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CSL recruits head of BT Redcare Andy Fyvie

NEW HIRE CSL has appointed Andy Fyvie as head of European customer development. Andy, who joins the specialist in M2M/IoT devices from competitor BT Redcare, has 16 years experience in the fire and security sector. As head of BT Redcare Fyvie oversaw the rollout of Redcare networks in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In his new role he will join CSL s operational team, which develops new service initiatives and product propositions with the help of CSL customers. Joining a future facing, fast-growing and innovative company like CSL is a great opportunity, says Fyvie. Having seen the success they have had in recent years I am looking forward to adding my industry experience to the team and helping the company to continue its expansion. Said CSL CEO Ed Heale: We are delighted to announce Andy s appointment. His knowledge and expertise will greatly assist us in sustaining our first-class customer service and product innovations. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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Home automation: A beginner s guide

Home automation has come a long way since the 1960s when British racing driver Stirling Moss fitted his newly built House of the Future in London s Mayfair with the latest gadgets. The extension of commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls into the residential market alongside smart lighting and security solutions has since revolutionised the way home owners interact with domestic systems and appliances using an expanding combination of hardware, communication protocols and electronic interfaces. Certainly use of devices such as IP cameras for domestic surveillance systems, motion detection hardware, door opening sensors and remote controls have surged, though from a low base.

The ubiquity of wireless networks using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and to a lesser extent ZigBee and Z-Wave in the home has also helped, providing the communications channel that devices, sensors and back end software systems need to transmit, store and analyse the information being collected. Security is the biggest are of demand amongst smart home users, with sales of connected cameras and remotely controlled door and window locks driving much of that usage. But the volume and diversity of deployments and applications is diverse, including connected white goods appliances (fridges, cookers, washing machines etc) alongside audio devices and entertainment hubs, lighting and heating controls, pet and baby monitors, and even products designed to automate the watering and monitoring of plant growth. Developments elsewhere may also have a galvanising affect, particularly the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) which is forecast to connect over devices by 2020. This vast network of interlinked monitors, sensors, computers, controllers, switches and other industrial and consumer gadgets will collect and analyse information from systems as diverse as manufacturing, retail, transportation, automotive and agriculture. The considerable efforts being put into driving the IoT market by the likes of Cisco, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and other heavyweight information communications technology (ICT) companies will inevitably help to push home automation systems (a form of consumer IoT) into the spotlight. Barriers to adoption But while there is a strong feeling that the home automation industry stands on the brink of mass market adoption, significant barriers to its further development remain. The lack of interoperability between so many different devices, protocols, networks and applications continues to undermine user confidence, for example. Home owners also find systems difficult to use, a problem exacerbated by those incompatibility issues and a general lack of familiarity with home automation in general.

Though they have steadily fallen in price, home automation devices remain expensive and are likely to remain so until their popularity reaches a tipping point that will persuade large scale manufacturers to drive down costs further by producing equipment in higher volumes. Long device replacement cycles push suppliers to charge a premium for current deployments and make it difficult for them to build profitable businesses based on recurring revenue streams one reason why many seek to push consumers into managed services contracts wherever possible. Housebuilders are building smart heating controls and thermostats into new homes designed to give residents greater control over their energy costs, but retrofits on older properties remain more difficult and expensive and a thriving DIY market makes it difficult for professional installers to compete. The potential for cyber security breaches to cause disruption is finally starting to be recognised, if not necessarily addressed. But the biggest barrier is the technological fragmentation of the smart home ecosystem that involves so many different types of devices, networks and software systems, and needs them all to work together to deliver value to the house owner. Market adoption rates One analyst firm has gone so far as to predict that sales of home automation hardware, software and services will exceed US$78bn by 2022, with more conservative estimates forecasting US$20.78bn by 2020. As ever with analyst forecasts, there can be discrepancies of definition that tend to skew the numbers one way or another however, though research firm Gartner has predicted that the average home could contain as many as 500 smart devices by 2022. Much of that turnover will continue to be driven by the larger population base of the US and China, followed by Japan ahead of Europe and the UK which are collectively yet to show the same levels of enthusiasm. Figures from Statista suggest that the number of smart homes in the US will grow from 4.6m households in 2015 to 24.5m by 2020 for example, compared to 400,000 growing to 3.3m in Japan and 300,000 increasing to 2.1m in China over the same period.

