Daily Archives: 18/12/2013

NSI to hold Business Licensing Seminars

In order to help organisations gain a greater understanding of the Security Industry Authority’s requirements and the impact business licensing will have on the services organisations currently provide, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) will be holding two complimentary half-day seminars at its headquarters in Maidenhead on 26 February 2014.

With the Security Industry Authority (SIA) recently announcing that it will be accepting applications for business licensing from April 2014, the NSI seminars will be of interest to those organisations working in the relevant licensable sectors* and will include presentations from industry experts.

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions related to their organisations’ circumstances.

The following content will be included within the seminars:
• The fundamental requirements of business licensing
• How to demonstrate competence in order to gain a business licence
• The penalties for operating without a business licence
• Timeframes and why it’s important to act quickly

Jeff Little OBE: CEO at the NSI

Jeff Little OBE: CEO at the NSI

Kay Aitkin, the NSI’s services delivery director, explained: “It’s vital for organisations providing licensable activities to be prepared for business licensing. The NSI understands the impact this will have and, through our seminars, we aim to educate and prepare organisations for this fundamental change.”

Individuals wishing to attend should book online at http://www.nsi.org.uk/our-services/our-schemes/new-business-licensing/

Alternatively, for further information contact Daniel Offley (the NSI’s sales and marketing executive) on (telephone) 01628 764849 or via e-mail at: daniel.offley@nsi.org.uk

*The licensable sectors that will be impacted by mandatory business licensing are Security Guarding, Cash and Valuables in Transit, Close Protection, Door Supervision, Public Space Surveillance, Key Holding and the Immobilisation of Vehicles (in Northern Ireland only)

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Video surveillance: IHS predicts the trends for 2014

Market analyst IHS has issued its fifth annual White Paper on the key trends for the video surveillance industry. Niall Jenkins (research manager, video surveillance and security services at IHS) states that 2014 is all set to be another exciting year for the industry with big data, thermal cameras, embedded audio capabilities and the rise of the cloud in China just a few of the trends to watch out for during the next 12 months.

1. Video Surveillance: The Star Markets for 2014

IHS has been researching the video surveillance equipment market for more than ten years. During this time, the market has grown quickly, most years at a double digit rate.

The year 2014 will be no exception. IHS forecasts that the global market will grow by more than 12%. Within the global market, IHS has identified fixed-dome and 180/360 degree network cameras as the fastest growing product segments, and the city surveillance and utilities/energy sectors as the vertical markets to watch.

2014 is all set to be another exciting year for the CCTV sector

2014 is all set to be another exciting year for the CCTV sector

2. Big Data: Crowd Sourcing Video Surveillance and Social Media Analytics

The prevalence of smart phones with cameras and Internet connectivity in tandem with social media apps such as Vine and Instagram has led to the first ‘crowd sourced’ data collection for an investigation in 2013 (following the Boston Marathon bombings).

Now that this trend has begun, IHS predicts it’s likely that police forces will increasingly request – and need to manage – crowd-sourced video surveillance data. While this will allow law enforcement agencies to react more quickly, especially with the use of social media monitoring, it will also create data analysis and manipulation challenges.

Meeting these challenges will provide systems integrators and software vendors with a new opportunity to create solutions that improve police incident responses in 2014 and beyond.

3. Cloud-Based Video Surveillance Opens Markets in China

In China, the concept of the cloud is becoming increasingly popular, particularly so as the telecom infrastructure matures. As network bandwidth improves and network product pricing declines, cloud-based video surveillance solutions are drawing the attention of more suppliers.

While a cloud-based solution isn’t a compulsory choice, it does represent a great opportunity to leverage the massive demand for civil video surveillance.

With more attention and an increasing customer base, IHS predicts that cloud-based video surveillance solutions will be defined by the value created in the applications they offer to customers. With more than one billion potential users in China, getting the right mix of product and security features will be a successful combination.

4. Thermal Cameras Hit the Commercial Market

IHS forecasts that the video surveillance product market that will see the largest average selling price (ASP) decline during the next few years will be the un-cooled thermal camera market.

While the number of un-cooled thermal camera units shipped to the commercial security industry suggests that the market has not yet been commoditised, increased competition, new products and new end user markets will mean 2014 is a breakthrough year for the technology.

IHS predicts it is likely that police forces will increasingly request, and need to manage, crowd sourced video surveillance data

IHS predicts it is likely that police forces will increasingly request, and need to manage, crowd sourced video surveillance data

5. Panoramic Cameras: Providing the Full Picture

The big video surveillance camera category winner in 2014 will be 180/360 degree panoramic network cameras, with global unit shipments forecast to increase by more than 60% year-on-year.

In particular, the cameras are predicted to gain market share in verticals such as retail, airports and casinos where monitoring wide indoor areas is a key requirement of the video surveillance system.

6. Power over Ethernet: Watt’s the Story?

As the transition towards network video surveillance continues, increasing focus is being placed on the supporting network infrastructure. A crucial element of this is power.

