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Over 200 representatives from NSI (National Security Inspectorate) approved companies gathered at NSI’s fourth national Installer Summit on March 30, at the Vox, the new conference centre at Resorts World, by the NEC, Birmingham.

Over 50 product and business support providers filled the exhibition hall, for delegates to view technology, expand their technical knowledge and take advantage of Summit deals and offers. In the next room ten speakers covered a range of security and fire sector-related topics.

Subjects in the plenary session in the morning included the Hatton Garden heist (by surveyor and consultant Graeme Dow of BBC TV’s Rogue Traders fame) and lessons learned for the security sector; the Government’s perspective on cyber security – the risks and uncertainties; an insight into Jaguar Land Rover’s corporate security strategy from John Reading, Andrew James and Phil Snewin; and the newly launched Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for the security and fire sectors, by Simon Banks, Group Managing Director of signalling product company CSL DualCom.

In the afternoon, delegates were invited to choose from a variety of half hour sessions: on home automation and system integration – the opportunities and risks (by Steve Martin of the ECA); tips for protecting businesses against cyber-attack (by consultant Mike Gillespie of Advent IM); apprenticeships and the benefits for businesses, by Skills for Security MD Peter Sherry; and guidance on forging closer links with police forces, by Met Police man David Mair. NSI Gold approved companies were also given an overview to the changes to the new ISO 9001:2015 Standard from NSI’s auditors, besides a presentation on the recently launched NSI approval for automated gates and barriers from NSI’s Technical Officer Mark Gallagher, with specific emphasis on helping clients reduce their risk and understanding the business opportunities.

The seven main sponsors were Avigilon, BT Redcare, CSL Dualcom, Fermax, RISCO Group UK, IFSEC International and Texecom. As a not-for profit organisation, NSI is wholly dependent on its sponsors and other exhibitors who make the event possible.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive, said afterwards: “We were delighted to see hundreds of delegates from NSI approved companies attend this year’s Summit. NSI approved company delegates clearly value this focused and targeted event which addressed topics specific to their needs, in an effective way, and in a prestigious professional environment with like-minded industry experts ready to share latest developments in the sector. The feedback we have received so far from all participants including speakers, exhibitors and our key sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive, with many seeking to reserve their seats for next year’s event.”


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