Info4Security End User News

Awesome! In reality, that’s the most appropriate word to use when describing IFSEC International 2012, which ran at the NEC in Birmingham from 14-17 May.

Whether focusing on the annual Security Industry Awards, the launch of new initiatives for 2012, inaugural sector-based focal points or Best Practice schemes, there truly was something to engage everyone.

You can watch exclusive video footage of ASIS president Eduard Emde, catch NSI CEO Jeff Little OBE talking about why his organisation’s supporting 100 in 100 2012 and find out what companies like Samsung and Sonim made of this year’ event.

There was a brilliant education programme, too, with IFSEC Centre Stage, the Security Management Education Theatre and the Lone Worker Education Theatre all packed to capacity.

CCTV is never far from our thoughts, of course, and was indeed a major talking point in Birmingham. Gordon Tyerman spoke on that very subject, while a host of solutions providers – Tyco Security Products and Anixter among them – offered their views on the surveillance world as it stands at present.

Elsewhere in the security space, MITIE Group plc has recorded “strong organic growth” while rival G4S pinpoints a new chairman. Sticking with guarding-based news, SIA Approved Contractor scores are looking very good.

The Government’s approach to victims’ services has caused outrage in Parliament, it seems. Speaking of MPs… Many congratulations to former politician Bruce George on his honorary presidency of IPSA

Security Excellence Awards 2012, e-Crime and policing 

According to Big Brother Watch, the Government has “failed in its pledge to reform the DNA database”. Why not let us know your views on this crucial matter?

Certainly, the coalition is pretty busy just now what with its revisions to crime mapping capabilities, new appointments for the National Crime Agency, the introduction of tougher ID checks in relation to the CRB process and developments involving the DWP.

On top of that, the Home Affairs Select Committee is probing e-Crime, the Home Office will ask Police and Crime Commissioners to “swear an oath of impartiality” and, of course, the Olympic Games loom large on the horizon. Not surprisingly, the ‘2012 focus’ just now is on the London boroughs.

Further enforcement activity has paid dividends for the Security Industry Authority, whose CEO Bill Butler is one of the many security professionals to have spoken as part of The Leveson Inquiry.

The prestigious Judging Panel for the 2012 Security Excellence Awards has now been confirmed. There’s still time to submit your entries for this year’s scheme – the deadline is Friday 6 July.

Speaking of UBM events, we’re still receiving so much glowing feedback about IFSEC International 2012. It certainly was one of the best shows ever!

If you want to learn about ‘The Art of Security’ check out The Training Platform blog. By the way, Linx International has just acquired a majority shareholding in Perpetuity Training who author that particular missive (which, in fact, is one of the many regular blogs to be found on I4S).

In the wider security world, the BSIA has been busily examining guardforce motivation, there’s a new Physical Asset Protection Standard courtesy of ASIS International and plenty of news emanating from The Security Institute.

Last, but not least, many congratulations to MITIE Group plc (for its hugely successful MITIE Millions event), Industry Qualifications (following its informative Security Sector Development Forum) and Sony Professional for an excellent Facebook chat.

Until next time

Brian Sims
Media Solutions Manager
UBM Live Security and Fire Portfolio

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