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Fire industry and world media unite at FIREX 2017

Building regulations must be reassessed as part of the inquiry into the Grenfell tower fire, according to a panel of experts at FIREX International. In an emotional debate, which begun with a one-minute silence to commemorate the victims, Dennis Davis of the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) said the industry was creating the legacy for the next 50 years following the Grenfell tower fire. To a crowd of journalists and TV cameras he said: Time and time and time again, we are desperately worried about our building regulations, in particularly the approved documents falling behind what is going on within the built environment.

We must get over this.

2006 is the last review. Ten years is too long a gap, far too long a gap if you consider how much constriction and building has changed. The determination has to be as a sector that we ask very, very deep, searching questions how could this happen in our country, at this time? Special @itvnews report filmed at #FIREX2017. Fire industry condemn a failing safety culture and how it must be fixed. #GrenfellTower pic.twitter.com/gDBOyAvFZj IFSEC Global Editor (@ifsecglobal) June 23, 2017 Worrying trends Jim Glocking, Fire Protection Association, said the industry was seeing worrying trends associated with fires but was struggling enormously to get its voice heard. He said that the situation with central government was very difficult as there was no timeframe and you couldn t imagine holding the Olympics and not telling athletes when to be ready yet that is the situation we find ourselves in. Steve Seaber of the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association, said that there needed to be more regular reviews of legislation like in Australia, where it happened once a year. He said: We also need to make sure that regulatory changes are reflected in other parts of regulations. Misinformation Stephen MacKenzie, international fire risk and emergency planning expert, said there was an awful lot of misinformation and we needed to learn from the lessons of the past, as well as political responses.

He said: We need to look not just at regulations but at emergency and disaster responses from local and central government. We are see an erosion of fire research capacities in the UK need to look at longer-term secure funding streams. Cladding Niall Rowan of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection was one of the only panellists to make an outright comment about the cladding, often cited as a claimed cause of the extensive fire, saying it seems to have failed spectacularly . He said: I witnessed a number of videos from passers-by but I don t put a scapegoat on the cladding panels, there was also the foam we need to look at the whole system. He claimed though the panels weren t permitted under Approval Document B but that one of the desktop studies where they could be used, through a Building Control alliance of the local authority, inspectors and other bodies, could allow for them to be used. Although the panels aren t permitted, there is a very sophisticated test the desktop study that can be used, and that some of these haven t been as rigorous as they should have been. Rowan agreed though there was a lot of supposition about the fire, but that it was tombstone legislation that caused it unfortunately it takes somethings like this to make a difference. Skills Martin Harvey, Fire Industry Association, said there was also a real issue about competency skills and knowledge of the people installing fire protection systems. He said: You just need a man and a white van and he s suddenly an expert in installing fire systems.

Summing up, Harvey said that the most important element of the inquiry was that lessons must be learnt unlike the Lakanal House fire.

Fire industry Desperately worried building regulations have fallen behind @BBCTheOneShow report from #FIREX2017 #GrenfellTower pic.twitter.com/PwGMSg49If IFSEC Global Editor (@ifsecglobal) June 23, 2017 This article was also published on SHP Online.

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Video: Genetec, Pelco, CSL, AxxonSoft and Promise take the 30 second challenge

30 Second Challenge As is becoming an IFSEC Global tradition, we challenged security technology vendors at IFSEC 2017 to pitch their products to the camera in just 30 seconds. In the videos below Genetec, Pelco, CSL Dualcom, Axxonsoft and Promise Technology each deliver a short, sharp summary of their latest product innovations. Genetec embedded content Pelco by Schneider Electric embedded content CSL DualCom embedded content AxxonSoft embedded content Promise Technology embedded content Leave a Reply Be the First to Comment!

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Video Analytics: Oversold and underutilised but could key to preventing terror attack

Panel of video surveillance manufacturers agree that video analytics has yet to reach its full potential. Atul Rajput, Axis Communications, Stephen Jones, Seagate, Jonathan Rickard, Panasonic, and Andy Coles, Hikvision took part in a lively debate at IFSEC International 2017 about the trends shaping video surveillance over the next few years. Video analytics raises Far too many false alarms, not really performing said Jonathan Rickard but that is going to change as machine learning and processing power in cameras is increasing.

Video analytics can already identify unusual behaviour, if someone in a crowd who is drunk, or walking in an usual way. Analytics can take away the current expectation that a single security guard can monitor 150 cameras, said Rickard. A guard can see one or two cameras maximum. Even if you them screen with 50 cameras, they won t be able to do it. Machine learning is needed to monitor all cameras and then present anything usual to the security guard. ‘The future of video surveillance’ just starting at Security Management Theatre in @IFSEC pic.twitter.com/mrBYDJzyKg IFSEC Global Editor (@ifsecglobal) June 20, 2017 The potential of real-time analytics Andy Coles pointed out that Artificial intelligence is already built into many surveillance products already. Until now analytics have been used to review an incident after it happens. Imagine intelligent analytics that can interrogate behaviour before it happens. That s where security is going. Deep learning will make big impact in the years ahead.

