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G4S helping to make Hogmanay healthy and happy for Edinburgh revellers

Today, event security specialist G4S will be helping to ensure the 80,000 Hogmanay revellers in Edinburgh’s world-famous streets enjoy a safe start to 2014.

This will be the 20th year G4S Events has provided security and safety management services at Hogmanay, and the company will have more than 500 of its staff available to give safety and security advice and help everyone enjoy the festivities.

As Edinburgh prepares to enjoy a variety of events including a special concert by The Pet Shop Boys, the Kelidh and the Torchlight Procession, G4S is reminding guests of top safety tips on how to make the most of the festival (such as wearing warm clothing, drinking responsibly, keeping personal property secure and planning journeys home in advance).

G4S is a major partner of Hogmanay 2013-2014 and has been providing security and safety stewarding at the event since Hogmanay 1992-1993

G4S is a major partner of Hogmanay 2013-2014 and has been providing security and safety stewarding at the event since Hogmanay 1992-1993

G4S Events managing director Eric Alexander said: “As the dedicated security partners for Hogmanay 2013, G4S will have more than 500 stewards in Edinburgh helping to ensure that the festivities are safe and secure. We’re delighted to be part of this event and our team will be on hand to ably assist with any questions.”

Alexander continued: “Remember, regardless of the forecast this is Scotland in December and late at night, so please wrap up in warm and waterproof clothes. I would urge revellers to heed advice from our stewards – who’ll all be wearing G4S-branded high visibility jackets – so that everyone has an enjoyable Hogmanay experience to remember.”

Top tips for seeing the New Year in safely include:
 Do follow instructions given by the event organisers
 Do wear warm, waterproof clothing
 Do keep an eye out for each other and designate a meeting point if you should become separated
 Do plan in advance how to get home
 Do drink responsibly as people under the influence of too much alcohol may be refused entry
 Don’t bring glass (including bottles) or cans into the events arena (there will be bars where drink can be purchased)
 Don’t bring children to the Hogmanay Street Party
 Don’t turn up after 11.00 pm as entrants will not be admitted

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Positive results in SIA security checks across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

Investigators from the Security Industry Authority joined enforcement partners across two counties to conduct simultaneous security checks on Friday 13 December.

Checks on door supervisors were carried out across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to ensure they were properly SIA licensed.

In Nottingham city centre, SIA investigators were joined by officers from Nottingham Police’s Licensing Team to conduct checks on eight security operatives across four venues including bars and clubs. No licensing offences were found.

In Ilkeston and Long Eaton, officers from Derbyshire Constabulary and SIA investigators conducted checks on 24 door supervisors across 12 venues including pubs and clubs. All those inspected were working legally.

By law, security operatives working under contract and all door supervisors must hold and display a valid SIA licence

By law, security operatives working under contract and all door supervisors must hold and display a valid SIA licence

Safety of the night-time economy

SIA Head of Investigation Nigel Davies said: “During the busy festive period we will work closely with our enforcement partners to ensure the safety of those who enjoy pubs and clubs in the area. The results of this operation show that revellers can enjoy a safe night out as they know that the security operatives are properly SIA licensed.”

Sgt Mark Lomas of the Derbyshire Constabulary added: “Door supervisors play a vital role in helping to make sure premises are well run and that their customers are safe. We were very pleased to be able to work together with the SIA to conduct these checks.”

Sgt Lomas continued: “We’re committed to tackling alcohol-related violence and recognise that enabling people to have a safe and enjoyable night out goes a long way towards reducing the risk of violence. We were also pleased that none of the premises checked had any issues. This demonstrated that the premises were taking their responsibilities seriously.”

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New ‘opportunity’ for holography as IHMA welcomes Bank of England polymer banknotes

New polymer banknotes introduced by the Bank of England have been welcomed by the global hologram trade body which sees it as an ‘exciting opportunity’ to showcase the very latest developments in security devices for currency applications.

The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) was commenting on the bank’s decision to start phasing-in new £5 polymer notes from 2016 after a period of public consultation.

New £10 notes will follow as the old cotton fibre and linen rag banknotes are removed from circulation and destroyed.

The polymer banknotes will be made from a thin, transparent and flexible film consisting of polypropylene which will be coated with a lacquer layer that enables it to carry the printed design features of the banknote. This will allow the inclusion of windows or clear portions in the design, used to provide enhanced protection and featuring holograms for verification and anti-counterfeiting purposes.

