Wednesday, 20 February 2013

2020 Vision Systems reap the rewards of a new Dawn

Dawn Craig joined the nationally renowned provider of high-end integrated digital security systems in October 2012, picking up the rains in the accounts department, following the retirement of Gillian Whitelaw after fourteen years loyal service.

Dawn has brought a wealth of experience in accounts and bookkeeping and has quickly made an impact on the company’s finance streamlining the operation and improving both creditor and debtor days.

Peter Jones Operations Director said, “What particularly attracted us to Dawn was the fact she held similar roles in comparable companies striving for dramatic expansion both by geographic organic growth and acquisition.

Along with experience of our accounting systems, she demonstrated the enthusiasm, drive, commitment and understood the customer focus, which is the cornerstone of our business model. We are really reaping the rewards from her diligence in our accounts department.

2020 Vision Systems is a multi ‘award winning’ security integrator with a twenty year pedigree, renowned by clients and peers for delivering leading edge forward thinking surveillance solutions that work and meet expectations. As a result they enjoy a high level of referral business and of client retention, some of which have been clients for circa 15 years.

Dawn said ‘I relish the challenge and opportunity presented by 2020 Vision. I have the utmost confidence in being able to play a part in their growth plans, as I get to grips with improving the accounts department to meet the challenges of a growing company. I am excited by the opportunity and the reputation of 2020 Vision which they have built under their ethos of ‘Brilliance is our Benchmark’ it sits comfortably with my personal business philosophy.

Dawn has been working with the company for the last four months and is overwhelmed with the friendliness of the staff and the commitment to their customers. This has allowed her to settle into her post quickly and move into her role with confidence as the company moves onto the next level.

Why Security Must Get a Grip of New Technology

In an article I wrote last year on Info4Security, entitled Security and The Intelligent Building, I waxed lyrical about the exciting opportunities advancing technology in the security sector is providing for the serious systems integrator, and the fact that it presents such a great catalyst for change.

Growth in IP security and surveillance and the developing convergence with IT certainly provides a powerful platform for transforming our industry. However, with opportunity comes challenge and change.

Systems are now more powerful and complex, encompassing a host of hardware, firmware and software residing on a common network and performing an array of functions. All of this is usually derived from an assortment of manufacturers, suppliers and developers.

As these systems become more bespoke, cohesive, intelligent and interconnected a more diverse and higher degree of skill will be required to make these systems work correctly and achieve their defined objectives.

As our traditional analogue industry continues to fade, so the value of our historic experience and knowledge diminishes. It's therefore essential for the very survival of our industry - as we come under increasing threat from the powerful IT sector - that the people responsible for the development, design and implementation of these complex systems require new skill sets.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Marketforce and Vodafone are holding a free Security Industry Webinar - a Wireless Future on 12th December at 12pm GMT which will bring together security companies, technology, property and risk management experts to discuss how changes in technology can change customer expectations - security need no longer be a grudge purchase. 
  • Learn about the role that smartphones, M2M and asset tracking technology can play
  • Investigate how security can become a more affordable proposition and the role that active devices can play in reducing risks
  • Debate the challenges of meeting local data protection regulation
  • Explore the future of security: intelligent buildings, connected systems and multipurpose devices
 Speakers include: 
  • Peter Houlis, Managing Director, 2020 Vision Technology
  • Simon Banks, Commercial Director, CSL DualCom
  • Peter Manolescue, M2M Innovation Manager, Vodafone
  • Alan Blake, Marketing and Sales Director, SECOM UK

Monday, 29 October 2012

2020 Vision’s growing reputation with Axis Communications

The annual Axis VIP Partner Event was held this year in Dublin on 24th and 25th of October.

Global leader in the network video market, Axis Communications event celebrates the achievements of the top 1% of the highest performing and most innovative partners from across Northern Europe, with exclusive awards presented to partners for their outstanding achievements and contributions during 2012.

For the third year running 2020 Vision were invited to the prestigious event and delighted to win the Strongest Growth Award –

Phil Doyle Axis Northern Europe Director said “Having shown phenomenal growth this year, 2020 Vision continues to lead the way with IP solutions in the UK. The company’s many successful projects include the NHS Trust in the north of England which included over seventy five HD cameras, twenty five of which were AXIS 1080P PTZ domes”

2020 Vision’s Peter Houlis said “to be in the top fifty not just in the UK but from over four and a half thousand partners across Northern Europe shows our commitment and highlights our experience in the field of network video”

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The Security Institute welcomes Peter Houlis

2020 Vision are delighted to announce that Managing Director Peter Houlis MSyl has been accepted as a member of the Security Institute following rigorous evaluation by the Institute’s Validation Board.

The Security Institute based in the UK, is dedicated to raising standards in the security industry; recognizing an individuals skills and experience and promoting education of security practitioners, but also educating buyers and suppliers of security goods and services, and ultimately the general public.

The Security Institute aims are to provide objective standards for, and an independent assessment of, the professional competence and experience of those practising the art and science of security both nationally and internationally, and to raise awareness of professional security practices for the benefit of the public and industry.

2020 Vision’s Peter Houlis said “I have been in the security industry for 38 years the past twenty years as MD of 2020 Vision I feel it is about time to get some acknowledgment (served my apprenticeship) The Security Institute’s pursuance of Royal Charter recognition for security professionals matches my ambitions and I wish them every success in their objectives.”

