Anti-Social Behaviour – Can Technology Really Help?

Over the years, many organisations working in the housing sector have been driven by the need to improve efficiency and reduce costs. In the meantime, it seems that the problems associated with anti-social behaviour are increasing by the day. Like many, we have, over the years, embraced the cloud and our latest solution is completely cloud based and meets all the requirements for cost saving and efficiency. However, it has got many additional benefits, not least, the fact that it allows building managers to add and delete fobs instantly, helping to prevent people having access to a building. The solution also allows managers to see when fobs have been used, giving a clear picture of who has entered the building and when.

The benefits for preventing anti-social behaviour have been tangible, not to mention the help the system has provided with many criminal investigations across the country. Ensuring people are safe has to be the main priority for any housing management and we believe that our solution, Simplekey Web helps to improve the safety of all tenants, contractors and staff.

Trivallis – A Welsh Gem

As one of the major housing operators in Wales, Trivallis (formerly known as RCT Homes) have over 380 residential blocks, including 27 Sheltered Housing units. Trivallis faced challenges that are common in many housing associations. With standalone communal door access control systems in each residential block, there were too many people involved in operating and managing the systems.

Trivallis knew that they needed to improve the effectiveness of their communal door access systems to ensure all fobs that were added or deleted, were registered immediately and a detailed record kept. Adopting the KMS Simplekey Web solution, the results were immediate.

With housing managers now able to add or delete fobs remotely, residents are now able to collect new fobs from their housing manager immediately and not have to wait for them, saving everyone considerable time. The system has also enabled Trivallis to monitor all people, especially in the Sheltered Housing units, ensuring security is kept tight. To find out more about the system and how it benefited Trivallis visit the website.

KMS, The Inside Story

Many of you will have seen our vintage van over the years, either at exhibitions and conferences or possibly a classic car event. The Hillman Van, still going strong, is not what you would call the latest technology but it does reflect many of our values including;

  • Reliable
  • British built
  • Service centred
  • Flexible

However, time doesn’t stand still and even the Hillman Van has had to step aside for the latest vehicle in our fleet, the BSA Bantam D7. Now you might, think this is another vintage machine and possibly you might be right. However, as with everything at KMS, our passion for vintage vehicles has progressed. The BSA is faster, more agile, more economical and more flexible than the Hillman, all elements that we are always looking to include in our development.

So, keep your eyes peeled to see the KMS BSA, you’ll be surprised what it can do. What will come next, lets us know if you have any suggestions?

Housing 2017

It is nearly that time of year again and once again we will be exhibiting at Housing 2017 along with our longstanding associates Bamford Doors. Being alongside them helps demonstrate how, between us, we can deliver a complete communal door access solution that is both secure and easy to manage.

Come and see us at Housing 2017, Manchester Central, 27-19 June, we will be on stand C1

KMS in the Community

KMS’ Team Win League Watford Youth Sports u16 v Chorleywood Hurricanes U16 – Sunday 7th May

In early May, the Watford Youth Sports U16 football team, sponsored by KMS, took part in the Final of the West Herts Youth League.

Having descended on Ashlyn school in Berkhamstead both players and supporters were excited and nervous as kick off drew closer.

With the sun out and a hard pitch, conditions were perfect for a fast, open game and that’s exactly what we got. From the first whistle, WYS had most of the play and made an early breakthrough with a goal in the 15th minute. But it was to be the one sided game the early exchanges suggested, with Chorleywood getting into the game and drawing level on 25 minutes. The nerves returned and both teams started to raise their game.

Then came the breakthrough with a penalty awarded to WYS on 35 mins, the result, WYS went into half time 2-1 up. In the second half, the story was different with WYS asserting themselves and scoring another two goals to reach the final whistle as 4-1 winners.

The result capped what has been an incredible season and was well earnt by the team who had worked hard throughout the year.

From all at KMS, well done and we hope the good form continues next year.

Mental Health – One Person’s Story

Last week, Rebecca Zacharek from the office did a, superhero themed, ten kilometre run in Regents Park. Now, you may be thinking that this is not big news, but you need to understand why and where Rebecca has come from.

Throughout her teenage years and indeed before that, Rebecca struggled emotionally and found it difficult to control herself in certain situations. Over the years this became more of a challenge and led to problems at school, at home and later in work. It wasn’t till her twenties that Rebecca was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, one of the many mental health conditions that are only now being understood.

Since then Rebecca has found it difficult to find the right support and it was only a few months ago that she started to write a blog. Doing this has helped her share her experiences and realise that she is not alone, indeed her blog is becoming more and more popular, to the extent that she is firmly in demand from both radio and TV stations to talk about her experiences.

We have supported Rebecca and are immensely proud of what she has achieved and if you want to find out more have a look at her blog www.journeyofthemindsite.com