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Pointer named Premium Partner within newly re-launched Panasonic Security Partner Programme

Pointer has become the first UK integrator to achieve Premium Partner status as part of the newly re-launched Panasonic Security Partner Programme.

The Japanese manufacturer refreshed its channel partner programme earlier this year and installers and integrators involved in video surveillance installations were invited to participate, with their status determined by their level of product training, sales volume and end user feedback.

Premium Partner status gives Pointer – a specialist in the design, installation, service, maintenance and monitoring of electronic security systems – access to additional support from the surveillance systems manufacturer as well as access to pre-qualified sales leads via the dedicated Partner Portal.

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Additional benefits include five-year warranties, advanced product replacement, training, technical advice and preferential placement within the Panasonic ‘Where To Buy’ listing on the website.

“Pointer has proven to be an excellent partner for Panasonic,” said Gerard Figols, European category manager at Panasonic. “The company’s expertise in high-end, mission-critical installations suits our product portfolio. We receive a large number of end user leads requesting solutions or products every day, and Premium Partner status means Pointer will have first refusal on these opportunities.”

Pointer has been in business for nearly 50 years. Providing services throughout the UK, it has the knowledge and experience to deliver large-scale projects for blue chip clients that recognise the importance of managing risk for their staff, property and key data.

Pointer’s director Sandy Rowan explained: “We’re delighted to have achieved Premium Partner status with Panasonic. It’s a direct indication of the dedication that our sales and engineering team has when it comes to training and improving their market knowledge. We think that our customers can benefit greatly from Pointer being a Premium Partner of Panasonic, not least in terms of the greater access to support and replacement technology that this affords.”

*For more information on Panasonic Security Solutions visit: https://business.panasonic.co.uk/security-solutions/

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SALTO Systems attains prestigious Secured by Design certification

SALTO Systems – the specialist in wire-free, wireless and cloud-based access control solutions – has been been awarded the prestigious Secured by Design (SBD) accreditation for its electronic security products.

This means that the company’s XS4 electronic escutcheons and XS4 GEO electronic cylinder products have not only passed SBD’s stringent security tests, but also that these approved products will be routinely audited or re-certified every year, in turn providing valuable evidence of the company’s continued compliance.

SBD is governed by a UK-wide representative Board whose members include chief constables and works with police forces, the Government, local authorities, regulatory authorities, developers, builders, product manufacturers and many other organisations around the country to implement effective security standards in environmental design and product resilience.

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Independent academic research shows that SBD developments can achieve crime reductions of up to 75% compared to non-SBD sites.

Ramesh Gurdev, managing director of SALTO Systems UK, stated: “We’re extremely proud to have been awarded Secured by Design accreditation. The SALTO XS4 electronic escutcheons and XS4 GEO electronic cylinder products are now certified and compliant to the highest industry standards.”

Gurdev added: “We always strive to deliver the most technologically advanced electronic access control solutions, and this certification means our customers can rest assured that SALTO products are among the most secure in the market.”

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Bright futures ahead for winners of the BSIA’s 2015 Apprentice Installer Awards

Young security apprentices Robbie Jackson and Christopher Hunt have been presented with prestigious Apprentice Installer Awards by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). The apprentices were selected as award winners in recognition of their academic and practical success in the field of electronic security systems installation.

The BSIA’s Apprentice Installer Awards serve to recognise the achievements of Level Two and Level Three apprentices involved in the installation of intruder alarms, CCTV solutions, access control systems or a combination of these systems, and represent the commitment of security companies and training bodies towards providing young talent with the opportunity to succeed in the security business sector.

The overall winner of the 2015 Apprentice Installer Awards is 18-year old Robbie Jackson, a third year apprentice working for Compass Fire & Security in Cumbria who was nominated by his course assessor Mark Cunningham of Skills for Security.

From his very first interview, Compass Fire & Security was impressed by Jackson’s ‘can-do’ attitude while the budding security professional’s potential to succeed shone through from the very beginning.

Considering an apprenticeship as an alternative to university, Jackson quickly progressed in his role to become a valued member of the company. Looking ahead to the future, his ambition is to become a lead engineer by his mid-20s and later progress into management. It’s an ambition that his bosses at Compass Fire & Security believe he will achieve.

