Grantham Journal Big Interview: Innovative security firm keeping us safe
Ever since setting up in 1988, A1 Security Services have kept ahead of the times and protected homes and businesses by providing the latest in alarm and surveillance technology.
Moreover, the development of their own technology, including a CCTV system recently installed along Grantham Canal, makes them a truly innovative business. Business partner Matthew Powell told the Journal more.
How did it feel to win the Business Innovation title at the Grantham Journal Business Awards?
We were absolutely delighted – it has been a huge morale boost for our staff. We were very proud to have designed and built the CCTV system for Grantham Canal on behalf of SKDC, but it sometimes takes someone outside the company to point out what an achievement it is.
What technology and services do you provide?
Our main services include installation and maintenance of intruder alarms, fire alarms, CCTV, access control and intercom systems. Over the past 12 months we have designed and developed a rapid deployment CCTV system based on the cameras fitted on Grantham Canal. This will be available on a hire or purchase basis for protecting, for example, construction sites, fly-tipping areas, high risk flood areas, etc. To work in conjunction with this product we have developed a highly efficient CCTV monitoring system – this can also be overlaid on to any CCTV system. Soon we will be launching a local key-holding and guard response service available to any domestic or commercial customers, even if we didn’t fit their system. We are not aware of any local company offering this service and following many requests from customers we decided to expand into this area. It gives customers peace of mind knowing that if their alarm system goes off a uniformed guard will attend, check the premises and reset the alarm system. It is especially useful for commercial premises or anyone who doesn’t want to rely on a friend or neighbour.
How has the technology developed since you started?
Back in 1988 intruder alarms and CCTV system were quite inefficient by today’s standards. The biggest change has been in the CCTV industry – cameras are getting better and better all the time. We now fit full high definition cameras as standard. The picture quality is fantastic on both live and recorded images, and, with broadband, watching your CCTV cameras on a smart phone or computer is now easier than ever. When we started, CCTV was mainly for the commercial market, but now we are regularly installing systems on domestic properties and can cater for any size of system. In 2010 we launched ‘Tek2’ – our own brand of CCTV equipment. This enables us full control of the quality of equipment and the ability to alter the specifications to meet customers’ needs
Do you work with the police and fire service?
We assist the local police whenever possible – we are regularly asked to download CCTV footage from our systems for evidence. We also have many intruder and fire alarm systems fitted that have a police and fire service response in place.