How the Internet of Things is reducing fire risk in buildings

Tuesday 22 February  

12:00PM - 1.00PM GMT


The Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting digital platform offering great opportunities for growth and development, as well as the potential for market disruption. The opportunities are particularly exciting in the fire safety industry.

The fire sector is protected by a range of regulatory barriers which are essential for saving lives; but sometimes they can also be problematic and stifle innovation. Also, they often don’t fit with what is happening in the market, and occasionally they may give a false sense of security.

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) commissioned a report that highlighted how IoT can and will impact us all – with estimates that 87% of businesses may be working with IoT in the future. As a result, it has started a shared and productive dialogue around IoT in the fire industry that has helped alleviate barriers for everyone working in this sector.

It is now keen to work more closely with organisations like BESA to extend understanding across the wider building engineering sector, sharing lessons learned and problems to be solved.

Join our webinar to learn how the IoT can transform fire safety and how it will become a key part of building service and maintenance planning in the future.



Ewen Rose, Communications Manager, BESA

Ewen is an experienced freelance journalist and PR consultant specialising in the field of building services engineering.

He previously edited Heating and Air Conditioning Journal and was editor in chief of H&V News. He founded McGowen Rose Associates in 1999 as a provider of specialist marketing and communications in the building services engineering sector.

He is chair of the CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards; a former vice chair of the CIBSE Patrons and the CIBSE/ASHRAE Group. He is also a trustee of the AG Manly charitable trust.

Ewen has worked for range of clients including manufacturers and professional bodies writing specialist articles for the trade press and for websites.

He has been retained by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) since 2004 to support its marketing and communications team. In that role, he has produced many by-line articles, press releases, and speeches as well as organising and chairing seminars, conferences, and industry briefings. He is also secretary of BESA’s Health & Well-being in Buildings group.



Adam Richardson, Operations Manager, Fire Industry Association

Adam joined the FIA in October 2019, starting as an Executive Assistant to the CEO. In January 2020, Adam developed in a new role as Business Liaison where he works in a variety of key areas with a broad range of stakeholders most notably the UKCA Mark, setting up the IoT Forum and organising FIM Expo. In September of 2021, Adam became the Operations Manager where he focusses on improving how the FIA works. He is excited to continuing learning more about the fire industry and hopes to build and maintain more relationships that provide beneficial results for all. Prior to joining the FIA, attended Cardiff University where he studied Human Geography and graduated in July 2019.

Aston Bowles, Director of Marketing, Tio Fire Safety 

 The leading digital fire and safety records company. Delivering the True Digital Fire Logbook and Compliance Management software.



Peter Rogers, Technical Advisor, BESA

Peter has 40 years’ experience in Building Services Industry and has experience in design, specification, manufacture, and installation of ventilation systems with a recent focus on technical advisory work for BESA, BSI and ISO Standards.

He is a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and LCIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers). Peter is also the chair of BESA Ventilation Group Technical Committee.