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84% of small businesses call for intelligent video surveillance as existing systems “fail to protect premises”

A survey1 of small businesses in the UK has discovered that 84% of retail, office and hospitality owners are looking for video surveillance with high resolution images and intelligent features such as remote monitoring to provide superior security for their premises.

85% of respondents also stated that high quality and reliability would be important purchasing considerations when looking to invest in video surveillance.

The survey demonstrates a wide consensus among small business owners that current surveillance solutions in place are not viable to provide the necessary proof of crime at a time when the cost of shop theft is at an all-time high2. It also reveals that new technology is sought to provide the required security level within a given business.

Axis Communications carried out the survey in order to establish small business owners’ key challenges regarding video surveillance and how they believe it could be improved. In addition to stating that high quality images and the ability to access footage remotely on a smart phone or other device is desirable, 70% also suggested that ease-of-use is also high on the agenda.

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In light of accessible intelligent technology, 82% of small business owners are considering new video surveillance technology for their premises in order to provide a more up-to-date solution.

The survey results also demonstrate the challenges currently faced by small business owners in regards to their existing video surveillance solutions. A number of factors were revealed as unsatisfactory within their present set-up, including poor quality of images and difficulty of use.

These small business owners reported facing issues with their current video surveillance including “bad quality of system”, “lack of ability to monitor outside of premises” and providing “limited proof of crime”. This feedback further confirms the desire for more intelligent surveillance solutions to help protect businesses and make staff feel safe.

Atul Rajput, regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications, observed: “Pioneering technology and the benefits that come with it shouldn’t be limited to corporate entities. With the help of dedicated IT and security installers, the network camera is becoming more accessible and affordable for the small business than ever before. Many small business owners have an awareness that high quality, intelligent solutions are available and are looking for guidance as to how they can make the most of this to protect their premises and, ultimately, their bottom line. A rise in theft and the continued improvements in technology such as remote monitoring and high-quality images are only set to exacerbate this situation.”

Rajput continued: “As legacy video surveillance solutions become obsolete, we’re witnessing a shift in the ways small businesses adopt new solutions. Once regarded as a standalone investment, many now consider IP cameras as a vital upgrade that forms a part of their larger IT infrastructure. Along with this, end users are also looking to remotely access live and pre-recorded video footage anytime and anywhere. The ultimate benefit of this is a solution that delivers information rapidly and cost-effectively and that can benefit from the latest applications as and when they become available.”

References 

1Research was conducted by OnePoll independent market researchers on behalf of Axis Communications between 22 July and 10 August 2016 via an online survey. 500 UK business owners of companies with 1-20 employees that would be involved in the decision to purchase video surveillance equipment for their company premises were surveyed

2http://brc.org.uk/news/2016/cost-of-theft-for-retailers-at-highest-level-since-records-began

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PACOM Systems achieves highest European security grade for protection

PACOM Systems, the specialist in high-level integrated security management, has just announced that the 8002 Intelligent Field Controller and associated devices have been awarded EN50131 Grade 4 approval – the highest European standard for intruder alarm security and signalling.

The EN50131 standard uses the concept of security grades to classify Intrusion and Hold-Up Alarm Systems based upon the level of risk. Grade 1 is the lowest tier and represents environments in which intruders are expected to have a low knowledge of intruder alarm systems and there’s a low risk of theft.

At the other end of the scale, a Grade 4 system is where security takes precedence over all other factors. At this level, intruders are expected to have the ability and resources to plan a burglary in advance and have the knowledge and equipment to alter part of the intruder alarm system to avoid detection.

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Grade 4 compliance indicates that PACOM Systems has met the demanding requirements of the EN50131 standard. The 8002 controller is now certified for the highest risk environments which can include applications in the banking and finance, military, transport, Government, education and healthcare sectors.

“This is a significant milestone for PACOM Systems,” stated Andrew Minnikin, global sales director at the company. “We’re extremely proud to be one of the very few companies globally to have achieved EN50131 Grade 4, and we very much look forward to providing this elevated level of security to our customers.”

