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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.

Advice for running your security and fire installation business:

UK’s first fire door installation qualification launched by BWF

Developed in partnership with the NPTC Group of Colleges, the course is designed to be a practical introduction to installing fire doors. Read More

ASSA 900 electronic strikes promise heavy duty performance

The Assa 900 series of strikes is compatible with the company’s Modular and Connect lockcases, and are designed to deliver a high strength, high performance combination for doors that undergo extreme usage, or that are situated in high security areas. Read More

ASSA ABLOY launches eCLIQ locking system for harsh and high-security environments

A new electronic locking system featuring an advanced chip and 128-bit AES encryption has been launched by ASSA ABLOY. Read More

Xtralis VCA security software made available for licensing by OEMs

Axis Communications will be the first external camera manufacturer to use the Xtralis video content analytics (VCA) software suite from Honeywell. Read More

New Aperio® H100: easy-to-integrate wireless access control technology is now inside a stylish door handle

With easy retrofitting to almost any interior door and comprehensive RFID compatibility, the new Aperio® H100 handle makes extending access control to more doors cost-effective by integrating with a vast range of third-party systems. Read More

MAXPRO Cloud integrated security platform now available in Europe

Hosted on Microsoft Azure MAXPRO Cloud integrates access, intrusion and video surveillance data into a single user interface. Read More

TDSi announces partnership with Enterprise Security Distribution

TDSi solutions will now be offered through Enterprise Security Distribution’s network of UK regional branches after the two companies announced a new partnership. Read More

Tavcom Training signs agreement with Dubai security regulator SIRA

Tavcom Training, a subsidiary of Linx International Group, has partnered with the Security Industry Regulatory Authority (SIRA) in Dubai to strengthen its presence in the region. Read More

Are angled beam detectors an effective solution to smoke stratification blind spots?

Compliant detection systems have reportedly failed to detect fire because of smoke stratification. Here are the findings of FIA research into the effectiveness of angled beam detectors as an alternative to the more expensive solution prescribed by BS5839-1. Read More

Wake-up call on IP camera passwords as UK school CCTV streamed on Russian website

Video footage from more than 500 cameras in UK schools, homes and businesses is being streamed on a freely accessible website. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has urged IP camera users and installers to immediately set strong access passwords. Read More