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“Lack of strategic focus on technology at Board level” finds ICSA poll

A poll conducted by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership reveals that just 51% of Boards of Directors understand the challenges and opportunities that data and technology present to their organisations. Some 29% of the company secretaries who took part in the survey think that their Boards do not fully understand and a further 20% could only attest to ‘maybe’.

A lack of knowledge is viewed as the main barrier that prevents Boards from engaging properly with technology at a strategic level. Some 58% of respondents consider this to be the main obstacle, with 22% alluding to another reason, 16% citing language as an impediment and 4% blaming the on-boarding process.

Some of the main issues raised are as follows:

*The speed at which technological advances move means key aspects of the technology journey may not be provided in a timely manner

*It’s hard to find time in busy agendas to focus on the technology aspects

*Most Boards are made up of people who are of a generation that do not really understand the possibilities and threats offered by technology

*There has been a focus on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and cyber security, but that focuses on risks rather than opportunities

*Challenges arising from data management are more readily understood (eg the impact of poor data quality), but the real opportunities available to organisations through the effective use of data are less well considered (and especially through the ‘lens’ of commercial strategy)

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When asked if there were particular areas in which Boards needed to improve their understanding, a quarter of respondents chose Artificial Intelligence and automation. Other areas highlighted for potential improvement were using data effectively, the GDPR, cyber security and IT governance. Some 23% of respondents stated the belief that their Boards need to hone up on all of the areas mentioned.

Peter Swabey, policy and research director at ICSA, said: “The pace of change is such that new technology is emerging quicker now than at any time previously. This can be challenging for all Boards, but particularly so for those predominantly made up of people who are not ‘digital natives’. On top of this, changes in corporate governance, data privacy requirements and regulation mean that it can be difficult for non-executive directors to maintain an adequate level of knowledge across all areas. While it’s incumbent upon directors to proactively seek to expand their knowledge, there are time limits on what’s achievable given the part-time nature of the role.”

Swabey added: “It might be suitable for some organisations to have an IT specialist sit on the Board, but this wouldn’t be appropriate for all. Moreover, having one director with responsibility for technology might allow others to obviate their responsibilities, which is clearly not an option. As one respondent quite rightly said: ‘Technology is both an opportunity and a threat – Boards need to understand how it impacts the business both operationally and strategically’. This is a responsibility that all directors must share.”

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Police set to use Artificial Intelligence to help predict spikes in hate crime

Following the news that the police service is setting up a new ‘Hate Lab’ using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help predict spikes in hate crime on the streets following Brexit, Andy Davies (consultant on police and intelligence services at SAS UK) has highlighted the importance of using data to mitigate preventable or predictable trends.

Davies has stressed the need for law enforcement to find new and innovative ways to make analytics and resulting insights accessible to officers. Ultimately, AI and data analytics has the power to help police do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

“Law enforcement operates in an increasingly complex environment, with investigators facing unprecedented amounts of data,” said Davies. “Social media has further complicated this environment in the last ten years with data being published online at an unmanageable rate. Clearly, the police are overwhelmed and overworked. The new ‘Hate Lab’ is no silver bullet for eliminating hate crime, but it’s a clear step in the right direction to mitigate preventable or predictable trends.”

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Davies continued: “Making sense of this data and understanding the underlying connections is critical in any investigation or intelligence-development activity. Data analytics is already reviewing huge volumes of intelligence data rapidly so that police officers can cut through the noise and focus on real and emerging threats. AI and data analytics can help the police to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively, so we need to find new and innovative ways to make analytics and resulting insights accessible to today’s officers.”

Davies referenced Gloucestershire Constabulary, which has employed analytics software to improve policing strategies, gain real-time insight into incidents and identify crime ‘hotspots’.

“Gloucestershire officers will now be able to draw together data from numerous systems and sources, including its electronic incident log, phone system, GPS-capable radios and demographic data from other sources. Using analytics, it will also be able to use the data available to identify crime ‘hotspots’, monitor trends, forecast future crime/incident levels offenders across the county and see a live breakdown of crime statistics.”

In conclusion, Davies told Risk Xtra: “It’s vital that the police service looks for every opportunity to operate more efficiently and use the latest data-driven tools in the fight against crime. By using data analytics, our police forces will be in an even better position to derive intelligence from multiple sources of potentially life-saving information.”

