Monday, December 30, 2013

Saving The Earth With Scrap Yard Security

Q: Does perimeter security have a connection with saving the environment and recycling?
A: Yes without a doubt and perhaps more than most of us realise.

The best way to explain this is by asking another question ... did you know that humans use up natural resources at an annual rate of 1.5 times what the earth can naturally provide for us? It's a staggering fact and a truly sobering one, bringing home the need for us to recycle ever more materials rather than keep plundering the earth's precious, dwindling resources.

Amongst the materials most needed for recycling is scrap metal.

The demand comes from the many sectors of manufacturing, particularly China. In 2009 China eclipsed Germany as the world's leading exporter of goods. In 2011 China was declared the world's top producer of goods bringing to an end the domination of the United States who enjoyed that #1 status for no less than 110 years. It's believed that industry and construction in China currently account for almost half of the country's GDP with mining and ore processing a major part of that. Having access to recycled metals is therefore a priority for China. Other countries of course have industrial manufacturing facilities too so recycled metal has become a 'in demand' product on a global scale.

The knock-on effect of the world's hunger for recycled metal is that it has become a target for theft. Our previous posts Scrap Metal Theft Security Solutions (2009) and Roof Top Security Reaches New Heights (2012) have broached the subject, covering in particular the problem of church roof theft.

The biggest target for metal theft is without doubt scrap yards where everything from wrecked cars to old bicycles, old garden benches to exercise machines is dumped and collected for recycling. Scrap yard security is therefore a big concern with yard owners asking if their current system is effective enough. 
  • Does it for example deter as well as detect intruders (eg. by way of electric fencing)? 
  • Does it have the option of remote monitoring?
    The latter is crucial for when the yard is unmanned - the key time criminals are looking to take advantage. We have already helped one such yard in this respect, supplying them with GSM remote monitoring. Read further about how our range of products can provide effective scrap metal yard security.
By providing adequate security for the scrap metal where it's housed before it goes for recycling, the world's manufacturing facilities get to use more of what we've used before and thus save on the earth's natural resources. Question answered? Think so :)

Raffael5 BTW .... if you think recycling is a modern day concept, think again. Apparently, they were recycling as early as 400 BC, in the time of Plato in fact!

There have also been archeological discoveries that support this idea; ancient waste dumps have been identified yielding artefacts such as broken pottery and suggesting that people recognised the need to create new from old a very long time ago.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Collaboration Is Key For Effective Security

Having recently discussed a retrofit electric fencing case study, we thought we would develop this theme by talking today about how we are often asked to provide a security solution for a site which, at the time of its original construction, was not required.

This might sound odd to those of you more familiar with handling project tenders, being that they require everything bar the shoe size of the consultants to be quoted! However, it is more common than many people might realise.

A good example is The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Your initial reaction to that might be 'Yes, that figures but back in 2584 BC they didn't exactly know fence detection was an option!'and you would be right :)

However, being serious, we are talking when tourist travel became more popular and the impact that had upon this unique, historical monument - ie. souvenir hunting. The Pyramids had started to suffer damage at an alarming rate so something had to be done to protect the perimeter and guard against unwanted intruders. The solution was to monitor over 13 kilometres of perimeter fencing by splitting into multiple zones using a combination of 2 of our security products.

Other examples include royal residences and palaces, many of which are centuries old so need regular reviews of their security provisions. Then there are power stations, manufacturing facilities and oil refineries which had security systems supplied at the time of their construction but that might have been 10, 20 or even 30 years ago. This type of building is sometimes earmarked for refurbishment as a whole and that will of course mean a retrofit perimeter security solution.

Effective retrofit security has to be considered carefully and we find the answer to be good collaboration - ie. how well the specifiers and consultants work with the suppliers of the technology, such as ourselves. We have previously mentioned our work with consultants in our perimeter security blog but only in the context of new build projects - click here to read the full article.

When it comes to retrofit cases, consultants sometimes need even greater support from their suppliers and this is where our expertise as security system manufacturers and our extensive experience in the real world gives us a clear advantage. We can offer consultants just the type of support they want - ie. a costed and detailed solution for just about any retrofit project from basic industrial manufacturing facilities right up to EKPs (Economic Key Points). The latter is a very important sector to many governments and we are privileged to have already collaborated on this type of project in Britain.

Our experience, however, is not restricted to just the United Kingdom. We have collaborated with specifiers and consultants on refurbishment projects in many countries including the United States, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, France and Germany. Projects supplied have included banks, salvage yards, car manufacturing facilities, prisons and military installations.

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