ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions: Partnering for Posterity Partnering with Avigilon, The Bloomfield Group and MET, ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions hosted a pioneering event in London, to tackle the issue of ‘Improving Security and Reducing Costs’. With a keynote speech delivered by Don Randall, Chief Information Security Officer at the Bank of England, the seminar, held at the High Commission of Canada, Grosvenor Square, gave delegates an update on the latest industry technology, and the foremost thinking on security strategy. Delegates included high calibre personnel responsible for the security of some of the UK’s top financial, retail and leisure facilities, to whom ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions presented its innovative CLIQ Remote solution – an accessible key control system that enables users to benefit from high security, electromechanical locking solutions, without the associated costs and complexity. Also on display from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions were the attractive Shine electromechanical door lock, and the Codehandle, all demonstrating what Managing Director, David Wigglesworth, described as ‘mechatronic’ security – the strength of mechanical, coupled with the flexibility of electronic, providing absolute protection. Covering monitoring and evidencing, David Small, Regional Sales Manager for Avigilon, demonstrated the company’s revolutionary high-definition surveillance systems and user-friendly software. Avigilon’s end-to-end surveillance solution provides clear evidence that is unmatched in the industry, helping end-users keep their property safe. Addressing physical security and remote site monitoring, Richard Bissett, Group MD of the Bloomfield Group, spoke on the NASv2 rapidly deployable CCTV system and how it deters crime before it has been committed. Talking on the importance of integrating and managing the wide spectrum of IP based security solutions 24/7, was Ian Vickers, Managing Director of M.E.T. Ian also raised the issue of combatting cyber crime, especially in light of the exponential rise in occurrences. David Trimmer, Chairman of the Bloomfield Group, said: “Don Randall’s key message was that security disciplines must blur the boundaries and communicate with each other, in order to form a complete and comprehensive security system. By working in partnership and as a community, Don’s message was that we could help the wider community, where heavy security investments can’t be made. It is in everyone’s mutual interest to strive for strengthened security, and provide the community at large with comprehensive protection against crime. David Wigglesworth, Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “As ever, the most valuable perspective is that of an end-user. Ian Stokes, Head of Facilities Management for Oxford University also spoke at the event, highlighting his concerns and priorities, and outlining the most up-to-date problems that we need to seek to solve. With budget constraints still playing a crucial role in security specification, this sort of engagement can inform our work and developments in the coming year.” For more information on ASSA ABLOY, please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk or follow @ASSAABLOYUKLtd on Twitter.