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Nedap looks ahead during the 2014 ASIS European Security Conference

Although the 13th Edition of the ASIS European Security Conference at The Hague is still in full swing, Nedap is already looking back on a successful event.

As Gold Sponsor, the company was closely involved in the organisation of the ASIS Welcome Party. In addition, Nedap’s CEO Ruben Wegman took part in Wednesday’s opening plenary panel discussion on ‘The Future of Security Technology’.

Six months after the decision taken by ASIS and Nedap to add an informal networking event to the conference programme, the ASIS Welcome Party – powered by Nedap – took place at The World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands on Tuesday 1 April. 350 enthusiastic security professionals caught up on developments in the security sector.

ASIS International president Richard Widup at the Welcome Party

ASIS International president Richard Widup at the Welcome Party

At the beginning of the evening, the multi-talented Niek Boes played the role of his spectacular character, which party attendees soon referred to as ‘The Robotic Man’. Delegates also enjoyed the musical performance of Keys & Colors, who played requests during the evening.

The Future of Security Technology

On Wednesday 2 April from 10.30 am-11.20 am, Nedap CEO Ruben Wegman contributed to the plenary panel discussion on ‘The Future of Security Technology’.

This session was moderated by British journalist Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI (Media Solutions Manager for UBM Live’s Security and Fire Portfolio) and also featured Ray Mauritsson (president and CEO at Axis Communications) and Roland Billeter, president of continental Europe at Tyco Integrated Fire and Security.

During the discussions, Wegman explained his vision on the role of hardware in physical security, to which he cited the importance of a change in the thinking of ‘traditional’ security suppliers.

“Looking at the current security market, you see that little has changed in the last decades,” stated Wegman. “That’s remarkable, especially when you consider that a security system handles huge amounts of data and functions as one of the major IT systems within a company.”

Nedap CEO Ruben Wegman (left) chats with colleagues at the ASIS European Security Conference Welcome Party

Nedap CEO Ruben Wegman (left) chats with colleagues at the ASIS European Security Conference Welcome Party

Wegman continued: “That’s quite a paradox, because in physical security hardware is still leading. Controllers are often dedicated to perform only one functionality, such as access control. This is rarely beneficial to clients, who often encounter inflexible systems where expansion is unnecessarily expensive. A patchwork of systems may be the end result.”

Nedap’s CEO added: “Taking this into consideration, it’s important that physical security systems start to behave in a similar fashion to IT systems, where generic hardware and open standards have already been a logical concept for many years. For the future of physical security I foresee the same principle.”

Wegman is adamant that generic hardware and open standards in security are the only way to ensure that security systems can easily be tailor-made according to customer requirements and be easily integrated with existing IT systems.”

In conclusion, Wegman explained: “The security industry has to invest in making generic hardware and standardising software so that customers receive the freedom they need to roll out a scalable and flexible system on a global basis.”

The 14th edition of the ASIS European Security Conference takes place in Frankfurt between 29-31 March 2015.

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Topsgrup ranked India’s most trusted security services brand

Topsgrup has been ranked as India’s most trusted security services brand in The Brand Trust Report ‘India: Study 2014’ covering 20,000 brands across 16 cities.

Topsgrup is India’s largest security group employing more than 93,000 trained and highly motivated employees around the world.

For its part, The Brand Trust Report is an annual study carried out in 16 cities around the country, researching the trust, attitudes and preferences that consumers place on more than 20,000 brands and publishing the most trusted ones on a Brand Trust Index.

This year’s study, which involved participants between the ages of 21 and 50, has listed South Korean electronics giant Samsung as ‘India’s most trusted brand’, followed closely by Sony and Tata at second and third place respectively.

In last year’s report, these three brands had ranked second, third and fifth.

Dr Richie Nanda, the global chairman of Topsgrup and The Shield Group (the UK’s ninth largest business security company), commented: “We’re delighted with this news. It truly reflects our commitment to our customers and other stakeholders. Special credit must go to the team as they are amazing ambassadors who put a truly personal touch to the services we provide and the customers who completely place their trust and security in our hands. This ranking brings great pride to Topsgrup, and also brings a lot of responsibility. We always endeavour to uphold the trust and loyalty that our clients put into our products and services.”

