It is conveniently located and easy to get to, this Manchester 4-star hotel is within minutes from the M60, junction 13. It is an ideal venue for weddings and meetings and sought after by groups and events, located close to many attractions, including Old Trafford, Manchester United Football Club, and the Trafford Centre shopping mall
As a busy location security is given a high priority. It has two large parking areas with a security lodge and barrier entrance.
The plan to enhance the scope of security using CCTV had been under review and after consultations with a range of experts a new system has been developed.
The Challenge set by the Hotel
To protect the assets of the company and to ensure compliance with licensing to beyond the expect requirements to provide assurance for the safety and security of guests.
The instructions were also to be discreet for guests and provide the least disruption for the Hotel management.
To provide viewing for day and night from several and separate and controlled access monitoring locations with storage of data securely located elsewhere to provide the highest level of security for recordings. It was also required that existing cable infrastructure be used as well as the integration of new cabling for High Definition cameras
The final challenge was to provide the very latest equipment capable of continuous up grades in the future whilst providing the most cost effective high quality solution.
After considering alternate proposals from a number of suppliers a network solution from Vuetek Systems Ltd was chosen that employed Avigilon Control Centre Software at its core. The Avigilon system was specifically designed for high resolution video management and employs High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) that allows images from multi-megapixel cameras to be viewed over a low bandwidth connection.
Recording is taken care of using a rack mounted Network Video Recorder with 12TB of hard disk storage in a RAID5 array, providing a level of resilience. Two dedicated client workstations running the Avigilon client software allow for 24 hour viewing of live and recorded footage. It is also possible to view footage using a web browser from any network connected PC. Security is provided through a password system that is highly configurable to allow tailoring of the access rights for each individual user or group.
The system comprises eight Avigilon megapixel cameras and eight Avigilon 4 channel Network Video Encoders that link 28 analogue cameras, some of which are high speed PTZ domes. In prime locations Avigilon 8 megapixel panoramic dome cameras are employed that provide 180 or 360 degree views to ensure total area coverage.
The security team benefit from a range of search tools that allow them to rapidly locate and bookmark footage of specific interest. Of equal importance recorded footage is of equal quality to that of the live image with no degradation. Evidence footage can be exported in a variety of formats, resolutions and frame rates to suit the requirements of the recipient.
Digital zooming of both live and recorded footage allows detail, such as number plates, that may not be distinguishable at the overview level to be seen more clearly.
Monitoring is 24/7 from either the security lodge or elsewhere within any of the designated locations around the premises and from any of these locations. Health and safety is a foremost consideration for Hotels and now with the new system in place the benefits will be to see and provide good clear evidence of all incidents. Staff development can be enhanced using recorded footage as a reviewing and training aid.
The Designers and integrators.
Vuetek are specialist CCTV solutions providers that can offer analogue, hybrid or full network based systems to suite the clients’ specific requirements and budget. They were early adopters of IP based solutions and have been supplying network based CCTV systems since 2003.
Operations Director, Geoff Whalley BSc. Hons CEng MIET, stated: “We have used a number of network solutions over the years but more recently we have chosen Avigilon as our preferred solution”!. With its combination of hardware and software it provides the most cost effective enterprise class solution currently available. It was designed from the onset for high definition video surveillance, and using its unique High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) it is possible to view footage of even its highest resolution 29 megapixel cameras over a low bandwidth internet connection.
Managing Director Alan Barker for Vuetek Systems Limited said that “ we are delighted with the response from the Hotel and the confirmation that the system is brilliant and has proved its worth already”. Since the system was completed we thought of a couple of extras that would be of good assistance in the use of the system. These have now been added with no extra cost to the Hotel. The installers saw an opportunity to make an enhancement to the system and we have made use of a few redundant parts and added them in to make the system even better to use than planned. We have now completed significant up grades to most of the Marriott Hotels in the Pennine Region