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On-site security at National Grid upgrade

The contractor Ashridge Group is managing the security for a energy provider as it re-commissions two compressor stations in Cambridgeshire. The sites are being upgraded as part of a £113m National Grid contract, with Ashridge providing on-site security services for an initial five years.

The contract guard firm is working with VPS, the specialist provider of vacant, occupied and site security. With the security teams already in place, an additional patrol is due to be added to one of the sites in due course, to maintain access controls as the construction works progress and new entrance and exit points open.

To combine physical and technical security, VPS’ deployable CCTV – the JCB Smart Tower – delivers CCTV monitoring and recording 24-7 and supports Ashridge on the ground in delivering technical security at the perimeter.

Emma Walker, Managing Director of Ashridge Group, said: “The key to success lies in achieving a ‘defence-in-depth’ strategy and we’re confident that in partnership with VPS, and through the layered measures we have in place, we are well positioned to deliver the high-level security requirements needed to protect these assets.”

The Smart Tower comes with a vandal-proof camera, infra-red illuminators, movement detectors and public address. The product can see in the dark and detect heat as well as light and remote operators can warn off intruders.


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