Manchester Arena security searches under scrutiny following suicide bombing

Terror attack Security screening at the Manchester Arena, which was the scene of a suicide bombing last night, has come in for criticism from visitors. Among the criticisms aired on Twitter were comments that you could easily walk in with things under a coat , while several said their bags were not even checked. Entertainment and sporting venues in the UK are now urgently reviewing security procedures.

At least 22 people, many of them children, have so far being confirmed as fatalities and 59 injured in the attack at a pop concert in the city. The events occurred at about 10.30pm on Monday 22 May at the end of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande. Chaos The attack took place in the foyer, leaving hundreds of people fleeing in terror and confusion. Many children and young teenagers were separated from their parents in the ensuing chaos. The injured had wounds consistent with shrapnel injury, according to medics. A nail bomb may have been used in the attack, as according to a witness nuts and bolts were strewn on the floor of the foyer. Greater Manchester police have confirmed that they believe the bombing was the work of a single man armed with an improvised explosive device. The attacker is among the dead. The investigation into the attack involves the police counter-terrorism network and Britain s domestic security service, MI5.

Britain s prime minister, Theresa May, said: We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected. Flags outside Downing Street flew at half mast. All political parties have suspended campaigning for the general election, which is less than three weeks away. May chaired an emergency meeting of the government s crisis committee, Cobra, on Tuesday morning. Chief constable Ian Hopkins said: We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe that while the attack last night was conducted by one man, the priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network. The death toll makes the attack in Manchester the worst of its kind since the bombings in 2005, where several suicide bombers detonated explosives they were carrying in backpacks in several busy London locations including a bus and tube stations, killing 52 people. 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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2000ft drone-busting invisible fence erected by Guernsey prison

Anti-drone tech Les Nicolles prison on Guernsey in the Channel Islands has become the first in the world to use an invisible shield to foil drones programmed to smuggle in drugs, weapons and mobile phones. The fence s technology works by jamming electronic transmissions that return the drone to its sender preventing its delivery of contraband. Sensors act as disruptors to jam the drone by blocking radio frequencies.

Sky Fence has been developed by Nottingham-based firm Drone Defence and Eclipse Digital Solutions with installation costs upwards of 100,000. Drone Defence founder and CEO Richard Gill said: It disrupts the control network between the flyer and the drone. The drone then activates return to home mode and it will then fly back to the position where it had signal with its flyer. Someone described it as the final piece in a prison s security puzzle. I think it could have a significant worldwide impact. Gill said the technology neither hacks nor damages the drones. The technology can combat the increasing number of unmanned aerial vehicles that are being dispatched to jails to drop off illicit goods that are fuelling growing violence and disorder among inmates. Les Nicolles prison is a mixed category jail with 139 inmates. Prison governor David Matthews said: This is the first time this technology has been used in any prison anywhere in the world.

I would like to see it adopted in other UK prisons because it has become a significant problem there. Drones can carry weapons, contraband, mobile phones and drugs. This is about prevention. The Drone Zone one again returns to IFSEC International in June for its 2017 edition. Brought to you in partnership with The UK Drone Show, the Drone Zone will feature demonstrations of drone and anti-drone technology from Yuneec, Dedrone, Hitachi and Magos. The Drone Zone will form part of Borders & Infrastructure Expo, a brand new show within IFSEC dedicated to the protection of borders and critical national infrastructure. Get your free badge for IFSEC 2017 now. Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more. You will have access to test the latest security innovations in; Physical & perimeter, Barriers & bollards, Command & control, Emergency response, Cyber solutions, Drones & UAVs, Transport security and much more.

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Vanderbilt to demonstrate SPC Connect and ACT365 at IFSEC 2017

Cloud-based solutions At IFSEC International 2017, being held 20-22 June in London s ExCeL, Vanderbilt will be exhibiting its cloud-based security products and services. Alongside Vanderbilt s access control, intrusion and video products, the company will also be demonstrating SPC Connect, which allows installers to monitor, manage, and maintain Vanderbilt SPC panels remotely from portable electronic devices including smartphones. Also on display will be ACT365, Vanderbilt s integrated access control and video management system, which allows for remote setup, servicing and support.

Both are cloud-based so the power, scalability and simplicity of the cloud can be leveraged for the delivery of new features. Joe Grillo, CEO of Vanderbilt, says: Having transformed other areas of business and industry, the cloud is now set to revolutionise the security industry. The cloud is the name given to computing functions and services hosted off-site. These tend to be provided as a service and can be accessed over any internet-enabled device. Market research firm IDC recently estimated that cloud services will grow 24% to $122 billion ( 94 billion) in 2017. Of this, software-as-a-service business applications, such as Vanderbilt s SPC Connect and ACT365, will attract 60% of all cloud spending. The cloud lets security installers set up, manage and maintain large, networked security systems remotely, so they can reduce site visits, saving time and money, by addressing service issues that can be resolved remotely instead. embedded content End-users benefit from a system that can be maintained more efficiently and reconfigured and adapted as their requirements change. Cloud-based security products and offerings from Vanderbilt help integrate core security functions such as access control, intrusion and video.

