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Gate Safety

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on November 11st, 2014 @ 6:00 PM
Tagged with: Access Control Access Control Intercom Audio Entry Automation DDA Security Entry Gates Installer Machinery Directive maintenance Prevention Safety Security security system system takeovers

Gate Satefy Systems

Century Electronic Security Ltd take safety seriously, measures taken on every installation ensure you the client have not only the best quality products to match your requirements but also the safest, that comply with all current safety legislation.

In June 2010, the tragic deaths of two young children inseparate incidents less than one week apart served to highlight the safety issues facing the UK gate automation industry. This was particularly the case since these tragedies followed so soon after the conviction of a gate manufacturer for breaches of health and safety law inrelation to an earlier child fatality.

The legal position is that powered gate systems are considered to be “machinery”. This means that, by law,every new powered gate, when it is put into service, must comply with the European Machinery Directive(2006/42/EC), especially the Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements, be CE marked and accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity. The Health and SafetyExecutive has lead responsibility for enforcement of this legislation, which has been transposed into UK law as theSupply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008. The responsibility for complying with the law rests with the responsible person which will be either the manufacturer,supplier or installer, depending on the circumstances.

The key to compliance with the law is risk assessment,which includes identifying the hazards, estimating theseverity and likelihood of each hazard, followed by an evaluation to determine whether each hazard is adequately controlled and, if it is not, what further action needs to be taken to control the risk; the principal aim isto secure compliance with the Machinery Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements.

Some guidance on hazards presented by powered gates is given below. There are also European standards covering safety requirements and test methods; use of these standards will simplify risk assessment and compliance may also create a presumption of compliance with the law. It should, however, be noted that these standards were, for the most part, writtenfor use in a factory environment and it may not be possible to carry out all the necessary tests where a gate is created on site.A brief description of the available standards is given.

Responsibilities of the installer/manufacturer

A new powered gate installation must comply with the Machinery Directive, particularly the safety requirements set out in theEssential Health and Safety Requirements. In most cases, the final responsibility for ensuring this will lie with the installer. Thiswould apply in all of the following situations:

• The installer manufactures the gate and drive unit, including the controller

• The installer manufactures the gate, but uses controllers and drive units from another manufacturer

• The installer buys the gate, controllers and drive units from other manufacturers, and commissions the final assembly

However, when a complete gate is placed on the market, such as a “factory manufactured” gate supplied with all ancillary parts (all drive units, safety devices, and control units), and comprehensive installation and setting instructions, the person placing the product on the market will have the responsibility of complying with the Machinery Directive. The installer still has responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the gate has been installed correctly and safely in accordance with those instructions, including any adjusting and setting of the safety devices.

To recieve a free no obligation risk assesment of your existing Gate system or if you are considering installing a new gate or gate automation system call Century on 0800 052 6070.

Security System Takeovers

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on July 15th, 2014 @ 3:11 PM
Tagged with: Access Control Access Control Intercom CCTV System Fire Alarm Fire Alarm System Intruder Alarm Systems maintenance monitoring system takeovers

Are you left confused or unhappy after your security system has been serviced?

Do you feel you are not getting your monies worth?

Are you paying too much?

Do you want a faster engineer response?

At Century Electronic Security Ltd, we can take-over the maintenance and monitoring of any Fire & Security System which has been installed or maintained by any other Security Company.

We understand that you have your own requirements and relevant regulations and we can design and implement a service and maintenance package in accordance to these.

Why should you switch to us

At Century Electronic Security we regularly receive calls from customers who ask us if we will take over their existing Security System. Here are a few reasons why people decide to transfer their system maintenance over to us;

  • Their existing company or installer is impossible to get ahold of when needed
  • They have received a poor level of service from their existing installer
  • The current installer or company cannot repair a fault or solve a problem correctly or efficiently
  • They have just moved into a new property, but don't have any details of the system
  • The existing company or installer has gone out of business
  • They are after a professional, well trained company

The systems we take-over

Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV Systems, Access Control, Intercoms, Automatic Gates and Parking Barriers

How do you start the take-over process?

Simply give Century Electronic Security a call or contact us online to enquire about taking over your already existing alarm system.

We will then provide you with a free, no obligation review of your system and a quotation to fix any present faults and take over the service, maintenance and monitoring.

