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Companies need to increase the knowledge within their business on the range of cyber-vulnerabilities At one time, embedded devices, such as access control components communicating with application software, used proprietary protocols like RS485. Use of proprietary protocols kept these devices safe from attack. However, in this article TDSi Technical Director Mike Sussman explains that the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) involves a move toward IP-based systems and open standards that leaves modern systems, including embedded devices, more likely to be targeted by a wide range of criminals. Cyber-attack ‘s impact on IoT devices So, what exactly are the vulnerabilities and impact on cyber-attacks on IoT devices? Let me give you one example. In a typical access control system, if someone tries to enter an invalid PIN more than four times, then the reader would be locked and an event raised upon which action can be taken. What about invalid passwords when logging in to an embedded system? I bet that the majority of systems will let you keep trying without any preventative shutdown measures in place. With the power of modern computers, it wouldn’t take too much to run a brute force attack to obtain the password and therefore gain access to the device. In fact, at the recent Mobile World Congress, a leading security expert used a brute force attack to gain access to poorly protected CCTV cameras. You might say that this doesn’t impact security; however, if I were to say that one camera was in a primary school and another monitoring retail tills and payment terminals, would this change your mind? Is security industry prepared for breach in cybersecurity? Adoption of policies such as Cyber Essentials, a key Government requirement for those supplying them, as well as increased security policies such as ISO27001 and membership of bodies such as the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) should be the norm for anyone working within the security field Do we, as an industry, address these issues? I’d say that at the moment very few companies are addressing this level of detail (but I bet some will now!). The industry is changing, and there is a lot of focus on identity fraud and preventing physical access to buildings; however, we now need to look at what can happen when people take over the access control system remotely – open doors (or even lock personnel inside). It is fairly easy to utilise “off-the-shelf” embedded processing boards and build an embedded device with no security. Unless you work within the security field you might not even think of these threats and just concentrate on the application. Ways to tackle cyber-threats So how do we address this? Companies need to increase the knowledge within their business on the range of cyber-vulnerabilities and keep abreast with what is happening within the threat landscape. Adoption of policies such as Cyber Essentials, a key Government requirement for those supplying them, as well as increased security policies such as ISO27001 and membership of bodies such as the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) should be the norm for anyone working within the security field. Unfortunately, this is not the case. All companies should increase their cyber knowledge and ensure that there is a security specialist within the development teams. Increased testing of embedded devices through the likes of penetration testing also helps to identify vulnerabilities and, once resolved, increases security. These are interesting times, and even more challenging than in the past because the attack landscape is constantly evolving. As an industry, we need to work together to share knowledge and experience that will keep us one step ahead of the attackers.
As well Mike’s participation in then panel debate, TDSi will also be appearing on Stand F1200 Mike Sussman, Technical Director at Integrated security manufacturer TDSi will be taking part on a Panel Discussion entitled ‘Future of Access Control’, along with a team of industry experts, at 11am on Wednesday 22nd June at this year’s IFSEC International. The panel of experts will be discussing the trends and technology that will be shaping the industry for providers and users alike, offering valuable insights for visitors. ‘Future of Access Control’ Panel Discussion Reflecting upon the upcoming event, which will be held in the IFSEC Installer Theatre, Mike commented, “Myself and a team of experts will be examining and discussing a number of key considerations and topics which we believe will be important for anyone involved in the security sphere. We will also be taking questions from the floor to ensure we are covering all the topics the audience is interested in.” Mike continued, “We will be examining the risk that the security industry will face over the next few years, as well the opportunities to combat these and to how further integration will play a key role in development. We will also discuss important legislation developments and how the move to cloud computing will affect the solutions we all rely upon.” Joining Mike in the Panel Debate will be Gareth Ellams (Managing Director of Assa Abloy), Michael Unger (Vice President - Marketing & Products at SALTO Systems) and Adam Stroud (CEO of Paxton), to offer a broad range of professional opinions. Exhibits on stand F1200 As well Mike’s participation in then panel debate, TDSi will also be appearing on Stand F1200 at this year’s IFSEC International. Key products on show will be a sneak preview of the company’s forthcoming GARDiS software, along with the integration capabilities of its systems with Milestone’s XProtect® Video Management Software (VMS) - using the XProtect Access add-on. Other integration systems on show include full integration with ASSA ABLOY’s KS100 server cabinet wireless electronic lock, Texecom’s alarm control panels, ASSA ABLOY's Aperio™ wireless locks, SimonsVoss’ SmartIntego wireless door locks, and Microsoft Active Directory Summarising the opportunities at the show Mike concluded, “IFSEC International is the perfect place to see what the security industry has to offer and to hear more about the exciting developments that will be coming soon. Audience entry to the panel discussion event is free but spaces will be limited, so make sure you attend in plenty of time to join us in what is likely to be an interesting and informative session for everyone involved.”
