BT Redcare gives installers chance to tickets to shows at iconic venues

BT Redcare is giving its installers the chance to win tickets to top events at iconic venues around the UK. Installers registering Classic and GSM installations between now and 31 March 2018 can be entered into a monthly draw, from which two winners will receive tickets to events at the O2, Wembley, Liverpool Echo Arena, Twickenham and more. BT Redcare is also offering alarm receiving centres discounts on its products throughout the same period.

For the next six months the company has slashed the price on its Classic and GSM products. Contact your ARC to find out more. Register your Classic and GSM installations here. Terms and conditions apply. BT Redcare says you can direct any queries to your account manager or by email to [email protected] Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape. This report will help you to see why third parties should adhere to secure by design principles and why the necessary convergence of IT and security departments demands a holistic approach .

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National Cyber Security Centre marks first year of protecting the UK

In the last 12 months cyber experts within the new National Cyber Security Centre received 1,131 incident reports, with 590 classed as significant . A report published to mark the first anniversary of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) highlights the work undertaken by the organisation to help improve the safety and security of online activities and transactions in the UK. The NCSC, which is part of GCHQ, exists as a single, one stop shop for UK cyber security.

The centre acknowledges there is still a lot of work to be done but points out the progress in the first 12 months, which includes preventing thousands of attacks, providing support for the UK Armed Forces and managing hundreds of incidents. The NCSC has also helped to foster a pipeline of the next generation of experts and is working with businesses and universities to nurture technology for tackling cybercrime. According to Jeremy Fleming, director of GCHQ, cyber is playing an increasingly important part in daily lives and in the UK s approach to security, with threats evolving rapidly as technology advances. Our response has been to transform to stay ahead of them. The NCSC is a pivotal part of that transformation. It is a critical component not only of GCHQ, where it benefits from the data and expertise it has access to as part of the intelligence community, but of how the government as a whole works to keep the UK safe, Fleming said. Free Download: the CyberSecurity Crashcourse Are you even aware if you have been the victim of a cybersecurity breach?

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NSI commissions research into automated alarms

This month the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has commissioned a study that will examine the public benefits of automated alarms. Perpetuity Research will produce the study, titled Maximising the public benefits of automated alarms . Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive, NSI The NSI s chief executive Richard Jenkins said: The well proven URN1 police response process has long been a great unsung mainstay in private-public sector collaboration, and over the last 10-15 years has contributed dramatically to public safety, and increasing efficiency for police at a time when pressures on resources have never been higher.

However as technology improves, according to Jenkins there are opportunities for moving the success of the police unique reference number (URN) to the next level. The study will aim to identify all the possibilities from canvassing all stakeholders, and will also envision the added benefits that could be achieved from further enhancement. In accordance with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) policy, police in the UK will only offer a response to verified alarm signals from systems which have been granted a Police unique reference number, so the Police aim to provide an effective response to genuine intruder alarms. Monitored systems can only be installed by certificated providers and must be subject to a maintenance agreement. In 2002/3 NSI appointed Perpetuity Research to produce a report on the causes of false alarms, which subsequently became an important reference point for policy and communication, within the security sector and the police service. We are very excited now 15 years on to be re-visiting the police response model, and helping define how a modern technology can build further on the success to date, Jenkins added. Professor Martin Gill, director of Perpetuity Research said: It is our belief that this independent piece of work can help bring clarity to the table and inform the debate about how further success in police URN can be delivered in the interests of public safety, protection of people and property, and police savings. The findings from the study will be organised on a fast track basis with an initial report available in spring/early summer 2018. Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape.

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Residential landlords still haven t learned Grenfell lessons especially in social housing, survey reveals

Fewer than one in four (23%) private landlords have been in touch with tenants to discuss fire safety measures since the Grenfell Tower fire and even fewer social landlords have done likewise. Three months on from the fire, which killed at least 80 people, only 10% of tenants in social housing say they have been contacted by the landlords about fire safety. That s one of the headline findings of a survey released to coincide with Fire Door Safety Week (25 September-1 October), and the results seem to demonstrate the need for such a campaign.

Some 39% of tenants polled said they had seen fire doors propped open and 21% had noticed damage to their building s fire doors. Forty percent of renters said there is no clear fire escape route displayed. Of the 18% that have reported a fire safety infringement or concern to their landlord, almost a quarter (24%) waited weeks for a response. It is astounding to learn that in the last three months so little has been done to address the concerns of tenants and residents. Hannah Mansell, spokesperson, Fire Door Safety Week A majority (55%) say they feel uninformed about what they should do in the event of a fire and about one in four (24%) feel more anxious about living in a rented apartment since the Grenfell Tower fire. This new research shows that landlords and building owners still have a long way to go meet their fire safety responsibilities, said Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week. It is astounding to learn that in the last three months so little has been done to address the concerns of tenants and residents. Misunderstood The role and importance of fire doors remains widely misunderstood, believes Mansell, who is also BWF technical manager, chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children s Burns Trust. Many people do not realise that the real job of a fire door is to hold back fire, smoke and toxic gases, delaying the spread around a building and keeping the vital means of escape route clear.

