Daily Archives: 01/06/2017

Trigion offers streamlined lower capital expenditure 24/7 security solution

Deciding between electronic security, security guarding or a combination of the two is one that has just been made easier thanks to a new streamlined solution introduced by security specialist Trigion.

The company has always offered a ‘technology plus people’ approach as it feels this combination usually satisfies its clients’ needs most successfully. However, until now they have operated as two services and been managed and invoiced separately.

Recognising that investing in security equipment means high capital expenditure at the outset, Trigion’s new offer combines a technical and manned security solution that spreads the cost over the length of the contract. This means that clients benefit from immediate savings from the commencement of the integrated security contract.

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Unlike standard security contracts which are based on hourly rates for guarding and equipment costs, the single solution price means that the overall costs are reduced. In one case, Trigion estimates it has saved one of its clients upwards of £2 million over two years, while still providing 24/7 security coverage.

Neil Ricketts, technical services director at Trigion, explained: “While some companies opt to only supply one form of security, we’ve always felt it’s best to be able to offer our clients a more joined-up approach, matching the levels of technical security and guarding according to their needs. The next logical step was to integrate them so that clients really are receiving an ‘all-in-one’ solution that can protect their premises 24/7, and for which they pay less with lower up-front costs as well.”

Following a period of investment in its commercial department and supporting structure, Trigion has reported a largely stable turnover for the past fiscal year as it gears up for accelerated growth in 2017. Security guarding and the electronic security offer delivered by the business both maintained previous margin levels, but a change in the proportion of turnover in favour of the electronics division has led to a 39% improvement in Trigion’s operating margin.

The security industry is seeing a continuing trend away from manned security towards electronics or a combination of the two. Trigion offers all security services in-house and has its own Control Centre. The business has also developed a consultative approach to ensure solutions designed to meet the client’s individual needs and combining all relevant security elements. This means the client receives increased security at a reduced rate. In addition, a new financial model means they can see a return on investment from the first day without the need to apply for capital expenditure.

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Jan-Hein Hemke, Trigion’s managing director, stated: “We’re looking to accelerate our growth in the coming years and have made substantial investments in our commercial department and supporting structure to help achieve this. We’ve also refreshed our service offer. We believe these actions should lead to a substantial growth in 2017.”

The development of the National Living Wage has had a significant influence on the security industry. In the period from October 2015 to April 2016, the National Living Wage went up by 10.7%. The outlook for the coming years is considerable further increases in the pay rates. Trigon remains a strong supporter of the Living Wage Foundation. The company firmly believes the trend in wage rates is desirable from a social point of view. However, it also feels that the increase in the cost of labour will further enhance the move away from security guarding to electronic security.

Despite this trend, Hemke stressed: “Skilled and highly competent colleagues remain important in our desire to be client focused and act as a professional partner for our customers. We have an extremely strong focus on training and development.”

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Jacksons Fencing issues Guide to Managing Noise Pollution for physical perimeter designers

Jacksons Fencing has issued its latest guide, entitled ‘Managing Noise Pollution’, for landscape architects, urban planners, exterior designers and others involved in the specification of external physical perimeters.

A recent study found that those who live in noisy cities are more likely to suffer from hearing loss. The main reason for this is excessive noise from traffic, construction, industry and people going about their daily lives.

Noise pollution has a huge effect on populations causing people stress, fatigue and poor sleep quality. In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, it costs us $750 billion globally when medical bills, lost earnings and other hearing loss-related problems are taken into account.

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Cris Francis, head of commercial sales at Jacksons Fencing, commented: “Noise pollution is now a big concern in our cities as we build more major roads, rail and other transport networks closer to where we live and work. Such a concentration of construction activity, vehicles and people brings with it noise that, in many cases, is unwanted and avoidable. Our new guide highlights the impact of sound and aims to provide advice on how timber acoustic barriers can reduce unwanted noise and improve our surroundings with natural façades that are both sustainable and cost-effective.”

The UK had over 65 million inhabitants at the start of 2016, with a density of 263 people per square kilometre. As our cities expand exponentially, the population is projected to reach 77 million in 2050, so even more demands are being put on housing and critical infrastructure like roads and rail.

The continued growth means that we’re now seeing developments including commercial, leisure and other properties being built very close to each other. When intersected with the aforementioned new transport links, that equates to more exposure to excessive noise for a large number of the populace.

Jacksons Fencing has developed a range of acoustic fencing barriers with the modern urban landscape in mind. Working with independent sound engineers, the firm’s team of technical and engineering experts can assist those involved in the design and construction of external spaces by providing tailored advice, guidance and expertise every step of the way, from design support through to manufacturing and installation.

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Five key security scenarios for OPTEX’s sensors at IFSEC International 2017

At IFSEC International 2017, sensor manufacturer OPTEX will be exhibiting a range of different products and solutions centred around five key security scenarios from perimeter protection and tailgating detection to Internet of Things (IoT)-based alarm systems.

Within a high security perimeter protection zone, OPTEX will showcase its Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure-approved fibre optic fence detection system. The Fiber Sensys FD-322 Series solution detects intruders climbing or attempting to cut through a fence.

OPTEX’s REDSCAN RLS-3060 can create another layer of security around the perimeter fence to warn if anyone or any vehicle is approaching.

The perimeter intrusion detection systems have been fully integrated with the GEMOS PSIM platform and can trigger video surveillance drones to fly to the point of intrusion and send a live video stream to the Security Control Centre.

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In a second zone, OPTEX will be showcasing its time of flight technology, allowing visitors to IFSEC gain a better understanding of its capabilities. This technology allows a scene to be mapped in 3D and give an accurate representation of the objects present. It’s used in Accurance 3D, OPTEX’s tailgating detection system for interlocks, and could also be used for other applications such as object protection.

The award-winning laser scan detector REDSCAN RLS-2020 will also be at the show, with OPTEX representatives demonstrating its ability to protect assets and detect people jumping over turnstiles or climbing through skylights. This solution is already proven in identifying small objects or thrown objects being smuggled into restricted areas.

For both commercial and residential security, OPTEX will be demonstrating its new wireless infrared beam (namely the SL-TNR) that works with universal batteries (CR123) and can be partly hardwired, as well as its new range of pre-built beam towers.

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The last zone will include live demonstrations of how OPTEX’s wireless outdoor sensors, including the new VX Shield Series, are ideally suited to IoT applications, sending alarms and other data via the cloud to a smart phone or remote monitoring station.

Jacques Vaarre, managing director of OPTEX, stated: “We feel that the live demonstration route is the best way to show the range of applications that can be achieved with our sensors. In addition to exhibiting at IFSEC International 2017, we’ll also be making presentations in the Borders and Infrastructure and Security Management Theatres to discuss innovations around access control systems and deliver Case Studies focused on protecting critical infrastructure against intrusion.”

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