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Qognify opens new corporate headquarters in New York

Qognify, the specialist in Big Data solutions for physical security and operations, has announced the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Pearl River, New York.

Located in the Blue Hill Plaza complex, the new expanded headquarters is home to corporate management functions and the regional sales team, enabling better support to customers and partners alike.

Just 20 miles outside of Manhattan, Pearl River in Rockland County is strategically located with convenient access to both New York and New Jersey. Customers and partners will be able to visualise Qognify’s state-of-the-art situation management platform Situator 8.0 with its Operational Intelligence CenterVisionHub, the new intelligent IP video surveillance and security management system, and Qognify’s next generation real-time video analytics solution Suspect Search.

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Blue Hill Plaza

The Blue Hill Plaza was designed with powerful redundancy to support critical organisations such as the once bustling NYNEX Stock Exchange. This was proven during Super Storm Sandy, as it was one of the few buildings in the area that didn’t lose its power supply. This makes it an ideal location to host customers and partners for demo and training purposes.

“With a close proximity to metropolitan New York and its airport network, our new location offers ideal access to customers and partners from the US and around the world,” explained Moti Shabtai, president of Qognify. “In this new location, we will have access to top talent to further grow our business in the Americas and also oversee the company’s global operation.”

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VCA’s Bridge integrated with SureView’s Immix security management platform

VCA’s Bridge appliance, which instantly adds video analytics capability to any new or existing IP video surveillance camera system, has now been successfully integrated with SureView’s security management platform.

Supporting multiple camera channels, Bridge is an easy to deploy, low cost analytics appliance which is equipped with extensive back office tools to set detection zones for people and vehicles.

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Using VCA’s video analytics engine, which has been successfully deployed worldwide in over 350,000 video channels, Bridge is able to detect movement within very small areas of a video image. As such, it can provide central station operators with a powerful ‘exception’ reporting tool to help them identify suspicious activity and, when appropriate, dispatch security officers or quickly report the incident to one of the Emergency Services. 

Filtering out false alarms

Bridge is designed to meet the challenge of detecting movement in outdoor locations as it will automatically adapt to varying light conditions and can easily be fine-tuned to minimise false alarms due to, for example, rustling trees or wildlife.

It will even continue to deliver a high level of performance when cameras may be swaying due to windy conditions.

In addition to capitalising on the benefits of analytics, the deep integration achieved means that operators using the Immix platform can view live images of any incident and exercise control over PTZ cameras. Other key elements of the integration include post-alarm video recording.

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“We achieved integration between VCA’s analytics and the Immix platform some time ago and, as a result, there are many thousands of cameras worldwide that are already acting as highly effective detection devices,” said Kevin Waterhouse, executive vice-president for global sales at VCA.

“Bridge makes it even easier to introduce analytics into a security system and, most importantly, gives installers and end users alike the flexibility to use cameras that have already been installed, regardless of who the manufacturer might be.”

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CEM Systems announces winners of EMEA Business Partner of the Year Awards

CEM Systems, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has just announced the winners of the 2016 CEM Business Partners of the Year Awards for the EMEA region.

FES Group received the CEM Business Partner of the Year Award for the UK and Ireland, Tyco Integrated Fire & Security for Europe, Tyco Fire and Security UAE for the Middle East and Acti-Tech for Africa.

The winners were announced at the prestigious annual CEM EMEA Conference in Belfast.

CEM resellers supply, install and service CEM security management systems throughout the world. As CEM Business Partners of the Year for EMEA, resellers are recognised for their work in delivering complex integrated projects and helping to grow the CEM business in their respective geographic markets.

“It’s an honour to award our top resellers with the 2016 CEM Business Partner of the Year Awards,” said Philip Verner, regional sales director (EMEA) at CEM Systems. “Our partners are critical to our success and, with our 2016 Business Partner Awards winners, we have significantly grown CEM sales in their respective markets. These awards not only recognise our business partners for sales delivered, but also for their commitment towards accredited CEM training and joint marketing initiatives. We look forward to a continued strong relationship with all of our business partners and customers”.

