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Integrated Safety Systems for Public Areas

Integrated Safety Systems for Public Areas

The headquarters of Public Bodies and Administrations as well as ports, airports, railway stations, subways, hospitals, stadiums, sports centres, prisons,  municipal power supply companies, gas supply companies, water treatment, refuse collection and transports need ad-hoc control and safety systems.

They must be ready to react to all possible threats, such as accidents, thefts, terrorism and natural disasters, which may cause service interruptions and be a danger for safety.

Anti-Intrusion Systems - Territory

Safety in these critical areas is guaranteed by designing, planning, installing, putting into service and maintaining anti-intrusion and anti-burglar systems in compliance with the CEI 79-3 and CEI EN 50131-1 Standards.

An assessment of possible threats and a risk analysis are carried out before designing the system, taking into account that public places are generally regulated by specific constraints concerning the field of pertinence.

The protection we offer includes the monitoring of access points, surfaces and volumes with an external perimeter protection of the industrial site, including fences and areas not built on. We also take the topography and the use of nearby areas into account.

For particularly critical external areas we offer anti-terrorism bollards, both fixed and mobile, which, depending on customer requirements,

preserve the city landscape, guarantee safety and, if necessary, allow the opening of an automated gate to allow the entrance of emergency vehicles and rapid evacuation of the relevant areas. Remaining on the subject of anti-terrorism, for ports, airports and prisons we offer systems with metal-detectors and X-ray control machines.

During the design phase we evaluate the possibility of protecting special areas containing assets which may be of particular importance for the Company within the relevant perimeter, while for rooms requiring a higher degree of safety, such as DPCs, servers and safes, ad-hoc multi-technology can be applied.

Video surveillance services for Public Areas

Pursuant to the CEI EN 62676 Standard, before designing a video surveillance system for public areas, we carry out an analysis of the specific requirements of the site and identify which areas require  not only visual monitoring limited to the storage of images, but also  active incident filming as well as detection systems. These monitoring functions are carried out as follows:

  • detection of the area by means of thermal video cameras and intelligent video-analysis functions processing images by means of “trespassing” algorithms, “stolen object” systems for detecting removed objects, “loitering” systems for detecting subjects of interest staying in virtual areas beyond a certain time (anti-terrorism).
  • Automatic real time notification in the case of access into a specific area, with pop-ups, video confirmation and location of the point of interest on the map.
  • Streaming filming with multi-optical video cameras with digital PTZ functions, making it possible for those who watch to zoom important areas in order to correctly interpret suspect incidents.
  • Vehicle and traffic control by means of “ZT” gates, algorithms for controlling speed, detection of cars moving in unallowed directions or detection of vehicles parked in potentially dangerous areas (i.e. on the motorway), algorithms for controlling vehicles not compliant with the applicable regulations: this is made possible by means of a software that can be interfaced with any data bank (State Police, “Ania”, Ministry, SCNTT, etc.) in order to signal the transit of vehicles which have been stolen and are subject to  administrative immobilization, not insured or not overhauled.
  • Tracking the object of interest by means of an auto-tracking function
  • Patrol functions with video cameras automatically moving from one pre-set position to another in order to constantly keep critical areas monitored.
  • Open platform. This can be integrated with other systems present within the structure or used as a centralized system.

Access and Presence Detection – Territory

Public offices are always accessible and quite crowded. Relationships with the public may sometimes lead to possible conflictual situations.

However, employees need to have a quiet and protected work station. Therefore the two areas must be kept separate.

The access control system makes it possible to manage authorizations in a made-to-measure manner and guarantee that contact with the public is completely safe.

The public access control systems guarantee the following:

  • increased level of safety against potential internal/external/visitors’ attacks with compartmentalization of internal and external areas depending on the title, day, time, etc.
  • Access points can be made more flexible thanks to the use of new identification and access technologies based on smart phones using BLE, NFC and QR codes.
  • Centralized management of several locations with modular platforms than can be expanded depending on the corporate requirements without any impact on the operation of the existing system. An increase in the number of terminals and users is possible.
  • Increased safety: calculation of the number of people in charge of first aid and fire fighting. Control of safety data in the case of access of external teams to any building site.
  • Management of electronic key hanging boards: authorization to collect the keys and possibility to return them directly through the access control system. The objective of this process is being able to trace the keys and preventing those who have not returned them from leaving.
  • Detection of the presence of employees for processing payrolls: by means of dedicated terminals for clock in and clock out recording. As an alternative, it is possible to use access control terminals and create an interface with pre-existing systems designed for payroll procedures.
  • Dematerialization: The documentation concerning privacy and safety measures may be viewed without using paper.   Tablets are used for graphometric signature.
  • Incidents can be traced retrospectively  for security and statistical purposes.

Fire detection systems for Public Areas

Quick fire detection in public places may save the life of many people and therefore correct design of fire detection systems is crucial.

The purposes of a fire detection system can be summarized as follows:

01Detecting a possible fire as soon as possible

02Helping evacuating people and removing objects as soon as possible

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Implementation of intervention plans 03

Implementation of fire protection systems and other safety measures 04

Design, planning, installation, putting into service, operational control, operation  and maintenance of smoke detection and suction systems in public areas take place in compliance with the UNI 9795, UNI EN54 and UNI11224 Standards.

Because these are public places, specific laws, such as the following, must be applied: MD 22/2/2006 for offices, MD 18/9/2002 for hospitals, MD 19/8/1996 for show areas, MD 6/6/2005 for sports centres, PD 30/6/1995 for libraries and archives, MD 14/7/2015 for hotels, MD 21/3/2018 for schools, MD 9/5/2007 for museums and exhibition areas, MD 21/2/2017 for garages, MD 11/9/2010 for department stores and businesses, MD 21/10/2015 for subways and MD 28/2/2014 for camping places and touristic villages.

In most cases these places are very crowded and vulnerable groups (such as children, elderly people, invalids etc.) may be present. Therefore vocal emergency alert systems in compliance with the UNI ISO 7240 Standard may be necessary. These systems inform those present of a danger which may make controlled and safe evacuation necessary.

Switching on and off take place by means of dedicated central units capable of managing output and input modules for signaling failures and/or for the disablement of rooms in compliance with the EN 12094-1:2003 Standard.