Brian McClain assumes presidency of Pelco in wake of recent acquisition by Transom Capital Group

Pelco – a specialist in the design, development and manufacture of predictive video security solutions including cameras, recording and management systems, software and services – has announced that CEO Jean-Marc Theolier will be leaving the organisation effective immediately. As part of this change, COO Brian McClain will take the role of president, leading the recently independent company while the search for a new CEO is finalised.

Pelco was acquired by the Transom Capital Group in May. Transom is an operations-focused private equity firm in the middle market with more than $500 million in assets currently under management. The firm’s functional pattern recognition, access to capital and proven ARMOR Value Creation Process combines with management’s industry expertise to create improved operational efficiency, significant top-line growth, cultural transformation and overall distinctive outcomes.

The organisation is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

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Speaking about the management changes, McClain stated: “Jean-Marc served as a critical member of the Pelco team in the recent sale and resulting ownership transition. I want to thank him for his passion and service to Pelco and wish him all the very best for the future.”

Transom Capital Group has ambitious plans for Pelco, including leveraging a bold vision designed to meet the growing demand for solutions-focused products and services across specific market segments.

“Pelco commands a powerful brand in a growing industry and maintains a deep bench of amazingly talented employees,” added McClain. “Transom Capital Group recognised these factors in its decision to purchase the company and will serve as our foundation in becoming the leading solutions provider in the industry.”

Existing Pelco employees Brooke Christopher has been promoted to head of marketing communications and branding, while Stuart Rawling becomes vice-president of marketing strategy.

“We congratulate Brooke and Stuart on their new roles and look forward to their continued leadership within the company,” concluded McClain.

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Kings Secure Technologies set to welcome new post-graduate students in September

On Monday 2 September, Kings Security Technologies welcomes a duo of post-graduate students to the business who’ll undertake the company’s 18-month Graduate Scheme. The programme is designed to build and grow a pipeline of future talent, welcoming young people to the company in order to realise new and creative ideas.

Bob Forsyth, CEO at Kings Secure Technologies, explained: “Graduates enhance Kings Secure Technologies with their cutting-edge concepts and how tackle tasks differently. They bring exciting ideas and view the world in a different way. A technology-driven company like ours thrives on pushing the boundaries of the possible. That requires contemporary minds to join our journey and make the impossible happen. The scheme truly shines a light on how far we’ve come as a company.”

The graduates have been selected out of an impressive 185 applicants. Following 50 vetting questions and 25 interviews, only ten candidates were selected and invited to the company’s hq in Bradford for an intensive assessment programme. The assessment focused on developing both their technical ability and their interpersonal effectiveness.

COO Darren Gamage and CFO Neil Cossey will be mentoring the two successful applicants through the coming months to provide guidance, motivation and support and help ensure that every opportunity is seized.

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The first of the graduates is Sanah Iqbal who graduated from The University of Bradford with a degree in marketing and felt that Kings Secure Technologies’ Graduate Scheme was the way forward for her. “I chose Kings as I could see how passionate everyone was about the scheme from when I first attended the assessment exercise. I felt I could really learn a lot from the organisation because of its continued support. There are many ideas I can bring to Kings and, hopefully, they’ll help drive innovation throughout the company and bring unique solutions to the industry.”

The second graduate is Amy Silkstone from The University of Huddersfield who recently finished her business management degree and hopes that Kings can benefit her future massively. “My goals for this scheme include understanding in depth the different departments at Kings and helping to find and develop ways for them to work together efficiently and effectively so as to ensure optimum business success.”

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Nortech controllers manage access at shared parking facilities

The CPC202 and CPC204 Shared Occupancy Controllers from access controls specialist Nortech are compact, standalone, intelligent units that control access for groups of users sharing the same parking facility.

A single CPC204 Shared Occupancy Controller can provide full access control to a parking facility that’s shared by up to four independent user groups. As well as validating user credentials, it will monitor usage and prevent each user group from exceeding its allocated number of parking spaces. In addition, it will work almost any barrier/gate system.

The CRC202 Shared Occupancy Controller can be used to control access to a parking facility by a single group of users, preventing over-occupancy of the facility. It can also be used to manage the sharing of a facility by two user groups.

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Both Shared Occupancy Controllers provide a comprehensive range of access control functions such as restricting parking to certain times of the day, preventing the abuse of pass cards (pass back) and supporting visitor management by dint of using group-specific PIN codes.

The controllers support independent readers and gate controls for entry and exit gates/barriers and work with most types of card reader/vehicle ID reader. They have capacity for up to four count groups (CPC204) or two count groups (CPC202) and can accommodate anything up to 9,999 users per group.

The CPC202 and CPC204 devices also have capacity for up to 65,000 cards/tokens, provide a choice of counting methods and can control up to four message signs, Space/Full signs or traffic signals.

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The compact and easy-to-install controllers optimise parking capacity, thereby maximising return on investment. They also help to prevent parking in unauthorised areas. This not only improves safety, but also avoids disputes and minimises disruption to a given location.

Other benefits include the saving of fuel and reducing of pollution by preventing drivers from entering the car park when spaces are not available as well as the comprehensive range of access control features. The visual indication of which companies have spaces available also helps to avoid queuing and enables each tenant company to manage their own parking allocation.

