Fortecho

Slimline Kinetic Flat Art Tag

FortechoTM IS-TGPKIN2MAG Slimline Motion-Sensing Flat Art Tag with Neodymium Tamper Magnet.

WHAT IS FORTECHO MARINE

Fortecho Marine is the world’s leading wireless artwork monitoring solution for marine vessels. Fortecho Marine enables assets to be monitored discretely in real-time for theft, damage, and dangerous environmental change. It offers a similar array of cutting-edge wireless sensors to our museum-grade Fortecho system, expressly adapted to meet the particular demands of marine vessels, including assets and artwork on superyachts and megayachts.
Powerful scheduling functions and the ability to enable/ disable aspects of sensors at the touch of a button permit flexible adaptation to the differing security needs of ships at sea, at berth, and in dry dock. Designed to be fully integrated with existing security infrastructure including CCTV, SMS, VMS, TETRA radio and intruder detection systems.

Designed for...

Superyachts

Mega-Yachts

“Valuable artworks and artefacts are increasingly finding their way onto superyachts, prompting a necessary step up in security requirements. Fortecho Marine provides flexible protection for artworks of all shapes and sizes and is perfectly suited to the task at hand.”

Henry Smith, Yacht Broker

Cecil Wright

99.7% client retention rate over 15 years.

  • Track record: there has never been a single successful theft of any asset or artwork secured by the Fortecho Marine system.

  • Fully automated real-time audit of all artworks or assets 2,880 times a day.

  • Infrastructure checked 200 times a second.

  • Alarm raised if the health of the system is compromised.

  • 24/7 Operation: remains active during hours when typical ‘intruder detection’ systems are disabled.

  • 24/7 Remote access for backups, regular maintenance, and software support.

  • Fewer false alarms: our sophisticated sensors can tell the difference between harmless contact and attempted theft.

  • Meets and exceeds loan requirements of national museums.

100% wireless at deck / room level.

  • Artworks are secure even when off the wall, moving into or from storage, or during a fit-out.

  • Records and monitors for attempted theft, contact, accidental damage as well as temperature & relative humidity.

  • Artwork-specific thresholds can be set to trigger alerts.

  • Tag form and functionality are designed for purpose—be it to secure a sculpture, a display case, a tapestry or a painting.

  • Sensor settings are adaptable at the touch of a button to the differing sensitivity requirements of rough seas or ships at berth.

  • Quickly evacuate important artworks in case of fire/ flood.

  • All assets can be managed and monitored from multiple PCs in different locations simultaneously; the collection can be managed from the bridge while security manages alarms from another location.

  • Integrates with most leading CCTV, intruder detection and Security Management Systems.

Invisible at room level.

  • Sensors and receivers are completely hidden from view.

  • Our system enables viewers to see artworks as they were intended to be seen.

  • We never discuss our projects and - for your peace of mind - encourage Non-Disclosure Agreements for all parties involved.

Dynamic, modular and fit-to-function.

  • Fit sensors quickly, easily and safely in a number of ways.

  • Minimal art handling required.

  • Existing infrastructure is harnessed wherever possible to minimise disruption and unnecessary expenditure.

  • Receivers can be positioned above ceilings, behind walls or hidden inside furniture.

  • Network, Serial or Fiber infrastructure configurations available.

Highly sophisticated technology that’s simple to use

  • Instant audible and visual real-time alerts.

  • Graphical alarm messages enable rapid interpretation, analysis and response.

  • Immediate email and/or pager alerts for owners, curators, crew, security and gallery wardens on the move.

  • Remote control of functionality and sensitivity of all sensors from the software means less handling, cost and potential for damage.

  • We provide comprehensive training to key personnel.

Immediate return on investment.

  • Fewer gallery-level staff required.

  • Minimise art handling and staffing costs for installation.

  • Tag batteries last between 4 and 11 years (depending on the model).

  • Competitive pricing.

  • Payments can be made upfront or staggered over time.

  • Costs are rapidly amortised. Great lifetime value.

Hidden sensors provide the best viewer experience. Our sensors don’t detract from the aesthetics of an artwork.

