Monthly Archives: May 2010

The security week: Surveillance State, 21CN, babies and knives

Another week of security news wonderment here at I4S – let’s get stuck in.

First up is the debut of our info4security Forums – a regular feature where top industry names gather to discuss the most pressing issues of the day. This first edition focuses on The Surveillance State – Myth or Reality? You can read all about it in three parts – part one, part two, and part three – and download the full audio from the forum, in six sections, from any of those articles.

Alex Carmichael of the BSIA has written exclusively for I4S on the latest updates with 21CN, and the work the trade association is doing to make the transition as smooth as possible for its members.

We’ve got two interesting stories with video content this week. One features CCTV footage of a baby in a pram rolling onto the tracks in front of an approaching train. Scary. The other is a demonstration from PPSS of its new cut, slash and bite protection fabric. The video includes some large blades, but sadly no biting.

There’s advice from The Networker on IP surveillance in extreme conditions; and from Iain Cameron, on remote video monitoring.

Also in the news this week were the boiler thieves foiled by SitexOrbis; Hikvision has debuted on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange; a new worldwide risk management consultancy alliance has been formed; and 4i Security claims that it is “revolutionising the alarms industry”.

This week’s Song About Security comes courtesy of the Cold War Kids, who are actually adults.

You should totally go ahead and enter the 2010 Security Excellence Awards. Go for it. Go on.

For real-time news updates follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/info4security and twitter.com/smtonlineeditor. And get more up to the minute news via our RSS feed.

Here’s a video of a cat rocking out to some guitar. Enjoy.

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The security week: Cameron, Clegg, and glamour

Hey! It’s really, genuinely lovely to see your face again. I hope this letter finds you well, and all of your family in good health.

Well, it’s been an interesting week here at I4S Towers. We haven’t really had time to gather our collective breath following the rollercoaster that was IFSEC 2010 – we’ve plunged back into security news delivery mode.

The new coalition Government in the UK hasn’t wasted any time in addressing security issues. Deputy PM Nick Clegg has spoken out in favour of tighter CCTV and DNA database regulations.

And PM David Cameron has mooted reducing his personal security allocation. SMT Online editor Brian Sims was having none of this – and in a major London newspaper, to boot.

I’ve added a new slideshow gallery to our coverage of the IFSEC Awards, held last week. This one is of the glamorous folks in attendance at the shindig. Were you there? Know anyone who was? Have a look at the slideshow and find out.

(Don’t forget to keep an eye on our IFSEC news page for show follow-up reports, such as this story about a 50 million Euro deal signed last week – and check out the IFSEC’s Appeal gallery for all the sights of this year’s event.)

Of course one of the big industry buzzwords at present is ‘interoperability’ – and Siemens, having decided to go down the ONVIF route, have written an article telling us exactly why.

We’ve also got some videos of explosions courtesy of Eruma; videos of a man answering questions about logical access; and pictures and details of aspiring jewellery store robbers being driven off by a Fog Bandit.

This week’s Song About Security is a stone cold classic: Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, by The Jam. Check it out here.

For real-time news updates follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/info4security and twitter.com/smtonlineeditor. And get more up to the minute news via our RSS feed.

Welcome in the weekend by watching a video of some kittens attempting to use a slide. Outstanding.

www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk

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The security week: IFSEC 2010 special edition

It’s done. IFSEC, that enormous security hoedown held annually in Birmingham, is over for another year.

This time around the focus seemed to be on High Definition CCTV; the emergence of ‘true’ integration in management systems; and, finally, the acknowledgement that simplicity and ease of use should be priorities for security manufacturers. But more about that next week.

Info4security has been at the show all week, bringing you up-to-the-minute news and images. It’s been interesting, and it’s been rewarding – but at the moment it mainly feels like it’s been tiring. Scroll down and you’ll find links to many of our stories from the show floor.

You’ll find many more on I4S – and eventually they’ll all make their way to our archived IFSEC news page.

Spare a thought for Martin Brown at Milestone Systems, who began his new VP sales role on the first day of the show. Fun!

Our Song About Security this week comes from mutli-pronged hip hop collective the Wu Tang Clan. Delightful.

For real-time news updates follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/info4security and twitter.com/smtonlineeditor. And get more up to the minute news via our RSS feed.

So put your feet up and relax. Here’s a nice little video of a rabbit chasing a snake. See you next week.

www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk

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The security week: Quivering with IFSEC anticipation

It’s almost upon us. That once a year, adrenalised security thrill-monkey that is IFSEC. Monday’s the kick-off, though exhibitors are likely to be gathering in Birmingham even now. But not in a menacing way. Well, not necessarily.

SMT Online editor Brian Sims has been busy chatting to some of the major exhibitors about their plans for the show. See what luminaries from Sony, Panasonic (Steven Gerrard, no less!) and HID Global have to say about what they’re launching, and the state of the market.

We’ve also got stories on the launch of IFSEC West Africa, which takes part during the show, and the Intelligent Integration Zone feature area, which looks set to be super interesting. Zone!

Of course there’s also a raft of preview information from more than 70 exhibitors on our dedicated IFSEC news page. Some of the latest articles focus on iDTEQ, Zyxel and ACTi, CSL DualCom, VideoIQ, Irisys, ASL Vision, Clearview, Honeywell, and the recently launched Mobile Phone Security Association.

In the midst of all of this IFSEC 2010 preparation, Brian has managed to find time to have a chat with Nick Palmer of VSG about the company’s rigorous vetting procedures.

And we’ve had advice from our Access Control Doctor on using the features of high end access systems.

Sometimes you just want to know what it is that everyone’s keen on reading. That’s why we provide our handy ‘Best read stories’ service. It tells you which I4S stories have been read by the most people in the last month. Wow!

Our Song About Security this week comes from excellent electropop Mancunians New Order. Have it, etc.

Also, there was an election in the UK yesterday. Interesting.

For real-time news updates, live from IFSEC 2010, follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/info4security and twitter.com/smtonlineeditor. And get more up to the minute news via our RSS feed.

To calm your nerves before next week’s cornucopia of excitation, here is a video of a dog dancing for his dinner.

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