Shocking levels of neglect and complacency among responsible persons reported by fire installers

More than a third of installers report that up to 80% of sites they visit don t comply with fire safety regulations, research from Hochiki Europe has revealed. Based on feedback from installers across Europe, the survey also found that more than 60% of respondents attended sites at least once a month where the responsible person for fire safety was unknown. Almost a third (32%) regularly encountered buildings with poorly positioned or outdated life safety equipment.

Asked about systems maintenance, 70% of installers got the impression their customers generally saw the upkeep of life safety systems as merely a tick-box exercise , with just 11% believing they recognised it as a potentially property- and life-saving process. Two in five (40%) installers say their customers are not even aware of their legal obligations regarding system maintenance. On average, 55% of fire detection logbooks and 64% of emergency lighting logbooks were not up to date, despite these being legal requirements. Top 5 maintenance and emergency lighting issues Asked what the most commonly encountered fire safety maintenance issues were, installers most frequently cited the following: Change of building/room use without correctly altering the fire system (50%) Inadequate logbook records (43%) Original installer didn t install the best system for the environment (40%) Detectors need cleaning (32%) Detectors need replacing (26%) The top five emergency lighting maintenance issues, meanwhile, were: Broken/faulty lamps (44%) Inadequate logbook records (42%) Inadequate emergency lighting signage (39%) Batteries not charged in emergency lighting units (35%) Inadequate lux levels (25%) Having a correctly designed safety system installed by a qualified engineer in a building is vital when it comes to protecting lives, said Tracy Kirk, general manager of sales and marketing for Hochiki Europe. This being said, a fire detection device or emergency lighting unit can only safeguard occupant safety if it is in working order. This year s installer study has resulted in some stark findings for the industry and sheds light on serious gaps in terms of our customers attitudes towards life safety in Europe. It s clear that there needs to be an increased focus on educating duty holders throughout our built environment on how important it is to look after life safety systems. Those with the responsibility of system upkeep should also ensure they are up to speed with the latest legislation and regulations to keep building occupants safe. Hochiki Europe offers training courses and technical information to support building owners and facilities managers in understanding their legal obligations and how to protect assets and building occupants.

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Women in Security Awards 2017: Winners announced

Picture above, left to right: Richard Jenkins (NSI), Michelle Bailey (Active Response ) Keeley Watson (Wilson James), Samantha Bamford (Pelco by Schneider), Siobhan Plunkett (GSLS), Roy Cooper (Professional Security magazine) Samantha Bamford from Pelco by Schneider, Michelle Bailey from Active Response, Siobhan Plunkett from GSLS and Keeley Watson from Wilson James have triumphed in the Women in Security Awards 2017. Hosted by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and organised by Professional Security Magazine, the ceremony took place on 14 September aboard the Harmony cruise boat of Bateaux London on the River Thames. The awards were founded six years ago by Una Riley, CEO of iAudit Consultants, to recognise the outstanding achievements of women working in the security sector.

Here is confirmation of the victors, chosen from among more than 150 nominations, across four categories: Technical Samantha Bamford, Pelco by Schneider Contribution to industry Michelle Bailey, Active Response (NSI Guarding Gold-approved) Best manager Siobhan Plunkett, GSLS Frontline Keeley Watson, Wilson James (NSI Guarding Gold-approved) Left to right: Richard Jenkins (NSI), Dianne Gettinby (NSI), Javeria Ayaz Malik (ActionAid International), Roy Cooper (Professional Security magazine) Some 120 guests attended the black tie event, which featured a welcome address from NSI CEO Richard Jenkins and a four-course dinner. And Javeria Ayaz Malik, international security advisor and head of the staff security department at ActionAid International, delivered an address on coordinating the organisation s safety and security policy and establishing external relationships with global security networks. Roy Cooper, publisher of Professional Security Magazine, and Una Riley introduced the awards. It was a pleasure to host these awards and see so many people gather to celebrate achievements of women within our industry, said Richard Jenkins. The evening was a huge success and we were delighted with the number of nominations received. The security sector has a wealth of varied and fulfilling roles, including product development, technical support, managerial and frontline and it s encouraging to see more and more women choosing careers which have been traditionally male dominated. I congratulate last night s winners and finalists on their outstanding achievements and contribution and have no doubt they will help to inspire other women to take forward their careers in the security sector. NSI certifies security companies by auditing their compliance with relevant British and European standards, codes of practice and certification schemes. The IFSEC International team 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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Grenfell inquiry begins: The numbers that lay bare the funding crisis hampering high-rise improvements

The government has ordered councils to review and upgrade fire safety in social housing across England and Wales. After decades of neglect, however, the bill for remedying myriad shortcomings is astronomical and many councils are nearly technically insolvent. The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire opens today.

