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Over the last year, we have continued to see the rise of manufacturers from China in the mid- to low-end market for video surveillance - a trend that currently shows no signs of tapering. Additionally, the shift from analogue to IP systems has remained consistent, with end users increasingly looking to network-enabled devices to mitigate risk from both a physical and cyber perspective. Complex network attacks in 2016 demonstrated the need for increased network security for network-connected devices such as IP cameras and network video recorders. More and more manufacturers are considering the potential for such attacks when designing updates for existing hardware and software technology, strengthening password requirements, incorporating robust data encryption, and educating integrators and end users on how to put protocols in place to protect the valuable information being collected. Increased security collaborations Today’s surveillance technology - and the new innovations right around the corner - incorporates more IT protocols in response to high-profile cyber incidents. As a result, IT standards will finally start being adopted by security system manufacturers over the course of the next few years. At the same time, we'll see increased collaboration between IT and security leaders within enterprises. Intelligent, big data analysis Video technologies such as panoramic 360-degree cameras with advanced dewarping capabilities are being rapidly adopted, along with video analytics software that enables the extraction of data for business intelligence, apart from just security video. The future includes more widespread availability of cloud technologies and services. In 2017, we can look forward to the more widespread adoption of intelligent analytics and big data analysis, which has the potential to streamline processes and optimise sales operations for organisations to drive new levels of business intelligence. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles here Save
No matter how strong the security planning, it will take only one small failure tocreate an opportunity for unimaginable events(Photo credit: Marco Iacobucci EPP / Shutterstock.com) Successful security at UEFA Euro 2016 may well depend on the ability of the French to bring cohesiveness to disparate technologies. Given the scale of the threats, a variety of security solutions are being used visibly and behind the scenes – in addition to the presence of 90,000 police, gendarmerie and uniformed soldiers. I can’t remember an event where there has been a greater need for multi-agency working than the Euro 2016 football tournament now taking place at 10 stadiums across France, a country still recovering from the Paris attacks in November, torn apart by ethnic tensions, and in the grip of labour strikes. The security backdrop to the tournament is already dampening what should be a joyous festival for 2.5 million spectators watching the 51 matches over four weeks. Despite the comprehensive resources available to France and her neighbours, I see little cause for optimism. Security communications Starting at a macro level, there will be an enormous signals intelligence (SIGINT) operation in an attempt to intercept and analyse information from suspected terrorist cells, potential “lone wolf” jihadists and anybody whose communications arouse suspicion. The French government has been fighting a protracted battle to have voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) communication services (notably Skype, which is a known favourite of terrorists) registered as telecoms operators and thus subject to stricter regulation. The French government has beenfighting a protracted battle to haveVoIP communication servicesregistered as telecoms operatorsand thus subject to stricter regulation Internet communication may yet solve rather than cause problems during the tournament with the release of a mass notification phone App. In the event of an attack, the App will alert users on a geo-location basis and in a discrete manner should they be near an incident. Users will also be able to pre-program up to eight geographical zones that they might be visiting in order to receive context-specific information and advice on how to minimise risk. Hooligans distract police attention from terrorism During the first weekend, the tournament was already marred by fighting between Russian and English fans (with involvement from locals) in the port of Marseille, where tear gas and water cannon have been deployed. An England supporter is critical after suffering a heart attack while being beaten senseless. UK politicians have been quick to denounce these incidents but also to make the broader point that hooliganism distracts French police from vigilance against terrorism. The England vs Russia game in Marseille has thrown up concerns at many levels. Toward the end of the match, Russian fans donned gum shields and martial arts gloves, turned their t-shirts into masks and charged English fans including family groups who were forced to jump over perimeter barriers with 10-foot drops in order to escape. Neutral observers complained about a lack of police presence and ineffective stewarding. Inappropriate security scanning As if this wasn’t bad enough, Russia’s equalising goal in the final minutes saw one of their supporters using a flare gun. Yes, a flare gun, which is larger than a handgun. This was accompanied by smoke bombs. A photo is doing the media rounds of a Russian holding two flares, each the size of a Coke bottle. One doesn’t have to speculate long on what might have happened if these containers were filled with plastic explosives. During the first weekend, the tournament was already marred by fighting between Russian and English fans(Photo credit: Marco Iacobucci EPP / Shutterstock.com) Am I alone in thinking that terrorists, seeing how lax security must be at the Stade Vélodrome, may be tempted to smuggle in more sophisticated explosives? The presence of the fireworks is doubly embarrassing since security at the Stade de France failed miserably in May during a domestic cup final when dozens of firecrackers were brought into the ground despite what was claimed to be vigilant searching of fans. Debate over fan zone The French