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14th November 2012 Issue no. 144
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As if the prospect of being watched by security cameras wasn't unsettling enough, they may not only be watching you. Computerised surveillance software currently under development will also let them predict what you're about to do.
This has been a very busy year for me both in our product development and in my visits to assist our various Principal Distributors in the many countries in which we are represented. Those tasks have taken me this year so far to Norway, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey, France, the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea - some of those twice.
Barcodes on airline boarding passes can be read using smartphones and altered to allow passengers through lighter security checks, an aviation security researcher has claimed. The U.S. Transport Security Administration (TSA) runs a programme called PreCheck which allows frequent fliers to be randomly chosen for 'expedited screening' before boarding domestic flights.Full Story
By Doreen Carvajal
The Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, facing strong criticism over its security measures after seven valuable paintings were stolen last week, on Monday issued a statement explaining that the thieves were able to snatch the artworks swiftly after an alarm briefly deactivated a rear door's electronic lock.Full Story
Swedish security services group Securitas, which has posted seven straight quarterly earnings drops, is to cut costs and merge two divisions, it said on last week. The company, the world's second largest security firm after British-Danish G4S, has suffered from weakness in Europe during the sovereign debt crisis, affecting key contracts. Profitability in its U.S. market has been weaker than expected.Full Story
Alert Pal is a totally unique security camera that uses a SIM card, which when triggered will send the user an immediate text alert and 5 images - usually in less than 60 seconds (costing less than 60p).
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Just after Remembrance Day it's good to hear that thefts from war memorials are decreasing, thanks to Smartwater marking and increased vigilance as far as scrap metal dealers are concerned. Not so good to read in the news that some scumbags from Eastern Europe who frankly don't give a toss for anything that has value to us in the UK, including respect for our war dead and disabled, simply march in to a few shops where poppy sales were on display and nick the collections! Definitely not an acceptable face of immigration!
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This Week's News
The locks at the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels, had to be changed after a burglar broke in and stole the keys. The intruder scaled gates and took the keys from a sentry post. Guards spotted him but according to reports, couldn't give chase as they are not allowed to leave their posts.
Newly released figures have revealed that thefts from the nation's war memorials have fallen by around two thirds since the launch of an initiative to protect this key piece of the UK's heritage.
The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has seen its biggest increase yet in membership numbers as more door companies embrace the DHF's new quality standards.
In the last 12 months, 30 new members successfully applied to join the DHF, the trade body representing all the key players in industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates and building hardware.
Vemotion Interactive, specialists in live video transmission over low bandwidth connections, have announced the launch of their new Transport Asset Protection solutions at the Transport Security Expo.
Security company stripped of responsibility for running private prison in east Yorkshire after Olympic fiasco. G4S, the private company at the centre of the Olympic security debacle, has lost its contract to run Britain's first private prison and failed to win any new contracts in the biggest round of prison privatisation in England and Wales so far.Full Story
AMG-Panogenics, the British manufacturer of sophisticated 5 Megapixel cameras, and technology partner Tecton, the UK based designer, developer and manufacturers of Closed Circuit Video Equipment (CCTV) for commercial, security, government and broadcast applications, will be showcasing their integrated solutions at the Rail CCTV Conference which takes place at The London Marriott Hotel, Kensington, London, UK, November 28th-29th, 2012.
Apparently, the Skype instant messaging service passed on the personal data of a young Dutch user to private security company iSight Partners without a court order.Full Story
Croma Security Solutions Group plc, the AIM listed total security services provider, announces its unaudited preliminary results for the year to 30 June 2012. The results reflect a full year's contribution from the historical Croma business, together with three months' contribution from the CSS Companies (being CSS Total Security Limited, CSS Locksmiths Limited and Alarm Bell Company Limited which were acquired on 27 March 2012 transforming the Group into a fully integrated security services specialist.
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SSAIB, the UK and Ireland's leading certification body for security organisations - providing a variety of electronic security, manned guarding services, fire protection, intruder, and other alarm systems - has unveiled an important and topical fire scheme.