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Professional Security Installer

MEET THE INSTALLER Sam Rodway of Ambush Security Systems

PSI PREMIER AWARDS Last chance to vote

PRODUCT TESTS Hikvision AX Pro Master Lock 1921EURD

EDITOR’S CHOICE A look at the best new products

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June 2021 – £4.00

June 2021


Professional Security Installer

5 Editorial At the time of going to press with this edition it was announced that the trade event IFSEC International had been cancelled for 2021

MEET THE INSTALLER Sam Rodway of Ambush Security Systems

6 Industry news News and events from the security and fire sectors

11 Appointments Movers and shakers from the security industry

12 TESTED – Hikvision AX Pro The new security system is put through its paces by an independent reviewer

PSI PREMIER AWARDS Last chance to vote

PRODUCT TESTS Hikvision AX Pro Master Lock 1921EURD

16 TESTED – Master Lock 1921EURD The ‘special edition’ padlock comes under the microscope for assessment

18 Editor’s Choice The pick of the latest security products with information from the manufacturers and handy QR codes

20 Social media The posts that caught our eye on the PSI Instagram feed



A look at the best new products

Take on an active role in the security industry

22 Get active, get involved This month we talk to Tom Ford of the BSIA about how you can help drive the future of the security sector

25 The PSI Premier Awards 2021

What are you waiting for? If you are a member of a security/fire trade association, in order to get the most out of your affiliation make sure you get involved and help shape the future of the sector

The finalists for this year’s awards campaign are revealed so now it’s up to you to pick the winners, but don’t hang around!

36 Get connected in 2021 There’s no IFSEC ‘In-Person’ event this year but there is a virtual alternative in June


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37 The 3xLOGIC Blog The final instalment in the series of blogs looks at how you can improve system scalability

39 Meet the installer Life in the security business with Sam Rodway of Ambush Security Systems

43 Skills competitions

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On and off again It’s not a good time to try and organise any kind of event at the moment as the organisers of IFSEC and Firex have been all to aware of since the previous shows in 2019


s we went to press with this edition the news filtered through that IFSEC International 2021, pencilled in for midJuly at ExCeL London, had been cancelled and the next show was being planned for 2022. This is a great shame, but due to lockdowns and government measures to contain Covid since March 2020 the show has been off and on again more than Joshua vs Fury so it didn’t really come as a huge surprise. We all know that IFSEC is a global event attracting visitors from all over the world - one of its three days is widely referred to as International Day - and the word “International” in its title gives it away, so the restrictions on travel and traffic light schemes for entire countries meant that by the time the show was officially cancelled for 2021 there were very few overseas exhibitors remaining on the list for taking part and likely very few people able to travel to visit the event from abroad. The official statement came from Chris Edwards, Group Director at Informa Markets, who said: “We’ve worked tremendously hard along with our venue and contractor partners to deliver an event that is both safe and successful for all involved, but it’s become clear that with the ongoing international travel disruption and general uncertainty caused by the pandemic that transitioning to a vibrant online experience that the whole international security community can be part of is the right thing to do.” And indeed it is the right thing to do when there is so much involved in staging a successful show for exhibitors, visitors, presenters and organisers. Back in our April edition we spoke to Informa’s Gerry Dunphy about the uncertainties that lay ahead for the staging of the event and he was quite candid about the problems the show was facing. He was also keen to point out that an “In Person” way of doing business wasn’t going to be the only IFSEC platform going forward: “IFSEC Connect 2021 is our approach to hosting a virtual event, but not like what people may have been used to seeing previously. We want Connect 2021 to be a platform focused on online meetings supported by four separate days of content. The model moving forward will be to provide a blend of online and inperson events.” So by the time you are reading this IFSEC Connect will be in full swing and you may have taken part and found the ‘virtual’ experience quite refreshing and rewarding. To be honest, looking at some of the mainstream media news coverage recently, it looks like plenty of people have forgotten how to socially interact with others “in-person” anyway... As a nation we are so close to seeing an end to Covid restrictions, but for IFSEC it was just too close to call for 2021. Andy Clutton EDITOR 5

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ABCA Systems welcomes investment partnership ABCA Systems has welcomed a significant new investment from Trimountain Partners and its investor partners including The Vorsprung Partnership and Cambridge Capital Partners, to support and accelerate the Company’s growth plans.

Zicam chooses Wisenet as its preferred video brand

In brief Connelly Security Systems (CSS) have partnered with Skills for Security to access its newly developed online technical Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses to upskill their engineers. Over the next year, CSS intend to use Skills for Security’s online courses to upskill their workforce, starting with an initial ten engineers.


Installer Zicam Integrated Security has announced that it has selected Hanwha Techwin to be its preferred single source provider of IP network video surveillance solutions. “As a systems integrator which is always looking to innovate and provide our end-user clients with added value from their video surveillance systems, we have decided to work ever more closely with Hanwha Techwin”, said David Salisbury, Managing Director of West Midlands based Zicam Integrated Security. “Whilst we always offer objective advice to end-user clients in respect of the best

Headquartered in Newcastle, with a national footprint and a workforce of over 170, ABCA is led by Managing Director Phillip Miller, who said of the news: “This investment from Trimountain will enable us to really accelerate our ambitious growth plans and further invest in our national infrastructure, systems and capabilities. This in turn will further enhance our service to customers and enable ABCA to continue to go from strength to strength.” With an annual turnover of £25 million, ABCA’s focus will remain on supporting its existing and new clients while also pursuing carefully selected acquisitions to drive further growth in parallel with investment in staff and infrastructure to support its expansion plans. ABCA plans to actively develop its client portfolio in the wider public, healthcare and B2B sectors, amongst others, and expand its geographic presence across the UK. Ali Khanbhai, Partner and Co-Founder of Trimountain Partners, commented: “We look forward to working together with Philip and the ABCA team to add significant value to their customers, service offering and market, with the ambition of taking the business to the next level in the years ahead.” cameras, recording devices and VMS available to meet their specific requirements, we have found for most projects we have been involved in over recent years that we have been able, via authorised distributors, to source everything needed from the Hanwha Techwin Wisenet product range”. Ben Speakman, UK Country Manager for Hanwha Techwin Europe said: “We are naturally delighted that a knowledgeable and highly professional systems integrator such as Zicam Integrated Security, has committed to recommending Wisenet branded products whenever possible to its clients. We are very much looking forward to helping the Zicam team capitalise on the new business opportunities being created by our next generation products.”

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Mayflex joins the Zitko Talent training initiative Mayflex has become a strategic partner to Zitko Talent: the new training initiative designed to fast-track entry level field engineers into fire and security. The 12-month programme offers trainees paid employment from day one, combined with around 300 hours of certified product training and theoretical study towards a Level 3 industry qualification. The product training is tailored to the trainee’s workplace.

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Tether Technology has partnered with DeepAlert to bring artificial intelligence to its range of CCTV cloud technology which integrates all surveillance devices across multiple sites with cloud analytics to visually interpret events. The Tether platform brings all physical security devices into a single visual dashboard. The system automatically detects and manages all cameras connected to the Local Area Network, stores images from selected cameras and provides a secure VPN to the cloud platform. Tether is non-proprietary with an open API platform and will integrate with any other security device it comes across.

has announced that it is merging with Direct Cable Supplies (DCS) under the SFX brand. Stuart Taylor, Founder & Director of SecuriFlex said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with Direct Cable Supplies. We believe the two companies, each with strong reputations for going the extra mile, can now build a stronger, more powerful business under the SFX brand that is focussed on depth of product range, quality and service, ensuring we exceed the needs of our wholesale customers.” As part of the merger, the combined stock will see over 1,250 SKU’s available from stock and a stock value in excess of £4 million. In preparation for the merger there has also been investment across the business including new personnel, new warehouse space, with over 40,000 sq. feet of office and warehouse space as well development of IT systems and machinery. Mayflex will be making its full range of courses available to Zitko Talent and working with fellow partners to identify and develop bespoke content. This will include leveraging assets in the digital / networking field. Tom Filce, Director of Sales in Security at Mayflex says: “With looming skill shortages it’s crucial for the industry to attract and develop its next generation of engineers. Zitko Talent provides us with a solid platform to help achieve this goal, alongside some excellent partners”.

DeepAlert adds to Tether’s system by bringing AI to the UK surveillance market, changing how people can monitor and manage their environments. With traditional video analytics alarms may be triggered by foliage blowing in the wind, pets, or authorised people on the scene. Object identification is critical in reducing the number of false alarms. DeepAlert makes use of both motion triggers and object detection using deep learning models using neural network technology to process and determine whether the video image matches known classes of objects which it has been trained to identify. It is this deep learning process that ensures the accuracy of object detection.

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David Arrowsmith and Ian Smith announce retirement plans and new structure QED has announced the planned retirement of its owners David Arrowsmith and Ian Smith who set up the business in 1997. Whilst the owners will retire with effect from 30 June 2021, they will retain ownership of the company. The retirement from the day-to-day operations marks the commencement of a planned succession, which will see QED’s current MD, Matt Philp taking overall operational and management responsibilities. As part of this restructure, the new strategic team will include Ian Garden, Sales Manager; Catherine Seddon, Marketing Manager; Andrew Judge, Finance Manager; Hannah Whittle, Operations Manager and Steve Constantine, Product Development Director. This team will allow QED to be more agile, whilst focusing on the most important areas of strategy and operational delivery with further changes to structures and positions throughout the company to come. A statement from David Arrowsmith and Ian Smith says: “In the last 20-plus years we have seen the business grow from strength to strength, weathering some difficult times and we have never been so grateful to our team who, responding to the recent unprecedented events, transformed and changed our company in just a few months to meet the challenges we all faced. Our colleagues adapted, changed and moved mountains and we will be forever grateful. “We believe that QED’s overall strategy remains even more relevant now than ever before and will provide clear focus and direction for the years to come. We have also learned over the past five months that certain elements of the strategy will now need to be delivered much more rapidly than originally envisaged, including the review of our structure, along with accelerating our plans for the future running of the business. I’m delighted that we have been able to appoint Matt Philp to the role of MD, who alongside the new strategic team will lead QED into a new era. “Thank you to all of our loyal customers and suppliers for their continued help and support as we continue to secure a long-lasting and sustainable future for QED.”

This month Simon Banks talks to Georgia Riley, Associate Director of Ambush Security Systems. Established in 1998, Ambush is a leading provider of security solutions for both domestic and commercial customers in London and throughout the Home Counties. How are Ambush approaching the UK’s All IP (Digital Voice) project? We have been aware of the limited lifespan of PSTN for a number of years and we have already upgraded a lot of our systems to radio-only solutions, such as DigiAir Pro. Many of the remaining PSTN-connected systems in our portfolio are located in areas where mobile signal is limited and/or connecting to an aerial is a challenge along with historical panels that don’t have the facility for an IP connection. As the All IP project is now ramping up, we have made the decision to upgrade all remaining customers to an entirely new system, including a new panel and CSL Connected, radio-only. What challenges are you facing from your customers as part of this? Most of our customers have been with us for many years and they trust us. We aren’t a company that continually increases prices and have built a long-standing relationship with many of them. They know that if we insist on them investing more to upgrade their system, there is no other option. We are asking them to allow us to continue to provide them with great service, but at the same time give them some added benefits. Also, and most critically, it ensures we continue to protect their properties. Our focus is to make sure the system can continue to send its signals to the ARC and the Police. Some of the systems are over 30 years old, they’ve not done badly to survive the years! Can you tell us more about the added benefits a new system can provide? For me the ease of use for the new systems is a big selling point. If an alarm is triggered on a new panel, it will then tell you what area has been activated with even things like adding codes and reviewing logs being straight forward. Another huge advantage is the facility to have hybrid systems, and being able to add additional detection without the hassle of cables is a huge bonus. This combined with the accessibility and visibility provided via the end-user Apps makes upgrading a really intriguing prospect for a customer. Their security system becomes so much more than just a safekeeping measure. A client is able to check to see if the cleaner visited today or if the children are in from school. It helps to give them more control of their world, without compromising on the reliability they depend upon. The App users tend to be a mix of those who use them regularly and some that just want it for the push notifications. How important is Police response? This is something we insist all our monitored customers opt for, for us it is a no-brainer. As a company we have always experienced exceptional levels of response from the Police whenever we have any confirmed alarms. It is an unparalleled service. By upgrading the remainder of our PSTN systems to radio we are also able to upgrade their URNs, ensuring our customers are compliant with the most up to date regulations. For those customers on a single path PSTN solution, who want to continue to have their property monitored, we need to do the full upgrade. When faced with the loss of police response we’re asked to upgrade them as soon as possible!

