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Do you specialise in Physical Security services? We want to hear from you!

Each month on FM Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the facilities management market- and in June we’ll be focussing on Security services.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help FM industry buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Security services and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Paige Aitken on p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk.

Here are the areas we’ll be covering, month by month:

June – Security

July – Air Conditioning

August – Waste Management

September – Asset Management

October – FM Software

November – Business Continuity

December – Fire Safety & Equipment

For more information on any of the above, contact Paige Aitken on p.aitken@forumevents.co.uk.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Dataminr Risk Manager

As advances in technology continue to increase the amount of data in the world and companies send more people to conduct business in remote locations, there is a growing expectation for organisations to gain information faster about incidents and threats that could impact them.

The “golden hour” refers to the critical time to respond to an incident. Naturally, the sooner a business is aware of a problem, the sooner it can start acting to reduce any potential negative impact.

By relying on traditional sources of information, such as the news media and some information providers in the security space, there is typically at least 30 minutes between the incident occurring and news reaching a company’s security and risk teams. Sometimes that can stretch to a couple of hours or longer before the business becomes aware.

The rise of social media, however, has transformed incident response. Around half a billion posts are transmitted every day on Twitter, which has become a rich source of insights when it comes to crisis response or dealing with potential threats to business. This data is extremely valuable, but extracting that value can be a challenge.

Dataminr uses artificial intelligence and machine-learning techniques to discover relevant signals from social media and publicly available data. Dataminr’s technology filters out the noise so only relevant content is delivered to security and risk teams. Using Dataminr, security teams can get the real-time information they need to make faster, more informed decisions.

For more info, visit http://info.dataminr.com/TSSrequestinfo2018.

Securitas completes MK Group Security acquisition

Securitas Security Services UK Ltd (Securitas) has confirmed its acquisition of Milton Keynes Security Services Ltd and its associated companies, together trading as MK Group Security.

Securitas has acquired the entire shareholdings in the MK Group Security companies, the expertise and customer portfolio of which its says will ‘perfectly complement’ the existing Securitas business.

As part of the Securitas Group, MK Group Security will continue to deliver local, professional security services to clients and will transition to operate under the Securitas brand by end 2018.

MK Group Security, founded in 1992, supplies security services in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

With more than 90 employees, specialising in both static and mobile security services, MK Group Security operates from its operations hub in Milton Keynes, with a strong focus on the SME market.

Securitas claims the deal means no other security provider layers six services: On-site, Mobile, Remote, Electronic security, Fire & Safety and Corporate Risk Management.

The acquisition also sees Securitas continue to build its electronic alarm surveillance services and mobile security services for small and medium-sized businesses across the UK, as part of its Vision 2020 strategy.

Peter Watson, Managing Director, MK Group Security, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for MK Group Security, for our officers and for our clients – Securitas is a leading global player in the security industry and there are huge opportunities for development and growth.”

RECOMMENDED: Digital ID – The UK’s Largest ID Card Company

This month on FM Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on the security market, starting with a look at Digital ID’s products and services…

Digital ID are the UK’s largest ID card company with over 8 million ID card consumables and accessories in stock.

It’s product range varies from ID card printers, to printer ribbons, blank plastic cards, access control cards, ID card holders, lanyards and much more.

With over 65 in-house card printing experts ranging across 8 departments, and over 500 independent 5* reviews on Trustpilot, there’s no need to shop anywhere else.

For more information visit www.digitalid.co.uk.

Do you offer Security Services for business? We want to hear from you!

Each month on FM Briefing we’re be shining the spotlight on a different part of the facilities management market – and in July we’ll be focussing on Security services.

It’s all part of our new ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help FM industry buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Security services and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Lisa Carter on lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com.

Here are the areas we’ll be covering, month by month:

July – Security

August – Air Conditioning

September – Waste Management

October – Asset Management

November – FM Software

December – Business Continuity

For more information on any of the above, contact Lisa Carter on lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com.

GUEST BLOG: The importance of CCTV in food factories

By 2020 Vision

Investigations have been carried out after the Food Standards Agency discovered that food factories across the UK are not complying with hygiene regulations regarding their produce.

Because of these revelations, large food chains and supermarkets in the UK are currently thinking about who they are working with and are already prepared to draw a line in their contract to ensure they retain the trust of their customers.

With this news, schools and colleges around the country are making changes to their suppliers as well as other businesses. For food production companies and food factories in general, this can either make or break your business — just look back to the horse meat scandal that took place in 2013.

Of course, food factories are going to move forward with a business mindset — and 2020 Vision, an expert in IP CCTV systems,understands that. You need to withhold your brand image, and ensure that you’re the only food supplier big businesses turn to in their time of desperate need.

We take a look at some of the security equipment your business needs and why.

Must-havesecurity systems:

To ensure customer satisfaction and present yourself as that food supplier who isn’t afraid of complying with the appropriate legislations and guidelines, there are a few actions you can take:

  • Access control systems —to protect all areas of your business, you must start with access control systems to ensure a barrier between the production and any potential threats from unauthorised characters. If access is gained through a staff card, management within the factory will be able to determine who can and can’t access specific areas on the operation site.
  • CCTV —if cameras have been put in place around your business premises, it will present a message that your factory is not afraid of recording footage and presenting it to the appropriate authorities if certain reports do arise about your production.

It’s known that, by spring 2018, all slaughterhouses in England will be required to have CCTV installed around their premises. The purpose of this is that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) will gain unprecedented access to footage within a 90-day period after reports of the inhumane treatment of animals.

If this is something being introduced in slaughterhouses, should the FSA implement the same ruling for food factories? This would mean they would be able to gain access at any point and could reduce the number of investigations.

Why you need to make security changes:

  • Customer reassurance —as food factories don’t operate openly and everything is hidden away, this instantly creates suspicion from a consumer’s perspective as they will be the ones buying the final product once distributed to stores around the country. CCTV will counter this issue as it shows that operation centres have nothing to hide — giving them the ability to publish any footage if accused of misconduct.
  • Maintaining quality —using more advanced CCTV within food factories will enable production companies to watch over the production line and maintain the standards that they sell themselves on. Sometimes, a human error is unavoidable on a production line after several hours of non-stop work — being able to detect it instantly is essential.

Is crime on the risein food factories?

It’s been proven that installing a CCTV system will help deter crime. If you’re operating as a food factory in the UK, you’ll know that your industry discovers criminal activity of all kind. 2020 Vision, to back up the reasoning for security systems in food factories, has looked at the crime rates in this sector:

Overall:

  • 89% of manufacturers around the world were impacted by fraud in 2016. This went up to 96% in 2017 showing that criminal activity is ever increasing in this industry.

Type of crime:

  • Information theft and compliance breaches accounted for 30%.
  • Theft of intellectual property stood at 26%.

Staff:

  • Junior employees were the most likely staff members to commit a crime — 39%.
  • Temporary manufacturing workers covered 37%.
  • Those in senior/middle management positions were at 33%.

To uphold the expectations and safety of consumers around Britain, and with crime at a staggering rate in the industry, we should look to implement similar requirements that slaughterhouses have to better protect our food factories and what is produced onsite.

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