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BGWT Enters Hiring Phase After DSC Distribution Win

Rob Meachem, BGWT
Rob Meachem, BGWT

BGWT’S Robert Meachem says the company is now in a hiring phase after winning DSC distribution last month. 

“In addition to training our current team members, we are hiring alarm-intrusion specialists, a focused team including senior product manager, technical sales BDMs and customer service personnel around the country,” Meachem said.
 
“We aim to have a number of these roles filled in August and September and SEN readers interested in these positions should contact me or go to our website and lodge their details on our careers page.” ♦

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Hills Wins Key New Contracts in Healthcare

David Lenz, CEO Hills
David Lenz, CEO Hills

Hills Limited has announced the addition of key new contracts in New South Wales and Victoria.

Hills has successfully tendered to supply the Hills IP-Series integrated nurse call system to the new Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital to be built alongside Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne’s western suburbs. The IP-Series is a Hills-owned product that is well positioned to integrate with many of the facilities’ advanced third-party services.

Hills will also provide the entertainment system to the site, where a mobile tablet (BYOD) system has been proposed. When commissioned, the Lincor MobileLINC system will be one of the first systems of its kind in Australia, with scope to connect to other departments in the adjacent Sunshine Hospital and provide workflow efficiencies to both the hospital and patients.

Other health major contracts signed by Hills in recent months include: 

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Video Security Products Wins Milestone Distributor of the Year Award

VSP wins Milestone Distributor of the Year Award
VSP wins Milestone Distributor of the Year Award

VIDEO Security Products has been presented with the Milestone Distributor of the Year Award. The MPOP event was held over 3 days at Sea World resort, with the dinner and awards held at Movie World.

“Last week at the Milestone MPOP event on the Gold Coast we were honoured to be awarded with the Milestone Distributor of the Year award,” said VSP’s Zaki Wazir. 

“We are delighted to win an award which reflects on the commitment and capabilities of the Video Security Products’ team, as well as being a tribute to the quality and flexibility of Milestone’s management solutions.” ♦

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Australian Digital Health Agency Seeks IT Security Consultant

Australian Digital Health Agency is seeking a security consultant
Australian Digital Health Agency is seeking a security consultant

AUSTRALIAN Digital Health Agency is seeking a security consultant to plan, design, develop and conduct a desktop cyber security real-time critical incident exercise. 

The desktop exercise should invoke the security incident management process for the My Health Record System, including all parties involved in a significant cyber security incident.

1. Designing desktop exercise:

* Project management plan 
* Scoping of incident triggering appropriate incident response. 
* Identification of key stakeholders. 
* Design realistic cyber security incident on the My Health Record System. 
* Define metrics to assess the effectiveness of the response process. 

2. Conduct the exercise 

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Inner Range Inception Wins Benchmark Innovation Award

Inner Range Inception access control and security system
Inner Range Inception access control and security system

INNER Range’s Inception browser-based access control and security system has won a Benchmark Innovation Award. 

Benchmark runs its Innovation Awards scheme, which recognises and rewards innovative thinking and the delivery of benefits through advanced security solutions. For installers and integrators seeking to deliver added value, the award winners can be recognised as those who have embraced innovation.

Inception from Inner Range is a browser-based access control system with integrated intruder alarm functionality. It has been designed to allow simple and cost-effective connectivity from any device capable of running a browser, such as a standard workstation, smartphone, tablet or laptop. 

It is not a cloud-based solution as the software is hosted on the Inception controller unit, can operate as a standalone system and the browser-based interface means there is no software to install nor licensing costs.

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Victoria Police Can Legally Use Body-Worn Surveillance Cameras

Victoria Police to roll out body worn cameras as part of $A596 million package to enhance powers - image by Herald Sun
Victoria Police to roll out body worn cameras as part of $A596 million package to enhance powers - image by Herald Sun

POLICE in Victoria can now legally use body-worn cameras on duty after legislation was passed to support the changes as part of a $A596 million Public Safety Package to give police powers, resources and tools required to keep the community safe.

The Justice Legislation (Body-worn Cameras and Other Matters) Bill 2017 is the first tranche of legislation to support the use of body‐worn cameras when the devices are rolled out to frontline police next year.

Field-testing of the cameras is expected in the first half of next year. The use of cameras will bring Victoria into line with other states, including New South Wales and Queensland, where the equipment is already in use.

Currently, the use of body-worn camera footage could constitute an offence if police were to inadvertently record a private conversation.

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Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Seeks Access Control, Nurse Call

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service seeks access control and nurse call
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service seeks access control and nurse call

WIDE Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) is seeking quotations for provision of servicing and maintenance of multiple nurse call and access control systems. 

It includes preventative maintenance, breakdown and corrective maintenance including fault detection for the nurse call and electronic access control (including intrusion detection systems) and to maintain the safety and security of patients, visitors, staff and infrastructure assets.

These services specifically include nurse call systems, including Sedco, Austco, NIQ CarePlus and access control systems, including Concept Insight, GE Challenger and Genesis, and software relevant to the operation and maintenance of these systems.

The tender does not include supply and installation of new systems and associated software.

The tender closes on August 31.♦

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CSD Now Distributing EyeLock Iris Biometric Range

Eyelock iris scanning solutions now available from CSD
Eyelock iris scanning solutions now available from CSD

CSD now distributes the Eyelock product suite covering a range of iris-based identity authentication, hardware and software solutions to its broad customer base in Australia.

EyeLock’s technology provides an unprecedented level of convenience and security with unmatched biometric accuracy, making it the most proven way to authenticate identity aside from DNA. EyeLock’s proprietary iris authentication technology looks at more than 240 unique iris characteristics and provides a fast, user-friendly experience. EyeLock is one of the only companies in the world to utilize dual-eye authentication.

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External Intrusion Detection: First Line of Defence

External intrusion detection buys security managers valuable time for response generation
External intrusion detection buys security managers valuable time for response generation

External alarm sensors are a cost-effective solution, either as stand-alone units or to compliment an existing CCTV solution. Wireless external alarm sensors have the added benefit of not requiring any infrastructure together with rapid installation.

ALARM systems are still a core part of any electronic security system and there’s considerable benefit to be gained from taking alarm zones outside of buildings and pushing them in external areas – perimeters, covered areas, building approaches and natural choke points for foot traffics. A particular strength of external alarm sensors is their ability to enhance integration with CCTV solutions by swinging cameras to view and record presets, as well as alerting management or security operators to the presence of a zone in alarm. 

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What is the Least Desirable CCTV Camera Weakness?

A camera weakness we'd be quite tolerant of is barrel distortion
A camera weakness we'd be quite tolerant of is barrel distortion

When it comes to camera weaknesses – distortions, noise, blur, inability to handle backlight, poor colour rendition, digital rebuild artefacts – which is the least desirable?

Blur is the least desirable camera quality but it's caused by multiple factors making it the hardest weakness to nail down and to avoid. Blur most often comes down to slow shutter speeds – 1/60th of a second is a reasonably good compromise for low light and management of blur. If you chose typical defaults of 1/25th of-a-second then once light levels reach a certain level you’ll lose faces, while plates will have gone by the wayside an hour earlier. 

Frankly, if criminals keep moving in some applications, many cameras will fail to snare court admissible imagery. Even good cameras are unlikely to get a running face on the street in sub 10 lux. You can go for faster shutter speeds but there’s a trade-off in noise and loss of light signal. 

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