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Exhibitors set to showcase innovative surveillance solutions at BSIA’s CCTV seminar

A number of companies involved in the design, installation and operation of CCTV systems will be exhibiting as part of a sold-out seminar in London this week.

Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the event will take place at London’s Emmanuel Centre on Marsham Street – close to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey – on Thursday 12 November. The seminar will cover a variety of interesting topics including the latest changes in surveillance legislation and technology, while also exploring recent developments in the CCTV sector.

Running alongside the seminar, the exhibition will give delegates the opportunity to ‘get hands-on’ with some of the most innovative products in the industry.

Exhibitors that will be showcasing their products on the day include:

ATEC Security

ATEC Security is a specialist security systems integrator and winner of multiple Security Excellence Awards.

The ATEC Difference is about creating value not only through security innovation, but also by ensuring security projects deliver financial, operational, staff and business intelligence benefits.

ATEC takes the time to understand your issues, your operating environment and your business and then delivers reliable integrated solutions and support built around your operational requirements.

The company achieves “unparalleled quality” through meticulous design, comprehensive documentation and rigorous project management, with processes built around UK Home Office Best Practice advice.

Customers include security professionals at London City Airport, the City of Westminster and First Capital Connect.

Find out more by visiting www.atec-security.co.uk

Dedicated Micros

Dedicated Micros will be showcasing its latest cost-effective HD IP and analogue product ranges. Based on a ‘unique’ architecture, these solutions provide greater reliability, connectivity, interaction and performance across a seamless operating system.

For more information visit www.dedicatedmicros.com

Bosch Security Systems

Bosch Security Systems will be showcasing some of its latest in-camera technologies.

Starlight technology offers a new quality standard in round-the-clock video surveillance. Regardless of lighting conditions, time of day or object movement, cameras deliver “incredible levels of detail”.

Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) assists by alerting you as to when pre-defined alarms are triggered, By smartly combining up to 8 IVA rules, complex tasks are made easy and false alarms reduced.

Content-Based Imaging Technology (CBIT) offers three main features: Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction, Intelligent Auto Exposure and Intelligent Tracking. The first of these intelligently distinguishes between noise and relevant information, such as movement. This reduces bitrate by up to 50%.

Find out more by visiting http://uk.boschsecurity.com

National Security Inspectorate

The NSI is the certification body for the UK’s leading providers of security and fire safety services.

Over 1,800 organisations commit to rigorous and regular checks by NSI’s national network of qualified auditors who carry out something in the region of 4,000 audits per year, verifying compliance with relevant British Standards and industry Codes of Practice.

Buyers who choose to contract NSI-approved companies can be assured of security and fire safety services delivered to the highest standards by businesses committed to excellence.

For more information visit www.nsi.org.uk

Observant Innovations

Observant’s PATROL Camera System is a vehicle-mounted 360o panoramic video camera. PATROL enables the visual documentation of everything occurring in the vicinity of a patrol or tasking, ensuring that nothing is missed.

The system captures all information in all directions, all of the time and has been built to withstand tough environmental and usage conditions.

Featuring 360° panoramic imagery, hi-res 14 Megapixel video and stills imagery as well as a rugged IP67 form factor, the PATROL Camera System provides a number of benefits including public reassurance, greater impartiality and improved dispute resolution.

Find out more by visiting www.observant-innovations.com

Also exhibiting will be Dallmeier Electronic UK and Thorn Security.

*For more information about the event, or to register for a delegate place, please visit www.bsia.co.uk/events.aspx

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VSG celebrates national-level successes at 2015 BSIA Security Personnel Awards

Security specialist VSG, part of the Compass Group UK & Ireland, is celebrating after two individuals and a team picked up British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards for 2015 at the national level. There was further reason to celebrate as VSG was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Contribution to Training thanks to the company’s excellent Zero Assaults Project.

The BSIA’s annual Security Personnel Awards recognise security professionals who demonstrate dedication, loyalty, progressive teamwork, great customer service skills, efficient use of technology and bravery on a daily basis. Now in their 17th year, the awards were presented by Alfie Moore, a serving policeman and popular stand-up comedian, at the Association’s exclusive Annual Luncheon held at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

VSG’s talented people were recognised with three awards across a range of categories. Marcin Bereza won the award for Best Use of Technology, the VSG Security Team at Centrale in Croydon won the award for Best Team and Donald Murray scooped the award for Service to the Customer.

The BSIA Chairman’s Awards celebrate outstanding contributions made to the ongoing success of the UK’s private security industry. The BSIA’s chairman, Pauline Norstrom (chief operating officer at Dedicated Micros and the AD Group) personally selected this year’s winners. As stated, VSG was presented with the Contribution to Training Award for its Zero Assaults Project, a training initiative that has significantly lowered the number of assaults on security officers.

Speaking about these success stories, Barry Dawson (business director at VSG) told Risk UK: “The BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards are the most prestigious of their kind and I’m incredibly proud of all our winners and their fantastic achievements. Everyone at VSG works incredibly hard to deliver a fantastic service for our clients so to have our colleagues recognised in this way is a great result.”

Barry Dawson

Barry Dawson

Dawson went on to state: “On behalf of the business, I’m particularly proud to have received the Chairman’s Award for our Zero Assaults Project. We’re passionate about protecting our people, our clients and their visitors. This dedicated training programme is enabling our teams, no matter where in the UK they may be based, to implement Best Practice techniques in defusing and managing conflict situations.”

