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S2 Security launches S2 Magic Monitor version 5

Unified security management S2 Security has launched version 5 of S2 Magic Monitor, which brings access control and video surveillance together with forensics, digital signage and real-time data feeds into a unified interface. New features Dynamic cells. Customise Magic Monitor to meet specific operational requirements and program with dynamic content such as interactive floor plans.

Follow events on screen by navigating through between and through various cameras. Supports touch screen-capable, responsive digital signage for general use throughout the enterprise in public areas such as lobbies and cafeterias Enhanced S2 NetBox access control and event monitoring system integration . Userw can view S2 NetBox systems and portals, drag and drop portals into Magic Monitor cells to view access history with photo identification and momentary unlock directly from the portal cell Extra third-party video management system support Now supports video management systems from Avigilon (Control Center 5 and 6), Milestone (2014, 2016 and 2017) and Tyco (exacqVision) S2 Security says Version 5 brings more advances than ever, allowing users to create maps, floor plans and command panels with amazing ease, says John L Moss, CEO of S2 Security. New support for Avigilon and Milestone 2017 video servers makes Magic Monitor a truly universal user interface for video surveillance applications. Availability S2 Security-certified integrators can already download version 5 via S2 Support Central. Visit the website to find out more. About S2 Security S2 Security Corporation specialises in IP-based access control, video management and mobile security management systems.

Products, which include S2 NetBox Series, S2 NetVR Series, S2 Magic Monitor, S2 Global and S2 Mobile Security Officer, are pitched to premises and businesses of all sizes, from small offices to global corporations with multiple sites.

S2 solutions operate on an open platform and support access control, video surveillance, alarm monitoring, temperature monitoring, intercom and digital signage.

Botched software update disables unlocking function on hundreds of smart locks

LockState The demise of the humble mechanical lock and key might be some way off yet. For all the possibilities they open up, so-called smart locks can readily become dumb in several scenarios. Hundreds of people recently discovered that they were unable to open their doors by their usual means when their smart locks were disabled digitally, at least by a botched software update.

Earlier this month LockState issued an update to its 6000i series smart locks that was designed for its later-generation 7000i models. The 6000i locks were subsequently unable to reconnect to the company s web service. As well as the remote locking and unlocking function, the mistake cost users access to remote access, status alerts and keypad entry code-management. The company couldn t even remedy the situation with a remote fix, meaning customers have to return part of the lock for repair turnaround time one week or wait three weeks or longer for delivery of a replacement lock. In a statement, the company attempted some damage limitation by giving owners one free year of access to connected services. Roughly 500 locks have been affected, says LockState. Users had to resort to the time-honoured method of inserting a metal key. Anyone using the locks for Airbnb hosting may be more inconvenienced still. Users of the peer-to-peer accommodation portal can make letting out property easier in theory by recruiting the services of LockState through the Host Assist program.

Around 200 Airbnb hosts are reported to have been affected. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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How evolving terror tactics have driven advances in perimeter security

Many urban threats used to be seen, at least in the eyes of the public, as things that happened on other shores. However, an increase in urban attacks of late has put pressure on security services to come up with innovative solutions that allow business to continue as normal and the public to enjoy some peace of mind. Amid these new threats, coupled with geopolitical fears and the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, governments are attempting to make borders more secure and event venues and stewards of high-risk public areas are following suit.

With terrorists now using vehicles as weapons, many existing security solutions need reassessing as they are inadequate at preventing vehicular attack. This month marks the anniversary of the Nice attack and similar incidents have occurred since in Berlin, Stockholm and London. The change in tactics has rendered current security provisions outdated. A proactive, preventative approach is now required if security personnel are to put a stop to such incidents. Mitigating risk While no guarantee can be made about the safety of those attending events or conducting their daily lives in high-risk, crowded public areas, perimeter security does provide an increased level of protection and has seen advancements designed to mitigate the risk and impact associated with today s urban threats. Previously seen on military bases, oil and gas fields and other important infrastructure, perimeter security products have become popular for those looking to secure their event and put public safety firmly back on the agenda. Threats are, of course, unpredictable. However, providing a readily-available solution for areas deemed high-risk due to large volumes of the public passing through, including stadiums or other event spaces, can help deter or reduce the impact of vehicular and some other attacks. The concrete blocks so far installed have actually been found to be near to useless when tested by researchers in Germany While video cameras and security guards are two of the most common security measures that organisations have in place, they aren t always the most effective.

