Monthly Archives: December 2017

Electronic Fire and Security Industry Symposium 2018 topics announced by Euralarm

The newest edition of the Euralarm Symposium will take place in Bucharest on 4 June next year. In five years, the conference has established itself as one of the most important when it comes to significant market developments in innovation, legislation, regulation and standardisation as they affect the electronic security and fire safety sector.

Never shying away from controversial topics impacting the industry and with a view to providing business relevance, the annual event is aimed at Euralarm members, namely companies within the industry and national associations across Europe. It’s set to attract a large crowd. Notably, European stakeholders – both from institutions and advocacy groups – are expected to join the conference.

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Topics for the 2018 Euralarm Symposium have been chosen for their broad appeal. The common thread will be the continually changing business environment and how this can be addressed to offset the challenges that globalisation and technological developments have set for the industry.

Qualifying to compete In today’s market, companies must qualify to compete. The EN 16763 Services Standard – one of the first to focus on the tertiary sector – was only a stepping stone. National players must now set out to outline how skills, experience and knowledge are verified and establish qualifications that are valid ‘across Europe’.

Keeping Security secure In the context of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and ever-evolving cyber security risks, the fire safety and security industry must define and implement measures to protect its products and solutions. Measures for IT infrastructures essential to the industry must be implemented while at the same time keeping European citizens secure.

Regulating construction products Euralarm’s Construction Products Regulation (CPR) Task Force is studying the influence of the CPR on the harmonised standards for fire safety. The objective is to develop a common understanding of how the CPR impacts the market today and how best to deal with the problems that Technical Committees such as CEN/TC 72 and CEN/TC 191 are facing. The Symposium will be the occasion for presenting and discussing the resulting publication and reaching out to EU stakeholders.

Lance Rütimann, Euralarm’s Advocacy Committee chairman, said: “The challenges for our industry are more complex with noticeable increases in both technical and regulatory developments and the resulting demand on new skills. We will embrace this exciting time with confidence to find the answers that can drive the growth and successful evolution of the market.”

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KBC makes upgrading analogue to IP “simple and cost-effective” with development of EoC/EoU transmission

KBC Networks, the developer of industrial transmission equipment for IP and HD systems, recently introduced its new and robust eCopper product line featuring Ethernet over Coax (EoC) and Ethernet over UTP (EoU) transmission in a multi-port design perfect for using existing copper cable infrastructure to accommodate IP cameras.

This simple and innovative product family offers a cost-effective way to connect the latest in IP cameras using existing coax or copper wiring to a remote monitoring station. Through the copper infrastructure, eCopper powers both its transmitter and remote cameras, eliminating the need for any additional power source at the camera site.

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eCopper also provides Power over Coax (PoC) management, giving system operators the ability to remotely turn each port’s power on and off from the central monitoring location. This PoC feature is a plug-and-play solution with a user-friendly GUI affording easy set-up and system maintenance.

“Our eCopper products offer integrators an excellent alternative to rewiring an entire location when they upgrade to IP cameras,” said Domenic Isola, director of strategic accounts for KBC Networks. “It makes retrofitting affordable and adds power and functionality while using existing infrastructure.”

The eCopper product line offers a single-channel transmitter and single, 4, 8 and 16-channel receivers, available for both EoC and EoU transmission. The single-channel transmitter and receiver can be wall-mounted while the four-channel variant offers a wall or DIN rail mount. The eight and 16-channel receivers come as a 1 U high rack mount.

*For more information about KBC’s eCopper product line visit the company’s website at www.kbcnetworks.com

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Wisenet X cameras from Hanwha Techwin awarded carbon footprint certification

Hanwha Techwin has achieved carbon footprint certification for selected models within its Wisenet X camera range. The 2 MP Wisenet XNB-6000 fixed camera, the XNO-6080R bullet model, XND-6080R domes and XNP-6370RH 37x PTZ domes have all been recognised as environmentally-friendly products minimising greenhouse and carbon dioxide emissions.

Carbon footprint certification is issued by the Carbon Trust, a non-profit organisation which was established in 2007 by the UK Government to tackle climate change. The certification measures the carbon emissions from a product’s entire lifecycle, including the production, distribution, use and disposal processes. Emission levels are assessed for their impact on the environment in accordance with PAS 2050 measurement standards to determine eligibility for certification.

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Carbon footprint certification has spread across the globe and encompasses Korea, which adopted its own carbon footprint labelling system in 2009. The system involves labelling the product with the carbon emissions from its product lifecycle. It’s supervised by the Ministry of the Environment and certified by the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute.

After first acquiring carbon footprint certification for one of its cameras in November 2010, Hanwha Techwin has continued to contribute to the promotion of a low-carbon consumption culture.

“Our efforts to achieve carbon footprint certification for our cameras demonstrates our determination to take meaningful steps towards establishing an environmentally conscious product management system,” said Bob Hwang, managing director of Hanwha Techwin Europe. “From production through to disposal, 90% of carbon emissions from our cameras have, in the past, occurred while they were being used. We’ve been able to reduce greenhouse gas and carbon emissions by minimising the amount of power required by these four Wisenet X cameras, while at the same time making improvements to our packing materials.”

