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SSGC CEO David Stubbs wins British Ex-Forces in Business Award

The CEO of an award-winning specialist security company has received national recognition for his ever-growing commitment towards supporting members of the ex-Armed Forces community. SSGC CEO David Stubbs picked up the Business Leader of the Year accolade at the glittering Ex-Forces in Business Awards, with the ceremony held in central London on Thursday 2 December.

The Ex-Forces in Business Awards are a celebration of ex-military personnel in second careers and recognise the business achievements of ex-military members. They also celebrate employers who support current and former members of the British Armed Forces.

A former military policeman, Stubbs was recognised for his outstanding leadership and management which have been instrumental in Swindon-based SSGC’s considerable growth over the last seven years.

When he took over management of the business back in 2014, Stubbs set out with a distinct vision which has resulted in the company since achieving a remarkable 1,500% revenue growth year-on-year.

As a proud signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant, SSGC goes above and beyond the Call of Duty and has been a driving force in helping the veteran community right across the country.

Under Stubbs’ leadership, the business supports the military community through several remobilisation projects including deploying veterans to man COVID-19 Testing Centres across the UK in partnership with the Yorkshire Regiment.

At present, SSGC employs more than 500 veterans as part of its highly-skilled team and helps several of them to combat physical and mental difficulties as they settle back into life after their military service.

Going the extra mile

Commenting on the award win, Stubbs explained: “It’s truly a very humbling experience to be recognised on such a prestigious platform like this and I’m very grateful for the award. Although this is an individual award, a leader is no use without his or her team and the SSGC team is simply amazing. The military community is close to many of our hearts and we always go that extra mile to ensure that its constituents are looked after.”

Stubbs added: “There are thousands of servicemen and women who leave the Armed Forces each year and this creates a rich pool of talent for us as employers. Those individuals are underpinned by skills and values that easily transfer into a wide spectrum of roles. I believe that it’s our duty to look after these individuals who have given so much to our country and I’m grateful to have a platform to be able to do so.”

Stubbs also actively works with Mission Motorsport as SSGC’s charity partner, so far donating more than £50,000 to the organisation, which itself engages with veterans through motorsport. Stubbs regularly drives at Mission Motorsport events, offering beneficiaries high-speed passenger laps around several of the celebrated British racing circuits.

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Richard Ellis appointed interim managing director at ATG Access

ATG Access – the designer of vehicle barriers, road blockers and bollards and part of the HS Security Group of Hill & Smith Holdings plc – has just announced the appointment of a new interim managing director following the departure of Gavin Hepburn.

Richard Ellis joins the business with more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, having previously held senior positions including UK operations director for Interserve, operations director at Midas Group and, most recently, interim managing director at Berry Systems, another Hill & Smith Holdings plc company within the HS Security portfolio.

Starting as a brick layer at just 16 years of age, Ellis went on to study construction management at university. He was awarded the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Construction Manager of the Year Gold Award in 2006 before going on to become a CIOB Fellow in 2010.

In his new role as interim managing director at ATG Access, and as an extension of his own consultancy business, Ellis is ideally placed to support the company as it transitions to a new permanent managing director and will be instrumental in driving forward ATG Access under Hill & Smith’s ownership.

HVM specialist

Andrew Beaney, Group president (roads and security) for Hill & Smith Holdings plc, commented: “ATG Access is at the leading edge of the hostile vehicle mitigation industry and has been for many years. Richard’s extensive knowledge and experience will ensure that the people at the heart of ATG Access are supported through the transition period, while also providing an invaluable outsider’s perspective that can help to shine a spotlight on areas for growth or improvement.”

Speaking about his new appointment, Richard Ellis noted: “Throughout my employment with Berry Systems, I was extremely impressed with Hill & Smith, finding it to be a forward-thinking, modern plc with an autonomous business model which enables each unit to flourish in high growth niche markets.”

