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Mayflex appointed distributor for Digital Barriers’ SafeZone-edge intelligent video analytics

Mayflex – the cabling infrastructure, networking and electronic security solutions distributor – has signed an agreement to distribute Digital Barriers’ intelligent video analytics application for reliable zone-based intrusion detection. SafeZone-edge is the first edge-based product to combine the performance of server-based intelligent video analysis with the simplicity of video motion detection.

Boasting UK Government certification (i-LIDS® scheme), SafeZone-edge is designed to protect secure facilities and reliably monitor remote sites with “exceptional detection accuracy” and “minimal false alarms”. It’s available now on a wide range of compatible Axis Communications cameras and encoders.

In addition to performance, SafeZone-edge has been designed with “a relentless focus” on ease of installation, affordability and scalability. An innovative auto-calibration feature dispenses with complex scene calibration tasks, in turn allowing multiple cameras to be installed quickly and without any fuss.

Intelligent processing ensures reliable operation, adapting automatically to seasonal and environmental conditions (variable illumination, shadows and general weather, etc) that can otherwise cause nuisance alarms. In a real-life operational test conducted across one week, the replacement of a video motion detection solution with SafeZone-edge resulted in a nuisance alarm reduction of 10,000-plus to just one.

Mayflex has signed an agreement to distribute Digital Barriers’ SafeZone-edge intelligent video analytics application for reliable zone-based intrusion detection

Mayflex has signed an agreement to distribute Digital Barriers’ SafeZone-edge intelligent video analytics application for reliable zone-based intrusion detection

Certification to UK Government standards

Mark Simmons, sales director at Mayflex, commented: “As a business we are continually striving to bring products on board which complement existing brands and offer our customers an easier way of working and making money. The fact that Digital Barriers has a relationship with Axis Communications, for whom we have distributed products and solutions for a number of years now, is a huge plus. This is yet another great brand that has been added to the ever-growing Mayflex security product portfolio.”

Dan Meyrick, sales and business development lead for SafeZone-edge, explained: “Digital Barriers is delighted to have Mayflex as a distribution partner. When bringing innovation to the market with products such as SafeZone-edge, it’s vital you have the right partners working with you. We certainly believe we have that in Mayflex and very much look forward to working with the team.”

SafeZone-edge has been certified to the following UK Government standards:
• i-LIDS® approved primary detection system for operational alert use in sterile zone monitoring applications
• i-LIDS® approved event-based recording system for sterile zone monitoring applications

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Showsec helps put Leeds’ First Direct Arena on the venue map

Event and venue security specialist Showsec has been acclaimed for its part in helping to establish the First Direct Arena in Leeds as a friendly, customer-focused venue.

The 13,000-capacity First Direct Arena recently celebrated its first birthday when Jake Bugg performed his unique blend of indie rock and folk to a capacity crowd. It was a special occasion which also marked a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the venue’s sponsor, the Leeds-based bank First Direct.

From the outset, Showsec was contracted by SMG Europe to provide its specialist services for the First Direct Arena and has undoubtedly made an important contribution to many memorable events (among them the hosting of the BBC’s annual Sports Personality of the Year Awards ceremony).

First Direct Arena general manager Ben Williams commented: “During the launch year of the First Direct Arena, SMG has relied upon the scale, expertise and professionalism delivered by Showsec. As a company, Showsec has not only embraced but also pro-actively committed to the venue’s vision for putting the customer at the heart of everything we do. The First Direct Arena has quickly established a reputation for being a friendly, customer-focused environment for event-goers and Showsec has contributed significantly towards that achievement.”

The First Direct Arena in Leeds

The First Direct Arena in Leeds

Williams added: “We look forward to working closely with Showsec and continuing to improve our service provision for customers and artists over the coming years.”

International artists in the spotlight

As well as the anniversary event featuring Jake Bugg, the First Direct Arena has played host to many other international artists including Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Kasabian, Michael Buble, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran and The Kaiser Chiefs.

