Daily Archives: 16/03/2015

“Security breaches peak in Spring months” suggest statistics issued by Farsight

Spring is not all sunshine when it comes to security, warns Farsight Security Services. The remote monitoring station’s statistics have revealed a peak in security breaches in March, April and May 2014. In addition, more than double the number of arrests occurred in Spring 2014 compared to Winter 2013-2014.

In total, the number of incidents raised was 46% higher in Spring compared to Winter, resulting in an average of two incidents per site during the Spring months.

Arrest rates in Spring remained at a peak in comparison to Summer 2014 as arrests dropped by 75% in June, July and August.

Farsight Security Services' Control Room

Farsight Security Services’ Control Room

Malcolm O’Shea Barnes, senior operations manager at Farsight, explained: “With arrests and incidents peaking in the Spring months, now is the time to be assessing security needs.”

The Farsight statistics show that, on average, sites received more than six incidents each throughout 2014. O’Shea Barnes added: “Of course, security needs to be a year-round priority. Sites will see each season present different security challenges. For example, with the peak in incidents occurring in the Spring it’s worrying to see false alarms reported because of minor things like fast-growing foliage obstructing cameras.”

O’Shea Barnes continued: “The statistics highlight the fact that sites cannot afford to take risks with false alarms. Spring is a great opportunity for security installers to promote their maintenance services.”

Beyond that, the high number of incidents annually highlights security systems as a necessity. “Each of the incidents recorded could potentially have cost the site owner thousands of pounds if they’d not invested in a 24/7 remote monitoring capability.”

An incident is when a suspicious activity has been observed, either when a crime has taken place or when the activity could lead to a crime.

Farsight Security Services is an event-driven, remote video, fire and intruder Alarm Receiving Centre. Established in 1996, Farsight grew to become the largest monitoring station in Europe, as well as a pioneer in remote security provision.

Since 2007, the operation has been independently owned by Optex Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of intruder alarms and CCTV passive infrared detectors.

Today, Farsight answers 96% of its alarms in fewer than 90 seconds, in turn far exceeding the industry average.

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Software House enhances C•CURE fault tolerance for business continuity solutions

Software House (part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company) is now offering an even higher level of 24/7 protection with the transition to Stratus Technologies’ everRun Enterprise and Express V7.2 fault tolerant business continuity solutions for its C•CURE 9000 and C•CURE 800/8000 access control platforms.

“Maintaining system uptime during power or connectivity disruption is one of the most critical aspects of security monitoring,” said Raf Schrijvers, product marketing manager for access control solutions in the EMEA region at Tyco Security Products.

“The marriage of Stratus Technologies’ redundancy product with C•CURE platforms makes already highly reliable access control systems even more robust and fault tolerant.”

Memory and cached data preserved

Through its partnership with Stratus, C•CURE has strengthened its fault tolerant capabilities by deploying everRun Enterprise and Express. By operating on two machines, C•CURE continues to run even if one machine fails. If a component fails, it’s simply replaced with a healthy component from the second system.

Additionally, memory checking ensures that all current transactions as well as memory and cached data are preserved.

Tyco Security Products has announced a new integration with Stratus Technologies and its portfolio of business continuity solutions to further strengthen the fault tolerant capabilities of its C•CURE 9000 and C•CURE 800/8000 access control platforms

Tyco Security Products has announced a new integration with Stratus Technologies and its portfolio of business continuity solutions to further strengthen the fault tolerant capabilities of its C•CURE 9000 and C•CURE 800/8000 access control platforms

everRun is available in Enterprise and Express versions, giving end customers the flexibility to choose their level of protection. The everRun preventative-based model is focused on helping organisations continue to operate and compute even during failures. In the event of an incident, the software issues e-mail alerts to authorised personnel.

Users can choose from a variety of automatic failover and recovery options based on availability needs rather than the size of their C•CURE system. The scalable system, which requires minimal IT staff input for operation, is able to grow with each customer’s changing business needs.

For more information about the Stratus everRun options for Software House’s C•CURE platforms visit: www.swhouse.com

About Software House and Tyco Security Products

Software House’s innovative C·CURE software portfolio combines with a suite of reliable controllers to provide powerful security and event management. Add an integration platform that allows customers to integrate seamlessly with critical business applications and it’s easy to see why Software House solutions are ideal for security-critical applications.

Tyco Security Products conducts business in over 177 countries around the world, employs over 2,800 employees in Research and Development, marketing, manufacturing, sales and service as well as running logistics teams in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region.

Built by developers from all product disciplines, the company’s solutions consistently allow customers to see more, do more and save more across multiple industries and segments including healthcare, Government, transportation, finance and retail.