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app that has a more limited set of functionalities. A handover process is performed using the installer software that ensures that the installer cannot make changes to the system without the owner’s permission. In addition to the mounting screws, adhesive pads are provided for a number of the detectors, however, their use as a fixing method would void Grade 2 standard.

Set up options

What’s in the box? AX Pro alarm unit Wireless external sounder 2 x PIR detectors Wireless Magnetic detector 2 x key-fobs


he AX Pro can be purchased as a kit or individual components. The reviewed system was a DS-PWA96-Kit1-WE kit with the seven parts as listed. It is a wireless Grade 2 alarm system that can be used stand-alone or integrated into a management system. Additional modules are available to link to home automation products and systems. The DS-PWA96-M-WE panel supports up to 32 areas and 96 zones. This is the only part of the kit that must be mains powered (100 – 240v AC 50/60Hz 0.3A Max.) and this is supported by a 4520mAh lithium battery for up to 12 hours backup.

The installer app allows devices to be added by either scanning the QR code on the device or entering its reference details. Its configuration settings can then be accessed and set. While the panel does support a web server, it appears you must set the initial connection using the app and then use those credentials to log into the device browser. The documentation does not appear to provide any means to simply use a browser for configuration. There is a convoluted setup process that is not always helped by the documentation; the two-stage installation and user app approach can be frustrating but with regular use would be manageable. While the app does give some useful support videos these are open channel so can be interrupted by unannounced adverts and annoying promotional banners.

Hardware Getting started

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The various components are only supplied with a “User Manual” sheet that gives limited information in multiple languages; however, a QR code gives access to the latest full manuals from the Hikvision website. The main panel is supplied with a mains power lead, 3 tags and 4 screws with wall plugs. Its removable rear panel is used to mount it to the wall and the panel then slides onto this and can be secured by two captive crosshead screws. At the rear of the panel are the 2 pole mains connector, an RJ45 network connector, 2 x SIM sockets and a pair of 4 pole connectors with one marked as COM but these do not appear to be referenced in the manuals. Initial setup is performed by the installer using the Hik-ProConnect app. This can be downloaded from the usual Android and iOS stores or accessed via the QR codes on the panel’s box. It gives access to all of the configuration options and can be used to manage multiple sites. Individual system users will use the Hik-Connect

Five device types were provided for the test as follows: Main panel – This is a neat, square, wall-mounted panel of 170mm x 170mm with a depth of just 38.6mm. Its weight is approximately 558 grams. Battery recharge time is given as 4 hours to attain 80%. Current draw is 340mA when on battery or without an alarm and rises to 405mA on alarm. A low voltage message is given when the voltage drops to 3.55V. Three proximity tags are provided in the box and these can be programmed to arm / disarm the system as an Operation tag or to upload a record as a Patrol tag. The two SIM sockets allow for secondary alarm channels to be added, with data limits for each. PIR detector – conventional appearance with a single CR123A 3V battery for power for an expected 5 years. A single captive crosshead screw retains the front panel. Inside are the power and tamper switches. Drill holes are available for flat wall or corner mounting or alternatively an optional bracket may be used. Before use the PIR must be “formatted” by holding down the

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The product is well suited to central monitoring with a range of protocols supported. A reasonably wide and increasing range of detector types with scope for integration with home-automation systems

8.5 out of 10 NOTE: This PSI Product Test was carried out by an independent third party, not editorial staff. The manufacturer had no input in the review or the final result


tamper switch for 8 seconds at first power on. The red LED flashes three times to confirm success. The device has an 85.9° detection angle and a 15metre range (12 metre EN compliant). Sensitivity can be set to Auto, High or Pet (up to 30kg) via the app. Magnetic detector – a small unit of 103mm length and around 23mm square with a magnet of 34.4 x 13 x 11.4mm. Battery life expected to be up to 5 years. The manual shows a diagram that suggests a screw holds the cover in place, but the device has a small indent in this location that gives the impression of a push point. Unhelpfully the supplied document states “Dig the groove to disassemble the device”. It is held with plastic clips so a very careful removal by a small blunt flat screwdriver removes the cover without damage if caution is used. Within the device a power switch is used to turn the unit on. This device also has a formatting requirement but in this case is just a matter of holding down the tamper switch while powering on and waiting until the red LED flashes three times. Enrolment is simply a matter of reading the QR code or entering the device data into the Hik PRO Connect installer app. Two external inputs can be fed into this device via a 4-pole connector, with a mating plug and lead supplied. External sounder – with a plastic IP65 enclosure of 190 x 200 x 47.3mm and a weight of just 607 grams, the unit is powered by 4 CR123A 3V batteries and is stated to have a battery life of around 3 years, assuming it’s triggered once every two weeks for 90 seconds a time. Sound level is given as 110dB but can be software reduced. A single captive crosshead screw holds the cover in place. This can be quite tricky to remove when new due to the close-fitting casing but would be much easier when wall mounted. The cover design allows for it to be hung from the base during servicing. This external unit can optionally be 12 Volt powered but that would then remove its EN compliance. A spirit level is included in the base to aid installation. This unit also has an 8 second tamper hold formatting requirement at power-up before it is enrolled. Keyfob – this is a 4-button device of around 64 x 35 x 12mm weighing 16g. It is powered by a CR2032 3V button cell that has an expected life of 3 years. A 3-colour LED shows status and it is

given on operational range in free space of 900 metres. This item is simply enrolled onto the system by scanning the QR code and pressing any of the four buttons. These buttons are for Away arming, Disarming, Status check and Stay arming. Buttons can be software configured individually or in combination for specific actions such as Panic alarm or Garage door control. Additional devices are available, such as a wireless keypad, a PIR Camera, wireless internal sounder, tag reader, repeater, wall switch, and a relay module. To conserve battery power the PIR camera provides a configurable 1 to 10 still frames at up to 640 x 480 pixels. Other devices such as Panic buttons, PIR-Glass break detectors, Smoke and Water leakage detection and Smart plugs are suggested on the UK website, but limited information is currently available.

Performance Once installed and configured the system performs well with simplicity of setting and unsetting the alarm for both home and away modes. The panel provides a “voice guide” audio feedback of status changes such as “System armed” in a female American accent, the volume can be adjusted using the app. Users of the app can monitor the status of their devices along with battery level and connection signal strength. A “Find me” option allows all devices to be identified in complex systems, by flashing their LED. All such test modes run for a maximum of 3 minutes to conserve battery power. Video clips from IP cameras can be associated with alarm events. The vocal feedback from the panel is particularly useful during alarm setting as it clarifies any devices that are in fault or active mode that may prevent effective setting. Device range is very good but will depend on building structures.

Conclusion A compact grade 2 wireless alarm system with extended battery duration and flexible remote management. The product is well suited to central monitoring with a range of protocols supported. A reasonably wide and increasing range of detector types with scope for integration with homeautomation systems.

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Master Lock – 1921 EURD

plastic pack. The keys are held in place with the teeth covered, thus shielding them from sight. The keys are unclipped first and then using one of the two supplied keys, the padlock can be removed from the packaging.

In use

What do you get? Lock Keyring 2 x keys

Chances are this sturdier than average padlock will more than fulfil any requirements put upon it

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o celebrate its 100th anniversary this year Master Lock launched a special edition “Collector’s Padlock” that comes with a free Key Chain. This limited-edition padlock features a sturdy 54mm laminated steel body and can reportedly withstand outdoor climates, offering maximal resistance against prying attempts. For cut resistance, the padlock is made from a 29mm tall, 8mm diameter hardened boron alloy shackle. Additionally, its four-pin cylinder prevents picking attacks, and its dual ball-bearing locking mechanism offers robust protection. All of which results in the padlock gaining a Master Lock security level rating of nine out of ten, which means the company says it is ideal for securing garden sheds, gates, heavy-duty equipment etc. To commemorate the 100-year Anniversary the padlock is adorned with the brand’s emblematic lion head, a logo which was recreated for the celebration, acting as a reminder of the brand’s values: strength, courage, and resilience.

Getting started The padlock and free gift key chain (or as we call it in the UK, key ring) are supplied clipped to a

The padlock is rather similar in looks to the design of the six-pin, 65mm wide 6127EURD Pro Series unit and the five-pin, 38mm wide 911DPF available in the US, but the 1921 EURD is a fourpin cylinder lock with a 54mm wide reinforced laminated steel body which has enough weight to it to make it feel quite sturdy. The protective cap underneath the lock, which keeps out rainwater, fits very snugly over the key access point and may need a strong nail or even a screwdriver to remove until it has had some working. The key slides in very smoothly and the bolt is sprung so there is some resistance when turning the key to the right. The shackle is not spring loaded so turning the key will not make the lock spring open, instead you need to pull on the unit to release the shackle and keep the key turned. To close the unit, the key does not need to be in place, so the shackle can be returned into the body for dual ball bearing locking without the need to have the key turned at the same time.

Conclusion As already mentioned this is not a brand new design of unit for Master Lock but it does differ from the similarly looking padlocks with its specification. The cylinder could have been a higher spec than four-pin for the lock as it is a special edition, but at the same token, it is a commemorative lock from Master Lock, it is not meant to be taken as their ultimate lock. The return of the original lion branding gives the unit a classic look and the addition of the key ring is a nice touch. The Master Lock 1921EURDCC 100th Anniversary Collector Padlock is available from a variety of retailers with a suggested retail price from £26. Chances are this sturdier than average padlock will more than fulfil any requirements put upon it when securing sheds, gates and storage boxes etc, but as it is a special edition, maybe buy an extra one and leave it all packaged up for a future episode of Flog It!

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Cameras “driven by OSSA” allow for customised apps

Bosch has introduced the first cameras based on its Inteox open camera platform starting with the MIC inteox 7100i. The new MIC inteox cameras share the same characteristics as the rest of the MIC camera family and support predictive solutions with machine learning, neural network based video analytics, and thirdparty software apps for customised applications. The Inteox cameras can be classified as “Driven by OSSA” which signifies that the cameras follow the Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA) Technology Stack for video security devices, ensuring seamless connectivity with the Security & Safety Things (S&ST) Application Store. The cameras also allow for the easy creation of customised software apps that can be deployed on the Inteox cameras afterward. Market players can mix and match apps from the S&ST Application Store or develop software apps to create new solutions. In addition, Bosch has introduced two Inteox development kits containing either a bullet camera or mini-dome camera to complement MIC inteox cameras in pilot installations.

