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Apprentice Installer Awards winners set the bar high in 2017

The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Annual Luncheon on Wednesday 12 July played host to the prestigious Apprentice Installer Awards, where one overall winner and two joint runners-up received awards for their achievements.

The Apprentice Installer Awards recognise the academic and practical successes of Level Two and Level Three apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV, access control or a combination of these systems.

As well as rewarding the accomplishments of bright young apprentices, the awards also highlight the commitment of security companies and training providers alike in providing young talent with the opportunity to succeed in the security industry.

Overall winner in 2017

This year’s overall winner is Corrie Stewart, a 21 year-old student from New College Lanarkshire who’s presently in the third year of her apprenticeship with Connelly Security Systems.

Stewart has been impressing her peers and tutors at every level of her apprenticeship, being nominated for the award for her attention to detail and overall skill set.

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In his nomination, David Scott (curriculum and quality leader for the built environment and electronic fire and security at New College Lanarkshire), explained that Corrie “is performing well beyond her years in terms of understanding systems and system circuitry.”

Stewart has been excelling in both the theory and practical elements of her apprenticeship, completing 12 units of her qualification with a 90% pass mark or more. Although a third year apprentice, Stewart is already out on her own running her own fire and security jobs, which include installation and maintenance visits to British and European Standards. Her fantastic interpersonal skills means she never leaves a customer until they’re comfortable with and compliant in using the systems.

Talking about her award, Stewart enthused: “I’m incredibly proud to have won this award. I’ve absolutely loved my apprenticeship with New College Lanarkshire and Connelly Security Systems. It has been hard work, but my determination has paid off and I cannot wait to see where it takes me next.”

Stewart went on to add: “The apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to enhance my skills, gain valuable experience and work with those who have vast experience in the industry. The programme offers a varied career that requires skills and problem-solving and you face different challenges every day. I’m really proud of my success in such a male-dominated industry, but I can already see the industry changing and I’m delighted to hear that there’s another female apprentice in first year now.”

Runners-up in 2017

The joint runners-up in the year’s Apprentice Installer Awards are Callum Walker and Craig McAdorey (both third year apprentices with Kings Security). They were joint runners-up as their nominations were scored so closely by the judges that it was impossible to decide between the two.

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21 year-old Walker was referred to the apprenticeship scheme at Kings Security by a friend, and has been excelling as a technical support apprentice ever since. Joining a team of over a dozen technical support engineers, all of them with a great amount of experience gained within the security industry, Walker has had the confidence and aptitude to speak out in group conversations and express his ideas, quickly gaining him the respect of the rest of the Kings Security team.

Lee Kerry, head of services at Kings Security, nominated Walker for the award and praised him in particular for the fact that he’s also always looking to broaden his technical knowledge, identifying new online courses and even completing some in his own personal time.

“I’d like to thank Kings Security for giving me the opportunity of learning a trade and developing myself as a person, but also for the belief the company has shown in me becoming a security systems engineer,” observed Walker. “The support has been tremendous from the company with its in-house training. I feel this has been the key to my progression, allowing me to work with a variety of systems.”

Walker added: “This achievement has given me the confidence and belief that all of the training and the hard work I’ve put in has been worthwhile. My plan for the future is to continue striving to succeed both personally and professionally on behalf of the next generation of security systems engineers.”

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Craig McAdorey has quickly become an asset to his team at Kings, completing a number of in-house signalling training courses including those involving WebWayOne, CSL, Digital Communicators and Emizon.

The diverse skill set gained means that McAdorey is very confident in the installation process, being capable of delivering the end product on time and to a high standard.

Gavin Salter, area engineering manager for Kings Security who nominated McAdorey for the award, also highlighted the apprentice’s excellent customer interface skills.

“Craig is always prepared to go the extra mile in order to deliver on and, indeed, exceed the requirements of the customer. He always maintains a highly professional manner and answers any questions that customers may have.”

Talking about his achievement, McAdorey said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my employer as, without the company, none of this would have been possible. I enjoy my job as a security systems installer. I love working on all disciplines and find all aspects of my role both challenging and enjoyable. Being successful in this competition is a great achievement for me personally and for Kings as a company. I take great pride in my work and will endeavour to progress further in the future in order to fulfil my personal goals of becoming a fully-qualified security systems installer.”

