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Nominations open for George van Schalkwyk Award

The George van Schalkwyk Trophy is awarded annually to The Security Institute member making a significant contribution to security professionalism. Nominations are now open for members who made a significant contribution in 2015.

The Security Institute looking for names of members who have ‘made a difference’. It could be for inspirational leadership, someone who has introduced something new and beneficial or just sheer hard work and commitment to a cause which has made a difference to others in the security business sector.

George van Schalkwyk was an Institute member who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan back in 2006. The George van Schalkwyk Award is bestowed in his memory and generously sponsored by Bruce Braes of SSSI in Australia. Recipients receive a special trophy along with a commemorative certificate.

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Previous winners of the George van Schalkwyk Award have been Di Thomas MSyI, Mike Bluestone CSyP FSyI, David Gill CSyP FSyI (in the year that Risk UK’s Editor Brian Sims Hon FSyI was a runner-up), Ken Livingstone FSyI, Bill Wyllie CSyP FSyI, John Allan FSyI and Stewart Kidd CSyP FSyI. 

How to nominate

Send an e-mail to Carol Douthwaite (office and administration manager at The Security Institute (carol@security-institute.org) including the name of the person you believe deserves recognition, along with 50-70 words describing what they have contributed to the security world in 2015.

Closing date for entries is Tuesday 15 March 2016

There will then be an online vote by the membership the following week, and the George van Schalkwyk Award will be presented at The Security Institute’s 2016 AGM to be held in central London on Tuesday 12 April.

All grades of membership are eligible for the George van Schalkwyk Award.

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Corporate Risk Associates celebrates 15 years of tech support to UK’s fleet of generating nuclear power plants

Risk management company Corporate Risk Associates (CRA) is proud to be celebrating 15 years of technical support to the UK’s fleet of generating nuclear power plants (NPPs).

CRA has been providing probabilistic safety analysis (PSA), human factors assessment (HFA) and more general safety case support to the Magnox NPP Wylfa, all seven of the UK’s advanced gas-cooled reactors (AGR) and the single pressurised water reactor (PWR) at Sizewell B for the last 15 years.

CRA is now delighted to extend provision of support to the Nuclear New Build Generation Company (NNB GenCo) for the new NPP being built at Hinkley Point C.

On average, CRA carries out out around 20 projects a year across the existing EDF Energy NPPs, which involves annually maintaining and updating the PSA models to take account of operational experience feedback, reflect changes to the plant and safety case as well as helping to ensure that the integrated PSA/HFA models meet international Best Practice.

In addition to this, the company also carries out R&D projects on topics including new and novel PSA models and methods, the modelling of digital control and instrumentation, common cause failure and seismic PSA. CRA also develops and provides training courses to safety engineers working for nuclear utilities on the topics of PSA and HFA.

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Expertise and support

Commenting on the partnership, Hugh Stephenson (principal consultant at CRA) said: “CRA has provided expertise and support to the eight EDF Energy NPPs since the development of the models to support the First Periodic Safety Review. We’re now regarded as the specialists in this niche area within the industry. That’s why the relationship continues in as much strength as it does. We’re well known for having unrivalled expert knowledge of each of the PSA models.”

With plans now in place for new nuclear plants to be built on the site of Hinkley Point C, along with a whole host of new challenges surrounding plant life extension of the existing AGR fleet, CRA feels that its 15 years of expertise in this area has stood it in good stead to continue to provide its expertise and support.

“Our specialist experience and knowledge of UK context and regulatory requirements has meant that we are very well placed to provide support to both UK and foreign companies involved in new nuclear build in the UK, while also continuing to support plant life extension of the UK AGRs which is vital to bridge the energy gap in the UK,” continued Stephenson. “We’re currently providing extensive support in the area of PSA and safety case development for the HPC project. CRA has also just signed a new five-year framework agreement with EDF Energy Generation that will ensure continued provision of specialist support to the existing nuclear fleet well into 2020.”

