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IFSEC Southeast Asia 2017: Drone Zone and business-matching service to make their debuts

SECURITY EVENT The world-leading security, fire and safety event IFSEC is holding its Southeast Asia edition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) between 6-8 September 2017. The fifth edition is a must-attend event for players in the entire industry, including architects, business owners, contractors, engineers, facilities managers, finance professionals, human resources personnel, IT professionals, procurement specialists, property developers, senior management and more. The three-day event will feature more than 350 world-leading brands showcasing cutting-edge products in access controls and biometrics, CCTV and surveillance, cybersecurity, drones, fire alarms, fire detection, fire protection, gates and doors, home automation, intelligent buildings, intruder alarms, network security, personal protection equipment, physical security, perimeter protection, x-ray equipment and many other latest technologies in security, fire and safety.

The business-matching service will match visitors to the solutions or products that best meet their specific needs This is the best opportunity for visitors to meet directly with experts representing global brands such as Entrypass, Seagate, Dahua, Comnet, Nemtek, Nocturna, Hikvision, BFT, Falcon Safe, FAAC, Alarms and Automation, Golmar, Entrasys, Magnetic Control, Mobotix, MicroEngine, Propel Network, Senzo, Smartstripe, Ozak, Stratel, Union Light, Videx and many more. IFSEC Southeast Asia received strong support from Malaysia s Ministry of Home Affairs, Royal Malaysia Police, CyberSecurity Malaysia, Asian Professional Security Association (APSA) Malaysia Chapter, British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and ASIS International (Malaysia Chapter). New features For the fifth edition, IFSEC Southeast Asia will include a few new features on the show floor, which will attract more than 10,000 visitors. For the first time, there will be a Drone Zone, where drone companies and operators will wow visitors with airborne displays of cutting-edge security drones. Another new feature is the business-matching service, which visitors could select their preferred product to source. This service was created to help visitors find the best solutions or products for their needs, directly with the manufacturers or distributors. The Malaysia s Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), PPKKM, APSA and IFSEC Southeast Asia is organising Conference Perdana, where the conference will feature a panel discussion, dialogues with MOHA and a keynote address from the invited guest of honour, YAB Dato Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. We expect more than 2,000 security companies to join Conference Perdana, the first-ever conference specific for the security industry players and operators, said Dato Seri Haji Mustapa Bin Haji Ali, President of APSA (Malaysia Chapter) .

The conference is set to be the best platform for the industry players to gather and obtain the latest information and gain new knowledge that will benefit their businesses. IFSEC Southeast Asia 2017 is organising a three-day seminar on the show floor, where there will be more than 10 hot topics presented by experts. The seminar is free for all visitors. IFSEC Southeast Asia 2017 is a free-to-attend exhibition and seminar for all industry players and visitors. It takes place 6-7 September between 10:00am-5:30pm and on 8 September between 10:00am-4:00pm. For more information on IFSEC Southeast Asia, please log on to www.ifsecsea.com or contact the organiser at +60321768788. Free Download: The security drones report 2017 The global security drones market will be worth $10.5bn ( 8bn) by 2020 . This report commissioned by Aviat Drones examines the prevalence, growth prospects , applications and regulatory challenges of drones and anti-drone tech in the global security market. Find out how you can benefit from this lucrative market .

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Milestone Q&A: R&D, cybersecurity and collaboration with tech partners are our top priorities

Milestone has long banged the open platform drum and the physical security industry is now following its lead. But collaboration with other vendors is about more than just creating new integrations and affording end users more flexibility, says Neil Killick, who joined the award-winning VMS software specialist in February 2017 as country manager for UK and Ireland. Killick, formerly of Honeywell Security Group, says that strengthening cybersecurity also demands cooperation between technology partners and across the supply chain.

IFSEC Global: You recently won an award for being the number one provider of VMS solutions for the ninth year in a row. Why do you think you ve had this gong sewn up for so long? Neil Killick: As a new person looking in, I think it s the fact we are so diverse in who we work with. We re an enabler in many areas. It s not just video surveillance. As the market grows in terms of integrations with different products, different manufacturers, Milestone becomes in my mind even more important because we have the device that links it all together. Also consider that we are investing more in R&D than ever before. And a lot of that is integration work and we don t turn anyone away. IG: Milestone has long championed open platforms, which are now becoming the dominant medium NK: Pretty much.

