Firstco.

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Airport

Airport

Airport

We have worked on many different airport projects, both airside and la...

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Airport

We have worked on many different airport projects, both airside and landside, including:

  • Terminal construction – security, building, information and air operational systems
  • Integrated control and equipment rooms
  • Control and monitoring of airport utilities such as electricity, air and water
  • Airfield communication and radio networks
  • Monitoring of lifts, escalators and passenger boarding bridges
  • Energy metering

Combined with our rail expertise we are ideally placed to support inter-modal transport projects where air meets, road, rail, metro, trams, people movers or driverless pod.

Rail

Rail

Rail

We have worked on multiple rail projects, including:  trackside, back...

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Rail

We have worked on multiple rail projects, including:  trackside, back of house and passenger facing, these encompass:

  • Station construction projects – security, building, information and rail operational systems
  • Line and station control and equipment rooms
  • Line and station management systems
  • Passenger information such as public address and train information displays
  • Communications and radio networks, particularly underground
  • Tunnel ventilation control systems
  • Traction power control
  • Innovative level crossing communications

As well as heavy rail and metro systems we have experience in trams, people movers and driverless pods.

Ports

Ports

Ports

We have a long track record of cargo port projects including: Port co...

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Ports

We have a long track record of cargo port projects including:

  • Port construction – security, building, information and port operational systems
  • Integrated control and equipment rooms
  • Control and monitoring of port utilities such as electricity, air and water
  • Communication and radio networks
  • Energy metering
Buildings

Buildings

Buildings

Firstco have worked on many  large commercial building projects inclu...

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Buildings

Firstco have worked on many  large commercial building projects including:

  • Integrated control and equipment rooms
  • Building management systems
  • Heating ventilation and air conditioning control systems
  • Energy metering
  • Lighting control systems
  • Fire detection
  • In building radio networks
Road

Road

Road

Firstco have worked on the following road related projects: Integrate...

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Road

Firstco have worked on the following road related projects:

  • Integrated control rooms
  • Road management systems
  • Managed motorways
  • Incident detection
  • Lane control displays
  • CCTV
  • NRTS / Data communications
  • Tunnel ventilation
  • In tunnel radio networks
  • In tunnel PAVA
Automation

Automation

Automation

Our core competency is our process control capability, including desig...

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Automation

Our core competency is our process control capability, including design & build of:

  • SCADA, BMS and PLC control systems
  • Data communication networks
  • Motor control centres

We ensure our automation systems are reliable, secure and provided at the appropriate Safety Integrity Level (SIL).

We provide automation services to:

  • Road Tunnels
  • Power generation and distribution
  • Medical systems
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food and beverage
  • IPTV

Our systems can control and monitor individual buildings or an entire campus.

Control Systems

Control Systems

Firstco design, build and integrate control systems for major infrastr...

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Control Systems

Firstco design, build and integrate control systems for major infrastructure and process automation.

We select and configure Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) hardware and software PLC, SCADA, asset and energy management products from manufacturers including Siemens, Rockwell and ABB to control and monitor the flow of; electricity, water, air, vehicles, people and their baggage.

Assets managed by our systems can be fixed location or mobile, including; lifts, escalators, conveyors, electrical switchgear, meters, pumps, valves, fans, dampers, road vehicles, guided vehicles and rolling stock.

Typical installations include; airport terminal management systems, rail station and tunnel management systems, road and tunnel management systems, port management systems and building campus control systems.

Our control systems operate real time, with historical recording capability for performance analysis, and simulation capability for operator & maintainer training and process improvement.
We combine the control of sub systems onto integrated operator workstations, including; CCTV, passenger information, access control, lighting control, fire detection, telephones, help points, and radio.

Firstco integrated passenger information systems send automated text and audio messages to passengers via public address & voice alarm loudspeakers, next train displays, flight information displays and mobile phone apps.

Our larger control systems provide smart campus solutions, and are scalable up to become smart city and enterprise wide solutions.

Communications Systems

Communications Systems

Firstco design, build and integrate communications systems: •To conn...

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Communications Systems

Firstco design, build and integrate communications systems:

•To connect Firstco control systems to the equipment and sub systems they control.
•As standalone voice and data transmission solutions.

