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Croma Vigilant nominated for three awards at the UK OSPAs 2017

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Croma Vigilant nominated for three awards at the UK OSPAs 2017

In three weeks time, on Thursday the 2nd of March 2017, the Croma Vigilant team will attend the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OPSAs) alongside other leading companies and individuals from across the security industry.

The OSPAs reward and celebrate success within the security industry and recognise those who characterise outstanding performance.

Croma Vigilant is delighted to have been appointed as finalists in three categories:

Outstanding Security Training Initiative
For our work within the NHS to create a bespoke patient care training programme.

Outstanding Security Officer
Zharko Angelov who is stationed at the flagship Fenwick store on Bond Street, has been selected as a finalist for his consistent high level of tenacity, most recently intervening in an incident in which his actions significantly limited damage and loss.

Outstanding In House Security Team
The Croma Vigilant security team at Glasgow Fort ensure a safe and secure shopping environment whilst also providing an excellent customer experience which is underpinned by their WorldHost Customer Service Silver Award.

Paul Williamson, Operations Director said;

‘I am proud to announce that Croma Vigilant has been nominated for three awards at the OSPAs. It is due to the dedication, commitment and energy of our staff that we continue to excel and lead the security industry to a higher standard.

After a successful win at the Security Excellence Awards in November we hope to bring home an OSPA to add to our growing awards collection’.

 

The Croma Vigilant Security Team at Glasgow Fort who are nominated for Outstanding In House Security Team

The Croma Vigilant Security Team at Glasgow Fort who are nominated for Outstanding In House Security Team

 

 

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Croma Vigilant awarded Gold Investor in People Status

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Croma Vigilant awarded Gold Investor in People Status

Croma Vigilant is delighted to have been awarded Gold status from Investors In People (IIP). This puts us in a prestigious group of UK companies as only 13.3% of organisations have been recognised as achieving the ‘Gold’ standard.

Gold status is described by IIP as an achievement of ‘world class best practice’ and means we are considered to have the highest standards of people management and development that support Croma Vigilant’s business goals.

The award was achieved following a comprehensive assessment by IIP assessors, evaluating Croma Vigilant’s commitment to our values, effective business planning, strong leadership, management capability and performance measurement.

Key areas of strength were identified by our assessors, who were especially impressed with our efforts to continually improve what we do; who commented:

Achieving Gold standard demonstrates Croma Vigilant commitment to each member of staff and the focus we have on investing and supporting our people. This is a notable achievement given how few organisations have received this standard from the IIP assessors.

Paul Williamson, Operations Director comments:

“Achieving Gold status is testament to the efforts of all employees at Croma Vigilant to make our business a great place to work. We are a business which continually seeks to improve the way we do things. As a management team we have taken a number of steps to be transparent in our communications. Our people are our business; we have the right people in the right roles to maintain this standard and push on to seek further opportunities for development in the future.”

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National Army Museum appoints Security Guarding Contract to the Ex-Military Security Professionals

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National Army Museum appoints Security Guarding Contract to the Ex-Military Security Professionals

Croma Vigilant, The Ex-Military Security Professionals, have been awarded a three-year contract to provide security guarding services to the National Army Museum. The contract will see Croma Vigilant manage control room operations and provide manned guarding and key holding at two sites; the National Army Museum in Chelsea and the National Army Museum Store at Stevenage.

The National Army Museum is a leading modern museum with a strong reputation for high quality displays, teaching and research. In addition to galleries telling the story of the British Army, a comprehensive library allows academic research into many aspects of land warfare. A fully equipped conference centre provides the setting for lectures and presentations on military subjects. Over 250,000 visitors were hosted by the Museum in 2013/14 and by 2020, the Museum will host 400,000 visitors.

Paul Williamson, Operations Director said:

‘We bid in a highly competitive tender to win this business and we are extremely proud to have been selected by the National Army Museum as their security partner. This win comes on the back of a successful end to 2016 and is further recognition of the quality standards we deliver. We operate in an industry that often suffers from poor quality in service delivery, but our business model ensures consistently high standards for our clients. As the Ex-Military Security Professionals, we are well placed and fully aligned with the values and aspirations of the National Army Museum.’

