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IFSEC 2017 preview: Abloy UK on Cliq Connect, sustainability, and the benefits of electric locks

Sponsored by Genetec, Borders & Infrastructure Expo will take place between 20-22 June 2017 as part of IFSEC International and the wider Protection & Management Series. IFSEC exhibitor Abloy UK, which provides high quality electric and mechanical security locking solutions, is focusing on borders and critical infrastructure this year, the company s head of PEU, Steve Wintle, told IFSEC Global in an interview you can read below. IFSEC Global: What s your priority at IFSEC?

Steve Wintle: The focus this year on borders and infrastructure. That s an area that Abloy are very focused on, especially with Cliq Connect and how it s evolving. Cliq offers benefits not just from a security and health and safety point of view but also delivers operational efficiencies. IG: What kind of customers will you be looking to meet at the event? SW: I m hoping that we re going to meet people from all national infrastructure sectors. We re involved across all sectors, but our focus is on national infrastructure. We have quite good relationships in some sectors, not quite as good in others. And therefore we re definitely looking to broaden our relationships or opportunities across all CNI sectors. Steve Wintle IG: What is so special about Cliq?

SW: It is becoming a recognised solution for infrastructure. On the back of that we are continuing to develop and add more features to Cliq. One recent addition is mapping. Through integration with permit to work systems we ve got examples of where we ve used it with infrastructure. It s providing greater control and tightening up not just from a security point of view but from a health and safety one too. You re able to ensure that whoever is working on a certain plant or within certain areas are compliant and trained to be working on that kind of equipment or within those areas. IG: And what about the people who install or integrate the systems? How do you work with them? SW: We have a network of approved installers.

They ve been through training, and because of their geographical locations are able to provide day to day technical support whether it be for electro-mechanical or mechanical systems. So we have a well-established network of installers and distributors who are able to work with and support the end user on a local basis. IG: How important is sustainability? Is this something you re striving to improve? SW: Absolutely. It s something we re getting asked about constantly. Whenever we re tendering for contracts, especially within infrastructure, part of the prequalification is often questions on how we manage the environment or risk to environment, sustainability of raw material, resources, and use of natural resources or power or water. So the Abloy Group has people who are driving that internally to make sure we re staying up there with the latest government guidance on sustainability. But it s also driven by our customers.

Because they re being encouraged to use businesses that are environmentally aware and can support them in achieving their green credentials. IG: Going back to IFSEC, is there anything else you want to highlight? SW: We will be showing a new J handle often used on data racks and our electric lock range which is very relevant following recent events in Manchester and London as an the electric lock can provide a more effective method of securing a building in a dynamic lock down scenario and is fully compliant with BS EN 13637. The reason electric locks can be very effective is that they always provide a mechanical means of escape but will self-lock even without power, unlike a magnet that once the power is cut the door is left insecure. In terms of green credentials electric locks also only use power when operated whereas magnets use power constantly so electric locks deliver a significant reduction in the carbon footprint of a business. We will also be demonstrating CliQ Connect, which takes key control to another level. The benefit of CliQ Connect being that if a key is lost or stolen, it won t open anything until it s been activated by the owner of the key or via integration with a permit-to-work system. Which is ideal for handing to contractors and knowing that the contractor can t access a site without prior authorisation, which is critical for managing health and safety as well as security benefits, especially for CNI critical national infrastructure sites. IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL.

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MmWave technology and its powerful role in CCTV

In recent years, there has been incredible growth in the video surveillance market with law enforcement agencies harnessing CCTV to enhance security in problematic areas across cities. But these projects require connectivity to carry video feeds from multiple deployed cameras distributed over one or more sites, to the control room for viewing and recording and analysis. Because of network congestion and interference issues, it is critical for transmission technology capabilities to improve.

Below, three systems integrators discuss the challenges they face with network CCTV projects and how millimeter wave technology has helped them provide the speed, capacity and connectivity needed for today s data-heavy security system deployments. Q: What are some of the challenges inherent in designing and installing video surveillance systems? Marc Hancock, technical director, Net View Systems : There is so much noise, as we like to call it, or traffic on traditional wireless networks (sub-6 GHz networks) that interference proves to be quite a common problem. Obviously, that is a significant issue when the wireless network is part of a city s critical infrastructure, used for its CCTV security. CCTV security deployments require high reliability and availability in order for the CCTV system to prove truly effective but with traditional wireless networks, there is often not enough bandwidth or reliability to deliver the camera responsiveness required. Craig Lerman, president and CEO, LTW : Reliability is paramount when you are working in the public safety space, no matter what the current weather or ambient radio frequency environment is outside. It is critical that wireless network-based surveillance solutions are engineered properly for the environment in which they are operating. In addition, the wireless network components must be resilient, temperature hardened and be designed to operate in the target environment. Public safety networks employ mission critical voice, data and video solutions that cannot lock up or go offline during a storm.

