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NSI commissions research into automated alarms

This month the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has commissioned a study that will examine the public benefits of automated alarms. Perpetuity Research will produce the study, titled Maximising the public benefits of automated alarms . Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive, NSI The NSI s chief executive Richard Jenkins said: The well proven URN1 police response process has long been a great unsung mainstay in private-public sector collaboration, and over the last 10-15 years has contributed dramatically to public safety, and increasing efficiency for police at a time when pressures on resources have never been higher.

However as technology improves, according to Jenkins there are opportunities for moving the success of the police unique reference number (URN) to the next level. The study will aim to identify all the possibilities from canvassing all stakeholders, and will also envision the added benefits that could be achieved from further enhancement. In accordance with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) policy, police in the UK will only offer a response to verified alarm signals from systems which have been granted a Police unique reference number, so the Police aim to provide an effective response to genuine intruder alarms. Monitored systems can only be installed by certificated providers and must be subject to a maintenance agreement. In 2002/3 NSI appointed Perpetuity Research to produce a report on the causes of false alarms, which subsequently became an important reference point for policy and communication, within the security sector and the police service. We are very excited now 15 years on to be re-visiting the police response model, and helping define how a modern technology can build further on the success to date, Jenkins added. Professor Martin Gill, director of Perpetuity Research said: It is our belief that this independent piece of work can help bring clarity to the table and inform the debate about how further success in police URN can be delivered in the interests of public safety, protection of people and property, and police savings. The findings from the study will be organised on a fast track basis with an initial report available in spring/early summer 2018. Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape.

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CSL recruits head of BT Redcare Andy Fyvie

NEW HIRE CSL has appointed Andy Fyvie as head of European customer development. Andy, who joins the specialist in M2M/IoT devices from competitor BT Redcare, has 16 years experience in the fire and security sector. As head of BT Redcare Fyvie oversaw the rollout of Redcare networks in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In his new role he will join CSL s operational team, which develops new service initiatives and product propositions with the help of CSL customers. Joining a future facing, fast-growing and innovative company like CSL is a great opportunity, says Fyvie. Having seen the success they have had in recent years I am looking forward to adding my industry experience to the team and helping the company to continue its expansion. Said CSL CEO Ed Heale: We are delighted to announce Andy s appointment. His knowledge and expertise will greatly assist us in sustaining our first-class customer service and product innovations. 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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Vanderbilt releases SPC 3.8 with a more intuitive interface and added remote maintenance capabilities

Intrusion detection Vanderbilt has released the latest update to SPC, the cloud-based intrusion detection system it inherited after its acquisition of Access Control Technology Ltd last year. The company says that SPC 3.8 more effectively supports dual authorisations and will make installations speedier and more cost-effective. SPC harnesses cloud services, apps and a dedicated software suite to provide comprehensive alarm management functionality.

The pace at which we are developing our systems is unparalleled, and SPC has a strong legacy, incorporating the latest technologies, design, and manufacturing methods to help drive this pace, says John O Donnell, product marketing at Vanderbilt. SPC 3.8 is a hardware and software intrusion system that keeps pace with market-driven features. Ultimately, we are aspiring towards a future single platform migration strategy within our product portfolio, and SPC is at the heart of this. embedded content Dual authorisation Vanderbilt has updated the interface in a bid to make it more intuitive. There are also enhancements to its remote maintenance capabilities. All SPC systems can be remotely updated as opposed to a more time-consuming, expensive physical site visit to the latest SPC firmware. As we continue to innovate this legacy system, the access engine within SPC has been boosted with additional functionality to support dual authorisation, continues John O Donnell. This escort facility ensures greater security measures when using the system. The support system has been complemented with the ability to obtain support information directly from the SPC help page, allowing access to customer and installer documentation.

The cause and effect engine has also been upgraded with a new layout and options to simplify programming. Vanderbilt is a major player in access control, intrusion detection and video management. We recently caught up with the company s CEO, Joe Grillo, who recently came third in our roll call of the top 10 influencers among security manufacturers/service providers 2017, at IFSEC International 2017. 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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BT Redcare and Cougar Monitoring announce midlands roadshow aimed at fire and security installers

installer training Cougar Monitoring and BT Redcare have announced a joint roadshow aimed at fire and security installers in the midlands region. Taking place on 6 October 2017 in Birmingham city centre (venue to be confirmed), the roadshow will feature presentations from both companies, with representatives from each of their technical departments on hand to provide advice, guidance and training. BT Redcare has been in the alarm signalling market for over 30 years, said Eric Roberts, CEO of Cougar Monitoring.

