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Nice price, pay twice – not nice!

The issue of price vs quality raised its head again recently with a new report from the BSIA outlining how buyers need to be more aware of the importance of ROI over the initial upfront costs of technology and installation It was interesting to hear this month that the BSIA has...
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Trailblazing times and apprentice opportunities

The Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Trailblazer scheme was officially launched in late February and it is welcome news. PSI Editor Andy Clutton was in London for the announcement. After two years and over 1000 hrs of meetings and discussion groups the new apprentice scheme...
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Safe bets for the New Year

It’s the time of year when thoughts turn towards the coming twelve months and what the industry might throw up for installers, manufacturers and distributors. So with no accounting for accuracy or fear of reprisal, here are our predictions…    It is at this time of year...
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Camera costs and maintaining margins

Over the last few decades CCTV has become a major part of the security industry and is relied on by many people for deterrence, detection and evidence, but can it continue to be a main focus for installers in the future?   A look through the pages of PSI magazine will leave...
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Life through a smartphone

Today’s society is glued to smart devices, be them phones or tablets, but do they really need to be used for every aspect of our daily lives? PSI editor Andy Clutton is not so sure OK, long time readers of PSI will know that I’m something of a cynic and an old  grump when it...
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What’s in a name?

We’ve had a plethora of celebrity deaths in 2016 and recent months it seems that two big security names have gone the same way – although only one by choice What’s in a name? Or more specifically, what’s in a brand? I ask only because the value of a brand can sway deals in...
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Will new regulations decrease break-ins?

With break-ins still a concern for home owners across the UK, a new addition to the Buildings Regulations, Approved Document Q, has been implemented. The introduction of security standards for doors and windows is great news for buyers of new builds but it also highlights the...
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Ramifications of the proposed ADT acquisition

In mid-February, Apollo Global Management announced its intention to purchase ADT Corp for just under $7 Billion. Tim Hewitt, IHS senior analyst, commented on the ramifications of the proposed purchase saying: The acquisition is certainly going to make some big waves. ADT is the...
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Why demand should be the R&D driver

At this time of year all forms of the media are chomping at the bit to cover the new technology launches that are revealed at the consumer electronics event, CES, held in Las Vegas in early January. What the 2016 show has in store could partly have been predicted on the back of...
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Do audible-only burglar alarms work?

Kevin Woodberry is the owner of securityalarms.co.uk, a website that offers people advice on buying a home security alarm system. Kevin has noticed that many people say they are only interested in a basic audible only system, without monitoring. So using a nifty bit of software,...