28/02/2018

Holi Safety Tips


Holi is one of the most colourful, vibrant festival and safety is first and most important for Holi celebration. Holi festival always spreads the message of unity, as we cannot make difference in people mingled in colours. But over the years, Holi has drifted away from its actual concept of celebrating the arrival of spring, being the festival callously commercialized, with the creeping in of several unhealthy practices like usage of artificial colors comprising toxic effects, excessive wastage of water, and consumption of alcohol. So here are a few tips to play safe and retain the sanctity of the festival.
  1. Try to be at home during the peak hour of celebrations as home is the safest place.
  2. Always keep the car windows shut while driving. Never drive a vehicle when you are high on alcohol.
  3. If someone misbehaves with you or tries to put colour on you without your permission you can report it to the police.
  4. Always be prepared with a first aid box containing basic skin healing ointments and anti-allergic medicines for those who are allergic to colours and gulaal.
  5. Do not bump into the frenzied group of mob if you take to streets. Better to stay at a safe distance.

27/02/2018

Critical Infrastructure Security



Critical infrastructure security is the area of concern surrounding the protection of systems, networks and assets whose continuous operation is deemed necessary to ensure the security of a given nation, its economy, and the public’s health or safety. As far as security is concerned, some areas require special attention because of their strategic importance and the threats they attract - especially terrorists. Such is the case of government and military sites, some industrial facilities, but also all transportation infrastructures - particularly exposed to terrorist risk. In all these situations, the challenge is to simultaneously ensure smooth infrastructure operation and optimal security. Critical infrastructure includes airports, industrial plants, public transportation, governmental sites and public sites.

Making public transportations safer and more secure requires the integration of a number of technologies: surveillance of moving vehicles, stations, control centers, etc. Public sites and areas like museums, tourist sites or pilgrimage sites require the mobilization of a wide range of resources to ensure both public protection and smooth circulation, so that each site can fulfill its mission safely. An industrial site has to be simultaneously secure, reliable and efficient. It is necessary to ensure a high level of safety and security for effective production as well as growth of industries.

26/02/2018

Road Safety and Security


The safety demands of transport systems are increasing. Besides capacity and compatibility there are increasing requirements for the safety of all road users. “Road safety” is about risks that are generated by the traffic itself. “Security” means protection from threat situations which are brought into the traffic from outside, such as extreme weather conditions or attacks. A Road Safety Audit is necessary to ensure safety and security of road users. A Road Safety Audit is an evaluation of a highway improvement scheme during design, at the end of construction and post-construction, to identify road safety problems and to suggest measures to eliminate or mitigate any concerns. Tips for Road Safety:-
  1. Carry a mobile phone and key contact information for emergencies.
  2. Remain alert at all times and avoid Driver Distractions such as cellular conversations, texting etc.
  3. Always place your valuables in the boot of your car and never leave items such as cell phones and wallets in open sight, unattended, or on the seat of a car.
  4. Remain alert to any areas that might present a threat of criminal activity such as hijackings and smash-and-grab.
  5. In the event of an accident, determine the extent of the damage or injuries and assess whether or not medical attention is required.
  6. Keep essential roadside equipment with you as many breakdowns are caused by relatively minor problems. Items include a fist aid kit, tow rope, warning triangles, torch and fire extinguisher.
  7. Get information about local highway regulations, signs, customs, right-of-way conventions, driving conditions and seasonal hazards.


23/02/2018

Role of Surveillance in Securing Cities


Urban security is critical for development, investment and access to services. As cities continue to grow, attract businesses and become economic power houses, they breed crime, violence and terrorism. Video surveillance is a safe and secure city’s primary tool to monitor population movement and to fight crime, as complex interactions between varied factors trigger and drive urban crisis. One of the key intentions of using the video surveillance system is 'crime deterrence’ – to monitor, prevent and detect theft and violent crimes – which is the main objective of using the visual surveillance in public transportation, retail, schools, public areas, etc. Another, key intension is ‘crime detection’, which allows investigators and concerned parties to revisit the crime scenario and to identify the criminals.

There is multiple special surveillance system, which are used for specific situations. The real-time 24x7 visibility offered by video surveillance not only acts as crime deterrent and assists in crime detection, but the visible presence of the system also spreads the feeling of safety among residents and visitors. When people feel safe, the city instantly becomes a nicer place to live, the infrastructure improves, talent and businesses move there.

