Covid-19 Update

As you all know, the outbreak of the COVID-19 has changed the way many businesses are now operating. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about what control measures we have implemented and to reassure you that your security remains our number 1 priority.

To view our policy & risk assessment pertaining to COVID-19, please see the link here. Alternatively, you can email HR@clearview-communications.com to receive a copy and ask any questions you may have.

In conjunction with the above, we have comprehensive phased business continuity plans that are currently being used and discussed daily. To be absolutely clear, the health of our staff, customers and the general public remains of paramount importance.

Where possible, all ClearView staff are working from home. We will retain a skeleton staff within our Chelmsford office for as long as we are safely able to do so.

As you can understand, our engineering staff retain the need to travel to ensure the safety of our customers’ premises. On top of this, our work is critical in the support of those who are ‘key workers’ and who are currently providing the nation’s defence against the virus. These key workers rely on us to maintain their security systems and as such, we will continue to support them.

Engineering Operations

ClearView will always ensure that each project is carefully risk assessed. We are kindly asking our customers to cooperate with us to ensure that we can continue to work safely on their sites. This not only keeps our customers safe but ensures the health and safety of our own staff and the general public.

Prior to attending site we will be asking our customers to complete our questionnaire. To request a copy of this, please email HR@clearview-communications.com

Remote Working

To contact us, please continue to use the same methods outlined below:

Service: Email service@clearview-communications.com or call 01245 214110
Sales: Email enquiries@clearview-communications.com or call 01245 214104
Finance: accounts@clearview-communications.com or call 01245 214107
HR: Email HR@clearview-communications.com or call 01245 214113
Project Team: Call 01245 214114

Further questions?

If you have any further questions, please email HR@clearview-communications.com or call 01245 214100 to speak to a member of our team.

If you are interested in our Security systems, please call 01245 214104
or enquiries@clearviewcommunications.com


 

Remote Security & Management

IMPROVE THE SECURITY AND SAVE COSTS AT YOUR PREMISES WITH CLEARVIEW’S PROACTIVE MONITORING

Clearview have been leading the industry in proactive video monitoring for 25 years and benefit from one of the most advanced central monitoring HUB’s in the industry, our system designers, highly skilled install and service engineers provide an unrivalled complete security package.
Clearview’s Proactive Video Monitoring and advanced analytical detection provides instant live incident management via video monitoring and expert intervention services from our dedicated team of operators to protect client sites and personnel.

Our video analytics are set up to analyse camera footage and send live images through to our remote monitoring centre. Where they were able to detect, issue audible warnings and alert Bates of their unwanted visitor.

WHAT IS PROACTIVE REMOTE VIDEO MONITORING?

Proactive remote video monitoring is a very cost-effective security solution that protects your business, from criminal attack.

Clearview can utilise your existing CCTV system if you have one already installed or design and install a new one. Clearview will then integrate advanced detection analytical software behind the video feeds, this software constantly monitors the images and creates alarms if people or vehicles are detected. Within seconds live images are fed through to our 24-hour security HUB which is staffed by highly trained operators who have access to full site maps, live and recorded images. Operators then make critical decisions based on the info presented to them, if intruders are detected personal audible warnings are issued immediately.

Our operators have full access to the emergency services if needed.

Operators will continue to monitor and manage the incident until its natural conclusion, key holders will be contacted if needed and full reports are emailed directly to the client.
Operators can also open gates and barriers, respond to intercoms on site, switch on lights and monitor critical alarms such as flood detection, fire detection cameras and systems, thermal cameras to detect heat change and temperature sensors on vital equipment.
Remote monitoring can save you thousands of pounds in potential losses via theft, criminal damage and fire. It ensures your security systems are an investment worth making.

 

98.3%

OF INCIDENTS ARE DETERRED WITH OUT FIRST AUDIBLE ANNOUNCEMENT

Install, Service and Maintenance

Clearview have been providing quality electronic security systems to UK companies for over 25 years. Our install team are trained to a high level of competence and technical understanding.
Clearview’s comprehensive service and maintenance packages boast some of the highest 1st fix rates in the industry ensuring clients systems are 100% operational when they are most needed.

CLEARVIEW’S ENGINEERS

Here at ClearView quality is key. All our engineers are highly trained and qualified, passing a high level of security clearance, in order to meet all your requirements and expectations. These include first aid training, IOSH, and training on specific manufacturers. All our equipment is Factory Acceptance Tested before it goes onto site.

 

Clearview is a complete security system provider to some of the UK’s leading companies, law enforcement organisations, local authorities and the NHS. Clearview install, service and monitor the following systems:

  • CCTV
  • Remote CCTV
  • Fire Detection Systems
  • Intruder Alarms
  • Access Control
  • Gates and Barriers
  • Lone Worker Solutions

CLEARVIEW’S EXISTING CUSTOMERS

 

If you are interested in our CCTV systems, please call 01245 214104
or enquiries@clearviewcommunications.com


Rapid Deployment CCTV Cameras

Flexible solutions for when you need to install cameras quickly to provide surveillance fast.

Once it starts to occur in an area, crime has a habit of growing fast and uncontrollably. To nip criminal activity and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the bud, there is a need to provide CCTV coverage quickly.
However, the complexities of today’s world create barriers to rapid deployment of CCTV. Some of the main drawbacks of conventional solutions include:

  • Significant capital and installation costs
  • Making a well-proven business case for every camera
  • At last, cameras are installed and…the problem has moved on

 

Today, to provide effective surveillance capability fast, you need a solution which minimises capital and installation costs, can be deployed rapidly, and re-deployed just as quickly to meet operational requirements.
The business case for the ClearView Rapid Deployment Camera (RDC) is that it is a silver bullet for organisations and businesses which face the challenge of installing CCTV quickly.

 

ClearView’s Rapid Deployment Camera

  • Mount to a wall, corner, or existing infrastructure such as a street lamp
  • ‘Plug ‘n’ Play’ power feed via commando socket connector
  • Integrated wireless PTP, PTMP, Wi-Fi and 3/4G support
  • Rapid re-deployment to move cameras to where they are needed quickly
  • Solar and wireless options for isolated, remote and difficult to install places

 

Improve the ability to quickly increase protection

  • Train stations
  • Private estates
  • Construction sites
  • Farms and agricultural land
  • Town councils
  • Business parks
  • Industrial sites and areas
  • Residential areas
  • Car parks
  • Skate parks, play areas, leisure centres
  • Shopping centres
  • Town centres
  • Housing estates
  • Retails parks
  • Hospital and healthcare external areas
  • Transport hubs (airports and ferry terminals)

 

If you are interested in our CCTV systems, please call 01245 214104
or enquiries@clearviewcommunications.com


Thermal Network Human Body Temperature Measurement Camera

Thermography has the potential to make a significant contribution to a substantial reduction in the spread of viruses by early detection of high temperatures.

 

The TCB601 camera can automatically detect someone with a high temperature. It captures the infrared image and visual image to identify the subject.
The system comprises thermal imaging camera, optical CCTV camera, housing, black body and software. The camera can be controlled and managed using the client software provided. This system can be fixed or moveable, with measurement distance of 3-10 meters.

 

Features of the Fever Check Thermal Camera System:

  • Full network, 384*288 network thermal camera and 2.0M HD network visible camera
  • Built-in blackbody and external blackbody to ensure high accuracy temperature measurement
  • Real-time dynamic thermal image
  • Multiple target measurement
  • Remote non-contact measurement
  • Fast and safe
  • Smart measurement – displayed in video
  • Auto calibration, built-in reference black-body and high precision temperature sensor
  • Fixed and mobile application
  • Multiple high temperature alarming
  • Minimum alarm area to avoid false alarms (e.g. cigarette end)
  • Range of pseudo colours for different temperatures
  • Temperature alarm range configurable
  • Temperature display over measurement area with alarms
  • Snapshot and video recording on alarm for later query/analysis
  • System remotely viewable (with alarms) over network connection

 

 

If you are interested in our CCTV systems, please call 01245 214104
or enquiries@clearviewcommunications.com


Passive fire protection is built into the structure of buildings and is an essential aspect of any fire safety strategy. Safeguarding the lives of staff and members of the public, whilst limiting the financial impact of damage to your building and its contents.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE STOPPING

  • Compartmentation to prevent spreading of fire & smoke through gaps, voids and poorly sealed penetrations through walls
  • Safeguards people’s lives
  • Protects building structures
  • Forms part of the fire strategy for building requirements
  • Limits financial impact for building and contents

ALL EXISTING CUSTOMERS RECEIVE 20% DISCOUNT, FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION TO ALL NEW CUSTOMERS

 

About ClearView:

ClearView specialise in remedial installations and solutions. As a minimum all of our installers are NVQ Level 2 accredited in passive fire protection. ClearView can meet all your fire stopping requirements ensuring your building / premises is safe and compliant with current legislation.

 

The ClearView Process:

  • Customer Site Survey
  • Installation
  • Record installations on our online portal
  • Certification & building sign off
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    Products:

    Pattress Fit Fire Batt Installation:

    Continuous fire wrap installed around plastic and insulated non-combustible pipes in pattress fitted fire batt, within the fire compartment wall.

     

     

    Intumescent Sealant:

    Provides a fire rated linear or gap seal & maintains the fire rating of walls/floors where they have been penetrated by services.

     

     

     

    Expansion Joint Seal:

    A fire resistant expansion joint filler providing a fire stop seal for movement joints, at the junction of compartment floors & walls where a cavity barrier is required.

     

     

    Fire Protection Compound

    Intended for use as a gap filling material where cables, ducts or pipework services penetrate fire compartment floors & walls.

     

     

     

    Fire Collars:

    Prevent the spread of fire where PVC, HDPE & PP pipes penetrate fire compartment walls & floors.

     

     

     

     

    What’s the next step?

    If you want more details or have any questions about our fire stopping then please contact our friendly team of professionals.

     

    If you are interested in our CCTV systems, please call 01245 214104
    or enquiries@clearviewcommunications.com

     

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Having Security systems in place is crucial to any modern business. Security cameras deters criminal activity and promotes the safety of the public and staff. Modern security systems now have the ability to add commercial value to retail outlets by providing management data that can save expense and help drive sales.

 

How can security systems help the retail industry?

CCTV systems with video analytics are becoming increasingly popular with retail businesses. Using these systems adds value to your retail business by:

  • Heat mapping
  • Facial recognition
  • Queue monitoring
  • Queuing data maximises operational efficiency at a store. It can track efficiency improvements and support evidence for possible improvements.

    – HIKVISION UK & IRELAND 2018

     

    How can Heat Mapping benefit you?

