Security News » Regional news http://www.securitynewsdesk.com Security News, Publishing, Products and more... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:56:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Canon seeks to carve share of Middle East market with new IP offering http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/22/canon-seeks-to-carve-share-of-middle-east-market-with-new-ip-offering/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/22/canon-seeks-to-carve-share-of-middle-east-market-with-new-ip-offering/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:23:01 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42785 Canon is competing against a number of well-established names in the Middle East CCTV sector to carve out share of the market with IP surveillance offering.

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Hendrik Verbrugghe, Marketing Director, Canon Middle East (Custom)

Hendrik Verbrugghe, Marketing Director, Canon Middle East

Canon – a relatively new player in the Middle East security market – is competing against a number of well-established names in the CCTV sector but is confident that it can carve out a share of the market for itself through its IP video surveillance offering.

The company plans to grow its security cameras business by showcasing its latest range of IP cameras to the market. The latest models were unveiled at Intersec 2014 and greeted with great interest.

The new cameras are designed to monitor sensitive indoor environments in full HD. They are particularly good at shooting in low-light levels and they feature Smart Shade Control, wide-angle view and vandal resistance.

We asked Hendrik Verbrugghe, Marketing Director for Canon Middle East, to tell us more about the company’s strategic direction in the region.

Q: What products has Canon found are most in demand in the Middle East?

A: Over the last couple of years the demand for IP based cameras has been quite significant and this has been quite evident with the new projects announced and tenders won. Today, Canon has a strong line-up to cater to this growing demand from 1.3 MP to Full HD cameras. The new S-Series of ultra-compact cameras are built and well suited for the growing demand in retail and hospitality.

Q: What is the route to market? Will you sell direct or through distributors?

A: The security and surveillance business needs to be fulfilled through specialized distributors and currently we are appointing partners in the key focus markets such as UAE and KSA.

Q: Do customers tend to buy individual products or are they looking for complete solutions?

A: Each customer’s requirements vary in terms of how many products is required for their business and if they would like a complete solution. Canon offers a growing portfolio of security surveillance cameras for customers to choose from.

Q: As the new player in the security market in the Middle East, how does Canon intend to get noticed? Especially given that other brands have been active in the region for far longer.

Canon CamerasA: Our products are equipped with image quality that is industry-leading, the highest technical specification available and a number of features that add value to any customer installation, allowing us to stand from competition. The latest range of security cameras represents a significant milestone for Canon and a compelling proposition for our partners and their customers. In addition to conducting in-depth seminars with the channel community, we have also been actively marketing our latest security solutions by being present at key trade events including Intersec and ISNR.

Q: Is Canon committed to the security market given that it comprises just 1% or 2% of Canon’s overall business?

A: The future of IP security lies with intelligent cameras and HD quality images. We see a huge demand for security products in the region and by being so strong in the imaging business, foraying into the surveillance camera market was only a natural progression for the company. Canon’s technology will help raise the bar of the network camera sector, while offering customers the highest quality security solutions. We are committed to the security camera market and look forward to establishing ourselves in this segment.

Q: Where will you have offices? Just in UAE or across the region?

A: Our head offices for the region are based here in the UAE and we work on-ground in each country through our partners and distributors.

Links
www.canon-me.com

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It’s vital that groups like ASIS reach out to women and bridge the gap http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/22/its-vital-that-groups-like-asis-reach-out-to-women-and-bridge-the-gap/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/22/its-vital-that-groups-like-asis-reach-out-to-women-and-bridge-the-gap/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:10:48 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42708 Kim Martens-Thompson, Women in Security Liaison, ASIS International Dubai, speaks about the importance of encouraging women into the security.

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women in security (Custom)As the security industry continues to change and evolve it is becoming increasingly important to take advantage of a pool of relatively untapped resource – women.

Kim Martens-Thompson, Women in Security Liaison for ASIS International’s Dubai chapter, spoke exclusively to SecurityNewsDesk about why it is imperative to encourage more women into the security industry and bridge the gender gap in what is generally perceived to be a male dominated industry.