The PACOM 8002 is an integrated access and alarm controller that delivers an all-in-one building platform integrating the functionality required for remote security system. Its modular architecture makes the 8002 simple to install and configure, as well as expand and integrate as future security needs require.

As an alarm system, the 8002 supports up to 32 alarm areas and 256 alarm zones. The 8002 controller can operate stand-alone for smaller projects or as part of a fully-integrated alarm and access control system for larger buildings or multi-site applications.

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Thames Water extends security contract with Zaun to May 2017

The UK’s largest water and waste company has renewed the appointment of security and perimeter fencing systems manufacturer and specialist solutions designer Zaun on a multi-million pound framework agreement for a further year to May 2017.

Thames Water Utilities retains the option to extend the deal for a further two years to 2019 at the end of the current Asset Management Programme (AMP6).

Thames Water originally selected Zaun as one of four appointed contractors on its framework agreement for the supply and installation of security fencing and gates, and one of three for ongoing maintenance. It hoped to save almost £500,000 with the framework agreement, as well as reaping the benefits of dedicated account management, certified and experienced perimeter protection designers, engineers and technicians, access to new and innovative products and robust management reporting linked to an exacting Service Level Agreement.

Thames Water manages more than 4500 sites, the majority of them unmanned, that require security to protect the water supply for over 14 million people. Accidental pollution, the safety hazards of sewage, the potential for theft and even mindless vandalism all mean that site safety and security is paramount.

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Zaun first proved its reputation with Thames Water during its multi-billion pound London Tideway improvements to create a cleaner and healthier River Thames. This entailed work on sites of Critical National Infratructure (CNI) near to the London 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford where Zaun also provided security fencing.

For AMP6, Thames Water set about a “complete transformation” of the way in which it delivers capital investment through a ‘super alliance’ including MWH Global as programme manager that expects to carry out between £2 billion and £3 billion of work, with £200 million set aside for security, in turn bringing its estate up to Defra standards and rendering it fully prepared for any security eventualities.

Thames Water has often turned to Zaun to deliver full turnkey security solutions of integrated perimeter fencing, CCTV and access control systems. Indeed, Zaun has installed its most intruder-resistant product, ArmaWeave, around secure compounds.

Chris Plimley, Zaun’s head of sales, stated: “We’re delighted to have our relationship with Thames Water extended for another year and look forward to continuing to help the client upgrade both its estate and overall security regime with the very best integrated perimeter protection systems available on the market.”

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LOCKEN works across UK and Europe to secure large-scale exhibition venues for end users

LOCKEN – the developer of cable-free access control whose solution concentrates on power, intelligence and communication in one smart key – is presently working with a number of UK and European convention centres to secure their large exhibition venues.

Exhibition and conference centres employ hundreds of staff and see thousands of visitors pass through their doors each day that an event is running. On that basis, it’s vital that their infrastructure, assets, staff, service providers and customers operate in a safe and secure environment, all backed-up by a robust access control solution.

With clients including The NEC in Birmingham, The Convention Centre, Dublin and Marseille’s Chanot Exhibition and Convention Centre, LOCKEN provides a secure and traceable access control management solution based on CyberLock technology.

“The LOCKEN system enables us to provide bespoke access for our clients as and when it’s required,” asserted Philip Hartigan, head of security at The Convention Centre in Dublin. “It allows us to monitor and restrict access to specific areas, meaning that we’ve been able to re-allocate security officers who were previously responsible for opening restricted access areas, signing out keys and monitoring key registers.”

Nick Dooley, managing director of LOCKEN UK, added: “Ensuring the safety of people and the security of goods while providing maximum productivity is our priority. Monitoring and controlling restricted access is paramount, with data capture and analysis providing vital information in the event of a security breach.”

Dooley continued: “We’ve secured over one million access points worldwide and take great pride in offering a robust and reliable access control solution to an industry that’s vulnerable to risks such as terrorism, vandalism and theft which are associated with larger public venue.”

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Samsung Techwin safeguards the Holy Shroud in Turin during 2015 Exposition

More than two million pilgrims are expected in Turin for the 2015 Exposition of the Holy Shroud, which is taking place in the city’s cathedral from 19 April to 24 June. As was the case in 2010, the Enzo Hruby Foundation is collaborating with Samsung Techwin to protect the relic by dint of employing the latest generation of video surveillance technology.