Ellis concluded: “When the opportunity arose with ATG Access, I was excited to continue my work for the group and guide an impressive business as it moves into a new era. I’m looking forward to making sure the business is in the best possible shape for a new permanent managing director, and also to make the transition process as positive as possible for everyone involved.”

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Landmark judgement in Court of Appeal “confirms legal status of property guardianship operational model”

A unanimous judgement announced in the Court of Appeal earlier this month will “set a precedent” and, more importantly, confirms the basis of the Licence Agreements under which guardians for the dedicated property guardians business Global Guardians operate in order to occupy and secure properties left in their care by their clients.

These clients are many and varied in nature, large and small in scale and span the public and private sectors. They include a large number of NHS Trusts, London councils and leading housing associations.

The case arose when a former guardian refused to comply with the terms of the Licence Agreement that had been signed when the individual concerned moved into one of Global Guardians’ vacant properties (owned by an NHS Trust) to ‘protect by occupation’ under the terms laid down by BS 8584:2015.

When the property owner wanted the building back, the individual was given due and proper notice to leave the premises under the terms of the signed agreement with Global Guardians. However, the individual refused to vacate the building and, instead, claimed a ‘tenancy agreement’ which conferred certain tenant’s rights. A claim was also made that the Licence Agreement as signed had no proper legal foundation and was ‘a sham’. According to Global Guardians, this was an “attemp to sully the company’s considerable reputation” in terms of the way in which it operates the business.”

Business model

The Court of Appeal’s decision in the case (involving Global 100 Limited v Maria Laleva [2021] EWCA Civ) effectively validates the company’s business model of using Licence Agreements for guardians’ occupancy. It defeated claims made by the former guardian and her associates that their occupancy was, in reality, a tenancy rather than a licence to temporarily reside in the property.

This unanimous decision reached by Senior Judges in the Court of Appeal not only clarifies a formerly grey area in terms of guardians’ rights, but also “consolidates Global Guardians’ position” as a leader in the field of guardian-based property protection services by dint of taking steps to finally clarify the position, once and for all, in a Court of Law at the highest level.

In reaching its decision, the Court of Appeal closely examined Global Guardians’ proprietary form of Licence Agreement and its Property Protection Proposal with owners, as well as the system used in selecting and placing guardians in the relevant property.

The Court of Appeal was satisfied that the Licence Agreement was not a disguised lease agreement, and that the guardians’ occupancy was an essential part of their provision of guardian services at the property. Therefore, the Judges concluded that the guardians had no real prospect of establishing that they were tenants, while the County Court initially hearing the case had properly ordered that possession be granted to Global Guardians.

Significant aspects

There are other significant aspects to the Court of Appeal’s decision that clarify the law in connection with Civil Procedure Rules, as well as property law concerning estoppel and title to property. However, the most important part of the Court’s decision is that it confirms Global Guardians’ (and its legal team’s) position on the legal relationships between property owners, the guardian company and the individual guardians – to whit it is, and has always been, correct and proper.

The case went right up to the Court of Appeal as the individual concerned and her other guardian colleagues refused to accept the previous judgements handed down. The appeal was finally dismissed in this unanimous verdict handed down by Lord Justice Lewison, Lady Justice Macur and Lord Justice Snowden, who also commented in the judgement that, in their opinion, the case should never have been allowed to progress so far. “On the proper interpretation of agreement, considered in light of the surrounding circumstances and the purpose of the agreement, the argument that it created a tenancy rather than a licence had no real prospect of success.”

Landmark legal decision

Speaking after the judgement was announced, Stuart Woolgar (CEO of Global Guardians) commented: “We are all immensely pleased at this landmark legal decision as it has finally laid to rest a conflict which has bedevilled both ourselves and our industry from time to time over the years and, regrettably, caused problems for us, our clients and some of our guardians.”

Woolgar continued: “It also reassures all of our clients and others in the wider property and security sector that my company has always operated to the very highest ethical standards and complies with both the spirit and the letter of the law at all times with respect to our clients and our guardians, many of whom have been with us for years, happily living in and safeguarding their properties.”