Forensic searches for video analytics are good, but we need to now react in real time. Takes a lot of processing power and technology said Stephen Jones. Preventing terror attacks In many incidents such as the recent Manchester Arena bombing, terrorists conduct a reconnaissance before the bombing. How could video analytics have presented these attacks, asked an audience member. If know suspect was on terror list and you could get your VMS platform suppliers for government and businesses joined up, yes you could spot that. said Andy Coles. The technology is there, but as everyone is using disparate systems you cant do anything like that. In connecting systems Simplicity is key Atul Rajput added. The more complicated systems are the more mistakes can be made on installation.

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ASFP takes first steps with RIBA-based Work Plan for Fire Protection

Niall Rowan CEO of ASFP, introduced a FIREX panel session about improving passive fire protection, recapping the progress made by the ASFP panel of experts with the development of an overarching Construction Strategy. Since its inception at FIREX in 2016, the panel has convened at a number of meetings and a roundtable to improve collaboration across silos in the construction industry with the aim of engaging fire safety engineers at an earlier stage in the construction process. This has resulted in the first steps being taken to deliver a RIBA-based Work Plan for Fire Protection to combat the fragmentation with regard to best practice in the world of construction, from building contractors to insurers.

The ASFP panel of experts was set up to include stakeholders from across the construction industry and represents the views of the following groups: architects/designers, criminal regulatory lawyers, fire engineers, tier-one contractors, passive fire protection manufacturers, passive fire protection insurers, the PFP trade body, fire service, building control, insurers, building owners. A number of these experts were present at the panel session to discuss the new Work Plan and answer questions from the audience. Present: Paul Bussey architect RIBA committee; Damian Ward Technical Compliance manager; Colin Wells Aviva; Glenn Horton consultant fire engineer; David O Reilly ASFP Ireland; Carl Atkinson Chairman.

7 Work Stages of Fire Management Architect Paul Bussey (AHMM) introduced the Fire Risk Identification, Evaluation, Reduction & Communication Process by RIBA work stages the panel has been working on. This new work plan proposal investigates the possibilities for introducing a sign off process as construction progresses, with all information reaching the end-user to support adequate fire risk management. The RIBA work stages method was chosen to identify each of the stakeholders and to define their roles and responsibilities at each stage, specifying who would contribute, inspect and sign off. Bussey explained: Building regulations do not have a good process throughout architects are trained as general practitioners and cannot be expected to be expert in every field. So we are trying to work with other specialists and bring them in the process at the right time The RIBA work plan methodology is used by UK architects to manage and plan the building design and construction process. Bussey introduced the 7 work stages of fire management that have been added to this: (Stage 0-1) Fire Risk? L,M,H; (Stage 2-3) Fire Design Strategy; (Stage 3-4) Fire Design & CDM; (Stage 3-4) Contractor Fire Plan; (Stage 4-5) Specialist Fire Input; (Stage 6-7) Fire Management. As Bussey explained, Stages 2&3 are the early stages in which big decisions need to be made about risk assessment. As architects progress through the stages, more detailed performance criteria are required and collaboration with technical fire experts and engineers becomes key.

At the early stages obtaining the right information about interfaces between one material and the other is an important aspect of the fire risk assessment, but details about requirements are often lacking. Simplifying the whole process will make it clear at the tendering stage how far the design has been developed. The next hurdle to overcome is the prescriptive stage: here a lot of specialist input is required and the input has to be coherently integrated. In the Fire Management stage the project is handed over to the client who has to start maintaining the building and has to know what exactly has to be maintained. The panel is working towards a document that captures all of this process with details about installation and certification resulting in a manual that can be used to check the process. The aim is to encapsulate key information and identify the role of each of the stakeholders for each of the RIBA work stages. Currently a discussion is underway to see whether inspection sign-off should be a regulatory sign-off as it is in Ireland. Ensuring there is a paper trail of sign-offs is an important part of the improvement proposed. But who exactly is responsible for carrying these out has not yet been established.

