We find the needle in the haystack and fast

As well as enhancing safety and security, Qognify solutions distill mountains of data into meaningful intelligence to optimise business processes, cut costs and reduce the risk, and mitigate the impact, of shutdowns and service disruptions. The company sells solutions for airports, rail, traffic management, utilities, the financial sector and other environments where even minor setbacks can cost millions of pounds in lost revenue or cause major economic disruption. We spoke to Moti Shabtai, Qognify CEO and president, about the company s suite of big-data solutions, including Qblock, Suspect Search and Operational Intelligence Center.

IFSEC Global: Please tell us about your Operational Intelligence Center? Moti Shabtai: The Operational Intelligence Center (OIC) can be described as a big data machine that sits on top of our Qognify Situator PSIM solution and provides intelligence to the security team, the operational team, the executive suite as well as the wider organisation. It correlates huge amounts of data to give a snapshot overview, along with deep insight into how the organisation is performing. Using the OIC, an airport can run predictive analytics to assess what would happen if a runway were to be closed One sector where the OIC is proving very popular is airports. They are measured on how many connections airlines choose to have through their airport versus another. If they re not providing a good service, it costs airlines money and therefore they may choose to go with another airport. So, knowing your response times, whether you are meeting your service level agreements and being aware of the number and the root cause of flights being diverted, is vitally important. Using the OIC, an airport can run predictive analytics to assess what would happen if a runway is to be closed. How would it impact the capacity to contain landings?

When would planes need to be diverted because the airport can t absorb more landings? We have been working with one of the biggest airports in the world that is using the OIC to check how it is performing and how it is trending against its own KPIs as well as how to predict what may happen if the airport continues on a certain trend. IG: Where other than airports is the OIC useful? MS: The OIC is ideal for any mission-critical environments where the cost of business obstruction is very high. So airports, mass transit, seaports, financial institutions and utilities are key sectors for the solution. Also, smart cities initiatives around the world, where we are having conversations with governments and mayors, looking at how they can improve safety and security for their citizens, but also to optimise essential city infrastructure such as telecoms, water supply, sewer systems and traffic management. We take a sea of data which is getting bigger all the time and turn it into usable intelligence For example, we have a city that uses OIC and Situator to handle tickets for traffic violations. It has tripled the number of tickets by automating the process and making it much more efficient! So, Qognify Situator is the solution that enables operators or managers to manage situations and incidents, whereas the OIC focuses on operational intelligence and performance.

IG: Please tell us a bit about Qblock MS: Qblock is a converged IT solution for mass video storage. It s meant for those mission-critical organisations that cannot afford to lose anything and are seeking a zero-failure solution. They appreciate the benefits that network-attached storage is providing. IG: Do Qognify solutions deploy machine learning or deep learning? MS: Yes, our Suspect Search video analytics application is heavily based on both deep learning and neural networks, to analyse huge amounts of people and create a digital signature of whoever you are. IG: What kind of sectors or adjacent areas might you want to diversify into? MS: We are open to any opportunities to do with big data that complements our solution. We re a software company that specialises in finding the needle in the haystack and fast. We take a sea of data and that sea is getting bigger and bigger all the time and turn it into information and usable intelligence.

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Top trends in security tech to expect in 2017

Top Trends In Security Tech To Expect In 2017

The shops are super busy and, depending on which hemisphere you live in, it s either time to turn on the central heating or break out the shorts and shades. But it s also time to look ahead to 2017 and wonder what it might have in store for us. On a global level the world is going through turbulent times, with conflicts, political uncertainty, an ongoing refugee crisis and a somewhat fragile economic recovery from the most recent financial downturn.

At the same time, technological developments continue unabated, with high-speed networks, big data and deep learning moving beyond that initial phase of just being marketing buzzwords to enabling new and improved security offerings. Similarly, we expect the so-called internet of things to be much less of a novelty and become part of the fabric of our daily lives. However, that means manufacturers of internet-enabled devices will have to step up and take much more responsibility for the level of default security they ship with. All of these factors are likely to fuel demand for increased security, both physical and online. The security industry will continue its trend of offering more specific solutions to particular problems, rather than one-size fits all hardware/software Security as a service (SaaS) As many other technologies have done, we expect customers will stop looking at physical security as simply being a collection of hardware and software connected to a network. Instead, we think they will start to see their security as a service remote and professionally hosting and monitoring of video transmitted from the customer s premise. Whether by themselves, or more likely by sector-specific specialists who can not only take away the burden of managing the complex systems involved, but also reduce the costs of keeping those systems up to date and secure. This will not only free up internal resources which could be better focused elsewhere, but also improve the service level of the security system, enable better device management, and strengthen cyber security processes. On the topic of cyber security, we see an increased use of tools and practices that make network video a less vulnerable to attacks.