Nick Metcalfe, technical sales, TrellisWorks : Five years ago, two megabytes per second (mbps) was enough bandwidth for each camera on a traditional wireless CCTV network. As camera technology has progressed, that number has gone up significantly. Today, each camera requires anywhere from 10 to 32 mbps of bandwidth, due to the high resolution of 1080p HD cameras and the addition of analytics and other tools. When designing an enterprise or town CCTV network, you can very quickly need 100 mbps. Getting that much bandwidth on a traditional 5 GHz wireless network is very difficult. Find out more about this technology at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Siklu, which develops, builds and delivers the best millimeter wave wireless connectivity radios on the planet , is exhibiting on stand E750 . Get your free badge now. Q: How is millimeter wave technology affecting your surveillance projects and designs?

What is it helping you do that you couldn t achieve before? MH, Net View: MmWave has provided huge cost savings, while delivering a better network and higher video resolution to the customer. We began using mmWave to address the interference experienced on traditional wireless networks, particularly with our city CCTV and traffic projects, and also with critical infrastructure customers, such as power companies. The mmWave backhaul links that we are using for security deployments are cost effective for us as a company and for our end users due to the power and speed of mmWave technology. We can install fewer links or hops as a result. For some projects, we also previously had to lease Internet Service Provider (ISP)-controlled fiber lines for customers to get the required reliability, capacity and speed. Because of mmWave s fiber-like performance, we can use the radios to replace fiber lines, which provides cost reductions and allows us to directly design and control the entire network. CL, LTW: We have been using millimeter wave for a while now and have deployed many links in our larger city-wide deployments. We recently deployed millimeter wave radios in our project with the City of Bethlehem, Pa, for the Hoover-Mason Trestle, which is a recreational walking path 40 feet above the ground at an old steel mill that has been converted to an entertainment venue.

Obviously, there was concern for visitor safety due to the height of the walkway and its use at night, so LTW installed millimeter wave radios for increased bandwidth and throughput for the site s video surveillance system, addressing a lot of the same issues that we mentioned above: bandwidth loads, throughput speeds and reliability and durability in extreme weather conditions. We have found that millimeter wave is really the most cost effective way to access high capacity throughput. The attractive price with the high performance make it a perfect fit for video surveillance wireless networks. Currently, you can buy millimeter wave radios with five GB/sec throughput, which will soon be 10 GB/sec throughput, which is as fast as fiber. Millimeter wave radios have the right form factor, capacity and scalability for the ever-evolving video surveillance systems of today. Craig Lerman, president and CEO, LTW NM, TrellisWorks: As the density of deployment in the 5 GHz frequency band increased, we began using mmWave radio links because the mmWave frequency bands can provide much greater throughput for wireless CCTV systems and at a very affordable price. With mmWave, you never run out of bandwidth and you always have the ability to change an uplink or downlink as needed. Interference from other networks is a rare occurrence. In our designs, we often use a combination of mmWave radio links in conjunction with traditional 5 GHz links, depending on the nature of the project.

Now, we are seeing a trend in which many town councils are replacing leased fiber infrastructure with wireless networks that use mmWave radios for their CCTV systems. The speed and bandwidth are nearly the same as fiber, but the cost is significantly less. Q: Do you expect that adoption of mmWave technology will increase within the physical security industry? MH, Net View: Many of Net View s security projects involve traffic light control systems and variable message signs near roadways as part of a city s CCTV security network. Obviously one can t trench fiber in all of those locations and even when it is possible, it is costly. Since its prices have decreased significantly in the last few years, mmWave technology has become the best choice when fiber is not an option. It is the underlying network design and topology that makes a security system effective and mmWave is allowing us to provide the powerful network needed for today s bandwidth-heavy CCTV systems. CL, LTW: CCTV is being driven by the need for capacity and millimeter wave lends itself perfectly for that application, especially when priced competitively. Millimeter wave radios have the right form factor, capacity and scalability for the ever-evolving video surveillance systems of today.

In addition, the millimeter wave frequency band enables high density deployments without the frequency re-use limitations imposed by lower frequency (sub 6 GHz) solutions. NM, TrellisWorks: As I mentioned, many cities are considering replacing fiber or traditional wireless networks with mmWave technology and in general, the need for higher capacity and more robust wireless CCTV networks is certainly increasing. Through rapid product development, Siklu enables integrators like TrellisWorks to meet our customers demands and requirements. In the future, I think we will see more interest from systems integrators in deploying mmWave links because of how effective mmWave is and because it is easy to install. Ofcom is the UK regulatory body for communications and it requires systems integrators to register all wireless networks and links. Five years ago, there were a few hundred registered mmWave links. Today, there are thousands and that number is only going to continue to grow as technology advances and bandwidth demands increase. Find out more about this technology at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Siklu, which develops, builds and delivers the best millimeter wave wireless connectivity radios on the planet , is exhibiting on stand E750 .