Integrated security manufacturer TDSi announces the launch of its plugin with Milestones XProtect® Video Management Software (VMS) using the XProtect Access add-on which integrates directly with the company’s EXgarde Access Management and Integrated Security Systems Management software. The plugin now gives the option for operators to use Milestone’s powerful video management software as their primary user interface, whilst maintaining full access control via the EXgarde software for true two-way integration. Greater flexibility of working Mike Sussman, Technical Director at TDSi commented, “Milestone’s XProtect Access brings these two highly powerful solutions together, giving a greater flexibility for security operators to find the way of working to suit their needs. As well as pulling in video feeds from Milestone’s solution into EXgarde, the TDSi XProtect Access plugin also allows the Milestone software to take centre-stage and still utilise the collaborative abilities of EXgarde when it comes to the use of alarm systems and access control.” Mike added, “This makes it very easy for the combined security solution to counter issues such as forced doors or the remote control of a car park barrier for example. With EXgarde’s powerful integration with business databases, the security operator is also able to check key-holder information in real-time. Additionally, the TDSi XProtect Access plugin also allows the security operator to link directly to Milestone’s powerful mapping system, feeding event details as they happen using a full two-way integration.” TDSi’s integration has been designed for use by security operators in any vertical sector, giving the security team full choice of which portal they prefer to use for operations. CCTV feeds can be shared with access control and alarm systems through whichever configuration of software is chosen. The TDSi XProtect Access plugin has been designed to integrate the latest version of EXgarde 4.5 with Milestones XProtect platform, and builds upon previous integration capabilities. Previous versions of EXgarde had already integrated with Milestone’s video surveillance software from the point of view of accepting data from the VMS, but version 4.5 includes the new TDSi XProtect Access plugin, allowing data to be shared the other way as well. EXgarde 4.5 also offers a raft of features along with the TDSi XProtect Access plugin, including a Tenant Event Split option, integration with SimonsVoss wireless locking solutions, an updated EXtour Module, a security tours function and the new EXgarde Web Interface. Mike concluded, “The TDSi XProtect Access plugin adds a degree of true flexibility that will be highly appealing to customers who want greater choice in the way they run their integrated security operations. This allows any organisation to reap the benefits of combining two of the security industry’s most powerful solutions in whichever guise they require.”