For its part, Showsec has worked closely with SMG Europe and the Arena’s management team to provide a customer-focused service. With Sam Hodkin now operating as the Arena’s head of security, Showsec has developed a strong team of experienced supervisors, Security Industry Authority-licensed professionals and stewards to help the venue enhance its reputation for top class entertainment.

“The emphasis has been on ensuring that the experience for all visitors to the First Direct Arena is the very best it can be,” explained Julian Kumah, Showsec’s area manager for Yorkshire. “The fact that we’ve been able to deliver that level of service is due to the tremendous commitment and professionalism of our staff. We have received some very positive feedback from customers and clients which spurs us on to raise the bar even higher.”

Kumah added: “The development of our service at the First Direct Arena has involved us in being innovative in order to create the best possible operational systems in line with the design of the venue and to use the latest technology. This affords our staff the confidence and ability to fulfil their roles. The upshot of that is a customer-focused approach.”

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Officer in life-threatening Samurai sword stand-off wins national Police Bravery Award

Sergeant Stephen Brown of the Metropolitan Police Service, who tackled and disarmed a man trying to slash him with a Samurai sword, has deservedly won a prestigious national Police Bravery Award.

With only his baton and CS spray to protect himself, and on his own, Sergeant Brown found himself fighting for his life as the man repeatedly swung the sword at his face and neck while ignoring orders to put the weapon down.

When the suspect swung for the officer again, Sergeant Brown discharged CS spray into the man’s face. The officer quickly moved towards his assailant and, while the sword was in the air, struck the man’s arm with his baton three times. On the third hit the man dropped the sword and fell to the floor.

Sergeant Brown immediately jumped on top of the man and was then joined by colleagues in restraining the individual. The offender was still struggling violently before being arrested after the incident, which occurred on Christmas Eve 2012 in north London.

Earlier that evening, the offender had repeatedly stabbed a woman. After he was detained by Sergeant Brown and his colleagues, officers discovered that the bag he was carrying contained an arsenal of weapons.

National Police Bravery Award

For his diligence and skill, Sergeant Brown has won the national Police Bravery Award. He was presented with the trophy at a ceremony held in central London attended by Home Secretary Theresa May, policing minister Mike Penning and Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM in addition to other dignitaries.

Earlier in the day, Sergeant Brown joined 65 of his colleagues from 31 police forces around the country for a reception at 10 Downing Street hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron and designed to recognise their heroic acts of bravery.

Sergeant Stephen Brown and Home Secretary Theresa May

Sergeant Stephen Brown and Home Secretary Theresa May

Home Secretary Theresa May said: “The actions of Sergeant Stephen Brown are a powerful reminder of the commitment and courage that police officers bring to their role. Sergeant Brown put his own life in danger to defuse a terrifying situation. His intervention protected members of the public and may well have saved the lives of others. We should reflect on the bravery shown by all the officers nominated and that displayed by all police officers in the course of their duties each day.”

Speaking about the prestigious award, Sergeant Brown commented: “I feel overwhelmed. Other people deserve it more and I feel very honoured to have won this award. I would do exactly the same thing again and it’s what every officer would have done in that situation.”

He continued: “The man needed to be tackled there and then. The woman he had attacked was innocent and unknown to him. He needed to be stopped. This is what we do as police officers. People call it brave but it’s just part of the job.”

Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “I’m constantly humbled and amazed by the selfless acts of bravery carried out by police officers on a day-to-day basis. For every act of courage and bravery recognised in the national Police Bravery Awards there are hundreds more occurring in our communities every day that go unrecognised. Each nominee is a credit to the police service and to the community they serve.”

Stephen Mann, CEO at Police Mutual, stated: “Every day, police officers across the country face incredibly difficult and dangerous situations and act with real heroism to protect the lives of others. All of the officers nominated for an award have shown great dedication to their duty and remarkable courage.”

Mann concluded: “Police Mutual is honoured to continue its sponsorship of the national Police Bravery Awards for the sixth consecutive year, and we give our sincere thanks to the men and women who keep us all safe.”

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