Daily Archives: 07/04/2016

SSAIB’s 2016 Installer Forum at BT Tower sold out in record time

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), the fire, security and telecare certification body, has taken just eight hours to fill all 70 places available at its upcoming Installer Forum, which powered by IFSEC International and hosted by BT Redcare.

The 2016 Installer Forum is one of many similar seminars being held by SSAIB around the UK and Ireland this year, and the 4 May London event will be SSAIB’s third consecutive annual visit to the prestigious BT Tower.

Kicking off with a wide-ranging and informative update on standards and other topics from SSAIB’s CEO, Alex Carmichael, the half-day seminar will move on to a review of signalling technology presented by BT Redcare. Professional solutions specialist Citation will then provide an overview of Health and Safety issues before handing over to Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, for his own presentation.

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There will also be points of view from both a security manager’s and an insurer’s perspective before the morning closes with a market insight session chaired by United Business Media.

Delegates will then be invited to lunch in the BT Tower’s famous 34th Floor revolving restaurant, which is over 500 feet above ground level.

“Our third Installer Forum at the BT Tower in May is part of the SSAIB’s rolling programme of regional seminar events and other exhibition attendances being held across Britain and Ireland,” commented the organisation’s sales and marketing manager Andrew Brown. “This year alone we’ve already been to Durham, Bolton, Rotherham, Essex and Canterbury. In early April, we also visited the Titanic Centre in Belfast before moving on to the Redcow Moran Hotel in Dublin.”

Brown continued: “On 13 April we’ll be welcoming delegates at Hampden Park in Glasgow for Expo Scotland, while the month rounds out at our North East Expo which is being held at Kingston Park, the home of Newcastle Falcons. In May, we’ll be at Expo West Midlands at Wolverhampton Racecourse. Just a month later, the SSAIB takes its annual stand at the three-day IFSEC International event being staged again at ExCeL London from 21-23 June.”

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ADS Group Council member welcomes Home Office report on forensic science

Elizabeth Sheldon (Aerospace, Defence and Security Group Council member and CEO of Evidence Talks) has welcomed the publication of a Home Office report entitled ‘Forensic Science Strategy – A National Approach to Forensic Science Delivery in the Criminal Justice System.’

Drawing attention to some of the key conclusions in the report, Sheldon has identified the case for “real-time forensics to be at the heart of a new approach” as an encouragement to police forces to step up the use of techniques such as digital triage and reduce the backlog of cases.

“The report talks of a new vision which could enable a single forensic deployment to cover all requirements; from traditional evidence recovery to digital triage and basic crime reporting,” explained Sheldon. “It also stresses the importance of a consistent national approach, and anticipates an improvement in the delivery time of results and swifter criminal justice outcomes.”

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Sheldon (pictured above) points towards supportive research on such observations, citing the paper from Overill, Silomon and Roscoe published by Elsevier in 2013 and entitled: ‘Triage Template Pipelines in Digital Forensic Investigations’ which drew attention to the burgeoning use of digital devices as a prime driver of the need for greater use of digital forensics by the police service.

The report included the following statement: ‘The very reliance of digital devices for the conduct of most people’s daily professional and personal lives has led to an overload on digital forensic examination resources.’

By way of an example, it refers to figures from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Digital Electronics and Forensics Service showing some 38,000 digital devices per annum being received for examination by a team of 80 staff.

Skills and technical capabilities

In a further reference to the Home Office report, Sheldon says the Home Office is right to focus on the fact that “the crime scene investigators need the skills and technical capabilities to allow forensic information to be collected and processed at scene and directed to the most appropriate database or end user.”

The good news, explains Sheldon, is that technology and training is readily available from industry specialists allowing police forces to get up-to-speed. Such solutions can be used by non-technical operators, after relevant training, to quickly and safely investigate the contents of devices within the desired charging time frame.

In summing up, Sheldon quotes from the Ministerial Foreword to the Home Office report, which is written by Mike Penning MP, the Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims. Penning states: “Digital technology has transformed how we live our lives. We need to ensure that those responsible for our protection continue to have the capabilities to investigate crime in this new technological age.”

Penning’s call to reshape the current landscape towards a modern forensic science provision, believes Sheldon, will be greeted with equal enthusiasm by police forces and the supplier community.

