Hello and welcome. It’s super-exciting to be infiltrating your consciousness – I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.
We kick off with a look back – a look back to the news highlights on I4S in February, to be precise. Which stories caught your attention? Find out here.
SMT Online editor Brian Sims brought us words and video direct from the launch of the SafeGuard campaign – designed to improve the lot of security officers, in conjunction with the GMB trade union. The BSIA welcomed the move.
Brian also covered the recent Security Institute debate on the Approved Contractor Scheme. There are more videos and articles here: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.
Our Access Control Doctor was back in his practice this week – this time, his focus was on the way that access products can help with health and safety requirements. Helpful!
Here’s a story on a solar panel for a cash machine. You read right. Kinda. And there were new product launches for Axis, Grandstream, Samsung, and Stanley Security.
On the IFSEC front, Tyco has revealed a whole raft of products it’ll be launching at the show; and the deadline for the IFSEC 2010 Security Industry Awards has been extended until March 9
And this week’s Song About Security comes courtesy of Bobby Fuller. He’s paying tribute – in my mind, at least – to Sabrewatch. Find out how by clicking on this link.
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The day has finally arrived! Yes, it’s Thursday. That also means that the Security Excellence Awards 2009 are happening this very night! Wow. I am literally crying with anticipation. Not only will I be there, presenting an award and that – I’ll also be updating my Twitter account – twitter.com/info4security – live from the event, so you can read about the category winners as they’re announced, as well as whatever other pithy bits and pieces I can think of.
To get you in the mood, we have a fantastic video of CCTV in action. It’s a drunk man attempting to buy some beer. It’s very amusing. You should watch it.
It’s also that time of the fortnight when Security Installer editor Alan Hyder strips down to his metaphorical undergarments and dives headlong into the murky pond of security issues, emerging only when he has located and retrieved the valuable, muddy nuggets of opinion and analysis hidden therein. In other words, it’s his SI Editor’s View column. Yes!
Also not far off is the beginning of IFSEC India. Our I4S India editor Verghese Joseph chats to organiser Nigel Brown.
And in addition to all of this untrammelled excitement, there’s hard drive destruction; a big contract win in China for BlueStar SecuTech; and some access control for luxury Hong Kong flats. Hoorah!
Let’s talk about supermarkets. They provide many goods in one convenient location. One UK supermarket, Morrisons, has a distribution centre which now has some fancy tracking CCTV from Intrepid Security. It seems to be the correct amount of security for the job it is required to do, which is good.
Now, let’s talk about buildings that are near the Old Bailey, the UK’s Central Criminal Court. How about 20 Old Bailey, which has some new surveillance bits and bobs from Avigilon? Interesting fact: the Old Bailey is named after Trevor Andrews Bailey, the most illegal person ever recorded.
Other pieces of news excitement abound. Here’s some: Octavian is securing some roads; the security plan for next year’s Delhi Commonwealth Games has been unveiled; and the ASC has organised a membership deal with the London Chamber of Commerce. That’s nice!
This is the point in the missive where I mention that the Security Excellence Awards are happening tomorrow night and I’m doing a live Twitter thing so you should follow me etc etc it will be as exciting as that sort of thing can be. Superlative!
Hey! Time for some exciting claims action today, as our two top stories are all about some claims or other. Claims!
First up is ASEO, whose CEO claims its body armour is the best in the world. What a claim! Is it true? It is difficult for me to say.
Our second claim comes from Siemens. They reckon their fancy new detectors can halve installation times. It may well be the case!
There’s also an RFID contract in Malaysia for RCG; and new product launches for Y-cam, Videotec, and Samsung Techwin. Fantastic.
And you may not have heard, but the Security Excellence Awards are happening this very week – Thursday night, in actual fact! If you can’t make it, I’ll be dominating the technosphere by using fangled technology Twitter LIVE! from the Park Lane Hilton. Follow me here for all the excitement you can handle.
Monday Monday Monday – so good, they named it thrice. Let’s news!
We’ve already had a bit of a discussion start following the publication of this article on 10,000 people signing up for the UK Government’s ID card website. What’s your take?
And Raytec has reported a positive response to its lighting amnesty. That’s a scheme to save wasteful CCTV lighting, rather than a scheme to light Amnesty, the human rights organisation. Although that would be admirable, if it proved to be helpful to them in some way. If their lights were broken, for instance. Or if they had dropped something small and required additional illumination to locate it.
In other news, LiLin is working with Network Webcams; church vandals in Dover have been thwarted; and where do we draw the line with pre-employment screening? It’s blockbuster stuff.
Don’t forget – as if you could! – that the highlight of the security year, the Security Excellence Awards 2009, take place this Thursday night. If you can’t be there, I’ll be doing a live Twitter-coverage thingy. And I4S is the only place you’ll find the full results later that night. Cool.
It’s the end of another week of security news exploration – boldly going where no other security information portal would ever dare, or try, discovering new security stars and planets, and just generally expanding humanity’s knowledge base. So that’s good.
Appropriately enough, we kicked off the week with an article with the word ‘kickstart’ in its headline! How gloriously suitable. It was about National Identity Fraud Prevention Week. To tie in with the theme, SMT Online editor Brian Sims wrote his SMT Online Editor’s View around the same subject, and the BSIA also weighed in with their thoughts.
Away from fraud, it was the week that the doctors took control of I4S. Our CCTV Doctor addressed the subject of entry-level IP systems, while our Alarms Doctor looked at Radio Frequency Interference. If they were a band, or part of the police, I would call them The Advice Squad.
At the start of the week, a lot of the mainstream British media decided to report on Manchester Airport’s new scanners, which apparently can see right through your clothes to provide a blurry image of the outline of your saucy, saucy body. I wrote a blog piece about it – and now this week’s Song About Security is dedicated to the same subject. It’s from X-Ray Spex. Clever!
This time next week, we’ll have the results of the 2009 Security Excellence Awards available for you. They take place on Thursday night – and if you really want to be the first in the know, follow me on Twitter. I’ll be providing live updates direct from the Park Lane Hilton in London. Technological!
It’s Tuesday, and you’re looking particularly foxy. Hey, no problem, you’re very welcome indeed.
When people look back on today in history, it will be remembered as the day the media talked about airport security because an element of nudity was involved. In that spirit, here is my blog post.
In slightly more clothed news today, the BIIAB has released details of some new qualifications available for security officers and public space CCTV operators. Educational.
And the excellently-named Lodewijk van Ommeren says there are many advantages to the latest generation of IP alarm systems. Lovely.
There’s more IP stuff today – IndigoVision’s Barry Keepence on storage; CCTV Center’s roadshows; TDSi on 21CN testing – it’s all there.
And don’t forget the Security Excellence Awards take place next Thursday. You’ll be able to get live updates by following my Twitter feed – and of course all the winners will be up on I4S before the end of the night. Fantastic. Fantastic indeed.