Statista calculates Germany to be the single largest European market, with 300,000 smart homes last year growing to 2.4m by 2020 compared to 200,000 in the UK increasing to 1.5m in the same period. Key players Research published by CBInsights earlier this year suggests that a lot of venture capitalist funding is going into home automation start-ups such as Nest Labs. These now fight for market share alongside established industrial automation companies which have moved into the home automation space (Honeywell International, GE, Legrand, Siemens, ABB, and United Technologies Corporation, for example) but also home automation specialists such as Crestron Electronics, Savant and Control4. Technology giants such as Samsung, Google and Amazon are also coming to the fore, having spied parallel opportunities for mobile apps, devices and operating systems alongside information processing platforms that they can exploit. Flagship home automation products to date include the Nest smart home thermostats and cameras, Sonos music systems, GE s Z-Wave components and Samsung SmartThings Hub. Amazon s Echo and Google s Home voice activated smarthubs are also driving usage by delivering Internet connected, multimedia gadgets that can also be used to control smart thermostats and other devices. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals.

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Grenfell: Drip-drip of revelations exposes UK complacency following decades of fire-safety progress

Photo: Brandon Butterworth under CC4.0 Until this year, fire deaths in England and Wales had been falling steadily for three decades. Between 2004 and 2014 fire deaths fell by 40%. Both in its sophistication and implementation, the fire-safety discipline has improved beyond measure since the 1980s.

Rules are now in place that you hardly need a degree in fire engineering to recognise as basic common sense. Their absence 30 years ago betrays a now shocking disregard for fire risk. Just consider that smoking was permitted in train carriages until 1984 and on London underground platforms until 1987, with a trial ban made permanent following the Kings Cross fire that killed 31 people and injured 100. And the circumstances surrounding the fire that killed 56 football supporters at Bradford City s Valley Parade stadium on 11 May 1985 are unbelievable. The stand that caught fire was made of timber and this at a time when supporters were allowed to smoke freely on the terraces. More incomprehensibly still, litter had been allowed to pile up beneath the stand a ready-made bonfire just awaiting ignition. A copy of the Bradford Telegraph and Argus was found, dated 4 November 1968. Such tragedies prompted the authorities to take health and safety and fire safety rather more seriously and fire deaths have been falling ever since. Small wonder that a government committed to slashing the deficit saw the fire service as an obvious target for cuts.

The firefighter s role was also expanded to encompass traffic accidents, terror attacks and major floods. We might have been full of post-Empire, pre-Brexit anxieties about our economic status and cultural identity, but we were good at fire safety and health and safety. While hundreds of workers have died in the construction of facilities for the Qatar World Cup, not a single fatality was recorded in the building of London 2012 venues. When a series of fires broke out in tall buildings dotting the skyline in Dubai in 2015 and 2016, many in the UK might have sneered at the emirate s complacency over fire standards. And yet, despite their frequency, not a single person died in those blazes. By horrific contrast, the death toll from the Grenfell blaze, though still not finalised, will surely represent the worst loss of life in a single fire in living memory. We are as a nation much more humble about our fire safety record since 14 June 2017. If the UK government forgot about the Lakanal disaster all too readily, it will be harder to expunge this one from the collective memory. The harrowing stories of people throwing children out of windows on upper level floors are not easily forgotten.

And the charred remains of Grenfell fire, visible from miles around, stand as a lasting monument to the complacency, incompetence and disregard of so many involved in the protection and management of social housing. But if others had been surprised that such a thing could happen, those in the industry were less so. Many voices in the fire industry had been warning, with increasing exasperation, for years about the multiple deficiencies in the fire-safety situation with high-rise residential blocks. More than a month on from the worst fire disaster in living memory, the shortcomings and instances of neglect continue to mount, dispelling any lingering complacency after decades of falling numbers of fire deaths. Timber frame fears The Grenfell fire has brought into sharp focus the materials favoured by the modern construction industry. As the scale of the cladding problem continues to worsen, fire-engineering experts are now warning that timber frames, which are the most popular building method for social housing, are also problematic. Speaking to the Guardian, Arnold Tarling, a chartered surveyor, said: I worry it will take more losses of life before people take this seriously, because nobody ever learns. With buildings like this, everything has to be perfect with the build to make them safe, and then afterwards, he said. At the moment we ve got a lot of modern materials, and a lot of materials being put together, and the regulations just haven t kept up.

