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Abloy UK advises companies to secure remote sites in wake of record £20 million fine for Thames Water

Abloy UK is advising companies to secure remote sites and minimise the risk of substantial fines by dint of using innovative new access control technology. This advice comes in light of the recent record fine of over £20 million given to Thames Water for polluting the River Thames with 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage.

Thames Water was functioning with reduced operational resources, in turn resulting in unmanned sites. When alarms were raised signalling issues, they were not attended to immediately – including one being ignored for 37 hours*.

Abloy UK suggests that a system such as PROTEC2 CLIQ with CLIQ Connect could prevent these kinds of events from happening by allowing access to be granted remotely, such that incidents can be dealt with on a swift basis.

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PROTEC2 CLIQ allows for the remote management of disparate or large electronic master-keyed sites, provides audit trails on locks and padlocks and allows lost or stolen keys to be invalidated, in turn assuring secure key management at all times.

CLIQ Connect enables PROTEC2 CLIQ keys to be activated through a smart phone using Bluetooth 4.0 technology, offering flexibility, time-saving and ease of use of remote access control. The system is ideally suited to organisations that have a number of engineers and contractors visiting remote sites, and offers a solution for many different sectors including defence, the utilities, telecoms, transport, education and healthcare.

Steve Wintle, head of Critical National Infrastructure at Abloy UK, said: “We can see from the example of Thames Water that businesses can be under resourced. This is often how mistakes and accidents can happen. Investment in a system such as CLIQ Connect could have saved a business such as Thames Water a significant fine, not to mention the cost of negative publicity and the impact this could have on share price. By de-centralising the authentication of access, the system can act as a secondary confirmation. Access and actions can be double-checked, thereby preventing costly incidents such as this one from occurring.”

*http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/home/107177/thames-water-fined-record-20million-over-sewage-leaks.html

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Servest receives prestigious Armed Forces Covenant ERS Bronze Award

Global facilities management service provider Servest has been given the Bronze Award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) in recognition of the company’s commitment to (and support of) defence sector personnel.

The ERS encourages employers to support the Ministry of Defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support for the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

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To be awarded the Bronze Award, Servest had to meet certain requirements including a pledge to support the Armed Forces, comprising of existing or prospective employees who are members of the community. Servest also had to demonstrate that the business is Armed Forces-friendly and open to employing reservists, Armed Forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.

Jason Etherington OBE, managing director of Servest’s security operation, said: “I’m delighted that Servest has received this award. When I joined the company, I was looking forward to enhancing and formalising the links Servest has already established with the military community and service leavers. I feel this award shows the progress that’s being made. I look forward to working towards the Silver Award next year.”

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Zaun accredits installers to roll out “unique” ArmaWeave security solution

High security perimeter systems manufacturer Zaun is bolstering the ranks of approved installers for its “unique” intruder-resistant fencing.

ArmaWeave fencing is produced on the world’s largest steel loom at the company’s West Midlands manufacturing base. Crime & Fire Defence Systems engineers were trained in the installation of the product and, over the last two years, have installed kilometres of the high-security woven fencing at utilities sites right across the country.

Now Zaun has formally accredited Crime & Fire Defence Systems as an approved installer of the product, along with Zaun Group subsidiary Binns Fencing.

Zaun has established the new installer scheme because of increasing requests from customers to recommend contractors with suitable installation, quality and safety standards.

ArmaWeave boasts some unique properties which give it distinct advantages, but require some fresh skills and techniques to install. For example, unlike welded mesh, the panels can rake up and down hills such that installers require new skills to square up or rake the panels.

The wire of the panels has a tensile strength typically more than double that for welded panels so special methods are required for cutting the panels during installation.

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Zaun’s Chris Plimley (left) celebrates the accreditation with Crime & Fire Defence Systems team members (from left to right) Craig Watts, Pete Rushforth, Chris Singer and Stuart Fletcher

Training for installation teams

Zaun will be training installation teams on the properties and tolerances of ArmaWeave and how it’s manufactured. Instruction is aimed exclusively at ‘fencers’ with proven skills and experience in high-security fencing works and deals only with the specific new skills and techniques required to install ArmaWeave.

Trainers will share the secrets of installation methods Zaun has developed over time for ArmaWeave to make best use of the properties of the high-security fabric.

The training will be for experienced individuals sponsored by a company which can demonstrate its professionalism through membership of a relevant trade organisation and valid UKAS-accredited ISO 9001 certification. The certificate of training will only be valid while the individual is working for the host company. This will ensure that properly trained individuals working under proper quality management install the product.

The plan is to increase the adoption of ArmaWeave as the standard for secure sites of Critical National Infrastructure – such as utilities, Data Centres and nuclear sites – while ensuring consistent installation quality.

Zaun’s sales and marketing director Chris Plimley said: “We invested in the steel loom ahead of the sales in the belief we could produce an innovative product that installers, specifiers and high-security facility managers would want. That has proven to be so true that we need to expand the number of contractors trained in installing it correctly.”

