Brian Cox draws IFSEC s biggest-ever keynote audience

Professor Brian Cox gave a thought-provoking lecture on the origin of the universe in front of a record audience at the Safety and Health Expo 2017 keynote theatre. Cox said the scale and challenge of his job as a cosmologist was shown by the fact our nearest galaxy is 23 million light years away . He said: What I m trying to say is the universe is big!

The challenge is to see our position. We are physically insignificant. Quoting cosmologist Carl Sagan, Cox said astronomy was a humbling experience , and then also American author, John Updike, who said astronomy is what we now have instead of theology: the terrors are less but the comforts are nil. Tour Cox then took the packed audience on a whistle-stop tour of the theories of the universe, including Einstein s theory of relativity, and how that grew out of his own thinking on gravity and light, which was from James Maxwell s 1860s experiments on light and rainbows. He said: Really simple benchtop experiments motivated Einstein to his theory. Depending on your feeling about maths, the equations are either gibberish or beautiful. Einstein had demolished the notion of absolute time one of the key theories of physics Cox said. Audacious leap Cox said it was an audacious leap from just some electricity and magnetism experiments that led to a theory of the creation of the universe. He then went onto explain how when you look further back in space, you can see everything is so hot that atoms can t form.

Can I see the Big Bang? The answer is yes, almost. He said. Seeing the oldest light in the universe, there are no stars and galaxies, it is just the glowing plasma of the young universe with dense dots of light. The different colours correspond to slightly different densities. This picture shows that the universe was very dense and very hot and that the universe is not eternal. He said that one physicist had described the dense spots like looking at the face of god as they collapsed to form the first stars and galaxies. When you put the image of the oldest light into a computer and simulate the expansion of the universe, the distribution of galaxies creates the cosmic web that we have today, he said. Inflation Speaking about what existed before the Big Bang, Cox said Inflation is the best theory , and which only became a mature concept in the 2000s.

He said: There is a little patch of space before big bang. The universe was still there, but it was empty and cold, and has a kind of stuff but if you put it into the universe it makes it stretch very fast. This theory starts with something a billionth of the size of the nucleus of an atom. Ten to the minus 37 seconds stretching out. It doubles 100 times and possibly many more times, until it stops, and when it stops the entire observable universe is the size of the exhibition hall. And all the energy is dumped into the space, and it heats it up and it makes particles and it creates the Big Bang. That s the cause of the big bang itself. Circles Cox also said there was a prediction that if you look into the data map of the universe, you should see circles in the sky that are a direct prediction from the oldest light. Astronomers should be able to draw these circles through the distance between galaxies, by pairing galaxies up through a correlation function.

He said: The graph was only published three years ago it is true that it more likely to find these predictions than not. This is cutting edge cosmology we have been able to probe the origin of our universe from the billionth the size of an atom to today s trillions of galaxies through data. Questions Cox also took a number of questions from the floor, including why we haven t found any other intelligent life in the universe. He said: Biologists point to the history of life on earth. Complex life doesn t begin for 3.5 billion years, until then it is only single celled. The evolutionary events are extremely fortuitous. Someone one cell got inside another one and survived and then reproduced. It is mind-boggling how rare it is but it did happen and it happened here. One biologist told me, when looking at at my map of the Milky Way you should say out there, there is only slime.

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Director offers harrowing insight into workplace death

A harrowing story of a former construction director has offered an example of the need for health and safety vigilance on site at the Safety and Health Expo 2017. Matthew Hazelton, speaking on behalf of training specialist Proud2bSafe, spoke about his personal journey following a workplace incident where his brother died. He said the incident left him having to deal with things you don t think you will ever have to deal with and that he struggled with the attention of the media and organising the funeral for his brother.

Legal Hazelton said: While I was trying to deal with the personal side of things, I then had to realise I had to deal with the legal side of things. Director to me was a ridiculously posh term I had no idea what I was about to get myself into. He explained how he had meetings with the insurance company, which led to the HSE and the police involvement. Getting arrested and taken to a police station under cameras is not a nice feeling, he said. The legal process also meant that he couldn t speak to his work colleagues and friends as they weren t allowed the same barrister or solicitor and when you really want to be close to your mates, you are being dragged apart . Timeline He warned about timelines following such an event in his case it took six and a half years before the verdict of accidental death. You are being hidden away from everyone when you feel you haven t got anything to hide. We were doing and all the while as a business we were doing okay and we went to losing money, getting new business was a no-no, but old clients did look after us. Mental health Hazelton also talked about the personal toll on his own mental health.

