Ashridge Group strengthens presence in Critical National Infrastructure sector

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

The effective management and application of the energy provider’s security operations is crucial to maintaining these Critical National Infrastructure services. Working in partnership with VPS, the specialist provider of vacant, occupied and site security solutions, Ashridge Group is providing 24/7 high level resilience cover on both sites.

With the security teams already in place, an additional patrol is due to be added to one of the sites in due course, dedicated to maintaining strict access controls as the construction works progress and new entrance and exit points open up.

Acknowledging the need to combine physical and technical solutions in the overall security matrix, Wayne Webster (key account manager at VPS), informed Risk Xtra about how its advanced mobile CCTV solutions support Ashridge Group’s teams on the ground in delivering technical security at the perimeter.

“The key to success lies in achieving a ‘defence-in-depth’ strategy,” outlined Webster. “We’re confident that, in partnership with VPS, and through the layered measures we have in place, we’re well positioned to deliver the high level security requirements needed to protect these assets.”

VPS’ award-winning JCB Smart Tower delivers effective CCTV monitoring and recording on a 24/7 basis. Proven for use in other high risk application areas, this rapidly deployable solution – which is equipped with a vandal-proof camera, infrared illuminators, movement detectors and PA system – can also ‘see in the dark’ and detect heat as well as light.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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