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Clock starts ticking on GDPR compliance

One year to go The rights of EU citizens over how their personal data is used will be strengthened when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect one year from now. The consequences of non-compliance demand companies that collect, store or process personal data overhaul their data strategies. Companies and organisations need to be fully aware of the regulation and its implications, as non-compliance can lead to significant fines.

The European Commission is implementing GDPR, but the implications go beyond the borders of the EU, as they do apply to some companies outside of the zone. Many UK businesses are underprepared for the GDPR, which is cause for concern. An organisation is only exempt if it categorically does not collect or process any personal data drawn from the European market, offers goods or services nor tracks or creates profiles of European citizens. In addition, GDPR expands liability beyond the current directive to include data processors as well as data controllers. The key things the GDPR does include increasing the individual s expectation of data privacy and an organisation s obligation to follow established cybersecurity practices. Fines Any violation of GDPR, such as poor data security leading to public exposure of sensitive personal information, could result in a fine in the millions or even billions of dollars depending on the size of the organisation and its income. GDPR also imposes detailed and demanding breach notification requirements. Companies that need to comply in America that are accustomed to US state data breach reporting may need to adjust their breach notification policies and procedures. The regulation also requires many organisations to appoint a data protection officer (DPO), if core activities, as either a data controller or data processor, involve regular and systematic monitoring of data subjects on a large scale.

According to Dr Jamie Graves, CEO at ZoneFox, the GDPR is a game changer in every way, from bolstered rights for individuals through to a daunting new fine structure designed to hit companies exactly where it hurts their bottom line. It is the sort of overhaul that gives even the most seasoned executive team sleepless nights, due to its complexity and how it touches on every aspect of their business. The starting gun has officially been fired and one thing is for sure: from day one, the EU will not be accepting excuses. They believe organisations have had more than enough time to prepare. Those companies that haven t started to unravel what GDPR means for them need to get proactive. GDPR is all about data. It is imperative that organisations have a full, 360-degree view of data entering, leaving and being stored within their business. This visibility can then be used as a foundation to assess and restructure processes in order to ensure compliance, advises Graves. Though complicated, GDPR also presents companies with an opportunity.

With data breaches becoming increasingly common and personal, by being compliant companies can demonstrate their commitment to data security and privacy. After all it s not just money companies have to lose their reputations are also on the line, he says. 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.

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Code of practice launched for investigators of fire and explosions in criminal justice system

Guidance A new code of practice for the investigation of fires and explosions within the criminal justice system has been published. Developed by a multi-agency team led by the University of Dundee the new code is backed by the Chief Fire Officers Association, the Institution of Fire Engineers and the UK Association of Fire Investigators. The code, which was presented at the Scottish Fire Symposium at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters and Training Centre in Glasgow on 16 May, provides professional guidance for practitioners tasked with examining incidents where a crime is suspected.

The guidance is aimed at all such practitioners regardless of which agency they represent. The new code sets out to establish clear standards to aid in the gathering and examination of evidence in any investigation. Expert witnesses in criminal cases are now required to declare adherence to the code of practice. Consistency and quality This Code of Practice provides significant clarity as to what can reasonably be expected of those who investigate fires and is another significant step towards providing consistency and improved quality in this area, said Lee Howell, independent chairman of the Arson Prevention Forum. Arson remains one of the most difficult crimes to prosecute and improved investigation will undoubtedly assist to reduce the significant cost and consequence that Arson presents. Professor Niamh Nic Daeid of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee chaired the multi-agency team that formulated the code of practice. The importance of this document cannot be underestimated, he said. It has taken six years to prepare as we consulted with the community of practitioners from across the UK and beyond to make sure that we represented their views of where they wanted their profession to aspire to in terms of competence, expertise and practice. The code will bring a standardised approach across the fire investigation sector in terms of good practice and understanding the obligations of being expert witnesses to the courts.

Dr Nick Carey, the President of the UK Association of Fire Investigators (UK-AFI), said: The UK-AFI is delighted to support the Code of Practice. Several of our members were involved with the preparation of the document and a large number of members provided valuable feedback during the consultation process. The document will provide valuable generic and UK specific guidance to fire investigators.

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How to choose the right life safety system: Hochiki Europe reveals FIREX 2017 plans

FIREX 2017 Hochiki Europe will provide advice on how to choose the right life safety system in a range of environments at FIREX 2017. Visitors to Europe s largest annual fire show, which takes place between 20-22 June at ExCeL London, will also be introduced to Hochiki Europe s innovative new water detection system. Hochiki Europe s stand will feature a seminar area in which experts will discuss recent revisions to emergency lighting legislation, overviews of the latest life safety technologies available and how they can be applied in different environments.

