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ASSA ABLOY issues response to MHCLG’s ‘Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan’

A new White Paper is available from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions. The document has been issued in response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) ‘Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan’ and highlights the critical points from the Implementation Plan. 

The results of the Dame Judith Hackitt-led Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety were published in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. There was a call for the development of an “implementation plan that will provide a coherent approach to delivering the recommendations” outlined by the Hackitt Review. 

‘Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan’ is the response from the MHCLG. The plan sets out how Government and industry will achieve the systematic overhaul required to improve building and fire safety. 

Many of the key points and areas of action covered in the Implementation Plan were also highlighted in ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions’ initial response to the Hackitt Review, which is available to view here: https://bit.ly/2Usj2TX. 

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Speaking on the proposals put forward and the latest White Paper, Brian Sofley (managing director at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions for the Door Group) said: “We’re pleased that the latest plan is in line with many of the recommendations we supported on how the industry can tackle the important issue of fire safety. The plan sets a statement of intent from the Government for construction and manufacturing industries. Its comprehensive approach to fire safety products will ensure that, through third party certification, standards and safety requirements are integral, not just at the manufacturing stage, but also during installation, inspection and ongoing maintenance.”

Sofley added: “Our latest White Paper demonstrates the alignment between Government and the construction and manufacturing industries in the approach towards ensuring a safer built environment for all.”

*The new White Paper can be downloaded from https://bit.ly/2I8d4Bk 

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Kentec set to showcase latest UL-approved Taktis fire panel at Intersec

Life safety control systems manufacturer Kentec is showing its UL-approved, next generation Taktis UL 16-loop analogue addressable fire panel on Stand 4-A24 at Intersec 2019 alongside a suite of extinguishant panels and accessories designed to make end user customers’ lives easier.

The Taktis UL 16L extends the current Taktis UL fire panel to provide up to 144 zone indications. It supports more than 2,000 detection devices and can network up to 128 panels, making it ideal for the largest sites such as Data Centres, schools, hospitals, multi-site retail outlets/supermarkets, critical infrastructure and major commercial and industrial facilities. The panel has been approved by UL to UL-864 10th Edition.

Exhibited for the first time is the Fire-Cryer Plus voice sounder and visual indicator. An accessory to the Sigma XT, Sigma XT+ and Syncro XT+ extinguishing control panels, the solution provides clear and concise messaging to building occupants as an alternative to electronic sounders/bells and strobes. System-specific messages are provided including first stage alarm, second stage alarm, gas release imminent and gas release confirmation as well as hold button activation.

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Also on display will be the Ockular software solution, providing building managers with complete control over fire detection and monitoring. Ockular software enables the creation of a 2D site map of any site or building to monitor fire safety and detection, and automatically switches to an area where a fire device has been activated to allow immediate viewing and investigation of an event.

Visitors will also see how Vizulinx, a sophisticated yet easy-to-use fire alarm management solution, enables building managers and service providers to monitor fire systems remotely while also being able to integrate with other systems (such as Building Management Systems, for example). It passes on the detail of fire system events via e-mail and SMS message format using a standard IP connection. Integration with other systems is achievable via Modbus or BacNET protocols.

Kevin Swann, managing director of Kentec, stated: “Intersec will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase how our systems are helping to protect sites within a wide variety of sectors in the Middle East and globally. With the Taktis UL 16L, our panels have the capability to protect the very largest sites and infrastructures. Our suite of complementary products, including Fire-Cryer, Vizulinx and Ockular demonstrates that the customer is at the centre of everything we do. It’s our job to ensure fire safety is made as efficient, practical and effective as possible for our customers.”

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Kentec’s robust and easy-to-install Sigma A-XT, Sigma XT and Syncro XT+ ranges will be on display at the show, demonstrating the company’s long-established extinguishing capabilities.

Intersec 2019 takes place on 20-22 January in Dubai and will attract more than 1,000 exhibitors from well over 50 countries, as well as upwards of 25,000 trade visitors.

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National Security Inspectorate appoints new auditor in Northern Ireland

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s independent certification body specialising in the security, guarding and fire sectors, has appointed Clare McIntyre as security and fire systems auditor and lead auditor for ISO 9001 in Northern Ireland.

