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Good governance should be “differentiator and business enabler” for security integrators

Businesses are at risk of falling behind if they fail to see the advantages of good governance and the benefits it can bring. That’s according to Evolution, the integrated fire and security systems business.

Brendan McGarrity, head of risk and design at Evolution, argues that ‘box-ticking’ to meet a legal, regulatory or compliance obligation should not be the strategy to adopt and implement.

McGarrity informed Security Matters: “I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of ‘ticking a box’ either because we don’t understand or believe in something, but simply need to get it off our desk. I’m sure, also, that there are some of those with a security remit who do much the same when it comes to governance in relation to risk. There are clear advantages and true benefits to be realised from good governance.”

As an example, McGarrity quoted a Quality Manual. “To some, it’s a manual that, once completed, can sit on a dusty shelf or be lost in a drawer, never to see daylight again unless and until a quality inspection’s due. Then there are others who see it differently. They would view a Quality Manual as a proactive tool for instigating continual improvements to a business and its operations.”

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McGarrity notes certain sectors, such as the pharmaceutical or high-tech electronics industries, embrace quality readily, and realise the benefits such an approach can bring, but others are less willing until an event obliges them to see and think differently.

He also pinpoints the Surveillance Camera Commissioner as an interesting case and highlights the example of a major retailer who sought accreditation with the Commissioner, not because they had to, but because they realised the benefits from doing so.

“The business was not obliged to have Surveillance Camera Commissioner accreditation. It did not need to tick a box. It did so to demonstrate genuine leadership and strategic influence across the sector. The senior stakeholders were engaged and found to be suitably impressed, and their brand and reputation enhanced among stakeholders and customers alike. They also realised the commercial and operational benefits that Surveillance Camera Commissioner compliance could bring. Benefits that far outweighed the costs involved, not least an increase in public confidence in the way the systems were operated and managed.”

Compliance as business enabler

McGarrity added: “Though such compliance wasn’t essential to the business concerned, the organisation saw it as a business enabler and one that affords the company competitive advantage.”

For McGarrity, that’s the key point. “Good governance should be a differentiator,” he concluded. “High-end integrators see it as an opportunity to put distance between themselves and the volume-based installers who are perhaps not as focused on building long-term relationships. That said, good governance only becomes a differentiator if the true benefits are properly understood and realised.”

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Fire Technology Ireland unveiled as Nittan’s Elite Partner of the Year

Nittan Europe, the UK manufacturer of conventional and addressable fire detection products, has announced that Dublin-based Fire Technology Ireland (FTI) is the company’s Elite Partner of the Year. At the same time, the business has expanded its Nittan Elite Distributor Programme with the appointment of Eurotech Fire Systems.

Nittan’s Elite Programmes have been developed to acknowledge and reward a select group of installation partners and product distributors that have shown commitment to promoting the Nittan brand and undertaken product training to a high level in order to ensure the highest standards of customer service.

A well-established, highly respected company serving Southern Ireland, FTI’s projects range from complex multi-loop, multi-panel analogue addressable systems down to simple conventional systems. The company prides itself on providing exceptional value for money coupled with some of the best products on the market.

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“This is the third consecutive time that FTI has been awarded the Nittan Elite Partner of the Year accolade,” commented Lee James, general manager for product marketing at Nittan Europe. “It’s a remarkable achievement, and particularly so bearing in mind the stiff competition, as well as testament to the company’s strong sales performance and clear commitment to staff training and close co-operation.”

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All Nittan’s products are sold through specialist distributors, with only those businesses that can clearly demonstrate in-depth product knowledge and excellent customer service being eligible for the Nittan Elite Distributor Programme. 

Eurotech Fire Systems – a privately-owned company based in Waterlooville, Hampshire – has now been awarded that privileged status.

Established ten years ago, the very first fire detection system to which Eurotech put its name was Nittan and, throughout the time since, Eurotech has shown outstanding commitment to the Nittan brand and products. 

Eurotech’s managing director Michelle Agius stated: “To be recognised for our sales and support is very much appreciated by the Eurotech team.”

Underpinned by quality support

Lee James went on to inform Risk Xtra: “Nittan has built an enviable reputation for first-class fire detection products, but it’s essential to back that up with quality support. Our Elite Programme identifies those installers and distributors that demonstrate loyalty to Nittan and have taken the time to invest in the brand by undertaking rigorous training on the full product range.”