The life-safety systems specialist will provide product demonstrations of LEAKalarm, as well as its analogue addressable life safety platform, [email protected] [email protected] helps customers quickly locate and assess incidents in real time from any location. It is fully customisable thanks to addressable loop detection circuits, conventional detection circuits, relay cards and additional sounder outputs. Also on display will be a new conventional detector, an EN54-23 approved base sounder beacon and the next generation of ESP intelligent sensors. These new sensors feature an integral short-circuit isolator (SCI) in the sensor itself, negating the need for SCI mounting bases. Hochiki Europe s extensive FIREscape family of emergency lighting solutions will appear too, including the new FIREscape lite standalone kits and the combined fire detection and emergency lighting system FIREscape+. Intrinsically safe and SIL2 approved flame detectors, beam detectors and aspirating systems, as well as linear heat detection will be on display. The Hochiki Europe team will be on hand throughout the show to offer guidance on the best use of each technology, and visitors are encouraged to speak to Hochiki Europe s experts for application advice. FIREX International is an ideal opportunity to meet with industry stakeholders and discuss new ways to address key issues occurring in our sector, said Paul Adams, marketing manager at Hochiki Europe.

If you re looking to hear from life safety experts on the latest trends and technologies, you should certainly visit our stand. We re very proud of the product ranges we ll be showcasing this year and looking forward to outlining the many benefits they offer for our customers. Hochiki Europe is exhibiting at FIREX International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Visit stand D100 to see their latest life safety systems. 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.

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Fire alarm and detection qualifications: FIA reveals more details on pioneering training

skills crisis The FIA, in conjunction with the new awarding organisation for the fire industry, the FIA AO, is going to be releasing not one, but four new formal qualifications in fire detection and alarm systems later this summer. The new qualifications in fire detection and alarm systems will be officially launched at FIREX this year (20-22 nd June, ExCel, London). There will be a range of seminars and workshops to help you understand more about what is actually involved, as well as a large FIA networking bar, where you will be able to meet with FIA staff and ask questions 1:1 (over a beverage, if you like).

But before we talk about the actual content of the qualifications themselves what actually is the FIA AO? The FIA AO (Fire Industry Association Awarding Organisation) is a nationally regulated organisation that is externally quality assured by OFQUAL, QIW and CCEA specifically for the purpose of setting qualifications. The same regulators are responsible for the standards adhered to by the awarding bodies of GCSE s, A Levels and vocational qualifications studied through schools and colleges nationwide. Therefore, learners and business owners looking to embark on the new qualification pathway can be assured of the quality mark of the new qualifications and that the qualifications on offer are validated and properly approved with the relevant government authorised qualification bodies. Ian Gurling, Manager to the new FIA AO, explained how the qualifications were initialised: To get the qualifications off the ground, we started off with gaining recognition for the FIA with the regulators to be an awarding body an awarding organisation as they call us to essentially set up a new company within the FIA. The regulators wanted us to set it up outside of the FIA with its own offices, but I managed to persuade them through proving our integrity, and our corporate governance, that we could do this within the organisation and still have a training arm as well. Ian Gurling of the FIA Composition of the courses As for the qualifications themselves, the FIA AO has developed four qualifications each for the job roles of installer, maintainer, designer, and commissioner of fire detection and alarm systems. Each qualification is made up of four units, all of which have to have a pass recorded against them in order to achieve the qualification. The first unit is a foundation unit, which is covers the common aspects of fire safety across all four roles including legislation and guidance, technology and how they relate to each other.

we ve also tailored them to account for regional variations so if you re in Ireland for example we include IS 3218, and so on and so forth for the various standards and requirements, explained Gurling. Once you ve completed the foundation you can complete the other units in any order you want. We have a Health & Safety unit, and an environmental unit so in that the environmental unit we re covering the environmental impact of a fire alarm system; for example, how to transport and handle ionisation detector heads how to handle gaseous systems if you re working on them in any way. We ve also got the role specific advanced unit for the design, install, maintain, and commission. Once you ve got all four units recorded as a pass, you ve got your qualification. So what level of detail do the qualifications go into and what sort of technical content can we expect? The qualifications call for an in-depth technical knowledge, so it s not just a simple matter of knowing BS5839 or IS 3128 or 7671 actually say (or any other number of standards on the syllabus for the qualifications) technicians will have to be able to apply that knowledge. So it s not just a matter of knowing them and being able to read them, it s understanding how to interpret them as well. The qualifications also explore many other areas such as legislation and the different technologies involved in a fire detection and alarm system.