It s the start of a very long process, with the interim report due to be published in Easter. The inquiry s remit encompasses the cause and spread of the fire, high-rise regulations, and the actions of the local authority, Kensington and Chelsea Council. Residents and victims will watch retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick give a 45-minute statement. The fire, which killed at least 80 people in June, has pushed the fire safety debate beyond the fire-safety sector and into the national media. Long frustrated with being stonewalled by government, suddenly leading figures in the industry were thrust in front of TV cameras. The debate focused on cladding initially but has widened to almost every aspect of fire safety. So horrendous was the Grenfell tragedy that people are finally taking fire safety seriously in a way that never happened after Lakanal. That central and local government are finally taking the issue seriously is no cause to celebrate it shouldn t have taken such loss of life to jolt people into action. And where there s a will there isn t always a way where money is involved as our infographic below shows.

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AI research raises troubling questions about privacy, profiling and wrongful arrest

When Apple introduced TouchID fingerprint readers to the iPhone in 2013 it seemed to suggest the end was nigh for password authentication. Now the latest incarnation of Apple s flagship product the iPhone X will liberate users even from the need to press a button, by automatically verifying their identity using infrared and 3D sensors within the phone s front-facing camera. However, the growing sophistication of facial recognition has generated considerable alarm in the media this week, even if it promises to eventually free us from the tyranny of myriad passwords and the forgotten password process.

A lawyer writing in the Guardian who admits she will still buy an iPhone X says we cannot become complacent to the serious privacy risks it often poses or think that all its applications are alike. AI gaydar A Stanford University professor has been criticized by privacy campaigners and the LGBT community after developing AI can accurately predict people s IQ, political leanings and whether they are gay or straight. The face is an observable proxy for a wide range of factors, like your life history, your development factors, whether you re healthy, said Michal Kosinski, who says his research will stimulate much-needed debate about creating regulatory safeguards to protect citizens privacy. AI could identify people with psychopathic traits a troubling prospect given that most psychopaths do not commit serious crimes and many murderers aren t believed to be psychopaths Inevitably dubbed AI gaydar , the AI correctly identified sexual orientation 91% of the time with men and 83% with women based on a few photos of each face. That his research also suggests a link between facial features and political beliefs lends credence to the theory that ideological outlook is to some extent heritable. Kosinski, an assistant professor of organisational behaviour, said other studies found that conservative politicians tend to be more physically attractive than liberals, because the right-wing world view tends to be against income redistribution and good-looking people are on average more successful in life. Kosinksi s findings also raise the spectre of schools screening prospective students using facial recognition AI. We should be thinking about what to do to make sure we don t end up in a world where better genes means a better life, he said. Psychopathic traits Kosinski also says AI could conceivably identify people with psychopathic traits a troubling prospect given that most psychopaths do not commit serious crimes and many murderers are not believed to be psychopaths.

Even people highly disposed to committing a crime are very unlikely to commit a crime, he said. He also says that AI could weed out potential troublemakers upon entry to concerts and nightclubs in the way that bouncers or security guards make similar subjective judgements based on body language, clothing and signs of drunkenness. Facial recognition is being rolled out across Australian airports next year in a move that could shorten queues and prevent people travelling on fake passports. However, like many technologies, it will be enormously useful to authoritarian governments. A face recognition system deployed by the Met Police at Notting Hill Carnival reportedly had a success rate of 2.86 or more similar to the wanted suspect were flagged as a possible match. This means that a vast number of possible matches will be completely innocent people. These are the face recognition systems where a mistake could mean you are investigated, if not arrested and charged, for a crime you didn t commit.

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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.

