Kings Secure Technologies joins newly-formed Open Security & Safety Alliance

At a time when the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly evolving, and with it the aggregation of data, Kings Secure Technologies – the UK’s largest independent fire and security solutions specialist – has become an early member of the newly-formed Open Security & Safety Alliance.

The Open Security & Safety Alliance brings together organisations from around the globe, notably Bosch Building Technologies, Hanwha Techwin, Milestone Systems, Pelco by Schneider Electric and VIVOTEK, who will outline specifications for a common standardised platform for security and safety solutions accessible to all. Currently, security and safety solutions are fragmented due to the lack of a collaborative approach to common challenges including cyber security and operating systems. This is holding back innovation and seamless integration.

“As the first UK security integrator involved in the Alliance, this is a fantastic opportunity for Kings to facilitate significant change in the security industry through an open source platform,” said Darren Gamage, Kings’ Chief Operating Officer. “We’re excited to be working alongside the other Alliance members and focusing on innovation and developments that will add real value for our customers.”

About the Open Security & Safety Alliance

Over the last year, the founding members Bosch Building Technologies, Hanwha Techwin, Milestone Systems, Pelco by Schneider Electric and VIVOTEK have been working closely together and holding discussions with over 50 companies, varying from early adopters to established technology companies, in order to verify initial concepts.

System integrators and distributors have been consulted to ensure that the Alliance covers the needs of all relevant parties. This initial input will help in shaping the standards and specifications that will eventually be consolidated in the Alliance’s framework.

Starting off with the five founding members and early adopters including Ambarella, Anixter, AndroVideo, Kings Secure Technologies and NetApp, the global Open Security & Safety Alliance will focus on building standards, specifications, Best Practice, references and implementation guidelines.

Together, the members of the Alliance can combine knowledge, expertise and experience in order to achieve mutual goals and create a new approach to the market.

*More information about membership details and the activities of the Alliance can be found online at

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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