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ID cards, lighting, and alliances

Monday Monday Monday – so good, they named it thrice. Let’s news!

We’ve already had a bit of a discussion start following the publication of this article on 10,000 people signing up for the UK Government’s ID card website. What’s your take?

And Raytec has reported a positive response to its lighting amnesty. That’s a scheme to save wasteful CCTV lighting, rather than a scheme to light Amnesty, the human rights organisation. Although that would be admirable, if it proved to be helpful to them in some way. If their lights were broken, for instance. Or if they had dropped something small and required additional illumination to locate it.

In other news, LiLin is working with Network Webcams; church vandals in Dover have been thwarted; and where do we draw the line with pre-employment screening? It’s blockbuster stuff.

Don’t forget – as if you could! – that the highlight of the security year, the Security Excellence Awards 2009, take place this Thursday night. If you can’t be there, I’ll be doing a live Twitter-coverage thingy. And I4S is the only place you’ll find the full results later that night. Cool.

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

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Young crims, Madstock, and Swansea

Today’s security news round-up kicks off with a story about a university study claiming that a non-jail programme for young offenders is ‘too soft’.

Then there’s AP Security, at it again – this time they’re looking after ska survivors at Madness-fest Madstock.

Security Installer editor Alan Hyder has once more metaphorically disrobed and donned his suit of opinion armour, using his shining sword of news analysis as he does battle with the invading hordes of security-related issues, in his SI Editor’s View. Today he looks at Onvif, car clamping, ID cards, and plenty more besides.

Have you always wished Swansea was safer? Here is a story about a scheme which is making that dream a reality.

If you’ve got an itch to investigate security in India, you should definitely go to IFSEC India 2009. It is bound to be simply lovely.

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

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ID card images, and MoD jobs

Hello! Welcome to a big day of security news excitement. Let’s dig in.

First up is the images of the somewhat reviled UK ID cards, which have been unveiled by Home Secretary Alan Johnson. Will anyone ever actually use one?

We’ve also got a very interesting piece on how to go about getting work from the UK’s Ministry of Defence if you are a guarding company. And let’s face it, so many of us are nowadays. Possibly.

Things that move can often be useful. That’s one reason why TSS is putting CCTV in car wing mirrors. Others are outlined in the article. So feel free to read that.

Elsewhere, we’ve got an Indian appointment for ADT Security; some information destruction standards exhilaration; and pay-as-you-go home IP security. Delightful!

You have precisely one day left in which to vote for the Security Manufacturer of the Year as part of the 2009 Security Excellence Awards. It’s one way to make your favourite stand out from the crowd.

Also, here’s a weird man blowing a raspberry on a cat’s stomach.

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

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Sailing the good ship security

There’s a swashbuckling feel to I4S today, as Alan Hyder brings us a story about an historic ship being defended by a Cannon – Cannon Security! Hahaha, it’s a good joke! The humour arises due to the expertly engineered confusion between the security company’s name, and that of a piece of military equipment which itself may have been deployed by navy ships in the olden days. See – hilarious!

Also today, SMT Online editor Brian Sims has been brandishing his opinion truncheon, savagely slapping down any dissenters in his SMT Online Editor’s View. Actually, he’s talking about ID cards, Critical National Infrastructure Security, police pay, and 7/7. Forthright!

Elsewhere there’s information on the BSIA’s new Close Protection section (which is very pleasing to say aloud); assignment instructions for security officers; and a networked CCTV custody solution for Kent police from Visimetrics.

In case you’ve never ever heard of it, there’s this CCTV End User Survey thing we’re running. It finishes up tomorrow, and you can win some vouchers, which is excellent news in the CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE. If you win it, you may choose to purchase up to £200 worth of underwear from Marks and Spencer. You don’t have to buy underwear, obviously, but the choice is available.

Another thing finishing tomorrow is the opportunity to enter the Security Excellence Awards 2009. Enter them!

