IFTER EQU is an integrating system that perfectly matches the needs for the military object visualisation. Thanks to its network capabilities, stability and failure-free working we are able to create an effective security system with visualisation used at two local monitoring centres. The first visualisation is placed at the local monitoring centre of a duty officer and the second one is destined for the SUFO (internal security services in Polish army, created on the grounds of the bill about person and property protection from 1997). The flexibility of IFTER EQU allows the visualisation to match a wide range of different needs of such monitoring centres.
A very important advantage of IFTER EQU is the freedom in creating the graphic look. It is achieved through free placing of items to the panel, adjusting the architectural plans and deciding about the graphic look of detectors' icons. All this is always adapted to the requirements of a particular object.
Switching between particular graphic panels is realized by toggling the buttons on the panel.
The visualisation has a multi-level structure and is organised in a way which enables previewing the whole object as well as its particular tiers (I&HAS, CCTV, FAS, display of separate floors). Thus, making it possible to create such mechanism that would lead from a general plan (showing the endangered building) to a detailed plan (presenting the tier where an alarm occurred, additionally showing the escape route of an eventual trespasser). The mechanism enables us to guide a patrol and to organise the right physical protection by a duty officer from the local monitoring centre. The patrol can be equipped with a mobile device that will present, via visualisation, the changes of the danger.
Additionally, the local monitoring centre can be equipped with a second monitor in order to increase the effectiveness of surveillance. This additional monitor can present events and alarms tables from the integrated systems. It can also show the legend panel describing icons and their possible states. The third monitor can display video from a camera monitoring the premises where the alarm occurred. If there is no alarm the third monitor can display the camera video from any place of the object's plan.
In order to simplify operator's work at the local monitoring centre, we gave the possibility to pin a default comment and a code-of-practice to the alarm. They can be different, depending on the time of the day and location of the danger. All the events and actions taken by an operator are being archived, enabling us to carry out an analysis of the dangers. The security supervisor can print off fact-sheets and reports of the archived events.
All the alarms are presented at the local monitoring centre of a duty officer and at the SUFO monitoring centre. The exceptions are panic alarms, originating in the local monitoring centre. If the assault happened at the duty officer monitoring centre the information would be sent only to the SUFO monitoring centre and vice versa. Thus, a culprit will not be informed about the anti-assault actions being taken against him.
It is important to remember that IFTER EQU is not only a visualisation system, but most of all it is an integration system - that is why we are able to control security systems. It has a wide range of usage - managing alarm zone states by arming or disarming and deleting an alarm without disarming the zone. The administrator has full access to those facilities. The most common solution of managing the system is letting the duty officer manage the alarm zones and the SUFO personnel turn off the preview of zone state, confirm the alarms and attach comments. The duty officer can arm most of the alarm zones but disarm only a few ones (e.g. corridors, staircases, external protection zones). An additional mechanism used when changing the arming of an alarm zone is double-coding. It is used to secure the alarm zones that are of great importance for the object's security. It is realized in two locations simultaneously: at the protected zone and in the local monitoring centre. Such solution guarantees that the protected zone is never left without surveillance. Double-coding is performed by entering the first code on the keyboard situated near the protected zone by a person coming into this zone. A window with a photo, a name and a description of the zone is displayed at the monitor screen of a duty officer. They can make the decision whether to allow disarming the zone or not. If such a request comes the audio sound is played in order to draw operator's attention.
IFTER EQU has a built-in guest-service electronic mechanism. This mechanism allows increasing the control over visitors. It makes guest-searching in the archives easier and enables making a range of different requests. A visitor goes to the pass office where they give their personal details. After inserting personal details, the visitor gets a pending status. Meanwhile this allows the operator to enter other visitors. When a receiving-person appears their card is put to the reader - causing automatic entering of visitor's data. The only things that need to be filled in are: the information of the person who gave the permission to enter and a note informing to whom the guest has come to. When the guest leaves the object the accompanying person puts their card to the reader which permits the return of the visitor's identity card.
The visitor has the obligation to register on every door to all the buildings they enter. It allows us to survey every guest's visit.
The restriction mechanism is an extension of a guest-service mechanism. If the administrator knows that someone is visiting the object they can withhold that person. In that case, the pass office gets the information about a person being withheld and a set of instructions how to proceed.
The workstation of a duty officer can present the information about object's operational readiness, the presence of employees or their arrivals/exits. Thanks to the mechanism of monitoring the people present at the object, in case of an alarm, an operator can immediately determine such information as: the operational readiness of the organisational units, who was present at the object's premises at the moment of alarm's occurrence, the arrival time of the rest of people and the information who did not show at the object. In such reports, civilians are excluded. They are counted only at the presence bill, late arrivals bill and earlier exits bill. All the bills can be printed out or saved to a file.