Axis Communications gains full membership of Secured by Design initiative

Atul Rajput (left) and Guy Ferguson

Atul Rajput (left) and Guy Ferguson

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.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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