Fire and security convergence explored at IFSEC International 2012


As organisations continue to explore more cost-effective ways to keep their buildings and people safe, there are significant signs that electrical engineers and contractors need to take into consideration the growing convergence between security and fire solutions.

Fire Solutions at IFSEC International 2012 (14– 17 May 2012, NEC Birmingham, UK) will bring together an unrivalled line-up of companies, including more than 30 of the world’s leading fire safety manufacturers, and a wealth of education.


Apollo Fire Detectors, Advanced Electronics, C-Tec, Kentec, Hochiki Europe, Tyco Fire Protection Products, EMS Radio Fire & Security, Teledata, The Fire Beam Company and Intertek are amongst those set to showcase the newest industry innovations. Whilst the UK’s definitive online resource for fire safety; , will deliver a seminar programme covering topics such as: How to move into fire alarm installation; false alarm reduction; testing and certification of visual alarm devices; and compatibility and connectivity of network systems.

t is important those responsible for installing the most suitable products and solutions have a good understanding of the growing convergence between fire and security.  Recent research carried out by UBM, organisers of IFSEC International, has revealed that at the installer level, 42% of visitors to IFSEC International anticipate an increased spend on fire products and installations. The research also identified many installers are now looking to move into fire alarm design and installation as there are additional benefits in terms of maintenance and upgrade contracts over a longer period of time.

Whilst CCTV is still a popular topic at IFSEC International, intruder alarms and fire detection are now high on the list too. Ultimately, there is now increased recognition that fire safety is also a robust business area as it is underpinned by building control regulations and is therefore a legal necessity.