Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Securing The Perimeter For Quantitative Easing

One of the most featured news items in the media both last year and currently, has been the crisis in the global economy. Reports on how governments are handling the situation have become daily occurrences and 'the man in the street' has become accustomed to hearing a plethera of previously unfamiliar terms - such as Quantitative Easing.

This is where, in order to revive consumer spending and economic growth, national banks expand the amount of money circulating within their economy. In the UK for example, where interest rates are currently at their lowest in the entire 315 year history of the Bank Of England, the Bank is reported to be using the quantitative easing process to expanding the amount of money in the system by some £200 billion. However, it will done electronically, not by printing more actual paper money.

Printing great volumes of paper money has been synonomous with serious hyperinflation in the past - read Wikipedia's page on the history of hyperinflation to learn just how many countries have suffered because of this. Moreover, according to the Maastricht Treaty, EU member states are not actually allowed to finance their public deficits by printing money. Effectively, we think this is a good analogy of perimeter security in monetary form.

As for the physical kind, we once provided perimeter security using our Flexiguard™ system to protect premises where newly minted Euros were being housed for the Portuguese Mint.

With a large volume all in one location it was a prime target for theft.

Read our Euro Security Case Study.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Perimeter Security For UN Building

The United Nations is recognised worldwide as perhaps the most valued of organisations - its continued efforts over many years to secure and maintain peace between all nations are undeniable. The UN has many buildings in many countries and between them they perform a wide variety of functions.

In 1994 the UN Security Council set up the ICTR - the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal For Rwanda or the Tribunal pénal international pour le Rwanda (TPIR) as it is also known. The court still operates today in Arusha, Tanzania. Due to the nature of the valuable work conducted within the court, security to protect the perimeter of the building is an important consideration. We were delighted to receive the commission in 2008 to provide this element of United Nations security.

Here is a photograph of part of the perimeter security installation which uses all 3 of our main security products Flexiguard™, Electro-Fence™ and Multisys Security™.

As we approach the end of 2009 we take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their business and support. We wish everyone a happy, healthy and fulfilling year ahead - one that is hopefully full of the peace that the UN strives so hard to preserve.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Security Case Study Leads to Multiview™ Development

As European leaders in the perimeter security industry, we are always pushing the boundaries and looking to new horizons with our product development programme. Multisys™ Security is a great example of this. A unique modular PC based Security Management System, it uses a common communication protocol to integrate and control the APS Electro-Fence™ controllers, Flexiguard™ analysers and other alarm devices.When we develop a new technology, the catalyst can be any one of a number of things. For example, it was a case study for a military client that spawned the idea for developing our Multiview™ security system.

During one particular perimeter security installation, the client happened to mention that what they were looking to do at some point was ideally just use one control centre for monitoring a variety of sites (i.e from one central location). Our Technical Director Andy Moon was determined to come up with a solution and the result was Multiview™, a virtual network computer system for remote monitoring.Just one of our security case studies which you can read about on aps-perimeter-security.com.

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Parrot Perimeter Security at Edinburgh Zoo

One of the more unusual security problems we were asked to solve was when, some years ago, Edinburgh Zoo had a serious problem with intruders stealing their rare parrots, worth thousands of pounds. The Zoo contacted a security company in Edinburgh and they in turn came to us as we are well known for our expertise in high level perimeter security installations.

We knew our Flexiguard perimeter security system was probably the answer but we were told there might be a problem - these parrots loved chewing through things! This meant that if we installed the sensor cabling in the standard way, it was probably going to prove a tempting challenge for the parrots and therefore would not last very long!

So we gave the matter some thought and had further discussions with the Zoo. Amongst our questions was what the parrots could not chew through! Bingo ... we came up with the solution: stainless steel. So to protect the sensor cable from being damaged by the parrots we encased it in a special stainless steel tubing. Using this tubing, we were able to attach the cable around the sides and over the top of the parrots' cages and their security was complete.

Read more of our security case studies

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