It is possible to measure the number of women in security or measure growth trends?
Figures representing women in security globally are extremely hard to measure; however, within ASIS International’s 38,000 global members, female membership is growing.  This is a major area of focus for ASIS.  30% of our ASIS Chapters around the globe have a Women in Security Liaison.

Why is it important to bridge the gap?
Security, both traditional and cyber, is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. The needs of today’s security industry are quite different from those of 1996 when I first became involved. Clients are diverse in gender, ethnicity, religion, and race, and as such, require versatile security professionals to assist in meeting their requirements.

Women who work within the spectrum of the security industry are still challenging varying stereotypes around the globe, especially in the assignments of risk analysis, business continuity and training.  Support for the advancement of women within an organisation must be driven through a top down approach.  This will ensure that diversification within the industry is enabled.

What do you think women bring to the industry?
Women bring a unique approach to security. We have been in the security industry for decades (albeit in smaller numbers than today). We have watched and been effected by events which have altered the state of world.  Many of us have mobilised into action with our male counterparts. One day in an outback pub, I remember watching the second plane fly into the World Trade Center and feeling a profound sense of duty and responsibility to ensure such a tragedy never occurred again. Above all, women bring their own experience forged from diverse aspects of the security profession.

At a tactical level, as 50% of the world’s population is female, there needs to be female operational security personnel to implement the physical security aspects such as searching of female persons, baggage, etc. This follows through to the management and consulting solutions in which females have much to offer.

How has the increase in security education courses affected the new intake and next generation?
Education within the Industry has changed the profession for the better. The board certifications through ASIS International are world recognised accreditations and they  are recognised for their rigor and breadth of subject matter.

Education is transforming the industry into a profession. I started my university education at a young age with the intention of gaining quick entry into law enforcement.  I had no idea all those years ago how much education would broaden my approach to security and twenty-one years later I am still studying. 

It is no longer having only experience, especially when transitioning from government service into the private sector, the younger security professionals are undertaking a range of education from under and post graduate courses through to industry recognised certifications such as ASIS has to offer.

Asis-International-LogoWhat do you think needs to be done to get more women in security?
Women within security need to continue to identify accomplished women and actively encourage their involvement and participation within the security industry. Groups like ASIS International’s Women in Security working group can help.

Members of ASIS must reach out to women working in roles not strictly perceived be in the security sector, for instance, fraud investigators, compliance officers, risk analysts, etc. For as long as I can remember, I have been encouraging women to join more traditional security professions, such as the military or police force, and other areas like risk management and security analysis. While it has not always been smooth sailing, this industry has provided me with opportunities I would never have been afforded otherwise, and it can do the same for women everywhere.

Are there any initiatives already in place and are they working?
Women in Security is becoming highly active in the Middle East region. Currently, ASIS has Women in Security Liaisons from Egypt to Saudi Arabia to the UAE and we are connected women in the region and supporting their work in security in the region. One thing we have learned is that many women are unaware of the support that WIS provides its members. We are even reaching out to government entities and security companies for their input and in October we hope to hold a 2-day conference for women in security. 

On another note, looking at many law enforcement agencies and military or security organisations, it is evident that advice on increasing female participation (whether solicited or not) is being headed. Many countries have taken the advice and actively aimed to recruit women. Addressing stereotypes and perceived organisational ‘culture’ in relation to women and their limitations is a focal point of many strategically minded organisations through media campaigns.

What does your role with ASIS entail and why do you and ASIS feel it’s important to have someone dedicated to this?
The mission statement of ASIS International’s Women in Security is to provide support and assistance to women in the security industry as well as to inspire those interested in entering the security industry through tailored programing and mentoring. WIS will support and promotes its global members by utilizing collaborated skills and talents to strengthen leadership abilities.

Specifically, my role within the Dubai Chapter is to coordinate WIS events within the chapter, network with other professionals in the security industry, develop, supporting, and coordinating educational programs. Most importantly, I seek to attract more women to ASIS and to the security industry and to support and mentor those ASIS members who are already working within the Industry.