As an example, ACT365 allows remote verification of a building s visitor from real-time video images captured at the point of entry. Access can then be granted remotely. If a door is forced or an alarm is activated, ACT365 gives users immediate recall and locates recorded footage of the incident. This eliminates time and effort traditionally required to match up times on different security systems and sift through camera footage to locate an incident. Borrowing from the pay-as-you-go model common to most cloud services, Vanderbilt s cloud-based solutions are affordable and offer flexibility for growing organisations. Vanderbilt is sharing its expertise in cloud-based security solutions in a presentation called Cloud on the Horizon: Are you prepared? that will address a range of topics and provide advice for those seeking to integrate their security needs with cloud computing. Check out the latest security solutions from Vanderbilt at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand E1225.

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Milestone Systems ties up partnership with Soliton Systems

mobile streaming Soliton Smart Telecaster Milestone Systems, the global leader in IP video management software (VMS), is partnering with mobile video streaming specialist Soliton Systems. Headquartered in Japan, Soliton develops live video streaming solutions for the public safety market. Its Smart telecaster range can stream real-time video over 3G and 4G LTE networks from remote locations via body-worn and other forms of mobile video cameras.

Cameras can live stream from fast-moving vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, motorcycles and helicopters or from a static location, such as a video surveillance van. The lightweight units are easy to carry on a person. Software that facilitates live streaming from a smartphone to a command centre, including GPS information can be downloaded from the App Store. H.265 encoding technology The Smart telecaster range uses H.265 encoding technology, which compresses real-time video for streaming over multiple 3G and 4G mobile networks simultaneously. More effectively than its predecessor, H.264, it can successfully operate even when mobile signal weakens. Founded in Denmark in 1998, Milestone Systems is one of the biggest players in the the global VMS market. Milestone, whichwas acquired by Canon for an undisclosed sum in 2014, was ranked as the number one global video management software provider by revenue in 2014. It is a great privilege for Soliton to work with Milestone, says Mogens Jensen, managing director at Soliton Systems Europe. Many of our public safety and emergency service customers already have Milestone so by partnering, this will allow them to manage their mobile video feeds from a central management console from the leading manufacturer of VMS solutions.

Says Henrik Sydbo Hansen, group manager of devices and integrations at Milestone Systems: Many of our integrations to date have been from static type cameras. Given Soliton s strength in live streaming from a mobile device, we see this as a natural extension of our own offering and something that many in the Milestone community have been requesting. VMS solutions from Milestone, whose architecture is open platform, can remotely manage a wide range of surveillance cameras, using event or alarm-based, continued or selective video streaming. Video can be secured for law enforcement and evidence storage. Thanks to Milestone s certification plan, third-party video surveillance systems and devices are readily integrated with Milestone platforms like XProtect. Soliton s H265 technology which is in line with our roadmap, and their commitment to ONVIF, a standard for video surveillance, gives us a synergy that not only works now, but provides a road-map in an industry that is constantly evolving, continues Hansen. We look forward to a successful and long partnership. Soliton Systems will be presenting at Milestone s upcoming MIP partner event in Dubai from 8-10 May 2017. Check out security solutions from Milestone Systems at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL.

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News from Association of Security Consultants

All three finalists in the Security Consultancy category of the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAS) were drawn from the Association of Security Consultant (ASC) members:

Praemunitus Ltd, Police Capacity Building Team, Somaliland

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ASC member Bob Martin

Ian Johnson Associates Limited

ASC member Nick Johnson

This was a great achievement for the ASC says ASC Chairman Joe Connell 2017 is the first year these global awards came to the UK and it is hugely gratifying that all three finalists in the Security Consultancy category were drawn from the Association of Security Consultants, which of course is the UK s leading association for independent security consultancy. This is a win, not only for the finalists, but for all ASC members who represent a hugely diverse range of security-related skill sets backed by a strong code of professional conduct .

Praemunitus Ltd went on to win in both the Security Consultancy and Investigator categories based on their extensive police capacity building programmes conducted in Somaliland between 2011 and 2016

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The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) recognise and reward companies and individuals across the security sector. The OSPAs are designed to be both independent and inclusive, providing an opportunity for outstanding performers whether individuals or companies to be recognised and their success to be celebrated.

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BSIA strengthens commitment to quality with ISO upgrade

ISO 9001:2015 The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has passed an audit to achieve certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 quality standard. Revised in 2015 the standard aims to ensure quality management is integrated into an organisation s day-to-day operations. The standard covers all elements of business strategy, with continuous improvement, to meet customers needs.