 

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 Croma Vigilant win National Award for NHS Training Program – 2016 Security Excellence Awards

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Croma Vigilant win National Award for NHS Training Program – 2016 Security Excellence Awards

Croma Vigilant are honoured to have been awarded the Security Training Initiative of the Year at the Security Excellence Awards 2016. The award was given for their work within the NHS environment and saw them scooping the award in the face of stiff competition. The criteria for this award was to actively promote best practice within the security sector and show clear results of having done so.Operations Director, Paul Williamson and Contracts Manager Stuart Clark, proudly collected this national award which recognises excellence in security training. The panel identified the companies bespoke patient care training program, as an excellent example of a tailored training package, which equips security personnel with the necessary skills to deploy into the NHS, on both bedwatch and security duties. Bedwatch has previously been deemed to have required healthcare professionals, however, this training initiative collates the key elements needed to professionally care for vulnerable or aggressive patients. This demonstrates that a security mindset, combined with the correct training, is an effective model to prevent and contain incidents. 

Paul Williamson, Operations Director commented; 

‘We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Security Training Initiative of the Year at the Security Excellence Awards 2016. The training program we have developed at the NHS is another great example of the dedication, training and genuine care we invest into every client. I would like to thank my dedicated team of managers, officers and office staff who all contribute significantly to the Croma Brand. 

We would like to thanks the many NHS staff from various trusts who have given their expertise to help us develop a training program which has helped us continuously improve within this sector. We are delighted be developing our relationship with the NHS and have recently been awards the South Essex Trust contract.’ 

Croma Vigilant narrowly missed out on the award for the event team of the year for the provision of security at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre but were delighted to have been nominated as a Finalist in this category for the third year running. 

The Security & Fire Excellence Awards took place on the 23rd November 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London. Now in their eighteenth year, the Security & Fire Excellence Awards bring around 1,000 of the security industry’s foremost practitioners together to recognise and honour the magnificent achievements of business’s in the security and fire industry. 

For more information and additional pictures from the evening please contact Claire Telfer at Croma Vigilant on 01387 25099 / claire.telfer@cromavigilant.com 

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Croma Vigilant expand NHS portfolio with South Essex Trust Win

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Croma Vigilant expand NHS portfolio with South Essex Trust Win

We are delighted to announce that Croma Vigilant have been awarded a three-year contract to provide South Essex NHS Trust with manned security and keyholding services. We look forward to working in partnership with the Trust to deliver a new standard of security.

Managing Director Sebastian Morley said;

‘We are really pleased about the win and look forward to working with the South Essex Trust. We already have extensive experience of working within the NHS, providing bedwatch and guarding services in several trusts across the country.   We have developed unique training programmes to fit with the environment and we have established management, processes and procedures that align us perfectly with the NHS. The unique business model of the Ex-Military Security Professionals, has been proven to be adaptable to the demands of the busy and challenging hospital environment.’

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Use intelligence to maximise the security of your people and assets

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Use intelligence to maximise the security of your people and assets

Information and intelligence now forms part of daily life in the world of business and security. The key is getting the right information for your business. Too much information about generic security threats won’t help you make the right decisions. 

For the last 6 years we have been producing tailored weekly security reports for our major customers, focused on the threats to their specific business. We consider their location, their tenants and their business type as well as the global issues that affect us all. The final report is concise, readable and directly relevant to their business.  

How would you use intelligence within your business? We have seen an increase in terrorist activity and political violence in recent years, which has affected all of our daily lives and businesses right across the world. The employer duty of care and assessing the risk for travelling staff, business continuity planning, day to day threat assessment and the protection of assets, are just a few reasons to consider using threat intelligence to compliment business planning and security.

Whether it be a global requirement or a more localised geo fenced look at a specific area, we can provide information that will help you plan for what may affect your business and the contingency you may require. 

Below we have set out some basic and useful information on National security threat levels. Understanding threat levels may help with the planning of various business activities and also to act as markers when a stepped change in security measures may be required, up or down.

