13 Aug 2007

The Imperial War Museum (IWM) has awarded Bell Security the contract to provide 'next generation', networked and integrated security and fire systems across its estate.  The scope includes the main site in London, Duxford Aviation Museum, Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms, HMS Belfast and IWM North in Manchester.  The project embraces CCTV, access control, intruder and fire alarms, voice alarm and emergency lighting systems, along with provision of a new fibre optic communications backbone, a centralised control and management front-end and incorporation of a number of legacy systems.

Bell won the business in a competitive tendering process involving 11 other bidders.  In addition to satisfying the cost criteria, IWM Project Engineer Brian Colyer highlights Bell's integrated systems and networking experience, along with its remote systems management facility, Bell MIT, as key reasons for the museum's choice.

Bell Security Chief Operating Officer, Syd Heals, said, "The IWM is a prestigious addition to our client portfolio.  I am delighted we have been selected by this national institution to take its security and fire systems forward with new technologies."

The contract was officially signed at the Museum's main London site in Lambeth, which is the subject of Phase 1 of the project.  This is expected to be completed by year-end.