THE SOFTWARE

The Fortecho software is highly sophisticated but simple to use. The software controlling and monitoring sensors can sit on a PC in a control room, on the bridge or a back-of-house area. It can be integrated with any alerts coming through to your security and video management systems. Some of the features include:

  • Temporarily deactivate tag functionality at the click of a button, to allow for cleaning, movement, or transportation. This functionality is ideal to move instantly between the different security requirements of boats at sea or at berth.

  • Powerful scheduling function: disable aspects of tag functionality ahead of time for hanging/ cleaning/ setup. Sailing/ berthing/ docking times can be input in advance to switch between different security protocols automatically.

  • Detailed alarm history logs.

  • Artworks on the move can be tracked - and rapidly fenced in.

  • Detailed artwork information and images can be assigned to each item tagged in the system, enabling immediate recognition of the asset.

  • Tag sensitivity and functionality can be remotely altered and controlled.

  • Automatic alerts can be sent by email and/or pager devices to key personnel.

  • The alert screens are designed to prioritise key artworks and facilitate rapid verification and response to alarms

  • Easily control multiple artworks based on associated information (room, floor, etc.)

  • May be used by collection managers, crew and security controllers simultaneously on PCs in separate locations.

  • Secure access—4 tiers of access- Security Controller, User, Captain and Engineer.

  • PCs and software are monitored for crashes.

  • Integrates with other collection management solutions.

  • Regular updates and improvements.



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ENVIRONMENT MONITORING MODULE

For monitoring fluctuating conditions on-board marine vessels, our alert, and analysis module is a popular extension to the core Fortecho Marine system. Unlike traditional climate-monitoring systems, our miniature T/rH wireless sensors monitor temperature and relative humidity at the exact location of the artwork—on, next to, or even inside the object.

With real-time accurate monitoring, sophisticated reporting tools, customisable alerts and granular data capture, the comprehensive environmental pack is perfectly suited to marine vessels experiencing variable climates and weather conditions.
List of main features.

  • Accurate to 0.1 degrees celsius and 0.1% relative humidity.

  • Climate data captured every 60 seconds.

  • Model changes in the environment and perform comparative studies.

  • Graphically analyze and share the data with key personnel.

  • Alerts for exceeding max / min temperature and relative humidity parameters.

  • Alerts for temperature / relative humidity changing too quickly.

  • Choose from preconfigured thresholds based on certain materials, or create your own based on the needs of a particular artwork.

  • Environmental tag tamper function allows detection of unauthorised access to display cases, cabinets and rooms.

  • Miniature tags may be placed on artworks and inside objects.

  • Tag battery life of 3 years+

  • Specialist form factor - 38 x 43 x 13 mm / 86 x 54 x 6.5 mm.



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SENSORS

Our sensors consist mainly of battery-powered miniature ‘tags’ which communicate wirelessly with long-range RFID receivers. The tags are extremely versatile, but their shape, size and functionality differ depending on the intended application.

Fortecho Marine tags attach discretely and safely onto, beside, or even inside artworks. They are completely hidden from view and controlled remotely via our software to minimise handling time and disruption. All are ultrasonically sealed to prevent potentially harmful emission of off-gasses.

Our tags work in real-time to detect movement, damage, tamper (whether the tag has been removed from the artwork) and the location of assets or personnel. Tags check in every 30 seconds but send 4 messages a second in the event of an activation.

When proximity or approach detection is required as an additional precaution, we can deploy a laser, VOS or PIR device fitted with our I/O wireless tag.

See below for examples of artworks and how we might apply some of our sensors…


Paintings and 2D Artwork

Tags attach invisibly to the backing board, frame, dust sheet, stretcher bar or cross-strut of a work of art via a perspex tamper wallet. At only 6.5mm deep, tags attach easily to most paintings, drawings, tapestries, and other two-dimensional artworks you might have onboard. Featuring motion sensors and a ‘tamper’ mechanism, tags send alerts should they be removed without authorisation.

In rough seas delicate motion-sensors are not appropriate. We therefore combine our tags with specifically-designed neodymium rare-earth tamper magnets to monitor for unauthorised removal and theft when out at sea. Through software it’s easy to immediately toggle between magnetic tamper or full-resolution motion detection, or as a scheduled event.

