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Manned Guarding Services

Manned guarding has three main elements. It is either:

  • guarding against unauthorised entry to a building or premises
  • guarding against the destruction of or damage to a building or premises, or
  • guarding a person from assault or injury.

Additionally, security officers with the appropriate CCTV licence can:

  • monitor or track the activities of a specific member of the public in a public or private place
  • focus on someone s activities either by controlling or directing cameras at them
  • identify someone, and
  • protect the premises from disorder and/or protect someone from violence or assault.

By choosing our manned guards, as well as installing security systems such as CCTV1, you ll receive an integrated security service for your entire premises. Guards can patrol your business and monitor your CCTV cameras, linked up to our National Support Centre2, giving you 24-hour protection and providing a more cost efficient security service.

SIA approved contractor membership

We specialise in providing highly trained security staff for many of the UK s top companies.

We re members of the Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Scheme3, giving you peace of mind knowing that our services are fully compliant with industry standards.

A flexible workforce of over 4,000 staff

Whatever you guarding requirements, we have over 4,000 SIA licensed staff across the UK at your disposal. Our network of regional offices means we can be both responsive and flexible to your needs. We provide services to all sizes of organisations in:

  • the public sector
  • the private sector
  • nationally, and
  • locally.

Manned guarding accreditation and compliance

We re compliant with the relevant British Standards in manned guarding and all associated fields.

We re accredited and independently inspected under:

  • ISO 9001 for Quality
  • ISO 14001 for Environmental Performance Management, and
  • OHSAS 18001 for Health and Safety Rigour.

References

  1. ^ CCTV (www.ocs.com)
  2. ^ National Support Centre (www.ocs.com)
  3. ^ Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Scheme (www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk)

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Cyber Security Consultant GRC, Data Protection, Risk London Who wouldn t want to be a is a monster when it comes to advising in cyber security, and in 2017, strategic cyber Security consulting generates a whole list of complex challenges, so at this world-leading to some of the most potent and complex cyber security problems, within some of the world s

How to put your physical security systems into the cloud

PROCUREMENT We re in the midst of a revolution in the physical security world. The cloud era has the potential to change every aspect of physical security, offering alternative ways of doing things, opportunities to realise greater long-term value from legacy systems, and capabilities that have simply never existed before. Working together, smart devices and IP networks can realise remarkable benefits in diverse areas, including cost, installation, efficiency, integration, business automation, monitoring, situational awareness and ease of use.

Software is always up to date without the need for on-site work and systems can be quickly and easily adapted to user requirements. One of the perhaps unexpected effects of cloud is that, for many organisations, and particularly those operating or moving towards smart environments, security systems are shifting from being grudge purchases made only when they absolutely must be to desirable investments that can secure specific, tangible, measurable business benefits. The security sector has been slow to adopt cloud technology, in part because of natural, but now somewhat out of date concerns over putting security services out there rather than keeping them safely in-house The extent of this shift and the speed with which it can take effect, though, are dependent on how effectively security providers address the challenges arising for organisations wishing to take advantage of the new capabilities and benefits offered by cloud. This is particularly the case when a move away from a traditional systems approach is being considered. Choose the right provider Many longstanding security providers are simply lack the necessary skills and knowledge to address the complexities inherent in the integration of diverse systems, particularly over IP networks. Conversely, new entrants to the market from the world of IP networks, while bringing networking expertise, often lack understanding of security systems. Furthermore, they often do not fully understand, or sometimes even perceive, the complex legal and technical issues that can arise. It is beyond question, though, that in the world of physical security, the cloud is here to stay, just as it is in the consumer world of smart watches, fitness trackers and satnavs. Earlier this year, Gartner predicted that in 2017 we would see 8.4 billion connected things an increase of over 30% on 2016.

It would be foolish indeed to ignore such growth and the immense benefits that the technologies driving it can deliver as they connect previously disparate devices and data sources. Nevertheless, the security sector has been slow to adopt cloud technology, in part because of natural, but now somewhat out of date concerns over putting security services out there rather than keeping them safely in-house. At Reliance High-Tech, where we ve been innovating in the security arena for more than 40 years, we can see the parallels between this technology shift and previous trends, including the ongoing migration to IP solutions (which was much slower than many expected). Cloud integration essentials Appropriate expertise and experience are essential when it comes to cloud integration. Decisions must be made as to which facilities, services and infrastructure to move to the cloud right away, which to move later, and which should stay on-premises for the foreseeable future. There will be pros and cons for each device and service, which need to be fully understood to make the right decisions. Often a hybrid or staged approach is the right choice for example, embracing secure hosted services now with a view to full cloud migration as part of a longer-term plan. When planning the implementation of new and migrated systems, a seamless transition is usually essential. Risks must be fully understood and mitigated, and users and others brought up to speed rapidly, and then supported effectively on the new facilities.

