Concept Smoke Screen In Partnership With G4S Win
Concept Smoke Screen In Partnership With G4S Win

Concept Smoke Screen, in partnership with G4S, have developed a new way of defending cash and guards against attacks when replenishing ATM's. On May 11th at the IFSEC Security Industry Awards 2009, Concept Smoke Screen were honored with the "Physical Security Product of the Year" award, for the Guardian Smoke Screen. The ceremony was conducted at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole.Over the last few years, the majority of ATM replenishment visits has moved to out of hours service to minimize operational disruption in trading banking halls.This move has exposed the cash carriers to elevated risk.Where previously, criminals would attack couriers as they crossed the pavement, they now wait until all of the cash is in the premises and the highest payout is available before striking.The Guardian Smoke Screen takes the fantastic success of Smoke Screen security fog in deterring intruders, and makes it available to cash carriers in a portable, yet secure format.The product comprises 2 parts; The Guardian itself, and a secure docking station, which is installed in the risk area of a banking hall.The Guardian, a low weight, high-powered security fog generator, is housed in a cash carrying vehicle when not in use. As the guard makes his replenishment service visits, his first trip across the pavement is to carry the Guardian into the risk area and dock it with the station.The docking station provides a number of critical features:A permanent location for power and off mains support.The triggering facilities for the system.The station removes the need for a judgment call by the guard. He does not need to decide on the best location for optimal protection, the docking station has been installed in a pre-determined "best fit" spot. A locking system to prevent accidental or intentional un-docking of the Guardian.When first docked, the Guardian comes up to operating temperature in 30 seconds, and will signal to the guard when it is ready.At this point the guard can radio his colleague to begin bringing cash across the pavement into the now protected area.If the guards should suffer an attack, the Guardian activates, producing massive clouds of visually obscuring, thermally generated fog. This confronts intruders and drives them away, a concept that has been proven in the field over tens of thousands of the more conventionally installed Smoke Screen generators.

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How To Deter Thieves on Construction Sites
How To Deter Thieves on Construction Sites

Construction site theft can cause project delays, property damage and loss of profit for companies in the construction sector. It is imperative to deter thieves from targeting construction sites with the help of construction site security. Here, we look into the various security options and how they can help protect your firm from the threat of a break-in. Construction theft has soared during the COVID-19 Pandemic Construction site theft is an ever-increasing problem in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £800 million ($1,040 million) per year. Unfortunately, this type of crime has accelerated further throughout lockdown by an estimated 50% due to the abandonment of construction sites across the UK. With many uncertainties around a potential second wave in the UK, it is time for construction firms to enhance their security strategies to help prevent thieves from becoming opportunists on construction sites. Why are construction sites ‘easy’ targets? Construction sites can easily be targeted, as they typically lack adequate security loss prevention practices. The most popular security-related issues that are leading causes of construction site theft are: Poor overall site security Multiple pieces of equipment sharing the same keys Easy access to open cabs Unsecured sites, particularly at night and over weekends Lack of product identification systems If you do not want your site becoming a costly statistic, you might want to try implementing some or all of these preventive measures. Strengthen your perimeter Putting a clear boundary around a construction site will help to prevent youths and members of the public from inadvertently wandering onto the site. To stop opportunist thieves in their tracks, you will need to go one step further by erecting