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EUSAS-Euralarm Fire Safety Conference focuses on R&D and standardisation

The results of cutting-edge research on fire safety were presented during a joint conference of EUSAS and Euralarm, the European research and Trade Associations in the sector. R&D’s potential impact on current and future standardisation work was a further point of focus for the event.

The joint EUSAS-Euralarm Conference took place on February 7-8 at the Berlin offices of Bosch Security Systems and determined to discover how cutting-edge innovation in the fire safety sector will drive the development of future standards and make buildings and people safer than they have ever been.

The event brought together 60 top specialists in the field of fire safety research, engineering and standardisation representing various European countries. Introducing the event were EUSAS chairman Professor Dr Andreas Czylwik, Euralarm president Enzo Peduzzi and, on behalf of the event’s host, Christoph Hampe.

The programme was divided into four sessions: false alarms, performance and quality testing, evacuation systems and fire safety in smart buildings.

As yet unpublished research on false alarms data gathered in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland and Sweden was presented by Dr Sebastian Festag from ZVEI, the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association, and Lance Rütimann from SES, the Swiss Association of Security Product Manufacturers. Both are Euralarm delegates in the Task Group on False Alarms and have derived a common approach to an empirical analysis of false alarm data.

Wolfgang Krüll from the University of Duisburg-Essen presented reproducible testing procedures for false alarms and three new testing devices which have been developed for those procedures. In parallel, statistics from Iceland were presented by Gudmundur Gunnarsson of the MVS Iceland Construction Authority.

The problem of testing a safety device’s performance over its whole lifetime was first presented by Thomas Litterst of Hekatron, including detail of a specific testing process he has developed. As demonstrated by Thorsten Schultze from the University of Duisburg-Essen, products currently on the market are largely compliant with current standard’s requirements on age limits and could potentially function correctly well beyond.


Raman Chagger from the Building Research Establishment in England also showed that optical smoke detectors developed in the 1980s function perfectly in modern environments.

Another matter is the mechanism of drift compensation, making up for the aging of a device and the build-up of dirt on sensors, which has the potential to delay the detection of slowly developing fires. That’s according to Florence Daniault from the Wagner Group.

Evacuation systems was the third topic. It was discussed by Dr Karl Fridolf from WSP, an engineering services group, who exposed the theoretical framework of human behaviour in situations of fire, and how behavioural aspects could be better considered in safety design.

Video fire detection and its influence on evacuation was presented by Dr Tjark Windisch from Bosch Security Systems. On the day, Dr Windisch called for greater efforts when it comes to standardising video fire detection.

The final topic, smart buildings, was first discussed by Raman Chagger from the perspective of visual alarm devices. He demonstrated how the product standard together with suitable guidelines in a code of practice needs to be based on more solid research.

Dr Peter Harris from United Technologies Corporation showed how favouring interoperability and data sharing in smart buildings could bring about ‘context-aware smoke detection’.

In a final presentation, Marc Chenevoy from Euralarm highlighted the difficulties inherent with standardising interoperable systems in smart buildings, but reported on positive progress being made within European standardisation bodies.

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Chubb creates Learning and Development Academy to enhance employee skills

Chubb Fire & Security has created a dedicated Learning and Development Academy to enhance the sales, technical and customer services skills of both new and existing employees.

The Chubb Sales Academy features a series of 18 bespoke learning modules delivered over a five-week period and offered five times a year.  Each sales employee – whether new to Chubb or transferred from a sister business – will complete the rigorous learning and development programme.  Instruction ensures understanding of the business and its history, as well as a more in-depth analysis of specific product technologies and customer needs.


The first graduates of the new Chubb Sales Academy

“Throughout the Chubb Sales Academy we will encourage, develop and monitor each candidate to ensure they’re reaching the high standards that we expect of our teams,” said Chris Parker, head of commercial transformation at Chubb.

As well as the initial programme, sales managers have access to a calendar of additional modules to ensure their teams are fully aware of the brand’s latest innovations, or to refresh their existing knowledge.

