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The Baroness and Body Worn Video

Hiya! I’m pressed for time today, so this missive is nasty, brutish, and short. Well, it’s short, anyway.

First up is Baroness Ruth Henig, who has been reappointed as the chairman of the Security Industry Authority for another three years. Soon she will have tenure.

Then there’s Nicholas Smith of Scyron, who looks at the impact of police forces using Body Worn Video – and its future potential and pitfalls. Science fact?

Axis Communications are also claiming a first in the UK – providing a council with an all-wireless IP surveillance system. Crikey.

And as usual, our man in Bangalore, Verghese Joseph, has provided a trove of India-focused security stories. Check them all out on our I4S India channel.


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The ‘face time’ edition

Tuesday greetings to you, security fans. We’ve got a number of news stories to point out to you. So let’s not delay, eh?

First up we’ve got Honeywell, who have launched a cost-effective two-door version of its NetAXS access panel. Cheap entry!

And Stewart Hefferman, previously quoted in many TSSI stories, has jumped ship to biometrics folks OmniPerception. He’s their ‘new face‘. That’s an hilarious reference to their facial recognition capabilities. LOL!

Elsewhere there are camera launches from Dallmeier; improved domes from Vicon; compatible DVRs from Lilin; and police excitement over on I4S India.

Make sure you take our CCTV End User Survey. You can win Marks & Spencer vouchers. You also receive 800 points of free street credibility.

Here is a puppy in a drain rescued using CCTV.

Now that’s done, why not visit www.info4security.com?

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Fragmented police – and robots!

Wahey! That’s the enthusiastic start to this very missive. Yes, this one here. Let’s go!

First up is robots. We’re big fans of robots here at I4S, and get very excited when we hear about things like Samsung Techwin’s killing robot, because it feels like we are living in the future. So today’s piece on the ReconRobot is very welcome indeed.

However, fragmented UK police is not so good. According to this article, that’s the consequence of the digital switchover. Yikes!

We’ve got more IFSEC 2009 coverage today, with stories on Western Digital and the BSIA’s Meet The Buyers event. Remember that you can access all of our IFSEC 2009 coverage by visiting this little link here.

Proving very popular is our story on the IFSEC Award winners and its attendant glitz and glamour gallery. If you fancy appearing in either of these types of things later this year, you should enter the Security Excellence Awards 2009. They’re totally prestigious!

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

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Prize Mosquitoes and Unipart Limitations

It’s the Monday after the weekend before, and as usual I4S is jam-packed full of all the security news that’s fit to print all over your computer screen.

So, first up there’s the (in)famous Mosquito young person-annoying device, which has won a Merseyside police award for reducing antisocial behaviour.

And Unipart has decided to make its Security Solutions department a Limited company. Freedom.

The ever-helpful CCTV Doctor, Jon Hill of Siemens Building Technologies Security Products, is back, and this time he’s offering advice on solid state storage. Clinical!

There’s also an award for IndigoVision, the SIA sprinkling a little Cinnamon on door supervisors, and Dallmeier deciding to end its distribution deal with Norbain.

Don’t forget that all of your security job dreams can come true by visiting Jobs for Security, the security jobs website. It’s kind of like a magical kingdom of wonderful delights for security job seekers.

Feel free to stick your security oar in at info4security.com and www.ifsec.co.uk.

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Police nightclubs and rogue companies

Well well well. Today’s exciting story with a picture featuring a luminescent shoe is about a man who stole from a Woolworths store and was convicted using SmartWater forensic DNA evidence. It’s very interesting. But the accompanying imagery also leads me to think that police may be able to catch criminals by inviting suspects to large nightclubs fitted with special lights, where the thieves and vagabonds could dance the night away, unaware that their next evening out could be a date with the electric chair! (Or, more likely, some kind of holding cell.) Let’s hope the good people at SmartWater develop this concept, and quickly.

