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SSAIB announces plans for 2013

by Brian Sims

The SSAIB, a UKAS-recognised certification body, has announced a range of initiatives for the coming year. These include further enhancements to its website, an easier online application system and an electronic auditing package. The upcoming moves, announced by Chief Executive Geoff Tate (pictured), follow an announcement that the number of SSAIB-registered organisations is now approaching 1,500. These include companies providing electronic security, intruder alarms, manned protection and fire detection systems, as well as other services such as telecare systems for the social alarms sector. SSAIB has gained UKAS approval for its Telecare Services Scheme, introduced last autumn. Geoff Tate has previewed upcoming changes to SSAIB’s expanding website services, with features designed to improve functionality for visitors and importantly reduce costs for registered firms. The online application system is intended to make it easier for firms to apply for registration, whilst also enhancing the SSAIB’s applications processing. The new electronic auditing package has been developed to reduce the volume of paperwork, and SSAIB auditors will be equipped with hand-held devices, allowing checklists and audit reports to be completed more quickly and easily. Tate stated, ‘Responding to demand driven by the number of void properties currently requiring security, our recently introduced Temporary Alarm Systems scheme has caught the eye of insurance companies, a number of which have expressed interest in it. Some have already begun specifying the scheme to their clients supplying protection for void properties. ‘SSAIB is also reaping the benefits of its move into a new office in 2012. The acquisition of a freehold premises in Whitley Bay was completed at a competitive price, in the face of rising rent for its previous leased facilities, and means SSAIB’s accommodation has been expanded, but with costs that are now fixed.’

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