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

  • 17 February 2017
  • Author: Erin
  • Number of views: 1727

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: 1962

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?

KABA launch Mobile Key Access for Village Hotels

New innovation for Access Control Security

  • 26 January 2016
  • Author: Liam Collins
  • Number of views: 2488

Paul Adams, Head of Technology and Product Management – Kaba ltd and British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Section Chairman for Access Control is proud to announce that they have been successful in partnering with Hetras to implement a fully-integrated Mobile Key Access solution for leisure hotel giants, Village Hotels who have over 28 locations in the UK.

Kaba ltd was founded in 1862 in Switzerland, looking back on 150 years of history the company has now become a leading global brand in the private security industry, employing over 7500 staff in more than 60 countries worldwide and offering their thousands of customers innovative and reliable security solutions. 

The increasingly important role of lone worker protection solutions in a world where reducing business risk is a major focus for employers.

  • 14 January 2016
  • Author: Liam Collins
  • Number of views: 2277

Craig Swallow is Managing Director of SoloProtect Limited, a company he founded in 2003 (originally named Connexion2 Limited) to focus specifically on helping clients address the risks associated with having lone working staff. Craig came up with the idea for a discreet personal alarm that incorporates GSM and GPS technology but designed to look like a regular ID card in 2001.

2013, the company was acquired and new investors (Kings III, Dallas, Texas) have supported the development of SoloProtect in the UK, mainland Europe and in the USA. The company now employs over 100 staff dedicated to the passionate delivery of value added solutions to all manner of clients.

Embracing Fresh Export Markets in 2016

  • 14 December 2015
  • Author: Liam Collins
  • Number of views: 1944
A graduate in Chemistry from University of London, John Davies joined TDSi in 2003 when it was owned by Norbain SD Limited and led the management buyout in February 2005. 
TDSi manufactures electronic access control and integrated security systems and export sales have grown to around 40% of the business.

John is the current Chairman of the BSIA’s Export Council and is also an industry representative on the Security Sector Advisory Group (SSAG) for UKTI DSO. Here, John gives an overview of some of the best areas to look at for fresh export business in 2016. 

Faraz Nasir: Aviation Security Review

  • 18 November 2015
  • Author: Matthew Grimley
  • Number of views: 2210

Faraz Nasir, Risk Analyst at G4S Risk Consulting – a member of the British Security Industry Association’s Specialist Services Section - gives a comprehensive overview of the aviation industry’s current climate and how the recent attacks in Egypt have affected security.

Simon Adcock: Making your CCTV system work for you

  • 16 October 2015
  • Author: Liam Collins
  • Number of views: 1975
Ahead of the BSIA’s CCTV Seminar and Exhibition, which takes place in Central London on 12th November, Simon Adcock, Managing Director of CCTV specialist ATEC Fire & Security Ltd and Chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV Section, shares an insight into how users can ensure their CCTV system is fit for purpose. 

Tom Bowman: A Guide to Body Armour for Security

  • 28 September 2015
  • Author: Amanda Caton
  • Number of views: 2958

Body armour can incorporate a wide range of products, from bullet proof helmets to stab proof vests. Tom Bowman, Communications Director of SafeGuard Armour, explains the vital considerations to make when choosing a solution.

Alan Lingwood: The Importance of Counter Terrorism Awareness

  • 22 May 2015
  • Author: Judith Denny
  • Number of views: 3685
Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron outlined plans to include a new counter-extremism bill in his Queen's Speech, saying the UK has been a "passively tolerant society" for too long. Here, Alan Lingwood (MSyI), Director at Lingwood Security Management Ltd, discusses the importance of choosing a private security provider that has encapsulated Counter Terrorism Awareness as part of their business culture.

Manifestation of Manifestos

  • 30 April 2015
  • Author: Anonym
  • Number of views: 1896

This has been the most closely fought election for four decades. Despite the fact that the electorate has become phlegmatic with politics, the next government is likely to be a rainbow of colours; potentially leaving the UK with a triumvirate. All of the parties have launched their manifestos for the electorate to pore over when deciding who to put their cross next to when they cast their votes on the 7th of May. Felix Parker-Smith, Public Affairs Executive at the BSIA, has a look at the various manifesto pledges.