Knowsley College protects students and buildings across expanding campuses

MCW Group implements 263 Axis cameras with Milestone XProtect IP video software.


Axis Press Release, 22 January 2006
 

Knowsley Community College recently completed deployment of 263 Axis network cameras across its two main campuses, called Roby College and Kirkby College, which are part of the expanding and successful Knowsley Community College, near Liverpool. The total contract was valued at approximately £450,000.

MCW Group won a competitive tender to supply and install these cameras, integrating them back into the campus-wide network and configuring Milestone XProtect system to manage output from the cameras. A total of £5 million is being invested into the development of a new Management and Industrial Innovation Centre at the Kirkby College campus which will be home to the expanding higher education programme at Knowsley College.

MCW Group will record output from these cameras onto a total of six HP Proliant Servers. The servers will have Xeon Dual Processors, four Giga Bytes (GB) of Random Access Memory (RAM), as well as redundant power supplies and cooling fans. Three servers will be installed at each site. The plan is for each server to handle output from 46 cameras offering a maximum capacity of 276 cameras initially.

Each server will be connected via SCSI controllers to two 14 Hard Disc Drive (HDD) modular storage arrays delivering 300 GB per disc. This will mean each server will provide up to 9.6 Tera Bytes (TB) of storage across internal HDDs and the attached storage arrays. This storage is designed to provide capacity for 28 days of images collected and compressed at eight frames per second. Storage and event management will be controlled by the Milestone XProtect software suite.

A total of 96 AXIS 210As, 46 AXIS 221s and four AXIS 232D dome network cameras will be deployed at the college’s Roby site; whilst seven miles away at the college’s Kirkby site an additional 81 AXIS 210As, 33 AXIS 221s and three AXIS 232D network cameras will be deployed. A total of 263 Axis network cameras will be deployed across both sites.

The first phase of the project – configuration and installation of all servers, storage, switch infrastructure, cabling and cabinets was completed in November. The second phase, which will be will be completed this month, will include installation of all Axis network cameras.

Kevin Williams, director of technical services, MCW Group, explained: "We are very pleased to be carrying out such a significant implementation of Axis network cameras. It is proof positive of our expertise in the IP-Surveillance market which is now growing very rapidly."

Steve Gorski, managing director of Axis Communications UK Ltd, commented: "This order illustrates that large-scale, mission-critical security systems can be IP-based. It is starting to become clear that there are some real advantages of using network cameras over traditional analogue CCTV cameras and we are seeing a significant increase in demand for larger professional security systems as well as smaller ones."

About Knowsley College
Knowsley College, which is now spread over three campuses, three high street ‘learning shops’ and delivers courses in some 200 community outreach centres , has an annual intake of 12,000 students and employs more than 600 full and part-time staff. It offers a wide range of vocational courses for school leavers as well as a growing number of higher education-level courses including business administration, construction and computing skills. It also offers more traditional full-time academic degrees. Today Knowsley College is one of the largest providers of further education in the country, recently achieving Ofsted recognition for "being responsive to the needs of the (local) community" which awarded it a Grade 1 (Outstanding) in Leadership & Management.

Knowsley College, which is now spread over three campuses, three high street ‘learning shops’ and delivers courses in some 200 community outreach centres , has an annual intake of 12,000 students and employs more than 600 full and part-time staff. It offers a wide range of vocational courses for school leavers as well as a growing number of higher education-level courses including business administration, construction and computing skills. It also offers more traditional full-time academic degrees. Today Knowsley College is one of the largest providers of further education in the country, recently achieving Ofsted recognition for "being responsive to the needs of the (local) community" which awarded it a Grade 1 (Outstanding) in Leadership & Management.

About MCW Group
The North West Based IT Communications Company supplies IT Support contracts, Comprehensive IT Security, Wireless and Data Cabling, LAN telephony and IP surveillance amongst many other services and is the regions preferred provider of technical systems. The Company has been established over 23 years and has extensive experience in all aspects of IT and IP surveillance systems. MCW Group provides many services and IT solutions throughout the UK and has many prestigious accreditations. For more information visit the website www.mcwgroup.co.uk.

About Axis
Axis increases the value of network solutions. The company is an innovative market leader in network video and print servers. Axis' products and solutions are focused on applications such as security surveillance, remote monitoring and document management. The products are based on in-house developed chip technology, which is also sold to third parties. Axis was founded in 1984 and is listed on the Nordic list, Mid Cap, Information Technology. Axis operates globally with offices in 18 countries and in co-operation with distributors and system integrators in 70 countries. Markets outside Sweden account for more than 95% of sales. Information about Axis can be found at http://www.axis.com/.

The North West Based IT Communications Company supplies IT Support contracts, Comprehensive IT Security, Wireless and Data Cabling, LAN telephony and IP surveillance amongst many other services and is the regions preferred provider of technical systems. The Company has been established over 23 years and has extensive experience in all aspects of IT and IP surveillance systems. MCW Group provides many services and IT solutions throughout the UK and has many prestigious accreditations. For more information visit the website .Axis increases the value of network solutions. The company is an innovative market leader in network video and print servers. Axis' products and solutions are focused on applications such as security surveillance, remote monitoring and document management. The products are based on in-house developed chip technology, which is also sold to third parties. Axis was founded in 1984 and is listed on the Nordic list, Mid Cap, Information Technology. Axis operates globally with offices in 18 countries and in co-operation with distributors and system integrators in 70 countries. Markets outside Sweden account for more than 95% of sales. Information about Axis can be found at http://www.axis.com/.