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Safetell secures £1.5 million contract extension with retail banking services client

Newmark Security plc (AIM: NWT), a leading security solutions group offering safety and security for organisations’ personnel and assets, is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Safetell Limited, has now received a formal contract extension for the supply of physical security equipment and preventative maintenance to the UK branch network of a leading worldwide supplier of retail banking services.

The contract consists of secured orders for the supply of service and maintenance support for ‘Fast Rising Screens’ totalling £1.2 million, along with the supply of new Fast Rising Screens and auxiliary physical security products which is expected to total not less than £300,000.

This contract is a one-year extension to an original contract agreed in March 2012, then amended in October 2014, and covers the period from 1 November 2017 through to 31 October 2018.

Marie-Claire Dwek, CEO of Newmark, said: “We have supplied this customer for the last 28 years and we’re delighted that the quality of our product and service offer continues to be recognised. Safetell recently expanded its product and service proposition to capitalise upon the burgeoning counter-terror market and in response to the challenging market conditions as a result of branch closures that are occurring in the banking sector. It’s reassuring to see continuing demand for our physical security products and associated service and maintenance support from this long-term customer.”

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Safetell designs, manufactures, installs and provides maintenance for a range of bespoke physical security, counter-terror and target hardening solutions. Products include security screens, doors and glazing, plus counterwork.

The business also provides a range of time-delayed cash recycling safes for the banking sector and other cash-in, cash-out operations.

The service division of Safetell provides repair and maintenance support for the branch networks of High Street banks and the retail sector, including lock repairs, CCTV services, access control support and the repair of physical security equipment.

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Connelly Security Systems Ltd boosts market share following AFA Fire & Security Ltd acquisition

A Glasgow-based firm has “become the premier provider of security solutions in central Scotland” following the acquisition of a security alarm business.

Connelly Security Systems Ltd (CSS) has acquired AFA Fire & Security Ltd of Bathgate in a seven-figure transaction. The deal has allowed CSS to increase its market share and boost its turnover to over £9 million per annum.

Serving both the commercial and residential sectors, CSS provides a comprehensive range of products and services which allow customers to fulfil all of their security requirements with a single provider. The CSS product range includes intruder alarms, fire alarms, CCTV, retail product tagging, access control and monitoring (all of which are supported by comprehensive service and maintenance support).

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The deal, which is supported by Clydesdale Bank Cashflow Finance, has also increased CSS’ customer base to over 25,000.

Paul Connelly, managing director at CSS, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to increase both the customer base and geographic coverage of CSS through the acquisition of a quality business which the vendors have developed over the last 18 years. I was delighted to receive the continued support of Clydesdale Bank, whom we have worked with for over 30 years, which enabled the acquisition terms to be agreed quickly and completion achieved in a short timescale. It’s an important milestone in CSS’ journey and we look forward to continuing to grow the business and enhance the service we can offer to our customers.”

CSS, which launched in 1986, is based in the Possil Park area of Glasgow and the acquisition sees its headcount increase to 130.

Mark Young, director of SME Cashflow Finance at Clydesdale Bank, added: “We have developed an excellent working relationship with CSS. Its ongoing commitment to delivering the optimal customer experience at every interaction is an approach that makes the company a successful business. The business has been involved in a number of acquisitions which have been successfully integrated into the CSS operating model. This has created strong sustainable cashflow enabling this sizeable acquisition to be funded through our Cashflow Finance offering.”

David MacKay, the previous owner of AFA Fire & Security Ltd, will continue to be involved in the business in the short term to ensure a smooth transition. The acquisition will not result in any reduction in workforce.

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CSL announces Dahua Technology as latest Connected Partner

Dahua Technology is the latest Connected Partner of CSL. Dahua is a leading solution provider in the global video surveillance industry. The CSL Router is now compatible with Dahua’s range of CCTV systems, providing an upgrade for any existing broadband service to an Instant Private Network, reliable 4G connectivity when wired broadband is unavailable or a combination of both.

