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SSAIB Sign up for IFSEC Connect Online Initiative

SSAIB Sign up for IFSEC Connect Online Initiative

As the Official Installer Partner of IFSEC International and FIREX International, SSAIB are delighted to be taking part in IFSEC Connect – as the flagship event for the fire and security industries goes online for the whole of June.

IFSEC Connect – taking place between June 1-30, 2021 – will bring together the global security industry through an online marketplace and virtual meetings, while Europe’s largest dedicated in-person security event IFSEC International will return to London’s ExCeL in May 2022.

In place of this year’s in-person event in London - which had been scheduled to run from July 12-14 - the IFSEC team will turn its full attention to IFSEC Connect, an immersive, AI-powered, online experience that gives attendees the opportunity to engage with new international suppliers and peers through an online marketplace and tailored meeting recommendations throughout June 2021.

It is part of a series of online events co-located with FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo, Facilities Show, Workplace Wellbeing Show and Intelligent Building Europe providing networking opportunities to bring our global communities together.

Combined, they will offer delegates the chance to learn from over 70 educational sessions – which feature over 100 speakers – and the opportunity to network with over 300 leading industry suppliers.

Leading industry players including Dahua, HID Global, Motorola Solutions, SSAIB and Texecom will be available for appointments when the platform opens for meetings from Tuesday June 1.

This year’s IFSEC International had been scheduled to take place at London’s ExCeL from July 12-14. However, the team is now focused on preparations for the 2022 edition, with leading names such as Hikvision, Paxton Access and Anixter having already booked their space.

Chris Edwards, group director at Informa Markets, said: “We’ve worked tremendously hard along with our venue and contractor partners to deliver an event that is both safe and successful for all involved, but it’s become clear that with the ongoing international travel disruption and general uncertainty caused by the pandemic that transitioning to a vibrant online experience that the whole international security community can be part of is the right thing to do.

“Our virtual event, IFSEC Connect, will offer delegates and suppliers the chance to come together online and we look forward to delivering an in-person series of events at a scale our customers are used to seeing in 2022.”

SSAIB sales and marketing manager Andrew Brown added: “Once we were told of the concept of IFSEC Connect, SSAIB signed up straight away to take part.

“While we were looking forward to the in-person IFSEC International after a prolonged absence of industry events over the last 12 months, I’m sure IFSEC Connect will fill the void for this year and allow us to catch up with a host of familiar faces across the month.

“We will have a team of SSAIB representatives available throughout the event to speak to SSAIB-certified firms, prospective new firms and other industry figures that have signed up for IFSEC Connect. SSAIB will also be taking part in other aspects of the event as well, which will be announced in due course.”

Connect begins on Tuesday June 1 and delegates can register free of charge by visiting http://www.ifsecglobal.com/event/en/register-partner.html?utm_source=SSAIB&utm_medium=Comarketing&utm_campaign=IFSEC2021_partnermarketingtoolkit

Posted: 25/05/2021 more >

Banham Security are First UK ECHO-connected Alarm Receiving Centre Fast-tracking Alarm Signals to the Police

Banham Security are First UK ECHO-connected Alarm Receiving Centre Fast-tracking Alarm Signals to the Police

Banham Security and ECHO (Electronic Call Handling Operations Ltd), the not-for-profit industry backed alarms handling operator, have announced Banham Security as their launch customer – the first UK Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) to be ECHO-connected, fast tracking alarm signals to the Police.

ECHO is set to transform intruder and hold-up alarm signal handling to the Police when ‘every second counts’, and Banham is at the forefront of this initiative to deter crime and facilitate a faster police response.

By switching from traditional telephone communication – between individual ARCs and Police Control Rooms – to an ECHO-connected process, police response times can be improved by as much as 4 minutes, a more efficient and effective deployment of Police resources to alarmed premises.

All approved ARCs in the UK are now able to get ECHO-connected and help improve police response times for the certificated alarm systems they monitor. Robust connectivity to ECHO is being provided by BT Redcare and CSL networks. A key component of ECHO ARC eligibility criteria is Cyber Essentials/Plus certification, demonstrating ongoing commitment to cyber security.

