Fire & Security News Update - #issue13


Industry News, Fire & Security

2020 brings new tidings and a new Fire & Security news update, where we continue to bring you the latest supplier news, product launches, industry events and much more. 

In our January news update, we cover the rollout of facial recognition cameras in London, the benefits of access control in coworking spaces, the predicted increased growth of the wireless access control market and a viral CCTV video of the world's worst planned robbery.


Fire & Security News 


Cladding manufacturer holds tests to prove panel safety

Cladding manufacturer PP McCann has teamed up with Ulster University to undertake a series of 'real-life' tests to prove that its cladding products do not burn. Concrete panels which contain an internal 'sandwich' layer of insulation were exposed to temperatures in excess of 1,000 degrees c. The tests found the panels contained the fire while maintaining their structural integrity despite being exposed to multiple fire scenarios. Due to the controversy surrounding cladding due to the part it played in the Grenfell Tower Fire, FP McCann is now encouraging other manufacturers to carry out their own tests. 

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(IFSEC Global) 15/01/2020


Police roll out live facial recognition cameras in London 

Despite warnings over privacy from rights groups and concerns expressed by the government's own surveillance watchdog, British police are to start operational use of live facial recognition cameras in London. The city's Metropolitan Police announced in a statement "The use of live facial recognition technology will be intelligence-led and deployed to specific locations in London. This is an important development for the Met and one which is vital in assisting us in bearing down on violence."

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(Reuters) 24/01/2020


Benefits of access control in coworking spaces


Benefits of access control in coworking spaces

A forecast suggests flexible workspaces in the EMEA region will number around 17,000 by 2022 and many creative and tech-oriented coworkers demand round-the-clock access. The sense of control this flexibility gives is one reason people thrive in co-working spaces, according to the Harvard Business Review. With an access system, you can manage remotely, from a PC or smartphone, staff need not be on-site to manage people coming and going  24/7. 

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(IFSEC Global) 20/01/2020

CCTV network to be extended across Cumbria 

Cumbria's police and crime commissioner has announced that the county's CCTV network is be extended, following feedback from councils, residents and police officers in recent months. 56 Surveillance cameras were first installed in 2015 and now 24 further cameras will be installed in towns across Cumbria including Keswick, Wigton, Millom, Milnthorpe and Ulverston later this year. The Police commissioner described the increase in CCTV as a 'significant step' in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

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(Times & Star) 21/01/2020


CCTV network to be extended across cumbria

Wireless access control market set for rapid growth by 2029

The Wireless Access Control Market Report provides a basic overview of the industry, including its definition, applications and manufacturing technology. The report also estimates 2018-2025 market development trends of Wireless Access Control industry, including analysis of upstream raw materials, downstream demand and current market dynamics. Take a look at the report which shows regional and country analysis integrating the demand and supply forces that are influencing rapid growth of the market for the future. 

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(Fusion Science Academy) 24/01/2020


Biometric surveillance, access control and more on display at Intersec 2020

Taiwanese companies Vivotek and CyberLink have partnered to combine surveillance solutions with an AI facial recognition engine, Face Me AI. The collaboration will be showcased next week at Intersec 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The technology will be integrated with network cameras and backend video management software to ensure accuracy in facial recognition alerts based on both blacklists and whitelists. Access control based business HID global will also be joining this year's Intersec event to present enhanced enterprise-focused end-to-end solutions for organizations in the Middle East. 

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(Biometric Update) 17/01/2020


Biometric surveillance, access control and more on display at Intersec 2020


CCTV of the world's worst planned robbery goes viral 

Viral CCTV footage of a robbery in Harringey, London, shows robbers struggling to escape from a jewellery shop during a raid. The three men snatched more than £20,000 worth of gold rings and earrings and caused £5,000 worth of damage at the Ital Gold jewellery shop. After a traumatised shop assistant locked herself in the toilet, the footage then shows the robbers beginning to panic after realising they were getting locked inside. One by one, the robbers pressed the escape button and ran for the exit, without holding the door open for the next person. The final man to leave can be seen banging the door in distress after realising he’s locked in. An unsuspecting member of the public then let him out.

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(Indy100) 20/01/2020



Eligo blog of the month

What’s imposter syndrome and how can you overcome it in 2020?

At the start of a new year, many of us look to check in with our current career situation and if you’re coming back to the same job, wanting to move on or actually starting a new role this year. One thing you might have in common is the tiny voice at the back of your head whispering: “I have no idea what I’m doing”, “Am I good enough for this role?”, or “I don’t deserve this promotion”. 

That little annoying inner voice of career self-doubt is probably what is known as, imposter syndrome.

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Upcoming Events 


Security TWENTY Birmingham - 20/02/2020

The Security TWENTY conference in Birmingham will bring together top security industry speakers and is supported by a large exhibition of cutting edge security products and services. 

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