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Fly-tipping costing UK’s security industry “thousands of pounds” in clean-up and insurance claims

According to the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the illegal dumping of waste by criminal gangs is costing the UK’s security industry thousands of pounds in clean-up costs and insurance claims.

The costs, which might be borne by the landlords of fly-tipping ‘hotspots’ if they’re not covered by insurance, can routinely reach hundreds of thousands of pounds. Indeed, claims have been known to regularly exceed this figure.

Companies who fail to adequately protect their assets, or have been victims of fly-tipping in the past, could find their insurance cost rising. Some of these costs are met by taxpayers. According to the Local Government Association, the cost to taxpayers of clearing up fly-tipping rose to £57 million in the past year. That’s up 13% on the previous 12 months.

Restrictions on the tipping of waste and the inevitable dumping to avoid paying for waste processing are key factors underpinning this unlawful behaviour. In recent times, a far larger and more costly crime is occurring on an almost daily basis. This involves the unlawful occupation of land followed by large-scale collection and disposal of waste. There have also been many cases of industrial units rented on short leases which have then been filled with illegal waste and left for the landlord to clear up.

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The recent surge in fly-tipping is put down to an influx of organised gangs offering cheap disposal services to businesses and then simply fly-tipping the waste to avoid the payment of landfill tax which is currently set at £88.95 per tonne*. More sophisticated fly-tippers have also been setting up dummy companies advertising cheap skip rentals. They take out short term leases on warehouses then fill them from floor to ceiling with waste before moving on ahead of the landlord realising that rent hasn’t been paid.

Focus on serious crime and terrorism

Tony Cockcroft, chair of the Security Guarding Section at the BSIA, said: “This activity is being conducted on an enormous scale and involves the tipping of hundreds of tonnes of waste. The waste is collected from building sites and garden and house clearances. It’s a criminal activity netting large amounts of money for those involved in the process.”

Cockroft continued: “In most cases of land tipping, the perpetrators are evicted from the site only to move on to another close by and repeat the same activity again and again. The police and other agencies seldom make arrests, prosecute individuals or confiscate vehicles largely due to their already overstretched resources having to be focused on serious crime and terrorist threats.”

Gideon Reichental, chair of the Vacant Property Protection Section at the BSIA, told Risk Xtra: “Fly-tipping isn’t just an unnecessarily expensive eyesore. It can also be dangerous. Tipped rubbish has been known to include specialist and clinical waste which may be hazardous. Mixed waste can spontaneously combust. This harms the environment through airborne pollution and contaminated fire-water run-off, which is why it has never been more important to tackle the problem head on.”

Reichental added: “The BSIA’s Vacant Property Protection Section has had a keen interest in this problem as it affects many of our clients in the public and private sectors on a day-to-day basis. They’re working closely with the Association’s lobbying team to see what additional Government support or legislation might be provided in order to help address this issue.”

Protecting large areas of land

Protecting large areas of land can prove difficult, but there are a number of fairly simple and inexpensive measures that should be considered as it’s far better, and ultimately cheaper, to deter a person from entering land rather than having to subsequently evict them and restore the site.

As a minimum, the BSIA recommends the installation of strong metal gates with toughened steel padlocks and anti-lift hinges. If the site is vacant, block all vulnerable access points with concrete barriers. Secure the perimeter with strong fencing, posts, earth mounds or trenches and frequently check the site and the perimeter.

The BSIA also advises landlords of industrial units to put in place robust procedures to identify if the persons looking to rent a property are fit and proper to do so.

It’s also worth contacting the police on 101 if there’s a suspicion that land is being illegally occupied, though police officers harbour only restricted powers to deal with people who breach civil law by trespassing. In certain circumstances, a direction to leave may be made and, in the event of non-compliance, arrests may follow.

However, the powers to remove trespassers are discretionary and will not be used by the police unless considered absolutely necessary. If trespassers don’t leave a site when requested to do so then landowners should go through the normal channels of civil recovery as quickly as possible to mitigate the potential damage and resulting costs.

*All figures quoted in this release have been provided by Dougie Barnett, head of mid-market and customer risk management at AXA Insurance

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ISO 9001:2015 certification affords PACOM “a competitive edge”

PACOM, a STANLEY Products and Solutions company and provider of security and access control solutions, has confirmed its commitment to Best in Class quality management by gaining the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certification. This significant achievement is part of the company’s continuing efforts to make its processes as agile as possible and set the standard in what is an increasingly competitive market.

Since it was first published in 1987, ISO 9001 has become the world’s most established quality management framework and is currently used by over one million companies across the globe. PACOM was previously certified to ISO 9001:2008, which ceased to apply from the middle of last month, and began its transition process to ISO 9001:2015 well in advance of the deadline. Certified through an external certification body, a rigorous audit was conducted on PACOM’s quality management systema to assess the company’s dedication to the ongoing improvement of its processes.

