A big ol’ week of news on info4security, kicked off with the announcement of Securiplan being fined for 19 counts of employing unlicensed officers, and ordered to pay the SIA’s legal costs. Dr Bernard Herdan has also been named interim SIA chief, following Mike Wilson’s sudden departure.
We also featured reports from the Next Generation CCTV conference. These included a look at video analytics by Patrick Meaney, and discussion of the Onvif group by Sony’s Simon Nash. Interesting! Also interesting will be upcoming conferences The Threat Within (next week!) and Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters (slightly later!)
Let me tell you this: Videoswitch has gone shopping and bought Quick CCTV. And G4Tec has partnered with Imprivata. Synergy!
Security Installer head honcho Alan Hyder has left an opinion-deposit all over the web in the form of his SI Editor’s View. It features valuable information about two intriguing subjects: booze and movies. Also, other topics are covered.
It’s Songs About Security day, so it must be Friday. I’m sorry to report that today’s offering comes from the abysmal Hard-Fi. Enjoy!
Finally, here is some important and exciting news. Excellent security jobs site Jobs for Security has not only provided us with a Featured Job – this time, it’s the coveted chance to be an Assistant Facilities Manager with delightful Essex County Council – they’ve gone ahead and allowed me to launch a new and potentially amusing section of the site.
It’s called Weird Work, and it’s your chance to let us know about the stranger or more unusual things you’ve been asked to do in the course of your working life. I’ve kicked it off with a bit about my encounter with an Icelandic halibut, and Jobs for Security advertising manager Jo Lancaster has contributed a tale of delivery misadventure. I’d love to make it the number one resource for ridiculous work-related stories, but that can only happen with your help. Read what we have to say, and then send your stories to email@example.com.
You can remain anonymous if your story is hilariously humiliating. That’s a personal promise. Humiliation!
The SIA saga rolls on today, with Dr Bernard Herdan, former chief executive of the UK Passport Agency, taking on the interim chief executive role, following Mike Wilson’s sudden departure last week. Friday’s Securiplan fine decision has also kept the SIA in the news.
Those enterprising folk at Boon Edam have gone and developed a green door. Less mysterious than the one that troubled poor Shakin’ Stevens, this model, installed at a railway station, produces its own power to provide lighting. That’s friendly, environment-wise – surely other similar applications, using barriers or turnstiles, are bound to be developed?
Security Installer supremo Alan Hyder gives us his take on the security news of the moment in his Editor’s View. This time around he has drinking regulations, the media, security movies and – who’d have guessed it? – the government in his sights.
And next week’s The Threat Within conference is almost upon us. Get involved with that, if you so desire. It appears likely to be awesome.
News galore on I4S today. Alan Hyder brings us a report direct from last week’s Next Generation CCTV conference, where Sony’s Simon Nash assured the audience that the Onvif network video standards forum would be ‘truly open’ to all.
And Securiplan has copped a fairly sizable fine for using unlicensed employees – £95,000, plus £550,000 in costs. Ouch. Something to make the SIA a little happier after last week’s events, perhaps?
They always say that biometric access control readers are a girl’s best friend. But what happens if the reader is damaged by dirt and grease? The girl gets very upset, that’s what. Luckily there is now a ‘diamond coating’ to protect this rather sensitive area.
Don’t forget to get involved with our upcoming conferences. These include The Threat Within, which deals with employee vetting, and seems particularly apt in light of the SIA security checks brouhaha; and Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters, which deals with access and protection. They seem intriguing!
Also, if you would like a new job, why not try this one? It seems perfect, especially if you are good at or experienced in security training. There are also other jobs currently being advertised on handy security jobs site, Jobs for Security. Gainful employment!
A momentous week of change and a new mood of global cooperation and alliance – that’s right, SIA chief Mike Wilson has been asked to step down, and Panasonic and Sanyo are looking into joining forces. Oh, and there was some election that happened in the US, too.
We’ve got all the latest on the Security Industry Authority story, where chief executive Mike Wilson has been shown the door after a couple of damaging reports showing security mess-ups within the Regulator itself, as well as the call for improvement from the National Audit Office. Our conference on The Threat Within seems more relevant and important by the day, wouldn’t ya say?
