ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions partnered with The Bloomfield Group MET and Avigilon to host The Security Event, addressing the complete spectrum of security.

The seminar, held at the award winning Jaguar Land Rover Factory in Birmingham, included a keynote speech delivered by Michael Brooke – ACPO Development Officer and updates from a range of high calibre delegates responsible for the security of some of the UK’s top financial, retail and leisure facilities.

ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions’ Managing Director, David Wigglesworth, 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.

Ian Vickers, Managing Director of MET raised the issue of combatting cyber crime which the UK Government has now recognised as one of the top four threats to national security. Ian pointed out that on average cyber crime currently costs the UK £2.9 million per incident. The threat is also increasing in complexity and so to combat this issue organisations and Government are setting aside significant budgets to challenge this major problem.

According to the Association of Chief Police Officers, 80% of images coming from CCTV systems are grainy and ineffective when used as evidence. David Small, Regional Sales Manager for Avigilon, demonstrated the company’s unrivalled high-definition security system and user-friendly software, which can help to overcome the challenges of poor image quality and keep locations safe. 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.

David Trimmer, Chairman of the Bloomfield Group, said: “Michael Brooke’s key message drew on Secured by Design, a flagship UK police initiative to help ‘design out’ crime through the use of high-quality innovative products and processes. By combining minimum standards of physical security and well-tested principles of natural surveillance and defensible space, crime has been proven to be cut by up to 75%. By working in partnership and as a community, we can use security standards across the security industry to prevent all kinds of crimes.”

David Wigglesworth, Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “We are pleased to be in partnership with other leading security companies to ‘design out’ crime at the specification stage of projects. At ASSA ABLOY we work closely with our UKAS accredited test lab to ensure our product testing is independent and unbiased, to help at the design and manufacturing stage of product development. Our testing procedures are specifically tailored to simulate methods of attack, such manual and hammer attacks, so we can tailor our products to meet the industry’s key performance standards. We believe that combining minimum standards of physical security and processes is crucial to reducing crime.

“This year is a special year for ASSA ABLOY, as we are celebrating our 20th anniversary and this event was the perfect place to show our partners how we have become the global leader in door opening solutions over the last two decades.”

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