iFacility launches version 2.0 of myFacility
iFacility launches version 2.0 of our cloud-based security platform myFacility.
iFacility launches its new and improved version 2.0 of our cloud-based security platform myFacility. Providing GDPR compliant management of incidents, keyholder control, and support case insights all available from within one central and secure location. Customer feedback has already been positive, with its new and easier to use interface.
myFacility was an industry first allowing users direct access in a secure manner to their camera, alarm and access control security systems via its interactive portal. We built upon that proven track record of benefits and core technology to take things to the next level.
With built-in advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms, the latest version of our SaaS service automates and eliminates key tasks to provide faster support response, predictive data insights via its threat response system and tighter integration to our customer’s security solutions.
For more information please visit our myFacility page to find out what myFacility can do for your business.
To find out what iFacility can do for your security and how we can better protect you, wherever you may be located in the UK, contact iFacility to arrange a no-obligation site survey.
Leeds based business has a CCTV and Alarm Security Upgrade
iFacility completed a CCTV, intruder and access control security installation for a new customer based in the Yorkshire area. The customer is so pleased with the project at their Leeds head office they have also announced intentions to roll this across the branch office network. This makes it a significant contract with a developing Leeds business.
These cameras use the very latest in digital analytics for detection of unauthorised persons.
An advanced ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) was deployed to control vehicle entry.
Furthermore, biometric door access control via fingerprint scanning and a comprehensive intruder alarm system controls access day and night.
This customer has immediately reported better remote security monitoring responses, sharper images and a system that is easier to use and operate.
To find out what iFacility can do for your business, wherever you may be located in the UK, contact iFacility to arrange a no-obligation site survey.
iFacility win Bristol security contract
iFacility of Shepton Mallet near Bristol, are pleased to announce we have gained a significant new contract with a local corporate client based in Bristol city centre. Due to the nature of the clients business, we are unable to release specific details about who they are, but we can tell you that the contract includes full installation and 24-hour monitoring of 55 HD IP Cameras, an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) controlled car park entry system, and biometric door access control via fingerprint scanning.
After initial meetings and comparisons against our peers, the client was won over after meeting our customer service staff and also making a visit to our purpose built, state of the art, fully digital, Alarm response and monitoring centre, which was completed in 2016 and of which we also won a local award for new building of the year.
For your company security needs, wherever you may be located in the UK, contact iFacility today to arrange a no-obligation site survey.
Hotel chain book themselves in for a long stay with iFacility
iFacility recently managed the design and installation of a comprehensive CCTV security system for a large Hotel. This project was commissioned to replace the ageing analogue cameras as part of a security improvement scheme. iFacility used its open platform video recording and management software which allows flexible and future-proof benefits, meaning surveillance footage can be very easily stored and accessed.
A large complement of full HD Megapixel CCTV cameras have been installed into strategic locations to protect the public and property. The cameras have been installed to visually check and record damage to vehicles being left on site using the proactive iFacility iDENTify solution which using high-resolution high-speed cameras as well as sensors to record damage to vehicles entering and leaving the car parks by visiting patrons as well as providing good site and car park management.
Furthermore, a remote car park was connected via a secure communications link to the iFacility central monitoring station for protection of the vehicles, property and staff on site.
iFacility Awarded AXIS ADP Status
iFacility have been awarded Axis ADP status (Axis Development Partner), this is in addition to us being existing Axis partners having provided installation and support for all types of Axis network cameras and Access Control systems for almost 10 years.
In 2014 iFacility formed their own internal software development team, who as well as being fully Microsoft and Apple authorised and accredited, have already created a handful of proprietary apps (including our own iSecure, myFacility and myManage ) and excellent security focussed windows software.
This means iFacility can offer you a 100% bespoke system and achieve a service level (particularly with alert times and responses in conjunction with our digital Security Operations Centre) and plug into your existing IOT’s and business systems, and much more, all of which are quite literally unobtainable by any standard security system provider.
What does AXIS ADP mean to our clients?
Having the ADP staus from Axis means we are able to write internal plugins, and add-ons for the already impeccable range of Axis range, including;
- Video management software
- Integration with other systems (e.g. building management, PSIM) > Device and network management
- Physical access control
- Video analytics
- Live video streaming
If you have been told by your current security provider that your plans are unachievable, whether that being technical or financial constraints. Please get in touch with iFacility today and let us tell you otherwise!.
