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Amthal wins support contract to maintain security solutions for Mitsubishi Electric’s UK headquarters and regional offices

Amthal Fire & Security has been awarded a new support contract with global technology leader Mitsubishi Electric Europe to upgrade and maintain security solutions at the latter’s UK headquarters in Hatfield and across its estate of regional UK offices.

Mitsubishi Electric has eight regional offices, including its UK head office in Hatfield, supporting over 700 staff members. The new contract with Amthal covers the provision of support and maintenance across each of Mitsubishi Electric’s sites to ensure that security arrangements, including CCTV, intruder alarm and access control solutions, are maintained to the highest level and upgraded quickly where required.

Karen Kelsall, facilities co-ordinator for Mitsubishi Electric’s Business Services team, observed: “Each of our UK office locations has its own security arrangements that must be maintained on a regular basis. We needed to source a reliable company that could not only meet this requirement, but also ensure that we continue to offer our staff complete peace of mind at their place of work.”

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Mitsubishi Electric’s head office in Hatfield

Kelsall continued: “Amthal proved themselves even before the contract was signed, responding to several different site requests quickly and with true technical capability and professionalism. In addition, being a local company to our head office makes a difference when it comes to ensuring the efficient and sustainable supplier service that we now look forward to building.”

Jamie Allam, commercial director for Amthal Fire & Security, responded: “This contract award is extremely significant for Amthal. It’s great for us to be associated with such a global brand. It also demonstrates our commitment to our customers, both new and existing. The team’s knowledge, experience and expertise together with an ability to react quickly and ‘get the job done’ undoubtedly contributed to our appointment. We will continue to work in partnership with Mitsubishi Electric to deliver the highest levels of operational excellence and continuity of service, both on a local basis for its main office and regionally across all sites.”

Amthal Fire & Security is dedicated to satisfying end user needs for security safety and convenience, offering design, installation, service and remote monitoring services for advanced electronic fire and security solutions including intruder alarms, access control and CCTV systems.

The business is accredited by the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and British Approvals for Fire Equipment.

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New distribution deal agreed between Norbain and Satel UK

Satel UK – the national distributor for high-quality security systems manufacturer Satel – is delighted to announce a new partnership with Norbain, one of the UK’s largest distributors of IP, CCTV, access control and intruder detection solutions. The agreement will see Norbain stock and distribute Satel’s range of graded PIR detectors, intruder alarm boards and sirens in the UK.

Satel’s PIR sensor range has been configured to be both tamper-resistant and reliable, while devices are able to compensate for a wide ambient temperature range and adjust their performance to the requirements of the user and the protected premises (for example, adjustments can be made to ensure pet immunity).

Additionally, certain Satel PIR sensors can be used to implement building automation functions when the house alarm system is unarmed.

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“We’re exceptionally pleased with this partnership and believe that Norbain is the perfect company to represent Satel in this market,” stated Bert McGaughey, supply chain manager at Satel UK. “Our products offer incredible quality and serious reliability coupled with flexible features that make them perfect for commercial and retail premises. We’re excited to see more and more UK installers using Satel systems in their projects in the coming months and years.”

Steve Marshall, divisional director for new business initiatives at Norbain, responded: “We believe that Satel’s range is an incredibly good fit within our product line-up, and bolsters the options available for installers when it comes to graded alarm systems. We’re delighted to be working with Satel and very much look forward to a fruitful and rewarding relationship.”

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The new additions to Norbain’s portfolio will be showcased for the first time at the Norbain North Roadshow, which takes place on 17 May at the Macron Stadium in Bolton. As well as demonstrating the company’s CCTV, access control and intruder detection portfolio, there will be talks on both cyber security and the GDPR – both crucial topics for the security industry.

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Connelly Security Systems Ltd boosts market share following AFA Fire & Security Ltd acquisition

A Glasgow-based firm has “become the premier provider of security solutions in central Scotland” following the acquisition of a security alarm business.

Connelly Security Systems Ltd (CSS) has acquired AFA Fire & Security Ltd of Bathgate in a seven-figure transaction. The deal has allowed CSS to increase its market share and boost its turnover to over £9 million per annum.

Serving both the commercial and residential sectors, CSS provides a comprehensive range of products and services which allow customers to fulfil all of their security requirements with a single provider. The CSS product range includes intruder alarms, fire alarms, CCTV, retail product tagging, access control and monitoring (all of which are supported by comprehensive service and maintenance support).

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The deal, which is supported by Clydesdale Bank Cashflow Finance, has also increased CSS’ customer base to over 25,000.

Paul Connelly, managing director at CSS, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to increase both the customer base and geographic coverage of CSS through the acquisition of a quality business which the vendors have developed over the last 18 years. I was delighted to receive the continued support of Clydesdale Bank, whom we have worked with for over 30 years, which enabled the acquisition terms to be agreed quickly and completion achieved in a short timescale. It’s an important milestone in CSS’ journey and we look forward to continuing to grow the business and enhance the service we can offer to our customers.”