Get your free badge now. Meet the integrators LTW: Pine Brook, NJ, United States Specialty: systems integration for wireless, network, security and energy solutions. Primary focus in public safety deployments, including law enforcement, municipal and state and local government. Net View Systems: Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom Specialty: designing and installing integrated electronic security systems and their infrastructure, including traditional analogue systems and High Definition and IP systems. TrellisWorks, Ltd.: Thatcham, Berkshire, United Kingdom Specialty: designing and installing comprehensive network wireless solutions, radio and 4G communications, IT support maintenance, mobile data routing and simulation. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals. Covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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Blue light warning: How the false alarm epidemic continues to resist all remedies

More than 50% of the 600,000 callout incidents attended by fire and rescue services annually (FRS) are false alarms, according to the latest statistics from the Fire Service. The cost of this wasted time for both business and the fire service is estimated to be well in excess of 1 billion per year, in part as a result of downtime from groundless evacuations. In the last five years this position has not appreciably changed.

What s more, false fire alarms from automatic alarm systems due to poor maintenance are on the increase. As to the ratio between real fire emergencies and false alarms, regrettably in England a sustained trend for the past five years shows the number of false alarm call outs actually exceeding real primary fire call outs by a significant margin, which is in itself a damningly cautionary finding. In London this ratio is, exceptionally, two to one (and currently reflecting a slight increase in unwanted calls against target aims). These blue light responses, then, to automated unwanted fire alarm signals (UFAS) represent a grave menace, hindering services that could be needed at a genuine emergency or even interrupting critical front-line training for first responders . Beyond such considerations as this needless burden on the FRS authorities, business disruptions that lead to a loss of productivity, the reduced confidence of the general public, and even the environmental impact of inessential emergency appliance movements all need to be taken into account. Hospitals have been identified as responsible for the vast majority of the false alarms that the capital s firefighters are called out to And this persistent malfunctioning of fire alarms is even more glaringly highlighted when you stop to consider the recent deliberations by the UK government on the creation of multi-agency Strategic Command Centres embracing the blue light emergency services Fire, Ambulance and Police. In the view of some analysts, this new configuration of the services is likely to spark debate about multiple call outs and the cost implications of all three services responding to incidents, when so very often a reported event can be a false alert. Tri-Service Control Centres It s a concern foreseen and amplified by the Chief Fire Officers Association, one of whose chief officers comments: Until an event is attended and confirmed as a false alarm it will always be treated as an emergency and responded to by the appropriate service or services. The National Police Chiefs Council also anticipates an enhanced collaborative response arising from the Tri-Service Control Centres: We welcome any opportunity to enable the blue light services to work more effectively together in the public interest . . .

They can concentrate expertise, save money, help deal with crises and share best practice. So, in short, this proposed drive towards a more joined-up response to emergencies intends to coordinate front-line services to yield more efficiencies in time-savings and management of personnel, with joint decision-making aimed to prioritise blue light call outs concentrated on inter-operable control rooms. Yet the question remains, will these new efficiencies be reciprocated by risk management in a renewed commitment to defeat false alarms in their communities by improving the functional integrity of the Automatic Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems (AFDS) on which the public rely? Hospitals Since the London Fire Brigade (LFB) introduced its penalty charging scheme for excessive false fire alarm call outs in January 2014, the potential for the LFB to collect millions in penalties from the worst culprits in the capital has remained a possible outcome (at present, for 2017, the scheme is suspended for review). Hospitals have been identified as responsible for the vast majority of the false alarms that the capital s firefighters are called out to. The LFB s figures from before the scheme s inception show that firefighters were called out, overall, to over 400 locations annually (each more than ten times) in response to false fire alarms, costing the brigade about 800,000. This frequency equates to a false alarm every 15 minutes in London. Overall, false alarms from automatic systems still account for around 40,000 call outs for the LFB every year, set against call outs of around half that number to real fires. The very latest LFB figures for cost recovery for non domestic premises generating 10 or more calls a year, continue to record a potential recovery value on average of approaching 500,000 in charges every 12 months.

Crying Wolf Unwanted Fire Signals that cry wolf in this manner place a vast burden on Fire and Rescue Services by unnecessarily tying up fire engines and firefighters on needless call-outs, when they may be needed at a genuine emergency. Sophisticated predictive technology reduces the problem by resolving potential problems before they arise That is why the pressure on risk management and, more particularly, Responsible Persons to cut the risks of false alarms is intensifying. What s more, by tolerating a norm of frequent needless fire alarm annunciations, negligent premises management can create a dangerous mood of apathy among staff that could very easily lead to widespread irresponsiveness should a real fire break out. Intelligence convergence for remote troubleshooting For responsible risk management, current best practice conditioned by ecological concerns seeks to reduce the impact on the environment that potentially arises from the life cycle of a fire system. Today, fire prevention is an essential element of Building Management Systems (BMSs) integrated with an IT infrastructure purposed to fully exploit Intelligence Convergence, allowing direct integration into intelligent buildings via any device capable of establishing an internet connection, granting risk management instant access to review the system, including the status of fire detection devices in real time. Current solutions encompass smart security systems such as access control/ID systems, video surveillance/analytics, intrusion detection, and life safety . . . all extending the capability for remote diagnostics that confer the ecological benefits of increased efficiency yielded by fault-free systems. For example: servicing, maintenance and false call outs all contribute to increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere leading to changes in global environmental conditions. These hazards can be significantly reduced by the use of sophisticated predictive technology, reducing the need to travel by allowing potential problems to be resolved before they arise.