Such issues mean you need a security partner that can provide expert counsel on both technical and commercial matters from the very start of the engagement. Exploring the idea Often, the first major challenge with any new technology comes at the exploratory stage, before any actual migration is even planned. Exploring potential risks and benefits, and convincing key players within the organisation that a move towards cloud should be made, can be challenging indeed without specialist knowledge in a variety of arenas, including IP networking, cloud infrastructure, applications and services, legacy systems integration and, of course, the cloud-based solutions available. A capable, experienced security systems integrator (like Reliance High-Tech) will work closely with you to fully understand the detail of your existing infrastructure, and your aims and objectives, as well as budgetary, technical and other constraints. Working from that basis they can then advise on strategic options and help you communicate the benefits to interested parties across your organisation.

Cash-strapped local councils balk at multimillion-pound fire-safety upgrades as government rules out additional funding

Grenfell fallout The Local Government Association has said that local councils cannot afford the substantial fire-safety upgrades to social housing recommended in the wake of the Grenfell fire. With some local authorities at risk of technical insolvency following swingeing budget cuts, they have now been instructed by the government to implement multimillion-pound changes. Communities secretary Sajid Javid has told councils that the government will provide no extra funding for expensive measures such as the installation of sprinklers and replacement of unsafe cladding and insulation on tower blocks.

The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, told the Economist in January that even if he closed all 19 libraries and nine sports centres in the city, abandoned maintenance of of its 140 parks, halted all road repairs and street cleaning and switched off 50,000 streetlights, he would be still 22 short of the savings imposed by budget cuts planned by 2020. It is also clear that councils cannot afford to carry out this work. Local Government Association The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) reportedly sent a letter to local authorities in July saying that our expectation is that, as a building owner responsible for your tenants, you will fund measures designed to make a building fire safe, and will draw on your existing resources to do so.

30m per council A source has told the Financial Times that the bills could run into tens of millions. Some councils have estimated the costs to total an average of around 30m per council. The Local Government Association, which represents more than 400 English and Welsh local authorities, has issued a statement saying: It is clear that the current building regulation system has failed. It is also clear that councils cannot afford to carry out this work. Simon Blackburn, chair of the LGA s safer and stronger communities board, said the government should meet meet the exceptional cost to councils of removing and replacing cladding and insulation on high-rise blocks. With the government under fire for neglecting fire safety including how housing ministers sat on a report urging action over high-rise blocks Javid sought to place much of the blame squarely at the feet of local authorities in a speech on 4 July. Speaking to survivors, people in the local community, and people in tower blocks around the country, one thing is abundantly clear local government is facing a looming crisis of trust, he said.

The DCLG has said: We ve been clear with councils and housing associations that we expect them to do whatever local fire services and experts say is necessary to make residential buildings safe.

We will ensure that where local fire services have advised works are essential to ensure the fire safety of a building, current restrictions on the use of financial resources will not prevent them going ahead.

How to Become a Private Investigator

The field of private investigations is highly respected, evolving significantly over the years to include specialized work in computer forensics and corporate fraud investigations in addition to mainstays like missing persons and marital infidelity cases. PIs perform a wide range of investigative services, and are now just as often found serving as contractors for law enforcement cyber crimes units, insurance companies and human resource teams as they are investigating cases related to divorce and child custody to resolve matters in the family courts. PIs most often work for larger private investigations agencies or operate their own independent firms. They typically work on a contract basis for both public and private sector clients, and almost always hold a state license permitting them to conduct investigations within the parameters of state laws concerning surveillance protocols and privacy.

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How To Become A Private Investigator
Although requirements and processes differ from state to state, in most states becoming a private investigator follows a similar general outline:

Step 1. Learn About State Licensure

A dedicated PI licensing board, often operating under a larger state licensing authority, is typically in place to regulate and oversee the licensing process for individual private investigators and PI firms.

For example, Texas licenses its private investigators through the Private Security Board within the Texas Department of Public Safety. In Tennessee PIs are licensed through the Private Investigative and Polygraph Commission, which is part of the Department of Commerce and Insurance. Even in states without a statewide licensing process, there are still often regulations and/or licensing requirements in some cities or jurisdictions. For example, although there are no state licensing requirements in Alabama, a number of cities in the state, including Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile, have their own licensing processes. Further, even states that don t license individual investigators still require PI businesses to be licensed and adhere to a number of standard regulations related to everything from privacy laws and impersonating law enforcement to insurance and bonding.

