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?

Driven by rising concerns over public and private sector safety, the access control market is set to be worth a substantial $8.6 billion by 2018. Register for IFSEC International 2017 to discover the latest products designed to protect your buildings, your assets, and your people. Meet with leading access control suppliers, quiz them first hand on their latest products and see new technology in action.

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Pervasive Internet Surveillance

It has become clear in the past year that pervasive surveillance is a threat to all users of the Internet everywhere. A little over a year ago, a series of revelations began to emerge about widespread surveillance by government national security agencies that sent shockwaves across the Internet ecosystem. The world got an initial glimpse of the scope and scale of these programs on 5 June 2013 with the first leaks from Edward Snowden. The fact that governments use surveillance tools was not a surprise. It was the scope and scale of these online surveillance programs that has been a wake-up call for the international community.

Early on, the Internet Society expressed deep concerns about online surveillance, noting:

This kind of collection of user information is at odds with the commitments that governments around the world have made with respect to protection of personal data and other human rights.

Further, we highlighted the need for an open global dialogue on online privacy and security1. Also, last year, the Internet Society Board of Trustees endorsed the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance2 from the civil society-led Necessary and Proportionate3 initiative and emphasized the importance of proportionality, due process, legality, and transparent judicial oversight. At its Vancouver meeting in November 2013, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) declared that pervasive monitoring represents an attack on the Internet. This was followed by the adoption of RFC 72584: Pervasive monitoring is a technical attack that should be mitigated in the design of IETF protocols, where possible.”

In this blog post, we identify some of the responses in the policy landscape. In a companion piece, on our Internet Technology Matters blog5, we examine some of the responses from the technical community.

Policy responses and new challenges

We see a range of responses emerging, including:

  • Statements of principles
  • Data localization policies
  • Traffic re-routing policies
  • Legal proceedings
  • Assertion of jurisdiction
  • Diplomatic pressure

All over the world and across stakeholder groups, Internet users, political figures and even industry leaders have proactively voiced their deep concerns, calling for pervasive surveillance to stop. Notably, in December 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution: The right to privacy in the digital age6, following an impassioned speech at the UN General Assembly in September by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff where she expressed outrage at the mass surveillance and set out key principles for the Internet7. The UN resolution, among other things, requests the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to present a report on the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in the context of domestic and extraterritorial surveillance and/or interception of digital communications and collection of personal data, including on a mass scale . In Europe, during the past 12 months there has been a wave of activity in response to online surveillance. For instance, groups within the European community issued statements of principles (e.g. the Council of Europe Declaration of Ministers on Risks to Fundamental Rights stemming from Digital Tracking and other Surveillance Technologies8), and commenced proceedings in the European Court of Human Rights that received the rare priority designation by the Court. Further, the European Parliament9 called for the end of the US-EU Safe Harbor agreement and there was talk of establishing a European communications network ( a Schengen-Net ).

Significantly, in this context, the European Court of Justice recently ruled10 that the EU Data Retention Directive is invalid. In the Asia-Pacific region, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have reportedly condemned the U.S. surveillance programs, with the latter two calling for ASEAN countries to unite against spying. In some parts of the world, notably the Caribbean region, countries that were already considering increasing their capacity to exchange regional traffic via the establishment of IXPs, have hastened their work in light of the revelations that their international traffic may be subject to external surveillance. While we see a range of positive policy actions to counter online surveillance activities and to protect citizens, such as through strong statements of principle, we also see instances worldwide where governments appear emboldened by the revelations to engage in online monitoring and invest heavily in major cyber defense technologies.

Data localization proposals combined with calls for intergovernmental action to ensure national cybersecurity have also raised concerns across the Internet that this global network-of-networks could be carved up along national boundaries11. There was strong resonance in Latin America on the issue of Internet surveillance. The Presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela have signed a joint Mercosur Declaration12 condemning the surveillance episode. Moreover, Brazil, under President Rousseff s leadership, convened a Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, (NETmundial), 23-24 April 2014. The meeting adopted the Netmundial Multistakeholder Declaration13, a non-binding document that served as an exercise of achieving common ground among all stakeholders regarding Internet Governance.

It also clearly mentions the right to privacy, including:

Not being subject to arbitrary or unlawful surveillance, collection, treatment and use of personal data. The right to the protection of the law against such interference should be ensured.

Procedures, practices and legislation regarding the surveillance of communications, their interception and collection of personal data, including mass surveillance, interception and collection, should be reviewed, with a view to upholding the right to privacy by ensuring the full and effective implementation of all obligations under international human rights law.”

The Internet Society, for its part, is working with the policy community to tease out good and bad policy responses to this pervasive monitoring environment (e.g. by engaging in policy debates, and convening multistakeholder dialogue on data localization and traffic re-routing proposals1). We are also involved in the OECD s work on implementation of the Revised Privacy Guidelines, in the Council of Europe s modernization of the data protection convention (Convention 108) and in APEC, on the implementation of the Cross Border Privacy Rules system. These three frameworks prescribe principles for transborder flows of personal data, an essential foundation for a trusted global interoperable Internet. Further, in our contribution to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for its consultation in light of the UN Resolution, and in other fora, we are advocating for an ethical approach to data collection and handling, especially in the context of national security.

