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Frontline Security Solutions wins first RoSPA Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety

Frontline Security Solutions has received its first Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), winning in its first year of entering. RoSPA Gold Award winners are recognised for achieving a high level of performance while demonstrating well-developed occupational Health and Safety management systems and culture, an outstanding control of risk and low levels of error, harm and loss.

Frontline Security Solutions is part of Chubb, which itself is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

Nichola Maher, EH&S manager at Frontline Security Solutions, told Risk Xtra: “Frontline has a robust, people-centric ethic. We’re delighted to receive our first ROSPA accolade, and particularly so as it’s a Gold Award.”

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Simon Trundley, project manager for Frontline Security Solutions who collected the award, added: “By demonstrating the robust Health and Safety practices we have in place, we’re helping to ensure that all staff feel safe at work, which gives them more confidence to carry out their roles and responsibilities. It’s an honour to receive such an important award for and on behalf of Frontline Security Solutions.”

By attaining a RoSPA Award, an organisation is acknowledged for its commitment to maintaining a well-balanced approach towards Health and Safety management, as well as demonstrating superior practices in areas such as leadership and workplace contribution.

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Drone give-away by Inner Range at IFSEC International 2019

Access control solutions developer Inner Range will be rewarding lucky visitors to its stand with a drone on every day of this year’s IFSEC International, which runs at London’s ExCeL from Tuesday 18 until Thursday 20 June.

Delegates who watch a demonstration of an Inner Range product will be invited to enter their details into the manufacturer’s flagship product, Integriti, and the system will randomly select a winner at the end of each day.

Winners will receive a Holy Stone Mercury 3 racing drone, which can travel at 45 km per hour and transmit HD video and aerial photos in real-time. The camera, which has a 120-degree wide-angle lens, is easy to install or remove, while the drone is designed to reduce wind resistance for more stable filming conditions.

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Inner Range has two demonstrations linked to IFSEC’s official ‘Show Me How’ series of presentations and trials. The first showcases how Inner Range’s entry-level access control system, Inception, can now integrate with the Milestone XProtect video management system. The integration allows the Inception controller to become the security and access mechanism supporting the Milestone system.

Inner Range’s enterprise-level intelligent integrated access control system, Integriti, will also feature in the ‘Show Me How’ series. Delegates can see how ‘user qualifications’ can boost Health and Safety procedures, or ease car park credit renewals by alerting users when qualifications or credits are about to expire.

Tim Northwood, general manager at Inner Range, said: “We love showing what our products can do and will happily demonstrate any aspect of our systems that people are curious about. To add an element of fun, anyone who has had a demonstration can enter our prize draw to win a racing drone. IFSEC is full of technology enthusiasts and drones are the latest gadget, whether people use them for serious business purposes or fly them just for fun. We hope delegates will like them.”

Inner Range’s Stand IF1030 will include eight large screens to demonstrate the manufacturer’s access control systems and software in action.

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Smurfit Kappa synergises lone worker protection across all UK sites thanks to ANT Telecom

The Smurfit Kappa Group plc, the corrugated packaging company, has unified its complete lone worker protection solutions across 19 UK sites with the assistance of ANT Telecom.

ANT Telecom has been working with Smurfit Kappa since 2011 and initially provided lone worker devices across five of the company’s sites to protect employees when working alone. These devices are designed to provide lone worker ‘SOS’ and ‘Man Down’ facilities in both normal and harsh environments whereby end users can raise an alert when the device’s in-built panic button has been pressed or the tilt mechanism activated.

Nigel Elias, UK HSE manager at Smurfit Kappa, said: “The well-being of all of our staff is something we take very seriously and ensuring protection for our workers, especially when they’re working alone, is paramount. ANT Telecom’s lone worker devices have helped reassure our staff of their safety and give them the confidence that, should an incident occur, an alarm is triggered.”

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More recently, Smurfit Kappa wanted to enhance the lone worker solution and protect lone workers across its other sites. “We needed a way of ensuring that an alert had reached the correct response team and had been dealt with in a timely manner, with complete visibility of the alarm’s audit trail,” explained Elias.

In response, ANT Telecom presented its Automated Incident Manager, a critical alarm management platform that integrates with the hand-held lone worker devices. The solution automatically distributes the triggered alarm’s information to designated local response teams and escalates the alarm if it’s not acknowledged, thereby ensuring the incident is dealt with without delay. 

