Security News » Security installers and integrators http://www.securitynewsdesk.com Security News, Publishing, Products and more... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:27:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Co-operative Group in talks to sell security arm in shake up http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/31/co-operative-group-sells-security-arm-shake/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/31/co-operative-group-sells-security-arm-shake/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:10:49 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45332 It has been reported that the Co-operative Group is in talks to sell Sunwin Services Group, provider of security, and other functions to its retail arm.

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The Co-operative Group sells Sunwin Services Group

It has been reported that the Co-operative Group is in talks to sell Sunwin Services Group, provider of security, IT and other functions to the Group’s retail arm. In a bid to shore up the Co-operatives financial losses it’s understood that the security provider, which employs around 1,500 people, could be sold off in a matter of weeks for a deal worth tens of millions of pounds.

It’s believed that the Co-op is in discussions with Cardtronics, a group that describes itself as the world’s largest non-bank operator of cash machines.

A spokesperson for Sunwin Services Group told SecurityNewsDesk, “We can confirm that we are in exclusive talks over the sale of Sunwin Services Group which may or may not lead to the sale of the business.  As part our ambitious programme of transforming and modernising The Co-operative Group we have concluded that Sunwin is non-core as a non-member facing business.”

Sunwin Services Group provides support for staff as they transfer cash around the Co-op network, although the business has its roots in the mutual’s TV rental and repair business, which was founded in 1954. It now offers other services, including in areas such as IT and the installation and monitoring of fire and burglar alarm systems.

News of these exclusive talks with Cardtronics came to light less than two weeks after the Co-op sold its pharmacies division to Bestway, the cash-and-carry-operator for £620m. The need to drastically redress the Co-op’s portfolio was triggered by the crisis at its banking arm, which had to be bailed out by hedge funds after the emergence of a £1.5bn capital deficit.

 

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On the Road to Safer Motorways with Panasonic http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/31/road-safer-motorways-panasonic/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/31/road-safer-motorways-panasonic/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:24:18 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45324 Portugal’s largest motorway management company, Brisa, has installed a 40m2 Panasonic video wall into its Operational Control Centre which monitors 1100km of motorway.

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BRSIAPortugal’s largest motorway management company, Brisa, has installed a 40m2 Panasonic video wall into its Operational Control Centre which monitors 1100km of motorway.

A total of 44 Panasonic 55 inch displays (TH-55LV5W) make up the video wall, which helps Brisa manage mobility across 11 motorways and provide an immediate response to unforeseen events and accidents.

“We had a lot of problems with our previous video wall,” explains Pedro Sobral, Project Manager at Brisa. “However, the new Panasonic displays look more modern and are more efficient, which maximises the availability of the tools within Brisa’s Operational Control Centre.”

The displays, which were integrated by Prosonic, are able to work seamlessly 24 hours a day. They are specifically designed for the control room market, boasting an anti-glare surface and an ultra-thin 5.3mm bezel.

“The new monitoring system means Brisa benefits from exceptional image quality and reduced maintenance costs for its video wall,” says João Farinha, Prosonic’s Integrated Solutions Division. “The customer feedback has been excellent and Brisa is extremely happy. The Panasonic monitors are even exceeding Brisa’s requirements in terms of image quality,” he added.

The ultra-thin bezel allows Brisa the option to display a single image across various screens, with virtually no discontinuity in the image.

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Leeds City College Selects MOBOTIX to Help Protect Data Centres http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/29/leeds-city-college-selects-mobotix-to-help-protect-data-centres/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/29/leeds-city-college-selects-mobotix-to-help-protect-data-centres/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:45:17 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45291 MOBOTIX AG has released details of a project at Leeds City College to secure access to critical data centres and communication rooms across multiple sites.

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mobotix-logoMOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Leeds City College to secure access to critical data centres and communication rooms across multiple sites.

On 1st April 2009, Leeds City College was formed following the merger of three of the city’s renowned colleges; Leeds College of Technology, Leeds Thomas Danby and Park Lane College Leeds & Keighley. Then in 2011, Joseph Priestley College also merged into the expanded new college, serving a community of over 40,000 students and employing in the region of 1,500 staff, making it one of the area’s largest employers. In 2012, the College was given an OFSTED rating at “Grade 2, Good, with Outstanding features”, for the overall effectiveness of its provision.