robust fencing and concrete blocks along with signage warning intruders about the consequences of trespassing. Putting a clear boundary around a construction site will help to prevent youths and members of the public from inadvertently wandering onto the siteIf potential trespassers can see that it would be too challenging to attempt a break-in, then they will look elsewhere to find another construction site which is not as well secured. Lock away valuable tools When considering the vulnerabilities in your construction site, it pays to think about this from the perspective of a criminal. What is it exactly that they are looking for? What can a thief steal easily to make money if they were to remove something from your site? Unfortunately, many construction firms do not lock away their tools, materials or vehicles properly, which makes them an easy target. Ensure valuable tools and materials are locked away and are not left unsecured or lying around. Criminals are mostly interested in scaffolding, bowsers and other valuables that are quick to sell on, so it is important to have a strategy in place to keep these locked away, safe and securely. Put tracking devices in your equipment If you are unable to securely lock away valuable tools, then modern technology makes securing equipment easier than ever before. Tracking devices can be installed onto vehicles and equipment; if any thief is unwise enough to steal from the site, site owners will be able to provide the location to the police who will be able to follow this up. Site owners should also engrave company identification numbers on valuable tools, equipment and vehicles so that it can easily be identified and will serve as proof who it rightly belongs to. Invest in CCTV Closed Circuit Television, otherwise known as CCTV, is renowned for being one of the most effective deterrents for thieves, especially when it comes to construction and building sites.The items that criminals steal from sites are notoriously hard to trace The items that criminals steal from sites are notoriously hard to trace, but if you have CCTV, there is a chance that you can capture clear footage to help bring criminals to justice, such as footage of the vehicle used and the car licence plate. CCTV cameras can help to oversee every inch of a construction site, and can even be hidden out of sight where required. Step up with regular site patrols With a wide range of security monitoring methods available, stepping up on regular site patrols can help to keep track and respond to any criminal activity taking place on your site. Traditional site patrols can be carried out on a schedule by professional SIA-approved security agents. With the presence of guards patrolling a construction site, any criminals in the area will be deterred to force entry onto the site. Schedule supply deliveries on an as-needed basis To prevent an excess of supplies ‘sitting around’ on the site, construction site managers should instead order what is needed at the time, so that valuable materials are not left around waiting to be stolen for weeks at a time. Good planning and excellent communication between the team will be required so that projects are not delayed, but planning accordingly will help to reduce the chances of theft on a construction site. Drone surveillance As technology becomes more and more advance, drone surveillance may soon be a security option that many construction sites could benefit from.Many construction firms in the UK are using drone services to provide aerial images, and are seeing huge cost savings by either purchasing and operating their own drones or by hiring out the work to a company equipped to provide imaging.As technology becomes more and more advanced, drone surveillance may soon be a security option With surveillance drones already handling tasks like mapping and surveying of construction sites, one day they may be able to patrol construction sites at night, equipped with motion sensors and infrared or night vision cameras; They could be automatically deployed from a charging station and fly along a pre-programmed route at regular intervals. One to keep an eye on for the near future! Construction site security to help protect your site If you are ready to tighten security on your own construction site, then your starting point will be to identify your main vulnerabilities and get in touch with a reputable security specialist.