Worldwide, Tyco Security Products helps protect 42% of Fortune 500 companies, transportation systems on five continents, 37% of the world’s Top 100 retailers, over two million commercial enterprises and thousands of students in more than 900 educational facilities.

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Baroness Karren Brady CBE to open the Protection & Management Series 2015

Baroness Karren Brady CBE has been announced as the first of three inspirational keynote speakers at the Protection & Management Series 2015. Baroness Brady will open the event on Tuesday 16 June at ExCeL, London.

Baroness Brady is a regular newspaper columnist, author and novelist and known as ‘The First Lady of Football’ having become managing director of Birmingham City FC at the age of just 23.

Her current role is vice-chairman of West Ham United FC, while the Baroness is also the Small Business Ambassador to the UK Government led by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Of course, Baroness Brady is well-known to millions of TV viewers for her role alongside Lord Alan Sugar in the popular BBC programme The Apprentice.

In this must-attend keynote address, Baroness Brady will share anecdotes from her own rise within the business world, offering plenty of insights and advice for women in the business sector.

Baroness Karren Brady CBE: vice-chairman of West Ham United FC

Baroness Karren Brady CBE: vice-chairman of West Ham United FC

Simon Mills, group director for the Protection & Management Series run by event organiser UBM, said: “We’re delighted to reveal that Baroness Karren Brady will be opening this year’s Protection & Management Series with a truly inspirational keynote address. We’re really looking forward to hosting such a phenomenal businesswoman on the first day in what is our second year at our new London home.”

The Protection & Management Series is the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. Organised by UBM EMEA, the series incorporates the major events of IFSEC International, FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo, The Facilities Show and Service Management Expo and attracts more than 40, 000 attendees over three days.

The 2015 Protection & Management Series of events will run from 16-18 June at ExCeL, London.

*Find out more and register for the event here: www.safety-health-expo.co.uk/keynotepr

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Wavestore appoints James Smith in marketing director’s role

Popular industry professional James Smith has joined Wavestore as the company’s new marketing director. Smith has worked within the electronic security industry for over 20 years now, during which time he has held senior marketing, sales and general management roles within leading security distribution, manufacturing and systems integration businesses.

Wavestore is a Linux-based video recording and management system which is able to simultaneously record images captured by combinations of analogue, IP, megapixel, HD, HD-SDI and 360-degree cameras.

The company is fully committed to an open platform philosophy. This enables it to integrate and work closely with camera manufacturers and other third party technology partners to offer a comprehensive security solution which can include video analytics, access control, Command and Control, PSIM, motion detection, license plate recognition, abandoned object and intruder detection, people counting, perimeter security detection and traffic monitoring systems.

“I’m very excited about having the opportunity to work with my Wavestore colleagues and our global technology and business partners and ensure that the advantages and benefits of what the company has to offer are brought to the attention of a wide audience,” said Smith.

James Smith: marketing director at Wavestore

James Smith: marketing director at Wavestore

 

“Known for being a truly independent and open platform, Wavestore has unique integration capabilities. The impressive and innovative features built into the latest version of its video recording and management platform enables the company to satisfy virtually any video management application up to enterprise level through its software and NVR hardware solutions. Combining that with our excellent reputation for ease of use and support, it’s easy to see why we have an opportunity to stand out from the crowd in what is a fragmented video management software (VMS) marketplace while delivering real benefits to our users around the world.”

Wavestore’s video management software is ONVIF Profile S Conformant. Profile S describes the common functionalities shared by ONVIF conformant video management systems and devices that send, configure, request or control the streaming of media data over an IP network, and includes specific features such as PTZ control, audio streaming and relay outputs.

Paradigm shift in the approach to VMS

The expertise of its hardware and software development teams ensures that Wavestore is able to quickly react to rapidly changing market demands. Indeed, many of the features incorporated into Wavestore V5 have been introduced as a direct result of listening and responding to customer requirements.

Some of these features are unique to Wavestore, among them de-warping software which facilitates the recording and display of the fisheye images captured by 180-degree and 360-degree panoramic cameras.

Developed on the Linux operating system, Wavestore’s DVRs, NVRs and HVRs are rugged, reliable and straightforward to install, configure and operate.

Wavestore systems are also easily expandable and upgradable as and when a client’s requirements change, while Wavestore’s powerful SDK and metadata capability enables integrated security solutions to be developed that will provide a rapid response to dynamic events.

Available as a fully-assembled server or to OEMs and system integrators as a VMS, Wavestore has a proven track record of reliable performance in high integrity security and surveillance applications. It’s able to fulfil applications from small standalone systems right up to large-scale distributed server networks employing thousands of cameras and detectors.

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