Monthly Archives: February 2016

CNL Software increases presence in Middle East region

Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) specialist CNL Software* will be presenting its IPSecurityCenter PSIM solution at the biennial International Security National Resilience Exhibition & Conference** (ISNR) in Abu Dhabi. The news comes at a time when the business is increasing its commitment to the Middle East region with the addition of senior operations, technical and development staff.

At the last ISNR show in 2014, CNL Software announced its intentions to open a local office and Centre of Excellence in Abu Dhabi. Two years on and the company now has a fully functioning team in Abu Dhabi offering operations, sales, delivery, support and development capabilities to support its PSIM customers and partners in the Middle East.

“Our IPSecurityCenter PSIM solution has been in great demand in the Middle East, and we’ve secured strategic projects in the GCC region from Safe City developments through to mass transportation, national security and state-of-the-art buildings,” explained Daniel Bloodworth, general manager at CNL Software in the Middle East.

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“We’ve increased our staff count in the region by over 300% since our last visit to ISNR, and will continue to strengthen the team over the next 24 months to support our PSIM customers and partners.”

Adlan Hussain, vice-president of marketing at CNL Software, added: “ISNR has established itself as a leading regional show for fire and security professionals. The UAE’s Ministry of the Interior and Reed Exhibitions have done a sterling job in creating a platform designed to engage regional decision makers.”

Hussain also told Risk UK: “Our PSIM technology has become the region’s leading integration and management product for mission-critical environments. ISNR has been part of that journey, allowing us to meet with the right people in order to demonstrate the capabilities of IPSecurityCenter.”

*For more information about CNL Software’s PSIM solutions and deployments, visit Stand 3131 at ISNR in Abu Dhabi between 15-17 March. To book a demonstration send an e-mail to: marketing@cnlsoftware.com.

**Organised by the UAE’s Ministry of the Interior and Reed Exhibitions, the biennial International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR) is the Gulf region’s foremost platform dedicated to homeland security, safety and national resilience. Now in its seventh year, ISNR will host over 500 exhibiting companies from 40 countries, 18,000 local and regional visitors and over 200 Government buyers and delegation members. For more information visit: http://www.isnrabudhabi.com

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ASC hosts inaugural Business Group meeting of 2016

The Association of Security Consultants (ASC) held its first 2016 Business Group event of 2016 at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in the City of London on 18 February.

“2016 is a significant year for us as the ASC celebrates its 25th Anniversary,” explained the organisation’s chairman Joe Connell. In fact, there has arguably never been a better time to join the ASC either as a member, as an associate or a supporter.

The ASC’s move to such a prestige environment as the HAC is just one example of how the organisation is focusing on the delivery of enhanced benefits to its members.

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ASC Business Group gatherings offer great opportunities for professional learning, sharing and networking. Add to that the ability to earn CPD points, opportunities for dining and networking at the House of Lords, the RAF Club and the HAC and first class conferencing at the Marriott Hotel, Heathrow for CONSEC and it’s no wonder ASC membership applications are at an all-time high.

For this month’s meeting, Jason Piggott and James Walker of Dallmeier plus Geoff Gritton and Dave Adams of Veracity informed, shared and entertained up to 60 guests alongside Richard Bell, head of cyber operations at Transport for London.

Comment from the industry

From an industry perspective. Murray Bothwell, the managing director of Veracity, stated: “The ASC Event was definitely a great opportunity for us to meet many of the key consultants, specifiers and project managers from the UK’s security business sector. I know that our team members were delighted with the turnout and the organisation of the whole event.”

James Walker, managing director at Dallmeier Electronic UK, added: “The day was very educational for all who attended, and a great opportunity for networking with both new and regular ASC members. Dallmeier will certainly be returning to future ASC Business Group events to benefit further from the educational and interactive presentations given across all aspects of security topics.”

Roger Noakes, the ASC’s vice-chairman, commented: “We’re grateful to our sponsors, including Dallmeier, Veracity and Frontline, and indeed to our guest speakers who always provide added interest and relevance to industry professionals. We’re pleased to be able to offer this great service to our members, their guests and associates and look forward to an exciting range of ASC events throughout 2016.”

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Nominations open for George van Schalkwyk Award

The George van Schalkwyk Trophy is awarded annually to The Security Institute member making a significant contribution to security professionalism. Nominations are now open for members who made a significant contribution in 2015.

The Security Institute looking for names of members who have ‘made a difference’. It could be for inspirational leadership, someone who has introduced something new and beneficial or just sheer hard work and commitment to a cause which has made a difference to others in the security business sector.

