From Planning to Protection – The role of digitisation

These days everything seems to be going digital, so it’s inevitable that fire protection would follow suit.

But what does digitisation mean for fire protection?  How will standards be adjusted to adapt to changing practices?

And will the increased use of digital technology affect the management and maintenance of fire systems?

This session will explore the impacts and implications of digitisation on fire safety.


Glenn Talbot

Founder and Managing Director, Verified

Glenn Talbot is the founder and Managing Director of Verified, Australia’s leading SaaS model for managing building compliance, maintenance tracking, visitor management, and OH&S safety verification. He has been General Manager of some of Australia’s leading service providers, has managed manufacturing facilities in Australia and New Zealand, and been responsible for national and international product distribution. Technically he holds an Associate Diploma in Applied Science and remains as an Independent Chair for Australian Standards, Chairing committee FP-001, the committee responsible for the development of AS 1851 “Routine Service of fire protection systems and equipment”.  He has been a volunteer Board member and President of the Fire Protection Association Australia, a successful not-for-profit industry association.


Rob Broadhead

Board of Directors, FPA Australia

Rob is the founder and CEO of 2020 Fire Protection, a company that focuses on inspection and testing, repairs and upgrades, annual fire safety statements, office fitouts, and fire order upgrades.  Rob is passionate about the industry becoming a trusted profession, and spends a lot of time educating the strata sector on the importance of fire safety.


Russell Porteous

Chief Executive Officer, Firewize

Russ is the CEO of Firewize, an innovative fire safety design, installation and maintenance consultancy located in Melbourne, Australia. With almost 30 years of broad industry experience, Russ is sought after for his technical abilities on subjects including safety, fire detection, emergency lighting, emergency warning and the built environment.


Bill Lea

Chairman, Infrastructure Maintenance and Engineering Australia

Bill’s experience in the fire industry extends over 30 years. During this time he has established and operated several fire industry businesses. He is involved in several working groups to advance the fire protection industry educationally.