Monthly Archives: February 2018

Next Generation Networks is focus of Euralarm Task Group Forum

The Europe-wide transition of traditional (ie PSTN) telecom networks towards all-IP communications networks that’s in different stages is having a significant impact on alarm signalling systems across countries. With this in mind, Euralarm’s Task Group on Next Generation Networks is now focusing on that transition.

Euralarm members the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the Fire Industry Association are hosting a high-profile forum on how changes to the UK telecommunications network may affect the fire and security industry. The event will be held on Thursday 15 March at the offices of UBM in central London and offers the opportunity to hear from the experts about what the impact of the transition will be.

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Euralarm’s Task Group is also running a Workshop prior to the conference. To be held the day before, the Workshop is centred on developing an understanding of progress around Next Generation Networks across Europe. Members of the Task Group will consider what guidance and direction is of value to industry members and their customers going forward.

Euralarm members and other stakeholders and interested parties are invited to participate in the open forum, while the Workshop is for Euralarm members only.

More details about the Workshop can soon be found on the Euralarm website. Further information on the forum is available on the BSIA’s website.

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IDIS and Oprema sign new UK distribution agreement

Surveillance systems manufacturer IDIS has signed a new distribution agreement with Oprema, the multidisciplinary security solutions provider. A Fast Growth 50 company, Oprema has added the full IDIS Total Solution to its line-up.

The range of products involved includes the IDIS flagship offerings, among them the plug-and-play DirectIP as well as the advanced HD analogue over coax solution DirectCX. Both strengthen Oprema’s extensive portfolio of surveillance, access control, fire and other security brands.

Founded in 1997 by experts in computer science and Artificial Intelligence, IDIS operates manufacturing facilities based in South Korea and dedicated offices that offer training and technical support in the UK, Dubai and the USA. The company has grown to become a global security company that designs, develops and manufactures surveillance solutions for a wide range of commercial and public sector markets.

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Gareth Williams, sales director at Oprema, commented: “I’m delighted to announce a new strategic partnership with IDIS. The IDIS product range perfectly complements our multi-brand security portfolio and opens up a whole new range of surveillance solutions and opportunities for our customers. The IDIS product range delivers innovation that’s user-friendly, flexible, scaleable and able to meet every surveillance need, especially in the mid to high-end space.”

James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe, added: “The IDIS team is thrilled that we’ve signed a strategic distribution alliance with Oprema. Oprema shares our values of providing a complete end-to-end solution approach that’s consultative. The business has a passion for sales and technical support, training and reliable logistics, as well as professional services, such as pre-sales design, pre-configuration and on-site commissioning. We look forward to working closely with the Oprema team over the next year and beyond.”

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GDPR Readiness Checklist Tool launched by NW Security Group to help businesses comply with upcoming EU legislation

NW Security Group, the provider of IP video solutions and security consultancy, has launched a free European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Readiness Checklist Tool to help businesses quickly and easily determine if they’re adequately preparing for the new legislation. Due to come into effect on 25 May, the EU GDPR aims to ensure the protection of personally identifiable information. According to recent figures, over 50% of companies across the UK will not be ready for the GDPR by the stated deadline.

While awareness of the new legislation has risen in recent months, the consensus is that UK firms are under-prepared for the EU GDPR, and therefore at risk of fines as high as €20 million or 4% of a company’s annual turnover (whichever is greater).

As an expert in providing security consultancy and training, NW Security has been giving businesses across the UK guidance on how to ensure compliance by the May deadline in a series of awareness seminars. The GDPR Readiness Checklist Tool has formed a vital part of each seminar, helping attendees determine how effective their data protection processes are on their respective journeys towards GDPR compliance.

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Nigel Peers, senior consultant at NW Security, offers his thoughts on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and how companies must prepare for its introduction

“As a provider of IP-based security systems, we’ve always taken cyber security very seriously indeed to ensure the solutions we recommend to our customers protect the data that’s generated,” stated Nigel Peers, senior consultant at NW Security. “In recent months, we’ve been raising awareness with companies and helping them to assess their levels of preparedness for the GDPR using our quick Checklist Tool. As the timeframes become more urgent and levels of readiness are left wanting, we felt it would be helpful to make this free Checklist Tool available to more companies across the UK. It prompts them to think about how best to prepare themselves and their supply chains for the GDPR and provides an insight of just how comprehensive a full GDPR Organisational Readiness Assessment needs to be.”

