climate

Chubb launches traffic monitoring system for smart motorways

product launch Chubb Systems has launched a surveillance camera solution designed for the growing number of smart motorways around the UK road network. The Television Out Station (TVOS) is an all-weather traffic monitoring system. Sectors/verticals The TVOS is designed specifically for smart motorways, which uses enforces variable speed limits and hard shoulder running at busy times in order to boost capacity.

A raft of UK motorways have been converted to smart status and several more are currently being redeveloped to the same end. The TVOS meets specific technical specifications set out by Highways England inits road investment strategy. Chubb Systems was awarded a position on Lot 2 (Traffic Monitoring and Traffic Enforcement Cameras) of the Crown Commercial Services/Highways England Traffic Management Technology 2 Framework agreement and Lot 15 , the framework s product catalogue. Features Comprises long-range, high-resolution camera with optical zoom and back-light compensation; infrared array with 500m range; and television base unit (TVBU) Delivers images in ultra-low and zero-light conditions Provides regional control centres (RCC) with images to monitor traffic flow and motorway incidents as well as protect highways workforce Possesses physical and cybersecurity accreditation Remote maintenance service for software upgrades and alterations VBU connects relevant cameras to National Roads Telecommunication System, which connects to relevant RCCs Chubb Systems says With emphasis being placed on providing improved technology to the UK s highways, we can deliver a product and service that matches expectations and offers excellent value for money, said Dave Dunnagan, sales director at Chubb Systems. Alongside the TVOS camera head s technological benefits are significant cost reductions. Capital costs are reduced with no special brackets needed to hold the camera head in place. The unit s ongoing costs are minimal as power consumption has been significantly reduced. About Chubb Chubb is a truly heritage brand, having been founded by the inventor of the first patent detector lock in 1818. Acquired for 622m by United Technologies Corporation in 2003, Chubb now provides security and fire-safety solutions as part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security.

The company offers an extensive range of products and services, including fire-risk assessments, alarm monitoring and security audits, among many others. 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.

Click here to Download now

The Training Platform: "Invest in people, not just skills"

The Training Platform: “Invest in people, not just skills” Ken Livingstone and Amy Burrell look at how to maximise the value of training budgets as a result of focusing on the person being trained rather than just the training itself. Training budgets have been stretched to their limits over the past few years as the economy has slowed down. In some cases, this has led to companies forgoing training altogether.

In others, the focus has been placed on realising value for money, which often leads to poor quality training if cost reduction is valued over quality. An over-emphasis placed on channelling the maximum number of people through training rather than concentrating on developing the key skills of core staff is also a potential problem, particularly as generic training is unlikely to fully meet anyone s needs. Sadly, training is one of the first budgets to suffer in a recession.

Unfortunately, this can lead to staff feeling undervalued as businesses struggle to justify spending money on training or even allowing staff time off to study. It could be argued that harsh economic times can lead to better decision-making about how to spend the training budget as a carefully considered business case would be needed for each training application. However, it’s often the case that training simply doesn t happen.

Contrary to popular belief, training is actually more important during a recession. An austere economic climate puts pressure on businesses to boost efficiency. Those businesses need to be highly skilled, innovative and adaptive to succeed.

By association, staff are likely to need a wider variety of skills and tools to do their job and it’s important to support their personal development through high quality instruction. Spending the training budget Often, there’s a gap between the training you want to deliver and the budget available. This can lead to very difficult decisions having to be made in terms of which training to prioritise.

There are a few salient pieces of advice we would offer that might help you to make some of these difficult choices: review your training needs develop a training plan based on the core needs of the company and linked to business objectives allocate a specific budget for training and divide this between departments at the outset if necessary consider e-learning options as these can offer value for money if you need to train large numbers of people in a core skill if you choose a classroom-based approach, be prepared to invest enough money to ensure that the training is delivered to a high standard – you get what you pay for, so cheaper face-to-face options may not be to the standard you require focus on competency training this will ensure the core business of the company continues keep ‘an eye on the prize’ focus on training that will deliver the greatest impact in the long term link training to the workplace training is more useful if participants can actively take knowledge and skills back to their day job and implement them Invest in people, not just skills It’s important that staff feel valued, and access to good quality training cannot be underestimated in boosting staff morale and motivation. This doesn t just apply to new staff who need to learn the tools of the trade, but also to long-term permanent staff keen to expand their professional profile. It might be more valuable to invest a disproportionate amount of the budget on a sub-section of the workforce.

