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Chubb wins prestigious Fire Safety & Security Award at 2018 Electrical Review Excellence Awards

Chubb Fire & Security has won the Fire Safety & Security Award at the Electrical Review Excellence Awards 2018 for its design and installation of an innovative wireless fire detection system at the prestigious Queen’s Hotel in Penzance.

The Electrical Review Excellence Awards recognise projects that embrace the latest in electrical engineering, display forward-thinking design and implementation and champion the highest environmental, safety and energy efficiency standards.

The Judges were looking for evidence of how the key objectives were fulfilled, as well as examples of innovation, smart thinking, clever design, effective technical solutions and collaborative problem solving.

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The Queen’s Hotel turned to Chubb after a series of local fires led the management team to review their fire safety requirements across the whole estate. Chubb installed more than 400 wireless detectors all networked to the fire detection panel in the hotel’s main reception. It’s a fully-zoned and addressable system that gives hotel management immediate visibility on where an alarm has been generated.

A wireless system was chosen to minimise the cabling work that would have meant the temporary closure of the hotel. Installation was phased such that at no stage was the hotel without fire protection.

Graham Brimson, South West regional director for Chubb, stated that the accolade is recognition of the dedication and hard work of the Chubb team.

“Our team of engineers and installers did a great job to complete the installation at the hotel within two weeks with a minimum of disruption to guests and staff,” enthused Brimson. “The feedback from the hotel was extremely complimentary, and we’re very pleased to have received this additional accolade for the project.”

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Brits “too scared” to attend events in wake of heightened security risks

Four-in-ten people now fear for their safety at public events like music concerts and Christmas markets in the wake of recent terror attacks, new research has found. A report produced by ATG Access states that these worries are so high for some people it’s actively preventing them from attending public events altogether.

29% of the public said they now will not go to large events taking place in the UK due to concerns around the levels of security in place. Two-fifths (41%) of individuals also said they’ll not attend events if they think they will be overcrowded through fear that it would be harder to leave if an incident was to occur.

Residents in London and the West Midlands are most worried about event safety, with 46% of people in each region expressing this concern. Overriding worries are also echoed in the North West (42%), where attacks have recently taken place, and in Northern Ireland (41%) and Scotland (37%).

Concerns around overcrowding are at the highest in the East Midlands (57%), followed by London (46%), the South East (46%), Wales (44%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (40%).

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The study was conducted as part of ATG Access’ ‘Protecting the Future of Multifunctional Cities’ report, which looks at how cities in the UK are being transformed into bustling multi-functional spaces, and the obstacles that are preventing public events from taking place.

Gavin Hepburn, sales and marketing director at ATG Access, said: “While there are numerous benefits to hosting events, there are of course some concerns that need to be addressed. Unfortunately, the worries around security come as little surprise given the increased number of terrorist attacks we’ve seen on our streets over recent years, with busy areas and tourist attractions often being the targets. Reservations around overcrowding are also connected to this, due to the increased difficulties of monitoring hundreds, if not thousands of people in one busy area at the same time.”

Hepburn continued: “These worries must be considered by event organisers when planning out the venue, entrance points and layout of the location to make sure that visitors can enjoy the event comfortably. Robust security measures should be put in place at all major events to mitigate against potential attacks and create a greater sense of safety for visitors. This could be through deploying more security personnel on the ground or installing physical security solutions, such as bollards or barriers.”

In conclusion, Hepburn told Risk UK: “Ultimately, if people don’t feel safe at events then they may choose not to attend. This would prevent cities and towns from developing into truly multifunctional spaces that can be used by all. It’s up to the Government to do all it can to make public places safer and deter future incidents from happening. Event organisations must also make sure that security is as robust as it can be such that the public can continue to enjoy organised events and activities in their local area.”

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Ryanair adopts Ideagen Coruson as new safety and security management system

Ryanair has implemented a new safety and security management system developed by software firm Ideagen. Ideagen Coruson, a cloud-based software product, has been rolled out across Ryanair’s operations to further enhance the company’s safety reporting and risk identification processes and assist the airline in managing regulatory compliance.

Coruson simplifies identification, collection, collation and analysis of all information on safety and security-related events, thus enhancing risk management processes across Ryanair’s Safety, Security, Flight Operations, Ground Operations, Engineering, In-Flight and Health & Safety Departments.

Through this project, Ryanair has become the first airline in Ireland to submit electronic ECCAIR reports in E5X format to the Irish Aviation Authority by dint of using Coruson’s smart form functionality.

