Malvern College

The Situation

Acctive Systems was commissioned to design and install the security systems at Malvern College by the consultant Preston Lee Chambers. It was an exciting opportunity for Acctive Systems as it was to be one of the first true IP Surveillance and Access Control Systems in the UK. The project encompassed two phases with installations within the new Boarding House and Sports Complex - and meant our project management team had to work closely with the consultant, the electrical contractors and of course the end user.

The Solution

Due to the nature of the project, Acctive Systems decide upon specifying the Panasonic iPro Surveillance equipment for the CCTV solution - and used Isonas IP Access Control equipment to integrate with the existing site wide system. The Panasonic iPro system consisted of a combination of VGA and Megapixel cameras, both static and fully functional. For a fast, efficient and cost effective solution, the electrical contractor installed a network infrastructure and where needed either Power over Ethernet switches or local power, meaning that Acctive Systems’ engineers could simply install the equipment at each camera or access control door locations and move on to the next.

The Benefits

By planning in advance, our project managers decided it would make sense to pre-configure and build the bulk of the equipment off site - This gave the benefit of factory testing to ensure all equipment issued was working perfectly.

The Products

The end product is a superb fully integrated system that the security teams use on a daily basis to manage their site. The Panasonic ASM100 Viewing Software set up on a triple HDMI graphics card PC allows the system, comprising of over 40 cameras (Panasonic WV-NW484 PoE vandal resistant VGA iPro domes; WV-NW964 Fully Functional VGA iPro domes; WVNS202 Fully Functional PoE VGA domes; WV-NF302 Megapixel iPro domes) to access the Network Recorder (Panasonic WJ-ND400 13.5TB with RAID 5/6) over the network, and the WJ-CU950 Desk Top Controller allows pinpoint control of the fully functional cameras - some with a 30:1 zoom lens!) The Isonas access control is web hosted which allows the security team fast access to over 200 doors across the site, and they have developed bespoke software with all the features the college could possibly need. The net result is that the college are looking to build a direct relationship with Acctive Systems for future works and have introduced us to
similar colleges for future upgrades.


The consultant in overall charge of the project was Preston Lee Chambers (Bank House, 22 Market Street, Hollingworth, Hyde, Cheshire. SK14 8LN 01457 766177), the CCTV manufacturer was Panasonic ( and the access control Isonas ( .

BAE Systems Glascoed

This is BAE’s Global Combat systems munitions facility.

Glascoed is a former Government owned site which has become a production unit for BAE Systems. It comprises of several hundred separate buildings over a large area.

The project was to upgrade the security systems that were in existence which had become dated and had the potential to fail.

Acctive Systems designed and installed Honeywell ( intruder equipment with an extremely safe operating activation due to the highly sensitive and dangerous contents of the building. The infrastructure was channelled back to the 24hr manned gatehouse via newly installed fibre optic cables. Within the gatehouse a CORTECH (
software solution was installed enabling the security staff to pinpoint exact activities on a 3
dimensional map.

Due to the size of the site Acctive Systems created a major saving on guarding and an extremely efficient detection and response system. The CORTECH software enabled the security staff to produce a full audit trail of events including timing, mapping and a visual and hard copy indicating any activation.

HMS Collingwood

This site is a Naval Training base where BAE Systems has built a training facility known as The Royal Navy’s Shore Based Warfare Operator Training Centre.

This centre will meet the operational training requirements for all in service current frigates, destroyers and major surface platforms including the new Type 45 vessels. This was a new build and the project was to protect the sensitive nature of the equipment. Acctive Systems was commissioned to design, install and service a complete intruder and access control solution.

The partner we used was PAC. ( for access control and HONEYWELL ( for the intruder alarm and the solution was delivered by the use of ‘smart cards’ and readers including ‘pin and proximity’ activation.
This enabled identification of all personnel which was a key objective due to the sensitive operational nature of the facility.

The tracking and identification of students and other personnel is not otherwise achievable using a traditional lock and key system. Security personnel were able to restrict areas by using this type of access control system.

RAF Odiham

RAF ODIHAM is an RAF operating base in Hampshire. The support helicopter squadron and Lynx squadrons are stationed there. The Chinook Wing Headquarters are responsible for coordinating all aspects of operational and logistical output and also manages the airfield services.

The project was to update and improve the CCTV system. The existing system had become dated and potentially unserviceable.

Acctive Systems redesigned and installed fully functional Panasonic domes ( and Panasonic static cameras.

The solution was delivered by using a ‘wire free’ system negating the use of the old and damaged existing ducting and conduits. The system was specifically designed to be extremely ‘user friendly’ as the operational style of the base would mean that the gate house staff would change on a regular basis. It also offered full perimeter protection and incorporated important
external buildings associated with senior staff.