However, this will need to be managed sensitively to ensure fairness in the long term. It’s also important to discuss training needs with staff instead of just deciding who should do what. There is nothing more pointless than forcing people to do a training course they don t want to as they will often approach the training with a negative attitude and will not learn anything.

The bottom line Investing in training is readily accepted as key for any business. However, businesses need to look beyond the training itself and to the people they are training. Companies must consider what the key skills are that need to be developed.

Also, who are the appropriate staff to be trained in these areas (ie who is in the relevant role and has the enthusiasm to engage in training)? Building this into the training plan will help to ensure those with the right skills are in the right roles and so help the business to grow. Ken Livingstone (managing director) and Amy Burrell (training consultant) are with Perpetuity Training Further information about Perpetuity Training In 2010, Perpetuity Training won the Security Excellence Awards category for Security Training Initiative of the Year on the basis of it distance learning programme for The Security Institute.

Over the years, the organisation has developed exciting, interactive online training platforms which allow tailor-made specialist training packages to be delivered anywhere in the world. Perpetuity Training also offers a range of face-to-face short courses, including Level 4 professional awards in Managing Security Surveys and Security Management. All of the company s short courses can be adapted to meet the needs of individual businesses, and bespoke training services are offered.

For more information call 0116-222 5550 or e-mail: [email protected] Join Perpetuity Training in the social media world: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Perpetuity-Training-Ltd/172946266100593 http://uk.linkedin.com/in/perpetuity http://twitter.com/PerpetuityTrain

Karapatan to seek SC intervention in security guard' arrest Nation …

Karapatan to seek SC intervention in security guard' arrest Nation ... October 30, 2012 12:26 PM Rockets land ‘foundational’ player in James Harden1 | October 30, 2012 12:20 PM Duterte says may offer add’l P1-M for Yu’s arrest2 | October 30, 2012 12:11 PM ‘Cancer-causing’ noodles still in Phl supermarkets -eco group3 | October 30, 2012 11:42 AM Padaca pleads not guilty, allowed to fly to US4 | October 30, 2012 11:31 AM Gunmen shoot dead carpenter in Ilocos5 | October 30, 2012 11:26 AM Lozada pleads not guilty to graft raps6 | October 30, 2012 10:56 AM Murad: MILF, MNLF can work together for peace in Mindanao7 | October 30, 2012 10:05 AM Warriors stop Stags, bag Fr. Martin Cup title8 | October 30, 2012 09:37 AM New UN “atlas” links climate change, health9 | October 30, 2012 09:35 AM Superstorm Sandy slams into Atlantic coast10 | October 30, 2012 07:17 AM Sports sidesteps superstorm Sandy11 | October 30, 2012 07:00 AM Get ready for the new Glorietta12 | October 30, 2012 06:38 AM Regulators: Financial system operating normally13 | October 30, 2012 05:46 AM Snow plows out in Appalachia, ski resorts opening14 | October 30, 2012 04:06 AM Obama’s iPod a bit like his electorate _ varied15 | October 30, 2012 03:00 AM Sandy gains power and aims for Northeast16 | October 30, 2012 02:45 AM Toyota on top in latest Consumer Reports survey17 | October 30, 2012 12:26 AM ‘Skyfall’ opens with sky-high box office18 | October 30, 2012 12:22 AM Madonna booed after touting Obama at concert19 | View all20

