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.
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So put your feet up and relax. Here’s a nice little video of a rabbit chasing a snake. See you next week.
What a week of security news! It’s been like an enormous security news rollercoaster of fun, excitement, trepidation, mild nausea, and exhilaration. Wow!
This was the week that British Security Industry Authority chief executive John Bates stood down, less than a year into his job. Curious! SMT Online editor Brian Sims spoke to some leading industry figures about the incident; and we’ve dedicated this week’s Song About Security to Mr Bates.
Brian also brought us his fortnightly SMT Online Editor’s View. In it, as well as scrutinising the work of the SIA and the ACS, he asked where the BSIA’s response to the decision not to licence in-house security officers was. Then, yesterday, that very response was issued. Spooky!
Nude crowdsurfing. It’s a phrase I’ve always wanted to be able to include on I4S, and finally, today, there is a reason. Read the article about some of G4S Events’ weirder experiences.
To balance out that frivolity, here’s an article that mentions Peter Mandelson.
Have a recuperative and/or intoxicating weekend. See you next week.
If it’s Wednesday, it must be time for a brand new, cuddly and lovable I4S Daily Digest. Waddaya know? It is. It’s like some kind of security news playground!
Today Wilson James has sent out a warning to security clients and contractors on potential pitfalls following the UK’s first prosecution under the Corporate Manslaughter Act. Be careful!
Hospitals are caring places, so they need to be looked after. Keeping an eye on this Corsican hospital is a bunch of megapixel cameras and some management software. Alright!
Also today there’s a cold camera; voice alarms at a Danish broadcaster; and some illuminated construction.
It’d be really cool if you completed our CCTV End User Survey. Likewise, people will see you as a stunningly successful executive if you win a Security Excellence Award. Go for it!
Hello! Short and delightfully sweet today, like a midget dipped in chocolate. It’s I4S time!
First up is a story about the UK government getting tough on mobile phone crime. Good.
There’s also an acquisition in the consultancy sphere which SMT Online editor Brian Sims says will see SRM move into the ‘top tier’. Tops!
After years of hoping and dreaming and wishing and wanting and praying, it’s finally here: a story with a picture of a fire breathing man in it. Praise be!
And then there’s the Security Excellence Awards, described recently as ‘excellent’; and the IFSEC Conference 2009, described recently as ‘life affirming’. That was by me.
Poverty’s not really a concept we talk about that much in the security world, but it’s inevitably a factor behind a certain percentage of lower end crime – what greater motivation for shoplifting or stealing can there be than hunger?
But it’s the security industry’s job to protect all of us from crime and anti-social behaviour. The most important issues for people living under the poverty line are that they are not unfairly targeted as potential criminals and that they are offered similar protection from security solutions as those who can afford to pay for the latest security technology.
It’s really the protection function of security equipment and technology that should be focused on, and in the UK and around the world, local governments are increasingly using their security budgets to help the more vulnerable members of society feel safe and secure from crime.
But that’s not to say that enough is being done. It wouldn’t hurt the image of security manufacturers and large installation companies if they provided free alarm or access control equipment to the most disadvantaged housing estates and communities. And it wouldn’t hurt the government to actively encourage these sorts of programmes, while contributing themselves.
Even in times of economic turmoil and uncertainty, we can’t afford to ignore the welfare of the most needy communities.