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We re often dealing with decades of neglect

With Fire Door Safety Week kicking off next week, IFSEC Global caught up with the campaign s spokesperson to find out how the Grenfell tragedy has affected the campaign. Also technical manager of the British Woodworking Federation, Hannah Mansell reflects on the campaign s growth, message and plans, the temptation for cutting corners in cash-strapped times, the need for coordination across the supply chain and the challenge of keeping fire safety on the media and government agenda long after the charred remnants of Grenfell Tower are demolished in 2018. Hannah also heads up the BWF s stair and BWF-CERTIFIRE schemes.

IFSEC Global: You ve been growing rapidly year on year? What do you think the reasons are? Hannah Mansell: We think it s probably about simplicity. Fire doors are technically complex products and people overlook them for that fact; they re simply not on people s radar. So our job is to get out there and keep the message simple. What they need to know is simple. Your fire doors need to be properly tested and made, maintained, and of course, not left open. Support for the campaign is wide, in all areas of fire safety. Although our message is fire doors, we develop resources and guidance for many different sectors, whether it s the responsible person, the construction industry, fire risk assessors, or tenants and users.

Each campaign has a legacy that we carry on the next year. So for instance last year, we were already focusing on shared accommodation and the rental sector. We realised our work wasn t done in that sector, which has obviously been highlighted by what s happened in the last three months. Since the tragedy there s been a high influx of new supporters in the sector. Councils have come on massively this year, housing associations, charities, landlord associations To be fair the landlord associations have always been quite good supporters. The value engineering of specification, when someone says I can cut a few corners and save you a few quid , is a really big problem And the fire brigades as well. We worked closely with London Fire Brigade last year, and this year they re doing more and going even further. All our resources can be taken and rolled out into any particular organisation or campaign. We ve made a new fire door safety test film (see below).

The last film we made, maybe five or six years ago, had massive traction. The new film is a bit more contemporary, focused on issues we commonly see on fire doors in common areas and with flat front doors doors without seals, doors without proper closers We talk about things like smoke seals and intumescent seals, but a lot of people don t know what they look like. embedded content Also our five-step check, which we also included in the film visually shows what you need to look for, and if you have any concerns, talk to your landlord or building owner. If you still have concerns, the next step is to talk to your local fire brigade who can come out and audit your building. I think in some sectors people have woken up to fire door safety, but it s an ongoing thing. People forget quite quickly. It may not be long until we re disregarding fire safety again. IG: Nature of the beast, really. Easy to get complacent when fire is such a rare thing.

Any other reasons why there are apparently so many inadequate fire doors? HM: We re not dealing with issues that have arisen in these buildings in the last 3-5 years; we re often dealing with decades of neglect of both fire doors and other fire safety systems and elements, with no one taking enough notice of them, these issues and accountability for them dropping out of sight of these responsible. We did some research a few years ago and one of the questions was: What do you think about your fire doors? A deafening silence came back. People were walking past and through them every day and not thinking about their importance. So a lot of our campaign is about outlining the steps: here s your fire door, next step is how to check it, next step is how to report it, here s how to maintain it etc. With the force of people coming together you can get change, but too much of the fire sector has worked in siloes The value engineering of specification, when someone says I can cut a few corners and save you a few quid , is a really big problem. Specification is broken, certification invalidated and there s no proof that the product will work. You can have someone offering to bang in a door like they would fit any old door, not realising that the installation of a fire door is as critical as the product itself.

People think a fire door is just like any other door. In the early days, when I first got into fire doors and was doing a lot of research and development and testing, I was surprised how the tiniest of details can have a massive impact. For instance, an excessive gap around the door or forgotten intumescent protection or seals how much is that going to affect performance during the fire? You d be surprised. In part of the fire door film we ve made this year, we ve set up a correctly fitted door versus one that s got some issues that I commonly find on site. But the bad door looks exactly the same from the outside. It s all about those tiny details compatible components, the frame, the installation etc. Even with a perfect product, installed correctly, if it s not maintained effectively, and it s not closing against its frame or if it gets wedged open etc When the time comes it s just not going to work. Of course, if it s wedged open, there s no barrier to even delay the fire.

