Monthly Archives: December 2020

Magenta Security’s leader warns of modern day slavery “hiding in plain sight”

Abbey Petkar, the managing director of security guarding solutions provider Magenta Security, is advising businesses of all shapes and sizes that they might unwittingly be supporting modern day slavery through their use of low-cost security providers.

The Magenta Security team has recently lost tenders against low-cost security providers that charge workers out at less than £10 per hour, which Magenta believes is a commercially unsustainable position. When legally required taxes, pensions and other statutory requirements (such as holidays) are added to the National Minimum Wage, it’s then impossible to charge such low rates, yet some continue to do so.

By hiring these low-cost security providers, businesses are often unwittingly going against their own Corporate Social Responsibility and anti-slavery policies, while at the same time allowing “criminal” levels of pay to continue.

Abbey Petkar

Magenta is strongly advising business owners and directors alike to pay special attention to workers’ pay and check their own systems and processes thoroughly to ensure they’re not part of the problem by condoning this practice.

“There are any number of perfectly innocent reasons why this is happening, and people might genuinely be receiving a good deal,” commented Petkar. “Perhaps workers on the ground making decisions have seen a good price and not considered the consequences. Perhaps the security firm is providing officers as a loss leader for other services. However, in most cases low-cost traders are at fault, abusing their workforce, paying below the National Minimum Wage and getting away with it because the officers are desperate for work.”

In conversation with Security Matters, Petkar concluded: “Owners, directors and managers of companies need to be made aware of what’s going on within their businesses and they need to react accordingly. While the actual criminal behaviour in this scenario might lie at the door of the security provider, I think we can all agree that it’s morally criminal for organisations to knowingly use cheap solution providers who, in turn, violate the basic rights of their workers and are therefore complicit in modern day slavery.”

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Dahua’s TMAC integration with PAC access control helps keep workplaces safe

PAC has produced an integration guide for Dahua’s Thermal Monitoring Access Control (TMAC) terminal to allow easy checking of an individual’s temperature as well as confirmation that a face mask is being worn when someone’s entering a building or any area secured by PAC access control. This integration guide is for use in the UK, Europe and the APAC region.

As businesses continue to adapt to the current COVID-19 measures, building managers need technology to help them enhance the safety of building occupants. In conjunction with other measures and procedures, and as part of an overall strategy, thermal monitoring and automated face mask detection presents an additional method for controlling security and adherence to safety measures by visitors to a given building.

PAC’s long-standing tradition of security integration with Time and Attendance, CCTV monitoring and other building and occupancy control services is now extended to the Dahua TMAC terminal, which has the functionality to check a person’s temperature and determine if a face mask is being worn when they’re entering a building or specific area.

This integration with Dahua’s TMAC allows access rights for individuals to be dynamically managed. By taking an output from the Dahua TMAC into the PAC access control system, access rights can be withdrawn for anyone not meeting the safety standards required to gain entrance.

Integrators will find set-up simple, with only some basic wiring and a few configuration settings within the Dahua TMAC required in order for the system to be ready and active. For end users, access control list set-up and management are also easy with a single access control system provided for the management of all secured areas and entrances.

Multifactor authentication supports the Dahua temperature and mask checking functionality before being able to use the PAC access control ID device to unlock the secured entrance.

A single keyholder database enables the clear demarcation of building controls as the PAC access control system is used for all access control and the Dahua TMAC is effectively employed as an added check for temperature and mask wearing.

*To access a copy of the integration visit http://pacgdx.com/products/dahua-tmac-integration-with-pac

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Eagle Eye Networks appoints David Barr as enterprise sales manager for EMEA

Eagle Eye Networks, the global leader in smart cloud video security, has appointed David Barr as enterprise sales manager for Europe in order to build the enterprise market segment throughout the region.

Barr has 30 years of experience in the security industry, joining Eagle Eye Networks after 17 years with Xtralis ADPRO, which in recent times was acquired by Honeywell. 

In his new role, Barr will work with Eagle Eye Networks’ global and EMEA end users and partners to develop their strategy as the security market transitions from an on-premise recorder market to a true cloud market for video surveillance. 

“This change isn’t happening overnight, but the great thing about Eagle Eye Networks is the possibility to start with a hybrid on-premise and cloud solution where clients can immediately see the benefits of the cloud without investing in new hardware,” explained Barr.