With hostile events increasing in frequency, there has been a reliance on video surveillance to identify perpetrators and ensure that every angle is covered. However, surveillance cameras are mostly effective when the attack has already happened. There s no doubt that the increased threat level has meant that event organisers and those managing security in high-risk areas have had to look at alternative ways in which they can prevent attacks or reduce their impact. Protecting civilian areas has become a higher priority, with perimeter security generating much interest and innovation. In reaction to the London attacks, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick announced that vehicle barriers were to be installed across London in some form or other. Yet while such reactive measures are of course welcomed, it s imperative that everyone involved in public security should take action in the threat against urban terror. The concrete blocks so far installed have actually been found to be near to useless when tested by researchers in Germany, who found that they would be unable to prevent similar attacks. These revelations have prompted the development of barriers that are crash-resistant up to speeds of 50mph and use an anti-climb mesh to prevent further intrusions. As the solutions are flat-packed and can be earth-filled, they are an effective option for event security, minimising installation time and the impact on the surrounding environment.

Units can also be branded, so they remain inconspicuous and in line with an organisation s existing branding. New threats are presenting themselves every day. Organisations and urban spaces are aware they can no longer be just reactive in the wake of a hostile event. Precautionary measures are becoming increasingly advanced and accessible, and where public safety is concerned, you truly cannot put a price on it. Free Download: Securing UK borders: An examination of the implications of leaving the EU for UK border management. Recent tragic events in Manchester and London have, among other things, underscored the importance to national security of getting Brexit right. This report considers the implications of leaving the EU for the management of the UK s borders and making it as easy as possible for international business to thrive and legitimate movement to occur in a post-Brexit UK.

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CSL recruits head of BT Redcare Andy Fyvie

NEW HIRE CSL has appointed Andy Fyvie as head of European customer development. Andy, who joins the specialist in M2M/IoT devices from competitor BT Redcare, has 16 years experience in the fire and security sector. As head of BT Redcare Fyvie oversaw the rollout of Redcare networks in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In his new role he will join CSL s operational team, which develops new service initiatives and product propositions with the help of CSL customers. Joining a future facing, fast-growing and innovative company like CSL is a great opportunity, says Fyvie. Having seen the success they have had in recent years I am looking forward to adding my industry experience to the team and helping the company to continue its expansion. Said CSL CEO Ed Heale: We are delighted to announce Andy s appointment. His knowledge and expertise will greatly assist us in sustaining our first-class customer service and product innovations. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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Watch: Borders & Infrastructure Expo makes its debut at IFSEC 2017

IFSEC video A convergence of trends has made border security and the protection of critical national infrastructure (CNI) two of the most pressing priorities for governments around the world. From Madrid to Manila, nowhere is fully insulated from the global terror threat, inter-state cyber warfare and historically high migration flows. Recognising growing demand for technologies that help combat these problems, IFSEC International launched Borders & Infrastructure Expo for its 2017 edition.

Watch below our highlights video from Borders & Infrastructure Expo, which took place within IFSEC International at London ExCeL in June and was sponsored by Genetec. Borders and infrastructure encompasses central and local government, transport and utilities, sports stadia and events, logistics, border security and law enforcement and any other sectors critical to the functioning of a country s economy or civil society. embedded content Free Download: Securing UK borders: An examination of the implications of leaving the EU for UK border management. Recent tragic events in Manchester and London have, among other things, underscored the importance to national security of getting Brexit right. This report considers the implications of leaving the EU for the management of the UK s borders and making it as easy as possible for international business to thrive and legitimate movement to occur in a post-Brexit UK.

