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Can I take a knife-shaped banana on the flight?

The TSA s bizarre, brilliant Instagram account

Airport security Who said security had to be an unremittingly earnest business? Few scenarios in modern life are fraught with more tension and frustration than airport customs (does anyone else feel nervous even though they re carrying nothing illegal?). However, the Transport Security Administration, a US body created in response to the 9/11 terror attacks, has shown it has a sense of humour via its Instagram account.

Racking up 1,320 posts and 795,000 followers, the TSA account features tongue-in-cheek requests sent in by the public, an array of confiscated weaponary and some weird and wonderful items that landed in lost property. From a knife-nana and nun-chuks to an abandoned Grim Reaper and 61 firearms seized in one week across all US airports, it s phenomenal what airport security staff find in the course of their day. Below we ve picked out some of the funniest/most shocking posts but you can check out the account itself here . Live WWI grenades Knife-nana Is it a gun or a camera? Just a week s work My, oh my Banana-based weapons are a running theme it seems Cattle prod Who has the Grim Reaper come for? Post-apocalyptic bullet-adorned mask Mummified head of Jeremy Bentham Gun mug (or mug gun?) Nun-chucks Free Download: Securing the UK s borders. Getting national security and Brexit right first time is crucial , we do not want to get this wrong.

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Norwich Door To Door

Welcome to Norwich Door to Door:

Access Able Transport for All Ages

To enable social inclusion and enhance quality of life for people with severe mobility problems on low incomes in Norwich and districts. We offer fully accessible mobility bus services with affordable fares, for independence, equality, safety and security so that our members are empowered to make their own contribution to their community.

Who we are

We are a caring and welfare charity. We formed in 1992 and continue to work with the same aims and objectives.

We offer a Dial-a-Ride service for people who are on low income, who need extra help and a friendly hand to be able to get out and about independently. For our passengers and their carers transport is the key to freedom and autonomy and there is the added assurance of the safety and security of a door to door service.

Our passengers tell us they want to be able to choose when they travel. They want to be able to plan days when they feel well and have access to support that empowers them. They want to make their own contribution to their own society in their own way.

How do we do it

We operate a fleet of ten mobility buses all equipped with to the ground front of bus steps, passenger lifts big enough for wheelchairs, walking aids and scooters, and a Multipurpose Vehicle for up to three passengers with a drive in wheelchair ramp. Each bus operates with a two person crew who receive accredited training for operating mini buses suitable for the safe carriage of people travelling in their wheelchairs.

To contribute to our budget in today s more austere funding environment, we have secured contracts to transport disabled children to special and mainstream schools. In addition, our passengers make a contribution toward the cost of their transport. We balance our needs though applying for grant funding both locally and nationally, and by our events. We are in receipt of grant funding through Norfolk County Council Passenger Transport, Norwich City Council, Broadland District Council and South Norfolk District Council.

How we change lives

Our service enables our passengers to connect with their communities, experience an enhanced state of well being and sense relief from the feeling of isolation and depression of spirit. There has been much research already done by august bodies like the British Medical Association and Leonard Cheshire Disability on the importance of social inclusion for a sense of well being.

We also regularly organise our own surveys on passengers experience and wishes. Last year, in keeping with current thinking, we undertook our first Social Impact Report and Social impact Triangle attached. Our recent assessment of the effect the charity has on its new passengers has been complied in a follow up Social Impact Report 2013
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Watch our DVD about of service including interviews with our Chief Executive Gillian Gaul, volunteers and passengers

I would be house bound. Taxis I could not afford if I could I would never get the care and attention I get from Door to Door. Nothing is too much trouble for them. They are almost like a family. Without them my life would sadly not be the same, I depend on them for so much , Celia

It changed my life, I cannot stand for any period so taking the bus was impossible.

It is a lifeline to the outside world, without Door to Door my shopping would be a nightmare , Sylvia

Door to Door allows us to have access to places we would not be able to get to otherwise.

The summer trip programme was really enjoyable and we got to meet up with other members and feel confident and safe on the transport , Paul and Sue

Registered as an Industrial and Provident Society Charity for the Benefit of the Community 27814R, a Charity Registered with the Inland Revenue XR25792 081

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References

  1. ^ Social Impact Report (norwichdoortodoor.org.uk)
  2. ^ Social impact Triangle (norwichdoortodoor.org.uk)
  3. ^ follow up Social Impact Report 2013 (norwichdoortodoor.org.uk)
  4. ^ (norwichdoortodoor.org.uk)

How network video can support suicide prevention on the rail network

It describes some current suicide counter-measures and details the size of the challenge which the rail industry faces. This paper explains how IP network video can support existing measures in order to provide an effective overall suicide prevention solution. This paper does not attempt to find broader resolution to the questions around suicide and refrains from exploring the personal and tragic circumstances surrounding many of the individuals who find themselves attempting or committing this act.

