Preserving Heritage: Innovating Security Solutions for Historic Sites

22nd May 2024

Assize Court Devizes

Nestled in the heart of Wiltshire, the Devizes Assize Court stands as a testament to the region’s rich history. However, like many historic buildings, it faces the persistent threat of vandalism and decay. To safeguard this cultural treasure, the Wiltshire Museum and the Devizes Assize Court Trust embarked on a mission to rejuvenate the site, transforming it into a vibrant community hub. However, as fundraising for this major project progresses, ensuring the security of the structure — lacking modern amenities like mains electricity and telephone connections — presented a unique challenge.

Enter T H WHITE Energy, Fire & Security, a leader in innovative security solutions. Tasked with fortifying the Assize Court against intruders while preserving its historical integrity, T H WHITE proposed a cutting-edge system: the Ajax security system. This solution, designed to function without traditional power sources and communication infrastructure, offered the perfect blend of reliability and sophistication.

The Challenge: Safeguarding History in a Modern World

For David Dawson, Director of the Wiltshire Museum, protecting the Devizes Assize Court was not merely a matter of security; it was about preserving heritage. “The building has stood derelict for 30 years, without electricity,” says Dawson. “Vandalism posed a constant threat and our insurers required the installation of an intruder alarm.”

However, installing a conventional security system in such a historic setting proved impractical. An issue that T H WHITE had previous experience with. The building’s age and lack of infrastructure rendered traditional solutions unfeasible. Dawson needed a system capable of operating autonomously, without relying on mains power or telephone lines and without the need for extensive cabling that could compromise the building’s integrity.

The Solution: Ajax Security – A Modern Approach to a Historic Setting

With various possible security solutions available on the market, T H WHITE proposed the Ajax security system, specifically designed to meet the challenges of securing heritage sites. At its core was the Ajax Hub 2, equipped with a built-in 4G SIM card and a 12V power supply. This innovative design allowed the system to operate independently, powered by rechargeable batteries and leveraging robust wireless capabilities.

“The Ajax system has been a revelation,” Dawson remarks. “I’ve managed museums for over 30 years and I’ve never seen anything like it. The entire system is controlled through a smartphone app, providing real-time alerts and video footage in the event of an intrusion.”

One of the system’s key advantages was its ability to function without extensive cabling. In a historic building like the Devizes Assize Court, where preserving architectural integrity is paramount, this was a game-changer. “The wireless link between the detectors and the central hub is excellent,” says Dawson. “Despite thick walls and cellars, the signal remains strong, eliminating the need for disruptive cabling installations.”

The Benefits: Empowering Preservation and Protection

The implementation of the Ajax security system brought a multitude of benefits to the Devizes Assize Court and the Wiltshire Museum:

  • Enhanced Safety: The system provides remote access via the app, allowing staff to monitor the premises and receive alerts even when off-site. This is particularly valuable for safeguarding lone workers and preventing unauthorised access.
  • Streamlined Operations: The system’s user-friendly interface simplifies access management for construction projects and maintenance work. With just a few taps on the app, users can grant or revoke access, reducing the need for multiple trips to the site.
  • Comprehensive Monitoring: The system offers detailed activity logs, allowing staff to track entries and status changes in real-time. This level of visibility enhances accountability and ensures that security protocols are consistently followed.

Looking Ahead: A Blueprint for Future Preservation Efforts

The successful collaboration between the Wiltshire Museum and T H WHITE serves as a blueprint for securing historic sites in the modern age. By leveraging innovative technology and tailored solutions, heritage preservationists can protect cultural treasures while respecting their historical significance.

As David Dawson reflects on the project, he expresses optimism for the future:

“I’m truly impressed by the Ajax system. It’s a shame we didn’t have it when we installed security systems in our other buildings. Moving forward, I’m confident that with solutions like Ajax, we can safeguard our heritage for generations to come.”

In an ever-changing world, where the past meets the present, innovative security solutions offer a beacon of hope for the preservation of our shared history.

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