CSL’s sales director Rob Evans commented: “We’re delighted to announce Dahua as our latest Connected Partner, supporting us in delivering reliable instant connectivity for CCTV installations. Our expertise in the alarm signalling market puts us in a great position to provide the secure delivery of data for the CCTV sector.”

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Dahua’s head of marketing Ben Perkins responded: “Dahua Technology is committed to being a market leader in collaborative systems by working with the best manufacturers and solution partners in the industry. We’re excited to be able to add the benefit of CSL’s 4G connectivity for our customers, further increasing the flexibility of our systems.”

Since its launch, the CSL Router has already provided hundreds of installers and their end users with a rapidly deployable connectivity solution for CCTV. The CSL Router is GDPR ready and fully encrypted at every point via the CSL Gemini Global Platform, which removes the vulnerabilities of hacking and guarantees that data is kept safe.

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ASSA ABLOY Security Doors hosts BRE security testing day

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, has delivered a successful security testing day in partnership with the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Held at the ASSA ABLOY Security Doors factory in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, the day saw an excellent turn-out of security professionals who witnessed various methods of attack on both steel and timber doorsets.

The event consisted of an overview of the LPS 1175 test standard, a comprehensive factory tour and a practical demonstration that showed the difference between certified and non-certified security doors.

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Ian Broadley, business development manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, said: “We hosted this event to help illustrate the difference between investing in a certificated product versus a product that may look similar visually, but can be compromised very easily when put to the test. A test rig was set up at our factory, housing two steel doors and two timber doors. The BRE team used various methods of attack to demonstrate how they were able to defeat the doors that were not built to meet LPS 1175 test standards.”

Broadley added: “We received a great deal of positive feedback from attendees, who included security consultants, end users, members of the police and Government personnel. Attendees commented on how thought-provoking it was to witness just how quickly non-certified doors could be compromised.”

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Vista covers every angle with latest IP and analogue camera launches

Vista has just announced the newest additions to its VK2 and HDA ranges. The camera launches are supported by the introduction of the new ‘universal’ brackets which greatly simplify installation and were developed in line with ‘Voice of Customer’ feedback.

The collective aim of the cameras and brackets is to reduce installation time on site, (and therefore minimise cost). The use of the latest technology within the cameras and the intelligent product design means that “excellent quality images” can be produced and adjustments easily be made to meet future end user requirements.

The VK2 range has been developed with the customer very much in mind. The cameras are designed to reduce bandwidth and storage requirements along with minimising the time required on site for installing and adjusting the cameras.

Their ability to stream highly efficient H.265 video format, combined with Vista’s advanced Hi-Stream bandwidth reducing function, means that storage and bandwidth requirements can be up to 75% lower than that of an equivalent H.264 stream.

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The VK2 cameras are available in both 2 MP and 4 MP formats and produce “crisper images” compared to those achieved by general IP cameras. This is as a result of a user-definable minimum/maximum shutter speed, true Wide Dynamic Range and IR illumination.

The VK2L range has been designed for those end users who require high quality video images delivered at a cost-effective price. These cameras reduce bandwidth and storage requirements like their VK2 siblings and, due to a wide angle lens, minimise the number of cameras required on site.

The key benefits shared by the VK2 and VK2L camera ranges are as follows:

Compatible with all modern NVRs and VMS H.265/H.264 compression formats make for a flexible system

Reduced required levels of bandwidth and storage Significantly reduced when used in H.265 mode and as a result of Hi-Stream Region of Interest which adds greater compression to areas with no motion

Ensure a much crisper frozen image User-definable minimum/maximum shutter speed provides much clearer images than general IP cameras

The launch also includes an analogue offer. The newly-released HDA cameras are capable of providing Full-HD 1080p resolution in TVI HDA format over coax cabling and provide a very flexible solution. A wide range of features make them suitable for many internal and external applications as well as providing excellent quality images without the requirement of an IP knowledge base.

The HDA range makes for the perfect transition from analogue to IP and can be used in conjunction with existing analogue infrastructure.

