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Axis Communications publishes detailed Sustainability Report for 2014

Network camera specialist Axis Communications has issued its Sustainability Report for 2014, with environmental considerations, business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) very much in focus. The company’s fifth annual Sustainability Report describes the progress made in a number of fields such as environmental impact and anti-corruption. Great progress has also been made in work dedicated to informing and auditing suppliers in order to ensure compliance with Axis’ Supplier Code of Conduct. The Sustainability Report was prepared according to the G4 global reporting standard.

“Axis Communications works proactively with sustainability issues on a long-term basis since a responsible attitude is an important success factor for our global business operations,” explained Ray Mauritsson, the company’s president. “I’m proud of what we have achieved during 2014, from optimising our logistics flows to minimising our environmental impact as well as countering corruption in the value chain and working to create a safer and more secure world.”

Axis aims to be a driving force behind the development of innovative security solutions which assist end users in both the private and public sectors to meet today’s critical challenges, such as protecting people and important infrastructure while also helping to solve today’s urban problems such as traffic congestion.

As a global company with employees in 49 countries and partners in 179 countries, Axis aims to be a leader in the security industry when it comes to CSR and, as a result, assumes a long-term responsibility for how the company’s operations affect employees, partners, suppliers, end users and other important target groups.

Ray Mauritsson: president of Axis Communications

Ray Mauritsson: president of Axis Communications

“Our ambition is to serve as a model for the industry in terms of sustainability,” added Mauritsson. “This latest report shows how our sustainability work has delivered positive results across the entire value chain. I look forward to continuing the work relating to Axis’ industry-leading measures such as our anti-corruption program.”

Key facts and figures in the report

Some important points raised in the 2014 Sustainability Report are as follows:

  • Axis’ comprehensive anti-corruption work has been intensified. All employees have participated in training and more than 100 of the company’s distributors have undertaken to comply with the company’s policy of zero tolerance against corruption, bribes and conflicts of interests
  • 96% of Axis’ suppliers that have an impact on the company in terms of the environment or sustainability have either been audited by Axis supplier inspectors or are certified to ensure that they follow Axis’ requirements relating to environmental considerations, the working environment and occupational safety
  • Axis has managed to cut the company’s carbon dioxide emissions by 13% during 2014, primarily through its optimised logistics flows and reduced distances for transportation
  • The company has continued to phase out PVC plastic from its products while 65% of the company’s network cameras and video encoders are now PVC-free
  • During 2014, Axis’ employees participated in surveys conducted by Great Place to Work in Sweden, USA and Germany and the company realised top positions in all countries
  • In order to raise environmental awareness among its suppliers, Axis held webinars through its training program Axis Supplier Academy, whereby all suppliers were informed about the company’s views on sustainability issues as well as rules and laws for material accounting
Axis Communications' headquarters in Lund, Sweden

Axis Communications’ headquarters in Lund, Sweden

In the 2014 Sustainability Report, as stated Axis has changed over to the new G4 reporting standard which is an update of the leading rules for sustainability reporting drawn up by the Global Reporting Initiative.

As part of Axis’ transition to the new reporting standard, the company has initiated dialogue with key target groups and stakeholders which has provided important insights that can be used to continue improving the company’s long-term sustainability work.

*The Axis Communications Sustainability Report for 2014 can be downloaded from this link: http://www.axis.com/corporate/sustainability/index.htm

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Lenel introduces OnGuard 7.0 Security Management Platform for risk and security professionals

Lenel Systems International has announced the release of OnGuard 7.0 – the next generation of its leading security management platform with a host of feature enhancements including faster and improved enterprise cardholder replication performance, new features and certifications for end users and added integrations with other leading third party and UTC Building & Industrial Systems brands.

“We’ve listened to our value-added resellers (VARs) and end user customers and incorporated many of their ideas into this significant new release to make our industry-leading OnGuard platform even better,” said Ross McKay, director of product management, integrated solutions and advanced services at Lenel.

As a result of a new service-oriented architecture (SOA), the Lenel OnGuard 7.0 platform now delivers near-time cardholder replication, providing a significant increase in speed that will directly benefit the largest and most globally distributed users. Cardholder updates are automatically delivered to their target within seconds of changes being made.

Lenel Systems International has announced the release of OnGuard® 7.0 – the next generation of its specialist security management platform

Lenel Systems International has announced the release of OnGuard 7.0 – the next generation of its specialist security management platform

Enhancements for the US Government segment include support for IPv6 on both Lenel Access and Security Series hardware platforms, extended user ID (which allows support for large format Government IDs such as FASC-N/UUID) and integration with HID Global’s pivCLASS Government Solutions to provide “authentication at the door” for Government credentials.

Additionally, 7.0 certification for FICAM FIPS-201 is planned to be available shortly after release (FICAM certification is already available with OnGuard 6.6).

Importantly, the IPv6 functionality is also beneficial for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, although the other added features are only applicable for the US market.

New and improved integrations

The OnGuard 7.0 platform has been further enhanced with the addition of new and improved integrations with UTC Building & Industrial Systems product lines that include the Edwards EST3 life safety control platform, TruVision digital video recorders and network video recorders – supporting the TVR 11, TVR 41 and TVR 60 DVRs and the TVN 20, TVN 21 and TVN 50 NVRs – and the Otis Elevator Company’s CompassPlus destination management system controls.

OnGuard’s video platform, LNVR 7.1, also incorporates a number of new and integrated features requested by VARs and end users via Lenel’s ideas@lenel.com website.

