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Botched software update disables unlocking function on hundreds of smart locks

LockState The demise of the humble mechanical lock and key might be some way off yet. For all the possibilities they open up, so-called smart locks can readily become dumb in several scenarios. Hundreds of people recently discovered that they were unable to open their doors by their usual means when their smart locks were disabled digitally, at least by a botched software update.

Earlier this month LockState issued an update to its 6000i series smart locks that was designed for its later-generation 7000i models. The 6000i locks were subsequently unable to reconnect to the company s web service. As well as the remote locking and unlocking function, the mistake cost users access to remote access, status alerts and keypad entry code-management. The company couldn t even remedy the situation with a remote fix, meaning customers have to return part of the lock for repair turnaround time one week or wait three weeks or longer for delivery of a replacement lock. In a statement, the company attempted some damage limitation by giving owners one free year of access to connected services. Roughly 500 locks have been affected, says LockState. Users had to resort to the time-honoured method of inserting a metal key. Anyone using the locks for Airbnb hosting may be more inconvenienced still. Users of the peer-to-peer accommodation portal can make letting out property easier in theory by recruiting the services of LockState through the Host Assist program.

Around 200 Airbnb hosts are reported to have been affected. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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Manned Guarding Security Services Company

Our mission is to assist our customers in solving business protection issues with a Security Patrol Services or Guard Dog Security Services to Construction Site Security Services solutions by coordinate the right management team and high-level solutions to solve any security problem within a budget, schedule and scope in addition to a top priority of Customer service, we meet with our customers to discuss issues and formulate a strategic solution and safety measure plan, that denote the scope ensure and effective implementation of health and safety, risk assessment and environmental guiding.

What We Offer

Our Manned Guarding Security Services Company provide a uniformed security guards are trained to the high standards that are set by Security Industry Authority (SIA), they also undertake further training and gain accreditation from customer service and investigation technique courses. Our Guards maintain positive working relationships with visitors and company staff and they have the ability to think quickly and make quick decisions and deal effectively with unexpected situations. Our uniformed dog handlers (Guard Dog Security) are trained to the high standards that are set by Security Industry Authority (SIA), they also undertake further training and gain accreditation from the National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU) and British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT), and many also have police and army experience.

Mobile Security Patrol Services1

Our Uniformed Mobile Security Patrol officers are trained to the high standards that are set by Security Industry Authority (SIA), they also undertake further training and gain accreditation from customer service and investigation technique courses. They communicate effectively with staff and customers and have the ability to think quickly and make quick decisions to deal effectively with unexpected situations.

Construction Site Security Guard Services2

Our Uniformed Construction Site Security Guards are SIA Licensed, Insured, and NASDU BIPDT trained, at work they use the infrastructure of a conditional objectives to the Knowledge of health and safety and Risk Assessment, they undertake further training and gain accreditation from customer service, know how to maintain positive working relationships, also have police and army experience.

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9Guard Security Services company, operation policy`s and the associated procedures are monitored and reviewed every year on a regular basis to ensure that they remain current and applicable to the company s activities. We do inducting our guards on every new site, all so we do have regular refreshment of induction every 1 to 2 months, in addition we provide guidance and tools to help our Guards understand what they need to do to control and assess the risks in workplace.

9Guard Security Services and employees have a responsibility to assist in the effective implementation of the Policy within their work area and included within their duties, they understood and aware of their responsibilities contained in the Company Health and Safety Policy, al so they taking the necessary training, instruction and generally assist management in carrying out its duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

9Guard will fully comply with the duties placed upon it within the requirements of legislation, whilst at all times complying with, as a matter of best practice, the requirements and duties set out within Approved Guidance as issued by the Environment Agency and other organisations

9Guard Security dedicated to providing Insured, consistent and dependable security services in line with the Insurance requirements and contract specifications of our clients. We do this through our 10000000 Public liability insurance to protects us and our clients or members of the public or property damage.

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Manned Guarding Security Services Company

Industrial Estates

9Guard Security Services deter shoplifting as well as vandalism, we are the most effective security methods for Industrial Estates and Retail Security we provide with cost effective all so we aim to give 100% customer satisfaction

Construction Site Security

9Guard Security Services provide our customers with professionally SIA NASDU BIPDT trained Guards with Cost Effective Construction Security along with risk assessment and professionalism, using well skilled and experienced construction security guards with environmental guidance for our customers

Manufacturing Premises

We work as a part of your team to ensure a customer friendly approach is consistently achieved. Our security guards are one of the most effective security methods utilized in the security field, all so have the able to get along well with co-workers and accept supervision and the ability to convey thoughts in a focused and tangible manner.

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We will provide you with FREE high-profile Security Warning Signs around the perimeter of your premises.

Or We will provide you with a dog handler trained to the high standards that are set by Security Industry Authority (SIA) with further training set by National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU) and the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT).