There’s up to the minute detail on the Panasonic and Sanyo ‘alliance’ discussion talks, and Brian Sims and John Honovich look into the potential security industry impact of the Obama presidency.
There are also the first two in a series of reports from the 2008 Skills for Security conference – and we’ll have all the coverage from our Next Generation CCTV conference as well.
The latest Bench Tests are available for your perusal – that’s the VDP20 dome from deView and the NVR-4000 from Plustek.
And in an effort to perk up the spirits of the SIA, this week’s Song About Security comes courtesy of smooth-voiced lotharios Warren G and Nate Dogg. Regulate.
In these economically-challenged times, having a job of employment is one of those things that is not only really great and cool, but also useful. Wonderful security jobs website Jobs for Security is here to help you in your quest to become great and cool and useful. One of the greatest, and coolest jobs available at the moment is our Job of the Week – it’s your chance to become a Training Officer with Advance Security, and it sounds excellent. Excellent!
It’s a standard issue nightmare: you’re in a shop, doing a bit of mild shoplifting, when suddenly you notice that the store mannequins are staring at you. You freak out and run out of the premises, leaving your illegal non-purchases behind. The disturbing image of that dummy and its piercing glare haunts you for the rest of your life. Thankfully, one company is making these nightmares a reality. Read all about the trial mannequins with CCTV in their heads, designed to stop shoplifters in their tracks. And yes, there was a film called Mannequin in 1987.
Elsewhere the UK’s identity minister has made some interesting comments on ID cards – and TSSI’s Stewart Hefferman has some interesting things to say in response. It’s all very interesting!
The finalists have been announced for this year’s Global Security Challenge – there’s only six of them, so pick your favourite or organise an office sweepstake event or celebrate in another way of your own choosing.
Contrary to unpopular belief, The Threat Within is a conference about risky employees and the like, rather than a euphemism for various unpleasant stomach ailments. Go register!
IFSEC India 2008 has proven to be a heck of a success, with record numbers in terms of ‘footfall’ – that’s people coming to the show, not just the ones stumbling and falling over (if you are an insurer, this never happens.) Read all about the most important security event ever held in India. And, wonderfully, today I learned that Delhi’s chief minister is named Sheila Dikshit. How great is that? Really great.
When you’re done doing that, you might like to think about your shed. Particularly if you are a person who works in a shed. Or an outbuilding. One of the UK’s garden security specialists, Bill Seddon of Gardien (did you see what he did there?) says that thieves are targeting these home workers. Those scoundrels.
There’s more joy over triumphs in the Security Excellence Awards 2008, and a Nottingham security company boss has pleaded guilty to charges of employing unlicensed operatives.
If you’re a fan of security conferences, you can’t afford to miss these. Talk about Next Generation CCTV. Delve deep into The Threat Within. Consider Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters. And manage your old pal ‘the unexpected’, with Business Continuity and Crisis Management.
Today the National Audit Office has released its report into the SIA – and has recommended that private security businesses be registered to enable the Regulator to keep track of where licensed individuals are working.
And in the US, illegal rubbish dumpers have found a brand new nemesis: megapixel cameras. These cunningly camouflaged crimefighting machines are our modern day equivalents of the super heroes who dealt with most illicit activities up until the mid nineties, when cost-cutting and belt tightening put an end to their heroic ways.
The winners of the this year’s Security Excellence Awards have been rightly basking in the warming glow of their success. And they’re also pleased because the event raised quite a bit of money for industry charity Hear4U. Nice work.
The CCTV Doctor was back in his metaphorical practice this week, dispensing advice on public transport surveillance. Luckily his notes have been transcribed into legible English. Feel free to read it!
Elsewhere we’ve got my rundown of Milestone’s recent MIPS event; Alan Hyder’s view from the editor’s chair at Security Installer; and his report on the dye that’s leaving some unfortunate criminals in the red.
As it’s Friday, it’s Songs About Security time. This week’s offering comes from wildly misnamed trio The Thompson Twins. Crazy!
