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Why Surveillance is the Perfect Enabler for Unified Communications

22 May 2017

Why Surveillance is the Perfect Enabler for Unified Communications

The ability to integrate real-time communications with data from other critical systems has never been a more attractive proposition. Particularly in busy, high-demand environments such as airports or train stations.

The challenge of maintaining the safety and security of both people and assets without compromising operational efficiency or customer satisfaction is an ever-evolving one – making the concept of ‘unified communications’ more relevant than ever before. In this Interview Room, we talk to Jürgen Fuchs, Director Strategic Projects to find out what the benefits exactly are and how unified communications are best achieved.

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Understanding Thermal Cameras for Surveillance Applications

25 April 2017

Understanding Thermal Cameras for Surveillance Applications

Today, thermal cameras are widely used in oil and gas, marine, utilities, high security and critical infrastructure settings to support everything from process safety to offshore threat detection.

But what exactly are thermal cameras? Why are they popular? And, what are the factors organizations need to consider when deciding whether or not to deploy them? We talk to Product Manager Wayne Barraclough, and Systems Consultant John Tinson to find out.

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Drone Technology Reaches Beyond a Standalone Surveillance Solution

22 February 2017

Drone Technology Reaches Beyond a Standalone Surveillance Solution

Once a technology firmly associated with military use, drones - or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as they are also known - have experienced a perception shift in recent years. This is largely attributable to their adoption within key commercial sectors.

In this Interview Room we talk to Synectics’ Divisional Director for Oil & Gas Darren Alder, and Systems Consultant John Tinson, about the role of drones and about the key factors organizations should consider when exploring potential applications.

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How Utility Surveillance Can Deliver Business Critical Objectives

01 February 2017

How Utility Surveillance Can Deliver Business Critical Objectives

Companies within the utilities sector play a critical national role. However, they are also under real pressure. In addition to reliably and safely supplying the utilities we depend on – with a constant awareness of both employee and public safety – companies are facing tighter budgets, increased threat of disruptive attack, and stringent regulatory requirements. 

In this Interview Room, we talk to Martin Bonfield, UK Sales Manager, about how many providers are looking to their surveillance solutions for valuable support in the face of these evolving challenges. 

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Transportation Infrastructure: Overcoming the Obstacles to Convergence

14 November 2016

Transportation Infrastructure: Overcoming the Obstacles to Convergence

As global passenger numbers continue to increase, those responsible for the management and protection of transportation infrastructure are under greater pressure and scrutiny than ever before – particularly in a ‘high alert’ global climate.

In this Interview Room we talk to a few of Synectics’ key Transport & Infrastructure specialists about the role that surveillance can play in addressing these challenges through intelligent systems integration.

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The Benefits of Workflows: Critical Decision Making Through Integrated Surveillance

21 September 2016

The Benefits of Workflows: Critical Decision Making Through Integrated Surveillance

Surveillance for high demand environments like airports, data centres, casinos, and ports, requires streamlined incident management and effective decision making to ensure operational efficiency and the safety and security of assets and people. 

Being able to unify and interrogate data from critical systems makes this possible and is easily achieved by using integrated command and control software to collate disparate data streams, analyse them for single or combination events that warrant investigation, and alert operators accordingly.

How does being alerted to potential risks or threats translate to critical decision making? The answer is increasingly through the use of automated and interactive workflows. We talk to David Aindow, Product and Technology Director, to find out more. 

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LNG Infrastructure - Connecting Ship to Shore

13 July 2016

LNG Infrastructure - Connecting Ship to Shore

It’s been an interesting time for LNG, particularly in the US where lifting the ban on exports recently enabled the first ever shipment of liquefied natural gas to depart American shores. It’s a development that has seen the US take a significant step forward in terms of the global oil and gas trade. 

But this new found status requires work, most notably in the form of infrastructure investment – there are currently four new export terminals under construction in the Gulf Coast area alone. The global picture is similar. In fact, estimates suggest that planned infrastructure development will see worldwide liquefaction capacity increase 37% by 2020. 

In this Interview Room we talk to Synectics’ Divisional Director for Oil & Gas Darren Alder, about what the key requirements are and what terminal operators should look for when specifying surveillance solutions. 

