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SAMI and IMCA collaborate on Maritime Cyber Security Workshop for London International Shipping Week

The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) is working with the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to host a Maritime Cyber Security Workshop as part of London International Shipping Week, which runs from 7-11 September.

The Workshop aboard HQS Wellington at London’s Victoria Embankment on Wednesday 9 September aims to provide attendees with the latest assessment and current trends in maritime cyber security threats, and how they impact the maritime industry.

The recent publication of the US Coast Guard’s Cyber Security guidance and debate at the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee on the need for the maritime industry to develop appropriate guidelines all point to the need for the marine industry to grasp the initiative in this area and take proactive action before a major incident is allowed to occur.

Facilitated by maritime cyber security specialists from Templar Executives, the Workshop will involve group discussion of cyber security incidents. The main focus, however, will be on interactive syndicate work based around a central scenario and configured to the offshore industry.

Incidents will range in severity from simple inadvertent user mistakes by crew through to malicious attacks from antagonists. Output will be captured on the day and subsequently used as the basis of informative guidance for the organisations’ members.

Speaking about the Workshop, SAMI’s Peter Cook stated: “This should be a fascinating day of sharing ideas and learning about this ubiquitous threat. We intend that attendees leave the event ‘uncomfortably educated’ about the threat to the commercial marine environment.”

Briefing on new cyber security guidance

The event will include a briefing on the new marine cyber security guidance developed by the Round Table of international shipping associations – BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO – which is likely to be incorporated within IMO guidance, as well as threat updates delivered by well-respected subject matter experts from the maritime cyber security world.

The outline programme includes syndicate briefings and cyber threat scenario tabletop syndicate work.

This Workshop is aimed at directors with security responsibilities, company and ship security officers as well as IT personnel. Due to the nature of the cyber security threat in the offshore marine domain, any other personnel with an interest in this field are also welcome to attend.

*Running from 10.00 am through until 6.30 pm, the Workshop is a free-to-attend event for SAMI and IMCA members. Places are available for non-members at a cost of £120 +VAT.

**Attendance is being co-ordinated by IMCA. Those wishing to attend or find out more should e-mail: events@imca-int.com or telephone: +44(0)20 7824 5520

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British Security Industry Association issues new Public Sector Guide on Information Destruction

The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) specialist Information Destruction Section has announced the publication of a White Paper on the subject of Information Destruction to be used by public sector entities. 

The White Paper is designed to be used as a guide for public sector agencies – and any organisation wishing to benchmark against that sector – that will provide the correct protocols in the destruction of sensitive items and materials.

This new guidance references previous documents published by the UK Cabinet Office and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure in order to promote the required specifications for data destruction and the importance of secure information destruction in general.

The BSIA's Guide to Information Destruction in the Public Sector

The BSIA’s Guide to Information Destruction in the Public Sector

Entitled ‘Information Destruction in the Public Sector’, the BSIA’s document specifies which sensitive materials should be securely destroyed. Furthermore, it defines the varying levels of secure information and documents that must be disposed of in the appropriate manner.

Threat profiles are assessed and analysed in tiers of severity, while the White Paper also affords organisations guidance on specifying the desired outcomes that information destruction should produce.

Adam Chandler

Adam Chandler

Adam Chandler, Chairman of the BSIA’s Information Destruction Section, has expressed his views on how the White Paper might serve private sector companies as well as the public sector.

“The security of information is an issue of paramount importance in the 21st Century,” asserted Chandler. “Data breaches can be more than costly. They can ruin a Government’s credibility as well as a private sector company’s reputation. British organisations must fortify their infrastructure by ensuring standards are upheld and that data is adequately disposed of. By adhering to the standards set by the Government and referenced in this BSIA White Paper, citizens, employees and civil servants alike will all be better protected.”

