Taktis fire panel from Kentec protects broadcasting facilities at Maidstone Studios

Maidstone Studios

Maidstone Studios

A sophisticated Taktis panel supplied by life safety control systems manufacturer Kentec and installed by DPJ Fire and Security Ltd is helping to protect visitors, staff and performers alike at Maidstone Studios in Kent, one of the UK’s largest independent broadcasting facilities.

The location plays host to state-of-the-art studios, production offices, dressing rooms and green rooms. Indeed, it’s home to some of the nation’s favourite TV shows including Take Me Out and the ever-popular Later… Live with Jools Holland.

DPJ Fire and Security Ltd was approached by Maidstone Studios to advise what they could do with the existing fire alarm and control panel that was showing signs of degradation. The business duly turned to Kentec’s product suite to upgrade the studio’s existing fire control panel located in the studio’s entrance and reception area.

Steve Bidmead, senior project manager at DPJ Fire and Security Ltd, said: “We met with the client and discussed the current fire alarm requirements and future plans. The customer is forward-thinking and technology driven and wanted a future-proofed solution so the Taktis panel from Kentec was an obvious choice.”

Bidmead added: “The flexibility of Taktis is such that it can be re-configured to realise multiple control and indication applications. It offers excellent functionality, while the touch-screen full-colour 7” display provides an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. The studios also have a number of Kentec Syncro panels onsite covering various areas. The long-term plan is to network these to the new Taktis panel.”

In conclusion, Bidmead told Risk Xtra: “Since being installed there have been no issues with the system and the customer is very happy with the end result. DPJ Fire and Security Ltd has built a lasting professional relationship with the customer, secured the maintenance contract and carried out various refurbishment works over the studio’s premises.”

Kevin Swann, managing director at Kentec, explained: “With its enhanced integration and capability to network up to 128 panels, Taktis is able to meet both the current and future needs of even the largest of buildings. It represents the perfect fit for Maidstone Studios.”

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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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