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Manned Guarding Security Services Company

Our mission is to assist our customers in solving business protection issues with a Security Patrol Services or Guard Dog Security Services to Construction Site Security Services solutions by coordinate the right management team and high-level solutions to solve any security problem within a budget, schedule and scope in addition to a top priority of Customer service, we meet with our customers to discuss issues and formulate a strategic solution and safety measure plan, that denote the scope ensure and effective implementation of health and safety, risk assessment and environmental guiding.

What We Offer

Our Manned Guarding Security Services Company provide a uniformed security guards are trained to the high standards that are set by Security Industry Authority (SIA), they also undertake further training and gain accreditation from customer service and investigation technique courses. Our Guards maintain positive working relationships with visitors and company staff and they have the ability to think quickly and make quick decisions and deal effectively with unexpected situations. Our uniformed dog handlers (Guard Dog Security) are trained to the high standards that are set by Security Industry Authority (SIA), they also undertake further training and gain accreditation from the National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU) and British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT), and many also have police and army experience.

Mobile Security Patrol Services1

Our Uniformed Mobile Security Patrol officers are trained to the high standards that are set by Security Industry Authority (SIA), they also undertake further training and gain accreditation from customer service and investigation technique courses. They communicate effectively with staff and customers and have the ability to think quickly and make quick decisions to deal effectively with unexpected situations.

Construction Site Security Guard Services2

Our Uniformed Construction Site Security Guards are SIA Licensed, Insured, and NASDU BIPDT trained, at work they use the infrastructure of a conditional objectives to the Knowledge of health and safety and Risk Assessment, they undertake further training and gain accreditation from customer service, know how to maintain positive working relationships, also have police and army experience.

  • SIA Licensed 100%
  • Insured 100%
  • Trained 100%
  • Cost Effective 100%

9Guard Security Services company, operation policy`s and the associated procedures are monitored and reviewed every year on a regular basis to ensure that they remain current and applicable to the company s activities. We do inducting our guards on every new site, all so we do have regular refreshment of induction every 1 to 2 months, in addition we provide guidance and tools to help our Guards understand what they need to do to control and assess the risks in workplace.

9Guard Security Services and employees have a responsibility to assist in the effective implementation of the Policy within their work area and included within their duties, they understood and aware of their responsibilities contained in the Company Health and Safety Policy, al so they taking the necessary training, instruction and generally assist management in carrying out its duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

9Guard will fully comply with the duties placed upon it within the requirements of legislation, whilst at all times complying with, as a matter of best practice, the requirements and duties set out within Approved Guidance as issued by the Environment Agency and other organisations

9Guard Security dedicated to providing Insured, consistent and dependable security services in line with the Insurance requirements and contract specifications of our clients. We do this through our 10000000 Public liability insurance to protects us and our clients or members of the public or property damage.

  • Risk Assessment 100%
  • Health & Safety 100%
  • Environmental Guidance 100%
  • Insured 100%

Manned Guarding Security Services Company

Industrial Estates

9Guard Security Services deter shoplifting as well as vandalism, we are the most effective security methods for Industrial Estates and Retail Security we provide with cost effective all so we aim to give 100% customer satisfaction

Construction Site Security

9Guard Security Services provide our customers with professionally SIA NASDU BIPDT trained Guards with Cost Effective Construction Security along with risk assessment and professionalism, using well skilled and experienced construction security guards with environmental guidance for our customers

Manufacturing Premises

We work as a part of your team to ensure a customer friendly approach is consistently achieved. Our security guards are one of the most effective security methods utilized in the security field, all so have the able to get along well with co-workers and accept supervision and the ability to convey thoughts in a focused and tangible manner.

Our Responsibilities
We will provide you with FREE high-profile Security Warning Signs around the perimeter of your premises.

Or We will provide you with a dog handler trained to the high standards that are set by Security Industry Authority (SIA) with further training set by National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU) and the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT).

We will provide you with a dog unit marked in the style of a police car and specially adapted to ensure the welfare of our dogs, including air conditioning.

Patrolling every hour & perform security checks to ensuring site or property are maintained; door and gates are kept secure. Carry out a visual inspection to ensure equipment is save.

