Fortecho

Motion-Sensing Picture Tag

Slim-line wireless painting tag detects theft, tamper and damage. 7+ year battery life. [IS-TGPKIN]

WHAT IS FORTECHO

Fortecho is the world’s premier wireless artwork & valuable asset monitoring solution. Fortecho enables artworks and their locations to be monitored discretely 24/7 in real-time for theft, damage, and dangerous environmental change. Designed to be fully integrated with existing security infrastructures including CCTV, SMS, VMS, digital mobile radio and intruder detection systems.

Designed for...

Devised in collaboration with The National Gallery, London, Fortecho has evolved with the cooperation of security directors, curators and conservators from the world’s leading museums.

Perfect track record: there has never been a successful theft of any artwork secured by Fortecho.

  • 99.7% client retention rate over 17 years.

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

  • Meets and exceeds inter-museum loan requirements.

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

  • System checked 200 times a second.

  • Government Indemnity Compliant

  • 24/7 Remote access for backups, regular maintenance, and software support.

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

100% wireless at gallery level.

  • Monitor all artworks for attempted theft, contact, accidental damage, and changes in local temperature + relative humidity.

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

  • Curators can manage the collection from one building while security manages alarms from another; all assets can be managed and monitored from multiple PCs in different locations simultaneously.

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

  • No security fixings required - move artworks quickly in case of fire or flood.

  • Integrates with most leading CCTV, intruder detection and Security Management Systems.

Invisible sensors.

  • Sensors and receivers are usually completely hidden from view.

  • Our system enables viewers to see artworks as they were intended to be seen.

  • We never discuss projects with third parties and encourage Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) for your peace of mind.

Scalable, modular and fit-for-function.

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

  • Minimal art handling required.

  • Existing infrastructure is harnessed wherever possible to minimise disruption and unnecessary expenditure.

  • Receivers can be hidden above ceilings, behind walls or inside furniture.

  • NETWORK, SERIAL or FIBER infrastructure configurations available.

Highly sophisticated but simple to use

  • Instant audible and visual real-time alerts.

  • Graphical alarm messages enable rapid interpretation, analysis and response.

  • Immediate email and/or pager alerts for owners, curators and gallery wardens on the move.

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

  • We provide comprehensive training for key personnel and local security contractors.

  • Automatically logs alarms and events to history for reports and analysis.

Immediate return on investment.

  • Fewer gallery wardens required.

  • Minimise artwork handling and staffing costs for installation.

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

  • Competitive pricing.

  • Pay upfront or lease over time.

  • Costs are rapidly amortised; low lifetime cost.

  • Insurer approved.

  • Meet museum lending requirements and improve your offering.

Invisible sensors provide the best viewer experience...

Case studies

A LARGE PRIVATE COLLECTION

THE BRITISH MUSEUM

HERMITAGE

MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART DOHA

THE NATIONAL GALLERY LONDON

WADDESDON MANOR

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION: WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

“We’re very pleased with our Fortecho alarm system and impressed at the extent to which it has integrated with our existing security management and radio systems.”

Eileen Restall, Head of Security

NationalPortraitGallery

“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


“Being a charity, we seek cost-effective ways of ensuring the security of the works of art we have on display. We piloted the Fortecho system in our Fine Rooms, and realising its potential, soon expanded the system to cover our loan exhibition galleries. The system is flexible and its effectiveness has allowed us to reduce staff costs in the galleries. I highly recommend it.”

Dave Vobes, Head of Security

Royal Academy of Arts


“As the most visited monument in Spain with hundreds of priceless artefacts on display, we must be able to monitor environmental conditions and the security of our objects without damaging the building. The Fortecho system is excellent because it lets us centrally manage multiple sites, while getting detailed information on what is happening to our artefacts within a few millimetres of their location.”

Xavi Edo

Sagrada Familia


“I have known Fortecho Solutions for 10 years, and used the Fortecho system in the Rijksmuseum when I was Head of Security. The system was reliable, provided us with the level of object security we desperately needed, and integrated with our digital radio and CCTV systems to provide seamless, automated real-time alarm functionality”

Willem Hekman, Chairman

The International Committee on Museum Security (ICMS)


“A large part of our strategy is to ensure optimum gallery conditions for both viewers and artworks, while also controlling costs. Fortecho is an enormous help in achieving this. The system is invisible, effective and integrates seamlessly with our security infrastructure.”

Andrés Perez, Head of Security & Operations

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum


“It’s essential for my business to maintain high quality partnerships with credible and like-minded organisations who understand the importance of confidentiality and impeccable service. Performance, reliability, consistency and dependability are paramount; Fortecho Solutions excels in all these measures. The impeccir art protection system is a quality market-leading product that exceeds the demands and high expectations of my clients.”

