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Innovision praises Showsec’s Tour de France security operation

The third stage of the 2014 Tour de France proved to be the biggest single working day in Showsec’s history. On Monday 7 July, the company had more than 3,000 staff on duty for a thrilling climax which saw German cyclist Marcel Kittel sprint to victory on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

It was also a triumph for Showsec as the specialist crowd management and event security services company played a key role in making ‘Le Tour’ such a memorable experience for hundreds of thousands of people who lined the streets of the capital.

The opportunity to figure prominently in the delivery of the Tour de France involved Showsec once again working with innovision following an earlier link-up with the event production company for other high profile occasions such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, the Paralympic Marathon and the London 2012 Athletes’ Parade.

“We were delighted to appoint Showsec to provide all the crowd and traffic management stewarding inside London for Stage Three of the Tour de France,” commented Peter Germond, the project director for Innovision. “Having worked with Showsec in the past to deliver a number of large-scale events, we had absolute confidence in their ability to help successfully deliver what is undoubtedly one of the largest events to have ever taken place on the streets of London.”

That glowing acclaim from Innovision was particularly satisfying for Showsec following such a massive operation – one which was directed by an extensive management team and supported by a logistics operation of more than 80 staff.

The 2014 Tour de France kicked off in Britain with stages through Yorkshire, Cambridge and London

The 2014 Tour de France kicked off in Britain with stages through Yorkshire, Cambridge and London

Setting the bar at an ever-higher level

Steve Reynolds, Showsec’s regional manager for the South who served as the head of stewarding for the Tour de France, said: “This has further strengthened our relationship with Innovision and other important stakeholders in London. We are forever looking to set the bar at a very high level in terms of the service we provide for clients, and it’s extremely pleasing to hear such positive feedback, especially as we know Innovision demands the highest quality of service.”

Reynolds added: “This operation was the culmination of seven months of planning, meetings, preparation, organisation and implementation to deliver our services and make an important contribution to the successful staging of the event. The largest single day delivery in the company’s history and the largest turnout of our staff was only made possible through exceptional individual commitment from some and the collective enthusiasm and hard work from many, many more.”

He went on to state: “It was especially pleasing to see people step up to the challenge, exceed expectations and think on their feet to deliver the project, even when significant challenges were presented to them. It showed the calibre of people we have working for us.”

In conclusion, Reynolds explained: “It was a tremendous privilege to be part of a sporting event of this magnitude, and even more satisfying to know we helped to make it a success.”

The Tour de France is currently in its second week with the riders heading into the Vosges.

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SAMI urges “widespread caution” over piracy attacks

With the worrying rise in piracy attacks across the South East Asian region, the global focal point for maritime security matters, the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) has urged all Company Security Officers (CSOs), Masters and Ship Security Officers (SSOs) to exercise caution when their vessels transit or operate in the area.

According to reports, this current Asian piracy spike is based on a very specific security problem as pirates and criminals have been hijacking vessels to steal oil cargoes. This has led to a rising trend of tankers being hijacked. On that basis, it must be assumed that all such cargoes are at risk in the area.

It’s being stressed the threat doesn’t necessarily end there. While the ongoing threat to tankers in the Malacca Straits, surrounding waters and anchorages is set to continue, the problem could be set to spread.

The message from SAMI is that other vessel types could soon become targets. Thus it’s imperative that steps are taken to ensure that necessary security measures are in place.

‘Smash and Grab’-style criminality

While the current focus is mainly on product tankers, there are concerns that pirates may pose a wider risk to shipping. SAMI warns that very often a specific type of piracy actually evolves into a more random ‘Smash and Grab’ form.

Criminal elements with a marine capability are considered to be willing and able to hit alternative targets, seeking to gain whatever they can from any passing shipping.

SAMI is urging widespread caution over piracy attacks

SAMI is urging widespread caution over piracy attacks

Most of the current incidents have taken place within territorial waters, and as such there is an expectation that local law enforcement and military intervention will eventually ease the current security problems.