The structural issues that once necessitated a 7-8 storey limit on the height of timber-frame buildings are no longer an issue thanks to innovations in construction methods. One timber-frame building planned for construction in east London will have nine floors, while a proposal for a 300-metre-high wood-framed skyscraper. The US, where timber frames are widespread, specifies height and area restrictions and mandates the installation of sprinklers systems neither of which apply in the UK. Timber frames can be perfectly safe. The problem arises when corners are cut, resulting in gaps in the timber frame, which is encased into a sealed void between external bricks and internal plasterboard walls. Jim Glockling, technical director of the Fire Protection Association, told the Guardian: We shouldn t be scaremongering. A properly put-together timber-frame building should perform well but it s about having the methods and quality assurance in place. There s a difference between what you are allowed to do through building regulations and what you should do. Residents themselves can undermine the effectiveness of compartmentalisation by drilling holes in a wall to mount shelves or a TV.

The problems of timber frames extends beyond the theoretical. One blaze caused by a discarded cigarette at flats in Hounslow, west London, destroyed 16 homes and caused the collapse of the building roof. And a Manchester block of flats was demolished six days after a fire broke out so fire crews could be certain it was fully extinguished. Electricity surges It has also emerged that 25 Grenfell Tower residents had experienced electricity power that caused appliances to malfunction, overheat and even emit smoke. Based on documents it had obtained, the BBC reported that some of the problems, reported several years before, had still not been resolved in the months leading up to the fire. The Grenfell fire is believed to have started when a fridge freezer caught fire on the fourth floor. More cladding revelations Given the rapid spread of the fire up the building s exterior, it was immediately apparent that the cladding on Grenfell Tower was woefully inadequate from a fire protection perspective. Worse still, in the days and weeks that followed, government tests revealed that cladding from a huge proportion of high rise residential buildings was similarly deficient. The latest damaging revelation comes from University of Leeds.

A team of researchers has found that burning cladding on Grenfell Tower would have released 14 times more heat than government tests allow. Although contractors who fitted the cladding insist that it passed all regulations, the researchers concluded that the cladding s plastic core would have burned as quickly as petrol . According to data released by French authorities, e cladding would have released 43.2 MJ/kg of heat. The European A2 standard for limited combustibility is 3 MJ/kg. The foam insulation underneath the cladding was, separately, thought to emit around 26 MJ/kg of heat.

FIA officially launches new fire engineering qualifications

FIREX 2017 The Fire Industry Association (FIA) officially launched their new qualifications in fire detection and alarms at FIREX 2017. FIA general manager Martin Duggan delivered three presentations about the new qualifications, one on each day of the three-day exhibition. The seminars were very well attended and it was a great opportunity to answer questions directly from visitors at the show, he said.

These qualifications have taken years of development and we are really excited to share with the industry exactly what shape the qualifications will take. We ve taken on new staff and had a small shake-up of the FIA team in preparation for the launch of the qualifications in order to answer all those initial questions and to ensure that the booking process goes smoothly. The FIA said the new courses met with a positive response from attendees working in all areas of the supply chain, as well as interest from beyond the UK. There are four new qualifications: designer, installer, maintainer, and commissioner, explained Duggan. They are equivalent to a level 3 in the UK, so that is the same as an A-Level, but in Europe it is the same as a level 4 qualification on the European qualifications framework. FIA general manager Martin Duggan delivers FIREX 2017 seminar The FIA handed out course prospectuses as well as snacks and drinks on its stand the FIA Lounge which was designed to resemble a pub. The FIA Lounge was very successful, said Kat Schabowska, marketing communications executive at the FIA. We had back-to-back enquiries at the information desk and the bar area was full every day of the expo. We are delighted to be able to say that this year s footfall on our stand was even better than last year.

