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Synectics to highlight value of ethical surveillance tools at Global MSC Security Conference 2019

This year’s Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition, which runs at The Bristol Hotel in Bristol on 11-12 November, will see Synectics explain how advanced technologies and evolving features can support those practitioners tasked with ensuring that public surveillance is undertaken legally and ethically.  

Over 150 delegates from the fields of security, law enforcement, Government and academia are due to attend the two-day event, which will focus on the ethical challenges presented by the growing use of CCTV, ANPR, drones, facial recognition and Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the public realm. Risk Xtra is the Official Media Partner.

Speakers include Tony Porter, the UK’s Surveillance Camera Commissioner, who’ll be joined by senior representatives from police forces, Fire and Rescue Services and other organisations focused on public safety, crime prevention and national security.

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‘Building Ethical Capacity into Surveillance Technology’

Synectics’ Martin Bonfield joins the event line-up. His detailed seminar will highlight how public concerns regarding surveillance ‒ especially those around the use of emerging technologies such as facial recognition and AI ‒ are shown to be greatly reduced if robust and demonstrable safeguards are in operation.

Those attending the session will gain a clear understanding of the tools available to help ensure that any public surveillance data can be captured, managed and shared in accordance with existing and evolving demands. 

The session will look specifically at solutions designed to support users in four key areas: the use of facial recognition, regulatory compliance (with, for example, the General Data Protection Regulation), data protection (cyber security) and evidence management.

Under the spotlight

To showcase emerging capabilities, Synectics will be demonstrating how its Synergy 3 Command and Control platform supports a wide range of safeguarding and compliance mechanisms, including comprehensive digital audit trails, automated workflows aligned to standard operating procedures and time-limited data storage.

The role played by highly secure, cloud-based evidence lockers ‒ which support secure, real-time authorised access to data ‒ will also be discussed, specifically in the context of inter-agency data-sharing.

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Bonfield informed Risk Xtra: “Synectics has been at the forefront of global surveillance solutions for over 30 years. We work closely with customers to tackle the complex issue of ethics surrounding CCTV use, data capture and monitoring, as well as the robust management of digital evidence. I’m looking forward to showing delegates examples of the smart technology available to ensure surveillance operations are effective, secure and compliant with legal and ethical frameworks – today, and years from now.”

As a premium sponsor, Synectics (exhibiting on Stand 15) will be showcasing its leading-edge technologies. Live demonstrations will run throughout the event to demonstrate how the tools explored in the seminar can be applied within a range of practical evidence management and incident response scenarios.

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Security Monitoring Centres signs Armed Forces Covenant

Security Monitoring Centres (SMC) has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and pledged to be an Armed Forces-friendly organisation. SMC is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

SMC offers valuable employment, training and flexible working arrangements to those who have served their country, relatives of those who are currently serving or those who might be reservists who need time away to fulfil their military obligations.

When an individual leaves the Armed Forces, SMC will assist potential recruits’ transition into civilian life through bespoke forums, meetings, recruitment sites and/or breakfast clubs where SMC can showcase career opportunities for ex-services personnel to work in their business.

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The Armed Forces Covenant aims to support military spouses with their job-seeking through The Army Families Federation, in conjunction with the Naval and RAF Families’ Federations, which have come together to create ‘Forces Families Jobs’, a ‘one-stop shop’ where spouses and family members of UK Armed Forces military personnel can apply for jobs directly with employers who’ve signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

“SMC welcomes this opportunity, which is only available to those who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant,” said Colin Walters, managing director of the firm. “We’re able to promote our organisation, advertise job vacancies and access a large, highly skilled candidate database of working Armed Forces family members.”

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360 Vision Technology showcases low power consumption and hybrid camera ranges at Global MSC Conference 2019

UK-based CCTV manufacturer 360 Vision Technology will be showing its latest range of high-performance surveillance cameras at the Global MSC Conference and Exhibition 2019, which runs at The Bristol Hotel in Bristol from 11-12 November. Risk Xtra is the Official Media Partner for the event.

Helping CCTV system operators to reduce their carbon footprint and cost of ownership, 360 Vision Technology will be showing its latest range of low power consumption surveillance cameras that offer greater energy savings, allied to lower running costs.

“On larger projects, the latest ranges of Predator and Invictus PTZ cameras deliver tangible savings on energy and a reduction in associated pollution, offering significant advantages over camera alternatives from the Far East,” explained Adrian Kirk, strategic account director at 360 Vision Technology, in conversation with Risk Xtra. “Featuring a host of performance and user-centric operational benefits, the highly competitive all-in-one Invictus PTZ camera is already a popular choice for local authority system upgrades as customers look at total cost of ownership and viable solutions to help them meet their carbon footprint reduction goals.”

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‘Attack Detect’ feature

Meeting the demand for CCTV cameras deployed roadside to be ‘fit for purpose’, on show in Bristol will be 360 Vision Technology’s cameras featuring accurate self-calibrating direct drive pan and tilt mechanisms with a novel ‘Attack Detect’ feature. The latter protects the camera from an increase in camera load (such as the camera being struck by an object). On detection, the camera runs an automated ‘self-check’ diagnostic routine and returns the camera head to its last known position prior to impact.

“Public space CCTV and cameras securing perimeters typically operate adjacent to roads with a heightened risk of impact from vehicles, be it accidentally or maliciously,” continued Kirk. “Installing 360 Vision Technology’s ruggedised cameras featuring ‘Attack Detect’ into those locations provides end user customers with a fit for purpose ‘Rugged at the Roadside’ solution that ensures continued surveillance performance even when cameras are under attack.”

Supporting analogue systems

Supporting the needs of customers operating analogue-based CCTV systems, 360 Vision Technology will also be showing its range of ‘Hybrid’ analogue/digital cameras. “Comprising a high-performance mono/colour analogue camera with a combined HD-ready digital output, these cameras can be used to replace or supplement existing analogue PTZ cameras,” outlined Kirk. “Providing true future-proof functionality, they also support any transition to IP networks, with their HD digital output available at the flick of a switch.”

360 Vision Technology is inviting Global MSC Conference delegates to find out more about how the company’s low-power consumption analogue, HD, thermal, radar and wireless CCTV camera models can help them to save on operational costs, while at the same time delivering high-performance surveillance solutions on site.

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