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Secured by Design will be at the 2023 FIT Show

Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative, will be among the hundreds of exhibitors at the prestigious FIT Show next week, 23 – 25 May.

The FIT Show is the UK’s number one exhibition and showcase arena for the UK’s window, door, conservatory and glazing industry, and SBD will be at Stand H41.

SBD will be providing updates to existing member companies and talking to other businesses about the benefits of joining SBD and have products achieve the Police Preferred Specification, which include:

  • police forces recommending SBD accredited products
  • opportunities to tender where SBD is specified as a requirement
  • use of the SBD logo for product and packaging and sales and marketing purposes
  • company listing on the SBD website

Panel Discussion 

SBD Technical Manager Alfie Hosker will be part of a panel discussion around Fire Doorset Legislation Changes from 1:40pm - 2:10pm on Wednesday 24th May in the Seminar Theatre.

Fire doorset legislation has changed significantly in recent years and at all points through the lifecycle of a fire doorset. The golden thread of information is for all high risk residential buildings (HRRBs) so that their original design intent is preserved and changes can be managed through a formal review process.  The panel will share the requirements for the life cycle of compliance for a fire doorset, with the first (Design & Test) also the reference point for all others to ensure the original design intent is preserved. 

Secured by Design

As most of the many regular exhibitors amongst the hundreds attending will know, SBD has been involved in pioneering work with national and local government and a wide range of organisations to improve the physical security of buildings, particularly in the residential marketplace, over the last 30 years.

This work has involved tackling the wide variations in the quality of products installed during the housing boom of the 1960s, 70s and 80s when security was barely considered and windows could be lifted out almost as easily as they were installed.

To combat the rise in burglary that resulted, SBD set about looking at the quality of the products being sold against those originally tested. Indeed SBD instigated the formation of the UK Test House Studies Group and Certification Bodies Group for doorsets, windows and lock products and have chaired these groups for over 20 years with the sole aim being to ensure there is parity between test and certification bodies. Better quality means these products last longer too, making them more cost effective and leading to greater sustainability in crime prevention.

Today, door and window manufacturers must be certified by a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) certification body before becoming an SBD member company and being considered for SBD’s coveted Police Preferred Specification.

SBD continually monitor national crime trends to keep pace with changing patterns of criminal behaviour and new technology, ensuring that standards are updated to reflect these changes.

The Police Preferred Specification

Secured by Design (SBD) operates an accreditation scheme on behalf of the UK Police Service for products or services that have met recognised security standards. These products or services – which must be capable of deterring or preventing crime - are known as being of a ‘Police Preferred Specification’. 

There are many hundreds of companies who produce over seven thousand individual attack resistant crime prevention products in more than thirty different categories that have met the exacting Police Preferred Specification. This includes doors, windows, locks and hardware, perimeter security products and many others.

SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.

SBD Secure Connected Device accreditation

Visitors to the show will also be able to find out about the SBD Secure Connected Device accreditation for IoT connected devices, which is available to companies with IoT products to help them highlight their products as having achieved the necessary IoT standards and certification to be compliant with the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act which has recently been enacted into law. Businesses will need to be compliant with PSTI Act from the 29th of April 2024.

The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022 applies to all consumer IoT products, including:

  • connected safety-relevant products such as door locks
  • connected home automation and alarm systems
  • Internet of Things base stations and hubs to which multiple devices connect
  • smart home assistants
  • smartphones

Consumer connectable products, such as those listed above offer huge benefits for people and businesses to live better connected lives with a lower carbon footprint. However, the adoption of cyber security requirements within these products is poor, and while only 1 in 5 manufacturers embed basic security requirements in consumer connectable products, consumers overwhelmingly assume these products are secure.

However, whilst connectable consumer products have previously had to comply with existing regulation to ensure that they will not directly cause physical harm from issues such as overheating, environmental damage or electrical interference, they have not been regulated to protect consumers from cyber harm such as loss of privacy and personal data.

The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act requires manufacturers, importers and distributors to ensure that minimum security requirements are met in relation to consumer connectable products that are available to consumers and provides a robust regulatory framework that can adapt and remain effective in the face of rapid technological advancement, the evolving techniques employed by malicious actors, and the broader international regulatory landscape.

The SBD Secure Connected Device accreditation scheme, developed in consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), helps companies to get their products appropriately assessed against all 13 provisions of the ETSI EN 303 645 standard, a requirement that goes beyond the Government’s legislation so that companies can not only demonstrate their compliance with the legislation but protects them, their products and customers.

The SBD Secure Connected Device IoT Assessment identifies the level of risk associated with an IoT device and its ecosystem, providing recommendations on the appropriate certification routes with one of the SBD approved certification bodies. Once third-party testing and independent certification for a product has been achieved, the company can apply to become SBD members, with the product receiving the SBD’s Secure Connected Device accreditation, a unique and recognisable accreditation that will highlight products as having achieved the relevant IoT standards and certification.

A number of SBD member companies have had their IoT connected products – which cover a range of categories including Smart Home Security and Locks & Hardware - achieve SBD’s Secure Connected Device accreditation already. You can find out more about these companies and products here.

To find out more about Secured by Design, the Police Preferred Specification, the Secure Connected Device accreditation, and SBD membership, visit:

FIT Show opening times

The FIT Show will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, over three days:

  • Tuesday 23 May, 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesday 34 May, 10:00 - 20:00
  • Thursday 25 May, 10:00 - 16:00

FIT Show Bar by Glass Times - Stand Q81

A free FIT Show & Glass Times Passport is available at the FIT Bar. Simply visit the stand of all participating brands at the show – of which Secured by Design is one – and get it stamped to be in with an opportunity to win £10,000.