Indeed, it’s to be hoped that affected countries are able to work together to counter this rising problem as they have done before.

In the meantime shipping must act to protect itself, and it is considered vital that action is taken from intelligence, management and operational perspectives.

One key concern to emerge is the accusation that criminals are being granted access to sensitive information on cargoes and vessel movements. As such owners, masters and agents need to do everything possible to control and restrict the flow of such intelligence and data.

Parallel to this is a need to ensure that practical measures are taken to protect seafarers, cargoes and vessels. From the management ashore through to the team onboard, there needs to be an awareness of the local piracy problems as well as an ability and willingness to take the necessary actions to safeguard and protect their vessels.

Time to revisit Ship Security Plans

“It’s now time to revisit Ship Security Plans (SSPs),” said Peter Cook, SAMI’s CEO, “and ensure that they are relevant and capable of implementing the defensive measures necessary to protect vessels from this form of piracy.”

While many vessels which trade internationally may have the necessary equipment and the crews have the knowledge and skills to enact measures akin to those of the industry Best Management Practices (BMP), there are many vessels in the region which only trade in this geographic area. This could be a problem, but one which needs to be addressed.

For these vessels, it may be more difficult to ramp up the security measures and response – but it’s vital that they do so. SAMI urges Company Security Officers (CSOs), Masters and Ship Security Officers (SSOs) to fully assess their vulnerabilities and the way in which security is enhanced.

The Association also stresses the importance of external professional capabilities, noting that private maritime security companies are able to provide the expert insight necessary to mitigate risk and protect vessels effectively.

SAMI is currently beta testing its new membership directory, and this will further assist the shipping industry to identify the companies, skills and experience it needs to assist and support maritime security efforts.

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Action Fraud issues alert over ‘Cryptowall’ malware

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received the first reports from victims of a new type of malware known as ‘Cryptowall’. This is similar in nature to older malware which can encrypt all files on infected machines.

VirusCryptowall is the latest in a line of viruses which, once they are on an infected machine, encrypt all files in a way which is either difficult or impossible to remedy. A pop-up screen will inform victims that they can pay a fee (often in Bitcoin) to obtain the encryption key to unlock the machine, but this key is rarely returned.

Therefore, if you become infected it will mean you lose access to all your files on a permanent basis.

End users are being advised to watch out for the Cryptowall malware

End users are being advised to watch out for the Cryptowall malware

Cryptowall poses a significant threat both due to the damage it can cause and because of the range of ways in which users might become infected. These include:

*e-mails containing attachments which look innocent but which are in fact executable files containing the malware.
*e-mails containing links to websites which, once visited, will automatically download Cryptowall onto the machine.
*Links within reputable websites (for instance embedded links to videos or adverts) can cause damage if the user does not have an up-to-date version of the plug-in they’re using.

Protect yourself from Cryptowall

Having up-to-date virus protection mechanism is, of course, essential but it will not always prevent the end user from becoming infected.

On that basis, Action Fraud advises the following additional prevention tips:

*Make sure that your Internet browser and any plug-ins (such as Flash, Java and Silverlight) are up-to-date.
*Don’t click on links or open attachments from unknown e-mail addresses. Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an e-mail address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the e-mail header to identify the true source of any such attachment or link.
*Beware of links contained within websites – for example adverts or video files on sites which look trustworthy.
*Back-up your files to a location not directly linked to your machine or network.
*Close connections on business networks that you don’t need – this will help to prevent the spread of the virus from infected machines.

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Norbain offers customers fully-integrated, customisable NVRs from Milestone Systems

Norbain can now offer customers the Milestone Husky Series of network video recorders (NVRs).

These NVRs come pre-installed with Milestone Video Management Software (VMS) and have a sleek and sophisticated appearance that allows them to fit into any environment.

Ensuring reliability and durability, the hardware is industrial grade and works “seamlessly” with Milestone’s VMS.

In addition, the flexibility of the Milestone Husky Series makes it stand out, providing an easily customisable solution that meets each end user’s specific needs – from a single location retail outlet through to multi-site installations.