We will provide you with a dog unit marked in the style of a police car and specially adapted to ensure the welfare of our dogs, including air conditioning.

Patrolling every hour & perform security checks to ensuring site or property are maintained; door and gates are kept secure. Carry out a visual inspection to ensure equipment is save.

UK Metal Theft

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said UK metal theft had doubled in the past five years to about 1,000 reported incidents a week, the crime causes costs the UK economy about 770m a year, And Britain s 5bn-a-year scrap industry is facing tougher regulation as part of a government crackdown on metal theft

Cost of Retail Crime

Cost of retail crime rises to 1.6bn. The figure covers retail crime of all types and includes the value of goods stolen and damage done. The survey gathers data from 44 retails groups 58% of the sector by turnover and is claimed to be its most comprehensive crime survey so far. It found that nearly one in 20 stores was robbed during the year. The average cost of each incident tripled to 3,005, from 989 the previous year, a result of more organised offending

Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW)

Vandalism in the UK is falling at a quicker rate than almost any other type of crime, according to official figures.

What are the possible reasons behind this The 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimates that there were 2,051,000 violent incidents against adults in England and Wales.

As in previous years, assault without injury accounted for the largest proportion of all CSEW violent incidents (42%), followed by wounding (24%), assault with minor injury (22%), and robbery (12%)

Advising and counselling visitors and making sure they have access to professional help if needed, in addition to Monitor and authorize entrance, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises
We will provide you with guard dog, whilst offering a deterrent to the criminal is appropriately trained and controlled by our experienced dog handlers.

We will provide you with a daily activity report.

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References

  1. ^ Mobile Security Patrol Services (9guard.co.uk)
  2. ^ Construction Site Security Guard Services (9guard.co.uk)

Phoenix Close Protection Officer

Profile of a Phoenix Close Protection Operator

On completion of the Phoenix Close Protection course, graduates have the qualifications and certifications necessary to become employed within the global security industry, either with G4S, or another global security business.

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My Current role is a Close Protection officer on a contract Southern Afghanistan. I ve worked in the current role since April 2013

  • Tell us a bit about your background? What was one of the most enjoyable aspects of your job? Can you describe one of your most challenging aspects or one off events of your old role?

I am 33 years old. I was in the British Infantry for 15 years in total reaching the rank of CSGT. I ve been on 3 x tours of N.I, 1 x Kosovo, 1 x Iraq and 2 x Afghan. My last role was an Infantry Tactics instructor at The Infantry Battle School, Brecon. There I taught and assessed future section commanders of the British army all the key areas they needed to command a section of men in all types of hostile environments. My most challenging part of my army career was on operational tour on Herrick 10 Sangin.

There my role was a platoon Sgt and most of the time we as a battle group found ourselves engaged with the enemy on a daily basis.

  • How did you get into the Private Security Industry?

I decided that I had achieved all I wanted within the army and the Private Security sector was a natural progression for me. I could see that the skills I learnt through my army career could be used and built upon within the security industry. A few of my friends where in the Industry so I used their knowledge to find out which was the best close protection course around. Guys that had not even done the Phoenix course said that they wished they had gone on that one so I learnt by their mistakes really. The main selling point was that a member of HR would come and interview you at the end of course for future positions. Something you don;t get at any other company.

  • Please describe the experience you had with the training?

The overall experience of the training was outstanding. A point of note is that I also attend the Approved Tier 1 Operational Medic (ATOM) course after the Phoenix course. My main reason was that the instruction and the facilities of the close protection course were that good I was sold already in attending my next G4S specialist training course. In addition to that you receive a 25% discount on the ATOM course if you attended the Phoenix course.

I believe that G4S look after and employ people that attend their courses as they know the standard of training you have received is the best and G4S want the best people to work for them.

  • How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as a hardworking, diligent person who strives to better myself by using other people s experiences to learn from and adapt.

  • Could you give us a brief overview of your current role?

As a CP operator in Southern Afghanistan, I am responsible for the armed protection and security of our clients conducting business in Helmand Province. Conducting IBG tasking’s providing close protection to the client in out of district moves by Heli, foot and vehicle transits, responsible for risk and threat assessment in a constantly changing high threat environment

  • What are the most enjoyable aspects of your role?

The most enjoyable aspects of my role is when the tasking is complete and we as a team have achieved our aim, by providing the best possible security to the client.

  • Tell us about any challenging aspects?

The most challenging part of my role is the constant risk and threat assessment which is forever changing as you move by foot, heli or by vehicle with the client to ensure maximum protection.

  • What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I like to keep fit for role either cardio vascular work or weights. There is plenty of down time so it;s not a problem.

There is internet in all locations so talking back home on skype or face time to the family isn t an issue.

  • Please let us know anything else that may help other Service Leavers to follow in your footsteps?

