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

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

Posted: 06/05/2021 more >