Despite continuing in the construction industry, he could never get over the incident. I could never recreate the old construction firm vibe and I kept getting angrier. My wife had stood by me, but when she left, then the wheels really came off and I started drinking and doing drugs. Things came to a head when he had a collision with a transit van at 60mph. I didn t want to get out of bed, I didn t want to do anything. When I have to go to see my mother on mother s day I will always feel guilt. Consequences It s something I have to live with everyday as the client has to, and the main contractor does. He summed up that the effect it has is on a personal level and a legal level, and on his children and family. The effects will be felt for the rest of their lives.

Was there enough pre-planning by us? No. That is something I will have to live with. I really hope that none of you have to make those phone calls, because if you do, your lives will never, ever be the same again. Register now for the Inspirational Speaker Series at IFSEC International to hear from these world-famous names on the topics that will really hit home and stir the masses Build your motivation by emulating the work ethic that led to double Olympic medals from Dame Kelly Holmes and discover more on her experience in overcoming mental health challenges Explore the universe with Professor Brian Cox, and expand your mindset beyond the day-to-day aspects of your role Be inspired by a story of triumph and courage, from Falklands war hero, Simon Weston OBE, and turn adversity into opportunity Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

Want to export outside the UK in the defence and security markets?

Get some advice at IFSEC 2017

IFseC 2017 IFSEC Global asked the BSIA and Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) to answer some questions about their presence at IFSEC 2017. The Small Business Advisers from the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) within the Department for International Trade (DIT) are in the DIT area of the BSIA Business Lounge to provide advice and support to UK companies seeking to export in the defence and security markets. They will highlight the various services and capabilities that DSO can offer and can put you in touch with various market, sector or military experts, as well as providing links to wider DIT.

They can also explain how DSO could help SMEs to enter these markets through its links with various UK prime companies and trade associations. IFSEC International runs between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Visit the DIT area of the BSIA Business Lounge for exporting advice. Get your free badge now. IFSEC Global: What does BSIA and DSO offer the UK security sector? BSIA: As a Trade Challenge Partner (TCP) the BSIA is committed to helping the UK security sector export its products and services into the international markets. We work closely with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to promote the UK brand and as a TCP facilitate UK Pavilions in security exhibitions to showcase the industry s innovation, quality and experience. DSO: The Defence and Security Organisation, now part of the Department for International Trade, offers advice and assistance to the UK security sector to help them achieve export success. It has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world, and attracting foreign investment to the UK.

The Organisation works with companies to help them export their security capabilities supported by closer working with the Home Office and other Government Departments. IG: What will DSO and BSIA be prioritising at IFSEC 2017? BSIA: As the premier exhibition for the security industry here in the UK, the BSIA hosts the international visitors lounge, bringing together international visitors and UK companies looking to develop partnerships. Working alongside UBM, the BSIA lounge offers visitors and exhibitors alike the opportunity to meet in an informal and relaxed environment to discuss opportunities and build relationships. DSO: The Defence and Security Organisation aims to get as many defence and security companies as possible exporting, and to achieve this, will be attending IFSEC to provide advice and guidance to security companies who wish to export. Available in the DIT area of the BSIA lounge, representatives of DSO s Small Business Unit will be able to provide specific advice to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) on how to market security products. They can also provide details of events and activities they run aimed at introducing small companies to UK and overseas prime contractors. IG: What (export) support does DSO and BSIA offer to the UK security sector? BSIA: As a TCP the BSIA can draw down Tradeshow Access Partner (TAP) funding, allowing exhibitors in the UK Pavilion at international exhibitions the opportunity to claim up to 2,500 to offset the cost of exhibiting.

