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ISS first to sign up to MoD Corporate Covenant

ISS has become the first FM business to sign the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Corporate Covenant which pledges support to the British Armed Forces.

The agreement ensures that no member of the Armed Forces community will face disadvantage in the provision of services provided by ISS, in turn demonstrating the company’s rock solid support for the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.

Richard Sykes, CEO for ISS in the UK and Ireland, signed the Covenant along with the Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minister of State for Defence, Personnel Welfare and Veterans.

Richard Sykes (left, CEO of ISS in the UK and Ireland) and the Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minister of State for Defence, Personnel Welfare and Veterans

Richard Sykes (left, CEO of ISS in the UK and Ireland) and the Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minister of State for Defence, Personnel Welfare and Veterans

At the signing, Sykes commented: “I’m extremely proud that ISS was in the lead in the defence FM sector in committing to engage with the defence community, and I particularly look forward to supporting an increased number of reservists, apprentices and those wounded in action within ISS.”

Sykes went on to state: “Our increasing presence in the defence sector has meant our people have had greater exposure to the selfless men and women who defend our country and, consequently, deserve our respect and support.”

In return, Mark Francois thanked ISS and the other signatories for the initiative they had shown.

“Our Armed Forces and their families give everything to our country,” said Francois, “so I’m delighted that BAE Systems, ISS UK, the BMT Group and General Dynamics are signing a Corporate Covenant.”

Francois added: “I would encourage other organisations and charities from across the country to get behind the Corporate Covenant and do their bit to support the Armed Forces in any way they can.”

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Global commercial biometrics market “to grow considerably” as awareness increases, states Frost & Sullivan

Increasing awareness of biometrics across industries will spur the global commercial biometrics market. While historically the adoption of biometrics has been concentrated in the Government sector, recent years have witnessed considerable demand for applications such as ATMs, retail Points of Sale and finance. Iris and face recognition algorithms have undergone substantial advancements and are gaining prominence, while fingerprint technologies remain the most popular.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan in a report entitled: ‘Analysis of the Global Commercial Biometrics Market’ finds that the market earned revenues of $1.48 billion in 2012 and estimates this to reach $6.15 billion in 2019. In addition to fingerprint, facial and iris biometrics, the study covers hand geometry, voice and signature technologies.

“Better end user recognition of the unique capabilities of biometric technologies, including enhanced security as well as physical and logical access control in applications, has helped vendors win a number of projects and contracts,” said Frost & Sullivan’s senior research analyst Ram Ravi.

“Focus on building robust, error-free and efficient solutions will create added revenue-generating opportunities for biometric vendors.”

Increasing awareness of biometrics across industries will spur the global commercial biometrics market

Increasing awareness of biometrics across industries will spur the global commercial biometrics market

Extended time for implementation

Although improvements in technology augur well for the market, any large-scale biometric project in enterprises takes a long time to implement and cover every employee. Since many businesses work within a restricted budget for a limited time span, the high cost and extended duration of deploying biometrics restricts installation rates.

Moreover, the lack of knowledge among customers, fear over loss of privacy and uncertainty over the reliability and security of stored data also dampen adoption of biometrics.

With awareness at an early stage, solutions providers, systems integrators and value-added resellers are the accepted channel for distribution. That being the case, their decisions will decide future uptake levels.

“Business strategies with customised ROI models and reduced opportunity costs are expected to help biometrics sustain momentum in emerging markets,” revealed Ravi.

“Regulatory mandates and procedures in compliance with medical standards are necessary to favour biometrics market expansion.”

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BSIA South East Business Crime Conference: speaker line-up unveiled

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has now announced the official speaker line-up for its upcoming South East Business Crime Conference, which will be held at Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club on Wednesday 30 October 2013.

The free-to-attend event has been organised by the BSIA with the support of a number of police forces in the South East, and aims to help businesses understand the latest risks facing their operations as well as the security solutions available to help mitigate them.

Doors will open at 9.00 am, when delegates will have the opportunity to browse a number of security solutions at the comprehensive exhibition.

Attendees will also be able to speak with security providers first-hand and identify potential solutions for their specific security challenges.

Katy Bourne: Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex

Katy Bourne: Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex

Katy Bourne, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, will formally open the event at 10.00 am and will be followed by a number of guest speakers.

Impressive array of speakers and subjects

• Roy Smith (New Scotland Yard) will be delivering a talk entitled ‘Police and the Business Community: Equal Partners in the Fight Against Crime?’ Roy will be delivering a Metropolitan Police Service perspective on the ‘Total War on Crime’, discussing the police response to increasing frontline pressures and whether the business community is an equal partner in the fight against crime.

• Lisa Perretta, of the Brighton and Hove Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP), will be speaking about ‘The Business Community and the Fight Against Crime’. The Brighton and Hove BCRP is a partnership-based approach that uses an intelligence gathering and information sharing system to effectively detect and prevent crime and disorder. Lisa will be discussing the ways in which Brighton and Hove BRCP can innovatively and effectively use communications in order to maintain a safer business community.

• Charlie Newman of Littoralis is set to talk about: ‘Linking Local Business Partnerships into a Regional and National Network’. Charlie will look at how individual business crime reduction partnerships come together to play their part in regional and national strategies for monitoring and managing low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.

Professor Martin Gill: director of PRCI

Professor Martin Gill: director of PRCI

• Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International’s leader Professor Martin Gill will deliver a presentation entitled: ‘A Police Accreditation Scheme to Protect Your Business: Secured Environments’. Professor Gill has carried out extensive research into business crime by speaking with offenders in prison to discover the ways in which they overcame business security measures. As a result, Martin has been working with the police in order to develop a crime prevention accreditation scheme, and will be explaining how the scheme can help businesses improve their security and obtain a police certificate for generating a secured environment.

Following the conference, delegates will be able to engage in a Question & Answer session followed by a networking lunch.

To register for this free event online visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SEBCC

For more information about the BSIA and its events programme visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk/events

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