CRA specialises in providing safety, risk and reliability consultancy services to safety-critical industries including nuclear, power, transportation and defence. The company has five offices across the UK based in Surrey, Gloucester, London, Warrington and Newcastle.

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LOCKEN picks up ESB Group Innovation Award

ESB Telecoms Ltd, a subsidiary of Ireland’s largest electricity company, put forward LOCKEN’s Access System for an award in the category ‘Application of Technology’ at the recent annual Innovation Recognition Awards.

The award, which celebrates the innovation of LOCKEN’s digital access control solution and recognises the recent integration of its security solution into ESB Telecoms Ltd ’s Extranet IT system, saw the company’s Health and Safety team rewarded for its ability to use the solution to improve operational effectiveness across the business.

The implementation of the LOCKEN solution, using the Cyberlock technology, which covers the provision of 1,000 access systems for Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) base stations at 450 locations throughout the country, followed a pilot programme that allowed ESB Telecoms Ltd to ascertain the benefits of this access control solution. Subsequently, ESB Telecoms Ltd decided to protect Points of Presence (PoP) cabins to comply with Health and Safety regulations.

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Rory McGowan, managing director of ESB Telecoms Ltd, commented: “We were very pleased with the team’s pioneering and creative spirit to leverage flexibility within the access solution to deliver further improvements for our business.”

Nick Dooley, managing director of LOCKEN UK, explained: “We’re honoured that our solution was chosen for this award. There were 500 original applicants reduced to ten shortlisted entries on the night of the awards ceremony, so it really is a fine achievement for both ourselves and the ESB Telecoms Ltd Health and Safety team.”

Peter Gregg, the Health and Safety manager at ESB Telecoms, stated: “Our remote facilities need to be accessible to more than 1,700 contractors, most of whom are external third parties. Being able to rely on LOCKEN’s advanced access control solution has enabled us to manage activity at remote sites and ensure thousands of access requests are granted to contracted personnel each month, ultimately resulting in increased operational efficiency for ESB Telecoms Ltd.”

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Eaton simplifies fire systems with BiWire Ultra and CPD training

Eaton is aiming to simplify the installation of fire alarm systems in smaller premises with the launch of a two-wire system. The company’s latest fire alarm system, BiWire Ultra, is designed for fast and efficient installation in buildings such as primary schools, small hotels, offices, restaurants and retail stores where a standard conventional system would have typically been installed.

However, unlike standard conventional systems, the BiWire Ultra enables all detectors, Call Points and notification devices to share the same zone wiring, thereby reducing cabling requirements by up to 50%.

To support the launch of the new system, Eaton has developed a new CPD certified seminar on two-wire systems. The CPD aims to help electrical engineers and installers better understand the different types of fire systems available and how two-wire can save costs compared with a conventional system.

Chris Anderson, business leader for fire products at Eaton, told Risk UK: “Our new BiWire Ultra system has been designed with simplicity in mind. It’s quick and easy to install, reducing cabling costs and the time spent programming and operating the system. Feedback from our customers so far has been extremely positive.”

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Intuitive fire alarm control panel

BiWire Ultra comprises an intuitive fire alarm control panel alongside a range of complementary devices including Call Points, a five-in-one fire detector plus a range of EN5423-approved beacons and sounder beacons.

BiWire Ultra is the latest addition to Eaton’s comprehensive suite of life safety solutions, which aim to help building owners and managers meet their safety obligations in the most effective and efficient manner.

Available in two-, four- or eight-zone variants, the system can support up to 52 devices per zone. Wiring faults are easily found by initiating a flashing LED indicator on the detector nearest the fault.

Supplied with a back-up battery to ensure the correct ratings and reduce complexity, the central panel has an attractive appearance and a simple user interface. Conforming to the requirements of BS 5839-1, commissioning and maintenance is straightforward. It’s easy for one person to carry out testing and ensure the healthy state of the system, as is required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005.

Additional functionality of the system includes a class change facility for schools, which automates the class change bell via the fire alarm, expansion card support for fire alarm routing equipment and fire protection equipment and an interlink relay for connecting two panels together.

