SmartWater has announced that the forensic codes used within its marking solutions have been awarded ‘Grade A External’ classification under the PAS 820:2012 specification. The document is published by the BSI, but was commissioned and sponsored by SmartWater itself. The document applies only to the coded element of a forensic marking system, rather than the entire marking system. The PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 820:2012 tests the robustness of forensic codes used within forensic coding products when exposed to artificial weathering, simulating either indoor or outdoor conditions. The specification carries six classifications, three each for internal and external application of forensic marking codes, indicating their expected lifespan as being up to six months, two years or five years. These are rated on a Grade A to C system, with Grade A representing the longest functional test life. PAS 820:2012 was developed as a way for those seeking a forensic code-based system to independently assess the suitability and robustness of the code elements of products. The standard relates to the ability of the code element to be read and analysed. It does not apply to how the system functions. PAS 820:2012 is a voluntary specification.
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.