UK Metal Theft

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said UK metal theft had doubled in the past five years to about 1,000 reported incidents a week, the crime causes costs the UK economy about 770m a year, And Britain s 5bn-a-year scrap industry is facing tougher regulation as part of a government crackdown on metal theft

Cost of Retail Crime

Cost of retail crime rises to 1.6bn. The figure covers retail crime of all types and includes the value of goods stolen and damage done. The survey gathers data from 44 retails groups 58% of the sector by turnover and is claimed to be its most comprehensive crime survey so far. It found that nearly one in 20 stores was robbed during the year. The average cost of each incident tripled to 3,005, from 989 the previous year, a result of more organised offending

Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW)

Vandalism in the UK is falling at a quicker rate than almost any other type of crime, according to official figures.

What are the possible reasons behind this The 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimates that there were 2,051,000 violent incidents against adults in England and Wales.

As in previous years, assault without injury accounted for the largest proportion of all CSEW violent incidents (42%), followed by wounding (24%), assault with minor injury (22%), and robbery (12%)

Advising and counselling visitors and making sure they have access to professional help if needed, in addition to Monitor and authorize entrance, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises
We will provide you with guard dog, whilst offering a deterrent to the criminal is appropriately trained and controlled by our experienced dog handlers.

We will provide you with a daily activity report.

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  1. ^ Mobile Security Patrol Services (9guard.co.uk)
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Upcoming FIM Expo to feature BS 5839-1:2017 revisions and future of qualifications in fire detection and alarms

FIA seminars The next FIM Expo will take place on Wednesday 4 October at the Glasgow Science Centre. Organised by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the annual free event features two fire-safety seminars and the latest life-safety products from leading fire detection and alarm manufacturers. One seminar will explore the implications of revisions to BS 5839-1:2017 ( Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings Code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic premises ).

The other looks at the future of qualifications in fire detection and alarms. Both seminars are CPD-accredited and free to attend. The event is relevant to installers or maintainers of fire detection and alarm systems, anyone managing such systems in commercial premises or architects or other professionals specifying fire protection systems to be installed in buildings. We are absolutely delighted to present FIM Expo, said Kat Schabowska, the event coordinator. It s a fantastic place for like-minded individuals to meet, exchange ideas, network, and learn more about new products from a wide range of manufacturers. New products are being released onto the market all the time and this is a great way to come and see them first-hand and discuss how these new products might work for you. View the full exhibitor list here or visit the events section on the FIA website to register.

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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Housing arsonists and reporting 50 fires a week yet HM Prison Service fails dismally on fire safety

The Grenfell disaster prompted the editor of The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales to issue a freedom of information request to the organisation responsible for fire safety in prisons. What was sent in response he found deeply troubling . Writing for Politics.co.uk, Mark Leech said the issue of fire safety had never really crossed my mind during his 20 years in the role until the Grenfell inferno unfolded.

The fat that fire safety is not mentioned in any inspection report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons augured badly as he began his research. The expectations document on which all prison inspections are based doesn t mention the word fire once, he said. The documents returned to Leech revealed that every single CPFIG inspection conducted in the year to June 2017 there were 19 in total had failed statutory fire safety tests and resulted in non-compliance orders. In some cases Statutory Enforcement Notices were then issued to prison governors who failed to take action within the 28-day period stipulated. Governors have to prioritise staff and bluntly, when it comes to unlocking prisoners for medication, food or visits, or conducting fire safety checks, the latter doesn t even come near the top of the list. Mark Leech, editor, Prisons Handbook for England and Wales There were nearly 50 fires a week 2,580 in total in England and Wales in 2016, Parliament heard in March. Fire safety in prisons is the responsibility of the Crown Properties Fire Inspection Group (CPFIG), based in the Home Office. It was to CPFIG that Leech submitted his freedom of information request, asking for copies of all CPFIG fire safety inspection reports on prison and young offender establishments carried out in the last 12 months. Problems found at a prison in Bristol included: Inadequate personal emergency evacuation plans Ignition sources discovered too close to combustible materials Ventilation ductwork between cells did not adequately protect against the spread of fire Emergency doors were difficult to open A lack of water misting equipment Multiple shortcomings Seizing on the information disclosed to Leech, The Chronicle has reported that fire inspectors have uncovered multiple shortcomings in fire safety measures at HMP Northumberland.

