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Ian Hill on board at Hochiki Europe as company’s new emergency lighting business manager

Life safety systems manufacturer Hochiki Europe has appointed lighting expert Ian Hill as the company’s new emergency lighting business manager. Hill brings a wealth of industry experience to the role thanks to a technical background covering business development, sales of life safety equipment and a focus on product development.

Hill will combine his industry sales experience with technical expertise to bolster Hochiki Europe’s growth in the global emergency lighting sector. As part of his new role, Hill will support the widening of the company’s emergency lighting offer.

Starting his career within the design department at Simplex Lighting, Hill has spent decades developing his skill set across a variety of roles with lighting manufacturers including Philips and Fagerhult. He then made the transfer to emergency lighting during his tenure at Eaton Electrical Systems (previously known as Cooper Lighting and Safety).

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Ian Hill

Commenting on his new role, Hill said: “I’ve admired Hochiki Europe’s work and reputation for some time, so when the opportunity arose to work for the business, I simply couldn’t turn that down. The company has contributed vastly to the advances made within life safety over the past few years, especially so with products such as those within the FIREscape collection.”

Hill added: “Working in a company with such an international foothold is also incredibly exciting. With so much room for growth within the emergency lighting sector, we have a real opportunity to make a positive difference. I plan on working closely with both the sales and product development teams to further the scope and capabilities of our lighting product ranges.”

Hill’s remit includes supporting the market growth of Hochiki Europe’s aforementioned FIREscape range: an emergency lighting system that can be connected through an EL-2 control panel to provide immediate accessibility and easy installation within large spaces. It’s also designed to reduce running costs by up to 89% over a period of ten years as the standard luminaire consumes less than 0.5 W while charging, which then reduces to 0.1 W once the device is fully charged.”

Speaking about the appointment, Tracy Kirk (general manager of sales and marketing at Hochiki Europe) observed: “Recent events and enquires have shown how vital clear routes of escape can be in an emergency situation. Ian’s extensive experience of emergency lighting will ensure we’re reaching more people around the world with our dependable and intelligent solutions. Our existing customers continue to benefit from the most sought-after innovations within the industry as well as an exceptional service.”

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UNION introduces series of Fire Door Kits for practising safety professionals

UNION is cutting the hassle out of sourcing fire door hardware with its new Fire Door Kits, featuring a complete range of pre-selected products that work seamlessly together and, importantly, meet every relevant standard.

The role of a fire door in supporting fire safety and integrity within a building is critical.  UNION’s Fire Door Kit is a single box solution that helps safety-focused professionals to ensure that they’re fitting correct and fully-compliant hardware.

Until now property owners, facilities managers and installers have faced a bewildering variety of hardware choices when installing or maintaining a fire door set. With the UNION Fire Door Kit, all that worry, guesswork and lost time is now a thing of the past.

Designed for common installation situations, each Fire Door Kit combines all of the hardware needed to install or repair a fire door. This includes hinges, door closer, lockcase, levers and signage, as well as installation instructions, fitting templates, fixings and the performance sheets for the building owner’s own records.

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Crucially, every part included in the Fire Door Kit is tested to all relevant standards, ensuring that the commissioned door will meet regulations.

There are four different Fire Door Kits, each designed to work in a specific application. The Sashlock Kit is ideal for locking fire doors, while the Deadlock Kit is a perfect fit for locking storage areas. The Latch Kit is designed for non-locked rooms, and finally the Corridor Kit is used for push-pull, non-locking fire doors.

Alison Aston, category manager at UNION, said: “The Fire Door Kit range is the easiest way to install or maintain a fire door. We believe this will be a huge benefit for property owners and installers alike, as they now have a way to ensure that a fire door is fitted with all the hardware it needs to meet legal requirements and work perfectly. It’s simple to stock, easy to order, compact to transport and store on site.”

Aston added: “The UNION Fire Door Kit brings instant safety, compliance and peace of mind for the end user.”

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P4 achieves certification to BSI Kitemark for emergency escape lighting

Emergency lighting specialist P4 Limited has achieved certification to its first BSI Kitemark BS EN 62034:2012 Automatic Test Systems for Battery-Powered Emergency Escape Lighting. The certificate was presented by the BSI at LuxLive, Europe’s largest annual lighting event.

P4’s Fastel automatic testing and monitoring systems were rigorously tested by the BSI to achieve the Kitemark. Additionally, P4’s manufacturing sites and quality plans have also undergone comprehensive assessment to achieve certification.

