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Met Commissioner heralds two years of Total Policing successes

Speaking on his second anniversary in the role, Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has stated that he expects to see the biggest percentage drop in recorded crime in the Met for 30 years during the coming year.

Speaking at the Criminal Justice Management Conference 2013, Sir Bernard outlined the dramatic improvements in crime reduction in the past two years under the Total Policing programme he launched back in September 2011.

During that time, recorded crime has fallen by 10.8%, which is more than four times faster than during the previous two years. This has meant there are 64,000 fewer victims of crime per year than when Sir Bernard took office.

Gang crime has also seen dramatic reductions. There have been nearly 40% fewer guns fired than two years ago and knife injuries for people under 25 are down by nearly a third. Serious youth violence has also dropped by more than a quarter.

Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Robbery, which had risen by 18% in the previous two years, has fallen by 16% and burglary (which had been rising slightly) is down 7.2% since August 2011.

The numbers of Stop and Search actions have dropped by one third since Sir Bernard introduced the ‘Stop-It’ programme and, at the same time, those stops which are being carried out are more effective (with positive outcomes increasing from 12% in 2010-2011 to 17.4% in the past year to April).

The smart use of technology

The Met Commissioner: “My vision for 21st Century policing is based on the smart use of technology. Total Policing is Smart Policing, fighting crime more efficiently and effectively.”

Sir Bernard highlighted the increased use of ANPR cameras to spot and stop criminals using our roads and new crime mapping techniques to predict where burglars might strike next.

“We’re about to begin piloting IT which will enable our officers to have all the information they need at their fingertips, and be able to carry on working without returning to base – wherever they are.”

Alongside cuts in crime, public confidence and victim satisfaction is rising, up 2% over two years. The Met is answering 999 calls more quickly (within five seconds on average) and getting to urgent incidents with 15 minutes more than 90% of the time (which is well within target).

Better policing within tighter budgets

The Commissioner also highlighted how the Met has delivered this at the same time as restructuring itself to deliver better policing within tighter budgets.

The Met is on track to deliver £600 million in savings and is already saving £25 million per annum in property costs alone.

The Commissioner concluded by stating: “I want Londoners to love, respect and be proud of their Met – we’re here for them. I want people to see us treating all Londoners with equal respect. I want all our communities to have equally high levels of confidence and satisfaction. I want us to use technology to be more responsive to the public while always being one step ahead of the criminals. I want to see the biggest drop in crime for 30 years this year. I want us to be the best by any measure.”

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Britain will build “dedicated capability to counter-attack” in cyber space

The Defence Secretary has announced that Britain will build a dedicated capability to counter-attack in cyberspace and, if necessary, to strike in cyberspace.

As part of the MoD’s full-spectrum military capability, Philip Hammond MP has announced that the department is set to recruit hundreds of computer experts as cyber reservists in order to help defend the UK’s national security, working at the cutting-edge of the nation’s cyber defences.

Hammond confirmed the creation of a new Joint Cyber Reserve which will see reservists working alongside regular forces to protect critical computer networks and safeguard vital data.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond MP

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond MP

“In response to the growing cyber threat,” said Hammond, “we are developing a full-spectrum military cyber capability, including a strike capability, to enhance the UK’s range of military capabilities. Increasingly, our defence budget is being invested in high-end capabilities such as cyber and intelligence and surveillance assets to ensure we can keep the country safe.”

He added: “The Cyber Reserves will be an essential part of ensuring we defend our national security in cyberspace. This is an exciting opportunity for Internet experts in industry to put their skills to good use for the nation, protecting our vital computer systems and capabilities.”

Creating the Cyber Reserve

Creation of the Joint Cyber Reserve will represent a significant increase in the number of reservists employed in cyber and information assurance.

Members of the Joint Cyber Reserve will provide support to the Joint Cyber Unit (Corsham), the Joint Cyber Unit (Cheltenham) and other information assurance units across defence.

Recruiting for the Joint Cyber Reserve will begin next month and target three sectors: regular personnel leaving the Armed Forces, current and former reservists with the necessary skills, and individuals with no previous military experience but with the technical knowledge, skills, experience and aptitude to work in this highly-specialised area.

All personnel applying to join will be subject to a security clearance process.