In addition, the BSIA will assist in designing and building stands and be onsite to help ensure exhibitors have a successful event. DSO: In addition to DSO s Small Business Unit providing advice to SMEs, DSO has a number of desk officers who have developed country expertise and well as active overseas engagements with foreign governments, politicians and officials. There are also two dedicated security specialists who can provide expert specialist export advice and practical assistance to security companies, and we also have in country police and security experts in some key markets who provide that vital on the ground intelligence. DSO also has a dedicated Events Team (a member of which will be at IFSEC) who can offer advice to companies on how to exhibit as part of a DIT DSO organised UK Pavilion. IG: What do you both see as the principal challenges for the UK security sector in 2017 and beyond? BSIA: The recent horrific terrorism events in the UK, France and Belgium have served as a wake-up call for businesses worldwide. This has resulted in organisations reviewing their physical and electronic security as well as tightening their security processes. More is now expected from the security they procure and the security solutions they already have in place, to enable businesses to stay ahead of the criminal fraternity and protect individuals and assets. This acts not only as a challenge for the UK sector but more importantly presents a real opportunity.

Being part of a UK Pavilion can help new exporters to dip their toe in the water before they fully commit to any given market. BSIA DSO: National security is the first priority of HMG, and being able to respond quickly to new and emerging threats and develop the technologies to counter them is the key challenge for the UK security sector. The UK has a strong and proud tradition in security innovation and that is due to its creative, dynamic and innovative SME Community, and it is due to our reputation as a world leader in manufacturing and services that other countries look to us to meet their capability requirements. IG: In your views how will the prospect of Brexit impact on the UK security sector? BSIA: The decision to leave the EU has created uncertainty for the UK. However, organisations should seize the opportunity to boost their global competitiveness by investing now in successful sector-based exporting strategies, focusing on the security industry s strengths of innovation, quality and experience. This will ensure the sector is best prepared for any global challenge it might face in the years ahead. DSO: We can not predict how Brexit will impact the UK security sector. But we can say that the Department for Exiting the European Union is leading on the negotiations for our departure and will ensure we get the best possible deal for the UK.

In the meantime, the UK is clear in its message to businesses and our international partners: We are open for business. IG: What key areas do UK security companies need to consider when embarking on export? BSIA: Exporting can be an unnerving experience for some companies. However, it is worth the effort. Exporting brings many benefits for UK businesses, not least of all increasing an organisation s sales revenue but also allowing companies to diversify their markets meaning that they become less dependent on any single market for sales. Being part of a UK Pavilion can help new exporters to dip their toe in the water before they fully commit to any given market. It also allows new exporters learn from more experienced companies who are part of the pavilion. Remember, there is a lot of advice available to companies; DiT, Trade Associations and Chambers of Commerce all offer advice and guidance on overseas markets to minimalise any risks. DSO: There is a wealth of information available on the DIT/Exporting is Great website to help companies export their products from those new to exporting and the occasional exporter to companies that regularly sell overseas.

Issues to consider include shipping and logistics, financial assistance, rules, regulations and restrictions, export opportunities and all these issues play a part in determining whether companies should export and if so, likely markets. IG: What key territories does DSO and BSIA recommend the UK exporting manufacturers consider? BSIA: Each year the BSIA conducts research on its members target markets. UAE, ASEAN and Europe are all key territories for its members. However, there are some interesting developments with other markets such as India and the USA becoming more attractive to UK security exporters. The BSIA has a list of shows it s facilitating or considering facilitating a UK Pavilion at. These include: IFSEC SE Asia IFSEC India Intersec Dubai Intersec Saudi ISC West DSO: There are numerous markets for security exports DSO can provide advice on the landscape of opportunities, which often depend on the nature of products. IG: How can interested IFSEC exhibitors engage with BSIA and DSO at IFSEC 2017? BSIA: The BSIA is exhibiting at IFSEC 2017 alongside DSO, and its staff are on hand to provide advice and guidance to exhibitors and visitors to the show.

DSO: Members of DSO will be attending IFSEC and will be available to speak to companies who wish to export. IFSEC International runs between 20-22 June 2017 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. It is the perfect way to keep up to date, protect your business and enhance your career in the security industry. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

Fire doorsets: How do we know that the fire safety measures we put in place are compliant?

