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SSR Personnel Charity Golf Day in aid of Embrace set to run on 25 September

SSR Personnel – the largest recruitment consultancy dedicated to the security, fire, health and safety sectors and presently operating in 20 countries – has announced the date for its 2017 Charity Gold Day. The event – which this year runs in support of Embrace (www.embracecvoc.org.uk), the charity actively supporting child victims of crime – takes place on Monday 25 September at the Bentley Golf Club in Brentwood, Essex.

Bentley Golf Club was established in 1972 designed by the Swan Family. Purchased by the Members in 2004, it’s now ranked as one of the premier golf clubs in the county. Bentley continues to host a number of county-focused golfing events (including the Essex County Championship) and is also a regular venue for the Essex Captains.

The course has attained a silver ranking in the HSBC regional course rankings and is laid out over an undulating terrain that has a wealth of mature, mixed species trees with many water features. The course itself extends to 6,703 yards (Par 72). Hole 16 is the ‘signature hole’ and is a Par 4 with an acute dog-leg to the right.

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The price for those who wish to take part will be £75 per individual player, with a concession for four-balls booked at £260.

Following the golf there will be a three-course meal, prize-giving and an auction that will take place from 3.30 pm. Meal only tickets will be available. SSR Personnel welcomes auction or raffle prizes to ensure that as much money as possible is raised for Embrace and the child victims of crime.

Embrace is a charity that helps to take away the hurt, relieve poverty, sickness, trauma and distress arising among children, resident in the UK, who have suffered as a result of any criminal offence and promotes children’s education, health and welfare; encourages their social inclusion and community involvement and actively seeks to develop their personal safety.

*For further details on the 2017 SSR Personnel Charity Gold Day and to request a booking form please contact Carole Henley, SSR Personnel, Suite 7, James Yard, Larkshall Road, London E4 9UA (e-mail: chenley@ssr-personnel.com, telephone 020 8626 3100)

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Axis Security selected to provide range of services for Lambert Smith Hampton

Axis Security, a leading deliverer of bespoke security services, has won a contract with commercial property consultant Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) to provide a range of security services for eight of its properties in the North East of England.

The contract incorporates security guarding, concierge services, mobile patrols and key holding – including night and weekend cover.

Marcus Cain, regional facilities manager for the North at LSH, informed Risk UK that the company previously used a number of different security providers, with the new contract forming part of a rationalisation process.

“Axis Security boasts a strong presence in the North East region,” observed Cain. “The company’s clients include the UK’s leading property management consultancies, which gives us confidence that the business can deliver the range of services we require across our own diverse portfolio of properties.”

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Lambert Smith Hampton’s Grey Street offices

Cain added that Axis’ reputation as a good employer is also important. “We have peace of mind that Axis Security looks after its employees and that all officers are licensed with the Security Industry Authority.”

Many LSH properties are multi-tenanted and require flexible, responsive value-add services (for example, providing meter readings of vacant properties). Axis Security completes this particular task using Fast Field technology, giving LSH instant and reliable information to check against utility bills.

“On one occasion,” outlined Cain, “we briefed Axis in the morning regarding a new instruction in the North East region. The mobile patrol service was fully-mobilised that same day, including a meter readings collection for the Estate.”

Other technology employed in the contract includes TrackTik, which provides officer location tracking and enables officers to capture live footage of incidents. Cain believes this is a must-have compliance solution. “Lone worker welfare is an important Health and Safety issue, but the technology also means we can prove to relevant stakeholders that patrols have actually been completed.”

In conclusion, Cain stated: “Overall, Axis is a good fit for our business. They are genuinely responsive and understand that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.”

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Abloy wins Gaia Award for Sustainable Building Products

Security expert Abloy has received the Gaia Award for Sustainable Building Products at Big 5 in Dubai, winning the accolade for its range of low energy locks.

The Big 5 in Dubai is the largest construction event in the Middle East, connecting thousands of global suppliers and buyers of construction products. For their part, the Gaia Awards honour construction equipment and products that have truly integrated the concept of moving towards a more sustainable built environment.

Abloy’s low energy locks were showcased at the ASSA Abloy stand. Visitors voting at the exhibition chose them for the Gaia Award 2016 for Sustainable Building Products.

The locks blend high security with eco-friendliness. They boast an ultra-low current consumption due to energy only being used when the lock status is changed. In addition to the energy and cost reductions involved, the locks have a very wide voltage range and a number of usage possibilities.

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Minna Sallinen, vice-president of product management at Abloy Oy, explained: “For Abloy, sustainability is a state of mind. It concerns all our processes – product development, choice of materials, the Health and Safety of our employees and customers, distribution and service.”

Aaron Yule, managing director of Abloy UK, added: “It’s fantastic to see Abloy products gaining international acclaim, and in an arena where sustainability is paramount. By selecting our low energy locks, specifiers can ensure they’re choosing a system that not only allows for swift and easy access and egress alongside an enhanced security provision, but also reduces the energy consumption and carbon footprint of a building.”

