Ping Identity, the provider of Identity Defined Security, announced the general availability of PingIntelligence for APIs, following its acquisition of Elastic Beam. The AI-powered solution is part of the Ping identity platform and brings an increased level of intelligence into how APIs are accessed and used to protect API infrastructures from cyberattacks, while also delivering deep insight into API activities. “APIs are proliferating throughout all organisations faster than security tea...
Pivot3, the pioneer in hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) performance and technology, announced that it has certified its infrastructure solutions for mission-critical IoT, safe cities and smart building environments operating with Milestone Systems video management software (VMS). This certification confirms that organisations can gain access to infrastructure that is proven to deliver the performance, resilience and scalability required in mission-critical environments. Enterprises rely on i...
The physical security industry is embracing the cloud in a big way. Cloud-based systems – which involve accessing a shared pool of information technology resources via the Internet – are much higher-profile in the video and access control markets, and large and small companies are getting on the cloud bandwagon. We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: What factors are contributing to growth in cloud systems in the security market?
Business doesn’t stand still, but security feels static. Whether mechanical keys or wired door locks, access control doesn’t always have the flexibility a changing environment needs. When is the right time to expand an access control system? And what’s the best way to do it? Extending coverage for traditional access control is expensive and intrusive, but there is an alternative. If one wants to forget about keys and the hassles of key management, wireless locks are the fast a...
Traka will be at The Emergency Services Show, unveiling its latest intelligent systems for securely storing and controlling access to vulnerable keys and vital equipment, including the latest body-worn camera technology. On stand L47, the industry leader in intelligent key cabinets and locker solutions will show how its bespoke systems are being utilised by the Emergency Services to better manage equipment, valuables and sensitive material. At the show, Traka will be demonstrating how its inno...
A complex set of biological, psychological, sociological, contextual and environmental factors are involved when a perpetrator decides to commit an act of workplace violence. In many cases, the perpetrator doesn’t really want to become violent; rather, they are seeking to achieve an outcome and mistakenly believe violence is their only option. An underused approach to preventing workplace violence is to consider the issue from the perspective of the instigator, to seek to understand their...
Matrix has been a consistent participant of the HITEC expos and will be participating at the Houston event this year as well. They will be unveiling our new Extreme series of Network Video Recorder (NVRX) at the event. This NVR is equipped with 4K decoding capacity and characteristics like Cascading (up to 20 NVRs), Camera-wise Recording Retention and Database Level Integration. It also has plenty of other distinct features like High Resolution Recording, Playback, and Simultaneous Local and Remote Monitoring along with Storage Retention for Higher Number of Days. Moreover, these latest NVRs are also backed with an intelligent software that helps detect threats and send instant notifications for Real-time Security. All in all, these comprehensive, flexible, reliable, integrated NVRX provide a proficient, persistent and preventive security solution, suitable for enterprises and multi-location offices. Based on organisation requirement, Matrix provides optimised shift planning, which enables admin schedule shifts to either an individual or a group of employees Tracking and managing shifts of employees Apart from this, Matrix will also be exhibiting their People Mobility Management solution for the hospitality segment. The solution can help manage multiple branches from a single location, track and manage multiple shifts of employees and manage access within premises. Based on organisation requirement, Matrix provides optimised shift planning, which enables admin schedule shifts to either an individual or a group of employees. Mobile being the next generation technology in terms of security, Matrix will display its ‘Your Mobile is Your Identity’ solution. In Mobile based Access Control, user either scans the QR code through his/her mobile or just twists the mobile to get access using Bluetooth. A user can automatically mark attendance using GPS or Wi-Fi through mobile application. Enhancing security with biometric solutions Additionally, to enhance the security, Matrix biometric solutions can be seamlessly integrated with any third party hardware such as Video Surveillance Solution, Magnetic Door Lock, Electronic Door Lock, Turnstile, etc. Witness cutting-edge Matrix biometric solutions at HITEC Houston. In the Telecom domain, they will be exhibiting ETERNITY NX and their Hospitality solution at the event. The Hospitality solution helps enhance guest experience and services, make staff more productive and streamline back office or administrative processes.
Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co., Ltd., a solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, signed a strategic cooperation agreement with BORSODCHEM ZRT, a chemical manufacturer top ranked in the field of MDI. This agreement means Dahua Technology will, together with its authorised local distributor, realise the implementation of its Intelligent Industrial Park Solution for the very first time in Europe. Witnessed by management teams from both sides, this agreement was signed by Vice President of Procurement and Logistics at WANHUA Borsodchem, Mr. Szabó János and Managing Director of CEE & Nordic at Dahua Technology, Mr. Colin Wang. Per the agreement, Dahua will, working with its authorised local distributor, upgrade the facilities’ surveillance and security systems as well as significantly enhance manufacturing and property safety by providing an array of security equipment and services to WANHUA Borsodchem’s Hungarian facilities, including manufacturing workshops, offices, warehouses, command centres, and industrial park perimeters. Dahua Technology, with its industrial park solution, will create a safer and greener facility for our partner’s employees and local community" Safer and greener facility Moreover, Dahua Technology’s intelligent industrial park solution will slash the park’s total emission and mitigate against the risk of environmental contamination, enhancing the park’s industry reputation. "As a leading solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, Dahua Technology is delighted to partner with an industry-leading company like WANHUA Borsodchem as well as powerful and supportive distributors. “In the near future, Dahua Technology, with its industrial park solution, will create a safer and greener facility for our partner’s employees and local community,” stated Managing Director of Region at Dahua Technology, Mr. Colin Wang. “We will continuous to focus on innovation, quality and service to achieve mutual benefit for our customers, partners as well as local communities.” “Innovation is the key to our business, and we are delighted to share a mutual commitment to this idea with our partner Dahua Technology. With innovation at the crux of our partnership, we will maintain strong lines of communication to ensure we reach our agreement’s full potential,” stated Vice President of Procurement & Logistics at WANHUA Borsodchem, Mr. Szabó János. Dahua will continue to develop through innovation, quality and services to provide integrated intelligent solutions to customers and partners Accelerating growth This agreement marks a milestone for Dahua Technology in not only Hungary, but also the greater EU market. Established in May 2016, Dahua Technology Hungary Kft, a subsidiary of Dahua Technology, has now proven to accelerate its steps into the local market - a successful movement of Dahua localisation strategy. With local employees to better serve local customers and partners, Dahua Technology has demonstrated its long-term commitment to local market clear and sound. With the world rapidly changing as technology advances, Dahua will continue to develop through innovation, quality and services to provide integrated intelligent solutions to customers and partners all around the world.
To provide a practical solution to the monitoring of transportation infrastructure, where maximum situational awareness is paramount, Bosch Building Technologies have combined the innovation behind their video security cameras with the video management expertise of Intelligent Security Systems (ISS). ISS is a developer of video management and video intelligence solutions. Their video management platform, SecurOS, focuses on securing large mission-critical applications such as industrial and manufacturing sites, transportation systems, banks, sports arenas, retail locations, and campuses & office complexes. Transportation security provides surveillance challenges in varying degrees of situation and scale, so effective license plate recognition is crucial SecurOS AUTO License Plate Recognition ISS differentiating video intelligence and image analytics solutions, whether it is Face Capture & Recognition (SecurOS FACE), License Plate Recognition (SecurOS AUTO License Plate Recognition), or Container Character Recognition (SecurOS CARGO) provide effective monitoring solutions to the transportation sector. Transportation security provides surveillance challenges in varying degrees of situation and scale, so effective license plate recognition is crucial. From tunnels and bridges where a situation can change in seconds, to regulating traffic flow into a city and capturing a profile of each vehicle, Bosch and ISS can provide answers to the questions that matter. Has a particular vehicle been permitted access to a specific area? Has that vehicle been stolen? What’s the insurance or toll subscription status? Has that vehicle been authorised to operate as a taxi? The capabilities even stretch to large-scale entry and exit points such as ports, borders and airport car parks. The ISS certified Bosch cameras responsible for capturing this data are incredibly robust and built to produce usable images 24/7 in the harshest conditions Cameras with built-in LPR mode Monitoring which vehiclesd are entering