Monthly Archives: August 2008

The security week: Ticket touts, batteries, antique clashes and Elvis Costello

Another action-packed week at I4S, with the venerable editor of SMT magazine, Brian Sims, pulling no punches in his assessment of the ticket touting blight.

There was more advice for installers, also, with the BSIA advising them to get ready for next year’s EU Battery Directive. And the BSIA went and launched a handbook on access control installations.

In news about major, devastating clashes, the hot topic this week was the face off between the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and the security industry’s Safer Doors conference. What was the outcome?

We can only guess at what Elvis Costello would make of all this. And we can also appreciate his 1977 single ‘Watching the Detectives’, because that’s this week’s Song About Security. It’s spectastic!

Excellent security jobs website goes from strength to strength, so you should head over there and check out all the security jobs and career information. We fully endorse it!

And if you’re one of those people who likes to attend conferences about CCTV, there is a great conference about CCTV you should attend! It’s called Next Generation CCTV, and it promises to be a truly fantastic conference about CCTV. Get involved!

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Antiques Roadshow and armoured cars

It’s the clash of the titans: the BBC’s aging warhorse Antiques Roadshow versus the nimble, spry and youthful Safer Doors conference. Why are these two important national institutions at loggerheads? Brian Sims puts his own personal safety to one side and wades into the conflict to provide the answers.

And following yesterday’s news of forthcoming battery-based responsibilities for installers, Dedicated Micros chips in with some more uplifting information on an extension to its dome giveaway promotion.

There’s also the details of the buyout by Loomis of US cash handling firm EM Armoured Car Service.

Don’t forget to get involved with the I4S-supported Next Generation CCTV conference. And pop over to, where you can read a very useful guide to working in the UK security sector.

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Install and battery

Y’know, sometimes I think that we don’t talk about batteries enough – not just on I4S, but generally. Today we attempt to redress the balance somewhat with a story about the impact of a new EU directive on security installers. And yes, it’s battery-based!

They’re pretty progressive in Sweden, or so we’re led to believe. Cut-price supermarket chain Netto is certainly living the dream, installing IP cameras and video management software from Milestone to protect against all manner of retail badness.

And don’t forget that if you, like many others out there, hold concerns about ticket touts and their impact on safety at sports and entertainment events, then a read of Brian Sims’ Editor’s View column may help keep your blood simmering.

Later this year there’s a conference being held on Next Generation CCTV. We’re supporting it, so I obviously think it’d be a good idea to check it out.

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Ticketing treachery and access assistance

Today I4S takes the ticket touts to task in inimitable fashion via the medium of Brian Sims’ SMT Editor’s View.

There’s also a useful guide available from the good folks at the BSIA with information and assistance on access control installations.

Don’t forget about the opportunity to register for our interesting and wonderful conference which looks at Next Generation CCTV.

And get yourself over to not only for the best security jobs – naturally – but also fantastic advice on furthering your career. Del Hunter of SSR Personnel Services Ltd has written an excellent guide to security careers in the UK which is valuable for anyone looking to get into the business.

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The security week: Conference excitement, fraud, and The Alarm

Yet another week of action-packed fun and adventure at I4S – we’ve brought you the news of an exciting, important, and, crucially, future-proof conference on Next Generation CCTV, taking place in November. One of the great things about it is that it’s supported by, so I, for one, suggest that you head along. It’s also very interesting and useful.

It was during this very week that Brian Sims provided us with details of a new Chip and PIN scam that fraudster scum are using to rip us off. I can’t stand those guys.

And Alan Hyder waded into the security swamp and took aim at a number of moving targets, including think tanks, metal theft, and unmanned CCTV in his SI Editor’s View.

It being a Friday, and this being the Weekly Digest, it’s in this paragraph that I mention our regular feature, Songs About Security. See? This week we tackle those titans of blustery rabble-rousing Welsh hair rock, The Alarm.

Over on, there are some superb tips on handling that tricky interview. What do you say? What time do you get there? The careers section has the answers.

Monday is a bank holiday here in England, so, sadly, there won’t be a daily digest that day, if any of you weekly types are also daily subscribers. To counteract the devastating emotional distress that this will undoubtedly cause, I can reassure you that we will be back on Tuesday. And provide you with this: a link to a page of cute animals. Enjoy.

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Important new CCTV conference – and dastardly thieves

Today we bring you details of a new and important conference dealing with the future of CCTV. If I were more of a prat, I’d say it dealt with ‘CCTV going forward’. Or zooming. Anyway, it’s called Next Generation CCTV, it’s in November, and we at I4S are supporting it, so I’d thoroughly recommend you find some way, no matter how difficult, to be there.

Recently, some of our more popular news stories have revolved around megapixel cameras. Others have focused on the modern phenomenon of metal and fuel theft. Another thing is railways. I am very pleased to announce that today we have a story which manages to combine all of these elements. Astonishing!

And importantly for all of us, Cranfield University is spearheading new research into identity theft prevention.

Over on the lovely, there’s some tremendous information on application forms and personal statements in job application situations. There’s no harm in looking!

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SIA licensing news, the megapixel future, and spamspamspam

Today brings news of a new service from the SIA which is designed to speed up licence applications by way of direct link between digital passports and the application process.

There’s also details on a 60 megapixel mobile camera unit being used for mapping purposes – could it point the way forward for evidential quality mobile CCTV?

Marc Boroditsky argues that we could be seeing the death of passwords in IT security tasks, while there’s also a report suggesting that 29 per cent of internet users have purchased products or services from spam emails. That number seems ridiculously high to me – but maybe I’m underestimating the number of gullible fools there are out there. (Apologies if this applies to you.)

The good times and career advice keep coming over at – in addition to yesterday’s CV info, you could do worse than read up on his best buddy, the covering letter. It’s the postal superhighway!

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