Vista and Facewatch combine to realise GDPR-compliant facial recognition solution

Dean Kernot of Vista CCTV and Nick Fisher (CEO of Facewatch) announce the new partnership

Dean Kernot of Vista CCTV and Nick Fisher (CEO of Facewatch) announce the new partnership

Vista CCTV and Facewatch, the retail crime deterrent solution that uses facial recognition, have announced a new partnership designed to deliver facial recognition software to the security industry. This new alliance offers large and small-scale business owners alike the opportunity to secure their establishments against low-level crime without needing to replace any current cameras or systems.

Dean Kernot, Vista CCTV’s sales and marketing manager, commented: “This is a really exciting partnership. Retail crime is a growing issue for retailers and Facewatch offers a legal and safe way in which to provide a deterrent to both shop theft and violence in store. Vista CCTV will be working with our network to train, support and deliver this new ground-breaking technology.”  

Nick Fisher, CEO at Facewatch, observed: “The Facewatch facial recognition system delivers a game-changing technology which is incredibly accurate and fully compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our solution is aimed at making the retail and hospitality environment safer by providing a deterrent against store theft and bad behaviour. As a technology-focused business, we can only succeed by working with established and successful partners in the security industry. Partners who share our goals and passion. Vista CCTV is a leader in its field. We’re privileged to be able to work with the business to enable Facewatch to scale rapidly by building a network of accredited partners.”

Facewatch serves as the data controller for the new partnership. Already an established provider of facial recognition solutions, the solution has been tested extensively in the retail sector over the last 18 months. Facewatch is sold as a licence-based product, in turn creating a recurring revenue stream for security installers who will provide ongoing technical and product management support to their end user customers.

The solution will be available via Vista CCTV-accredited partners who’ve been trained both in practical security system set-up and ensuring end user compliance while using the Facewatch system.

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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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