The operation centre for Southeastern Trains, in Ramsgate, serves over 170 stations throughout Kent, East Sussex and London and employs over 3,800 people. Over the past year, Southeastern Trains has upgraded security at its Ramsgate Engineering Depot, where its trains are maintained, cleaned and serviced. Ramsgate is also an important location for the comings and goings of many of the company’s staff. The initial requirement for the project was to increase security at barriers in and out of the site, ensuring access was strictly monitored. The installer, ICL, approached Castel because its Softphone Intercom product fitted the client’s requirements. The CAP IP V1B (single-button video) intercom has now been installed at the depot’s gates and barriers. The system calls back to operators who use Castel’s Xellip Media Softphone on their PCs to answer calls and view images. Calls are diverted out of hours to the Southeastern Trains control room, which is at a different location. Thanks to the ease of installation of the equipment and the way in which the intercoms can be integrated into Southeastern’s expanding system, further access control solutions at the site have been earmarked for development throughout 2014.
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.