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Firstco was founded in 1998 and has grown rapidly to become a force in the areas of technical consultancy, technical assurance, project management and systems design and integration. Firstco is now the UK’s leading independent controls and communications systems specialist, with the company’s expertise continually transforming the built environment into efficient and effective operational facilities.
We work with blue-chip clients in a range of industries across the world, particularly in the transport sectors such as airports. We are currently working on several significant airport development projects in the UK and abroad, including Heathrow Terminal 2 and Muscat Airport in Oman, where we have teams of engineers providing both high-level guidance and detailed design. Integrating seamlessly into a client’s organisation is one of Firstco’s key strengths.
Airport systems design and integration, airport systems consultancy and project management
Firstco provides a range of systems consultancy services for airports and their associated infrastructure, including planning, requirements capture and design, project and airport systems interface management.
As well as providing technical expertise, Firstco specialists examine and advise on the main features and objectives of the client’s business and their future operational requirements. Consequently, today we are regularly involved in the very early stages of client projects and provide strategic input even whilst the earliest functional descriptions of systems are being prepared.
This enables Firstco to perform a high-level master systems integration role; Firstco oversees and carefully manages both the technical and management communications to ensure time and budget constraints are kept. This level of integration allows further added value in an area where many projects falter.
Airport communications, security, operational, monitoring and control systems
A typical project brief requires information and recommended methods of utilising technology to automate efficiency of people and processes. It comprises four primary groups of systems and Firstco undertakes the planning and design of these:
- Communications systems: the systems and infrastructure used to deliver data, voice and video around the terminal and campus
- Security systems: CCTV, access control, X-ray search and other specialist systems required to ensure the safe and compliant operation of the airport
- Operational systems: specific systems required for airport operations. Numerous systems and databases are used across the operator, the airlines and control authorities ranging from check-in and bag-drop right through to flight-information displays and stand allocation
- Control and monitoring systems: safety critical, operational control and environmental control systems which are monitored 24/7 from control rooms around the airport
Airport security and passenger flow systems
Airports and their functionality are under constant scrutiny and systems are paramount to guaranteeing that they can run smoothly and safely.
Firstco’s expertise is employed throughout the entire lifespan of an airport project and this has provided Firstco with a depth of experience of airport systems, from the early decisions made on essential requirements right through to the delivery phases.
To ensure that the systems running the airport are suitably designed, all the client, operator and shareholder requirements are taken into account. With this in mind, Firstco works alongside the operators and key decision-makers from the early design stages onwards.
Airport systems in the Firstco portfolio include:
- Plant control, including control rooms
- SCADA and PLC networks
- BMS and HVAC controls
- Energy metering and saving
- Passenger information, including public address
- Fire detection and voice alarm
- Lighting control
- Fixed-line voice communications
- Access control
- Surveillance, including CCTV and intruder detection
- Cable and space, including fibre and copper networks
Firstco have been awarded a Manchester Airport Group contract to replace the Automatic Train Operation central control system of the driverless Track Transit / People Mover system at Stansted Airport.
Heathrow Terminal 5 Rail and Tunnels Project
Evolving from an airfield developed as a World War II US bomber base, Stansted Airport takes its name from nearby Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex. Stansted is 35 miles from Central London and the nearest town is Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire.
London Heathrow International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Europe. It handled 69.4 million passengers and 1.48 million tons of cargo in 2011.
The Heathrow Terminal 2 project is a £2.5bn 400,000m² passenger terminal facility that includes a main terminal building, a satellite terminal building, a multi-storey car park and cooling station.
Firstco has successfully reached the final milestone of the Heathrow A1 SCADA project marking the end of their work on this time critical stage of the T2 development programme - ahead of schedule and completing the decommissioning of the A1 Centre.
Firstco was delighted to sponsor a presentation entitled 'Ultra - Heathrow and Beyond' at the IET in Central London. The evening presented industry peers and students with the opportunity to meet the people behind the ground-breaking Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) system, now running at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.
Following their recent multi-million pound contract with Ultra Electronics Airport Systems in Oman, Firstco has announced it will be opening an office in Muscat.
A staggering 65 million passengers travelled through the doors of Heathrow Airport in 2010. Accommodating this many people, not to mention airport employees inevitably leads to significant demands on energy and utilities.
Firstco have been awarded a £1m project to modify 40 HEART SCADA outstations migrating critical control communications away from the iconic old control tower at BAA's Heathrow Airport.
Firstco is delighted to announce, that following a six month tender process, they have been appointed as a SCADA framework supplier to Heathrow Airport.
Firstco has been assisting Birmingham Airport (BHX) since August 2011 with a number of significant changes and upgrades to their systems.
Firstco has been supporting Ultra Electronics Airport Systems in their bid to supply all airport systems for the two new airport developments at Muscat and Salalah in the Sultanate of Oman.
In April 2011 Heathrow Airport launched the world's first commercially operated personal rapid transport (PRT) system. Firstco was delighted to be asked to support the core team during several stages of the project's lifecycle to bring this unique venture to fruition.
Firstco are pleased to have successfully completed their Way-Finding project for the Heathrow Express. The project involved delivering 11 new digital displays throughout Heathrow Express rail stations. As well as providing valuable way-finding information, the live web-based displays will
Firstco have been appointed by Costain as systems integrator for the specialist systems work across the programme; these systems involve security, wireless communications and operational systems as well as innovative work managing the new forecourt facility. The four man Firstco team, headed up b
T2A is being built alongside the operational Terminals 1 and 3 in one of the world’s busiest airports. Firstco have accrued many years of experience at Heathrow and Gatwick and have gained an excellent knowledge of the airport environment, logistics and systems. Firstco are using all this experie
As part of the development plan for Gatwick Airport, Firstco is involved in the project to build six new aircraft stands in the north-west zone of the airport. The company have been brought in to act as a single point of contact for the stands' communications and control (C&C) systems. The br