CNL and ATEC Fire and Security will host sessions for end users, consultants, integrators and technology vendors alike CNL Software, a provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, announces that it will be partnering with ATEC Fire and Security to hold a number of education sessions at IFSEC International around creating value in today’s security environment. The sessions will cover topics that will be of interest to end users, consultants, integrators and technology vendors alike. CNL Software PSIM sessions at IFSEC PSIM, the term and the technology has been around for almost a decade. Just as IP video did 20 years ago, PSIM has divided the security community, creating both evangelists and critics. CNL Software, one of the pioneers of PSIM, is providing an education opportunity at IFSEC; sharing its insight’s on where PSIM has failed to add value, where it has succeeded and what it takes for a PSIM project to succeed. For over a decade, CNL Software has been working to create the most accomplished security integration and management platform available today. With innovation driven from the UK, one of the most CCTV focused countries in the world; CNL Software is a truly global company having government, corporate and critical infrastructure deployments across the world. One of the sessions will address whether PSIM is hype or reality; allowing the audience to discover what CNL Software has created and decide for themselves if it can help their organisations. Integration of security, life safety and business systems CNL Software will be joined by Simon Adcock CEO of ATEC Fire and Security and Chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV Section, who will discuss how the integration of security, life safety and business systems as part of an organisations framework can help drive value. “Creating value is the essence of business, but sometimes within security and safety we can lose sight of what value we can add,” comments Simon Adcock. “The right mix of people, process and technology can turn safety and security from reactive functions to proactive business tools, driving competitive advantage through reduced operational costs, and protecting value by managing business risks”. The sessions are as follows: Session 1 - 11:00, June 22 - ATEC Security: Creating Value through People, Process & Technology Session 2 - 13:00, June 22 - CNL Software: Can I Create Value in Today’s Commoditised Market? Session 3 - 15:00, June 22 - CNL Software: PSIM Hype or Reality?
The event enables CCTV manufacturers and installers to showcase their latest technological developments A popular CCTV seminar and exhibition is set to arrive in London this November, and will provide an opportunity for CCTV companies to reach out to delegates from a range of organisations including local businesses, civic authorities and the Police. Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the event will take place at London’s Emmanuel Centre on Marsham Street – close to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey – on Thursday 12th November, and is expected to follow on from the success of a series of CCTV seminars held by the Association over the past couple of years, which have served to highlight the appetite for information regarding CCTV best practice among end-users and security buyers. A limited number of exhibition spaces are available at the event, enabling CCTV manufacturers and installers to showcase their latest technological developments, while an informative seminar will explore the latest changes in surveillance legislation and technology, while exploring recent developments in the CCTV sector. Confirmed speakers at the event include: Tony Porter LLB QPM, Surveillance Camera Commissioner Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, Central Forensic Image Team, Metropolitan Police Pauline Norstrom, Chief Operating Officer at AD Group / Dedicated Micros and Chairman of the BSIA Simon Adcock, Managing Director of ATEC Security and Chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV section James Barrett of Safer London The event is kindly sponsored by the British Standards Institute (BSI). The BSIA expects the event to attract around 150 delegates from a number of organisations across the South East, for whom admission will be free of charge. Meanwhile, exhibitors will benefit from the following: 1 table with electrical connection Refreshments / lunch (for 2) Company logo on the programme for the day Inclusion in pre and post event promotion, including press releases, email marketing and social media activity A copy of all delegates’ contact details, sent post-event The opportunity to promote attendance at the event via the BSIA’s YouTube Channel
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.
