Optimum electronic security

November 2007 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring


GE's South African Security business recently implemented a state-of-the-art integrated security solution at the flagship distribution facility in Johannesburg for the one of the world's premium food and beverage manufacturing companies.

Together with the installer, Complete Security Services, GE-Security had meetings with the end-user to design the optimum electronic security solution. It was important that all the disciplines of security, access control and CCTV be brought together to provide the best working solution for the facility.


The distribution centre received a security facility, protecting both its 250 employees and the company's local facilities and assets. Furthermore, the security system was flexible enough to cope with the demands of the complex logistical requirements of such as facility.


The GE Aritech ATS Master integrated solution was proposed as the solution. The system consisted of four ATS4000 master panels, each panel being used for control of alarm zones; as well as to provide simple access control functionality. Intelligent four door controllers were provided to facilitate access control at the booms.

Cameras were deployed throughout the facility, and consisted of a combination of high resolution colour fixed cameras and GE Security' pan/tilt cyberscout cameras. A Kalatel Digiplex Matrix Switcher was installed to control all analogue switching in the control room; and four DVMRE-16EZT-160 Kalatel Digital Recorders were installed to provide high quality digital recording.


As there was an existing network infrastructure, it was decided to use the TCP/IP backbone to integrate all the systems. Each panel was equipped with an IP interface and GE-Security's Alliance Standard software package was installed, to provide an integrated user interface. Not only does the Alliance provide a single GUI from which to control all the systems; but also allows for the tagging of recorded access and alarm events. This means that critical events can be stored without any intervention from the operator, and can be quickly retrieved from the hard disk of the digital recorder.


GE-Security has continued to maintain the relationship they have founded with the group security manager; and as the ATS product evolves and additional products are integrated into Alliance, so will it become possible for the client's system to grow and become more powerful with new dimensions such as fire and remote video.


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