Behind the scenes of the merger, four ICT infrastructures combined for the delivery of services while benefiting from the natural economies of scale created by the new larger entity. Following a tendering process, Leeds City College selected Express Data Ltd to lead a project to help design and build an integrated data network. Express Data is a trusted and long serving technical adviser and installation specialist that had previously worked with Leeds Thomas Danby College.

The new network would be built around a highly resilient fibre core to ensure that the loss of any one critical data centre or network link would allow for an active failover and continuation of ICT services. Another consideration was around the physical security of critical data and networking elements spread across Leeds at 15 college sites. “We run approximately 300 application servers and 770 network switches in support of over 40,000 students, 1,500 staff and have committed to a 98 % uptime,” says Dave Newsham, ‎Service Delivery Manager for Leeds City College, “We are very proud to have consistently achieved this benchmark and making sure that critical network elements are properly maintained and secured with fully audited access is an essential requirement.”

Although the legacy colleges had previous installations of CCTV, these were predominantly focused on monitoring building access, common areas and car parking. Unfortunately, the notion of CCTV monitoring for ICT assets was supported in only an ad-hoc fashion by a few of them. Following due diligence and after seeking advice from Express Data, a solution based on MOBOTIX CCTV benefiting from distributed technology and built-in local storage was created to fulfil the technical implementation criteria while reducing the need for an expensive CCTV central control room or network upgrade.

“The majority of the locations are darkrooms or places with almost no footfall,” explains Newsham,” this means that most of the cameras show black screens or static images, and as such, there is no requirement to transmit high resolution video over the network all the time. However, if somebody enters these areas we need to be able to see exactly who it is and what they are doing. To meet this requirement, we have set up alerts to only send video back to our MxControlCenter software when there is a scene change such as a door opening or person entering a data centre or comms room.”

Newsham and his team also benefited from the built in temperature sensors in each MOBOTIX camera, “Although we have environmental monitoring at the larger sites, MOBOTIX now provides us with a solution for smaller comms rooms and as a backup to the other sensors,” he adds.

To date, Express Data has installed 20 MOBOTIX cameras across college sites including a number of Q24 and Q25 hemispheric models that cover entire rooms in high definition quality. “The use of hemispheric cameras providing a 360 degree viewpoint means that can monitor larger areas that would normally require several cameras with just a single MOBOTIX unit. This approach makes the deployment easier while reducing cost and complexity,” says Newsham.

“Our plan is to use MOBOTIX across the entire critical ICT infrastructure and the reliability and performance of the implementation has been faultless since the first unit went in during the summer of 2009,” adds Newsham, “We are now looking at some of the ‘bells and whistles’ such as out of hours alerting and integrating monitoring into our new NOC (Network Operations Centre) and the MOBOTIX technology is certainly up to the task.”

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Pro-Vision Achieve Master Distributor Status With SilverNet http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/29/pro-vision-achieve-master-distributor-status-silvernet/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/29/pro-vision-achieve-master-distributor-status-silvernet/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:47:26 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45280 Pro-Vision Distribution Limited, the distributor of branded CCTV and access control equipment, has recently been awarded ‘Master’ distributor status from the wireless transmission manufacturer, SilverNet.

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Pro-VisionPro-Vision Distribution Limited, the distributor of branded CCTV and access control equipment, has recently been awarded ‘Master’ distributor status from the wireless transmission manufacturer, SilverNet.

Managing Director of Pro-Vision Distribution, Peter Ford, told us, “We are delighted to have received this accolade from SilverNet. Their range has become increasingly popular with our customer base who recognise the significant benefits of ‘going-wireless’.”

silvernet“Wireless is a really cost-effective method to transmit video and data. Delivering the signal over ground rather than underground dramatically reduces installation time and costs. SilverNet offer a comprehensive range of transmission devices including wireless point to point, wireless point to multipoint, wireless mesh, wireless backhaul and a network management solution.”

Christopher Ballard, Managing Director at SilverNet added, “It’s marvellous that Pro-Vision have achieved their well-deserved Master Distributor status. Pro-Vision are established distributors whose team have a wealth of industry knowledge. They have an excellent reputation throughout the industry and so are the ideal partner for SilverNet.”