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Arc Monitoring moves to double Control Room capacity

Arc Monitoring has completed a major upgrade of its Control Room facilities. The revamp of one of the UK’s fastest-growing independent Remote Video Response Centres (RVRCs) reflects the confidence Arc Monitoring has in the continuing growth in demand for the services provided by operators within its National Security Inspectorate (NSI) Gold Category II Control Room.

“The boom within the construction industry, as well as a large number of solar energy farms springing up all over the UK, are just two examples of where opportunities have been created for RVRCs such as that run by Arc Monitoring to offer a cost-effective alternative to having security officers on site on a 24/7 basis,” said Jonathan Sturley, managing director of Bristol-based Arc Monitoring. “This is in addition to the demand for our services from a diverse range of other vertical markets. The significant investment we’ve made in upgrading our facilities will ensure that we’re able to continue to recruit additional high calibre operators in line with demand.”

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In addition to doubling the number of workstations within its Control Room, Arc Monitoring has upgraded its IT infrastructure in order to take advantage of the latest data processing and network recording and storage technology. The business has also improved its demonstration and training facilities.

Established in 1999, Arc Monitoring partners with professional Installers across the UK. For over 18 years, the business has provided an alarm response service and remotely monitored thousands of sites across the UK.

Customers are offered free 24/7 technical advice on industry leading products such as those produced by CSL, Emizon, WebWay and Digital Communicators by Arc Monitoring’s in-house technical experts and field-based pre-sales team.

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Tyco Security Products announces C•CURE Partner of the Year

Representatives from many of the UK’s leading security system integrators attended the recent Software House C•CURE Awards Dinner which saw Vindex Systems acknowledged as C•CURE Partner of the Year.

The award was presented to Clive Talbot, CEO of Vindex Systems, by Gordon Morrison, GB sales director for the Tyco Security Products access control and video brands, at an awards dinner which took place on 7 December at the Old Mutual private dining facilities within Millennium Bridge House in central London.

On the night, it was also announced that the Project of the Year Award had been won by Frontline Security Solutions.

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“Our congratulations and thanks go to the Vindex Systems and Frontline Security Solutions’ teams,” said Gordon Morrison (pictured, above right) with Paul McCann and Clive Talbot). “Their ongoing support for C•CURE has been a major contributing factor in a significant growth in sales during 2017. Our thanks also go to all of our other Enterprise Partners. It’s with the help of their expert input that we’re able to maintain C•CURE 9000’s reputation as being the most feature-rich and user-friendly access control platform available.”

Morrison continued: “The evening was a great success. We plan to hold the awards annually in order to recognise the achievements of our loyal network of system integrators who are growing their businesses, while also enabling their clients to capitalise on the real life practical benefits offered by C•CURE.”

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Inner Range’s Inception access control system honoured by ASIAL Award

Inner Range’s Inception access control and intruder system has been honoured by the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL). Inception won the Access Control Product of the Year Award at the annual Australian Security Industry Awards for Excellence, held in Melbourne.

These awards designed to recognise the hard work, excellence and innovation of companies and individuals in the security industry.

Tim Northwood, general manager of Inner Range Europe, said: “Inception winning this prestigious award is testament to the huge team effort that goes in to creating and continually improving the system, which ultimately makes life easier for our customers when it comes to managing their security. Inception is a budget-friendly and flexible integrated access control and security system. It’s quick and easy to install and simple to operate, offering a real competitive advantage for end users.”

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Inception is a web-based access control and intruder detection system that has its software built directly in to the controller. It’s designed to be intuitive, accessible and easy to use for both installers and end users.

The award-winning Inception has proven to be an excellent addition to the company’s product line. Other products produced by Inner Range include Integriti, an intelligent integrated security solution for managing and controlling single and multiple sites at local, national and global levels, and also Integriti Encrypted High Security, which offers end-to-end encryption with Mac authentication.

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EUSAS and Euralarm organise conference on ‘Fire Safety and Security in the Aviation Sector’

In 2018, EUSAS and Euralarm will be running the second edition of the EUSAS-Euralarm Conference. Next year’s topic will be ‘Fire Safety and Security in the Aviation Sector’. The event is to be hosted by Airbus and will take place at the company’s facilities in Bremen, Germany on 10-11 July.

The conference will focus on fire safety and security in aircraft and at airports, as well as travellers’ safety, duly bringing together academics, innovators, executives and researchers from the European and US aviation industry, as well as from the fire and security industry.

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Other participants involved in the event are testing institutes, certification bodies and standard developers interested in engineering and fire safety and security technologies applied to the aviation sector.

EUSAS is the European Society for Automatic Alarm Systems, a European platform for promoting security and protection engineering. Euralarm is the European Trade Association for the electronic fire safety and security industry and main representative of the industrial sector towards EU institutions in Brussels.