The Five Levels are as follows:

CRITICAL - an attack is expected imminently 

SEVERE - an attack is highly likely

SUBSTANTIAL - an attack is a strong possibility

MODERATE - an attack is possible but not likely

LOW - an attack is unlikely

The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is Severe. The current threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Britain is Substantial.

Should you have any queries regarding the threat information brief or would like any specific information please contact intel@vigilantsecurityservices.com.

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Croma Vigilant and the NHS, an effective business model with many applications.

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Croma Vigilant and the NHS, an effective business model with many applications.

One of our latest successes has come with  the NHS. Our ability to diversify into the world of care, underlines the fact that the core values of this business, which are instilled in all our staff, give us the fundamentals to adapt to any environment.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust wished to combine their security service requirements with a project called Bedwatch. This involves our staff being deployed on to specific wards, and assisting clinical staff to create a safe and secure environment for patients. The tasks we are assigned, help free up valuable nursing resource, who can focus on other priorities.    

The Croma bedwatch staff, complete a package of training that equips them with the competency to assist with a cross section of patients. Our staff have to complete awareness training in dementia, safeguarding, conflict resolution, ward etiquette and infection control. In addition, staff have to complete enhanced vetting and background checks, before they are allowed on the ward.

The Croma Vigilant ethos on service delivery, gives the trust a reliable service partner that can respond quickly, to immediate needs and the changing demands of the fast paced hospital environment. We continue to work very closely with the clinical experts to continuously improve our service offering. 

Paul Williamson, Operations Director for Croma Vigilant, commented -

"We have shown that our business model can be adapted to a great variety of environments. Our robust structure and tight parameters over all aspects of performance, produce a level of consistency and reliability that make us the obvious choice. Staff are well trained, well supported and well equipped to carry out many of the low level duties within the wards”.

In the service sector, the supply of labour is the single biggest challenge. The transient nature of the industry makes it very difficult to build continuity of service. At Croma Vigilant, we excel when it comes to reliability. Our well managed operation provides clients with a seamless offering that prevents blips, challenges or any operational issues, having any effect on day to day business continuity.

“It’s not what you expect, it’s what you inspect”

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Sebastian Morley discusses the importance of military values in delivering effective security in today's climate.

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Sebastian Morley discusses the importance of military values in delivering effective security in today's climate.

In 1997 Vigilant Security was founded by two ex-soldier colleagues Paul Williamson and Sebastian Morley. The aim was to create the U.K's finest security service- the ex-military security professionals. Vigilant is now part of Croma Security Solutions Group, a U.K. based total security solutions group of which Sebastian is Chairman and Paul Operations Director of Croma Vigilant.

Having served in The Black Watch together, Sebastian and Paul realised there was a distinct gap in the security market for a company that could bring fresh perspectives to a tired industry.

Companies were becoming hell bent on a race to the bottom with regulation driving consolidation and entrepreneurs priced out of start up's. The culture of over promising and under delivering had taken over, no longer was it enough to provide good and well prepared security service, there was an unhealthy obsession for added value which distracted from the primary focus. 

The industry had simply forgotten the basic tenets of security services:

  • Punctuality
  • Turnout
  • Discipline
  • Courtesy
  • Knowledge
  • Inspection
  • Communication
  • Testing 

Our military ethos is embraced by the eighty percent of our staff that are non-military. We have a very diverse workforce that operate with a great deal of pride, purpose and esprit de corps, which is inspired by standards. 

We now live in a time, where more demands are being placed on the industry. Police budget pressure and priority style of policing, means new opportunities for our sector. The recent attacks in Paris and Belgium highlight the importance of being prepared and focused on the job in hand, concentration in the periods of mundane is the order of the day.

At Croma Vigilant, we are continuously testing and adjusting our services. Information and intelligence now forms part of our daily life and that of our clients. Our staff are briefed daily on current trends and where the threats may come from. Scenario testing is not a six monthly inconvenience, it should be a standard operating procedure for every shift, without a thorough testing regime, the risk of a major security failure is increased significantly. 

