Our Sectors

Our Sectors

"We adapt universal best practice solutions to each specific sector's project requirements."

Although we aim to solve similar challenges with similar solutions, each sector has its own authorities, statutory requirements, standards and work processes such as GRIP for rail and RIBA for buildings. To deliver the right solution we ensure that we understand the business drivers of each sector and work towards all of its standards.

We are accredited with ISO 27001 Information and Security Management and Cyber Essentials+.  


Airports constantly operate at full capacity and cannot easily recover from disruptions caused by unreliant systems. Airports with quiet periods require systems that automatically reduce energy consumption in unused terminal areas. All airports need hundreds of systems to operate. All airports focus on customer service and rely on utility systems for the supply of electricity and water. Airports consist of mission-critical systems which require the correct level of security systems 

Our many airport projects include:

  • Terminal construction – security, building management systems, information and airside operational systems
  • Integrated control rooms
  • Control and monitoring of utilities such as gas, power and water
  • HVAC
  • Airfield communications
  • Radio networks
  • Monitoring of lifts, escalators and passenger boarding bridges
  • Energy metering
  • PA/VA
  • Lighting, CCTV and Fire Alarm Management
  • IoT

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 pods.



Railways require station and line-wide control systems, and communication systems that operate over long distances. Rail working environments are hazardous with close proximity to high-speed trains and high voltage traction power. Subsurface rail stations require solutions where space is a premium and there are statutory regulations to comply with – and Firstco offers those solutions…

Our many rail projects include:

  • Subsurface station construction
  • Integrated control rooms
  • Line and station management systems
  • Passenger information systems
  • Data transmission optical fibre networks
  • Subsurface radio networks
  • Tunnel ventilation control systems
  • Traction and bulk power control systems
  • Innovative level crossing communications

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

Built Environment

Airport terminals and subsurface rail stations are similar to large buildings that need security, heating, cooling, lighting, fire protection, smoke extraction, electricity, water, lifts and escalators. Airport campuses typically consist of several terminal buildings, satellite buildings, baggage facilities, electrical substations, water pumping stations and other buildings best monitored from a central location. Energy consumption across the campus has to be monitored and the flow of people and vehicles across the campus has to be controlled, often with CCTV surveillance systems. 

Our many built environment projects include:

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

Our larger control and communication systems provide smart campus solutions that can scale up to become a smart city and enterprise-wide solutions.



Like aviation, the maritime industry is a regulated environment with similar security, border and customs requirements.  Maritime vessels and facilities require specialist operational, control and security systems.

Our marine projects include:

  • Port construction
  • Integrated control rooms
  • Security systems
  • Control and monitoring of utilities
  • Communication and radio networks
  • Crane control systems
  • Ship control systems


Roads are increasingly using technology to enforce laws and increase throughout.

Our road projects include:

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


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

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

Our automation projects include:

  • Power distribution
  • Medical systems
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food and beverage

Whatever the sector, we ensure our control systems are reliable, secure and provided at the appropriate Safety Integrity Level (SIL).