Barry Bros Blog

Security Trends to Watch out for in 2015

Feb 21, 2015

Now January is behind us we can start to see the developing landscape of the ‘New Year’ a little more clearly. A report on technology trends for 2015 by renowned secure identity experts HID Global, reveals a number of expected key trends, some of which we’ll talk about in this post. (more…)

New Low Energy Electric Locks Set to Boost Commercial Energy Efficiency

Feb 14, 2015

Recent research has revealed that buildings in the commercial sector are responsible for producing up to 10 per cent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. The government has stepped in, setting new carbon emissions targets and marking out new rules requiring commercial landlords to present energy certificates of a minimum ‘E’ rating from 2018.

If you own commercial premises and are looking to boost energy efficiency, your thoughts at first will usually turn to more traditional methods, such as insulation, double or triple glazing and the installation of an energy efficient heating system or even solar panels. But did you know there’s another way to achieve greater energy efficiency? (more…)

Time to Check your Multipoint Locks

Jan 15, 2015

Multipoint door locks go hand-in-hand with uPVC and composite doors so if you have one or more of those, you can be pretty certain you have a multipoint lock fitted. They are also used on modern timber doors.

Multipoint systems lock in three places and provide a tight, weatherproof seal. They are considered one of the most secure door locking systems available and come in a range of security levels.

As good as they are, however, it must be remembered that any lock is subject to a limited lifespan. Research undertaken by lock specialists Yale in 2012 suggested that as many as one million multipoint door locks were close to the end of their lifecycle and could fail during that year, potentially leaving thousands of homes unsecured and homeowners locked out of – or even into – their properties. (more…)

How to Stay Within the Law When Using CCTV

Jan 07, 2015

CCTV is one of the best weapons in the fight against theft and crime and, in the UK, the public are well used to seeing CCTV cameras pretty much everywhere they go.

Whilst the public are generally supportive of these cameras, it is important to be aware of the fact that they do involve a certain degree of intrusion into people’s lives. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has conducted research into the public’s perceptions when it comes to the use of CCTV, finding that there is an expectation that it is used responsibly and with certain safeguards in place.

Organisations that use CCTV are required to do so within the realms of the Data Protection Act 1998. The Act does not apply when CCTV is used in a domestic environment to protect a home from burglary, just in a commercial setting. (more…)

Setting the Standard for Securing your Home

Dec 10, 2014

A British Standard is something that sets a benchmark for quality in goods and services. These standards are set by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

You’ll often see what is called the BSI KitemarkTM on anything from vehicles to financial products: it is something that has been around for many years and is well known as a sign of reassurance.

Another mark you might come across is the ‘EN’ mark. This standards for European Norm and is a standard that outlines rules, guidelines or characteristics that are demanded of systems, services or products. (more…)

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