In general, wider use of pre- and post-installation tools (such as Axis Site Designer, for example) will help in ongoing monitoring and maintenance of systems. embedded content Integrated solutions The security industry will continue its trend of offering more specific solutions to particular problems, rather than one-size fits all hardware/software. In the end, customers aren t looking to buy a camera, or a video management system (VMS) what they really want is to reduce shoplifting, or make sure only certain people can access the cash office, or keep track of potential threats in an airport. Although the word solutions gets bandied around by technology companies a lot, for once this really is the most apt term. The convergence of hardware and software as well as pre-installation and post installation tools as mentioned above, into end-to-end solutions will be able to address specific security problems. They will consist of high-performance cameras, storage and access controls tightly integrated with video management and analytics tools. This approach will be easier for customers to purchase, install and implement, while offering a great return on their investment. We expect to see 2017 as the year when these new camera capabilities are combined with real-time analytics to address several security challenges, including facial recognition, forensic analysis and perimeter protection More analytics As part of this, we see that while high quality video footage is a core feature of modern security cameras, ultimately that information needs to be assessed and analyzed before a decision can be made to respond to its content. The recent advances in camera technologies, such as thermal imaging and enhanced low-light capabilities have been significant steps forward.

But in the end, they just generate more footage that needs to be watched/reviewed. So, much like how tools have been developed to sift through the huge pools of numerical/text data that is being captured every day, the security industry has been working hard on video analytics software that can work in real time to help professionals make informed decisions. We expect to see 2017 as the year when these new camera capabilities are combined with real-time analytics to address several security challenges, including facial recognition, forensic analysis and perimeter protection. embedded content Deep learning With all this data being gathered, we are seeing deep learning technologies coming to the fore. These use pattern recognition software to learn about different kinds of behaviours as seen through the multitude of security cameras installed around the world. Techniques involving deep learning and artificial intelligence will see broader utilization within the security industry. The benefits are that although all customers are different, the environments and locations they are based in tend to fall into the same general categories, with people exhibiting the same general behaviours. Once those behaviours have been learned the patterns that underlie them can be shared, enabling the system to flag up when something unexpected occurs. We see this as only the beginning and a very exciting space to keep an eye on.

2017 should be the year when security cameras work hand in glove with intelligent doors, intercoms and speakers, both locally and remotely Beyond video However, we know that physical security doesn t just involve surveillance of people/places/objects. It is also about physical access control, one and two-way communication and managing emergency situations and often managing this from a significant distance. So, to extend the concept of integration even further, 2017 should be the year when security cameras work hand in glove with intelligent doors, intercoms and speakers, both locally and remotely.

That means one simple system that can manage them all, in real time enabling customers to see, hear and talk to the people in/near their buildings. Cyber security As mentioned above, the internet of things has evolved from buzzword status to mainstream reality, but not without its challenges. While we still think the idea of millions of IP-enabled devices is an exciting prospect for the future, 2016 gave us a sobering reminder of the pitfalls of not properly securing all those internet-connected fridges, DVRs and unfortunately security cameras. Given that most of those devices are just plugged in and switched on by customers, it is down to manufacturers to take responsibility to ensure they are secure out of the box. Axis has always taken its customers security seriously, but we will hopefully see 2017 as the year when all manufacturers make this a priority. We will continue to strengthen our existing offerings and make it easier for our customers to keep their networks and devices secure. We think the internet of things should be about better security, and more efficient businesses, organisations and cities thanks to smart cameras, door stations and audio equipment with network connectivity.

Next year will add more smarts to those devices, while also enabling customers to focus on what they do best and allowing security specialists to improve the services they provide.

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Close Protection Job Opportunity PSD Team Leader – Security …

IRAQ PSD Close protection jobs vacancies

Close Protection Job Introduction:

The Protection Security Detail (PSD) Deputy Team Leader (DTL) will command High and Low Profile PSD missions throughout the area of operations, in IRAQ. The DTL, under the command of the Ops Manager/ Project Manager will be responsible for the smooth running of the PSD by applying sound leadership principles and judgement at all times.

You will have a minimum of 7 years exemplary service within the military, police or law enforcement services with experience working in hostile environments. You will hold an SIA front line close protection licence and Medicine in Remote Areas (MIRA) qualification with expereience in training multi-national personnel.

Applicants must have at least 12 months front line PSD experience within Iraq within the last 3 years.

G4S Risk Management provide risk mitigation, secure support and integrated solutions for a range of clients operating in complex or sensitive environments. Our core business is devising and implementing effective solutions to our clients complex security issues, enabling them to work more securely and confidently, even in the most hazardous situations.

We have operations in both the North and South of Iraq on a rotation of 9 weeks in-country 3 weeks on leave. This is subject to a 12 month service agreement.

Close Protection Job Role Responsibility:

Command and control the PSD and ensurethat team members are adequately informed, skilled, equipped and supervised to conduct their duties safely, in compliance with; the MNF-I and the Host Nation s rules and regulations, G4S policies, Handbook, Service Agreement and SOPs, Contractual obligations as well as the applicable Safety Management Systems (SMS).

Ensure that G4S Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and relevant US FRAGOs are followed at all times.

Gather and analyse information / intelligence required for the planning, rehearsal and safe execution of a PSD mission.

Submit, in time, the required documentation for the approval of PSD missions according to G4S SOPs, CONOC, the MNF-I and the Host Nation s rules and regulations.

Build and develop client relationships to achieve mutually agreed goals.

Liaise/meet with the client in an appropriate manner.

Prepare and conduct briefings to PSD team members, client(s) and Management during the planning and execution of a PSD mission.

Execute any other tasks commensurate to the PSD TL s role as deemed appropriate by the Project Manager or Ops Manager.

Report all incidents according to the USF-I and the Host Nation s rules and regulations, G4S policy and SOPs.

Delegate tasks and responsibilities to appropriate personnel.

Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the PSD.

Where appropriate escalate these to O&G Management for visibility.

Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise PSD team members, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work.

Deliver team training in accordance with direction from the Training Manager and Senior Team Leader.

Plan, coordinate, administrate and execute the day to day team administration and training.

Accurately compile and on time submit the required PSD team returns.

Conduct performance evaluations as per G4S directives and mentor all personnel through formal channels.

Maintain a high standard of welfare, morale and discipline within the team.

Liaise with the Medical Operations & Training Managerregarding any special medical requirements.

Execute any other medical tasks as deemed appropriate by the Senior G4S Medical team.

To provide immediate emergency medical support to personnel under your responsibility.

If required liaise and arrange evacuation to the next level of medical care.

Provide a detailed handover of any patients/casualties to the next level of care.

Ensure all medical equipment and supplies are maintained, serviced and in date.

Keep up to date with all professional qualifications.

Close Protection Job – The Ideal Candidate:

To be considered for these roles candidate CV s MUST be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum of 7 years exemplary military, police or law enforcement services.
  • Experience in working in hostile environments.
  • Experience in the training of multi-national personnel.
  • Able to use level 3 medical kits.
  • Minimum of 12 month operational PSD experience in Iraq in the previous 3 years.
  • Must be Medicine in Remote Areas (MIRA) Qualified.
  • Recognised Close Protection course and current SIA licence in Frontline Close Protection.
  • Recent experience in a volatile or relevant environment (active service / commercial experience in low infrastructure environments)
  • Experience of firearms / off-road driving / first aid
  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to follow instructions


This will link you to the recruiting company s website.

FCO adopts new standard for private security companies

FCO adopts new standard for private security companies The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a ministerial statement that the British Government intends to adopt PSC1 as the standard for private security companies “working on land in complex and high risk environments overseas”. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mark Simmonds, has emphasised the Government s aim to raise the global standards of private security companies. Here’s the ministerial statement in full… “The Government aims to raise the global standards of private security companies (PSCs) working in complex and high risk environments overseas.

To this end, we have been working closely with interested partners, including industry and civil society, to establish a voluntary, independently audited and internationally recognised regulatory system that is practicable, effective and affordable. “Certification to professional standards is the next step towards effective voluntary regulation. First, the Government endorsed the Montreux Document in 2008 in which States commit to observe existing international legal obligations relevant to the operations of PSCs in areas of armed conflict. “Second, in 2010 an International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers (ICOC) was created. This provides a set of principles to guide companies.

The ICOC has now been signed by over 500 PSCs, around a third of them British. We have reviewed options on setting new professional standards to make the Code effective. We now intend to issue an HMG publication specifying that ASIS PSC 1-2012 is the applicable standard for UK-based PSCs working in complex environments on land overseas. “I will place a copy of the publication in the libraries of both Houses.

Companies, independent auditors and the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) will then take the further steps to enable auditing against these standards to begin. “The ICOC mandated the development of auditable standards to ensure that signatory companies are implementing their commitments under the Code. In response to this requirement, the international security trade association ASIS was funded by the Department of Defense to develop the standard PSC1 for the regulation of private security companies operating on land in complex environments overseas. This standard was drafted in a multinational and multi-stakeholder forum in which UK Government, UK industry and UK civil society fully participated.

It was published in March 2012 as an approved American National Standard and is the only standard currently available for companies operating in this field. “PSCs seeking certification in the UK to this new standard will have to be audited by independent third party auditors accredited by UKAS. Our trade association partners, the Security in Complex Environments Group, will – in consultation with Government – develop guidance to help British PSCs meet the requirements of the new standards. “Our ambition is to have a single, internationally agreed standard and we therefore welcome the fact that PSC1 was recently submitted to the International Standards Organisation (ISO) to be considered for adoption as an international standard for PSCs working in complex environments. This process may take some time.

We will review the need for a separate HMG publication of this standard once the ISO process has been completed. “We are also working with other States, industry and civil society internationally to ensure that there should be globally recognised standards and that UK companies are not unfairly disadvantaged by raising their standards. We expect that the ICOC governing board, when established, will advise that certification to the PSC 1 standard by suitably accredited independent auditors will meet the Code s requirements for PSCs to have auditable professional standards. “We are still consulting with industry and civil society partners on what additional steps PSCs might need to take to obtain full certification by the ICOC that they are meeting the Code s principles, but I can confirm that there will be no need for PSCs to go through duplicate auditing procedures to become certified. “The ICOC was drafted with land-based PSCs in mind. However, since 2010 there has been a rapid rise in the number of PSCs working on anti-piracy operations at sea.

Although many of the principles relating to PSCs working on land and at sea are similar, there are important legal and practical differences. The Government is therefore also contributing to an international drafting process under the ISO for an equivalent professional standard for PSCs working in the maritime sector. “A draft maritime standard was introduced at the International Maritime Organisation in late November. If and when this standard is adopted, UKAS will start the process of accrediting suitably qualified independent third party auditors to certify UK-based maritime PSCs under it. “Clarity on the standards against which PSCs should be audited is an important step forward in the drive to raise standards in this industry through voluntary action, but independently audited.

