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ASSA ABLOY UK determined to ‘Raise the Bar’ on fire door safety standards for Fire Door Safety Week 2018

Over three million fire doors are installed every year in the UK, yet incorrect specification, poor installation and a lack of maintenance are still common occurrences. In light of this, and to coincide with Fire Door Safety Week 2018, ASSA ABLOY UK is holding a dedicated event at West Midlands Fire Service’s headquarters in Birmingham to help ‘Raise the Bar’ on standards of quality for fire door safety. 

The event will take place on Thursday 27 September and is aimed at building owners, facility managers and individuals responsible for fire door safety. Key topics to be covered on the day include the importance and future of fire door certification, common issues of fire door installation, inspection and maintenance and the importance of compartmentalisation within high rise residential buildings. 

On the day, attendees can expect a discussion panel, speaker presentations and a series of Case Studies delivered by representatives from the British Woodworking Federation, BRE Global, Exova Warringtonfire, the West Midlands Fire Service, the National Health Service and, of course, ASSA ABLOY UK.

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David Hindle, head of door controls for ASSA ABLOY UK, explained: “The draft report produced by BRE Global on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service highlighted that only 17% of door closers at Grenfell Tower were present and working. Door closers and other door hardware that impact the performance of a fire door or doorset are a critical part of fire safety and should be subject to performance standards and regular maintenance and testing.”

Hindle continued: “After the success of our Fire Door Safety Week 2017 event, we wanted to continue to help in educating professionals on raising the standards of fire door safety. We urge building owners, facility managers and individuals responsible for fire door safety to attend this year’s event to learn more as we all have to start treating and recognising ‘passive fire protection’ as being critical at all times.” 

ASSA ABLOY UK is campaigning for increased fire safety awareness. An insightful and educational White Paper was recently issued in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The White Paper will also be showcased and discussed in depth at the event during Fire Door Safety Week. 

Available to download from www.assaabloy.co.uk/FDSW2018, the White Paper summarises and provides practical insights into the key points made within Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review. It also suggests ways in which everyone can strive towards industry-wide Best Practice in the future.

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UK education technology firm takes lead in cyber security training thanks to formation of new partnership

Education technology firm e-Careers Limited has formed an exclusive partnership with EC Council to deliver cyber security training to professionals nationwide. Having trained over 200,000 information security professionals globally – including representatives from the US Army, the FBI, Microsoft and the United Nations – EC Council offers certifications in ethical hacking, security analysis and network defence.

Now, in an exclusive partnership, e-Careers becomes the only authorised partner across the UK and Ireland to deliver the complete range of online EC Council Cyber Security and Ethical Hacking accreditations, including its Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) programmes.

EthicalHackingJazz Gandhum, CEO of e-Careers, confirmed: “Cyber security is an advancing threat to businesses and organisations globally. The recent WannaCry and Petya cyber attacks penetrated businesses, banks, airports, Government departments and health services across multiple locations worldwide, not forgetting the UK’s very own National Health Service. This increasing threat has resulted in a growing demand for cyber security professionals, with recent reports revealing the number of roles advertised in the UK is at the third highest worldwide. Considering this advancing skills gap, e-Careers is delighted to bring all EC Council online courses to the UK, and will be working hard to help increase cyber security skill sets, knowledge and understanding.”

Taken over by Jazz Gandhum in 2011, e-Careers is one of the UK’s leading ‘edtech’ firms, providing access to over 600 courses across a range of industry sectors through its innovative e-learning platform.

Having educated more than 400,000 individuals over the past six years alone, the business has formed partnerships with over 75 key organisations, including awarding bodies, colleges and private establishments with a view towards making education affordable and accessible to the masses.

Sanjay Bavisi, CEO and president of the EC Council, added: “We’re delighted to have formed this new partnership with e-Careers and look forward to the opportunity this now presents for professionals right across the UK. Every day, cyber security threats grow with professional hackers advancing their knowledge and making digital inroads at an exponential and alarming rate. The only way in which to combat cyber security threats is through knowledge and education. Thanks to our new partnership with e-Careers, we’re confident that more and more professionals will be able to quell this risk, making the digital world a safer and stronger environment.”

*All EC Council courses offered through e-Careers’ e-learning platform are accessible online, making cyber security training both convenient and cost-effective. For more details visit www.e-careers.com

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Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII cameras help create safe environment for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust estate

Creating a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors is a constant challenge throughout the National Health Service (NHS) and particularly so within mental health facilities. With that in mind, 19 Mental Health Units located throughout the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s estate have been equipped with IP network-based video monitoring systems.