The company’s managing director, Rob Warner, explained: “Despite having gained a reputation for quality over the past 30 years, that’s no excuse to rest on our laurels. We’re always looking for ways in which to improve our service and the Kitemark certification – recognised globally as a mark of quality, safety and trust – does just that. We believe it sets us apart as a manufacturer that really cares about quality.”

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Retaining Kitemark approval is an ongoing process. The company will now undergo bi-annual manufacturing assessments, with product samples being taken for ongoing testing and review.

Warner continued: “The whole process of certification has helped us to fine-tune our performance. Testing our systems is just the first step for us, though. We’re continuing to work with the BSI to achieve certification across all of our product ranges. We’re absolutely committed to this initiative and hope that it will help customers choose an emergency lighting system which has met the highest possible standards for quality, safety and performance.”

Holly Rossington, electrical certification team leader at the BSI, commented: “It was an honour to present P4 with a certificate at LuxLive. The BSI is committed to helping manufacturers like P4 achieve the Kitemark as it demonstrates that they operate to the highest possible standards. P4 should be delighted with this achievement.”

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Sarah Hayes appointed HR director at Securitas UK

Sarah Hayes, head of Human Resources (HR) at Securitas UK, has just been appointed HR director for the business.

Hayes is a Chartered HR professional having completed her post-graduate HR qualifications and has extensive experience across the full range of HR disciplines in both the public and private sector.

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Sarah Hayes

In her four years with Securitas UK, Hayes has led the HR team in Milton Keynes and, more recently, managed both the HRBPs and the L&D teams.

Hayes has also been instrumental in leading on the company’s work with the Living Wage Foundation and the Top Employers Institute.

Speaking about her appointment, Hayes informed Risk Xtra: “I’m hugely excited by the opportunities and challenges ahead. Building on the great work already underway, I’m looking forward to developing our employee value proposition still further. This will truly set us apart as an employer of choice.”

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Texecom sponsors new competition to raise awareness of apprenticeship opportunities in security and surveillance industry

Along with CSL and Hikvision, Texecom is sponsoring the new Electronic Security Systems Competition at this year’s WorldSkills UK LIVE on 21-23 November at the NEC in Birmingham.

WorldSkills UK and Skills for Security launched the competition to raise awareness of apprenticeship and career opportunities in the security and surveillance industry.

Attracting over 70,000 visitors, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event. The event also hosts the national finals of the WorldSkills UK competitions which see the UK’s top apprentices and students compete to win Gold, Silver and Bronze in their chosen skill.

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This year, for the first time, visitors to WorldSkills UK LIVE will be able to watch apprentices take part in the Electronic Security Systems Competition which has been designed to reflect the role of an electronic security engineer and the high standards that are expected within the industry.

“Texecom has been a long-standing supporter of engineering apprentice training within the security industry and we’re delighted to partner with WorldSkills UK and Skills for Security for the launch of this competition,” explained Clym Brown, Texecom’s marketing director. “Electronic security fundamentally protects people’s lives and livelihoods and, as such, is a very worthwhile endeavour for young people to consider as a career choice. This new competition will highlight the skills and innovation in the industry to a wider audience, as well as increasing the training level and knowledge base of electronic security apprentices already involved.”

As part of its commitment to helping the next generation of security engineers and installers adapt to the digital revolution, Texecom recently launched the Texecom Academy. Designed to help security professionals stay ahead of the digital curve, it redefines what it means to be a security professional by providing the skills, tools and mindset that will define the future of security for installers and their end customers.

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Axis Group receives Employee Engagement Award nomination from Institute of Customer Service

Axis Group, one of the UK’s fastest-growing security, cleaning, Front of House and support services organisations, has been selected as a finalist in the Institute of Customer Service’s ‘Customer Satisfaction Awards’ within the Employee Engagement Strategy category.

The nomination is in recognition of the Axis Group’s people strategy. Launched in 2015, it features nine distinct business components, all feeding into the central Employee Engagement and excellent customer service focus. It’s now the cornerstone of the business’ company ethos and integral to Axis’ ongoing goal of becoming ‘The Employer of Choice’ within its sector.

Reward and recognition programmes, Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, communication and Axis Group’s employee portal are all tools that Axis uses to further employee engagement and satisfaction. The company also offers counselling, health and financial well-being initiatives, all of which have helped to increase staff retention by 20% in just four years.

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Jonathan Levine, CEO at the Axis Group CEO, stated: “We’re constantly having to look at innovative ways in which to attract and retain the best talent and develop remuneration packages that go beyond ‘traditional’ benefits. We achieve this through encouraging excellent performance, clarifying responsibilities and delivering tailored and engaging learning and development programmes.”

