Fire & Security, Industry News
In our September Building Services news update, we cover the facial recognition pall results, increasing popularity of DYI security systems, lighting bulbs causing health issues, upcoming industry events, growth of IoT within a security sector and more.
Fire & Security
The public does not trust the private sector to use facial recognition technology
According to a survey by the Ada Lovelace Institute, a research body set up last year by the Nuffield Foundation, the public does not trust the private sector to use facial recognition technology ethically. The report says that “as the lines between public and private space become increasingly blurred, it is not clear to people how the technology works, when it is being used, and by whom...". The survey found no unconditional support for police to deploy facial recognition technology: rather, support is conditional upon limitations and subject to appropriate safeguards. “The fact that the deployment of a new technology, with which a significant proportion of the public are not comfortable, can be deemed technically compliant underlines the need for an informed public discourse on what new restrictions and safeguards are needed.”
(Professional Security Magazine, 12/09/2019)
Increasing popularity of DIY security solutions
The strong increase in professionally monitored systems that are self-installed is fairly recent, and professional installation still dominates, but the DIY market is starting to impact upon professional security providers' market share. DYI security solutions do have advantages with lower-cost, contract-free monitoring options that will attract new consumers, but adopting these new offerings without eroding the base of traditional customers requires careful navigation of the current business ecosystem. The smart home market is an important area of convergence with security, where security providers can find new revenues to combat margins tightened by DIY.
Solving CCTV data privacy issues
When it comes to privacy, there has been much discussion about rights. Especially in the UK, as with around 6 million CCTV cameras in operation, we are one of the most video-monitored societies (roughly one camera for every eleven people!). Any CCTV system that monitors or records the activities of individuals constitutes the processing of personal data under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Chief Data Officers at local councils post their Council’s fair processing policies online, and quite often alongside subject access request (SAR) forms can be found for anyone who wants to know what personal data is kept and how it is used. As with any other form of personal data, data subjects have a right to access their own data.
(Security World Market, 22/09/2019)
Lighting bulbs causing health issues
The quantity of artificial light has increased exponentially in recent decade with the adverse consequences of excess light on humans and the rest of the natural world, from disorientated turtles and migratory birds to an epidemic of sleeplessness in people. What is less recognised is that the quality of artificial light has also changed but without sufficient scrutiny or understanding of the consequences. A recent reporter's investigation showed that people are experiencing health problems from all kinds of new lighting, especially LED, and suffering far more severe symptoms. We need a wider conversation, nationally and internationally, pooling professional expertise and involving us all as recipients of light. We need to talk about light.
(I News, 25/09/2019)
Circadian lighting improving the quality of lives of care home residents
A nursing home for elder people with dimentia in Denmark installed circadian controlled lighting that has cut nocturnal ‘unrest’ and led to a ‘happier and more peaceful’ environment, say centre managers. It appears that the new system is, anecdotally, leading to better sleep and less unrest at night, as well as happier and more participating residents during the day. "In addition to the increased quiet at night as well as increased activity during the day, we also experience far fewer episodes during the day where our residents exhibit aggressive behaviour and are frustrated. They have become calmer and more happy".
(Lux Review, 05/09/2019)
Lighting inspiration from autumn's design shows
We recognise the importance of good, versatile lighting for decades now, although we have vastly more choices these days. For lighting inspiration, London Design Festival (londondesignfestival.com) had heaps to offer. Among others, the lighting and product designer Lee Broom has transformed his Shoreditch showroom to present Kaleidoscopia, using reflection to immerse the viewer in light and sound.
Although Andrew Martin’s sumptuous interiors installation at the Chelsea Design Centre just ended, the company recently launched an Aladdin’s cave of lighting products at its destination showroom on Walton Street in Chelsea. Year-round, it showcases more than 450 lighting products from the world’s most renowned designers. The gallery has curated a collection of sculptural and atmospheric lighting to touch and compare in-store.
(City A.M., 20/09/2019)
The adoption of IoT communication protocols in intruder alarm systems
According to a forecast by IHS Markit, the volume of shipments of professional security wireless sensors will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 6% over the 2018-2023 period. It will be the result of the adoption of IoT communication protocols in intruder alarm systems which will increase the average number of sensors connected to each system and could promote the wider deployment of wireless sensors in commercial installations. Recently, there have been efforts by the telecommunications industry to develop alternative networks to help resolve issues like signal pollution, insufficient range, power consumption, capacity and the cost of devices that will connect to these networks.
(Security World Market, 05/09/2019)
Meet us at Security Twenty 19 London!
The Eligo tour bus is not ready for a rest just yet – next month we are exhibiting at the last Security Twenty of 2019, taking place in London! Set in the convenient location of the Park Inn Hotel in Heathrow on 7 November 2019, the Conference will bring together top security industry speakers and is supported by a large exhibition of cutting edge security products and services. We’re excited to be exhibiting again at Security Twenty 19 discussing current activities and providing our insight into the Security & Fire recruitment market. A Security TWENTY 19 London we will be raising funds for Child Victims of Crime who are solely focused on supporting children, young people and families who are victims of serious crime.
Are you attending too? Let us know so we can meet up!
(Professional Security Magazine)
The shortlist for the 2019 Lux Awards announced
The Lux Awards 2019 shortlist has been announced and this year the list features a whole host of impressive projects and inventive new technology. A team of expert judges – including experienced specifiers and end-users of lighting - have considered the projects entered, visited the sites, spoken to the key people, and whittled down the list to just those schemes that they believe have a shot at winning a coveted Lux Award trophy. The Lux Awards will take place on the 14th November at the Hilton, Park Lane.
Eligo Blog of the month
How to manage burnout
We are all human and burnout can come from multiple areas in your life. Therefore, it can be hard to recognise that you are suffering from burnout and are not just simply under normal amounts of workplace stress. In order to recognise signs early on, it helps to take a step back and ask yourself if you are feeling the following symptoms.
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