CPNI Approved AC5000SC

Genie’s Virdi AC5000 Fingerprint System is Now Approved for UK Government Use

Genie announced today that its flagship biometric fingerprint authentication system – VIRDI AC5000SC – is now approved for UK government use. For more information please contact the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI).


The system is networkable or standalone, and will be included in CPNI’s trusted Catalogue of Security Equipment (CSE).

“We are pleased to hear that the our widely popular Fingerprint Authentication System is now fully approved for UK Government use. Our customers and their clients will clearly benefit from a trusted and proven biometric fingerprint system”-  John Boorman Sales and Marketing Director at Genie

The AC5000 is an IP65 rated system that can detect “fake” fingerprints available in Black and White housings, and includes a customised LED display. Join us at the UK Security Expo (London Olympia, 30 Nov- 1 Dec, 2016) for live demonstrations on stand F20. Attendance is FREE.

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Genie Heads To The North West Fire and Security Exhibition 2016

Genie will be returning to the North West Fire and Security Exhibition, offering a hands on experience of what we can offer.

The event will be taking place at the DW Stadium (South Stand Suite) in Wigan, on Wednesday 7th September, starting at 10am with a breakfast roll upon arrival. Along with presentations from industry experts, there will be a lunch buffet served at 1pm with a business card raffle you do not want to miss.

Be sure to visit Genie’s stand as we’ll be showcasing products from our latest Wish IP range which is integrated with immix. We are most excited about showcasing our latest solution designed for rapid deployment in remote locations; the Eco Mobile Surveillance Trailer.

Eco Mobile Surveillance Trailer

We’ll also have our AC5000 : Virdi Fingerprint Terminal. With fake fingerprint detection, touch keyboard and multi-language settings.

For more information and to register your attendance head to the AIM Monitoring website.

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Wildlife Monitoring Case Study

Wildlife monitoring is an essential part for keeping track of animal movement patterns, habitat utilisation, breeding programmes and more. Mainly used by large organisations such as animal trusts and wildlife parks, there is a steady rise in the use of CCTV technology for wildlife monitoring. We were approached by photographer and author of CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring, Susan Young, to assist with her research for Natural England Reserves and, Woodland Trust Devon.


The Challenge

Wildlife monitoring is traditionally carried out using what are known as a Trail Cameras. Often the disadvantages of using these Trail Cameras would be the night time images, with poor detail and clarity due to the lack of IR. The user often ends up having to compromise the picture quality for its portable feature. In hindsight it is suitable for portable monitoring for short periods, but CCTV cameras are professional equipment designed to provide high quality images in various environments.

Susan was challenged with developing a portable solution for her wildlife research. Requiring reliable robust equipment that will survive in harsh environments but have a low power consumption. As the required power was coming from batteries, a low total current draw was essential to keep down the cost and weight of the batteries.

For wildlife recording it is essential to have: scheduled recording which can be implemented together with motion-detection recording; a pre-record feature so that valuable footage is not lost while the system is triggered by motion (a major problem with trail cameras). Adjustable motion recording sensitivity, the ability to record to an SD card as well as reliable operation from a battery are additional valuable feature. The proposed system would need to be able to operate in harsh environments over a long period of time.


Genie supplied Susan Young with the Compact SD-DVR single channel Digital Video Recorder which provides high resolution video and audio recording. The DVRs were configured for motion triggered recording with prerecording enabled to ensure that the desired footage was captured. As both the DVR and cameras are low voltage with very low current draw it as an ideal solution for the need of a battery powered system. In conjunction to the DVR’s Susan used a Genie High resolution low voltage IP67 rated camera to capture the required footage in both day and night time.

With the combination of our ZD2812IR/ACW  analogue camera’ power consumption, quality images, noise reduction, smart IR and other advanced features were also valuable. The system coped well with the UK weather and conditions. Working almost continuously from Spring to Autumn on the first deployment and then from Spring to Summer the following year.  The system proved to be most useful when capturing fast moving wildlife (such as bats seen in the video below), reducing the loss of motion.

The benefit of having in-motion recording and scheduled recording is to maximize on recording capacity and power efficiency as the system is only recording when there is motion or as per schedule.

Young solved the weather problem by putting the DVR and battery in a waterproof case. The box was securely chained to a tree and covered with camouflage, keeping it hidden and secure within a public park.


