Hello, and welcome to our first weekly missive for 2010! It’s nice to be back. And I’m not just saying that. (Well, I am, but I am also being sincere.)
We haven’t kept quiet over the Christmas and New Year period – we’ve continued to post stories, unlike other security news sites, including two very special edition Songs About Security: one on Christmas Day, and one on New Year’s Day And this week’s security song is by Stealer’s Wheel. Check it out, why dontcha?
Today we’ve also got the countdown of our top 10 best read stories of 2009. Can you pick the winner? Read the story and you will find out. You will!
Well-known UK industry figure and Security Excellence Awards judge Peter French has received an MBE in the 2010 New Year Honours list. Congratulations, Peter!
Also on the site is our latest Bench Test. This time we’re looking at the Axis Q6032-E network dome – and our reviewer is VERY enthusiastic.
Other stories include Iain’s Top 5, on hybrid systems; a retail crime surge in the BRC’s Annual Survey; and our regular advice column from the Access Control Doctor.
It’s all for your delectation. Enjoy!
Greetings folks. IFSEC India finished up over the weekend – here’s a piece by our I4S India editor Verghese Joseph on the number of government visitors who attended the show. Head over to I4S India’s IFSEC India section for more show coverage. Superb.
Today, being the first business day of November 2009, is an ideal opportunity to provide a story revealing not just the 10 best read stories on I4S during October, but also veritable LINKS to each of those stories as well! That’s space age technology for you.
There are also two rail-related stories for your own, personal, private delectation. SmartWater has won a gong (probably not an actual gong, sadly) from rail industry types; while ASL has helped to secure some of the London Overground network’s stations.
Today is also the day where I link to news of the new members in the HDcctv Alliance; a megapixel launch for Samsung Techwin; IP door entry from Urmet; and a BP/VSG partnership to prevent forecourt crime. Outstanding!
[Because this week has seen a fair amount of violence and unrest here in London, I’ve decided to help by providing an air of zen calm – so this I4S missive employs the minimalist Japanese haiku form. You’re loving it.]
Anarchist protest. Photos.
Sex Pistols. Cheggers.
An editor airs his views.
Scantronic Bench Test.
A fish that can talk.
A security guard cow.
Enter the awards.
An armada of high interest security news battleships set sail from I4S towers over the internet’s choppy waves this weekend and today. Its ultimate destination – your grateful computer or other internet enabled device. Ahoy!
First up is the news of HSBC using facial recognition biometrics to improve security at its data centres. And definitely not to keep out angry or suspicious customers.
Then there’s an exciting new feature – our round up of the best read stories of the past month. Granted, it doesn’t sound that crazy or ‘out there’, but it’s a helluva lot of fun. Give it a try!
We’ve also got two new Bench Tests for you to cast your Bench Test reading eyes over – there’s the deView VDP20 dome camera, and also Plustek’s NVR 4000. Constructive criticism!
If you like information security standards, you’ll be thrilled to know that LPCB has updated one of them! It’s true.
I am exaggerating for effect, but I know two things about Sweden: the excellent synthpop duo The Knife come from there; and that amusing Swedish chef from off of the Muppets. Well, now there is one more thing: Synectics has installed some surveillance equipment at casinos there. Intriguing!
Conferences are great opportunities to learn things and meet people. You can have a frank exchange of ideas! Here are two good ones: Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters; and Managing the Unexpected: Business Continuity and Crisis Management. Attendance is recommended.