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organisations offering third party certification, in accordance with International Standards for Accredited Certification of Management Systems such as ISO 9001 (ISO 17021) and application Standards pertinent to security and life safety such as BS 7958 for CCTV (ISO 17065). All entertainment facilities pose security challenges, but sports stadiums are complex, often multipurpose venues, where thousands of people congregate on a regular basis. There are especially demanding security and safety criteria that include controlling access to the back of house within venue spaces. Wireless technology, the adoption of IoT-

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based security systems and the cloud are all driving deployment of more sophisticated access control systems. The choice facing buyers is staggering.

What is NCP 109?

NCP 109 Code of Practice for the “design, installation and maintenance of access control systems” is NSI’s Code of Practice. It draws on the Equality Act 2010, British Standard BS 7273-4 for fire protection (activation of release mechanisms for doors) and BS 7671 for electrical installations, all of which are key to safe and well-designed systems. The upcoming release of NCP 109, Issue 3, expected in Spring 2020, embraces new technologies and methods, and will help ensure NSI approved access control installers remain at the forefront of the industry. Compliant approved companies will

demonstrate robust capability to advise on the most appropriate system given the specific needs of each building or premises to be managed. It covers matters such as reviewing the assessed threat, determining points of higher exposure and expected people flows, means of escape in the event of a fire or security incident, and the most suitable type of recognition technology. Risk assessment is a critical activity that

formally identifies risks and recognizes access control needs, the location of access points to be secured/monitored, and any requirements for remote monitoring. It is factored into system design, which takes into account the risk classification for access points and how this may vary e.g. inside/ outside working hours, during daylight/hours of darkness, at weekends, or during other open/closed periods. NCP 109 requires

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