Anderson added: “The BiWire Ultra range is the first of its type to offer EN5423-approved beacons so, whatever the risk assessment, premises fitted with a BiWire Ultra system comply with the latest standards for fire notification. However, the legal and moral obligations of fire safety are not only concerned with installation, but also ongoing maintenance and testing. BiWire Ultra is designed to make that process straightforward. With all of this in mind, we believe this range will appeal to a diverse cross-section of small and medium-sized premises where owners need protection without problems.”

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Croma Security Solutions expands its ‘total security’ concept into the Middle East

Croma Security Solutions Group plc is opening a branch office in Abu Dhabi to better service both new and existing clients in the Middle East. The company’s offering in the region includes security and fire control, CCTV, access control, security guarding and its biometric identification technology designated FastVein.

The Group is sponsored by Platinum Elite LLC. It has a commercial licence to begin trading in the region and is registering as a security supplier with Government ministries and major corporations. An experienced security representative will operate in the region for Croma Security Solutions plc, based out of Abu Dhabi.

“We’ve been active in the region offering security consultancy, and the time is now right to formalise trading and better serve new and existing clients in the Middle East,” commented Sebastian Morley, chairman of Croma Security Solutions plc.

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“The Middle East is rich in opportunity. We’ve recently completed a significant security installation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for an international corporation, and we’ve also received considerable interest from other Middle East-based companies wishing to enhance their security,” added Morley. “We will be operating our ‘total security’ service in the Middle East and, in particular, we envisage FastVein having strong resonance in the region such that it becomes a standard biometric solution.”

FastVein uses the latest finger vein identification technology to offer “ultra-high reliability and rapid recognition” for security access control.

Croma Security Solutions Group plc is an AIM-quoted total security services provider based in Hampshire. the business installs state-of-the-art security systems for Government, FTSE 100 companies, small enterprises and private clients located both in the UK and internationally.

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Engineers of Tomorrow 2016: Call for Entries

The prestigious Engineers of Tomorrow annual competition is now open for the fire and security industry’s brightest young engineers to register their interest. Successful entrants will then be invited to pit their skills against each other in a live installation challenge at Europe’s largest security exhibition, IFSEC International, which takes place in June.

Each year, more than 50 apprentice engineers participate in pairs to complete a 90-minute live challenge on the busy exhibition floor at IFSEC International, where they are then assessed by a leading panel of judges from the security industry’s inspectorates, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), and points allocated based on performance in the various disciplines.

Heat winners and their employers will be invited to the prestigious Security and Fire Excellence Awards where the winner will be announced and awarded a £1000 cash prize.

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Simon Banks, group managing director at CSL DualCom Group, commented: “The purpose of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition is to showcase the very best talent the security industry has to offer. It recognises the value of skills in our sector. For any security installer businesses who’ve invested in an apprentice, the competition is a great opportunity to promote their competency on a world stage.”

Apprenticeships for Fire and Security

Engineers of Tomorrow is part of Apprenticeships for Fire and Security, an initiative that places apprentices into careers in the security industry and supports their development.

Sponsored by IFSEC International, CSL DualCom, the NSI, the SSAIB and Skills for Security, the scheme has already helped launch the careers of more than 3,000 young apprentices.

At the heart of the installation apprentice and young engineer industry, the competition will provide participants with a global stage to compete against their peers and represent their company.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three pairs of engineers, with a first prize of £1000 provided by CSL DualCom, the second prize (a £500 Red Letter Day) donated by the NSI  and, finally, a third prize of £300 supported by the SSAIB.

This year, IFSEC International will run from 21-23 June in 2016 at London’s ExCeL and will once again be presented as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection and Management Series, the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. In addition to IFSEC International, the series incorporates FIREX International, The Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo and Service Management Expo.

To nominate yourself or a colleague and to gain more information about the Engineers of Tomorrow competition visit: www.ifsec.co.uk/EOT

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