Welcome to your weekly dose of security informatasticness. It’s mindbending fun. And it’s a delight to be here. Let’s newsletter!
First this week is our round-up of the very best read stories on info4security during May. This was dominated, as you’d imagine, by the news and images coming out of IFSEC. Click here to see what you missed – and find out what others have been reading.
SMT Online honcho Brian Sims has looked into new UK Home Secretary Theresa May’s policing plans. Read the story here.
Then read up on the new licence-linked qualifications for door supervisors; and hear from Luke Martyn at ADT on what small to medium-sized businesses should take into account when tackling their security requirements.
Why not follow that up with some pictures and video of newly hatched rare leopard cubs, caught on an Axis network camera at Tallinn Zoo? They are cute etc.
And top that off by reading an interview with CSL DualCom advertisement star and IFSEC stand representative Hannah Gray – who also happens to be an aspiring pop star. Check out the videos and photos here.
Don’t forget to get your entries in for the 2010 Security Excellence Awards. If you end up being shortlisted, your esteem will rise in the eyes of all of your friends, colleagues, and enemies, resulting in a feeling of goodwill, and immense power.
Our Song About Security this week comes courtesy of sometime Eagle Glenn Frey – and the Beverley Hills Cop soundtrack.
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And here is a gibbon taunting some tigers. (It’s more amusing with the sound down, unless you’re a fan of zany sound effects.) Also: a great gift idea.
Hello. It’s another one of those weekly digests where I pretend to be working hard in the office when, in actual fact, I have the day off. But let’s pretend it’s all normal and stuff, eh?
This week we had a lot of people interested in reading our story about the would-be assassin with the explosives hidden just inside the back door, so to speak. Ow.
Sticking to that particular zone, we also featured some knife-proof security long johns. Stylish!
New to the site is our latest Bench Test – it focuses on Samsung Techwin’s SPD-3750T dome camera. Check that thing out, why dontcha?
Yesterday the SIA said it was introducing new qualifications next year which would be linked to licensing. Interesting.
It’s also been a bit of a high-tech, futuristic week. We’ve had a new surveillance robot; some RATS in space; and a thermal look at the side of the moon Pink Floyd professed an interest in. Exciting!
I’m off to relax in my jacuzzi with a bevy of bikini-clad lovelies, somewhere in my secret lair on an island or a volcano or something. I’ll see you, in particular, next week.
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!
Monday greetings. I trust your weekend was outstanding, or at the very least, tolerable! Also hopefully you got to spend some time with friends.
Today we ask this very question: Is licensing necessary for security consultants? Roy Sutherland and Chris Roberts do the soul searching.
Also today, Samsung Techwin has announced its full membership of Onvif, the network video interface forum. Nice!
Hot stuff – a new handheld thermal camera is being sold by Premier Electronics, helping users to fearlessly protect property and things.
And metal aficionados will be grateful to Showsec for protecting the Download festival. Tip: Frank Beard, drummer for ZZ Top, has no beard. Weird!
I don’t mean to badger anyone, but you should really do this: take part in our CCTV End User Survey, and enter the Security Excellence Awards. Yes.
There’s an Irish-Indian flavour to today’s news missive, for no reason other than that is what we felt like. And also where the news was.
So here goes. An Irish company is distributing a wind and solar-powered CCTV system. This uses the actual environment to power itself. It totally dominates nature. But in a non-destructive way. So everyone’s happy! Good one.
Over in India, Chinese digital video firm Hikvision has been doing deals with Indian distributor Prama Technologies. This is hot on the heels of their appearance at IFSEC India. It’s a rapidly growing market!
And at a Reliance Security Services event in Northern Ireland, the SIA has told the local industry that it needs to get ready for regulation. This makes sense, as regulation will begin to be phased in at the end of this year. So urging those affected to be ready for these inevitable changes strikes me as very sensible, logical advice. I believe it was shorts enthusiast Lord Baden-Powell who said: “Be prepared for security industry regulation and licensing.” Sound.
In my mind, I imagine that an ‘impenetrable building’ would resemble something like a supervillain’s lair. At the very least it would have not many windows. But what do I know? You can find out more about impenetrable buildings (and perimeters) at this conference: Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters. Informative!
Today brings news of a new service from the SIA which is designed to speed up licence applications by way of direct link between digital passports and the application process.
There’s also details on a 60 megapixel mobile camera unit being used for mapping purposes – could it point the way forward for evidential quality mobile CCTV?
Marc Boroditsky argues that we could be seeing the death of passwords in IT security tasks, while there’s also a report suggesting that 29 per cent of internet users have purchased products or services from spam emails. That number seems ridiculously high to me – but maybe I’m underestimating the number of gullible fools there are out there. (Apologies if this applies to you.)
The good times and career advice keep coming over at www.jobsforsecurity.com – in addition to yesterday’s CV info, you could do worse than read up on his best buddy, the covering letter. It’s the postal superhighway!