Monthly Archives: September 2018

National Security Inspectorate appoints new auditor in Northern Ireland

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s independent certification body specialising in the security, guarding and fire sectors, has appointed Clare McIntyre as security and fire systems auditor and lead auditor for ISO 9001 in Northern Ireland.

Having spent over 20 years in the sector within quality and operations management and system design, McIntyre brings a wealth of experience to the NSI’s expert auditing team. She previously worked for NSI approved companies, transitioning from one of the few female-nominated fire alarm designers to become a fully-integrated security and fire design engineer.

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Clare McIntyre

Having realised her passion for developing and improving standards within the industry, becoming an auditor for NSI was a natural progression in McIntyre’s career.

Richard Jenkins, the NSI’s CEO, commented: “We’re committed to recruiting auditors with practical experience, knowledge and understanding of our sector. Currently, the UK has the lowest percentage of females on the engineering register in the EU at only 7%. Therefore, Clare’s appointment may also serve to embed some change in what has, traditionally, been a male-dominated sector in the UK. ”

NSI to sponsor ‘Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator’ category at 2019 OSPAs

The NSI is proud to sponsor the ‘Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator’ category at next year’s Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), which take place in London on 28 February.

The UK OSPAs is part of a global awards scheme currently running in eight countries and designed to recognise outstanding contributions and achievements within their respective security sectors. Following extensive research in 2014 by Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International on what constitutes outstanding performance, the OSPA categories and criteria were then standardised, providing an opportunity for countries to run their own evidence-based OSPAs, while also maintaining the ability to compete on an international level.

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Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, founder of the OSPAs and director of Perpetuity Research, commented: “I’m delighted that the NSI is continuing its Installer/Integrator category sponsorship of the UK OSPAs. Since its formation nearly five decades ago, the NSI’s focus has been to raise standards in the UK security sector and those companies securing its approval, across all disciplines of security, are instrumental in helping to achieve this goal. The OSPAs provides a global stage for security excellence so it’s fitting that the NSI is a key player in these awards.”

Richard Jenkins added: “We’re committed to supporting initiatives that celebrate excellence and innovation in the UK’s security sector. The OSPAs are highly respected among the security and buyer communities for their core values and ethics. Gaining recognition with an OSPA is a significant achievement and we’re delighted to be associated with this prestigious event.”

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TDSi introduces GARDiS integrated software to European market at Security Essen

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi is introducing its new GARDiS software to the European market on Stand 3C30.1 in Hall 3 at Security Essen 2018 in Germany, which is running from 25-28 September.

Mica Negrilic, international business development manager at TDSi, commented: “We’re proud and very excited to be appearing at Security Essen 2018, where the company will be formally introducing its GARDiS software to the European market. While we usually visit the bi-annual show, this is the first time we’ve had a formal presence at the event for a few years. We’re looking to engage with our existing and new partners and resellers across Europe and beyond.”

Negrilic added: “When we attended the last edition of Security Essen in 2016 we were very impressed by the breadth of visitors from across the EU, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and beyond. There are big opportunities for the security sector across these regions and we feel that TDSi’s portfolio of high quality and high integration systems are perfect for these markets.”

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Mica Negrilic

Negrilic and TDSi’s managing director John Davies are available on Stand 3C30.1 to discuss specific security requirements and projects, as well as the considerable advantages of being a TDSi Channel or Distribution Partner.

In conclusion, Negrilic (who heads up TDSi’s French office at Noisy-le-Grand near Paris) said: “This is a particularly exciting time to be working with TDSi. We have impressive growth targets across Europe and this event is the perfect opportunity to meet with us and discuss the potential to grow our businesses together. If you’re attending Security Essen, make sure you visit the TDSi stand to learn more.”

 

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Paxton identified in London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Europe’ Report

Paxton, the electronic IP access control and video door entry solutions specialist, has been identified as one of the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Europe’. The report is a celebration of high-growth and the most dynamic small and medium-sized businesses across Europe.

To be included in the list, companies need to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their country peers. This report demonstrates the critical importance of high-growth, private, small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to future European economic growth, innovation and job creation.

This new follows on from Paxton’s inclusion in last years’ Financial Times Europe’s ‘1,000 Fastest-Growing Companies’ Report recognising 1,000 companies in Europe that have achieved the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2012 and 2015.

