6 Things you need to know about FIM Expo

If you install or commission fire alarms, you think you ve probably seen all the kit you possibly could by now. Bit of wire here, manual call point there, fire alarm sounder there. But the industry is evolving and new developments are happening all the time: new products, new equipment, new gadgets.

Luckily for you, FIM Expo is just around the corner: Wednesday 4 October, Glasgow Science Centre. So without further ado, here s six things you need to know about FIM Expo. #1: You can get your hands on all the kit you like and have a try before you buy. Yes ladies and gents, there really is nothing better than actually being able to see how the kit works before you decide to go ahead with it. Exhibitors love nothing more than explaining all their new products, so you can get a demonstration of how it works and get all your questions answered. #2: No long queues. FIM Expo is a smaller show, so there is no queuing to get in, no waiting for your turn to see your favourite exhibitor, and a much more efficient way of visiting lots of different manufacturers at once. None of the fuss and hustle and bustle of the bigger shows. #3: You can find out which bits of kit are compatible with kit you might already be familiar with. My God, it can get frustrating when you find out that your panel that you ve just bought is not compatible with the rest of the kit you currently install. Argh. Nightmare.

Sometimes you really need an expert opinion to guide you on your way. Our exhibitors will be on hand to discuss all your need and field all of those awkward: Does this thing work with this old bit of kit I have? Or do I need to buy everything new again? questions. #4: Free BS 5839-1:2017 revision seminar. Get there early and secure your space, because we re putting on a free seminar on the update to BS 5839-1:2017 at 11am. In the update there is a brand new section on multi-sensor detectors, including a new annexe E, which discusses the selection of multi-sensor detectors; an update on double pole isolation; a new section on video alarm systems; and the removal of the tables from Annex F (just for simplicity). The seminar is free and CPD-accredited! #5: Learn about the future of FD&A qualifications. Martin Duggan, FIA General Manager will be discussing development of new FD&A Qualifications. There are four new qualifications, which are provided through the new awarding organisation for the fire industry, the FIA AO.

The Qualifications are designed to reflect the four main job roles of the sector designer, installer, maintainer, and commissioner with one qualification for each. This seminar starts after lunch at 2pm, so finish up your sandwich and head to the seminar room. Both seminars are CPD accredited. Can you believe all of this is free? Ker-ching! #6: Free lunch. Yep, free tea and coffee. Free lunch. What more could anyone want? Details Wednesday 4 October 2017.

Doors open at 9.30am. The show closes at 3:30pm. Entry is free but you will need to register to ensure entry into the exhibition. We recommend getting there in good time so that you can collect your visitor s badge, grab a coffee, and take in all the sights. Click here to register . Pop in your details. It s all free.

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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]

Dell EMC Q&A: open platforms, body-worn cameras and end-to-end security solutions

Part of the group most famous for manufacturing desktop PCs, Dell EMC specialises in hybrid cloud and big-data solutions, built on converged infrastructure, servers, storage and cybersecurity technologies for enterprise customers. spoke to the brand s recently appointed general manager for surveillance and security, Ken Mills. We are delighted to provide an excerpt below.

Ken Mills, Dell EMC Thank you for joining us again today Ken at this momentous time in the history of Dell EMC. Before drilling down a bit into all that s new: congratulations on your appointment as general manager for surveillance and security! Please give us an overview of the Dell EMC surveillance solutions portfolio. Ken Mills: Dell EMC is focused on delivering the best-in-class solutions for the surveillance market in networking, compute, storage, virtualisation, security, client and cloud. We are also focused on building joint solutions with our OEM customers/partners to bring even more value to our end users. Our customers are truly the future-makers, and we are enabling them to innovate faster, build stronger and scale smarter. Stay tuned for a number of announcements for the surveillance market from Dell EMC and our customers. SSW: Are there product announcements on the horizon from Dell EMC too? KM: It is an exciting time to be at Dell EMC right now.

Dell Technologies is now number one in everything, all in one place, and we are bringing this world-class portfolio to the surveillance market. Never before, have our customers and partners been able to modernise their surveillance infrastructure with an end-to-end portfolio like we have at Dell EMC. We are leveraging the same industry-recognised surveillance lab to expand our validated solutions to include the entire Dell EMC portfolio. This is a huge step forward for the industry where for the first time, our customers and partners can purchase with confidence all of their surveillance infrastructure needs from one place: Dell EMC. Read the full interview on Check out the latest solutions from Dell Video Surveillance Solutions by Dell EMC OEM at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand G250. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

It is the perfect way to keep up to date, protect your business and enhance your career in the security industry.

Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

Tyco: profile of a fire and security colossus

Tyco: Profile Of A Fire And Security Colossus

Profile of Tyco, one of the world s largest fire safety and security companies with a customer base claimed to exceed three million in industrial, commercial and residential sectors worldwide. The firm s 69,000 employees include scientists, engineers, sales professionals, technicians and management staff in over 1,000 locations in nearly 50 countries including research and development labs, manufacturing facilities, service and distribution centres, and sales offices. Company history Tyco s United States headquarters are in Princeton, New Jersey; its corporate headquarters have recently moved from Schaffhausen, Switzerland to Cork in the Republic of Ireland.

