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SALTO Systems attains prestigious Secured by Design certification

SALTO Systems – the specialist in wire-free, wireless and cloud-based access control solutions – has been been awarded the prestigious Secured by Design (SBD) accreditation for its electronic security products.

This means that the company’s XS4 electronic escutcheons and XS4 GEO electronic cylinder products have not only passed SBD’s stringent security tests, but also that these approved products will be routinely audited or re-certified every year, in turn providing valuable evidence of the company’s continued compliance.

SBD is governed by a UK-wide representative Board whose members include chief constables and works with police forces, the Government, local authorities, regulatory authorities, developers, builders, product manufacturers and many other organisations around the country to implement effective security standards in environmental design and product resilience.

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Independent academic research shows that SBD developments can achieve crime reductions of up to 75% compared to non-SBD sites.

Ramesh Gurdev, managing director of SALTO Systems UK, stated: “We’re extremely proud to have been awarded Secured by Design accreditation. The SALTO XS4 electronic escutcheons and XS4 GEO electronic cylinder products are now certified and compliant to the highest industry standards.”

Gurdev added: “We always strive to deliver the most technologically advanced electronic access control solutions, and this certification means our customers can rest assured that SALTO products are among the most secure in the market.”

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Adams Rite and Kestrel Aluminium Systems partner to reduce burglaries

Adams Rite, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions (a UK division of ASSA ABLOY), is now working with Kestrel Aluminium Systems to secure properties with doorsets tested to the important UK security standard PAS24.

According to The Crime Prevention Website, enhanced secure doors and “their performance in terms of their contribution to reducing burglary has been quite breathtaking.” PAS24 is supported by Secured by Design on behalf of the UK police service.

Kestrel Aluminum Systems is supplying a wide range of properties (including private dwellings and commercial properties) with the thermally efficient aluminium single and double doorsets that have been proven to successfully resist all PAS24 attacks.

The doorsets offer ‘enhanced security’ and incorporate Adams Rite’s Sentinel M commercial multipoint locks, which includes the new three-star security-rated cylinder platform.

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Steven Shute, managing director at Kestrel Aluminium Systems, said: “Working with Adams Rite has allowed us to use ASSA ABLOY’s UKAS-accredited test lab to ensure our components resisted all PAS24 attacks, without failure or opening. The testing included timed manual attack methods, hard and soft body impact tests and mechanical load testing of 4500N, providing us with the confidence that our doorsets will not only conserve heat, but also adequately protect occupants and assets in a range of projects.”

Tim Almond, OEM commercial manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, added: “We’re delighted to have such a longstanding working relationship with Kestrel Aluminum Systems. This enables us to help deliver the high level of security required across a number of buildings in order to reduce burglary.”

Almond concluded: “Sentinel M is a versatile solution that can be used in a variety of environments including hospitals, leisure facilities and commercial projects.”

*To see the testing procedures taking place watch this video: http://bit.ly/1lDgyHG

**For more information visit www.adamsrite.co.uk or www.kestrelaluminium.co.uk

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Lone worker protection provider Send for Help Group reports record growth for fourth year running

The Send for Help Group has just posted financials detailing record growth and profits for the financial year 2015-2016. Published in the Send for Help Group’s Annual Report, the figures state that for the year ending 31 March 2016, turnover was up 81% year-on-year while operating profits had also increased by 42% within the same period.

Results for 2015-2016 saw the company turnover increase to £6.1 million, with a gross margin of £4.94 million and profits of £1.5 million (complete with an adjusted EBITDA* figure of £3 million).

The business has maintained its position by dint of continued product development and delivering the highest levels of customer service through its subsidiary brands – Skyguard and Guardian24.

The previous financial year had seen the Send for Help Group acquire Guardian24, adding a second well-established market player (alongside Skyguard) to its portfolio. The full benefits of this acquisition have been reflected in these published results.

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The Send for Help Group provides personal alarms and mobile phone applications linked to its fully-accredited Alarm Receiving Centre, which in turn delivers 24/7 back-up and protection for lone workers and those at risk. The group primarily operates in the UK and Ireland serving over 100 NHS trusts, 200 housing associations and 150 local authorities as well as hundreds of commercial organisations. Over half the UK’s police forces trust and use Send for Help Group’s alarms to protect the most vulnerable in society.