Levine added: “We want our employees to feel motivated, committed and empowered to act in the moment to resolve problems, display empathy, demonstrate consistency and continuously find ways to improve both customer and personal experiences.”

The nomination follows the Axis Group’s ServiceMark Accreditation from the Institute of Customer Service, which was achieved as a result of its drive to put customer service at the forefront of its business.  

ServiceMark is a national standard recognising an organisation’s achievement in customer service and its commitment to upholding those standards. It’s awarded based on customer satisfaction feedback, a six-day assessment of standards and employee engagement with an organisation’s customer service strategy.

“I’m absolutely delighted that the hard work and dedication of so many people has been recognised with this nomination,” concluded Levine in conversation with Risk Xtra. “It’s the recognition we need to stand out in front of current employees, future employees and customers for being a company that values its people.”

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Rosehill Security targets Middle East and North Africa with Westminster International Ltd strategic partnership

Rosehill Security, the manufacturer of perimeter security solutions, has announced an agreement with Westminster International Ltd to distribute its range of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers and perimeter security products across the Middle East and North African region.

Westminster International Ltd has added Rosehill Security’s range of perimeter security solutions to its product portfolio, focused especially on Rosehill’s Impakt and Rapid Defender to help protect crowded public spaces and entertainment, sporting and political venues in light of the growing threat of vehicle borne attacks worldwide.

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For its part, Westminster International Ltd is a broadly based British security and defence organisation that operates worldwide in 50 countries through an international network of agents and regional offices providing solutions to almost any fire, safety, security and defence requirement. Its extensive range covers all forms of anti-terrorism, risk reduction, defence and homeland security that includes facilities and utilities security products, police equipment and access control.

Chairman Sir Tony Baldry said: “For 20 years, everyone at Westminster International Ltd has been passionate about offering the best solutions to solve the world’s security issues, so Rosehill Security’s perimeter security products are an excellent addition to our product range. Above all else, if it means that we can protect more people from Vehicle-as-a-Weapon attacks on a larger scale across the Middle East and Northern Africa region, then this agreement will prove to be invaluable.”

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Dalton Marshall of Rosehill Security

Rapid and Impakt Defenders: the fine detail

Manufactured from 100% recycled rubber and bonded with polyurethane for strength, Rosehill Security’s robust Rapid and Impakt Defenders require no foundations and can be installed almost anywhere, removed and re-used as required.

Made up of units weighing 49 kg each, the Rapid Defender temporary vehicle security barrier has been specifically designed to be manually installed in minutes to protect people at events from Vehicle-as-a-Weapon attacks. Requiring no special tools or lifting equipment, a four-man team can manually install a 15 m barrier in under five minutes.

The much larger, IWA 14-rated Impakt Defender has been designed for temporary, semi-permanent and permanent applications, providing the flexibility to protect both entrance areas and site perimeters against hostile vehicle attack. Each 430 kg solid rubber unit is connected by steel securing cables or rods to create a barrier capable of stopping heavy vehicles travelling at 48 kph.

Engineered using the same manufacturing process, Rosehill Security’s interlocking, T-shape Ballistic Blocks are used to construct temporary or permanent sangars and customised, heavy-duty perimeter structures, providing ballistic protection to BS EN 1522/23. These structures can be combined with the Rapid and Impakt Defenders to create an holistic solution as part of a wider HVM strategy.

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Dalton Marshall, sales manager at Rosehill Security, said: “Since our launch, we’ve worked tirelessly to design and manufacture an innovative and effective range of HVM and perimeter security solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients worldwide. The speed and ease with which our products can be deployed makes them an ideal addition to Westminster International Ltd’s offering, so we’are delighted to partner with them and provide their clients access to our proven product range.”

Westminster International Ltd is part of the Westminster Group that includes Longmoor Security, whose operators have served with the British Army’s Royal Military Police, UK Special Forces and the police service and have protected high-profile international personalities as well as organisations including the BBC.

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Scottish tech firm creates ‘ZIVA’ robotic solution for security and agriculture inspections

Edinburgh-based Casta Spes Technologies has unveiled a new robotic security vehicle offering security and inspection solutions across multiple sectors including agriculture, energy/utilities and construction.

Named ZIVA, the multi-terrain, high-performance robot saves 92% on the cost of a manned patrol by combining autonomous navigation with multiple software add-ons, such as licence plate recognition and threat classification. ZIVA was designed to reduce the cost and time associated with false alarms, using its dynamic and flexible nature to cover blind spots, which can be a major drawback with static cameras.