It s tried, tested and the majority of its products are third-party certified. Having met with the new BT Redcare management team recently it s clear that they have a renewed focus and intention to work closer with us and installers. We re delighted to join them to reinforce that message to our installers. John Ware, general manager of BT Redcare, said: I met personally with the senior leaders of Cougar Monitoring recently and it s clear that they, like us, are looking to the future and to expanding their operation. And we re perfectly placed to help them do this. The combination of our expertise in the market and their reach to installers means attendees to the roadshow will get the best advice, value and support from both companies. BT Redcare, which is one of the biggest players in the alarm signalling market, recently revamped its website and pledged to work closer with ARCs and installers to help grow their businesses. Cougar, which was established in 1996, is approved by the Security Industry Authority as an approved contractor for keyholding, security guarding and public space CCTV and has received the NSI s Gold Standard EMS & Health and Safety accreditations. More details on the roadshow will be issued soon but installers can register their interest straightaway.

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CSL unveils DualCom MiniAir: the smallest radio communicator yet

product launch CSL has launched the smallest radio communicator in the fire and security monitoring market. DualCom MiniAir can use all mobile networks via CSL s WorldSIM to signal an alarm from protected premises. Keyholders can receive alerts direct to their smartphone.

Fitting into any existing or legacy control panel, MiniAir is pitched as affordable upgrade to bells-only systems for residential premises. In common with other CSL products, it is supported by the Gemini platform, which handles more than one billion calls in the security sector each month and helps to protect nearly half a million premises throughout Europe. MiniAir is an easy to install solution saving valuable engineer time, whilst also offering installers a cost-effective bells-only upgrade and the opportunity to increase their valuable monitoring contracts, says CSL sales director Rob Evans.

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What cannot be seen, cannot be stolen

IFseC 2017 IFSEC International, held at ExCel London in June, was chosen as the launch for the new Fog Bandit 320 range, for anti-theft applications. At the show the Bandit UK team provided live demonstrations of the device. As well as being smaller and lighter, Fog Bandit 320 has many unique patented design and technical features.

Fog Bandit is the fastest security fogging system of its kind, for round-the-clock security. When sensors detect an intruder or a personal alarm is raised the system delivers a dense, visually impenetrable fog at a rapid rate. The technology acts as daytime robbery deterrent, for example, by creating a fog curtain between the raider and the staff and goods. Overnight protection is achieved by filling a room where valuable stock, equipment and other contents is kept, with dense fog. The objects, obscured from sight, are protected from the possibility of theft or damage, until police or security personnel arrive. Fog Bandit 320 can be mounted in any orientation on walls or ceilings. The system weighs 7kg (max 9kg with cartridges installed) and includes an independent control box for all electronics. Installation is simple. The new compact, self-change disposable fog cartridge has very low power consumption and does not require servicing.

Different shell and facia colours are available. Using a new patented heat exchanger, the 320 can protect smaller rooms with a fog ejection reaction time in a quarter of a second from when an activation signal is received. Fog is fully ejected in under four seconds. 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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Vanderbilt to demonstrate SPC Connect and ACT365 at IFSEC 2017

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

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

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

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Tyco: profile of a fire and security colossus

Tyco: Profile Of A Fire And Security Colossus

Profile of Tyco, one of the world s largest fire safety and security companies with a customer base claimed to exceed three million in industrial, commercial and residential sectors worldwide. The firm s 69,000 employees include scientists, engineers, sales professionals, technicians and management staff in over 1,000 locations in nearly 50 countries including research and development labs, manufacturing facilities, service and distribution centres, and sales offices. Company history Tyco s United States headquarters are in Princeton, New Jersey; its corporate headquarters have recently moved from Schaffhausen, Switzerland to Cork in the Republic of Ireland.

