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“2016 Engineers of Tomorrow competition now fully-booked” announces UBM

UBM EMEA, the organiser of IFSEC International, has just announced that all places on this year’s prestigious Engineers of Tomorrow annual competition are now filled. 64 of the fire and security industry’s brightest young engineers will now be at IFSEC International from 21-23 June in order to test their skills against each other in a live installation challenge at Europe’s largest security exhibition.

Engineers of Tomorrow is part of Apprenticeships for Fire and Security, an initiative that places apprentices into careers in the security industry and underpins their development. Supported by IFSEC International, CSL DualCom, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) and Skills for Security, the scheme has already helped in launching the careers of more than 3,000 young apprentices.

At the heart of the installation apprentice and young engineer industry, the competition will provide participants with a global stage to compete against their peers and represent their company.

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Companies involved in 2016 include Fidelity Integrated Systems, Abel Alarm Co, Highgrade Fire and Security, Chubb Fire and Security, CBRE, Tyco, Red Alert, VocalVale, H+J Martin, Ambush Security, Wessex Alarms, Captstan Security, Secure One, CIA, SES Yeovil, William Hale, Custom Alarms and the defending champions Tel Cam Security Systems and Kings Security.

The apprentice engineers will participate in the 90-minute live challenge that takes place on the lively exhibition floor at IFSEC International. They will then be assessed by a leading panel of judges from the security inspectorates, the NSI and the SSAIB, and points are then allocated based on performance in the various disciplines.

Heat winners and their employers will be invited to attend the prestigious Security & Fire Excellence Awards, which take place on Wednesday 23 November 2016, where the overall winner will be announced and awarded a £1000 cash prize.

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Demand for improved skills

Commenting on the competition, Simon Banks (group managing director at the CSL DualCom Group) said: “The huge take-up for IFSEC International’s Engineers of Tomorrow competition is in line with the industry’s demand for better skills. The fire and security sector is committed to apprenticeships providing results for businesses on a swift basis, while at the same time creating a lasting professional workforce for the future. Importantly, this competition allows employers and apprentices to showcase their skill sets on a world stage.”

This year, IFSEC International will host over 600 leading solution suppliers under one roof across the three days at London’s ExCeL, with the likes of Tyco, Milestone Systems, UTC, Texecom, Salto, Paxton, Hikvision, Dahua, Assa Abloy, Axis Communications, Canon, CAME and Marshalls already confirmed to attend. The show will also welcome more than 65 new exhibitors in 2016.

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IFSEC and FIREX International will once again be presented as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection and Management Series, which is the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information.

The Protection and Management Series also incorporates The Facilities Show, Safety and Health Expo and Service Management Expo.

Annually, it attracts more than 40,000 attendees over three days and is the ‘Centre of Excellence’ for the security, fire, safety and facilities business sectors.

*Find out more detail about IFSEC International (and register for your badge to see the Engineers of Tomorrow competition) here:  http://www.ifsec.co.uk/Watch_EoT/

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SSAIB’s 2016 Installer Forum at BT Tower sold out in record time

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), the fire, security and telecare certification body, has taken just eight hours to fill all 70 places available at its upcoming Installer Forum, which powered by IFSEC International and hosted by BT Redcare.

The 2016 Installer Forum is one of many similar seminars being held by SSAIB around the UK and Ireland this year, and the 4 May London event will be SSAIB’s third consecutive annual visit to the prestigious BT Tower.

Kicking off with a wide-ranging and informative update on standards and other topics from SSAIB’s CEO, Alex Carmichael, the half-day seminar will move on to a review of signalling technology presented by BT Redcare. Professional solutions specialist Citation will then provide an overview of Health and Safety issues before handing over to Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, for his own presentation.

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There will also be points of view from both a security manager’s and an insurer’s perspective before the morning closes with a market insight session chaired by United Business Media.

Delegates will then be invited to lunch in the BT Tower’s famous 34th Floor revolving restaurant, which is over 500 feet above ground level.

