Security and communications company Optilan, based in Warwick which works the energy, infrastructure, pipeline, and rail sectors, has won another major Network Rail contract to deliver essential station system upgrades as part of the Crossrail project. Optilan has already delivered communications and security systems to four other stations: Forest Gate, Goodmayes, Gidea Park and Harold Wood.
Optilan will deliver station information and surveillance systems to improve safety, security, and communications at Maryland, Manor Park, Seven Kings, Chadwell Heath, and Brentwood and driver-operated cameras at Shenfield station. The new systems will ensure passengers will have access to timely and vital information.
Rail travel has been singled out by the UK Government as a key area for infrastructure investment in recent years, with both Crossrail and High Speed 2 (HS2) progressing. This is considered a major area of growth for Optilan.
Optilan has also passed its Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) audit, which ensures the Company is on track to achieve its strategic Rail Plan. By maintaining accreditation status and its Principal Contractors License with Network Rail, Optilan can work and bid directly with Network Rail and the wider rail community in order to strengthen its partnership in the future.
Bill Bayliss, CEO of Optilan, said: “We are incredibly proud of our strong track record on rail projects, having delivered on Crossrail previously, as well as on the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP).”
Optilan employs 240 people on a full-time basis in addition to field experts brought in for specific projects.