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ASSA ABLOY UK Specification publishes White Paper on specification considerations for education settings

ASSA ABLOY UK Specification has issued a White Paper to provide a guide to the specification of doorsets and associated hardware in nurseries, schools and universities. Entitled ‘Specification Considerations for Education Buildings: Doors and Ironmongery’, the document outlines the relevant standards when specifying doors and ironmongery for education projects, including those relating to accessibility and usability. 

The White Paper also covers whole-life costing implications and why these considerations are imperative for a successful specification, as well as discussing how architects and contractors within the education sector can contribute to a better built environment by factoring in health and well-being influencers.

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David Shields, national specification manager for ASSA ABLOY UK Specification and the author of the White Paper, informed Risk Xtra: “In a procurement environment with multiple stakeholders where funding is tightly controlled, education buildings have to be flexible and future-proofed. They need to deliver cost certainty and the highest standards of specification. This is why contractors, architects, local education authorities, facilities managers and head teachers are often pulled in very different directions when it comes to product specification for education buildings.”

Shields added: “This White Paper aims to provide clarification, along with practical advice and unique considerations, specifically for doorset and ironmongery specification within education settings.”

With a wealth of experience of supporting specifications within the education industry, ASSA ABLOY UK Specification works with architects, contractors and end users to ensure the right solution is provided for each individual project, which is then performance guaranteed for up to 20 years. This provides complete peace of mind and can save a school thousands of pounds in replacement and maintenance costs.

*To download the White Paper visit https://bit.ly/2Qo4WOs

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BSIA endorses new NPCC Security Systems Group guide to preventing false Hold-Up Alarms

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has contributed to a guide which aims to help installers of Hold-Up Alarm (HUA) systems to reduce the number of false alarms. Developed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Security Systems Group, the guide provides an overview of the impacts that false alarms have and offers recommendations on how installers can help to reduce them.

These recommendations include:

*take HUA Systems out of service before work starts and remember to return them to full service when work has been completed

*remind users of the proper use of HUAs as advised by the police – they’re for use during an attack or the threat of an attack involving persons at premises protected by the HUA (a brawl outside the premises or petty theft is not proper use)

*recommend the repositioning of HUAs vulnerable to damage following changes to internal layout of premises

*ensure HUA fixings and covers are secure during service visits and remind users to report minor damage

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*remind users of their duty to inform contractors working at the premises that HUAs are installed and active

*discuss the correct use of HUAs with all employees who have direct contact with customers

These simple steps can help to reduce the number of false alarms, thereby reducing the impact on the police service and maintaining the reputation of Alarm Receiving Centres and installers.

David Wilkinson, director of technical services at the BSIA, explained: “The BSIA is fully supportive of initiatives to reduce the number of false alarms generated from security equipment. Preventing false Hold-Up Alarm activations will help to ensure that such alarms remain an effective method for delivering a rapid police response and maintain users’ confidence in security systems.”

Wilkinson continued: “The new guide provides installers with simple recommendations that can help to prevent false alarms during installation, maintenance and use. The BSIA is pleased to endorse the guide, and I’m sure that this document will prove beneficial to installers and service engineers alike.”

The guide can be downloaded from the BSIA’s website: www.bsia.co.uk/publications/publications-search-results/preventing-false-hold-up-alarms

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LOCKEN picks up ESB Group Innovation Award

ESB Telecoms Ltd, a subsidiary of Ireland’s largest electricity company, put forward LOCKEN’s Access System for an award in the category ‘Application of Technology’ at the recent annual Innovation Recognition Awards.

The award, which celebrates the innovation of LOCKEN’s digital access control solution and recognises the recent integration of its security solution into ESB Telecoms Ltd ’s Extranet IT system, saw the company’s Health and Safety team rewarded for its ability to use the solution to improve operational effectiveness across the business.

