Monthly Archives: October 2015

NICE Systems launches digital policing solution to help law enforcement agencies close cases on faster timescales

NICE Investigate automates and expedites the entire digital investigation process, in turn leading to more effective evidence processing and facilitating successful prosecutions.

Police departments everywhere are investing in digital policing initiatives to better safeguard the public. Yet the exponential growth in digital data energised by an increasing number of sources, such as body-worn cameras and private and public CCTV footage, now presents the challenge of how to effectively process all of this ‘siloed’ information.

NICE Investigate, a new digital policing solution from NICE Systems, breaks down information silos and replaces lengthy, manual processes with automated workflows to expedite the entire digital investigation process. This goes well beyond the capabilities of the digital evidence management solutions in use today. NICE Investigate streamlines the collection, organisation and sharing of potential evidence such that investigators can make sense of disparate data.

“Investigators face some tough challenges,” noted Ed Davis, a former Boston Police Commissioner. “Collecting and securely sharing potential evidence is surprisingly manual and time-consuming, while analysing the disparate pieces to recreate the ‘Who, What, Where, When and Why’ of an incident is more complicated than ever. A software solution that addresses these issues and leads to higher case clearance rates would be invaluable to any police department.”

Identifying, collecting and copying digital evidence

“Today’s investigators inevitably spend too much time identifying, collecting and copying digital evidence from various sources, including video from citizens, private and public sector CCTV video, audio recordings, photos and more,” stated Chris Wooten, executive vice-president at NICE Systems. They often lack the tools needed to organise and make sense of all the different pieces of information.”

Wooten continued: “At the same time, budgets are flat and workloads are increasing. Inefficient processes threaten to delay investigations, incident resolution and prosecution. NICE has now leveraged its experience of working with thousands of police departments and its expertise in information management for emergency communications centres to develop a solution that addresses these issues.”

NICE Investigate improves investigator efficiency and effectiveness through four core capabilities:

*Compatibility with multiple evidence sources

NICE Investigate integrates data from most existing applications and sources, including CAD and RMS systems, body camera video, physical evidence like photos and documents, public and private CCTV video, in-car video, interview recordings, citizen tips, audio recordings, gunshot detection systems, automated license plate readers, social media and more. This enables police departments to collapse information silos, choose Best-in-Class systems from leading providers and protect their investment in existing systems

*Automated workflow

The solution expedites criminal case building by organising evidence into a digital case folder, using a powerful correlation engine to suggest potential evidence and enabling investigators to electronically initiate requests for evidence and evidence processing

*Content analytics and visualisation

Content analytics examines digital content from connected sources. Visual tools display the information, making important patterns and relationships easier to understand. By uncovering more relevant information and visualising it in useful ways, crimes that would otherwise go unsolved can be successfully prosecuted

*Secure collaboration and sharing

Investigators can easily and securely share evidence electronically, enabling multiple investigators within an agency or across agencies to collaborate on a case while maintaining the chain of custody and integrity of the evidence. Investigators no longer have to waste valuable time copying and transporting digital evidence for prosecutors.

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VMS specialist Wavestore appoints Hamaad Deen to pre-sales manager role

Open platform Video Management Software (VMS) developer Wavestore has appointed Hamaad Deen as pre-sales manager. In this role, Deen will be working closely with the company’s client partners to assist in the design and development of major new projects both here in the UK and on the international stage.

A key aspect of the newly-created role will be to ensure that all solution requirements are deliverable within the required timescales and able to meet the client’s expectations.

Deen, who holds a BSc in Computer Science, has been Wavestore’s technical sales engineer since 2010 and has an expert understanding of how Wavestore can bring real advantage to system integrators and end users alike if they deploy Wavestore’s systems at the very heart of their security solution.

Hamaad Deen

Hamaad Deen

“Hamaad is a natural problem solver as well as an excellent communicator,” said Glenn Fletcher,  head of sales for Wavestore. “He also has extensive knowledge of a wide range of third party systems, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of what we can achieve with our open platform VMS. Hamaad is the ideal person to take on this very important role, a key aspect of which is to ‘make the complex simple’ by understanding what customers are looking to achieve and, in the process, helping them to unlock the full potential of their security systems.”

Fletcher added: “Hamaad’s appointment will also reinforce our ability to support installers and systems integrators who are members of our ‘Better Together’ Partner Programme.”

The Wavestore ‘Better Together’ Partner Programme is designed to offer “real-world advantages” to those companies involved in the design, installation and commissioning of video surveillance solutions. A key feature of the programme is the provision of dedicated pre-sales project support for large or otherwise complex applications.

Additional benefits include project registration, system design and tender submission support, as well as access to training, free demonstration licences and PR services.

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Vanderbilt builds on security market success with duo of senior management appointments

Vanderbilt International, the state-of-the-art security systems developer, has strengthened its senior management team with two key appointments. Peter Mueller has joined the company as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO) and executive committee member, while Rickard Hammarberg will take on the role of sales hub head for Sweden.