This year’s Apprentice Installer Awards were sponsored by Syntinex. “As a business, Syntinex recognises the importance of development and training future engineers,” commented Jacques Lombard, the company’s managing director. “We’re very proud to sponsor the Apprentice Installer Awards.”

The BSIA would like to take this opportunity to thank Syntinex for sponsoring these awards and wish all the very best of success for the winners in their future careers.

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ONVIF releases Profile A for broader access control configuration

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced the final release of Profile A for broader access control configuration that establishes a standardised interface for access control clients and expands the configuration options of ONVIF-conformant access control systems.

The release marks the first open specification that allows for the mixing and matching of access control devices and clients within a system, in turn facilitating interoperability for multi-vendor projects.

ONVIF Profile A encompasses daily access control functions for granting and revoking employee credentials, creating and updating schedules and making changes to access control privileges within the system. Profile A deepens interoperability within the access control market by increasing functionality and system management functions at the client level, enabling the configuration of credentialing, scheduling and access privileges through the Profile A-conformant client interface.

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“Profile A is a significant development for the market because it provides a pathway for integrating access control panels and hardware with management software from different manufacturers,” said Per Björkdahl, ONVIF’s Steering Committee chairman. “This pathway for integration also provides future-proofing of an access control system as it allows another manufacturer’s access control management software to be installed in the future, eliminating the need for a hardware ‘rip and replace’ scenario.”

The interoperability established by Profile A allows end users and system integrators alike to make hardware and software choices based on functionality and performance, and will also bridge the gap between legacy hardware and new software if both are Profile A-conformant. The new Profile further enables integration between access control and IP video management systems when combined with ONVIF Profile C for basic access control and Profile S for video streaming.

Profile A has been available in release candidate status in order to provide industry review and feedback prior to the final release. ONVIF circulates a new profile first as a ‘Release Candidate’ for at least six months, allowing members and stakeholders a final implementation review. When that process is complete, the final profile is published and members can then test their products for conformance to the final version of an ONVIF Profile. This process is intended to allow members to more quickly introduce conformant products when the final version of a Profile is released.

Founded in 2008, ONVIF is a well-recognised industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control companies and nearly 8,000 Profile-conformant products.

Backed by 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 and the new 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 details of vendors and the conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website: www.onvif.org

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Abloy UK introduces RIBA-approved CPD

Abloy UK has released a new RIBA-approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course covering all aspects of electric locking for fire and/or escape door applications.

Fire and escape standards have been developed first and foremost to preserve lives, allow emergency escape and prevent the spread of fire and smoke in dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations.

These standards mean that managers of buildings are legally obliged to adhere to Building Regulations when it comes to access control, for example by protecting escape routes and allowing for the safe egress of a building’s occupants in the event of an emergency situation.

Abloy’s CPD covers traditional requirements for escape and panic doors. For example when a door is electronically controlled for access, there must be a mechanical means of escape in the event of an emergency.

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The new additions to escape door standards clarify what is and what isn’t acceptable as an escape door solution. Simply, any door that has a fire exit requirement must be fitted with fire-tested products, making sure the route to escape is never compromised.

The course also covers ‘Dynamic Lockdown’ which essentially enables escape for the occupants of a building and prevents unauthorised access to areas by compartmentalising zones in buildings, potentially saving lives in threatening situations.

The CPD is recommended for anyone directly responsible for specifying and installing fire and escape doors or related equipment and is available at the Abloy Academy, which is based at Abloy UK’s head office. By arrangement, the CPD can also be presented to local groups throughout the UK.

*For additional details telephone 01902 364543 or send an e-mail to: marketing@abloy.co.uk

**To book the Abloy Foundations course online go to: www.abloy.co.uk/academy

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HID Global unveils detail behind indoor and outdoor positioning services for enterprise organisations at IFSEC

HID Global, the trusted identity solutions provider, will showcase its HID Global Location Services for Workforce Optimisation for the first time in Europe at IFSEC 2017 (Stand E1250).  The company will also highlight its broad range of secure access control solutions as well as other trusted identity offerings.

HID Location Services for Workforce Optimisation is a new solution designed to address a growing market need for accurate, real-time location of an organisation’s workforce. By combining innovative Internet of Things technology with the power of Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi and cloud-based solutions, organisations can gain increased visibility into the location of their workforce in a facility.

