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The security week: Awards, technology, and security dogs

Welcome to this somewhat premature I4S Weekly newsletter. We’re early this week because of the Good Friday public holiday here in the UK, and quite possibly wherever you are too. Nice.

The finalists for this year’s IFSEC Security Industry Awards have been announced. Click here to find out who made it, and to book your table for the event. Skills for Security is running its Apprentice Skills Challenge at the show. Check out the details here.

We’ve also got IFSEC preview information from Integrated Design, Grandstream, Commend, Barix, Winsted, iLoq, and many more, on our dedicated IFSEC news pages. Extensive stuff.

And in a bumper week of show news, IFSEC organisers UBM Live announced a brand new exhibition: IFSEC South India, taking place next March in Bangalore. It follows the success of IFSEC India. That’s just super.

The Home Office is using a £2m cash injection to help catch burglars with new technology – including so-called ‘trap houses’; G4S has signed a major contract with GlaxoSmithKline; and FM giant MITIE has launched a security profile and risk calculator, imaginatively called SPARC.

Our CCTV Doctor Alistair Enser popped in to answer a reader question on shed surveillance – and our IP expert Phil Doyle was back in his guise as The Networker.

Also today we’ve got an important, landmark article on canine security and the possible implications of its unionisation.

Security charity Hear4U has been relaunched – wisely, in my opinion – as the Security Benevolent Fund. Read about the good work it does here.

Make sure you head over to Jobs for Security for all the latest security jobs – and to advertise your own vacancies. It’s tremendous fun for all the family.

For real-time news updates, follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/info4security. And get more up to the minute news via our RSS feed.

And here’s a panda taking revenge on a tree which done him wrong, or something.

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The dangers of photography

Greetings security newsbuddies. A day chock full of informative items etc, so let’s crack on, shall we?

First up is the story of the top photographer who felt the full fury of the anti-terror laws (kind of) – for taking some photos. Yikes.

We’ve also got a couple of stories from the BSIA – there’s one on security as an important investment for UK businesses; and another on Nigerian export opportunities.

In the week that the plight of the environment has been high on the world news agenda, MITIE has launched its CarbonCare programme. Green!

Pub goers are being asked to dob in an unlicensed doorman this festive period; and Flir’s Christiaan Maras asks if thermal cameras can be damaged by solar radiation? It’s possible. It really is!

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

(PS: If you’re in London tomorrow night and in need of comedy/music-based entertainment, you should come to this. No particular reason.)

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BSIA action with guarding standards and strategy

Excitingly, we’ve got not one, but TWO BSIA-related stories for your delectation today. We spoil you, I know. But you deserve it.

Fist up is one that came in late yesterday – it’s the BSIA, NSI and Skills for Security getting together to create a high-level ‘differentiating’ standard for the guarding industry. Good?

Then there’s Tim Geddes, discussing the future strategy of the BSIA’s Security Systems Section, or SSS. The extra ‘S’ is what differentiates their abbreviation from that of a somewhat more infamous organisation.

G4S has also been involved in a groundbreaking poetry book project, involving young offenders. Literaturally!

Don’t forget about MITIE renewing a contract to secure the Thames Barrier; an Iron Man all set to protect some Welsh homes; and the stolen fleet vehicle that was recovered in just 30 minutes thanks to Masternaut. Driven to succeed, or something!

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IFSEC India and MITIE Griffins

Honk. It’s another security news missive from the security news massive at I4S.

As you may or may not know – I can’t go around ensuring that everyone comprehends everything that is occurring at all times, ever, much as I may like to – IFSEC India is JUST ABOUT TO HAPPEN. Read about the way they’re putting the finishing touches on the event, and also about what Sony is planning to launch there.

Then, LOOK ON IN AWE at this story about a MITIE team undertaking Project Griffin training. That’s the anti-terror Project Griffin, not the security team at the BBC’s Question Time last week. Topical!

Check out the BSIA’s guide to education sector access control; a trip to the National Business Awards finals for Corps Security; and Ingersoll Rand gets busy at the Bullring. Yeehaa!

And, despite my successful efforts to sabotage myself yesterday, here are the links to the Security Excellence Awards winners; the gallery of winners; and the gallery of beautiful, delightful attendees etc. Simply gorgeous.

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Norbain’s Alun John on CCTV

A big exclusive for I4S today, with SMT Online editor Brian Sims interviewing Norbain honcho Alun John about the current state of CCTV – and the outcome of our recent CCTV End User Survey. The only place you can read the interview is right here. Yep!

Also today the one and only Gerard Honey is talking apprenticeships and training for security installation engineers. Check out his words of wisdom here.

And Mitie has just increased the scope of its work with giant Cable & Wireless. That’s some big buckaroos there.

Elsewhere there’s a hard rockin’ hotel; a look at IT outsourcing, recession-style; and some added security for a listed building. Also, there’s more!

I4S: it’s the world’s most trusted source of delicious and nutritious security information.

