Case Study

Five Star Security in Iraq

In January 2015 Safetell was contacted by a Dubai based global leader in Systems Integration – for assistance with a project they had undertaken for a world leading petrochemical company.

The project involved securing the living accommodation of the oil company’s staff from terrorist attack, by installing ballistic and blast resistant doors. The staff accommodation was in the 5* Divan Erbil hotel in Iraq; and in total 25 doors were required, to help secure the lift lobbies and four floors of the building. The new installation replaced timber construction doors which had offered no protection to staff.

Safetell was chosen as the designer and supplier of the doors ahead of American suppliers, and because of the complex nature of the client’s requirements, recommended a completely bespoke design to ensure peace of mind. Safetell’s in-house design team developed a solution that offered both Ballistic Protection up to FB6 (can withstand shots from an AK-47 assault rifle) and Blast resistance (up to 500kgs of TNT). Product development involved taking Safetell’s existing Blast Door design (which already held the highest level of UK certification), and working with an external ballistic testing facility to further enhance the door’s level of ballistic protection.

Safetell was chosen as the designer and supplier of the doors ahead of American suppliers, and because of the complex nature of the client’s requirements, recommended a completely bespoke design to ensure peace of mind. Safetell’s in-house design team developed a solution that offered both Ballistic Protection up to FB6 (can withstand shots from an AK-47 assault rifle) and Blast resistance (up to 500kgs of TNT). Product development involved taking Safetell’s existing Blast Door design (which already held the highest level of UK certification), and working with an external ballistic testing facility to further enhance the door’s level of ballistic protection.

Full access control to the living accommodation was also stipulated, and needed to be integrated into an existing Red Cloud AC system. Surelock McGill was called upon to provide a bespoke locking system that could be integrated into the door design – to maintain optimum security, and comply with International Building Codes. This integration too was uniquely designed with a three point automatic locking system controlled by access control, as well as two additional deadlocks that have to be manually operated from the inside -in the event of an attack, staff could manually lock themselves into their hotel rooms.

Commenting on Safetell’s involvement in the project, Managing Director Anton Pieterse said; “Our role doesn’t end with us dispatching the product – our expert customer service and ongoing support are important elements of our proposition. On this particular occasion we sent one of our Project Managers to Iraq to supervise the installation, act as an onsite subject matter expert and supervise the installation crew. He also oversaw a full handover to the end user and, of course, we’ll continue to offer any advice or support needed.”

Following the success of this project Safetell has now received further tender requests for the new anti terrorism doors to be installed in a building in Chad, Africa.