It is also a practical illustration of the Government s commitment to Human Rights and to working with business and civil society to find effective ways to implement our commitments even in the most challenging environments.” Response from the SCEG and ASIS International The Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG), a special interest group within ADS, welcomes the announcement by the FCO that it is to publish ANSI/ASIS PSC1 as the applicable standard for UK-based land private security companies working in complex environments overseas, and that the UK Accreditation Service will take steps to accredit Certification Bodies to enable them to audit PSCs against this standard. A statement reads: “SCEG members have contributed to the development of this important standard and recommended it to the British Government. The standard gives full effect to the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Companies which they have signed, and they are keen to seek formal certification against that standard responding to the Government s declared aim to have a single internationally agreed standard.” The statement continues: “PSC1 was recently submitted to the International Standards Organisation (ISO) to be considered for adoption as an international standard for private security companies working in complex environments.

SCEG works in partnership with the British Government to improve standards across the private security industry.” Mike Hurst – the vice-chairman of ASIS International’s UK Chapter with responsibility for strategy – commented: “Writing standards is a key part of what ASIS does and we are all delighted that HMG recognises the quality of this work.”

Close Protection Training and Jobs Questions Answered – Security …

10 Questions from Service Leavers and Civilians

Hoping to Break into the Security Industry

We summarised the questions we regularly get asked about security training and jobs in the UK and hostile environments and answered them for you, along with a prominent UK security and investigations company: Lateo Surveillance Ltd.

1. Is military experience a prerequisite for getting into the security industry?

Our Comment: Most companies operating overseas in hostile environments see it as a prerequisite, often asking for individuals with a minimum of three or more operational tours and 7+ years of experience. Thats said there are civilians on the hostile circuit who cut the mustard as well as ex-military guys and girls.

Mark Owner Lateo Surveillance Ltd.

Comment: This is a very good question and one which deserves an honest answer. There are many ex military within the industry who will say of course it does however many civilians will clearly disagree. What I can say from personal experience it is generally down to the client, some prefer Ex Military only as it gives off a certain persona others prefer civilian and others don t care as long as the job gets done.

At the end of the day if you are prepared to be flexible, discreet and work hard your background is in most cases irrelevant.

2. I know there are training providers out there who teach it but is private investigation a black art or can it be taught like anything else?

Our Comment: It certainly isn t a black art but in our experience requires an individual to actively seek to develop their skill set and be willing to learn from others who may be longer in the tooth. Be weary of training providers who do not offer a comprehensive surveillance course to compliment any Private Investigation qualification they may offer.

Many companies see the PI qual as a way of lining their pockets at minimum expense. Spend time researching the many security training providers before you make your choice. Also bear in mind that digital video and photography play a huge part in private investigation, these are the tools with which you provide 99.9% of your evidence so there are other courses you may wish to attend which are not necessarily provided by traditional security training providers.

But again, research thoroughly, speak to existing surveillance operators and private investigators they will be more than willing to point you in the right direction.

Mark Owner Lateo Surveillance Ltd. Comment: Private Investigation is far from a black art, it is very much procedurally driven, a methodical and diligent approach ensures the basics are not missed. Flexibility yet the clear understanding of legislation will make sure you provide a good service and ensure both yourself and your client stays the right side of the law.


Will a surveillance module have any bearing at all on hostile environment close protection or am I wasting my money?

Our Comment: Absolutely! Surveillance is a key skill of any Protection Officer and is applicable in any theatre, hostile or not, worldwide.

Mark Owner Lateo Surveillance Ltd. Comment: I believe any quality surveillance training you undergo will benefit you in a hostile environment without a doubt!

It increases your situational awareness, understanding of tactics which may be employed against you, allows you to think one step ahead. To be able to conduct counter surveillance effectively (a vital skill in a hostile environment) you must have an intermit understanding of how surveillance teams conventional and none conventional operate, I do not believe that can be taught in a class room or on a powerpoint.

4. Do you think there is much longevity in maritime security?

Everyone I talk to has different opinions. I don t want to waste my learning credits on the wrong course.

Our Comment: Maritime Security is a very unpredictable area of the industry in all aspects pay; vacancies; rotations; standards. There ares imply that many companies that it is hard to get a good grip on how maritime security will develop.

There is certainly longevity in maritime security but getting a foothold is very difficult because of the sheer number of applicants to the few vacancies that are circulated. Combine this with the fluctuating rates of pay and irregular rotations, our advice is to not put all your eggs in the maritime security basket.

5. Are there any quals I can go for that are relevant to both hostile CP and MarSec?

If so, who teaches them or should i spend my money on something else?

Our Comment: The Ship Security Officer qualification (SSO) is often a prerequisite for Personal Protection Officers working on super-yachts and other such craft. If you are civilian then any firearms training you conduct will be applicable in both areas. First Aid wise possibly Medicine in Remote Areas applies to both maritime security and close protection but few maritime security companies require this qualification.

Who teaches the courses well as mentioned previously you need to do the research to come up with a provider that suits your needs but there is only one security training provider who we know of that covers both bases.

Argus Europe Ltd. At the time of writing they are also the only training provider in the UK that offer BTEC accreditation as part of their Maritime Security Officers Course. Close Protection, Surveillance and Private Investigation (including photography) are also provided by Argus Europe Ltd.

and from previous experience and research, its difficult to find a bad word said about them, if at all.

6. Is surveillance work in the UK really hard to earn a living from? It seems very clicky.

I am located in West Wales and would probably have to relocate to start earning a living from surveillance. Am I wasting my time?

