Building Services Industry April News Update – #Issue4


Fire & Security, Industry News

In our April Building Services news update, we cover the predicted growth of the access control market, firefighting robot that helped to save Notre Dame and increase in drones intrusions into UK airports. In lighting news, hotels that are introducing a wake-up call using lighting and more. 

Building services monthly news update - April 2019 including Fire & Security and Lighting industries updates


Fire & Security

Access Control market is booming

A new research report by Marketsandmarkets predicts that the access control market will grow from $7.5 billion in 2018 to $12.1 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 8.24%. The market's growth is attributed to the high adoption of access control solutions inline with increasing crime rates globally; technological advancements and deployment of wireless technology in security systems; and adoption of IoT-based security systems with cloud computing platforms.

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(Global security Market, 15/04/2019)

Firefighting robot helped to save Notre Dame

French robotics manufacturer created the 1,100-pound Colossus robot, which is waterproof, fireproof, and resistant to thermal radiation. When soaring temperatures and a roof on the brink of collapse made it too dangerous for humans to continue battling the Notre Dame blaze on the 15th of April, the Paris Fire Brigade called in a firefighting robot.  Firefighters can equip the robot with a variety of tools, including the water canon that the French firefighters used to blast the Notre Dame fire with more than 660 gallons of water per minute. 

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(Futurism, 18/04/2019)

Illegal drones intrusions into UK airports increased by over 30%

The report published by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) reveals there were 125 dangerous encounters between aircraft and drones recorded in 2018, compared to 93 and 71 in 2017 and 2016 respectively. 39 of them took place at London Heathrow, the UK’s largest and busiest airport.“A drone coming into contact with an airliner or helicopter could prove disastrous; we have invested significantly over the years to enhance our capabilities to detect and deter drones at the airport". 

(IFSEC Global, 11/04/2019)
Euralarm harmonising fire standards 

Euralarm has welcomed a recent announcement from the European Commission of an “implementing decision” concerning harmonised standards for the Construction Products, which includes the long-awaited citation of two core Fire Detections standards hence confirming them as harmonised standards under the Construction Product Regulations (CPR). This announcement closes off the first step in a strategic plan which has evolved out of cooperation between CPR stakeholders (represented by CEN/TC72 and Euralarm), CEN-CENELEC Management and the European Commission.

(Global security Market, 20/04/2019)
School access control - safety over the budget

A report from Teaching Times suggests almost half of UK schools experienced technology theft in the last three years. Better security and access management in schools is, of course, the solution. But challenges persist. Doors in schools perform many different roles: some handle high traffic (the main entrance), while others see little daily use. Most school managers are non-technical; they may want to embrace new technology but do not know exactly where to turn. The wrong system could demand time-consuming administration. And, of course, budgeting looms over every decision.

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(Global security Market, 14/04/2019)



A turning point in the Lighting Industry

The lighting industry may be more than 100 years old but it has faced somewhat of an identity crisis in recent years. The cyber physical revolution has thrust the lighting industry into the center of a movement that is reshaping our built environment, opening up new lighting opportunities but also new opportunities for lighting firms beyond illumination. “Lighting is positioning itself at the heart of all these changes in the building sector, due in large part to the pervasiveness of electric light throughout the building and urban environment. Within the lighting sector; M&A, divestment and several disruptive start-ups have shaken up this rapidly developing industry,”

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(Memoori, 10/04/2019)

Light at night disturbing our sleep

According to the latest research by the Lighting Research Center, the amount of light at night — light levels plus duration — can potentially disturb sleep much more than can blue spectrum in the light. The findings marked the second time in a year that the group has downplayed the detrimental sleep effects of blue compared to other factors, such as brightness. The study might call into question the growing commercial trend of toning down blue frequencies at night, which is often part of vendors’ so-called “circadian lighting” or “human-centric lighting” schemes.

