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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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Surveillance camera commissioner Tony Porter to headline Security TWENTY 18 London

The next Security TWENTY 18 event, a series of regional conference and exhibitions, is taking place at Park Inn Hotel, London Heathrow on Wednesday 7 November 2018. Read More

FIRETEX FX6002 intumescent coating is curable in one hour and durable for up to 20 years: Sherwin-Williams

FIRETEX FX6002 intumescent coating is durable for 20 years in most environments, even without application of a top coat, says the manufacturer, while speed of curing – hard dry and handling times – may be as fast as one hour. Read More

“Our dewarping is still unique”: Simon Reed of panoramic camera pioneer Oncam

We caught up with Oncam’s Simon Reed, VP of sales for EMEA and Asia, to find out about its 180- and 360-degree cameras and patented dewarping technology. Read More

Banham Academy launches Tavcom-developed BTEC Level 3 training pathway for trailblazer apprentices

Taking place at the Banham Academy the BTEC Level 3 courses will provide online and classroom teaching, practical exercises, assessments and exams during the three-year apprenticeship. Read More

Growth in demand for fire solutions exacerbates skills crisis in fire engineering

Defying any dampening effect Brexit-related uncertainty might have caused, enquiries for goods and services post-Grenfell have grown strongly, an FIA survey of fire solution providers has revealed. Read More

Finalists revealed for Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2018

Held in partnership with IFSEC and FIREX International the awards will be presented on Wednesday 21 November 2018 at London Hilton on Park Lane. Read More

PACOM is certified to quality management standard ISO 9001:2015

“A desire to operate to the highest standards runs through everything we do and ISO 9001:2015 rubber stamps our credentials through better integration and alignment of our internal processes,” said James Ford, PACOM’s marketing director. Read More

WATCH: Reasons to attend FIREX International 2019

Featuring the latest life-saving technologies and education on the latest best practice plus updates to guidance and standards, Europe's largest annual fire safety trade show is a must-attend for everyone across the fire safety supply chain. Read More

Fire safety podcast launched by Tom Gilbert and Dave Calvert

“We are impartial and have no agenda other than promoting good practice, logical thinking and honest talking,” say the firefighters turned fire risk experts about the Open Fire podcast. “Fire safety issues should not be debated behind closed doors, and no single body should have a monopoly on decision-making.” Read More

RIBA Plan of Work for Fire Safety now under consultation

The document, which complements existing RIBA work plan methodology, represents the culmination of work that began when the ASFP convened a stakeholder panel drawn from the built environment to explore ways to enhance fire protection throughout the construction cycle. Read More