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Century City chooses integrated security solution

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Licence plate recognition systems can be made more effective through further integration with other technologies, says Solution House.
Licence plate recognition systems can be made more effective through further integration with other technologies, says Solution House.

Century City Property Owners Association (CCPOA), the body responsible for the day to day running of Century City, a 250ha mixed-use development in Cape Town, has reinforced its access control and security with the deployment of an integrated solution from software solution providers Solution House and At The Gate.

According to Solution House, the CCPOA was one of the first organisations in the country to deploy the incident management platform Incident Desk, developed and distributed by Solution House.

It says the system has been expanded with the introduction of an access control and visitor management solution from Gauteng-based At The Gate, which uses a handheld device and custom-developed Android app to monitor the flow of all vehicles in and out of entry points to buildings, estates, precincts and almost any other gated thoroughfares.

Tiaan Janse van Rensburg, CEO at Solution House, says the integration of Incident Desk with At The Gate further adds to the richness of information available to the end-users.

He says information about suspicious vehicles is entered into Incident Desk and pushed out in real-time to At The Gate handheld devices used by guards at entry points, gates and booms.

"Much like At The Gate, which was developed to replace physical access control books, we developed Incident Desk as a replacement for physical site management books, explains Janse van Rensburg.

"But it's evolved into much more than a centralised management platform, adding functionality such as real-time incident reporting via the mobile app, and giving users an almost infinite number of ways to configure the software to their specific sites."

Janse van Rensburg notes in SA there is an overall lack of real-time sourcing, routing and dissemination of security and safety information to relevant parties.

Licence plate recognition systems can be made more effective through further integration with other technologies, he says.

Barry Resnik, director of At The Gate, says At The Gate is configured to show the name and ID number of the expected driver in each vehicle, as well as the image of the driver on the front of the driver's licence.

"This is a failsafe way to ensure the driver of the vehicle being scanned is correctly identified, and should he or she not be the person whose information was captured, an incident alarm will immediately be triggered," he says.

Marinus Boshoff, safety and security manager at CCPOA, says the combination of Incident Desk and At The Gate gives CCPOA unprecedented control over vehicle access inside and around Century City, and the value of the combined system is worth much more than the sum of its parts.

The association has been building a database of suspicious vehicle information from a number of different sources, including SAPS, over the past few years, and through Incident Desk have centralised the access to this data to quickly raise an alert if one of its staff encounters a flagged vehicle.

"With the introduction of At The Gate, we can now push that data to the access devices at booms and other entry points, and automatically get alerts in our control centre about suspicious vehicles as soon as a vehicle is scanned."

"This gives us the time we need to proactively mobilise our staff to the incident, whereas before we would possibly have received the information about a suspicious vehicle too late to act on it."

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