SA company secures tuna factory on the island of Mahe

April 2005 Access Control & Identity Management

Johnson Controls SA has been awarded the contract to upgrade existing security systems at the Indian Ocean Tuna factory on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles. The deal forms part of a worldwide upgrade to security at the US-based company's global offices.

Says Marius Brits, JC sales executive, "The factory contains a number of business-critical facilities, and is located on the harbour. For this reason, the site required generally higher levels of security."

According to Brits the factory has an existing cardkey system. However, as part of the US-based Heinz group, Indian Ocean Tuna is required to upgrade security, particularly to ensure the continued safety of its people and its tuna products.

Phase one (of three), which includes installing an additional 15 new access points, 12 units of the Spectra III SE Series day/night 23X zoom dome camera systems and four x CC3701-H2 series digital CCD colour cameras to vulnerable areas throughout the building, as well as monitoring all fire doors, exit doors and doors between departments, started at the end of January 2005, and was completed in March. In addition, the DX 8000 'REALTIME' series digital video recorder system will be used complete with matrix and keyboard.

Once the building has been extended, phase two will see JC install similar security equipment in the new part of the building and the surrounding perimeter.

The solution uses a security management system from Johnson Controls - the Cardkey Pegasus 900, a modular security management system allowing the integration of access control, CCTV and intruder alarms into one easy-to-manage package. Vehicles, visitors, lifts (elevators) can all be controlled from the same system.

The deal was spearheaded by Heinz Italy, with assistance from Heinz UK. Johnson Controls would like to extend its thanks to Indian Ocean Tuna for placing their trust in our capabilities to upgrade their security needs and look forward to a long rewarding relationship for many years to come.

Phase two should get underway in October. The budgetary quote was for six readers and one more controller. On the CCTV/surveillance side will be a 16-channel digital recorder, the (DX8000) with six spectra high speed domes and 10 static cameras, in the surrounding container depot areas.

These static cameras will be Pelco's latest SIMD range, with super-wide dynamic range for the low light levels found in this area. The digital image sensor and digital image processor of the SIMD cameras function much like the eyes and brain in humans, with two-way realtime interactively to capture the highest quality image possible.

The SIMD imager analyses an exposure pixel by pixel - essentially operating as more than 388 000 individual cameras. The result is an amazingly natural looking image, with exceptionally wide dynamic range and accurate colour.

For more information contact Marius Brits, Johnson Controls, 011 886 8997,


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