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Robbers behind bars, and important shoe news

This glove is not made from turtles

This glove is not made from turtles

Conviction news today, with a gang of serial cash-in-transit robbers banged up for a combined total of over 70 years. Unsurprisingly, this has been welcomed by cash-in-transit firm G4S Cash Services (UK). Justice.

We’ve also got a new story about retail product tagging from ace retail product tagging reporter Alan Hyder. He previously reported on meat. Today, it’s shoes. Previously, I had not thought that expensive cuts of meat and shoes had very much in common. Other than when I am wearing my meat shoes. Also, my leather shoes. It’s an interesting story!

Continuing our meaty theme, Interconnective is selling ‘TurtleSkin’ gloves and armguards for security officers. This would be more distasteful if the products were actually made from turtles. Which they aren’t. They are not actually made of turtles. They’re synthetic! Truly.

VSG has acquired Rampart Security. That’s today’s breaking acquisition news. Good for them? You decide.

Every week we feature a lovely job from delightful security jobs website Jobs for Security. This week it’s a chance to work on the 2012 Olympics. That’s a genuine employment opportunity right there. There are other jobs available also!

And if you feel like going to a conference, why not make it one of these: Business Continuity and Crisis Management, and Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters. They will be magnificent.

Go ahead and visit info4security.com and ifsec.co.uk. Go on.

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The security week: Olympic guards and ID cards

[Hello. I’m currently writing this on Wednesday, as I’m about to be away from I4S Towers for a few days, and I will be pretending from here on in that it is Friday.]

Well, what a week it’s been for info4security.com.

There’s been a heck of a lot of security-related news, I can certainly tell you that! Every day, it seems like the majority of stories we cover are related to the field of security in some way. Hopefully this week is not wildly different to any other!

Early in the week we featured Alan Hyder‘s provocative and powerful SI Editor’s View. There was also an interesting article on G4S’s plan to train locals to help with guarding the Olympic Park development.

There were also Bench Tests on a Panasonic dome and a Lilin DVR. Incisive. And useful!

Importantly, the design of the already infamous and hotly debated UK national identity cards was revealed. Contentious.

Later in the week, a whole host of interesting and vital security-related stories occurred. You’ll be able to read some of them by clicking the links below!

I hope you have enjoyed this Weekly Digest, and are looking forward to the weekend like I am! Haha. Seriously, though, I am happy in my work. Here is a video of a man struggling with technology.

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Olympics, festivals, and a tool

Today we bring you the news of the Olympic security guarding contractor – G4S Security Services UK – which will look to train up local residents to protect the Olympic Park construction. Laudable? Or not laudable? Your call.

And in the current climate of financial meltdown and impending economical apocalypse, one lone voice can be heard, taking a stand for the security installation sector, and heroically providing links to items of interest. That voice belongs to Alan Hyder, and his weapon: the SI Editor’s View. Read it!

In other news, investigators from the SIA got together in a field, pitched tents, drank warm lager and listened to music being played over a mile away, as they celebrated the ‘Festival of Compliance‘. Actually, that’s not quite what happened (I think) – they went to some music festivals in summer and checked the security staff’s licensing credentials. Groovy!

One security officer who may end up gracing the main stage at the inaugural Festival of Compliance (and I urge the SIA to make this a reality in time for next summer) is Mitie’s Verity Hartopp, who played her acoustic guitar to victory in a company-wide talent competition. She received her winning prize from Ozzy and Sharon Osborne impersonators. Awesome.

Something that you may have missed: Professor Martin Gill, director of PRCI, has been showing off his tool. Luckily, people seem to like it.

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The security week: Cybercrime and stadiums

This week on I4S we took time out to consider the motivation behind cybercriminals. These nasty types are absolute rotters, I am reliably informed.

We also pondered stadium security, particularly in the wake of the Beijing Olympics and some event that those in the know are calling ‘London 2012’. And as the article in question deals with the use of sensors, I briefly considered headlining it ‘Sensor Perspective’. But then I came to my senses. Or sensors! Hahaha. Sorry.

In more fun news, you can play an online game with QED that involves flinging dome cameras down London streets, and win one of the Midas domes yourself.