Fire doors are also in your face. If I go to a building and see that they have shoddy fire doors, it s a pretty good indicator for me that whoever is responsible for the fire safety of the building isn t taking their responsibility seriously. Interesting that you mentioned value engineering, because cash-strapped councils are being asked to upgrade fire safety in social housing with no extra funding from government HM: I think what they have to consider is that in some cases they are looking at having to pay for decades worth of neglect. Concerns about a wide range of passive fire safety issues including fire doors have been reported for years, in all types of buildings, both public and private sector, you can look back over meeting minutes 10-15 years ago when these issues were being raised. There needs to be a long-term holistic plan. It can t just be completing one task or dealing with one element of fire safety, then it s over and dealt with and forgotten about. The risk profile of buildings is constantly changing. In some sectors there s a realisation about that. But in other sectors We got this report in from one of our BWF members.

They had refused to supply a contract and product for a large TMO for fire door upgrades because the customer wanted to break specification and didn t give a monkeys about it. That s why we need to keep up the pace of not just this campaign but the other campaigns and organisations that we work with, like the Fire Kills campaign. That s maybe what people like about the campaign: we don t make it exclusive. It doesn t matter if you re specifically into fire doors or just someone who wants to support the campaign there s something for everyone in there. With the force of people coming together you can get change, but too much of the fire sector has worked in siloes. A holistic approach might get change. Coupled of course with massive budget cuts I could give you a list as long as my arm of all the factors explaining why we sit here wondering how such a horrific thing could have happened. embedded content IG: Are there many instances where you could remedy a fire-door s deficiencies rather than having to replace the fire door altogether? HM: Lots of people get worried that they ll have to buy a new fire door.

But regular inspection and maintenance help to keep them in good working order. You can replace or adjust components, fix things before they became a major problem. Don t get me wrong, there are limitations. A door can be in such a state of disrepair that you can t fix it. That s why it comes back to having a thorough and robust maintenance regime to make sure you do enough to fix problems before they turn into something irretrievable. A fire door fitted with components suitable for a domestic setting isn t going to last long in the communal corridor of a school There are qualified fire door inspectors who can inspect a door, look at every element the frame, the installation, the ironmongery, the glazing, the door leaf, the seals, the gaps and notify the responsible person of improvements needed. One of our colleagues in the ironmongery industry did a specification for a hospital years ago. Usually hospital fire doors get battered; they can be used thousands of times a day. Twenty-six years later, because specifications for that environment and users were right, and they are regularly inspected, these doors are still going strong they would do their job in a fire.

If you fit a fire door that s designed and fitted with components suitable for a domestic setting into a communal corridor of a school, it not going to last very long. That s why the specification is so critical. Lots of people don t think about the whole supply chain; it s I ve done my bit, pass it onto the next person. It s a chain of responsibility. Fire doors are not the most interesting dinner party topic, but they play such an important role especially in buildings because of complex design, the specific needs of occupants, or if it s difficult to evacuate quickly and there is a stay-put fire plan. You need fire and smoke control doors up and down corridors and stairwells. It protects the means of escape and route for firefighters to get into the building. It includes flat front doors as well. You will also find fire doors in other parts of the building, and sometimes inside individual dwellings, depending on the layout and building types, as well as a number of other factors.

IG: Do you think the regulations themselves need clarification or strengthening? HM: My real day job is not just doing the fire door safety campaign. I m the technical manager of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF). Our members make and certificate about 2.5 million timber fire doors every year, but our organisation frequently provides technical guidance about a wide variety of timber construction products and how they relate to building regulations and building control. People often don t understand how they work; it can be a minefield. I know we re going to have a review of building regulations, but it s been on the agenda for many years and it s far, far overdue. And I m not just talking about Approved Document B. We ve got building regs that apply to new buildings, regs about refurbishment or change of use, about surrounding fire risk assessments, about the signing off of work process, the whole regulatory reform order, which came in 10 years ago and changed the responsibility and process of signing off compliance. We could sit here in five years time and have a very similar discussion unless people take heed of the scale of the problem now These are all bits of regulation that need to work together, so it s about an upgrade of regulations throughout the chain.

