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Government pushes Secure by Default CCTV initiative

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The Surveillance Camera Commissioner has launched Secure by Default – minimum requirements for manufacturers of surveillance camera systems and components.

The government says the move is driven by the need to ensure the UK’s resilience against cyber security vulnerability, as well as to provide the best possible assurance that cameras are manufactured to minimum cyber secure requirements.

It says the minimum requirements are an important step forward for manufacturers, installers and users alike. Manufacturers self-certify their products as secure by default.

S.A.F.E systems were the first organisation to be awarded the mark. Dave Lawrie, Director, said: “Given the fact that our main focus is the provision, supply and installation of CCTV systems into licensed vehicles, secure by default is essential not only for driver and local authority confidence in our product and service, but for public confidence in the security of their data.”

Easy application process

Manufacturers can demonstrate they meet the minimum requirements by completing a self-certification form and submitting it to the Commissioner’s office for validation.

Lawrie added: “The application process was very straight forward, the majority of the questions asked were within our default design anyway so easy to answer, it was also very reassuring that any aspects which required further correspondence were not simply dismissed, but were actually followed up on to gain a greater understanding of our product. It was very professional.”

Organisations who are successful in their application will be issued with a certificate and Secure by Default certification mark from the Commissioner and will have their products listed on the Commissioner’s website.

To find out more about the Secure by Default certification, how to apply and which organisations have been awarded the certification mark visit the Commissioner’s website.

Axis Communications introduces three new additions to its M10 portfolio…

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The market leader in providing network video devices, Axis Communications, has announced the introduction of three new additions to its AXIS M10 Series of compact cube surveillance cameras, with the aim of exceeding current overall performance and ease of use.

The three models – AXIS M1065-LW, AXIS M1065-L and AXIS M1045-LW – claim to deliver features including ‘outstanding’ video quality in HDTV 1080p resolution; wide dynamic range (WDR), infrared (IR) light for effective day and night use; and efficient connectivity through existing wireless networks.

Global product manager at Axis Communications, Andres Vigren, commented: “The AXIS M10 Series offers a complete, easy to use camera, out of the box that is ideal for a range of areas – small shops, boutiques, offices, museums, even residences. With these new additions, Axis introduces feature-rich, high-quality cameras that are easy to install and maintain, and that work perfectly within an existing physical infrastructure.”

The AXIS M1065-LW and AXIS M1065-L models include the added bonus of a built-in microphone for recording audio; a speaker that can announce pre-recorded messages; and a PIR motion sensor that detects motion even in the dark and records only when required.

The cameras are scheduled to be available by August 2016 through the company’s distribution channels.

Find out more about the AXIS M10 Series here