Websites ahoy! www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk

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Policing, opinion, and Supertron

We’re in the midst of what might be the entirety of the UK summer this week, and despite having a little time off, tireless Security Installer editor Alan Hyder has submitted his SI Editor’s View column. This time he’s talking about family business, weak and strong security companies, and ID cards for school kids. What a guy!

Alan’s counterpart on the security management side, SMT Online editor Brian Sims, today looks at the Home Affairs Select Committee report into police tactics at April’s G20 protests. He’s also been to the Annual Luncheon of the Association of Security Consultants. Here’s his report.

Also today there’s Mike Lynsky of the NSI on the driving habits of engineers; James Passingham on open source IP network security; and David Ting on the dangers posed to organisations by employee data theft – particularly during the recession.

Excellently, we have a story on our I4S India channel about a company called Supertron. Nothing to do with this guy, apparently.

Go on then: take our CCTV End User Survey. And enter the Security Excellence Awards. Persons of great standing and authority inform me that you need to be ‘in it‘ to ‘win it‘.

So worth your while, man: www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk

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The security week: Quivering in anticipation of IFSEC edition

Well ok. It’s almost here. This, ladies and gents, is your final I4S missive before the big one, the papa-san, el jefe, the security archbishop – IFSEC – kicks off next Monday. I’m thrilled and excited beyond the realms of human description. It’s like being on a first date with a huge, all-powerful, slightly intimidating security event. Or something. Ahem.

But before we get to the IFSEC exhilaration, we need to pause for a moment in recognition of the fact that the Security Industry Authority in the UK has decided not to go ahead with in-house security officer licensing. Is that a mistake?

Brian Sims thinks so, as he outlines in his SMT Online Editor’s View. He also talks about the Government’s proposed ID card launch – which was criticised this week by TSSI.

Brian was at the helm this week of our very first webinar, which focused on HD and IP CCTV. You can register and access the webinar at your leisure by moseying on down to this very link. Clever!

And yesterday Westminster Council launched its first mobile CCTV unit. It’s highly technologically advanced. I doubt there are any gremlins in the system.

So. IFSEC. Did you know that if you visit the show – at Birmingham’s NEC, no less – and drop by the I4S stand at I20, Hall 4, you can win a brand new iPod Nano simply by voting for your favourite Song About Security? Well, you can. This week’s tune comes courtesy of the Manic Street Preachers. Nifty.

This is interesting: after deciding to sit out this year’s event, Norbain has confirmed that it will be back at IFSEC next year. Lovely.

We’ll be at the show all next week, and we will be employing cutting edge, zeitgeist-friendly new media technologies to cover it. And by that, I mean Twitter. Follow myself, Brian Sims, or Security Installer editor Alan Hyder. If you so desire. You can also join the IFSEC 2009 LinkedIn group. And you can visit info4security.com any time you like, really.

Of course there’ll be I4S Daily Digests featuring the pick of the day’s stories – but these might be out a little later than normal. Alternately, why not subscribe to the I4S RSS feed? News headlines right to your RSS reading device type thing! Crazy.

See you on the other side.

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SIA says ‘no’ to in-house licensing

Just one more working day to go before the most important security event in the history of humankind – or something like that – at IFSEC next week. So we’ve decided to pack the news in tight, like sumo wrestlers in a Smart car.

So here’s an important UK security industry story: the Security Industry Authority has decided that in-house security staff won’t need to be licensed – at least for the next three years. Hmmmm!

TSSI has come right out and criticised the plan to start introducing voluntary ID cards in Manchester. And Millwall FC has upgraded its CCTV coverage. It’s gone digital!

As you’d expect, I4S will be representin’ at IFSEC. Here’s a story explaining how you can win an iPod off us simply by visiting our stand! And voting for your favourite Song About Security. And leaving your name and email address. Simple!

And make sure that if you’re doing any Twitter-type things about the show, that you join in all the social media fun and games by including the #IFSEC tag in your ‘tweets’. That’s great fun!

Yes yes yes yes yes ok: www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk

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