*Download a copy of ‘Information Destruction in the Public Sector’ here: http://www.bsia.co.uk/publications/publications-search-results/257-information-destruction-in-the-public-sector.aspx

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BSIA drives industry agreement on Interim Update of PD6662 scheme for alarm systems

Key organisations from across the security business sector have realised an industry agreement on an Interim Update of the PD6662 scheme for Intruder and Hold-Up Alarm Systems, reports the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). 

The agreement was written with the input of Trade Associations, insurers, inspectorates and the police service and has taken around four months to produce. The decision was made to publish the agreement outside of the British Standards Institution’s (BSI) own standards framework to allow for a more fundamental review of the PD6662 scheme to take place within the BSI and subsequently align with the introduction of the much-awaited second amendment to EN 50131-1, which is still under development in Europe.

In addition to the BSIA, leading organisations involved in the development of the agreement include the Fire and Security Association, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the National Security Inspectorate, Police Scotland, the RISCAuthority and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.

A number of the BSIA’s Security Systems Section and Security Equipment Manufacturers Section members put forward their industry-leading knowledge during the consultation.

David Wilkinson: technical director at the BSIA

David Wilkinson: technical director at the BSIA

A key focus for members of the BSIA’s Security Systems Section and its Security Equipment Manufacturers Section has been to ensure that there was a method of enabling the use of mobile devices to set or unset intruder alarm systems. This is an issue that needed to be addressed as a result of the restrictions in their use through BS 8243 – the British Standard for alarm confirmation – coupled with the lack of clarity in the current EN 50131-3 standard.

David Wilkinson, director of technical services at the BSIA, commented: “The BSIA has played an instrumental part in shaping this agreement and we’re pleased that other industry organisations have also seen the benefit in contributing to it and aligning with it. The PD6662 scheme for Intruder and Hold-Up Alarms is somewhat out of date. This industry agreement provides the ideal opportunity to update the existing scheme and enable the use of mobile device technology in this important market sector while the full-scale review of the PD is undertaken through the BSI.”

The introduction of mobile technology enables professional security installers to use this technology, something which they could not do under the current PD6662 scheme. In turn, this passes on the benefits of using newer technology to the end users or purchasers of alarm systems.

The industry agreement will come into effect on 1 September 2015 and it’s intended that the content of this agreement will be incorporated into the revised edition of PD6662.

The BSIA will continue to influence the European standards that impact on intruder alarm systems to ensure that, wherever possible, the requirements in the industry agreement can be positioned at a European level, in turn negating the need for a longer term ‘national’ implementation.

*Published earlier this month, the BSIA’s Annual Review highlights some of the many standards the Trade Association and its constituent members have influenced in the past year. To download a copy or for more information on the BSIA visit: www.bsia.co.uk

**Futher information about the industry agreement announced (or, indeed, any other standard applicable to the UK’s private security sector) is available from the Trade Association’s Technical Department (tel: 0845 389 3889)

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Personal best for Securitas Security Services UK as officers scoop six national BSIA honours

Securitas Security Services UK has triumphed at this year’s British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards, the regional and national awards scheme designed to pay tribute to the outstanding work of security officers over the preceding 12-month period. Securitas was honoured to receive a record six accolades, including two out of the three national trophies bestowed in the Outstanding Act category.

The first Outstanding Act award went to Tim Prodger from Somerset for his vigilance and integrity throughout an ‘intense incident’ which happened during his shift at a major London supermarket. Prodger acted when he overheard a man in the store’s toilets attempting to take his own life. After breaking down the toilet cubicle door, the security officer administered First Aid to the man, who had already lost a great deal of blood.

Prodger remained with the distressed male until paramedics arrived on scene. A store spokesperson said that, without Prodger’s timely intervention, the man would have undoubtedly died.

The award for another Outstanding Act was handed to Chris Fielding from Chesterfield. A Chesterfield Royal Hospital security supervisor of four years standing, Fielding received the award as a result of his initiative and professionalism throughout a potentially dangerous and challenging incident.

