Safety

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
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  • 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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Kentec to put intelligence and innovation in the spotlight at FIREX 2017

FIREX 2017 Kentec, a UK producer of firm alarm control panels, is going to be exhibiting at this year s Firex International exhibition, taking place on 20-22 June, at Excel London. During the show, Kentec, which can be found at stand number E125, will be highlighting its range of Europe and globally approved marine, analogue, conventional and extinguishing ranges of fire control panels. In addition to the Syncro and Sigma ranges, designed for a wide range of demanding applications, Kentec s UL-listed and FM approved elite analogue addressable fire control panels, Sigma A-XT releasing panel and UL-listed Sigma A-CP conventional panel, will also be on show.

There will also be live demonstrations of the new Taktis product range of fire alarm control equipment and the new Syncro XT+ addressable extinguishing panel. Check out Kentec s latest products in the flesh at FIREX International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand E125. 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.

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Security Guarding in Kent, London, Essex

Kent, London, Essex, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire,Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Hampshire and beyond…

Security Guarding In Kent, London, EssexWorking in co-operation with our specialist partner companies, Secure Engineering can provide Security Guarding services in Kent, London, Essex and across the rest of the UK.

The advantage of using security personnel is that they can assess and react quickly to situations, provide assistance where necessary, and create peace of mind in a different way to electronic security systems. The presence of a security guard at a business can prevent losses through theft, and provide a sense of safety and protection to the business owner, employees and customers.

Security Guarding
Security Guarding is ideal for businesses, residential properties, commercial retail, schools and leisure facilities. From key holding and mobile patrols with or without guard dogs, to checking credentials and site preservation in the event of an incident, security guarding provides extra reassurance to staff and customers alike.

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Alarm Response & Key Holding
Intruder alarms are a great way to help protect your business from crime, and with a 24-hour response team, you can rest assured that your premises will be attended at any time of day or night. When our partner companies become key holder for a business, they become the primary contact for intruder alarm notifications. Personnel are fully trained to attend each site, aware of specific requirements and health & safety prior to any visits, and able to take action to re-secure your site in the event of an incident.

Lone Worker Protection
Employees working outside normal office hours can be vulnerable. Our partner companies can provide lone worker protection to ensure their safety at all times.

Patrol Dogs
Working alongside security guards, patrol dogs provide an excellent crime deterrent. Patrol dogs are particularly useful when large areas are being guarded, or if the area is considered to be high risk to security officers.

Security Guarding In Kent, London, EssexExplosives & Narcotics Search Dogs
Our partner companies also have their own search dogs, highly trained and proven to be effective in the search for dangerous items, such as narcotics and explosives.

All dogs are owned by our specialist partner companies, and the team of skilled handlers is led by a retired senior instructor from the Metropolitan Police Dog Training School.

Security Company In London

Welcome To London Security Services (UK) Ltd Security Company

London Security Services (UK) Limited is an independent service UK Security company, providing expert security guards across London and throughout the UK. You can call us on: 08000 69 69 66 / 0208 294 1444 or request a call back via email:

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Security Company in London

We ve been offering our London security company services for over ten years, and during that time we ve earned a reputation as one of the leading security companies nationwide. We provide security guards for both public and private industry, starting from as little as 9.50 per hour.

Our loyal clients range from retail outlets to large corporations, meaning our security guards are experienced in security all across the board, and we are one of the security companies in London you can trust.

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Above all, our aim is simple: to provide expert security with the utmost care and attention.

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Our security guards are available to hire day and night for whatever you may need:

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Genetec integrates gunshot detection into Security Center

integration Genetec, the provider of open architecture software, hardware and cloud-based solutions for security and public safety, has integrated ShotSpotter gunshot detection technology from SST Inc into its unified IP security platform, Security Center. By integrating real-time video and data related to gunshot incidents within its IP security platform, Genetec can help reduce emergency response time. The integration, which will be available from the second quarter of 2017, enables law enforcement officers and security teams gain better tactical intelligence, allowing them to get to the exact scene of the incident faster, stay safer and have the ability to engage the shooter, interview witnesses and collect key evidence.

Police officers that are first on the scene in response to gunshot incidents say that typically in these situations it is difficult to ascertain where precisely the gunshot came from and whether the gunfire was still occurring. This creates uncertainties that put police and communities at risk in such situations. Maximal awareness This integration is beneficial for many of our customers who require maximal awareness during emergency situations, said Bob Carter, business development manager at Genetec Inc. Their security operators can now react faster to gunshot incidents and get access to video and metadata surrounding the event. We believe that this technology can greatly improve the safety of communities, and ultimately save lives. ShotSpotter uses wide-area acoustic surveillance automatically activated when gunfire occurs, providing comprehensive outdoor coverage on campuses and in complex urban geographies. The technology, which combines sensors and cloud-based analysis software, is able to triangulate and pinpoint the precise location of each round fired within seconds, the number of shots fired and provide an immediate gunfire alert with an audio clip. The data is immediately sent to SST s Incident Review Center (IRC), a secure data processing and alert validation facility. Here, acoustics experts analyse the data and qualify the incident in real-time.

Once validated, an alert is sent directly to Security Center, in under a minute. Once the alarm is triggered within Security Center upon gunshot detection, operators can quickly access video and other related data surrounding the location of a gunshot alert, and immediately visualise it on maps in the software. Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras are instantly pointed at the gunshot location, and bookmarks are automatically created on the Security Center timeline. Operators can then follow shooter events in real-time through the map interface and live video to make informed decisions. Security Center is also able to display relevant metadata on the map, such as type of gunshot, number of rounds, address and so on. Genetec also recently expanded its access control platform with SimonsVoss e-locks. Check out the latest solutions from Genetec at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Genetec on stand F500. Get your free badge now.

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Blocked fire exits lead to 100,000 fine for care home

Fire news round-up A care home in Somerset, England, has been fined 100,000 after fire doors and escape routes were blocked. Charges were brought against Almondsbury Care Ltd, in Burnham-on-Sea, following a routine inspection of staff accommodation. Fire safety officers said the care home had failed in its duty to protect staff.

District judge David Taylor told Taunton Magistrates Court the company knew its premises had a whole range of abundantly obvious failures. During the inspection, fire safety officers found the three-storey house did not have a sufficient fire detection and warning system in place. Fire exit doors could not be opened. The inspectors also found a lack of fire-resistant doors and found escape routes blocked by cupboards. Paul Bray, business safety manager of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: It was extremely fortunate that a fire did not occur at these premises. Almondsbury Care Ltd would have been well aware of the need to implement suitable fire safety measures yet failed to ensure the safety of those working for their company. The severity of the fines imposed by the court gives out a clear message to those who have control of a premises and show a disregard for the law and those they have a duty to protect. Fire engulfs Dubai skyscraper A fire raged through a 72 storey tower complex being built alongside Dubai s largest mall, on the morning of Sunday. Though authorities said the fire caused no injuries, three workers were rescued from the blazing structure, just a block away from the 63-story The Address Downtown Dubai hotel, which itself had caught alight back in 2015 on New Year s Eve.

The fire at The Address Residences Fountain Views complex began at around 5:30am on Sunday 2 April. Major General Rashid Thani al-Matrooshi, the director-general of Dubai Civil Defense, described the fire as accidental. It started in a parking level of the 72-story Fountain Views building. A cause has not been attributed. A witness at the scene said firefighting crews arrived quickly. However it took much of the morning to get the fire under control, which was punctuated by small explosions due to the propane gas and welding tanks in the building. The high-rise Fountain Views complex, which is being built by state-backed Dubai developer Emaar Properties, will eventually connect to the huge Dubai Mall across the street. It will hold over 750 apartments and a hotel when built. Emaar, which built both the Dubai Mall and the tower struck by the 2015 blaze, declined to comment.

Fires are not uncommon in skyscrapers in Dubai and other cities in the United Arab Emirates. Building and safety experts think a potential cause can be found in a popular type of cladding covering for the buildings, made of highly flammable materials. Fire blazes near Chessington World of Adventures Dozens of firefighters tackled a large fire at a disused village hall near to the Chessington World of Adventures theme park, on the outskirts of south-west London. Photos posted on social media showed thick smoke billowing into the sky and six fire engines lining the Leatherhead Road, just a few miles of the M25. Crews from Surbiton, New Malden and Kingston fire stations attended and colleagues from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The blaze took about two hours to bring under control. Read more about this blaze on the Evening Standard 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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