Apprentices fired up by wireless alarm technology

New College Lanarkshire

MODERN Apprentices in Electronic Fire and Security from New College Lanarkshire have learned about wireless technology from a leading UK provider. Kent-based company EMS, which specialises in wireless and hybrid fire detection systems, gave a presentation to students at the Kirkintilloch Campus.

Mark Todd, the company’s Regional Sales Director, enlightened trainees on the history of wireless systems and their growth to become a popular option in the industry. Around 30 second and third-year apprentices gained a greater appreciation of the differences between wired, wireless and hybrid systems and how the technology is applied.

Mr Todd gave examples of when a wireless solution might be best used, including heritage buildings, time-critical installations, the expansion of existing wired systems, and situations where asbestos might be present. Douglas Couttie, Workbase Assessor in the Faculty of Engineering and Automotive Studies, said: “The students have gained an in-depth knowledge of EMS wireless fire alarm systems, how they operate through radio transmissions, and the massive benefits of wireless solutions for engineers, security companies and clients.

“EMS’s wireless system was used throughout the training session in order to demonstrate the system working in a live environment, programming devices on to the system and fault finding. It was interesting for our apprentices to see first-hand how the system is designed before installation, including conducting radio surveys.”

Ray Puttock, Vertical Sales & Marketing Director for EMS, said: “EMS has been involved with young people for some time and we engage with many schools, colleges and learning establishments, as we believe that the future of our industry is in the hands of tomorrow’s engineers and technicians.

“We are a strong advocate of reaching students at an important time in their education path and informing them of options and career opportunities, in a technical manufacturing and service environment, which they may not know exist. By providing this insight we hope that this inspires students to bring new ideas into an established and innovative industry.”

New College Lanarkshire has opened a specialist hub for Electronic Fire and Security courses at its Kirkintilloch Campus. The facilities allow apprentices and industry specialists from across Scotland access to state-of-the-art equipment for training or up-skilling.

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