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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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Norbain launches Product Catalogue for 2015-2016 featuring raft of new suppliers

Norbain – the distributor of IP, CCTV, access control and intruder detection solutions – has announced that its new Product Catalogue is now available. As always, the document includes products from the leading brands in the industry, as well solutions from more specialist companies.

Following on from the success of the 2014 catalogue, the 2015-2016 edition incorporates the use of detailed product comparison tables which allow the user to simply and quickly compare products in the same category.

As part of Norbain’s dedication to continually providing customers with “the best solutions” on the market, this year’s catalogue contains a number of new suppliers, among them 2N, Agent Vi, Bentley Security Projects, Digital Barriers, Entertech (Suprema), Razberi and a new server range called IP Safe.

Norbain's Product Catalogue for 2015-2016

Norbain’s Product Catalogue for 2015-2016

These new suppliers are joined by industry-renowned brands such as Axis Communications, Samsung, Paxton, Pelco, Bosch Security Systems, Milestone Systems and Vanderbilt. As always, this ensures that customers continue to benefit from the widest range of products.

“We’re very excited to release such a comprehensive overview of solutions,” commented Charlie Lacey, sales and marketing director for Norbain. “Of course, Norbain customers benefit from more than just the widest range of products in the industry. We’re also proud to be able to offer a stockholding worth over £10 million supported by industry-leading distribution. Add to this the exceptional backing and knowledge offered by our internal and field-based support, training courses, pre-configuration services and the use of our fully-stocked demonstration facilities and it’s clear to see the advantages of dealing with Norbain.”

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SANS Institute returns to Brussels for delivery of “vital” training and education on information security

SANS Institute, the world’s largest cyber security training provider, will be returning to Belgium in early 2016 to host five essential information security training courses.

Entitled ‘SANS Brussels Winter 2016’, the training event offers security, penetration testing and forensics tracks including the popular SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp taught by Dr Eric Cole, a SANS faculty Fellow, course author and member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President.

“Demand for security expertise is outstripping supply, making this a great time for both individuals and organisations to benefit from strengthening and gaining new skills,” urged Cole, “Events like ‘SANS Brussels Winter 2016’ and other SANS training opportunities around Europe are vital to help combat what’s now an increasingly complex threat landscape.”

‘SANS Brussels Winter 2016’ takes place from Monday 18 January-Saturday 23 January at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in the heart of Brussels, and includes a programme of evening talks and networking opportunities.

Training courses scheduled to run at the event are as follows:

  • SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking (Tutor: Raul Siles)
  • SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style (Tutor: Dr Eric Cole)
  • SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling (Tutor: Steve Armstrong)
  • FOR572: Advanced Network Forensics and Analysis (Tutor: George Bakos)
  • FOR408: Windows Forensic Analysis (Tutor: TBC)

Each course has an associated GIAC certification. Discounted rates for the certification attempt are available when purchased with a training course.

*For more information on ‘SANS Brussels Winter 2016’ visit: https://www.sans.org/event/belgium-2016/

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