We ve had that constant, persistent message. And we talk a lot about our community. We re trying to engage our partners more than we perhaps have in the past. You ll see that over the next 18 months to two years: a community approach, much like you see with Apple, where we re getting input from others. Agility is so key in software. Other manufacturers are trying to get into software but they can t work at the same speed IG: How big a priority is cybersecurity for Milestone? NK: We re open platform, which on the face of it could cause an issue in that department. Our greatest expenditures at the moment are in cybersecurity and energy saving. That s the message we give in every conversation we have, every presentation, particularly with end users who have grave concerns over cyber.

We re doing three releases a year with updates on cybersecurity. I think we re quite open to talking to third parties who are there to try and integrate with us. I don t always see that with other manufacturers. We re saying: let s work together to make it even safer. IG: What has your message been at IFSEC? NK: Again our message is around strengthening our position, our brand in the UK. I ve come on board to increase our footprint both in the UK and Ireland, especially in the south of the UK. Before we had someone looking after the south of the country; now we have someone sat just outside London, someone sat in the southwest. We ve doubled our headcount, more or less, in six or seven months.

But that s not just to cater to your typical integrator; it s the whole value chain end user, integrator, distributor The wider scope is beyond security. Who else can we work with? And it s not just about video surveillance. We do get inundated with different technologies, different manufacturers, sometimes in the same space, because they see us as a gateway. Certainly in areas like the UK, where perhaps these guys wouldn t have feet on the street , if you like, or local support, they see Milestone as a way into the market. IG: Why did you leave Honeywell to join Milestone? NK: Because of all the things they re talking about now. Because it s an aggressive, agile business. Agility is so key in software.

Other manufacturers are trying to get into software but they can t work at the same speed. That s the number one reason I m here. The second is the opportunity in the UK. What was your most recent software launch? NK: We had our ER2 launch, which was basically a software update. But what we ve done now is include two new software products in one package, which we call plus products , which are targeting the mid to low end sector. VMS can be viewed as very technical and it can be if you want it to be. But certainly Milestone can work in all areas, from small to big enterprises in all verticals with all end users. These two key products launched June 8 th .

We expect a big interest in it. We ve already seen incremental revenue within a week of it being launched. Again, with that launch the messaging is around putting a lot of investment into cyber and energy saving products. A lot of companies have carbon footprint responsibilities we can help them reduce that. That s becoming a bigger message with the big end users we re going after. If they don t comply they get severely financially penalised. IG: In what ways can you help reduce a business s carbon footprint? NK: It s really about storage space. The more storage space you have, the higher the carbon footprint.

Because of our software capability, we allow you to get more out of the system. So you pay less for storage and there s less power consumption. We ve done quite a few tests, comparing what they would have paid before updates and what they pay now in terms of storage space.

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Watch: Installer World debuts with Tool Zone, Trade Counter and Engineers of Tomorrow competition

IFSEC 2017 IFSEC International this year launched an area dedicated to the needs of installers of fire and security technologies. Sponsored by RISCO, Installer World brought together manufacturers and distributors, the Tool Zone, workwear, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, recruitment consultants and a networking bar. In the Tool Zone (big thanks to its exclusive partner, Anglia Tools), visitors sampled a wide range of hand and power tools and took advantage of exclusive discounts and special offers.

VanTainer also provided racking and storage systems. Check out our video review of Installer World below. embedded content 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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New Net2 Entry Touch panel from Paxton: smart, simple door entry with a premium touch

The Net2 Entry Touch panel is the latest addition to Paxton s intuitive range of door entry solutions. The advanced functionality and simple operation of the new touch panel means installers can now offer their customers a premium security option as part of the Net2 Entry range. The Net2 Entry Touch panel comes with a quality 7-inch, colour screen and new premium features, including personalisation using your own images and logo.