Susan successfully completed her research for her book, CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring. Concluding the many advantages of CCTV. Primarily being that there’s a higher quality imagery compared to the traditional remote camera setup.

Her work has not only highlighted the limitless scale of CCTV used to capture animals in their habitats but, its availability to all wildlife enthusiasts whether they’re an amateur, ecologist or animal conservation institution.




“The Genie SD-DVR is the only recorder in its class that I have found that has the required features at a reasonable cost.”

“Few suppliers seem willing to give after-sales support. Genie was recommended to me as a manufacturer of good products, and the fact that the company was in the UK and approachable was a great plus in its favour.”

–Susan Young (Photographer and Author)-

For further information on CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring visit  www.cctvwildlifemonitoring.co.uk. Susan Young’s book of the same name is available for purchase now.


Download Wildlife Monitoring Case Study PDF



Biomerge PX2 – Partner Programme

With Genie’s newest release of Biomerge-PX2, the Paxton Technology partner approved interface utility software for Genie’s Virdi range of Biometric Readers and Paxton’s Net2 controller we announce further details of the products features and benefits.

With the release of this new product, Genie is introducing an obligatory Biomerge-PX2 training session for Integrators, which in turn will provide interested clients with a list of approved Integrators across the UK and Europe.

The Biomerge-PX2 training will ensure that our Integrators are fully conversant with the Integration requirements for Paxton’s Net2, Biometric software / hardware knowledge, Fingerprint enrolment, Time and Attendance and the Biomerge utility software usage. These are the Key factors within the training programme that are required for a fluid integration process.

The training programme will ensure fluent end user installation processes of Biomerge software, Virdi and Paxton Net2 programming required for a seamless installation.Paxton Approved Integration Logo

Our Biomerge trained Integrators will benefit further by receiving a personal Training certificate, as well as being included on the “Approved Biomerge-PX2 Integrator Partner list” on Genie’s website, together with their company’s address, contact details.

“Take Part and achieve Partner status” John L Boorman – Sales & Marketing Director

To take part in forthcoming Biomerge-PX2 training sessions the customer will be required to cover the attendance of engineers with a Purchase Order to the value of £150 per engineer. The Purchase order will only be invoiced in case of participants not arriving on the day of the training. A cancellation period of 3 days prior to the training day will be honoured.

We appreciate customer’s time and value of sending engineers for training and hope that our customers also appreciate our committing valuable training programmes being implemented for the benefit of all parties.


Biomerge PX2 Training

Register your interest for a Biomerge-PX2 training session.


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Carriage Charge Update

From the 1st of August 2016 the below changes will apply to carriage charges.

1. Charges will increase to £12 for orders under £300 in value.

2. Charges will now be applied (irrespective of order value) if an order is being sent to an alternative delivery address.

All previous terms and conditions still apply.

We hope you understand that we have absorbed regular additional increases in the cost of carriage, but sadly it is no longer possible to do so.

We do thank you for your business and we look forward to being of service again.


IFSEC 2016 – Another Fantastic Year!

Last week the Genie team headed down to the London ExCel centre for IFSEC 2016. We were joined by the FST Biometrics team and Virdi staff across the three days, with a full product display of our various lines. Including our Eco-trailer which we also had on display outside on the Westside Podium.

“Everyone agreed that our stand appeared to be the best we have ever had! But most of all it was just great to have the whole Genie team all working hard together – thank you all so much.” – Steve Baker, CEO

It was great to see some friendly faces on the stand along with some exciting new ones. For those who expressed an interest in any of our product lines, our business development team will be in contact shortly to discuss your requirements further.

However if you visited our stand and want to find out more about our products? Drop us an email and we’ll send over further information on any of the products that took your interest.

Once again thank-you to those who joined us to make it another fantastic year at IFSEC!

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Genie Partners with Sureview to integrate Immix® Command Centre Software with its CCTV Solutions.

We are proud to announce our partnership with SureView to integrate SureView’s flagship Command Centre software platform Immix®, with our CCTV hardware solutions.

Immix is a software product that operates primarily in central station and private command centres, that consolidates a wide range of different security products into a powerful but easy to use operator interface. It is designed to deliver new video based services to customers and complement the investment in existing security and automation systems.