Presentation topics include design and installation best practices and how access control can protect owners from risk and liability A forthcoming seminar is set to provide companies across the Midlands with valuable expert information on the installation and usage of access control systems to protect business assets and reduce liability risks. Organised by the British Security Industry Association – the trade body representing the UK’s private security industry – this free-to-attend event combines advice on the latest in controlling risks and liabilities with access control, along with useful technical information focused on best practice in system design and installation. Taking place in the heart of Birmingham at Villa Park on Tuesday 12th April, the half-day event includes presentations on a range of topics, including advice for businesses on making the right purchasing decisions; an insight into best practice in design and installation and how Access Control can be successful in protecting owners from risk and liability. Speakers and presentation topics are as follows: 1. Why have access control? Speaker: Stephen Halpin, Security Consultant, FOUR Security Consultants Ltd The presentation will consider the operational benefits and challenges from an end user's perspective. Operational benefits include enhanced security and capability to appreciate building occupancy levels and efficiencies. 2. Liabilities and insurance – highlighting the risks to owners Speaker: James Fee, Head of Corporate Key Accounts, Vacant Property Specialists A view from the world of vacant property and construction highlighting the risks and liability to property owners when unauthorised people enter empty properties and development sites. 3. BSIA - guidance and new standards Speaker: Mike Sussman, Technical Director, TDSi Insight into the recommendations that can be found in the new BSIA Form 132, a source of advice to specifiers which now includes information about the new BS EN 60839-11 series standards. 4. A complete solution Speaker: Steve Bailes, Business Development Manager, Gallagher Security The presentation will touch on “Enforcing Business Policies” by using a Security alarm management system involving Health and Safety and End User solutions. 5. A health and safety perspective Speaker: Ged Baron, Peninsula UK How health and safety problems can be overcome with access control and other health and safety considerations including policy arrangements and several case studies. Confirmed exhibitors include - Kaba Ltd, Remsdaq, Prysm Software, Axxess, Touchstar Access, Fermax and SimonsVoss Technologies.
The conference looks set to spark a lively debate on the issue of Controlling Risks and Liabilities with Access Control British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is inviting decision makers to a free event exploring Controlling Risks and Liabilities with Access Control. This event is being organised on behalf of the BSIA’s Access and Asset Protection section and will be held on Tuesday 12th April at Villa Park, Brimingham. The theme of this year's event is controlling risks and liabilities with access control. BSIA has selected speakers to deliver presentations on a wide range of issues from highlighting the risk for owners, to business solutions using security management platforms and an overview of all insurance related issues. Speakers confirmed for the event include: Stephen Halpin (Four Security Group) Why have access control James Fee (VPS) Liabilities and insurance Mike Sussman (TDSi) BSIA Guidance and New Standards Steve Bailes (Gallagher) A complete solution Ged Baron (Peninsula UK) Health & Safety Perspective Free to attend for delegates, the conference looks set to spark a lively debate on the issue of Controlling Risks and Liabilities with Access Control, while enabling representatives from local and national businesses to raise their own questions to members of the expert panel. Alongside the conference, exhibitors from across the security industry will be on hand to demonstrate their latest products and services, giving you the opportunity to get close up to the latest technological innovations, meet potential suppliers and find out more about which solutions would best suit your business. The event will also include a free lunch and stadium tour of Villa Park with unrestricted access to the pitch and changing rooms.
Rory and Mumtaz will be helping to develop next generation of software products Integrated security manufacturer TDSi is expanding its software development team with the appointment of Senior Front End Developer Rory Saxby and Software Test Engineer Mumtaz Mukherjee. Mike Sussman, Technical Director at TDSi commented, “Software has become a chief component within physical security systems, so TDSi invests heavily in this discipline. With our continued growth, both in the UK market and overseas, it is vital that our software development team has the capacity to meet customer demand. Both Rory and Mumtaz will be helping to develop our next generation of software products and I am delighted to welcome them to our expanding team.” Rory to help structure new products Rory Saxby joins TDSi as Senior Front End Developer from Redweb, where he was responsible for developing and building the front end on large-scale websites. Upon joining TDSi, Rory commented, “My new role allows me to take on more responsibility, helping structure and plan the build of new products. I have the freedom to be creative and continue to use the latest programming techniques, helping us to create new, innovative user experiences. The team at TDSi is great to work with and I look forward to assisting with the production of the highest quality software.” Before joining TDSi, Mumtaz Mukherjee worked as a Software Test Analyst for Binisoft Technologies in London and joins the company as part of the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in conjunction with Bournemouth University. In her new role, Mumtaz is responsible for testing the latest versions of TDSi’s software products. Mumtaz to work on challenging technology projects Reflecting upon the move to TDSi, Mumtaz commented, “TDSi has a great reputation for technology innovation and my new role gives me lots of scope to learn new skills, such as LabVIEW FPGA visual programming. We have a very friendly and supportive team, which is particularly important to me as I have relocated from London to make the south coast my home. I am looking forward working on the challenging technology projects this new role presents me.” Software is a key part of TDSi’s offering and an essential part of the company’s product roadmap. TDSi is continuously looking to advance its flagship fully integrated access control solution, which oversees an entire security network (including access control, CCTV and intrusion alarms) and presents all the information through a single portal. TDSi’s in-house team have developed new features such as integration with lifts (to better manage people traffic around a busy facility) as well as a tenant event split option, integration with SimonsVoss wireless locking systems and a new web interface offering enhanced functionality for operators.