    • Retailers can evaluate how consumers use the shop floor
    • It illustrates popular areas and patterns, in order to tailor layout and promotions for better impact
    • Gives an insight to busier areas so retailers can place staff and products in those areas to drive more sales
    • Multi-site retailers can use data to compare stores and duplicate successful sales strategies
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      How can facial recognition help your business?

      • It is linked to a powerful software that when installed vastly reduces shoplifting and abusive behaviour towards staff.
      • It has the ability to quickly identify individuals on the software and create instant alerts
      • It can be shared with other data base users and send alerts if they enter the premise to prevent crime before it takes place

      Facewatch state: facial recognition for retail is proven to reduce theft in your business by at least 35% in the first year. It’s time to self-help

       

      Save money on security system maintenance by combining existing contracts with ClearView’s Synergy Package:

      • CCTV
      • ANPR
      • Intruder Alarm
      • Access Control
      • Fire Systems
      • Emergency Lighting

       

      If you are interested in our CCTV systems, please call 01245 214104
      or enquiries@clearviewcommunications.com


ClearView decided to give back to our community this Christmas by helping a local charity that would benefit from our electronic security expertise.  It was decided by our staff that we would look to carryout a security installation for free in Chelmsford.

We found it an impossible decision to choose and agree upon a local charity. We thought it would be best to contact Essex Police and ask for their advice and recommendations of which charities in Chelmsford would be most benefit from a new security system.

Essex Police kindly pointed us in the direction of the Public Protection Manager for Chelmsford city council. We were then informed that there is a worthy charity for the homeless, vulnerable and isolated in our city of Chelmsford. The charity is called Sanctus and they were in the process of opening up their new community hub. This provided a great opportunity to install a new security system before the launch date so that the equipment would be in place for Christmas.

Introduction to Sanctus

Sanctus are a registered charity based in Chelmsford, Essex that offer homeless and vulnerable individuals the sustenance, support and guidance needed to enrich their future. Sanctus is highly important to the local community as it offers a lifeline for the vulnerable and homeless in our city by providing shelter from the cold and loneliness, a safe warm space to eat and be around others.

The new Sanctus hub

The Sanctus Hub expands the charities opportunities, with the purpose to expand and enhance the add on services they offer to their vulnerable service users. Not only will they be able to feed the Homeless and vulnerable but also offer them additional services in order to help get them off the streets. The services include various counselling and the access to the internet in order to create CVs and find opportunities for work.

“This is a fantastic charity that really makes difference for the vulnerable people it serves.” (Michael Vincent, Managing Director ClearView Communications Ltd).

Our process

Firstly, we carried out a site security survey to ascertain the current security status and the security risks of the site. The survey visit was hosted by Emma Goldie who is the Trustee and Founder of Sanctus. ClearView identified that Sanctus would benefit from an upgraded CCTV, Intruder and Hold Up Alarm System. This information was collated, and the system was subsequently designed based on the security risk assessment of the site.

The installation was completed as quickly as possible to ensure minimum disruption at the site. Post installation completion, training was carried out for Sanctus staff to ensure that they understood how to operate the security equipment.

Installation Security Benefits

The newly installed 13 camera CCTV system now enables Sanctus to easily extract CCTV footage as required and the Hold Up Alarm system provides increased security for the Sanctus staff in the event of an incident.

“Thanks so much and please thank Michael. The team have been amazing, supportive, considerate and professional.” (Emma Goldie, Trustee and Founder of Sanctus).

Sanctus Charity Chelmsford, Essex

Burglary

Are you shut down for Christmas? Is your business safe?

Although for many Christmas brings joy and booming business, it doesn’t stop burglars from actively scouting for unattended companies full of valuable items and products which are prime targets during the holiday season.

Damage and losses to your premises caused by burglary or theft can leave you feeling vulnerable and suffering a huge financial burden. Your business is your livelihood and therefore ensuring your premises’ is protected can save you time and money in the long run. After all, prevention is always better than cure.

Did you know 75% of burglaries happen whilst a building is unoccupied with figures showing the typical burglary costs a business around £4000?

To avoid being targeted and falling victim to a break in that could ruin the festive season, ClearView have a few top tips to ensure the safety of your company this Christmas:

Keep your staff vigilant of any suspicious behaviour – Encourage your staff to discuss their concerns regarding the security of your premises and explain the importance of keeping an eye out for any suspicious behaviour of people or vehicles in and around your premises.

Who holds keys to your premises? – Ensure that only trusted and nominated members of staff hold keys to your workplace. Check regularly that no keys are missing – if they are then immediately change your locks.

Build yourself a safer community – Reach out to your local crime prevention officers and neighbours. They may know of any previous criminal activities that have occurred in the area so you can take steps to maximise security for your premises. Getting to know your neighbours can ensure a safer community for all.

Make sure people know your business is protected – Posting signage around your premises to advertise that your building is being monitored will make opportunists think twice.

Remove the target – We all know that valuable objects should be kept out of sight. But it is easy to forget and leave items on view through windows. Ensure your valuables are locked or hidden away – burglars are less likely to break in if they are unsure of what the payoff will be.

Security lighting to cover your premises – With 75% of burglaries happening in the evenings, security lighting is an effective means of deterring criminals. When positioned strategically it can cover a wide area and put off burglars before or during the act of a crime.

Get a visual of any potential intruder – Cameras need to be installed in the best place to gain clear images of any potential intruders. Make sure your camera lenses are clean and your CCTV is well positioned.

Real time notification of potential intrusion – Investing in remote monitoring means you know what’s happening to your business even when you’re not there. Once an intruder is detected, the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) will contact and notify your nominated key holder or the appropriate emergency service.

Upgrade your first line of defence – The installation or upgrading of the security gates or fencing around your premises acts as a significant deterrent against intruders – and may even lower your annual insurance bill.

Not sure if your business is protected from burglary? Then just ask! – Our expert advisers are on hand to ensure you, your staff and premises are safe. We can carry out a free site survey to highlight any risks and review your security. Just call 01245 214104.

Man in suit holds image of padlock

ClearView has been awarded on to the ESPO Security and Surveillance Framework (Eastern Shires Procurement Organisation). This ESPO framework provides public authorities, complete access to a range of security and surveillance solutions including: public and private space CCTV, access control, intruder detection and ANPR.

The framework can be utilised by clients via a direct call-off with their preferred supplier (any supplier listed on the framework), or they can run a competition exercise amongst all suppliers that are capable of meeting your requirement.

What is included within the framework?

Within each Lot, there is a group of approved suppliers, ready to provide quotes and carry out installations for you! In total, there are eight Lots within the framework:

  • Lot 1 – Public Space Surveillance Systems.
  • Lot 2 – Private Space Surveillance Systems.
  • Lot 3 – Access Control Systems.
  • Lot 4 – Intruder Detection Systems.
  • Lot 5 – Integrated Security Solutions
  • Lot 6 – Independent Security Consultancy Services
  • Lot 7 – Body Worn Video (BWV) Cameras
  • Lot 8 – Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Cameras

ClearView has been awarded a place on to Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8.

What are the benefits?

The framework is available for use nationally by any public body in the UK including:

  • Schools & Academies
  • Local Authority Establishments
  • Police & Emergency Services
  • NHS & HSC Bodies
  • Central Government Departments & their agencies
  • Registered Charities

This is an ideal framework as it gives the client immediate confidence that the suppliers have already been vetted to a high standard. In order to be awarded on to the framework as an approved supplier, ClearView had to provide extensive evidence that we operate safely, have the correct insurance levels, can demonstrate previous evidence and technical knowledge and can carry out projects and maintenance to a high standard.

Who are ESPO?

ESPO is a public sector owned professional buying organisation, specialising in providing a wide range of goods and services to the public sector for over 35 years. ESPO offers a comprehensive, one-stop shop solution of over 25,000 catalogue products, 120 frameworks and bespoke procurement services, all with free support and advice available from our expert teams.

For more information about ESPO and this particular framework, please give us a call on 01245 214104

Desk with "Standards" text imposed above it

ISO 45001 is the kid on the block, having only been introduced earlier this year. With almost seventy countries involved in its development, the new accreditation is still a rare sight.

 

ISO 45001 replaces OHSAS 18001, the existing safety management system for Occupational Health and Safety. However, OHSAS 18001 will remain valid for another three years, prompting many organisations to ask: Why rush? Is there a need for ISO 45001 accreditation in the current year?

 

There’s no doubting that OHSAS 18001 has saved countless lives in the workplace – however, even with its widespread implementation, more than two million people still die each year as a result of work-related activities. And there’s more: calculations by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) show that there are an additional 374 million non-fatal work-related illnesses and injuries every year.

 

ISO 45001 takes many cues from OHSAS 18001, with many similar requirements, but businesses who have opted into acquiring the accreditation early have discovered that at its heart, it is a very different animal. Taking a more proactive approach than the largely reactive OHSAS 18001, ISO 45001’s crowning achievement is the holistic model of OH&S it fosters in its implementation.

 

Designed to encourage a culture of safety in the workplace, ISO 45001 gives employees a bigger stake in the accreditation by requiring managers and employees to work together in order to implement the Safety Management Plan. Also necessary is training and education for employees to recognise risks, along with a requirement to share risk assessments with the workforce, with employee input encouraged.

 

It takes a village to raise a child, so the saying goes. And with ISO 45001, it seems it takes a workplace to achieve an accreditation.

 

A workplace-wide culture of safety will be, for some managers, the only reason they need to begin the process of becoming ISO 45001-accredited. For many managers, a workplace where each individual employee is aware of the risks and hazards and plays an active part in preventing them is a dream come true. There are other benefits too, with ISO 45001 being far more easily integrated into other ISO standards thanks to its AnnexSL structure.

 

The process of becoming ISO 45001-accredited was more than an afternoon’s work for us at ClearView Communications. To achieve the standards necessary and secure our place in the top 3% of security companies who are ISO 45001-accredited we gave our OH&S procedures a complete revamp, bringing them up to date with the new standards required by ISO 45001. But just updating procedures is not enough – ISO 45001 works by ensuring continuous improvement, with thorough analysis and testing after any OH&S incident to identify the root cause, then eliminate it.

 

Achieving ISO 45001 required a change in how we think about safety in the workplace – but one that has already proven fruitful, with the changes we made to prepare for ISO 45001 also helping us secure the Constructionline Gold accreditation along the way. With its holistic approach to OH&S and constantly evolving systems, we think the future of OH&S has finally arrived with ISO 45001.

Underground car park with cars leaving

 Having been awarded several new contracts for car parks with demanding requirements, ClearView is rising to meet the challenge with our innovative GateREG system.

