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Evolution and Zitko Consulting announce resourcing partnership

Integrated fire and security systems business Evolution has entered into an exclusive agreement with Zitko Consulting to manage all of its staff resourcing requirements across engineering, operations and management.

The two companies have been working together successfully for several years now on national and, indeed, international recruitment projects. The new managed service contract will embed a senior Zitko consultant, namely Paul Gooding, into the organisation to provide close support.

Richard Lambert, managing director of Evolution, is looking forward to involving Paul more closely in the strategic business and manpower planning. Lambert explained to Security Matters: “Until now, we’ve expended considerable time and energy working with multiple consultancies. This new arrangement will allow a deeper and more productive collaboration involving a team we’ve come to know and trust.”

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Richard Lambert

Zitko Consulting is a specialist fire and security recruitment consultancy. The firm manages an extensive professional network that not only yields highly sought-after specialists, but also valuable industry insights and market intelligence.

“With the new partnership,” asserted George Zitko (managing director at Zitko Consulting), “we’ll be able to contribute towards the Evolution business far more widely, from salary research and employer marketing right through to building talent pools well in advance of requirement.”

Zitko added: “Evolution is a company we’ve long admired. They’re one of the top integrators, have a fantastic working environment and strong core values with which we we align. The moment you see the classic BMW motorbike in reception you know you’re somewhere special.”

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Post Covid-19 momentum is already building for Evolution and one of the priorities for the new partnership will be resourcing skilled project and technical engineers. The first campaigns will be appearing shortly.

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Security challenges in telecoms sector met head-on by access control systems

As Catherine Laug explains, the telecoms industry has grown at such a remarkable rate that it’s now a key part of our everyday lives. At present, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented requirement for almost all industries to operate a ‘working from home’ policy and to provide the general public with an increased access to online services, in turn making the telecoms industry even more vital.

A major impact of this fundamental change is the presence of a growing number of telecoms facilities, which are proving to be the cornerstone of service delivery. Equipment is often located in isolated areas, so strict access control systems are needed to keep any vulnerability to an absolute minimum.

Telecoms companies cover vast expanses of land to keep the service up-and-running for their customers. This involves several tens of thousands of plants and facilities, from mobile phone towers through to street cabinets for the wired network. This underlines the value of a standardised access control strategy to simplify access to all sites.

Now, maintenance technicians no longer need to worry about accessing the numerous facilities during their daily inspection rounds. Once configured, single electronic key solutions guarantee access to the right place at the right time, allowing technicians to focus their attention on the task at hand.

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For their part, operators are assured that their field teams, often comprised of sub-contractors, can carry out all maintenance work during specified times in line with their specific access processes.

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Most of the facilities requiring protection are outdoor sites particularly exposed to wind, sun, snow and sea spray. That being so, access control systems must be able to withstand corrosion caused by bad weather. End users can now specify a certified and conceptual solution to this challenge with cylinders that meet the requirements of the EN 1670 corrosion resistance standard with a, IP66-67-68-69 rating designed to guarantee maximum protection.

In point of fact, the latest generation electronic keys also use inductive technology for contactless information exchange between the key and cylinder. With this technology, the electronic key can transmit access rights to the cylinder even if the humidity at the site has corroded the surface of the lock. In other words, bad connections no longer prevent information from being transmitted between the key and lock.

At some telecommunications towers, access is restricted to those authorised to work at height. Software is now available that liaises with the operator’s information system, collecting select information from the various user profiles to limit access to authorised individuals. This allows operators to use the software to assign access rights for specific areas based on the technician’s profile and authorisation.

To improve on-site control activities, electronic keys work with specific apps and new technology (ie RFID and beacons, etc) to send technicians verification messages about their access rights or required safety instructions (such as wearing a helmet and abiding by the buddy system, etc).

Similarly, users can interact with the central system and submit on-site attendance reports and flag up anomalies errors, etc. These bespoke features are designed to meet ever-stricter security requirements in companies and, importantly, accommodate the latest Government guidelines.

Sub-contracting and shared access sites

Sub-contractors are an increasingly common fixture in both maintenance activities and emergency call-outs. Several officers may well require daily access to a number of scattered, remote facilities.

