Watch: Borders & Infrastructure Expo makes its debut at IFSEC 2017

IFSEC video A convergence of trends has made border security and the protection of critical national infrastructure (CNI) two of the most pressing priorities for governments around the world. From Madrid to Manila, nowhere is fully insulated from the global terror threat, inter-state cyber warfare and historically high migration flows. Recognising growing demand for technologies that help combat these problems, IFSEC International launched Borders & Infrastructure Expo for its 2017 edition.

Watch below our highlights video from Borders & Infrastructure Expo, which took place within IFSEC International at London ExCeL in June and was sponsored by Genetec. Borders and infrastructure encompasses central and local government, transport and utilities, sports stadia and events, logistics, border security and law enforcement and any other sectors critical to the functioning of a country s economy or civil society. embedded content Free Download: Securing UK borders: An examination of the implications of leaving the EU for UK border management. Recent tragic events in Manchester and London have, among other things, underscored the importance to national security of getting Brexit right. This report considers the implications of leaving the EU for the management of the UK s borders and making it as easy as possible for international business to thrive and legitimate movement to occur in a post-Brexit UK.

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ThruVis thermal camera screened up to 50 people every three minutes at Hyde Park music event

Digital Barriers Fifty people were screened for weapons every three minutes during the recent British Summer Time event in Hyde Park thanks to a pioneering thermal-based camera. Digital Barriers, which specialises in military-grade technology, also provided its ThruVis thermal screening cameras for the One Love Manchester concert, which took place at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground on 4 June in the wake of the Manchester MEN bombings. ThruVis protected 50,000 visitors as well as staff and artists including Liam Gallagher, Coldplay and Katy Perry.

Deployed at both events by G4S, ThruVis can detect non-metallic threats like explosives and ceramic knives as well as guns at distances exceeding 5 metres. As a thermal camera, it doesn t require people to remove clothing or pass through the kind of doorway seen with conventional airport scanners. Deployed throughout British Summer Time (3-9 July) both at VIP entrances and public gates, ThruVis screened up to 1,000 people per hour equating to 50 every three minutes and 50,000 in total. The event was headlined by Kings of Leon, The Killers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Digital Barriers reports a 98% satisfaction rating from visitors screened at Hyde Park. We used Digital Barriers ThruVis passive screening solution, to support our security arrangements at the event, said G4S Director of Events Eric Alexander. We recognise that new security innovations play an important role in strengthening our capability and increase the public s confidence in the measures we use to keep them safe. Said Colin Evans, Chief Operating Officer at Digital Barriers: The public expects enhanced security around high profile public events and would prefer this to be provided with minimal further inconvenience. We are confident ThruVis is the only security technology available today that meets this need and we are delighted to be working with G4S to make this important new capability widely available.

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Watch: Highlights from the Drone Zone 2017

IFseC 2017 The Drone Zone returned to IFSEC International in 2017 for the second time. Drones have applications in perimeter surveillance, intruder alerts, mobile CCTV, emergency communications networks, facilities surveillance, criminal tool prosecution, fire scene investigations and drone detection. Watch our highlights video from the Drone Zone, which took place within Borders & Infrastructure Expo at London ExCeL between 20-22 June 2017.

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Community engagement vital to prevent ripple effect of terrorism

Counter Terror Recent attacks show that governments must ensure adequate communication to and between communities to protect from increasingly-sophisticated terror attacks, experts have said. Speaking in a panel debate at IFSEC International 2017, Stephen Mackenzie, director of Mackenzie risk management said the whole philosophy has moved on counter-terrorism following attacks in Manchester and London. We re trying to make our counter-terrorism strategy much more public and transparent to engage the community.

We re seeing the balance between organisational response and the response of the ordinary citizen. With the rise in recent terrorist events we re working to get better information out into the public domain, but we re playing catch-up. His view was backed by the Canadian perspective of Bonnie Butlin, co-founder and executive director, Security Partner s Forum. Preparing for the 150 th anniversary of Canada has highlighted the importance of counter-terrorism in a new way , said Butlin. We re seeing trends for sectors of the economy to start working together like never before, she said. Typically reputational risks are so high that they are a powerful disincentive to sharing information, but if then one business gets hit it might ripple all the way through for lack of sharing. Butlin also noted that the lines between physical and cyber security are becoming increasingly blurred. We have discovered a number of IMSI devices, or fake cell towers, which will absorb the calls to emergency services and prevent them responding, she said. But we don t know who is responsible.

