Saturday, June 29, 2013

Vestiges Of War Viewed From The Perimeter

My travels to the United States have so far been incredibly worthwhile ... and in different ways.

First of all, we have enjoyed the reward of new and significant business. In fact, last year there were more of our high security non-lethal electric fence energizers installed in the US than those supplied by all of our competitors combined! Our US distributor has just been finalising a case study based on one of the contracts we were privileged to be awarded, so look out for a blog post on that soon.

The second way in which my time in the USA has been worthwhile is in the variety of people that I've met and the different cities, towns, landscapes, statues and memorials that I have seen first hand. We've published quite a few photographs on these already.

In April we published a post entitled 'Columbia Leaves Its Mark' featuring the cannon ball marks from the US Civil War. Then, more recently, last month we dedicated a post to memorials of notable political figures in US history (which you can read here). Today I'd like to keep to the subject of memorials but return to the theme of war.

War, as we all know, leaves an indelible mark and it seems common to every country that I've visited that people choose to build memorials as a lasting expression of their gratitude and sorrow. I found Columbia to be no exception.

Here is the South Carolina Confederate Monument near the South Carolina State House. Note the Confederate flag flying. I was told that some sports teams will not actually visit because of this.

Still standing outside the State House, I took this next photograph of Richardson Square. Named after
Richard Richardson, a Brigadier General in the War Of Independence who was taken prisoner by the British in 1780. Six of his descendants were Governors of South Carolina.

As a non-US citizen I always find it interesting to see such memorials. They are tangible links to history that changed many lives thereafter. Sitting on 'the perimeter' as I do whenever I travel overseas to discuss our security installations, I am grateful for the insight that such things afford.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Security & IFSEC 2013

This year's IFSEC Exhibition was an occasion to say both 'hello' and 'goodbye'. That may sound a little cryptic but there is a storyline and we thought it worth posting and sharing on our blog today.

First of all say hello to two key people involved with Advanced Perimeter Systems Ltd ...

Mr. Steve Kovacs and Mr. Matthew Thomson
Photographed at our IFSEC 2013 exhibition stand

Steve is our appointed US Distributor who came over especially for the exhibition and Matthew is an experienced APS Technician. It's not often we get to take photographs of these chaps as they're always so busy behind the scenes! So we were delighted to have them in attendance and see them engage with visitors to the stand, sharing their technical knowledge and enthusiasm.

As you can see from the stand's background display, all of our security products were made available for discussion as well as demonstration including our non-lethal electric fencing system (Electro-Fence™), our intrusion detection system (Flexiguard™) and our microwave sensors (Flexiguard™ Microwave Barriers).

Here is our Electro-Fence™ set up and ready to demonstrate ...

Non-lethal electric fencing system set up for demo

So what, you might ask, could possibly be the 'goodbye' part of this event? Well, this was the last IFSEC to be held at the NEC in Birmingham. Next year it is moving to London. Having attended the show at the NEC since 'day 1', there was definitely a sense of nostalgia as we watched the stand being packed away at the end of the show. We have met many interesting people there from all over the world and also been fortunate to build new and lasting business relationships.

On behalf of our company, as well as many others I'm sure, I would like to thank the NEC, its  friendly staff and supporting hotels and restaurants for the assistance given over the years.

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