Resistance to attacks

ArmaWeave’s properties add substantial resistance to cutting attacks perpetrated with hand, powered and non-contact tools. The tight mesh pattern provides no climbing aids, again limiting the potential for intrusion.

ArmaWeave CPNI enhanced is tested to the very highest standards and can be combined with other intruder systems, electronics and access control to create the optimum in integrated fencing solutions. The product has also been approved for use with a range of microphonic PID cable systems after testing for many months at a Ministry of Defence facility.

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Selectamark’s SelectaDNA: ‘Protecting the Heart of the Community’

A team of Community First Responders has joined forces with a British Heart Foundation charity to protect public access defibrillators in the New Forest from theft. Bransgore Community First Responders and Heartstart Bransgore New Forest have marked 11 defibrillators with SelectaDNA, a forensic marking system which will enable the police to identify where they have come from in the event that they’re stolen and recovered.

The defibrillators are housed in distinctive yellow cabinets and are ready to be used in cases of cardiac arrest. Local residents are within just eight minutes’ reach of this vital piece of equipment.

Community First Responders are volunteers trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until medical support arrives. Other equipment carried by the team on their emergency call-outs is also being marked with SelectaDNA and registered to the national police-approved database.

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Mike Jukes, group co-ordinator for Bransgore Community First Responders, said: “Although there hasn’t been any problem with theft, it was considered prudent to take steps to permanently, yet discreetly mark the defibrillators in such a way that they could be identified if stolen and later recovered by the police.”

In 2016, the team attended several hundred emergency calls and were available ‘on-call’ for over 7,000 hours, which equates to over 81% of every day averaged out across the year.

Jukes went on to explain exactly why the new SelectaDNA initiative is so important to the local community. “The potential for our team to arrive on scene before an ambulance, especially in rural areas, is vital in providing immediate life-saving treatment. Helping patients at a critical time is our primary role, and we need to be confident that vital equipment, including public access defibrillators, is there and ready to use when we need it.”

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Chubb launches new website to help UK employers manage business risk

Chubb Fire & Security has launched a new website featuring the same products and services, but with a redesigned approach towards customer focus. With a fresh look and feel, the new site allows users to more easily access the services they require, ensuring a better customer journey.

The website, which can be found at www.chubb.co.uk, has been developed to showcase Chubb’s capabilities in the fire safety, security and community care sectors as well as provide easy access to ChubbmySite, the portal for fire and security customers.

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The new responsive platform consolidates multiple legacy websites and enables site visitors to rapidly request a service visit, find product information or pay invoices. It also provides a summary of relevant Codes of Practice and British Standards to help customers understand their obligations as they seek to comply with the latest legislation and Best Practice.

“The new website provides a platform that demonstrates our commitment to putting customers at the heart of everything we do,” stated Andy Johnston, head of marketing and communications. “The website also enhances our ability to explain Chubb’s capabilities to anyone looking for professional fire, security and community care solutions and services.”

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Advanced set to showcase array of fire safety systems at ISEC Ireland 2017

Fire safety systems developer Advanced is showcasing its technology at ISEC Ireland in Dublin next month. The company will be located at Booth E2, where industry experts will be on hand to answer any questions attendees might wish to ask.

“Advanced has a well-established reputation for quality, performance and ease-of-use in the Irish fire systems market, and we work with some of the best professionals in the industry to achieve this position,” said Neil Parkin, Advanced’s regional sales manager. “We’re delighted to be attending ISEC. It’s a very focused show in a territory that’s very important to us.”

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Products on display will include MxPro multiprotocol fire panels, TouchControl touchscreen remote control terminals, the AlarmCalm false alarm management system, Lux Intelligent emergency lighting testing systems and the QuickZone conventional and twin-wire fire panels.

Running on April 26 and 27, ISEC is Ireland’s premier fire and security expo. Visitors include installers, facility managers, electrical contractors, consultants and engineers from both north and south of the border.

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ISM heralds success of ‘Technology Days’ aimed at promoting benefits of PSIM in the Middle East

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) has hosted the first of a series of ‘Technology Days’ in Oman to demonstrate the design, development and thinking behind the latest Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) technology.

The company, whose Genesys PSIM platform is already installed in a number of high security sites throughout the Middle East, organised the events to promote the key considerations in specifying a PSIM solution: system architecture (ie how the system works, its resilience/redundancy and the impact of networks, etc), ease of use (including the simplicity of operator training) and life-cycle costs (as well as the overall return on investment).

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Petri Hitches, ISM’s sales manager for the Middle East, enthused that the response to the presentations has been overwhelming. “The days were designed to be informative and educational, to heighten the awareness of what today’s PSIM systems are able to achieve and what makes a project successful. They were extremely well received.”

Audiences included high ranking officials from the regulators and local law enforcement agencies, as well as consultants, security integrators and end users responsible for various critical infrastructure projects.

The Technology Days were in part co-hosted by Ingenuity Technologies LLC of Oman.

ISM intends to organise and announce further dates later in the year.

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