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Thursday, 23 July 2009
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A junior school head teacher has defended the use of CCTV in toilet blocks in an effort to deter vandals.
Len Holman, from Angel Road Junior School in Norwich, said pupils had asked for the cameras to protect refurbished toilet blocks.
But the human rights organisation Liberty condemned the measure.
Its director Shami Chakrabarti said the cameras would only serve to prepare children for "a lifetime of pretty intrusive surveillance".
The Home Secretary said in a statement: "The change in the threat level to substantial does not mean the overall threat has gone away ~ there remains a real and serious threat against the United Kingdom and I would ask that the public remain vigilant"For more information on the change of the threat level, see the Home Office's press release Terrorism threat level changed.To find out more about the UK's threat level system, see Threat Levels on the Security Service's website.
This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Electronic Security Systems in Millions of US$. The specific product segments analyzed are
- Electronic Access Control Systems,
- CTV/Video Surveillance Equipment,
- and Others.
The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World.
Annual forecasts are provided for each region for the period of 2000 through 2015.
The report profiles 297 companies including many key and niche players worldwide such as
- - Aiphone Co. Ltd. (Japan)
- - ASSA-ABLOY AB (Sweden)
- - Axis Communications (Sweden)
- - BIO-key International, Inc. (USA)
- - Bosch Security Systems (Germany)
- - Cantronic Systems Inc. (US)
- - Chubb Plc (UK)
- - Chubb Securite S.A.S (France)9
- - Chubb Security Systems (Canada)9
- - Cieffe srl (Italy)9
- - Diebold Inc (US)9
- - DigitalPersona Inc (USA)9
- - GE Security (USA)
- - Global Security Solutions (Canada)
- - Guardian Protection Services, Inc. (US)
- - Gunnebo AB (Sweden)
- - Hirsch Electronics Corp.(USA)
- - Honeywell Access Systems (USA)
- - Honeywell Security (US)
- - Honeywell Video Systems (US)
- - Huviron Co., Ltd. (Korea)
- - Ingersoll Rand Recognition Systems, Inc. (USA)
- - Integrated Security Systems, Inc. (US)
- - International Electronics, Inc. (USA)
- - Kaba Group (Switzerland)
- - L- Identity Solutions (USA)
- - March Networks Corporation (Canada)
- - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic) (Japan)
- - Motorola (USA)
- - Printrak International, Inc. (USA)
- - NAPCO Security Systems, Inc. (USA)
- - Netversant Solutions (US)
- - NICE-Systems, Ltd. (Israel)
- - PAC International Ltd (UK)
- - Pelco (US)
- - Prosegur Cia de Seguridad (Spain)
- - SAFLINK Corporation (USA)
- - SAFRAN Group (France)
- - Secom Co., Ltd. (Japan)
- - SectorGuard PLC (UK)
- - SecuGen Corporation (USA)
- - Securitas Direct AB (Sweden)
- - Securitas Systems AB (Sweden)
- - Sentex Systems (USA)
- - Siemens AG (Germany)9
- - Siemens Building Technology (Switzerland)9
- - Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. (USA)9
- - Bewator Ltd (Sweden)9
- - Sony Corporation (Japan)
- - Tyco International Ltd. (Bermuda)
- - ADT Security Services (US)
- - Tyco Fire & Security (US)
- - United Technologies Corporation. (USA)
- - UTC Fire & Security- Vicon Industries, Inc (US)
- - Yoko Technology Corp. (Taiwan)
Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources.
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Neville said footage from cameras was often not used because forces do not have systems or staff to retrieve images. He added that serious crime that could be solved by CCTV was not, because of poorly targeted investment
In February a Lords committee warned that the expansion of CCTV and other surveillance threatened personal freedoms.
As if to underline Britain's status as the West's most monitored society, the BBC's Freedom of Information requests showed that authorities on the Shetland Islands have more CCTV cameras than the San Francisco Police Department.
Full story at The Register
Monday, 20 July 2009
the latest report from the International Crisis Group, warns against underestimating the importance of a growing political and social phenomenon that, if ignored, could undermine a sustainable Israeli-Palestinian peace. Israel is facing arguably unprecedented pressure to halt all settlement activity, led by a new and surprisingly determined U.S. administration. But the settlement issue has been transformed in recent years by shifting domestic dynamics, as national-religious and ultra-orthodox Israelis have gained influence and leverage. Entrenched in many West Bank settlements, they benefit from demographic trends: Israel’s army is increasingly dependent on their manpower and politicians on their votes.
“The religious right has assumed an ever more prominent role in opposing territorial compromise”, says Nicolas Pelham, a Crisis Group Senior Consultant based in Jerusalem. “It is banking on its support within state institutions to discourage the government from taking action and on its own rank-and-file to ensure that every attempt to evict an outpost or destroy a structure, however insignificant, comes at a heavy price”.
The ultra-orthodox and national-religious camps account for the lion’s share of the 37 per cent increase in the settler population in the past six years. Although not a united bloc, their politicians hold over a fifth of Knesset seats, some 40 per cent of the ruling coalition. In Israel proper, their numbers are growing steadily, and they carry weight far in excess of their numbers. They occupy key positions in the military, government and legal and education sectors, as well as the bureaucracy, and are seeking to strengthen their ability to resist future territorial withdrawals by building up their influence within and without state institutions. Their role and concerns need to be understood if the obstacle settlements pose to a two-state solution is to be removed.