Response from the security sector

Speaking about this Government move, Peter Armstrong (director of cyber security at Thales UK) commented: “By re-skilling its existing force in cyber security, the Ministry of Defence has addressed the blurring of the lines between physical and virtual defence which has become prevalent over the past decade. With the advent of cyber espionage and attacks which threaten CNI, the need for an holistic approach to national security is long overdue. It’s great to see the Ministry of Defence taking its share of responsibility for this alongside its traditional physical defence remit.”

Armstrong also explained: “In addition, and just as importantly, this move will help enormously in positioning public sector cyber security as an attractive career prospect for the next generation.”

Graeme Stewart, director of UK public sector strategy at McAfee, said: “This latest development shows that Government is taking the necessary steps to protect the UK against a very real cyber treat that’s now on par with physical threats. With greater connectivity comes a far greater risk of cyber attacks on the very foundations of the UK’s infrastructure. In the case of the country’s energy supply, for example – and the UK’s apparent intention to rely on a single, centralised smart grid – a single attack could affect the entire country and, as a worse case scenario, leave the UK without power.”

Stewart continued: “Our priority should be to ensure that the networks and devices securing our critical infrastructure are totally secure, which not only requires physical security but also a complete shift in the mindset of UK organisations. The top level attention to cyber security has to be adopted throughout organisations and individuals as a joint responsibility. Government and citizens need to work together to move from a ‘digital-by-default’ to ‘security-by-default’ scenario, ensuring that the basic knowledge needed to protect against the ever-growing threat is ingrained in our national consciousness.”

Neil Thacker, the information security and strategy officer (EMEA) at Websense commented: “In light of the House of Ccommons Defence Select Committee highlighting weaknesses in the MoD’s cyber incident response strategy, as well as the news in July that the UK is losing the fight against cybercrime, this is welcome and timely news to offer additional resources to aid cyber defence.”

Thacker went on to state: “Highly sophisticated, targeted attacks are occurring every day and are focused on both small and large organisations, with UK businesses being named by cyber crime organisations as their Number One target. Like the Government, UK businesses cannot take their eyes off the ball and need to put in place the right defences to protect their employees and the organisation’s critical data.”

Continuing the theme, Hacker explained: “It’s more crucial than ever that UK businesses place data security higher up the agenda and spend IT security budgets on the right and relevant technology. Proactive defences against targeted attacks and new variants of malware are key. Adding the ability to detect, contain and mitigate against the attacks is a responsibility of the IT and security teams by applying real-time malware analysis while simultaneously protecting against internal and external breaches and data theft. Detection only is not sufficient to counter this threat.”

Finding enough experts to build an effective force

Ruby Khaira (regional manager for the UK, Northern Europe and India at FireMon) said: “The new cyber defence force being announced by the MoD and Philip Hammond is an important step forward in protecting the UK’s computer networks from cyber attacks. The UK already has good protection in place, but cybercrime is a continuously growing threat and to build on existing defences is both necessary and logical.”

Khaira continued: “As I see it, the real issue here is being able to find enough computer experts to build an effective force. With a distinct shortage of security personnel within the private sector, this could be a very real problem. Therefore, the MoD will likely need to have a robust training plan in place to instruct those they hire for the cyber defence force, and will then need to offer a good enough package to keep those security professionals from moving to the private sector.”

Khaira also stressed: “Along with finding and retaining talent, it’s important that the new cyber defence force can effectively monitor and proactively identify areas of risk, which requires implementing security technologies that can automatically identify security gaps and prioritise remediation according to the level of risk to critical assets.”

David Emm, the senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, has also offered his views on the Government’s latest move.

“The British Government has for some time been indicating that it is keen to ramp up the overall defence posture of British companies in order to reduce the risk of attacks thereon,” said Emm. “This is something which Eugene Kaspersky has long been calling on all Governments to do, but it now seems that the Government is saying it considers ‘offence to be the best form of defence’.”

Emm then stated: “While it’s understandable that Governments might want to adopt such a position, doing so introduces a very real possibility of a cyber arms race and, accordingly, increased risks to Internet-based systems everywhere. After all, if one Government decides to openly engage in cyber offence, others will be sure to follow suit. Any cyber offence escalation would increase the risk of the technologies involved ending up in the wrong hands, possibly to be manipulated for malevolent ends. Unlike traditional weapons, tools used in cyber warfare are very easy to clone and reprogram by adversaries or other threat actors such that they can be used in sustained strikes.”