Learn more on Women in Security here.

 

Kim Martens-Thompson is a security intelligence and risk analyst, who has worked in the Middle East for eleven years. Selected for her background in policing and the military, she became the first female close protection officer in Iraq in 2003 and during the nine years Kim spent in Iraq she was awarded two commendations for her actions under fire. While working at the United Nations and Australian Embassy in Iraq, Kim transitioned into intelligence analysis. Kim moved to the UAE to serve as a training advisor to the UAE Military, specialising in training the female members of the Presidential Guard. 

She previously served as the Women’s Advisory Network Liaison for the Western Australian Commissioner of Police in the Goldfields Esperance District, the largest policing district in the world. She commenced her studies at Edith Cowan University Western Australia in counterterrorism, physical security, and intelligence and is currently studying at St Andrews University.  Kim has long been passionate about attracting, retaining, and empowering women within the security industry.

When she is not glued to her computer trying to complete her studies, she is searching for the best caffeine-jolt locations to keep up with her four-year old daughter!

She can be contacted at Kmartens.wa@gmail.com.

 

 

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Tyco UAE and CNL Software partner for major Middle East project http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/21/tyco-uae-cnl-software-partner-major-uae-project/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/21/tyco-uae-cnl-software-partner-major-uae-project/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:43:42 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42699 CNL Software, a world leader in PSIM software, has partnered for an iconic security management project with Tyco Fire & Security UAE

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cnlCNL Software, a world leader in Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, has partnered for an iconic security management project with Tyco Fire & Security UAE, who specialise in turnkey solutions including design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Fire Protection and Fire Detection Systems, as well as state-of-the-art Security and Integrated Telecommunication Solutions.

The two companies have recently won a significant project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a globally recognized brand. Tyco UAE will provide CNL Software’s IPSecurityCenter™ PSIM, within an iconic building to integrate and manage a wide range of physical security systems including CCTV, fire detection, access control, intruder detection, and analytics.

TYCO“We are currently seeing a huge shift in the Middle Eastern security industry to open platform solutions that allow integration of products from a variety of manufacturers. By working with software vendors such as CNL Software we are putting our customers’ interests at the forefront of our technology development program”, comments Craig Menzies, Tyco Fire & Security UAE. “The key to continuing success is to offer innovative solutions that are intuitive and easy-to-use while providing the levels of security our customers need.”

“Tyco is one of the world’s best known security brands, and is well respected in the UAE region. We were delighted to have been chosen by them for this prestigious project”, adds Daniel Bloodworth, Technical Sales Manager – CNL Software. “Not only will we work closely together on this project but will actively promote our joint capabilities in the region; focusing on projects where chancing security is not an option!”

More Information:

www.tycofireuae.com - www.cnlsoftware.com

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E2S Warning Signals creates lifeboat launch alert for use by the RNLI http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/17/e2s-warning-signals-creates-lifeboat-launch-alert/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/17/e2s-warning-signals-creates-lifeboat-launch-alert/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:01:36 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42701 UK signalling manufacturer E2S Warning Signals has designed and developed a bespoke siren system to alert people nearby when an RNLI lifeboat is launching.

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Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 12.48.46UK signalling manufacturer E2S Warning Signals has designed and developed a bespoke siren system to alert people nearby when an RNLI lifeboat is launching.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea. It has 236 lifeboat stations around the coasts of the UK and Ireland. Its lifeboats are crewed by specially trained volunteers, who carry pagers. When the pager goes off, alerting them to an emergency at sea, they drop everything and rush to the station to launch the lifeboat.

The system produced by E2S has special software which produces an alarm tone combined with a voice message to alert anyone within the immediate surroundings about the launch. The siren systems have been extensively tested at a number of locations in conjunction with local communities to ensure their appropriate effectiveness. The new sirens have now been installed at a number of lifeboat stations across the country.

