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Hanwha Techwin opens new demonstration showroom

Hanwha Techwin recently held an open day at its new European headquarters in Chertsey to officially mark the opening of its Wisenet showroom.

Distributors, installers and systems integrators from across the UK, many of whom were accompanied by end user clients, accepted an invitation to see Hanwha Techwin’s new demonstration and training facilities. This provided them with the opportunity to be among the first to have a close-up look at the new Wisenet X ‘extreme performance’ camera series, as well as the company’s premium 4K Wisenet P and feature-rich Wisenet Q cameras.

“We have simulated a Control Room environment within our new showroom facilities so that we can demonstrate many of the practical features built into our cameras,” said Chris Parry, country manager for the UK and Ireland at Hanwha Techwin Europe. “With cameras installed throughout our self-contained building and overlooking our car park, we’re able to show in real time the benefits that are achievable from the very latest advances in video surveillance technology.”

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Sitting at the ‘Control Room’ consul, Hanwha Techwin guests were able to put a wide range of Wisenet cameras through their paces via spot monitors and a large video wall. This allowed them an opportunity to test the usefulness of analytic solutions like ANPR, people counting and heat mapping as well as privacy masking and advanced Gyro digital image stabilisation.

Commenting on his visit to the new demonstration facility, Paul Miller (director of systems integration specialist RJ Pro-Vue Ltd) said: “I was very impressed and will certainly be taking advantage of the opportunity to bring my existing and potential customers to Chertsey so they can benefit from hands-on demonstrations of the technology built into the Samsung Wisenet cameras and recording devices.”

Nick Kalsi, technology consultant for Edwardian Hotels London, also felt his time was well spent visiting the new showroom. “We are an existing and satisfied user of Wisenet cameras and, together with Mohamed Elsebahy, group CCTV manager for Edwardian Hotels London, I was particularly interested in the detailed demonstration of the new Wisenet X cameras. We will certainly consider deploying these at one of our new hotels.”

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James Morris MP visits Advent IM to discuss EU’s GDPR and ‘The Future of Cyber Security in the Boardroom’

On Friday 20 January, Advent IM – the holistic security consultancy – played host to a visit from James Morris MP at its Birmingham headquarters.

2018 will see the adoption of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the UK. Given the GDPR’s increased accountability and level of financial penalty for failure, the implications for UK businesses are clear.

Advent IM has long felt that good data protection and security hygiene starts at the top of an organisation and needs to be handled strategically.

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Advent IM’s Mike Gillespie

James Morris MP visited Advent IM’s offices and Training Centre in Halesowen to discuss the GDPR and Advent IM’s new training course for senior Board members and business leaders. The training is designed specifically for director-level individuals with little or no cyber security background. The course is to be delivered by director and cyber security expert, Mike Gillespie.

Having an insight into the convoluted world of cyber security, in addition to a firm grasp of the challenges it presents to senior Board members, Gillespie plans to bring the strategic skills of business leaders to bear on high quality cyber security planning and data protection practices in order to “raise the UK’s game” from the top down.

“James Morris has always taken a keen interest in cyber security and digital development in business and recognises the need for the UK to ensure its security posture is robust,” asserted Gillespie. “With the interconnected nature of business and the digital life of commerce, small and local businesses can be holding extremely valuable information assets. They need adequate protection through their lifecycle.”

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Specialist Emergency Fire Crew training helps off-duty Securitas UK officer take control after road accident

An off-duty protective services officer employed by Securitas UK was first on the scene at a recent road traffic accident, accrediting his subsequent actions and quick thinking to Emergency Fire Crew specialist training.

Tony Wyatt, who works on a large customer site in North Wales, was on his way to collect his son from school when he witnessed a car flip on to its side as a result of hitting a bollard. Wyatt’s immediate concerns were for both the welfare of the driver and the safety of people in the immediate area outside the school gates.

After ascertaining that the driver didn’t seem to have sustained serious injuries, Wyatt instructed him to turn the engine off in order to mitigate damage in the event of a fuel spill before finding out if the male was able to leave the vehicle.

The driver’s side was damaged – including smashed windows – and the passenger door was locked. Wyatt instructed the driver to unlock the passenger door, which enabled him to enter the vehicle and help to free the man.

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Securitas UK protective services officer Tony Wyatt

The Emergency Services had been called, but Wyatt took advantage of his First Aid training to check the driver for injuries pending their arrival. Thankfully, the man’s injuries were limited to minor cuts and slight shock and, after being examined by paramedics, the driver was allowed to leave the scene.

