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Steve Bell: Mobile solutions delivering greater flexibility and site control

  • 19 July 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 1054
The agility of mobile devices, combined with the aptitude of those using them, is transforming the security landscape and bringing a host of new benefits to the industry. Here, Steve Bell, Chief Technical Officer at Gallagher Security, looks at how mobile security solutions have advanced over time.

Like most industries, the security sector is embracing the benefits mobile technology can offer security personnel, whose role often extends far beyond the control room. For those who need to perform security tasks away from their desk, mobile devices now offer a level of versatility not seen before.

Geoff Firth: The emerging trend of integrated, intelligent buildings

  • 2 June 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 1157
Geoff Firth, Specification Manager at Boon Edam Ltd, a global market leader in entry solutions, discusses how increased security requirements for commercial buildings has impacted the development of access control systems over the past decade; leading to the emerging trend of integrated, intelligent buildings. 

Historically, access control security systems would predominantly be found in banks or government buildings, however over the last decade this has changed dramatically. It’s very rare to now walk into a building that does not have any form of security system installed. There are different drivers for this change, such as the ability to control and monitor personnel entering and exiting the building for fire regulations, to protect valuable equipment or data held inside; along with the increasing demand to protect a building against potential terrorist threats.

Alan Meyrick: Considering the security challenges for event organisers

  • 26 May 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 1031

In light of the ongoing terrorism threat in Western Europe, attention in recent years, especially since the November 2015 attempted attack on the Stade de France stadium in Paris, has focused on how we make our sporting, music, cultural and other large-scale events safer. The Manchester terrorist attack on 22 May involving a suicide bomber that left 22 people dead and 59 others injured has again brought into focus the challenges as to how we protect attendees. The attack seems to have deliberately targeted concertgoers as they left the Manchester Arena following the conclusion of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande. Here, Alan Meyrick, Senior Risk Analyst for G4S Risk Consulting Limited, looks at some of the key considerations when securing large scale events. 

James Brown: The Best Ways To Protect Your Property & Assets

  • 20 April 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 1483
Imagine a thief has broken into your home or business premises. They will target your most valuable items first – PCs, laptops, tablets and smart phones, anything they can sell on quickly. However, if each valuable item they come across is marked with a synthetic DNA solution – a unique formula of DNA, UV tracer and microdots - and is displaying a warning sticker, then the chances of the thief stealing it drops dramatically. James Brown, Managing Director of Selectamark Security Systems Plc and Chairman of the BSIA’s Asset and Property Marking Section discusses the benefits of DNA forensic marking in helping to reduce crime.

John Davies: Looking Beyond the EU for Security Exports

  • 29 March 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 1251

With the UK’s Brexit negotiations beginning to gather pace, the whole question of exports has become a lot more complicated over the last 12 months. With big changes approaching over the way the UK not only interacts with its European neighbours, but also the wider world, John Davies, Chairman of the BSIA's Export Council and Managing Director of TDSi, looks at the potential opportunities that could be presented following the triggering of Article 50.

Don Robins: The importance of sustainability to the information destruction sector

Responding to the Spring 2017 Budget

  • 15 March 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 1070
Don Robins, Managing Director and co-founder of Printwaste Recycling & Shredding and Chairman of the BSIA’s Information Destruction Section, discusses the importance of sustainability to the information destruction sector following the 2017 Spring Budget.

The Spring Budget, announced on  8th March 2017, touched on sustainability in a few areas, which was encouraging given that this Government has consistently promised to become the first ‘to leave the environment in a better state than it found it’.

Doug Edwards: The importance of efficient management when securing vacant properties with guardians

  • 13 March 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 1088
A recent judgement has highlighted the importance of ensuring that the legal requirements for property guardian programmes are fully met, applying the highest standards of compliance for the benefit of both the guardians and the property owners. Doug Edwards, Managing Director of VPS Property Guardians, 
discusses the value of property guardians in today’s housing market. The current rates hike controversy has bought increasing attention to property guardians’ schemes as being an alternative, albeit temporary, solution to finding affordable accommodation. Home seekers also have to contend with the rise of the cost of rent or ownership. There are some 50,000 homeless households in England alone, and the soaring costs of rent, and the high 5 to 6 figure deposits required to buy a property, has impacted hugely on people seeking accommodation.  

David Allison: The importance of security awareness in today's world

  • 17 February 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 1738

David Allison, CEO of BSIA member Octaga Security Services Ltd, discusses the importance of security awareness in today’s world. 

It still amazes me that with the global terrorist risks that society faces and the increasing lengths that saboteurs and individuals with malicious intent go to, to disrupt, damage or bring disrepute to companies and organisations, that security awareness is not always given proper consideration. 

Craig Swallow: Lone Worker security must be considered now more than ever

  • 13 October 2016
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 1972

Craig Swallow, Chairman of the BSIA's Lone Worker Section, discusses the importance of considering lone worker safety in a world where staff are more mobile than ever. 

The lone worker section at the BSIA is a relatively young section, reflecting the fact that the topic of ‘lone worker security’ is still fairly nascent when compared to the longer embedded aspects of the security industry such as manned guarding, access control or CCTV. My company, SoloProtect Limited, is one of a handful of companies that recognised the growing need of businesses to consider lone worker risk some 12+ years, ago but the market has accelerated over the last five years…why would that be?