CSS, which launched in 1986, is based in the Possil Park area of Glasgow and the acquisition sees its headcount increase to 130.

Mark Young, director of SME Cashflow Finance at Clydesdale Bank, added: “We have developed an excellent working relationship with CSS. Its ongoing commitment to delivering the optimal customer experience at every interaction is an approach that makes the company a successful business. The business has been involved in a number of acquisitions which have been successfully integrated into the CSS operating model. This has created strong sustainable cashflow enabling this sizeable acquisition to be funded through our Cashflow Finance offering.”

David MacKay, the previous owner of AFA Fire & Security Ltd, will continue to be involved in the business in the short term to ensure a smooth transition. The acquisition will not result in any reduction in workforce.

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Software development manager Tina Baker celebrates 13 years with TDSi

Tina Baker, software development manager at integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi, is celebrating 13 years of service with the company. Having reached this impressive milestone, Baker has also been reflecting on the developments and evolution of the security software industry and what this could lead to in the future. 

“Since I joined TDSi there have been enormous changes in the security industry, especially in the software systems and applications connected to them,” urged Baker. “TDSi has been leading the move towards fully-integrated security software for a number of years now, and it’s gratifying to see the rest of the industry has followed suit as well.”

Baker began her career in security when she answered a job advert for a summer placement on display at Bournemouth University while nearing the end of a degree course in Software Engineering. “I knew that software would dominate many industries and wanted a career that would allow constant growth. I wanted to gain more experience developing software using different programming languages and TDSi offered me the opportunity that I was looking for.”

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TDSI’s Tina Baker: reflecting on 13 years with the Poole-based security solutions developer

Baker’s personal development has fittingly mirrored that of TDSi and the security industry it supplies. “TDSi has really nurtured my personal development, right from software programmer to development manager. At the same time, the industry has become far more integrated with building management systems which now commonly incorporate intruder alarms systems and CCTV as well as access control.”

A view of the future

While reflecting on the past and present, Baker also has an eye firmly fixed on the future and is clear on how she believes the security software sector will develop: “All the signs are that there will be continued and increased integration with building management systems, especially to comply with environmental legislation.”

Baker continued: “We will also see further biometric integration to heighten security and remove the need for ID cards. The market is also demanding more bi-directional integration, with security systems working even more closely with one another. More and more, we’re being asked for our SDKs so that other security companies can integrate our systems into theirs.”

Baker also has advice for young people looking for a career in security software development. “You need to enjoy continually learning new skills if you’re to keep up with the changes in technology. It’s also important to have a keen understanding of the close connection between physical access security and software security. Further systems integration means that the prevention of cyber attacks is essential.”

Focused and interested

When asked what has kept her focused on and interested in working for TDSi, Baker concluded: “The company champions professional development of its employees and, on a personal level, I really enjoy the interesting challenges that TDSi faces with ever-increasing integration needs. It’s a great company to work for, and I very much look forward to seeing what the future will bring in terms of technology and progress.”

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ISM introduces Enterprise version of proven integrated security management system

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM), a leader in the design, development and manufacture of ISMS technology, has just launched an Enterprise version of the company’s proven Genesys integrated security management system (ISMS).

Already deployed within the Critical National Infrastructure sector, the new ISMS offers end users “unparalleled scale, redundancy and ease of use”.

As an enhancement of the existing Genesys2, the Enterprise version has been developed with the largest organisations in mind. Genesys is fully-scalable to manage and control multiple sites from a single Control Room (or even a single workstation) across a country, or even across continents. It features the most advanced levels of encryption to ensure network security, and is accredited to the highest standards of Government national infrastructure security.

Stephen Smith, managing director of ISM, believes that the extension of the Genesys range gives customers greater choice. “There have been a number of articles in the security press talking about PSIM companies starting to develop systems that go beyond the current solutions and moving to a federated architecture. With Genesys, we’re already there. Genesys Enterprise resolves those issues associated with the increasing geographical scope of clients, corporations, Governments and institutions, while also adhering to a multi-tiered hierarchy or ‘federated’ system here total control is centralised, but allows individual sites to maintain local control.”

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Smith added: “This new addition is ideally suited to those large organisations with multiple sites across multiple regions who might also want to ‘flex’ to accommodate further sites and geographies as their needs evolve. As this comes from the Genesys stable, existing users only have to upgrade from their existing version to Enterprise without the expense of a complete technology refresh.”

Multiple systems, multiple manufacturers

Crucially, the new development allows the integration of multiple systems from multiple manufacturers – all from one holistic integrated security system. Every electronic security or fire safety device from CCTV and intruder alarms through to electronic locking and Public Address can be monitored and controlled from a single platform, regardless of who made them.

