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BSIA drives industry agreement on Interim Update of PD6662 scheme for alarm systems

Key organisations from across the security business sector have realised an industry agreement on an Interim Update of the PD6662 scheme for Intruder and Hold-Up Alarm Systems, reports the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). 

The agreement was written with the input of Trade Associations, insurers, inspectorates and the police service and has taken around four months to produce. The decision was made to publish the agreement outside of the British Standards Institution’s (BSI) own standards framework to allow for a more fundamental review of the PD6662 scheme to take place within the BSI and subsequently align with the introduction of the much-awaited second amendment to EN 50131-1, which is still under development in Europe.

In addition to the BSIA, leading organisations involved in the development of the agreement include the Fire and Security Association, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the National Security Inspectorate, Police Scotland, the RISCAuthority and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.

A number of the BSIA’s Security Systems Section and Security Equipment Manufacturers Section members put forward their industry-leading knowledge during the consultation.

David Wilkinson: technical director at the BSIA

David Wilkinson: technical director at the BSIA

A key focus for members of the BSIA’s Security Systems Section and its Security Equipment Manufacturers Section has been to ensure that there was a method of enabling the use of mobile devices to set or unset intruder alarm systems. This is an issue that needed to be addressed as a result of the restrictions in their use through BS 8243 – the British Standard for alarm confirmation – coupled with the lack of clarity in the current EN 50131-3 standard.

David Wilkinson, director of technical services at the BSIA, commented: “The BSIA has played an instrumental part in shaping this agreement and we’re pleased that other industry organisations have also seen the benefit in contributing to it and aligning with it. The PD6662 scheme for Intruder and Hold-Up Alarms is somewhat out of date. This industry agreement provides the ideal opportunity to update the existing scheme and enable the use of mobile device technology in this important market sector while the full-scale review of the PD is undertaken through the BSI.”

The introduction of mobile technology enables professional security installers to use this technology, something which they could not do under the current PD6662 scheme. In turn, this passes on the benefits of using newer technology to the end users or purchasers of alarm systems.

The industry agreement will come into effect on 1 September 2015 and it’s intended that the content of this agreement will be incorporated into the revised edition of PD6662.

The BSIA will continue to influence the European standards that impact on intruder alarm systems to ensure that, wherever possible, the requirements in the industry agreement can be positioned at a European level, in turn negating the need for a longer term ‘national’ implementation.

*Published earlier this month, the BSIA’s Annual Review highlights some of the many standards the Trade Association and its constituent members have influenced in the past year. To download a copy or for more information on the BSIA visit: www.bsia.co.uk

**Futher information about the industry agreement announced (or, indeed, any other standard applicable to the UK’s private security sector) is available from the Trade Association’s Technical Department (tel: 0845 389 3889)

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BSIA members selected to secure Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Police Scotland has today announced details of the security suppliers selected to deliver a safe and secure Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

Following a robust and competitive tendering process examining key factors including capability and value for money, a total of 17 companies have now been contracted to deliver security and stewarding services at the event which commences next month after seven years of careful planning.

Seven of the companies selected to secure the Games are members of the British Security Industry Association:

Private contract security and stewarding only
SecuriGroup Services Ltd
Show and Event Security Ltd
The Protector Group

Private contract security only
Allander Security Ltd
Corps Security
Wilson James Ltd

Contract safety stewarding only
G4S Secure Solutions (UK) Ltd

These private security suppliers will work as part of what Glasgow 2014 terms an ‘integrated, multi-agency approach’ under the leadership of Police Scotland and operate alongside military personnel, the British Transport Police and officers from the Scottish Prison Service.

Several BSIA member companies will be providing security in Glasgow

Several BSIA member companies will be providing security in Glasgow

Development of security and stewarding solutions

David Leather, Chief Operating Officer at Glasgow 2014, commented: “Glasgow 2014 has been working positively and collaboratively with Police Scotland and the private security industry to develop security and stewarding solutions which will play a key role in delivering a safe and secure Commonwealth Games in less than two months’ time.”

Leather continued: “We recognise and value the important role private security suppliers have to play. We are delighted to have created the opportunity for a wide range of security providers to contribute to delivering a safe and enjoyable Games experience for athletes, officials and spectators under the guidance of Police Scotland.”

In addition, Leather explained: “We are applying a level of scrutiny that is unprecedented in the provision of a contractor security and stewarding workforce. That means the progress of every contractor towards the successful delivery of their commitments is fully transparent and there is accountability every step of the way. Glasgow 2014, Games Partners, Skills Development Scotland and colleges across Scotland are also pleased to be creating training and job opportunities in the security industry for hundreds of people which is a positive outcome for individuals, for Scotland and for the Commonwealth.”