I don t think we can just be appeased with just an approved document review. I think when the public are calling for a building regulation review, they re talking about the whole process, not just documents that talk about fire safety in high rise buildings. One thing really highlighted over the last few weeks is how many different parties get involved in the refurb, design, specifications, supply of products, construction, the signing off of buildings. There needs to be much more clarity as to how that chain works. In the wake of Grenfell, the amount of fire safety issues reported in other buildings has been huge, not just cladding. For instance, the Camden evacuation was because a thousand fire doors were missing. When it comes to enforcing against large organisations, transparency is sometimes the issue when it goes through the courts. Who is the responsible person? And in an enormous organisation with a massive housing stock, how detached are they from the scale or severity of fire safety issues in their buildings?

We live differently to how we lived even 10-15 years ago. Elderly people are much more likely to stay in their homes longer, more people live in high rise buildings, there are people with a wide variety of additional needs who may be more vulnerable to a fire in their building. The regulations have to reflect that, and not just for the benefit of building more homes quickly, of questionable quality. IG: Has Grenfell changed your message in any way given the greater media and public awareness of the issue? HM: Fire Door Safety Week campaign has been going formally for five years . We re as determined as we ever were, to carry on promoting our campaign and working with other campaigns and initiatives in these areas. Each year, stepping up and building on what we ve done before, until we get real and lasting change. I read an opinion piece that said it will take generations to get over Grenfell. We ve got to keep this right up there in the media so we don t have a repeat.

We can t let it be swept under the carpet or not acted upon in the fullest manner. It s like that poem isn t it: For want of a nail, the Kingdom was lost . Your fire doors are almost your nails, as it were. All these little fire safety problems adding up together to create the perfect fire storm. We need a new way of looking at fire safety. Otherwise we ll do what we always did: an investigation and an inquest, and get what we always got, excuses why it can t improve, and then sort of forget about it. And the worst thing is we could sit here in five years time and have a very similar discussion unless people take heed of the scale of the problem now. There is the chance to really make building safe for generations to come. IFSEC Global is proud to support Fire Door Safety Week, which runs from 25 September to 1 October.

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A rough guide to fire extinguisher servicing and the service-free model

The fire extinguisher market has changed substantially in recent years, with products becoming cheaper and the launch of service free extinguishers. Is it time to rethink your arrangements? What are the requirements and how much flexibility do you have?

Changing needs The best practice recommendations on extinguisher servicing are described in BS5306-3:2009. (The BSi shop website confirms that it s currently under review, which can only be a good thing given developments in the sector since 2009). There s also information within government guidance. While these documents are not legislation as such, should it all go wrong, they would be relied upon in court as evidence of expected practice to comply with the law. These documents specify the following: A weekly check that extinguishers are in place and undamaged Visual inspections at least monthly , by the responsible person, to confirm the extinguisher is in place, unobstructed, visible, has operating instructions which are clean and legible, has not been operated, is undamaged, the pressure gauge or indicator (if fitted) shows it s functional, and seals and tamper indicators are not missing Annual servicing by a competent person While points one and two above can be carried out by almost anyone with basic instruction, number three is generally reserved for qualified technicians. Annual servicing involves knowledge of different types of cylinders and their servicing needs under BS5306-3, knowledge of safe methods of work when working with pressure vessels, the use of specialist equipment and refill facilities, and more. When looking for a company to carrying out a servicing contract you must ensure that they are competent. The best way to do this is to look for evidence that they are registered with BAFE under the SP101/ST104 scheme. If you wanted to train someone in-house to take on this task there are three day courses available. This traditional route for annual servicing is the way to go if you have standard extinguishers (ie not the service-free type).