Mark Owner Lateo Surveillance Ltd. Comment: Fact, there is lots of surveillance work across the UK both privately and commercially however to be successful in the industry you must have the following:

  • A good NETWORK The Argus group share information and work freely, vital in my opinion!
  • Invest in some basic equipment Time and time again jobs will come in and they all require some form of video or still image evidence, If you have your own equipment, you will get the work!!
  • Be prepared to travel Very few jobs will be on your doorstep.
  • Go the extra mile There are too many clock watchers, be honest, never bluff your case or you will get caught out and it will be your last job.


What is the bare minimum equipment I need to start out as a Private Investigator and what quals should I try and get.

Mark Owner Lateo Surveillance Ltd. Comment: Private Investigation covers such a wide range of skills, from process serving, tracing/background checks to physical surveillance. Decide where your strengths are and concentrate on them in the first instance.

I personally attended a BTEC Level Private Investigation course, the reason i chose NOT to do an online course was I felt the subject was so varied, I wanted to be able to pick the brains of the instructor face to face, I felt I made the right choice.

8. How can I begin to build up my skills while I am still in the Army? Is there anything I can read or watch that will help me prepare for my close protection course and surveillance course if I choose to do one?

Our Comment: No-one can become a Protection Officer or surveillance operator simply by reading a few books but it will certainly help you get to get a head start.

It will also give you a good insight into what the industry is really like, you never know you may change your mind and think it isn t for you! Both close protection and surveillance / private investigation are mentally and physically demanding roles, certainly not a walk in the park. You work for your money and you work HARD.

Some companies will provide you with material prior to you starting the course for you to get your head into but in the interim period between booking the course and now try reading the following for an insight into close protection and surveillance:

9. I was in my unit s recce platoon for five years and did loads of O.P s and C.T.R s. Will this help me in any way at all getting a job in the UK as a surveillance operator or will people laugh at me if I mention my military experience in the area.

Mark Owner Lateo Surveillance Ltd.

Comment: There is a huge difference between how we conduct surveillance in the military and operate commercially, anyone who has conducted military style surveillance in recce platoons for example WILL stand out from the crowd. I want guys who understand of the basics relating to cam & concealment, being able to read the ground for example is a vital skill which can not be taught on a weeks course in civvi street. Personally the reason I only use ex forces on my rural jobs is because I know they wont throw the towel in when the going gets tough, again this mental toughness can not be taught on a course in civvi street.

The old saying any fool can rough it is untrue!!

10. If there was one sentence of advice you could give to someone hoping to break into the UK security/surveillance industry what would it be.

Mark Owner Lateo Surveillance Ltd. Comment: If you show your employer and work mates the following: Courage, Discipline, Respect for Others, Integrity, Loyalty and Selfless Commitment, one guess who s phone will be ringing when a job comes in?


Lateo Surveillance Ltd

Lateo Surveillance has been established by ex military surveillance specialists who have operated across the globe in all theatres of operations. Lateo which is Latin to remain hidden underpins the ethos that is behind the teams drive and determination to achieve the results which count. The team also has the advantage of not only military but a fine balance of very experienced civilians with over 20 years of covert photography and surveillance experience.

We employ tried and tested Standing Operating Procedures to produce first class results with no compromise to the highest standards you would expect from a professional organisation.

Types of CCTV camera

Essential CCTV Guide Types of CCTV camera In the third part of our series on essential CCTV, Simon Lambert looks at the different types of cameras that may be used in a surveillance system. Once upon a time, say 25 years ago, CCTV cameras came in one shape: big and boxy. In recent years technology has given us so many more types to choose from.

We ve gone from simple to bewildering. So let s explore some of the camera types available in 2012. The simplest form is still a simple box to which you attach the lens of your choice at the front and cables to the rear.

Mount it somewhere and monitor it. Incidentally, some box models have a built-in lens, maybe even a zoom lens, but these are not common. If the naked camera and lens is expected to suffer dirt, rain, frost, heat or tampering, etc., a protective enclosure called a housing is recommended.

Basic dust-proof ones are simple rectangular or cylindrical boxes with a window for the camera s view, cable outlets for power and video, and a fixing bracket. These are likely listed as IP54 meaning the Ingress Protection is officially dust protected (5) and protected against splashing water (4) but not rain-proof, so often fine inside buildings. For external use we need to upgrade to at least IP65 (dust-tight and protected against water jets) and add a sun shade to keep glare off the housing s window.

In hot and cold environments we add, respectively, ventilating fans/blowers to reduce camera temperatures and thermostatically-controlled electrical heaters to prevent window misting. A windscreen wiper can be advisable in dirty environments, as can a squirting washer if extreme. Such shoebox housings offer the flexibility for camera and lens to be changed easily as future needs require, and are easily carried by motorised pan/tilt units described below.

Static camera using interchangeable lens Commonplace in recent years have been fully-integrated assemblies, with camera, lens and housing inextricably combined at manufacture, trading lack of flexibility for rapid installation. LED lighting is often built-in too. Small examples are often called bullet cameras because of their cylindrical form.

Such is the miniaturisation of these technologies that their use is widespread in video intercoms, covert disguises (e.g. clock faces, smoke detectors), head-mounted on traffic wardens, police, etc. Compact dome cameras Domes have over the years become the housing chosen most often for these compact camera assemblies, largely I find because CCTV users consider them more visually appealing than the old white shoebox of yesteryear.

