James Kelly, British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Ian Moore, Fire Industry Association (FIA) and Alyson Scurfield, Telecare Services Association (TSA) all signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a period of 3 years on the 11th August 2016.
The memorandum was signed following discussions on the developments of the telecommunication changes to both landline and mobile networks across the UK. This has highlighted the advantages of information exchange in these areas to members of the three participating organisations.
By signing the MOU, the parties have agreed to cooperate in seeking appropriate solutions for outstanding issues with the ultimate goal of ensuring their members’ and customers’ best interests are represented and, as far as possible, protected from current and forthcoming changes to UK telecommunications networks.
To identify common network problems affecting fire, safety and security alarm systems a strategic committee will be formed. If specific issues require further investigation, other ad-hoc committees will be set up.
The BSIA, FIA and TSA will endeavour to form a joint, single voice approach to their external stakeholders (Ofcom, BT Openreach and other individual communications providers) to ensure consistency of communications and to put the weight of the collective membership behind those communications.
James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, commented: “The signing of this memorandum of understanding is an important step forward in protecting our members and their customers from the ongoing changes to the telecommunications networks. A strong, unified voice between the BSIA and our colleagues from the FIA and TSA will enable us to have a greater impact in ensuring the best interests of our industry.”
TSA Chief Executive, Alyson Scurfield, added: “With the ever-changing telecommunication infrastructure, it is important that TSA creates strong allegiances with like-minded organisations to add weight to lobbying activity in this area. TSA is confident that this collaboration will have mutual benefits for our membership and the outcomes will provide support to service users with communications through combined discussions with Ofcom and network providers.”
Chief Executive of the FIA, Ian Moore, said: “The FIA is pleased to sign this memorandum of understanding with the BSIA and TSA. This will enable us to provide a consistent response to the common concerns that our industries share regarding the changes to landline and mobile networks in the UK. Through this joined-up approach, I am confident that the best interests of our collective industries will be best represented.”