Also happening is the ongoing campaign in Strathclyde, where the SIA, local police and others have looked into rogue security companies, with officers charged with licensing breaches, immigration offences, and working while claiming benefits. I am unsure if any one officer was able to claim the hat trick.

And staying north of the border (that’s the border between Scotland and England, in this particular case), SCS Security Design have gone ahead and got themselves NACOSS Gold accredited. Classy!

Two things of absolutely vital importance. Number one: get involved with the conference Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters, the number one conference about impenetrable buildings and perimeters.

Number two: submit your Weird Work story to the Weird Work stories section on jobs site Jobs for Security. Like a beautiful flower, this project will only grow through your fertilisation. Hurrah!

Here’s the thing: visit info4security.com and ifsec.co.uk and jobsforsecurity.com and we’ll keep our little secret between us, shall we?


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Lock up your outbuildings

The BBC is reporting on a spate of thefts from farm buildings and sheds in rural Surrey, south-east England.

“We are always encouraging householders to improve home security, and that includes sheds,” said Surrey Heath Pc Robin Wood.

“But it is even more important to ensure that the best possible security devices are mounted in rural areas where high value equipment may be stored.”

A direct ‘call to action’ from the police there, which I’m sure will warm the hearts of security equipment salespeople everywhere.

Interestingly, though, thieves apparently operate in some kind of mystical fairytale world:

Guildford crime reduction advisor Stephen Cake said people tended to forget how many valuable items were stored in sheds.

“An opportunist thief will see a well-stocked shed as an Aladdin’s cave,” he said.

Read the full story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/surrey/7671024.stm

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Crime on screen – and more about Schmidt

Today we bring the story of a Japanese man being shocked by a large screen into returning a bicycle he had stolen. Why? CCTV and stuff, that’s why. And his own sense of shame.

Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti chips in with her lengthy thoughts on modern British policing.

And currency conversion types Travelex have gone for an IP security solution at troubled new airport terminal, Terminal 5. That’s at Heathrow.

About Schmidt. I only mention the name of this pretty good film because Professor Howard A Schmidt has been made president of the Information Security Forum.

There’s a lot of satisfaction to be had in the world of employment. Not only do you earn a wage which can help you to buy things, there’s also the opportunity to attain some kind of fulfilment by becoming good at your chosen profession. One of the industries in which you can have a job is the security industry. Find out more at www.jobsforsecurity.com. Go on!

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Premier League bashing, and help for police

Today SMT’s venerable editor Brian Sims kicks off with his strident views on security at Premier League football matches. He also continues getting stuck into knife crime. You won’t know what everyone else is talking about unless you read it.

And Security Installer editor Alan Hyder reports on new software designed to allow police to gain access to evidence more quickly.

Did you miss out on the news that Michael Jackson is working for Salto? He is.

You’ve got until the end of this week to get your vote in for Security Manufacturer of the Year at the 2008 Security Excellence Awards. Cheer on your favourite as they battle it out in this intriguing contest.

Then go and visit www.jobsforsecurity.com. It’s a website, right, with jobs in security and information about getting jobs in security. How delightful.

Finally, if you’re in Scotland’s famous Edinburgh this week, go and see my friend Tim Minchin’s comedy and piano-playing show. It’s good, I promise you.

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Johannesburg, Brian Sims, and plant pots

Today Brian Sims brings us his SMT Editor’s View, and he takes a close look at the UK’s knife crime problems as well as giving his take on CCTV Cities and police red tape.

We’ve also got the story of a major reduction in crime incidents in Johannesburg, South Africa.

And for all the fans of our semi-regular garden security stories, you’re in for a real treat – we’ve got the lowdown on barriers you can put plants in. Wow!

Of course, you’d be much happier, wiser, and potentially wealthier if you paid a visit to the most wonderful security jobs site there is: www.jobsforsecurity.com. It’s where all the really cool job seekers and employers hang out.

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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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