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Ward Security takes ownership of first electric vehicle

Ward Security has taken ownership of a new electric car as part of an ongoing commitment to reducing the company’s carbon footprint. The new Nissan Leaf has been deployed at the International Trading Estate in Southall, where the company provides 24-hour security for the entire estate.

“Ward Security takes its environmental responsibilities seriously,” explained managing director Kevin Ward. “The company is ISO 14001 accredited for our Environmental Management System and we recently purchased new fleet vehicles and gave fleet managers control using tracker and driver management. Consequently, we’ve managed to decrease emissions per vehicle despite a 9.5% increase in fleet size and now achieve 70-80 mpg and lower fuel costs, while also ensuring drivers drive sensibly and safely as they’re being monitored and managed properly.”

Ward continued: “It’s important that we have a particular focus on transport as the nature of the business means we have a lot of staff using a lot of vehicles to travel a lot of miles, so the challenge is considerable and takes a concerted effort from everyone across the company. However, we’re delighted by what we’ve achieved so far. The purchase of a new electric vehicle is another step towards further reductions in our carbon footprint.”

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During 2016, Ward Security is looking to replace 18 vehicles with newer vehicles that offer even better fuel consumption and lower emissions. The new vehicles will be limited to 62 mph and feature stop/start technology designed to further increase miles-per-gallon and reduce emissions.

Ward Security has a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility. As well as addressing environmental concerns, the company regularly sponsors, contributes towards or fundraises for a number of charities and organisations in various categories, including Abigail’s Footsteps – a national charity that’s making positive changes to the lives of bereaved families and promoting safer births.

The company sponsors Aylesford Rugby Club and also runs safety campaigns with local schools. Ward Security supports the Medway Foodbank Trust by providing a free security service for the foodbank’s warehouse and volunteering staff to help in the warehouse, and regularly allows members of staff to take time off for charity work.

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Wavestore releases Version 6 of award-winning Video Management Software

Wavestore has announced the introduction of additional features and functionality in its new V6 Video Management Software (VMS) and WaveView client software.

Known for providing leading system integrity and user friendliness, many major improvements have been incorporated within Wavestore V6 with the objective of enabling end users to securely and more easily “unlock the full potential” of an integrated security system.

Widely referred to as the ‘operator’s favourite GUI’, Wavestore’s graphical display has been revised with a fresh new look featuring updated icons and graphics, making it even more intuitive to use. The addition of dockable components and ‘configurability’ of the live event stream window provides an enhanced user experience which allows individual operators to arrive at their pre-customised screen layouts each time they log in.

V6 also introduces camera short-cut keys using the keyboard number pad for added convenience and security enhancements to protect against malicious hacking attempts, including enhanced encryption and a high-security password policy.

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“Many of the new or updated features in V6 have been developed as a direct result of feedback from our worldwide network of customers,” said Julian Inman, product manager at Wavestore. “For example, Wavestore’s client side de-warping feature, which supports a wide range of 360 degree cameras, now offers greater flexibility by enabling the cameras to be fitted on angled surfaces, and not just flat ceilings or walls. We’ve also added full SDK integration with ImmerVision lenses and Oncam cameras.”

V6 maintains Wavestore’s ‘any video, any format’ philosophy which sees it supporting all leading camera vendors across multiple camera technologies. These include very high megapixel, Ultra HD, 4K, HD, 360° fisheye, thermal and analogue cameras operating on H.264, MJPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MxPEG and JPEG2000 video formats.

Improved support for larger systems

As the result of an update incorporated within V6, Wavestore’s proprietary Large Allocated Storage System (LASS) now empowers the VMS to manage an industry-leading 384 Petabytes of data per server. As such,V6 claims to set a new industry benchmark for Enterprise level applications with effectively no limit to the mass of images it can manage. The calculation and system design process is also greatly simplified.

Intelligent failover is now also available at Wavestore Enterprise level to ensure minimal disruption to recording should a fault occur, and to deliver resilience and peace of mind for mission-critical applications.

“We’ve made it as flexible as possible for specifiers and systems integrators to choose the right level of software required for a each project, while our simple ‘buy once’ licence model enables additional licenses to be purchased if and when a system grows,” explained Inman.

“Wavestore can be cost-effectively deployed for small to medium-size projects with either our Base or Premium levels of software, and then upgraded when required to Enterprise level for larger or more critical applications.”

