Case Study

Science Museum

Working around the constraints of a public building ATEC familiarised themselves with how our existing systems were used, identified and implemented improvement, and then future- proofed the integration for future roll-out across all NMSI sites.

JC Stroud – Project Manager Science Museum

Working in a public space, with a footfall of 2.5miliion per year presents its own unique challenges.  ATEC understands the commercial needs of museums and galleries and working around visitor times and corporate evening events, ATEC integrated multiple legacy systems and analogue cameras into a CCTV- over-IP network over a sixteen week period.

The first challenge was to build a new dedicated control room as a wall between the daily throng of visitors and security staff, who previously ran operations from the reception area. Managing a range of sub contractors required extensive pre-planning by ATEC as only three people could work at anytime without impacting the museum’s daily business. Additionally, existing disparate alarm systems and a bank of monitors with CCTV feeds meant cabling required re-routing and re-configuring, before 160 cameras were digitalised.

Rather than indiscriminately jumping from CCTV feeds, the new network with 360 degree continual monitoring commanded enough redundant storage to cope with increased data levels.



The Highlights


  • Working within an existing infrastructure, ATEC expertly integrated disparate legacy packages into a centrally controlled security management system, designed to expand across other NMSI sites.


  • 160 cameras were installed with digital encoders and existing disparate alarm systems reconfigured, ready for integration into the IP network using ATEC’s middleware Guardlink®.


  • As well as gluing everything together, Guardlink® was used to drive the subsystems through a centralised security management package with an easy to use Graphical User Interface.


  • A dedicated control room not only buffers security operations from visitor scrums but hosts the security management system and a Virtual Monitor Wall displaying simultaneous real time footage from across the museum.


  • With 360 degree vision, and a multiple control panel, staff can instantly assess potential security breaches and judge the need for evacuation without physically investigating each disturbance.


  • The system backbone is server based with enough redundant storage to archive the hugely increased number of evidential quality images recorded on a daily basis for quick access and retrieval.


  • Designed for incremental blocks to be easily and affordably installed, the new IP network can already be accessed from remote locations, including the National Railway Museum and a large object storage area.


Technical and project management expertise was exceptional, and we are confident our relationship will grow with additional site needs.

JC Stroud – Science Museum Project Manager