Martin Duggan says the new courses introduce elements not hitherto available in existing FIA courses. We did a gap analysis of our current training and the new qualifications to discover how much more the new qualifications would offer. The results show us that the courses will at least double in size, explained Martin Duggan during his presentation. We ve developed some units that are completely new, plus we added extra sections that industry stakeholders and employers have asked for. Our members have very much guided us in this direction towards including more content and making the courses longer and more extensive, in order to stretch the learners knowledge further than before. Said Kat Schabowska: We recommend that if you re interested in our new qualifications or courses that you sign up to our email newsletter to find out when our booking system will go live. The new qualifications prospectus is available to download for free from the FIA website, or a hard copy can be requested by emailing [email protected]

Eagle Eye Networks acquires Panasonic Cloud Management Services Europe BV

Cloud-based video surveillance Eagle Eye Networks has acquired Panasonic Cloud Management Services Europe BV (PCMSEU), whose flagship products are Panasonic Cameramanager and Panasonic Nubo. The two companies operate in the same market cloud-based video surveillance with Eagle Eye Networks the dominant force in North America and PCMSEU the clear European leader. PCMSEU operates more cloud-recorded cameras than any other company in Europe by some distance.

The acquisition of CMSEU gives Eagle Eye Networks a bridgehead into the European market and creates a truly global player in a still nascent cloud surveillance market that is growing at a much faster rate than the conventional DVR/NVR segment. Panasonic Cloud Management Services Europe BV will be renamed Eagle Eye Networks BV. Serving as the European headquarters for Eagle Eye, the European giant will now sell and support the expanded Eagle Eye product line. Our dealers in Europe have responded with overwhelming support for this acquisition. It will greatly enhance our sales and support efforts in the European market, said Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. The strong and experienced team in cloud video surveillance at our new Eagle Eye EMEA headquarters will make it possible for us to provide a tremendous level of support to all of our dealers in the region. Eagle Eye Networks are exhibiting at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find th em on stand C1025 . Get your free badge now.

The Eagle Eye NuboCam All PCMSEU employees will be retained following the deal. Cameramanager co-founders Rishi Lodhia and Tijmen Vos will remain with the company as managing director and technical director of Eagle Eye Networks EMEA respectively. Said Rishi Lodhia: This is a unique opportunity to bring two pioneers in cloud video surveillance together and deliver a broad portfolio of innovative cloud surveillance solutions. Eagle Eye and Cameramanager dealers worldwide will now have a wider selection of cloud video products to meet their customers needs. Panasonic Cameramanager, on which small and medium businesses can watch and manage live and recorded surveillance footage from their smartphone, will be renamed Eagle Eye CameraManager. Eagle Eye plans to expand global sales of CameraManager to meet demand for direct camera to cloud connectivity. CameraManager cloud surveillance products boast optional storage methods, motion detection, push notifications and cloud based video analytics. Lacking the onsite bridge device of the Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS, the CameraManager solution can be more cost-effective for smaller camera counts per location. Eagle Eye Cameramanager Eagle Eye Networks BV will continue to sell Eagle Eye Cloud Security VMS in Europe to customers that prioritise camera interoperability and have high camera counts.

Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS supports more than 1,000 different digital cameras, over 10,000 different analogue cameras, up to 10 years of video retention and very large camera counts. Panasonic Nubo, which becomes Eagle Eye NuboCam, is an LTE camera and was the world s first mobile video monitoring surveillance camera when it launched in 2015. Datacenters Eagle Eye Networks operates datacenters in California, Texas, Canada, Japan (two), the UK and thanks to the acquisition two in the Netherlands. Eagle Eye Networks are exhibiting at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find th em on stand C1025 . Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals.

Covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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Aperio H100 from ASSA ABLOY: easy-to-integrate wireless access control tech now inside a stylish door handle

The new Aperio H100 packs the power and flexibility of wireless access control into one slim, cleverly designed door handle. With easy retrofitting to almost any interior door and comprehensive RFID compatibility, the new Aperio H100 handle makes extending access control to more doors cost-effective by integrating with a vast range of third-party systems. The Aperio H100 s stylish design is perfect for indoor office and facility doors that receive high levels of traffic.

