Monday, June 13, 2011

MOBOTIX CCTV and Overland Storage SnapServer solution stops thefts and vandalism at Saxon church

There are many items of interest in the church including an ancient stone font with a medieval carved wooden cover, six 14th century misericords, a carved reredos dating from 1890, a Victorian organ and a number of stained glass windows. Following a systematic campaign of metal thefts from the church, Paul Drakes, the Churchwarden at St. Nicholas Church felt he had to act: “We had considered CCTV for a while but the property is a grade-one listed building and over a thousand years old, so we needed to be sensitive to the heritage of the site.”

The parish of St. Nicholas, one of the UK’s oldest churches, deployed CCTV technology from MOBOTIX to protect against theft and vandalism while offering access to special services via the internet.

Paul setup a CCTV solution that provides a complete perimeter and internal view of the two acre site with just six cameras. Four of the MOBOTIX DualDome-D12 cameras cover the external perimeter of the building and just two cover the entire interior. This coverage with such a low camera count was achievable because the image quality of the MOBOTIX camera is so good that it can cover a large area whilst retaining good definition.

The system records 30 days worth of footage on an Overland Storage 2TByte SNAP server (snapserver) and is also linked via a BT broadband connection. The MOBOTIX cameras can automatically telephone a range of preset telephone numbers in the event of movement in and around the church, especially late at night when previous incidents have occurred. Recipients of a phone alert can easily and securely log-in via any internet connected PC or mobile device to view footage from any camera in real-time. “This allows us to quickly and safely assess the situation and take the appropriate measures,” explains Paul.

Since the installation of the CCTV, which Paul believes is the first of its kind in the UK to both protect and deliver church services via the internet; there have been no thefts or incidents of vandalism on the site. “Our congregation have taken to it and we are now planning to open the church over a longer period with visitors able to look around or contact us via a telephone with CCTV helping to provide a level of protection when the church is unmanned.”

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Imation, focusing on Storage and Protection Acquires MXI Security

Imation Corp. has acquired the assets of MXI Security from Memory Experts International, Inc.

After making a strong push with their line of RDX - Removable Disk-Based Storage, This acquisition includes MXI's portable security solutions and technologies, including its OEM business and its line of branded Stealth and Access security products designed to secure and protect the systems, applications and data of governments and enterprises worldwide.
"This acquisition represents another significant step in Imation's strategy to invest in key technology platforms to address customers' needs for data storage, protection and connectivity," said Mark Lucas, president and chief executive officer, Imation Corp. "MXI is an innovative leader in high-security and privacy technologies whose solutions will enhance Imation's ability to meet our global customers' growing needs in information security, compliance and management. The MXI team also brings strong technology skills in secure hardware and software engineering, enterprise security solutions, government-validated encrypted USB devices and cryptology to Imation's research, development and engineering organization."

Imation's strategic focus on data security solutions addresses the growing market need for businesses, governments and end users to protect their ever-increasing amounts of data against loss, theft or security breaches. According to the Ponemon Institute, the cost of data breaches continues to rise annually, with the average organizational cost of a breach reaching $7.2 million in 20101. By 2014, the market for secure data solutions specifically designed to address secure portable storage, digital identity and secure portable computing - protecting against data loss, theft or breach - is expected to reach over $4.5 billion.

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