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Critical infrastructure and Government GSOCs drive CNL Software’s IPSecurityCenter V5.7 PSIM

CNL Software, the Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) system software specialist, has announced the release of IPSecurityCenter V5.7. This latest release includes many feature enhancements that increase performance and reduce operational response times in large-scale, multi-sited and mission-critical deployments of IPSecurityCenter and will benefit those in the transportation, corporate security and public safety markets.

According to CNL, IPSecurityCenter leads the Global Security Operations Centre (GSOC) market for PSIM. This latest release improves CNL Software’s ability to manage across multiple Security Operations Centres (SOCs) and GSOCs, keeping the entire operation in harmony using enterprise wide visualisation to support the overall security mission for critical infrastructure and large-scale Government security programmes.

“We continue to invest heavily in developing the features that customers, partners and industry leaders inspire us to create,” commented Simon Knightley, CTO at CNL Software. “We listen to our customers and understand what’s important to them. Their ideas help us to innovate new ways in which to support them in making the GSOC a faster and more effective hub for all mission-critical security and life safety-related activity. They want their Control Rooms to see more, act faster and collaborate better throughout the whole organisation, which we help them to achieve using IPSecurityCenter V5.7.”

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CNL states that the V5.7 release differentiates CNL Software from other PSIM vendors and establishes IPSecurityCenter as the first choice PSIM solution for large-scale Government security programmes, critical infrastructure and facilities protection.

Some of the main enhancements within the new release include:

*More scalable for larger deployments: Enhancements support greater control over large-scale federated solutions, driving tightly managed GSOC operations
*Faster and more responsive: Improvements include faster access to historic alarm data with fewer clicks and rapid access to video from remote locations
*Support for 64-bit video: This ensures IPSecurityCenter leverages the latest developments in video technology and multi-thread processing for faster and more scalable solutions
*General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-ready security platform: Enhancements ensure that IPSecurityCenter is ready for the most demanding compliance processes, with security features such as two-factor authentication included such that there are no unauthorised changes to the system
*Improved decision support: Developments include new interactive dashboards that allow operators to access key performance indicators in real-time using a customisable device that can highlight alarm, human and machine data alike

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Amthal wins support contract to maintain security solutions for Mitsubishi Electric’s UK headquarters and regional offices

Amthal Fire & Security has been awarded a new support contract with global technology leader Mitsubishi Electric Europe to upgrade and maintain security solutions at the latter’s UK headquarters in Hatfield and across its estate of regional UK offices.

Mitsubishi Electric has eight regional offices, including its UK head office in Hatfield, supporting over 700 staff members. The new contract with Amthal covers the provision of support and maintenance across each of Mitsubishi Electric’s sites to ensure that security arrangements, including CCTV, intruder alarm and access control solutions, are maintained to the highest level and upgraded quickly where required.

Karen Kelsall, facilities co-ordinator for Mitsubishi Electric’s Business Services team, observed: “Each of our UK office locations has its own security arrangements that must be maintained on a regular basis. We needed to source a reliable company that could not only meet this requirement, but also ensure that we continue to offer our staff complete peace of mind at their place of work.”

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Mitsubishi Electric’s head office in Hatfield

Kelsall continued: “Amthal proved themselves even before the contract was signed, responding to several different site requests quickly and with true technical capability and professionalism. In addition, being a local company to our head office makes a difference when it comes to ensuring the efficient and sustainable supplier service that we now look forward to building.”

Jamie Allam, commercial director for Amthal Fire & Security, responded: “This contract award is extremely significant for Amthal. It’s great for us to be associated with such a global brand. It also demonstrates our commitment to our customers, both new and existing. The team’s knowledge, experience and expertise together with an ability to react quickly and ‘get the job done’ undoubtedly contributed to our appointment. We will continue to work in partnership with Mitsubishi Electric to deliver the highest levels of operational excellence and continuity of service, both on a local basis for its main office and regionally across all sites.”