10th annual Transport Security Expo

The tenth annual Transport Security Expo is taking place on 14-15 November at London Olympia.

Designed to deliver clarity to the complex task of protecting Passengers, Cargo and High Risk Assets from those intent on doing harm, Transport Security Expo is the leading event for global Heads of Aviation, Maritime, Counter Piracy, Public Transport and Supply Chain Security. With a ten year pedigree it is the world’s most established event in this arena.

Transport Security Expo brings together the world's leading experts from government, military, law enforcement and security services face to face with the aviation, maritime and public transport industries, to assess the threat level, examine the countermeasures in place and, where necessary, recommend alternate strategies to deal with these threats.

For more information about this prestigious event visit  

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

University benefits from investment in 2020 Vision

Birmingham University accommodation services recently re-tendered for Student Personal Possessions insurance for their accommodation sites, to their delight premiums have reduced by around 25% on what they had been paying over the last 4 years.

Jane Colbourne - Hospitality & Accommodation Services said “this is great positive news, which is mainly down to a marked decrease in claims due to improved security measures such as CCTV”.

Monday, 30 April 2012

All ship shape at 2020 Vision

Specialist CCTV integrator 2020 Vision Systems have added ships to their list of specialist CCTV applications, having recently been awarded a contract to deploy on board CCTV.

The ‘classified project’ called for CCTV to be employed as part of the ship defences 2020 Vision was commissioned to implement the CCTV; installing Bosch Metal Mici ‘day night’ cameras with powerful zoom facility and thermal image cameras on board during the vessels fit out.

The ship recently completed successful sea trails.

Friday, 20 April 2012

2020 Vision qualify for another final at the 2012 IFSEC Awards

2020 Vision is pleased to announce being nominated as finalists in the 2012 IFSEC Awards, with Coquet Island Puffin Cam.

2020 Vision have been selected as finalists in the Security Project or Security Installation category for their work with the RSPB in making the Coquet Island Bird Sanctuary off the North East coast not only more secure but also making the islands bird life more accessible.

Paul Morrison the islands warden said “RSPB staff are delighted they have been given this opportunity to monitor the wildlife in such detail, as well as ensuring maximum protection from egg thieves”.

Excitingly the system has been used to capture footage of a Puffin in an underground burrow feeding her young

This is the first time a puffin from the RSPB’s Coquet Island nature reserve, and within the region, has been caught on camera feeding.

Peter Houlis Managing Director said “The IFSEC Awards have been likened to the industry equivalent of the Oscars. It is extremely rewarding to be short listed finalists yet again. It is true testament to our innovative solutions and our attention to customer service.

2020 Vision is not new to awards having been finalists in the 2005 Security Excellence Awards. Winning best service company and overall winner in the North Tyneside SME Awards 2009 and IFSEC Award in 2006 for ‘Best Integrated System’ and outright winners in the 2009 Security Excellence Awards.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2012 BCAW

Monday 19th of March sees the start of Business Continuity Awareness week. This global educational event is designed to help people understand more about business continuity management, its applications and benefits. Business continuity and resilience is becoming ever more important in today’s competitive global market. At 2020 Vision we know the importance of a well designed and implemented business continuity plan as we are fully aware of what we do is of crucial importance. Our commitment, professionalism and experience have to be second to none.

Don’t gamble with your business, ensure your organisation has a well developed and tested fall back plan in the event of a major incident or mission critical failure.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

2020 Vision secures Trusts trust

Premier security integrator 2020 Vision Systems has won the trust of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust; securing a contract to maintain their estate wide CCTV surveillance systems.

The Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust are one of the largest mental health and disability Trusts in England, as a result CCTV plays a major role in the security and safety of patients, staff and visitors. With a budget exceeding £300 million, employing more than 6,500 staff and serving a population of approximately 1.4 million, from over 160 sites across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Durham the Trust provides urgent care services, planned care and specialist health care services across an area totaling 2,200 square miles.

2020 Vision’s Peter Houlis MD said “it’s extremely gratifying to secure another major Health Trust contract; it is a sector we have considerable experience in. We are looking forward to working with the Trust and developing a mutually beneficial relationship”.

Shipshape security on board HMS Calliope

Security on board HMS Calliope is shipshape following a major upgrade of the CCTV surveillance systems by leading CCTV system integrator 2020 Vision.

HMS Calliope enjoys a prime location on the river Tyne nestled between The Sage and Baltic, next to the Millennium Bridge. It is the principal Royal Naval Reserve training unit for the North East of England and home base for some 100 naval reservists. Until 1968 HMS Calliope was a sea going vessel. She then came ashore and became a base, earning the nickname of a "stone frigate". Although HMS Calliope no longer sails and is shore based she is still technically classed as a ship and is a self-contained unit with a commanding officer.

Nearly 400 people currently use the base, ranging from naval reservists, naval units, university students and students from all three forces studying technology undergraduate schemes. Given the role of HMS Calliope security is a prime factor. With major building works currently being undertaken on the Jetty, including the formation of a new entrance gate, additional surveillance cameras have been deployed and a major overhaul of the existing CCTV system arrangements undertaken by 2020 Vision.

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