You should also use a competent contractor to commission your extinguishers (as recommended within BS5306-6). The need for commissioning tends to rule out the idea of buying cheaper extinguishers directly from, for instance, internet suppliers, as you probably won t have the qualifications to do it in-house. In practice, commissioning involves a full check equivalent to a basic service, proper installation and signage. What about service-free extinguishers? A new brand of extinguishers, P50 , is being marketed as offering a new alternative to annual servicing contracts. The extinguishers come with three alternative contents at present: dry powder, aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) and wet chemical (used on oil/ fat fires). They: Have a 10-year warranty and 10 year service-free life Come with a free refill offer if the pressure drops or its used on a real fire are made of non-corrosive materials so they re good in tough environments where other extinguishers would rust are offered with commissioning and installation within the price AFFF and dry powder extinguishers don t require emptying and refilling every five years (a requirement for most standard extinguishers) They cost a bit more than standard extinguishers (a 6 litre AFFF including the installation is 130 plus VAT) but because of the savings they should make good financial sense. However, before deciding whether to take this route you must be sure that you have the resources to carry out the annual check it s not difficult and can be carried out using the magnet provided to check the pressure gauges, a visual inspection and quick wipe. Instructions are given by the manufacturer.

One catch is that there are presently no carbon dioxide extinguishers in the range. This could mean that you have a small number of traditional extinguishers alongside your P50s, thus still requiring a service visit by a qualified technician, and losing at least some of the financial savings. In conclusion You re unlikely to want to undertake servicing of standard extinguishers in-house unless you re a very large operation that can justify the three-day course. Even then, you ll need to oversee the quality of workmanship: this is a safety critical task and not worth cutting corners. If you only require types of extinguisher which are available in the service-free range this could work for you. However in practice most businesses need some carbon dioxide extinguisher cover due to electrical equipment within their building. This being the case, you should weigh up the initial and annual costs carefully before making your decision. As a final word of caution, don t lose sight of the fact that extinguishers are present for use in a life-threatening emergency. This is not an area where cost savings should override other considerations.

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Ethernet over coax too often overlooked as a cost-effective migration path to IP, says AMG Systems

IP surveillance Organisations deterred from migrating to IP CCTV from analogue systems on cost grounds should consider leveraging existing coaxial cable, according to AMG Systems. The proportion of surveillance systems that are IP-based has been growing steadily for many years. However, our IDIS-sponsored Video surveillance report 2017 revealed that 21% of installed systems are still analogue-based and sales of analogue cameras still continue in surprisingly reasonable numbers.

AMG Systems is a UK-based manufacturer of edge-of-network transmission, including fibre, analogue, IP/ethernet, wireless and hybrid communication solutions. Ian Creary, AMG sales and technical support manager, says the reluctance to upgrade for cost reasons is understandable. They are worried that the migration to IP simply won t fit their budget, he says. And it can be a sizeable investment, particularly if you have previously poured resources into a substantial analogue cabling infrastructure. Labour requirements But Creary says that IP migrations need not be so expensive. There is a very large legacy install base of coaxial cable in existence, mainly related to analogue CCTV, and making use of this as a part of any analogue to IP system migration plan could certainly prove to be a cost-effective option, he explains. Without the requirement to install new cabling, labour requirements reduce dramatically. This can mean an ethernet over coax install can cost as little as 25% of the expense of a full IP upgrade. The advantages of an ethernet-over-coax solution are in the simplicity of its design and application: installation is easy and the data and images it provides are reliable, so everyone involved saves money.

Ethernet-over-coax products provide an easy-to-connect, transparent network that is very simple to use, reliable, and offers seamless integration between the existing coaxial cable and the ethernet backbone of the new system. Ian Creary, AMG sales and technical support manager Ethernet-over-coax products are invariably point-to-point: from a locally powered transceiver at the camera to a locally powered receiver at the control room. Adequate for smaller organisations, the point-to-point design needs strengthening where a large number of cameras are involved. A better solution for these larger systems that still want to benefit from utilising their existing analogue infrastructure is use a PoE switch, with four PoE ports and one coax uplink port at the camera, he says. This gives the user more leverage of their existing cabling system, and truly allows an easy and cost-effective upgrade to IP cameras. Ethernet cabling and devices powered over ethernet require the installation of additional networking products every 100 metres. This often means that power has to be sourced in locations that are difficult to access. This usually requires a lockable closet, cabinet or enclosure and units with power supplies inside, says Creary. Ethernet-over-coax devices, however, can be powered from a PoE switch, and deliver power over ethernet up to 300m.

