This week in our Fire & Security industry news round-up we cover UK transport infrastructure replacing analogue CCTV with real-time IP video, UK school CCTV streamed on Russian website, increased crime within retail sector and more…
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UK transport infrastructure replacing analogue CCTV with real-time IP video
While video surveillance technology is widely used in transport, the UK must accelerate its adoption of the latest IP technology if it is to keep pace with the rest of Europe. Educating key decision-makers on the operational and business intelligence benefits of integrating systems to deliver real-time video and alerts will be key. It is clear the industry cannot be complacent when it comes to security investment. While funding remains a challenge, it must be weighed against the requirements for public transport authorities to provide both an efficient and safe service.
(IFSEC Global, 06/03/2018)
Spike in crime within retail sector
The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) presented their latest annual Retail Crime Survey which shows a concerning spike in violence against staff causing injury, with the number of incidents happening at twice the rate of last year’s survey. Despite that spending, the total direct financial cost of retail crime has climbed to £700m – an increase of 6% from the previous year. ‘Customer theft’ remains the largest element, now over half a billion pounds a year, a 15% increase on the previous results. The BRC points to the growth in severe violent incidents against staff.
(Professional Security Magazine, 08/03/2018)
“Technology can mitigate GDPR compliance risk”
“It’s the biggest challenge for marketing in my 26-year career. As a result of GDPR, businesses need to consider where and how they process data – that’s everything from names and addresses to security footage.” said Stephen Yeo, Panasonic Business Marketing Director. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable from 25 May 2018 with the intention of strengthening and unifying data protection for all individuals within the EU. Sanctions for data breaches are as much as €20million or up to 4% of a company’s annual worldwide turnover.
(Security World Market, 07/03/2018)
Are we AIM ready?
We are creating a world where digital identity will control access to almost everything we do. Identity fraud has been a huge and increasing problem in recent decades but we are putting more of our eggs in the identity basket. Hacking is a growing issue in every aspect of our digital world, yet we strive to make our identity more digital. Are we ready for digital Identity and access management (IAM)? The latest IAM systems have begun to incorporate elements of biometrics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, as well as risk-based authentication. These provide multiple layers that make it more difficult to fool the system.
Amazon expanding its Smart Home offer
James Siminoff had pitched his smart doorbell invention ‘DoorBot’ in 2013, during episode 9 in the 5th season of entrepreneurial reality TV series Shark Tank (a show like Dragon’s Den). Today, under the name Ring, the firm has developed and moved on from the DoorBot. It markets four versions of its Video Doorbell – 1, 2, Pro, and Elite – offering a range of features and designs. They also sell a range of security cameras and accessories such as solar panels to power remote cameras. No wonder “the world’s most popular video doorbell,” caught the attention of Amazon. The final details of this week’s acquisition have not yet been announced but Reuters report the deal to be worth “more than $1 billion.”
UK school CCTV streamed on Russian website
According to media reports, video from more than 500 cameras in UK schools, homes and businesses is being streamed on a freely accessible website, Insecam.org. This is not the first time the site has come to the attention of data protection authorities. In 2015 the ICO, together with privacy enforcement bodies from Australia, China and Canada, wrote to Insecam saying that their actions posed a “serious threat to individuals’ privacy around the world” and that in view of the “sensitive nature of the personal information collected via such cameras”, the site should be taken down with immediate effect. The site was taken down, only to reappear a year later.
(IFSEC Global, 07/03/2018)
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