Croma Vigilant is fast emerging as the UK company of choice for clients who demand the best. We employ over 600 officers nationally. Our growth is entirely organic and we will never devote from our core values of true client services delivered in an ex-military manner- no compromises.

"It's not what you expect, it's what you inspect"

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BBC Essex Radio Interview with Paul Williamson, Croma Vigilant’s Operations Director

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BBC Essex Radio Interview with Paul Williamson, Croma Vigilant’s Operations Director

Following the theft of a valuable ring from the finger of a helpless 93 year old woman who was in hospital, BBC Radio Essex conducted an interview with Paul Williamson to better understand how we can all protect our valuables in hospital.

Croma Vigilant are experts in security guarding and  bedwatch services for the NHS with 120 officers working across the sector.

Listen to Paul's interview below.

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Beyond the panic room: The billionaire bunkers keeping the super-rich safe

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Beyond the panic room: The billionaire bunkers keeping the super-rich safe

The panic rooms of today make the concrete and steel room of Jodie Foster’s 2002 movie look quaint, and highly secure bunkers have become increasingly commonplace. There is also a growing industry in the USA for the construction of doomsday bunkers that provide luxury sanctuary for the super-rich, who can afford to escape the apocalypse.

Panic rooms vary in size and hi-tech security measures but the principles remain the same, as Roberto Fiorentino, CEO of Croma Security Solutions explains: “The priority is getting to a safe place where you summon and await the arrival of your security or the police. It’s also important to ensure other security aspects such as perimeter detection systems and surveillance are in place – so that when your property is hit you are alerted and have adequate time to get to a safe room.

“We’re building safe rooms, in certain situations, on every floor of the client’s residence, often inside a bathroom accessed via a secure door and protected by high specification walls. We recommend the installation of multiple safe rooms so that there is always one that you can reach quickly.”

Billionaire bunkers may be underground and feature swimming pools, saunas and private cinemas, and there has been a growth of planning applications to build luxury subterranean extensions in the Kensington and Chelsea districts of London. “High-net-worth individuals living in the capital have a genuine risk. These extensions are often occupying a space larger than the original residence and are built to be highly secure. They’re like submarines – there’s only one way in and out, often there are no windows, and with other security measures it forms another impenetrable safe place,” described Roberto.

There are now many underground doomsday bunkers being built that only a billionaire could afford to live in. These 5-star survival shelters are by invitation only and each family will enjoy a large bespoke private residence, protected against everything from natural disasters to war. 

Roberto added: “If an apocalyptic event occurred, yes it would be preferable to experience it from the sanctuary of a fully-equipped survival bunker but would you ever want to climb out of it and see the world that remains?” 

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Croma Security Solutions expands its ‘total security’ into the Middle East

Croma Security Solutions Group PLC is opening a branch office in Abu Dhabi to better service new and existing clients in the Middle East. Its offering in the region includes electronic security and fire, CCTV, access control, guarding and its biometric identification technology – FastVein.

The Group is sponsored by Platinum Elite LLC. It has a commercial licence to begin trading in the region and is registering as a security supplier with government ministries and major corporations. An experienced security representative will operate in the region for Croma Security Solutions, based in Abu Dhabi.

“We’ve been active in the region offering security consultancy and the time is now right to formalise trading and better serve new and existing clients in the Middle East,” commented Sebastian Morley, Chairman of Croma Security Solutions.

“The Middle East is rich in opportunity. We’ve recently completed a significant security installation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for an international corporation and we’ve received considerable interest from other Middle East based companies wishing to enhance their security.

“We will be operating our ‘total security’ service in the Middle East and, in particular, we envisage FastVein having strong resonance in the region – becoming a standard biometric solution,” added Sebastian.

FastVein uses the latest finger vein identification technology to offer ultra-high reliability and rapid recognition for security access control.

Croma Security Solutions Group PLC is an AIM-quoted total security services provider based in Hampshire, UK. It installs award-winning bespoke, state-of-the-art security systems for government, FTSE 100 companies, small enterprises and private clients located in the UK and internationally. 

