PerpetuityARC Training associate Paul Barker made life member of ASIS International and life CPP

PerpetuityARC Training, which is part of the Linx International Group, has announced that associate trainer Paul Barker has been made a life member of ASIS International and a life CPP. The accolade acknowledges Barker’s significant contribution to the international success of ASIS International’s Certified Protection Professional qualification.

In 1993, Barker became the third security professional in the UK to be awarded the CPP qualification. Two years later, he was instrumental in expanding the course in the UK by enabling the examination to be taken outside of the US for the first time.

As an ASIS training officer, Barker delivered two courses per year, and in just three years CPP numbers in the UK rose to 94. This resulted in Barker being presented with the inaugural Mervyn David Award by the UK Chapter of ASIS International.

Today, ASIS International is the world’s largest association of security management professionals. PerpetuityARC Training is proud to be a long-standing ASIS education partner. The company recently revealed that 98% of security professionals choosing its courses to train for their ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP) and CPP qualifications in 2018 passed their examinations at the first attempt.

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Paul Barker (left) receives his recognition certificate from David Clark CPP PSP PCI (chairman of ASIS UK)

Explaining the reasons for PerpetuityARC Training’s success, Barker said: “The courses are very well developed and expertly delivered in a manner that enables learners to retain the volumes of data and apply it to the examination. The material is extremely comprehensive and ties-in perfectly with the recommended reading for the exam.”

Ciaran Barry, director of Group operations at the Linx International Group, stated: “Paul’s contribution to the training continues to be exemplary and we’re proud to have him as an important part of the PerpetuityARC Training team. He continues a long tradition of teaching security professionals to the highest standards, helping them attain meaningful qualifications that advance their careers.”

In addition to the ASIS training programmes, Barker also delivers the IQ Level 4 course ‘Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector’. This programme is designed for professionals in the extraction, energy, exploration and production industries. Barker’s background in strategic security management at one of the world’s largest oil companies stands him in good stead as the Linx International Group’s subject matter expert in this particular field.

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IHMA report reveals “strong demand” for packaging authentication technology

According to the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), the Global Anti-Counterfeit Packaging Market Professional Survey Report 2018 signals the ‘added expertise… holograms provide in the authentication of packaging products’. This reaffirms the ‘strong and robust’ market for holograms among authentication devices in the coming years.

The report examines the anti-counterfeit packaging market in North America, China, Europe, Asia, Japan and India and forecasts production, revenue, consumption and import and export in these regions up to 2025. 

The market for global anti-counterfeit packaging technologies is set to continue to grow in the next few years, reaching more than US$357 billion by 2026Growth in packaging anti-counterfeiting devices appears ‘strong and lucrative’, states the IHMA, in the face of continued incidences of global counterfeiting and sector awareness of advanced track and trace hologram technologies.

Those involved in the packaging sector, including brand owners and converters, will benefit from the commercial opportunities built around anti-counterfeit packaging technologies identified in the report.

Counterfeiting: a lucrative business

Counterfeiting is very lucrative and the IHMA is calling for all in the packaging supply chain to apply pressure to tackle the billions of fake products inundating global markets. Security devices on packaged goods can ensure quality and check the distribution and smuggling of illicit products, while items not displaying security holograms can be seized and destroyed.

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Manoj Kochar: chair of the IHMA

Reviewing the report, IHMA chair Manoj Kochar said people cannot afford to rest on their laurels when it comes to the war on counterfeiting. “Holography has a key role to play as an effective and highly flexible weapon in the ongoing battle to thwart the counterfeiters and fraudsters. All involved in the supply chain will be reassured by the presence of holograms on products and recognise the benefits they provide.”

The use of well-designed and properly deployed authentication solutions, as advocated by ISO 12931, enables examiners to verify the authenticity of a legitimate product, differentiating it from fake products emanating from counterfeiting ‘hot spots’ in Asia and eastern Europe.

Even those that carry a ‘fake’ authentication feature can be distinguished from the genuine item if that item carries a carefully thought-out authentication solution.