Detail of the Husky Series

Detail of the Husky Series

The Husky Series is available in three models designed for different security or business video requirements:

• The Milestone Husky M10 is a very sleek and small fanless device ideal for entry-level surveillance and sites with no space for traditional IT equipment. This model supports up to eight cameras.

• The Milestone Husky M30 is designed for workstation installations with comprehensive surveillance needs. Customisable and scalable for business growth, this model supports up to 20 cameras.

• The Milestone Husky M50 is a rack-mounted solution that’s feature-rich with unlimited options, and perfect for advanced installations with sophisticated security needs. This model can support up to 80 cameras.

Each model comes ready to use with automatic device discovery and wizards for configuring the entire system. Customers receive instant and remote access to live and recorded video through a flexible choice of client interfaces: Milestone XProtect® Smart Client (available with the Milestone Husky M30 and M50 models), XProtect® Web Client or Milestone Mobile.

Milestone also offers an online configurator that makes it simple for customers and partners to explore their options.

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Raytec network illuminators expanded to include PoE capability

Raytec’s range of VARIO network illuminators has now been extended to include PoE capability with four new model sizes in both infrared and White Light.

PoE capability allows for a much quicker and more cost-effective lighting installation. VARIO IP PoE illuminators can be easily integrated onto an existing network infrastructure, with no local mains connections or special electrical labour required.

Operated via integrated web interface or VMS, VARIO IP PoE allows for quick and easy remote set-up, commissioning, operation and maintenance of an end user’s security lighting scheme from anywhere on the network on a 24/7 basis.

End users have full control over their lighting at all times to respond to live events in real-time, triggering lighting to deter crime or altering light settings in response to operational changes for the best CCTV images and safety at all times.

The VARIO IP PoE Family from Raytech

The VARIO IP PoE Family from Raytech

An API is available for seamless VMS integration, allowing quick and easy operation of security/CCTV lighting within an overall security system.

A new HTTP API will soon be available to allow for IP lighting via simple HTTP commands.

VARIO IP PoE can be controlled individually or in groups and triggered on demand via a variety of other network devices (eg cameras/detectors) and scheduled using a timer for activation only when needed in order to reduce electrical consumption even further.

The VARIO family of illuminators boasts a number of ‘industry firsts’ including VARIO IP PoE – the first-ever CCTV illuminator to integrate into a VMS. The series is now further strengthened with the addition of new specialist solutions such as VARIO Hybrid, VARIO Lighthouse Kit and VARIO D-Zoom.

For more information on VARIO IP PoE and the VARIO family of illuminators visit: http://www.rayteccctv.com

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Samsung Techwin introduces 2 Megapixel Full HD 32x PTZ speed dome

Samsung Techwin has further strengthened its family of open platform WiseNetIII cameras and domes with the launch of the SNP-6320 – dubbed “the world’s first 2 Megapixel Full HD 32x optical zoom PTZ speed dome”.

In addition to its powerful 32 x optical zoom, the ONVIF-compliant SNP-6320 is also equipped with a 16x digital zoom making it an ideal IP network-based video surveillance solution for airports, ports, car parks, industrial estates and retail parks as well as a wide range of other environments where high performance PTZ functionality is required.

“Together with the vandal-resistant and weatherproof SNP-6320H, which incorporates a heater that is powered by PoE+ to allow it to operate in extreme weather conditions, the SNP-6320 represents a significant addition to our extensive range of open platform WiseNetIII 1.3, 2 and 3 Megapixel IP network cameras and fixed domes,” said Tim Biddulph, product manager for the Security Solutions division of Samsung Techwin Europe.

“Collectively, the cameras are enabling Samsung Techwin to change the way in which industry practitioners work with IP. One of the key reasons for this is the open platform capabilities of the WiseNetIII DSP chipset, which provides end users with complete freedom to choose their perfect combination of video analytics and video management software (VMS) to best match their individual requirements.”

