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FLINQ

Security Management System

Our platform and applications collect and correlate events from diverse security devices and systems, empowering personnel to proactively resolve events.

Main Value

One interface

The FLINQ Client combines multiple data sources into an easy-to-use format, allowing operators to quickly and consistently navigate alarms and complete tasks effectively.

Open architecture

FLINQ supports a wide range of third-party systems based on the “connector library”. The development to integrate with new technologies is possible.

Flexible topology

FLINQ enables flexible server and client placement, supporting the establishment of international call centers for security, including options for remote work.

Simple and intuitive

FLINQ is user-friendly, requiring minimal training. It follows the “Management by exception” principle, offering a clean and efficient layout.

Configurable, scalable, modular

FLINQ enables the creation of custom control functions through configuration, offering flexibility in manual, automatic, and scheduled operations. Additionally, it provides virtually limitless options for adding devices, users, and integrations.

Main Functionalities

Integration functionalities

Autonomous security systems like fire detection, intrusion detection, access control, intercom, and video management lack standardization, making data interpretation and validation difficult.

The Solution

FLINQ integrates various systems, accommodating supplier-specific protocols and technical limitations such as:

  • Intrusion detection
  • Fire detection
  • Intercom
  • Video management
  • Access control
  • Parking management
  • Building management
  • Incident management

 

How can I leverage integration functionalities
in my facility?
 

Integration functionalities bring together crucial information exchanges that assist with seamless monitoring possibilities.

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Integrated Security with our Security Management Solutions

Videowall control

In setups with multiple cameras, video walls are commonly used for live footage in general surveillance. However, the static nature of video walls can limit their effectiveness.

The Solution

FLINQ controls videowalls to display relevant layouts based on scenarios like day, night, weekends, and incidents. These layouts are stored in the video management system and can be activated automatically or by operators.

Why use Videowall control?

  • Videowall becomes dynamic and more useful.
  • Automatically supports you with relevant, preconfigured video
    for focus on primary operational tasks.
  • The usage of the videowall becomes unified, and standardized.
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Event-driven management

Prompt attention is vital for events and alarms from connected security systems like intercom, video, or access control, especially in complex setups with multiple autonomous systems and buildings.

The Solution

Our solution offers an event viewer for prioritized notifications of events and alarms. You can select and process events, documenting them with predefined “reasons” and free texts for important information.

Why use Events Handling for my facility?

  • Create a uniform and prioritized presentation for all events irrespective of nature or source.
  • Organize the event processing of multi-sites with multiple operators.
  • Keep track and log all actions of connected systems and operators.
  • Standardization of operational steps.
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Maps

Operators in visually oriented setups may prefer a map representation for their system layout. In busy environments, it’s important to quickly locate alarm origins and have convenient access to action buttons and details with a simple mouse click.

The Solution

Instantly showing the location and identification of an event in custom made maps based on digital plans allows you to feel comfortably assisted and showcases many other impressive functions such as:

  • Digital drawings that can be converted to uniform maps like floor plans.
  • Floor plans that contain dynamic icons and automatic links.
  • Floor plans that can be provided in layers, so that certain types of “devices” can be hidden or shown.
  • Navigation that can be easily done by configurable buttons (e.g., to activate maps of floors, buildings, and locations) also including the use of a “mini map”.
  • Floor plans can be freely linked for logical navigation and include zoom functions.

 

Why Maps for my facility?

Maps are highly effective for operators, providing an overview, ease of use, and quick event reference. They enable device control and detailed exploration with minimal training and disruption.

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Business Rules

In complex operational setups with multiple security systems and buildings, understanding and responding to events becomes challenging.

The Solution

Business Rules are crucial algorithms that combine connected system data for prompt action. This avoids overwhelming attention to every signal, reducing stress. FLINQ automatically determines the priority and starts your user workflow enabling you to load presets and control commands to connected systems.

How can Business Rules benefit my facility?

Avoid unnecessary mistakes while being presented with the most essential information and decisions that need to be made, for example:

  • Procedures to follow.
  • Instructions from a foreign connected system.
  • Displaying accurate live video footage and steering to specific layouts
    on the videowall.
  • Alarms verification, where information from multiple systems is evaluated to assess the situation and determine appropriate actions.
  • Apply preconfigured scenarios.
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Reporting

Comprehensive reporting is required for various needs such as auditing, workload analysis, desk occupation, cause-and-effect analysis, and training.

The Solution

The tool provides logging of all actions, events and changes in FLINQ including:

  • Logging of alarms.
  • Logging of sabotage and fault reports.
  • Possibility to generate and export historical chronological overviews.
  • Malfunction reports from the central equipment of the security installations.
  • Generating and exporting annual trend analysis.

 

Benefits of Reporting for my facility

Reporting offers essential, real-time insights into facility operations, allowing continuous monitoring of processes and the proactive detection of potential issues.

