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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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FSA Awards wins backing of four influential industry bodies

The Fire & Security Association (FSA) Awards have four new partners: BAFE, the Fire Protection Association (FPA), National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB). Read More

PSI Magazine reveals finalists for PSI Premier Awards

The technology magazine hosts an awards evening annually, rewarding security and fire manufacturers on impressive products or services they have generated in the past year. Read More

Engineers of Tomorrow competition: How we’re tackling the skills gap

Richard Jenkins, CEO of the NSI, says the fire and intruder alarm installation competition is designed to benefit both apprentices and their employers and tackle the chronic skills gap in the sector. Read More

WATCH: Highlights from IFSEC International 2019

Here's a chance to revisit IFSEC International 2019 if you managed to get to London ExCeL between 18-20 June - or to see what you missed if you couldn't make it. Read More

The apprentice installers who triumphed in the Engineers of Tomorrow 2019

The competition, which takes place annually at IFSEC International, ExCeL London, aims to help tackle the growing engineering skills gap and attract and retain the next generation of installers. Read More

Paxton wins customer service award

The locally-based developer of access control and smart building solutions says it receives 99% positive feedback from customers, with its UK and US teams recently achieving 100% positive feedback in a single month. Read More

WATCH: The NSI on the latest standards and third-party certification

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s leading independent certification body specialising in the security and fire safety sectors, shared in the success of IFSEC and FIREX 2019. Read More

Hikvision offers partners more benefits with expanded VASP programme

Hikvision UK & Ireland has revamped its Value Added Solution Partner (VASP) programme for installers, integrators and end-to-end solution providers. Read More

Eagle Eye Networks expands into Latin American market

Eagle Eye Networks, which recently opened a Japanese office, said numerous resellers in the region had requested to become channel partners. Read More

WATCH: FIA CEO Ian Moore at FIREX 2019

Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association, on the role of the not-for-profit trade association in raising standards in the UK fire safety sector – with a particular focus on defining competence through third-party certification. Read More



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