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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.

Lucas Young Business development manager, transportation Axis Communications [email protected] Connect with me on LinkedIn

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.

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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

Integrated security: bespoke solution devised for Lima Metro

Integrated security: bespoke solution devised for Lima Metro NICE Systems has implemented an integrated security solution for Lima Metro, the mass transit system serving Latin America s fifth largest city (which has a population of no less than nine million people). Serving millions of passengers every month, Lima Metro in Peru’s capital city is using NICE Systems’ solutions portfolio to address security, safety and operational risks on the transit system. Together with the seaport of Callao, Lima forms a continuous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area This implementation is part of the large-scale Lima Metro project which, in its first stage, included deployments at the train system s operational Control Centre as well as at 16 stations along Line 1.

Line 1, which began commercial operations in April this year, is a 22 km (13.7 mile) train line that links the southern suburbs of Lima to the downtown area. Overseeing the entire project is Lima s Electric Train Consortium, Consorcio Tren El ctrico(CTE), which was chosen by AATE as the main contractor for Line 1. AATE is part of Peru s national transport, communications, housing and constructing ministry.

Systems integrator Energetica SA has collaborated with NICE Systems on the solutions installation and is providing ongoing support. Wide range of security capabilities The NICE Systems solutions that have been deployed at Lima Metro include NiceVision, NiceLog and NICE Inform, which together provide a wide range of security capabilities designed to maximize the effective handling of the entire incident lifecycle: from real-time management of any event to the investigation and debriefing stage. Using these solutions, Lima Metro’s security team members are able to capture all voice communications between the Control Centre, the train cars and the stations and synchronize these recordings with video surveillance from any of 128 IP video cameras set up along the transit system in order to accurately reconstruct and investigate any incident or emergency situation.

The NICE solutions package also offers a high level of redundancy and reliability as video recording will be conducted locally at each train station and centrally at the train system s operational Control Centre. Requirement for a multi-layered solution NICE was the only company able to provide a multi-layered solution to address Lima Metro s complete security needs, said AATE operations manager Walter Arboleda. Should an emergency or operational issue occur, NICE Systems’ solutions will help Lima Metro personnel better manage that incident in real time and more thoroughly investigate it after the fact.

Guy Yaniv, general manager of the Surveillance Solutions Division at NICE, added: Lima Metro joins a growing list of transit operations using our integrated security solutions to secure people, operations and infrastructure. We re excited to be part of such an important public safety project in this large metropolitan city. We re also happy to see the growing adoption of our security solutions in Latin America.

Addressing the needs of Governments and enterprises The NICE Security Offering addresses the needs of Governments and enterprises with intent-based solutions for fighting crime and terror that anticipate, manage and mitigate safety, security and operational risks.

The solutions enable capture, analysis and correlation of data from multiple sensors and systems, including audio, video, radio, geo-location and the web, providing a framework for fusing data silos into a single, holistic operational view.

NICE Systems’ security solutions are designed to empower organisations to act effectively in real time and prevent, manage and investigate incidents, ensuring fast resolution and debriefing as well as continuous security improvements.

The BSIA Briefing: September 2012

The BSIA Briefing: September 2012 In this month’s BSIA Briefing, Amanda Beesley examines business continuity planning, the Global Security Summit and the CSSC project for the Olympic Games. In tough economic times, businesses from all sectors are keen to protect themselves against unexpected financial losses caused by the sudden interruption of activity, be it due to fire, natural disaster or public order incidents such as last summer s widespread riots. The ability of businesses to bounce back from unexpected incidents such as these is absolutely key to long-term financial stability.

Interruption of activity may happen at any time, and can have damaging effects on companies from all sectors who may suffer financial losses as well as reputational damage if they re unable to deal with the effects both quickly and effectively. The August riots of 2011 put business continuity planning firmly back on the agenda, in turn exposing many organisations failure to put in place contingency plans for such unexpected events. This year, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have provided a further catalyst for business continuity planning in light of increased visitor numbers to major cities, large-scale events and disruptions to the transport network.

Although business continuity planning is at the forefront of many company agendas, what some fail to realise is that such plans should not sit alone. Rather, they ought to form part of an integrated strategy that includes security and information management as well as business continuity. Certainly, there are elements in all three that are unique to a single function, but the majority of policies and plans in one functional area will have an impact on another (if not across all three).

