A great 16 months of security solutions

James Lewis, Business Development Manager at Absolute Security, reflects on an exciting period of innovative customer projects and cutting-edge security solutions from the team.

 

James Lewis – Absolute Security

As I look back over my first 16 months at Absolute Security, I’m delighted by so many highlights that spring to mind.  For some they’ve involved cutting-edge security innovations – with the team devising solutions to respond to the increasingly sophisticated security challenges our customers face.

Other highlights stem from the relationships I’ve formed with key customers and contacts, and how we add value and support them as their preferred security specialist.

So, whilst in a reflective mode, I thought it would be good to share some of those highlights in this post.

 

Overhauling the fire and security system at popular racing/event venue

A key project this year is the work we are undergoing, upgrading and improving the fire and security systems at a popular racing event venue.  This is to ensure they comply with the latest regulations.  It has given the venue a far more manageable solution, as well as faster reporting and more precise alerts to potential incidents as they arise.  It will greatly aid their speed of response going forward.

 

Damage-proof fire suppression for luxury car enthusiast

It was also great to help a customer who wanted a fire suppression system to protect his fleet of luxury cars.  The 31 cars are housed in an underground car park in his home and he wanted a fire suppression system which would extinguish a fire, but not damage the vehicles in any way.  Conventional systems using water or foam were clearly not suitable.  We therefore designed and installed an inert gas suppression system. This uses specific gases to extinguish a fire and, at the same time, leaves the vehicles unscathed.

 

State of the art security system for sizeable property development

Another highlight is our involvement in an extensive single dwelling property development. Here the home owner wanted a state of the art security system.  Our solution involved high-tech perimeter security, thermal imaging PTZ CCTV, security lighting and integration with their home building management system. This is so intruder detection, fire and access control integrates into the central Audio-Visual hub for the home and is managed from one source.  One safety example of this integration is that when the fire alarm is activated, all media systems throughout property automatically silence to alert the home owner.

 

Home building management systems become all the rage

In fact we’ve seen a lot of interest amongst home owners for home building management systems.  You can see the attraction for them of bringing elements such as home entertainment systems, phone, access/gate systems, heating/air conditioning as well as security and fire protection into one central control.  And many of these systems enable the home owner to view the status of their property and possessions when they’re away, via app technology.

 

Discreet fire detection

Another highlight this year was to work with a new manufacturer to Absolute Security.  Wagner, specialise in air sampling solutions – a smoke detection system that works through discreet capillary holes in the ceiling. It assesses the air quality throughout the property, raises the alarm and is room specific on the area of the activation.

 

Working with great teams

It’s been great to support our customers over the past year – not just with security solutions, but also in finding other ways to support their business.  One particular example of this was participating recently in Park Garages’ Cricket Day. The event brought together all their staff, customers and suppliers for a great day of this summer sport.

And of course it’s been brilliant to work with my not so new now, fellow colleagues at Absolute Security.  Their commitment to quality and care of our customers is impressive.  Care also extends to our role in the local community and environment.  It was really good to see a number of the sales team switching over to electric hybrid cars in 2018.

The time has certainly flown by and I’m now looking forward to my next year with the team. Given how fast security and fire prevention technology evolves, and the need to help customers protect their properties and possessions, I’m sure it’ll be another exciting year.

If you’d like to get in touch about any of the solutions I’ve described here, please contact me on t 01483 791500 or email me.

Are you getting the most from your business security system?

Window Film For Small BusinessesMost business owners recognise the need for security in order to protect their staff, stock, equipment and property.  But how many make the most of the latest technologies to enhance their management of the business and its effectiveness?  Here’s a summary of how the latest security systems are helping businesses of all shapes and sizes

Greater precision

Intruder and fire detection have become more precise in pinpointing the exact location of an incident on a premises and issuing alerts.  At the same time, CCTV has embraced high definition, so pictures are now incredibly clear and no longer serve up those fuzzy, grainy images of old.

Discreet

Many systems now use Wireless technology or the business IP network, which has meant a big reduction in the cabling required.  This has in turn brought down the cost of systems and their installation. It has also improved their discreetness in an office, shop or other business environment – particularly where there is limited space.

App technology

Security systems haven’t been immune to app popularity and many now feature them to enable the business or property owner to dial in remotely to their system to access logs, see what’s going on (in the case of CCTV) and monitor access points around the premises.

Integration for efficiency and aid decision-making

As security technology gets smarter many systems are integrating more with themselves (for example CCTV, intruder detection, fire detection and access control) and also with other applications.  This makes things far more efficient for business owners to monitor. Retailers may also be interested to know that some CCTV systems now offer heat map analysis of footfall and customer behaviour around the shop floor, to help inform decisions about where best to locate special offers and particular product ranges.

More affordable

You would think that a sophistication in technology would mean a rise in costs, but this isn’t generally the case.  In recent years, costs have tended to come down.  Security LED lighting costs in fact have dropped by almost 20%.

With an uncertain economy ahead, business owners can also opt for leasing as a means of spreading the payment of their system over 3, 5 or 7 years.  The system’s annual maintenance costs can be built into the fixed monthly payments too.

With Absolute Security’s leasing arrangements through our partners, Reality Finance, you will own the equipment at the end of the leasing period unlike some other security providers like ADT.  Don’t forget too that an annually maintained security system may reduce your insurance premium and its worth speaking to your insurance provider.

 

For more information about how to improve the security of your business, contact the team on 01483 791500.

 

Minimising business disruption from the unexpected – building business resilience

How well equipped is your business to withstand business interrupting events such as fires, floods, network failure, data loss, supply chain failure etc?

This is the question that Boards, Investors, Customers and Insurers are asking more and more frequently. Yet, answering it with any degree of authority can be difficult. Actually becoming a resilient business can be time consuming, expensive and distracting.

This is why we were excited to meet Matt Hodges-Long and Richard Carman from Continuity Partner. They help businesses plan for the unexpected to minimise the disruption and damage it can bring to their organisation, both in the short and long-term.

Continuity Partner recently launched the world’s first fully managed Business Resilience service. This is designed to give business owners the resilience they require for their businesss, at an affordable (fixed) price and without distracting their teams from their day jobs!

In fact the Continuity Partner team have developed the following unique 3 step approach to build Business Resilience in an organisation. They are offering Absolute Security customers a 10% discount on their services.

1. Plan – in depth Risk Analysis, creation of Business Continuity plan and Risk Mitigation activity

2. Monitor – 24/7 monitoring of clients risks (premises, critical suppliers, regulators, reputation) to avoid incidents and react quickly to minimise impact

3. Respond – if the worst were to happen, the Continuity Partner team provide expert 24/7 Crisis Management and Business Recovery support.

We were really impressed with the Continuity Partner team and the service they provide. Business Continuity planning is too often left on the back burner which leaves businesses carrying too much risk.

For further information please contact Continuity Partner directly on 01252 560 331 or visit www.continuitypartner.com

Remember to mention Absolute Security to qualify for a 10% discount.