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Register of certified fire and security installers launched to combat rogue trader problem

A register has been launched for installers and those maintaining electronic security and fire systems who meet certain standards around experience, qualifications and trustworthiness. The CTSP Register, which has been endorsed by the BSIA, SSAIB, SIRA and Tavcom Training, will only include individuals who have demonstrated that they have at least a year s experience and are suitably qualified in the disciplines they claim to provide services in. Tavcom, the security systems training specialist, believes the initiative will help customers find reputable, suitably qualified operators and undermine unscrupulous traders.

Installers or integrators that become Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) will burnish their credibility and enjoy greater exposure to potential customers by being on the register. Many in the industry have long lamented the lack of regulation around installation companies and the ease with which many cowboy operators have thrived to the detriment of reputable operators and customers alike. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Lee Dowling, sales consultant, West London Security I think this is a fantastic idea for the industry and for the individuals, says Lee Dowling, sales consultant at installation firm West London Security. Being able to show your professional skill set to employers and customers themselves will give them much greater confidence in you. Having been in the industry for nearly 10 years I have certainly come across some dreadful levels of workmanship which certainly doesn t match the standards required. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Criteria In order to gain certification and a place on the Professional Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP), installers or integrators must demonstrate a minimum of 12 months practical experience and a minimum level 3 qualification such as a BTEC/City & Guilds or equivalent in one or more technical disciplines (like CCTV, access control, fire, intrusion and hold-up alarm systems). They must also provide two character references and have no criminal convictions for dishonesty, assault or sexual crimes.

Registrants are required to maintain CPD (Continual Professional Development) and conform to a strict code of ethics and disciplinary procedure. The industry has for many years expressed concerns over the absence of any meaningful controls and problems associated with unqualified installers and maintainers of security systems, says Kevin Matthew, the registrar and operations director at Tavcom. We have developed what we believe to be a robust professional register, which will have a significant impact on raising industry standards. We are delighted the register has been endorsed by the UK s largest security association the BSIA and Dubai s Security Industry Regulatory Agency. Indeed, the register has received overwhelming support from across the industry including the main inspectorate bodies. Said David Wilkinson, BSIA s director of technical services: We are very pleased to see this innovative register that recognises many of our security systems members. In such a challenging technical environment, it is more important than ever to demonstrate the professionalism of the personnel that represent our market sector.

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Healthcare fire safety: The innovation that outperforms conventional smoke detectors on false alarms and early detection

For decades, traditional smoke detectors have been used to protect patients and personnel at healthcare facilities from the danger of smoke and fire protection that is mandated by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Now, however, a new approach using more sophisticated, established smoke detection technology is contributing substantial benefits for healthcare facilities: lower overall costs, earlier detection and less disruption to patients during NFPA-mandated annual inspection and testing. Traditional smoke detectors Traditional spot smoke detectors are installed in each room or space and connected to a central fire alarm panel by low voltage electrical wiring.

When a significant amount of smoke accumulates in the chamber of one of these smoke detectors, the alarm sounds. Although there are addressable systems on the market that can identify the specific room where such a threat occurs, many are not addressable and so only identify the zone. While spot smoke detectors are reliable and relatively easy to install, NFPA regulations also mandate annual inspection and testing of each unit. This tedious and time-consuming process requires a fire alarm contractor to enter each room, introduce smoke directly into the detector and verify that it functions properly. This is often covered under ongoing maintenance contracts where fire alarm contractors make a significant amount of their profit. For our patients, anything out of the ordinary, such as loud noises, can set them off. Jeremy Robison, facilities director/safety officer, Sonora Behavioral Health In a healthcare environment, however, this can be extremely disruptive to patients, doctors, nurses and hospital personnel. The problem is exacerbated in psychiatric wards or hospitals, or for those in drug recovery, who are potentially even more sensitive to interruptions. Surgical rooms, NICUs, PICUs and emergency rooms are also an issue, given the sterile environment.

