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Next Generation Networks is focus of Euralarm Task Group Forum

The Europe-wide transition of traditional (ie PSTN) telecom networks towards all-IP communications networks that’s in different stages is having a significant impact on alarm signalling systems across countries. With this in mind, Euralarm’s Task Group on Next Generation Networks is now focusing on that transition.

Euralarm members the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the Fire Industry Association are hosting a high-profile forum on how changes to the UK telecommunications network may affect the fire and security industry. The event will be held on Thursday 15 March at the offices of UBM in central London and offers the opportunity to hear from the experts about what the impact of the transition will be.

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Euralarm’s Task Group is also running a Workshop prior to the conference. To be held the day before, the Workshop is centred on developing an understanding of progress around Next Generation Networks across Europe. Members of the Task Group will consider what guidance and direction is of value to industry members and their customers going forward.

Euralarm members and other stakeholders and interested parties are invited to participate in the open forum, while the Workshop is for Euralarm members only.

More details about the Workshop can soon be found on the Euralarm website. Further information on the forum is available on the BSIA’s website.

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Plimsoll analysis reveals UK security industry to be “outperforming” major European markets

A new study from global market analyst Plimsoll Publishing indicates that the UK’s security industry is outperforming major European markets as average sales growth reaches 4.7%.

Plimsoll’s findings – in the wake of analysing companies’ financial performance in the UK, French, Italian and Spanish security markets – reveals that businesses in the UK are outpacing their European counterparts in the sales department.

On average, each company in the UK is growing at 4.7%, followed by Spanish companies at 3.2% with Italian and French companies growing at 2.2% and 0.8% respectively.

Region Average company sales growth Average company pre-tax profit margin
UK 4.7% 2.1%
France 0.8% 3.9%
Italy 2.2% 1%
Spain 3.2% 1.8%

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Despite UK companies growing the fastest, and firms in France seemingly struggling for growth, it appears the French are actually deriving the best return on their bottom line with average margins at 4%.

David Pattison, Plimsoll’s senior analyst, said: “The challenge for any company is to balance sales growth and commercial strength. It appears growth in the UK market is occurring profitably as average margins have risen in the latest year. However, it’s the French market that’s of real interest. It appears the French market is growing slowly but, with the majority of companies appearing to be adverse to debt, it allows these security companies to make healthy margins.

Pattison added: “Clearly, the ability to maximise their resources and drive the company harder is proving key to their competitiveness.”

This new Plimsoll study individually analyses the largest and most important security companies across Europe and allows key decision-makers to gain a unique insight into each company’s strengths and weaknesses in one language and currency.

*To understand which companies are growing the fastest and to see who’s making profit, the Plimsoll European Security Study is available to buy for £800 +VAT. Readers of this article are entitled to a £50 discount and can purchase the report by e-mailing chrisg@plimsoll.co.uk and quoting the reference number PREURO

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Databac Group signs distribution agreement with Matica covering UK and Spanish markets

International card personalisation equipment manufacturer Matica Technologies has appointed Databac Group as its (AVAD) in the UK and Spain. Under the terms of the new agreement, Databac Group will support, supply and grow the network of Matica’s Authorised and Technology Partners.

“We’re very pleased to be partnering with Matica,” said Charles Balcomb, managing director of Databac Group. “We’ve been working with its printers for over 12 years now, and have always found them to be reliable and of the highest quality. The brand is well established and fits neatly with our current product offering. Matica’s high-security 600 dpi printers and laser-engraving solutions bring some incredible new products to our portfolio,”

Luca Picardi, Matica’s regional director for Europe, said: “Databac Group’s position as a leading provider in the ID market, together with its operations in these two key territories, will enable us to provide first-class distribution and support of our range of products across Spain and the UK.”

The Matica range includes entry-level card and retransfer printers (Moca, Espresso, and EDIsecure XID8100) and professional re-transfer printers (EDIsecure XID8300, XID8600 and XID9300).

Designed to meet high-end requirements, the professional range produces high-security credentials such as ID cards, driving licences and citizen cards.

With low printing costs per card together with fast printing times, the solutions are designed for use by airport security professionals, police officers, university security managers and large corporations where there’s a defined need for secure, high-quality colour cards.

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