The ranking in both reports highlights the company’s growth in the local and global security market. Paxton also celebrated ranking 49th in the 2018 Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’, the annual survey run by the ‘Best Companies’ organisation. In the survey, 96% of employees said they believe they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the company.

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Investment in training and education

Founded back in 1985, Paxton now employs over 300 people and operates mainly from its head office in Brighton, East Sussex, with several international sales offices. All products are manufactured locally at the Paxton factory in Eastbourne and exported to over 60 countries worldwide.

Paxton invests significantly in the training and education of its customers and is proud to offer free training to all installers globally to ensure its products are sold and installed with confidence. So far, 5,692 installers have been trained globally this year. Products are adapted to cater for the regional differences called for in the global market and have Paxton’s ethos of simplicity designed-in to ensure they’re easy to install, use and maintain. All purchases are backed by the company’s localised industry-leading technical support, a five-year guarantee and hassle-free returns policy.

Commenting on the news, Adam Stroud (Paxton’s CEO), told Risk Xtra: “We’re thrilled to once again be part of this prestigious list. It’s another milestone on our journey to become world-class in all that we do. Paxton aspires to provide innovative products, industry-leading customer support and high-quality and efficient manufacturing along with being one of the country’s best companies to work for. We’re taking full advantage of the opportunities provided by new technology to fulfil customer‘s requirements for secure, convenient and energy efficient buildings.”

Favourable business environment

Jyrki Katainen, the European Commission’s vice-president for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness, added: “Thanks to dynamic and innovative, high-growth SMEs, employment has reached new record levels with almost 240 million people in work. We need to continue on that path and create a favourable business environment enabling cutting-edge innovators and solid manufacturing SMEs to grow and reach their full potential. Stock exchanges, such as the London Stock Exchange Group, are an essential part of the Capital Markets Union, helping those with ideas to meet their financers.”

Nikhil Rathi, CEO of the London Stock Exchange plc, observed: “The economic potential of Europe’s fastest-growing companies is clear in ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Europe’. The report shows that high-growth SMEs are the innovators, job creators and drivers of economic growth. They have the potential to transform the European economy and give the next generation of young people the future they deserve. It’s vital that we give these companies, and companies like them, access to suitable growth finance. The London Stock Exchange Group is committed to supporting the job creators of tomorrow, increasing their access to long-term patient capital to fund their continued success.”

Being included in the London Stock Exchange report also marks one year since the Paxton Technology Centre opened. The 29,000 square foot building houses Paxton’s R&D operation along with an installer training suite.

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Advanced video surveillance solutions from IDIS showcased at Security Essen

The very latest advances in secure surveillance technology, engineered entirely in Korea, are being demonstrated by IDIS on Stand E10 in Hall 5 at Security Essen, which runs from 25-28 September.

The IDIS Total Solution is increasingly being preferred by major end users globally because it offers the advantages of secure, exclusively Korean design and manufacturing, as well as “outstanding performance” in all applications.

Important innovations on show at Security Essen include IDIS’ flagship DirectIP solution, a full array of IP cameras (including Full-HD and 4K models), NVRs, network accessories and monitors, new privacy masking features to support end user compliance with data protection regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the IDIS Center (which typically delivers 50% cost savings on centralised monitoring systems in comparison with server-based solutions) and “game-changing Artificial Intelligence”.

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Deep Learning Analytics

Proving to be the biggest draw for visitors this week is the latest iteration of IDIS’ Deep Learning Analytics (IDLA) technology that has opened a new door to the future of video analytics with “groundbreaking” 96% accuracy combined with a 200 ips speed allowing for the analysis of 32 channels simultaneously.

These exciting advances in video analytics make IDLA “more accurate, faster and more scalable” than competitive offerings. IDLA provides agile appearance searching, object detection and classification (for example people, cars and bicycles) intrusion detection, as well as loitering detection: all adapted to fit a 16:9 ratio.

The IDLA engine offers this “unrivalled accuracy” thanks to its advanced deep network architecture. IDLA is easy to set up and use simply by setting the region of interest and sensitivity. No calibration is needed.

Further, since IDLA doesn’t require additional processing power, end users can progress legacy hardware and cameras to transform their existing surveillance system into a powerful Artificial Intelligence solution.

Version 2.0 will be commercially available early next year. End users will be able to access both standard and advanced functionality, such as appearance search, through a single and affordable licence. Object detection and classification, intruder detection and loitering analytics are already available for users of the IDIS Solution Suite VMS.

