Monthly Archives: August 2019

Norbain announces Vista’s first webinar focused on VK2 camera range

Want to find out more about Vista’s VK2 range of cameras and domes? If so, have a look at Vista’s webinar which explores the uses and advantages of the VK2 cameras and domes, giving the viewer additional insight into the range and the opportunities it presents.

This will be the first of many in a series of product application webinars, designed to give end users, installers, consultants and integrators an overview of each of Vista’s key product ranges.

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The basic aim is to provide viewers with content that can be used for training purposes, as well as to clearly explain the benefits of the range.

Watch the webinar to find out more about the VK2 range’s compatibility, its internal and external applications, camera and dome set up and complete Vista solutions for security professionals.

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TDSi promotes British exporting excellence as ‘Export Champion’

Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi is supporting the UK Department for International Trade’s ‘Great’ initiative as an Export Champion, encouraging British businesses to think globally when it comes to tapping into potentially lucrative markets.

TDSi’s managing director, John Davies, who has personally been appointed as a South West Export Champion, commented: “TDSi has been actively exporting its products since 1984. Currently, exports comprise 40% of our sales. Whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations with the EU, there are huge opportunities in selling revered UK products and services around the globe. We’re keen to encourage and inspire other British businesses to embrace all available markets.”

The ‘Great’ scheme strives to encourage customers from around the world to engage with and buy from UK producers and expert service providers, while the latter offer advice and support (including legal, financial and networking assistance) for UK businesses looking to embrace these potential markets.

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As an Export Champion, TDSi is offering advice and experience to support other businesses looking to expand their export reach.

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In conversation with Risk Xtra, Davies continued: “In the past, France and the EU have been our biggest export market, but South East Asia and the Middle East are due to eclipse their position this year. China is also a very important market for TDSi because, despite being one of the great ‘workshops of the world’, savvy security buyers there know British manufacturers like ourselves have a well-deserved reputation for offering innovation, quality and excellent value for money.”

Exporting shapes TDSi as a business. “It keeps us on our toes to deal with the competition and ensures we listen effectively to new customers and markets, adapting our products and services to maintain and establish relevance in each territory,” stated Davies.

Exporting also offers fresh opportunities aside from those in the domestic market. Davies said: “Despite being an SME manufacturer/exporter, we can take on the big boys, in other words competitors considerably larger than we are, and beat them. We offer specialised, top-quality security solutions and are highly responsive with great service delivery. This is why we’re winning in these overseas markets.”

Project involvement

TDSi has capitalised on these advantages by working on many impressive projects, including China Petroleum’s headquarters in Beijing (where it beat a $20 billion competitor), the Shanghai Metro and other Metro systems in China along with telecom and electricity companies in Thailand, Brunei and Malaysia.

In conclusion, Davies observed: “We’re keen to share this experience and knowledge through schemes such as ‘Great’, helping other UK companies to embrace a diverse selection of potential markets and help ensure the nation remains a powerful force in the sphere of international trade and exports.”

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Honeywell launches 30 Series IP cameras “to improve data and video protection”

Honeywell has announced the release of its 30 Series IP cameras: a new suite of video cameras that strengthens building safety and security through advanced analytics and secure channel encryption. With the new cameras, end users can also benefit from lower total cost of ownership and reduced risk as well as improved picture quality without increased storage needs.

“Honeywell is in the business of protection – from buildings through to data and the people within those buildings,” said Jeremy Kimber, video global product management director for Honeywell Commercial Security. “With the release of the 30 Series IP cameras, we’re providing advanced secure channel encryption that guards against unauthorised access and the unsanctioned distribution of data and video to help end users seamlessly integrate security into any business.”

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Honeywell 30 Series IP Cameras are available in dome, bullet, ball and fisheye models that feature:

Secure channel encryption: The new cameras provide HTTP over TLS1.2 (HTTPS) encrypted streaming to Honeywell MAXPRO NVRs. They adhere to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. Together, these elements help meet the increasingly stringent requirements being set by IT Departments to shield businesses against unauthorised access and unsanctioned distribution of data and video, potentially saving end users up to $3.86 million (the average global cost of a data breach).

Advanced motion people detection: Traditional motion detection only detects pixel changes, leading to a higher false alarm rate. Advanced motion people detection is designed to reduce false alarm rates as it will only create an alarm when the moving object is recognised as a person.

Enhanced storage space and image quality: A higher quality camera resolution of up to 5 MP delivers exceptional images and comes with a user-friendly interface for secure remote viewing. The H.265 smart codec feature allows for storage of longer clips and lower bandwidth consumption, enabling images to take up to 50% less storage space, which decreases operating costs.

