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AiS TV – Fire Safety and PV Panel Installations

Our February lecture was presented by RISCAuthority Principal Consultant, Adrian Butler and gave an update on Fire Safety of PV panel installations.

The use of solar PV to generate electricity in the UK has grown rapidly since 2010, with there now being over 1.2 million solar PV installations in the UK.

The presentation covered:

-Hazards and primary contributing factors relating to PV solar roof-mounted system fires, including their battery energy storage systems. Reference will also be made to RISCA documents RC62 – Recommendations for Fire Safety with PV Panel Installations and Need to Know Guide RE3 – Rooftop Mounted PV Solar Systems.

-Key risk control recommendations for PV solar systems with the focus on both commercial rooftop installations however also with application to high net worth.

-Recent fire testing covering CENELEC and awareness of UL accreditation.


BT Redcare ceasing to operate: 1st August 2025

As many of you will already be aware, BT announced at the end of January that all BT Redcare operations will be ceasing on the 1st August 2025 after over 30 years of activity and innovation.

We, as the board, want to express out gratitude for the assistance provided by the BT Redcare team, who have provided meeting space and refreshments for the AiS monthly lectures for many years.

We have uploaded a bulletin from the BSIA for guidance which can be passed to colleagues and policyholders.

Click Here

If any of your clients are affected by the closure of BT Redcare, we recommend consulting the underwriting team responsible for the policy to confirm appropriate steps and adequate alternatives for the risk.


AIS TV – Vacant Property Protection present by VPS UK

VPS UK’s core services cover the vacant, unoccupied and void property lifecycle from an initial risk assessment, security, maintenance, cleaning and preparation.

The presentation will give an update on current and future trends in the vacant property sector and what solutions are available to mitigate associated risks.

They will be discussing how to fully support customers with a variety of requirements such as.

  • Vacant Property Security
  • Vacant Property Services
  • Site Security
  • Guardian Security

AIS TV – Selectamark Security Systems – Forensic Marking to reduce Theft, Burglaries and Robberies

This talk gives an insight into current methods of Forensic Marking and its role in protecting against theft, burglary and robbery. Current crime trends will be discussed, and the role forensic marking can play in mitigating some of the risks associated to these crimes.


AIS TV – CSL – Changes in the Industry

CSL’s Regional Sales Manager, Ian Halliwell, will be providing updates on the latest industry changes, including:

  • ECHO – Automated Police Response
  • Mobile Networks – The Future of 2G/3G & Mobile Technologies
  • All IP – The PSTN Switch-Off
  • Latest Standards – Changes in grade timings and terminology
  • CSL Product Range – Alarm Signalling and & Connectivity

RISCAuthority and FPA GUIDANCE:  Security Guide S35 – Internet of Things – Connected Security Devices and Systems

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Secured By Design Alarm Standard, Technical Guide Version 2.0

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AIS TV – BT: PTSN, ECHO and third party certifications

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NSI Bulletin – Issue 6: ECHO

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NSI Bulletin Issue No.8: Evacuation Alert Systems

In this NSI Bulletin they share the latest developments on a certification scheme for evacuation alert systems in high rise buildings launched in response to the Grenfell Tower Phase 1 inquiry report, highlighting the role of Third Party Certification in reassuring buyers, insurers and fire & rescue

Once logged in the Bulletin is available HERE


NSI Insurance Bulletin – Issue 4 – Police Response and Visual Confirmation

The latest NSI News Bulletin covering the new revision of BS 8418:2021 for the ‘Design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of detector-activated video surveillance systems (VSS) – Code of practice’ published in July 2021

Once logged in the Bulletin is available HERE


NSI Insurance bulletin – Issue 3: Where do you guide a Policyholder to source a competent Fire Risk Assessment company? 

Issue 3: Where do you guide a Policyholder to source a competent Fire Risk Assessment company? 

