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Baroness Karren Brady CBE to open the Protection & Management Series 2015

Baroness Karren Brady CBE has been announced as the first of three inspirational keynote speakers at the Protection & Management Series 2015. Baroness Brady will open the event on Tuesday 16 June at ExCeL, London.

Baroness Brady is a regular newspaper columnist, author and novelist and known as ‘The First Lady of Football’ having become managing director of Birmingham City FC at the age of just 23.

Her current role is vice-chairman of West Ham United FC, while the Baroness is also the Small Business Ambassador to the UK Government led by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Of course, Baroness Brady is well-known to millions of TV viewers for her role alongside Lord Alan Sugar in the popular BBC programme The Apprentice.

In this must-attend keynote address, Baroness Brady will share anecdotes from her own rise within the business world, offering plenty of insights and advice for women in the business sector.

Baroness Karren Brady CBE: vice-chairman of West Ham United FC

Baroness Karren Brady CBE: vice-chairman of West Ham United FC

Simon Mills, group director for the Protection & Management Series run by event organiser UBM, said: “We’re delighted to reveal that Baroness Karren Brady will be opening this year’s Protection & Management Series with a truly inspirational keynote address. We’re really looking forward to hosting such a phenomenal businesswoman on the first day in what is our second year at our new London home.”

The Protection & Management Series is the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. Organised by UBM EMEA, the series incorporates the major events of IFSEC International, FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo, The Facilities Show and Service Management Expo and attracts more than 40, 000 attendees over three days.

The 2015 Protection & Management Series of events will run from 16-18 June at ExCeL, London.

*Find out more and register for the event here: www.safety-health-expo.co.uk/keynotepr

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British innovation drives demand for UK-developed security solutions in Asia

Technological innovation within the UK’s security sector is driving demand for British-made technology among Asian buyers. That’s the view of members of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Export Council, many of whom are currently preparing to exhibit at IFSEC South East Asia in September.

IFSEC South East Asia offers expertise and guidance for the security sector in the region. This year’s event is to be held in Kuala Lumpur between 3-5 September.

The event is billed by organiser UBM as the focal point for 8,000 security solutions buyers and decision-makers who attend for a wide range of reasons, ranging from reviewing the latest products and innovations through to building business partnerships and making deals.

Running alongside the exhibition is an education programme – part of the IFSEC Global Academy – that attracts senior purchasers looking to gain an overview of the market and the latest technological developments.

A key driver of demand for UK products and services is the technological innovation demonstrated by British manufacturers. This will be showcased at the 2014 event by three BSIA member companies scheduled to exhibit as part of the BSIA-organised UK Pavilion. The company’s are GJD Manufacturing, Metham Aviation Design and TDSi.

IFSEC South East Asia 2014 is an important event for British manufacturers

IFSEC South East Asia 2014 is an important event for British manufacturers

On display at GJD Manufacturing’s stand – Hall 4 Stand UK13 – will be the company’s state-of-the-art dual-tech anti-masking curtain detector which uses microwave and PIR sensors with integral anti-masking detection to create an invisible curtain beam pattern to protect an end user’s property against crime.

Launched at the show by GJD will be Harper Chalice’s FenceSecure™ electronic perimeter intrusion detection systems. Coupled with GJD’s innovative range of external PIR and dual-tech motion detectors, a comprehensive product offering is now available that truly offers the first and second lines of defence for any perimeter requirement.

Requirement for visibility and intuitive operation

Meanwhile, TDSi will be showcasing its new reader range following the initial launch at IFSEC International in June. Included in the line-up are new versions of TDSi’s MIFARE CSN (Chip Serial Number) and its proximity readers, which have been updated to combine end users’ needs for visibility and intuitive operation with the aesthetic ability to fit in with modern architecture and surroundings.

TDSi’s managing director John Davies commented: “Readers are an essential part of most secure access control systems. We have been talking extensively with our customers, end users and partners to ascertain what would best suit the needs of the real world. As well as the need for using the latest technology, the feedback we received revealed that often more basic elements, such as the shape and size of the reader, are extremely important.”

BSIA members are seeing an upsurge in demand from the South East Asian region, with respondents to a recent BSIA survey reporting that business has increased in the region over the past 12 months. Among the customers served by UK exporters in the area are Critical National Infrastructure providers, with BSIA members beating tough international competition to win business in the region.