New all-weather thermal camera series featuring AI

Hikvision has launched HeatPro, a thermal series of cameras designed to provide affordable all-weather deterrent and alerts. The HeatPro Series Cameras feature deeplearning thermal video analytics for perimeter protection and object temperature measurement and fire detection with real-time alarms. Features like human/vehicle classification, visual and auditory alarms for perimeter protection, and temperature exception alarms for fire prevention make them ideal for SMB (small and midsize business) applications. The cameras focus on short-range perimeter protection (0-50meters), where they deliver target detection and classification. The use of AI means that the cameras can distinguish between a person and a vehicle. Traditionally, these would be recognised as a single ‘target’, but intelligent algorithms mean that they can be detected separately, increasing accuracy.


Update includes biometrics and real time tracking

Inner Range has released the Version 21 update for its Enterprise-level system Integriti, which includes integrations with Suprema biometrics and Quuppa real time location tracking. The new integration with Suprema allows users to add thumb and face scans as access credentials, which can be used in addition to smartcards and PIN for high security with trouble-free access. The integration with Quuppa means tagged information from the Quuppa system can be associated with Integriti entities, allowing direct control of the asset from either system. The asset could be an object, or a user associated with it.

Outdoor wireless contact for maximum coverage Pyronix has launched the MCEXTERNAL-WE outdoor wireless magnetic contact which extends perimeter protection applications to secure sheds, garages, gates and more, with remote voice push notification alerts via the smart device apps, HomeControl2.0 and ProControl+. Featuring an IP66 rating, the Grade 2 device provides a wireless range of 300m in open space and is described as easy to fit and calibrate, while delivering reliable performance with reduced false alarms, even with gaps of up to 70mm between contact and magnet. Connect the MCEXTERNAL-WE to security cameras to provide perimeter protection with voice push notifications and instant video verification of any intrusion via ProControl+.

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EDITOR’S CHOICE The security industry is busy and complex, so it’s easy to miss new products and services as they get lost in day-to-day activities. Every now and again, certain products grab our attention so here we take a look at a few of the products we think you won’t want to miss this month.

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Videcon has launched the Concept Pro ColourSmart camera range providing clear full colour imagery 24 hours a day. The ColourSmart cameras have a large lens and image sensor which allows them to let in as much light as possible and a warm white light which will activate if there isn’t sufficient ambient lighting to keep the image in colour. Each camera is also equipped with Videcon’s Deep Learning technology, which means that sensors focus only on events that matter and can distinguish people and vehicles from other moving objects.

2N has launched WaveKey access technology giving building owners and users safer options for accessing and reconfiguring office or residential space as general Covid restrictions are lifted but social distancing or testing requirements remain in place. The new patented mobile access technology is reportedly capable of unlocking a door in 0.3 seconds and also solves the security challenge around totally contactless ‘proximity’ modes, completely eliminating the risk of unwanted door opening as a user walks by. WaveKey thus resolves limitations that have sometimes been associated with earlier versions of Bluetooth access control technology.

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LTE-enabled home security system is launched IoT solutions business Essence Group has launched the WeR@Home+ security and home management platform and is partnering with Securitas Direct Switzerland to pilot the new offering. The company is also looking for UK-based suppliers and service providers to form new technology partnerships. WeR@Home+ leverages IoT technology to expand Essence Group’s existing WeR@Home smart home management offering, including connectivity to LTE networks, a new family of connected security devices, and a set of reporting and analytics tools for service providers. The new central hub includes 4G LTE, in addition to Wi-Fi connectivity, and an extended battery backup to ensure the system is always connected. The HD, battery-operated video camera provides verification over a secure radio frequency connected locally to the hub. The platform also comprises the S5 Family of detectors, featuring a magnetic door/window sensor, a motion sensor with multi-zone spherical lenses for enhanced coverage, a curtain sensor, and a multifunction button that can be programmed to perform a variety of security and smart home actions. Upgraded cloud capabilities provide stability and flexibility for systems installers, including an interactive and customisable smartphone app and administration centre, with enhanced reporting and analytics capabilities, enabling them to customise and deploy solutions tailored to customer needs.


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Don’t just sit there! This month PSI talks to Tom Ford of the BSIA about why installers need to get involved with the Association to help shape the future of the industry om Ford is the Membership Development Manager at the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). He is responsible for growing overall membership and providing support to the Association’s existing members. PSI caught up with him to find out why the Association is targeting systems installation companies.


Tom Ford, Membership Development Manager at BSIA

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What does the BSIA offer for installers? We work with member companies that span the length and breadth of the security industry and a large proportion of our members reside within the Security Systems section with a focus on installation. We work with these members in a lot of ways to support their part in the industry; to drive and develop standards, to lobby on their behalf, to raise perceptions, tackle difficult issues and to work with their businesses to raise their profile and support their growth, celebrate best practice and really try to give them a commercial edge where we can as well. There are a lot of things we can do for our installer members. Are there any common concerns that installers bring to you? I think that ‘concerns’ probably isn't the right word, but there are some factors that regularly require our help. Tendering is something that members often come to us about; from my time with the BSIA many security installation companies have come to us for membership to fulfil tender requirements. People know that our joining requirements are robust and the application process isn't easy, so it makes complete sense that other organisations want to incorporate the BSIA into their tender processes. Standards is another area that we provide a lot of help with. The Association is made up of many active sections giving a holistic representation of the industry. Security installers have a tough job adhering to so many rigorous standards, I think that's fair to say, but their importance can't be underestimated. There are a lot of young companies out there that need support and guidance at the beginning, and what better time to help shape the future of the industry than at the start of the journey in

the sector. A desire for installation companies to align themselves with other strong, professional companies is what I see happening rather than people bringing us concerns. When it comes to the BSIA plenty of people will think of Skills for Security. How important is training in the sector? Skills for Security is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BSIA and it's growing under the leadership of David Scott, going from strength to strength. We're working with an increasing number of companies throughout all of our designated sections. The industry is so vast and its many requirements need to be taken care of from a training perspective in order to fill in the skills gap that we all know about, particularly when it comes to systems installation. The BSIA through Skills for Security is at the heart of that drive to enable installation companies to develop more skilled engineers and maintain technology awareness. You also work with systems manufacturers. Is most of that work along the lines of helping with standards and overseas promotion? It is in part. We have 14 active sections of the BSIA working with companies in security systems, security equipment manufacturers, security officer services, training providers and everything in between. We support our systems manufacturers in the development of Standards, best practice guidance and overseas promotion by way of our Export Council. But in addition to all of that we have technical working groups, supporting the design and delivery of important subject matter to our membership base being carried out all of the time. During your time in the industry what have been the positive/negative changes across the sector? My time in security has been relatively brief as I'm about 18 months or so into it now, but I cut my teeth as a fire protection engineer and from there I moved into professional bodies and trade associations. In my experience I've seen that the industry is absolutely filled with people who are passionate about what they do. They are only

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too aware that if we stand still, we're moving backwards; things change and evolve constantly in this industry, more so than in most industries in my opinion. For example, you see legislation, technology, standards and best practice changing all of the time. A positive that I see if how our members act selflessly to better the industry for everyone and they welcome changes as opportunities to grow and learn. Other positives include the development of ECHO and the growth of Skills for Security. Is the skills gap the main negative you've seen? It is certainly something that needs addressing, but I like to focus more on positives than negatives. I work from a really wonderful position where I get to see what happens across each of the BSIA sections and okay, there are some negative stories out there, but for every negative there are two positives. For me, there are more positives to be celebrated than there are negatives to be concerned about. What do you think the long-term picture will be for British companies regarding Brexit? The best part of my job is that I'm surrounded by some really great people and I think for me to best answer that question fairly answer that question I'm going to tell you a couple of things that I've recently been told. Simon Banks of CSL who is Chairman of the BSIA said to me that the security industry isn't recession-proof but it's certainly recession resilient. It's a huge industry that nobody knows about until you're in it and its constantly evolving and growing. One of our member companies said to me in April that everybody thought that business and the economy would come to a grinding halt when the pandemic hit, but it did no such thing. The security industry took stock, pivoted and repositioned itself to meet the new demands and working arenas. So my answer is, if you think about those statements and then think about an industry worth £billions filled with passionate, dedicated and talented people, technology changes, emerging markets with demands that ebb and flow. I don't know what the long-term impact that Brexit is going to have, but what I do know with absolute cast-iron certainty, is that this industry is strong, and it will stand up to anything that comes its way with professionalism and most of all, solidarity. Look how well we all re-positioned over the last year; I hear nothing but positive

views on this industry in that we will continue to change and will continue to grow. Some of the best security companies in the world are British - we set the standard for so much as to what "good" looks like, what best practice is and what we should be doing as a minimum requirement in certain sectors within the industry. I don't think Brexit is going to change that. Money's always tight and people have to prioritise where they think they are best off spending so what is the future for trade associations? My advice to anybody looking to align themselves with a strong trade association is that now is a good time to do it. In the face of all of the uncertainty, the changes we have seen and are yet to see, a strong trade association holds the line for a lot of companies and offers solidarity, a voice and guidance during difficult times. My advice would be to align yourself and actively engage with your chosen trade association because value is directly proportionate to engagement. It's as simple as that. So if you choose the BSIA, come and talk to me and my team, if it's any other association, make sure that you are prepared to engage with them. The last thing you want is to sit on the sidelines and then react after the event. If you want to help to shape the direction of the professional security industry, you need to have a voice and engage to see value from your investment with membership. Don't just take my word for it, ask current members about what they get out of it and get involved.

“If you want to help to shape the direction of the professional security industry, you need to have a voice and engage to see value from your investment with membership”


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ver the last few months we asked you to tell us which products and suppliers were worthy of recognition as the best that the industry has to offer. Features, benefits, ease of installation and best service are all factors in the reasons why the following entries were nominated, but as to who the final winner in each of the categories is comes down to the online votes cast by the industry. Take the time to look at all of the entries then visit our website ( to cast your votes for your favourites. Final date for voting is June 21st so be sure to make your selections by then. So here are the finalists for the PSi Premier Awards 2021:

CCTV PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2021 Bosch – FLEXIDOME IP micro 3000i The FLEXIDOME IP micro 3000i is built for 24/7 performance, with a range of surveillance features, including Essential Video Analytics, and is designed for easy installation. The compact and minimalist design provides installation flexibility and various mounting options.

Dahua – TiOC Series

TiOC (Three in One Camera) is an automated monitoring and surveillance camera featuring active deterrence via a red and blue light along with a speaker that delivers prerecorded or customised warnings at more than 110dB.

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Panasonic – i-PRO X-Series

i-PRO X-Series cameras employ an AI engine with on-board analytics to detect suspicious changes in scenes, automatically adjust image settings of the scene being analysed, and optimise video compression to conserve network bandwidth and server storage capacities.

Partizan – COD-454HM UltraHD

This IP66 rated camera has a resolution of 8.0 MP for clear images of persons or even car number plates. The lens of the camera has a fixed focus length of 2.8 mm and the camera switches mode automatically at night to ensure image quality at a distance of about 30 metres.

Tyco – Illustra Flex MultiSensor

This multi-sensor dome camera provides four 4MP camera views from a single location over a single network cable using one IP address. The internal or external use unit can easily be positioned for 360° coverage

Uniview – ColorHunter

Scoring an impressive 9.5/10 in a PSI test in 2020, this camera is from the Wisenet X range and incorporates a PoE extender capability to simplify installation when installing a second unit.

