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West London housing provider is first organisation certified to PAS 7 FRMS standard

fire risk management system A West London housing provider has become the first organisation to have its fire risk management system (FRMS) certified to the PAS 7:2013 standard. RHP Group, which owns and manages around 10,000 homes across Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston, received a FRMS Management System Certificate from MMRA, a member of the Mott MacDonald Group, at a presentation ceremony on 8 August. Many in the fire industry may be heartened that a housing provider should be the first to meet the exacting criteria of PAS 7, given the fire safety deficiencies in social housing exposed by the recent blaze at Grenfell Tower.

MMRA Ltd is the first body to be accredited to assess the PAS 7 standard by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) as a third-party certification body. This is a great achievement by RHP in not only having a FRMS which meets the requirements of PAS 7, but also in being the first organisation ever to be awarded this certificate and setting a standard for other organisations to follow, said Paul Bardsley, head of MMRA. Launched in June 2017, the PAS 7 certification scheme which is UKAS-accredited provides guidance that stipulates minimum standards, functions and accessibility of fire safety management information across a corporate entity or multi-site organisation.

A documented FRMS demonstrates that an organisation as taken clear steps to reduce substantially the fire risk to people and assets and to meet its regulatory obligations under the Fire Safety Order. It also provides an auditable trail to back this up. Ben Bradford, managing director at BB7, outlined the merits of PAS 7 in a 2014 article.

Paul Bardsley, head of MMRA (Third from right), presented the certificate to Sara Tutton (third from left), RHP Group Head of Health and safety at a ceremony attended by CEO David Done RHP Group (second from left)

Watch: Highlights from the Drone Zone 2017

IFseC 2017 The Drone Zone returned to IFSEC International in 2017 for the second time. Drones have applications in perimeter surveillance, intruder alerts, mobile CCTV, emergency communications networks, facilities surveillance, criminal tool prosecution, fire scene investigations and drone detection. Watch our highlights video from the Drone Zone, which took place within Borders & Infrastructure Expo at London ExCeL between 20-22 June 2017.

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Watch: The LPCB Attack Testing Zone at IFSEC 2017

Security doors, perimeter fencing, shutters and covers were subjected to hammers, wire cutters and other handheld tools in the LPCB Attack Testing Zone at IFSEC 2017. The new area, which took place within Borders & Infrastructure Expo itself debuting and is expected to return again for the 2018 show, saw technicians from the LPCB put non-approved products to the test alongside LPCB-approved alternatives that have achieved a minimum of LPS 1175 SR-3 compliance. We ve put together a highlights video, below, from the Attack Testing Zone.

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Relive FIREX 2017: Watch the highlights across three days at London ExCeL

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Filmed on the show floor over three busy, eventful days at ExCeL London, this video features interviews with top industry figures and the latest fire-detection and protection technologies.

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Relive IFSEC 2017: Watch the highlights across three days at London ExCeL

VIDEO We ve compressed hours of footage into a few minutes of highlights from IFSEC International 2017. Filmed on the show floor over three busy, eventful days at ExCeL London, this video features interviews with top industry figures and cutting-edge innovations in video surveillance, drones, intruder detection and more. embedded content 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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Engineers of Tomorrow 2017 winners revealed

For those who missed the event, IFSEC Global is delighted to reveal the heat winners of the 19th annual Engineers of Tomorrow competition, which takes place annually at IFSEC International. The contest pits more than 50 young engineers against each other in an installation challenge taking place across three days at London ExCeL. Competitors have 90 minutes in which to install and find faults with a security system.

Overall heat winners and their employers will be invited to the Security & Fire Excellence Awards, taking place in November. Heat winners: Day one winners: Corrie Stewart and Martin Hannaway , New College Lanarkshire Day two heat winners: Danny Harding and Max Wheeler, Chubb Fire & Security Day three heat winners: Sean Reynolds and Josh Williams, Trinity Fire and Security Systems Day one heat winners: Corrie Stewart and Martin Hannaway, New College Lanarkshire Day two heat winners: Danny Harding and Max Wheeler, Chubb Fire & Security Day three heat winners: Sean Reynolds and Josh Williams, Trinity Fire and Security Systems Sponsored by CSL DualCom, NSI, SSAIB and Skills for Security the competition serves as a platform through which apprentices and engineers not only burnish their credentials as installers/engineers but help to raise the profile of their employers too. Launched 18 years ago by Skills For Security (then the Security Industry Training Organisation) as the IFSEC Apprentice Challenge the Engineers of Tomorrow competition gave rise to the 100 in 100 initiative six years ago. Now called Apprentices for Fire and Security this initiative targets the placement of 100 security apprentices in 100 days. Apprentices for Fire and Security, which was co-founded by Skills for Security and CSL DualCom group managing director Simon Banks, has already helped launch the careers of more than 3,000 young apprentices. The winners also earn NVQ portfolio credits. Entries are now open for 2018. embedded content 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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SaaS-based critical communications during terror attacks, natural disasters and business-continuity scenarios

Critical communications platforms are an increasingly vital tool for governments, law enforcement and other blue-light services. Exploiting the prevalence, connectivity and processing power of the modern smartphone, such platforms are sadly indispensable given the growing global frequency of terror attacks and increasingly turbulent weather patterns widely attributed to climate change. IFSEC Global spoke to Nick Hawkins, managing director EMEA at a provider of one such solution, Everbridge.

