The Co-operative Group has invested more than £1million in a new internet-based security system. 

Over 2,000 Co-operative food stores will be converted to the new system by the end of this year and the former Somerfield stores that were purchased this year will be converted in the first quarter of 2010.

The system will be installed by retail security specialists WebWayOne and will allow the Co-op to remotely access stores to check the status of security equipment, reducing the number of call-outs as well as providing engineers information in advance to cut down on the time it takes to fix the problem.

The group’s loss prevention manager Richard Quinn was proud of the new system and was looking forward it to the installation. “This is an exciting project, converting a large number of stores within a short period of time,” he said. “It will deliver significantly enhanced support for store colleagues and enable robust and improved management of the business’ security infrastructure, as well as reducing costs.”

Commercial director of WebWayOne Chris Carter Brennan said: “Our signalling system offers users the ability to remotely service the different intruder alarm systems over IP or GPRS, combined with network performance monitoring and diagnostics reduces the number of site visits for installers, this in turn reduces the carbon footprint associated to security companies.”