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West London housing provider is first organisation certified to PAS 7 FRMS standard

fire risk management system A West London housing provider has become the first organisation to have its fire risk management system (FRMS) certified to the PAS 7:2013 standard. RHP Group, which owns and manages around 10,000 homes across Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston, received a FRMS Management System Certificate from MMRA, a member of the Mott MacDonald Group, at a presentation ceremony on 8 August. Many in the fire industry may be heartened that a housing provider should be the first to meet the exacting criteria of PAS 7, given the fire safety deficiencies in social housing exposed by the recent blaze at Grenfell Tower.

MMRA Ltd is the first body to be accredited to assess the PAS 7 standard by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) as a third-party certification body. This is a great achievement by RHP in not only having a FRMS which meets the requirements of PAS 7, but also in being the first organisation ever to be awarded this certificate and setting a standard for other organisations to follow, said Paul Bardsley, head of MMRA. Launched in June 2017, the PAS 7 certification scheme which is UKAS-accredited provides guidance that stipulates minimum standards, functions and accessibility of fire safety management information across a corporate entity or multi-site organisation.

A documented FRMS demonstrates that an organisation as taken clear steps to reduce substantially the fire risk to people and assets and to meet its regulatory obligations under the Fire Safety Order. It also provides an auditable trail to back this up. Ben Bradford, managing director at BB7, outlined the merits of PAS 7 in a 2014 article.

Paul Bardsley, head of MMRA (Third from right), presented the certificate to Sara Tutton (third from left), RHP Group Head of Health and safety at a ceremony attended by CEO David Done RHP Group (second from left)

Honeywell to showcase life-safety systems from Xtralis at European and Dubai roadshows

Honeywell is showcasing life-safety systems from Xtralis the company it acquired in 2016 during 12 roadshows across Europe as well as an instalment in Dubai throughout September and October. Xtralis specialises in early warning life safety and security solutions that afford fire and security professionals crucial extra time to mitigate risk and deal with fires and security incidents promptly. Its comprehensive suite of integrated life safety and security solutions are especially popular in challenging or dangerous environments and in the protection of high-value assets.

Register to attend the roadshows . Xtralis products include: VESDA-E The next generation of ASD innivation VESDA Very Early Warning Aspirating Smoke Detection (ASD) VESDA VLI ASD for Industrial Applications VESDA ECO ASD Gas Detection & Environmental Monitoring ICAM Flexible Aspirating Smoke Detection OSID Open-area Smoke Detection ADPRO Perimeter, Multi-site and Enterprise Security Solutions HeiTel Remote Monitoring & CMS Solutions Check out the flier above to find out when and where your nearest roadshow takes place. Register to attend the roadshows .

ThruVis thermal camera screened up to 50 people every three minutes at Hyde Park music event

Digital Barriers Fifty people were screened for weapons every three minutes during the recent British Summer Time event in Hyde Park thanks to a pioneering thermal-based camera. Digital Barriers, which specialises in military-grade technology, also provided its ThruVis thermal screening cameras for the One Love Manchester concert, which took place at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground on 4 June in the wake of the Manchester MEN bombings. ThruVis protected 50,000 visitors as well as staff and artists including Liam Gallagher, Coldplay and Katy Perry.

Deployed at both events by G4S, ThruVis can detect non-metallic threats like explosives and ceramic knives as well as guns at distances exceeding 5 metres. As a thermal camera, it doesn t require people to remove clothing or pass through the kind of doorway seen with conventional airport scanners. Deployed throughout British Summer Time (3-9 July) both at VIP entrances and public gates, ThruVis screened up to 1,000 people per hour equating to 50 every three minutes and 50,000 in total. The event was headlined by Kings of Leon, The Killers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Digital Barriers reports a 98% satisfaction rating from visitors screened at Hyde Park. We used Digital Barriers ThruVis passive screening solution, to support our security arrangements at the event, said G4S Director of Events Eric Alexander. We recognise that new security innovations play an important role in strengthening our capability and increase the public s confidence in the measures we use to keep them safe. Said Colin Evans, Chief Operating Officer at Digital Barriers: The public expects enhanced security around high profile public events and would prefer this to be provided with minimal further inconvenience. We are confident ThruVis is the only security technology available today that meets this need and we are delighted to be working with G4S to make this important new capability widely available.

