Case Studies

McCranor Kirby Smale


Accountancy firm lines up extension. Coventry accountancy firm McCranor Kirby Smale, based at Binley Road, has made a six-figure investment to expand it's headquarters by a third. Director Mike Wilson said the merger has proved a success."Active played a major role in the seamless transfer between our old & new expanded premises"

The firm, formed in 2002 by the merger of two long-established city practices, has taken on an adjacent property to use as further office space. Director Mike Wilson said the merger has proved a success."It has been a very seamless coming together and as a result the business is growing at a very healthy rate. We now employ over 40 staff and that number could well increase in the coming months. 

McCranor's investment has also had a spin-off for Active Communications, which has installed a new telephone system and fitted more than three miles of cabling.

Active Communications provided McCranors with a Telephone System solution for their enlarged premises as part of the merger between McCranors & Kirby Smale accountants practices.

Active had previously provided solutions to both businesses as part of its network cabling relationship with Harry Shaw Business Computers, this included the data network at Kirby Smales' Offices that we continue to support with the new clients that have moved into their old premises.

Active liased with Mike Wilson of McCranors & Richard Perry of Kirby Smale in project managing the transfer & upgrade of each clients services with BT. This involved upgrading McCranors ISDN 2 Dass Link to ISDN 30e, (for Q-Sig compliance), arranging for a new DDI range & the transferring of Kirby Smales' services on to the new Siemens Hipath 3550 Telephone System. We also provided the merged business with a least cost routing solution.

Active installed a new voice link backbone cabling system that is Gigabit compatible, provided new server cabinets, a switch, & Siemens Hi Path digital telephone system, 50 handsets & reception console.
McCranor Kirby Smale

Coventry Airport


A network of security cameras has been installed to bolster safety at Coventry Airport.

Coventry Airport is the newest airport in the country to offer low-cost holiday flights with operator Thomsonfly expecting to cater for 250,000 passengers every year. Eddie Rolls, IT Manager at Coventry Airport, said security was of prime importance in the airline industry because of worldwide events over the last few years.

"Security is an issue which every company takes seriously but it is our number one priority 24 hours a day, seven days a week," he said.

 "In today's climate with the potential threat of terrorism, increased security checks have quite rightly been put in place and we need to make sure we have the best possible system in place."

 "These revolutionary cameras will be used to monitor everything which happens inside the new service area.

 And will re-assure our customers that we take their safety very seriously indeed."

 Pete Jacobs, Director at Active Communications Ltd, said Coventry Airport wanted digital IP technology compared to the normal analogue technology because of its performance and the MOBOTIX cameras have taken security to a new level. "The images are sharper and the cameras transmit more detailed pictures and can be run from a PC at a different site and even other airports world-wide," he said. "Because the cameras provide an all-in-one network camera, recorder and player with sound, movement sensors and video management solution, staff no longer have to review surveillance tapes which makes it much easier than in the past."

"The bank of cameras cover every angle in the departure and arrival buildings and contains infra-red passive detectors and photos can also be taken."

"All these functions mean it is a very re-assuring security system." This was the first airport where Active Communications Ltd has carried out work and the firm had to beat off strong competition to secure the contract.
Coventry Airport

Box IT Central


Located near the industrial cities of Coventry and Birmingham, this business scheme has proven to be a resounding success. In 1996, company founders Keith and Les Evans hit upon the ingenious idea of converting redundant farm buildings owned by their family agricultural business into modern storage units. 

With the growing success of the business, the amount of traffic on the premises also began to increase. As a result, Box-It Central began to look for a solution to monitor the outside facilities and control access to the grounds in order to increase security for the customers and documents alike. "Our archives were already protected against intruders and fire hazards by alarm systems and smoke detectors. But because we also allow our customers to bring their documents directly to the archives themselves and to collect them as needed, we decided to install a video surveillance system as well. We wanted to be able to keep constant track of what vehicles access the business premises and what goes on there," continued Emlyn Evans. Box-It Central was looking for a system that was as maintenance-free as possible and would require no or minimum staff resources, which ruled out a solution using analog cameras that record onto tapes and require regular tape changing. In cooperation with system supplier Active Communications Ltd, the company evaluated a number of different systems before they decided to opt for MOBOTIX network cameras in April 2005.

