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.’
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.