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.’
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.