The ability of UNV ColorHunter camera to capture colourful details in ultra-low light scenarios comes from three breakthroughs in hardware: super large aperture, progressive BSI sensor and friendly lighting LEDs.

Hikvision – DS-2CD2087G2-LU

Vivotek – FD9392-EHTV-O

This ColourVu series camera is an IP67, 8MP bullet designed for 24/7 colour imagery with warm-white visible LED illumination support for zero light scenes. It scored 9/10 in a PSI review recently.

The first ‘Driven by OSSA’ camera employs the Qualcomm chip and can process video content analysis and calculation for AI-related applications on edge. The FD9392-EHTV-O is described as an AIoT intelligent network camera.

IDIS – IDIS AI Covid Box

This simple appliance includes functions for social distancing adherence, people counting and occupancy control, crowd detection, mask detection and comes with an intuitive trafficlight system that displays real-time occupancy information and dashboards and tools for reporting.



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RE:SURE Go is a BS: 8484 approved app that turns a phone into a personal panic alarm and lone worker device. When the holder shakes the phone it provides the monitoring service with immediate GPS coordinates and video and audio clips of any incident.

IDIS – IDIS Deep Learning Analytics

The artificial neural network acts like the human brain, learning from experience. It can analyse vast amounts of data points taken from video footage across single or multiple cameras allowing it to first detect and then identify an event or threat, while filtering out false alarms.

Texecom – Texecom Cloud

Texecom Cloud’s built-in remote maintenance and Health Check services automate and record the maintenance process, making it easy for installers to offer maintenance contracts and saving unnecessary site visits – adding recurring value to end users and saving installation companies time and money. With the Vigil VMS platform, job creation and ongoing maintenance costs will be cut while an easier and shorter installation time means that more set-ups can be completed in the same time frame.

Bosch – Inteox

Honeywell – MAXPRO Cloud

Designed according to fully open principles, the Inteox platform combines built-in Intelligent Video Analytics from Bosch, a commonly-used open Operating System (OS) provided by Security & Safety Things, and the ability to securely add software apps at a later date.


The HKC App, available for Apple, Android and Windows devices, delivers alarm alerts, images and messages via both audible and text notifications. Set and Unset functions, log interrogation and image capture can now be carried out from any location.

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Cathexis – CathexisVision

The CathexisVision IP Video Management Software suite provides a range of solutions to satisfy the security and infrastructure management requirements across a variety of market sectors. The open architecture enables IP cameras, recording servers, viewing infrastructure, and third-party systems to be seamlessly integrated.

3xLOGIC – Vigil VMS


Provision-ISR DDA Video Analytics can distinguish the type of object and to activate an alarm only in the case of a truly suspicious detection. This ability significantly reduces false alarms caused by rain, shadows, light changes, shacking trees, animals, etc.

Designed for SMB businesses, MAXPRO Cloud improves customer performance, ensures efficient safety and security, minimises loss of inventory in retail environments, reduces IT infrastructure costs, and streamlines operations by empowering owners to make informed, realtime decisions at any time, from anywhere.

Videoloft – Cloud Adapter

The Videoloft Cloud Adapter is a small bridging device which makes it both easy and affordable to add offsite cloud video storage to new and legacy CCTV systems making it possible to record straight to the cloud from an IP camera to simplify the installation and also save space onsite.

Design Automator is a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for the security systems industry that automates the engineering process, eliminates human error and delivers system wide consistency, whilst saving both time and money. The solution can be applied to new installations, system upgrades, system migrations and data unification activities.

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The Camect NVR uses AI routines to identify specific subjects within the scene and to prevent false alarms. It provides access from a phone, tablet, computer, or Amazon Alexa device. Users can view live cameras, recorded video, and get detailed alerts so they know what is happening at home or business.

CSL – MiniAir 2

MiniAir 2 is a radio communicator for residential premises and is an upgrade to a bells only system fitting into existing or legacy control panels. An app enables end-users to arm/disarm, view event logs and receive push notifications in the event of an activation and has the option to enable ARC monitoring permanently or temporarily.

HKC – GSM/WiFi Communicator

The GSM/GPRS unit is supplied with a pre-fitted World SIM and communicates with SecureComm, the cloud based solution, via the HKC APP and SmartLink700 software providing a heartbeat connection to the GSM-SC which will signal a loss of communication in the event of an interruption in the GPRS signal.

Hochiki – Ekho

Ekho is a wireless based family of products which can be integrated into Hochiki’s ESP hardwired system. At the core of the system is the wireless Translator module. It is hard-wired to the fire alarm control panel loop and communicates continuously with the wireless devices. Wireless Expander modules are used to extend the radio mesh network, increasing reach and capacity.

WD – 18TB Purple HDD

Built for 24/7 security systems and with a supported workload rate of up to 180 TB/yr and support for up to 64 cameras, Purple drives are optimised for surveillance systems. The drives are designed to support Deep Learning analytics in AI capable NVRs, and feature an enhanced workload rating of up to 360TB/yr.

Monitoreal – Video Assistant

The unit offers accurate object detection with the base model working with up to six cameras, using AI-based algorithms to detect 20 different types of objects (people, cars, trucks, dogs, etc) allowing users to see what matters and ignore what doesn't.

RISCO – RisControl

RisControl is a responsive, high resolution 8” touchscreen keypad that provides enhanced security and control allowing users to easily and quickly view live video and recordings from VUpoint IP cameras and NVR Solutions.

Seagate – 18TB SkyHawk AI HDD

Built to meet the demands of an always-on large workload in an AI enabled NVR system, SkyHawk AI 18 TB accommodates recording and analysing footage simultaneously from multiple cameras which equips customers with faster and smarter footage analysis by eliminating data latency and processing.

URFog – Purifog

Changing the fluid in a security fogging device to Purifog cleans and hygienises the air by depositing suspended microparticles on surfaces removing more than 99% of bacteria. Purifog also contains a surfactant, which helps to remove bacteria completely by wiping with a damp cloth.

Zyxel – GS1350-6HP

The Zyxel GS1350-6HP is a “Smart Managed Switch for Surveillance” with hardware and software designed specifically for surveillance camera use. The 6-port version has five PoE enabled ports and one SFP socket and scored 9.5/10 in a PSI review.


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Designed in response to feedback from UK installers, GT Plus is a hybrid wired and wireless system, featuring a scalable control panel for any type of application - residential, small business or commercial, with maximum flexibility, up to 512 zones.

SATEL – Slim Line PIRs

Each detector comes with a lens designed specifically for SATEL which provides a detection area with dimensions up to 20 m x 24 m and 90° viewing angle. Uniform appearance of all detectors installed in the premises makes it difficult for an intruder to identify the specific model used in the system.

Texecom – Capture

With a choice of EN Grade 2 wired or wireless connectivity, wall or ceiling mounting, and a choice of detection technologies including dual element, quad element or dual technology sensing, Capture suits a variety of security environments.

Orisec – W-CP-40K

The wireless touchscreen 40-zone standalone alarm panel is Grade 2 and has up to ten on board zones and up to five panel outputs. The integrated touch keypad has NFC proximity tag support and an integrated wireless expander with an integrated two-button personal alarm.

BT Redcare – Essential IP

Introduced to simplify the transition from PSTN, Essential IP is an all-IP alarm signalling solution that can connect via Ethernet of Wi-Fi and has eight standard alarm channels and dial capture on-board, while data sent to ARCs is encrypted end-to-end with AES.

HKC – Quantum 70 Panel

The Quantum is a fully integrated, wireless control panel using HKC’s SecureWave, two-way technology. The on-board antennas mean that all signal paths will be optimised for end-device range. With an integrated keypad, siren and dialler, installation, says the company, will be quick and easy.

Pyronix – Enforcer V10

The Enforcer V10 detects, communicates, interacts and raises the alarm in more ways than before. Integrated with Pyronix cameras, lights, sensors and other add-ons, the panel can be managed via the ProControl+ app on smart devices.

Ajax – Hub 2 Plus

Hub 2 Plus has four communication channels and supports LTE. Such configuration allows you to connect the device to two separate Internet providers over Ethernet and Wi-Fi while having two cellular services ready for back up. Switching between channels happens seamlessly in seconds.

Vanderbilt – SPC 3.13

The latest version of the SPC Connect, the remotely manages, cloud-based, intrusion detection system is firmware version 3.13 which includes several enhancements. A highlight includes support for the new two-way wireless keypad WPK-SIM.

Jablotron – Jablotron 100+


The Jablotron 100+ alarm protects the whole house as well as being able to turn on the lights, open a garage door or start an irrigation system. It’s also possible to control it remotely via an app and develop the installation with peripherals including cameras and detectors.

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The Ares Veloce and the Icaro Veloce are two new fast sliding gate operators designed for very intensive use. They are ideal for situations which require fast operating speeds to reduce waiting times and improve security. The Ares Veloce BT A1000 is a 24V operator which is suitable for sliding gates weighing up to 1000 kg with a maximum speed of 18 m/min. The Icaro Veloce AC A2000 is a 230V operator which is suitable for sliding gates weighing up to 2000 kg with a maximum speed of 18 m/min. The operators feature D-Track technology for built-in obstacle detection and torque control. For more information about the full range of fast motors, please visit our website or contact us directly.

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ACCESS CONTROL PRODUCT 2021 Honeywell – MAXPRO Access MPA1 Honeywell’s Smart Edge Single Door Controller MPA1 provides Cloud based and Web based access control solutions. The POE powered controller is easy to install anywhere there is an Ethernet or Internet connection.

The Keyholding Company – Smart Access Smart Access is a simple monthly subscription service which includes smart commercial door locks, mobile keys, an online access control interface, data analytics and professional alarm response services.

Paxton – Paxton10

Paxton10 provides access control and video management on a single platform. Combining next generation access control and video management on one user-friendly, online interface enables easy management of security of any site or multi-sites.

RBH Security – Blueline

Through one product line, a customer can maximise the benefits of MiFARE, DESFire (EV1 & EV2), Fingerprint, OSDP, Ultra-High Security Credential (UHSC), Mobile Credentials, NFC and Bluetooth to create a customisable security solution right for their infrastructure.

InnoSenT – iSYS-5005

The iSYS-5005 radar system with µC preprocessing unit can detect and separate moving objects and measure their speed, range and azimuth angle relative to the sensor in a 3-dimensional environment.

Hikvision – IP Video Intercom Kit

Comprising a Pro Series Indoor Station, a Door Station, PoE switch and memory card the kit is a convenient out of the box solution for IP intercom benefits including app notification, control and monitoring with 2MP video.

Intratone – DD-02 Intercom

The DD-02 intercom features a hidden pinhole video camera enabling residents to view visitors on a smartphone or tablet. Plus, accessibility features include direct dialling, an audio induction loop and a backlit, braille keypad.

Comelit – Simplehome

Simplehome is a smart home automation system, which operates with door entry in one integrated solution, providing homeowners with full control of their lighting, heating and ventilation. Simplehome can be operated using a dedicated app, available via smartphone or tablet and connected to a home router.

2N – IP Verso

The 2N IP Verso security intercom door unit tested recently in PSI is configurable thanks to its modularity options such as a fingerprint reader, Bluetooth module, or touch display. The range also includes the 2N indoor View touchscreen answering unit.

Inner Range – Inception

Inception is an integrated access control and security alarm system with a design edge that sets it apart from the pack. With webbased software built directly into the main system controller, the Inception system is easy to access using a web browser on a computer, tablet or smartphone.