In conclusion, Woolgar noted: “We are, first and foremost, a property security company, not a housing supplier, although that is a by-product of our business. However, if we can provide some hard-working and deserving people with more affordable accommodation, then that’s always a bonus. I’m delighted that our reputation has been vindicated. Our properties are always secured by professional and ethical personnel. We are a safe pair of hands now and into the future, with our standards confirmed by the highest levels of the judiciary.”

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First-ever Cyber Outstanding Security Performance Awards winners announced

The winners of the first-ever Cyber Outstanding Security Performance Awards (Cyber OSPAs) were announced on Tuesday 14 December. During a virtual awards ceremony, representatives from across the cyber security sector tuned in live from around the world to celebrate the outstanding achievements of all this year’s finalists and winners.

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, founder of the Cyber OSPAs. hosted the online awards ceremony with assistance from this year’s Judges and sponsors.

In his opening address, Professor Gill highlighted the amazingly high level of response received for the awards, especially given that 2021 is their first year, and thanked all those who had made the inaugural awards such a huge success.

The panel of Judges was nominated by the leading cyber security associations from around the world and marked submissions in accordance with a published ethics policy. Indeed, the had no easy task in reviewing the many nominations and selecting the eventual winners. 

Entries were received from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Egypt, Germany, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Romania, the US, the UAE and, of course, the UK.

Full list of 2021 winners

The Cyber OSPAs were presented in eleven categories to a deserving array of organisations and individuals. The 2021 winners of the Cyber OSPAs are as follows:

*Outstanding Chief Information Security Officer: Glen Hymers (Save The Children International)

*Outstanding Cyber Security Professional: Anna B (AWE)

*Outstanding Cyber Security Team: Marken Information Security Team

*Outstanding Cyber Security Consultant: Peter Yapp (Schillings International)

*Outstanding Customer Service Initiative: iSTORM Privacy (Security Pentesting)

*Outstanding Cyber Security Training/Awareness Initiative: NPCC National Cyber Crime Programme

*Outstanding Cyber Security Partnership: North East Business Resilience Centre

*Outstanding Police/Law Enforcement Initiative: NPCC National Cyber Crime Programme (Police CyberAlarm)

*Outstanding Young Cyber Security Professional: Sarah Norman-Clarke (Department for Transport)

*Outstanding New Cyber Security Product: Deduce Customer Alerts (Deduce)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr Robert (Bob) Nowill

2021 supporters

The event organiser would like to thank all those who helped to make the 2021 Cyber OSPAs such a success, including global industry associations and their representative Judges, the Nineteen Group and also this year’s Media Partners (Digital Forensics Magazine, The Investigator, My Security Media, International Cyber Expo and the National Cyber Security Show).

*Summaries of all the 2021 winners can be viewed on the Cyber OSPAs website, while the awards ceremony live stream can be viewed on demand here

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Banham celebrates 95th Anniversary and ‘locks-in’ next generation’s future

Banham, the British high-end security company founded back in 1926 and with its head office located in London’s Earlsfield, celebrates its landmark 95th anniversary this month.

Still protecting the premises of the rich and famous, the business was established all those years ago by William F Banham after his wife, Ann-Marie, suffered a series of burglaries at her West London dress-making business. When the insurers pronounced the store uninsurable unless the door was bolted from the inside, Banham devised the first-ever automatic door bolt and, subsequently, Banham Patent Locks was born.

Such was Banham’s confidence in his product that, in 1936, he offered £25 to anyone who could break through a Banham door lock. Despite the stunt drawing quite the crowd in front of his premises in London’s celebrated Oxford Street, not a single person succeeded and Banham won his wager.

Fast forward nine and a half decades and Banham is still family-run and owned, with William and Ann-Marie’s grandson, namely executive chairman Charles Hallatt, at the helm.

The Board today consists of third and fourth generation Banham family members and is a diverse mix, which is especially unusual in what still remains a male-dominated industry. The company’s 400-person workforce comprises of numerous families who are proud to say they’ve worked for Banham, many of them for multiple decades.