The product s stylish design plus excellent build quality has also seen it awarded two prestigious design awards; 2017 iF DESIGN AWARD in the Building Technology category and the Red Dot: Product Design Award 2017. These global award schemes recognise excellence in design across a variety of product categories. Smart, simple user interface Straightforward and easy to navigate with dynamic search functionality Quick visual recognition for visitors by adding contact images and logos Suitable for more sites than ever before Line-out for use with T-Loop antenna for users with hearing aids Advanced sound processing provides clear sound quality for busy areas High contrast theme available to make it simple to read for partially sighted users Site grouping for smarter management of multi-tenant buildings and sites with fenced perimeters Excellent build quality Durable, chemically strengthened glass Easy to read anti-glare screen for optimal daytime viewing Easy plug and play technology, just 3 simple components Personalise the experience Customise branding on the welcome screen to provide a unique finish for the customer Multiple theme options available to personalise and suit a range of locations General features SIP Supported answered the door from a smart device or PC Energy efficient auto screen dimming in idle mode Convenience with code and PIN entry options available Multi panel options flush, surface mount and rain hood variants Dual frequency proximity reader, now offering EM and HID Prox as well as Paxton, MIFARE No visible fixings to enhance look and deter vandalism IK7 protected against up to 5 joules impact IPx5 rating for use in all weather conditions From a brand you know and trust Fully compatible with Net2 access control Supported by Paxton s industry leading technical support, 5-year guarantee and a hassle free returns service Be one of the first to see the Net2 Entry Touch panel by visiting the Paxton stand (D850) at IFSEC International (20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL) or for more information visit the Paxton website . Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Register here to attend IFSEC International where you will be able to take advantage of our meetings service, allowing you to select and meet with the manufacturers you want to see and with 600 companies exhibiting you are not short on choice. There are also discounts of up to 20% across a large range of products at the show, helping you to get the best value for your money.

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Security Center 5.6 launched with new HTML5-based web client

Genetec Inc Security Center 5.6 includes a new HTML5-based web client for better web viewing, integrations for access control and video technologies, license plate recognition as a credential, as well as more cybersecurity measures. According to Montreal-headquartered Genetec, the main enhancements to the latest version of Security Center, a unified security platform, include the integration of SimonsVoss electronic locks and the Mercury Security MS Bridge. With Genetec s automatic license plate recognition high definition camera system, AutoVu SharpV, it is also possible to enrol license plates as access control credentials.

Security Center 5.6 is available globally, with Genetec s Advantage subscribers able to receive the update. Genetec s Assurance customers can contact Genetec Inside Sales to buy an upgrade. Version 5.6 is consistent with Genetec s ongoing cybersecurity commitment and measures designed to tackle the changing nature of cyber threats and hazards. The platform includes advanced authentication, authorisation and encryption technologies. Security Center Web Client has been redesigned with HTML5 to provide a more fluid and modern web experience that enables the platform to be accessible from any device or browser. Features include the ability for operators to monitor the live status of intrusion areas. As a Mercury Security Platinum Elite partner, Security Center 5.6 integrates with the Mercury MS Bridge to enable end users to go from proprietary or integrated access control systems to a fully unified security platform. AutoVu lets end users to extend their security coverage beyond the physical building and to their parking lots, parking decks and property perimeters. Its function as an access control reader allows operators to monitor vehicles without impacting traffic flow.

By assigning a license plate to a cardholder as a credential, users can define specific access rights, control vehicle access to their parking lots, and run vehicle activity reports. Genetec has been confirmed as sponsor for Borders & Infastructure Expo, which debuts at IFSEC 2017 in June. They will also showcase the latest version of Security Center and their other security solutions on stand F500 at the show, taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL . Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Register here to attend IFSEC International where you will be able to take advantage of our meetings service, allowing you to select and meet with the manufacturers you want to see and with 600 companies exhibiting you are not short on choice. There are also discounts of up to 20% across a large range of products at the show, helping you to get the best value for your money. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

ASSA ABLOY s Aperio locks now integrate with Tyco access control systems

integration news A technology partnership between ASSA ABLOY, which provides door locks, and Tyco Security Products has enabled the integration of Aperio wireless lock technology with Tyco s security and event management system. The integration ensures Aperio wireless RFID locks communicate with Tyco s C-CURE 9000 via iSTAR Ultra door controllers. Aperio locks have no need for additional wiring so can be installed in doors and entrances with little disruption to operations.