are flexing their technological muscle and have made much of the fact that there is anti-drone technology at the 90,000-capacity fan zone beneath the Eiffel Tower. This is to guard against a possible terrorist “spectacular” such as a chemical or biological attack of the kind hinted at in data found on a laptop used by Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam. The future of the fan zone is uncertain. Former president Nicolas Sarkozy sees it as a sitting duck for a terrorist attack and has asked for it to be scrapped while police chief Michel Cadot wants it to operate only during games played outside the two Parisian stadiums. Am I alone in thinking thatterrorists, seeing how laxsecurity must be at the StadeVélodrome, may be tempted tosmuggle in more sophisticatedexplosives? Generally, the French government prefers a concentration of fans rather than dispersed groups. Of course, commerce should not be a factor, but there will inevitably be behind-the-scenes pressure from advertisers to retain fan zones since their merchandising potential is enormous. If they go ahead, the zones will feature CCTV surveillance, bag searches and even body-frisking should police suspicions be aroused. Conducting mock disaster drill to improve emergency response I recently reported on a disaster scenario exercise in London, and the French are conducting exhaustive equivalents in order to test response techniques should there be an attack at a stadium or fan zone. One such operation saw volunteers pretend to be fans at a mocked-up Northern Ireland vs Ukraine game in Lyon where actors, pretending to be jihadists, conducted a suicide bombing. Other drills have simulated chemical attacks, and in Nîmes over 1,000 cadet police officers acted out the role of spectators at a fan zone while colleagues in protective clothing went through decontamination routines. Violence likely to overshadow Russia vs. Ukraine match In terms of fan behaviour, what are the upcoming games with the most potential for violence? Turkey vs Croatia has passed off peaceably despite grave concerns. One nightmare scenario that UEFA must be dreading is if Russia were to come top of their group and Ukraine qualify as a third-placed team. Then the tournament has the prospect of the two sides meeting in Paris. Anybody who thinks this would be a sporting contest is misguided. The game would be a hate-filled microcosm of the recent Russian annexation of Crimea and the war in east Ukraine. No matter how much planning and technology the French authorities have at their disposal, it will take only one small failure to create an opportunity for unimaginable events. All we can hope is that sport will soon disappear from the front pages of our newspapers and be relegated to the back with the tournament remembered for sporting achievement rather than security lapses. Read more about security at UEFA Euro 2016 here
The nature of crime in general – and particularly types of theft – are changing. Craig Mackey, Deputy Commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police Service, says falling rates of conventional “property” crime are being of offset by an increase in computer-related crimes. Fall in “property” crime rate Mackey stressed that there has been no “magic bullet” responsible for the pronounced fall in burglaries and other property crimes. Theft of, say, a flat-screen television from a house in Brent [a north-west London borough] by a prototypical thief is no longer representative of the standard challenge facing the Met, he notes. Rather, sending out 10,000 phishing emails is more likely to be the operational method of the average small-time criminal. In 2014, burglaries in London fell by 8% (7,500 incidents) to their lowest level in London since 1974. (This figure was not quoted specifically by Mackey but has been reported widely by major news sources including the BBC.) Deputy Commissioner Mackey speculated on the typical day of an employee in London and observed that they are probably far more vulnerable to criminals during their leisure computing time once they have returned to the suburbs than they are while travelling to their place of work Deputy Commissioner at Cass Business School Addressing MBA students at Cass Business School, City University London, Deputy Commissioner Mackey asked how many of the audience had an iPhone 6 in their pocket. Seeing a healthy show of hands, he pointed out that now Apple has enabled a remote “Kill Switch” facility for its latest release. The phones now have little intrinsic worth when stolen. What thieves really value is the data they can extract from a mobile phone in the first vital minutes before it is reported missing. The second most senior British chief police officer, Deputy Commissioner Mackey addressed the MBA students on current trends in policing. His wide-ranging talk covered many aspects of security technology as it relates to modern policing. His lecture at the London Transport Museum was set against a backdrop of a city where people speak 300 languages and are bucking national trends insofar as the population is getting younger. For the evolving Met, “new policing” is synonymous with new types of crime that increasingly take place on the Internet and can be anything from online harassment to fraud Internet-related crime Deputy Commissioner Mackey speculated on the typical day of an employee in London and observed that they are probably far more vulnerable to criminals during their leisure computing time once they have returned to the suburbs than they are while travelling to their place of work. He noted with concern that people unthinkingly share information on Facebook that they would hesitate to share with one of his officers. For the evolving Met, “new policing” is synonymous with new types of crime that increasingly take place on the Internet and can be anything from online harassment to fraud. Better police support through refurbished Met premises SourceSecurity.com (with justification) speculated gloomily about every conceivable physical threat to London during the 2012 Olympics. The fact is that the Met, aided by regional police forces and the army, delivered a spectacularly successful Games to the capital and the rest of the world. Just as the Olympic sites have continued as sporting and residential