Welcome to December, weekly security news digest aficionados. It’s great to see your smiling faces. Even yours.
Today’s missive is, in part, a tribute to Security Installer editor Alan Hyder, who leaves us today after 15 years at the helm of the magazine. Alan is well-loved and respected throughout the security industry, and will be missed greatly – not least by myself.
I’ve worked with Alan for over five years now, firstly as assistant editor on Security Installer, and now on info4security. He has always been a great source of advice and encouragement, and always ready with a joke in a stressful situation. Also in a non-stressful situation. He is also irresistible to ladies. Fact.
Here’s Alan’s last SI Editor’s View column – and, as a very special mark of respect, I’ve allowed him to select this week’s Song About Security. Tributes don’t come any more spectacular and glamorous than that.
In other news this week, we’ve had our latest Bench Test hit the site. This time it’s the Vidilanz Xtern-Cam outdoor wireless camera. How did it fare etc? Find out by clicking and reading!
And why not check out some CCTV footage of a meteor in the South African night sky? It’s dead impressive.
You can also investigate the best read stories on I4S in November; the Home Office releasing its policing white paper; and ADI and Pelco working together in an IP kinda fashion. Heavyweight security news for the discerning professional.
A genuine imaginary mouthwatering smorgasbord of security news tastiness today. There’s a little bit of everything, to moisten the tastebuds of security gourmands around the globe. Exciting!
SMT Online‘s Brian Sims spoke exclusively to Security Institute president Lord Carlile on issues including CCTV, counter-terrorism and policing. Hard-hitting stuff.
Cooperation is lovely. In that spirit, ONVIF has released its test tool and conformance process, so manufacturers can get stuck in, plugging and playing with each other’s devices. Or something like that. Hmm.
Elsewhere, I’ve gone and ranted a bit about the public perception of surveillance and a new BBC documentary series. Cathartic!
Obviously, one of the most serious crime waves ever to hit these shores is that taking place in the world of beekeeping, where thieves are nicking bees and that. Apparently something something ‘abuzz’! Honk.
And if you’re intrigued by that mysterious video compression thingo, H.264, you should read this ‘fact and fiction’-style piece by Arecont Vision’s Dr Michael Korkin, called H.264: Fact and fiction. That’s what it’s called!