Security Systems & Services

In the 21st Century we have become reliant upon technology, and whilst there is no doubt that technology can and has made dramatic improvements to the quality of all our lives there is increasing evidence to show that heavy reliance upon technology in the world of security can, and often does create difficulties. All too often, too greater emphasis is placed upon the deployment of electronic security countermeasures and too little emphasis on the equally if not more important human interface and operational response.

It is important to understand both the benefits and limitations of technological solutions in an effective security strategy and at NSG Security Consultants we embrace what security technology has to offer, but recognise the limitations – we embrace technology, but not for technology’s sake. Employing qualified and experienced management, procurement and technical consultants together on a project ensures that NSG Security Consultants can design and procure systems that ‘work’.

Systems & Services Covered:

CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) Systems
Electronic Access Control Systems
Intercom and Door Release Systems
PIDS (Perimeter Intruder Detection System)
Intruder Alarm and Detection Systems
Video and Voice Over IP (Internet Protocol) Networks
PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) Systems
Manned Guarding (Static & Mobile Patrol)
Keyholding
Cash in Transit

What we do - Systems

Operational Requirements Analysis
Strategic Planning
Dilapidation Surveys
Compliance, Management and Technical Audits
Technical Feasibility Studies (including capital & revenue financial forecasting)
Preparation of Tender Documents
System Procurement
Project Management (including undertaking the role of CDM Co-ordinator in accordance with the provisions of the Construction (Design & Management Regulations) 
Independent Witness Testing and Commissioning

What we do - Services

Security Team Profiling (including Post Analysis, Shift Rostering and Job Descriptions)
Outsourcing Feasibility Studies
Preparation of Tender Documents
Service Procurement
Contract Management 

Independent CCTV Compliance Audits

NSG Security Consultants have been undertaking CCTV Compliance Audits and producing compliant Codes of Practice and Operations Manuals since the Data Protection Act 1998 took effect in 2000. More recently The EU (European Union) GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) has come into force. The principle difference between the two pieces of legislation is the extent of punishment for breaches, with the GDPR increasing fines for breaches exponentially. Despite ever greater legislation covering the use of CCTV in the public realm it is estimated by some independent human rights and anti-surveillance organisations that around 90% of CCTV surveillance systems are operating ‘illegally’.

The purpose of undertaking a CCTV Compliance Audit is to ensure that the system is being operated in such a way as to meet the original objectives and rationale behind its installation, and that no individual or group of individuals are being put at risk or prejudice. A key feature of the Information Commissioner’s and the Surveillance Camera Commissioner's Codes of Practice is the recommendation that systems should be audited annually to ensure that they are being properly used, and that the findings of the audit should be published to provide public reassurance.

Furthermore, and contrary to popular belief there is no automatic right to undertake public CCTV surveillance, it must be justified and a regular annual audit of the system operation helps to provide justification and public confidence

Unlike others who undertake CCTV Compliance Audits and only address Data Protection issues, our 40 point Compliance Audit addresses all relevant legislation, including:

Data Protection 1998, including the Information Commissioner’s Office Code of Practice;
EU General Data Protection Regulations
Human Rights Act 1998;
Freedom of Information Act 2000;
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000;
Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act 1996;
Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, including the Surveillance Camera Commissioners Code of Practice;
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, subsequent revisions and Codes of Practice;
Fifth Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology:  Digital Images as Evidence
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory  (formerly CAST – Centre for Applied Special Technology, previously HOSDB – Home Office Scientific Development Branch): Digital Imaging Procedures and other Home Office published best practice;
British Standard 7958:2005 CCTV Management and Operation Code of Practice; and 
Security Industry Act 2001 and the licensing of contract Public Space Surveillance CCTV Operators