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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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FIA adds Advanced Maintainer course to fire detection and alarm pathway

The Advanced Maintainer unit covers legislative requirements, codes of practice like BS 5839, required documentation, maintenance methods, false alarm management and waste management. Read More

WATCH: Insights from the Sprinkler Zone at FIREX 2018

Featuring presentations from Ultrafog on watermist, Aico on standards and installation and automatic fire suppression systems from Reacton. There's also an interview with Garry Adey, managing director of Helios Systems Ltd, about 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 the PYROsmart and the Rosenbauer system. Read More

From apprentice to mentor in two years: Fire and security engineer Corrie Stewart of New College Lanarkshire

Starting an engineering apprenticeship in 2015, Corrie went on to finish second in the Engineers of Tomorrow competition at IFSEC 2017 and then win a BSIA apprentice installer award. We spoke to Corrie, now a mentor to apprentices, about the value of apprenticeships and her latest role. Read More

Fire Door Safety Week to release educational films and white paper for 2018 campaign

The campaign, which runs between 24-30 September, will also witness the introduction of a 'fire door alert' system by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (based on the five-step check launched during the 2015 campaign) and a seminar – 'Are you fire door sure? – held in London on 27 September Read More

Axis Communications launches four-in-one camera with 360-degree view in all lighting conditions

The AXIS P3717-PLE offers a panoramic 360° overview or combination of overviews and zoomed-in details. IR illumination through individually controllable LEDs provides clarity in low light or darkness. Read More

Pivot3 wins ringing endorsement from Milestone Systems with mission-critical certification

Based on Milestone’s robust testing criteria, this certification assures organisations that Pivot3 promises high standards relating to areas – like performance, resilience and scalability – that are top priorities in high security environments like transport, utilities and banks. Read More

ENTR® smart lock provides the smartest solution for Croatia’s holiday rentals providers

Vacation rentals are booming in Croatia, so Pula-based Intersoft sought to develop a technology-based solution to make life less hectic […] Read More

Eagle Eye Networks execs on the “unstoppable” rise of cloud surveillance

I caught up with Ken Francis, president of Eagle Eye Networks, and Rishi Lodhia, MD for the EMEA region, to find out why they believe the benefits of cloud surveillance are so compelling as to make its dominance all but inevitable. Read More

Comelit’s new fire detection solutions to be distributed exclusively through Traders Warehouse

The security distribution group, already a Comelit gold partner, will distribute Comelit’s full range of third-party accredited high-specification solutions, including addressable and conventional systems, across all of its five UK branches. Read More

Certified Technical Security Professionals Register invites wider range of applicants as it celebrates first birthday

More than 500 security and fire professionals have already applied for inclusion on the register, which was launched to raise industry standards. Read More