Bits 'n Bytes

December 2002 News & Events

Welcome to the final issue of Hi-Tech Security Solutions for 2002. As always, this month we bring you the latest industry news, products, trends and technologies that are making an impact on both the local and international fronts.

Of particular interest is our feature article on Preventing retail store crime by our newest contributor, Elio Zannoni. As the silly season approaches, this article recommends a few strategies that retailers should adopt for the prevention of crime during the busy Christmas season. Also, be sure to read 'The use of disabled personnel in CCTV control rooms', by Dr Craig Donald which focuses on the pertinent topic of employing disabled people for surveillance purposes. As Dr Donald points out, in South Africa, disabled personnel are also included as one of the designated groups for empowerment purposes. Considering how disabled personnel can increasingly become involved in the security workforce therefore appears to require strong consideration.

Year in Review

Following the decimating events of 9/11, 2002 has been a year that has seen security move up the list of priorities for many. For South Africans, the recent bombings in Soweto and Bronkhorstspruit as well as those in Bali, Indonesia, pointed out that no one is safe from a terrorist attack, and as sadistic as it may seem, these events may yet mean a positive spin for the security at large as government and the private sector re-evaluate their safety and security policies.

Of course, the value of the South African security industry has been a question that has been asked for many years and this year was no different. To this end, Hi-Tech Security Solutions published the South African Security Industry Survey 2002. The first of its kind in 10 years, this document covers the major sectors of the local industry including CCTV, access control and fire and provides some insight into the structure, driving forces, restraining forces and dynamics in each of these sectors, as well as the industry as a whole. The survey also looks at the effects of the new SIRA legislation as well as overseas trends that may influence the South African market.

Looking ahead

Looking ahead to 2003, the year is set to take off with the big one, Securex 2003 and Hi-Tech Security Solutions along with Reed Exhibitions SA, South Africa's leading organiser of business-to-business exhibitions have forged a partnership to promote Securex - South Africa's premier International Security, Protection & Safety Exhibition.

To highlight the ways in which both Securex and Hi-Tech Security Solutions can add value to the important task of communicating and marketing products and services, a networking function was recently held at the Imax Theatre in Hyde Park. Industry colleagues joined the two companies for an entertaining and informative morning with the screening of the spectacular documentary 'Serengeti' followed by presentations from Darren Smith, managing editor of Hi-Tech Security Solutions and Lynn Chamier. Securex, which is in its 7th year, attracted over 4906 visitors and 123 local and international exhibitors this year. Another bumper show is expected for next year. Securex 2003 takes place from 5-7 March at Sandton Convention Centre. For further information or bookings contact Jacqui Eggart at Reed Exhibitions on (011) 886 3734, e-mail:

Winners again

Finally, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Hi-Tech Security Solutions has received the MPASA (Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa) Sappi PICA award for publishing excellence in the 'Safety and Security' category for the second consecutive year. Below is the judges' rationale for making this magazine a winner:

"Hi-Tech Security Solutions stood out from the other entries in this category for a number of reasons. Foremost was the fact that it clearly addresses the needs of its readership through quality, well-researched and varied editorial content. Secondly, it is presented in a modern, readable and attractive manner and finally, it is completely focused on its target market."

Hi-Tech Security Solutions would like to take this opportunity to thank all its editorial and advertising contributors for ensuring that we remain the leading industry journal and wish all our readers a peaceful and safe holiday season.

See you in 2003

Gerard Peter - Editor

Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Pentagon appointed as Milestone distributor
Elvey Security Technologies News & Events Surveillance
Milestone Systems appointed Pentagon Distribution (an Elvey Group company within the Hudaco Group of Companies) as a distributor. XProtect’s open architecture means no lock-in and the ability to customise the connected video solution that will accomplish the job.

Sophos celebrates partners and cybersecurity innovation at annual conference
News & Events Information Security
[Sponsored] Sun City hosted Sophos' annual partner event this year, which took place from 12 to 14 March. Sophos’ South African cybersecurity distributors and resellers gathered for an engaging two-day conference.

Sales basics for security installers
News & Events
Being the best security business in South Africa means little if no one uses your services. Your business success is only partly linked to how good you are at security installations.

From security technician to salesperson
News & Events
Being great at security sales starts with having the right mindset. How you think informs what you say and how you act; and how you act informs the results you will achieve in your business.

From the Editor's Desk: Something old and something new
Technews Publishing News & Events
      Welcome to the 2024 edition of SMART Security Solutions’ Mining Handbook. Mining is a challenging industry for security professionals, although security is a challenge on this continent, no matter your ...

Risk management: There's an app for that
Editor's Choice News & Events Security Services & Risk Management
Zulu Consulting has streamlined the corporate risk management process with the launch of Risk-IO, a web-based app designed to consolidate and guide risk managers through the process, monitoring progress as one proceeds.

Integrated information platform for risk management
Editor's Choice News & Events Security Services & Risk Management
Online Intelligence recently launched version 7 of its CiiMS risk and security platform. Speaking to SMART Security Solutions after the launch event, the company’s Arnold van den Bout described the enhancements in version 7.

Unlocking Africa's AI potential
Editor's Choice News & Events AI & Data Analytics
Africa's AI market is set to grow exponentially; by investing in AI education, training, and ethical practices, African nations can harness the power of AI to transform the continent and create a brighter future for its people.

Linking of security officers by security businesses
PSiRA (Private Security Ind. Regulatory Authority) News & Events Security Services & Risk Management
[Sponsored] By law, all security businesses are required to declare their employees to PSiRA so that they can be accounted for administratively. Failure to link employees by security businesses is a contravention of the Code of Conduct and a criminal offence.

Milestone XPerience Day South Africa
Milestone Systems News & Events
The 2024 Milestone XPerience Day in Johannesburg took place on 01 February 2024, where the video technology sector’s brightest and best minds gathered to share information and networking.