Elias continued: “Alerting selected responders for each location is key for a multiple-site organisation such as ours. The hosted version of the solution was ideal due to its rapid deployment capability. The effectiveness of immediate alerts and scalability quickly prompted our decision to roll out the solution, along with lone worker Protector devices, across 19 of our sites, in turn enabling us to implement a more effective and robust lone worker process across the group.”

Elias went on to state: “Our workforce isn’t wholly comprised of lone workers. Therefore, a challenge for us was educating staff that, when they’re working on their own, they need to be protected should an incident occur. With ANT Telecom’s help and the business’ consultative approach, we’ve built awareness of lone worker safety right across the company. This is something that has helped the business immensely in terms of improving employee morale.”

To reinforce this further, ANT Telecom provided each individual site with a well-structured training initiative for how the system works. Representatives have worked closely with Smurfit Kappa’s staff and continue to monitor the solution across the myriad sites involved in order to ensure that it’s maintained and working effectively.

Klaus Allion, managing director at ANT Telecom, observed: “We’re thrilled to be working with Smurfit Kappa in building a reliable and wide-scale solution across its sites to increase the Health and Safety of lone workers. We’ve provided Smurfit Kappa with an overall solution that puts both lone workers and stakeholders’ minds at ease. Should an alarm be activated, the response time is going to be rapid.”

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Vericon Systems launches “innovative” EmeRed device for automating emergency lighting tests

Vericon Systems – the provider of innovative building management systems and technologies – has launched EmeRed, an intelligent device that automates the process of testing emergency lighting to ensure such lighting is working when needed and help facilities managers comply with relevant Health and Safety legislation.

The intelligent device, which can be easily retrofitted, re-imagines how new technology can be created to improve safety, ensure compliance and reduce costs. EmeRed monitors the performance of every light and automatically transmits the results to a dedicated portal that can be accessed online via the cloud. This gives facilities managers, estate managers and property owners complete visibility of the status of individual lights in a single building, as well as performance trends across an entire portfolio.

EmeRed reports a range of different factors to ensure lighting is always on the top line, such as battery degradation and energy consumption. It also measures the life outstanding in each battery to ensure they’re replaced before an emergency occurs and automatically reports any potential failures or problems.

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Bernard Cook, managing director of Vericon Systems, said: “The industry has been too slow to adapt to new technology and new thinking. Testing emergency lighting equipment is an important responsibility, but manual testing is often a time-consuming and therefore costly job. Using EmeRed’s smart technologies and machine learning to automate emergency lighting testing can save building and facilities managers valuable time and money, especially so in comparison to manual testing. It guarantees 100% compliance and enables real-time information to be viewed or downloaded remotely.”

EmeRed’s small, wireless design makes it extremely quick and easy to install. Once installed, the device takes just a few minutes to configure to ensure life safety systems are fully compliant. EmeRed can also be connected and integrated with other Vericon Systems products and solutions that support an entire building ecosystem.

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360 Vision Technology’s established Invictus PTZ cameras enlisted to protect Super Bowl LIII

Super Bowl LIII was safeguarded by 360 Vision Technology’s ruggedised Hybrid Invictus PTZ cameras. These were deployed as part of Security Centres International’s high-performance Mobile Advanced Safety Tower (MAST) rapid deployment camera solution.

In all, ten MAST units were deployed in various areas surrounding the brand new, state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

With over one million fans expected to focus on the Super Bowl and the ten-day Fan Festival, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) was keen to complement the existing CCTV networks around the ground as well as mass transit point footfall areas, such as bus and rail stations.

Stuart Bostock, executive group president at Security Centres International, explained: “Featuring world-class HD surveillance imaging, leading-edge design, robustness, zero infrastructure requirements and seamless VMS integration, MAST is the only product of its kind that would readily integrate into the existing CCTV infrastructure. Additionally, MAST benefits from a significantly smaller footprint than similar trailer-based, stand-alone surveillance systems.”

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Bostock went on to comment: “MAST has been developed to answer the need for a more sophisticated and flexible surveillance system for infrastructure and public space safety, including large crowd gatherings. MAST combines a rapidly deployable unit with some of the most advanced safety and surveillance technology available. This is why we selected 360 Vision Technology’s Invictus camera for its core imaging technology.”

Mark Rees, managing director of 360 Vision Technology, added: “360 Vision Technology’s Invictus is a high-performance, ruggedised all-in-one PTZ camera with Full 1080P HD and ultra low-light camera technology, making it the perfect choice for off-grid temporary/rapid deployment mobile surveillance rigs such as MAST. Additionally, Invictus’ low power consumption greatly assists the longevity of critical battery power when deployed in the field, extending MAST’s operational performance for deployment in more remote applications.”