“The academy is another example of Chubb’s commitment to nurturing and developing new talent,” added Parker. “We must ensure our employees have access to the latest techniques such that, as a business, we match the high standards our customers expect.”

Founded by the inventor of the first patent detector lock in 1818, Chubb is a leading provider of security and fire safety solutions for businesses and industries nationwide. Chubb is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of the United Technologies Corporation (a leading solutions provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide).

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Custodian releases monitoring portal upgrade with promise of “new levels of efficiency” for end users

Custodian Monitoring Services – a recognised leading provider of intruder, fire and life safety systems monitoring – has released a new version of its online TOUCH monitoring portal that affords end users real-time access to a wide range of new reports and capabilities.

Created in response to stakeholder feedback, the new portal offers a broad range of benefits. End users, engineers and installers can now enjoy greater oversight of their buildings and portfolios via this web-based customer portal which places them in control of critical areas such as key holding.

Victoria Waude, head of monitoring sales at Custodian, is adamant that TOUCH users will gain improved levels of access control management.

“End users and installers now have the ability to temporarily suspend and re-instate key holders without delay,” said Waude. “This is extremely useful for those companies looking to manage access when employees go on holiday or are absent.”

Victoria Waude

Victoria Waude

Installers can now create and maintain engineer rotas at the touch of a button, anytime and from anywhere.

“The new features are aligned with our approach of designing products and systems that simplify processes and deliver greater operational efficiencies for our customers,” added Waude.

For their part, installers are now also able to upload logos and company information to their TOUCH platform to maintain their corporate identity.

Another feature includes bulk end user registrations, which makes it easier for installers to invite all of their customers to register. In addition, there are further functions in the engineer portal for online testing and event history.

Custodian operates in the UK as Security Monitoring Centres Ltd and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a business unit of the United Technologies Corporation.

Custodian is one of the UK’s leading NSI Gold Alarm Receiving Centres, providing 24/7 monitoring for its customer base.

*For more information visit: www.custodianmonitoring.com

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UTC Fire & Security UK receives CPNI approval for GS930 glass break detector solution

UTC Fire & Security – a business unit of the United Technologies Corporation – has just had its GS930 glass break detector approved by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) for use in the UK’s most important security projects.

The CPNI provides protective security advice and assures a wide range of physical security products for use on Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) sites. This latest approval for the GS930 adds to the growing catalogue of security devices that have been officially tested for applications at such premises.

The GS930 is an intelligent audio glass break detector that analyses acoustic signals 80 times per second to provide accurate warning when framed glass is broken. Thanks to a patented 3×3 signal processing algorithm, no adjustment is necessary for different types and sizes of glass.

Detail of the DD669AM 20-metre ceiling mount dual technology movement sensor

Detail of the DD669AM 20-metre ceiling mount dual technology movement sensor

It was also recently confirmed that the DD669AM 20-metre ceiling mount dual technology movement sensor had passed the CPNI test procedures. The unit combines mirror optics with 4D signal processing to provide accurate detection while increasing stability and the reduction of nuisance alarms. It incorporates range-controlled microwave technology that eliminates nuisance alarms generated by movement beyond the detection pattern.

“With these latest successes we now offer a very useful choice of intruder products which are approved for CPNI use,” said Ian Avey, pre-sales engineer at UTC Fire & Security UK.

“Having passed independent testing, these products are not just suitable for CPNI projects but also make for a great choice across the wider security segment. End users can be confident that these are highly dependable devices suitable for any application where performance is essential.”

The full range of CPNI-approved detectors from UTC now includes the GS930 glass break detector; the Aritech VV700 Seismic Sensor, the Aritech EV1116AM PIR, the Aritech VE1120AM PIR, the Aritech DD669AM Dualtech, the Guardall PQ15AM PIR and the Guardall BG9 Seismic Sensor.

*Further information is available online at: www.utcfssecurityproducts.co.uk

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