The IHMA says that other countries such as Canada have been using polymer banknotes featuring holograms successfully for many years. If the UK banknotes employ the same technology as the new Canadian ones, it’s another example of how holography continues to evolve as the leading security feature for notes.

Holograms on banknotes: the back story

Holograms have featured successfully on banknotes since 1987, evolving over the last two decades from simple patches to complex stripes as integral design and print features on notes.

Today, the annual global volume of banknotes produced is in excess of 125 billion*, so the reward for hologram producers capable of providing the technology to overcome the technical challenges is potentially highly lucrative.

Ian Lancaster: general secretary at the IHMA

Ian Lancaster: general secretary at the IHMA

The success of holograms for both polymer and paper banknotes has been down to their role as a Level 1 security feature that’s instantly recognisable. The technology remains to the fore as part of an array of overt features which make it quick and easy for not only the general public but also cashiers and those operating cash tills in stores to recognise whether or not a banknote is bona fide.

Increasing adoption of holography on banknotes reinforces the hologram’s position as a pre-eminent security feature in the global fight against counterfeiting. The use of sophisticated anti-counterfeiting features will mean that the banknotes will be more secure because they will include a larger area for holograms to be featured. New Zealand reported a big fall in counterfeiting after it introduced new hologram banknotes.

In Canada, for instance, the central bank is now producing a suite of five polymer banknotes featuring advanced ‘full-on’ holograms. This success could provide a blueprint for the way forward for the Bank of England’s new polymer notes, says the IHMA.

Effective weapon against the fraudsters

“Holography is an effective weapon in the battle to thwart banknote counterfeiters and fraudsters,” said Ian Lancaster, the IHMA’s general secretary, “and has evolved to become an important feature of modern banknotes.”

Lancaster added: “The Canadian banknotes are a great example of this evolution and illustrate some of the best and most technically innovative holograms on banknotes, which can work specifically with the window the polymer substrate offers to deliver real added value solutions. In fact, this is such an effective feature that paper banknotes are now being developed which have a polymer window.”

In conclusion, Lancaster explained: “Polymer substrates, like their paper counterparts, are now benefiting from this type of technology. We hope that the Bank of England will follow the example of Canada and others to have banknotes that are both potentially more durable and which feature the very best in modern hologram technology.”

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CEO Jeff Little OBE set to leave the National Security Inspectorate

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the forthcoming departure of Jeff Little OBE after three years in the role as the organisation’s CEO.

Little joined the NSI in December 2010 having previously worked as business development director for a company specialising in the design and manufacture of components for safety-critical environments.

Prior to this appointment, Little had served a long and distinguished career with the Army and was duly recognised with an OBE for his leadership during the Balkans War.

Jeff Little OBE: set to leave the National Security Inspectorate for a new role in the Middle East

Jeff Little OBE: set to leave the National Security Inspectorate for a new role in the Middle East

Speaking about the news Chris Hanks, the NSI’s chairman, stated: “The NSI is the UK’s leading specialist certification body. As such, we are at the forefront of rapid changes and opportunities in this sector. The experience and knowledge of our people is coveted, so it’ no surprise that Jeff has been offered an exciting challenge elsewhere and has decided to leave the NSI.”

Hanks continued: “While I am saddened by Jeff’s forthcoming departure after three outstanding years of leadership and building on our market-leading position, the Board recognises this is a great personal opportunity for Jeff and he will leave with our best wishes for the future. The Board would like to place on record our great appreciation for Jeff’s work at the NSI.”

NSI chairman Chris Hanks

NSI chairman Chris Hanks

Little himself said: “Every so often an opportunity comes along that’s simply too attractive to decline. I will be taking up a venture based in the Middle East which will enable me to leverage the technology and market background I have to very good effect.”

He added: “From a personal and professional viewpoint, I will be sad to leave the NSI but the organisation is in great shape, both in Maidenhead and across the country, and has an outstanding future.”

In the short term, Little will remain with the organisation to assist the Board with its selection of his successor during what will now be a transitional period.

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2013 John Aplin Award winner announced by The Security Institute

The Security Institute announced the winner of The John Aplin Award 2013 at its annual Christmas Curry Night, held in central London on Tuesday 17 December.

