In 1972, the new terminal was opened at Sydney International Airport. Soon after, SNP were contracted to undertake up-graded passenger searches for those entering all international flights from the new terminal. This important contract is still with SNP Security today.
Another important development in 1970 was the foundation of the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL). Kevin Roche, at that time the Chairman of the Board of SNP, was a founding member and serving in turn as both Vice President and President.
The company’s philosophy of offering the latest technology continued. In retrospect, the 1970’s were the turning point in modern security when the importance of electronics showed the way forward in the security industry.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV), a very new and advanced technology at the time, was proudly introduced. Twenty four-hour fully manned Control Rooms brought together a range of new technologies such as designated security telephone lines and instant response to any intrusion. The control room became a fortress with massive steel doors featuring both key locks and electronically operated solenoid locks.
Ultra-sonic signal monitoring offered a foolproof system of protection for sensitive sites. Here, over-lapping signals overcame the technical limitations and industrial problems associated with the earlier directionally sensitive ultrasonic systems. SNP could provide a range of these for a wide range of security situations.
Backing up the latest technology, the company focused on strong client support and reliable service. A strong focus on training developed. In fact, SNP built an indoor pistol range in their headquarters for regular training of patrolmen in firing a pistol and gun safety.
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