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Alarms & apathy – is anyone listening?

People respond to voice warnings; evacuations are speedier when timely information is communicated says Siemens Building Technologies Fire alarms blare, warning lights strobe; yet there are no flames or smoke.  It has been noted numerous times, in multiple studies, that building...
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Apprenticeships are not just for teenagers!

A former product development manager in Birmingham has taken on an apprenticeship at the age of 49 – proving it’s never too late to learn new skills. Steve Young worked in the Epos/cashless payment sector since leaving school and worked through the ranks before being made product...
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Why did we launch the SiX installer event?

There are a number of reasons why PSI and Benchmark magazine publisher Pro-Activ took the decision to host the show, and importantly, to hold it in Manchester. SiX is aimed squarely at the security installer and system integrator. Running on 5-6th November 2019, the event will...
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Using security fog to protect ATM cash

Some call them cashpoints, others say cash machine, but the international term is ATM, which is an abbreviation for “automated counter machine”. Previously, ATMs were actual “cash machines”, as it was only possible to withdraw amounts in the national...
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No limitation Video PoE networks explained

Over the past few years, more and more manufacturers have been producing IP devices with higher power requirements. In the video sector, surveillance cameras with a combination of pan and tilt motors, heaters, windscreen wipers and IR illumination often require 60 or even up to...
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False alarms and video verification

Anna Sliwon, security analyst, IHS Markit looks at the use of video alongside alarm systems In 2017, nearly 23 percent of residential intruder alarm systems were sold globally with some form of video verification, including professionally installed systems, connected...
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Is your exit strategy lacking direction?

PSI’s resident business expert Jim Rathbone advises how you could prepare for exit with eight drivers that optimise business value. Especially with all the uncertainty of today’s political climate, how ‘saleable’ is your business? If you would like to have the choice of selling...
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What does 2019 have in store for security?

Johan Paulsson, CTO at Axis Communications looks at the five top trends for the physical security sector in 2019 This year has been a challenging one for businesses. The implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Directive on security of network and...
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Think you know about IP switches?

For many years, the trend in CCTV has been to convert and integrate existing analog CCTV systems into IP networks. According to Barox, that trend is accelerating, however a new trend in IP is emerging, one that demands careful consideration. Relating to PoE technology, the latest...
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Age and size – hindrance or opportunity?

The age and size of a building shouldn’t serve as a restriction to upgrading safety protocols and security measures. Andrew Shaw, architectural consultant at Allegion UK, discusses how to maximise safety and security based on a building’s age and design. It’s easy to understand...