NSI commissions research into automated alarms

This month the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has commissioned a study that will examine the public benefits of automated alarms. Perpetuity Research will produce the study, titled Maximising the public benefits of automated alarms . Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive, NSI The NSI s chief executive Richard Jenkins said: The well proven URN1 police response process has long been a great unsung mainstay in private-public sector collaboration, and over the last 10-15 years has contributed dramatically to public safety, and increasing efficiency for police at a time when pressures on resources have never been higher.

However as technology improves, according to Jenkins there are opportunities for moving the success of the police unique reference number (URN) to the next level. The study will aim to identify all the possibilities from canvassing all stakeholders, and will also envision the added benefits that could be achieved from further enhancement. In accordance with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) policy, police in the UK will only offer a response to verified alarm signals from systems which have been granted a Police unique reference number, so the Police aim to provide an effective response to genuine intruder alarms. Monitored systems can only be installed by certificated providers and must be subject to a maintenance agreement. In 2002/3 NSI appointed Perpetuity Research to produce a report on the causes of false alarms, which subsequently became an important reference point for policy and communication, within the security sector and the police service. We are very excited now 15 years on to be re-visiting the police response model, and helping define how a modern technology can build further on the success to date, Jenkins added. Professor Martin Gill, director of Perpetuity Research said: It is our belief that this independent piece of work can help bring clarity to the table and inform the debate about how further success in police URN can be delivered in the interests of public safety, protection of people and property, and police savings. The findings from the study will be organised on a fast track basis with an initial report available in spring/early summer 2018. Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape.

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Housing arsonists and reporting 50 fires a week yet HM Prison Service fails dismally on fire safety

The Grenfell disaster prompted the editor of The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales to issue a freedom of information request to the organisation responsible for fire safety in prisons. What was sent in response he found deeply troubling . Writing for, Mark Leech said the issue of fire safety had never really crossed my mind during his 20 years in the role until the Grenfell inferno unfolded.

The fat that fire safety is not mentioned in any inspection report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons augured badly as he began his research. The expectations document on which all prison inspections are based doesn t mention the word fire once, he said. The documents returned to Leech revealed that every single CPFIG inspection conducted in the year to June 2017 there were 19 in total had failed statutory fire safety tests and resulted in non-compliance orders. In some cases Statutory Enforcement Notices were then issued to prison governors who failed to take action within the 28-day period stipulated. Governors have to prioritise staff and bluntly, when it comes to unlocking prisoners for medication, food or visits, or conducting fire safety checks, the latter doesn t even come near the top of the list. Mark Leech, editor, Prisons Handbook for England and Wales There were nearly 50 fires a week 2,580 in total in England and Wales in 2016, Parliament heard in March. Fire safety in prisons is the responsibility of the Crown Properties Fire Inspection Group (CPFIG), based in the Home Office. It was to CPFIG that Leech submitted his freedom of information request, asking for copies of all CPFIG fire safety inspection reports on prison and young offender establishments carried out in the last 12 months. Problems found at a prison in Bristol included: Inadequate personal emergency evacuation plans Ignition sources discovered too close to combustible materials Ventilation ductwork between cells did not adequately protect against the spread of fire Emergency doors were difficult to open A lack of water misting equipment Multiple shortcomings Seizing on the information disclosed to Leech, The Chronicle has reported that fire inspectors have uncovered multiple shortcomings in fire safety measures at HMP Northumberland.

Inspectors identified inadequate measures to control the risk of fire and smoke spreading within common areas and staff have not been given enough training about how to deal with a fire in a cell. More than 83,000 men and women are currently incarcerated in UK prisons, which equates to 148.3 prisoners per 100,000 people more than three times that of the Netherlands and much higher than Spain (137.9), France (98.3), Italy (86.4) and Germany (77.4). Despite the soaring prison population, 900m has been slashed from the prison budget since 2010. Speaking to the Independent in the wake of his disclosures, Leech said: You ve got criminals including arsonists, but also many people with mental health problems. In that atmosphere, governors have to prioritise staff and bluntly, when it comes to unlocking prisoners for medication, food or visits, or conducting fire safety checks, the latter doesn t even come near the top of the list. Such shortcomings would not be tolerated in any other place than in prisons, he added. It is obvious from the shocking reports that I have uncovered that the theory and practice are light-years apart. Continuing Crown Immunity from prosecution for failures in places which have 50 fires a week and which, by necessity detain those with mental health problems and convictions for arson, must now surely end it is simply inexplicable in this day and age. A Prison Services spokesperson said: We take fire safety extremely seriously.

All nineteen prisons have undertaken immediate action to address the recommendations made by the inspection group. Every single prison across the estate has a mandatory annual fire risk assessment, carried out by a fire safety specialist, and individual fire strategies in place which are closely monitored. Cladding The Ministry of Justice insists that none of its prisons have the type of cladding believed to have been used at Grenfell Tower. In 2015, the National Offender Management Service published Fire Safety in Prison Establishments , which outlines the requirements on the Responsible Person under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 with regards to providing a fire safety compliant environment in Public Sector Prisons. In July last year, Clive Webster, a senior fire consultant from BB7, wrote on IFSEC Global that the prison service would benefit from formalising its fire-risk-management system using PAS 7: 2013 Fire Risk Management System Specification . Published in 2013, PAS 7: 2013 Fire Risk Management System Specification emerged from a steering group that included representatives from CFOA, The Institution of Fire Engineers, The Fire Sector Federation and the Association of British Insurers. Using PAS 7 2013 it is possible to improve fire safety while achieving process improvements and reducing the cost of compliance overtime, wrote Webster.