The company was founded in 1960 by Arthur J. Rosenburg as a research laboratory to conduct 1960s experimental work for the US government. The business focused on solid-state science and energy conversion and by 1962 began to move from US government research contracts into commercial applications. It went public in 1964 and one year later made its first acquisition, Mule Battery Products. Following further expansion in the 1970s, it began pursuing an extensive acquisition strategy which saw the procurement of leading brands such as AlliedTube and Conduit and Grinnell Corporation. In 2012, Tyco International was divided, separating the firm s Flow Control business, North America s residential security business and its international fire and security business. The separation resulted in the creation of Tyco (fire protection and electronic security), the ADT Corporation (residential and small business security in North America) and Flow Control (fluid valves, controls, and equipment protection products). Tyco products and services include: CCTV/access control equipment (Tyco Integrated Security, ADT, American Dynamics, Kantech, Software House, CEM Systems) Circuit protection devices EAS (electronic article surveillance) and RFID (radio frequency identification) products (Sensormatic) Engineering services Fire alarm systems (Simplex, ADT) Fire sprinklers (SimplexGrinnell, Wormald) Fire-fighting hardware and fire-fighting foam concentrates (Ansul, Chemguard, Skum, Total Walther, and Sabo) GRINNELL grooved products Safety products (including industrial-site safety & personal protective equipment (PPE) SCOTT Safety) Security systems (Tyco Integrated Security, ADT, DSC) Valves and controls One recent fire protection innovation has seen subsidiary Tyco Fire Protection Products launch its Raven Studio sprinklers range. Designed mainly for commercial applications such as hotels, casinos, offices, educational facilities, museums and other cultural properties, the 5.6K pendent and horizontal sidewall Raven Studio Sprinklers are claimed to be UL and C-UL listed, and to be available in standard coverage for the protection of Light and Ordinary Hazard occupancies and Extended Coverage for Light Hazard applications.

By incorporating an unobtrusive, low-profile design with a paint-in-place escutcheon, the new Tyco Raven Studio sprinklers are uniquely discreet sprinklers in the industry today, said Luke Connery, Global Product Manager at Tyco Fire Protection Products. This can afford architects and interior designers an enhanced level of creative freedom not available with more traditional sprinkler options. Proximex surveillint PSIM solution from Tyco Designer sprinklers The new sprinklers are claimed to feature a paint-in-place escutcheon, providing clients with a variety of custom colours to match the palette of a project. The flush design is made aesthetically appealing by concealing the deflector and other operating parts behind the link assembly. Raven Studio Sprinklers, with a heat sensitive solder type release element, are listed as quick response sprinklers. On the video surveillance side, Tyco Integrated Security (TycoIS) recently announced Total Security, a system claimed to combine access control, IP video surveillance and intrusion detection. Available via a unified graphical user interface (GUI), Total Security apparently allows users to manage multiple security tasks on any Internet connected device. With real-time alerts, remote arm/disarm capabilities, access management and live video look-in, Total Security aims to improve workplace safety, security and business operations. Today s always-on, always-connected workforce was a key driver in building out the Total Security solution for our customers, said Joe Oliveri, Vice President & General Manager at TycoIS.

By combining video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection, organizations can save time and money on system maintenance better spent concentrating on core business functions. The Fireclass range from Tyco Scalable surveillance system structure Total Security is claimed to allow business owners and security managers to remotely handle more than 20 security tasks in real time. Tailored for mid-size businesses, the system is said to scale to larger environments as operations grow. Solution components include the company s Kantech Intevo and Exacq /AD Illustra for video integration, Kantech KT Series for access control, DSC NEO intrusion detection, EntraPass Web and Go mobile application Total Security provides one-app view for access control, video surveillance and intrusion detection, which is claimed to help users avoid spending time and resources contacting multiple providers for questions, software upgrades, service and administration. In addition, the simplified solution is available on Internet connected devices, facilitating remote operation. Free download covering legal requirements for responsible persons under the FSO, courtesy of the IOSH, BIFM and USHA approved UK provider of health, safety and environmental information. Key features: A full breakdown of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 The key actions when dealing with fire precautions & protection A complete guide to maintaining procedures and requirements within your organisation.