The John Aplin Award is presented to the Student of the Year who has achieved the highest marks in the Certificate of Security Management and honours John Aplin, who was instrumental in developing NVQs for the security sector.

The 2013 finalists were Neil Littler, Andrew Moore, Lee Trumper, Pete Goode, Keith Denton, Jodie Acty, Kelereng Busang and Gerrard Isherwood.

This year’s overall winner was Lee Trumper, who achieved 100% in the Certificate of Security Management Course from the September 2012 intake.

The John Aplin Award is presented to the Student of the Year who has achieved the highest marks in the Certificate of Security Management

The John Aplin Award is presented to the Student of the Year who has achieved the highest marks in the Certificate of Security Management

The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP commented: “This year we are making the presentation to Lee Trumper, who achieved an incredible 100% in the Certificate of Security Management course. I want to congratulate Lee and all of the finalists whom we recognise for their academic achievements.”

The Certificate in Security Management is The Security Institute’s own qualification. It’s one that’s recognised on the international stage and results in a BTEC Level 3 Professional Award in Security Management courtesy of Edexcel.

This course is designed to promote and recognise the knowledge and ability of candidates currently employed – or aspiring to employment – in the security profession, be that in the private or public sector. It’s available by Distance Learning and is delivered by Perpetuity Training on behalf of The Security Institute.

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Zepcam now integrated with Milestone’s VMS

The state-of-the-art 4G body worn video system (BWVS) designated Zepcam that’s widely used by police forces across Europe has been integrated with Milestone’s Video Management System.

The move allows end users to monitor both fixed cameras and images generated by the BWVS through one system on a simultaneous basis.

Zepcam has also announced that it will be entering the transportation sector next year with vehicle-mounted video systems.

Zepcam's 4G body worn video system has been integrated with Milestone's VMS

Zepcam’s 4G body worn video system has been integrated with Milestone’s VMS

The Zepcam solution is distributed in the UK by Interconnective Security Products. The company’s managing director Bobby Logue explained: “At the beginning of 2011, we implemented a strategy to move Interconnective from being a ‘box shifter’ to a solutions provider that adds value to security service providers. One of our tactics was to move our product sourcing from China to Europe, engaging with manufacturers that had dedicated R&D facilities in place as well as an innovative culture. Zepcam is a fine example of the success of our strategy. We expect to reveal further success stories during 2014 from our other supply partners.”

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Interconnective Ltd presents shares to successful employees

Iain Duncan Smith (the Conservative Member of Parliament for Chingford and Woodford Green and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) recently presented Interconnective Limited shares to two of the company’s employees in recognition of their excellent work.

An SME based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, Interconnective Ltd issued 10% of its shares to Chris Lanchbury and Joanna Karwacka, the two employees who work in the Interconnective Security Products division. Lanchbury is technical services manager and Karwacka the general manager.

Back in 2011, the directors of Interconnective Ltd took the decision to create opportunities for employees entering permanent employment straight from education. The initiative included engaging employees resident in High Wycombe for at least three years.

Iain Duncan Smith MP and Chris Lanchbury of Interconnective Ltd

Iain Duncan Smith MP and Chris Lanchbury of Interconnective Ltd

Lanchbury and Karwacka joined the company in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The turnover of their division, Interconnective Security Products, rose by 85% and 32% over the past two years.

Both employees have undertaken further education since joining Interconnective. Lanchbury has successfully completed technical courses while Karwacka recently completed her Masters degree in International Business.

Iain Duncan Smith MP and Interconnective Ltd's Joanna Karwacka

Iain Duncan Smith MP and Interconnective Ltd’s Joanna Karwacka

Bobby Logue, Interconnective Ltd’s managing director, commented: “I’m especially proud of Joanna and Chris, both of whom joined the business direct from education. It has been a joy to watch the two of them grow into extremely competent colleagues. I’m always receiving compliments from my customers on their professional approach.”

Logue added: “A lot has been said about the quality of school leavers in this country. My view is that it’s about how we as employers enthuse, train and invest in our employees.”

Interconnective Ltd was established in 2000 and supplies security products to 746 companies (including 19 of the Top 20 security companies in the UK).

Across the years, Interconnective Ltd has received four peer-nominated security industry awards.

Interconnective Security Products distributes smart security solutions including the Zepcam Body Worn Video Solution and Intellio Video Analytics.

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