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Technical Focus: Emergency Lighting Systems

17-06-2019


This month, our Technical Focus is on Life Safety, and in particular – Emergency Lighting Systems. Joint Managing Director of Diamond, Steve Snoddon, explains when Emergency Lighting Systems are needed and what role they play in Life Safety. What is Emergency Lighting and why is it needed? Emergency Lighting is installed to provide illumination when...

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Double success at IoD Director of the Year Awards for Diamond Joint MD

06-06-2019


Angela Bennett, Joint Managing Director of Diamond, was recently honoured by picking up two IoD Director of the Year awards in Belfast. Angela was awarded Director of the Year in both the Family Business and SME categories, at the prestigious awards ceremony in The Merchant Hotel earlier this month. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Gordon...

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Professional, affordable CCTV Solutions

06-06-2019


Diamond are delighted to promote the Axis Companion range, which offers professional CCTV solutions at an affordable price. Features of the Companion range include: Professional solution with affordable cameras, recorders, software and accessories that leverage Axis quality User friendly software and system components that meet the requirements of small business Secure access...

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Business Ladies into Golf At Dunmurry Golf Club

23-05-2019


The recent Business Ladies into Golf programme at Dunmurry Golf Club was a huge success. Diamond’s Joint Managing Director, Angela Bennett, tells us a bit about the programme, and how business and golf can come together with great results. Q: What was the programme all about? Angela: Last year I decided I wanted to learn...

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Fire Safety Programmes – Does your business have one?

06-03-2019


This month we invited Willis Employment Services Limited, part of Willis Insurance and Risk Management, to write a Guest Blog for us on the subject of Fire Safety Programmes. Leanne Cahill of Willis, outlines the importance from a risk management perspective, of having an adequate Fire Safety Programme within a business. Q: Leanne, what are...

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Employee Q&A – Connor White

04-03-2019


Name: Connor White Position: Apprentice Engineer How long have you been in your role? I am studying City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Knowledge of Electronic Security and Emergency Systems under the Apprenticeships NI scheme, in Belfast Metropolitan College. I started this course in September 2018, and from then I have been going to work at...

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Is it time to upgrade your Fire Detection and Alarm System?

01-03-2019


Fire detection and alarm systems, like any form of technology, don’t last forever.  When your fire alarm system exceeds ten years old, it may be time to consider upgrading. Why Ten Years? The lifetime of the optical parts inside a smoke detector is defined as the time expected for it to drop to below 70%...

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Diamond are a ‘cut above’ in being shortlisted for top International Awards

01-12-2018


Our £500,000 state-of-the-art CCTV system installed at the Odyssey complex – one of the most innovative in Europe – has earned us international recognition at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards held in London on 21st November 2018. The system was shortlisted based on the innovation utilised to meet the precise client’s operational requirements, in...

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Employee Q&A – Kyle Adams

30-11-2018


Name: Kyle Adams Position: Project Engineer How long have you been in your role? I joined Diamond in 2008 when I left school, on the Apprenticeships NI Programme. During my 3 year training contract I attended Belfast Met for part of the week and completed NVQ Levels 2 & 3 in Security Alarms. Describe a...

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Diamond partner with Dunmurry Golf Club to launch Business Ladies Networking Group

30-11-2018


Dunmurry Golf Club hosted a launch event today for a new business networking group created by Diamond Joint Managing Director, Angela Bennett. The group is open to female business owners and senior executives who have an interest in learning to play golf. Dunmurry Golf Club will host the group lessons between January and March 2019,...

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Employee Q&A – Zara Philpott

15-08-2018


Name: Zara Philpott Position: Office Administrator How long have you been in your role? I joined Diamond in the summer of 2018, but have been doing administrative duties for around 10 years. Describe a typical day? Everyday will vary, so it goes in a flash – one minute it’s 8.30am the next its 5.00pm! It...

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How can I eliminate False Fire Alarms?

