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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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ECA/SELECT Survey finds buildings at heightened risk from cyber attack

The use of cyber attacks is becoming more prevalent as an effective tool to disrupt both business and politics. As a result of this, within industry it’s vital that steps are taken to protect buildings and infrastructure against potential threats.

To find out the current state of play, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and Scottish Trade Association SELECT surveyed a range of clients in November and December last year on their approach to cyber security.

The feedback received from the ‘Connected Technology Survey for Clients’ emanated from a range of respondents, including consultants, engineers, end clients, local authorities and facilities managers.

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The results show that almost four-in-ten clients (39%) don’t take any steps to protect smart installations in buildings from cyber threats. A further 49% cited the risk of hacking as a barrier to installing connected technology.

Steve Martin, head of specialist groups at the ECA, commented: “Given that ‘connected technology’ covers any technology, such as lighting or HVAC installations, this enables devices to communicate with each other over the Internet and undertake tasks. The risks from hacking are substantial.”

Currently, only 20% of the UK’s commercial buildings are considered to be ‘smart’. However, over the next four years, the global ‘Internet of Things’ market is expected to be worth over £1 trillion annually. “If we’re to keep pace with developments,” concluded Martin, “the issue of cyber security needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

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ITS Products issues corner-mount adaptor for Canon mini dome cameras

Locations such as police interview rooms, custody suites, secure mental hospitals and immigration centres make special demands of integrators with the twin challenges of ensuring maximum room coverage and factoring out possible ligature points for self-harm. With this in mind, ITS Products has released an “innovative” flush corner-mount adaptor for the Canon mini dome series that allows the cameras to be installed in environments where there’s a likelihood of physical attack.

The triangular design of the new unit, combined with Canon’s wide-angle lens, delivers “as complete a view of the room as possible” and “outperforms more traditional solutions” by eliminating the blind spot usually found immediately below the camera.

ITS Products is aware that there are no Europe-wide standards on performance of cameras in these circumstances but individual countries and organisations such as National Health Trusts, police services and border control forces impose stringent criteria on optical performance, flushness of mounting and resistance to impact.

The corner adaptor configured by ITS Products for Canon’s mini dome cameras

The corner adaptor configured by ITS Products for Canon’s mini dome cameras

In the UK, for example, the NPCC guidance on safe custodial detention emphasises the importance of designing out possible ligature points in any custody suite.

Installers working in high security environments will know that engineers are regularly accompanied on site by overseers to minimise the risk of tools being mislaid and appropriated by inmates. This is combined with laborious counting in and out of every item in an engineer’s toolbox.

The new adaptor is installed by fitting a mounting frame complete with an IP-rated seal in the corner of the room. The installation can be enhanced by using anti-pick mastic that further prevents any risk of ligature points. The normal outer cover of the dome is discarded so as not to produce a second lens effect while safeguarding Canon’s optical performance.

Installation is completed with three screws to secure the camera in place. Now fully integrated, the clamping bracket and dome are fitted back onto the front panel and located within the frame.

The whole installation process takes a matter of minutes which is a great advantage compared with traditional offerings in facilities that are occupied by vulnerable or potentially disruptive residents.

Appealing to facilities and risk managers

Installers will also appreciate that the mounting frame has a degree of flex which accommodates the fact that few corners form a perfect 90-degree angle.

The minimal requirement for tools will appeal to any facilities or risk manager securing a building where there is a potential for appropriation and misuse of tools by residents or inmates.

The corner unit’s dome and the camera itself remain concentric so the optical performance is not compromised and there is no change to the focal point if a PTZ camera is being used. The dome is certified to be optically correct even when used with cameras of up to 5 Megapixels.

ITS Products has anticipated the likelihood of casual vandalism and sustained physical attack on the unit by making the cast acrylic dome with a scratch-proof coating and the ability to withstand an impact specified by the IK10 rating.

Installers will be aware of the need for optically correct corner units for quality control in machine vision applications. There is also provision for an integrated audio system within the unit’s design which requires local power. A flying lead is supplied ready to connect directly to the mini dome.

Austin Freshwater, pro-imaging director for Canon UK, said: “At Canon, we strive to work with partners to develop solutions that meet specific industry needs. Our mini dome range offers customers superior image quality and functionality within compact and discreet designs. Partnering the camera with ITS provides a solution for use in demanding niche verticals that offers a greater angle of view and greater protection for end users.”

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UNION tackles unauthorised key duplication in healthcare facilities thanks to keyULTRA solution

UNION – part of ASSA Abloy Security Solutions (a division of ASSA Abloy UK) – is tackling unauthorised key duplication in healthcare facilities with its keyULTRA master key system. 

Last year alone, NHS departments reported 498 data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office, in turn showing how data protection has become an increasing concern within hospitals.

Facilities and security managers in healthcare establishments need to safeguard confidential information and expensive medical equipment. On that basis, managing security and access control requirements are critical.

The keyULTRA master key cylinders possess one of the longest patents in the market, expiring in 2028. DuraPIN technology protects both the key and cylinder assembly from illegal duplication and permits access to authorised personnel only.

