Linux wins PSIS TV deal

The PSIS has cast a - perhaps unwitting - vote for Linux in choosing its new German-manufactured, closed-circuit TV surveillance system. Part of the reason for the choice was the reliability and "robustness" of the successful system in trials, says a PSIS spokesman.

The PSIS has cast a — perhaps unwitting — vote for Linux in choosing its new German-manufactured, closed-circuit TV surveillance system. Part of the reason for the choice was the reliability and “robustness” of the successful system in trials, says a PSIS spokesman.

According to the local agent for winning supplier Dallmeier, “the recorders function on a Linux operating system, hence [their] superior stability”. A spokesman for agent CR Kennedy declines to enlarge on the official statement.

Computerworld understands, however, that during a month’s trial of a rival Microsoft-based CCTV network at the PSIS, that equipment experienced two software failures.

The PSIS confirms that the Microsoft-based system, supplied through Nedax from Italian firm Proxima, was “not as robust” as the chosen Dallmeier system.

“It was a matter of being able to go out [electronically to a remote site], get [the video material] you wanted and bring it back without something falling over,” the spokesman says. But, he adds, it was never established whether the operating system was implicated in the difference in reliability, as the importer implies.

The Dallmeier CCTV system has been installed in all 28 PSIS branches throughout the country.

PSIS operators can look through the cameras at any of the bank’s branches from a single control system at head office, and can retrieve samples of video from any location and store them centrally for later examination.

The digital system also relieves branch staff from the chore of changing tapes on analogue video, says PSIS property manager Simon Sherwood.

The Bank of Queensland also recently chose a Dallmeier system for its 103 branches.

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