Watch: Highlights from the Drone Zone 2017

IFseC 2017 The Drone Zone returned to IFSEC International in 2017 for the second time. Drones have applications in perimeter surveillance, intruder alerts, mobile CCTV, emergency communications networks, facilities surveillance, criminal tool prosecution, fire scene investigations and drone detection. Watch our highlights video from the Drone Zone, which took place within Borders & Infrastructure Expo at London ExCeL between 20-22 June 2017.

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IFSEC 2017 in review: Borders & Infrastructure Expo makes triumphant debut and Brian Cox draws biggest-ever keynote audience 

Professor Brian Cox gave a thought-provoking lecture on the origins of the universe in front of a record audience at the Honeywell-sponsored Keynote Theatre in Safety and Health Expo 2017, which was co-located with IFSEC 2017. Addressing a packed audience, the TV presenter and physicist extraordinaire said he had asked the organisers if they needed me to talk about safety and security. They said no; just talk about the universe.

Other keynotes included double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, rugby union Referee Nigel Owens MBE and Falklands War veteran Simon Weston CBE. Product launches Elsewhere, IFSEC International which took place over three days between 20-20 June at London ExCeL was, as usual, the chosen launchpad for a plethora of brand-new, cutting-edge products. Among the innovations unveiled at the show was Veracity s end-to-end command and control system, Edesix s new body-worn camera series, Calipsa s AI-powered video monitoring platform and Redvision s quietest, fastest ever PTZ and mould-breaking rugged camera enclosure. IDIS, meanwhile, introduced a new seven-year warranty the longest in the industry. Read more about the products launched at IFSEC here. Borders & Infrastructure Expo Perhaps the most significant new feature introduced for the 2017 edition was Borders & Infrastructure Expo. Sponsored by Genetec, this show within a show featured the Drone Zone, BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone, VIP Meeting Service, JSaRC and the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre. Former IATA (International Air Transport Association) chief John Hedley argued that we re making life too easy for terrorists in the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre on day one. We also reported on how police and security drone use on the rise.

Speaking of drones, The Drone Zone wowed the crowds with live airborne demonstrations of drone technology from Yuneec and Aviat Drones, among other innovative developers and service providers, with support from the UK Drone Show. Installer World An area of the show dedicated to installers was another IFSEC first. Sponsored by RISCO, Installer World featured the Tool Zone where, courtesy of Anglia Tools, visitors could sample a wide range of hand and power tools and take advantage of exclusive discounts workwear, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, recruitment consultants and a networking bar all in one place. Installers, engineers and integrators could test and trial more than 10,000 of the latest products from leading suppliers such as Hikvision and Panasonic. embedded content Videos and photos The whole experience was documented expertly once again by IFSEC TV (courtesy of Silverstream), with exhibitors demonstrating some of their latest innovations to camera as they did to visitors. Among the interviewees was Martin Gren, who co-founded the surveillance giant in 1984 and recently topped the security manufacturers/service providers category in our roll call of the Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017. Watch some highlights from across the three days here or check out some of the best photos from London ExCeL. As is becoming an IFSEC Global tradition, we challenged security technology vendors at IFSEC 2017 to pitch their products to camera in just 30 seconds. The challenge was taken up by Paxton, HID Global, Pelco, CSL, AxxonSoft, Dahua, Uniview Technologies, Vanderbilt, Kedacom, LT Security, Promise Technology and Genetec.

Seminars The seminar theatres were particularly busy in a year when security-related issues have rarely been out of the national and international headlines. In the Security Management Theatre, a packed audience heard how video analytics was oversold and underutilised but key to preventing terror attacks. We also reported from the same theatre on the trends shaping the future of access control. The Tavcom Theatre, meanwhile, featured presentations on cybersecurity, preparing CCTV evidence for the criminal courts and how to optimise your network for CCTV, among other things. Browse through all our content about IFSEC International 2017 here. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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Aviat Drones: We re pioneers no one else in the UK is doing what we do

Aviat Drones is a UK-based aerial platform supplier specialising in operating a variety of drones for a range of security applications, including long-range tracking and observation, thermal vision, crowded areas and night operations. Assisted by experts in the aviation, security and photography/film sectors they also offer bespoke solutions to clients based in the UK and internationally. Exhibiting at IFSEC International 2017 for the first time, the company s head of security services, Rob Kidner, gave us an insight into what we can expect to see on their stand.

Aviat Drones recently put together a trend report on the global security drones market with IFSEC Global. IFSEC Global: What products are you planning to showcase at IFSEC? Rob Kidner: We will be showcasing our long-range UAV on the stand. We will not be able to demo this in the Drone Zone for obvious reasons, but will have a screen on the stand with footage of capabilities and a brochure. We will also be displaying a range of smaller drones for different applications including different camera options for various applications. These will be displayed in the Drone Zone. IG: Who are you hoping to meet? Why should they visit your stand? RK: We are hoping to meet individuals such as heads of security essentially persons in a position to make decisions.

But also anyone who would have an interest in the services we offer for now or in the future. This exercise is about exposure and networking for us, and in our experience, sometimes a contact who initially shows little interest can turn into a client. IG: What is your USP? What sets you apart from your competitors? RK: We are offering a drone service that will fly for 20 plus hours without refuelling. To our knowledge, no other company is doing this in the UK and we are the first. We have also have carried out a trend survey, resulting in The drone report 2017 , which details the market for us.

Businesses deploying drones must use certified operators, advises UAV training academy

Drone news Due to rising drone-related incidents and accidents, commercial organisations using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to perform tasks need to ensure they hire certified operators, according to UAVAir. UAVAir was prompted to issue the advice, after the Department for Transport, the Ministry of Defence and Sciencewise recently commissioned Kantar Public UK (formerly TNS BMRM), which provides research and consultancy to policy makers, to conduct a public dialogue on the current use of drones in the UK. The move is in response to growing number of reported drone-related incidents and accidents, such as the British Airways passenger jet that was hit by what was thought to be a UAV as it flew into Heathrow to land, in 2016.

S amus Kearns, chief instructor at UAVAir, which runs a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)-approved training centre for drone operators, said: It is imperative that any business with a core ethos of reliability and responsibility understands the importance of hiring a fully certified drone operator to complete its drone-based missions. embedded content When undergoing training at UAVAir, pilots are tested for their cultural, theoretical and technical knowledge, to give them an in-depth understanding of how to operate a drone safely while respecting the laws of aviation. Failure to follow aviation rules can result in large fines and in some cases, legal action. In the UK, drones are governed by the CAA, and under its rules it is illegal for any pilot to operate a drone for commercial purposes without gaining certification from a CAA-approved drone training school. A safe, successful mission must be planned and executed thoroughly, understanding the individual complexities of each task. It is impossible to gain this experience and learn these skills without undergoing the training process prior to certification, Kearns added. As well as learning flight technique, pilots must prepare an operations manual in order to become a fully certified pilot. The manual includes information about each mission as well as the procedures to be followed to ensure a safe flight. More about UAVAir s Unmanned Aircraft Qualification can be found on the company s website.

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. 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.

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