Keeping it brief. That is the thing that’s happening today. Why? Lack of time!
Monthly Archives: April 2009
Everyone likes the environment. If you dislike the environment, you’re a terrible person. I’m sorry, but that’s accepted wisdom. That’s why it’s nice to see some solar-powered CCTV getting in on the anti-fly-tipping action. Green power!
And we’ve got some advice from those friendly people at the NSI on avoiding household burglary. The story is accompanied by a photo of an actual burglar in action stealing a set of keys! If only the photographer had shown some crimefighting nous and slammed the window on the burglar’s arm.
Also today, Security Installer editor Alan Hyder swoops low and deposits his metaphorical opinion load on the burning forest of security issues (also metaphorical) in his SI Editor’s View. This week he argues that the time may have come for security firms to use increasing crime figures as a marketing tool for their services.
And please, whatever you do, make sure you get yourself registered for our HD and IP CCTV webinar. It’s not only high-tech, it’s downright educational.
Ahoy hoy hoy: www.info4security.com, then www.ifsec.co.uk, then off for a nice cup of tea.
Today we’ve got a story on the UK retaining its ‘opt-out’ status on the EU Working Time Directive – a stance that SMT Online editor Brian Sims had previously argued may not be good for standards in the security industry.
Oi! Sorry. I meant: www.info4security.com, and www.ifsec.co.uk
Being back at work after the weekend is no laughing matter – but we’ve got a wealth of super interesting and exciting security news to add a little sparkle to your week of (possible) drudgery. If my employers are reading this, I’m personally delighted to be back in the office. Honestly.
Having just about got away with that, let’s move on to the topic everyone can’t stop talking about – our new Bench Test. This time around we have our first look at Norbain’s new cost-conscious Xeno line of CCTV equipment, in the shape of its XDR04 DVR. Nice assessment!
And following that look at some budget kit, we’ve got a security-oriented look at the Budget itself, handed down last week by UK Chancellor Alistair Darling. Paula Tallon tells all.
Jon Hill of Mirasys UK begins his regular series of installer advice columns – Jon’s Top 5. This time he’s looking at IP CCTV.
You know, one of the themes of today’s missive has been cost-effectiveness and budgeting. (The others are security, IP CCTV, looking inside digital video recorders, and complaining about having to work.) And you can’t get any more cost-effective than something that is TOTALLY FREE*. An excellent free thing is our new webinar, which focuses on IP and HD CCTV. If you’re reading this, it seems likely that you have a computer. In that case, you should really go and register for it. It’s free!
*Unless someone gave you some money for no reason, I suppose. But that seems unlikely.
In that case – or even if not: www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk.
First up is the ongoing saga of police actions during the G20 protests in London. Brian Sims reports on the IPCC’s use of our images in its investigation – and unveils more footage which does not necessarily show the police in their best light.
In order to celebrate the fact that I have secured tickets to see Spinal Tap play at Wembley Arena in June, here is a somewhat rare video of them performing ‘Christmas with the Devil’ on Saturday Night Live in 1984. Oh yes indeed.
All aboard: www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk.
We’re getting IFSEC giddy here at I4S Towers. May is drawing ever nearer – you can hear the sounds of new products being prepared for launch – and the air is pregnant with expectation (though not with actual babies, as that would be a little weird and uncomfortable).
I’m contractually obliged to use the phrase ‘current economic climate’ at least once each day, so here we go: at IFSEC, there are free seminars for installers on all manner of issues pertaining to running a security business in the current economic climate (ie, recession). That’s great value!
Also great value is the FREE webinar thingo that we’re running on May 6. It’s about HD and IP CCTV. Register and join in the fun! You are also permitted to join in with the frolics, as and when they occur.
And Reliance is offering shopping centres a new service that more closely integrates security with cleaning operations and overall facilities management. I’m pretty sure Johnny Depp went undercover as a shopping mall cleaner at some stage on 21 Jump Street. So the idea’s not without historical precedent.
My good man (and/or lady): www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk
Today we’ve got such a hefty dose of security news that all of your security information and opinion-based ailments will be cured forever! Or until tomorrow, whichever comes first.
In his Editor’s View column, SMT Online editor Brian Sims gets critical over the lack of qualifications required to work as a security consultant. It’s important, timely stuff – read the article and get involved in the debate by leaving a comment.
There’s also a test plan for the use of security equipment on BT’s 21st Century Network available from the BSIA. You can download the document by reading our story. Neat!
Make sure that you register for our free webinar. It’s an audio seminar on the web – hence the name – and it’s on HD and IP CCTV. Super useful!