In an unprecedented collaboration within the fire and security industry, three not-for-profit organisations with expertise in fire and security doorsets have combined their knowledge to offer guidance on a newly-published document on flat entrance doorsets. The joint publication: ‘A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets; A publication for housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities in England’, relates to new doorsets and is the product of DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), Secured by Design (SBD) and the Fire Industry Association (FIA). The publication brings together the best collaborative advice available from the industry in one straightforward document to highlight the fundamental issues of fire safety and security for those selecting fire doorsets. The publication makes the point that there is no conflict between fire and security with Building Regulations ADB and ADQ carrying equal weight Equal weightage for ADB and ADQ Importantly, the publication makes the point that there is no conflict between fire and security with Building Regulations ADB (fire) and ADQ (security) carrying equal weight with neither taking precedence over the other. It explains why only factory produced doorsets can meet both ADB and ADQ. Specifiers can have confidence in using the publication as an authoritative source of information as they are guided through the complexities of an extremely important area of Building Regulations to help them make informed choices. The publication, which can be downloaded from any of the co-operating organisations’ websites, comes in the wake of the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy and in response to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Governments’ (MHCLG) Implementation Plan – ‘Building a Safer Future’, released at the end of December 2018. Enabling safer, easier escape This new guidance document recommends that all fire doorsets are factory-prepared, and audited by a third-partyThis new guidance document, which launched in March of this year, recommends that all fire doorsets are factory-prepared (as opposed to prepared on-site), and furthermore, audited by a third-party. It is suggested these recommendations will offer greater assurance on door performance and protect occupants, control the spread of fire and enable safer, easier escape in the event of an incident. “We are delighted to have collaborated with SBD and FIA, in sharing our joint expertise on doorsets and fire safety,” explains DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. “It seemed a natural partnership to come together and offer guidance on what to look for in a flat entrance doorset, how this relates to the latest advice supplied by Government (MHCLG) and why third-party certification of fire and security doorset manufacture, installation and maintenance is a critical part of the protection against fire ingress and unlawful entry. “Third party certification of manufacture, installation, maintenance and inspection of fire, smoke and security doors is something DHF has lobbied for tirelessly, as well as issues surrounding poorly or ill-fitting door closers,” he continues. “These form a vital part of fire safety.” Importance of third-party certification It is worth noting that although this document is specific to England and Wales, it is also useful information for Northern Ireland and Scotland"FIA’s CEO, Ian Moore, says: “We are very pleased to work with DHF and Secured by Design in producing a guidance document to assist housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities on what to look for in a new flat entrance doorset and why third-party certification of fire doorset manufacture, installation and maintenance is a critical part of fire protection. “This underlines the Fire Industry Association’s objective to improve and perfect fire protection work and builds on MHCLG guidance within the Government’s building safety programme. It is worth noting that although this document is specific to England and Wales, it is also useful information for Northern Ireland and Scotland.” Establishing effective security standards Chief Operating Officer of Secured by Design, Jon Cole, emphasised how important it is for the three organisations to work together to provide a holistic overview. Third party certification, by suitably qualified bodies, has certainly delivered consistency and quality within the security sector"He says: “For many years, we have worked closely with national and local government, manufacturers, trade associations and standards authorities at home and abroad to establish effective security standards in the building and construction industry. We insist on United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited independent, third-party certification to provide product control and to ensure that specification and quality is maintained over time.” “Third party certification, by suitably qualified bodies, has certainly delivered consistency and quality within the security sector. This is why, we have campaigned for flat entrance doorsets to have dual certification, meeting all the relevant requirements for security and fire resistance in a single combined design specification. We believe that certification remains the best and only way to assure that effective quality products are delivered to market, providing additional assurance of performance.”