20-07-2018


Advanced Signal Analysis, or “ASA” Technology in a nutshell eliminates false fire alarms. In this blog post we have a look at how this is achieved and what benefits this unique technology offers to a variety of application areas. ASA detectors form part of the range of products within the Siemens Cerberus Pro fire detection...

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Intelligent Procurement of CCTV Systems

01-07-2018


As a Procurement Manager, Designer or System Specifier, you will be faced with a wide array of options nowadays when selecting an IP based CCTV system. And let’s face it, no one wants to be the one to make the bad decision that ends up costing you or your client more in the long run!...

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Eliminating False Fire Alarms

15-05-2018


False alarms are generally an unwelcome occurrence, causing disruption to business, a drain on government resources, and a tangible cost to all parties involved: the company, the public and  the fire and rescue service. Another major concern is loss of production due to evacuation, risk of fines/prosecution and loss of confidence in the alarm equipment....

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Are you aware of the changes to BS7273-4?

16-04-2018


BS7273-4 is the Code of Practice for the operation of fire protection measures – Part 4: Actuation of Release Mechanisms for Doors. Essentially this code of practice provides recommendations for the interfacing of fire door mechanisms with the fire detection and alarm system, to ensure that in the event of a fire: Automatic fire doors...

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Fire safety for Business and Premises Owners

08-03-2018


If you are a business owner, or the owner of non-domestic premises in Northern Ireland, you should be aware of the changes to the fire safety regulations which came into effect in November 2010. But just in case you need it, here’s a quick recap of the changes and what you need to know. What...

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The death of heat detectors? 

03-02-2018


Heat detectors are widely used in environments in which deceptive phenomena such as cooking fumes, dry ice, or dust cause smoke detectors to false alarm. The Fire Industry Association (FIA) recommend that a heat detector should only be used if no other technology is deemed suitable for the risk. With recent advances in fire detection...

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Diamond Systems Team Up with Belfast Giants for 5th Successive Season

24-11-2017


Diamond Systems are delighted to sponsor local Ice Hockey team, the Belfast Giants, for a fifth successive season. The 2017/18 season sees the Diamond Systems logo displayed proudly at The SSE Arena both on the ice, as well as rinkside. Diamond Systems are the headline sponsor of the Cheerleaders, the official sponsor of fan favourite...

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Intelligent Fire Alarms on show at Hospitality Exchange 2017

22-10-2017


Diamond Systems recently exhibited their intelligent fire alarm solutions at Hospitality Exchange, the conference of the Northern Ireland Hotel Federation (NIHF), in the Crowne Plaza, Belfast. Always at the forefront of technology, Diamond Systems demonstrated how using innovative fire alarm solutions from global market leader Siemens, they can deliver a financially backed...

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What is the Real Cost of False Fire Alarms?

22-08-2017


False alarms are all too common, and nowadays are generally accepted as an unavoidable by-product of having a fire detection and alarm system installed. The latest figures from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) show that there were over 10,000 mobilised responses to false alarms in twelve months, that’s on average 28 per...

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Tee-rific Golf Day at Dunmurry

04-08-2017


On Wednesday 2nd August, we held our Annual Golf Day at Dunmurry Golf Club. The weather may not have been on our side, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of all who attended. Congratulations to Daniel Daly of Daly’s Garage for winning first prize on the day. Other prize winners included Mark Brooks, Belfast Giants,...

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SMART Security Solutions for Retail

04-08-2017


CCTV Solutions for SMART Retail Diamond Systems recently exhibited their value added security solutions at SMART Retail.  Using CCTV and Analytics from global leader Axis Communications, the Diamond Systems team demonstrated how security systems can be used to add value to retailers. SMART Retail is the first of its kind full day conference in Belfast. ...

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Diamond appointed as Nedap AEOS Channel Partner

27-07-2017


Diamond Systems were recently appointed as a Nedap AEOS Channel Partner, further enhancing our electronic access control offering. With headquarters in the Netherlands, Nedap are a market leader in integrated security management.  Nedap develop and produce future proof, open protocol, access control solutions which carry a guarantee of no end of life. The Nedap access...