The event raised £65 for Julia’s House and proved to be a highly enjoyable event for everyone involved The team at TDSi’s Poole headquarters has held a ‘Bake Off’ event to raise money for Dorset and Wiltshire Children's Hospices Julia's House (registered charity number 1067125). Helping the cause TDSi's Marketing Co-ordinator, Sophie Wilkins commented, “The Bake Off is the latest activity we have run to keep the fundraising momentum going for Julia’s House. Having run a similar themed event before, it has proven to be a popular one amongst the team and their families for obvious reasons!” Sophie added, “The TDSi team take the competition very seriously though, with a lot of effort and skill poured into each cake to prove the maker’s bakery skills and impress the judges and other tasters alike. The entries were sold off and the proceeds go directly to helping this fantastic cause.” Judges Alan Burgess and Mike Lee awarded first place to Product and Marketing Manager Sarah Phillips, with a fresh fruit Victoria sponge. Second place went to Katie Sussman (daughter of TDSi’s Technical Director Mike Sussman) with her rainbow cake and third place was awarded to Finance Manager Tanya Healey with her fruit slice. Other delicious treats that were offered included lemon tart, banana muffins, french fancies, raspberry cheesecake, chocolate caramel cheesecake and red velvet brownies. Sophie concluded, “Along with a DVD sale, the event raised £65 for Julia’s House and proved to be a highly enjoyable event for everyone involved. We have a continually evolving calendar of fundraising events taking place throughout the year. We also recently held a Greyhound Racing event and TDSi’s Managing Director, John Davies, is in training to run the Bournemouth Marathon, which is taking place on 4th October, with the sponsorship money also being donated to Julia’s House.”
Each chairman guides their section at quarterly meetings and throughout term to improve private security sector on the whole Following its Annual General Meeting which took place on Wednesday 15th July 2015, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has elected chairmen and vice chairmen to serve its sections of membership. “The BSIA is very proud of its membership community, and the great contributions that they make to the private security industry. The development of the private security industry is largely due to its members’ dedication to their work and their commitment to progress the sector,” said James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA. “Each section’s chairman dually serves their member company as well as the Association. They must initiate vital discussions to guide their section at quarterly meetings and throughout their term to improve the private security sector on the whole. The work undertaken by section chairmen and vice chairmen creates new possibilities for their sections and broadens the potential scope that the BSIA has an impact on.” “Chairmen also represent their section on the Association’s Council, which creates the opportunity for every area of membership to engage and be involved with shaping the future of the Association. I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude to all previous section chairmen, and extend a warm welcome to each new chairman who will be taking up their new post.” Phil Wright of Brink’s Ltd was also elected at the Association’s AGM to serve as Vice Chair of the Association. Phil will bring a deep knowledge of the security industry from his experience working in secure logistics in both public and private sectors. The new list of section chairmen and vice-chairmen is as follows: BSIA Vice Chairman Phil Wright (Brink’s Ltd) Access and Asset Protection Chairman: Paul Adams (Kaba Ltd) Vice Chairman: Mike Sussman (TDSi Ltd) Asset and Property Marking Chairman: James Brown (Selectamark Security Systems Plc) Vice Chairman: David Northey (Retainagroup Ltd) Cash and Valuables in Transit Chairman: Rob Johnson (Loomis Ltd) Vice Chairman: Phil Wright (Brink’s Ltd) CCTV Chairman: Simon Adcock (ATEC Security Ltd) Vice Chairman: Clifford King (Kings Security Systems Ltd) Export Council Chairman: John Davies (TDSi Ltd) Information Destruction Chairman: Adam Chandler (Shred-on-Site Ltd) Vice Chairman: Simon Franklin (Shred Station Ltd) & Nick Williams (Brinnick Locksmiths) Leisure Industry Security Chairman: Tony Clarke (UK Security Facilities Ltd) Lone Worker Chairman: Craig Swallow (SoloProtect Ltd) Vice Chairman: Ian Johannessen (Rocksure Systems Ltd) Police