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Multi-times PSI Award winner ADI Global has over 50 years of experience in the specialist security sector and provides installers with security solutions and bespoke support services to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry. With more than 200 worldwide locations each product division has its own team of product specialists.


Formed in 2003, DVS has quickly established itself as one of Europe’s most successful multibrand distributors of electronic surveillance products. A fast paced and energetic organisation, DVS reportedly holds the largest stock of Hikvision's 4K cameras in the UK and boasts a Hikvision training academy.

EET Europarts

EET Europarts is part of the EET Group, founded in 1986 and today one of Europe´s leading distributors within IT, security and surveillance, home entertainment and lifestyle electronics. EET Group has been on the acquisition trail in recent times with the purchases of Provision and Oprema growing the distribution base.

Now owned by EET, Oprema is a multi-brand distributor of CCTV, fire alarm systems, access control, intruder alarm and data products to the trade. The company has been listed as one of the fastest growing Welsh companies and strives to help customers through the provision of training, access to an expert technical team and design of bespoke solutions.

Quality Essential Distribution

Since establishment in 1997, Quality Essential Distribution has been supplying and distributing a diverse range of security consumables and equipment to the European security market and over the past 23 years has grown considerably and continues to do so.

Smart R Distribution

Smart R Distribution is the dynamic name in the world of access control and smart building technology. Bringing a breath of fresh air to the distribution and supply of everything required for today's smart building. Smart R Distribution is not a general supplier but is a multi-disciplined, specialist distributor.


Security Dynamics

Mast Digital

System Q

The purchase of ezCCTV in 2019 followed by the recent acquisitions of Enterprise Security Distribution and the remote CCTV monitoring company RE:SURE have given the enlarged group a turnover of £100 million, or an estimated 10% of the £1 billion Ireland and UK security product market.

Formed in 1999, Mast Digital UK is a fastgrowing family run business, passionate towards offering great service and support across CCTV, AV, network, aerial and satellite related industries. Recent investment of the offices have enabled an increase in staff capacity while also adding a dedicated room for training.


Norbain is a specialist security distributor of both IP and analogue technologies, boasting over £10 million stockholding of industryleading brands – together with a guaranteed 98% availability of its catalogue lines. Norbain is also known as the home of the Vista technology brand.



Established in 2000, the company has grown to become a well respected supplier in the CCTV and video security market, distributing its products globally to installation companies, system integrators and authorised resellers.

System Q is a UK distributor and manufacturer of CCTV equipment. Its customer base is truly global with over 15,000 customers in the UK and overseas, with some as far away as Australia. The company aims to serve the interests of the CCTV installer, only supporting those that install CCTV as their main sector of business.


Videcon is a trade-only distributor of security products and services. Trading since 1995, Videcon’s expertise encompasses all aspects of security distribution from products to training and after-care service. It is the home of the Concept Pro CCTV brand comprising security products for IP, AHD and traditional analogue CCTV platforms.

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In what was an unprecedented period for everyone the following companies are recognised for going above and beyond in the delivery of training programmes at a time when face-toface education has been impossible


Abloy Academy Bosch Building Technologies Academy Dahua Virtual Innovation Centre DVS Delivering Knowledge Academy Hikvision Training Academy Oprema Almanac Paxton Installer Training Pyronix Training on Demand


Texecom Academy Videcon Training

Join us for the big night out! Be sure to book your place at this year’s PSI Premier Awards Dinner for a great night of entertainment with friends and colleagues and you may win something yourself too!


ow that you’ve seen who the finalists are for this year’s PSI Premier Awards, it is time to book yourself and some clients, colleagues or friends a place at the Awards Dinner on July 1st at the exclusive Warren Weir venue at Luton Hoo where accommodation is also available. This year the evening event, which follows on from the PSI Golf Day, will be hosted by TV personality and former Eastenders actor Shaun Williamson along with the team from PSI magazine. Guests will enjoy a full evening of fine dining and entertainment including various acts and attractions to keep the party atmosphere going until the award winners are announced. After the meal and award ceremony our guest speaker will help us get in the mood for the opportunity to bag some great prizes into the small hours with a casino night including Blackjack and Roulette. As this will be the first chance for many of us to

get together in quite some time we would encourage everyone who is thinking of coming along to book early as the numbers will need to be strictly limited. We look forward to seeing you at the security industry’s first big night out in 2021 courtesy of PSI magazine. For details of how to attend please contact David Lewis on 0208 295 8309 or email at 35

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LET’S CONNECT THIS MONTH! For the whole of June 2021, IFSEC Connect will be bringing security industry people together without them leaving their place of work. Here we take a closer look at the new virtual event from the people behind the UK’s biggest security event and how you can get involved

Running from June 1st IFSEC Connect is an entirely online, virtual event with the main purpose of encouraging and facilitating video meetings

or most of the last twelve months there has been quite considerable uncertainty about the possible staging of trade shows in the UK. This meant that in 2020 there was no IFSEC International at ExCeL in London so the people behind the show began to develop a new way for the sector to get together and network, preview new technology and discuss the latest trends and, essentially, do business. The result of all of the hard work is IFSEC Connect which, according to Gerry Dunphy, the Event Director for Fire and Security at Informa, is intended to become an annual event along with the in-person IFSEC International and Firex events held in London. So what’s it all about?


Let’s meet again

IFSEC Connect runs from 1st – 30th June


Running from June 1st IFSEC Connect is an entirely online, virtual event with the main purpose of encouraging and facilitating video meetings. What it is not, is a virtual trade show with simulated stands and avatars dotted about the place. “We want Connect 2021 to be a platform focused on online meetings supported by four separate days of content,” explains Gerry Dunphy. “The event will provide customers with a chance to meet with suppliers, host online discussions, browse product videos and exchange contact details. Each exhibitor will have a 3D booth which they can tailor to their own requirements and the idea will be that the "stands" are more like a shop window focusing

on products and videos and parties will be able to send out meeting requests.” The idea is that once you have registered and logged in via the event platform you can set up a profile for others to see who you are, what it is that you are keen to hear about plus your contact info. A personalised dashboard offers potential matches for meetings based on your interests, the event agenda and your schedule so you can keep on top of any booked times and dates. But the event is not just about networking there are dedicated days focusing on specific technologies and trends coupled with Tech Talks which give you an opportunity to get up close with new technology and innovations via online product demos. “On the content side we've got three dedicated days, which will focus on video surveillance, access control and intruder detection with a fourth day on which we will cover protecting cities,” says Gerry. “We have surveyed the video surveillance, access and intruder industries to give us the research for live panel discussions covering each of the surveys. We’ll also have a morning of related Tech Talks. The topic on 1st June will be video, with access control on the 2nd June and then intruder on the 3rd, so we're really building the content around the meetings platform.”

Virtually exhibiting You may wish to exhibit at IFSEC Connect to encourage people to find out more about your business and to promote engagement. This can be done with a personalised booth that allows you to customise content, add links and invite visitors directly to the area. The aim for is to use the virtual event to enhance in-person events and vice versa as Gerry Dunphy explains: “I think the virtual offering gives IFSEC another layer of value in that we can extend our proposition far wider than just focusing on a three-day event. There’s more digital content to come and the model moving forward will be to provide a blend of online and in-person events.”

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ecurity systems are becoming more complex and unique in their deployments. A wide range of businesses now require robust security solutions, from retail outlets to healthcare sites, schools and colleges, to warehouses. Installers are called upon to complete ever-more complicated and tailored installations, and having the right strategic partner can make all the difference.

Security innovation and scalability That’s where 3xLOGIC can help. For over 15 years, 3xLOGIC has been at the forefront of security technology, innovating with its video and access solutions, connecting disparate data, and uncovering valuable insights through its business intelligence. 3xLOGIC’s fully integrated solutions portfolio includes cloudbased access control, video surveillance, software, plus a range of cameras, recording devices, accessories, and mounts. Drawing on their decades of experience, the 3xLOGIC team is continuously improving the range to meet modern-day needs and risks, and to take advantage of new advances in technology. In short, scalability is core to the 3xLOGIC range. By designing solutions that are highly cost-effective (with a low TCO - total cost of ownership), robust, and scalable, 3xLOGIC appeals directly to the end-user while also setting installer partners apart as trusted, high-value security experts.

Easily adapted The 3xLOGIC range of videos, access control solutions, software - and more - can be easily adapted to many different use cases and industries. This includes small and medium businesses, multi-tenant sites, retailers, educational settings, healthcare organizations, logistics companies, and so forth. For installers, this is a gamechanger, as they no longer have to search for different devices and software for each deployment. 3xLOGIC can become the mainstay of every deployment because its adaptable to many different verticals.

Scalability for the future Furthermore, the 3xLOGIC suite of products and software lends itself to being enhanced. Scalability is built-in from day one, and fixtures can be easily added as end-user requirements develop. New devices can be quickly scanned and added to a system using VIGIL Connect and the VISIX V-Series Setup App. Meanwhile, the infinias system is designed to meet the varying needs of dynamic, high-growth organizations. 3xLOGIC’s infinias CORPORATE is a user-friendly, fully scalable access control solution suitable for all types of applications — from a single door to an enterprise-wide installation.

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together raising standards

Meet the installer What would be a typical project for you? A typical project for us varies from small to large domestics or commercial properties. Each site will require different levels of security based on their location or insurance requirements. Being a London based company gives us the opportunity to work on a different variation of properties across the city and the surrounding counties. Is third party accreditation beneficial? For us third party accreditation is confirmation of our high standards. What I do feel is lacking is the standing that gives us out in the real world. Unless a customer has high value contents in their premises our NSI accreditation means very little to the common man or woman. Greater backing from insurance companies or more advertising amongst the general public would make the accreditation worth more. What is the best thing about working in this industry? Every site and client is unique and will have different requirements, and with that brings a new challenge! We are always looking to install the latest technology available to us to fulfil the client’s requests. For me personally I take great satisfaction knowing that we have secured someone’s home, especially after a bad experience, knowing that our proposal has been expertly installed by one of our dedicated members of the team. Nothing makes me more

Security life with Sam Rodway of Ambush Security Systems Name: Sam Rodway Job title: Technical Sales Director Time in security/fire: 17 years Company: Ambush Security Systems Location: Uxbridge Areas of expertise: Alarm, CCTV and access control Accreditations: NSI Gold

proud when a client emails or phones after the works are complete thanking us so they can once again feel safe in their home or knowing that their place of work is now secure, and the peace of mind having the on-going service and support that we offer. Do you have any 'go to' technology? For intruder we use both Pyronix and Texecom systems, each having their own benefits. Pyronix systems are perfect for domestic customers in particular, we fit a lot of Enforcer systems on smaller residential properties as their user friendly menus and app make them perfect for everyday use. Whereas the Texecom systems come in to their own for larger installations with the wireless Ricochet technology, discreet wireless range and high quality flush keypads. Their cloud services also enable us to remotely service and diagnose faults on monitored systems

“I take great satisfaction knowing that we have secured someone’s home, especially after a bad experience, knowing that our proposal has been expertly installed by one of our dedicated members of the team”


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“We are a perfect example of how to successfully run a business and train from within, I should know as I am a product of this!”