As part of our consultancy offering, we assist architects designing new infrastructure by sizing communications equipment and operator control rooms, and advising communications cable pit and duct requirements.

Communications systems can either be wireless or use fixed line copper and optical fibre cables:

Fixed line

Firstco select and configure Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) fixed line data transmission products from manufacturers including; OTN Systems, Westermo, Hirschmann, and Cisco.
For mission critical applications we supply zero downtime deterministic systems secured against cyber-attack, with a fixed amount of the total bandwidth reserved for each user.

A common client requirement is the replacement of legacy data transmission systems with the latest Ethernet communications protocols such as MPLS – without modifying legacy systems connected to it. Firstco can achieve this by providing MPLS systems that can transmit legacy protocols including; R232, RS422, RS484, analogue video, 2 & 4 wire voice, E1, T1 and 64k voice signals.

Wireless

Firstco provides internal Wi-Fi and external WiMAX communication systems that extend our fixed line Ethernet communication networks.
We interface to terrestrial LTE cellular telephone networks and satellite data communication systems to maintain connectivity with mobile assets and with equipment installed in remote locations.

For locations, such as in underground tunnels and large buildings where above ground radio and cellular telephone networks can’t penetrate, we select and configure Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) cellular and private mobile radio products from manufacturers including; AFL, Optical Master Units, Simoco, Motorola, RFS, CommScope, and Cobham.

Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering

Assurance – Tracing and recording the development of client requirem...

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Systems Engineering

Assurance – Tracing and recording the development of client requirements throughout project delivery through a system of verification and validation activities, usually design reviews and product testing.

Safety – designing, building and maintaining safety related automatic control systems with a Safety Integrity Level (SIL) of 1 to 4 in accordance to ISO 61508.
Cyber Security – designing, building and maintaining secure systems that avoid, resist and report cyber-attack.

Reliability Availability Maintainability Sustainability – designing systems that rarely fail, and if they do are quick and easy to repair with products whose manufacture doesn’t damage the environment.

Human Factors – the ergonomic design of human machine interfaces such as graphical user interfaces.
Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) – the prevention of electromagnetic interference of equipment, particularly in noisy environments like in high voltage switch rooms and near overhead lines.

Specialist Applications

Specialist Applications

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Specialist Applications

  • Fire Alarm Management System for Building Campuses
  • Automatic People Mover / Track Transit control
  • Baggage SCADA
  • Power SCADA
  • Tunnel Ventilation control
  • In-Building and In-Tunnel Radio
  • Asset Management
  • Energy Management

Are you an Operator?

Are you an Operator?

We work with your team from ‘concept to completi...

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Are you an Operator?

We work with your team from ‘concept to completion’ and provide training and ongoing support for your staff. We are experienced in major transport integration projects such as Terminal 2, Terminal 5 and Crossrail.

Are you a Contractor?

Are you a Contractor?

Firstco are an independent Systems Design and Inte...

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Are you a Contractor?

Firstco are an independent Systems Design and Integration specialist who also work as a seamless part of your team to manage your system suppliers and sub-contractors; helping them to interface with each other effectively and efficiently, and to deliver on time and within budget. We also control the risk to your programme of ‘scope creep’ driven from Client change. We are experienced in major transport and complex building construction projects such as Terminal 2, Terminal 5 and Crossrail. We are experienced in working with major systems suppliers integrators such as Siemens, Alcatel, Honeywell.

Are you a Consultant?

Are you a Consultant?

Firstco are Consultant Engineers for Controls and ...

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Are you a Consultant?

Firstco are Consultant Engineers for Controls and Communications Systems. We work as a seamless part of your team, helping in clarifying the End-User’s operational and functional requirements and delivering design specifications that are open, ready for tendering and which drive real value for your Client. We are experienced in major transport integration projects such as Terminal 2, Terminal 5 and Crossrail. We are experienced in a wide range of controls and communications systems applications, such as security, voice & data communications, control & monitoring, customer information, revenue protection, hazard detection/protection, command & control.

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“This website is designed to demonstrate to prospective clients and employees our technical and management expertise, and showcase our expanding portfolio of successfully delivered projects.”

— Mike Gray – Firstco (Director)
Mike Gray – Firstco (Director)
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