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The security week: The goodbye Alan issue

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.

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Meteors and cyclists

Greetings, security newsmates. It’s Monday afternoon, and thus time for your regular dose of security news excitement. Here goes!

CCTV has been in the news in South Africa – catching a meteor lighting up the sky above Gauteng (and, if we’re being honest, probably some other places as well). Have a look at it here.

AP Security have been busy this year – and their work at Glastonbury has been one of our most read stories – and now we’ve got another thing about what they did for the Tour of Britain. Cycling!

There’s also an IP distribution deal for EMEA between ADI and Pelco; a big RFID deal in Germany; Flir thermal cameras to be distributed by Videor in the UK; and a big chunk of extra recording capacity for a Samsung Techwin DVR. Bulging!

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Fresh faces and lowlife scumbags

We welcome a new face to the info4security family today, in the form of Andrew Seldon, editor of South Africa’s Hi-Tech Security Solutions magazine. Andrew will be providing us with regular updates on security news in the south of the African continent. Here’s his first instalment.

We’ve also got the National Security Inspectorate’s reaction to the £5m grant fund for UK small retailers to improve security. In a nutshell? Cautious!

Everyone likes the environment, apart from evil criminals. TSS has helped to nab some of these lowlife scumbags. Useful.

And an armed criminal (as opposed to an amputee criminal, perhaps) has been convicted with help from Identicom and G4S ARC. Bad criminal.

We’ve also got Secured by Design accreditation for CCTV in Focus; an acquisition for CFS; and some security excitement in Oman. Oh man.

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The security week: Shock survey result, and South African crime

Well, that’s surprising. The big story of this week was the results of our CCTV End User Survey – carried out in conjunction with CCTV in Focus – which revealed that almost half of CCTV end users don’t know if their systems comply with Home Office guidelines. Heck.

Also this week we featured a story on the state of commercial crime in South Africa, and the methods being used to combat it. Nice work!

And Andy Drane is to step down from the Security Industry Authority at the end of September. Brian Sims looks back at his career.

Madstock, the Madness-skafest, took place in July – and AP Security were working there. This article has already had a few comments from gig attendees – see what they have to say. And say something yourself, if you so desire.

Our Song About Security this week comes from Mr Fats Domino. Contrary to popular belief, this is not his actual name – it’s a stage moniker. It was bestowed upon him due to his habit of dipping his dominoes in lard before entering major dominoes tournaments. He said it was done simply ‘for luck’ – but fellow competitors claimed it was cheating.

Here is a cat keen to eat a fish in a tank.

It’s a public holiday here in England on Monday, so the Daily Digest service will resume on Tuesday. See you then!

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South African crime, and free registration

Well hello, delightful person. Here’s your rapid fire Monday Daily Digest security news missive. Enjoy!

We’ve got a special report today on the state of commercial crime in South Africa and the measures being taken to combat it.

There’s also the opportunity to register for free as a visitor to IFSEC India 2009 – the single greatest security show in all of India. Ever. True, that.

I was surprised to discover The Edge has taken on the deputy chief executive role at Skills For Security, but it turns out that it was the other Edge. Bono is quite strict about taking work outside of your main job.

Also today there’s more spam; an SIA briefing for CCTV operators; an ACS survey for end users; and facial recognition training for police.

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

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