Georgia Riley, Associate Director with Sam Rodway, Technical Sales Director

reducing engineer time on site and any inconvenience for the client. For CCTV we use a wide selection of the Dahua and HikVision range, with the latest technology being the full colour range which has been a big hit with our clients! The ability to identify the colour of clothing or a vehicle in the dark of night is a must, not only for

the client but for the local authority. Not surprisingly we have seen a high demand for this technology. For access control and entryphone systems we use Paxton and CAME BPT, which we have used since I started in the industry, their product reliability and technical support is by far the best available. Do you think there is a skills shortage in the industry? Absolutely, we have found it incredibly hard over the years to recruit from existing trained engineers. They get swallowed up by the larger firms or recruited straight from college. We have found it far more successful to train apprentices in house, it has the added benefit that we can mould that engineer to follow our standards and there are no bad habits to overcome. We are a perfect example of how to successfully run a business and train from within, I should know as I am a product of this! Are there any common requests from customers that give you problems? Not really, with the progression of technology over the last few years there isn’t a lot that isn’t accessible to all customers now. What would make your job easier? Not sure, being in the industry for so long and having worked my way from an apprentice I have the technical knowledge behind me to be able to offer a solution for all projects, whether it be wired or wireless. But for working in London possibly some sort of teleportation device to help me avoid the traffic! What impact has smart/home automation had on your business? So far the impact hasn’t been too great. This links


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together raising standards back to the value of accreditation though, if a customer can buy a cheap alarm system from Amazon that they can fit themselves that has similar functions to our systems, what value do accredited companies then have? If home insurance policies required an accredited company to install and maintain a security system this would help solidify the value of companies like ours. What is the industry’s biggest myth? That a monitored system is not worthwhile as ‘the police are not interested or do not turn up!’ A large percentage of our systems are monitored by the metropolitan police who have a seven-minute response time to a confirmed alarm or hold-up alarm. Usually they are there sooner as we know from clients who have phoned us to say how quickly they have responded. What is your ultimate/fantasy electronic security/fire product? The products available now are fantastic and I wish were available to me when I was an engineer. Having reliable wireless alarm system have always been on the top of my list and we now have that. What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? I have always been focused in what I do and have always taken pride in my work. As I tell the engineers who started at the same level as me nothing is unachievable as long as you have a positive working attitude. At 34 years young I have a wife and three kids so life is busy in and out of work so maybe the advice I would offer would be to enjoy it as time will pass quickly, plus

enjoy the hair line as that doesn’t last long either! Will England ever win the World Cup again?

The Ambush offices are in a converted barn complete with livestock!

Yes, without a doubt. We have the best league in the world and that will only benefit the youth coming through, unless VAR takes it away from us. All I can say is I’m thankful VAR wasn’t around in 1966 otherwise we would be still waiting now. If you won £25,000 what would you do with the money? Probably go on a once in a lifetime holiday with the family. Like a safari adventure or hire a top of the range motor home in the US and drive route 66. If I can take any positives from the last twelve months it is to enjoy the time I have with them as you do not know what is next over the horizon!

Sam Rodway and Mike Alley, Director of Ambush


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Beating the competition David Scott, Managing Director of Skills for Security, gives us an overview of how WorldSkills and Engineers of Tomorrow are improving standards and raising awareness - and also how you and your installation team can get involved


orldSkills UK (WSUK) is a trade competition that brings together the best apprentices across the UK to compete in their respective sectors. Almost all trades imaginable are represented at WSUK. There are competitions in welding, electrical, joinery, floristry and hairdressing. But prior to 2019, there was no representation of the electronic security sector. Which in my own personal opinion, was an opportunity missed. For as long as I can remember, the security sector has had a skills shortage with a desperate need to attract new people into the sector. WSUK allows us to attract school leavers directly into the sector, where in 2019, over 70K young people attended WSUK over the 3-day event. In 2019, Skills for Security were appointed competition organising partners of the electronic security competition at WSUK. This means that we worked with the sector, colleges & training providers and more importantly, the Engineers of Tomorrow committee to design, develop and run both the WSUK competition and the Engineers of Tomorrow competition. Registration for this year's competition cycle is now open; any interested parties can apply here. This year's cycle includes an online regional passive competition, which will see an expected 100 apprentices across the whole of the UK register to take part. 24 of the 100 registered

competitors will be selected to attend Engineers of Tomorrow in July, where they will compete in a gruelling 6-hour competition, assessed by NSI and SSAIB inspectorates. The competition at Engineers of Tomorrow is the semi-final for WSUK and will see the learners complete a takeover of a previously installed system. In this system, competitors will identify non-compliances and use approved techniques to rectify these issues, then they will add new devices to the system as per specification and finally carry out a full and compressive commission and handover. Eight winners from Engineers of tomorrow will be selected to compete at the National Finals in November, in a 3-day competition, where one lucky person will be announced as the 2021 electronic security WorldSkills champion and receive a £1000 cash price at the Security Excellence Awards in London. This year's competition will be the first full competition cycle. So far, we have a number of leading FESS providers engaged – Banham Academy, New College Lanarkshire, GTG, Hopwood Hall, SERCs, Belfast Met, Gowrie College Swansea and Skills for Security with 60 applicants registered already. This year WSUK competition cycle is sponsored by CSL, Hik Vision and Texecom; without their continued support, this couldn't occur.

For as long as I can remember, the security sector has had a skills shortage with a desperate need to attract new people into the sector

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YOUR SKILLS QUESTIONS ANSWERED As part of this column you can ask David questions directly about training and apprenticeships. We will aim, to publish the question and answer in the next column. If you want to participate in this, then email

I am planning to recruit an apprentice, how do I access funding and incentives? Your local training provider should be able to talk you through the process of accessing both funding and incentives if not, Skills for Security will be able to point you in the right direction. In the first instance you need a digital account (DAS) with the government, once you have this, you can apply for both funding and incentives. Go to

I am struggling to recruit an apprentice for my business, any tips on how to recruit new apprentices for my business? Most training providers will have links with local schools, colleges, and government recruitment sites for job seekers looking for apprenticeships. Make sure you ask your local training provider to post the advert for your apprenticeship position to 'recruit an apprentice’ webpage at At Skills for Security, we offer a free service to advertise and promote your apprentice position utilising the government webpage (recruit an apprentice) and a number of others, like indeed and Apprentices 4 Fire & Security (A4FS). You should note that government apprenticeship funding is not just for anyone now. Funding is for any person of any age from any background. You can utilise the apprenticeship funding to upskill people that have been made redundant from other trades to help support and grow your businesses.


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Protection and detection Recent news surrounding cyber gangs and ransom payments have once again highlighted how carrying a shotgun into a bank is no longer the high returns crime du jour for those determined to break the law


n mid-May it was widely reported that a US fuel pipeline company paid a cyber-criminal gang nearly $5m (£3.6m) in ransom, following a cyber-attack. Later in the week, Toshiba revealed that its European division (based in France) had been hit by the same cyber-criminal gang. While Toshiba reported that no data was leaked as a result of the attack, saying that the end result was just the loss of “a minimal amount of data”, the attack on the pipeline was far more serious. According to BBC reports ,the closure saw supplies of diesel, petrol and jet fuel tighten across the US, with prices rising and a number of states declaring an emergency. In a statement, the cyber gang responsible, DarkSide, said: "Our goal is to make money and not create problems for society." A few days later it was reported that the Irish health service had to temporarily shut down its IT system to protect it after an attack. This event saw its data being encrypted with the threat that it would only be made available once a ransom had been paid. Being able to anonymously and remotely attack a company and then ask for payment in a crypto currency makes IT cyber crime much more appealing to those bent on raising money illegally and presents no physical threat to themselves in the way their criminal predecessors would have faced when using weapons or close proximity methods of robbery. So is everyone at risk from cyber attack? Well we are if we any value to our business and could be strongarmed into paying up. Companies are also at risk the more items they place onto their networks and how secure these devices are. That’s why many of you will have have tense conversations with IT managers regarding putting IP cameras onto a network. As with many aspects of modern society, CCTV on a network can be as vulnerable to cyberattackers as any other connected device if best practice is not followed. That's a problem in a society with a reliance on IP technology especially given the widespread adoption of DIY home security cameras fitted by the homeowner. If you install closed-circuit security systems there may be risks involved that you need to know

about. While CCTV certainly isn't hopelessly flawed, these risks are important, and many manufacturers of professional cameras have recognised this with schemes such as Cyber Essentials and Secure by Default helping to provide protection. For a long time, the major security issues regarding CCTV were pretty rudimentary. For example, when organisations stockpiled huge archives of material from workplaces and public spaces, external thieves or internal employees could steal these tapes and use them for nefarious purposes like blackmail. But according to experts we spoke to at VPNpro, today's threats go further. The major reason they say is due to the expansion of the Internet of Things. Modern security camera configurations, especially on selfinstalled cameras are connected to apps and central networks remotely via WiFi and Bluetooth. This is great from an operational perspective, allowing close control, automated alerts, customised analysis and archiving, and cost savings. But it's also a security concern. The primary issue regarding IoT connected CCTV revolves around DDoS attacks. These attacks are intended to bombard targets with requests. As these requests mount, they effectively overload the devices concerned, taking them offline. If the attacking agent is concealed well enough, this can be very, very hard to eradicate, and restoring affected systems can take days. IoT connected cameras are prime targets for DDoS attacks, at least when they are

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“AI will be employed by cybercriminals, strengthening their ability to find and exploit vulnerabilities”


unsecured. Without encryption or firewalls, attackers can access the firmware controlling cameras using WiFi networks. Then, it's relatively simple to inject malware onto the cameras, which starts the DDoS ball rolling. In some cases, poorly protected cameras were used to create vast BotNets for subsequent attacks on external targets. Instead of taking CCTV systems offline with precision assaults, these attacks steadily drained their networks, eventually taking cameras out of action due to the weight of activity. The dangers here are pretty obvious. If someone wants to access a building and doesn't want to be detected, they can use DDoS attacks on CCTV to render surveillance inoperative. And if BotNet operators want a large number of devices with weak security, they will continue to target cameras. CCTV security risks aren't just concerned with the cameras themselves. As IoT connected devices, they are often the weakest link, but attackers struggle to use them as a gateway to wider networks. Sadly, that's not necessarily the case for the servers that companies use to archive the material generated by CCTV systems. When video footage is gathered via CCTV, a huge amount of personal data can be collected. Sometimes, this remains "raw". Sometimes, it's processed and analysed via tools like facial recognition, or to ascertain behavioral patterns in the people being surveilled. Not every camera operator understands that this data represents an appealing target for hackers. One of the most common behavioral biases exhibited by security professionals is to focus on securing perimeters against human threats while neglecting the back end - the software and databases that store footage. Without firewalls, rigorous malware screening, and the implementation of cybersecurity tools like VPNs, this back end is a sitting duck, waiting to be shot down by opportunist attackers.

This means that security professionals need to combine attention to IoT perimeter defense, as well as digital security on a software level. Neglect one, and the other is bound to haunt you, VPNpro told PSI. Finally, CCTV systems can fall victim to attacks based around one of their core strengths: the use of infrared light to capture night footage and maximise situational awareness. This is often one of the risks that shocks users the most, especially when it's explained that IR based attacks can infiltrate "air-gapped" networks that separate IT systems and cameras to prevent leakage between them. But it's a very real technique, and one that's hard to defend against. Attackers can use IR light to transmit information to security cameras with the ability to detect it. This light can encode commands that essential enslave cameras, providing instant access to their software. And that's not the end of the issue. IR light can also be used to exfiltrate data from CCTV networks. Hackers can position themselves a few metres away from a camera, and just absorb footage, or inject malware at their leisure. The truth is that while IP CCTV has become a security asset over the years we know that systems can be a vulnerable and not all CCTV installers are aware of the scope of possible attacks. It's time to change this. By tightening up encryption, perimeter defence, and network architecture, big strides can be made in securing cameras.