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

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

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

The Gerda G Smart system brings auditable compliance to all Gerda fire doorset ranges. It documents effective real-time installation and maintenance of fire doorsets and provides the DNA and life history of the doorset. We see that the fire safety measures fire doorsets can offer built-in compliance for asset management. FIREX International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Gerda is exhibiting on stand E120. Get your free badge now. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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Public space surveillance (CCTV) in Hackney Hackney

Public space surveillance (PSS) cameras:

  • dissuade crime and anti-social behaviour
  • provide evidence to help prosecute offenders
  • help the emergency services

There are over 320 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the borough, images from which are continuously monitored by fully trained, police vetted staff. Our control room has a police radio and the local police have access to images from the cameras so we can quickly notify them if there’s an incident. We keep recordings for 28 days before deleting them. Our staff have been awarded the surveillance camera code compliance certification, indicating that we comply with both best practice and the code, and use our CCTV systems transparently, effectively and proportionately.


As a result of Council and police joint operations, 1361 incidents were logged in April, of which 354 were initiated by our PSS operators. In the last year we received one complaint about PSS cameras, and 5 letters of thanks were received from partners and the public.


Public space surveillance cameras are located in these areas:

  • Brownswood
  • Cazenove
  • Chatham
  • Clissold
  • Dalston
  • De Beauvoir
  • Hackney Central
  • Hackney Downs
  • Haggerston
  • Hoxton
  • Kings Park
  • Leabridge
  • Lordship
  • New River
  • Queensbridge
  • Stoke Newington Central
  • Springfield
  • Victoria
  • Wick


Some people regard surveillance cameras as an infringement of personal liberty. We believe that everyone has the right to respect for their private and family life. Our public space surveillance cameras are carefully positioned to respect people’s privacy, and they don’t overlook any areas where you would expect privacy.

Obtaining camera images to assist with civil claims

We can provide recordings from PSS cameras for civil claims between individuals or companies. The most common requests are due to traffic collisions. If you need to request video images, the request should come from your insurance company or solicitor to provide assurance that the images are being used for lawful purposes, We have a legal duty to ensure images are not disclosed unlawfully under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Requests should be made to

We’ll respond telling applicants if there are cameras that may have caught the incident. This service is free. We can also advise members of the public if there are any cameras in the area, but we will not release any footage to them. We will only release footage to their insurance company or solicitor.

If there are cameras that might have caught the incident

We’ll invite your solicitor or insurer to make an application and send a cheque for 33, so we can search for footage.

If there’s footage

We’ll invite your solicitor or insurer to send a cheque for 132, so we can produce the footage with a statement and send it to them.

Why we charge

The public surveillance camera system is installed to deal with crime and disorder and the staff searching for the images for you would normally be searching for criminal activity. If you believe there’s a compelling reason why we should not charge for this service in your case please email

London 2012, the ATP Tour and the Kings of Leon incident: Fire safety at the O2 Arena

Paul Andrews, project manager at AEG Europe, has played a major role in the fire safety operation at the O2 Arena in London. Below he gives a detailed account of the fire protection/safety systems and fire-engineered strategy at the erstwhile Millennium Dome, including measures implemented for concerts, the 2012 Olympic Games and the ATP tennis tour. IFSEC Global: Hi, Paul.

Please tell us a bit about your role at the O2 Paul Andrews: I ve been working at The O2 since its opening in 2007. For the first four years I worked in the in the building services team. My job was to maintain the fire alarm system and coordinate the maintenance of the other fire protection systems across the venue. Unfortunately the venue had a serious fire incident in December of 2010. The Kings of Leon were due to play a number of concerts, but on the first morning, whilst the production team were loading-in the stage, a tour bus caught fire in the arena s service yard. The fire was extinguished by the London Fire Brigade. Their swift actions, coupled with the efforts on the in-house teams, meant that the incident only lasted for a matter of hours on that fateful day. Essentially the band still could have played that night, but the mutual decision was for the show not to take place. Off of the back of that and due to other restructuring taking place, the business created an enhanced role in the health and safety team, the role of fire safety manager, and since 2011 I ve been in that role for AEG.

