Daily Archives: 04/10/2016

Newest Euralarm member WAGNER Group brings strong innovation expertise in fire protection

Following a unanimous decision of the Board, Euralarm has now formally welcomed its newest member the WAGNER Group. The company will join the Fire Section of Euralarm, which activities cover fire detection, notification, evacuation, extinguishing controls and smoke and heat ventilation.

WAGNER will now benefit from Euralarm’s services in terms of representation among European institutions and standardisation organisations and the monitoring of relevant legislative and standardisation issues, and will have access to its extended network of national associations and major companies in the electronic fire safety and security sector.

WAGNER Group is a leading provider of integrated fire protection. Its products are often considered a benchmark in the sector. The company is an experienced provider of comprehensive and individual services ranging from consulting and solution development to system installation and support.

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Over the years, WAGNER’s innovations have given the market significant impetus. As a logical consequence, the German-based company also brings its expertise and knowhow into important standards committees including DIN, CEN and ISO.

WAGNER is also actively involved in drafting national and international guidelines with, for example, VdS and the BSI.

Headquartered in Langenhagen near Hannover in Germany, WAGNER’s worldwide presence extends beyond Europe to China, Dubai, Singapore and the United States.

Enhanced competitiveness and harmonisation

WAGNER will be represented in the Euralarm Fire Section by Dr Ing Oliver Linden, the company’s product manager. Following the completion of a doctorate in safety engineering and fire and explosion protection, Dr Ing Linden spent several years working as a researcher, with a special focus on the development and testing of multi-criteria fire detectors before moving into product management.

His responsibilities in terms of the company’s product portfolio and special tasks have increased steadily across a 12-year career with the business.

“WAGNER acknowledges Euralarm’s important role as the European fire and security industry’s representative and balancing partner to standardisation and testing bodies,” said Dr Ing Linden. “Having participated in its work for many years, WAGNER decided to permanently engage with Euralarm’s activities specifically in relation to matters of fire safety, contributing towards reduced trade barriers as well as enhanced competitiveness and harmonisation of the European market. As WAGNER’s representative, I would like to thank Euralarm very much for the warm welcome.”

Euralarm president Enzo Peduzzi commented: “We’re happy to now count WAGNER among our members. Euralarm is now even more representative of the electronic fire safety and security sector.”

Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, the market, policy-makers and standards bodies. Its members make society safer and more secure through systems and services for fire detection, intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring, alarm transmission and Alarm Receiving Centres.

Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5,000 companies within the fire safety and security industry. Euralarm members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.

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Lone worker protection provider Send for Help Group reports record growth for fourth year running

The Send for Help Group has just posted financials detailing record growth and profits for the financial year 2015-2016. Published in the Send for Help Group’s Annual Report, the figures state that for the year ending 31 March 2016, turnover was up 81% year-on-year while operating profits had also increased by 42% within the same period.

Results for 2015-2016 saw the company turnover increase to £6.1 million, with a gross margin of £4.94 million and profits of £1.5 million (complete with an adjusted EBITDA* figure of £3 million).

The business has maintained its position by dint of continued product development and delivering the highest levels of customer service through its subsidiary brands – Skyguard and Guardian24.

The previous financial year had seen the Send for Help Group acquire Guardian24, adding a second well-established market player (alongside Skyguard) to its portfolio. The full benefits of this acquisition have been reflected in these published results.

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The Send for Help Group provides personal alarms and mobile phone applications linked to its fully-accredited Alarm Receiving Centre, which in turn delivers 24/7 back-up and protection for lone workers and those at risk. The group primarily operates in the UK and Ireland serving over 100 NHS trusts, 200 housing associations and 150 local authorities as well as hundreds of commercial organisations. Over half the UK’s police forces trust and use Send for Help Group’s alarms to protect the most vulnerable in society.

This year, the business has gained the highest industry accreditations from the National Security Inspectorate and the Police’s Secured by Design scheme.

Send for Help Group’s CEO James Murray said: “The directors are delighted with these results, which shows the company’s turnover and profit yet again increasing year-on-year. Despite the uncertain economic environment, the business has achieved excellent results for 2016 and the directors are confident that we will continue to build on this success story in 2017. With a strong management team, a healthy sales pipeline and some exciting new products in development, there are excellent prospects for further growth in the coming year.”

Murray concluded: “We’re delivering shareholder value by making the Send for Help Group a more profitable business through improved gross margins and prudent cost management. Our incentive mechanisms for early settlement of multi-year contracts generate strong cash flows, while we actively seek value-adding growth opportunities. We’re fully committed to operating with strong financial discipline and a conservative view towards risk.”

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Notifier introduces BS 7273-4 CPD course on release mechanisms for fire doors

Notifier by Honeywell has announced the launch of a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course for 2016-2017.  ‘Getting To Know BS 7273-4’
provides installers, integrators, contractors, consultants and end users with all the information on this important standard and how it relates to the way that doors are opened, closed and controlled by fire detection systems.

Although it was first introduced in 2007, the 2015 revision of BS 7273-4 has brought the subject of release mechanisms for fire doors into sharp focus. The prompt evacuation of a burning building requires as few obstacles and obstructions as possible and, similarly, restricting the spread of fire and heat in such a situation relies upon the use of well-engineered fire doors that can be reliably closed in the event of a fire.

Adhering to BS 7273-4 is increasingly important. The guidance in Annex A of the Code of Practice is now normative, which means that, if control of doors is performed by a fire detection system, the requirements of the category must be met. If the guidelines are not followed, it’s likely that the fire door provision fails to satisfy a fire risk assessment.

Notifier’s new BS 7273-4 CPD course has been written by experts within the company. It enables delegates to gain a better understanding of how modern life safety technology can be used to increase a building’s safety by interfacing it with fire doors and secured fire exits. By providing an overview of the various scenarios when doors should be released, it looks at control arrangements for the actuation of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors in the event of a fire episode before going on to cover recommendations for the interface between fire detection and alarm systems, as well as equipment not covered in any other standards.

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Those attending the course will also gain an valuable understanding of the three categories of actuation – A (Critical), B (Standard) and C (Indirect) – and the circumstances under which the control mechanisms should revert to their fail safe position in order to protect escape routes and prevent the spread of smoke in the event of fire.

“It’s fair to say that, since its original introduction eight years ago, BS 7273-4 has been largely ignored apart for a few isolated cases of Best Practice,” commented Gregg Bushell, senior marketing communications specialist at Honeywell Security and Fire.

“I’m pleased to say that the situation is beginning to change. This CPD course is a key part of our strategy to enhance knowledge about this important standard and how its implementation could save lives. There can be no ‘one size fits all’ approach to configuring a BS 7273-4 compliant system. Fire doors and exits should be considered individually such that people, property and assets are protected as well as they possibly can be in the event of a fire.”

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