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Top Boarding School Improves Pastoral Care With Fastvein™

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Top Boarding School Improves Pastoral Care With Fastvein™

It was reported in the Sunday Times on the 13th December 2015, that Croma had installed a bespoke registration system at the well respected and highly acclaimed St. Mary's School, Ascot.

St Mary's School was named school of the year by Tatler Magazine and has 390 pupils, between the ages of 11-18. Founded in 1885, it is considered to be one of the most prestigious all girls schools in the Country.

Croma installed their proprietary vascular biometric system, FastVein™. The system was initially designed to alleviate time consuming and archaic 'register-taking', however it has been developed much further since then. Now it can deliver a fire list for roll call, and email exception reports of missing pupils, or specify why the pupil might be missing from a registration, even including a mobile number so the pupil may be contacted.

Giles Brand, Bursar at St Mary's Ascot heralded the system, saying "The school has been delighted with the technology, which has enabled us not only to improve administrative functions, but also the pastoral care of our pupils".

Despite Mr Brand's words, some people weren't convinced on the matter. Nick Ferrari of LBC Radio invited Croma's CEO, Roberto Fiorentino on the station to debate the topic. Listen Below.

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Croma Security Solutions strengthens locksmith division by acquiring Access Key & Lock

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Croma Security Solutions strengthens locksmith division by acquiring Access Key & Lock

Croma Security Solutions is pleased to announce that it has bought Access Key & Lock, an established locksmiths based in Fareham, in a deal worth £2m.

“We’re delighted to complete this acquisition. Access Key & Lock is a fantastic business with a great footprint along the south coast,” commented Sebastian Morley, Chairman of Croma Security Solutions. “It will help us attract and service large corporate clients in the south and, in due course, further afield. We see the locksmith market as one which is ripe for consolidation by a quality-focused service provider."

Access Key & Lock has five outlets located in Fareham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth and Brighton. In the last financial year, Access Key & Lock had sales of £2.44m and pre-tax profits of £300,000. The company was founded in 1998 and has 34 employees. Access Key & Lock won Britain’s Best Security Retailer every year from 2008-2011.


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Security With Miles Henson

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Security With Miles Henson

Security has been a hot topic lately. Miles Henson from Express FM spoke to Croma CEO Roberto Fiorentino on his business show about how security has evolved over the last three decades and what services and technologies are currently available to help tackle threats in our ever changing world.

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Croma Security Solutions helps create the future of border control at Transport Security Expo 2015

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Croma Security Solutions helps create the future of border control at Transport Security Expo 2015

Croma Security Solutions has helped develop the new Future Borders Experience featured at the Transport Security Expo in London, and CEO Roberto Fiorentino is an expert speaker at the event (2-3 December).

Representing a first for the security industry, the Future Borders Experience exhibit provides unique insight into next generation border security, demonstrating how it could function using finger-vein biometric identification.

“Croma Security Solutions has been leading the way with FASTVEIN, a finger-vein biometric technology,” commented Roberto Fiorentino CEO of Croma Security Solutions. “FASTVEIN offers ultra-high reliability and rapid recognition and it’s a system that we’ve developed to help clients who require access control of the highest accuracy.”

“It’s a pleasure to be involved in the Transport Security Expo, in conjunction with the Home Office and other leading security companies, to create the Future Borders Experience and highlight the role of finger-vein biometrics in the future.”

The aim of the Future Borders Experience is to demonstrate the potential for ‘frictionless passage’ through a typical border. Visitors are asked to register using a finger-vein biometric and given simulated travel documentation. They then use the biometric and travel documentation to pass through entry gates to a security screening process involving various detecting technologies.

The output from some of these detecting technologies is relayed on large screen TVs facing the general exhibition area so that other Transport Security Expo attendees can follow what is happening. A large display at the rear of the experience explains the different processes and data flows involved in a border of the future. To protect their privacy, visitors are given fictional identities and all electronic data will be deleted upon departure. 

CEO Roberto Fiorentino is among a number of expert speakers including representatives from the Home Office, Department for TransportUK Border Force and Heathrow Airport. The talks aim to reinforce the theme of the Future Borders Experience, which centres on bringing together all of the elements of border security and highlighting the need for cross-sector collaboration.