Slimline Vibration-Sensing Tag

Our slimline vibration-sensing tag, the IS-TGPMS, detects vibration within adjustable parameters, such that if an artwork is touched, cut from its frame or otherwise disturbed the tag will immediately trigger alerts..

  • Inbuilt vibration-sensor.
  • Long 5 year battery life at 15 second beacon rate
  • Anti-tamper detection.
  • Low-battery alarm.
  • Credit card sized: 86 x 54 x 6mm

Slimline Motion-Sensing Tag

Our slimline movement sensing tag, the IS-TGPKIN, detects movement in any direction. If a painting is moved vertically or horizontally (during, for example, attempted removal from the wall) the tag will immediately trigger alerts.   

  • Ultra long 7+ year battery life at 15 second beacon rate.
  • 3 axial accelerometer with X,Y,Z, and alarm reporting.
  • Anti-tamper detection.
  • Low-battery alarm.
  • Credit card sized: 86 x 54 x 6mm

Slimline Micro-Climate Tag

Our slimline micro-climate sensing tag, the IS-TGPTH, detects changes in temperature and relative humidity within parameters of change set by the user. They are highly accurate, able to detect miniscule changes of 0.1  ͒C (temperature) and 0.1% RH (humidity) and trigger immediate alerts accordingly.

  • Accurate to 0.1  ͒C (temperature) and 0.1% RH (humidity)
  • Anti-tamper detection.
  • Transmits every 30 Seconds – highest granularity of any wireless telemetry system on the market.
  • Long battery life, with low battery alerts.

Tamper Wallets and Rare-Earth Tamper Magnets

Our high-strength neodymium rare-earth magnetic tamper system, the IS-TGMAG, is designed specifically to meet and adapt to the differing conditions of artwork security on rough seas. Paired with a tag/tamper wallet fixed to the artwork, the IS-TGMAG is fixed to the wall behind.


Sculptures and 3D Artworks

VOS (Volumetric Object Surveillance)

VOS analyses change in infrared light reflectivity within a 3D volume surrounding objects using 3D MLI Sensor™ Technology. They detect any physical approach in a three-dimensional space or any movement of an object within.

  • Aesthetic overhead mounting.
  • Excellent variable light performance.
  • Multiple early alarm zones programmable.
  • Semi-automatic calibration.
  • Wireless integrated monitoring via our IS-TGIO 3rd party tag.

Display Cases, Doors and Objects

Our case / object tags are designed specifically for purpose, and can sense door or cabinet opening / closing in addition to the features below. Hide them internally, or put them on open display as a deterrent to would-be thieves.

Vibration-Sensing Object / Door Tag

Our vibration sensing case/ object tag, the IS-TGAIMS, detects vibration within parameters of sensitivity set by the user. If a display case, door or object is touched, attacked, or otherwise disturbed the tag will immediately trigger alerts.

  • 38 x 34 x 13 mm
  • 15g
  • Detects attack, unauthorised access, and case tilt.
  • Optimised for metalized environments.

Movement-Sensing Object / Door Tag

The IS-TGAIKIN detects movement in any direction, such that if a sculpture or object is moved vertically or horizontally (during, for example, attempted removal from its location), or if a door is illegally opened the tag will immediately trigger alerts.

  • 38 x 34 x 13 mm
  • 15g
  • 3 axial accelerometer with X,Y,Z, and alarm reporting.
  • Anti-tamper detection.
  • Low-battery alarm.

Micro-Climate Object Tag

Our micro-climate case/ object sensor, the IS-TGAITH, detects miniscule changes in temperature and relative humidity within parameters of change set by the user. They trigger immediate alerts accordingly.

  • 38 x 34 x 13 mm
  • Accurate to 0.1  ͒C (temperature) and 0.1% RH (humidity)
  • Tamper switch detects unauthorised access.
  • Optimised for use in metalized environments.
  • Transmits every 30 Seconds – highest granularity of any wireless telemetry system on the market.

Proximity / Approach Detection.

VOS (Volumetric Object Surveillance)

VOS analyses change in infra-red light reflectivity within a 3D volume surrounding objects using 3D MLI Sensor™ Technology. They detect any physical approach in a three-dimensional space or any movement of an object within.

