Fortecho

Motion-Sensing Picture Tag

Our slim-line wireless painting tag detects theft, tamper and damage. 7+ year battery life. Designed specifically for private collections.

WHAT IS FORTECHO LITE

Fortecho Lite is an invisible, wireless, and easy to live with artwork protection system. We designed it specifically to combat the rising number of art thefts from private residences. Completely standalone and controlled only by a touch-screen panel, Fortecho Lite is a slimmed down version of our museum-grade Fortecho software solution. It provides basic functionality with sophisticated RFID equipment monitoring your high value assets 24/7. Certified by the insurance industry, the system is ideal for private galleries, and private and corporate collections with less than 60 artworks.

Designed for...

“Used by hundreds of private collections that require ultimate security for their art without sacrificing aesthetics and flexibility. ”

100% client retention rate over 8 years.

  • Track record: there has never been a successful theft of any asset or artwork secured by the Fortecho Lite system.

  • Meets and exceeds inter-museum loan requirements.

  • Fully automated real-time audit of all artworks or assets 2,880 times a day.

  • Infrastructure checked 200 times a second.

  • Alarm raised if the health of the system is compromised.

  • 24/7 Operation: remains active during visitor hours when typical ‘intruder detection’ systems are disabled.

  • Fewer false alarms: our sophisticated sensors can tell the difference between harmless innocuous contact and attempted theft.

  • Protects artworks and objects from theft by staff, daytime visitors, professional thieves and everyday opportunists.

100% wireless sensors.

  • Monitor and log attempted theft, contact, accidental damage and dangerous shifts in temperature and relative humidity.

  • Artwork-specific thresholds can be set to trigger alerts.

  • Tag form and functionality are designed for purpose — be it to secure a sculpture, display case, tapestry or painting.

  • Paintings are secure even when off the wall, moving into or from storage, or during a fit-out.

  • IO relay integration with existing intruder detection and CCTV systems.

  • Quickly remove valuable artworks in case of fire or flood.

Invisible at gallery level.

  • Sensors and receivers are usually completely hidden from view.

  • Viewers see artworks as they were intended to be seen.

  • We never discuss our projects with third parties and - for your peace of mind - encourage Non-Disclosure Agreements for all parties involved.

Scalable, modular and fit-for-function.

  • Fit sensors quickly, easily and safely in a variety of ways.

  • Minimal art handling required.

  • Receivers are hidden above ceilings, below floors, behind walls or inside furniture.

  • Receivers harness existing Cat5 / Cat6 infrastructure wherever possible to minimise disruption and unnecessary expenditure.

  • Receivers may be connected together in a daisy-chain sequence.

Highly sophisticated. Simple to use.

  • Instant audible and visual real-time alerts.

  • Alarm messages enable rapid interpretation and response.

  • Immediate pager alerts for owners, staff and gallery wardens on the move.

  • Remote control of functionality and sensitivity of all sensors from the touchscreen means less handling, cost and potential for damage.

  • Comprehensive training included for key personnel, and local security contractors.

Immediate return on investment.

  • Minimise costs for overall security, art installation and handling.

  • Tag batteries last between 4 and 11 years (depending on the model).

  • Competitive pricing.

  • Insurers more likely to cover object-monitored art collections.

  • Payments can be made upfront or staggered over time.

  • Rapidly amortised costs.

Invisible sensors provide the best viewer experience. Artwork aesthetics remain uninhibited.

Case studies

A PRIVATE COLLECTION

ROYAL COLLAGE OF PHYSICIANS

“Fortecho Solutions’ art protection system is a high quality market-leading product that exceeds the demands and high expectations of my clients.”

Gerard Cooper, Managing Director

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“For clients looking to invisibly protect valuable artworks and objects but still have complete flexibility, we highly recommend the intelligent Fortecho and Fortecho Lite systems.”

Mark Perkins, Director

Team Fusion


“We cannot recommend the wireless Fortecho solutions highly enough; invisible, reliable and easy to install.”

Georgina Hepburne-Scott, Head of Art Services

Stonehage Fleming


“We highly recommend the Fortecho and Fortecho Lite systems to our clients with high value art collections. As discreet, flexible and effective solutions, there’s nothing better on the market.”

