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Newcastle is the next stop for our free conference-exhibitions, Security TWENTY 13, writes Professional Security Magazine MD Roy Cooper.
There was snow on the ground for our debut Security TWENTY 13 event at Birmingham at the end of March; in July, for ST13 London, we enjoyed summery sunshine; what weather does Newcastle have in store for us?! The format is the same as the first two events – a dinner as a chance to catch up and chat the evening before the conference. The dinner is on Monday, September 23; and the conference on the Tuesday, each at the Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel, to the north of Newcastle city centre. As ever, we’re offering something for anyone interested in UK private security, whether you’re a security manager, an installer, a consultant or specifier, or a buyer of security products and services. You’ll go away better informed and connected – and well fed, thanks to the free buffet lunch, and refreshments in the breaks!
The Tuesday begins at 9am with registration and coffee and a pastry. After a welcome at 9.30am by Professional Security MD Roy Cooper, our first speaker is Danie Adendorff, Director of Security Programmes at the University of Loughborough, to round up the latest in training and career development. Among the invited speakers are Abda Ali of Forth Valley CCTV, and chair of Scottish CCTV Strategy (East), who will update on CCTV in Scotland, for example in the light of the new surveillance camera code of practice (see page 25). The BSIA chief executive, James Kelly, will likewise update us on industry matters, and the trade association’s work, which includes his lobbying for the sector at the main political parties’ autumn conferences (but more on that next issue). Met Police man Mick Neville will cover law enforcer use of CCTV and other visual evidence. Chairing the day is Geoff Tate, chief executive of the SSAIB – the certification body’s based only a few miles away, at Whitley Bay. Also on a local theme, David Hogg of Metro and Lee Tones of Nexus will describe security on Tyne and Wear public transport.
We’ve spoken light-heartedly about the weather but it will matter to those who take part in the – free – four ball golf tournament, sponsored by Pelco by Schneider, during the Monday, September 23 at the Parklands Golf Club, next door to the Gosforth Park Marriott. Golfers will meet at 10.30am for butties, and tee off from 11am. Prizes from the day will be awarded at the dinner. As diners will know, we do seek to raise money for a local good cause – and at Newcastle it’s ME North East, a charity that works with and for sufferers of ME and their families.
Thanks again to the conference sponsors, the distributors Videcon; Vivotek, the dinner sponsors; and Samsung, sponsors of the lanyards and delegate packs.
Exhibitors are: 360 Vision Technology; AMG; the Association of Security Consultants; ASIS UK; Bosch Security Systems; BT Redcare; Canon; Clear Evidence; Consultive Solutions; JVC: Lyyn; Meyertech; Norbain; NVT; Pelco by Schneider Electric; SALTO Systems; Samsung; the Security Institute; the SSAIB; Tavcom Training; Thinking Space; Valleywatch, the CCTV monitoring at the giant Team Valley trading estate at Gateshead; Veracity; Videcon; Videoswitch; Videotec; Vivotek; Vista; Wavestore; Y3K and Zenitel.