The new line of cameras is fully-integrated using HTTPS encrypted streaming with MAXPRO NVRs. They can also be used with performance-embedded NVRs linked to the MAXPRO Cloud multi-site video and access control management platform and with the ADPRO XO range of NVRs complete with on-board video analytics.

With advanced analytics and encryption capabilities, Honeywell 30 Series IP cameras offer an array of quality options for all SMEs, entry-level enterprise and critical applications where compliance is essential such as banking and finance, Government, the utilities, the education sector, retail and premium commercial.

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Bosch launches new information security services to protect against cyber attacks

The IT Security Expo and Congress 2019 takes place in Nuremberg from 8-10 October and experts from Bosch will be on hand on Stand 506 in Hall 10.1 to outline the company’s latest information security services for defending against cyber attacks.

Cyber criminals pose a threat to building security solutions. Today’s physical security systems are increasingly IP-based and run on the same networks as generic office and production IT systems.

“The growing use of IT, along with greater networks, is also making building security solutions potentially vulnerable to all of the same risks that plague the rest of the IT world, such as hacker attacks and malware,” explained André Heuer, who heads the information security operation at Bosch Building Technologies. “Particularly so in critical infrastructure, this interaction of IT and facility management makes it essential to find new ways in which to ward off cyber attacks. We want to help our customers expand their information security strategies to include physical systems.”

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On that basis, Bosch is introducing new information security services to address security needs in conventional building security systems by erecting “cyber barriers”. The company’s portfolio now embraces three complementary components:

Information Security Consulting for designing tailored information security concepts to meet customers’ individual protection requirements

Security Operations Centre which manages vulnerabilities and information security incidents to ensure a consistently high level of security while complying with reporting requirements

IT Security Services which implement appropriate measures to protect building security solutions from cyber threats

All of the services are provided in close consultation with customers’ IT security officers. By offering these options, Bosch feels that it’s “raising the standard of information security in buildings to a new level”.

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PTSD Resolution organises ‘Shell Shock Walk’ for Forces’ veterans mental health

PTSD Resolution – the charitable organisation looking after the mental health of forces’ veterans, reservists and their families – is organising the third annual ‘Shell Shock Walk’ in London on Saturday 14 September. The walk from Wandsworth Bridge to Tower Bridge is over eight miles and starts at 1.30 pm. Further details are available online at www.ptsdresolution.org/shellshockwalk.php.

PTSD Resolution works closely with ASIS UK and other security associations because of the number of forces veterans that work in the industry. Some may have experienced and still suffer from the symptoms of trauma from earlier military service. The charity can also help where there has been a more recent traumatic incident during the course of current employment.

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The charity delivers the TATE Programme (short for Trauma Awareness Training for Employers), a half-day course for security line managers and HR personnel to enable them to recognise the symptoms of trauma in staff and then signpost help.

The 2019 walk is to highlight the issues of veterans’ mental health resulting from military trauma and to raise funds for therapy by PTSD Resolution, which provides free treatment to veterans through a network of 200 therapists nationwide.

In 2019, many veterans are still suffering from the impact of trauma without effective treatment. That’s now over 100 years after the end of World War I, whose mental health casualties are commemorated in the charity walk.

Tragically, many of the victims of shell shock were court-martialled during WW1. Their diagnosis of shell shock was not considered an admissible defence. The Battle of the Somme alone created 60,000 casualties of shell shock – a figure unmatched by any other battle in British military history.

In its aftermath, the Royal Army Medical Corps was actually banned from using the term shell shock.

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Key industry players join forces to establish FiRa Consortium focused on Ultra-Wideband technology

Recognising the need for emerging applications to build on a strong foundation that supports interoperability among all categories of devices, sponsor members prominent in the spheres of access, secure connectivity and mobile/CE device solutions – namely the ASSA ABLOY Group (which includes HID Global and NXP Semiconductors), Samsung Electronics and Bosch –  have announced the launch of the FiRa Consortium.

The new coalition is designed to grow the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) ecosystem such that new use cases for fine ranging capabilities can thrive, ultimately setting a new standard in seamless user experiences. Sony Imaging Products & Solutions, LitePoint and the Telecommunications Technology Association are the first companies to join the newly-formed organisation.

The FiRa name, which stands for ‘Fine Ranging’, highlights UWB technology’s ability to deliver “unprecedented accuracy” when measuring the distance or determining the relative position of a target. Notably so in challenging environments, UWB technology outperforms other technologies in terms of accuracy, power consumption, robustness in RF connection and security “by a wide margin”

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Charlie Zhang, chair of the FiRa Consortium and vice-president of engineering at Samsung Electronics, stated: “As an industry consortium, we believe UWB technology can transform the way in which people experience connectivity. We’re very much committed to the widespread adoption of interoperable UWB technologies.”

