Jeremy Ewen is the Managing Director of WLS, based in South East London. Areas of expertise for the company include fire, CCTV, access control, gates, barriers and bollards with accreditations such as NSI Gold, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, BAFE and Safe Contractor.
What would be a typical project for you?
As a sub-contractor on a new build site we would normally be responsible for installing the access control, door entry, fire and CCTV systems. In this respect, we have extensive experience of working closely with construction companies, consulting engineers and M&E contractors and we have established a reputation for a ‘no problem’ approach to the logistical and time demands of working in new build environments.
Do you have any ‘go to’ technology?
Most of our projects involve a tender process and the systems to be installed have been pre-specified. When we do have the opportunity to work directly with an end-user, we always take into account the client’s operational requirements before offering objective advice on the best combination of products to meet their specific needs. As you would expect from an independent system, we are ‘device agnostic’ when it comes to recommending products. We are nevertheless pleased to be approved installers for BPT door entry, BFT and FAAC gate solutions, Honeywell Gent fire systems and for the Genetec Security Centre software platform which we put to good use when we are involved in large scale integrated security projects.
What is the best thing about working in security?
Working with like-minded people who share my passion for creating safe space. In addition to all the highly professional people within the supply chain who I interact with, I am extremely proud of the 50 plus strong team we have built at WLS. Every member of the team appreciates the key to success is to offer our clients the highest possible levels of pre and post-sales support and I get great satisfaction from customers regularly telling me that it’s our people which sets us apart from our competitors.
Is third party accreditation beneficial?
Yes. We are NSI Gold approved for Fire & Security, which opens doors, excuse the pun! We are also accredited by various organisations relating to the construction industry.
Read the full interview in the September edition of PSI magazine