If I were to have told you nine months ago that Restrata, the British Safety and Security company that I’m proud to lead, would be operating as one of the global pioneers in helping bring back live sport for fans in stadia, you would have been justified in displaying a look of surprise, bewilderment even. For it was no longer than that - nine months ago - that this firm was known primarily, if not exclusively, as a safety and security technology firm serving the energy and critical infrastructure sector.
In a world of growing population, new fast growing and emerging economies developing modern safe and secure means of transporting people and goods has never been more vital to continuing to bring economic and social benefits to societies across the globe.
When a company decides to start the journey of selecting and implementing a telematics solution, there are usually two key aims behind this decision; firstly, to improve safety and minimize incidents, and secondly to lower costs and save money by creating efficiencies within the organization.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 will begin this month, and up to 1 million fans are expected to descend on the stadia of host nation Russia. The safety and security of stadiums and crowded spaces will be a top priority for organisers, with the lingering memories of incidents that have taken place around the globe over the last few years driving the host nation to rise to the challenge.
On the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack carried out against the people of Manchester, we look back and remember the victims and their families, and we assess the response. As we mourn what was lost, we must also look to what we can learn from this tragedy, and what steps can be taken towards the end goal of making our cities, and our people, safer. Now that post-incident investigations have released their findings we can see the professional assessment of what went wrong, how effective the response was, and what more we can do in the service of saving lives and protecting the innocent.
Often as security professionals, we can get caught up in addressing the design challenge presented to us, and we don’t consider the growth and change of both security system design, and the broader environment in which it resides. When examining the application of security treatments as part of the design and construction of a new building, or the retrofitting of an existing facility, there is a tendency focus on the problems in front of us, and we may not consider those that may occur down the line.
There’s no doubt technology has changed the way we live, disrupting everything from how we dine and shop to how we work and travel. While most industries have been forced to adapt, some have managed to continue on with business as usual while technology alters everything around them.
2017 has seen countless attacks on the general public around the globe, with attackers selecting locations considered "soft targets" as an easy option to cause maximum impact, not only by the physical damage generated, but also in terms of the media coverage, particularly across social media platforms. The personal stories from those present when an incident occurs, and the accompanying images and videos from such attacks spread like wild fire across social media, and instills real fear amongst the public. The incitement of fear is a core aim of such terror groups and at present, this trend shows no sign of stopping.
Earlier this month I spoke at the ASIS Breakfast Meeting hosted by Honeywell on the topic of securing infrastructure in 2030, covering what infrastructure might look like by 2030, the evolution of technology and how the good guys, and the bad guys might be using it.
Earlier this year, the NHS in the UK became a victim of cyber crime, when computers at hospitals and GPs surgeries around the country were among tens of thousands hit in almost 100 countries by malware that appeared to be using technology stolen from the National Security Agency in the US. The attack blocked access to any files on a PC until the demanded ransom is paid. This resulted in many hospitals having to cancel or delay treatment for patients.