Monthly Archives: November 2009

Meteors and cyclists

Greetings, security newsmates. It’s Monday afternoon, and thus time for your regular dose of security news excitement. Here goes!

CCTV has been in the news in South Africa – catching a meteor lighting up the sky above Gauteng (and, if we’re being honest, probably some other places as well). Have a look at it here.

AP Security have been busy this year – and their work at Glastonbury has been one of our most read stories – and now we’ve got another thing about what they did for the Tour of Britain. Cycling!

There’s also an IP distribution deal for EMEA between ADI and Pelco; a big RFID deal in Germany; Flir thermal cameras to be distributed by Videor in the UK; and a big chunk of extra recording capacity for a Samsung Techwin DVR. Bulging!,

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The security week: News and videos galore

It’s been an adrenaline-packed waterslide of a week for security news on I4S, and we’ve plucked the very firmest and juiciest pieces for your enjoyment and delectation, mixing and matching metaphors to our hearts‘ content. Here is some.

We’ve got a couple of contrasting videos to start things off. One is of a car crashing into a shop, caught on CCTV, which is commonly deployed in security applications these days.

The other is from the recent Security Excellence Awards 2009, where people in nice clothes received awards from pint-sized comedy legend Ronnie Corbett for being good at security this year. Prestigious!

Yesterday was the anniversary of the terror attacks in Mumbai, and our I4S India editor Verghese Joseph looked at both the ‘paradigm shift‘ for India’s security, and examines the changes the Indian government has put in place.

We’ve also got an opinion piece on selling your company to clients; a school using a plane as a classroom; the latest South Africa security news; the inimitable Brian Sims with his SMT Online Editor’s View; and the Co-operative Group’s search for the next big security idea.

This week’s Song About Security comes courtesy of demure songstress Samantha Fox. I wonder whatever happened to her.

Have a magnificent weekend.,

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Winning apprentices and police reform

Hello, security news groovers. Let’s get our current affairs thang on, shall we?

Our first stop is with Romec, who have presented their winning apprentices with winning apprentice awards. Good stuff, fellas.

Then SMT Online editor Brian Sims covers the metaphorical security rocks with opinion spray, in the form of his SMT Online Editor’s View. This time around he’s discussing police reform.

Also on I4S today is a story by our I4S India editor Verghese Joseph marking the one year anniversary of the terror attacks in Mumbai.

There’s also a couple of wobbly hand held videos by an enthusiastic South African man of some people running. Why? It’s because they’re running in the World Half Marathon Championships, which had their security provided by Kingdom Events. Athletic!

Tomorrow is Friday, which is Songs About Security day. What will be the tenuously-connected choice of music video?* Drop by I4S tomorrow and find out. Go on, we’d love to have you.

*This asterisk indicates the presence of some swear-type words in the video linkage here. Proceed at your own risk!,

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Terminal 5, Northern Ireland, and vehicles

Today we’ve continued on our air travel theme – with yesterday’s Luton airport and aeroplane classroom stories leading the way – with a piece on CEM’s IP access equipment in use at Heathrow’s much-loved Terminal 5. Jet-setting!

We’ve also got an article on Mercury Security Management, a company gearing up for SIA-licensing in Northern Ireland by obtaining Approved Contractor Status. Keeping it regulated.

Apparently vehicle ID thefts are on the rise. Is someone impersonating your car? That sounds completely insane to me.

Also today, we’ve got a new Mirasys UK MD; some sporting access from Salto; and a new mid-priced anti-vandal dome from Samsung Techwin.

Well, that’s all absolutely splendid.,

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Flying school, police pledge, and bendy bollards

Hello hello – time for more security newsology. Let’s delve.

Here’s a flying classroom, protected by some Vista CCTV gear. what’s all that about, then? The answer lies here, my friend.

Then there’s the Home Office, which has gone ahead and launched an ad campaign on citizen rights under the police pledge. Right on!

Have you got bendy bollards? These people have. They’re bendy!

IndigoVision has shown its new ONVIF-compliant video management software; the new Skills for Security training centre has been opened; and we’ve got stories on Luton Airport, a new bodyworn camera system, and for some reason, Eastenders. Enjoy these wonderful tales!,

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The Signs of the Times edition

It’s Monday, and what better way to mark the occasion than with some CCTV footage of idiots smashing an Audi into a shop. Classy guys!