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BS5839-1:2017 – Standards Update

16-07-2017


  BS5839-1 provides recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems. BSI has revised BS 5839-1:2017, the Code of Practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic dwellings.  The revision was published on 31 August 2017 and supersedes BS 5839-1:2013...

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Diamond Promoted to Gold Partner with Axis Communications

27-06-2017


Diamond Systems were recently promoted to Gold Partner status with Axis Communications, a global leader in network video surveillance. Gold Partner status was awarded by Axis in recognition of Diamond Systems’ continued commitment to the Axis Communications brand; the successful delivery of recent network video solutions by the Diamond team; and the investment in the...

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Does your fire alarm cry wolf?

08-06-2017


False alarms from fire systems are a huge problem. The impact of false alarms varies between sectors, but common themes are: Downtime (e.g. manufacturing) Disturbance and disruption (e.g. healthcare) Damage to reputation (e.g. hospitality sector) But arguably the greatest threat posed by repeated false alarms is that over time they undermine the integrity of the...

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Diamond Systems’ False Alarm Free Technology Selected for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

01-06-2017


We were recently awarded the contract to install, commission, and maintain all of the electronic life safety and security systems within the new Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Logistics Support Centre, currently under construction in Belfast.  The requirements include IP video surveillance, biometric access control, gas extinguishing, intruder and fire detection...

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CPD Training Event at Diamond House

14-12-2016


We recently hosted a series of fire alarm related CPD training sessions at our HQ in Heron Road, Belfast. The accredited CPD training was delivered by our principal fire alarm partner, Siemens Building Technologies, and covered important aspects of fire alarm legislation and codes of practice. We welcomed over 30 delegates across the two day...

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Value Added Security Solutions for the Hospitality Sector

20-10-2016


The team from Diamond Systems exhibited at the recent Hospitality Exchange event in Ramada Plaza, Belfast, showcasing one of our latest products – CCTV Analytics software from leading global manufacturer, Axis Communications. The software was certainly a talking point for all the visitors to the stand, including the Northern Ireland Hotel Federation President, Mr Ciaran...

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Happy Retirement to Roger Corbett

23-06-2016


If you have phoned Diamond Systems any time since 2009, you will no doubt have had the pleasure of speaking with Mr Roger Corbett. Roger has been a core member of the Diamond Team over the past seven years, and has been the first point of contact for customers telephoning the Belfast office. His calm,...

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Ten Top Tips to Prevent False Alarms

15-06-2016


If you have a home alarm system, or if you are a business premises key holder, you will no doubt have experienced the inconvenience caused by a false alarm. For business owners this can delay the start of the working day as you are involved in contacting your alarm company and perhaps even dealing with...

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Diamond Systems Shortlisted for Best Family Business

28-05-2016


The team at Diamond Systems were thrilled to be finalists in the recent Belfast Business Awards, held at the City Hall in May. Diamond were shortlisted in the category “Best Family Business”, which recognised dynamic family owned businesses based in Belfast, which had demonstrated growth in recent...

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Milestone for Diamond Systems

04-02-2016


Diamond Systems recently attained Gold Partner status with global industry leader in video management software, Milestone. Managing Director of Diamond Systems, Steve Snoddon commented, “We are delighted to be Northern Ireland’s sole Milestone Gold Partner. The Milestone solution is a powerful, user friendly Video Management Software, or VMS. It caters for the full range...

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Starting the New Year as we mean to go on – eliminating false fire alarms!

08-01-2016


Cerberus Pro by Siemens was recommended by Diamond Systems as the most appropriate system to solve the problem of false fire alarms at a local leisure centre where steam and aerosol emissions in changing rooms were causing unnecessary evacuations of the busy centre.  Traditional smoke detectors often trigger false fire alarms in the presence of...

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Diamond Systems launch home control security solutions for the mobile generation

12-11-2015


We recently launched our new Home Control Plus package for the Northern Ireland home security market. Using the very latest technology, the Diamond Home Control Plus package not only protects your home, but integrates with your lifestyle and provides you with complete control of your home security, from anywhere in the...

