Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Pyramids Of Egypt Perimeter Security

Being asked to help protect and secure something nearly 5,000 years old is not an everyday occurrence for a perimeter security manufacturer - but that's exactly what happened to us in 2003.

On the outskirts of Cairo in Egypt stand The Pyramids of Giza, the focal point of which is the gigantic Pyramid of Khufu. This, until 1888, was the highest known structure on the entire planet. Here's a satellite view for anyone interested in taking a closer look. View the WikiMapia image

We were approached because, at that time, the Pyramids were suffering from continual damage due to over-zealous souvenir hunters and it was not going to be long before the damage might be irreparable. The problem was to come up with an effective, high security system which would not interfere with or spoil the look of the site as a whole and with a perimeter of over 13 kilometres we knew this would be a challenge. To read the full story of how we provided the solution please go to our Pyramids perimeter security case study. As a result of the success of this installation our company has been privileged to be invited to supply perimeter security solutions in various parts of the Middle East.

Photo taken by APS Technical Director Andy Moon whilst on site.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Security For William Wallace

Our manufacturing and operations base is located in Stirling, Central Scotland. It is an area with a fascinating and colourful history and receives many visitors every year, particularly because of 2 famous, local features:

Stirling Castle
Set high up on volcanic rock, Stirling castle occupies one of the most magnificent settings in all of Scotland and overlooks both Stirling Bridge where William Wallace defeated the English in 1297 and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce gained a similar victory in 1314.

The William Wallace Monument
Just a few miles from Stirling Castle across the River Forth, the Wallace Monument was built as a memorial to one of Scotland's greatest, national heroes: William Wallace.

There was a dramatic increase in visitors to Stirling following the success of the 'Braveheart' film starring Mel Gibson. People from all over the world were keen to find out more about William Wallace - indeed, inside the Monument is Wallace's own, huge broadsword, a must for 'Braveheart' fans to see for themselves.

The number of visitors to the site grew to such an extent that it was decided that the Monument should be floodlit at night, enabling it to be seen for miles around. The only problem was the the bulbs used for this special lighting were unusual, powerful and very expensive and it was not long before they were stolen. This was when Advanced Perimeter Systems was asked to help with the provision of a security system that would protect the bulbs from further theft.

We were privileged to have the opportunity, not just because it was a famous, historical monument but because it was local to us and we know only too well the value of the Wallace Monument to the local people and the people of Scotland as a whole. Thankfully, since the installation of one of our perimeter security systems, the floodlights have not been under threat and the monument can be readily seen illuminating the skyline at night for miles around.

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