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FES Group received this year’s award for the UK and Ireland in recognition of its excellent technical expertise and ability to deliver large, integrated solutions particularly within educational and healthcare environments.

FES Group also exhibited commitment to training and gaining understanding of the value proposition of the CEM advanced offerings and is proactively promoting the solutions widely.

Tyco Integrated Fire & Security Netherlands won the award for Europe. Among other things, its success is attributed to its industry-leading experience in deploying integrated projects throughout the Netherlands.

“CEM’s AC2000 access control and security management system provides a highly secure solution that integrates with a range of third party security providers, including video, fire and intrusion,” said Hugo van Vliet, account manager for high end security at Tyco Integrated Fire & Security. “This makes it the ideal choice to deploy in complex projects. AC2000 can also be deployed by customers using one central server for multiple buildings. This architecture saves customers money, and is more flexible when they need access control in multiple sites.”

Security experts Tyco Fire and Security UAE were given the award for the Middle East in recognition of the organisation’s continued success in representing and promoting CEM in the region. “This award is great recognition for the work we have done with CEM Systems to secure a range of prestigious customers throughout the year,” enthused Craig Menzies, security division manager for Tyco Fire and Security UAE.

In the Africa category, distributor Acti-Tech was awarded for its project work and continued investment in supporting CEM through its demonstration facilities and major African exhibitions.

“We’re delighted to accept this award,” said Augustus Chalokwu, CTO at Acti-Tech. “CEM’s AC2000 access control solution continues to provide the highest levels of resilient and scalable security which we’ve successfully deployed in the Government, public, private and corporate sectors as well as many others. We look forward to continuing to build our knowledge of CEM solutions and developing our relationship with the firm.”

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Forum Events organises networking evening for facilities and security professionals

In partnership with ATEC Security, FLIR Systems and Gallagher, Forum Events has organised a special networking event in London for professionals operating within the facilities and security sectors.

Taking place on the evening of Wednesday 13 April at the Grace Bar and Restaurant (42-44 Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7NB), the event is specifically aimed at buyers/end users within the general facilities management and security fields.

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Attendees at the gathering will be able to learn all about reducing their operational costs, increasing business performance and risk reduction across the organisation.

*For further information send an e-mail to: fmgroupevents@forumevents.co.uk or telephone: 01992 374100

Media Partnerships with Risk UK

Risk UK is an Official Media Partner of Forum Events across several events in 2016, among them the Total Security Summit, the Security IT Summit and eTailing.

 

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Mitie retains integrated facilities management contract with RWE npower

Mitie, the FTSE 250-listed facilities management company, has extended its relationship with leading energy concern RWE npower.

The renewed multi-million pound contract – which has been signed for a three-year term with a further potential two-year extension period – will see Mitie continue to provide integrated facilities management (FM) services across RWE npower’s UK estate comprising office buildings and power stations.

Mitie provides a number of services for RWE npower including security, cleaning, waste management, reprographics, space planning, mechanical and electrical maintenance, pest control, Post Room management and drink and snack vending.

The FM provider has been working with RWE npower since 1998 and currently employs 300 people on the contract.

Phil Holland, managing director of Mitie’s Integrated FM business, commented: “We’re delighted to be extending our relationship with RWE npower and are passionate about delivering a first-class FM service for the client. Our role is to be RWE npower’s long-term strategic workplace partner, adding value beyond day-to-day operations and introducing technology that makes our service more efficient and effective.”

Julian Pugh, head of real estate and workplace at RWE npower, added: “We’re excited about the continued partnership with Mitie. The new agreement offers us a number of innovative tools to help manage the contract and, importantly, identifies many new opportunities allowing us to deliver a more effective and efficient FM service for our business across what is a complex estate.”

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Custodian releases monitoring portal upgrade with promise of “new levels of efficiency” for end users

Custodian Monitoring Services – a recognised leading provider of intruder, fire and life safety systems monitoring – has released a new version of its online TOUCH monitoring portal that affords end users real-time access to a wide range of new reports and capabilities.