  • Aesthetic overhead mounting.
  • Excellent variable light performance.
  • Multiple early alarm zones programmable.
  • Semi-automatic calibration.
  • Wireless integrated monitoring via our IS-TGIO 3rd party tag.

Laser Scanners

Our IS-LZR600 laser sensors create invisible curtains to prevent touching or approach to artworks within fields of detection programmable via the software, and are accurate to the millimetre. The units are usually wall-mounted, and can be  set to detect from 4m to 25m range

  • 4m or 25m range options.
  • Discrete black or white casing.
  • Various mounting options (wall mounting typical)
  • 4 planes covering a given height/width/depth.
  • Programmable to ignore doorways and guard stations/chairs.
  • Easy to retrofit. Wireless alarms.

PIR Detector

Our PIR (passive infra-red detector), the IS-EX35R, is a low-cost, long-range portable, wireless device designed to detect volumetric interference. Ideal for temporary coverage of objects or rooms during refit of a vessel. They are compact to store and powered by long-life batteries. No engineer is required for their setup.

  • Unit size: 70 x 114 x 76 mm.
  • Max. Narrow Coverage: 17 x 1.7m.
  • Max. Wide Coverage: 11m x 11.85m.
  • Optional Multi-angle mounting bracket.

Personnel

Panic and Duress Key Fob

The IS-TGF miniature Duress/ Personnel fobs send alarm streams with their location information when their activation button is pressed. These can be used by crew or security to react to events in situations when they are unable to radio, are under duress, or otherwise need to raise an alert discretely.

  • Flashing LED on alarm
  • Replaceable battery
  • 57 x 35 x 10 mm.
  • Wake / Sleep operation modes to further improve battery life.

Pagers + TETRA Radios

Pagers and radios fully integrated with the Fortecho system can be sent immediate, detailed alarm data when a tag is activated to enable swift reaction and response to any event. Crew members can send an alarm acknowledgement from integrated digital radios back to Fortecho software. The system enables crew equipped with our pagers or radios to immediately receive comprehensive data of an incident, including the following information:

  • Artwork
  • Artist
  • Alarm type
    • Movement
    • Environmental change
    •  Tamper
    • Floor
  • Gallery   
  • Location in gallery
  • Time of incident

RECEIVERS


Sensors communicate wirelessly with RFID Receivers or ‘Readers’ at distances of 10-50m indoors. These receivers communicate directly with the Fortecho software. A number of receivers create a networked cocoon of RFID coverage within which all artworks are protected. Tags communicate at 433MHz allowing encoded messages to penetrate most materials (including walls, floors and ceilings). Receivers will be hidden out of sight. Only a few receivers are required to cover any given space. Receivers are interrogated 200 times/ second by the software for failure/ disruption/ RF Jamming. We offer two receiver options: Ethernet PoE (IS-RX1310) and serial (IS-RX210).

IS-RX1310

The IS-RX1310 is a PoE Ethernet device, featuring the latest in cutting-edge security and RFID technology. It has its own IP address and communicates directly with the operating PC over the yacht’s [dedicated] network. It doesn’t require any additional hardware, is easy to service, and in the unlikely event of the receiver being compromised other receivers nearby will continue to operate.

 

  • Provides WiFi, LAN or LAN PoE connectivity.
  • Instant reporting of tags.
  • Operates independently of other receivers.
  • Compatible with the latest security protocols.
  • Supports wide variety of antennas to achieve custom coverage areas.
  • Deployable in all major countries.
  • Anti-jamming technology.  
  • 125 x 80 x 30 mm (out of weather-proof security housing)
  • PoE: 2.5W.

 

IS-RX210

Operating independently of your network, the IS-RX210 is a serial receiver that communicates with the processing PC via one or more Fortecho hubs connected via Cat5 or Cat6 cabling. These receivers may use pre-existing cabling and may be daisy-chained to one another for ease of cabling. Each hub can support up to 10 receivers and requires a local power supply.  