legacies for Londoners, the Metropolitan Police Service is seeking to evaluate and change the usage of its own real estate. "Policing can only have legitimacy if it enjoys the trust of the community, and we’re working with the Royal Society of Arts to help us move forward in terms of talking to stakeholders" The deputy commissioner described how the service’s properties are being modified in line with modern requirements and explained how a third of the square footage of police premises will be released since many of them “have more to do with Peel than a strategic plan.” The reference to Sir Robert Peel may have been lost on Mackey’s audience since most of these high-achieving MBA students were under 30 and resembled a mass audition for the British (and US) reality TV show “The Apprentice.” Twice a prime minister during the 19th century, Peel founded the modern police force and his name survives in the antiquated slang “Peeler” for a policeman. Mackey’s history lesson had a point. He was at pains to show that police premises will either be refurbished so that they are better designed places of work for staff and more suitable places for the public to visit, or they will be returned to the property market with the capital being reinvested into technology that better reflects the challenges faced by a modern police force. In this way, the deputy commissioner argued (credibly) that cuts of £800m to a £3.5bn budget over the next four years will not be at the expense of front-line staff whose numbers will in fact increase from 63 to 74 percent of total employees. (The Met is one of the few police forces worldwide to be increasing its presence on the street.) And business support will be squeezed from 26 to 15 percent of wage bills. The deputy commissioner took evident pride in being able to tell his audience that even in a time of spending austerity, London can make a credible claim to be the safest major city in the world. He said: “We talk about policing as part of the economic development of London. People thinking of relocating here will ask: ‘How safe is it? How tolerant is it of business and how inclusive is it?’ With fewer senior managers and supervisors in the force, we see a culture where there is less and less physical reliance on front desks and counters for getting hold of police support. We offer this service but in reality it isn’t used very much, and a more technological approach is better suited to putting people through to interpreters for any of the 300 languages I’ve mentioned. Policing can only have legitimacy if it enjoys the trust of the community, and we’re working with the Royal Society of Arts to help us move forward in terms of talking to stakeholders. Outside of the Ministry of Defence and the National Health Service, this is likely to be the biggest [post UK general election in May] change programme. It would be an organisational challenge for anybody.”
Technological innovation within the UK’s security sector is driving demand Technological innovation within the UK’s security sector is driving demand for British-made technology among Asian buyers, according to members of the British Security Industry Association’s Export Council, many of whom are currently preparing to exhibit at IFSEC Southeast Asia in September. As part of the world's leading portfolio of security, fire and safety events, IFSEC Southeast Asia is the region's pre-eminent authority on the expertise and guidance for the industry, and is held in Kuala Lumpur between 3rd-5th September 2014. The event is billed by organisers as the centre for 8,000 buyers and decision makers, who attend for a wide range of reasons from reviewing the latest products and innovations to building business partnerships and making deals. Alongside the exhibition, a lively education programme – part of the IFSEC Global Academy – attracts senior purchasers looking to gain an overview of the market and the latest technological developments. A key driver of demand for UK products and services is the technological innovation demonstrated by British manufacturers, which will be showcased at this year’s event by three BSIA member companies scheduled to exhibit as part of the BSIA-organised UK Pavilion: GJD Manufacturing Ltd, Metham Aviation Design Ltd and TDSi Ltd. On display at GJD Manufacturing Ltd’s stand – Hall 4, Stand UK13 – will be the company’s state-of-the-art dual-tech anti-masking curtain detector, which utilises microwave and PIR sensors with integral anti-masking detection to create an invisible curtain beam pattern which will protect a user’s property against crime. Launched at the show by GJD will be Harper Chalice’s FenceSecure™ electronic perimeter intrusion detection systems. Coupled with GJD’s innovative range of external PIR and Dual-Tech motion detectors, a comprehensive product offering is now available that truly offers the first and second lines of defence for any perimeter requirement. Meanwhile, TDSi Ltd will be showcasing its new reader range at IFSEC Southeast Asia, following the range’s launch at IFSEC International in June. Included in the line-up are new versions of TDSi’s MIFARE CSN (Chip Serial Number) and its proximity readers, which have been updated to combine users’ needs for visibility and intuitive operation with the aesthetic ability to fit in with modern architecture and surroundings. TDSi’s Managing Director, John Davies, commented: “Readers are an essential part of most secure access control systems, so we have been extensively talking to our customers, end-users and partners to ascertain what would best suit the needs of the real world. As well as using the latest technology, the feedback we received revealed that often more basic elements, such as the shape / size of the reader.” BSIA members are seeing an upsurge in demand from the Southeast Asian region, with respondents to a recent BSIA survey reporting that business has increased in the region over the past 12 months. Among the customers served by UK exporters in the area are critical national infrastructure providers, with BSIA members beating stiff international competition to win business in the region. Visitors to IFSEC Southeast Asia can find out more about the BSIA's Export Council and the expertise of its members by visiting the Association on stand UK16.