BS8418 - Code of Practice covering installation & remote monitoring of detector-activated CCTV systems The British Security Industry Association’s CCTV Section has welcomed the revision of British Standard BS8418, claiming that the changes will make it easier for installers and monitoring companies to comply with the standard without reducing system effectiveness. A Code of Practice covering the installation and remote monitoring of detector-activated CCTV systems, BS8418 was first launched in 2003, with the aim of raising the standard of installation and operation of integrated systems. However, following its review in 2010, compliance with the standard had proven difficult for many due to the complex technical requirements it includes, which the British Standards Institute has now taken steps to rectify in the latest revision of the standard. Simplify requirements & maintain effectiveness Talking of the 2010 standard, Simon Adcock, Chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV section commented, “The aim of the 2010 standard was to further raise the bar in system quality but it had the effect of reducing the adoption of the standard. A standard that is impractical to implement impacts negatively on the average installation quality, on the industry and on end users so a further review was justified. Members of the BSIAs CCTV section led the review, the brief being to simplify the requirements and maintain effectiveness but also to ensure that the end user would have a clear understanding of what was and wasn’t included in their system.” David Wilkinson, Director of Technical Services at the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) comments: “The overarching reason for the review of BS8418 was to make the standard more achievable by removing some of the onerous technical requirements and simplify the structure of the standard.” BSIA involved in development of this Code of Practice “To date, the BSIA has been heavily involved in the development of this Code of Practice through its work with the British Standards Institute, enabling our members to adequately prepare for the forthcoming changes and incorporate them into bids for new business.” When deployed, BS8418 compliant solutions consist of cameras and detectors placed strategically around a site, linked together by specialised transmission equipment to a Remote Video Response Centre (RVRC). Here, operators can visually confirm what is happening, call up on-screen plans of the site and communicate warnings to intruders via on-site speakers. If necessary, the RVRC operators can also alert the police who, as the incident is confirmed visually and is associated with a URN (Unique Reference Number), should provide a rapid response. "BSIA has been heavily involved in the development of this Code of Practice through its work with the British Standards Institute", says David Wilkinson, Director of Technical Services at BSIA Principal changes to BS8418 The principal changes to BS8418, implemented in the latest revision, include: Improve the document structure to better reflect the responsibilities of the installer, Maintainer and RVRC. The need to carry out a threat assessment & risk analysis and produce an Operational Requirement document to reflect the requirements of BS IEC 62676-4 has been included. Clarification of the use of portable/mobile systems within the standard. Relaxation of some of the tamper recommendations and the inclusion of a tamper protection/indication table to add clarity to the requirements. Inclusion of a fault recognition/indication table to provide clarity to the recommendations. A decrease in the number of event memory recommendations. The need for an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) is now determined by threat analysis and risk assessment. Highlighted the need for a minimum of one data transmission path.
Visitors to the show have three conference theatres to choose from this year: Keynote and Convergence, Security Solutions and Safe Cities As IFSEC International prepares to return to London’s ExCeL in June, a number of British Security Industry Association (BSIA) representatives are ready to impart advice on a number of industry issues – from city security to access control – as part of the show’s busy educational programme. Visitors to the show have three conference theatres to choose from this year: Keynote and Convergence, Security Solutions and Safe Cities. While UK-based security suppliers are anticipating another successful show as IFSEC returns to London for a second year, several BSIA spokespeople are set to share their knowledge on the following topics: Tuesday 16th June Cyber Security – Confronting Current and Future Threats 11:00, Keynote and Convergence Theatre Mike O’Neill, Managing Director, Optimal Risk Management Ltd and Chairman of the BSIA’s Specialist Services Section, is joined by Dan Solomon, Optimal Risk Management’s Director of Cyber Risk and Security Services, to discuss current and emerging cyber threats and the need for robust countermeasures. This session will also explore the importance of upskilling IT professionals to meet evolving cyber threats. Key Considerations when Choosing a Security Provider 13:00, Security Solutions Theatre Pauline Norstrom, Chief Operating Officer at AD Group Ltd and Chairman of the BSIA, discusses the importance of security market knowledge in the procurement process, answering the crucial question of what is more important, price or quality? Wednesday 17th June Access Control as a Service 11:00, Keynote and Convergence Theatre Paul Adams, Head of Technology and Product Management at BSIA Access Control member company, Kaba Ltd, explores the features and functionalities of Access Control as a Service (ACaaS), including the difference between hosted, managed and hybrid services. Paul will also address the common questions that arise for providers and adopters of ACaaS. The Police and Security Initiative: Collaboration to increase public safety 11:00, Safe Cities Academy Geoff Zeidler, Immediate Past Chair of the BSIA, introduces the Police and Security Initiative and the growing importance of partnerships between business, the police and the private security industry. This session looks at practical measures for improving working relationships, sharing good practice and reducing crime. The Surveillance Camera Code of Practice – Time for Voluntary Adoption? 