SOURCE: Petards

September 20, 2007 13:42 ET

Petards UVMS Selected for Security Monitoring at Victor Cullen Center

Contract Marks Third Petards Install for Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - September 20, 2007) - Petards, Inc. (, a leading developer of advanced surveillance systems, today announced that it has been chosen to provide the security monitoring solution for the Victor Cullen Center, a campus-style juvenile detention center located in Sabillasville, Md. The installation -- which connects Petards Universal Video Management System (UVMS) with approximately 100 closed circuit television cameras placed across the 30 building, 500 acre campus -- is the third that Petards has done for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Petards will available to discuss this new customer all next week at ASIS International 2007 in Las Vegas, Nev., booth #3577.

"Petards' open platform and digital video recording capabilities gives the Victor Cullen Center the flexibility they need for both new installations and upgrades of existing facilities," said Vernon Rocco, engineering manager for Initial Electronics, Inc., the contractor working with Petards on the Victor Cullen Center project. "And, with its centralized monitoring capabilities, their security staff is able to keep close watch on activities that are happening throughout a widely dispersed campus-style environment."

The Victor Cullen Center, which had closed in 2002, is currently under renovation with plans to open later this year. Petards, working in conjunction with Initial Electronics, are installing 35 cameras along the more than 6,000 feet of perimeter fencing to enable the assessment of alarms. Another 65 fixed and pan-tilt-zoom cameras will be installed in and on 10 buildings across the campus.

All cameras will be routed to a centralized IT building on the campus, which will house Petards UVMS digital video management system. Video images will be routed to monitors in two different control centers on the Victor Cullen campus, which both will have customized touch-screen interfaces to the perimeter security system. These PC-based access stations will each have two monitors, enabling access to both live and stored video.

"Petards UVMS is an ideal solution for facilities like the Victor Cullen Center," said Frank Baitman, president of Petards, Inc. "It offers an intuitive, user-friendly interface that enables security staff to quickly get up to speed and supports smart searches of archived images for fast response to events on the ground. Moreover over, the Petards UVMS scales easily, so it can support the addition of more cameras at the facility if needs should arise in the future."

About Petards

Petards, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of AIM listed Petards Group plc, is one of the most trusted and respected security partners in the world, with installations in 40 countries. We design, manufacture, supply and support digital surveillance and security systems for environments where there is no room for error. Clients select Petards for its' unique combination of flexible, user-friendly technology and rock-solid experience in critical security environments. Our solutions include integrated control systems; smart CCTV for automatic threat identification including automatic number plate recognition; in-car video evidence and enforcement systems; and mobile, wireless surveillance solutions. For more information, please go to

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