Opinion/comment


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



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