Through David Parker's interest and involvement in instrumentation and control
systems, he first learned of LonWorks technology in 1994, whilst employed as Managing
Director of an instrumentation company serving the water utility market worldwide. He saw
an opportunity to bring products into the UK that were not currently available.
After comprehensive market
research as to whether it would be a viable business David & Sharon Parker founded
Liberty Control Networks Ltd in November 1996. It wasn't until the summer of '97 that
David began to work full time in the business, followed by Sharon in March '98 who
continue to form the management team of the company.
Liberty provides LonWorks
products that don't come back, to customers that do.
We serve a dual role to both our customers and our suppliers. Because we have gone out of
our way to gather together a complementary range of the best products around we are able,
with conviction, to promote each product assertively and our suppliers know it.
developed by Echelon, is being used by thousands of
companies, in hundreds of different applications. These applications are in major markets
including building automation, industrial controls, home automation, transportation,
utilities and many others.
Liberty Control Networks
has identified opportunities in the building automation market utilising LonWorks
technology which can be applied to virtually all the control systems of a building - HVAC
(heating, ventilation and air conditioning), fire & life safety, lift control,
lighting, security, access, and others. The use of a common technology provides for the
sharing of information among sub systems and the highlighting of duplicate functions.
applications include systems in process industries such as petrochemicals, food
processing, pulp & paper, waste water treatment, environmental management, metallurgy,
plastics and a wide variety of other specialised applications.
LonWorks control network
technology has been selected as the standard for International forecourt automation by the
International Forecourt Standards Forum (IFSF), a consortium of multi-national oil
companies. Agip, Aral, BP, Conoco (Jet, SECA), Fina, Mobil, Q8, Shell, Texaco and Total
either have or will soon begin requiring IFSF equipment in their future forecourt
projects. A forecourt is generally considered everything at a petrol station outside of
the mechanic's service bay. LonWorks is an ideal solution for the IFSF because it links
key elements of a forecourt together into a single, interoperable control network.
Liberty are successful
It's management team has a
good mix of skills and an in-depth knowledge of the issues important to any business,
including sales & marketing, customer service and quality, IT & technical skills
as well as financial control.
We are on a continuous
learning curve and recognise that we don't know it all. Things are forever changing at a
hectic pace and we are not afraid to ask for outside professional help and assistance. We
have total commitment to the business and a real dedication and enjoyment of working
within Liberty; it has got to be fun too!
A proactive approach is
adopted, with clearly defined objectives that have been detailed in a living business
plan. Attention to detail is, we believe, the key to our success.
Having previously taken a
company through the Investors in People program, Liberty has a great head start in knowing
what the main issues are in developing its people.
Liberty adopts many of the quality procedures outlined in the ISO90002 standard.