SSAIB Release Celebratory The Standard Magazine for 25th Anniversary

SSAIB Release Celebratory The Standard Magazine for 25th Anniversary

The second issue of SSAIB magazine The Standard has been released, with a bumper special issue having been compiled to celebrate the leading UKAS-accredited fire and security certification body’s 25th anniversary.

Copies of the 34-page birthday edition are been sent out alongside April’s issue of FSM – created by producers of The Standard, Western Business Publishing (part of the Nineteen group) – which SSAIB-registered firms should receive through the post this week.

The magazine focuses heavily on SSAIB 25, with chief executive Alex Carmichael and his predecessor – chairman Geoff Tate – both looking back at the organisation’s various achievements over the last quarter of a century. A timeline documenting the history of SSAIB graces the centre pages as well, alongside a number of archive images from the previous 25 years.

Training manager Trevor Jenks - who started working for the Security Services Association (SSA) before it was incorporated into the SSAIB – also gives his insight into the early days of SSAIB and where he sees it going in future, while Mark Peretti of SSAIB-registered firm MRP Alarms talks in-depth about his own long-standing association with the organisation in this year’s Under the Spotlight feature.

That’s not the only focus for this year’s magazine though, with a number of other important topics for our registered firms and the general public to be aware of.

One year on from the first issue of The Standard, Phil Cain - senior product manager, digital voice special services at BT - provides a key update on the modernisation of BT’s phone network and how their plans for a fully digital IP-based phone service by the end of 2025 could affect the fire and security industries.

BAFE chief executive Stephen Adams also makes a return to SSAIB’s annual magazine – as he discusses the ever-growing requirement for third-party certification in the fire detection and alarm sector.

Technical manager Dave Roscoe not only looks at how remote control of intruder alarm systems and CCTV from smartphones is making the purchase of a security system a lot less of a grudge purchase, but he provides his usual Setting the Standard update that provides an insight into the revisions of standards in the industry.

The traditional scheme updates from relevant scheme managers are also included, alongside the latest SSAIB news and a focus on some of the exhibitions and events that SSAIB 25 will be celebrated at in 2019.

Glen Maxwell, editor of The Standard, commented: “The feedback we received from last year’s edition was unbelievable and far surpassed anything that I could have imagined, so I’d like to thank every single person that got in touch to give their thoughts.

“There’s been a lot of work put into this year’s edition of the magazine – as, not only did it have to stand up to last year’s, we felt that it was important to honour such an important milestone as SSAIB celebrating 25 years of excellence in the right way.

“I feel that we’ve been successful in doing that and that’s in no small part down to the efforts of everyone that has contributed towards The Standard this year, so I hope that comes across when people start to read it. ”

The magazine will also be available to pick up at SSAIB’s regional meetings and all of the exhibitions that the certification body will be attending in 2019. For a full list of all of SSAIB’s events, please visit