*Visitors to IFSEC South East Asia can find out more about the BSIA’s Export Council and the expertise of its members by visiting the Association on Stand UK16. Alternatively, you can learn more by logging on at: http://www.bsia.co.uk/export-council

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Navtech Radar focuses attentions on PIDS for airport projects

Navtech Radar has installed Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) at 16 major European airports in a bid to address client requirements in relation to security breaches which can result in considerable operational losses at such locations.

Navtech Radar is now one of the world’s leading suppliers of radar-based Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) for airports. Having installed 16 AdvanceGuard system solutions, and with a considerable number of airport-based projects currently undergoing installation, Navtech Radar is delivering PIDS compliant with the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Security Manual 8973.

Preventative security measures are crucial for passenger safety and confidence, as stipulated by the ICAO and EU 300/2008 and 2320/2002 regulations.

Speaking about this issue, Navtech Radar’s business development manager Jason Burger explained: “The uninterrupted running of airport operations is imperative, as unlawful interference culminating in a security breach can result in huge operational losses due to the time taken for evacuation procedures or the temporary closure of an airport.”

Multi-radar surveillance at an airport

Multi-radar surveillance at an airport

Large area to secure

Typically, commercial airports harbour extremely large perimeter areas, with many of them in excess of 15 km. Those perimeter zones can be both expensive and difficult to secure, most notably in adverse weather conditions.

Burger continued: “Navtech Radar’s frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) 76 GHz technology is ideally suited to this challenge. The robust design of the radars, coupled with their ability to operate on a 24/7 basis in all types of light and weather conditions, and even in dense fog, renders the AdvanceGuard solution a preferred technology for the challenges faced by airport operators and their security teams.”

With low installation and ongoing maintenance costs, end users will be keen to learn that the overall cost of ownership associated with AdvanceGuard is very competitive when compared with traditional fence detection systems.

Navtech’s radar surveillance technology can deliver further cost savings by re-addressing the balance between technology and physical security guarding solutions. With 360° radius detection offering a range of up to 1,000 metres of manned detection, Navtech’s radar systems are described as “the perfect solution” for perimeter and critical security restricted area surveillance.

Burger added: “Multiple overlapping radar sensors may be networked to offer site-wide security coverage for the end user which is controlled and monitored via a single PC running Navtech Radar’s sophisticated Physical Security Information Management software.” The latter is named Witness.

Jason Burger: business development manager at Navtech Radar

Jason Burger: business development manager at Navtech Radar

Reference sites: AdvanceGuard in action

To date, AdvanceGuard reference sites include Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Valencia (Spain) and Bristol Airport in the UK.

An additional benefit of the Navtech Radar AdvanceGuard solutuion is that it has the potential to be used as a surface movement system, meaning that the radars would serve a dual purpose for the end user customer.

Fernando Garcia Rodrigues (project manager for equipment and facilities in the Operations, Security and Services Directorate at Valencia Airport) explained: “We had a number of key issues we wanted to address by way of a new wide area surveillance solution. We needed to detect intrusions to the airport area, follow any intruders once they were inside the airport and avoid expensive civil works. We had to cover a huge area but had no tube bank or any other canalisation available for cabling. We also wanted to minimise communication and power costs.”

In addition, there was a desire to have the same alarm rate and response in any weather or light conditions and, at the same time, present a friendly and easy-to-use system for the operators.

“Now,” continued Rodrigues, “we have a solution in place with a very low false alarm rate. We can distinguish between ‘friend’ and ‘intruder’ and, in terms of the latter, follow them on site. This makes it much easier and faster to direct the intercepting security patrols.”

End user experiences at Bristol Airport and Ostrava Airport

Chris Ware, head of security at Bristol Airport, has also spoken of the AdvanceGuard solution.

“We selected AdvanceGuard based on all of its all-weather capabilities and operational experience at other airports,” outlined Ware. “A further major factor is that the solution demonstrates the lowest false alarm rate.”

Ware added: “We tend to experience a good deal of fog in Bristol. It was critical that the new solution could cope with that, as well as any heavy rain and snow. The AdvanceGuard solution also gives us superior track and trace capability in comparison to other types of technology solutions. To date, the system has met all of our expectations.”

PIDS in action

PIDS in action

Bristol Airport’s head of security also said: “I would like to highlight the fact that the system benefits also include an automatic tracking capability and rule-and zone setting flexibility within the Witness2 software suite. The system’s alarm log and operator acknowledgement features provide an audit trail for both employer and employee. This is vital, as members of staff can be seen to have followed procedures because there’s now a security system in place that documents they’ve done so.”

