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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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Webinar on emergency lighting updates announced by Hochiki Europe

Life safety manufacturer Hochiki Europe is hosting a webinar about updates to British Standard (BS) 5266-1: 2016 Emergency Lighting. Certified […] Read More

BT Redcare gives installers chance to win tickets to shows at iconic venues

Installers registering Classic and GSM installations between now and 31 March 2018 can be entered into a monthly draw, from which two winners will be chosen. Read More

UK’s first fire door installation qualification is piloted

The UK’s first fire door installation qualification has been piloted with a view to delivering the full course in December 2017. Read More

“Home automation and professional security monitoring don’t usually mix”: Essence Q&A

Evolving technology is upending traditional business models in the professional security monitoring market, as Rafi Zauer of Essence noted in conversation with IFSEC Global. Read More

Smart door locks give agencies, service providers and rental platforms a competitive edge – whatever their size

With the European holiday rentals market set for strong growth, the ENTR lock from Yale and access system SCLAK are giving Italian accommodation provider Home at Hotel a competitive edge. Read More

Registration for Engineers of Tomorrow 2018 security & fire apprentice competition now open

Registration for Engineers of Tomorrow 2018 has now opened, as the competition returns to IFSEC International for it’s 20th anniversary […] Read More

Watch: Your questions answered about the FIA’s fire detection and alarms qualification

What topics do these courses cover? What's new? Are the old FIA training courses obsolete? Watch the interview with Martin Duggan of the FIA to find out the answers to these and other questions. Read More

Finalists announced for the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017

Finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of the Security & Fire Excellence Awards. The winners will once again […] Read More

Cowboy operators beware: Certification scheme breaks new ground

Endorsed by organisations across the industry, the CTSP Register certifies individuals rather than their employers. Is this the long advocated breakthrough needed to combat rogue traders? Read More

Time running out to book place on FIA seminars on update to BS 5839-1:2017

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) is holding four seminars examining the update to BS 5839-1:2017, which relates to fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. Read More