The interview below covers deployments in the Boston Bombing and Westminster attack as well as where Everbridge sits in this burgeoning market. IFSEC Global: Who are Everbridge and what do you do? Nick Hawkins: Fundamentally we re a software organisation that provides a critical communications platform that helps to keep people safe and keep s businesses running. So if any organisation of any size wants to look after their staff, or when they have IT issues, they look to our platform to reach out to people to can deal with it and to reduce the downtime and associated costs. Obviously time is of the essence during emergency situations and the whole idea of the platform is to reduce the time it takes for people to take actions One of our largest clients is the State of Florida, home to 20 million people. We protect residents, businesses and visitors to the state when there are hurricanes, weather warnings We were heavily used in the Boston Marathon attack back in 2013. And a lot of organisations use the service to communicate with residents as well as organisations and employees to get them to safety during emergencies. Our platform is also used to bring in extra staff for hospitals and other governmental organisations. Obviously time is of the essence during emergency situations and the whole idea of the platform is to reduce the time it takes for people to take actions whether that s protecting lives or, if business systems go down, the longer those systems aren t up and running, the greater the impact and cost to that organisation.

We have about 3,500 clients. In the UK that includes eight of the top 10 commercial banks, several police forces, government organisations, enterprises Really the platform goes across all verticals. It s not platform-specific. IG: I gather that Everbridge played a role in the Westminster attacks? NH: Yes our platform was used by a few London hospitals and the metropolitan police as well as businesses across the capital who wanted to communicate with employees after the incident The emergency services did a great job, but the bigger picture is: how do you communicate to the public and community to keep them informed of what is happening? I think the thing here is correct communications, and where do you rely on the communication. What we saw in the Boston bombing was that organisations used the platform to communicate not only to the blue light services, but to residents in the community too. We also use multiple modes of communication, because you can t rely on one form of communication such as SMS, voice or email, because one might be taken down How do you communicate out to all those other people affected? And not just the emergency services and other people directly involved.

How many other people were affected by the Westminster attack? Millions. There was a knock-on impact, with additional security and transport affected. Another organisation called the Cross-Sector Security Communications platform used the Everbridge service as well. That s predominantly run by the Met Police. They used it to communicate to people outside those directly involved, to the wider community. It was very actively used. IG: Is this a particularly competitive market? What is your USP?

NH: We differentiate ourselves with what we call critical event management. So it s assessing the situation as to what s happened situational intelligence locating individuals you want to communicate with, and automating the process so you reduce the time that it takes. The key thing is getting the right message to the right person at the right time. We also use multiple modes of communication, because you can t rely on one form of communication such as SMS, voice or email, because one might be taken down. We saw this in the 7/7 bombings when the SMS network was brought down. So a message goes out via one mode and if it doesn t work then it just moves onto the next one. You don t have to do anything; it s automated. We continuously analyse data to identify the best way of communicating, then feed that back in to the whole lifecycle of locate, automate and communicate Analytics and big data is a huge area we re investing in. We re sending in the region of two billion messages a year.

And people are now saying: You sent all these messages what analytics do you undertake with the results? So we continuously analyse the data to identify the best way of communicating, what s the best message to communicate, then feed that back in to the whole lifecycle of what I talked about: assess, locate, automate and then communicate. If you have better analytics and big data feeding into that, you re going to be a lot more knowledgeable about how to assess the situation and communicate. It s a lifecycle, a 360 view of a situation. IG: Does your platform get used in training exercises undertaken by emergency services? NH: Absolutely. If you don t undertake training and planning, then when these incidents happen you can be caught short. And we can have all these plans because we re all mobile today. We have the ability to do it all on the fly.

IG: Thanks, Nick. Is there anything else you would like to add? NH: The police force and emergency services are only so many people. If you expand that out to the community you ve got a much bigger group of people who can assist you, the police and everyone else. We re seeing a lot more incidents, particularly in America, where the public are actually assisting with some of this process through two way communication. In Windsor, where our office is, they brought in hostile-vehicle mitigation systems as a result of the Westminster attack. They did it overnight. But there s only so much the authorities can do. And I think one of the key things we do well is that we do take on new processes and procedures after events and listen to the feedback we get from our customers to improve our services Free Download: Securing UK borders: An examination of the implications of leaving the EU for UK border management.

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What cannot be seen, cannot be stolen

IFseC 2017 IFSEC International, held at ExCel London in June, was chosen as the launch for the new Fog Bandit 320 range, for anti-theft applications. At the show the Bandit UK team provided live demonstrations of the device. As well as being smaller and lighter, Fog Bandit 320 has many unique patented design and technical features.

Fog Bandit is the fastest security fogging system of its kind, for round-the-clock security. When sensors detect an intruder or a personal alarm is raised the system delivers a dense, visually impenetrable fog at a rapid rate. The technology acts as daytime robbery deterrent, for example, by creating a fog curtain between the raider and the staff and goods. Overnight protection is achieved by filling a room where valuable stock, equipment and other contents is kept, with dense fog. The objects, obscured from sight, are protected from the possibility of theft or damage, until police or security personnel arrive. Fog Bandit 320 can be mounted in any orientation on walls or ceilings. The system weighs 7kg (max 9kg with cartridges installed) and includes an independent control box for all electronics. Installation is simple. The new compact, self-change disposable fog cartridge has very low power consumption and does not require servicing.

Different shell and facia colours are available. Using a new patented heat exchanger, the 320 can protect smaller rooms with a fog ejection reaction time in a quarter of a second from when an activation signal is received. Fog is fully ejected in under four seconds. 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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Watch: Stephen Mackenzie on the Grenfell fire and counter terror on FIREX TV

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