Nominations open for UK OSPAs

Nominations are now open for the second UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), which will take place in London on March 1. The UK OSPAs the first of which took place earlier this year recognise and reward companies and individuals across the security industry. The awards are held in eight countries and aim to be both independent and inclusive, by providing an opportunity for chosen nominees and winners, whether buyers or suppliers, to be recognised and their success to be celebrated.

The criteria for the awards are based on extensive research into key factors that contribute to and characterise outstanding performance. Perpetuity Research has contributed to the creation of the criteria. The OSPAs are organised in collaboration with security associations and groups in the countries they take place in, with standardised award categories and criteria. Nominations are open until the November 13 2017. Submissions are invited in several categories. These include: Outstanding In-House Security Team , Outstanding In-House Security Manager , Outstanding Contract Security Company , Outstanding Security Consultant and Outstanding Customer Service Initiative . Entry to the UK OSPAs is free and is open to companies, teams and individuals who have performed at an exceptional level. The nomination process is simple with only two questions to answer. A panel of leading industry figures will select award winners from finalists and the UK OSPAs will be presented at a prestigious awards dinner to be held at the Royal Lancaster, London on March 1 2018.

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5 fire-safety innovations showcased at CES 2017

5 Fire-safety Innovations Showcased At CES 2017

A hearing aid that connects to smoke alarms via Wi-Fi (image above) and a smart oven that turns itself off to cut fire risk were among the innovations on show at the world s biggest consumer electronics event.

1. HomeKit-enabled smoke alarm can turn on lights as well as audio signal The HomeKit-compatible smart smoke alarm from Netatmo activates an 85-decibel chime when it detects smoke. Real-time smoke alert notifications are sent to paired smartphones, whether the homeowner is at home or not.

Unveiled at CES 2017 the alarm s most intriguing feature is the configuration of scenarios made possible by compatibility with HomeKit the software interface that links iPhones with smart-home appliances. Users could, for example, configure their phone to switch on all smart lights in the house as well as triggering an audio alarm. Otherwise, the alarm s features mirror those seen on competitor products from Nest, Halo and First Alert. An alert is sent when the battery is approaching the end of its lifetime but given this is supposedly a full 10 years there s a strong chance you ll have replaced the device with a more sophisticated model by then. The alarm performs regular battery and performance tests, generating self-check reports on the user s app. Netatmo s alarm is also sophisticated enough to distinguish between smoke from a fire and smoke from burnt toast or another false trigger. Using the Netatmo Security app users can silence the alarm with the Bluetooth LE hush feature and check its status on an integrated LED strip positioned on the front of the alarm. Another Netatmo product was credited with preventing tragedy following a house fire and it wasn t a smoke alarm.

2. Hearing aids that connect to IoT smoke alarms Oticon showcased a remarkable new hearing aid in Las Vegas.

Launched in June 2016 Opn (see image at top of page) is the world s first smart hearing aid that connects directly to internet of things (IoT) devices, including smart smoke alarms. The hearing aids, which could also link to things like smart doorbells or TVs, can receive signals direct from alarms and turn down competing background sounds so the alarm is unmistakable and unignorable. Oticon s Opn connects to the web via IFTTT, which in theory makes it compatible with any IoT device. Opn, which can be customised to the person s skin tone or tastes, is particularly invaluable in noisy environments, given that hearing loss often makes it difficult to separate individual sounds and their sources from a cacophony of noise. The smart hearing aids use machine learning to recognise voices through frequency ranges and patterns and turn the volume down on other background sounds. The specific sound profile can be acutely tailored to only address the areas of hearing loss they suffer from. Oticon Opn triumphed in the 2017 CES Innovations Awards in two categories: Tech for a Better World and Wearable Technologies. A Velox sound processor powers Oticon s proprietary BrainHearing technology. embedded content 3.

