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2013 John Aplin Award winner announced by The Security Institute

The Security Institute announced the winner of The John Aplin Award 2013 at its annual Christmas Curry Night, held in central London on Tuesday 17 December.

The John Aplin Award is presented to the Student of the Year who has achieved the highest marks in the Certificate of Security Management and honours John Aplin, who was instrumental in developing NVQs for the security sector.

The 2013 finalists were Neil Littler, Andrew Moore, Lee Trumper, Pete Goode, Keith Denton, Jodie Acty, Kelereng Busang and Gerrard Isherwood.

This year’s overall winner was Lee Trumper, who achieved 100% in the Certificate of Security Management Course from the September 2012 intake.

The John Aplin Award is presented to the Student of the Year who has achieved the highest marks in the Certificate of Security Management

The John Aplin Award is presented to the Student of the Year who has achieved the highest marks in the Certificate of Security Management

The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP commented: “This year we are making the presentation to Lee Trumper, who achieved an incredible 100% in the Certificate of Security Management course. I want to congratulate Lee and all of the finalists whom we recognise for their academic achievements.”

The Certificate in Security Management is The Security Institute’s own qualification. It’s one that’s recognised on the international stage and results in a BTEC Level 3 Professional Award in Security Management courtesy of Edexcel.

This course is designed to promote and recognise the knowledge and ability of candidates currently employed – or aspiring to employment – in the security profession, be that in the private or public sector. It’s available by Distance Learning and is delivered by Perpetuity Training on behalf of The Security Institute.

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Zepcam now integrated with Milestone’s VMS

The state-of-the-art 4G body worn video system (BWVS) designated Zepcam that’s widely used by police forces across Europe has been integrated with Milestone’s Video Management System.

The move allows end users to monitor both fixed cameras and images generated by the BWVS through one system on a simultaneous basis.

Zepcam has also announced that it will be entering the transportation sector next year with vehicle-mounted video systems.

Zepcam's 4G body worn video system has been integrated with Milestone's VMS

Zepcam’s 4G body worn video system has been integrated with Milestone’s VMS

The Zepcam solution is distributed in the UK by Interconnective Security Products. The company’s managing director Bobby Logue explained: “At the beginning of 2011, we implemented a strategy to move Interconnective from being a ‘box shifter’ to a solutions provider that adds value to security service providers. One of our tactics was to move our product sourcing from China to Europe, engaging with manufacturers that had dedicated R&D facilities in place as well as an innovative culture. Zepcam is a fine example of the success of our strategy. We expect to reveal further success stories during 2014 from our other supply partners.”

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Interconnective Ltd presents shares to successful employees

Iain Duncan Smith (the Conservative Member of Parliament for Chingford and Woodford Green and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) recently presented Interconnective Limited shares to two of the company’s employees in recognition of their excellent work.

An SME based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, Interconnective Ltd issued 10% of its shares to Chris Lanchbury and Joanna Karwacka, the two employees who work in the Interconnective Security Products division. Lanchbury is technical services manager and Karwacka the general manager.

Back in 2011, the directors of Interconnective Ltd took the decision to create opportunities for employees entering permanent employment straight from education. The initiative included engaging employees resident in High Wycombe for at least three years.

Iain Duncan Smith MP and Chris Lanchbury of Interconnective Ltd

Iain Duncan Smith MP and Chris Lanchbury of Interconnective Ltd

Lanchbury and Karwacka joined the company in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The turnover of their division, Interconnective Security Products, rose by 85% and 32% over the past two years.

Both employees have undertaken further education since joining Interconnective. Lanchbury has successfully completed technical courses while Karwacka recently completed her Masters degree in International Business.

Iain Duncan Smith MP and Interconnective Ltd's Joanna Karwacka

Iain Duncan Smith MP and Interconnective Ltd’s Joanna Karwacka

Bobby Logue, Interconnective Ltd’s managing director, commented: “I’m especially proud of Joanna and Chris, both of whom joined the business direct from education. It has been a joy to watch the two of them grow into extremely competent colleagues. I’m always receiving compliments from my customers on their professional approach.”

Logue added: “A lot has been said about the quality of school leavers in this country. My view is that it’s about how we as employers enthuse, train and invest in our employees.”

Interconnective Ltd was established in 2000 and supplies security products to 746 companies (including 19 of the Top 20 security companies in the UK).

