Protection of paintings and works of art

Anarya Alarm Gallery

There are many ways to steal priceless works of art, and the reasons are limited to two main needs – love of art and the desire to profit. Theft of works of art has quickly become a global business that is estimated to be worth $ 2 to $ 7 billion a year just behind drug and arms trafficking. Currently, up to 10 percent of looted valuable artifacts or valuables of great importance to art are found. The ease of robbing works of art very often results from the poor security of museums and galleries. To date, the painting by Vincent van Gogh “Poppies” has not been found (canvas cut out of the frame – the alarm is off, 7 of 43 operating cameras), the famous painting by Edvard Munch “Scream” (the thieves left a card saying “thank you for poor protection”) or an example from the Polish art gallery – the work of Claude Monet “Beach in Pourville” (cutting piece by piece out of the frame, after a few hours removing the image and replacing it with a copy, no alarm system and monitoring). There was no shortage of thieves in history who stole only to make owners aware of how bad the level of harvest protection is. In 2003, three works by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Paul Gaugin, worth at least £ 4 million, went missing from the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. The paintings were found three days later, only 200 meters from the scene of the crime, with a short note: “the intention was not to steal, but to make the defective security in the museum known”.

An effective way to protect works of art is the use of wireless detectors – mounted non-invasively to picture frames or other creations of artists. Currently, various types of detectors are used on the market, but only the most effective ones have a 3-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope. This solution ensures that the protected item has not been tampered with, moved, damaged or even affected by visitors or maintenance workers. The use of wireless devices allows free arrangement of the exhibition. The use of radio equipment in technical security systems may only take place while maintaining encrypted communication. Only such an approach gives one hundred percent certainty that the signal will not be overheard and the detector will not be replaced.

The ANARYA ALARM GALLERY technology distributed by RCS Engineering is an excellent solution to protect exhibits in museums, galleries and historic buildings. The system is based on active radio detectors with integrated shock sensors. While the equipment is armed, any change of position or shock of the exhibit will trigger an alarm condition. Each event is recorded in the control panel. It is possible to call a specific preset of a camera mounted nearby, as well as display the event on the appropriate monitor of security services.

Anarya Alarm Gallery consists of the FLU central unit, FLM monitoring units and FLA-07b detectors. The FLU control panel and FLM module communicate with each other via the TCP / IP network. FLM is a radio module that collects signals from FLA-07b wireless detectors mounted directly on the exhibits. Any exceeding of the configured alarm level is immediately detected and forwarded to the master unit. Depending on the requirements, it is possible to configure the system so that it signals an alarm as soon as a bystander touches the canvas. The detectors communicate with the FLM monitoring unit by radio, at a frequency of 868MHz. The standard range between elements is 40 meters. By using the appropriate antenna, it is possible to increase the signal strength, and thus extend the range up to 80 meters.

Depending on the type of exhibit to be protected, FLA-07b detectors can be made in various, suitably matched housings. System management is done from the level of server software collecting all information from the main unit. ANARYA ALARM GALLERY allows integration with CCTV cameras by sending the appropriate command to control the preset. A common solution is integration with master systems that aggregate and visualize all signals responsible for security, creating a single object security platform.

You can effectively protect not only works of art but also other important items for our business. The system of protection for such objects must be flexible in their structure due to frequent change of their location. Consequently, any cabling cannot be used at this time. The ideal solution is a wireless detector for property protection in the ANARYA ALARM system. It will protect a truck, container, machinery, aggregates, generators, forklifts and other important items. The detectors are equipped with an accelerometer and a gyroscope, which is an effective protection, e.g. in the case of drilling fuel tanks. The size and shape of the detector housing can be adapted to customer requirements.