Rising to Meet New Challenges

 GateREG, which operates with DoorNet access control software, is a flexible but powerful system with the ability to precisely log all approaching vehicles. An intelligent “white list” system allows it to open barriers for all registered and approved vehicles, while a high-resolution ANPR camera monitors multiple traffic lanes and logs each vehicle on the system’s database. GateREG’s powerful cameras utilise variable intensity IR-lamps, fast-shutter and remote zoom lens control to guarantee high-quality images at night and even at high speeds of up to 100mph.

 The system can also activate barriers, sound alarms and send text messages or emails. The system’s easy-to-use management options organise data into easily read tables and charts showing blacklisted vehicles, journey times, car park occupancy, returning vehicles and average stay times.

 One particular innovative solution offered by ClearView’s GateREG system is the ability to use LED message signs directing vehicles to specific car parks, as well as showing free car park spaces and messages indicating the car park is full. With this intelligent messaging solution, car parks are able to offer a more user-friendly experience to visitors. The GateREG system also allows visitors to check whether the car park is full via the internet, encouraging visitor loyalty.

 From powerful access control to precise data management, ClearView continues to meet the new challenges of the parking industry. Get in touch with us to find out how we can meet your parking requirements.

Underground car park with car in foreground

ClearView’s powerful Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) solutions have undergone an innovative new evolution to include vehicle classification in our range of services and access control software.

Control, Monitor and Log Vehicles

 A cost-effective way to protect the security of a company’s premises, our ANPR solutions give businesses the ability to control, monitor and log the access of every vehicle entering the site. Reliably reading license plates at up to speeds of 100 mph, ClearView’s ANPR solutions are a convenient and precise way to protect the security of your people and premises.

 With the addition of state-of-the-art new evolutions to our software, ClearView’s ANPR solutions now give users the power to precisely identify the vehicle’s registration number (VRN), along with its brand and colour. This data can then be overlaid on to an image of the vehicle, taken by our software, for accurate data-logging and tracking.

Find out more about the innovative GateREG access control software and learn how ClearView can support you with your access control needs.

Man in car with hand on the wheel

As technology’s progress marches on, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) evolves. Originally invented in the seventies, ANPR systems look very different today from their origins at the UK’s Police Scientific Development Branch. Once a costly system accessible only to the most wealthy businesses and governmental departments, in recent years ANPR systems have become a more cost-efficient solution.

More Accessible Than Ever

However, these lowered prices have not made ANPR systems a less powerful or effective method of access control and intruder prevention. Today, ANPR systems are more powerful than ever, with ClearView’s GateREG Visitor Management System standing out from the crowd for its precision, reliability, and versatility.

Used by car parks, waste sites, and premises in the commercial, education and police sectors, GateREG works by intelligently monitoring approaching vehicles, identifying their license plate number, vehicle brand and vehicle colour.

With ClearView taking on new contracts thanks to GateREG’s innovative features – such as LED messaging and precise data-tracking – we’re pleased to be part of ANPR’s evolution. Get in touch with us to find out how GateREG can meet your access control needs.

Fire risk assessment manager checking extinguisher

Commercial Fire Risk Assessments – Only £249!

Take advantage of our summer offer! We’ll carry out a one day fire risk assessment for your business – only £249.

On top of this, if you entrust us to take care of your annual fire maintenance programme – We’ll refund you the cost of the survey, in full!

Why do I need a fire risk assessment for my business?

If your business employees 5 or more employee’s, you must have a written fire risk assessment. This is documented under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Your fire risk assessment will show you how much risk there is to your business, your staff and your property. It will also show you what measures to put in place to minimise the risk of fire.

What will I receive as part of the fire risk assessment package?

As part of the package, you’ll receive a fire risk assessment that covers the following nine categories:

  1. Fire Safety administration
  2. Firefighting facilities
  3. Identifying fire hazards
  4. Fire routine and test procedure
  5. Means of escape
  6. Review Procedures
  7. Staff/people at risk
  8. Arson prevention check list
  9. Fire warning facilities
  10. Fire risk assessment report

Your business will also receive:

  • A document highlighting our recommendations to ensure minimise the risk of fire
  • A custom 65 page fire logbook which enable the building manager to keep a current record of all fire safety related information

Call 01245 214104 today to book your fire risk assessment or email enquiries@clearview-communications.com

ClearView employees after a charity run

Running for HOP – Race 4 Business 2018!

Last night, ClearView took part in the 20th anniversary of the annual Race 4 Business, hosted by Birketts Solicitors.

This year, ClearView have raised £360 so far for this year’s chosen charity.

For the event’s 20th anniversary, all proceeds will be going towards a new vehicle for Farleigh’s Hospice Outreach Project (HOP). This will allow them to continue having a mobile unit which provides a flexible and accessible range of services within the heart of the community.

The total amount raised between all the partaking businesses has not been announced but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out!

There’s still time to contribute to Farleigh’s fundraiser for their new vehicle – you can donate here!

Race 4 Business 2018 Team Photo

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Intelligent access control solutions – New technology demo at IFSEC 2018

ClearView will be demonstrating the new range of ABIT access control IP door controllers on Stand B556 at IFSEC, 19-21 June 2018.

Using the latest in electronic processing and networking technology, It is one of the most cost effective systems on the market. Three controller models are available for managing 2, 4 and 8 doors (ACX-12, ACX-24 and ACX48).  Each has an in-built web-server for remote network management.  Firmware upgrades can also be deployed remotely.

The controllers work with different types of access control systems including:

  • PIN code access
  • Proximity card access
  • Biometric readers
  • ANPR cameras
  • RFID (Radio-frequency identification)

Manage all your access control systems at once

The software can manage people and vehicles on a single platform.  They also offer sophisticated visitor management and badge production facilities.

Visiting IFSEC?

Are you attending IFSEC 2018? Call 01245 214104 to book in a demonstration of ABIT access control. We look forward to discussing how we can meet your security requirements with the innovative access control, ANPR and visitor management systems on demonstration at IFSEC.

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Your access control system collects, records and processes large amounts of personal data. Some of this may be critical and sensitive. For example, the cardholder’s (data subject’s) name, employee number, PIN code, photo ID and CCTV footage.

Access control systems also record cardholders’ movements.  From this data, you can monitor a person’s behaviour.  Cardholders are often unaware of the personal data captured by access control systems, how long it’s stored, whether it’s stored securely and where and to whom it’s been distributed.

Protecting the cardholders (data subject’s) personal data 

Access control systems are normally considered as securing a building. The protection of cardholders’ personal data is often overlooked – and can easily be violated. For example, a system administrator is often able to view the access control transactions of all cardholders. This right can be abused by browsing the information for non-security-related purposes. Under GDPR, this would be classed as a “data breach”.

In the new GDPR world, it’s important to consider the security of the cardholder – as well as the building.  A well designed system can achieve both.

How to ensure your access control is GDPR compliant

There needs to be an increased focus on data protection and data security to meet GDPR.  This should be considered from the design phase – particularly with respect to accessing, rectifying and erasing data.

The following aspects should be considered when deploying an access control system:

  1. Purpose for identifying cardholders
  2. Type of data – and who has access to it
  3. Method of data entry (manual or automatic)
  4. Storage location and retention period
  5. Sharing data with third parties

ClearView can support you ensuring that your access control system is GDPR compliant.  Visit us at IFSEC 2018 (Stand B556) at the Excel Centre, 19-21 June to discuss how we can help – and see our GDPR compliant access control, ANPR and visitor management systems in action.

Fire on a black background

Fire Safety in the Workplace

One of the biggest threats to your staff and to your business is fire. As an employer you need to focus on two things:

  1. Minimising the risk of a fire breaking out – remember prevention is the best cure
  2. Ensuring that there is a clear and efficient procedure in place, should a fire occur

Who is responsible for fire safety in the workplace?

Let’s keep this simple,

The person responsible for fire safety is the employer, or the person who has control of the premises.

It is common for there to be more than one responsible person and this role may be shared between the employer AND the person who owns the building (landlord).

What do I need to do to comply with Fire Safety legislation?

 

Take note! As a business owner, landlord, occupier, you’ll need to:

    • Carry out a fire risk assessment and review this on a regular basis. It is not stipulated how often you must review it, but best practise is to carry out a review of your fire risk assessment at least once a year.
    • Put in place adequate fire safety measures and fire protection equipment
    • Ensure you have an emergency plan in place should a fire occur.
    • Provide your staff with the information and training they need to stay safe from fire.

What is a Fire Risk Assessment and why do I need one?

 

Carrying out fire risk assessments is a legal requirement. If you have 5+ employees then you must keep a written fire risk assessment on site.

(That’s not to say that just because you have under 5 employees you can neglect fire safety. You have a duty of care and promoting fire safety should be top of your list – regardless of employee count.)

Your Fire Risk Assessment is there to evaluate and protect your staff and business from fire risk. This includes:

    • Identifying the potential causes of fire within the premises
    • Identifying the people who will be at risk should a fire incident occur
    • Considering the emergency routes that will be used in the event of a fire
    • Assessing the suitability of your fire equipment, including: fire alarm systems, fire safety signs & fire extinguishers
    • Assessing the emergency fire evacuation plan
    • Ensuring that the needs of vulnerable people or those with disabilities are met

If you do not have an appropriate Fire Risk Assessment the penalty can be prosecution, with severe fines and, if extreme negligence is proven, prison terms.

How can ClearView help with my business’ fire safety?

 

As a business owner, we can help you meet your obligations in regard to fire safety.

Depending on the type of building and the business activities that are performed within it, you will need to implement the most appropriate fire detection equipment. ClearView can carry out fire risk assessments on your behalf to identify any potential risks that may potentially harm your business.

Following the fire risk assessment, we’ll show you what equipment you need to install and whereabouts it needs to go to keep your staff safe.

Call 01245 214104 to speak to a member of our sales team today!

Information on workplace fire safety has come from The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – view the complete legislation document here

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Race4Business 2018

ClearView will once again be entering a team in the Birketts’ Race4Business, in support of Farleigh Hospice.

This year is the race’s 20th Anniversary so the staff at ClearView are delighted to be supporting a worthy cause on 21st June 2018.

The 3 ½ mile course starts in Chelmsford City Centre and finishes at Birketts’ offices.  ClearView have entered a team of around 20 runners every year for the past 15 years.

Farleigh Hospice’s Target – £20k for a new hospice vehicle

This year Race4Business is supporting Farleigh Hospice to raise money for a new HOP (Hospice Outreach Project) vehicle. This vehicle will travel through the local Essex community and provide invaluable information to the public about Farleigh hospice’s services.

