Saving with legacy alarm integration

Issue 4 2022 Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection

Virgin Active operates 136 health clubs across South Africa, Botswana and Namibia and is passionate about helping people of all ages live an active lifestyle. With thousands of people accessing their facilities daily from the early hours of the morning until late in the evening, security is a priority.

Due to the nature of each location, with multiple rooms spread across large areas and often multiple storeys, wireless security technology is the ideal solution to ensure comprehensive and uninterrupted communication of alarm system alerts. Service provider Fidelity ADT was requested to source a solution that would cope with the wireless demands, in seamless collaboration with the retention of some of the existing wired security technology.

“The biggest challenge on site was the limited range of the existing security equipment. In addition, the facilities are not opened and closed by the same person on a daily basis, so a system that could accommodate this variable was required. We have worked closely with Fidelity ADT in the past and our Ajax product line-up is perfectly suited to the requirements of Virgin Active,” says Ingo Mutinelli, head of sales, Southern Africa for Ajax Systems.

Elvey was contracted to provide the Ajax HUB 2 Plus control panels, two Ajax MotionProtect indoor motion cameras and the Ajax MultiTransmitter installed by Fidelity ADT at each of the Virgin Active gym sites.

“The MultiTransmitter is a module for connecting wired third-party devices to an Ajax Hub and in this case is used for managing security via the ADT Connect Ajax app. It is especially advantageous as it allows you to bring third-party wired products into the Ajax ecosystem. This means that Virgin Active is able to retain some of their legacy equipment, which results in a substantial cost saving for them,” says Mutinelli.

Ajax MotionCam simultaneously uses two specialised radio protocols: Jeweller for sending instantaneous alarms and Wings for rapid image delivery. Users will receive the first snapshot of the event within nine seconds after motion is detected. As usual, the alarm notification will arrive in a split second, even if the signal is unstable.

Mutinelli explains that when power failures occur at the gyms, the GSM network in the area goes offline when the cellular towers are left without power. This results in unacceptable breaks in communication between the gym security system and the Fidelity ADT control room. “The Ajax Hub 2 Plus control panels fill this gap by allowing for redundancy using Wi-Fi, Ethernet or VHF communication. The end result is reliable transmission and communication to the control room. In addition, the ADT Connect Ajax app on the user’s phone provides powerful management facilities, such as the ability to arm or disarm the alarm system via one’s mobile phone. To date the Ajax systems have been installed at a Virgin Active gym in Johannesburg and another one in Cape Town, with more installations to follow.”


Credit(s)




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

Pentagon appointed as Milestone distributor
Elvey Security Technologies News & Events Surveillance
Milestone Systems appointed Pentagon Distribution (an Elvey Group company within the Hudaco Group of Companies) as a distributor. XProtect’s open architecture means no lock-in and the ability to customise the connected video solution that will accomplish the job.

Read more...
Different fences for different farmers
Gallagher Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection Agriculture (Industry)
Far beyond the simple delineation of boundaries, fencing serves as a dynamic solution to address various needs, from ensuring the security of farms and protecting livestock to defining property lines and enhancing aesthetic appeal.

Read more...
Protect remote sites with volumetric thermal detectors
OPTEX Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
Remote sites have always been more vulnerable to opportunistic intrusion, but over the last two years in particular, sites such as solar farms or industrial parks have become more common targets for criminals.

Read more...
Stafix focuses on local manufacturing
Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
Stafix Security Centres is a South African-owned company committed to providing customers with a choice of quality imported and locally manufactured products that meet the needs of the electronic security market.

Read more...
Texecom launches latest SmartCom 4G Communicator
Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
Texecom announced the upgraded and enhanced version of its SmartCom 4G communicator. Signal sensitivity on all the main bands has also been improved, increasing the usable range from masts, in some instances, by up to four times.

Read more...
Olarm advances smart security with Texecom integration
Olarm News & Events Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection Products & Solutions
Following Olarm’s achievement as the OSPA 2023 winner of ‘Outstanding Security Integrator’, it has taken another significant step in its innovation journey with the announcement of its integration with Texecom Premier Elite.

Read more...
Texecom increases support in the EMEA with key appointments
Editor's Choice Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection News & Events
Texecom announced two new appointments to its EMEA sales team: Thomas Vanden Wyngaerdt as Head of EMEA Sales and Tom Wright as EMEA Account Manager.

Read more...
JVA electric fence systems
Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
JVA offers a wide range of perimeter-monitored fence solutions (including low and high voltage, amperage, taut wire, and vibration monitoring), as well as a variety of fence line accessories designed for the South African market.

Read more...
A good security system starts outside
OPTEX Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
Outdoor intrusion detectors have been specifically designed to expand the security coverage beyond the confines of a building and to warn of anyone approaching as early as possible.

Read more...
Simple panic system for estates
Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
RDC’s Panic Packs, combined with remote panic buttons, offer a simple and affordable panic solution that ensures residents can access immediate help in times of distress.

Read more...