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Ocucon scoops six Fraud Awards nominations

Ocucon, the world’s first Video Surveillance-as-a-Service (VSaaS) system, has been shortlisted across a range of categories for this year’s prestigious Fraud Awards, the leading accolade for those in the UK’s retail risk and loss prevention sector.

Organised by loss prevention conference Retail Risk, the Fraud Awards celebrate the very best individual and team performances, innovative new products and winning strategies within the retail and loss prevention sector over the last year.

Judged by a panel of internationally-renowned loss prevention professionals, the winners and runners-up will be announced on 4 October at the Fraud Awards Gala Dinner, to be held at Leicester City Football Club.

Breaking new ground in surveillance technology, the Newcastle-based Ocucon has been shortlisted a total of six times across five categories for its unlimited cloud-based storage platform, Ocucon, as well as its intelligent video redaction service Ocucon Pixelate.

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The Ocucon team (from left to right): Simon Gardner, Maral O’Brien, Stuart Ferguson, Gary Trotter and Stephen Purvis

Categories include:

  • Best Newcomer – recognising the most exciting new solution or company to enter the retail risk and loss prevention arena – Ocucon
  • Best Newcomer – Ocucon Pixelate
  • Most Innovative In-Store Solution – celebrating innovative approaches to an existing, tried and tested solution or genre – Ocucon
  • Best Collaborative Solution – recognising products, solutions or services resulting from genuine collaboration that deliver a clear Return on Investment – Ocucon
  • Most Innovative In-Store Surveillance Solution – celebrating innovative new uses of camera or surveillance technology benefiting the wider business – Ocucon
  • Most Innovative Cross-Functional Solution – recognising innovative products, solutions or services that have a risk or loss prevention benefit, but sit outside of the Profit Protection Department – Ocucon Pixelate

Ocucon’s co-founder Gary Trotter commented: “To be shortlisted in this year’s Fraud Awards and across so many categories is testament to the great team we have based here in Newcastle, as well as our innovative and collaborative approach. Since our launch in October, we’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Dell and Google, to deliver the first-of-its-kind cloud-based storage service for CCTV and surveillance technology and launch our new intelligent video redaction service Ocucon Pixelate. As a result, we’ve seen significant interest in Ocucon both from large UK corporations and retailers, but also major retailers in North America. Our story is just one example of how tech start-ups can thrive here in the North East to compete on both the UK and the global stage.”

Launched in October last year, Ocucon is set to revolutionise the ability of businesses to defend against fraudulent cases of slips, trips and falls – currently estimated to cost the UK’s economy alone more than £800 million each year – by removing physical limitations on the amount of surveillance footage an organisation can save.

Ocucon delivers a powerful, cloud-based storage and retrieval platform combining intelligent data analytics with the facility to store, analyse and retrieve unlimited amounts of HD video surveillance footage from within the Ocucon portal.

Ocucon is expected to be of interest to any organisation capturing significant amounts of CCTV data. Since its launch, Ocucon has seen significant interest from both UK and US supermarkets and retail chains.

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Critical infrastructure and Government GSOCs drive CNL Software’s IPSecurityCenter V5.7 PSIM

CNL Software, the Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) system software specialist, has announced the release of IPSecurityCenter V5.7. This latest release includes many feature enhancements that increase performance and reduce operational response times in large-scale, multi-sited and mission-critical deployments of IPSecurityCenter and will benefit those in the transportation, corporate security and public safety markets.

According to CNL, IPSecurityCenter leads the Global Security Operations Centre (GSOC) market for PSIM. This latest release improves CNL Software’s ability to manage across multiple Security Operations Centres (SOCs) and GSOCs, keeping the entire operation in harmony using enterprise wide visualisation to support the overall security mission for critical infrastructure and large-scale Government security programmes.

“We continue to invest heavily in developing the features that customers, partners and industry leaders inspire us to create,” commented Simon Knightley, CTO at CNL Software. “We listen to our customers and understand what’s important to them. Their ideas help us to innovate new ways in which to support them in making the GSOC a faster and more effective hub for all mission-critical security and life safety-related activity. They want their Control Rooms to see more, act faster and collaborate better throughout the whole organisation, which we help them to achieve using IPSecurityCenter V5.7.”

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CNL states that the V5.7 release differentiates CNL Software from other PSIM vendors and establishes IPSecurityCenter as the first choice PSIM solution for large-scale Government security programmes, critical infrastructure and facilities protection.

