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When the Going Gets Tough

28 February 2014

Back in 1985 singer Billy Ocean sang ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’ and that is certainly a mantra for the TDSi team as we are taking part in our first Tough Mudder event in West London on 26th April!  We will be raising money for one of TDSi’s favourite charities, Help for Heroes and have a team of 17 team members and family facing the gruelling prospect of a terrifying 12 mile obstacle course, designed to test mental endurance as much as physical strength and stamina.

I relish a challenge and am excited to see this attitude spreading across the team.  The great thing about Tough Mudder is that it really will be a team effort and I am proud to be taking part with people that I work with every day, across such a variety of teams.  In many ways it shares the spirit that Help for Heroes offers to the injured services personnel that it helps -fostering the camaraderie of a shared experience whilst getting through the challenges together, to reach personal goals.  We began training in January and are currently under a strict regime of preparation with a personal coach ­ so naturally we are keenly looking for further sponsorship!  You can donate to this very worthy cause (and thus encourage the TDSi team to get a little muddier!) by visiting our sponsorship page:

Having touched on team work across a variety of teams, we are now very eagerly looking forward to the forthcoming Securex West Africa 2014.  Having exhibited at Intersec Dubai  in January 2014 (and having had an unprecedented amount of interest) we are counting down to the Securex event in Lagos, Nigeria, from 18th-19th March.  We will be exhibiting with our expert local partner, Rapid Vigil Security.  Nigeria is a great location for the event, an economic powerhouse of the region that sets the stage very well for the security community to meet up and showcase the latest technology and trends.  Alan Hardy, TDSi’s Director of Export Sales will be on hand throughout the event to meet our local customers and partners, to discuss the needs of the local market and to answer any enquires.  Rapid Vigil has unrivalled knowledge of the West African security market and has helped to grow TDSi’s business dramatically in the region over the last few years.  It’s an ideal opportunity for us to jointly show our expertise and our latest products, including the latest version of our EXgarde PRO 4.2 integrated security software and how it can be used in real-life circumstances.

It’s a fact of the modern security industry that physical systems are becoming more and more centred around software.  Some of TDSi’s key products are software-based so it will come as no surprise that we have enlarged our development team with our new Software Test Engineer Neil Smiley.  Neil has been seconded from Bournemouth University as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).  It means Neil gains practical business experience and in return TDSi receives the services of a highly trained and knowledgeable young professional to help develop our latest products.  At TDSi we pride ourselves on giving young professionals a leg up into the business world - we have three Apprentices at our Poole HQ working across several divisions and I myself am mentoring a student at The Bourne Academy in Bournemouth.  These schemes give young professionals valuable experience, but equally we benefit from fresh ideas and the boundless enthusiasm that comes with it.


John Davies

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