Oven that prevents fires and false alarms from GE Appliances GE Appliances collaborated with Nest Protect so that the latter s smart smoke alarms can be integrated with the former s ovens. The detector, which also detects carbon monoxide, sounds an alarm and sends notifications to the user s smartphone when the oven has been deactivated. Cooking should be an enjoyable experience, but we know that sometimes there are mishaps in the kitchen, said Paul Surowiec, vice president for cooking products at GE Appliances. Our integration with Nest Protect helps us ensure that our connected oven owners are safer when cooking, especially when the oven is left unattended. Nest Protect features a split-spectrum sensor that uses two wavelengths of light to distinguish between fast- and slow-burning fires. Residents can remotely silence an alarm using the app silence function, even when not at home. From their smartphone they can also conduct safety checkups on sensors, Wi-Fi connection, horn and speaker. Find out more about this innovation.

4. Airthings Wave detects deadly radon gas Airthings Wave alerts householders to the presence of a gas which is believed to be the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Tens of thousands of deaths globally are attributed to radon, including 21,000 Americans more than six times the number of deaths attributed annually to house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning combined. Until now tests for radon usually involve charcoal canisters, which take a snapshot of radon levels and only provide results after samples have been sent for analysis in a lab. The constant, real-time monitoring offered by Airthings Wave represents a meaningful advance given that radon levels fluctuate depending on climate, ventilation levels and time of year, among other factors. The rise of the internet of things (IoT) has emboldened Airthings to believe that radon monitoring could and should become as affordable and commonplace as smoke detection. Find out more about this innovation.

5. Norton Cure IOT router OK, so we re cheating a bit here: it s not a fire safety innovation as such. But bear with us. Anything connected to the internet can conceivably be hacked and that includes smart smoke alarms. Therefore safeguarding your Wi-Fi network and attached devices against the nefarious intrusions of cybercriminals is wise.

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CES 2017 sneak peak: the light bulb with a hidden security camera

CES 2017 Sneak Peak: The Light Bulb With A Hidden Security Camera

Light bulb maker Bell & Wyson is set to unveil a light bulb with a concealed camera embedded at CES 2017. The low energy (11W) LED bulb-cum-camera has a TF slot and two-way microphone and will stream footage to tablets and smartphones via Wi-Fi. The idea behind the innovation is that intruders, unaware of the light bulb s dual purpose, will neither seek to evade it gaze nor tear it from the wall/ceiling.

And of course, like traditional security lights, it could deter breaking and entering as it gives the impression that someone is home. Although this means an intruder can also easily turn it off though of course he probably won t even realise it s a camera anyway the device streaming app that accompanies the light bulb notifies a user every time the bulb is switched off and will record footage of the intruder beforehand and send the image to the owner. The camera can be managed remotely via a free iOS/Android app, which alerts the homeowner when movement is detected. Footage can be recorded on a Micro SD card (optional) all events. The bulb has a brightness output of 600 lm, equivalent of 60W. Lighting cycles are programmable. Stephane Burlon, a director at the France-based company, spoke to BBC News in advance of CES 2017 about the product.

Quizzed about whether such products would make homeowners uneasy about being under the gaze of a camera, he pointed out that when you switch the light bulb off, you switch the camera off too, so it s always clear when the camera is on or off.

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Recruitment open day for new Aldi jobs – Killamarsh – Local News …

Date: 25/10/2012. Story submitted by: MandyA1

Jobseekers are invited to a recruitment open day to find out more about job opportunities being created at the new Aldi store in Killamarsh.

Dozens of new jobs are up for grabs at the new store including management, store assistant, cleaner and caretaker positions.

People can find out more about these opportunities at an open day being held on Tuesday 6 November, running from 11am to 6pm at Westthorpe Business Innovation Centre in Killamarsh.

Interviews have been guaranteed for local unemployed people as part of North East Derbyshire District Council s Working Communities Project, and the recruitment drive is being run in partnership with Chesterfield College, JobCentre Plus and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

The store is being created as part of the refurbishment of the Parkside Shopping Centre, and is due to open in March 2013.

People are asked to bring along an up-to-date CV to the open day.

* People can also find out about free security training which is on offer to residents in Grassmoor, Killamarsh and Holmewood. The course is aimed at those considering a job in security guarding, door supervision, stewarding or CCTV.