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Keeping Up With Compliance: White Paper on Escape Doors published by Abloy UK

Abloy UK has created a White Paper that explains the importance of complying with standards and regulations for Escape Doors and recommends solutions to ensure compliance.

All stages of developing any building need to conform to the required standards. From the architect to the installer, all parties involved need to take responsibility for ensuring the correct compliant elements are in place.

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There’s an average of 162 building fires in Great Britain every day, with more than 9,100 fatalities or casualties from those fires, which works out at around 25 per day. Fitting the correct system can literally mean 
the difference between life and death for the occupants of a building.

In this White Paper, Abloy UK explores why it’s vital that each party – whether an architect, specifier, facilities manager or installer – takes responsibility for ensuring the correct compliant standards are met to guarantee safe egress for the occupants of the building in the event of an emergency.

*To view the White Paper visit http://www.abloy.co.uk/en/abloy/abloy-co-uk/white-paper/escape-standards-compliance-white-paper/

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Bosch makes video analytics at the edge a new built-in standard for all IP cameras

Escalating demand for highly-detailed, 24/7 video images produces colossal amounts of data which requires extensive transmission and storage capacity as well as time-consuming monitoring and assessment. With this in mind, Bosch Security Systems has announced the roll-out of video analytics inside its cameras (ie ‘at the edge’) as a standard feature. By enhancing both its existing and future IP cameras with this technology, Bosch will enable end users to effortlessly search through large amounts of video data and duly pinpoint the information that matters most to them.

In the next 12 months, Bosch Security Systems’ complete range of IP cameras will come fully-equipped with video analytics at the edge. Bosch’s Starlight family will be the first to feature a full suite of 15 of its new Essential Video Analytics, starting with the DINION IP Starlight 6000 fixed box and FLEXIDOME IP Starlight 6000 fixed dome cameras.

All top-of-the-line IP 7000 and IP 8000 Starlight cameras will come equipped with the company’s state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analytics offering up to 17 different analytic possibilities for risk and security managers.

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Video analytics inside the camera create an intelligent video security system using metadata, which means adding sense and structure to video data already at the point of capture (ie ‘at the edge’) and enabling each camera to operate independently.

Decentralising intelligence in this way eliminates a single point of failure (central analytics server), meaning that if one camera or encoder fails, the system maintains full performance. With built-in (or ‘edge’) analytics, each camera in the network can then interpret captured video data and alert end users of potential security threats in real-time based on configurable triggers.

Take appropriate action faster, easier and more efficiently

Video analytics at the edge will allow end users to instantly and easily retrieve specific footage from hours of stored video. Also, by focusing on the point where data is captured and only streaming the data that’s needed, network strain and storage requirements are significantly reduced.

Data streamed can include all image data or the metadata alone, depending on the specific application requirements. The end results are relevant, immediate alerts and key statistics, enhancing the accuracy of the video security system and reducing the margin of error that comes with 24/7 live monitoring by security personnel.

All Bosch video analytics algorithms are developed in-house together with the automotive division to deliver the most reliable and robust solution for network video security solutions.

Small and medium-sized businesses, large retail stores, commercial buildings and warehouses will benefit from Essential Video Analytics. This suite of video analytics delivers 15 different video analytics algorithms that can be used for smart movement detection as well as business analytics. It allows a single camera solution to be used for enforcing Health and Safety regulations, intelligent intrusion and idle-object detection as well as to perform crowd density assessment.

It also provides useful business metrics for various applications such as people counting and crowd density information.

Cameras equipped with Bosch’s state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analytics have the added capacity to deliver the highest level of accuracy for mission critical applications such as perimeter protection for airports and critical infrastructures, ship tracking and traffic monitoring. Intelligent Video Analytics stands has the ability to differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers such as challenging environments where snow, wind, rain, water reflections and distance could make images even more difficult to interpret.

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Bosch launches latest variant of Starlight camera technology

Bosch Starlight cameras deliver the highest quality of relevant video surveillance, even in extremely low light conditions. From October, the Starlight portfolio will be even further enhanced thanks to improved light sensitivity, improved front and backlight compensation and higher frame rates as well as a wider choice of resolutions and form factors.

Another compelling enrichment is that all Bosch IP 6000, 7000 and 8000 Starlight cameras will feature Bosch video analytics at the edge as standard instead of an optional feature requiring no additional investment or license fees from the customer.

Bosch feels that offering video analytics at the edge as standard is now a necessity to cater for the ever-increasing demand for details and the proliferation of cameras. Bosch video analytics add sense and structure to video data already at the point of capture (at the edge), enabling end users to effortlessly search through large amounts of video data and pinpoint the information that matters most to them. In this way, end users can take appropriate action faster, easier and more efficiently. It also enables them to reduce network strain and storage requirements by streaming only the data that’s needed.