All of the IP and analogue cameras included in the launch are perfect for use with the Vista Viper range of NVRs and DVRs. ONVIF compliance ensures that they can also be used on multiple manufacturers’ recording platforms if existing systems are in place.

Alongside the cameras, the introduction of a new selection of ‘universal’ brackets simplifies installation and the process of selecting the correct bracket.

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STANLEY Security adopts digital asset mapping for improved service and maintenance

STANLEY Security has adopted an innovative asset mapping technology to provide customers with more efficient system maintenance and servicing than ever before.

‘Connected Assets’ is an advanced digital asset mapping technology that enables STANLEY Security to quickly and easily map out an entire security system and all of its individual elements. It allows for detailed additional information to be included, such as images of equipment in situ.

Using ‘Connected Assets’, a visiting STANLEY engineer can now familiarise themselves with a customer’s security system before attending site and, while there, can quickly locate where specific items are that require servicing.

For customers, ‘Connected Assets’ means that an engineer can be on and off site quicker than ever before, making for a more efficient service with minimal disruption.

STANLEY Security can now make more efficient use of its resources. For example, with a complex site, rather than wait for an engineer who’s familiar with that site and its system(s), any available engineer can now be sent fully-loaded with the information they need to conduct that service visit.

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For Stephen Hodgkinson-Soto, STANLEY Security’s service director, ‘Connected Assets’ marks a significant leap forward. “Most security companies use an asset register spreadsheet to detail an installed security system, but this is basic and limited in terms of what information you can include. In a digital world, this approach is out of date. Moving to ‘Connected Assets’ enables us to add considerably more valuable information and our field engineers are using it to good effect. It’s working well for our customers, both big and small.”

STANLEY Security’s maintenance and servicing options include service plans with differing levels of support to suit customers’ needs. The business boasts a network of expert technicians UK wide who can repair or maintain security equipment to ensure that it’s fully functional.

While STANLEY Security is currently using ‘Connected Assets’ to map static assets for its own service and maintenance contracts, Derek McLean (head of technology solutions at STANLEY Security) sees an even wider use for it.

“Using ‘Connected Assets’ for mapping customers’ security systems is the first step. We are looking at ways in which to further develop and use this innovative technology. For example, we’re already combining it with asset utilisation. Using technology such as Low Energy Bluetooth, GPS and RTLS location tracking, temperature monitoring and GSM we’re able to provide real-time information on assets, however large or small, both inside and outside a building.”

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Biometric credentials added to Inner Range’s access control solutions

Inner Range’s access control customers can now benefit from biometric credentials thanks to a new partnership initiated with biometric technology company Zwipe. The new service, which uses clients’ existing card readers, is one of several intelligent integrations that Inner Range will be demonstrating at a free Integration Showcase on April 24 at its European headquarters near Reading.

Other integrators at the event include Morse Watchmans, which combines key locker control and asset management systems with Inner Range’s security solutions, as well as Stentofon (which offers intelligent intercom solutions via Inner Range software).

Tim Northwood, general manager of Inner Range Europe, said: “Integration is at the heart of what we do. Our products allow clients to control access to all manner of places, spaces, systems and products at the local, national and even global levels. Our new partnership with Zwipe is the latest in a long and ever-increasing line of integrations designed to help our customers better control their buildings and systems and streamline their processes. We very much hope that our Integration Showcase will highlight the options and sophistication available with our products and afford potential new clients the opportunity to see them in action.”

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The new partnership with Zwipe means that Inner Range’s clients can add fingerprint data to credentials and, crucially, continue to use their existing card readers. They don’t need to buy costly new readers. The system can employ Inner Range’s encrypted Sifer readers and only stores the biometric data on the card rather than in a central database.

Morse Watchmans will be demonstrating how its key control system can integrate with Inner Range products to strengthen security, ensure personnel safety and restrict movement if necessary, as well as improve reporting compliance and reducing damage and resulting lost productivity.

Stentofon will showcase how its intercom solutions integrate with Inner Range products to enable clients ‘to hear, be heard and understood, every time’ by providing interactive graphical representations, status and controls across multiple sites.

 

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