To manage and secure high value assets, we combine active RFID sensors with specialist hardware and processing Fortecho software. We invented our approach in 1996, and today we maintain our world-leading position through constant research and development. An essential part of this is ensuring full integration with the majority of CCTV, intruder detection, video management, local personal pager/radio and 3rd party Security Management Systems (SMS).
One can track assets using Passive RFID and/or a combination of NFC, Bluetooth and GPS, but none of these technologies are appropriate for security and real-time monitoring applications. We specialise in Active RFID technology, the most versatile and suitable tool for protecting assets in dynamic environments.
One of our most common arrangements: serial readers, Cat5 / Cat6 cabling and a processing ‘hub’. Dotted lines indicate where the system requires cabling.
Sensors wirelessly transmit their information to a network of RFID receivers in real time. Sensors are fit-for-function and may detect anything from proximity to vibration.
Communicates vital alarm information to security personnel on patrol at ranges of up to 2km from the pager base station.
Alarm sounders for deterring would-be thieves, and alerting nearby workers to suspicious behaviour. Configurable tone and volume. Requires 2 core cable.
3rd party intruder alarm systems (Galaxy etc.) to consolidate alarms and provide an external alarm. Connected via physical relay outputs, or one of our software interfaces, if applicable.
If an asset moves, cameras automatically zoom/pan to the asset’s location. 3rd party CCTV systems integrate via physical relay outputs, or one of our software interfaces, if applicable.
Hidden readers receive encoded tag data transmissions and send them to the hub via standard Cat5 /6 cable. Up to 10 readers may connect with each hub.
ADR I/O VIOM
Our Input / Output board with the versatile input output module, allows other/hard-wired devices to interact with our system. It monitors the processing PC for crash or failure and can have as many inputs and NO/NC relay outputs as required.
3rd party security management systems combine access control, digital video, intrusion and other functions into one powerful system. Fortecho integrates via XML over TCP/IP, ASCII and OPC protocols.
Provided by the end user, the Client is an additional PC for other teams using the Fortecho software. Curators, for example, may register tagged assets in one part of the building, while Security simultaneously handle alarms in another.
Hubs intelligently manage data streams from readers. They also provide them with power. Up to 10 receivers may be connected to each hub. Hundreds may be used in tandem if necessary.
Serial to Ethernet Converter
Allows serial devices to communicate over your LAN. Converts the serial outputs of hub, pager base station and ADR devices into an Ethernet connection, with a dedicated IP address.
Tags come in many different shapes and sizes; can contain various internal sensors for different applications; and they can be attached nearby, onto, or even inside assets. All active tags are housed in ultrasonically-sealed ABS plastics. Most are IP65 rated, and some, like our ruggedised IS-TGA format tags, are IP67 rated, offering the highest level of water ingress protection.
Our tags communicate with RFID receivers over distances of up to 200m (distance dependent on the receiver’s antenna). Using specific protocols, tags transmit encoded ‘heartbeat’ messages with their unique ID, site code, age count (battery level), tamper status and location every 15-30 seconds. If the internal sensor detects movement or another stimulus, the tag sends bursts of 4 messages/second. Tags may be equipped with vibration sensors, accelerometers, temperature/relative humidity sensors, or I/O capability to integrate third-party hardware. All tags have anti-tamper technology and communicate on the 433.92 MHz bandwidth.
Our patented ultra-low power usage design ensures longer battery life at higher rates of transmission than any other brand of Active RFID tags—as long as 12 years in some cases.
Fortecho’s specially-formulated adhesives fix firmly, but can be cleanly removed with minimal residue if necessary. They are suitable for use in high and low temperatures and have good conformability to flat or curved surfaces. They emit minimal off-gases, and—having been subjected to rigorous tests—perform to the satisfaction of conservators at the British Museum, the Wallace Collection, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Based on the optical time-of-flight (TOF) principle, 3D MLI (modulated light intensity) technology is used in our volumetric object surveillor (VOS) and person-counting units. An active, non-scanning light source emits modulated near-infrared light. The phase-shift between the light emitted by the source and the light reflected by the persons and objects in the field of view is measured to create a real-time topographic image of the area monitored, and using virtual zoning it is possible to raise different alerts depending on a person’s proximity to the space.
Using time-of-flight measurement and laser scanner technology, lasers can detect movement and presence in 2D planes of up to 25m x 25m. Accurate to the millimetre, they can protect effectively against theft, vandalism, intrusion and proximity. With 4 detection planes per laser it’s possible to raise audible local pre-alarm warnings if visitors cross one ‘curtain’, but then to raise a full alarm with security if they cross another ‘curtain’ nearer the asset(s).
Programmable ‘dead zones’ allow certain areas in the field of coverage (doors/windows/wardens’ chairs and so on) to be ignored by the laser. Independent relay outputs mean the device can operate differently between night and day. The remission factor is down to 2% and they benefit from a high level of immunity to environmental interferences. No external illumination is necessary, but lasers do require a local power source.
Pressure sensors are used in pad kit systems and built into our pre-assembled plinths or pedestals. Battery-powered, wireless, highly sensitive and versatile, these patented devices are ideal for protecting 3D assets such as sculptures and ceramics on open display. The technology can detect pressure changes as low as 8g, can be configured to protect multiple items on the same surface, and come in various combinations of sensitivity and load capacity.
7.5mm piezo-crystal sensor ‘feet’ experience a change of force, which translates to a proportional output pulse that is in turn interpreted by a control box. The box—via an integrated I/O tag—transmits a message wirelessly to our RFID receivers.
All pressure plinth and kit systems meet the provisions of the European Community’s Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 89/336/EEC.