22/02/2018

School Safety with Surveillance System

School safety continues to be a top concern, and a video surveillance system can be an important part of a school's security system. Prominently placed cameras warn students and staff that they may be monitored, which can deter bad behavior. Surveillance system can also catch thieves, vandals, and bullies in the act, allowing the school and police to positively identify all parties involved and see exactly what happened. Surveillance systems are also useful tools when creating visitor management system. Systems can be placed at all building entrances to alert office staff when a visitor arrives. One of the largest benefits of modern IP surveillance systems is the ease of camera monitoring - your systems is accessible through live monitoring by security officers at your school, along with remote and mobile viewing even when you're not on site.

School video surveillance systems consist of cameras placed in areas where they can monitor activity as it takes place. One of the advantages that proponents of surveillance system claim is peace of mind for students and staff.




21/02/2018

Importance of Customer Assessment


Whether a high rise in an urban environment or a manufacturing plant in a rural area, each site comes with a unique set of physical security challenges and requirements. Physical security controls are essential to protecting facilities, sensitive information, and personnel from natural and human threats. So it is important to identify gaps and weak points that expose an organization to risk. A customer assessment refers to the process of getting to know your client, it means assessing their property, their needs and their expectations from a security system. Part of that may include a risk assessment, where you as the security expert assess the level of risk to their site and assets from criminal activity or due to environmental damage.

Security professionals, hold a responsibility to ask questions to ultimately gain the trust of our customers. They need to ensure that they are deploying solutions that are right for each client’s unique needs. The better a customer assessment is, the better they can tailor their services  towards the customer’s needs. A customer assessment allows understanding exactly what the customer needs and wants from a security system. Giving the scope to recommend the right solution. Even if the customer chooses your security services, following the assessment and quote, it’s crucial that to continue the communication.

20/02/2018

Lone Workers Safety & Security


The issue of Lone Worker Safety & Security is becoming more wide reaching within every level of an organization. A safe working environment is a priority for employees. Nowadays, the technology evolution has increased the number of people who work alone either in outdoor or indoor conditions. Nowadays, the technology evolution has increased the number of people who work alone either in outdoor or indoor conditions. It makes more necessary than ever to build a robust framework to ensure maximum protection for all staff and especially for Lone Workers, as they are expected to work under heavy conditions and in most cases in remote areas.

In case the Lone Worker is not seen by other workers or a supervisor, nobody will perceive that he deals with an emergency in case there is one. It will be completely impossible to help the Lone Worker in case of an urgent state. Lone worker protection is a system put into place by an employer to protect their employees when they work alone. Check the 7 proven ways to come up with Lone Worker Risks and offer maximum protection to your Lone Workers:-
  1. IDENTIFY POTENTIAL RISKS AND HAZARDS (Environmental Risks and Social Risks),
  2. CONDUCT A LONE WORKER RISK ASSESSMENT,
  3. TRAIN LONE WORKERS AND SUPERVISORS,
  4. APPLY A LONE WORKING POLICY,
  5. ENCOURAGE COOPERATION BETWEEN LONE WORKERS AND MANAGING STAFF,
  6. TRY TO INVEST IN A LONE WORKER MONITORING SYSTEM,
  7. PROVIDE THE BEST EQUIPMENT TO LONE WORKERS.

19/02/2018

Indian Railways to deploy drone cameras to enhance safety and security



Indian Railways has decided to deploy “Drone” cameras for various railway activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure. This is in-line with Railways’ desire to use technology to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations. Drone cameras shall be deployed to undertake monitoring activities of relief and rescue operation, project monitoring, progress of important works, conditions of track and inspection related activities. They are going to be instrumental in providing real time inputs related to safety and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure. They shall also be used to assess preparedness of Non-Interlocking (NI) works, crowd management during fairs and melas, to identify scrap and also for aerial survey of station yards.

Under this initiative, West Central Railways with headquarters at Jabalpur (M.P) has become the first Zonal Railway to procure Drone cameras in Indian Railways. West Central Railways has already done a trial-run of those cameras on all its three divisions.

17/02/2018

THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS

Thermal imaging cameras provide the most effective 24/7 monitoring solution available in the video surveillance. Thermal cameras do not need any light to capture high contrast, quality footage and can see through visual obscurants such as dust, light fog, smoke or some foliage. Thermal imaging cameras can see in complete darkness. Thermal cameras do not rely on reflected light at all instead they create images from heat by displaying very small differences in thermal energy as various shades of grey in black & white video.

