exercise.

P&R found the solution with the new Optex Redwall V Wirefree detectors,
using the new Optex wireless transmission system which is fully compatible
with the Luminite Wireless receivers already installed on many of the Ford
sites. This significantly reduced the installation costs on site with no
compromise in performance, but with the added benefit of BS8418 compliance.

Andy Bromley adds: "The Redwall V SIP units are fairly new to us, but our
engineers are very impressed with how easy they are to set up and the
support from Optex has been second to none. The extensive Optex range allows
us to design solutions to meet the complete security demands of the
customer¹s site. Without the versatility and reliability of the detectors,
we would not be able to do this."

Due to the large nature of the sites, and in some cases the close proximity
to busy public areas there is potential for a large number of false alarms.
However, the detector¹s improved electronics along with thermo and light
sensors significantly reduce false alarms with no loss in capture rate. This
in turn improves efficiency at P&R Fire and Security, as well as reducing
the costs associated with false alarms.

The design of the Redwall V detectors includes improved mounting height
options of 4m down to 2.3m, a 3 axis-accelerometer to warn of reorientation,
an intelligent detection system that monitors the temperature and
illuminance of the environment and automatically adjusts the sensitivity.

Any attempt to tamper with or mask the detectors will be instantly notified
to P&R's monitoring centre and the appropriate response can be taken to
ensure the continued security of the site.

Nigel Hackett, Sales Director for Optex Europe concludes: "Redwall V
detectors are one of the best ways to protect forecourts and exposed sites
from crime. Security at all car showrooms is paramount, with theft and
vandalism the major concerns. Our detectors are working effectively to
prevent costly damage to the vehicles and the impact it would have on their
business whilst limiting unwanted or false alarms."
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