On that basis, Emm said: “It’s imperative for countries to understand the possible consequences – the specific dangers and potential damage – of cyber war before developing offensive cyber weapons. The only effective way to counter this trend is for Governments to work together towards the establishment of a cyber arms limitation agreement that prevents the continued escalation of cyberattacks.”

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Met Police’s Central e-Crime Unit’s cyber investigations save UK over £1 billion

The Metropolitan Police Service’s Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) has saved the UK economy a staggering £1.01 billion in the last two and a half years. This is double the target figure and a result that has been achieved in half the time expected.

This figure, announced in a new report, relates to the amount of money that the UK has been prevented from losing through the impact of cyber crime and has been achieved following a number of successful operations led by the PCeU.

This unprecedented achievement equates to a saving of £58 to the public purse for every pound of funding invested in PCeU-led operations.

The PCeU’s fourth and final Financial Harm Reduction and Performance Report shows that, in this time, the unit has also charged 126 suspects, secured the conviction of 89 cyber criminals (with a further 30 people awaiting trial), disrupted 26 national and international cyber-based organised crime groups and also secured a total of 184 years imprisonment for 61 criminals given custodial sentences (an average of three years in jail per offender).

Funding from the National Cyber Security Programme

In April 2011, the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme – led by The Cabinet Office – allocated funding for the PCeU to take the national lead on investigating serious cyber crime, such as computer intrusion, distribution of malicious malware, denial of service attacks and Internet-enabled fraud and to support the ‘mainstreaming’ of cyber skills in wider policing.

Commander Steve Rodhouse

Commander Steve Rodhouse

Subsequently, the PCeU aimed to deliver £504 million of harm reduction within four years. It achieved this reduction within just 12 months following intensive operational activity targeting online criminals.

Such activity includes Operation Allandale, which saw the arrest of three men behind a conspiracy to defraud banks worldwide using a sophisticated phishing scam, in turn preventing loss of around £74 million to the UK purse.

Last year, Operation Caldelana saw officers prevent £39 million of harm to the UK when they arrested an organised crime group who had siphoned off money from a bank customer’s account, having obtained her details through a sophisticated phishing scam. The gang had details for a further 11,000 potential victims.

Making the UK’s cyber space more secure

Commander Steve Rodhouse, head of Gangs and Organised Crime at the Met, said: “The PCeU has exceeded all expectations in respect of making the UK’s cyber space more secure. This is due to its innovative partnership work with industry and law enforcement across the globe and its dynamic system for developing intelligence, enforcing the law and quickly putting protection measures in place.”

Detective superintendent Terry Wilson from the PCeU added: “Developing a national policing response to this new and evolving criminal methodology has been extremely challenging. However, the PCeU has enjoyed outstanding success during its time as the national lead on combating cyber crime in the UK.”

DS Wilson continued: “The creation of three regional hubs across the UK has strengthened the national response to cyber crime. We’ve worked closely with partners from across the globe to reduce the financial harm to thousands of UK citizens and businesses, as well as securing the convictions of many cyber criminals who have targeted the UK.”

In conclusion, DS Wilson explained: “Harm is not always financial. Immeasurable levels of emotional and reputational harm are also suffered by those who have their personal details hacked and published. In some cases, the release of personal information has potentially placed lives at risk. On that basis, our achievements have also been significant in ensuring public safety.”

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100 in 100 Roll of Honour recognition for Securi-Guard

Securi-Guard has joined a special industry roll of honour after taking on two apprentices as part of a major national recruitment drive administered by Skills for Security.

The Plymouth-based company will train Liam Hewins (aged 18) and 17-year-old Kieran Pope, both from Plymouth, to work in its security systems division as part of a commitment to help the next generation of security industry employees.

In recognition of the two appointments, Securi-Guard is among a number of security firms nationwide who have been named in the 100 in 100 Roll of Honour by Skills for Security, the not-for-profit organisation that serves as the sector skills body for the private security industry.

It offers information, advice and guidance to help with training and skills development in the security sector for both apprentices and existing security personnel who want to improve their knowledge and skills set.

