On May 7th Euralarm held its Annual General Assembly in London, when the BSIA and the FIA hosted the 2017 General Assembly

Traditionally the hosts have always provided an activity unique to the location, this year a typical River Thames Cruise was selected and 20 Euralarm members lunched and cruised between the Palace of Westminster and the Royal Navel College at Greenwich.

The event gave an opportunity to see the ever-expanding London Skyline, which provides so much opportunity for our members supplying products and services to the fire and security market installing and provide systems within this market, but this is only one part of the systems life; Service, Maintenance and the Transmission of a fault or alarm signal to a monitoring station is all an aspect of a Market Requirements.

Transmission of alarm signals is very specialised technology and to show what services were available BT Redcare hosted our guests at the 191-meter-tall BT Tower. Although originally topped out in July 1964, it was in fact a security secret until leaked by an MP in parliament in 1993!

The original purpose of the tower was to house microwave aerials (now removed) and to do this the design had to ensure that the tower was only able to shift 25cm even in winds of 95 miles per hour – this was necessary to ensure the signals sent remained accurate.

Today BT are proud that their leading Redcare GSM Roaming, Classic, Redcare Secure Fire IP, Redcare Secure Fire and Secure products all have crucial, third-party certification that meets rigorous insurance requirements for Alarm Transmission Systems (ATS).

Our Visitors very much enjoyed the visit and were impressed by the tower and BT’s services.

Derek Harrington
FIA