Download PDF version Contact company

On 6th December, Securitas UK marks the season of goodwill with the release of ‘Ascending - Song for the Homeless’, a charity single song performed by talented members of the company’s staff.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made life harder for everyone and in particular, for those in key worker roles, including those in on-site security roles. So, in the summer of 2021, Securitas UK decided to generate some fun and entertainment, by running an in-house ‘Securitas Has Got Talent’ competition.

‘Securitas Has Got Talent’ competition

We were amazed by the response, there were so many wonderful entries,” said Shaun Kennedy, the Country President at Securitas UK. Having seen and heard the musicians and vocalists in the competition, Shaun Kennedy then had the idea of harnessing their talent for a good cause. 

The Kokni Muslim Association Birmingham (KMAB) is one of several local charities we work with"

He said, “Homelessness and hunger affects people from all walks of life and at Christmas, the impact is even more acute. The Kokni Muslim Association Birmingham (KMAB) is one of several local charities we work with and members of our finance team spend many hours volunteering with the charity, to help provide hot meals to those in need.

Shaun Kennedy adds, “We thought a charity single that brought attention to hunger and homelessness, and helped raise funds to alleviate these problems, would be very worthwhile.”

Ascending - the Securitas song for the homeless

Securitas commissioned a songwriter to write an inspirational and uplifting track, and work with the 10-strong Securitas amateur ensemble, to produce a professional result.

The talented group, which included a pianist, two drummers, two rappers and several vocalists, spent many hours over several weeks rehearsing, in preparation for the studio recording session. The result is the song titled, Ascending (also known as the Securitas Song for the Homeless).

Raising funds to help the homeless

I hope you enjoy listening to Ascending, as much as our colleagues enjoyed creating it,” said Shaun Kennedy.

He adds, “I also hope that the song’s powerful message will encourage people to donate to our JustGiving page, through which we’re aiming to raise £ 12,000, to continue to help provide food and shelter to individuals and families, who need this support now more than ever, during the festive season. Thank you for any contribution you’re able to make.

Download PDF version Download PDF version

In case you missed it

How Should End Users Measure The ROI Of Security Systems?
How Should End Users Measure The ROI Of Security Systems?

Traditionally, security has been seen as a cost center rather than as a profit center or a source of revenue in an organization. Therefore, end-user security managers have struggled to cost-justify their purchases of security systems: How can you assign value to preventing a catastrophic loss unless or until such a loss happens (which you’re trying to avoid!). Even so, security’s return on investment (ROI) picture is changing, with expanded system capabilities and technologies that provide benefits beyond the traditional security function. For the latest, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How should end users measure the return on investment (ROI) of security systems? 

Top 10 Articles Of 2021 Reflect A Changing Security Marketplace
Top 10 Articles Of 2021 Reflect A Changing Security Marketplace

