Monthly Archives: September 2014

Samsung Techwin open platform WiseNetIII Series cameras integrated with Milestone XProtect VMS

Samsung Techwin’s award-winning open platform WiseNetIII network camera series has been successfully integrated with Milestone XProtect video management software.

Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS) is powerful, reliable, easy-to-use and proven in more than 100,000 installations worldwide. Based on a true open platform, XProtect VMS enables integration with the industry’s widest choice of cameras and ‘Best in Class’ business solutions, such as access control and video analytics.

All of the 1.3, 2 and 3 MP IP network cameras and domes within the WiseNetIII Series have been integrated with Milestone XProtect, including the recently launched SNP-6320. This is the world’s first 2 MP 32x PTZ dome, while the 1.3 MP SNP-5430 can claim to be the world’s first 43x PTZ network video surveillance dome camera with intelligent auto-tracking.

Samsung Techwin’s open platform WiseNetIII DSP chipset recently won the Video Hardware of the Year category at Benchmark Magazine’s 2014 Innovation Awards. The spare processing power and open platform capabilities of the chipset provides end users with complete freedom to choose their perfect combination of on board video analytics, as well as a VMS that best matches the requirements of individual video surveillance projects.

Samsung Techwin’s award-winning open platform WiseNetIII network camera series has been successfully integrated with Milestone's XProtect video management software

Samsung Techwin’s award-winning open platform WiseNetIII network camera series has been successfully integrated with Milestone’s XProtect video management software

“A key element of our product development strategy is based on the understanding that customers are looking for easy to implement and easy to operate integrated video surveillance solutions,” said Peter Ainsworth, head of product and marketing for Samsung Techwin Europe.

“Integration with independently developed video management software such as Milestone XProtect is essential in order to provide the option for the latest generation of Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII cameras and domes to be controlled and monitored alongside devices and systems produced by other manufacturers, as well as facilitate a gradual transition from an existing analogue system to a full IP network-based surveillance solution.”

Samsung Techwin is a member of the Milestone Systems Camera Partner Programme, in turn enabling a tight collaboration with Milestone for developing new and innovative solutions.

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Banks team up with Government to combat cyber criminals and fraudsters

A pioneering financial crime alert system will see 12 Government and law enforcement agencies warn banks of the latest threats in a bid to safeguard the accounts of millions of customers.

Working with preferred technology partner BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, the British Bankers Association (BBA) will launch the Financial Crime Alerts Service as part of a new approach towards combating a wide range of financial crime threats.

The new alerts service will allow the sector to react more swiftly than ever to major incidents and permit industry financial crime professionals to spot emerging problems and threatening criminal trends.

Anthony Browne, CEO of the BBA, said: “This alerts system is a powerful new weapon against fraudsters, cyber criminals and other crooks intent on stealing our customers’ money. Receiving real-time alerts from both domestic and international bodies, including the National Crime Agency (NCA) and 11 other Government and law enforcement agencies, will provide vital intelligence for the army of staff banks have already hired to combat these threats. This service is a shining example of how banks and Government can work together to benefit all customers.”

Anthony Browne: CEO of the BBA

Anthony Browne: CEO of the BBA

Real-time intelligence pooled from partner agencies and Government bodies will be shared with expert banking officials in place to tackle fraud, financial crime and other violations.

This work builds on the successful arrangement already in place between banks and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau that has prevented over £100 million of fraud losses through successful and targeted information sharing.

When the initiative goes live (which is planned for early 2015), the BBA Financial Crime Alerts Service will include warnings on terrorist financing, money laundering, bribery and corruption, cyber and e-crime, fraud and emergent, thematic and strategic reports.

Donald Toon, director of the Economic Crime Command at the NCA, commented: “Collaboration between law enforcement and the private sector is key to reducing the impact of economic crime. Alerts to industry are a key part of this, and I very much welcome the BBA’s work in this area.”

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Christopher Greany appointed to lead National Police Co-ordination Centre

Commander Christopher Greany has been appointed to lead the National Police Co-ordination Centre (NPoCC).

Greany joins the NPoCC from his previous role as national co-ordinator for domestic extremism. He led the large-scale review and restructure of the National Domestic Extremism Unit and created the National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit.

Greany began his career 27 years ago in the Metropolitan Police Service and has also worked for the City of London Police. He has spent much of that time in counter-terrorism, intelligence, investigations and security.

On taking up his appointment, Commander Greany said: “I’m looking forward to building on the great work carried out by my predecessor ACC Stuart Williams and the team. I’m keen to develop the NPoCC as the ‘Go To’ place for chief constables when they need national support, whether in times of crisis or for big national events such as the recent NATO Summit.”

