25 July 2011
Elvey Security Technologies
SA’s best deliver top security system for new forensic laboratory
One of the most critical tools in South Africa’s justice system, as in developed countries throughout the world, is the forensic science laboratory, where criminal evidence is identified, compared and protected.
As a result of its importance with regard to the successful prosecution and conviction of criminals, its security requirements are so exacting that only world-class designers and installers are capable of delivering the ultimate results.
Such was the case in Cape Town, where BVI Consulting Engineers, in conjunction with JFE Security, was awarded the contract to design and install a cutting-edge, multi-layered security system in the new SAPS (South African Police Services) forensic science laboratory.
The R359 million, state-of-the-art entity with its multiple departments, required a customized security system that would not only prevent illegal access but also track and protect evidence from theft, loss or contamination, says Brendon Hall, managing director of Pentagon.
The result is a networked structure supplied by Pentagon Distribution and featuring Bosch’s Video Management System and networked cameras. In all, 400 fixed cameras, auto domes and LPR cameras have been installed throughout the 17 000m² premises.
The software, which can accommodate future expansion, integrates Bosch’s License Plate Recognition system (LPR) along with its security management system (ISMS). This single interface solution, in which data is stored on integrated platform, allows each sub-system to seamlessly receive alarms through the network and respond proactively without the need for operator intervention.
AG-Neovo’s range of industrial LCD (liquid crystal display) monitors, also supplied by Pentagon, was installed in the control room, to ensure uncompromised professionalism. Recording is done on the revolutionary and expandable Bosch ISCii (network storage) platform, which accommodates large volumes of recording without traditional NVR’s (network video recorders) and therefore fewer points of failure. Storage on site, which totals approximately 80Tb, is distributed around the network to minimize traffic.
Delighted with the end result, Pentagon director Anton Hochleutner says: “It has been a real privilege working alongside BVI and JFE on this prestigious project. The professionalism of everyone involved has made it a pleasure to be part of their project team. I would also like to thank ITS, who did the on-site work, for the way they handled the project. It is fantastic to be able to deliver a system that is exactly what the client envisaged.”