Our most popular articles in 2021 provide a good reflection of the state of the industry. Taken together, the Top 10 Articles of 2021, as measured by reader clicks, cover big subjects such as smart cities and cybersecurity. They address new innovations in video surveillance, including systems that are smarter and more connected, and a new generation of computer chips that improve capabilities at the edge. A recurring theme in 2021 is cybersecurity's impact on physical security, embodied by a high-profile hack of 150,000 cameras and an incident at a Florida water plant. There is also an ongoing backlash against facial recognition technology, despite promising technology trends. Cross-Agency collaboration Our top articles also touch on subjects that have received less exposure, including use of artificial intelligence (AI) for fraud detection, and the problem of cable theft in South Africa. Here is a review of the Top 10 Articles of 2021, based on reader clicks, including links to the original content: Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe Safety in Smart Cities: How Video Surveillance Keeps Security Front and Center The main foundations that underpin smart cities are 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud. Each is equally important, and together, these technologies enable city officials to gather and analyze more detailed insights than ever before. For public safety in particular, having IoT and cloud systems in place will be one of the biggest factors to improving the quality of life for citizens. Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe, real-time situational awareness and cross-agency collaboration are key areas that must be developed as a priority. Fraud detection technology How AI is Revolutionising Fraud Detection Fraud detection technology has advanced rapidly over the years and made it easier for security professionals to detect and prevent fraud. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing fraud detection. Banks can use AI software to gain an overview of a customer’s spending habits online. Having this level of insight allows an anomaly detection system to determine whether a transaction is normal or not. Suspicious transactions can be flagged for further investigation and verified by the customer. If the transaction is not fraudulent, then the information can be put into the anomaly detection system to learn more about the customer’s spending behavior online. For decades, cable theft has caused disruption to infrastructure across South Africa Remote Monitoring Technology: Tackling South Africa’s Cable Theft Problem For decades, cable theft has caused disruption to infrastructure across South Africa, and it’s an issue that permeates the whole supply chain. In November 2020, Nasdaq reported that, “When South Africa shut large parts of its economy and transport network during its COVID-19 lockdown, organized, sometimes armed, gangs moved into its crumbling stations to steal the valuable copper from the lines. Now, more than two months after that lockdown ended, the commuter rail system, relied on by millions of commuters, is barely operational.” Physical security consequences Hack of 150,000 Verkada Cameras: It Could Have Been Worse When 150,000 video surveillance cameras get hacked, it’s big news. The target of the hack was Silicon Valley startup Verkada, which has collected a massive trove of security-camera data from its 150,000 surveillance cameras inside hospitals, companies, police departments, prisons and schools. The data breach was accomplished by an international hacker collective and was first reported by Bloomberg. Water Plant Attack Emphasises Cyber’s Impact on Physical Security At an Oldsmar, Fla., water treatment facility on Feb. 5, an operator watched a computer screen as someone remotely accessed the system monitoring the water supply and increased the amount of sodium hydroxide from 100 parts per million to 11,100 parts per million. The chemical, also known as lye, is used in small concentrations to control acidity in the water. The incident is the latest example of how cybersecurity attacks can translate into real-world, physical security consequences – even deadly ones. Video surveillance technologies Organizations around the globe embraced video surveillance technologies to manage social distancing Video Surveillance is Getting Smarter and More Connected The global pandemic has triggered considerable innovation and change in the video surveillance sector. Last year, organizations around the globe embraced video surveillance technologies to manage social distancing, monitor occupancy levels in internal and external settings, and enhance their return-to-work processes. Forced to reimagine nearly every facet of their operations for a new post-COVID reality, companies were quick to seize on the possibilities offered by today’s next-generation video surveillance systems. The Post-Pandemic Mandate for Entertainment Venues: Digitally Transform Security Guards At sporting venues, a disturbing new trend has hit the headlines — poor fan behavior. At the same time, security directors are reporting a chronic security guard shortage. Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances or other operational issues, and notify guards in real time, eliminating the need to have large numbers of guards monitoring video feeds and patrons. The business benefits of digitally transformed guards are compelling. Important emerging technology Why Access Control Is Important In a workspace, access control is particularly crucial in tracking the movement of employees should an incident occur, as well as making the life of your team much easier in allowing them to move between spaces without security personnel and site managers present. It can also reduce the outgoings of a business by reducing the need for security individuals to be hired and paid to remain on site. The city of Baltimore has banned the use of facial recognition systems by residents Baltimore Is the Latest U.S. City to Target Facial Recognition Technology The city of Baltimore has banned the use of facial recognition systems by residents, businesses and the city government (except for police). The criminalization in a major U.S. city of an important emerging technology in the physical security industry is an extreme example of the continuing backlash against facial recognition throughout the United States. Several localities – from Portland, Oregon, to San Francisco, from Oakland, California, to Boston – have moved to limit use of the technology, and privacy groups have even proposed a national moratorium on use of facial recognition. Powerful artificial intelligence Next Wave of SoCs Will Turbocharge Camera Capabilities at The Edge A new generation of video cameras is poised to boost capabilities dramatically at the edge of the IP network, including more powerful artificial intelligence (AI) and higher resolutions, and paving the way for new applications that would have previously been too expensive or complex. Technologies at the heart of the coming new generation of video cameras are Ambarella’s newest systems on chips (SoCs). Ambarella’s CV5S and CV52S product families are bringing a new level of on-camera AI performance and integration to multi-imager and single-imager IP cameras.

What Change Would You Like To See In Security In 2022?
What Change Would You Like To See In Security In 2022?

Here’s a news flash: 2022 will be a pivotal year for the security industry. As we enter the new year, continuing change is a safe prediction for any fast-moving, technology-driven marketplace. Recent history confirms the ability of the security industry to shift and adapt to changing conditions and to provide an ever-expanding menu of technology solutions to make the world a safer place. Given that the new year will bring change, what will that change encompass? More to the point, what should it encompass? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the biggest change you would like to see within the security industry in 2022?