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ONVIF joins IoT Panel discussion at TechSec Solutions 2017

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced that it will be presenting at TechSec Solutions 2017 (which runs on 27-28 February at the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel in Palm Beach County, Florida) as part of a Panel discussion on standards, Best Practice, cyber security and the Internet of Things.

Jonathan Lewit, chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, will be speaking on behalf of ONVIF and is be one of four panellists discussing ‘The Future of IoT: Taming Security’s Wild West’. Other speakers include Neil Lakomiak of Underwriters’ Laboratories, Mitchell Klein of the Z-Wave Alliance and Jim Coleman of Operational Security Systems. The discussion is to be moderated by Paul Ragusa, Editor of Security Systems News.

“Standards are an essential part of the conversation when considering any scenario in which disparate elements must work together to provide actionable intelligence or automation, which the Internet of Things often seeks to do,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “Jonathan will bring an ONVIF perspective to the debate, shedding light on how standardisation and ONVIF specifications can build vital bridges between clients and devices and, indeed, between IP-based systems.”

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Lewit, who also serves as director of technology leadership for Pelco by Schneider-Electric, will touch on the array of connected devices and open platforms in the market that use common communication protocols to work together, including smart homes, buildings and cities.

The speakers will examine how standards, the establishment of Best Practice, interoperability, cyber security and other trends are helping to shape the future of the physical security industry.

Lewit will be speaking on Monday 27 February at 9.30 am. For more information visit: www.tecsechsolutions.com

 

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Notifier introduces BS 7273-4 CPD course on release mechanisms for fire doors

Notifier by Honeywell has announced the launch of a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course for 2016-2017.  ‘Getting To Know BS 7273-4’
provides installers, integrators, contractors, consultants and end users with all the information on this important standard and how it relates to the way that doors are opened, closed and controlled by fire detection systems.

Although it was first introduced in 2007, the 2015 revision of BS 7273-4 has brought the subject of release mechanisms for fire doors into sharp focus. The prompt evacuation of a burning building requires as few obstacles and obstructions as possible and, similarly, restricting the spread of fire and heat in such a situation relies upon the use of well-engineered fire doors that can be reliably closed in the event of a fire.

Adhering to BS 7273-4 is increasingly important. The guidance in Annex A of the Code of Practice is now normative, which means that, if control of doors is performed by a fire detection system, the requirements of the category must be met. If the guidelines are not followed, it’s likely that the fire door provision fails to satisfy a fire risk assessment.

Notifier’s new BS 7273-4 CPD course has been written by experts within the company. It enables delegates to gain a better understanding of how modern life safety technology can be used to increase a building’s safety by interfacing it with fire doors and secured fire exits. By providing an overview of the various scenarios when doors should be released, it looks at control arrangements for the actuation of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors in the event of a fire episode before going on to cover recommendations for the interface between fire detection and alarm systems, as well as equipment not covered in any other standards.

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Those attending the course will also gain an valuable understanding of the three categories of actuation – A (Critical), B (Standard) and C (Indirect) – and the circumstances under which the control mechanisms should revert to their fail safe position in order to protect escape routes and prevent the spread of smoke in the event of fire.

“It’s fair to say that, since its original introduction eight years ago, BS 7273-4 has been largely ignored apart for a few isolated cases of Best Practice,” commented Gregg Bushell, senior marketing communications specialist at Honeywell Security and Fire.

“I’m pleased to say that the situation is beginning to change. This CPD course is a key part of our strategy to enhance knowledge about this important standard and how its implementation could save lives. There can be no ‘one size fits all’ approach to configuring a BS 7273-4 compliant system. Fire doors and exits should be considered individually such that people, property and assets are protected as well as they possibly can be in the event of a fire.”

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Corporate Risk Associates announces speaker line-up for annual Risk Forum

Now preparing to host its seventh annual Risk Forum, Corporate Risk Associates (CRA) has announced a host of highly esteemed speakers for the event including a wealth of well-known industry figures. 

Due to be held on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October at the Stratford Manor Hotel in Stratford upon Avon, the event provides an excellent opportunity for professionals, academics and peers from across the security profession to learn about the latest advances in mission critical industries.

The event, which runs under the banner ‘To Automate or Not to Automate’, will feature 14 speakers who have all had first-hand experience in mission critical industries, with many working on the risk management of major projects. They will share their expertise and wealth of knowledge with attendees as they contribute towards the development of risk analysis and human factors.

Speakers include Bryan Coxson from EDF Energy, who will be presenting a Case Study focusing on specific features of the Sizewell B design having worked in the design team since 1986, as well as Elaine Vinton and Richard Screeton from the Office of Nuclear Regulation. They’ll be discussing the use of advanced Control Rooms and automation from the UK nuclear perspective.