There are no repeaters or other networking products required, so the distance issue is addressed without an impact on the project budget. Ethernet-over-coax should be as appealing to installers as it is to end users, suggests Creary. Ethernet-over-coax products provide an easy-to-connect, transparent network that is very simple to use, reliable, and offers seamless integration between the existing coaxial cable and the ethernet backbone of the new system. The solution itself can be a simple design, and application is even more straightforward. Importantly, the data carried over the EoC network is robust and reliable, allowing for the transmission of high quality images and other sensitive security content. Ethernet-over-coax technology will enable more installers to approach an IP migration project with a new set of financial and installation options. The end result is a high-performance system that saves all parties involved time, money, and concerns over flexibility and adaptability. 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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Architect says sprinkler installation at Glasgow Hospital was used as an excuse to flout other buildings standards

Cost-cutting Credit: George Allison under CC BY-SA 4.0 An architect who helped design Scotland s largest hospital has warned that corners were cut in the construction of the 14-storey complex in the name of keeping down costs. Robert Menzies, now retired from his role at BMJ Architects, believes the installation of a sprinkler system in Glasgow s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has been used as an excuse for flouting other building standards. He says the complex, which includes a children s hospital, adult hospital and laboratory, lacks exit stairways and exceeds size limits on fire compartments, while a hose-reel for firefighters is too short and some fire doors open in the wrong direction.

Insulation panels used in Grenfell tower are also fitted to the hospital, although the health board has insisted they are safe. Menzies drew up the hospital s exemplar design which sets criteria that firms bidding for construction projects must meet as senior healthcare architect at BMJ. He says the construction contract was given to London-based Brookfield Multiplex in defiance of architects recommendations that a bid from Balfour Beatty be accepted on the basis of cost , he suspects. They ve then made the stairs the minimum width possible. Surely you d want to make them wider to compensate for not having enough stairways in the first place? Robert Menzies, BMJ Architect We thought we would provide a monitoring role right through to completion of the actual build, in terms of where this is compliant and where it s not, so we were surprised to be told we were no longer required, Menzies told the Glasgow Evening Times. I had read the winning bidder s fire strategy and it concerned me a lot. It was almost like they the health board didn t want us around asking questions. It was very odd.

Lack of stairways On the lack of stairways he said: They are supposed to provide three stairways minimum as an emergency escape route if there are more than 100 people per storey. In the adult tower, there are 112 patients per floor but only two stairways. They are only slightly over, but that s just the patients there are also staff and visitors. They ve then made the stairs the minimum width possible. Surely you d want to make them wider to compensate for not having enough stairways in the first place? At least one fire compartment was too big in the original designs, says Menzies at least for the limit prescribed in Scotland, set at 1500sq, whereas it did meet the 2,000sq metre limit set in England. Pointing to the high failure rate of sprinklers in US hospitals 20% of which have had fires where sprinklers failed Menzies told the Glasgow Evening Times that an over-reliance on sprinklers was foolish. If you re putting sprinklers in and you re saying a fire will never occur as a consequence, then why do you need escape stairs? Why do you need anything?

But what happens when the sprinkler system fails? They re not 100%. A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde did not dispute the veracity of Menzies claims, but pointed out that all buildings in the hospital complex were certified as compliant with Scottish fire safety and building standards by Glasgow City Council in 2015. Health Facilities Scotland also endorsed the hospital s fire strategy, he said. He said: It is important that everyone working in and coming to these world class facilities for healthcare know that we take fire safety extremely seriously and that there are heat/smoke detection and early warning fire alarm systems combined with automatic fire suppression sprinkler systems fitted in all areas. The hospitals are further protected by designated fire-fighting and fire evacuation lifts, as well as multiple fire escape stairwells. A spokeswoman for Brookfield Multiplex said: The final design met all the requirements of the building regulations and was signed off progressively through construction by Glasgow City Council s building control office.