Recent developments in Power over Ethernet (POE) standards and products make the technology a much more viable option for security managers. Looking forward, IHS expects that security camera manufacturers will expand and develop their portfolios of low-powered cameras to conform to the POE+ standard.

Technologies that overcome the distance limitations of Ethernet and POE also will find general market acceptance.

7. Is it Time for a Different View on Live Video and Mobile Access?

Following the events of the school shooting in Sandy Hook 12 months ago, there has been renewed focus on the idea of facility security managers securely sharing live video footage with law enforcement in the event of an incident.

The technology needed to provide this already exists, yet issues over ongoing cost – and, more importantly, who pays for the system – have meant that market penetration has been limited.

However, with costs dropping and a refocus on protection of assets of both the physical and human kind in the post-Sandy Hook era, 2014 could be the year where live streaming of video surveillance to law enforcement becomes the norm.

In 2014, the market for video surveillance devices with chargeable VCA will remain a viable market in applications where the end user needs advanced reliable analytics

In 2014, the market for video surveillance devices with chargeable VCA will remain a viable market in applications where the end user needs advanced reliable analytics

8. Video Analytics Market Reaches a Fork in the Road

For some time now, video surveillance device vendors have been embedding low-end video analytics applications in their devices and offering them as ‘free’ features. A question has therefore been raised: ‘Will there continue to be a market for video analytics, or will all applications simply be offered for free?’

As the market reaches this fork in the road, it’s clear that vendors can no longer charge for basic algorithms. That said, in 2014 the market for video surveillance devices with chargeable VCA will remain a viable market in applications where the end user needs advanced reliable analytics.

9. Security Cameras to Make Some Noise in 2014

More than 70% of network cameras shipped globally in 2013 had either unidirectional or multidirectional audio capability. However, the consensus from security systems integrators is that these capabilities are rarely used.

Nonetheless, with increasing awareness of embedded audio analytics and even sound source localisation, market penetration could be about to rise.

With much of the technology already available and the constant need to differentiate products and increase system efficiency, IHS predicts that the market will see greater emphasis on the audio capabilities of video surveillance systems in 2014.

10. Video Surveillance Vendors to Enter New Markets

Contrary to popular belief, the physical security market is not consolidating, at least not in the near future. However, video surveillance vendors are beginning to look at new markets as they invest the profits made from years of fast market growth.

Following the announcements of new products from companies like Milestone Systems and Axis Communications and new services from Hikvision and Dahua during 2013, IHS expects this trend to continue into 2014 with more new product and service announcements from network focused security companies as they seek to add new revenue streams to their portfolio.

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Ward Security launches sister company to service overseas markets

UK national security company Ward Security has launched a sister company – Ward Security International Training Ltd – in order to meet demand for professional security training from private sector and state-owned companies based in the Middle East and India.

Ward Security International Training Ltd will offer specialist security training programmes that will initially focus on training security dogs and handlers to help plug the shortage in the market.

The bespoke training programmes will be delivered by a team of experienced dog handlers and trainer and directly managed by Ali Tod, who previously worked in the Metropolitan Police Service Dog School which has the largest police dog breeding programme in the UK.

Sourcing experienced dog handlers and trainers

David Ward, managing director of Ward Security, explained: “There has been little investment particularly in the Middle East into providing training programmes on dog security. This means there are countries like Dubai where there’s a real difficultly when it comes to sourcing experienced dog handlers and trainers.”

Ward continued: “Exporting trained dogs is not really a short or long term solution as there’s a lot of paperwork involved in air freighting and a need to ensure that kennel management and animal husbandry is fully understood by the recipient country. You also need people on the ground able to train and manage dogs to a good operational standard. That’s why we’ve decided to launch an international training company where we can transfer our knowledge of breeding and training to countries in need.”

Ward Security has launched a sister company to meet demand for professional security training from private sector and state owned companies based in the Middle East and India

Ward Security has launched a sister company to meet demand for professional security training from private sector and state owned companies based in the Middle East and India

The UK security industry operates under stringent British Standards. As a consequence, it has built a reputation for being the best in the World.

“We have met a number of private and state-owned businesses based both in the Middle East and India,” said Ward, “all of whom are keen to use our services. We’re confident that expanding the business in this direction is a sound strategic move.”

Brothers David and Kevin Ward founded Ward Security in 2000 as a specialist security company providing a range of security guarding services to private companies and public sector bodies throughout the UK.

Today, the company employs over 460 people and operates from four offices around the UK, working with blue chip corporate clients such as Deloitte Real Estate, Savills, MJ Mapp, CBRE, the London Borough of Bromley and the Metropolitan Police Service.

For more information on Ward Security’s training programmes telephone +44 (0)1634 225100 or send an e-mail to: international@ward-security.co.uk

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Geoff Zeidler joins the Board of the Security Industry Authority

Former Securitas UK and Ireland managing director Geoff Zeidler has joined the Security Industry Authority (SIA) as a non-executive Board member with private security industry experience.

