Cortech Security Management Streamlines UK Water Service

Cortech Developments won a contract from Northumbrian Water Limited (NWL) as part of its security enhancements at numerous water treatment works. The project will involve upgrading multiple sites with the latest version of Cortech's integrated software.

NWL provides water and wastewater services to 2.6 million people in the north east of England, and water services to 1.8 million in the south east of England, where it trades as Essex & Suffolk Water.

Just under 10 years ago, NWL invested in its first security management system. The software has become a key component of its control room operations ever since.

"We have been upgrading a full range of control hardware at our water treatment, which was the perfect time to upgrade to the system," said Colin Thomson, Security and Emergency Planning Manager at Northumbrian Water. "Furthermore our operators have used the software for many years now and they have found it to be both reliable and simple to operate."

The software integrates with a wide range of control equipment at various sites including surveillance, intruder, radio paging and staff attack, providing a single operating routine for managing alarms and events. The upgrade will bring about significant cost and operational benefits.

"NWL has a number of water treatment works and the software allows us to monitor activity locally and remotely from a main control room. This enables us to manage our operations in a cost-effective manner. The upgrade itself will significantly enhance our operations by monitoring events in real time and allowing our operators to view instant video play back of incidents," Colin added.

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