Spencer Ewen, CEO

Seymours Art Advisors


PROTECTION SENSORS


Proximity


Vibration


Motion


Tamper


Location


Pressure

CLIMATE SENSORS


Relative Humidity


Temperature

THE SOFTWARE

Fortecho Lite operates on a slim, touchscreen processor. Its clear presentation enables you to register the health of the system at a glance; it displays real-time alarm information on its LED screen at the same time as emitting audible alarms alerting to tag incidents that exceed programmable thresholds. Existing intruder alarm systems can be integrated, enabling you to monitor and respond to art alarms centrally on a single hub. Main features include:

  • Secure passcode access.

  • Asset tags with artwork name.

  • Alarm history log.

  • Send automatic alerts to pager receivers.

  • Simple alert screen facilitates rapid verification and response to events.

  • Tag sensitivity and functionality is managed from the control unit, minimising handling.

  • Temporarily disable multiple tags based on their location.

  • Self-monitors for system failure.

  • Low-profile design.

  • 16 zones available which may be used to describe a room, gallery or floor level.

  • Zones may be assigned to relay outputs (i.e. art alarm in drawing room, or art alarm in the study, and so on).

  • Raises alarm if Max / Min temperature and relative humidity parameters are exceeded near the artwork. (Requires IS-TGAITH or IS-TGPTH tag),



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SENSORS

Our sensors consist mainly of battery-powered miniature ‘tags’ which communicate wirelessly with long-range RFID receivers. The tags are extremely versatile, but their shape, size and functionality differ depending on the intended application.

Fortecho tags attach discretely and safely onto, beside, or even inside artworks. They are completely hidden from view and controlled remotely via the control unit to minimise handling time and disruption. All tags are ultrasonically sealed to prevent potentially harmful emission of off-gasses.

Fortecho tags work in real-time to detect movement, damage, tamper (whether the tag has been removed from the artwork) and the location of the assets or personnel. Tags check in every 30 seconds but send 4 messages a second in the event of an activation.

As an extra precaution, we can deploy PIR, VOS or Laser devices fitted with our I/O wireless tag to monitor for proximity / approach. This and our pressure plinth / kit systems for sculptures suit objects where traditional tag attachment isn’t possible.

Some examples of how we use our sensors:


Paintings and 2D Artwork

Our tags for paintings, drawings, tapestries, photographs and other two-dimensional artworks are only 6.5mm deep. They attach invisibly to the backing board, frame, dust-sheet, stretcher bar, or cross-strut of a work of art via a perspex tamper wallet and a conservator-approved adhesive. Tags have a ‘tamper’ mechanism which sends alerts should they be removed without authorisation.

Slimline vibration sensor

The IS-TGPMS detects vibration within parameters of sensitivity set by the user. If an artwork is touched, tapped, or otherwise disturbed the tag will immediately trigger alerts.

Slimline motion sensor

The IS-TGPKIN detects planar movement in any direction. If a painting is moved vertically or horizontally (during, for example, attempted removal from the wall) the tag will immediately trigger alerts.

Slimline micro-climate sensor

The IS-TGPTH detects changes in temperature and relative humidity within parameters of change set by the user. It is extremely accurate – able to detect minuscule changes of 0.1  ͒C (temperature) and 0.1% RH (humidity) and trigger immediate alerts accordingly.


Sculptures and 3D Artworks.

For instances where it isn’t possible to mount a tag to a sculpture or a particularly fragile artwork, we use pressure-sensing, camera or laser technology to monitor for theft, damage and proximity.

Pressure sensors

Our pressure sensors come in different iterations, and are available either as complete plinths, or as kits which can be installed into existing plinths, display bases, false tops or pedestals. Our pressure sensors are sensitive to weight changes as low as 10g. All are completely wireless, appropriate for single objects or groups of objects, and can be used for assets weighing up to 150kg.

Pressure-sensing plinths

  • Our plinth units are available in different shapes, sizes and finishes.
  • Control electronics and battery compartment are built into the base of the plinth.
  • Piezo crystal sensors are used to detect subtle weight changes.

Pressure-sensing kits

  • Our pressure-sensing kits are as above but consist of sensors that can be discretely incorporated into an existing plinth, display-base, mantelpiece, shelf, or pedestal on which artworks are already displayed.

