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ASSA ABLOY UK relaunches Foundations Plus training course for security professionals

Access control solutions specialist ASSA ABLOY UK has relaunched its popular Foundations Plus course, which covers minimum performance standards, Dynamic Lockdown and the Construction Products Regulation.

The Foundations training course covers the majority of standards applicable to doorsets – from hinges through to door selectors – and helps delegates to understand the needs of a door, from its location within the building to the purpose the door must fulfil.

The Foundations Plus course represents an advanced add-on to the basic Foundations course, going one step further in educating delegates on industry terminology. This provides attendees with the knowledge to specify products that are suitable for both the application and door type.

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The course covers the locking and escape requirements for access control electric locking in both retrofit and new build applications, in turn ensuring a safe and secure solution. Enrolment on the Foundations Plus course is subject to having successfully completed the Foundations course.

Pat Jefferies, commercial director at ASSA ABLOY UK, said: “The first relaunched Foundations Plus course was successfully hosted at ASSA ABLOY UK’S headquarters on Friday 23 February, with a full house of customers and specifiers. The course uses the theory and knowledge gained from the basic Foundations course to ensure the correct specification of compliant electric locking solutions for access control doors. It provides an excellent link from the Foundations course to our more advanced training modules such as Electric Locking.”

Jefferies added: “Foundations and Foundations Plus can both be used to gain valuable Continuing Professional Development points, so we encourage anyone involved in the specification of doors and access control solutions, whether they’re an installer, a security manager, an end user or specifier, to be involved.”

*Foundations Plus course dates for 2018 are Friday 25 May, Friday 27 July and Friday 19 October. For further information or to book a place on one of the courses, visit www.abloy.co.uk/academy, call 01902 364 500 or e-mail: academy@abloy.co.uk

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Electronic Fire and Security Industry Symposium 2018 topics announced by Euralarm

The newest edition of the Euralarm Symposium will take place in Bucharest on 4 June next year. In five years, the conference has established itself as one of the most important when it comes to significant market developments in innovation, legislation, regulation and standardisation as they affect the electronic security and fire safety sector.

Never shying away from controversial topics impacting the industry and with a view to providing business relevance, the annual event is aimed at Euralarm members, namely companies within the industry and national associations across Europe. It’s set to attract a large crowd. Notably, European stakeholders – both from institutions and advocacy groups – are expected to join the conference.

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Topics for the 2018 Euralarm Symposium have been chosen for their broad appeal. The common thread will be the continually changing business environment and how this can be addressed to offset the challenges that globalisation and technological developments have set for the industry.

Qualifying to compete In today’s market, companies must qualify to compete. The EN 16763 Services Standard – one of the first to focus on the tertiary sector – was only a stepping stone. National players must now set out to outline how skills, experience and knowledge are verified and establish qualifications that are valid ‘across Europe’.

Keeping Security secure In the context of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and ever-evolving cyber security risks, the fire safety and security industry must define and implement measures to protect its products and solutions. Measures for IT infrastructures essential to the industry must be implemented while at the same time keeping European citizens secure.

Regulating construction products Euralarm’s Construction Products Regulation (CPR) Task Force is studying the influence of the CPR on the harmonised standards for fire safety. The objective is to develop a common understanding of how the CPR impacts the market today and how best to deal with the problems that Technical Committees such as CEN/TC 72 and CEN/TC 191 are facing. The Symposium will be the occasion for presenting and discussing the resulting publication and reaching out to EU stakeholders.

Lance Rütimann, Euralarm’s Advocacy Committee chairman, said: “The challenges for our industry are more complex with noticeable increases in both technical and regulatory developments and the resulting demand on new skills. We will embrace this exciting time with confidence to find the answers that can drive the growth and successful evolution of the market.”

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Euralarm members in favour of revising EU’s Construction Products Regulation

Euralarm, the Trade Association representing the European electronic fire safety and security industry, has provided comments on the Inception Impact Assessment on a potential revision of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). While supporting the main objective of the CPR, Euralarm feels that, in line with the actions of DG GROWTH, a review of the document is necessary.

According to Euralarm members, the CPR hasn’t had the required effect on the competitiveness of the electronic fire safety industry. The industry depends on standardised product performance requirements and standardised behaviour, which is at odds with the CPR.

For example, alarm buttons to activate a fire alarm system are always red right across Europe and the world. Under the CPR, this isn’t seen as ‘performance criteria’ and therefore the colour could change depending on national solutions, which could well lead to building occupants being confused in fire episodes and the lives of European citizens being put in danger.

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Although the CPR’s stated objective is to help standardise test methods and ensure the European-wide acceptance of test results, thus supporting the movement of construction products across Europe, it’s also trying to cover a very wide range of products with very different characteristics and where performance criteria are less important. This has a negative effect on the standardisation of fire detection and alarm products.