Predictive technology can include the management of fire and security servicing inspection routines, false fire alarm interrogation and diagnosis, or the scheduling of system maintenance call-outs. At the same time, these examples of Intelligence Convergence can benefit users with the capability to support a full audit trail for traceability and regulatory compliance.

10 practical steps towards combating the false alarms menace As the latest statistics suggest, a number of remedies to stimulate behavioural change can be derived from analysis of common shortcomings at malfunctioning sites: Enhanced maintenance routines are evidently a priority, and certainly they re a key requirement embedded in any regular review a fire risk assessment in compliance with the Fire Safety Order Troubleshooting for predictive maintenance is facilitated by comprehensively monitored configurable Automatic Fire Alarm systems to ensure integrity of alarm device functionality, supported by EN 54-2 approved Analogue Addressable panels. Specification of sensing devices that further reduce susceptibility to false alarms by their embedded intelligence to discriminate between spurious fire events and genuine ones. Multisensors are the considered choice when replacing problem detectors; or the changing of devices from smoke to heat in certain locations when necessary. Specification of high-integrity fire data communications via accessible configurable networks whose performance to minimise false activations is defined by the highest reliability in resistance to outside interference. Constant reviews should be maintained as to change of use within premises because such changes can affect the sensitivity of detectors, requiring appointed fire alarm maintenance personnel to update/upgrade the system. Improved training of responsible risk management. Advise users of fire detection systems that these lifelines are connected to an ARC (Alarm Receiving Centre) and emphasise the gravity of an UFAS (automated unwanted fire alarm signal) resulting in a costly call out, endangering genuine call outs. More rigorous supervision of negligent testing of the system where the routine to take it off-line is persistently disregarded thus triggering a UFAS at the ARC.

Incorrect positioning of sensing/detecting devices contrary to specification s installation data. Unregulated misuse of premises: toasters, cigarette smoking, steam from kettle in office, even aerosol sprays (used by cleaning staff) near smoke detectors can cause false alarms. Arising from recommendations that both BS 5839-1:2013 and BS 9999:2017 lay emphasis on, accurate up-to-date Zone Plans for rapid orientation for building occupants and the emergency services alike are cited as key aids. Such plans should be adjacent to the control & indicating equipment and, as may be imagined, their prominent depiction of fire alarm zones that accurately match the physical layout within the building hasten the identification of the location of alarms in an emergency, whether real or false. 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. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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In what scenarios are thermal surveillance cameras the best choice?

Axis Communications speaks to Securitas

Low-light surveillance When is a thermal camera the best choice for a low-light surveillance scenario? This was the theme of an interview conducted with Jonas Bergstr m, business development manager at Securitas, by Axis Communications, which is a major partner of the manned guarding giant. Securitas regularly installs thermal cameras from Axis.

Axis Communications: What is the single greatest advantage of thermal cameras compared to optical cameras? Jonas Bergstr m: The absolute greatest advantage for us is that thermal cameras result in significantly fewer false alarms. This means our operators in the security operation center do not need to evaluate as many incoming alarm calls and therefore become significantly more time-efficient. For what installation scenarios are the thermal camera models most suited? JB: We primarily use thermal cameras in perimeter protection installations. An intelligent video application is integrated into the cameras and forms a virtual fence. If anybody or anything crosses this virtual line then an alarm call is sent to our security operation center (SOC). What have thermal cameras contributed in terms of savings for Securitas with the reduced number of alarm calls? JB: Securitas always aims to minimise the number of false alarms.

A minimum number of false alarms means that the operators can be more efficient when authentic alarm calls come in. In extreme cases, too many false alarms can affect an operator s attention and ability to identify authentic alarm calls. We estimate that the ratio of false alarms generated by intelligent video analysis in a thermal camera in relation to an optical camera is approximately 1 in 10. By keeping down the number of alarm calls per camera, each operator can handle more alarm events within a certain time frame. The result is major savings. embedded content Do you have an example of an installation where thermal cameras have been of great benefit and resulted in different types of savings for both the end customer and yourselves? JB: For a very large number of our customers, the implementation of thermal cameras, with intelligent video analysis connected to our security operation center (SOC), has resulted in major savings. The result has been reduced vandalism, interrupted and halted burglary attempts, reduced number of emergency call-outs from security guards and reduced use of operator time. AC: Why have you chosen to only use thermal cameras for perimeter monitoring?

JB: The number of alarm calls generated is significantly lower than when using optical cameras. Thermal cameras do not need extra lighting to be installed. Thermal cameras are not as sensitive to different weather conditions, such as snow, rain, fog, etc. We can cover a larger area with a smaller number of cameras. With thermal cameras we can detect movement in areas of vegetation. In this environment we would have greater difficulty in creating enough contrast in the image to generate an alarm. AC: At what distance from the camera can you detect people with a high degree of certainty? JB: It all depends on the camera model used, with regard to the focal length of the lens. At up to 200 meters, it is normally no problem to detect and generate an alarm for people or objects moving in the image.