At a time when purse strings have never been tighter and the need to improve fire safety has never been so high on the agenda, PAS 7 could provide the solution to the problems highlighted by the media.

PAS 7 presents requirements for an organisational fire risk management system (FRMS), which can be applied in organizations operating across multiple sites, separate management divisions within an organization, or individual premises within a single entity, Ben Bradford, MD of BB7, wrote in 2014.

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All three finalists in the Security Consultancy category of the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAS) were drawn from the Association of Security Consultant (ASC) members:

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Putting smart sprinklers to the test

The debate around when and where sprinklers should be installed and if this should be mandated more widely is one of the most contentious in the fire industry. Approved Document B, which outlines the building regulations in force, only recommends that sprinklers are installed in warehouses larger than 20, 000 square metres. Earlier in the year James Dalton, director of general insurance at the Association of British Insurers (ABI), called for mandatory sprinklers in schools and care homes too.

Might the emergence of so-called smart sprinklers strengthen the stance of those advocating mandatory sprinklers in schools and warehouses? The traditional sprinkler that most readers will recognise hasn t changed in any substantive way in appearance or function since Hiram Stevens Maxim (also, ironically, the inventor of something antithetical to life safety systems, the machine gun) pioneered the first automatic fire sprinkler system in the late 19th century. The greater efficiency of modern distribution models has had the undesired consequence of making fire spread more efficiently too. Boxes of often highly flammable materials are now stacked as high as 24 metres in a bid to wring every last bit of value from warehouse square footage. Tightly packed mountains of stock serve as tinderboxes when a fire is started, so many warehouse owners have turned to sprinklers to minimise losses. But conventional sprinklers are no panacea for the challenges posed by huge warehouses with tall ceilings, as FM Global reported recently. If a fire begins at or near the base of a paper stack, the temperature at the ceiling level may not reach a sufficient temperature to activate until the fire has grown substantially and perhaps extended far beyond its original location, said the mutual insurance company in the recent article. The combination of high storage and potential fire spread, dubbed highly challenging fires (HCFs), demands a response that goes beyond the protection recommendations involving traditional sprinklers, notes Christopher Wieczorek, assistant vice president, research group manager for fire and explosion protection at FM Global. Researchers from FM Global, which provides loss prevention services to large organisations, considered the fact that sprinklers s greatest weakness appeared to be inseparable from its greatest strength: the detection and actuation mechanisms are shared.

This has yielded remarkably reliable and predictable responses to fire, but it is insufficient when fires are potentially at a great distance from the sprinkler, the report continued. Moreover, the distance involved increases the possibility that sprinkler activation might still be insufficient to substantially reduce a conflagration. In the age of smart tech, this should apparently now be surmountable, if sprinklers are activated by sensors that are positioned remotely from them. Such early stage detection has been dubbed simultaneous Monitoring, Assessment and Response Technology or SMART. This is indeed smart in the internet of things sense ie, computer chips process inputs from sensors, interpret the data and respond accordingly through a system of discharge devices. FM Global Research has conducted experiments in their Small Burn Lab with a range of fire sizes and locations. Yibing Xin, senior lead research scientist at FM Global, found that in a test of a 13 metre-tall roll paper storage, a traditional sprinkler did not activate until flames were at least 15 metres above the floor. Our SMART system activated when the flames were only 14 feet (4 meters) tall, he said. FM Global found that using more than one detector technology ideally one that detects temperature changes and another, the presence of smoke was the best way of detecting accurately and responding quickly.

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    Family Housing Association reduces lone worker risk with Identicom

    Family Housing Association reduces lone worker risk with Identicom Family Housing is helping to reduce potential risk to its lone working, frontline staff by partnering with Connexion2 and its Identicom lone worker protection device. The Family Housing Association is an independent social housing provider based in Birmingham. Since it was established in 1964, the organisation has grown to become one of the major providers of affordable housing to rent and low cost home ownership in the West Midlands with nearly 2,500 homes.

    The organisation’s existing method for lone worker safety relied on using a dedicated button on a mobile phone to raise the alarm if the lone worker felt threatened. However, when it came to reviewing current lone worker practices, frontline staff stated that if faced with a potentially hazardous situation they would have to reach for their phone, which could be at the bottom of a bag, and in addition the phone could easily be knocked out of their hand. Aware of the need to update its lone worker protection devices, Family Housing s information systems manager Baz Patel decided to inspect products that would enable support staff to discreetly raise the alarm if faced with a potential conflict situation.

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    The safety of our staff is of paramount importance to us and we have therefore made Identicom part of our Health and Safety policy , said Patel. We decided we needed a more robust system than we were previously using for our lone workers. With Identicom, personnel can use the Red Alert at any time they feel vulnerable, knowing that if required they can quickly summon the necessary support should they feel threatened.

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