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Amthal works on school security projects in partnership with Frank Cooper & Son

Amthal is working in partnership with Frank Cooper & Son across a number of school security programmes to ensure that perimeter protection installations exceed Ofsted standards.

With security always being a vital ingredient for any school or college in protecting its students, staff and visitors, its additional inclusion in Ofsted inspections is now leading many schools to review current standards.

Simon Cooper of Frank Cooper & Son stated: “On a basic level, Ofsted inspectors need school managers to demonstrate they have taken reasonable steps to ensure pupils are safe on the site. This is right from the site boundaries to monitoring visitors or volunteers as well as having adequate security arrangements for the grounds and school buildings.”

Cooper continued: “We have worked with Amthal for many years, focusing on supporting schools by helping and advising on the best security strategies to ensure Ofsted expectations are passed. In doing so, we provide vital assurances that school security does not need to make a given premises feel prison-like. Bespoke and often colourful perimeter protection solutions can be created to protect essential learning environments.”

Initial design to installation

Amthal works with Frank Cooper & Son right from the initial design process through to installation, operating around learning timetables to ensure minimal disruption to school routines and following up with essential maintenance and monitoring services. 

CCTV and access control can also be used to direct those entering and exiting a school and monitor pedestrian movement more efficiently.  This can reduce the risk of crime in the school environment.

Jamie Allam, CEO of Amthal Fire and Security, said: “School grounds protected by secure perimeters and good access control and surveillance systems are the foundation of a healthy learning environment, supported by alertness and a coherent awareness of risk management.”

He went on to state: “It’s why we choose to work in partnership with specialists such as Frank Cooper & Son. This ensures that schools pass their Ofsted inspections with flying colours. It is really all about offering a well-maintained system that complies with building safety regulations. That enables a school to honour its Duty of Care when it comes to providing peace of mind for staff, pupils, parents and visitors on an ongoing basis.”

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Inner Range issues urgent reminder over ‘End of Life’ system Concept

Inner Range is reminding customers with Concept systems that its stock of parts is rapidly depleting with some items now down to single figures.

The security system designer and manufacturer first announced that its Concept system was nearing End of Life in November 2018. Many customers have migrated easily to Inner Range’s Integriti product at only a fraction of the cost of an entire system replacement.

However, the company remains concerned some customers have not yet migrated and may find themselves in a difficult situation when replacements are required if parts have become obsolete.

Tim Northwood, general manager at Inner Range, said: “We want to support our customers as much as we possibly can, but the reality is that, very soon, we will not have replacement parts available. For some items, we’re already close to stock exhaustion.”

He added: “Our technical support team will continue to try to assist customers, but there’s a risk we might not be able to supply service replacements in the near future. Ultimately, that could put people and locations at risk if their security system isn’t functioning properly.”

In conclusion, Northwood said: “We are now urging any remaining Concept customers to migrate to Integriti, which is easy, efficient and extremely cost-effective and will secure their system for the longer term.”

Straightforward process

Inner Range’s award-winning Integriti system is compatible with 95% of Concept hardware so migrating is very straight forward and cost-effective.

Integriti is ideal for managing and controlling single and multiple sites at the local, national and global levels. Benefits for Concept users migrating to Integriti include more integrations with current manufacturers for security, building automation, people and business continuity processes, enhanced graphics and reporting, more flexibility around global programming and permissions as well as being compatible with current and future IT platforms (such as Windows and Vista).

Concept 2000 was Inner Range’s flagship product and first launched in 1989. It was designed by three of the four founders of Inner Range: Doug Frazer, David Baughan and Alan Winch.

The system was updated to the Concept 3000 and later the Concept 4000, which have been installed around the globe. However, the system’s underlying technology is no longer economical to maintain in comparison with modern platforms like Integriti.

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Security systems developer Vanderbilt joins Euralarm

The Board of Directors at Euralarm has welcomed Vanderbilt as the newest member of the long-standing and influential association of European security and fire safety solution manufacturers, installers and service providers, with the security systems developer joining the Security Section. The latter represents companies involved with CCTV, intruder alarms and access control and serves as a key stakeholder in organisations such as CertAlarm, CEN-CENELEC, IEC and, indeed, the European Commission.

The Security Section collaborates on a regular basis in a bid to find security solutions in what is now a digitised and somewhat challenging world. Section meetings feature recognised experts offering presentations on topics such as the standardisation landscape within the video surveillance market.