Rees concluded: “The Invictus camera’s unparalleled mix of competitive cost and advanced Predator low-light camera imaging technology makes it the perfect imaging component for the innovative MAST system.”

The use of the MAST units integrated to the existing fixed camera points during Super Bowl LIII week proved a huge success with HD images transmitted to the MARTA Emergency Operations Centre via a mobile network. Thanks to the high quality of the images received, system operators were able to identify and tackle a number of incidents, including a vehicle theft.

Additionally, the images were also used to predict areas of dense footfall, tackle crowd control safety issues and manage general Health and Safety concerns.

The deployment of the Invictus-based camera system at Super Bowl LIII proved such a success that plans are already in place for deployment at other large-scale US sporting events (including the NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship in 2020) and also for city centre deployment across Atlanta.

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ABB places well-being of Control Room operators centre stage with latest digital solution

ABB is launching a new digital solution as part of its ABB Ability unified, cross-industry digital offer. The new solution will provide Security Control Room operators with direct insights into their own environmental conditions, allowing them to adjust those conditions according to their individual preferences.

The result is what ABB describes as “a complete micro environment that adapts to each individual’s needs and is achieved through the measurement and grading of factors such as air quality, temperature, lighting, environment and humidity”.

Operators also receive information on factors such as how long they’ll-being. That being so, they can reduce the risk of potential health problems such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity which not only benefits the operator, but also helps to reduce the level of absence due to sickness within a business.

“At ABB, we really understand the crucial role an optimised Control Room environment has for a business,” explained Pierre Skönnegård, ABB’s global product manager for Control Room solutions. “The wrong environment can lead to human error that can cost a business dearly. In fact, 40% of all industrial downtime is due to operator errors caused by fatigue. By creating the right environment, this new solution will go a long way towards addressing the problem.”

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A pilot project using the new application is already underway at the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and it will be rolled out globally in the first quarter of 2019.

“Operator well-being in the Control Room is a key element for consideration in project development.” stated Larisa Rizvanovic, senior scientist at RISE. “We will be exploring this new digital solution from ABB with our industrial partners such that they can also maximise the benefits it brings for their operators.”

The solution offers the possibility of creating a number of preferences and personal settings at any workstation, making it ideal for those businesses where there is shift working and also for those running a 24/7 Control Room operation.

Optimised light in the Control Room space, for example, decreases the risk of workers developing eye problems. The right balance between the monitors and the surrounding lights is crucial and can now easily be monitored and adjusted. The cloud-based application works in synergy with many other ABB Ability solutions, and provides a platform for information which can be shared between systems in the near future.

The consolidation and analysis of the collected data stored in the cloud is presented on a well-being/safety dashboard. Data is ranked automatically according to important standards such as ISO 11064. Specific business-related KPIs can be determined in relation to human factors and ergonomics.

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Remote sites upgrade delivers enhanced security for energy provider

Working to a tight ten-week schedule, four teams of Secom engineers recently completed a significant electronic security upgrade at no less than 150 critical sites resident within the UK’s energy infrastructure network.

The project – covering offices as well as remote locations with no staff – involved replacing key legacy equipment and software to create a superior platform for the remote monitoring of CCTV surveillance systems. It brought the 150 sites up to the same high standards of security as the customer’s other 250-plus sites across the UK.

Phil Lamb, Secom’s general manager for regional sales, feels that installation of new transmission units has allowed a switch for all of the customer’s sites to a more robust and cutting-edge video control platform in the Alarm Receiving Centre.

“Security is of course a major consideration for infrastructure service providers, but can prove to be challenging because of the many remote locations needed to ensure uninterrupted delivery to consumers nationwide. Reliable CCTV and alarm systems are important tools in dealing with issues that might affect the continuity of supply or any other risks of compromising security or Health and Safety concerns if, for example, there’s an unauthorised entry.”

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Lamb said the customer was facing a critical need as its existing transmission units had become obsolete. With the existing video management software there was a growing risk of losing connectivity with remote sites – and also, therefore, visibility of site issues.

“The decision to replace obsolete hardware and software was initiated to mitigate the risk of major security incidents by creating a more stable platform. Our role was to replace the end-of-life kit with the latest generation transmission units. As the incumbent service provider, we have intimate knowledge of each site and could evade potential issues, using our engineering skills to design issues out of the tight schedule by dint of using detailed process maps.”

The software platform was upgraded to meet customer expectations. Due to the nature of the replacement project, Secom hand-picked engineers for the four teams and also provided dedicated project managers.

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