Hi there. It’s time for another weekly dose of security news goodness. Hold onto your laptops. Here we go.
First up is the UK’s Security Industry Authority, and its annual Stakeholder Conference (not a euphemism for a BBQ, more’s the pity). SMT Online honcho Brian Sims was in attendance. Here’s his report on chairman Baroness Henig’s opening presentation; SecuriGroup MD Russel Kerr on working in the private security industry; and Andrew Nicholls on the realities of buying private security services.
This week we’ve also got Jeremy Kimber from Honeywell, who suggests that the real value of IP video is only now just being found – and exploited. Read the story here.
Our old pal The Networker is back this week. This time around he’s on about public sector investment in surveillance. Check it out right here.
RapidVu says its cameras are bing installed in the homes of famous footballers (apparently there is a football tournament of some description going on at present); there’s a profile of PCL Whitehall’s John Legge; and Brian brings us a report from the Security Institute’s Annual Luncheon. It was on a boat.
This week’s Song About Security comes from inveterate rockers AC/DC. They are concerned about the security arrangements in the afterlife. They also played at Download – the metal/hard rock festival secured by Showsec. Read about their work here.
This year’s Security Excellence Awards are considered to be the single greatest awards to win ever in the history of mankind. If you miss out on entering, you’re only fooling yourself. And embarassing your friends and family. You’ve gotta be in it to win it! And so it goes.
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Here’s a video of some guitar playing superbness to see you through to the weekend.
Monday greetings. I trust your weekend was outstanding, or at the very least, tolerable! Also hopefully you got to spend some time with friends.
Today we ask this very question: Is licensing necessary for security consultants? Roy Sutherland and Chris Roberts do the soul searching.
Also today, Samsung Techwin has announced its full membership of Onvif, the network video interface forum. Nice!
Hot stuff – a new handheld thermal camera is being sold by Premier Electronics, helping users to fearlessly protect property and things.
And metal aficionados will be grateful to Showsec for protecting the Download festival. Tip: Frank Beard, drummer for ZZ Top, has no beard. Weird!
I don’t mean to badger anyone, but you should really do this: take part in our CCTV End User Survey, and enter the Security Excellence Awards. Yes.
News and exclusives galore today on info4security, kicking off with the latest in Security Installer editor Alan Hyder‘s series of incisive and insightful interviews with the movers and shakers in the UK security industry. Following on from his lauded discussion with Alun John of Norbain, this time Alan speaks to Paul Wong, MD of Bosch in the UK, about the state of the industry and what the future holds.
There’s also a piece on the new tougher rules for foreign nationals wishing to work in the UK – this could have a security industry impact, as we saw last year with the SIA’s troubles over illegal workers.
SMT Online editor Brian Sims – a self-confessed heavy metal obsessive – has found an excuse to include Iron Maiden on the pages of I4S once again. This time it’s tied in with Showsec’s work at the Brits. Cheeky.
And in a strange, crazy twist of fate, I4S India editor Verghese Joseph has reported on cyber crime in India – and then Kaspersky Lab has thrust its new crime fighting tool into the public sphere. Uncanny!
Speaking of uncanny, the mysterious magicians behind the IFSEC Conference 2009 have managed to pull several hundred metaphorical rabbits out of the one undersized, tiny hat for this year’s event, with top level speakers and attendees of an unparalleled calibre ready to share their wisdom and knowledge with you. Yes you, specifically. It’s the place to go, even if you are not a fan of overwrought and clumsy segues, such as the one at the start of this paragraph.