SAIDSA celebrates 50 years

July 2017 Editor's Choice, Associations

The South African Intruder Detection Services Association (SAIDSA) used Securex 2017 as a platform to start its 50th birthday celebrations, and to recognise the winners of its Techman competition.

SAIDSA was first formed in 1968 as the SA Burglar Alarm Systems Association, with a view to setting the standards for alarm installations in the country. Its motto was “By the members, for the members,” and its initial committee served for the next 20 years.

When the Security Officers’ Board was formed, the association linked itself to this organisation and its principles, and in 1982 renamed itself to the South Africa Intruder Detection Systems Association. To ensure it stayed relevant in the market, in 1995 it became the South African Intruder Detection Services Association we know today.

Then association has remained relevant and has been active in writing bylaws and standards for the industry among its other functions. SAIDSA today is an association of service providers of security systems, ranging from basic alarms to sophisticated electronic intruder detection systems and CCTV. It also incorporates signal monitoring as well as the provision of armed reaction services. As the industry watchdog, SAIDSA has the interests of both its members and the public at heart.

The association will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2018 and has already started its celebrations. Far from slowing down, SAIDSA will remain a relevant influencer in the industry going forward and invites the industry to join the association and be a part of the next 50 years.

Techman winners

Securex also saw the 2017 Techman competition where a number of SAIDSA-certified technicians competed in the wiring and installation of an intruder alarm system. The technicians were required to plan, wire, terminate, glue, harness and mark each product to a control panel according to SAIDSA minimum installation standards within a specific time limit.

Each technician that managed to complete the task within the allotted time was presented with a certificate of completion at the awards ceremony, before the top five competitors received their awards. The winners this year were:

• First place: Amitham Doolabh from Blue Security.

• Second place: Jakobus Putter from Mayday Alarms.

• Third place: Anton Strydom from Crime Stop.

• Fourth place: Frikkie Janse van Rensburg from CSS Security.

• Fifth place: Tyneal Pillay from Blue Security.

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