Across the years, Interconnective Ltd has received four peer-nominated security industry awards.

Interconnective Security Products distributes smart security solutions including the Zepcam Body Worn Video Solution and Intellio Video Analytics.

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Samsung Techwin appoints new managing director for security division

Jong Wan Lim has been appointed managing director of the professional security division at Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Lim had worked for the Samsung Group for 26 years as a project director in new business and head of overseas countries.

He has also led the Samsung Techwin DACH, the CIS and East European team.

Speaking about his new role, Jong Wan Lim said: “2014 will be a very exciting year for Samsung Techwin in Europe, Russia and the CIS. I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to lead a highly professional team who share my enthusiasm for providing customers with the best possible pre- and post-sales support, as well as Best in Class video surveillance solutions.”

Jong Wan Lim: the new md for Samsung Techwin's security division

Jong Wan Lim: the new md for Samsung Techwin Europe’s security division

He continued: “Sales of the IP network-based solutions have already exceeded those of the traditional analogue products and, with the help of our WiseNetIII IP Network Full HD range, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in our own IP network sales. These solutions have proven to be extremely popular with installers and system integrators alike, and I’m confident that we will be able to grow our market share during 2014 and beyond.”

Samsung Smart Security: the detail

Samsung manufactures video surveillance and access control products designed to meet the current and future needs of security professionals. The products use innovative technologies, many of which are unique to Samsung. The company states that they can deliver “tangible benefits and outstanding value” to those involved in combating criminal activity, while at the same time offering cost-saving advantages to installers and system integrators.

Samsung’s philosophy of delivering Smart Security is reflected in a product portfolio which provides customers with the flexibility to choose the best solution for the project. This choice includes a comprehensive and competitively priced range of analogue cameras, DVRs and monitors, a complete end-to-end IP solutions range, licence-free viewing and recording software and an impressive line-up of HD megapixel cameras.

The latter incorporate Samsung Techwin WiseNet DSP chipsets to allow the multi-streaming of video whilst putting the user firmly in control of bandwidth management.

‘Hybrid’ options include encoders which provide a cost-effective and easy way of adding analogue cameras to an IP/network-based video surveillance system.

Samsung’s biometric, proximity, smart card and PIN-based access control systems can be fully integrated with the company’s SRD digital video recorder range. This allows end users to achieve maximum advantage from their investment in a security system by ensuring that access control events and alarms may be reliably synchronised with relevant video.

Training is at the heart of a range of support services which also includes free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

Samsung offers IP network solutions training courses for installers and system integrators. On its stand at exhibitions including IFSEC International, the company runs hands-on workshop areas to give sales professionals and technicians the confidence to recommend, design and install an integrated IP network-based access control and video surveillance system.

Samsung’s professional security products are widely accessible across Europe via an extensive network of distributors. For further information e-mail: STEsecurity@samsung.com or telephone +44 (0)1932 82 6700. Alternatively, visit: http://www.samsungsecurity.com

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Operation Captura praised by UK and Spanish security ministers

UK and Spanish security ministers have highlighted the recent successes under Operation Captura, a seven-year campaign run jointly by the National Crime Agency and the UK’s Crimestoppers charity.

The end of the era when British criminals on the run can find sanctuary on Spain’s southern ‘Costas’ is in sight. That’s the message from Home Office security minister James Brokenshire and Spanish security minister Francisco Martínez Vázquez, who spoke at a meeting in London this week.

The ministers reviewed recent successes under Operation Captura, a seven-year campaign run jointly by the National Crime Agency and the UK’s Crimestoppers charity. Through concerted publicity activity and public information, together with tough enforcement action, 56 of the 76 drug dealers, violent robbers and sex offenders on the run have been arrested and brought to justice in the UK.

The ministers also looked ahead to the UK’s integration in October 2014 with the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II). SIS II is a European computer network which will make it easier and more efficient for police forces and officers at borders across Europe to share information in real time about criminals, their vehicles and documents.

Spanish security minister Francisco Martínez Vázquez (left) and James Brokenshire, security minister at the UK Home Office

Spanish security minister Francisco Martínez Vázquez (left) and James Brokenshire, security minister at the UK Home Office

As well as helping the police in the UK to arrest criminals on the run in Europe, SIS II will also improve other countries’ abilities to identify foreign offenders hiding in the UK.

