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Martin Harvey – Chairman of the Security Systems Section


Martin Harvey has been involved with the fire and security industry for over 40 years.

Initially he started work with the AFA Minerva R&D department working on new security and fire detection control equipment and detectors. This progressed into an operations role, designing fire and gas detection systems for marine and offshore.

Martin then project managed the development and introduction of the Minerva analogue addressable fire detection system for Thorn security.

In 2006 Martin moved back to London to head up TYCO fire detection business in Europe, which provided him with a European insight of the different product and systems requirements across Europe.

Recently he has seen a further involvement in codes and standards work, and is now a committee member of a number of BSI and CENLEC security standards.

In the past fire and security have been seen a different systems, although in many ways aligned the standards development and application have taken different paths. In today’s new digital world Martin sees these, together with other information based systems starting to merge for the benefit of all.