IDS Group tackles the prominent fly-tipping issue with ANPR
Despite the efforts of local councils, London still has a very prominent fly-tipping issue. In fact, “London contains six of the UK’s 10 worst areas for fly-tipping” stated by the Evening Standard in 2015. This is a problem developers and residents alike have to deal with on a regular basis. As a result property owners have to foot the bill to clear the rubbish in order to maintain their image and the health and safety of their sites.
Increase security, increase desirability
Solving this issue was high on MIS Properties’ list when assessing the security requirements for their latest development, in North London, Southgate. The complex is one of the many local premises who were dealing with costly, unsightly and unhealthy dumped rubbish. Melis Charalambous, MIS Properties’ Project Manager, explains their predicament,
“For my newest residential project I wanted to offer a high level of security throughout the building.
My main aim was to find a system to assist with block management and I also wanted to offer a desirable amenity to achieve higher rental figures.”
Melis adds, “Prior to this project I had considered implementing security systems at previous developments but was never certain which systems to choose. I did not want to have to deal with complicated technical systems that I would not know how to operate.”
Tackling the problem from the start
Tas Kyriacou, Business Development Consultant IDS Group, describes the process to finding MIS Properties’ ideal solution:
“After completing a site survey, we decided to tackle the problem right at the entrance. We suggested an ANPR camera to control the gated access. With the camera in place only preregistered vehicles can now enter the development.”
To work in tandem with the ANPR and increase the overall security of the site, we installed CCTV for complete surveillance. Furthermore, to increase the control of access to the office we used video entry phones outside the gate and at the office entrance, ensuring only people who have been vetted are able to enter the buildings. As part of the site’s security upgrade we improved the telephone system by installing VoIP phones which integrate with the entry phones so they can use their telephone handsets to let people in. VoIP lowers company’s phone bills as it uses internet connections to make virtually free calls – saving the building some operational costs while increasing their security.
The complete security package
Melis describes, “My sole reason for purchasing this security system was because IDS Group provided me with a complete service, all my needs for the development were catered for. Initially I briefed them on what I wanted to achieve and they provided me with a selection of products that I did not know existed. The installation required specialised labour that my construction team were not equipped for, but I was able to make use of their in-house engineers who completed the work to a satisfying standard. Most importantly since the installation, I have made use of the aftersales technical support allowing me to take full advantage of the system.”
“In particular the ANPR controlling the entrance gate has proved to be a very fluid solution, it has not hindered entrance or exit to the development but we have gained a significant level of security and eradicated our fly-tipping issue.”