Gerard Cooper, Managing Director

AllCooper


“The powerful Fortecho software combined with active RFID tags has provided another important layer in the security array of the National Gallery. Contrary to popular belief, major works of art do not hang forever in the same galleries. Because of this, a mobile, flexible and non-intrusive approach to object alarms is essential. Fortecho delivers this and, to date, I have seen nothing that matches the functionality and performance.”

Mike Fox, Technical Security Manager

The National Gallery


“Fortecho solution offers a valuable addition to the security we can offer to our high end clients, in particular those looking to protect expensive valuables such as paintings and sculptures.”

Kate Scott

Chubb Insurance


“Fortecho is the best system on the market for preventing art theft and its tragic consequences.”

Charles Hill, Art Detective

Hill Art Risk


“Das Sicherheitssystem von Fortecho spielt eine wichtige Aufgabe in der Absicherung unserer Ausstellungen gegen Diebstahl und Beschädigung. Wir sind sehr zufrieden mit der Funktionalität und dem Leistungsumfang des Produkts. Speziell die zusätzliche Möglichkeit der drahtlosen Überwachung der für eine Leihgabe geforderten Temperatur und relative Feuchte eines Kunstwerkes durch das gleiche System hat für uns große Vorteile.”

Ulrike Klein, Head of Restoration and Exhibitions

The Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn


PROTECTION SENSORS


Proximity


Vibration


Motion


Tamper


Location


Pressure

CLIMATE SENSORS


Relative Humidity


Temperature

THE SOFTWARE

The Fortecho software is highly sophisticated but simple to use. The software controlling and monitoring sensors at gallery level is hosted by a PC in a control room or behind the scenes. It integrates with your security and video management systems to consolidate all alarms and quicken response times. Features include:

  • Alert screens designed to prioritise key artworks and facilitate rapid verification and response to alarms.

  • Track and ‘fence in’ artworks on the move.

  • Trigger automatic physical responses: close doors, set off alarm sounders, move/ zoom CCTV cameras, etc.

  • Easily assign artwork images and detailed information to each item tagged in the system, enabling immediate recognition of the asset.

  • Remotely alter and control tag sensitivity and functionality.

  • Temporarily deactivate all or some tag functionality at the click of a button, to allow for cleaning, movement, or transportation.

  • Powerful scheduling function: disable aspects of tag functionality ahead of time to avoid alarms during hanging/ cleaning/ setup.

  • Automatic alerts can be sent by email and/or pager devices to key personnel.

  • Detailed alarm history logs.

  • Control and group multiple artworks based on associated information (gallery, floor, building etc.)

  • Curators and security controllers can use the software simultaneously on PCs in separate locations.

  • Secure access—4 tiers of access from Security Controller to Security Director/Manager.

  • PCs and software are monitored for crashes.

  • Integrates with other collection management solutions.

  • Regular updates and improvements.



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ENVIRONMENT MONITORING MODULE

Designed for conservators, curators and collection managers, the environmental monitoring, alert, and analysis module is a popular extension to the core Fortecho system. Unlike traditional climate-monitoring systems, our miniature T/rH wireless sensors monitor temperature and relative humidity at the exact location of the artworkon, next to, or even inside the object. With real-time accurate monitoring, sophisticated reporting tools, customisable alerts and granular data capture, the comprehensive Fortecho environmental pack is perfectly suited to museums, libraries and conservation studies.


List of main features:

  • Data accurate to 0.1 degrees Celsius and 1.5% relative humidity.

  • Climate data is captured every sixty seconds.

  • Model changes in the environment and perform comparative studies.

  • Graphically analyze and share the data with key personnel.

  • Alerts for exceeding max / min temperature and relative humidity parameters.

  • Alerts for temperature / relative humidity changing too quickly.

  • Choose from preconfigured thresholds based on certain materials, or create your own based on the needs of a particular artwork.

  • Meets inter-museum loan requirements - send weekly reports to loaning Museums.

  • Environmental tag tamper function allows detection of unauthorised access to display cases and rooms.

  • Miniature tags may be placed on artworks and inside objects.

  • Tag battery life of 4 years+

  • Specialist form factor - 38 x 43 x 13 mm / 86 x 54 x 6.5 mm.



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SENSORS

HOW DO WE PROTECT YOUR ARTWORKS?

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

Fortecho tags attach discretely and safely onto, next to, or even inside artworks. They are completely hidden from view and are controlled remotely via the Fortecho software 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 or object) and the location of the asset or personnel. Tags check in every 30 seconds but send four 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 tags to monitor for proximity / approach. Similarly, we use pressure plinth / kit systems for sculptures and small objects where traditional tag attachment isn’t possible.


Protecting Paintings and 2D Artwork

For paintings, drawings, tapestries, and other two-dimensional artworks we use slimline (< 6.5mm) tags. 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 from the painting without authorisation.