One of the seminars was held at the Wirral Chamber of Commerce in Birkenhead, welcoming attendees from a range of businesses in the region to heighten understanding of the new GDPR and identify how it could impact their organisation. Laura Cross, director at Concentric HR, said of the seminar: “It was extremely informative and practical. We don’t feel fully prepared for the GDPR as yet, but events such as this have definitely increased our knowledge on the topic and given us great learnings to take back and implement within our firm.”

Cross continued: “The GDPR Readiness Checklist Tool was one of the most useful aspects of the seminar. It really helped me to understand where our business is currently on the journey towards GDPR compliance. Knowing that there are external experts out there that can support us along the way is extremely reassuring for our business.”

*To use the free EU GDPR Readiness Checklist Tooll visit: www.nwsecuritygroup.com/gdpr-readiness-quick-checklist

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Paxton announces inaugural recipients of new Scholarship Programme

Paxton, the global brand of electronic IP access control and door entry systems, has announced the first recipients of its new scholarship programme in conjunction with the University of Brighton.

Launched in November last year, the initiative offers the opportunity for students studying engineering and product design-related courses at the University of Brighton to win one of three scholarship places each worth £10,000 plus a three-month paid work placement with the company from July this year.

As part of the scholarship, the selected scholars will participate in technology research projects at Paxton that will then form the final year project of their degree course.

Last November, the company hosted a student open day at its new state-of-the-art facility, the Paxton Technology Centre, which was attended by over 100 students from the University of Brighton. The open day provided the students with the opportunity to learn more about the company and the application process, meet Paxton’s experts in product development and research and receive hands-on technology demonstrations of the company’s diverse product range.

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From those that applied, 16 students were then invited to an assessment day where they undertook a series of practical tasks and interviews. Following this, the successful three students were then selected. They are Yury Johnson (aged 20, who’s studying for a BEng in Electronics and Computing), Laurence Budd (aged 21, and who’s studying for a BSc in Computer Science) and Sam Innes (aged 20 and who’s also studying towards a BSc in Computer Science).

Commenting on the student programme, Adam Stroud (Paxton’s CEO) said: “I’d like to congratulate the three students that have secured the 2018 Paxton Scholarship. The Paxton Scholarship is a long-term initiative designed to ensure that we can secure the bright minds needed for the company’s continued success and prosperity. I’m thrilled at how the initiative was embraced by both the team at Paxton as well as the students and staff at the University of Brighton.”

Stroud continued: “We hope that the Paxton Scholarship will mean much more than just financial help for those students involved. Industry experience, without having to take a year out, will be invaluable to their development and help them to decide what career they wish to pursue. We also believe it will continue to highlight the diverse range of roles available within the security industry and the opportunities offered by a growing and exciting business sector.”

Sam Davies, the University of Brighton’s director of philanthropy and alumni engagement, stated: “Congratulations to the students and to Paxton for introducing this exciting and unique opportunity. We’re delighted to have partnered with Paxton in establishing this new scholarship programme which provides our students with access to the realities of the workplace and the challenges companies like Paxton face on a day-to-day basis.”

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ISM’s Genesys Enterprise ISMS technology meets CPNI standard for CAPSS

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) has received formal notification from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) that its Genesys integrated security management system (ISMS) has met the CPNI’s standard for CAPSS.

Genesys will be included in the Catalogue of Security Equipment and can be advertised as being “Approved for UK Government Use. For details contact the CPNI.”

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Steve Smith, managing director of ISM, is delighted with the news. “Genesys goes beyond Physical Security Information Management to offer unparalleled scale, redundancy and ease of use for operators of Critical National Infrastructure sites,” stated Smith. “Already in widespread use across the world, Genesys is a proven solution.”

