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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British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Trade Association

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The BSIA runs a series of annual awards, which celebrate the valuable contributions made by individual security officers, teams, and industry leaders.

The BSIA’s awards are presented annually and incorporate the Security Personnel Awards, Chairman’s Awards, Apprentice Installer Awards and CVIT Special Awards for Outstanding Service.

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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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How network video can support suicide prevention on the rail network

It describes some current suicide counter-measures and details the size of the challenge which the rail industry faces. This paper explains how IP network video can support existing measures in order to provide an effective overall suicide prevention solution. This paper does not attempt to find broader resolution to the questions around suicide and refrains from exploring the personal and tragic circumstances surrounding many of the individuals who find themselves attempting or committing this act.

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TDSi and Litestar announce Singapore partnership

Asian markets UK-based integrated security products manufacturer TDSi has entered a partnership with Singaporean installer Litestar Technologies to increase its foothold in the region. Litestar supplies integrated electronic security systems to small and mid-sized firms, as well as multinationals and governments the Asia-Pacific region. John Davies, managing director of TDSi, says: Litestar is a premium security installation expert with considerable technical expertise and unrivalled local market knowledge This is a very exciting region to be involved with and we look forward to growing our business together.

Though Singapore is a mature market for access control, it remains lucrative and Litestar is confident there is scope for growing its market share with TDSi. Singapore is a fast-paced and cosmopolitan state undergoing plenty of change. TDSi s scalable products are well suited to the local market. In addition the company offers a wide range of access control products, which can integrate with third party systems, which allows Litestar to offer customers a fully integrated security offering. Litestar Technologies was established in 2007 by a group of security professionals with the aim of bringing world-class technologies in security to all its customers that also provide a good return on investment. Check out the latest security solutions from TDSi at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stands A1250 and B1250. Get your free badge now. Can you afford not to attend?

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IFSEC International 2017 introduces exclusive on-site discounts programme

IFSEC Discounts IFSEC is introducing a GroupOn-style programme of exclusive discounts to give security professionals another reason to visit Europe s largest annual security trade show. CSL, Vanderbilt and Anglia Tool Centre are among the many exhibitors that have signed up to the IFSEC Discounts scheme, which gives visitors who pay nothing to get into the show discounts and incentives they will simply not be able to get anywhere but London ExCeL between 20-22 June 2017, when the show is held. Installers, integrators, technology buyers and other security professionals can benefit from a plethora of special offers on products and services spanning CCTV, access control, intruder alarms and more.

Gerry Dunphy, IFSEC brand director, said: IFSEC Discounts is a brand-new reason for customers to visit IFSEC this year with so many exhibitors now using the show to provide exclusive offers and discounts from their stands. The range is huge: everything from power tools delivered by Anglia Tools plus a wide range of solutions such as HD CCTV systems, Smart Wireless DIY Security and Biometric Access Control Solutions from Y3K. IFSEC visitor customers can download the current range of IFSEC Discounts and we recommend keeping an eye out for more as we get closer to the opening day. The discounts programme is one of a raft of new features and benefits debuting at the 2017 edition. Other exciting additions include Borders & Infrastructure Expo, Installer World and Professor Brian Cox OBE being the headline keynote speaker. IFSEC International 2017 takes place between 20-22 June at 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. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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London 2012, the ATP Tour and the Kings of Leon incident: Fire safety at the O2 Arena

Paul Andrews, project manager at AEG Europe, has played a major role in the fire safety operation at the O2 Arena in London. Below he gives a detailed account of the fire protection/safety systems and fire-engineered strategy at the erstwhile Millennium Dome, including measures implemented for concerts, the 2012 Olympic Games and the ATP tennis tour. IFSEC Global: Hi, Paul.

Please tell us a bit about your role at the O2 Paul Andrews: I ve been working at The O2 since its opening in 2007. For the first four years I worked in the in the building services team. My job was to maintain the fire alarm system and coordinate the maintenance of the other fire protection systems across the venue. Unfortunately the venue had a serious fire incident in December of 2010. The Kings of Leon were due to play a number of concerts, but on the first morning, whilst the production team were loading-in the stage, a tour bus caught fire in the arena s service yard. The fire was extinguished by the London Fire Brigade. Their swift actions, coupled with the efforts on the in-house teams, meant that the incident only lasted for a matter of hours on that fateful day. Essentially the band still could have played that night, but the mutual decision was for the show not to take place. Off of the back of that and due to other restructuring taking place, the business created an enhanced role in the health and safety team, the role of fire safety manager, and since 2011 I ve been in that role for AEG.

Both the building services and health and safety teams are part of the facilities department. The O2 concourse (photo: Liam Daly under CC 2.0) CW: What was the thinking behind this restructuring? PA: I don t know how well you know the changes in fire legislation over the last 10 years but, basically, in 2005 there was a change in UK fire legislation. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) was created and enforced in 2006. For premises like The O 2, prior to 2006 the London Fire Brigade would carry out an annual audit and issue a fire certificate to say everything s OK . With the introduction of the new legislation this responsibility was placed back on the businesses and the employees (competent people) who work at the premises. The implementation of the new legislation roughly coincided with the opening The O2. IG: It s quite an unusual structure you have to protect PA: The building formerly the Millennium Dome initially opened in 2000 for the Millennium Experience. It was only open for a year to celebrate the coming of the third millennium, but even today there are lots of bits about the building, infrastructure-wise, that we ve inherited from the legacy of The Dome .