Other new features in OnGuard 7.0 include:

  • Archiving to a secondary database
  • Improved monitoring usability and FIFO alarm handling
  • Alarm acknowledgement instruction hyperlinks
  • Updated support of Casi firmware and hardware migration options
  • Interface capability for ASSA ABLOY Aperio wireless locks
  • Integration with Allegion Schlage AD-400 Wireless and AD-300 Hardwired Locks
  • Compatibility with EDGE EVO from HID Global’s Network Access Control Solutions

OnGuard users continue to benefit from a feature-rich solution that includes web-based applications, a strong video interface with support for more than 350 third party cameras and Lenel’s Open Access Alliance Program with more than 120 partners and 200 product interfaces.

The open architecture design seamlessly integrates a full suite of security management technologies designed for each user’s specific needs right up to the globally dispersed enterprise.

“The OnGuard 7.0 platform has been field-tested and is proven to meet the demands of VARs and large system users,” added McKay. “For customers still using earlier versions of OnGuard, upgrading to 7.0 brings many new features and benefits in addition to enhancements made in the last two service pack releases of 2014.”

*For more information visit: www.lenel.com or follow @LenelSystems on Twitter

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UTC Fire & Security UK receives CPNI approval for GS930 glass break detector solution

UTC Fire & Security – a business unit of the United Technologies Corporation – has just had its GS930 glass break detector approved by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) for use in the UK’s most important security projects.

The CPNI provides protective security advice and assures a wide range of physical security products for use on Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) sites. This latest approval for the GS930 adds to the growing catalogue of security devices that have been officially tested for applications at such premises.

The GS930 is an intelligent audio glass break detector that analyses acoustic signals 80 times per second to provide accurate warning when framed glass is broken. Thanks to a patented 3×3 signal processing algorithm, no adjustment is necessary for different types and sizes of glass.

Detail of the DD669AM 20-metre ceiling mount dual technology movement sensor

Detail of the DD669AM 20-metre ceiling mount dual technology movement sensor

It was also recently confirmed that the DD669AM 20-metre ceiling mount dual technology movement sensor had passed the CPNI test procedures. The unit combines mirror optics with 4D signal processing to provide accurate detection while increasing stability and the reduction of nuisance alarms. It incorporates range-controlled microwave technology that eliminates nuisance alarms generated by movement beyond the detection pattern.

“With these latest successes we now offer a very useful choice of intruder products which are approved for CPNI use,” said Ian Avey, pre-sales engineer at UTC Fire & Security UK.

“Having passed independent testing, these products are not just suitable for CPNI projects but also make for a great choice across the wider security segment. End users can be confident that these are highly dependable devices suitable for any application where performance is essential.”

The full range of CPNI-approved detectors from UTC now includes the GS930 glass break detector; the Aritech VV700 Seismic Sensor, the Aritech EV1116AM PIR, the Aritech VE1120AM PIR, the Aritech DD669AM Dualtech, the Guardall PQ15AM PIR and the Guardall BG9 Seismic Sensor.

*Further information is available online at: www.utcfssecurityproducts.co.uk

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VSG secures five regional accolades in 2015 BSIA Security Personnel Awards

Security specialist Vision Security Group (VSG) – part of the Compass Group UK & Ireland – is celebrating after several members of its dedicated personnel team won five regional British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Awards.

The BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards 2015 serve to reward security officers for their dedication, loyalty, teamwork, customer service skills, use of technology and bravery.

Currently in their seventh year, the awards are presented both regionally and nationally in five categories: Service to the Customer, Outstanding Act, Best Use of Technology, Best Team and Best Newcomer.

VSG's proud officers with the regional BSIA Awards for 2015

VSG’s proud officers with the regional BSIA Awards for 2015

VSG’s victorious officers are now being put forward for the national round of the competition.

Three VSG teams were successful in the Best Team category, with two more colleagues also receiving recognition in the Best Use of Technology and Service to the Customer categories.

These awards come hot on the heels of an already successful few months for the company which, earlier this year, achieved certification as a ‘Top Employer in the UK 2015’. Indeed, this is the fourth year running that VSG has been recognised by the Top Employers Institute for offering colleagues an outstanding working environment.

Barry Dawson, business director for VSG, commented: “We’re delighted to have won so many of the regional British Security Industry Association Awards. These awards are very highly regarded within the security industry and showcase the talent we have here at VSG. We’re extremely proud of the outstanding work our officers and teams do in the course of their day-to-day duties. It’s great to see these first-class performances recognised.”

Barry Dawson: business director at VSG

Barry Dawson: business director at VSG

Holistic security service

VSG supplies security solutions to over 1,500 national organisations, many of them blue chip companies. The business offers a holistic security service with award-winning expertise in security guarding, background screening and vetting, mobile security services, secure event solutions, security systems and remote monitoring that’s tailored to each client’s needs.

Established in March 2000, VSG set out to raise standards within the security industry for both customers and staff. Through a commitment to this founding principle, VSG has become one of the fastest-growing companies in its sector.

Compass Group UK & Ireland is part of Compass Group plc, a specialist support services provider generating annual revenues of £17.1 billion in the year to 30 September 2014 and £1.8 billion of revenues in the UK & Ireland.

The business operates across core vertical sectors including healthcare, education, defence, offshore and leisure and lists a broad range of clients within its portfolio.

Across the UK & Ireland, Compass Group’s operations span no less than 10,000 sites and employ more than 60,000 dedicated members of staff.

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