Petr Voráč, head of security for Ostrava Airport, explained: “In comparison with other radar systems which use just one long range radar unit, the Navtech Radar solution was better because the airfield has a non-uniform shape. One large unit would have given us problems with ‘dead zones’ where there would have been no detection due to ground slopes and non-linear fence lines.”

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Over £21 million lost to social engineering scams since the beginning of 2014

Get Safe Online, the UK Government and private sector-backed information service on Internet safety and security, is raising awareness of ‘social engineering’ scams through a new series of informative videos offering advice and tips.

A type of confidence trick, ‘social engineering’ is the use of deceit to manipulate or trick victims into certain actions including divulging personal or financial information. Examples include phishing e-mails and fraudulent phone calls asking for personal or financial information – known as ‘vishing’ – or phone calls from fraudsters impersonating computer technical support agents.

According to FFA UK, approximately 23% of people in the UK have received a cold call requesting personal or financial information, potentially putting them at risk of becoming a victim.

In the first five months of this year alone, some of the UK’s main High Street banks have reported losses of over £21 million from vishing attacks on their customers, with over 2,000 vishing attacks resulting in an average loss of over £10,000 per victim.

Social engineering exploits human nature and plays on victims’ emotions such as protecting themselves, their family and finances, gaining something of advantage or willingness to please others. It’s a factor in many types of fraud.

Schemes may be elaborate and highly convincing

Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, commented: “It’s important that the public are aware of what social engineering actually is, as there are so many types which can lead to the theft of your money or identity. It can be easy to fall prey to social engineering because schemes can be elaborate and highly convincing, with approaches usually made by somebody you think you should trust or appears to be in authority. It’s not just individuals who are likely victims, it’s also businesses.”

Get Safe Online – the UK Government and private sector-backed information service on Internet safety and security – is raising awareness of ‘social engineering’ scams through a new series of informative videos offering advice and tips

Get Safe Online – the UK Government and private sector-backed information service on Internet safety and security – is raising awareness of ‘social engineering’ scams through a new series of informative videos offering advice and tips

Neate added: “We hope that by raising awareness of how to avoid becoming a victim of social engineering through our online videos and activity with our partners, we can help prevent it from happening to others.”

Alasdair MacFarlane, head of customer security at NatWest, said: “NatWest is committed to providing safe and secure banking alongside an excellent level of customer service. Fraudsters are always looking for new ways to gain access to money which is why we offer our customers a Secure Banking Promise, as well as lots of advice on our website to help them avoid falling victim to a scam. We’re delighted to be working with Get Safe Online in raising awareness on this important issue.”

Dawn Cornwall, fraud and security manager at Lloyds Banking Group, explained: “At Lloyds Banking Group we are committed to making sure our customers’ Internet banking experience is as safe as possible. We use cutting-edge technology to protect their personal information and privacy. We also have our online guarantee in place if a customer experiences fraud in Internet banking and a wealth of advice and guidance on our websites. We’re really pleased to be working with Get Safe Online on the Social Engineering campaign.”

Alex Grant, Barclays’ managing director of fraud prevention, stated: “We’ve seen from our own interaction with customers who have fallen victim to social engineering frauds that the loss of hard-earned savings causes great emotional distress, as well as having a significant financial impact. This is why raising awareness about social engineering scams and protecting customers from fraud is one of our highest priorities. Barclays fully endorses this awareness campaign and we’re pleased that our sponsorship of Get Safe Online is helping provide consumer education and promote awareness of scams such as these.”

Detective Superintendent Peter O’Doherty is the head of the NFIB and Action Fraud. Speaking about the Get Safe Online initiative, he said: “The face of crime has significantly changed in recent years, with much of today’s offending being conducted not on a face-to-face basis but over the phone and through a computer. People need to be aware there are ruthless, calculating criminals using social engineering scams to obtain personal and financial information that makes them a profit and individuals and businesses the victims of crime. This multi-media Get Safe Online campaign will shine a light on these practices and help the public know when they are being targeted and the best ways in which to protect themselves.”

