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CSL DualCom and IFSEC International: headline sponsors of NSI Installer Summit 2014

CSL DualCom and IFSEC International have been announced as the two headline sponsors for the National Security Inspectorate’s Installer Summit 2014.

On 20 March 2014, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is hosting a unique conference and exhibition specifically crafted for the business needs of NSI-approved security installers.

This exclusive event features a bespoke seminar programme, exhibition and ‘Learning Zone’ aimed at providing installers with vital information on the industry and good business practice.

The event has already seen a phenomenal take up, with over 200 registered delegates and an exhibitor list featuring leading manufacturers and business solution providers.

Simon Banks: group md at CSL DualCom

Simon Banks: group md at CSL DualCom

Simon Banks, group managing director at CSL DualCom Group and a major supporter of the NSI Installer Summit, explained: “CSL DualCom has been a loyal supporters of the NSI Regional Meetings, and the creation of the NSI Installer Summit is a natural evolution. A fire and security event catering specifically for the installers is a major step forward. The NSI Summit offers sponsors the chance to meet a large number of NSI approved companies at a forum specifically tailored to their requirements. With over 200 NSI installers already registered to attend, we look forward to headlining what is set to be a landmark industry event.”

Peter Poole: event manager, IFSEC International

Peter Poole: event manager, IFSEC International

IFSEC International has taken up the second headline sponsorship package. Peter Poole, event manager at IFSEC International, said: “IFSEC International is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the NSI Installer Summit. We really value our installer community, and the NSI Summit presents an opportunity to meet a large number of approved installers ahead of the show in June. We’re looking forward to showcasing the benefits of IFSEC International relocating to London while also offering a preview of what’s anticipated to be the best edition of IFSEC International yet!”

Commenting on this formidable event, Chris Pinder (the NSI’s external affairs director) stated: “With a varied and informative seminar programme in addition to the exhibition and ‘Learning Zone’, this really is a great opportunity to have multiple business queries addressed at one all-encompassing industry event.”

Chris Pinder: external affairs director at the NSI

Chris Pinder: external affairs director at the NSI

In addition to CSL DualCom and IFSEC International, the NSI event has a plethora of recognised names among its list of exhibitors. Full details of all exhibitors can be found at: http://www.nsi.org.uk/information-centre/nsi-events/nsi-installer-summit-new/

Aside from an exhibition, this event offers the aforementioned ‘Learning Zone’ where installers can bring any queries they may have on areas such as standards, Health and Safety, employment law, business finance, apprenticeships and much more.

The seminar programme offers yet more value with industry updates and business updates including hints and tips on marketing your business.

Exhibitor and visitor enquiries should be directed to Nigel Aitkin, the NSI’s change manager (telephone: 01628 764843, e-mail: events@nsi.org.uk)

About the National Security Inspectorate

The NSI is a leading approvals and certification body that regularly audits companies providing home security, business security, fire safety and FM services.

The organisation also provides a range of training courses for the security and fire sectors.

To find out more about the NSI visit: http://www.nsi.org.uk

About CSL DualCom

CSL DualCom is the inventor of dual signalling and pioneers of the move from wired to wireless technology in the electronic security industry.

DualCom is trusted to protect hundreds of thousands of premises throughout Europe including many major retail brands.

The DualCom GradeShift® Range, the UK’s fastest selling dual signalling system, offers installers an easy to install product on a single hardware platform for any grade of risk. This, combined with the WorldSIM®, has reduced false alarms by almost 90%.

DualCom is powered by the complexity and robustness of the DualCom Gemini® Managed Network. Gemini® provides intelligence that enables us to push the innovation boundaries of high-end signalling and offer game-changing services that are the first of their kind in the industry.

About IFSEC International

IFSEC International is the leading event that caters for the entire security buying chain. Attracting manufacturers, distributors, consultants, specifiers, installers, integrators and end users, IFSEC International is the only event to bring the whole community together under one roof.

Providing education, networking and details of the latest products, IFSEC International brings together more than 28,000 visitors and 650 exhibitors to discover the latest solutions in the security industry.

IFSEC International 2014 takes place from 17-19 June at ExCeL, London.

IFSEC International is part of the Protection & Management Series which also includes FIREX International, the Facilities Show, Safety and Health Expo, Energy and Environment Expo and Service Management Expo.

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IHS Report: ‘Global terrorism and insurgency attacks rapidly increase in five years’

The number of attacks by non-state armed groups around the world has rapidly increased in just five years according to IHS Jane’s 2013 Global Terrorism and Insurgency Attack Index from IHS Inc.