Inspectors identified inadequate measures to control the risk of fire and smoke spreading within common areas and staff have not been given enough training about how to deal with a fire in a cell. More than 83,000 men and women are currently incarcerated in UK prisons, which equates to 148.3 prisoners per 100,000 people more than three times that of the Netherlands and much higher than Spain (137.9), France (98.3), Italy (86.4) and Germany (77.4). Despite the soaring prison population, 900m has been slashed from the prison budget since 2010. Speaking to the Independent in the wake of his disclosures, Leech said: You ve got criminals including arsonists, but also many people with mental health problems. In that atmosphere, governors have to prioritise staff and bluntly, when it comes to unlocking prisoners for medication, food or visits, or conducting fire safety checks, the latter doesn t even come near the top of the list. Such shortcomings would not be tolerated in any other place than in prisons, he added. It is obvious from the shocking reports that I have uncovered that the theory and practice are light-years apart. Continuing Crown Immunity from prosecution for failures in places which have 50 fires a week and which, by necessity detain those with mental health problems and convictions for arson, must now surely end it is simply inexplicable in this day and age. A Prison Services spokesperson said: We take fire safety extremely seriously.

All nineteen prisons have undertaken immediate action to address the recommendations made by the inspection group. Every single prison across the estate has a mandatory annual fire risk assessment, carried out by a fire safety specialist, and individual fire strategies in place which are closely monitored. Cladding The Ministry of Justice insists that none of its prisons have the type of cladding believed to have been used at Grenfell Tower. In 2015, the National Offender Management Service published Fire Safety in Prison Establishments , which outlines the requirements on the Responsible Person under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 with regards to providing a fire safety compliant environment in Public Sector Prisons. In July last year, Clive Webster, a senior fire consultant from BB7, wrote on IFSEC Global that the prison service would benefit from formalising its fire-risk-management system using PAS 7: 2013 Fire Risk Management System Specification . Published in 2013, PAS 7: 2013 Fire Risk Management System Specification emerged from a steering group that included representatives from CFOA, The Institution of Fire Engineers, The Fire Sector Federation and the Association of British Insurers. Using PAS 7 2013 it is possible to improve fire safety while achieving process improvements and reducing the cost of compliance overtime, wrote Webster.

At a time when purse strings have never been tighter and the need to improve fire safety has never been so high on the agenda, PAS 7 could provide the solution to the problems highlighted by the media.

PAS 7 presents requirements for an organisational fire risk management system (FRMS), which can be applied in organizations operating across multiple sites, separate management divisions within an organization, or individual premises within a single entity, Ben Bradford, MD of BB7, wrote in 2014.

Review of building regulations and fire safety an important step , says IOSH

Grenfell fallout Dame Judith Hackitt Dame Judith Hackitt s independent review of building regulations and fire safety is an important step towards stopping tragedies like Grenfell Tower, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has claimed. The UK government announced on Monday that former Health and Safety Executive chair, Dame Judith Hackitt was to lead the review with an interim report anticipated before the end of 2017 and a final report due in spring 2018. Hackitt, a chemical engineer who chaired the HSE between 2007 and 2016 is currently the chair of the Engineering Employers Federation.

The review will examine the regulatory system around the design, construction and on-going management of buildings in relation to fire safety. It will also assess compliance and enforcement issues alongside international regulation. The terms of reference of the review will be published imminently following those of the Grenfell Tower public inquiry. Communities secretary Sajid Javid said it was clear that building regulations and fire safety needed to be urgently reviewed. He said: This independent review will ensure we can swiftly make any necessary improvements. Government is determined to make sure that we learn the lessons from the Grenfell Tower fire, and to ensure nothing like it can happen again. Dame Judith Hackitt said she was honoured to be asked to lead the review. She said: This review will look at what changes can be made for the future to make these more effective. I am keen to engage widely with industry and the public to inform the recommendations from the review.

I want the recommendations to lead to any necessary improvements in the system being made. Review welcomed Richard Jones, head of public affairs at IOSH, said: This is an important step towards ensuring that the adequacy, implementation and enforcement of relevant fire, health and safety and building regulations is reviewed and that international lessons are learned. These are all key areas that IOSH called for in our submission to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Team and we are pleased to see that Government action is being taken. IOSH notes that the Government expects an interim report from this review before the year end, with a final report by spring 2018. And importantly, that it has promised to act swiftly on any recommendations that it makes.

The original article was published on our sister site, SHP Online.