As a Board member, Zeidler will work closely with interim SIA chairman Bill Matthews and the other Board members to contribute to the overall strategic direction of the SIA and to ensure the Regulator carries out its duties effectively and to the highest possible standards.

The appointment is for an initial three-year period beginning in ecember 2013. The role requires a commitment of three days every month.

Zeidler was appointed by the Home Office after an open and fair competition to find a new Board member with good knowledge and understanding of the private security industry, and with the ability to represent the interests of the industry. His experience will be invaluable as the SIA moves towards the introduction of licensing for security businesses.

Geoff Zeidler: joining the Board at the SIA

Geoff Zeidler: joining the Board at the SIA

“I’m delighted to welcome Geoff to the Board of the SIA,” explained Bill Matthews. “His recent experience at a senior level in private security will significantly strengthen the SIA’s Board as we continue our work with colleagues in the industry towards a new regulatory regime.”

On his new role, Geoff Zeidler commented: “I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the long term success of the SIA. I hope my industry experience can ensure that the new regulatory regime for licensing security businesses is as effective as possible for all the Industry and our stakeholders.”

Geoff Zeidler: the Curriculum Vitae

Geoff Zeidler studied Manufacturing Engineering at Cambridge University and went on to work as a strategy consultant at Bain & Co as well as director of corporate finance at Flemings.

In 1997, he joined Spirent plc (the telecoms technology company), initially as director of business development and then as president of the Europe and wireless operations.

Zeidler became commercial director for the Forensic Science Service in 2006. Here, he worked closely with the police and the Home Office on the development of both the company and the commercialisation of the forensic services market.

In 2008, Geoff was appointed country president and managing director of Securitas across the UK and Ireland. Two years later, he led the acquisition and integration of Reliance and Chubb to establish the second largest company in the secutiry guarding sector. Zeidler left Securitas in June 2013.

Back in 2011, Geoff was elected vice-chairman of the BSIA and became chairman in 2012. He has been a member of the SIA’s Strategic Consultative Group since its inception.

He’s now a Partner with Wyvern Partners working as an advisor and investor with companies in the business services, technology, security and justice markets.

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Security Industry Authority announces indicative cost ranges for business licensing

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is now able to share latest estimates of business licensing costs under the proposed regime. The ranges are intended to assist businesses in planning and preparing for the new regime.

The cost ranges are indicative and subject to refinement. Although the costs influence fee levels, the final fees will be set by the Home Office and Her Majesty’s Treasury.

However, when the fee ranges are agreed, the SIA will share this information as soon as it’s available.

Two components to business licensing fees

The fees associated with business licensing will have two components. The first is the application fee, which is a one-off fixed fee payable when a company applies for a business licence. The second component is the subscription fee. This is an annual fee designed to maintain the business licence which is calculated on a fixed subscription fee and a variable (per head) fee.

The Security Industry Authority is now able to share latest estimates of business licensing costs under the proposed regime

The Security Industry Authority is now able to share latest estimates of business licensing costs under the proposed regime

Business licensing fees will be determined by the size of the business. This is calculated as the annual average head count in the previous year, being the average number of licensable individuals who carried out licensable conduct on behalf of (or under) the direction of the business over the course of the year.

The SIA has chosen headcount as the best measure for the size of a business as labour is fundamental to how the security industry operates. The Regulator understands that parts of the security industry experience seasonal demand. This is why it’s asking for an average annual figure as a demonstration of business activity.

Indicative cost ranges

The SIA estimates that its costs for the proposed new regulation will fall within the following ranges:

Micro businesses: £300-£500 application fee followed by a flat subscription fee of £500-£1,000

Small businesses: £300-£500 application fee followed by a flat subscription fee of £500-£1,000

Medium-sized businesses: £650-£1,000 application fee followed by an annual subscription fee of £500-£1,000 plus a per head cost of £17-£25

Large businesses: £1,000-£1,400 application fee followed by an annual subscription fee of £500-£1,000 plus a per head cost of £17-£25

Implementation dates for business licensing

Subject to ministerial approval, all regulated security businesses will need to hold an SIA business licence from 6 April 2015.

The Regulator has been working with the Home Office on the introduction of business licensing. Home Office ministers have publicly stated their commitment to the regulatory reforms and the introduction of business regulation.

SIA CEO Bill Butler

SIA CEO Bill Butler

The Scottish Government and Department of Justice for Northern Ireland have indicated that they’re supportive of a consistent UK-wide regulatory regime.

Business licensing is subject to ministerial approval and the approval of the Scottish Government and the Department of Justice for Northern Ireland.

• 7 April 2014: The SIA will start to accept business licence applications
• 1 October 2014: This is the last recommended business licence application date. The SIA cannot guarantee that it will complete the processing of any business licence applications received after 1 October 2014 in time for 6 April 2015

• 6 April 2015: The date when it will become a legal requirement to have a business licence

Read the full statement issued by the Security Industry Authority

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