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Atkins is a major supplier of services to the security sector. We have a strong track record of delivering complex transformation programmes of national significance to security clients.


Prudent design and security decisions to meet the potential threat of crime and terrorism help to mitigate the impact. Atkins has assisted clients worldwide in the design development of security projects.

We are a key supplier of consulting services to UK Government, with specific focus in security and intelligence, police, fire and defence sectors. We provide organisational change, business strategy, programme management, and other services.

Our team of security consultants combine technical security knowledge and operational security experience, gained in a wide variety of countries and cultures, to deliver the best solutions to our clients. Our team includes registered security specialists with recognised international organisations, professional engineers and experienced project staff.

Atkins’ approach is to design out vulnerability and design in security. This enables the most efficient, effective and enduring security solutions.

Our consultancy services incorporate all aspects from masterplanning and concept design to security strategies, a full design capability and implementation support and assurance.

Regardless of the project size and complexity, our aim is to provide a fully integrated end-to-end solution that is innovative in its approach to emerging threats and technologies. We enable our clients to understand the main threats to their business and develop appropriate strategies to counter them.

Atkins helps clients in the security sector to structure and deliver multi-million pound portfolios of capability development with a single programme office providing support to a number of business critical programmes, themes and projects.

In addition we help our customers with the provision of support to product development centres. Atkins provides portfolio, project and programme consultancy support to our clients.



Atkins has a broad experience in the security sector and strong portfolio of skills. This enables the delivery of security solutions designed to defeat emerging threats faced by our clients.

Security consultancy

Using a holistic approach Atkins delivers specialist security consultancy. We enable our clients to understand the main threats to their business and develop appropriate strategies to counter them.

Program management

Atkins is a key supplier of consulting services to UK Government, with specific focus in security and intelligence, police, fire and defence sectors. We work with our clients at the heart of the reform agenda, providing organisational change, business strategy, programme management, procurement, ICT, and asset and infrastructure consulting services.

Identity assurance

We are experts in the design, build and implementation of enterprise identity assurance solutions, using the latest and most appropriate biometric technologies.

Information security consultancy

Our management consultants business is accredited to ISO27001 for our information security management processes. We can also provide advice on implementing information assurance processes and policies within customer organisations in order to improve data handling and management.


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Prof Dr Uwe Krueger
11 Sep 2015

How can we embrace technology – not for technology’s sake – but for the real benefit of our customers, our own companies and the communities we serve? Atkins’ CEO Uwe Krueger provides a perspective from the ENR Global Construction Summit in New York. The nature of the construction industry is changing rapidly, driven by tougher market and trading conditions and by demands from clients for better value and more innovation. There are higher expectations from funding institutions for cost efficiency and project certainty. There is also political pressure, as governments seek better value for money. We are also facing rapid growth in both population and urbanisation, creating an enormous infrastructure funding gap, but the challenge is not funding: financial institutions are willing to invest if they can see a clear investment case and cash stream – and a stable political and tax environment. The challenge is matching capital to suitable, financeable projects. What can the infrastructure industry do to attract investment into the sector? It has to improve and not be afraid to innovate. For the investment community, risk is a key consideration. The technology used by our sector can play a critical role in identifying, and mitigating, risk and make a huge change in the pace of progress. Risk can be mitigated, in part, by increasing certainty around project input costs (which reflect complexity of design and construction and engineering delivery risk). Innovative technology, in the form of digital engineering, can make a big difference. Digital engineering in essence is the automation of all or parts

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Donna Huey
11 Aug 2015

As Building Information Modeling (BIM) continues to reveal opportunities for revolutionizing the engineering and design industry, we are still seeing challenges around adoption. Many organizations have managed to sort out ways to leverage BIM in pockets such as 3D- and 4D- visualizations, conflict detection in multi-discipline design, or even augmented reality in construction. But the capability of the technology today is already so far beyond that. So why is there a lag? The design and construction industry has historically been slow to exploit new technology. Perhaps there is a lack of know-how, or far more likely, a bit of fear around change and how it (and we) fit in. The recent Harvard Business Review article, Beyond Automation—which discusses how to protect your career from the growing threat of computer automation—got me thinking more about the gap between today’s reality and tomorrow’s potential. “Automation starts with a baseline of what people do in a given job and subtracts from that. It deploys computers to chip away at the tasks humans perform as soon as those tasks can be codified … Augmentation, in contrast, means starting with what humans do today and figuring out how that work could be deepened rather than diminished by a greater use of machines.” – Thomas Davenport and Julia Kirby, Harvard Business Review The article struck me as a means to generate a roadmap and illustrate “how” to engage with BIM from wherever you sit within an organization. It correlates to how we can drive a view of BIM as

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Andrew Cooke
15 Jul 2015

The continuing digitisation of our infrastructure enhances our experience as citizens and defines our progress as a society. However, the increasing reports of cybercrime and the threat of disruption to supply have led to calls to resist this development and slow the pace of change. Yet the benefits of digitisation are too persuasive and both the expectation of the public and the need to continuously drive down costs mean we cannot stop or even slow down the tide. The public is very familiar with the concept of the ’digital economy’. We accept that today we live much of our lives online; buying food, goods and services or communicating with friends and family. Though the term ‘digital infrastructure’ is less commonly heard or understood, it is fast becoming a reality that impacts our daily lives. It is the concept that underpins the way critical services are delivered to us today and in the future. Digitisation of infrastructure helps service providers to track and manage their assets more effectively. It can also put customers in control of the services they use, allowing greater choice and flexibility. Examples of the latter include the sensors on trains and buses that allow us to track the arrival of public transport in real time or the internet-based services that allow us to select the telecommunications, power or water services we want. As infrastructure becomes increasingly digitised it is essential that it also becomes more resilient. The recent breach of security at the Office for Personnel Management in Washington has

