With key roles scheduled in the 2012 Olympics, 50-percent additional event space and London's first International Convention Centre coming on stream this year, ExCeL London is stepping up its security systems. Electronic security solutions provider Secom plc has won a major contract to upgrade and integrate the Docklands exhibition centre's surveillance systems. The three-month project involves installing additional indoor and outdoor cameras, recording equipment and control systems.
ExCeL London is already regarded as a leading UK and European exhibition and conference centre, and in addition to hosting a wide range of major exhibitions and international conventions, it will also provide a venue for seven Olympic and six Paralympic events in 2012. A US$254 million expansion programme will raise its profile even further, with London's first purpose-built, self-contained International Convention Centre, due to open in May.
Part of the Abu Dhabi based ADNEC Group, ExCeL and the ICC share a 100 acre campus including hotels, restaurants and parking at London's Royal Victoria Dock. It also enjoys excellent rail access from central London, and is conveniently close to London City Airport.
While retaining the centre's existing cameras, Secom is installing a substantial number of fixed and fully functional cameras to increase surveillance capability inside and around the ExCeL and the ICC. The cameras are fully IP-linked to the centre's on-site control suite for monitoring and recording, and to other viewing points, including a disaster recovery suite. Secom is also installing new digital recording equipment and system controls, and will provide ongoing maintenance for the new systems.
"The installation will be undertaken by a dedicated project manager and a team of engineers, to ensure consistency of work and service throughout the project," said Alan Hazell, Secom Regional Manager. "We are delighted to have won this contract after a five-way tender, during which we demonstrated our commitment to long-term partnerships based on service and delivery," Hazell continued. "Our systems will help to protect ADNEC's investment in the Docklands regeneration, ensuring that the venues are well secured for the safety of visitors and staff."