Vibration-Sensing Tag

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

  • 5 year battery life (at 15 second beacon rate).
  • Inbuilt vibration-sensor.
  • Anti-tamper detection.
  • Low-battery alarm.
  • Credit card sized: 86 x 54 x 6mm.

Movement-Sensing Tag

Our IS-TGPKIN tag 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.

  • Ultra long 7+ year battery life at 15 second beacon rate.
  • 3 axial accelerometer with X,Y,Z, and alarm reporting.
  • Anti-tamper detection.
  • Low-battery alarm.
  • Credit card sized: 86 x 54 x 6mm.

Micro-Climate Tag

The IS-TGPTH accurately detects changes in temperature and relative humidity at object level, within parameters of change set by the user, triggering immediate alerts accordingly.

  • Accurate to 0.1  ͒C (temperature) and 0.1% RH (humidity).
  • Anti-tamper detection.
  • Transmits every 30 seconds – highest granularity of any wireless telemetry system on the market.
  • Long battery life, with low battery alerts.

Protecting 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 8g. All are completely wireless, appropriate for individual pieces or a number of objects, and can be used for assets weighing up to 150kg.

Pressure-sensing plinths

  • Plinth units are available in custom shapes, sizes and finishes.
  • Control electronics and battery compartment are built into 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.

VOS (Volumetric Object Surveillance)

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

  •     Aesthetic overhead mounting 2-5m above the object.
  •     Excellent variable light performance.
  •     Multiple early alarm zones can be set.
  •     Semi-automatic calibration.
  •     Wireless integrated monitoring via our IS-TGIO 3rd party tag.

Protecting Display Case and Objects

Our case and object tags are designed specifically for purpose, and – paired with a tamper magnet fitted into the opening section of a case – can sense door or cabinet opening / closing in addition to the features below. They can be hidden internally or installed visibly, and their transmission signals are boosted by metal environments.

Vibration-Sensing Display Case Tag

The IS-TGAIMS detects vibration within parameters of sensitivity set by the user. If a display case or object is touched, illegally opened, attacked, or otherwise disturbed the tag will immediately trigger alerts.

  • 38 x 34 x 13 mm
  • 15g
  • Detects attack, unauthorised access, and case tilt.
  • Optimised for metalised environments.

Movement-Sensing Object and Case Tag

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 will immediately trigger alerts.

  • 38 x 34 x 13 mm
  • 15g
  • 3 axial accelerometer with X,Y,Z, and alarm reporting.
  • Anti-tamper detection.
  • Low-battery alarm.

Micro-Climate Case Tag

Our IS-TGAITH tag accurately detects changes in temperature and relative humidity within parameters of change set by the user, triggering immediate alerts accordingly.

  • 38 x 34 x 13 mm
  • Accurate to 0.1  ͒C (temperature) and 0.1% RH (humidity).
  • Tamper switch detects unauthorised access.
  • Optimised for use in metalised environments.
  • Transmits every 30 seconds – highest granularity of any wireless telemetry system on the market.

Monitoring for Proximity and Touch

VOS (Volumetric Object Surveillor)

Analyses changes in infrared light reflectivity within a 3D volume 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 options.
  • Excellent variable light performance.
  • Multiple early alarm zones programmable.
  • Semi-automatic calibration.
  • Wireless integrated monitoring via our IS-TGIO 3rd party tag.
  • Max. monitoring height of 5m gives detection area of  3.2m x 1.6m.

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.
  • Programmable to ignore doorways and guard stations/chairs.
  • Easy to retrofit. Wireless alarm transmission.

PIR Sensor

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.

Protecting Personnel

In the event of a theft it is essential that the response is fast and efficient. Precious seconds are wasted communicating alarm information between control room and gallery level security wardens and vice versa. Using TETRA radios, pagers and panic key fobs, no time is wasted, and the safety of assets and personnel is ensured.

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.

Pagers + TETRA Radios

Pagers and radios fully integrated with the Fortecho system are sent immediate and detailed alarm data when a tag is activated to enable swift reaction and response to any event. Wardens can send an alarm acknowledgement from integrated digital radios back to Fortecho software. The system enables crew equipped with our pagers or radios to receive comprehensive data of an incident immediately, including the following information:

  • Artwork
  • Artist
  • Alarm type
  • Location
  • Time of incident

RECEIVERS


Sensors communicate wirelessly with RFID Receivers or ‘Readers’ at distances of 15-70m indoors and up to 200m+ outdoors. These receivers communicate directly with the Fortecho software. A number of receivers create a networked cocoon of RFID coverage within which all artworks are protected. Tags communicate at 433MHz allowing encoded messages to penetrate most materials (including walls, floors and ceilings). Receivers may therefore be positioned back-of-house or hidden inside or behind walls and furniture, though some of our clients prefer to mount them in front of house areas as a visual deterrent to would-be thieves. Only a few receivers are required to cover any given space. Receivers are interrogated 200 times/ second by the software for failure/ disruption/ RF Jamming. We offer two receiver options: Ethernet PoE (IS-RX1310) and serial (IS-RX210).

