EMS – Our History

2017

50 Year Anniversary

In 2017 EMS is celebrating 50 years of innovation led by our Chairman, founder & owner Doug Lawrence

2016

All panels now wireless ready

2016 – Kentec, the UK’s leading Fire Panel manufacturer, build and supply the renowned Syncro range of panels with software which has the added features required to allow seamless wireless and hard wired device integration.

V3 software released

2016 – FireCell Version 3 software is released incorporating customer & engineer feedback and providing a major upgrade to product software empowering engineers and users with additional diagnostic features.

2015

Lawrence Bursary Award

2015 – EMS launches a bursary scheme to award a number of grants to local higher/further education students whilst they are studying for software design or electronic engineering qualifications Additionally, in partnership with a number of local schools & colleges, EMS is providing valuable work experience for Year 12 & 13 (6th form)  students.

2012

KEIBA Best Technology Company

EMS was nominated and won the KEiBA 2012 award for “Best Science & Technology Company”. The KEiBA’s: Kent Excellence in Business Awards are conferred annually and staged by Kent County Council and KM Group to recognise and reward businesses in the County.

2010

FireCell is Launched

2010 – Incorporating EMS Smart Cluster Technology (SCT) and utilising the 868 MHz European harmonised frequency band, FireCell was the first wireless fire system to meet EN54-25 and boasts a wireless coverage which exceeds other 868 MHz systems. FireCell is suitable for virtually any building and is rich on features and benefits.

Best Factory Awards

2010 – Organised by Works Management in partnership with the Cranfield School of Management. EMS wins the coveted Best SME (Small Medium Enterprise) category in the prestigious Best Factory Awards. EMS is also Highly Commended in the Best Electronics and Electrical Plant category.

2005

Head Office Expansion

2005 – EMS expands Technology House further to accommodate a continued upturn in business – there are now in excess of 100 staff.

2001

Alkaline Technology Introduced

2001 and the introduction of Alkaline batteries reduces costs significantly. Each battery pack can be changed in minutes and has a realistic life of 5 years per pack based on normal usage.

2000

System 5000 expansion

In 2000 EMS releases the Radio Voice Evacuation addition developed for use with System 5000.

1996

System 5000

1996 – EMS launches the first wireless fire system that can compete with their wired competitors.

1995

ATM Control

In 1995 EMS supply a remote ATM controller system developed to protect ATM machines across the country.

1992

Iris Upgraded

In 1992 the Iris Personnel attack radio systems supplied to the UK banking industry for staff personnel protection are upgraded from VHF to UHF.

1990

Personnel Call System Launched

1990 – EMS develop and launch a VHF Personnel Call System which is installed in the Board & Meeting Rooms of some major companies.

1988

Colour Graphics

In 1988 EMS develop a computer based colour graphics system that shows alarm events on a monitor indicating the event type and its location.

1987

Hardwired security systems

In 1987 EMS supplies hardwired security systems for property and ATM protection across the UK banking industry

1985

Personnel attack radio system

In 1985 EMS supplies the first of many VHF Personnel attack radio systems to the UK banking industry for staff personal protection.

1982

Moves to Sea Street Herne Bay

In 1982 EMS moves to Unit 11a in the Herne Bay West Industrial Estate on Sea Street – there are less than a dozen staff

1967

EMS is founded

EMS is founded in 1967 by the group’s current Chairman and Owner as a Sub Contract Manufacturing company