Don’t forget to register for any, or, indeed, all of these conferences: Next Generation CCTV, The Threat Within, Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters, and Managing the Unexpected: Business Continuity and Crisis Management.
When that’s done, visit www.jobsforsecurity.com, because it’s a really really brilliant site for finding and posting security jobs. You’ll have a ball!
A gentlemen stands next to one of Copenhagen's rogue mermaids
Today I myself bring you a story about the recent Milestone Integration Platform Symposium in Denmark’s famous Copenhagen. That city, I swear to you, is absolutely rife with mermaids, so much so that the government has declared them vermin and licensed practitioners are permitted to trap them and export the fishladies to countries where their novelty value is higher. Also, the Milestone event was very interesting.
We’ve got gas. That’s a story about an IndigoVision project which is apparently deploying the world’s largest wide-area IP system at a gas pipeline. It’s not about anything more base, I promise.
IndigoVision also feature in another great story on I4S today, about the happy winners of last week’s wonderful and superb Security Excellence Awards. If you’re a security company or in the industry you should really consider entering next year’s SEAs. They’re lovely.
And fresh from the pages of Security Installer magazine, Last Orders columnist Orson Carte appears to have had some potential success in his unorthodox quest to find love (or a wife).
Things to do today: visit the world’s most vivacious and attractive security jobs site, www.jobsforsecurity.com. You might get lucky. And further investigate the following conferences: Next Generation CCTV, The Threat Within, Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters, and Managing the Unexpected: Business Continuity and Crisis Management. Excellent!
In case you missed out on the big security news on Friday, you can find the winners of the 2008 Security Excellence Awards on this lovely page; there are also photos from the event just over here, and also a bit here. But the awards were about more than celebration, so we’re proud to announce that almost £5,000 was raised for charity at the event. Read all about it. Go on.
“We want women.” It’s a common enough plea, heard across the globe in any number of lonely or testosterone-heavy situations. As part of Security Installer’s campaign ‘Support Installer Apprenticeships’, Gina Citroni of Amplicon makes that same plea (somewhat more eloquently, and in a far more considered fashion) for the engineering and installation sectors.
And Security Installer editor Alan Hyder brings us news of a distribution deal for a dye that can coat criminals and leave them in the red for months to come.
Our CCTV Doctor, Jon Hill, of Siemens Building Technologies, Security Products Ltd, is back in the house. This time he’s looking at public transport surveillance.
And speaking of CCTV, there’s a conference called Next Generation CCTV that you should go to. Also, there are other conferences called The Threat Within, and Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters, which you should also attend – particularly if they seem of interest!
The day has finally dawned. After a year’s worth of anticipation, excitement, involuntary spasms of thrilling expectation – it’s finally here. The 2008 Security Excellence Awards happen tonight, and I’ll be there, so I’ll let you know how it goes. But if you can’t be there, don’t fret. I know that you’ll be aching to hear who the winners were – and let’s face it, you won’t be able to sleep tonight until you find out – so I’m making a special effort to put the results up on I4S at around 11:30pm tonight, UK time. Remember, info4security.com is the only place you’ll get the results tonight.
In other news, Advance Security Retail and Supply Chain has been awarded a highly sought-after guarding contract with retail giant Tesco. (Obviously a chain of supermarkets, not an actual giant. That would be straying into the realms of fantasy, and as such would be a less lucrative contract. At least in monetary terms. Probably credibility as well.)
Video analytics has barged its way to the forefront of the CCTV news agenda again today. Alan Hyder brings us a story in which ioimage equipment has been used to help an Israeli car hire firm. Loss reduction!
If you missed it yesterday, have a read of SMT editor Brian Sims‘ thoughts on departed London Met Police chief Sir Ian Blair. Some responses have already been provoked. Add yours!
There are a whole raft of interesting conferences coming up, which you should definitely look into attending. Definitely. How do Next Generation CCTV, The Threat Within, or Impenetrable Buildings and Perimeters sound to you? That’s right, they all sound ace.
I’m off to primp and preen for tonight’s big event. Remember to look on I4S tomorrow for the winners, photos and reports on the Security Excellence Awards 2008.