AC: Based on your experience, are there any weather conditions that are particularly tough for thermal cameras? JB: Dense fog, very heavy snowfall and certain reflections from puddles of water may cause problems, even for a thermal camera. Our experience is that thermal cameras work considerably better than optical cameras in unfavorable weather conditions. AC: Are there any other conditions that make things difficult for thermal cameras? JB: Yes, vibration caused by an unstable mounting surface or a wind-sensitive mast is always a problem when working with alarms triggered based on intelligent video analysis. This primarily applies to long distances, because here even small vibration has a significant effect on the camera. However, Axis thermal cameras have built-in electronic image stabilisation (EIS) that helps in these conditions. You may also encounter problems even when the surroundings or backgrounds are the same temperature as an object in the image. This happens because a thermal camera cannot distinguish an object from its surroundings.

Exactly as with optical cameras, its surrounding environment affects the thermal camera. In general, the point is that a thermal camera is less affected by external factors than an optical camera. Check out the latest thermal cameras and other surveillance solutions from Axis Communications at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Axis on stand E1000. 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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Number of responsible persons educated in life-safety maintenance obligations soars, study reveals

Number Of  Responsible Persons  Educated In Life-safety Maintenance Obligations Soars, Study Reveals

Fire-safety systems The number of building owners and managers who are unaware of legal requirements surrounding life-safety system maintenance has more than halved, research has revealed. Conducted by Hochiki Europe the study, which polled hundreds of responsible persons as building owners and managers are known under the UK s Fire Safety Order from across Europe, found that 22% admitted to being completely unfamiliar with their legal obligations in this regard less than half the figure 46% posted 12 months before. But it wasn t all good news from the study (the key findings of which are detailed in the infographic below).

Hochiki Europe, one of the world s biggest life-safety solutions manufacturers, also discovered a jump in the number of installers admitting to using an out of date fire detection logbook, from 30% in 2015 to 40% this year. The number failing to have an up to date emergency lighting logbook fell further still, from 67% in 2015 to 48% this year. The false alarm problem, meanwhile, improved only marginally, with the number of building owners and managers reporting false alarms dropping om 29% to 28%. The top five fire maintenance issues encountered by installers in 2016 are: Change of building/room use without correctly altering the fire system (50%) Inadequate logbook records (44%) The original installer didn t install the best system for the environment (40%) Detectors need cleaning (33%) Detectors need replacing (27%) And the top five emergency lighting maintenance issues encountered by installers are: Broken/faulty lamps (44%) Inadequate logbook records (42%) Inadequate emergency lighting signage (39%) Batteries not charged in emergency lighting units (35%) Inadequate lux levels (25%) Our annual study shows a marked improvement in both understanding and meeting maintenance requirements among building owners and managers, said Tracy Kirk, general manager of sales and marketing for Hochiki Europe. This suggests that, as an industry, our efforts to educate and train those responsible for maintaining life safety systems is proving successful. That said, we acknowledge there are still some serious gaps to continue addressing, and while these are encouraging results we cannot be complacent. Ensuring the legal requirement for keeping up to date logbooks is met, the correct system is in place and reducing false alarms are all vital to keep people safe. We will continue to provide training and information that can help our installers educate even more building managers and owners on the importance of life safety maintenance and the correct ways to carry out this. Free download covering legal requirements for responsible persons under the FSO, courtesy of the IOSH, BIFM and USHA approved UK provider of health, safety and environmental information.

Key features: A full breakdown of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 The key actions when dealing with fire precautions & protection A complete guide to maintaining procedures and requirements within your organisation.

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HIV Surveillance | Public Health Institute

HIV Surveillance | Public Health InstituteThe North West HIV & AIDS Monitoring Unit collect, collate and disseminate data on the diagnosis, treatment and care of HIV positive individuals in the North West.

Accurate and comprehensive data on all HIV positive individuals accessing services from statutory treatment centres in the North West are presented in the HIV & AIDS in the North West of England reports. These reports, along with other publications, can be viewed on the Sexual Health1 pages. HIV monitoring is one of the surveillance systems provided by the PHI Intelligence and Surveillance Monitoring2 Team.

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Protect yourself against ransomware: back up, educate, patch, contain

Protect Yourself Against Ransomware: Back Up, Educate, Patch, Contain

Ransomware operations are so rewarding in terms of hard cash that infosec specialists point out that regular cyber criminals are abandoning old methods of earning money like credit card fraud and stealing bank account info. Lawmakers are correspondingly focusing more on these cyber extortionists. I m afraid, however, that we shouldn t really rely on the authorities to protect us.