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Case Study

Scentre

Scentre Group owns and operates the pre-eminent shopping centre portfolio in Australia and New Zealand with retail real estate assets under management valued at $45.7 billion and shopping centre ownership interests valued at $32.3 billion.

With 39 large format shopping centres spread across Australia and New Zealand, Scentre Group manage some of the worlds most visited and operationally intensive parking environments.

The Challenge

With over 525 million visitors per year, Westfield Shopping Centres are often the busiest of shopping precincts in any city. This volume of visitors places significant importance on the smooth operation of their car parks. A single customer enquiry handled inefficiently at a Car Park Exit or Pay Machine can quickly cause a compounded delay for other customers.

Scentre Group were looking for a way to centralize the handling of exceptional events, to provide a more responsive, efficient, and consistent service, resulting in an enhanced customer experience. 

The goals of this centralized service included: 

  • Providing a consistently high Customer Service experience across all their car parks, whilst maintaining a local feel. 
  • Implementing a more economical service delivery model through centralization. 
  • Providing better support for onsite Scentre Group staff, freeing them up to focus on higher value interactions with customers. 
  • Capturing all the reasons for customer friction to enable sophisticated data analytics to inform strategic thinking and initiatives. 
  • Extending the hours of coverage provided to customers for premium customer service.

Over the years, Scentre Group have invested in various site-based parking technologies, all of which are operated in a siloed manner. Therefore, the technical and operational challenges primarily consisted of; 

  • Reliably connecting these disparate systems together. 
  • Integrating these systems in a coherent and consistent manner. 
  • Embedding Scentre Group’s operational business logic and workflows into a centralized command and control application. 
  • Delivering an intuitive user interface for the control room operators to provide responsive, efficient and quality customer service. 

The Outcome

This project delivered a state-of-the-art National Operations Centre (NOC) for Scentre group, which as of June 2017, services over 120,000 customer calls per month from 16 connected sites (and counting). The customer service improvements generated by Scentre Group’s FLINQ Solution are not only material, they’re also measurable:

  • An average 60% reduction in time spent waiting by the customer, resulting in an annual saving of over 149 days of customer wait time. 
  • An additional 52 hours of premium customer service coverage per week, equating to a 64% uplift.
  • On broad base modelling, the solution with all its benefits has achieved a net neutral cost outcome for the business.

 

From a technology standpoint, the FLINQ Solution has been:

  • Reliable and robust, delivering 99.995% availability this year.
  • Efficiently scalable, handling over 3.5m events per day from connected sub-systems, without requiring any resource expansion.

The National Operations Centre has enabled Scentre Group to redistribute their labor force in a more productive way. In shifting some of the local staff duties to the National Operations Centre, Scentre Group has: 

  • Freed up local staff to engage in higher value face-to-face customer interactions; and
  • Provided better remote support for local staff to maintain and operate the car park.

The Solution

The FLINQ Solution equips Operators with real-time information, enabling them to make more informed decisions and provide local, situationally aware advice to customers. Prime examples of this include:

On answering a customer call, the Operator is instantly presented with a map of the Car Park highlighting the caller’s position (and relevant Points of Interest), live video feed(s) from the caller’s location and information regarding the site, device, and customer (via an integration with Scentre Group’s Operational Wiki).

Operators maintain a record of customers who have been issued lost tickets via FLINQ. Where a lost ticket event occurs, Operators can quickly look up the customers License Plate and identify any recent interactions with the NOC. This enables Operators to distinguish between genuine lost ticket cases and repeat offenders, enabling them to take the appropriate course of action.

The unified FLINQ experience provides a consistent and intuitive interface for the Operators, removing noise and inefficiencies associated with operating multiple sub-systems from various suppliers and significantly reducing staff training overheads. 

SMS captures accurate data associated to all aspects of the call handling process. This has given Scentre Group the ability to analyze and understand the underlying reasons for customer assistance calls. These insights are used to mitigate these from occurring altogether (for example, rectifying faulty equipment, customer education campaigns and increased signage and wayfinding). This translates to a more frictionless experience for their customers and a reduction in demand on the NOC. 

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Mat Clee

Sr. Business Manager of Scentre Group’s National Parking

“Park Assist (PA) have been an excellent business partner on this project. The FLINQ software solution is extremely flexible and nimble. Critical to the success of the project was PA’s recommendation to break up the project into design and then execution. The disciplined and comprehensive upfront design process – lead by PA and supplemented by the outsource partners – meant there was no expectation gap between the parties and reduced much of the risk around project execution. Not only is the FLINQ solution nimble, but PA themselves demonstrated flexibility throughout the project delivery cycle as the sequencing of site integration works changed. There is little to nothing we would do differently on this Project had we had our time over again – Park Assist have been a proactive and faithful partner.”

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