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CNL Software appoints James Condron to global vice-president for sales and marketing

Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software specialist CNL Software is strengthening its senior management team and Board with the promotion of James Condron to the role of global vice-president with responsibility for sales and marketing. Condron will now be in charge of driving growth for the company via its already extensive global partner ecosystem.

Condron joined CNL Software in 2004 and boasts over 25 years’ experience within sales and marketing of IT software and hardware solutions. With a successful track record in delivering significant business growth, he has been instrumental in some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking security integration projects during his tenure at CNL Software.

Condron’s appointment comes as CNL Software increases its share of the growing international security integration market by demonstrating a strong customer-focused approach and specialism in key vertical segments. Condron’s ability to execute profitable sales through customer relationship management and systematic marketing strategies will help to drive growth over the next three years. Immediate attentions will be focused on process management, partner acquisition and support and customer service strategies.

James Condron: moving into a new role at CNL Software

James Condron: moving into a new role at CNL Software

“We’re all extremely excited that James has accepted this new role,” commented Keith Bloodworth, CEO at CNL Software. “He brings with him great drive, energy and expertise within complex security integration programs.”

Bloodworth continued: “The global growth of connected devices will exceed 40 billion by 2020. That being so, organisations across all vertical markets and geographies will need to transform huge volumes of data into meaningful intelligence for their security and operations. James’ excellent work over the last decade leaves us with no doubt that he’s the right person to help us increase our share within this market segment.”

Speaking about his new role within the business, Condron told Risk UK: “Security operations across the world are eager to leverage additional value from the investments made in their security infrastructure and also to exploit the tremendous benefits offered by the Internet of Things, yet they’re struggling to make sense of the myriad of data being produced by multiple systems and devices. CNL Software can help them cut through all of this complexity.”

In conclusion, Condron stated: “I look forward to engaging with our valued international customer base to help support their operational insights and to working with our world class partner ecosystem as we expand our global footprint.”

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Facewatch founder Simon Gordon wins prestigious accolade at 2015 Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Enterprise Awards

The WCIT Entrepreneurs Forum has announced the winners of the fifth annual WCIT Enterprise Awards. The awards, which were presented at a celebratory dinner held at The Plaisterers’ Hall in London, recognise the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated vision, growth, innovation, funding, use or resources, strategy, execution, ambition and determination to succeed.

Simon Gordon – who founded Facewatch back in March 2010 when he decided that he needed to do something about the problem of pickpockets stealing from customers in his family-owned London business Gordon’s Wine Bar – was bestowed with the prestigious Judges Award.

John O’Connell, chairman of the WCIT Enterprise Awards, commented: “Winning an award is always noteworthy. Winning a WCIT Enterprise Award marks the winner out as someone special. Simon Gordon is an entrepreneur who exemplifies the qualities our Judges were looking for including vision and passion for his subject. I wish Simon and Facewatch every success in their quest to create a ‘Global Champion’ which the WCIT Awards are designed to recognise.”

Simon Gordon (left) receives his award

Simon Gordon (left) receives his award

From its inception as a simple crime reporting tool, Facewatch has now evolved into a multi-functional crime reporting platform that enables businesses, the police service and members of the public to work together when it comes to reducing high volume, low-level acquisitive crime (such as handbag, wallet or mobile phone theft).

Functionality of the Facewatch solution includes data sharing and analysis tools, CCTV and image capture (including facial recognition software from partners), crime analysis tools and secure communication within groups.

Developing at a rapid pace

Simon Gordon, who’s also chairman at Facewatch, told Risk UK: “This award is a great personal honour, but more importantly it recognises all of the hard work, effort and support that I’ve received from everybody associated with Facewatch. In particular, I would like to thank Guy Rigby from Smith and Williamson for his help and support to Facewatch over a long period of time and for nominating me for this award. The company is now developing at a rapid pace and we’re extremely excited about achieving our vision and making a really positive social impact.”

This year’s WCIT Enterprise Awards were held in association with tech UK and sponsored by The Sage Group plc, TechMarketView, Cobalt Corporate Finance, GFT and Smith & Williamson.

The event also featured a keynote speech from Stephen Kelly, CEO of The Sage Group plc. Kelly’s a passionate champion of entrepreneurs and small businesses and promoting their role in driving economic growth.

Also attending the awards ceremony were several other key industry professionals including Steve Garnett (chairman for the EMEA region at salesforce.com), Mike Tobin, the co-founder of Telecity and Richard Holway (chairman of TechMarketView).