The building sits on the Greenwich Peninsula at the edge of South East London. Its western edge is passed by the Prime Meridian, which is the birthplace of time. The O2 has 12 iconic yellow support masts that jut out from the fabric to represent the 12 months of the year and the 12 hours on a clock face The building is constructed out of tensioned fabric over a skeleton of steel. Of the many large domes worldwide which share this construction scheme, the Millennium Dome is one of the largest. Symbolism was key to the design of the dome and there are many symbolic pieces of the structure. It has 12 iconic yellow support masts that jut out from the fabric that represent the 12 months of the year and the 12 hours on a clock face. This is an attempt to pay homage to the role of Greenwich mean time and the prime meridian. The circular dome shape also has a diameter of 365 metres to represent the days of the year. The centre of the dome is a full 52 metres tall to represent the 52 weeks in each year.

Prince s 2007 performance at the O2 IG: Can you give us an overview of fire safety tech and procedures in what is such an unusual building? PA: From a fire safety point of view, due to the bespoke design and construction, compliance with normal building regulations wasn t exactly possible. So we have what s known as a fire-engineered strategy. It s a unique combination of comprehensive fire protection and detection systems, plus a strict set of fire safety management rules that have to be adhered to. The venue has a number of perspex shutters that raise automatically when the fire alarm goes off and essentially they re our final fire exits The biggest challenge in terms of fire is because we are an enclosed environment, if we were to have a fire, how do we vent the smoke from The O2? One of the legacy items from the dome design is right on top of the roof. We have a number of smoke vents which open when the fire alarm is activated to assist with smoke ventilation. In each one of the structural yellow support masts there s a large smoke extract fan. These systems assist with the problem of venting the smoke out of the space if there is an incident.

Around the perimeter of the building we also have some unique assets from the history of the dome. The venue has a number of perspex shutters that raise automatically when the fire alarm goes off and essentially they re our final fire exits. So they re just some of the main quirky things that we ve inherited from the old design of the Millennium Dome and that we have to maintain even now almost 20 years later. Inside the arena we ve got pretty much the full complement of fire safety arrangements: a comprehensive, networked fire alarm system throughout the whole venue with a PAVA, audible warning system. There are certain areas of the fire alarm system where we ve got an aspirating type of smoke detection, called VESDAs very early smoke detection apparatus. That includes inside the auditorium itself at high level. We ve got a couple of areas inside the arena that have sprinkler coverage. One of those areas is the loading bay where we had the fire; the second area is the American Express invites lounge. All kitchen canopies at the venue incorporate a UV filtration system, which use UVC rays to break down grease particles in extracted cooking smoke/air Around the perimeter of The O2 Arena is The Avenue , which is where all the bars and restaurants are still inside the building!.

All of the buildings there have sprinklers throughout. Due to the higher risks associated with these premises higher fire risk because of the kitchens and cooking activities sprinklers are included to mitigate that risk. As you can imagine we ve got fire extinguishers in all areas of the site. All the restaurants units on The Avenue and the catering kitchens in the arena have a special arrangement in terms of extraction, which is quite unique as well. All of the kitchen canopies at the venue incorporate a UV filtration system, which use UVC rays to break down the grease particles in extracted cooking smoke/air. IG: Is that common in restaurants in general? PA: In some, but not others, but again, it s one of the stipulations of our fire engineering strategy at the O2. All 27 plus restaurants and bars have to follow our fire safety requirements inside The O2. Prospective tenants may or may not have done it in their other restaurant franchises across the country but they had to comply here.

Entrance to Cineworld (photo: Zeisterre under CC by SA-3.0) IG: What about firefighter access and evacuation routes? PA: There are four main firefighting staircases in the arena. During an evacuation spectators would use one of these four protected staircases each, which also consist of a firefighting lift. The O2 also has its own private fire hydrant water main onsite. In terms of fire brigade access, having the luxury of those perspex shutters at regular frequencies around the perimeter means they can access where need be in the event of an emergency. They re big enough to get a fire engine inside. So there s a clear route round the arena itself and around the perimeter of the venue. So they can utilise those fire hydrants and everything else. IG: Have any particular events posed the biggest challenges?

PA: The biggest event that I ve been lucky to part of to date was the Olympic Games in 2012, The O2 (was called the North Greenwich Arena for the duration of the Olympics) hosted the gymnastics and the finals of the basketball and the Paralympic basketball events as well. For some of larger events like the Olympics, organisers can erect temporary structures to support the main event in the arena. In previous years, for the Brit Awards for example- they will build a marquee structure for an after show party. Similarly for the world finals of the ATP tennis tour; hospitality structures & practice tennis courts and more are housed in temporary structures. Each and every time, as per the requirements of our fire engineered strategy, a fire detection system will installed throughout all of those marquees. We work with an external fire design consultant to scrutinise all of the construction materials that are used to make sure that fire size/fire loading limits of the existing smoke ventilation systems are complied with and not exceeded. It is very common for special effects to be part of the production for an incoming arena event. Whether its pyrotechnics, lasers, water effects all is demonstrated to the licensing team at Greenwich council. CW: Do you have to work closely with LFB?

PA: Yes. Because of our fire engineered strategy and these rules and requirements that we have to enforce, the LFB have also enforced what s known as an alterations notice on the venue. That s not a bad thing, like the HSE handing out an improvement or enforcement notice. An alterations notice means that if any physical or non-physical change to the existing fire precautions is planned, we have to notify the London Fire Brigade of how we plan to manage the risk. We may also notify our insurers, Greenwich building control and the Greenwich licensing team. 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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