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BSIA outlines key points of PD6669 scheme ahead of industry briefings

Ahead of a series of industry briefings on the new PD6669 scheme, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has put together its five key points of the publication.

PD6669 provides guidance for the provision of alarm transmission systems (ATS) in the UK. It has been developed with support from all interested parties within the security industry, including security installers, Alarm Receiving Centres, ATS providers, insurers, the BSIA itself, the British Standards Institution and the police service.

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The Trade Association has outlined five key points of the scheme which will be covered in greater detail during each briefing:

*Alarm transmission providers will supply network availability statistics to identify systems that are highly likely to generate a false confirmed activation and police response to a false alarm. This will help to protect the allocation of Unique Reference Numbers (URNs)

*Alarm transmission providers will suggest alternate telecommunications solutions and networking advice to improve system reliability

*Single path faults are effectively managed, reducing customer disturbance and false alarms

*Installers will be able to clearly identify chargeable installation and post-installation work to the ATS to ensure that it operates reliably and as specified. Using PD6662, installers will be able to upsell their services rather than simply selling on price

*PD6669 ensures that system liability is clearly defined through robust information supply, record keeping and notification

As stated, the BSIA is hosting a series of free-to-attend briefings that will provide industry practitioners with an overview of PD6669, information on how it interfaces to BS EN 50136 and how it will help installers who use the scheme.

The briefings will be taking place at the following locations:

*London: 30 August at UBM, 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8BF. Registration opens at 8.30 am with presentations from 9.00 am through until 11.00 am

*Hampshire: 31 August at Southern Monitoring, 212-218 London Road, Waterlooville PO7 7AJ. Registration opens at 8.30 am with presentations from 9.00 am until 11.00 am

*Wigan: 6 September at the North West Fire and Security Exhibition, DW Stadium (South Stand Suite), 15 Loire Drive, Wigan WN5 0UH. Presentations from 10.00 am to 11.00 am as part of the North West Fire and Security Exhibition speaker programme)

*Nottingham: 13 September at EMCS Ltd, Tissington Close, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 6QG. Registration opens at 8.30 am with presentations from 9.00 am until 11.00 am

*To register for any of these PD6669 briefings visit: www.bsia.co.uk/events

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BSIA looks forward to impending publication of BS 8593 on body-worn video cameras

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is pleased to have played a pivotal role in the development of BS 8593 Code of Practice for the Deployment and Use of Body-Worn Video and is looking forward to its expected publication later this month.

The standard provides technical and operational recommendations for the deployment and use of body-worn video used for the purposes of recording interactions between the wearer and other parties, or the environments in which wearers finds themselves.

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David Wilkinson, director of technical services at the BSIA and chairman of the British Standards Institution’s GW1/10 Sub-Committee, commented: “The need for a standard in this area was born from discussions held with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner with regards to guidance for body-worn video in relation to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice. The standard’s development committee was chaired by myself and involved a wide variety of stakeholders, including manufacturers, inspectorates, the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Security Industry Authority and the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s office.”

Wilkinson continued: “There are clear advantages for the use of body-worn video in a number of applications. However, its usage also brings about challenges in terms of privacy and data security. It’s hoped that this standard will support the work of organisations such as the ICO as well as the Surveillance Camera Commissioner in ensuring that surveillance remains appropriate and proportionate and that there’s a balance struck between safety, security and the privacy of those being surveilled.”

BS 8593 will be publicly launched by the BSI on 14 June at UBM’s offices in Blackfriars, London, with briefings from both the Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter QPM LLB and the ICO, representatives of the Metropolitan Police Service, industry practitioners and the BSIA’s David Wilkinson.

*For further information about the launch event, or to register for your free place, please visit: www.bsia.co.uk/events

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Abloy UK to host access control-focused seminar at ISEC 2017

Abloy UK is running a seminar at ISEC 2017 which is specifically designed to explain important changes to access control locking applications on fire and escape doors.

Taking place on 26 and 27 April in the Conference Centre, Citywest, Dublin, ISEC is Ireland’s long-established key event for the Irish security and fire industry.

The seminar will help delegates understand the minimum legal performance criteria for access control locking applications for fire and escape doors. This includes detail around EN 179 and EN 1125 – reinforced with new licencing requirements for locksmiths and installers in the Republic of Ireland through the Private Security Authority – and impending changes in local Building Regulations.