How to avoid becoming the victim of social engineering

Getsafeonline.org offers a number of tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of social engineering:

• Always be wary of people requesting confidential or personal information by whatever means, however convincing they may seem
• Never reveal personal or financial data including usernames, passwords, PINs or other forms of ID
• Be very careful that people or organisations to whom you are supplying payment card information are genuine, and then never reveal passwords. Remember that a bank or other reputable organisation will never ask you for your password via e-mail or a phone call
• If you receive a phone call requesting confidential information, verify that it’s authentic by asking for a full and correct spelling of the person’s name and a call back number
• Check the number matches the contact number on the relevant website. Even then, the criminal may have used special software to display the authentic number
• If you are asked by a caller to end the call and phone your bank or card provider, call the number on your bank statement or other document from your bank – or on the back of your card. However, be sure to use another phone from the one you received the call on to ensure that a fraudster is not on the line by having kept the call open. If you cannot access another phone, be sure to hang up for at least five minutes before you dial out, or call a friend (whose voice you recognise) before making another call
• Do not open e-mail attachments from unknown sources
• Do not readily click on links in e-mails from unknown sources. Instead, roll your mouse pointer over the link to reveal its true destination, displayed in the bottom left corner of your screen. Beware if this is different from what is displayed in the text of the link from the email
• Do not attach external storage devices or insert CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs into your computer if you are not certain of the source, or just because you are curious about their contents

*For more advice on how to avoid this type of fraud visit: http://www.getsafeonline.org/socialengineering to watch the online advice videos

About Get Safe Online

Now entering its eighth year of operation, Get Safe Online (www.getsafeonline.org) is the UK’s national Internet security awareness initiative.

A joint partnership between the UK Government, the National Crime Agency (NCA), Ofcom, law enforcement bodies and private sector sponsors from the worlds of technology, communication, retail and finance, the initiative continues to educate, inform and raise awareness of online security issues to encourage confident and safe use of the Internet.

GetSafeOnline.org is supported by Barclays, Bob’s Business, Creative Virtual, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, HM Government, HSBC, Kaspersky Lab, Lloyds Banking Group, the National Crime Agency, Symantec, the National Fraud Authority and Action Fraud, Ofcom, HSBC, Microsoft, PayPal, Symantec, Standard Life, Gumtree, Camelot, Detica, StubHub, Nominet, PurchaseSeal, ValidSoft, Business Link, the Charity Commission, Citizens Advice, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Information Systems Security Association, e-Crime Wales, Information Risk Management plc, the Institute of Information Security Professionals, RG (Interactive Media in Retail Group), the International Association of Accountants Innovation and Technology Consultants, the Internet Services Providers’ Association, Neighbourhood and Home Watch, PTA-UK, SafeBuy, Safer Jobs, the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, Scottish Police College, the Scottish Business Crime Centre and UK Online Centres.

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Esoteric broadens global coverage with new Middle East operation

Leading international counter-surveillance company Esoteric is broadening its global coverage by incorporating a new company in Dubai.

Based in the DMCC Free Zone in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers district, Esoteric Middle East will provide a range of specialist security services to corporate and Government clients in the MENA region and help achieve its goal of becoming the region’s leading counter-espionage service provider.

Specialising in providing end-to-end solutions that address the issues of corporate espionage, competitive intelligence gathering and the theft of information, Esoteric Middle East will focus on offering a full suite of counter-surveillance services including Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM), otherwise known as electronic bug sweeping, espionage and threat awareness briefings and TSCM training.

Emma Shaw CSyP: md at Esoteric

Emma Shaw CSyP: md at Esoteric

Esoteric’s managing director Emma Shaw CSyP, who’s also chairman of The Security Institute, explained: “We’re delighted and excited by this recent development in the company’s growth strategy. The new Dubai office strengthens Esoteric’s commitment to the region, and I know that our specialist and professional approach will be welcomed by clients across the Middle East.”

Audrey Bedford, head of sales and marketing at Esoteric, added: “We have identified a clear demand from clients in the Middle East where we have been working for some time now. It has become imperative that we establish a base close to where demand is strong. The new Dubai office is a further step in the development of our services in the region.”

*For more information on Esoteric Middle East visit: http://www.esoteric.ae

Further detail about Esoteric

Esoteric is a leading bug sweeping and covert surveillance company working discreetly with corporations, Government departments and high net worth individuals on a global basis to safeguard private information and conversations from illicit eavesdropping devices.

The company firmly believes in delivering a strategic approach that assists its clients in understanding the risks facing a given business. Esoteric works with its customers to implement Best Practice systems, policies and procedures and undertake appropriate measures to address the threat of potential, attempted and actual attacks from competitors, criminals, overseas agencies and employees.