“Our third Installer Forum at the BT Tower in May is part of the SSAIB’s rolling programme of regional seminar events and other exhibition attendances being held across Britain and Ireland,” commented the organisation’s sales and marketing manager Andrew Brown. “This year alone we’ve already been to Durham, Bolton, Rotherham, Essex and Canterbury. In early April, we also visited the Titanic Centre in Belfast before moving on to the Redcow Moran Hotel in Dublin.”

Brown continued: “On 13 April we’ll be welcoming delegates at Hampden Park in Glasgow for Expo Scotland, while the month rounds out at our North East Expo which is being held at Kingston Park, the home of Newcastle Falcons. In May, we’ll be at Expo West Midlands at Wolverhampton Racecourse. Just a month later, the SSAIB takes its annual stand at the three-day IFSEC International event being staged again at ExCeL London from 21-23 June.”

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Engineers of Tomorrow 2016: Call for Entries

The prestigious Engineers of Tomorrow annual competition is now open for the fire and security industry’s brightest young engineers to register their interest. Successful entrants will then be invited to pit their skills against each other in a live installation challenge at Europe’s largest security exhibition, IFSEC International, which takes place in June.

Each year, more than 50 apprentice engineers participate in pairs to complete a 90-minute live challenge on the busy exhibition floor at IFSEC International, where they are then assessed by a leading panel of judges from the security industry’s inspectorates, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), and points allocated based on performance in the various disciplines.

Heat winners and their employers will be invited to the prestigious Security and Fire Excellence Awards where the winner will be announced and awarded a £1000 cash prize.

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Simon Banks, group managing director at CSL DualCom Group, commented: “The purpose of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition is to showcase the very best talent the security industry has to offer. It recognises the value of skills in our sector. For any security installer businesses who’ve invested in an apprentice, the competition is a great opportunity to promote their competency on a world stage.”

Apprenticeships for Fire and Security

Engineers of Tomorrow is part of Apprenticeships for Fire and Security, an initiative that places apprentices into careers in the security industry and supports their development.

Sponsored by IFSEC International, CSL DualCom, the NSI, the SSAIB and Skills for Security, the scheme has already helped launch the careers of more than 3,000 young apprentices.

At the heart of the installation apprentice and young engineer industry, the competition will provide participants with a global stage to compete against their peers and represent their company.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three pairs of engineers, with a first prize of £1000 provided by CSL DualCom, the second prize (a £500 Red Letter Day) donated by the NSI  and, finally, a third prize of £300 supported by the SSAIB.

This year, IFSEC International will run from 21-23 June in 2016 at London’s ExCeL and will once again be presented as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection and Management Series, the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. In addition to IFSEC International, the series incorporates FIREX International, The Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo and Service Management Expo.

To nominate yourself or a colleague and to gain more information about the Engineers of Tomorrow competition visit: www.ifsec.co.uk/EOT

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Hikvision and EMCS form partnership to expand CCTV system checks

Hikvision is expanding available opportunities for comprehensive CCTV system checks by establishing a unique partnership with EMCS, one of the UK’s largest independent monitoring stations.

The arrangements means that EMCS will now use the CCTV Sentry software to pro-actively monitor every customers’ CCTV system (not just those that traditionally opt for a monitored solution) and then send an e-mail if any problem is detected.

For its part, Hikvision has ensured that its entire range of DVR, NVR, Hybrid and HD-SDI products is 100% compatible.

EMCS has worked closely with Hikvision to roll out this comprehensive system checking service for the 80% of customers who, until now, have not had their CCTV systems monitored.

The remote status checking service offers round-the-clock peace of mind to all CCTV customers

The remote status checking service offers round-the-clock peace of mind to all CCTV customers

As stated, every Hikvision DVR is now compatible with CCTV Sentry and provides information on camera and hard disk failures, recording issues and any time accuracy problems. In addition to e-mail alerts, CCTV Sentry customers can view a live status web page on their smartphone anywhere, any time.

“As a result of our partnership with EMCS, CCTV Sentry will now be available to security and risk managers at every multi-site organisation where a fully-functional CCTV system is a necessity,” explained Keen Yao, international marketing director at Hikvision. “That includes organisations in sectors such as retail, banking, hotels, education, logistics, transportation and Critical National Infrastructure.”