Commander Christopher Greany

Commander Christopher Greany

Sir Hugh Orde, the President of ACPO, commented: “I’m delighted to welcome Chris to the team and to his important new role. Co-ordinating police assets on a national scale is vital to ensure the service can respond effectively in times of need. The NPoCC has done some first rate work with forces and chief constables across the UK to support the policing of big national events like the NATO Summit and the Commonwealth Games. I’ve no doubt Chris will continue the good work of his predecessor, ACC Stuart Williams, and take the unit from strength to strength.”

The NPoCC is a new unit opened last year by (then) policing minister Damian Green MP and overseen by ACPO President Sir Hugh Orde. The NPoCC team co-ordinates police officers and staff from across UK policing, ensuring the right people are in the right place at the right time.

The NPoCC team is also tasked with mapping the specialist police skills available across the country such that chief constables are aware of what skills are available both regionally and nationally. This work will allow the police service to make the best and most efficient use of its specialist resources while policing budgets reduce.

In more detail, the key functions for the NPoCC are to:

  • Assess national capacity, contribution and capability in relation to the Strategic Policing Requirement and National Policing Requirements (this encompasses developing and maintaining information on the capacity, contribution and capability of specialist assets)
  • Establish and co-ordinate continuous testing and exercising regimes designed to ensure the effective mobilisation of national assets when required
  • Facilitate mutual aid in a steady state and provide a fit-for-purpose co-ordination facility in times of crisis

The NPoCC maintains assessment of capacity by undertaking a regular review of specialist skills. Using the national network of specific force contacts, the NPoCC team gathers this information across an increased range of specialisms referencing the agreed national role profiles while working in collaboration with the College of Policing.

Capability is tested through an extensive exercising programme undertaken with partner agencies including the Home Office, the Cabinet Office’s Civil Contingencies Secretariat, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme.

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‘Aspiring to Excellence’: Corporate Security Departments under the microscope in latest SRI study

What are the most important characteristics of an excellent Corporate Security Department? What makes an excellent security supplier? The latest report from the Security Research Initiative, which is specifically designed to address these issues, has been published today.

Both corporate security personnel and security suppliers were asked to rate various characteristics of outstanding performance. While they shared similar views overall, it’s also the case that some striking differences are readily apparent.

Findings about what makes suppliers excellent

The most highly valued characteristic is a determined focus on customer needs. Harbouring objectives that are specifically aligned with the client is also seen as crucial.

While it’s most certainly viewed as important to have innovative and adaptive senior management, it’s more important to have excellent management on the front line.

Suppliers appear to attach higher importance than clients to some criteria, for example adopting new philosophies, a focus on training and learning and having excellent and visionary leadership in place. This may suggest suppliers are trying to do too much and would benefit from a greater focus.

The survey suggests suppliers are particularly likely to agree strongly that price trumps quality. Indeed, the difference here is striking given the similarity of answers on other criteria.

Professor Martin Gill FSyI: studying Corporate Security Departments and the buyer-supplier dynamic

Professor Martin Gill FSyI: studying Corporate Security Departments and the buyer-supplier dynamic

The fact that 47% of clients and 59% of suppliers agree strongly that suppliers can only be excellent if clients fully support them suggests that clients may underestimate the crucial role they play.

There was some agreement that security is often not valued highly enough by companies, and that they accord security suppliers less status than other suppliers.

Findings on what makes clients (corporate security) excellent

Understanding threats (91%), having an effective security strategy (87%) and objectives aligned with the company (84%) are the three highest ranked characteristics for client excellence.

While both clients and suppliers believe security fares well in comparison to other business functions in terms of excellence, it’s often less effective at showing how it adds value.

Both suppliers and clients are in accord that security leaders need business skills, but only clients view security expertise as being of equal importance. Suppliers consider this much less important.

Like suppliers, clients appear to favour the carrot rather than the stick approach, suggesting excellent companies are those that focus on rewarding good performance.

There’s some evidence to suggest that clients do not fully recognise the price pressures on suppliers. For example, only one third of those clients questioned attach strong importance to paying the going rate for the job as a condition of excellence.

According to both samples, and judged against all the criteria listed, most clients do not achieve excellence.

Reputations are only temporary

Professor Martin Gill FSyI (director of Perpetuity Research and leader of the Security Research Initiative study) noted: “What is clear is that a reputation for being an outstanding performer is only temporary. There’s evidence from these findings that security undersells itself – suppliers to their clients and Corporate Security Departments to the wider business.”

Gill added: “Security is moving from being seen as a protector of assets to a facilitator of good business, and an essential one at that. However, it’s moving slowly and the sector needs to change from keeping its potential secret. The characteristics of outstanding performance need articulating. The good thing though is that, by all accounts, those working in different aspects of security are largely in agreement about what it involves. Now the strategy must be to achieve it.”