What s next?

Despite the extraordinary growth of the Internet, revelations regarding surveillance within the past 12 months underscore the importance of remaining watchful in our support of an open, global and trusted Internet – we must not take it for granted. The Internet has flourished and expanded because it is open, resilient, interconnected, and interdependent.

It’s an ecosystem based on collaboration and shared responsibility from all stakeholders, including governments, technical community, civil society, private sector, and academia, among others. Important progress is already being made within and across stakeholder communities on a variety of technical and policy initiatives that share the common goals of:

  • Striving to protect Internet users communications from unwarranted monitoring and interception; and
  • Restoring trust in the Internet, its technologies, applications, and services.

And yet, there is no absolute answer to prevent massive surveillance. The only way to make the Internet more secure, more resilient, more robust, and with more privacy is through all of us working collaboratively to make it that way.

It’s time for us all to do our part to make the Internet stronger.

1 RightsCon 2014; Freedom Online Coalition; IGF 2014141516


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  2. ^ International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance (
  3. ^ Necessary and Proportionate (
  4. ^ RFC 7258 (
  5. ^ Internet Technology Matters blog (
  6. ^ The right to privacy in the digital age (
  7. ^ principles for the Internet (
  8. ^ Declaration of Ministers on Risks to Fundamental Rights stemming from Digital Tracking and other Surveillance Technologies (
  9. ^ European Parliament (
  10. ^ ruled (
  11. ^ carved up along national boundaries (
  12. ^ Mercosur Declaration (
  13. ^ Netmundial Multistakeholder Declaration (
  14. ^ RightsCon 2014 (
  15. ^ Freedom Online Coalition (
  16. ^ IGF 2014 (

Ligentia Open New Warehouse Facility | Ligentia News

Ligentia are delighted to announce the opening of it s own warehouse facility at Somercotes offering customers 68,000 sq ft of racked ambient pallet storage and secure LGV parking for up to 150 vehicles. This bonded warehouse is located at the heart of the UK and is within 3 miles of the M1 J28. The premises are fully secure with CCTV coverage and 24/7 manned guarding.

This is a fantastic opportunity for us to offer existing and new customers a whole range of warehousing services including order management, container de-stuffing, load consolidation, pallet re-configuration, picking, packing, e-fulfilment, pre retailing, returns and repairs.

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IFSEC moves into Southeast Asia fire and security market

IFSEC moves into Southeast Asia fire and security market IFSEC organisers UBM Live have announced the launch of IFSEC Southeast Asia 2013 . The new event will be the only security event in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region that unites the entire security buying chain. The integrated security event will bring together international security and fire safety solution providers with government and commercial buyers of the region.

The event will take place from 11-13 September 2013 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. Charlie Cracknell, event director for IFSEC, said: Having acquired the ASEAN M&E Show, (the largest mechanical and electrical engineering exhibition in the ASEAN region) UBM Live has taken the strategic decision to reposition its leading regional events ISF (International Security & Safety Expo Forum) and FIREC (Malaysia s official fire protection and rescue Expo & Conference) to establish IFSEC Southeast Asia as a dedicated commercial security and fire event for the ASEAN and wider Southeast Asia market in 2013. The ASEAN M&E 2012 event which ran from the 26-28 June this year, incorporating ISF (Powered by IFSEC) & FIREC, drew a record number of visitors to the exhibition.

The exhibition saw 11,884 visitors over three days, which is an 18% increase in visitors compared to the 2010 event. Featuring four international conferences, summits and a technology symposium, ASEAN M&E 2012 covered a variety of topics including current and future trends, new policies and industry developments. Feedback received from the event was extremely positive from visitors and exhibitors alike.

Major Azman Mohd Ali (Rtd.), Head of Security & Safety Department, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, attended the exhibition and said: ASEAN M&E is definitely a must visit show for buyers and decision makers.” Mr.Emmanuel Pereira, Sales Manager-Asia Pacific, Maestro Wireless Solutions Limited, Hong Kong, added, The display and the presence of international exhibitions is indeed impressive. We wish the exhibition and the organisers all the best.” Mr.L.S Lim, Regional Manager, ASG Asia Sdn.Bhd, exhibited at the 2012 event and said, UBM as an organiser is very professional. The exhibition was very well organised and the promotion around the event and the conferences was excellent.

Cracknell continues: The Asian region is one of the fastest growing security and fire sectors in the world. Research conducted has demonstrated that there is a huge demand for a dedicated annual security and fire event in this region. As a result, the IFSEC organising team will use its extensive international database and network of participants and partners to ensure that IFSEC Southeast Asia is established as the premier security and fire safety event in this territory.

Providing approximately 11,000+ visitors with the opportunity to network , source new products and discuss the latest issues and developments from across the fire and security industry, IFSEC Southeast Asia will play host to a number of the most prominent global security and fire organisations.

For further information, please visit the website at