For Jeremy Robison, facilities director/safety officer at Sonora Behavioral Health, a psychiatric facility in Tucson, Arizona, the annual inspections required significant planning. For our patients, anything out of the ordinary, such as loud noises, can set them off, Robison explains. Once he becomes aware the maintenance provider will be coming for an inspection, Robison says he has to send out advanced notifications by e-mail to alert both personnel and patients, as well as to warn them of possible loud noise associated with testing. He then has to figure out how to ensure that staff and patients are out of the rooms at specific times a process that often required some creativity. One of the things I would try and do is schedule inspections for mealtimes, when the entire unit would be in the dining room, says Robison. Aspirating technology In smoke detection, more advanced technologies that provide earlier warning detection exist. These systems work by aspirating or drawing in air from each room through small, flexible tubing. The air is then analysed to identify the presence of minute smoke particles in a continuous process. For almost 40 years, aspirating smoke detectors (ASD) have been used for the most sensitive applications where early detection of smoke or gas is critical, such as in cleanrooms, data centers and telecom facilities.

Among the pioneers in ASD technology was the VESDA (Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus) system first introduced in the early 1980s by Xtralis. The company has since evolved that technology to offer a system that combines the reliability and early detection of VESDA with addressability in each room. One of the primary advantages of an aspirating smoke detector system is its ease of maintenance, inspection and servicing The system, called the VESDA-E VEA, consists of small, flexible tubes that draw air through small, unobtrusive sample points in each room. The air is analysed using sophisticated laser-based technology at the central unit located within 300 feet. As a multi-channel, addressable system, the VEA central unit can pinpoint the location of the alarm. A single system supports up to 40 sample points and can be extended to 120. For Robison of Sonora Behavioral Health, the addressability of the system has great appeal. He says the VEA systems was installed after it was specified by a consulting engineering firm during construction of a new building at the site in November of 2016. I like how, if a smoke detector goes off in room 401, it tells you there is issue in room 401, says Robison.

I don t have to go through the entire unit, checking every one until I finally come across it. The system is also sophisticated enough to allow for three levels of sensitivity to differentiate a fire from a patient smoking in a room, for example. This further minimises disruption by reducing false alarms. Even with these benefits, one of the primary advantages of an aspirating smoke detector system is its ease of maintenance, inspection and servicing. In compliance with NFPA 72 Chapter 14 requirements, systems like VEA do not require the contractor to enter each room. Instead, servicing and testing can be performed at the central unit and only takes a few seconds per sample point. In this way, the fire alarm contractor can complete the inspection at any time without having to move patients or access restricted areas. By some estimates, this can greatly reduce maintenance and inspection costs and reduce the total cost of ownership of the fire alarm system by up to 60%. Finally, since the VEA sample points are much smaller than regular smoke detectors, they appear less obtrusive.

They can also be placed where spot smoke detectors would be difficult to reach, such as high ceilings, in restricted areas, or where new electrical wiring installation would be costly. Traditional spot smoke detectors in surgical rooms offer a larger surface area where germs and bacteria can hang on. Tim Callander, partner, GB Technologies Tim Callander, partner at GB Technologies, LLC, a full-service limited energy contractor in Burnsville, Minnesota that provides low voltage design and installation of fire alarm, access controland video surveillance systems, see several advantages to a smaller sampling point. As someone that works in the industry, when I walk through a building I m looking at the all various fire alarm devices that are on the walls and ceilings, explains Callander. The VEA sampling points have a small footprint; you might not even notice them. Sampling points can even be fully concealed, for instance behind ventilation covers or within fixtures, eliminating any hygiene issues. Callander first utilised the VEA technology as part of a fire alarm system upgrade his company completed at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, which provides services for people with short and long-term conditions, injuries and disabilities, and a newly renovated emergency department. The project involved installing five total VEA systems: two each on separate floors and one in the new emergency department in the behavioral health section. Instead of replacing existing smoke detectors with new smoke detectors in the patient rooms, the engineer of record wanted to go with the VEA system to eliminate ligature possibilities from spot-type smoke detector protective covers, says Callander.

The VEA system is a new technology for us, but the aspirating early detection technology has been around for years, adds Callander. The VEA will detect a few particles of combustion faster than a spot smoke detector. It is also harder to tamper with the sampling points, which can be important for behavioral units. He also adds that smaller sampling units are more hygienic because they have less surface area than smoke detectors. Traditional spot smoke detectors in surgical rooms offer a larger surface area where germs and bacteria can hang on, Callander explains. Because of the ease of installation, maintenance, inspection and servicing and the reduction in a smoke detection system s total cost of ownership, aspirating smoke detectors are an excellent alternative to spot smoke detectors. The added benefit of minimal disruption to patients and personnel make them a perfect choice for healthcare facilities.

