Daily Archives: 29/10/2014

IHS Research Note: ‘Security system integration market worth an estimated $59.5 billion in 2013’

According to a new report from IHS, the world market for security system integration was valued at $59.5 billion in 2013, an increase of almost $5 billion from 2012. Paul Bremner (Senior Analyst for Video Surveillance – Security Services at IHS) outlines the detail.

The security system integration market consists of design, consultancy, installation, service and maintenance as well as the sales of video surveillance, physical access control and intruder alarm equipment. Revenue is expected to continue growing in excess of 9% through to 2018.

The market is characterised by a handful of large international players, numerous regional rivals and many local competitors. Such a competitive landscape means fierce competition abounds and that both integrators and installers must remain at the forefront of technology trends to be able to continue serving Best in Class integration packages to their customers.

One trend that integrators have been eyeing closely of late is Security as a Service (SaaS), whether it be Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) or Access Control as a Service (ACaaS). Both offer promising opportunities for integrators to expand their recurring monthly revenue while simultaneously becoming closer to the end customer. This model also allows integrators to increase the value they bring to the table, and also lets them be seen as working together with their customers as partners.

As equipment margins continue to edge lower for integrators, driven by price declines in the equipment itself, it is the services that integrators can offer – as well as the added value they’re perceived to bring to the customer – that will ultimately prove to be the separator between the winners and losers in this market.

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Peter Jackson appointed CEO and chairman at Jacksons Fencing

Perimeter security and access control solutions specialist Jacksons Fencing has appointed Peter Jackson as its new CEO and chairman with effect from 1 October 2014.

Having spent 25 years working in the physical security sector, Peter Jackson now takes over the reins from his brother Richard Jackson* to lead the company that was established in 1947 by their late father, Ian Jackson.

As the former sales director for Jacksons Fencing, Peter’s previous area of expertise lies in servicing the high security sector of the business. He has been personally responsible for designing the only fencing product to reach SR4 and SR5 level LPCB accreditation, in addition to designing the first fencing product to attain the highest Government testing standard.

Commenting on his appointment, Peter Jackson stated: “I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Richard’s incredible dedication and commitment over the last 40-plus years. His strategic insight and excellent leadership skills have undoubtedly contributed towards shaping the business and growing it into the hugely successful and profitable entity that it is today.”

Peter Jackson: the new CEO and chairman at Jacksons Fencing

Peter Jackson: the new CEO and chairman at Jacksons Fencing

Speaking about the future, Jackson explained: “I’m delighted to be taking up this significant role and relish the challenge of continuing Richard’s work in steering the company through the next stage of its evolution and continued development as a major player in the physical security sector servicing the residential, commercial and ultra-high security markets.”

Jacksons Fencing has been established for over 65 years and, since the company’s inception, it has always taken pride in its ability to deliver superior quality products that are fit for purpose and therefore guaranteed to offer a long life service.

“Looking ahead,” urged Jackson, “the company will continue to trade on its reputation for outstanding quality, both in terms of the product offering but also in relation to the exceptional calibre of customer service and access to unrivalled in-house technical expertise that we can offer. Jacksons Fencing has successfully weathered the storm of the recent economic recession and is now poised for further growth and innovation. I’m looking forward to the exciting times that lie ahead.”

Richard Jackson: concentrating on the Gate Safe campaign

Richard Jackson: concentrating on the Gate Safe campaign

*Richard Jackson will now concentrate 100% on Gate Safe, the charity which he founded in 2010 following the death of two children in automated gate accidents.

Gate Safe campaigns to improve safety standards for automated gates and is supported by a number of key opinion former bodies including RoSPA, Secured by Design, Electrical Safety First, SAFed (Safety Assessment Federation), Electrical Safety First and the Electrical Contractors’ Association.

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GCHQ launches Royal British Legion’s Gloucestershire County Poppy Appeal 2014

To launch this year’s Royal British Legion Gloucestershire County Poppy Appeal, around 1,400 GCHQ staff – both civilian and military – worked together to create a giant poppy in the centre of the iconic GCHQ ‘doughnut’ building in Cheltenham.

Representing remembrance of the past and hope for the future, the stunning poppy was created using Royal Navy personnel wearing black uniforms to form the centre. They were surrounded by GCHQ staff dressed in red rain ponchos and other military personnel attired in green combat dress to form the stalk.

In a year that marks the centenary of the conflict which gave birth to the poppy as a symbol of remembrance and hope, the Royal British Legion’s role remains as contemporary and as vital as ever, supporting today’s generation of Armed Forces families and veterans.

For its part, GCHQ has a long history of supporting the military stretching back to 1914. Whenever and wherever British forces have deployed, GCHQ has been ready to assist, providing intelligence to help keep UK troops safe. Indeed, this enduring connection meant that there was no shortage of volunteers to help the Gloucestershire Legion with their efforts in the centenary year of World War I.

