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The 44 Security Products in the Benchmark Innovation Awards

Taking place at this year’s IFSEC International, the Benchmark Innovation Awards were devised to recognise and reward innovations that deliver tangible benefits to security professionals.

To allow installers and integrators to create such solutions, manufacturers must deliver innovations which both enhance the technological capabilities of their products and allow those developments to be implemented in a realistic fashion.

The security industry has never before enjoyed the sheer breadth of technological options that it does today. Gone are the times when manufacturers waited for older technologies to reach a low price point before they became commercially worth implementing.

As advances deliver ever-greater functionality, so the ability to integrate disparate security elements increases too. With the emergence of video analytics and other data-driven software the result is security systems that not only enhance security but bring commercial, added-value benefits too.

The Benchmark Innovation Awards recognise innovations that solve problems faced when designing and implementing a security solution, enhance security appreciably or boost operational efficiency.

21/05/2015 13:02

Students flee gunman at south Auckland high school

A man aimed what is believed to have been an air rifle at a student in Manurewa High School today.

At around 2.30pm, while students were walking home from exams, a green tatty-looking car screeched into the Gibbs Road entrance of the War Memorial Park carpark seconds after a group of about five teenagers sprinted through.

Two men, said to be in their mid-30s, were inside.

A student who was sitting at a playground near the carpark at the time, said the shooter looked as if “he wanted to kill”.

“We were sitting there at the swings and then this car just pulled up and a guy stepped out with one of those big telescope guns – like a rifle – and just shot at [the student].

“The shooter – man he looked angry as.”

Up to 20 students were said to be in the park at the time, all of whom were yelling at the student to keep running, “the man has a gun”, the student said.

“After, he jumped back into his car and they sped off. The shooter was wearing a brown sweater and he had a beanie, with long hair that came down to his shoulders.

30/04/2015 14:24

Who’s at fault? Dashcam video captures cop slamming into car at traffic light

Footage has appeared online of a three-car pile-up at a busy intersection in Sydney over the weekend involving a police car.

Video of the incident was posted online to Dash Cam Owners Australia’s YouTube account with the title, Police Car causes 3 car Crash, shows a red hatchback car pull up at an amber light.

A silver car behind follows suit but the officer driving the police van behind it appears not to notice the cars have stopped and slams straight into the back of the queue.

The video has drawn hundreds of comments from viewers speculating about which driver was at fault, Ninemsn reports.

“Red hatch probably could have gone through the yellow light since silver car was following way too close. The cop didn’t even brake until the last second,” one comment read.

No-one was injured in the crash and an investigation is underway.

15/04/2015 09:13

Dont let access control you budget

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15/04/2015 09:08

Police boost Featherston resources

A spike in burglaries has driven police to boost resources in Featherston.

Last year saw the number of recorded burglaries in Wairarapa rise to 711, a 10.5 per cent increase on the previous year.

Acting district commander Senior Sergeant Mike Sutton said although the numbers were not dramatic, the rise in recorded burglaries last year was a concern.

“We did notice an increase in South Wairarapa, particularly around Featherston, and our tactical crime unit did spend a considerable amount of time down in Featherston investigating and working on those in the latter part of last year and we’ve always got the ability to do that again.

“We’ve put a lot of resources through our tactical crime unit down in that area. There was a lot of targeting of known offenders in that area. It has dropped off in the last couple of months so we’ll just have to keep an eye on what those numbers continue to tell us.”

15/04/2015 09:02

South African looters target foreign-owned shops, 5 killed

JOHANNESBURG (AP) ” At least five people in South Africa have died in attacks on immigrant-owned shops and hundreds of people have fled their homes since last week, authorities said Tuesday as they struggled to stem one of the worst outbreaks of violence in years against foreigners, many of them from other African countries.

Most of the recent unrest occurred in and around the coastal city of Durban, where police said two foreigners and three South Africans were killed. The dead included a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly shot during looting Monday night and died at a hospital, police Col. Jay Naicker said. Some 34 people have been arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms and other crimes in the last two days, he said.

15/04/2015 08:59

Police: College shooting possible hate crime; victim was gay

GOLDSBORO, North Carolina (AP) ” Police said Tuesday they were investigating the fatal shooting of a gay community college worker as a possible hate crime.

The shooting victim, 44-year-old campus print shop director Ron Lane, was gunned down by former student Kenneth Morgan Stancil III on Monday morning, police said. Lane dismissed Stancil from the print shop’s work-study program in March because he had too many absences.

Police have not released a motive in the shooting and said the men’s relationship was purely a supervisor-student one.

15/04/2015 08:12

Who’s afraid of Google?

Smart resi providers should take Google’s move into home security seriously, but could wind up benefitting from it


YARMOUTH, Maine—Google’s venture into home security and automation may turn out to be a very good thing for traditional resi companies, according to providers interviewed by Security Systems News.

That’s not to say it won’t pose challenges, maybe even some big ones, but any sound company that has solid customer service and stays on its technological toes shouldn’t fear Google’s foray, they said. Monitoring companies could stand to benefit, too.

“I love it,” Select Security’s president Steve Firestone (photo on left) told SSN.

Google was awarded a patent last month for “Security Scoring in a Smart-Sensored Home.” It includes “security scores” to alert customers about incorrect use of their systems, smart doorknobs and doorbells, smart window- and door-entry detectors and a community tie-in that would alert if there was a break-in in progress at a neighbor’s home. It’s still not known how and when Google intends to put this technology into play.,271

09/04/2015 10:00

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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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