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Man protects Robots!

by Brian Sims

A manned presence has been selected for the protection of advanced robotic machinery. The manufacturers of remote intervention equipment, Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD), has contracted Axis Security to provide manned guarding and electronic security at its base in North Tyneside. An around-the-clock manned guarding presence is employed at the warehouse complex. The security personnel’s duties include both traditional manned guarding patrols, as well as monitoring the video surveillance system that covers the three buildings and yards, and responding to any incidents. Established in 1970, SMD has a strong sub-sea heritage as it pioneered the design and manufacture of seabed ploughs. Following the acquisition of Hydrovision in 2003, SMD has grown to be a leading independent designer and manufacturer of workclass and specialist subsea remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Jonathan Levine, of Axis Security, stated, ‘Given the sensitive nature of SMD’s business, security is paramount, and it reflects well on us that SMD has chosen to work with a business that understands how manpower and technology can combine to deliver an effective security solution.’

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