 

  • Singular use or as part of multiple reader daisy-chain network.
  • Easy-remote configuration.
  • Supports RS233, RS485 and USB connection.
  • Supports wide variety of antennas to achieve custom coverage areas.
  • Deployable in all major countries.
  • Anti-jamming technology.  
  • 105 x 58 x 28 mm (out of weather-proof security housing).
  • Max. power consumption 20 ma.

 

SOFTWARE INTERFACES


Fortecho integrates with most intruder detection, CCTV, TETRA radio, security management (SMS) and video management (VMS) software systems. This means consolidated alarms, fewer screens, fewer cables, automatic activation and control of CCTV cameras, real-time object alarm information overlaying video footage and more.

Alarms can be presented with the following information: artwork or object image, artwork or object information, location image, alarm priority, event timings, suggested action, reader information and floor map, alarm data transmitted to pagers and/or security radios, and zonal tracking function.

OPC DA 2.0 Server

CG1 NVR System

TCP/IP XML Zenitel

ASCII Third Party

TCP/IP SMS XML

INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES


PHYSICAL INTEGRATION

For non-software systems, Fortecho integrates via our ADR IO boards using physical relay outputs (NC or NO). Adding a Variable Input Output Module (VIOM), it is possible to monitor the processing PC and send out an alert in case of a crash or power failure.

FAQ's


SALES AND PLANNING QUESTIONS

  • When should I choose Fortecho Lite over Fortecho?

    Fortecho Lite and Fortecho use most of the same core hardware, though Fortecho Lite is the more basic solution; it cannot use IP receivers and is limited in scale and functionality. Fortecho Lite is useful when the less than 50 artworks need monitoring in a relatively small environment (10 receivers and 15 ‘zones’ maximum), where only basic information / control is required, there is no space for an operating PC and only basic Input / relay output integration is required.

  • Why is there no price list?
  • What differentiates Fortecho Solutions from other RFID Solutions Providers?
  • Is the system modular should my collection increase in volume or size?

TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

  • What technology do you use?

    Primarily we use ‘Active’ long range RFID equipment, paired with a control unit powered by a touch screen interface.

    To improve object protection and surveillance we may also integrate infrared laser, volumetric detection, pressure-sensing, and environment monitoring systems. Find out more.

  • What are RFID tag read ranges?
  • What types of alarms are there?
  • Can detailed alarm event information be sent to external third parties?

GENERAL QUESTIONS

  • What objects can you help protect?

    Fortecho Lite uses most of the sensors of the Fortecho system. This means one may protect paintings, display cases (of all shapes and sizes), tapestries, antique furniture, sculptures, ceramics, books, ceremonial robes, textiles, photographs, arms and armour, vases, pots, sarcophagi, precious silver, jewellery, carpets, objects of virtu, furs and other high value assets.

  • How often do tag batteries last?
  • Is it possible to track tags with Fortecho Lite?
  • Can I monitor tag battery life?
  • How are tags attached?
  • Do sensors affect artworks in any way?
  • What happens in the event of a power cut?
  • Is it possible to be notified of alarms remotely?
  • What is a tamper alarm?
  • Can Fortech Lite integrate with other asset management systems?
  • Is it possible to protect assets across multiple sites?
  • How many tags can Fortecho Lite protect?

SERVICE & MAINTENANCE QUESTIONS

  • What maintenance is needed?

    As with all hardware-based systems, some maintenance is required. Clients with annual hardware maintenance contracts benefit from regular visits carrying out corrective and preventative maintenance, with broken equipment repaired or replaced free of charge. Environments change over time, so our technicians check RSSI (radio signal strength), 3rd party hardware/firmware links, system integrity, functionality and more.

    Fortecho Solutions cannot support unmaintained systems.


RUNNING FORTECHO LITE

  • How do I know if the system is working?

    Many users connect Fortecho Lite via I/O to other security systems or rely purely upon the personal pager system. In this case no one regularly looks at Fortecho Lite to see if it is working.

    Fortecho Lite has a built in watchdog. The watchdog keeps a relay closed while Fortecho Lite is running but will release the relay on failure, including power failure. This relay must be connected to an external alarm or security system, notifying a third party on activation. We suggest periodically testing an alarm if possible to verify directly that the unit is functioning correctly.

  • Who manages the Fortecho Lite system?

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