“A desire to operate to the highest standards runs through everything we do and ISO 9001:2015 rubber stamps our credentials through better integration and alignment of our internal processes,” explained James Ford, PACOM’s marketing director, in conversation with Risk Xtra. “This, in turn, leads to increased productivity and results and defines a standard of operation that exceeds our customers’ expectations. It also helps to ensure that they consider us as the security and access control solutions supplier of choice.”

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ISO 9001:2015 takes into account a number of principles and is based on ISO’s Annex SL, which consists of ten clauses that act as a basic set of generic requirements to follow, in addition to the ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ structure pioneered by W Edwards Deming. The standard makes companies assess risks, identify opportunities for improvement and effectively manage and measure performance across all levels of the business. As such, senior management must now be able to demonstrate a greater commitment to – and direct involvement in – their company’s quality management system.

Ford concluded: “I would like to congratulate the team for all the hard work that has gone into attaining ISO 9001:2015. It’s a milestone achievement that reflects our growth and development. Our culture of continuous improvement is vital in maintaining a market leading position, while the discipline and framework provided by our quality management system creates an environment that will help us to achieve our corporate objectives. Just as importantly, it means our customers have complete assurance that PACOM operates to the highest standards and that we meet all regulatory requirements for our products and services, which we will strive to maintain and improve upon.”

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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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Nortech recognised for quality management standards compliance with ISO 9001 re-certification

People and vehicle access control system solutions specialist Nortech has recently been recognised as complying with the latest ISO 9001 standard. Nortech is proud of its approach to solutions engineering that’s designed to ensure quality and reliability in both its products and services.

The updated 2015 version of the ISO 9001 standard recognises businesses for their effective quality management and requires them to demonstrate that they can meet the regulatory requirements and apply the system effectively to benefit their customers. Receiving re-certification shows that Nortech is prepared for any current and future challenges.

The company’s managing director Steve Blackler commented: “I would like to express my thanks to our fantastic team and to our loyal customers. Nortech continues to thrive and it’s our job to make sure we satisfy our customers’ expectations and that we’re doing what we should as a business such that we continue to grow.”

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Nortech’s technical director Amer Hafiz with the ISO 9001 certificate

Nortech has also recently started an apprenticeship scheme and just welcomed its first new addition to the technical production team.

As an independent British company, Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years. The business uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products designed to fit its myriad clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer very much in mind. 

New product catalogue

Nortech has also recently introduced a new 24-page product catalogue to help specifiers find the right products for their projects. The catalogue has been divided into four product categories: Access Control, Readers and ID Devices, Long-Range Identification and Vehicle Detection and Parking.

The Access Control section covers all of Nortech’s best-selling access system ranges including standalone control devices for managing one or two doors, plus the fully-online Norpass access management system.

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The Readers and ID Devices section highlights an extensive choice of 125 KHz proximity, 13.5 MHz smart card and 865 MHz UHF technology readers, whereas the Long-Range Identification section features Nedap’s popular Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), ANPR HD, uPass Reach, uPass Target and TRANSIT Ultimate readers.

The final section covers vehicle detection and parking. This includes Nortech’s popular inductive loop detectors range, FeeMaster Smart and the NorParc Counting system (including VMS counting signs).

*The new catalogue can be downloaded by visiting the company’s website at https://www.nortechcontrol.com/media/39014/2018-product-catalogue-1802.pdf

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TDSi recognises Masco Security Services and GTIE in Annual Partner Awards 2017-2018

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi has recognised Masco Security Services as European System Integrator of the Year and GTIE as Strategic Growth Partner of the Year in the company’s prestigious 2017-2018 Partner Awards.

Malta-based Masco Security Services has been awarded European System Integrator of the Year in recognition of its work in the access control segment, specifically for projects including the new Transport Malta headquarters in Lija, the Spinola Park offices in St Julian’s, Bit8’s offices in Gzira and the new Busy Bee factory in Mriehel.

Upon receiving the award, a spokesperson for Masco Security Services commented: “We would like to thank TDSi for its constant support, our clients for their continued faith in our services and, above all, our dedicated team for their hard work and excellent service.”

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French security specialist GTIE won the Strategic Growth Partner Award in recognition of a number of projects, including a security installation at Clinique Saint Yves which uses TDSi’s new GARDiS readers.

Mica Negrilic, TDSi’s international business development manager, stated: “GTIE has also shown a great interest in taking our new GARDiS software to a broad spectrum of clients, and we’re already seeing a number of new opportunities that promise significant growth in the local security market.”

