Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) of Essex and Bedfordshire is opening a new control centre and has awarded Frequentis the contract for providing the latest version of its 3020 Integrated Communications Control System (ICCS) for their new joint control rooms project. As a result, the combined team of Essex and Bedfordshire FRS will have an integrated communication systems comparable, according to reports, with technology used for air traffic management and defence. The Frequentis 3020 ICCS platform focuses on the operational user with a practical approach and the HMI design enables existing operational and business processes to be maintained, allowing a seamless transition where business improvements and changes occur. Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Paul Hill said,” We selected Frequentis again not just because of the capabilities of the company and its system, but also because of the reliability of the current solution in Essex. During the last seven years our Frequentis system has been 100 per cent reliable.” The combined control room facilities of Essex and Bedfordshire will serve a population of almost 2.4 million people in an area of about 500,000 hectares. It includes two major airports, the country’s busiest motorway and commuter rail links in and out of London.
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.