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Speaking about the line-up of speakers, Jasbir Sidhu (CEO and founder of CRA) said: “We have a fantastic host of speakers at this year’s event who will all be presenting their own dynamic and thought-provoking views on the use of automation in safety critical industries. It’s a very poignant topic in the sector. It’s great to see that we have attracted such a high calibre of leading professionals and academics to speak at this year’s Risk Forum. As we run into our seventh year, we believe this is very much down to CRA providing a valued voice for the industry through hosting events such as this and promoting open discussion. We have successfully created an excellent platform for experts to share Best Practice and transfer valuable and insightful knowledge as we pursue our goal to make the risk management sector the best it can possibly be.”

The two-day event will focus around whether the reduction of human input, with the introduction of increasingly complex automated systems, will be either a friend or foe to the industry.

Anticipated to attract at least 100 attendees from all over the globe, the event’s popularity has grown year on year, with people travelling from as far afield as the West Coast of the USA and New Mexico to engage with leaders in the industry.

Other speakers include Karl Fleming (president of KNF Consulting Services), Andrew Buchan (head of analysis and assessment, security and resilience at Sellafield) and Jeton Partini from CGM in Sweden.

Established in 2000, CRA specialises in managing safety, reliability and risk across the nuclear, transportation, defence and finance sectors. With offices in London, Warrington and other locations, the company has recently been shortlisted as Risk Management Team of the Year at this year’s CIR Risk Management Awards.

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Tyco Security Products unveils all-new Cyber Protection Programme

Tyco Security Products is introducing its Cyber Protection Programme, a multifaceted initiative designed to provide an holistic approach towards cyber security protection for physical security through each phase of the product development lifecycle.

The company has developed its cyber security expertise after many years of providing critical solutions for the US Government and other large multinational customers, and holds several industry-firsts, including FISMA-ready access control and video solutions.

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“Our Cyber Protection Programme was born from our unique and broad experience in complying with Government regulatory standards and meeting the highly complex needs of multinational deployments,” said Steve Carney, senior director for integration platforms at Tyco Security Products.

“Our deep understanding of these regulatory issues helps us to better partner with our customers to more effectively mitigate risks from hackers, activists or other malicious threats when it comes to their physical security systems.”

The Cyber Protection Programme is led by a team responsible for monitoring the product development process and authorising final product release to ensure compliance with secure development Best Practice. Some of these Best Practices include:

*Developing and maintaining the company’s security standards for product development

*Performing security evaluations and testing on devices, applications and systems

*Providing guidance to help end users configure systems to comply with standards

*Performing in-house and independent third party security testing of Tyco Security Products solutions

*Evaluating and developing responses to possible vulnerabilities potentially affecting Tyco Security Products’ solutions as they’re discovered

The Cyber Protection Programme has already been implemented across several product lines, including Software House, American Dynamics and Illustra, while the Cyber Protection team is managing the long-term strategy for embedding the same cyber safety mindset across other product lines within the Tyco Security Products portfolio.

*To learn more about the Cyber Protection Programme visit: www.tycosecurityproducts.com/cyberprotection.aspx

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BSIA unveils date for inaugural Liverpool Crime Prevention Exhibition and Conference

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced the date for the first Liverpool Crime Prevention Exhibition and Conference. The event will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel on Wednesday 25 May.

This free-to-attend gathering will offer security companies an opportunity to showcase their products and allow delegates to view the latest security services as well as listen to engaging seminar presentations delivered by experts in the field.

Organised by the BSIA in partnership with Merseyside Police and the Liverpool BID Company, the event is a must-attend for the North West’s wider business community, major retailers, representatives of local authorities and entertainment venue managers.

The day features a range of experts speakers including Tony Porter, the UK’s Surveillance Camera Commissioner, who’ll be speaking about developments involving the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.

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Tony Porter: UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Other confirmed speakers include Dirk Wilson, chairman of the BSIA’s Police and Public Services Section (who will discuss day-to-day interaction with security staff) and Shaun Holland (crime safety consultant of the Liverpool BID Company) who’ll offer a presentation on tackling retail crime.

Alongside the conference, exhibitors from across the security industry will be on hand to demonstrate their latest products and services, giving delegates the opportunity to witness the very latest technological innovations, meet potential suppliers and find out more about which solutions would best suit their business.

Similar past events held in other UK cities attracted record number of over 300 delegates, with attendees including representatives of well-known city centre retailers, as well as other organisations including insurers, healthcare practitioners and local authorities.

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BSIA CEO James Kelly

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “We’re very excited about holding this event in Liverpool. We believe it will provide a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to learn about the latest security products and services, while at the same time hearing about the great work that Merseyside Police does for the city. The BSIA’s security experts will be there to share Best Practice advice and help secure a positive future for local businesses.”

