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G4S protects a Highland treasure

Posted 23 August 2019 · Add Comment

To secure its best-selling single malt whisky and production facilities, the famous Glenmorangie company is working closely with G4S on appropriate security solutions for its various sites.



Above: G4S service engineer.
Courtesy G4S


Glenmorangie operates across numerous sites in Scotland, producing six million litres of whisky a year, which are distributed to retailers and consumers across the globe.

For the best part of a decade, Glenmorangie has worked with G4S. The contract initially provided manned guarding services but later G4S was given the opportunity to introduce technology-based fire and security solutions across the company’s Scottish estate. 

A holistic risk-based solution was developed around the specific requirements of their business, with a high focus on fire detection and intelligent around-the-clock surveillance.



Above: CCTV at Glenmorangie's distillery.
Courtesy G4S


Founded in 1843, Glenmorangie pioneered the art of extra-maturation - now widely used throughout the whisky industry - with many of its casks needing to be matured for up to 25 years before distribution. Keeping these casks safe during their maturation phase is crucial for the company, making its maturation facilities some of the most business critical. At each site, G4S carried out a risk- based analysis using its market leading solutions design methodology, ‘Effects Based Security Design’.

Experts designed an extensive programme to enhance the fire detection and security provision across these key locations, with a particular focus on the installation of best in class systems to include fire detection and alarm, access control and CCTV. For example, an advanced smoke detection system was introduced which constantly monitors the air to detect very early levels of smoke, ensuring a quicker response in the event of a fire.

In addition to the maturation facilities, other business critical sites include Glenmorangie’s corporate headquarters in Edinburgh, two world-famous distilleries in Tain and and on the island of Islay, and the state-of-the-art bottling plant in Livingston, which are also equipped with high-end CCTV and access control systems. All systems operate on the same platform across the entire estate.

Above: A G4S service engineer checking security systems.
Courtesy G4S


Jonathan McDonald, Head of Sales, G4S Fire & Security systems said: "We are proud to have The Glenmorangie Whisky Company as a customer and they too are a company that is proud of their history and traditions – they’ve been around for over 175 years but they’re keen to embrace modern technology to support their business."

The partnership between G4S and Glenmorangie is both strategic and operational. Quarterly strategy meetings take place at director level to assess levels of risk around the business and introduce innovative solutions in response. In addition, the current solutions and systems provided by G4S are regularly maintained by engineers to ensure not only compliance but also continued high performance.

James Beattie, Account Director, G4S Fire & Security Systems said: "Over the past several years we have embarked on an exciting journey with Glenmorangie and we have proven our industry knowledge and expertise. We have invested time to build a true partnership and they trust us to design and deliver the right solution."


 

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