After 33 years of working in the security industry, Roberto Fiorentino has been at the forefront of a number of technological advances in security including finger-vein technology – FASTVEIN. He is a regular security industry spokesperson, featured most recently on the BBC and Sky TV.

The Future Borders Experience is part of the Transport Security Expo taking place in the Olympia, London from 2-3 December. 

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Private policing in the future?

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Private policing in the future?

The private policing world is a very familiar one to residents of certain neighbourhoods across the pond in the United States, but will we start to see a growth in the business here?

Croma Security Solutions CEO, Roberto Fiorentino talks to Alex Dyke of BBC Radio Solent about the concept of private policing and what the future may hold with cuts and savings nipping at the heels of our state Police Force's.

The question is prompted by the bid from residents of the Hampshire villages of Upton Grey and The Candovers to pay £60,000 per annum to keep their local officer, it begs the question: ‘What will happen to our police forces, and how will we stay safe on our streets?

Coverage On Other Sites:

BBC

Daily Mail

The Telegraph

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We do not need Q – our technology is beyond 007’s

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We do not need Q – our technology is beyond 007’s

What gizmos and gadgets will 007 have in his arsenal in Spectre, James Bond’s latest cinematic outing for MI6?

In 007’s 24 films, we have enjoyed dozens of clever (…or implausible) set-pieces involving amazingly innovative technology being deployed as a weapon, a cloaking device or to even take over the world. And we have come to expect that and think that kind of technology only exists in a Bond film.

Well, at Croma Security Solutions we have engineered FASTVEIN – a ground-breaking and uniquely secure biometric identification system that would be at home in a Bond movie.

FASTVEIN uses the latest vein biometric identification technology offering ultra-high reliability and rapid recognition. It is 35 times stronger than traditional systems, with the equivalent security and accuracy of iris scanning – but at a fraction of the cost.

The technology works by processing a near-infrared image of the vein structure in a person’s finger. FASTVEIN then creates a unique template, which is stored and validated to rapidly confirm or deny identity.

One of the uses of this technology is access control to facilities requiring high security. It is so secure that even James Bond could find it impenetrable. It is impossible to engineer a person’s vein structure – it is unique to you – and the finger would have to have its vein structure intact and be connected to its blood supply in order to be effective (…so you cannot chop their finger off and use it to gain access). The system also alerts security and the authorities if it is being manipulated and the person themselves can set-off the alert, if under duress, without causing suspicion. All that sounds like it is fresh out of a Hollywood action movie – right?

The different uses of FASTVEIN is mind-blowing – it can be used for anything that requires assured identification. From the monitoring of personnel (time and attendance), medical applications, military, banking, yacht and aviation security, to name but a few.

FASTVEIN can also be inexpensive to purchase and install, with systems ranging from the out-of-the-box package FASTVEIN T&A (£995 + VAT for Single Station Deployment) to large bespoke packages fulfilling both access control and time and attendance.

Biometric identification is now not just in the workplace – it is also being applied to the home. So, how do you think you could use FASTVEIN™.

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The 10 most secure places in the world

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The 10 most secure places in the world

Fort Knox

Fort Knox

Croma Security Solutions is a high security specialist but these 10 locations take security to a whole new level.  The following are some of the most guarded and most secure locations in the world.


1)   Area 51 is a top-secret air force base in Nevada, USA. It is very well guarded and has a no-fly zone. It is shrouded in mystery and has a reputation for being linked to research into UFOs and alien conspiracies.

2)   Federal Reserve Bank in New York, USA, is said to have roughly 25 per cent of the world’s gold stored there. The vault itself is 80 feet below street level and 50 feet below sea level. Expertly trained marksmen guard the perimeter of the building.

3)   The Safe House, built in Warsaw, Poland is the most secure private accommodation in the world. It looks like minimalist architecture but when under threat, every window, door and gate closes up with enormous concrete slabs and metal shutters. When sealed, the unit is impenetrable.

