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Humans are better at recognising faces than algorithms, according to research at a British University. According to research undertaken by the Applied Psychology Unit at the University of Greenwich, so-called ‘Super Recognisers’ are humans with extraordinary abilities in recollecting facial features. And for every one recognition...

  A former director of operations and intelligence at MI6 has raised concerns about the threat to national security through vulnerabilities in IP (Internet Protocol) connected CCTV systems including components manufactured in countries that have a reputation for state-sponsored espionage. In an article published by British newspaper, The Times,...

Genetec, a leading provider of open-architecture IP security solutions, has launched a Decision Support System (DSS) that will provide security professionals in the Middle East with new levels of situational intelligence, system visualization, and incident management. Called Mission Control the new software which will be available...

There is a growing market for mobile surveillance solutions with rapid deployment according to PureTech Systems who has just launched a new three-pronged sensor approach that provides advanced video detection and autonomous sensor control for mobile platforms of vehicles with a total setup time of...

International critical communications organisation, the TCCA (Tetra Critical Communications Association )has welcomed network operator, Bravo, as its newest Middle East member. Bravo is the only licensed national operator in Saudi Arabia to provide wireless PTT communication solutions to the enterprise, government and industrial sectors across the...

Shukri Eid has been appointed managing director of Cisco Middle East's East Region where he will lead Cisco’s business in the UAE, Oman, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. Commenting on Shukri’s appointment, Mike Weston, vice president for Cisco Middle East said, “This is a dynamic time where...

Hikvision has launched a new range of thermal cameras for hazardous areas which will capture vivid, high-resolution HD video of moving objects at resolutions up to 640 x 512 pixels, unhindered by either darkness or inclement weather. The cameras also feature three innovative functionalities for image quality...

A team of European scientists have created a real-time, hand-held chemical sensor with stand-off detection capabilities that will increase airport safety, reduce car emissions, and combat unnecessary food wastage. The device can scan from a distance of up to 30 metres and is capable of instantaneous,...

Researchers in India have developed a small mobile ATM that uses iris and fingerprint recognition for transactions. Developed by Evolute Company, the handheld devices with biometric verification can deliver all the services expected from a traditional ATM such as cash withdrawal, cash deposit and balance...

Smiths Detection has been awarded contracts worth almost £19m by Falcon Group to provide advanced detection systems for passenger checkpoint, hold baggage and cargo screening to airports across Egypt. The award for X-ray scanners, people screening systems and trace detectors is part of national programme to...

An Iris biometric identity authentication system has been installed for employee time and attendance across all of Sharjah's Co-Operative Society retail stores. The IrisAccess iCAM7000, from US company Iris ID Systems, has been be connected to the payroll system at company headquarters and provide accurate employee...

IDIS has announced that it will be a platinum sponsor of this year’s Smarter Dubai Forum for Safety and Security taking place at the Sofitel Downtown Dubai hotel on 20th September 2016. Following the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Ben Rashid Al-Maktoom, the United...

G4S has announced the appointment of Alida Scholtz as CEO and MD for its UAE operations. She brings a wealth of experience from service industries as well as the manufacturing sector, and will be reporting directly to Claude Allain, president, G4S Middle East and India....

It’s a busy time for ONVIF, the IP-based standards organisation that creates open standards for the physical security market, with two profiles scheduled for final release in 2016 and yet another currently in development. ONVIF steering committee chair, Per Björkdahl, updates Security Middle East magazine. Profile...

IDIS has appointed Wael Tanoukhi to the position of technical manager to support its growing customer base in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Based out of the IDIS MENA regional headquarters in Dubai, Wael will lead pre- and after sales technical support across...

To meet growing demand in the Middle East for its award-winning integrated security, access control and operations monitoring solutions, US-based global corporation Maxxess has appointed Mr Majid Shaikh to join the company’s regional head office in Dubai. In his role as professional technical support and pre-sales...

Leading security exhibition, Intersec, is making its debut in Saudi Arabia, offering global suppliers direct access to the Kingdom’s vast market where security spending continues to rise. Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East in partnership with Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE Group), the inaugural edition of...

Independent, third-party certification organisation BRE Global continues to strengthen its international presence by opening an office in the Middle East. Located in Dubai, the office will promote BRE Global services in fire and security, in particular the world renowned LPCB certification brand which covers certification of...

Restrata has secured a major agreement with The National Falcon Company to provide critical security services at two of Egypt’s largest airports. Under the terms of the contract, Restrata will deliver a six-month training programme for several thousand National Falcon personnel, who have been tasked by...

A prototype of Panasonic’s new drone finder has been on show at IFSEC 2016, the UK’s biggest security tradeshow at Excel London (21st – 23rd June). The technology provides detection of the drone, which is seen as the starting point in order to control the drone. Using...

Visitors to IFSEC International in London got a first look at the future of mobile workforce solutions with Maxxess launching new ambit and eFusion apps to enable more efficient management of workforce processes from security to employee engagement. New products included ambitPulse, a private managed messaging...

