Some fire authorities have even started to charge homes or businesses if they are called out to a false alarm. Now the rescue services are going one step further, and its been decided that fire crews won’t go out to automatic fire alarms (AFA) any more.
New automatic fire alarm call-out rules
There will be two systems, depending on whether the alarm is made during working hours or not. Between 9am and 5pm, a fire crew will only respond if a 999 call is made.
One of the best ways for young people to break into the electronic security industry is by joining an security engineer apprentice scheme, and the industry is recognising the contribution of its dedicated apprentices with the 2014 apprentice installer awards.
As the internet affects more aspects of our lives, the danger of cyber security breaches is spreading. But not everyone is taking this seriously or is even fully aware of the risks. That’s why a new ‘cyber streetwise’ campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the cyber security threat.
Putting it into context, only a decade ago online shopping was still in its infancy and online bank accounts were viewed with suspicion by many. The threat of online fraud was just too great for many people to accept.
How times change. Paperless, online billing is now the default option for things like major utility suppliers and online banking has become almost universal. You can even check your bank balance and make transactions on your smart phone.
Some sections of the media have branded Britain a ‘CCTV nation’ for the large numbers of CCTV cameras they say are watching almost our every move. There’s reckoned to be about 6 million CCTV cameras installed across the country.
It’s true that CCTV has become a fact of like in the UK, and while some people are still concerned about it’s potential threat to civil liberties, CCTV is here to stay. In fact, CCTV developments have made the technology even more effective at deterring crime and helping to prosecute those that commit it. We’ve previously talked on this blog about how its applications are expanding beyond its more familiar uses.
One of the big technology themes for 2014 is going to be the ‘internet of things’. It was certainly one of the big talking points at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the annual showcase of the latest and most advanced home gadgets.
The internet of things is the trend for the internet to expand from something that most people only use through their personal computer, or mobile device, to something that is connected to everyday things.
Last week we welcomed the New Year with our top 5 security predictions for 2014. One thing that you don’t need to predict for 2014, though, is that cyber security will continue to be a dominant theme in the security industry.
There’s so much to say about cyber security and it’s seldom out of the news, so here’s our top 5 cyber security predictions for 2014.
Cyber crime strategy reaches maturity
Our first cyber security prediction is all about how cyber crime is perceived and tackled. Up till now, it’s often been seen as a problem in need of a solution – something that can be fixed given the right know how.
Technological advances and the developing world economy are providing new opportunities and trends for the security industry. Security solutions are rapidly developing, so here are some of the hottest security predictions for 2014.
The Internet of Things
The so-called ‘internet of things’ is going to be one of the biggest new technological trends of the next few years. It’s basically all about integrating the internet with physical things like TVs, refrigerators and other appliances.
The government is starting a new cyber security kitemark for suppliers that work with it. It’s part of a drive to help secure its information assets and provide a boost to the wider information economy.
The recently announced scheme means that all companies that want to work with the UK government will have to pass the new cyber security kitemark to make sure the government’s supply chain is as watertight as possible.
It’s hoped that the adoption of the standard will prompt businesses across the UK to start using the standard, or at least standards based on it. If it works, it should really help the private sector – both in helping businesses find better cyber security contractors and for cyber security businesses to market their expertise.