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Evolution celebrates 20 years in the fire and security business

Published on 19 July 2016
The company took on its first employee in October 1996
Evolution was one of the early adopters of digital CCTV technology

Evolution, the nationwide fire and security company, celebrated its 20th year in business with a party for staff on board a New Orleans Paddle Steamer during the Henley Music Festival in July.

Early digital CCTV adopter

The company, which took on its first employee in October 1996, was one of the early adopters of digital CCTV technology and its first major project was upgrading the CCTV control room at Canary Wharf.

Since those days it has expanded to comprise a team of almost 90 staff in offices in London, Birmingham, Dublin, and Edinburgh, where it recently opened larger premises. “Several of the employees at the party have been with the business almost from the beginning, and some of our senior staff originally started at Evolution as trainees,” said Richard Lambert, co-founder and Managing Director.

Working for MNC’s

Similarly, many of its original clients – including Statoil and the Daily Telegraph – are still active accounts, vouching for the genuine long-term relationships that the business has built. Evolution today works for major multinationals across Europe and Internationally.

Richard believes that the biggest change over the last 20 years has been the migration towards IP: “All of our technicians are now IP trained and clients today are increasingly looking to move away from server-based installations to cloud and web-browser-based solutions,” he added.

Among the more unusual projects Evolution has been involved with over the last two decades was designing a wireless perimeter security detection system for nine CPNI water treatment plants and reservoirs; it was to provide early detection of intrusion in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

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