Philip Longley will be adding to the customer base with development and expansion of MAD into new markets MAD CCTV, the UK-based manufacturer of high-quality ancillary CCTV hardware, has announced the appointment of Philip Longley to the company. Philip will be replacing Stuart Reynolds, who is retiring from the role of International Sales Director, after fourteen years with the company. Renowned for their unrivalled quality and reliability, the MAD range includes best-in-class traditional pan & tilt heads and housings, integrated camera systems, and a range of stainless steel units for hazardous and industrial CCTV applications. Picking up the reigns from Stuart, Philip plans to expand the MAD offering even further and says: “Building on Stuart’s great work, I’ll be looking to expand the company’s reach, with the development of a broader range of product solutions. I’ll also be adding to the established UK and worldwide customer base, with the development and expansion of MAD into new markets.” Philip joins MAD from Synectics, where as one of the original founding fathers of the company he held the roles of Managing Director and latterly, Vice President (Middle East).
BSIA's Expert Council states Intersec 2013 saw the highest ever turnout of UK security companies at the event Members of the British Security Industry Association's Export Council, who exhibited at the recent Intersec 2013 exhibition in Dubai, are reporting a high level of visitor interest in the wide range of innovative UK security solutions, from integrated systems to access control, CCTV, perimeter protection, intruder alarm and power supply technology, on display during this year's show. The positive experience of member companies at Intersec 2013 was underlined by the results of a post-show survey, conducted by the BSIA's Export Council, which found that, of those questioned, 80% either saw either growth or no change in visitor numbers compared to 2012 - which was in itself a record year - with only 20% experiencing a fall off in attendees. According to Caroline Strickley, Export Services Executive at the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), which organised the UK Pavilion at Intersec 2013, this year also saw the highest ever turnout of UK security companies at the event: "The strong UK presence reflects the importance of the region and, crucially, the appetite that there is out there for the best of British security solutions. This was reinforced by a recent survey where three quarters of our Export Council members reported that they expect a surge in Middle East business during 2013.” "The level and quality of enquiries at this year's show - the 15th time the BSIA has exhibited in Dubai - has been promising as our post-show survey underlines and the 'Meet the Buyers' event - where we bring members and prospective customers together – remained popular. Intersec remains the ideal platform for our members to promote their solutions and ranks amongst the most important of the exhibitions we attend worldwide." Member companies showcasing products and services at Intersec 2013 were asked for their thoughts on the exhibition: Paul Ramsay, Divisional Director for Export at Norbain - a major distributor of CCTV, IP video, access control and intruder detection equipment - is positive about the event: "This was another great year for us at the Intersec show. It is now one of the best international shows for us to attend." "The level and quality of enquiries at this year's show - the 15th time the BSIA has exhibited in Dubai - has been promising as our post-show survey underlines..." Keith Talbot, Director at Detection Technologies Ltd, a provider of perimeter detection solutions, said: "One of our aims was to identify companies capable of supporting our products and services in the Middle East. Although we are in the early stages of these discussions I believe that, with the support of the BSIA and the one-to-one meetings, we will achieve this target." Ian Moore, Managing Director at Elmdene International Limited, a manufacturer of switch mode power supply units for security and fire applications, noted: "We are delighted with our success at this year's event where we not only had our own stand on the UK Pavilion - alongside other members of the BSIA - but were also on distributor Norbain's booth. Not only was footfall up, which is good in itself, but we were also pleased with the high quality of the visitors that we saw across the three days." Mark Williams, Business Manager - Security at Remsdaq Ltd - which specialises in access control technology - comments: "We had good quality leads each day of the show." Stuart Reynolds, International Sales Director at Metham Aviation Design Ltd (MADCCTV), which offers ancillary CCTV equipment, says that there were good business opportunities to be had: "Many existing customers visited our stand resulting in very positive project order opportunities. The main one being a large project in Oman in the second quarter of 2013. New business customers and opportunities were also forthcoming."
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