He concluded: “As a manufacturer, our end user contact is minimal. These customer-facing companies are often the first experience people will have of Nittan so their product knowledge and commitment to Nittan is exceptionally important and deserves to be recognised. The key benefit for Elite Programme members is that we can direct new customer enquiries to them as we know they’re a safe pair of hands.”

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3M welcomed as new member at Euralarm

Euralarm has welcomed 3M as a new member. The company will join the Extinguishing Section of Euralarm whose activities cover automatic extinguishing systems using gas, water, foam, powder and aerosols, oxygen reduction systems, portable equipment and other manual means of fire-fighting as well as fire-fighting agents used in either fixed automatic systems or portable equipment.

3M will now benefit from Euralarm’s services in terms of representation in front of European institutions and standardisation organisations. This includes the monitoring of legislative and standardisation issues relevant to the industry.

3M will have access to the extended network of national associations and major companies in the electronic fire safety and security sectors from which Euralarm forms its membership. The new membership will create opportunities for both parties as it also serves to strengthen the association.

With corporate operations in 70 countries and sales in more than 190 countries, 3M has more than 90.000 employees worldwide, sells upwards of 55.000 products and holds 25.000 patents.

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3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

The clean agent fire extinguishant of the company, namely the 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, was developed as a halon replacement and hydrofluorocarbon alternative. It’s a next generation synthetic clean agent mainly used in stationary extinguishing systems for the protection of critical assets in enclosed areas. It has a very fast extinguishing time, is electrically non-conductive and leaves no residue.

The company’s extinguishant is designed to balance concerns for human safety, performance and the environment. Upon release through a specially designed extinguishing nozzle, it vaporises immediately and distributes as a gas within seconds.

The agent has the highest margin of safety for human occupancy among clean agents, including inert gas, making it the ideal solution for occupied spaces. Due to its physical properties, the agent protects irreplaceable paper documents, electronics and other high value assets.

Insight into European markets

Companies joining Euralarm gain a unique insight into what’s happening on other European markets and the opportunities that they might offer. They not only tap into the political expertise and understanding of European Union policy, but can also make personal connections with technical and political experts and potential business partners.

Being a member of Euralarm enables companies and associations to gain expertise on standardisation. Members have their voice heard in Brussels and can support (as well as help to direct) standardisation and legislative processes.

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UNION introduces series of Fire Door Kits for practising safety professionals

UNION is cutting the hassle out of sourcing fire door hardware with its new Fire Door Kits, featuring a complete range of pre-selected products that work seamlessly together and, importantly, meet every relevant standard.

The role of a fire door in supporting fire safety and integrity within a building is critical.  UNION’s Fire Door Kit is a single box solution that helps safety-focused professionals to ensure that they’re fitting correct and fully-compliant hardware.

Until now property owners, facilities managers and installers have faced a bewildering variety of hardware choices when installing or maintaining a fire door set. With the UNION Fire Door Kit, all that worry, guesswork and lost time is now a thing of the past.

Designed for common installation situations, each Fire Door Kit combines all of the hardware needed to install or repair a fire door. This includes hinges, door closer, lockcase, levers and signage, as well as installation instructions, fitting templates, fixings and the performance sheets for the building owner’s own records.

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Crucially, every part included in the Fire Door Kit is tested to all relevant standards, ensuring that the commissioned door will meet regulations.

There are four different Fire Door Kits, each designed to work in a specific application. The Sashlock Kit is ideal for locking fire doors, while the Deadlock Kit is a perfect fit for locking storage areas. The Latch Kit is designed for non-locked rooms, and finally the Corridor Kit is used for push-pull, non-locking fire doors.

Alison Aston, category manager at UNION, said: “The Fire Door Kit range is the easiest way to install or maintain a fire door. We believe this will be a huge benefit for property owners and installers alike, as they now have a way to ensure that a fire door is fitted with all the hardware it needs to meet legal requirements and work perfectly. It’s simple to stock, easy to order, compact to transport and store on site.”

Aston added: “The UNION Fire Door Kit brings instant safety, compliance and peace of mind for the end user.”