Importantly, the Security Section liaises with key standardisation groups in the security field and closely follows technological developments with a view towards guiding regulation and standardisation. In terms of standards, the Security Section informs member companies of changes and advocacy activities at both the national and European Union (EU) levels.

Being a member of Euralarm, Vanderbilt will enjoy access to the extended network of national associations and major companies in the electronic fire safety and security sectors. Membership of Euralarm will realise opportunities for both parties as it also strengthens the association.

Vanderbilt is a global provider of high-performance security systems for access control and intrusion detection. The business is recognised for its future-proof, innovative and easy-to-use portfolio that contains access control systems including the ACT365 and ACT Enterprise and the popular SPC and SPC Connect intruder detection solutions.

A strong advocate of open platforms and system integration, Vanderbilt (itself an ACRE brand) understands the issues customers face and provides multiple solutions that are designed to meet these needs.

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Expertise on markets and opportunities

Companies joining Euralarm benefit from a unique insight into what is happening in European markets and the opportunities they might offer. They can not only tap into the political expertise and understanding that underpins EU policy, but also make personal connections with technical and political experts as well as potential business partners.

Euralarm members have their voice heard in Brussels and can actively support and direct standardisation and legislative processes.

Founded back in 1970, Euralarm now represents over 5,000 companies within the fire safety and security industry valued at 67 billion Euros. The membership comprises national associations and individual companies from across the European region.

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TDSi expands logistics team to support customer needs during COVID-19 restrictions

Integrated security systems manufacturer TDSi has announced the appointment of Keith Beech to its logistics team based at the company’s headquarters in Poole. Beech’s expertise in managing the shipping and movement of TDSi’s integrated security products to partners and customers around the world is particularly important during the COVID-19 restrictions and transition to the new normal.

TDSi’s managing director John Davies commented: “We are delighted to welcome Keith to the team at TDSi. He is already a key figure in our ongoing distribution operations. Given the restrictions and social distancing rules associated with the new normal, Keith has a pivotal role to play in ensuring that our products are smoothly and reliably managed and shipped worldwide, wherever and whenever they are needed.”

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Keith Beech

Reflecting upon his appointment, Beech explained: “I have joined the TDSi team at a challenging, but also highly rewarding time with a remit to support our customers and maintain logistics in a rapidly changing world. I am directly involved with all of the functions of our warehouse operations, from goods receipt through to picking, packing and distribution, while at the same time maintaining safe social distancing regulations as well as the highest levels of accuracy and quality service.”

With a distinguished career in logistics for technology businesses, including both supervisory and managerial roles, Beech has the expertise and experience to fully support TDSi’s expanding international operations.

Beech concluded: “One of the main things that drew me to this role is working with and being part of the highly talented and dedicated team at TDSi. The Poole facility encompasses many key parts of the company, including product development and business operations, which means our logistical team is a focal point in delivering TDSi’s combined expertise to the market. I am now looking forward to being part of our continued success and supporting our business partners and customers alike.”

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“87% of Britons feel unsafe at their place of worship” reveals Jacksons Fencing survey

Jacksons Fencing’s latest research has uncovered the experiences and concerns of the UK’s faith communities when it comes to criminality. Six-in-ten people of the 2,000 individuals surveyed believe their place of worship has been a target of crime, while it appears that almost half of all places of worship are targeted on a monthly basis and upwards of one-in-ten are targeted daily.

The company has released various insights into security at religious venues contained in its White Paper entitled ‘Places of Worship: Understanding Security Issues’. The findings highlight the most pressing safety concerns of the UK’s faith communities, centred on from physical and verbal harassment through to theft, burglary and vandalism.

More than half (54%, in fact) of those people surveyed agree that lots of physical security makes them feel nervous, while the majority (76%) feel safer with a certain amount of security measures in place.

Crime perpetrated at religious venues is far too frequent, with three-quarters (74%) of respondents saying their place of worship is a target of crime at least on a yearly basis. Compared to five years ago, the situation hasn’t improved. Most people (81%) report that the amount of crime on-site has either remained the same or increased.

Despite the frequency of incidences, places of worship play an increasingly vital role in society, with 44% of worshipers saying they are more a place of asylum and safety than they used to be.

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Greatest concerns

Three-quarters of respondents remain concerned about security threats, the most worrying of these being vandalism (18%), burglary, theft and robbery (17%) and personal physical attacks (17%). Of those concerned about vandalism, these individuals are most worried about broken windows (52%), damage to the building’s exterior (46%) and graffiti (45%).