Amthal Fire & Security is dedicated to satisfying end user needs for security safety and convenience, offering design, installation, service and remote monitoring services for advanced electronic fire and security solutions including intruder alarms, access control and CCTV systems.

The business is accredited by the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and British Approvals for Fire Equipment.

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Apollo set to showcase new SOTERIA Dimension solution at Security Essen 2018

Apollo Fire Detectors, the specialist designer and manufacturer of high quality fire detection equipment, will be showcasing its latest Test Set and SOTERIA Dimension, the latest addition to the SOTERIA range, at Security Essen 2018.

A full demonstration of the new Apollo Test Set – a portable testing device designed to help commissioning and system maintenance engineers – will be on display at Stand 6A58 in Hall 6 of Messe Essen.

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Apollo’s Test Set

“We’re very excited to be able to showcase our innovative Test Set at Security Essen this year,” enthused Ed Browning, sales and marketing director at Apollo. “We’ll be setting up a range of Apollo fire detectors, wired into a loop, in order to demonstrate the fault-finding capabilities of our Test Set live on the stand.”

The Apollo Test Set guarantees that the correct loop configuration is in place before an active control panel is installed and has the ability to interrogate and control all units connected to the device, either as individual units or complete circuits. The Test Set boasts a user-friendly touch screen display and is compatible with all Apollo analogue addressable protocols – ie XP95, Discovery and CoreProtocol.

In addition to the Test Set demonstration, Apollo will be showcasing the most recent addition to the SOTERIA range – SOTERIA Dimension and Dimension Specialist. These state-of-the-art fire detection devices use new optical sensing technology in a ‘virtual sensing chamber’. The flush-fitting detector combines functionality and style, and is designed to fit perfectly in locations with the most demanding aesthetic requirements.

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SOTERIA Dimension

The SOTERIA Dimension Specialist detector also features an anti-ligature metal faceplate and tamper-resistant screws. It has been tested and approved for anti-ligature certification to TS001 and meets the Ministry of Justice’s specifications STD/E/SPEC/038. This detector offers greater resilience against interference or damage and is ideal for prisons, custodial suites and healthcare establishments.

*For more information visit https://www.apollo-fire.co.uk/

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Videx introduces online Product Builder application for security professionals

Door entry and access control solutions specialist Videx has launched its renowned Product Builder application online. The digital variant includes all of the features contained in the original CD Product Builder that enables the end user to create an access control solution meeting their needs in an easy-to-use format.

Commenting on the move, Rob Sands (technical director at Videx UK) explained: “The online Product Builder is both desktop and mobile friendly and can be used with any browser on Windows, Android and Apple iOS devices and with any size screen. It’s just the same as the CD version and works via a log-in system whereby users can keep track of their system builds and share details with others if they’d like to via e-mail.”

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Key features of the online Product Builder include a dashboard where users can see their current and previous builds. They can create, view, edit and then print a PDF of their build. The online version provides a very simple six-step wizard to build any type of system and create a parts list with prices, parts descriptions and images.

Sands added: “Users can also customise printouts and PDFs with their company logo and address, set discount structures and mark up prices and also stipulate what systems they prefer. The tool provides a tailored experience for each user.”

*To register for the online Product Builder visit www.videxbuilder.com and choose the ‘Register’ option

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Chubb opens new high performance workspace development in Blackburn

Chubb Fire & Security recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new high performance workspace in Blackburn. The new building will house a total of 400 employees from Chubb and affiliates of Otis UK and Carrier Controls UK, serving as a showcase for the capabilities of all three brands.

Tracy Cordes, managing director of Chubb Fire & Security, informed Risk Xtra: “With this new building, we’ve created a safer, smarter and more sustainable environment that will be a great place for our employees and their colleagues to work. The building is on track to achieve a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating, so it will be among the Top 25% of buildings for sustainability in the UK.”

