David Wilkinson announced as British Standards Institute GW/1 Chair

David Wilkinson announced as British Standards Institute GW/1 Chair

David Wilkinson, Director of Technical Services at the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), has been appointed Chair of the British Standards Institute’s GW/1 committee, which oversees standards development in the UK’s electronic security sector.

As the UK’s parent committee for all standards work in the field of electronic security, GW/1 acts as the ‘gate keeper’ for the UK, representing British Standards Institute at European and International levels and responsible for the UK’s input into CLC/TC79 – the CENELEC technical committee responsible for harmonising standards for detection, alarm and monitoring systems. With 15 standards currently in development and 87 already published, GW/1 also oversees seven sub-committees covering a number of sectors including access control, alarm systems and components, CCTV, remote centres and transmission equipment.

With 25 years’ experience in the electronic security sector, David has been involved in standards development for a number of years, having been an active participant in a number of standards committees across Britain and Europe before stepping up to lead GW/1, which includes a number of other participating industry organisations including the NSI and SSAIB, the British Retail Consortium and the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

Commenting on his appointment, David said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair of GW/1, and look forward to leading the UK’s contributions to standards development on an international basis. GW/1 is one of the most influential electronic security standards committees in the UK, and this appointment reinforces the BSIA’s continued success in representing its members at the highest levels to ensure they remain fully informed and prepared for the latest developments.

“I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to continue to drive best practice in our industry, with the ultimate aim of ensuring that buyers and end-users can easily recognise quality solutions to make informed purchasing decisions.”

In the UK, the BSIA continues to represent its members on more than 30 British Standards Institute (BSI) committees, either as a member or as chair, and is a key sector influence in intruder, access control, CCTV, lone worker, guarding, consultancy, vacant property protection, risk, resilience and management committees.

David’s first committee meeting as Chair of GW/1 is scheduled to take place on 11th September.

For more information about the BSIA’s work in standards development, visit http://www.bsia.co.uk/join-the-bsia/benefits-of-membership/standards.aspx

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