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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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TOA Corporation Q&A: Facilitating lockdown strategies with a “completely integrated solution”

TOA Corporation UK director Ian Bridgewater assesses the state of the commercial audio and security equipment sector and how this technology is developing. Read More

Antron Security and Inner Range provide integrated solution for prestigious commercial London property

Antron Security project-managed the design and installation for property owner, Derwent London, while Inner Range provided the core access control and intruder detection system that enabled a bespoke solution for the commercial office site. Read More

WATCH: Passive fire protection solutions from Quelfire showcased at FIREX 2018

Quelfire's products, which are tested to the latest BS & EN standards, include fire containment systems for pipe, duct and electrical service penetrations, as well as linear joints and cavity barriers. Read More

WATCH: The ground-breaking solutions that extinguish electrical fires at source

Garry Adey, MD of Helios Systems, shows FIREX TV the eBulb, which can be fitted to white goods as well as TVs and other appliances, AMFE suppression and detection for electrical control cabinets, and a moving cannon and camera attacking a false fire. Read More

Paxton launches Paxton Connect Admin app for enhanced site management

The specialist in electronic IP access control and video door entry solutions says the app received glowing feedback from installers when it was previewed at IFSEC International. Read More

ONVIF’s Stuart Rawling on profile T, ONVIF at 10 and the future of security

In a wide-ranging interview Rawling discussed the latest, video streaming profile and reflected on the organisation’s achievements in its 10th anniversary year and how it might evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow’s security industry. Read More

Analogue Hikvision systems can now use cloud recording software from Manything Pro

This means system installers can add IP functionality to existing coax systems. Cloud subscription plans give them a fresh source of recurring revenue without the need to replace cameras or cabling. Read More

IDIS surveillance technology was deployed at two World Cup Russia 2018 stadiums

Surveillance systems at the 45,000-capacity Rostov Arena and 35,000-capacity Kaliningrad Stadium were upgraded to the IDIS Total Solution. Some 3,000 IP cameras with full HD were deployed. Read More

New VR Mullion readers raise the bar aesthetically and security-wise, says Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt has developed VR Mullion card readers with a feature set that combats card cloners and helps them blend in with the building’s interior design. Read More

WATCH: Shock/water-proof, high security wireless access control systems from Amadeo Systems GmbH

IFSEC TV's presenter let loose with a hammer on a shock-proof locking system for high security applications at IFSEC 2018. Read More