and Public Services Chairman: Dirk Wilson (Sector Security Services Ltd) Security Equipment Manufacturers Chairman: Adrian Mealing (Texecom) Vice Chairman: Tony Allen (Dycon Ltd) Security Guarding Chairman: Tony Cockcroft (Independent Contractor Ltd) Vice Chairman: Dirk Wilson (Sector Security Services Ltd) Security Systems Chairman: Martin Harvey (Tyco Integrated Fire & Security Ltd) Vice Chairman: Colin Leatherbarrow (Chubb Fire & Security Ltd) Specialist Services Chairman: Mike O’Neill (Mike O’Neill) Vice Chairman: Ian Yexley (UniTrust Protection Services UK Ltd) Vacant Property Protection Chairman: Gideon Reichental (Clearway Environmental Services UK Ltd) Vice Chairman: Darryl Soekoe (Camelot Property Management Ltd) Please note that some sections of membership are yet to hold their AGM, at which section chairmen are newly elected or re-elected, and as such, have not been included in this list.
The solution reduces time spent by staff queuing and improves the efficiency of people getting to their work floor Sovereign Fire and Security has recently completed a state of the art building management system at Ty Admiral in Cardiff. The new access control and lift destination system reduces time spent by staff queuing and improves the efficiency of people getting to their work floor. The system, which has been developed together with TDSi and the lift manufacturer OTIS, is the first one of its kind in the UK. Admiral is one of the largest employers in South Wales and has recently moved to their new HQ, Ty Admiral in Cardiff, with approximately 2,500 people. Admiral recognised there was a problem with staff waiting for lifts at break times, lunch times and other busy times of the day in its previous Cardiff building. Therefore Admiral commissioned Sovereign Fire and Security to install an access control and lift destination system into the design of their premises. Sovereign has been working on the new system with developer and manufacturer of integrated security and access control systems, TDSi. How the integrated lift system works Previously upon entry employees would call the lift and choose the floor they needed. With the new integrated system, once the employee’s card is presented to the access control reader at the secure speed gate, a message is sent to the system and an LCD screen then displays the lift number that the employee needs to enter. The lift will already be set to their destination. The system will also send anyone else entering the building who needs to go to the same floor, to the same lift. This saves time not having to stop at each floor. The new lift destination system will have the added benefit of making the company more environmentally friendly by saving electricity consumed and improve time-management. Mike Sussman, Technical Director at TDSi commented: “This solution utilises TDSi’s newly developed component for our EXgarde security management software and is largely the result of developments in network access and fully integrated security systems. Whilst this project was a bespoke development for Ty Admiral, this integration tool will be available to all our customers moving forward. Additionally, there is an option to integrate directly with the keypad on a modern lift, to ensure access for the individual is limited to authorised floors only and can be amended quickly and simply by the security team.” Marek Jakubczyk, Managing Director at Sovereign Fire and Security said: “Our company is leading the way in innovation to help businesses become more efficient through clever business management systems using the latest technology. The new access control and lift destination system at Ty Admiral is a great example of how technology can be used with security systems to enable the business to run more effectively. Ty Admiral’s system also has the added benefit of being more energy efficient and decreasing time wasted on breaks.” Sovereign Fire and Security and TDSi have a close working partnership. Last year TDSi named Sovereign Fire and Security as the UK Platinum Partner of the Year 2014 in recognition of the close working ties and ongoing success. TDSi recognised its partner's specification and installation excellence, whilst Sovereign Fire and Security highlighted the reliability and compatibility of TDSi's products. Combining these strengths, the partners offer excellence and innovation to customers such as Admiral, whereby a vision and technical ability has provided a ground-breaking and highly successful solution for a busy business facility.