A link between iSTAR Ultra door controllers and an Aperio wireless hub enables the locks to communicate directly with C-CURE 9000, which is updated in real-time to ensure control of and visibility of activities at doors and entrances at all times. AES 128-bit encryption ensures data security. Rafael Schrijvers, access control product marketing manager, EMEA, for Tyco Security Products, says: C-CURE 9000 and Aperio wireless locks are increasingly being specified to work together on a wide range of security projects. The deep level of integration achieved between the two technologies will ensure systems integrators will now find it much easier to implement a combined solution. A similar level of integration has already been achieved between ASSA ABLOY s Aperio and Tyco Security Products Kantech Entrapass and CEM AC2000 access control software. Software House security and event management systems from Tyco Security Products are part of Johnson Controls, a global technology and industrial firm. Software House s C-CURE software portfolio works with various reliable controllers to provide security and event management. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Register here to attend IFSEC International where you will be able to take advantage of our meetings service, allowing you to select and meet with the manufacturers you want to see and with 600 companies exhibiting you are not short on choice. There are also discounts of up to 20% across a large range of products at the show, helping you to get the best value for your money.

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US regulator and healthcare sector fear medical device hacks

IoT The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and medical device makers are expecting more hacking attacks, according to an in-depth piece published by The Hill. Tens of millions of electronic health records have been compromised in recent years, with hospitals and health insurers hit by hackers. Now attention is turning to vulnerabilities in medical devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps that could make them susceptible to hacking.

The FDA is coordinating with other agencies on how to respond if a medical device hack were to occur. This is what we said to manufacturers; one should consider the environment a hostile environment, there are constant attempts at intrusion and they have to be hardened, said Suzanne Schwartz, associate director for science and strategic partnerships at the FDA s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Potentially fatal overdose In 2016, healthcare brand Johnson & Johnson told its customers that its insulin pumps had a security vulnerability that hackers could potentially use to access the device, which has a wireless controller, and cause a potentially fatal overdose of insulin. Wireless connection can be an easy access point for hackers. However, so far there have been no known cases of medical-device hacking causing patient harm, according to Zach Rothstein, associate vice president at the Advanced Medical Technology Association. Hackers can tap into a hospital, through an unsecured wireless printer, for example, and access the entire system, or take over a hospital s electronic records or lock them out of their website until a ransom is paid. In just the last few years we ve seen more than a hundred million health records of American citizens breached in a couple of well-publicised incidents, Terry Rice, vice president of IT risk management and chief information security officer at Merck & Company, told the Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee recently. Rice, who sits on the Healthcare Industry Cybsecurity Task Force, believes the cybersecurity problem is significantly underreported in the healthcare industry. Reputational harm He also said organisations are unlikely to report security incidents if not required to do so because of the potential reputational harm that might occur.

The FDA says in its premarket guidance that it recognises that medical device security is a shared responsibility between stakeholders, including healthcare facilities, patients, providers, and manufacturers of medical devices. FDA guidance on medical devices also says manufacturers have an obligation to consider the cybersecurity of their devices during design and throughout the operating life of that device, potentially providing the basis for someone to allege that manufacturers have a duty to do more to secure devices. Information sharing can protect against hacking attempts. Healthcare providers, manufacturers and others are part of a group that update their defences against common threats, while congress and the industry both promote healthcare information sharing, to get it up to par with other industries, such as financial services. The problem is aggravated by the very low level of cybersecurity at hospitals in general lack of segregation and access rights, missing security patches and updates, missing or weak encryption, insecure authentication, default or weak passwords. Ilia Kolochenko, CEO, High-Tech Bridge Both the FDA and industry are hiring cybersecurity experts, with many companies also using coordinated disclosure where researchers or white hat hackers can report vulnerabilities directly to the company instead of making them public. The medical device industry, I would say in the last two-and-a-half years or so, has gone from general understanding of the issue, general participation to extreme awareness and participation in cybersecurity efforts, Rothstein said. Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of web security company High-Tech Bridge says that ransomware, has not historically target hospitals and insurance firms, though he concedes that targeted attacks against healthcare institutions may increase in the near future as the victims usually have no other choice but to pay without a delay. The vulnerability of connected medical devices to hacking depends on various factors.

Such devices are usually made without any precaution in terms of information security but the hacker usually has to be near the device or at least inside of the hospital wireless network. However Kolochenko agrees these types of hacks could increase. He adds: The problem is aggravated by the very low level of cybersecurity at hospitals in general lack of segregation and access rights, missing security patches and updates, missing or weak encryption, insecure authentication, default or weak passwords. Connected medical devices should be strictly and severely regulated by governments, and their manufacturers should bear the liability for any negligence or carelessness during the manufacturing process otherwise medicine will become an extremely dangerous activity within the next decade. Ensure a solid security strategy at Borders & Infrastructure Expo Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo, in conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event, IFSEC International, addressing your critical needs for large-scale security projects. By attending, you ll access leading security providers showcasing the latest advancements in both physical and cyber solutions. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

New RISCO programme provides marketing support for distributor and installer partners

Installer news Supplier of access control and integrated security systems RISCO Group has launched a new rewards programme to support the marketing activities of its installers and distributors. RISCO s Stars Partners Programme awards Stars to participants whenever they buy eligible products from the company. The stars can then be redeemed against various marketing activities that will help RISCO s partners increase exposure of their businesses and target new potential customers.

