The world’s first Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) platform – Ocucon – has bolstered its senior team with the appointment of Anthony King, formerly of King Security Systems, as a consultant to the business. Breaking new ground in surveillance technology, Ocucon delivers a powerful, cloud-based storage and retrieval platform, combining intelligent data analytics with the facility to store, analyse and retrieve unlimited amounts of HD video surveillance footage from within the Ocucon portal. It is the first technology of its kind to offer unlimited cloud-based storage as a service. Anthony will be responsible for Ocucon’s business development, growth and supporting the management team in its strategy and the development of Ocucon’s new services Veteran in security industry With over 30 years in the security industry, Anthony King brings with him a wealth of experience and business contacts. Formerly Managing Director of Kings Security Systems, one of the UK’s leading security firms, Anthony helped pioneer/ secure contracts with Co-op, Morrisons and DixonsCarphone Warehouse. In his new role, Anthony will be responsible for Ocucon’s business development, growth and supporting the management team in its strategy and the development of Ocucon’s new services. Anthony King commented: “I am incredibly excited to be coming on board as a consultant to Ocucon. As the world’s first VSaaS platform, Ocucon is truly breaking new grounds in surveillance technology and gained an enviable reputation since its launch only last year. This is the prime time to be joining the company and I look forward to working with the team to support its continued growth.” Ocucon is exhibiting at the upcoming Retail Risk exhibition in London where it will be announcing a new product that will assist organisations with GDPR compliance Assisting organisations with GDPR compliance Gary Trotter, Co-Founder of Ocucon commented: “Anthony brings a wealth of experience to Ocucon, together with a vast network of contacts across the UK. His broad experience and enthusiasm for technology and innovative security solutions will help support our product development and further strengthen the Company's position within the UK market.” The North East based firm is preparing to exhibit at the upcoming Retail Risk exhibition in London on the 26th April where it will be announcing a new product that will assist organisations with GDPR compliance. Launched in October 2017, Ocucon is set to revolutionise the ability of UK businesses to defend against fraudulent cases of slips, trips and falls – currently estimated to cost the UK economy more than £800 million a year – by removing physical limitations on the amount of surveillance footage an organisation can save. Ocucon is expected to be of interest to any organisation capturing significant amounts of CCTV data, such as retailers, transport hubs or local authorities.
Over 60 employees have achieved qualifications whilst working for the Bradford based security firm and a lot of staff have been given national awards Employees at Kings Security are celebrating following a year of personal achievement. Over 60 employees have achieved qualifications whilst working for the Bradford based security firm and numerous staff have been singled out in national awards. During 2016, over 150 individuals passed through Kings Training Academy where employees undertook training in seven different modules including health and safety, customer service, fire awareness, first aid, ISO 27001, project griffin and manual handling. Numerous qualifications, including NVQs and CSMP were also completed with approximately 60 staff achieving NVQ level 2 in Electronic Security and Emergency Systems and 20 graduating at Level 3. Several also achieved NVQ Level 3 in Management. Commitment to training and improvement Jacob Telemacque, Fleet Manager, benefited significantly from King’s commitment to training and improvement, recently receiving highly commended for Most Improved Commercial Fleet of the Year at the Fleet Awards held in London last month. Jacob who grew up in Bradford, joined Kings Security as an apprentice in November 2012, aged 18. After leaving school with no qualifications at the age of 15, Jacob started as a Kings Apprentice Fleet Assistant, dealing with fines and penalty charge notices, speed alerts and general admin duties. He joined the Kings Apprentice programme and after only 18 months had completed his NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration. With a hardworking, positive attitude Jacob benefited from continued training and mentoring from Kings senior staff, enabling him to rise through the ranks swiftly, becoming Fleet Manager at only 21 years old. Personal growth Jacob Telemacque said, “Working at Kings has had such a positive impact on me. With continued support and the ability to take additional qualifications I have been able to make career choices I never thought I would. I take great pride in my role and aspire have my own team to manage in time.” Today Jacob manages a fleet of over 330 vehicles and has taken on his own apprentice, as well as finding the time to re-write the Kings Fleet Handbook. Anthony King, CEO at Kings Security said: “Kings takes its commitment to its staff seriously. This year, all staff have been able to develop their skills, which in turn has improved their contribution to the business. It’s important that we encourage employees to aim high and even more important that we retain these productive and ambitious people as they grow and develop.” Save Save