David Barr

“Eagle Eye Networks works with more than 3,500 existing analogue or IP cameras. Even DVRs can now be directly connected to the cloud. This is a game-changer for those companies wishing to upgrade their video surveillance, migrate to the cloud for additional cyber security and better manage their operations in a multi-site environment.” 

Rishi Lodhia, managing director for the EMEA region, added: “The creation of this new role and the experience David brings to Eagle Eye Networks illustrates the company’s continued growth and commitment to support enterprise customers within the region. Enterprise customers are transitioning rapidly to the cloud due to easy API integrations and open platform capabilities.”  

This appointment follows the recent announcement of an investment in Eagle Eye Networks of $40 million from Accel such that the business can further develop its cloud solution and Artificial Intelligence capabilities globally.  

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First Response Group listed in Sunday Times ‘10 Fast-Track Ones to Watch’

Yorkshire-based security and facilities service provider the First Response Group is featured in the latest Sunday Times ‘10 Fast-Track Ones to Watch’ listed. The business has been recognised as one of the companies set to grow rapidly and shows the potential to secure its place in the ‘Fast Track 100’ in the future.

Businesses are identified based on factors such as past sales, growth forecasts, international expansion and external investment. This summer, the Leeds-based company competed a £6 million refinancing agreement, allowing it to continue the strong growth it has experienced over the last few years.

A series of targeted acquisitions – coupled with recent high-profile tender wins in the insurance, corporate and construction sectors which accelerated the company’s growth – triggered the need to increase available working capital for business continuity and future investment.

Founded back in 2007 by directors Jamal Tahlil and Edgar Chibaka, First Response Group provides security, fire and facilities management services for customers including Aldi and the NHS. Sales this year have risen by 51% to hot a total of £18.6 million.

Simon Alderson, CEO at the First Response Group, said: “It’s an honour to be named as one of The Sunday Times’ ‘10 Fast-Track Ones to Watch’. The extraordinary growth we’ve seen over the past few years has firmly established the First Response Group as a rising star in the security industry, and this achievement recognises the dedication and hard work shown by our entire team.”

Alderson added: “This summer’s funding, coupled with our mission to provide the best service and innovation possible by cultivating a culture of employee inclusion and happiness, will continue to position First Response Group as a leader in the security and FM solutions markets.” First Response Group holds the coveted National Security Inspectorate Guarding Gold accreditation and, as an Approved Contractor Scheme Pacesetter, is ranked in the Top 15% of firms registered on the Security Industry Authority’s Approved Contractor Scheme.

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Banham Academy apprentice “sets benchmark” for fire and security sector

The South West London-based Banham Academy continues to pave the way within the security skills and learning sector thanks to an outstanding achievement by apprentice Elliot Veheary.

Veheary has passed the End Point Assessment Level 3 for the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship Standard. That achievements marks a significant milestone not only for his career, but also for the skills training provider itself as Veheary is the first Banham apprentice to pass the necessary assessment at the Banham Academy.

This achievement is a true testament to Banham’s long-standing commitment when it comes to investing in young people by providing them with the necessary technical and vocational skills they require to embark on a career within the security and fire industries.

Since its inception, the Banham Academy has had over 100 apprentices successfully enrol on its industry-leading skills and training programmes. The business remains one of the largest industry providers of training in England and was the first End Point Assessment Centre for the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship Standard.

Elliot Veheary

Formal skills measurement

The End Point Assessment takes place over two days, involving the formal measurement of practical skills, knowledge and behaviours via a professional discussion.

Once successfully completed, the apprentice is then able to apply for membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology as an engineering technician. This demonstrates to employers that the individual has had their competence independently assessed and their credentials verified.

Also, the apprentice will have accredited prior learning for a Gold card under the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme.

Kevin Faulkner, head of the Banham Academy, explained: “Elliot’s achievement in passing the Apprenticeship Standard through our End Point Assessment Centre is a proud moment for us all at Banham. Not only is Elliot the first Banham apprentice to pass, but his achievement showcases the quality of talent that’s being cultivated through our specialist training programme. The level of skill and knowledge being demonstrated by young apprentices like Elliot is setting a new benchmark in the fire and security industry.”

Faulkner added: “I strongly encourage all employers in our industry to take on more apprentices. There are so many capable young people who are motivated and committed to bettering their futures and simply require an opportunity to do so. These homegrown, talented, young apprentices are truly shaping the future of our industry.”