Services include:
• Development of counterespionage/security strategies and policy implementation
• Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM)/electronic bug sweeping
• Critical information protection products such as E-Room 24/7 monitoring sensor, mobile phone detectors and mobile phone blockers
• TSCM training and espionage awareness briefings
• Covert investigations and surveillance

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100 in 100 2014: creating new apprenticeships for UK security

The official launch of 100 in 100 2014 – the fourth annual drive to energise more brand new apprenticeships across the security world – took place at a special presentation held in the IFSECGlobal.com Centre Stage Theatre at IFSEC International 2014 on Wednesday 18 June.

100 in 100 aims to energise 100 or more new apprenticeships in the UK security sector within a 100-day timeline starting at IFSEC International 2014 (which ran from 17-19 June at ExCeL, London).

“Last year, the 100 in 100 campaign exceeded its target and even caught the eye of the Government with a personal letter of congratulations from Prime Minister David Cameron,” said Simon Banks, Group Managing Director at the CSL DualCom Group and the co-founder of 100 in 100.

“This publicity is crucial in order to keep employers’ minds focused on apprenticeships as a credible recruitment source. Employers must engage with apprenticeships and recognise how valuable an apprentice can be within their company in a relatively short time frame.”

Simon Banks: co-founder of 100 in 100

Simon Banks: co-founder of 100 in 100

Banks also stated: “In just three years, the right candidate can become integral to the team and a great source of fresh ideas and skills. When you also factor in the potential skills gap predicted in the UK by 2020, it really is very important for employers to act now. Put simply, there has never been a better time to hire an apprentice.”

The political will is also there to make apprenticeships work. Matthew Hancock MP – the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning – is once again supporting the 100 in 100 campaign.

New apprenticeship opportunities in the UK security sector

Supporting the 2014 campaign are CSL DualCom and Skills for Security as well as the major inspectorates – the National Security Inspectorate and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.

Also backing the apprenticeships drive are the British Security Industry Association, the Fire Industry Association and the Fire Protection Association.

Matthew Hancock MP: supporting this year's apprenticeships drive in the security sector

Matthew Hancock MP: supporting this year’s apprenticeships drive in the security sector

As always, UBM Live’s Security and Fire Portfolio (with http://www.IFSECGlobal.com at its heart) is the campaign’s official media partner.

100 in 100 focuses on all types of apprenticeship, among them installation engineers, manufacturing engineers, business administration, Human Resources, marketing and PR.

Apprentices usually take around 18 months to gain Level 2 qualifications, with a further 18 months required to take the apprentice to a Level 3.

Employers embracing the opportunities on offer will be responsible for paying employment costs of at least the minimum wage (for 16-18 year-olds and 19-year-olds in the first year of their apprenticeship). Employers will also be required to provide work-based training within their companies.

Skills for Security has again committed to look after paperwork for those organisations willing to employ new apprentices, right from initial sign-up through to appointing the college or training provider.

The training and skills body will also draw down Government funding on each participating company’s behalf.

Why should your company take on apprentices?

According to the National Apprenticeship Service research undertaken in 2010, 77% of employers canvassed believe apprenticeships make them more competitive. The research also showed that 80% of employers believe apprenticeships reduce their staff turnover, while over 80% of consumers favour using those companies that take on new apprentices.

That’s why your company should take on apprentices NOW!

Richard Jenkins – CEO at the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) – commented: “It’s vital to engage with young people and encourage them to view our industry as a credible and rewarding career choice. The NSI’s mission is to raise standards in the industry and, to help achieve this, young enthusiastic talent must be nurtured in order to carry the industry forward in a professional manner. The NSI wholeheartedly supports the 100 in 100 initiative and encourages employers to seriously consider the many benefits that apprenticeships can bring to their businesses.”

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Geoff Tate – Chief Executive of the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) – added: “We’ve supported the 100 in 100 initiative since its inception and we’re delighted that it has been so successful. To ensure that the industry continues to service the market well, we need to make certain that the skills base of those just starting to work in the security sector is as good as it possibly can be. The success of this project is testament to the enthusiasm of all those involved, and to the resilience of the sector overall.”