How does a point detector work? How does a beam detector or an aspirating detector work? What are the effects of a sound alarm system? What about the difference between bells and sounders? Voice alarm how does that work? A lot of depth of knowledge is going to be involved in the qualifications, said Gurling. The implications of the system as it is attached to the fabric of a building how does it affect passive protection, fire stopping? How does it affect or is affected by evacuation strategies? All of that is brought out in the new qualifications.

embedded content Knowing why as well as what and how The difference here is that technicians will be able to develop professionally much further than before, because of the level of thinking required for the qualification. No longer will technicians simply be able to perform the various tasks that they need to carry out they will be able to use their knowledge of standards and legislation to know why certain things need to be done a certain way. No longer is it a case of knowing what to do it is 2017 and it is all about knowing why you re doing it. The important thing to note here is that the study required for the qualification is much wider and the examinations are set externally by the Awarding Organisation, so it will be impossible to teach to the test , meaning that candidates undertaking the exam must really have absorbed the knowledge and understanding in order to pass. Unlike during any other form of training, where assessments are just a test, the qualification examinations are a much more formal process. The benefit here is clear: a formal exam means that candidates must demonstrate not just that they can parrot out the information they have been given ad nauseum , but be able to analyse, apply, and answer the examination questions correctly. Hopefully, this will mean that technicians will be able to do the same once they are out working in the field, using their new knowledge and deeper understanding to analyse and solve problems. We ve developed a system now, where the formal examinations going to be conducted electronically, said Gurling. Learners are going to be provided with a tablet, and they re going to be asked to log-in to their own assessment paper online.

That assessment paper will then be conducted live and the learner will receive a pass/fail result at the end of it. That pass/fail result is provisional only on possible necessity that I need to investigate the conduct of the exam, in which case, learners will be notified. Otherwise, after 2 weeks, that result is confirmed. Other FIA training If you re wondering about other forms of training currently available from the FIA, and whether it is still relevant, be in no doubt that it absolutely still is as beneficial to technicians in the fire industry as it ever was. The existing FIA units are incredibly valuable, said Gurling. They serve the industry very very well and they remain just as relevant and current as they ever have done. Technicians undertaking current FIA training courses will still gain indispensable knowledge that will help them on the road to success, and whilst they might receive a certificate of completion, that unfortunately doesn t make them qualified technicians . This is a phrase that gets bandied around a lot within the fire industry, but as from the launch of the new qualifications, only those that have actually undertaken the qualifications and passed successfully will be able to use the above moniker as a badge of proficiency and professionalism. Current FIA training courses remain popular due to their high level of technical knowledge and recognition within the industry among employers and technicians across the board.

The standard is high and well respected but the qualifications go one step further, increasing the amount of content delivered, and the amount of time spent in the classroom developing that knowledge and understanding. From now on, a higher bar has been set for the industry to increase the level of professionalism throughout. However, if you re still wondering whether the new qualifications will be right for you, the FIA are exhibiting at FIREX International (20-22 nd ) June this year, with a full programme of seminars and workshops where you can listen to presentations about the new qualifications, pick up a brochure, or drop by the FIA s networking bar to ask FIA staff a few questions in an informal setting. For more information, go to the FIA website or find us on our brand-new Facebook page. 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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Manchester Arena security searches under scrutiny following suicide bombing

Terror attack Security screening at the Manchester Arena, which was the scene of a suicide bombing last night, has come in for criticism from visitors. Among the criticisms aired on Twitter were comments that you could easily walk in with things under a coat , while several said their bags were not even checked. Entertainment and sporting venues in the UK are now urgently reviewing security procedures.

At least 22 people, many of them children, have so far being confirmed as fatalities and 59 injured in the attack at a pop concert in the city. The events occurred at about 10.30pm on Monday 22 May at the end of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande. Chaos The attack took place in the foyer, leaving hundreds of people fleeing in terror and confusion. Many children and young teenagers were separated from their parents in the ensuing chaos. The injured had wounds consistent with shrapnel injury, according to medics. A nail bomb may have been used in the attack, as according to a witness nuts and bolts were strewn on the floor of the foyer. Greater Manchester police have confirmed that they believe the bombing was the work of a single man armed with an improvised explosive device. The attacker is among the dead. The investigation into the attack involves the police counter-terrorism network and Britain s domestic security service, MI5.