Should you require any new equipment, we are here to advise on the best solution to ensure your home or business is fully covered


Analogue Vs. IP Cameras

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on May 30th, 2014 @ 10:11 AM
Tagged with: Analogue CCTV CCTV System IP Cameras maintenance Safety Security security system Video Entry

When looking for a CCTV Security System for your home or your business, one of the main decisions you need to make is whether to go with an IP or Analogue System. There are many differences between the two, yet the main difference is the way in which the video signal is delivered.

Analogue Cameras turn the video signal into a format that can be received by televisions and monitors. IP Cameras however (also known as an IP Network Camera) digitalize the video signal using a specialised encoder, which contains an onboard web server.

At Century Electronic Security Ltd, we can advise and guide you to chose the best system to meet your specific home or business requirements.

Analogue Cameras

The advantages:

  • The Installation and the cameras themselves are a lot cheaper than IP Cameras (however, research shows that IP prices are continually lowering)
  • Almost every Analogue CCTV Camera will plug into any DVR, allowing you to easily customise and upgrade your system whenever.
  • They require very little maintenance, although we do strongly recommend an annual service to be taken out by a qualified engineer, who will check the complete system thoroughly to prevent any potential faults from occurring.
  • Analogues can also perform better in low light and darkness. This is because most use either a CCD image sensor or Infra-Red, allowing cameras to record images even if they are in complete darkness.

The disadvantages: 

  • Analogue Cameras can only produce a maximum of 700TVL (which is equivalent to around 0.4 megapixels)
  • They can't cover large distances, so this will require more cameras. (Not only this, but getting cameras to work over broad ranges is proved quite difficult)
  • Many basic Analogue Cameras lack some of the more advanced features such as digital zoom or tilting.
  • The signals are less secure and can be intercepted or viewed by anyone with access to the cabling. 

IP Cameras

The advantages:

  • IP Cameras can range from 1.3 megapixels to 8 megapixels and this resolution is retained by the NVR (meaning that you will see the same level of play back from your recorded footage)
  • They can cover a much wider area than a standard Analogue Camera (a single megapixel camera can often cover the same area as up to four Analogue Cameras)!
  • The main advantage to an IP Camera is the ability it has to add on cameras by plugging into any network connection.
  • They can be simply wired into the nearest network switch where it uses the existing network infrastructure to take the signals back to the DVR.
  • The IP Camera has encryption built into them, providing for a more secure network. Interference is also not a problem with any IP based model

The disadvantages:

  • Because of the additional technology that is built into each camera, the cost is generally higher. 
  • They deliver great megapixel resolution, but do not handle low light well. However, if needed, separate IR Illuminators can be added onto the camera (again, at another cost)
  • An IP megapixel surveillance system is set up specifically to work with the network protocol it is designed for, meaning different IP Cameras and NVR brands may not be compatible.

How To Minimise False Alarms

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on March 20th, 2014 @ 10:53 AM
Tagged with: Burglar Alarm Burglary Intruder Alarm Intruder Alarm Systems maintenance Safety Security security system system takeovers Wired Wired Alarm Systems Wireless Wireless Alarm Systems

False alarms are a problem for everyone. They can be a nuisance to not only yourself, but to your neighbours especially! It is an ongoing effort to reduce the number of false alarms our customers and non-customers experience. Here are a few simple tips on how to eliminate false alarms.

  • Have your Intruder Alarm System installed by a qualified and reputable Electronic Security Company.
  • Ensure that you have your system maintained and serviced once a year by a professional company, as this will help prevent potential faults from occurring and ensures that all parts are in good working order.
  • Regularly inspect all detectors for signs of dust, spiders, webs, moisture or anything else that could trigger the alarm when armed.
  • Ensure you are provided with an Intruder Alarm System Manual.
  • Make sure that any panic buttons are not easily accessible to children and/or pets.
  • If you have a Wireless System, ensure that all batteries are changed regularly.
  • Do not leave balloons or other moveable items in a room that has a motion detector
  • Eliminate any rodents or other pests/insects (as these are the most common causes of false activations on alarms)
  • Ensure that everyone using the system has been trained to do so and knows all of the codes needed
  • Upgrade aging or outdated equipment as older systems are far more prone to false alarms.
  • In the event of a false alarm activation, investigate what the cause was and take the necessary steps to ensure that it doesn't occur again.
  • Regularly test your Intruder Alarm System to make sure that it is functioning correctly.

Talk to us today about Intruder Alarm Systems

If you require any more information about maintenance and service packages for your system, please do not hesitate to contact us on our freephone 0800 052 6070.

Why do you need to service and maintain your Intruder Alarm System?

