The New Threats
With the opening of the Gulf War, the security requirements at Sydney Airport increased immensely. Nearly every American company in NSW required sort some level of security both for their businesses and their expatriate staff, including armed escorts for their top management.
Computerisation and resulting technological advances required a new and computer literate workforce and the company found itself replacing traditional mechanical technicians with software engineers. There was now a greater reliance on CCTV, the management of databases in access control and the use of biometric technology within the security industry.
The Strathfield office was becoming increasingly crowded and unsuitable. New premises were found in Homebush with a Grade A central station and ample space for the entire sales, administration and technical staff. Before long, additional office space was required and adjoining premises were rented. In fact, SNP also purchased a nearby cul-de-sac to accommodate the parking needs of staff.
The strong growth of SNP was also a result of capitalising on changes in the security market as larger companies merged and smaller security companies were bought out.
During this time, SNP secured large clients including Telstra, Grosvenor Place, Chifley Tower, the Sydney Opera House, Channel Seven, Melbourne Airport, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Westfield, Mirvac and the ABC. SNP also secured the contract for the National Maritime Museum in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. This was a first for an outside company being appointed as the security contractor for a major national museum.
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