Rules and Regulations of Home CCTV installations
Everything you need to know about UK regulations of home CCTV systems
As security specialists for non-residential premises, iFacility do not install home or domestic Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems. However we are often asked about domestic security camera installation and rules, so we hope you find this article informative and helpful if you’re thinking about getting CCTV your home. As of July 2017 this information is correct, and it has been adapted from the advice given by the Information Commissioners Office which may be liable to change. Please click the following link for the latest direct from the ICO: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/cctv-on-your-property/
Can I install a security camera at my home?
The short answer is yes. You have the right to protect your property, and CCTV is just one of the possible security measures you can take. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly common to find security cameras on most residential properties these days.
Before getting a CCTV system for your home, there are a couple of quick considerations you should think about first.
- Why do I need CCTV? And what do I want the security camera(s) to record?
- Is there a different security measure that would protect my property better? (security lights, alarms, locks etc.)
Consider how your CCTV system might have an impact on the privacy of others
Legally, home CCTV use can be a bit of a grey area. As long as you’re using the camera to monitor your property, within its boundaries, you are ok as a rule, unless you are streaming images that are publicly accessible as you are, in effect broadcasting images of visitors to your home, (extended family, window cleaners, postman, etc.) so similar rules apply as when cameras capture footage beyond your fences – such as the pavement, road and neighbouring properties.
The Data Protection Act 1998 applies to CCTV use that’s monitoring the movements of strangers outside your home, as you’re effectively collecting data on those individuals, so it becomes difficult to operate with the exception of domestic purpose. In these circumstances, we recommend you register with the ICO as a data controller. You can do that here (£35 per year): register with ICO as a data controller.
Also, many CCTV systems now come with audio recording facilities. Audio recording is particularly privacy intrusive, and in its recommended, in the vast majority of cases, it should be disabled.
Restrictions imposed by the Data Protection Act 1998 when installing home CCTV
Most home security cameras capture footage from beyond your property boundary; it’s often unavoidable. So it is important that you:
- Put up clear signs stating that CCTV is in operation
- Only use the footage for security
- Just keep the footage secure and for as long as you need it
- Don’t release the footage to third parties
However, where a camera has been installed to prevent crime, you can keep the footage for as long as needed to detect and prosecute the crime. The footage captured can also be passed on to the police and other authorities to achieve this.
Consideration of Human Rights Act 1998
Article 8 of The Human Rights Act 1998 states that an individual has the right to respect for their private and family life, and of their home. So if you were using your security cameras to specifically monitor the activities of your neighbours – that could well be a breach of their human rights and could open you up to prosecution.
One last word about using your CCTV system to capture evidence of crime
Police advise anyone using home CCTV to take great care and consideration that they fully comply and that they keep up to date with changes to the law. (download the official advice from the Information Commissioners office here) If unsure, please always err on the side of caution and move cameras, or use above link to register with the ICO.
If you are considering CCTV for your business or commercial premises, get in touch with iFacility on 01749 600 600
2018 Safety Accreditation Alcumus SafeContractor awarded to iFacility
2018 Top Safety Accreditation for iFacility: Alcumus SafeContractor.
With continued efforts from the whole of our excellent nationwide staff and hard work of iFacility QSHE manager Rachel Smith, iFacility has once again been awarded full SafeContractor accreditation from Alcumus. This award represents us achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace for an 8th year running.
Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third-party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.
From our head office in Shepton Mallet, and with offices nationwide and a team of countrywide security engineers, iFacility is principally involved in the CCTV, Access Control and Intruder Alarm sectors. iFacilitys most recent clients have included major players such as Greggs, Roddas, Numatic, Scania, Hertz and Prozone.
The company’s 2018 application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. SafeContractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts, and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.
Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor said: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”
“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that iFacility has done. This firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.”
“Under the SafeContractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only.”
Client organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation. More information on the SafeContractor program can be found at the following site: www.safecontractor.com
For more information on IP CCTV installation, Access Control and Alarm products and security services, contact us here or call 01749 600 600
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iFacility awarded Sony partner of the year for second year
After another highly successful year of sales, IP CCTV installation and support of the full range of Sony IP security products, iFacility was formally awarded the Sony partner of the year for the second year running this week. The award was given during a special visit from Adnan Abid, Sony Product Specialist in Video Security from Sony UK headquarters in Basingstoke, and Izu Kenji – Strategic Marketing Manager, Corporate & Education, Sony International in Tokyo.
Already winners of the 2015/16 accolade (see picture on right from 2015) iFacility were thrilled to hear that we had won the prestigious award for the second year in a row.
Pictured above, iFacility Managing Director, Nathan Dervin receives the concurrent 2016/17 award from Izu Kenji at our head office in Shepton Mallet, near Bristol.
