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Added value and strident views

Genuinely fast-paced security news snippets for you today. Get a load of ’em!

Here’s SMT Online editor Brian Sims with his latest SMT Online Editor’s View – taking aim at Immigration Minister Phil Woolas, an update from RUSI, and paying tribute to colleague Alan Hyder. Check it.

Gary Fletcher-Moore from Samsung Techwin is talking about installer purchasing decisions. Wise.

And don’t forget to get involved with intercoms – at least, that’s the advice from Commend UK. Also: there’s some IPSA praise; and a number 12 ranking for Hikvision.


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The security week: The goodbye Alan issue

Welcome to December, weekly security news digest aficionados. It’s great to see your smiling faces. Even yours.

Today’s missive is, in part, a tribute to Security Installer editor Alan Hyder, who leaves us today after 15 years at the helm of the magazine. Alan is well-loved and respected throughout the security industry, and will be missed greatly – not least by myself.

I’ve worked with Alan for over five years now, firstly as assistant editor on Security Installer, and now on info4security. He has always been a great source of advice and encouragement, and always ready with a joke in a stressful situation. Also in a non-stressful situation. He is also irresistible to ladies. Fact.

Here’s Alan’s last SI Editor’s View column – and, as a very special mark of respect, I’ve allowed him to select this week’s Song About Security. Tributes don’t come any more spectacular and glamorous than that.

In other news this week, we’ve had our latest Bench Test hit the site. This time it’s the Vidilanz Xtern-Cam outdoor wireless camera. How did it fare etc? Find out by clicking and reading!

And why not check out some CCTV footage of a meteor in the South African night sky? It’s dead impressive.

You can also investigate the best read stories on I4S in November; the Home Office releasing its policing white paper; and ADI and Pelco working together in an IP kinda fashion. Heavyweight security news for the discerning professional.

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

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Popular and opinionated

It’s a bit of a landmark today – we’ve got the final instalment of Alan Hyder‘s wry and incisive columns, the SI Editor’s View. This time, Alan straps on a metaphorical laser blaster and takes aim at the invading hordes of security issue aliens, exploding their green and noxious bodies with the power of opinion and analysis. Metaphorically. Just read it.

Speaking of just reading some things, here are some things some people have read. They’re all articles on I4S in November – and popular ones, to boot!

Today’s also the first day that SIA licensing takes effect in Northern Ireland. Brian Sims, genial honcho of SMT Online, does the reporting thing in this instance.

We’ve also got the BRC launching new guidelines for cash couriers; Hikvision establishing a Russian joint venture; the NHS tackling anti-social behaviour; and Uxbridge College helping the security fraternity.

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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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Life savers and Contract Quality

It’s a blitzkrieg of exciting and dynamic security news stories on I4S today, so block your ears, take cover, and enjoy the show.

First up are some bona fide heroes – officers from Pilgrims who saved a contractor’s life. Kudos!

SMT Online editor Brian Sims was at the official launch of the National Security Inspectorate’s Contract Quality Marque yesterday. He reports on the security guarding scheme – and gauges the industry reaction.

In other exciting editorial action, Security Installer skipper Alan Hyder has donned his metaphorical sou’wester, loaded up on Fisherman’s Friends, and boarded the good ship SI Editor’s View, setting sail for dangerous waters full of security issue fish – with only opinion and analysis for bait. Can he land some big ones? Read the column and find out.

Don’t forget you can catch all of our IFSEC India 2009 coverage here; and relive the glory of the Security Excellence Awards through our winners and attendees galleries. Stupendous!

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SEA anticipation, boozy CCTV, and an editor’s view

The day has finally arrived! Yes, it’s Thursday. That also means that the Security Excellence Awards 2009 are happening this very night! Wow. I am literally crying with anticipation. Not only will I be there, presenting an award and that – I’ll also be updating my Twitter account – twitter.com/info4security – live from the event, so you can read about the category winners as they’re announced, as well as whatever other pithy bits and pieces I can think of.

To get you in the mood, we have a fantastic video of CCTV in action. It’s a drunk man attempting to buy some beer. It’s very amusing. You should watch it.

It’s also that time of the fortnight when Security Installer editor Alan Hyder strips down to his metaphorical undergarments and dives headlong into the murky pond of security issues, emerging only when he has located and retrieved the valuable, muddy nuggets of opinion and analysis hidden therein. In other words, it’s his SI Editor’s View column. Yes!