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telent Boosts Cyber Security with Major Investment in CNS Group http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/26/telent-boosts-cyber-security-with-major-investment-in-cns-group/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/26/telent-boosts-cyber-security-with-major-investment-in-cns-group/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:30:50 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45226 Pioneering technology services company, telent Technology Services Ltd, has increased its IT security capability by acquiring a 25% stake in CNS Group, the London-based information assurance and cyber security specialists.

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telent CNS groupPioneering technology services company, telent Technology Services Ltd, has increased its IT security capability by acquiring a 25% stake in CNS Group, the London-based information assurance and cyber security specialists.

IT Security is an increasingly critical component of services provided across the telent portfolio of service solutions, including Blue Light, Rail, Business and Traffic.

CNS will continue to be run and managed as a separate entity but the two organisations will work closely together.

“This deal is strategically beneficial to both telent and CNS, and enables us to build solutions bringing together telent’s scale and ability to deliver end-to-end ICT solutions with CNS’s specialist IT security and information assurance capabilities. In addition, this also provides new opportunities for both parties across our combined customer markets, some of which have already been identified and are being jointly developed together,” said Chris Metcalfe, Managing Director of telent Technology Solutions.

CNS was established in 1999 and its customers range from FTSE 100 and larger public sector organisations to the SME sector.

CEO of CNS Group, Kevin Dowd, commented: “We are an ambitious firm and we’re keen to put this strategic investment to good use, enhancing our customer offering, growing CNS and taking the company to the next level. We’ll be looking at better ways of delivering our services, investing in our delivery platform and developing more offerings to sit alongside our existing proprietary technology.”

Dowd continued: “Our association with telent will also mean that we can target bigger deals and we’re aiming to improve our market share in this sector.”

For more information, please visit: www.telent.com

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Security Partnerships Deliver Savings to Police http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/26/security-partnerships-deliver-savings-to-police/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/26/security-partnerships-deliver-savings-to-police/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:30:07 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45223 Continued partnership working between Police and private security firms has helped forces across the country reduce costs in the face of public sector budget cuts.

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bsia policeContinued partnership working between Police and private security firms has helped forces across the country reduce costs in the face of public sector budget cuts.

In a report published earlier this week by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), police forces’ response to budget cuts were praised, while concerns have been raised around the impact on neighbourhood policing. Responding to this report, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) – the trade body representing the UK’s private security industry – is reinforcing the important role played by security firms in delivering cost savings to forces across the country.

Since 2011, Police forces have had to find £2.5bn of cuts, while the central government funding grant for police forces in England and Wales was cut by 20%. Rising to the challenge, forces’ response to these cuts has been rated either “good” or “outstanding” in a recent report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

Providing support services and performing back-office functions is a key way in which private security firms help to drive efficiency by freeing up warranted police officers to return to front-line duty. HMIC’s report highlighted a projected reduction in the police workforce of up to 34,000 people by March 2015, by which time there will also be 8,500 fewer front-line police officers. Despite this, efficiency is on the rise, with the proportion of police officers in front-line roles set to increase from 89% to 92%.

HM Inspector of Constabulary, Zoe Billingham, said: “It is not easy to provide the high quality police service that the public rightly demands, with far less money… Forces have had to change how they do their business – the best of them understand their demand in a sophisticated way and target their resources well, work with local public sector organisations to reduce crime, and collaborate with others to reduce costs.”

Indeed, many members of the BSIA already collaborate with police forces to provide a range of services, from victim support provided by personal safety devices, to ‘street to suite’ custodial services, which have been proven to save 350 hours of frontline police time in an eight-week trial period.

Meanwhile, concerns over neighbourhood policing are also allayed by private security involvement. One member of the BSIA has supported police in driving down anti-social behaviour by conducting park patrols in Manchester, while another member company provides additional support for police in one of London’s busiest shopping destinations, Carnaby Street. Most recently, seven BSIA member companies were selected to support the policing function at this month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Encouraging more police forces to consider further engagement with private security firms is key to enabling police forces to meet the ongoing demands they face from budget cuts.

