Activ goes to West Africa

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Equas client The Westminster Group has secured a major 15 year contract to provide complete airport security at an international airport in Africa, a deal which is potentially worth more than US$150 million over the term. Westminster’s aviation division will provide comprehensive ground security operations at an International Airport in West Africa.

The contract involves a wide range of detection and surveillance technologies as well as the deployment of security personnel within the terminals, the airside zone and the airfield perimeter. Following a two month pre-deployment transition period, operations commenced in May 2012.

As part the Worldwide CAA requirements Westminster Group needed a Quality Management System, compliant with ISO 9001:2008 to manage and drive the consistency of its West African operation. Having used Equas’s Activ Online Management System to ensure ISO compliance in its UK operation, Westminster has once again employed the services of Equas to build an ISO 9001 Quality Management System for its West African operation. The Activ system will ensure that the processes used in West Africa are able to be viewed managed and maintained from the company’s Head Office in Banbury

The airport, which is seeing a marked increase in traffic due to the growing economic prosperity of the country, is currently utilised by a number of major European airlines. Additional North American and Middle Eastern airlines are expected to commence services in the foreseeable future, further increasing passenger numbers and, in turn, revenues to Westminster.

Chief executive Peter Fowler said: “I am delighted to be able to announce a major new contract award for our aviation security business which will create over 100 new jobs in West Africa and provides good visibility of revenue and earnings for the foreseeable future.

“Westminster has valuable reference sites for security solutions in airports worldwide and our aviation business is currently experiencing record interest, including enquiries from several other similar international airports.

“This latest contract award follows other multi-million contract awards secured in 2011 and is in line with the group’s strategy of building large scale, long term, fully integrated security solutions with recurring revenue streams,” Peter Fowler added.