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Motorola Solutions expands security services to help end users manage cyber risks

Motorola Solutions now offers Government and public safety customers expanded cyber security services to help protect against cyber attacks, particularly so as they share information across agencies and work together to solve crimes.

The company’s new Cyber Security Professional Service is a collaborative effort with customers to help them identify and manage cyber risk within their operations by evaluating technology, processes and staff capabilities and recommending solutions to help agencies respond quickly and effectively to any potential breaches.

According to a recent survey of businesses and Government agencies, the number of cyber security incidents detected by respondents climbed to 42.8 million in 2014, representing an increase of more than 48% in just one year. That’s the equivalent of 117,339 incoming attacks each day across a 12-month period.

The Cyber Security Professional Service helps maintain the integrity of police investigations by protecting against cyber threats to mission-critical radio networks and real-time information sources such as videos of incidents and photographs and fingerprints of suspects that are shared between agencies.

The new service adds to Motorola Solutions’ capabilities that already help prevent breaches such as network security monitoring and software security updates which enable customers to maintain the most current and effective versions of programs like records management systems.

“Many organisations believe their most sensitive mission-critical information is safe, but it’s becoming clear that even public safety and Government agencies are prime targets for cyber criminals,” said Kelly Mark, corporate vice-president at Motorola Solutions.

“The Cyber Security Professional Service builds on Motorola Solutions’ decades-long experience in mission-critical security services and helps customers respond quickly to ever-changing security threats by providing periodic assessments designed to identify risks and prioritise next steps towards maintaining secure communications.”

*Motorola Solutions creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. Visit http://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com for ongoing company news or subscribe to the dedicated news feed

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Sixth annual Risk Forum hailed “huge success” by organiser Corporate Risk Associates

The sixth annual Risk Forum, hosted by independent risk management company Corporate Risk Associates (CRA), has been hailed a huge success with over 110 attendees.

Entitled ‘Risk Analysis in an Uncertain World’, this year’s event was the largest of its type bringing together professionals in safety-critical industries to share Best Practice, knowledge, innovations and expertise on topical issues.

Held at the Ardencote Manor Hotel in Warwick, speakers and delegates at the event travelled far and wide to attend with some coming from as far as the West Coast of the USA and one delegate from New Mexico.

The packed programme included presentations covering a range of ‘Human Factors’ and ‘Safety Analysis’ disciplines delivered by some of the most professionally accomplished speakers in the industry, among them Fred Torri (Risk Management Associates), Ola Bäckström (Lloyds Register Consulting), Karl Fleming (KNF Consulting Services) and Dr Claire Taylor (Institute for Energy Technology).

Jas Sidhu (CEO of Corporate Risk Associates) at the 2015 Risk Forum

Jas Sidhu (CEO of Corporate Risk Associates) at the 2015 Risk Forum

Jas Sidhu, CEO of CRA and chairman of the event, told Risk UK: “The day was a huge success and we received some great feedback, particularly on the quality of the speakers. Some younger delegates commented that they felt overwhelmed to be in the same room as some of their industry icons such as Fred Torri and Karl Fleming. This was great to hear as it really demonstrates the quality of event we are hosting and the opportunities it provides for people to hear first-hand from industry leaders.”

The ever-successful event has grown in stature, quality and popularity year-on-year.

Joint venture with Synergy Consultants

CRA recently announced a joint venture with the hugely successful Synergy Consultants to provide a full integrated Safety Case, Risk Analysis and Human Factors offering.

Les Ainsworth, managing director of Synergy, gave a small presentation alongside Jas Sidhu to introduce the co-operation arrangement to attendees. This was met with great enthusiasm.

CRA is a safety, risk and reliability consultancy providing bespoke services to safety-critical industries including nuclear, oil and gas, process, power, renewables and defence. The company was recently awarded the title of Risk Management Specialist Company of the Year in the prestigious CIR Awards.

Other speakers at the Risk Forum included Andy Buchan (Sellafield), Alec Bounds (EC Harris ARCADIS), Jonathan Sherwood (PHE), Professor Tim Kelly (University of York), Mike Zammett and Ruairi Kennedy (CRA), Professor Simon Wilson (Trinity College Dublin) and Chris Harrison (Rail Safety and Standards Board).

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Evve Surveillance develops specialist LR325K longe-range Full HD surveillance cameras

Evve Surveillance has released the LR325K, an ultra long-range Full HD 1080P surveillance camera designed for use in environments requiring exceptional image clarity over long distances. Typical applications will involve ports, borders, Critical National Infrastructure and Safe City projects as well as military bases.

The LR325K can detect the presence of objects at 35 km, recognise them in terms of category at 15 km and Identify them at 5 km using The Johnson Criteria. The Johnson Criteria were developed by the US Military for evidential surveillance and are now used as a performance benchmark for civilian and military optical surveillance capability.

Created in-house by the company’s own R&D team, the LR325K delivers “outstanding” HD-SDI colour image clarity based on a 120x optical zoom lens. In-camera processing exploits corrective modes to optimise performance in adverse conditions such as fog and mist.

A premium IR cut filter specially developed for the product optimises night-time and low-light performance.

Evve Surveillance's LR325K camera

Evve Surveillance’s LR325K camera

The camera’s optional laser IR illuminator extends capability even further, allowing full 24-hour operation in all lighting conditions. Use of the camera can therefore be offered in covert or semi-covert formats for military applications in battlefield terrain containing potentially hostile parties.

If deployment must be completely covert for fear of reprisal, Evve Surveillance offers EMCCD and SWIR versions.

Dedicated pan/tilt head developed

Evve Surveillance has augmented the optical capabilities of the camera by developing a dedicated pan/tilt head with anti-backlash gearing, variable speed and high resolution pre-set recall for absolute positioning to +/-0.015 degrees (an “exceptional level of accuracy” not found in commercial off-the-shelf pan and tilt units).

This assists operators at border perimeters where the camera must regularly observe checkpoints or known points of vulnerability that might be 40 km distant. An error of one or two degrees can mean missing such a target so accurate pre-set recall is a vital feature.

The LR325K incorporates an overview camera which is essential for the operator since it allows colleagues to help by giving general spatial awareness and co-ordinates such as the location of the small distant target in relation to a large landmark. Any operator with experience of using highly-focused optical equipment across long distances on land or at sea and in harbour environments will immediately appreciate the potential assistance offered by this mode of working.

Every aspect of the LR325K has been developed to maximise end user benefits. The design is modular in three main elements meaning the weight of individual modules (at under 20 kg) is manageable for rapid deployment in the field and for air transport in a variety of civilian and military craft. The interconnected design also makes in-field support far easier than that which would be possible with other systems.

Intuitive joystick control allows the operator to track a target using a combination of the main camera and the overview camera. Evve Surveillance has invested heavily in the user interface to ensure that the operator can concentrate on the images being seen rather than control of the system.

Multiple cooling systems

Designed to operate in extreme environments and climates, the LR325K has multiple cooling systems to stabilise temperatures within the enclosures at day or night.

The LR325K is produced in HD-SDI, analogue and IP versions. It’s available to order now and can be custom-painted to suit any environment or application. The range will soon be extended to offer short wavelength IR (SWIR) and electron-multiplying (EMCCD) sensor versions.

An OEM package is also available for system Integrators as well as a bespoke modification service for special applications and projects.

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