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David Wilkinson, Director of Technical Services at the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), has been appointed chair of the British Standards Institute (BSI) GW/1 committee. That oversees standards development in the UK’s electronic security sector.

As the UK’s parent committee for all standards work in the field of electronic security, GW/1 acts as a gate-keeper for the UK, representing British Standards at European and international levels. GW/1 is responsible for the UK’s input into CLC/TC79 – the CENELEC technical committee responsible for harmonising standards for detection, alarm and monitoring systems. With 15 standards in development and 87 already published, GW/1 also oversees seven sub-committees covering such sectors as access control, alarm systems and components, CCTV, remote centres and transmission equipment.

With 25 years’ experience in the electronic security sector, David has been involved in standards development for years, having worked on a number of standards committees across Britain and Europe. GW/1 includes other industry bodies such as the inspectorates the NSI and SSAIB, the British Retail Consortium and the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

David said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair of GW/1, and look forward to leading the UK’s contributions to standards development on an international basis. GW/1 is one of the most influential electronic security standards committees in the UK, and this appointment reinforces the BSIA’s continued success in representing its members at the highest levels to ensure they remain fully informed and prepared for the latest developments.

“I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to continue to drive best practice in our industry, with the ultimate aim of ensuring that buyers and end-users can easily recognise quality solutions to make informed purchasing decisions.”

In the UK, the BSIA reports, it continues to represent its members on more than 30 British Standards committees, as a member or as chair.

David’s first committee meeting as chair of GW/1 is due on September 11. Visit


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