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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.

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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.,

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The security week: IFSEC, customers and cash

It’s Friday, so it must be time to have a gander at The Security Week. And what a week it’s been, eh chums? Let’s have a little look.

Humungous security industry hoedown and product demonstration party IFSEC 2010 is just 10 days away. Crikey. We’re continuing our unrivalled preview coverage, as you’d expect – head over to our dedicated IFSEC News pages to see what we’ve done so far.

This week we’ve included Honeywell, 2020 Imaging, Hikvision, Navtech Radar, Keeneo, ASL, Tandberg and Clearview, Wavesight, AD Network Video, Promise Technology, Emizon, Videotec, Genie CCTV, Visimetrics, Salto, and Mindtree. Phew. And we’ve got a story about an ADT installation at the LG Arena – part of the NEC, where IFSEC itself takes place! What amazing congruity.

Also this week, our specialist end user channel SMT Online has partnered with Securitas to launch its inaugural Good Customer Award. That’s nice!

G4S Cash Services has renewed its multi-million pound contract with supermarket Morrisons. That oughta keep Richard Hammond’s paychecks safe, thank goodness.

Siemens and the London Borough of Bromley have had a major new outsourced CCTV project go live; a victim of an acid attack has spoken out in favour of CCTV; a new report claims ONVIF members still have a greater market share than those in the PSIA; the National Cyber Security Challenge has been launched; and our old pal The Networker is back, talking about HD CCTV.

Our Song About Security this week comes from one David Bowie. He is reported to be ‘thrilled’ to about his inclusion in this illustrious feature.

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Here’s a video of one hamster running in his wheel while another hamster sleeps – in the same wheel. Exciting!,

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The security week: Rollercoasters and resignations

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.,


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Corporate manslaughter and a megapixel hospital

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!


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Parking wardens and opinions

Everybody loves a parking warden. It’s just a fact! So I was as surprised as you are to discover that some Scottish traffic attendants have taken to wearing headcams in order to avoid altercations. It just seems so unlikely!

Elsewhere today, indefatigable Security Installer editor Alan Hyder has unsheathed his metaphorical security opinion dagger and plunged it, hilt-deep, into the still quivering flesh of some kind of huge beast which is made of topical issues pertaining to the security industry, in his SI Editor’s View. Incisive!

We’ve also got something on ‘sick’ and ‘healthy’ security firms; a big ADT project at Delhi Airport; and an upgrade from CSL DualCom for a monitoring station.

Don’t forget to get your entries in for this year’s Security Excellence Awards. They really are highly sought after. If you win one, many people will buy you a drink.

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The ACS and Bench Tests

Top notch security news excitement galore today. As you’d expect. Absolutely!

First up is venerable SMT Online editor Brian Sims, who reports on the Approved Contractor Scheme developments at last week’s SIA Stakeholder Conference, in his SMT Online Editor’s View. Topical and delicious.

Brian has also provided us with an exclusive interview with Mike Bluestone, new chairman of the Security Institute. The interview took place at IFSEC 2009 – check out the rest of our coverage in our IFSEC News section.

We’ve gone Bench Test-tastic! This month it’s the turn of JVC’s VN-X35U day/night IP megapixel camera. How does it fare? You know you’ve gotta click on this very link to find out. It’s true!

In addition, there are thrilling and informative articles on new Siemens IP cameras; and risk and threat assessment. What’s not to like?

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Mobile phones, consultancy acquisition – and fire

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.

Whistle. Whistle. Whistle. Dance!

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Blog Action Day: Poverty and security

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.

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