Terri Jones, the new director general at Skills for Security, said: “We’re delighted that Securi-Guard is supporting the 100 in 100 initiative for 2013. Apprentices deliver real value to employers, and developing the talent of the future is vital to the economic success of the sector. Congratulations to Kieran and Liam. We look forward to following their progress.”

Left to Right: Securi-Guard's Paul Lawson with new apprentices Liam Hewins and Kieran Pope

Left to Right: Securi-Guard’s Paul Lawson with new apprentices Liam Hewins and Kieran Pope

Installation, maintenance, Health and Safety

Securi-Guard will be training Liam and Kieran as security and fire systems engineers under the auspices of Skills for Security’s training programme.

They will both work with an experienced engineer and be taught a variety of skills, including installation of systems, how to repair and maintain the systems to a high standard and ensuring compliance with Health and Safety regulations.

Scott Boyd, Securi-Guard’s managing director for fire and security, said he was delighted to be able to support the 100 in 100 initiative.

“This is an extremely worthwhile campaign and represents a great opportunity for us to help two young apprentices make their mark in the security industry,” stated Scott.

“As a family company, we take great pride in developing our staff from within and see apprenticeship schemes such as this as a natural extension of that ethos. It’s a chance to develop two individuals and equip them with the kind of skills and knowledge that will benefit them throughout their careers.”

The 100 in 100 campaign for 2013 is aiming to place at least 100 new apprentices across the security sector between IFSEC International 2013 (which was held in May at the NEC) and the Security Excellence Awards Ceremony, which takes place at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Wednesday 23 October.

Fully endorsed by skills minister Matthew Hancock, last year’s campaign resulted in 320 new apprentices. The organisers are hoping to top that figure in 2013.

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BSIA members preview UK Pavilion at IFSEC Istanbul 2013

Members of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Export Council have offered an exclusive preview of the new security innovations that visitors can expect to see at IFSEC Istanbul 2013, which opens its doors for the first time next week (30 September-2 October).

Event organiser UBM Live states that the new event – while targeting the Southern European market – offers “an unrivalled route to the Middle East”. The exhibition’s unique location between East and West has succeeded in attracting many members of the BSIA’s Export Council, whose key target markets for 2013 include both Eastern and Western Europe as well as the Middle East.

Showcasing the latest technological innovations is top of the agenda for BSIA members attending IFSEC Istanbul 2013. Manufacturer GJD will celebrate its 30th Anniversary by showing off its latest products, including the ‘Pearl Window Detector’, the new GJD D-Tect LZR laser scanner and a range of digital communication devices. Visitors should head for Stand D51.

IFSEC Istanbul 2013 runs from 30 September- 2 October

IFSEC Istanbul 2013 runs from 30 September- 2 October

Ana Maria Sagra-Smith, GJD’s international sales and marketing consultant, commented: “GJD is exhibiting at the new IFSEC Istanbul exhibition with a view to meeting potential distribution partners for the Turkish and surrounding markets.”

Looking for new distribution partners

Meanwhile, Bold Communications will be exhibiting on Stand D55. The company is particularly keen to find new distribution partners in the Turkish security market for its monitoring software and project services.

Bold’s managing director Brian Kelly explained: “With a GDP growth rate of 8.5% second only to China, Turkey is an attractive market for any ambitious security solutions company. Bold provides innovative and high quality monitoring technology which is an excellent fit for a rapidly expanding security sector like Turkey. We hope to meet many new contacts and make many new friends at IFSEC Istanbul.”

One of the services currently offered by the BSIA is the organisation of UK Pavilions at a long list of overseas events, including IFSEC Istanbul. Here, UK security exporters promote their products and services alongside each other at a reduced cost, enabling them to share expertise while receiving support and guidance from the BSIA.

John Davies: managing director at TDSi

John Davies: managing director at TDSi

John Davies, whose company TDSi regularly attends overseas exhibitions, commented: “Overseas trade shows such as IFSEC International’s brands and counterparts like Security Essen, MIPS Russia and Intersec Dubai are essential in helping BSIA Export Council members forge links with overseas companies. BSIA members’ attendance at such events has shown no sign of slowing down during 2013.”