Kings Security, based in Bradford, received two Security Personnel Awards at the BSIA Annual Luncheon A Yorkshire security company has won two important national awards at the recent British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Annual Luncheon. Highlighting the outstanding efforts of its security personnel, Kings Security, based in Bradford, received two Security Personnel Awards, with staff member Ian Hewitt receiving Best Newcomer for his role as security officer at Yorkshire Water, and the staff at Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) winning the Best Team category. Ben Reddington was also voted runner-up in the Apprentice Installer Awards. Anthony King, CEO, Kings Security, said: “We’re delighted that our staff have been recognised for their exceptional work. It is their commitment to the people and communities they serve, coupled with their professional standards that has led to these award wins and I would like to personally congratulate everyone for their efforts.” Supportive learning environment As a company, Kings Security invests heavily in its staff and undertakes regular training via its Academy. Through this supportive learning environment, staff are encouraged to develop and grow, often transcending disciplines and moving within the organisation. A case in point, Ian Hewitt began his career as a second-line ATM engineer before retraining to join the security division. The team at Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) who bagged a win for Best Team, were recognised for their unrelenting dedication to the community in Huddersfield where they provide concierge services for three high-rise blocks and a further two council estates. The team of nine support the communities, dealing with daily challenges with a genuine sense of responsibility and care, often going above and beyond the call of duty in their roles. Exceptional operational model David Detraux, Housing Manager, KNH added: “Kings’ operational model exceeds both ours and our tenant’s expectations. It is an ambition of KNH to provide help, care and protect our residents; (the) Kings team go above and beyond the expected level in maintaining these values.” Ben Reddington who was named runner up in the Apprentice Installer Awards is in the third year of his apprenticeship and was commended by his peers for his positive attitude and hardworking approach, which has seen him become a trusted and much liked employee. He has also become a respected role model for year one apprentices who he now mentors. The Security Personnel Awards are now in their eighteenth year and acknowledge the commendable and limitless contributions that security personnel make to the industry – and the wider community – each and every day. The Apprentice Installer Awards serve to recognise the achievements of both Level Two and Level Three apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV and access control. Save
Achieving ISO 22301 has significant benefits and gives Kings Security greater confidence across the entire business Kings Security is delighted to announce that it has achieved ISO 22301 accreditation in Business Continuity Management. The Yorkshire based security firm worked in partnership with leading independent accreditation specialists, Jomu Ltd, and in conjunction with Harrison Management Solutions, to achieve the prestigious accolade which required the business to undertake a thorough assessment of all aspects of the business; enabling them to be able to identify and help protect their most critical business functions; reducing the risks to the business and ensuring its long-term success. ISO 22301 business continuity certification ISO 22301 is a highly regarded business certification which covers adaptive, proactive and reactive strategies for businesses, in all phases before, during and after a disruptive incident. To conduct the assessment, over 350 action points were completed and over 200 pieces of evidence gathered from the Kings Security team. Kings Security CEO, Anthony King, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been awarded with this accreditation. Achieving ISO 22301 demonstrates that we continue to be extremely committed to ensuring the healthy future of the business, reassuring our clients that their assets are in safe hands. “This accreditation not only allows us to provide the very best service to all our clients, it also sets us apart from the competition and helps to protect our brand.” Achieving ISO 22301 has a number of significant benefits and gives Kings Security greater confidence across the entire business. For example, everyone across the whole business, at all levels, is better informed, engaged and prepared, allowing for a proactive approach to minimising the impact of an incident. Downtime during incidents will therefore be reduced leading to improved recovery times for clients. Improved business engagement at all levels Other benefits include, improved business engagement at all levels, giving all members of staff a clear understanding of what their individual role would be during an incident, allowing everyone across the business to be better informed, engaged and prepared, allowing the very best in protective service. Andrea Jones, managing director of Jomu, added: “We have worked with Kings for many years and I’m delighted to have been able to help them achieve the ISO 22301 accreditation. “Kings Security demonstrated to us the very best in Business Continuity Management, ensuring Kings provide the very best service for its clients and support for its staff. This accreditation sets Kings apart from its competitors as it gives clients a sense of comfort that they can be prepared for any incident.” Kings Security Systems will hold the award for three years, with annual external audits being made to assess and recertify the accreditation.