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TDSi appoints new channel partner manager for Northern England and Scotland

Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi welcomes Gwen Curran to the business as its new channel partner manager (North). Curran’s role is a pivotal one in TDSi’s ongoing relationship with its channel partners in Northern England and Scotland.

John Davies, managing director of TDSi, commented: “Channel partners are a lifeblood for TDSi and we have a close working relationship with them as we build our business together. We’re very pleased to welcome Gwen to this highly important role. She will be a key contact for our channel partners across the North.”

Reflecting upon her new position, Curran commented: “My new role means I will be working closely with leading channel partners in the North to grow awareness of our full access control offer supported by the wider TDSi integrated security portfolio. I’ll be here to support our installation partners with all of their TDSi needs, but equally to support their business with end users and grow joint revenue overall.”

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Gwen Curran: joining the team at TDSi

Curran’s career in the security industry started in 2004 when she joined Norbain, working as an internal account manager with the distributor for over a decade. Across those ten years, Curran worked with leading manufacturers on a range of security systems and products including CCTV, IP solutions, access control, gate automation and intruder alarm systems.

In 2013, Curran joined the Risco Group before taking on her new role at TDSi. 

Continued Curran: “Access control is an element of the security industry that’s growing at a rapid pace and, as part of the TDSi team, I aim to be an integral part of this vibrant sector. As a leading British security solutions manufacturer, TDSi’s systems are at the heart of many exciting projects, which often include close integration with many other leading brands and manufacturers.”

Curran concluded: “I’m looking forward to working alongside our channel partners and to being a key part of TDSi’s rich ongoing history and helping to grow the business.”

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Customer service at Paxton recognised with 2019 Brighton & Hove Business Awards success

Access control solutions specialist Paxton’s “world-class customer service” has been recognised at the Brighton & Hove Business Awards (BAHBAS). The Brighton-based global technology company, which designs and manufactures security solutions, picked up the Best Customer Service Award at the BAHBAS 2019, which widely regarded as a benchmark for excellence in the business world.

This year’s Judges were impressed by Paxton’s customer service strategy, which is based on providing support pre-sales, during installation and afterwards, whatever the customer’s requirements might be.

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The company’s technical support team is also renowned for providing an exceptional standard of support globally, ensuring customers have the crucial information needed to install Paxton products. The team handles enquiries from customers in the UK, France, Germany, South Africa, USA and the UAE. On average, it receives 99% good feedback, while its UK and US teams have recently broken their previous record by achieving 100% positive feedback in a single month.

Support manager Andy Edwards said: “Providing a world-class level of service to our customers around the world is a priority for us and I’m so pleased these efforts have been recognised by the Brighton & Hove business community. Congratulations to everyone at Paxton whose hard work has led to this award. Our customer teams have a genuine interest in technology which means they’re truly dedicated to offering world-class support.”

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Edwards went on to comment: “I would also like to thank our customers. Their invaluable feedback allows us to really shape the service we provide. Undoubtedly, their loyalty has made the business what it is today. Paxton has seen rapid growth in recent years, but has always maintained the same values – nurturing employees and providing a first-rate service for customers.”

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New suite of product literature made available by fire detection specialist Patol

Industrial fire detection specialist Patol has printed a new suite of literature and, in doing so, introduced a colour coding system to enable easier identification of the company’s product ranges.

The new suite comprises six brochures: Firesense Linear Heat Detection (LHDC), Fibresense Fibre-Optic Linear Temperature Sensing, Aspirating Smoke Detection, FireTIR Thermal Infrared Imaging, Infrared Transit Heat and Flame Sensors and the company’s range of Special Control Equipment.

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Sales Director Kelvin Miller explained to Risk Xtra: “We’ve come a long way from the company’s origins as a manufacturer of LHDC products. While we still supply our LHDC for prestigious projects throughout the world, we’ve significantly extended our range over the years to ensure we’re able to meet the fire protection requirements of a whole host of different environments and end user customers. With the adoption of the colour-coded approach to our literature, customers can more readily see the products which are particularly suited to a given application.”

*Copies of the new literature are available to download from the Patol website (www.patol.co.uk) or printed copies can be sourced direct from Patol

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Latest Nittan modules further expand capabilities of popular Evolution range

Nittan Europe, the specialist manufacturer of conventional and addressable fire detection products, has announced a series of new interface modules to allow for improved connection of its Evolution range with even more third party equipment than ever before.

The six new interface modules cover a variety of interface applications, including those for door release, sounder control, communication with industrial plant and equipment and non-addressable detectors. There’s also a mini interface module for mounting within other equipment such as fire beam or aspirating detectors.

The main interface modules feature the same uniform design for aesthetic appeal, are all EEPROM-addressed (Programmer) and come complete with short circuit isolators. Many also have mains-rated relay.

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The new interface modules were officially launched last month at FIREX International. They were on display at London’s ExCeL along with key Evolution products such as analogue addressable detectors (including the company’s patented, award-winning dual optical technology), audio visual devices, bases, Manual Call Points, isolators and existing modules, plus BS EN 54 Parts 2 and 4-compliant evo+ fire alarm control panels.

A tried-and-tested solution, the Evolution range combines “truly exceptional and reliable” fire detection with a “very high degree of protection” against unwanted false alarms. Its “highly flexible protocol” is resistant to interference and allows for substantial amounts of information to be transmitted at high speed.

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