“In 2016 we had to retire our HOP vehicle, due to mechanical defects and, as a result, there has been a sharp decline in the information available to the local community- particularly in remote areas of mid Essex.”

Farleigh Hospice have been providing free care and support for over 35 years to individuals and families going through life-limiting illnesses.

To fund their new vehicle, Farleigh are aiming to hit their target of £20k. Download your sponsorship form and set up a Just Giving Page today!

Now recruiting Business Development Managers

Business Development Manager £54-58k OTE

ClearView Communications are currently looking for a field based Business Development Manager to join our growing sales workforce. You’ll be responsible for developing client relationships and providing bespoke security advice to both our new and existing clients.

Reporting to the UK Group Sales Director, the Business Development Manager’s role is responsible for profitability and developing the company’s installations and service & maintenance contracts within a defined geographical location (Southeast London & Kent), as well as being allocated to one or two discreet verticals (Construction/M&E Contractors).

The systems we provide include: CCTV, intruder alarm, access control, ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition), fire safety and more.

Download the full job description – Business Development Manager – JD 2018

Main duties & key responsibilities:

  • Collaborate directly within the existing sales and marketing team
  • Primarily develop sales of new service contracts (and cross and up-selling)
  • Develop sales of security systems installations
  • Conduct site surveys to assess customer needs
  • Presentation of proposals to customers
  • Account management
  • Establish and maintain excellent customer relations
  • Prepare and implement weekly and monthly sales forecast
  • Achieve and exceed set KPI targets for appointments, quotes and sales
  • Maintain up-to-date sales forecast records via the company’s CRM system
  • Stakeholder management.

ClearView Communications is based in Chelmsford, Essex and operates within London and the home counties. We work with and advise a wide range of markets. These include, the commercial, public sector, construction, marine and heritage sites.

Interested in applying? 

To apply for this position, please send your CV to hr@clearview-communications.com

 

CCTV is increasingly being put to use on ships for the protection of vessels, cargo and crew. The technology is used for security, anti-piracy, health and safety – monitoring decks, engine rooms and control rooms. ClearView have installed hundreds of their specialist marine cameras on ships around the world.

An example of the innovative use of CCTV was a recent installation on-board a 274m long Greek crude oil tanker.

The requirement was for monitoring the main deck, bridge and internal circulation areas. Since the cargo is crude oil, the main deck is a hazardous area where concentrations of flammable gases may occur. To safeguard these areas, ClearView installed 2-megapixel IP68 explosion proof cameras and infra-red illuminators. These devices meet ATEX and IEC Ex standards (namely ATEX certification II 2 G Ex d IIC T6).

In marine environments, the presence of a corrosive atmosphere can cause rapid deterioration and a premature replacement of the camera and lens if not properly protected. ClearView’s marine cameras are therefore constructed entirely from AISI316L stainless steel.

Monitoring of the deck was required day and night. ATEX and IEC Ex approved infra-red illuminators were used (certified for Zone 1 and Zone 2 applications). Complete illumination of the deck was achieved using lamps capable of illuminating distances up to 250m.

In addition to routine surveillance, the client required still images from key cameras to be sent to specific email accounts on demand, and at timed intervals throughout the day. ClearView achieved this using their Maritime Surveillance Platform which allows authorised users to request images from cameras at specific times.

Laser Watch CCTV motion detection cameras

IP networked devices are the norm in CCTV and access control.  However, ClearView now introduce a range of BS8418-compliant IP motion detectors for intruder monitoring.

What is BS8418?

BSIA have outlined the benefits of installing a BS8418 system.

The system will provide you with:

  • A level one response from the police or other responding authority
  • A benchmark level of security that could reduce your insurance liability
  • A reduced risk of theft and vandalism

Some of the reasons you may be looking for a BS 8418 system could include:

  • To protect staff during the day and goods during the night.
  • Most BS 8418 systems are purchased to protect expensive goods which are stored outside. These may include, for example: cars, lorries, trailers, or building products.

The IP devices provide both volumetric and long-range narrow field-of-view sensing, plus remote programming of all functions including beam detection, lux level trigger, sensitivity and coverage settings.  This allows quick on-line access over a user-friendly web interface.  They boast an exceptional resistance to false #alarms.

Communication is over your internet connection (over IP), with Power over Ethernet. This allows a single cable to provide both the data connection and the electric power.

Detect intruders from 500m away

The most powerful sensor in the range can detect objects and humans up to 500 metres away – without the need for lights, reflectors or separate transmitters and receivers.  This particular device is therefore ideal for monitoring very large detection areas.

For more information or a demonstration of these new IP detectors, please get in touch by calling us on 01245 214104

image of car park with three cars in it

With the recent dramatic fall in price of reliable ANPR systems, many more car parks are using the technology to manage access.

ClearView have recently been awarded several contracts for car parks with demanding requirements satisfied by their GateREG system including:

ANPR LED Message Boards – Welcome!

ClearView can provide LED message signs directing vehicles to specific car parks and showing free ANPR LED Message Boardcar park spaces and car park full messages. The signs can display the number of available spaces relevant to the particular driver’s group allocation.

VIP Access

Facility to allow particular “VIP” cars access to the car park – even if the car park is deemed full for other vehicles.

View your car park remotely

Ability for users to view the car park status remotely over the internet to see current car park usage.

GateREG is a flexible system with the ability to log all vehicles approaching the car park and open the barrier for registered “white list” vehicles. A single high resolution ANPR camera can monitor multiple traffic lanes and log each vehicle on the system’s database.

GateREG ANPR cameras incorporate variable intensity IR-lamps, fast-shutter and remote zoom lens control to ensure optimal images are captured – even at high speed – with overview picture and speed detection options.

The system can activate a vehicle barrier, sound an alarm, send a text message or email and display vehicle data on an LED sign. Tables and charts can be created to show management data including black list vehicles, journey times, car park occupancy, returning vehicles and average stay time.

GateREG can be easily interfaced to external databases (e.g. parking payment machines, access control and weighbridge systems). Format compatibility includes SQL, Oracle, Excel and CSV files. A Wiegand output is also available for access control systems.

Our team at ClearView will be happy to discuss your particular ANPR requirements to help create a solution to meet your parking needs. Call 01245 214104 today!

How To Ensure Your CCTV System Is GDPR Compliant

With all the talk of the new The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) beginning to strike fear into the hearts of companies throughout the UK, you might be wondering what differences this legislation presents to the previous Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Code of Practice (2017) that it replaces.

What is the GDPR?

The GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018. It has been developed to replace the legislation within the Data Protection Act 1998, which, with the evolution of digital technology in recent years, is now considered to be out of date. In an age where internet giants such as Google and Facebook often swap access to their services for personal information, the GDPR is designed to give people more say over what companies can do with their data.

If companies fail to update their data protection procedures and do not comply with the regulations once they have come into force, they can be fined up to 4% of their annual turnover.

The good news is that, in terms of the security sector, the primary requirements of the GDPR are broadly similar in nature to the previous Act, which has governed the use of CCTV up to now.

Steps you need to take in order to comply with the GDPR

  1. Justify the reasons for using CCTV – and document them
  2. Inform people that cameras are being used. Display signage which identifies who’s managing the cameras and how to contact them
  3. State the duration for which recordings are held, and justify why this needs to be the case for security purposes
  4. Be able to provide people who have been recorded with copies of their personal data
  5. Ensure that third parties with access to your CCTV data understand their obligations in relation to GDPR

These third parties include the CCTV installer, who may also be monitoring the cameras on behalf of clients. In this case, the security company is regarded as the “data processor” and is working for the client, who is the “data controller”. As such, the security company will need to have robust measures in place to prevent unauthorised access, alteration, destruction or disclosure of the CCTV data.

This includes an obligation to ensure the transmission network is secure. Recordings will also need to be electronically encrypted, physically locked and tracked by a signing process if removed.

It’s clearly important that users and installers of CCTV operate in accordance with the law, ensuring that people are treated fairly, and neither operators nor installers are open to prosecution or fines.

If you have any doubts about your GDPR compliance, please contact ClearView on 01245 214104. We’ll be happy to help.

 

Drone with camera just outside a barbed wire fence

Ministry of Justice
– cracking down on drones delivering contraband to UK prisons

 

In 2015, nearly 17,000 mobile phones and SIM cards were found smuggled in to prisons. An increase from only 7,000 in 2014. The Ministry of Justice are facing new security challenges, whereby contraband items, such as phones, SIM cards and weapons are now being dropped in to prisons via drones.

Because of this, the Ministry Of Justice are urging technology companies to design a solution which will combat this problem.

Recent advances in drone technology have presented a greater increase over the last year in the number of reported drone incidents. The use of drones as a means of smuggling items in to prisons is still not as common as people throwing items over the prison’s walls. However, there is potential for drones to cause great harm, both to prisoners and the prison staff, which is why the Ministry Of Justice are keen to proactively combat this threat.

Increased prison security against drones – what’s the plan?

 

The MoJ have commissioned a new project, in collaboration with industry and other government agencies, to find ways of detecting and blocking drones at a number of prison sites.

Within a white paper entitled “Prison Safety & Reform” the MoJ have pledged to:

  • Trial a new setup, whereby the majority of drones will already be pre-programmed to avoid any prison location coordinates.
  • Work with other government agencies to trial detection equipment. This will assess products from several dozen companies and any promising technology will be piloted.
  • Work across government and with the manufacturers to look at technological legislative means to reduce the threat

View a copy of the white paper “Prison Safety & Reform”

How Artifical Intelligence is improving video surveillance technology

Deep learning is a subset of Artificial Intelligence. Deep learning gives machines the ability to process data in the same way as the human brain. By using deep learning, machines can begin to predict patterns and behaviours using information it has learnt previously. This creates a machine which can essentially, think for itself and learn by example.

Arthur Samuel defined machine learning as a “field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.”

How is deep learning being used with CCTV & Surveillance?

HikVision showcased their latest deep learning CCTV technologies at the China Public Security Expo 2017. Deep learning is hugely valuable to the field of security as it provides benefits to applications such as facial recognition, people counting and detecting vehicles. This will create a change in CCTV surveillance security where incidents can be detected and then dealt with in real time. Therefore, instead of going back through old footage to pin point a particular incident or individual, the CCTV will detect the individual whilst it is recording live.

But does it work? – The test

Can you evade the Chinese authorities? After passing a photo of BBC reporter John Sudworth to the Chinese authorities, it took them just seven minutes to locate and apprehend him.

