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Sir Chris Hoy MBE added to Inspirational Speaker listings for Protection & Management Series 2015

Sir Chris Hoy MBE has been added as the final presenter for the Protection & Management Series 2015 Inspirational Speaker slots. Britain’s Greatest Olympian is due to take to the stage at ExCeL, London on Thursday 18 June.

Having won a total of six gold medals and one silver medal across three Olympic Games, Sir Chris Hoy reached the pinnacle of his career by winning his fifth and sixth gold medals at the hugely successful London 2012 Olympic Games.

In his motivational and engaging session, Sir Chris Hoy will talk attendees through the ‘marginal gains’ strategy which he credits for much of his success. Based on the theory that marginally optimising every possible area for improvement will result in profound progress, it’s a strategy that can be translated to any business sector.

Speaking about the announcement, Simon Mills (group director for the Protection & Management Series at UBM), said:“It’s with great pleasure that I can confirm our final high-profile speaker participating in this year’s Inspirational Speaker Series. I can think of no-one more motivating than Sir Chris Hoy. We very much look forward to welcoming him on the final day of the event in June.”

Sir Chris Hoy MBE

Sir Chris Hoy MBE

Mills added: “The Inspirational Speaker Series offers an exciting new element to the shows within the Protection & Management Series alongside an already-established and comprehensive educational programme that covers all of the latest topics, trends and innovations within the security, safety, fire, facilities and service management industries.”

Sir Chris Hoy joins Baroness Karren Brady and Sir Ranulph Fiennes as the presenters in the inaugural Protection & Management Inspirational Speakers Series. Brady takes to the stage on Tuesday 16 June and Sir Ranulph Fiennes on Wednesday 17 June.

Organised by UBM EMEA, the Protection & Management Series is the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information.

The Protection & Management Series incorporates the major events that are IFSEC International, FIREX International, The Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo and Service Management Expo and attracts more than 40,000 attendees annually over three days to ExCeL, London.

*Sir Chris Hoy MBE will speak on Thursday 18 June from 11.30 am at ExCeL, London

**Find out more and register for the event here: http://bit.ly/1C719Zb

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Samsung Techwin launches WiseNet Lite security camera series for end users

In a crowded professional security camera marketplace where there’s no shortage of manufacturers competing for the attention of end users and installers, Samsung Techwin has demonstrated its determination to retain its market leading position with the launch of the High Definition (HD) WiseNet Lite series of cameras.

The three bullet cameras and seven domes in the new WiseNet Lite series have been introduced to provide Samsung Techwin’s customers with keenly priced alternatives to the highly acclaimed, feature rich, Open Platform WiseNetIII models.

“We fully understand that in a competitive world, the best way we can continue to support installers, systems integrators, end users and our business partners throughout Europe is to provide a wide range of options which can collectively meet the budget limitations and functionality requirements for any video surveillance project,” said Tim Biddulph, product manager for Samsung Techwin Europe.

“WiseNet Lite allows us to offer a high performance video surveillance solution for shops and offices which just require HD cameras to capture evidence grade images, while it also provides an affordable solution for much larger projects where hundreds of cameras may be required.”

Samsung Techwin's SND-L5083R 1.3 Megapixel HD network IR dome camera with varifocal lens

Samsung Techwin’s SND-L5083R 1.3 Megapixel HD network IR dome camera with varifocal lens

The 1.3 Megapixel and 2 Megapixel Full-HD WiseNet Lite models share many of the features built into the WiseNetIII range, including Intelligent Video Analytics, motion detection, privacy masking zones, audio support, PoE and a SD/SDHC memory slot.

They also feature LDC (Lens Distortion Correction) which compensates for the image distortion that can occur with wide angle lenses.

Samsung Techwin has equipped the WiseNet Lite cameras and domes with a Hallway view function for the monitoring of narrow vertical areas such as corridors, tunnels and aisles. It enables the camera to capture images with a 9:16 x 3:4 aspect ratio that works effectively in tall and narrow spaces with the added bonus of minimising bandwidth and video storage requirements.

Samsung Techwin’s SNO-L6083R 2 Megapixel Full-HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera complete with varifocal lens

Samsung Techwin’s SNO-L6083R 2 Megapixel Full-HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera complete with varifocal lens

The new models in the WiseNet Lite range are as follows:

• SND- L6013: 2 Megapixel Full-HD network dome camera
• SND-L6013R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD network IR dome camera
• SND- L6083R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD network IR dome camera with varifocal lens
• SNV-L6083R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD vandal resistant network IR dome camera with varifocal lens
• SNO-L6013R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera
• SNO-L6083R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera with varifocal lens
• SND-L5013: 1.3 Megapixel HD network dome camera
• SND-L5083R: 1.3 Megapixel HD network IR dome camera with varifocal lens
• SNV-L5083R: 1.3 Megapixel HD vandal resistant network IR dome camera with varifocal lens
• SNO-L5083R: 1.3 Megapixel HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera with varifocal lens

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Showsec appoints new area managers for Leeds and Sheffield as Yorkshire operation restructures

Showsec is gearing itself up for further expansion in the North of England with the appointment of two new area managers. The crowd management and event security specialist has now divided its Yorkshire operation into two distinct areas following the recent restructure of the Manchester office as the business seeks to maximise the potential for further growth.