The Aperio H100 can work within an online access control system or offline as a standalone device. A battery fits inside the handle, ensuring a minimal footprint and a discreet look to gel with any contemporary door style. The Aperio H100 is easy to retrofit on existing doors, with no drilling and no wiring required. Any existing mechanical cylinder can still be used. The Aperio H100 is specified with maximum flexibility and designed to fit almost any format of interior door. The Aperio H100 is compatible with most common European (DIN) and Scandinavian mortise locks, in wooden, steel, tubular frame or glass doors with standard lock cases. It comes in left- and right-hand versions for a door between 35mm and 80mm thickness, with optional U-handle and USB adaptor. The Aperio H100 is compatible with multiple RFID technologies, including iCLASS /ISO14443B, iCLASS SE, Seos , MIFARE Classic, Plus and EV1, and DESFire SE. Like all Aperio devices, our new handle can upgrade site security for a very affordable price, says Matthias Wei , Product Manager Aperio at ASSA ABLOY EMEA.

The Aperio H100 further extends a range which adds access control wirelessly to exterior and interior doors, from fire and safety doors with regulatory requirements to meeting rooms, labs and offices. The new Aperio H100 handle completes a comprehensive range of Aperio wireless access control devices that already includes online and offline Aperio cylinders (C100/C900) and escutcheons (E100/E900); an online and offline lock (L100/L900); and a wireless lock for bringing server racks and cabinets (KS100) into the same access control system as doors. To discover more about how Aperio enhances security and convenience at any premises, you can watch a short film here. The new Aperio H100 handle will be showcased at IFSEC International, Excel London, 20 22 June 2017. Get your free badge now. Stylish door handle to extend an access control system About ASSA ABLOY ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international group with about 47,000 employees, operations in more than 70 countries and sales close to SEK 71 billion. In the fast-growing electromechanical security segment, the Group has a leading position in areas such as access control, identification technology, door automation and hotel security. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 IFSEC International is taking place at Excel London, 20 22 June 2017, here are 5 reasons you should attend: Exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 brand new security solutions Network with over 27,000 security professionals Discounts of up to 30% exclusively for IFSEC 150 hours of seminars, workshops and keynote speeches A 1-2-1 meetings service to pre-book face to face meetings.

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IFSEC News: European debut of veracity s end-to-end security system integration set for IFSEC 2017

As new and varied threats drive rapid change in the security industry, IFSEC International 2017 is set to play host to more product launches than ever before. Veracity will be at the show launching their end-to-end security system to the European audience for the first time. Meanwhile, FLIR will be debuting four new security products for professional security and perimeter protection.

There are also new launches for; Genetec, Hikvision, Linx International Group and more. IFSEC International takes place 20th- 22nd June 2017 at ExCeL London. See the first issue of IFSEC news below.

Multiple approvals for British and EU markets would cost the fire industry millions of pounds

FIREX 2017 IFSEC Global caught up with former Royal Navy firefighter Ian Moore about the FIA s new engineering qualifications, the innovations on show at FIREX 2017, his forthcoming talk at Europe s largest fire-safety show, and the need for a holistic approach to fire safety. Ian joined the FIA in September 2015 as the new CEO. Previously to this Ian was the Managing Director of several companies operating in the fire and security industry the most recent being Elmdene International and as a Vice President of Potter Signal.

Recently Chairman of the BSIA Export Council and BSIA Operating Board, member of several fire and security committees, he has a wealth of experience to bring. Having lived in Oman, Taiwan and UAE, Ian also brings strong International experience to support any export activities of the FIA and its members. IFSEC Global: How did you first become involved with fire safety? Ian Moore: Coming from being a weapons engineer in the Royal Navy, I misread the advertisement and thought it said Fire Arms and not Fire Alarms ! In all seriousness, I was fully trained as a firefighter in the Royal Navy and had responsibility on various ships for the fire detection, alarm and sprinkler systems fitted thought the ammunition magazines. Upon leaving the forces, it was by chance I saw the advertisement and the rest, as they say, is history. IG: Could you briefly outline what you plan to cover at FIREX? IM: The FIA s overriding message is that of raising the bar on professionalism. We believe by individual s professional qualifications and companies audited by a third party is the only way to ensure this happens.

