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The security week: Terror threat, and the HD future

It’s Friday, and as a consequence I have Friday on my mind. Astounding! You may also have Friday on your mind, but it is by no means a requirement, or a demand. Approach your life as you see fit.

This week I was very briefly in Munich to hear about Sony’s new HD CCTV launches. There’s an article I wrote about it all here – and something specific about Sony’s new HD camera is here.

Erstwhile and current¬†SMT Online editor Brian Sims covered UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson’s raising of the terror threat level; he also brought us the details of Terahertz radiation technology being used in scanners to detect explosives.

We had two stories in the ‘spraying some stuff onto things or people’ category – door supervisors are spraying people with Redweb’s stuff; and Dutch train people are spraying metal things with Selectamark’s stuff. Spray!

And a consultancy has claimed that risk management is a “top 10 career move in 2010“. Is it? Is it really?

Three popular things now: a story about the security and legal implications of people accessing online porn at work; private investigators say that business is booming during the economic downturn; and our Song About Security this week comes from way back in 1944, courtesy of the Andrews Sisters. Old school.

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

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Qualifications, cameras, and robots

Hi there security news pals. We’re stuffed to the gills with stories and articles and the like, so I will link to them forthwith.

The Security Industry Authority is set to introduce new qualifications that it will link to licensing. These will happen next year. Have a read to find out more…

We’ve got the latest Bench Test to find its way onto the site, in the form of Samsung Techwin’s SPD-3750T. It boasts a 37x optical zoom. Woah.

We’re big fans of robots here at I4S, so I’m delighted to say we have another robot-based story for you today. This one looks like something out of the father/son bonding TV phenomenon Robot Wars.

In addition to all of this chunky, delicious content, we’ve got tasty morsels on a Corps Security contract; some unlicensed door staff, one of whom ran away from investigators; acronym heaven in PCI DSS; and the UN’s new online training course to fight terrorism.

That’s yer lot!

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

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The security week: Terrorism, IFSEC, and advice

Wake up, security news fans! It’s time for your weekly dose of info4security goodness.

And what a week it’s been! Alan Cain brought us this fascinating and in-depth article that is essential reading for all security managers, asking the question: Can security managers do anything to stop terrorism?

If you’re after the definitive, most thorough, and well-written analysis of IFSEC 2009 – Security Installer editor Alan Hyder has written it. It’s his IFSEC 2009 review. In many ways, it’s the only show review that counts. He also chipped in with his SI Editor’s View this week. Alan’s been offering up opinions with wild abandon. Good work!

We were swimming in useful security advice this week. First up was the Access Control Doctor, talking about attracting access customers; then there was Jon Hill, with his top five tips on megapixel cameras. That’s some helpful stuff!

Our Friday Song About Security is dedicated to those people who keep losing important bits of data, and it comes courtesy of Queens of the Stone Age.

The CCTV End User Survey is drawing to a close, so make sure you complete it to be in with a chance of winning ¬£200 of Marks and Spencer vouchers. And make sure you enter the 2009 Security Excellence Awards – there’s a danger that you won’t win anything if you don’t. That’s just some logic for you. Free of charge and everything. Enjoy!

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

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Can security managers stop terrorism?

Today’s spectacular missive filled with security newsology – this very thing here! – leads with an article that asks: Can UK security managers really hope to do anything to stop terrorists? Written by Alan Cain, it’s a thought-provoking and detailed piece.

We’ve also got a story about Paxton providing access control software for unknown football club Manchester United. Let’s hope it brings these plucky underdogs some luck!

There are also new BT Redcare products available; a thermal CCTV installation providing cost savings at a power station; and the biometrics sector signing up for National Occupational Standards.

We’re drawing to a close in our CCTV End User Survey – complete it now for your chance to win 200 smackers (pounds) worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers.

And if you haven’t entered the 2009 Security Excellence Awards, well – don’t be surprised if you are shunned by your colleagues and family once word gets out. I’m just sayin’, is all.

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

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Indian election security, technology, and analytics

On the day of the appalling terror attacks on Sri Lankan cricketers and staff in Pakistan, it’s appropriate that we should lead today with a story on the security arrangements surrounding the forthcoming Indian elections, where fear of terror incidents is high. Verghese Joseph, editor of I4S India, brings us this timely article.

Elsewhere, David Markland of Sanyo argues that the use of high technology in CCTV could be the key for the industry to survive the current recession.

And ioimage’s Daniel Doron has some reassuring words on the subject of video analytics and IP and those pesky IT network managers. Don’t worry! That is his message, in a convenient two word/one exclamation mark format.

Hey! If you’re planning on exhibiting at IFSEC this year, feel free to pull your finger out and send through your info on what you’ll have on display at the show, new products, and exciting innovations – all of that stuff. If you email it to me, it’ll make it into IFSEC Magazine – the official and most excellent magazine of the show – and will appear on I4S. ASAP!

Oh, and here’s a link to a video of a camera on a conveyor belt at a sushi bar in Tokyo. Crazy!

Head on down to www.ifsec.co.uk, or www.info4security.com. Yes!!

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Knife crime, access action, and the Queen’s panel

We’ve jumped out of the blocks at startling and impressive speed this week here at I4S, with security news stories straining every sinew to get to your computer in world record time. We’ll let you know about the results of any post-race testing.

Steve Collins is in fine form today. The weapons-related criminality expert says it’s time adequate training was given to security officers to help them deal with knife crime.

We reported a little while ago that Pelco was leaving the access control business. Now they’ve gone and sold their Intelli-M access business to Infinias. There’s the exit!

Fire panel company Kentec has gone all posh and fancy. They’ve got a Royal Warrant from the Queen. It’s the panel she insists on installing herself, apparently.

Meanwhile, Honeywell has signed an agreement with Computerlinks to distribute its IP security products in the UK and Ireland; and the BSIA has kindly provided us with another of its regular news round-ups.

Make sure you visit our new, dedicated Indian security channel, I4S India. Today there’s an article on tackling terrorism on the railways.

Then go ahead and book yourself a place at the IFSEC Conference 2009. If you’re not there, there is a slight chance that you will fall into a deep depression that will preclude your involvement in any joyful or celebratory moments in the lives of your friends, family and colleagues, due to your unpopular and anti-social moroseness. A slight chance!

Whatsamatter you? Eh? www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk. Hey!

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Security Excellence Awards finalists revealed – and exclusive Bates interview

Lots of big news on I4S today, as we exclusively reveal the shortlisted finalists for this year’s Security Excellence Awards. We also open up the Security Manufacturer of the Year category to the public vote – so get involved.

In another big exclusive, Brian Sims talks to BSIA chief executive-to-be John Bates about his new appointment. Brian’s magazine, Security Management Today, will be the first industry journal to carry an in-depth feature when Bates has spent some time canvassing BSIA members.

Today the site also carries an important article by Aran Dharmeratnam on the lessons to be learned from the July 7 bombings in London.

And Security Installer editor Alan Hyder gives us his opinions on the issues (and the trivialities) affecting the industry today.

Don’t forget to visit our site www.jobsforsecurity.com. It’s where you can find and post jobs – such as our job of the week, from Showsec. Check back there regularly to find the best security jobs available.

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