However Dato Amar Singh Ishar Singh, Kuala Lumpur police chief, Royal Malaysia Police, believes an even more robust policy than community engagement is required. Singh, who deals with the growing terrorist threat in Colombo, said police must be much more aggressive, rather than waiting for terrorists to come to us . You can have all the defensive strategy you want, being ready to respond with the army and police. But we need to be aggressive we target possible terrorists groups online and in Kuala Lumpur alone we have made more than 300 arrests. 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. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

AI in video surveillance to form focus of Hikvision stand at IFSEC 2017

IFSEC 2017 Video surveillance giant Hikvision will be exhibiting its latest technology at IFSEC International 2017. The theme of the company s stand (E800) will be on pioneering artificial intelligence technology for video surveillance. The stand will feature the new Turbo 4.0 series, H.265+ codec and thermal cameras, among other innovations.

Visitors will get to see new advances in surveillance technology, including a new product and set of technologies emerging from the deep learning trend within the wider IT industry. Hikvision is taking part in the IFSEC conference. Andy Coles, Hikvision s key account manager for the UK & Ireland, will join other industry figures on a panel discussion about the future of video surveillance, touching on artificial intelligence or deep learning and its use in vertical markets, and the importance of security ecosystems. Large events like IFSEC are important to us because they give us the chance to connect with our partners and customers. It s also great to see what the industry as a whole is doing and to be part of its development into the future, says Coles. A Hikvision installer recently won a major retail contract in East London. Gallions Reach Shopping Park in Newham needed an upgrade for its dated and unreliable CCTV system. Impressed by installers Pacific Security the shopping centre opted for Turbo analogue equipment from the world s largest surveillance brand by sales volume. We used a Hikvision DS-6900UDI decoder to provide HD 1080p images to two 42-inch and four 22-inch monitors, said William Mesher of Pacific Security.

The operators are equipped with DS-1600KI touchscreen network keyboards, which allow them to view and manipulate images easily and intuitively. We ve found that they are ideal for simplifying the operator s tasks, and are able to be connected wirelessly if required. Find out more about this case study. IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You can find Hikvision Europe on stand E800. 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.

Covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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Apollo to showcase new VADS and debut Apollo Test Set

FIREX 2017 Apollo Fire Detectors, a manufacturer of fire alarms and detection products, will be returning to FIREX International in 2017 to demonstrate its latest product ranges. These include the company s latest red-flash and sounder visual audio devices, for fire alarm systems, all of which are compatible with the XP95 and Discovery Apollo ranges. FIREX visitors will also get to see Apollo s new portable testing kit that supports on-site commissioning and fault finding across all three Apollo analogue-addressable protocols CoreProtocol, Discovery and XP95.

Ed Browning, Apollo s EMEA sales and marketing director, says: We always look forward to meeting with our customers and partners at Firex to discuss developments in the fire safety market and how Apollo products can address their needs. All our products are developed in close collaboration with fire safety professionals, underlining the importance we place on designing products which address technical needs in the global fire detection market. Apollo recently gained CPD accreditation for EN54-23 and fire detection training courses. Check out Apollo s latest products in the flesh at FIREX International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand G100. Get your free badge now. 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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Indian telcos agreed providing BlackBerry interception to security …

India s most of the telecom companies like Airtel, Tata Teleservices and Vodafone have agreed to provide security agencies to intercept the Blackberry services from their network, given deadline time 31 December, 2012 set by DoT (Department of Telecom).

The DoT had setup the deadline to avoid legal interception of BlackBerry services like BlackBerry Messenger and internet services.

Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry, had also provided a solution to the telecom companies before.

Indian telcos agreed providing BlackBerry interception to security agencies Indian telcos agreed providing BlackBerry interception to security agenciesThere will be no problem for customers to continue enjoying unhindered BlackBerry services, despite the fact that the interception facilities are finally completed before the deadline. Earlier, these providers were warned of closure if they had failed to comply with the order served on them.

