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Evolution invests in people development with appointment of Louise Gough as Human Resources manager

Evolution, the integrated fire and security solutions specialist, has appointed Louise Gough as its new Human Resources (HR) manager to lead the business’ recruitment strategy, implement new training and development opportunities, manage employee relations and provide support to the wider business.

Gough joins Evolution with a wealth of HR management experience, including eight years’s service with a market-leading integrated security business where she was also involved in project and bid work and facilities management. Prior to that, Gough worked for a number of large manufacturing and construction firms.

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Louise Gough: the new HR manager at Evolution

Now, Gough is looking forward to helping drive even further business growth at Evolution. “It’s a very exciting time for the business,” explained Gough in conversation with Risk Xtra. “The workforce has expanded considerably already this year and further growth is expected as a result of the business being successful in winning some large projects n the UK, the Republic of Ireland and further afield in Europe.”

Further, Gough stated: “I hope to add real value to the business and will start by closely reviewing our recruitment and wider people strategies and use my knowledge and experience to implement new methods that enable us to work smarter, while also enhancing our strong position within the integrated security sector. I want to take the HR burden away from the senior managers and allow them to focus more closely on their own roles, which in turn will lead to more proactive and productive teams.”

Richard Lambert, managing director of Evolution, enthused: “We’re delighted that Louise is joining the team. She has proven experience and great sector knowledge which will be invaluable. There’s no doubt Louise will help to drive the business forward as we continue our plans to grow in the UK and Europe.”

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Life safety expert Baldwin Boxall joins Fire Industry Association

Life safety and voice alarm expert Baldwin Boxall has recently become a member of the Fire Industry Association (FIA). With over 800 members, the FIA is the largest fire protection-focused Trade Association in the UK. Its objective is to promote, improve and perfect fire protection methods, devices, services and apparatus through training and technical support as well as assist in the shaping of legislation and professional fire industry standards.

Baldwin Boxall’s sales and marketing director Nick Baldwin informed Risk Xtra: “Our own mission has always been to supply products and solutions that set the industry benchmark and to develop meaningful relationships with our customers so that they know we are a company upon whom they can rely. We feel that the FIA reflects those values and that we and our customers can only benefit from this move.”

BaldwinBoxallBaldwin added: “We’re delighted to become part of the FIA family and look forward to working in partnership with the organisation and becoming involved with industry training, promoting Best Practice and realising the various networking opportunities that being a member also brings.”

Baldwin Boxall provides a range of solutions for end users in charge of fire safety programme management, among them EN54 voice alarms, emergency voice communication systems, PA systems, room panels and Nurse Call solutions.

*Further information is available online at http://www.baldwinboxall.co.uk

 

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dormakaba UK completes merger of Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd

dormakaba UK acquired Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd on 1 August last year and has since been working to integrate the business through an important transition phase. The full merger – which was completed on 1 July 2019 – will see dormakaba UK extend its product offer while also assisting with growth and expansion into new sectors. 

Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd specialises in automatic, security and fabrication solutions. Its product offer ranges from automatic and manual doors, gates and barriers through to bollards and roller shutters. This will complement dormakaba UK’s existing service offer. The acquisition and integration provides an opportunity for dormakaba UK to achieve greater customer reach. 

Paul Wright, regional service director at dormakaba UK, told Risk Xtra: “I’m really pleased with how well our businesses have interacted during this successful process and I’m delighted to welcome Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd into our organisation. This development will further strengthen us in our service delivery, while also seeing us continue with profitable growth. We look forward to continuing our journey over the new financial year.”

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The acquisition demonstrates dormakaba UK’s commitment to provide its customers with quality access solutions and shows its bold ambition to become the trusted industry leader. A broader range of customers will now be able to access the full and combined product range from both dormakaba UK and Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd. The fabrication and service branch of dormakaba UK will be located at the Fareham site.

Ken Norish, managing director of Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd, said: “Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd has grown strongly over the past decade, but the business had reached a natural limit that couldn’t be exceeded without external investment. Through the acquisition, dormakaba UK will provide access to an additional customer base, a much broader pool of engineers and the back office systems we need to ensure efficiency. This is an exciting move for us and I’m looking forward to working together with dormakaba UK to achieve continued success in our sector.”

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ONVIF hosts 20th Developers’ Plugfest in Tokyo

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, recently hosted its 20th Developers’ Plugfest in Tokyo. It’s a milestone that, the organisation believes, firmly emphasises the continued growth and demand for interoperable solutions.

Developers and engineers from 22 ONVIF member companies gathered at the three-day event to test their implementations of ONVIF Profiles with other ONVIF Profile-conformant products. Developers can test their products independently for Profile conformance, as well as test for interoperability between their devices and those developed by other manufacturers.

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With 47 members testing their implementations of the six ONVIF Profiles, attendees logged nearly 250 hours of testing. In addition to Profile interoperability tests, all ONVIF clients had the opportunity to test using the ONVIF Device/Client Test Tool. From there, attendees were able to discuss with Test Tool developers any issues that arose during conformance testing.

“The continued level of engagement from our member companies at what’s now our 20th Developers’ Plugfest showcases the importance of interoperability to the industry at large,” said Per Björkdahl, chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “As new Profiles are developed to meet ever-changing market needs, it’s more important than ever for companies to collaborate and exchange ideas to create the best new conformant technologies possible.”

ONVIF Developers’ Plugfests are held twice each year around the world to enable the global ONVIF membership to gather for testing of their implementations. The next Developers’ Plugfest is scheduled to be held this coming November in Rome.

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Per Björkdahl: chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee

Founded in 2008, ONVIF is an industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control companies and more than 13,000 Profile-conformant products.

