EU’s GDPR and cyber security to be ‘hot topics’ at Hikvision Insight

Following on from the success of Hikvision Insight in October last year, Hikvision UK and Ireland is now pleased to announce a second series of events taking place in five cities across the UK and Ireland in March wherein presentations on both the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and cyber security will take centre stage.

Alongside the seminar programme, Hikvision will be showcasing its own security solutions including the latest in thermal solutions, Deep Learning technology, 180° and 360° technologies and Hikvision’s new video control software named HikCentral.

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“We take great pride in developing innovative solutions suitable for multiple applications,” said Gary Harmer, sales director for Hikvision UK and Ireland. “We’re looking forward to taking these solutions around the country such that professional security installers and system integrators can be get hands-on with our latest technologies. Hikvision Insight also allows us to update the market on our plans prior to the introduction of the GDPR later this year and outline the continuous developments we’re making in terms of the cyber security of our products.”

At these events, Hikvision will be joined by its authorised distribution partners and technology partners GJD, Pyronix and Seagate. GJD, the manufacturer and designer of smart electronic perimeter detection and high performance LED illumination equipment, is set to showcase its complete range of IP security solutions at the Hikvision Insight 2018 events, in turn demonstrating their use in real world scenarios.

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Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s managing director, commented: “We’re really proud to join Hikvision’s group of partners. The GJD and Hikvision integration delivers world-class IP solutions suitable for a wide range of sectors. We’re looking forward to exhibiting at the Hikvision Insight events and highlighting to visitors the advantages of connecting our technology with Hikvision.”

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Andy Keeley, head of marketing at Hikvision, added: “We’re looking forward to GJD joining us at our Hikvision Insight events. We’re excited to see the seamless integration between Hikvision and GJD’s technologies bringing a total security solution.”

*To find your nearest Hikvision Insight event and to register for your place visit www.hikvision.co.uk/insight

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Revader Security to demonstrate enhanced mobile CCTV system capabilities at Security and Policing 2018

Mobile CCTV manufacturer Revader Security will be demonstrating its new and improved redeployable cameras and mobile surveillance tower at Security and Policing 2018, which takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre on 6-8 March.

The company’s specialist security products are engineered to perform in harsh environments. They’re straightforward to install in virtually any location and can be rapidly repositioned to respond to changing security demands. Power options include mains, battery, Power over Ethernet (PoE), diesel and renewable sources.

The company will be presenting two new products at the show – a new mobile CCTV tower and a compact redeployable CCTV solution.

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The Galaxy Mobile CCTV Tower is a complete outdoor surveillance solution on wheels which acts as an all-seeing ‘eye in the sky’. The product incorporates four high-end HD cameras set at 360° for 30-metre viewing, a single HD PTZ camera with 150-metre viewing, night vision capability, sensors, alarm inputs, audio, wireless/4G connectivity with dual SIM architecture, extensive local storage, remote monitoring/download and several power options ranging from battery through to diesel.

The CCTV tower is primarily intended for overt deployment by law enforcement and security operators in remote or hazardous locations or at public events and demonstrations. It has also attracted interest for use as a cost-effective solution for construction site CCTV and security guarding replacement in high security areas.

In parallel, Revader Security’s new compact redeployable CCTV solution, designated the Tuu, is constructed from high-grade aluminium or stainless steel and suitable for use in harsh IP67/IP68-rated environments. The Tuu network combines HD PTZ or 360° cameras with 5 TB on-board storage and PoE single cabling.

The units are ideally suited for use by the police, the military and Government customers for evidential recording in custody suites, bio-hazard units and interview rooms and at  operating bases. They’re also a cost-effective option for general purpose indoor and outdoor CCTV, offering end users the ability to rapidly reposition the cameras according to changing surveillance demands and operational requirements.

Stuart Caldecourt, managing director at Revader Security, told Risk UK: “We’re looking forward to demonstrating our enhanced redeployable CCTV solutions to police and Government customers at this important event. We’ve already had a great deal of interest in our new mobile CCTV towers from security operators wishing to replace traditional security guarding with a more cost-effective and reliable alternative. We’re also continuing to impress customers with our ruggedised and redeployable CCTV cameras which are being used in an ever-growing range of scenarios, from construction sites and quarries through to town centres and even in high security laboratories.”

