Strategic partnership agreement signed between IDIS and Swift Fire & Security

Left to Right: Brian Song, Jamie Barnfield and Paul Mather sign the agreement at IFSEC International 2015

Left to Right: Brian Song, Jamie Barnfield and Paul Mather sign the agreement at IFSEC International 2015

IDIS and Swift Fire & Security, one of the UK’s leading independent fire safety and security service providers, have announced and signed a strategic partnership agreement.

Established in 1982, Swift Fire & Security is a highly experienced systems integrator providing installation and maintenance services for both fire and security systems across the UK’s largest public and private sector organisations.

The company actively maintains a large national network of multi-disciplined engineers proficient in fire life safety systems as well as electrical, mechanical and networked security systems that encompass surveillance, intruder, access control, lighting and building management systems.

Installing over £1.4 million of security systems every month on behalf of discerning end users, Swift Fire & Security wanted to increase profit margins by streamlining the networked surveillance systems offered by the company to just three manufacturers. Swift Fire & Security had “recognised that some IP manufacturers were delivering poor technical support and regularly had diluted product availability” while “some systems were proving difficult and complex to implement and commission”.

Early on in 2014, Swift Fire & Security began evaluating a number of network surveillance solutions. One such that impressed was DirectIP from IDIS.  Packaged as an end-to-end solution comprising a range of cameras, monitors, network video recorders (NVR), network accessories and comprehensive video management software (VMS), DirectIP delivered exactly the kind of plug-and-play simplicity of installation and high performance that Swift Fire & Security was seeking.

The reliability and video data integrity DirectIP offered, together with an intuitive user interface, simple maintenance requirements, low power consumption and a bundled VMS with no annual licence fees also met with the security and low cost of ownership requirements demanded by Swift’s end user customer base.

Functionality and performance requirements

Tony Bates, security director at Swift Fire & Security, told Risk UK: “We carefully evaluated IDIS’ DirectIP system against a number of other IP-based solutions and quickly realised that it offered us what we were looking for in terms of functionality, performance and simple plug-and-play installation as well as providing every element required to implement a complete network surveillance set-up.”

The IDIS Stand at IFSEC International 2015

The IDIS Stand at IFSEC International 2015

Bates added: “We were equally impressed with the excellent local technical support, locally warehoused stock and customer service that the IDIS team could provide. Having taken our final decision to make DirectIP one of our network surveillance offerings, it then made perfect sense to sign the official partnership agreement at IFSEC International 2015.”

Jamie Barnfield, senior sales manager at IDIS Europe, added: “We’re thrilled to sign and announce the agreement. This year, IDIS is presenting its most comprehensive total surveillance solution to date with DirectIP at the very heart of that offering. One of the top security systems integrators in the UK, Swift Fire & Security is also one of the most established and well-respected. To have Swift Fire & Security validate IDIS and DirectIP is a great honour. We’re very much looking forward to supporting and working with the Swift team.”

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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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