Any one of us is still basically alone in combating ransomware strikes, whereby hackers encrypt our computers or valuable files in the hope we pay a ransom to get our data back. You may choose to pay out, as many victims do. The FBI has said that people who informed the Bureau of ransomware episodes added about $24m to cyber criminals coffers in 2015. Yet even if you ve copied all your data to the offline backup in secure storage and decide not to send pay hackers, your damages will still include the price of cleaning devices and systems and recovering backup data. The latter may take several days or even weeks, varying with the size of the network. Nevertheless, you aren t entirely vulnerable to the whims of hackers. Below are some simple recommendations on steps to follow to safeguard yourself and your organisation. Any business or organisation that relies on constant use of crucial data and literally can t survive if it loses access to that data even for the shortest period of time needed to react to the breach should be most worried about the ransomware threat First things first, what kind of organisations tend to be targeted for ransomware attacks? Any business or organisation that relies on constant use of crucial data and literally can t survive if it loses access to that data even for the shortest period of time needed to react to the breach should be most worried.

That is why hospitals, banks, police departments, airlines and other institutions need to be the most alert to possible threats. Any big company or public institution is also in danger, as well as critical infrastructure, to some degree. For example, ransomware might damage the Windows systems that water and power plants employ to keep track of their operations. Home computer users are also vulnerable to ransomware. If you prefer to backup to on-site storage or servers rather than cloud storage, they must be offline and not linked to desktop computers Back up The ideal protection against ransomware would be to outsmart hackers by not becoming susceptible to their threats. What this means is backing up valuable data files each and every day so that even if your PCs or servers get encrypted, you won t be compelled to pay to get your files or systems back. Many ransomware authors look for backup drives and devices to encrypt them too by initially obtaining access to desktop computers then travelling through your environment to reach the backup servers. So if you prefer to backup to on-site storage or servers rather than cloud storage, they must be offline and not linked to desktop computers. With clear, correct instructions and regular training it s possible to drastically reduce the incidence or risk of online breaches Many people keep files on network shares, unaware that network shares are as exposed as your desktop computer during a ransomware incident.

In case the backup is achieved offline, and that place is not accessible from the computer that is initially compromised, then you re alright. The same principle applies if you carry out your personal PC backups with a secondary physical drive. Those disc drives need only be in touch with your computer when conducting backups and turned off immediately after that. In the event your backup disc is linked to the computer during the period the ransomware operates, then it might get encrypted too. Backups won t automatically make a ransomware incident pain-free, as it can take days or weeks to recover data, potentially disrupting business processes. Some healthcare institutions decide to pay the ransom simply because patients lives are at risk and even short downtime is considered unacceptable. User awareness training Phishing is a popular form of bait when it comes to infecting computers. The hackers spam you with messages with infected attachments and lure you to click on a web link that leads you to a hacked website from which ransomware can infect your computer with the help of an exploit kit. Malvertising is another highly effective infection vector.

This means hacking into an ad network and embedding a virus in advertisements that get served via websites you respect and know very well. Ad blockers, which are browser plugins, can help block those harmful ads. Patching web browsers is an important step to keeping malware at bay too. Imitation ransomware attacks have seen the number of workers clicking on phishing links plummet from 16% to 1% in some organisations Cyber security professionals generally recommend that organisations provide training to their employees on how to recognise phishing emails and scan email attachments for viruses prior to opening them. With clear, correct instructions and regular training it s possible to drastically reduce the incidence or risk of online breaches. You could even bombard your workers with fake, harmless phishing attacks to test their vigilance and turn it into a game. Why not make it a routine element of corporate life? Imitation ransomware attacks have seen the number of workers clicking on phishing links plummet from 16% to 1% in some organisations. Patch Employees should not be regarded as the final defence line.

Your users may still periodically click on attachments or visit compromised websites. When that occurs, you need to be sure that your security software safeguards you. There are numerous end-point security solutions built to defend computer systems from the latest virus attacks. To detect viruses, these solutions use behavioral analyses to identify unusual moves and connections within your environment. However, no security product or service is perfect, so businesses might take additional security steps to stay safe. These steps include: software patching, updating operating systems some of these security measures: During an online attack, cyber crooks take advantage of security holes in third-party plug-ins like Flash and Java , so it s crucial to keep those updated. Whitelisting computer software operating on devices is also an effective method for preventing breaches because the lists won t allow your PC to run any software or code that s not previously authorised. IT personnel initially examine a computer to list the trustworthy software programs, after which they configure it to stop executables from launching and installing. System admins can implement techniques that restrict system permissions and user privileges with an admin s password.

You might also want to segment use of valuable data with supplementary servers . Instead of allowing a large number of workers to reach files on just one server, you can divide staff members into small sets, so if one server becomes encrypted by ransomware, it won t impact all employees and all data. This strategy means hackers have to work harder to cause substantial damages, because they must discover and encrypt several systems and servers instead of one. Contain When Washington-based healthcare giant MedStar Health was attacked by ransomware in March 2016, their admins instantly turned off most of the organisation s operations and networks to stop the virus from distributing. Not only should you disconnect and shut down affected devices, but you must also deactivate all Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on the rest of computers to restrict the virus from dispersing to other devices. Following that, you should identify what strain of ransomware infected you. In case it s a known type, antivirus firms might have decryptors to assist you in freeing up important data files without spending money. But if you haven t backed up your data and can t find a solution to break the encryption, the only way to retrieve your files is to pay hackers the ransom. Bottom line Old-fashioned hacks were much less painful for users.