Tom Sharrard, whose company Integrated Design Limited has also successfully exhibited at many BSIA overseas UK Pavilions ACROSS the years, addED: “I would recommend the BSIA UK Pavilions to any security company that is entering a new overseas market or anyone new to exporting. The BSIA takes care of a lot of the organisational aspects, including the shipping, and makes the whole experience far less daunting. Also, there is the support and advice from other UK companies in the Pavilion. Another major advantage is that the BSIA can often secure a better location in the exhibition than individual companies would be able to.”

UKTI’s Tradeshow Access Programme

Facilitating the attendance of many UK companies at overseas trade shows is UKTI’s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) scheme, which now offers increased grants of £3,000 per company to support their attendance of overseas events.

This year, TAP funding has enabled ten BSIA member companies to attend IFSEC Istanbul and its recent counterpart, IFSEC South East Asia.

Mike Parry, internsational sales manager for security at Remsdaq (winner of the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Exporting in 2011), outlined: “Remsdaq has attended events in the USA, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East under the UK banner. The main reason for us attending in this way is the partial funding that’s often available, which makes these events far more attractive in that we can at least do more of them.”

The overseas UK Pavilions organised by the BSIA are not solely open to BSIA members, but to all security companies keen on gaining a more secure foothold in export markets.

To find out more about UK Pavilions and the BSIA’s Export Council visit:

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(ISC)2 report finds conflicting demands, goals and threats make enterprise security “increasingly challenging” for CSOs

C-level data from the 2013 (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study illustrates paradoxes in application vulnerabilities and mobile devices and a shortage of qualified staff.

(ISC)², the world’s largest not-for-profit information security professional body and administrator of the CISSP, has issued new data that outlines the chief challenges faced by top enterprise security executives and illustrates the broad range of complex – and sometimes conflicting – challenges faced by today’s enterprise information security leaders.

Some key paradoxes the CXO study found are as follows:

Application vulnerabilities were the top-rated threat to the security of enterprise data (72% of executives rated it as a chief concern), yet many executives also reported that the demands of their organisations make it difficult to develop and implement secure application development processes.

Similarly, 70% of executives rated mobile devices as a top threat to their organisations, but many reported that they had not successfully implemented mobile security policies and programmes.

The majority of security executives (77% in the government sphere and 63% in private industry) believe they have too few people on their IT security staff, yet 61% cited business conditions as an obstacle preventing them from hiring more personnel.

(ISC)2 has issued new data which shows that top security executives are faced with a myriad of critical yet sometimes paradoxical security choices

(ISC)2 has issued new data which shows that top security executives are faced with a myriad of critical yet sometimes paradoxical security choices

Despite the concerns they registered over a shortage of trained personnel, more security executives plan to increase their spending on technology in the next year (39%) than on staffing (35%).

A View From The Top

The new report, entitled ‘A View From The Top – The (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study CXO Report, conducted through the (ISC)2 Foundation, offers a detailed perspective on the attitudes and plans of 1,634 C-level executives from enterprises around the world.

The data was collected as part of (ISC)2’s sixth Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS) in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, and conducted by Frost & Sullivan. The study offers a snapshot of the priorities, plans and concerns of top security executives in a wide range of industries – and the challenges they face in making decisions in today’s dynamic, turbulent cyber security environment.

“Senior security executives, it appears, are getting sidetracked from the key security issues at hand as they balance the pressures of an evolving threat landscape and the business,” said John Colley, managing director for (ISC)2 in the EMEA region.

“They recognise application vulnerability is the number one threat and yet they are unable to devote their time, attention and obvious leadership in the field to help correct the situation. It is imperative that they keep a strategic perspective on security, looking at the issues holistically in order to develop effective solutions to deal with problems, the nature of which is constantly changing.”

The report data indicates that top security executives are faced with a myriad of critical, yet sometimes paradoxical security choices. For example, CXOs said that two of their chief cyber security concerns are potential damage to the organisation’s reputation (83%) and IT service downtime (74%).

Yet when asked how they spend their time, the top two answers were governance, risk and compliance (74%) and security management (also 74%), which indicates that administrative tasks and priorities dominate their daily agendas.

