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.
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.
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.
Poorly maintained temperature control can lead to food and other perishable cargo being wasted in the supply chain, and as such, it is key for transportation companies operating in the UAE, where temperatures regularly exceed 40 degrees
Technology is disrupting the trucking industry in a way we have never seen before. As automakers continue to innovate and define the future of the connected car and autonomous vehicles, the commercial transportation industry is taking note, and fleet managers are adjusting the way they oversee their vehicles and drivers.
In the 5th century BC, General Sun Tzu wrote in “The Art of War” that “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat”. Given that effective Incident Management requires the formulation and application of appropriate tactics to support operational response whilst complying with strategic intent, it can reasonably be said that the fundamental principles of Incident Management have not changed in centuries.
I recently attended the Leaders in Logistics Summit 2016 in Dubai. At a panel discussion about Fleet Telematics, the moderator asked how many delegates in the audience had tried and failed at least once to implement a solution to improve efficiency and safety. I was amazed when the majority of delegates in the room raised their hand.