Watch what happened here

“DeepInView” CCTV camera & “DeepInMind” Recorders

The DeepInView and DeepInMind CCTV surveillance products were announced by HikVision in one of their corporate press releases. The equipment is able to carry out functions such as: object detection, facial recognition, people counting and vehicle management.

“DeepInView”

DeepInView is the name given to the technologically advanced CCTV camera. This high tech CCTV camera features a panoramic lens on the top and a PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) lens at the bottom.

According to the press release, this is the world’s first ever smart outdoor dual sensor “Deep Learning” camera.

The DeepInView Camera can:

  • Accurately detect, recognise and analyse human and vehicle ranging up to 40 meters with an accuracy level of around 99%
  • Integrated with the Movidus Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit (VPU) – This is a type of processor that uses parallel cores to run algorithms like object detection and facial recognition
  • Capture sharp images of objects both in distant and close up. Resolution is 1920 x 1080 resolution

“DeepInMind”

DeepInMind is the name given to the Network Video Recorder (NVR) that works alongside the DeepInView CCTV camera. The NVR is the first to benefit from deep learning. Whilst the camera acts as the eyes, the NVR represents the analytic and storage capabilities of the brain.

Previously, it would have taken 1,000 devices with 16,000 CPUs (Central Processing Unit) to simulate a neural network. Now this can be achieved with just a few GPUs (Graphics Processing Unit). HikVision have also worked to reduces transmission bandwidth and data storage capacity requirements. This means, no loss of quality even though the data being shared is exponentially higher.Hikvision DeepinView

Hikvision Logo

It has been announced that Hikvision, once again, have achieved the highest global ranking in the “Security 50 Ranking and Reports 2017”.

Hikvision specialises in video surveillance technology, designing a full range of CCTV products such as CCTV cameras, Network Video Recorders (NVR) and Digital Video Recorders (DVR). In 2017 it was reported that Hikvision saw a 29.2% increase in revenue in 2016.

The list is compiled by the A&S editorial team who collect financial data from all major security manufacturers. This is to find out, either, who has the largest global market share or the highest product shipment to global partners.

Hikvision holds the top spot – #1 manufacturer in video surveillance products and CCTV solutions

Determined to continue leading the way in surveillance solutions. It was also announced in 2017 that plans are underway to establish a research and development centre in Montreal and a research institute in Silicon Valley in California.

These two investments will research into innovative, cutting edge technology for security surveillance solutions. Whilst Montreal’s facilitiy will focus on engineering development, the institute in Silicon Valley will undertake research on a much broader scale.

This marks the first time Hikvision has opened facilities which are outside of China and is part of Hikvision’s strategy to advance its local support and service in regions outside of China.

New Intelligent Video Surveillance Technology – “DeepinView” CCTV cameras & “DeepinMind” NVRs

More recently, Hikvision have spearheaded a development in intelligent cameras. These cameras are part of the “Deep Learning” range.

We’ll be telling you about this range of intelligent CCTV cameras and NVRs later in the week so look out for a blog update on “Deepinview” and “Deepinmind”

In reference to the new range of CCTV cameras, Keen Yao, Vice President of Hikvision International Business Centre has said: 

“We’re committing great energy to drive new technology-based solutions, illustrated by the recent introduction of Hikvision’s Deep Learning “DeepinView” cameras and “DeepinMind” NVRs. AI is not just hype any longer, it is a reality. This advanced intelligent technology has been proven out in the field, where Hikvision has installed it successfully to deliver many practical security, management and safety benefits in many applications across the globe, including in Public Safety, Traffic, Retail business and more,” 

“The achievement is also attributed to our relentless product research and development, and above all, thanks to the support of our customers and valued partners. Partnership is essential to the Hikvision business. In the coming years, we will present more innovative partner solutions to the market to create a safer and more secure world.”

“We always believe that there are superior ways to perceive our world. We shift angles to get the whole picture. We invent instruments to see further and in more detail. We record what we see to discover the reasons behind appearances. To see, to understand, and to respond. This is how we break new ground” – Hikvision promotional video

How do ClearView work with Hikvision?

Whilst Hikvision manufacturer and supply all types of CCTV products and video surveillance, you’ll need a company to design and install a system which meets all of your security requirements. E.g what cameras you need and where the cameras need to be placed in order to gain maximum coverage of your premises.

ClearView work with a wide range of different CCTV suppliers and manufacturers to ensure that we are providing the most efficient and cost effective products for your bespoke CCTV requirement.

We have a CCTV solution for every client’s needs. To design you the most efficient system, we will:

  1. Carry out a full audit of your site, taking in to consideration what you already have in place.
  2. Understand from you, what you would like to achieve with your new CCTV system.
  3. Take your requirements to our designers, so we can put together the most efficient and cost effective solution.
  4. Email or present in person to you, a bespoke quote which meets your exact needs.

Are you looking for a new CCTV system but not sure what you need? Call us today on 01245 214104, book your free survey or email us at enquiries@clearview-communications.com

Major security flaws have been found within nearly all computer & smartphone CPUs (Central Processing Units). These flaws, nicknamed “Meltdown” & “Spectre” can potentially allow personal and confidential stored data deep inside computer systems to be exposed.

These security flaws have sent waves across the tech community as well as causing a rift between major corporations such as Apple & Intel. It has been released that Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich was made aware of the chip vulnerability by a team of Google experts in 2017 before they proceeded to sell over $20 million dollars of their stock.

It has been stated that Intel made no attempt to warn companies such as Apple, Microsoft & Linux that there was a fundamental flaw in a key component of their products. This has left companies like Microsoft scrambling to put emergency updates together to help the situation.

“Meltdown” & “Spectre” – The differences

Meltdown takes advantage of the flaw in the computer processor to allow hackers access to information at kernel* level. This is the protected, very central module of an operating system which holds critical information such as: photos, passwords, documents and other sensitive data. Meltdown provides a passage for potential hackers to access your computer’s core memory and information.

Spectre is different and considered more devastating than Meltdown. This is because, unlike Meltdown, Spectre cannot be alleviated by any software updates or patches. The problem is deeply rooted within the design of the processor that not only affects Intel CPUs but also ARM, AMD and other chip manufacturers. According to some experts to fix the issue, it may be that the chip has to be completely redesigned.

Who’s affected?

The short answer? Pretty much everyone

The security vulnerabilities are found in “Intel” “AMD” and “ARM” computer processors which means that nearly all PC’s, tablets, smart phones and laptops are vulnerable – regardless of manufacturer or operating systems.

How do I protect myself?

Companies such as Microsoft and Linux are working on security updates and patches, known as KPTI (Kernel Page Table Isolation) or, among the more jovial of you, The KAISER Update (Kernel Address Isolation to have Side-channels Efficiently Removed).

If you are looking for solutions to alleviate the problems, see our 3 steps below. However, this is only to alleviate the Meltdown flaw. As stated earlier, the Spectre flaw will be much more difficult to overcome.

  1. Update your web browser to the latest version
  2. Ensure that KB4056892 is installed on your Windows 10 PC
  3. Consult your PC’s OEM website for support information and apply any critical firmware updates as soon as possible

if you want to know more on how your device has been affected, the following advice has been referenced from CNET‘s recent “How To” article.

Windows PC

This is the tricky one. Microsoft have created an emergency security update to help alleviate the flaw. However, if you are running a third-party anti-virus software, there’s a possibility that you have not seen the patch yet.

The best advice? Ensure your computer is running the latest Windows 10 updates along with any updates from your PC manufacturer, such as Dell or Lenovo.

Android Phone Users:

New security updates for your android phone will be available soon – Jan 5th 2018 to be exact.

For the users of the Google branded phones (such as the Nexus), you’ll need to wait until your phone automatically downloads the new update.

In more general terms, the speed you will receive the security patch is dependent on who manufactured your phone, or who your cellular carrier is.

Web Browsers

Microsoft, Google and Mozilla are all issuing patches for their browsers.

Firefox 57, Internet Explorer and Edge all include a security fix, as do the latest versions of Internet Explorer and Edge for Windows 10.

Google says it will roll out a fix with Chrome 64 which is due to be released on January 23rd.

Apple

Apple is yet to comment on the situation. But we’ll keep you updated.

Update (04/01/17) – Apple have implemented a partial fix for the issue with their macOS 10.13.2 and further fixes will be added to the upcoming 10.13.3 update.

The good news? 

Google claims that the following products are not affected: Google Home, Google Chromecast, WiFi, OnHub, Gmail, Google Apps & Services.

Meltdown & Spectre Security Flaws

Cyber crime on yellow tape, blue background

“There is no agenda more critical today than security” IFSEC

It is predicted that by 2019, cybercrime damages will cost 2 trillion annually. To put this in to context, that’s enough to buy tech giants Microsoft, Apple & e-commerce site Amazon. With a comfortable 165 billion left over in spare cash.

Whilst we witnessed a number of different security threats in 2017, the topic of cyber security and keeping our online data secure remains a growing concern.

As of the end of 2017, over half of the world’s population are now online (that’s over 3.5 billion of us). With more and more of us connecting and sharing information online through our smart phones, laptops and wearable tech, we are opening ourselves up to vulnerabilities if our data is not stored securely.

In the words of Steven Bucci “Unless we get cyber crime under control, it will mutate into a very real, very dangerous national security issue with potentially catastrophic ramifications”

So, what do you need to prepare for in 2018?

 

1. Is your company GDPR Compliant?

 

Do your employees know that there will be an update to the Data Protection Act in May 2018 where the EU General Data Protection Regulation will come into effect?

If your business processes data about individuals in the context of selling goods or services to citizens in other EU countries then you will need to comply with the GDPR.

The GDPR sets out a series of new guidelines for the storage and handing of data. This aims to give people more control over the use of their data, and provide new rights to move or delete personal data”.

Ensuring that your company meets the GDPR’s requirements is a great starting point for preparing for the year ahead. Not sure if you’re compliant or don’t know where to start? Take a look at the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) guide to preparing for GDPR

But what about Brexit?

Unfortunately for any of you who are thinking about it, the General Data Protection Regulation will still apply to UK companies who store EU data, irrespective of the UK leaving the EU. You can find out more on the official GDPR website

 

3. Prepare for Ransomware

 

“Ransomware attacks in 2017 have not lessened since 2016. Ransomware isn’t going anywhere, so protecting yourself is important”. – CNET
Ransomeware is a malicious software that infects your system by blocking access to your computer’s files until a sum of money has been paid to decrypt it. This means that without you paying the ransom, you can lose access to all your data instantly.

Preventing this kind of attack is difficult as there are multiple ways an intruder could infect your system. However, there are some good practices that can protect you in the event of such an attack.