Security: the dilemma for information security executives

“Security is a dilemma for information security executives,” stated Michael Suby, Stratecast VP of Research at Frost & Sullivan and author of the report. “Data is proliferating and becoming more fluid, yet the need to protect it is greater than ever. Similarly, there is the challenge of today’s sophisticated attackers who are becoming increasingly skilled at hiding their exploits. The most significant threat to an organisation is what it does not know or cannot detect.”

William Stewart, senior vice-president at Booz Allen Hamilton, added: “It’s clear that chief security executives are faced with an array of challenges that cannot be overcome by any single methodology or set of solutions. One of the biggest obstacles security departments face is the dynamic interplay between an organisation’s business and IT priorities and the rapidly changing nature of the threat environment. To overcome this challenge, CXOs need to focus on prioritising critical assets, closely collaborating with the other organisational leadership and conducting thoughtful and forward-looking threat analysis.”

Likely the largest study of the information security profession ever conducted, the 2013 GISWS was conducted late last year through an Internet-based survey. Since its first release in 2004, the study gauges the opinions of information security professionals and provides detailed insight into important trends and opportunities within the information security profession. It provides a clear understanding of pay scales, skills gaps, training requirements, corporate hiring practices, security budgets, career progression, and corporate attitude toward information security that is of use to companies, hiring managers, and information security professionals.

The full study can be found here:

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Norbain appoints Gary Rowden to divisional director’s role

Norbain has announced the appointment of Gary Rowden as divisional director of sales for the South of England.

Rowden joins the company with a vast amount of security industry experience, having worked for Anixter International as sales director and, more recently, at Samsung Techwin Europe in the role of sales and marketing director.

Gary Rowden: returning to Norbain

Gary Rowden: returning to Norbain

In fact, Rowden is no stranger to Norbain having previously worked for the company for eight years as a regional sales manager.

Charlie Lacey, Norbain’s sales and marketing director, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Gary back to Norbain. He brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked in both distribution and in manufacturing, and we’re looking forward to using his insights to continue to drive Norbain’s sales, particularly in the IP market.”

Rowden will be working with the sales team to help develop sales in the South of England. Of his new role, he said: “It’s a great opportunity to be able to work at Norbain again. The business has moved on considerably in the last 12 months, particularly in its approach to IP which is now a key focus area. It’s a really exciting time for the company and for the industry in general, and I look forward to connecting with customers and really driving sales forward.”

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Video surveillance to take inspiration from mobile phone sector

Much like the mobile phone industry, the video surveillance market is turning towards a recurring monthly revenue model that includes the cost of hardware built into a monthly service fee.

According to analyst IHS, the world market for video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) is expected to see average annual growth of 17% from 2012 to 2017, reaching nearly $1.3 billion by 2017.

Growth in specific segments of the market, such as the residential and small-to-medium sized business (SMB) sectors, is expected to drive a change in the typical buying model.

“End users in the residential and SMB segments, while interested in a video surveillance system, often are not in a position to make the significant capital outlay required to purchase hardware upfront,” said Aaron Dale, analyst for the Security and Fire group at IHS.

The video surveillance industry is turning towards a recurring monthly revenue model that includes the cost of hardware into a monthly service fee

The video surveillance industry is turning towards a recurring monthly revenue model that includes the cost of hardware built into a monthly service fee

“Inherently, businesses and consumers prefer to spread the cost of goods and services over time.”

Including the cost of hardware in the monthly service fee has proved particularly popular with end users in China, a market that accounted for an estimated 68% of global revenues last year.

A move toward this type of billing method could present a challenge for some video surveillance equipment vendors used to transactional sales. Even so, many companies prefer the recurring monthly revenue model as it fosters a more dependable cash flow model and has the potential to generate a larger profit margin.

“Security systems integrators are uniquely positioned to capitalise on the growing popularity of this business model as they’re used to billing on a monthly basis,” added Dale.

For their part, both integrators and manufactures could take advantage of this market by creating strategic partnerships. The integrator provides a service package while the manufacturer benefits from additional camera sales.

In turn, the growing popularity of hardware-inclusive billing models has the potential to reshape the competitive landscape and spur new interest in the overall video surveillance industry.

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NSI and Facewatch: joining forces to fight crime

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and Facewatch intend to work closely together in a powerful partnering arrangement which will help “transform the use of CCTV” by moving it into the digital world of online reporting.

