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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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Texecom Cloud launched with remote maintenance, Health Check feature and simplified programming

Texecom Cloud, a web-based portal accessible on any internet-connected device, will help engineers find operational efficiencies and grow revenues by adding value to customers, according to the alarm system manufacturer. Read More

CSL Insurers’ Forum 2018 to explore future of ARCs, Grenfell impact and police-business collaboration

The line-up for the CSL Insurers' Forum 2018 has been confirmed, featuring presentations from senior figures from the FIA, NSI, SMS, National Business Crime Solution and Banham Group. Read More

“There’s a conflict of interest between design and construction”: FIA CEO Ian Moore on competence, Grenfell and Brexit

In a recent FIREX International webinar, Ian Moore, CEO of the FIA, presented findings from the 10th FIA Market Condition Review. Moore replied to questions from attendees on 'grandfather rights', FIA training, Brexit and whether recommendations made in the Hackitt Review are likely to be implemented. Read More

Hikvision Insight events showcase latest innovations in AI-powered surveillance tech

Security installers and system integrators enjoyed hands-on demonstrations of the latest video surveillance innovations from Hikvision at a series of recent events across the UK and Ireland. Read More

IFSEC backs SiX Manchester event for security installers

IFSEC is excited to fully support the forthcoming SiX Event, hosted by Pro-Activ, publishers of PSi, Benchmark and Risk UK magazines, taking place at Event City in Manchester on 5-6 November 2019. Read More

IDIS Compact Solution promises cost-effective video surveillance upgrade for small businesses

IDIS has launched a compact range of resilient, high performance cameras and recorders. The IDIS Compact Solution affords users the […] Read More

Bull Products launches automatic fire door closing device for construction sites

The Shuttle Intelligent Fire Door Retainer provides a remedy for the common problem of multiple fire doors being propped open during construction work. Read More

IDIS signs distribution agreement with Mindware for Middle East and Africa

IT/network integrators across the region can now access IDIS’ full range of surveillance solutions, including its flagship plug-and-play solution, DirectIP, via Mindware. Read More

Paxton launches PaxLock Pro wireless door entry solution with upgraded Net2Air bridge

Both products – along with the rest of the Net2 range – will be showcased to installers at a number of events being held around the UK throughout October and November. Read More

BAFE announces third party certification for kitchen fire suppression systems

BAFE has developed a scheme for third-party certification of the design, installation, commissioning, recharge and maintenance of kitchen fire suppression/extinguishing […] Read More