The implementation of the LOCKEN solution, using the Cyberlock technology, which covers the provision of 1,000 access systems for Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) base stations at 450 locations throughout the country, followed a pilot programme that allowed ESB Telecoms Ltd to ascertain the benefits of this access control solution. Subsequently, ESB Telecoms Ltd decided to protect Points of Presence (PoP) cabins to comply with Health and Safety regulations.

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Rory McGowan, managing director of ESB Telecoms Ltd, commented: “We were very pleased with the team’s pioneering and creative spirit to leverage flexibility within the access solution to deliver further improvements for our business.”

Nick Dooley, managing director of LOCKEN UK, explained: “We’re honoured that our solution was chosen for this award. There were 500 original applicants reduced to ten shortlisted entries on the night of the awards ceremony, so it really is a fine achievement for both ourselves and the ESB Telecoms Ltd Health and Safety team.”

Peter Gregg, the Health and Safety manager at ESB Telecoms, stated: “Our remote facilities need to be accessible to more than 1,700 contractors, most of whom are external third parties. Being able to rely on LOCKEN’s advanced access control solution has enabled us to manage activity at remote sites and ensure thousands of access requests are granted to contracted personnel each month, ultimately resulting in increased operational efficiency for ESB Telecoms Ltd.”

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Tyco’s Fire Protection and Security Products now BIM ready

Tyco Fire Protection Products and Tyco Security Products are launching their own living Building Information Modelling (BIM) library from this month. Users will be able to access Tyco’s extensive range of BIM objects for security and fire protection products, including detection, mechanical and suppression solutions.

The library will also feature the company’s BIM user guide to support architects and engineers, providing additional information about Tyco’s BIM objects.

Raj Arora, vice-president and general manager for Fire Detection and Special Hazard Products at Tyco Fire Protection Products, commented: “The creation of BIM tools and families of objects is critical in supporting the technological advances in the design, construction and maintenance industries. At Tyco, we’re already seeing demand for BIM. Our investment in creating a range of BIM content based on a selection of our core products means we’re well placed to help designers, specifiers, contractors and engineers working within the BIM framework.”

By increasing the amount of data available and making it fully sharable from building design through to construction and maintenance, the BIM process enables users to immediately access and interrogate objects and models, helping to save time and unnecessary costs.

The technology will also enhance the accuracy of the planning and design stages of fire protection and security systems, improving efficiencies and delivering cost savings for the construction sector.

Available in Revit format, Tyco’s BIM objects will prove invaluable to users thanks to the depth of information made accessible. The files will comprise a 3D geometric representation of the product and contain all details about its specification, including size, dimensions and materials.

BIM objects for Tyco’s fire detection solutions will also provide further relevant information such as voltage, colour code and electrical data. Translated versions of Tyco’s BIM files will be available this year.

New era of digital modelling

“This is an exciting time for the construction industry,” said Peter Ainsworth, director of marketing across the EMEA region at Tyco Security Products.

“Tyco is ready to be part of the new era of digital modelling, supporting the UK Government’s Construction Industry Strategy mandate that all public procured construction projects from 2016 achieve BIM Level 2. Thanks to its future-proofing ability, BIM can provide facility management information throughout a building’s life, making maintenance and repairs simpler and more cost-effective.

Raj Arora added: “Offering BIM objects for our security, detection, mechanical and suppression products will enhance the design process for architects and engineers, providing them with an abundance of valuable information such that they can work more efficiently. A key feature of BIM when looking to install fire protection solutions in a building is the process’ spatial co-ordination capability. BIM enables multiple trades to integrate objects concurrently as if they were in a single model, therefore detecting any potential clashes which can be resolved in the design process ahead of the construction phase. That saves on both time and money.”

By making its fire protection and security products accessible through BIM files, Tyco is helping the construction sector in its mission to reduce build and operation costs, lower carbon emissions and save production time by 2025.

*For more information and to download Tyco’s BIM objects and user guide visit: www.tyco-fire.com/BIM

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