All systems go!

It’s all systems go as our new telecommunications network gets the official switch-on today.

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The £5,000 installation, which has been provided by Bromsgrove-based company Armstrong Bell, offers fast communications across our 40-acre site, and replaces a 10-year-old system.   Chief Executive, Peter Suddock – pictured above with DZG IT consultant, Andrew Bessant, Armstrong Bell engineer, Leon Benson – said: “DZG is a vast and complicated site to communicate across and negotiating the wide range of buildings and associated access is a challenge in itself.   dzg_zoo_communications_1“At the heart of the 40-acre site is the 11th century Dudley Castle and Tudor palace, 12 listed Modernist Tecton structures, all the usual offices, shops, restaurants, plus the animal sections including kitchens, off-show areas and hospital.   “At any one time we may need to contact the orang house or aviary kitchens, make a reservation in the restaurant or deal with inquiries from members of the public so it’s vital we have a speedy and efficient service.”   He added: “We chose Armstrong Bell against stiff competition and have found their staff easy to work with and extremely competent.”