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IFSEC and FIREX 2020 Cancellation Announced Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

IFSEC and FIREX 2020 Cancellation Announced Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

As the official installer partner for both IFSEC International and FIREX International, SSAIB are saddened to hear that this year’s showpiece security and fire events have been postponed due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

After the initial May dates fell foul of the coronavirus lockdown, the shows had been rearranged for September 8-10. However, show organisers Informa have taken the difficult decision to postpone IFSEC and FIREX 2020 indefinitely and begin their focus on next year’s editions – as they hope to make a return to the ExCel in London on May 18-20, 2021.

A full statement from Chris Edwards, group exhibition director at Informa, can be viewed below.

I am very sorry to have to tell you that we have made the difficult decision to postpone IFSEC and FIREX International, along with all of the other co-located events that were due to run at London ExCeL on September 8-10, 2020. The events will now run May 18-20, 2021, still at London ExCeL.

We know how important our events are as a forum where our communities come together to learn, network and meet suppliers. We have a proud track record of hosting the largest gatherings of any event in our industry in the UK - and often beyond - and no one is more disappointed in this decision than us, but after much deliberation we are sure that this is absolutely the right thing to do in the circumstances.

Our focus over the last three months has been on ensuring that we can provide a safe and secure environment for our visitors, exhibitors and staff and whilst we felt confident of achieving this, we also have a duty to our customers to provide an event that matches the standards they expect of us. Additionally, as you know, these events have strong international participation and this would be severely compromised given the current restrictions.

After carefully considering the options, and following discussions with exhibitors and event partners, it became clear that postponement is the most sensible option. Whilst we are convinced we could make the event safe, the travel restrictions - combined with your feedback - give us confidence that this is the right decision.

We welcomed many thousands of industry colleagues during our Digital Week in May and we continue to develop our online platforms to offer additional ways of connecting with the wider industry. We will continue to work with our customers to help them connect with audiences online, using both our existing platforms and several new initiatives due to launch later this year.

As each of our communities look to rebuild and recover in 2021, our team will also be working hard to ensure we return next year with an event that brings people back together for the reunion everyone will be crying out for. Details on how our events will continue to evolve and develop for next year will be forthcoming over the summer.

Exhibitor bookings will transfer automatically to 2021 and we will be in contact with each and every customer and event partner to discuss this in person. Rest assured that prices will be frozen from 2020 and we will be reaching out to everyone by phone but if we can’t reach any individual for a few days, then by email.

Please bear with us as we work through this process over the next few days.

Thank you for your continued support,

Chris Edwards
Group Exhibition Director

Posted: 23/06/2020 more >

SSAIB Devastated to Hear of Long-Serving Inspector's Passing

SSAIB Devastated to Hear of Long-Serving Inspector's Passing

It is with great sadness that we must report the death of former long-serving SSAIB inspector David Balcombe.

David worked as a regional auditor for SSAIB for over 20 years, covering the Surrey and Sussex areas, before finally retiring in January 2018 at the age of 80.

David was born in Croydon, Surrey, and was brought up in Norbury by his parents, Helena and Alfred Balcombe. World War Two followed quite soon afterwards and - unlike his two elder sisters, Iris and Doris - he was not evacuated, but remained at home with his parents during the War.

After six years at Selhurst Grammar School, he was employed briefly by the Metropolitan Water Board in London in 1954, before being called up for National Service (for which he chose the Royal Air Force.)  The following two years were spent mostly in Berlin, Germany – in the days before The Wall was built – and David often described this spell as “The time of his life,” leaving him with a life-long interest in aviation alongside his passion for water-related sports.

Returning to life in his parents’ home, he embarked on a three-year electronic engineering course at a college in South Norwood. This, ultimately, gave him the equivalent of a degree and membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

His first job was in research, but he later joined Pye in Cambridge and Monotype in Redhill. Finally, he was employed by the Metropolitan Police as a civil staff engineer in security systems.

David joined SSAIB in July 1997, where he participated in inspection meetings and several conferences and exhibitions over his two-decade association with the third-party certification body. He was a real gentleman and will missed by all his colleagues.

David is survived by his wife Margaret and their two adopted sons, Julian and Roger. The thoughts of everyone at SSAIB are with them – and the rest of David’s family and friends – at this time.

Posted: 22/06/2020 more >

SSAIB Encourages Firms to Register for IFSEC and FIREX's Training Week Initiative

SSAIB Encourages Firms to Register for IFSEC and FIREX's Training Week Initiative

As the official installer partner for both IFSEC International and FIREX International, SSAIB is imploring its registered firms to register for their Training Week initiative taking place this month.

IFSEC International and FIREX International have linked up with Skills for Security to deliver an exclusive programme of digital training and career development, taking place entirely online on June 22-25.

Leading industry experts will deliver four CPD-accredited training courses aimed at fire and security installers, integrators and engineers, covering the latest in legislation, best practice, compliance and technical skills.

It is an innovative way to stay ahead of the fire and security sectors during the lockdown, helping you refresh your knowledge and add new skills that you may otherwise miss out on.

The sessions will focus on the following critical topics:

• June 22: Intruder Alarm Design and Surveying, covering how to survey sites for a compliant alarm system

• June 23: Advanced Signalling, including requirements and standards of the different transmission types

• June 24: Fire Alarm Design, covering the purpose of fire alarms and best practice for installing and managing them

• June 25: VVS Survey and Design, featuring information about risk assessments, surveying and operational requirements

Each training session is totally free-to-attend, making them the perfect opportunity to improve your knowledge, develop your skills and advance your career, all from the comfort of your home or workplace.