They only work properly if they are specified, manufactured, installed and maintained correctly and, of course, closed when a fire breaks out. This is especially important in high rise buildings, houses of multiple occupancy and other types of shared sleeping accommodation. Checking fire doors should be part of a regular fire-risk assessment. This should examine all aspects of fire safety management, including active and passive fire protection measures, signage, means of escape and the specific fire plan procedures. Mansell who has spoken to IFSEC Global more extensively about the fire safety landscape believes better education and greater transparency are essential to effect meaningful change. Crystal clarity There needs to be crystal clarity about the responsible person and a total transformation of attitude towards fire safety of tenants in rented accommodation. Our focus for Fire Door Safety Week in this pivotal year is to ensure all landlords and tenants have the knowledge and resources they need to stay safe. Dany Cotton, London Fire Commissioner, oversaw the fire and rescue service s response at Grenfell Tower. London Fire Brigade fully supports Fire Door Safety Week, she said.

This is an important campaign which drives home the potentially life-saving role that fire doors play in buildings, especially residential buildings such as tower blocks. It is extremely concerning that the lives of the public and our firefighters are still being put at risk by poorly maintained fire doors and people acting irresponsibly by removing self-closers or by keeping doors wedged open. We do what we can to advise the building owner, but it s time for the responsible person to really step up. Paul Fuller CBE, chief fire officer, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Good fire doors help stop fires from spreading. Fires that spread put more lives at risk and I would urge everyone to check that their fire doors are properly maintained and kept shut. Remember they don t just protect you, but everybody in the building. Paul Fuller CBE, chief fire officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and chairman of the Fire Sector Federation says: It is simple. Proper fire doors save lives, but only if they are correctly made and installed, and certainly not if they are wedged open or in disrepair. Too often our officers walk into a building and see fire doors in an appalling state.

We do what we can to advise and enforce the responsibilities of a building owner, but it is time for the responsible person to really step up. That s why we are supporting Fire Door Safety Week. There can be no excuse; all the resources you need to promote door safety are there on the website and free to download. Fire Door Safety Week is run by the BWF, the BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme in partnership with the Government s Fire Kills campaign. On 30 August the Government issued fresh advice for tenants and residents on steps to take if they have any concerns about fire safety in their building: In the first instance, contact the landlord or building owner with any concerns. If still concerned and not receiving reassurance, then contact the relevant local authority or local fire and rescue service for advice. IFSEC Global is proud to support Fire Door Safety Week, which runs from 25 September to 1 October. You can pledge your support for the campaign here, and by tweeting under the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek and sharing or using the wealth of resources found in the campaign s toolkit which includes a downloadable Responsible Person poster. The site also includes advice aimed at fire and health and safety professionals.

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Faulty white goods will lead to fatalities unless government acts on LFB recommendations, letter signed by London Mayor warns

Fire safety news Faulty white goods will cause more fire-related deaths unless ministers act on recommendations made by the London Fire Brigade (LFB), according to a letter signed by the London Mayor and several safety organisations. Sent to Theresa May, the letter raises concerns about the flammable plastic backing that is still often attached to many fridges and freezers when sold to consumers. Product recalls are also ineffective, it says, because many people continue to use them.

The letter also refers to a tower block fire traced to a faulty Indesit dryer that took place a year ago in west London. The incident, which resulted in no injuries but took 120 firefighters to extinguish, prompted the LFB to issue a series of safety recommendations. A year later and none of the recommendations have been acted on, the letter says. The government is due to respond to the recommendations later this year. Very little protection The letter says: A year on, people across the UK are still using white goods that pose a serious fire risk and are subject to recall or corrective action. Worse still, some fridges and freezers are still being produced with a flammable plastic backing, which offers very little protection against the insulation foam inside catching alight if a fire starts. In March 2016, we reported that faulty tumble dryers that were deemed a fire risk could be in use for another nine months after Whirlpool said some repairs might have to wait until January 2017. Whirpool risked further anger by advising consumers that they could continue to use the machines so long as they cleaned the lint filter after every cycle and didn t leave dryers unattended during operation. Three UK fires a day involve tumble dryers 2,170 since 2010 and the Grenfell Tower blaze was traced to a faulty fridge.

