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August 2017 - Fire Safety in the news... Private members club owner handed suspended sentence. Are you the 'Responsible Person' for fire safety...?

The manager of a Sunderland private members club has been spared jail for a string of safety breaches, reports the Sunderland Echo. Owner Katherine High admitted the breaches, receiving a sentence of six months imprisonment suspended for 12 months. Prosecutor David Claxton said the safety breaches could have led to a ‘substantial loss of life’ - Courtesy of FIA - read more


July 2017 - Is your Building Fire Safe? Insurers taking a firmer line...

The UK’s insurance industry issued a warning relating to flammable external surfaces on high rise buildings just one month before the Grenfell Tower fire that left at least 79 people dead. This could lead to much firmer line being taken by insurance companies in the event of business making a claim relating to a fire... A Fire risk Assessment is a simple and cost effective way to make sure that you are safe... BDS can help read more


June 2017 - Home Automation, you could say that we've got really good at this technology....

A high-end home theatre experience is more than just a nice TV with surround sound. With a home theatre system from BDS, you’ll be the envy of every movie theatre goer in town. Turn the lights off, turn on the surround sound and start the movie all with the touch of a button... Fill your entire home with music or listen to a specific playlist in just one room. Display bold, beautiful cover art on your smartphone, touch screen or TV. BDS are experts in acoustics so it will fill your home with beautiful sound... - read more


May 2017 Integrated Security - Fleetline Croydon '1 Week Installation...'

At the above job we were given a remit to install an intruder alarm to cover all areas of their new state of the art bodyshop. We were given a deadline of 1 week to install and this deadline was met as a result of our hard working engineers often working past close of business hours. The customer was extremely happy with the system and that we managed to meet their expectations and have a fully working system within a week of instructing us.


May 2017 Integrated Security - Porters avenue, Barking Child & Family NHS Centres

BDS were instructed by our client to replace their existing panic alarm system with a new quantic addressable system in order to make sure they have the most up to date premium system installed to protect the most venerable areas of the health centre. The job was done within the timeframe required by our client, whilst we also made sure that we caused as little disruption to the working day at the busy centres. The client was pleased with the new system and the quality of our workmanship.

News from Kings College Hospital...

At the Denmark Hill campus BDS have completed a stand‐alone fire alarm system to the new Venetian OPD block. This new OPD provides the hospital with additional consulting rooms to support the expanding E.D Department. The fire alarm system installed was a Haes systems Eclipse fire control panel using the Apollo Alarmsense range of detection equipment.

Orpington Hospital

BDS have recently completed the upgrade to the fire alarm system during the refurbishment of the new Elizabeth and Churchill wards. The existing Morley ZX5e control panel was retained and the two wards were completely re‐wired using enhanced cabling and new Apollo addressable equipment provided.


April 2017 - Culvers House Primary School Fire Alarm upgrade over the Easter Holiday

BDS have upgraded a 12 Zone 20‐Year‐old Fire alarm system into a 5 loop Morley addressable system. The system had to be changed over in the two‐week Holiday period Zones became loops and included the addition of three aspirating systems to the atrium areas. Interface units were installed to control smoke vents and to shut down AC units in the event of a fire alarm activation the 12 zones used to control 124 devices and proved to be too time consuming to investigate an alarm activation now all devices have their own text message and address


March 2017 - BDS @ Minster Court

After some tough negotioan and enhanced desighn BDS have been awarded the shell & Core fit out for the Fire Alarm System installation at Minster Court Working for Bancroft on this famous land mark site in the City of London BDS have provided a team of installers and a permenant contracts manager to run the project. The Fire Alam being supplied is a fully networkable Gent Vigilon system


February 2017 - Home Automation accreditation achieved for BDS

BDS are proud to have earned this important certification for our Home Automation division. CEDIA is the international trade association for over 3,700 member companies worldwide who design, manufacture, and install technology for the home.

CEDIA was founded in the USA in 1989 by a group of professionals dedicated to the advancement of the up-and-coming electronic systems industry. Their vision was to advocate the needs of the home technology professional by becoming the leading resource, promoting commerce, offering training and aiding in the assembly of a legitimate industry that was at the time considered more of a hobby. The Association was introduced to the UK in 1996 and has grown into an international association with more than 3,700 member companies worldwide.

CEDIA has come to be recognised as the universal mark of professionalism for businesses within the industry.

CEDIA EMEA, the title for the Region governed by the UK CEDIA Office, covers the UK, Europe, Africa, this CIS, the Middle East, India and Pakistan. CEDIA has advanced the industry by developing timely industry education and certification, launching research initiatives, advocacy on legislative issues, building relationships with architects, builders, and interior designers, educating the consumer and recognising industry achievement.

See our Home Automation page here

January 2017 - FireCo DMS install at Moorfields

BDS have been appointed by the head of the estates dept. to supply install and commission four FireCo DMS units across the Moorfields eye hospital estate.
The FireCo system is to provide warning via a SMS text message that the fire alarm system has been activated and for the individual to go to the nearest help desk for further assistance. The main reason for the system installation was to provide those with hard of hearing, notice that the fire alarm had been activated within the building. The following reason was for the fire officer and maintenance staff to be informed of an incident so they can act urgently if the matter was an emergency.


BAFE SP101:2017 Consultation now live

In April 2016, with the agreement of the Board and Council, BAFE launched a major review of the BAFE SP101/ST104 (Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers incorporating Registered Fire Extinguisher Service Technicians) scheme. This is now ready for public comment and they're inviting professionals to contribute feedback on these proposed changes. The revised scheme is proposed to become BAFE SP101:2017 (Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians). Click here for more info...

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