Regular cameras can be tricked by landscapes in which analogous colors or patterns conceal objects of interest, raising the dangerous possibility of something going undetected. But thermal radiation can penetrate these visible barriers and thermal imaging is largely unchanged by their presence. Deploying video analytics with thermal camera provides a highly effective intrusion detection system, and a reduction in false alarms compared to visible cameras. It is useful for building inspection, military and police target detection and acquisition, technical surveillance counter-measures, automotive night vision, energy auditing of building insulation and many more. 


16/02/2018

Transportation and Security



A secure transportation system is critical to overall national security from terrorism. Groups or individuals motivated to terrorize or injure people or the economy may well have transportation facilities as a target or a tool. Most assuredly, they would have a transportation element in an overall plan of terrorism. Thus, securing the transportation system is a critical consideration in overall security planning. The transportation sector is intimately involved in the security of our society and, in many respects, will be a front-line area of focus in enhancing security. The future of transportation will be very much influenced by security considerations. Transportation requires security because it:
  • Is a critical element of the economy.
  • Is a gathering place for groups of people.
  • Has symbolic and emotional importance.
  • Provides a delivery means for people and products of terrorism.
  • Includes institutions with licensing and enforcement.
Public transportation provides a mobility service to the user, as well as producing a wide impact on the system. It should be operated in such a way as to achieve an efficient and effective transportation system. The security class consists of three aspects:
  1. Safety from crime: Staff/police presence; lighting; visible monitoring; layout; identified help points;
  2. Safety from accidents: Presence/visibility of supports; avoidance/visibility of hazards; active safeguarding by staff;
  3. Perceptions of security: Conspicuousness of safety measures; “mastery of network”; press relations.


15/02/2018

PERIMETER SECURITY


Perimeter protection is a critical security issue for many industries today. Whether protecting critical infrastructure or commercial assets from theft, attack or sabotage, a robust perimeter security solution is a necessary first layer of defense. Physical perimeter security can be defined as systems and technologies that protect people and assets within a facility and its grounds by blocking unauthorized physical intrusions across the perimeter.

Over the past decade, advances in technology have helped increase the scope of perimeter security systems. Historically used to prevent and detect intrusions in military facilities, critical infrastructure, and other high-risk sites, perimeter security solutions are now being used in areas such as commercial and residential sites, retail spaces, transportation sites, and many other urban and remote locations. Perimeter security can include


14/02/2018

Artificial Intelligence and Security

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. From automatic self-learning systems to robots, the security industry is evolving fast, developing new strategies and tools to protect the lives of people. Physical security systems are increasingly using AI to watch people and protect high-value assets.

Recently, technologies like drones and robots equipped with onboard AI and access control systems equipped with super-human facial recognition capabilities have come to market. Meanwhile, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have also found their place in the physical security industry. Facial Recognition combined with AI is the trend in key government applications. The technology is expected to scan the faces of all the people within the examining space and analyze for any suspicious activities or criminals that could pose a danger and alert the officials for action. The AI powered by voice biometrics will lead remote authorization. Even though the technology is in a conceptual stage, the success of the voice biometrics so far compels to believe that the future of remote authorization will be automated powered by AI and biometrics. Integration of AI with biometric technology is observed for mass surveillance and remote authentication in the public and commercial sector respectively. The technology looks promising to be deployed.


13/02/2018

Ways to Protect Your Business from Employee Theft


  • A video surveillance system helps deter employees as well as catch theft after it happens. Be sure to include cameras in storage rooms and loading areas as well as in the store. Use high-definition video so you can clearly identify employees and transactions along with allowing integration with facial recognition software.
  • Develop a purchase policy that specifies how employee purchases are to be processed. Employees should not be allowed to process their own sales.
  • Employees sometimes falsify records or perform actions that result in receipt of payment for work they didn’t do. Some employees request reimbursement of travel or other expenses unrelated to work. To avoid this perform cash, payroll and computer usage audits. The payroll should be periodically audited for irregularities by external auditors.
  • All cash book entries should be checked against cash on hand at the end of each day. Develop strong audit controls and inventory all supplies, equipment and merchandise regularly.
  • Your product inventory should also be tracked and counted (inventoried). In particular, keep closer track of high-value items and document disposal of all obsolete, damaged, or low-selling merchandise.

12/02/2018

Retail Security

Retail security is a very specific type of service provision, as it operates within an environment that poses a wide range of challenges. Organized retail crime is a serious issue for large and small retailers nationwide. A retail security officer’s main job is to keep a watchful eye on stock, staff and the customers particularly customers that have a talent for nicking stuff. In retail stores, security guards protect people, records, merchandise, money, and equipment. They may work with undercover store detectives to prevent theft by customers or employees, detain shoplifting suspects until the police arrive, or patrol parking lots.