This year, the business has gained the highest industry accreditations from the National Security Inspectorate and the Police’s Secured by Design scheme.

Send for Help Group’s CEO James Murray said: “The directors are delighted with these results, which shows the company’s turnover and profit yet again increasing year-on-year. Despite the uncertain economic environment, the business has achieved excellent results for 2016 and the directors are confident that we will continue to build on this success story in 2017. With a strong management team, a healthy sales pipeline and some exciting new products in development, there are excellent prospects for further growth in the coming year.”

Murray concluded: “We’re delivering shareholder value by making the Send for Help Group a more profitable business through improved gross margins and prudent cost management. Our incentive mechanisms for early settlement of multi-year contracts generate strong cash flows, while we actively seek value-adding growth opportunities. We’re fully committed to operating with strong financial discipline and a conservative view towards risk.”

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Guardian24 attains Secured by Design approval for MicroGuard personal safety device

Guardian24 has been awarded the prestigious Secured by Design accreditation for its specialist MicroGuard personal safety device.

The MicroGuard has met the extremely stringent specifications set by Secured by Design – the official UK police initiative that supports ‘designing-out crime’ through the use of high quality and innovative products and processes.

MicroGuard is also fully approved to BS 8484.

The coveted Secured by Design award provides end users with reassurance that the MicroGuard is effective in assisting lone workers and those at risk in an emergency. The device is one of very few lone worker alarms to be granted police service national approval.

James Murray, CEO of Guardian24, stated: “We’re extremely proud to have been awarded the Secured by Design accreditation. The MicroGuard device is now fully certified and compliant to the highest industry standards. End users can rest assured in the knowledge that Guardian24’s service provision is constantly monitored, assessed and subjected to rigorous external testing.”

Combining the latest GPS, GPRS and fall alarm technologies, the lightweight MicroGuard provides lone workers with discreet and convenient protection at the touch of a button.

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Charter Global launches “first-ever” SR5 security-rated shutter solution to UK market

With heightened levels of security across the globe, Charter Global – established manufacturer of the Obexion LPS 1175 range of security shutters – has raised the bar in terms of security by introducing the “first-ever” SR5 security-rated shutter.

The Obexion MD SR5 is certified to LPS 1175 Issue 7 SR5 and specifically designed to provide the highest level of security available for high risk locations such as Critical National Infrastructure, military and national security establishments as well as high value public and commercial premises.

The SR5 is designed to protect against a sustained and professional attempt to gain entry using a range of handheld performance power tools for extended periods of time.

To achieve this exceptional level of security rating, the shutters have to withstand a total attack time of ten minutes using various high performance power tools including an 18 V reciprocating saw and an angle grinder.

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Charter Global’s Obexion SR5 security shutter

Obexion’s ‘Lockdown’ technology means that the SR5 requires no auxiliary locking system. The ‘profiles’ lock the shutters in any stop position, fully closed or otherwise. This means the shutters cannot be forced open to gain entry, making them ideal as a first point of entry security for any facility.

The SR5 can be installed on re-enforced concrete and structural steelwork, but its lightweight construction also means that it may be installed on buildings of cultural and historic interest.

The shutters are motorised to allow controlled ascent and descent with either a 240 V/415 V motor depending on aperture size and/or duty cycle. There’s a full range of controls including push button, key and radio control or the system may be integrated into building management systems and third party alarms.

Electronic monitoring and alarm options are available for higher risk environments.

Roger Humphreys, Charter Global’s managing director, told Risk UK: “With the certification of Obexion to LPS 1175 Level 5, and with a continuing programme of product development and testing, we feel we’ve established a new benchmark for the security shutter market and we’re committed to build further on this success. We will continue to listen to our customers and develop products that meet developing risks and changing environments.”

For over a decade, Charter Global has been supplying specialist security shutters to prestige commercial properties, retail premises, buildings requiring high levels of security, those in high risk locations and critical infrastructure projects.