Sam Hodkin has been confirmed as the new area manager in Leeds while Craig Bennett will take up a similar role in Sheffield next week. The two appointments represent another major endorsement for the company’s highly-acclaimed Management Development Programme, meaning that six graduates of the ground-breaking initiative have now progressed to become area managers.

Alan Wallace, Showsec’s regional manager in the North of England, commented: “This is another significant step in the company’s development throughout the region and puts us in a very strong position to achieve further growth in the future. We’re looking to expand our footprint all over the United Kingdom and Yorkshire is clearly an area where there is enormous potential. A considerable amount of growth has already been achieved there and recent developments presented us with the chance to undertake this restructure in dividing such a large county into two distinct areas centred on Leeds and Sheffield.”

Left to Right: Sam Hodkin, Alan Wallace and Craig Bennett

Left to Right: Sam Hodkin, Alan Wallace and Craig Bennett

Wallace added: “This is an exciting new challenge for Sam and Craig. They’ve been given an excellent springboard through the Management Development Programme which has created a strong infrastructure for us to promote from within. The value of the company’s commitment to helping individuals fulfil their potential is further underlined by operations executive Christopher Hudson, another recent graduate of the Management Development Programme, who has now moved across from Manchester to Leeds so that he can join Sam’s team.”

Speaking about his new appointment, Sam Hodkin said: “This opportunity is a dream come true. I look forward to continuing on a successful journey with Showsec and embracing this fantastic opportunity.”

Hodkin’s views were echoed by Craig Bennett, who told Risk UK: “I’m thrilled to have been given this opportunity and fully appreciative of the level of time, effort and support I’ve received at every step throughout my career with Showsec. Having been based in Sheffield for the past six years, I’m excited to be able to take on this role and further develop the service we provide in the Sheffield area.”

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Vista provides 3 Megapixel 24-hour coverage with new IP domes

Vista has extended its VK2 range with the addition of two 3 Megapixel models. These new additions offer “superb high quality images” and include all of the high end features associated with the rest of the range.

The VK2-3MPBIR3V9F is a true day-night megapixel IP bullet with IR LEDs and remote lens set-up. The 3 Megapixel resolution at up to 20 ips provides “highly detailed images” with large scene content. This ensures the greatest flexibility in retrospective investigation by allowing any part of the scene to be enlarged – in both live and recorded footage – with minimum loss of detail.

For its part, the VK2-3MPVRDIR3V9F is a true day-night megapixel IP vandal-resistant dome complete with IR LEDs. The remote zoom and focus enables operators to set the angle of view and focus from a local or remote PC or tablet.

The new Vista VK2-3MPVRDIR3V9F vandal-resistant dome camera

The new Vista VK2-3MPVRDIR3V9F vandal-resistant dome camera

As for the bullet, 3 Megapixel resolution provides highly detailed real-time images for in-depth live and recorded interrogation.

Key features of the new cameras

• Triple streaming 3 Megapixel resolution
• Remote lens set-up
• IR LEDs
• PoE equipped
• Onboard SD card slot

Bob Forehand, Vista product manager, commented: “The new 3 Megapixel range offers exceptional 24-hour coverage thanks to the IR LEDs and excellent image quality. As is the case with the rest of the Vista range, these models are compatible with our full suite of video management solutions – qulu, QNVR and VK2-Recorders – as well as other third party NVRs and Video Management Systems.”

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Affinity Water relies on Zaun’s Super10 for first single mesh SR2 fence order

Security fencing manufacturer Zaun has taken its initial order for the company’s HiSec Super10 system – believed to be the first single mesh to be certified to Security Rating 2.

Zaun will supply and install approaching 100 metres of the SR2-rated HiSec Super10 along with a series of Super10 gates for security systems integrator Reliance High-Tech on behalf of client Affinity Water.

The £50,000 contract is Zaun’s first since Super10 was certified to LPS 1175 SR2 (certificate number 1164a/01) by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) and entered into Issue 7 of the Red Book.

Affinity Water insisted on SR2 fencing to surround four enclosures at two sites to the north west of London.

Zaun will install 4 metre-high blue-coated Super10 fencing to surround a water tower and electric sub-station and a similar-sized loading bay together with single and double leaf gates at one site.

Two similar enclosures made from 3 metre-high silver powder-coated Super10 will go in at another water station nearby. Both sites will be completed by the end of March.

Security fencing manufacturer Zaun has taken its initial order for the company's HiSec Super10 system – believed to be the first single mesh to be certified to Security Rating 2

Security fencing manufacturer Zaun has taken its initial order for the company’s HiSec Super10 system – believed to be the first single mesh to be certified to Security Rating 2

Reliance High-Tech, of course, is a leading security solutions provider to Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) markets including the water, power generation and telecommunications sectors and, indeed, delivered the biometric smart card solution used for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Affinity Water is the largest water-only supplier in the UK, providing millions of litres of water each day to 3.5 million people across North West London and parts of the Home Counties.