Gerry Dunphy, strategy director of IFSEC and FIREX International, commented: “We’re delighted to partner with Skills for Security to deliver this programme of unmissable training sessions. Many of us are struggling to stay up-to-date with industry developments, or to access career development during the lockdown, so these sessions are an excellent opportunity to keep up with career development, as well as an essential link to the security and fire sectors.

“We hope to see installers, integrators and engineers from across the fire and security sectors take this unique opportunity to continue developing their career, even during this challenging time.”

To seize this unmissable opportunity to attend Training Week for free, simply register your interest in as many sessions as you wish.

Posted: 19/06/2020 more >

SSAIB-Registered Amthal Fire & Security Upgrades Kenilworth Court’s Door Entry System

SSAIB-Registered Amthal Fire & Security Upgrades Kenilworth Court’s Door Entry System

SSAIB-registered Amthal Fire & Security Limited have worked closely with the management team and residents at Kenilworth Court to ensure fire and security upgrades on site occur without compromising on the aesthetics of the Edwardian mansion blocks.

Situated in Putney, Kenilworth Court consists of eight purpose-built Edwardian style blocks of flats that were completed in 1904-05. Featuring 150 portered flats - with a garden in the middle - it is now run by the controlling company, Kenilworth Court Co-ownership Housing Association Ltd.

However, Amthal – who are certified for Security Systems, Fire Detection and Alarms and ISO 9001 through SSAIB – were introduced into the development when the opportunity to upgrade door entry from audio to video capability arose.

The company were so successful in understanding the importance of keeping with original design features, working closely with the management team and residents - from initial specification through installation and project completion - Amthal now additionally maintains security gates and all fire requirements on site.

Steve Logie, general manager at Kenilworth Court Co-Ownership Housing Association Ltd told sourcesecurity.com: “With the historic significance of our development, and the pride of notable residents who have lived here, any upgrades, however small, must be carefully considered with regards to how it will impact on the aesthetics of the overall premises.

“Amthal understood this and worked closely with us and our residents, carefully taking in feedback to create bespoke video door entry solutions that blend with the grand entrances. Installation was sympathetic, always ensuring wiring was discreet and ‘boxed in’ where necessary.

 

Posted: 19/06/2020 more >

SSAIB Systems to Receive Speed Boost Following Weekend Improvements

SSAIB Systems to Receive Speed Boost Following Weekend Improvements

SSAIB-registered firms are advised that the installer portal, SSAIB website and company search feature will be unavailable for approximately four hours on Friday night (June 12.)

The SSAIB network will be taken offline at 5pm - once the organisation has ceased working for the weekend - due to the leading UKAS-accredited certification body for the fire and security industries moving our connectivity to a leased line, which will result in a significantly faster system speed once these upgrades have been completed.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these system improvements may cause.

Posted: 11/06/2020 more >

SSAIB Systems to Receive Speed Boost Following Weekend Improvements

SSAIB Systems to Receive Speed Boost Following Weekend Improvements

SSAIB-registered firms are advised that the installer portal, SSAIB website and company search feature will be unavailable for approximately four hours on Friday night (June 12.)

The SSAIB network will be taken offline at 5pm - once the organisation has ceased working for the weekend - due to the leading UKAS-accredited certification body for the fire and security industries moving our connectivity to a leased line, which will result in a significantly faster system speed once these upgrades have been completed.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these system improvements may cause.

Posted: 11/06/2020 more >

UKAS Back BAFE's SSAIB-Supported Don't Just Specify, Verify! Campaign

UKAS Back BAFE's SSAIB-Supported Don't Just Specify, Verify! Campaign

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) have announced their full support for BAFE’s Don’t Just Specify, Verify! Campaign, which focuses on the importance of UKAS-accredited third-party certification.

The campaign - launched by the BAFE Fire Safety Register earlier this year - was established to create greater awareness of third-party certification in the fire safety sector. It is important that all premises management (i.e. the Responsible Person/Duty Holder) understand quality regulation is present in the fire safety industry, through UKAS-accredited third-party certification, and specify these appropriate providers.

This should always be followed up with verifying their certification, which is a quick action to ensure they have been assessed and deemed competent to deliver the specific service required.

Matt Gantley, the CEO for UKAS stated: “UKAS is delighted to see this important initiative from BAFE and we offer it our full support. Accredited third-party certification of fire safety services is an essential element of fulfilling statutory obligations.

“UKAS is the only accreditation body recognised by the UK Government and BAFE have always shown great commitment to meeting this ‘gold standard’.”

BAFE chief executive Stephen Adams commented: “It is excellent to report UKAS’ support for the ‘Don’t Just Specify, Verify!’ campaign. This campaign is to benefit all UKAS-accredited third-party certification in the fire safety industry, not just BAFE - as we feel evidential competence is the key issue here for life safety.

“The wider public needs to be aware of these options, to be confident they are using competent providers. This can reassure them that an appropriate provider is being used, especially at this time when so many businesses are planning to get back to work and need to review their fire safety protection.”

Further information on BAFE’s Don’t Just Specify, Verify! campaign can be found at https://www.bafe.org.uk/Dont-Just-Specify-Verify-Third-Party-Certification

Posted: 09/06/2020 more >