Get yourselves on the Phoenix course and the ATOM course the extra medical course got me one step ahead of the rest of the guys and I was offered a job before I was even out of the army.

I had a week off as a civilian and then I was deployed to Afghanistan.

References

  1. ^ Click here for CPO (www.g4sspecialisttraining.com)

Benchmark Innovation Awards 2017: winners revealed

Security tech Avigilon and Vanderbilt are among the winners of Benchmark Magazine s Innovation Awards 2017, which reward excellence across nine categories of physical security technology. Rigorously testing hardware and software under a range of conditions, Benchmark Magazine is akin to the Which Magazine of the physical security industry. Find out below which products won the accolades across nine categories.

Video Surveillance (Hardware): Hanwha Techwin Wisenet X Hanwha Techwin s new Wisenet X series harnesses the Wisenet V processing engine and delivers mainstream functionality with advanced features. The Taiwanese surveillance brand has added H.265 compression and the second generation of the WiseStream dynamic encoding engine, which reduces bandwidth consumption (and includes dynamic GOP). Wisenet X also boasts 150dB WDR (taking on four instead of two frames to balance out uneven lighting), gyro sensor-based image stabilisation, enhanced low light performance, dual slots for SD-based edge recording, advanced analytics functionality and WiFi set-up support. The Wisenet X camera range comprises two-and five-megapixel models as well as bullet, static dome, box and PTZ variants. The Wisenet X camera range is more than the sum total of its parts, which is what makes it an interesting proposition! Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. Video Surveillance (Software): SeeTec Cayuga Infinity X The flagship VMS from SeeTec can add sector-specific extensions including logistics-ready integrations, ANPR and warehouse management. Cayuga S50X supports up to 50 cameras on a single server. S Cayuga S100 can accommodate up to 100 channels on two servers with basic video analytics, motion detection and advanced event management.

Cayuga Infinity supports unlimited devices and servers along with numerous video analytics options, while Cayuga Infinity X also adds failover recording and video wall management. An open platform solution, Cayuga Infinity X can integrate directly with more than 1,000 devices via direct integrations. ONVIF compliance makes possible additional integrations, which are simplified by smart drivers. Combines power with simplicity, and ticks all the boxes for those who want advanced security and site management. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. Access Control (Hardware): Inner Range Inception This browser-based access control system with integrated intruder alarm permits easy connectivity with a regular PC, smartphone or tablet. Inception, whose software is hosted on the controller unit, can operate as a standalone system and the browser-based interface means there is no software to install nor licensing costs. Inception supports up to 32 doors with readers for entry/exit and can monitor up to 512 detection points via its alarm monitoring functionality. There are universal inputs and outputs to accommodate not just CCTV monitoring, but lighting control, HVAC management, lift control and more besides too.

Delivers a high level of performance, whilst also retaining a good degree of simplicity. It is flexible enough for most access control needs, and the inclusion of alarm monitoring adds value for a wide range of sites. It also does all of this at a competitive price point. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. Access Control (Software): Vanderbilt ACT365 Vanderbilt inherited ACT365 when it acquired Access Control Technology Ltd in 2016 a shrewd move if this accolade is anything to go by. ACT365 combines access control with video management functionality with what Benchmark describes as a seamless integration . ACT365, which is cloud-based, can be used remotely via tablet or smartphone. In practice, therefore, the operator could communicate with a visitor, verify their identity and open the door remotely from a smartphone without being physically on site themselves. ACT365 creates a unified integrated system, delivering flexibility and control for business owners whilst also reducing the amount of required infrastructure and resources to protect a site.

Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. Site Protection (Hardware): OPTEX RLS-2020S Hitherto the sole preserve of high-security applications in critical national infrastructure because they were costly and bulky laser detectors are now more accessible for a wider range of verticals thank to innovations like the RLS-2020S from Optex. The RLS-2020S can be used both outdoors and indoors and achieves a 20 x 20 metre detection range. Multiple set-up configurations mean that this laser detector can cope with a range of scenarios that traditional sensors struggle with. Laser-based sensors can accurately detect objects and map them using X and Y coordinates. When people or objects are detected, PTZ-enabled cameras can then pinpoint and track the intruders. The RLS-2020S laser detector makes the technology more accessible for mainstream applications, delivers a small and discreet cost-effective option and also provides an enhanced level of performance in terms of catch performance and reliability. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. Site Protection (Software): Texecom Connect Based on Texecom s graded Premier Elite security system, Texecom Connect is an automation platform that is based on the current control panel range.