References

  1. ^ Now that they’ve landed James Harden, the Houston Rockets have grander aspirations in mind. (www.philstar.com)
  2. ^ Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday that he may add P1 million reward for the head of an alleged carjack group leader Ryan “Baktin” Yu. (www.philstar.com)
  3. ^ Supermarkets still sell Korean instant noodles reported as cancer-causing and recently recalled by Korea’s Food and Drug Administration, an environmental non-profit organization said on Tuesday. (www.philstar.com)
  4. ^ Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Grace Padaca on Tuesday entered before the Sandiganbayan a plea of not guilty to charges of graft and malversation of public funds. (www.philstar.com)
  5. ^ Motorcycle-riding gunmen on Monday shot and killed a carpenter in Marcos, Ilocos Norte. (www.philstar.com)
  6. ^ NBN-ZTE deal scam whistleblower Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada Jr. on Tuesday entered a not guilty plea to two counts of graft at the Sandiganbayan. (www.philstar.com)
  7. ^ Efforts by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to reunite the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front did not start just three years ago, but in the early 1980s after 57 senior MNLF leaders bolted and formed the MILF. (www.philstar.com)
  8. ^ MANILA, Philippines — The University of the East Warriors forced the San Sebastian College-A Stags into four big turnovers to pull off a 77-72 overtime win Monday afternoon, and clinch the senior division crown of the 10th Fr. (www.philstar.com)
  9. ^ Two U.N. agencies have mapped the intersection of health and climate in an age of global warming, showing that there are spikes in meningitis when dust storms hit and outbreaks of dengue fever when hard rains come. (www.philstar.com)
  10. ^ Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline and hurled a record-breaking 13-foot (4-meter) surge of seawater at New York City on Monday, roaring ashore after washing away part of the Atlantic City boardwalk and putting the presidential campaign on hold. (www.philstar.com)
  11. ^ The fury of Hurricane Sandy barely laid a glove on sports around the country. (www.philstar.com)
  12. ^ The opening of the renovated Glorietta is probably one of the most anticipated events in retail shopping history in the country and judging by the preview of its new look, the wait is all worth it. (www.philstar.com)
  13. ^ Though US stock trading was suspended yesterday because of Hurricane Sandy, the parts of the financial system that stayed open functioned normally, the Treasury Department says. (www.philstar.com)
  14. ^ Snow plows were out in parts of the southern Appalachian mountains yesterday, preparing for as much as 3 feet of snow in higher elevations spawned by the merger of a winter storm with Hurricane Sandy. (www.philstar.com)
  15. ^ President Barack Obama’s iPod could pass for a voter outreach tool. (www.philstar.com)
  16. ^ A strengthening Hurricane Sandy churned north yesterday, raking ghost-town cities along the Northeast corridor with rain and wind gusts. (www.philstar.com)
  17. ^ And the winner is … Japan. (www.philstar.com)
  18. ^ James Bond rules the box office though he has failed to dethrone Harry Potter. (www.philstar.com)
  19. ^ Madonna drew boos and triggered a walkout by several concertgoers after she touted President Barack Obama on her “MDNA Tour” in New Orleans. (www.philstar.com)
  20. ^ view all breaking news (www.philstar.com)

Global Security Summit: James Willison and Sarb Sembhi on security convergence

Info4Security Web Exclusive Global Security Summit: James Willison and Sarb Sembhi on security convergence As part of the event s end user education process, James Willison and Sarb Sembhi are bringing the thoughts behind The Security Convergence Movement to this year s Global Security Summit. Security convergence is probably best defined as a process which brings together all those dedicated to security for the benefit of the business. In many organisations, of course, physical security and information security are looked after by two separate functions or sections.

It s the very recognition of the interdependence of these business functions and processes, though, that has led to the development of a more holistic approach to security management. The concern now is for Best Practice in business security management. Authorised access to company information is of particular concern to both teams, and their unity in achieving this is crucial.

Put simply, many leaders from across the physical and information security sectors now firmly believe that nothing less than a converged response to security and risk is required. Our goal is to protect people and organisations from blended attacks and enable them to operate effectively, explained James Willison, the founder of Unified Security who along with Incoming Thought s director of security consulting, Sarb Sembhi will be speaking on the subject of The Security Convergence Movement at the Global Security Summit in October. We are committed to working with all areas of security, facilities management, Human Resources and other vital business support functions to help the process of convergence move forward, added Willison.

