03 January 2017


This month Simon Banks looks through the most memorable quotes from the Bottom Line interviews of the last 12 months.

“Since I was an engineer, the skill set required has changed completely and I can only see there being an ever-increasing lack of relevant skilled engineers to support the shift change in the industry.”

Anthony King, Managing Director of Kings Security Systems

“Secured By Design includes the term “Police Preferred Specification” and it is the specification which critically has police support through meeting the latest standard.”

Alan McInnes, Director of Secured by Design

“We’ve just completed an upgrade to our alarm monitoring systems across the entire estate to give us better protection against burglary. It’s helped us reduce the number of false alarms and key holder attendances.”

Lee Clark, UK Profit Protection Manager at Matalan

“The 5-10% of businesses that request a connection to an ARC normally have a property with a high risk. With more sophisticated fire alarm systems, service providers are able to introduce more comprehensive services such as remote monitoring of a site.”

Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA)

“NSI Gold approval is the hallmark of integrity, expertise and professionalism in the industry. Clients and specifiers recognise and value this, and NSI Approved Companies rightly continue to be the principal providers of choice.”

Richard Jenkins CEO of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI)

“Organisations such as NSI/BAFE/SSAIB need to lobby Government, Fire & Rescue Services and Insurers for tighter controls to ensure accredited companies carry out work, especially where lives and property are concerned.”

Mark Rothwell, Managing Director of Black Box Security

“We are big believers in Social Media activity. Keeping in contact with, reacting to and maintaining awareness of local and industry news is important. This year we have won over £15,000 worth of business as a direct result of Social Media activity.”

Cindy Newnham, General Manager of Lifeline Alarm Systems

“Put simply, we have a huge skills gap in our industry. Finding talented young people is already a challenge and this shortage is likely to increase over the coming years if nothing is done. We have to change in order to attract talent to our sector and investing in Apprenticeships is an essential part of this.”

Pat Allen, lead employer on Trailblazer Employer Group, Director at Abel Alarm Company & Chairman of the FSA.

“I think anyone that doesn’t embrace visual verification is living in the wrong century! Think of the huge time and cost savings to the Police and the Fire Brigade from reduced false alarms and confirmed CCTV.”

Simon Gordon, Chairman of Facewatch

“Offering this upgrade from PSTN to DualCom DigiAir provides a faster and more secure method of communication to keep our clients monitored without the issues of PSTN line failures.”

Vince Naran, Managing Director of National Security Systems Group

“Machine to Machine and the Internet of Things have several definitions but the way we see it is that M2M was the basic communication between machines. With IoT, we’re moving to a whole series of interconnected parts to a solution.”

Cyril Deschanel, Head of Northern Europe at Vodafone Internet of Things (IoT)


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