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A two-second attention-seeking alarm tone is followed by a pre-recorded voice warning to explain what it means and it aims to warn public on the sea front and nearby boating traffic to the impending launch. The sirens will routinely only be sounded between 7am and 10pm at any location.

Neal Porter, Sales & Marketing Director of E2S, commented: “It has been great to work with the RNLI to support the charity in its lifesaving mission and to assist in promoting the safety of the crew and public during the launch of the lifeboats. Our engineering and product development teams worked closely with RNLI Operations to achieve the specific requirements set out for the signalling solution we eventually provided.”

More Information:

www.e2s.com

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Marine Armor System extend global reach with exclusive armor systems http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/17/marine-armor-system-extend-global-reach-exclusive-armor-systems/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/17/marine-armor-system-extend-global-reach-exclusive-armor-systems/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:09:43 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42686 Following on from the continued success of the product, Marine Armor System are excited to announce its global launch and updated website.

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Marine Armor Systems logo (2)Following on from the continued success of the product, Marine Armor System are excited to announce its global launch and updated website.

MAS is an innovative non-lethal vessel protection system based on ballistic blinds, protecting the vessel or rig against pirate attacks and other potential threats such as armed robbery, terrorism and acts of sabotage. The system includes anti pirate blockades, bunkers and armoured citadels or safe rooms onboard, protecting crew with a bulletproof barrier in case of pirate boarding, in line with IMO recommendations.

MAS is part of the Collbaix group, which has over 40 years’ experience in the production, distribution and installation of high security blinds (architectural shielding). Using this extensive experience in providing secure access solutions to both commercial and residential properties, MAS was formed as a solution against naval piracy.

Marine Armor Systems (2)Edurne del Río of Marine Amour System says “Following on from its significant success in Spain we are very proud to be launching MAS globally as a passive solution against the threat of piracy; providing protection to the lives of crew and the assets onboard ship. In the event of a pirate attack response times onboard must be rapid. This is why we have developed a new automatic system which is designed to protect the whole vessel within ten seconds; at the push of a button.”

MAS is manufactured using kriptonia, a patented high-quality material stronger than steel, bullet proof and certified with an FB6 ballistic level (to stop military weapons), designed to protect the most vulnerable areas in any vessel or platform. MAS manufacture, supply and install security hardening systems worldwide onshore or offshore. The system is hidden when not in use, requiring no storage space onboard.

More Information:

http://marinearmorsystem.com/en/

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Five dimensions of knowledge are the key to understanding Middle East http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/16/five-dimensions-of-knowledge-are-the-key-to-understanding-middle-east/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/16/five-dimensions-of-knowledge-are-the-key-to-understanding-middle-east/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:28:27 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42625 Five Dimensions consultants believe that comprehending five certain dimensions of knowledge is essential to understanding any region, including the Middle East.

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Key to Middle EastKey to Middle EastBusiness Intelligence and commercial investigations in the Middle East can be fraught with difficulty.  However, Security News Desk has identified one company that has a clear understanding of the complexities of the region.

Five Dimensions consultants believe that comprehending five certain dimensions of knowledge is essential to understanding a country or a region. These five dimensions are politics, language, economics, history and religion. They believe that understanding all five enables a better understanding of the economic and geopolitical picture of the Middle.

Their team includes highly qualified professionals with impressive experience in many fields, including diplomacy and foreign affairs, the petrochemical and energy sectors, financial services, global charitable work and strategic security.  They have access to sources that include government experience in various Middle East countries, experience in the construction, energy (including oil and gas), banking, Islamic charity and Islamic financing sectors as well as unique insights to areas to get a clear understanding of risks and threats in the region.

Rosi Kern, Director of Analysis and Business Development at Five Dimensions Consultants said, “Five Dimensions strives to provide its clients with quality information that allows them to make informed business decisions.  It has proven that the cost of due diligence and associated measures up-front is considerably less than the price of damage control; their work is geared towards ensuring that clients avoid financial loss and reputational damage”.