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(LED Magazine, 15/04/2019)

A hotel has introduced a wake-up call - using lighting

Guests at the Retreat in Iceland can book a ‘natural wake up’ call in the morning along with their daily newspaper and breakfast. At the time indicated by the guest, a five-minute-long dynamic light cycle is activated, which shifts the light intensity from 0% to 90% and from amber to a colour temperature of 5600K, to ensure that guests are woken up gently and gradually, not by a sound, but by light. The upmarket venue has also installed dynamic white lighting to allow guests to manage their own lighting requirements.

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(LuxReview, 18/04/2019)

UK dairy farmers boost milk production with lighting

A farmer in Cornwall estimates that his investment in new lights has increased yield by 2,000 litres per cow lactation period, an increase of a fifth over average. Milking cows exposed to 16 to 18 hours of light with a brightness of at least 160-200 lux followed by six to eight hours of darkness have consistently increased their milk yield. As in humans, light hitting the eye of the cow sends a signal to suppress the release of the hormone melatonin.  Decreased amount of melatonin in the cow, increases the production of IGF-1, which increases milk production. 

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(LuxReview, 09/04/2019)



IoT Security Market expected to reach over $35 billion by 2023

According to the latest report by Marketsandmarkets, the global Internet of Things (IoT) security market is expected to grow from $8.2 billion in 2018 to $35.2 billion by 2023, at a CAGR) of 33.7% during the forecast period. Major factors driving the growth of the market are the increasing number of ransomware attacks on IoT devices across the globe, growing IoT security regulations, and rising security concerns over critical infrastructures. The researchers suggest that the solutions segment will account for the highest market share during the forecast period. 

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(Global security Market, 18/04/2019)

IoT - its common security issues and solutions

With the proliferation of connected devices under IoT, cybersecurity risks have also increased. Making devices secure against IoT security issues, therefore, will become a key differentiator for manufacturers. “IoT security issues have been growing in the past few years as it becomes increasingly apparent that IoT devices are, by their very nature, unsafe; This is primarily because these devices tend to be cheap, throwaway items that would not have become so popular so quickly if they were more expensive. One of the things that keep their cost down is little-to-no investment in making them secure.”

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(A&S Mag)

IoT cloud platforms & smart building relationship

These studies have helped develop our understanding of IoT cloud platforms, their features, implementation processes, and cost, creating a body of information that could be used to select the most appropriate service provider. However, there is still a significant lack of technical understanding on the buyers’ side of the cloud service – smart building relationship. A method of comparison is needed that factors in cost, service, and implementation, then provides straightforward results that decision-makers can apply to their unique buildings.

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(Memoori, 01/04/2019)


Industry Events

The World’s Largest Internet of Things Conference Series

The IoT Tech Expo Global event in London brought together key industries from across the globe for 2 days of top-level content and discussion. Exploring the latest innovations within the Internet of Things and covering the impact it has on many industries including Manufacturing, Transport, Supply Chain, Insurance, Logistics, Government, Energy and Automotive, this conference was not to be missed. Key topics examined included: edge computing, IoT connectivity solutions, industry 4.0 & 5.0, facilities management and buildings automation and more.

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(IoT Tech Expo World Series, 26/04/2019)

FIREX 2019 seminar programme

FIREX International returns to ExCeL London on 18-20 June 2019 with a packed agenda of timely, informative and entertaining seminars, presentations, case studies and educational sessions. Hosted in the dedicated Expertise and Guidance Theatre, this comprehensive programme is rich with sessions covering tall building safety, passive fire protection, case studies, compliance after Brexit and more. The agenda is designed to help fire safety professionals enhance their knowledge, engage with fire thought leadership and stay up-to-date on the critical trends, products and legislation shaping the sector.

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(IFSEC Global, 04/04/2019)

Eligo articles this month

Tips to reduce stress at work

With April being Stress Awareness Month it’s a better time than any to promote mental health in the workplace. And with news that the economic and social cost of mental health problems in the UK amounts to more than £100bn every year and with around 70m work days lost due to sickness absence, companies can’t afford to ignore mental health issues in the workplace!



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