While on duty, Fielding and a colleague were called to one of the wards where there had been ongoing reports of a volatile and aggressive man. Shortly after the security officers arrived on the ward, the man managed to escape restraint, running away on several occasions and attempting to take his own life.

A representative from the Tour of Securitas Team receives the BSIA Chairman's Award from Pauline Norstrom

A representative from the Tour of Securitas Team receives the BSIA Chairman’s Award from Pauline Norstrom

Fielding repeatedly prevented this from happening, firstly reasoning with the man and then physically stepping in. The man switched between pleading and aggression each time and, at one point, threatened the lives of the security officers.  On his last attempt, the man locked himself in a room and, unable to gain access, Fielding used his torch to strike the glass repeatedly in order to be able to get his hand through it and unlock the door from the inside.

Once inside, Fielding immediately restrained the male who was then escorted by three security officers and two police constables to a holding ward.

In the same category, security officer Adam Murphy was given a special commendation for bravery. Last September, while driving to work in the early hours of the morning, Murphy witnessed a violent crime occurring in the street and involving a deadly weapon. He instinctively drove his van between the two brawlers in order to separate them. After several exchanges of the weapon and its subsequent discarding, Murphy and a member of the public exited their vehicles to assist the wounded man. The attacker escaped, although Murphy gave chase and eventually managed to restrain the offender.

Best Newcomer and Best Team

A national BSIA accolade for Best Newcomer went to Barrow in Furness security officer and emergency medical technician Paul Wilson who joined the security team at BAE Systems back in August 2013, bringing his past experience as an emergency medical technician with him.

The introduction of Securitas personnel into BAE’s existing in-house customer team was a new concept but Wilson’s personal skills soon proved extremely important in not only dealing with employees in sensitive medical situations, but also when it came to ensuring his integration and relationship building with the customer.

Brian Riis Nielsen: Country President at Securitas Security Services UK

Brian Riis Nielsen: Country President at Securitas Security Services UK

In May 2014, Wilson’s professionalism and attention to detail won him a Securitas Community Award for Vigilance after he identified a concern with a patient during a routine medical examination. During the patient’s subsequent recovery, his surgeon informed him he was lucky he had been diagnosed quickly thanks to Wilson’s efforts as a delay may have resulted in a major stroke.

Bristol’s Sainsbury’s Emerald Park Team received a Best Team award for greatly reducing damages in and around the site and accumulating “outstanding” KPI results. The team manages the flow of traffic throughout significant gas tank installation projects, assisting in securing the site and making sure staff and visitors have the correct access cards and authorisation.

The team also supports the Emerald Park charity, namely the Frenchay After Burns Club. Their dedication and enthusiasm saw five of the security team volunteer to participate in a charity walk, completing the Brecon Beacons peaks in one day.  The team of five walked nine miles, climbed a total of 2,907 feet in six hours and raised £1,000 for the worthy charity which supports young burns victims and their families.

Contribution to the Community

Finally, the coveted BSIA Chairman’s Award for Contribution to the Community went to the company’s Tour of Securitas – a charity initiative which raised over £3,000 for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The virtual cycling Tour began in Edinburgh on 8 September last year and involved over 800 officers and support staff across 21 branches. The staff cycled on static bikes to help increase awareness of safety in the workplace and raise vital funds for the charity. Finishing in Uxbridge five days later, the Tour clocked up a total of 2,677 miles.

The awards were announced at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon which took place at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane.

Speaking about the company’s success, Brian Riis Nielsen (Securitas’ Country President), told Risk UK: “Our officers prove time after time that they’re fully prepared to go above and beyond in their line of duty and we’re once again very proud of their achievements and recognition.”

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Xtralis VESDA-E VEA aspirating smoke detector receives major endorsement from Intrepid

The recently released VESDA-E VEA aspirating smoke detector has received a major endorsement from Intrepid Electronic Systems Inc, a leading fire, security and technology solutions provider serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area of the USA.

