Vertical markets. The term evokes images of bustling traders, piled high, one atop the other, with customers clambering over the stalls in search of the bargains they feel must be available at the summit. A vertical market of this kind, then, is a large-scale tragedy waiting to happen, what with the lack of support and people piling higher and higher into the sky and the prevailing winds etc.
Fortunately, that’s not the sense in which we’re using the phrase today. The ‘vertical markets’ featured in beguiling and interest-worthy stories on I4S today include the health and education sectors. In healthcare, one group of UK care homes is investing in iris recognition technology for security improvements.
And in education news, there’s an IP CCTV extension taking place at the University of Sussex thanks to Bosch. It’s all very Sussex-centric today, for some reason.
The SSAIB is helping its members to get cheaper access to BSI standards online. That’s mighty nice of them.
And IndigoVision has been chosen to protect a hospital in Palermo, so that’s another example of the healthcare vertical market, going some way to justifying my somewhat self-indulgent introductory paragraph. Nice work!
Oh, here’s some more evidence/a convenient plug: next week is the conference Securing Educational Establishments. That’s the education market, there. You should go to it, or at least ask some pertinent questions. It would reflect well on you as a human being. Dignified!
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you the newest member of the info4security family – I4S India.
That’s right, it’s an exciting new development – a spiffing new channel on I4S, edited by dedicated and charming Bangalore-based Verghese V Joseph. Read my introductory piece – then send him all of your lovely India-centric news.
Also today, Justin ‘P’ Bentley, chief executive of IPSA, has come out swinging against the SIA in the wake of its Delivery Review. Youch! In the same neck of the woods, thematically, is Mick Lee’s take on the flaws of the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme. It’s already generating discussion – have your say and leave a comment on the article.
In technology news, OmniPerception is working with BAE Systems to improve facial recognition technology for CCTV systems. Lovely.
And this story, set in Fleetwood, includes a picture of a delightful-looking group of young men.
Don’t forget to conference: Securing Educational Establishments and the IFSEC Conference 2009 are your best bets. For sure.
Security Installer editor Alan Hyder takes out his opinionoscope today and surveys the arid landscape for signs of security excitement, in his SI Editor’s View. And guess what? He finds some! This is very good and interesting news.
Also today, a re-deployable CCTV solution in Carlisle is helping to curb the antisocial tendencies of some members of the community. More goodness.
And speaking of good things, SMT Online editor Brian Sims brings us a story of a CIPD report which suggests there may be a ‘silver lining’ to the recession. Sort of. Good!
Protecting churches is a nice thing to do, whatever your religious convictions. BRE Global has published a new guide to it. And there’s a technical report on biometrics out now, too. But from ISO and IEC, those old pals.
There are only two weeks to go until the intriguing and very necessary conference Securing Educational Establishments takes place. If you decide to get involved, a whole generation of school children will thank you with their smiling, happy faces. Well, maybe not you, specifically, but you get the idea.
‘Loose lips sink ships‘, or so the saying goes. To me, this has always seemed particularly unlikely. I find it very difficult to imagine a situation where someone’s lips – loose, or tight – could sink any kind of decent-sized ship. Unless it was, perhaps, a load of lips destined for emergency lip transplant surgery somewhere and the weight loading of the ship had been calculated incorrectly by an incompetent or possibly drunken ship’s officer, leading to an imbalance of cargo caused by the additional lips, loosely packed. That might happen.
But never mind all of that for now, because today we’ve got a dazzling cavalcade of security news to delight, inform and entertain you.
First up, there’s a story on headcam technology being used by Derbyshire police in conjunction with scanning and administration software which means officers can spend more time on the streets and less filling in paperwork. Good.
We’re also tackling the issue of diversity in the security workplace, with an article from Donna Alexander on women in the industry. Timely!
And there’s some facial recognition technology which is being used by the South Africa Football Association; and Reliance is planning to examine security during the recession (aka ‘the current economic climate’).
Don’t miss out on your chance to be involved with the conference Securing Educational Establishments. It’s soon, and it’s about a vitally important subject. I am unsure whether attendees will be required to put their hands up before speaking, however.
Have you locked your doors and windows? Does your house even have doors and windows? No? Well, Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary extraordinaire, has pledged £20m towards local crime reduction efforts, with a focus on locking your doors and windows. They might even buy you some, which would help with the draught. Practical!
(Side note: do the Home Secretary and other assorted parliamentary secretaries and under-secretaries receive gifts from the their colleagues on Professional Secretary’s Day? No? What a disgrace.)
More public funding is also available, but this time private firms can benefit; it’s the Technology Strategy Board looking for help with information security.
In South Africa, a swanky Porsche dealership is being protected by video analytics from ioimage. Fancy.
Mitie has gone ahead and released its Interim Management Statement; and charity the Suzy Lamplugh Trust is offering a number of ‘challenges of a lifetime‘ for security professionals. At number one is: getting into work after some snow has fallen in a city in the UK. Only kidding – that’s not an option an at all! Hahaha.
In that spirit, or some other kind of spirit, you should visit these conferences: Securing Educational Establishments, and the IFSEC 2009 Conference. Yes!
A big day on I4S today, with major industry player Bosch confirming its commitment to IFSEC, the industry’s number one exhibition and conference. Commendable!
There’s also the amazing story of G4S Gurkha Services boss John Whitwam foiling a real-life street robbery in London’s Piccadilly. Heroic!
It’s Security Installer maestro Alan Hyder‘s turn today to stun readers with his opinion taser – in the form of the SI Editor’s View. Arresting!
And I saw fit to include a round up of January’s best read stories on I4S. How enthralling!
Don’t forget to get fully involved with these upcoming conferences: Securing Educational Establishments, and the mighty IFSEC Conference 2009. They’ll learn ya.