Her new role will see her grow both the manned and mobile security services of Kings Security Carrie Eastwood has joined Bradford based Kings Security, the largest privately owned provider of security systems in the UK, as head of sales for the business’ guarding division. Focusing on manned and mobile security services Carrie brings over 13 years of industry experience to her new role having previously worked for businesses including Securitas, VSG and The Keyholding Company. Her new role will see her grow both the manned and mobile security services of Kings Security, focussing on both regional and national sectors. Carrie explains: “Kings has an exceptional reputation within the industry, particularly for its electronic security systems. I’m extremely excited to help to grow both the manned and mobile security services areas, to help diversify the business’ client base and expand its offering to both its existing customers and prospects.” Anthony King, Kings Security CEO, commented on the appointment, he said: “We’re delighted to have Carrie on board. She brings a wealth of experience to the role and we’re very excited to begin working with her as we look to grow our manned and mobile security services.”
Rob’s appointment comes on the back of a substantial investment in the latest version of its industry leading KIS platform Former detective, Rob King has joined Bradford based Kings Security, the largest privately owned provider of security systems in the UK, to lead the rapidly growing Kings Intelligence Service (KIS) team. Rob’s appointment comes on the back of a substantial investment in the latest version of its industry leading KIS platform, which aims to offer Kings Security clients a fuller intelligence cycle, by bringing multiple data sources together onto one platform. Background Rob takes up his role after moving from the Post Office, where he was Head of Security Operations for three years. He has over 30 years’ experience in intelligence, after serving 20 years at the Metropolitan Police Force as a detective and within the anti-corruption department. Rob also worked for the Jockey Club, leading anti-corruption within horse racing, before joining the William Hill estate. KIS has been developed to help identify crime hot-spots and profile criminal activity by allowing users to analyse crime data such as; what time of day and week burglaries or shop thefts are happening and which security measures are most effective. Kings Security is now taking the next step to ‘closing the gap’ by collating dossiers of evidence to handover to local police forces. Rob's role Rob’s remit at Kings Security is to oversee the strategic delivery of KIS and to build on police engagement. Rob explains: “As an industry, Kings has recognised that we need to step up. Due to budget cuts and restraints, low-level crime is something the police are less able to give time and attention to so we either let it happen, or we take the lead.” “We want to work alongside and support the police and already have some high profile successes under our belt. Our aim is to use KIS to help close the gap between collecting our evidence and deliver a dossier of information to the police to help them make the arrest and bring the criminal to justice.” Anthony King, Kings Security CEO, commented on the appointment, he said: “Rob is a brilliant addition to the team. “The industry has to get smarter and learn to help ourselves, sharing data with competitors to help bring results. Our KIS platform can help play an instrumental part in developing and leading the way for the industry, so that we all operate in a much more informed and effective way.”