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Next Generation Networks is focus of Euralarm Task Group Forum

The Europe-wide transition of traditional (ie PSTN) telecom networks towards all-IP communications networks that’s in different stages is having a significant impact on alarm signalling systems across countries. With this in mind, Euralarm’s Task Group on Next Generation Networks is now focusing on that transition.

Euralarm members the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the Fire Industry Association are hosting a high-profile forum on how changes to the UK telecommunications network may affect the fire and security industry. The event will be held on Thursday 15 March at the offices of UBM in central London and offers the opportunity to hear from the experts about what the impact of the transition will be.

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Euralarm’s Task Group is also running a Workshop prior to the conference. To be held the day before, the Workshop is centred on developing an understanding of progress around Next Generation Networks across Europe. Members of the Task Group will consider what guidance and direction is of value to industry members and their customers going forward.

Euralarm members and other stakeholders and interested parties are invited to participate in the open forum, while the Workshop is for Euralarm members only.

More details about the Workshop can soon be found on the Euralarm website. Further information on the forum is available on the BSIA’s website.

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IDIS and Oprema sign new UK distribution agreement

Surveillance systems manufacturer IDIS has signed a new distribution agreement with Oprema, the multidisciplinary security solutions provider. A Fast Growth 50 company, Oprema has added the full IDIS Total Solution to its line-up.

The range of products involved includes the IDIS flagship offerings, among them the plug-and-play DirectIP as well as the advanced HD analogue over coax solution DirectCX. Both strengthen Oprema’s extensive portfolio of surveillance, access control, fire and other security brands.

Founded in 1997 by experts in computer science and Artificial Intelligence, IDIS operates manufacturing facilities based in South Korea and dedicated offices that offer training and technical support in the UK, Dubai and the USA. The company has grown to become a global security company that designs, develops and manufactures surveillance solutions for a wide range of commercial and public sector markets.

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Gareth Williams, sales director at Oprema, commented: “I’m delighted to announce a new strategic partnership with IDIS. The IDIS product range perfectly complements our multi-brand security portfolio and opens up a whole new range of surveillance solutions and opportunities for our customers. The IDIS product range delivers innovation that’s user-friendly, flexible, scaleable and able to meet every surveillance need, especially in the mid to high-end space.”

James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe, added: “The IDIS team is thrilled that we’ve signed a strategic distribution alliance with Oprema. Oprema shares our values of providing a complete end-to-end solution approach that’s consultative. The business has a passion for sales and technical support, training and reliable logistics, as well as professional services, such as pre-sales design, pre-configuration and on-site commissioning. We look forward to working closely with the Oprema team over the next year and beyond.”

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GDPR Readiness Checklist Tool launched by NW Security Group to help businesses comply with upcoming EU legislation

NW Security Group, the provider of IP video solutions and security consultancy, has launched a free European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Readiness Checklist Tool to help businesses quickly and easily determine if they’re adequately preparing for the new legislation. Due to come into effect on 25 May, the EU GDPR aims to ensure the protection of personally identifiable information. According to recent figures, over 50% of companies across the UK will not be ready for the GDPR by the stated deadline.

While awareness of the new legislation has risen in recent months, the consensus is that UK firms are under-prepared for the EU GDPR, and therefore at risk of fines as high as €20 million or 4% of a company’s annual turnover (whichever is greater).

As an expert in providing security consultancy and training, NW Security has been giving businesses across the UK guidance on how to ensure compliance by the May deadline in a series of awareness seminars. The GDPR Readiness Checklist Tool has formed a vital part of each seminar, helping attendees determine how effective their data protection processes are on their respective journeys towards GDPR compliance.