She added, “The company’s services cover reputational risk, company and executive background, commercial and political connections, market entry/stability assessment. Given the sensitive nature of what we do, Five Dimensions Consultants depend on secrecy and discretion and we handle both clients and sources with the utmost care and diligence in order to protect confidentiality of all parties involved”.

They have developed special links through an impressive network of contacts and specialize in the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Five D LogoThe company’s information is drawn from exclusive sources and its output is in the form of bespoke reports, personal briefings or regular more general regional updates.

Impressive is the only way to describe not just their connections but their customer base.

As well as their business intelligence lead they provide specialist support to 3 other main areas:

  • Geopolitical and Security Analysis – This goes hand in glove with what is needed to support their business intelligence output.  They are able to pinpoint political trends, detect strategic shifts,and analyse events as they occur using our five dimensions of knowledge.
  • Terrorism Finance – The team have an amazing insight and understanding of terrorism finance within the Muslim world. They have supported major press organisations, banks and financial institutes and governments in their understanding of this complex and often murky world.  However the real reason is to assist financial regulators and authorities to detect whether charities or individual philanthropists are making inappropriate contributions that may aid the cause of terrorists and insurgents.
  • Kidnap Survival Courses – The team has access to people with a wide variety of backgrounds and synonymous with business in some less stable Middle East countries is the risk of kidnap. Their Kidnap Survival courses are aimed at individuals and organizations with employees who operate in Muslim regions
with high kidnapping rates.

Their team has extensive experience in kidnapping situations and has participated in hostage negotiations in the past to successfully secure the release of Western hostages within the Middle East.

It is quite clear that if you want to do business in the Middle Ease then this is company you need to talk to.

Links
Five Dimensions website

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Arecont Vision welcomes new Regional Sales Manager in the Middle East http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/16/arecont-vision-welcomes-new-regional-sales-manager-middle-east/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/16/arecont-vision-welcomes-new-regional-sales-manager-middle-east/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:59:43 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42620 ArecontVision, the leader in IP-based megapixel camera tech, has named Mohammed Khoga as the company’s new Regional Sales Manager for the Middle East region.

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Mohammed Khoga - Arecont Vision, Regional Sales Manager in the Middle East

Mohammed Khoga – Arecont Vision, Regional Sales Manager in the Middle East

ArecontVision, the industry leader in IP-based megapixel camera technology, has named Mohammed Khoga as the company’s new Regional Sales Manager for the Middle East region. His territory includes Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

“Beyond his sales experience, Mohammed brings extensive expertise in training and business development to his new position,” said Sanjit Bardhan, Director of Sales, Middle East, Africa and India, Arecont Vision. “Together with his global perspective, these assets will greatly benefit Arecont Vision and our customers as we continue to educate the market on the benefits and advantages of megapixel camera technology.”

As Regional Sales Manager for the Middle East region, Mr. Khoga will be responsible for leading sales activities in this fast-growing segment. A graduate of Egypt’s Alexandria University, his fluency in Arabic and acquaintance with the culture of the region will help him identify and capitalise on opportunities to expand sales of the company’s industry-leading megapixel camera technology.

With close to 10 years of experience in the technology and security sector, Mr. Khoga was most recently responsible for sales and training for Axis Communications in Dubai.

More Information:

www.arecontvision.com

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Homeland Security Summit 2014: Programme unveiled http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/16/homeland-security-summit-2014-programme-unveiled/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/16/homeland-security-summit-2014-programme-unveiled/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:07:11 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42634 Chief of Sharjah Police, Major General Humaid Mohammed Al Hudaidi will be at the Homeland Security Summit Middle East 2014 (19 - 21 May, Abu Dhabi).