Reopening Doors: What Steps Should be Taken to Ensure Safety and Security?
Reopening Doors: What Steps Should be Taken to Ensure Safety and Security?

A total of £1.6 billion worth of goods are reported as ‘lost’ to in-store theft in supermarkets each year, with figures increasing steadily. The presence of self-checkout systems have increased in supermarkets, as well as other industry retailers. By 2021, we’re globally on track to have 468,000 self-checkout machines in operation, nearly double the 240,000 in existence since 2016. While this increase comes with such benefits as reduced wait times for customers and staff costs, it also comes with a risk of retail theft at self-checkouts. With the circumstances the world now finds itself in i.e. mass unemployment, financial uncertainty, the retail industry has seen an influx in these types of petty crimes, hitting retailers during an already turbulent period. While retailers are taking precautions to protect themselves and their patrons in this new era of in-person shopping, it’s important to ensure the business itself is protected. A popular method to combat these fears is to employ on-site security personnel, however, as we continue to adapt to new operating guidelines, retailers must begin thinking past the immediate future, and begin implementing long-term security solutions to prepare for life after lockdown such as strong CCTV systems with remote access. How has the security industry adapted its services to a post-lockdown world? Technological innovations like thermal recognition are key to adapting security systems for a post-lockdown world. Businesses which previously relied on facial recognition now must update their methods to account for shoppers wearing masks on-site and in-store. By 2021, we’re globally on track to have 468,000 self-checkout machines in operation, nearly double the 240,000 in existence since 2016 Biometric systems are now able to identify people with face masks, and thermal recognition such ADT’s Thermi-Scan system which can track human body temperature without the need for contact. Implementing these safe protocol procedures protect both employees and customers against virus outbreaks such as COVID-19. The need for these advances in video surveillance will reportedly increase the biometric facial recognition market by 14 per cent by 2027. Artificial intelligence has been hailed recently as the way forward for remote security needs, and while business-owners continue to navigate procedures of returning to work post-lockdown, having remote access to real-time security monitoring is essential now more than ever. What are the main measures stores can take to prevent or reduce theft? Strategically placing a multi-camera surveillance system to ensure clarity, eliminate blind spots, and deter thieves should be top priority. It’s equally essential to invest in a system which has an efficient playback program, particularly in situations where reviewing important footage efficiently can offer vital information to the police force. Advances in video surveillance will reportedly increase the biometric facial recognition market by 14 per cent by 2027 As business-owners continue operating at reduced hours and with limited on-site staff, being able to access camera footage quickly and remotely is a key factor to consider. Whether owners opt to receive an alert on a mobile device allowing them to review notifications, or if their system is monitored by a remote security center, it’s important to be able to access footage quickly for added efficiency and ease. Facial recognition and AI have been popular points of discussion in relation to security cameras and CCTV. While careful considerations must be taken prior to utilising any sort of facial recognition technology, including conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment, the benefits include being provided with real-time tracking of repeat offenders which immensely helps the prevention of in-store theft. Here are some key points to consider when choosing in-store surveillance: Assess your needs – To get the best out of your security system, it is essential to analyze what your requirements are for your business as they might have changed to adapt to a post-lockdown world Camera setup – With store layouts shifting to accommodate social distancing guidelines, it’s important to re-evaluate the current set-up of any security cameras. Depending on any layout updates, it might be important to consider operating multiple cameras in one area to ensure a peripheral view and eliminate any blind spots Camera positioning – For optimal performance, check that light sources are not obstructing your view such as glare from the sun. It is also worth considering the height at which cameras are installed to maximize surveillance Check the focus – It is worth testing camera lenses bi-monthly to ensure that lighting or weather hasn’t affected the focus of the lens, resulting in a blurry visual Remote access – As guidelines continue to evolve, ensure you’re able to access any necessary camera footage quickly and safely in case of emergency Will we begin to see a reduction of theft as new technology is implemented? We’re beginning to see incidents of shoplifting and theft being taken more seriously by law enforcement. In the coming months, for the first time in Britain nearly twenty shoplifters who were either caught red-handed or identified on CCTV will be appearing before magistrates. While currently these court cases are being pursued by a private police force, these actions come after a Government plea to high-level police to prosecute shoplifters stealing under £200. Retailers have long voiced concerns that forces have abandoned low-level thefts and these steps are small but show that businesses are being heard. As innovations in surveillance security continue, we’ll be seeing a move away from human involvement which will create a more reliable and efficient system able to rely on machine learning and analytics. While there have been wider strides made in utilising AI for surveillance, these are largely being used currently by local governments to alert police forces to threats of criminal activity. It’s not unreasonable to think that in the near future, these types of smart technology will be employed by private businesses to analyze suspicious behavior or possible theft. However, as we see an increase in the advancement of security technology, we anticipate that those inclined to commit in-store theft will adapt their methods, therefore retailers should look to regularly evaluate their security needs to keep risks at bay.

Wireless Technology Is Transforming Motion Detection
Wireless Technology Is Transforming Motion Detection

