Perimeter security solutions developer Zaun celebrates 20th Anniversary

Zaun is currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary at what is the “leanest, greenest and keenest” point in the company’s history. The high security perimeter systems fencing manufacturer has reached its China Anniversary in rude health after bold investment decisions and innovations that sometimes ran against the grain.

Shrewd management, key contract developments, the support of clients and collaborators and a relentless focus on the customer have enabled Zaun to grow year on year since launching into the UK’s fencing market back in November 1996.

Co-founder and director Alastair Henman told Risk UK: “Trading conditions have been tough for a fair proportion of those 20 years, so we have had to innovate, invest and add more value to keep ahead and busy. Our ongoing investment in people, equipment and relationships has ensured that we have the most modern machinery and production software. This reduces wastage and speeds up production times, giving us the edge over the competition. Contractors have witnessed the change in emphasis and our commitment to customer care and strengthening relationships. They’re consequently collaborating on more projects with us.”

The business began on a small scale in Rupert Street, Birmingham, by importing mesh from Germany. A lack of space along with the lure of greater support from Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough Council tempted Zaun to its current five-acre site on Steel Drive to the north side of the city at around the time when the dot com bubble burst, sending shock waves through other sectors of the investment community.

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Construction of the Paul Holloway Manufacturing Facility at Zaun’s headquarters on Steel Drive in Wolverhampton during 2010

Next followed investments in the depths of the post-credit crunch slump in the 44,000 sq ft multi-million pound Paul Holloway Manufacturing Facility that houses the world’s largest mesh weaving machine. This produces ArmaWeave, Zaun’s most intruder-resistant product for the high security market.

Process engineering

The past year has seen Zaun buy a new tube laser cutter, a further mesh welding line and engage in the automation of other key processes to further enhance its manufacturing capabilities and capacity as well as cut out waste.

Additional bailers and squashers have boosted recycling, while a new forklift truck has improved materials handling.

The new production equipment coupled with the process engineering brilliance of accomplished engineer Roberto Garziera – who has streamlined a series of processes and improved productivity and efficiencies in production – have helped make Zaun the “leanest manufacturer” in the perimeter systems market.

In recognition, Garziera has been elevated to Zaun’s Board of Directors as technical director. There have also been recent promotions for Chris Rowen (to operations director) and Chris Plimley, who has taken over the role of sales and marketing director.

New design software

Training for ‘shop floor’ staff has seen new welding qualifications for CE Marking and security-rated product manufacture. New 3D design software is replacing 2D throughout the business, in turn affording end customers clearer representations of designs, reducing errors and improving efficiencies.

Alastair Henman concluded: “The political, economic, technological and social environments have changed beyond recognition during the 20 years we’ve been in operation, but we have invested in the belief that we could produce innovative products that our customers would want. This philosophy has kept us ahead of the curve.”

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Dantech joins Axis Communications’ Technology Partner Program to deliver innovative power solutions

With over four decades of experience and innovation in power supply technology under its belt, Dantech Electronic Engineering – the UK manufacturer of off-the-shelf and bespoke specialist power supplies and ancillary equipment for security applications – has joined the Axis Communications Technology Partner Program (TPP).

Known worldwide as a leading security manufacturer of network video-based security solutions aimed at sustaining quality video performance for its global customers base, Axis Communications has enlisted Dantech into the TPP to provide innovative and secure 24/7 power technology via Dantech’s comprehensive range of power supply solutions.

The Axis Communications partner network of 80,000 resellers and system designer partners in 179 countries will now have access to Dantech’s unparalleled expertise in low voltage and Power over Ethernet (PoE) power supplies designed to help them deliver total security system solutions.

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Known for its extensive range of analogue and PoE power supply and ancillary products, Dantech’s range of power products enables camera surveillance or access control equipment to be deployed whether specified with DC or AC low voltage, PoE or a mixture of supply voltages to suit the requirements of individual components.

With Dantech technology, power distribution decisions based on key factors such as reliability, continuity, accessibility, compliance, physical security and cost can all be catered for to deliver robust and flexible networked power solutions.

“We’re thrilled to partner an industry innovator such as Axis,” said Tim Scott, director at Dantech Electronic Engineering. “Through the Technology Partner Program initiative, we’re looking forward to raising awareness of the critical role effective power delivery plays in supporting robust 24/7 video and access control solutions, and for mission critical applications, without interruption of service and using full battery back-up.”