Detail on the IHMA

The IHMA is made up of 100 of the world’s leading hologram companies. Members include the leading producers and converters of holograms for banknote security, anti-counterfeiting, brand protection, packaging, graphics and other commercial applications around the world. Those members actively co-operate to maintain the highest professional, security and quality standards.

 

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Cable-free access control solutions specialist LOCKEN celebrates 15 years of innovation in security sector

LOCKEN was established in 2003, combining the knowledge and expertise of its three founders: Arnaud Flecchia, Roland de la Chapelle and Stéphane Conreux. Those founders have “transformed” the business of access control thanks to breakthrough technology based on intelligent keys and user-friendly software, bringing to market a solution that required no wiring or maintenance. This was a remarkable leap forward that has fully benefited security provision for major telecoms, energy and water distribution infrastructures, where isolated and sensitive external sites are the norm.

In 2004, just a year after the company was established, the LOCKEN key was sending its data via a remote device directly connected to the system. Awarded the Trophée de l’Innovation in 2007, LOCKEN picked up the pace of innovation from then on.

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In 2009, the company released the LOCKEN Web Request software application, a complementary module improving co-ordination of the activities of technicians on sites. 2014 saw the advent of the MyLocken application and new customised services were developed around access control. 

The following year, the application took on a new dimension in order to meet the specific needs of customers with customised functions, such as authorisations, declarations of presence on site and reporting of anomalies, combined with new technologies like beacon and RFID.

In 2015, LOCKEN completed development of the software application termed LOCKEN Smart Access (LSA), the first multi-technology access management platform, making it a major breakthrough that would emerge as the cornerstone of its future strategy since the system was now capable of controlling different types of identifiers such as keys, badges and smart phones.

Last year, LSA’s ergonomics were upgraded to a more graphic approach in line with new practices using applications like Google Maps.

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Over time, major companies in the transport industry, banking and local Government sectors have followed the lead of multi-site companies and turned to LOCKEN for assistance, attracted by its “customer business line optimisation” philosophy.

In 2016, the merger with Italian manufacturer ISEO opened up new avenues and the contactless key with a Bluetooth module arrived on the scene. More efficient and more secure, it has allowed LOCKEN to build leading-edge equipment into its offer.

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Nortech recognised for quality management standards compliance with ISO 9001 re-certification

People and vehicle access control system solutions specialist Nortech has recently been recognised as complying with the latest ISO 9001 standard. Nortech is proud of its approach to solutions engineering that’s designed to ensure quality and reliability in both its products and services.

The updated 2015 version of the ISO 9001 standard recognises businesses for their effective quality management and requires them to demonstrate that they can meet the regulatory requirements and apply the system effectively to benefit their customers. Receiving re-certification shows that Nortech is prepared for any current and future challenges.

The company’s managing director Steve Blackler commented: “I would like to express my thanks to our fantastic team and to our loyal customers. Nortech continues to thrive and it’s our job to make sure we satisfy our customers’ expectations and that we’re doing what we should as a business such that we continue to grow.”

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Nortech’s technical director Amer Hafiz with the ISO 9001 certificate

Nortech has also recently started an apprenticeship scheme and just welcomed its first new addition to the technical production team.

As an independent British company, Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years. The business uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products designed to fit its myriad clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer very much in mind. 

New product catalogue

Nortech has also recently introduced a new 24-page product catalogue to help specifiers find the right products for their projects. The catalogue has been divided into four product categories: Access Control, Readers and ID Devices, Long-Range Identification and Vehicle Detection and Parking.

The Access Control section covers all of Nortech’s best-selling access system ranges including standalone control devices for managing one or two doors, plus the fully-online Norpass access management system.

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The Readers and ID Devices section highlights an extensive choice of 125 KHz proximity, 13.5 MHz smart card and 865 MHz UHF technology readers, whereas the Long-Range Identification section features Nedap’s popular Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), ANPR HD, uPass Reach, uPass Target and TRANSIT Ultimate readers.

The final section covers vehicle detection and parking. This includes Nortech’s popular inductive loop detectors range, FeeMaster Smart and the NorParc Counting system (including VMS counting signs).

