This week in our Fire & Security industry news round-up we cover changes in the UK drone law, increased crime in December, access control & GDPR issues and more…
Embracing the growth opportunity in AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning are the biggest trend and topic seen in the security industry this year. they have more than ever captured the attention of the market due to various factors: an increase in data that’s available for meaningful analysis, the emergence of hardware devices with high computing power, as well as the maturity of networking infrastructure for both landline and wireless transmissions. As such, this year’s Security 50 companies are embracing the growth opportunity in AI. “We are trying to develop AI technology-based products which can provide benefits beyond simple video analytics functions to users.”
Access Control & General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to go into effect in May 2018 triggering penalties for non-compliance with the new set of rules. As IT departments rush to ensure that everything is ready for the change, one key area is being overlooked according to some experts – Access Control. “Most IT departments are forgetting about the access control database because it is owned by security; GDPR has put teeth in the data protection act and, for once, a regulation could hurt if a company doesn’t pay attention”. Only 6 months before GDPR enforcement and companies do not seem clear on what exactly they need to do, especially in the case of access control.
Are you using the right type of fire extinguisher?
A survey has revealed that 38% construction workers are using the wrong type of fire extinguisher to deal with electrical fires.Foam extinguishers are better suited to dealing with fires involving paper, wood, cloth, or plastic, as well as flammable liquids like paraffin, petrol, and oil. Smothering the fire with a foam film, they starve it of oxygen and cool burning materials. Another 27% used ABC powder fire extinguishers (or dry powder extinguishers), which are suited to solids, flammable liquids and flammable gases – Class A, B, and C fires. They should never be used in small, confined spaces if there is a risk of inhaling the powder. “Not only can it maximise the spread of a fire, it can cause major damage to a site and equipment, thus costing companies millions of pounds to repair the damage.”
(IFSEC Global, 28/11/2017)
Changes in the UK drone laws
Police are set to be given powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones as part of a new package of legislation. The measures are intended to allow drone users to continue flying safely and legally, helping to place the UK at the forefront of the fast-growing drone industry. This will also pave the way for the devices to be harnessed for a range of uses by businesses and public services. “Drones have great potential and we want to do everything possible to harness the benefits of this technology as it develops.” The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) supports the safe development of drones in the UK.
(Security World Market, 28/11/2017)
Workplace crime increases in December
Theft and fraud in the workplace rise in December as workers turn to crime to help fund their seasonal celebrations. “It’s a sad fact that people feel under pressure to spend more to feel like they’re having a ‘proper’ Christmas, and living outside your means sometimes makes people turn to desperate measures.” That this is a time for employers and colleagues to be extra vigilant, to ensure that Christmas time really is a season of goodwill, while the huge majority of employees are trustworthy and honest, just one person taking advantage of their employer’s generosity can spoil Christmas for many people.
(Security World Market, 28/11/2017)
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