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Supermarket security and a Pall Mall excursion

Today we’ve got the details of a major installation project carried out between supermarket giant Sainsbury’s (not an actual giant) and distributor Norbain. Reduced shrinkage!

Brian Sims also ventured forth to the badlands of London’s notorious Pall Mall when he bravely accepted an invitation to attend Axis Security’s inaugural Christmas Luncheon. His experiences form the basis of this harrowing report. (Note: report not actually harrowing.)

We’ve also got stories on Ganz cameras being used to test jet engines, and a new ANPR system (with a particularly festive photo), as well as a raft of appointments. And there’s a round up of the stories which attracted the most reader comments last month.

Next week, the Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters conference takes place. I know, it feels like we’ve been looking forward to it forever! Personally, when someone initially suggested we wrap clingfilm around the idea, I’m glad we ignored them. Really glad! There’s still time to get involved, if getting involved is what you so desire. In fact, I would encourage it.

Get down with your bad self by visiting info4security.com and www.ifsec.co.uk.

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Another exclusive – IFSEC organiser interview

The exclusive interviews just keep on coming here at info4security – today we feature a question and answer session with IFSEC director James Blue, who brings us up to speed with the latest preparations for next year’s event.

Brian Sims, the irrepressible head honcho of SMT Online, brings us the lowdown on a trial Community Safety Accreditation Scheme at Brunel University, which is being run in conjunction with London’s Metropolitan Police Service and Pace Security.

Our rather provocatively titled article CCTV: the ‘cure-all’ or total con?, published yesterday, has, perhaps unsurprisingly, provoked some comments – and also this article in response.

Don’t forget that we’re only a week away from the keenly anticipated and impenetrability-friendly conference Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters. Go check it out.

While you’re ‘web-surfing’ – and let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy catching a really nice ‘web-wave’, hanging five or ten or fifteen, feeling the wind in your ‘web-hair’, getting tubular, etc – why not visit Jobs for Security? It’s a website about jobs, and security, and really focuses on the meeting point between the two. Visit!

Hey! Why not also go here: info4security.com and www.ifsec.co.uk. Why not indeed?

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The security week: An arrested Tory, retail challenges, and Johnny Cash

News excitement galore on info4security this week. Brian Sims, editor of SMT Online, gets totally topical with his take on the Tories’ Damian Green being arrested by counter-terrorism officers. Forthright!

And in the week when Woolworths and MFI went to the wall, we’ve got an in-depth piece about the challenges ahead for retail security in a period of economic turmoil.

There were contrasting responses to the aforementioned turmoil – Dedicated Micros has rationalised its EMEA operations, while Kings Security has invested £3m in a new HQ and alarm receiving centre, and Solutions Security, a new UK CCTV distributor, has opened for business. Intriguing!

Security Installer editor Alan Hyder faced up to this week’s (metaphorical) issues inferno, and connecting his opinion nozzle to the firetruck of facts, he liberally doused the blaze with great gushing streams of analysis. In less confusing terms, he wrote his SI Editor’s View. It’s a great read!

Friday. Songs About Security. They go hand in hand, like Michael Jackson and an ape. Today it’s the turn of Johnny Cash. There’s also a chart-busting top ten.

Have you ever wanted to be a Higher Executive Officer Head of Security for the DVLA? I know I have. Well, now both you and I have the perfect opportunity to make this dream become a reality, as this is the Job of the Week on Jobs for Security. Fortuitous!

Another great thing on Jobs for Security is the Weird Work section. Read – then contribute!

If you, like me, despise the notion of building and/or perimeter penetration, you should get along to Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters, where you will meet plenty of like-minded souls. Keep buildings and perimeters pure, that’s what I say.

Also, riverdancing chimps.

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Layoffs, contrasts, and a goat (for some reason)

A couple of different responses to the economic maelstrom we find ourselves in today. At DVR pioneer Dedicated Micros, they’ve decided to cut employee numbers across EMEA operations. Chairman Nigel Petrie says it’s to do with revised growth expectations and “a particular reticence in the UK security sector’s supply chain”.

Meanwhile, over at Kings Security in West Yorkshire, they’re going ahead with plans to open a new £3m headquarters and alarm receiving centre. The complex is officially launched next week.

There are contrasts in the CCTV camera world as well, with Sony launching a couple of new analogue models, while IndigoVision presents a new H.264 dome to the market.