Yao went on to comment: “This new arrangement provides all EMCS customers with a valuable and highly proactive maintenance service tool that helps to ensure their CCTV systems are fully operational on a 24/7 basis.”

Offering his views on the new partnership, Mark Hewerdine (CCTV manager at EMCS) said: “Our customers can be rightly confident in the knowledge that all Hikvision products are 100% compatible with CCTV Sentry, that they’re competitively priced, easy to use and, most important of all perhaps, both stable and reliable.”

Yao added: “Integrating CCTV Sentry with EMCS’ standard alarm panel represents a genuine breakthrough for those sites with unmonitored CCTV installations, allowing end users to be alerted when a fault happens rather than them only finding out after an incident has occurred. It also means the team at EMCS can offer an immediate visual check for an intruder if an alarm should be triggered.”

About EMCS and Hikvision

EMCS is one of the UK’s largest independent monitoring stations. Not tied to any one alarm company, EMCS is able to offer intruder alarm installers “the best alarm monitoring solution” for each of their end user customers.

All of the company’s front and back office facilities are based in the UK and available to be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Indeed, the dual Alarm Receiving Centres (ARC) are completely self-contained and resistant to both physical attack and power failures.

Importantly, EMCS has been awarded NSI Gold for intruder and fire alarm systems, is recognised by the SSAIB and accredited to ISO 9001-2008. EMCS’ operation was one of the first ARCs to be accredited to British Standard BS 8418 for CCTV monitoring.

*End users can access more information on the business at: http://www.emcs.co.uk

Hikvision specialises in video surveillance technology, designing and manufacturing a full line of innovative CCTV and video surveillance products. Those products range from cameras and DVRs through to specialist video management software.

Since inception back in 2001, the company has formed “the industry’s largest R&D team” and operates out of “state-of-art manufacturing facilities”. Both allow Hikvision’s customers the benefit of “world class products” designed with the assistance of cutting-edge technology.

As a further commitment to its customers, each year Hikvision reinvests 7% of its annual revenue into R&D for continued product innovation and improvement.

*For more information visit Hikvision’s website at: http://www.hikvision.com

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Alex Carmichael appointed CEO at the SSAIB

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2014, has appointed its next CEO. Alex Carmichael – presently director of technical services and exports at the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) – will be taking over from Geoff Tate who announced earlier this year that he will be stepping down as CEO at the security, fire and telecare certification body after 16 years in the role.

At the BSIA, Carmichael – who joined the Trade Association back in 1998 in the role of technical officer – is responsible for co-ordinating all technical and quality matters within the Association. These duties include acting as the organisation’s representative on various UK and European standards committees and serving as the UK’s representative on various Cenelec and Euralarm committees monitoring EU Directives that directly impact BSIA members.

In addition, Carmichael’s responsible for membership liaison within the BSIA’s technical sections, and works closely with other industry organisations such as the ABI, ACPO, ACPOS and several inspectorates on technical and any other issues that may affect BSIA members.

Indeed, Carmichael’s existing duties on those UK and European committees, along with his strong technical background and close working relationship with a variety of industry organisations, afford him the ideal credentials to steer the SSAIB in its next phase of growth.

Carmichael’s background also includes over 20 years’ experience in the Army across various technical/engineering support roles with REME, as well as a short spell as an electromedical engineer with the NHS.

For the time being, Carmichael will remain at the BSIA and take up his new post next March following a handover period shadowing his successor. The BSIA is presently seeking a replacement for Carmichael to head the technical team at Kirkham House in Worcester.

Alex Carmichael: the new CEO at the SSAIB

Alex Carmichael: the new CEO at the SSAIB

Widely known and respected

“I’m delighted that someone with Alex’s skill set will be heading up the SSAIB,” enthused Geoff Tate. “I’ll be handing over the reins to someone with over 15 years’ involvement in the security sector where he’s widely known and respected.”

Tate continued: “Besides working with him during a transitional handover, I’ll remain in close contact with Alex as the SSAIB’s chairman. It’s a significant boost for the SSAIB to appoint a new CEO of such calibre and provides the foundation for our future. SSAIB-certificated organisations in the security, fire and telecare industries can rest assured that they’ll be in good hands with our staff under Alex’s capable guidance.”