“We are really pleased with the partnership and hope our customers can confidently recommend Genie CCTV products when supplying Immix equipped central stations and, alarm receiving centres. We want to further enhance our range of CCTV products with features such as Immix to expand customers installation capability, offering the peace of mind to end users with the Industry standard of monitoring platforms.”  Lee Rhodes- Technical Director at Genie

“We recognise Genie as a valued and trusted provider of video centric security systems and are delighted to further develop the relationship and strengthen our support of their product range. We are very excited to be working with Genie to strengthen our integration library with compatibility of their hardware solutions.” Mark Kenna- Integrations Manager at Sureview Systems.

SureView Systems is an industry leading provider of command-and-control software for enterprise and central station environments. Their flagship solution, Immix®, is a comprehensive software platform designed to receive alarm events from CCTV systems, video analytics, VMS, intruder systems, access control, and GPS based location aware devices and provide organisations with a comprehensive security solution. SureView supports the largest integration library in the industry, enabling ease of deployment and system administration for a wide variety of organizations across the globe. For more information visit www.sureviewsystems.com.


Supporting Make A Wish UK

Lee Rhodes our Technical Director will be cycling 100 Miles across London, in aid of Make A Wish UK. An amazing challenge for an amazing cause. The cycle will take place on Sunday 31st July, starting in the Olympic park and finishing in The Mall.

Make A Wish is a fantastic charity that exists to grant magical wishes to very special children with life threatening conditions. Going above and beyond to make special memories for seriously ill children.

We are putting our full support behind Lee and would be eternally grateful to anyone else willing to support the cause. To read more about Lee’s charitable challenge head to his JustGiving page.

Read more about Make A Wish and their fantastic stories here.

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The Countdown To IFSEC International

June will see the return of Europe’s biggest security EXPO, IFSEC international at the Excel Centre in London. Genie will be returning to the EXPO for the 13th year, showcasing products from across our various ranges of products, offering a hands on experience of what we can offer.

We are most excited about showcasing our latest products including our CCTV Eco Trailer,  ANPR Solution and our Body worn camera , along with our Access Control and CCTV Solution.

The EXPO will take place at the London ExCel Centre, from Tuesday 21st June through to Thursday 23rd June, so be sure to visit the team on Stand E950. Should you wish to receive a VIP invite, offering you a chance to relax in the VIP lounge with refreshments and lunch; please send a request to hello@geniecctv.com. You can also plan ahead and  book a meeting with our staff  in advance.

Won’t be able to attend IFSEC in person? Not to worry follow us on Twitter @GenieCCTV or via our LinkedIn page for all the latest news and updates across the three days.


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Spire Healthcare Case Study

Situated a few miles south of Birmingham City Centre, Spire Parkway Hospital is part of the second largest private healthcare service in the UK. Offering everything from health screening and checks, to acute and minor surgery through to professional recovery and rehabilitation.

The Challenge

Recently Spire Parkway Hospital wanted to upgrade their existing Analogue System to a more modern future proof security surveillance system. The existing cameras offered poor picture quality and security staff wanted to be able to identify individuals and vehicles entering and leaving the premises.

Furthermore being part of a large healthcare provider with 38 private hospitals and ten clinics across the UK, the surveillance solution needed to be networked with other sites making the IP solution ideal.


Genie CCTV reviewed the hospitals requirements and in conjunction with their local installer Unison Integrated Technology, Genie’s Wish IP System composed of 9 Varifocal Lens External Bullet cameras (WIP2BV), 4 Varifocal Lens Vandal Dome Cameras (WIP2VDV) and a 32 Channel NVR (WNVR832P) was proposed.


WIP2BV Varifocal Lens External Bullet cameras

The Wish IP range is Genie’s latest IP network based CCTV solution providing high quality surveillance images using sophisticated network protocols. Catering for different requirements the Wish IP range of Cameras are offered in various form factors and range between 1.3 megapixel to 3 megapixel.

All Genie Wish IP cameras come with PoE and IR illuminators as standard, two essential features for today’s surveillance needs. Unison Integrated Technology in Birmingham, is West Midlands leading experts in electronic security systems. They design, supply and install security systems in the commercial and public sector.

The Result

“ We always recommend Genie CCTV systems to our customer as they are well known for their quality and reliability”

Unison Integrated Technology (Installer)

“We are delighted with the Genie Wish IP range and the picture quality it offers. Our security staff find it much easier to identify individuals and vehicles entering our premises .”

General Manager, Spire Healthcare Birmingham (End User)