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PerpetuityARC Training associate Paul Barker made life member of ASIS International and life CPP

PerpetuityARC Training, which is part of the Linx International Group, has announced that associate trainer Paul Barker has been made a life member of ASIS International and a life CPP. The accolade acknowledges Barker’s significant contribution to the international success of ASIS International’s Certified Protection Professional qualification.

In 1993, Barker became the third security professional in the UK to be awarded the CPP qualification. Two years later, he was instrumental in expanding the course in the UK by enabling the examination to be taken outside of the US for the first time.

As an ASIS training officer, Barker delivered two courses per year, and in just three years CPP numbers in the UK rose to 94. This resulted in Barker being presented with the inaugural Mervyn David Award by the UK Chapter of ASIS International.

Today, ASIS International is the world’s largest association of security management professionals. PerpetuityARC Training is proud to be a long-standing ASIS education partner. The company recently revealed that 98% of security professionals choosing its courses to train for their ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP) and CPP qualifications in 2018 passed their examinations at the first attempt.

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Paul Barker (left) receives his recognition certificate from David Clark CPP PSP PCI (chairman of ASIS UK)

Explaining the reasons for PerpetuityARC Training’s success, Barker said: “The courses are very well developed and expertly delivered in a manner that enables learners to retain the volumes of data and apply it to the examination. The material is extremely comprehensive and ties-in perfectly with the recommended reading for the exam.”

Ciaran Barry, director of Group operations at the Linx International Group, stated: “Paul’s contribution to the training continues to be exemplary and we’re proud to have him as an important part of the PerpetuityARC Training team. He continues a long tradition of teaching security professionals to the highest standards, helping them attain meaningful qualifications that advance their careers.”

In addition to the ASIS training programmes, Barker also delivers the IQ Level 4 course ‘Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector’. This programme is designed for professionals in the extraction, energy, exploration and production industries. Barker’s background in strategic security management at one of the world’s largest oil companies stands him in good stead as the Linx International Group’s subject matter expert in this particular field.

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Linx International Group to deliver security management programmes at new SIRA Training Centre in Dubai

The Linx International Group has announced that it will be delivering its award-winning security management programmes from the new training centre of the Security Industry Regulatory Authority (SIRA) in Dubai.

SIRA was created in 2016 and is the Government department responsible for setting the regulations, training and enforcements of security within Dubai.

Training will be delivered to international students by expert tutors at SIRA’s new Training Centre, which includes state-of-the-art technical workshops designed in collaboration with Linx International Group company Tavcom Training.

Security professionals will study and complete internationally-recognised and fully-accredited (BTEC and City & Guilds) security management courses including: Security Management, Risk Crisis and Disaster Management, Managing Security Surveys, Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector, Kidnap and Ransom Management and Sea Port Security Management.

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SIRA’s Training Centre director Ahmed Albalooshy commented: “Through partnership with the Linx International Group we are providing Best-in-Class training at SIRA’s new state-of-the art Training Centre. Together, we’re delivering an exceptionally high-calibre of training to create experts whose talents are in demand in Dubai, as well as the wider Middle East.”

David Gill CSyP, managing director of the Linx International Group, added: “Dubai is a major global hub and well respected as a Centre of Excellence, and particularly so in the areas of technology, security and policing. The Linx International Group is proud to be working with SIRA to provide security professionals and those seeking to develop a career in security management in the Middle East with the UK’s premier security management training.” 

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VCA’s analytics energise security and operations for oil and gas sector

Video analytics is increasingly being used as a powerful tool to help remotely monitor and protect vulnerable facilities such as gas and oil pipelines. According to Michael von Hauff, CEO of Osprey Informatics, it can also assist operations managers to improve productivity for the host organisation.

Since it was established in 2012, Osprey Informatics has been on a mission to revolutionise the use of video to automate and remotely manage industrial operations. Unlike traditional video surveillance models, the company believes that visual information should not be the exclusive domain of corporate security, but rather seen as an asset that can be used throughout an organisation, with a measurable return on investment.

Indeed, it’s this philosophy that has resulted in Osprey Informatics acquiring a long list of prestigious clients, among them Husky Energy and the Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

“A recent report published by MarketsandMarkets Research estimates the oil and gas security and service market will grow from a value of USD26.34 billion in 2015 to USD33.90 billion by 2020,” said von Hauff. “Perhaps this isn’t surprising given the ever-increasing sophisticated activities of organised criminal gangs, as well as the risk of terrorist attacks which can result in major disruption to supplies and potential loss of life, as well as damage to the environment.”

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Continuing this theme, von Hauff stated: “With this in mind, our clients are looking to invest in the latest video surveillance technology to ensure they can respond effectively to any threats. We have helped our clients achieve this objective by relying on VCA’s analytics solutions to play a key role.”

Event detection

VCA analytics, developed in the UK by a team of computer vision scientists, can detect movement within very small areas of a video image and provide operators with a powerful ‘exception’ reporting tool to help identify suspicious activity and, when appropriate, despatch security officers or quickly report the incident to one of the Emergency Services.

The ability to do this is significant as it’s widely acknowledged that operators can miss important events after monitoring video for more than 30 minutes or so. The possibility of this happening is increased when individual operators are tasked to view multiple screens.

Not to be confused with Video Motion Detection (VMD), which works on the basis of detecting changes in the light scales of pixels within a video image, VCA analytics is able to provide a far more reliable and accurate solution. It does so by analysing on a frame-by-frame basis the metadata related to the motion and properties of objects within a video stream. The result is a high detection rate and a dramatic reduction in the kind of false alarms that can be generated by VMD software.

Productivity, safety and security

“As part of an integrated video surveillance solution, VCA analytics can provide immediate access to images relevant to urgent operational events, allowing operators to respond quickly to production and environmental incidents as well as security threats,” added von Hauff.

“Companies operating in the oil and gas sector understand the need to protect the environment. They also take the responsibility of creating safe working conditions for employees very seriously and recognise the importance of compliance with Health and Safety policies. VCA analytics can clearly help in these areas. The same technology can be deployed to identify opportunities for improving operational efficiencies. It does this by providing accurate data on a wide range of activities, such as the movement of vehicles and personnel at facilities and remote sites.”

von Hauff cites Pembina Pipeline Corporation, which has grown into one of Canada’s largest integrated energy infrastructure companies over the last six decades, as an excellent example of one of its clients that has embraced video analytics as a way of protecting its investment in the infrastructure used to transport oil and natural gas across North America.

Using its own brand of HD IP cameras and domes with VCA analytics on board, Osprey Informatics has supplied a state-of-the-art monitoring solution that provides the Pembina Pipeline Corporation with a high level of situational awareness through the use of innovative, user-friendly technology to protect its people, assets and the environment.

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