Fire & Security Industry News Round-up 08/09/2017


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This week in our Fire & Security industry news round-up we cover a growth of Biometric Access Control & Smart Buildings markets, CCTV drones patrolling our neighbourhoods in the future and more…


Biometric Access Control System Sales is growing

According to the newest study from The Freedonia Group, sales of biometric access control systems are projected to increase 9.9% annually to $1.2 billion through 2021. Finger and hand technologies represent the largest share of biometric access control sales, accounting for 49% in 2016. Fingerprint technology is expected to remain the market leader for the foreseeable future. The long history of fingerprint identification and a large pool of existing fingerprint data, in addition to the relatively low cost compared to other biometric technologies, will be important factors for growth.

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(PR Newswire, 07/09/2017)

CCTV drones patrolling our neighbourhoods?

“The use of drones for civilian security has been on the cards for a while, and it’s only a matter of time before they’re deployed in this way”. Attaching a camera to a drone is one of the most common ways to use these versatile machines, meaning we can capture images from places humans can’t easily get to. “Their compact size, manoeuvrability and low cost make them an excellent security guard for neighbourhoods.”

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(Security World Market, 05/09/2017)

CCTV and General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force across the EU – including the UK – from 25 May 2018. As security practitioners are well aware, a CCTV image featuring people counts as personal data just like a date of birth or someone’s marital status or political views. “Because of the lack of consent and the mass accumulation of data, public CCTV basically falls under high-risk data. GDPR Article 35 is where they mention the activities that make data high risk and the steps which an organisation needs to take.”

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(IFSEC Global, 05/09/2017)

The rise of global smart buildings market

The latest research by Marketsandmarkets predicts the global smart building market will grow from an estimated $7.42 billion in 2017 to $31.74 billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 33.7% from 2017 to 2022. The services segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period, due to service providers helping in implementing intelligent automation and technologies for the efficient operation and maintenance of buildings in a cost-effective manner.

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(Security World Market)

How to effectively protect Smart Buildings from Cyber Attack

The Internet of Things (IoT) and smart buildings seek to connect our physical world to bring about efficiencies and a host of other benefits that are elevating society into a new technological era. “Smart buildings promise significant benefits to owners and operators in terms of efficiency, safety, comfort and functionality, but these systems also carry potential costs, as without the right levels of protection, they can act as tempting targets for would-be hackers and or malicious insiders,” states  Memoori recent report Cyber Security in Smart Commercial Buildings 2017 to 2021.

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(Memoori, 05/09/2017)

UK bin men to start wearing body cameras

Police officers need to wear body cameras as they work, with allegations of police misconduct a constant threat. Recently, the UK waste management agency have made a case  that the same technology should also apply to bin men, and have campaigned strongly to add body cams to their uniforms. “Bin men often face accusations of poor behaviour from the public, whether that’s claiming they haven’t collected valid waste, have made a mess during their rounds, or have been rude and abusive during their shifts.”

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(Security News Desk, 06/09/2017)


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