Once they have been found, the European Arrest Warrant means they can be extradited from the UK to the countries in which they are wanted.

More than 4,000 wanted people have been removed from the UK in the past four years, including 57 people wanted for child sex offences, 105 people wanted for murder and 86 people wanted for rape.

In a joint statement, the ministers said: “With over three quarters of Britain’s most wanted in Spain arrested over the last five years, the message is clear: there is no hiding place for criminals on the run. This is good for both our countries.

“The efforts of our police and security agencies, supported by the excellent work of Crimestoppers and the Operation Captura campaign, have had a substantial effect. It’s a great example of cross-border policing and security co-operation in action. We are determined that it will continue and determined to work together even more closely to deprive criminals of the proceeds of their crimes by recovering their assets.

“We look forward to strengthening and deepening our co-operation next year with the UK connecting to SIS II. It offers a powerful new means of sharing information on wanted criminals between our police and other law enforcement agencies on a quick and accurate basis. It will help us build on achievements to date and turn up the heat on any fugitives still at large.”

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NSI to hold Business Licensing Seminars

In order to help organisations gain a greater understanding of the Security Industry Authority’s requirements and the impact business licensing will have on the services organisations currently provide, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) will be holding two complimentary half-day seminars at its headquarters in Maidenhead on 26 February 2014.

With the Security Industry Authority (SIA) recently announcing that it will be accepting applications for business licensing from April 2014, the NSI seminars will be of interest to those organisations working in the relevant licensable sectors* and will include presentations from industry experts.

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions related to their organisations’ circumstances.

The following content will be included within the seminars:
• The fundamental requirements of business licensing
• How to demonstrate competence in order to gain a business licence
• The penalties for operating without a business licence
• Timeframes and why it’s important to act quickly

Jeff Little OBE: CEO at the NSI

Jeff Little OBE: CEO at the NSI

Kay Aitkin, the NSI’s services delivery director, explained: “It’s vital for organisations providing licensable activities to be prepared for business licensing. The NSI understands the impact this will have and, through our seminars, we aim to educate and prepare organisations for this fundamental change.”

Individuals wishing to attend should book online at http://www.nsi.org.uk/our-services/our-schemes/new-business-licensing/

Alternatively, for further information contact Daniel Offley (the NSI’s sales and marketing executive) on (telephone) 01628 764849 or via e-mail at: daniel.offley@nsi.org.uk

*The licensable sectors that will be impacted by mandatory business licensing are Security Guarding, Cash and Valuables in Transit, Close Protection, Door Supervision, Public Space Surveillance, Key Holding and the Immobilisation of Vehicles (in Northern Ireland only)

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Video surveillance: IHS predicts the trends for 2014

Market analyst IHS has issued its fifth annual White Paper on the key trends for the video surveillance industry. Niall Jenkins (research manager, video surveillance and security services at IHS) states that 2014 is all set to be another exciting year for the industry with big data, thermal cameras, embedded audio capabilities and the rise of the cloud in China just a few of the trends to watch out for during the next 12 months.

1. Video Surveillance: The Star Markets for 2014

IHS has been researching the video surveillance equipment market for more than ten years. During this time, the market has grown quickly, most years at a double digit rate.

The year 2014 will be no exception. IHS forecasts that the global market will grow by more than 12%. Within the global market, IHS has identified fixed-dome and 180/360 degree network cameras as the fastest growing product segments, and the city surveillance and utilities/energy sectors as the vertical markets to watch.

2014 is all set to be another exciting year for the CCTV sector

2014 is all set to be another exciting year for the CCTV sector

2. Big Data: Crowd Sourcing Video Surveillance and Social Media Analytics

The prevalence of smart phones with cameras and Internet connectivity in tandem with social media apps such as Vine and Instagram has led to the first ‘crowd sourced’ data collection for an investigation in 2013 (following the Boston Marathon bombings).

Now that this trend has begun, IHS predicts it’s likely that police forces will increasingly request – and need to manage – crowd-sourced video surveillance data. While this will allow law enforcement agencies to react more quickly, especially with the use of social media monitoring, it will also create data analysis and manipulation challenges.

Meeting these challenges will provide systems integrators and software vendors with a new opportunity to create solutions that improve police incident responses in 2014 and beyond.