This system has successfully been installed in a number of healthcare facilities including Arnold Lodge, a medium secure psychiatric unit in Leicester, and Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham.

Craig Birch, category manager for cylinders at ASSA Abloy UK, said: “Unauthorised copies of keys and an unknown number of keys distributed to people, both within and outside organisations, are common problems for hospitals with large numbers of personnel and a high staff turnover. A copied or a lost key is an immediate security threat that could lead to data breaches and costly civil monetary penalties. Investing in keyULTRA is an effective way of ensuring that no unauthorised keys are cut, meaning that facilities and security managers are fully aware of everyone with access to each area of the building. That helps to eliminate the costly problems that could occur from compromised security.”

keyULTRA boasts enhanced features including the highest key-related security, as per BS EN 1303:2005, along with resistance to bumping, drilling, picking and plug extraction. The solution is also approved for use on FD30 and FD60 fire doors in accordance with BS EN 1634-1.

Featuring self-lubricating materials designed to enhance its resistance to wear and tear, UNION’s keyULTRA is ideal for busy environments and can also help to reduce maintenance costs.

The product has been successfully tested to over half a million cycles to guarantee performance. It employs a strong and durable key, with an easy-to-grip, oversized key bow to facilitate product use.

*For further information on keyULTRA visit: http://www.unionkeyultra.co.uk/

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DORMA targets new levels of security with introduction of ST FLEX Secure solution for end users

DORMA’s new ST FLEX Secure automatic sliding door combines contemporary aesthetics with maximum security to provide a stylish solution for end users complete with the latest in anti-intruder and anti-vandalism protection.

Tested to the RC2 resistance standard, the automatic sliding doors feature burglar-resistant laminated safety glass with a secure four-point locking device at the main closing edge. A continuous floor guide rail and anti-tamper protection prevents the door from being levered out by would-be intruders.

In addition, the monitored battery back-up system renders the system suitable for emergency escape routes.

Ideal for projects where security is of paramount importance, ST FLEX Secure also ensures that building entrances maintain a welcoming Front of House set-up. Compliant with disabled access legislation in the UK and Ireland, the fine-framed, transparent frontage can be fully-integrated with DORMA access control for a discreet access solution.

DORMA’s entire range of automatic doors is designed for full compatibility with its CODIC MasterCard and MATRIX professional electronic access control solutions.

DORMA's ST FLEX Secure access control solution for end users

DORMA’s ST FLEX Secure access control solution for end users

Introduction of the Bluetooth SmartKey App

In addition, early next year will see the introduction of the Bluetooth SmartKey App. Compatible with all DORMA’s automatic doors, the App represents an innovative approach to access control with the traditional card or fob authentication being replaced by remote access via smart phone or watch.

The need for wall readers is eliminated as the technology is integrated into the door system, in turn avoiding potential tampering and abuse and adding to the solution’s minimalist appearance.

Phil Jones, strategic marketing manager at DORMA UK, said: “The ST FLEX Secure automatic sliding door offers facilities and security or risk managers a fantastic automatic door solution that combines a stylish and welcoming appearance with industry-leading security features. In combining this new product with our range of access control systems, we’re delighted to be able to offer end users an holistic approach to access solutions, providing fully-integrated systems to ensure the highest standards of consistency, convenience and quality.”

*For further information access the following video: https://youtu.be/WR6-184giRA

**Updates on the launch of the SmartKey App system are available at: www.dorma.com or follow @DORMAUK on Twitter

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PEL Services’ maintenance web portal provides instant account details for customers

As part of an ongoing commitment to customer care, PEL Services – one of the UK’s specialist providers of commercial fire, security and communication systems – is now offering an online Customer Maintenance web portal to complement its Service and Maintenance Agreements.

The portal enables customers to access unedited information on their accounts from anywhere in the world in real-time on a 24/7 basis, in turn allowing them to gain invaluable information about products installed, service call reports, maintenance schedules and site attendance details at a glance.

By simply logging into their account via PEL’s website Home Page, customers can also view other important documents – such as contract information and recent Test Certificates – which are uploaded by PEL as soon as they’ve been completed.

Extremely convenient, quick and simple to use, the online facility greatly reduces administration work and offers valuable time and cost saving benefits.

PEL Services' Maintenance web portal for customers

PEL Services’ Maintenance web portal for customers

The service is a particularly useful tool for facilities managers and managing agents who may have multiple sites to operate.

PEL offers a range of Service and Maintenance Agreements for sound, fire, security and audiovisual systems, including Routine Maintenance and Fully Comprehensive cover on Third Party as well as PEL installations.

Both single site and group customers benefit from high quality response thanks to PEL’s experienced engineers.

PEL Services operates throughout the UK and overseas, supporting markets as diverse as local authorities, public utilities, the finance sector, healthcare, education, retail and leisure.

*Further information is available by contacting PEL Services on (telephone) 0333 123 2100 or visit: www.pel.co.uk

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