Comprehensive security overhaul at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service with Chubb

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Introduction to the upgrade

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), serving approximately 1.14 million people across North East England, has announced a major upgrade to its security infrastructure.

In partnership with Chubb, the service has implemented a state-of-the-art access control system across its facilities.

This move addresses the challenges posed by an outdated system, ensuring enhanced protection for people and assets within the boroughs of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, and Sunderland.

Details of the security overhaul from Chubb

The partnership with Chubb came after a detailed competitive tender process, aiming to revolutionise the security framework of the Fire and Rescue Service.

The upgrade encompasses 17 fire stations, the head office, a maintenance facility, and a training centre.

The project includes the installation of over 350 advanced access control points, distribution of more than 1500 key fobs, and the implementation of mobile access control, integrated with door alarms and an interactive estate map for comprehensive monitoring and control.

The system’s connection with the FRS’s HR database significantly streamlines the process of managing access privileges, enhancing both efficiency and security.

Innovative features and outcomes

The new security system introduces several innovative features, including real-time interactive mapping for swift responses to security issues, automated access control synced with HR data for immediate changes to access privileges, and customisable alarm parameters to accommodate planned activities without compromising security.

This advanced system offers Tyne and Wear FRS enhanced reliability, tighter security, and improved control over entry and personnel management.

The system’s real-time monitoring capabilities and automated management of access fobs significantly improve the service’s ability to respond to security challenges and manage personnel access.

Moreover, the generated data allows for detailed analysis to further strengthen security measures.

IFSJ Comment

The strategic partnership between Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Chubb marks a significant advancement in public sector security management.

This collaboration has laid the foundation for a more secure, efficient, and responsive system.

Through the implementation of advanced access control points, integration with HR databases, and innovative features like real-time interactive mapping, Tyne and Wear FRS demonstrates a forward-thinking approach to ensuring the safety of its personnel and the community it serves.

This initiative is a testament to the importance of adopting cutting-edge technology to meet the evolving security needs of public services.

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