Installers and integrators can offer Texecom Connect upgrades to customers with existing Premier Elite systems. The Premier Elite range supports the Ricochet, mesh-based wireless platform, which itself won a Benchmark Innovation Award. Ricochet technology permits flexible communication between wireless field devices and the control panel. The heart of any Texecom Connect system will be a professionally installed graded alarm system without any compromises or dumbing down to allow the smart functions to be realised. This is important as it adds value without reducing security or the role of the installer or integrator. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. Intelligent Systems: Avigilon Appearance Search Aviglon s Appearance Search technology applies deep learning techniques to identify and retrieve video footage relevant to an investigation or management of an ongoing event. For all the potential of big data, operators can readily get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of data generated by video analytics platforms. Avigilon s Appearance Search technology, which can be acessed via Avigilon s Control Center VMS software, scans many hours worth of recorded footage and swiftly identify relevant video data to track a person or vehicle.

It can quickly identify routes taken, previous visits and last-known locations. Avigilon s Appearance Search technology enhances the level of security at a site by enabling end users to quickly locate targets of interest, such as specific persons or vehicles, across an entire site. This capability can not only improve incident response times, but additionally makes post-event investigations simpler and more thorough. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. embedded content Business Intelligence: Genetec Retail Sense The Business Intelligence category represents the diversification of security tech into non-security disciplines. Through analytics functions like heat-mapping and queue management, analytics platforms like Genetec Retail Sense generate and interpret data to create insights that can generate operational efficiencies for businesses mostly in the retail sector. Providing analysis of footfall, bottlenecks and shopper behaviour, Genetec Retail Analytics and other solutions of its ilk can no longer be written off as a grudge purchase in the way that security systems often were. Through real-time insights generated in reports by Retail Sense, retailers can utilise the intelligence gathered, allowing them to better understand consumers, make informed decisions and increase both consumer engagement and in-store profitability. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine.

Infrastructure: Secure Logiq HA Servers With beefed-up processing capabilities, Secure Logiq s HA range of analytics-optimised servers have been designed for enterprise customers. i7 Extreme edition processors increase substantially the clock speed achieved, helping it to meet the processing-heavy demands of modern analytics platforms. With advances in GPU technology bringing deep learning and video analytics to the fore, appropriate server hardware is increasingly key to optimal performance.

Getting it wrong can cause the system to crash, slow down or become unstable. With experience in the video surveillance industry, Secure Logiq realises the importance of the right balance between performance and reliability for security systems. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine.

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The official body-worn camera supplier for UK prisons on industry trends, VideoManager and VideoTag series

Edesix is a big player in the burgeoning body-worn camera market. Indeed, it is the official body-worn camera provider for the UK prison service and has said that 2016 was its best-ever year for contract wins. On the product development front, Edesix has already launched a series of head and torso-mounted body-worn cameras as well as the small, discrete VideoTag series.

in 2017. IFSEC Global recently spoke to Richie McBride, the Edinburgh-based company s CEO, about Edesix s direction of travel, its latest products, the future of body-worn video and its recent presence at IFSEC 2017. Richie McBride IFSEC Global: Where is Edesix positioned in the body-worn video (BWV) market? What are your USPs? Richie McBride: Whilst Edesix have a comprehensive range of BWV solutions to meet the needs of our customers across a range of different industries, Edesix prides itself on the back-end solution developed to meet the needs of our customers, and we believe this is what makes our solution unique. Our VideoManager software is the most advanced BWC management software on the market and, paired with our smart networking options, Edesix s full BWC solution means that rolling out any number of body cameras, from 1 to tens of thousands, is efficient and futureproof. VideoManager has all the security features expected of a video management software fit for police and criminal justice. It ensures access to video footage is limited to correct user profiles, utilises encryption keys so only authorised users can access footage from cameras, and provides a full audit trail of each piece of video captured. embedded content In conjunction with this, by utilising our various hardware products such as EdgeControllers, DockControllers and RFID readers, efficient, fast and secure use of pooled cameras from multiple locations is simple, speeding up deployment times and minimising the amount of training required.

We work with all our customers to ensure that the roll-out of their BWCs is suited to their needs, operational workflow and staff routine. We pride ourselves on meeting roll-out deadlines, and have a fantastic track record of on-time roll-outs (eg PSNI and HMPS). Most recently, Edesix has launched ONStream, a gateway product which allows users of our cameras to integrate footage directly to any ONVIF-compliant VMS in short, you can watch live BWC footage alongside fixed CCTV, complementing the static video with video and audio from the perspective of a wearer on the ground we believe this to be an industry first, and are proud to be working with market leaders such as Milestone and Genetec. IG: What was the thinking behind the launch of the VideoTag Series? RM: Our VB-300 series of BWC has been successful within the security market, but having worked closely with VMS integrators, we found that there was a need for a camera which acted in the same way as the VB-300 (with Wi-Fi capability, VMS integration, and high-quality audio/video) for non-security users who didn t require full-shift recording and at a lower price-point, with a smaller footprint. The VT series evolved from this requirement to provide non-security staff with the same protection and recording abilities, without the requirement to record regularly and continually. The VT-50 incident recorder has been designed to be worn for up to 3 months on stand-by, without charge, and requires minimal training and intervention from the wearer if an incident occurs, simply press record and the footage will automatically stream or offload. We believe that VideoTags work well both independently and as a complementary security product. On its own, it provides the wearer with the protection of any BWC, and captures evidential quality footage for reasons such as criminal prosecution, proof of actions taken etc.