ETHERNET (IS-RX1310)

Our latest receiver, the IS-RX1310, is a PoE Ethernet device. The IS-RX1310 is robust and features the latest in cutting-edge security. It has its own IP address and communicates directly with the operating PC over the building’s dedicated network. It doesn’t require any additional hardware, is easy to service, and in the unlikely event of the receiver being compromised, other receivers nearby are not affected and can shoulder the burden.

  • Wi-Fi, LAN, or LAN PoE Connectivity.
  • Compatible with latest security protocols.
  • Wide variety of antennae for custom coverage.
  • Dimensions: 125 x 80 x 30 mm.
  • Weight: 200 grams.
  • 2.5W PoE.

 

SERIAL (IS-RX210)

Operating independently of your network, the IS-RX210 is a serial receiver that communicates with the processing PC via one or more hubs connected with Cat5 or Cat6 cabling. These receivers can use pre-existing cabling and can also be daisy-chained to one another for ease of cabling. Each Fortecho 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.

 

SOFTWARE INTERFACES


Fortecho integrates with most intruder detection, CCTV, TETRA radio, security management (SMS) and video management (VMS) software systems. This means consolidated alarms, fewer screens, fewer cables, automatic activation and control of CCTV cameras, real-time object alarm information overlaying video footage, and more.

Alarms can be presented with the following information: artwork or object image, artwork or object information, location image, alarm priority, event timings, suggested action, reader information and floor map, alarm data transmitted to pagers and/or security radios and zonal tracking data.

OPC DA 2.0 Server

CG1 NVR System

TCP/IP XML Zenitel

ASCII Third Party

TCP/IP SMS XML

INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES


FAQ's


GENERAL / PRACTICAL QUESTIONS

  • What objects can you help protect?

    Our solutions currently 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, metal stockpiles, carpets, IT equipment, server farms, objects of virtu, furs and other high value assets.

  • How many assets can Fortecho™ protect?
  • Can I monitor tag battery life?
  • How do I know if the PC crashes?
  • Is it possible to be notified of alarms remotely?
  • Tracking movement with RFID? What happens when tagged assets leave a building?
  • Do sensors affect artworks in any way?
  • What happens when power is lost in the building?
  • Can Fortecho™ integrate with other asset management systems?
  • Is it possible to protect assets across multiple sites?

TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

  • What technology do you use?

    Primarily we use ‘Active’ long range RFID equipment, paired with sophisticated but simple-to-use software running on a SQL server. To improve object protection and surveillance we also integrate infrared laser, volumetric detection (MLI), pressure-sensing, and environment monitoring systems. Find out more

  • What types of alarms are there?
  • What is a tamper alarm?
  • What are RFID tag read ranges?
  • How accurately can Fortecho track assets?
  • Do the tags affect other electronics in any way?

SALES & PLANNING QUESTIONS

  • At what stage of the building’s construction / redevelopment should you specify Fortecho™?

    Simply put, the earlier the better. We can retrofit the system once the building is complete, but it is far easier and cheaper for all involved to begin discussions either before or in the early stages of construction.

  • Does Fortecho Solutions provide the processing PC(s)?
  • How do I get a quote?
  • Why is there no price list?
  • What differentiates Fortecho Solutions from other RFID Solutions Providers?
  • What training do you offer?

SERVICE & MAINTENANCE QUESTIONS

  • What maintenance is required?

    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/software links, system integrity, functionality and more.

    There is also essential software maintenance. This includes an upgrade to the latest version of the software (typically several times a year) and bug fixes, remote health-checks, cleaning of the database, checking communication, monitoring the back-end ‘system log’ and the operating PC(s). Most if not all of this can be achieved remotely. All clients must have a software maintenance agreement in place as Fortecho Solutions cannot support systems with legacy software. Local security installers can manage hardware support for improved response times.

  • Is there a warranty on Fortecho Industry Hardware?

RUNNING FORTECHO™

  • Who manages the Fortecho™ system internally?

    Most processes are automated, so once an asset is tagged minimal management is required. Security/Curatorial Staff may prefer to rely on their suppliers or an internal rollout team for asset tagging, though Fortecho Solutions also offers a tagging and registration service.

    Fortecho™ benefits various internal departments and is networkable; it only shows information specific to the department’s needs. Security controllers have limited access to the software, and really only react to security alerts or monitor the flow of assets through a protected area. Once Fortecho™ is installed, Registrars and Auditors may print out what is in and what is out of the building on any given day and make that information available to Property, or Finance for an up-to-date accurate balance sheet.

  • Can I manage access privileges of each user?

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