IFSEC Global has announced that Microsoft CSO Mike Howard, security consultant Don Randall MBE and Baroness Neville-Jones, chair of the British Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), star on a 30-strong judging panel for its ‘Top influencers in Security and Fire 2018.’ Lead judge Grant Lecky, co-founder of the Security Partners Forum, drew on his extensive contacts network to appoint a diverse line-up of judges. He said: “Many of these judges were appointed based on strong recommendations and all are award winners themselves – often multiple times. They could hardly be better positioned to identify the next generation of influencers coming through.” Acknowleding security professionals “Several have even appeared among IFSEC’s influencers in previous years. Though being a judge bars them from appearing this time round, they’re all only too happy to ‘send the elevator back down’ to other professionals doing great things in the fire and security industries.”, he added. Lecky himself featured in IFSEC Global’s list of top influencers in 2014 and 2017. In the last year alone, he has won five prestigious accolades, including a spot on the Canadian Who’s Who and an Outstanding Achievement in Global Cybersecurity (OAGCS) Award from the Ontario College of Management and Technology. Judging panel for ‘Top influencers in Security and Fire 2018’: Ahmed Qurram Baig, co-founder, CISOCONNECT Baroness Neville-Jones, chair, British Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) Carol Osler, Senior VP, head of financial crimes, fraud management, enterprise project management Cath Goulding, head of IT security, Nominet David Burrill, co-founder, Burrill Green Denis Lauretou, Head of Security & Safety, chez Banque de France Diana Burley, executive director & chair, Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection Don Randall MBE, senior adviser, Pilgrims Group Dr Robert Docherty, MD, Flame Risk Solutions Francisco Poley Herrera, security director, European Federation of Security Directors GB Singh, editor, Security Today & Security Update Ian Moore, CEO, FIA Izabela Albrycht, chair, Kosciuszko Institute & CYBERSEC Jason Brown, national security director, Thales Lynn Mattice, MD, Mattice & Associates Lynwen Connick, CISO, ANZ Banking Group Martin Harvey, Tyco International Mike Howard, CSO, Microsoft Mike Hurst, vice chairman, ASIS UK chapter Pauline Norstrum, MD, NetVu Ltd Peter Houlis, MD, 2020Vision Systems Rachaell Saunders, CEO, National Protective Services Steve Durbin, MD, ISF Steve Lasky, editorial director, Southcomm Security Media Group Tacito Leite, director of security, Indra Theresa Payton, CEO, Fortalice Una Riley, CEO, iAudit Consultants Ltd Victoria Ekhomu, MD, Trans-World Security Systems Ltd & School of Management & Security Wendy Bashnan, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Security, NATO Yvan De Mesmaeker, Secretary general of the European Corporate Security Association The top influencers in Security and Fire 2018 will be announced in the IFSEC Security Briefing to be held in May 2018.
The survey also sought to discover which vertical markets were leading the way in taking up solutions offered by BSIA Export Council member companies New research carried out on behalf of the British Security Industry Association's Export Council in the lead-up to the recent Intersec 2015 exhibition in Dubai serves to underline the strong demand being seen in the Middle East marketplace for the latest security systems and solutions from UK businesses, despite the backdrop of increased international competition. Analysis of the research also brings into sharp focus the key technologies, like integrated solutions, HD CCTV and the much talked about Cloud, that have made a major impact over the past year. Looking at the specific areas covered by the survey, encouragingly, all of the Export Council's member companies who responded confirmed that they are active in this pivotal region, a figure which is up by 11% year-on-year. Of those questioned, an impressive 62.5% reported that they had witnessed a notable increase in revenues derived from the Middle East over the past 12 months and a further 25% confirmed that business levels were unchanged. Significantly, the outlook for the coming year is even stronger with all members questioned saying they anticipate a rise in orders. Although not covered in this year's survey, talking to member companies more widely, the countries in the region that continue to generate impressive sales for British products and solutions are, respectively, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Other geographical areas which are also making a strong impression here include: Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq. When questioned regarding the approach to security technology which they felt had made the largest impact in the Middle East over the past 12 months, security integration came out well ahead of everything else, in fact it was singled out by half of all of those surveyed. Also featuring strongly in the research was, once again, HD and Mega-pixel CCTV on 25%, with Cloud-based solutions - which was making an appearance in the survey for the first time - and multi-voltage power supplies, each being selected by 12.5% of respondents. When questioned regarding the approach to security technology which they felt had made the largest impact in the Middle East over the past 12 months, security integration came out