Construction consultancy firm Currie & Brown has been appointed to verify the hospitals construction and certification process following the Grenfell blaze.

Wireless intrusion sensors: Adoption still weak in the commercial sector

Analysis Texecom Ricochet wireless external motion sensor IHS Markit estimates that 68 million intruder alarm sensors were sold globally in 2016 of which 41% were wireless, according to the latest intruder alarm and monitoring database. However, just 4% of those wireless intrusion sensors were destined for the large commercial sector. Residential and small-medium business sectors jointly accounted for the remaining 96% of the wireless sensor market.

Wireless benefits Although the use of wireless sensors remains limited in the commercial sector, the popularity of these products is on the rise for several reasons: Wireless sensors carry significantly lower installation costs as the installation process is much simpler and quicker. The lower install cost that comes with wireless sensors allows companies to allocate a greater portion of their security budget to hardware, enabling them to invest in additional or higher-quality sensors, or upgrades for the system, such as integration with video surveillance. Wireless solutions are also more practical in unique installations like remote areas without easy access to the power mains. To overcome range issues, mesh networks, which act as signal repeaters, are used for larger installations. Moreover, as the use of wireless sensors proliferates across commercial applications, consumers may choose to adopt wireless control panels, to allow for easier future addition of extra sensors, as they won t require on-site IT configuration to add to the system. Prices of wireless sensors have also fallen fast , decreasing by 16% since 2012. Battery lifespan of wireless sensors has also improved in recent years, now lasting between one and five years depending on circumstances. Although enhancements have been made, limited lifespan of sensor batteries will put pressure on the security systems manager, necessitating the procurement of software that will allow to easily manage battery statuses. More wireless sensors are available with UL certification , a prerequisite for many professional monitoring and insurance providers.

Wireless misgivings Although wireless sensor technology is making inroads into commercial projects, concerns remain such as encryption, sensor price and ongoing maintenance costs: Despite improvements to encryption for wireless systems, the risk of being hacked is still a common concern among large commercial end users. For example, wireless sensors are susceptible to jamming and signal interference, and if the system s control panel is compromised the entire network of wireless sensors can be rendered useless by disabling the wireless module. Wireless sensors are also more expensive than their wired counterparts . For example IHS Markit found that globally, a wireless PIR sensor costs 30% more than a wired variant on average. The maintenance costs of wireless sensors are also higher, with the requirement to buy and maintain a set of spare batteries for replacement or recharging. Long-term opportunities for vendors and installers Despite the challenges facing wireless security sensors in large-commercial applications today, manufacturers and installers that promote and install wireless sensors will likely reap long-term benefits of the devices: Vendors with strong after-sales service, such as customer service and maintenance, would be able to improve efficiency and speed of s ervice by capitalising on the greater ease with which wireless sensors can be added to the system. This will lead to shorter installation times allowing them to serve more customers in a set period of time. As wireless sensors are adopted on a wider scale, the significance of battery management system solutions will become apparent. Suppliers with the best battery management software, that is easy to use with interactive interface, are likely to seize the best of this opportunity.

Manufacturers of wireless sensors could further improve their products market opportunities by working closely with insurance providers and educating them about the benefits of wireless systems in commercial applications as well as their technological features. Entering into partnership with insurance providers may provide avenues for long-term impact. 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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Fire doorsets: How do we know that the fire safety measures we put in place are compliant?

Gerda As a responsible person under the RR(FS)O, we want to know that the fire safety measures we put in place are compliant, perform and are durable. Furthermore we want to show that we have done our homework accordingly. This paper highlights how this can be achieved with the focus on fire doorsets.

