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Latest News courtesy of NZSA

Advanced Security Group plans to deploy semi-autonomous drones before year’s end

A future where drones streak through the skies over New Zealand cities to respond to security breaches at businesses and even homes may not be far away.

Auckland company Advanced Security Group plans to start using drones later this year on some commercial security contracts.

In these situations the drones – or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as the industry terms them to distinguish them from military drones – would operate semi-autonomously, but there would always be a “man in the loop” to deploy and recall them.

06/10/2015 10:57

Health and safety: Providing protective gear

If you provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to your workers, here’s how to stay compliant when new laws take effect in April 2016.

As part of our ongoing series on the upcoming health and safety (H&S) reforms, this month the focus is on PPE.

Before providing PPE, you should first consider if there are better ways of dealing with the risk. Can the risk be eliminated – done away with altogether? If not, how can you control the risk, so far as is reasonably practical? Discuss any risks and steps to reduce them with your workers so everyone knows what to do.

In some workplaces, PPE will be the last line of defence – because you haven’t been able to eliminate the risk.

If PPE is needed, your business is responsible for supplying appropriate PPE. You can do this in two ways – by buying the PPE yourself, or through allowances added to your workers’ pay.

The cost of PPE must be covered by the business. Workers must take responsibility for wearing and using it properly. Some workers may wish to provide their own for genuine reasons of comfort and convenience – for example safety glasses with prescription lenses – but it remains your business’s responsibility to make sure it’s of an appropriate type and condition. It’s also your business’s duty to make sure PPE is well maintained, stored close at hand and correctly used when required.

24/09/2015 13:49

Major power failure or earthquake biggest risks to NZ

A major power failure or an earthquake on the Alpine fault or in Wellington are two of the biggest risks New Zealand risk managers worry about, according to a Risk NZ survey.

Risk NZ, the peak sector and professional body in New Zealand bringing together people and organisations managing risk, surveyed its members late last year.

They will be discussing the risks faced by New Zealand a year on at our risk forum in Wellington on October 13. The event, which is open to the public, will be concentrating on the thinking on the management of risk across a range of central government agencies.

24/09/2015 10:15

Need Perimeter Intrusion Detection? Here Are Your Options and How to Decide

There are a number of detection technologies in today’s arsenal today for detecting persons or vehicles penetrating a facilities perimeter boundary. However, no single optimum solution for all security applications exists, and each technology type has its place dependent on the site and organisation requiring protection.

Five major factors influence the choice of technology when considering implementing a perimeter detection system; risk, location, terrain, structure and standards.

Foremost, the technology must be commensurate with the risk requiring protection and the sophistication of any potential assailant(s) and their likely method of penetration. The chosen technology must be suitable for the geographic location; harsh environment, climate; rainy, dry etcetera and the terrain and topography; hilly, marsh, flat.

It also needs to be appropriate for the structure in will be installed on or within. Finally, it must meet with any national or local standards – eg  BS EN5013 – or planning permission.

Dependent on the organisation or risk it is also advisable to consider using complementary technologies to either increase detection rate (security) or decrease nuisance and false alarm rates by requiring both technologies to go into alarm before triggering an alert.

16/09/2015 15:34

Public-Private Partnerships Drive Secured Cities

The worldwide population levels are growing at a rapid rate and urbanization drives new levels of inhabitants in large cities across the globe. The move from urban areas to cities compels municipalities to evaluate ways to boost efficiency and improve quality of life. With large and complex infrastructures serving millions of people, today’s cities are vulnerable to a wide range of threats such as overcrowding, criminal activity, terrorism and natural disasters. As a result, there is a growing trend toward the creation of citywide public safety programs to better protect people, property and assets.

25/08/2015 12:03

Manufacturer 1-on-1: Siklu CEO Itzik Ben-Bassat

With the proliferation of surveillance cameras in both the public and private sector in recent years has also come increased demand for wireless technology to help organizations extend the reach of their video assets. Despite increased access to high-speed internet connections, there remain numerous applications where running cabling infrastructure for cameras is not only costly and impractical, but impossible. For example, there has been a push among numerous transit agencies to implement wireless communications onboard trains and buses to facilitate the offloading of video footage, as well as provide police and security officials with live views of incidents as they unfold.

While there are a handful of well-known providers of wireless communication solutions that have products specifically tailored to meet the demands of the surveillance industry, one recent entrant to the North American market is looking to make waves with a unique approach to the sector. Based in Israel, Siklu offers small, robust wireless radios that leverage millimeter-wave technology. In this “Manufacturer 1-on-1″ interview, Siklu CEO Itzik Ben-Bassat discusses how the company’s technology differs from that of its competitors as well how they intend to meet the demands of the market.

21/08/2015 10:22

Are cyber threats the Achilles’ heel of the smart home?

The advent of smart home technology has forever changed the face of the residential alarm industry for the better. Not only are people more connected to their systems than ever before, but it has also breathed new life into the industry in the form of additional recurring revenue opportunities. In fact, a recent report from Research and Markets projects the smart home equipment and services market to grow at between eight to 10 percent year on year for the next five years, reaching an estimated $68 billion by 2018.

However, as with any device that is connected to the internet today, home automation and security systems are vulnerable to myriad threats posed by hackers. There have already been several well-documented cases where people have tapped into connected home products, such as baby monitors and surveillance cameras. But what if instead of just scaring or looking in on people and their children, hackers could lock or unlock doors or change alarm settings? These are just a few of the things malicious actors could do if they were to find and exploit cyber vulnerabilities in connected home products.

21/08/2015 10:19

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Welcome to ASIS New Zealand

Certification - Computer Based Testing Arrives in NZ

Certification candidates in New Zealand can sit their CPP®, PSP® or PCI® examinations at a time that suits them rather than have to wait until the first Saturday of November each year. Candidates must apply online via the ASIS International website and then arrange an appointment with the Prometric test centre in Auckland. See our Certification Page for more details.


PSP® Examination Successes

Congratulations to Chapter Member Lincoln Potter who recently achieved the Physical Security Professional (PSP®) certification and  to Chapter Members Ngaire Kelaher, Iain Swan and Peter Wakeling on achieving the Physical Security Professional (PSP®) certification following the examination held on 2 November 2013.


ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibition - Anaheim, Calafornia

Any members planning on attending the Annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibition, please let Ngaire know by emailing and we’ll put you in touch with each other to see if you can stay in the same hotels etc. Click here to register.


Security Professionals’ Register Australasia

The Security Professionals’ Register Australasia (SPR-A) has released its inaugural newsletter. Read more...


ASIS New Zealand Committee for 2015

The ASIS New Zealand Chapter held its Annual General Meeting on 9th December 2014 via video conference between Auckland and Wellington. The following were elected as the Executive Committee:


Jeff Brown CPP®



Scott McNaughton



Ngaire Kelaher PSP®



Lincoln Potter PSP®


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