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A hospital in the West Midlands has gone for hybrid recording as part of a phased upgrade of its video surveillance system. The Wisenet hybrid product from Hanwha Techwin has been installed at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton by electronic security installers, JKE Security.

Pictured is Dan Mather, director of Derby based JKE Security. He said: “The medium term objective is to provide the hospital with a complete end-to-end Wisenet solution incorporating the very latest video surveillance technology. However, New Cross Hospital is not alone in having to carefully manage its budgets and with this is mind, the priority has been to install a hybrid recording solution which comprises a combination of HD+ and NVRs. This has enabled the images from all existing analogue and IP cameras installed throughout the hospital to be recorded at the highest possible resolution.”

New Cross Hospital, run by the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust was originally built around 1900 as a workhouse. It now provides 700 beds, employs almost 9500 staff and is the largest teaching hospital in the area. In 2004 the UK’s first purpose built specialist heart centre was opened on its site.

A total of 17 recording devices have been installed. These include four Wisenet 32 channel XRN-2010 NVRs which each have 21 Terabytes of on-board storage and 13 of the Wisenet HD+ 16 channel SRD-1694 DVRs, each with 5 Terabytes of storage. Using the AHD format, the Wisenet HD+ digital recorders are able to record high definition images transmitted over the hospital’s coax cabling.

Dan Mather said: “An important aspect of this project is that the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust wanted a recording solution which would be totally compliant with the new GDPR data protection regulations. Having taken advice from Midwich, the distribution company which we source our video surveillance products from, and having attended a 3 day training course conducted by Hanwha Techwin, we had the confidence to recommend the Wisenet hybrid recording solution to the Trust both in terms of its compliance with GDPR and the user-friendliness of the recording devices.

“Having successfully completed the first phase of the upgrade, we are looking forward to installing over 200 x Wisenet cameras throughout the hospital in the near future in order to provide security personnel and the hospital’s managers with a powerful tool to maintain a safe and secure environments for doctors, nurses, administration staff and patients.”

Paul Smith, the trust’s Security Manager and Local Security Management Specialist (LSMS) said: “We looked long and hard for a suitable solution of integrating our older systems with newer IP systems on the site. For us the best option came in the form of the Wisenet software and recording units and for the first time in years we are now able to view our entire system on one platform, and a platform that is functional and easy to operate. All of our pre-existing cameras have been synced with the new software with the assistance of JKE Security Ltd. I look forward now to the next stage which will be to replace end of life cameras for the much more technologically advanced kit, which will enable us to use the smarter functions of the Wisenet software.”


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