A few states have entered into reciprocity agreements, which allow private investigators to conduct business between states without holding a separate private investigator s license (provided the investigation is started in the investigator s home state). Currently, the following states have reciprocity agreements in place:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia

Because private investigators are regulated and licensed at the state level, education, training and other requirements can differ significantly from state to state. This makes it imperative that you research your state s regulations and licensing requirements as part of your career preparation.

Step 2. Meet Minimum Requirements for Licensure

Not all individuals are eligible to become private investigators. Although minimum requirements for licensure differ between states, candidates for licensure must be of a certain age, which is usually between 21 and 25.

Other minimum license requirements require a candidate to:

  • Be a United States citizen or legal U.S. resident
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Have no felony convictions or other convictions involving crimes of moral turpitude
  • Have no dishonorable discharge from the U.S. military

Step 3. Meet Education and Experience Requirements

Perhaps the largest difference between states lies with minimum requirements for education and experience. Although most states do not require a candidate to possess an education to become a private investigator, most professionals in this field nevertheless pursue an associate s or bachelor s degree in criminal justice or a related field so as to achieve a working knowledge of the criminal justice system law enforcement practices. A common requirement for licensure is experience, although it should be noted that many states allow candidates to substitute education for experience. For example, the minimum experience requirement in New Hampshire for private investigators is four years, although candidates with an associate s or bachelor s degree in criminal justice may substitute their education for two of the required four years.

Related private investigator experience may include working as an adjuster, risk manager, claims investigator, director of security for a company, director for a licensed security service, or as a law enforcement officer for a federal, state or local police department.

Step 4. Pass the State Exam for Licensure

Some states require candidates to pass a state exam before they can achieve licensure as a private detective. State jurisprudence examinations, which are usually taken after filing for a state license, assess candidates on laws and procedural protocols specific to the state in which they are working. Exam content often covers regulations and rules regarding working as a private investigator or operating a private investigative business.

Step 5. Obtain Mandatory Firearms Training

In states that allow private investigators to carry a firearm or weapon, candidates must complete mandatory firearms training to become certified. Most states accept training through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Rifle Association, SIG Sauer, Smith & Wesson, or through an accredited police standards and training council firearms instructor school.

Step 6. Apply for State Licensure

The final step to becoming licensed to work as a private investigator is applying for state licensure. In most instances, candidates are required to provide the state licensing and regulatory body with the following:

  • A notarized application
  • A full set of fingerprints for a comprehensive background investigation
  • Personal and professional references
  • Documentation regarding professional experience
  • Documentation and/or diplomas regarding education
  • Proof of a surety bond (Most states require private investigators to hold a surety bond of no less than $10,000.)
  • An application fee, license feel, fingerprint fee, and background investigation fee

Step 7. Maintain State Licensure

Private investigators must renew their license according to state law, with most states requiring a biennial renewal.

Along with a renewal application, private investigators can expect to undergo an updated background investigation and provide the state licensing and regulatory body with a copy of their current surety bond.

Further, some states require continuing education for license renewal, and continuing education for firearms certification is commonplace.

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Relive IFSEC 2017: Watch the highlights across three days at London ExCeL

VIDEO We ve compressed hours of footage into a few minutes of highlights from IFSEC International 2017. Filmed on the show floor over three busy, eventful days at ExCeL London, this video features interviews with top industry figures and cutting-edge innovations in video surveillance, drones, intruder detection and more. 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.

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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Security 2030: What the future holds for home protection

Home may be where the heart is, but that doesn t mean that everyone feels completely safe within their own walls, especially when they re away. Thankfully, the future of home protection holds the promise to change that concern to peace of mind. Drones and yard detection The first line of defence in protecting your home is no longer going to be your front door.

Futuristic polymer-coated fences will be able to detect when someone attempts to climb over them, and alert the rest of the security system that an intruder is present. It s likely that a combination of low-flying drones and chemical-marking yard sprayers will help to halt any interlopers before they ve even made it to your back door. When a trespasser is present, they will immediately be doused in a difficult-to-remove chemical marker, and a drone will be launched from your roof that will follow and film their attempted escape. In some instances, the drones themselves may be able to release a marking spray as well, making it impossible for even the best getaway car to elude detection. Smart detectors/surveillance It seems fairly obvious in this day and age that smart home security cameras are only going to get better from here. Even now, a few manufacturers are beginning to unveil motion-activated cameras that are able to distinguish between your dog rooting around in your garbage can and an actual thief. The next phase of cameras will go a step beyond this and incorporate other environmental factors such as air quality, temperature, and vocal-recognition sensors that have the capacity to learn different contexts that happen in your home depending upon the time of day and season. Burglar alarms Inter-connectivity has other advantages, too. In the not-too-distant future, your home burglar alarm system could be directly linked to a criminal database and have the capability to run face-recognition software.