Mueller’s impressive career spans over 30 years in business, where he was a management consultant for international blue chip companies including Deloitte, Arthur D Little and IBM. A graduate of the University of Münster, for the last seven years he has served as Professor in MBA Programs at the Ho Chi Minh University of Technology and Adjunct Professor at Beijing Normal University as well as being a visiting Professor at universities throughout India.

Mueller will now facilitate a strong alignment with Vanderbilt’s Information Technology, business and management functions.

Commenting on his new role, Mueller told Risk UK: “As CIO, I’m looking forward to identifying areas where we can use technology to make our overall operation more efficient and cost-effective and improve the service we offer to our ever-growing customer base. This will ensure that we maximise our competitive potential in what is a highly competitive market, while at the same time delivering value and adapting to changing working practices such as remote working.”

Peter Mueller

Peter Mueller

For his part, Rickard Hammarberg brings a wealth of experience to Vanderbilt gained over 20 years of working in the security industry, during which time he has amassed considerable knowledge about the technology and trends within the CCTV and access control sectors.

His previous positions include a variety of national and international roles, among them a two-year stint in the UK as team leader at Bewator. Hammarberg’s most recent position was regional sales manager for the Nordics at Lenel Systems International. He has also worked for BIAB Larm and YIT Sweden.

Hammarberg is now tasked with increasing the company’s profile in Sweden and the wider Nordic region, as well as setting the strategic business plan and sales strategy to build the brand and develop long-term relationships with its customers.

He commented: “I’m convinced that Vanderbilt’s ranges of access control, intrusion alarm and video surveillance products offer unrivalled levels of performance, flexibility and user-friendliness. This all makes them perfect for the Swedish market, and I’m now looking forward to playing my part in the company’s growth strategy and taking myself and my team to new levels of success.”

Welcoming Mueller and Hammarberg on board, Joseph Grillo (Vanderbilt’s managing director) stated: “Since acquiring Security Products from Siemens in April 2015, Vanderbilt has reinforced its position as a global leader in state-of-the-art security systems. Having Peter and Rickard on our senior management team will really help us in our mission to expand our presence in the security business sector and provide a level of service that’s agile, flexible and always meets our customers’ needs.”

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Leading charity RNIB turns to Guardian24 for lone worker protection via smart phone app

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has turned to Guardian24 to help the organisation make good on its Duty of Care towards the charity’s lone workers by equipping them with the latest in smart phone app technology. That software enables all solution end users to quickly and discreetly raise an alarm in the event of an emergency scenario, even when the phone’s keypad is locked.

The RNIB deploys a large number of staff who visit people in their homes and offer support to meet the needs of blind and partially-sighted individuals. However, the majority of these staff work alone. As there’s no immediate help at hand, lone working staff are immediately exposed to a greater risk of injury, assault or accidents.

The RNIB wanted a cost-effective solution to help improve individuals’ personal safety regimes, particularly as some of the staff are visually and/or hearing impaired themselves.

As one of the most well-known and respected charities in the UK, the RNIB fully understands the importance of lone worker protection, both from the perspective of personal well-being as well as that of the charity’s own reputation.

Users of Guardian24’s smart phone application can leave details of their movements and whereabouts via their mobile phone. If a user fails to notify the system when they finish a task, Guardian24 will attempt to contact them. If they don’t answer and their safety cannot be verified, Guardian24 will then escalate the incident (thereby conforming to the RNIB’s personalised emergency procedures).

If a user feels at risk, they can also call for help via the ‘Panic Alarm’ function by pressing an assigned key on their mobile device. They’re able to do so even if the device should be locked or in standby mode. This will call Guardian24’s dedicated 24-hour Alarm Receiving Centre.

Using the GPS capability of the phone, the lone worker can also be easily located. All recordings are saved and may be used as evidence in court if required.

The application is easy to install on all major smart phone operating systems and is supplied with a wealth of options including GPS tracking and locating services.

No hardware is involved so the service is extremely cost-effective. There are often budget challenges, particularly for charities who aim to apportion the majority of income on their core objectives. With Guardian24’s smart phone application, there’s no upfront cost and only a minimal service subscription to pay.

That last point isn’t lost on Glenn Hurst of the RNIB Supplier Management Team. “There will always be budget challenges in getting something like this approved,” said Hurst, “so the more cost-effective the solution, the better it is for all concerned. However, it’s also about finding the right balance for lone worker provision based upon employee needs. Some of the staff at the RNIB using this service are visually and/or hearing impaired. This service meets their needs as well as providing an excellent, easy-to-use lone worker reporting and monitoring tool.”

Guardian24’s marketing director Will Murray added: “Every organisation in the UK is required to fulfil a legal and moral Duty of Care towards their employees. Safe working arrangements for lone workers are no different to organising the safety of other employees. The RNIB recognises this and has acted accordingly by adopting a lone worker protection solution.”