ZIVA provides 360-degree CCTV coverage and can be driven remotely or set to automatically patrol specified routes using multiple sensors and autonomous navigation.

ZIVA is the first product from Casta Spes Technologies, set up by 24-year-old graduates Selby Cary and Michael McDonald. Designed using funding from pre-seed tech accelerator Seed Haus and Scottish Enterprise support, it’s currently deployed onsite with several companies including West Coast Capital Properties.

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Selby Cary (left) and Michael McDonald pictured with their ZIVA solution

Cary, the CEO of Casta Spes Technologies, completed a Masters degree at Heriot-Watt University, which is known for its robotics research and teaching. He explained: “It’s estimated that the perimeter security market will be worth over $197 billion by 2022, with the global market for surveillance robots expected to reach $10.2 billion by 2025. This is a massive growth industry.”

He continued: “ZIVA works by analysing the images it sees, allowing it to take on important perimeter security roles in remote areas or locations with limited infrastructure, such as warehouses, industrial properties and construction sites.”

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Cary believes Scotland has already demonstrated that it’s a leader in robotic technology and development. “Scotland is fast becoming the robotics capital of Europe with the National Robotarium under construction in Edinburgh and the city playing host to some of the world’s leading robotics experts. We believe Scotland’s capital is the ideal springboard from which to launch ZIVA. Furthermore, the terrain and weather conditions are ideal for testing. Once we knew we had something that could work in the Scottish weather, we were confident we could make it work anywhere.”

Able to reach speeds of 19 km/h and capable of tackling rough terrain, including gravel and long grass, ZIVA overcomes many of the challenges faced by competitor robot security vehicles due to its innovative design. It can also provide a range of agricultural functions, such as checking crops for disease or monitoring livestock.

ZIVA’s mechanical design combines multiple innovations in one platform. Its dual-wheeled system means it has a greater payload capacity, offers energy efficiency and can overcome rough terrain without becoming stuck. ZIVA’s flexible and modular design means that clients can customise it to their own requirements, thereby providing an affordable, real-world solution to their remote security needs.

Casta Spes Technologies plans to deploy more units into the field shortly and will launch a suite of software add-ons and data analytics plug-ins to enhance ZIVA’s CCTV capabilities over the next 12 months.

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Institute of Risk Management pledges commitment to Armed Forces community by signing Armed Forces Covenant

Senior members of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) recently gathered at a co-signing ceremony for the Armed Force’s Covenant at Horseguards Parade in London. The signing was between the IRM and the Greater London Reserve Force’s and Cadet’s Association (GLRFCA).

Guests included IRM Board members. There were also representatives present from the Kent Army Cadet Force including Lieutenant Colonel Simon Dean OBE, Deputy Commandant Major Richard Phillips and Regimental Sergeant Major Pete Barnes. SO1 Lieutenant Colonel David Utting (head of engagement for the British Army) was also present and gave a brief message on partnering with defence.

The signing between the IRM and GLRFCA signifies an ongoing commitment to service leavers and personnel as laid out in the pledge.

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Socrates Coudounaris CFIRM (left), chairman of the IRM, and SO1 Lieutenant Colonel David Utting (head of engagement for the British Army)

Socrates Coudounaris CFIRM, chairman of the IRM, said: “It was a great privilege to be here today to co-sign the Armed Forces Covenant. It’s vitally important that the Armed Forces and businesses are mutually engaged. This signifies a wider pledge by the IRM to increase the risk management profession’s visibility to ex-military personnel. We provide accessible and relevant training and qualifications that will help ex-Armed Forces personnel in making the transition to the business world.”

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Lieutenant Colonel Simon Dean OBE and Captain Vicky Robinson (country PR for the Kent Army Cadet Force and head of marketing and communications at the IRM)

Coudounaris added: “Many of the skills learned by services personnel naturally cross over into the world of risk management and we’re keen to ensure these skills are recognised and that we can help support individuals’ lifelong learning and career transition where possible.”

Drew Jeacock, head of engagement for the GLRFCA, stated: “The Government is committed to supporting the Armed Forces community by working with a range of partners who’ve signed the Armed Forces Covenant. It’s a national responsibility involving Government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public. Demonstrating commitment to the Armed Forces family is a significant gesture and I hope that the IRM will embrace the intent and values that we hold close to our core. We value the IRM’s support.”

*The IRM supports Captain Victoria Robinson, the organisation’s head of marketing and communications, who’s also the county PR officer for the Kent Army Cadet Force, with leave for annual camp and other cadet-related activities

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