Standing the test of time

Chairman Charles Hallatt commented: “We’re so proud of our family business and the fact that we’ve survived a world war, multiple recessions and a global pandemic. Banham has stood the test of time because of the strength that being a family business can bring. It’s not just about having our family involved at the helm, though. It’s also about all of the other families working here. We all have a strong passion and loyalty that unites us in any crisis and allows us to drive growth as well as look to the future.”

While the British brand continues to offer its iconic patented locks, it has expanded over the years into all areas of security including intruder and fire alarms, CCTV, safes, 24-hour monitoring and keyholding.

“Our ethos has always centred around letting our family look after your families, for the sake of both our colleagues and our customers,” asserted managing director Martin Herbert.

Banham has more than its storied history to celebrate. The company, which has its heartland in London and the South East, launched the Banham Academy in 2014 to deliver specialised training and career opportunities for young people aged between 16 and 24.

Lucie Banham, director of the business, stated: “Our vision for the Banham Academy was to provide young people with the skills and training they need to embark on careers as engineers. The UK has seen a dramatic decline in the uptake of engineers over the past decade and we’ve been committed to bridge that gap. The Banham Academy has never been so important given these recent challenging years. It continues to provide new opportunities for today’s youth, and particularly so to those individuals from less advantaged backgrounds.”

Systems taster course

In early 2022, the Banham Academy is holding a female-only, week-long ‘taster’ course on security systems to begin to address the gender gap in the sector. The current percentage of female technicians in the UK is only around 1% and Banham is committed to increase this number.

Lucie Banham concluded: “Banham believes in giving back to and working with the wider community, making sure that helping people is always a priority. Reaching our 95th Anniversary allows us to look back on all of our achievements, but more importantly to the future and continuing to support young people, via the Banham Academy, by helping them to learn new skills and gain valuable qualifications.”

*To find out more about Banham and the Banham Academy visit

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Wilson James introduces health and well-being platform to support employees

Wilson James, the provider of specialist security, construction logistics and aviation services, has introduced a new health and well-being platform for its 5,000-plus employee workforce.

Provided by Vivup, the platform was implemented to reflect Wilson James’ ongoing commitment to invest in its well-being resources and provide help at every level of the organisation.

Over the past year, Wilson James has seen dramatic changes in its operations due to the pandemic and recognised that it needed an employee well-being programme that was inclusive and supported every level of its workforce.

Employees now have access to Vivup’s Employee Assistance Programme with confidential counselling services and online support which is overseen by a clinical governance framework conforming to NHS standards. Staff are also supported with guidance on an array of health-affecting topics including mental fitness, stress and also dependant family support, with no limit on the help they can receive.

The new platform also provides financial well-being benefits. Wilson James’ staff can now access a huge range of ‘Lifestyle Savings’ from the UK’s favourite retailers, ranging from supermarkets, utilities and other essentials through to travel, hospitality and popular consumer goods.

Expansive view

Jo Fenton, Human Resources director at Wilson James, explained to Security Matters: “As a business, we’ve always taken an expansive view of employee well-being and we’re proud of our track record for delivering popular and award-winning programmes to support the physical and mental health of our colleagues. However, even a robust approach can be improved. If the events of the last two years have demonstrated anything, it’s that the needs of individual families and households are complex and unique. Any solutions that don’t recognise this are of limited value.”

Fenton continued: “We’re pleased that this new partnership with Vivup will allow our colleagues to customise their well-being and savings benefits to suit their needs, rather than having a blanket model imposed on them that may not be ideal. We’re also involving our colleagues in future development opportunities for the platform to ensure our package of benefits stays relevant to the needs of our workforce. This ability was key to our decision to choose Vivup as a supply partner and we’re excited about the opportunities ahead.”  

Simon Moyle, CEO of Vivup, responded: “This is a great partnership and we’re delighted to be working with the team at Wilson James. The platform has just gone live and we’re already seeing strong engagement. We look forward to providing communications and ongoing support as we continue to connect and engage employees with their benefits.”