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Axis Communications’ Q61-E network camera series wins prestigious Good Design Award 2015

Axis Communications has received recognition from the Japanese Institute of Design Promotion for its Q61-E PTZ dome network camera series. The cameras feature a dome geometry that allows operators to identify objects as much as 20° above the horizon.

The Good Design Award, also known as the G Mark Award, is a mark of excellence and gives recognition to innovative product design. It dates back to 1957 as the sole comprehensive design evaluation and commendation system in Japan.

The Q61-E features a unique design concept which resulted from listening to customers and partners. To blend in better with their environment when mounted, the cameras are easily re-paintable and 45% smaller than previous generations. The ‘Speed Dry’ function causes the cameras to vibrate, thereby effectively shaking off water drops in rainy weather.

“With the Q61-E, we’ve broken with conventional designs and introduced an entirely new dome geometry, offering effective video surveillance of objects located above the camera horizon,” explained Erik Frännlid, director of product management at Axis Communications. “We also took a look at nature. A dog shaking off rain water inspired our Speed Dry function that quickly removes water drops from the dome glass.”

Frännlid concluded: “This prestigious design award win underlines our commitment to continuously innovate as we strive to provide our customers with smarter solutions.”

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Finalists for 2015 Security and Fire Excellence Awards revealed by organiser UBM

UBM – organiser of the Security and Fire Excellence Awards which is supported by leading industry events IFSEC and FIREX International – has announced the finalists for its 23 award categories covering the full spectrum of security and fire. 

The winners will be announced at a prestigious gala ceremony on Wednesday 25 November 2015 at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. The event will be hosted by Jimmy Carr. One of the UK’s biggest names in comedy and host of 8 out of 10 Cats, Carr will take to the stage to present the awards and also offer some light entertainment.

Now in its 17th year, the Security and Fire Excellence Awards recognise the skill and often bravery of professionals who play a crucial role that can be life-saving and yet unsung. The event serves as the ‘Oscars’ of the security and fire business sectors as well as being a great opportunity for networking.

Gerry Dunphy, event director for IFSEC and FIREX International, said: “This year has once again seen some really fantastic entrants from across such a wide range of companies working within security and fire. We’re very much looking forward to hosting the industry in November and recognising the hard work and dedication of those working within these business sectors while also celebrating the new innovations that are shaking up the market.”

A large number of entries were submitted and have been assessed by an expert Judging Panel. Last year, that Judging Panel included some of the industry’s leading professionals, among them Dr Alison Wakefield FSyl, senior lecturer in Security Risk Management at the University of Portsmouth, Alan Hildage FSyl FCMI MBCI RISC (chairman of the Association of Security Consultants) and Don Randall MBE, then CISO at the Bank of England.

Many of the finalists exhibited at IFSEC and FIREX International 2015, including MorphoWave by Morpho (which made the cut in the Access Control Product of the Year category), Cirrus Hybrid by Protec Fire Detection (shortlisted for the Active Fire Innovation of the Year category), Sony’s 4K camera, the SNC-VM772R (a finalist for the CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year award), SleepSafe (Combined Security & Fire Solution) and Kings Security (Large Security Installer of the Year).

Xtralis – the specialist in early and reliable detection and remote visual verification of fire, gas and security threats – is the headline sponsor for the 2015 Security and Fire Excellence Awards. Other sponsors include Magenta Security Services, Bouygues Energies & Services, Fire & Security Jobs, Servest and the Security Industry Authority.

This year’s charity partners are the Ghana Education Trust and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. In the past, this event has raised funds for – among others – the Children’s Burns Trust, ActionAid and Victim Support.

*Click here to read the full shortlist of finalists

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Databac Group signs distribution agreement with Matica covering UK and Spanish markets

International card personalisation equipment manufacturer Matica Technologies has appointed Databac Group as its (AVAD) in the UK and Spain. Under the terms of the new agreement, Databac Group will support, supply and grow the network of Matica’s Authorised and Technology Partners.

“We’re very pleased to be partnering with Matica,” said Charles Balcomb, managing director of Databac Group. “We’ve been working with its printers for over 12 years now, and have always found them to be reliable and of the highest quality. The brand is well established and fits neatly with our current product offering. Matica’s high-security 600 dpi printers and laser-engraving solutions bring some incredible new products to our portfolio,”

Luca Picardi, Matica’s regional director for Europe, said: “Databac Group’s position as a leading provider in the ID market, together with its operations in these two key territories, will enable us to provide first-class distribution and support of our range of products across Spain and the UK.”

The Matica range includes entry-level card and retransfer printers (Moca, Espresso, and EDIsecure XID8100) and professional re-transfer printers (EDIsecure XID8300, XID8600 and XID9300).

Designed to meet high-end requirements, the professional range produces high-security credentials such as ID cards, driving licences and citizen cards.

With low printing costs per card together with fast printing times, the solutions are designed for use by airport security professionals, police officers, university security managers and large corporations where there’s a defined need for secure, high-quality colour cards.

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