SECOTA blog

SECOTA (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 tests new disc grinder

October 2019 - In April 2019 the European safe standard EN 1143-1:2019 was published. The standard gives the option to additionally test with a new disc grinder. In case the product is tested with this tool, a “T2” is added to the resistance grade. 

The SECOTA project has already done first comparison tests with this new tool. When comparing the results from 5 different bodies the comparison showed that the current 125 mm disc cutter is at medium 3,1 times slower than the new “T2” disc cutter with 125 mm disc. This proves for the first time that the new “T2” option gives a security benefit for the user of the safe.

The test was done on a metal construction. The effect on other safe constructions may be different.



Third meeting of steering committee

September 2019 - On 5 September 2019 the SECOTA steering committee had their third meeting. 

After discussing the results of the SECOTA comparison test, where eight of the burglary tools for attacking safes were assessed, the participants from seven different countries decided to focus on the three most important tools before performing the next tests. It was decided to especially evaluate the data of the 125 mm disc grinder, the oxyacetylene torch and the drilling machine. 

The next SECOTA steering committee meeting will then specifically have these tools on the agenda.




SECOTA presentation in Haarlem

June 2019 - On 24 May 2019 the SECOTA secretary Falko Adomat presented the results of the first SECOTA comparison test at the eurosafe general assembly in Haarlem (Netherlands). 

The 30-minute presentation was well received and included the main testing results in an anonymised form. Tests which were shown during the speech included attacks with disc cutters, acetylene torches, drilling machines and thermal lances.

Eurosafe is the umbrella organisation of the national European secure storage unit associations and was founded in Paris in 1988.




Meeting of the SECOTA steering committee

May 2019 -  On 15 May 2019 the SECOTA steering committee met for their second meeting in Frankfurt. 15 participants from 7 countries discussed the results of the first comparison test. 

It was agreed that the figures shall give the results in percentage and RU, so that a better understanding of the overall results is possible. Furthermore, the laboratories shall receive their individual results to assess if they could have a weakness and where they should improve themselves in the future.



Results of first SECOTA tests have been clustered

May 2019 - From March to May 2019 six European bodies participated in the first SECOTA comparison test.   

The results have now been clustered in a twelve page report. As a next step the "SECOTA steering committee" will evaluate the data and discuss the results in their next meeting.



Launch of SECOTA Comparison Test

April 2019 - After extensive preparations, the comparison tests will now begin. In March and April 2019, test institutes from six countries will be using angle grinders, oxy acetylene torches and other typical burglar tools to test a total of 126 specimens produced specifically for the tests. Each laboratory will carry out 35 tests with various tools under the independent supervision of SECOTA. 

"The tests are designed in such a way that a certain basic knowledge of safe barrier materials and the handling of burglary tools is required," explains project manager Falko Adomat, who is one of the initiators of SECOTA as Deputy Managing Director of the European Security Systems Association (ESSA) e.V. Identical sets, each with 16 test specimens, had been produced in advance for the institutes. These cover the entire range of barrier materials, from simple sheets of metal to sandwich constructions and high-strength armouring.  

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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.

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