Science centre invests in new visitor safety surveillance system


The Glasgow Science Centre has invested in a new video surveillance system from Hanwha Techwin to help create a safe environment for visitors who wish to enjoy the Centre’s extensive facilities which include over 400 interactive exhibits, planetarium and a space zone.
As one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions, Glasgow Science Centre, which is located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, is an educational charity that seeks to inspire and motivate people to engage with science.

The contract to install the new video surveillance system was awarded to Scottish Communications Group, one of the UK’s leading independent communication and electronic security system integrators, who installed the original analogue CCTV system when the Centre first opened in 2001.

“We have had a close, long-term business relationship with Glasgow Science Centre and are delighted to have had the opportunity to build on the partnership by being entrusted to design, install, commission and maintain the new system”, said Stuart Leslie, Sales Director of the Scottish Communications Group.

A total of 68 new Wisenet cameras have been installed at the Centre, 48 of which have been deployed as replacements for what was the old existing analogue cameras, whilst 20 additional cameras have been installed in new locations to negate any blind spots and give the Centre’s control room operators greater situational awareness.

40 cameras were selected from the Wisenet Q IP network series which, with built-in IR illumination, are able to capture clear, sharp 2 and 4-megapxiel images, regardless of lighting conditions. These bullet and mini-dome cameras also feature wide dynamic range (WDR), which performs at up to 120dB to produce clear images from areas that present a challenging mix of bright and dark areas, such as the Centre’s reception area where strong sunlight is able to stream in.

The remaining 28 Bullet, PTZ and mini-dome cameras have been selected from the Wisenet HD+ analogue series and are able to deliver quality 2-megapixel HD images over coaxial cables. Wisenet HD+ cameras minimize the cost and disruption of installing new data cabling as they can support the transmission of HD images using standard coax cabling – without any latency or image loss – at distances of up to 500m. Further, without the need to incur the cost and time of installing encoders, converters or switches, yet more savings can be achieved. Images from the cameras are recorded on either a Pentabrid ‘hybrid’ recorder or a Wisenet NVR, with each of the 5 devices offering up to 12 terabytes of storage.

“The safety and security of our visitors is always our top priority”, said Roddie Galbraith, Facilities Manager at the Centre. “We have therefore invested in the very latest technology in order to significantly upgrade the capabilities of our video surveillance infrastructure and, in doing so, provide our security colleagues with a powerful tool which will allow them to respond quickly and effectively to any incidents”.

“We are very happy with the performance of the new system and are pleased that we could take advantage of the cost-saving benefits of the Wisenet HD+ cameras without compromising on quality or functionality. We believe we now have a video surveillance system which will be fit for purpose for many years to come”.