*Science and Innovation: Next Steps 2004 – 2016” created the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus (Daresbury SIC) and the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. Together, the two campuses form what has become known as the Campus ‘Dipole’ Model – internationally renowned centres of scientific excellence. In particular it states “The Government will look to develop these campuses so as to ensure that the facilities located there are internationally-competitive, support world class science, and maximize opportunities for knowledge transfer.”
Daresbury SIC is a unique collaboration involving the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), the Science and Technology Facilities Council and Halton Borough Council.
Daresbury Laboratory forms a integral part of the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus in Cheshire, and is one of the Councils world-class, large scale research facilities. Their facilities are used by more than 5,000 scientists and engineers, mainly from the university research community. Overall, the laboratory employs 550 staff.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is part of the Office of Science and Innovation which itself is part of the Department of Trade and Industry. The Council makes it possible for a broad range of scientists to do the highest quality research, tackling some of the most fundamental scientific questions and provides strategic advice to the UK government on their development. It also manages international research projects in support of a broad cross-section of the UK research community.
“We chose Goldeneye because of the their sound track record in the supply, installation, testing commissioning and bring into service – CCTV systems over IP.
We chose Mobotix because the product was robust, well designed and incorporated many enhancing features which delivered suitable and sufficient security information to safe guard the health, safety and welfare of the staff, visitors and contractors on Daresbury Laboratory site.”>/p>
Project Manager – Keith Cope, Head of Network Support at Daresbury Laboratory.
David Hart, Managing Director of Goldeneye comments “Daresbury were seeking to install an advanced surveillance system to prevent crime and assist in the well being, health and safety of their staff and the high number of visiting scientists and clients. We were delighted and honoured when we were asked to provide the solution to this world class research facility.
During the pretender selection stage Goldeneye UK were given the opportunity to demonstrate the Mobotix camera system, which offers a performance and quality which is measurably above the competition and therefore became the preferred technology solution offering a high quality, stable in performance, minimal maintenance solution with the lowest overall life cycle cost for Daresbury Laboratory in the long term.
He adds “This was a large project which involved the installation of over 170 network IP cameras across the whole of the Daresbury Laboratory campus. The Mobotix CCTV over IP solution, enabled Daresbury Laboratory to maximise the utilisation of the existing structured data cabling and infrastructure, which meant less disruption and greater certainty of project delivery and timescales.
Keith Cope adds, “The installation went well due to Goldeneye’s core competencies in understanding the Technology Solutions and being able to plan, resource and project manage. The installation and supply chain for this project was managed well and delivered on time.”
“Goldeneye service and support to date has been professional, technically sound and any minor issues resolved in a timely manner, against a background of good communications. The system training with Security Officers has been pitched just right to match their varying ability range.
Regus UK Ltd
Regus is the world’s largest provider of workplace solutions. They are an international company and operate over 950 business centres across 400 cities in 70 countries. Products and services include fully furnished, equipped and staffed offices, world-class business support services, meeting, conference and training facilities and the largest network of public video conference rooms all serving over 200,000 clients daily. Regus also supports the growing trend of mobile and home working. Supporting workers at home and on the road, with services such as Virtual Office and Virtual PA providing dedicated business addresses as their business base as well as mail and call handing services. Regus also operates business centres in airports and other commercial hubs to serve clients wherever they find themselves working.
Companies of all sizes use Regus solutions to reduce costs and remove the burden of property ownership and management and to have a workplace to suit however they want to work.
“Goldeneye were at the forefront in their field in terms of technology and utilising that technology to give the best monitoring service for Regus’s surveillance problems.
The Mobotix cameras came with Goldeneye’s 3 year guarantee and no routine maintenance requirements keeping our running costs down. The cameras can be monitored and programmed off site so any failure can be swiftly detected and dealt with, and where required, replaced one for one using Goldeneye’s ‘hot swap’ service. The installations went extremely well with all my centre teams commenting on the professionalism of the install teams and how they coped with working around the hustle and bustle of a busy Regus Centre.
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We have been able to tailor and refine the system since the initial fit out to give us the cover that we require and integrate some of our existing security systems into the new monitoring package. This I envisage will be a constant evolution as Regus’s demands change and this system is ideal for this, as almost everything can be done remotely thereby keeping site visits and hence costs down.”
Russ Forsdick, M & E Manager for Regus
David Hart, Managing Director of Goldeneye says “Regus were seeking to update their ageing analogue CCTV systems which had become expensive to run and maintain. We were able to demonstrate that the high quality and reliability of the Mobotix network IP cameras would meet their quality requirements, with minimal on going maintenance requirements and low long term cost of ownership. We were also able to demonstrate that the connectivity options on the Mobotix cameras would also enable integration with existing security systems to provide enhanced levels of security and give added value.
He adds “It was important that during the installation phase, as we would be working in the offices of many different Regus clients, that we minimise the disruption to their the day to day operations. The minimal infrastructure requirements of Mobotix IP cameras meant that we were able to achieve this and complete the roll out quickly, within the anticipated time scales and without complaint of any nature from Regus clients.
Switchgear and Instrumentation
Switchgear and Instrumentation (S & I), part of Powell Electrical Group of Houston, Texas, was established in 1959 and is an international company, designing and building innovative switchgear, motor control and associated SCADA systems in all market sectors including oil and gas, petrochemicals, power generation and distribution, paper and pulp, food and beverage, mining and metals, water and building services. They operate in all environments in all areas of the world.
Their factory occupies an 8.2 acre site in Bradford, West Yorkshire. It is a centre of excellence and sets the standards employed by S & I’s operations around the world. They operate a demanding health and safety policy that ensures strict adherence to safety regulations.
S & I needed to replace their ageing analogue exterior CCTV surveillance system which had suffered from reliability problems and was costly to maintain and repair. They also wanted to add internal surveillance cameras to support their health and safety regime.
Robin Graham of S & I, Purchasing department comments
During the product presentation stage it became evident that the capabilities of the Mobotix IP network camera proposed by Goldeneye, exceeded that of the competition and met all our requirements. The image quality was good and in view of our past experiences with reliability, the minimal maintenance and minimal infrastructure requirements of the Mobotix system was of particular interest.
“We also liked the fact that Goldeneye were offering us an end to end solution which included concept and design, installation, after sales service support, remote monitoring and alarm response, all from the one supplier.”
Robin Graham, S & I, Purchasing Manager.
Since installation, the camera system has proved reliable and stable in performance and Goldeneye continues to work with us to ensure that we get the best from our system. Their partner’s remote monitoring service is professional and well run and meets all our security requirements”.
David Hart of Goldeneye UK comments.
“The S & I site covers a large area, with a modern, prestigious office building and 15,000 square metres of manufacturing space. The camera’s therefore needed to cover areas which varied greatly in terms of size, both internally and externally. Conventional wisdom would have suggested the use of Pan, Tilt and Zoom (PTZ) cameras in some locations, but these have the high infrastructure costs and long term reliability implications which S & I were keen to avoid. The mega-pixel image quality of the Mobotix cameras and the wide variety of lenses and housings available, enabled us to optimise the camera performance at each location and use static cameras instead of PTZ’s. This, and the inherent reliability of the Mobotix cameras, will give S & I the level of long term reliability and low running costs that they are seeking.
“We worked closely with their IT department to create a network infrastructure to support the system which was easy to run and maintain, and more importantly, one which would not significantly impact on their core operations and activities in the future.”
David Hart, Managing Director
Health and safety was of major importance to S & I, as they were keen to maintain their high reputation in this area and this required close contact and cooperation with S & I safety staff throughout the installation.