08 Jan Central Bank of Jordan modernises video surveillance at key sites to protect vital operations
Since 1964 the Central Bank of Jordan has played a crucial role distributing currency, maintaining national reserves of gold and foreign currencies, supporting economic development and ensuring the stability of the country’s financial system. For the bank, maintaining the most robust, up-to-date standards of security is not just mission critical, it’s a matter of national importance. IDIS technology is now trusted to provide full video protection.
Security directors at the Central Bank wanted to replace their existing video system with the best new generation and future-proof solution that would deliver simultaneously high-performance live view and recording.
The bank identified the need to improve maintenance standards, eradicate system failures and ensure a low total cost of ownership They also wanted to mitigate against video data loss, protect against cyber threats, and have a solution that would be easier for operators to use, with faster footage search and retrieval.
The control room at the bank’s headquarters needed a complete upgrade with the ability to centrally manage and control surveillance across all its branches. It was essential for the entire project to be delivered with minimum disruption that ensured no loss of video coverage during the phased implementation.
Following a competitive proof of concept demonstration with the latest IDIS technology, integrator Ametrad Technology Services won a hard-fought tender process against top competitors, including the long-established previous contract holder.
IDIS Solution Suite video management software (VMS) is at the heart of the Central Bank’s new video system, with the first phase encompassing 425-plus 2MP and 5MP cameras upgrading the bank’s headquarters and protecting three branches across the country.
IDIS Solution Suite’s hybrid capability not only enabled seamless switchover from the bank’s legacy analogue cameras, it is easier to operate than competitive systems and going forward will allow cost-efficient remote firmware updates and system maintenance.
Ametrad implemented powerful IDIS DR-8364D 64-channel NVRs, with a super-fast 900Mps throughput to ensure high-performance and simultaneous live view and playback with no degradation of image quality or latency. The 8300 series also benefit from the industry’s lowest hard disk drive (HDD) failure rate, while supporting RAID 1, 5 and 10 and use IDIS’s iBank file structure to deliver an unprecedented level of resilience.
The NVRs also offer the advantage of flexible H.265 and H.264 dual codec performance allowing the Central Bank to reap the benefits of high-definition H.265 recording, while viewing in H.264 eliminated the need for immediate hardware upgrades. IDIS Intelligent Codec offers further storage and bandwidth savings of up to 90% when combined with Motion Adaptive Transmission (MAT).
IDIS Solution Suite further optimises network bandwidth through dynamic multi-stream control by detecting overloads to prevent network strain. And, importantly, it improves the control room operator’s quality of experience in the face of varying network bandwidth.
IDIS Critical Failover technology provides multi-layered protection against video data loss due to a wide range of potential fault conditions, such as network instability or power failure. This ensures that recordings are automatically updated without the need for engineer callouts and with no risk of gaps in recordings while the fault is resolved. Testing at project handover confirmed that the Failover metrics fully met the client’s expectations.
The IDIS solution was also selected because its industry leading IDIS Ultimate Warranty, together with IDIS end-to-end technology ensuring fast, smooth and simple deployment and rich connectivity. This also makes upgrades and future expansion easy through guaranteed forward and backward compatibility
In operational terms the bank’s new system has lower bandwidth requirements and faster recording retrieval time, making the security operation both more effective and more economical. The bank’s central monitoring team can now work more efficiently, with their new IDIS VMS providing event forwarding, acknowledgements, notifications, live pop-ups and other valuable functions.
IDIS’s plug-and-play technology is also less vulnerable to password breaches and cyber security loopholes, as installation engineers don’t need to manage IP addresses or manually enter passwords for each device. And IDIS’s Linux based servers and proprietary protocols ensure the highest level of resistance to hacking.
IDIS’s For Every Network (FEN) capability, which uses peer-to-peer technology, also allowed Ametrad engineers to quickly name each branch and connect the system to IDIS Solution Suite. As the system expands FEN will act as force multiplier by reducing installation costs, speeding up implementation time and protecting against human error by eliminating the complexity and cyber challenges associated with multi-site surveillance.
“Working in close partnership with IDIS we were able to deliver a smooth, staged technology migration at these critical security sites, with no delays, problems or interruptions to recording.” Ahmad Shanawani, Managing Director of Ametrad Technology Services
Meanwhile, the Central Bank’s engineering department confirms that the IDIS solution now provides the uncompromising standard of protection they need, with lower ongoing costs, easier operation and the assurance that they will continue with the highest standard of video surveillance going forward.