13:00, Keynote and Convergence Theatre Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter QPM LLB, will be joined by Simon Adcock, Managing Director of ATEC Security and Chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV Section, and Chairman of the BSIA, Pauline Norstrom, to discuss the implications of the Protection of Freedoms Act and the subsequent Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice on CCTV owners and operators. CCTV Control Room Compliance 14:00, Security Solutions Theatre Dirk Wilson, Managing Director of Sector Security Services Ltd and Vice Chair of the BSIA’s Police and Public Services Section, introduces the latest updates and revisions to BS7958, the Code of Practice for CCTV management and operation. Providing recommendations on best practice in obtaining reliable information that might be offered as evidence, Dirk will also explore the increasing police and public confidence in the operation and management of CCTV. Security Risk Management Strategies for Safer Cities 15:00, Safe Cities Academy Mike O’Neill, Managing Director of Optimal Risk Management and Chairman of the BSIA’s Specialist Services Section, returns to explore the key risk management strategies that can be adopted to ensure maximum security in today’s increasingly technology-enabled cities. Thursday 18th June Supporting Safe Cities & Major Events – A Code of Practice for security searches 14:00, Safe Cities Academy Dirk Wilson, Managing Director of Sector Security Services Ltd and Vice Chair of the BSIA’s Police and Public Services Section, introduces a new Code of Practice for security searches, exploring lessons learned from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and how these have been adopted by a new set of minimum standards for personnel carrying out security searches with the ultimate goal of ensuring greater police and public confidence in the private security sector and its ability to provide support at major events. Meanwhile, members of the BSIA are welcome to utilise the BSIA’s members’ lounge at IFSEC, free of charge. This can be found on the BSIA’s stand (B1350).
BSIA has responded to reports that councils in England and Wales are cutting back by spending less on public space CCTV The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has responded to recent reports in the press that councils in England and Wales are cutting back by spending less on public space CCTV. According to the Independent, “CCTV cameras in towns and cities across the country are being switched off by councils who cannot afford to keep them running, making it ‘increasingly difficult’ for police to investigate serious crimes…” Indeed, in a speech to the CCTV User Group conference last week the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter QPM LLB reported, “I’ve seen councils in large towns like Blackpool and Derby stop monitoring their systems 24/7. My understanding is that this is not the result of a review or public consultation, but simply to save money.” BSIA Chairman respond to the issue In response to the issue, Simon Adcock, Chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV Section and Managing Director of ATEC Security asserts: “I agree that Councils should be reviewing their CCTV at scheme and camera level to ensure they are still meeting a need. If they are not then rationalising cameras is a sensible step and saving money is the natural consequence of having fewer cameras.” "I agree that Councils should be reviewing their CCTV at scheme and camera level to ensure they are still meeting a need" “However, as Tony says, turning off cameras to save money without reference to whether they are useful is a different thing altogether and will compromise the Police's ability to do their job, potentially endangering public safety in the long-term.” According to Simon, privately funded CCTV can play a helpful role in assisting the police, especially in instances where publically funded cameras fall short: “The private sector can provide valuable assistance by supplying CCTV footage to the police - supporting investigations and providing evidence as seen with high profile cases like that of James Bulger’s murder and the London bombings. In this way commercial businesses can be pivotal in steering police investigations towards convictions.” Funded cameras to promote community safety Research conducted by the BSIA in 2013 suggested that only 1 out of every 70 CCTV cameras in the UK is owned by public bodies, suggesting that both publicly and privately funded cameras have the potential to promote community safety. However, in order for the private sector to aid the police successfully, effective communication is key, says Simon: “When utilised successfully, joined up communication between CCTV control room staff in the private sector and the police can present major benefits to the public - promoting safety on a day to day basis. What’s important for the public is that should they fall victim to opportunist criminals, those responsible are more likely to be convicted where CCTV is in use.” “The next step for the current CCTV Code of Practice is the application of its twelve guiding principles to cover privately-owned systems" While the private sector can assist by providing evidence, it does not render publically funded cameras unnecessary, as Simon asserts, “Whilst the Police often use private systems to obtain evidence, it is sometimes the publicly funded cameras that tell them where to look and who to approach for that evidence.” Looking to the future, it is crucial that adequate standards are adopted across both the public and private sector in order to cement cross-communication benefits. The current CCTV Code of Practice - made up of twelve guiding principles - aims to define best practice in a way wherein public protection was paramount. Code of Practice: Step in the right direction Simon believes that, “while the Code of Practice is undoubtedly a ‘step in the right direction’, its scope does not extend widely enough. Presently, the Code of Practice only extends to publicly-owned systems, meaning that the majority of CCTV cameras do not fall under the remit of the current standards dictated by government.” “Logically, the next step for the current CCTV Code of Practice is the application of its twelve guiding principles to cover privately-owned systems. Not only do they form the majority of CCTV coverage in the UK, they are also responsible for providing significant evidence to Police.” Simon Adcock will be speaking about the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice on Wednesday 17th June at IFSEC International alongside the BSIA Chairman, Pauline Norstrom.
