Building Services Industry May News Update – #Issue5


Fire & Security, Industry News

In our May Building Services news update, we cover the predicted growth of the voice biometric market, changes in security business strategy and missing fire barriers in new-built houses. In lighting news, harmful effects of blue light in LED lighting and more. 

Building Services News May'19 (including Fire & Security and Lighting industry updates)

Fire & Security

Voice Biometrics market is booming

According to the latest report by the Marketsandmarkets, the voice biometrics market is expected to grow from $984 million in 2019 to $2,845 million in 2024 with a CAGR of 23.7% during the forecast period. Increasing demand for robust fraud detection and prevention systems across the BFSI industry vertical and the need for reducing authentication and identification costs are the main factors driving the voice biometrics market. The researchers report that the access control and authentication application segment was found to hold the largest market size during the forecast period.

Read more here.

(Global Security Market)

Changes in physical security business strategy

The gap between the major suppliers and the many hundreds of smaller suppliers gets wider every year and this is rapidly increasing the minimum economic size to operate profitably in this industry. We have now reached the stage where the Video Surveillance business requires a strategy that either focuses on volume through the SMB (Small and Midsize Business) market or brand through the enterprise business. Industry specialists believe that no more than 5 companies by 2023 will thrive by operating in both at the same time.

Read more here.


Missing fire barriers in new-built houses found in a recent investigation

The BBC Watchdog Live team discovered that a number of new-builds constructed by Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes were sold with fire barriers either fitted wrongly or missing entirely. “In many new builds, particularly timber-framed buildings, fire barriers are a vital part of fire protection and we would urge house builders to ‘get it right’ at the construction stage and to have a workforce that is trained in, and understands, the importance of installing the fire barriers required to prevent potential problems down the line."

Read more here.

(IFSEC Global)

Security solutions helping healthcare sector

A growing elderly population combined with rising healthcare costs has sparked new research and technologies to help detect and even prevent falls in high-risk individuals. Video surveillance, pressure & motion sensors & wearable fall detectors are some of the technologies that can be implemented to help detect falls. With video analytics ranging from rather straightforward cross-line detection to more advanced acceleration and positioning algorithms, it’s possible to achieve the same level of fall detection reliability as with the previously described methods.

Read more here.

(Global Security Market)


Smart Lighting Market expected to grow by 20% By 2024 

Research for Markets' latest report predicts that Global Smart Lighting market is expected to reach a CAGR of +20% in the forecast period of 2019 to 2024. The report includes educational dossier which explain out the mix of anticipating patterns, continuous inventive thoughts, and verifiably utilized strategies so as to enable the clients to stay up-to-date. The geographical segmentation of the Smart Lighting business gives a concise thought regarding the areas encountering the present market development and advancement on an expansive scale.

Read more here.

(The Edge)

Harmful effects of blue light in LED lighting 

A French health authority (ANSES) warned in a new report that the blue light in LED lighting increasingly used in our homes can damage the eye's retina while disturbing our biological and sleep rhythms. ANSES differentiates types of blue light in its report. For example, "warm white" domestic LED lighting has weak phototoxicity risks, similar to traditional lighting, according to ANSES. However, other LED lighting sources, including the newest flashlights, car headlights and some toys, produce a whiter and "colder" blue light that is more harmful.

Read more here.


Circadian lighting boosting productivity in the office

A study by the University College London shows that a ‘biophiliac’ office on the twelfth floor of London’s Shard skyscraper boosts productivity by up to 20%. An office is an experimental workplace which provides short-term rest and meditation functions for company employees. The space features colour- and intensity-tuning circadian lighting which aims to match the occupants’ sleep-wake cycles. Designed by DaeWha Kang Design it’s designed to boost worker wellness and productivity.

Read more here.

(Lux Review)

LED Lighting Reduces Nutrition of Milk

According to a new report by researchers from Newcastle University, LED lighting installed on supermarket shelves is killing the reducing key nutrients in milk and shortening its shelf life. The report shows that high-intensity lighting, such as that found in supermarket dairy cabinets, damages nutrition value of milk by degrading essential nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and Vitamin D.  With around half of all milk remaining on display for at least 8 hours, a significant proportion of milk on retail shelves is at risk of light damage if it does not have any form of light-protected packaging.

Read more here.

(LED Inside)


Ways to boost IoT security

The Internet of Things is a growing phenomenon. According to predictions, by 2024, we’re going to have more than 22 billion connected devices in the world. While this has brought convenience, it has also introduced new risks, particularly in the area of security.  Industry specialists offer a three-prong approach that centers on device security, data integrity and ecosystem security. Maintaining IoT security is a collaborative effort requiring input by all stakeholders, including device manufacturers, network providers, platform providers, app developers and end-users, the post argues.

Read more here.

(A&S Mag)

Industry Events

UK Government announces first National Surveillance Day

UK's Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, has announced that Thursday 20th of June will mark a world first – the first ever National Surveillance Camera Day. Surveillance Camera Day has been designed to raise awareness about surveillance cameras and generate a debate about how they are used in society. Of particular importance, is the pressing need for a nationwide conversation about how camera technology is evolving, especially around automatic face recognition and artificial intelligence and how surveillance cameras are actually used in practice. Join the debate on the 20th of June using #cameraday2019

Read more here & here.

(Global Security Market; GOV.UK)

IFSEC 2019 is coming back to London next month

Europe’s biggest security show is back in town next month. At IFSEC International Fire & Security Consultants will be discussing current activity and providing our insight into the Security and Fire recruitment market. Over 27,000 global security professionals will visit IFSEC 2019 to experience the latest technology innovations and hear from industry leaders. It’s a great opportunity to grow your network, test and trial new security and fire products and develop your knowledge and learn a new skill by attending seminars & workshops.

Register for FREE here

If you’re attending and would like to catch up please get in touch and let us know a good time to meet up. Looking forward to it!



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