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Vanderbilt releases SPC 3.8 with a more intuitive interface and added remote maintenance capabilities

Intrusion detection Vanderbilt has released the latest update to SPC, the cloud-based intrusion detection system it inherited after its acquisition of Access Control Technology Ltd last year. The company says that SPC 3.8 more effectively supports dual authorisations and will make installations speedier and more cost-effective. SPC harnesses cloud services, apps and a dedicated software suite to provide comprehensive alarm management functionality.

The pace at which we are developing our systems is unparalleled, and SPC has a strong legacy, incorporating the latest technologies, design, and manufacturing methods to help drive this pace, says John O Donnell, product marketing at Vanderbilt. SPC 3.8 is a hardware and software intrusion system that keeps pace with market-driven features. Ultimately, we are aspiring towards a future single platform migration strategy within our product portfolio, and SPC is at the heart of this. embedded content Dual authorisation Vanderbilt has updated the interface in a bid to make it more intuitive. There are also enhancements to its remote maintenance capabilities. All SPC systems can be remotely updated as opposed to a more time-consuming, expensive physical site visit to the latest SPC firmware. As we continue to innovate this legacy system, the access engine within SPC has been boosted with additional functionality to support dual authorisation, continues John O Donnell. This escort facility ensures greater security measures when using the system. The support system has been complemented with the ability to obtain support information directly from the SPC help page, allowing access to customer and installer documentation.

The cause and effect engine has also been upgraded with a new layout and options to simplify programming. Vanderbilt is a major player in access control, intrusion detection and video management. We recently caught up with the company s CEO, Joe Grillo, who recently came third in our roll call of the top 10 influencers among security manufacturers/service providers 2017, at IFSEC International 2017. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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Converged security management: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks

Converged Security Management: The Key To Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks

The IoT revolution has come about thanks to falling component prices, global mobile device adoption, improvements in telecoms infrastructure and the rise of application programming interfaces (APIs). Unsecured and therefore vulnerable devices are now easily searchable through online vulnerability search engine Shodan, among many other means. A series of cyber-attacks targeting such devices as conduits to wider corporate networks has exposed the complacency of some manufacturers over cybersecurity.

The consequences of successful breaches the loss of sensitive data and potentially multi-million pound fines levied for breaches of the forthcoming Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean the issue is finally getting the attention it warrants. The arguably lower standards of security for consumer devices is a problem, as is the use of third-party suppliers who may not take security as seriously as they should. According to the Department of Homeland Security, this inter-connectedness of devices introduces cyber-physical technologies that connect cyber systems to physical systems, thereby removing the barrier between the cyber and physical worlds but the greater connectivity also expands the potential attack surface for malicious actors. Author bios James Willison BA MA MSyI James is founder of Unified Security Ltd and vice chair of the ASIS European Convergence/ESRM committee. James was awarded the Imbert Prize for an outstanding contribution to the Security Industry in 2011 for his work on convergence with ASIS Europe and the Information Security Awareness Forum. He has worked with BP, Loughborough University, Mitie TSM, the EU and AXIS Communications on convergence. He is an ISACA Academic Advocate and a member of the draft ASIS/ISACA/ISC(2) Security Awareness Standard Working Group. Unified Security Ltd provide consultancy to organisations on how to align their physical and information security functions. This encompasses security policy, common reporting processes, converged security risk assessment, training courses and white papers.

Sarb Sembhi CISM Sarb is CTO and CISO at Virtually Informed, and has previously been a CTO and CISO for the Noord Group. A former consultant in risk and security, Sarb has also worked with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Defence and Security Committee and its cybersecurity working group. Other roles have included president of the ISACA London Chapter, chair of ISACA International GRA Region 3 Sub-Committee, chair of ISACA International GRA Committee, ISSA UK Advisory Group member and InfoSecurity Magazine Editorial Group member. Sarb has also served on several security standards groups and speaks at risk and security events around the world. Sarb was shortlisted in IFSEC Global s Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017: Cybersecurity.

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