Integrated security manufacturer TDSi is proud to announce the launch of EXgarde 4.4, the latest version of its fully integrated access control solution. Amongst the additions to the new version, 4.4 offers a Tenant Event Split option, Elevator Dispatch facility, integration with SimonsVoss wireless locking solutions, an updated EXtour Module, a security tours function and the new EXgarde Web Interface. EXgarde 4.4 adds considerable additional functionality, as Mike Sussman, Technical Director at TDSi explains, “Whilst EXgarde 4.4 shares many functions of previous versions, this latest version has been designed to incorporate a wide array of new features which add useful additional value to what is already a heavily feature-rich and comprehensive security solution.” Mike continues, “The new features are designed for a myriad of uses, from giving landlords greater control over access rights, to ensuring lift systems work in conjunction with access control through IP connectivity. Equally, we have included full integration with SimonsVoss wireless locking systems for improved flexibility and scope of installation, updated the EXtour module to assist security teams with their scheduled tours and designed a web interface which will give greater flexibility as to where security operators use and manage EXgarde.” Tenant event split EXgarde 4.4 allows landlords to partition visibility of system and operator events according to the tenant using them. For example, if EXgarde is overseeing a number of different facilities it will be preferable that tenants are not privy to the details of other sites or properties – so landlords can specify the access and information rights allotted to the user. Elevator dispatch This function is designed to speed up travel and ease congestion in high traffic buildings. When a key holder enters the access controlled area through the entrance/turnstile EXgarde informs the elevator system which then calculates the quickest elevator route to their destination floor and notifies and guides them automatically. SimonsVoss integration The new version of EXgarde features full integration with the SimonsVoss SmartIntego Online locking solutions. When used in conjunction with TDSi's core systems, this allows greater flexibility in remote areas where access control may be more difficult to implement. Extour module update EXgarde PRO's Extour Module update provides the facility to pre-define specific security tours using existing access control readers. Each specified tour defines the order in which the readers should be visited, along with the set time they should be checked. Alarms in EXtour indicate in real time if specific tour points have not been reached, alerting operators to a potential emergency. EXgarde web interface TDSi's new web interface allows security operators/users to log into the server via their chosen web browser. This allows access to key functionality, such as adding and removing key holders and keys, remote door control, basic reporting and live event monitoring. EXgarde 4.4 is available in three options to match the applications of the operator/user: EXgarde Express – The entry level version designed for a single site and up to 32 doors with limited features EXgarde PRO – The advanced level feature-rich version which is multi-site compatible and can control up to 32 doors. An upgrade to unlimited is also available EXgarde Enterprise – The unlimited door version designed for enterprise-level operations.