How you can minimise risk:

  • Backup. Backup. Backup. If you keep a backup of your system, then in the event of a ransomware attack, you’ll be able to restore your system back to full health.
  • Ensure your firewalls are on and operating.
  • Train your colleagues or employees to be wary of attachments. If they aren’t sure what they are opening they shouldn’t be opening it.
  • Understand that paying the ransom does not always result in your files being returned.

The “WannaCry” ransomware which plagued the NHS computer network earlier in 2017, held files for ransom and charged around $300 worth of cryptocurrency to get them back.

What is surprising about this attack is that the ransomware was fairly unsophisticated. However, “WannaCry” managed to use vulnerabilities through specific computer’s which had not installed the update for their latest Windows operating system.

 

4. Update your software

 

Keeping your software up to date is always best practice when it comes to cyber security. More hacks and attacks are being developed every day and if you want to stay protected you need to keep up.

Companies, such as Microsoft, regularly provide updates for their software packages which you should install as soon as possible. These updates include critical security fixes for issues which have been discovered since the previous version.

Two months prior to the “WannaCry” ransomware attack, Microsoft had released a patch to protect their systems. If the NHS had carried out simple security measures, such as updating their software, there is a possibility the attack could have been avoided.

 

Business premises from crime

Around 20% of the crime committed in the UK is committed against businesses. Taking steps to limit your vulnerability can help to prevent your business suffering significant losses from crime. Here we explore how you can protect your business premises from crime.

Determine the risk

Before taking any other steps you should consider the weaknesses of your business premises. Consider how interlopers might get into the property and where the blind spots are. By identifying these you will be able to work to protect the weaknesses.

Intruder detection

One of the best things you can do to protect against crime at your premises is to install intruder detection systems that connect to integrated security systems. Identifying the presence of a criminal will allow you to call the police and there is a high chance that you’ll be able to catch them in the act. With security technology now linking into your phone, it is possible to determine the presence of a criminal in your property straight away.

Video surveillance

Connecting video surveillance into your security systems will act as an excellent deterrent to criminals. CCTV will greatly increase the possibility of identifying perpetrators and as a direct result, they are far less likely to attempt to break in in the first place. When installing CCTV it is important that you opt for HD cameras that will enable easy identification of the perpetrators as this may be the evidence that you need to rely on to get your equipment or stock back.

Regular checks

Carrying out regular checks on your stock, your equipment and also on the security of doors, windows and other entrances is an important part of maintaining a secure business. Failure to do so will open you up to theft from inside and to opportunistic crimes if an entrance is left open. To prevent crime occurring it is important to be organised and to regularly check your security systems for weakness.

Seek advice

Security and security systems may not be your forte and it is often sensible to seek security advice from people who know the business and know what steps to take in order to protect you from crime. Modern security equipment can create an incredibly secure work premises if utilised correctly and you can be informed of a problem within seconds. You can even set the equipment up so that you can see the intruders as they attempt to access your property from your mobile device. Seek advice now on how to secure your business and you’ll be able to rest assured that your premises is safe.

Get in touch today to see how ClearView can assist you in keeping your premises safe and secure.

Secure

Before you wind down for the holidays, make sure your business is secure.

Break-ins and other security incidents are more likely to occur during quiet business periods when your business is closed or on a minimal operation.

It’s also likely that you’ll have a more relaxed atmosphere in the run-up to the holidays. Christmas parties mean people let their guard down – and on-site thefts or incidents may increase as a result of this more ‘chilled out’ attitude.

The long, dark hours of winter make your business premises vulnerable, so here are some quick tips to help you protect your assets over Christmas:

Boost your lighting

Dark areas are prime targets for intruders on any business premises. Install security lighting to minimise dark areas.

You could have constant lighting in some high-footfall areas (such as close to a boundary) so that it doesn’t constantly click on and off. This can cause disturbance to neighbouring properties and any staff on-site.

A motion-activated light in lower traffic areas will save energy. It will also alert security staff to movement in the immediate area, providing an additional alert to potential problems.

Install CCTV in time for Christmas

Close monitoring of all areas of your business, and in particular your boundary perimeter, will reduce the risk to your property and your staff.

If you’re operating a minimal skeleton staff, it’s important to make sure they feel safe in their work environment. Being able to monitor the premises’ boundaries can help to reduce stress as employees can see any potential intruders in good time. They’ll be able to safely instigate security protocols before a major incident or break-in occurs.

ClearView can assist with CCTV instillation and monitoring to ensure your staff, visitors and property are protected 24/7.

Should anything happen to your business premises while your operations are closed down, CCTV recordings will help you to identify any perpetrators and more easily file a police complaint and insurance claim.

Manage access control with ease

Having secure barriers and gates is one way to reduce risk to your business over winter.

It’s important that the right people have access to each secure area. Before the holidays begin, install an access control system to help staff easily navigate relevant areas of the premises without compromising on security.
They won’t need to find the person with a key, either, which will speed up overall productivity.
If you are interested in upgrading your access control systems, book your free site survey with one of our professional security advisers.

Protecting your business over winter takes just a few simple steps, but it’s important to make sure any staff on-site are safe and that your assets are covered. Get in touch with ClearView today on 01245214104 or via our contact page to discuss your security needs.

ClearView's plans for expansion

ClearView are expanding and recruiting!

We want to share some exciting news with you. ClearView’s plans for expansion starts NOW and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Since ClearView’s inception in 1996, we have adapted and evolved to keep up to date with the latest technologies and the latest in security design.

We are now on a path to expand and recruit in order to grow our team and maintain our commitment of excellent customer service.

ClearView’s plans for expansion – Join our team!

ClearView’s plans for expansion include actively recruiting for a number of job roles.

Are you looking for a new career challenge? Do you think you have what it takes to become part of our team? Then we want to hear from you!

Are you passionate about being in sales and building long term relationships with clients? Or do you have oodles of leadership experience and would like to manage and grow our team as a Sales Director? We have job roles available now!

You may be a techie and love designing, planning and making things work or are you a great operational excellence leader and want to become our Service Delivery Director.

What ever it is that makes your heart sing we have the opportunity for you. And don’t worry our new HR and Training Manager will support us all along the way with on the job training and personal development.

We have a number of job roles available for you to join our team, including:

  1. Sales & Marketing Director
  2. Service Delivery Director
  3. Business Development Manager 
  4. HR & Training Manager
  5. Design Engineer

Interested in a career change for 2018? Call 01245 214104 to speak to a member of our team and find out more, or send your CV directly to Julie Page at hr@clearview-communications.com

Business man building blocks representing employees

A growing number of MPs, as well as the leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, have been calling for new fire safety measures to be introduced. Pressure is growing on the Chancellor Philip Hammond to take the initiative in the budget and set aside £1 billion of funds to help protect residents in tower blocks from another tragedy similar to Grenfell. Corbyn, as well as several other MPs, have stated that all tower blocks should be retrofitted with sprinklers to ensure this kind of disaster doesn’t happen again.

 

National campaign

The proposed fire safety measures will be the cornerstone of a national campaign which will call for those measures to be installed in every social housing block, beginning with those that are ten or more storeys high.
The campaign comes off the back of research carried out by the BBC. The research, which focused on 50% of the council and housing association-owned blocks within the UK, found that in spite of the disaster, only 2% have full sprinkler systems installed on the premises. Furthermore, 68% of those same tower blocks have a single staircase through which residents would be expected to evacuate in the case of a fire.
ClearView can provide you with a full fire risk assessment and help ensure you are fully compliant with the Regulatory (Fire Safety) Reform Order 2005.

 

Bare facts

For those opposing the measures, the statistics don’t make for pleasant reading. A study conducted by IFSEC global found that almost 4,000 tower blocks within the UK were without sprinklers. The same study found that sprinklers helped to reduce fire deaths by 87%.

These statistics, coupled with the fact that Government ministers have so far been reluctant to issue funding for the proposed fire safety measures, have seen the government come in for criticism. Just recently, Salford Council accused the government of ‘failing’ in its responsibility to improve social housing. Whether or not the national campaign and the growing pressure results in funding for the proposed fire safety measures remains to be seen, however. In the meantime, it will be down to individual associations and councils to look into ways they can make the tower blocks as safe as possible.

But it’s not just tower blocks that are at risk, with ClearView you can ensure your building is as safe as possible from the outbreak of a fire. We offer reliable and cost-effective fire safety solutions from equipment to maintenance and training so that your building is safe at all times. Book a survey to ensure all your security requirements are met.

Get in touch with us today on 01245214104 or via our contact form to discuss the fire safety needs of your building.

Airport security facial recognition

There has been a lot of talk about airport security facial recognition over the past few years, but now it is actually being implemented in response to increasing security threats. With the US introducing security technology and Dubai International Airport looking at airport security facial recognition next year, it looks likely that this technology will soon start to show up in airports across the globe.

 

What is airport security facial recognition?

Much the same as fingerprint technology, security facial recognition involves looking at a live capture of a person and comparing it to images stored for the individual. For example, in an airport, the live image may be compared to the passport photo and with the use of the technology, is able to identify key features of the individual. It is becoming increasingly common and the popularity of these integrated security systems is set to surge over the next 5 years. Donald Trump is an advocate of this technology and has demanded that US airports start to use better technology to improve their security measures.

 

Why is it used?

There are several reasons why airport security facial recognition is used. The main one, of course, is that it offers greater security. In a time when there are increasing security threats, the technology can help to identify individuals who may pose a threat. Thus, they can help to increase safety for customers. Another reason for the technology is that it may improve waiting times and could also help airlines to avoid implementing laptop bans in-cabin.

 

Is this a positive step?

Although some airlines, including China Airlines, have been quite vocal about the negative aspects of the technology and the possibility of larger waiting times caused by a tougher security process, many believe this to be a positive step. The security of customers should be the number one priority and if this improves through the introduction of the technology, it can only be a good thing. If it does, in fact, help to make waiting times shorter, this can also only be a positive step. The technology can measure the time it takes from the customer entering the building to boarding, so airlines can take steps to improve their processes.

 

At ClearView, we provide our customers with a range of technology, including CCTV installation and maintenance. We work with businesses of all shapes and sizes with a variety of security needs. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

schools

Providing adequate security in schools and colleges is extremely important. As well as protecting school buildings and equipment, appropriate security measures should also guarantee the safety of schoolchildren, students and staff.

Whilst it is rare for an authorised person to try and gain access to a school site, this should always be considered when security options are being proposed. Whether an estranged parent or a stranger tries to gain access to a playground or classroom, there must be effective security measures in place to stop this from happening.

Intruder detection and access control are, perhaps, two of the most effective measures when it comes to preventing unauthorised site access. Appropriate for when the school is in use or when it is closed over the weekends and during school holidays, intruder detection can provide an immediate alert when security has been breached.