RIM complied with the requirements and installed a server in Mumbai that allows India for legal inception with readable format in its services. The interception issue was originated after the drastic terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

The need to intercept BlackBerry services became an issue of paramount importance for DoT. Security agencies made known their opinion that the BlackBerry services were being misused and cannot be intercepted. As an aftermath the Indian service providers were ordered to provide interception facilities, or bid adieu to their businesses in India.

This directive came from the government some time early in 2011.

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Knife possession penalties enhanced in Scotland

Knife possession penalties enhanced in Scotland Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has announced that the maximum penalty for carrying a knife in Scotland will increase from four to five years imprisonment. Kenny MacAskill made the announcement at an event in Glasgow hosted by the Violence Reduction Unit to emphasise the continuing importance of education to tackle knife crime. The justice secretary said the move sends out a strong message that picking up or carrying a knife is not worth the risk and could lead to a lengthy prison sentence.

As well as increasing knife crime penalties, the Scottish Government also plans to make amendments to legislation clarifying the powers of the courts to impose a consecutive sentence for people who are released from prison but commit another crime before their original sentence has ended. Legislation to deliver these changes will be brought in at the earliest opportunity through the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, due to be introduced in Parliament next year. MacAskill said: “Knife crime has been a blight on our communities for too long.

This Government is working tirelessly to tackle the issue and progress is being made through a combination of tough enforcement on the streets backed by education programmes. The message I d send out today is that knives cost lives, the consequences can be devastating and carrying a knife is just not worth the risk. Our police forces are carrying out a record number of stop and searches on the streets and being caught with a knife could now land you with a five-year prison sentence.” He continued: Today s tranche of seized weapons illustrates the importance of education initiatives to change the culture in which some people think that carrying a knife is acceptable.

It is not. Sentences for knife possession are tough and getting tougher – indeed, they’re now at their highest for a decade and the highest in the UK.” Statistics moving in the right direction MacAskill said that the statistics are moving in the right direction and show that the Government’s approach is working – violent crime is at a 30-year low, there are 44% fewer weapons on the streets since 2006-2007 and recorded crimes and offences committed by young people are down by 37% post-2007-2008. “Education, early intervention and prevention have been vital in helping to achieve these results,” said the justice secretary. According to MacAskill, the Government also intends to legislate to simplify the law relating to the powers of the court to impose consecutive sentences on offenders who are still serving sentences for previous offences. “We have looked at the way in which the law in this area operates and concluded that it isn’t as clear as it could be.” In conclusion, MacAskill stressed: “Scotland is already a safer place in which to live, but we can always do more.

I’m confident that today s measures and our continuing efforts on education, diversity and tackling the root causes of violence will continue to make a difference. There’s no place for knife crime in our communities. Detective chief superintendent John Carnochan, the co-director of the Violence Reduction Unit, said: We welcome any legislation which helps reduce knife crime.

Prevention is undoubtedly better than cure when it comes to violence. We need to try and stop the drama before it becomes a crisis and help people understand that carrying weapons and using violence to resolve conflict is wrong long before the police, the courts and the justice system have to become involved.” He added: There is some great work going on in Scotland to support this including the campus officer scheme, the Medics Against Violence school visit programme and the Government’s ‘No Knives, Better Lives’ campaign, all of which are proving highly effective in changing attitudes towards reducing the risk long term. However, there will always be some people who just need locking up.

Today s announcement sends a clear message that carrying a knife is unacceptable.

Those who think otherwise will be punished.

Gamification of security and video surveillance…

Security Essen 2012 Gamification of security and video surveillance… …and access control and intrusion detection and fire safety and everything else. I admit it sounds like I’m trivialising the importance of security… I had three interesting conversations this week which exposed what I think is the single most important ongoing innovation in the security technology industry: gamification.

By this I mean the way that companies like Apple, Facebook or Microsoft have set what Tyco Security Products product marketing manager described as the gold standard in user experience. The user experience and usability of security management software is one of the most important aspects of any system and the driving force in it is coming from people who are (or were) outside the security industry. Avigilon specialise in extremely high definition surveillance cameras and many consider their products as offering some of the best clarity in the market.

But Avigilon are acutely aware that it doesn t matter how good their products are if no one can use them. This is why they ve been experimenting recently to push the boundaries of what you might expect from a security management application. The company are based in Vancouver, a huge centre of the gaming industry where many of the biggest companies (such as EA games) are based.

