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# May 15, 2017

FORTECHO™ Protects the Science Museum's New Exhibition

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The Science Museum is using Fortecho RFID surveillance technology to protect the acclaimed Mathematics Exhibition. more

The Science Museum has deployed Fortecho Solutions' pioneering RFID surveillance technology to safeguard exhibits at the highly-acclaimed Mathematics: The Winton Gallery.

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and opened in December 2016, the gallery showcases more than 100 treasures from the Science Museum’s world-class science, technology, engineering and mathematics collections. From loaned perspective sketches by J.M.W. Turner to early examples of the Enigma machine, each object is unique, exceptionally valuable and with a powerful story to tell. Each also brings its own security challenges.

By employing an ‘active RFID’ receiver infrastructure and a variety of specialist invisible wireless sensors, Fortecho™ protects every object and display case from theft and damage. Aesthetics are at the core of Zaha Hadid’s design, so it was essential that the sensors remain completely hidden from view, unaffecting the viewer’s experience.

Fortecho engineer configuring the Fortecho protection system at London's Science Museum

The powerful Fortecho™ software, paired with the Science Museum’s security management system infrastructure via a high-level integration means security personnel can efficiently verify and respond to any events that occur in real-time.

Using our technical mathematics-dependent solution to protect a gallery exploring the same subject is a practical tribute to those that explored the subject, their tools and ideas which have shaped the modern world.

Learn more about Fortecho™ and how it can help protect your assets here.

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# July 26, 2016

Why sensors with changeable batteries are costing you money, time and could damage art.

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The question comes up time and again – which type of sensor is the right choice? One with an ultra long lifespan, or one with a shorter lifespan but replaceable batteries. From conversations with curators, conservators and security directors it seems a sealed, long life tag is the only viable option. more

In the art market, there are two main wireless sensor options (‘tags’):

• Ultra-long life with sealed casings.
• Shorter lifespan but with changeable batteries.

The question comes up time and again – which is the right choice? From conversations with curators, conservators and security directors it seems a sealed, long life tag is the only viable option.
The main reasons are as follows:

1. Art handling, its associated risks, and monetary / time cost.
2. Potential for dangerous battery leakage.
3. Environmental impact of using too many batteries.


Handling Cost. The average cost of changing a tag/battery is between €30-90 per artwork. This doesn’t take into consideration the planning time and opportunity cost for all the professionals involved. Costs rise further when insurers stipulate that a lending institution’s curator be present when moving a loan artwork. The handling process must be planned in advance and typically occurs outside of visitor hours making it more disruptive to staff, and expensive. Our first client, The National Gallery (London), would not accept tags that lasted less than 3 years, or those with a heartbeat interval longer than a minute. They were adamant that changing tags or batteries that often with a collection of 2,000 paintings would be too cost prohibitive to consider.

Handling Time. Hanging requires at least two art handlers - sometimes more for larger pieces - and the presence of a curator, registrar or both. According to our survey, small paintings take up to 10 minutes to remove and rehang, but larger ones take longer, particularly if the handlers use a ‘secure’ hanging method.

Handling Risk. Every time an artwork is handled, there is a risk involved in subjecting it to damage. Simply put, the less an artwork is moved, the less chance of accidental damage

Environmental Impact. The environmental impact of multiple battery changes is by definition far greater than using a single, long-life recyclable tag like that produced by Fortecho Solutions.

The Dangers of Battery Leakage. Modern long-life batteries use lithium. Lithium burns if it is exposed to moisture, which – while rare – can potentially cause irreparable damage to any artwork it touches. This is why Fortecho supplies long-life, ultrasonically sealed tags for paintings.

Conclusion
For 20 years, Fortecho Solutions has been supplying its clients with long-life art-specific tags. We are now the only supplier to manufacture a sealed tag with a battery life well exceeding 7 years while transmitting a heartbeat every 30 seconds. When our tag dies, we replace it with another, benefitting from 7-10 years of technological advancement. Our nearest competitors offer tags with battery life up to 2 years (or 4 to 5 battery changes to achieve the same life as a Fortecho tag), making Fortecho the winning choice.