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Aina Lleonart Piza
24 Jun 2015

Encouraging more girls to pursue engineering careers is such a hot topic now. As a woman engineer I am really interested in promoting gender balance in the profession. I am doing my bit as a STEM ambassador, reading reports published by various institutions to understand the problem and trying to change both parents and children’s perception of what an engineer does. However, the focus must not be solely on the generations to come, but also on the ones which are here now; starting their careers, progressing to senior roles or running the business. I attended an Atkins Women’s Professional Network event a few months ago, which gathered women engineers from all levels within the company. It was a coaching webinar to explore identifying skills and passions, building relationships and personal branding. The discussions around the topic of promotion were very interesting, particularly the perspectives that each generation held. More senior women had the perception that it had been very difficult for them to reach their current position and explained that sometimes they had felt left out of the ‘core group’ of their part of the business. I could see strong characters, women used to having to prove to everybody that they were where they were because they had earned it, were experts in their field and knew what they were doing. In the intermediate generations most participants were more comfortable in their working environment, a lot of them looking for resources to understand how to do the next big step in their careers, where

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Challenge Heathrow Terminals 1 and 5 host both international and domestic flights. The Airport wished to find a solution that would meet the UK Border Force requirement to ensure that passengers cannot swap their boarding cards once they have cleared security and then leave on a domestic departure when they were cleared originally for an international flight. Importantly, any implementation also had to balance the conflicting factors of security, cost and speed of use. Solution Atkins worked with Aurora to implement its Passenger Authentication Scanning System which uses biometric facial recognition to link a passenger to their boarding pass. The system amalgamates online check-in, airline data, biometric facial recognition technology and departure lounge systems into one seamless ‘end-to-end’ solution. In order to accommodate the varying lighting conditions that are found in the Terminal, PASS employs infrared technology to secure facial recognition of a passenger. Thanks to comprehensive trialling, bench testing and close working with the client, PASS carefully balances the three competing factors identified by the Airport. The system offers quick and simple identification capture and enrollment, it operates on Heathrow’s standard client and server machines and it meets the stringent standards of the UK Border Force. Outcome PASS has been in operation at Heathrow since 2012 and since its inception has successfully processed millions of passengers. This solution is now being extended in Heathrow’s Terminal 5 with the introduction of Self-Boarding channels which will allow passengers to board their flight using a self-service gate.

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A major oil company in the Gulf region retained Atkins to design a new integrated security system. The need arose out of a revised threat assessment which identified major new security requirements across all of the company’s sites. A key requirement was to provide much improved security coupled with tools for the prevention, coordination and management of any incident. Atkins provided the system design, creating detailed specifications with site drawings for a major security system operating over 15,000 sq km with over 100 sites. The design includes over 2000 cameras, four control rooms, sophisticated access control and a gigabit network providing connectivity for sensors.

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The city-wide CCTV system in Kingston upon Hull in England is one of the largest networks in the UK. It consists of more than 450 cameras, complex network connections and a control room and emergency planning suite. Atkins has played a fundamental role in designing the system and supporting implementation and subsequent development to meet new requirements. We worked closely with the local council to provide the technical expertise needed for the system design and to undertake project management of the contract for the duration of the installation. We provided a detailed schedule and camera coverage drawings to find a solution appropriate to the client’s budget and ensured that the requirements were developed into a comprehensive and advanced technical specification.

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CIPHER is a Ministry of Defence programme that will enhance the performance and interoperability of future cryptographic systems across all MoD platforms and fixed infrastructure. For the assessment phase of the programme, two industry consortia were selected to develop proposed solutions to deliver the programme. It is expected that re-programmable crypto devices and electronic key distribution will feature prominently and many management functions performed by the MoD will be automated and outsourced to the winning consortium. The Atkins project management office has been providing a range of technical and procurement support to the MoD CIPHER team since January 2008. As a multi-skilled consultancy we have filled a very wide range of roles, covering almost every aspect of the assessment phase work. Our independence from the supply chain has also been essential in our role in managing the relationship with the two competing industry consortia. Atkins’ high standard of work has been recognised by the client and resulted in substantial extensions to the PMO contract.

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In this section you can find technical papers, thought leadership articles and brochures produced by Atkins for the security sector.

Title Format Size
Advanced facial recognition in any light pdf 262KB
Countering increased threat levels pdf 515KB
Information and communication technologies: Middle East and India pdf 2.3MB
Security consultancy pdf 3.3MB
Security: trusted solutions pdf 800KB

In this section you can find technical papers, thought leadership articles and brochures produced by Atkins for the security sector.

Title Format Size
Hull CCTV pdf 3.8MB
Middle East oil field security pdf 208KB
Passenger Authentication Scanning System (PASS) pdf 199KB
Supreme Education Council pdf 352KB

In this section you can find technical papers, thought leadership articles and brochures produced by Atkins for the security sector.

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Threat level pdf 320KB


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