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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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PAC keeps Gloucester City Homes’ residents as safe as houses

Gloucester City Homes is an independent registered housing association that owns and manages rented homes, leasehold properties, shared ownership properties, […] Read More

WATCH: Engineers of Tomorrow returns to IFSEC and FIREX 2019. Register now for the apprentice competition

Both security and fire apprentices are invited to enter the 21st edition of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition. It is […] Read More

IFSEC International 2019: The growing hub for security installers

IFSEC International is Europe’s largest integrated security event, with tens of thousands of visitors attending ExCeL, London, 18 – 20 June 2019. Registration is now open - secure your free IFSEC ticket and discover who you'll meet. Read More

WATCH: Engineers of Tomorrow 2018 winners reflect on their triumph

Featuring comments from the winners of the 2018 Engineers of Tomorrow competition and previews the forthcoming edition of the competition for fire and security apprentices, taking place at IFSEC International 2019. Read More

Third-party certified fire doors have just aced their fire-resistance tests

Government-commissioned fire-resistance tests have been passed with flying colours by third-party certified fire doors, demonstrating the value of traceability and certification when it comes to specifying fire doors, writes the British Woodworking Federation. Read More

How easily can wireless locks extend the reach of your access control?

As building security becomes smarter, the need for electronic access control systems spreads further. Wired access points and security doors […] Read More

WATCH: Hikvision roadshows in March previewed

Hikvision wants to show you its next generation of HikCentral, Pro Series (Easy IP) and Turbo analogue HD, plus new solutions for intercom, thermal, deep learning and radar. Gary Harmer, UK & Ireland sales director, previews events taking place in Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and London. Read More

Hackitt and housing: From “unconscious incompetence to conscious incompetence” – and beyond

The steps the housing sector must take to achieve accountability, competence and traceability post-Grenfell have been mapped out by speakers from Frankham RMS, LABC, National Fire Chiefs Council, Gerda Security, ASFP and ENGIE UK & Ireland at an event at Westminster. Read More

Quelfire announces Quelqick same-day delivery service for North West of England

Passive fire protection manufacturer Quelfire has launched a same-day delivery service for businesses and project sites across North West England. […] Read More

The near future of intrusion detection: 4 trends to keep an eye on

The intrusion detection systems market is growing rapidly, driven by innovation in video surveillance, cloud-based remote access and wireless technology. John O’Donnell, product manager for SaaS intrusion detection at Vanderbilt, examines four trends and the benefits they're bringing. Read More