Monthly Archives: January 2009

The security week: IP opinion, CCTV advice, and hitting the headlines

Ah, Friday – glorious, wonderful, ever-lovin’ Friday. It’s a sure sign the weekend’s on its way – and it means the thrill of reading The Security Week is here once more.

First up, it’s me. Hooray. I’m going on about the need for a change in the outlook of those involved with IP security, and I’d describe it as ‘a particularly incisive piece of opinionating’ if I were not too modest to do so.

We’ve also got our old pal the CCTV Doctor providing some advice on the legality of having your CCTV images viewed by any old Tom, Dick or Harry in your organisation. Useful!

Oh yes – it’s trumpet blowing time. Brian Sims, illustrious and respected editor of SMT Online, has been sought out by the London Evening Standard to provide some industry perspective on the appointment of Paul Stephenson as Met Police Commissioner. Kudos, to you, Brian. Kudos.

There’s a fascinating story on a truly superb conference, fully endorsed by I4S, and going by the name of Securing Educational Establishments. You’ll be intrigued to know that it is all about securing educational establishments. If it was a tin, it would do what it said on itself. Kind of.

Today’s Song About Security comes courtesy of The Clash. You may have heard of them. Enjoy the delicious dubtasticness. It’s a personal favourite.

And this week’s Job of the Week comes courtesy of delightful and effervescent security jobs website Jobs for Security. The job itself is for a Security Systems Engineer. Who’d have thunk it?

As a reward for making it through the week, here are two things you may or may not feel are appropriate gifts. One is an example of refrigerator-based alcohol humour. The other is simply a small Mexican wrestler doing cool stuff. Enjoy!

Now point your web thing in these directions: and

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IP mind change, and mobile fingerprinting

Cripes! It’s another thrilling edition of the world’s best-loved and most respected daily security news service blog thing. Except for yesterday, which I missed. Sorry.

Today, I shoot my mouth off about the state of IP security and the increasing need for hybrid systems. Classy!

We’ve also got a very interesting piece from John Elliott on the mobile fingerprinting schemes becoming popular with police forces.

Our CCTV Doctor tackles a question from a reader which deals with the legalities of access to CCTV images within an organisation. Just who can watch it?

And as an exciting bonus, if you happen to be in London today, make sure you pick up a copy of the Evening Standard newspaper. Within it – on page 47 of early editions – is a comment piece by SMT Online editor Brian Sims about the appoint of Paul Stephenson to the Commissioner’s role at the Metropolitan Police. We’ll link to it when it appears on that publication’s website.

Yoink. Head over to, and also Wahey!

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ID cards, fraudsters, and the conference of a lifetime

Well, what a stonking day of security news and associated things. Let’s investigate, shall we?

First up, Stewart Hefferman takes a long hard look at that most contentious of subjects: identity cards. Are they ripe for the plucking by devious fraudsters? Reading the article will provide you with more information.

Then, Brian Sims – the illustrious editor of SMT Online – guides us through one of THE greatest conferences of this or any other lifetime: Securing Educational Establishments. I am not one for overstatement, but if you miss out on this conference you will regret it for the rest of your time here on this planet. Possibly!

We’ve also got the lowdown on SMT Select, the invitation-only security networking and information club. It’s a little bit special.

Do you own an airport? Are birds causing a problem? Perhaps you need a Scarecrow.

We’ve got a couple of interesting case studies as well – there’s G4Tec’s success at Southampton University, and Avigilon is lending a helping hand to Novartis with its HD CCTV gear.

There’s a lot more besides. It’s at As an unbiased observer, I’d thoroughly recommend that you explore it fully.

Also, don’t forget It’s nice.

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Video analytics and gambling and Bench Tests and more

It’s time to indulge in some full-on security newsology – so hold on to your trousers. It’s going to be a heck of a ride!

First up is a piece on gambling. That’s casino-style gambling, not aimless betting on the speed of tree growth or the outcome of local council elections. Nope, this is all about using video analytics to help extract even more cash from happy-go-lucky punters. Everyone’s a winner!