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Axis Communications heralds plans for new Lund hq to secure continued growth and focus on R&D

Network surveillance solutions developer Axis Communications is building a new headquarters to secure continued growth with R&D in focus. In early 2016, the company will initiate the construction of a new premises located adjacent to the company’s existing offices in Lund, Sweden. The building is expected to be ready in early 2018 and will be designed to accommodate over 1,000 employees.

Together with principal owner Canon’s chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai, Axis announced the expansion plan at a meeting held on Tuesday 16 June which involved representatives from the municipality, Lund University and the Faculty of Engineering.

“Since its inception, Axis Communications has been a company with its heart in Lund and, through this new investment, we will strengthen our long-term presence in what is undoubtedly a dynamic growth region,” explained Ray Mauritsson, president of Axis Communications.

“Proximity to Lund University and the Faculty of Engineering is natural for us as an innovative industry leader in the security world. On that basis, we’re focusing on continued R&D in Lund and advancing our local collaboration.”

Ray Mauritsson: president at Axis Communications

Ray Mauritsson: president at Axis Communications

The nine-storey office building covering a total area of 32,000 square metres will occupy an entire block at the Ideon Science Park and accommodate many of Axis’ existing corporate functions. R&D, which constitutes the largest part of the operations in Lund, will also remain in the existing main building on Emdalavägen.

Apart from a mix of individual offices and open plan landscapes, the new building will house a restaurant and a café on the ground floor, a new visitor centre for demonstrations of Axis Communications’ solutions and conference facilities.

The new building will make a new contribution to Lund’s cityscape and be strongly associated with Axis’ long history as an innovative growth company. The building will be environmentally certified according to an environmental and energy optimisation standard with functions such as district heating and heat recovery very much to the fore.

As a major employer in an expansive region, Axis Communications has enjoyed long-standing co-operation with the Faculty of Engineering and Lund University in general. This co-operation manifests itself in many ways. For example, Axis offers engineering students the chance to carry out thesis work at the company.

At present, over half of Axis Communications’ 2,000-plus employees work in Lund.

In 2014, Axis was named as one of Sweden’s best workplaces in employee surveys conducted by Great Place to Work and Universum.

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Capita Technology Solutions launches ‘CloudVision’ security and business intelligence service

Capita Technology Solutions has launched an all-new hosted video surveillance and analytics service using automated technology to simplify security management and intelligence gathering, in turn solving the expensive and logistically complex challenge of using CCTV systems in real-time.

Capita CloudVision integrates high quality cameras and intelligent video monitoring, enabling businesses to enhance their control over physical security and business intelligence.

The system’s sophisticated analytics include cross line detection – which actively detects moving objects that cross a virtual line – and digital auto tracking which automatically detects and follows moving objects such as people and vehicles.

CloudVision also offers intrusion detection and a people counting facility, allowing retailers to monitor customer traffic.

Capita's CloudVision

Capita’s CloudVision

Data is stored in secure UK data centres and can then be accessed by any Internet-connected device, including mobile phones, subsequently providing data for Control Room and security staff. This enables organisations of any size to implement the most appropriate and cost-effective system possible, minimising infrastructure costs and simplifying installation.

The service was officially launched at IFSEC International, which ran at London’s ExCeL from 16-18 June..

Simon Furber, managing director at Capita Technology Solutions, commented: “Our new CloudVision service will be a key tool for companies looking to secure their assets or understand their business. Working at any scale, the new integrated system will mean that complex analytics tools and real-time security monitoring can be delivered wherever they are needed and when they are needed.”

Simon Furber

Simon Furber

*For further information about CloudVision visit: https://youtu.be/GR1RhgFBNd0

**Capita Technology Solutions is a value-added reseller and systems integrator business unit within Capita IT Enterprise Services. Technology Solutions offers a breadth of services across voice, contact centre, data networking and IT infrastructure to deliver high performance business operations. The business exists to remove complexity, risk and excess cost from IT services while optimising the lifecycle of existing IT investments. Further information can be found at: http://www.capita-its.co.uk/solutions/pages/technologysolutions.aspx

***Capita plc is the UK’s leading provider of customer and business process management and integrated professional support service solutions. With 68,000 people operating at over 400 sites – including 80 business centres across the UK, Europe, India and South Africa – the Group uses its expertise, infrastructure and scale benefits to transform its clients’ services, driving down costs and adding value.

Capita is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 with 2014 revenues of £4.4 billion. Further information on Capita plc can be found online at: www.capita.co.uk

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