With only 13% of people saying they feel secure enough at their place of worship, there is clearly much work to be done. However, while three-quarters (76%) feel safer with security measures in place, there’s a fine line to be drawn. As stated, 54% say lots of physical security makes them feel nervous.

Popular security measures taken by religious bodies include more tightly controlled access (38%), moving donation boxes to more secure areas (37%), removing valuables from display (30%) and increasing physical security measures (25%).

Moving forward, people would feel safer with CCTV (42%), alarm systems (31%), gates (27%), better lighting (24%) and the installation of security fencing (23%).

Detect, defend, deter

Peter Jackson, managing director at Jacksons Fencing, commented: “Places of worship need to be both safe and welcoming. Security has to make worshipers feel safe, provide solace and not deter those requiring support. With so many religious buildings of all faiths being regularly targeted by criminals, the security measures implemented should not only detect and defend against attacks, but they should also deter potential criminals or intruders from making an attempt at crime in the first instance.”

Michael Brooke, head of operational services for Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, advised: “A sensible and practical level of security, which will not adversely affect the efficient running of the place of worship, is essential. The majority of burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves who choose premises that have no obvious signs of security and where they think they will not be seen.”

Brooke added: “Having someone in place who meets and greets visitors is a great preventative measure. In particular, having someone there who knows the congregation enables strangers to be identified such that they can be either welcomed or turned away. It’s also useful to remove and lock valuables away during times outside of services.”

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Magenta Security celebrates 25 years of service to dedicated client base

Security company Magenta Security is celebrating 25 years of business. The firm’s commitment to providing security services and its constant advocation for positive changes to be made across the industry has helped the business to prominence.

Magenta Security has grown from a small security team in Hounslow to become a nationwide, award-winning company. Over the years, Magenta Security has expanded its offer to provide a range of services from security guarding and access control through to international private security. The business very much hopes to continue its expansion in the years to come.

The security company has demonstrated its dedication to green initiatives by becoming a zero-carbon business and being the first security company in Europe to achieve ISO 14001, which sets out the criteria for Environmental Management Systems.

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Abbey Petkar

Magenta Security’s offices run on renewable energy sources, including solar panels, and the business is focusing on phasing out low efficiency vehicles such that they can be replaced with hybrid or electric models, while at the same time educating all staff on the principles of reduce, re-use and recycle. By making these conscious efforts, Magenta Security has become increasingly successful and something of a greener alternative to other security companies.

Abbey Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security, stated: “I am extremely proud to be celebrating our 25th Anniversary after the hard work and dedication we have put into the company for so many years. We believe our success is due to our commitment to improve the security industry and providing top quality customer service, while still managing to be very eco-conscious. My priority from the day I started this business was to never say no and find a solution for any client request. Continuing that philosophy has meant that we have substantially expanded our offer and are able to cater for all of a given client’s needs. I am really happy to see how far we’ve come as a business and I look forward to seeing us progress and succeed for another 25 years.”

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SALTO Systems launches Neo Cylinder access control solution for end users

SALTO Systems, the manufacturer of electronic access control solutions, has released the SALTO Neo Cylinder – a new electronic cylinder that, according to the company, “offers more features and better functionality” for end users than any other cylinder currently on the market.

The compact SALTO Neo Cylinder is designed for doors where fitting an electronic escutcheon is not possible or required. In fact, it can be installed on standard doors, server racks, gates, cabinets, electric switches and sliding doors.

The SALTO Neo Cylinder provides an effective and convenient way of securing a building or assets. The clutch system is energy efficient, dropping power consumption to impressively low levels resulting in 100,000/130,000 operations from just one set of batteries. Standby power consumption is also reduced, further extending battery life.

The IP66-rated SALTO Neo Cylinder is weather-resistant, rendering it suitable for outdoor use, even in the harshest of environments. Inside the Neo Cylinder is the latest in electronic lock technology. Certified to the highest security standards, and “incorporating ever-higher quality and reliability”, the SALTO Neo Cylinder “offers value far beyond security”. It also provides greater control over the door by offering end users access to audit trails, reports and alerts.

Thanks to smart keys and mobile technology, the SALTO Neo Cylinder enables users to manage access rights quickly and on a keyless basis (which, states the company, is more secure than using mechanical keys). Additional flexibility, convenience and operational efficiency are provided by the Neo Cylinder’s wireless technology.

