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The security week: Quivering with IFSEC anticipation

It’s almost upon us. That once a year, adrenalised security thrill-monkey that is IFSEC. Monday’s the kick-off, though exhibitors are likely to be gathering in Birmingham even now. But not in a menacing way. Well, not necessarily.

SMT Online editor Brian Sims has been busy chatting to some of the major exhibitors about their plans for the show. See what luminaries from Sony, Panasonic (Steven Gerrard, no less!) and HID Global have to say about what they’re launching, and the state of the market.

We’ve also got stories on the launch of IFSEC West Africa, which takes part during the show, and the Intelligent Integration Zone feature area, which looks set to be super interesting. Zone!

Of course there’s also a raft of preview information from more than 70 exhibitors on our dedicated IFSEC news page. Some of the latest articles focus on iDTEQ, Zyxel and ACTi, CSL DualCom, VideoIQ, Irisys, ASL Vision, Clearview, Honeywell, and the recently launched Mobile Phone Security Association.

In the midst of all of this IFSEC 2010 preparation, Brian has managed to find time to have a chat with Nick Palmer of VSG about the company’s rigorous vetting procedures.

And we’ve had advice from our Access Control Doctor on using the features of high end access systems.

Sometimes you just want to know what it is that everyone’s keen on reading. That’s why we provide our handy ‘Best read stories’ service. It tells you which I4S stories have been read by the most people in the last month. Wow!

Our Song About Security this week comes from excellent electropop Mancunians New Order. Have it, etc.

Also, there was an election in the UK yesterday. Interesting.

For real-time news updates, live from IFSEC 2010, follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/info4security and twitter.com/smtonlineeditor. And get more up to the minute news via our RSS feed.

To calm your nerves before next week’s cornucopia of excitation, here is a video of a dog dancing for his dinner.

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The security week: Norbain, regulation, and useful advice

Hello there – welcome to another news-stuffed weekly missive from your pals at info4security. Let’s newsify!

The big news this week was Norbain’s announcement of its capital restructuring. SMT Online editor Brian Sims had the exclusive. Make sure you read it here.

We’ve also got some video footage of interim CCTV Regulator Andrew Rennison explaining what his role will entail. That’s a video worth watching, I daresay.

There are useful words of advice from both Phil Doyle, The Networker, on outdoor IP CCTV; and from Iain Cameron of Mirasys, who discusses video storage. Helpful.

 The BSIA has this week weighed in on the Jeremy Clarkson security guards criticism farrago – which Brian Sims addressed in his column almost three weeks ago. Read Brian’s original piece here – then see what the BSIA has to say.

IFSEC 2010 is approaching more rapidly the closer it gets, you’ll be surprised to discover. We’ve got new preview details from Panasonic, NICE, IC2 CCTV, Connexion 2, and Databac – all situated conveniently in our dedicated IFSEC news channel.

This week’s Song About Security comes courtesy of much-loved Welsh 90s indie-poppers Catatonia. It concerns organised crime.

Make sure you head over to Jobs for Security for all the latest security jobs – and to advertise your own vacancies.

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

Here is a video of an artiste exploring the much maligned ‘hambone’ medium. Enjoy!

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The security week: SmartHD and G4S

Well hello there. Welcome to your weekly dose of I4S high-octane security news excitement. Let’s get straight into it.

As promised last week, here’s the full report and video from Panasonic’s Smart HD launch in Japan. It’s some interesting stuff.

As is his wont, SMT Online editor Brian Sims has been chatting to the movers and shakers in the industry. This time around it was the turn of David Taylor-Smith, CEO of G4S Secure Solutions in the UK and Ireland. Interviewtastic. And G4S Technology has helped to secure the Yell Group – the folks behind the yellow pages.

Brian was also on the scene as data protection compliance bods CameraWatch awarded North Lanarkshire CCTV its Platinum Level 1 status. Now THAT’s compliant!