Find out more about Fortecho and how we can help you protect your assets here, or by clicking on the contact tab above.
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# June 21, 2016

See Fortecho at ICOM Milan 2016!

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We are exhibiting at ICOM Milan 3-9th July 2016. Come visit us on stand 85. As well as being the most important gathering of museum professionals this year, it's also an excellent opportunity to meet with us, and to see how the Fortecho solution works. We hope to see you there. more

Fortecho Solutions is exhibiting at ICOM (the International Council of Museums) in Milan 3-9th July 2016.

This is the biggest Museum conference of the year with 3500 museum professionals from 130 countries attending to discuss important topics surrounding museums and cultural property.

This is an an excellent opportunity to see our art security and conservation solution first hand, so please come and visit us at stand 85!

3-9 July 2016 - Milan Fortecho Solutions | Stand 85 | MiCo Milano Congressi | Piazzale Carlo Magno 1

At the General Conference in Milan – which this year coincides with the 70th anniversary of the international organisation, founded in 1946 with the intention of promoting and protecting natural and cultural, tangible and intangible heritage, present and future – museum professionals will participate alongside archaeologists, architects, town planners, exhibition designers, conservators, restorers, researchers, librarians, archivists, students, academics and artists.
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# April 21, 2016

ISIS Ltd. changes name to Fortecho Solutions Ltd

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When we started ISIS in 1996 we took great care in choosing a name that would reflect a different approach to security systems. We pioneered the use of a software front-end to manage and present alarm... more

When we started ISIS (Integrated Security Information Systems Ltd) in 1996 we took great care in choosing a name that would reflect a different approach to security systems. We pioneered the use of a software frontend to manage and present alarm information. ISIS was also first to apply long-range “active” RFID technology to protect moveable IT assets - a wireless solution using “powered” long-range tags was imperative during the early days of expensive portable laptops.

Our software development has always focused on two key drivers: “Integration” and “Information”. Older security systems were stand-alone and proprietary: our development team realised early on that systems could be more powerful when they were integrated, providing alarm information to key decision makers in real-time. Given that our solution tracked, managed and secured high value assets, the software quickly became an enormous repository of data that could be managed to streamline business efficiency - data that was key to departments outside of the security remit.

With the emergence of religious extremism in the Middle East, and the ensuing terrorism around the world, it is with great regret that that we are forced to change our name and ensure there is no association whatsoever with our company. In the past 15 years we have built our reputation on protecting the world’s heritage and cultural assets, while so called ‘Islamic State’ / ‘ISIS’ / ‘ISIL’ / Daesh endeavour to destroy it. Our new name Fortecho™ reflects again what we stand for: strength, technology and the echo of wireless systems. It is a unique word, and trademarked in the 30+ countries we operate.

  Author: Robert Green.

 
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# April 21, 2016

Fortecho Solutions Releases Longest Life Tag on the Market

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Our latest tags will last a minimum of 7 years on a fast heartbeat transmission of 15 seconds, but will likely last longer than 10 years if rarely touched. This is twice the longevity of any other tags currently on the market. more

When we first launched our security solution for the cultural sector in 2000. Jon Campbell, then Head of Visitor Services at The National Gallery (London), said his art handlers could not possibly change batteries or tags on their collection of 2300 paintings every 2-3 years. It would simply cost too much time and money.

Fortecho Solutions then spent the next 18 months developing an "active" tag that would last at least 5 years, even when transmitting on a fast heartbeat (a health message sent every 15 seconds). Some of those first tags lasted over 10 years!

Technology back then was limited to mechanical vibration sensors. But today Fortecho™ has launched a new tag into the market that far exceeds these expectations. A new type of electronic accelerometer has been introduced that measures minute gravitational changes. These have been integrated into the next generation of tags and can be programmed on 10 different levels of sensitivity.

The new tags will last a minimum of 7 years on a fast heartbeat of 15 seconds, but will likely last longer than 10 years if the tag is rarely moved.
Our tags are ultrasonically sealed ensuring that artworks are protected from the electronics and lithium batteries that power the tags. These new tags are cheaper, longer lasting by a significant margin than anything else available in the market.

So that we can help you in the most efficient way, please let us know the nature of your request

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