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From the editor - January 2019

17 December 2018

I HOPE you all had a fantastic Christmas and are now rested and ready for what will certainly be an eventful year ahead.

As some of you may already know the end of 2018 was also pretty eventful for us as our parent company Western Business Exhibitions was bought by Nineteen Group. We are really excited about this news as it will see significant investment not only in our events but also magazines like FSM. You can see more details of the acquisition in our security news pages and we also have an interview with our new chief executive Peter Jones who outlines what you can expect from us over the coming weeks and months.

In December, we also learned that the government has agreed to put a ban on the use of combustible materials in buildings over 18m in height. We also learned that the next phase of the Grenfell Inquiry is unlikely to commence until 2020. Both these key stories are covered in our news pages and we have a response from the Fire Sector Federation in their column. 

You may also have seen that the deadline for entering the Safety and Health Excellence Awards is nearly upon us. If you haven’t done so already, I strongly urge you to submit and entry and it’s free to do so! There are categories for Fire Innovation of the Year, Security Innovation of the Year, Campaign of the Year, Unsung hero and there are also additional categories for health and safety. The deadline for entries is 31 January 2019 so make sure you submit your entry now before it’s to late. You can enter for FREE at www.she-awards.co.uk

We have also now opened registration for The Fire Safety Event and The Security Event, which take place on 9-11 April 2019 at NEC Birmingham. The Fire Safety Event will once again boast an unparallel line-up of free CPD-accredited content. There are keynote addresses from Dame Judith Hackitt, BAFE’s Stephen Adams, a fire safety order mock trial and seminars being deliver by key associations such as the Fire Protection Association, Institution of Fire Engineers, Institute of Fire Safety Managers and much more. You can register to attend for free at www.firesafetyevents.com

Visitors to The Security Event will have the opportunity to meet with many of the world’s leading security providers to gain first-class advice and assistance for any project or requirements.

Big-name providers already confirmed include: 2N, ASSA ABLOY, Avigilon, Anixter, Bold Communications, Comelit, Comnet, Controlsoft, Credit Card Keys, Dahua, Deister, Fastlane Turnstiles, Fujifilm, GJD, Gallagher, Genie Access, Honeywell, ICS Security, Luminite, IDIS, Insafe, Morse Watchmans, Risco, SatSecure, Suprema, TDSi, Texecom, Traders Warehouse, Tyco, Winstead, Videcon, Zitko and many more.

There will be three education theatres running throughout the event:

Innovation Theatre – This will offer a first-hand insight into the latest product and technology updates and their impact on the market. Technology leaders will educate attendees on how the latest innovations can positively impact security professionals - whether they specify, install or utilise these solutions. Attendees can also hear how the latest industry trends and regulatory updates may impact business, and what everyone needs to be aware of.

Security in Practice TheatreAttendees will hear from those who have been there and done that, and benefit from their first-hand experience. Taking attendees through a variety of case studies and security applications, speakers will share their learnings and offer invaluable advice for security professionals and end users. 

Technical Seminar Theatre - This programme will offer practical training tips and guidance for security installers and integrators. Covering current and emerging challenges, specialist seminars will address the most pressing issues facing security teams and engineers to ensure they are equipped to meet the demands of an ever-evolving industry. You can register to attend The Security Event for FREE at www.thesecurityevent.co.uk

But before all that we have the small matter of Intersec in Dubai on 20-22 January. We’ve got a preview of the event inside this issue of FSM and we look forward to seeing readers old and new at the event. 

FSM will return in April with topics covering BREXIT, evacuation, smart buildings and CCTV. In the meantime make sure you keep up to date with all the latest industry news by visiting www.fsmatters.com where you can also sign up to our email newsletter, which is sent out on Tuesdays and Fridays.