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Chief of Sharjah Police, Major General Humaid Mohammed Al Hudaidi will be showcasing the excellent recent work done on the TD Datacentre and Command and Control system at the Homeland Security Summit Middle East 2014 (19 – 21 May, Abu Dhabi).Joining him on the programme are the following senior stakeholders seeking solutions in preparation for the region’s crisis management, emergency response and C3i programmes:

 

 Speaker1 Major General Dr. Osama Sawah
Director Emergency Preparedness
Dubai Police
 Speaker3 H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim
Director General
UAE Telecoms Regulatory Authority
 Speaker4 Colonel Barakat Yaqoub Al Kindy
Head of System Development, Department of IT & T
Abu Dhabi Police
 Speaker4-1 Major Mohamed Nasser Al Mansoori
Director GIS
Abu Dhabi Police

 

Find out who you can meet and network with by downloading the latest agenda here.
 
At this stage, key guests secured for this year’s event include: Abu Dhabi Police, Dubai Police, Abu Dhabi Immigration, UAE MoI, NCEMA, the Saudi Border Guard and many more. Over 150+ people attended this event last year and this year’s summit will focus on solutions designed to handle and analyse ‘big data’ in real-time to facilitate greater Command and Control, Communications, Border and Cyber Security solutions for UAE Police Forces and regional Ministries of Interior.Trade shows provide a good industry overview but conferences give you a clearer insight into the requirements of the regional police forces and the government authorities.Don’t miss the chance to meet and network with these key decision makers!

 
Register today via:
 
Website: Click here to register online
Email:  register@iqpc.ae
Call: + 971 4 364 2975

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Dr Richie Nanda named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at Asian Business Awards http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/15/dr-richie-nanda-named-entrepreneur-year-asian-business-awards/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/04/15/dr-richie-nanda-named-entrepreneur-year-asian-business-awards/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:23:17 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=42595 Dr Richie Nanda, Executive Chairman of The Shield Group, was awarded 'Entrepreneur of the Year' at the annual Asian Business Awards (ABAs) 2014.

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Dr Richie Nanda, Executive Chairman of The Shield Group

Dr Richie Nanda, Executive Chairman of The Shield Group

Dr Richie Nanda, Executive Chairman of The Shield Group, the UK’s ninth largest security solutions provider and TOPSGRUP, India’s most preferred security solutions brand and the first Indian MNC to acquire a security company in the UK, was awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the annual Asian Business Awards (ABAs) 2014, on Friday 11th April 2014, held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London.

In a glittering ceremony held at the renowned hotel in London, Dr Nanda was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ for his vision, drive and hard work in harnessing the vast potential of The Shield Group and leading the company to its current status as the UK’s ninth largest business security solutions provider. Dr Nanda’s companies provide security for some of the world’s leading brands such as Apple, IBM, TATAs, high profile events such as the IPL and World Cricket Champions League, international celebrities, VIPs and prestigious venues such as 30 St Mary’s Axe (The Gherkin) and the Imperial War Museums.

This year’s event celebrated 17 years of the Asian Business Awards which are organised by Asian Media & Marketing Group (AMG) to celebrate UK Asian business excellence, acumen and achievement. Applauding Dr Nanda at the event included a burgeoning and highly influential group of enterprising individuals, public figures and global business laureates primarily from the Indian Subcontinent including Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, Priti Patel MP for Witham, one of the UK’s richest billionaire’s Gopichand Hinduja, Sri Prakash Lohia, Founder and Chairman of Indorama Corporation and Sir Anwar Parez OBE, Chairman of Bestway Group to name but a few. He was presented his award by brothers Vijay and Bhikhu Patel who founded Waymade Healthcare plc and Michael Gove MP, Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath and Secretary of State for Education.

Dr Nanda also celebrated another accolade on the night after it emerged that he has been featured in the Asian Rich List 2014, which is launched each year at the ABAs to profile the country’s 101 richest Asians. Compiled by a panel of external experts and editors of AMG, it is the definitive guide to ultra-high net worth individuals and UK Asian Business success stories. Accounting only for the UK wealth of the richest Asians, the combined value of the 101 wealthiest Asians in 2014 stood at a staggering £52bn with Dr Nanda’s entry of £115M, positioning him as the 55th richest Asian in the UK.

In commenting about his award win Dr Richie Nanda said: “I am so honoured and humbled to have been recognised with the award for the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’. I would like to thank the eminent panel of judges at AMG for voting for me.