Intrepid is a certified VESDA PRO – an elite, invitation-only group of dealers dedicated to delivering excellence in design, installation, commissioning, service and maintenance for Xtralis’ detection products. Intrepid clients are some of the world’s most famous brands and include Google, Novartis and Pixar Studios.

“Intrepid Electronic Systems Inc has installed and evaluated the VESDA-E VEA in our Oakland and San Jose offices and performed demonstrations to a number of prestigious corporate customers,” commented Kurt Brinkman, the owner of Intrepid Electronics Systems. “After seeing the VESDA in action, they ordered a VEA system for their own evaluation in a riser application to control smoke dampers using VEA addressable sample points.”

Brinkman went on to state: “The VESDA-E VEA was simple to install and worked perfectly during customer demonstrations. The key features that stood out to the clients were that the VEA provides end-to-end system integrity monitoring, integrated blowback to clean sample points and ease of annual testing and maintenance. Access to the sample point was not necessary for regular testing and maintenance. These features overcame any access issues they had for their riser application. From my own perspective, I was impressed with the performance of the VEA. The concept of centralised maintenance is great. I can see many applications where uninterrupted servicing is of value to our customers.”

VESDA-E VEA is the only addressable detector on the market that delivers ‘assured detection’ through active sampling, proactive self-supervision, auto-cleaning and the highest longevity with sustained sensitivity for the laser detection chamber.

The centralised detection architecture (exhibiting up to 120 sampling points), coupled with auto supervision and cleaning, lowers servicing time by up to 90% and decreases total cost of ownership. Dealers can multiply their service revenues and margins with the dramatic increase in productivity.

End user customers will benefit from unobtrusive and interruption-free servicing that’s a ‘must’ for environments like hospitals and other 24/7 operations.

Superior connectivity options and an iVESDA mobile app allow for remote monitoring and ensure effective response at the local level and by Fire Brigades, in turn minimising the loss of property and business interruption.

*Further information is available by visiting: www.xtralis.com/VEA

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VSG celebrates national-level successes at 2015 BSIA Security Personnel Awards

Security specialist VSG, part of the Compass Group UK & Ireland, is celebrating after two individuals and a team picked up British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards for 2015 at the national level. There was further reason to celebrate as VSG was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Training thanks to the company’s excellent Zero Assaults Project.

The BSIA’s annual Security Personnel Awards recognise security professionals who demonstrate dedication, loyalty, progressive teamwork, great customer service skills, efficient use of technology and bravery on a daily basis. Now in their 17th year, the awards were presented by Alfie Moore, a serving policeman and popular stand-up comedian, at the Association’s exclusive Annual Luncheon held at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

VSG’s talented people were recognised with three awards across a range of categories. Marcin Bereza won the award for Best Use of Technology, the VSG Security Team at Centrale in Croydon won the award for Best Team and Donald Murray scooped the award for Service to the Customer.

The BSIA Chairman’s Awards celebrate outstanding contributions made to the ongoing success of the UK’s private security industry. The BSIA’s chairman, Pauline Norstrom (chief operating officer at Dedicated Micros and the AD Group) personally selected this year’s winners. As stated, VSG was presented with the Contribution to Training Award for its Zero Assaults Project, a training initiative that has significantly lowered the number of assaults on security officers.

Speaking about these success stories, Barry Dawson (business director at VSG) told Risk UK: “The BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards are the most prestigious of their kind and I’m incredibly proud of all our winners and their fantastic achievements. Everyone at VSG works incredibly hard to deliver a fantastic service for our clients so to have our colleagues recognised in this way is a great result.”

Barry Dawson

Barry Dawson

Dawson went on to state: “On behalf of the business, I’m particularly proud to have received the Chairman’s Award for our Zero Assaults Project. We’re passionate about protecting our people, our clients and their visitors. This dedicated training programme is enabling our teams, no matter where in the UK they may be based, to implement Best Practice techniques in defusing and managing conflict situations.”