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Corsight AI cuts gender and racial bias in facial recognition technology

Corsight AI, the facial recognition technology solutions provider, has announced a reduction in both gender and racial bias within its autonomous Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered solution designated Fortify.

The results, which have been published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), highlight the organisation’s deeply-rooted commitment to eradicating biases within AI algorithms and follow hot on the heels of various new capabilities having been added to Corsight’s flagship product.

The NIST Facial Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) is widely recognised for setting standards within the industry, comparing facial recognition algorithms from over 650 submissions. The bias analysis presented in the report shows the difference in the False Positive Rate (FPR) of gender and race compared to the FPR for white males.

Corsight’s newly published algorithm demonstrates excess FPR as low as 10% between white and black males, standing out in comparison to the average excess of 130% for the top 30 leading VISA-Border submissions. Corsight’s algorithm also received top marks in the WILD, VISA-Border and VISA-Kiosk tracks, which aim to simulate common use cases for facial recognition applications.

Reducing demographic bias

Ran Vardimon PhD, vice-president of research at Corsight, explained: “One of the main targets of Corsight’s R&D team is to reduce demographic bias, which in turn will enable improved identification that can be applied worldwide with the same accuracy. The FRVT report goes beyond measuring overall recognition accuracy by providing separate results for different demographics.”

Vardimon continued: “While most models suffer from a significant bias imbalance, analysis of Corsight’s recent submission demonstrates that both gender and racial bias have been reduced, in turn leading to more reliable and accurate results. This illustrates the commitment that all of us here at Corsight have to enabling fair and ethical facial recognition.”

As part of its drive to eliminate bias and develop accurate solutions, Corsight recently launched the latest version of Fortify. This update uses advanced analytics to calculate relevant statistics based on facial attributes, without impacting privacy, while at the same time increasing speed and scaling capabilities.

Improving accuracy across age and gender has been front and centre of the enhancements process, enabling refined searches and better supporting streamlined and secure identity verification. This can improve a variety of use cases, including more accurate ‘Know Your Customer’ in financial services.


“Our mission here at Corsight is to be the most ethical, accurate, fast performing and privacy-focused facial recognition solutions provider on the market.” Stated Rob Watts, CEO at Corsight AI. “Already, our core product allows the recognition of faces in extreme angles, moving crowds or low quality images. Fortify can also detect faces with masks on and it has high accuracy rates in nearly complete darkness, at 2 lumens.”

Watts concluded: “We’re proud to have been recognised by NIST as having made significant improvements where it matters the most. We will continue to ensure this technology is used ethically and as a force for good within society.”

*For more information about Corsight AI’s solutioons visit

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Westfield UK enhances security thanks to Genetec unified security platform

Genetec – the technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence-focused solutions – has been engaged by the management team at Westfield UK, which has now standardised on the use of Genetec Security Center across its Stratford City and London sites. Together, the two locations attract over 73 million visitors per year and generate a massive £2.1 billion in retail sales.

“It was immediately apparent that Genetec would be an important strategic partner for us,” explained Adrian Howles, security manager at Westfield UK. “The Security Center platform is comprehensive, intuitive and, as part of our five-year strategy, the open architecture gives us so many options.”

The unified security platform is already driving cost efficiencies and economies of scale across the locations’ operations, with further plans to extend its use over the next five years. With a shared platform in place, Westfield UK is now able to manage security functions from centralised Control Rooms, bringing economies of scale and added resilience to its operations.

The common interface has also brought greater uniformity in terms of how day-to-day security issues are addressed across the two sites.

Phased migration

The ability for Genetec Security Center to support a phased migration of security operations to the cloud also appealed to Howles and his security team. To maximise its return on past investments, Westfield UK is currently running most of its security infrastructure within its on-site Data Centres. However, the organisation is already preparing for greater cloud adoption when existing hardware reaches the end-of-life stage.