In addition to this, access control ensures that staff are able to authorise guests and visitors before they are allowed to enter any part of the site. Whilst schools and colleges do receive visitors on a daily basis, access control systems ensure that their identity can be verified prior to them entering the site.

Using ANPR to monitor vehicles

As many schools and colleges have their own parking facilities, ANPR technology can easily be used to track vehicles entering the school premises. When used in conjunction with additional security measures, this enables schools and colleges to identify potentially unwanted or unauthorised vehicles which are accessing the site.

If your school or college doesn’t have dedicated parking facilities, you may find that parents and staff park on the surrounding roads. By liaising with the local council, it may be appropriate to install ANPR cameras in the surrounding area so that vehicles can be traced if they have no valid purpose for being near the school in question.

Deterring unwanted visitors

Whilst security measures should be effective in ensuring that no one gains unauthorised access to a school site, they also prevent people from trying to do so. When security measures, such as ANPR systems and video surveillance, are visible, they can provide an effective deterrent.

If vandals are looking to target a school or are attempting to steal costly equipment, for example, they can be dissuaded from doing so if effective security measures are in place. With technology providing a variety of digital security options, there are many ways for schools and colleges to enhance their existing security system.

To find out more about using the latest technology to secure your site, why not contact us today?

Website launch

As a leading supplier of integrated security systems since 1996, we strive to offer each and every one of our customers a really great experience. To make this experience even better, we’re pleased to announce that our brand new website will be going live this October.

What can you expect from our new website?

We’ve worked really hard on the design details of our new website, thinking carefully about the kind of information customers want when they visit our site. We’re sure that viewers will be more than happy with the end results, where you’ll be easily able to navigate through the site and find the information you require. The new site promises to be modern, attractive, clean and a pleasure to browse.

We’re responsive!

With more people now viewing websites on mobile devices, it was essential that our new website should be responsive, so that no matter what device you view our site on, you’ll get a seamless, speedy viewing experience.

Products and services

Whether you require maintenance of security equipment, the design and installation of CCTV systems, access control, fire safety products, intruder detection systems or video surveillance, all of our products and services will be clearly detailed on our new site. This makes it easy to find what you require, but lets you also see what else we offer as part of our wide portfolio of security products and services. Handy menu buttons will also let you see which markets we cater for, and who our partners are.

Who we are

We appreciate how important it is to find a company offering security technology that you can completely trust. That’s why within our new website, you’ll find information about who we are, key team members and a bit about our company history. You can also see some of the work we’ve already completed in our case study section, and keep on top of what we’ve been up to, and the industry in general, in our news section.

Getting in touch

Once you have browsed our new website, we make it simple for you to get in touch with us if you want more details on our security products and services. If you want a quote, our new quick quote section ensures you get a swift response to your product or service requests. Our FAQ section should also prove useful, helping to answer commonly-asked questions relating to our site.

Happy browsing!

Burglary

Damage and losses to your premises caused by burglary or theft can leave you feeling vulnerable and suffering a huge financial burden. Your business is your livelihood and therefore ensuring your premises’ is protected can save you time and money in the long run. After all, prevention is always better than cure.

Did you know 75% of burglaries happen whilst a building is unoccupied with figures showing the typical burglary costs a business around £4000?

Keep your business safe from burglary & theft with our top 10 tips

 

  1. Keep your staff vigilant of any suspicious behaviour – Encourage your staff to discuss their concerns regarding the security of your premises and explain the importance of keeping an eye out for any suspicious behaviour of people or vehicles in and around your premises.
  2. Who holds keys to your premises? – Ensure that only trusted and nominated members of staff hold keys to your workplace. Check regularly that no keys are missing – if they are then immediately change your locks.
  3. Build yourself a safer community – Reach out to your local crime prevention officers and neighbours. They may know of any previous criminal activities that have occurred in the area so you can take steps to maximise security for your premises. Getting to know your neighbours can ensure a safer community for all.
  4. Make sure people know your business is protected – Posting signage around your premises to advertise that your building is being monitored will make opportunists think twice.
  5. Remove the target – We all know that valuable objects should be kept out of sight. But it is easy to forget and leave items on view through windows. Ensure your valuables are locked or hidden away – burglars are less likely to break in if they are unsure of what the payoff will be.
  6. Security lighting to cover your premises – With 75% of burglaries happening in the evenings, security lighting is an effective means of deterring criminals. When positioned strategically it can cover a wide area and put off burglars before or during the act of a crime.
  7. Get a visual of any potential intruder – Cameras need to be installed in the best place to gain clear images of any potential intruders. Make sure your camera lenses are clean and your CCTV is well positioned.
  8. Real time notification of potential intrusion – Investing in remote monitoring means you know what’s happening to your business even when you’re not there. Once an intruder is detected, the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) will contact and notify your nominated key holder or the appropriate emergency service.
  9. Upgrade your first line of defence – The installation or upgrading of the security gates or fencing around your premises acts as a significant deterrent against intruders – and may even lower your annual insurance bill.
  10. Not sure if your business is protected from burglary? Then just ask! – Our expert advisers are on hand to ensure you, your staff and premises are safe. We can carry out a free site survey to highlight any risks and review your security. Just call 01245 214104

 

It was found that by making simple security upgrades to your premises; you can lower your chance of being burgled from 49% to 25% and lower successful burglary from 32% to 13% (The Safer Merseyside Partnership)

Fire door

Fire door safety week is fast approaching. Now in its 4th year, this award winning campaign highlights the importance of correctly installed and maintained fire doors.

Not sure if your premises is safe from fire? Book a fire risk assessment with us today.

Why are fire doors important?

  • Fire doors prevent the fire or smoke from spreading across the building
  • Fire doors keep the fire contained to a particular compartment or room
  • Fire doors prevent more of your building and property from being lost to the fire than necessary
  • If you’re an employer it’s your responsibility to keep your staff and property safe from fire

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, landlords, employers and building owners are responsible to ensure all fire doors and fire safety equipment in their building are correctly specified, installed and maintained.

Fire doors, in conjunction with well-maintained fire alarm systems significantly reduces the risk of your property being damaged by fire. More importantly, it protects the lives of your staff.  One simple way to help protect your premises is to provide fire safety training. By providing training, your staff will be prepared in the event of a fire, ensuring their own safety and the safety of others.

The life-saving benefits of fire doors

When a fire broke out in a school this properly installed fire door averted disaster. A properly installed fire door can save your life or the life of your staff, customers or students.

Make a difference – Take part in the “Click it Kick it” campaign!

Have you seen a fire door wedged open today?

Take a photo of the wedge, then kick the wedge away, that’s right, Kick it! The BWF (British Woodworking Federation) are encouraging you to share your photos on Twitter, using the hashtag #ClickItKickIt. Find out more about the campaign here.

 

explosion proof

ClearView are pleased to introduce a new range of explosion proof HD CCTV cameras for use in hazardous zones.

These cameras are ATEX certified which ensures that the equipment is in compliance with all EU regulations for being installed in hazardous areas.

 

Why chose ATEX HD cameras?

Offering ATEX certified intrinsically safe cameras gives you the guarantee that your camera system will work efficiently even when the equipment is exposed to extreme conditions and hazardous environments.

The ATEX cameras are uniquely designed to for use in explosion-prone areas. Whereas electrical equipment can often create sparks internally, the ATEX cameras are specifically designed without any component which may produce sparks. This is essential as any sparks in a hazardous area may ignite flammable substances which are present in the air.

 

Features

  • Constructed of stainless steel, grade 316L
  • Operates between temperatures -55°C to +60°C
  • Temperature controlled heater/blower
  • 1080p high definition megapixel image quality
  • Explosion proof housing
  • Operates in low lighting (0.02 lux low light sensitivity)

These cameras are ideal for any areas which face extreme weather and hazardous conditions, including:

  • Marine vessels
  • Tanker depots
  • Oil and gas refineries
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical plants
  • Fuelling stations
  • Munitions and Storage depots

To find out more about the ATEX HD cameras or to request a demonstration, please contact us, call +44 (0)1245 214104 or email enquiries@clearview-communications.com.

Protecting your organisation

ClearView, in partnership with Oakpark Security, RIO and LoneAlert welcomed local businesses to discuss this year’s hottest security topics. The event included presentations on the potential security risks to your organisation, data protection and new technology.

The aim of the event was to share our knowledge of security to help local businesses protect their staff, their premises’ and their assets.

“Organisational resilience is the ability of an organisation to anticipate, prepare for, and respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper. Resilience needs to be embedded across the organisation and aligned with the company’s existing strategy”

We’ve linked our presentations below for you to view.
Should you wish to find out any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call on 01245 214104

The Security Agenda in 2017

Reducing security costs through integration

Email & Web Security

Protecting your Lone Workers

To all those who attended we would like to say a big thank you.

 

ClearView, in partnership with Oakpark Security, opened its doors and invited local organisations to hear presentations on risk and to view the latest security technology. The event included a networking session, presentations, advice from experts and an exhibition.

The aim of the event was to share our knowledge of security to help local organisations, including schools, businesses and local authorities to protect their staff, premises and their assets.

Saving money through security convergence

Today’s technology allows for great convergence of different security systems working together, which also makes the management of all your security systems significantly easier.

The growth in Internet Protocol (IP) networks provides a powerful platform for transforming the management and integration of your security.

Using your IP network to integrate your security systems provides a host of advantages.

Lowers your costs: Harnessing your IT infrastructure for your new or existing security systems reduces the installation costs of cabling and containment.

Flexibility & scalability: Using your IP network means that many security products can be added and networked from virtually any location. This means the system can grow and be easily adapted in line with your needs without any expensive additional cabling or costly changes to your network.

Greater security and resilience: As well as improved user management, the network provides a robust managed and monitored security set-up. The tighter software integration over IP between the systems provides more intelligence and resilience.

Managing risk within your organisation

Under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, within an organisation there are a number of people who have an obligation to ensure the health and safety of workers and others. To ensure compliance there have been a number of significant penalties which are incorporated into the legislation.

As an employing organisation, your obligations include:

  • Providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment
  • Ensuring your staff are not exposed to risks to their health and safety
  • Providing information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure health and safety
  • Putting in place effective health and safety management practices which protect visitors to the workplace

“Without any understanding of risk management within an organisation and its infrastructure, security will fail at the first sign of trouble. No security plan or programme can be effective unless it is based on a clear understanding of the actual risks it is designed to control.” – Dr Peter Speight.