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CEM Systems releases OSDP v2 compliant door controller to support HID Global’s iCLASS SE reader range

CEM Systems – part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco – has released the Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) v2 compliant eDCM 350. The CEM eDCM 350 OSDP is a two-door intelligent IP controller that’s designed to interface with OSDP-compliant smart card readers and provides a secure encrypted communication channel between the smart card reader and the door controller.

OSDP is an Open Supervised Device Protocol for peripheral devices. With added Secure Channel Protocol (SCP) specification, it pro­vides bi-directional communications and advanced security features for connecting to OSDP-compliant card readers.

With the CEM eDCM (Door Control Module) 350 intelligent internal database, cards can be validated even while offline, in turn ensuring the highest levels of system uptime and reliability.

Detail of the eDCM 350 door controller

Detail of the eDCM 350 door controller

The eDCM 350 OSDP may be configured to support two OSDP-compliant readers on two separate doors with optional exit push buttons, or to support two OSDP-compliant readers on a single door for entry/exit control.

In addition, the CEM eDCM 350 OSDP supports a range of HID Global ODSP v2 compliant readers, among them iCLASS SE R10, R30, R40 and RK40.

“HID Global’s OSDP SE reader range can be perfectly integrated with the CEM eDCM 350, providing our joint customers a wider range of highly secure solutions,” explained Volker Kunz, sales director for the EMEA region at HID Global.

“HID Global is at the forefront of developing industry standard-based compliant products and the successful partnership with CEM Systems reinforces our leading position in the marketplace.”

HID Global's iCLASS SE reader

HID Global’s iCLASS SE reader

Rick Focke, senior product manager at Tyco Security Products, added: “This newest version of our CEM eDCM 350 cost-effective intelligent two door controller, offering full OSDP v2 support, provides our customers with an even greater choice of secure readers and card technology solutions and the potential for enhanced functionalities. We’re delighted to have completed this integration and to be supporting a select range of HID Global’s OSDP v2 readers.”

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Bright futures ahead for winners of the BSIA’s 2015 Apprentice Installer Awards

Young security apprentices Robbie Jackson and Christopher Hunt have been presented with prestigious Apprentice Installer Awards by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). The apprentices were selected as award winners in recognition of their academic and practical success in the field of electronic security systems installation.

The BSIA’s Apprentice Installer Awards serve to recognise the achievements of Level Two and Level Three apprentices involved in the installation of intruder alarms, CCTV solutions, access control systems or a combination of these systems, and represent the commitment of security companies and training bodies towards providing young talent with the opportunity to succeed in the security business sector.

The overall winner of the 2015 Apprentice Installer Awards is 18-year old Robbie Jackson, a third year apprentice working for Compass Fire & Security in Cumbria who was nominated by his course assessor Mark Cunningham of Skills for Security.

From his very first interview, Compass Fire & Security was impressed by Jackson’s ‘can-do’ attitude while the budding security professional’s potential to succeed shone through from the very beginning.

Considering an apprenticeship as an alternative to university, Jackson quickly progressed in his role to become a valued member of the company. Looking ahead to the future, his ambition is to become a lead engineer by his mid-20s and later progress into management. It’s an ambition that his bosses at Compass Fire & Security believe he will achieve.

Andrew Turner, who manages Jackson at Compass Fire & Security, commented: “I firmly believe in the apprenticeship scheme and that apprentices are an asset to any organisation. One of Robbie’s positive attributes is his ability to learn or understand a new or unfamiliar piece of equipment very quickly. Over the years, Robbie has progressed extremely well.”

On being informed of his success in the Apprentice Installer Awards, Jackson said: “I’m delighted to have been selected as overall winner of the BSIA’s Apprentice Installer Award for 2015. Since being taken on as an apprentice with Compass Fire & Security, I’ve worked very hard to ensure that I have completed all aspects of the apprenticeship to the best of my ability and gained the knowledge necessary to become a qualified engineer. I hope to continue my personal development as an engineer with Compass Fire & Security with a view to one day being in a position to apply for more senior roles within the company. My apprenticeship and work placement have been both fulfilling and rewarding and I’m very much looking forward to the next phase of my career in this industry sector.”