Having spent over 20 years in the sector within quality and operations management and system design, McIntyre brings a wealth of experience to the NSI’s expert auditing team. She previously worked for NSI approved companies, transitioning from one of the few female-nominated fire alarm designers to become a fully-integrated security and fire design engineer.

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Clare McIntyre

Having realised her passion for developing and improving standards within the industry, becoming an auditor for NSI was a natural progression in McIntyre’s career.

Richard Jenkins, the NSI’s CEO, commented: “We’re committed to recruiting auditors with practical experience, knowledge and understanding of our sector. Currently, the UK has the lowest percentage of females on the engineering register in the EU at only 7%. Therefore, Clare’s appointment may also serve to embed some change in what has, traditionally, been a male-dominated sector in the UK. ”

NSI to sponsor ‘Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator’ category at 2019 OSPAs

The NSI is proud to sponsor the ‘Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator’ category at next year’s Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), which take place in London on 28 February.

The UK OSPAs is part of a global awards scheme currently running in eight countries and designed to recognise outstanding contributions and achievements within their respective security sectors. Following extensive research in 2014 by Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International on what constitutes outstanding performance, the OSPA categories and criteria were then standardised, providing an opportunity for countries to run their own evidence-based OSPAs, while also maintaining the ability to compete on an international level.

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Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, founder of the OSPAs and director of Perpetuity Research, commented: “I’m delighted that the NSI is continuing its Installer/Integrator category sponsorship of the UK OSPAs. Since its formation nearly five decades ago, the NSI’s focus has been to raise standards in the UK security sector and those companies securing its approval, across all disciplines of security, are instrumental in helping to achieve this goal. The OSPAs provides a global stage for security excellence so it’s fitting that the NSI is a key player in these awards.”

Richard Jenkins added: “We’re committed to supporting initiatives that celebrate excellence and innovation in the UK’s security sector. The OSPAs are highly respected among the security and buyer communities for their core values and ethics. Gaining recognition with an OSPA is a significant achievement and we’re delighted to be associated with this prestigious event.”

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ASSA ABLOY UK determined to ‘Raise the Bar’ on fire door safety standards for Fire Door Safety Week 2018

Over three million fire doors are installed every year in the UK, yet incorrect specification, poor installation and a lack of maintenance are still common occurrences. In light of this, and to coincide with Fire Door Safety Week 2018, ASSA ABLOY UK is holding a dedicated event at West Midlands Fire Service’s headquarters in Birmingham to help ‘Raise the Bar’ on standards of quality for fire door safety. 

The event will take place on Thursday 27 September and is aimed at building owners, facility managers and individuals responsible for fire door safety. Key topics to be covered on the day include the importance and future of fire door certification, common issues of fire door installation, inspection and maintenance and the importance of compartmentalisation within high rise residential buildings. 

On the day, attendees can expect a discussion panel, speaker presentations and a series of Case Studies delivered by representatives from the British Woodworking Federation, BRE Global, Exova Warringtonfire, the West Midlands Fire Service, the National Health Service and, of course, ASSA ABLOY UK.

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David Hindle, head of door controls for ASSA ABLOY UK, explained: “The draft report produced by BRE Global on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service highlighted that only 17% of door closers at Grenfell Tower were present and working. Door closers and other door hardware that impact the performance of a fire door or doorset are a critical part of fire safety and should be subject to performance standards and regular maintenance and testing.”

Hindle continued: “After the success of our Fire Door Safety Week 2017 event, we wanted to continue to help in educating professionals on raising the standards of fire door safety. We urge building owners, facility managers and individuals responsible for fire door safety to attend this year’s event to learn more as we all have to start treating and recognising ‘passive fire protection’ as being critical at all times.” 

ASSA ABLOY UK is campaigning for increased fire safety awareness. An insightful and educational White Paper was recently issued in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The White Paper will also be showcased and discussed in depth at the event during Fire Door Safety Week. 

Available to download from www.assaabloy.co.uk/FDSW2018, the White Paper summarises and provides practical insights into the key points made within Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review. It also suggests ways in which everyone can strive towards industry-wide Best Practice in the future.