“In 2009, a worldwide total of 7,217 attacks were recorded from open sources,” said Matthew Henman, manager of IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC) which carried out the study. “In 2013, that number increased by more than 150% to 18,524.”

Key highlights from IHS Jane’s 2013 Global Terrorism and Insurgency Attack Index are as follows:

• Global: Significant rises in global militant and non-militant fatalities
• Arab Spring countries see attacks spike
• Syria: Attacks almost double between 2012 and 2013
• Iraq: Suicide attacks quadruple and Al-Qaeda in Iraq re-enters the Top Five most active non-state armed groups in the world
• Sub-Saharan Africa: Terrorism fatalities rise

Global trends

“The epicenter of 2013 activity was in the Middle East, with significant pockets of violence radiating out to neighboring regions in Africa and South Asia,” stated Henman.

“We have also seen a dramatic rise in the number of militant and non-militant casualties. In 2012, 13,872 militants and 10,562 non-militants deaths were recorded from open sources. In 2013, non-militants fatalities almost doubled to 17,554 and militant fatalities numbered 21,490. These are some of the largest rises we have recorded in the past several years.”

Arab Spring countries witness attack spike

Henman stated: “In 2013, JTIC recorded a spike in activity by non-state armed groups in Tunisia and Egypt. Attacks in Tunisia grew from 21 in 2012 to 72 in 2013. In Egypt, the number of attacks recorded jumped from 63 in 2012 to 431 in 2013.”

He continued: “In Libya, there were 237 attacks recorded in 2013 and 81 in 2012. While the increases in Egypt and Tunisia were both somewhat attributable to the emergence of Islamist militant groups, violent protests following the deposing of President Muhammad Morsi in Egypt accounted for the majority of sub-state violence recorded by JTIC.”

Syria’s attack count almost doubles between 2012 and 2013

Henman added: “Due to a plurality of factors, the anti-Government insurgency in Syria intensified notably in 2013. Between 2012 and 2013, the number of attacks recorded by JTIC almost doubled. In 2012, we recorded 2,670 attacks. In 2013, that number jumped to 4,694.”

Suicide attacks quadruple in Iraq, Al-Qaeda in Iraq re-enters the Top 5

“A key indication of the intensifying level of violence in Iraq was that the number of suicide attacks in the country quadrupled from 2012 to 2013,” explained Henman, “with the 2013 total almost triple that recorded in neighboring Syria and almost double that recorded in Afghanistan.”

Henman said: “In 2013, 207 attacks were claimed by or attributed to Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). This is a 160% increase from the 79 recorded in open sources in 2012. Despite this increase, it does not fully reflect AQI’s predominant role in driving the 52% increase in the recorded number of attacks in Iraq and the 148% increase in non-militant fatalities. In 2012, there were 2,297 attacks in Iraq. At the end of 2013, that figure stands at 3,499.”

Sub-Saharan Africa’s rising terrorism risks

Henman concluded: “While the number of recorded attacks has only slightly increased in sub-Saharan Africa, we are seeing more lethal attacks claiming a higher number of fatalities. In 2012, JTIC recorded 1,370 attacks in sub-Saharan Africa with 3,434 fatalities. In 2013, JTIC recorded 1,391 attacks with 3,903 fatalities. When we look at Nigeria specifically, attacks decreased from 305 in 2012 to 137 in 2013, but fatalities rose from 1,351 in 2012 to 1,447 in 2013. This was partly due to an intensification of violence by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, but also a consequence of several high-profile instances of inter-communal violence across the country.”

Top 10 most active non-state armed groups in 2013

1. Barisan Revolusi Nasional (Thailand)
2. Taliban
3. Islami Chhatra Shibir (Bangladesh)
4. Communist Party of India – Maoist
5. Al-Qaeda in Iraq
6. Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabaab)
7. FARC (Colombia)
8. New People’s Army (Philippines)
9. Jabhat al-Nusra (Syria)
10. Unified Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist

About IHS Jane’s 2013 Global Terrorism and Insurgency Attack Index

The IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre uses open source data to build its global database of terrorist and insurgent events, archived to 1997.

The IHS Jane’s Global Terrorism and Insurgency Attack Index is an annual report for clients highlighting key data and global trends from this database, which is updated on a daily basis. The database enables users to search by location, target, group (active and dormant), tactics and casualty numbers in order to quickly obtain actionable intelligence and/or data.

For more information and a global map of attacks visit: http://www.ihsjanes360.com and for daily updates follow: @IHS4DefRiskSec on Twitter

JTIC defines an attack as any incident in which a sub-state actor (either an individual or organisation) commits an illegal act of politically or ideologically motivated violence against persons or property with the aim of coercing others to adopt or comply with its objectives or to submit to their authority that results in death, damage or disruption.