Negrilic concluded: “This has been another exciting and successful year for TDSi and, undoubtedly, much of this success comes down to the hard work and commitment of our excellent partners. Masco Security Services and GTIE richly deserve these accolades and we very much look forward to continuing our successful working relationship with both companies going forward.”

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Genetec unveils product line-up for Security Essen 2018

Genetec, the manufacturer of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence solutions, has announced its show line-up for Security Essen 2018. In its 21st year of delivering global innovation for physical IP security, Genetec will demonstrate Security Center (its scalable, open architecture security platform that unifies video surveillance, access control, ANPR, communications and analytics. The company will also feature its family of security infrastructure appliances and host no less than 11 industry technology partners on its stand, all of them demonstrating their technology integrations and support for Security Center.

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Visitors will be able to see the latest features in Security Center (v5.7), including its IP video management system (VMS) designed to scale and adapt to the evolving needs of the security market. This latest version also features enhanced privacy protection, designed to help end users comply with the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR) data privacy and confidentiality mandates, along with a new reporting feature that automatically alerts system administrators to outdated camera firmware.

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Genetec will demonstrate its Streamvault turnkey security infrastructure appliances, pre-installed with Security Center to offer a simplified software delivery system. In addition to video surveillance, access control and ANPR support, Streamvault also now provides certified performance with KiwiVision Privacy Protector (a core module in Security Center) that dynamically anonymises video to support GDPR compliance for public and private video surveillance environments.

Genetec will also demonstrate how customers can easily migrate their legacy access control systems to a unified Security Center platform.

Privacy and cyber security

Committed to maintaining the highest levels of privacy protection, Genetec continues to inform IT and security professionals on both cyber security and privacy practices. The company has recently launched the Genetec Trust Center, a central repository of educational materials focused on cyber security, privacy and Security-of-Security topics to help system integrators and end users mitigate risks via trusted Best Practice.

“With our growing presence in Germany, Genetec is happy to bring its many innovations to Security Essen this year,” said Nick D’Hoedt, regional manager for the Benelux and DACH at Genetec. “We will show our customers and partners alike how they can unify their security platforms into a scaleable model that offers one solution through a single interface for improved operational efficiency, adhering to the highest standards of GDPR-compliant data privacy. We’re also proud to welcome 11 of our top technology partners from our growing ecosystem of camera, access control, sensing and software vendors.”

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Also on display will be Genetec Mission Control, a collaborative decision and event management software that provides organisations with new levels of situational intelligence, visualisation and complete incident management capabilities.

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As stated, Genetec will host 11 of its technology partners in individual demo pods on the stand at Security Essen. Each partner will demonstrate their hardware and software integrations with Security Center.

Featured sponsors include Bosch, Edesix, MOBOTIX, OPTEX, Panasonic, Quanergy, Siklu, Southwest Microwave, SimonsVoss, The Safe Group and Schréder. 

All show attendees are invited to visit the Genetec Stand (G30) in Hall 5 at Security Essen 2018.

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Number of ONVIF-conformant products reaches 10,000 milestone

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has surpassed 10,000 conformant products that meet its global interoperability standards, further broadening the organisation’s offer and relevance in the IP-based physical security marketplace.

This level of conformant products marks yet another milestone for ONVIF as it celebrates its tenth year as a standards organisation, providing interoperability specifications for IP-based physical security products. The Profiles offered by ONVIF address video surveillance and access control functions and are increasingly applicable in security and connectivity environments such as Safe City initiatives, Internet of Things applications and intelligent building automation.

“With more than 10,000 conformant products in its tenth year, the acceptance for ONVIF in the market has grown in a way that no-one could have anticipated,” explained Per Björkdahl, chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “This number represents not only the success of ONVIF, but how our member companies, many of whom are competitors, have collaborated to provide solutions that are relevant and needed in the market. This is a strong testament of the importance of standards in our rapidly evolving marketplace.”

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In the past two years, ONVIF has continued to see a strong commitment from its member base representing a majority of the manufacturers in the industry, along with a dramatic increase in new conformant products. The numbers reflect the increasing demand for open source standards in the market. ONVIF will continue to provide the framework for further conformant products that enable interoperability.

ONVIF-conformant products are produced only by ONVIF member companies and must support at least one ONVIF Profile. Products must be registered under the ONVIF list of conformant products to be considered conformant.

The Conformant Products page on the ONVIF website, onvif.org, is the only authoritative list of ONVIF-conformant products.

ONVIF has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control solution companies. With Profile S for streaming video, Profile G for recording and storage, Profile C for physical access control, Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality, Profile A for broader access control configuration and the Profile T Release Candidate for advanced streaming, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF-conformant products can provide.

*Further information about ONVIF-conformant products, including member companies and their conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website: www.onvif.org

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