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David Hornsby, Ideagen’s CEO, said Coruson would be used by more than 10,000 Ryanair employees. “We’re delighted to have won this significant contract with Ryanair. Coruson will be used by more than 10,000 Ryanair employees as part of this project, which will further enhance safety and security processes and ease compliance around the requirements of national and international aviation authorities.”

Hornsby added: “This is a significant project for Ideagen. It strengthens our position in the aviation safety sector. We continue to see strong new business demand for our software and, with 10% of the Tier 1 market currently using our products, we’re confident of further extensive growth in this particular area.”

Ryanair carries 130 million customers every year on more than 1,800 daily flights from 86 bases. The airline connects over 200 destinations in 34 countries on a fleet of over 400 Boeing 737 aircraft, with a further 300 Boeing 737s on order, which will enable Ryanair to lower fares and grow traffic to 200 million passengers by FY24.

Michael Hickey, Ryanair’s COO, said: “Ryanair was one of the first airlines in Europe to recognise the value of data analysis to help improve the safety performance of airlines and is committed to the adoption and integration of enhanced data analysis tools. The introduction of Ideagen Coruson will provide us with a further opportunity to capture and analyse safety and security data in real time both quickly and efficiently and help to ensure that effective risk mitigation is put in place.”

Hickey concluded: “We’re delighted to be working with Ideagen and implementing Coruson which will make our reporting systems more effective and assist us in maintaining and continuously improving our safety and security performance.”

Ideagen is a specialist in the provision of safety management software and services to the aviation industry. The business currently has a global customer base of over 3,000 organisations (including more than 300 airlines) and counts Boeing, Emirates, Thomas Cook, British Airways and KLM among that cohort.

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Sixth annual Risk Forum hailed “huge success” by organiser Corporate Risk Associates

The sixth annual Risk Forum, hosted by independent risk management company Corporate Risk Associates (CRA), has been hailed a huge success with over 110 attendees.

Entitled ‘Risk Analysis in an Uncertain World’, this year’s event was the largest of its type bringing together professionals in safety-critical industries to share Best Practice, knowledge, innovations and expertise on topical issues.

Held at the Ardencote Manor Hotel in Warwick, speakers and delegates at the event travelled far and wide to attend with some coming from as far as the West Coast of the USA and one delegate from New Mexico.

The packed programme included presentations covering a range of ‘Human Factors’ and ‘Safety Analysis’ disciplines delivered by some of the most professionally accomplished speakers in the industry, among them Fred Torri (Risk Management Associates), Ola Bäckström (Lloyds Register Consulting), Karl Fleming (KNF Consulting Services) and Dr Claire Taylor (Institute for Energy Technology).

Jas Sidhu (CEO of Corporate Risk Associates) at the 2015 Risk Forum

Jas Sidhu (CEO of Corporate Risk Associates) at the 2015 Risk Forum

Jas Sidhu, CEO of CRA and chairman of the event, told Risk UK: “The day was a huge success and we received some great feedback, particularly on the quality of the speakers. Some younger delegates commented that they felt overwhelmed to be in the same room as some of their industry icons such as Fred Torri and Karl Fleming. This was great to hear as it really demonstrates the quality of event we are hosting and the opportunities it provides for people to hear first-hand from industry leaders.”

The ever-successful event has grown in stature, quality and popularity year-on-year.

Joint venture with Synergy Consultants

CRA recently announced a joint venture with the hugely successful Synergy Consultants to provide a full integrated Safety Case, Risk Analysis and Human Factors offering.

Les Ainsworth, managing director of Synergy, gave a small presentation alongside Jas Sidhu to introduce the co-operation arrangement to attendees. This was met with great enthusiasm.

CRA is a safety, risk and reliability consultancy providing bespoke services to safety-critical industries including nuclear, oil and gas, process, power, renewables and defence. The company was recently awarded the title of Risk Management Specialist Company of the Year in the prestigious CIR Awards.

Other speakers at the Risk Forum included Andy Buchan (Sellafield), Alec Bounds (EC Harris ARCADIS), Jonathan Sherwood (PHE), Professor Tim Kelly (University of York), Mike Zammett and Ruairi Kennedy (CRA), Professor Simon Wilson (Trinity College Dublin) and Chris Harrison (Rail Safety and Standards Board).

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IDIS and 4Sight Imaging unveil “groundbreaking” ANPR solution for end users

Global surveillance solutions provider IDIS and 4Sight Imaging – a leading imaging technology company – have announced the successful integration of DirectIP with Veracity, a powerful and intuitive Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) software engine.

Proving “ten times more accurate” in independent comparative testing, the IDIS and 4Sight solution combines leading image analysis technologies with next generation DirectIP HD cameras, in turn leveraging the latest system architectures and advances in solid state lighting to allow a wide, multi-lane field of view that’s accurate across a wide range of weather, lighting and number plate conditions.

