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The security week: Alarms, cheerleaders, and cash

Greetings – welcome to another summary of the security week, brought to you by info4security.com. It’s like a helpful stranger, sidling into your inbox and becoming a firm friend for life. Or something.

This week Chiron launched its new Iris Secure Apps alarm signalling management system. Both SMT Online editor Brian Sims and myself were in attendance, and we came away with a big ol’ article and some video to boot.

Yesterday the Security Industry Authority announced it would be ceasing its Fast Track approval route for the Approved Contractor Scheme. Details are here.

Loomis has launched a new cash security solution for retailers; G4S has moved into the car parking sphere in Denmark; and Risco has acquired a controlling interest in Electronics Line 3000.

Oh, and Integrated Security Consultants got up close and protective with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleading squad when they were in London for the NFL series – but in a professional fashion, not a restraining order kind of way. Yes, we have some pictures.

Large-scale security industry hootenanny IFSEC looms large on the horizon. Whether that involves anticipation or dread – or both – will vary from individual to individual. While you’re deciding, you could do worse than check out our dedicated IFSEC news zone on I4S. It’s got all the latest preview information and details on the 2010 conference programme.

This week’s Song About Security comes courtesy of geriatric varicose-rockers The Rolling Stones. They’re on about some kind of threatening rambler – get orf my land and so forth, I imagine.

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 Here is a video of a dog singing to a baby to stop it from crying. Apparently. Enjoy.

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The security week: Popularity, and cash money

Hello and welcome. It’s super-exciting to be infiltrating your consciousness – I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.

We kick off with a look back – a look back to the news highlights on I4S in February, to be precise. Which stories caught your attention? Find out here.

SMT Online editor Brian Sims brought us words and video direct from the launch of the SafeGuard campaign – designed to improve the lot of security officers, in conjunction with the GMB trade union. The BSIA welcomed the move.

Brian also covered the recent Security Institute debate on the Approved Contractor Scheme. There are more videos and articles here: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

Our Access Control Doctor was back in his practice this week – this time, his focus was on the way that access products can help with health and safety requirements. Helpful!

Here’s a story on a solar panel for a cash machine. You read right. Kinda. And there were new product launches for Axis, Grandstream, Samsung, and Stanley Security.

On the IFSEC front, Tyco has revealed a whole raft of products it’ll be launching at the show; and the deadline for the IFSEC 2010 Security Industry Awards has been extended until March 9

And this week’s Song About Security comes courtesy of Bobby Fuller. He’s paying tribute – in my mind, at least – to Sabrewatch. Find out how by clicking on this link.

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Having a Housego at in-house

We’ve matched the author’s surname to the story today, as lawyer Paul Housego puts the boot in to the SIA’s decision not to license in-house security officers. It’s precision stuff.

Security Installer editor Alan Hyder has donned his metaphorical dancing shoes and hat and bootscooted all over the security opinion dancefloor in his SI Editor’s View. Impressive.

Those helpful folks at the British Security Industry Association have published a guide to video content analysis, or video analytics, as most folks like to say.

And we’ve also got an inside view on using the Approved Contractor Scheme to choose a security provider. It’s very exciting!

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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?

What up? www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk.

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The security week: Going Indian, ACS action, and a view from the US

It’s been a positively effervescent week here at I4S, with small bubbles of metaphorical news gas popping all over the joint. Kind of.

We celebrated the official launch of I4S India, the thrilling new channel that is a vital resource for anyone interested in the state of security in India – and the opportunities it provides. Launchtastic!

Mick Lee stirred up some emotions with his tale of experiences at the Approved Contractor Scheme front line. People responded. Perhaps you’d like to, also? Then IPSA’s Justin ‘P’ Bentley added his voice to something of a growing chorus with concerns about the state of the SIA.

New regular contributor John Honovich kicked off his IP view from the US column with stories and links to the latest happenings on the technological front across the pond. Have a nice day!

Also this week, Security Installer editor Alan Hyder strapped on his opinion pack and ignited the analysis jets with the flaming torch of clear-headed observation, jetting off towards the mixed metaphor horizon in his SI Editor’s View. Something like that, anyway.

This week’s Song About Security comes from The Reverend Horton Heat. It’s pretty good!

While you’re visiting I4S, you should shuffle your eyes across to the right hand side of the page, and the unique ‘Industry Focus‘ feature. This is the all-singing, all-dancing ‘related content’ whatchamacallit that allows companies to provide additional information about their products and services which is relevant to the editorial content that you’re reading. It was invented by some kind of crazy genius or something! So I am reliably informed. Have a click or three, anyway. Go on. It’ll be fun.

Speaking of fun, our Job of the Week on security jobs website Jobs for Security is for a Security Systems Administrator at the University of Bristol. It’s an absolute corker!

Once you’re calmed down, seriously consider attending the IFSEC Conference 2009. It will involve the true heavyweights of the industry wrestling with the big issues of the day – and emerging triumphant. Yeah!!

Express your feelings with www.info4security.com and www.ifsec.co.uk.

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Introducing I4S India – and attacking the SIA

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you the newest member of the info4security family – I4S India.

That’s right, it’s an exciting new development – a spiffing new channel on I4S, edited by dedicated and charming Bangalore-based Verghese V Joseph. Read my introductory piece – then send him all of your lovely India-centric news.

Also today, Justin ‘P’ Bentley, chief executive of IPSA, has come out swinging against the SIA in the wake of its Delivery Review. Youch! In the same neck of the woods, thematically, is Mick Lee’s take on the flaws of the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme. It’s already generating discussion – have your say and leave a comment on the article.

In technology news, OmniPerception is working with BAE Systems to improve facial recognition technology for CCTV systems. Lovely.

And this story, set in Fleetwood, includes a picture of a delightful-looking group of young men.

Don’t forget to conference: Securing Educational Establishments and the IFSEC Conference 2009 are your best bets. For sure.

And once more into the breach/websites: www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk.

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