Fire doorsets are an integral part of compartmentation in buildings. Legislation and guidance point towards designed and fully tested doorsets: Replacement with suitable, purpose-designed and tested doorset constructions is always preferable A fire doorset s function may differ dependent on the type of doorset. A flat entrance doorset will require different test standards to that of a cross corridor doorset. For the housing provider/specifier it is important to check the test report data be it fire resistance (EN1634-1/BS476 pt 22), smoke control (EN1634-3 / BS476 pt 31) security (PAS24 or similar with BS6375) , acoustics (EN ISO 10140-2) thermal insulation (EN ISO 10077) and so on. Performance tests Do ensure that the different performance tests correlate to the same design, composition and construction for the doorset. The installation of a fire doorset impacts on whether the doorset will actually perform as designed in the event of a fire. By choosing a certified installer, through a recognised body such as BM Trada, Firas, or LPCB and working with the manufacturer s instructions, this should ensure that the work is carried out properly. Assuming we have properly checked the fire doorset test report data and certification this can be logged. However, how do we verify and document that the installation is compliant?

Often at sign-off the work is complete and the finished item is visible only. Technology is now available with image based evidence for installation stages specific to a given doorset. This not only demonstrates compliance, it also provides an audit trail. Lower costs Under the RR(FS)O there is a requirement to maintain fire doorsets and ensure they are in good repair (section 38.1) The same technology can document on-going maintenance for the doorset as well as any unscheduled repairs needing to be carried out. This translates through to lower service provision costs for the building provider, whilst future-proofing the investment. Available to use with a smart enabled phone or tablet device it is entirely mobile with a downloadable app. Tailored to the specific doorset, it provides the DNA and full history of any changes or maintenance. Particularly beneficial in refurbishment, where doorset sizes and functionality may differ, all dimensions, components and important reference information is stored with that doorset s unique code and location. This assists the building provider in the fast identification and replacement of parts where needed all of which is a necessity for fire doorsets.

The Gerda G Smart system brings auditable compliance to all Gerda fire doorset ranges. It documents effective real-time installation and maintenance of fire doorsets and provides the DNA and life history of the doorset. We see that the fire safety measures fire doorsets can offer built-in compliance for asset management. FIREX International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Gerda is exhibiting on stand E120. 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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Honeywell expands equIP series of IP cameras

IFSEC 2017 Honeywell has announced new additions to its line of equIP Series IP cameras, which are designed to provide higher image picture quality in poorly lit spaces and rooms. The secure IP cameras feature 4K ultra HD and 360 panoramic video and were developed with connected building systems in mind. A unified and simple design means the new equIP cameras easier to install, use, maintain and integrate with other connected building systems.

With H.265 Codec technology, video recorder storage costs are reduced without sacrificing image quality, providing better bandwidth usage. Honeywell s Xtralis IntrusionTrace video analytics software enhances the accuracy of surveillance and response to events to help users reduce financial losses and limit business interruption. The cameras can be more easily integrated with other Honeywell ecosystem technology to create one single IP platform for site monitoring and control. The cameras are designed for enterprise and critical infrastructure applications in industrial buildings, utility assets, as well as the energy, education, government, and banking industries. Fifteen languages are available during installation. Only one person is needed to mount the cameras. The range can reuse existing pole, corner, pendent, or wall brackets, saving on time and money. If the cameras are installed with Honeywell s MAXPRO, setup is even easier as all camera units are automatically detected by MAXPRO in the installation process. The new equIP series is CE, FCC and UL certified.

The equIP camera range includes: 12 megapixel 4K Ultra HD IP box camera Infrared IP bullet camera Outdoor infrared IP mini-dome camera A six megapixel indoor/outdoor Fisheye IR IP camera Indoor/outdoor 2 megapixel 30x zoom WDR PTZ IP cameras Cameras in the equIP line feature: 3D positioning functionality for PTZ cameras Embedded microphones for indoor cameras for greater accuracy Support for ONVIF Profile S and G Integration with Honeywell NVRs and VMS including MAXPRO , HUS, DVM, and Performance embedded NVRs Support for third-party manufacturers NVR and VMS Honeywell is exhibiting at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find them on stands D250 and D300. 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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Door Entry IP: There s no margin at the lower end of the residential access control market so installers are flocking to us

With IFSEC International just a few days away, we spoke to Graham Oliver, managing director of Door Entry IP, which is exhibiting at the security trade show. Hatfield-based Door Entry IP, which supports custom installers with home access control systems, will be on stand C1435 in London ExCeL between 20-22 June 2017. IFSEC Global: What products and solutions you will showcasing at the event?