PLN9 offers a complete Retail Protection Package comprising of highly trained in retail security and highly visible - our uniformed officers provide full security cover wherever it's needed. Not just in identifying and observing known or potential shoplifters and vandals, but also for cash escorts, staff searches and warehouse delivery checks.


10/02/2018

Solar Farms - Unique Security Needs

Solar farms are difficult to secure and offer many unique challenges to security professionals. By their nature, solar farms form part of the rural landscape. They are placed in optimum position for the benefit of maximizing the sunlight, rather than being installed to optimize security. Solar farms are unique in that they are not businesses that can operate within discreet or specific areas. On the other end of the spectrum, a solar farm may take up a single rooftop or small city space. It can be difficult to secure very large or very small locations. When solar farms are located in remote areas, it’s easy for intruders and criminals to access, enter, and disturb operations. If the solar farm is remotely located, the intruder will have all the time and privacy he or she needs to get the job done. Solar farms are always implementing the newest technology, cutting-edge facilities, and powerful equipment. This sort of physical presence means two things: it’s not cheap to set up a solar farm, and solar farms are tempting targets for would-be thieves.

Make security a priority when you start to plan you solar farm installation. Make sure there are full perimeter security measures in place, which act as a physical barrier to potential thieves. Ensure installation of high tech security camera, audio alarm, voice-down intervention, thermal imaging camera (thermal cameras can see through shrubs, bushes, and some terrain features). Like CCTV, manned guarding also offers a visible, protective presence and can be cost-effective for dual purpose farms who also want to ensure that farm vehicles, boundaries, access points and farm materials are all kept secure – as well as the solar farm.


09/02/2018

Occupational Health and Safety Audit



Occupational health refers to the identification and control of the risks arising from physical, chemical, and other workplace hazards in order to establish and maintain a safe and healthy working environment. These hazards may include chemical agents and solvents, heavy metals such as lead and mercury, physical agents such as loud noise or vibration, and physical hazards such as electricity or dangerous machinery. 

Occupational Health and Safety Audit include identification and assessment of the risks from health hazards in the workplace. This involves surveillance of the factors in the working environment and working practices which may affect workers' health. It also requires a systematic approach to the analysis of occupational "accidents", and occupational diseases. The audit specification model includes following best practice indicators which are continually assessed throughout the audit process:
  • Leadership
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Risk management
  • Organizational health and safety culture
  • Continual improvement
  • Safety and health training for workers

08/02/2018

PIR Sensor based Security Alarm

This electronic security system can be used in banks and other high security areas. In this security alarm system passive infrared sensor is used instead of transmitter or receiver. The main principle of the circuit is to provide security. This is based on PIR sensor with an IC that produces siren. The PIR sensor detects the IR radiations emitted from the humans and it produces a digital output. This digital output is applied to the IC. Thus it produces the sound when any human is detected.

Applications of PIR Sensor Based Security Alarm System:
  • This can be used in the museums to protect the valuable things.
  • This can also be used as an automatic door bell circuit that rings the bell when human is detected.
  • This can be used in defense applications to detect the humans in war field.



07/02/2018

How to Motivate Security Guards



Almost every company facility has security guards – at access control points, reception areas, around buildings and in industrial areas. They are in usually in uniform and represent an image of the company to the outside world, to employees and contractors. And every guard is also seen as a representative and a symbol of the security function of a company as a whole. The safety of your establishment relies on a dependable security force. Security personnel perform important duties that make or break a company’s reputation.

One of the best ways to get your security team motivated is by offering work trainings as often as possible. Work trainings allow people to share ideas, interact and see one another in a setting that is different from their usual role on the job. The most effective way to build community at your place of work is by providing the space for your employees to interact with each other. One of the hardest parts about bringing employees together is the fact that most security guards work alone. Think about ways to get the teammates together, whether it’s a company lunch once a month, an online forum for questions or ideas, or a common room with bulletin board announcements. When your security guards feel valued and respected, they will likely respond with positive behavior in return. Many business owners and managers are so busy trying to keep all systems running smoothly that they never take the time to ask for employee input. Look for as many opportunities as possible to engage with your team and ask questions to check in and see how they are feeling about their performance.

