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Glasgow Science Centre invests in video surveillance

by Andy Clutton

The Glasgow Science Centre has invested in a new video surveillance system from Hanwha Techwin to help create a safe environment for visitors who wish to enjoy the Centre’s facilities which include over 400 interactive exhibits, planetarium and a space zone.

The contract to install the new video surveillance system, which features cameras sourced from Hanwha Techwin, was awarded to integrator Scottish Communications Group, who installed the original analogue CCTV system when the Centre first opened in 2001.

Stuart Leslie, Sales Director of the Scottish Communications Group said: “The old analogue system had done an excellent job over the years helping to keep visitors safe by ensuring staff and contractors comply with health and safety procedures. However, in terms of features and functionality, as well as the image resolutions of the cameras, the system was not able to deliver the benefits offered by the latest cameras”.

A total of 68 new Wisenet cameras have been installed at the Centre by Scottish Communications Group, 48 of which have been deployed as replacements for what was the old existing analogue cameras, whilst 20 additional cameras have been installed in new locations to negate any blind spots and give the Centre’s control room operators greater situational awareness.

40 cameras were selected from the Wisenet Q IP network series which, with built-in IR illumination, are able to capture 2 and 4-megapxiel images, regardless of lighting conditions. These bullet and mini-dome cameras also feature Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), which performs at up to 120dB to produce clear images from areas that present a challenging mix of bright and dark areas, such as the Centre’s reception area where strong sunlight is able to stream in.

The remaining 28 bullet, PTZ and mini-dome cameras have been selected from the Wisenet HD+ analogue series and are able to deliver 2-megapixel HD images over coaxial cables. Wisenet HD+ cameras can support the transmission of HD images using standard coax cabling – without any latency or image loss – at distances of up to 500m.

Images from the cameras are recorded on either a Pentabrid ‘hybrid’ recorder or a Wisenet NVR, with each of the five devices offering up to 12 terabytes of storage.

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