The “groundbreaking” solution eliminates the challenges traditionally associated with ANPR systems by removing complicated set-up, configuration and constant maintenance and system adjustments made possible through both companies’ patented plug-and-play technology. The end result translates to low system configuration and simple, fast deployment that delivers benefits in terms of affordability and a continued low cost of ownership for the end user.

Detail of an IDIS DirectIP camera

Detail of an IDIS DirectIP camera

Customers are now offered a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and affordable ANPR solution featuring:

  • “industry-leading accuracy” across a wide range of weather and operating conditions
  • high performance, reliability and image quality combined with ease of installation and operation
  • international plate recognition
  • future-proof technology that inherently leverages new developments in camera hardware, system architectures and processing power

Commenting on the new ANPR solution, Brian Song – managing director at IDIS Europe – noted: “There’s natural synergy between IDIS and 4Sight Imaging with both organisations committed to delivering high performance technology combined with plug-and-play simplicity that offers ease of installation and operation and a low cost of ownership. We can now offer exactly that in terms of an ANPR solution following the successful integration of DirectIP and Veracity.”

Brook Jackson, managing director at 4Sight Imaging, added: “The complexities previously associated with plate recognition have until now restricted system integrators from maximising the opportunities around ANPR for their end users. The Veracity solution allows our partners to grow, protects their margins and at the same time ensures end user satisfaction.  One major car parking organisation in the UK has already seen significant return on investment through improved accuracy since rolling out the solution across their national estate.”

Used by a wide range of global customers across surveillance, car parking operations and access control, the Veracity and DirectIP solution delivers a variety of tangible benefits including:

  • enhanced safety and security
  • low cost of ownership
  • increased profitability from car parking operations
  • improved surveillance operations with high quality evidential images
  • operational efficiencies through the automation of previously manual tasks

*For more information on 4Sight Imaging and Veracity go to: www.4sightimaging.com or e-mail: info@4sightimaging.com

**Further detail on IDIS and DirectIP can be found at: www.idisglobal.com

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Navtech Radar launches warranty-based Navcover+ customer service initiative

Navtech Radar has announced the launch of a brand new customer service initiative named NavCover+ as part of the company’s drive towards offering a superior warranty service for all customers. With the new initiative, Navtech Radar aims to provide end users with the option of a prolonged service agreement featuring differing levels of support and response times.

Greg Thomlinson, customer service manager at the security and safety solutions developer, told Risk UK: “We’re delighted to announce the NavCover+ customer support scheme. It’s a central part of Navtech Radar’s longer term plans for the enhancement of customer service across all of our sophisticated technology solutions. We’re confident that the NavCover+ initiative will provide our customers and partners with a market-leading product support service.”

Thomlinson added: “The new structure of our customer service initiative will enable us to prepare for the needs of our clients in advance of any potential issues occurring. In turn, that will allow us to streamline operations, reduce repair times and improve service levels across all product solutions.”

Navtech Radar has announced the launch of a brand new customer service initiative named NavCover+

Navtech Radar has announced the launch of a brand new customer service initiative named NavCover+

NavCover+ covers a total of eight different services according to the customer’s chosen warranty level: hardware repair, contract term, repair turnaround, remote fault diagnosis, Witness software upgrades and remote Witness software support, free shipping and third year servicing as well as hot standby for repair and servicing.

Each of the eight service types are specifically designed with product lifetime extension offering specialist expertise at the forefront of Navtech’s customer service priorities. Through their implementation, Navtech is able to perform scheduled restoration and maintenance on any of its solutions within any geographic region and according to the service level agreed.

NavCover+ is available with four different support plan options. These include the standard warranty as well as Bronze, Silver and Gold service agreements.

The standard warranty covers three out of the eight available service options. With a one-year contract term, hardware repair and a 20-working day turnaround time, this warranty level  is recommended for Navtech’s accredited partners needing no form of support in the first year after product installation.

Greg Thomlinson: customer service manager at Navtech Radar

Greg Thomlinson: customer service manager at Navtech Radar

 

The Bronze agreement provides additional Witness software updates, support and fault diagnosis on fair use terms, a longer contract term lasting between two-to-six years and a faster repair turnaround time at 15 working days.

The Silver agreement offers further improved support including free shipping, a three or six-year contract (including free third year servicing) and a further improved repair turnaround time of ten working days.

The Gold support plan realises the premium customer support package with unlimited Witness software support and fault diagnosis as well as an ‘advance replacement’ to replace a failed unit during the repair.

