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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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, 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?