Both the building services and health and safety teams are part of the facilities department. The O2 concourse (photo: Liam Daly under CC 2.0) CW: What was the thinking behind this restructuring? PA: I don t know how well you know the changes in fire legislation over the last 10 years but, basically, in 2005 there was a change in UK fire legislation. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) was created and enforced in 2006. For premises like The O 2, prior to 2006 the London Fire Brigade would carry out an annual audit and issue a fire certificate to say everything s OK . With the introduction of the new legislation this responsibility was placed back on the businesses and the employees (competent people) who work at the premises. The implementation of the new legislation roughly coincided with the opening The O2. IG: It s quite an unusual structure you have to protect PA: The building formerly the Millennium Dome initially opened in 2000 for the Millennium Experience. It was only open for a year to celebrate the coming of the third millennium, but even today there are lots of bits about the building, infrastructure-wise, that we ve inherited from the legacy of The Dome .

The building sits on the Greenwich Peninsula at the edge of South East London. Its western edge is passed by the Prime Meridian, which is the birthplace of time. The O2 has 12 iconic yellow support masts that jut out from the fabric to represent the 12 months of the year and the 12 hours on a clock face The building is constructed out of tensioned fabric over a skeleton of steel. Of the many large domes worldwide which share this construction scheme, the Millennium Dome is one of the largest. Symbolism was key to the design of the dome and there are many symbolic pieces of the structure. It has 12 iconic yellow support masts that jut out from the fabric that represent the 12 months of the year and the 12 hours on a clock face. This is an attempt to pay homage to the role of Greenwich mean time and the prime meridian. The circular dome shape also has a diameter of 365 metres to represent the days of the year. The centre of the dome is a full 52 metres tall to represent the 52 weeks in each year.

Prince s 2007 performance at the O2 IG: Can you give us an overview of fire safety tech and procedures in what is such an unusual building? PA: From a fire safety point of view, due to the bespoke design and construction, compliance with normal building regulations wasn t exactly possible. So we have what s known as a fire-engineered strategy. It s a unique combination of comprehensive fire protection and detection systems, plus a strict set of fire safety management rules that have to be adhered to. The venue has a number of perspex shutters that raise automatically when the fire alarm goes off and essentially they re our final fire exits The biggest challenge in terms of fire is because we are an enclosed environment, if we were to have a fire, how do we vent the smoke from The O2? One of the legacy items from the dome design is right on top of the roof. We have a number of smoke vents which open when the fire alarm is activated to assist with smoke ventilation. In each one of the structural yellow support masts there s a large smoke extract fan. These systems assist with the problem of venting the smoke out of the space if there is an incident.

Around the perimeter of the building we also have some unique assets from the history of the dome. The venue has a number of perspex shutters that raise automatically when the fire alarm goes off and essentially they re our final fire exits. So they re just some of the main quirky things that we ve inherited from the old design of the Millennium Dome and that we have to maintain even now almost 20 years later. Inside the arena we ve got pretty much the full complement of fire safety arrangements: a comprehensive, networked fire alarm system throughout the whole venue with a PAVA, audible warning system. There are certain areas of the fire alarm system where we ve got an aspirating type of smoke detection, called VESDAs very early smoke detection apparatus. That includes inside the auditorium itself at high level. We ve got a couple of areas inside the arena that have sprinkler coverage. One of those areas is the loading bay where we had the fire; the second area is the American Express invites lounge. All kitchen canopies at the venue incorporate a UV filtration system, which use UVC rays to break down grease particles in extracted cooking smoke/air Around the perimeter of The O2 Arena is The Avenue , which is where all the bars and restaurants are still inside the building!.

All of the buildings there have sprinklers throughout. Due to the higher risks associated with these premises higher fire risk because of the kitchens and cooking activities sprinklers are included to mitigate that risk. As you can imagine we ve got fire extinguishers in all areas of the site. All the restaurants units on The Avenue and the catering kitchens in the arena have a special arrangement in terms of extraction, which is quite unique as well. All of the kitchen canopies at the venue incorporate a UV filtration system, which use UVC rays to break down the grease particles in extracted cooking smoke/air. IG: Is that common in restaurants in general? PA: In some, but not others, but again, it s one of the stipulations of our fire engineering strategy at the O2. All 27 plus restaurants and bars have to follow our fire safety requirements inside The O2. Prospective tenants may or may not have done it in their other restaurant franchises across the country but they had to comply here.

