BSIA Annual Review highlights growing influence of Trade Association in standards development

The British Security Industry Association has published its Annual Review for 2014-2015

The British Security Industry Association has published its Annual Review for 2014-2015

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has published its Annual Review for 2014-2015, a document revealing that the Trade Association continues to expand its influence when it comes to the development of both British and European Standards.

In the past 12 months alone, the BSIA has contributed to the development and review of no less than 26 standards affecting a range of security business sectors including lone worker, CCTV and intruder alarms.

Across the UK, the Trade Association continues to represent its members on more than 30 British Standards Institution (BSI) committees, either as a member or as chair, and is a key sector influence for intruder, access control, CCTV, lone worker, security guarding, consultancy, vacant property protection, risk, resilience and management committees.

Outside of the UK, the BSIA’s influence continues to burgeon with the Association now represented on more than 15 standards committees in Europe.

Participation in the main decision-making committee at the International Standards Body (IEC TC 79) benefits all electronic sections of BSIA membership. Meantime, the Association remains an active member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and a vocal Board member of the Confederation of European Security Services (CoESS), where the BSIA also chairs the Critical National Infrastructure Working Group.

Participation within the European standards body CENELEC has also benefited all electronic sections of membership. The BSIA actively participates in Working Group 1 and Working Group 10 as well as on the main decision-making committee, namely CLC TC79.

The Association’s involvement in Euralarm has also expanded, with the BSIA securing the vice-chair position for the Security Systems Section as well as a place on Euralarm’s Board, in turn situating the BSIA as a leading voice within the European electronic security sector and, most notably, the standards arena.

Core function of the Trade Association

David Wilkinson, director of technical services at the BSIA, commented: “The development and revision of standards at the British, European and international levels is an issue which continues to affect BSIA members from all sections of membership. Ensuring that our members are fully represented throughout the various stages of standards development is one of the core functions of the Trade Association.”

David Wilkinson of the BSIA

David Wilkinson of the BSIA

Wilkinson continued: “While the Association actively encourages its members to become involved in standards development by nominating Working Group experts, the BSIA itself takes pride in its ability to lead by example when it comes to committee involvement, chairing a number of standards committees and Working Groups.”

UK standards influenced by the BSIA in the past year include a revision and update of the alarm cable standard BS 4737 Part 3.30, BS 8418: the standard for detector-activated, remotely-monitored CCTV, a review of BS 7958 (relating to CCTV management and operation) and BS 7984 Parts 1 and 2 covering key holder and response services and the response to lone worker services.

Further afield, the Trade Association has lobbied the European Commission on matters such as third party certification and the impact of 4G technology on security manufacturers.

*BSIA members wishing to become involved in standards development activity can find out more by contacting a member of the Trade Association’s Technical Department on (telephone) 0845 389 3889

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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