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Engineering career

Croydon-based Veheary joined the Banham Academy three years ago after completing a City & Guilds electrician course, which gave him the insight to find a career as an engineer. He has thrived during his time as an apprentice, duly showcasing significant personal development, and is now an integral member of the Banham team.

Veheary said: “I’m really proud of passing the Apprenticeship Standard and also being the first apprentice at Banham to do this. This is a huge personal achievement for me and I’m really thankful to the Banham Academy for all the support given to me along the way. Since joining the apprenticeship scheme I’ve learned so much. Everyone has made me feel welcomed and included as part of the team.”

He concluded: “To have been given an opportunity as a Banham apprentice has been life-changing for me. I couldn’t recommend the Academy more highly to anyone looking to gain a career in the industry. Within three years, I’m now able to install, commission and maintain even the most complex of security systems. I’m looking forward to continuing my career with Banham.”

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Brivo partners with Reliance High-Tech to accelerate growth of cloud-based access control for UK and European enterprises

Brivo has announced a new partnership with Reliance High-Tech, the independent security systems integrator serving the UK and Europe. As cloud-based access control adoption continues to grow across Europe, Reliance High-Tech will add Brivo to its service offer, thereby delivering on its commitment to bring key technology innovation and excellence in customer support to the market.

Both companies share a passion for innovation and forward-thinking technology and boast a record of high standards in customer service and support.

With 20 years of experience gained from delivering cloud-based security, Brivo replaces on-premises solutions for single-site, multi-site and enterprise businesses across multiple industries.

There are three key benefits of upgrading to a cloud-based system including the ability to access sites at all times from anywhere, save on security professionals’ time and money by giving them more efficient tools and using data to make better informed decisions about security requirements.

Elevation in demand

“The global pandemic has elevated the demand for cloud-based security that’s accessible from anywhere, is mobile-enabled, increases efficiency and is affordable,” explained Steve Van Till, CEO at Brivo. “Partners like Reliance High-Tech are helping to drive the adoption of cloud solutions to provide all commercial properties with better solutions to protect people and property.”

Tom Clarke, sales and marketing director for Reliance High-Tech, responded: “We’re really excited to partner with Brivo. Across our various markets, we’ve seen an opportunity to deliver more agile and robust security solutions while also noting that cloud-based access control demand has been accelerated by the pandemic. Adding Brivo to our portfolio allows us to bring Best-in-Class cloud-based access control options to our customers.”

Jon Polon, senior director of business development for Brivo, concluded: “Reliance High-Tech is an important partner for us. As the market for cloud-based access control continues to grow internationally, partners like Reliance High-Tech can engage with enterprise businesses to help them realise the many benefits of cloud computing.”

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Frocester Group attains prestigious National Security Inspectorate Gold award

Frocester Group has joined an elite group of companies that have met the most rigid and stringent standards for security and fire system design, installation, and maintenance. The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) Gold award that has just been bestowed upon the Tetbury-based business represents months of hard work by the fire and security teams and demonstrates the robustness and commitment of the Group itself to offer customers the highest standards.

Frocester Group security director Tom Allerton commented: “We’re very proud of the whole team to have achieved this landmark and proud to give our customers the assurances this award brings as we continue to offer and provide the very best levels of service. The NSI Gold award will help Frocester Group continue to grow and provide satisfaction and confidence for our customers.”

Tom Allerton (left, security director) and James Joyce (fire director) of the Frocester Group

The NSI Gold award requires ISO 9001, the internationally-recognised quality management standard. Periodically reviewed to ensure technical requirements continue to meet the standard, the award covers the screening of individuals, intruder and hold-up alarm systems, CCTV, access control and fire detection and control systems. The award now sits alongside the Safe Contractor approved status gained by the Frocester Group’s security and fire divisions.

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HID Global’s “breakthrough” inkjet printer introduces personalised credential capabilities to broader markets

Trusted identity solutions specialist HID Global has now introduced the HID FARGO INK1000 printer and encoder, badged as the industry’s first thermal inkjet solution that brings secure, personalised credential issuance to both entry- and mid-level markets.

HID’s latest printer innovation is the first to offer inkjet technology to the global desktop card printer market, in turn enabling cost-effective, high-quality credentials and eliminating the need for specialised card media.

“Until now, small and medium-sized organisations have had very limited options for personalised credential issuance due to high costs and complex maintenance requirements,” said Craig Sandness, vice-president and managing director of secure issuance at HID Global. “Our HID FARGO INK1000 solution resolves those challenges, creates an unmatched industry benchmark for affordability and ease-of-use and extends the simplicity of inkjet printing popularised for home use to retail counters and office environments.”