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Pat Jefferies: commercial director at Abloy UK

Pat Jefferies, commercial director at Abloy UK, is presenting the seminar, and is retained by the British Standards Institution and CEN as the UK’s electric locking technical expert. During his presentation, Jefferies will also cover implementing the requirements of the Construction Products Directive, which is applicable throughout Europe.

Jefferies commented: “If you or your business supply, specify or install access control locking or blocking as part of a security system, you cannot afford to miss this seminar. I’ll be explaining the minimum performance criteria and the implications of getting the specification wrong.”

*ISEC 2017 is a free-to-attend event. For more information or to register visit www.isec.ie

**For further information on any of the products and services available from Abloy UK, please call 01902 364 500 or e-mail marketing@abloy.co.uk

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C-TEC, WAGNER, Apollo, Vanderbilt and Kentec Electronics look to make their mark at Security Essen

Security Essen runs from Tuesday 27 September to Friday 30 September in Germany. This year, solution manufacturers C-TEC, WAGNER, Apollo, Vanderbilt and Kentec Electronics all have an array of systems to display alongside key messaging for end users, integrators and installers.

For its part, C-TEC will be showcasing its life-safety systems. Located for the first time in Hall 3, the action-packed area dedicated to fire detection and live demonstrations, C-TEC’s stand (3E14) is set to feature the company’s new CAST-protocol XFP 1-2 loop addressable fire system, the range of VdS-certified EN54-4 power supplies and its powerful 1-8 loop ZFP touchscreen-controlled addressable fire panels.

Also on display will be C-TECs popular BSI-certified conventional sounder isolator system, its new EN54-13 conventional fire alarm system solution and a wealth of other innovations specifically designed for the European market.

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Charlotte Manley, C-TEC’s sales director, told Risk UK: “We’re always very excited about Security Essen as it’s a truly international show and attracts visitors from all over the world. C-TEC has invested heavily in third party certification over the past decade, and we’re certainly reaping the rewards in Europe where the demand for certified systems is exceptionally high.”

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‘Visions Become Reality’ is the slogan under which WAGNER will be exhibiting at Security Essen. WAGNER’s stand (Hall 3, Stand 3D44) will feature innovative, future-safe fire prevention solutions, including air sampling smoke detectors, extinguishing technology, fire prevention and fire risk management.

WAGNER will be unveiling the TITANUS FUSION, a new all-rounder that combines the successful TITANUS family’s many advantages, such as LOGIC.SENS smoke development patterning and PIPE.GUARD air flow monitoring. The air sampling smoke detector can be used even in dusty environments and is accurate to temperatures as low as -30° C. It can monitor areas up to 3,200 m² in size, and is available in sensitivity levels of 0.5, 0.1 and 0.015 % LT/m.

This year, WAGNER is also introducing the TITANUS MULTI SENS, a pioneering system designed for areas where specific deceptive phenomena (such as cigarette smoke, theatrical fog or dust) can trigger false alarms. This new self-teaching air sampling smoke detector can tell the difference between false alarms and real fires. Visitors can experience this innovative, multi-dimensional optical detection system live in fire experiments.

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WAGNER’s vision of employing nitrogen as an extinguishing agent gave rise to the OxyReduct active fire prevention system. The introduction of this new technology at the end of the 1990s transformed the fire prevention market, as WAGNER began offering OxyReduct active fire prevention rather than reactive extinguishing solutions.

Security Essen will be featuring the newest generation of OxyReduct models: the powerful, compact, modular OxyReduct P-Line for larger protection areas and the noise-optimised, compact OxyReduct M-Line for modular nitrogen generation at rates of 10-90 m³/h.

Apollo to showcase next generation solution

Apollo Fire Detectors, a specialist in the design and manufacture of high quality fire detection products, will be showcasing its comprehensive range of products on Stand 3B14 at Security Essen.

The new SOTERIA range is the next generation in fire detection technology and is designed to improve detection, reduce false alarms and deliver improved reliability. SOTERIA is the start of an ongoing technology innovation at Apollo. The detectors have been extensively tested by members of the Apollo in-house testing team with facilities that boast some of the most advanced private testing equipment in the UK.

Alongside SOTERIA is Apollo’s enhanced protocol named CoreProtocol, the next generation in fire loop communication from Apollo giving greater control and more loop power. The new protocol builds on the established capabilities of XP95 and Discovery; with forward and backwards compatibility and the ability to manage a significantly increased number of devices.

