If you’re looking for a new Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC), then it’s important to know what an NSI Gold accreditation is and understand its importance when it comes to choosing an ARC to work with.
Keep reading as we take you through the reasons why an NSI Gold accreditation is so important for ARCs.
What is the NSI Gold Accreditation?
The NSI stands for the National Security Inspectorate. Approval from the NSI is the hallmark of excellence for providers of security and fire safety services. It is the most widely recognised mark of approval within the industry and indicates that a company is technically competent, professional and has trusted employees.
When a company is NSI Gold accredited, it means that they have undergone the necessary audits and checks to receive the recognition and are therefore operating to the highest and most stringent standards within the fire safety and security industries.
What Does the NSI Gold Accreditation Mean for ARCs?
In relation to ARCs, an NSI Gold Accreditation means that the ARC is meeting the industry’s highest technical standard and has made a commitment to continually improve with an ISO 9001 Quality Management System, the most widely adopted and recognised management system across the world.
In addition to the above, NSI Gold approved ARCs must also comply with:
- NSI Quality Schedule SSQS 102
- Detector Activated CCTV Systems – BS 8418
- Lone Worker Device Monitoring – BS 8484
- Remote Centres Receiving Signals from Fire & Security Systems – BS 5979
To keep the accreditation, the ARCs will have to undergo annual audits carried out by the NSI certification body. The audits are rigorous and they may be required to make improvements to their service to continue to be an NSI Gold approved ARC.
Why is it Important to Work with Accredited ARCs?
It is important to work with an accredited ARC because it guarantees that you will be receiving a service that is upheld to the highest and most stringent standards and therefore you can be sure your sites are being protected to the highest level.
You will be able to have the confidence that the ARC:
- Has a good repute, both in their management and the overall business.
- That they open their business to independent and regular auditing and have also undergone a rigorous application process in order to get their NSI Gold accreditation.
- Have suitable insurance and business premises.
- Have robust financial stability.
- & much more.
You can find out more about the criteria for NSI Gold accreditations here.
At RMS, we are proud to be an NSI Gold approved ARC, which we have held for over 10 years. Find out more about our services or get in touch for a free quotation on 0330 002 1149.