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10th April 2024 Issue no. 700

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Optex detectors at heart of new security system at Manchester business park

* Optex.jpgA recently refurbished business park in Manchester that wanted a more modern and flexible security solution than its existing manned guarding operation, turned to a complete new electronic system that relies on laser sensors.

Greencourt Business Park, now known as Manchester Green, is conveniently located only five minutes from Manchester Airport and has five large buildings in a landscaped environment. The current landlords, Barwood Investments, purchased the site at the end of 2013 and undertook a significant refurbishment programme to improve the buildings, the landscaping and the security of the whole site.

Property Letting Agents, Savills turned to Clarion, an electronic security system integrator, to design a system delivering high security and capable of replacing the costly manned guarding solution that had been used historically. The site is constantly in use so the system needed to be flexible in its configuration and always 'on.'

For Clarion the best way to protect the entire site was to secure the perimeter by deploying an integrated solution comprising an access control system working in conjunction with an intrusion detection and an IP CCTV system. At the heart of this solution was the deployment of nine OPTEX REDSCAN laser sensors, scanning the activity on the perimeter line but also inside the perimeter.

The laser sensors detect vehicles and people within a 30m radius and aren't affected by light or weather conditions. They were integrated by Clarion with the vehicle barrier and the IP based intercom system so that they don't trigger when an authorised vehicle or person enters the site. The REDSCANS integrate directly with the Video Management System, Avigilon's Contol Center platform, triggering dome cameras to go to pre-set positions to track any detected intruder and send an alarm to Farsight, the monitoring station looking after the site.

"Our philosophy at Clarion is to provide a solution that offers flexibility to the customer and minimises unwanted alarms so the monitoring station can operate at its best," says Chris Billinge, Managing Director at Clarion.

"We chose OPTEX REDSCAN for this project for its flexibility and stability; it was easy to set up customised detection areas and to integrate the perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS) with the rest of our security system. The system has proven very stable since the installation. Although Clarion has been working with OPTEX for many years, this is the first project we have deployed the REDSCANs and we are very satisfied by this intelligent sensor."


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