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Genetec announced as sponsor for Borders & Infrastructure Expo

IFSEC International 2017 Genetec, the company behind unified security platform Security Center, has been confirmed as sponsor for IFSEC International s brand new show within a show , Borders & Infrastructure Expo (20-22 June 2017). Genetec is a good fit for Borders & Infrastructure Expo, which is pitched at critical national infrastructure. The company s security systems are popular in the enterprise space, with many customers in high end retail, train stations, airports Genetec systems are installed in 70% of airports in the Middle East and the the city surveillance space.

Its most prominent platforms are Security Center, which unifies access control, surveillance and ANPR systems; the Omnicast IP video management system (VMS); the Synergis TM IP access control system; and AutoVu automatic license plate recognition system. Cybersecurity is now a major focus. We recently spoke to Simon Cook, sales engineering manager EMEA and APAC, about the company s defining mantra: the security of security. embedded content Speaking at the show s launch event in October, IFSEC brand director Gerry Dunphy outlined the vision for a new show within a show which will meet the need for Britain s and the World s response to the growing terror and security threat. Borders & Infrastructure, which will take place between 20-22 June 2017 as part of IFSEC International and the wider Protection & Management Series, will feature products, solutions and visionary content aimed at central and local government, transport and utilities, sports stadia and events, logistics, border security and law enforcement, and offers a significant addition to the usual array of products and services that you can usually see at what is already Europe s largest security show. In view of the existing broad horizon of security products on offer at IFSEC, it will richly enhance IFSEC s position as the UK and Europe s industry-defining event in the security sector. IFSEC brand director Gerry Dunphy Dunphy outlined the reasoning s behind this welcome addition to the IFSEC lineup: The heightened terror threat, unprecedented migration levels and the growing cyber threat mean that demand is huge for a show like Borders & Infrastructure. Cyber security, counter-terror, border security and protecting critical infrastructure are near the top of the priorities list of governments in Europe and around the world. Attended by a wide range of manufacturers and customers including representatives from the Home Office s Security Industry Engagement Team, last night s guests heard keynote speaker Sir David Veness CBE, ex-Metropolitan Police and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, preview the findings of a London First report into the potential impact of Brexit on the security and resilience industries.

The event also included an address from the BSIA s Director of People, Trevor Elliott, who welcomed the addition of IFSEC s new event. Dunphy also added: In view of the existing broad horizon of security products on offer at IFSEC, it will richly enhance IFSEC s position as the UK and Europe s industry-defining event in the security sector. Borders & Infrastructure will take IFSEC to an even higher level, providing deeply enriching and strategic security solutions for major customers. With its own, distinctive branding, can sign up to an exclusive VIP 1-2-1 meetings service free of charge which matches them with potential suppliers, partners or customers. The event will serve as a hub for senior decision-makers from key verticals, government and law enforcement to strike major deals in procurement and supply contracts. The new event will feature everything from airport security tech to physical perimeter protection and even drones (the new area will incorporate the Drone Zone, which returns for a second year). UBM Group Director Simon Mills, who introduced last night s speakers, said: The strategic addition of Borders & Infrastructure to IFSEC is a historic moment in the 30-year-plus development of the IFSEC brand. It should be viewed as something very different to the show s more traditional elements. IFSEC International is proud to announce that Borders & Infrastructure has the support of the BSIA, ASIS, BRE Global and the Security Institute.

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.

Gatwick Airport slashes false fire alarms by 70%

Gatwick Airport says it has slashed false fire alarms by 70% in five years. The sharp reduction in the costly, disruptive incidents is a stunning vindication of measures taken by Scotland s second busiest airport to identify and address the most common causes of false alarms. Reviewing the data BRE found that false alarms that persisted beyond these changes were varied, local and low in frequency.

The respected testing and research body issued a number of specific and general recommendations for how the airport could build on its success and further reduce false alarms as well as proposing an operational process. The BRE conducted an extensive study into the causes behind false alarms across Glasgow as a whole. Instrumental in that project s success was Raman Chagger, principal consultant in fire detection at BRE, who is impressed by the success of the city s airport. Gatwick Airport has done a superb job of reducing false alarms and the disruption caused by unwanted evacuations, he said. I really hope that the guidance provided by BRE will help the airport to reduce these false alarms further. Said Roger Gentle, Gatwick Airport s fire safety manager: We had identified that the downward trend of false alarms was saturating and wanted independent, reliable and technical guidance to see if further reductions were possible. The comments and recommendations made by BRE have been most helpful in that they confirm that our approach to further reducing unwanted fire alarm activations is sound. BRE has also provided recommendations for further reducing these events that we will most certainly pursue. Unwanted activations are disruptive to our customers, damaging for our reputation, time-consuming and costly to all those involved.

