CCTV: Getting started – What you need to know

Monday May 4th, 2015 in CCTV Surveillance

I have been advising on the use of CCTV for over 20 years and have seen the very best and very worst of CCTV over this time.

My view is that until you have a clear understanding of what CCTV can achieve in your environment, you should delay any buying decisions.

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Terrorist Threats – What security measures are we prepared to live with?

Monday March 23rd, 2015 in Counter-Terrorism

During an interview on 2GB recently, I was asked what security measures should be implemented in shopping centres following the Westfield terrorist threat.

It is a difficult question to answer because to properly advise Westfield or any other organisation about counter-terrorism specific security practices, you first need to qualify the level of risk.

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Facial Recognition – How does it work?

Monday March 23rd, 2015 in Latest Security Technologies

Facial Recognition is a technology that has been over promoted for many years. Much of the attention has come from Hollywood where it has magically solved all manner of crimes on television and in the movies.

In recent years, it has been implemented in commercial applications with good levels of success.

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Counter-Terrorism security practices in business

Monday February 16th, 2015 in Counter-Terrorism

How equipped is the private security industry to detect and respond to terrorism activities?

In the wake of the terrorist tragedies that have occurred both locally and globally, the issue of counter-terrorism has unfortunately capitalised a lot of our news. For the business world, it has raised two important questions – what can and should we be doing?

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Security Industry 2015 – What should we expect?

Monday February 16th, 2015 in Physical & Electronic Security

As businesses strive to create efficiencies and improved return on investment (ROI) against their physical security spend, we are seeing a subtle shift away from traditional security practices such as patrols and alarm response services.

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CCTV – Don’t get wooed by the latest technology

Monday February 2nd, 2015 in CCTV Surveillance, Latest Security Technologies

I am not necessarily an advocate for CCTV but as a 20 year veteran of the security industry, I understand how and where CCTV can add value. CCTV is just one available component of a good risk management strategy and exactly where CCTV fits, if at all, depends solely on the application.

CCTV is being promoted as the answer to all things security. Through recent industry articles and promotional material I have learnt that the installation of CCTV cameras will do everything from stopping terrorist attacks to eliminating shoplifting and preventing burglaries. This is simply not the case and let me explain why.

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Key tips to an effective counter terrorism strategy

Thursday December 11th, 2014 in Counter-Terrorism

People responsible for detecting and preventing a serious incident within the organisation need to be working to a formal strategy that is specific to the local environment. This will cover everything from security staff roles and responsibilities, detection methodologies and incident response and containment.

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Eight things your Security Consultant can do for you

Thursday May 22nd, 2014 in Security Consulting

If you are looking to engage a security consultant, it may be the smartest decision to make for your business if the expertise you need is not available within your own organisation.

Here are eight benefits (there are many more) of working with a security consultant that no other business professional can bring to the table.

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Technology leading the change in security

Friday May 9th, 2014 in Latest Security Technologies

Technology is having an enormous impact on our lives. It is changing how we work, how we socialise and how we communicate. There can be events occurring on the other aside of the planet and we can watch them unfold in real time on our tablets and smart phones.

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Security innovations bring rewards – Part 2

Wednesday July 31st, 2013 in PSIM

Consumer brands such as Apple, Microsoft and Samsung are influencing security management in a positive way through the significant take-up of smart phones and tablets like the iPhone and iPad.

CCTV software houses are recognising what can be achieved from these mobile devices and are now releasing mobile specific versions of their software.

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