Chief Executive of the BSIA, James Kelly, said: “It is not about creating a privatised police force, as many opponents of partnerships working would have us believe. In contrast, this is a case of private industry taking on support functions to aid the police in delivering the Government’s programme of reform.

“The security industry already contributes significantly to assisting the police and emergency services if called upon to do so, and the BSIA will continue to engage with police forces, PCCs and Parliamentarians through its dedicated public affairs programme, to ensure that political thinking remains open to this diverse and innovative approach.”

Chairman of the BSIA’s dedicated Police & Public Services Section, Robbie Calder, added: “Police reform simply cannot be delivered without the support of private security companies. Many of the core aims of police forces would be difficult to achieve without outsourcing at least some support functions to the private sector.”

To find out more about the BSIA and its Police and Public Services section, please visit www.bsia.co.uk/police-and-public-services

HMIC’s report, entitled ‘Policing in Austerity: meeting the challenge’ can be viewed online at: http://www.hmic.gov.uk/publication/policing-in-austerity-meeting-the-challenge/

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Shield Security Makes Payroll Queries a Thing of the Past by Investing in the Future http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/25/shield-security-makes-payroll-queries-thing-past-investing-future/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/25/shield-security-makes-payroll-queries-thing-past-investing-future/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:01:44 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45208 Shield Security, a full service security business based in Hull - established over 10 years ago and employing more than 300 security officers, has recently invested in the WebeX employee and client web portal for ...

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shield securityShield Security, a full service security business based in Hull – established over 10 years ago and employing more than 300 security officers, has recently invested in the WebeX employee and client web portal for Logosoft Roster Manager.

webex roosterTalking to Melvyn Ford (Payroll Manager), of Shield Security – he explained that prior to the implementation of WebeX, Shield used to have payroll adjustments in the order of £3,000 per payroll with an average value of £75.72. The time spent investigating each individual query was a huge pull on resources – typically taking 2 hours per query, this would take 79 hours per payroll run; effectively un-productive time and an additional overhead to the business.

Example view of ‘Employee Hours Worked’

logosoft portalUsing WebeX employees are able to view the hours recorded for their duties worked over the prior period, they can check this against their records of hours worked – and in doing so deal with any discrepancies before they hit payroll. Thereby removing the painful administration task of investigating the variance, gaining sign-off once evidenced, and then of course making the relevant payroll adjustment.

The result – happy employees and greatly reduced administration for Shield’s payroll staff allowing them to focus on value-add tasks rather than the laborious job of investigations and adjustments. The savings realised by Shield just from this single feature of WebeX represent a massive ROI and payback on their investment within the space of a couple of payroll periods!

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Commonwealth Games: The three critical Cs of event security http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/23/commonwealth-games-the-three-critical-cs-of-event-security/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/23/commonwealth-games-the-three-critical-cs-of-event-security/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:24:45 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45155 On the day of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, Chris Plimley, Zaun, shares lessons learned on securing high profile events.

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On the day of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, Chris Plimley, Sales Manager for High Security Products at Zaun, shares lessons learned on securing some of the most high profile events of the past two years and says collaboration, communication and consistency are the key.

I paid a visit to Glasgow last week and felt my excitement rising on the way into the city. The Scots and the wider British Isles are embracing our second multi-sport international games in two years. The thought of the 20th Commonwealth Games, which will feature athletes from 71 nations competing in 17 sports over 11 days from tomorrow, thrilled me.

Before the games begin, at 8pm tonight in a Celtic Park football ground that has been dramatically transformed with Europe’s largest LED screen covering the whole of the South Stand, more than one billion Commonwealth citizens will tune in the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony and the story told by the ‘real and extraordinary’ people of Glasgow. No doubt final rehearsals are happening as we speak, last minute teething issues being ‘snagged’ and the smallest of details being attended to, as no stone is left unturned in the quest to deliver the best Games Glasgow can.

All of this takes me back to London 2012, almost two years ago to the day, and the lessons Zaun has learned from securing some of the most high profile events during that time. After all, if you make a mess of security at a major global event, you’re never going to live it down. Just ask G4S about the fall-out from its role at the London 2012 Olympics.