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Choosing the Right Surveillance Camera

23 May 2016

Choosing the Right Surveillance Camera

Every day over 566 petabytes of data is generated by surveillance cameras. Predicted growth in the global security market is such that this figure is expected to quadruple in just three years. It’s clear that global demand for cameras is high.

Often less clear, however, are the intricacies involved in selecting the right camera for the right application. Small details, either relating to the technology itself or the environment in which the camera operates, can make a big difference to performance.

In this Interview Room - the first in a series of camera specification specials - we talk to Wayne Barraclough, Synectics’ Product Manager about the importance of sensors, particularly for organisations considering an HD upgrade.

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Safeguarding Gaming Surveillance

22 March 2016

Safeguarding Gaming Surveillance

Across the globe, casinos continue to move away from analog systems in favor of IP-based surveillance solutions. Integrations that enable video, alarm and transactional data overlay to achieve unprecedented levels of situational awareness are becoming the norm, not the exception.

Data has never been more useful to the gaming industry; it has also never been more important to protect. In this edition of the Interview Room, we talk to Adam Heisler - Synectics’ Sales Director for International Gaming - about system resiliency and failover solutions, and learn how with the right system and camera technology nothing has to be left to chance when it comes to safeguarding surveillance.   

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The Changing Face of Airport Security

19 October 2015

The Changing Face of Airport Security

Aviation security is under scrutiny and pressure like never before. Security teams are tasked with protecting large, diverse areas, with a high degree of vigilance, while airport operators must balance security, operational performance, and commercial considerations to deliver profitability for shareholders. Moving passengers from check-in to airside, while avoiding pinch points and delivering an attractive, immersive experience, is therefore a balancing act.

In this edition of The Interview Room, we talked with Chris Bishop, Synectics’ International Business Development Director and aviation sector lead, to understand how airport security, and surveillance technology, is evolving to meet the latest demands.

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COEX - A Legacy of Longevity

22 July 2015

COEX - A Legacy of Longevity

2015 marks 30 years of COEX innovation so for this edition of the Interview Room we took the opportunity to sit down with Darren Alder, Synectics’ Divisional Director, Oil & Gas and reflect on the importance of this milestone. Having deployed and developed COEX products since the 1990s, Darren also shares his insights on the oil and gas market and how surveillance solutions have changed.    

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Do You Have a Plan for Data Storage?

28 April 2015

Do You Have a Plan for Data Storage?

One of the most important (and often overlooked) aspects of any successful surveillance system is choosing the most appropriate type of storage. The problem is, if not planned for properly, inadequate storage can leave a system unfit for purpose and can ultimately restrict users from reaping the benefits of new technologies. In this edition of the Interview Room, we find out about the key considerations behind surveillance data storage.

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Oil & Gas Reaching for Higher Ground with Integrated Security and Surveillance

28 January 2015

Oil & Gas Reaching for Higher Ground with Integrated Security and Surveillance

The global oil and gas industry is home to some of the smartest technologies on the planet, and operates some of the world’s most advanced and valuable assets. With spending on oil and gas infrastructure security predicted to increase, we caught up with Amedeo Simonetto, Business Development Director at Synectics, to get his thoughts on where he believes the oil and gas security market is headed, and why the trend towards integrated solutions will continue to grow.

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Can Gaming Surveillance Become a Profit Center?

05 June 2014

Can Gaming Surveillance Become a Profit Center?

The global tidal change in casino surveillance is the rapidly-growing migration from analogue to digital technologies. This is a positive development, but presents challenges. Security solutions manufacturers need to give people a way to navigate this new landscape and ensure the most important information is readily available and retrievable.

In this edition of the Interview Room we speak with John Katnic, Synectics' Vice President of Global Gaming, to get his take on the global gaming climate and the potential for systems integration within casino environments. We also learn what surveillance teams within the gaming industry can do to transform their departments from cost centers to profit centers.

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Delivering on the Promise of Intelligent Integration

09 April 2014

Delivering on the Promise of Intelligent Integration

David Aindow, Product and Technology Director at Synectics, steps into The Interview Room and shares his thoughts on how manufacturers need to think of integration as more than just two systems sharing information; it should be a way of working that helps customers and end users reach business goals and add value to their operations.

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