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Tracy Cordes and Craig Forbes open the new workspace

The development, which saw the demolition of three existing Chubb buildings on the Shadsworth Business Park, has resulted in a modern environment for employees working in IT, finance, supply chain and customer services. It’s also the new home for two specific businesses of Chubb: Chubb Systems – which specialises in the most complex, enterprise-wide installations including those for critical infrastructure – and Chubb Community Care, encompassing its R&D and engineering teams.

“This is the culmination of many years of hard work for the Chubb team, from planning through to build and relocation,” said Craig Forbes, finance director at Chubb. “We’re delighted with the results and believe that this move greatly enhances our credentials as a good local Blackburn employer. We’re also extremely grateful for the support of the council, the local community and the contractors who have made it all possible.”

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Traka’s integrated security solutions on display at Security Essen in September

Traka will be exhibiting at Security Essen (which runs from 25-28 September at Messe Essen) to present the company’s latest software and hardware solutions for key and asset management. 

On Stand 3G140, visitors will be able to witness fully-integrated demonstrations of Traka Web, an enterprise class web-based administration software platform that enables complete management of Traka Touch key and locker systems from any device, even on a remote basis.

Also on show will be Traka’s integrated solutions and security cabinets, among them the latest V-Touch compact key management system and Rack Manager solutions.

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Martin Woodhouse

Martin Woodhouse, Traka’s international sales director, stated: “As part of the ASSA ABLOY Group of companies, Traka is looking forward to Security Essen.  This year is about us demonstrating how our solutions can bring tangible returns on investment for both small and enterprise-level businesses. Further, the value proposition of Traka’s solutions helps minimise operational costs, increase productivity and ensure the efficient use of company assets.”

 

Woodhouse concluded: “Security Essen is the right international platform to demonstrate our proven integrated solutions. We want visitors to Stand 3G140 to see for themselves how easy, intuitive and comprehensive our systems are in the real world. With full audit capabilities, our systems present an all-encompassing safe and secure solution.”

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Paxton named ‘Company of the Year’ at Brighton and Hove Business Awards

Paxton, the global brand of electronic IP access control and door entry systems, is celebrating being named ‘Company of the Year’ at the Brighton and Hove Business Awards. The company was also highly commended in the International Business of the Year category.

The Brighton and Hove Business Awards are supported by the city’s leading organisations and are established as a benchmark for excellence in today’s competitive business environment. In selecting the ‘Company of the Year’, the experienced panel of judges were looking for “the company that has truly achieved all-round business excellence in terms of year-on-year financial performance, strategic direction, employee relations, Corporate Social Responsibility, innovation and a first-class service and/or product offering.”

The awards ceremony, which took place on Saturday 14 July, was attended by Nicola O’Donnell, Human Resources director at Paxton, and resourcing business partner Devin Yuille, along with representatives from other local businesses.

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Nicola O’Donnell collects Paxton’s award

Commenting on the win, Adam Stroud, Paxton’s CEO, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have scooped ‘Company of the Year’ at the Brighton and Hove Business Awards, and to have been commended for our international presence. It’s a massive honour to be recognised among the top businesses in Brighton, and to be the only security manufacturer to win an award.”

Stroud continued: “We aim to be world-class in all that we do, from our products and services to our working environment. We’ve worked hard to develop a positive company culture and to support our staff on each step of their career with us.”

In conclusion, Stroud added: “While hard work, focus, investment and a good strategy are essential to the success of the company, most important of all by a long way are the people that work for Paxton. I’d like to thank all of the Paxton team. They have been responsible for our success to date, and will continue to determine the extent of our future successes.”

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Fire door safety campaigners “step up first line of defence”

Through Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW), fire door safety campaigners are working to ensure public and private sector landlords and building owners stop risking the lives of tenants and ensure fire doors are correctly inspected, specified, fitted and maintained.

Fire doors are the first line of defence against devastating fires and, when properly built, installed and maintained, they save lives and protect property. Despite this, fire doors across the UK are still often badly fitted, non-compliant, left propped open or damaged and, as a result, could be putting millions of lives at stake.