BSIA’s CCTV Section Chairman Simon Adcock responded to comments made by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner The British Security Industry Association has responded to comments made by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner about the effectiveness of CCTV cameras in England and Wales. In an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter QPM LLB, reinforced the value that quality installation and maintenance can deliver to CCTV system operators in the public sector, citing the widespread problem of ineffective cameras: “There is a local authority actually in the West Midlands that did a local review and was able to reduce the cameras that were ineffective and useless to the tune of a quarter of a million. If that can be extrapolated across the country I think we can actually still maintain the balance of excellent surveillance but not have a promulgation of surveillance that actually is useless.” Simon Adcock, Chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV Section and Managing Director of ATEC Security, responds: “The effectiveness of CCTV and its value as a crime-solving tool does indeed rely upon proper installation and operation. Factors such as lighting, weather and image quality can all impact upon a system’s effectiveness, and as such, regular checks and maintenance of systems is essential. When deployed appropriately, CCTV can deliver crucial evidence in the fight against crime and provide valuable support to Police and local authorities. “It is important to point out, however, that only 1 in 70 of the UK’s cameras are owned and operated by local authorities. The vast majority of video evidence comes from privately-owned systems, which dispels the myth of Britain’s ‘surveillance culture’ and demonstrates the indirect contribution that many UK businesses are making to public safety. “As the trade association representing a large number of the UK’s CCTV manufacturers, the BSIA works closely with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner to raise standards and promote best practice in the manufacture and installation of CCTV systems. The BSIA welcomed the publication of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice and continues to support innovation in the sector, while providing valuable education to users in both public and private sectors to ensure they choose the right systems and deploy them in such a way that delivers optimum results.” Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ programme, Adcock reinforced the importance of the Code of Practice in terms of promoting quality and best practice, but also made the case for its extension, to include privately-owned systems. “The effectiveness of CCTV and its value as a crime-solving tool does indeed rely upon proper installation and operation" Pauline Norstrom, Chairman of the BSIA and Chief Operating Officer at AD Group, supports this view: “Public and private organisations often co-operate with great effectiveness. Many serious crimes, such as the dreadful racist murder committed by Pavlo Lapshyn in Birmingham in 2013 probably would not have been solved had it not been for CCTV evidence from private and public operators. CCTV has a key role in law enforcement, something many forget or erroneously discount. "CCTV can be highly effective in protecting the public and business from crime and other risks. However systems need to be implemented correctly and the cameras be of sufficient quality to act as a deterrent. The industry, with new technology, is currently bringing the changes that will see CCTV deliver greater effectiveness and returns. "CCTV is there to help protect the public, property and company's employees from risk, threats and crime. We have to ensure this message is heard because without it, we are a less secure society." The BSIA, as an organisation that represents the professional security industry, hopes that this latest debate over CCTV’s effectiveness will further the commitment of all stakeholders to improving the overall professionalism and quality of the CCTV industry and the systems installed.