‘I am extremely proud and delighted at The Shield Group’s success story. I owe this recognition tonight to my talented, dedicated and hard-working team at The Shield Group, who have worked tirelessly to develop and grow the company further, and to take it to the heights that it has currently reached. We have tremendous plans for the future of The Shield Group, and our aim is to position Shield amongst the top four security solutions providers in the UK within the next two years.’

‘Entrepreneurship is the bedrock of our society and I am a great believer that it is the platform for social change on a global level. Being entrepreneurial isn’t just about making the right business decisions but also about taking the right risks and adopting a fresh approach to business life that pushes you to embark on a new challenge and creative path.’

Asian Business Awards 2014 (L to R Vijay Patel, Mr Solanki, Dr Nanda, Michael Gove MP, Bhikhu Patel) (2)

Asian Business Awards 2014 (L to R Vijay Patel, Mr Solanki, Dr Nanda, Michael Gove MP, Bhikhu Patel)

Dr Nanda is acknowledged by many as a pioneer and the most prominent spokesperson of the evolving global security industry. Dr Nanda took over the reins of TOPSGRUP at the age of 22 when it was a struggling company with revenues of £30,000 pa and 8 customers, to build it into India and UK’s leading security group with revenues in excess of £150 million, 93,000 employees, 120 offices and approximately 8,500 customers. Dr Nanda did this by re-writing the rules for the Indian and British security sector with innovative and forward-thinking initiatives.

In 2012 he acquired the UK’s 13th largest (now the 9th largest), national security solutions provider, The Shield Group, following the completion of a £19.5M acquisition of Shield, initiated with a 51% controlling stake in 2008. The acquisition positioned Dr Nanda as the only entrepreneur of an Indian MNC to purchase a 100% stake in a British security company.

The award and rich list entry also reflected the exceptional results Dr Nanda has seen across the business with his pioneering introduction of the Total Security Solutions (TSS) model to Shield which comprised of creating structured teams by sector expertise with clear account management and responsibilities assigned to workforce and continuous management and feedback. The TSS model helped the company secure major contract wins from clients who had previously tried the “total facilities management ” model in a recession, but now understand the importance of having a specialist security provider.

Under Dr Nanda’s leadership both TOPSGRUP and The Shield Group displayed outstanding results with a growth in EBIDTA of 25% in the financial year ending 31/03/14. For the current financial year ending 31/03/15, the group is expecting to achieve a turnover of £165M with significant EBITDA growth.

More Information:

www.theshieldgroup.com 

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image003Morpho (Safran), a world leader in secure identification solutions, has joined the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, an industry consortium delivering standards for simpler, stronger authentication during online transactions.

Members of the alliance commit to sharing technology and collaborating on the development of open specifications that enable FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure, private and easy to use. FIDO addresses the need to develop a viable alternative to passwords.

To create a secure online ecosystem, FIDO specifications support a wide range of authentication technologies, platforms and mobile devices. By joining the FIDO alliance, Morpho will bring its expertise in authentication technologies such as biometrics (fingerprint, iris and facial recognition), Near Field Communication, Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) and secure elements (SIM cards, smart cards, USB tokens), as well as in innovative mobile devices and secure e-service platforms.

As a member, Morpho will offer FIDO-compliant products enabling banks, online service providers and mobile network operators to provide more convenient and secure access to online services.

“Morpho will contribute to FIDO’s vision of more secure and convenient online authentication for a broad range of identity and payment applications. We are delighted to welcome Morpho as a Sponsor member and look forward to drawing upon their expertise in biometrics and protecting identity data,” said Michael Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance.

“As a leader in secure identity management, we are delighted to join the digital industry’s most innovative players in revolutionizing online authentication,” stated Thomas Chenevier, Senior Vice President, Products and Innovation at Morpho. “Joining the FIDO Alliance is a natural move for Morpho at a time when we are expanding our e-service offering.”

More Information:

www.fidoalliance.org - www.morpho.com

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