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Kentec’s next generation Taktis fire panel for larger sites takes centre stage at Security Essen

Kentec is showcasing its life-critical control systems at Security Essen 2018*, with the company’s next generation Taktis 16-loop analogue addressable fire panel taking centre stage on Stand A28 from 25-28 September.

The Taktis 16L extends the current Taktis fire panel to provide up to 144 zone indications. It supports more than 2,000 detection devices and can network anything up to 128 panels, making this solution ideal for larger end user sites such as schools, hospitals, multi-site retail/supermarkets, critical infrastructure and major commercial and industrial facilities.

Also on Stand A28 and launched this year will be Kentec’s Ockular software solution, giving building managers complete control over fire detection and monitoring. It enables the creation of a 2D site map of any location or building to monitor fire safety and detection, and automatically switches to an area where a fire device has been activated to allow immediate viewing and investigation of an event.

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Visitors will also see how Vizulinx, a sophisticated yet easy-to-use fire alarm management solution, enables building managers and service providers to monitor and control fire systems remotely. It passes fire system events via e-mail, SMS, Modbus and BACnet message format using a standard IP connection.

Kevin Swann, managing director of Kentec, commented: “We’re looking forward to demonstrating to visitors how Kentec’s products have been conceived, designed and manufactured with both the end user and installer in mind. Taktis 16L takes us to an exciting new era where the panel can be used to protect the very largest sites and infrastructures, while Vizulinx and Ockular have been developed to ensure that fire detection management is highly efficient, practical and effective.”

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From the extinguishing side, Kentec’s robust and easy-to-install Sigma XT and Syncro XT ranges will be on display.

*Security Essen attracts more than 1,000 exhibitors and 42,000 trade visitors each year

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Advanced receives coveted Safety and Health Excellence Award from BSIF for quality of customer service

Global fire safety systems developer Advanced has been awarded the Highly Commended for Service Excellence trophy at the annual Safety and Health Excellence (SHE) Awards 2018, recently held at the NEC in Birmingham.

The company received the commendation in the British Service Industry Federation (BSIF) Customer Service Award category on the back of its technical support and Advanced 360. This online portal gives customers free access (during the lifetime of their products) to a range of services including training, technical manuals and sales and marketing support.

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Paul Duffy, technical support manager at Advanced who accepted the award, said: “To receive the Highly Commended Award for Service Excellence is a huge achievement and great recognition for the work of our customer services team. We’re committed to making it as easy as possible for our customers to gain the support and information they need when they need it. Advanced 360 helps in achieving this and is constantly evolving to meet our customers’ needs.”

The SHE Awards were organised by Western Business Exhibitions in conjunction with the BSIF. The BSIF Customer Service Award recognises companies operating in the fields of Health and Safety which offer exceptional and innovative service solutions. Winners were chosen based on the number of votes cast by customers who were asked to rate their suppliers’ service quality.

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Advanced develops and manufactures intelligent fire safety systems, from single panel installations through to large, multi-site networks. Products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging and false alarm management solutions.

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Details unveiled for Euralarm and EUSAS Conference on Fire Detection and Security in the Aviation Sector

The conference on Fire Detection and Security in the Aviation Sector, organised by Euralarm and EUSAS, takes place in Bremen on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July. Those professionals interested in participating in the event can download a leaflet from the Euralarm and EUSAS websites and register directly. 

The joint event is aimed at representatives of airports, the aviation industry, the fire and security industry, test institutes, standards developers, practitioners and scientists interested in the engineering and technologies underpinning fire safety and security in the aviation sector.

This conference is about sharing experiences in the field of research, application and testing of fire safety and security technologies with the focus on aircraft and airport applications, but will also include aspects relating to passenger safety.

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The first session focuses on various aspects of fire detection and fire extinguishing in an aircraft. The second changes the focus from fire detection to more integrated safety and security solutions as well as evacuation and fire extinguishing in airports and aircraft.

During the second day’s third and fourth sessions, the focus switches to early and effective fire detection technologies for different applications at airports, such as aircraft hangars or cable tunnels. After looking into current questions of security in luggage areas, the final session is set to focus on evacuation and related human behaviour in crowded public areas.

The conference will highlight a variety of today‘s aviation and airport-specific safety and security issues, providing attendees with an overview and deeper insights on special topics as well as inspiring fruitful discussions.

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