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Welcome to the August-September 2018 issue of New Zealand Security Magazine!

With the second half of the year upon us we move into the annual events season, with plenty of trade shows, conferences and awards presentations coming up. ASIAL 2018 has come and gone, and local events Facilities Integrate, Fire NZ and the NZSA security industry awards are fast approaching.

In this issue, I deconstruct media-reported claims that Chinese tech and security manufacturers build products that spy on behalf of Beijing. It’s a contentious issue about which there are strongly-held opinions. As for myself, I’m staying well clear of the realm of opinion and conjecture, and sticking to the facts. You may – or may not – like it.

Chris Proctor, Head of Visitor Safety at Regional Facilities Auckland, presented at a recent ASIS New Zealand Chapter breakfast meeting on behaviour detection. We’re delighted that Chris is writing for us in this issue about protecting visitors at events and in public spaces, and the development of behaviour detection skills in New Zealand.

Steve Bell, Chief Technology Officer Security at Gallagher, also joins us in this issue to talk quality. Investing in quality will save you in the long term, but what does quality look like, and what due diligence should you be doing before deciding what to invest in? Steve provides us with his insights.

While this magazine has been accused in the past and being somewhat gloom-an- doom in relation to the state of jobs and training in the industry, we welcome predictions that both are set to grow. Recent forecasts predict levels of growth over the next five years more quickly than we’ve seen over the past decade, and training is set to accelerate even faster. We take a look at the stats.

While we’re on the topic of security jobs, I’m often bemused by alarmist media reports that robots will be replacing security guards in the not-too-distant future. I think it’s time we started talking seriously about robots. Our industry suffers a labour supply shortage, and our guards put up with generally low wages. So, surely it makes sense that we look to outsource the lower-value roles to cheaper robotic systems and pay our skilled human guards more money to operate them.

In this issue we also pay our respects to Ziso Avram. It’s only weeks since the New Zealand security industry bid farewell to a legend who has left an indelible mark on an industry that he played a key role in shaping.

There’s plenty more news inside, including solutions features from Hikvision, Dallmeier and Dahua, tips on how to design winning ID cards, the launch of the Safe and Healthy Crowded Places Handbook, updates from simPRO, Hills and NZSA, and much, much more. Enjoy the read!

Nick Dynon

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Since 1994 NZ Security Magazine (NZSM) has been delivering news and insightful features covering every aspect of the security industry with comprehensive articles featuring current trends, legislation, industry news and views, which also includes new products and services.

The magazine provides its business partners with a cost effective means to market themselves to potential clients and fellow industry professionals.

The magazine is read by those operating in the security industry as well as the 18,000 companies and government departments that receive complimentary copies of NZSM in print each year - and those that download over 10,000 digital copies annually..

Each issue we send 3,000 free print copies of the magazine to the company owner or person in charge of buying security products and services. This enables you to promote your business directly to the end user as well as key decision makers in the security industry and to many other relevant New Zealand companies, government departments and local bodies.

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