Determined and aggressive criminals The current economic climate has fuelled a new and more aggressive criminal determined to get hold of business assets, both physical and logical, continued Sarb Sembhi. By way of converged security strategy reviews, for example, we feel that organisations can better assess their current response and consider ways in which a unified approach to both physical and logical security might benefit the overall stance of the business. Sembhi and Willison are very much in favour of comparing convergence Best Practices and identifying the most appropriate ways in which all areas of security might work together to achieve greater cost savings and efficiencies, while at the same time affording enhanced security and a reduction in risks.

There are distinct advantages to be realised from a converged security strategy review, it seems. Such reviews may be customised to meet individual business and security objectives, and thus ensure that maximum value is realised from the work, urged Sembhi. How, though, is it possible to ensure that businesses identify blended security risks and actually start to see the benefits convergence brings?

What is the best way forward? Overcoming the cultural barriers Willison and Sembhi are fully aware that there are often barriers either cultural or organisational, maybe even both within and across today s businesses which can make such change difficult. What they also agree on is that there are four key areas for the various security risk functions to develop in order to overcome these obstacles.

There needs to be a developed understanding and respect across each risk function, urged Willison. In terms of the cultural issues, there has to be an overt recognition that each brings a level of expertise the other really needs if the business is to be effective. On top of that, there s a definite requirement for working together on joint projects.

This is growing in importance as physical security and fraud technologies are now increasingly reliant on IT and information security to avoid and identify these converged risks. Beyond that, convergence is also about building professionalism and increasing capabilities by way of cross-department training and education and mapping an overriding willingness to share information through common lines of reporting across the piece. Tellingly, Willison explained: There must be humility at play such that there s an acceptance of when other risk priorities come above one s own function in respect of funding and development.

If you want to learn more about The Security Convergence Movement (and the recently-introduced ASIS Physical Asset Protection Standard), James and Sarb s presentation takes place between 1.50 pm and 2.20 pm at London s Olympia on 11 October.

Don t miss it!

James Willison is the founder of Unified Security and Sarb Sembhi is director of consulting services at Incoming Thought Further information on the Global Security Summit *For further information on Global Security Summit London, the full education programme and speaker line-up please visit http://www.globalsecurity-summit.com/, follow us on Twitter (@GSS_London) or join the LinkedIn Group **Companies interested in exhibiting should contact event manager Tracy Bebbington on tel: 0207 921 8065 or e-mail: [email protected] or Paul Amura (business development director at Pro-Activ Publications) on tel: 020 8295 8307 or e-mail: [email protected] Global Security Summit 2012: James Willison and Sarb Sembhi on security convergence –

lache scientifique: Manned guarding services – Security at your …

Measuring the success rate of a manned guarding service can be quite ambivalent, as the event of crime can often be an event instinctive, because from the point of view might be a thief cognitive thinking that triggers an action. Rates of crime prediction can also be inaccurate, often with predictions based on data from previous years that do not offer the precision because it takes into account variables such as climate change or economic change. The success rate of the services of professional security is not only based on reduced losses, but also the return on investment. It would have been more useful if you had no internal security in place? Knowing company can be really sure, but retailers experience understand that crime is a constant threat and that security measures need to be taken into consideration.

What we know for sure is that retail crime has increased in 2009, spending a reported 2.8billion for the UK economy. The media have complained about the global recession as a factor, but can not be labeled for each company in the short coming. Traditionally, when a country has an economic recession the security services have thrived because of the nature of the beast and that people turn to crime to get what they can not afford. However, with the time change to be more prone to resort to relying on credit from banks despair is less than it was before. That said, however, some have risked a mortgage that can not afford not to take interest and inflation are left need extra work to make ends meet, which is not available as there are more unemployed job available. A reverend in Canterbury said in a sermon that is appropriate to take the food when in a desperate situation, and with sentiments like that, surely this conveys a national issue.

Some areas report higher rates of crime, but this does not necessarily suggest going down the line. In both cases, the recession is not the only factor in crime rates to rise, but it has certainly played a significant role in the last year. As unemployment increases, then the need to steal increases. With the need to steal increasing, then the retail shops are more able to use the security services to protect the shop, so essentially the crime rate should be sorted in this sense …….

