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Security installers and fire installers have long been the backbone of the fire and security industries.

The link between manufacturers of fire and security systems and the professionals monitoring CCTV feeds in the control room, installers perform a vital role. They do more than just install CCTV, intruder alarms, access control systems, fire alarms and other systems; they also help customers design a system fit for purpose for their needs – in terms of number and type of cameras, their position, the choice of NVR, VMS and back-up storage, and so on.

Also known as engineers, they increasingly position themselves as ‘integrators’ of increasingly interoperable, disparate systems.

Technological change is transforming physical-security technologies and with it the installer’s role. Continual education is therefore paramount if they are to adapt their business models to thrive in a fast-evolving landscape. Cybersecurity, for instance, is a major priority as installers upskill, and many are moving beyond merely selling boxes of equipment to a service-based model amid the rise of the cloud and remote maintenance.

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Three quarters of tenants would not follow ‘stay put’ advice during a fire

Present fire safety guidance states that if your flat is not affected by fire or smoke then ‘staying put’ cuts the risk of being overcome by smoke in a corridor as well as keeping access routes clear for firefighters. Read More

SMARTair® is improving student life across Europe – and this is just the start

Students at a prestigious Madrid university now open doors with smart MIFARE RFID cards, while Escutcheons monitor and ease access without expensive wired door locks. "Generation Z students expect convenience, not a mechanical solution used in Ancient Egypt,” said Felix Moran of ASSA ABLOY. Read More

Vanderbilt SMS is integrated with Allegion’s Von Duprin remote undogging (RU) and monitoring (RM) options

The integration means Vanderbilt's SMS can now extend to secondary doors in a variety of markets, including enterprise, schools and university facilities. Read More

WATCH: Why fire doors save lives, the five-step check and third-party certification

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has produced a series of hard-hitting films about the dangers of smoke, how to check installed fire doors are compliant and the importance of third-party accreditation. Read More

Fire Door Safety Week 2018: A rundown of activities and 5 ways you can help

Fire Door Safety Week is upon us and we need your help, says Iain McIlwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation. The campaign, now in its sixth year, reached over 19 million people in 2017, delivering messages on the importance of fire doors in saving lives and protecting property. Read More

WATCH: Highlights from IFSEC 2018 – including Drone Zone, Attack Testing and Engineers of Tomorrow

Videos include overall highlights, footage from the Show Me How campaign, the LPCB Attack Testing Zone, Drone Zone and Engineers of Tomorrow competition, plus highlights videos from across the show focused on days one, two and three. Read More

Hanwha Techwin Europe MD reflects on GDPR, cybersecurity and 40% sales growth

In this interview, we asked Bob (HY) Hwang PhD, to provide an update on the steps the company is taking to ensure it continues to succeed in a highly competitive market - but first we asked Bob if the ‘WE MOVE with trust’ campaign has helped sales. Read More

Axis Communications launches corner-mountable cameras AXIS P9106-V for lifts and AXIS P9106-V for healthcare sector

The AXIS P9106-V network camera brushed steel model is designed to blend in with the aesthetic of lifts/elevators. The ligature-resistant or anti-ligature AXIS P9106-V network camera white model cannot be used for self-harm by vulnerable people in mental health care or police custody. Read More

WATCH: ‘Show Me How’ highlights from IFSEC 2018

IFSEC 2018 saw the debut of the 'Show Me How' campaign, in which solution providers showed visitors how to install, use and maintain their products - the emphasis being on education rather than sales pitches. Read More

FIA adds Advanced Maintainer course to fire detection and alarm pathway

The Advanced Maintainer unit covers legislative requirements, codes of practice like BS 5839, required documentation, maintenance methods, false alarm management and waste management. Read More