This makes it possible to analyse room usage for better building management and increased operational efficiency. Future use cases can include building automation capabilities, rich security features and capabilities that facilitate both life safety management and compliance.

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Harm Radstaak, vice-president and managing director of physical access control at HID Global, said: “As the latest addition to our portfolio, HID Location Services extends the traditional capabilities of access control to improve security and area governance within buildings. This new solution underscores our commitment to developing innovative trusted identity solutions that power people, places and things.”

HID Global will also be exhibiting its wide range of trusted identity solutions, including the following:

Convenient and secure door/gate access using smart phones, wearables and tablets via HID Mobile Access. Supporting NFC and Bluetooth Smart, it works with Apple and Android devices without additional accessories. HID Mobile Access supports 137 smart phone devices and opens 34,000 doors every day in 58 countries worldwide.

Intelligent visitor management with EasyLobby Solo that only takes 20 seconds to register a visitor, capture detailed information, print a badge and notify someone that a visitor has arrived.

Smarter, more connected buildings and workplaces using HID’s Extended Access Technology that expands the use of HID Global’s trusted identities beyond the door to incorporate parking access, secure printing, elevator access, vending and many more applications.

Expand access control systems with wireless lock technology ASSA ABLOY will launch new wireless locks on HID’s booth. The new locks work in conjunction with HID’s Seos credential technology, enabling a single ecosystem with HID access cards and ASSA locking systems.

Streamlined credential encoding, configuration and management with HID’s iCLASS SE CP1000 Encoder that provides a flexible solution for moving to upgrade to new credential technology and/or add additional layers of security to credentials, independent of card technology.

Leading-edge Lumidigm® biometrics solutions with multispectral imaging which read unique fingerprint characteristics from the surface/subsurface of the skin for superior matching performance. Lumidigm solutions are easy to integrate and are used worldwide in access control and time and attendance applications.

Manage the lifecycle of identities for physical access control using SAFE Physical Identity and Access Manager, a web-based solution that integrates with logical security systems to ensure synchronised and policy-based on-/off-boarding of identities and their physical access across multiple and disparate physical security systems.

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TDSi unveils detail of access control education programme for IFSEC International 2017

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi is pleased to announce details of its education programme to be conducted in the Tavcom Training Theatre at IFSEC International 2017. The schedule includes three presentations focusing on wireless locking, combining physical and cyber security in the cloud and open platforms. TDSi will also participate in a panel discussion on the future of access control. 

TDSi’s managing director John Davies will be making specific presentations on all three days of the event from 12.30 pm until 1.30 pm. On Tuesday 20 June, Davies will be talking about ‘Enhancing Security and Reducing Installation Time and Hassle with Wireless Locking’. The presentation on Wednesday 21 June focuses on ‘The Future of Open Platforms’ and, on Thursday 22 June, Davies will cover ‘The Benefits of Combining Physical and Cyber Security in the Cloud’.

Davies is one of a group of industry experts participating in a panel discussion on Wednesday 21 June from 2.00 pm-2.50 pm under the heading ‘The Future of Access Control’. He’ll be joined by Gareth Ellams (managing director of ASSA Abloy), Tony Smith (major accounts and marketing manager at Integrated Design) and Spencer Marshall, regional sales director at HID Global.

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“TDSi is committed to educating the security market,” urged Davies, “so it makes perfect sense that we’re partnering with our good friends at Tavcom and sponsoring the Tavcom Theatre [Stand B1250] this year. We’re also looking forward to engaging with an audience of security professionals and consumers to discuss key trends and look at some of the exciting developments in the security sphere which are shaping its future and, indeed, already having a profound effect.”

Synopses of the presentations

‘Enhancing Security and Reducing Installation Time and Hassle with Wireless Locking’

Wireless solutions are revolutionising the installation, administration and operation of physical security and access control systems. In this seminar, TDSi and Darren Gill from ASSA Abloy will demonstrate the considerable benefits of using wireless locking systems to effectively enhance any integrated security system.

‘The Future of Open Platforms’

TDSi along with Jarod Booth (regional security manager at Anixter) will discuss the impact of open platform systems and the benefits of ONVIF compliance, as well as answering questions from the floor, in turn addressing queries and concerns from the wider security industry. 

‘The Benefits of Combining Physical and Cyber Security in the Cloud’

Cloud-hosted security systems offer greater flexibility, convenience and control while at the same time maintaining the highest levels of protection. TDSi will showcase how Cloud hosting of systems benefits security operators and installers by offering the ideal solution at the right cost.