*The new catalogue can be downloaded by visiting the company’s website at https://www.nortechcontrol.com/media/39014/2018-product-catalogue-1802.pdf

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Hadley Group brings latest batch of fencing solutions to FENCEX 2018

Hadley Group, a global manufacturer of cold roll-formed sections and profiles, will be showcasing its innovative range of fully-engineered security fencing solutions at FENCEX 2018. End users visiting the event should head for Stand 2 on Wednesday 17 October at the NEAC at Stoneleigh Exhibition Park in Warwickshire.

Hadley Group’s cold-rolled steel fencing systems provide an optimum strength-to-weight ratio ensuring maximum durability, easier handling and faster installation. The systems are designed and manufactured by the company’s own in-house cold roll-form profile design team.

On display at FENCEX will be the manufacturer’s UltraFence system, the first complete cold-rolled engineered palisade fencing system where every component has been specifically designed to optimise strength-to-weight ratio. Lighter, stronger and more economical than alternatives, the product is also generally quicker to install. The system is made up of three main components – UltraPost, UltraRail and UltraPale – to ensure an attractive and robust perimeter fencing solution.

Hadley Group’s railing system, designated UltraBar, will also be presented at FENCEX. It’s a system that has been designed for easy erection with pre-assembled panels that simply bolt into place. Featuring Hadley Group’s patented raking joint system, UltraBar affords the installer the desired angle on an instant and effortless basis.

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Aesthetically pleasing, traditionally styled and cost-effective, the railings are ideal for parks and outdoor recreational facilities.

Finally, Hadley Group will also be showcasing its UltraSecure system. This fencing system features steel slats fixed between each pale to offer heightened levels of defence, thereby providing an extremely strong and secure perimeter. The security system is available in two forms: solid for applications requiring total privacy, or perforated where good surveillance of the premises is required.

All of Hadley Group’s fencing systems are worldwide patent protected and compliant with the relevant British Standards.

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Adam Lyness, sales manager at Hadley Group, will be on the stand to offer practical insight and product advice throughout the day. “FENCEX is a unique exhibition where we can really demonstrate our wide range of fencing systems,” said Lyness in conversation with Risk Xtra. “We can provide fencing solutions for any environment, whether that’s for a playground area or properties that need high security. With over 50 years of experience, innovation and expertise, we’re looking forward to helping visitors learn more about us and what Hadley Group’s fencing solutions can do for them.”

The only UK exhibition dedicated to perimeter security, fencing and access control, FENCEX is staged once every two years and attracts trade delegates from all over the UK and Europe. A must-attend event for contractors, specifiers, security procurement experts, local authority officers, architects, leisure facility managers, highway specialists and statutory bodies alike, the exhibition is designed to present all of the latest products and services in the field.

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IDIS uses latest Surveillance Summit in Seoul as platform to sharpen strategic vision for “ambitious video surveillance tech future”

The recent Surveillance Summit of international security and video surveillance specialists, hosted by IDIS in Seoul, South Korea, focused on some of the key drivers that will shape the global video market over the next three years.

The growing importance of upcoming innovations in Artificial Intelligence, recording and camera technology, network security, extended warranties and the need for increasingly powerful VMS capabilities were among those topics discussed at the event.

Delegates from around the world had their first opportunity to see the second iteration of IDIS’ Deep Learning Analytics (IDLA). Version 2.0 IDLA sets new market benchmarks with accuracy of 96% and a speed of up to 200 fps permitting analysis of 32 channels on a simultaneous basis.

Further, IDLA doesn’t need additional processing power, meaning that end users will not have to upgrade existing hardware. When IDLA becomes commercially available early next year, IDIS will remain committed to its promise of a low total cost of ownership by affording users access to both standard and advanced analytical functionality, such as appearance searching, through just one simple and affordable license.

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Secure design and manufacturing

The Summit also focused on the importance of secure design and manufacturing to dispel common market concerns around ‘back doors’ and assert how the use of IDIS proprietary protocols hardens network security.

The agenda also covered sector-specific application developments in key markets where IDIS solutions are increasingly being adopted, including large-scale projects in the Asian region, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Held over two days, the annual Surveillance Summit has grown in scope over the last three years and is now an important diary date for those attending. It’s seen as a chance to network with leading market specialists from around the world to share lessons from projects which are frequently at the cutting edge of surveillance development.