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Antony Porter appointed as UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner

The following written ministerial statement has been laid before the House of Commons by Norman Baker MP and in the House of Lords by Lord Taylor of Holbeach, confirming the appointment of Antony Porter as Surveillance Camera Commissioner for the UK.

The Minister of State for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker, comments: “My honourable friend the Minister of State for Criminal Information, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, has today made the following written ministerial statement….”

“I am today announcing arrangements for the appointment of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner under Section 34 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012,” said Lord Taylor.

“Following an open competition overseen by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, this ministerial appointment will be filled by Mr Antony Porter. Mr Porter’s three-year term of appointment will commence on Monday 10 March 2014.

Lord Taylor of Holbeach

Lord Taylor of Holbeach

“The Surveillance Camera Commissioner appointment has been filled by Mr Andrew Rennison who has now completed his term of office. I should like to record the Government’s appreciation of Mr Rennison’s contribution in laying the foundations for the regulation of surveillance camera systems.

Norman Baker: minister of state for crime prevention at the Home Office

Norman Baker: minister of state for crime prevention at the Home Office

“Mr Rennison also holds the non-statutory appointment of Forensic Science Regulator. Arrangements for the recruitment of a new Forensic Science Regulator are in hand, and Mr Rennison will continue to fulfil that role on a part-time basis until a new appointment is made.”

Key elements of the role

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner is responsible for:

• encouraging compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice

• providing advice on the effective, appropriate, proportionate and transparent use of surveillance camera systems

• providing advice on operational and technical standards

• reviewing how the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice is working and advising the Government where any changes may be necessary

A retired senior police leader whose roles have included commanding the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit from 2006 to 2012, Antony Porter received the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours List of 2008.

Speaking about his new role, Antony Porter said: “I’m delighted to accept this appointment and must first acknowledge the excellent foundations laid for me by my predecessor, Andrew Rennison.

“This role presents complex and challenging issues that impact on matters of social policy, Human Rights and crime prevention. My commitment to everyone is to ensure an open and transparent approach to the role.

“I will seek to raise levels of confidence across communities and interest groups as to the use of surveillance cameras and the standards against which those systems operate. Technology moves forward at a fast pace, which will present new and dynamic issues in the future. I look forward to building close and working relationships with all interested parties to ensure those challenges are managed and seen to be managed in the public interest.”

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Samsung Techwin appoints IT channel manager for UK and Ireland

Kirsty Elkin has joined the professional security division of Samsung Techwin Europe in a newly-created role as the company’s IT channel manager for the UK and Ireland.

Previously distribution channel account manager for D-Link (Europe), Elkin will now be responsible for developing relationships with key market influencers operating within the IT channel in order to identify new sales opportunities for Samsung Techwin’s comprehensive range of IP network-based video surveillance solutions.

Kirsty Elkin: joining the team at Samsung Techwin Europe

Kirsty Elkin: joining the team at Samsung Techwin Europe

“The IT channel is a key part of Samsung Techwin’s growth strategy, and Kirsty’s appointment to this newly created role reflects our commitment to offer outstanding pre as well as post sales support to customers who operate in this important market sector,” said Simon Shawley, director for the UK and Ireland at Samsung Techwin Europe.

“I’m confident that Kirsty’s extensive knowledge of the IT channel will enable her to make a significant contribution to our ongoing success in the growth of the sales of our IP and network based security solutions.”

Kirsty Elkin can be contacted on (tel) +44 (0)7810 637470 or via e-mail: kirsty.elkin@samsung.com.

Samsung Smart Security

Samsung manufactures video surveillance and access control products designed to meet the current and future needs of security professionals.

The products employ innovative technologies, many of which are unique to Samsung and can deliver tangible benefits and outstanding value to those involved in combating criminal activity while offering time and cost saving advantages to installers and system integrators alike.

Simon Shawley: director for the UK and Ireland at Samsung Techwin Europe

Simon Shawley: director for the UK and Ireland at Samsung Techwin Europe

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 job in hand. 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 which incorporate Samsung Techwin WiseNet DSP chipsets to allow the multi-streaming of video while putting the user firmly in control of bandwidth management.

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

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

Offering ‘Best in Class’ products and solutions is only part of the process of delivering Smart Security. Every one of Samsung’s products, many of which have been highly rated in independent product tests, is backed-up by “unbeatable” pre- and post-sales support.

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.

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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