At Gatwick we are determined to eliminate as many of these events as possible. The findings from two research studies on false alarms performed by BRE are available for free from the BRE website. 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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IFSEC launches Borders & Infrastructure “show within a show” for 2017

IFSEC Launches Borders & Infrastructure “show Within A Show” For 2017

IFSEC International, Europe s largest security trade show, has announced the launch of a new show dedicated to border security, counter-terror and the protection of critical national infrastructure. Borders & Infrastructure, which will take place between 20-22 June 2017 as part of IFSEC International and the wider Protection & Management Series, will feature products and solutions aimed at central and local government, transport and utilities, sports stadia and events, logistics, border security and law enforcement. The new event will feature everything from airport security tech to physical perimeter protection and even drones (the new area will incorporate the Drone Zone, which returns to IFSEC for a second year).

VIP 1-2-1 meetings service Speaking at last night s launch event for the show in London s historic Guildhall, IFSEC brand director Gerry Dunphy pointed out that attendees can sign up to an exclusive VIP 1-2-1 meetings service free of charge which matches them with potential suppliers, partners or customers. The event will serve as a hub for senior decision-makers from key verticals, government and law enforcement to strike major deals in procurement and supply contracts. Gerry Dunphy described Borders & Infrastructure as a show within a show with its own, distinctive branding. In view of the existing broad horizon of security products on offer at IFSEC, it will richly enhance IFSEC s position as the UK and Europe s industry-defining event in the security sector. IFSEC brand director Gerry Dunphy Attended by a wide range of manufacturers and customers, including representatives from the Home Office s Security Industry Engagement Team, guests heard keynote speaker Sir David Veness CBE, ex-Metropolitan Police and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, preview the findings of a London First report into the potential impact of Brexit on the security and resilience industries. Last night s event also included an address from BSIA Director of People Trevor Elliott, who welcomed the launch of Borders & Infrastructure. Focused destination for end users and specifiers Gerry Dunphy, Brand Director for IFSEC and FIREX International, said: It s a hugely exciting time for IFSEC. Borders & Infrastructure is a significant addition to the overall offering and will provide a focused destination for end users and specifiers from key areas such transport, utilities, central and local government, events spaces, logistics and law enforcement to meet with manufacturers and solutions providers. In view of the existing broad horizon of security products on offer at IFSEC, it will richly enhance IFSEC s position as the UK and Europe s industry-defining event in the security sector.

Borders & Infrastructure will take IFSEC to an even higher level, providing deeply enriching and strategic security solutions for major customers. UBM Group Director Simon Mills, who introduced last night s speakers, said: The strategic addition of Borders & Infrastructure to IFSEC is a historic moment in the 40-year-plus development of the IFSEC brand. It should be viewed as something very different to the show s more traditional elements. The heightened terror threat, unprecedented migration flows and the growing cyber threat mean that demand for a show like Borders & Infrastructure is enormous. Cyber security, counter-terror, border security and protecting critical infrastructure are top priorities for governments in Europe and around the world. IFSEC International is also proud to announce that Borders & Infrastructure has the support of the BSIA, ASIS, BRE Global and the Security Institute. 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.

US cities installing audio surveillance systems on public buses

At least eight US cities are quietly installing sophisticated audio surveillance systems on public buses, raising concerns about creeping government intrusion on citizens’ privacy and civil liberties. The Daily reports1 that city officials in San Francisco, Baltimore, Columbus, Hartford and the smaller cities of Concord, New Hampshire; Eugene, Oregon; Athens, Georgia and Traverse City, Michigan are pressing ahead with plans to install systems that will allow authorities to listen and record riders’ private conversations in addition to the video footage already being recorded by existing devices. The audio systems will be linked to the video, allowing transit authorities or police to monitor the private conversations of every single bus passenger.

City officials and transit agencies claim that audio surveillance will allow them to better ensure passenger safety, solve crimes and resolve complaints. But civil liberties advocates are alarmed by what they see as a blatant and shocking violation of privacy. “This is very shocking,” University of Pennsylvania privacy law expert Anita Allen told The Daily. “It’s a little beyond what we’re accustomed to. The adding of the audio seems more sensitive.” The specter of Big Brother listening in on commuters’ conversations raises the additional possibility of police or other authorities abusing or exceeding their power by snooping on conversations without warrants.