Many of their design team came over from the creative industry and have brought a new way of thinking to the technology they see. Their experiment with Microsoft s Kinect system that allowed users to control Avigilon Control Center 5 in the same way they might play games at home was fascinating in that it was completely out there something no one else had even thought to try seemingly. Avigilon Control Center 5 was rebuilt from scratch And Avigilon s Angela St Amour made the point to me that, while experimental at this stage, the idea could lead to a revolution in accessibility for those with impairments that might have prevented them from using the security management software.

It s completely voice and motion activated and controlled what could be simpler for someone with little or no experience in using IT, like my Dad. User experience should be simple and intuitive was the message from Avigilon. Gold standard Tyco Security Products said almost exactly the same thing.

Apple has set the gold standard in user experience, said Stephan Beckmann, product marketing manager. Alongside him Shahar Ze evi, senior product manager with American Dynamics, emphasised that Tyco s design teams many of whom also came from the gaming industry are driving user experience as the single most important aspect of their designs. Every product in the last 18 months has been driven by design teams to give end users a great experience, said Shahar, himself having come from the financial IT industry before working at Tyco.

And Siemens Peter Hawksworth also took part in the Apple love-in. He hinted at a new platform designed to aid migration of analogue products to IP was influenced by a certain smartphone that you might have heard of . The products have to look good, he added.

Shahar thinks we are now past the point where we had to educate the market about the benefits of digital in the security market, past the relentless slog to prove that this camera or that camera is the best in breed, and we have reached the point where all of our security systems are unified. Access control, CCTV, fire doors, fire control panels, and intruder alarms are coming together unified on platforms that are simple to use and have been (unashamedly) inspired by the consumer software industry. The gamification of security?

Ok, I admit that sounds like it s trivialising the importance of security but manufacturers are clearly learning from video game makers in a market that is increasingly IT-driven and software-focused.

Close Protection Training ..1 year on!

So it is now a year since I completed my close protection course, twelve months since successful completion of the final exercise and the first tentative steps made into the world of Close Protection. So, armed with newly acquired knowledge, skills and what I feel was some of the best preparation and grounding to begin an attempt to enter the highly specialised world of Close Protection off I set but just how has it gone?

So what now?

You ve got the knowledge, you ve got the new set of skills and your new SIA licence is in your hand but what next? In a word network! Having already had a work history within the private security industry I was aware of the importance of networking and its value. You should aim to get your name known on the circuit after all how can you expect to find work if nobody knows about you? Get to know people currently operating within the industry from the guys out on the ground operating alongside you to the people in the office and the administration team, build a solid base and network of reliable contacts, opportunities appear at any time and from a range of people. I have previously written about the importance of networking1 in an earlier post which you may find worthy of a read.

What have I learnt?

Aside from the importance of networking I have learnt the true worth of reliability and integrity. Being reliable not only shows professionalism and competency it shows you are someone to be depended on. If you are assigned to a task accept it, even if it s something you haven t initially set out to do you never know where it may lead to, but it also helps get your name towards the top of the call list should another task arise. Integrity is also hugely important, if you commit to a task then ensure that you do it, do not jump off at the last minute as I have witnessed some guys do because you have received what you think is a better offer . This is a guaranteed way to make sure you do not get a call back for future tasks and will severely damage your reputation which is another key thing within the industry. Your reputation reaches much further than you might expect and often arrives before you, so make sure it is as good as it can be and always remain positive. The transition to high level tasks is not going to happen overnight so be patient and do not become dis-heartened after a few setbacks as the big break may only be around the corner. Keep the faith.

It is also important to understand that the training2 doesn t stop once you ve completed your Close Protection Course. It is vital to continue your training and education and develop yourself in a professional capacity. Alongside my Close Protection and Surveillance training I have also undertaken further training in counter terrorism, security management and spectator safety management with further training in specific areas planned for the very near future.

The future?

The future will see me continuing to develop my professional career through my business, operational standards and techniques through continued professional development and further specific training. I will also seek to develop my operational experience and add to my portfolio of work and professional services and see a bright and prosperous future in the close protection sector and the security industry in general.


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