The complete IP Starlight camera portfolio from Bosch offers a wider selection of resolutions (720p, 1080p and 5 megapixel) and form factors including fixed box, fixed dome or moving dome cameras, as well as extremely rugged moving cameras for when conditions become tough. The Starlight portfolio also offers higher dynamic ranges of up to 120 dB for perfect exposure in all lighting conditions regardless of front and backlight, as well as frame rates of up to 60 fps to easily capture fast-moving objects.

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In addition, the latest sensor technology, combined with sophisticated noise suppression, results in a light sensitivity of 0.0069 lux in colour and 0.0008 lux in monochrome for the 1080p models. This enables Starlight cameras to produce full colour images in the dark beyond the point where other cameras have switched to monochrome.

Where other cameras fail to show any image at all, Starlight cameras are still capable of delivering detailed monochrome images.

Video analytics at the edge

Bosch’s video analytics at the edge enables Starlight cameras to interpret data and decide what and when to stream based on configurable triggers, in turn minimising bandwidth requirements if needed. The end results are relevant alerts and key statistics which enhance the accuracy of the video surveillance system, providing relevant data for numerous security and non-security applications and substantially reducing the margin of error that comes with time-consuming and labour intensive 24/7 human surveillance.

A full suite of Essential Video Analytics is provided as standard without additional license fees on the DINION IP Starlight 6000 fixed box and FLEXIDOME IP Starlight 6000 fixed dome cameras at competitive price points. All IP 7000 and IP 8000 Starlight cameras are equipped with state-of –the-art Intelligent Video Analytics from Bosch: a full suite of robust video analytics algorithms offering the highest accuracy for the ultimate in video analytics. These analytics require no additional investment or license fees from the user.

Essential Video Analytics offers 15 different video analytics algorithms that can be used for advanced intrusion detection and enforcing Health and Safety regulations. It also possesses business analytics capabilities, such as people counting and crowd density information for retail environments.

Intelligent Video Analytics is specifically designed for the most demanding environments. It has the added capacity to deliver the highest level of accuracy for mission critical applications such as those at perimeter protection for airports and critical infrastructures, ship tracking and traffic monitoring.

In addition, Intelligent Video Analytics offers 17 different video analytics algorithms and can do everything that essential video analytics does. What makes the former stand out is its ability to differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers such as challenging environments where snow, wind, rain, water reflections and distance could make images even more difficult to interpret. This helps to minimise costly false positives and enables end users to focus on what’s relevant to them.

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Showsec cements “strong working relationship” with ‘The Bloodstock Family’

Crowd management and event security specialist Showsec has been praised for the customer-focused approach which has contributed to the success of Bloodstock, one of the UK’s largest dedicated heavy metal festivals which is staged each summer in the Derbyshire countryside.

Founded and organised by the Gregory family, Bloodstock Open Air attracts almost 15,000 heavy metal fans to the grounds of Catton Hall where this year’s line-up featured headline acts Twisted Sister, Mastodon and Slayer over the three days of the event.

The festival is enjoyed as much by Showsec’s team as it is by the audience, such is the atmosphere which has been generated by the biggest independent event of its kind.

“Bloodstock is like a big family gathering each year, and Showsec has certainly added to that great sense of togetherness,” said Adam Gregory, one of the festival’s directors. “Front-of-House contact can define your event because it transmits the feel and the atmosphere. Showsec works well with what we’re trying to achieve in terms of the customer experience, and that helps to enhance a real family vibe right across the whole event. We can engage with Showsec at all management levels. We’re listened to and they deliver.”

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Joe Milner of Showsec (second from right) pictured at Bloodstock with festival directors Vicky Greenfield, Adam Gregory and Rachael Greenfield

Bloodstock is now well established on the heavy metal scene, and Showsec has been instrumental in developing its special atmosphere for the past seven years. Fellow Bloodstock director Rachael Greenfield added: “The relationship has grown much stronger in the time that we’ve engaged Showsec’s services for the festival. They understand our family brilliantly, and the familiar faces which we see within the team makes a big difference in terms of building trust with all parties. The fans feel like they’re coming to see their friends once a year, and I know that many would include members of the Showsec staff among them.”

That was clearly evident from the numerous messages posted on social media after Bloodstock had once again lived up to expectations. “Just nothing but praise for the Bloodstock security,” wrote Stewart Lucas on the festival’s Facebook page. “There are no power trips or egos. They just do their jobs with utter professionalism and total respect for us paying punters.”

Alex Fynney stated: “The best security ever. Good seeing familiar faces each year.” Jo Dark added: “Great work. They are so friendly.”

Many of the Showsec staff on duty at Catton Park have worked there on a number of occasions, some of them regularly travelling across from Wales. “We all look forward to Bloodstock each year,” said Joe Milner, Showsec’s area manager for the East Midlands. “It isn’t just a festival. It’s a community of people who enjoy listening to their favourite music and the other attractions of this event. We’ve all worked together for some time now, and the strength of that relationship is reflected in the festival experience we deliver for the thousands of metal fans who are so loyal to the event and look forward to their time at Catton Park each year.”

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