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West Midlands Success Story Secures National Security Award

One of the world’s leading intelligent security and surveillance companies today returned to its headquarters at the Innovation Centre, Longbridge Technology Park, to celebrate a major national award win, hosted by developer St. Modwen. 

Scyron scooped IT Initiative of the Year at the Security Excellence Awards 2008 for its DEMON Manager software – a pioneering system which has heralded a ground breaking transformation in the way the police forces manage digital intelligence and evidence, such as video, mobile phone footage through to still images, documents, audio and email. The software was first piloted during Operation Siluga – the West Midlands Police investigation into the Aston Riots.
The award is presented to the individual or organisation that has made the most positive use of IT in the security sector. Demonstrating the very special nature of Scyron’s security solution, one of the judges said: “The DEMON suite is a classic example of IT being used to make a genuine difference in terms of police efficiency.”
St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and the developer behind Longbridge Technology Park, hosted a reception for Scyron to celebrate its achievement and to acknowledge the company’s fast growing status as a true West Midlands success story. 
Anthony Glossop, chairman of St. Modwen, said: “Scyron is a global market leader with its roots firmly in the West Midlands. As it is based at the Innovation Centre, Longbridge Technology Park, we wanted to show our continued support for the company, congratulate the team on its success, and highlight its ongoing achievements in the areas of science and technology. I am sure this is an enormous boost for Scyron, and a great inspiration for the other technology-based companies based here in Longbridge and the wider West Midlands region.”
Scyron’s DEMON Manager software allows officers to simultaneously review and edit video while providing a complete audit trail to maintain evidential integrity. 
Operation Siluga involved 271 crimes, two murders and more than 5,000 hours of CCTV footage. Using the complete DEMON digital evidence management suite, officers were able to quickly extract, analyse, manage and present highly complex evidence, saving valuable tax payers’ money. The cost of the system was more than recovered in terms of the police time saved, and it helped to secure nine convictions.          
Mike Wilks, CEO of Scyron, commented: “The Security Excellence Awards really are the Oscars of the security industry, so we were delighted to receive the award – it is the culmination of four-years of research and development at our headquarters in Birmingham, working hand in glove with operational police officers. The award recognises the enormous contribution our technology is making to transform the way police officers manage digital evidence and secure convictions and we are looking forward to now building on our achievements in this field.”
For more information please contact:
Mike Murray, St Modwen 0121 222 5555
Sally Earl, Core 0121 643 8151