an area, and checking their legitimacy to be there, has never been more critical. Having the capability to capture license plates of every vehicle moving in the designated area give users complete awareness of traffic flows and usage patterns, allowing them to configure and manage their monitoring preferences efficiently and permit secure data exchanges with other operational management systems and services for efficient infrastructure alignment. If driving conditions were perfect all-year round, the job of an operations manager, for example, would be quite straightforward. But the reality is quite the opposite. That is why the ISS certified Bosch cameras responsible for capturing this data are incredibly robust and built to produce usable images 24/7 in the harshest conditions, including after dark by employing a supplementary infrared light. The selected cameras have a special License Plate Recognition (LPR) mode which is developed in collaboration with ISS to deliver accurate information even when faced with the challenges of glaring headlights and fast-moving vehicles. Utilising advanced algorithms results in a level of accuracy that can distinguish letters from numbers which is a crucial advantage, particularly in emergency situations Accurate information in all weather conditions High standards are applied to the quality of the images captured. By incorporating the SecurOS AUTO License Plate Recognition (LPR/ANPR) solution Bosch and ISS can provide several unique benefits for users, including the ability to accurately capture license plate information at 210 km/h (130 mph) in all kinds of weather conditions, including light fog, rain, and snow. Furthermore, utilising advanced algorithms results in a level of accuracy that can distinguish letters from numbers (so an “8” is not mistaken for a “B”, for example) which is a crucial advantage, particularly in emergency situations. The partnership with ISS supports Bosch’s belief that the logical next-step for security is to enable customers to repurpose the vast amounts of video data that they now can capture. Interpreting video data directly at source helps to improve levels of security substantially and can also offer clear business advantages.
Videx has launched its new IP intercoms that are ideal for a wide range of installations including office blocks, apartment complexes, hospitals and commercial buildings enabling the door entry system to utilise existing networks saving both cost and installation time. The Videx IP system is available as a convenient kit and as an expandable system which can be customised to suit the needs of any building. 12 gauge, 316 grade stainless steel vandal resistant entrance panels are available along with the popular 4000 Series modular style, all with a wide angle colour camera and with 1 call button up to a maximum of 42 call buttons and an input for an optional second camera. The videophone includes a touch screen 3.5” colour display enabling the end user to customise a range of settings as well as initiate calls to entrance points Wall mount 6200 series videophone Neil Thomas, National Sales Manager, at Videx said: “The beauty of IP systems over conventional systems is that IP systems don’t need dedicated wiring infrastructure and can be used on new or existing networks. These networks can be shared with other technologies such as CCTV, access control, building management and many others.” The kits include a wall mount 6200 series videophone and the entrance panel which is available in standard or vandal resistant form with surface or flush mounting options. The videophone includes a touch screen 3.5” colour display enabling the end user to customise a range of settings as well as initiate calls to entrance points, neighbours and internally to other extensions with the facility to have up to 16 videophones in each apartment or office. An event log can also be viewed on the videophone with a video capture feature to see missed callers. The kit also includes a 1.25A 12Vdc power supply which can be used to power the entrance panel, a lock release and the videophone if required. The videophone can also be powered via POE from a POE switch. IP systems offer greater flexibility to the installer, making it very simple to expand and alter a system as the need arises" Greater flexibility in expanding a system Neil added: “IP systems are generally very flexible and can allow for connections over an unlimited distance while utilising existing LAN, WAN, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G infrastructures using the Videx iOS & Android apps. Installers are now very familiar with IP technologies allowing them to use existing knowledge and experience gained while installing other security systems such as access control and CCTV. IP systems offer greater flexibility to the installer, making it very simple to expand and alter a system as the need arises.” Bespoke panel sizes are also available upon request. Available with engraved legend or back lit name plate windows and incorporate call progress LED’s to assist a caller. Entrance panels and videophones all have two relay outputs, two inputs and RS485 connectivity which can be used for a variety of functions such as door/gate release and activation of auxiliary functions.
