Bandos Island Resort and Spa, a Maldives Islands resort, has enhanced its on-site solutions with the addition of IP-enabled audio. The system, installed by Maldives-based systems integration company EIT Private, integrates two-way audio technology from Barix as part of an intrusion alarm solution for the site’s business offices. The complete solution, which includes video surveillance and remote monitoring components along with the emergency intercom, was implemented following recent burglaries at the resort’s headquarters, located in the Jazeera Building in the capital city of Male. The audio element employs two annuncicom devices, with one at the main Jazeera building control room and a second in a control centre on resort grounds, where all remote monitoring takes place. This enables a direct connection for intercom communications between the two control rooms over a 13 kilometre distance. EIT Private Director, Mohamed Afzal, estimates that the networked solution delivered cost efficiencies when considered alongside a legacy audio system. The IP-enabled option additionally eliminated interference concerns in the process. Long-distance audio is streamed between the two devices over a WiFi link. The IP audio solution uses open software, allowing the integration and customisation of the hardware. The system delivers flexibility for audio streaming, allowing users to choose any type of format or compression, depending on the network’s capabilities. The configuration for the Bandos Island Resort and Spa system uses standard voice over IP (VoIP) protocols for communication between operators. SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) calls can be initiated to allow communication with multiple receiving devices. Remote access control at the main office building entrance is also made possible. Set-up is claimed to be simple, with streaming enabled between the two devices within minutes of configuration. The units detect each other over the network once set up and powered on.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.