*To secure your delegate or exhibition place at what promises to be an informative and educational event, complete the online booking form by following these links:

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Exhibitor Booking Form

**Alternatively, visit the events page on the BSIA website: http://www.bsia.co.uk/events.aspx

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Corporate Risk Associates celebrates 15 years of tech support to UK’s fleet of generating nuclear power plants

Risk management company Corporate Risk Associates (CRA) is proud to be celebrating 15 years of technical support to the UK’s fleet of generating nuclear power plants (NPPs).

CRA has been providing probabilistic safety analysis (PSA), human factors assessment (HFA) and more general safety case support to the Magnox NPP Wylfa, all seven of the UK’s advanced gas-cooled reactors (AGR) and the single pressurised water reactor (PWR) at Sizewell B for the last 15 years.

CRA is now delighted to extend provision of support to the Nuclear New Build Generation Company (NNB GenCo) for the new NPP being built at Hinkley Point C.

On average, CRA carries out out around 20 projects a year across the existing EDF Energy NPPs, which involves annually maintaining and updating the PSA models to take account of operational experience feedback, reflect changes to the plant and safety case as well as helping to ensure that the integrated PSA/HFA models meet international Best Practice.

In addition to this, the company also carries out R&D projects on topics including new and novel PSA models and methods, the modelling of digital control and instrumentation, common cause failure and seismic PSA. CRA also develops and provides training courses to safety engineers working for nuclear utilities on the topics of PSA and HFA.

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Expertise and support

Commenting on the partnership, Hugh Stephenson (principal consultant at CRA) said: “CRA has provided expertise and support to the eight EDF Energy NPPs since the development of the models to support the First Periodic Safety Review. We’re now regarded as the specialists in this niche area within the industry. That’s why the relationship continues in as much strength as it does. We’re well known for having unrivalled expert knowledge of each of the PSA models.”

With plans now in place for new nuclear plants to be built on the site of Hinkley Point C, along with a whole host of new challenges surrounding plant life extension of the existing AGR fleet, CRA feels that its 15 years of expertise in this area has stood it in good stead to continue to provide its expertise and support.

“Our specialist experience and knowledge of UK context and regulatory requirements has meant that we are very well placed to provide support to both UK and foreign companies involved in new nuclear build in the UK, while also continuing to support plant life extension of the UK AGRs which is vital to bridge the energy gap in the UK,” continued Stephenson. “We’re currently providing extensive support in the area of PSA and safety case development for the HPC project. CRA has also just signed a new five-year framework agreement with EDF Energy Generation that will ensure continued provision of specialist support to the existing nuclear fleet well into 2020.”

CRA specialises in providing safety, risk and reliability consultancy services to safety-critical industries including nuclear, power, transportation and defence. The company has five offices across the UK based in Surrey, Gloucester, London, Warrington and Newcastle.

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Vanderbilt highlights commitment to quality with ISO 9001 certification

Vanderbilt, the state-of-the-art security systems developer, has had its commitment to Best in Class quality management highlighted by achieving the prestigious ISO 9001 certification. This latest accolade is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to make its processes as agile as possible and set the standard in what’s now an increasingly competitive market.

ISO is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards that acknowledge industry Best Practice.

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 a million companies across the globe.

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The standard is based on a number of principles including a company’s commitment to excellence and its stakeholders, and a willingness to work towards continually improving efficiencies.

“A desire to operate to the highest standards of quality runs through everything we do,” stated Uta Ragnitz, head of quality and process management at Vanderbilt. “ISO 9001 rubber stamps our credentials through better integration and alignment of internal processes, which will lead to increased productivity and results. In addition, more effective use of resources, improved communication, planning and administration will define a standard of operation that exceeds our customers’ expectations and ensures that they view us as the security solutions supplier of choice.”

Having completed the successful acquisition of Security Products from Siemens in 2015, Vanderbilt’s ISO 9001 certification maintains the level of quality that its customers expect and allows the business to enhance customer satisfaction and improve customer loyalty, leading to repeat business. These processes will also help the organisation gain market share through flexible and fast responses to market opportunities.

Rigorous audit process

Vanderbilt’s quality management system was externally certified through Intertek, a multinational certification body that has helped companies around the world improve performance and become more efficient for over 130 years.

A rigorous audit process took place over two days. Auditor Hans Tjornvik from Intertek explained: “I was thoroughly impressed with the level of work that Vanderbilt has put into its quality management system, as well as the company’s dedication to the continual improvement of its processes. So much so, in fact, that I would place the business in the Top 10 of the companies I’ve audited during my career.”

The hard work is all set to continue, as Vanderbilt looks to meet the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, the latest revision of the standard.

Joe Grillo, the company’s managing director, concluded: “I would like to congratulate the team for all the hard work put into achieving this important standard. Our culture of quality improvement is vital. The discipline and framework provided by our system creates an environment that will help us achieve our corporate objectives.”

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