It had been a particularly slow night. The plant security guard had just made his rounds on this Sunday evening shift. As soon as he passed the weighing scales, he could enter the guard shack and get off his feet. Challenging a curious incident However, on this night, he noticed the waste vendor’s truck sitting half on and half off the scale. He stopped dead in his tracks to see if the truck would back up and completely sit on the scale. It never did. The observant guard walked up to the truck and challenged the driver who seemed surprised. “Hey, you’re not weighing your truck properly.” The driver fumbled for a response before replying, “Sorry, I was on the phone with a friend. I didn’t notice it.” But this security guard had the presence of mind to demand the driver’s phone. The driver was caught off guard and surrendered the phone. The guard then pulled up the most recent incoming/outgoing calls and saw no calls during the last 30 minutes. “I don’t think so.” “You don’t think so what?” The security guard was frank, “You haven’t used this phone in over half an hour.” The truck driver sheepishly acknowledged the fact. It was decided to install CCTV covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting Preventing crime as it happens Knowing the driver was lying, the security guard ordered the truck back on the scale for a correct weighing and advised the driver that he would report the incident. The security guard wrote up his report and handed it off to his supervisor who, in turn, contacted the local corporate investigator. This investigator was soon on the phone with his boss at corporate headquarters on the other side of the world. Together with Security, they decided to install CCTV covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting. However, once completed, they waited. They would not have to wait long. For the next two months, the waste vendor trucks, filled to the brim with production waste, black-and-white paper and other waste products from the plant, would stop on the scale only for a moment and then drive the front half of the truck off the scale for weighing. It was obvious that the vendor was cheating the company by only paying for half the waste. After two months, it was decided to catch the next cheating driver “en flagrante.” Sure enough, the next truck went half on and half off the scale and was weighed. Security then asked the unsuspecting driver to park his truck and invited him inside the building to talk to a supervisor. The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet Waiting for the driver in a large office was the local investigator and his close friend, the Head of Security. After a difficult interview, the driver admitted to cheating on the scales over a two-year period—he claimed that some of the scale cheating was done at the direction of the vendor’s management, while some of it he did himself by “ripping off” the vendor—which he acknowledged was dangerous. Working with authorities The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet—they would see what they could do for him later on. In the meantime, Corporate Investigations had received a due diligence report on the vendor company which contained disturbing news—the company and its managers were associated with a countrywide waste management mafia. The report suggested that the vendor had a reputation for thefts and involvement in numerous lawsuits regarding thefts and embezzlement. Shockingly, no prior due diligence had ever been conducted on the vendor. Fortunately, the plant’s finance and audit team had maintained good records over the past 5 years and were able to re-construct the amount of waste going out the plant door and the amounts being claimed and paid for by the vendor. The discrepancy and loss stood at a multi-million dollar figure. After consulting with the local police authorities and company lawyers, it was decided to pursue a civil case against the vendor. Pursuing legal action The regional lawyer, the Head of Investigations, the Head of Security and the CFO invited the vendor to discuss the problem. Some of the evidence was shown to the vendor’s CEO who became indignant and, in order to save face, promised to fire the truck drivers and to repay any losses for the last two months. Inter-dependent entities - security, investigations, finance/audit and legal - combined their resources and agendas to form a unified front That was not enough for the company and a protracted legal battle ensued which lasted several years and resulted in the vendor’s paying almost the entire amount in instalments. The vendor was dropped from the contract and internal controls strengthened—the only plant employee dealing with the waste issue left the company and was replaced by two individuals. The plant also began paying more attention to the waste process and less to the production side. Several “lessons learned” come to mind. First, the tripwire came in the person of an astute and well-trained security guard who exhibited some of the best characteristics you want to see from men and women in that profession. The Security Department was also adept at installing the CCTV and capturing the fraud live on videotape. But a far greater lesson was learned—of what can happen when inter-dependent entities (security, investigations, finance/audit and legal) within a company combine their resources and agendas to form a unified front. The results speak for themselves.