In my experience, everything seems to boil down to three critical Cs – Collaboration, Communication and Consistency.

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London 2012 did so many things right. The crucial engagement of everyone involved in planning and delivery was started early. It was comprehensive and embraced all parties, and they maintained that collaboration right through the project. LOCOG and the ODA also built and maintained excellent communication throughout with all of the stakeholders – from athletes to volunteers, spectators to taxpayers, and contractors to media. However, late and significant changes in plans smacked of inconsistency and, if my experience of delivering major events has taught me anything, changing things last minute will scupper the best laid plans.

It causes rework, waste, extra cost and delay. It also introduces friction between a tight-knit team that is under collective pressure to deliver to an immovable deadline in the full beam of both media and political spotlights. You’re working as a team, and have together devised a sound security strategy, agreed personnel numbers and a definitive layout for overlay. So you can’t go changing things late in the day without expecting painful consequences.

This is where critical C number one comes in – Collaboration. Good collaborative planning ensures all security equipment can be manufactured in plenty of time, meaning there is perfect availability of product when the build for the event starts. It also allows for the development of completely new products to meet previously unforeseen security needs, as we ourselves witnessed with the London 2012 Olympics. It also means that new technologies can be considered and applied to provide new solutions. A good example, that Zaun trialled at last autumn’s Tory party conference for the first time, was to incorporate the latest Video Content Analysis cameras and monitoring into the security solution.

Gone are the days when PIDs were simply mounted on a fence. Now threats can be monitored, analysed and recorded in real time so that, for instance, the same person approaching the perimeter at three different points on three separate occasions can be identified, marked as a threat and potentially apprehended without ever touching the fence line.

Early collaboration ensures logistics and planning can be co-ordinated to maximum effect and efficiency. It allows for the identification of the right personnel in the right numbers (think G4S again) and gives time for them to be properly vetted, accredited and trained.

forward planning, calendar, planning, event security, With forward planning, installers can devise detailed build schedules to ensure the safest working practices can be maintained, even under the most exacting timelines, with work often taking place in the tightest window, in the small hours of morning darkness, when public transport isn’t running and roads can be briefly closed and diverted. It also means that a fair share of risk can be agreed between teams, all with differing political, social, commercial and cultural mandates, that come together to pull off a major event, including appropriate penalties or liquidated damages (LDs).

If Zaun had failed to deliver the security cordon for the G8 Summit last year its LDs would have would have run to many tens of thousands per day of delay. That’s before taking into account any consequential losses businesses or organisers may have claimed in addition. Because you can rest assured that people, given a reason, will complain – and that’s where the importance of critical C number two comes in, Communication.

Major events, both while they are taking place and in the build-up to them, are always going to disrupt life for some. Whether it’s diversions and road closures, potentially affecting trade and workers’ commute, or the cost of staging an event – just look at the riots in Brazil before the Football World Cup at the claims of ‘misuse’ of public funds. Some will always feel they’ve been negatively affected or that their rights have been infringed.

Security contractors need to communicate closely and openly with governments, the police, local councils, residents and the media to ensure potential clash points are identified well in advance, mitigation plans are well understood and the overall greater good is a core aspiration shared by all.

If you’ve got your collaboration and communication right, that just leaves C number three. Consistency.

Stick to your plans – and if you have to change them, do it early, with comprehensive collaboration and complete communication.

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With large-scale events, such as Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games, the importance of consistency is multiplied a hundredfold.  London 2012, for example, involved 26 Olympic sports and 20 Paralympic sports across 29 venues in 27 days – the equivalent of 541 concurrent days of sports competition.

So, fingers crossed, by the time you read this, all of those lessons will be proven to have been learned with a cracking Commonwealth Games getting safely and securely underway.

Let the Games begin!  And go, Glasgow, go! 

 

 

 

chris plimley Zaun, event securityChris Plimley is Sales Manager for High Security Products at Zaun Limited, a British manufacturer of high security event overlay and perimeter protection systems with regional offices in France and Dubai.

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ISC awarded security role at Brent Civic Centre http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/18/isc-awarded-security-role-brent-civic-centre/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/18/isc-awarded-security-role-brent-civic-centre/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:36:17 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45120 ISC has been awarded the contract to provide security services at Brent Civic Centre, headquarters of Brent Councilheralded as Britain’s greenest building .