Britain s prime minister, Theresa May, said: We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected. Flags outside Downing Street flew at half mast. All political parties have suspended campaigning for the general election, which is less than three weeks away. May chaired an emergency meeting of the government s crisis committee, Cobra, on Tuesday morning. Chief constable Ian Hopkins said: We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe that while the attack last night was conducted by one man, the priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network. The death toll makes the attack in Manchester the worst of its kind since the bombings in 2005, where several suicide bombers detonated explosives they were carrying in backpacks in several busy London locations including a bus and tube stations, killing 52 people. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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BSIA responds to cash courier shooting in London

Walthamstow shooting The trade body representing the private security industry in the UK has issued the following statement relating to the recent shooting of a cash-in-transit courier in Walthamstow, north-east London. The cash-in-transit courier was injured from the shooting ambush. James Kelly, chief executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) said in a statement: Every day, cash-in-transit couriers perform a vital public service, transporting cash around the country and supporting banks, retailers and businesses by facilitating millions of financial transactions across the UK.

However, in doing so, they place themselves at risk of extreme violence, as today s incident sadly reminds us. Kelly goes on to point out that the number of attacks on cash-in-transit couriers remains at an all-time low. There were 76 injuries to cash-in-transit crew members, police and the wider public in 2016. However, the risk of violence and injury remains a very real threat to couriers. This is something that the private security industry together with its partners in police and government is continually working to reduce through initiatives like SaferCash, which shares intelligence about attacks and suspicious incidents between couriers and the police, continued Kelly. Our thoughts are with the injured courier and his family who have made a very personal sacrifice for the sake of our nation s economic security and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. The BSIA is a longstanding and valued partner of, and exhibitor at, IFSEC International, Europe s biggest fire and security trade show taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Take your security knowledge to the next level at IFSEC International 2017 Experts from across all areas of the industry will attend to share their expertise on critical topics on 20 22 June 2017.

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IFSEC International 2017 introduces exclusive on-site discounts programme

IFSEC Discounts IFSEC is introducing a GroupOn-style programme of exclusive discounts to give security professionals another reason to visit Europe s largest annual security trade show. CSL, Vanderbilt and Anglia Tool Centre are among the many exhibitors that have signed up to the IFSEC Discounts scheme, which gives visitors who pay nothing to get into the show discounts and incentives they will simply not be able to get anywhere but London ExCeL between 20-22 June 2017, when the show is held. Installers, integrators, technology buyers and other security professionals can benefit from a plethora of special offers on products and services spanning CCTV, access control, intruder alarms and more.

Gerry Dunphy, IFSEC brand director, said: IFSEC Discounts is a brand-new reason for customers to visit IFSEC this year with so many exhibitors now using the show to provide exclusive offers and discounts from their stands. The range is huge: everything from power tools delivered by Anglia Tools plus a wide range of solutions such as HD CCTV systems, Smart Wireless DIY Security and Biometric Access Control Solutions from Y3K. IFSEC visitor customers can download the current range of IFSEC Discounts and we recommend keeping an eye out for more as we get closer to the opening day. The discounts programme is one of a raft of new features and benefits debuting at the 2017 edition. Other exciting additions include Borders & Infrastructure Expo, Installer World and Professor Brian Cox OBE being the headline keynote speaker. IFSEC International 2017 takes place between 20-22 June at London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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Vanderbilt to demonstrate SPC Connect and ACT365 at IFSEC 2017

Cloud-based solutions At IFSEC International 2017, being held 20-22 June in London s ExCeL, Vanderbilt will be exhibiting its cloud-based security products and services. Alongside Vanderbilt s access control, intrusion and video products, the company will also be demonstrating SPC Connect, which allows installers to monitor, manage, and maintain Vanderbilt SPC panels remotely from portable electronic devices including smartphones. Also on display will be ACT365, Vanderbilt s integrated access control and video management system, which allows for remote setup, servicing and support.

Both are cloud-based so the power, scalability and simplicity of the cloud can be leveraged for the delivery of new features. Joe Grillo, CEO of Vanderbilt, says: Having transformed other areas of business and industry, the cloud is now set to revolutionise the security industry. The cloud is the name given to computing functions and services hosted off-site. These tend to be provided as a service and can be accessed over any internet-enabled device. Market research firm IDC recently estimated that cloud services will grow 24% to $122 billion ( 94 billion) in 2017. Of this, software-as-a-service business applications, such as Vanderbilt s SPC Connect and ACT365, will attract 60% of all cloud spending. The cloud lets security installers set up, manage and maintain large, networked security systems remotely, so they can reduce site visits, saving time and money, by addressing service issues that can be resolved remotely instead. embedded content End-users benefit from a system that can be maintained more efficiently and reconfigured and adapted as their requirements change. Cloud-based security products and offerings from Vanderbilt help integrate core security functions such as access control, intrusion and video.