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Making its major exhibition debut in Germany, IDIS DirectIP is a true plug-and-play, end-to-end IP surveillance platform which offers “industry-leading” ease of use and performance. Consisting of IP cameras, NVRs, network equipment and totally cost-effective IDIS Center software, IDIS DirectIP is a complete package that’s easy to install, secure, flexible and scalable. It’s compatible with legacy systems and supports third party and ONVIF protocols for maximum installation flexibility. DirectIP provides users with Best in Class performance. Combined with the seven-year IDIS Ultimate Warranty, it’s affordable and cost-effective to run.

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Visitors to Hall 5 are also learning about how IDIS Dynamic Privacy Masking is supporting users in complying with privacy legislation. IDIS Dynamic Privacy Masking securely masks areas of interest without transcoding, allowing end users to protect the privacy of selected individuals, for example bystanders, in any video footage which is being used as evidence in a Court of Law.

Together, these advances offer end users, installers, consultants and distributors new levels of system-building flexibility and security with significant cost advantages.

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Joon Jun

Joon Jun, president of IDIS’ Global Business Division, stated: “IDIS technology is now recognised as a trusted and premium brand. It’s being adopted by major users around the world. This success is thanks to our commitment to highly secure manufacturing – which is exclusively Korean – and innovative design which keeps us at the very forefront of the video surveillance sector.”

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Dahua welcomes high-level UK trade and investment delegation to China

Dahua Technology’s global headquarters in China was recently visited by a senior trade delegation from Leeds as part of a trip to capitalise on existing trade arrangements and reinforce a long-standing relationship between the region and the Chinese city of Hangzhou.

Among the Leeds City Region delegation were representatives from Leeds City Council, Kirklees Council, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Bradford Council, the Universities of Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield and businesses from the region. In addition to discussing co-operative business opportunities, the visitors also enjoyed a tour of Dahua’s headquarters, including the cutting-edge demonstration room.

The visit comes on the back of Dahua Technology’s UK subsidiary opening a new office in Leeds to provide support for local distributors, integrators and installers, as well as deliver training and client demonstrations.

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“This trade and investment mission will build on our long and prestigious relationships with our Chinese partners,” said Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council. “We saw a hugely positive outcome of this activity with the announcement that Hangzhou-based Dahua is opening an office in Leeds. They join Hisense, which has its UK headquarters in Leeds, and Silver Cross owner Fosun. We want to encourage more investment and trade between our cities.”

Significant growth

As part of a presentation to the delegation party, Jason Zhao (Dahua vice-president and general manager of the Overseas Business Centre), said: “We’re very honoured to be part of this historical development, having held a relationship with Leeds before we were even established in the UK. Three years ago, we opened our first UK office with only a few people and even fewer local employees. We’ve had significant growth over these past three years, whereby we now have over 40 people supporting the UK and Ireland markets. Three of them are staff hired from Leeds and the surrounding area.”

Hangzhou and Leeds have been partnered since 1988, co-operating in the fields of business, education and culture and resulting in links between many businesses and public bodies.

The Leeds City Region covers Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York. It has a £1 billion-plus Local Growth Deal to boost jobs and growth across the region. It’s also home to the UK’s largest regional financial centre and has a digital technology sector now worth more than £6.6 billion.

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Milestone Systems highlights ‘Platform and Community’ approach at Security Essen 2018

Milestone Systems, the Video Management Systems (VMS) provider, is currently showcasing its hardware and software at this year’s Security Esseny, which runs in Germany from 25-28 September.

Milestone Systems is an open platform VMS provider with 1,800-plus solution partners across the globe. Eleven of these partners are attending Milestone’s Stand 5F10 in Hall 5 to show precisely how they’ve created high quality solutions using Milestone’s open platform approach.

Visitors to the show are now learning more about the “game-changing power” of intelligent video systems and witnessing new, cutting-edge propositions from the Milestone partner community.

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Highlights of Security Essen 2018 for Milestone include:

*The European launch of Husky X2 and X8, two Network Video Recorders that work as high-performance building blocks in business video infrastructures

*The release of XProtect 2018 R3, a Product Update that allows Milestone and its partners to continue to meet ever-changing market needs

*Milestone Partner demonstrations of how Milestone’s technology can be used to create innovative solutions, ranging from advanced storage through to video analytics. Partners include BriefCam, Oncam, Quanergy, Zucchetti, Datapath, IPS, Fast Protect AG, Sony, Netavis, Zepcam and SiCK.

