Articles by Neal Hooper
The 3000 Series incorporates a mains powered Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm and single sensor Optical, Heat & CO Alarms Aico, the provider of domestic mains powered Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors in the UK, has launched the new 3000 Series. This technologically advanced series detects both Fire and CO and includes, for the very first time, a Multi-Sensor Heat & CO Alarm, providing whole property coverage from one series. “The 3000 Series represents one of the most significant advances of the Aico product range in recent years” states Aico Managing Director Neal Hooper. “It’s the coming together of the very latest alarm technologies with Aico’s reputation for unbeatable reliability and quality. We refer to the 3000 Series as having ‘intelligent simplicity’ – we’ve built intelligence in to every alarm whilst ensuring simplicity for every install.” Ei3028 multi-sensor Heat and CO alarm Unique to the 3000 Series, the Ei3028 Multi-Sensor Heat & CO Alarm has been much anticipated as a convenient, cost-effective, efficient solution to protecting residents from both Fire and CO. With high heat sources from cooking appliances posing a potential fire hazard and gas fuelled appliances representing a potential source of CO, combining Heat and CO detection in one alarm is a sensible approach, welcomed by landlords, contractors and residents alike. All alarms in the Series use the same easi-fit base and feature intelligent sensors, AudioLINK data extraction and SmartLINK wireless interconnection In addition to the Ei3028 Multi-Sensor Heat & CO Alarm, the 3000 Series incorporates a mains powered Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm and single sensor Optical, Heat & CO Alarms. All alarms in the Series use the same easi-fit base (a first for Aico CO Alarms) and feature intelligent sensors, AudioLINK data extraction and SmartLINK wireless interconnection and whole system data monitoring capability. AudioLINK data extraction technology Aico’s multiple award winning AudioLINK data extraction technology enables real time alarm data (e.g. number of times tested and details of alarm activations) to be extracted directly to a smartphone or tablet via an App which creates an Alarm Status Report. It identifies any issues enabling action to be taken immediately, which is effective for tenant safety and in reducing the cost of return visits to a property. AudioLINK also aids compliance for landlords, providing proof that alarms are working at the start of a new tenancy and with annual Gas Safety Checks. SmartLINK RF technology Next generation Radio Frequency (RF) technology, SmartLINK enables alarms and system accessories to be interconnected using RF signals rather than hard wiring. Hard wired interconnection is time consuming, disruptive and costly in existing properties, whereas wireless interconnection is quick, easy and requires no redecorating. The new SmartLINK technology is smarter and easier to use than its predecessors and future-proof. What’s more, Aico is currently developing SmartLINK technology to enable a Gateway and Portal based system with real-time notifications. All alarms in the 3000 Series are backwards compatible with existing Aico products, including the ground-breaking Ei450 Alarm Controller and Ei414 Fire/CO Alarm Interface.
Aico celebrates a significant milestone in 2020 with finishing 30 years of renowned market presence in Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) protection solutions. Incorporated in 1990 in Oswestry, Shropshire, United Kingdom, Aico has rapidly grown from strength to strength over its 30-year history, with the growth being marked by the move to a new, bespoke head office. New Oswestry head office The new 7-acre site came as a necessity as Aico’s growth and success has seen significant expansion to the team and operations. The new building provides a bold welcome to company visitors and passing traffic. More than half of the overall site is taken up with landscaping, paying homage to the wider county’s famous green countryside, which is a key theme throughout the new build, aiming to preserve current eco-systems and encourage wildlife to flourish. Promoting healthy work environment The building was designed to facilitate the company’s key goal of a healthy work environment The building was designed to facilitate the company’s key goal of a healthy work environment with employee wellness to the fore. Multi-functional rooms make space for the company’s core people development practices and team building, something Managing Director, Neal Hooper attributes to being the strength of the company. Aico MD, Neal Hooper said, “We have a passion for developing people and it shows in our culture. We hold ourselves to high standards and make sure our values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, commitment and sustainability come to life in the way we work. Each member of Aico understands that this new site is theirs and for their teams’ infrastructure to grow and develop in for years to come.” 30-year anniversary celebrations At the beginning of the year, the Lion Quays Resort in Shropshire played host to an event marking the special occasion, with employees treated to a surprise guest speaker in the form of footballing legend Kevin Keegan. Mr. Keegan took to the stage to congratulate Aico on its 30-year anniversary and regaled staff with anecdotes from his impressive career. Reiterating Aico’s ethos of Education, Quality, Service and Innovation, Mr. Keegan spoke of the importance of teamwork, attitude and commitment. Technical Advisor for Aico, Dave Jennings has an impressive 26-year career with the company. He commented, “I started my career with Aico in 1994 and seeing the company’s growth over the past 26 years has been incredible. Aico has advanced and expanded and it’s great to see the new apprentices coming in now so that Aico has a future for generations to come.” Corporate Social Responsibility In a continuation of Aico’s pledge to support local charity The Movement Centre, the opportunity was taken to hold a charity raffle at the 30th anniversary event, raising a fantastic £2,000. This will be donated to The Movement Center as part of the ongoing work carried out by the Aico in the Community initiative, supporting this wonderful charity. The Movement Center is an Oswestry-based charity dedicated to supporting children with movement disabilities, helping to change the lives of these children and their families.
With the current pandemic resulting in the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events, charities all over the UK are struggling and need help more than ever. In a bid to help raise vital funds for local charity The Movement Centre, Aico has joined the UK wide 2.6 Challenge. In place of the London marathon, the 2.6 Challenge commenced on Sunday 26th April 2020 and the challenges can consist of any activity to suit all ages and abilities. The team at Aico have gotten stuck in with a variety of 2.6 challenges; from completing 26 laps of the Trim Trail at the firm’s HQ, cycling and running miles to danceathons and baking. All challenges incorporate the numbers two and six in varying manners, be it running 26 miles in 2.6 days to cycling the racecourse climb in Oswestry 26 times over the course of 26 days, totaling a climb of 11,000 ft – the height of Mount Everest divided by 2.6. dedicated to supporting children Every Aico employee has joined in, with some even involving their children in challenges of baking 26 cinnamon swirls and eating them in 2.6 hours, doing 260 lunges or accompanying their parents on part of their cycling challenge. Neal Hooper, Managing Director of Aico comments “We are really pleased to be supporting The Movement Center through the national 2.6 Challenge, colleagues and I are putting ourselves through some entertaining and tough challenges. More than ever we need to pull together to raise as much money as possible for our charities.” The Movement Center is an Oswestry based charity dedicated to supporting children with movement disabilities and their families. They deliver specially developed Targeted Training therapy, enabling children to learn new skills and gain independence which helps to change their lives.
Aico opened its new facilities to the local community, family and friends. The inaugural day was a great success with over 400 members of the public arriving for a tour of the building. The tour itself took visitors on an exploration of the 7-acre site, taking in the 116-seat auditorium, technical workshop, the breakout room, right through to the large offices, relaxation room, games room and meeting space. Gym, Games Room And Relaxation Area Members of Aico staff were available throughout the tour to answer any questions or queries relating to Aico and the new headquarters. Managing Director Neal Hooper who was also leading tours within the external landscaped grounds was overwhelmed with the support shown by the local community on Saturday. “Thank you to our local community for supporting us, we are excited to be officially moving in on Monday 4th November.” Neal goes on to say “As part of Aico’s internal staff feedback system, members of staff asked for a gym, games room and relaxation area, this has been provided within the new headquarters. We are very proud of our new headquarters and we look forward to welcoming customers and community groups in the future.”