The team behind FDSW 2018 (which runs from 24-30 September) is gearing up for its campaign that will continue to educate about the critical role that fire doors play in delaying the spread of smoke and fire and keeping occupants and firefighters safe.

The FDSW campaign – entitled: ‘Fire Door Five: Shutting the Door on Fire and Smoke’ – aims to draw attention to the importance of properly-fitted and accredited fire doors as well as raising awareness of the dangers of smoke inhalation and the role that correctly installed fire doors can play in preventing the spread of both fire and smoke.

Part of the activity will see campaigners explore the need to establish a Building Safety Fund to help pay for vital and potentially life-saving fire safety improvements in Local Authority and Housing Association accommodation.

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Informed decisions

Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for FDSW as well as being the British Woodworking Federation’s (BWF) head of technical research and insight, chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children’s Burns Trust, said: “Through Fire Door Safety Week, we will once more renew our efforts to ensure that residents, landlords and building owners across the UK are armed with the information they need to make informed decisions that will improve safety.”

Mansell continued: “There’s no doubt that, when fully-fitted with their correct and compatible components, properly installed and maintained, fire doors play a crucial role in saving lives in the event of a fire. The legacy of neglect means that more lives could be lost as a result of sub-standard fire protection measures. We know that the necessary corrective actions will cost money and that’s precisely why we are asking the Government set up a Building Safety Fund for Housing Associations and Local Authorities such that they can carry out replacement and repair works. Finance should not be used as an excuse. The stakes are too high.”

Mansell went on to state: “Tenants and the general public will, as always, play a key part and make sure their voices are heard by reporting fire doors that are propped open, damaged or in poor condition, rather than waiting for landlords or building owners to inspect fire doors. Indeed, as part of Fire Door Safety Week, we have created a Five-Step Fire Door Check to help people check their fire doors and empower them to report faults.”

Massive learning curve

Over the last year, there has been significant discussion about the responsibility of landlords, councils and Housing Associations to ensure the safety of their tenants, but according to Mansell there’s still a massive learning curve in terms of awareness about how fire doors that are correctly specified, installed, maintained and of course closed can limit the effect of fire and smoke, and what to do in the event of a fire.

“Due to this uncertainty, our focus for Fire Door Safety Week in 2018 is ‘shutting the door on fire and smoke’. We want to educate everyone on how effective fire doors can be in stopping the spread of fire and smoke.”

A national campaign, FDSW is run by the BWF, the BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme in partnership with the Home Office’s own National Fire Safety Campaign. Throughout the week, there will be numerous events and campaign activities designed to raise awareness about the importance of fire door safety.

*To access a free toolkit of fire safety advice resources to help run your own FDSW activities visit www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk

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Chubb businesses honoured with duo of RoSPA Gold Awards for Occupational Health and Safety

Chubb Systems Ltd has received a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for the sixth consecutive year, while Chubb Fire & Security Limited has won the Gold Award for the third time following its first such accolade in 2016.

RoSPA Gold Award winners are recognised for achieving a high level of performance while demonstrating well-developed occupational Health and Safety management systems and cultures, outstanding control of risk and low levels of error, harm and loss.

In addition to its award, Chubb Systems Ltd received a gold medal in recognition of achieving the top Gold Award for six consecutive years.

Nichola Maher, EH&S manager at Chubb Systems Ltd, explained to Risk Xtra that the award and medal are testament to a sustained commitment to the environment in addition to Health and Safety. “We continually assess all areas of behaviour and culture to ensure that the environment and Health and Safety are at the forefront of everything we do. The RoSPA awards are an important opportunity for us to celebrate the business’ achievements in ensuring that employees are working to Best Practice safety standards.”

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Left to Right: Mark Redding (head of EH&S at Chubb Fire & Security Limited), Ronnie Wineberg (service engineer for Chubb Systems Ltd), Nichola Maher (EH&S manager for Chubb Systems Ltd) and Paul Cosentino (EH&S manager at Chubb Fire & Security Limited)

This year, Chubb Systems Ltd’s trophy from RoSPA was accepted by service engineer Ronnie Wineberg who won the business’ own annual Recognition Award for going above and beyond the call of duty in support of Chubb’s Health and Safety practices.