Motion detection is a key feature of security systems in residential and commercial environments. Until recently, systems have relied heavily on closed circuit television (CCTV) and passive infrared (PIR) sensors, which both require significant investment and infrastructure to install and monitor. Developments in wireless technology are increasing home security possibilities. Few years ago, these developments led Cognitive Systems to discover that the wireless signals surrounding oneself can be used to detect motion. Known in the wireless industry as WiFi sensing, this technology brings many benefits that other motion detection solutions have not been able to provide. The working of WiFi sensing At Cognitive Systems, the company has used WiFi sensing technology to develop a motion detection solution called WiFi Motion™, which measures and interprets disruptions in RF signals transmitted between WiFi devices. When movement occurs in a space, ripples in the wireless signals are created. WiFi Motion interprets these ripples and determines if an action, such as sending a notification, is needed. Enabling this functionality in a space is incredibly simple. With a software upgrade to only one’s WiFi access point (or mesh router), motion sensing capabilities are layered into one’s WiFi network. Existing connected WiFi devices then become motion detectors without detracting from their original functions or slowing down the network. Using artificial intelligence (AI), WiFi Motion establishes a benchmark of the motionless environment and learns movement patterns over time, which could be used to predict trends. This allows unusual movement patterns to be detected with greater accuracy while decreasing the potential for costly false alerts. WiFi Motion requires no line-of-sight or installation WiFi sensing and other home monitoring solutions All of these capabilities are made possible by WiFi sensing and together create a motion detection system that provides unparalleled accuracy, coverage, privacy and affordability compared to other solutions on the market. PIR integration is far more complex and imposes electronic and physical design restrictions compared to WiFi sensing. In terms of placement, PIR systems are difficult to install, requiring line-of-sight and a device in every room for localization. WiFi Motion requires no line-of-sight or installation and is also a scalable solution compared to PIR. Much like cameras, PIRs can only cover so much space, but WiFi Motion can cover the entire home and even detect motion in the dark and through walls, without adding additional devices to the home. WiFi Motion detects less distinguishing context than cameras and microphones, but more context than regular PIR sensors for the perfect balance of privacy and highly accurate motion detection. Privacy solution While cameras have been the security solution for years, WiFi Motion offers a more affordable solution that can rival the privacy and coverage capabilities of even the most high-end cameras. With such a wide coverage area, one might think that WiFi sensing infringes on privacy, but actually, the opposite is true. With WiFi Motion, the contextual information collected cannot be used to identify a specific individual, unlike cameras which can clearly identify a person’s face or microphones, which can identify a person’s voice. It is different from other smart home security options that use cameras and microphones because it only senses motion using WiFi signals - it doesn’t “see” or “listen” like a camera or microphone would. This provides opportunities for added security in spaces where privacy might be a concern and installing a camera may not be a comfortable solution, such as bathrooms and bedrooms. The data collected is also anonymized and highly encrypted according to stringent industry privacy standards. Existing connected WiFi devices then become motion detectors Additional WiFi sensing applications Since WiFi sensing technology requires no additional hardware or subscription fees, it is much more affordable than other motion detection solutions. It can be used as a standalone solution, or it can be easily layered into more complex systems. This ease of integration, scalability and relatively low cost brings a lot of potential for various applications. Motion detection can trigger other smart devices in the network to turn lights on or off In eldercare, for example, WiFi sensing can be used to help seniors live comfortably in their homes for as long as possible. With the increasing aging population and high costs associated with care homes, the market for this application is considerable. Caregivers can use an app to monitor movement in their loved one’s home and be alerted about unusual movement patterns that could indicate a concern. For smart homes and other environments that have a network of smart devices, the artificial intelligence (AI) component of the technology allows for improvements to automated features. Motion detection can trigger other smart devices in the network to turn lights on or off or make adjustments to the temperature in a room. Security for the commercial sector For office buildings and other commercial properties, it is easy to see how all of these features could be scaled up to offer a highly accurate and cost-effective motion sensing and smart device automation solution. Cognitive Systems is closely involved with the development of WiFi sensing technology, working with various industry groups to establish standards and help it reach its full potential. WiFi Motion is merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of motion sensing possibilities, but its applications in the world of security are undeniably compelling. It is an exciting time for the wireless industry, as one works with stakeholders in the security space to explore everything this technology can do.

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Concept Smoke Screen Suggests Security Smoke Screen As A Solution To The US School Shooting
Concept Smoke Screen Suggests Security Smoke Screen As A Solution To The US School Shooting

