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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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Samsung Techwin appoints new managing director for security division

Jong Wan Lim has been appointed managing director of the professional security division at Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Lim had worked for the Samsung Group for 26 years as a project director in new business and head of overseas countries.

He has also led the Samsung Techwin DACH, the CIS and East European team.

Speaking about his new role, Jong Wan Lim said: “2014 will be a very exciting year for Samsung Techwin in Europe, Russia and the CIS. I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to lead a highly professional team who share my enthusiasm for providing customers with the best possible pre- and post-sales support, as well as Best in Class video surveillance solutions.”

Jong Wan Lim: the new md for Samsung Techwin's security division

Jong Wan Lim: the new md for Samsung Techwin Europe’s security division

He continued: “Sales of the IP network-based solutions have already exceeded those of the traditional analogue products and, with the help of our WiseNetIII IP Network Full HD range, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in our own IP network sales. These solutions have proven to be extremely popular with installers and system integrators alike, and I’m confident that we will be able to grow our market share during 2014 and beyond.”

Samsung Smart Security: the detail

Samsung manufactures video surveillance and access control products designed to meet the current and future needs of security professionals. The products use innovative technologies, many of which are unique to Samsung. The company states that they can deliver “tangible benefits and outstanding value” to those involved in combating criminal activity, while at the same time offering cost-saving advantages to installers and system integrators.

Samsung’s philosophy of delivering Smart Security is reflected in a product portfolio which provides customers with the flexibility to choose the best solution for the project. This choice includes a comprehensive and competitively priced range of analogue cameras, DVRs and monitors, a complete end-to-end IP solutions range, licence-free viewing and recording software and an impressive line-up of HD megapixel cameras.

The latter incorporate Samsung Techwin WiseNet DSP chipsets to allow the multi-streaming of video whilst putting the user firmly in control of bandwidth management.

‘Hybrid’ options include encoders which provide a cost-effective and easy way of adding analogue cameras to an IP/network-based video surveillance system.

Samsung’s biometric, proximity, smart card and PIN-based access control systems can be fully integrated with the company’s SRD digital video recorder range. This allows end users to achieve maximum advantage from their investment in a security system by ensuring that access control events and alarms may be reliably synchronised with relevant video.

Training is at the heart of a range of support services which also includes free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

Samsung offers IP network solutions training courses for installers and system integrators. On its stand at exhibitions including IFSEC International, the company runs hands-on workshop areas to give sales professionals and technicians the confidence to recommend, design and install an integrated IP network-based access control and video surveillance system.

Samsung’s professional security products are widely accessible across Europe via an extensive network of distributors. For further information e-mail: STEsecurity@samsung.com or telephone +44 (0)1932 82 6700. Alternatively, visit: http://www.samsungsecurity.com

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Operation Captura praised by UK and Spanish security ministers

UK and Spanish security ministers have highlighted the recent successes under Operation Captura, a seven-year campaign run jointly by the National Crime Agency and the UK’s Crimestoppers charity.

The end of the era when British criminals on the run can find sanctuary on Spain’s southern ‘Costas’ is in sight. That’s the message from Home Office security minister James Brokenshire and Spanish security minister Francisco Martínez Vázquez, who spoke at a meeting in London this week.

The ministers reviewed recent successes under Operation Captura, a seven-year campaign run jointly by the National Crime Agency and the UK’s Crimestoppers charity. Through concerted publicity activity and public information, together with tough enforcement action, 56 of the 76 drug dealers, violent robbers and sex offenders on the run have been arrested and brought to justice in the UK.

The ministers also looked ahead to the UK’s integration in October 2014 with the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II). SIS II is a European computer network which will make it easier and more efficient for police forces and officers at borders across Europe to share information in real time about criminals, their vehicles and documents.

Spanish security minister Francisco Martínez Vázquez (left) and James Brokenshire, security minister at the UK Home Office

Spanish security minister Francisco Martínez Vázquez (left) and James Brokenshire, security minister at the UK Home Office

As well as helping the police in the UK to arrest criminals on the run in Europe, SIS II will also improve other countries’ abilities to identify foreign offenders hiding in the UK.

Once they have been found, the European Arrest Warrant means they can be extradited from the UK to the countries in which they are wanted.

More than 4,000 wanted people have been removed from the UK in the past four years, including 57 people wanted for child sex offences, 105 people wanted for murder and 86 people wanted for rape.

In a joint statement, the ministers said: “With over three quarters of Britain’s most wanted in Spain arrested over the last five years, the message is clear: there is no hiding place for criminals on the run. This is good for both our countries.

“The efforts of our police and security agencies, supported by the excellent work of Crimestoppers and the Operation Captura campaign, have had a substantial effect. It’s a great example of cross-border policing and security co-operation in action. We are determined that it will continue and determined to work together even more closely to deprive criminals of the proceeds of their crimes by recovering their assets.

“We look forward to strengthening and deepening our co-operation next year with the UK connecting to SIS II. It offers a powerful new means of sharing information on wanted criminals between our police and other law enforcement agencies on a quick and accurate basis. It will help us build on achievements to date and turn up the heat on any fugitives still at large.”

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