Entrance to Cineworld (photo: Zeisterre under CC by SA-3.0) IG: What about firefighter access and evacuation routes? PA: There are four main firefighting staircases in the arena. During an evacuation spectators would use one of these four protected staircases each, which also consist of a firefighting lift. The O2 also has its own private fire hydrant water main onsite. In terms of fire brigade access, having the luxury of those perspex shutters at regular frequencies around the perimeter means they can access where need be in the event of an emergency. They re big enough to get a fire engine inside. So there s a clear route round the arena itself and around the perimeter of the venue. So they can utilise those fire hydrants and everything else. IG: Have any particular events posed the biggest challenges?

PA: The biggest event that I ve been lucky to part of to date was the Olympic Games in 2012, The O2 (was called the North Greenwich Arena for the duration of the Olympics) hosted the gymnastics and the finals of the basketball and the Paralympic basketball events as well. For some of larger events like the Olympics, organisers can erect temporary structures to support the main event in the arena. In previous years, for the Brit Awards for example- they will build a marquee structure for an after show party. Similarly for the world finals of the ATP tennis tour; hospitality structures & practice tennis courts and more are housed in temporary structures. Each and every time, as per the requirements of our fire engineered strategy, a fire detection system will installed throughout all of those marquees. We work with an external fire design consultant to scrutinise all of the construction materials that are used to make sure that fire size/fire loading limits of the existing smoke ventilation systems are complied with and not exceeded. It is very common for special effects to be part of the production for an incoming arena event. Whether its pyrotechnics, lasers, water effects all is demonstrated to the licensing team at Greenwich council. CW: Do you have to work closely with LFB?

PA: Yes. Because of our fire engineered strategy and these rules and requirements that we have to enforce, the LFB have also enforced what s known as an alterations notice on the venue. That s not a bad thing, like the HSE handing out an improvement or enforcement notice. An alterations notice means that if any physical or non-physical change to the existing fire precautions is planned, we have to notify the London Fire Brigade of how we plan to manage the risk. We may also notify our insurers, Greenwich building control and the Greenwich licensing team. 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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Using radar sensors in security applications: benefits and technical deployment

In depth For surveillance tasks in the safety and security field, radar sensors are often essential instruments. The benefits of radars are evident: radar is capable of detecting motion, measuring speed, distance and the angle of arrival as well as the direction of movement. Radar can work in adverse conditions like rain, fog and dust and is able to cover long range as well as close distance.

It preserves anonymity due to the fact, that it is not able to deliver high-resolution pictures from faces or license plates, which ensures its acceptance. Motion sensors for anti-burglary protection systems indoor or outdoor are very inexpensive components, which take advantage of the doppler effect. In this application, radar replaces more and more the Passive Infrared Sensors, which have established in the past because of their low price. Reliable Radar, however, is much more reliable, because it is not affected by thermal variations and it offers additional information like direction of movement and the actual speed, making detection safer and more robust. InnoSenT offers an innovative solution with the SMR series. SMR stands for surface-mountable radar and describes a tiny, 15mm x 20mm x 3mm, Radar frontend, which is delivered on tape and reel and which can automatically be pick-and-placed and soldered to the customer s PCB in a standard SMT process. This ultra-small device incorporates a complete 24GHz transceiver including a low noise amplifier. Persons can be safely detected in a distance of up to 15m. It consumes only 45mA from a 3.3V voltage source.

For power sensitive applications e.g. in battery powered systems the power consumption can be drastically reduced by operating the sensor in a pulsed mode. Using a duty cycle of 1:1000 or even less it is possible to reduce the average operating current to a few microamps. Three different antenna variants are available to cover a field of view ranging from 40 to 120 degrees. In case distance information is also necessary, the SMR can be supplied optionally as a VCO-transceiver, which can be frequency-modulated by applying an analog modulation signal to the VCO input. A frequency divider output, switchable between two different division ratios, gives the opportunity to read back the frequency or to operate the device in a phase locked loop. SMR: The surface-mountable radar For far range area surveillance the ISYS-3106 is a perfect choice. It is a full digital FSK- radar, which detects moving objects with a radial speed component of 0.25km/h up to 140km/h. The Frequency-Shift-Keying-modulation suppresses unwanted clutter from stationary objects very effectively.