Domestic and commercial users of NSI and SSAIB approved installers and their professionally installed alarm systems, can benefit from ECHO as Police Forces and ARCs around the UK get ECHO-connected during 2021.

Managing director of Banham Security Martin Herbert commented: “Banham is delighted to be the first ECHO-connected Alarm Receiving Centre in the UK. This is an exciting moment, not only for Banham, but for the entire UK security industry.

“ECHO’s new technology has allowed us to transform the way our industry responds to alarm activations by rapidly reducing response times, providing support for the Police and giving additional peace of mind to our customers. It has been a privilege to have worked in partnership with ECHO in achieving successful end to end testing of this ground-breaking technology at our in-house Alarm Receiving Centre in South West London.

“Having remained at the forefront of burglary prevention for over 95 years, Banham are proud to have worked with ECHO in setting a new benchmark for security innovation and alarm monitoring for the industry.

ECHO director Martin Harvey added: “We are incredibly grateful to Banham for their support and assistance in the development of the ECHO concept over the last three or more years and welcome them as the first ECHO-connected UK Alarm Receiving Centre.

"The ECHO initiative is a shining example of how collaboration between the Police and the professional private security industry – when motivated to work together – can deliver significant and tangible benefits for all.”

For more information on ECHO, visit www.echo.uk.net.

Posted: 06/05/2021 more >

SSAIB's Annual Magazine The Standard to be Distributed with Security Matters Magazine

SSAIB's Annual Magazine The Standard to be Distributed with Security Matters Magazine

The 2021 edition of The Standard, SSAIB’s annual magazine, is making its way to SSAIB-certified firms with the latest issue of Security Matters magazine.

With our partnership with publishers Western Business Media Limited entering its fourth year, certified firms of the leading UKAS-accredited certification body for the fire and security industries will receive free copies of both The Standard and Security Matters to their registered address.

As the main talking point of the last 12 months, the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and the effects it has had on the industry feature in a number of articles within this newly re-branded issue.

Chief executive Alex Carmichael assesses the impact that the coronavirus had on SSAIB, how it affected our working practices and he also touches on the ways in which we were able to successfully continue to provide certification to both existing firms and new firms within the security and fire industries throughout what have been challenging times for everyone.

New scheme managers Richard Deacon and Lynn Watts-Plumpkin discuss their new roles overseeing the Security Systems and Security Services schemes respectively and assess some of the challenges that working from home during a pandemic has thrown up while settling into a new job.

There are also in-depth articles on the Master Locksmiths Association’s MLA Expo for 2021 and the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) apprenticeship standard, with the latter also being discussed as part of SSAIB training manager Trevor Jenks’ latest piece on the future of the industry.

As the Official Installer Partner for IFSEC and FIREX, we also have IFSEC Global editor James Moore on board to offer a summary on the most recent global trends within the industry – in addition to SSAIB’s field operations manager, David Roscoe, who has provided the latest standards updates for both the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Ember Compliance discuss a practical path for SSAIB firms to achieve certification for fire detection and alarms systems. Meanwhile, to bring us full-circle, the Association of Security Consultants consider how much the security landscape has changed in a COVID-19 world.

There are also the usual updates from every SSAIB scheme manager, as well as features from regular contributors BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) and Openreach. SSAIB have also used this year’s edition of The Standard to celebrate long-serving operations manager Dave Profit and administrator Joan Denley – after the pair recently passed 25 years of dedicated service with SSAIB.

Should any SSAIB-certified firm not receive their copy of The Standard, please email marketing@ssaib.org so that we can organise a replacement to be sent out.

Posted: 27/04/2021 more >

New BAFE SP207 Emergency Evacuation Systems Scheme Added to SSAIB's Scope of Certification

New BAFE SP207 Emergency Evacuation Systems Scheme Added to SSAIB's Scope of Certification

SSAIB are proud to announce that we have achieved accreditation for BAFE’s SP207 scheme for emergency evacuation systems, which are used by Fire and Rescue services to prioritise evacuation from residential high rise buildings and ensure people at risk in endangered areas can be safely evacuated.

Supporting British Standard 8629 Evacuation Alert Systems for use by fire and rescue services in buildings containing flats, this new development from BAFE – the UK’s independent register of quality fire safety providers - covers the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of emergency evacuations systems that will help to provide quality evidence of competency to deliver these services.

