An acronym for founder Ingvar Kamprad and his boyhood home place, Elmtaryd, Agunnaryd, the IKEA Group began operating in Sweden in 1943. IKEA is one of the world’s top furniture retailers, employing 118,000 co-workers. IKEA sells Scandinavian-style home furnishings and other housewares in about 260 stores in 36 countries. The company designs its own furniture, which is made by about 1,350 suppliers in more than 50 countries. Flat packs play an important role in efficient distribution. IKEA has 31 distribution centres and 11 customer distribution centres in 16 countries. In 2007, over 522 million people visited IKEA stores and the IKEA website attracted 450 million visitors.
In December 2006 planning permission was granted for the IKEA Belfast store.
Located at the Holywood Exchange on the outskirts of Belfast, this is the first
IKEA store located in Ireland. At 29,000 sq meters, the IKEA Belfast store spans
the equivalent area of five and a half football fields and is one of the Swedish
retailer’s flagship stores. The two-storey development comes with 1455 car
parking spaces and includes a multi-storey car park, a 500 seater restaurant, a
bistro and a Swedish shop, and the store stocks the full range of IKEA products
totalling 9,500 items. The IKEA Belfast store opened its doors at 10am on
Thursday 13th December, 2007.
IKEA invited companies to tender for the installation of its security system
at the Belfast site. Building Protection Systems (BPS) was one of five companies
to place a tender and was awarded the contract. BPS won the contract not only
because of its experience and track record but also due to the cost savings it
could offer IKEA, and its responsiveness in understanding the exact requirements
of such a large development. As an experienced security installation company
with over 25 years in the field, BPS worked along side the pcm management
(project managers) and Wallace Whittle (services design consultants) to agree on
the design of the overall solution.
“We were very impressed with BPSs knowledge and understanding of what the
security installation project required. They demonstrated their strengths well
and identified points that had not been considered in the development of the
security system. We felt confident in the company’s skills and ability to meet
the tight deadlines,” explains Tim Radford, M & E Project Manager of pcm
The award winning Honeywell Galaxy G3 intruder alarm system was selected as
the ideal solution for the project due to the coverage required and the size of
the IKEA store. The Galaxy G3 has already been installed in several IKEA stores
throughout the U.K., and was therefore a tried and tested solution that could
deliver the capacity and reliability required. The security provided also
included an intercom system and panic alarm system which were specified by IKEA.
The final security system consisted of the Galaxy G3 panel which has the
capability to cover up to 520 zones, ideal for the size of the IKEA store as it
means that it can be expanded in the future if required. The system also
included 32 Smart Remote Input/Output units (RIO’s), 16 ordinary boxed RIO’s,
three keypads, one ethernet module, 54 Dual Tec® Motion Sensors with MaskAlert™,
ideal for commercial premises, 14 adjustable range glass break detectors,
a number of magnetic contacts, 32 sounders alerting locally at monitored doors,
54 panic buttons and 7 long range Dual Tec® sensors with Anti-Mask and range
A key specification in the development of the IKEA Belfast store was to find
a security systems installer who could install a comprehensive, state of the art
system which would be compatible with legacy IKEA systems. Another important
requirement highlighted by IKEA was to find a local company who could complete
the project on time, could be responsive to the project needs, and be able to
increase resources as and when required.
Other key drivers were finding a security solution that would provide a high
level of coverage. The IKEA site required a system that could quickly alert the
security team to what was happening anywhere on the site at any time. Another
key element was meeting the store opening deadline; therefore it was vital that
the chosen security system was a flexible, reliable and a proven solution that
could be easily installed to meet these particular requirements.
“The Galaxy alarm system was a very obvious choice because of a proven
history of reliability and the demands & flexibility a system of this size
Security Sales Manager, BPS.
Value for Money
The Honeywell security system provided a competitive solution that was
quickly and easily installed saving both the installer and end user time and
money, providing IKEA with value for money and the knowledge that a reliable
security system was installed.
Proven Security System
The Honeywell security system was specified by IKEA as it has already been
installed in IKEA stores throughout the U.K., and was therefore a tried and
tested solution that delivered exactly what the customer required.
One of the key benefits of the Honeywell Galaxy G3 security system is the
functionality it provides with the capability to expand the number of zones, and
connect to a computer to provide a real time display of the active zones. This
feature, combined with the option of graphical displays, allows site security
staff to rapidly assess system information and react quickly when an alarm
Programming of the system was carried out using Galaxy G3 Series Remote
Servicing Suite software. This allowed programming to be completed in a short
Due to the ease of installation of the Honeywell Galaxy G3 system, the
building schedule did not have to be changed, allowing the project to be
completed on time in line with the scheduled official opening of 13th December
BPS has demonstrated its capabilities and customer focus in delivering a
comprehensive security system meeting all of IKEA’s requirements, on time and
within budget. The Honeywell Galaxy intruder alarm system is one of the most
extensive systems currently implemented in Northern Ireland, and reflects the
high standards that BPS consistently strives to deliver.
Partner of Choice:
Building Protection Systems (BPS) are one of Northern Ireland’s top security
equipment specialists, providing a comprehensive range of fire detection and
security alarm systems, including fire alarm, fire suppression, access control,
CCTV, intruder alarm and intercom systems. With over a quarter-of-a-century in
the electrical business, BPS expanded into the security market about eight years
ago, having previously focused on fire detection. BPS has chosen Honeywell
Security as its partner of choice because of its comprehensive product offering
and customer support.
IKEA Belfast store safe and secure (pdf)
- Galaxy G3-520C panel
- Galaxy Keypads
- Smart RIOs
- DT900AM-UK long range detectors
- DT7550C-UK sensors
- Glassbreak detectors
- Magnetic contacts
- Panic Buttons