Once logged in the Bulletin is available HERE


NSI Insurance Bulletin: Issue 2 Mitigating risk in commercial kitchens through third party certification

Issue 2: Mitigating risk in commercial kitchens through third party certification

Once logged in the Bulletin is available HERE


New Alarm Alert (19)

Subject: BT’s ‘All IP’ project and the impact on Alarm Transmission Systems (ATS)

A new alarm alert has been issued

Alarm Alert (19) – July 2021

Subject: BT’s ‘All IP’ project and the impact on Alarm Transmission Systems (ATS)

Details of this has been added to the members archive area.  Once logged in you can download details here.


Police Crime Prevention Initiatives – Intruder Alarms

Police Crime Prevention Initiatives - Intruder Alarms

The Police Crime Prevention team have recently launched an initiative providing advice to assist with choosing a suitable system, stressing the importance of using a reputable alarm company which has been approved by an Independent Inspectorate Body.

Once logged in the PCPI press release is available HERE


Secured by Design – Construction Site Security

Construction Site Security

Secured by Design (SBD), the official police security initiative, have issued a new guide for Construction Site Security which provides advice on how to secure a site from the very start to the end of construction.

Once logged in, SBD’s press release is available HERE


NSI – Insurance Bulletin Issue 1

Managing Rogue Labour Risk in the Security and Events Industry

The NSI have provided AiS Members with their most recent ‘Insurance Bulletin’ which focuses on Managing Rogue Labour Risk in the Security and Events Industry.

Once logged in the Bulletin is available HERE


AiS AGM 2020

AGM 2020 via Zoom held on 14th September 2020

The AGM minutes together with this years Chairman’s Report have been added to the Document Archives area of the website and are available for members to download here


New Alarm Alert (18)

Subject: Implementation of PD 6662: 2017 and Alarm Transmission Systems (ATS)

A new alarm Alert has been issued.

Alarm Alert 18 January 2020

Subject: Implementation of PD 6662: 2017 and Alarm Transmission Systems (ATS)

Details of this has been added to the members archive area.  Once logged in you can download details here.


New Alarm Alert 17

PD 6669: 2017 Guidance for the provision of Alarm Transmission Systems (ATS) for Alarm Systems in the UK

A new alarm Alert has been issued.

PD 6669: 2017 Guidance for the provision of Alarm Transmission Systems (ATS) for Alarm Systems in the UK

This new ‘published document’ (PD) from BSI has now been published and came into effect on 30 June 2017.

Details of this has been added to the members archive area.  Once logged in you can download details here.


NEW Duct cleaning standard – LPS 2084

BRE have launched a new standard for the approval of companies carrying out inspection, cleaning and maintenance of ductwork systems. LPS 2084 is designed to minimise fire risk whilst increasing hygiene and functionality of a building’s ductwork. For further information: http://bregroup.com/press-releases/is-your-ductwork-safe/


New Alarm Alert Issue No 16 – October 2016

A new alarm Alert has been issued to members that will update you on work in the BSI in three important areas of intruder alarm system standardisation this will be relevant to colleagues carrying out security surveys.   This has been added to the new members archive area.


AiS – Security Fogging Code of Practice

An introduction to the AiS Security Fogging Code of Practice

Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance
Security Fogging is a very effective weapon in the arsenal of crime reduction.  However this is only the case if the systems have been specified, designed, installed and serviced correctly.

The majority of installations fulfil this requirement, however there have been a small number of failures of the security fogging systems to operate as intended which was starting to effect consumer and insurer confidence that they would perform as required.

Being a big advocate of the systems we were able to arrange for a number of security fogging machine suppliers and manufacturers to get together and with the help of the Met Police, NPCC, NSI and others we were able develop what has become the AiS Code of Practice.

I would like to thank all of those who were involved for their time, patience and most of all professionalism in helping develop the Code of Practice which should hopefully help installers, specifiers but more importantly consumers understand what is required for an effective Security Fogging System.

An insight into the reasons behind the new code of practice was discussed at our April 2016 meeting.  This is available to view on our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/DBd0sDnKZNY

This document is intended to supplement the provisions of BS EN50131-1, CLC/TS 50131-7 and EN 50131-8 as they apply to installations of Security Fogging Systems for use in ‘Hold-up – Building Occupied (EN50131-8: Appendix C, C.6).  A copy of the standard can be downloaded here.