The National Security Inspectorate provides certification schemes audited against internationally recognised standards for both the security and fire sectors. The organisation will now be adding the Facewatch online police crime reporting service to its training offer and be encouraging NSI-approved companies to roll out Facewatch to their own end user customers.

Facewatch training and support will be provided by the NSI to any company wishing to use Facewatch as part of its CCTV security solution. Using the accurate KPIs from Facewatch, it will also be possible to establish how effectively systems are operating in order to provide good evidence for police services and help drive up standards.

The Facewatch system is already used by over 7,000 businesses across the UK. It allows crimes such as shoplifting and personal theft to be reported instantly to the police online.

Jeff Little OBE: CEO of the NSI

Jeff Little OBE: CEO of the NSI

Nine UK police services have already signed up to use the system while many others are considering its adoption.

CCTV footage and suspect images can be uploaded directly to Facewatch and provide the police and other businesses using the solution with accurate and accessible data to help improve the conviction rate and deal with repeat offenders.

Collection, analysis and storage of CCTV images

Until now, CCTV has been a poor relation to the forensic approach taken by the police in the use of fingerprints and DNA. This is mainly because of the physical difficulties surrounding the collection, analysis and storage of CCTV footage.

Furthermore, when poor quality CCTV imagery is provided (often in a format that cannot be viewed clearly by the police without special software), the effectiveness of the capability is greatly weakened. Many cases fail in court due to basic issues such as DVDs not playing or disks getting lost.

The new NSI-Facewatch partnership seeks to address these weaknesses. The NSI’s approved companies can put themselves at the forefront of this transformation and ensure that they are fully ready to take advantage of the future business opportunities that it brings.

The NSI will ensure that business users are given fully developed training in order to ensure that they are completely confident in using the Facewatch system. It also strengthens their aim of improving CCTV quality and standards of service provided by NSI Alarm Receiving Centres and systems installers.

Training and e-Learning Suite for Facewatch

Jeff Little, CEO at the NSI, explained: “The NSI is delighted to be working with Facewatch to ensure that this new and innovative crime reduction and reporting system is managed, delivered and fully exploited. The new NSI training and e-learning suite for Facewatch will be the catalyst which ensures that companies will be able to provide a system to their customers that will result in lower crime levels and will also help to improve the quality of CCTV evidence provided to the police services.”

Facewatch chairman Simon Gordon

Facewatch chairman Simon Gordon

Simon Gordon, chairman of Facewatch, added: “We’re extremely pleased to be working with the NSI to improve standards of crime reporting and intelligence sharing. It’s essential to our national roll-out plans that Facewatch can be successfully integrated into businesses of any size or complexity and that the quality of the CCTV system is such that the evidence uploaded to Facewatch is useable by the police and the courts.”

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North America leads in worldwide mobile video surveillance equipment sales

North America remains the dominant sales market for mobile video surveillance equipment, according to the latest research from IHS Inc (NYSE: IHS).

In a global market of almost $500 million spent on mobile video surveillance equipment (not counting accessories), the Americas contributed around 70% of all revenue in 2012, a total of $346.6 million.

The lion’s share of this revenue comes from the United States and Canada, meaning these two countries combined are bigger than the collective Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region at $83.3 million or Asia at $68.7 million.

“The skew toward North America comes primarily through huge sales in the police car and school bus vertical markets,” said David Green, IHS senior analyst for video surveillance and report author of ‘The World Market for Mobile Video Surveillance: 2013’.

“This is something we’ve seen in each of the previous three editions of the research, but sales across these two verticals have pushed North America even further out in front.”

In EMEA and Asia, meanwhile, opportunities for the market are growing, particularly in the areas of transit buses and in trains and trams.

Already, many of the leading manufacturers in North America say they are investigating future sales prospects in Europe. By 2017, American sales will jump to $489.0 million compared to $116.2 million for EMEA and $91.8 million for Asia.

“It’s fair to assume that the Americas will remain by far the largest region for at least the foreseeable future, but don’t be surprised to see some quicker growth in EMEA and Asia in the second half of this decade,” concluded Green.

‘The World Market for Mobile Video Surveillance: 2013’ has just been published by IHS and is now available.

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