4)   Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen is also known as the ‘Doomsday Seed Vault’. This secure seed bank provides a safety net against the loss of diversity in traditional gene banks. The vault is located in a copper mine and the seeds’ security and survival is protected by blast-proof doors, motion sensors, airlocks and reinforced concrete.

5)   The Greenbrier in West Virginia, USA, is where Congress would seek safety during a nuclear attack. From the outside it is a picturesque 6,500-acre exclusive resort, but underneath are tunnels to a nuclear bunker complete with supplies, shielded by a 25-ton nuclear blast door.

6)   Fort Knox in Kentucky, USA, is home to the US Bullion Depository. It is located on a US Army base and is highly secure. The depository was once the trusted safe house for the country’s most important historical documents including the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

7)   HavenCo was a controversial data haven located in a World War II naval fort in the North Sea. It was a self-declared sovereign principality, claiming that it had no restrictions on copyright or intellectual property for data stored on its servers. Its not known what data was stored there and its operations ceased without explanation.

8)   The Granite Mountain Records Vault in Utah, USA, is home to the world’s largest collection of genealogical records. It was built by the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to preserve and protect records of importance to the Church. It is rumored that tempered climate control and motion and heat sensors protect the vault.

9)   USP Florence ADMAX in Colorado, USA, is the world’s most secure prison. Its nickname is “Alcatraz of the Rockies’ and its home to terrorists and the most dangerous criminals in America. Security measures include attack dogs guarding the area between the prison walls and high razor wire fences, motion detecting laser beams and pressure pads.

10)   Bold Lane Car Park in Derby is no ordinary public car park. The only way in is to hold a barcoded ticket, which is linked to your parking space. Once you have left your car, motion sensors turn on. There are emergency buttons inside that lock down the site within 45 seconds.


‘*Whilst the above has been prepared to a reasonable level, Croma Security Solutions Group PLC does not take any responsibility for any omissions, inaccuracies, or errors in the above list. Therefore, no action should be taken based upon it. The list is for entertainment purposes only. A bibliography / reference sheet is available upon request.’

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Croma Vigilant Security – Who are we and what do we do?

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Croma Vigilant Security – Who are we and what do we do?

We are Croma Vigilant: The ex-military security professionals.

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In 1997 two colleagues from The British Army decided to establish the finest ex-military security service in the United Kingdom.  Today, we proudly employ 450 staff and we are now the company of choice for clients who simply demand the best.  Paul Williamson and I met as a young soldier and officer in The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) as fresh faced optimistic young soldiers and served together on operations in Northern Ireland for two years.  Today, we are still working together and everything we do is driven by the standards drilled in to us as young men.  Those standards revolve around the core ethics of integrity, effort and service.  It's easy for companies to add straplines or mission statements to aid their marketing efforts but too often, this does not reflect on their performance in work conditions.  We have seen huge changes to the security industry and many of them have not been good. 

The Security Industry Authority was established and we are an Approved Contractor, indeed we have the very highest accreditations from every regulatory body. However, regulation will not make your security contractor get out of bed in the early hours to solve your problems. Regulation will not make sure that your security officer is not only accredited but also trained and immaculate in presentation…. We will.

We work for our clients, not for box ticking.  We believe in a standard of service that is perhaps regarded as old fashioned.  Our security officers are immaculately turned out; they address people as Sir and Madam. They believe in punctuality and bearing.  Our management does not have endless tiers for our clients to plough through.  Our management team believes that security officers respond best to firm but deeply familiar supervision, we look after our officers welfare like no other, while maintaining the highest standards with no compromise.  Sometimes the old ways are indeed the best.

Our Managing Director speaks to every client every month.  A successful ground operation has to rely on an efficient back office and we are proud of our record in administering and paying our security staff, on time, accurately, every time.  We work throughout the United Kingdom and are emerging as the company of choice for corporate clients who want the best.  We want your business and we will solve your security problems.

As part of Croma Security Solutions Group Plc, security is all we do. No cleaning or catering, just our expertise. From the ex-military security professionals who provide security officers to integrated security systems and access control - talk to us, we are ready to serve.

Sebastian Morley - Managing Director

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