The Question of Olympic Security: public safety or public …

I am not of those who dream of a world of sports without politics or commercialisation. I would, however, be more than happy if I could see athletes compete according to the ideals of olympism ; a sporting event where people interested and involved (both the crowd and the athletes) enjoy the particular event in the spirit of respect, social peace and equality.

Even in its pure form, it is inevitable that the political sphere will partly overlap with the cultural one; social peace and equality cannot be distinct from political developments and socio-political culture. Yet, there is a limit to this overlapping relationship which, when surpassed, becomes troubling; when the Olympic games are exploited as a means of implementing extreme high-tech security policies, which remain in place indefinitely to the detriment of public freedom. I will briefly draw on two examples in order to illustrate how security measures during the Olympics could be just a first step towards their permanent enforcement.

Athens 2004 Olympics the C4I case

During the 2004 Olympics in Athens, a vivid debate emerged within political, legal and academic areas. In particular, the discussion was related to the unprecedented by Greek standards security measures taken by the State in order to deter any criminal or terroristic activity. At the heart of the policies adopted by the government was the function of the C4I system (Command, Control, Communication & Integration), which was a high-tech surveillance system with advanced potential to process audiovisual data. CCTVs were placed across Athens- including areas where no sporting events took place- to facilitate its function, which also served other aims, such as reviewing areas of traffic congestion.

The system was generally accepted, primarily because the climate of fear post 9/11 was felt to justify the use of the C41 function for such a massive international event. Yet, in the aftermath of Athens 2004, the CCTVs kept functioning for additional purposes. The Act 3625/2007 came to allow the CCTV function for:

  • the surveillance of public protests and gatherings in the centre of Athens
  • a battle against criminality .

The Olympics were an indirect way of passing legislation and implementing policy. In the name of security , there was a direct impacted on:

  • civil and political liberties, where protesters were monitored electronically
  • civil rights within the public sphere, as included in the term of public privacy , where citizens were monitored outside their homes in areas with high or low criminal rates.

London 2012 Olympics the Olympic Security Fence case

The construction of a Berlin Wall style Olympic security fence1 in the Olympic Park perimeter provides us a similar case for exploiting the Games to implement extreme security measures. The Olympic fence is a 500 acre area of an eleven mile long glistening steel security cordon, topped with 5,000 volt electrical razor wire and accompanied by 900 CCTV cameras. The fence is far from invisible, and creates the unmistakable atmosphere of a prison camp as it snakes along the Lea Valley. If you take a stroll along the perimeter of the fence (or the wall ), you would realise that a crash-proof steelwork fence with concrete foundations is no temporary structure.

During the Olympics, the above atmosphere becomes Orwellian, especially when you realise that you walk in a city of expanded CCTV networks, with the invisible presence of 3,500 soldiers and Zeppelin s2 constant surveillance. Although the soldiers and the Zeppelin could be justified for the top-level security of the event, one could easily assume that technologies like the fence and its CCTVs are being tested during the Games and are likely to remain at least partially in use long after the Games are over.

Public consent is not required for the use of such security measures either before, during or after the Games. As a citizen, there are certain conditions under which I will accept constraints placed upon my public privacy in the name of security. These are:

a) If the measures are undertaken temporarily for specific occasions such as the Olympic games.

b) If it is proven that the measures do not restrict the freedom of the majority of the citizens, but instead focus upon the specific target group- such as potential criminals.

From both a and b, there are two further questions I would like to raise to the policy-makers, who foster policies that restrict citizens freedoms in the name of security: How possible is it that the extreme security measures will become a constant restriction on our freedom within the public sphere? Secondly, since both suspects and non-suspects of criminal acts are monitored electronically, how possible is it that these high-tech security measures are a policy tool for social formalisation?

The chaotic nature of the digital world, and the extreme difficulty of regulating it, imply a more conservative approach will be taken to public rights to privacy when new technologies are involved in providing high-level security.

Like this:

Be the first to like this.

References

  1. ^ Olympic security fence (www.opendemocracy.net)
  2. ^ Zeppelin s (www.kernelmag.com)