The access control system is further complicated by the fact that sites may be shared by different businesses. Water towers, for instance, are often used to support radio masts.

It’s now possible to deliver an effective response to multi-activity sites with just one electronic key being needed for countless locks. Officers no longer need to carry large bunches of keys between sites. Instead, they can access the right place at the right time with maximum security.

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Communication infrastructures may be the prime target for large-scale attacks wherein those parties involved are looking to compromise the country’s economic potential. They may also attract various types of vandal, tempted by the challenge of scaling facilities or the apparent vulnerability of street cabinets.

Today’s access control solutions are invaluable when it comes to protecting facilities from harm. Electronic cylinders and padlocks have CEN 1303 certification with the highest level of resistance to drilling and, therefore, vandalism.

What’s more, a lost or stolen electronic key can be disabled on a swift footing to prevent any unwanted intrusions. In certain solutions, the built-in reporting feature in the system software aims to report any attempts to gain access outside specified time ranges or in out-of-bounds areas, thereby detecting any anomalies.

Catherine Laug is Group Head of Marketing at LOCKEN

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CIP partners with ISARA in bid to offer crypto-agile technology

Cybersec Innovation Partners Limited (CIP) and the ISARA Corporation, the provider of crypto-agile and quantum-safe security, have announced the detail underpinning a strategic partnership which will allow CIP to offer bespoke solutions and services to enable a seamless migration of digital trust infrastructures to post-quantum security.

The onset of large-scale quantum computing will challenge the security of current public key cryptography and create widespread vulnerabilities. The rigidity of today’s infrastructure makes cryptographic migrations complex and costly. Establishing crypto agility in existing systems is the first step towards seamless migrations.

The partnership allows CIP to offer quantum-safe, crypto-agile and hybrid certificate offerings from ISARA. This ground-breaking technology enables systems to be quantum-safe without disruption of operations, while also maintaining the availability and integrity of existing security systems.

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The new agile certificates will be recognisable by CIP’s Whitethorn Platform: a digital certificate, key discovery and lifecycle management solution that allows for discovery, management and automation.

Andy Jenkinson, Group CEO at CIP, said: “Quantum computing is the next major development within the global technology area. The biggest challenge to cyber security is the lack of understanding of cryptography and PKI in today’s classical computing, let alone in a post-quantum world. The partnership with ISARA will enable all of our clients to realise full discovery, management and automation of their crypto-agile PKI.”

Scott Totzke, CEO and co-founder of ISARA, added: “We’re excited to partner with CIP to ensure its clients’ migration to quantum-safe cryptography starts with integrating crypto-agility, an essential first step towards cryptographic resilience and long-term security. This is welcome news in these turbulent times.”

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Eaton Electrical Products becomes member of Euralarm

Euralarm has welcomed Eaton Electrical Products as its newest member. The company will join the Fire Section of Euralarm, which focuses on subjects including fire detection, notification and building evacuation in the event of a blaze.

Eaton Electrical Products will now benefit from Euralarm’s services in terms of representation in front of European institutions and standardisation organisations and the monitoring of relevant legislative and standardisation issues. The business will also have access to Euralarm’s extended network of national associations and major companies in the fire safety and security sector.

Eaton’s technologies help customers manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more reliably, efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton Electrical Products’ solutions include fire alarm devices, fire detection systems, PA and voice alarm systems as well as security systems and intruder alarms.

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Insight in European markets

One of Euralarm’s objectives is to provide an open, transparent and equal platform for Members of all sizes, including by monitoring trends in European and global markets, informing members on developments and promoting action where appropriate.

Additionally, Euralarm uses professional advocacy – when appropriate – to achieve its goals, including building close relations and constructive dialogue with related industries, associations, standardisation, testing and certification bodies and political authorities (including relevant European Commission Directorates).

Companies joining Euralarm gain expertise into ‘political’ issues impacting the industry and its markets and have an opportunity to influence the industry by having a say directly into Brussels.

Euralarm represents the fire and security Industry, providing leadership and expertise for policy makers and standards bodies. Its members make society safer and secure through systems and services for fire detection, intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring and alarm transmission.

Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5,000 companies within the fire safety and security industry valued at 67 billion Euros. Members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.

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Tavcom Training expands distance learning and account management teams with duo of new appointments

Tavcom Training has announced the appointment of e-Learning developer Peter Panayi and account manager Effie-Mae Sims. Both will be based at the Tavcom Training Centre in Hampshire and focus on growing the success of the company’s rapidly expanding prospectus of classroom and distance learning training courses.

Tavcom Training boasts a wide range of award-winning security systems training courses and an extensive tutor-led distance learning portfolio that includes its popular CCTV System Design BTEC Level 5 Diploma and the Professional Practices of Security Network Design BTEC Level 5 Certificate. Earlier this year the company also launched its Tavcom Bite Size electrotechnical and electronic security systems courses.

Peter Panayi stated: “I’m looking forward to incorporating new technologies into Tavcom Training’s courses to make them even more interactive and engaging, while learning all there is to know about the security sector.”

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Peter Panayi and Effie-Mae Sims

Effie-Mae Sims will focus on supporting Tavcom Training’s clients to ensure they find the right courses to meet their professional development needs. “From the outset, I have been very impressed by the morals and beliefs of the company,” explained Effie-May. “My intention is to make a real impact within the company, helping its growth, customer relationships and everyday performance, as well as making a real difference to security professionals who choose us to help them meet their training needs.”

Paul Tennent, executive director at Tavcom Training, stated: “We’re dedicated to be using the very latest technologies and teaching methods to ensure that all of our courses, whether in the classroom or online, provide the knowledge and skills needed for professionals to perform in the ever-evolving security sector.

Tennent added: “To achieve this, we invest in the very best personnel to develop how training is delivered and ensure the right people are booked on the right courses. I’m delighted to welcome both Peter and Effie-May to the business.”

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National Security Inspectorate appoints new auditor in Northern Ireland

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s independent certification body specialising in the security, guarding and fire sectors, has appointed Clare McIntyre as security and fire systems auditor and lead auditor for ISO 9001 in Northern Ireland.

Having spent over 20 years in the sector within quality and operations management and system design, McIntyre brings a wealth of experience to the NSI’s expert auditing team. She previously worked for NSI approved companies, transitioning from one of the few female-nominated fire alarm designers to become a fully-integrated security and fire design engineer.

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Clare McIntyre

Having realised her passion for developing and improving standards within the industry, becoming an auditor for NSI was a natural progression in McIntyre’s career.

Richard Jenkins, the NSI’s CEO, commented: “We’re committed to recruiting auditors with practical experience, knowledge and understanding of our sector. Currently, the UK has the lowest percentage of females on the engineering register in the EU at only 7%. Therefore, Clare’s appointment may also serve to embed some change in what has, traditionally, been a male-dominated sector in the UK. ”

NSI to sponsor ‘Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator’ category at 2019 OSPAs

The NSI is proud to sponsor the ‘Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator’ category at next year’s Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), which take place in London on 28 February.

The UK OSPAs is part of a global awards scheme currently running in eight countries and designed to recognise outstanding contributions and achievements within their respective security sectors. Following extensive research in 2014 by Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International on what constitutes outstanding performance, the OSPA categories and criteria were then standardised, providing an opportunity for countries to run their own evidence-based OSPAs, while also maintaining the ability to compete on an international level.

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Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, founder of the OSPAs and director of Perpetuity Research, commented: “I’m delighted that the NSI is continuing its Installer/Integrator category sponsorship of the UK OSPAs. Since its formation nearly five decades ago, the NSI’s focus has been to raise standards in the UK security sector and those companies securing its approval, across all disciplines of security, are instrumental in helping to achieve this goal. The OSPAs provides a global stage for security excellence so it’s fitting that the NSI is a key player in these awards.”

Richard Jenkins added: “We’re committed to supporting initiatives that celebrate excellence and innovation in the UK’s security sector. The OSPAs are highly respected among the security and buyer communities for their core values and ethics. Gaining recognition with an OSPA is a significant achievement and we’re delighted to be associated with this prestigious event.”

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Vanderbilt to showcase all-new ACT Enterprise solution at Security Essen

Vanderbilt, the state-of-the-art security systems specialist, will showcase the latest version of ACT Enterprise at Security Essen 2018. Along with demonstrations of the access control software solution, visitors to Security Essen can explore the full range of products that Vanderbilt has to offer at Stand 6D90, with a significant focus on increased integration across the company’s products and, indeed, with third party systems.

The latest ACT Enterprise features – which include integration with Vanderbilt’s award-winning SPC intrusion system, a rules mapping engine and a smart phone app – were previewed at IFSEC International in June and received a wave of positive feedback from visitors to the show at ExCeL.

“Our ACT Enterprise Apple and Android compatible apps mean real-time monitoring, user management and administration from your smart phone,” stated Andrew Fulton, head of the access control product line at Vanderbilt. “You can enable and disable alarms, lock and unlock doors, authorise users and check who’s in and who’s out from wherever you are. Security has never been more convenient, and you’ve never been more in control.”

Rules mapping

One of the key features is the ease-of-use and simplicity of ACT Enterprise’s rules mapping to enable advanced configurations of various system inputs and outputs across the access control system, as well as integrated video and intruder elements of an integrated system.

Michael Moyna, technical product marketing manager at Vanderbilt, observed: “The use of rules mapping simplifies the implementation of more complex events/alarms and associated actions for the installer/integrator by permitting the creation of logical relationships between system elements via a drag-and-drop interface. For the end user, the addition of rules mapping ensures that system interactions can be seamlessly introduced on a system-wide basis, thus enabling a higher level of added value to be realised, both for security and business-based functionalities.”

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Integration will continue to be a priority, with a significant focus being placed on technology partnerships that enhance Vanderbilt’s functionality and reach in the market. On top of ACT Enterprise’s integration with SPC, the solution now also integrates with ASSA Abloy’s Aperio wireless components.

In addition, the much-touted SPC-Milestone plug-in will be on display. This plug-in enables users to control SPC from within the Milestone system. The plug-in is aimed at improving the customer experience by providing a bi-directional communication strategy with the enhancement of a robust surveillance solution in line with the ethos of ‘the customer first’. The SPC Milestone plug-in features options such as filters for event transmissions and remote interaction based on customisable command profile, while ATS/ATP logs offer transparent communication.

New wireless devices

Vanderbilt’s newly-released SPC Wireless devices, which include detectors, panic buttons, fobs and a transceiver, will also be on show at Security Essen. The devices feature sleek and modern lines to complement the interior styles of many environments, such as retail stores. This range of products was designed in response to growing consumer Internet of Things trends and, as a result, presents a significant revenue opportunity for installers in boosting their SPC portfolio offering.

“Installs for Vanderbilt’s SPC Wireless devices were designed to be hassle-free,” explained Ross Wilks, head of marketing communications at Vanderbilt. “In contrast, a wired solution can take, at a minimum, a day’s work when it comes to fitting cable. By reducing time on site, Vanderbilt’s SPC Wireless can enable installers to get more work done elsewhere, essentially meaning more profits from more jobs.”

Vanderbilt will also be sharing its expertise in Software-as-a-Service solutions, with ‘How To’ demonstrations on ways that installers can derive the most out of the company’s award-winning solutions, namely ACT365 and SPC Connect.

*Security Essen takes place between 25-28 September. For more information on Vanderbilt’s attendance at the event visit https://vanderbiltindustries.com/events/essen

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New distribution deal agreed between Norbain and Satel UK

Satel UK – the national distributor for high-quality security systems manufacturer Satel – is delighted to announce a new partnership with Norbain, one of the UK’s largest distributors of IP, CCTV, access control and intruder detection solutions. The agreement will see Norbain stock and distribute Satel’s range of graded PIR detectors, intruder alarm boards and sirens in the UK.

Satel’s PIR sensor range has been configured to be both tamper-resistant and reliable, while devices are able to compensate for a wide ambient temperature range and adjust their performance to the requirements of the user and the protected premises (for example, adjustments can be made to ensure pet immunity).

Additionally, certain Satel PIR sensors can be used to implement building automation functions when the house alarm system is unarmed.

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“We’re exceptionally pleased with this partnership and believe that Norbain is the perfect company to represent Satel in this market,” stated Bert McGaughey, supply chain manager at Satel UK. “Our products offer incredible quality and serious reliability coupled with flexible features that make them perfect for commercial and retail premises. We’re excited to see more and more UK installers using Satel systems in their projects in the coming months and years.”

Steve Marshall, divisional director for new business initiatives at Norbain, responded: “We believe that Satel’s range is an incredibly good fit within our product line-up, and bolsters the options available for installers when it comes to graded alarm systems. We’re delighted to be working with Satel and very much look forward to a fruitful and rewarding relationship.”

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The new additions to Norbain’s portfolio will be showcased for the first time at the Norbain North Roadshow, which takes place on 17 May at the Macron Stadium in Bolton. As well as demonstrating the company’s CCTV, access control and intruder detection portfolio, there will be talks on both cyber security and the GDPR – both crucial topics for the security industry.

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TDSi enters new partnership arrangement with Enterprise Security Distribution

Integrated security solutions developer TDSi has announce the detail of a new distribution partnership with Enterprise Security Distribution. The partnership deal will see TDSi’s products and services being offered across the UK through Enterprise Security Distribution’s network of regional branches.

Andy Cross, TDSi’s distribution channel manager, commented: “We have ambitious plans to grow and further develop our distribution partnerships and Enterprise Security Distribution is a perfect partner. With a network of ten branches across the UK, ranging from Kent right up to Manchester, Enterprise Security Distribution boasts highly impressive market penetration and professional expertise across numerous sectors.”

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Tony Streams, managing director at Enterprise Security Distribution, responded: “TDSi offers an unbeatable range of innovative and reliable security systems which provide high levels of RoI. Backed by class-leading technology and support services, we believe this partnership with TDSi will offer our customers improved choice and access to some of the best security solutions available.”

TDSi only sells its products through designated channel partners, so expert distribution partnerships are the key to its success. Andy Cross explained: “We rely upon the knowledge and market relationship of our partners to supply our customers with TDSi products and support. It would be impossible for us to reach and support all of these customers without this expert help. Therefore, it’s vital that we forge the right partnerships to ensure market growth and mutual success in growing our business.”

TDSi’s distribution partners have their specific expertise and focus, be that by geographical location or specific vertical sector. Cross concluded: “Enterprise Security Distribution has enviable expertise in not only access control systems, but also CCTV, intruder detection and fire safety systems. We believe our products are a great fit as part of these fully-integrated solutions and we’re very excited indeed to be opening this new chapter of co-operation.”

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Vanderbilt launches new programming application with SPC Connect Pro

Vanderbilt, the state-of-the-art security systems developer, has announced the release of SPC Connect Pro. SPC Connect Pro is the new programming tool for SPC systems. It’s a desktop application that allows security system installers to program all the functionality of SPC systems.

“Pro is designed to use the same interface as the SPC web page so, however you decide to program your SPC, the interface and programming options use the same intuitive interface,” explained John O’Donnell, product manager at Vanderbilt.

As SPC Connect Pro evolves from SPC Pro, several operations are enhanced for security installers. The tool now maintains a back-up of configurations files, allowing access to old files via a PC if the security installer should make changes.

Installers also benefit with the freedom to define their configurations, which can then be quickly reused at other installations.

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“With SPC Connect Pro, the evolution of SPC continues,” stated O’Donnell. “We at Vanderbilt aim to provide not only great products, but also support our customers as best we can. To that end, within the tool we have built in a new support system that will provide users with the latest support information from Vanderbilt and access to manuals and other support material.”

With additional support in the required SPC 3.8.5 firmware, SPC panels will now be discoverable when the panel is in full engineer mode, thus making connecting to systems faster and easier. For security professionals who are already using SPC Connect cloud services, the tool allows installers to access their systems from the tool, creating a secure connection to support their customers.

O’Donnell concluded: “An SPC Connect installer account is needed to access the tool. Installers can sign up for an installer account free of charge and use the tool immediately. Information and pricing are available from www.spcconnect.com.

*To download SPC Connect Pro visit: http://bit.ly/SPCConnectPro

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