Q3 2021

46 | Q3 2021 Jun21148 A Safer Community with Aico Aico, winner of the Best Carbon Monoxide and Domestic Fire Protection Company award 2021 - United Kingdom, is the European market leader in domestic Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) protection. Aico is pioneering new technologies and offering high-quality alarms designed, developed, and manufactured in Shannon, Ireland. Aico is an Ei Company and is the European leader in home life safety, pioneering new technologies and offering high-quality alarms, developed, and manufactured in Ireland. All Aico alarms meet UK standards and offer various sensor types to guarantee protection for every home, delivering education, quality, service, and innovation. In 2020, Aico expanded its Connected Home offering by acquiring the leading Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider, HomeLINK. HomeLINK are a multi-award-winning high-tech software team within Aico that leverage cutting edge smart home integration and analytics technologies, providing a complementary platform to present a synergistic approach to IoT. Relationships Manager of Aico, Tony Boyle, states, “We aim to make homes safer. We believe our responsibility is to create the right safety products and raise awareness of dangers through our educational campaigns to communities, alongside promoting best practices through our Expert Installer training programme. In terms of education, we are also proud to work with schools, colleges, and universities, educating young people on fire safety within the home and offering support with careers advice and guidance to help create opportunities for the next generation and to share our vision.” Each alarm is third party accredited to the relevant British or European standard for the most reliable life-saving detection. Both Aico and Ei Electronics operate to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 standards. In addition, Aico’s dedicated Research and Development Team continues to innovate with new products and applications. Together with Ei Electronics, it holds over 20 patents on life- saving alarm detection technologies. Aico has been first to the market with many ground-breaking innovations that improve protection and make maintenance more accessible, including rechargeable battery backup, wireless radio frequency interconnection, domestic multi-sensor fire alarms and digital information extraction. Tony states, “We have a mission statement that reflects our market leader status, which was formulated with input from every Aico colleague: to be ‘The leader in home life safety, promoting best practice, engaging with our communities, and delivering safer homes.’” Aico works closely with Housing Associations (HAs), Local Authorities (LAs) and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) across the UK to specify its high-quality, reliable Smoke, Heat and Carbon Monoxide alarms and accessories. Tony explains, “Our RSMs provide a consultative role, liaising with HAs, LAs and RSLs regarding legislation and regulation and offer solutions and specifications tailored to them.” All Aico alarms are manufactured in Ireland, and every alarm is individually tested at multiple points of manufacture and never batch tested to ensure quality and reliability. Tony states, “We are pioneers in the industry, providing unparalleled levels of customer support, from our dedicated team of Regional Specification Managers (RSMs) covering the whole of the UK to our knowledgeable Internal Sales and Technical Teams. Our knowledgeable RSMs also deliver free, CPD accredited training all over the UK using our Mobile Training and Demonstration Units. In addition, our award- winning Expert Installer training programme provides electrical contractors with updates on legislation, products and technologies and facilitates the sharing of best practices. This training also provides all the required information