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Brent Civic CentreIntegrated Security Consultants (ISC) Ltd has been awarded the contract to provide a range of security services at Brent Civic Centre, the new headquarters of Brent Council, heralded as Britain’s greenest building and managed by Bilfinger Europa Facility Management.

ISC is to supplement Bilfinger Europa’s security operation by providing security teams for the building’s special events, including council receptions and public meetings, as well as an enhanced security presence in the building at key times such as match or concert days at the neighbouring Wembley Complex facilities.

“We’re delighted to have been chosen to support Bilfinger Europa in serving this modern and iconic building,” says ISC Managing Director, Pat Carr. “It presents a number of challenges, including its mix of public and private usage, alongside its close proximity to two of the UK’s busiest sporting and entertainment venues. We look forward to providing a service that balances the needs of Brent Council, its guests and its VIP visitors with those of the general public who use the facilities daily. This contract represents further diversification in our customer base, which historically consists of a significant number of entertainment clients.”

Carr believes ISC was chosen because of its experience in multi-agency communication at Wembley Stadium, for which they also provide integral security services. “As security partners at Wembley, we manage the day to day needs of a large complex and all the associated challenges, whether that’s for a select few VIP guests attending a corporate function or for 90,000 people on a major event day” he explains.

Mike Munro, Account Director at Bilfinger Europa, commented: “ISC’s breadth of experience, and the fact they already look after iconic buildings in this proximity, demonstrates the company’s expertise in managing diverse security requirements for complex buildings. Its team is extremely customer facing and experienced in handling a diverse range of customers appropriately. We’re delighted to be working with them.”

As part of the globally operating engineering and service group Bilfinger SE, Germany, Bilfinger Europa Facility Management is a leading property and infrastructure support services business, operating right across the UK.  It employs over 3,300 staff, has a turnover in excess of £180m and provides property and support services to businesses and public organisations including the Civil Aviation Authority, CPS, L’Oreal, BP, Barclays and Alexandra Palace.

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Fingers on the pulse for ASSA ABLOY http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/17/fingers-on-the-pulse-for-assa-abloy/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/17/fingers-on-the-pulse-for-assa-abloy/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:51:57 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45088 ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions has had a range of ASSA products specified for a school that is part of the largest primary-only academy trust.

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photoASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY, has had a range of ASSA products specified for a school that is part of the largest primary-only academy trust.

Scientia Academy, based in Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire is a two form entry school for children aged between 3 to 11. The school, which at full capacity will reach 430 children, has recently moved to new buildings that are well equipped with purpose built classrooms, an extensive library, art and craft rooms, as well as an outdoor play and learning environment.

Academies are publicly funded independent schools that are not managed by a local authority and are governed by a charitable academy trust. The trust’s board of directors, the head and the governors have more control over the budget, so consequently are more directly involved with specification decisions.

ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions was able to provide Architectural Ironmongers, Preece Burford with a full specification for securing and allowing access around the school, which included ASSA finger guards for 80 internal doors and Flexcore cylinders.

The finger guards will act as protective shields that will help to prevent the pupil’s fingers from being trapped in closing doors and the cylinders offer patent-protected security and the latest technology to ensure significant anti-pick resistance.

Steve Burford, Director at Preece Burford, said: “As a school governor myself I take great pride in specifying products that will be reliable and safe for use around children and ASSA’s products fit the bill.

“We recommend ASSA’s finger guards to all our primary school projects and we specified ASSA’s Flexcore cylinder as it is patent protected, so anybody requiring a new key cut has to provide identification and authorisation to the locksmith. This extra element of security appeals to head teachers who are safety conscious.”

Ian Chapman, Regional Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, added: “We have a wide range of experience when it comes to supplying educational facilities and provide a range of value added services, such as CPDs and our latest BIM objects to assist in the specification process.

“We understand that products within educational establishments need to be robust to withstand heavy wear and tear, as well as visually appealing to create comfortable, friendly teaching and learning environments for both staff and pupils.

“Preece Burford are one of our Gold Vantage Partners and we are pleased that they continue to see how our products can help to create safe schools.

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