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#NoFalseAlarmsGuaranteed

01-09-2015


  False alarms are an unwelcome occurrence, causing disruption to businesses, a drain on government resources and ultimately a tangible cost to everyone involved. Last year (2013/2014) the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service recorded 7835 false alarms due to fire alarm equipment. Given that 98% of those calls were mobilized and the estimated cost...

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Diamond Systems Golf Day a Soaring Success

30-07-2015


On July 29th, over 200 people passed through the course at Dunmurry Golf club as part of the Annual Open Week ( 26th July – 2nd Aug), which is in part sponsored by Diamond Systems. Each year the Diamond Systems team attends along with a number of guests to try their luck on the 18-hole...

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Diamond Offices get a Fresh, New Look

22-07-2015


We’re excited to share the finished product of the recent refurbishment to the downstairs offices at Diamond HQ. Working alongside Whitespace Design Consultancy, the space was re-designed to optimise functionality, while giving the area a fresh, modern look which unified it with the rest of...

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Diamond Engineer sets sail across the North Sea

06-07-2015


Tall ship festival At Diamond we are very lucky to have an extremely talented team of engineers but it is rare that we have the opportunity to say that one of them is crossing the North Sea in a spectacular tall ship as part of Europe’s largest free family festival. The Lord Nelson...

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Let’s Go Giants!

22-06-2015


As our favourite home-town hockey team gets ready for the 2015/2016 Season, Diamond Systems are delighted to announce we will once again be sponsoring The Stena Line Belfast Giants for the third consecutive year. However, this year we have some additional exciting news to share as Diamond Systems will be the title sponsors for the...

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Proudly Sponsoring Wallace Prep

19-06-2015


Diamond Systems are very excited to be sponsors of the brand new football kit for The Preparatory Department of The Wallace High School, Lisburn. New kits were also issued for the netball, rugby, hockey and cross-country teams with a number of other local sponsors involved. Diamond Systems have close ties to Wallace High School as...

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Diamond Visit FIREX & IFSEC in London

19-06-2015


Each year, IFSEC & FIREX bring together crowds of fire and security experts from across the globe. These established trade shows have gained reputation as two of the most prestigious of the industry in the world seeing an increasing number of exhibitors and visitors each year. The 3-day event was held in London at ExCeL...

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New Fire Safety Law Guidance from the FIA

18-06-2015


When it comes to fire safety the law is crucial and failure to comply could have fatal consequences. However, changes to rules and regulations can often leave people confused or unsure of their responsibilities. Where does the legislation apply? Who is responsible? What do I have to do to be compliant? The new fire safety...

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The Value of NSI Accreditation & Why it’s Important for You

09-06-2015


In 2004 Diamond Systems were the 1st Independent Company in Northern Ireland to receive NSI Gold accreditation for both fire and security. The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is recognized as the leading certification body for the fire and security industry throughout the UK. Working closely with UK Government bodies, the Security Industry Authority and the United...

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Diamond Systems – Belfast Telegraph's SME in Focus

05-06-2015


On June 2, Diamond Systems were featured in The Belfast Telegraph – Business Telegraph as the SME in Focus. Celebrating 28 years in business, the whole Diamond Team are very pleased with how far the company has come since it all began in 1987. Financial Director, Angela, sat down with Margaret Canning from The Belfast...

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Spring CPD Training – Network Video with Axis Communications

02-06-2015


On May 28th we held a half-day CPD training event alongside partners, Axis Communications. It consisted of three mini-sessions, giving attendees the opportunity to learn more about the Benefits of Network Video; Image Usability and Optimizing Bit Rate. We are very grateful to Steve Kenny and Wayne Davis who travelled over from Axis in England...