Turin-based Centro Sistemi Antifurto designed and installed the video surveillance system required to monitor the areas dedicated to the Exposition, as well as the route to be taken by visitors and its surrounding areas. Images captured by the Samsung Techwin cameras are being recorded and transmitted in real-time to an operations centre at the police headquarters in Turin, in turn enabling a quick response should any incidents arise.

Riello UPS has contributed to the success of the project by supplying the emergency power supply units for the system.

“The Committee was firmly dedicated to ensuring absolute peace of mind for everyone involved while the event takes place,” explained Maurizio Baradello, director general of the Organising Committee for the Exposition. “It was an objective that all the parties involved in the project aimed to meet within a climate of positive co-operation.”

Surveillance and security services provided by law enforcement agencies are in place in the Exposition area and supported in their task by the surveillance network made available thanks to the Committee.

The 2015 Exposition of the Holy Shroud takes place until 24 June  (Credit: www.sindone.org)

The 2015 Exposition of the Holy Shroud takes place until 24 June (Credit: http://www.sindone.org)

“We’re proud to have been able to offer our support in protecting the Exposition of the Holy Shroud for the second time,” said Carlo Hruby, vice-president of the Enzo Hruby Foundation. “The project is gratifying not only because of the object on which it is focused, but also due to the excellent co-operation that has been forged between public entities and the companies that joined us. It’s a unique project dedicated to an event with a global reach and a very high symbolic value.”

Hruby continued: “It’s also part of our Foundation’s commitment to protect ecclesiastical treasures, which alone make up about 70% of Italy’s entire cultural heritage. A heritage which, together with the most important and well-known treasures and monuments, consists of a myriad of churches and oratories scattered throughout the country, very often without adequate protection against theft and vandalism. As a matter of fact, in 2014, as in previous years, churches were the places that saw the greatest number of thefts of cultural objects. Our hope is that a project focused on protection on such a large scale may also act as a stimulus to communicate the possibilities that technology offers us when it comes to protecting these buildings in an affordable way.”

The camera installation

Samsung Techwin’s SNP-5430H 1.3 Megapixel HD weatherproofed PTZ auto-tracking speed domes are among the cameras deployed. The powerful 43x zoom capability of the SNP-5430H is enhanced by an auto-tracking feature which allows operators to monitor the movement of people or vehicles while remaining hands-free to control other cameras.

SNO-6084RP 2 Megapixel Full HD Bullet cameras have also been installed. Part of the Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII range, the SNO-6084RP is equipped with a motorised varifocal lens and built-in IR illuminators and readily able to capture high quality images whatever the lighting conditions.

For this particular project, the images from the cameras are being recorded onto a Samsung Techwin SRN-1000 NVR. With 24 Tb of on-board video storage capacity, the Linux-based SRN-1000 is more than capable of storing all the images captured by the cameras during the event, as well as providing operators with the ability to quickly search and review video of any incidents.

The SNO-6084RP 2 Megapixel Full HD bullet camera

The SNO-6084RP 2 Megapixel Full HD bullet camera

“Samsung Techwin’s technological contribution to this project is part of a wider context that sees our company involved in making the latest innovative security and video surveillance technology generally accessible,” said Fabio Andreoni, Samsung Techwin Europe’s country manager for Italy.

“This philosophy is fully consistent with the intentions and goals of the Enzo Hruby Foundation with whom we are pleased to co-operate for such important projects. Our contribution to protecting Italy’s immense artistic and cultural heritage is also supported by the idea that all of this can be of help in terms of feeding a virtuous circle which is able to generate benefits for all involved, including the institutions, law enforcement agencies and private companies. In particular, we can benefit visitors to the Exposition who are able to safely enjoy the experience with complete peace of mind.”

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Technocover boxes clever with flexible build options for Critical Infrastructure security kiosks

However challenging the location, Technocover is solving asset protection issues for security and risk professionals working at Critical Infrastructure sites thanks to flexible installation options for its LPCB-approved UltraSecure security kiosks.