To join participants can download the RISCO Group HandyApp, which is free, from the Apple App Store or Google Play, and register their details. After purchases participants scan the QR code on the packaging and RISCO s stars are added to their account. Each product scanned automatically receives a six-month warranty extension, with an additional 12 months for RISCO Stars members. When a sufficient number of RISCO Stars have been collected, they can be redeemed for rewards to help with marketing. These include development of a business Facebook page, bespoke email marketing templates, printed company literature, a third-party website audit with a strategy of improvements and branded workwear. Greg Smith, marketing manager for the UK and Ireland at RISCO Group, says: We ve now made gaining access to first class specialist marketing support as easy as possible through the purchase of our innovative products and training, so that there s always something for everyone to save for. Check out RISCO s latest products at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand D1275. Get your free badge now.

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LiMBS project energised to combat blast effects on structures

LiMBS project energised to combat blast effects on structures BAE Systems, QinetiQ, AIGIS Blast Protection, TPS, Permali Gloucester, MIRA, Sigmatex and the University of Nottingham have formed LiMBS (Lightweight Material & Structures for Blast and Ballistic Survivability). Co-funded by the Government-backed Technology Strategy Board, LiMBS aims to develop enhanced, lightweight and cost-effective multi-layer/multi-material structures to resist shock, pressure impulse and impacts associated with both land mines and free air explosives events, and to mitigate the effects when a structure is overmatched by reducing the spread of spall fragment projectiles passing through that structure. A material of this type could have potential commercial benefits across a number of sectors, including defence, aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, heavy industrial, high security environments, personal security/VIP protection and for security product manufacturers.

The programme intends to develop new materials that are lighter than rolled homogeneous armour which is typically used for the construction of fighting or armoured vehicles. Lighter materials could be used to manufacture and assemble armour-protected vehicles to resist the effects of explosions such as land mines and improvised explosive devices. These are the current ‘weapons of choice’ for disabling fighting vehicles in theatres such as Afghanistan.

Lighter vehicles would be more readily deployable, particularly when using air transport, and thus achieving enhanced performances for future military systems. The composite material, or a similar hybrid, could be adapted for use in a Health and Safety function for explosive manufacture, storage and transportation. The oil and gas sector could offer a potential market due to the intrinsic requirements of blast protection on their sites both on and offshore.

Furthermore, a primary objective of the LiMBS project is to exploit the technology in civilian applications such as physical protection for high value assets. Primary research objectives: materials development The test rig during set-up This project is potentially groundbreaking for industry, as the new material will be lighter than normal armour steel and therefore all the structures (vehicles and not) built with this material will be easier to transport and deploy all over the world, using more efficient transport, consuming less fuel and less CO 2 , said Alan Watson of BAE Systems. The research objectives are to develop materials that: have an areal density significantly less than Rolled Homogeneous Armour (RHA) offer similar blast and ballistic protection to RHA are capable of cost-effective manufacture, assembly and repairs when overmatched, reduce spall fragment spread are suitable for new build and retrofit applications In addition to the above, a key objective is to evaluate material properties to facilitate cost-effective reliable modelling using dynamic finite element analysis and minimise the need for expensive live testing.

The solution will be based on a backbone of fibre composite materials to provide the lightweight structural requirement, augmented with tailored interlayers consisting of shock dissipation, energy absorption and high failure strain materials, explained Simone Volpe, founder member of LiMBS and a consulting engineer at TPS. Previous studies have shown that blast resistance of composite materials can exceed that of RHA by judicial deployment of multi-layer, multi-material combinations. After careful consideration a wide selection of constituent materials have been selected for evaluation, including Armox 370T (as a baseline), aluminium, carbon fibre, glass fibre, aramid and Tabreshield .

