Evolution, the nationwide fire and security company, celebrated its 20th year in business with a party for members of staff which was held on board a New Orleans Paddle Steamer during this month’s Henley Music Festival.
The company, which took on its first employee in October 1996, was one of the early adopters of digital CCTV technology. Its first major project was upgrading the CCTV Control Room at Canary Wharf.
Since those days the company has expanded to comprise a team of almost 90 staff operating out of offices in London, Birmingham, Dublin and Edinburgh, where it recently opened larger premises.
“Several of the employees at the party have been with the business almost from the beginning, while some of our senior staff originally started at Evolution as trainees,” said Richard Lambert, the company’s co-founder and managing director.
Similarly, many of its original clients – including Statoil and The Daily Telegraph – are still active accounts, vouching for the genuine long-term relationships that the business has built. Evolution now works for major multinationals across Europe and Internationally.
Lambert believes that the biggest change over the last 20 years has been the migration towards IP: “All of our technicians are now IP trained and clients today are increasingly looking to move away from server-based installations towards cloud and web-browser-based solutions,” he added.
Among the more unusual projects Evolution has been involved with over the last two decades was designing a wireless perimeter security detection system for nine CPNI water treatment plants and reservoirs. This solution was to provide early detection of intrusion in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.