The physical protection specialist is offering a tailored fulfilment service for end users across its kiosk range – from small cabinets right up to extra large walk-in buildings – in order to overcome access and installation constraints.

UltraSecure kiosks can be planned and delivered as pre-built ‘plug-in’ solutions complete with M&E services for easy connection to mains electricity. They can also be supplied as part-assembled or flat pack systems to suit site logistics and the client’s project needs.

Available in a wide range of sizes and LPCB security ratings Level 3 and 4, UltraSecure cabinets and kiosks offer “rigorously tested, high durability protection” of critical processes, materials and restricted areas/zones.

Technocover's LPCB-approved UltraSecure security kiosks

Technocover’s LPCB-approved UltraSecure security kiosks

Systems can be adapted to specific operational needs from a range of accessories and options. These include single or double doors (with or without vision panels), venting louvres, roof escape hatches and internal lining (timber or recycled plastic).

They’re compatible with LPCB-approved padlocks and locking/user ID systems, entry and exit hardware and may be fully integrated with site intruder alarms and the latest access control management systems.

Comprehensive project support

Technocover’s flexible build kiosks are the latest feature of the company’s Total Service which offers comprehensive project support from surveys, risk assessment advice and early project consultation through to product design, installation and maintenance.

Total Service aims to add value to the recognised quality and benefits of Technocover’s LPCB-certificated equipment by affording high levels of technical and site support designed to identify best value solutions and subsequently maximise customer satisfaction.

Technocover’s managing director Michael Miles told Risk UK: “We’re seeing growing demand for increasingly large security kiosk modules as clients ramp up protection on Critical Infrastructure sites in a bid to defend against the risks of vandalism, theft, sabotage and potential terrorist attacks. Of course, logistics are increasingly the challenge for as well as providing flexibility in how we fulfil the security brief for large and critical structures.”

Miles concluded: “In hand with scaling up our manufacturing and delivery fleet for larger components and pre-assembled fabrications, we have the capability to readily adapt our security kiosks such that they meet the client’s precise needs whether the emphasis is on offsite or onsite assembly.”

*Technocover’s latest security installations for Critical Infrastructure projects can be viewed online at: www.technocover.co.uk

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Mitie unveils online crime reporting partnership with Facewatch

FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company Mitie has announced a strategic partnership with Facewatch, the online crime reporting and networking service.

Facewatch is a secure, cloud-based platform that enables business users, the public and the police to report low-level crime with CCTV evidence and to share offender images and intelligence with other businesses within secure groups.

Facewatch provides tools to develop intelligence about specific individuals and affords advanced statistics enabling businesses and the police service to drive down crime.

The Facewatch system holds the police approved Secured by Design accreditation and is fully accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) as a means of accessing digital case files within UK Courts of Law. Facewatch is accessible from any Internet-connected device.

Mitie has forged an online crime reporting partnership with Facewatch

Mitie has forged an online crime reporting partnership with Facewatch

This new partnership will see Mitie take control of the entire crime reporting process on behalf of its customers.

Using Mitec, Mitie’s hi-tech security hub, analysts will be able to review CCTV footage, prepare incident reports and develop evidential packs in line with police service and CPS guidelines so these can be used to support prosecutions.

Crime reporting and threat analysis

Darren Gamage, managing director of technology services at Mitie’s Total Security Management business, said: “Working with Facewatch gives us an exciting opportunity to enhance our crime reporting and threat analysis service for our customers. Our analysts in Mitec will work with the various police forces in efficient crime reporting, allowing us to better manage risk and document incidents.”

Gamage added: “We will also be able to share data across our clients’ estates where we’re already monitoring their systems or providing a physical security presence.”

Simon Gordon, chairman of Facewatch, commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Mitie on this launch. Delivering an instant and secure reporting solution to offences such as shoplifting, personal theft and vandalism is key to our partnership. We are focused on improving the quality of crime reports sent to the police from businesses, assisting in developing police efficiencies and reducing crime.”

The Facewatch system now contains around 18,000 images and logs over 8,000 business premises. The concept was kick-started back in March 2010.

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