PSI has learned that security alarm industry legend Chris Brookes has passed away. Known to many for his roles at Scantronic and CSL his forward-thinking approach to security sales and business development made him an innovator of the sector.
Back in the 1970’s, Chris Brookes was one of the people who took the global alarm system components industry into a new dimension. In 1978, then only 22 years-old, Chris created an embryonic business with fellow pioneer David Lineham in the back-bedroom of the Lineham house in Hillingdon, moving shortly to Wembley and then on to Perivale. Both worked at Sesco in West Drayton where they teamed up with David Snook, an RAF engineer, to develop the UK’s first digital communicator. This was an immediate success and one of its first customers was a Danish company, who suggested that adding the word Scan when thinking up a name for the new company, would help sales. Scantronic was born.
The company’s fresh approach was an immediate hit with the UK alarm industry and let to them being asked to develop alarm panels to match and rest is history.
We asked former colleague Tony Makosinski to tell us about how Chris changed the way security systems were brought to market: