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We re often dealing with decades of neglect

With Fire Door Safety Week kicking off next week, IFSEC Global caught up with the campaign s spokesperson to find out how the Grenfell tragedy has affected the campaign. Also technical manager of the British Woodworking Federation, Hannah Mansell reflects on the campaign s growth, message and plans, the temptation for cutting corners in cash-strapped times, the need for coordination across the supply chain and the challenge of keeping fire safety on the media and government agenda long after the charred remnants of Grenfell Tower are demolished in 2018. Hannah also heads up the BWF s stair and BWF-CERTIFIRE schemes.

IFSEC Global: You ve been growing rapidly year on year? What do you think the reasons are? Hannah Mansell: We think it s probably about simplicity. Fire doors are technically complex products and people overlook them for that fact; they re simply not on people s radar. So our job is to get out there and keep the message simple. What they need to know is simple. Your fire doors need to be properly tested and made, maintained, and of course, not left open. Support for the campaign is wide, in all areas of fire safety. Although our message is fire doors, we develop resources and guidance for many different sectors, whether it s the responsible person, the construction industry, fire risk assessors, or tenants and users.

Each campaign has a legacy that we carry on the next year. So for instance last year, we were already focusing on shared accommodation and the rental sector. We realised our work wasn t done in that sector, which has obviously been highlighted by what s happened in the last three months. Since the tragedy there s been a high influx of new supporters in the sector. Councils have come on massively this year, housing associations, charities, landlord associations To be fair the landlord associations have always been quite good supporters. The value engineering of specification, when someone says I can cut a few corners and save you a few quid , is a really big problem And the fire brigades as well. We worked closely with London Fire Brigade last year, and this year they re doing more and going even further. All our resources can be taken and rolled out into any particular organisation or campaign. We ve made a new fire door safety test film (see below).

The last film we made, maybe five or six years ago, had massive traction. The new film is a bit more contemporary, focused on issues we commonly see on fire doors in common areas and with flat front doors doors without seals, doors without proper closers We talk about things like smoke seals and intumescent seals, but a lot of people don t know what they look like. embedded content Also our five-step check, which we also included in the film visually shows what you need to look for, and if you have any concerns, talk to your landlord or building owner. If you still have concerns, the next step is to talk to your local fire brigade who can come out and audit your building. I think in some sectors people have woken up to fire door safety, but it s an ongoing thing. People forget quite quickly. It may not be long until we re disregarding fire safety again. IG: Nature of the beast, really. Easy to get complacent when fire is such a rare thing.

Any other reasons why there are apparently so many inadequate fire doors? HM: We re not dealing with issues that have arisen in these buildings in the last 3-5 years; we re often dealing with decades of neglect of both fire doors and other fire safety systems and elements, with no one taking enough notice of them, these issues and accountability for them dropping out of sight of these responsible. We did some research a few years ago and one of the questions was: What do you think about your fire doors? A deafening silence came back. People were walking past and through them every day and not thinking about their importance. So a lot of our campaign is about outlining the steps: here s your fire door, next step is how to check it, next step is how to report it, here s how to maintain it etc. With the force of people coming together you can get change, but too much of the fire sector has worked in siloes The value engineering of specification, when someone says I can cut a few corners and save you a few quid , is a really big problem. Specification is broken, certification invalidated and there s no proof that the product will work. You can have someone offering to bang in a door like they would fit any old door, not realising that the installation of a fire door is as critical as the product itself.

People think a fire door is just like any other door. In the early days, when I first got into fire doors and was doing a lot of research and development and testing, I was surprised how the tiniest of details can have a massive impact. For instance, an excessive gap around the door or forgotten intumescent protection or seals how much is that going to affect performance during the fire? You d be surprised. In part of the fire door film we ve made this year, we ve set up a correctly fitted door versus one that s got some issues that I commonly find on site. But the bad door looks exactly the same from the outside. It s all about those tiny details compatible components, the frame, the installation etc. Even with a perfect product, installed correctly, if it s not maintained effectively, and it s not closing against its frame or if it gets wedged open etc When the time comes it s just not going to work. Of course, if it s wedged open, there s no barrier to even delay the fire.

Fire doors are also in your face. If I go to a building and see that they have shoddy fire doors, it s a pretty good indicator for me that whoever is responsible for the fire safety of the building isn t taking their responsibility seriously. Interesting that you mentioned value engineering, because cash-strapped councils are being asked to upgrade fire safety in social housing with no extra funding from government HM: I think what they have to consider is that in some cases they are looking at having to pay for decades worth of neglect. Concerns about a wide range of passive fire safety issues including fire doors have been reported for years, in all types of buildings, both public and private sector, you can look back over meeting minutes 10-15 years ago when these issues were being raised. There needs to be a long-term holistic plan. It can t just be completing one task or dealing with one element of fire safety, then it s over and dealt with and forgotten about. The risk profile of buildings is constantly changing. In some sectors there s a realisation about that. But in other sectors We got this report in from one of our BWF members.

They had refused to supply a contract and product for a large TMO for fire door upgrades because the customer wanted to break specification and didn t give a monkeys about it. That s why we need to keep up the pace of not just this campaign but the other campaigns and organisations that we work with, like the Fire Kills campaign. That s maybe what people like about the campaign: we don t make it exclusive. It doesn t matter if you re specifically into fire doors or just someone who wants to support the campaign there s something for everyone in there. With the force of people coming together you can get change, but too much of the fire sector has worked in siloes. A holistic approach might get change. Coupled of course with massive budget cuts I could give you a list as long as my arm of all the factors explaining why we sit here wondering how such a horrific thing could have happened. embedded content IG: Are there many instances where you could remedy a fire-door s deficiencies rather than having to replace the fire door altogether? HM: Lots of people get worried that they ll have to buy a new fire door.

But regular inspection and maintenance help to keep them in good working order. You can replace or adjust components, fix things before they became a major problem. Don t get me wrong, there are limitations. A door can be in such a state of disrepair that you can t fix it. That s why it comes back to having a thorough and robust maintenance regime to make sure you do enough to fix problems before they turn into something irretrievable. A fire door fitted with components suitable for a domestic setting isn t going to last long in the communal corridor of a school There are qualified fire door inspectors who can inspect a door, look at every element the frame, the installation, the ironmongery, the glazing, the door leaf, the seals, the gaps and notify the responsible person of improvements needed. One of our colleagues in the ironmongery industry did a specification for a hospital years ago. Usually hospital fire doors get battered; they can be used thousands of times a day. Twenty-six years later, because specifications for that environment and users were right, and they are regularly inspected, these doors are still going strong they would do their job in a fire.

If you fit a fire door that s designed and fitted with components suitable for a domestic setting into a communal corridor of a school, it not going to last very long. That s why the specification is so critical. Lots of people don t think about the whole supply chain; it s I ve done my bit, pass it onto the next person. It s a chain of responsibility. Fire doors are not the most interesting dinner party topic, but they play such an important role especially in buildings because of complex design, the specific needs of occupants, or if it s difficult to evacuate quickly and there is a stay-put fire plan. You need fire and smoke control doors up and down corridors and stairwells. It protects the means of escape and route for firefighters to get into the building. It includes flat front doors as well. You will also find fire doors in other parts of the building, and sometimes inside individual dwellings, depending on the layout and building types, as well as a number of other factors.

IG: Do you think the regulations themselves need clarification or strengthening? HM: My real day job is not just doing the fire door safety campaign. I m the technical manager of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF). Our members make and certificate about 2.5 million timber fire doors every year, but our organisation frequently provides technical guidance about a wide variety of timber construction products and how they relate to building regulations and building control. People often don t understand how they work; it can be a minefield. I know we re going to have a review of building regulations, but it s been on the agenda for many years and it s far, far overdue. And I m not just talking about Approved Document B. We ve got building regs that apply to new buildings, regs about refurbishment or change of use, about surrounding fire risk assessments, about the signing off of work process, the whole regulatory reform order, which came in 10 years ago and changed the responsibility and process of signing off compliance. We could sit here in five years time and have a very similar discussion unless people take heed of the scale of the problem now These are all bits of regulation that need to work together, so it s about an upgrade of regulations throughout the chain.

I don t think we can just be appeased with just an approved document review. I think when the public are calling for a building regulation review, they re talking about the whole process, not just documents that talk about fire safety in high rise buildings. One thing really highlighted over the last few weeks is how many different parties get involved in the refurb, design, specifications, supply of products, construction, the signing off of buildings. There needs to be much more clarity as to how that chain works. In the wake of Grenfell, the amount of fire safety issues reported in other buildings has been huge, not just cladding. For instance, the Camden evacuation was because a thousand fire doors were missing. When it comes to enforcing against large organisations, transparency is sometimes the issue when it goes through the courts. Who is the responsible person? And in an enormous organisation with a massive housing stock, how detached are they from the scale or severity of fire safety issues in their buildings?

We live differently to how we lived even 10-15 years ago. Elderly people are much more likely to stay in their homes longer, more people live in high rise buildings, there are people with a wide variety of additional needs who may be more vulnerable to a fire in their building. The regulations have to reflect that, and not just for the benefit of building more homes quickly, of questionable quality. IG: Has Grenfell changed your message in any way given the greater media and public awareness of the issue? HM: Fire Door Safety Week campaign has been going formally for five years . We re as determined as we ever were, to carry on promoting our campaign and working with other campaigns and initiatives in these areas. Each year, stepping up and building on what we ve done before, until we get real and lasting change. I read an opinion piece that said it will take generations to get over Grenfell. We ve got to keep this right up there in the media so we don t have a repeat.

We can t let it be swept under the carpet or not acted upon in the fullest manner. It s like that poem isn t it: For want of a nail, the Kingdom was lost . Your fire doors are almost your nails, as it were. All these little fire safety problems adding up together to create the perfect fire storm. We need a new way of looking at fire safety. Otherwise we ll do what we always did: an investigation and an inquest, and get what we always got, excuses why it can t improve, and then sort of forget about it. And the worst thing is we could sit here in five years time and have a very similar discussion unless people take heed of the scale of the problem now. There is the chance to really make building safe for generations to come. IFSEC Global is proud to support Fire Door Safety Week, which runs from 25 September to 1 October.

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How home security is transitioning from a traditional passive model to an interactive paradigm

The professional security market is a mature and stable industry with a proven business model that has successfully worked for decades. In recent years, however, there has been an unprecedented technological revolution that included several factors, such as the advent of smartphones and IoT and the proliferation of cloud-based services all of which has brought improvements in connectivity and new forms of interactivity. This has led the industry towards some major changes.

These changes have caused the traditional security market to shift into more interactive security, providing a combination of professional monitoring services together with interactive capabilities for the end user. According to Strategy Analytics, by 2020 there will be more households with interactive security than traditional security. It is easy to understand why: consumers prefer the capabilities that interactive systems provide. One example is the ability to verify an intrusion with their smartphone after receiving an alert that someone entered the house. While with traditional security, users were passive, and did little more than turn on their alarm when they left the house, with interactive security they have become actively in control of their home s features. Full control But it s not just about security. Interactivity also enables home security solutions to work with other connected living devices, such as smart thermostats or connected light bulbs. This brings together all the benefits of traditional home security with modern, connected, home automation, placing full control of the house into the homeowner s hands. In the words of William Ablondi from Strategy Analytics: Consumers want their security systems to not only protect their families and their homes, they increasingly see them as the foundation of total home control.

Perhaps the path to interactivity started with SMS alerts that warned of a potential burglary every time an alarm went off. But it was the smartphone that turned everything upside-down and set the up-to-now predictable and stable security industry into a furious race towards interactivity. Interactive security has forever changed the traditional business model, and blurred the lines between professionally monitored and DIY security Despite fierce competition, security service providers can now offer the best of two worlds: they get to provide professional monitoring and other traditional services together with new interactive capabilities that make solutions better and more convenient for consumers, allowing them to gain full control over their home, with which they can interact from anywhere in the world. Besides, while the market scope for traditional security was narrowed to homeowners aged over 45 and in the higher-income side of the spectrum, IoT-enabled security has broadened that scope. It has democratised home security, which is now available to all types of users, across all budgets and housing situations, from younger millennials to renters, who can take the system with them as they move to a new house. Also, interactive security solutions can provide service providers with data about user s activity, which could be analysed and used in order to improve user experience and prevent customer churn. Interactive security has forever changed the traditional business model, and blurred the lines between professionally monitored and DIY security, creating several hybrids and flexible, in-between solutions that adapt to the needs of every type of customer, even as those needs change and evolve over time. Although traditional security systems are still in the majority, the exponential growth of interactive solutions shows that interactivity is here to stay and that it will soon surpass the traditional model, fuelled by consumer preferences and the latest technological trends. 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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Why has a life-changing industry been ignored?

Private Eye s FIREX cartoon

Britain s leading satirical magazine reveals conversations overheard at FIREX International following the fire at Grenfell Tower. Asking Why has a life-chaning industry been ignored , the cartoon provides is a cross-section of industry opinion about Grenfell and its causes. Some of the anonymous quotations from visitors and exhibitors include: We push for adequate regulations and are basically told as long as we re only killing 300 people a year in ones and twos they won t happen Austerity hasn t decided not to review approved document B, it s been the de-regulatory environment at the DCLG of the last 30 years You do an inspection and say what s not right but you re dealing with so many levels of command, each squeezed of funds, that eventually they don t do anything.

The cartoon is part of a feature chronicling how residents of Grenfell have been let down by Kensington & Chelsea Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and building regulations. Read more in the latest issue of Private Eye. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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Watch: Honeywell s Mick Goodfellow on cybersecurity, connected solutions and critical national infrastructure

IFSEC 2017 Honeywell s Mick Goodfellow visited the offices of IFSEC International to preview the show s forthcoming 2017 edition. Just appointed GM EMEA of commercial security, Goodfellow discusses synergies between Honeywell and Xtralis products (the latter acquired in 2016 by the former), new products, integrations with other vendors, cybersecurity and critical national infrastructure. embedded content Honeywell is showcasing its latest tech in an integrated control room at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL.

You will find them on stands D250 and D300. Get your free badge now. Honeywell is unveiling a series of new products across its building technology and home security solutions portfolios at IFSEC and FIREX 2017. Honeywell s connected solutions are designed to help homeowners and business managers interpret and exploit the huge and growing volume of data generated by connected buildings. At IFSEC the building management systems giant will be showcasing integrated video solutions and advanced detection technologies. IP video Honeywell s new portfolio of IP video solutions empower site staff to be more productive by providing greater insight and control across the facility. With a connected Honeywell system, staff are informed 24/7 of the status of their system, and alerted immediately when an alarm is triggered so they can take appropriate action. With end-to-end solutions for different budgets, the range includes advanced features including recording failover, facial and audio detection, and EDGE analytics on ONVIF-compliant 4K Ultra HD and H.264 cameras. These products also feature enhanced forensic capabilities, supporting integration with Honeywell s Xtralis IntrusionTrace video content analytics and ADPRO iFT Series NVR+ solutions.

For those looking to protect harsh environments, the new range also includes explosion and corrosion proof thermal cameras with temperature monitoring. Fire Honeywell will be showcasing enterprise class fire solutions including Xtralis VESDA-E VEP and VEA detectors. Yieldsing 1.5 times greater sensitivity and offering six times better dust rejection than the previous generation of products, VESDA-E VEP detector reduces the risk of nuisance alarms and attendant costs. VESDA-E VEA works by dividing a protected space into sampling locations, enabling the localization of possible causes of fire for faster incident response. Both detectors feature built-in Wi-Fi for remote detector access from smart devices to review and monitor status in real time. For smaller sites, FAAST XS aspirating smoke detectors deliver highly accurate very early warning fire detection. Connected home Honeywell is unveiling a professionally-installed, self-monitored wireless security system for the residential market. Called Total Connect Box, it is supported by Total Connect Pro Manager, a maintenance tool that allows installers to perform diagnostics and offer cost-effective maintenance services to homeowners remotely, so homeowners can get the best out of their Total Connect Box system. For those who prefer a monitored solution, the wireless Videofied Video Live Verification with Monitoring Systems will also be showcased.

The new MotionViewer PIR sensors are wireless and equipped with the Video Live function that allows the instant transmission of video to the alarm receiving centre in the event of an alarm, enabling swifter response to genuine alarms and eliminates unnecessary intervention and call outs to false alarms. It also provides homeowners greater peace of mind with the ability to view their homes live anytime day or night. Advanced technology solutions have the power to turn buildings and homes into responsive assets, linking disparate devices and management systems to create truly connected, intelligent buildings that span the most demanding applications, said Dino Koutrouki, vice president and general manager, Security and Fire EMEA, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. But systems shouldn t be connected just to be connected. They should optimise a person s daily routine, whether at home or work, to improve safety, security and peace of mind. Honeywell is showcasing its latest tech in an integrated control room at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find them on stands D250 and D300. Get your free badge 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.

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London fire: Community group warned that catastrophic event was likely

Grenfell tower fire A number of fatalities have been reported after fire tore through a 24-storey London tower block in the early hours of the morning. Forty fire engines and 200 firefighters battled the blaze at Grenfell Tower, which comprises 120 flats, in Latimer Road, White City in West London. Eyewitnesses have described harrowing scenes where people trapped inside the burning building screamed for their children to be saved.

In one instance a baby was caught by a member of the public having been dropped from the 10 th floor. Although the number of fatalities has not been confirmed it looks likely that this morning s fire will comfortably surpass the 2009 Lakanal House blaze, which claimed the lives of six people and injured 20, as London s worst tower block fire in modern times. The fire at the 14-storey Lakanal House has cast a long shadow over UK fire safety. In March, Southwark council was fined 570,000 after accepting it had flouted several fire safety regulations. All local authorities were ordered to review fire safety measures at high-rise blocks in the wake of the tragedy. Residents from blocks surrounding Grenfell Tower are being evacuated as firefighters continue trying to contain the flames pic.twitter.com/NNmJ25UukZ Alice Ross (@aliceross_) June 14, 2017 Last year we reported on a spate of high-rise fires in Dubai, but there were no fatalities in each instance. Despite an internationally favourable fire safety record, the UK clearly has no reason for complacency. Built in 1974, Grenfell Tower recently completed a two-year 10m refurbishment. Improvements included new exterior cladding.

The Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) manages the tower on behalf of the council. In a chillingly prescient blog published in November 2016, The Greenfell Action Group, appeared to predict that tragedy was all but inevitable. Excoriating the KCTMO for neglecting its fire-safety obligations it wrote: It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders. We believe that the KCTMO are an evil, unprincipled, mini-mafia who have no business to be charged with the responsibility of looking after the every day management of large-scale social housing estates and that their sordid collusion with the RBKC Council is a recipe for a future major disaster. A residents group for Grenfell Tower says these “stay put” fire advice posters were put up in March this year.#LondonFire #NorthKensington pic.twitter.com/JEIlV2oQBi Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) June 14, 2017 Unfortunately, the Grenfell Action Group have reached the conclusion that only an incident that results in serious loss of life of KCTMO residents will allow the external scrutiny to occur that will shine a light on the practices that characterise the malign governance of this non-functioning organisation. We believe that the KCTMO have ensured their ongoing survival by the use of proxy votes at their Annual General Meeting that see them returned with a mandate of 98% in favour of the continuation of their inept and highly dangerous management of our homes. It is no coincidence that the 98% is the same figure that is returned by the infamous Kim Jong-un of North Korea who claims mass popularity while reputedly enslaving the general population and starving the majority of his people to death.

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Video surveillance for todays seniors

The lifespan of the average man and woman has increased over the years, due to advances in medicine and improved nutritional standards. Seniors who would have been considered elderly only decades ago, are now still vibrant and living independently. Even senior citizens who live at home with the assistance of a nurse or in home care aid, can live life to the fullest.

Of course, this doesn t mean that family and friends don t worry about them. On the contrary, people in their 80s and 90s and those individuals lucky enough to live past the 100 mark may need guidance. Any lack of balance or simple fall can cause a hospital stay, with a broken hip likely to create further medical issues. Forgetfulness and hearing loss makes otherwise diligent seniors forget to take their medicine or hear the ring of a doorbell. Seniors and technology Teens and young adults have no problem living their lives in front of the camera. Their generation enjoys being videotaped whenever and wherever they may be. However, this is generally not the case for senior citizens. Many older people still fear technology and feel uncomfortable with video equipment in their homes, no matter how unobtrusive these cameras may be. Young adults try to explain to their parents how crucial a camera may be to their senior loved ones health, security and well-being.

It s always important to discuss the subject thoroughly, before making any purchases. Surveillance monitoring equipment is not only a definite investment, but at no time do you want a parent or grandparent to think that they are being spied on unnecessarily. Less invasive forms of video monitoring You never want to make anyone uncomfortable in their own home. This is especially true of those people who believe that someone will be watching them in various stages of undress or when using the bathroom. Luckily there are monitors which function as sensors, simply alerting a loved one that something is amiss in the household. Monitoring systems do use traditional video cameras, so no footage is obtained from the home. These wireless and diminutive sensors are placed where they can detect motion or a change in normal patterns of activity. When this occurs, a contact is immediately notified. You can choose how messages are sent confidentially via telephone, email, text message and mobile app.

Wireless motion sensors An excellent example of how these sensors are employed, concerns their usage in determining if someone has taken their daily medicine or meals. Sensors are small enough to attach to regular household items like pillboxes and television remotes. You can additionally attach sensors to the refrigerator or interior door, alerting a loved one that their senior is home and on schedule. Let s say that a senior has opened a front or back door at an unusual hour of the night. Their family member or guardian would be alerted at once. This information is particularly urgent when seniors are completely alone or live with a spouse yet suffer from dementia. Once alerted, a loved one can contact the police, a neighbor or rush over on their own if possible. Home surveillance videos Video technology is routinely used to monitor homes, schools, shopping centers and commercial buildings. More than one person has discovered that their pet was running amuck through their house or that an employee has been stealing from their place of business.

In severe situations, acts of child abuse and crimes committed in bright daylight have been uncovered. Today s video cameras are stylishly small and easily set up around the home. All that s required is an on-site wi-fi system so images can be sent directly through the Internet. The capability of your chosen video equipment will vary greatly, depending upon its cost and complexity. However, newer home based surveillance systems will operate with amazing accuracy. Real-time video monitoring saves lives Instead of spying on seniors, loved ones are now able to see and hear if an emergency is happening in real-time. Night vision cameras allow for surveillance during the night and early morning hours when illnesses often take lives. Sound detection features let loved ones hear if a senior is calling out for help or someone else is prowling the premises. More complicated video surveillance systems come with a variety of other options.

These include motion based sensors and audio components that give viewers a chance to speak directly to the subject under surveillance. You can additionally record videos and save them to the Cloud, so they can be reviewed more intensely later. Peace of mind and security Using simple mounts with adjustable angles, monitoring equipment literally blends in with any d cor. Seniors can go about their lives in their own home, with the knowledge that a medical emergency or act of crime will be reported as it plays out. Should a senior citizen not remember exactly what happened, the video feed can replay to catch the incident in its entirety. For those seniors who require a caregiver or housekeeper, video surveillance cameras provide an ongoing record of their employment. Should an act of abuse or theft take place, it is likely to be captured in full view of the cameras. This aids families and the authorities. Just as Nanny Cams have revolutionized child care, home video surveillance can transform how seniors live.

While some people might find the presence of a video camera intrusive, the eye of the camera is really their friend. Better yet, family members can now monitor these video feeds right from their mobile devices giving them a chance to advocate on behalf of their loved ones. 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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Keeping the lights on: 3 steps to protecting UK energy assets

Critical infrastructure around the world is under pressure. Reports of cyber and physical threats facing electricity substations, in particular, are becoming more common. In the UK, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) takes the lead in advising critical infrastructure companies on how to protect their assets, with a particular focus on cybersecurity.

But does this advice go far enough? In the US, a recent update in regulation from the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) has reiterated the importance of physical grid protection. The new regulations, announced last September, required updated physical security plans from certain US electric substations to ensure they effectively deter, detect, delay, assess, communicate and respond to physical threats. The ambitious new set of federal security standards (called Critical Infrastructure Protection 014, or CIP 014) has been debated by the U.S industry for some time, but is now being rolled out nationwide. Substations had until the end of 2016 to get their plans approved, with the goal of ensuring all were prepared by 2017 to act quickly in the event of a physical attack. NERC CIP 014 represents a step in the right direction towards a more-robust grid, and one that the UK s critical infrastructure could stand to learn from. The power grid is a complex and sensitive network that lights our homes, fuels our mobile devices, and keeps our food fresh. IFSEC International is launching Borders and Infrastructure for its 2017 edition. Find out more about this new show within a show dedicated to the protection of utilities and other critical national infrastructure, counter terror and border security Not even the most isolated rural communities, let alone utility companies, could afford power outages in the event of an attack.

While cybersecurity rightfully dominates the headlines, it s still important for each substation, regardless of its importance to the network, to protect itself from physical threat. The key is implementing a sustainable early warning system that can reduce risk, while maintaining compliance with UK regulation. This can be achieved with a three-pronged strategy that operators can manage through a single user interface. Step one: Make the perimeter smart For many substations, the first line of defense is still very basic. Just a simple chain-link fence and padlocks is not enough to adequately protect these sites. In reality, advanced sensors should be considered the bare minimum of a perimeter defense system. By building a network of advanced sensors and radar equipment, coupled with video, substations not only keep unauthorized persons off the property, but are also notified before an incident occurs. Awareness of an approaching threat, even if its just minutes in advance, can give authorities the opportunity to react quickly and pre-empt any risk to the site. The most successful security solution is one that can integrate a perimeter with video management and access control, using one central management system.

This means the perimeter solution itself can combine visitor management, access control, video management and intrusion into one platform. All of these parts should integrate to enable security staff monitoring the substation remotely to make quick, informed assessments of alarm conditions for the most accurate and efficient response possible. Step two: Choose video analytics over fancy cameras Although quality of image is important, just investing in the most expensive cameras available is not the answer for adequately protecting a substation. Today, the true benefit of video surveillance is in its intelligence and analytics capabilities. Video should work seamlessly with the motion detection systems on a site to capture multiple images offering different views, site navigation and event verification which are then sent to the alarm receiving centre for assessment. There, the first responder can confirm a threat, make a judgment and, in cooperation with physical security systems, select the appropriate next course of action in real-time, arming or locking areas as needed. Smart video capabilities not only provide live detailed insight, but they deliver the proof necessary for alarm verifications and third party evaluations. The ability to assess alerts in real time reduces unwanted activations and allows staff to take action swiftly and remotely at a moment s notice. Step Three: Better access control Physical security has evolved to reach beyond simply securing a physical structure.

Today, access control combines managing human activity and electronic alarms by requiring operators to regulate which specific individuals can enter specific areas during pre-determined times, as well as monitoring for unauthorised access to a site. This is essential for substations undergoing maintenance, for example, where vendors may need to access to sensitive areas. Establishing a comprehensive and effective access control system, which authorises who can go where with items such as key control and entry logging, can also help reporting run smoothly and make sure the facility is protected from internal threats. The time to comply is now The utility industry is one of the most regulated industries in the world. Substations have a responsibility to be more secure than the links on a padlock chain, and many of them still need assistance and resources to get there. For a security solution to be successful, every element including the technology, logistics planning, implementation and life cycle planning must be thoughtfully considered and managed. There s no better time to power up as the regulations will only continue to tighten. It s in everyone s best interest to talk about updating utility security plans now, to avoid being left in the dark in the future. IFSEC International is launching Borders and Infrastructure for its 2017 edition.

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Widnes child rapist jailed

12:20pm Wednesday 19th December 2012 in News1 By Barbara Jordan2

Paul McCann during his rape trial Paul McCann during his rape trial

A SEX beast who raped a girl when she was 11 and had sex with another 13-year-old girl has been jailed for 12 years.

Security guard Paul McCann, aged 31, of Allerton Road, Widnes, preyed on the girls for five years and left them feeling scared and intimidated, Warrington Crown Court was told.

He denied 15 charges, including two counts of raping a girl when she was 11 and 12, between 2006 and 2008, and having sex with her when she was 14.

He was also charged with having sex with another girl when she was aged between 13 and 15, from 2009 to 2011, performing sex acts with both girls, and possessing indecent photographs of a third girl when she was 17.

A jury of seven woman and five men found McCann, who worked at a Runcorn warehouse as a security officer for Global Union, guilty of all 15 charges after a nine day trial.

Judge David Hale sentenced him to a total of 12 years and put him on the sex offender register for the rest of his life.

Simon Mills, prosecuting, told the court that McCann intimidated his victims.

He said: He was very controlling.

He forced one girl s bedroom door making it come off its hinges.

She was scared of him.

She felt embarrassed and ashamed because she let it happen rather than tell anyone.

Investigating officer, DC Tim Murray, said:”This has been a very difficult and complex investigation over 16 months involving vulnerable victims and witnesses.

Paul McCann was calculating and controlling in preying on the child victims over a 5 year period.

He used different methods to instigate and maintain contact with them including his mobile phone and social media websites.

Thanks to the willingness of the victims and witnesses, he has been rightly convicted of these serious offences and following his punishment will be further managed on the sex offender register for the rest of his life to safeguard children from his abuse.”


References

  1. ^ News (www.runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk)
  2. ^ By Barbara Jordan (www.runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk)

The security guards are standing up to them – Soundin' Off …

So they went out and stuck up for each other.

What else is new?

Blair Riley said.

You play physical, you expect it back.

You expect to have to back it up.

You expect to have to stick up for each other.

Done and done1, quite a bit of each.

Couple of tilts between the big boys. McIver hits Bourque, takes and gives a whack for his troubles. Brock Nelson takes an ugly hit and gets defense from Ty Wishart; we ve seen that from Wishart before2.

Nelson takes another one from MacDermid; Brett Gallant cleans that up a couple of minutes later.

The guys played our physical style and stuck together as a team, Scott Pellerin said.

The power play was working well again.

We were able to take control of the game.

That s two games they controlled pretty well after Friday s clinker.

They could ve sunk back after Providence tied it tonight; they didn t, not remotely.

We weren t happy with our game Friday night, Riley said.

That s the good thing sometimes about three games in a weekend.

It s a chance to bounce back.

That, they did.

.

It s always a good game when an angle presents itself, like it did Friday and did again Saturday. It s less good when two present themselves, like they did tonight, because then you ve actually got to think. Hit one for the gamer, one here. (So then it s good when you ve got a blog?

I ve backed myself into a corner here.

Day off tomorrow to recuperate.)

David Ullstrom, you may then guess, is the angle on the gamer.

Two goals and an assist after eight games without a goal.

There are also several angles we could hit Tuesday for Wednesday s paper. One could be the power play, which is operating around 30 percent since the end of October. Went 2-for-4 tonight.

The penalty kill has meanwhile killed the last 13 since Eric Tangradi killed it. (It had been 20-for-22 since early in the Oct.

28 game before Friday.)

Nino Niederreiter s eight-game scoring streak is Bridgeport s 25th of eight or more, including two in the playoffs.

The record remains 12, belonging to Jeff Hamilton and Frans Nielsen.

At this writing he s third in the league at 9-8-17 in 14 games, but there s at least one player at 17 points who s still playing at this writing.

Replay: David Warsofsky beats the first-period buzzer; sounds like it was pretty clear (and sounded like it was pretty clear, though horn-vs.-actuality; speed-of-sound-vs.-speed-of-light, whatever).

They give it a look and don t need more than about 30 seconds to confirm it was in.

They are letting just anybody in the press box these days3. (That s Friend Of Blog @nafsnep4 using a pseudonym in the byline, filling in for Jonathan, who used the shaky alibi of a friend s wedding to avoid the rink this weekend.)

And finally I think I got most of that5. It s starting to work. We CAN read Swedish! (No we can t.

We can try, though, if he keeps using dayoff. )

References

  1. ^ Done and done (theahl.com)
  2. ^ seen that from Wishart before (blog.connpost.com)
  3. ^ They are letting just anybody in the press box these days (citizensvoice.com)
  4. ^ @nafsnep (twitter.com)
  5. ^ I think I got most of that (twitter.com)