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Zaun Group embarks on diplomatic mission

A fictional embassy secured by an integrated perimeter protection solution from the Zaun Group was the stand-out highlight of the 2016 Security and Policing Show.

The embassy mock-up was constructed with input from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Security Liaison Unit and Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection, which advises on the protection of embassies and other diplomatic missions.

Show visitors raved about the mock-up, which was designed to give a realistic impression of the many security elements deployed to protect diplomats and the buildings that they use.

Staff staged mock scenarios including a full security lockdown to make the live experience even more realistic at the annual UK Government security show, which was held at the FIVE venue in Farnborough from 8-10 March.

It’s the UK’s only security event aimed at police, law enforcement and security professionals specifically tasked with security, civil protection and national resilience.

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The Zaun Group pitched its integrated high security perimeter systems from a combined stand (B47) that housed a working demonstration including an SR2-rated gate, electric fencing, perimeter intrusion detection systems, CCTV and video analytics, prison mesh and post systems complete with razor coil toppings.

The centrepiece embassy mock-up demonstrated far more coherently the integrated approach that the Zaun Group can offer, with both Perimeter Security Suppliers Association-verified products and installations.

The comprehensive solution included Zaun’s most intruder-resistant fencing, ArmaWeave, FST prison toppings from Binns, electric fencing and PIDs from Harper Chalice and multi-megapixel and HD video evidence from a series of HD CCTV cameras recorded and managed by EyeLynx’s SharpView intelligent video surveillance system.

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Over 350 companies exhibited at the event, showcasing world-leading technologies, products and solutions. It’s very much a cornerstone of the UK’s security event calendar.

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Euralarm presents PEARS-Alert4All concept at Archimedes Round Table

Euralarm recently participated in the Archimedes Round Table discussion on Crisis Management and Civil Protection. The association of European manufacturers, installers and service providers of the electronic fire safety and security industry presented its PEARS project and outlined ways in which the project supports data sharing during emergency management procedures.

The focus of the recent Archimedes Round Table discussions in Warsaw was to identify gaps for the efficient and effective operation of crisis management and civil protection procedures.

In addition to several project reports, experiences from a simulation game were used to stimulate intensive discussions between the R&D community (eg the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurement, the Université Catholique de Louvain and the Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection) and end users (among them firefighters from Dortmund and members of the Spanish National Police as well as representatives from Crisis Information Centres).

Warsaw: venue for the recent Archimedes Round Table discussions

Warsaw: venue for the recent round table discussions

These discussions showed that sharing data/information in the emergency management process is of vital importance for efficient operations. This is in line with the results of the PEARS project, and the first ideas about a ‘European Emergency Communication’ emerging from the fire section of Euralarm.

Presentation of the PEARS-Alert4All concept

Thorsten Ziercke, Euralarm’s project leader for PEARS, took the opportunity to present the PEARS-Alert4All concept.

The project has learned that fire and security products not only can be, but also should be integrated with public alert systems. The extensive installed base could be easily upgraded to receive alert signals which may then be used to activate audible and/or visual warnings.

More sophisticated systems can convert public alert messages into intelligible voice messages or display the same message on PCs.

Integrating existing safety and security systems into a public alert scenario could be a cost-effective and rapid alternative for reaching large parts of the population.

Since the first presentation of the concept back in October 2013, PEARS-Alert4All has received much positive feedback.

End users including firefighters, members of police organisations and representatives from Crisis Information Centres were invited by Thorsten Ziercke to contribute to the standardisation groups CEN TC 391 and ISO TC 223 that are currently looking for experts from the civil protection sector to help make their standards even better.

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