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Partner award from leading South Korean security manufacturer

We are pleased to announce that we have achieved recognition for the quality of our security project work from a leading global manufacturer of security systems hardware and software.

Leading security company IDIS manufactures high quality electronic security equipment including IP networked CCTV cameras, Network Video Recorders (NVRs), Network Hardware and Client Software.

IDIS is the largest security systems manufacturer in South Korea and services the global marketplace through a distribution network which includes specialist security systems integrators.

iC2 is an IDIS Specialist Integration Partner and has been installing IDIS-based integrated security solutions for a number of years.

iC2 expertise recognised on a global stage

iC2 CCTV was presented with the Specialist Integration Partner Award by IDIS. iC2 has completed several successful projects using the latest IDIS technology over the last year. The award recognises that we are proficient and adept at working with the latest wireless IP networking technology.

This expertise has been of great value to our local authority customers. This allows video surveillance to be extended and modernised with minimal need for civil works and disruption.

In a move that reflects the prestige of the award, the presentation was made last month at IFSEC International, Europe’s leading security event. IDIS took the opportunity to make the presentation on the only global stage committed to co-creating the future of integrated security.

Speaking at the IFSEC presentation, James Min, Managing Director, IDIS Europe praised the achievements of iC2 and other winners. “Together we are demonstrating what the best technology and the most dedicated people can achieve. When we work closely together and support our partners we deliver outstanding solutions for our customers.”

Great relationship, solutions and services when you partner with iC2

iC2 is a proven security partner to the public and private sector. We don’t just partner ‘upstream’ to security equipment manufacturers; we also approach working with our clients in a partnership as well, ‘downstream’.

We always remember it’s about more than what we did yesterday. It’s also about what we’ll do today and tomorrow to provide our clients with operational support and maintenance services to minimise risk in today’s agile threat environment. This is instrumental in helping us build enduring relationships with our clients.

To find out more about iC2’s better solutions and support for protecting people, premises and property simply get in touch today.

Click here to download our free guide, ‘CCTV and data protection: Understanding privacy impact assessment, passport to compliance and GDPR’.

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Threats to school safety from inside and out

Schools can be flashpoints where conflict breaks out. The process of growing up is not easy and discipline can break down. In a bygone age, generally, problems were restricted to clashes between students or between pupils and staff, or parents and other relatives of students. And of course, there have always been predators or custody issues which opened up the possibility of child abduction.

However, today, the threat environment is entirely changed. On average, thousands of weapons are seized in schools annually; social media instantly amplifying any comment; gang culture and an explosion in the availability of drugs, all combine to significantly increase the insider threat potential to school security.

Today, the traditional risks still exist and may be considered external sources of threat. And as ‘soft’ targets there is also a considerable potential for a school to be the focus of a terrorist outrage.

For those responsible for safety in schools, there is now an emphasis on planning for any situation which threatens safeguarding.

Understand how to improve safeguarding

Our new guide, ‘Safe and tight: Lockdown in schools’ discusses how to secure schools in response to insider or external threats.

The guide:

  • Examines the factors that are increasing the potential for security incidents
  • Outlines a typical lockdown procedure based on guidance from NaCTSO
  • Considers the role of integrated security in making schools safer
Be better prepared for lockdown situations with iC2

iC2 is a proven security partner to the education sector. Every day, we advise and support those with responsibility for safeguarding in schools. From guidelines and best practice, to matters of compliance, iC2 has the depth of knowledge and experience to help make schools safer places.

The threat environment is dynamic and is in a state of constant flux. To maximise safeguarding in educational settings it is vital to have help from expert service providers. Quite simply, the guide helps those with responsibility for school security to understand how to be better prepared for incidents which pose a risk to safeguarding.

To find out more about our services which enable schools to manage security risks and demonstrate an exemplary approach to safeguarding, simply get in touch today.

Click this link to download your free guide ‘Safe and tight: Lockdown in schools’.

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SafeContractor Accreditation in the bag once again!

iC2 CCTV & Security Specialists UK Ltd is delighted to announce that once again it has passed the audit to secure continuing SafeContractor Accreditation.

For today’s leading organisations meeting Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) obligations and conforming with Testing, Inspection & Certification (TIC) standards are essentials. Compliance is a critical differentiator and an important credential of identifying leading companies.

But why go through the audit process?

Some might question the value of going through the audit process to achieve accreditation. It may seem like a lot of red tape and bureaucracy for a rubber stamp. However, today more than ever, it is vital that cowboy operators are prevented from delivering sub-standard products and services that are unfit for purpose and that may pose a risk to safety and reputation.

CCTV is an unregulated industry, there are no formal requirements that bar entry to the market. Consequently, to obtain value and quality, it is essential buyers of CCTV products and services consider the merits of selecting to partner with a CCTV and integrated security firm that has submitted to voluntary regulation.