Fire assembly points: 5 things you should know

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that emergency routes and exits must lead as directly as possible to a place of safety and that procedures for serious and imminent danger must enable the persons concerned to immediately proceed to a place of safety in the event of their being exposed to serious, imminent and unavoidable danger . So what do you need to remember about fire assembly points to keep your staff safe in the event of a fire? Here s our top five points to keep in mind: Assembly points outside of the building should be clearly indicated .

These points will be designated in consultation with your fire risk assessment, and the routes to them should be signposted with correct notices. Ensure all signage is unobstructed and easy to see, and that staff are aware on joining the company where their designated fire assembly point is. For larger sites, a well-formulated procedure should be in place to handle the evacuation of hundreds of people safely, ensuring they are moved through various exit points to a single assembly point. Where assembly points are sited is important . Consideration needs to be given to distance from the main building, and ease of accessibility by disabled people. Providing a sheltered, illuminated assembly point can be a good idea depending on the type of people who would be evacuated. For example, a care home may have vulnerable people who would benefit from shelter in the event of forced evacuation in poor weather. It is important that employees and other persons visiting the building are advised which assembly area they must use in the event of evacuation . For employees, this should form part of their induction to the company.

For visitors, it is good housekeeping to advise where the nearest exit points and assembly point is. Having a well-thought out fire safety evacuation policy is of upmost importance in ensuring the safety of your employees and site visitors. A comprehensive fire-risk assessment will look at your existing evacuation procedures, ensuring you comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. If you have an existing fire risk assessment, this should be reviewed every 12 months, and a new one should be completed every three years. For new sites, you should have a fire risk assessment completed within 3 weeks of opening. Not had a fire-risk assessment completed recently? Simply contact us for a quick quote .

Best of both worlds: Why an IoT that is both open and secure should be a right, not a privilege

A recent report by SAS and the Centre for Economics and Business Research estimated that by 2020, big data and the internet of things (IoT) will be worth 322bn to the UK economy, and account for 2.7% of GDP. Gartner forecasts that IoT endpoints will reach a global installed base of 20.4 billion units by 2020. IoT networks are already critical to global public and private sector infrastructure, delivering ever expanding capacities and potential benefits.

However, among the many pressures that are rising from the growth of IoT, two are becoming critical: throttled growth of new applications caused by non-interoperative, proprietary technology; and a widening field of security vulnerabilities, only growing more pressing as IoT permeates modern life. As IoT networks connect more and more services throughout our cities, business and homes they are rapidly becoming one of the most critical technologies underpinning our daily lives. Yet we see a great discrepancy in the requirements and demands of cities, utilities and enterprises on the network operators. Does this mean they are not taking their role as seriously as they should, or instead that the essential requirements are not yet well understood? It might seem like wishful thinking to expect that IoT networks should be both open to future development and secure against attack. It isn t. In fact, demanding the best in both these areas is utterly essential. IoT is moving beyond its roots, where devices were predominantly single-ownership/ single-use solutions. They are now able to connect to several different domains and work best when they have open and equal access to data, controllers and platforms simultaneously.

At the same time, security standards are being agreed to ensure that all devices are insulated against and able to respond to breaches. At Silver Spring Networks, we felt it was time that the buyers of IoT Networks understood how important and achievable balancing security and openness has become. Delivering security at a city-wide scale Persistent detection and safeguards from unauthorised access are two of the most important rights that all IoT network providers should confidently demand. Many IoT network platforms have only the most introductory and basic security measures which, given the interconnected nature of most networks, permits serious vulnerabilities to develop. The 2016 DDOS attack on Dyn, one of the companies running the internet s domain name system, provides an example of the repercussions of insufficiently secured IoT devices: disrupting of the connection of thousands of internet users from big online retailers and other popular sites. Shortly after this attack, a tech industry veteran demonstrated the vulnerability of unsecured IoT devices even further. By connecting a $55 IoT security camera to the internet, it was discovered that a full penetration cyber-attack could be carried out in just 98 seconds. IoT networks are large and are often very complex, with multiple points of entry and multiple touchpoints. Furthermore, when compared to computers, tablets and phones they typically have simplified user interfaces to reduce cost and simplify installation.

