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Security technology firm MITIE to create 40 jobs in Lurgan

Almost 40 jobs are being created thanks to a new multi-million pound technology centre in Co Armagh.

MITIE, a leading FTSE 250 outsourcing company with 56,000 employees, is building the centre in Lurgan to support its security systems across the UK and beyond.

When completed in March 2011, the facility will be the most advanced non-military installation in the UK providing remote monitoring of CCTV and alarm systems, vehicle tracking, lone worker support, helpdesks and screening and vetting services.

The centralised communications hub is the first of its kind in the UK and will monitor banks, corporate offices, business parks and transport hubs across the UK, with the capability to reach as far away as America and New Zealand.

Clients include Rolls-Royce, UBS and Marks & Spencer.

The building will feature highly advanced security features in order to keep it secure including reinforced bomb proof walls and "Mission Impossible" style vibration-detecting floors, ceilings and walls.

Bob Forsyth, managing director of security at the company said Northern Ireland offered the most commercially attractive, cost-competitive location.

"The decision to construct this facility is part of our 'total security management' approach which emphasises the important role technology can play in keeping buildings secure and future-proof our approach," he said.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the jobs being created offer salaries above the private sector average and will represent a real boost to the economy.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered support of £259,000 to the project.

The news is the latest in a series of job announcements across Northern Ireland in the last few weeks.

This week, Belfast-based firm Lagan Technologies said it was being taken over by US firm Kana for £29.4m, creating 100 jobs

Fifty software jobs are to be created in Belfast by the US-based ATG company while 45 new jobs are in the pipeline for the city after the news that Mercer is expanding its operation.