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Qognify strengthens EMEA presence with opening of new central London head office

Qognify, formerly NICE Security, has announced the opening of its EMEA head office in central London. The new office is the home of Qognify’s regional sales and management team that also provides training and support services to its partners and customers.

Located at Blackfriars on the banks of The River Thames, the new office boasts a cutting-edge solution demonstration suite, showcasing the company’s full portfolio including the latest version of its situation management platform, Situator 8.0 (incorporating the Operational Intelligence Center), its new intelligent IP video surveillance suite and management systems (VisionHub), and the next generation real-time video analytics solution, designated Suspect Search.

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Qognify has a well-established business partner​ programme​ and an impressive customer base throughout EMEA, which includes Aeroexpress, ProRail, Oslo Airport, Millennium BCP, Naftoport and many others.

Eran Noam, EMEA vice-president at Qognify, commented: “Our prestigious new EMEA head office in London is the ideal location from which we can provide the best possible service to our growing customer base in the region and to our partners, all the while delivering our market-leading solutions.”

As a business, Qognify helps organisations mitigate risk, maintain business continuity and optimise their operations. The Qognify portfolio includes video management, video and data analytics and PSIM solutions deployed in financial institutions, for transportation agencies, at airports and seaports, for utility companies and city centres and to secure many of the world’s highest-profile public events.

*For further information visit: www.Qognify.com

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Zaun Group embarks on diplomatic mission

A fictional embassy secured by an integrated perimeter protection solution from the Zaun Group was the stand-out highlight of the 2016 Security and Policing Show.

The embassy mock-up was constructed with input from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Security Liaison Unit and Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection, which advises on the protection of embassies and other diplomatic missions.

Show visitors raved about the mock-up, which was designed to give a realistic impression of the many security elements deployed to protect diplomats and the buildings that they use.

Staff staged mock scenarios including a full security lockdown to make the live experience even more realistic at the annual UK Government security show, which was held at the FIVE venue in Farnborough from 8-10 March.

It’s the UK’s only security event aimed at police, law enforcement and security professionals specifically tasked with security, civil protection and national resilience.

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The Zaun Group pitched its integrated high security perimeter systems from a combined stand (B47) that housed a working demonstration including an SR2-rated gate, electric fencing, perimeter intrusion detection systems, CCTV and video analytics, prison mesh and post systems complete with razor coil toppings.

The centrepiece embassy mock-up demonstrated far more coherently the integrated approach that the Zaun Group can offer, with both Perimeter Security Suppliers Association-verified products and installations.

The comprehensive solution included Zaun’s most intruder-resistant fencing, ArmaWeave, FST prison toppings from Binns, electric fencing and PIDs from Harper Chalice and multi-megapixel and HD video evidence from a series of HD CCTV cameras recorded and managed by EyeLynx’s SharpView intelligent video surveillance system.

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Over 350 companies exhibited at the event, showcasing world-leading technologies, products and solutions. It’s very much a cornerstone of the UK’s security event calendar.

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Automated Jacksons gates swing into action at Eurotunnel

Jacksons Fencing has recently installed 4 metre x 14 metre fully-automated, double-leaf swing gates as part of the ongoing security updates at the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles.

With each post weighing over a tonne and each leaf measuring 7 metres wide, weighing 1,600 kg and operated by 125 mm bore x 1,300 mm stroke, rams weighing over 200 kilos and capable of lifting over 19 tonnes/190,000 newtons (the equivalent of a full double decker bus), this massive gate is anything but lightweight, yet is no slouch with opening and closing operations completed within 60 seconds.

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The new gate is one of the largest automated swing gates Jacksons has ever designed. It’s CE Marked in compliance with the EU Machinery Directive. Constructed from hot dip galvanised steel to provide protection against corrosion inside and out, before being powder-coated white in-house, the gates were manufactured at Jacksons’ Kent-based headquarters (located just 12.4 km from the UK entrance to Eurotunnel in Folkestone).

The Jacksons contracts team based in Calais, working in harness with the design and manufacturing teams in Kent, ensured a fast and accurate installation on pre –installed posts with hanging and adjustment taking approximately four hours to complete.

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Jacksons’ CEO Peter Jackson commented: “While we’ve designed and manufactured larger sliding gates, the sheer size, operating environment and performance requirements of this gate presented a few challenges, particularly given the short deadline which needed to be met. I’m delighted and proud that the teams both here in the UK and in France proved that they had the flexibility and determination to rise to the exacting demands of the project.”

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