Network video specialist Axis Communications has been awarded full membership of Secured by Design (SBD), part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives’ (PCPI) group of crime prevention organisations and which operates in support of the police service throughout the UK. Membership has been awarded in the wake of 15 Axis Communications network video products being accredited for achieving SBD’s Police Preferred Specification (PPS) standards for security.
The PPS accreditations include a variety of devices from AXIS Companion, a complete solution that brings the reliability of professional video surveillance to the small business owner. This gives SMEs the confidence and reassurance they need to invest in cost-effective networked video technology and subsequently reap the security and business benefits that connected devices offer.
The PCPI SBD was established in 1989 and works with police forces and industry suppliers to create high standards of crime prevention equipment, with the ultimate aim of reducing both the risk and fear of crime. SBD requires products to be rigorously tested or certified independently before consideration for the coveted PPS accreditation.
Innovation for a smarter world
“Axis Communications is driven by a vision to constantly innovate for a smarter and safer world,” explained Atul Rajput, regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications. “Having SBD accreditation provides end user customers who are procuring security equipment and video surveillance technology with that extra level of knowledge that our products are proven and trusted. We have worked hard to ensure that all of our products deliver to the very highest standards for both enterprises and smaller businesses.”
Network video is essential for crime prevention and prosecution, and can help communities feel safer and more secure. It therefore has a major role to play in the development of Smart City technology. Image data from Shopping Centres, transport networks and city surveillance is not only used to fight crime, but also to provide intelligence around the movement of people and goods throughout an area.
In addition, while a large part of SBD accreditation focuses on ensuring that devices are safe from physical attack, it’s equally important that the cyber security of new technology is afforded the same priority.
Protection against hackers
“We’ve worked hard to ensure that our solutions offer a safe and secure platform for network video,” continued Rajput. “Our engineers pride themselves on designs that make device management and issuing firmware updates simple, but also fully protected against malicious hackers and online criminals. Once IP video is securely installed on the network, it can be combined with other data sources to deliver real insights for smarter living.”
Speaking about the news, Guy Ferguson (CEO at SBD) informed Risk Xtra: “We welcome Axis Communications as a full member to what is a select group of companies that have demonstrated the necessary criteria to meet our strict standards for SBD accreditation. The role of network video surveillance is increasingly vital for communities across the UK, and it’s important that vendors such as Axis Communications are proving that this technology can be built and deployed in a responsible and reliable way.”
Axis Communications products that have achieved the PPS accreditation include devices from the AXIS Companion range of indoor and outdoor cameras, as well as thermal and radar imaging equipment and the Axis Network Horn Speaker. This gives Axis Communications’ partner organisations the ability to provide businesses of all sizes and requirements with full solutions and externally certified equipment.