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Case Study: Dashwood Group – Motion to Dismiss!


  • Dashwood Group approached us to advise on their current security set-up 
  • Their building had experienced issues with false alarms being triggered 
  • We found multiple issues including incorrect alarm types and layout 
  • By optimising their security, we quickly fixed the problem and substantially reduced their costs 

Our Team

  • Barry Gee and Jimmy Bersantie – Orbis NW Operations Team

Meeting our customers’ needs

We were approached by Dashwood Group to assess the current security set-up at one of their key sites. The customer felt that the solution provided by their previous supplier may not be sufficient, as they had experienced multiple false alarms caused by wind, birds and rodents, rather than intruders.

Our team discovered that over 45 sensors and 5 alarm systems had been installed, which is highly unusual for a site of this size. The majority of sensors relied on a motion detection system and would activate through all types of activity, resulting in a multitude of false alarms. As this type of motion sensor can only offer a short detection range, their previous supplier had attempted to compensate for this by installing far more sensors than were necessary. This combination resulted in a security set-up that was both unfit for purpose and very expensive to maintain.

Previous Sensor Layout

Providing real solutions 

We discussed the issues with the customer in detail and advised on a course of action that would be practical to their needs whilst also providing considerable cost savings. Once agreed, their existing equipment was stripped out and replaced with 2 wireless Videofied cameras with multiple PIR’s, which provide a high quality 10 second video when a sensor is tripped, even at night. Due to the range capabilities of our Videofied sensors, it was possible to secure the entire internal perimeter of the building whilst also covering every possible entrance and exit point, at a fraction of the cost.   

To ensure that the car park was also covered in the event of vandalism or fly-tipping, we installed an external Verifeyed system which benefits from object recognition and provides a high definition, long range capability that can be remotely armed or disarmed via smartphone. This system is also easy to install and completely wireless, enabling us to secure the property in a fraction of the time. 

Both types of devices are linked to our 24/7 Alarm Receiving Centre so that our operatives can quickly distinguish between false alarms and actual emergencies. Verifeyed also allows unparalleled access through our web-based customer portal, allowing Dashwood Group complete access to their site all year round. These products are available for both long and short-term hire and can be rapidly deployed nationwide to meet all individual needs.


New Sensor Layout

Results that matter 

Dashwood Group benefited from an approximate cost saving of £15K per annum by switching from their previous system to Videofied and Verifeyed solutions. In addition to this, the building is now fully secured with an optimised set-up, meaning false alarms will certainly become a thing of the past. 

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