|Chubb Systems has won a major new contract to supply and install a fully integrated intruder detection and security management system at key installations for Wales and West Utilities, the gas distribution network. Chubb, a leading provider of security and fire-safety solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
Wales and West Utilities covers a sixth of the UK, supplying gas to 7.5 million people across Wales and the south west of England. The company takes gas from the National Transmission System before distributing it to homes and businesses through its network of over 35,000 kilometres of gas pipe. Managing this flow of gas are regional hubs, each with critical and strategic importance.
A team of Chubb specialists will design and install custom security systems at six of these hubs. Each design will include a combination of closed circuit television, access control and intruder detection, and remote monitoring at a 24/7 Alarm Receiving Centre. Each installation will also take advantage of the latest white and infrared lighting and advanced video analytics for the optimal detection performance.
In addition, Chubb Systems will also install ADACS, its Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)-accredited security platform*. Chubb ADACS is an information management system that collates data and security information from multiple channels, protecting an organisation’s portfolio of assets that may be distributed over a wide geographical area. Chubb ADACS plays a crucial role in safeguarding people, vitally important information and property.
Andrew Hopkins, Director, Operations, Wales and West Utilities, said, “We are committed to providing a safe and reliable gas supply for the 7.5 million customers we serve. In an evolving world it is vital that we continue to be vigilant We work closely with the government and the security services to make sure the essential infrastructure we operate is robust and resilient in the face of future challenges.
“We are happy to be working with Chubb Systems on this contract. Its service offering will help us make sure we meet our security need in an efficient and cost effective way. We look forward to working in partnership to make sure homes and businesses across our area continue to receive a safe and reliable supply of gas now and in the future.”
*Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure’s (CPNI) assurance scheme for the Automatic Access Control System (AACS) control element of the Chubb ADACS security software solution.