Smoke Screen works by instantly filling an area with thick, non-toxic smoke A spate of mass shootings in schools and colleges last year in the US, culminating most recently with the atrocity in Sandy Hook, has left open wounds in many American lives. Everyone is in agreement that this cannot be allowed to continue. What can't be agreed upon is how to tackle this problem. The nation is divided. President Barack Obama recently issued his Gun Control Plan, a list of 23 directives aimed at preventing these terrible acts. There are plenty of well publicised arguments for and against gun control and also many constitutional rights to cite. One thing however is quite clear, and to quote Mr Obama, "Our first task as a society is to keep our children safe." Let's start from this common goal and move forwards. Concept Smoke Screen believes it has a solution, one that should appeal to all sides - a security Smoke Screen. First developed in the UK in the 1970s to protect bank vaults, Smoke Screen works by instantly filling an area with thick, non-toxic smoke. It is employed in the UK primarily for protecting property and goods by removing an intruder's ability to see. Can't see it? Can't steal it! Additionally, it has proved itself very effective at protecting people too, Smoke Screens have met with great success when deployed in violent armed raid scenarios. It is this element that Eric Howe, President of Concept Smoke Screen US, is recommending for use in American schools, “we would like to put it into classrooms and have a single machine in each classroom with a teacher with a remote control so with the press of a button, within seconds the entire classroom is filled with a density that nobody can see. In the event of a lockdown situation, the teacher would put the children in the safest part of the classroom, sit them down, press the button and that's all you needed to do” A very unique UK solution to a US problem. Contrary to making things worse, the smoke acts in several positive ways: Smoke Screen protects teachers and children by hiding them so they cannot be targeted. After training and regular drills, they would quickly be able to create this 'blanket' secure in the knowledge that it is completely safe to breathe and reducing any potential anxiety that might be caused by the effect. Smoke Screen provides a level of soft confrontation and confusion to the would-be murderer. They do not know if there is a fire or if it's toxic, they can't see, their instinct tells them to get away from it. Smoke Screen can be set up so as to drive the gunman out into the corridors where it is easier for the authorities to deal with them. Because it looks like smoke (technically it is a thermally generated fog), there is more chance that the emergency services will be called, sirens blaring. So whether in a total ban on guns, or whether people who want guns will get guns regardless, or to preserve the right to bear arms, this is a solution that caters for every side.

Defend Yourself Against The Determined Criminal - Get A Smoke Screen
Defend Yourself Against The Determined Criminal - Get A Smoke Screen

Working in the security smoke industry requires a certain amount of information gathering, keeping your finger on the proverbial pulse to find out what the criminals are up to, who they are targeting. It's a relentless skirmish to keep one step ahead. Whatever your data accumulation method, you can be sure that the stream flows freely and constantly, despite official figures reassuring us that crime is on the decline. The retail sector continues to be hit hard, dozens and dozens of incidents, every day. That is the reality of the matter. And what do they all have in common? They could have all been prevented with a Smoke Screen. An instant barrier of dense, non-toxic smoke deployed to protect your property and force intruders back out, empty-handed. After all, you can't stop a determined criminal getting in, but you can stop them taking anything once they are in. Can't see it? Can't steal it! Concept Smoke Screen have an extensive range of smoke generators to suit any budget and which can be employed to fill any space, from cavernous warehouses to small retail units. We also have a mobile, standalone unit for immediate protection. We don't just sell smoke, we sell peace of mind. And in the current financial climate, that's priceless. For more information visit our website www.smoke-screen.co.uk or call us on 01205 821111. 

Don't Bank On Conventional Security
Don't Bank On Conventional Security

Many of us are familiar with the security measures that banks have in place - cameras, silent alarms, automatic shutters, security guards, ink dyes. What about security smoke? The use of security smoke devices is now an established tactic to protect banks, and is also widely used in the retail sector to safeguard in-store ATM machines. These devices, typically linked to an alarm or a panic button, work by forcing a non-toxic fluid (normally glycol or glycerine mixed with water) under pressure through a heater block where it is vaporized and condenses on contact with cold air to form a dense white fog. The intention is to confront criminals and cause them to abandon their efforts and flee. Originally, security smoke was mostly used in empty buildings for overnight protection, but as crime has become more violent, more places want to use them to protect their staff during working hours. These daring daylight robberies are generally carried out by very organized, professional criminals, more than capable of bypassing all the security systems the banks have in place, all except one, the security smoke! Due to the high intensity of these situations Concept Smoke Screenpay a great deal of attention to machine placement. This ensures that, in line with the latest European standard EN50131:8, the smoke doesn't trap the criminal inside, thereby inducing panic and increasing risk. Instead the smoke is carefully designed to shepherd the bad guys back out of the building.   Don't give thieves a chance, get a smoke screen! So, does it work? In short, yes. Concept Smoke Screen have achieved great success in loss prevention across all industries. Of particular note, Concept recently prevented a burglary in a high street bank in Northern Ireland; 2 accomplished thieves managed to break-in to the building, but were prevented from completing their plan by the last (and most effective) line of defense - security smoke! Can't see it? Can't steal it! For more information contact Concept Smoke Screen on 01205 821111, email info@smoke-screen.co.uk or visit http://www.smoke-screen.co.uk/

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