06/02/2018

Fire Drill




Fire safety training at work is everyone’s business. Fire drills are essential in any workplace or public building for practicing what to do in the event of a fire. There are several reasons why fire drills are important; firstly fire drills are an opportunity to practice evacuation procedures to make sure all staff are familiar with them. Fire drills are also useful for testing escape routes to evaluate their effectiveness. During fire drills, checks can also be carried out on alarm systems to ensure they are working correctly and that emergency exits are unobstructed.

In buildings where there are more than one exit route, the main exits should be blocked off to encourage staff to use alternative escape routes as in a real fire, parts of the building could be impassable due to fire or smoke. Set a stopwatch to record how long the full evacuation takes, fire marshals should do a roll call and tick people off to make sure everyone is out of the building. Debriefing should take place after the fire drill to look at the findings of the observers and evaluate the effectiveness of the evacuation procedures. Particular attention should be made to those points that were highlighted for improvement in the initial planning. Overall fire drills help improve safety, so that you will be best prepared if a real fire does occur.

05/02/2018

Remote Monitoring Security



Remote monitoring is when a control centre (also known as a remote monitoring station) is connected to a site’s security and/or building control systems. Skilled operators at the control centre then monitor activity at the site. The moment unusual activity occurs the control centre team will immediately investigate and act appropriately. Organizations that benefit from remote monitoring range hugely, from educational institutes and healthcare establishments right through to construction sites and logistics companies. Remote monitoring stations regularly work with organizations looking to improve their compliance with health and safety regulations, whilst looking out for their employees too. Benefits of Remote Monitoring Security:-

1. Health, safety and security for lone workers
It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure their employees are adequately protected whilst they work. A remote monitoring station can act as a point of contact for workers: when a worker is alone on site, they will be required to make contact with the remote monitoring station at regular intervals, using a GPS/GPRS enabled device.
2. Protection for out-of-hours staff
With remote monitoring in place, security services teams can be monitoring your site when it is at most risk and when your employees are most vulnerable. It’s important that your remote monitoring station is aware that you will have staff on site during the hours they monitor your site.
3. Keeping staff on site and intruders out
With remotely monitored access control, security teams can monitor the individuals who wish to enter the site. With visual checks, a security operator can verify the identity of a person accessing a site. This ensures that only authorized personnel are on the premises at any given time.

03/02/2018

Role of Technology in Security



Security is a global concern today due to insurgency, terrorism, social and political tension everywhere. Security is tradeoff, a balancing act between attacker and defender. Unfortunately, that balance is never static. Changes in technology affect both sides. Technology is critical to enhancing security. The recent technological revolution has provided unique opportunities in a number of different industries to improve products and services beyond what was previously thought possible.

For today’s organizations that face a number of threats on a daily basis, it is essential to have a complete view of their operations and the local area at all times. They need to programme their systems, so that it can detect unusual activity or behavior. Without high tech cameras, sensors, detectors and alarms, businesses and homeowner would be unable to identify threats and respond appropriately. Technology continues to advance at a rapid rate and the wide range of high tech security products available to homeowners and business owners reflects this.

02/02/2018

Security Audit



A physical security audit is designed to help a client to accurately determine the best mix of products and systems to optimally enhance the client’s physical security situation. This audit consists of inspecting the client’s site, premises and existing physical systems to identify shortfalls, with an eye to finding solutions to remedy vulnerabilities. Although there are a million good reasons a physical security audit is important, perhaps the most relevant to all people everywhere, regardless of data or regulations is bodily safety.

In a Security Audit, PLN9 performs a walk-through of selected facilities and evaluates whether your organization’s physical security controls are in place, effective, and adequate. Our experts evaluate perimeter defenses, access control systems, video surveillance, and other control groups essential to an effective physical security program. This uncovers any major gaps and vulnerabilities in these controls, helping organizations determine whether controls are meeting their intent and resources are effectively utilized.

01/02/2018

Security Education and Training



In this present day world of information technology, having a solid background in security education and awareness is very important.  A Security Education, Training and Awareness program can be defined as an educational program that is designed to reduce the number of security breaches that occur through a lack of security awareness. It is the first line of defense against security risks. You must be really aware of threats to both physical and information security. This is the only way you can prevent them. All organizations will carry some amount of risk that can't be avoided through these security training.

In organizations, with adequate training on security awareness, employees will recognize and protect an organization from possible security risks. In other words, having adequate security and awareness training will give employees the knowledge and enlightenment they need in order to better protect an organization’s physical and information assets through security-conscious and proactive measures.