Scott added: “We’re very excited about the opportunity to extend the benefits of our range of analogue and switch mode power supplies, including UPS battery back-up, PoE switch and PoE injector power products to a whole new audience.”­­­

In response, Doug Adams (business development manager for ADP/TPP at Axis Communications in Northern Europe) enthused: “Axis Northern Europe ise delighted to have Dantech join the TPP program. The company’s range of innovative equipment will enable our system integration partners to provide a wide range of power supply options for Axis Communications’ products.”

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TDSi set to showcase latest web-based security solutions at Intersec 2017

Integrated security solutions developer TDSi is gearing up for its forthcoming appearance at Intersec 2017 (running from 2224 January in Dubai), which will feature the introduction of the company’s new GARDiS web-based range of software and hardware solutions to the Middle East market on Stand S1-A09. 

John Davies, managing director of TDSi, commented: “Intersec always provides an exciting start to the security calendar every year. The event affords visitors and exhibitors a first glimpse of what will be entering the market for the new year. Dubai is the perfect host location, boasting a vibrant and interesting venue which draws crowds from across the Middle East and beyond.”

The TDSi team at Intersec 2017 will include international business development manager Mica Negrilic and senior technical sales engineer Kevan Fry.

Negrilic told Risk UK: “The Middle East is a key export market for TDSi and has seen significant growth for us in recent years. Intersec offers our team the opportunity to talk directly to the people who buy and sell the products across the region and beyond. This gives us a much better and deeper understanding of the demands and needs from this important security market.”

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The TDSi Stand will feature its product portfolio as well as GARDiS, the company’s forthcoming web-based application that offers even greater flexibility and suitability to modern applications. One software install is all that’s required to provide complete access control security for a given business’ needs.

TDSi’s GARDiS offers all the benefits of a highly secure web-based application. It’s easily adaptable for an increased workload, provides easier maintenance and installation, is more secure and also accessible from anywhere on any device. GARDiS features a simple-to-use and intuitive interface that’s designed and built directly around the needs of users and operators.

GARDiS has also been designed to meet and anticipate important international security standards. These include ONVIF Profiles A and C, which were recently adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission as the de facto new international standard for access control. This ushers in the era of open platforms for access control.

Negrilic concluded: “At Intersec 2016, we recorded a 30% increase in the number of visitors to our stand. It’s trend which continued across our appearances at a number of events worldwide throughout the year, so we’re very keen to engage with our current and potential partners and customers again. If any Risk UK readers are planning on visiting the event in January, we would be delighted to show them our latest systems and talk them through our myriad services.”

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Pilgrims Group’s Afghanistan project wins Security and Fire Excellence Award for International Achievement

For the third year running, international security specialist Pilgrims Group has won a prestigious Security and Fire Excellence Award (SEA), this time around for its work on protecting an international aerospace electronics client in Afghanistan.

The project involved the very rapid mobilisation and full operation of a training school and maintenance centre providing the foundation for teaching Afghan engineer instructors and engineers to support the secure communications equipment provided to every major organisation in the Afghan Security Forces.

The Security and Fire Excellence Awards’ Judges clearly recognised the excellent teamwork required and the challenges of delivering such a project on time in the extremely challenging security context in Afghanistan. Also, they recognised the significance of the outcome – a sustainable capability of secure communications across all forces engaged in the fight against terrorism.

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Pilgrims Group COO David Freear pictured (centre) with event host Jimmy Carr (right) and a representative of category sponsor Hanwha Techwin

Pilgrims Group COO David Freear commented: “This award recognises the abilities of our teams working in some of the most challenging locations in the world, and we’re delighted and extremely proud to accept it. Their achievement is all the more impressive as this year has been particularly competitive, with entries for the Security and Fire Excellence Awards up by 17% compared to last year. Winning an award like this demonstrates that our peers in the industry acknowledge the quality of what we do. It’s a great testament to our staff who work so hard for our clients around the world.”

Last year, Pilgrims Group won the International Achievement Award at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards for its work having won the security contract in support of the British Consulates in Nigeria, redesigning the contracted security team configuration and transforming their performance, in parallel with enabling the continued development of the individual through innovative learning methodologies.