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Evolution adds Jamie Grainger to sales support team

Jamie Grainger has joined the sales support team at Evolution, the integrated fire and security solutions business, to provide dedicated account management and customer support for the company’s clients across the UK.

Grainger arrives at Evolution with more than five years of sales experience gained by working in the security and access control sectors. Most recently, he worked for an international technology company as a project sales specialist, focusing on all-round system design and project management.

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Jamie Grainger

Grainger believes it’s an exciting time to be joining Evolution. He told Risk Xtra: “The business continues to grow and expand, winning some large projects and clients across the UK and Ireland as well as in Europe. I’m keen to learn as much as I can from the team and contribute to driving further growth for the business by providing dedicated account management and support to our customers.”

Richard Lambert, managing director at Evolution, added: “I’m pleased to welcome Jamie to the team. He has a solid foundation of knowledge in the industry and will provide a valuable additional contact and resource for our clients.”

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Kentec provides fire protection for Yorkshire Power Station project

A Sigma XT extinguishing panel and accessories manufactured by Kentec, the life safety control systems manufacturer, are protecting a power storage station built in Hefei, China and then brought over to Yorkshire.

The Guangzhou Wanzhen Information Technology Co Ltd completed the installation and commissioning of the project for Sungrow Power in Hefei earlier this year, after which it was transported to Yorkshire, where the storage container was fixed to the site. The storage station forms part of Sungrow’s photovoltaic solar energy project.

From construction to installation, the project was completed in just four months, with the methodology now being used as a blueprint across the power construction industry.

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The installation included a Sigma XT Extinguishant panel, status unit, abort switch and warning signs. A spokesperson for the Guangzhou Wanzhen Information Technology Co Ltd has stated the Sigma range is ideal for high-risk sites such as power stations. “Kentec’s Sigma range is highly reliable and renowned throughout the industry for its robust build quality. We were very happy to specify the system for this project.”

Three initiation circuits are included as standard with the Sigma XT releasing panel. This means release can be configured to activate from any combination of detection zone inputs to enable specific and controlled activations, thus protecting a site’s critical equipment from unnecessary extinguishant release damage.

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Kevin Swann, managing director of Kentec, observed: “A large LED display provides a highly-intuitive interface for end users to configure systems to suit their specific sites. With all of the electronics mounted on a single, easily removable steel plate, the panels are both robust and easy to install.”

The LED display informs on the time remaining until release for added user safety. This countdown timer can be duplicated on up to seven status units per panel to provide localised indication of system status. Any number of abort switches can be connected to the abort terminal, in turn providing complete convenience of system design.

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The Sigma XT has been approved and certified to EN 12094-1, EN 54-2 and EN 54-4, with UL and FM versions also available.

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Kentec helps to keep Brenntag UK & Ireland’s Sunderland facility safe with Taktis installation

A highly sophisticated Taktis fire alarm and control panel from Kentec, the life safety control systems manufacturer, is providing the highest levels of fire safety at Brenntag UK & Ireland’s facility in Sunderland.

Brenntag is a market leader in chemical distribution with a global network of more than 580 locations across 73 countries. Its North East team moved into the new site in Sunderland, one of the company’s 24 sites across the UK & Ireland, last December.

Pitts Wilson, the electrical contractor, was approached by Brenntag to recommend and install a comprehensive fire safety and alarm system for the entire site. The business selected Kentec’s technology as an integral part of the installation, which has helped Pitts Wilson pass a BAFE/NSI inspection.

Kentec’s Taktis panel ranges from two to 16 detection loops to provide up to 144 zone indicators and can network up to 128 panels. Its enhanced integration and networking capabilities mean it’s able to meet the current and future needs of even the largest sites.

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Mark Ellse, fire systems manager at Pitts Wilson, stated: “The flexibility of the Taktis panel makes it very simple to install and commission, and because it’s fully open-protocol it’s also fully-integrated with the Hochiki systems on site. The full colour 7” touch-screen display is easy for the customer to use and understand, especially during an emergency. Along with providing a great system, Kentec also provided excellent customer support throughout the project.”

Kevin Swann, managing director at Kentec, responded: “The scalability of Taktis means it provides a future-proofed solution. It’s able to expand and develop in line with Brenntag’s requirements. As it’s also truly open protocol, it provides installers and their end users with maximum choice when it comes to their system design.”

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