Hybrid Fire and Security Solutions Improves Safety on Vulnerable Industrial and Logistics Campuses

In this paper, we discuss the important role of automated fire and security systems including 24/7 Monitoring, CCTV, Intruder Alarms, Access Control, Advanced Fire Systems

In March this year, the Garda released its update on serious crime, highlighting an increase of 36% in property crime (2022), compared to the previous year. 

In today’s world, ensuring the safety and security of industrial units and campuses is more important than ever – both for personal safety and for the valuable assets stored in these facilities.

One of our core specialisms is large industrial campuses made of light industrial, science parks and car dealerships. Whilst the majority of businesses that appoint us have had some form of security system, it is common for many to be outdated.

In all instances, there are three common risks our clients face – theft, vandalism or fire. In this article, we explore the vital role that high-tech CCTV, access control, and fire systems play in protecting industrial units and campuses.

1. CCTV Systems:

New or innovative closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems have revolutionised the way industrial units and campuses approach security. In many instances, they have improved the accuracy of reporting, responsiveness, and personal safety.

Today, CCTV systems offer more than just surveillance. Sharp Group has its own central monitoring station which means there is always someone who can be responsive to potential intruders or fire warnings. Added to this is our latest integration, Calipsa, an AI tool that helps to reduce the number of false alarms, which means we can track more accurately the patterns of behaviour on site.

It seems obvious but in addition to having updated technology to monitor onsite activity, by deploying strategically positioned cameras throughout the premises, these systems can act as both a deterrent to criminal activities and help create a safer work environment for your employees.

Often, strategic locations can be missed, so it is important that you ensure your fire and security provider is investigating every possible scenario and checking key areas such as blind spots, obscure entry points, car parks, and outside courtyards.

The latest CCTV technology also provides high-definition cameras. Capturing clear and detailed footage in real-time is reassuring for clients but also for their tenants.

2. Access Control Systems and Intruder Alarms:

Controlling access to industrial units and campuses is vital for maintaining a secure environment, whether this is through barrier access, access to the building itself or through an intruder alarm.

Restricting Access

The latest automated access control systems can provide a comprehensive solution to regulate entry and exit points, ensuring that only authorised individuals can enter restricted areas. Until recently, access control for a proportion of clients was manual, putting a tremendous strain on the security guard. With the support of technology and our central monitoring station in Dulbin, there is always additional support for the onsite team should any conflict occur.

Automated Access Systems For Improved Safety & Analytics

Whether it is a stand-alone industrial unit or an entire estate, by implementing automated access control systems, industrial units and campuses can restrict access to sensitive areas through solutions such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) or simple automated door entry systems that alleviate the need for an in-house security guard. For example, at the South Dublin Chamber of Commerce, the site is accessible 24 hours a day. Previously undertaken by a human guard, the automated door entry systems combined with CCTV and 24/7 central monitoring provide the perfect package for improved onsite safety and reassurance for those who work on the campus. In addition to safety, automated access control systems enable tracking and auditing of access logs, providing a valuable tool for investigations, reporting or compliance purposes.

Intruder Alarms Provide Reassurance

In addition to access control, intruder alarms are an inherent part of the security solution for industrial units and campuses. In some instances, insurance companies expect businesses to have this system as a minimum and by providing a visible and loud alarm system, any risk of potential theft of valuable equipment, metals or stock is mitigated. For those businesses who have 24-hour working environments, it is also reassuring for employees to know that they are protected both on-site and via our central monitoring station, which means any emergency can be handled immediately and where necessary contact the local emergency services to act quickly.

3. Fire Systems:

Industrial units and campuses are, by their very nature, susceptible to fire hazards, which can result in devastating consequences. To safeguard against fire incidents, it is essential to implement effective fire detection and prevention systems.

All too often we see untested and unmaintained systems. Up-to-date fire systems are imperative to ensure the safety of your tenants and your personnel – it is a legal requirement. A complete system consists of hardware, software and fire safety procedures. Whether this is the smoke detectors themselves, fire alarms, fire suppression systems or emergency evacuation plans.

Our advice is to make it a priority and regularly maintain and test your fire systems, conduct fire drills and train employees on fire safety procedures. It is also worth noting that change creates risk, triggering the need for a new fire system. For example, increasing the size of your facility, moving access points, corridors and walkways, will require a complete review of your fire system.

Sharp Group’s clients on the fire maintenance programme have the reassurance of our 24/7 Central Monitoring Station. Combined with our CCTV systems, our clients and our team can manage the fire alarm activation much more quickly and efficiently.

For further information on our hybrid solutions for industrial units and estates, you can contact us at info@sharpgroup.ie.

Our Services:

  • We manage access to the campus at the barriers
  • We monitor the campus with high resolution and high tech CCTV cameras
  • We provide and maintain building access control systems
  • We provide, maintain and monitor building intruder alarm systems
  • We provide, maintain and monitor building fire alarm systems