Adam Bernstein returns with some more legal advice for the security industry. This time he’s looking at the new laws introduced in 2010 – and those that are likely to come into effect in future. We’ve also got an update on what security companies should do if they are visited by a Health and Safety inspector

In other security news, a CCTV research project at the University of Reading has been praised by the UK Home Office; a report into the gate operator industry offers a little hope; the use of video analytics is on the rise, apparently; and the HDcctv Alliance has gained five new members.

Do you like or dislike Jeremy Clarkson? It doesn’t really matter either way. He simply exists, doesn’t he? Click here to read Brian’s appraisal of the Top Gear man’s views on security officers.

Our Song About Security this week comes courtesy of 90s UK indie-pop titans Carter USM. It’s got Blakey from On The Buses in the video. Wow!

For your general edification and enjoyment, here’s a weird and slightly dodgy karaoke version of USA for Africa’s ‘We Are The World’. Why? No idea.

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The security week: Profiles, images, and Scottish ninjas


I come to you today in slightly jetlagged state, having been in Japan for the world premiere of Panasonic’s SmartHD concept and product range. I know, poor me. A full report on that will follow next week, but for now, let’s have a bit of a gander at this week’s highlights, shall we? OK, go.

As usual, intrepid SMT Online editor Brian Sims has been busy. He brought us his regular SMT Online Editor’s View column, which this time around focused on the Scottish Business Crime Centre’s parliamentary reception in Edinburgh, and the effective partnerships in security in that part of the world.

Brian also delivered an in-depth, two-part profile of Securitas MD Geoff Zeidler – part one is here, and part two here – as well as a video item from Cougar Monitoring, which has something to do with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Intrigued? Click here and find out more.

Our regular IP and networking advice column, The Networker, from Phil Doyle of Axis, returned with a focus on image quality, and the difference between HD and megapixel.

The BSIA has published a guide to help employers understand their responsibilities towards lone workers; Peter French looks at salaries in 2010; and Magenta Security is doing its bit to help train its employees.

Rapiscan has sold some of its body scanners to be used at Nigerian airports. No word yet on whether there are concerns about potential nudiness.

One of our regular features is Songs About Security, where we show a music video for a song that has some kind of vague, tenuous link to the security business. This week, hand-selected by new I4S colleague Amy Rowe, is Mark Knopfler’s harrowing tale of his time as a gritty gumshoe: Private Investigations.

And in the same spirit, over on our I4S India channel, there’s a story about Topsgrup providing ‘customised pre-marital investigation services.’ Classy.

Not really connected to anything in particular, here’s a video of a puppy attempting to sleep on some stairs. Enjoy.

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

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Pizzas and security etc.

Today! Yikes, more stories of newsiness and suchlike. Way to go, I4S. You ARE ready for this jelly!

Why not examine Brian Sims’ latest opinionisation in his SMT Online Editor’s View?

Then check out the way that Romad is helping to protect Domino’s pizza delivery drivers. Conscientous!

A couple of distribution appointments: Mirasys gets into bed with Norbain (figuratively); and Northgate gets Panasonic’s education sector business.

There’s also the ASC with G4S Technology speakers at its Business Club; and ASIS International hosting an Information Assets Protection conference.

This is a cat sitting in a sub-woofer. Bye!

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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.

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

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Cheggers and Scantronic

It’s Monday, so it must be time for a story about Keith Chegwin being protected by security guards from onlookers keen to get their hands on his ‘Coat of Cash’. What a surprisingly tasteless stunt!

We’ve got a new Bench Test on the site – it’s the i-on 16 control panel from Scantronic. It deserves to be a success, apparently!

Simon Wright of Panasonic has subjected himself to Ifsec Question Time with SMT Online editor Brian Sims. He is persuaded to talk about a wide range of things, all of which are interesting!

Speaking of interesting things and the like – entries are now open for this year’s Security Excellence Awards. These awards are excellent, and also about security. In this way, they are the ideal awards for the security industry. Enter them!