Combine these together and, instead of just blaring sounds or disorienting strobe lights, your system can actually address the intruder by name and immediately send the data to the authorities. Automated neighborhood watch It s ingrained in our DNA to want to protect those we care about. That s why neighborhood watch programs have been such a vital component to a home s security. Technology is going to take this community awareness a step further by equipping the next generation of intelligent alarm systems with the ability to communicate with other systems in the neighborhood. If ever a suspicious person were to enter the neighborhood, the program will immediately alert all the other homes and will collectively begin gathering important data. Everyone wants to feel safe in their own home and know that their possesses are protected when they are away. With the future of smart home protection just around the corner, you ll have all the security you need, without feeling like you live in a bunker. Free Download: The security drones report 2017 PriceWaterhouseCoopers have forecast that the global security drones market will be worth $10.5bn ( 8bn) by 2020, surpassed only by infrastructure, agriculture and transport. 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.

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Digital Barriers launches first live facial recognition system for body-worn cameras

law enforcement Digital Barriers has launched the world s first live facial recognition system for body-worn law enforcement cameras. SmartVis Identifier, which brings together Digital Barriers video-streaming platform EdgeVis and analytics solution SmartVis, is targeted at the defence, security and law enforcement markets. It provides real-time facial recognition against multiple watch lists and databases.

Already available for standard smartphones, SmartVis has been adapted to run live on Digital Barriers body-worn cameras that are designed for frontline law enforcement. SmartVis facial recognition has been designed to do the job that traditional facial recognition systems cannot: to work in the real world, in real time, says Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers. Never before has frontline policing been offered live facial recognition on the type of everyday body worn cameras now being widely deployed. Customers at the forefront of security and defence have already deployed this technology and describe it as a game-changer . embedded content Able only to record, not live stream, footage, most body-worn devices are effective for evidence management after the fact, but cannot aid in the protection of officers if they are put in harms way as incidents unfold. EdgeVis delivers low latency and low bandwidth streaming, including over-the-air access to device recordings and GPS locational data. SmartVis Identifier supports, when required, every interaction, every stop and search, every arrest with real-time facial recognition. Digital Barriers says the solution removes human error and plugs resourcing gaps, thereby broadening the scope of facial recognition deployments. SmartVis Identifier will be available alongside EdgeVis on Digital Barriers body-worn devices and for selected service providers and camera/device manufacturers under licence.

Digital Barriers provides zero-latency streaming and analysis of secure video and related intelligence over wireless networks. To reduce bandwidth consumption the company harnesses a mixture of cellular, satellite, IP mesh and cloud networks. Founded in 2009, the company has its origins in military applications but now sells fixed and mobile solutions for covert, remote and wide-area deployments to law enforcement and the commercial security industry too. 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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The future of video surveillance amid the rise of artificial intelligence

A vast majority of recorded video data is never viewed. This isn t for a lack of interesting content or inadequate resources, but rather a gradual decline in human attention spans. Adding more cameras increases the amount of video data collected, but if it s not viewed, the useful information is missed.

There is an imbalance between the amount of video data collected and the human attention available to effectively mine that data. As security technology continues to evolve, exciting developments are taking place with the inclusion of artificial intelligence (AI). Powerful tools are being created that will allow us to modify our approach to video search. Site-wide intelligence Effective search uses a wealth of data to find necessary information. A person conducting a search needs to answer who, what, when and where, not just in the context of a single camera, but across an entire site. This is where the need for AI comes in. Avigilon Appearance Search video analytics technology is a sophisticated deep learning AI search engine for video data. It sorts through hours of footage to quickly locate a specific person or vehicle across all cameras on a site. With this technology, users can initiate a search by simply clicking on a button and selecting to search for all instances of a person or vehicle of interest across recorded video.

embedded content Looking to the future Using AI in video search can help reduce hours of work to minutes, managing resources so that site security is more effective and efficient. The continued evolution of AI will provide security personnel with even more powerful tools not just for forensic purposes, but for real time event response. By designing video surveillance search technology to be as simple to use as searching the internet, Avigilon is better focusing human attention on what matters most, to dramatically change the way users interact with their security systems.

Avigilon Appearance Search technology is a sophisticated deep learning AI search engine that enables users to quickly locate a specific person or vehicle of interest across an entire site. 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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