3. Cloud-Based Video Surveillance Opens Markets in China

In China, the concept of the cloud is becoming increasingly popular, particularly so as the telecom infrastructure matures. As network bandwidth improves and network product pricing declines, cloud-based video surveillance solutions are drawing the attention of more suppliers.

While a cloud-based solution isn’t a compulsory choice, it does represent a great opportunity to leverage the massive demand for civil video surveillance.

With more attention and an increasing customer base, IHS predicts that cloud-based video surveillance solutions will be defined by the value created in the applications they offer to customers. With more than one billion potential users in China, getting the right mix of product and security features will be a successful combination.

4. Thermal Cameras Hit the Commercial Market

IHS forecasts that the video surveillance product market that will see the largest average selling price (ASP) decline during the next few years will be the un-cooled thermal camera market.

While the number of un-cooled thermal camera units shipped to the commercial security industry suggests that the market has not yet been commoditised, increased competition, new products and new end user markets will mean 2014 is a breakthrough year for the technology.

IHS predicts it is likely that police forces will increasingly request, and need to manage, crowd sourced video surveillance data

IHS predicts it is likely that police forces will increasingly request, and need to manage, crowd sourced video surveillance data

5. Panoramic Cameras: Providing the Full Picture

The big video surveillance camera category winner in 2014 will be 180/360 degree panoramic network cameras, with global unit shipments forecast to increase by more than 60% year-on-year.

In particular, the cameras are predicted to gain market share in verticals such as retail, airports and casinos where monitoring wide indoor areas is a key requirement of the video surveillance system.

6. Power over Ethernet: Watt’s the Story?

As the transition towards network video surveillance continues, increasing focus is being placed on the supporting network infrastructure. A crucial element of this is power.

Recent developments in Power over Ethernet (POE) standards and products make the technology a much more viable option for security managers. Looking forward, IHS expects that security camera manufacturers will expand and develop their portfolios of low-powered cameras to conform to the POE+ standard.

Technologies that overcome the distance limitations of Ethernet and POE also will find general market acceptance.

7. Is it Time for a Different View on Live Video and Mobile Access?

Following the events of the school shooting in Sandy Hook 12 months ago, there has been renewed focus on the idea of facility security managers securely sharing live video footage with law enforcement in the event of an incident.

The technology needed to provide this already exists, yet issues over ongoing cost – and, more importantly, who pays for the system – have meant that market penetration has been limited.

However, with costs dropping and a refocus on protection of assets of both the physical and human kind in the post-Sandy Hook era, 2014 could be the year where live streaming of video surveillance to law enforcement becomes the norm.

In 2014, the market for video surveillance devices with chargeable VCA will remain a viable market in applications where the end user needs advanced reliable analytics

In 2014, the market for video surveillance devices with chargeable VCA will remain a viable market in applications where the end user needs advanced reliable analytics

8. Video Analytics Market Reaches a Fork in the Road

For some time now, video surveillance device vendors have been embedding low-end video analytics applications in their devices and offering them as ‘free’ features. A question has therefore been raised: ‘Will there continue to be a market for video analytics, or will all applications simply be offered for free?’

As the market reaches this fork in the road, it’s clear that vendors can no longer charge for basic algorithms. That said, in 2014 the market for video surveillance devices with chargeable VCA will remain a viable market in applications where the end user needs advanced reliable analytics.

9. Security Cameras to Make Some Noise in 2014

More than 70% of network cameras shipped globally in 2013 had either unidirectional or multidirectional audio capability. However, the consensus from security systems integrators is that these capabilities are rarely used.

Nonetheless, with increasing awareness of embedded audio analytics and even sound source localisation, market penetration could be about to rise.

With much of the technology already available and the constant need to differentiate products and increase system efficiency, IHS predicts that the market will see greater emphasis on the audio capabilities of video surveillance systems in 2014.

10. Video Surveillance Vendors to Enter New Markets

Contrary to popular belief, the physical security market is not consolidating, at least not in the near future. However, video surveillance vendors are beginning to look at new markets as they invest the profits made from years of fast market growth.

Following the announcements of new products from companies like Milestone Systems and Axis Communications and new services from Hikvision and Dahua during 2013, IHS expects this trend to continue into 2014 with more new product and service announcements from network focused security companies as they seek to add new revenue streams to their portfolio.

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