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Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2016: winners revealed

Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2016: Winners Revealed

Digital Barriers, Mitie Total Security Management and Assured Fire and Security were among the winners at this year s Security & Fire Excellence Awards. Compered once again by comedian Jimmy Carr, the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2016 took place at London Hilton on Park Lane. The cheeky selfie with @jimmycarr @SecurityXAwards #photobomb #sorrynotsorry #randomphonephotos pic.twitter.com/4v7Frbq1gn SecurityExAwards (@SecurityXAwards) November 24, 2016 Congratulations to the winners, who are listed in full below: The winners The Peter Greenwood Security Award (a Fire & Security Association (FSA) Award) Andy Gilmore of AAI Security The Ian Marsh Fire Award (a Fire & Security Association (FSA) Award) Chris Watts of Wavelength Associates Wilf Knight Award (sponsored by Security Institute) Tahia Zaidi, Cranfield University Inspiration in HR Award (sponsored by SSR Personnel) CIS Security International Achievement Award (sponsored by Hanwha Techwin Europe) Pilgrims/Harris Afghanistan Secure Communications Programme Best Deployment of Lone Worker Technology (sponsored by ASIS International UK Chapter) Mitie Total Security Management with Northumbrian Water Counter-Terrorism Innovation of the Year (Product, Service, Solution, Project etc.) (sponsored by Xtralis UK Ltd) Digital Barriers with ThruVis Great pic of Mitie s Jason Costello winning security manager of the year last week at the Sec Excellence awards @Mitie_TSM, @jimmycarr pic.twitter.com/V7iNASzaDF Stuart Bleazard (@stubred) November 29, 2016 Security Manager of the Year (sponsored by Axis Communications) Jason Costello, Security Manager, Mitie Total Security Management Security Consultancy of the Year (sponsored by ICTS UK & Ireland) CornerStone Independent Security Consultancy Event Security Team of the Year (sponsored by The Ghana Education Project (GEP)) FGH Security Ltd Passive Fire Innovation of the Year (Product, Service, Project etc.) (sponsored by ASFP) Hilti (Gt.

Britain) Ltd with Hilti CFS-D Cable disc Small to Medium Security Installer of the Year (sponsored by Hanwha Techwin Europe) 2020 Vision Systems Large Security Installer of the Year (sponsored by SecurityLink India) Universal Security Systems Access Control Product of the Year (Including Biometrics) (sponsored by First Response Group) Human Recognition Systems with MSite Touch Fingerprint Terminal Representing @Axis_NEur at @SecurityXAwards this week and collecting our award for the Q3709-PVE winning camera of the year #axisinnovates pic.twitter.com/aCq1uEAUpF Shaun Southall (@shaunsouthall) November 25, 2016 CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year (sponsored by Swift Fire & Security) Axis Communications with AXIS Q3709-PVE ACS Champion of the Year (sponsored by First Response Group) ICTS UK & IRELAND Best Contribution to Standards in the Security Sector (sponsored by Swift Fire & Security) University of Portsmouth with Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management Communication Product of the Year (sponsored by ISCE) SIRV by SIRV Systems CCTV System of the Year (Excluding Cameras and Lens) (sponsored by Western Digital) Qognify with VisionHub Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year (sponsored by IPSA) Dot Dot Dot Property Combined Security & Fire Solution of the Year (sponsored by FIREX International) Total Integrated Solutions Ltd with Smart Building Converged Infrastructure Customer Care Initiative of the Year (sponsored by Alarm Response & Keyholding Ltd) Assured Fire & Security Ltd Security Partnering Initiative of the Year (sponsored by Beyond Media Services and Revolution Events) Brunel University with Pace Security Services Ltd Security Project or Installation of the Year (sponsored by BSIA) SPIE with Securing Safety with Spend to Save Security Training Initiative of the Year (sponsored by Swift Fire & Security) Croma Vigilant with NHS Active Fire Innovation of the Year (Product, Service, Project etc.) (ponsored by The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS)) Aico with Ei2110e Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm Intruder Alarm or Exterior Deterrent Product of the Year (sponsored by IFSEC International) Ontech Security S.L.

