Synectics Wins Operational Command and Control Center Contract for Jakarta Airport


Global surveillance solutions expert Synectics is to design an integrated end-to-end solution for the new Airport Operational Command & Control Center (AOCC) at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the busiest airport in the southern hemisphere.

The state-of-the-art AOCC is designed to enable stakeholders, including airlines, the ability to manage all aspects of operations at Soekarno-Hatta's Terminals 1 and 2 ‒ spanning airside, landside and ground access.


Synectics wins European contract for train-to-ground ‘passenger help’ solution


Synectics is to develop a train-to-ground solution that will enable a major European rapid transit operator to receive, manage and respond to on-vehicle passenger help requests remotely, from a central command center.


Transportation Infrastructure: Overcoming the Obstacles to Convergence


As global passenger numbers continue to increase, those responsible for the management and protection of transportation infrastructure are under greater pressure and scrutiny than ever before – particularly in a ‘high alert’ global climate. Implementing and enforcing effective security measures while also facilitating efficient transit of people is a challenging balancing act. Passenger safety is the main priority but of equal importance is the customer experience of the passenger and for Operators - process and cost efficiencies.

Nowhere is that challenge felt more keenly than at transport convergence points – the intersections that define transitions between transportation modes, operators and authorities, while also enabling seamless ‘onward travel’ for passengers.

In this Interview Room, we talk to a few of Synectics’ key Transport & Infrastructure specialists about the role that surveillance can play in addressing these challenges through intelligent systems integration. Joining us are Jürgen Fuchs - Director, Strategic Projects; Chris Bishop - VP International Business Development; and Greg Alcorn - Divisional Director, Transport & Infrastructure.


Choosing the Right Surveillance Camera: Making Sense of Sensors


Every day over 566 petabytes of data is generated by surveillance cameras. Predicted growth in the global security market is such that this figure is expected to quadruple in just three years. It’s clear that global demand for cameras is high.

Often less clear, however, are the intricacies involved in selecting the right camera for the right application. Small details, either relating to the technology itself or the environment in which the camera operates, can make a big difference to performance.

In this Interview Room - the first in a series of camera specification specials - we talk to Wayne Barraclough, Synectics’ Product Manager about the importance of sensors, particularly for organisations considering an HD upgrade.


Delivering on the Promise of Intelligent Integration


In this Interview Room edition, we talk to David Aindow, Product and Technology Director, who is responsible for strategic product research and development and application support.

Integrated security solutions are a key offering across our industry. The rise of open standards, like ONVIF and PSIA, has allowed end users to achieve significant business benefits by linking disparate products and systems together.

However, while standards have driven innovation, they are open to interpretation. Conformance with an open standard does not necessarily mean that equipment is going to work together, which can lead to miscommunication, misinterpretation and missed opportunities.


The Changing Face of Airport Security


Aviation security is under scrutiny and pressure like never before. Security teams are tasked with protecting large, diverse areas, with a high degree of vigilance, while airport operators must balance security, operational performance, and commercial considerations to deliver profitability for shareholders. Moving passengers from check-in to airside, while avoiding pinch points and delivering an attractive, immersive experience, is therefore a balancing act.

In this edition of The Interview Room, we talked with Chris Bishop, Synectics’ VP International Business Development and aviation sector lead, to understand how airport security, and surveillance technology, is evolving to meet the latest demands.

What makes today’s airports unique from a security perspective?

At a fundamental level airports have to ensure that planes can take off and land safely without incident, and that every passenger and employee of the airport is safe and secure.

However, beyond this there are complex challenges. Security teams and border control agencies operate under government legislated rules and regulations. Add to this retail considerations, baggage handling needs, customs, and a whole host of other stakeholders who make an airport run smoothly, and an airport quickly becomes one of today’s most demanding security environments.


The Benefits of Workflows: Critical Decision Making Through Integrated Surveillance


Surveillance for high demand environments like airports, data centres, casinos, and ports, requires streamlined incident management and effective decision making to ensure operational efficiency and the safety and security of assets and people.

Being able to unify and interrogate data from critical systems makes this possible and is easily achieved by using integrated command and control software to collate disparate data streams, analyse them for single or combination events that warrant investigation, and alert operators accordingly.

How does being alerted to potential risks or threats translate to critical decision making? The answer is increasingly through the use of automated and interactive workflows. We talk to David Aindow, Product and Technology Director, to find out more.

What is a workflow?

A workflow is essentially a decision making tool offered as a feature within command and control software. An intelligently integrated command and control solution can be programmed to look for key events and then send alerts to operators. Working with data captured in real-time, the system can also be programmed to associate the specific threats detected with reaction protocols. These generate on-screen instructions (a workflow) that guide operators through the most appropriate next steps for that particular situation.


Integrated Surveillance: Protecting Stations, Vehicles and People


Threat Detection and Response Solutions on Show at InnoTrans 2016

Security requirements for public transport are changing. New threats call for reliable incident detection and rapid event response spanning entire infrastructures and often incorporating multiple parties, from vehicle operators and station managers to emergency services.

It is a call increasingly answered by using integrated command and control software to unify, interrogate and meaningfully understand the huge volumes of data (visual, auditory and numerical) generated by the security, emergency and operational systems vital to safe and efficient transport networks.

According to global surveillance solutions business Synectics, once this holistic view is achieved, an intelligently integrated solution also enables operators to implement, manage and escalate responsive action quickly - with each detail digitally logged alongside evidentiary data as a clear and informative audit trail.

At InnoTrans 2016, which takes place at Messe Berlin (September 20–23), Synectics will demonstrate these increasingly important capabilities at its stand (hall 4.1, booth 310) by offering walk-throughs of situations and scenarios using its Synergy 3 command and control platform.


Indanet becomes Synectics


Five years after its acquisition by AIM-listed Synectics plc, transport technology expert Indanet has officially come under the Synectics brand umbrella by changing its name to Synectics.

Trading as Synectic Systems GmbH, the Munich-based company will continue to provide tailored solutions to its established customer base, which includes major names in the German rail and public transport industry.


Indanets IP Video Now in Operation on Berlin Underground


A bottle of Berliner Weisse was on hand on 2nd September 2015 for the governing mayor of Berlin to christen the new IK trains for the Berlin underground with the nickname ‘Icke’. The new trains are being specifically developed for the Berlin small profile train network.