Some of the main enhancements within the new release include:

*More scalable for larger deployments: Enhancements support greater control over large-scale federated solutions, driving tightly managed GSOC operations
*Faster and more responsive: Improvements include faster access to historic alarm data with fewer clicks and rapid access to video from remote locations
*Support for 64-bit video: This ensures IPSecurityCenter leverages the latest developments in video technology and multi-thread processing for faster and more scalable solutions
*General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-ready security platform: Enhancements ensure that IPSecurityCenter is ready for the most demanding compliance processes, with security features such as two-factor authentication included such that there are no unauthorised changes to the system
*Improved decision support: Developments include new interactive dashboards that allow operators to access key performance indicators in real-time using a customisable device that can highlight alarm, human and machine data alike

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Milestone Systems ranked Number One global VMS provider by IHS Markit for tenth year in succession

For the tenth year in a row, Milestone Systems has been ranked as the Number One global VMS vendor by company revenue. That’s according to market research conducted by business intelligence provider IHS Markit. In 2017, Milestone Systems enjoyed a global VMS market share of 10.2%, with 9.1% being the corresponding figure in 2016.

“The world market for VMS is estimated to have grown by 8% in 2017,” said Jon Cropley, senior principal analyst for video surveillance at IHS Markit. “Supply to this market is gradually becoming more concentrated. The top largest vendors are estimated to have accounted for 48% of global revenues in 2015. In comparison, this figure was 57% in 2017.”

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Lars Thinggaard, president and CEO at Milestone Systems, stated: “Milestone Systems experienced a solid VMS revenue growth of 21% over 2016, which was almost triple that of the market. There is no doubt that our open platform community and partnership business model is the reason for this positive development, and we’re proud to be a trusted and reliable partner in the community.”

Thinggaard concluded: “We will keep investing in our partner community, focusing on new technologies within cameras, access control and video analytics. We believe in a future where video will play an even more significant role in understanding data sources from the increasing numbers of devices that connect people and assets.”

Milestone Systems not only retained the Number One position globally, but also holds the top spot in Europe, the Middle East and Africa thanks to a market share that increased to 17.1% from 14.8% in 2016.

The company maintains its top position in the APAC region, with a market share of 12.4% compared to 11.7% the year before.

Finally, Milestone Systems jumped one spot in the Americas and is now ranked as second overall in the region (with an 11.3% market share compared to 9.6% in 2016).

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CSL announces Dahua Technology as latest Connected Partner

Dahua Technology is the latest Connected Partner of CSL. Dahua is a leading solution provider in the global video surveillance industry. The CSL Router is now compatible with Dahua’s range of CCTV systems, providing an upgrade for any existing broadband service to an Instant Private Network, reliable 4G connectivity when wired broadband is unavailable or a combination of both.

CSL’s sales director Rob Evans commented: “We’re delighted to announce Dahua as our latest Connected Partner, supporting us in delivering reliable instant connectivity for CCTV installations. Our expertise in the alarm signalling market puts us in a great position to provide the secure delivery of data for the CCTV sector.”

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Dahua’s head of marketing Ben Perkins responded: “Dahua Technology is committed to being a market leader in collaborative systems by working with the best manufacturers and solution partners in the industry. We’re excited to be able to add the benefit of CSL’s 4G connectivity for our customers, further increasing the flexibility of our systems.”

Since its launch, the CSL Router has already provided hundreds of installers and their end users with a rapidly deployable connectivity solution for CCTV. The CSL Router is GDPR ready and fully encrypted at every point via the CSL Gemini Global Platform, which removes the vulnerabilities of hacking and guarantees that data is kept safe.

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Biometric recognition solutions specialist ievo produces new set of product videos

ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, has just launched a new set of product videos aimed primarily at installation partners to help explain to customers the unique benefits and functionality of its readers.

Ash Westgate, ievo’s marketing manager, commented: “In essence, they’re a set of marketing and sale aids for our installers to help showcase specific aspects of our readers and systems. We wanted to show clients and customers the readers performing and functioning with some of the hazards that our solutions can overcome.”

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The readers can be installed to work with a variety of access points such as turnstiles, barriers and doors, etc. They integrate with existing access control systems from well-known manufacturers such as Paxton, Stanley, Honeywell and Nortech.

The access system can be customised with a variety of options depending on requirements to provide a deeper level of security using non-infringed biometric data.

*The ievo product videos are available to view at https://www.youtube.com/user/ievoreader

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