Government ID cards are more secure with personalisation, claims HID Global

ID forgeries Greater personalisation and additional levels of security can help tackle ID card forgeries, according to HID Global. It is estimated that more than 90% of photo ID card inspections are undertaken visually in the field and these inspections are the main way of verifying and validating documents. Decisions to use a secondary inspection criteria is often based on the outcome of the visual inspection.

Thus, good badge design and the selection of the right custom ID card printing technology is critical, according to HID Global, a supplier of identity-based security systems and products. Furthermore the speed, cost-effectiveness, convenience and simplicity of visual inspections have made ID cards particularly popular for government applications such as national ID cards and permits. These cards and documents must be clearly authentic, so it is important to have well-designed visual security, advises the company. However, most visual security products tend to be exactly the same on every single document, which has been important for helping with verification as anomalies become quickly obvious. However, an added level of defence can be applied by personalising IDs with visual security features on the card. Josh Nippoldt, director of product marketing with HID Global, said: The ID designs can now play a role in the first line of defence against counterfeiting by taking visual security features and customising them to each unique card holder or user. Typical visual security features include holographic overlaminates and card pre-printing. Holographic overlaminates can include overt, covert and forensic features. Pre-printing options can include different printing techniques, special inks, relief structures and laser images.

Different combinations can be devised. Forgers are becoming more sophisticated as ID cards become more widespread. By implementing a range of diverse and high-level security features, these forgeries can be easily detected, helping to protect the government s citizens from security threats. The more secure the card, the more secure the citizen, says Nippoldt. HID Global are exhibiting at IFSEC International, which takes place between 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand E1250. Get your free badge now.

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Manchester Arena security searches under scrutiny following suicide bombing

Terror attack Security screening at the Manchester Arena, which was the scene of a suicide bombing last night, has come in for criticism from visitors. Among the criticisms aired on Twitter were comments that you could easily walk in with things under a coat , while several said their bags were not even checked. Entertainment and sporting venues in the UK are now urgently reviewing security procedures.

At least 22 people, many of them children, have so far being confirmed as fatalities and 59 injured in the attack at a pop concert in the city. The events occurred at about 10.30pm on Monday 22 May at the end of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande. Chaos The attack took place in the foyer, leaving hundreds of people fleeing in terror and confusion. Many children and young teenagers were separated from their parents in the ensuing chaos. The injured had wounds consistent with shrapnel injury, according to medics. A nail bomb may have been used in the attack, as according to a witness nuts and bolts were strewn on the floor of the foyer. Greater Manchester police have confirmed that they believe the bombing was the work of a single man armed with an improvised explosive device. The attacker is among the dead. The investigation into the attack involves the police counter-terrorism network and Britain s domestic security service, MI5.

Britain s prime minister, Theresa May, said: We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected. Flags outside Downing Street flew at half mast. All political parties have suspended campaigning for the general election, which is less than three weeks away. May chaired an emergency meeting of the government s crisis committee, Cobra, on Tuesday morning. Chief constable Ian Hopkins said: We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe that while the attack last night was conducted by one man, the priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network. The death toll makes the attack in Manchester the worst of its kind since the bombings in 2005, where several suicide bombers detonated explosives they were carrying in backpacks in several busy London locations including a bus and tube stations, killing 52 people. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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Vanderbilt creates partner programme for installers and distributors

Global security system Vanderbilt has created a partner programme to help installers and distributors in areas such as training and marketing. After a series of acquisitions, Vanderbilt says it is in a position to consolidate the business and has made the development of customer and partner support programmes a priority. The company has called its programme Aspire.

Aspire s key theme is about a strong and mutually rewarding partnership between Vanderbilt and its customers. The programme is open to installers and distributors that do business directly with Vanderbilt, or via a certified distributor and is a major effort by Vanderbilt to broaden its service base and create long-term, incremental value for its partners, says Kim Loy, director of marketing. The Aspire programme has three membership levels, which are Registered, Silver, and Gold, with each attaining more benefits. The programme is focused on Vanderbilt s expertise in the security industry but is tailor-made for customers, including installers and distributors. These companies can benefit from accessing training tools. Vanderbilt is also enhancing the quality and capabilities of its support to serve installers. On the distribution side, the programme will also see Vanderbilt providing marketing, event support, lead generation, and sales incentives to give its customers an edge on competition. Loy adds: One of the exclusive benefits available to the programme s Gold partners is pre-launch access to information related to new Vanderbilt products. We are one of the only players in the market that can offer technology from all three security disciplines, access, intrusion and video on a global basis.