well ahead of everything else Reflecting on the strong push for security integration, Ian Moore, Chairman of the Export Council, reckons that this underlines the increasing recognition amongst BSIA member's customers of the enhanced security, and day-to-day management, benefits that can be unlocked when a number of elements - from access control to video surveillance - can be brought together in a seamless IP environment rather than remaining in their own discrete and unconnected silos. Although the advantages for large-scale and multi-site operations are well documented, Export Council members are also, confirms Moore, witnessing a growing trend for integrated security solutions to be taken-up by medium and even smaller sized enterprises, something which is likely to accelerate even further in the year ahead. Alongside this, the roll-out of HD and Mega-pixel CCTV cameras continues to prove a popular choice thanks, undoubtedly, to the ability to provide additional detail in security critical applications such as banks and hotel lobbies and changing legislative requirements across the region. Expanding on why power supplies ranked highly in the research, Moore says that Power Supply Unit (PSU) manufacturers are seeing at first hand the region’s desire for energy reduction (improbable as it might seem at first), by offering high efficiency levels that will be realised compared to traditional designs. This also leads to significantly cooler running – a major factor in the region - offering enhanced reliability; and with the region’s multiple supply voltages and frequencies (often of an unsteady nature), single units that produce stable outputs under any of these varying input conditions. Of course as with any research there were a few surprises, specifically the fact that biometrics for access control and VCA (Video Content Analysis) did not feature in the rankings this time around, both of which have scored highly in previous years. Drilling down to what is actually influencing customer buying decisions in the region, the research investigated the factors which Export Council members were finding on the ground. It was discovered, encouragingly, that compliance with industry standards was ranked as the most important decision-making factor by nearly half of respondents (44.4%) when dealing with Middle East customers, a rise of over 11% - something that has always been a key consideration for BSIA membership. Technological innovation was also singled out by a significant proportion of respondents (22.2%). This reinforces the importance for Export Council members of having a strong R&D base and the desire by customers in the region to adopt leading edge solutions for their security-critical projects. Other subsidiary factors mentioned included: ease of use, return-on-investment, and initial purchase price. Beyond this, the survey sought to discover which vertical markets were leading the way in taking up solutions offered by BSIA Export Council member companies. It was reported that the top market sector was critical national infrastructure on 33.3%, perhaps not too surprising given that this includes oil and gas facilities which continue to play such an economically vital role in the region. Other stand-out sectors for security procurement in the survey were government (22.2%), which reflects strong public sector activity, transport - with major rail and road projects in the works - plus retail which remains a key economic driver. It was discovered, encouragingly, that compliance with industry standards was ranked as the most important decision-making factor by nearly half of respondents (44.4%) when dealing with Middle East customers Putting forward some thoughts on the survey, Ian Moore, Chairman of the BSIA's Export Council says: "The new Export Council research, which was unveiled at Intersec, underlines the phenomenal demand out there in the Middle East for the best that British security products and solutions can offer and, specifically, those from BSIA member companies. Moving ahead, it is encouraging to reflect on the high degree of confidence expressed by Export Council members in their prospects for 2015. Significantly, these findings tie-in with the results of our annual 'State of the Nation' survey conducted late last year which confirm that the Middle East is the single most important target market worldwide for BSIA members over the next 12 months, ahead of Eastern and even Western Europe, which falls back into third place." "Turning again to the latest research, from a BSIA perspective, the fact that members report industry standards ranking highly in the thinking of prospective customers is encouraging,” says Moore. Moore continues:“This makes a welcome change from the perennial focus on initial purchase price and move towards the cost of ownership during the life cycle of the solution." On the technology front, Moore reiterates that it appears security integration is coming to the fore: “This, undoubtedly, reflects the reality that people are taking a broader perspective now when thinking about specifying an optimum solution. In addition, the fact that the Cloud is starting to have an impact on the development of security measures, for example to store and access data from access control to video surveillance, offers food for thought in terms of the best approach to storage. Although in its infancy this is certainly something to keep an eye on for the future." he concludes.
