Ahoy there, security pals! It’s yet another one of those weekly inbox ticklers where I pretend I am in the office when in actual fact I am away on holiday. Sneaky!
So this bit of invaluable waffle is unavoidably brief. Apologies. Normal service will resume next week.
In the meantime, here’s BSIA chairman Stuart Lowden; a big contract for MITIE; some winners and losers in the security market; the ONVIF/PSIA showdown; and a warning about locksmiths. Engaging reading!
Have a super weekend. I’m back on Tuesday.
Hello you. Welcome to the start of the security week – which, interestingly enough, coincides with the start of the conventional working week. How fortuitous!
Today we have a story that’s heavy on the acronyms, with IMS claiming that members companies signed up to ONVIF have an overall larger market share than those who are members of the PSIA. What’s all that about? Read the story and find out.
We’ve also got a story that features a quite unflattering photo of UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson, who has launched a website to tackle anti-social behaviour.
There’s success for IFSEC’s South African adventure; RemGuard, perhaps unsurprisingly, advocating the use of remote monitoring; a little bit of corporate fraud excitement; and a chance to use a Chinese flag to illustrate a story that uses the words ‘command centre’ and ‘operational’ in its headline. Macho.
Did you know that the next big security show that deserves your attention takes place in India? It’s called IFSEC India. But that’s not all! Not by a longish shot. There’s also Internal Security India, and Firex India. How useful!
Today, I’m pleased to announce, we feature a video of a truck crashing into a thing – at high speed! Yep, it’s true. The thing is an ATG Access bollard. Find out how the truck fared by looking at the story and video…
Cooperation’s a lovely thing. So it was splendid to read today that the PSIA, which is just trying to help IP media devices to get along, has released its API specification for public use. How nice!
Here is a moving story: CCTV distributor Security Solutions is relocating its South London branch.
In these uncertain economic times, it’s good to know that some positives can be found. In a sense. A Plimsoll report suggests that the time is ripe to acquire security installation companies. Bold!
Hey, I’ve heard there’s a conference going on at IFSEC 2009 in May! Allegedly it is called the IFSEC Conference 2009. Which makes sense, I guess. Anyone fancy going? You should. It would improve your public standing and enhance your credibility. Also, it’s a valuable learning opportunity. Yes indeedy!
Shoplifting and Uzis. We pride ourselves on being hip, edgy, and exciting here at info4security, so we were very excited to be able to include stories with headlines about submachine guns and insane levels of retail crime for your edutainment today.
First up is the story of the latest British Retail Consortium Report, which suggests that a shoplifting incident is taking place every 90 seconds in the UK. ESPlus, a company that sells products which aim to prevent these incidents, has warned shopkeepers to be vigilant.
Then there’s that Uzis thing. There were some very positive test results for a Cuirazz Body Protection vest, which came up against not only an Uzi, but also a couple of Magnums. Magnums full of bullets, not champagne, mind you.
Some have seen the Onvif and PSIA bodies as being in competition over developing network interoperability standards, but not IndigoVision. They’ve decided to join both. Fair play to ’em.
We’ve also got stories on office openings: Kings has had a successful three-day event for its new HQ and ARC; and VSG has gone ahead and opened a London city branch.
As the cold winter nights draw in, what better way of feeding and clothing yourself and your family than by finding gainful employment? A good place to do that is Jobs for Security.
Please be gentle. I am nursing a fairly virulent, vengeful hangover. It’s all the fault of last night’s impossibly glamorous Security Excellence Awards, where the cream of the security crop in the UK gathered to celebrate, and, inevitably, drink to excess. I’ve spent this morning putting some photos on the website – you can have a look at some of them here, and then there’s the photos of winners, and there are even more photos of entertainment and things of that nature as well.
In addition to this melange of Excellence-based excitement, there’s the opportunity to get yourself involved in a new security-themed documentary – or at least to help get one made by offering your wisdom and contacts and security know-how and whatnot. It sounds to me like it could be even better than those ones about kids born with five heads or the man who ate his legs or people who like to pretend they live in a slightly more attractive postcode then the one they really do live in. Even better than those! Yes, it is possible.
Also read the latest diatribe from SMT Editor Brian Sims. It deals with the downfall of former Met Police chief Sir Ian Blair, and from what I gather, ‘scathing’ would be a fairly apt word to use when describing its contents.
To balance that out, this week’s Song About Security comes from lycra advocate Olivia Newton-John. As far as I am aware she has never been in charge of even a tiny provincial police force, let alone an organisation as large as the Met.
Elsewhere there are updates on the network standards and interoperability front, from both ONVIF and the PSIA. And Alan Hyder gave us details of a new study prompted by levels of school violence.
Thankyou very much for reading this far. This has taken me much longer than it would have normally, and I appreciate your indulgence. Here is a game about my current status. Enjoy!
Today we feature news of a TAC study which was motivated by increasing violence against teachers – a subject the company believes is not factored into school security strategies.
There’s also details about the official opening for membership of ONVIF, the Open Network Video Interface Forum. It’s supported by Axis, Bosch and Sony – although the PSIA (Physical Security Interoperability Alliance) also feels it has something important to contribute to this discussion. We’ll have more on them shortly.
Elsewhere, the SIA, fresh from the announcement that Northern Ireland will come under its regulatory powers from next year, has streamlined its criminality criteria checks. This does not mean it’s open season for convicted criminals to start taking security jobs willy nilly – that seems quite far fetched! – though we do presume jaywalkers and public nudity exponents may be able to sneak in. Perhaps.
Security Installer editor Alan Hyder remarked today that in many parts of the world, the Oscars are known as the ‘Security Excellence Awards of the movie industry’, and he was entirely correct. The most important awards ceremony ever in the history of the world – that’s the 2008 Security Excellence Awards – takes place this Thursday night. Find out who the winners are on I4S on Friday.
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