Matrix Access Control Management is a comprehensive and flexible solution designed to meet access control needs of medium and large enterprises. This access control software allows controlling access on three dimensions simultaneously – user, zone and time, by answering three fundamental questions about who, where and when. In addition, the software ensures security of employees and assets with the help of value-added features like Anti-Pass Back, 2-Person Rule, First-In User, Blocked Users, Door Auto Re-Lock, Guard Tour, Man-Trap and Smart Card based Identification. 65,000 devices and one million Users Web-based software module Centralised monitoring and control Multiple access control policies User, zone, and time-based access Informative reports SMS and Eemail notifications on exception Integration with third-party hardware
HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, was selected by Skanska, one of the world’s project development and construction groups with operations in Europe and North America, to incorporate HID’s mobile solution for secure access to its new office complex in Warsaw. Powered by Seos, HID Mobile Access improves the user experience and increases security throughout the entire building – from the parking lot and elevators to areas with limited access to the public. Located at 173 Solidarności Avenue in Warsaw, the new Spark office complex is not only the new headquarters of Skanska, but a large part of the 70,000 square-meter office building has also been set aside for other tenants. Because the building is intended to be a mixed-tenant space, it was crucial to restrict access to secure areas from unauthorised visitors. Using smartphones for access The Spark building was designed to enable mobile access so that employees can now use their smartphones to open doors and enter secure areas. Skanska, with help from system integrator Sharry Europe, created a new system for building occupants that integrates numerous building applications, including HID Mobile Access. As a result, all building applications have been incorporated into an integrated mobile app, which marked an advancement in creating a more streamlined and convenient experience for the users. HID Mobile Access enhances the security for accessing our entire building" Both Spark building employees and their guests can now move throughout the building with nothing more than a smartphone, without the risk of them gaining access to restricted areas – unless the proper access rights are granted. When users arrive at the door, they simply tap their iOS and Android devices to an iCLASS SE reader using Near-Field Communications (NFC) or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and HID’s ‘twist and go’ feature to gain access from a distance. Any changes to the user’s access rights are remotely managed by the administrator through a cloud-based portal. Integrating all building applications into one “HID Mobile Access enhances the security for accessing our entire building. In one application, we have integrated all building applications, such as parking, virtual reception and other Internet of Things functionality, bringing the whole user experience to a new level,” said Renata Nowakowska, Innovation Manager at Skanska. “One of the most pressing objectives for facility managers in smart buildings is to crack the code on how to enable as many building applications and services on mobile devices as possible in order to simplify how occupants move through a facility and interact with building services,” said Hilding Arrehed, Vice President of Cloud Services, Physical Access Control. “Skanska’s integration of HID Mobile Access into their mobile platform is a perfect example of how organisations are leveraging the power of mobile credentials and the cloud to realise the full potential of creating a connected and more intuitive experience for their users, while increasing security at the same time.”
Aeroturn LLC, a turnstile manufacturer that offers 100% Made in The USA turnstiles, announced that the company was selected by Alliance Security to deliver a state-of-the-art turnstile solution for a high-profile New York based global media giant. Alliance Security is headquartered in New York and deploys a portfolio of security technology installation and managed service offerings. Alliance Security’s parent company, Alliance Building Services is comprised of Alliance Maintenance, Alliance Security, Alliance Restoration, Alliance Electrical and Alliance Painting & Flooring, which services over 60 million square feet of building space in the New York Tri-State region. Alliance Building Services holds an immense portfolio of clients across diverse industries that includes some of the highest profile organisations and real estate properties in the world. Security and technology solutions With an evolution spanning decades, Alliance Security has become an industry expert in security and technology solutions and was in the market for a turnstile manufacturer that demonstrated a trusted record of delivering reliable solutions to high-profile clientele. Aeroturn fit the bill perfectly. “Once Aeroturn U.S.A. validated they could accommodate and deliver technical and operational excellence in engineering and design, the Alliance Security management team was confident in selecting Aeroturn U.S.A. as the best strategic partner to deliver for our client,” states Simon Torres, Alliance Security’s head of Engineering Services. Alliance Security will now turn to Aeroturn U.S.A. in the future when seeking a reliable turnstile manufacture" For this particular project and scope, Aeroturn delivered a unique turnstile solution that complied with operational expectations and standards with products manufactured in the U.S.A. Further commenting on deployment success, Simon Torres from Alliance Security states – “Alliance Security and Aeroturn USA architecture and design needed to account for multi-area ingress and egress considerations with the goal of enhancing the employee and visitor experience – and we are happy to announce that our mission was accomplished seamlessly. Since we can classify this deployment as a tremendous success, Alliance Security will now turn to Aeroturn U.S.A. in the future when seeking a reliable turnstile manufacture that delivers design, operational and technical excellence.” Zero-maintenance turnstiles Aeroturn designs, manufacturers, tests, delivers, and installs the world’s only zero-maintenance standard and customised turnstiles. “We are extremely proud to have been selected by Alliance Security for this prestigious project and look forward to a long and prosperous strategic partnership in the future,” states Michael Stoll, VP of Technical Sales & Marketing at Aeroturn. The company’s customer first philosophy is the driving force behind its success. Customers and strategic partners like Alliance can rely on Aeroturn to deliver the very best in turnstile solutions.