Most importantly, this solution includes the existing Migrating 3+ technology, a patented automatic fail-over technology that adds higher levels of automatic configurable redundancy and power. Control is effectively distributed across multiple workstations.

“We take power to your PC and multiple it by the number of PCs on your network,” added Smith. “What this means is that, if one PC fails, control is migrated to another PC on a seamless basis with no interruption or downtime. Our system isn’t restricted in its performance by the size or capability of a server, and nor does it require the expense of moving to server farms or using clustering software. It means we deliver the most extreme redundancy characteristics for the threats you’ve thought of, not to mention those that you haven’t.”

Continuing this theme, Smith observed: “The Enterprise development within the existing Genesys isn’t a development waiting for a trial site, but rather it has already been installed within a high-security Critical National Infrastructure project. It is tested and proven at the highest level and under the most demanding of conditions and has been very successful.”

‘True’ ISMS

Genesys is a ‘true’ ISMS built around intuitive software that combines a range of industry-leading features and benefits including an enhanced graphical user experience, 3D modelling and a comprehensive event management database. Events and alarms are presented to the operator clearly as and when they happen.

“Operators can be quickly trained to gain maximum advantage,” highlighted Smith. “The system also enables end users to make better use of their staff and resources since they don’t have to have all of their Control Rooms working on a 24-hour basis. Genesys is a truly unique solution offering advanced system architecture, unparalleled ease of use for the operators and the very low lifecycle costs.”

The ISMS software operates as a standalone platform over LAN or WAN networks for remote and local sites with workstations that can be transferred to any operating Security Control Room on the network. This offers the end user flexibility when closing down sites or buildings for off-peak or out of normal working hours or in the unlikely event of any system failures.

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New date announced for free-to-attend BSIA/FIA-supported cyber security seminar

A free-to-attend, half-day seminar which aims to help security buyers and installers alike to navigate the complex world of cyber security is being held in Solihull on Thursday 2 November.

Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the event will include presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts, with a particular focus on the potential vulnerabilities of ‘connected products’ – meaning any security product that can be accessed or operated remotely via the Internet (eg intruder alarms, video surveillance systems and access control solutions) – and how these vulnerabilities can be combated.

Delegates will be informed about the potential cyber risks facing their business, with presentations from the West Midlands Police’s digital cyber crime team and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre’s team of ‘ethical hackers’.

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Attendees will also find out how the BSIA’s ongoing work in the field of cyber security is helping the security industry to protect itself and its customers.

Finally, delegates will benefit from a summary of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which is set to come into force in May 2018.

The seminar is open to security and fire solutions buyers and installers, or indeed anybody from either industry with an interest in improving their business’ cyber security and data protection policies.

Registration for the event will be open from 9.00 am, with presentations starting at 9.45 am and the event expected to finish at around 1.30 pm.

*A full programme and online booking forms for both delegates and exhibitors are available from the BSIA’s website

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Texecom launches Texecom Connect security and automation platform

Texecom’s new connectivity platform, Texecom Connect, allows security professionals to deliver enhanced smart solutions for commercial customers without compromising on core security principles. With Texecom Connect, security installers are able to offer end user customers a secure system with the additional benefits of automation, smart management and flexible control, all from Texecom’s established and familiar Premier Elite range of control panels.

The Texecom Connect concept is a very simple one. At its heart is a professional quality graded intruder alarm system that uses the proven Premier Elite range of control panels. Along with the intruder alarm system, security installers can offer a more immersive experience for the customer, allowing them to take control of the system, along with other peripherals such as video, lighting and power management.

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Texecom Connect is compatible with all Premier Elite control panels including legacy systems (via a firmware update). Texecom Connect enhances Premier Elite alarm systems with the addition of an App, smart communicator and API. Together, these allow end users to engage with their intruder alarm solutions in an intuitive and flexible way, ensuring that advanced security, building control and site automation can all be managed easily and securely from any connected and authorised iOS smart phone or tablet device.

For end users, Texecom Connect aims to transform the user experience. The Texecom Connect App is designed to provide an environment where end users actively want to interact with their system solutions.

For security installers, Texecom Connect ensures that, while smart functionality can be added to increase the value of the system, this doesn’t impact upon, nor compromise the performance of the graded professional intruder alarm systems.

Clym Brown, marketing director at Texecom, said: “Texecom Connect introduces a choice of connectivity options to transform the user experience, enabling intruder alarm systems to deliver customer value every day. Texecom Connect uses technology to make people’s lives easier, not more complex. The Texecom Connect App has been carefully designed to allow end users access to an array of custom features and to tailor their App experience for their own personal and particular needs, without the need for them to resort to complicated programming.”

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