The safety of its staff, patients and visitors is fundamentally important to the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which currently provides care for over 40,000 people across the Norfolk and Suffolk region who have mental health problems and offers a range of specialist services dedicated to the care and recovery of anyone experiencing mental ill-health or suffering from substance misuse issues.

Although some of the Mental Health Units are secure, the majority allow the free movement of patients. On that basis, the Trust’s management team has looked to source the latest advances in video monitoring technology to alert nursing and support staff such that they can react quickly and appropriately to any situation where there may be a problem.

“We’re fully committed to the ‘Safewards’ initiative, a key aim of which is to reduce the rates of conflict within in-patient mental health settings,” said Mark Milliard, capital projects manager at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. “We believe that the use of smart technology, such as IP network-based video monitoring systems, can play a large role in helping us achieve this objective.”

Migrating from analogue to Video-over-IP

Over recent years, Milliard – who has worked within NHS Estates since 1986 – has overseen migration of the Trust’s analogue CCTV systems to Video-over-IP solutions.

“The analogue systems that were installed a number of years ago became increasingly unreliable and we made the decision to upgrade them with IP network-based systems,” explained Milliard. “A key advantage of being able to transmit images over the network is that it provides the flexibility for any authorised end user to view live or recorded video captured by any of the cameras from their PCs. We realised that this would provide us with much more flexibility in terms of how we monitor activity at the mental health units when compared to the analogue CCTV systems which could only transmit captured images to a central location.”

In compliance with the Trust’s obligation to achieve best value from its investment in new technology, Milliard initiated a tender process and invited a number of installation companies to submit proposals to install and service video monitoring systems at each of the 19 locations. The tender document specified which cameras should be installed.

“It made sense to source the cameras from just one manufacturer and, from an ongoing maintenance point of view, to deploy the minimum possible number of different camera models,” added Milliard. “I decided to carry out my own research as to which manufacturer had a product portfolio which could best cover all our requirements, as well as offering us the value we were looking for. Part of the value formulae had to include a rock solid reputation for reliability, as well as cameras with advanced technical features which would allow us to capture and monitor high definition images regardless of the location or environmental conditions.”

Image quality and camera configuration

Milliard’s extensive evaluation of a large number of manufacturers resulted in a shortlist of two, from which Samsung Techwin emerged as the winner.

“Both shortlisted companies were able to show evidence as to the reliability of their cameras,” explained Milliard. “However, I was particularly impressed with the quality of the images which could be captured by the Samsung Techwin cameras and the fact that each camera, depending on its location, could be configured to multi-stream images at different frame rates and at different resolutions. This offers a significant benefit from a network bandwidth management point of view.”

Milliard established that only three Samsung Techwin cameras would need to be specified to provide coverage of areas both inside and outside all 19 mental health units. All three models are part of the Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII camera range and include the SNV-6084R vandal-resistant 2 Megapixel Full HD network dome camera, which has built-in IR LEDs to enable images of any activity to be captured regardless of the lighting conditions.

Milliard also selected the SNO-6084R weather-resistant bullet cameras equipped with a motorised varifocal lens and built-in IR (infrared) illuminators.

The third model to be specified was the SNV-6012 2 Megapixel Full HD vandal-resistant flat dome camera.

Installation in phases

The installation of IP network-based video surveillance systems at the 19 mental health units has been carried out in phases and, following the completion of a tender process, the contract for phase three of the project was awarded to Ipswich-based ACW Electrical Suffolk.

“We were obviously delighted to have been entrusted to fulfil such an important contract,” said Tony Wheatley, a director of the company. “We sourced the Samsung Techwin products from Blue Helix, who are a leading specialist distributor of IP network solutions. We worked closely together with the Blue Helix technical team to ensure we could complete the project to the satisfaction of Mark Milliard and his colleagues.”

Wheatley added: “As this was the first time we had installed Samsung Techwin cameras, we arranged for our engineers to attend a Samsung Techwin training course so that they would be able to configure each camera for optimum performance. The good news is that the cameras were extremely easy to install, which added to our ability to complete the contract without any delays or issues.”

Local control for the NVRs

Images from all of the cameras are recorded by Samsung Techwin SRN-1670D NVRs. These have been designed to have the look and familiarity of a DVR while delivering all the benefits of a network video recorder.