And SSAIB fire scheme manager Keith Strugnell believes this new scheme has the potential to become an essential addition for organisations looking to provide evacuation systems.

Discussing the SP207 scheme in the upcoming edition of SSAIB’s annual magazine The Standard, Keith revealed: “Developed in response to a recommendation from the Grenfell Tower Phase 1 inquiry report, it is likely to become a requirement that you will need to be third-party certified to work on emergency evacuation systems going forward.

“However, despite it being a brand new scheme, existing SSAIB-registered SP203-1 firms will find it comparable to their own scheme – as it utilises a similar format, albeit that the scheme document has been changed to make it more relevant to emergency evacuation systems. Therefore, in theory, you will satisfy the requirements for SP207 by default if you already have SP203-1.

BAFE announced the scheme in the final quarter of 2020 and Keith went on to reveal that the leading UKAS-accredited certification body for the fire and security industries acted promptly to ensure that the organisation could add SP207 to its existing catalogue of BAFE fire schemes.

Keith continued: “With regards to SSAIB, we completed training with BS 8629:2019 for our auditors and scheduled several pilot audits for those initial companies to achieve certification for this latest scheme that we provide certification for to the fire industry. We then collated all of the necessary criteria that was needed for our information packs and then we were ready to go.

Through doing all this, it has allowed us to successfully add to our list of fire schemes and ensure that our firms are able to keep up with the latest industry developments.”

BAFE’s director of schemes, Chris Auger, added: “The demand shown following the MHCLG consultation is unprecedented and represents a far greater awareness of systems and competency of their installers required following the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower Fire.

“With the work BAFE have performed in conjunction with the industry and Fire and Rescue Service, we are pleased to offer a route to achieving this important third-party certification. Quality evidence of competency is going to have far greater scrutiny for everyone working in high-rise blocks in the very near future which can only be a good thing. This scheme will fill this crucial gap in providing confidence to specifiers knowing they are fulfilling their due diligence and continuing the ‘golden thread’ of accountability for the life safety of residents within the building.

“The expanding portfolio of BAFE schemes represents the necessity of quality evidence of competency required for niche, but extremely important, areas of the industry. Third-party certification is going to be a key focus of attention for the built environment moving forward and BAFE need to position itself to offer schemes that are both needed and, reflect the current concerns of occupants, regulators, service providers and building owners/managers.”

More information on BAFE SP207 – and all of the other fire schemes certified by SSAIB – is available at www.ssaib.org or, alternatively, please send an email to ssaib@ssaib.org requesting an information pack for the scheme(s) that you require.

Posted: 13/04/2021 more >

Fraser Sampson Appointed as New Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Fraser Sampson Appointed as New Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner

The Home Secretary has appointed Fraser Sampson as the Government’s new independent Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner – replacing the two part-time posts of the Biometrics Commissioner and Surveillance Camera Commissioner.

The recruitment campaign was conducted in line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. The statutory responsibilities and duties for both roles will remain the same.

Fraser Sampson, who took up his post on March 1, will promote compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code and rules on police use of DNA and fingerprints.

The Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am pleased to appoint Fraser Sampson as the new Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner.

“It is vital the Government works to empower Police to use technology to keep the public safe, while maintaining their trust, and Fraser Sampson’s extensive experience in law and policing makes him the right person to take up this role.”

Fraser added: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to cover these two distinct, but increasingly overlapping, roles. I look forward to working with all partners, in what is a fast-moving and challenging area of balancing the public interest considerations with the rights of individuals.”

Fraser was formerly an Honorary professor and research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University and he is also a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Between 2016 and 2019, he was chief executive of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in North Yorkshire. Between 2006 and 2019, he was the chief executive and general counsel for the Police & Crime Commissioner in West Yorkshire and the executive director of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority.

He has also previously worked as a Police officer for West Yorkshire Police and the British Transport Police between 1982 and 1996.

The Biometrics Commissioner and Surveillance Camera Commissioner roles were established by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which introduced the regime to govern the retention and use by the Police of DNA samples, profiles and fingerprints, and to promote appropriate overt use of surveillance camera systems by relevant authorities in England and Wales.

Posted: 10/03/2021 more >