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UK’s Security Commonwealth set to deliver presentation on ‘Grey Spaces’ at IFSEC International

The UK’s Security Commonwealth will be hosting its first public event on Tuesday 19 June at IFSEC International 2018 to introduce the concept of ‘Grey Spaces’ and discuss precisely why they should be secured.

‘Grey Spaces’ is the term used to label the undefended areas between security protected zones. In a grey space, a criminal or terrorist can prepare for their attack feeling unobserved, safe and with a low risk of detection.

The current threat Level from international terrorism in the UK is set at ‘Severe’. The 2017 terrorist attacks at the Manchester Arena, Westminster Bridge, Finsbury Park and Borough Market were initiated in ‘Grey Spaces’.

The conference session will consider how security design, security personnel and technology can help turn grey spaces into defensible spaces in order to create a perception of risk for a perpetrator planning an attack.


Joe Connell, chair of The Security Commonwealth, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to host this event and I hope it will generate some keen interest among attendees. It’s also a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of The Security Commonwealth and its objectives in the wider security community”.

The Security Commonwealth is an umbrella organisation of independent membership bodies across the security profession. It provides a forum to consult and co-operate in the common interest and in the promotion of professionalism, Best Practice and information sharing to enhance UK security.

The Security Commonwealth aims to be the all-inclusive industry advocate on security issues in the UK, create lasting networks and alliances and promote and lead the security industry with a single voice.

There are currently 40 member organisations which include most of the major security membership bodies in the UK. For further information visit www.securitycommonwealth.org

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Chubb wins prestigious Fire Safety & Security Award at 2018 Electrical Review Excellence Awards

Chubb Fire & Security has won the Fire Safety & Security Award at the Electrical Review Excellence Awards 2018 for its design and installation of an innovative wireless fire detection system at the prestigious Queen’s Hotel in Penzance.

The Electrical Review Excellence Awards recognise projects that embrace the latest in electrical engineering, display forward-thinking design and implementation and champion the highest environmental, safety and energy efficiency standards.

The Judges were looking for evidence of how the key objectives were fulfilled, as well as examples of innovation, smart thinking, clever design, effective technical solutions and collaborative problem solving.


The Queen’s Hotel turned to Chubb after a series of local fires led the management team to review their fire safety requirements across the whole estate. Chubb installed more than 400 wireless detectors all networked to the fire detection panel in the hotel’s main reception. It’s a fully-zoned and addressable system that gives hotel management immediate visibility on where an alarm has been generated.

A wireless system was chosen to minimise the cabling work that would have meant the temporary closure of the hotel. Installation was phased such that at no stage was the hotel without fire protection.

Graham Brimson, South West regional director for Chubb, stated that the accolade is recognition of the dedication and hard work of the Chubb team.

“Our team of engineers and installers did a great job to complete the installation at the hotel within two weeks with a minimum of disruption to guests and staff,” enthused Brimson. “The feedback from the hotel was extremely complimentary, and we’re very pleased to have received this additional accolade for the project.”

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