LFB has urged the government to create a single register of product recalls and publish it on its website. It also wants risk assessments including sleeping risk published when a fault is identified. The letter was signed by London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the Fire Brigades Union, the National Fire Chiefs Council and the charity Electrical Safety First. A father died having saved his children from a fire caused by a faulty fridge-freezer made by Beko in November 2010. Santosh Benjamin-Muthiah was overcome by smoke at his home in Wealdstone, north London after helping his two daughters aged three and three months escape through a window. However, the recommendations to improve product recalls made by the coroner at the inquest have resulted in no substantial changes , according to the fire service. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: The terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower in June is a stark reminder of just how devastating a fire caused by faulty white goods can be.

However, Consumer Minister Margot James said the government already has a robust system to inform people of faulty goods.

Our one-stop shop Product Recall website makes it clear to the public which white goods are safe to use at home and we are considering the framework for a national body to support consumers on product safety, she added.

CSL recruits head of BT Redcare Andy Fyvie

NEW HIRE CSL has appointed Andy Fyvie as head of European customer development. Andy, who joins the specialist in M2M/IoT devices from competitor BT Redcare, has 16 years experience in the fire and security sector. As head of BT Redcare Fyvie oversaw the rollout of Redcare networks in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In his new role he will join CSL s operational team, which develops new service initiatives and product propositions with the help of CSL customers. Joining a future facing, fast-growing and innovative company like CSL is a great opportunity, says Fyvie. Having seen the success they have had in recent years I am looking forward to adding my industry experience to the team and helping the company to continue its expansion. Said CSL CEO Ed Heale: We are delighted to announce Andy s appointment. His knowledge and expertise will greatly assist us in sustaining our first-class customer service and product innovations. 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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Honeywell to showcase life-safety systems from Xtralis at European and Dubai roadshows

Honeywell is showcasing life-safety systems from Xtralis the company it acquired in 2016 during 12 roadshows across Europe as well as an instalment in Dubai throughout September and October. Xtralis specialises in early warning life safety and security solutions that afford fire and security professionals crucial extra time to mitigate risk and deal with fires and security incidents promptly. Its comprehensive suite of integrated life safety and security solutions are especially popular in challenging or dangerous environments and in the protection of high-value assets.

Register to attend the roadshows . Xtralis products include: VESDA-E The next generation of ASD innivation VESDA Very Early Warning Aspirating Smoke Detection (ASD) VESDA VLI ASD for Industrial Applications VESDA ECO ASD Gas Detection & Environmental Monitoring ICAM Flexible Aspirating Smoke Detection OSID Open-area Smoke Detection ADPRO Perimeter, Multi-site and Enterprise Security Solutions HeiTel Remote Monitoring & CMS Solutions Check out the flier above to find out when and where your nearest roadshow takes place. Register to attend the roadshows .

TDSi agrees distribution deal with Anixter

Vendor news Anixter has joined Norbain, ADI, Pro-Vision, Advanced Access and Midwich in agreeing to distribute TDSi s security solutions. Although some customers may be surprised by how many different suppliers provide our products, we only sell indirectly, so TDSi completely relies upon its channel partnerships to grow our market share and drive our success, says TDSi distribution channel manager Andy Cross, who joined the Poole-based company late last year with a remit to strengthen and forge new distribution partnerships. This is even more evident as physical security systems become further integrated with all other parts of the IT and business systems networks.

About the need to broaden TDSi s reach across verticals and geographically he adds: It would be impossible for TDSi alone to reach this many different customers, let alone offer the infrastructure to supply the many types of end user that benefit from using our systems. Such partnerships reflect a growing demand among customers for procuring fully integrated solutions from a single supplier. Naturally integrated security systems such as access control, CCTV and intruder alarms combine well to offer powerful and complete protection solutions. At the same time, increasingly this technology is becoming closely associated with other IT and business systems purchases. Buyers are looking to improve their ROI by ensuring all their purchases can be sourced together, with the assurance they can be fully integrated easily. Established in 1982, UK-headquartered company TDSi develops access control systems, biometric readers, security management software and IP CCTV video management software. UK Channel Partner of the Year North In other TDSi news, ABCA has been named UK Partner of the Year North at the integrated security specialist s annual Partner Awards. ABCA s managing director, Philip Miller, was presented with the award by TDSi channel partner manager Neil Hughes. I am delighted and proud to accept this award on behalf of the entire team at ABCA, said Miller.

We work very closely with TDSi to ensure our customers receive the best security solutions. We specify TDSi products because they offer outstanding quality of service and value for money, which helps us provide our clients with very attractive levels of ROI in a highly competitive market. We very much look forward to continuing and growing our highly successful partnership. Neil Hughes, said: ABCA has continuously proven and demonstrated the highest levels of technical expertise, market awareness and professionalism which makes it an ideal TDSi partner. With a highly keen interest in the market, ABCA has grown its business with TDSi significantly throughout the last 12 months, with a stand-out project for access control in seven schools in South Yorkshire. This award is richly deserved and we are proud to be forging a continued partnership of success. Established in 1986, ABCA Systems provides specialist electrical systems for large public-sector organisations and private residential home owners.

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