The company also supplies bespoke security shutters for specialist applications, working with clients to develop specific products to resist evolving attack methodologies, tool capabilities and risk status.

Charter Global’s products are LPCB approved and accredited by Secured by Design, UVDB Supplier, SMAS, SSIP, the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme and also benefit from Safecontractor accreditation.

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Videx expands digital door entry panel range with development of 4212 model

Videx has introduced a new series of digital door entry panels for end users complete with advanced features designed to strengthen building access control regimes.

The 4212 panel is vandal resistant and best suited to student accommodation, business establishments and housing association properties. It adds to the existing Videx range of digital door panels but carries better, more advanced features. It’s also Secured by Design accredited.

Steve Natton, special projects manager at Videx, explained: “The 4212 includes many new features, among them a graphical LCD screen which displays text and intuitive icons during the calling process. The voice annunciation feature verbally guides the visitor through the process of calling. What’s more, the backlit keypad with piped number 5 key not only allows the keypad to be used when lighting is poor but also aids visually impaired visitors, making it fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination guidelines stipulated under the Terms and Conditions of the Equality Act 2010.”

Further features include an integrated wide angle (155°) 570k pixel camera and proximity reader.

The 4212 includes access for up to 2,800 codes. Proximity access can be self-contained for up to 2,800 users or the integral reader can be used with the Portal Plus access control system or third party access control supporting the Wiegand protocol.

Natton continued: “The 4212 carries a number of features that makes the door entry system a lot easier to use, helping manage access control on a better footing. For example, the name scroll facility enables a more seamless approach to entry. The wide-angle day/night camera includes infrared illumination and will automatically switch from colour to grey scale in poor lighting conditions to give a crisper image. Programming can be carried out using either the keypad and LCD display or through the USB port and PC software. The PC software enables all programming and management of the door panel while also allowing a custom logo to be imported and displayed on the LCD display. When using the proximity access control facility in self-contained mode, the PC software will also allow a USB desk mount proximity reader to be connected to simplify the adding of new proximity fobs and cards.”

The panels are available in flush or surface variants and in the standard vandal resistant form or in the 4000 Series frame.

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Send For Help Group acquires Bluechip Technologies to become “Europe’s largest lone worker protection provider”

The Send For Help Group has acquired Bluechip Technologies Ltd (trading as Guardian24), which now makes the Group the largest lone worker protection provider in Europe. Combined with its existing subsidiary Skyguard, the Group has a subscriber base totalling 70,000 users across a diverse range of public and private sector vertical markets.

Formed in 2010, The Send For Help Group was established as the investment vehicle of technology entrepreneur Jan Murray to enable the acquisition of Skyguard. Murray has an established track record in emerging hi-tech industries, having launched the PC World superstores chain and also the Internet Technology Group (which was the largest sale of an independent ISP in the UK).

The latest deal has enabled the Group to take advantage of a number of synergies. Guardian24’s subscribers will be migrated to Skyguard’s state-of-the-art Incident Management Centre in Surrey for alarm management and emergency response. The purpose-built facility is manned 24/7 by Skyguard’s highly-trained controllers and accredited to the highest industry standards: BS 8484, BS 5979 (Category II) and ACPO’s Secured by Design scheme.

The two companies will also share new product development and technical expertise, augmenting their existing portfolio of dedicated personal safety devices, smart phone applications and mobile phone solutions.

Foundation for future growth

The Send For Help Group’s CEO James Murray commented: “This acquisition makes the Group the biggest provider in Europe’s lone worker protection industry and by some margin. The deal provides us with a solid foundation for future expansion and further acquisitions.”

Murray continued: “Thanks to our well-established brands we are industry leaders in the key lone working sectors, from the NHS and the police with Skyguard through to the social housing and charity sectors with Guardian24. This deal allows us to reinforce our leading position at a time when the market is experiencing a period of consolidation.”

The Send For Help Group’s senior management team has over 40 years’ collective experience of working in the lone worker protection industry. Drawing from this specialist expertise, the company has invested in cutting-edge technology to develop exclusive personal safety products, software and infrastructures.

For more information visit the website: www.sendforhelp.co.uk

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