Volumetric Object Surveillance (VOS)

Our VOS sensors sit above artworks and analyse changes in infrared light reflectivity surrounding a 3D volume using 3D MLI Sensor™ Technology. They detect any physical approach within a three-dimensional space or any movement or alteration of an object within.

  • Aesthetic overhead mounting.
  • Excellent variable light performance.
  • Semi-automatic calibration.
  • Wireless integrated monitoring via our IS-TGIO 3rd party tag.

Display Case and Object Sensors

Our case and object tags can sense unauthorised door or cabinet opening / closing as well as attack and tipping. They can be hidden internally or used visibly, and their transmission signals are boosted by metal environments.

Vibration-Sensing Case Tags

Our IS-TGAIMS  tag detects if a display case is opened, attacked or otherwise disturbed. It can also be put inside vases or mounted onto other objects. The tag immediately triggers an alarm if activated.

Motion-Sensing Object Tags

The IS-TGAIKIN detects planar movement in any direction, such that if a sculpture or object is moved vertically or horizontally (during, for example, attempted removal from its location) the tag immediately triggers alerts.

Micro-Climate Case / Object Tags

The IS-TGAITH, detects changes in temperature and relative humidity within parameters of change set by the user. Extremely accurate and able to detect minuscule changes of 0.1  ͒C (temperature) and 0.1% RH (humidity) they trigger immediate alerts accordingly.


Proximity / Approach Detection.

Warn visitors when they stray too close. Raise an alarm if they get within a certain distance.  

Volumetric Object Surveillance (VOS)

Using Our VOS sensors are combination projectors and receivers that analyse changes in infra-red light reflectivity within a 3D MLI Sensor™ Technology surrounding objects from above. They detect any physical approach within a three-dimensional space or any movement or alteration of an object therein.

  • Aesthetic overhead mounting.
  • Excellent variable light performance.
  • Multiple early alarm zones programmable.
  • Semi-automatic calibration.
  • Wireless integrated monitoring via our IS-TGIO 3rd party tag.

Laser Scanners

Our IS-LZR600 laser-protection sensors create invisible curtains to prevent touching or approach to artworks within fields of detection programmable via the software and accurate to the millimetre.

  • Between 4m – 25m programmable range options.
  • Discrete black or white casing options.
  • Various mounting options (wall mounting typical)
  • 4 planes covering a given height/width/depth.
  • Easy to retrofit.
  • Wireless alarm transmission.

PIR

Our Passive Infrared detector, the IS-EX35R, is a low-cost, long-range and portable wireless device designed to detect volumetric interference. Ideal for temporary coverage of objects or entrances during refurbishment, renovation or curation of objects or areas within a gallery. The detectors are compact to store and powered by long-life batteries. No engineer is required for their setup.

  • Unit size: 70 x 114 x 76 mm.
  • Max. Narrow Coverage: 17 x 1.7m.
  • Max. Wide Coverage: 11m x 11.85m.
  • Optional Multi-angle mounting bracket.

Personnel

Discretely raise an alarm using our wireless key fobs, and mobilise your security team with art alarm information sent in real-time to pager receivers within 2km of the base station.

Panic/Duress Key Fob

Duress/ Personnel IS-TGF tags are small and discrete, and send alarm streams when their activation button is pressed. These can be used by wardens or security to react to events in situations when they are unable to radio, are under duress, or otherwise need to alert discretely.

  • Flashing LED on alarm.
  • Replaceable battery.
  • 57 x 35 x 10 mm.
  • Wake / Sleep operation modes to further improve battery life.

Pager Receivers

Pagers can be sent immediate and detailed alarm data when a tag is activated to enable a swift response to a change on the gallery floor. The system enables wardens or other personnel equipped with our pagers to immediately receive comprehensive data of an incident, including the following information:

  • Artwork name
  • Alarm type
    • Approach
    • Environmental change
    • Movement
    •  Tamper
    • Vibration/ tilt/ unwanted contact
  •  Zone
  •  Time of incident

RECEIVERS


Sensors communicate wirelessly with a network of RFID Receivers or ‘Readers’ at distances of 15-70m indoors. Readers create a cocoon of RFID coverage within which all artworks are protected. Because tags communicate at 433 MHz, messages penetrate through most materials (including walls, floors and ceilings), allowing readers to be easily hidden inside walls, floors and furniture. Receivers are interrogated 200 times / second by the software for failure / disruption / RF Jamming. Fortecho Lite may use up to 10 receivers and is compatible only with our IS-RX210 serial model.