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on February 24th, 2014 @ 10:24 AM
Tagged with: Break-in Burglar Alarm Burglary Intruder Alarm Intruder Alarm Systems maintenance Safety Security security system system takeovers

It can be extremely easy to look over the security of your home by missing out on having your annual maintenance service for your Intruder Alarm System. But in missing this, can you be sure that you will be aware of an important issue (that could potentially be costly) before it is too late?

If you are unfortunate enough to experience a break-in to your property while your existing security system is not intact (having not been serviced and maintained), your insurance provider may use that against any claims that you try to make to replace any lost possessions, as well as repair any break-in damage to your home (such as a smashed window for entry).

Imagine arriving home after a holiday, work or even after a quick trip to the shops and seeing your front door wide open, your belongings trashed and most of your valuables and possessions missing - with your alarm system completely unaware.

After something like this happens, it can be very difficult to feel safe in your own home (the place you should feel safest in the first place) as every sound, bang and clatter no matter how familiar is viewed as a threat.

How can Century help?

In order to avoid such scenarios, Century Electronic Security Ltd recommends investing in an Intruder Alarm System that is regularly serviced by your provider, as it is vital any system is kept in good working order. A regular maintenance visit from one of our qualified and experienced engineers will ensure that any Security System remains effective and prevents any potential faults from occurring.

We can take over the maintenance on any security system which has been installed or maintained by any other security company. We understand that you have your own requirements and we can design and implement a service and maintenance package in accordance to these.

Talk to us today about Intruder Alarm Systems

Whether you have an existing Intruder Alarm System installed or you require a new Intruder Alarm installation, we can help you select the best solution to secure your home or business.

Please do not hesitate to contact us today on 0800 052 6070 and see exactly how we can keep you, your family and your property protected.


Conventional Vs. Addressable Fire Alarm Systems: The Differences

Comments (0) Posted by: Century on February 7th, 2014 @ 3:17 PM
Tagged with: Addressable Addressable Fire Alarm System Addressable System Conventional Conventional Fire Alarm System Conventional System Fire Alarm Fire Alarm System Fire Security maintenance Safety Security


 Firstly, what is a Conventional Fire Alarm System?

It’s the most common type of system and is suitable for most small businesses such as shops, offices and warehouses. A number of call points and/or detectors are wired to the fire alarm control panel in zones. This is because if a detector detects smoke or fire, it can give you a rough idea as to where it is within the building. For example “smoke detector in alarm in the office lobby”. The accuracy of knowing where a fire has started is controlled by the number of zones the control panel has.

And what’s an Addressable Fire Alarm System?

Although very similar to a Conventional Fire Alarm system in that they both have detection zones, they have the added benefit of having sounders. Because additional sounder circuits are not required, the installation and cost is massively reduced. The detection circuit is wired as a loop and up to 99 devices may be connected to each individual loop. They are essentially Conventional Systems, but with an address built in. The address within each detector is set by a Dual-in-Line switch (DIL) and the control panel is programmed to display the information required when that particular detector is operated.

So what are the main differences?

  • A Conventional Fire Alarm System is typically used in smaller businesses and properties (as stated above). They are usually less expensive than an Addressable System, but with this, they have limitations regarding reporting the exact location of the devices. For example they will display which zone is in alarm, but not which device (which can be a time waste if you have several devices within a large room).  
  • An Addressable Fire Alarm System can be programmed to show the exact device that is in alarm by a display on the panel. For example, the display may show “smoke detector in alarm on second floor outside room 4”. Because an Addressable System is so exact, it is a vital system to have installed on a larger business property as a time-saver (and potentially a life-saver) if there are any alarms.  
  • Addressable Systems can also give detailed information about individual detectors and also allow a courtesy text label to allow easy identification. For example detectors can be labelled after rooms such as “office lobby” or “office filing room”.  
  • Conventional Systems only give information about specific circuits or zones and can’t be labelled. 
  • Addressable Systems are wired in a ‘loop’.  
  • Conventional Systems are normally wired as radial circuits (only usable where each circuit connects to just one high power appliance). 
  • Most Addressable Systems allow for a ‘pre-alarm’ warning, which allows the responsible person to investigate a potential alarm before the system activates its sirens.

 For more information please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 052 6070.


Why Choose Century?

  • We operate 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Comprehensive customer care
  • Highly trained engineers
  • Well established reputation
  • Using State of the art technology
  • Members of the SSAIB
  • Highly experienced consultants
  • Provide FREE site quotes
  • Fast responsive service
  • Speak to a representative not a robot
  • Installations meet with the latest British & European standards.


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