Yo: www.info4security.com. Dawg: www.ifsec.co.uk.

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The security week:Bosch interview, migrant workers, and nuptials

It’s a very special, loving kinda week at I4S – our very own Brian Sims, editor of SMT Online, is tying the knot tomorrow. To celebrate, we’ve gone and dedicated a whole Song About Security to the happy couple. What more could anyone want?

Well, possibly the opportunity to sound off about the state of the security industry – and the state of the nation, really – in your very own SMT Online Editor’s View. Today, this has also occurred.

This week, we also unveiled Security Installer editor Alan Hyder‘s exclusive and intriguing interview with Bosch UK MD Paul Wong, looking at the future of security and the changes Bosch have made.

And we’ve found another excuse to put a picture of Jacqui Smith on I4S. This time it’s to do with the tougher tests for migrant workers in the UK, which is of particular relevance to the security industry – and the SIA.

John Honovich, our man in the US, has provided his weekly update on the security happenings in that part of the world; and we’ve got a behind the scenes look at what goes into preparing for IFSEC, with exhibitor Panasonic.

Don’t forget to visit our new and exciting Indian security news channel – I4S India. Why not get involved? That’s not a threat, that’s an invitation!

If you’ve been sad recently, the very existence of the IFSEC Conference 2009 will make you happy again. It’s where all the best and most important people in security go, not just to discuss matters and the like, but to have a good time. It’s your doorway to a world of security wonder and knowledge!

Come along then: www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk.

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Panasonic and Sanyo alliance – and festive thefts

Welcome to the penultimate Alarmist post for 2008. It’s an exciting time of year!

And with the spirit of giving and human kindness in the air, it’s great to see Panasonic and Sanyo decide to make a go of it as a couple. What that really means is that Panasonic has decided to try and make Sanyo its subsidiary, which is arguably like a marriage. In a way.

Another cheerful festive note comes from G4S, warning us that the credit crunch and rise in cost of living are leading to more and more crime. Hoorah!

We’ve got a response from the BSIA’s David Evans to our recent Wilson Chowdhry-penned piece on security at the 2012 Olympics.

And it wouldn’t be Christmas-time if we didn’t have a story on Sexism in the City. Or the possible lack thereof. What’s that all about? It’s hard to tell unless you click on the link and read the story. That’s my secret aim!

One of the great things about Jobs for Security is the amount of security jobs available on there. It is remit-tastic.

A handy hint: get your ever-lovin’ self over to www.info4security.com and www.ifsec.co.uk. You betcha.

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High def and access questions and answers

First of all, apologies for the lack of missive yesterday. That was entirely my fault, having succumbed like a small, weak child to some powerful, all-conquering early winter virus.

But we’re back, baby, and today we feature not only questions, but some answers to those questions also. We’ve got it all! First up is David Markland of Sanyo – a company currently in discussion with Panasonic regarding some kind of merger/alliance – who fills us in on High Definition CCTV. The timing is immaculate, what with Sanyo’s recent launch of its own HD camera.

There’s also access advice from the Access Control Doctor with the delightful bedside manner, Adam Stroud of Paxton. Today he’s scrawling illegible doctorly notes about integrating with intruder and fire systems.

Then there’s the SIA unveiling some key performance statistics, as well as celebrating a year of Scottish regulation; and industry analyst Plimsoll, which has published a guide for guarding companies in these troubled financial times.

We’ve got the winner of the 2008 Global Security Challenge as well. Click on that thing just there and find out who it was. Go on. It’ll be fun.

Sadly, Security Installer columnist and installation sector legend Orson Carte has filed his last piece for the magazine, and for I4S. Read his final Last Orders column, and look back through the archives to relive some of your favourite moments…

Then to perk yourself up, visit the Weird Work section of the Jobs for Security website. It’s somewhat amusing! And we’d love to hear your stories of strange work-based incidents and happenings. Get involved!

It’s always a nice idea to visit ifsec.co.uk and info4security.com, particularly as they pay my wages.

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