Prison drone security pioneers introduce UK Government officials to perimeter savings

The integrated security team behind a British prison’s pioneering war against drones is to share its innovative and cost-saving approach with UK Government officials. Les Nicolles Prison on Guernsey became the first in the world to use a new system designed to stop drones from smuggling drugs, weapons and other contraband over perimeter walls. A group of four collaborating British companies styling itself as The Perimeter Security Centre of Excellence (PSCoE) installed a comprehensive perimeter protection package, including the new Sky Fence technology. Now, The PSCoE is exhibiting on Stand Z35 at the official UK Government global security event, Security & Policing 2018, which takes place from 6-8 March at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Established over 30 years ago, this unique three-day event is the premier platform for UK suppliers to showcase the very latest equipment, training and support to police services, Government departments, organisations and agencies from the UK and overseas.

Binns Fencing, the leading fencing contractor for the Ministry of Justice, led the Guernsey project for the conglomerate, which offers the simplicity and efficiencies of a single line of communication and management for high-security perimeters from cradle to grave.

Eclipse Digital Solutions is the second of the collaborators. The company created Sky Fence alongside fellow British business Drone Defence and offers full turnkey security design through to installation.

Concentrating on seamless integration

Eclipse Digital Solutions business development manager Giovanni Vasso informed Risk UK: “Our proposition is really all about seamless integration designed to offer the most cost-effective high-end security for perimeters, whether that be along a border, around a prison, at an airport or for the Olympic Games, or even airborne above the ground on roofs and the like. The beauty of our conglomerate is that our working relationships have been formed over many years. We’re all friends, so the trust is absolute.”

The other two member companies within the group are Harper Chalice, an intrusion detection business providing PIDS, electric fencing and RADAR detection, and Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM), which offers integrated security systems, Physical Security Information Management software and intercom security solutions.

Together, they believe the UK Government could make significant savings by adopting its proposed model for delivering perimeter security and PIDs procurement and delivery. Their single point of contact for the complete perimeter security package provides greater opportunity for innovation, reduced complexity and no need to manage multiple contractors. The PSCoE firmly believes this could offer significant cost savings on PIDs cable installation and contract and project management costs, as indeed has been the case with Les Nicolles, where the State of Guernsey that runs the prison has saved no less than £1.3 million.

Category B prisoners

State Deputy Mary Lowe explained: “Following on from discussions with key staff, the Committee decided that it was possible to continue housing Category B prisoners at Les Nicolles without the installation of a second fence at significant expense. While the second fence is advised under UK guidelines for Category B prisons, the Committee is comfortable that the current technological upgrade offers security enabling Guernsey to continue housing Category B prisoners. Sending such prisoners ‘off island’ to serve their sentence comes at a significant cost of approximately £50,000 per year for each detainee. The Committee decided that these upgrades, which will cost £1.3 million less than a second fence, offered a Guernsey-appropriate solution.”

Binns Fencing’s managing director Adam Binns explained: “We’ve devised this model in consultation with the Government, main contractors and suppliers to deliver best value and a greater potential to innovate with a single point of contact throughout procurement, delivery and installation. The model affords the parties involved trusted advice on design, manufacturing and installation from exclusively British companies and encompasses British products ranging from CCTV, intruder detection, video management and access control systems through to physical security fencing, gates and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures.”

For its part, the annual Security & Policing event provides a platform for professionals from the UK and across the world to engage with the very highest level of security expertise and the latest technologies. It affords the level of industry engagement needed to enable the UK Government to procure for – and subsequently deliver on – meeting its national security priorities.

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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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