However, the VT is also perfect as an incident response tool, and for gathering a full picture of events. With multiple staff wearing VTs, in conjunction with CCTV and/or VideoBadges, if a major incident were to occur, multiple viewpoints could be collated in real-time to assess threat and provide adequate response. IG: To what extent can you and do you help customers navigate the regulatory and political hurdles when it comes to deploying what remains a fairly new technology? RM: We will always work with our customers to ensure that their questions around regulation are satisfied, and that their use of BWCs is suitable for their industry and requirements. None of our cameras are covert or designed for hidden use. Our cameras are configurable to allow approved users to switch on/off LEDs or notification-tone alerts when the cameras are recording to suit regulations. We also offer the ability to turn off either the video or audio record function, as required by some industries. As previously stated, our VideoManager software comes with a multitude of functions, which ensure that the identity of those on cameras is protected (we offer advanced redaction tools for this). VideoManager allows for multiple user levels, ensuring that footage is only viewable by authorised users, and of course our iconic ID badge on most of our cameras ensures that those faced with a VideoBadge know that there is the potential of being recorded.

IG: How do you see the BWV market evolving over the next 5-10 years? RM: As an industry, we re only just scratching the surface of the BWC marketplace currently. Over the past few years we ve seen a shift in confidence as trial deployments become full deployments, and industries such as police, prison services and emergency services wholeheartedly adopt the technology. We believe that the popularity of BWCs will grow further within these markets, with all public-facing workers wearing recording devices as standard, and the sophistication by which they re deployed and managed will improve. However, as the introduction of the VideoTag and ONStream shows, we also believe in BWCs as wearable CCTV, and see a growing market here for incident recorders, especially within the retail, education and airport/airlines markets. IG: You recently exhibited at IFSEC International 2017? How did it go? RM: We had a very successful show at IFSEC 2017. This year we had presence on three booths; our own, Milestone and Dell.

We felt that this was the perfect balance for us, as we were able to promote our new VMS-integration solutions with our partners, whilst maintaining our own identity on the Edesix booth. While we re still working through our leads from the show, I think we can safely say that it was a positive event for us. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals.

Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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How to keep your entertainment venue safe following terrorism

Hospitality industry In the wake of recent terror attacks, venue security has never been more paramount. This coupled with the increase in venue closures has led to a sense of sadness within the industry, however in times like this we must remember the positives; the provision of safe places with security, medics on standby, regulated drink sales and curfews. When Fabric was forced to close in September 2016 it was a decision made in the name of the war on drugs, with Islington Council, supported by the Metropolitan Police, moving swiftly after the deaths of two clubbers there in the space of nine months.

Club closures Closing venues like Fabric, which thankfully was reprieved, will not stop clubbers taking drugs. While Fabric survived, there is a long and depressing list of London venues that have closed in the past decade half of the capital s clubs have shut in that time. Make no mistake, this situation is a threat to London s status as a world-class culture hub with a 24-hour nightlife. When the Night Tube service was launched there was great excitement, but you wonder where all these trains will be taking people in a few years time. When these venues close, it s not simply a case of replacing them with something else. Fabric, along with countless other clubs, has its own rich history and identity, something you can t just replicate somewhere else. Avoiding licensing issues There are steps venues can take to avoid falling foul of the licensing committees. We work as closely as we possibly can with the local authority and the Metropolitan Police because dialogue and sharing ideas is a much more healthy approach than clashing over regulations. I m proud of what we achieve at Troxy every day.

We provide a safe, secure venue in the heart of one of the world s biggest and most vibrant cities which helps people create new experiences, discover new music, create new memories and simply live life. When it comes to venue security, the tragic bombing at Manchester Arena caused most venues to reflect and review their security measures. Even before then we had taken steps along with other major venues and festivals to put counter-terrorism measures front and centre of our security policies. Strong police relationship Our relationship with The Met is strong, and we have ongoing conversations with them which includes swapping information before and after events. This allows us to be kept in the loop with regards to the very latest security information and flag up any events the police might have concerns about. The police offer a great service in the form of Project Griffin their counter-terrorism training programme, something we ve put our entire senior management team through. It s free and is aimed at deterring and detecting not just terrorist activity, but crime as well. We work hard to identify potential problems before they might arrive, and we re mindful when liaising with promoters who want to bring artists or shows to Troxy that there might be potential risks. Bringing venues closer together However, amidst all the sadness that these tragic events created, events such as venue closures or terror attacks have helped make our industry stronger.