There’s also our latest Bench Test, which this time around looks at the 800 Series cameras from Fujitsu. With mixed results!

Security Installer head honcho Alan Hyder brings us tales of security leasing as an option for tackling the current economic malaise; while SMT Online editor Brian Sims has a scary story of 47 top guarding companies facing potential disaster. Eek.

And for all the Health and Safety fanatics out there – and I know there are a huge amount – we have a story on the Health and Safety act. Enthralling!

Don’t forget to throw your support behind the conference Securing Educational Establishments. If you do so, people will find you personally more attractive and charismatic, and thus will be very keen to do business with you. Simple, really.

And now all that’s over, relax and pamper yourself by visiting and

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The security week: History. Also, US politics.

Yes, it’s been a monumental week on the world stage. History has been made. The eyes of the world focused on one event. The opening for entry of the IFSEC 2009 Security Industry Awards. Huzzah!

There was also a politics thing happening in America. Just hours before President Obama’s inauguration, SMT Online editor Brian Sims took a peek at the security precautions in place.

We celebrated this monumental event by applying fluorescent dye to the head of a grumpy man. Well, not really. It was actually a story about a conviction using forensic solution SmartWater.

Security Installer editor Alan Hyder injected some opinion-juice into the security news agenda with his SI Editor’s View; and we featured a couple of internet savvy articles on both cybercriminals and the golden rules for web shopping.

I am a big fan of invisibility cloaks, so when I noticed this article, I was pleased. Pleased!

Our Job of the Week this week – brought to you by security jobs website Jobs for Security – is for a Design/Estimating engineer. But remember: flexibility is essential!

Here’s the thing. You should book yourself a place at the conference Securing Educational Establishments. Why? Isn’t my word good enough? Ok, well, it’ll be informative and useful and offer advice and talk about issues and things. See?

This is a little weekend bonus for you: here’s my favourite song of the year so far; and here’s some crazy drum’n’bass preacher. Kinda.

Now then. Here is things: and Good!

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Welcome to the 21st Century!

ADI-Gardiner, along with Pyronix and Castle Care-Tech, is welcoming installers to the 21st Century. That’s BT’s 21st Century Network, not the actual century! Ha! That would be around nine years out of date if it was actually the case. Which it is not.

In the United States of America, where there has been some recent leadership reshuffle or something, ADT Security Services has won a court ruling that bans ‘The Tag Company’ from making or selling its anti-theft products in the US. The court judged that it was guilty of patent infringement against ADT’s Sensormatic EAS systems.

We’ve got an interesting piece from Alan Hayes on the changing role of security consultants; and there’s a gloomy story on the jobs situation which backs up Alan Hyder‘s musings in his SI Editor’s View from yesterday.

There’s also a guard dogs standard which has been issued for comment, though presumably not by the dogs themselves. However, this is the 21st century, so letter-writing dogs are not entirely out of the question. Or are they? Perhaps.

Nicely done. Now have a gander at and

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SmartWater Somerfield success – and safer shopping

Yesterday saw global attention and widespread euphoria, as the IFSEC 2009 Security Industry Awards were opened for entries. How could we follow such an historic moment, we wondered?

With a photo of a guy with fluorescent dye all over his head, that’s how. Forensic security system SmartWater has helped to convict three burglars at a Somerfield supermarket. Success!

There’s also a particularly useful feature on the 12 golden rules for safer online shopping, the first of which is: Do not try to force banknotes into your computer’s disk drive. That almost never works.

Security Installer editor Alan Hyder has let loose the dogs of opinion once more in his latest SI Editor’s View – including a controversial stance on tagging harmless trainspotters. Outrageous!

Also today, Brian Sims brings us a case study on the Museum of Islamic Art; and Videoswitch adds a little Peri-Peri spice to its NVRs by installing them at Nando’s. Portuguese chicken and CCTV. A winning combination.

Another winning combination is security and educational establishments. Join the winning team of really cool and interesting people at Securing Educational Establishments, a conference. Go team!

Also consider this: visit, and

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Awards announcement – and some inauguration or other

It’s the day the world has been waiting for. A momentous occasion, with ramifications for the entire global community. That’s right: entries are open for the IFSEC 2009 Security Industry Awards. Get involved, and be a part of history.