“Knowing the system is cloud-ready and can support centralised monitoring if and when we need it to is very attractive,” added Howles. “We can realise significant cost efficiencies and further improve our already high levels of security and resilience.”

Looking ahead, Westfield UK continues to push the capabilities of its Genetec systems, looking beyond ‘pure’ security to find other ways it can add value to the business as a whole. One example is the integration of Security Center with Westfield UK’s delivery management system which has automated the granting of access for pre-approved vehicles in and out of the yard. Another is the adoption of Genetec Mission Control and Genetec Clearance to streamline processes, support operators and simplify the General Data Protection Regulation-compliant sharing of video footage internally and with third parties.

All-encompassing role

“Front line security is an all-encompassing role,” concluded Howles, “so we rely on technology to support our people in responding predictably and effectively to whatever’s thrown at them.”

Francesco Serra, Genetec’s vice-president of sales for Europe, responded: “Westfield UK has consistently demonstrated its ability to thrive within a retail and leisure market that’s both dynamic and challenging. We’re proud to support them for the long-term with technology that drives smarter ways of working and even greater efficiency.”

*The full Case Study can be viewed and downloaded at

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IHMA forecasts “strong and potentially lucrative” growth for holography in 2022

COVID-centric threats, increased levels of illicit trade and the ongoing scourge of counterfeiting are among the factors set to drive hologram growth in 2022, particularly so when it comes to authentication purposes. That’s the view of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA).

The IHMA suggests that authentication and ‘track and trace’ systems, which feature holograms, will help to underpin international efforts orchestrated by Governments and law enforcement agencies alike to bolster both overt and covert protection strategies across the next 12 months.

Fake COVID-19 cards, documents and vaccines will remain a big security threat in the months ahead. That being the case, Governments, law enforcement authorities and global supply chain managers must review their anti-counterfeiting plans now as well as their investment levels in security resources.

Growth in security devices appears “strong and potentially lucrative”, comments the IHMA, following the publication of the report entitled ‘The Future of Anti-Counterfeiting, Brand Protection and Security Packaging to 2026’ in addition to other reports predicting increased incidences of global counterfeiting alongside heightened awareness of tracing technologies.

These developments indicate that brand protection, ‘track and trace’ and other anti-counterfeiting technologies in packaging will increase in use as economies continue to wrestle with the substantial impacts of COVID-19.

In the coming months, the packaging industry will continue to benefit from the use of anti-counterfeiting solutions, particularly so as fears over shortages of medicines, pharmaceuticals and vaccines in many parts of the world drive the demand for counterfeit and illicit products.

Security devices

Security devices such as holograms placed on packaged goods can ensure quality and act as a ‘check’ relating to the distribution and smuggling of illicit products, while items not displaying them may be seized and destroyed.

According to the World Health Organisation, there’s a growing volume of fake medicines on sale in developing countries, while Interpol has reported an increase in fake medical products. Seizures of fake COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment have also been reported by the World Customs Organisation. Added to this, the economic damage wrought by COVID-19 – including tax hikes, global shortages of raw materials and finished goods, rising prices and falling incomes – is providing particularly fertile ground upon which illicit trade can flourish.

This situation is set to continue in the next 12 months, the IHMA predicts, while growth in authentication devices will stay “strong and potentially lucrative” on the back of forecasts that the market for anti-counterfeiting technologies targeted at pharmaceuticals and cosmetics products will grow. The overall global market for anti-counterfeit devices on security packaging is projected to be worth in excess of US$188 billion by 2025.

Survey results

A recent poll has revealed that almost 50% of hologram manufacturers and suppliers are witnessing an increase in demand from customers, specifiers and end users for holographic devices and technologies. This indicates that hologram users will continue to be concerned about the impact of counterfeiting on supply chains as the pandemic’s impact is felt well into the New Year.

In conversation with Security Matters, IHMA chair Dr Paul Dunn observed: “Counterfeiting puts Governments, companies and the public at risk and must be tackled effectively to minimise its impact on society. We look forward to seeing supply chains further bolstered in 2022 with countries enhancing their anti-counterfeiting plans, which should include the introduction of harder-hitting anti-counterfeiting legislation and strategies.”