“Having robust Health and Safety practices at work is essential,” said Wineberg. “As employees, by demonstrating our commitment to these practices, we’re all helping to ensure that we can go home safely at the end of a shift. I was proud to collect the award in recognition of Chubb’s Health and Safety practices and my own commitment to them.”

Mark Redding, head of environmental Health and Safety at Chubb Fire & Security Limited, added: “RoSPA is extremely important to the entire business. The awards demonstrate to outside bodies and customers alike Chubb’s overriding commitment to safe working practices. It’s an award the whole business should take ownership of and feel proud in achieving.”

By attaining a RoSPA Award, an organisation is proving its commitment to maintaining a well-balanced approach towards Health and Ssafety management, as well as demonstrating superior practices in areas like leadership and workplace contribution.

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Seven million-plus viewers watch counter-terrorism safety video as UK policing increases global CT presence

Counter-Terrorism Policing (CT Policing) has significantly increased its international presence in the last two years, with many more staff currently deployed overseas working with local authorities to help protect British citizens from the global terror threat.

As UK schools break up for the summer holidays and the travel industry prepares for one of the busiest periods of the year, the UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officers are asking holidaymakers to play their part by watching a short video instructing them what to do in the unlikely event of an attack.

CT Policing – in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office and the Travel Association ABTA – launched the four-minute film just over a year ago and, since then, more than seven million people have learned how to keep themselves and others safe should the worst happen.

ABTA has also translated the video into 15 different languages for use in multiple countries to improve awareness among the holiday representatives, hotel staff and security officers who look after millions of UK tourists every year.

The video was first created after 30 British people tragically lost their lives in the 2015 Sousse attack in Tunisia.

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Since then, CT Policing’s international footprint has expanded significantly, with increases to the number of officers providing a range of security liaison and advice to other countries, ensuring they’re better prepared to keep people safe when overseas.

This is a ‘whole system approach’ to fighting the threat from global terrorism. By warning and informing citizens, training and advising industry and close liaison with domestic and international partners, each of these strands comes together to better protect the UK and its interests at home and abroad.

Everyone must remain alert

Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth, national co-ordinator for Protect and Prepare, said: “The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are still low, but sadly we have seen atrocities take place in the UK and abroad, especially last year. That being so, it’s important everyone stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen.”

Aldworth continued: “An important part of my job is deploying police officers and staff around the world to share the UK’s world-renowned security expertise and help better protect our citizens from harm. Now, we are asking the public to play an active part by taking the time to watch this video. We want people to think of this in the same way they do the safety film airlines show before take-off. They don’t expect anything bad to happen, but it’s a sensible safety precaution to show people what to do.”

Security Minister Ben Wallace MP stated:Fortunately, the majority of us will never experience a terrorist attack while enjoying a holiday abroad and there’s no need to be alarmed. However, it’s important that we all remain vigilant to the threat.”

He added: “I urge all holidaymakers to take a moment before heading off on their travels to view the ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ advice, which could be life-saving should the worst happen. I also urge everyone to read the small print on their travel insurance to make sure they have the appropriate level of cover.”

Check the FCO’s travel advice

Minister for Counter-Terrorism, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, observed: “We work closely with our international partners to ensure that British holidaymakers are safe overseas. While the chances of becoming caught up in a terrorist event are extremely low, it’s important that people remain vigilant.”

Lord Ahmed urged: “Before going away, do take a moment to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel advice to make sure you’re aware of what’s going on in the country you’re going to. We encourage everyone to take sensible precautions while they’re abroad. If an incident occurs, remember the key advice to Run, Hide, Tell.”

Nikki White, director of destinations and sustainability at ABTA, concluded: “We recognise the importance of raising awareness and providing clear guidance for our members and their employees. We know that customers would look to those members of staff working in their hotels and resorts to take the lead and respond quickly to an emerging situation.”

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