Founded in 1994 and based in Tyne & Wear, the SSAIB is a leading certification body for organisations providing electronic security systems, guarding security services, fire protection, alarm and telecare services systems in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In addition to its product schemes, SSAIB also offers a range of management systems certification schemes, including ISO 9001 quality management systems certification and ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification.

Over 1,500 companies are now listed on the SSAIB’s register.

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Lynn Watts-Plumpkin appointed director and general manager at IQ Verify

The IQ Group – which encompasses Industry Qualifications and the Institute of Administrative Management – has announced the appointment of Lynn Watts-Plumpkin to lead the development of its new certification body entitled IQ Verify.

IQ Verify will specialise in the certification of management systems, products and services, and is in the final stages of UKAS accreditation to ISO 17021 and ISO 17065. This development will allow the IQ Group to provide both individual certification through its awarding organisation as well as organisational certification through IQ Verify. It will be the first multi-sector organisation in the UK with this capability.

Lynn Watts-Plumpkin, whose background includes significant roles at both the NSI and the SSAIB, said: “I’m delighted to be joining the IQ Group at this time, and am excited by the opportunity to lead a new certification body. IQ Verify will be distinct in its offering. The focus will be on standards associated with corporate resilience, the investigations sector and PSC-1 within the security industry. We will also be developing inspection schemes for a number of economic sectors and trade bodies. Announcements will be made over the coming months.”

Lynn Watts-Plumpkin: director and general manager at IQ Verify

Lynn Watts-Plumpkin: director and general manager at IQ Verify

Raymond Clarke, CEO of the IQ Group, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to attract a person of Lynn’s experience and ability to IQ Verify at a very important time in its development. We’ve been working towards UKAS accreditation for a year now, and have conducted a range of trial assessments in advance of UKAS approval to positive acclaim.”

Clarke added: “IQ Verify will be operational from Monday 1 December, offering inspections to BS 102000 (Investigative Services), ISO 27001 (Data Security), ISO 31000 (Risk Management) and ISO 22301 (Business Continuity). We will be offering PSC-1 and ISO 9001 from January, by which time we expect to have obtained full UKAS accreditation.”

*For further information on the work of Industry Qualifications visit: http://www.industryqualifications.org.uk/

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SSAIB recruits manned services assessors ahead of business licensing

Inspection company the SSAIB – which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary as a fire, security and telecare certification body – has recruited two new manned services assessors to join the team headed by scheme manager Stephen Grieve.

The duo’s appointments come in the context of future regulation through mandatory business licensing – the most significant factor affecting the security industry since the SIA (Security Industry Authority) introduced individual licensing under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Andrew Osbourne

Andrew Osbourne

Andrew Osborne joins the SSAIB to cover the south of England. He brings with him an extensive and wide-ranging 40-year track record of business experience including security screening and training, Health and Safety management and risk assessments with companies such as G4S (with whom, for example, he conducted site and remote audits on static guarding, maritime, aviation, rail and events operations including employee screening, training and licensing).

Osbourne’s appointment to the team is mirrored by David Taylor’s recruitment to cover the Midlands and the north of England. Taylor has a similarly impressive industry CV dating back over 20 years and including roles as an operations, training and quality and security manager for Sigma Security. He also served as a project manager for Wilson James covering British Airways’ Heathrow headquarters, as well as being manager of security and safety services for both the Portman and Coventry Building Societies.

David Taylor

David Taylor

“Bringing on board professionals of Andrew and David’s calibre is a significant step for SSAIB as we invest in our regional manned services assessment capability in the run-up to the anticipated 2015 introduction of business licensing,” commented Stephen Grieve, “with all of the important implications involved in that process. This move also demonstrates the SSAIB’s credentials within the market as we operate for the benefit of licensing and certification customers around the UK and Ireland.”

Founded in 1994 and based in Tyne & Wear, the SSAIB also offers a range of management systems certification schemes, including ISO 9001 quality management systems certification and ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification.

Over 1,500 companies are now included on the SSAIB’s register.

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