Vandal resistant domes are particularly useful. All can be quickly surface-mounted on walls/ceilings, recessed into ceiling tiles for a lower profile, or hung as a pendant from external corner brackets or masts on a swan neck . Domes containing a static camera usually have a varifocal lens so that installers can tweak the precise field-of-view.

Recently, some IP (Internet Protocol) CCTV domes go so far as to fit these static cameras with actuated innards that can drive the orientation, focusing and focal length by remote control after physical installation, but stop short of being regular pan/tilt domes (see below). Units with integral LEDs should be deployed with great caution: they seem like a good idea but they can cause terrible glare for the camera and attract wildlife. When news reports wish to illustrate state surveillance CCTV in a single photograph, they seem go for a white shoebox housing on an industrial-strength pan/tilt motor, as favoured 25 years ago.

These are still chosen when good looks give way to power for swinging heavy loads such as large motorised zoom lenses, wiper motors, flood/spot lights, etc. Panning speeds of 60 /sec mean the whole assembly can do a 180 in three seconds, which is especially important if driving to an automated preset position in response to trigger from an alarm device. Structural soundness of all mountings is very important when the whole assembly can weigh many kilogrammes.

Not all P/T units are wired to offer preset positions, and many have rotation end-stops, so choose carefully. Pendant dome camera Where lightweight equipment will suffice, PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) domes sell by their millions. Indeed, so light are the innards that some claim to spin as fast as 360 /sec.

Darkened domes can make the camera s direction of view difficult to be ascertained by those surveilled, albeit also diminishing its low-light performance. The camera/zoom lens combinations share much with low-voltage camcorder assemblies, which is why 35:1 zoom is commonplace along with auto-focus. Small and powerful onboard computing power adds telemetry control plus options such as the aforementioned preset-memory function, privacy zones that automatically move to keep user-programmed areas obscured from the video, auxiliary alarm inputs/outputs, wireless communications, and video content analysis including automatic target following.

For many years domes could not spin supplementary lighting so a swathe of static lamps was necessary at night. Some domes now include powerful LED lamps, either infrared or visible light that spin with the camera. Ball PTZ cameras now combine lightweight dome innards in very robust metal ball-shaped cases carried by fast externally integrated pan/tilt motors.

Attaching lights to these is so much easier too. The number of camera options we re subjected to nowadays might seem bewildering and advancing technology will surely make it grow. Nonetheless, with this outline of the possibilities, you should be able to narrow down your choices very quickly.

Simon Lambert BSc.(Hons), MIET, MASC is an independent CCTV consultant and principal of Lambert & Associates

Security Consultants – London – CWJobs/0114 54994756 – CWJobs.co.uk

Position:Security Consultants
Location: London
Salary: Highly Competitive Salary

The role:
Security Consultants are urgently required to provide security thought leadership for a Programme’s technical solution. You will ensure the delivered technical solution supports identified security, privacy and compliance requirements. As a Security Specialists you will take responsible for directing the design, development and implementation of technical security measures within a Programme, and providing input into the process measures. You will also work with Customer Security Managers, Security Governance Architects, Technical Architects, Solution Designers.


A vast network of technology partners. An open, collaborative way of working with clients. Expertise in connecting talent with technology. Bringing this all together is why Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology, outsourcing and local professional services.

Aspire is Capgemini’s contract with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for the provision of IT services. The scale of HMRC’s work requires IT which is as large and complex as many of today’s global companies with worldwide operations, and their partnership with Capgemini is one of the world’s largest IT outsourcing agreements.

As a Security Consultant your main responsibilities will involve:

*Acting as the Technical security specialist, delivering complex technical solutions with a significant security element.
*Architecting multi-product security in complex, large user population technical environments
*Maintaining awareness and suggesting possible alternative solutions to technical security and privacy requirements, such as identity and access management, single sign-on, application access control, digital signatures, audit and protective monitoring
*Analysing cost, advantages and disadvantages of various solutions
*Developing security document sets: Policies, Standards, Processes, and Procedures.

As a Security Consultant your skills and qualifications will ideally include:

*Experience with the ISO27001 compliance/certification process
*Business Impact/Risk Analysis experience
*Knowledge and understanding of legislation affecting security, privacy and systems assurance
*Awareness and understanding of risk analysis methods and their application (e.g. ISF, HMG SPF),ISO 27001, enterprise architecture methods (e.g. IAF, TOGAF, or Zachman) and delivery methodologies e.g. RUP desirable.
*CLAS, IISP, ISO27001 Auditor CISSP, CISM, CISA, PCI-DSS desirable
*Proven experience working in a Security Manager, Security or Governance Architect role on a large scale project

What we will be looking for in you:

*A can do attitude to security. Focus on finding acceptable, effective and efficient solutions for all parties
*Excellent consulting skills in client facing role
*Programme/project delivery experience.
*Good experience and knowledge of private and public sector security

“Capgemini is an equal opportunities employer”

In order to commence a role with Capgemini UK plc you will be required to provide documentary proof, prior to joining the Company that you are entitled to live and work in the UK. You will need to secure the right to live and work in the UK independently.