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Nigel Peers, senior consultant at NW Security, offers his thoughts on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and how companies must prepare for its introduction

“As a provider of IP-based security systems, we’ve always taken cyber security very seriously indeed to ensure the solutions we recommend to our customers protect the data that’s generated,” stated Nigel Peers, senior consultant at NW Security. “In recent months, we’ve been raising awareness with companies and helping them to assess their levels of preparedness for the GDPR using our quick Checklist Tool. As the timeframes become more urgent and levels of readiness are left wanting, we felt it would be helpful to make this free Checklist Tool available to more companies across the UK. It prompts them to think about how best to prepare themselves and their supply chains for the GDPR and provides an insight of just how comprehensive a full GDPR Organisational Readiness Assessment needs to be.”

One of the seminars was held at the Wirral Chamber of Commerce in Birkenhead, welcoming attendees from a range of businesses in the region to heighten understanding of the new GDPR and identify how it could impact their organisation. Laura Cross, director at Concentric HR, said of the seminar: “It was extremely informative and practical. We don’t feel fully prepared for the GDPR as yet, but events such as this have definitely increased our knowledge on the topic and given us great learnings to take back and implement within our firm.”

Cross continued: “The GDPR Readiness Checklist Tool was one of the most useful aspects of the seminar. It really helped me to understand where our business is currently on the journey towards GDPR compliance. Knowing that there are external experts out there that can support us along the way is extremely reassuring for our business.”

*To use the free EU GDPR Readiness Checklist Tooll visit: www.nwsecuritygroup.com/gdpr-readiness-quick-checklist

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Paxton announces inaugural recipients of new Scholarship Programme

Paxton, the global brand of electronic IP access control and door entry systems, has announced the first recipients of its new scholarship programme in conjunction with the University of Brighton.

Launched in November last year, the initiative offers the opportunity for students studying engineering and product design-related courses at the University of Brighton to win one of three scholarship places each worth £10,000 plus a three-month paid work placement with the company from July this year.

As part of the scholarship, the selected scholars will participate in technology research projects at Paxton that will then form the final year project of their degree course.

Last November, the company hosted a student open day at its new state-of-the-art facility, the Paxton Technology Centre, which was attended by over 100 students from the University of Brighton. The open day provided the students with the opportunity to learn more about the company and the application process, meet Paxton’s experts in product development and research and receive hands-on technology demonstrations of the company’s diverse product range.

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From those that applied, 16 students were then invited to an assessment day where they undertook a series of practical tasks and interviews. Following this, the successful three students were then selected. They are Yury Johnson (aged 20, who’s studying for a BEng in Electronics and Computing), Laurence Budd (aged 21, and who’s studying for a BSc in Computer Science) and Sam Innes (aged 20 and who’s also studying towards a BSc in Computer Science).

Commenting on the student programme, Adam Stroud (Paxton’s CEO) said: “I’d like to congratulate the three students that have secured the 2018 Paxton Scholarship. The Paxton Scholarship is a long-term initiative designed to ensure that we can secure the bright minds needed for the company’s continued success and prosperity. I’m thrilled at how the initiative was embraced by both the team at Paxton as well as the students and staff at the University of Brighton.”

Stroud continued: “We hope that the Paxton Scholarship will mean much more than just financial help for those students involved. Industry experience, without having to take a year out, will be invaluable to their development and help them to decide what career they wish to pursue. We also believe it will continue to highlight the diverse range of roles available within the security industry and the opportunities offered by a growing and exciting business sector.”

Sam Davies, the University of Brighton’s director of philanthropy and alumni engagement, stated: “Congratulations to the students and to Paxton for introducing this exciting and unique opportunity. We’re delighted to have partnered with Paxton in establishing this new scholarship programme which provides our students with access to the realities of the workplace and the challenges companies like Paxton face on a day-to-day basis.”

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ISM’s Genesys Enterprise ISMS technology meets CPNI standard for CAPSS

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) has received formal notification from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) that its Genesys integrated security management system (ISMS) has met the CPNI’s standard for CAPSS.

Genesys will be included in the Catalogue of Security Equipment and can be advertised as being “Approved for UK Government Use. For details contact the CPNI.”

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Steve Smith, managing director of ISM, is delighted with the news. “Genesys goes beyond Physical Security Information Management to offer unparalleled scale, redundancy and ease of use for operators of Critical National Infrastructure sites,” stated Smith. “Already in widespread use across the world, Genesys is a proven solution.”

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