Daily Archives: 22/09/2015

Securitas set to showcase growing range of emergency and fire safety solutions at the Emergency Services Show 2015

Securitas is set to showcase its growing range of emergency and fire safety solutions at the Emergency Services Show, which runs at the NEC in Birmingham on 23-24 September.

With over 400 exhibitors and 5,500 visitors attending last year, the Emergency Services Show is one of the UK’s leading events for professionals involved in emergency planning, response and recovery both here in the UK and abroad.

Securitas’ specialists within the sector will be on hand to discuss a range of fire safety and emergency services including emergency fire crew capability, airfield rescue, firefighting contingency, fire risk assessment, fire training, police support, crime scene guarding, major public event support and canine services as well as related technologies.

Paul Rankin of Securitas

Paul Rankin of Securitas

Paul Rankin, director of fire and safety services at Securitas, told Risk UK: “The Emergency Services Show provides a great opportunity for us to showcase our capabilities and competencies designed to support the industry and also highlight our growing range of tailored services. It’s a great opportunity for us to communicate Securitas’ future strategy which will assist in the development of our Emergency and Fire Safety Services Division.”

Securitas boasts an excellent working relationship with the police and other emergency services across the UK, holding contracts with various local police services as well as national agencies including the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

*The Securitas Emergency and Fire Safety Services Team will be available on Stand L38. Further information is available online at: http://www.emergencyuk.com

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ONVIF expands influence with 5,000 conformant products, 500 members and fifth Profile specification

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has now reached nearly 5,000 IP-based physical security products registered as ONVIF compliant, grown to encompass more than 500 member companies and has developed its fifth Profile specification – Profile A for advanced access control. 

These milestones signify ONVIF’s continuing development and influence as a major driver of interoperability in the physical security market.

“End users in the industry and the broader consumer market now expect basic interoperability when they make purchases, and manufacturers are responding by making more interoperable products as a result of using ONVIF’s specifications,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee.

“We’re proud to have reached these milestones in ONVIF’s growth and development and look forward to working with our members and the industry at large to continue to promote interoperability in the market.”

5,000 conformant products and 500 members

In the last 12 months alone, the number of ONVIF conformant products grew by 1,300 (representing an increase of approximately 35%).

Also in the past year, ONVIF has reached more than 500 members: a membership that now represents six of the seven continents in the world.

5th Profile – Profile A

ONVIF’s fifth and newest Profile – Profile A for advanced access control – is designed to establish an interface for access control clients and expands the configuration options for ONVIF conformant access control systems.

Profile A is available in release candidate status on the ONVIF website.

“Profile A is designed to meet the market’s evolving need for a more advanced access control profile,” said Neelendra Bhandari, engineering leader at ONVIF member company Honeywell Security. “This illustrates ONVIF’s commitment to stay attuned to the needs of its members and the industry which is reflected in its ongoing development of new profiles and continued work to promote interoperability.”

With Profile S for streaming video, Profile G for recording and storage, Profile C for physical access control, Profile Q for easy installation and advanced security features and Profile A for advanced access control configuration, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF conformant products can provide.

*Further information about ONVIF’s conformant products, including the vendors and the conformant models, is available by accessing ONVIF’s website: www.onvif.org

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“Tightening of borders could destabilise European growth” warns finance specialist AES International

Tensions over the economic refugee crisis threaten a tightening of borders which could severely disrupt European trade.

Ashley Owen, head of investment strategies at AES International, said: “The tightening of border controls in parts of Eastern Europe as a consequence of the refugee crisis could be the start of a worrying trend which may damage European GDP.”

Owen continued: “The Schengen agreement allows free movement of people and goods through the majority of the European Union. Its economic impact is hard to accurately measure. However, it’s fair to assume that intercontinental trade is significantly boosted by the close country ties the agreement has enabled and that any threat to this arrangement would have consequences.”

The AES International professional went on to state: “The political friction could further threaten imports and exports between European countries and place trade ties under pressure. This would unduly hit SMEs which do business within Europe. All of this is very disappointing as the influx of such high numbers of people at working age should provide a real economic boost over the coming decades if the process is handled correctly.”

Founded in 2004, AES International is a financial services organisation serving the international, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional marketplace.

Headquartered in the UK, the organisation is regulated to provide advice in 36 countries across Europe and the Middle East and employs 150 financial professionals.

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Safetyflex Barriers secures million-dollar deal to take company’s crash-rated products to the US

Security bollard manufacturer Safetyflex Barriers has secured a lucrative million-dollar deal to take its crash-rated products across the Atlantic. The Coventry-based business has just landed an order which will now see its high security anti-terrorist bollards protecting multiple sites across the United States.

The deal follows Safetyflex landing its first US order from across the Atlantic in 2014 and on the back of the firm gaining a coveted patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Marcus Gerrard, director at Safetyflex Barriers (which is part of the GME Springs Group), said the company was delighted with the export growth achieved over the last 12 months.

“Our anti-terrorist barriers and bollards have massive export potential, which is being reflected in the strong level of interest and orders we’ve received all over the world,” he stated. “Since landing our first order in the US, we’ve entered into a partnership agreement with a US-based distributor which is supporting us to realise the full potential of our products across North America.”

Safetyflex Barriers' directors Marcus Gerrard (left) and Rob Gerrard

Safetyflex Barriers’ directors Marcus Gerrard (left) and Rob Gerrard

Gerrard added: “This latest deal is among the biggest export orders we’ve fulfilled. Exporting is vital to the UK economy and we’re proud to be taking our innovative technology and products to new markets, flying the flag for Coventry, the West Midlands and the UK.”

Safetyflex Barriers was launched by the GME Springs Group in 2008 and uses innovative spring steel technology in its barriers, bollards and crash fences to stop vehicle-borne terrorist and criminal attacks against any key asset.

Gerrard told Risk UK: “The reputation of Safetyflex Barriers has grown enormously over the last few years and companies are now literally knocking down our door to work with us. Our crash-rated products are ideal for protecting banks and shop fronts from ram-raids or accidental damage. They’re also ideal when it comes to specifications for high security sites and companies operating in the utilities sector.”

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