*For more information on the NavCover+ options send an e-mail with your details to: support@navtechradar.com

About Navtech Radar

Navtech Radar designs and manufactures high resolution, cost-effective security and safety systems combining the company’s exclusive advanced millimetre wave radar technology with its Witness analytical software.

Navtech offers an impressive application portfolio which includes wide-area security surveillance, traffic management and automatic incident detection as well as industrial automation.

Over the years, the business has gained a well-deserved reputation for high-level technology, service excellence and innovation, duly winning the Queens Award for Innovation in 2010.

Three years later, the company’s AdvanceGuard AGS1600 EXTREME was awarded the Independent Detektor International Award as a Highly Commended Product in the Alarm and Control category.

Additional detail can be found online at: www.navtechradar.com

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Guardian24 and Mercury Security Management: joining forces to safeguard lone workers

Two Northern Ireland companies have joined forces to address the growing issue of lone worker safety and the potential impact it could have on businesses under Corporate Manslaughter legislation.

Guardian24, a leading provider of lone and mobile worker safety solutions, and Mercury Security Management (Northern Ireland’s biggest independent security company) have teamed up to offer much needed protection to vulnerable lone workers throughout Ireland and beyond.

According to The Office of National Statistics (2009) there are approximately 2.5-3.5 million lone workers currently employed in the UK – a long list that would include rent collectors, postal staff, social workers, doctors, district nurses, pest control workers, drivers, engineers, architects, estate agents, sales representatives and similar professionals visiting domestic and commercial premises.

Even office staff working alone late at night can be vulnerable to potential theft or attack.

The solution on offer from Guardian24 and Mercury Security allows lone workers to use their mobile phone to log their whereabouts at any particular time as well as the expected duration of their stay, or track their movements via GPS. Their mobile device also doubles up as a covert panic button which can be activated discreetly if the lone worker’s safety is compromised.

The service – which can be used via mobile phone, BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, Windows PDA or any specialist lone worker device – is also of great interest to local businesses and employers who have a Duty of Care to protect their staff or face very severe consequences in the event of an employee being harmed while carrying out their job.

Guardian24 and Mercury Security Management: now in a strategic partnership to assist lone workers with their security and safety

Guardian24 and Mercury Security Management: now in a strategic partnership to assist lone workers with their security and safety

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act

Under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act of April 2008, companies can be prosecuted for the offence of corporate manslaughter if the way in which their activities are managed or organised causes a death and this constitutes a gross breach of a Duty of Care to the deceased.

In addition, owners and senior managers of businesses can be personally prosecuted for offences related to failures in Health and Safety management, including gross negligence and manslaughter.

Indeed, it’s likely that a prosecution will be brought for corporate manslaughter against a company in tandem with prosecutions against individual directors or senior management for personal liability.

“Guardian24 already safeguards over 33,000 people across 400 organisations in the UK and Ireland through our mobile application for lone workers,” said the company’s CEO Henry Woods. “Now, as a result of our partnership with Mercury Security Management, companies from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will benefit from having a robust and fully accredited Alarm Receiving Centre response provided by the Mercury team. Both Guardian24 and Mercury Security are fully committed to helping safeguard these individuals that work alone in vulnerable circumstances, which is why we believe that our partnership will be a great success.”.

Mercury Security’s regional director for the UK and Ireland, Liam Cullen, commented: “We believe that this combined solution will provide the highest level of protection for lone workers while also protecting employers from potential legal action which could be extremely damaging to their business. The system allows customers to take advantage of the trend towards BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) among employees, freeing employers from the financial and time considerations inherent in device evaluation and procurement processes.”

Cullen continued: “Users now have a lone worker solution on the device they are comfortable and familiar with, and which they already carry at all times, safe in the knowledge that our Alarm Receiving Centre is on hand and ready to kick into action should the need arise.”

How the lone worker safety and security solution works

The lone worker logs his or her whereabouts via their smart phone or mobile device, leaving details of their location and the expected duration. If their activity over-runs, Guardian24 will automatically call the worker to verify their safety.

If the user cannot be reached, a nominated respondent or Mercury’s Alarm Receiving Centre will be notified so that an agreed protocol can be put into action to verify the user’s safety and location.

Should the lone worker’s safety be compromised, they can discreetly press a dedicated key on their chosen device to summon emergency assistance – even if the keypad is locked.

At this stage, Guardian24 will record live audio and immediately notify a nominated respondent or the Mercury ARC. Guardian24 provides the user’s personal details, activity details and live audio to the respondent receiving the escalated call. The respondent may then call the incident Helpline and connect to a live feed through the user’s handset for further emergency audio. This information is invaluable if you need to notify the emergency services.

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