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Popular and opinionated

It’s a bit of a landmark today – we’ve got the final instalment of Alan Hyder‘s wry and incisive columns, the SI Editor’s View. This time, Alan straps on a metaphorical laser blaster and takes aim at the invading hordes of security issue aliens, exploding their green and noxious bodies with the power of opinion and analysis. Metaphorically. Just read it.

Speaking of just reading some things, here are some things some people have read. They’re all articles on I4S in November – and popular ones, to boot!

Today’s also the first day that SIA licensing takes effect in Northern Ireland. Brian Sims, genial honcho of SMT Online, does the reporting thing in this instance.

We’ve also got the BRC launching new guidelines for cash couriers; Hikvision establishing a Russian joint venture; the NHS tackling anti-social behaviour; and Uxbridge College helping the security fraternity.

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Hate crime, licensing, and a Dragon

Waddayaknow? It’s Thursday, that day of the week named after Thor, the old Norse god of global warming. Let’s security news it up.

First off we’ve got a piece on a new Government plan to reduce hate crime. Important.

Then there’s the SIA’s warning to Northern Ireland’s security workers: get your licensing application started, pronto! That’s the gist of it, anyway.

Then we’ve got a couple of stories focused on that expanding security sector, transportation. There’s a deal for 21st Century with the Go-Ahead Group; and Suretrack Monitoring’s contract with Network Rail.

And it wouldn’t be Thursday if we didn’t feature a story about one of those guys off Dragons’ Den doing something with fences. It’s a classic.

And our featured author today is Mr Guy Melzack, who brings us the tale of Total Workplace Management, an exhibition about facilities management that features an increasing number of security companies. Way to go, Guy.

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In-house licensing, and investment win

Today the BSIA answers Brian Sims‘ query, posed yesterday in his SMT Online Editor’s View – where’s your response to the in-house licensing issue? Looks like they are after submissions to have the issue looked at by the SIA again. Responsive!

It seems Peter Mandelson isn’t always a harbinger of doom. He visited KeTech – now they’ve got some investment funding. Mmm, delicious funding.

Olympic news: the SIA has inspected security staff at the Olympic Park development. They were all licensed. That’s a relief.

In other news, Paul Goggins, the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, is set to speak at the Skills for Security National conference; Panasonic has released a network recorder for megapixel applications; and Bosch has launched ‘smart technology‘ for its CCTV cameras.

Why not enjoy a relaxing holiday break in India after attending IFSEC India 2009? It’s worth a shot.

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The security week: The fear of gosh edition

Hi there buddies! This is one of those tremendously exciting editions where I pretend that I’m in the office when actually (shh) I’ve got Friday off. Let’s do it!

This week SMT Online editor Brian Sims put the fear of gosh into incoming Home Secretary Alan Johnson in his SMT Online Editor’s View. Careful how you go, Alan!

And Securitas has gone and extended its Approved Contractor Status to cover Northern Ireland. How do you like them apples?

The BSIA has also been talking about Northern Ireland. Here is something about their guide to licensing there. Timely – and stylish!

The Millennium Stadium. Hewn over centuries from the living rock itself. A magical, mystical place. And now it has some new CCTV gear.

You know that CCTV End User Survey we’re running? I think, personally, that if you’re a CCTV end user, you should get involved with it. Not just because you could win £200 of Marks and Spencer vouchers – also because it’s the right thing to do. And you, in particular, are a really decent person.

Have an excellent weekend. Here is some video footage of kittens belonging to a long-time supporter and colleague.

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Homing Secretary, and Northern Ireland licensing

Due to reasons beyond my control, today’s missive will be brief and to the point – like some kind of undergarment. I hope that doesn’t sound too scary.

So first up we’ve got SMT Online supremo Brian Sims with his Editor’s View. He waves a fond farewell to former UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. Kind of.

Then there’s the BSIA’s advice for Northern Ireland businesses: prepare yourselves for licensing. They’ve published a helpful guide. Lovely!

In addition we have an NVT Hybrid Video application guide; a deal for Bold and Crimewatch at IFSEC 2009; and an IndigoVision appointment for a man with a very excellent name: Ivo Drent.

Don’t forget to take part in our CCTV End User Survey. You could win £200 of Marks and Spencer vouchers. That’s just great!

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

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Biometrics over 3G, and charitable action

And good day to you, sir. (Or madam. We certainly don’t mind!) Welcome to the info4security Daily Digest. It’s a pleasure to have you on board.

First things first: if you’re a CCTV end user, I’d be ever so grateful if you would take part in our CCTV End User Survey, in conjunction with CCTV In Focus. Not only will you be providing valuable information, you’ll also be in the running to win £200 worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers. Bargain!

In other news, today we bring you the heartwarming tale of the biometric access system controlled by VPN over a 3G network. It’s what dreams are made of!

There’s also the news of Securitas extending its ACS accreditation to cover Northern Ireland. It’s a first!

In worthwhile and benevolent news, the Bobby Moore Fund is the official charity for the 2009 Security Excellence Awards; and Annora, delightful lady wife of SMT Online editor Brian Sims, has completed the Race For Life for Cancer Research UK. Nice work!

Well alright: www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk

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The security week: Killing robots and surveillance lamps

Goodness me. It’s been a heck of a week here at info4security, with fascinating security news stories literally bursting out of your computer screen and intriguing your information hungry brain. If you missed any of them – well, here’s the highlights…

First things first: let’s mention the robots with machine guns. You heard me. Samsung Techwin has introduced the SGR-1, and we’ve got pictures and a video of it. Also, this week’s Song About Security is a tribute to this very machine.

Here’s some further video excitement: it’s a lady talking about an IP camera you can put in your lamp. She’s quite charming.

SMT Online editor Brian Sims tackled Northern Ireland and anti-war protests in his Editor’s View this week.

And we had more important stories in the form of a big contract for G4S from the UK Ministry of Defence; and details of Legion Group being sold to SectorGuard.

On our I4S India channel, we covered the story of the security plans for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games being stolen. And from the US of A, John Honovich looks at the impending face-off between DVRs and IP video storage.

Fantastically, there’s a story on the site today that uses the word ‘Cybergeddon‘ in its headline – and features this amazing picture.

Two more things of pressing importance: a jobs thing and an Industry Focus thing. Firstly, Jobs for Security is a wonderful – some say magical, though that might be overstating the case a little – site that you should visit if you are interested in being either an employer or employee in the security industry. Go there and explore this delightful kingdom of potential work. Industry Focus: this is the amazing feature that appears to the right of stories on I4S. It’s contextual info from companies with interests similar to yours. Wow! That’s snazzy.

Earlier this week, I posted a link to a song about locating cheese. Due to popular demand, here it is again.

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