Protecting a Highland Treasure
G4S is helping to secure production of six million litres of single malt whisky a year at sites operated by The Glenmorangie Company.
Under a strategic and operational partnership which has been in effect for almost a decade, the security services company has transitioned from providing manned guarding services to introducing intelligent, round-the-clock surveillance technology-based fire and security solutions across the distiller's Scottish estate.
Quarterly strategy meetings take place at director level to assess levels of risk around the business and introduce innovative solutions in response. In addition, current solutions and systems provided by G4S are regularly maintained by engineers to ensure compliance optimal operation.
Mitigating the risk of material loss
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.
Supporting other business-critical sites
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.
Jonathan McDonald, Head of Sales for G4S Fire & Security Systems, says: