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SSR Personnel Charity Golf Day in aid of Embrace set to run on 25 September

SSR Personnel – the largest recruitment consultancy dedicated to the security, fire, health and safety sectors and presently operating in 20 countries – has announced the date for its 2017 Charity Gold Day. The event – which this year runs in support of Embrace (www.embracecvoc.org.uk), the charity actively supporting child victims of crime – takes place on Monday 25 September at the Bentley Golf Club in Brentwood, Essex.

Bentley Golf Club was established in 1972 designed by the Swan Family. Purchased by the Members in 2004, it’s now ranked as one of the premier golf clubs in the county. Bentley continues to host a number of county-focused golfing events (including the Essex County Championship) and is also a regular venue for the Essex Captains.

The course has attained a silver ranking in the HSBC regional course rankings and is laid out over an undulating terrain that has a wealth of mature, mixed species trees with many water features. The course itself extends to 6,703 yards (Par 72). Hole 16 is the ‘signature hole’ and is a Par 4 with an acute dog-leg to the right.

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The price for those who wish to take part will be £75 per individual player, with a concession for four-balls booked at £260.

Following the golf there will be a three-course meal, prize-giving and an auction that will take place from 3.30 pm. Meal only tickets will be available. SSR Personnel welcomes auction or raffle prizes to ensure that as much money as possible is raised for Embrace and the child victims of crime.

Embrace is a charity that helps to take away the hurt, relieve poverty, sickness, trauma and distress arising among children, resident in the UK, who have suffered as a result of any criminal offence and promotes children’s education, health and welfare; encourages their social inclusion and community involvement and actively seeks to develop their personal safety.

*For further details on the 2017 SSR Personnel Charity Gold Day and to request a booking form please contact Carole Henley, SSR Personnel, Suite 7, James Yard, Larkshall Road, London E4 9UA (e-mail: chenley@ssr-personnel.com, telephone 020 8626 3100)

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Evidence Talks moves to new headquarters in Buckinghamshire

Evidence Talks, the digital forensic specialist business which now provides its services to law enforcement, Government, security operations and corporates all over the world, has moved across Milton Keynes to new premises overlooking Willen Lake.

Recently, the company’s CEO Elizabeth Sheldon and CTO Andrew Sheldon hosted an official opening where a mix of clients, suppliers and staff enjoyed a highly successful networking event.

In a warmly-received welcoming address, Elizabeth Sheldon briefly reviewed the company’s 14-year history, with a record sales year in 2016 the undoubted highlight. Sheldon also commented on the substantial Government contracts won by Evidence Talks in both the UK and the US, with the consequent expansion of the business including five new members of staff and the move to the new headquarters.

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Paying tribute to all the business communities represented at the gathering, Sheldon said: “I would like to thank our customers and suppliers for their support and our members of staff for their professionalism and enthusiasm. We have some of the best digital forensic technology in the world at the moment, and it seems that both the UK and the US Governments agree that we have the ideas, innovation and ability to create the forensic technologies of the future.”

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DVS and Lantec Security enhance Sand Martins Golf Club surveillance system with Hikvision technology

Video surveillance solutions developer Hikvision and systems installer Lantec Security have recently completed an upgrade project at the prestigious Sand Martins Golf Club in Surrey with assistance from Hikvision’s UK distributor DVS.

The Sand Martins Golf Club is located near Wokingham and, only recently, the management team decided it was time to upgrade the club’s existing standard definition analogue surveillance system.

Given that the course is spread across many acres of land, CCTV is paramount for the security and smooth running of the location. Steve Lane of Lantec Security headed up the installation project for the new surveillance system, all the while working closely with DVS. A full HD system has been designed and implemented using Hikvision surveillance solutions.

The project consists of 16 Hikvision Full HD cameras, among them vandal-resistant IR domes, bullet cameras and even a newly-released Lightfighter model installed to watch over the club’s grounds.

Hikvision’s ANPR system is employed in the car park, recording the number of every vehicle that enters the compound. The large field of view on the ANPR solution means that it can also serve as a general overview system.

The installation even boasts an auto tracking dome on the 18th hole that streams live images directly into the clubhouse.

End-to-end solution

“We decided to choose a Hikvision system as the user interface is ideal,” explained Steve Lane. “Using Hikvision’s products also allowed us to provide an end-to-end solution covering ANPR, internal areas and the retail space at the club while providing an auto tracking dome which helps with player traffic in addition to general security around the clubhouse.”

Lane added: “The 3 Megapixel picture quality rendered by the cameras on site represents a massive improvement on the original analogue system. The end result will be a great help on any future incidents due to the superior image quality that’s now rendered.”

In conclusion, Lane told Risk UK: “DVS was very helpful in assisting with the design of the security infrastructure.”

Andrew Hall, a PGA professional at Sand Martins Golf Club and overseer of the new security installation, commented: “The system is extremely sophisticated and much more user friendly than the previous one. It’s now very quick and easy for us to search for any footage we need. The ability to view images from a mobile device is also fantastic. Those images are very clear, which is so important when there are any issues to be resolved.”

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Chelsea FC signs Rembrandt security solution from Intrepid at start of 2015-2016 Premier League campaign

Over the summer, Chelsea FC has been busy with pre-season preparations at its Stamford Bridge retail Megastore in readiness for the start of the new Premier League season. Closed since the end of May, the Megastore has undergone its first major refurbishment since the official opening over a decade ago.

The new, larger Megastore, which opened on Monday 3 August, features lots of innovations designed to improve the visitor experience. Store security and marketing tools have also been upgraded to improve efficiency for the Megastore’s management team.

Intrepid Security was tasked to replace the existing Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) tagging system (which the company originally installed five years ago) with its latest RF system. Designated Rembrandt, this helps to update the look of the security to match the new store interior, in addition to providing the benefits of the latest tagging technology and reliability.

The Chelsea Megastore at the Premier League club's Stamford Bridge ground in West London

The Chelsea Megastore at the Premier League club’s Stamford Bridge ground in West London

The Rembrandt systems are sited at three points in the store: one at the entrance and one at each of the two exits (one of which is only open on match days to cope with the 10,000-plus fans who pass through the doors).

Intrepid has also added five thermal overhead people counters within the store, in turn allowing the Megastore’s management to monitor traffic flow on each of the two floors, as well as between floors, on the two staircases. This should enable the team to improve staffing levels as well as merchandising, and generally give a much better level of service to their customers by fully understanding the routes through the store.

Paul Newbury, who has overseen the project for Intrepid Security, told Risk UK: “The new Rembrandt tagging system is technically superior to anything else available for the price point and is working a treat. By working closely with the retail team at Chelsea FC, we made sure they received the people counter coverage they require. By monitoring the people traffic by counter location, members of the team will be able to identify customer ‘hotspots’ and generally busier areas within the store so that they can then maximise future merchandising opportunities.”

The club already has already gained valuable merchandising data following the first home game of the season against Swansea City which they will build on through the coming months to expand sales and merchandise even smarter.

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MLA issues stark security warning to students and landlords ahead of new university term

Students and their landlords are being urged by the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) to tighten up security procedures in order to avoid becoming victims of crime when university term starts again.

Students are one of the highest ‘at risk’ groups when it comes to crime, and are often targeted for high value laptops, TVs and entertainment equipment which is all-too-frequently left in plain view and unsecured against intruders.

As letting out a house or flat to students is a thriving business, the MLA is urging landlords to make home security a top priority to ensure that tenants, property and possessions are safe.

Students are also being warned to take simple precautions to prevent their possessions and equipment from being stolen when they move into a new property – or return to their old digs – at the end of September.

Dr Steffan George: development director at the MLA

Dr Steffan George: development director at the MLA

The MLA is encouraging youngsters and their parents to question what locking systems are in place, when they were last replaced and how the copying of keys is controlled.

The organisation advises landlords to consult an MLA-approved locksmith, who will be able to carry out a security assessment on property and recommend suitable locks and fittings, as well as providing input from a safety point of view.

Dr Steffan George, development director at the MLA, said: “Whether they’re going to university for the first time or returning to study for another year, students will often find themselves in new accommodation. It’s important that they’re fully aware of security to keep themselves and their possessions safe as students are often regarded as an easy target by thieves.”

George continued: “By taking simple precautions, landlords and students can avoid many of the risks that can lead to crime and taint the student experience. It’s landlords’ duty to act in a responsible manner and they should install quality locks with patented keys which cannot be copied without proof of ownership or restricted keys that cannot be easily copied due to their unique design.”