However, the assumption that large IoT networks cannot be made secure is wrong. Best in class IoT networks harness top-tier, military grade security, including features such as automated, asymmetric key exchange and rotation; hardened crypto processors used in key generation and storage; AES encryption to protect data in transit; and authentication via certificates at multiple layers, including prior to network enrolment. The ability to deploy formware upgrades swiftly and reliably to all nodes in a network is also an essential feature to ensure that networks remain secure across coming decades. Organisations working with IoT networks should be able to confirm that this level of security is present across their entire network, and address any segments where those standards are not or cannot be met. Ensuring an open, adaptable and future-fit network Cyber-attacks will always present a significant and costly liability to IoT networks, but they are not the only threat to consider. We live in a world where technology is evolving at a break-neck pace and new applications are emerging constantly. Networks which are locked into a single vendor s products or proprietary platform, which can t easily adapt to innovation, will also be the cause to painful costs down the line. The best insurance against this future is to deploy a solution based on proper industry standards. Proprietary technologies posing as standards (LoRaWAN, for example) effectively lock in to an ecosystem built around a single chipset.

This threatens interoperability down the line, which leads to massive and costly technical iteration and system integration efforts, all while capping the network s ultimate functionality. The best way to ensure a diverse ecosystem is to implement open, standards-based technologies that are demonstrated to be interoperable at every level of the system. The Wireless Smart Ubiquitous Network (Wi-SUN) standard is set up on this principle. Wi-SUN was designed to underpin the operation and deployment on next-generation star, mesh and hybrid networks. These networks are designed to capitalise on many connected paths, to deliver fast, reliable and city-scale coverage. Each node relays data for the network to provide strong and stable connectivity. Wi-SUN is maintained by a third-party organisation that constantly tests to certify that the IoT equipment is both conformant to the standard and interoperable with other certified networks, fostering a diverse ecosystem. Open standards allow a far greater number of providers to develop solutions, which are tested for interoperability, ensuring those solutions can work together. The best new IoT software, whether it be for management of Smart Grid applications (smart metering, real time grid balancing, renewable management etc.), management of city services (Smart street lighting, traffic flow optimisation, flood monitoring and management, Smart parking optimisation etc.), smart logistics, smart agriculture or many others the best and most effective functionality will only be unlocked through comprehensive, integrated end-to-end solutions.

Networks built around an industry standard that emphasises openness and development is essential to delivering this. Your right to best-in-class IoT At Silver Spring Networks, we think that its past time that IoT network providers were held to standards which reflect the incredible impact of IoT technology on society, now and into the future. We have set out the lessons we have delivering 26 million IoT devices across five continents into a bill of 10 rights IoT customers must be empowered to demand be enshrined in any IoT network services agreement. Security and openness are just two of these. IoT s potential to provide an incredible uplift to society across the world has only just begun to unfold. The buyers of IoT networks have the means to steer this future, by arming themselves with the information and courage to demand nothing less than the absolute best from their providers. 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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IFSEC 2017 in review: Borders & Infrastructure Expo makes triumphant debut and Brian Cox draws biggest-ever keynote audience 

Professor Brian Cox gave a thought-provoking lecture on the origins of the universe in front of a record audience at the Honeywell-sponsored Keynote Theatre in Safety and Health Expo 2017, which was co-located with IFSEC 2017. Addressing a packed audience, the TV presenter and physicist extraordinaire said he had asked the organisers if they needed me to talk about safety and security. They said no; just talk about the universe.

Other keynotes included double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, rugby union Referee Nigel Owens MBE and Falklands War veteran Simon Weston CBE. Product launches Elsewhere, IFSEC International which took place over three days between 20-20 June at London ExCeL was, as usual, the chosen launchpad for a plethora of brand-new, cutting-edge products. Among the innovations unveiled at the show was Veracity s end-to-end command and control system, Edesix s new body-worn camera series, Calipsa s AI-powered video monitoring platform and Redvision s quietest, fastest ever PTZ and mould-breaking rugged camera enclosure. IDIS, meanwhile, introduced a new seven-year warranty the longest in the industry. Read more about the products launched at IFSEC here. Borders & Infrastructure Expo Perhaps the most significant new feature introduced for the 2017 edition was Borders & Infrastructure Expo. Sponsored by Genetec, this show within a show featured the Drone Zone, BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone, VIP Meeting Service, JSaRC and the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre. Former IATA (International Air Transport Association) chief John Hedley argued that we re making life too easy for terrorists in the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre on day one. We also reported on how police and security drone use on the rise.

