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Nest’s new home security system aims to combine power with ease of use

Nest is taking home security to the next level with Nest Secure, a new alarm system that protects your abode with a hands-off approach that’s just as effective at protecting against intruders. There are multiple components to the system – making it modular, if you will – which Nest unveiled at an event in San Francisco, starting with Nest Guard. This is the brains of the operation, and acts as the alarm and keypad as well as a motion sensor . Shaped like a hockey puck and smaller than the Amazon Echo Dot1, you tap your Nest Tag (which we’ll get to in a bit) to arm and disarm the system. Guard will also utter a countdown clock of how much time you have to leave the house once you’ve armed it. Nest's New Home Security System Aims To Combine Power With Ease Of Use

Nest Tag and Nest Guard Then there’s Nest Detect . This battery-powered motion detector is placed on the wall and will sense when doors or windows are open, and picks up movement in rooms (both when it’s on a door). You can tap a button on Detect to disarm a door with a featured called Quiet Open if, say, it’s the middle of the night and Fido needs to go outside. The aforementioned Nest Tag is a little tile that can attach to your key chain . It allows you to arm and disarm your security system without needing to input a passcode .

Just walk in the front door and touch your Tag to the Nest Guard. Nest's New Home Security System Aims To Combine Power With Ease Of Use Nest Detect

You can control the entire system from the Nest app, arming and disarming your alarm wherever you are and receiving alerts if something is detected. It’s all designed so you actually use it, rather than be turned off by complicated and intrusive systems that don’t fit with the average person’s lifestyle . There’s a battery backup and optional $5/month ($50 per year) cell backup service so your system is always primed should Wi-Fi cut out or your power is off. As for price, a Nest Secure starter pack costs $499 (about 370 / AU$620) . This includes one Nest Guard, two Nest Detects and two Nest Tags. You can add on additional components as well, with each Nest Detect costing $59 (about 45/ AU$75) and additional Tags priced at $25 (about 20 / AU$30) . Best Buy will also sell a package with a Nest Cam Outdoor for $598. The Nest Secure system is available for pre-order from Nest today . It will ship to the US this November, with availability in Europe and Canada coming next year.

New Nest IQ

Nest also introduced a new Nest IQ outdoor camera at its event today. The camera is weatherproof, Nest says, and uses facial recognition as well as motion detection to sense who’s there. Nest's New Home Security System Aims To Combine Power With Ease Of Use It will launch in the US, Canada and European markets where Nest products are available in November . Pre-orders open today . The Nest Cam IQ outdoor price is $349 (about 260 / AU$435), or two for $598 (about 440 / AU$740). Nest also unveiled a smart doorbell, called Nest Hello2 .

It, too, uses facial recognition to tell who’s come a’knockin’, can record in HDR, and has a night-vision mode.


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Barred security director is found guilty of working without a licence and convicted again

Barred Security Director Is Found Guilty Of Working Without A Licence And Convicted Again

On 14 September 2017, at Llandudno Magistrates Court, Mark Pursglove and was found guilty of working without a licence, Rachel Williams for aiding and abetting Mr Pursglove, and Alan Williams was found guilty for providing false information. This is not the first time we have prosecuted Mark Pursglove. In February 2016, Mark Pursglove along with his company, Mark Pursglove Security Limited, pleaded guilty at Holyhead Magistrates Court to supplying unlicensed security operatives and providing false information to the SIA. As a result, we revoked Pursglove s licence to prevent him from working or operating in the private security industry.

This meant Pursglove could not personally carry out any licensable activities; nor could he manage, supervise or be a director of any company supplying security operatives to licensable roles. However, on 25 February 2016, Mark Pursglove formed a new security company called MP Security Services Ltd. It operated from the same offices and provided the same staff to the same contracts. Intelligence sent to us pointed to the fact that Mark Pursglove was the acting director of the new company and the sole shareholder.

We investigated MP Security Services Ltd, and found that Mark Pursglove had visited these customers premises shortly after his conviction, to offer reassurances. He had explained that the new company would continue to supply security operatives and that the terms of the contract would remain the same. He had also stated that he would not be involved in the business. During the investigation, we discovered that Mark Pursglove had listed one of his security guards as a company director without the guard s permission and later appointed a friend, Alan Williams, as a director. He also appointed his partner, Rachel Williams, to undertake a managerial and supervisory role. It became clear that Mark Pursglove was trying to disguise his role in the company.

Our investigators suspected that both appointments were false and requested information from Alan Williams, as he was the named director. He provided this information but the SIA doubted its validity and believed that Mark Pursglove continued to run the company himself. As a result, we gathered further evidence and prosecuted Mark Pursglove, Rachel Williams and Alan Williams. They all pled not guilty; however, all were found guilty.

Mark Pursglove was found guilty of acting as an unlicensed manager or supervisor and of acting as an unlicensed security director. This is a section 3 offence under the Private Security Industry Act (PSIA) 2001. Rachel Williams was found guilty for aiding and abetting Mark Pursglove to commit the above offences. Their sentencing was adjourned and will take place at Caernarfon Magistrates Court on 12 October 2017.

Alan Williams was found guilty of providing false information. He was fined 420 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of 42 and costs of 2750. Nathan Salmon, the Head of SIA Criminal Investigations, said:

Mark Pursglove continued to operate as a provider of security services despite his previous conviction and knowing full well we had revoked his licence. He tried to disguise his own involvement within the company by using others, placing them in key roles within the company and changing the name of his business. Using individuals as a front will not protect businesses from prosecution; the Private Security Industry Act specifically interprets the role and responsibilities of directors and the SIA will assess personal liability, meaning those guilty of offences cannot hide behind others. This strong conviction highlights the fact that security regulation exists in order to protect those who use contracted security services, as well as the general public.

It also helps to ensure the effectiveness of security businesses that operate within the industry.

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

    The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.

  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit

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Job hunting after Ronin SA

Job Hunting After Ronin SAG’day lads. I’ve just finished my 5 week Ronin SA course and would like to know how some of you guys worked your way up in the industry. My job hunting begins today and i concider myself to be completely open minded.

I’d like to be able to hear about your experiences, what to do and what not to do’s and so forth.

Very much appreciated! – Jase

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