Emlyn Evans commented: "The MOBOTIX network cameras were the perfect choice to provide what we needed on our premises. The cameras are maintenance-free, no additional, expensive software is required and further cameras can be easily integrated into the system at a later date." The people in charge at the company were also impressed by the extensive range of recording functions available, the highly precise event-controlled recording and the convenient display of the camera images in the web browser of the computer.

Event-controlled recording is a big advantage, since the camera only records when the motion sensor indicates that something is actually happening. That saves storage capacity and reduces search time. In the end, it was these exceptional features that convinced Box-It to order and install ten MOBOTIX cameras at once. The project, which also included the installation of a backbone network for the cameras, was completed in June 2005.
Box IT Central

McCranor 
Belgrade Theatre install Mobotix Cameras Smale


The Belgrade Theatre was the first civic theatre to be built after the war and was opened in March 1958 as part of a large-scale re-development of the City of Coventry.

Now an English heritage grade II listed building, the Belgrade Theatre took its name in recognition and thanks for a gift of timber from the Yugoslav city of Belgrade that was used in the construction of the auditorium. Holding 866 seats in its two-tier main auditorium, and just under 300 seats in its new studio sized second auditorium, the theatre remains one of the largest regional producing theatres in the country.

The Theatre is also the centre of the community with over 70,000 visitors each year attending theatre productions, school plays, training workshops and corporate events. The site covers 5 floors and is served by a large car park to the rear of the building which is part of the Belgrade Plaza building scheme. "The security of our visitors and staff is a major concern for the theatre and we have had CCTV installed since 1987; however the old analogue system was somewhat unreliable and the quality of the black and white images meant that actual identification of individuals was almost impossible, especially in areas with low lighting," comments Paul Duncombe, Deputy Buildings Manager.

MOBOTIX CCTV cameras provide discreet, high resolution coverage over critical access points at the Belgrade Theatre . The old system proved difficult to search through in the event of an incident, but with a major £14 million refurbishment programme between 2005 and 2007, Paul persuaded management to upgrade and improve the CCTV system. "The refurbishment included a major upgrade to the cabling infrastructure and allowed us to move to an IP based CCTV solution integrated into the building design."

Following a tendering process the theatre chose Active Communications Ltd as lead contractor for both the cabling and CCTV solution. "We wanted a CCTV system with better video quality and potential audio as well," explains Paul. "We also needed a simple to use interface that would allow us to view cameras from multiple locations."

Active Communications Ltd is a local Coventry based systems integrator formed in 1989, by Directors Peter Jacobs and Martin Gardner to provide high quality telecommunications and computer network cabling services. Over many years Active Communications have developed a strong customer base providing services to small/medium enterprises and large multinational Companies with economical, reliable and customised solutions that dramatically increases their efficiency and productivity.

After a detailed site survey, the technical team from Active Communications Ltd and Paul established essential locations for 27 cameras, delivering 39 views for a complete 100% coverage of all public areas within the theatre. Using a mixture of single and dual lens MOBOTIX cameras, the new CCTV system provides megapixel level quality and audio reception feed back to one major location and can be used on other computers by remote access if needed.
McCranor Belgrade Theatre

'IP' Surveillance for Licensed Premises


With change of use came the necessity to apply for an 'On-license' to allow the selling of alcohol to bar customers. The process of applying for an 'On-license' involves a visit by the local Police Community Safety Officer to determine whether the premises are suitable. 

After an exhaustive review of surveillance systems on the market it was decided to install an 'IP' based surveillance camera system from Mobotix AG. Pat Barber, General Manager at Jury's, said "We wanted a system that encompassed digital technology, low cost of ownership and above all a system that would compensate for variable lighting conditions through-out the venue".
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