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Keyless access

“SALTO’s new Neo Cylinder technology provides customers, systems operators and installers alike with new features and the ability to connect keyless access where we couldn’t have justified wiring a door before,” said Marc Handels, chief technology innovation officer at SALTO Systems.

Handels added: “We’ve seen for years now that electronic locking technology is an ecosystem subject to continuous change and growth. We have had to consider how to best anticipate customers’ needs and develop smart locking solutions that are easy to adopt and install. The SALTO Neo Cylinder has more functionality and performance capability than any other cylinder on the market, allowing businesses to connect to their on-premises network via advanced SVN technology or the cloud with the SALTO KS cloud-based access management platform.”

As the SALTO Neo Cylinder is compatible with SALTO SVN, SALTO BLUEnet Wireless and the SALTO KS (Keys-as-a-Service) cloud-based technology, it can be switched to any of SALTO’s technology platforms at any time without changing hardware. It also includes SALTO SVN-Flex technology, which increases the capability, efficiency and reliability of SALTO SVN, in turn yielding better security, control and convenience for end users and their installations. This allows businesses to decide which technology fits better with their day-to-day security, operational and IT needs.

SALTO JustIN Mobile technology is also on-board every cylinder. This gives users and system administrators the capability to send or receive a mobile key to open any door or gate fitted with a SALTO Neo Cylinder via their iOS or Android Bluetooth or NFC-enabled smart phone. This adds “incredible convenience and efficiency” for end users. JustIN mobile app capability also complements the use of SALTO’s other management platforms, specifically the SALTO SPACE data-on-card management software or the aforementioned SALTO KS cloud solution.

Available from the beginning of this month, the SALTO Neo Cylinder delivers an easy-to-use electronic locking platform that integrates all physical security needs through smart, wireless and battery-operated smart cylinders, affording the host organisation all of the latest user access information for virtually any doors in their facility.

*Watch the new SALTO Neo Cylinder in action: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc2MQEOljREut7MA-JY7MAIWDVpVPhSec

 

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PAC and GDX name Bill Hobbs as new global head of sales

PAC and GDX has announced the appointment of Bill Hobbs as the new global vice-president of sales for 3xLOGIC and PACOM. Hobbs adds PAC and GDX to his portfolio and will now consolidate sales leadership for these brands across all countries. 

Hobbs’ career spans more than 35 years in the systems integration and physical security industries. Initially a software developer and systems engineer, Hobbs has built multiple systems integration businesses over his career and, for the past 20 years, has headed up technical sales teams across a variety of industry-leading organisations.

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Bill Hobbs

“As we continue to evolve our businesses, the key goal remains to provide the best solutions and customer experience across all of our brands,” observed Hobbs in conversation with Security Matters. “I am very pleased to be able to add the strength of the PAC and GDX sales teams to my global sales organisation. This consolidation will expand our capability to provide a fully-layered approach towards securing our customers’ estates and optimising their businesses.”

Jason Sullivan takes up the role of national sales manager for PAC and GDX in the UK and Ireland and will report directly to Hobbs 

Sullivan commented: “Over the next few months we will continue to introduce the 3xLOGIC product line into the UKI and EMEA regions. The addition of the PAC and GDX sales team under Bill’s organisation will further underpin our ongoing efforts to accelerate this product introduction.”

3xLOGIC, PAC, GDX and PACOM are four trusted brands that have a combined longevity of over 100 years in the security industry and can offer solutions ranging from door entry, integrated access control and intruder detection through to video and business intelligence.

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Comelit takes on The Italian Jog in aid of NHS Heroes

Looking to make a difference for our NHS Heroes is Comelit, with various members of the company committed to run, walk and cycle the equivalent miles from its UK offices in Luton to its Italian headquarters in Lorenzo di Rovetta, Italy. 

Comelit’s challenge, aptly named The Italian Jog, will see members of the security and fire specialist’s team hoping to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities, which is dedicated to supporting NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.

Francesca Boeris, managing director at Comelit UK, told Security Matters: “When one of the team said in our briefings: “Hang on a minute, I have a great idea” I was instantly ready to support the challenge, and even more so because it’s for our NHS Heroes. This is a big pledge, but one to which we have committed so as to ensure we can make a difference to the critical work being done to protect lives at this uncertain time.”