Increased complexity Of course while networked cameras in themselves can present cyber risks if installed and protected properly, the advances that we are seeing in surveillance capabilities can also present problems. In his predictions for 2021 Johan Paulsson, CTO at Axis Communications, said that horizontal integration increases the need for robust cybersecurity:“Due to the potential for high financial returns and disruption of critical infrastructure, new capabilities, tactics and threats will continue to emerge and require constant vigilance. AI will be employed by cybercriminals, strengthening their ability to find and exploit vulnerabilities. Deep fake videos will become even more sophisticated and realistic, potentially calling video surveillance evidence into doubt. As a result, further developments in methods to verify content, devices and applications in order to maintain trust in their authenticity will be required.” Essentially, as technology gets more complex so do the systems used to attack it.

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This year the PSI Golf Day and Premier Awards Dinner are planned for the 1st July at Warren Weir at Luton Hoo. Have you got the skills to be a winner? he PSI Golf Day will be held on 1st July at Warren Weir in Bedfordshire, within the 1,065 acre grounds of Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, a self-contained private event venue with 84 luxurious bedrooms and suites. The event will take place on the 1st July, with golf during the day and the PSI Premier Awards Dinner in the evening. Following the meal and presentations there will be after-dinner entertainment and a chance to unwind in the Warren Lounge afterwards. During the day, the annual PSI Golf Day will pit the skills of the industry’s golfers against each other in Texas Scramble and Stableford competitions. Every year installers, manufacturers and suppliers compete for the


Previous winner Tim Northwood of Inner Range with host Ray Parlour

prestigious trophies and enjoy all-day refreshment and catering in glorious surroundings with great company. For those looking to stay overnight, Warren Weir has rooms to meet all requirements as well as those in the in the Parkland and Country Club. A day to remember for all competitors and their guests – especially the winners! We hope you will be able to join us at Luton Hoo this year for a round of golf, awards dinner or both! For more details on taking part contact David Lewis on 0208 295 8309.


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Wellbeing best practice pt3 Here we continue the serialisation of the book “Five Practices of Wellbeing, from the Science of Wellbeing, for High Performance” by Cora Lynn Heimer Rathbone of Rathbone Results

Savour the Moment Happiness has a lot to do with being in-themoment, focused on what is happening right now. As if that was not enough, three benefits come from this wellbeing practice. First, though, a Chinese proverb: “If you chase two rabbits at once, you will catch neither.” I know - we all multitask a lot; but trying to do more than one thing at a time actually reduces the quality of our output. Factually, when we try to do two things at once, we actually simply flip quickly from one to the other and do neither as well as we could if we focused on each – one at a time. Savouring the moment raises awareness of that moment. Focus on the “one thing” you need to do well right now ensures you commit all your strengths to doing that to the best of your ability. So three benefits of savouring the moment and “being here now”: 1. Being aware of what is happening right now enables us to manage and direct our thinking key to driving our behaviors. By focusing our thoughts on the task before us, by savouring the moment and being HERE NOW, we “stay focused”. This applies equally in private & professional life.

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2. Being aware of what is happening right now helps us manage and focus our physical energy, be more “present”. For the extroverts amongst us, focusing on what we are doing right now is easier when we can share our thinking and doing with others. For the introverts amongst us, focusing on our own work is best when we can do so on our own. 3. Being aware of what is happening right now helps us moderate our moods. Managing emotional energy, our state of mind, determines our effectiveness and our quality of life. Mood can be an emotional thing – the consequence of recent events and how we react to them. Mood can also be a mind-set thing. Simple questions such as “What’s been my highlight today?” and “What have I learnt today from the up and down sides?” help us “be here now”, be better agents of our mood. Unless we have a clinical condition, we can choose the mindset we adopt going forward. We can be masters of our mood. We can choose to have a growth mindset – an “I can” and “I will” approach – which stimulates curiosity, builds resilience and well-being. How can we develop this practice of “being here now” and release Serotonin? • Turn off alerts from phone or laptop when working on a focused task • Set aside time each day or each week for doing work that requires our full attention. One senior coaching client decided to set aside 9:30-11:00 and 2:30 to 3:30 each day for “own work”. She informed all members of her team of this schedule to protect that time for the critical work that she personally had to deliver. Client issues coming straight from a client were acceptable interruptions. Another client put two hours a week in his diary as “D time” (his name being Derek) and protected it fiercely to ensure at least once a week he had time to order his thoughts “here now”. • Discipline ourselves to concentrate on the issue at hand – detailing a new strategy, redefining a client design, addressing a safety issue. Restrain ourselves from being our own worst distracter. • Walk regularly in the open air – even if only for five minutes of the lunch break. This makes us better able to savour the moment. We are much more in the “here now” when we return to ‘work’ after clearing our mind through a 5 minute walk in the fresh air. Several HBR

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articles and research at Yale university indicate that mental agility, cognitive function and mental firepower are directly linked to our physical regime, and that being in nature adds an extra layer of benefit to any exercise we take, boosting our immune systems through fresh air. The same research shows that if we are about to take an exam or go to an interview, if we are about to enter an important meeting or start solving a tricky problem, going for a walk in nature or doing physical exercise will increase our results/scores/effectiveness. 14 different studies that measured the impact of exercise on mental performance found that exercise boosts performance in mathematical, linguistic and memory challenges. Why not start by: 1. Making a habit of taking a 5-10 minute lunchtime walk around the office building or plant – alone or with a colleague – at least three times a week. Choose a topic you want to focus on as you do your walk to be “here now”. Alternatively focus on one thing you see as you walk and savour the gift of that moment to return to work in a fresher frame of mind.

2. Plan a 30-45 minute walk every weekend – alone or with a loved one – and savour with your senses – your eyes, ears, nose, taste, touch. When things are multi-sensory, we tend to remember them better, giving us memories to be grateful for. Remember: “If you chase two rabbits at once, you will catch neither.” So savour the moment. Sharpen your awareness to be “here now” – to apply your strengths to “the one thing” now.

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TRIED & TESTED Here is an overview of some of the products we have featured in PSI independent test reports. This month we highlight a range of systems listed in no particular order. As always, manufacturers and distributors have no input in the test reports or results Western Digital – Purple 18TB HDD The Purple range of hard drives is designed for surveillance applications with a variety of capacities from 1TB up to 18TB. They are designed for 24-hour, all-year-round operation with an emphasis on continuous write-cycle time. The drive is said to support up to 64 HD cameras and is optimised for AI based read / write requirements with an additional 32 AI streams. Review: A very high-capacity drive with fast read & write access and multiple features to improve the storage and robustness of multi-camera surveillance recordings, especially where complex analytics and Deep Learning are utilised.

Ajax – Wireless Alarm System The Ajax alarm system is a wireless based EN50131 Grade 2 range of components that can be mixed and matched to suit a variety of home and office environments. Components are available in white or black finish to suit the décor of the site. Smartphone setup, management and monitoring along with extended battery life mean that the system is easy to install and use. Review: A wide range of detectors and simple set-up process makes for a potentially very quick installation. Good access to diagnostic information for monitoring purposes coupled with relatively straightforward battery changing.

Optex – BXS-AM Detector This is a wall or pole mountable IP55 outdoor “curtain” PIR intrusion detector that has dual narrow passive infrared detection zones either side of the device. Intended for example to cover side walls of buildings in order to trigger an alarm when people approach too close to the property. These side zones have a range of up to 12 metres, giving a coverage of up to 24 metres in total. Review: A very straightforward alarm device with clear operation and simple set-up. Apart from the reservations regarding cable entry and security of access the unit performs well and should prove easy to install.

Raytec – VAR2-IPPOE-HY8-1 This illuminator is a hybrid design providing both Infrared and White light illumination from one network controlled device. The Infrared wavelength is centred on 850nm and a 940nm version is available on request. Power is by 4-Pair PoE or optionally through a separate 24v DC supply. Review: The white light allowed extremely good colour reproduction and did not excessively flare on near objects even at the 100% output level. Similarly, the infrared had good even illumination over distance and allowed a good contrast range for subjects. Extremely versatile.


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Texecom – Capture Capture motion detectors are intended for use in a wide variety of professional security applications. With a choice of EN Grade 2 wired or wireless connectivity, wall or ceiling mounting, and a choice of detection technologies including dual element, quad element or dual technology sensing, Capture suits a wide variety of security environments. Review: The ease of connection with a range of switchable, built-in EOL resistor values simplifies the installation process. The potential for device branding will likely be appealing to independent installers.

Union – DoorSense DoorSense from Union, part of Assa Abloy Security Solutions is a legal way for fire doors to be kept open for access and be able to close automatically in the event of an alarm. The battery-operated system is CE marked to EN 1155 standards. Review: The DoorSense does exactly what it should do and even though it looks like it weighs a ton it is actually extremely light for a motorised unit and therefore does not affect the effort required in everyday use of the door.

Camect – NVR The Camect NVR is a Smart Network Video Recorder using AI routines to identify specific subjects within the scene and to prevent false alarms. This model is primarily aimed at mid to high-end residential and small commercial properties Review: A very interesting, small intelligent recording device that does not rely on “Cloud” analysis or storage and with ease of installation and management.

Satel – Slimline PIRs Satel produces a variety of PIR detectors within the Slimline range; the models tested and reported here are the Grade 2 “Slim-PIR-Luna” and the Grade 3 “Slim-DualPro” models. The Luna version includes white-light illuminators, while this Pro version provides dual technology detection and anti-masking protection to EN 50131-2-4 if correctly configured. Review: A very good pair of detectors with the Luna model fulfilling an additional lighting role and the Dual Pro meeting the Grade 3 requirements and having good detection flexibility.

Seagate – SkyHawk ST14000VX0008 The 14TB SkyHawk is a conventionally packaged 3.5” hard drive with SATA connection. It is promoted as a surveillance optimised drive with “superior image integrity”. Multi-Tier Caching allows for up to 64 HD video streams to be handled. Review: A very fast and efficient hard drive with an impressive specification, vast storage and manufacturer support for data recovery if required. The attention to the specific current and developing requirements of the surveillance industry should ensure that this drive provides the required performance and longevity of service.