Background to the research

The research is based on an extensive review of the drivers of business excellence. Responses were received from 200 representatives of security suppliers and 289 clients based around the globe. These direct responses were supplemented by 24 in-depth interviews.

The in-depth study was undertaken by Perpetuity Research (which started life as a spin-out company from the University of Leicester) under the umbrella of the Security Research Initiative (http://perpetuityresearch.com/security-research-initiative/) which, each year, conducts a detailed study on a specific aspect of security.

To download a free copy of the full report visit: http://perpetuityresearch.com/category/publications/security-research-initiative/sri-publications/

Alternatively, send an e-mail to: prci@perpetuityresearch.com for more details or telephone: 01892 538690

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BSIA CEO James Kelly promotes security sector’s agenda during political party conference season

With party political conference season now upon us, the British Security Industry Association has been busy championing the views of the private security industry, planning and attending meetings with MPs, Ministers, Peers, Police and Crime Commissioners and representatives of Think Tanks at the Labour Party Conference (currently underway in Manchester) and for the Conservative Party Conference beginning next week.

At the forefront of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) agenda is the ongoing issue of business licensing and regulation, with discussions also set to focus on garnering support for grant funding that will allow businesses to export to growing markets around the world.

Also on the agenda is the BSIA’s latest research into the number and scope of CCTV cameras in the UK and how the Association’s findings relate to the Government’s CCTV Code of Practice.

With such a wide array of meetings planned, the BSIA’s CEO James Kelly will be championing the views of the Association’s members while simultaneously raising awareness among Parliamentarians of the industry and the challenges it currently faces.

In reference to regulation, Kelly commented: “The Government has failed to identify a legislative vehicle by which to enact these changes, in turn placing the original implementation target of 2015 in real jeopardy. As part of the Security Regulation Alliance, the BSIA has been at the heart of these negotiations and still hopes that the industry can achieve clarity on a future regulatory regime within the current Parliament.”

The BSIA will be driving the security industry's key messaging during the party political conference season

The BSIA will be driving the security industry’s key messaging during the party political conference season

Support for the BSIA’s cause has been pledged by members across all parties as well as a significant number of Police and Crime Commissioners, many of whom use private security companies to provide back office support to their police forces, in turn allowing officers to spend more time on front line duties and less time focused on paperwork.

Increased contact with Parliamentarians

This year’s conference season sees the BSIA almost double its contact with Parliamentarians when compared to previous years, with many MPs set to receive their first ever briefing on the work of the BSIA and the industry.

Among those set to meet with James Kelly are Baroness Smith of Basildon, Jack Dromey (Shadow Home Affairs Minister for Private Security), Owen Paterson (Shadow Minister for Policing and previously Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and David T.C. Davies, Chairman of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee.

In addition to meetings with politicians, many discussions have been arranged with Police and Crime Commissioners from across the country. Reflecting on this point, Kelly added: “The standards set and maintained by industry regulation and licensing are key to the ability of police forces across the UK to place their trust in private security suppliers. It’s essential that the future regulatory regime continues to provide this element of reassurance.”

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

This message will be enforced when meeting with PCCs to ensure that the partnerships between BSIA member companies and various police forces are actively promoted for the benefits they undoubtedly realise.

In conclusion, James Kelly explained: “With the 2015 General Election just around the corner, it’s important that the BSIA continues to engage with all parties to ensure that our industry is fully represented in the crucial policy development period running up to the vote. The BSIA is extremely proud of its role as the voice of the UK’s private security industry, and we’re looking forward to building upon our success at conference by actively representing our members’ needs.”

To find out more about the BSIA’s political work and lobbying visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk or follow the Public Affairs Team on twitter via: @bsiapolitics

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IHS Research Note: $120 billion physical security industry continues to grow

In the latest Research Note from IHS, David Green (senior analyst for video surveillance and security services) provides a detailed and timely appraisal of the overall physical security equipment and services market.

The IHS report entitled ‘Physical Security Equipment and Services: 2014’ combines annual product revenues for the following equipment types: video surveillance, access control, intruder alarms, perimeter security, entrance control (pedestrian and vehicle), consumer video surveillance, thermal cameras and wireless infrastructure as well as service revenues assigned to Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS), Access Control as a Service (ACaaS), remote monitoring services and security systems integration.

According to IHS, strong market demand in an increasingly competitive physical security equipment and services industry is still driving overall revenue growth in all global regions.

Key findings of the latest IHS report are as follows:
• The market reached $120 billion in revenue during 2013, representing a 10.8% increase in market size compared to 2012
• The USA remains the largest country for spend with over $6.5 billion allocated solely on equipment, although China is edging closer to the Number One ranking each year
• One in every $5 spent on physical security equipment in Asia is for a Government building, not including other state-led facilities and installations such as airports or infrastructure
• On a global basis, no single company holds a market share greater than 5% for the physical security equipment and services sector

As global economic conditions continue to improve and budgets slowly increase, the physical security industry continues to perform strongly across the world. Growth in the number of projects employing different types of physical security equipment as a single solution is also increasing, often managed through the same platform.

