Shard owners ramp up security after Greenpeace stunt

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Specialist CCTV with intruder detection systems was installed at the tallest building in the European Union after protesters climbed to the summit.

Six Greenpeace activists, all women, scaled the iconic Shard in London and unfurled a flag with “Save the Arctic” on it to protest against plans to drill in the Arctic by the oil company Shell.

The Prime Minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, inaugurated the 95-storey 310m building on 6 July 2012 in a ceremony attended by HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, officially opened the View from the Shard viewing platform on 1 February 2013.

But following the Greenpeace stunt on 11 July 2013, the management company for the owner’s Sellar Property Group and the State of Qatar decided to enhance the security system with the latest state of the art CCTV.

They appointed installer Unique Security and together evaluated leading products on the market. SharpView from EyeLynx was selected based on performance, quality and its focus on reliability. EyeLynx’s rapid deployment system, Pharos, was installed with wireless PIRs from Luminite to secure further the perimeter and the main escalators to London Bridge station.

Facing continued problems with the installed Lenel product for the main CCTV, Zaun Group company EyeLynx provided a backup SharpView NVR for critical cameras in time for a Royal visit from Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Phillip in November 2013.

This unit worked seamlessly with the installed Pharos cameras using EyeLynx’s SharpView VMS. It demonstrated to the management team how the security could be drastically improved by recording in High Definition quality and retaining video for at least 30 days for all the building’s CCTV cameras.

The complete CCTV system was subsequently changed over to SharpView in January 2014, with over 200 cameras recording to ten SharpView Corporate NVRs incorporating over 200TB of storage, while four SharpView Manager Workstations allow the security team to manage and control the entire security system on desktop monitors and a 16ft video wall in the control room.

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About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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