KBC Networks has unveiled its latest Ethernet switch. The 24 + 4 port switch is a managed, Gigabit Ethernet switch with 24 PoE+ ports and 4 SFP ports. Available as a 1U rack unit, the switch is ideal for large-scale IP surveillance networks as well as applications requiring Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) functionality such as IP switches, routers and hubs, CCTV DVR, home networking and industrial Ethernet. Each of the PoE ports is 802.3at PoE compliant (up to 30W) satisfying the high power consumption requirement of a PoE IP camera. Demonstrated at a technology day in London, KBC Networks team also carried out demonstrations of KBC’s latest high throughput wireless range and ThruLink, which included streaming secure, live video from as far afield as Melbourne Australia, and as near as just 500m away from a quadcopter flying over its offices in Kent. This month, the company has also appointed a new Director of Engineering, Clinton Bessesen. Speaking about the technology day Bessesen says:” By sharing information and hearing what transmission issues our customers face, we can make sure we are addressing them correctly and developing the right products to solve those issues.” KBC’s technology day came ahead of its announcements about ThruLink which is currently undergoing a development programme. Those attending saw a preview of what’s to come for the secure, hardware VPN later this year which includes the launch of a family of ThruLink products as well as embedded 3/4G.
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.