Obsidian Security Ltd.
Obsidian Security started in August 1999 becoming a limited company in January 2003. In 2012 the company purchased new premises in Aylesford, Kent expanding our offices, stores and workshop. Our skills in maintaining and providing integrated fire and security equipment have been well proven in this time, gaining recognition with the SSAIB in 2008 followed by BAFE and NSI for Fire detection and Alarm systems – certified under the SP203-1 scheme. All staff are fully security checked to the BS7858 standard. This includes a CRB and background history check provided by an approved specialist company. We are regularly inspected by the SSAIB and NSI and are required to demonstrate our competence in all areas of our business.
Obsidian Security now enjoys a hard earned reputation for providing innovative and cost–effective solutions to a growing customer base that includes;
Schools & colleges
Utility companies (power & gas stations)
NHS & Medical Centres
Holiday parks and leisure centres
Warehousing & industrial storage premises
Large real estate premises
Obsidian Security operates on a consultative basis, taking an analytical approach to assess the customers’ needs and propose the most cost effective and practical solution.
Our service engineers are highly experienced security electronics specialists who receive on-going training to keep them fully abreast of the latest development and products. Staff are trained on Installation and maintenance of systems via external training providers, equipment manufacturers and our own in house training program. The engineers are regionally located and therefore are familiar with the sites within their Area, which reduces the down-time otherwise likely to occur as a result of unfamiliarity with a particular installation. Significant spares holdings are maintained in the service vehicles and demand for additional materials is met either from stores in the regional units, from our headquarters in Aylesford or direct from the manufacturers. We offer telephone support with a dedicated telephone line for our out-of-hours service desk.
Our installation vehicle fleet are all fully equipped with tools, testing meters, spare parts, access equipment and PPE. Obsidian Security have in-house Fibre optic splicing and fault location equipment to ensure fast repairs to damaged fibre optic cables without subcontracting a specialist company.
The importance of providing quality maintenance support is duly recognised, therefore the desire and objective of the maintenance team is to ensure the absolute minimum down-time of any security equipment.
In 2012 we proudly moved into our new head office in Aylesford, Kent combining our offices, warehouse and stores. This empty shell allowed us to demonstrate how integration and energy efficiency can really benefit a business.
For example; nobody has a key! All staff have their own I.D card which doubles up as a proximity token. Once this is presented to the front door AND their personal code is entered, the intruder alarm disarms, the electric lock releases, LED lighting turns on, air conditioning activates and most importantly the coffee machine heats up – All from one interaction when entering the premises!
Naturally our premises is protected by a monitored alarm system and the latest IP CCTV throughout the building, which includes static and PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) cameras. Fortunately we hold the contract for the whole trading estate, which consists of nearly 100 external sensors controlling a large number of IP PTZ cameras, that is remotely monitored 24/7 by the central station. All vehicles entering and leaving are also captured by automatic number plate recognition technology with all footage safely stored remotely.
We often invite potential clients to visit us to understand how we operate and see the benefits of working with us.
Peace of mind.
Technical skill sets and accreditations
Our engineers are all experienced fire and security industry professionals. Additionally, in order to keep their knowledge and skills up to date they receive regular product training both in house and from the equipment manufacturers.
BAFE & NSI
The responsibility for fire safety in your premises falls on the ‘Responsible person’ – the owner or occupier. This is laid down in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order which came into force in 2006. To ensure that you meet these responsibilities, you need to be sure that any supplier of Fire protection services has the skills and procedures to ensure that you receive the level of protection that your staff, customers and your property require.
BAFE registered companies are all assessed by UKAS accredited certification bodies to meet the professional requirements that define the necessary BS5839 standards. Obsidian Security is certified by the NSI for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of Fire Alarms under the SP203-1 Scheme. BAFE registration number: NSI00380.
The Fire Industry Association exists to promote the professional standards of the fire industry, and to keep their members up to date with the latest legislation and how it can affect their business. They also provide training courses on the latest technical and legislative topics which affect those who work in the area of fire safety. All of our engineers have received FIA training.
The Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS) is the leading health and safety pre-qualification scheme in the UK. This accreditation is typically sought by local authorities and large commercial bodies prior to be invited to tender. The scheme is designed to speed up the selection of suitable companies and covers insurance, codes of practice, financial stability and company procedures. Obsidian has CHAS accredited contractor status.
We also have Achilles accreditation, which benchmarks suppliers against best practice, typically required for working with utility companies. This accreditation removes the requirement for lengthy pre-qualification during the tender process for installation and maintenance contracts.
Enhanced CRB Checks
An Enhanced Disclosure Criminal Record Bureau Check is recommended for positions involving work in a regulated activity site, with the possibility of contact with either children or vulnerable adults.
As you would expect from a reputable company with contracts in the public, care and education sectors, all our engineers are fully CRB checked and screened to meet BS7858 standards.
We are SSAIB accredited for Access Control, CCTV and Intruder Alarm Systems. SSAIB stands for the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board, which is a Certification Body that offers accreditation within the specialist fields of security services. Obsidian Security were certified in 2009 in recognition of high standards of service within the security and fire communities. We are regularly inspected to ensure we continue to meet the SSAIB requirements. Our company reference is: Kent 123
Energy usage is often overlooked in our industry, with many customers and suppliers alike failing to recognise the environmental impact that security and fire systems can have.
We strive to make sure our systems are as efficient as possible, which not only saves you money, it’s better for the environment too. For example, we will specify solenoid operated locks for an access-controlled door, which only use power only when in operation, rather than magnetic locks which use power constantly. Alternatively, our energy-efficient LED security lighting could save up to £100 per year PER LIGHT UNIT over conventional 500W IR CCTV lighting.
Obsidian Security values the environment and considers the impact upon it caused by our business. We have a documented environmental policy which is regularly updated to stay current; a copy is available upon request. Some of the measures below have already been implemented to save energy;
- Head Office was installed in 2015 with 48 Solar panels on the roof to offset some electricity used during operational hours of the business.
- All Office lightings are low energy LED based units with occupancy detectors.
- Navman vehicle tracking system for optimised routing and fuel saving.
- Meeting room equipment controlled by energy saving reader system.
Obsidian Security also ensures all paper and card used within the business is recycled. We also recycle batteries at the end of their useful life, scrap metal and copper cable waste left over from installation work and replaced components are removed from site and recycled in line with WEEE regulations (waste electrical and electronic equipment).
Health and Safety.
Obsidian Security believes the safety of any person at work is the absolute priority. We aim to surpass the minimum requirements set by relevant health and safety regulations and we are constantly monitoring our risk assessments and method statements for any possible improvement. All engineers are trained and hold current ECITB Safety passports and ECA/CSCS cards and are continually being provided with tool box talks and safety guidelines.
The CCNSG Safety Passport Training Program from the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) is monitored and controlled by national steering group known as the Client/Contractor National Safety Group (CCNSG) who are there to ensure that standards are being maintained and that the content of the training program continues to meet current safety legislation and current safety practices. Two days of classroom training and successful completion of the assessments are required to obtain the safety passport.
The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) CSCS scheme aims to improve site workers’ competence to reduce accidents and drive up on-site efficiencies. CSCS Cards are for those working in construction that achieve, or can demonstrate they have already attained an agreed level of occupational competence. Cards give a means of identification and proof of the holder’s training level achieved.
The meaning of Obsidian.
“Obsidian” is a dark-coloured glassy volcanic rock, chemically similar to granite (most commonly black in colour) formed by rapid cooling of lava. It is known for its excellent protective properties in the crystal and gemstone world. The name was used in Sci-Fi programmes ‘Blakes7’ and ‘Star-Trek’ where the Cardasian security force was known as the ‘Obsidian Order’. It was formed into arrow heads (as our logo) and other cutting tools by early man. Still currently in use in cardiac surgery as well-crafted obsidian scalpel blades have a cutting edge many times sharper than high-quality steel.