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IFSEC International 2012 will see the debut of Centre Stage, described by the event organisers as a new educational feature to focus on security issues of the day. The free Centre Stage Theatre, accessible on the show floor in Hall 5 at Birmingham’s NEC, runs throughout the annual security and fire event (from 14-17 May 2012). As an added incentive there are CPD points available for attendees to each session.

Topics to be discussed and debated are varied and include: the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, solutions models for security guarding procurement and management, the future of law enforcement, convergence and the future of security, the alarms standard PD6662: 2010, PSIM, security management training, lone worker protection, CCTV standards, security benchmarking, commercial and criminal investigations and much, much more.
IFSEC International’s event director Charlie Cracknell says: “IFSEC International Centre Stage will bring thought-provoking discussion on topics of crucial importance to the future of the industry directly to the show floor. This means all visitors will have the opportunity to attend at no cost. We’ve put together a programme that includes high calibre speakers talking about both top level issues and practical subjects, among them CCTV standards, the implementation of PD6662: 2010 and Physical Security Information Management.
“The session on the future of law enforcement is a particularly enticing prospect, bringing together Don Randall, head of security for the Bank of England, and Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, the organisation which recently published a study suggesting that local councils had ‘wasted’ £515 million on CCTV over the past five years.”
That session will focus on whether or not there’s a role for the private sector in terms of lower level policing duties and, if so, what that role might look like. This is an issue which will remain at the top of the news agenda, as elected Police and Crime Commissioners will be to the fore come November and forces deal with the impact of the Government’s budgetary cuts.
There’ll be a session on preparing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in terms of essential planning and business continuity, while another session – also hosted by the BSIA’s 2012 project director David Evans – is scheduled to address the legacy of the Games from a security perspective.
‘Convergence and The Future of Security’ will examine how convergence – essentially defined as the integration of physical and logical security – could change the whole dynamic of security management. This session will also examine the crucial question as to whether or not purchasing end users are really buying into the convergence and integration agenda. This session is chaired by Chris Northy-Baker, principal security advisor and head of business resilience at the UK Hydrographic Office.
One of the biggest discussions in the security guarding world just now centres on the solutions model: some companies offer security ‘bundled’ with other services such as building maintenance, cleaning and catering. This is the Total FM or multi-service solution, while others prefer to concentrate on providing just the core security function.
‘Single Service versus Multi Service’ will look at the benefits of both approaches, with contributions from some of the guarding world’s foremost professionals: Bob Forsyth (managing director of MITIE Total Security Management), Geoff Zeidler (UK and Ireland managing director for Securitas), Shaun Cowlam (director of security at the OCS Group) and Peter Webster, CEO of Corps Security will all be offering their opinions.
With the investigations sector in the spotlight thanks to the phone hacking scandal, the Centre Stage Theatre session entitled ‘Commercial and criminal investigations: six of one and half a dozen of the other’ will address renewed calls for the licensing of private sector investigators to ensure uniformity of training, the removal of rogue operators and enhanced levels of professionalism.
Prof Martin Gill of the Perpetuity Group is going to review benchmarking of your company’s security. There’ll be an opportunity to find out more about secured environments, the police accreditation scheme for organisations, and hear more about new approaches to security management training.
Is lone worker protection a paradox? Malcolm Cheshire thinks so, and he’ll be debating that very issue with Patrick Dealtry. For the full IFSEC International 2012 Centre Stage Theatre seminar timings across the four days of the show – visit
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