Centre Stage for Integration Stage at Tavcom Training Theatre
For the many thousands of people who travelled to ExCeL, London on 17-19 June 2014, IFSEC International provided a superb opportunity to find out about the very latest products and technologies available to the electronic security industry, whilst establishing new business relationships at what is acknowledged as the industry’s greatest networking event.
As in previous years, a high percentage of visitors included in their IFSEC schedule attendance at one or more of the many free education sessions available under the IFSEC Academy umbrella. Among the seven separate education zones that could be found at IFSEC, was the Tavcom Training Theatre where ‘Integration’ was the central theme of a programme of lectures hosted by Tavcom over the course of the three day show.
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With the market for integrated security solutions expected to continue to grow dramatically over the coming years, the free to attend Tavcom educational sessions addressed a wide range of integration issues and were supported by expert speakers from across the security industry, including Richard Beckley of the Metropolitan Police, Professor Martin Gill of Perpetuity Research and Jon Laws, Senior Tutor for Tavcom Training.
As in previous years, the diversity of the subject matter of the lectures meant that there was something for everyone, including installers, sales and technical support people, specifiers and end-users; in fact anyone who is likely to be involved with the design and installation of an integrated security solution.
One of the key subjects to be addressed was how to effectively manage the process of migration to IP, whilst Richard Beckley of the Metropolitan Police highlightedthe importance of ensuring that images captured by video surveillance cameras, using a variety of compression formats, are from the police point of view, fit for purpose and can be used for persecution purposes. Professor Martin Gill presented his views on the latest technology from the criminals’ perspective. Are they really worried about the security industry’s endeavour to deter and detect them?
David Spreadborough, one of the UK’s leading experts in forensic video analysis, took his audience through a practical sequence of video events that he believes will cause major positive changes to improving the manner in which the security industry needs to adopt.
“We were very pleased to have had the opportunity for the fourth year running to share our expert knowledge with IFSEC visitors and at the same time promote the value of training,” said Mike Tennent, CEO of Tavcom. “It is so important that electronic security industry is perceived as a profession that offers the highest levels of pre and post sales support, as well as providing rewarding careers for those working within it. There are many talented people in our industry and this is particularly so amongst those involved in the installation, servicing and maintenance process. It is important that these people are valued and respected as professionals and not just sees as ‘installers’ or ‘on the tools’. Whilst clearly there is the opportunity to learn new skills by working alongside experienced colleagues, there is perhaps no better career enhancing boost than the acquisition of accredited and recognised qualifications.”
Do you have an appetite for learning?
Visitors to the Tavcom stand at IFSEC 2014 were provided with a taste of the Bite Size courses, as well as the Tavcom long distance e-learning programmes, that have become so popular among students who prefer the convenience of learning at their own time and at their own pace.
Developed with installers and system integrators, as well as operators, security personnel and specifiers in mind, Tavcom’s Bite Size Training provides the opportunity for security industry professionals to fill in gaps in their knowledge without having to spend many hours researching on the Internet. There are 20 of them now online: see (http://tavcom.learnupon.com/store/) and the number will grow over the coming weeks. When completed, each module offers two CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points