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As well as the introduction of new products, Apollo will have its new 2016-2017 Product Catalogue available, a crucial guide for anyone who specifies or installs fire detection equipment. The catalogue features all of Apollo’s detection equipment, system components and specialist devices suitable for a wide range of environments.

Vanderbilt aims to be the talk of Security Essen

Vanderbilt will attend Security Essen for the first time this year, and will be exhibiting the latest developments across all three of its product ranges: access control, intruder detection and video surveillance.

At Security Essen, Vanderbilt will feature Aliro 2 – the latest generation of its access control solution. Building on the success of its predecessor and created alongside external developers, Aliro 2 is suitable for small through to medium-sized commercial applications, boasting easy-to-use Internet-based software and intuitive mobile features.

Using the advanced Mercury firmware platform, it supports – as standard – 64 doors and 5,000 users. With additional software licenses, the system can be increased up to 1,024 wired doors, 1,024 wireless doors and 25,000 users. Integration with Aperio is one of the highlights in the new feature set of Aliro 2, but there’s “much more to come” as this new system paves the way for Vanderbilt’s future migration strategy.

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Vanderbilt’s SPC intrusion panel will also be featured on the stand. Vanderbilt continues to develop attractive features for this range, including its SPC Connect. This cloud-based innovation provides customers with remote access to control panels, safe in the knowledge that the process is highly secure thanks to the implementation of financial grade SSL security.

New to the video portfolio is the Eventys range, a cost-effective range of cameras and recorders that are aimed at the simple set-up and plug-and-play approach. With an intuitive interface offering “outstanding functionality” and flexibility, Eventys is perfect for small to medium-sized installations that require up to 20 cameras.

Fire detection and alarm control panel solutions

Visitors to Stand 1A03 in Hall 1 Security Essen will be able to see some of the latest fire safety products from Kentec Electronics. Its extensive range of EN, UL and FM, marine, analogue, conventional and extinguishant fire control panel solutions are the first choice for many safety critical, prestigious locations across the world.

Kentec will be exhibiting its Syncro and Sigma ranges designed for the widest, most demanding range of applications. The Sigma XT range includes status units, Sigma XT+, the Sigma XT ECU hybrid solution and Syncro AS, plus its comprehensive range of UL-listed, FM-approved Elite RS analogue addressable fire control panels, Sigma A-XT releasing panel and status units and the UL-listed Sigma A-CP annunciator panel.

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Show visitors will be able to see live demonstrations of the company’s all-new Taktis range of fire alarm control equipment, which combines the very latest hardware and software to produce a powerful and sophisticated control and indication system that’s both simple to use and understand.

The flexibility of the Taktis platform means that it can be reconfigured to realise many other control and indication applications, with direct integration into intelligent buildings a reality for end users.

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Countdown begins to UK locksmithing and physical security industry’s biggest Trade Expo

The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) is set to host Europe’s largest trade exhibition for the locksmithing and physical security industry. From 2-4 October, suppliers and manufacturers will meet visitors from all over the world at the International Centre in Telford.

The theme of this year’s MLA Expo is ‘Tomorrow’s Locksmithing Today’. This is designed to help encourage and develop a future generation for the historic profession.

Nearly 100 exhibitors have already signed up for the biennial event, which sees locksmiths meet with suppliers, exhibit their products and services, discuss industry trends and take part in training courses.

MLA development director Dr Steffan George said: “MLA Expo is a truly global exhibition involving people from within the locksmithing industry. 2015 marks the event’s eighteenth incarnation and is set to be the biggest yet.”

George added: “MLA Expo is one of the most anticipated events in the security industry’s calendar, offering a fantastic opportunity for locksmithing and security companies and professionals from around the world to come together. They can showcase their products and services, network, share knowledge and make new contacts.”

Dr Steffan George of the MLA

Dr Steffan George of the MLA

Representatives from the police service, the insurance industry and Neighbourhood Watch will also be at the sold-out event along with newly-qualified apprentices as the MLA strives to secure the future of the industry and ensure locksmithing is seen as a potential career.

ASSA Abloy – one of the world’s biggest supplier of locks and security solutions – has joined forces with the MLA and Skills for Security (the skills body for the security sector) to support an apprenticeship scheme. The locksmith apprenticeship was set up in January last year with a view to generating the first nationally-recognised qualification for the locksmith sector, as well as securing its future by encouraging more young people to consider locksmithing as a profession.