Fixed cameras will account for less than 50% of surveillance footage in five years time

Bjorn Skou Eilertsen, CTO of Milestone Systems, was thinking big in the Security Management Theatre on day three of IFSEC International. Speaking on the topic of how hardware-accelerated video content analysis and the internet of things will transform surveillance , he reflected on the changes disrupting the industry now and the paradigm shift still to come. With 90% of the world s data created in the last two years, the term big data doesn t even begin to encapsulate the magnitude of the data revolution, he argues.

Is big data even enough now? Gigantic data might be better, said Eilertsen. Despite the ubiquity of fixed CCTV cameras, they account for a shrinking share of surveillance footage as mobiles, body-worn cameras and drones proliferate. We believe that in less than five years from now, more than 50% of streams managed by video management systems will not be from fixed cameras, he predicted. Aggregation, automation and augmentation A trinity of aggregation, automation and augmentation will equip the industry to accommodate the burgeoning volume of data, said Eilertsen, who joined Milestone in 2013 having worked for both IBM and Microsoft. Aggregation happens all around you, he explained. Only a few years ago it would be a fixed camera, fixed sensors, very rule-based. But now there are 285 million surveillance cameras in operation. That s only a fraction, because everything is being captured on mobile.

With neural networks we can start predicting behaviour. Bjorn Skou Eilertsen, CTO, Milestone Systems How do we automate these things? This is where our vision of intelligent data plays a role. Deep learning plays a role. Augmentation: how do we put these things together? So a vast amount of information is being gathered. This is why a lot is going to happen on the service side. People think it will be on the edge, out there on a single device. Eilertsen pointed out that Data is already being aggregated from multiple sources in an automated process deployed on assembly lines in manufacturing plants.

Aggregating forms patterns, but it s so much information petabyte after petabyte of video and sensor information. What will we do with it? Who is going to look at the patterns and figure out what the intelligence is? That is where the important changes are coming in terms of AI, deep learning and neural networks. For simple systems with only a few components, it s fairly easy to make rule-based analytics and go with the flow. However: When you start aggregating data so big and complicated that humans simply cannot operate them, that s where automation and augmentation come in. Neural networks The shackles are now off thanks to quantum leaps in technology. This has been difficult to do for a long time because conventional CPUs cannot compute fast enough. That s changing now with the introduction of the GPU, said Eilertsen.

The GPU is a multicore computer. It changes the way we can make models, neural networks. It makes a lot of different ways of working the data. The days of having one company try and do everything is over in my opinion. Bjorn Skou Eilertsen, CTO, Milestone Systems He refers to a prototype that can show 1,500 surveillance cameras, to full HD quality, continuously recording, including motion detection. For those who can t do the maths, that s 45,000 frames a second. It is very, very difficult to do on regular computer hardware. He says there is a big shift away from conventional, rule-based analytics to systems managed by neural networks. Neural networks, deep learning algorithms and artificial intelligence are not based on fixed outcomes.

The problem about today s analytics is it s a predetermined outcome. With neural networks we can start predicting behaviour, he says. However, human operators will still have a role to play. How do we make machine intelligence combine with human intelligence? The point is to enable people to make faster and better decisions. He says this new paradigm has huge potential in the field of body-worn video for law enforcement. You can take all the aggregated media from years back, days back, minutes back, and time-lapse it. They identify all different objects and put them into a sequence, so a one-hour video can be reviewed in one minute. That s a really good example of how we start adding human interaction based on machine learning.

It really makes it a lot easier to work with these systems. Collaboration Collaboration with partners has long been part of Milestone s modus operandi, but its importance is growing further still. The aggregation, automation and augmentation will transform the entire industry, says Eilertsen. But it s impossible to do alone. For a very long time it s been everyone on their own trying to make their own analytics a little bit better than the rest. But it s really holding back innovation. What Milestone and the Milestone community is really about is enabling everyone to participate. If he s correct about the industry s direction of travel then the changes ahead are nothing short of revolutionary. The days of having one company try and do everything is over in my opinion.

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