To maintain accreditation and a listing in the LPCB Red Book (www.redbooklive.com), manufacturers must regularly demonstrate to independent auditors that they’re producing products consistent with those tested. This gives the customer the guarantee that they’re receiving a secure and quality product.

Products approved by LPCB are rigorously tested for resistance to deliberate attack and play an important role in protecting people and property against physical attack, burglary, vandalism and acts of terrorism.

LPS 1175 specifically covers the approval and listing of intruder-resistant building components, strong points, security enclosures and free-standing barriers.

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“Non-executive directors have a responsibility to understand cyber security risks” urges AXELOS

Non-executive directors have a responsibility to understand cyber security risks and resilience in order to best protect the interests of their business. That’s the view espoused by AXELOS Global Best Practice in a new discussion paper.

In the paper, AXELOS calls for more training on cyber security risks and resilience for non-executive directors on company Boards. ‘Mind the Information Gap: Non-Executive Directors and Professional Development’ identifies that non-executive directors on audit and risk committees are in a unique position to improve the resilience of their companies, but asserts that many may not currently have access to the training and skills necessary in order to do so.

Nick Wilding, head of cyber resilience Best Practice at AXELOS, stated: “Some organisations can be complacent about cyber risk, believing that ‘We’re not a target. We’re too small and don’t have anything of value to a hacker.’ The reality is that everyone in a business needs to be aware of cyber security risks and resilience strategies, but particularly those in senior roles.”

Wilding added: “Companies need to ensure that their Board members are able to learn about these issues. This is the best way to ensure that a company is as prepared as possible for any incident or attack.”

Nick Wilding: head of cyber resilience Best Practice at AXELOS

Nick Wilding: head of cyber resilience Best Practice at AXELOS

Professional development strategy for senior executives

The discussion paper recommends that companies introduce a professional development strategy for senior executives designed to address this lack of understanding of cyber security issues at Board level. This will help Board members build cyber security risks into a broader understanding of their organisation’s ‘risk appetite’. It will also ensure that they have the capacity to understand and question audit, risk and compliance reports that are provided by the organisation.

In addition, AXELOS also argues that, as a consequence of this better understanding, strong relationships between specific Board members and key figures from the business – such as the CIO, CISO and risk director – will be formed, in turn ensuring that cyber security issues have a ‘champion’ at Board level.

In conclusion, Wilding explained: “Ahead of the launch of the new AXELOS Cyber Resilience Best Practice portfolio later this year, our new discussion paper demonstrates how important it is that everyone – including those at Board level – in an organisation is equipped to deal with a cyber security incident. Companies must improve their resilience. This can only happen if Board members are engaged and informed.”

*The new discussion paper can be found on the AXELOS website: www.axelos.com/case-studies-and-white-papers/mind-the-information-gap

**AXELOS was formed in 2013 to promote and grow the Global Best Practice portfolio, including ITIL, PRINCE2 and the other PPM products used across organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors within more than 150 countries worldwide.
 
AXELOS has an ambitious programme of investment for developing innovative new solutions and stimulating the growth of a vibrant, open and international ecosystem of training, consultancy and examination organisations.
 
Forthcoming developments include the aforementioned launch of a Cyber Resilience Best Practice portfolio, PRINCE2 Agile, the ITIL Practitioner qualification and its first-ever Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for practitioners.

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Compact keypads for SPC intruder detection system introduced by Security Products from Siemens

Security Products from Siemens has introduced two new compact keypads for the SPC intruder detection system. They use touchkeys instead of traditional mechanical keys and the key interface illuminates only when touched.

With a depth of just 17.5 mm, these keypads sit unobtrusively on any wall. Model SPCK520 offers display and speech output while model SPCK521 adds an ID card reader.

The new keypads support EM and MIFARE card technologies. Advanced user authentication eliminates the inconvenience of repeated PIN code entry on systems that are armed and disarmed many times on a daily basis.

End users can download pre-recorded or customised audio files to the keypads. These audible messages assist users when various system events occur.

The large graphical display provides a wealth of information at a glance. For instance, users can access detailed information about doors that are open or ajar and therefore preventing the system from being armed.

Siemens has introduced two new compact keypads for the SPC intruder detection system

Siemens has introduced two new compact keypads for the SPC intruder detection system

 

The keypads supply system information and offer various ways to configure the parameters of the SPC system on site without additional tools such as a PC.

An optional plug-in RF module allows the keypads to be used as RF receivers for communication with wireless detectors nearby. This eliminates the need for separate RF receivers.

In addition, the keypads have push-wire terminals so that installers can secure the wires of connection cables with a single push action.

For flush mounting, Siemens offers a special frame that allows the keypad to be installed flush with the wall. An optional metal enclosure is available for installation in concrete walls.

The compact keypads are backwards-compatible with existing SPC systems. End users can choose from the eight languages that are supplied as standard with additional language packs available for download.

The SPC intruder detection series offered by Security Products from Siemens combines sophisticated protection against intruders with a cost-effective modular design and installation concept.

SPC systems are scalable up to 512 zones with 120 wireless zones.

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