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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 launches ‘access to foundation’ course as bridge to fire alarm qualification

Now available to book, the new course is not part of the qualification pathway, instead giving students a grounding in the subject before they tackle the pathway’s first step. Read More

The periodic table of security

Security professionals now have hundreds of elements to consider - from fire to facilities, cyber to safety - in an increasingly complicated world. Our Security Periodic Table gives a visual represention of some of the key elements of security in 2014 and how they fit together. Read More

Manything Pro upgrade includes OEM solution and alert scheduling

Manything Pro, the cloud video recording and remote monitoring software, has introduced an OEM distribution model for large installers. Developed in response to requests from partners, the Oxfordshire-based company has also released alert schedules, alarm output and camera input features. Read More

Plastic-free intumescent fire door strip wins process efficiency award

A groundbreaking intumescent strip for fire doors was among the award winners at the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards 2018. Developed […] Read More

Fire and security competition to launch at WorldSkills UK LIVE 2019

A fire and security installation competition is being launched next year at the UK’s largest skills competition. WorldSkills UK LIVE […] Read More

How BIM software removes risky assumptions from the construction process

How is the fire protection industry to keep pace with the rapid shift in building design, materials and specification? Bob Glendenning of Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings examines some emerging solutions that harness cutting-edge software. Read More

Vanderbilt integrates ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio with latest version of ACT Enterprise

ACT Enterprise users can now to upgrade their premises to wireless access control with minimal additional hardware through Aperio. Read More

Nedap launches licence plate recognition cameras ANPR Lumo and ANPR Access V2

“With the release of these new cameras we are taking the effectiveness of ANPR for vehicle access control to the next level," said Maarten Mijwaart, MD of Nedap Identification Systems. Read More

NSI announces 2019 annual summit with UBM backing

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the 2019 NSI Summit will be held on Thursday 21 March at The Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham, supported by IFSEC International organiser UBM. Read More

Engineers of Tomorrow winners revealed

Winners of the 2018 Engineers of Tomorrow competition – for the first time including a fire systems category – have been revealed at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2018. Read More