David O Reilly explained that the current code of practice in Ireland gives the owner paramount responsibility for appointing competent designers, certifiers and contractors. These assigned certifiers must be registered architects, chartered engineers or chartered surveyors. Colin Wells (Aviva) also pointed out that insurers would like to be involved at the earliest possible stage of design. However, this can often result in a discussion about costs and a discussion about risk needs to be had at this stage to assess whether the building should itself be protected once everyone is out of the building. During the Q&A the question was raised why no one from local government was represented on the panel. However Rowan explained that a representative from a local authority is on the panel but could not attend the session, noting that they are one of the most important stakeholders for sign off. Another point of interest raised was the problem that approved inspectors are paid by the client and that this can cause a conflict of interest. The panel acknowledged this is a problem that needs to be addressed. Professional standards need to be raised and attitudes need to change to ensure standards.

The work stage plan formalises the process. It explains a very complicated system and perhaps a plan of work is also required for refurbishments. But it needs to be simplified into a usable document. Also more complex building will require more complex solutions but ultimately it is important to ensure collaborating on every project is coordinated. The challenge is to get the right people involved at the right time. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas.

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Veracity demonstrates end-to-end command and control system at IFSEC

Veracity is exhibiting a new range of products at IFSEC, spanning IP transmission, storage and display. Following on from the company s acquisition of security Command & Control software manufacturer icomply Ltd, Veracity s IFSEC stand F1050 is built around a control room. The control room promotes the company s integrated security management platform powered by VTAS Pro.

Taking new and legacy third-party video recording systems, VTAS Pro combines them with other security systems such as access control and building management to provide a single coherent system for managing and controlling single or multiple sites. VTAS Pro is fully integrated with Veracity s Trinity direct-to-storage architecture and the Coldstore surveillance storage system. The technology features a full video and media wall display option which can be reconfigured on-the-fly and in response to specific incidents or emergency situations. Live views can be mixed with playback and media streams such as broadcast news, online data streams, maps or other graphical displays. The end-to-end Command & Control solution is scalable and supports a large number of operator workstations, with shared incident management and can handle thousands of remote sites. The system can provide integration with access control, building management, intruder detection, VOIP intercom systems and video analytics including facial recognition. Veracity will also be presenting its new Highwire Powerstar Base 4 encoder replacement kit, containing a Highwire Powerstar Base 4 unit, four Highwire Powerstar Camera units and a 57V DC power supply. The bundle is a simple and cost-effective replacement for legacy analogue video encoders. Customers can upgrade to IP cameras by re-using the coax cable and powering the new IP cameras with POE over coax.

Other examples of Coldstore integrations can be seen on the stand of Veracity s global marketing partner Hanwha Techwin Europe, G800, where the technology will be shown working with SSM and WiseNET cameras. 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. It is the perfect way to keep up to date, protect your business and enhance your career in the security industry. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

Calls for greater collaboration as security industry faces blended threat

Recent cyber-security threats underscore the need for physical and information security teams to work more closely together. The threat is blended so the teams need to work together, said Ellie Hurst, Marcomm and Media Manager for Advent IM at IFSEC International. Hurst cited numerous attacks where hackers exploited vulnerabilities found in physical systems.

For example, in December, two individuals hacked into the Washington DC CCTV camera network days before Donald Trump s inauguration. Meanwhile in October, Hangzhou Xionmai Technology, a vendor behind DVRs and internet-connected cameras, inadvertently played a role in a wide-scale DDOS attacks against PayPal, twitter, Spotify and other platforms. While physical and information security professionals typically work in different departments, they need to find a common language, said Hurst. Do you know what you have? Do you know what they are built on? What is the life-cycle management of these products and are they patched? said Hurst. From there you can decide whether to accept the risk. Though rare, some organisations have merged the physical and information security teams, said James Willison, Founder of Unified Security Ltd.

Symantec has merged their team and Barclays is building one SOC for both cyber and physical security, he said. All is not lost if your organisation is behind. There are measures every company can take to mitigate the risk, said the presenters at IFSEC. Ninety percent of breaches are due to people s mistakes, poor configuration and maintenance, said Steven Kenny, Business Development Manager Architecture & Engineering (A&E) Program, Axis Communications. Creating a documented internal policy and increasing employee awareness is important, said Kenny. Training and education is also important. You need to find a training course suitable for those in physical security, added Hurst. At the end of the day, the threat isn t going to go away. You ve got to do the training.

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Security installer training academy: Robox Academy at IFSEC 2017

Manveer Rayit, owner of RoboxAcademy.com, speaks to IFSEC Global about exhibiting at IFSEC International 2017 in the run-up to the show. A former installer, Manveer is now running a training academy which helps installers market and grow their business. Robox Academy is exhibiting on stand C1432.

Get your free badge now. IFSEC Global: What are your plans for the show? Have you exhibited before? Manveer Singh: This is the first time exhibiting. Our plan is to showcase our academy targeted towards installers looking to grow their business. We ll also be handing out some useful marketing information for security installers. IG: What s your background? MS: I learnt about the security industry through my father who left his management role with BT to become a full time security installer in 1990. I was brought up watching him fit security systems and It taught me a lot about the nature of running your own business.