Kirstie Anwyl-Hughes, quality manager at the BSIA, says: The revised ISO 9001 standard has introduced several new elements, such as a greater emphasis on risk-based thinking to reinforce the use of the management system as a governance tool and an emphasis on a greater involvement by the leadership team. To ensure compliance, the BSIA has had to undertake a comprehensive review of its entire quality management system. According to the British Standards Institution s website, the changes to ISO 9001 were made because business has changed radically since the last major revision in 2000 but one thing remains constant: to be successful, businesses have to adapt to meet the growing needs of customers. ISO was originally written with the customer in mind and that remains the priority for 9001. Important focus Anwyl-Hughes says raising quality standards in the security industry is an important focus of the BSIA, which expects its own members to be certified to a range of industry standards, including ISO 9001. As such, we are pleased to be leading the way in the adoption of the revised standard, she says. The BSIA through its new probationer membership scheme also provides advice and assistance to security companies wishing to obtain ISO 9001:2015. The BSIA represents the entire security industry and value chain, from CCTV to security guarding, to security equipment manufacturers and installers of electronic security systems that serve a range of industries and sectors. The BSIA is a longstanding and valued partner of, and exhibitor at, IFSEC International, Europe s biggest fire and security trade show taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL.

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The 5 most innovative security products launched at CES 2017

The 5 Most Innovative Security Products Launched At CES 2017

And last year we flagged the iris-enabled ATM machine, the spherical smart-home camera and the solar-powered lock that draws energy from your porch light. As the internet of things continues to give rise to a smorgasbord of quirky, ingenious and downright daft digital takes on everyday things, CES is always a fascinating visit, even for non-technophiles. Here are five of the most interesting security innovations unveiled at this year s edition, once again taking place over four days in Las Vegas.

1. Kuri the robot nanny Not dissimilar to the robotic love interest in dystopian, but redemptive Pixar hit Wall-E, Kuri possesses qualities that you don t necessarily associate with security sentries. Basically, Kuri looks cute.

Admittedly, it doesn t have a lot going on in terms of facial features, but somehow the spherical head with cute round eyes arop an egg-shaped body is enough to ratchet up the cute factor. Developed by Mayfield Robotics Kuri is also equipped with a surveillance camera, facial recognition software and chirps and nods (it doesn t talk though) that further buttress its appeal to children. The robot appears to possess deep learning capabilities, as it can learn how to navigate around your home dodging objects with the help a laser sensor once it becomes acquainted with the layout. Other features: iOS and Android app Three hours of battery life A four-microphone array to hear voice commands 2. The light bulb with a hidden security camera Light bulb maker Bell & Wyson has launched a light bulb with a concealed camera embedded. The low energy (11W) LED bulb-cum-camera has a TF slot and two-way microphone and will stream footage to tablets and smartphones via Wi-Fi. The idea behind the innovation is that intruders, unaware of the light bulb s dual purpose, will neither seek to evade it gaze nor tear it from the wall/ceiling. And of course, like traditional security lights, it could deter breaking and entering as it gives the impression that someone is home. Click here to find out more.

3. Norton Cure IOT router Symantec Norton has unveiled what it claims is the most secure router in the world. If that s the most relevant insight about the product if the claim stands up to scrutiny then the most fascinating one to non-technophiles at any rate is surely its appearance.

A geodesic orb, it looks like it could be an object of portentous power in a sci-fi fantasy film. One might presume that the shape is purely aesthetic. Not so, according to Symantec Norton. The antenna is apparently inspired by defense and weather radars for better wireless coverage. With all manner of everyday household objects being fitted with computer chips and WiFi connectors, the internet of things is growing faster than cyber security professionals (of whom there are all too few) can keep up with. Designed to prevent hacking attempts at most home network s most vulnerable point, the router, the Core is an ambitious attempt to redress the balance. It will inspect every packet of data for known malware and will automatically quarantine any device running firmware known to be a security risk. It s powerful too, boasting a 1.7GHz dual-core chip processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi broadcasting on both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, with a maximum throughput of 2,500Mbps.

4. Ring Motion Flood Light Ring, which is best known for its video doorbells, has launched an outdoor floodlight camera.

A motion-activated security camera the Floodlight Cam features built-in 3K lumen LED floodlights, a 270-degree field-of-view, facial recognition, a 110-decibel siren alarm, two-way audio and infrared night vision. The camera, which is hardwired and can be installed without professional help, is controlled via Wi-Fi via an iPhone or Android-based smartphone. The camera also incorporates a siren, which the householder can turn on to deter suspicious persons. Users can also yell out would-be intruders through the Floodlight Cam s loudspeaker. The camera is weatherproof and can cope with temperatures between -5 F (-20 C) and 120 F (48 C).

5. R econnaissance drones for the home Admittedly, this is actually only at the conceptual stage but was too intriguing to ignore. At CES 2017 and Qualcomm have revealed that they are working on camera-equipped drones that would fly through your home to investigate anomalous activity, such as an unusual noise or tripped motion sensor. They would then record footage with their on-board cameras and send the resulting video to your smartphone. Essentially, they would act as reconnaissance drones, a first in the booming drone market.

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