Feeling the pinch
September 2017, News
This year has been a tough one for the security industry. Actually, so was last year, but this year the political shenanigans have really hit home to many companies. Economic ups and downs are simply part of the way things are and there is nothing us peasants can do about that. However, it is possible for a government to make an effort to limit the fallout or at least try to speed the process of the recession. Not the looters in South Africa, there’s still something to fiddle so why worry, the people at the top are not struggling so there’s no real reason to get concerned.
At the other end of the scale, however, things are tougher than ever. As if all-time record unemployment isn’t enough to be proud of, we can expect to see a bunch of companies in multiple industries letting people go in the near future. They will try to keep it quiet, but people talk. And families suffer.
All is not lost however. At least we still have a good comedy on TV, for those that watch the parliament channel. At a time when politicians should be trying to do something (I know they are politicians, so a better way to phrase it would be to say, “at a time when politicians should be making the effort to pretend to be doing something”), we have a parliament full of 10-year-olds calling each other names. No wonder the big global investors are running like cats from a bath.
Of course, the situation is a goldmine if you happen to be running a crime syndicate, but how many of us have our own crime family?
The Residential Estate Security Conference Hi-Tech Security Solutions held in August with Rob Anderson showed us how security managers are struggling to deal with the never-ending criminal onslaught. It’s a no-win situation for them. Opportunistic crime is increasing, but so is syndicate crime, which is well planned and funded. Sadly, apart from a few lucky ones, estate security is not generally well funded. I heard a few horror stories at the conference, of estates that opted to buy security on price, or who relied on a trustee who ‘had a contact’ and could get it done ‘real cheap’. They got what they paid for.
The Residential Estate Security Handbook is also out this month and in it we cover a host of security solutions for estates. One of the topics is TCO (total cost of ownership), which was also one of the presentations at the conference, and it was a revelation. If you are making decisions on the purchase price you’d better make sure you have another job lined up before the maintenance ‘doo’ hits the fan.
On a more positive note, there are some, far too few unfortunately, who say the economic tide is turning and business should start picking up in the new year. I generally take economic predictions with a pinch of salt, but let’s hope that in this instance they are correct.
- The Russians are coming! Turn off your saunas immediately.
October 2017, Technews Publishing, News
I, of all people, love a good cloak-and-dagger hacking story. But really, the Americans are taking this to the extreme. First, Hillary blamed the nasty Russians for losing her the election (which has ...
- Ideco allows you to own your own identity
October 2017, Ideco Biometrics, News
Ideco launches advanced identity verification ecosystem that speeds verification via mobile phones.
- Securexpo East Africa postponed
October 2017, News
Organisers behind Securexpo East Africa have confirmed that in light of the recent re-scheduling for the Kenyan Presidential elections, the exhibition will be postponed.
- OT-Morpho becomes IDEMIA
October 2017, News, Access Control & Identity Management
The result of the merger of Oberthur Technologies (OT) and Safran Identity & Security (Morpho), the OT-Morpho Group has became IDEMIA.
- HID Global to acquire Mercury Security
October 2017, News
HID Global announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Mercury Security, an OEM supplier of controllers for physical access control.
- ELPA concludes first certifications
October 2017, News
Following its launch in June this year, the first set of certification exams for Earthing and Lighting Protection Association (ELPA) accredited installers/designers were held in Johannesburg.
- Packaged cyber-threat service
October 2017, GNL Cyber, News, Cyber Security
Gold ‘N Links Cyber introduces GNL CYBER 360, a per user, next generation cyber-threat packaged service.
- ZKTeco’s sales kick off a success
October 2017, ZKTeco, News
The first ever ZKTeco Joint Venture Sales Conference held at the Orion Hotel in Hartbeespoort boosted the motivation of the dynamic group of sales personnel.
- Invixium integrates with Paxton
October 2017, Paxton Access, News, Access Control & Identity Management
Paxton has announced the integration of its networked access control system, Net2, with Invixium’s biometric software, IXM WEB.
- Hikvision reaches new heights
October 2017, Hikvision South Africa, News, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
Hikvision held an event to celebrate the launch of its perimeter defence solutions on 15 September on the 20th Floor of The Venue, Green Park.
- New operations coordinator for Powell Tronics
October 2017, Powell Tronics, News
In line with Powell Tronics’ mission to enhance the customer experience, Matthew Bushell recently joined the team in the role of operations coordinator.
- Arteco integrates with Hanwha Techwin
October 2017, News, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Arteco announced that its Video Event Management and Video Intelligence Solutions are now compatible with the new Hanwha Techwin Wisenet 5 chipset.