Articles by Andy Speake
Expert Installer has trained over 17,500 industry employees in domestic Fire Alarm specification and installation Aico – the pioneer in domestic Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms – will be relaunching its award-winning Expert Installer CPD training scheme at this year’s FIREX (19th – 21st June, ExCel London) on stand A625, in addition to showcasing its alarm ranges. Taster sessions of the new, improved Expert Installer will be held twice a day at FIREX in Aico’s on-stand mini theatre. 19th June – Presented by Michael Wright (New Product Development Manager) – 11:00 and 14:00 20th June – Presented by Andy Speake (National Technical Manager) – 10:30 and 15:30 21st June – Presented by James Cavan (National Sales Manager – 11:00 and 14:00 Expert Installer CPD training scheme To date, Expert Installer has trained over 17,500 industry employees in domestic Fire Alarm specification and installation. To ensure content remains fresh, relevant and is delivered in a way that is engaging, Expert Installer has been reviewed and re-formatted by focus groups from across Aico, including the Technical Team and the Regional Specification Managers who deliver the training on a regular basis. A feature of the new Expert Installer scheme is greater use of video content and interactive elements. The core module covers standards & regulations plus alarm system design & installation Expert Installer remains a modular scheme, allowing people to fill gaps in their knowledge, but now a core module has been established that must be completed if the highly valued Expert Installer certification is to be granted. This core module, which takes around an hour to complete, covers standards & regulations plus alarm system design & installation. It has been introduced to ensure consistency of knowledge and retain the integrity of the scheme, which is highly regarded in the industry. Nine further modules, each running between 20-30 minutes, complete the revised Expert Installer scheme. Integrating fire alarm system into sprinkler systems Aico’s double decker stand at FIREX will be fully staffed with Aico Regional Specification Managers and Aico’s Senior Management Team to offer visitors advice on Smoke and CO Alarm specification, installation and maintenance. They will also be participating in FIREX’s Sprinkler Zone, showing how a BS5839 Part 6 Fire Alarm System can be readily integrated to sprinkler systems with Aico’s Ei414 Fire/CO Alarm Interface. Other third-party safety devices can also be interconnected using the Ei414 such as Telecare/Warden Call devices and BS5839 Part 1 panel systems. For more information please visit Aico at FIREX on stand A625. Multi-Sensor Heat & CO alarm A key focus of the Aico stand this year will be the new 3000 Series, which encompasses both Fire and CO detection, providing whole property coverage from one Series. A highlight of the 3000 Series is Aico’s very first Multi-Sensor Heat & CO Alarm. All alarms in the Series feature Aico’s latest technologies, including AudioLINK data extraction and SmartLINK wireless interconnection and whole system data monitoring capability. All Aico alarms are designed and built in Europe, specifically to meet UK standards and regulations, under the strictest of quality controls.
Andy also works closely with Aico parent company Ei Electronics to research and develop new products Aico, the provider of domestic mains powered Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms in the UK, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Speake to the prestigious role of National Technical Manager. Andy joined Aico in 2016 in a technical capacity, moving swiftly to IT Manager. Coming from a B2B IT background, including roles in technical support and consultancy, his skills were readily transferable. As National Technical Manager, Andy’s primary role is managing the technical department, including a dedicated technical team which deals with customer enquiries and providing technical support to the Aico sales team, plus overseeing and developing Aico’s industry leading Expert Installer training scheme. He has been instrumental in moving Expert Installer to the next stage, with a relaunch planned at FIREX this June. Representing Aico at British Standards and CoGDEM Andy also works closely with Aico parent company Ei Electronics to research and develop new products. He represents Aico on a number of leading industry organisations, including British Standards and CoGDEM (Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring), helping to maintain Aico’s outstanding reputation within the industry. For Andy, working at Aico is exciting and challenging: “Aico just keeps going from strength to strength and the speed of development is incredible. This, and the unique family feel to the company, really attracted me to Aico in the first place and I’m looking forward to where it’s going in the future.” And that’s not the only challenge as Andy is about to become a dad for the second time!
At the beginning of April, the provider of Fire and Carbon Monoxide protection Aico introduced their award-winning training scheme delivered as daily webinars. Aico revamped their Expert Installer training to make it easily accessible online as a free of charge webinar. The seminars were greatly received, with each daily session selling out. Delivered by Aico’s National Technical Manager Andy Speake and Product Development Manager Mike Wright, the CPD certified webinars cover a wide range of subjects including the changes to Scottish legislation, updates to BS 5839-6, the latest in Aico innovation and alarm selection and installation. informative and relevant webinar With professionals from across the UK tuning in every day, these webinars are in high demand. In a survey of those who had attended an Aico webinar, over 99% of people asked said they found the webinars useful, with the majority commenting that they were informative and relevant. One user commented that the webinar provided “Excellent and informative material from a proactive company that underpins its installers’ knowledge and skills” while another said the webinar gave “Very clear explanation and example install, perfect delivery for an online audience.” As a result of this positive feedback, Aico have now announced they will continue delivering webinars throughout May. Sessions have now increased to three each day, all delivered by knowledgeable staff and will now include more topics; Standards and Regulations, RadioLINK and RadioLINK+. In addition to the webinars, Aico will be hosting live question and answer sessions with members of their technical team. consolidate knowledge with questions Commencing Monday 18th May, these 30-minute sessions will provide professionals with the opportunity to ask questions, expand on topics covered in the webinars and build on their knowledge. National Technical Manager for Aico, Andy Speake was delighted with the response to the webinars and said “To have such a positive response to the webinars is fantastic. We have had requests for question and answer sessions so moving forward we are incorporating these live sessions into the webinar schedule – it’s important to have the opportunity to ask questions and really consolidate the knowledge.”