So, early access to any product development information can only improve a partner s possibility to gain in positioning and competitiveness. Check out the latest security solutions from Vanderbilt at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand E1225. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 IFSEC International is taking place at Excel London, 20 22 June 2017, here are 5 reasons you should attend: Exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 brand new security solutions Network with over 27,000 security professionals Discounts of up to 30% exclusively for IFSEC 150 hours of seminars, workshops and keynote speeches A 1-2-1 meetings service to pre-book face to face meetings.

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Edesix launches head and torso-mounted body-worn cameras

New head and torso-mounted cameras have been launched by Edesix, a specialist in body-worn cameras. The X-100 is a side-mountable tactical head camera, for attaching to headwear used by police firearms divisions. The X-100 offers automatic rotation of footage, so it can be worn on either side of the head without requiring configuration by the wearer to rotate footage.

The X-200 is for use on uniform vests and tactical body armour. Both the X-100 and X-200 can capture 1080p video at 30fps, or simultaneously record and stream at 720p. Both accessories are easy to operate. Recording is triggered by a toggle push-button. Haptic, audible and visual alerts leave the operator and the public aware of recording beginning and ending. Both cameras are available with a various connectors for attachment to different mounting options. The X-100 and X-200 are accessories to be used along with the VideoBadge-300. They are plugged into a VB-300 with a two part cable, which allows a VB-300 to be worn under a uniform or on a belt pocket. Richie McBride, managing director of Edesix, says: We feel these new body worn camera accessories really enhance what we can offer, and help provide a flexible solution to customers requiring a lightweight, multifunctioning camera.

Body worn cameras are now making a real difference to the protection of staff, and the general public, across an ever-growing list of sectors, including security, retail, local authorities, emergency services to name but a few. The X-Series of cameras are already in use by UK-based police forces. Check out Edesix s latest products in the flesh at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Edesix on stand E350. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals. Covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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Genetec announces product line-up

IFSEC 2017 During IFSEC in June, Genetec will be exhibiting Security Center 5.6, with new HTML5 web client, as well as previewing access control-as-a-service and new applications for retail and law enforcement. Montreal-based Genetec, which provides open architecture security and public safety solutions, will be at stand F500 at IFSEC taking place at ExCeL in London from 20-22 June. On its stand the company will demonstrate and preview its latest technologies that help integrators as well as end-users protect, improve and implement security measures within their environments.

Genetec will demonstrate Security Center 5.6, the latest version of the company s unified, open architecture IP security platform. Visitors will also be able to learn about Genetec Retail Sense, an analytics application for retail marketing and operations, as well as Genetec Clearance, which is a collaborative case management offering for law enforcement and security professionals. In addition a wide range of supported video, access control, and storage hardware and software systems from the Genetec ecosystem of partners will also be demonstrated. Synergis Genetec plans to offer a preview of its upcoming Synergis access-control-as-a-service, which can minimise reliance on corporate IT, eliminating the need for servers on premises and other costly IT equipment. Connected to Microsoft Azure, the technology can be deployed quickly and readily and can also be scaled as companies grow, providing maximum security for customer data. Genetec will also sponsor a new, speaking series called Borders & Infrastructure Theatre, to address the specific needs for managing large-scale multi-stakeholder security issues, like border control, critical national infrastructure, law enforcement and transport security. Andrew Elvish, vice president of marketing at Genetec says: Visitors to our stand at IFSEC this year will see that despite the extraordinary technology on display, Genetec s focus remains squarely on protecting the everyday. This latest version of Security Center includes advanced authentication, authorisation and encryption standards plus a new HTML5 web client with an enhanced mapping interface, new access control and video device integrations, as well as the ability to use number plates as access control credentials with the new AutoVu SharpV camera. Genetec recently released the latest version of off-street parking enforcement software Free-Flow.