Paving the way for big visual data

This year, Milestone Systems joins the next revolution in video technology by taking an in-depth look at how intelligent video systems can help people and organisations handle and interpret increasing amounts of visual data.

“We’re entering a new phase in the evolution of business video,” explained Christian Ringler, director (DACH and the Middle East and Africa) at Milestone. “The Milestone community is leading this evolution, confirming that true open platform is the only way forward for a more informed future. DACH is a very important region for us as we see a great response to our open platform message.”

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Zaun hosts ‘Made in Britain’ event to promote value of British manufacturing

A 1,000-strong manufacturers’ organisation that actively promotes the value of British manufacturing as a genuine differentiator visited Wolverhampton last week for its first Sales and Marketing Workshop of the new Autumn season.

Pioneering steel fencing systems manufacturer Zaun hosted and presented at the ‘Made in Britain’ Workshop on Wednesday 19 September with a keen focus on marketing, sales, exports and PR. Delegates heard about digital marketing for manufacturers and received a marketing ‘Masterclass’ from Young’s Seafood’s marketing team. They also learned from Zaun about the company’s sales, marketing and export journey and enjoyed a tour around Zaun’s factory.

The ‘Made in Britain’ initiative highlights the community spirit of the British manufacturing industry. Four events in the Spring brought together members to share stories, ideas and advice. Previous events have been hosted by pioneering recycler Axion in Manchester, iconic British car maker Vauxhall, Knowsley cable manufacturer Tratos and global coffee machine manufacturer Fracino in Birmingham.

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John Pearce: CEO of ‘Made in Britain’

‘Made in Britain’ CEO John Pearce observed: “All the greatest British manufacturers have a story to tell, and the Workshops offer them a chance to sell those stories to each other.  British SME manufacturers need each other more than ever to increase the strength of the British-made supply chain. Typically, at each Workshop two or three new trading relationships are born. We’re all united in the use of the official collective mark to point to the quality, innovation and excellence of British manufacturing.”

Zaun’s marketing manager Steve Roberts responded: “As a company, we’re very proactive at trading on our ‘Britishness’ throughout our business. We’ve seen major success through this route, especially so in the Middle East and following on from our bespoke project work for the London 2012 Olympic Games.”

After the Zaun event, the final two ‘Made in Britain’ Workshops of the year will be at ethical luxury brand The Soap Co in London on 10 October followed by the ESSE foundry in Barnoldswick, Lancashire on 14 November.

‘Made in Britain’ events are for members across all of its 50 product sectors.

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PerpetuityARC Training associate Paul Barker made life member of ASIS International and life CPP

PerpetuityARC Training, which is part of the Linx International Group, has announced that associate trainer Paul Barker has been made a life member of ASIS International and a life CPP. The accolade acknowledges Barker’s significant contribution to the international success of ASIS International’s Certified Protection Professional qualification.

In 1993, Barker became the third security professional in the UK to be awarded the CPP qualification. Two years later, he was instrumental in expanding the course in the UK by enabling the examination to be taken outside of the US for the first time.

As an ASIS training officer, Barker delivered two courses per year, and in just three years CPP numbers in the UK rose to 94. This resulted in Barker being presented with the inaugural Mervyn David Award by the UK Chapter of ASIS International.

Today, ASIS International is the world’s largest association of security management professionals. PerpetuityARC Training is proud to be a long-standing ASIS education partner. The company recently revealed that 98% of security professionals choosing its courses to train for their ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP) and CPP qualifications in 2018 passed their examinations at the first attempt.

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Paul Barker (left) receives his recognition certificate from David Clark CPP PSP PCI (chairman of ASIS UK)

Explaining the reasons for PerpetuityARC Training’s success, Barker said: “The courses are very well developed and expertly delivered in a manner that enables learners to retain the volumes of data and apply it to the examination. The material is extremely comprehensive and ties-in perfectly with the recommended reading for the exam.”

Ciaran Barry, director of Group operations at the Linx International Group, stated: “Paul’s contribution to the training continues to be exemplary and we’re proud to have him as an important part of the PerpetuityARC Training team. He continues a long tradition of teaching security professionals to the highest standards, helping them attain meaningful qualifications that advance their careers.”