with Ontech s Wardiam Pro We are so delighted with winning Security Guarding Company of the Year @SecurityXAwards last night https://t.co/1aknUovFJj #TeamWJ #WJ25 pic.twitter.com/OKQ4APGrVa Wilson James Limited (@WJ_Ltd) November 24, 2016 Security Guarding Company of the Year (sponsored by Over-C) Wilson James Judges Entries, which were judged solely on entry forms and supporting materials provided, were judged by an expert panel that included a who s who of influential security and fire professionals: Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI, Senior Lecturer in Security Risk Management, University of Portsmouth Andy Williams CPP FSyI, Head of Security, Nomura, Honorary Life President, Chapter 208 and Assistant Regional Vice President ASIS International, Region 9a Brett Lovegrove, Co-Founder and Director, TriTectus Ltd Chris Brogan, Partner, B & G Associates Chris Tomlinson, Senior Consultant, Arup Resilience, Security & Risk David Clark CPP, PCI PSP, Chapter Chairman, ASIS INTERNATIONAL UK Chapter David Sibert, Fire Safety and Integrated Risk Management Planning Advisor for the Fire Brigades Union Dawn Holmes MSC, CPP, Technical Security Specialist, Bloomberg Emma Shaw MBA CSyP FSyI FCMI, Managing Director, Esoteric Ltd Lieutenant Colonel Garry Evanson, Chairman, The Security Institute and Head of Security and Emergency Planning, Westminster Abbey Geoff Tate, Chairman, SSAIB Gerald Moor, CEO, The Inkerman Group Graham Bassett MSyI, FIRP, FInstSMM, Director, GBRUK Ltd Ian Fowler, Senior Consultant, Mott MacDonald Ltd James Kelly, Chief Executive, British Security Industry Association Leanne Salisbury, Director, Salisbury Consultancy Solutions Lynn Watts-Plumpkin, Certification Scheme Manager, Chamber Certification Assessment Services Ltd (CCAS) Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI, Director, Corps Consult, Corps Security Mike Hurst FIRP MSyI, Managing Director , HJA Security and Fire Recruitment Nigel Stanley, Practice Director, Cyber Security, TUV Rheinland OpenSky Patrick Dealtry, Director, The Lone Working Group Ltd Peter French MBE , Certified Protection Professional and FSyl, CEO, SSR Personnel Rachel Griffin, Director, Suzy Lamplugh Trust Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive, NSI National Security Inspectorate Simon Ince, Senior Fire Consultant at BB7 Steve Emmins, Commercial Development, Universal Security Systems Limited Dr Vibhor Gupta, Technology Lead, ASIS UK Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.

Engineers of Tomorrow 2016 winners announced at Fire & Security Excellence Awards

Engineers Of Tomorrow 2016 Winners Announced At Fire & Security Excellence Awards

Apprentice fire and security installers from Banham and Elm West Electrical Company have won first prize in the Engineers of Tomorrow competition. Announced at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards at London Hilton on Park Lane, Max Elsey from Banham and Joe Harding from Elm West Electrical Company claimed the 1,000 cash prize. The pair had been trained at Banham s Academy.

First prize: Max Elsey from Banham and Joe Harding from Elm West Electrical Company The prize for second place went to Bobby and Carlos Dhunnay from Telcam, last year s joint winners, who were trained by Skills for Security. Second prize: Bobby and Carlos Dhunnay from Telcam Trained by Kings Academy Bradley Gilmour and Jason Townsend from Kings finished in third place. Third prize: Bradley Gilmour and Jason Townsend from Kings Engineers of Tomorrow and the judges have also highly commended Joshua Guy and Joziah Ham from Security Electrical Services, who were both trained by Yeovil college. The awards ceremony was the culmination of a process which began at IFSEC International 2016 in June, where more than 50 young engineers competed in a 90-minute installation challenge. Participants had to assess an installed intruder alarm system, identifying faults, re-commissioning the system and applying any security and safety measures as needed. All overall heat winners and their employers were invited to the Security & Fire Excellence Awards. IFSEC Global recently interviewed one of the 2016 heat winners, Padraig Lennon, about the competition and what it s done for his career. Entries are now open for the 2017 event, which will start again with heats at IFSEC International 2017, which takes place between 20-22 June at London ExCeL. Click here to submit your entry.

Engineers of Tomorrow is part of Apprenticeships for Fire & Security, an initiative that places apprentices into careers in the security industry industry and supports their development. Sponsored by IFSEC, CSL DualCom, NSI, SSAIB and Skills for Security the scheme has already helped launch the careers of more than 3,000 young apprentices. embedded content Sponsored by CSL DualCom, NSI, SSAIB and Skills for Security the competition served as a platform through which apprentices and engineers not only burnished their credentials as installers/engineers but helped to raise the profile of their employers too. The winners earned NVQ portfolio credits too. Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.