Andrew Turner, who manages Jackson at Compass Fire & Security, commented: “I firmly believe in the apprenticeship scheme and that apprentices are an asset to any organisation. One of Robbie’s positive attributes is his ability to learn or understand a new or unfamiliar piece of equipment very quickly. Over the years, Robbie has progressed extremely well.”

On being informed of his success in the Apprentice Installer Awards, Jackson said: “I’m delighted to have been selected as overall winner of the BSIA’s Apprentice Installer Award for 2015. Since being taken on as an apprentice with Compass Fire & Security, I’ve worked very hard to ensure that I have completed all aspects of the apprenticeship to the best of my ability and gained the knowledge necessary to become a qualified engineer. I hope to continue my personal development as an engineer with Compass Fire & Security with a view to one day being in a position to apply for more senior roles within the company. My apprenticeship and work placement have been both fulfilling and rewarding and I’m very much looking forward to the next phase of my career in this industry sector.”

Christopher Hunt (right) pictured with Apprentice Installer Awards compere Alfie Moore

Christopher Hunt (right) pictured with Apprentice Installer Awards compere Alfie Moore

Self-motivation and positive attitude

Achieving National Winner status is 17-year old Christopher Hunt, a first year apprentice who works for King’s Security. Following in his father’s footsteps by gravitating towards a career in security, Hunt has duly earned the respect of his colleagues and mentors in the business due to his self-motivation and positive attitude.

Helping out on many major projects for top-rated clients, Hunt demonstrates a good knowledge of IP-based CCTV and understands alarm wiring theory and fault-finding. Comfortable working with IT systems, Hunt is able to add/remove cameras from a system, program interfaces and focus/zoom a camera all from a Windows-based PC.

Nominator of Hunt for this award was Andrew Wood, installation supervisor at Kings Security. “Chris has become a really valued member of the team,” said Wood, “and is everyone’s choice as a ‘second man’. He understands the importance of the customer and always presents himself and the business in a good light. He’s learning other parts of the business at a rapid rate and is eager to progress.”

Reacting to the news of his win, Hunt commented: “I’m honoured to receive the BSIA’s Apprentice Installer Award. It means a lot to be recognised for the hard work I’ve been doing while completing my apprenticeship with Kings Security. The scheme has been amazing in helping me to develop my practical skills and knowledge within the security sector, allowing me to ultimately develop my long-term career goal of working within the industry. I must say a big Thank You to Kings and in particular to my mentor, Andy Wood, who has helped me along the way with not only my practical skills but also theory and customer service skills. I now hope to serve as a role model for new recruits.”

Gaining practical skills and knowledge

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, added: “We’re all very well aware that in today’s challenging job market many young people may feel that a long term career is out of their reach. As such, the BSIA and its members fully support the development of apprenticeships which offer positions to young people who wish to gain practical skills and knowledge in the security industry, in turn allowing them to ultimately develop longer term careers in the sector.”

Kelly continued: “It’s always a pleasure to be able to recognise the outstanding talent displayed by our young apprentices, and I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners on their achievements. They’ve all exhibited exceptional qualities throughout their apprenticeships, and no doubt have very bright futures within our industry.”

This year, the Apprentice Installer Awards were once again sponsored by Pyronix* whose chairman and CEO Julie Kenny CBE DL enthused: “Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees in this year’s BSIA Apprentice Installer Awards. Schemes like this are absolutely vital for bringing in fresh recruitment of individuals who are ready to make a difference with passion and enthusiasm. At Pyronix, we advocate this sentiment by pro-actively looking to employ at least one apprentice every year. We fully recognise and appreciate the mutual benefits of apprenticeship schemes.”

The 2015 Apprentice Installer Awards winners were presented with their trophies at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

*The BSIA would like to thank Pyronix for its sponsorship of the 2015 Apprentice Installer Awards

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NSI approved companies to receive 20% discount on all Tavcom training courses

From today, National Security Inspectorate (NSI) approved companies are entitled to claim a 20% discount on all Tavcom Training programmes.

A partnership arrangement between Tavcom Training, the UK supplier of practical and e-learning electronic security systems training and the NSI – the specialist certification body for the UK’s security and fire safety companies – has been established for the benefit of NSI approved companies.