A drop-in event is running from 10am to 12 Noon at Westthorpe Business Innovation Centre in Killamarsh, ahead of the Aldi recruitment event.

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UK academics to investigate "the science of cyber security"

UK academics to investigate “the science of cyber security” A new academic research institute designed to “improve understanding of the science behind the growing cyber security threat” has been announced by the coalition Government. The new Research Institute, to be funded by a 3.8 million grant, is part of a cross-Government commitment towards increasing the nation s academic capability in all fields of cyber security. Studies conducted here will ultimately make it easier for businesses, individuals and Government to take informed decisions about how to implement better cyber protection measures and safely benefit from the huge opportunities offered in cyber space.

Established by GCHQ in partnership with the Research Councils Global Uncertainties Programme (RCUK) – led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Research Institute is a virtual organisation involving seven universities. It will allow leading academics in the field of cyber security (including social scientists, mathematicians and computer scientists) from across the UK to work together. It will also connect them with the collective expertise of industry security experts and international researchers in the field to tackle some of the UK s toughest challenges in cyber security across both the public and private sectors.

This collaborative approach between academia, industry and Government will ensure that research is “relevant” and “inspired by real world, cutting-edge security issues”. No room for complacency Francis Maude, the minister for cyber security, said: “The UK is one of the most secure places in the world to do business. Already, 8% of our GDP is generated from the cyber world and that trend is set to grow, but we are not complacent.

Through the National Cyber Security Programme we’re putting serious investment into the best UK expertise to lead thought in the science of cyber. The UK’s first academic Research Institute will strengthen our capability in what’s a strategically important area, keeping the UK at the forefront of international research in the field.” Congratulating the successful teams, David Willetts – the minister for universities and science – added: “Britain has one of the largest online economies in the world and a growing cyber security sector, and we need to ensure this success continues. This new Research Institute will draw on the leading expertise in our universities from both technological and behavioural disciplines to address key challenges.

It will help businesses, Government and individuals to better protect themselves from cyber threats so they can make the most of the opportunities the Internet presents.” Universities were selected to take part following a tough competitive process in which they had to devise new research programmes to address one of two key challenges: How secure is my organisation? How do we make better security decisions? Addressing these very practical challenges requires a blended approach from researchers, drawing from both technological and behavioural disciplines.

In the end, four teams were successful: University College London working with the University of Aberdeen Imperial College working with Queen Mary College and Royal Holloway, University of London Royal Holloway, University of London Newcastle University working with Northumbria University University College London was selected to host the Research Institute, with Professor Angela Sasse taking the role of director of research. The Research Institute will open for business on 1 October 2012 for a period of three and a half years. Professor Sasse said: I’m delighted to be leading the new Research Institute.

This is an opportunity to work closely with colleagues from different scientific disciplines to tackle the technical, social and psychological challenges that effective cyber security presents. Protecting the UK in a digital world The establishment of a Research Institute in the Science of Cyber Security is part of a joint response between GCHQ, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Research Councils Global Uncertainties Programme (RCUK) (led by EPSRC) and the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA) to ‘Protecting and Promoting the UK in a Digital World’, the Government s National Cyber Security Strategy. The strategy describes how Government is working with academia and industry to make the UK more resilient to cyber attacks.

Prime objectives of the strategy are to: Tackle cyber crime and make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business in cyberspace Make the UK more resilient to cyber attack and better able to protect our interests in cyberspace Help to shape an open, vibrant and stable cyberspace which the UK public can use safely and that supports open societies Build the UK s cross-cutting knowledge, skills and capability to underpin all cyber security objectives Also in the pipeline are plans for a second Research Institute, increased sponsorship of PhD research and a scheme to recognise Academic Centres of Excellence in cyber security education. Both the ACE and the Research Institute initiatives are harnessing the vital role that academia has to play in supporting the UK s cyber security programmes but the roles are different. The ACE initiative recognises existing areas of strength.

The Research Institutes, on the other hand, are about targeted investment to develop capability on strategically important topics.