IDF Aluminium installs doors and internal screenwork at the new headquarters of iconic sportswear brand Fred Perry in Clerkenwell, London. The work includes use of transom door closers, pole handles and door handles from Alpro as part of the renovation of nineteenth-century warehouse buildings into a complex of offices, showrooms, exhibition space and a rooftop deck over 24,000 square feet. The project extends across seven floors and the client gave all contractors a brief that the site should benefit from robust security but preserve a welcoming atmosphere and an aesthetic that respected the fabric of the original Victorian warehouses. Overhead transom closers Alpro’s overhead transom closers provide a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of aluminium doors and can have light, medium or heavy spring strengths to suit type of usage, with a 90-degree hold-open option. Transom closers are well suited for use at industrial heritage buildings such as the Fred Perry premises since the alternative options of spring hinges and floor springs often present problems with adjustment flexibility. The IDF installation also includes Alpro’s Functional 98 Series pull door handles on internal doors. These are manufactured from 316-grade stainless steel and can be straight or offset. The handles are supplied with bolt-thru or back-to-back fixings as standard and powder or nylon-coated finishes to the user’s precise colour requirements. In this case a powder finish was chosen to match the framework. IDF Aluminium ensures a quality service by designing and fabricating all its doors and shop fronts in-house with no use of sub-contractors Quality service The Fred Perry base is located on the corner of Mount Pleasant Street and Warner Street opposite the former Mount Pleasant sorting office. The many considerations for architects BuckleyGrayYeoman included preserving an iconic façade and working round plaques commemorating damage suffered by the building during World-War-II bombing. The interior fit-out including m & e systems was by Overbury and the base build contractor was Willmott Dixon. The new space was prepared to a demanding four-month deadline. IDF Aluminium specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of aluminium doors. The door solutions are designed for use in commercial and public-sector environments where usage may be high but maintenance costs must be minimised. The company has 30 years’ experience in the shop front and commercial door market. IDF Aluminium ensures a quality service by designing and fabricating all its doors and shop fronts in-house with no use of sub-contractors. The client portfolio covers transport, local government, healthcare and education from schools through to universities. This is IDF’s second heritage architecture project using Alpro equipment and follows works at Henry Wood House, a former BBC property in Marylebone.
A combination of SMARTair devices — wireless, battery-powered escutcheons, cylinders and wall readers ensure security at the new Almelo building, thereby also ensuring that the demands of a busy mixed-use environment are met. Authorised employees can use offices and warehouse spaces they need; shoppers only access the retail areas of this new Witzand superstore. "This building is our showroom and must come with a modern access control system: SMARTair is the right system for us,” explains Kevin Hoitink at Witzand Almelo. SMARTair wireless access control With SMARTair wireless access control, Witzand facility managers tailor the precise security levels they need for different areas of the building. It’s easy to manage and amend access rights for every site user, to ensure authorised employees come and go freely, while everyone else is kept out. The Almelo installation runs via an Update on Card system, which is ideal for premises with medium to high daily user traffic. With Update on Card management, administrators can set time-limited access rights and order audit trails when needed. Strategically located wall updaters provide a link between the software and the SMARTair-protected doors. It’s easy even for non-specialists to manage a SMARTair installation with the bundled, full-featured TS1000 admin software. Witzand’s new flagship building was awarded a score of 56.6% by the Dutch BREEAM sustainability certification program. Its employees, customers and valuable stock are kept safe by SMARTair.