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TDSi’s Ian Hoare gains Master’s degree from Bournemouth University

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi has announced that its software analyst and developer Ian Hoare has graduated with a Master’s degree in Cyber Security and Human Factors from Bournemouth University. Hoare’s qualification demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to research, education and training.

TDSi’s managing director John Davies commented: “We’re very proud that Ian has earned his Master’s degree, having worked extremely hard to study alongside his role at TDSi. As a company, we champion education and training as it benefits not only the person and the business, but also the security industry as a whole.”

Hoare elaborated on the significance of his new degree for his role at TDSi. “This new qualification demonstrates that I’m up-to-date with the very latest advances in cloud computing and online security. The TDSi team is always at the forefront of secure software for the modern world, but we’re keen to illustrate this with Continuing Professional Development, giving additional confidence to our customers that all has been done to secure their data.”

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As part of his graduation process, Hoare produced a dissertation that examines the secure development life-cycle and how it can fit into the agile development process. He commented: “The Agile development process doesn’t allow for any security processes. There’s an argument that it shouldn’t, as it’s an overhead of the initial development.”

Hoare concluded: “However, it’s important to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities within the system, as the financial costs are far greater if vulnerabilities are found after the product is released. This is even more important with the EU’s looming General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in May next year.”

Hoare’s Master’s in Cyber Security and Human Factors is just part of an ongoing process of training and research. He concluded: “The cloud environment is continuously changing, with new threats evolving. It’s vital to use this knowledge now and to continuously keep this learning and information updated as technology and security needs evolve.”

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CREST bestows first lifetime Fellowships in recognition of outstanding achievements

CREST – the not-for-profit accreditation body representing the technical information security industry – has awarded its first lifetime CREST Fellowships in recognition of outstanding achievement or contribution to CREST and the technical information security industry in general.

“With support from those who hold CREST qualifications, CREST member companies and industry influencers, CREST has grown rapidly into an internationally recognised body with the highest levels of technical standards and governance, a strong Code of Ethics and a reputation for action and the ability to deliver,” explained Ian Glover, president of the organisation.  “That’s why the introduction of the annual Fellowships is so important as they are a way of recognising and thanking individuals who’ve made a significant contribution to build CREST and professionalise the cyber security industry.”

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In addition to the Fellowships awarded to CREST members, further awards have been presented to recognise contributions from industry, Government and academia. These included awards for Buck Rogers (CISO of the Bank of England), Chris Ensor and Harry W from the National Cyber Security Centre and a posthumous accolade for Stephanie Damon of the Cyber Security Challenge UK whose award was accepted on the night by Nigel Harrison. Special contribution awards were also given to Adriana Costa McFadden from CREST and Allie Andrews of PRPR.

This year’s ceremony and dinner took place at the Tanner Warehouse in Bermondsey, with Ian Glover presenting the awards alongside CREST’s chairman Mark Tuner and ex-chairman Paul Midian.

Other CREST fellows for 2017 include Abhijeet Udas, Alex Church, Andrew Davies, Arjun Pednekar, Daniele Costa, Dave Hartley, Dom Beecher, Dominic Chell, Ed Williams, Edward Torkington, Gabriel Caudrelier, Gary O’Leary-Steele, Gavin Jones, Gemma Moore, Geoff Jones, Greg Rudd (CREST Australia), Ian Lovering, John O’Meara, Jonathan Roach, Joseph Hart, Marcus Pinto, Mark Harrison, Mark Raeburn, Martin Law, Michael Woodhead, Paul Beechey, Paul Docherty, Paul Midian, Paul Vlissidis, Richard Dean, Rory McCune, Simon Clow, Stuart Criddle and Tobias Clarke.

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Send For Help Group ranked in The Sunday Times’ Fast Track 100 league table for second year running

Award-winning lone worker protection provider Send For Help Group has been ranked as one of Britain’s most successful private companies by The Sunday Times for a second consecutive year.

The 21st annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table champions the UK’s top performing private companies based strictly on financial performance with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. Send For Help Group has been placed 80th.

Founded in 2010 by brothers James and Will Murray, the Send for Help Group has prominently featured in the national press throughout the year as a real success story. Business continues to go from strength-to-strength. The company is now independently verified as the largest lone worker protection provider in the world.

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Operating through its subsidiary brands Skyguard, Guardian24 and the recently-acquired Peoplesafe, Send For Help Group uses key fob-sized GPS personal safety alarms and mobile phone Apps to provide 24-hour personal protection for more than 150,000 lone workers and individuals who are at risk.

Send For Help Group showed turnover this year hitting £8 million, up from £6.1 million last year with profits of £2.4 million, representing an increase of 121% on the previous year.

CEO James Murray commented: “We’re delighted to be included in the Fast Track 100 for the second year running. It’s been another busy, yet exciting year for the Group and that’s reflected in this accolade. It’s a real honour to have our hard work and determination as a business recognised. This has been a big year for the Send For Help Group. We added a third brand to our growing portfolio with a successful and seamless transition, expanded our office premises in Surrey and continued to recruit new talent across the company. We will not rest on our laurels, though. Our aim is to always improve, as individuals, as a business and in terms of our service offering.”

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