The MLA has issued the following guidelines to students and landlords:

  • Ensure good quality locks are installed on both the main door and the bedroom door. For convenience, the locks can be configured so that each individual bedroom key also opens the front door
  • Inspect doors and windows to make sure appropriate locks are fitted, in good condition and meet insurance requirements. If unsure, ask a vetted MLA locksmith for advice and a full security assessment
  • Keep valuable items out of sight, away from doors or windows, and remember to lock rooms and the front door when you go out
  • Don’t hide a key under a doormat or flower pot as criminals are aware of this method, particularly in student areas
  • Don’t leave doors open when outside or if friends are going in and out of the property as a thief can take advantage
  • If a room or property is going to be unoccupied for a number of weeks, students should take all valuables with them or make sure they are out of view
  • When entering the property, ensure that nobody ‘tailgates’ you and gains entry
  • Ensure locks are correctly specified regarding egress in homes of multiple occupancy (exit without the use of a key is required in flats, apartments and shared houses with locks on individual bedroom doors)

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Xtralis VESDA-E VEA aspirating smoke detector receives major endorsement from Intrepid

The recently released VESDA-E VEA aspirating smoke detector has received a major endorsement from Intrepid Electronic Systems Inc, a leading fire, security and technology solutions provider serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area of the USA.

Intrepid is a certified VESDA PRO – an elite, invitation-only group of dealers dedicated to delivering excellence in design, installation, commissioning, service and maintenance for Xtralis’ detection products. Intrepid clients are some of the world’s most famous brands and include Google, Novartis and Pixar Studios.

“Intrepid Electronic Systems Inc has installed and evaluated the VESDA-E VEA in our Oakland and San Jose offices and performed demonstrations to a number of prestigious corporate customers,” commented Kurt Brinkman, the owner of Intrepid Electronics Systems. “After seeing the VESDA in action, they ordered a VEA system for their own evaluation in a riser application to control smoke dampers using VEA addressable sample points.”

Brinkman went on to state: “The VESDA-E VEA was simple to install and worked perfectly during customer demonstrations. The key features that stood out to the clients were that the VEA provides end-to-end system integrity monitoring, integrated blowback to clean sample points and ease of annual testing and maintenance. Access to the sample point was not necessary for regular testing and maintenance. These features overcame any access issues they had for their riser application. From my own perspective, I was impressed with the performance of the VEA. The concept of centralised maintenance is great. I can see many applications where uninterrupted servicing is of value to our customers.”

VESDA-E VEA is the only addressable detector on the market that delivers ‘assured detection’ through active sampling, proactive self-supervision, auto-cleaning and the highest longevity with sustained sensitivity for the laser detection chamber.

The centralised detection architecture (exhibiting up to 120 sampling points), coupled with auto supervision and cleaning, lowers servicing time by up to 90% and decreases total cost of ownership. Dealers can multiply their service revenues and margins with the dramatic increase in productivity.

End user customers will benefit from unobtrusive and interruption-free servicing that’s a ‘must’ for environments like hospitals and other 24/7 operations.

Superior connectivity options and an iVESDA mobile app allow for remote monitoring and ensure effective response at the local level and by Fire Brigades, in turn minimising the loss of property and business interruption.

*Further information is available by visiting: www.xtralis.com/VEA

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PEL Services takes care of specialist fire safety and security solutions for Debenhams

PEL Services has just completed the design, supply and installation of a package of key safety systems for a further Debenhams store. As is the case at numerous other Debenhams stores around the UK, the new retail outlet in North Lincolnshire Shopping Park, Scunthorpe has been fitted with fire detection, security and Public Address systems.

The new store, which occupies 40,000 sq ft across two floors, is protected by a comprehensive store-wide ‘open protocol’ fire detection system as well as PEL’s Refuge Call, which allows a disabled person to alert Central Station operators to their predicament, in turn enabling the appropriate action to be taken.

A PA system has also been fitted by PEL Services’ engineers. This is used for safety and general announcements and to broadcast in-store radio and advertisements under a company-wide MEDIAinSTORE contract.

Security is a key consideration for the retailer. To this end, PEL Services has installed access control, intruder alarm and video-based door entry systems as part of the overall store security requirements.

PEL Services is providing security and fire safety solutions for the Debenham stores estate

PEL Services is providing security and fire safety solutions for the Debenham stores estate

For PEL Services, the real challenge at this site was the quick turnaround. Managing director Ken Faulks stated: “PEL Services has developed an excellent working relationship with Debenhams over the years. We serve the retailer with a quality package of cost-effective systems and provide a level of support to match. We also have the resources and the expert team to enable us to provide this level of service. Debenhams recognises as such through its continued use of our services across its stores, including our MEDIAinSTORE music in-store radio and advertising service which is now distributed throughout the Debenhams estate.”

PEL Services was recently responsible for the successful design, supply and installation of a Bose professional digital sound and PA system at Debenhams’ flagship Oxford Street store as part of an extensive £25 million refurbishment. The sound system features 650 ceiling speakers, making it one of the largest Bose ceiling speaker installations in Europe.

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