Based in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England, UK.

Easy access to Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, London, York, and other locations.

Passenger Comfort, Station Information, and Electronic Security Systems

Systems Engineering, Design, and Consultancy Services

Rail, Rolling Stock, and Infrastructure


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Using a Design Engineer (MSyl, MIET), with over 20 years experience in the design, installation, commissioning, and service of electronic security and life safety systems, Essden LTD can supply a contract design and systems engineering resource, or act as an independent consultancy service, for a number of systems.

Being City and Guilds qualified (236 parts I and II) in Electrical Installations and holding a BTEC Level 5 Diploma in CCTV System Design, Essden LTD provide a focused and self-motivated individual who enjoys taking on new challenges and concepts that expand his knowledge and ability. He is also passionate about emerging technologies which, when required, are used creatively alongside traditional methods and concepts. Working within engineering and law enforcement, he has developed a methodical and analytical approach to his work activities. This helps to record and document the design line, from conceptual to actual, when developing and delivering a solution.

In the rolling stock sector,  the systems he has experience in include; DCO/OTCM (DOO - Driver Only Operated), Forward-Facing, Track Debris, Pantograph and Saloon CCTV systems, with each system being developed in-line with the relevant standards (e.g. BS EN 62676, HOSBD 28/09, GM/GN2606, RIS-2703-RST, GE/RT8060, GE/GN8560, LU 1-150). He has worked throughout various project lifecycle stages, from pre-sales, though concept and detailed design reviews, to completing test specifications and carryout validation activities, on trains such as Bombardier Transportations CL345, CL710, CL720,  CL701 and CL172 Units. For SNC-Lavalin, amongst other projects, he scrutinised the DOO submission for the Stadler FLIRT Unit and provided practical guidance on how to evidence that requirements have been satisfied.

Within the rail sector, he has often been involved with the design of systems that fall under the SISS category, specialising in CCTV and Video Surveillance Systems (VSS), integrated into Station Management Systems (SMS) or SCADA. He is used to designing solutions, for companies like Atkins and Siemens, around requirements determined by British Transport Police, NR/GN-TEL/50017, National Rail Underground CCTV Guidance Document and customer specifications.  He was the technical design authority on the Crossrail C660 project, for the CCTV sub-system, taking the technical elements of the project (and its interfaces) from concept design, through to detailed design. This included resolving interface issues, with validation testing of options. He also worked on projects such as First Capital Connect platform and station upgrades for telecoms (CCTV, Ticket Machines, and Help Points).

Outside of the rail sector, he has used his core skills to provide innovative solutions, for companies like Schneider Electric, to meet set requirements; often looking at how he can combine technologies, such as Access Control, CCTV, VSS, Thermal Cameras, Video Analytics, Intruder Detection, Perimeter Detection, and PSIM systems, he has  designed solutions that meet or exceed expectations. He was the lead design engineer for the Library of Birmingham Design, taking it from Stage D to Stage E, covering Fire, PAVA, CCTV, Access Control, Intruder Detection, Disabled Refuge, Data Network and other sub-systems. He also covered designs for various Airports, Hospitals, Train Stations and Shopping Centres, including Bristol Airport (Critical Path Monitoring, CCTV, & Access Control), Clifton Suspension Bridge (CCTV, Thermal Imaging and analytics), Merryhill Shopping Centre (Hybrid IP CCTV), Cadburys food manufacturing plant (Wireless IP CCTV) amongst others.

Essden LTD's key skills are:

• Systems Engineering

• Operational Requirements

• Requirements Management (IBM/DOORS)

• Stakeholder/Interface Management

• Project Lifecycle (from concept design to validation testing)

• Electronic Security System Integration/Convergence

• Analogue and IP/Network based installations

• AutoCAD/Visio drawings

• Fully Documented Detailed Design, to include equipment schedules, network design, HVAC requirements, lens, storage and bandwidth calculations

Contact Essden LTD

Address: Ashby-de-la-Zouch, North West Leicestershire, England, UK.