In San Francisco, where government officials and residents alike view their city as one of America’s strongest bastions of progressive values, city transit officials recently approved a $5.9 million contract to install audio monitoring devices on 357 MUNI buses and historic trolley cars over the next four years, with an option for 613 additional vehicles. A spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transport Agency (SFMTA) declined to discuss the agency’s plans with The Daily, but the site was able to obtain procurement documents that explain why the famously liberal city was heading down such an Orwellian path. “The purpose of this project is to replace the existing video surveillance systems in SFMTA’s fleet of revenue vehicles with a reliable and technologically advanced system to increase passenger safety and improve reliability and maintainability of the system,” city officials wrote. Tellingly, the Department of Homeland Security is funding San Francisco’s audio surveillance plans with a grant.

In Baltimore, audio surveillance is already underway2 on 10 city buses as part of a plan to install the devices on 340 vehicles. Audio recordings are kept for 30 days, according to the Baltimore Sun. As in San Francisco, Baltimore city officials cite passenger safety as the main reason for eavesdropping on private conversations. “We want to make sure people feel safe, and this builds up our arsenal of tools to keep our patrons safe,” Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) administrator Ralign Wells told the Sun. “The audio completes the information package for investigators and responders.” Independent security consultant Ashkan Soltani told The Daily that the pretense of improving safety is merely a smokescreen used to justify increased government surveillance. “This technology is sadly indicative of a trend in increased surveillance by commercial and law enforcement entities, under the guise of improved safety,” Soltani said.

ACLU of Maryland attorney David Rocah said he was “flabbergasted” that MTA officials would go ahead and install surveillance devices under the guise of a pilot program similar to one that was rejected by the state General Assembly on three previous occasions. “People don’t want or need to have their private conversations recorded by MTA as a condition of riding a bus,” Rocah told the Sun. “A significant number of people have no viable alternative to riding a bus, and they should not be forced to give up their privacy rights.” Some proponents of increased government surveillance note that airline passengers already implicitly agree to surrender many of their constitutional rights when they fly by consenting to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security searches3 that many find invasive. But by expanding Big Brother’s watchful eyes– and now ears– into the buses that tens of millions of Americans rely upon for essential daily transport, government intrusion into citizens’ private lives is being elevated to what many see as a frightening new level. Maryland State senator and constitutional law expert Jamie Raskin told the Sun that Baltimore’s new system is “a giant step forward in dissolving the privacy expectations of people who ride the bus.” Some civil libertarians say Raskin’s comment reveals the true intent of ratcheting up surveillance of citizens.

There was a time, not so long ago, when today’s invasive TSA screenings would have seemed unimaginable.

Today Americans take stringent airport security for granted.

In the future, full spectrum surveillance on buses, and perhaps elsewhere, may also seem completely normal.

References

  1. ^ reports (www.thedaily.com)
  2. ^ already underway (articles.baltimoresun.com)
  3. ^ security searches (www.csmonitor.com)

The role of the systems integrator is changing

The role of the systems integrator is changing IMS Research has today declared that the role of the security systems integrator is changing. Few can argue that security installers are having to rapidly diversify. In a piece of market research that we carried out earlier this year the single biggest thing that was keeping installers up at night was keeping up with fast-paced advances in technology.

And we heard just last week that retailers as the end user need more help from their IT Department in order to migrate to the latest IP surveillance systems. So how is the role of the systems integrator changing? Well no surprise, it s the transition to IP technology creating an increasingly competitive environment as IT professionals join the fray.

Paul Bremner from IMS Research explains: As more IT integrators have been entering this market they have been fundamentally changing the way security systems integrators do business. IT integrators have brought their business model of lower equipment costs but higher service costs, and this has translated well when dealing with IP-based technology, which often requires a lot of network planning in the design stage to offer the best available solution. Design & consultancy services are likely to become a larger part of the typical integrator s revenues.

Such services include risk analysis, vulnerability assessment and client security policy analysis, to name but a few. Specialising into verticals While many installers are having to diversify their skillset, systems integrators are increasingly specialising into specific verticals including casinos, hospitals and transport infrastructure. By accumulating knowledge from project to project, they are able to increase their margins to as much as 30%, according to IMS Research s report, while equipment margins remain generally lower than 10%.