Fast forward 15 years, I left university and could not find a job so decided to become a CCTV Installer and found it incredibly rewarding. I was always fascinated with the products, so after three years I setup as a distributor and began supplying the trade with CCTV equipment. It was through this experience that I learnt how important it was for installers to understand how to manage their business. I think a lot of well qualified installers lose out due to a lack of attention on the marketing and management side. Whether it s advertising themselves, designing a sales system that helps them win more jobs or project management their installations. So many installers I used supply cut themselves short when it came to marketing themselves properly. This is when I had the first idea for an Academy that could teach business skills for installers who were primarily driven by technical expertise. I ve also been reading lots of articles about the shortage of engineers in the trade and our academy is planning on a campaign to help bring more people into the industry. IG: Please tell me about the things you have to offer the market?

MS: Our primary product is a training course which anyone from the trade can register and attend. The courses are specifically targeted towards business skills so you d learn things like: Advertising your business online Managing your projects more effectively Controlling your paperwork and finances We also have a solutions division which has successfully completed a number of business solutions since January. Our solution is company specific so includes Web Design, Branding and Logo Design and implementation of CRM software. We have our business course on 14 July and are offering a 100 discount to all IFSEC attendees from the normal price of 299. It s not too late to visit IFSEC! One day to go . IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Robox Academy is exhibiting on stand C1432. Get your free badge now.

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Brian Cox draws IFSEC s biggest-ever keynote audience

Professor Brian Cox gave a thought-provoking lecture on the origin of the universe in front of a record audience at the Safety and Health Expo 2017 keynote theatre. Cox said the scale and challenge of his job as a cosmologist was shown by the fact our nearest galaxy is 23 million light years away . He said: What I m trying to say is the universe is big!

The challenge is to see our position. We are physically insignificant. Quoting cosmologist Carl Sagan, Cox said astronomy was a humbling experience , and then also American author, John Updike, who said astronomy is what we now have instead of theology: the terrors are less but the comforts are nil. Tour Cox then took the packed audience on a whistle-stop tour of the theories of the universe, including Einstein s theory of relativity, and how that grew out of his own thinking on gravity and light, which was from James Maxwell s 1860s experiments on light and rainbows. He said: Really simple benchtop experiments motivated Einstein to his theory. Depending on your feeling about maths, the equations are either gibberish or beautiful. Einstein had demolished the notion of absolute time one of the key theories of physics Cox said. Audacious leap Cox said it was an audacious leap from just some electricity and magnetism experiments that led to a theory of the creation of the universe. He then went onto explain how when you look further back in space, you can see everything is so hot that atoms can t form.

Can I see the Big Bang? The answer is yes, almost. He said. Seeing the oldest light in the universe, there are no stars and galaxies, it is just the glowing plasma of the young universe with dense dots of light. The different colours correspond to slightly different densities. This picture shows that the universe was very dense and very hot and that the universe is not eternal. He said that one physicist had described the dense spots like looking at the face of god as they collapsed to form the first stars and galaxies. When you put the image of the oldest light into a computer and simulate the expansion of the universe, the distribution of galaxies creates the cosmic web that we have today, he said. Inflation Speaking about what existed before the Big Bang, Cox said Inflation is the best theory , and which only became a mature concept in the 2000s.

He said: There is a little patch of space before big bang. The universe was still there, but it was empty and cold, and has a kind of stuff but if you put it into the universe it makes it stretch very fast. This theory starts with something a billionth of the size of the nucleus of an atom. Ten to the minus 37 seconds stretching out. It doubles 100 times and possibly many more times, until it stops, and when it stops the entire observable universe is the size of the exhibition hall. And all the energy is dumped into the space, and it heats it up and it makes particles and it creates the Big Bang. That s the cause of the big bang itself. Circles Cox also said there was a prediction that if you look into the data map of the universe, you should see circles in the sky that are a direct prediction from the oldest light. Astronomers should be able to draw these circles through the distance between galaxies, by pairing galaxies up through a correlation function.

He said: The graph was only published three years ago it is true that it more likely to find these predictions than not. This is cutting edge cosmology we have been able to probe the origin of our universe from the billionth the size of an atom to today s trillions of galaxies through data. Questions Cox also took a number of questions from the floor, including why we haven t found any other intelligent life in the universe. He said: Biologists point to the history of life on earth. Complex life doesn t begin for 3.5 billion years, until then it is only single celled. The evolutionary events are extremely fortuitous. Someone one cell got inside another one and survived and then reproduced. It is mind-boggling how rare it is but it did happen and it happened here. One biologist told me, when looking at at my map of the Milky Way you should say out there, there is only slime.

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