In addition to the ASIS training programmes, Barker also delivers the IQ Level 4 course ‘Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector’. This programme is designed for professionals in the extraction, energy, exploration and production industries. Barker’s background in strategic security management at one of the world’s largest oil companies stands him in good stead as the Linx International Group’s subject matter expert in this particular field.

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IHMA report reveals “strong demand” for packaging authentication technology

According to the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), the Global Anti-Counterfeit Packaging Market Professional Survey Report 2018 signals the ‘added expertise… holograms provide in the authentication of packaging products’. This reaffirms the ‘strong and robust’ market for holograms among authentication devices in the coming years.

The report examines the anti-counterfeit packaging market in North America, China, Europe, Asia, Japan and India and forecasts production, revenue, consumption and import and export in these regions up to 2025. 

The market for global anti-counterfeit packaging technologies is set to continue to grow in the next few years, reaching more than US$357 billion by 2026Growth in packaging anti-counterfeiting devices appears ‘strong and lucrative’, states the IHMA, in the face of continued incidences of global counterfeiting and sector awareness of advanced track and trace hologram technologies.

Those involved in the packaging sector, including brand owners and converters, will benefit from the commercial opportunities built around anti-counterfeit packaging technologies identified in the report.

Counterfeiting: a lucrative business

Counterfeiting is very lucrative and the IHMA is calling for all in the packaging supply chain to apply pressure to tackle the billions of fake products inundating global markets. Security devices on packaged goods can ensure quality and check the distribution and smuggling of illicit products, while items not displaying security holograms can be seized and destroyed.

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Manoj Kochar: chair of the IHMA

Reviewing the report, IHMA chair Manoj Kochar said people cannot afford to rest on their laurels when it comes to the war on counterfeiting. “Holography has a key role to play as an effective and highly flexible weapon in the ongoing battle to thwart the counterfeiters and fraudsters. All involved in the supply chain will be reassured by the presence of holograms on products and recognise the benefits they provide.”

The use of well-designed and properly deployed authentication solutions, as advocated by ISO 12931, enables examiners to verify the authenticity of a legitimate product, differentiating it from fake products emanating from counterfeiting ‘hot spots’ in Asia and eastern Europe.

Even those that carry a ‘fake’ authentication feature can be distinguished from the genuine item if that item carries a carefully thought-out authentication solution.

Detail on the IHMA

The IHMA is made up of 100 of the world’s leading hologram companies. Members include the leading producers and converters of holograms for banknote security, anti-counterfeiting, brand protection, packaging, graphics and other commercial applications around the world. Those members actively co-operate to maintain the highest professional, security and quality standards.

 

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Cable-free access control solutions specialist LOCKEN celebrates 15 years of innovation in security sector

LOCKEN was established in 2003, combining the knowledge and expertise of its three founders: Arnaud Flecchia, Roland de la Chapelle and Stéphane Conreux. Those founders have “transformed” the business of access control thanks to breakthrough technology based on intelligent keys and user-friendly software, bringing to market a solution that required no wiring or maintenance. This was a remarkable leap forward that has fully benefited security provision for major telecoms, energy and water distribution infrastructures, where isolated and sensitive external sites are the norm.

In 2004, just a year after the company was established, the LOCKEN key was sending its data via a remote device directly connected to the system. Awarded the Trophée de l’Innovation in 2007, LOCKEN picked up the pace of innovation from then on.

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In 2009, the company released the LOCKEN Web Request software application, a complementary module improving co-ordination of the activities of technicians on sites. 2014 saw the advent of the MyLocken application and new customised services were developed around access control. 

The following year, the application took on a new dimension in order to meet the specific needs of customers with customised functions, such as authorisations, declarations of presence on site and reporting of anomalies, combined with new technologies like beacon and RFID.

In 2015, LOCKEN completed development of the software application termed LOCKEN Smart Access (LSA), the first multi-technology access management platform, making it a major breakthrough that would emerge as the cornerstone of its future strategy since the system was now capable of controlling different types of identifiers such as keys, badges and smart phones.

Last year, LSA’s ergonomics were upgraded to a more graphic approach in line with new practices using applications like Google Maps.

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Over time, major companies in the transport industry, banking and local Government sectors have followed the lead of multi-site companies and turned to LOCKEN for assistance, attracted by its “customer business line optimisation” philosophy.

In 2016, the merger with Italian manufacturer ISEO opened up new avenues and the contactless key with a Bluetooth module arrived on the scene. More efficient and more secure, it has allowed LOCKEN to build leading-edge equipment into its offer.

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