Monthly Archives: April 2009

Brief but informative edition

Keeping it brief. That is the thing that’s happening today. Why? Lack of time!

So, we’ve got a story about detectors ‘dramatically’ reducing car dealership crime. Possibly by acting tough.

Visitors to IFSEC can also earn ASIS CPE credits by attending the IFSEC Conference 2009. Mmm, learning.

There are also record results for IntelliQ; and a story which features a lady holding a rubber chicken.

Our exciting webinar about HD and IP CCTV takes place next week. Register now! It’s totally free and everything.


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Fly-tipping and burglarising

Yikes! It’s security news excitement time again. Dive in!

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:, then, then off for a nice cup of tea.

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Opting in to the opt-out

Bouncing into view, arms laden with succulent security news melons – it can only be the I4S Daily Digest, disguised as some sort of buxom farm girl.

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.

Our Access Control Doctor, Adam Stroud from Paxton Access, is in – and he’s talking about access tokens. How groovy!

SMT Online is also backing the National Pubwatch ‘Court Not Caution’ campaign which is seeking to provide security for UK pub staff.

And Skills for Security has approved the revised National Occupational Standards for the electronic security systems sector. Good.

Make sure you sign up for the I4S Webinar. And the IFSEC Conference 2009. And enter the Security Excellence Awards. You will enjoy each and every one of them. That is my solemn promise to you.

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Budget kit – and the Budget

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:,

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The security week: Police under scrutiny in our G20 footage

I4S Weekly Digest readership: are you ready to rock? What’s that? I can’t hear you! I said: Are you ready to rock? Well alright!

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.

Brian was also busy this week with his Editor’s View column. This edition featured a call for qualifications for security consultants. Heavy.

Over at the SIA, Andy Drane has been appointed as the interim chief. They’re still on the lookout for someone to take up the role permanently.

CCTV watchdog CameraWatch is advocating better CCTV operator training as a means of retaining public trust. That seems wise.

Elsewhere, we’ve got blimps; the BSIA and BT’s 21CN implementation; Arctic Monkeys in Songs About Security; and bandits in the fog.

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:,

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IFSEC fever building

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.

SMT Online editor Brian Sims has had an interesting chat with Matt Thomas of Abloy about his company’s plans for IFSEC.

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):,

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Call for consultant qualifications – and 21CN

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!

I’m glad to say we also have a story about blimps. Yes indeed.

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!

If you’re a Twitter-type person, follow my twitterings, or those of Brian Sims. It’s all very cutting edge and that sort of thing.

Holla: and

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