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Zaun accredits installers to roll out “unique” ArmaWeave security solution

High security perimeter systems manufacturer Zaun is bolstering the ranks of approved installers for its “unique” intruder-resistant fencing.

ArmaWeave fencing is produced on the world’s largest steel loom at the company’s West Midlands manufacturing base. Crime & Fire Defence Systems engineers were trained in the installation of the product and, over the last two years, have installed kilometres of the high-security woven fencing at utilities sites right across the country.

Now Zaun has formally accredited Crime & Fire Defence Systems as an approved installer of the product, along with Zaun Group subsidiary Binns Fencing.

Zaun has established the new installer scheme because of increasing requests from customers to recommend contractors with suitable installation, quality and safety standards.

ArmaWeave boasts some unique properties which give it distinct advantages, but require some fresh skills and techniques to install. For example, unlike welded mesh, the panels can rake up and down hills such that installers require new skills to square up or rake the panels.

The wire of the panels has a tensile strength typically more than double that for welded panels so special methods are required for cutting the panels during installation.

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Zaun’s Chris Plimley (left) celebrates the accreditation with Crime & Fire Defence Systems team members (from left to right) Craig Watts, Pete Rushforth, Chris Singer and Stuart Fletcher

Training for installation teams

Zaun will be training installation teams on the properties and tolerances of ArmaWeave and how it’s manufactured. Instruction is aimed exclusively at ‘fencers’ with proven skills and experience in high-security fencing works and deals only with the specific new skills and techniques required to install ArmaWeave.

Trainers will share the secrets of installation methods Zaun has developed over time for ArmaWeave to make best use of the properties of the high-security fabric.

The training will be for experienced individuals sponsored by a company which can demonstrate its professionalism through membership of a relevant trade organisation and valid UKAS-accredited ISO 9001 certification. The certificate of training will only be valid while the individual is working for the host company. This will ensure that properly trained individuals working under proper quality management install the product.

The plan is to increase the adoption of ArmaWeave as the standard for secure sites of Critical National Infrastructure – such as utilities, Data Centres and nuclear sites – while ensuring consistent installation quality.

Zaun’s sales and marketing director Chris Plimley said: “We invested in the steel loom ahead of the sales in the belief we could produce an innovative product that installers, specifiers and high-security facility managers would want. That has proven to be so true that we need to expand the number of contractors trained in installing it correctly.”

Resistance to attacks

ArmaWeave’s properties add substantial resistance to cutting attacks perpetrated with hand, powered and non-contact tools. The tight mesh pattern provides no climbing aids, again limiting the potential for intrusion.

ArmaWeave CPNI enhanced is tested to the very highest standards and can be combined with other intruder systems, electronics and access control to create the optimum in integrated fencing solutions. The product has also been approved for use with a range of microphonic PID cable systems after testing for many months at a Ministry of Defence facility.

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Hikvision updates Certified Security Associate training programme

Hikvision UK and Ireland has announced an update to its popular Certified Security Associate (HCSA) training programme. Designed to educate security installers and systems integrators on the tools required to successfully install and commission a Hikvision solution for end users, the new courses contain additional content including Power over Coax and advances in IP technology.

Delegates attending the free of charge HCSA courses can also benefit from invaluable educational Workshops which will ensure successful system installations with the further benefit of reducing the amount of technical support required when on site thanks to education on the most common of technical queries.

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James Stevens, training manager at Hikvision UK and Ireland, commented “The popular and well-known HCSA courses have been refreshed to include the latest Hikvision products and most advanced technologies to ensure security installers and systems integrators across the UK and Ireland design, install and commission every Hikvision installation to the highest possible standard for end users. The courses also provide added peace of mind to those end users as they know they have a system which has been installed by one of our Certified Security Associates.”

Running twice a week at Hikvision’s state-of-the-art training facility in Stockley Park, West London, the HCSA courses are available to professional security installers and system integrators already working (or planning to work) with Hikvision products.

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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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