The company was founded in 1960 by Arthur J. Rosenburg as a research laboratory to conduct 1960s experimental work for the US government. The business focused on solid-state science and energy conversion and by 1962 began to move from US government research contracts into commercial applications. It went public in 1964 and one year later made its first acquisition, Mule Battery Products. Following further expansion in the 1970s, it began pursuing an extensive acquisition strategy which saw the procurement of leading brands such as AlliedTube and Conduit and Grinnell Corporation. In 2012, Tyco International was divided, separating the firm s Flow Control business, North America s residential security business and its international fire and security business. The separation resulted in the creation of Tyco (fire protection and electronic security), the ADT Corporation (residential and small business security in North America) and Flow Control (fluid valves, controls, and equipment protection products). Tyco products and services include: CCTV/access control equipment (Tyco Integrated Security, ADT, American Dynamics, Kantech, Software House, CEM Systems) Circuit protection devices EAS (electronic article surveillance) and RFID (radio frequency identification) products (Sensormatic) Engineering services Fire alarm systems (Simplex, ADT) Fire sprinklers (SimplexGrinnell, Wormald) Fire-fighting hardware and fire-fighting foam concentrates (Ansul, Chemguard, Skum, Total Walther, and Sabo) GRINNELL grooved products Safety products (including industrial-site safety & personal protective equipment (PPE) SCOTT Safety) Security systems (Tyco Integrated Security, ADT, DSC) Valves and controls One recent fire protection innovation has seen subsidiary Tyco Fire Protection Products launch its Raven Studio sprinklers range. Designed mainly for commercial applications such as hotels, casinos, offices, educational facilities, museums and other cultural properties, the 5.6K pendent and horizontal sidewall Raven Studio Sprinklers are claimed to be UL and C-UL listed, and to be available in standard coverage for the protection of Light and Ordinary Hazard occupancies and Extended Coverage for Light Hazard applications.

By incorporating an unobtrusive, low-profile design with a paint-in-place escutcheon, the new Tyco Raven Studio sprinklers are uniquely discreet sprinklers in the industry today, said Luke Connery, Global Product Manager at Tyco Fire Protection Products. This can afford architects and interior designers an enhanced level of creative freedom not available with more traditional sprinkler options. Proximex surveillint PSIM solution from Tyco Designer sprinklers The new sprinklers are claimed to feature a paint-in-place escutcheon, providing clients with a variety of custom colours to match the palette of a project. The flush design is made aesthetically appealing by concealing the deflector and other operating parts behind the link assembly. Raven Studio Sprinklers, with a heat sensitive solder type release element, are listed as quick response sprinklers. On the video surveillance side, Tyco Integrated Security (TycoIS) recently announced Total Security, a system claimed to combine access control, IP video surveillance and intrusion detection. Available via a unified graphical user interface (GUI), Total Security apparently allows users to manage multiple security tasks on any Internet connected device. With real-time alerts, remote arm/disarm capabilities, access management and live video look-in, Total Security aims to improve workplace safety, security and business operations. Today s always-on, always-connected workforce was a key driver in building out the Total Security solution for our customers, said Joe Oliveri, Vice President & General Manager at TycoIS.

By combining video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection, organizations can save time and money on system maintenance better spent concentrating on core business functions. The Fireclass range from Tyco Scalable surveillance system structure Total Security is claimed to allow business owners and security managers to remotely handle more than 20 security tasks in real time. Tailored for mid-size businesses, the system is said to scale to larger environments as operations grow. Solution components include the company s Kantech Intevo and Exacq /AD Illustra for video integration, Kantech KT Series for access control, DSC NEO intrusion detection, EntraPass Web and Go mobile application Total Security provides one-app view for access control, video surveillance and intrusion detection, which is claimed to help users avoid spending time and resources contacting multiple providers for questions, software upgrades, service and administration. In addition, the simplified solution is available on Internet connected devices, facilitating remote operation. Free download covering legal requirements for responsible persons under the FSO, courtesy of the IOSH, BIFM and USHA approved UK provider of health, safety and environmental information. Key features: A full breakdown of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 The key actions when dealing with fire precautions & protection A complete guide to maintaining procedures and requirements within your organisation.

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Softex Partners With McAfee By Joining The McAfee Security …

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Softex, a leading provider of security products and solutions, today announced that it has joined the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance (SIA) partner program. As a member of the McAfee SIA program, Softex will develop a plug-in to the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) management console, which will enable enterprises for the first time to economically disable and manage lost or stolen laptops using the recently announced Softex SecureDisable PC anti-theft solution.

SecureDisable was developed in collaboration with Intel Corporation to provide a high value security solution powered by Intel Anti-Theft Technology (Intel AT) that can lock-down lost or stolen Intel processor-based notebooks and provide audit trails for compliance. It can be securely hosted in the cloud by Softex or hosted by enterprises and solution providers using enterprise software. With the McAfee ePO plug-in for SecureDisable, enterprise help-desks can deploy the software agent on ePO managed assets, view reports in the ePO dashboards, and use the ePO management console workflows to reactivate a lost or stolen machine.

“Softex is excited to work with McAfee ePO so that customers can benefit from their existing investments in McAfee products, and to enable them to manage the SecureDisable product using existing work flow consoles,” said Apurva Bhansali, CTO, Softex Incorporated.

“We are pleased to add Softex to the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance,” said Ed Barry, vice president of the Security Innovation Alliance, McAfee. “Our customers face growing challenges to secure their ePO managed assets, including the ability to track lost or stolen laptops. When SecureDisable is integrated with ePO, our customers will have a powerful new capability to manage their lost and stolen laptop assets from a console they already use and trust.”

“The collaboration between Intel and McAfee will enable enterprise customers who have deployed laptops or Ultrabook devices with Intel Anti-Theft Technology to use the McAfee ePO security management console as a single solution to manage diverse security products, including data and asset protection to deliver stronger enterprise security” said Anand Pashupathy, General Manager, Intel Anti-Theft Technology, Intel Corporation.

About Softex

Austin, TX-based Softex Inc was founded in 1992. The company is a leading provider of computer security solutions and services. Softex serves many of the top tier OEM companies, such as Fujitsu, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, Motion Computing, IBM, and Samsung. For more information about Softex, visit www.softexinc.com1.

SOURCE Softex Inc.


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