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Geoff Firth: The emerging trend of integrated, intelligent buildings

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.

02 June 2017/Author: Erin/Number of views (2968)/Comments (0)/
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Alan Meyrick: Considering the security challenges for event organisers

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. 

26 May 2017/Author: Erin/Number of views (2610)/Comments (0)/
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James Brown: The Best Ways To Protect Your Property & Assets

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.
20 April 2017/Author: Erin/Number of views (3178)/Comments (0)/
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John Davies: Looking Beyond the EU for Security Exports

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.

29 March 2017/Author: Erin/Number of views (2776)/Comments (0)/
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Don Robins: The importance of sustainability to the information destruction sector

Responding to the Spring 2017 Budget

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’.

15 March 2017/Author: Erin/Number of views (2492)/Comments (0)/
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