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Dedicated Micros and Norbain reach exclusive agreement on distribution for the Digital Sprite 2 DVR

Norbain has struck a deal with Dedicated Micros to be the exclusive distributor of the last version of the industry renowned digital video recorder the DS2. With an international presence in more than 75 countries, Norbain will now manage distribution in the UK and throughout Europe.

Norbain has secured all remaining stocks of the units which are expected to supply the market for the next two years.

The agreement, which will come into effect in June, will see Norbain manage distribution for refurbished units of the DS2. The DVRs will have enhanced capabilities, come with 16 channels and 2 Tb of storage and use re-manufactured stock parts.

198,000 units of the Digital Sprite have been sold to date – representing some 3.2 million channels of video – since the initial launch back in 2000.

Headquartered in Reading, Norbain is the UK’s leading provider of IP, CCTV, access control and intruder detection solutions. The company’s £10 million stock holding guarantees 98% availability of catalogue stock.

Since 1982, Dedicated Micros has been a leading innovator and manufacturer of analogue and IP CCTV products that meet the demands of continuous 24-hour security surveillance. The company, which is part of the AD Group, services many applications used in AD Group solutions.

Speaking about the new arrangement, Charlie Lacey (sales and marketing director for Norbain) commented: “We’re delighted to have reached this agreement with Dedicated Micros. The DS2 is an extremely respected and trusted model used across a wide variety of applications. We’re continually striving to ensure we provide our customers with the best service and product offerings in the industry, and this deal is a prime example of how we can achieve that aim.”

Pauline Norstrom of Dedicated Micros

Pauline Norstrom of Dedicated Micros

Pauline Norstrom, chief operating officer of Dedicated Micros, added: “We believe that this last batch of enhanced DS2 will prove as popular as earlier versions and demand will be high. While we recognise the impact and appreciation the DS2 received from the security market, we’re now focused on the future. AD Group products and solutions have progressed to more powerful solutions using HD. With NetVu Connected, DS2 and HD-based solutions can now be managed seamlessly by the same user interface.”

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BSIA Chairman Pauline Norstrom outlines aims for the security sector

Newly-elected British Security Industry Association chairman Pauline Norstrom has marked her appointment with a focus on raising stakeholders’ awareness of the value of quality and innovation over price.

In an inaugural address to British Security Industry Association (BSIA) members and industry stakeholders (delivered at the Association’s Annual Luncheon in July, which was sponsored by Eaton’s security business), Norstrom outlined goals for her two-year tenure as chairman, citing economic recovery and international demand for UK products and services as key drivers of industry growth.

Speaking at London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, Norstrom said: “Moving forward, my vision is to cultivate an increased understanding of – and engagement with – our industry’s customers. It’s crucial to our members’ future success that we invite end users to input into influencing the issues that affect them. This will ensure that the products and services offered by our industry meet their needs and deliver a return on investment.”

Pauline Norstrom delivers the Chairman's Address at the 2014 BSIA Annual Luncheon

Pauline Norstrom delivers the Chairman’s Address at the 2014 BSIA Annual Luncheon

Norstrom continued: “Increased engagement with end users will help members to drive demand by navigating the specification and tender process to their advantage, demonstrating the value of quality to ensure that BSIA membership becomes a key requirement in the competitive process and further enables members to compete with and win against competitors who do not care about quality and instead undercut on price at any cost.”

Other aims outlined include presiding over the development and introduction of a dedicated section of membership for industry stakeholders before the end of 2014.

Paying tribute to outgoing BSIA chairman Geoff Zeidler, who was seated at the top table, Norstrom described the “significant progress that the Association has made towards creating a better industry environment for its members through the influence of legislation, regulation and the development of standards” and added: “Throughout his two years as chairman, my predecessor Geoff Zeidler has worked tirelessly to ensure that the BSIA is best placed to achieve its goals.”

Requirement for political engagement

With less than a year until the next General Election, political engagement for the BSIA is also on Norstrom’s mind. Forging new relationships with key political figures including MPs, Peers, Police and Crime Commissioners, local Government officials and Think Tanks remains a priority for the Association’s busy public affairs programme over the coming months.

Left to Right: Baroness Smith of Basildon, Pauline Norstrom and James Kelly

Left to Right: Baroness Smith of Basildon, Pauline Norstrom and James Kelly

An issue close to Pauline’s own heart and reflective of her well-respected position as a key influencer in the CCTV sector is ensuring that the BSIA continues to influence further development of the Government’s CCTV Code of Practice.

The launch in 2013 of the BSIA’s own research into the number and scope of CCTV cameras in the UK succeeded in positioning the Association as the key authority on the subject, while emphasising the important role that privately-owned systems play in supporting the police service and the criminal justice system in securing high profile prosecutions.

In the coming year, Norstrom predicts the Code of Practice will reach even further, supported by the BSIA’s own Code of Practice (Form 109) with which members must comply.

As Chief Operating Officer of Dedicated Micros and the wider AD Group (comprising 18-plus companies), Norstrom has 15 years’ experience in the industry and possesses extensive knowledge of legislation and technical innovation. In her role as chairman of the BSIA, Norstrom chairs the Association’s Council and the Operating Board.

Norstrom is a long-serving member of the BSIA’s CCTV Section and works closely with the Association’s CEO James Kelly to form strategic objectives for the BSIA.

Norstrom will now serve as BSIA chairman for a two-year period, and will be supported in the first year by Geoff Zeidler as immediate past-chairman.

*Read the full speech on page 19 of the August edition of Risk UK

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