“It turned out that the sun’s glare off the road had momentarily blinded the driver, which is why he hit the bollard,” explained Wyatt. “I’m just thankful that I was there to help and that he didn’t sustain any serious injuries.”

Wyatt continued: “I had just completed my Emergency Fire Crew Capability (EFCC) course at the Fire Services College in Moreton-in-Marsh, giving me the confidence that I could handle the situation correctly. My thanks go to the instructors there for making the course so enjoyable and, as it turns out, highly relevant.”

Shaun Kennedy, Securitas UK’s director of specialised protective services, commented: “We aim to equip our officers such that they can effectively handle any situation they may encounter during the course of their work. This is underpinned by the fact that, to date, over 600 employees have passed the EFCC training course. It makes me especially proud that Tony and other officers have also been able to exploit the skills they’ve learned, as well as act on their own initiative, in order to be so highly effective in emergency situations outside of the workplace.”

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Pilgrims Group’s Afghanistan project wins Security and Fire Excellence Award for International Achievement

For the third year running, international security specialist Pilgrims Group has won a prestigious Security and Fire Excellence Award (SEA), this time around for its work on protecting an international aerospace electronics client in Afghanistan.

The project involved the very rapid mobilisation and full operation of a training school and maintenance centre providing the foundation for teaching Afghan engineer instructors and engineers to support the secure communications equipment provided to every major organisation in the Afghan Security Forces.

The Security and Fire Excellence Awards’ Judges clearly recognised the excellent teamwork required and the challenges of delivering such a project on time in the extremely challenging security context in Afghanistan. Also, they recognised the significance of the outcome – a sustainable capability of secure communications across all forces engaged in the fight against terrorism.

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Pilgrims Group COO David Freear pictured (centre) with event host Jimmy Carr (right) and a representative of category sponsor Hanwha Techwin

Pilgrims Group COO David Freear commented: “This award recognises the abilities of our teams working in some of the most challenging locations in the world, and we’re delighted and extremely proud to accept it. Their achievement is all the more impressive as this year has been particularly competitive, with entries for the Security and Fire Excellence Awards up by 17% compared to last year. Winning an award like this demonstrates that our peers in the industry acknowledge the quality of what we do. It’s a great testament to our staff who work so hard for our clients around the world.”

Last year, Pilgrims Group won the International Achievement Award at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards for its work having won the security contract in support of the British Consulates in Nigeria, redesigning the contracted security team configuration and transforming their performance, in parallel with enabling the continued development of the individual through innovative learning methodologies.

 

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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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Evolution Security opens new office in Edinburgh

Evolution Security, the international integrated security and fire solutions business, has moved to new offices in Edinburgh in order to support the continued expansion of the group in the north.

Conveniently located on a business park two miles from Edinburgh International Airport and only five miles from the city centre, the new Scottish headquarters will be home not only to the sales and commercial teams, but also service and maintenance, projects and administration. It includes a stores and workshop area as well as a bespoke in-house training facility.

John Baillie, regional sales manager for Evolution in Scotland, states that the company’s steady success in the region over the last ten years warrants the move to a larger site.

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“The office provides a new base from which we can even better serve our customers with their fire and security needs and accommodate an expanding workforce,” said Baillie.

With its main headquarters in Buckinghamshire, Evolution Security is one of the UK’s fastest-growing fire and security systems businesses, with proven expertise over the last 20 years within a broad range of blue chip, defence and Government-centric projects.

The address for the business’ new Scottish office is: Evolution (Electronic Security Systems) Ltd, No 2 The Roundal, Roddinglaw Business Park, Roddinglaw Road, Edinburgh EH12 9DB (Telephone: 0131-333 4781)

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Smarter protection on Savile Row thanks to Trigion Security Services

Trigion Security Services has signed a tailor-made contract with a prestigious London managing agent to provide security at its properties in Savile Row, Berkley Street and Duke of York Street in London.

The contract for the tenanted office buildings will include security officers providing Front of House/concierge services. Trigion offers ‘Hostmanship’ training to all of its officers such that they have high levels of competence and confidence in offering customer care.

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Trigion’s popular ‘People Plus’ option means that clients receive manned and electronic solutions from a single supplier. The business provides technical security remotely from its Security Operations Centre so that there’s always protection in place.

Neil Barham, operations director for security guarding at Trigion, told Risk UK: “The work we’ve done on our existing contract for the client’s Park Lane property has shown our ability to provide quality security services to their clients. They can also see that we provide quality team members thanks to our investment in training and development and the fact that we’re London Living Wage employers.”

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