People cleaned their machines and just moved on. But ransomware can quickly ruin businesses. Home users can lose all their family photos. It s easy to see with so much at stake why so many victims pay out. Computer security experts tend to urge people not to pay the ransoms because it only motivates other hackers and feeds this crime economy. But when your own data is not at stake, it s hard to insist that someone should not pay out. Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.

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25,000/annum flexibility with working hours

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Watton (1 mile)

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16/12/2016 (09:04)

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Quattro Recruitment has the pleasure of recruiting for one of Britain’s business’ finest FMCG Businesses.
Hours: Monday to Friday based, however flexibility with working hours.
Salary: 25,000.00 /year
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Required experience: A NEBOSH certificate, together with H&S: 2 years The Role:
We are currently looking for a motivated, passionate and experienced Health, Safety and Environment Officer to join their team to support the HSE Manager in driving and promoting best practice and legislative responsibility with regards to Health, Safety and the Environment.
This is an ideal role for someone with a solid grounding in Health,

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Prison Officers
HM Prison Wayland, Norfolk
Up to 21,902 in the first year + excellent benefits Working in a prison isn t for everyone. But if you re one of the few with the right blend of qualities, it s a secure and very rewarding career. Do you have what it takes? Firstly, you ll need great communication skills. You ll have to deal with all kinds of situations and your ability to listen well and make yourself clearly understood will be vital. Self-confidence, personal integrity and emotional intelligence are also a must, along with plenty of discipline and physical stamina too. Together, these

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26,000 – 27,000/annum

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Norfolk, (9 miles)

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29/12/2016 (10:32)

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A specialist Fire Alarm company based in Norfolk currently offer an excellent opportunity for Fire Alarm Service and Maintenance Engineer to cover their commercial contracts across Norfolk.

They have an established client base with many blue chip companies, county council and health authorities. To be successful you will need working experience with conventional and addressable fire alarm systems, and good understanding of the BS5839 regulations are essential. All Applicants will also need to be electrically qualified preferably with the 17th Edition to ensure you can sign off the completed small electrical work. Successful candidate

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8.87/hour

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Swaffham (9 miles)

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23/12/2016 (11:56)

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Work Escort / Security
Location: HMP Wayland, IP25
Pay Rate: 8.87 per hour SkyBlue are currently recruiting a number of Work Escorts on behalf for the National Offenders Management Service. This can be a challenging environment, however due to the high demand of work this could be a long term opportunity for the correct candidate. Duties will include but won’t be limited to:
*Provision of an effective escort service to the site.
*Escort contractors/tradesmen between departments, and buildings, as required.
*Supervise and communicate the location of tools and tradesmen/contractors to prison staff
*Take instruction and subject to regular

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Prison Escort / Security
Location: HMP Wayland
Pay Rate: 8.87 per hour SkyBlue are currently recruiting a number of Prison Escorts on behalf for the National Offenders Management Service. This can be a challenging environment, however due to the high demand of work this could be a long term opportunity for the correct candidate.

Duties will include but won’t be limited to:
*Provision of an effective escort service to the site.
*Escort contractors/tradesmen between departments, and buildings, as required.
*Supervise and communicate the location of tools and tradesmen/contractors to prison staff
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Ipswich, Suffolk, (10 miles)

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09/12/2016 (11:56)

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Security Guard – Temporary contract starting imidiately. We are recruiting for Security Guards to work on a temporary contract for one of our clients in Ipswich. The shifts will be 12 hour nights and working both weekdays and weekends, we currently have shifts avalible ASAP until the first week of January. Pay rate for all hours worked will be 8.00 per hour. It is essential that applicants have a valid SIA licence. For more details please contact Hales Group Norwich office and ask for Kirsty or Natalie.

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Thetford (10 miles)

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30/12/2016 (13:05)

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Brook Street are looking to fill long-term temporary contract jobs for Shift OSGs with a view to be taken on directly in the future

Overview of the position: As the agency supplier to the HM Prison Service for the provision of maintenance trades & support operatives, Brook Street are seeking to On – Site Guards (OSG) for prisons across Thetford. This is a long-term temporary role with the view of being employed directly based on performance. The OSG role is in a unique working environment with a strong sense of team working. Always in demand, you could benefit from long-term contracts and there is also potential, once trained, to work

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HM Prison Wayland, Norfolk
Up to 21,902 in the first year + excellent benefits

Working in a prison isn t for everyone. But if you re one of the few with the right blend of qualities, it s a secure and very rewarding career. Do you have what it takes?

Firstly, you ll need great communication skills. You ll have to deal with all kinds of situations and your ability to listen well and make yourself clearly understood will be vital. Self-confidence, personal integrity and emotional intelligence are also a must, along with plenty of discipline and physical stamina too.