The presentation

Paul Main, Managing Director at ClearView Communications, outlined how utilising IP technology can help reduce costs, increase efficiency and resilience. Ed Smith, Risk & Resilience Manager at Oakpark Security, gave an introduction to managing risk.

The exhibition

The exhibition was a great success with a number of our partners and suppliers taking part, including, DVS, Jupiter2000, AdvanceIT group and Urmet. This was a great opportunity to let people see the latest security technology in practice, including:

  • Our ANPR system
  • The latest Hikvision CCTV
  • Lone worker protection
  • Intercom equipment
  • Access control
CCTV System

When it comes to the safety of your staff and protecting your business assets, you can’t afford to take any chances. At ClearView, we are passionate about providing security and want to tell you about our new 2 camera CCTV system offer.

Sign up to our 3 year CCTV maintenance package and receive a brand new CCTV system for just £995 (and the first year’s maintenance for free).

Whats included with your CCTV system?

  • A free site survey
  • Two high definition CCTV cameras (with infra-red lamps)
  • Network Video Recorder
  • Monitor
  • Installation & commissioning

View your CCTV live: Anytime & Anywhere

Remote CCTV monitoring enables users to view live video on a PC, tablet or laptop from just about anywhere in the world with internet access.This will give you peace of mind as you can view your business’s CCTV 24/7, even when you aren’t on site.

Remote monitoring will increase the visibility of your premises and give you the ability to capture the image of any potential intruder.

Our remote viewing app can be connected for only an extra £99.00

12 months CCTV system service support package – FREE!

Offer includes 1 year free service support, subject to a minimum 36 month service maintenance agreement.

Regular preventative maintenance of your CCTV system will ensure your equipment is working to its maximum efficiency; and in the long run, it will help to increase the lifespan of your system.

Our service includes:

  • Regular preventative maintenance
  • A 24 hour helpdesk
  • Rapid response to your service calls
  • Full compliance with all your insurance and legal obligations

For more details or to arrange your FREE site survey – book here call 01245 214104 today!

Race 4 Business 2017

This year, ClearView will be entering a team in to Birkett’s Race 4 Business with the aim of raising £1000 for local charity, Brentwood, Essex.

On the 15th of June 2017, thousands of runners will arrive in Chelmsford Town Centre (in Essex) to commence the 3.5 mile run. This fundraising event is supporting local Brentwood charity – SNAP!

What is SNAP and what do they do?

SNAP stands for “Special Needs and Parents” and is a wonderful charity which helps make life easier for families in Essex who have children and young people, with any special need or disability. The charity is run from a dedicated centre in the former Duchess of Kent building in Pastoral Way, Warley.

From here they provide a unique service to Essex families where people can benefit from, training, advice, counseling and multi-sensory activities. Over all, the charity has helped over 3,500 families with over 250 new families seeking support from the charity every year.

Christina Stubbs, SNAP Manager, has said: “Proceeds raised from Birketts’ Race4Business will benefit the SNAP community, in particular through the funding of our specialist Parent Training Talks and Individual Family Sessions, both of which are vital parts of our ongoing drive to ‘Strengthen Families.”

This year we are aiming to raise over £1000 for SNAP with a team of over 25 runners!

We love taking part in Race 4 Business as it allows us to join with local businesses and make a positive difference to our local community. It also gives us a great team-building opportunity outside of work and of course, helps us work off all those Easter Eggs.

Watch this year’s promo video below

The race is a 3.5 mile course which runs through Chelmsford City Centre. The charity event is open to all abilities and fitness standards.

ClearView’s Security Seminar: Free security advice to all organisations

Our free security seminar will focus on the challenges YOU face, as business owners, headteachers, as premises managers and associates, to ensure your staff, pupils and assets are secure.

You’ll receive advice on how to ensure the safety of your business or organisation, through cost effective initiatives and new technology.

Where? Colchester United Football Club
When? Thursday, 30th of March
10am – 1pm
Including a FREE buffet lunch

Attendees will come away with knowledge on:

  • How to identify the threats and risks to your business
  • How technology can help protect your staff when they’re working alone
  • Hands-on demos of the latest security technology
  • How to reduce your ongoing costs
  • How to protect your premises 24/7, 365 days a year

The event will also be a great chance to network with like-minded individuals over a FREE buffet lunch.

Register your interest NOW and book your place on our security seminar by calling 01245 214104, email us at enquiries@clearview-communications.com

Contact us today to see how ClearView can help you meet your security needs

seminar

What are the biggest security threats facing your organisation?

How will you overcome them?

Our free seminar will focus on the challenges YOU face, as business owners, headteachers, as premises managers and associates, to ensure your staff, pupils and assets are secure.

You’ll receive advice on how to ensure the safety of your business or organisation, through cost effective initiatives and new technology.

Where? Colchester United Football Club

When? Thursday, 30th of March, 10am – 1pm
Including a FREE buffet lunch

Attendees will come away with knowledge on:

  • How to identify the threats and risks to your business
  • How technology can help protect your staff when they’re working alone
  • Hands-on demos of the latest security technology
  • How to reduce your ongoing costs
  • How to protect your premises 24/7, 365 days a year

The event will also be a great chance to network with like-minded individuals over a FREE buffet lunch.

Register your interest NOW and book your place by calling 01245 214104, email us at enquiries@clearview-communications.com

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

police

ClearView’s range of PaceNet Video Interview recorders has recently been adopted by several European police forces, in addition to the product’s extensive UK police client base.

To meet the different user demands, the following new features have been incorporated into PaceNet:

  • Choice of audio recording formats including WAV, MP3, FLAC, OGG and AAC-LC.
  • Tagging of interview metadata with a recording
  • Bookmarking of key interview events.
  • Improved user notifications and error handling.

For more information, please contact us.

NVRs

The latest HIKVision 16-channel NVRs have 8 PoE ports capable of powering up to eight 5 Megapixel IP cameras.

You can therefore get high resolution pictures without needing local mains spurs, or even having to run separate power cables to the cameras.

Please contact us today for further information.

euro tunnel

ClearView won the contract to upgrade the Eurotunnel French-side CCTV recording system using Indigo Vision IP network video recording solutions.

ClearView were appointed contractors for the project following the successful upgrade of the Euro Tunnel UK terminal which included the provision of 4 control rooms and over 20km of 1Gb fibre-optic cable.

EuroTunnel manages the Channel Tunnel link which is a large, demanding and diverse environment for surveillance and security, requiring a distributed system that can deliver high quality live and recorded video to many different users located throughout the site.

Recent changes in French regulations meant the existing system had to be upgraded to a much higher specification.

The existing 340 camera analogue system could only record 1fps, CIF resolution video for 3 days. The switching matrix had little spare capacity and also needed to be upgraded.

ClearView, who had already undertaken a CCTV installation for EuroTunnel’s UK terminal, were asked to provide a proposal to upgrade the system. The solution, an IndigoVision NVR-Networked Video Recorder system with virtual matrix, high definition IP cameras and `Control Centre` security management software with advanced video analytics.

Video can now be recorded at 25fps; 4 CIF resolution for 31 days and the virtual matrix enables operators located in multiple control rooms to view live and recorded video using workstations running the `Control Centre` software. With the correct permissions any operator can view any camera from any part of the system – a feature that EuroTunnel has used extensively.

Video recording is achieved using IndigoVision’s standalone NVRs, which are rack mounted. Nineteen 1.5GB NVRs were installed plus an additional three units as redundant back-ups.

Video analytics automatically detects and alerts operators to vehicles travelling in the opposite direction to traffic flow. This powerful tool, which has full audit trail, enables operators to quickly identify and capture tamper proof video clips following an incident.

Sylvain Pamart, Chief Project Manager at EuroTunnel said

“ClearView has provided a system with a user interface which is very intuitive. This has meant the operators quickly and easily adopted the new system. The Control Centre software enabled us to meet many of the new regulations and a networked system allows additional cameras to be added at any point on the network.”

Would you like to know more about IP CCTV network video recording for your organisation or business? Contact us or request a site survey.

Hikvision

ClearView are delighted to add the HikVision DarkFighter Network Camera for Low Light Areas to their range. This ½” format camera is designed specifically to capture sharp colour and monochrome images in extreme, low light conditions. This results in crystal clear images down to 0.0002 Lux.

This camera is the ideal replacement for conventional network cameras and is available for internal, external, marine and hazardous area applications.

Superior Images

DarkFighter is able to stream video in full 1080p HD at 50 images per second which results in latency free clear images day and night.

A defog feature also allows for improved image clarity in poor weather conditions.

Choices of Lens

The camera comes with a choice of wide-angle and telephoto varifocal megapixel lenses. These include IR correction and auto back-focus which allows the camera to adjust positioning of the image sensor to obtain an optimal focus.

DarkFighter also offers quick and easy integration with other video surveillance equipment and systems. For more information on Hikvision’s range of CCTV cameras and recorders please contact us today.

fire door

Fire door safety week is fast approaching. Now in its 3rd year, this award winning campaign highlights the importance of correctly installed and maintained fire doors.

The event, which runs from 26th September to 2nd of October, will particularly focus on houses in multiple occupancy, sheltered housing and care homes – all of which are seen as high-risk areas for fire safety.

Not sure if your premises is safe from fire? Book a fire risk assessment with us today.

Why are fire doors important?

  • Fire doors prevent the fire or smoke from spreading across the building
  • Fire doors keep the fire contained to a particular compartment or room
  • Fire doors prevent more of your building and property from being lost to the fire than necessary
  • If you’re an employer it’s your responsibility to keep your staff and property safe from fire

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, landlords, employers and building owners are responsible to ensure all fire doors and fire safety equipment in their building are correctly specified, installed and maintained.

Fire doors, in conjunction with well-maintained fire alarm systems significantly reduces the risk of your property being damaged by fire. More importantly, it protects the lives of your staff. One simple way to help protect your premises is to provide fire safety training. By providing training, your staff will be prepared in the event of a fire, ensuring their own safety and the safety of others.

The life-saving benefits of fire doors

When a fire broke out in a school this properly installed fire door averted disaster. A properly installed fire door can save your life or the life of your staff, customers or students.

Make a difference – Take part in the “Click it Kick it” campaign!

Have you seen a fire door wedged open today?

Take a photo of the wedge, then kick the wedge away, that’s right, Kick it! The BWF (British Woodworking Federation)are encouraging you to share your photos on Twitter, using the hashtag #ClickItKickIt. Find out more about the campaign here.

Not sure if your premises or staff are safe from a potential fire? Get in touch and book a fire risk assessment today.

We can help maintain your fire safety systems and products, including fire extinguishers, fire alarms or even carry out fire training to your staff.