Honeywell secures The Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
The Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, known simply as The Catalyst, is an interactive science centre and museum devoted to chemistry and its role in everyday life. Based on Spike Island in Widnes, Cheshire, the five-storey building houses a 3D theatre and rooftop observatory offering views over the north bank of the River Mersey.
Situated between a body of water and a large residential area, the Catalyst posed several logistical challenges in terms of security. Along with the protection of the numerous visitors and staff at the Catalyst, there is also expensive equipment throughout the premises that requires monitoring. Already secured with an intruder alarm, The Catalyst required a video surveillance system to help reduce security incidents on Spike Island , deter vandalism and improve the safety of visitors, staff and local residents.
In addition, The Catalyst’s rooftop observatory offers visitors sensational views over Widnes, Runcorn and Merseyside with a birds-eye view of major regeneration, which includes the construction of The Mersey Gateway Project. By installing a video surveillance system, the museum can use its high quality video to give visitors a great experience of this regeneration project.
By assessing the needs of the Catalyst as well as the challenges of its location and unique features, local installers were able to create a customised solution. Bearing in mind the complexities of the site, it was decided to implement a security solution comprising of a 1080p IP 22x optical zoom PTZ camera from the HDZ series and an embedded Network Video Recorder (NVR) kit with bullet cameras from Honeywell’s Performance Range.
Installation of the security cameras has already reaped rewards three-fold. In the short time the system has been in operation, local police have taken the footage to help in their investigations of an incident in a nearby park. In terms of enhancing visitor experience, the Catalyst has received positive feedback on the cameras zoom technology and it has become the main attraction within their observatory.