ONVIF offers Profile S for basic streaming video, Profile G for edge storage and retrieval, Profile C for door control and event management, Profile Q for quick installation, Profile A for access control configuration and Profile T for advanced video streaming.

ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF-conformant products can provide.

*Further information about ONVIF-conformant products, including member companies and their conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website at www.onvif.org

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Metro Security wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of M.A.R.S

Metro Security has won a 2019 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for the development of M.A.R.S (Metro Analytic Retail Solution), an integration software that brings retailers’ risk data into one location at the click of a mouse.

Managing director Trevor Wallace, who attended a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 11 June, enthused: “This award is a real honour for Metro Security. We’re a company that has been able to build a strong reputation off the back of British-designed software and hardware development.”

The M.A.R.S solution, which integrates retailers’ existing technology – including Electronic Point of Sale and CCTV data – to deliver transparency of information in order to detect theft and fraud, came to the attention of the Queen’s Award adjudicators after a number of High Street and petrol forecourt retailers reported transformative loss reduction results following its deployment.

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Trevor Wallace (left) and son Darren at Buckingham Palace

The technology allows businesses to remotely access and deep dive into data with the support of CCTV evidence to build criminal cases for the police to prosecute, which also assists in reducing police investigation time.

Wallace, who established the Romford-based business back in 1978, continued: “Our technology is a collaborative effort with our customers. They tell us what management information they want and how they want it packaged. We then work with them, and their other partners, to deliver it. We see ourselves as a kind of Q character from the James Bond franchise. We quietly work in the background to enable technologies to work together to catch the bad guys. We’re not quite on Her Majesty’s Secret Service, but this Royal recognition is a major boon for the business and an acknowledgement of the hard work and long hours put in by the team. This prestigious accolade is a true recognition of their enterprise.”

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant will be visiting the business in Ashton Road to bestow the Queen’s Award for Enterprise certificate and crystal award.

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Traka shines bright with integrated solutions at IFSEC International 2019

Traka proved its credentials as a global solutions provider at IFSEC International 2019 in London last week, taking the opportunity to present its bespoke solutions and latest innovative technical development and demonstrate its integration with leading access control providers. 

On Stand IF105 at London’s ExCeL, the specialist in intelligent management solutions for keys and equipment showcased its latest generation TrakaWEB software and its ability to offer remote administration, including faulty item exchange, fleet management and full audit control capability.

Steve Bumphrey, Traka’s UK sales director, commented: “The Traka stand created a real buzz at IFSEC 2019. Our new proposition as a global solutions provider enabled us to display powerful R&D capability, with TrakaWEB being a prime example of presenting a connected future with management tools for the protection of essential assets.”

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Bumphrey continued: “Visitors to the stand were really enthusiastic about how Traka is helping to drive integration without compromising quality. The feedback and number of sectors showing interest highlighted our ability to offer bespoke solutions to suit individual market requirements. We’re looking forward to continuing discussions and further demonstrating Traka’s impressive management solutions.”

At ExCeL, Traka also held live displays of its latest system offerings, including specialist modular lockers. Bespoke in design, they’ve been created to manage different types of equipment such as body-worn cameras, which are increasingly being adopted by a number of sectors and are often required to be instantly available for use in fast-developing situations.

Traka’s dedicated integration zone showcased the ability to meet individual customer requirements and demonstrated asset return assurance in a seamless access control process.

Traka demonstrated its key management portfolio, including the L-Touch, S-Touch and M-Touch solutions designed to offer simple ways in which to control keys and manage different facilities, including full and compliant audit trail capability of keys and users.

Bumphrey concluded: “IFSEC International was a great success for Traka. It was an ideal opportunity for us to present our latest product and service solutions and also highlight our expertise as a team, both from a technical and market-led sales perspective. The next stage is to deliver on our conversations with end users and prove that we really are local when you need us and global when it counts.”

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NordVPN creates new generation password manager dubbed NordPass

NordVPN is creating a new generation password manager. NordPass will have a full range of features to ensure that passwords are as secure as possible. Its easy-to-use interface makes staying secure effortless.

“We can secure your connections with NordVPN and we can secure your files with NordLocker, but you still need a strong password for both,” explained Marty Kamden, CMO at NordVPN. “Passwords are the front line for your online account security. That’s why we’re introducing NordPass. It all started when we were looking for a safer and more productive way to deal with passwords within our company. In the end, this initiative has grown into something pretty exciting, which we decided to expand beyond the bounds of our own business.”

NordPass will remember and autosave all passwords, autofill online forms and allow the saving of private notes. Additionally, the new tool will generate strong passwords on the spot. NordPass will support major operating systems, offering browser extensions as well as native mobile and desktop apps.

ZeroEncryptionNordPass is created using the latest security practices and industry standards. It uses powerful Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256-GCM) encryption with Argon2 for key derivation, which is virtually unbreakable. Additionally, the new tool will have a zero-knowledge encryption process to ensure ultimate security.

“Zero-knowledge encryption means you own the key to your passwords,” continued Kamden. “By the time your data reaches our servers, it’s already encrypted on your device, which means we have zero knowledge about the items saved in your vault. We couldn’t see your passwords even if we wanted to. These are only the essential features that come with the first version of NordPass. We’re very eager to expand its capabilities in the near future.”

At the moment, NordPass is going through internal stress-tests. It’s expected that the first beta version will be released this autumn.

NordVPN is a trusted online privacy and security solution used by over 12 million Internet users worldwide. It offers military-grade encryption with advanced privacy solutions and is recognised by the most influential tech sites and IT security specialists.

*For more information in NordPass access the NordVPN blog

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