SECOTA blogSECOTA (Security, Equivalent, Certification, Organization, Testing and Auditing) is a comparison test project. It is based on the principle that a comparison test shall be open and transparent. In this blog current updates of the SECOTA project are given to the market.
SECOTA – Test specimens completed for first comparison test
February 2019 - A total of 126 specimens were produced for the SECOTA project. The test specimens range from simple sheets of metal to highstrength armour plates and sandwich structures.
In March 2019, 16 specimens will be sent to each of the bodies that have agreed to cooperate. The first results of the comparative tests should be available in May 2019.
The picture shows the test specimens, which shall be attacked by one laboratory with several specified attack tools according to the standard.
SECOTA registration has finished
January 2019 - The registration for the “SECOTA comparison test” was open until 15 January 2019. SECOTA will now include seven different bodies from seven different countries. With this large amount of data, a well-founded analysis can be done.
Every participant will receive 16 test specimens. On which 35 different tests have to be performed on different materials and with different tools. The test will likely be the biggest EN 1143-1 comparison test to date. As reference: the CEA/EUROSAFE comparison test of 1992 included five laboratories from five different countries having three different test specimens each.
The test is organised in such a way that even at a later point a laboratory can join. The laboratories taking part can be from any country and do not have to be associated with the European Certification Body GmbH.
SECOTA starts New Year with Comparison Test
December 2018 - SECOTA - Security, Equivalent, Certification, Organization, Testing and Auditing - has set itself the task of making testing and certification in Europe comparable and comprehensible to all communities of interest. Within just a few weeks, the international working group, consisting of 25 participants from 12 countries, has already developed and coordinated the first concepts for holistic comparative tests.
In the spring of 2019, the first SECOTA comparison test will take place with the six interested test laboratories. Overall, the comparison includes 35 partial tests on specimens of different materials, which are subsequently evaluated by the working group. The test specimens are provided by SECOTA.
Beginning of SECOTA Working Group
November 2018 - On the 19th of October 2018, the first official meeting of SECOTA took place in Frankfurt am Main.
The working group, made up of international representatives from all sectors of the physical security and insurance industry, has set itself the goal of making laboratories easier to compare in the future - through regular comparative tests. Here, test philosophies and processes should be harmonized, thereby creating a transparent industry platform for the continuous exchange of experience.