The company has also been confirmed as sponsor of the Borders & Infrastructure Expo, which makes its debut within IFSEC this year. Check out the latest solutions from Genetec at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Genetec on stand F500.

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BSIA expands business awards with three new categories

Industry news The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has launched three new awards, expanding its existing awards programme, opening it up to contributions from across its membership. The Security Business Awards will be presented at the BSIA s annual luncheon, in Covent Garden s Grand Connaught Rooms in July 2017, before an audience of security business leaders as well as representatives from police forces and government. There are three awards categories.

The International Partnership Award underscores the capability of the UK security industry in embodying the BSIA s export brand values of world class security through innovation and experience. The award will be given to a BSIA member company that has overcome challenges to deliver a project outside the UK either for an overseas customer or partner organisation. The Environmental Award recognises the commitment of a security company, or its employees, to improve sustainability within the organisation, or to improve their local community s wider environment. The Innovative Security Project of the Year Award recognises projects that mark a first for either the industry, a particular market, or a new application of an existing security solution. The BSIA s head of marketing and communications, Amanda Caton, says: Our established awards scheme is already successful in enabling us to recognise and reward the outstanding contributions made by security personnel, but we wanted to ensure that we re also recognising companies wider commitments to promoting the worldwide reputation of the industry, improving corporate social responsibility and applying existing solutions in new and innovative ways. Nomination forms are available to download from the BSIA s website. The BSIA is a longstanding and valued partner of, and exhibitor at, IFSEC International, Europe s biggest fire and security trade show taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals.

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2000ft drone-busting invisible fence erected by Guernsey prison

Anti-drone tech Les Nicolles prison on Guernsey in the Channel Islands has become the first in the world to use an invisible shield to foil drones programmed to smuggle in drugs, weapons and mobile phones. The fence s technology works by jamming electronic transmissions that return the drone to its sender preventing its delivery of contraband. Sensors act as disruptors to jam the drone by blocking radio frequencies.

Sky Fence has been developed by Nottingham-based firm Drone Defence and Eclipse Digital Solutions with installation costs upwards of 100,000. Drone Defence founder and CEO Richard Gill said: It disrupts the control network between the flyer and the drone. The drone then activates return to home mode and it will then fly back to the position where it had signal with its flyer. Someone described it as the final piece in a prison s security puzzle. I think it could have a significant worldwide impact. Gill said the technology neither hacks nor damages the drones. The technology can combat the increasing number of unmanned aerial vehicles that are being dispatched to jails to drop off illicit goods that are fuelling growing violence and disorder among inmates. Les Nicolles prison is a mixed category jail with 139 inmates. Prison governor David Matthews said: This is the first time this technology has been used in any prison anywhere in the world.

I would like to see it adopted in other UK prisons because it has become a significant problem there. Drones can carry weapons, contraband, mobile phones and drugs. This is about prevention. The Drone Zone one again returns to IFSEC International in June for its 2017 edition. Brought to you in partnership with The UK Drone Show, the Drone Zone will feature demonstrations of drone and anti-drone technology from Yuneec, Dedrone, Hitachi and Magos. The Drone Zone will form part of Borders & Infrastructure Expo, a brand new show within IFSEC dedicated to the protection of borders and critical national infrastructure. Get your free badge for IFSEC 2017 now. Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more. You will have access to test the latest security innovations in; Physical & perimeter, Barriers & bollards, Command & control, Emergency response, Cyber solutions, Drones & UAVs, Transport security and much more.

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BSIA responds to cash courier shooting in London

Walthamstow shooting The trade body representing the private security industry in the UK has issued the following statement relating to the recent shooting of a cash-in-transit courier in Walthamstow, north-east London. The cash-in-transit courier was injured from the shooting ambush. James Kelly, chief executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) said in a statement: Every day, cash-in-transit couriers perform a vital public service, transporting cash around the country and supporting banks, retailers and businesses by facilitating millions of financial transactions across the UK.