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Deaf Awareness Week 2015

08-05-2015


  Alarm bells are ringing and people are hurriedly shuffling out of the building, but you don’t hear it. This is the experience of a standard fire alarm activation for approximately 1 in 6 people (10 million) throughout the UK who have some degree of hearing impairment or deafness. And with numbers expected to rise...

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Recycling done Right!

30-03-2015


At Diamond Systems we take sustainability very seriously. It’s one of our core values and we are continually looking for new ways to become more environmentally friendly in our everyday work practices. In addition to our recent NVIR-O-CERT accreditation, we have recently joined up with Assisi Animal Sanctuary to donate all our shredded paper for...

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Sponsored Send-Off for Belfast Giants

30-03-2015


  Friday night was the Belfast Giants last home game of the season at the Odyssey Arena. It was also the first night of the season playoffs and Diamond Systems were lucky to be the game night sponsors. Our Managing Director, Steve Snoddon, did the celebratory puck drop to signal the start of the game...

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Fire Safety Conference NI

24-02-2015


Last Thursday and Friday, February 19th & 20th, we had the pleasure of attending and exhibiting at the 20th Annual Fire Safety Conference. It was held at the Killyhevlin Hotel and Health Club in Enniskillen and was attended by delegates from a range of backgrounds including Fire...

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Diamond Apprenticeships Programme 2015

29-01-2015


Apprenticeships Programme Re-Launch After a very successful re-launch of our Apprenticeships Programme last year we have decided to continue it again in 2015. We recently attended the Year 12 Careers Convention as part of the West Belfast Business Education Partnership to begin our search...

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Diamond receives NVIR-O-CERT

15-01-2015


We are excited to announce that Diamond Systems are now the only the specialist fire and security company in Northern Ireland to receive NVIR-O-CERT accreditation. After an intensive audit the Construction Employers Federation presented the award in recognition of our commitment to continual improvement of practices and procedures...

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Proudly Purple in support of Pancreatic Cancer

13-11-2014


Today marks the 1st ever World Pancreatic Cancer Day and to show our support the entire Diamond Systems team went purple. We even got Norman, our CCTV test mannequin to join in! Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer; a little known fact and something that has barely changed in...

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Giant Welcome Back to our Partners, The Belfast Giants

06-09-2014


Supporting the Belfast Giants For the second year running, Diamond Systems have partnered up with the Belfast Giants! Heading into the 2014/2015 season we’ll be supporting them as they work their way towards the playoffs. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming contests...

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Fond Farewell to Diamond's Founder

03-09-2013


It is a bitter sweet day at Diamond HQ as we say a fond farewell to the man who started it all, Tom Snoddon, as he starts out on his retirement. After 26 years service it is clear that he has brought the company a long way since it all began in 1987. He desired...

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Siemens Partnership Announced

11-03-2013


Diamond Systems is now a Siemens solution partner We are very excited to announce that we are now a Siemens Solution Partner, making us the first partner in Northern Ireland. As a Siemens Solution Partner we now benefit from the expertise of working alongside this worldwide manufacturer and global innovator. As well as this, the...

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Diamond receives Investors in People Award

12-03-2010


  On March, 31 the Diamond Systems team celebrated achieving the prestigious Investors in People (IiP) accreditation. We were one of 33 local businesses praised by the Department for Employment and Learning for preparing for the upturn by continuing to improve and invest in their people. Steve Snoddon and Tom Snoddon from Diamond Systems are pictured above with...

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Diamond awarded Honeywell Elite Status

10-01-2010


  Diamond systems recognised as HONEYWELL SECURITY ELITE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR. The Honeywell Integrated Security Integrator Service Certification (ISC) programme is setting a new standard in the security industry. The programme assures a consistently high level of integrator support and service to our end users. It also recognises and rewards integrators’ substantial...

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Diamond partners with CentraLine

08-09-2009


Diamond Electronic Systems Ltd is delighted to announce that we have been selected as a CentraLine PARTNER CentraLine is the name of the Honeywell PARTNER Network throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. CentraLine is also one of the fastest growing brands in the Building Automation industry. Established in 2004 by Honeywell as an independent...

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