A person is visible in up to 300m distance. The field of view (half power beamwidth) is 15 degrees in azimuth and 10 degrees in elevation. Broader view If a broader view is required, two sensors can be combined in a Master-Slave configuration. An object list as well as tracks of detected targets with range, speed and angle information is accessible via Ethernet interface. Due to the sensor s architecture, multiple objects can be captured, and they can be separated as long as they differ in speed or range. ISYS-3106: coverage of two sensors in master-slave configuration Real 3D-resolution (in range, speed and angle) can be achieved with MIMO-architectures, which have multiple inputs and multiple outputs. The ISYS-5010 is an example for a sophisticated MIMO-radar, which uses 4 receivers and 2 transmitters to generate 8 virtual antennas with an angular resolution of 16 degrees in azimuth. Two additional transmitters are used to extract the angle information in elevation. ISYS-5010: separation of objects in range, speed and angle The radar employs two-stage LNAs for each receive channel for lowest noise performance.

The distance and speed information are gained from a 2D-Fast-Chirp-FMCW modulation (frequency modulated continuous wave) capturing also non-moving objects in up to 55m distance. The sensor provides a target list on SPI and it can be configured via UART with the help of a supplied Graphical Users Interface. Many security applications can be covered with InnoSenT s standard product portfolio. On demand, customised developments will also meet exceptional challenges. Check out the latest radar sensors from InnoSenT at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find InnoSenT on stand F1180. Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more.

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FIA launches fire detection and alarm engineering qualifications

skills crisis The Fire Industry Association (FIA) has revealed that it s launching four new engineering qualifications for the fire detection and alarm sector. Open for applications from early July the qualifications will equip students to become system designers, installers, maintainers or commissioners. The FIA has consulted extensively with employers, recruiters and member organisations in designing the four new courses.

Years in the making the qualifications are suited to both anyone who want to join the sector as well as those already working in the industry. Professional in-depth knowledge The courses, says the FIA, will provide a professional in-depth knowledge of each specialist field. They sit at level 3 on the regulated qualifications framework (RQF), equivalent to an A-Level or NVQ Level 3. They arealso equivalent to level 4 on the European qualifications framework, a level higher than that specified in EN 16763, the newly released services standard that specifies the minimum level of education for those working in the fire and security services sectors. Our members and learners have very much guided us in the process of designing these new qualifications, said Ian Gurling, training manager for the FIA. Through surveys and feedback, we ve kept an open dialogue with the industry to create qualifications that will be hugely beneficial to both learners and employers. It became important early on to us to design new qualifications that cover a wide range of theory, but in a way that is relevant to each individual job role within the fire detection and alarms sector. Best practice The course begins with a foundation unit, which provides a thorough understanding of relevant standards and industry best practice. Learners can then progress through other units before choosing a final unit from a choice of four on design, installation, maintainence or commissioning.

In order to create these qualifications, we had to set up an awarding organisation, to formally recognise the qualifications, and register the new qualifications with Ofqual, continues Gurling. The new awarding organisation, I m proud to reveal, is called the FIA AO: the Fire Industry Association Awarding Organisation. The qualifications will be available nationwide at multiple education centres in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and are approved by the relevant government bodies for official qualifications in each country. The FIA recently put together this video and this infographic about the skills crisis besetting the industry. The FIA will officially launch the qualifications on their stand at FIREX International (20-22 June, ExCel London ). Anyone visiting FIREX Europe s largest annual trade show for the fire sector ( get your free badge now ) can pick up a brochure, ask questions or listen to one of the FIA s seminars to find out more about the new qualifications. Monitor the FIA website for further announcements about the qualifications or sign up to their newsletter to receive more updates straight to your inbox. 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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Trial of passive infrared sensors deemed a success

OPTEX A trial of outdoor, wireless passive infrared sensors (PIRS) could lead to more deployments in residential security applications. OPTEX has been working with Wolverhampton-based Amron Security to protect an isolated residential property in the west Midlands countryside in the UK. As the home is exposed on all four sides by main roads and fields, the owner was concerned the property, including detached garages, would be a target for intruders.

