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BSIA chief stands down

Breaking news today: BSIA chief executive¬†John Bates has stepped down from his position, less than a year into his role. We’d heard some murmurings of unrest, but it’s still a bit of a surprise. What do you think?

In other news, Arecont and Instek are claiming that their integrated offering is “the industry’s first full line of H.264 megapixel IP cameras“. Bold and confident!

Bosch has launched the new generation of its Access Easy Control System; unlicensed officers have cost security company leaders a cool £45,000; and British company IBP has won a major bank contract.

Don’t forget to get involved with Internal Security India 2009, running alongside IFSEC India this year. It’s genuinely interesting!

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

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The security week: SIA improvements, and megapixel dumpers

Today the National Audit Office has released its report into the SIA – and has recommended that private security businesses be registered to enable the Regulator to keep track of where licensed individuals are working.

And in the US, illegal rubbish dumpers have found a brand new nemesis: megapixel cameras. These cunningly camouflaged crimefighting machines are our modern day equivalents of the super heroes who dealt with most illicit activities up until the mid nineties, when cost-cutting and belt tightening put an end to their heroic ways.

The winners of the this year’s Security Excellence Awards have been rightly basking in the warming glow of their success. And they’re also pleased because the event raised quite a bit of money for industry charity Hear4U. Nice work.

The CCTV Doctor was back in his metaphorical practice this week, dispensing advice on public transport surveillance. Luckily his notes have been transcribed into legible English. Feel free to read it!

Elsewhere we’ve got my rundown of Milestone’s recent MIPS event; Alan Hyder’s view from the editor’s chair at Security Installer; and his report on the dye that’s leaving some unfortunate criminals in the red.

As it’s Friday, it’s Songs About Security time. This week’s offering comes from wildly misnamed trio The Thompson Twins. Crazy!

Don’t forget to register for any, or, indeed, all of these conferences: Next Generation CCTV, The Threat Within, Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters, and Managing the Unexpected: Business Continuity and Crisis Management.

When that’s done, visit www.jobsforsecurity.com, because it’s a really really brilliant site for finding and posting security jobs. You’ll have a ball!

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Dumpers and control rooms

(Before I get into today’s exciting info4security.com highlights, I’d just like to reassure readers that no mermaids were hurt in the making of yesterday’s missive. Phew.)

Dumpers are a menace. This is one thing we can all agree on. And when dumpers come up against camouflaged megapixel cameras powered by solar panels, there can be only one winner. I’m not saying who it is, though. You’ll have to read the story to find out.

Politicians can also be a menace. In fact, so many people dislike and distrust politicians these days that it makes me wonder if we shouldn’t just do away with them and have some kind of anarchic free for all with no organisations and no rules, and see how we like it then. That’d teach us a lesson. Possibly. Politicians were protected at the Labour Party Conference recently by Greater Manchester Police’s new control room. CNL provided the management software. Nice work.

And I’m duty-bound to point you towards it, but you should definitely check out the Security Excellence Awards 2008 slideshow. You may be surprised who scrubs up well.

Do you like your business to be continuous? Do you prefer your crises to be available in manageable format? You should probably attend one of the two dates for Managing the Unexpected: Business Continuity & Crisis Management. It sounds just right for you.

info4security.com, ifsec.co.uk

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Important new CCTV conference – and dastardly thieves

Today we bring you details of a new and important conference dealing with the future of CCTV. If I were more of a prat, I’d say it dealt with ‘CCTV going forward’. Or zooming. Anyway, it’s called Next Generation CCTV, it’s in November, and we at I4S are supporting it, so I’d thoroughly recommend you find some way, no matter how difficult, to be there.

Recently, some of our more popular news stories have revolved around megapixel cameras. Others have focused on the modern phenomenon of metal and fuel theft. Another thing is railways. I am very pleased to announce that today we have a story which manages to combine all of these elements. Astonishing!

And importantly for all of us, Cranfield University is spearheading new research into identity theft prevention.

Over on the lovely www.jobsforsecurity.com, there’s some tremendous information on application forms and personal statements in job application situations. There’s no harm in looking!

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SIA licensing news, the megapixel future, and spamspamspam

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!

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Prosecutions, all-round views – and Operation Relentless

Today Brian Sims brings us the news of the SIA’s confirmed power to prosecute, and also details of Operation Relentless – the exhausting-sound name for its work with Derbyshire Police.

There’s also information on the new three megapixel 360 degree camera launched by Mobotix – and a camera designed to warn of fires; appropriate, perhaps, on the day the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare burned down.

Remember to keep your votes coming in for the Security Excellence Awards Manufacturer of the Year.

And go ahead and visit www.jobsforsecurity.com. I thoroughly recommend it.

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