Congratulations go to all staff at iFacility, based across multiple offices across the UK, all of which work exceptionally hard in their own area of expertise to ensure successes like this continue. This benefits our customers old and new, as it ensures they receive the highest possible standard of customer care and piece of mind that iFacility continue to strive for nothing less than perfection in training, supply, installation, monitoring and maintenance of a wide range of hi-tech security products and services.
Please contact Sony Partner of the Year iFacility for any CCTV, Access Control, 24-hour surveillance and maintenance needs.
iFacility | Axis Internet of Security Thing Event
Axis was the first company to launch the IP Camera (meaning pictures can be viewed over an internal or external IP network) and produced several other security firsts in the IP arena. With this in mind, iFacility attended the invite-only event held at Aston Villa Football club to listen to a presentation on their new products, a view of the future collaboration of IP security product with a focus on the Axis Internet of Security Things.
Firstly we were re-introduced to the AXIS A1001 which is their new open protocol network door/ barrier access controller which can be run standalone with its internal web-based controller or join to a plethora of other systems, such as Avigilon, Paxton and Milestone.
Second was the AXIS A8004-VE which is a network door station, again open protocol – so fully compatible with almost all systems, that provides easy installation of an AV door controller, for doors, barriers or anywhere else that would require voice and video confirmation of visitors before giving access
Then it was on to the C1004-E and C2005 network speakers, which are a mix of cabinet speakers, ceiling speakers and horns that are all IP so allow over the internet voice alerts or music to be broadcast over the internet / local network.
Then we ran over a sample of their many IP CCTV cameras (a full list of AXIS products can be downloaded here) some with their highly anticipated OptimizerIR, lightfinder and Zipstream technologies.
The session was continued with an in-depth explanation of their new Zipstream compression technology which is based on the upcoming h.265 encoder, both of which optimises video surveillance images by an impressive 50% over the current h.264 technology, and with no loss of quality – which in today’s 4, 7 and 8k video streams is a solution to a growing problem of available and costly storage media.
Then came to their lightfinder chip-enabled camera (light finder is a low light chip developed by AXIS) demonstration which brings them in line with the likes of Sony and their VB770 producing fully colour almost daylight images to what is almost full darkness to the naked eye.
The session was wrapped up with a formal introduction to their ‘OptimizerIR’, ‘Focus Recall’, ‘Corridor Format’ and some uniquely thought out speed dry technology which shakes the camera dry of water droplets from the dome head – a common problem for PTZ cameras.
All these features and products can easily be brought together and tamed by the new AXIS Internet of things I/O Module (open protocol) which follows the IF This (happens) Then (do) That methodology. All and any triggers, alarms and procedures can be initiated from all sorts of inputs, which allows installers and integrators like iFacility to provide you with a true total bespoke system in which you get exactly the type of coverage and peace of mind you need.
If you wish to upgrade your existing AXIS CCTV or know more on AXIS Internet Of Security Things – Please contact iFacility today.
iFacility makes connections at Total Security Summit
iFacility’s sales manager Adrian Dorey made a good impression at the annual Total Security Summit in October. Adrian attended the event in Northamptonshire, which puts senior decision makers in direct contact with security specialists.
65 delegates from some of the UK’s largest blue-chip companies came to meet experts who can help with their security needs. Adrian met one-to-one with a number of potential clients, giving him ample opportunity to explain the benefits of iFacilitys end-to-end security solutions.
“We provide HD IP CCTV cameras, access control and alarm equipment, and can manage every aspect of a client’s security provision,” Adrian reported. “What’s more, because we have our own control room and a team of software developers who create bespoke solutions for our clients, we offer the peace of mind that comes from working with one supplier, who delivers an all-inclusive package from design and installation to monitoring and response coordination.”
A further benefit of iFacilitys offer is the opportunity it provides to enhance health and safety compliance and de-risk manufacturing processes. “Our technology isn’t just about protecting premises and stock,” Adrian continued. “It is also about ensuring staff are kept safe, and comply with key regulations in the working environment.”
By getting face to face with potential customers, Adrian was able to draw out the distinctive character of iFacilitys provision. As a result, he left with some strong leads among potential clients who are looking for security solutions right now, as well as new contacts who may be interested in working with the company in the future.
“The Total Security Summit is always worth attending,” Adrian concluded. “It’s a unique opportunity to have proper conversations with prospective clients in a focused business environment. It’s an important part of our calendar, and a great chance to explain the benefits of working with iFacility.”
To find out more about the Total Security Summit, visit www.totalsecuritysummit.co.uk or find the event on Twitter: @TSSummit.
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