And you can laugh knowingly at the Danish employee who inadvertently tested his firm’s security capacity by setting off their fog system. You silly man.

Brian Sims gave us his SMT Editor’s View on a hero of 9/11, terror suspects, PCSOs, and MI6, in the very same week that Honeywell opened a new installer training centre. Coincidence? I’d imagine so.

But this is no coincidence – we have two lovely conferences coming up, one of which is about Next Generation CCTV, and the other on The Threat Within (which is dastardly employees.) Feel free to attend one or both.

It’s Friday, so it’s Songs About Security day. This week it’s the turn of those lovable scamps AC/DC, and their catchy ditty about prisoners escaping from their place of incarceration. Note: this sort of behaviour is technically illegal.

And for those of you who enjoyed last week’s ridiculously sweary parrot – here’s another instalment. But again, though, be aware that it’s not for the easily offended and it’s not for kids. And it’s possibly not safe to have blaring out in the middle of your office, depending on how blue your workplace is.

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The security week: Officer shot, and theft foiled

This week’s top story is the shocking shooting incident that saw a security officer badly injured at Tesco in Tring. Brian Sims covered the incident.

In addition to his Editor’s View, Alan Hyder brought us the heartwarming story of the metal thieves foiled in their attempt to steal some scaffolding; and the out of this world story of motion detectors in space. Intergalactic!

Panasonic’s Claire Millington recently endured the arduous task of going to Beijing to watch the recent Olympic Games. She details this terrible imposition in her exclusive Olympics Diary.

A security concept that involves scanning brainwaves to extract evidence of hidden memories (or something like that)? It’s all part of the Global Security Challenge. We did a story on it this week!

I4S also unveiled the identity of the host for this year’s Security Excellence Awards. Find out who it is by reading this wonderful story.

Pauline Norstrom is worldwide head of marketing for Dedicated Micros (which is part of the AD Group, apparently). She is also chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV section. Now she’s giving a keynote address at the fantastic Next Generation CCTV conference. Top stuff! You should also visit The Threat Within conference, as I am reliably informed it is superb.

To ease you into the weekend, Mr Frankie Valli comes on all stalkerish in this week’s Songs About Security. And for the strong of constitution, here is a video of a parrot swearing quite a lot. Not for kids, and not for those easily offended. But amusing.

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Officer shot – and meteors detected

Today we lead with the news of the security officer shot at Tesco in Tring. Brian Sims brings us the latest details on the incident.

And Alan Hyder reports on the latest ingenious use of intelligent video – this time it’s being employed to detect and record images of meteors that disintegrate in the Earth’s atmosphere. Meteoric!

Alan’s most recent SI Editor’s View has prompted a couple of interesting defences of biometrics. Have a read and see if you agree with our contributors.

In case you hadn’t heard, the Olympic Games took place in Chinese city Beijing in August. Panasonic’s Claire Millington was there, and today she has graciously allowed us a peek inside her diary for the days that she was there. Exclusive!

Are you a fan of conferences? Do you like conferencing? These are some conferences you should go to. Next Generation CCTV! And The Threat Within! They’re about different elements of the security business, and are guaranteed to be thought provoking and interesting as all get-out.

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The security week: Guarding debts, pub CCTV, and revolution

It’s been another action-packed week at info4security. Brian Sims reported on a report which suggested some guarding companies could be heading debtwards – and there was a celebrity-endorsed DVD which aims to put CCTV in more pubs and clubs.

Brian also gave us his Editor’s View on matters Premier League and pointy, while his erstwhile colleague, Alan Hyder of Security Installer fame, provides us with this week’s Song About Security.

One enterprising installer has teamed up with a salmon smokehouse to offer us a fish eye view of the London Olympic site development. And speaking of the Olympics, Monday is the deadline for security companies to express their interest in tendering for the 2012 games.

And, horror of horrors – TODAY is your last chance to vote for the Security Manufacturer of the Year in the 2008 Security Excellence Awards. So don’t just sit there – sit there and vote!

While you’re at it, visit www.jobsforsecurity.com and peruse the wonderful jobs on offer. Or read some advice about getting a job. Or post a job vacancy on there. It’s totally sweet.

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