Accreditation: Guaranteeing quality and value in unregulated sectors

iC2 submits to extensive voluntary regulation through membership of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and ISO 9001 accreditation. Our SafeContractor Accreditation supports our membership of other complementary schemes that assure quality and safety, and which mitigate risk:

  • Constructionline
    • The UK’s most connected and progressive provider of procurement and supply chain management services, Constructionline is designed to accommodate the broadening needs of both suppliers and buyers in a one stop shop for Third Party Governance & Risk Management.
  • CHAS
    • One of the founders of third party accreditation, CHAS is a trusted advisor and an authority on health & safety compliance, enabling contractors to achieve pre-approval status and clients to find approved members.
  • Exor
    • Exor pre-qualification questionnaire services cut down on administration and get to the heart of supply chain management by providing a scalable way to procure, creating efficiencies and far less work for both buyers and suppliers.
CCTV and integrated security solutions you can trust from iC2

iC2 provides CCTV and integrated security solution to leading companies and public-sector organisations. When you need value and conformity with TIC and assurance on GRC, iC2 has the experience to deliver on time and on budget. To find out more about how we help you meet your compliance needs for security, simply get in touch.

To see how technology is changing security, click here to download our free guide ‘The convergence of security systems and computer infrastructure: A guide for FM, security and technology managers’.

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CCTV in abattoirs to become compulsory

While there can be no excuse for activities such as internet trolling and threatening people on social media, the rise of ‘militant’ animal rights groups and aggressive veganism is at least understandable. There can be little that is more distasteful about the meat production industry as accusations of poor welfare and cruelty to animals.

Between 2009 and 2016, secret filming in 11 randomly chosen slaughterhouses revealed clear evidence of cruelty and law-breaking in 10 of them, showing workers stubbing out cigarettes in pigs’ faces and animals being stamped on, beaten and punched.

In response to such revelations, one of the Conservative Party’s 2017 manifesto pledges was to make CCTV a requirement in every slaughterhouse in England in all areas where live animals are unloaded, stunned and slaughtered, with unrestricted access to view footage for official vets.

Over August and September last year a forty-day consultation by Defra attracted almost 4,000 responses and more than 99% were supportive of the plans. More than 3,750 were from the general public. However, from those closest to the issues, including abattoirs, animal welfare groups, farmers and veterinarians 90 responses were received, something a little less than 2.5% of the total.

A nation of animal lovers…

This shows just how strongly the public feel about the issues and supports the assertion that the UK is a nation of animal lovers; however, you don’t have to ‘love’ animals to be of the view that poor standards of welfare and cruelty are unacceptable.

At the heart of this is the need for consumer confidence. Across the supply chain from ‘Field to Fork’, there is an enormous public appetite to know where food comes from and how it is produced.

BSE in the 1990s and the horsemeat scandal of more recent times shows how fragile public opinion can be and how it can impact consumption and permanently change consumer behaviour, moving people away from eating meat. For the meat production industry, ensuring higher welfare and preventing cruelty is also a quality issue. It is widely held that subjecting animals to stress impacts the quality of the meat produced.

In the consultation’s ‘Summary of responses and government response, November 2017’ it states that in England, the government is committed to making CCTV recording in slaughterhouses mandatory. The date for this is reported elsewhere as ‘early 2018’.  There is to be a transition period, thought to be six months, after the legislation comes into force, giving slaughterhouses time to comply with the requirements for mandatory CCTV recording.

CCTV monitoring solutions for your slaughterhouse from iC2

iC2 CCTV is an experienced partner to the food industry. With installations of integrated security solutions and ongoing maintenance and support contracts for major meat producers, we have the expertise and skills to ensure investment in CCTV is made wisely, to deliver long term performance and value.

The retention period for abattoir footage is to be legislated at 90 days, giving official vets the capability to peer back into events. From a technical standpoint, this means there is a requirement for CCTV IP networked recording, monitoring and video search technologies that are fit for purpose.

CCTV compliance in slaughterhouses won’t be limited to the new legislation. CCTV footage that enables individuals to be identified is currently governed by the Data Protection Act (DPA), because it is classed as Personal Identifiable Information (PII). There is a strong compliance framework preventing the misuse of CCTV footage and it is enforced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

It should also be noted that from 25th May 2018, as PII, CCTV which enables individuals to be identified will be in scope of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the new information security legislation. iC2 CCTV solutions include consultation, training and any other services required to make sure every one of our clients operates CCTV within all applicable regulatory codes and guidelines.

With iC2, an integrated CCTV solution can deliver greater value by doing more than providing surveillance of areas where animals are unloaded, stunned and killed. iC2 monitoring solutions are used in food plants to alert production staff by automatically monitoring production processes, supporting product quality, food safety and health and safety.

To find out more about our comprehensive CCTV and integrated security system services for the food production industry, please contact us today.

Simply click this link to download our free guide ‘Free guide – CCTV FAQ: A Buyer’s Guide’.

To see the ‘Summary of responses and government response, November 2017’ for the consultation Mandatory Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) recording in slaughterhouses, click here to go to Defra.

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