All four winners were presented with their awards by Guest of Honour, The Rt. Hon. Baroness Smith of Basildon Four outstanding young apprentices from the UK’s private security industry were recently presented with national awards in recognition of their academic and practical success in the field of electronic security installations. Awarded by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the trade body representing the UK’s private security sector, the Apprentice Installer Awards serve to recognise the achievements of Level Two and Level Three apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV, access control or a combination of these systems, and represent the commitment of security companies and training bodies in providing young talent with the opportunity to succeed in the security industry. From a strong selection of entries the following winners were selected: The overall winner of this year’s Apprentice Installer Awards is Darrell Gilmour, 19, of Kings Security Systems. Currently in his third year of studies, Darrell’s passion for security runs in the family, with his father, uncle and aunt also employed within the sector. He was nominated for this award by New College, North Lanarkshire, where his methodical, conscientious workmanship has impressed his lecturers. Meanwhile, working full-time at Kings Security Systems Ltd, Darrell has set the bar high for future apprentices, with a spokesperson from the business commenting: “Kings are taking on new apprentices, and Darrell will be an ambassador for Scotland in providing a role model for the new recruits. He is an asset to Kings and a valued apprentice to the business.” The Apprentice Installer Awards serve to recognise the achievements of Level Two and Level Three apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV, access control or a combination of these systems Tom Parker of VSG received a national award for turning his fascination for technology into a blossoming career, already having worked on large-scale installations for high-profile clients including Macquarie Bank, London South Bank University and Lloyds of London. Selected to work alongside one of VSG’s leading technical engineers, 19-year-old Tom has already achieved the minimum level required to pass his college course and is currently undertaking additional modules while spending his spare time practising his work on a range of products. Nathan Sefton of Chubb Fire & Security won his award for demonstrating a sound knowledge and understanding of the industry, and for his methodical, level-headed approach to problem-solving. Already a point of contact for other engineers, Nathan excelled on a large project, where his documentation for over 30 sites was error-free and met strict deadlines. Nathan, 21, was selected to travel to Denmark in 2013 as part of Skills for Security’s Leonardo project. Aaron Noble of Kings Security was selected for a national award following his nomination by Kings Security’s Managing Director, Anthony King. With an ambition to become lead engineer by his mid-30s, Aaron, 21, has demonstrated an excellent understanding of theory and practical work. He already has experience of running complex jobs on-site and continually out-performs other apprentices of his age. The BSIA and its members fully support the development ofapprenticeships which offer positions to young people who wish to gain practical skills and knowledge in the security industry James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, comments: “We are all well aware that in today’s challenging job market many young people may feel that a long term career is out of their reach. As such, the BSIA and its members fully support the development of apprenticeships which offer positions to young people who wish to gain practical skills and knowledge in the security industry, allowing them to ultimately develop long-term careers in the sector.” “It’s always a pleasure to be able to recognise the outstanding talent displayed by our young apprentices, and I would like to congratulate all four of today’s winners on their achievements. They have all exhibited exceptional qualities throughout their apprenticeships, and no doubt have very bright futures within our industry.” This year, the Apprentice Installer Awards are once again sponsored by Pyronix, whose Chair and Chief Executive, Julie A Kenny CBE DL, comments: “As the cost of University education has increased dramatically in the last few years, there has never been a better time for the security industry to appeal to the younger generation who want to work, develop a career and earn money.” “As an industry, we need to highlight the opportunities available and target keen young applicants prepared to influence our industry. Brought up in the ‘permanently connected age’, these apprentices have the user experience to push and assist with the transformation of technologies in our industry that customers will be demanding. We at Pyronix are therefore delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Apprentice Installer Awards’, as we believe their input will be invaluable to help installers drive and control customer driven technologies into the intruder market within the next few years.” All four winners were presented with their awards by Guest of Honour, The Rt. Hon. Baroness Smith of Basildon, Shadow Home Affairs Minister for private security, at the Association’s Annual Luncheon on July 16th, hosted at the London Hilton on Park Lane. The BSIA would like to take this opportunity to thank Pyronix Ltd for their kind sponsorship of these awards.
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