Christopher Hunt (right) pictured with Apprentice Installer Awards compere Alfie Moore

Christopher Hunt (right) pictured with Apprentice Installer Awards compere Alfie Moore

Self-motivation and positive attitude

Achieving National Winner status is 17-year old Christopher Hunt, a first year apprentice who works for King’s Security. Following in his father’s footsteps by gravitating towards a career in security, Hunt has duly earned the respect of his colleagues and mentors in the business due to his self-motivation and positive attitude.

Helping out on many major projects for top-rated clients, Hunt demonstrates a good knowledge of IP-based CCTV and understands alarm wiring theory and fault-finding. Comfortable working with IT systems, Hunt is able to add/remove cameras from a system, program interfaces and focus/zoom a camera all from a Windows-based PC.

Nominator of Hunt for this award was Andrew Wood, installation supervisor at Kings Security. “Chris has become a really valued member of the team,” said Wood, “and is everyone’s choice as a ‘second man’. He understands the importance of the customer and always presents himself and the business in a good light. He’s learning other parts of the business at a rapid rate and is eager to progress.”

Reacting to the news of his win, Hunt commented: “I’m honoured to receive the BSIA’s Apprentice Installer Award. It means a lot to be recognised for the hard work I’ve been doing while completing my apprenticeship with Kings Security. The scheme has been amazing in helping me to develop my practical skills and knowledge within the security sector, allowing me to ultimately develop my long-term career goal of working within the industry. I must say a big Thank You to Kings and in particular to my mentor, Andy Wood, who has helped me along the way with not only my practical skills but also theory and customer service skills. I now hope to serve as a role model for new recruits.”

Gaining practical skills and knowledge

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, added: “We’re all very well aware that in today’s challenging job market many young people may feel that a long term career is out of their reach. As such, the BSIA and its members fully support the development of apprenticeships which offer positions to young people who wish to gain practical skills and knowledge in the security industry, in turn allowing them to ultimately develop longer term careers in the sector.”

Kelly continued: “It’s always a pleasure to be able to recognise the outstanding talent displayed by our young apprentices, and I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners on their achievements. They’ve all exhibited exceptional qualities throughout their apprenticeships, and no doubt have very bright futures within our industry.”

This year, the Apprentice Installer Awards were once again sponsored by Pyronix* whose chairman and CEO Julie Kenny CBE DL enthused: “Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees in this year’s BSIA Apprentice Installer Awards. Schemes like this are absolutely vital for bringing in fresh recruitment of individuals who are ready to make a difference with passion and enthusiasm. At Pyronix, we advocate this sentiment by pro-actively looking to employ at least one apprentice every year. We fully recognise and appreciate the mutual benefits of apprenticeship schemes.”

The 2015 Apprentice Installer Awards winners were presented with their trophies at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

*The BSIA would like to thank Pyronix for its sponsorship of the 2015 Apprentice Installer Awards

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UNION tackles unauthorised key duplication in healthcare facilities thanks to keyULTRA solution

UNION – part of ASSA Abloy Security Solutions (a division of ASSA Abloy UK) – is tackling unauthorised key duplication in healthcare facilities with its keyULTRA master key system. 

Last year alone, NHS departments reported 498 data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office, in turn showing how data protection has become an increasing concern within hospitals.

Facilities and security managers in healthcare establishments need to safeguard confidential information and expensive medical equipment. On that basis, managing security and access control requirements are critical.

The keyULTRA master key cylinders possess one of the longest patents in the market, expiring in 2028. DuraPIN technology protects both the key and cylinder assembly from illegal duplication and permits access to authorised personnel only.