Graham Oliver: We re going to be showing a range of products from a German manufacturer called Siedle. This year we were hoping for higher contact with the installers from what s called the custom install industry, the AV industry. We supply a lot of equipment to AV installers because our kit is definitely at the top end. If it were a car it would start at Mercedes C Class level and the range goes upwards from there. Siedle all about design, finish, performance and reliability What they will see on our stand is internal intercoms finished in leather, for example. And marine-grade stainless steel entry panels as standard. So very different to what security installers are expecting. They re used to commodity products. IG: So what kind of people are you looking to meet?

GO: We re keen to see architects and specifiers, because once they see the product they tend to fall in love with it. That s how most of our business comes in; it s specified. When it s designed into a building solution, that s just one of Siedle s strengths. For example, we can supply an entire entryway with letterboxes integrated, matching the exact finish of the building exterior and much more. So, it becomes part of the building rather than something incongruous stuck on the building afterwards. That stage is often where the security industry becomes involved but we re seeing more and more that they are becoming involved in the bigger projects and dealing more closely with the AV sector. I guess that s the way IFSEC is going to be honest. That s why it s of interest to us. IG: What kind of end customers are you seeing?

GO: We re talking about a complete cross section. We supplied the entry panels for One Hyde Park and many projects throughout London And we re getting involved in larger developments now. Previously it was high end homes. IG: Going back to your stand, do you have any exciting plans for how it will work? GO: It s going to be operational. One thing we do that s very different to others is when someone comes to the entrance door they get the standard camera every time. They push a button, and the image captured is shown on the screen inside. But we have different types of camera to suit. So, if a camera has to be mounted at a certain height, for example in a DDA application, we have integrated cameras with much wider angles including 180 We deliver as standard true day-night cameras.

With a movable IR filter, it is as crystal clear at night-time, in the dark, as it is during the day. Others don t do it at all, but we do that as standard. Our stainless steel panels aren t just stainless steel, because stainless steel isn t stainless it does rust. It s all marine-grade stainless steel as standard. You can just see the difference in the basic finish. We want to show people that door entry doesn t have to be just a commodity product; it can be designed and installed into upmarket properties and importantly installers can make money out of it by treating this are as a profit centre not as a nuisance. They also stand out from other installers. IG: How does your relationship work with people integrating and installing the system? GO: Our job at Door Entry IP Ltd is to support Siedle throughout the UK.

So we do it from start to finish. So, let s say an enquiry starts with an architect, and eventually the project is awarded to the security installer, electrical contractor, AV installer, whoever is going to perform the installation. They ve won the project, they ask: what are we going to do now? So we offer them training courses for free. And we tailor that as close to their project as possible. We assist with all cable layouts and the rest of the stuff and hold their hand all the way through. Our plan is to get repeat business, and the only way to do that is to give the service to match our price level. Our cabling is as easy as it is with lower end commodity systems. They can be conventional bus systems, they can be IP systems, but we re not doing anything different in that direction.

So the skills of the engineers don t have to be different. It s just that we do things with products in a slightly different way, but the installation side is, if anything, perhaps a bit easier. IG: Is there anything else you want to add? GO: We re seeing the trade moving upmarket because over time more and more competitors have been fighting at the lower end and there s no longer any margin in it for them. It s what happened in the alarm industry a number of years ago. So installers are looking to move into other areas to generate a profit and we re a really good leapfrog into the AV industry. Door Entry IP will be showcasing its solutions art IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand C1435. Get your free badge now.

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Case study: England s oldest school installs HD surveillance solution from IDIS

Dating from 597AD, the King s School in Canterbury is England s oldest school. The establishment, which is situated on a World Heritage site within the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral, recently had a video surveillance system from end-to-end surveillance provider IDIS installed. IDIS presents this downloadable case study about the installation, which was conducted by leading integrator Sunstone Systems.

It examines: The reasons why the system was specified Logistical, engineering and regulatory challenges The mix of cameras and hardware chosen and why And the results and benefits enjoyed as a result of the installation Complete the short form to download the case study.