Monday, July 28, 2014

Stirling Revealed in 2014

The historic city of Stirling in Scotland has certainly been getting some attention lately. In our last perimeter security blog post we talked about the visit to the city in June by the world-famous Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force aerobatics team. Their awe-inspiring display, as part of the biggest and most important ceremony in the whole of Britain's celebrations that day, will live in the memories of Stirling people for many years to come. British network tv featured Stirling quite heavily that day.

This tv exposure for the city was not short-lived, for within a matter of days Stirling was on tv again. Our Technical Director Andy Moon came into the office one morning asking if we had all seen Stirling featured on Scottish TV documentary the night before. We hadn't and were all rather frustrated to have missed out. Andy told us how Stirling's unique history had been covered with special features on Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument (where our security technology has been installed) and Bannockburn (which had its 700th anniversary in June this year). These 3 places alone are unique in Scottish history so our frustration was compounded. However, it was not for long :)

Here at Advanced Perimeter Systems part of our work ethic is to find a way of achieving what others might give up on. When it comes to perimeter security technology this can be a complex and demanding task, so finding a tv programme .... well, how hard could that be? We had a quick look on the web and found it - Episode 1 in a series called "Scotland Revealed".

Here is the Episode 1 and Stirling is featured about 3/4 of the way into the programme. So if you want to jump to that part, just move the scroll bar along to around the 40 minutes mark. However, if you can find the time, the whole programme is really worth watching. Enjoy :)

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Aerobatics Over Stirling By The Red Arrows

Our range of perimeter security clients covers many spheres of activity from industry to commerce, public sector services to the leisure industry and more. One of the more unusual sectors we have been involved with for a number of years now is the military where we have been privileged to service  security contracts for the British Government's Ministry of Defence including Royal Air Force bases both in the UK and overseas. (Click here to read more about our work in that field).

So it was with great excitement that we followed the visit by the RAF Red Arrows to Stirling recently. Their aerobatic display was the highlight of the entertainment and displays staged on Britain’s National Armed Forces Day. There were many events around Britain and at British military posts overseas that day, but the main event was hosted at Stirling Castle. Hence the Red Arrows’ visit. Other attendees included hundreds of serving military personnel, cadets and veterans along with HRH the Princess Royal and the British Prime Minister.

Quoting from the official website the Red Arrows are ‘the public face of the RAF ….. they assist in recruiting to the Armed Forces, act as ambassadors for the United Kingdom and promote the best of British.’

That last part ‘the best of British’ rang a chord with our team; it is a phrase we love to hear and one that we strive to portray in the quality of our perimeter security systems and the technical support and expertise within our company.

Most of us knew a little about the Red Arrows before their visit to Stirling but since that day we have wanted to know more. So we did a little reading and their story is truly inspiring.

The overriding  impression you gain is the amazing level of skill and dedication not only of a group of incredible pilots but the support team (known as the Blues) that works tirelessly in the background. No less than 120 people make up the Red Arrows aerobatic team. This year is historic for them – their 50th display season and we would like to congratulate them on that achievement.

Their display over Stirling was particularly dramatic because it was what they call ‘a bad weather day’ so they had to conduct a low level display or what’s sometimes called a ‘rolling display’. Low level flying is something our Technical Director Andy Moon is familiar with having spent a day piloting over the city himself a few months ago. Andy’s speed and movement, however, was on a slightly less ambitious level!

There are some amazing photos of their aerial displays on the Red Arrows Facebook page and of course you can get all the latest news on their display season too. Whilst on Facebook you might also like to check out the APS Perimeter Security page here

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Security Discussions In London

In our post Electric Fence Sensors En Route For London, we offered a glimpse into the work that goes on behind the scenes to prepare for our attendance at IFSEC, the international security trade fair which this year was held in London.

It was 3 days filled with tremendous activity and the Advanced Perimeter Systems personnel at the show were kept busy day after day welcoming many visitors to our stand including potential new customers as well as some existing ones, keen to meet up and continue ongoing discussions. We were also delighted to see some familiar faces from our international distribution network.

Every day was demanding and by the time the show closed its doors at night, there was little time for relaxation or sightseeing. However, our Technical Director Andy Moon did manage to capture some great images of the ArcelorMittal Orbit illuminating the London night sky.

Most people saw the Orbit during the televising of the London 2012 Olympics  for which it was built. Technically it is not a building but a sculpture and with a height of 114.5 metres it is currently the largest piece of ‘public art’ in Britain. Our artistic heritage in Britain is something we have a great passion for and as a company we have provided security systems at many cultural and historic sites. Read more here 

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