As an example, ACT365 allows remote verification of a building s visitor from real-time video images captured at the point of entry. Access can then be granted remotely. If a door is forced or an alarm is activated, ACT365 gives users immediate recall and locates recorded footage of the incident. This eliminates time and effort traditionally required to match up times on different security systems and sift through camera footage to locate an incident. Borrowing from the pay-as-you-go model common to most cloud services, Vanderbilt s cloud-based solutions are affordable and offer flexibility for growing organisations. Vanderbilt is sharing its expertise in cloud-based security solutions in a presentation called Cloud on the Horizon: Are you prepared? that will address a range of topics and provide advice for those seeking to integrate their security needs with cloud computing. Check out the latest security solutions from Vanderbilt at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand E1225.

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Genetec releases latest version of off-street parking enforcement software Free-Flow

Security Center During the 2017 International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference and Expo, Montreal-headquartered Genetec will demonstrate the latest version of Free-Flow, its off-street parking enforcement software. Genetec, a provider of open architecture software, hardware and cloud-based solutions for security and public safety, will be at booth number 1115 at the IPI conference and expo in New Orleans on 24 May. The company is also exhibiting at IFSEC International 2017, Europe s largest security exhibition, at London ExCeL, between 20-22 June.

Free-Flow will be offered within Genetec Security Center, the company s holistic security platform that combines video surveillance, access control and automatic license plate recognition. Using AutoVu Free-Flow, parking enforcement officers can identify lots with unenforced violations and then adjust their patrol routes in response to improve the rates at which they record and process violations. Compliance Increasingly parking property owners are choosing to implement gateless parking to reduce vehicle congestion and improve convenience for parking. AutoVu Free-Flow allows owners to maintain compliance with parking rules in the absence of gates. As Free-Flow now forms part of Security Center, parking managers can monitor occupancy and violations across all parking lots under their management, from one location. Genetec Plan Manager is an interactive and graphical mapping application allowing operators to visualise and manage environments. With Plan Manager and Free-Flow in Security Center, parking lot owners can navigate and oversee many car parks via the installed automatic licence plate recognition that is also installed with Security Center. Free-Flow provides parking officers a real-time view of how many vehicles are in parking lots across all their facilities, and how many are parked illegally. With these precise details of where and when violations are taking place, parking managers know where to dispatch officers to ensure higher compliance, says Charles Pitman, Genetec s product marketing manager at Genetec.

All attendees to the IPI trade show are welcome to attend A Pragmatic Look at Big Data: Perspectives from License Plate Recognition , which Pitman is presenting. The first series of updates for Genetec Free-Flow are expected to be available at the end of May 2017 with further updates planned in July 2017. Genetec also recently integrated gunshot detection into Security Center and expanded its access control platform with SimonsVoss e-locks. And Genetec has been confirmed as sponsor of IFSEC International s brand new show within a show , Borders & Infrastructure Expo. Check out the latest solutions from Genetec at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Genetec on stand F500. Get your free badge now. 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. Furthermore, take advantage of discounts up to 30% available exclusively at the show.

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C-TEC to showcase new CAST protocol fire alarm system and EN54-23-certified VADs

FIREX 2017 CAST, C-TEC s flagship fire alarm and detection system, will be the biggest draw on the Wigan-based life-safety innovator s stand at FIREX 2017. CAST panels, which use C-TEC s own protocol, are designed to integrate seamlessly with an extensive range of C-TEC-manufactured fire detectors, sounders, call points and interfaces. C-TEC will also showcase its high-performance range of EN54-23-certified visual alarm devices (VADs) and an advanced range of hybrid digital power supplies.

FIREX is a superb platform for new innovations and we are looking forward to exhibiting some very exciting products particularly our CAST addressable system, now in operation at multiple BETA sites and very close to full release, said Andy Green, C-TEC s marketing manager. C-TEC is currently hosting a series of free educational CPD events across the UK. C-TEC s sister company SigNET, meanwhile, was recently named exclusive UK distributor for RCF s new emergency evacuation voice alarms. C-TEC is exhibiting at FIREX International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Visit stand G140 to see C-TEC s latest fire alarms and life safety electronic systems. 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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