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Wetlands project involving Binns Fencing opens up East London ‘open-air lung’

An £8.7 million Visitor Centre designed to open up access to one of the East End’s ‘open-air lungs’ has been completed at a strategic 500-acre Thames Water site. The Walthamstow Wetlands project allows visitors to enjoy and learn about the Walthamstow Reservoirs’ distinctive built and natural heritage, which is unique in London.

As the area includes water treatment stations and other operational sites, it needed protection to separate public areas from Critical National Infrastructure zones, for which Thames Water ordered security fencing through Binns Fencing.

Binns has installed ArmaWeave, HiSec and Axiom steel mesh from parent company Zaun around strategic Thames Water assets, while Duo fencing, sliding gates and railings have been included at all main entrances. Oak Habitat gates and post-and-wire fencing provide a more natural boundary to non-secure areas.

The principal contractor on the project was London-based construction company Rooff, a family-run business with a track record stretching back 100 years.

The area’s distinctive nature stems from the site’s importance as a historic operational landscape that supplies drinking water to London, and its rich biodiversity, which is of international importance for water birds.

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The concept is to create a ‘green core’ of naturalised landscape at the heart of the reservoir complex with a generous pathway through the centre of the site and connecting to the strategic pedestrian and cycle route through the middle of the Lee Valley.

The project was designed by architect Witherford Watson Mann and landscape architect KLA, with engineer P3r and TALL, consultant Studio Dekka and collaborating organisation Counterculture also involved.

The reservoirs’ importance as a potential nature reserve was recognised as early as 1945 by Professor Patrick Abercrombie, who said: “A series of great reservoirs [is] acquiring a charm of [its] own as trees grow around them and on their little islands. They are becoming nature reserves for large numbers of birds and the resort of privileged fisherman. These areas are a great open-air lung to the crowded East End and their preservation is essential. Every piece of open land should be welded into a great regional reservation.”

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Hanwha Techwin Europe unveils pan-European marketing and training alliance with ADI Global Distribution

Hanwha Techwin Europe has teamed up with ADI Global Distribution to create a pan-European marketing campaign designed to raise awareness of – and highlight the advantages that – Wisenet cameras, recording devices and video management software offer to installers and system integrators alike.

The two companies will conduct a wide range of marketing activities including live demonstrations of the comprehensive range of Wisenet video surveillance solutions at roadshows and seminars, while also placing advertisements in leading European electronic security publications and producing bespoke direct mail communications and eNewsletters.

“This is our first pan-European marketing initiative with Hanwha Techwin,” said Simon Middleton, marketing director of ADI’s EMEA businesses. “Our decision to do so reflects the value we place on the relationship formed between our two companies. It also demonstrates the confidence and trust we have in the ability of Wisenet products to provide installers and system integrators who source video surveillance solutions from ADI Global Distribution with a competitive edge.”

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Scope of the project

The campaign, which is to be implemented across all countries in Europe where ADI Global Distribution is working in partnership with Hanwha Techwin, will primarily be focused on educating the market on the benefits of Wisenet X cameras.

These 2 MP and 5 MP models are ‘supercharged’ by “the most powerful chipset ever incorporated into a full camera range” and equipped with “the world’s best motorised F0.94 varifocal low light lens” and “the world’s best 150 dB Wide Dynamic Range”.

In addition, the marketing campaign is designed to raise awareness of other Wisenet solutions including Wisenet HD+ analogue cameras which capture Full-HD images in 1080p without the need to upgrade cabling infrastructure, Wisenet Q entry level network cameras delivering feature-rich 2 MP or 4 MP images and premium, top of the range Wisenet P cameras delivering “superb quality” 4K (12 MP) images.

Wisenet solutions certificated training for ADI Global Distribution 

In support of the pan-European marketing alliance, Hanwha Techwin Europe has successfully completed the first phase of its certificated Wisenet product and solutions training programme for sales and technical staff across ADI Global Distribution in Northern Europe.

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“This represents a major investment in time for both UK-based ADI Global Distribution and Hanwha Techwin personnel,” said Hemant Trivedi, regional director for ADI. “It has proven to be time well spent as many of our sales and technical staff are now Hanwha Techwin accredited trainers and able to provide expert advice on the best combination of Wisenet cameras and recording devices for specific projects.”

*For more information on ADI Global Distribution visit www.adiglobal.com

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