These horrific events have brought venues closer and helped created a greater sense of community as the industry pulls together to support one another and ensure everyone who steps through our doors is kept as safe as possible. We can t speak for other venues, but this heightened threat level has ensured we re constantly reviewing our security measures to make certain they match the heightened threats. The events industry is brimming with innovation, creativity and is always pushing boundaries to enhance the experience for artists and guests. I do believe other industries can learn from what this industry achieves every year. Our practices around entry and exit, security and safety are constantly evolving. At Troxy we re used to holding multiple shows in one week, all of which present different challenges. From a sold-out drag night to a rock gig, we host events of all shapes and sizes and approach each of them with the same vigilance and care. In the end, it s all about the people who come through our doors. We want them to have an incredible night and create great memories that will stay with them forever, but we must also ensure we create a safe, problem-free experience as well.

This article was first published on our sister site, SHP Online. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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HD cameras to replace control tower in ground-breaking revamp at London City Airport

Case study In what is believed to be a first for a UK airport, a remote monitoring system based on high definition video cameras is to replace the physical control tower at London City Airport. The digital air traffic control tower will be operated some 100 miles from the airport at a new control room in Swanwick, Hampshire and will be managed by NATS, the air traffic control service. High definition cameras The system developed by Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions in conjunction with the Swedish air traffic control service, LFV will consist of a new unmanned tower, at the top of which will be 14 high definition and two PTZ cameras.

The cameras will combine to provide a full 360-degree view of the airfield just like that provided by a conventional tower but at a level of detail greater than the human eye and with new viewing tools that, it s claimed, will modernise and improve air traffic management. The images will be viewed at a new facility which will resemble a modern CCTV control room at the NATS site in Swanwick, which also controls the skies over southern England. The control room will feature a curved video wall of screens, with images stitched together to provide a virtual, panoramic view of the airport. embedded content The realism will be enhanced with an audio feed from the airfield and radar readings from the skies above London, to instruct aircraft and oversee movements. Saab says it started developing the digital air traffic solution in response to the need to provide a more efficient way of handling air traffic control, particularly for smaller airports where air traffic control can account for 30-40% of operating costs. The remote solution means that air traffic control costs can be shared, with a number of airports being managed simultaneously or according to demand at any particular time. The first digital control tower was established at rnsk ldsvik airport in northern Sweden as recently as 2015, with Sundsvall airport being added later and a third airport, Link ping, up and running by summer 2017. The control room in Sundsvall features a large row of 55-inch screens showing a window-like panoramic view of each airport. Difficult light conditions The camera technology actually makes it easier for air traffic controllers to cope with difficult light conditions, such as direct sunlight or reflections from snow, so they can follow an aircraft that is climbing without being dazzled.

Other types of data, such as weather and wind force, can be integrated into the same view on the screen, providing a more enhanced situational awareness. Not only does the remote air traffic control system comply with existing regulations but it also enables the further enhancement of safety, according to Per Ahl, sales director at Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions. This is because: Cameras can provide better night vision Advanced image processing can detect potential dangers such as equipment left on the airfield Target tracking technology via radar and camera can detect and highlight incoming aircraft, making it easier for air traffic controllers to monitor them Information overlaid on screen can display everything from weather and visibility to the identity of aircraft and vehicles. The cameras also feature specially designed metal housings to prevent image interference on the lens from insects and small animals. Enhanced situational awareness The image viewing is combined with other systems which controllers use to manage air traffic, such as radar displays, navigation aids and information about flight plans. By combining LFV s unique operational experience with Saab s world class technology solutions, we can drive the whole process forward from planning to commissioning remote air traffic control, said Johan Klintberg, CEO of Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions. We offer smart digital solutions so that data can be used in several locations to streamline traffic flows around an airport, both in the air and on the ground. As we are pioneering digital air traffic management, the market has shown large interest in our products and services. Mike Stoller, Director of Airports at NATS, said: Digital towers are going to transform the way air traffic services are provided at airports by providing real safety, operational and efficiency benefits.

We are delighted that London City Airport has chosen to work with us to deliver what will be the first of its kind in the UK. High-rise cameras The 50-metre camera tower which will be located in the airport s long-stay car park in line with the mid-way point of the runway was approved by the London Borough of Newham in December 2016. Construction of the tower is due to be completed in 2018, followed by more than a year of testing and training, during which the existing tower will continue to operate. The digital tower will become fully operational in 2019. London City Airport which this year turns 30 years old is also beginning a 350m development programme to help cater for an extra two million passengers a year by 2025. Facilities will include seven new aircraft stands to accommodate next generation aircraft, a parallel taxiway to maximise runway capacity, and an extension to the passenger terminal. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals.

