Securitas flying high with Airbus Group in wake of security solutions contract win for UK operations

Securitas has won a prestigious security contract with the Airbus Group in the UK

Securitas has won a prestigious security contract with the Airbus Group in the UK

Securitas has been awarded a contract to provide specific security solutions for leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus Group. Those solutions will encompass many specialised services and include the platform for Securitas to further develop its aerodrome-focused fire and rescue services.

Securitas has been providing security services for Airbus in France, Spain and Germany since 1990. Last year, Airbus Group put out a tender for the UK and Securitas’ 40-strong bid team fought determined competition to secure the prestigious contract win.

Michael Clancy, commercial director at Securitas, said: “In winning this contract we have proved our specialist service capability and the depth of our reach back to specialists in both the UK and across Securitas EMEA. What was already Securitas European and Global Accounts Department’s largest account has now increased in size with the addition of the UK portfolio.”

The specialist service contract will cover Airbus’ sites in Chester, North Wales, Bristol, Portsmouth and Stevenage and include reception duties, airport security and aerodrome fire and rescue in addition to fire vehicle and equipment maintenance and strategy advice.

Michael Clancy: commercial director at Securitas

Michael Clancy: commercial director at Securitas

Clancy added: “This really is a most deserving contract win for Securitas UK and is testament to our strategy of offering customers Best in Class sector expertise from the UK and across the globe. Our suite of services and unique approach is gathering serious momentum.”

Multirole Jammer developed and launched by Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space has developed a new protection system, designated Multirole Jammer, that combines the highest efficiency countering radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) with comprehensive monitoring of the signal spectrum and tactical communication jamming.

Based on the latest software-defined radio technologies, the Multirole Jammer analyses the signal spectrum around a vehicle and is thus in a position to jam the radio signals intended to ignite a roadside bomb in an extremely target-efficient way. In an extended role, the device can be used for operational signal intelligence, thus contributing to the generation of a comprehensive picture of the signal situation – a task that previously could only be accomplished by separate systems which are scarce in number and much more difficult to deploy.

The Multirole Jammer also supports the developing counter-UAV systems. Making use of the indispensable RCIED protection equipment ensures efficient use of available space, weight, power and budget.

“Lessons learned from deployments such as Afghanistan have made more versatile and compact devices to monitor the electromagnetic spectrum indispensable”, said Thomas Müller, head of the electronics business line at Airbus Defence and Space. “Our long-standing experience in electronic warfare enables us to translate latest technologies into solutions which offer reliable protection to the forces on the ground.”

The Multirole Jammer uses the ultra-fast SMART responsive jamming technology developed by Airbus Defence and Space to substantially enhance protection compared to conventional systems. Thanks to new digital receiver and signal processing technologies, the system achieves reaction times of well below one millisecond.

The jamming power is focused on the detonation signal’s specific frequency instead of being distributed over the whole frequency range, as is the case in conventional systems.

The SMART Responsive Jamming Technology is already operational in the company’s Vehicle Protection Jammer.

About the Author
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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