Created in response to stakeholder feedback, the new portal offers a broad range of benefits. End users, engineers and installers can now enjoy greater oversight of their buildings and portfolios via this web-based customer portal which places them in control of critical areas such as key holding.

Victoria Waude, head of monitoring sales at Custodian, is adamant that TOUCH users will gain improved levels of access control management.

“End users and installers now have the ability to temporarily suspend and re-instate key holders without delay,” said Waude. “This is extremely useful for those companies looking to manage access when employees go on holiday or are absent.”

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Victoria Waude

Installers can now create and maintain engineer rotas at the touch of a button, anytime and from anywhere.

“The new features are aligned with our approach of designing products and systems that simplify processes and deliver greater operational efficiencies for our customers,” added Waude.

For their part, installers are now also able to upload logos and company information to their TOUCH platform to maintain their corporate identity.

Another feature includes bulk end user registrations, which makes it easier for installers to invite all of their customers to register. In addition, there are further functions in the engineer portal for online testing and event history.

Custodian operates in the UK as Security Monitoring Centres Ltd and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a business unit of the United Technologies Corporation.

Custodian is one of the UK’s leading NSI Gold Alarm Receiving Centres, providing 24/7 monitoring for its customer base.

*For more information visit: www.custodianmonitoring.com

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Pointer presented with Investors in Young People Gold Award for impressive youth employment policy

Recognised as one of the largest independent security companies in the UK, Pointer has now been honoured for its commitment to employing young people, with the Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold Award for Good Practice bestowed upon the Glasgow-based business by Annabelle Ewing MSP.

To mark the accreditation, Ewing (the Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment) visited Pointer’s headquarters in Glasgow city centre in order to meet some of the talented and ambitious young people recruited by the company and also learn about some of the training and recognition they’ve received.

The Minister duly commended Pointer for its commitment to young people as well as the company’s strong focus on creating employment and training opportunities within Scotland’s risk and security management sector.

Speaking at the presentation, Annabelle Ewing enthused: “I’m delighted that Pointer has been recognised for its commitment to employing and investing in young people. Over the last few years, the company has introduced a number of youth employment programmes for staff who want to pursue a career in the risk and security management sector. In fact, this is the perfect example of what companies in the risk sector can do. It offers recruitment and training opportunities that provide good development potential for young people so they can plan ahead and nurture longer-term ambitions.”

Ewing added: “This accreditation is a very significant achievement and indicative of the culture that Pointer has created. It’s a culture that places young people at the very heart of how the business consistently achieves its results.”

Funding from the Scottish Government

An initiative devised by Investors in People Scotland, the IIYP scheme is supported by £1 million worth of funding from the Scottish Government. It’s Scotland’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people.

The scheme originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood.

Peter Russian, CEO at Investors in People, commented: “Pointer has demonstrated a real desire to recruit, develop and retain young people as part of its business. This Gold Award is a fantastic achievement for the company, and I offer my heartfelt congratulations.”

Russian went on to state: “The Investors in Young People framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but also marks them out as an employer of choice. The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills, fresh eyes and mindsets on business operations plus enthusiasm and the development of unique talents.”

Sandy Rowan, CEO at Pointer, told Risk UK: “I’m extremely proud that Pointer has achieved this milestone. The IIYP accreditation represents a true commitment to our employees and demonstrates a solid foundation for good practice. One of the biggest challenges businesses face is finding the right personnel to help them grow. Along with IIYP, we firmly believe that the recruitment and development of young people is a great way to build a dynamic and productive workforce.”

Rowan also asserted: “By attaining this accreditation, Pointer has proven itself to be an organisation that listens to new ideas, modern viewpoints and energetic minds while also committing to the realisation of each individual’s true potential. Youth employment is a key pillar of our business plan. I’m delighted that our work in this area has been recognised.”

*Further information about Investors in Young People may be accessed online at: www.investorsinpeople.co.uk/investors-young-people

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