IEEE Standard 802.15.4/4z in focus 

The starting point for UWB technology is the IEEE Standard 802.15.4/4z, which defines the essential characteristics for low data rate wireless connectivity and enhanced ranging. It’s the aim of the FiRa Consortium to build on what the IEEE has already established by developing an interoperability standard based on the IEEE’s profiled features, defining mechanisms that are out of scope of the IEEE standard and also pursuing activities that support rapid development of specific use cases. 

The capabilities of UWB promise to make it an essential technology in many areas, among them:

*Seamless access control UWB can identify an individual’s approach towards or away from a secured entrance, verify security credentials and let an authorised individual pass through an entrance without physically presenting the credential

*Location-based services UWB offers highly precise positioning, even in congested multi-path signal environments, thereby making it easier to navigate large venues such as airports and Shopping Centres or find a car in a multi-story parking garage. It also enables targeted digital marketing campaigns and foot traffic data. Retailers can present customised offers, Government agencies can tailor their notifications and entertainment venues can personalise recommendations during events

*Device-to-Device (Peer-to-Peer) services By providing precise relative distance and direction between two devices, UWB lets devices find the relative location of each other even without infrastructures such as anchors or access points. This allows people to easily find one another in crowded spaces or find items even when they’ve been placed in hidden areas

Use with other wireless technologies

Due to its low power spectral density, UWB offers little-to-no interference with other wireless standards, so it’s well suited for use with other wireless technologies including Near Field Communication (NFC), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

There are also adjacent markets that leverage UWB in other ways, especially automotive. “The FiRa Consortium’s commitment to a complete ecosystem means we will work with other consortia and industry players to develop approaches and define parameters,” explained Charles Dachs, vice-chair of the FiRa Consortium and general manager at NXP Semiconductors.

FiRa Consortium members will have the chance to influence industry trends, gain early access to technical details, certify interoperable products, expand the UWB ecosystem and share expertise. Ramesh Songukrishnasamy, director and treasurer of the FiRa Consortium and CTO of HID Global, commented: “We encourage anyone from any relevant industry area who has a vested interest in the success of UWB to join us and contribute to the Consortium’s work.”

*To learn more about the FiRa Consortium and the benefits of membership visit www.firaconsortium.org

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70% of financial companies suffer cyber security incident in last 12 months

New research conducted by data security company Clearswift reveals that 70% of financial companies have experienced a cyber security incident in the past year, highlighting the serious threat that both data breaches and malicious attacks pose to the UK’s financial sector.

The research, which surveyed senior business decision-makers within enterprise financial organisations in the UK, found that almost half of the incidents reported over the past 12 months originated from employees failing to follow security protocol or data protection policies. This threat was biggest in mid-sized financial companies (with 3,000-4,999 employees) with 52% of respondents citing employee failure to follow corporate data protection policies as their biggest issue.

In addition to this, it was found that further causes of cyber security incidents within the financial sector included the introduction of malware and viruses via third party devices, including USBs and Bring Your Own Device (32%), file and image downloads (25%) and employees sharing data with unintended recipients (24%).

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“The financial sector is the lynchpin of the UK’s economy and a vital part of our nation’s Critical National Infrastructure, so it’s alarming to see such high numbers of security incidents within financial organisations,” said Dr Guy Bunker, CTO at Clearswift. “Unfortunately, in this day and age it’s a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’ a firm is breached so the financial sector needs to shift gears and speed up the innovation and deployment of effective data protection and threat mitigation strategies.”

The numbers associated with security incidents are in stark contrast with further findings from the survey which revealed less than a quarter (23%) of respondents had an adequate level of budget allocated to cyber security within the firm. Unsurprisingly, 73% of respondents would like to see some – if not a significant – increase in their organisation’s cyber security spending.

Bunker added: “Whether it’s an inadvertent mistake, a malicious insider or an external threat actor that causes a security incident, the ramifications of data loss are extremely serious for any organisation. For those organisations who hold citizen data and their financial information, there’s a need for extra vigilance to protect that data no matter where it’s stored, how it’s processed or what digital collaboration channels it flows through. Understanding the latest threats and the potential consequences from next generation attacks will help drive the business case for investment in new technology to mitigate the risks.”

He continued: “Cyber security needs to rapidly evolve and the budgeting process should take this into account. The threat which can bring down a company may not have existed three months ago. Financial organisations need to be able to respond immediately in order to protect their reputation. While many areas of securing a company’s data can be improved by educating employees and developing clear policies and processes, technology plays a key role in mitigating today’s biggest threats through automating and enforcing security protocols. This requires investment. Great information security is a positive business differentiator and a driver of growth.”

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