IS-RX210 Serial Reader

Operating independently of your network, the IS-RX210 is a serial receiver that communicates with a hub connected by Cat5 or Cat6 cabling. The hub communicates with the Fortecho Lite Control Unit. These receivers may use pre-existing cabling and may be daisy-chained to one another for ease of cabling. The Fortecho Lite Hub can support up to 10 receivers and requires a local power supply.  

  • Max. distance between hub and single reader of 400m.
  • Supports RS232, RS485 and USB connection.
  • Wide variety of antennas for custom coverage.
  • Dimensions: 105 x 58 x 28 mm.
  • Weight: 118 grams.
  • Max. current consumption 20 ma.

 

INTEGRATION


As a standalone device, we advise linking with an intruder alarm panel, consolidating alarms and offering external connectivity.  Fortecho Lite and 3rd party systems communicate via our ADR IO boards using up to 16 physical relay outputs (NC or NO). With an inbuilt watchdog, it is possible to monitor the Fortecho Lite system and send out an alert in case of a crash or power failure.

FAQ's


SALES AND PLANNING QUESTIONS

  • When should I choose Fortecho Lite over Fortecho?

    Fortecho Lite and Fortecho use most of the same core hardware, though Fortecho Lite is the more basic solution; it cannot use IP receivers and is limited in scale and functionality. Fortecho Lite is useful when less than 50 artworks need monitoring in a relatively small environment (10 receivers and 15 ‘zones’ maximum), where only basic information / control is required, there is no space for an operating PC, and only basic Input / relay output integration is required.

  • Why is there no price list?
  • What differentiates Fortecho Solutions from other RFID Solutions Providers?
  • Is the system modular should my collection increase in volume or size?

TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

  • What technology do you use?

    Primarily we use ‘Active’ long range RFID equipment, paired with a control unit powered by a touch screen interface.

    To improve object protection and surveillance we may also integrate infrared laser, volumetric detection, pressure-sensing, and environment monitoring systems.

  • What are RFID tag read ranges?
  • What types of alarms are there?
  • Can detailed alarm event information be sent to external third parties?

GENERAL QUESTIONS

  • What objects can you help protect?

    Fortecho Lite uses most of the sensors of the Fortecho system. This means one may protect paintings, display cases (of all shapes and sizes), tapestries, antique furniture, sculptures, ceramics, books, ceremonial robes, textiles, photographs, arms and armour, vases, pots, sarcophagi, precious silver, jewellery, carpets, objects of virtu, furs and other high value assets.

  • How often do tag batteries last?
  • Is it possible to track tags with Fortecho Lite?
  • Can I monitor tag battery life?
  • How are tags attached?
  • Do sensors affect artworks in any way?
  • What happens in the event of a power cut?
  • Is it possible to be notified of alarms remotely?
  • What is a tamper alarm?
  • Can Fortech Lite integrate with other asset management systems?
  • Is it possible to protect assets across multiple sites?
  • How many tags can Fortecho Lite protect?

SERVICE & MAINTENANCE QUESTIONS

  • What maintenance is needed?

    As with all hardware-based systems, some maintenance is required. Clients with annual hardware maintenance contracts benefit from regular visits carrying out corrective and preventative maintenance, with broken equipment repaired or replaced free of charge. Environments change over time, so our technicians check RSSI (radio signal strength), 3rd party hardware/firmware links, system integrity, functionality and more.

    Fortecho Solutions cannot support unmaintained systems.


RUNNING FORTECHO LITE

  • How do I know if the system is working?

    Many users connect Fortecho Lite via I/O to other security systems or rely purely upon the personal pager system. In this case no one regularly looks at Fortecho Lite to see if it is working.

    Fortecho Lite has a built in watchdog. The watchdog keeps a relay closed while Fortecho Lite is running but will release the relay on failure, including power failure. This relay must be connected to an external alarm or security system, notifying a third party on activation. We suggest periodically testing an alarm if possible to verify directly that the unit is functioning correctly.

  • Who manages the Fortecho Lite system?

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