In addition we want to promote what the FIA can do for its members which is multifaceted. IG: How much of an impact do you think the new FIA engineering qualifications will have on the skills crisis? IM: I believe it will have a huge impact as does most of the industry given the comments we have received during a recent market survey. We need to make the fire industry attractive to young entrants into the job market and having a formal qualification gained through training is a big step towards that goal. With the potential of a reduction in European skilled labour (due to BREXIT), it is very much the right time to be introducing these qualifications so that we do not get to a crisis point (although many would say we are at that point already). IG: What impact do you think Brexit might have on the fire industry and is there anything the industry can do to prepare or protect itself? IM: Brexit means different things to different companies and cannot be rounded off as good or bad. Once we know the true deals then companies will navigate themselves towards the best for them and their offering. Standards and compliance (specifically to EN) is critical and it is important Government/BSI ensure we don t end up in a position that manufacturers need multiple approvals to cover British and EU markets this would cost the industry millions of pounds in wasted fees/costs.

IG: Are there any recent fire safety innovations that you re particularly excited about? IM: There are a few and they will be on shown during FIREX. To name one that comes to mind, given that I have an imminent meeting on the subject, is Coltraco s constant monitoring of liquefied and non-liquefied gaseous extinguishing systems and water/air-tight integrity by using ultrasonic technology. It s great to see innovation, not just for innovation s sake, but something that can a make a real difference in ensuring life/property safety systems you are relying on are ready to deliver when required. IG: Is there anything that hasn t be spoken about in this Q&A that you think is important to get out to the public? IM: I believe we should always have a holistic view when it comes to fire safety. Each company will obviously promote their products/services as the right solution. Commercial decisions often reduce the option to fit belt and braces so the best solution for the money is sought. Getting a professional risk assessment will go a long way to guiding on the options so spend the time and money in ensuring you get the best advice/guidance as it will save you in the long run and will increase your chances of fitting an effective life /property safety solution.

See Ian Speak at FIREX 2017. Register for the event here. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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7 facts you need to know about the new fire detection and alarm qualifications

This was met with a huge range of reactions online: our launch video views ramped up on YouTube, people retweeted the news on Twitter and shared it all over the place on Facebook. We also had the FIA team inbox filling up with requests for a hard copy of the new prospectus. We ve had the phone ringing with a tonne of questions since our big announcement and I m sure you want to know more about what these new qualifications entail, so here are seven facts you need to know about the new qualifications. #1 There are four new qualifications There is one qualification for each of the four main job roles within the fire detection and alarm servicing sector Designer, Installer, Maintainer, and Commissioner.

These all have official long titles set by the Awarding Organisation (which you can read in our new prospectus click to download), and will qualify you or your staff to an advanced level in each specialist area. The good news is that they are Level 3 on the Qualifications Curriculum Framework (QCF) in the UK, meaning they are equivalent to an A-Level. Due to differences in what qualification levels represent between the UK and Europe, a Level 3 qualification in the UK actually transfers to a Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework one level higher than the Level specified as the minimum level of education in EN 16763, the standard that sets out a minimum level of education required for fire and security services technicians. Good news for those that want to show compliance to this standard! #2 They are all formally recognised by an Awarding Organisation The Fire Industry Association Awarding Organisation (FIA AO) is the new official awarding organisation for qualifications within the fire industry. The FIA AO gained recognition with all the relevant national regulators for qualifications in England (OFQUAL), Wales (QIW) and Northern Ireland (CCEA) in 2014 and is recognising the FIA training department to be the first training centre in the UK to offer the qualifications. embedded content #3 Each qualification has four units This should be easy to remember four separate qualifications, each with four units each. The handy part is that three of those four units are common to all four of the qualifications, and it is completion of the final unit that identifies the qualification you are awarded. Therefore, if you wanted to gain multiple qualifications, there shouldn t be a need to resit the three common units first just complete a different final unit. This handy flowchart explains it: insert flowchart from the brochure #4 Those taking the qualifications will learn A LOT more than before The current FIA training is robust and industry recognised it is what we are most famed for.