To apply for this position please follow the link below:


LiMBS project energised to combat blast effects on structures

LiMBS project energised to combat blast effects on structures BAE Systems, QinetiQ, AIGIS Blast Protection, TPS, Permali Gloucester, MIRA, Sigmatex and the University of Nottingham have formed LiMBS (Lightweight Material & Structures for Blast and Ballistic Survivability). Co-funded by the Government-backed Technology Strategy Board, LiMBS aims to develop enhanced, lightweight and cost-effective multi-layer/multi-material structures to resist shock, pressure impulse and impacts associated with both land mines and free air explosives events, and to mitigate the effects when a structure is overmatched by reducing the spread of spall fragment projectiles passing through that structure. A material of this type could have potential commercial benefits across a number of sectors, including defence, aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, heavy industrial, high security environments, personal security/VIP protection and for security product manufacturers.

The programme intends to develop new materials that are lighter than rolled homogeneous armour which is typically used for the construction of fighting or armoured vehicles. Lighter materials could be used to manufacture and assemble armour-protected vehicles to resist the effects of explosions such as land mines and improvised explosive devices. These are the current ‘weapons of choice’ for disabling fighting vehicles in theatres such as Afghanistan.

Lighter vehicles would be more readily deployable, particularly when using air transport, and thus achieving enhanced performances for future military systems. The composite material, or a similar hybrid, could be adapted for use in a Health and Safety function for explosive manufacture, storage and transportation. The oil and gas sector could offer a potential market due to the intrinsic requirements of blast protection on their sites both on and offshore.

Furthermore, a primary objective of the LiMBS project is to exploit the technology in civilian applications such as physical protection for high value assets. Primary research objectives: materials development The test rig during set-up This project is potentially groundbreaking for industry, as the new material will be lighter than normal armour steel and therefore all the structures (vehicles and not) built with this material will be easier to transport and deploy all over the world, using more efficient transport, consuming less fuel and less CO 2 , said Alan Watson of BAE Systems. The research objectives are to develop materials that: have an areal density significantly less than Rolled Homogeneous Armour (RHA) offer similar blast and ballistic protection to RHA are capable of cost-effective manufacture, assembly and repairs when overmatched, reduce spall fragment spread are suitable for new build and retrofit applications In addition to the above, a key objective is to evaluate material properties to facilitate cost-effective reliable modelling using dynamic finite element analysis and minimise the need for expensive live testing.

The solution will be based on a backbone of fibre composite materials to provide the lightweight structural requirement, augmented with tailored interlayers consisting of shock dissipation, energy absorption and high failure strain materials, explained Simone Volpe, founder member of LiMBS and a consulting engineer at TPS. Previous studies have shown that blast resistance of composite materials can exceed that of RHA by judicial deployment of multi-layer, multi-material combinations. After careful consideration a wide selection of constituent materials have been selected for evaluation, including Armox 370T (as a baseline), aluminium, carbon fibre, glass fibre, aramid and Tabreshield .

Materials like the carbon fibre, glass fibre and aramid refer to composite materials formed using woven threads, all embedded in an epoxy matrix. A development of this is the manufacture of composites where the plies are stitched together using a tufting technique to improve in plane shear strength and potentially reduce delamination and premature failure. Combinations of the above were manufactured in the form of panels approximately 800 mm square, complete with perimeter holes to accommodate fixings into a test rig.

Testing: what has happened so far? Finite element computer analysis An extensive series of tests have already been undertaken to determine the blast and ballistic response of the various combinations. The test samples were bolted into a robust steel test rig and subjected to the effects of detonation of an accurately moulded pancake charge formed using commercial plastic explosive.

While the aspect ratio of the pancake and stand-off from the panel remained constant, the quantity of explosives was varied to determine the cusp (ie the point at which failure occurred). When the panel no longer remains gas tight it’s deemed to have failed. Instrumentation has included ‘contact pins’, strain gauges and witness panels.

The strain gauges and contact pins were used in order to gain an understanding of response times and strain rates of the composites. The honeycomb aluminium (crush witness panel) provided an indication of the gross dynamic deformation, while the multilayer witness plates helped identify the extent of spalling when the composite was overmatched. As well as providing insight into the performance of the panels, the instrumentation provided valuable data to support the development and validation of finite element simulation models.

Results attained to date While research work is ongoing, the results to date have already identified the potential for developing cost-effective lightweight blast and ballistic materials, continued Volpe. Additionally, it has been possible to determine some high strain rate material properties to facilitate dynamic finite element analysis, thus enabling refinement of composite combinations whilst minimising the need for explosion testing. The LiMBS research project is due to end in late 2012.

LiMBS is a research and development programme co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, and is led by BAE Systems’ Advanced Technology Centre. For further information contact Alan Watson: at [email protected] About The LiMBS Partners BAE Systems is a British multinational defence, security and aerospace company with operations worldwide and involved in several major defence projects. Areas of expertise offered by BAE Systems personnel include impact, shock and high strain rate testing, composite damage and fracture mechanics, survivability and armour design, blast and ballistic effect simulations, materials behaviour characterisation and modelling of structural responses to dynamic events.

The company boasts extensive experience in the use of advanced composite materials in structural applications and harbours facilities for design, testing and analysis. QinetiQ is a leading international defence and security technology company that develops innovative technology-based solutions and products, in turn providing technology-rich support services for major Government organisations and commercial customers around the world AIGIS has a strong knowledge base for the development of specialist blast/shock mitigating materials and their characterisations. The company is an established leader in all forms of blast protection solutions.