Geoff Tate: CEO at the SSAIB

Geoff Tate: CEO at the SSAIB

What the employers have to say

Speaking from the perspective of an employer fully committed to taking on apprentices, Anthony King – Managing Director at Kings Security – explained: “Kings Security has always believed in apprentice investment and, over the last 30 years, we have increased our intake each year. At the moment we average 50 apprentices every 12 months, and we’re proud to host an onsite Learning Centre.”

King continued: “By training an apprentice you’ll nurture an employee with the exact skill-set required by your business so the initial time spent training them pays dividends in the future. Many former apprentices now head up our teams of engineers. Kings Security is committed to continue our apprentice investment for future years.”

Kings Security's managing director Anthony King

Kings Security’s managing director Anthony King

Another keen supporter of 100 in 100 is Lucy Banham, Director at The Banham Group. “At the Banham Group, we use the apprenticeship scheme to bring into the business young individuals who are keen to learn. It’s important for any company to safeguard their future by nurturing a variety of experience and ages within their workforce.”

Importantly, Banham added: “The fact that a potential apprentice has sought out an apprenticeship with your business shows an immediate level of commitment. They are prepared to go through training and college work in order to prove to us as an employer that they really want a job at the end of the process. We also find that apprentices are good, mature candidates as they have made this important career decision so early on.”

Telephone Skills for Security’s Customer Relations Team on 01905 744000 TODAY and play your part in the UK security apprenticeships drive for 2014.

For further information visit: http://www.csldual.com/uk/news/get-apprentice-aware-in-2014.html or e-mail: TheApprentice@csldual.com

About IFSEC International 2014

IFSEC International 2014 showcased effective and efficient security solutions across a wide range of product areas, among them: Access Control, Integrated Security, Smart Buildings, Intruder Alarms, Perimeter Protection, Physical Security, Safe Cities and Video Surveillance.

IFSEC International is the largest security event to showcase a range of solutions for the entire security buying chain. Visitors are able to attend the IFSEC Academy and experience the wealth of education on offer from many industry leaders and experts in chosen disciplines.

IFSEC International 2014 is part of UBM’s Protection and Management 2014. Registration for IFSEC International is open and gives badge holders access to all the shows within Protection and Management 2014 including: FIREX International, The Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo, Energy & Environment Expo and Service Management Expo.

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IHS Research Note: ‘Fire market to embrace wireless and IP technologies?’

In the latest Research Note from IHS, Justin Siller (manager of the security and building technologies group) informs on the global fire detection and suppression market.

Despite traditionally being slow to use new technologies, the fire market is starting to see increased interest in wireless and IP (Internet Protocol)-enabled products.

Wireless products have typically been used in specific applications where wiring is difficult (such as historical buildings), but outside of this the market has been virtually non-existent. Barriers such as reliability, price, variations in frequencies and installer reluctance have slowed adoption.

However, wireless is now beginning to be embraced. This is particularly true in the United Kingdom (UK) and Nordic countries.

Despite traditionally being slow to use new technologies, the fire market is starting to see increased interest in wireless and IP (Internet Protocol)-enabled products

Despite traditionally being slow to use new technologies, the fire market is starting to see increased interest in wireless and IP (Internet Protocol)-enabled products

IHS estimates some 25% of wireless product sales in Europe are taking place in the UK. End users are now willing to spend a bit more upfront for such solutions in exchange for lower installation costs as wiring is obviously unnecessary.

Focusing on the integrator/installer channel

The main barrier to mass-market adoption is the integrator/installer channel. Installers continue to be reluctant to market wireless products because they would need to complete more installations in order to realise the same financial returns as they do with wired installations.

That being the case, while end users see the benefits it remains the case that installers struggle to see any advantages.

For IP, increasing demand to integrate multiple building systems is driving acceptance. The managers of large facilities, centrally-managed chains and campus-style buildings want to connect multiple building systems together to gather higher levels of data on a single platform.

Surprisingly, most demand for these solutions is coming from the Middle East and South East Asia where legislation is more lax on integration standards. Here, building managers are integrating fire equipment with building management, security and lighting equipment to improve operational efficiencies and have fewer people reviewing/monitoring the information.

These moves are expected not only to increase the adoption for networked addressable panels but also enhance the adoption of more sophisticated communication channels such as IP and Modbus.

Demand for these technologies is expected to remain modest in the short-term. However, as other building technologies – such as access control, video surveillance, intruder alarms, building automation, elevators and visitor management systems – move to use wireless and IP-ready products, and are integrated, the fire industry may be hard-pressed not to follow suit.

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