Intersec 2015 is expected to play host to a record number of BSIA member companies Members of the British Security Industry Association's Export Council (Stand: S1-D50) are planning to demonstrate the best of British security innovations and services - from video management software to highly efficient power supplies, dual technology detectors and access control panels - at the forthcoming Intersec 2015 show in Dubai (January 18 - 20), with members keen to expand their presence in the region. Underlining Intersec's status as a must attend event for British security companies, this year it is expected to play host to a record number of BSIA member companies, with many concentrated on the BSIA-organised UK Security Pavilion. For Intersec 2015, the BSIA is building on the unprecedented success of last year's edition which saw the the UK Pavilion grow by an unprecedented 40%, year-on-year. British Government support was also much in evidence at the 2014 event, with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP speaking to BSIA representatives and exhibitors during a high level ministerial visit. Putting the business benefits of Intersec into perspective, last time around 67% of BSIA Export Council members reported an upturn in visitor numbers - post show - and signalled that they a saw a leap upwards in the quality of attendees. As the leading trade association representing the UK's private security industry, the British Security Industry Association, through its dedicated Export Council, plays a central role forging productive links between UK security companies and overseas buyers. Intersec is certainly pivotal to this process, with the BSIA - which is attending for the 17th year - planning to have members on hand to offer valuable face-to-face advice, and guidance, on the latest products and services that British security businesses have to offer. Underlining the importance of the Middle East to member companies, the BSIA's Export Council has conducted its annual 'State of the Nation' survey to identify global export trends. This confirms that the region as the primary market being targeted by members for growth over the next 12 months. In addition, Intersec ranks amongst the most important overseas exhibition for members with an impressive 80% confirming, when questioned, that they attended the 2014 exhibition. "Intersec provides the ideal opportunity for companies to underline the innovative solutions they can offer to customers across the Middle East" Given the above, it is perhaps not surprising that the Export Council's Chairman, Ian Moore, is enthusiastic about the prospects for Intersec 2015: "Intersec provides the ideal opportunity for companies to underline the innovative solutions they can offer to customers across the Middle East and beyond. Our members, as the 'State of the Nation' survey underlines, are particularly keen to forge relationships with overseas distributors. The scope of member companies' expertise is certainly impressive with industry leaders well represented across areas as diverse as: video management software, biometric access control systems, turnstiles, perimeter protection and power supplies, all exhibiting." Moore feels that the strong BSIA presence at Intersec parallels the way the show has developed from a key regional exhibition to a major international security solutions showcase: "Given that Intersec is strategically located in Dubai it acts as a convenient worldwide hub.” Moore continues: “Our members not only have an invaluable opportunity to engage with visitors from the Middle East itself but can, just as easily, conduct business with customers from as far afield as South Africa, Pakistan, India, China, Australasia and the Far East, who may not necessarily want to travel to the UK." Remarking on the benefits for overseas buyers can unlock working with BSIA members, Moore says: "It is important to stress that there is the reassurance of dealing with professional, quality, companies that have gone through rigorous accreditation and credential checks and, crucially, are at the forefront of compliance with relevant industry standards."
A long-term contributor to the BSIA’s Export Council, Ian’s expertise continues to help new exporters gain a foothold in overseas markets Following the British Security Industry Association’s AGM, Elmdene Ltd’s Managing Director, Ian Moore, has been appointed Chairman of the Association’s dedicated Export Council. With an export career spanning 20 years, Ian has made a positive contribution to the international growth of a number of businesses cross-nationally; working in the UK, Taiwan, Dubai and Libya. As Managing Director at Elmdene, a large-scale manufacturer of electronic products, Ian has in-depth experience exporting worldwide. Most notably to Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Nordics, South Africa and the Middle East. Ian has also honed his thought leadership skills throughout his professional development; from teaching at the Royal Navy Engineering University near the start of his career to later lecturing at the National Police College in Taiwan. In 2003, Ian established Detector Technologies and oversaw the company’s growth from a start-up to an international business with offices in the UK, Australia, Dubai and South Africa in just six years. A long-term contributor to the BSIA’s Export Council, Ian’s expertise continues to help new exporters gain a foothold in overseas markets. In recognition of his ongoing involvement in the Council, Ian was also recently awarded the Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Exporting at the BSIA’s Annual Lunch. Ian is looking forward to his new role and is ambitious about the future of the Export Council. When asked what his main focus as Chairman over the next twelve months will be, he replied: “I am very keen to educate members through the Council of the opportunities and risks of exporting. There is a natural assumption that exporting should be the first strategy to growing business – this is not necessarily true. Only when the home market is near to saturation (unless there is an unquestioning opportunity) and they have the products and market acceptance, should they go down this route. “Many British companies have products that will only sell into regions that are discerning about quality, innovation, compliance etc. With the extra price tag that this normally brings (including the amortisation of self and third party approving) – they will not normally be competitive when it is purely about price. In addition I want to emphasise the value the Export Council can give to its members and prospective members.” The BSIA’s Export Council, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is a forum which allows relationships between the UK's security industry and overseas buyers to be founded and cultivated, and acts as an invaluable port of call for overseas-based contacts interested in developing a relationship with a UK company as a partner, customer or distributor.