Richie Nanda (left) with John Roddy, CEO of The Shield Group

Richie Nanda (left) with John Roddy, CEO of The Shield Group

Ramesh Iyer, CEO and vice-chairman of Topsgrup, added: “Kudos to ‘Team Topsgrup’. This accolade could not have been achieved without the joint efforts of all our employees. Our vision remains to become the most respected security brand in the world, and this announcement further endorses our commitment to achieving this aim. We’re particularly pleased to be recognised by such a leading national survey, and even more so to see that we’re highly regarded by clients. We look forward to the next 12 months with optimism to build on this success and continue serving our clients with the same professionalism and support that only Topsgrup can provide.”

Details of The Brand Trust Report

According to The Brand Trust Report, this year’s research sample consisted of 2,500 consumer-influencers and 15,000 hours of fieldwork.

The study generated close to five million data points across 20,000 brands. The top 1,200 brands have been listed in this year’s report. These brands have been classified into 284 different categories (there were 213 categories in 2013).

Considered one of the most respected brands in the security solutions space, Topsgrup is acknowledged by the business fraternity, the federal and state Government and even industry peers as pioneers of the security industry business in India.

The company’s 100% acquisition of The Shield Group (a British security firm) back in 2012 – coupled with some of its strategic acquisitions in India as well as innovative solutions and services – has established it as an emerging global security group.

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Showsec secures five-year contract with Harrogate International Centre

Showsec has been handed a golden opportunity to develop its association with one of the leading conference and exhibition venues in the country. The crowd management and security specialist has been awarded a five-year contract to provide services for events at the Harrogate International Centre.

The agreement is considered to be a significant step forwards for Showsec as the company actively seeks to increase its presence in the conference and exhibitions sector. It’s also recognition for the excellent work undertaken by the company’s Yorkshire operation since it was first engaged by the Harrogate International Centre (HIC) to provide security services.

“The conference and exhibition marketplace has been identified as a key area of development for the company, so to be presented with an opportunity like this is a major boost in that respect,” commented Julian Kumah, Showsec’s area manager for Yorkshire.

Left to Right: Julian Kumah, Kayley Grieves, Robert Penfold and Simon Kent

Left to Right: Julian Kumah, Kayley Grieves, Robert Penfold and Simon Kent

“While we have been working informally with the HIC for the past couple of years, winning this long-term contract allows us to plan ahead and develop our services. An important part of that future planning will be engaging more locally-based staff and building closer links with what is such a high-profile venue in the region.”

Premier facilities at the HIC

The extensive range of conference and exhibition facilities which have been developed at HIC makes it one of the largest of its kind in the region.

Major investment in the upgrading and expansion of these facilities will enable the centre to build upon its outstanding reputation within that market sector.

Those facilities at HIC include an auditorium seating 2,000 people, The Royal Hall (accommodating over 1,000 people), the Queen’s Suite (which holds 600) and eight halls that offer up to 18,500 square metres of exhibition space.

Robert Penfold, venue services manager at HIC, said: “We are very happy with the new deal. What Showsec brings to us is a pool of highly-trained staff who are well-established in the Yorkshire region. They are experienced in the many kinds of events we hold here at HIC, so this will ensure our clients receive the best levels of service and security possible.”

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BTPA unveils national plans for policing Britain’s railways

Tube and rail passengers can expect even safer and more reliable journeys as targets to be met by the British Transport Police (BTP) are rolled out on a national basis. The British Transport Police Authority (BTPA), which oversees the work of the force, has worked closely with the British Transport Police to produce this year’s National and Divisional Policing Plans.

The plans outline the targets the British Transport Police (BTP) is expected to achieve by the end of the year. The targets encompass tackling passenger theft, preventing violence against rail staff and working faster to improve response times to incidents of crime so that disruption to passengers is reduced.

This year’s plans are the result of feedback gathered by the BTPA and the BTP, who have spent much of the last 12 months finding out what matters most to those who own, operate, work or travel on the railways.

As a result of consultation, the BTPA and the BTP also took the decision to restructure the geographical make-up of the force to better align operations with policing needs on lines of route – effectively allowing the rail industry to influence the ways in which police resources are deployed.

Millie Banerjee: chairman of the BPTA

Millie Banerjee: chairman of the BPTA

Previously the country was divided, with seven force areas policing Britain’s railways. It will now be split into three divisions with an assistant chief constable overseeing the work of each division.

The restructure is expected to deliver better value for money and improved performance which is good news for passengers, as well as encourage better integration with the rail industry.

Each division will have sub-divisions (eight in total on a national basis) with corresponding local policing plans which will reflect policing needs on all levels.