We d be hypocritical if we said our current training wasn t up to scratch it is, and still relevant. Learners still benefit from it daily. But after consulting with members, doing a survey, and listening to what you wanted, one thing was clear: you wanted the training to be longer, formalised, and include more content. So the new qualifications will do exactly that more content, more advanced knowledge building The new qualifications link to other aspects of FD&A systems not previously covered in current training courses, giving a rounder, more comprehensive level of knowledge and understanding amongst learners. Even if you have previously done training with us here at the FIA, it would be worth booking a qualification course when they become available as there is going to be a lot more on the syllabus that wasn t covered before. The added benefit of the qualification course is that you ll gain a proper bonafide nationally recognised qualification that will benefit not just you (or your staff), but will be an attractive offering to any future clients. #5 There is provision for those with additional needs We ve always done our best to provide for those with additional learning needs, e.g. dyslexia, but you should be reassured to know that if you tell us about any other additional needs on your application, we should be able to offer the support you need. We strive for equal opportunities and you should be reassured to know that no matter what your needs are, we should be able to accommodate you. So long as you inform us, there is absolutely no reason why you can t walk away with a qualification (effort required, of course!). #6 No prior learning or experience is needed to start the qualification pathway.

In order to start a qualification, you don t need to have completed any prior learning such as the current FIA training courses. The qualifications are suitable for all levels whether you are a complete beginner or you have been in the industry for some time. Even if you have previously completed courses or you have gained industry experience, getting a qualification will give you a higher level of understanding and further your development professionally (see #4 above we ve added so much more to the qualification). For those that are just starting out this will be a great opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and understanding to an advanced level, giving you the edge in the business world over others that have not yet qualified. #7 The first classes will be bookable after our launch in June. Our official launch will be at FIREX this year, 20-22 nd June at the ExCel, London. We will be having a full programme of seminars and talks that you can attend to find out more, plus a networking bar where you can come and have a drink and meet with FIA staff to discuss the qualifications in more detail. You can also pick up a prospectus but if you can t wait, you can download one here, or request a hard copy here. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas.

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National approvals for CE-marked products an unnecessary barrier to trade, says EAPFP

Passive fire protection The European Association for Passive Fire Protection (EAPFP) has condemned additional national approvals for CE-marked construction products as an unreasonable barrier to trade and a clear contravention of European law. The association was responding to the introduction of a new national approval for some construction products in Germany, including passive fire protection. The current draft of the German Regulation (Verwaltungsvorschrift) does not permit the use of certain CE-marked construction products without an additional national document.

Called Bauartgenehmigung (acc. to 16a, Musterbauordnung/MBO, 2016) this links usage in a building directly to the product via the applied European testing and classification standards. By apparently declaring product-related requirements that already incorporate usage requirements as building-related requirements, the German authorities have created a variety of installation and job-site headaches, according to the EAPFP. Infringement of the Construction Product Regulation The association says that additional approvals, such as the requirement for construction products to declare all required performances for the use of such a product in the declaration of performance (DoP) or European technical assessment, are a barrier to trade. They therefore infringe the Construction Product Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, Article 8, para 4. This states that A Member State shall not prohibit or impede, within its territory or under its responsibility, the making available on the market or the use of construction products bearing the CE marking, when the declared performances correspond to the requirements for such use in that Member State. The EAPFP contends that the free movement of construction products is fundamental to the fortunes of the fire protective products industry and the construction sector as a whole. National barriers, potentially explainable and justifiable from historic perspectives, and related to short-term objectives, are detrimental in the long term to our market sector, and thus for the economies of European Member States, says EAPFP president Joric Witlox. EAPFP supports the CE-mark as the only mark, that assesses the product characteristics, allowing access to the market.

The association says its position on the issue is supported by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which in a judgment on 16 October 2014, case C-100/13, also advised that Germany was impeding the free movement of construction products. Exova Warringtonfire and Exova BM TRADA are to undertake live installations of passive fire protection measures as part of this year s ASFP Passive Fire Protection Zone at FIREX International (20-22 June 2017, Excel London). Get your free badge now Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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