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“Fitness studios and gyms have very complex access and security requirements”

London fitness studios upgrade access control system

Pic: ProMare – IBM

Lock manufacturer Mul-T-Lock has provided all seven of Barry’s fitness studios in London with its eCLIQ locks and over 100 accompanying keys in order to manage access rights across each studio. Astoria Fire and Security recommended the access control solution to help combat lost keys and achieve complex access requirements. Fraser McNair, Contracts Manager at Astoria Fire and Security commented: “The eCLIQ system has enabled us to program locks and cut keys without traditional locksmithing skills or equipment, which is invaluable to a fire and security company such as ours. The convenience and cost saving to our customer has also meant that the product has virtually sold itself and it gives them the control to manage their security


Video streaming technology for autonomous ship Videosoft’s adaptive low bandwidth video streaming technology has been installed on the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) to help relay footage of the ship’s missions back to land. On its maiden voyage this spring, MAS will trace the route of the 1620 Mayflower, sailing from Plymouth, UK, to Plymouth, MA, only this time there will be no human captain or crew on board as the 15m, lightweight, hybrid-electric powered trimaran crosses the Atlantic. Videosoft’s technology will help capture footage from the Mayflower’s six onboard cameras at sea. Using satellite connectivity and compression technologies, footage will be transmitted back to AI developers and research scientists providing real-time feedback and visuals during the mission. It will also be used to

directly from a phone application that is both secure and easy to use. They can reconfigure their security within minutes themselves and lost keys can be cancelled immediately. They also have the added convenience of only granting access rights on certain days at certain times depending on the role of the key holder.” With a number of employees that require access to the studios at various times of the day/week and with confidential client data kept on file within each building, Barry’s required a solution that would offer physical security as well as data protection. The eCLIQ access control system allows endusers to both grant and remove access permissions remotely. This includes the ability to schedule individual access permissions for each key, as well as to provide time-limited access. If a key is lost, access can be also be revoked and managed from a cloud-based system. Jacques Vermeulen, Regional Sales Manager for Mul-T-Lock added: “Fitness studios and gyms have very complex access and security requirements, with 24-hour shift patterns for staff, deliveries throughout the day, and contractors needing one-time access. Plus, the management of visitors and their flow around a building needs to be non-intrusive yet secure and reassuring. Even though keys provide physical access to critical assets within gyms and health clubs, including areas that house servers holding customer data, and to offices where customers’ accounts are managed, we often see end-users unsure of how many keys they have in circulation, or where they are at any given time. More worryingly, often when staff leave there is no system to revoke access or monitor if they return the keys. “The safety and security of visitors and staff is paramount for any customer facing business, but in such a competitive industry the smooth running and ongoing service can be vital to its success and profitability. Security and access systems such as eCLIQ not only improve safety and mitigates risk but also helps with business continuity, which is a valuable asset to the leisure industry.” provide the media and public with updates about interesting events that occur during the ship’s ocean adventures. “The ability to receive live video feed from the ship using minimal communication bandwidth is a game changer for us,” said Don Scott, Chief Technology Officer of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship. “Videosoft provides real-time telepresence allowing us to reliably monitor the live situation and give us confidence in the vehicle’s operation at sea. It has already been an invaluable tool during sea trials and we look forward to having the live feed during the voyage itself.” The international grassroots project is led by marine research organisation ProMare alongside IBM, which is acting as both lead technology partner and lead scientific partner, with other key design and construction partners including MSUBs, Aluship and MarineAI.

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Major security systems upgrade for the City of Chelmsford During the summer of 2020 the City of Chelmsford and its surrounding parishes, initiated a major security systems upgrade. The city has grown significantly in recent years, and so has the requirement for enhanced security provision right across the catchment. Long-standing security partner Link CCTV Systems implemented, supplied and installed the new technology. The most recent enhancement of the Chelmsford CCTV system commenced in April 2020, days after the Government implemented restrictions to suppress the growth of Covid-19 infections. 200 new cameras were installed in strategic locations, including public parks, playing fields, community shopping centres, high streets, car parks and pedestrianised thoroughfares. This initiative alone increased the scope for security and safety surveillance by a factor of 20%, increasing the total camera count to over 500. Each camera in the city was upgraded to an HD variant, which is fed back to a central VMS. This improved the quality of the pictures relayed back to the Control Room and assists the operators in navigating the platform with ease. The Control Room itself, which was renovated during a previous Link CCTV upgrade, now hosts a number of 40” wall-mounted monitors which are overseen 24 hours a day throughout the year. The optical clarity of the monitors is not compromised when the footage is down-loaded. Notwithstanding Chelmsford’s renowned ‘Purple Flag’ safety status, the sharpness of the CCTV image quality has already proved both vital and significant in the provision of evidence for police investigations. Maldon District Council is a neighbouring authority to Chelmsford. A request from Maldon to help facilitate an upgrade of its analogue system to High Definition was duly approved. Accommodating all the council’s properties, these too were integrated into the Chelmsford system with round-the-clock coverage. The execution of Link CCTV’s implementation plan allowed the installation to be completed within three months, a month ahead of schedule. “This project was of particular interest to Link CCTV Systems, having supplied, installed and

maintained the City Centre CCTV systems of over 25 years,” said Ryan Mitchinson, Managing Director at Link CCTV Systems. “In 2016, we installed a new Flir VMS to manage the main city centre cameras and began the process of migrating all of the remote Parish Council and other public building systems across to the new platform. This phased migration was accomplished by 2018 after introducing 25 new servers across the city. “Whilst some of these upgrades included the replacement of the analogue camera modules, many continued to operate the original legacy analogue units.” When discussing the latest upgrade to Chelmsford City Council’s security systems, Ryan added: “During the latest phase of works, all of the city’s cameras were upgraded to HD whilst also introducing multiple new sites and High Street systems. It gave me great satisfaction to witness the final remote systems being connected to the main Chelmsford VMS, allowing the total CCTV camera count to exceed 500 units, all virtually mapped to allow every operator to easily navigate the platform.” The new technological improvements have not gone unnoticed by the on-site security team either: “The improved quality of the cameras has helped us and the Essex Constabulary in supplying clear footage and compelling evidence for prosecutions”, said Nicholas Hunt, CCTV Supervisor at Chelmsford City Council. “Having such good camera quality, especially when the light is low, has helped us capture evidence of offences.” Spencer Clarke, the Public Protection Manager at Chelmsford City Council commented: “The improvement in image quality has enabled us to pick up car index plates with relative ease. Having everything on one VMS platform and having consistent quality throughout is a really great asset.”

(L-R): Spencer Clarke, Public Protection Manager, Chelmsford City Council; Ryan Mitchinson, Managing Director, Link CCTV Systems and Duane Notice, Head of Engineering, Link CCTV Systems

“Having everything on one VMS platform and having consistent quality throughout is a really great asset”


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“Installing a dedicated 10 Gigabit fibre security network in the stadium and integrating all the building functionality into one network place meant the network switches needed to be reliable”

Managed Ethernet switches for Principality Stadium Managed Ethernet switches from barox Kommunikation have been installed to provide video surveillance, security systems and building management data transmission at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Specified to integrate the stadium’s 170 IP video cameras, access control, alarm and Building Management Systems into one single data network, 25 barox managed Ethernet PoE switches have been installed to deliver live video streams and data to the on-site control room. At the start of the project, a tender process saw specialist provider Ceaton Security Services selected to upgrade the existing security system. This included the replacement of the stadium’s

New fire system selected to protect ‘The Bear’

Situated in the village of Tattenhall, The Bear and Ragged Staff has been transformed from a derelict shell into a high-end pub, restaurant and


analogue cameras with new IP units, as well as consolidating legacy IP cameras into one network. Shane Gilgrass, Security Division Manager, Ceaton Security Services explains: “We installed over 100 additional IP cameras to expand the areas under surveillance coverage. Integrating the existing IP units into one combined system required a considered topology, to successfully integrate the stadium’s building management system, alarm system and access control into the same network. “Installing a dedicated 10 Gigabit fibre security network in the stadium and integrating all the building functionality into one network place meant the network switches needed to be reliable. Using barox video switches as opposed to non-security data switches meant that we could have complete confidence in the speed, bandwidth and security of the network – no matter what the demands placed on it.” Ceaton Security installed 25 barox RY-LGSP2852/740 Managed Ethernet switches across six floors of the stadium, including the roof gantry. Designed to cater for the demanding requirements of HD video networks, the barox RY-LGSP2852/740 models deployed are a POE+ layer-2/3 switch, with L3 functionality suitable for video over IP and video streaming in multicast. Commenting on the new system, Darren Crossman, Facilities and Safety Manager at the Principality Stadium confirmed: “Since the commissioning of the barox based IP video surveillance system upgrade, the camera video received in the control room is not only of considerably increased quality over the old system, but is also reliable; something that is essential, and that we rely on to safely manage large scale events and crowd safety management.” hotel by a team including chef Brian Mellor and beer sommelier Martin Hilton. Featuring a bar/restaurant, eight ensuite bedrooms and a first-floor function room, the venue is on the village High Street. At the heart of the building’s life-safety systems is a C-TEC CAST ZFP fire panel connected to over 100 CAST detectors, sounders, VADs and ancillary devices spanning over four floors. The master 2-loop ZFP panel is located in a storeroom but relays key system information to a Compact Controller in the reception area. The controller is highly visible and can be easily accessed by the fire and rescue service and authorised personnel if required. John Westerman, Director of Allied Fire Alarms, the company that specified, installed and commissioned the system said: “We chose CAST ZFP as the cornerstone of The Bear’s L2 BS 5839-1 system as it is powerful, intuitive and has the capacity to connect to multiple intelligent devices. Our client also had some specific requirements for fire detection in certain areas which were facilitated using CAST’s software and programming capabilities.”

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Kentec Electronics has employed Johnny Martin to develop new business for its Ekho wireless fire detection systems. In this newly created role Johnny will educate and support Kentec Installation Partner (KIP) customers about the wireless fire alarm systems. Sammy Steel, newly appointed Head of UK Sales at Kentec Electronics says Johnny’s 25year career in the fire industry with the last 15 years specialising in wireless makes him the perfect fit for this job: “I am so very pleased to have Johnny join our team of experienced fire business development managers. Johnny brings with him a wealth of knowledge from the detector, and in particular wireless systems side, which compliments the team very well.”

Adrian Bannister

Optilan, security and communications company for the energy, infrastructure, pipeline, and rail sectors, recently announced that it had appointed Adrian Bannister to its Executive Management Team as Chief Financial Officer. Adrian has over 25 years of experience in Chief Financial Officer roles, and was perhaps most notably involved in the buyout of the Sparrows Offshore team in 2000. Adrian has worked exclusively for high-growth and entrepreneurial, private-equity backed companies ever since then. Adrian was most recently CFO at Ardyne, prior to which he held a series of similar strategic executive roles across a variety of Oilfield Services businesses, making him an ideal addition to Optilan’s team. In these roles, Adrian helped both established businesses and new start-ups meet and exceed their growth targets.

Tom Clarke

Securitas UK has announced that Tom Clarke will head up Sales and Marketing for its electronic security division. With over 15 years’ industry experience under his belt, and having occupied senior roles at companies including Mitie, Contract Fire and Security and Reliance High Tech, this appointment brings a wealth of electronic sales expertise to the business. Tom has extensive knowledge of designing security solutions and managing relationships with National and European clients, particularly within the corporate sector, where the wider benefits of security solutions such as building usage and occupancy management play a significant part. He is also an authority when it comes to working in secure environments including defence organisations, immigration centres and prisons. On joining Securitas, Tom Clarke said: “We see a fantastic opportunity to grow Securitas’ electronic security offering in the UK, sharing ideas with colleagues and constantly improving our solutions.”

Kahl Bentham

A few months ago Gallagher announced that Kahl Betham had been appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Gallagher Group. After almost six transformative decades with the company, Sir William Gallagher shifted to the role of President of Gallagher Holdings, with an ambassadorial focus. In this expanded role, Kahl has over two decades of Gallagher experience to lead the company’s efforts, which span the animal management, security, and fuel systems industries. He continues to oversee the Operations, Research & Development, Information Services, People & Brand, Finance, Risk & Responsibility, and Legal functions.

Paul Comerford

Earlier this year, IoT service and solutions provider North appointed Paul Comerford as its Chief Operating Officer. The hire was part of the company’s growth strategy and saw Paul joining North’s executive leadership team, reporting directly to CEO Glen Williams. Paul has more than 35 years’ experience and joined from IT and Unified Communications’ services provider, Allvotec where he held the role of COO. Paul was responsible for driving operational vision and strategy and prior to this, he held senior management positions at Unisys, BT and Damovo. As part of his role, Paul has a remit to embed operational and service excellence. 11