This system has successfully been installed in a number of healthcare facilities including Arnold Lodge, a medium secure psychiatric unit in Leicester, and Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham.

Craig Birch, category manager for cylinders at ASSA Abloy UK, said: “Unauthorised copies of keys and an unknown number of keys distributed to people, both within and outside organisations, are common problems for hospitals with large numbers of personnel and a high staff turnover. A copied or a lost key is an immediate security threat that could lead to data breaches and costly civil monetary penalties. Investing in keyULTRA is an effective way of ensuring that no unauthorised keys are cut, meaning that facilities and security managers are fully aware of everyone with access to each area of the building. That helps to eliminate the costly problems that could occur from compromised security.”

keyULTRA boasts enhanced features including the highest key-related security, as per BS EN 1303:2005, along with resistance to bumping, drilling, picking and plug extraction. The solution is also approved for use on FD30 and FD60 fire doors in accordance with BS EN 1634-1.

Featuring self-lubricating materials designed to enhance its resistance to wear and tear, UNION’s keyULTRA is ideal for busy environments and can also help to reduce maintenance costs.

The product has been successfully tested to over half a million cycles to guarantee performance. It employs a strong and durable key, with an easy-to-grip, oversized key bow to facilitate product use.

*For further information on keyULTRA visit: http://www.unionkeyultra.co.uk/

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Tyco Fire and Integrated Solutions delivers the goods for retailer Matalan’s Corby Distribution Centre

Retailer Matalan is rapidly expanding and, following the installation of a new six-storey hanging garment racking system at its Corby Distribution Centre, the company called upon Tyco Fire and Integrated Solutions’ expertise in advising on the fire extinguisher and signage strategy. Subsequently, Tyco’s innovative use of photoluminescent, floor-mounted signs has absolutely ensured that a clear escape route is identified for Matalan’s staff in the event of an emergency.

Matalan is, of course, one of the UK’s leading clothing and homeware retailers, offering quality goods at up to half the equivalent High Street price. The business trades from five million square feet in over 200 stores, with several national Distribution Centres key to its successful operation.

Last year alone, over £1 billion worth of stock passed through these Distribution Centres, including over 14.5 million boxed and hanging garments through Kirkby ‘Galaxy’ DC, Lancashire, nearly six million by way of Corby in Northamptonshire and 4.5 million through Knowsley on Merseyside.

Inside each of these sites you’ll find one of the most advanced supply operations of its kind in the UK.

Tyco's solution for Matalan's Distribution Centre in Corby

Tyco’s solution for Matalan’s Distribution Centre in Corby

A necessary revamp of the Corby Distribution Centre has seen the old multi-storage facility, complete with mechanical crane, given over to a hanging garment despatch system over six storeys, all made possible by the addition of five mezzanine floors in the existing warehouse.

With racks of clothing making the usual high level fire safety signage unsuitable, Tyco Fire and Integrated Solutions was called in to deliver an effective solution. As part of an £8,000 supply and install contract, Tyco devised and instigated an ingenious strategy.

“We opted for high quality photoluminescent signs on the floor,” explained Nick Scrafton, service sales consultant at Tyco. “These are AAA-rated, giving a high light output of 25 lux. They’re also very durable. They come with a two-year manufacturer’s guarantee but we expect them to be good for at least five years.”

Matalan is very happy with the end result. “We tested the solution in a darkened room and the signs showed up remarkably well,” commented Tony Hales, safety advisor at Matalan. “Tyco has been innovative and open to suggestions. We’re very pleased with the solution.”

Tyco also developed a location strategy for the 120 fire extinguishers installed during the refurbishment of the Distribution Centre. “You cannot just place the extinguishers around the edge of the warehouse because of the mezzanine floors,” explained Nick Scrafton. “We deliberated on where they should go, looking at all locations, and came up with a backboard system for mounting the extinguishers with the boards painted red to make them highly visible and numbered.”

This latest installation continues Tyco’s long-standing relationship with Matalan.

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