Sodexo has opened a 24-hour security control room to manage the growth of its ‘Secure’ service, as it heads towards 250 sites across the UK and Ireland. Part of Sodexo’s Secure offer, the control room has been built to take into account Sodexo’s global security strategy. The control room is a single point of contact for all security employees, providing support for lone workers, alarm monitoring and innovative CCTV monitoring which allows the team to virtually oversee client sites. The control room is based in Salford and operated around the clock. It was officially opened by Sodexo Security Officer of the Year 2013 Craig Davies from a healthcare site, Sodexo Security Officer Darryl Bedding from a corporate site and Sodexo Centre of Excellence director Phil Smith. Mark Death, Sodexo national security manager, says,” The new control room will enable us to provide efficient and cost-effective security to our clients. Our lone worker support and innovative alarm monitoring systems mean we can increase the scope of our services and management systems as part of the Secure offer.”
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.