Security systems to beat thieves

August 2001 Surveillance

Thieves are using ever more daring and violent means to attack cash machines and cash deliveries at banks around the world.

Scandinavia's biggest banking operation, Nordea, is pioneering a UK-developed integrated security system that uses its own internal data intranet, brings together such diverse disciplines as closed circuit television (CCTV), access control and full alarm monitoring and reporting. The new system also saves money while adding flexibility.

Top: BPT Security's Nova door entry control features the smallest full colour monitor made, offering discreet surveillance of visitors; bottom: TSSI's EnGuard integrated access control package offers fingerprint verification and can operate single or multiple doors
Top: BPT Security's Nova door entry control features the smallest full colour monitor made, offering discreet surveillance of visitors; bottom: TSSI's EnGuard integrated access control package offers fingerprint verification and can operate single or multiple doors

The Pacom system from London-based Bell Group is currently being installed in 80 branches of Stockholm-based Merita Nordbanken.

"The primary reasons we chose Bell and Pacom were the ease of connection, relatively low cost and the fact we can use our own intranet," said Ake Bjrk, Merita Nordbanken's Security Manager and a member of the Swedish Association of Banks' technical security committee.

The Swedish Association of Bank Security Directors has taken a keen interest in Merita Nordbanken's move to Pacom. "Other security directors are waiting for us to complete the programme and then plan a series of visits to see how it performs," said Bjrk. The Bell system was one of the highlights of the International Fire & Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC), at the UK's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) at Birmingham in the English Midlands in May.

The show included a self-contained mini exhibition called Security Solutions 2001 aimed at end-users, which was more than 13% larger this year and was held alongside the new International Police Conference and Exhibition, ACPO 2001.

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