The basis of these solutions revolve around Aigis proprietary TABREshield materials that provide unique absorption and attenuation properties to mitigate a significant proportion of blast energy, thereby affording a significant weight advantage over conventional solutions for the same level of blast protection. TPS represents the buildings and construction sector and will engage its specialist explosives effects expertise, contribute material development requirements and exploitation for buildings infrastructure applications. It’s a multi-disciplined consultancy practise consisting primarily of engineers and architects.

Within this organisation there are a number of specialist teams, one of which is the explosives effects team. TPS has expanded its experience in explosion effects in the field of counter terrorist mitigation. This experience includes the design and testing of bomb blast glazed fa ade systems to provide protection from a range of terrorist threats, most notably packages, briefcases and large vehicle bombs.

Permali Gloucester is a world leader in the manufacture of composite materials for the aerospace, defence, rail, marine and medical markets. The company boasts practical research and development experience in developing composite systems at a small scale level, with the capability of transferring the technologies into large scale production for military programmes (as well as other markets where blast mitigation is important). MIRA brings distinctive expertise in the modelling of human body interactions with blast shock and pressure wave with prediction of occupant/personnel survivability.

The company has experience in the modelling of acoustic events, dynamic structural events and fluid flow. Sigmatex develops and manufactures carbon fibre textiles for composite material applications. Sigmatex supplies 2D woven, unidirectional, multiaxial (non-crimp) and 3D textiles across a broad range of industries.

These textiles meet various requirements including fibre orientation, crimp, drapeability, thickness and resin permeability. The University of Nottingham’s Polymer Composites Research Group has extensive expertise in the modelling of textile composites and their impact performance. Recent progress has also been made on modelling the impact behaviour of textile composites at the macro level using explicit FE methods (LS-Dyna).

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together professionals from the business, research and public sectors, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy.

For more information visit www.innovateuk.org

Bosch conforms to Euro EMC standards two years early

Bosch conforms to Euro EMC standards two years early Bosch Security Systems has announced that all of its intrusion products now conform with the new European standard EN 50130-4:2011, two years before it becomes mandatory. EN 50130-4:2011 is the eletromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standard hat applies to alarm systems intended for use in and around buildings in commercial, residential and industrial environments. EMC means that the products will continue to operate correctly in the presence of electromagnetic interference (EMI).

The range of radiated field frequencies that a device must now be immune to in order to be certified under this standard has been extended. The previous generation of the standard required immunity from frequencies in the range of 80MHz to 2.0 GHz. This has been increased to cover frequencies up to 2.7 GHz.

The standard is designed to counter the increase in electromagnetic interference in buildings caused by devices that operate in this new, higher frequency band, such as wifi and mobile phones.

Manufacturers of intrusion products in Europe have until summer 2014 to ensure their products are compliant with the standard.

Information Security Consultant – London – South East, London

Our Client is a leading Cyber Security and Information Asurance Consultancy delivering services to a wide range of customers including the MoD, Government Departments and Commercial Organisations. They are looking for Information Security Consultants to provide Project Support, Sales Support and Consultancy on Information Security.


An Information Security Consultant has three main roles.

InfoSec Project Support
+Support business impact assessment
+Threat Analysis
+Risk Assessment
+Devolpment of security requirements
+Support of secure design, build and testing
+Managing approval procedures

Information Security Consultant
+Carry out security healthchecks
+Offer advice to clients, including architecture design and other security problem solving services
+Develop policy, strategy and standards

Sales Support
+Understanding client requirements and designing a proposition for how to meet that requirement
+Act as the ‘security architect’ in bids

Essential requirements
+Strong business skills to appreciate business issues affecting security, to express risk, to sell security services and support the development of secure business processes and cultural change.
+Broad technical and IT security skills to understand, review and make recommendations concerning technical architecture diagrams and identify appropriate technical controls.
+Demonstrable experience with ISO27001, HMG SPF, PCI DSS and other relevant security standards and technologies.
+Demonstrable experience of working with Information Systems Security at Consultant grade rising to 10 years experience at Principal Consultant grade.
+Experience and flexibility to apply skills in Commercial, Critical National Infrastructure, Local Government and in both high threat and low threat government environments, as necessary.
+Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
+Excellent analytical and problem solving skills. It is particularly important to be able to identify security risks and then express them in both business and technical terms.
+Excellent presentation skills with the ability to present complex ideas to technical and non-technical audiences.
+Self motivated and motivates others keeping morale and performance high.
+Ability to prioritise workload and work well under pressure to meet deadlines and concurrently manage multiple businesses (both Detica and client), project expectations as well as different aspects of CS&IA.
+Flexible approach to hours, work location and tasks to meet client needs.
+Strong negotiation skills to influence cost and risk based decisions.
+Ability to think beyond how a system should operate and consider modes of accidental and malicious failure of the service that it enables.
+Strong understanding of what goes to make up information security and a familiarity with current trends and recent developments in information security.
+Understanding and experience of business and technical information security concepts such as risk management, standards, defence in depth, accreditation, BCM, Penetration Testing and training/awareness.
+Broad, and commensurately high-level knowledge of Security technology, such as: PKI, firewalls, encryption, IDS & IPS, +Cyber Intrusion Mgmt., encryption, identity management.
+Strong familiarity with security standards including ISO27001, HMG SPF, ISF SoGP, PCI DSS, DPA, FOI.
+Degree qualified in either Information Security, IT, Engineering, Mathematics or Science, with strong A-levels or equivalent.

To apply for this role you must be able to obtain Security Clearance. To check your eligibility please visit the DVA website.