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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: Fire safety in houses of multiple occupation (HMOs)

Watch a roundtable discussion on best practice for life safety in houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs), courtesy of event co-hosts Hochiki Europe and the Fire Industry Association (FIA). Read More

OPTEX partners with visual-verification developer CHeKT

CHeKT’s first and flagship product, CHeKT Bridge, pairs cameras with sensors, on new or existing security panels. Managed locally, cameras give the operator instant access to video, unimpeded by firewalls and login credentials. Read More

From drone patrols to AI surveillance: 15 home security innovations from CES 2019

Nearly 110 million smart home devices were shipped worldwide in 2018, according to Futuresource Consulting – and security products are an increasingly important driver. Read More

PaxLock Pro unveiled at Paxton showcases throughout UK and Ireland

Security installers got their hands on Paxton’s latest product, wireless door handle PaxLock Pro, in a series of product showcases at the tail end of 2018. Read More

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

This infographic is based on the table everyone encountered in school science lessons, substituting for chemical elements the technologies and concepts central to the modern security sector. First published in 2014 it's been updated to accommodate emerging phenomena like the IoT. Read More