HID FARGO INK1000 eliminates the print ribbons and specialised card media required by alternative direct-to-card desktop solutions that use dye sublimation technology. The easy-to-install snap-in cartridges deliver the simplicity and reliability of inkjet printers and contain specially formulated inks for creating fade-resistant images and text that adhere to standard, off-the-shelf polyvinyl chloride (PVC) cards. A single ink cartridge has the potential to produce hundreds more cards than printers that use ribbons and create less waste, while also significantly improving total cost of ownership.

The HID FARGO INK1000 solution offers the following capabilities:

*Inkjet printing on standard PVC cards: accommodates most standard PVC card stock for single-side thermal inkjet card printing, including laminated PVC for credit card construction

*High-quality, high-resolution, edge-to-edge printing 600 x 1200 dots per inch resolution delivers sharp, brilliant and crisply defined full-colour and composite-black text and barcode-readable images not possible with standard DTC printers

*Superior image durability: heating technology and exclusively formulated ink support ink-to-card adherence and fast drying, while UV-stability prevents image fading.

*Easy deployment and use: intuitive operation, a small footprint and convenient same-side input and output

*Optional contactless card encoding: HID OMNIKEY 5127CK-mini reader functionality enables contactless encoding for door entry, cashless vending, time and attendance, gift and loyalty programme applications as well as entry-level market financial cards that use QR codes

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TDSi takes on first higher-level apprentice at Poole headquarters

Integrated security security manufacturer TDSi has unveiled trainee product engineer Oscar Johnson as the company’s first higher-level Apprentice. Johnson is currently studying for a Higher National Certificate at Bournemouth and Poole College for two years, but will continue as a degree apprentice for a further four years with a permanent role at TDSi running alongside his studies.  

TDSi’s managing director John Davies commented: “It’s great to welcome Oscar to TDSi. He’s the first candidate to take up a higher-level apprenticeship at the company. He’ll be a great asset to our development team as we ramp up product development and augment products in the GARDiS family and ecosystem.”

Davies continued: “The security industry is leading the way on the apprenticeship front, with initiatives through Skills for Security, and TDSi is excited about the energy and innovative thinking that apprentices bring to the table as our ‘Boomers’ retire.”

Oscar Johnson

Having studied engineering at college for the last year alongside his previous role in occupational health, 22-year-old Johnson is excited by his new role and the opportunities at TDSi. He stated: “This is a great opportunity for me and there’s so much variation and job rotation within my new role. I’m working within the development team, mainly alongside our product engineer Russell Marande, to gain valuable experience and training in this cutting-edge technology company.”

Johnson comes from nearby Bournemouth and has spent most of his life in the area, apart from a year living on the Gold Coast in Australia. With an eye on the future of technology, he’s excited to be joining a technology company which is helping to shape the future of security.

He concluded: “It’s fascinating finding out how TDSI is adapting towards the future and seeing what great new products will be released before they’re unveiled to the public. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me at TDSi.”

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360 Vision Technology continues commitment to customer support with appointment of Craig Carton

360 Vision Technology, the UK manufacturer of rugged PTZ and thermal imaging cameras, has announced the appointment of Craig Carton in the role of customer support manager.

Carton brings a wealth of experience in customer support to the role gained across a wide variety of telecommunications applications. Alongside his passion for technology, Carton’s specialist knowledge of systems and infrastructure networks is set to further strengthen 360 Vision’s ever-increasing commitment to in-depth customer support.

Craig Carton: joining the team at 360 Vision Technology

“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to start my new role with a leader in the security sector,” explained Carton. “I have a huge passion for technology having gained great experience across a variety of sectors, including gaming, retail, hospitality and leisure. I’m now looking forward to supporting 360 Vision Technology customers and being part of their journey in experiencing the outstanding service for which the business is renowned.”

Mark Rees, managing director at 360 Vision Technology, informed Security Matters: “We’re extremely happy to have someone of Craig’s calibre on board in this new and significant role within the business. Craig and his team will be the main post-sales contact for our varied customer base, providing all levels of technical support, including installation training and configuration assistance.” Rees added: “Our continued commitment to customer support is at the very heart of 360 Vision, and Craig’s enthusiasm and industry understanding makes him not only the perfect fit for the team, but also a fantastic interface for our customers across all areas of the business.”

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