George van Schalkwyk was an Institute member who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan back in 2006. The George van Schalkwyk Award is bestowed in his memory and generously sponsored by Bruce Braes of SSSI in Australia. Recipients receive a special trophy along with a commemorative certificate.

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Previous winners of the George van Schalkwyk Award have been Di Thomas MSyI, Mike Bluestone CSyP FSyI, David Gill CSyP FSyI (in the year that Risk UK’s Editor Brian Sims Hon FSyI was a runner-up), Ken Livingstone FSyI, Bill Wyllie CSyP FSyI, John Allan FSyI and Stewart Kidd CSyP FSyI. 

How to nominate

Send an e-mail to Carol Douthwaite (office and administration manager at The Security Institute (carol@security-institute.org) including the name of the person you believe deserves recognition, along with 50-70 words describing what they have contributed to the security world in 2015.

Closing date for entries is Tuesday 15 March 2016

There will then be an online vote by the membership the following week, and the George van Schalkwyk Award will be presented at The Security Institute’s 2016 AGM to be held in central London on Tuesday 12 April.

All grades of membership are eligible for the George van Schalkwyk Award.

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Corporate Risk Associates celebrates 15 years of tech support to UK’s fleet of generating nuclear power plants

Risk management company Corporate Risk Associates (CRA) is proud to be celebrating 15 years of technical support to the UK’s fleet of generating nuclear power plants (NPPs).

CRA has been providing probabilistic safety analysis (PSA), human factors assessment (HFA) and more general safety case support to the Magnox NPP Wylfa, all seven of the UK’s advanced gas-cooled reactors (AGR) and the single pressurised water reactor (PWR) at Sizewell B for the last 15 years.

CRA is now delighted to extend provision of support to the Nuclear New Build Generation Company (NNB GenCo) for the new NPP being built at Hinkley Point C.

On average, CRA carries out out around 20 projects a year across the existing EDF Energy NPPs, which involves annually maintaining and updating the PSA models to take account of operational experience feedback, reflect changes to the plant and safety case as well as helping to ensure that the integrated PSA/HFA models meet international Best Practice.

In addition to this, the company also carries out R&D projects on topics including new and novel PSA models and methods, the modelling of digital control and instrumentation, common cause failure and seismic PSA. CRA also develops and provides training courses to safety engineers working for nuclear utilities on the topics of PSA and HFA.

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Expertise and support

Commenting on the partnership, Hugh Stephenson (principal consultant at CRA) said: “CRA has provided expertise and support to the eight EDF Energy NPPs since the development of the models to support the First Periodic Safety Review. We’re now regarded as the specialists in this niche area within the industry. That’s why the relationship continues in as much strength as it does. We’re well known for having unrivalled expert knowledge of each of the PSA models.”

With plans now in place for new nuclear plants to be built on the site of Hinkley Point C, along with a whole host of new challenges surrounding plant life extension of the existing AGR fleet, CRA feels that its 15 years of expertise in this area has stood it in good stead to continue to provide its expertise and support.

“Our specialist experience and knowledge of UK context and regulatory requirements has meant that we are very well placed to provide support to both UK and foreign companies involved in new nuclear build in the UK, while also continuing to support plant life extension of the UK AGRs which is vital to bridge the energy gap in the UK,” continued Stephenson. “We’re currently providing extensive support in the area of PSA and safety case development for the HPC project. CRA has also just signed a new five-year framework agreement with EDF Energy Generation that will ensure continued provision of specialist support to the existing nuclear fleet well into 2020.”

CRA specialises in providing safety, risk and reliability consultancy services to safety-critical industries including nuclear, power, transportation and defence. The company has five offices across the UK based in Surrey, Gloucester, London, Warrington and Newcastle.

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LOCKEN picks up ESB Group Innovation Award

ESB Telecoms Ltd, a subsidiary of Ireland’s largest electricity company, put forward LOCKEN’s Access System for an award in the category ‘Application of Technology’ at the recent annual Innovation Recognition Awards.

The award, which celebrates the innovation of LOCKEN’s digital access control solution and recognises the recent integration of its security solution into ESB Telecoms Ltd ’s Extranet IT system, saw the company’s Health and Safety team rewarded for its ability to use the solution to improve operational effectiveness across the business.

The implementation of the LOCKEN solution, using the Cyberlock technology, which covers the provision of 1,000 access systems for Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) base stations at 450 locations throughout the country, followed a pilot programme that allowed ESB Telecoms Ltd to ascertain the benefits of this access control solution. Subsequently, ESB Telecoms Ltd decided to protect Points of Presence (PoP) cabins to comply with Health and Safety regulations.

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Rory McGowan, managing director of ESB Telecoms Ltd, commented: “We were very pleased with the team’s pioneering and creative spirit to leverage flexibility within the access solution to deliver further improvements for our business.”

