A news round-up of stories in the FM sector
Organisation: Viridian Solar
Product: ArcBox solar connector enclosure – solar fire safety product.
Description: ArcBox reduces the risk of a fire caused by electrical connections that are mistakenly or poorly put together.
Detail: ArcBox safely contains a DC arc within the connector and prevents it from spreading to start a fire in nearby combustible materials. The patented product also provides sufficient ventilation for the connector to remain within permitted temperature limits in normal use.
Background: The installation errors that might cause a DC connector to develop an arc-fault condition include incomplete insertion, cross-mating connectors from different manufacturers, poor on-site crimped joints, damage during or after installation, and assembly while wet leading to corrosion of contacts. www.viridiansolar.co.uk
Product: PlanRadar Connect.
Announcement: PlanRadar Connect is set to improve the way technology solutions tie together, allowing PlanRadar users to sync seamlessly with other applications, without the need for complex coding.
Description: By creating an easy way to interlace with the existing technology, companies can work smarter and achieve a greater level of accuracy when it comes to harnessing data.
Detail: The improvements will deliver greater flexibility to PlanRadar’s customer base, merging their existing software and work processes with the platform’s functionality to save time, and improve work rate and accuracy while avoiding performance-damaging data silos.
Background: The construction industry is becoming more digitalised so it needs automated work processes to improve project delivery and business performance. PlanRadar Connect aims to enhance interoperability, removing the barriers of incompatibility that come with using multiple tech systems, creating inconsistencies in data, and adding extra work through process duplication. PlanRadar Connect,
Service: BigChange field service management software.
Announcement: Capital, a specialist cleaning and facilities management company, launches nationwide facilities support service using BigChange platform.
Description: Capital’s service team provides support to other facilities management companies to boost their field service capacity or businesses that require additional resources or skills – and relies on the BigChange platform to do so.
Detail: Capital will help with a range of tasks including office moves, regular cleaning, site inspections, equipment installations and audits.
Background: Before using BigChange, the company relied on multiple different systems, resulting in longer processes more prone to human error. www.bigchange.com
Service: Workplace technology provider Amba has launched an ethical employee benefits platform.
Client: Designed in response to employees’ changing priorities, Lumina Perks is an online marketplace that enables employers of any size to offer ESG workplace benefits to their staff in a simple, low-cost way.
Details: The online marketplace offers employees access to a host of ethical, sustainable, or socially conscious brands all in one place, plus a range of discounts, special offers, and preferential rates. It features sustainable alternatives for many aspects of life, including fashion, beauty and health, investments and money, food and nutrition, energy, transport, sport and leisure, and wellbeing, allowing employees and their families to live more sustainably. The platform can integrate with existing HR and employee benefits technology, so businesses can provide staff with a benefit that aligns with their current values and processes.
Background: Research by Deloitte suggests that 85% of Britons made lifestyle changes to become more sustainable in 2021.All of the brands included in the Lumina Perks marketplace are evaluated against social and environmental criteria so that employees can shop with confidence.
Service: Family Friendly Policy
Client: The contract caterer has launched the policy to aid employee wellbeing.
Description: The 2022 family-friendly policy introduces menopause awareness activity, bereavement leave in the event of baby loss, and an enhanced maternity and paternity leave package. It focuses on Elior’s bid to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. The policy also supports any colleague who experiences a miscarriage (prior to 24 weeks of pregnancy) or stillbirth (after 24 weeks of pregnancy). Two weeks’ fully paid leave is available to all affected colleagues, both male and female, across the company. There is no minimum length of service required.
Details: Elior is training managers to provide appropriate practical and emotional support to colleagues affected by baby loss. The firm also offers support via its Colleague Support Programme, which provides physical, mental and confidential support and free and confidential access to counsellors and advisers online or by phone.
Background: Elior has introduced rigorous diversity and inclusion and wellbeing targets to be achieved by 2025.
Organisation: Norse Security
Service: Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC)
Description: Norse Security, the security services division of the Norse Group, has launched a department to provide comprehensive, 24/7 monitoring of CCTV systems based at Norse’s headquarters in Norwich.
Details: Delivering a round-the-clock, contactable service, personnel can address any CCTV-related issues, respond promptly to alerts, and dispatch the Norse Security Mobile Response Team if necessary. The ARC has a dedicated licensed team of operators watching live security footage at multiple sites for internal and external clients in the public and private sectors.
Background: Norse Security said it receives over 200 alerts a day and claims that 100% of alarms have been answered in less than two-and-a-half minutes.
Organisation: Ecoserv Group
Announcement: Ecoserv Group, the multidisciplinary FM company, has become an approved sustainable supplier to the film and TV industry.
Description: albert is an industry-funded organisation tasked with reducing the environmental impact of film and TV production. It was established in 2011 to bring the screen industries together to tackle green challenges and inspire sustainable living. The organisation’s objective is to reduce the environmental impact of the production process to zero negative impact.
Details: This will require the implementation of wide-ranging industry solutions, as well as empowering everyone working in film and TV production to understand the opportunity and to know how they can make a change.
Background: Ecoserv is already an established partner within the production sector and has recently become certified carbon-neutral. The firm said it is already the partner of choice for 30 studios and production companies, making it well placed to champion green cleaning, waste management, and environmental awareness.
Service: The ‘Secure Futures’ programme.
Client: Created through a collaboration between the Security Institute and the EY Foundation, this employability programme is designed to help break down barriers to employment for young people from low-income backgrounds who aim to begin a career in security.
Description: The scheme highlights the vast number of roles available in the security sector and introduces young people to the opportunities that the industry affords them.
Details: ABM will help five mentees within its security business, offering real experience of the working world and taking part in paid work experience.
Background: The scheme is designed to further demonstrate ABM’s support of social mobility, building on its Junior Engineering Engagement Programme, which aims to tackle misperceptions of the FM industry among young people and create a pipeline of future technical talent. It has had at least 500 graduates since 2017 and was created and funded by ABM UK.