Paul Bishop, contracts manager and senior installer at Amron Security, showed initial scepticism when OPTEX proposed using wireless PIRS technology. He says: As an installer I feel more comfortable using outdoor sensors only when alarms can be visually verified remotely, as it is far from ideal for false or nuisance alarms to trigger with no possibility for verification. However, I haven t experienced any false alarm problems with these outdoor PIRS, which have performed flawlessly. According to Bishop the technology has performed to such a high standard that Amron Security has started specifying OPTEX s sensors at further sites. Since the installation in 2016 there has not been a single false alarm. Paul Bishop, contracts manager and senior installer, Amron Security The PIRS specified by OPTEX include five of its VXI-R and two FTN-R sensors. They have some of the lowest false alarm rates and highest detection rates in the industry. Both types are battery-operated detectors that wirelessly connect to a Ricochet-enabled alarm panel via OPTEX s pre-configured and pre-connected Ricochet-enabled wireless transmitter, the BGR-01, which is fitted into the back of each sensor. The VXI-R sensors have a 12m wide angle of detection, while the FTN-R sensors provide a shorter detection range in a curtain-like pattern.

Combining the two variants optimises the level of security defence around a property. All of the tamper-proof sensors are equipped with OPTEX s latest analytics programming that includes small animal tolerance and enhanced weather protection to avoid false alarms. The battery life is around three years. Amron Security maintains the sensors and provides a remote monitoring service. Since the installation in 2016 there has not been a single false alarm, says Bishop. OPTEX is a Japan-headquartered global supplier of security detectors based on IR, for indoor and outdoor applications. Check out the latest security solutions from OPTEX at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand E600. Get your free badge now.

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Security Consultant Services

SGW have been providing independent security consultant services for the built environment since 2003. Since our formation, we have undertaken projects in many sectors1, which includes; Healthcare2, Transportation3, Tall Buildings4, Public Sector5, Financial6, Education7, Leisure8, Hospitality9, Mixed-Use10 and Industrial11 markets. SGW s Security consultant services and assignments nearly always focus on the assessment of credible threats, site specific vulnerabilities and asset criticality to form a robust security risk assessment. Once the security risk assessment is complete, a foundation is created which helps SGW guide our clients through the process of security risk mitigation, by means of a cost versus benefit analysis. Our Security Consultants are focused to assist a client make an informed decision in relation to risk acceptance, risk avoidance, risk reduction or if possible, risk transfer, in order to create a robust Asset Protection Programme and company or site wide Security Strategy.

We further aim to provide a security plan which is joined up and cohesive between those responsible for ownership, design, construction and management of sites and facilities within the built environment.

Security Consultant Services

Planning Today Protecting Tomorrow, SGW Provides Security Consultant Services for the Built Environment. Security Consultant Services from SGW, incorporates one or more of the following project stage services:

  • Security Threat & Risk Assessment12
  • Security Master Planning13
  • Security Gap Analysis
  • Security Strategy & Concept Security Plan
  • Security Schematic Design
  • Security Detailed Design
  • Security For Tender or For Construction Design Package
  • Security Procurement Support
  • Security Project Management during construction and implementation phases
  • Security Installation assessment, snagging, witness testing and authorising engineer services

SGW provide a comprehensive portfolio of Security Consultant services which can be defined as the protection of the health of the population, the built environment and infrastructure against terrorism, sabotage and crime by the application of engineering and scientific principles . Security is an incredibly broad area with many aspects to take into account.

SGW have a specialists in a number of key security related disciplines, who develop security strategies which Deter, Detect, Delay and Deny access to your critical assets.

The development and implementation of an effective security strategy may include environmental security measures which apply Security Master Planning14 and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)15 principles to a landscape architects conceptual site-plan design, Perimeter Intruder Detection Systems (PIDS)16, Access Control Design, Intruder Alarm Design, Physical Security Design which is based upon attack resistance commensurate with risk rating, Security Control Room Design and Manpower Security Plans which incorporates guard post placement and assignment instructions for the security guards and security control room personnel.


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