Detail of the Samsung SNP-6320 camera

Detail of the Samsung SNP-6320 camera

The enhanced Wide Dynamic Range built into the WiseNetIII DSP chipset, with resultant performance greater than 120 dB, can accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas.

The SNP-6320 and SNP-6320H’s other key features include Defog (which can improve the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions such as rain, smoke or fog) and Digital Image Stabilisation, which negates the effects of vibration. Both are specifically important in perimeter protection environments for ports and airports.

The models also feature bi-directional audio that allows them to be interfaced with local PA systems.

All of these features have been designed to save installation time and cost.

High quality colour images

The SNP-6320H and SNP-6320 are capable of capturing high quality colour images when the lighting level is as low as 0.03 Lux and have an ultra fast frame rate of 60 fps at 1080p, in turn allowing the domes to send multiple streams at multiple frame rates and resolutions depending on the receiving device (ie recorder, viewing software or mobile app). This can be particularly beneficial at sites where different stakeholders are involved.

Samsung’s WiseNetIII use of bandwidth friendly H.264 compression improves the network control latency of the domes, making the manually tracking of objects simple and straightforward.

A built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC memory slot provides the opportunity for authorised users to remotely access and download video that has been recorded onto a memory card.

The new models are also equipped with Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) which can assist in the detection of activity by various means, such as face detection, tripwire and enter/exit direction, object appear/disappear and ‘tampering’ (which creates an alert if paint is sprayed on a camera lens or there’s unauthorised movement of a camera away from its usual field of view).

As is the case with all Samsung Techwin video surveillance solutions, the SNP-6320H and SNP-6320 are offered with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd, including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

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Peter Kaye CSyP appointed to main Board by The Security Institute

The Security Institute – the UK’s largest membership body for security professionals – has announced Peter Kaye’s appointment as a director of the main Board with effect from 4 July 2014.

Peter Kaye CSyP is the director of business development at Pilgrims Group where he determines the group strategy and plans for the development of both UK and international business on the global stage.

Kaye will now use this experience in his role as international development director for The Security Institute.

Peter’s early career was spent in the Royal Air Force. Rising to Wing Commander, his final appointment was at the Ministry of Defence (Central Defence Policy) and focused on developing international security policy.

After 23 years of service, Kaye left the Armed Forces and has since worked in the private sector for the Bank of England and the John Lewis Partnership.

The Security Institute is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 for the benefit of individuals working in the security sector

The Security Institute is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 for the benefit of individuals working in the security sector

Commenting on his new role, Kaye explained: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to join the Board and very much look forward to working with my fellow directors in helping the Institute achieve its goals. My time is split between the UK and Middle East, and this will be a key factor when it comes to boosting the development of the Institute’s international profile. As one of the Register of Chartered Security Professionals assessors since 2011, this will also enable me to additionally support the Institute’s promotion of the RCSP.”

The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP commented: “I’m delighted to welcome Peter to The Security Institute’s Board of Directors. He brings with him a wealth of experience which will benefit all members.”

Shaw went on to state: “As part of the our growth strategy, we wish to significantly develop our membership and support our existing members internationally. In particular, our focus over the next couple of years will be to build on existing relationships in the Middle East/GCC region where we currently have a number of members. Peter brings a wealth of experience to help us achieve these aims, and the fact that he spends half his time in the Middle East will help enormously.”

About The Security Institute

The Security Institute is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 for the benefit of individuals working in the security sector. It promotes the art and science of security management and works to drive standards, educate and spread Best Practice across the security sector – a sector responsible for the safety of much of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure.

The Institute is responsible for managing and operating the Register of Chartered Security Professionals on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. In conjunction with the Registration Authority it sets standards, provides quality control, appointment and management of licensees and admitted registrants.

Since the launch of the Register, The Security Institute has processed over 100 applications. There are currently 71 Chartered Security Professionals.

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was launched on 7 June 2011.

Established under Royal Charter by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the Register itself endorses the main aim of the Company which is “to promote, support and encourage standards of excellence, integrity and honourable practice in conducting the profession of security practitioners and to aid societies and other organisations connected to such a profession.”

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