Finally, Leather commented: “Glasgow 2014 is the biggest multi-sport event Scotland has ever hosted. It will be a special time and we want people to enjoy their experience as much as possible. We are confident that the approach being taken regarding both security and safety stewarding will play a positive role in the delivery of a safe and secure Games about which we can all be proud.”

BSIA welcomes the news

James Kelly, CEO at the BSIA, has welcomed the announcement.

“The approach taken by the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and Police Scotland is an excellent example of a fully integrated and carefully considered approach to event security,” expressed Kelly, “which has taken into account all elements of safety and security and involved key stakeholders at each stage of the decision-making process.”

The BSIA’s leader went on to state: “The level of scrutiny applied to potential suppliers has resulted in a security and stewarding framework which is comprehensive, collaborative and fit for purpose. I’m confident that this approach will result in an enjoyable and secure event.”

BSIA CEO James Kelly

BSIA CEO James Kelly

Kelly concluded: “We are delighted that so many BSIA member companies have been selected to contribute to the security of the XX Commonwealth Games. Many of our members have a long and successful track record in partnering with the police to deliver successful security operations at large-scale events, among them the Queen’s Jubilee, the Royal Wedding and the Olympic Torch Relay as well as sporting events such as Wimbledon and the Grand National. To add the Commonwealth Games to this list will be an additional accolade of which our industry can and will be very proud.”

BSIA membership includes several dedicated sections whose members have experience in securing events. These include Crowd Management, Security Guarding, Leisure Industry Security, Police and Public Services and Specialist Services.

*For more information about the BSIA and its members visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk

**Further detail around the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games can be found at: http://www.glasgow2014.com/

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BSIA members invited to tender for Commonwealth Games security contracts

Security arrangements for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have taken a major step forward, with the event’s Organising Committee announcing a list of 19 security suppliers who have been invited to tender for a range of Games-specific security contracts.

Among the 19 companies invited to tender are eight members of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). Their proven track record of delivering security at large-scale events will play an integral role in delivering a solution that Games organisers have planned to include a mix of police officers, private security officers, stewards and military personnel so as to cover all aspects of the security operation.

Commenting on the announcement, which was made on Monday 18 November, Police Scotland deputy chief constable Steve Allen (security director for the Commonwealth Games), said: “Glasgow 2014 will be a fantastic sporting event which we want to ensure people can enjoy from the starting blocks to the finishing line. From the time that athletes and spectators start arriving in Scotland through to the Closing Ceremony, it’s Police Scotland’s absolute priority to ensure a safe and secure Commonwealth Games.”

Allen continued: “To deliver that, Police Scotland and the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee have spent many months developing a programme through which we will work with the private security industry to deliver appropriate levels of security and stewarding staff. These staff are expected to be deployed in a range of specific, targeted locations across the footprint of the Commonwealth Games, from Games venues and accommodation to training facilities.”

He added: “19 companies have been invited to sign up to framework agreements. Police Scotland will always have the lead role and responsibility in delivering Games safety and security, with private contract security staff used in roles which do not require police officers to carry out those specific functions such as stewarding and venue and site security.”

19 security suppliers have been invited to tender for a range of 2014 Commonwealth Games-specific security contracts

19 security suppliers have been invited to tender for a range of 2014 Commonwealth Games-specific security contracts

Developing security and stewarding solutions

David Leather, Glasgow 2014’s chief operating officer, explained: “Glasgow 2014 has been working positively and collaboratively with Police Scotland and the private security industry to develop security and stewarding solutions which will play a key role in delivering a safe and secure Commonwealth Games next summer.

“We recognise and value the important role that private security suppliers have to play, and we’ve created an opportunity for a wide range of security providers to contribute to delivering a safe and enjoyable Games experience for athletes, officials and spectators alike.”

Among those companies invited to sign up to framework agreements (including both private contract security and contract safety stewarding) are the following members of the BSIA:

Allander Group
Corps Security
SecuriGroup
Show and Event Security
Showsec
The Protector Group
Wilson James
G4S Secure Solutions (UK)

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “Our members have a long and successful track record in partnering with the police to deliver successful private and public sector security operations. From national celebrations including the Queen’s Jubilee, Royal Wedding and Olympic Torch Relay to large-scale sporting events like Wimbledon and the Grand National, BSIA members have made significant contributions to securing them all. We look forward to welcoming the results of the procurement process and, of course, to a safe and secure Games.”

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

BSIA membership includes several dedicated sections whose members have experience in securing events. These include Crowd Management, Security Guarding, Leisure Industry Security, Police and Public Services and Specialist Services.

For more information about the BSIA and its members visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk

Further detail about the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games can be found at: http://www.glasgow2014.com/

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