Alongside the programme of seminars and panel debates, TDSi will be running its own Technology Showcase. This will include live demonstrations for the company’s customers and partners. Additionally, TDSi’s systems will be on display on its distribution partner Anixter’s Stand (D1050), while TDSi’s EXgarde security software and controllers will be part of the display on the Suprema Stand (D1400), both of which are in the main hall at London’s ExCeL.

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Inner Range to unveil Integriti Encrypted High Security integrated access control and security system at IFSEC International 2017

We live in an era where criminal activity has become more sophisticated and information about system hacking more readily available. With organisations being more vulnerable to attack, access control and security system manufacturer Inner Range is addressing the challenge for the security industry by adding another system to its already strong portfolio: Integriti Encrypted High Security.

Launching at IFSEC International 2017, Inner Range’s Integriti Encrypted High Security is an integrated access control and security system offering the pioneering integrated security and building management functionality of its flagship brand Integriti, but with the added advantage of being end-to-end fully encrypted to 128 bit with Mac authentication. Data encryption ensures secure LAN communications at all times, while continuous monitoring detects any fault or attempted module substation.

Chantel Smith, business development manager at Inner Range Europe, commented: “Integriti Encrypted High Security delivers end-to-end full encryption, which is essential for buildings and facilities that are of critical importance to national infrastructure and for Data Centres and research labs where there’s a heightened security risk.”

Smith continued: “Equally, we’re experiencing an increase in demand for systems from organisations big and small that don’t necessarily need end-to-end encryption to meet regulatory requirements, but understand the importance of adding an extra layer of protection for their buildings.”

InnerRangeIntegritiHighSecurity The Integriti Encrypted High Security system comprises a suite of products which together offer all the elements necessary to build a fully-integrated high security system that provides complete end-to-end data encryption. The Integriti range of products includes controllers, input expansion modules, end of line modules, keypads, card readers, power supplies and equipment enclosures.

The system’s modular design delivers scope for expansion while also boasting hybrid architecture which supports both high security and standard commercial grade (resistor network) areas at the same facility at the same time. The end result is a single, holistic and affordable security solution for the entire organisation.

Expansion of the Integriti system is achieved by installing additional encrypted modules to the high security controller’s RS-485 LAN or adding additional controllers to the system. The entire platform, including multiple controllers, can be managed from the Integriti Enterprise software.

*Visit Inner Range Europe on Stand E1400 at IFSEC International 2017

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Abloy UK advises companies to secure remote sites in wake of record £20 million fine for Thames Water

Abloy UK is advising companies to secure remote sites and minimise the risk of substantial fines by dint of using innovative new access control technology. This advice comes in light of the recent record fine of over £20 million given to Thames Water for polluting the River Thames with 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage.

Thames Water was functioning with reduced operational resources, in turn resulting in unmanned sites. When alarms were raised signalling issues, they were not attended to immediately – including one being ignored for 37 hours*.

Abloy UK suggests that a system such as PROTEC2 CLIQ with CLIQ Connect could prevent these kinds of events from happening by allowing access to be granted remotely, such that incidents can be dealt with on a swift basis.

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PROTEC2 CLIQ allows for the remote management of disparate or large electronic master-keyed sites, provides audit trails on locks and padlocks and allows lost or stolen keys to be invalidated, in turn assuring secure key management at all times.

CLIQ Connect enables PROTEC2 CLIQ keys to be activated through a smart phone using Bluetooth 4.0 technology, offering flexibility, time-saving and ease of use of remote access control. The system is ideally suited to organisations that have a number of engineers and contractors visiting remote sites, and offers a solution for many different sectors including defence, the utilities, telecoms, transport, education and healthcare.

Steve Wintle, head of Critical National Infrastructure at Abloy UK, said: “We can see from the example of Thames Water that businesses can be under resourced. This is often how mistakes and accidents can happen. Investment in a system such as CLIQ Connect could have saved a business such as Thames Water a significant fine, not to mention the cost of negative publicity and the impact this could have on share price. By de-centralising the authentication of access, the system can act as a secondary confirmation. Access and actions can be double-checked, thereby preventing costly incidents such as this one from occurring.”

*http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/home/107177/thames-water-fined-record-20million-over-sewage-leaks.html

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