Elmdene estimates you can lose half of the power that goes into a linear PSU simply due to the heat which is being radiated Innovative electronic security and fire products manufacturer, Elmdene International Limited - a subsidiary of Potter Electric Signal, LLC - believes that greater attention needs to be paid to the quality and performance of power supply units for security and fire systems. With this in mind, the company is spotlighting five key things that purchasers should be looking out for to ensure that the solutions they adopt are actually fit-for-purpose. "While attention is lavished on the specification of more visible elements of a solution, like CCTV cameras, DVRs, intruder and alarm systems, this is still a far cry from that given to mission-critical PSUs (Power Supply Units)", reckons Ian Moore, Elmdene's Managing Director: "In fact PSUs are often left out in the cold as the poor relations, thrown into the mix at the very end of the installation process. In my view, this makes little sense given that security systems are only as good as their weakest link." Combating Brownouts Leading the way in Elmdene's 'top tips', as part of a push back against substandard PSUs, is to check that a solution chosen is tolerant of mains input voltage fluctuations which, if left unchecked, can result in problematic 'brownouts'. According to Elmdene, you really want power supply units that can handle variable inputs and still maintain a standard output, with its own solutions able to work comfortably anywhere between 90V and 260V. Leading the way in Elmdene's 'top tips' is to check that a solution chosen is tolerant of mains input voltage fluctuations Optimising Efficiency The efficiency of PSUs is becoming an increasingly pivotal consideration, reports Elmdene, in fact many of today's businesses have set themselves power reduction targets. To achieve better operational efficiencies, Elmdene believes that switch mode technology is in a different league from more traditional linear PSUs. Switch mode units offer a significantly higher level of efficiency, typically 80-87%, and, correspondingly, lower energy bills and a reduced carbon footprint. Smaller Footprint Where you are seeking to put a PSU unit into a confined space then, naturally, in the view of Elmdene, you should be focusing on the type of PSU that is more compact. Switch mode models also score highly here as the latest are, typically, significantly smaller and a tenth of the weight of older linear style - copper-based - units. A Healthy Temperature Another factor, on the PSU front, which Elmdene says it is worth pressing suppliers on is what temperature the unit is going to operate at. It should be remembered that switch mode power supplies run significantly cooler than established designs. This is underlined by the reality that older linear units are hot to the touch and are, consequently, more susceptible to failure. In addition, Elmdene estimates you can lose half of the power that goes into a linear PSU simply due to the heat which is being radiated. "While attention is lavished on the specification of more visible elements of a solution, like CCTV cameras, DVRs, intruder and alarm systems, this is still a far cry from that given to mission-critical PSUs (Power Supply Units)" Standard of Support It is also vital, underlines Elmdene, to confirm that any PSU selected is compliant to recognised local codes. They should, for example, carry the CE mark and conform to standards such as EN60950-1, EN50131-6 and EN6100-6-3, as and when appropriate. In addition, it makes sense to ask about the level of technical support provided by your vendor and the quality of their own internal processes. Are they accredited to BS EN9001:2008 for their quality management systems or ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management? No Power - No System Ian Moore, Elmdene's Managing Director is keen to get the message across to prospective purchasers of PSUs that it makes sense to take time out to check on the suitability of a specific power supply unit: "Simply throwing something in, crossing your fingers, and hoping it will work is foolhardy. The right solution can make a concrete difference to the operational efficiency and reliability of security solutions, whereas, by the same token, the wrong choice can lead to the prospect of unexpected downtime, with no power for CCTV cameras or recording devices, and serious gaps in capability."