Opinion/comment


“Focus on smart fire detection to replace Waking Watch”, says Hochiki

Hochiki Europe is calling for authorities and building owners to focus on incorporating intelligent fire detection into ‘at-risk’ properties. Read More

Pandemic accelerates adoption of cloud-enabled physical security

Morphean’s CEO, Rodrigue Zbinden, considers the recent increase in cloud adoption, the benefits to customers of hosted security solutions and the implications for security installers. Read More

NSI calls for third party certification to be “more widely adopted” in response to Draft Building Safety Bill

The NSI has cautiously welcomed Government proposals in its newly introduced Building Safety Bill to overhaul building regulations and introduce a clearer legal system to prioritise residents’ fire safety. Read More

“Remote servicing is only set to increase”, says Chubb Fire & Security

Remote service is nothing new for the security industry, but it is likely to accelerate during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, says Anthony Brennan, President, Chubb Fire & Security. Read More

Why we need a unified, tiered, national register of fire risk assessors

Competency is the word on everyone’s lips – right across the fire industry, from installers to fire risk assessors. I […] Read More

Modernising transport infrastructure: a shift from forensic to real-time surveillance

Why transport providers must upgrade surveillance technology to deliver long-term ROI beyond security, by Lucas Young, business development manager for transport at Axis Communications. Read More

Man and machine: How to team up to meet cybersecurity challenges

To protect organizations, a paradigm shift is required, a new holistic approach that cuts detection-to-response time and provides complete visibility across network, endpoint and payload, argues IFSEC exhibitor Verint Systems. Read More

Kitemark standard would be a progressive step towards strengthening IoT security

Rob Norris, VP head of enterprise & cyber security EMEIA at Fujitsu, reflects on the findings of Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report 2017. Read More

What a qualification in fire detection and alarm systems might look like

Is it feasible to have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to fire detection and alarm? What would each person in each job role need to know? Read More

Why the fire industry desperately needs a formal engineering qualification

Mere training is no longer enough, insists John Battersby, MD of Sunfish Services, who is struggling to fill positions for fire alarm engineers. Read More

Smart cities are no longer a vision of the future; they’re already here thanks to cutting-edge surveillance infrastructure

With crime on the rise and terror threats against urban areas growing, improving safety in our cities and towns is […] Read More

Anti-surveillance clothing: surveillance for commercial gain – not security purposes – is what really breeds resentment

Few people object to surveillance tech deployed to deter and catch criminals, writes Carl Gohringer of facial recognition experts Allevate. It’s being tracked for commercial purposes that people resent and that spurs the development of anti-surveillance clothing. Read More

Physical security vendors must collaborate beyond their industry to eliminate cyber vulnerabilities

Vendors of physical security systems lack the specialist expertise to protect customers against digital intrusions and data theft. Reinoud Weijmans of AET Europe and Hans Schipper of Nedap explain why collaboration with the cyber security industry is a must. Read More

Royal Clarence Hotel fire: the questions that need answers after the destruction of the UK’s oldest hotel

Fire-safety consultant Alan Cox says the fire that destroyed one of Exeter’s greatest landmarks exposes once again the false economy of doing fire safety on the cheap in the UK’s most important heritage sites. Read More

How cognitive bias shape our sense of security and why it matters

Cognitive biases mean we skew upwards the probability of events based on media coverage, which means we divert more resources to those hyperbolic threats and often neglect more mundane ones that are often far more imminent and lethal. Read More

Security accreditation raises standards – so why are my NSI credentials never checked?

Systems integrator Stephen Goodridge outlines the benefits of NSI accreditation and says awareness of the scheme is not as high as it should be. Read More



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