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The Summit is also used as an opportunity to focus on business development, whereby IDIS works closely with its partners to refine its marketing and media strategy for the coming year, share the latest information about market trends and insights and drive product development and continual improvements in technical support.

Long-term collaboration

This long-term, collaborative approach between IDIS and its business partners is a key element of the company’s growth strategy. It’s this customer-focused drive that has seen IDIS grow continuously since 1997 to become Korea’s largest video surveillance manufacturer, with regional operations now expanding across 50-plus countries.

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Concluding the Summit, IDIS CEO Y.D. Kim (pictured above, far right in each image) presented 2018 Business Partner Awards to three companies – namely Avix (Russia), Trinet (Singapore) and Red Office (Bangladesh) – in recognition of their commitment to a close partnership and their outstanding performance over the last year.

Collecting the awards were (pictured above, left to right): Aleksander Khrakov (CEO of Avix), Tex Tan (CEO) and Jason Tan (managing director) of Trinet and Naeem Uddin Mahmood of Red Office.

“Our three award winners, and indeed all of our partners attending this Summit, demonstrate that the surest route to success is always through collaboration,” said Joon Jun, president of the IDIS Global Business Division. “Gathered at this Summit we have a level of expertise that’s unrivalled in our sector, and we share a commitment to giving our customers the very best in video surveillance solutions. Knowing this, we can all look forward with great confidence to the year ahead.”

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Pelco introduces rugged Spectra Professional IR PTZ camera

Pelco by Schneider Electric, one of the global leaders when it comes to intelligent video surveillance solutions, has released the Spectra Professional IR – a rugged camera ideal for transportation-focused projects, city surveillance, deployment at airports and seaports and for use in commercial markets.

The Spectra Professional IR features an ‘above the horizon’ viewing capability providing greater coverage of bridges, overpasses and building exteriors without mounting additional cameras. The camera also provides built-in IR illumination on areas of interest such as roadways, ports, parking spaces and building perimeters up to 150 metres away, thereby offering a solution for end user customers who are perhaps frustrated with the inability of typical PTZ cameras to capture key image details in poorly lit environments.

“Thanks to extensive R&D, Pelco has honed the technology to capture critical details in low light situations,” explained Todd Dunning, senior product manager at Pelco. “Spectra Professional IR also incorporates a ‘bubble-less’ design, which is a new feature for the company’s line of surveillance technology.”

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Spectra Professional IR: benefits for end users

Assuring coverage of large areas, the Spectra Professional IR camera is designed for use in round-the-clock surveillance projects.

Key features include:
● ‘Look-Up’: The Spectra Professional IR can view 15 degrees above the horizon that enables customers to see areas that are difficult to view when using typical mounting locations including bridge supports and cables, higher floors of commercial buildings as well as ships at a distance from seaports
● Outstanding image quality in poorly lit areas: Primarily used for outdoor applications with poor lighting conditions, the IR technology allows operators to see details up to 150 metres away, where external visible lighting isn’t wanted or is unavailable. The technology also provides control of the illumination intensity and exposure in the camera, thereby enabling people and vehicles to be tracked with clarity wherever they move in the field of coverage, near or far
● Smart compression technology: Featuring H.265 and Pelco’s Smart Compression technology, the Spectra Professional IR lowers bandwidth and storage requirements between 30% and 70%, depending on the amount of motion in the scene. This is especially important for 24×7 surveillance
● ‘Digital Image Stabilisation’: Reducing blurring associated with camera motion, this feature allows the cameras to maintain a smooth image ideal for surveilling areas affected by high vehicle traffic or strong winds like bridges and light poles
● Simple installation: Using only one wire to connect, the Spectra Professional IR comes with three power options and an embedded hinge design, making it easy to connect to and providing greater flexibility during installation
● Full integration with VideoXpert and ONVIF-compliant VMS: Seamlessly presented in video management systems, allowing operators to easily track objects moving in the scene and zoom in for greater detail

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