In particular, plans should focus primarily on preventing incidents from occurring and, if they do occur, diminishing their impact on business activity. Security measures can play a crucial part in both cases. That being the case, reviewing them at the earliest possible opportunity should be a high priority given the very unpredictable nature of unexpected interruptions.

Effective business continuity planning According to Chris Lawrence, the chairman of the BSIA s Security Consultancies Section, an effective business continuity plan requires a number of security considerations: checking security measures, vetting employees and clients, staff training, planning for civil disorder and testing all of these plans. One particular risk that can be effectively planned for and dealt with by security measures is that of fire. The integration of security and fire systems is becoming increasingly commonplace, and can provide an holistic solution to combating business risk.

Fire and smoke can be massively disruptive for businesses. According to the Association of British Insurers, fire damage cost insurers up to 3.6 million every day in 2009. Potential loss for the affected business itself is also considerable, taking into account the impact on processes and the cost of unplanned downtime.

Not only this, fire and smoke pose a significant threat to the health of staff and customers. In the worst cases, the short-term effects of such incidents are so severe that many affected businesses never recover, despite insurance pay-outs. Fast detection of smoke and fire is crucial to ensure speedy emergency service response and evacuations.

Moreover, the fire service is increasingly reliant upon visual verification when responding to emergency calls, so CCTV can also help ensure their speedy response. It also enables visual verification to take place at a distance without compromising the safety of individuals. This is what makes this technology so important in guaranteeing the safety of premises, equipment and staff.

In addition, once the emergency response has been guaranteed, CCTV systems can prove invaluable in guiding the fire service to the location of the fire without putting lives at risk. For more information on the BSIA and its member organisations visit the website BSIA to provide advice and guidance at Global Security Summit Next month sees the arrival of a brand new event to the security industry calendar: the Global Security Summit. Organised by UBM Live and Pro-Activ Publications and to be held on October 10-11 at London s Olympia, the show features an Advice Centre at which the BSIA will be offering tips on a range of topics of interest for both risk management and security professionals.

Come along to the Advice Centre to find out more from the BSIA on the following topics: Technical advice and guidance Members of the BSIA s technical team will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on all things technical, including the impact of changing British Standards, how developments to the UK s telecommunications sector will affect our industry and the impact of the forthcoming European industrial policy for the security sector. Security procurement: how to avoid the pitfalls Cost isn t the only factor to consider when sourcing a supplier, and our experts will be at the show throughout to offer an insight into what to look for in a potential security provider. Learn about the pitfalls of selecting a provider on the basis of cost alone, and find out about the very basic requirements that you should be looking for in a tender situation.

Boost your business with BSIA membership For those companies already active in the security sector, membership of a Trade Association can deliver tangible benefits to your business, not to mention serving as a demonstrable mark of quality to reassure your customers. Come along to the GSS Advice Centre to find out about the many benefits of BSIA membership from standards development to lobbying and political representation as well as the many discounts and services that membership offers. For more information about the Global Security Summit s Advice Centre access the event website The Big Issue: CSSC continues to thrive during Paralympic Games After several years of preparation, particularly within our industry, it s hard to believe that the London 2012 Olympic Games are now over.

However, the excitement isn t concluded yet as the Paralympic Games are now in full swing, continuing both the buzz of excitement that surrounded the Olympics and, of course, the demands on the police service and the private security industry that go hand-in-hand with some of the biggest and busiest events that London has ever seen. One of the key initiatives to come out of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) project, which has successfully been cascading a stream of information across several business sectors since the beginning of the Torch Relay on 19 May. Bringing together police, Government and private security sector, the CSSC acts as an information hub designed to efficiently disseminate regular Olympic security updates from the Metropolitan Police Service to various sections of the private security industry.

The BSIA and in particular its project director for 2012, David Evans has been acting as the sector lead for the security industry, and volunteers from member companies 24-hour Control Rooms are dedicated to ensuring the speedy and effective cascade of information via a range of channels (including e-mail and social media).

The CSSC project is a prime example of how partnership working between the police service, the Government and the private sector can be a success, and the initiative is set to continue after the Games as a key legacy of London 2012.

To stay up-to-date with regular updates from the CSSC, follow the BSIA on Twitter (@thebsia) or keep checking the dedicated London 2012 Communications web page Amanda Beesley is PR and marketing communications manager at the British Security Industry Association