Speaking of drones, The Drone Zone wowed the crowds with live airborne demonstrations of drone technology from Yuneec and Aviat Drones, among other innovative developers and service providers, with support from the UK Drone Show. Installer World An area of the show dedicated to installers was another IFSEC first. Sponsored by RISCO, Installer World featured the Tool Zone where, courtesy of Anglia Tools, visitors could sample a wide range of hand and power tools and take advantage of exclusive discounts workwear, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, recruitment consultants and a networking bar all in one place. Installers, engineers and integrators could test and trial more than 10,000 of the latest products from leading suppliers such as Hikvision and Panasonic. embedded content Videos and photos The whole experience was documented expertly once again by IFSEC TV (courtesy of Silverstream), with exhibitors demonstrating some of their latest innovations to camera as they did to visitors. Among the interviewees was Martin Gren, who co-founded the surveillance giant in 1984 and recently topped the security manufacturers/service providers category in our roll call of the Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017. Watch some highlights from across the three days here or check out some of the best photos from London ExCeL. As is becoming an IFSEC Global tradition, we challenged security technology vendors at IFSEC 2017 to pitch their products to camera in just 30 seconds. The challenge was taken up by Paxton, HID Global, Pelco, CSL, AxxonSoft, Dahua, Uniview Technologies, Vanderbilt, Kedacom, LT Security, Promise Technology and Genetec.

Seminars The seminar theatres were particularly busy in a year when security-related issues have rarely been out of the national and international headlines. In the Security Management Theatre, a packed audience heard how video analytics was oversold and underutilised but key to preventing terror attacks. We also reported from the same theatre on the trends shaping the future of access control. The Tavcom Theatre, meanwhile, featured presentations on cybersecurity, preparing CCTV evidence for the criminal courts and how to optimise your network for CCTV, among other things. Browse through all our content about IFSEC International 2017 here. 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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Sprinkler retrofits can be done inexpensively without moving residents out: BAFSA

Grenfell fire While it has been the view of many fire safety professionals that automatic fire suppression systems can supplement existing fire safety provision in high rise buildings, the underuse of sprinkler systems is in question following the Grenfell tower block fire. Since 2012 the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) in collaboration with the UK fire and rescue services have invited local authorities, central government and housing associations to numerous free-to-attend seminars that focus on protecting lives, high rise communities and properties from fire. According to BAFSA, around 100 blocks of the estimated 4,000 throughout the UK have been retrofitted as a direct result.

Safer High Rise Living the Callow Mount Sprinkler Retrofit Project is a report published by BAFSA in 2012, which shows that it is cost-effective and practical to retrofit automatic fire sprinklers in existing high-rise tower blocks built between 1950 and 1970. Pilot project A pilot project, sponsored by the sprinkler industry and overseen by BAFSA resulted in the successful installation of sprinklers in Callow Mount, a 1960s tower block in Sheffield. A key aim of the project was to determine the practicality of installing a complete system without residents having to move out during the refit. The 2012 report clearly demonstrated that it is possible to retrofit sprinklers into occupied, high-rise, social housing without evacuating residents and that these installations can be fast-tracked The sprinkler system installation took less than four weeks to complete. The approach adopted demonstrated how significant improvements in life and building safety can be achieved with minimal disruption by retrofitting an automatic fire suppression system. The report reviews the identification of risks associated with high rise blocks, direct and indirect consequences of fire in-rise residential premises, the relevant recommendations in current fire safety legislation and guidance documents and looks at research into the use of sprinklers in residential and domestic premises. The 2012 report clearly demonstrated that it is possible to retrofit sprinklers into occupied, high-rise, social housing without evacuating residents and that these installations can be fast-tracked. It also found that tenants and residents feel safer knowing they are better protected with a sprinkler system in place and that the potential trauma and disruption to individuals and communities following a fire would be reduced. According to the report, retrofitting sprinklers as part of a major refurbishment project would form only a small part of the overall costs, while the retrofit design and installation can be adapted for high-rise blocks with different layouts.

The final cost of the project in 2012 produced an average cost per one bedroomed flat of just 1,148.63, which included the provision of sprinklers in utility rooms, common areas, bin stores and an office. During the inquest into the Lakanal House fire in 2009, Judge Frances Kirkham said the evidence indicated that retrofitting of sprinkler systems in high-rise residential buildings might now be possible at lower cost than had previously been thought to be the case, and with modest disruption to residents. 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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