Euralarm is prepared to explain the objective differences and the impact on the functionality and reliability of electronic fire safety products.

Based on initial consultations, Euralarm members favour revising the CPR (Option II of the Inception Impact Assessment), bearing in mind the successful role that standards have played in the market in terms of establishing clarity, flexibility and harmony. This is good for the European economy and its ability to participate in a global market which, after all, is all the main objective of the CPR.

Euralarm will continue to work hand-in-hand with the European Commission and, specifically, with DG GROWTH to define and implement the best possible solution.

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Chiron’s IRIS Touch 4-NG Series certified to EN 54-21/CPR for fire detection systems

Chiron Security Communications has been awarded the highest standard accreditation of EN 54-21/Construction Products Regulation (CPR) for the entire IRIS Touch 4-NG Series, the company’s high-end alarm over IP diallers.

Adopting a strict quality management policy, Chiron has always been at the forefront of obtaining approvals – such as EN and VdS – for its products.

This latest accreditation is of major importance to the company in terms of new market segment development, and will enable Chiron to assist its customers towards better and easier compliance with insurers’ regulations.

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The EN 54-21 European Standard specifies requirements, test methods and performance criteria against which the effectiveness and reliability of routing equipment capable of transmitting fire alarm and/or fault warning signals for use with fire detection and fire alarm systems installed in buildings can be assessed.

The routing equipment is designed to allow the system to function in accordance with the requirements of this European Standard. It also provides for the evaluation of conformity of the equipment to the requirements outlined in the document.

To be compliant with the CPR, products always need to be tested while connected to a panel such that it can be proven they’re communicating. The IRIS Touch 4-NG Series has been tested as part of an overall fire system and approved to EN 54-21 throughout Europe for the fire market.

IRIS Touch 4-NG Series fire panel integration

Traditionally, the signalling for fire alarms has only been applied to two events: ‘Fire’ or ‘Fault’. However, this scenario provided very little information for Monitoring Centre operators in terms of the best way in which to action/escalate an alarm event.

Most fire panels can generate a great deal more information (eg identify that a sensor is activated, and in what zone) on a local serial port. This is normally done in a panel-specific manner with the protocols differing from one manufacturer to another, and therefore not in a format recognised by the Monitoring Centre operators.

For some time now, IRIS Touch diallers have supported the serial ‘ESPA’ pager protocol interface which many fire panels offer and use to signal such additional information. The IRIS Touch dialler converts the ESPA messages from the panel into standard SIA format and sends these to the Monitoring Centre with additional information to the ‘Fire’ or ‘Fault’ signal.

This concept has been extended in the V2.14 firmware of the IRIS Touch NG range so that serial event messages generated by Honeywell Notifier and HHL fire panels can be handled in the same way and converted to standard SIA format for the Monitoring Centre.

Chiron’s CEO Willem Harthoorn stated: “Chiron recognised the fire sector’s requirement for reliable alarm over IP transmission. On that basis, we invested significantly in both development and applicable certification for our IRIS Touch 4-NG Series. These efforts have already resulted in us winning a major project in Germany. We will continue to implement serial fire panel protocols when we’re asked to do so.”

 

*For more information visit: www.chironsc.com

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BRE Global unveils new opportunities for fire protection system manufacturers to CE mark products

BRE Global has become one of the first organisations in Europe to be able to provide manufacturers of construction products with complete CE marking services for a range of solutions not covered by harmonised European Standards under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

The scope for manufacturers to CE mark their construction products has been significantly expanded by the European Commission’s recent decision to allow Notified Bodies to be notified for European Technical Approval Guidelines (to be used as European Assessment Documents, or EADs).

Prior to this, Notified Bodies could only issue CE Certificates against harmonised European Standards, enabling CE marking of a relatively limited range of generally well-established products.

This means that the number and range of building products and systems for which BRE Global can provide CE marking services has been considerably expanded. These include fire stopping, fire sealing and fire protection products.

BRE Global is one of the first organisations in Europe to be able to provide manufacturers of construction products with complete CE marking services for a range of products that are not covered by harmonised European Standards under the Construction Products Regulation

BRE Global is one of the first organisations in Europe to be able to provide manufacturers of construction products with complete CE marking services for a range of products that are not covered by harmonised European Standards under the Construction Products Regulation

Once it has been established that all requirements of the ETAG (used as an EAD) have been met, the Notified Body can provide a CE Certificate, and the manufacturer can then issue a Declaration of Performance.

BRE Global’s quality manager Mike Pratt noted: “BRE Global was able to test against ETAGs as a Technical Assessment Body and issue certificates against ETAGs as a Notified Body under the CPD for many years. Now that we can use ETAGs as EADs, we can provide the same service under the CPR. This is a great benefit to our customers.”

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