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Act Now if your Fire & Security Signalling Doesn’t Comply with BT’s Update Project!

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Signalling technology must be All IP-compliant

During 2020 British Telecommunications has begun vigorously pursuing its goal to convert its entire traditional UK public telephone (PSTN) network to an internet protocol (IP) based system – known as the All IP project – by 2025. This process has important consequences for businesses and homes which use telephone network-based monitoring of security (intruder alarm/access control/CCTV) and fire alarm systems connected to alarm receiving centres. Some customers may recognise they are involved with this process because they have a BT classification as receiving Special Services via their phone lines. Read more...

It’s time for third-party certification within the UK fire safety sector

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Improve safety and recognise reputable fire systems support businesses

Pressure is building towards a change in the UK fire systems market whereby, as with security systems, compulsory third-party certification of fire systems support businesses is being called for. In the light of Grenfell Tower and other tragedies, in July 2020 the government launched an open consultation into the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and published a new Draft Building Safety Bill (as reported by Ifsecglobal). At the same time The National Security Inspectorate has recently argued the case for fire certification in The Parliamentary Review 2020. Read more...

Rapid fire detection project at Regent’s University, London

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Protection for reconfigured roof space in listed 1931 Tuke Building

Choice has completed a fire system replacement within an extensive second-floor refurbishment project in the imposing Tuke Building, at the Regent’s University campus adjacent to London’s Regent’s Park. The work had to be executed in a tight time window between academic sessions during the summer of 2019. Read more...

Choice adds FSQS financial services supplier accreditation

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Choice has boosted its credentials as a preferred supplier to the financial sector by gaining registered status within the Financial Services Qualification System (FSQS) Stage 2 as part of its compliance requirement for customer Santander. FSQS is designed to standardise and manage requests for compliance and assurance data in a one-for-all submission process which serves the major financial services organisations that have adopted the system. Read more...

New fire safety responsibility video

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Are you a Responsible Person?

The UK Fire Industry Association, to which Choice belongs, has produced a 5-minute video explaining the identity and the role of the Responsible Person – deemed to be accountable for fire safety within organisations according to fire safety law – along with the benefits of using Third-Party Certification to ensure compliance. Read more...

Choice leads in new ISO 9001:2015 accreditation

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Choice among the first to acquire compulsory new QA standard

Choice has become one of the first tranche of UK fire and security businesses to successfully transition to the award of ISO 9001:2015 quality assurance status from that of ISO 9001:2008. This compulsory requirement covers both the company’s NSI Security Gold Scheme and NSI Fire Gold Scheme certifications. It was confirmed following Choice’s most recent NSI Surveillance Audit, achieved well ahead of the 14th September 2018 deadline. Read more...

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