Unlike most NVRs, which can only be programmed remotely, the SRN-1670D may be locally controlled with the help of a mouse and a very easy to use on-screen display.

The SRN-1670D has the capacity for five SATA HDDs, offering the potential for a massive 10 Tb of on-board storage. It can record audio across all channels and has a built-in DVD writer and USB ports for easy export of video evidence.

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Unisys Security Index Survey: ‘Britons place greater trust in banks to protect personal data than they do the NHS or central Government’

The latest Unisys survey shows a nation divided on the question of personal data protection ahead of NHS’ Care.data launch. The survey reveals lower levels of trust in many private sector organisations and that financial institutions are most trusted with personal data by members of the UK public. 15% of UK respondents to the survey do not trust any organisation with their personal information.

UK citizens place greater trust in banks and financial institutions to protect their personal data than they do the National Health Service (NHS) and central Government. This is a key finding of the annual global Unisys Security Index survey, the results of which are announced today.

The findings may raise concerns for the UK Government ahead of the launch this Autumn of Care.data, the NHS’ national health database.

The most recent Unisys Security Index asked UK respondents to select three types of organisation they most trust with their personal data from a list including financial institutions, the NHS, employers, central Government, private companies and service providers.

The largest percentage (53%) of respondents selected financial institutions. The NHS was the second most trusted of the organisations listed, and cited by 50% of respondents.

Among the lesser trusted organisations cited by the UK respondents are employers (44%), central Government (31%) and private companies (23%). Service organisations such as broadband, TV or telephone providers are seen as trustworthy by only 16% of those surveyed.

A significant 15% of the population said they do not trust any of the listed organisations with their data.

The UK Government has much work to do in reassuring the public of its data security measures before the delayed roll-out of the Care.data NHS database this autumn

The UK Government has much work to do in reassuring the public of its data security measures before the delayed roll-out of the Care.data NHS database this autumn

In addition, the Index revealed varying levels of trust in the NHS from different generations, with only 44% of UK respondents over 50 reporting that they trust the NHS with their personal data, in contrast to 555 of 18-49 year olds.

The proposed roll-out of Care.data, designed to hold NHS patients’ digital medical records for the care and health services, was delayed earlier this year due to public confusion over the initiative.

Work to be done on reassurance

Dr Gerhard Knecht, head of global security services and compliance at Unisys Enterprise Services, commented: “The NHS has work to do in reassuring a large part of the population that it can safely handle their personal data. We believe the Government must focus on educating the public on how their data will be treated and what security measures will be taken before its second attempt to launch the programme.”

Only 27.7& of UK respondents over the age of 65 listed central Government as one of their most trusted organisations compared to 39% of 25-34 year olds.

Dr Knecht added: “Despite widespread acknowledgement that the current Government has favoured older generations with its policies, the coalition clearly has more work to do in convincing old people of the benefits of its Digital Strategy, which was introduced well over two years ago in the 2012 budget.”

Sceptical North versus Trusting South

The research also reveals how Northerners are less trusting than Southerners when it comes to personal data, with 7% more respondents from the North claiming they don’t trust any of the organisations listed in the survey.

This divide is particularly apparent in their respective views on private companies, with just 20% of Northerners placing trust in them compared to 29% of Southerners.

Concerns over identity and financial protection

The Unisys Security Index results also show Brits are more worried about personal security than financial, Internet or national security threats.

More than half of respondents harbour concerns over identity theft and misuse of personal information. Financial security is the second greatest area of concern, with just under half (48%) of those surveyed expressing serious concern about other people obtaining and using their credit or debit card details.

The overall Unisys Security Index for Britain has dropped considerably from 2013, with a significant drop in the National Security Index score contributing the most to this decline. The National security index score for the UK has dropped 48 points, in fact, from 130 in 2013 to just 82 in 2014.

Despite 2013 being widely acknowledged as a bumper year for data breaches, less than a third (30%) of Brits surveyed are seriously concerned about computer security in relation to viruses or spam.

About the Unisys Security Index

Lieberman Research Group conducted the survey in Latin America, Europe, Malaysia and the USA. Newspoll conducted the research in Australia and New Zealand.

The Unisys Security Index surveys nearly 11,000 people in 12 countries: Australia, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For more information visit: http://www.unisyssecurityindex.com

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