Materials like the carbon fibre, glass fibre and aramid refer to composite materials formed using woven threads, all embedded in an epoxy matrix. A development of this is the manufacture of composites where the plies are stitched together using a tufting technique to improve in plane shear strength and potentially reduce delamination and premature failure. Combinations of the above were manufactured in the form of panels approximately 800 mm square, complete with perimeter holes to accommodate fixings into a test rig.

Testing: what has happened so far? Finite element computer analysis An extensive series of tests have already been undertaken to determine the blast and ballistic response of the various combinations. The test samples were bolted into a robust steel test rig and subjected to the effects of detonation of an accurately moulded pancake charge formed using commercial plastic explosive.

While the aspect ratio of the pancake and stand-off from the panel remained constant, the quantity of explosives was varied to determine the cusp (ie the point at which failure occurred). When the panel no longer remains gas tight it’s deemed to have failed. Instrumentation has included ‘contact pins’, strain gauges and witness panels.

The strain gauges and contact pins were used in order to gain an understanding of response times and strain rates of the composites. The honeycomb aluminium (crush witness panel) provided an indication of the gross dynamic deformation, while the multilayer witness plates helped identify the extent of spalling when the composite was overmatched. As well as providing insight into the performance of the panels, the instrumentation provided valuable data to support the development and validation of finite element simulation models.

Results attained to date While research work is ongoing, the results to date have already identified the potential for developing cost-effective lightweight blast and ballistic materials, continued Volpe. Additionally, it has been possible to determine some high strain rate material properties to facilitate dynamic finite element analysis, thus enabling refinement of composite combinations whilst minimising the need for explosion testing. The LiMBS research project is due to end in late 2012.

LiMBS is a research and development programme co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, and is led by BAE Systems’ Advanced Technology Centre. For further information contact Alan Watson: at [email protected] About The LiMBS Partners BAE Systems is a British multinational defence, security and aerospace company with operations worldwide and involved in several major defence projects. Areas of expertise offered by BAE Systems personnel include impact, shock and high strain rate testing, composite damage and fracture mechanics, survivability and armour design, blast and ballistic effect simulations, materials behaviour characterisation and modelling of structural responses to dynamic events.

The company boasts extensive experience in the use of advanced composite materials in structural applications and harbours facilities for design, testing and analysis. QinetiQ is a leading international defence and security technology company that develops innovative technology-based solutions and products, in turn providing technology-rich support services for major Government organisations and commercial customers around the world AIGIS has a strong knowledge base for the development of specialist blast/shock mitigating materials and their characterisations. The company is an established leader in all forms of blast protection solutions.

The basis of these solutions revolve around Aigis proprietary TABREshield materials that provide unique absorption and attenuation properties to mitigate a significant proportion of blast energy, thereby affording a significant weight advantage over conventional solutions for the same level of blast protection. TPS represents the buildings and construction sector and will engage its specialist explosives effects expertise, contribute material development requirements and exploitation for buildings infrastructure applications. It’s a multi-disciplined consultancy practise consisting primarily of engineers and architects.

Within this organisation there are a number of specialist teams, one of which is the explosives effects team. TPS has expanded its experience in explosion effects in the field of counter terrorist mitigation. This experience includes the design and testing of bomb blast glazed fa ade systems to provide protection from a range of terrorist threats, most notably packages, briefcases and large vehicle bombs.

Permali Gloucester is a world leader in the manufacture of composite materials for the aerospace, defence, rail, marine and medical markets. The company boasts practical research and development experience in developing composite systems at a small scale level, with the capability of transferring the technologies into large scale production for military programmes (as well as other markets where blast mitigation is important). MIRA brings distinctive expertise in the modelling of human body interactions with blast shock and pressure wave with prediction of occupant/personnel survivability.

The company has experience in the modelling of acoustic events, dynamic structural events and fluid flow. Sigmatex develops and manufactures carbon fibre textiles for composite material applications. Sigmatex supplies 2D woven, unidirectional, multiaxial (non-crimp) and 3D textiles across a broad range of industries.

These textiles meet various requirements including fibre orientation, crimp, drapeability, thickness and resin permeability. The University of Nottingham’s Polymer Composites Research Group has extensive expertise in the modelling of textile composites and their impact performance. Recent progress has also been made on modelling the impact behaviour of textile composites at the macro level using explicit FE methods (LS-Dyna).

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together professionals from the business, research and public sectors, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy.

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