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Magnetically-driven PTZ cameras and bespoke camera housing: How Redvision is rejecting the homogeneity of the modern CCTV market

Redvision recently unveiled two innovations that it believes distinguish themselves in a market characterised by homogeneity and a misguided emphasis on driving down the price of hardware. Unveiled to a selected audience of customers and contacts the UK-based manufacturer of high-end security cameras unveiled the Volant, a PTZ camera that Redvision says moves faster, more accurately and more quietly than anything else on the market. Vega, meanwhile, means integrators can offer clients the chance to customise camera housing to meet their aesthetic needs.

Both ranges will be launched officially at IFSEC International 2017 between 20-22 June (get your free badge now). IFSEC Global caught up with the company s founder and director, Paul Hucker, and MD, Dermot Grace, to find out how the company was positioning itself in the surveillance market and its plans for IFSEC. The Volant and Vega ranges will be launched and on display at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Redvision on stand D1150. Get your free badge now. IFSEC Global: Where do you sit in the crowded CCTV market? And what are your USPs? Dermot Grace: Redvision is one of the pioneers of the rugged PTZ Pan, Tilt, Zoom marketplace. There are probably three or four major manufacturers worldwide and we would probably command a substantial market, certainly within the UK market.

Our routes to market have historically largely been through our distribution partners, which we re looking to develop further within Continental Europe. Paul Hucker: We re at IFSEC to launch two new product ranges: Vega and Volant. Volant is the fastest, most accurate, quietest PTZ on the planet. A PTZ used to move at 60 degrees per second but with the Volant it s now almost instantaneous: about 400 degrees per second. Volant will move to the exact position it needs to go to. If cameras respond quicker you stand a much better chance of getting evidential or dynamic information. It also has infinity motors which can remember exactly where they were before. PTZs have motors and gears and the gears add a degree of inaccuracy and a degree of wear. But the infinity motors are magnetically driven so the motor s resolution is huge compared to a geared system.

It will register within 0.01 of a degree every time That means cameras can cover a larger area or a smaller area at distance more effectively. So it s very much for areas where they want the best in what technology can offer right now. With this camera range we have standard cameras and cameras with adaptive IR and adaptive white light. Adaptive means the actual beam angle of the illumination varies with the angle of the zoom lens. We have a number of high net worth customers who like the white light because it s a visual deterrent. Another feature of the Volant is it is completely silent. That s because it s moving by magnetic force. We re the only company using infinity drive motors in a big PTZ. We ve taken something generally used in military and using it in a commercial application.

While it s more expensive than the commodity products, the overall cost of ownership is low. Because the cost of installing a camera in a town centre is huge and people don t spend enough money on the cost of the equipment itself. The equipment is running continuously, and continuously moving, so it has a very high duty cycle. We ve had high demand already for a lot of public buildings to be monitored using a thermal version of the Volant. One reason is it s so much more accurate and better at analytics than other PTZs. You can apply analytics to it with certainty that you ll get the same picture every time. It s the equivalent of a static camera with up to 200 positions. DG: the thermal market in general is growing quite substantially. So we re challenging this product to sit across a wide spectrum of marketplaces.

As well as traditional CCTV we re looking at military applications and other verticals we can move into. PH: The Volant is a side-mount PTZ rather than a normal PTZ, which gives us flexibility to do custom options on the camera mechanism. For clients we can offer different lens options for thermals. DG: One USP Redvision has as a business is its complete flexibility. We can come up with different paint finishes and it s surprising how many customers do need these specialisations. It could be colours, Bournemouth College had a particular colour. This was done within a week or so, so it s a very fast turnaround. PH: Town centre application is our biggest single market. High net worth individuals and any CNI areas are important too.

DG: We ve signed an agreement with industry professionals representing five brands to represent Redvision throughout Scandinavia, central Europe and Southern Europe. They will use IFSEC as the launch platform. IG: You mentioned price. To what extent do you think there s too much focus on price in CCTV? PH: I think it s a huge issue. We are potentially devaluing the overall marketplace by focusing on price rather than functionality. If you look at other sectors hi-fi systems or cars people go for premium brands for a reason. I m not saying there isn t room for budget brands, but at the moment we re in danger of devaluing the options. DG: So much so that installers are saying to us great, this is a different solution that I can take to my customers.

They can differentiate themselves with their customers. It s pretty much solution selling. PH: All we re trying to say is one size doesn t fit all. The Vega is a range of camera houses we ve launched because driven by price, most CCTV players have come up with the same solution. The cameras are getting smaller and smaller and less obtrusive, which is a good thing in some respects, but we feel cameras should have a bit of physical presence and be a bit tougher. We want to do several variants of the Vega housing to look more like street furniture. For example it can be colour coded on a public building. It s got things like a built-in windscreen wiper as it rains in the UK a lot. DG: And when it s in the parked position, you can t see it, it s out of the field of view.

