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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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Watch: The consequences of badly specified and fitted fire doors – plus 5 tips for getting it right

Produced by the BWF Certifire Fire Door Scheme, this video shows footage of a live fire door test, pitting a fully compliant fire door against a badly fitted equivalent. Read More

Shocking levels of neglect and complacency among ‘responsible persons’ reported by fire installers

More than a third of installers report that up to 80% of sites they visit don’t comply with fire safety regulations, research from Hochiki Europe has revealed. Read More

GDPR gives CCTV operators chance to “tackle negative image head-on”, says white paper

Watching the Watchers examines the changes introduced by the GDPR, identifies a shift “from compliance to accountability”, offers advice to CCTV operators and asks whether the new law might present an opportunity as well as a legal and administrative burden. Read More

HID Global to buy Mercury Security Products from ACRE LLC

HID Global, a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY, is on the cusp of acquiring Mercury Security Products from ACRE LLC, the […] Read More

How 360 cameras are a hit in casinos and why Oncam is relishing its Milestone partnership

To find out more about the company’s latest products and strategy for growth, we spoke to Simon Reed, regional sales director for EMEA at Oncam. Read More

GJD detectors and Dahua NVRs now interoperable for detector-activated surveillance

The D-TECT IP range of detectors and Clarius PLUS IP illuminators can now work in concert with Dahua’s NVR6-4KS2 range, comprising 4K-capable NVRs aimed at the enterprise space. Read More

The business models gaining ground in the smart-home market

Thomas Rockmann, VP of connected homes at Deutsche Telekom, examines the evolution of the home automation market. Read More

Oncam’s 360-degree Evolution becomes first surveillance camera to earn NSF food sanitation certification

The 360-degree stainless steel Evolution camera from Oncan has earned certification from NSF International to standard 169 – the first CCTV camera to do so. Read More

ONVIF Q&A: Latest profiles, cybersecurity and the Highways England project

Stuart Rawling, a member of the ONVIF steering committee, tells us about the latest ONVIF profiles, its cybersecurity work, keeping pace with tech change, and the organisation’s standardisation work with Highways England. Read More

6 Things you need to know about FIM Expo

The industry is evolving and there are plenty of brand-new products that can make your job easier and more cost-effective. FIM Expo takes place Wednesday 4 October, Glasgow Science Centre. Read More