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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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TexecomPro App gives installers remote access to news, technical information and installer forum

Texecom-registered installers can now use their mobile device to access an installer forum and access technical information about a product they’re working with by scanning its barcode Read More

PaxLock Pro, Net2 and Net2 Entry provides emergency response service with robust wireless access control

Operating in standalone mode or as part of a networked system, PaxLock Pro has a compact design and is, says Paxton, easy to install. This case study outlines the project brief for an installation at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Paxton products involved and the benefits reaped as a result. Read More

Our most popular security articles, videos and downloads of 2018

Below is the most popular content – articles, videos and white papers – published on IFSEC Global for 2018. We’ve […] Read More

Hanwha Techwin launches ultra-HD multi-directional camera with integral PTZ

“By placing a PTZ camera at the centre of the PNM-9320VQP we are able to provide a highly affordable and efficient solution for city and wide area surveillance applications such as car parks, shopping centres and warehouses,” said Uri Guterman, head of product & marketing for Hanwha Techwin Europe. Read More

FIA launches ‘access to foundation’ course as bridge to fire alarm qualification

Now available to book, the new course is not part of the qualification pathway, instead giving students a grounding in the subject before they tackle the pathway’s first step. Read More

The periodic table of security

Security professionals now have hundreds of elements to consider - from fire to facilities, cyber to safety - in an increasingly complicated world. Our Security Periodic Table gives a visual represention of some of the key elements of security in 2014 and how they fit together. Read More

Manything Pro upgrade includes OEM solution and alert scheduling

Manything Pro, the cloud video recording and remote monitoring software, has introduced an OEM distribution model for large installers. Developed in response to requests from partners, the Oxfordshire-based company has also released alert schedules, alarm output and camera input features. Read More

Plastic-free intumescent fire door strip wins process efficiency award

A groundbreaking intumescent strip for fire doors was among the award winners at the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards 2018. Developed […] Read More

Fire and security competition to launch at WorldSkills UK LIVE 2019

A fire and security installation competition is being launched next year at the UK’s largest skills competition. WorldSkills UK LIVE […] Read More

How BIM software removes risky assumptions from the construction process

How is the fire protection industry to keep pace with the rapid shift in building design, materials and specification? Bob Glendenning of Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings examines some emerging solutions that harness cutting-edge software. Read More