Nick Dooley, managing director of LOCKEN UK, explained: “We’re honoured that our solution was chosen for this award. There were 500 original applicants reduced to ten shortlisted entries on the night of the awards ceremony, so it really is a fine achievement for both ourselves and the ESB Telecoms Ltd Health and Safety team.”

Peter Gregg, the Health and Safety manager at ESB Telecoms, stated: “Our remote facilities need to be accessible to more than 1,700 contractors, most of whom are external third parties. Being able to rely on LOCKEN’s advanced access control solution has enabled us to manage activity at remote sites and ensure thousands of access requests are granted to contracted personnel each month, ultimately resulting in increased operational efficiency for ESB Telecoms Ltd.”

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Eaton simplifies fire systems with BiWire Ultra and CPD training

Eaton is aiming to simplify the installation of fire alarm systems in smaller premises with the launch of a two-wire system. The company’s latest fire alarm system, BiWire Ultra, is designed for fast and efficient installation in buildings such as primary schools, small hotels, offices, restaurants and retail stores where a standard conventional system would have typically been installed.

However, unlike standard conventional systems, the BiWire Ultra enables all detectors, Call Points and notification devices to share the same zone wiring, thereby reducing cabling requirements by up to 50%.

To support the launch of the new system, Eaton has developed a new CPD certified seminar on two-wire systems. The CPD aims to help electrical engineers and installers better understand the different types of fire systems available and how two-wire can save costs compared with a conventional system.

Chris Anderson, business leader for fire products at Eaton, told Risk UK: “Our new BiWire Ultra system has been designed with simplicity in mind. It’s quick and easy to install, reducing cabling costs and the time spent programming and operating the system. Feedback from our customers so far has been extremely positive.”

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Intuitive fire alarm control panel

BiWire Ultra comprises an intuitive fire alarm control panel alongside a range of complementary devices including Call Points, a five-in-one fire detector plus a range of EN5423-approved beacons and sounder beacons.

BiWire Ultra is the latest addition to Eaton’s comprehensive suite of life safety solutions, which aim to help building owners and managers meet their safety obligations in the most effective and efficient manner.

Available in two-, four- or eight-zone variants, the system can support up to 52 devices per zone. Wiring faults are easily found by initiating a flashing LED indicator on the detector nearest the fault.

Supplied with a back-up battery to ensure the correct ratings and reduce complexity, the central panel has an attractive appearance and a simple user interface. Conforming to the requirements of BS 5839-1, commissioning and maintenance is straightforward. It’s easy for one person to carry out testing and ensure the healthy state of the system, as is required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005.

Additional functionality of the system includes a class change facility for schools, which automates the class change bell via the fire alarm, expansion card support for fire alarm routing equipment and fire protection equipment and an interlink relay for connecting two panels together.

Anderson added: “The BiWire Ultra range is the first of its type to offer EN5423-approved beacons so, whatever the risk assessment, premises fitted with a BiWire Ultra system comply with the latest standards for fire notification. However, the legal and moral obligations of fire safety are not only concerned with installation, but also ongoing maintenance and testing. BiWire Ultra is designed to make that process straightforward. With all of this in mind, we believe this range will appeal to a diverse cross-section of small and medium-sized premises where owners need protection without problems.”

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Croma Security Solutions expands its ‘total security’ concept into the Middle East

Croma Security Solutions Group plc is opening a branch office in Abu Dhabi to better service both new and existing clients in the Middle East. The company’s offering in the region includes security and fire control, CCTV, access control, security guarding and its biometric identification technology designated FastVein.

The Group is sponsored by Platinum Elite LLC. It has a commercial licence to begin trading in the region and is registering as a security supplier with Government ministries and major corporations. An experienced security representative will operate in the region for Croma Security Solutions plc, based out of Abu Dhabi.

“We’ve been active in the region offering security consultancy, and the time is now right to formalise trading and better serve new and existing clients in the Middle East,” commented Sebastian Morley, chairman of Croma Security Solutions plc.

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“The Middle East is rich in opportunity. We’ve recently completed a significant security installation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for an international corporation, and we’ve also received considerable interest from other Middle East-based companies wishing to enhance their security,” added Morley. “We will be operating our ‘total security’ service in the Middle East and, in particular, we envisage FastVein having strong resonance in the region such that it becomes a standard biometric solution.”

FastVein uses the latest finger vein identification technology to offer “ultra-high reliability and rapid recognition” for security access control.

Croma Security Solutions Group plc is an AIM-quoted total security services provider based in Hampshire. the business installs state-of-the-art security systems for Government, FTSE 100 companies, small enterprises and private clients located both in the UK and internationally.

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