Strong market demand in an increasingly competitive physical security equipment and services industry is still driving overall revenue growth in all global regions

Strong market demand in an increasingly competitive physical security equipment and services industry is still driving overall revenue growth in all global regions

Regional variations to be observed

Service-based offerings are proving popular in the American market as manufacturers and service providers look to bridge the gap between consumer-style business models and professional standard services.

Markets such as VSaaS or ACaaS only account for a small proportion of total revenues right now, but are expected to see some of the highest growth rates over the next five years.

IHS already sees this convergence in the supply market as well, with telecommunications companies now taking a greater interest in the security sector.

The EMEA market is much more evenly spread across all equipment and service types although it shares more similarities with the American market than with Asia. Equipment spending is particularly spread across different technology types. For example, entrance control accounts for almost 25% of all physical security equipment revenue which is higher than for any other region.

Asia remains the fastest-growing market in the world and has very different end user patterns and requirements. The equipment market in particular exhibits a strong focus on video surveillance, wherein 17% of all revenue spent on physical security equipment and services in China during 2013 was on just that (and often originating through larger Government-funded schemes or projects).

Recognising a competitive environment

While global revenues for physical security equipment and services continue to increase, any expectations that the security industry supply market would start to consolidate appear premature.

The Top 15 manufacturers and service providers accounted for only 22% of the global market in 2013 (a decrease of 3% on just 12 months earlier). Furthermore, no single company can boast a market share above 5%, in turn proving the fragmented nature of this growing industry and the high levels of competition.

One developing trend in this competitive environment is the rise of Asian-based manufacturers gaining market share outside of their domestic markets. In 2013, four of the Top 10 equipment manufacturers globally were based in Asia.

Companies that have performed strongly in their domestic market and have improved product quality are now starting to expand into new markets. This is a trend that IHS expects to continue and one which will drive increased price pressure in the American and EMEA markets over the next few years.

However, any price pressures are not currently strong enough to outweigh the increases in general market demand. This means that the overall market for physical security equipment and services is expected to continue with strong growth for the foreseeable future.

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The Security Institute unveils plans to work with CPNI

The Security Institute, the UK’s largest membership body for security professionals, has announced a working relationship with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) designed specifically to promote security professionalism.

The Security Institute will now collaborate with the CPNI and help identify opportunities to promote professionalism in the security business sector in the areas of physical, personal, cyber and information security with the overall aim of raising standards. This may include opportunities relating to education, research and the distribution of advice and guidance.

Institute chairman Emma Shaw CSyP commented: “I’m delighted to announce this initiative and look forward to working with the CPNI on driving forward professional standards. This year is the 15th Anniversary of The Security Institute and, during our time of operation, we have helped define and move forward the agenda for growing professionalism within the security sector.”

The Security Institute has announced plans for joint working with the CPNI

The Security Institute has announced plans for joint working with the CPNI

The Security Institute now boasts the highest number of members in its history and over 1,000 students have completed the organisation’s distance learning qualifications. Indeed, 2014 will see the largest number of students studying in any one year.

Shaw continued: “We were instrumental in the development of The Register of Chartered Security Professionals which was created by The Security Institute in 2011 on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. Applicants have to go through a rigorous staged assessment process which is why this represents ‘The Gold Standard’ in professionalism for the sector.”

In conclusion, Shaw stated: “The Security Institute’s membership continues to grow. We plan to launch a Professional Development Framework later this year which will assist anyone working within the profession to develop their skills.”

The UK’s national infrastructure: the detail 

The UK’s national infrastructure is defined by the Government as: “Those facilities, systems, sites and networks necessary for the functioning of the country and the delivery of the essential services upon which daily life in the UK depends.” The national infrastructure is categorised into nine sectors: Communications, Emergency Services, Energy, Financial Services, Food, Government, Health, Transport and Water.

There are some cross-sector themes such as technology wherein there may be infrastructure which supports the delivery of essential services across a number of sectors.

Infrastructure is characterised according to its value or ‘criticality’ and the impact of its loss. This categorisation is completed using the Government’s Criticality Scale which assigns categories for different degrees of severity of impact.

Not everything within a national infrastructure sector is ‘critical’. Within the sectors there are certain ‘critical’ elements of infrastructure, the loss or compromise of which would have a major detrimental impact on the availability or integrity of essential services and potentially lead to severe economic or social consequences or even loss of life.

These ‘critical’ assets coprise the nation’s Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and are individually referred to as ‘infrastructure assets’. Infrastructure assets may be physical (eg sites, installations or elements of equipment) or logical (for instance information networks and systems).

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