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Paul Tennent

NSI approved companies may now take advantage of a preferential rate for all Tavcom distance learning online programmes, as well as the traditional classroom and workshop-based courses conducted at its Hampshire Training Centre.

“The NSI and Tavcom share a vision of raising standards in the electronic security industry, and Tavcom’s offer underpins Best Practice in all aspects of a security system’s design, implementation, operation and maintenance,” said Paul Tennent, group sales director at Tavcom Training.

“We’re very pleased to have agreed this initiative. It’s designed to encourage installers, systems integrators, Control Room operators and organisations who are NSI approved to take the opportunity to improve their skill sets and, in the process, acquire career-enhancing accredited qualifications.”

Skills and knowledge enhancement

Commenting on the partnership, Richard Jenkins (CEO of the NSI) said: “Every year, our national team of auditors completes in the region of 4,000 regular and robust audits of NSI approved companies to verify their continual compliance with industry standards. We welcome the opportunity for our NSI approved companies to access high quality training courses in order to enhance their skills and knowledge as technological advances in the sector continue apace.”

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Richard Jenkins

Jenkins added: “The NSI runs its own popular training courses, primarily based on sector standards. By complementing this offer with Tavcom’s provision of quality, accredited courses, NSI’s approved companies have access to a broader range of cost-effective training options that will help to bolster the learning and development of their employees. NSI approved companies are able to take full advantage of this opportunity and we’re delighted that this partnership between our two organisations has been established.”

*An online version of the Tavcom Prospectus – which provides information on over 70 different classroom, workshop and online training courses – can be viewed at www.tavcom.com. Printed copies are available on request by e-mailing: sales@tavcom.com

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Alex Carmichael appointed CEO at the SSAIB

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2014, has appointed its next CEO. Alex Carmichael – presently director of technical services and exports at the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) – will be taking over from Geoff Tate who announced earlier this year that he will be stepping down as CEO at the security, fire and telecare certification body after 16 years in the role.

At the BSIA, Carmichael – who joined the Trade Association back in 1998 in the role of technical officer – is responsible for co-ordinating all technical and quality matters within the Association. These duties include acting as the organisation’s representative on various UK and European standards committees and serving as the UK’s representative on various Cenelec and Euralarm committees monitoring EU Directives that directly impact BSIA members.

In addition, Carmichael’s responsible for membership liaison within the BSIA’s technical sections, and works closely with other industry organisations such as the ABI, ACPO, ACPOS and several inspectorates on technical and any other issues that may affect BSIA members.

Indeed, Carmichael’s existing duties on those UK and European committees, along with his strong technical background and close working relationship with a variety of industry organisations, afford him the ideal credentials to steer the SSAIB in its next phase of growth.

Carmichael’s background also includes over 20 years’ experience in the Army across various technical/engineering support roles with REME, as well as a short spell as an electromedical engineer with the NHS.

For the time being, Carmichael will remain at the BSIA and take up his new post next March following a handover period shadowing his successor. The BSIA is presently seeking a replacement for Carmichael to head the technical team at Kirkham House in Worcester.

Alex Carmichael: the new CEO at the SSAIB

Alex Carmichael: the new CEO at the SSAIB

Widely known and respected

“I’m delighted that someone with Alex’s skill set will be heading up the SSAIB,” enthused Geoff Tate. “I’ll be handing over the reins to someone with over 15 years’ involvement in the security sector where he’s widely known and respected.”

Tate continued: “Besides working with him during a transitional handover, I’ll remain in close contact with Alex as the SSAIB’s chairman. It’s a significant boost for the SSAIB to appoint a new CEO of such calibre and provides the foundation for our future. SSAIB-certificated organisations in the security, fire and telecare industries can rest assured that they’ll be in good hands with our staff under Alex’s capable guidance.”

Founded in 1994 and based in Tyne & Wear, the SSAIB is a leading certification body for organisations providing electronic security systems, guarding security services, fire protection, alarm and telecare services systems in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In addition to its product schemes, SSAIB also offers a range of management systems certification schemes, including ISO 9001 quality management systems certification and ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification.

Over 1,500 companies are now listed on the SSAIB’s register.

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