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The security week: The BSIA, MITIE, and winners and losers

Ahoy there, security pals! It’s yet another one of those weekly inbox ticklers where I pretend I am in the office when in actual fact I am away on holiday. Sneaky!

So this bit of invaluable waffle is unavoidably brief. Apologies. Normal service will resume next week.

In the meantime, here’s BSIA chairman Stuart Lowden; a big contract for MITIE; some winners and losers in the security market; the ONVIF/PSIA showdown; and a warning about locksmiths. Engaging reading!

Have a super weekend. I’m back on Tuesday.

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Locks and hammers

OK, let’s get right down to brass tacks and do this thing. Come on!

I’m overjoyed to announce that we have a story today from the Master Locksmiths Association! These locking heroes are warning everyday folks that they should really be using licensed locksmiths – when they need the services of one. Naturally. That’s because the MLA is now able to do Criminal Records Bureau checks. Thorough!

Metaphor alert: today Security Installer editor Alan Hyder has ascended to the peak of Mt Security and summoned forth his opinion hammer, in order to smite industry issues from on high, leaving analysis shards strewn all over the business landscape. Something like that happens in his SI Editor’s View!

Storytime! Here’s MITIE winning a new contract; here’s the recession and its impact on CCTV uptake; and here’s some surveillance in a Sainsbury depot or warehouse type thing. It’s all solid info.

Do you want more in-depth information on some of the top companies in the security industry? You do? That’s good to hear, imaginary person. I recommend investigating the I4S Industry Focus feature area. It’s packed full of goodness in every bite.

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US show news and Mitie strategy

It’s a Monday! That much is certain. Today our US correspondent John Honovich gives us his take on ISC West, the big trade show held there last week.

We’ve also got the rundown on Mitie’s Total Security Management strategy – it may have something to do with managing all elements of security. Like, totally.

Honeywell has launched a new ‘green’ camera – and there’s a new ‘green’ category in the ‘Security’ Excellence Awards this year. Read about them and then enter!

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is roaming the streets of the UK with a bag of special tools, taking wheel clamps off vehicles which have been targeted by rogue firms. Okay, that’s possibly slightly inaccurate. But it’s in the spirit of the story, and that’s what counts.

Elsewhere, Reliance is predicting rising logistics crime; Quadrant has become a Cisco partner; and Samsung Techwin and Videor have agreed on a distribution deal. How lovely!

There are only three things you can be certain about in this life: death, taxes, and the shame and stigma with which you will be burdened if you fail to attend the IFSEC Conference 2009. It’s enticing!

Hmm. Oh, yes! www.info4security.com. www.ifsec.co.uk.

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Crime secretary, and Porsche analytics

Have you locked your doors and windows? Does your house even have doors and windows? No? Well, Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary extraordinaire, has pledged £20m towards local crime reduction efforts, with a focus on locking your doors and windows. They might even buy you some, which would help with the draught. Practical!

(Side note: do the Home Secretary and other assorted parliamentary secretaries and under-secretaries receive gifts from the their colleagues on Professional Secretary’s Day? No? What a disgrace.)

More public funding is also available, but this time private firms can benefit; it’s the Technology Strategy Board looking for help with information security.

In South Africa, a swanky Porsche dealership is being protected by video analytics from ioimage. Fancy.

Mitie has gone ahead and released its Interim Management Statement; and charity the Suzy Lamplugh Trust is offering a number of ‘challenges of a lifetime‘ for security professionals. At number one is: getting into work after some snow has fallen in a city in the UK. Only kidding – that’s not an option an at all! Hahaha.

In that spirit, or some other kind of spirit, you should visit these conferences: Securing Educational Establishments, and the IFSEC 2009 Conference. Yes!

Now go for it! Visit www.info4security.com and www.ifsec.co.uk.

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Retail challenges and a new distributor

Apparently Christmas is happening soon, much to my surprise. This type of celebration seems kinda tasteless at such a time of serious global economic crisis.

But even though we can’t stop Christmas this year, retailers are still likely to feel a lot of pain thanks not only to a lack of spending, but also to enthusiastic shoplifters. Douglas Greenwell of G4S provides I4S and SMT Online with an in-depth look at the challenges facing the retail sector beyond the festive season.

It’s not all doom and gloom. Not at all! One company, Solutions Group (UK), has set up a brand new CCTV distribution arm with 15 trade counters scattered around the UK for ease of access. And ease of CCTV! A security joke, there.

And in news about partnerships and things of that nature, we bring you the news that MITIE has entered into a partnership with Stirling Assynt. Congratulations to them both! However, ‘Assynt’ is a particularly unattractive word. I’m just saying.

How do you like managing things? Do you like managing unexpected things – such as crises? Would you like to be better at that sort of thing? Yes? Maybe? Well, as luck would have it, there’s a conference called Managing the Unexpected: Business Continuity and Crisis Management. It sounds right up your alleyway!

There are these two websites, right, called info4security.com and ifsec.co.uk, and I, like, thoroughly recommend you give them both an eyeballing.

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