The Spearfish West Africa base is located in Nigeria and will serve both new and existing clients across the fast-growing regional security market. Spearfish West Africa opened in Abuja, Nigeria earlier this year as a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK parent Spearfish Security. The new facility will provide localised consultancy and support to clients, managing risks and threats to personnel and facilities. The company specialises in supporting those facing security challenges in countries such as: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe and Togo. Spearfish's corporate client base includes companies in the finance, hospitality and manufacturing sectors Delivering security and risk managers Dan Hooton, managing director of Spearfish Security, said: "We are excited to open this office having worked extensively in the region for the past six years, delivering full time Security & Risk Managers to organisations operating in Nigeria. Having a permanent presence in West Africa reinforces our commitment to clients in this part of the world. It also ensures we can meet the needs of smaller organisations who may require support on an ‘as need’ basis, as well as larger clients looking to benefit from shared services.” Spearfish works closely with organisations in the Corporate and International Development sectors. Its corporate client base includes companies in the finance, hospitality and manufacturing sectors, while its experience in the development sector covers health, energy, agriculture, climate change and women’s empowerment. With Nigeria in the midst of an economic downturn, tied to the fall in crude oil prices, the country's security situation has deteriorated in recent years" Designing security strategies Spearfish's vast security and commercial experience enables it to deliver practical strategy and execution to organisations on a retained or per-project basis. Clients often engage the company to provide hands-on guidance for accommodation or trip management for employees; or to craft security strategies for offices or transportation programs. “With Nigeria in the midst of an economic downturn, tied to the fall in crude oil prices, the country's security situation has deteriorated in recent years,” continued Hooton. “As the Nigerian military and its international partners continue to disrupt Boko Haram in the country's northeast, other jihadist groups, such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State, are active across the Sahel, particularly in Mali, taking advantage of poor governance. This threat has also spread to nearby Niger and Burkina Faso, spurring the G5 counterterrorism partnership into action in 2018.” Growth in foreign aid across West Africa The risk of kidnap remains high throughout West Africa, largely from militant groups, but also from criminals seeking ransom, as in Nigeria's Delta region. At the same time, West Africa has also seen a rapid influx of foreign aid with growing numbers of charities, companies, NGOs and government agencies deploying in the region. Spearfish West Africa will be well-placed to serve this changing marketplace and offer clients peace-of-mind, enabling them to focus fully on their own operations.
A Shropshire coach company has beaten the fuel thieves who threatened to wreck their business after 100 years of operation by the same family. AT Brown (Coaches) Ltd of Telford installed monitored pulse fencing (MPF) to prevent break-ins, where burglars were syphoning off diesel from coaches. SPG Security Systems UK Ltd from Crewe installed an MPF from manufacturer Gallagher Security, which has literally stopped the criminals in their tracks. AT Brown was started by Alf Brown in 1916 and is now run by Alf’s granddaughter, Nina, and her husband Ewen MacLeod. After 80 years of operating on the busy Trench Road in Telford, the company relocated in August 2005 to larger premises on the town’s Hortonwood Industrial Estate. SPG retrofitted the Gallagher MPF onto the pre-existing security fence, ensuring no disruption to ongoing operations Ensuring smooth operation Mr MacLeod said: “For the first eight years on the new site, thieves were coming through the security fence and syphoning fuel out of coaches, despite having CCTV cameras and mobile patrols.” “The MPF has made everyone feel more secure, which is a very important factor, and now we can just carry on running our business the way we want to.” SPG, who have been installing this type of system for nearly 20 years, retrofitted the Gallagher MPF onto the pre-existing security fence, ensuring no disruption to ongoing operations. Monitored pulse fencing versus CCTV Founder and MD Simon Gleave said: “They’ve not had a single incident since we installed the MPF four years ago, which offers both a visual and practical deterrent. Once you’ve touched it, you don't want to do so again!” The business now runs a fleet of 24 coaches and employs a total of 27, including drivers, office and maintenance staff. Gallagher Security strategic business development manager Kevin Godfrey said, “CCTV can be really useful, but it tends to watch and not detect the crime. Our MPF is really easy to retrofit on to existing fences, so is highly cost-effective and it has negated the need for the patrols and the CCTV.”