To launch this year’s Royal British Legion Gloucestershire County Poppy Appeal, around 1,400 GCHQ staff - both civilian and military - worked together to create a giant poppy in the centre of the iconic GCHQ building in Cheltenham

To launch this year’s Royal British Legion Gloucestershire County Poppy Appeal, around 1,400 GCHQ staff – both civilian and military – worked together to create a giant poppy in the centre of the iconic GCHQ building in Cheltenham

The completed poppy measured 38 metres in diameter with a 28 metre-long stalk. It was made up of 100 military and 1,308 civilian staff. Thanks to thorough military planning and some loud hailers, it took just over an hour to make sure everyone was position.

‘Top Secret Brass’ – GCHQ’s brass band – provided rousing music to keep the spirits up while everyone found their place. The mood was light at times: a Mexican wave was attempted but as the helicopter flew overhead to take the aerial shots, a poignant silence fell over the courtyard in a shared moment of reflection.

The event gave all involved the chance to actively show their support for the Royal British Legion and the military family.

One of the GCHQ participants who made up part of the petal described his experience. He said: “I was really proud to take part and show my support for the Royal British Legion by joining my colleagues, united in purpose, to honour those who have served – and continue to serve – this country.”

Supporting the work of The Royal British Legion

Nicole Mayall, community fundraiser for Gloucestershire’s 2014 Poppy Appeal, commented: “It’s really moving to see so many people standing together in support of The Royal British Legion’s work and to launch this year’s Poppy Appeal. We’re so grateful to all the staff at GCHQ who’ve made this possible. The money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to the Legion’s welfare work, in turn providing through life care to anyone who’s currently serving in the British Armed Forces, anyone who has previously served and their families.”

Chris – a GCHQ civilian employee who had previously deployed overseas to support the military – spoke about his impressions of the day. “I’ve worked with the military in Afghanistan and seen at first-hand how GCHQ intelligence can help keep UK troops safe while they’re on operations. I’m proud to see so many people from GCHQ showing their support for the Royal British Legion and the military family.”

Participants were invited to make a donation to take part in the event and no less than £1,730 was raised.

The ponchos left over from the day will be donated to charity, namely a number of scout groups in the local area and Bloodbikes (a charity providing out of hours emergency medical courier services to Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties).

The poppy, representing Remembrance of the past and hope for the future, was created using Royal Navy personnel wearing black uniforms to form the centre. They were surrounded by GCHQ staff in red rain ponchos and other military personnel in green combat dress to form the stalk

The poppy, representing Remembrance of the past and hope for the future, was created using Royal Navy personnel wearing black uniforms to form the centre. They were surrounded by GCHQ staff in red rain ponchos and other military personnel in green combat dress to form the stalk

GCHQ: the detail

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is one of the three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies along with MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). GCHQ works to protect the UK and its citizens from a range of threats to national security, including those posed by terrorism, serious and organised crime and cyber attack.

The organisation also works to safeguard UK forces wherever they are deployed and, through its Information Security arm CESG, provides policy and assistance on the security of Government communications and electronic data.

At the heart of GCHQ’s support to the military is its staff. In recent conflicts, GCHQ staff have volunteered in numbers for deployment to war zones such that they can help keep the military safe. 90 GCHQ staff have received the medal for service in Iraq and 156 for their service in Afghanistan.

During November 2014, a number of memories and reflections of GCHQ staff who have worked to support the military – from World War I to the present day – will be shared on the GCHQ website. Check back at: http://www.gchq.gov.uk for further information from 1 November.

About The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is the nation’s leading Armed Forces charity. The Legion provides immediate support and life-long care to Armed Forces families in need, spending £1.4 million each week to deliver direct, practical assistance and support to the Armed Forces community.

The Poppy Appeal 2014 introduces the Legion’s new position: ‘Live On – To the memory of the fallen and the future of the living’. This message provides a clear understanding of what The Royal British Legion does on a daily basis.

GCHQ has a long history of supporting the military stretching back to 1914

GCHQ has a long history of supporting the military stretching back to 1914

Remembrance is a hugely significant part of the Legion’s work, but the organisation also helps the living to approach their future with hope. Through the ‘Live On’ message, the Legion aims to capture the public’s imagination and reaffirm the meaning of the poppy as a symbol of both remembrance and hope.

The Royal British Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War. A century on from the start of that conflict, the organisation is still helping today’s Armed Forces families in much the same way, whether they are having to cope with bereavement, living with disability or working to find employment.

The fundraising target for the Poppy Appeal 2014 is a record £40 million (an increase on last year’s total of £39 million).

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