Then there’s Romeo Richards, who lends us his opinions for a piece called ‘How to Sell Security‘. He’s firmly in favour of seeking additional ROI for the customer, rather than worrying about achieving further accreditations. Interesting.

We’ve also got our South African pal, Andrew Seldon, back to tell us about the latest security goings-on in his neck of the words. Luckily for us, he has compiled these into a compact article-type pagelet. It’s here, usefully.

There’s also the Co-operative in a search to reduce retail crime, competition-style; a Royal Marines contract for Corps Security; and a focus on hinges! That’s ‘hinges‘.

All human life is here. Enjoy.,

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The security week: Dutch video, crime bill, Beyonce, Shakira, and Glastonbury

It’s Friday, and I’ve got Friday on my mind. Lucky, really. Let’s do this security news thing, before we indulge in weekendly leisure activities.

So – first up is a bit of Dutch video. You like that, don’t you? It’s of some UK gangsters robbing an ATM in a shop in the Netherlands. A dangerous way to bring home the bacon.

SMT Online editor Brian Sims has gone ahead and had a look at the Government’s Crime and Security Bill. Read what he wrote by clicking here!

It’s not often that we use pictures of Beyonce and Shakira in our pages, but there was one of each this week. Why? Read the story for further enlightenment.

And for more exciting Glastonbury-based security news, you could do a hell of a lot worse than reading this story all about it. At least Bosch’s involvement, anyway.

This week’s tenuously justified Song About Security comes courtesy of one of my favourite ever bands, the Jesus and Mary Chain. They’re noisy, and/but utterly brilliant. It’s my opinion, and I’m sticking to it. Of course, you are perfectly entitled to hold the wrong opinion. That is your right.


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Bills, SmartWater, warning, events

Good Thursday! Here’s a piece of trivia for you: Thursday was named after the Norse god Thur, famous for his ability to cheat at golf. Fact!

The security newsathon begins here: with Brian Sims‘ look at the Government’s Crime and Security Bill, revealed yesterday. Insightful!

There’s also an update on SmartWater and its forensic evidence gloop. Crimebusting!

Axis Communications puts the fun back into Christmas with a warning/gentle encouragement for retailers based around avoiding shoplifting by using high tech surveillance.

Here are three exciting things: Bosch goes to Glastonbury; and also grand prix racing; and ICTS provides access at Lord’s cricket ground. Eventastic!

Tomorrow is Friday. It’s Songs About Security day. What will tomorrow’s be? You will have this answer, and many more – some to questions you never thought worth asking – on your friendly neighbourhood security news hub, info4security.

See you then.,

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Music, appointment, and opinions

Hello, pranksters! It’s your security news missive, regular as clockwork. Let’s newsucate!

The Q Awards are awards for music people from the music magazine Q. AP Security helped to secure them. The result? This very story!

Then the Sector Skills Body Forum has appointed a new vice-chairman. Whatever will they think of next? It’s ridiculously difficult to say. Like ‘hyacinths and thistles‘.

Also today, Security Installer editor Alan Hyder has put on his metaphorical opinion hat and analysis boots and linedanced his merry way over the fortnight’s security issues (in this metaphor, these issues function as some kind of sawdust-flecked dancefloor) in his SI Editor’s View.

Other things on the site include: protecting your business from online employee threats; protecting retailers, and their cigarettes; and I4S regular Wilson Chowdhry’s trip to No 10 Downing Street.

Here’s something you can tell visitors to London: the leader of the opposition lives at -10 Upping Street. Bye!,

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Robbers and awards

Hello again. It’s time for another short sharp burst of invigorating security news. Enjoy!

Here’s some video of a gang of robbers – UK robbers, no less! – who have smashed and bashed their way into a Dutch shop to access its ATM. What bounders.

And here’s a lovely award for Integrated Design Limited. It’s from the Queen and everything!

We’ve learnt today about IFSEC India attracting a whole heap of business for its exhibitors; about the establishment of a new video analytics firm by some of the folks who used to work for Dowshu; and about some new analogue JVC cameras – with a little video demo for your viewing pleasure.

There are also other things!,

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