The MLA was established over 50 years ago to set and promote standards of conduct, practice and materials within locksmithing. The organisation is recognised as the authoritative body for locksmithing by the police service, the Home Office and other leading organisations such as the British Standards Institution.

As a not-for-profit association, the MLA ensures its member companies undergo strict vetting procedures such that members of the public, the Government and industry receive the appropriate service and advice.

The MLA’s members share the ethos that ‘skill and integrity’ remain paramount in locksmithing and are able to provide sound advice based on knowledge and experience.

*For a list of approved MLA companies visit www.locksmiths.co.uk

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Dycon Power Solutions attains ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems recognition from British Standards Institution

Dycon Power Solutions and its Mountain Ash facility at the Cwm Cynon Business Park in Wales has been assessed by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and granted a Certificate of Registration under ISO 9001:2008.

Following an extensive examination of the company’s operations and its Quality Management Systems conducted by BS Inspectors, Dycon Power Solutions has now received ISO 9001:2008 Certificate of Registration No FM635032 for the ‘Design, sale and manufacturer of electronic power supply solutions and ancillary equipment’.

Tony Allen, managing director at Dycon Power Solutions, commented: “We’re proud that Dycon Power Solutions has achieved this important Quality Management System recognition in such a short space of time following the company’s formation and the opening of our new factory. Our aim has always been to develop and build the most reliable power supply products in the market and this latest development is an important step in that process. I warmly congratulate the whole team on this outstanding achievement.”

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BSIA drives industry agreement on Interim Update of PD6662 scheme for alarm systems

Key organisations from across the security business sector have realised an industry agreement on an Interim Update of the PD6662 scheme for Intruder and Hold-Up Alarm Systems, reports the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). 

The agreement was written with the input of Trade Associations, insurers, inspectorates and the police service and has taken around four months to produce. The decision was made to publish the agreement outside of the British Standards Institution’s (BSI) own standards framework to allow for a more fundamental review of the PD6662 scheme to take place within the BSI and subsequently align with the introduction of the much-awaited second amendment to EN 50131-1, which is still under development in Europe.

In addition to the BSIA, leading organisations involved in the development of the agreement include the Fire and Security Association, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the National Security Inspectorate, Police Scotland, the RISCAuthority and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.

A number of the BSIA’s Security Systems Section and Security Equipment Manufacturers Section members put forward their industry-leading knowledge during the consultation.

David Wilkinson: technical director at the BSIA

David Wilkinson: technical director at the BSIA

A key focus for members of the BSIA’s Security Systems Section and its Security Equipment Manufacturers Section has been to ensure that there was a method of enabling the use of mobile devices to set or unset intruder alarm systems. This is an issue that needed to be addressed as a result of the restrictions in their use through BS 8243 – the British Standard for alarm confirmation – coupled with the lack of clarity in the current EN 50131-3 standard.

David Wilkinson, director of technical services at the BSIA, commented: “The BSIA has played an instrumental part in shaping this agreement and we’re pleased that other industry organisations have also seen the benefit in contributing to it and aligning with it. The PD6662 scheme for Intruder and Hold-Up Alarms is somewhat out of date. This industry agreement provides the ideal opportunity to update the existing scheme and enable the use of mobile device technology in this important market sector while the full-scale review of the PD is undertaken through the BSI.”

The introduction of mobile technology enables professional security installers to use this technology, something which they could not do under the current PD6662 scheme. In turn, this passes on the benefits of using newer technology to the end users or purchasers of alarm systems.

The industry agreement will come into effect on 1 September 2015 and it’s intended that the content of this agreement will be incorporated into the revised edition of PD6662.

The BSIA will continue to influence the European standards that impact on intruder alarm systems to ensure that, wherever possible, the requirements in the industry agreement can be positioned at a European level, in turn negating the need for a longer term ‘national’ implementation.

*Published earlier this month, the BSIA’s Annual Review highlights some of the many standards the Trade Association and its constituent members have influenced in the past year. To download a copy or for more information on the BSIA visit: www.bsia.co.uk

**Futher information about the industry agreement announced (or, indeed, any other standard applicable to the UK’s private security sector) is available from the Trade Association’s Technical Department (tel: 0845 389 3889)

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