Also, within the camera housing we ve got the opportunity for PoE. PH: This is being launched at IFSEC as a concept with empty housing but we will add to it. We re creating an explosion-proof version. Explosion-proof cameras generally have a stainless steel tube with stainless steel ends and one with a little window and it s not developed much over the past 20-30 years. DG: In fact, the number of ancillary equipment manufacturers has declined so there s little choice. The demand is out there. Paul always says let s say you want a camera in a BMW showroom they may want the camera housing in the BMW colours. PH: Because it has very easy access into the camera housing you can do all your PoE or fibre convertor work in there. Anything that normally goes in the junction box, you can put in the housing.

You don t need an ugly junction box on the wall, it s one less thing to install, and it s all integrated. It s been designed so it can work both ways. Normally a camera housing has a top and a bottom. The Vega is symmetrical in look, so on a garage forecourt, for example, it could go under a canopy, you switch the bracket and it looks OK. It looks more aesthetically pleasing. IG: With your products being higher quality, are there certain sectors that you do better in, e.g. transport, utilities? DG: If we take our existing X-Series domes, they re big in the utilities sector and in the remote deployable sector. PH: Also it s more led by the quality integrators that actually want to keep some value in the project.

They re selling the benefits of Redvision through their channels. You have to bear in mind we re a product manufacturer who doesn t sell products directly to the end user although we do show the end user. It s not always easy to work out the exact routes. We ve lost more of the smaller installers to lower cost kit. But the larger integrator, the likes of ADT, Quadrant can see the benefits of Redvision. IG: What about the launch event at 240? DG: We re getting our major distributor, integrators and our distributor s customers together. The objective is to give them a demonstration of the new products. It will also be the opportunity to get a preview of the products before the show.

During the evening we have a professional entertainer, Nick Einhorn. He ll be on the IFSEC stand as well. The evening is also for networking and saying thank you to our customers. IG: What are your thoughts on the future of CCTV? PH: We think use of thermal imaging will become four times as common over the next five years and we think the price will halve. So there will be price pressure but not to the same degree as other markets. We certainly see within five years that a third of our business or more will be on that product. We also see ourselves getting involved in other niche verticals and promoting the cosmetic side of CCTV. DG: Whenever we ve shown this product to a customer in a pre-launch meeting they ve said wow, that looks really nice.

The same will apply to the camera housing. Even the ATEX housing is designed differently. Ease of use will be far better than what exists out there and it will be competitively priced because of the way it s been engineered. PH: In short, we ll be exploring more verticals because our ambition is to get to a 10m company in the next three years. Now we re a 3m company so we have to find niches for that. We re not going after the mass market. IG: Is there a benefit in being British? PH: We re more in touch with the needs of the UK market. There are several unique features resulting from our contact with the UK market.

DG: Most manufacturers are only set up for mass production. But we ve got applications where we ve adapted our standard product for critical applications like the nuclear industry. So that s how we d differentiate ourselves from a high volume manufacturer: total flexibility. IG: Do customers want the ability to customise? DG: Certainly. I think the fundamental thing is it s the voice of the customer that we re listening to. We reposition our products based on that. We also focus on customer service. Our turnaround time on any return is a maximum of 72 hours on receipt, 48 hours of those are on test.

PH: We ve had reports that some of our competitors take three months. These investments are long term and customers want to know they have good back-up for 5-10 years. DG: Our lead time to most distributors is seven working days. PH: The other thing is, three of our guys are on tech support. Unlike many large companies, you can phone us and talk to someone. If you have an issue onsite and normally it s install related rather than product related we are there 9-5, Monday to Friday. DG: We also have people who can attend site. Sometimes a problem has nothing to do with the product; it might be the VMS software controlling it. We have people in the north and south.

In our offices we have hot desks, so if someone phones in about an Avigilon platform, we can put that into the desktop and bring it up. So we can quickly replicate what they re talking about and talk them through what they need to do. PH: We can either do key by key or take over the set up if we need to. DG: We can accommodate most commonly used platforms, from 20 or so manufacturers. We recently had an event at our factory and people were taken aback with our flexibility and support. PH: It s an expensive resource for us to run but it s a big security net for the customer. DG: We re the industry s safe pair of hands. DG: At IFSEC we would like the opportunity to talk to distributors and integrators across the world because there s no limit to what we can t do. PH: And now we have a network of people across Europe who can support those contracts.

We work with BSC Europe. One of our biggest problems previously with IFSEC is we ve not been well equipped to follow up leads outside the UK. But now we have the network to follow those up. DG: We re always open to talk to people about any new products they want. Should there be a custom requirement for another partner, we d look into that. The Volant and Vega ranges will be launched and on display at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Redvision on stand D1150. Get your free badge now. 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.

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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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