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Genie CCTV: British-born, global reputation story of a versatile security company

Genie CCTV: British-born, Global Reputation   Story Of A Versatile Security Company

Designing, manufacturing and distributing security solutions with customers in more than 30 countries, Hertfordshire-based Genie CCTV is highly versatile and a true British success story. Who is Genie CCTV? Based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, Genie CCTV designs, manufactures and distributes a range of professional security products, including HD-SDI cameras and accessories, network IP equipment, access control devices and CCTV solutions.

Its 22,000 square-foot head office building is equipped with self-contained demonstration and training facilities. Incorporated in March 2001, the company is a family-run business with an international reputation, exporting to more than 30 countries. Products are sold through its nationwide and worldwide network of security distribution partners. It is reported to have a net worth of 1.16m, which has remained steady over recent years. After-care service and installers Genie s products have been used in a variety of applications, including retail, healthcare, rail, haulage, aviation and sea freight industries. Said to hold ISO 9001 accreditation , the firm prides itself on product quality and service, on-time delivery, and few returned products and complaints. The company also describes itself as well-equipped to support installers. It says it provides full after-sales support and technical back-up through its own in-house team, who are said to have many years of installation experience. embedded content The CCTV Eco Trailer from Genie CCTV Products and services A regular exhibitor at IFSEC, the company used its stand at the 2016 show to display its CCTV Eco Trailer for mobile surveillance.

This follows on from its self-powered wireless CCTV solution, the Solarguard RD . Showcased at IFSEC 2015, this rapid-deployment system provides CCTV surveillance for applications and environments where mains power or fixed wired communication are not readily available. The system incorporates self-generated solar power from military-specification photovoltaic panels on the trailer, which makes it a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution. It can accommodate a choice of cameras on a hydraulic mast, which can be extended up to six metres high, says Genie. As well as its recent focus on environmentally friendly mobile technology, the company used IFSEC 2016 to showcase its ANPR technology, body-worn camera, Virdi-integrated access control solutions and CCTV systems. In the same month as IFSEC, the company announced two important partnerships. The first agreement, signed with FST Biometrics , enables Genie to offer the In Motion Identification solution in the UK. In Motion Identification is described as the latest technology for seamless and non-invasive identification use for access control. The technology is said to use a fusion of facial recognition, behavioural analytics and voice analytics, and it is able to identify authorised individuals from a distance and in-motion.

The system, says Genie, provides a seamless access experience, which is accurate, reliable and non-intrusive. Using FST Biometrics core software, IMID Access , which serves as the backbone of In Motion Identification, Genie is able to provide identity management and access-control solutions, advanced visitor management, fraud detection, remote monitoring, and more. embedded content The second partnership saw the firm join up with SureView to integrate its Command Centre software platform, Immix, with Genie CCTV s hardware solutions. Immix is a software product that operates primarily in central stations and private command centres. It is said to consolidate a wide range of security products into a powerful but easy-to-use operator interface. It is designed to deliver new video-based services to customers and complements investment in existing security and automation systems. Genie has also recently released Biomerge-PX2 , approved interface utility software for the company s Virdi range of biometric readers and Paxton s Net2 controller. As part of the product support package, Genie is introducing a compulsory Biomerge-PX2 training session for integrators, which, in turn, will provide clients with a list of approved integrators across the UK and Europe. The Biomerge-PX2 training aims to ensure that integrators are fully acquainted with the integration requirements for: Paxton s Net2; biometric software/hardware; fingerprint enrolment; time and attendance; and the Biomerge utility software.

Genie CCTV auto-focus bullet camera, the WIP3BVAF Another recent product from Genie is an auto-focus bullet camera, the WIP3BVAF, which has been added to the company s Wish IP range. Described as a 3 megapixel auto-focus IP vandal-resistant camera, the unit comes with a 2.8 12mm auto-focus varifocal lense and has a 30 50m IR range. Focusing a camera manually, particularly high-resolution megapixel cameras, can be a laborious task. The company believes the camera s auto-focus feature can reduce installation time, support easy set-up and deliver high-quality images.

18-Port DC12V 20A Wall Mount Boxed PSU Eco-friendly solutions As evident from its eco-friendly solutions highlighted above, the company also prides itself on its environmental policy and says it is committed to leading the security industry in minimising the impact of its activities on the environment. The key points of its environmental strategy are: minimise waste by evaluating its operations and ensuring they are always efficient; minimise toxic emissions through the selection and use of its fleet and the source of its power requirements; actively promote recycling, both internally and externally; source and promote products that minimise the environmental impact of both production and distribution; meet or exceed environmental legislation that relates to the company; and use an accredited programme to offset any greenhouse gas emissions generated by its activities.

Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.

Manned Guarding – Guarding UK

GUK s team of specialist, SIA-licensed officers go beyond securing people and property, building a leading reputation in delivering Manned Guarding solutions across a range of sectors with assets of 40billion under our protection.

Operating across the UK, and backed by a senior management team with a proven industry track record, we offer a wide range of Manned Guarding services from standard front-of-house duties to advanced access control.