Mr Bremner: The opportunity for design & consultancy revenues is highly dependent on the vertical market in question. Projects in transportation for example, are much more likely to include design & consultancy revenues than projects in either retail or commercial. This is mainly due to the nature of the projects themselves, but is also, in part, due to the different organizational structures found within those verticals.

But installers and manufacturers should not lose too much sleep.

Integrators and consultants are not going to be taking the whole pie although their slice might be increasing in size.

Revenue for physical security products is predicted to reach $38 billion in 2016.

Over-C and Sonim provide NFC solution for Met at London 2012

Over-C and Sonim provide NFC solution for Met at London 2012 Sonim Technologies and Over-C partnered to deploy XP3300 NFC rugged mobile phones for the Metropolitan Police’s Marine Division duirng the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Metropolitan Police Service is famed around the world and has a unique place in the history of policing. It’s by far the largest of the police services that operate in greater London (the others including the City of London Police and the British Transport Police).

As part of its law enforcement activites, the Metropolitan Police Service operates alongside the Kent and Essex Police Marine Units to patrol and secure the 96-mile (154 km) length of the River Thames. On occasion, it has been found that radio-based marine tracking technologies can sometimes struggle to deliver accurate positioning for the fleet of 18 vessels on the river. In turn, this allowed Sonim to provide real-time, ultra-rugged, portable and fully-waterproof devices running bespoke GPS and Near Field Communications (NFC) tracking and reporting software from Over-C in time to help secure the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The project was headed up by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the Security Innovation & Technology Consortium (SITC), and was aimed at providing a number of trials in order to showcase new technologies in the security sector alongside the 2012 Olympics. Sonim devices provided a GPS position for the vessels and scanning of embarking/disembarking police staff. The encrypted information was sent in real-time over the mobile network to secure servers accessed only by the London 2012 Marine Command and Control Centre.

NFC applications in the security guarding sector Sonim works closely with industry-leading application partner Over-C, the specialist in NFC applications for the security guarding, cleaning and transportation verticals. The Sonim XP3300 Force with XPand NFC slimline modular expansion pack provides the world’s first ultra-rugged NFC mobile phone with a camera and GPS. Designed for workforces in the police, private security, commercial cleaning, transportation and logistics, field equipment maintenance and home visit healthcare industries, the XP3300 Force with XPand NFC combines indoor tracking by scanning contactless NFC tags placed around the worksite with outdoor tracking using enterprise class GPS.

The XP3300 Forceis also the Guinness World Record holder for the toughest phone and has the longest talk time 20 to 24 hours of any mobile phone, or 800 hours of standby time. The XPand NFC module is equally robust and power-efficient with the industry’s longest battery life for NFC operations. Beyond MIL-SPEC toughness, the combined unit can be dropped from two metres onto concrete and its IP68 specification means it can be submerged in two metres of water for up to 60 minutes.

It operates in temperatures from -20 to +55 degrees Celsius and features an impact-resistant and puncture-proof Corning Gorilla glass screen.

Counter-terrorism awareness initiative launched by Met Police

Counter-terrorism awareness initiative launched by Met Police An initiative designed to increase awareness of protective security and the contribution made to counter-terrorism policing in London by all officers has been launched by the Met Police. The initiative – known as Operation Penna – involves co-ordinated activity focused on reminding member of the public of the vital role they can play in helping to protect the capital and providing reassurance by highlighting visible security measures being taken by the police. Activity will be taking place across all 32 London Boroughs between today and 7 December, with those tactics employed including high visibility patrols around crowded places such as shopping centres and transport hubs.

Officers will be providing information and briefings to businesses explaining the ongoing threat from terrorism and what they can do to protect themselves from it. Briefings will also be held for officers and staff across every London Borough to highlight the key part they play in counter-terrorism policing by providing a link between national expertise and mainstream neighbourhood policing. Protective security: key element of counter-terrorism strategy Commander Richard Morris (from Specialist Operations) said: “Protective security is a key element of our counter-terrorism strategy as it creates a hostile environment for people planning terrorist attacks.

Everyone has a role to play in keeping London safe from terrorism and this operation sees specialist officers working closely with neighbourhood officers and communities which is vital.” Morris continued: “Operation Penna builds on our engagement with communities and businesses in a variety of ways to counter the threat from terrorism and improve the protection from a terrorist attack, as well as other crime, offered to local businesses.

The threat to London from terrorism remains real and serious so we encourage the public to remain vigilant and alert and to report anything suspicious to the police.” Operation Penna is being co-ordinated by Specialist Operations in partnership with local officers across the Metropolitan Police Service. *Anyone who has any information about unusual activity or behaviour should contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321