2014-2015 targets set for the BTP

The 2014-2015 national targets for the BTP are as follows:
• Reduce crime by 4% on last year’s figures
• Reduce police-related delay by 6%
• Achieve passenger confidence ratings of at least 77.5%
• Spend at least 60% of budget on frontline resources
• Non-suspicious fatalities to be cleared in 90 minutes
• Tracks with four lines should be partially re-opened after no more than 45 minutes
• Less than 7.3 days per employee off sick

The BTPA, which celebrates its ten-year anniversary in July, has commended the BTP on successfully reducing crime on the railways year on year while passenger confidence continues to rise since the Authority was set up in 2004.

Millie Banerjee, chairman of the BTPA, said: “We have kept our ears to the ground listening closely to feedback from those who own, operate, work or travel on the railways resulting in policing priorities that match needs at a local level. We have also ensured the savings made last year have been ploughed back into frontline resources including investment in 180-200 more officers and new technology to ensure an efficient and effective policing.”

Paul Crowther: the BTP's acting chief constable

Paul Crowther: the BTP’s acting chief constable

Paul Crowther, the acting chief constable of BTP, added: “As a police force, we are always looking at how we might better meet the needs of the industry and the travelling public. Last year, we piloted two approaches to fatalities and disruption to see how we might create a more effective response. By working with stakeholders and targeting intervention at vulnerable people, with support from the appropriate health authorities, Op Avert was very successful at reducing the number of fatalities. This new approach will continue in 2014-2015.”

Crowther continued: “In addition, we have looked at how we might reduce the impact fatalities have on delays on the network, while ensuring we can carry out our investigations sensitively. The partial opening of track, where possible, has successfully reduced delay minutes to the industry and the impact on passengers. This approach has enabled BTP to continue to carry out our work sensitively and appropriately, but with a reduced impact on services. The partial reopening of lines, at key sections of the network, is now a target for 2014-2015.”

Crowther concluded: “Throughout 2014-2015, we will continue to look at ways in which we can evolve our approach to deliver the responsive, effective policing service passengers and the industry deserves.”

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BSIA launches online guide to simplify CCTV standards landscape

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has produced a simple ‘standards map’ to provide a useful overview of the CCTV standards landscape.

From British Standards to IEC, and Cenelec to the Government’s new CCTV Code of Practice, the world of CCTV standards can be a complex one to navigate.

For CCTV companies, understanding how this ever-changing standards landscape affects their business can be a daunting task.

With this in mind, the British Security Industry Association has produced a simple ‘standards map’ to provide a useful overview of the standards landscape, as well as basic details of the various bodies that are involved in development of the British, European and International standards that impact the whole of the UK’s CCTV sector.

The BSIA has produced a simple ‘standards map’ to provide a useful overview of the CCTV standards landscape

The BSIA has produced a simple ‘standards map’ to provide a useful overview of the CCTV standards landscape

Available online as an interactive PDF incorporating expandable subject headings, the standards map also provides CCTV companies with a snapshot of how they themselves can influence the development of future standards by becoming involved in the various standards committees operating on UK, European and international levels.

Involvement in standards development

David Wilkinson, technical manager at the BSIA, commented: “Knowing what standards are in the pipeline and how they will impact on their business is a key reason why many BSIA members choose to become involved in standards development through the BSIA and its position on various standards Working Groups.”

David Wilkinson: technical manager at the BSIA

David Wilkinson: technical manager at the BSIA

Wilkinson continued: “In fact, in a recent survey of BSIA members the opportunity to become involved in developing standards was cited among the top three benefits of membership, with 100% of respondents from the BSIA’s CCTV Section expressing high levels of satisfaction with the BSIA’s work in this arena.”

Simon Adcock, chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV section, added: “This map gives non-BSIA members an idea of the complex world of standards development that affects their business, and also illustrates the key role played by the BSIA in co-ordinating the industry’s response to new standards and Codes of Practice.”

Simon Adcock: chairman of the BSIA's CCTV Section

Simon Adcock: chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV Section

Detailed version for BSIA members

A more complex version of the standards map is also available exclusively to BSIA members. This version contains more detail about the current status of standards in progress, including in-depth information regarding comment reviews and the results of BSIA member consultations.

Updated every quarter, this document ensures that members are kept fully informed about the work conducted on the industry’s behalf.

A copy of the simplified standards roadmap can be downloaded from the BSIA’s website http://www.bsia.co.uk/cctv/cctv-standards

BSIA members can access the full version via the Members’ Area of the site: http://www.bsia.co.uk/bsia-members-area

To find out more about the BSIA and its work in standards development visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk

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