Also, in the USA it’s apparently the day of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. He’s the new guy after George W. Bush. Good luck! Daniel Linsker looks into potential foreign policy changes, and their impact on global security, while SMT Online editor Brian Sims examines the security measures in place for the inauguration itself.

It sounds like the title of a Robert Ludlum thriller, but The Rotakin Conundrum is in reality the headline of an article by the aforementioned Mr Sims, which sees him talking to Adrian Archer and Andy Hays of the CCTV In Focus consultancy.

We also venture, via the power of words and a couple of pictures, to Shanghai – where TDSi is securing the city’s Metro system – and Bulgaria, where Salto-protected hotels have won some prizes.

Learning’s good. That is my belief. I know it’s controversial, and most people say things like, “Oh, learning’s for idiots, it’ll get you nowhere – why would you waste your time on some learning when you could be doing some ignoring instead?” But I hold my ground. If you are a fan of learning, you could do much, much worse than attend the conference Securing Educational Establishments. By securing these establishments, you might help some people to learn. That’s good. It is!

Y’know, these are super: and

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Financial meltdowns and luxury hotels

Apparently today is the most depressing day of the year. While I’d say that’s pretty northern hemisphere-centric, we’re here to cheer up any morose readers with an injection of fun-filled and exciting security news.

First up is a very interesting piece on the potential impact of the global global finafinancial instability on issues of security and risk around the world. It’s timely, and it’s totally, like, considered.

In these perilous financial times it might be wise of a new luxury hotel in Qatar to equip itself with state of the art security systems. I’m just saying.

We’ve also got a story which contains a ‘dirty little secret‘. Filthy. You’ll be titillated to know it’s about passwords, and IT, and that sort of thing. Phwoar.

And speaking of IT, if you missed it, our special feature on the potential impact of Cisco in the security field is bound to be of unending interest. You will never grow tired of it. Never!

That reminds me of a funny story about Securing Educational Establishments. It’s this conference, right, and anyway, it goes up to Birmingham on the 5th of March, and has all these interesting discussions about security for educational establishments, and in the end, something amusing happens. Ha! You’ll probably have to be there.

Also worth your visual attention are these things: and Yowsa!

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The security week: Exclusive Dickinson interview – and installer auction site

Aloha, security news fans. It’s been a cold week full of interesting, newsy things in a security vein – so let’s skip these preliminaries and get down to it, shall we?

First up is SMT Online editor Brian Sims‘ exclusive and in-depth interview with former BSIA chief David Dickinson. They delve into regulation, the ACS, training, rebranding and One Member, One Vote. It’s a heck of a ride.

We also had the tale of a website dedicated to selling excess security kit from wholesalers and distributors direct to installers. It was so fresh, we were the first ones to cover it. Well done us, eh? Thanks.

BT Redcare announced that they were limiting price rises to a maximum of 10 per cent. And if that’s not exciting enough for you, Brian Sims burst back into the news analysis fray with his first SMT Online Editor’s View of 2009.

And there was an interesting piece in which one company suggested that a trend was emerging for CCTV installations at high street lettings and estate agents. Are they unpopular or something?

Of course, it wouldn’t be Friday (quite literally – Friday would not exist) without your favourite weekly security music video feature, Songs About Security. Who gets the treatment this week? Why, it’s hairy Britpoppers Supergrass. It is!

Another thing that happens every week is the Job of the Week from delightful and charming security jobs website Jobs for Security. This week it’s a particularly exciting role, which makes me think of Grissom and the ginger bloke from NYPD Blue and Gary Sinise from those space movies. That’s right: the job is for a Forensic Investigator. It’s CSI-tastic!

Back to School. It’s not just a Rodney Dangerfield classic, it’s a reminder that we should all consider thinking back to school, and how important security of schools and other educational establishments is, and how vital it is that we attend the conference Securing Educational Establishments. It’s what Rodney would have wanted.

Now your appetite’s been whetted, hunker down on the main course at and Delicious!

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