A new event called Future Police Technology UAE will take place in Abu Dhabi this November to support the UAE Vision 2021 which aims to make the United Arab Emirates the safest place in the world. This government strategy aims to reinforce a sense of security...

IFSEC International will introduce a Borders & Infrastructure Exhibition area at the show next year which will focus on large scale security challenges including border control, national infrastructure, transport and key strategic assets. The organisers say the development is a natural evolution for IFSEC International, realising...

Tyco Security Products has introduced a facial biometrics feature within its VideoEdge video surveillance systems for immediate detection and verification of individuals. With Face Detection analytics, operators can be proactively notified that the surveillance system has detected a person of interest, for example known criminals, ex-employees,...

Mike Sussman, technical director at Integrated security manufacturer TDSi will be taking part on a Panel Discussion entitled ‘Future of Access Control’, along with a team of industry experts, at 11am on Wednesday 22nd June at this year’s IFSEC International in London. The panel of experts...

Six years after it was commissioned, the underwater security system protecting an undisclosed waterside facility in the Middle East, is to be expanded and upgraded to offer enhanced levels of intruder protection. The announcement was made by UK-based maritime security company, Sonardyne International Ltd UK, following...

Thales is strengthening its business and commitment to the cybersecurity market in the Middle East with new executive appointments to its e-Security team. Philip Schreiber has been appointed regional sales director Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), previously regional sales manager sub-Saharan Africa at Thales...

DarkMatter, an international cyber security firm headquartered in the UAE, has appointed Dr Najwa Aaraj as Senior Vice President – Special Projects, having previously served as the Vice President of the business unit. Special Projects falls under the CEO’s Office, and is responsible for identifying...

The Gunnebo Group has received an order worth MSEK 20 to supply entrance security solutions to a nuclear power plant being built by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Delivery and installation is planned for during the second and...

The inaugural Infrastructure Security Conference (Infrasec) got underway in Bahrain today (19 April), as more than 150 regional energy professionals and international experts gathered to address the most pertinent challenges in protecting critical energy assets. The one-day pre-conference workshop and two-day conference is held under the...

Over 35 security professionals in Kuwait were recently certified by video surveillance solutions company, Promise Technology at a special event held in March. Along with its Kuwait-based partner Business Automation and Security Services (BASS), the Promise training programme enabled security professionals to gain the skills and...

Increased investment and awareness in cybersecurity measures are key for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) decision-makers if they’re to successfully defend against potential attacks on critical energy infrastructure, security experts have advised. Dr. Kevin Rosner, Senior Fellow with the Institute for Analysis of Global Security, said GCC...

Every government around the world takes the safety and security of its elected representatives and personnel extremely seriously. This is certainly the case in Jordan where the 150 elected Representatives in the national parliament recently benefited from a complete upgrade of their CCTV surveillance system....

Professional Communication Corporation – Nedaa, the Dubai Government security networks provider, and its approved technology provider Esharah Etisalat Security Solutions, have commissioned Nokia to deploy a smart city solution based on a 5G-ready next-generation network that will enable high-bandwidth voice, video and other data applications...

Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Interior, inaugurated the ISNR Abu Dhabi event in the presence of the nation's top government officials and 150 foreign delegations and buyers. Over 20,000 attendees from the security and safety industries, and about 150...

eSentire a leader in Active Threat Protection solutions and managed security services has partnered with Credence Security, a leading provider of cybersecurity, digital forensics, and IT technologies and solutions, to provide mid-sized enterprises in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa regions with advanced cybersecurity capabilities...

Dubai-based security and safety door manufacturers, Prometal Industries, has been awarded a fire resistance certification from the Thomas Bell-Wright laboratory in Dubai. The company says that its 'Latched Single Acting Double Leaf Steel Doorset with Aluminium Decorative Cladding' achieved a fire resistance rating of 90 minutes...

The International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR) will be the largest event of its kind in 2016, according to its organisers Reed Exhibitions, hosting a record of 20,000 square metres of net exhibition space. The show which opens in Abu Dhabi later this month, will...

USD 1.5 trillion investment opportunities over the next decade will propel Iran as the ‘go to market’ in the Middle East, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. The Iranian government's 2025 strategic economic plan aims to double the economy from the current USD 415...

Reichle & De-Massari (R&M) has completed another large scale project in the Middle East hospitality sector with a structured cabling solutions for the Kempinski, Al Mouj Muscat, a five-star property in the Al Mouj Muscat waterfront development. The hotel will now be able to leverage this network...

PSIM software company CNL Software says it has increased its staff count in the region by over 300%. The company, which opened a local office and Centre of Excellence in Abu Dhabi in 2014 says that its IPSecurityCenter PSIM solution has been in great demand...

Islamic State attacks have increased in Syria following Russian airstrikes, according to IHS, the global source of critical information. The finding were published in its review of worldwide Islamic State attacks in 2015. “Following the start of airstrikes and Russian intervention in late September 2015, the number...

An advanced high-throughput scanning system for superior detection of hidden threats in cars and small vehicles has been developed by AS&E for checking vehicles in car, parks, check points and other areas with a high-density of vehicles. The CarView system simultaneously produces two images of the...

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