Also not far off is the beginning of IFSEC India. Our I4S India editor Verghese Joseph chats to organiser Nigel Brown.

And in addition to all of this untrammelled excitement, there’s hard drive destruction; a big contract win in China for BlueStar SecuTech; and some access control for luxury Hong Kong flats. Hoorah!

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Blog Action Day 2009: The security industry goes green

[This blog entry is in honour of Blog Action Day, taking place today, on the subject of climate change.]

The most important awards in the UK security industry calendar are presented next week here in London. The Security Excellence Awards 2009 take place at the Hilton Park Lane, and the cream of the crop in the UK and international security industry will be there.

 The awards are run by my employer, UBM Live, and myself, Brian Sims and Alan Hyder chair the judging panels that decide the winners. It’s always a big event, both in terms of news interest in the industry, and as a social happening on the night itself.

For the first time this year, we’ve introduced a new award category: Environmental Initiative of the Year. I’d like to take a little credit for it, ‘cos it was my idea and everything innit, but what’s most impressive has been the response to it.

We were inundated with excellent entries, and all of those that made it through to the final shortlist were massively impressive to the judges. All sorts of efforts were shown to be happening right across the security sector, with some truly innovative initiatives really leading the way.

It’s important that the industry starts embracing green working practices now – from small-scale installers using hybrid vehicles, to big companies reducing waste and recycling, to manufacturers pledging to minimise packaging and damaging factory practices.

The benefits aren’t simply the obvious ones, either – to the planet and to the cause of combating climate change. There’s a genuine competitive advantage for businesses who are seen to be working in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way, not just in being prepared for the future, but in terms of marketing and public perception.

The time has come where to be seen as being green is to be seen as being a responsible corporate entity. It’s sustainable for the environment – but it’s sustainable for businesses who want to have a future too.

If you would like to read similar posts on this subject from some of my colleagues, please click on any of the links below:

Brian Sims, John Welsh, Ron Alalouff, Phil Clark, Grahame Morrison, Rob Enslin


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Spacemen and festivals

Time’s short (or it can be, in any case – just think about the length of a microsecond!) so we’re directly into the security news goodness today.

Here’s Veracity, working with Axis – and they’re both helping NASA to train astronauts. That’s mighty nice of ’em!

Then there’s AP Security. A story we ran on their work at Glastonbury work has proven very popular – will today’s details about their Leeds Festival and London Mela assignments be as well read? Perhaps!

As is his wont every second week, Security Installer editor Alan Hyder has plugged in his opinion blender and filled it with the latest security issues and stories, before holding down the lid and pressing go – resulting in the delicious analysis smoothie that is his SI Editor’s View.

And if you’re a CCTV end user who’d like a bit of cash – Mitsubishi is offering some.


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Politics, acquisitions, and pets

I’m back in the I4S driver’s seat today, after SMT Online editor Brian Sims’ splendid deputations yesterday (though I believe he attempted to tar me with his Iron Maiden-shaped brush – regular readers will know that I have far too much self respect and dignity for that.)

Today, Mr Sims himself looks at the inevitable UK election, and asks what the major parties are likely to be offering the business community. He also begins a series of profiles on the parties’ security policies, starting with the Conservatives.

Kingdom Security has just made some acquisitions. What the heck has it acquired? You should read the story, for the good of us all.

Elsewhere, IDM has gone ahead and helped some Pets at Home; Samsung Techwin has launched a new chipset which it rather cockily calls ‘Winner’; and Skills for Security has accredited a course for door supervisor trainers. That’s some tasty newsli!

Don’t forget that you can follow me (twitter.com/info4security), Brian Sims (twitter.com/smtonlineeditor), and Alan Hyder (twitter.com/alanhyder) on exciting social brevity machine Twitter, if that’s your bag.

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A sweet suite, and like for like

Welcome to this, the latest missive from security news wonderland info4security.com. It truly is a delight to land in your inbox. Thanks for the opportunity!

Today SMT Online editor Brian Sims brings us the story of a sweet new suite of qualifications from G4S and the denizens of academia.

And Security Installer honcho Alan Hyder tells of Vista’s new ‘like for like’ replacement guarantee. This doesn’t mean that if you see something you like, you can just have it. That would be an idiotic policy.

In addition to these scrumptious news dumplings, there’s also a piece on Optex supplying detectors for a metals company; a new IP CCTV range for Genie; and a revamped website for Skills for Security. Interesting.

Don’t forget about IFSEC India 2009. That’s happening soon. You should go to it.

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