However, in doing so, they place themselves at risk of extreme violence, as today s incident sadly reminds us. Kelly goes on to point out that the number of attacks on cash-in-transit couriers remains at an all-time low. There were 76 injuries to cash-in-transit crew members, police and the wider public in 2016. However, the risk of violence and injury remains a very real threat to couriers. This is something that the private security industry together with its partners in police and government is continually working to reduce through initiatives like SaferCash, which shares intelligence about attacks and suspicious incidents between couriers and the police, continued Kelly. Our thoughts are with the injured courier and his family who have made a very personal sacrifice for the sake of our nation s economic security and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. The BSIA is a longstanding and valued partner of, and exhibitor at, IFSEC International, Europe s biggest fire and security trade show taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Take your security knowledge to the next level at IFSEC International 2017 Experts from across all areas of the industry will attend to share their expertise on critical topics on 20 22 June 2017.

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Axis Communications opens new Experience Centre as it celebrates 20 years at the top

Video surveillance During a launch event Axis partners met with the senior management team and were invited to explore how the new centre in Luton, just outside London, operates. The event also coincided with the company s 20th anniversary. Martin Gren, co-founder of Axis Communications, opened the centre, along with Bodil Sonesson, the company s vice president of global sales.

Atul Rajput, regional director, Northern Europe led the toast. Rajput, who was one of the company s first employees, thanked partners for their collaboration over the last two decades. The Experience Centre takes end-users on a two-hour tour where they can experience Axis systems in different environments that simulate real issues. The tour is designed for small groups of people to allow in-depth discussion of challenges end-users might be facing. In the tour the Axis Camera Application Platform (ACAP) allows partners to solve specific customer problems by downloading third-party applications to Axis IP cameras and encoders. Typical problems include queue management, people counting and intrusion detection. The systems are all interactive. On passing through a gateway, an audio alert notifies participants that they are trespassing for example. In the most immersive part of the experience a dark room simulates challenging lighting conditions so that on leaving the room, participants are shown how Axis WDR cameras capture detailed images despite these conditions.

Other highlights include the networking centre, demonstrating Axis hardware and third-party switches, as well as the video management software control room, which uses a new user interface and can be integrated with access control and intercoms. Throughout the tour the emphasis is on applications, not simply products. End users and installers are encouraged to discuss security-related challenges they face, and explore how Axis technology could help resolve these.

More than half of UK business owners unaware of incoming data protection law

GDPR Some 84% of small business owners and 43% of senior executives of large companies in the UK are unaware of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to a study by Shred-it. From May 2018 the GDPR will replace existing European data protection laws. The purpose of the law is to bring greater strength and consistency to the data protection given to individuals within the EU.

Shred-it s Security Tracker survey, conducted by Ipsos, also found that only 14% of small business owners and 31% of senior executives knew the fine associated with the new regulation, which is up to ‘ 20 million or 4% of global turnover, even despite 95% of senior executives and 87% of small business owners claiming to have some understanding of their industry s legal requirements. If businesses breach the forthcoming legislation and fail to grasp its implications they not only risk severe financial penalties, but also any reputational damage. Research shows that 64% of executives agree that their organisation s privacy and data protection practices contribute to reputation and brand image. Only 40% of senior executives, claiming to be aware of the law, have begun to prepare for the GDPR. This is in spite of 60% agreeing that the change in legislation would put pressure on their organisation to change information security policies. Robert Guice, senior vice president Shred-it EMEAA, says: From implementing stricter internal data protection procedures such as staff training, internal processing audits and reviews of HR policies, to ensuring greater transparency around the use of personal information, businesses must be aware of how the legislation will affect their company to ensure they are fully compliant. According to Guice, governmental bodies such as the Information Commissioner s Office (ICO), must take a leading role in supporting businesses to get GDPR ready, by helping them to understand the preparation needed. We recently reported on how the Minister for Digital and Culture offered reassurances over the impact of a data protection law coming into force next year on the use of facial recognition technology for crime-fighting purposes. Check out the findings of the Shred-It survey in infographic form below Attend IFSEC International 2017 to stay protected As systems and software become increasingly connected, the consequences of a cyber-attack become greater every day, with the average breach costing businesses up to $3.8 million, do not leave it until tomorrow to act.

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