The new section will consist of companies involved in manufacture, supply & installation of solutions The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced the creation of two new sections of membership, which aim to better align BSIA activity with recent developments within the wider security marketplace. Resulting from the merger of the Access Control and Property and Asset Protection Sections, the new Access and Asset Protection Section will consist of companies involved in the manufacture, supply and installation of solutions that restrict, control and monitor the movement of people, assets or vehicles in, out and around a building or site. This will now include physical protection methods such as security doors, fencing, locks, barriers, safes and strong rooms as well as electronic access control systems. Focus on security measures and services Meanwhile, the creation of a new Vacant Property Protection Section will see an existing working group formally recognised as a section of BSIA membership, focusing on security measures and services introduced when a property is at increased risk of criminal attack because of a change of circumstances in its occupancy. Commenting on the Access and Asset Protection Section, BSIA Technical Manager, Paul Phillips, said: “We have often seen that common issues arise when looking at the physical protection and the associated electronic systems, and by merging the two sections, member companies involved can benefit from getting involved in activity relating to both aspects.” “We have often seen that common issues arise when looking at the physical protection and the associated electronic systems" New technical committee to handle physical protection matters The former Access Control Section included a dedicated Technical Committee, which drafted technical guides and provided input into British and European Standards relating to the sector. The technical committee will continue to operate under the auspices of the new section, with proposals also including the creation of a new technical committee for the Access and Asset Protection Section, to handle matters requiring detailed work specific to the area of physical protection. Chairing the new Access and Asset Protection Section is Mike Sussman of TDSi, previously Chair of the Access Control Section. Commenting on the section’s merge, Mike says: “The merger between Access Control and Asset Protection further strengthens the strengths of the two original sections. The merger will strengthen the section and technical meetings such that all areas of access control are now covered for all end-user markets. I look forward to the continued growth of this section throughout the year as we continue to educate the market.” The initial focus of the Vacant Property Protection Section will be to see the completion of work at the British Standards Institute (BSI) on BS8584, the standard for Vacant Property Protection. This will provide a benchmark against which customers can compare providers to ensure they receive a high quality service. This British Standard will build upon the BSIA’s own Code of Practice for vacant property protection (Form 154).
The members includes Software Test Engineer Dariusz Stachowski, Technical Author Greg Hole and Technician Ronaldo Nascimento Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi has announced the appointment of three new members of staff to expand its products and technical services teams - Software Test Engineer Dariusz Stachowski, Technical Author Greg Hole and Technician Ronaldo Nascimento. Technical Director at TDSi, Mike Sussman comments on the first appointments by the company in 2015, “The TDSi product development process relies upon a number of disciplines and these new appointments highlight the diversity of professionals involved. From the testing of our integrated security software systems to the writing of technical guides and specification documents, and technical assistance with product development and evaluation, Dariusz, Greg and Ronaldo are key additions to the team.” Role and Responsibilities: As the new Software Test Engineer, Dariusz Stachowski will play a vital role in developing and fine-tuning TDSi's market-leading security software products. Taking on the position of the new Technical Author, Greg Hole’s role is key for producing comprehensive technical literature regarding TDSi products and services, providing a vital reference point for installers, specifiers and operators. Ronaldo Nascimento joins the business as a Technician, assisting TDSi with the development of new products including prototypes and rigorous testing. Before joining TDSi Dariusz held a number of support engineering roles including positions at Santander and Nationwide, having previously worked for Bournemouth and Poole College in the IT Department for a year. Dariusz commented, “I am excited to be taking on a security-focused position at TDSi. There is a great variety of projects to work on and it is an excellent progression for my career, which is important to me. I relish the challenge and know it will be rewarding to be part of the company's ongoing success.” Greg Hole's work history: Having studied Aerospace Technology and Management at the University of Hertfordshire, Greg was previously employed by Sunseeker International, which like TDSi is also based in Poole, Dorset. Greg’s positions at the firm “This is an exciting juncture for TDSi as we see our business continue to expand and rapidly move forward" included Electrical Engineer, Test Engineer and Quality System Engineer. Commenting on his new role at TDSi, Greg said, “TDSi is a highly progressive company with an impressive track record of innovation and service. My role is to ensure that the technical literature for our products is accurate and accessible, to help our many partners and customers. I am looking forward to working with the development and support teams and supporting the company’s ongoing success in this crucial role.” Before joining the TDSi team, Ronaldo worked for Dorset based renewable energy provider PowerNaturally, designingmechanical and electrical systems. Commenting on his new role he said, “I will be working closely with TDSi's technical team to ensure we continue to develop new products and explore new ideas and ways of providing the best solutions. TDSi will be helping me to broaden my knowledge and is a key part of my career progression. I am especially looking forward to the variety of technology and projects that the new role has to offer.” Mike Sussman concluded, “This is an exciting juncture for TDSi as we see our business continue to expand and rapidly move forward. We are delighted to welcome Dariusz, Greg and Ronaldo to our team. It is a strong indicator of our firm commitment to the continued development of the business, which will equally benefit our customers and partners alike.”