Green security

Siemens joins BIM alliance buildingSMART International (bSI)

In March 2018, the Siemens Building Technologies Division joined buildingSMART International (bSI) as a member of the Strategic Advisory Council and several National Chapters. Siemens is the first building technology vendor to become part of this international not-for-profit organisation. buildingSMART International bSI is the creator of the ‘openBIM’ data format which defines open, vendor-neutral international standards for BIM (Building Information Modelling). These standards are...

National Security Inspectorate auditors share best practices for reduced emissions

The National Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) team of 34 full-time, expert auditors recently gathered in Maidenhead to participate in advanced training and sharing of best practice, as part of their continual development. This unique, highly respected team clocks up on average 3.25 million miles each year, fulfilling around 3500 audit days across more than 1800 approved companies.  As part of its commitment to raising standards within the industry, NSI’s audit team is increasingly...

QNAP Systems' unmatched switches improve network performance

QNAP Systems, Inc. has released the QSW-1208-8C (twelve-port) and QSW-804-4C (eight-port) 10GbE/NBASE-T unmanaged switches to help home and small business users upgrade their networks to accommodate 10GbE speeds for bandwidth-demanding tasks. The NBASE-T-based switch delivers a cost-effective solution for improving network performance while using existing Cat 5e, 6 and 6a cables. The QSW-1208-8C has twelve ports, including four SFP+ (fibre) and eight SFP+ (fibre)/ RJ45 (copper) combo ports whil...

How security education and industry partnerships will help us prepare for a safe future

When asked about what the market should be thinking about in 2018, I am left offering an answer that serves as an urgent call to action: prepare yourself for change! The security industry is soon likely to see a dramatic shift from the traditional segmentation of commercial and residential security. Smart phones, mobile technologies, cloud computing, and having everything provided ‘as a service’ in peoples’ lives means users of buildings have a new set of expectations. In many...

Athom's Homey smart home solution integrates with Vanderbilt's certified security system

Homey, the smart home platform developed by the Dutch company Athom, has integrated Vanderbilt’s SPC security systems. This has been announced by Athom and Vanderbilt. The partnership adds the certified security system of Vanderbilt to the popular Smart Home Platform, Homey. The integration allows users to use their security system for other purposes too. “This is useful in many cases,” explains Stefan Witkamp, Commercial Director of Athom. “Take your motion sensors. The...

ASSA ABLOY's CLIQ Remote shortlisted for 2018 UK Housing Awards

ASSA CLIQ Remote from ASSA ABLOY, producer of door-opening solutions, is a finalist in this year’s UK Housing Awards, for helping to revolutionise Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s (RMBC) repairs and maintenance processes for void properties. With approximately 2,000 empty properties to manage every year, RMBC required a key management solution that would simplify its operations, eliminate the need for physical key handovers and cut costs. ASSA CLIQ Remote with wireless tech...

Round Table Discussions

How green is the security industry?

Environmentalism is a universal consideration in most business sectors in 2016. Whether seeking to provide greener products, or looking for new ways to minimise waste of manufacturing processes, most companies are involved to some degree with environmental concerns. Green has not traditionally been a big driver in the security industry, but there are indications the profile of environmentalism is increasing. We asked this week's Expert Panel: How green (environmentally friendly) is the security...

What role can technology play in keeping the security industry green?

"Going green" is not a new initiative, but rather, one that businesses and individuals are constantly aware of and continuously making a conscious effort to contribute to. The global population has become increasingly environmentally conscious over the years. Businesses and homeowners alike are investing more in green alternatives for their various needs. Many businesses adopt a green business ethic by ensuring that their products and ways of working are compliant with certa...