Dunn added: “It’s perfectly clear that, in the face of the continued impact of COVID-19 and other threats, we can legitimately say law enforcement, Governments, brand owners and other influencers will continue to push the demand for authentication and brand protection devices such as holograms.”

Holography will also hold up well in comparison with other optical variable features in the currency market in 2022, observes the IHMA. Despite predictions about the demise of cash, the demand for banknotes has actually increased around the world during the pandemic, and especially so for high value notes as a ‘store of value’, which in turn fuels the demand for holograms.

One third of all banknotes currently feature a holographic device, while the R&D effort expended on ever-more secure and complex holographic features for both paper and polymer banknotes that reassure the public and central banks about cash authenticity will continue.

On the other hand, a decrease in international and domestic travel has seen a decline in the demand for passport and travel documents and, hence, for holographic devices that protect them. For as long as uncertainties remain around COVID, this situation will persist, but is somewhat offset by the global migrant crisis, which will continue to drive the development and deployment of secure personal identification outside of that related specifically to COVID-19.

Pushing the boundaries

Paul Dunn continued: “Innovative features in banknotes are pushing the boundaries of what the technology can achieve, reflecting the fact that there’s plenty of mileage in holography. We will also see new applications for holographic features on ID documents coming through, whereby innovations directly linked to digital applications, packaging and tax stamps could all witness continued growth.”

The exploration of holography technologies for new wearable head-up displays and other smart devices to enhance people’s lives along with applications will see ongoing development in 2022. Holographic optical elements used in, for example, vehicle lighting and head-up displays will also continue to gain traction alongside ‘groundbreaking’ holographic applications in medical imaging, solar energy, data storage, healthcare and cryptocurrencies.

As advocated by ISO 12931, the use of authentication solutions 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.

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Tavcom Training raises £3,000 for Naomi House and Jacksplace

Tavcom Training, which is part of the Linx International Group of companies, has succeeded in raising £3,000 over the last 12 months for its nominated charities: Naomi House and Jacksplace. As part of the company’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, Tavcom Training pledged to make a financial donation for every training course booked between October 2020 and October this year in order to help make a difference to local families and children dealing with life-limiting illnesses.

Angus Darroch-Warren CSyP, managing director of the Linx International Group, said: “Tavcom Training and the Linx International Group are delighted to support the Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices and we look forward to developing the relationship over the coming years. These inspiring charities offer so much to local families who benefit greatly from the care given to family members faced with life-limiting and life-threatening circumstances. We’re all extremely proud of this achievement and hope that it will make a positive difference to many children and their families.”

Tavcom Training delivers accredited security systems training courses for installers, operators, managers and designers of video surveillance systems (ie CCTV), network IP solutions, intruder alarms, access control systems, fire alarms and all other types of electronic security systems.

The business offers a wide range of technical and non-technical courses within all security systems-related fields including security management, Control Room operations, system planning, project management, structured cabling, disaster recovery, counter eavesdropping, PAT testing and covert CCTV.

Expert hospice care

Naomi House and Jacksplace provide expert hospice care to more than 600 life-limited and life-threatened children, young adults and families from central southern England. Their nursing, care, play and family support teams are experts in delivering crucial emotional, spiritual and developmental as well as clinical and holistic care that children and young adults with some of the most complex medical needs require. They also offer vital respite support for families, giving them the chance to recharge their batteries and regroup in a calm and welcoming environment.

Connor Phillips, fundraising officer for Naomi House and Jacksplace, stated: “Everyone at the hospices has been completely blown away by Tavcom’s support. The company’s wonderful donation of £3,000 could fund many hours of a nurse’s vital care at Naomi House and Jacksplace. It’s only thanks to supporters like Tavcom that we’re able to be there for our families on the good days, difficult days and last days. Thank You so much to Tavcom Training.”

*For more information about Naomi House and Jacksplace, and the services they offer, visit

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