 

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Axis Group sponsors Sage Gateshead

Security solutions specialist Axis Group has become a silver sponsor of Sage Gateshead, a landmark music and entertainment venue exhibiting national, regional and international performances.

Funding from sponsorship helps to support Sage Gateshead’s charitable local initiatives targeted at the region’s most deprived areas. Examples include Music Making for Under Fives, a Talented Young Musician programme and an over-50s Silver Music Class.

The sponsorship package will see Axis Group branding in and around the venue and on its collateral. It will provide access to corporate entertaining space, annual ticket allocation and booking services as well as advanced event information.

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The concourse at Sage Gateshead (Photo by Mark Savage)

Jonathan Levine, Axis Group’s CEO, has stated that, following last year’s successful management buy-out, the Group is now looking for sponsorship opportunities where organisations’ values mirror its own.

“Sage Gateshead has a commendable focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, having made a £300 million contribution to the region in just ten years,” stated Levine. “The sponsorship provides fantastic opportunities for networking, client events and employee benefits.”

Sage Gateshead has been a client of Axis Security since 2011 and, as of 2014, has benefited from a joint security and cleaning contract through Axis Cleaning and Support Services.

Home to the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead is managed by the North Music Trust and hosts a wide range of entertainment shows, seven days a week, both in the daytime and the evening. It aims to bring about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England.

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Telefonica UK Property and ISS choose Ideagen’s Enlighten system to manage governance, risk and compliance

Telefonica UK, a leading digital and communications company, and ISS, the global facilities management service provider, are set to work with software firm Ideagen on improving governance, risk and compliance operations across the O2 estate.

Ideagen Enlighten, Ideagen’s cloud-based GRC application, is to be implemented and rolled out to bring several operational improvements to Telefonica UK’s Property department. The software will provide one source of truth for the management of controlled documentation, improve visibility of audit scheduling and automate action management and escalation. Enlighten will also enhance levels of reporting and increase accessibility for Telefonica’s mobile workforce.

Darren Bryanton, Telefonica’s national FM operations manager, said: “We regularly participate in audits to assist Telefonica UK in retaining an impressive portfolio of certifications and standards which are essential in demonstrating world class service to our customers. Enlighten will manage audits and document control for the department.”

Suzanne Burge, ISS’ quality and assurance manager, added: “After a thorough review of the market, we selected Enlighten due its scalability, accessibility and ease of use. We wanted a product that we could design ourselves to fit the needs of the business, not just now but also in the future.”

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Tim Blackburne, ISS’ account director, explained: “Telefonica UK’s high standards of operational compliance and audit success rely on clear governance, audit readiness and document management. Ideagen Enlighten gives us this.”

Andrew Neish, Telefonica’s head of property, commented: “Both Ideagen and Telefonica UK share the same vision of how innovation can drive improvement in business. This opportunity to provide a game-changing and transformational system is one that we’re very excited about.”

Ideagen is a supplier of information management software with operations in the UK, the United States and the Middle East. The company specialises in eGRC (Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance) and healthcare solutions for organisations operating within highly regulated industries.

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Qognify’s VisionHub wins CCTV System of the Year accolade at Security & Fire Excellence Awards

Qognify’s VisionHub next generation web-based video management system (VMS) has won the prestigious CCTV System of the Year (excluding Camera and Lens) category at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards.

A Security and Fire Excellence Award is one of the most highly-prized accolades of its kind in Europe, with the winners being selected by an independent panel of industry experts. The award was presented to Qognify in front of 1,000 security and fire industry professionals at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Wednesday 23 November.

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President of Qognify, Moti Shabtai, told Risk UK: “When we introduced VisionHub we made a strong statement that Qognify was bringing to market a new concept that would redefine and extend the scope of the traditional VMS. We’re immensely proud that VisionHub is a multi-award winning solution, recognised for its ability to leverage video as the main sensor in a security environment, while also adding data from other security systems, empowering Control Room operators to better respond to new and increasingly complex threats.”

VisionHub was launched in March this year and has already been selected by leading organisations worldwide. It has been awarded the SIA’s Best Video Surveillance Management System as well as Government Security News’s Best Integrated Perimeter Protection Solution award.

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