Jackson Bird has created a manual for BT’s monitored alarm service division RedCare to encourage architects to take an integrated approach to security, building management and design.
The Secure Intelligent Buildings manual, which is published this week and has been created for a fee of about £50 000, is the main focus of an by initiative BT RedCare to encourage architects to incorporate monitoring systems into the design of commercial buildings to improve security and building management. The manual will be mailed to architects across the UK.
The system, called secure telemetry, can monitor a building’s climate control, power use and facilities management, as well as its security. The system sends information through ISDN lines to monitoring centres.
There are around a million commercial and residential premises with monitored systems, says BT RedCare head of marketing Sian Burke.
The 98-page manual gives an overview of the importance of the system as well as its specifications.
‘Building this system into commercial buildings while they are being built can improve environmental control, as well as things like access control.
It also improves the aesthetics of the building because things are not being added on as an afterthought,’ says Jackson Bird partner Ian Jackson.
The consultancy won the work through recommendation without a formal pitch.
BT RedCare, was set up 15 years ago to monitor security alarm systems in commercial buildings following the increasing levels of false alarm calls received by the police.