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Choice installs radio fire systems to counter high-rise cladding risk

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Multi-site fire protection for premises pending cladding replacement

Choice Fire is working on behalf of a major UK property sales, letting and management company to provide wireless, temporary residential fire detection systems in high-rise blocks where existing exterior cladding requires scheduled replacement as a consequence of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire. The total project value to date is circa £1m. These monitored fire systems have been deemed to be more reliable and cost-effective than the use of ‘waking watchmen’ to patrol the entirety of these premises 24/7. Read more...

Choice adds SafeContractor SafePQQ accreditation

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Taking pre-qualification to the next level

Choice has added Alcumus SafeContractor SafePQQ (Pre-Qualification Questionnaire) verification to its extensive list of business credentials. As an extension of SafeContractor’s longstanding Health & Safety accreditation scheme, SafePQQ was introduced in 2019. SafePQQ collects information to allow businesses to demonstrate verification in relation to key sustainability topics, including: finance, environment, quality management, equality, modern slavery, anti-bribery, GDPR, right-to-work, building information modelling, and references. Read more...

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...

Multi-people screening to detect fever – Thermographic CCTV solution

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Systems can screen employees, students, passengers, visitors…

Thermographic CCTV cameras that can read multiple people’s surface skin temperature in a second to within ±0.3°C accuracy have been harnessed within a simple, rapidly deployed system. This can mass-scan people entering a premises and so provide preliminary detection of those who may be unwell. The benefits for screening of employees, students, passengers, visitors etc in the present circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic are clear. Read more...

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