And SMT Online editor Brian Sims brings us details of a new management and leadership course from Response Security Training – while the British Parking Association demands a “parking summit“. Make sure your hand brakes are on! (Because of the ‘summit’. What’s happening here is that I am pretending that ‘summit’ refers to the peak of a mountain or hill, when in actual fact in this case it is referring to a meeting of some kind. Humour!)

One of the things that really gets my goat is building penetration. He can’t stand it! To remedy this awful situation I have registered said goat as an attendee at interesting and useful conference Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters. If you are there and see a goat with a name tag that says ‘Steven’, make sure you say hi. He’ll appreciate that.

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Protecting Christmas and weathering the storm

Identity thieves are a despicable bunch at the best of times – even at the annual Identity Thieves Ball and Charity Casino In Aid of Sick or Starving Children – but at Christmas time, well, they are absolutely reprehensible. Imagine waking up on Christmas morning to find your identity has been stolen. You don’t know who you are. No one does. And then you see yourself walk past your own window. That’s a fairly extreme and surreal example of identity theft – but online shopping could still pose a threat this festive season. Read all about how it could go down.

Security Installer commander-in-chief Alan Hyder has done the noble thing today, sticking his metaphorical opinion-thumb in the issues-dyke, preventing soggy issues from dampening and drowning the news agenda. If you found this sentence confusing and possibly misguided, rest assured: the SI Editor’s View is neither. It’s very interesting!

And it’s always nice to be able to use the word ‘holistic’, particularly when it doesn’t apply to medicine or therapies. It fits pleasantly in the headline to this story, which is about SGW Security Consulting and Griffin Security Group.

Hey! Do you have an interesting story about some ridiculous thing that you have done or has happened to you in the course of your working life? Send it in to Weird Work, part of the universally applauded security jobs website Jobs for Security.

Then go and register for the Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters conference. It’s one of the little things that makes life worth living.

Also make a pilgrimage to ifsec.co.uk and info4security.com. They are good.

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Siemens wind power and a training partnership

Today we celebrate the power of wind, with the news that Siemens has provided a wind turbine firm with a comprehensive integrated security system. That’s one way to secure the future of the environment! Seriously, it will help.

Partnerships are wonderful, life enriching experiences, particularly if they do not end in a long, messy, bitter, drawn out divorce that alienates not just the parties involved, but their family and close associates. One new partnership that looks to have a far more positive future than the one outlined in the sentence before is that of Shield Guarding Company and WSG Associates, who are doing some training qualification things together. Nice!

Do you often wish that your IP CCTV offered more ROI? Well, a report on a system installed by AC (Axis Communications) suggests TTMVWBTC (that this might very well be the case). Read for yourself and assess. Why not?

You may well be aware of the Weird Work section of the Jobs for Security website that I have been banging on about recently. You will be as pleased as I am, then, that I have received an actual contribution! Thanks, Gerry. You’re a star.

Do you know how I quite often mention the interesting and informative conference Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters? I do it exactly like this. It’s in Birmingham!

Also, get your website visiting thang on at info4security.com and ifsec.co.uk. Yowsa!

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The security week: Woolworths, The Smiths, answers and retirement

In the security headlines this week was a thieving so-and-so convicted for one of the worst offences imaginable – crimes against Woolworths – with evidence from SmartWater. The only positive for the crim was the ravetastic nature of his trainers, as seen in the pictures accompanying the story. Techno!

As a direct consequence, this week’s Song About Security is The Smiths’ Shoplifters of the World Unite. It’s a classic.

We also had a couple of question and answer features – Sanyo’s David Markland gave us the rundown on High Definition CCTV, and our Access Doctor, Adam Stroud, discussed integrated access systems.

It was also the week we ran the final Last Orders column. That’s right, after several years of minimal work and passive-aggressive one-upmanship, installation sector guru Orson Carte is hanging up his pen. He’ll be missed.

One way to get over his departure is by attending the Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters conference, which is sure to be full of not only valuable insights, but also amusing japes and witty banter. And refreshments.

Our Job of the Week on Jobs for Security is a top-notch opportunity to venture into the wilds of Essex as a sales manager for a major installation firm. Don’t let this one pass you by! You will regret it! For the rest of your life! Probably.

And as you can see by the overwhelming number of new and hilarious entries to the Jobs for Security Weird Work section, this new feature has proven to be, possibly, the single most popular new feature on all of the world wide web. Join in!

Then watch this video of a monkey doing sit-ups while a dog sits on his legs. It’s Japanamazing! The dog is very lazy.

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