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Comelit is now looking to support workplaces scheduled to return to work, introducing touch screen access control devices with integrated IR scanners for temperature checks as well as thermal camera technology designed to help ensure the safety of returning workers and customers alike.

Boeris added: “In the words of our CEO Edoardo Barzasi, we are taking the necessary measures and offering the right resources to overcome the situation. This is not only in terms of product offerings, but also service requirements. As an industry, we are undoubtedly in this together and will continue to be so. Understanding the new normal and what is being asked of all of us to protect our workers and customers is vital.”

Comelit will be posting regularly on social media platforms with updates on the team’s progress as it travels through virtual destinations and reaches its target.

*To support The Italian Jog visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-italian-jog

 

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Security challenges in telecoms sector met head-on by access control systems

As Catherine Laug explains, the telecoms industry has grown at such a remarkable rate that it’s now a key part of our everyday lives. At present, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented requirement for almost all industries to operate a ‘working from home’ policy and to provide the general public with an increased access to online services, in turn making the telecoms industry even more vital.

A major impact of this fundamental change is the presence of a growing number of telecoms facilities, which are proving to be the cornerstone of service delivery. Equipment is often located in isolated areas, so strict access control systems are needed to keep any vulnerability to an absolute minimum.

Telecoms companies cover vast expanses of land to keep the service up-and-running for their customers. This involves several tens of thousands of plants and facilities, from mobile phone towers through to street cabinets for the wired network. This underlines the value of a standardised access control strategy to simplify access to all sites.

Now, maintenance technicians no longer need to worry about accessing the numerous facilities during their daily inspection rounds. Once configured, single electronic key solutions guarantee access to the right place at the right time, allowing technicians to focus their attention on the task at hand.

Specific access processes

For their part, operators are assured that their field teams, often comprised of sub-contractors, can carry out all maintenance work during specified times in line with their specific access processes.

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Most of the facilities requiring protection are outdoor sites particularly exposed to wind, sun, snow and sea spray. That being so, access control systems must be able to withstand corrosion caused by bad weather. End users can now specify a certified and conceptual solution to this challenge with cylinders that meet the requirements of the EN 1670 corrosion resistance standard with a, IP66-67-68-69 rating designed to guarantee maximum protection.

In point of fact, the latest generation electronic keys also use inductive technology for contactless information exchange between the key and cylinder. With this technology, the electronic key can transmit access rights to the cylinder even if the humidity at the site has corroded the surface of the lock. In other words, bad connections no longer prevent information from being transmitted between the key and lock.

At some telecommunications towers, access is restricted to those authorised to work at height. Software is now available that liaises with the operator’s information system, collecting select information from the various user profiles to limit access to authorised individuals. This allows operators to use the software to assign access rights for specific areas based on the technician’s profile and authorisation.

To improve on-site control activities, electronic keys work with specific apps and new technology (ie RFID and beacons, etc) to send technicians verification messages about their access rights or required safety instructions (such as wearing a helmet and abiding by the buddy system, etc).

Similarly, users can interact with the central system and submit on-site attendance reports and flag up anomalies errors, etc. These bespoke features are designed to meet ever-stricter security requirements in companies and, importantly, accommodate the latest Government guidelines.

Sub-contracting and shared access sites

Sub-contractors are an increasingly common fixture in both maintenance activities and emergency call-outs. Several officers may well require daily access to a number of scattered, remote facilities.

The access control system is further complicated by the fact that sites may be shared by different businesses. Water towers, for instance, are often used to support radio masts.

It’s now possible to deliver an effective response to multi-activity sites with just one electronic key being needed for countless locks. Officers no longer need to carry large bunches of keys between sites. Instead, they can access the right place at the right time with maximum security.

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Communication infrastructures may be the prime target for large-scale attacks wherein those parties involved are looking to compromise the country’s economic potential. They may also attract various types of vandal, tempted by the challenge of scaling facilities or the apparent vulnerability of street cabinets.

Today’s access control solutions are invaluable when it comes to protecting facilities from harm. Electronic cylinders and padlocks have CEN 1303 certification with the highest level of resistance to drilling and, therefore, vandalism.

What’s more, a lost or stolen electronic key can be disabled on a swift footing to prevent any unwanted intrusions. In certain solutions, the built-in reporting feature in the system software aims to report any attempts to gain access outside specified time ranges or in out-of-bounds areas, thereby detecting any anomalies.

Catherine Laug is Group Head of Marketing at LOCKEN

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