Hi-tech fingerprint readers could soon be making their way to your home thanks to a North East biometrics firm.
Newcastle s1 Ievo develops cutting-edge technology, such as fingerprint readers, that are used by large businesses in their security systems. For years biometric technology has been viewed as futuristic, and only cost-effective for the large companies but a new deal will see Ievo s fingerprint tech incorporated into Texecom s home security control systems, making them more affordable to small businesses and members of the public. Once installed in a home, residents will be able to turn their house alarm on or off simply by using their finger.
Richard Forsyth, sales manager for Ievo, said: The key here is a blend of convenience and enhanced security for high end domestic and SME users.
Numeric code PINs and fobs can be lost, forgotten or stolen whilst a fingerprint, once registered, is unique to that authorised user . Once a person s fingerprint is enrolled, and this is a very simple process using the same reader, only that user can set or disable the alarm and peripherals.
Ievo Managing Director Shaun Oakes, in North Shields (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
The fingerprint readers use state-of-the-art technology that enables users to be identified even if their hands are covered in dust or grease. The control units can also be placed outside allowing alarms to be disabled before entering a property .
The ability to be used outside is also particularly useful at industrial and construction sites, where workers can be restricted from accessing certain areas of the premises. Mr Forsyth added that, since launching the partnership, Ievo is already seeing smaller companies take up the new system. He said: We re delighted to be working with an award-winning international leader in electronic security devices and see this integration as opening up a potentially huge market for smaller and domestic systems.
With the Texecom integration now available, we are already seeing an uptake from those who previously enquired about intruder alarm integration and single door access control.
The fingerprint readers are available as part of Texecom s Premier Elite Series of control panels, which can also be used to alert the police of a break-in.
The Spanish government is to ramp up security at busy tourist sites across the country following this week s attacks that left at least 13 people dead and more than 130 injured, it has said. The country s interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, told a press conference on Saturday morning that areas judged to be potential terror targets especially where large numbers of people gather would be given special protection .
We are going to redirect our efforts and will adapt these to every place or area that needs special protection, Mr Zoido told reporters. People of 35 different nationalities are thought to have been injured in the van attack on La Rambla, one of Barcelona s most famous tourist hotspots and authorities worry that terrorists could have eyes on the country s crucial tourism industry.
On Friday and Saturday, there was an increased police presence in Barcelona, with visible patrols across the centre of the city . A specialist police firearms team was visible near La Rambla, with marked vans parked at strategic locations. The overall security response has so far been somewhat hands-off, however, with traffic again allowed to flow freely on the non-pedestrianised section of the boulevard, which has twin traffic lanes either side of a large tiled walkway featuring cafes, artists, and market stalls. The Spanish government has also clarified that it will not be raising its terror alert level to five, the highest level, and will be leaving it at four . Level five indicates that an attack is thought to be imminent and would mean the the presence of soldiers on the streets and at places such as train stations or shopping centres.
The Spanish interior minister gave a press conference on Saturday morning
The minister said that the threat level would stay at four in part because authorities believe the alleged terror cell behind the attacks on Barcelona s La Rambla and in the resort town of Cambrils on Thursday and Friday has been dismantled. This is despite Catalonian police conducting an ongoing manhunt for 22-year old Moroccan national Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspected driver of the van in Thursday s La Rambla massacre and the new centre of the police investigation. The decision not to raise the threat level was taken after a meeting of the the Bureau of Extraordinary Terrorist Threats, Mr Zoido said, which was attended by security officials.
The Spanish authorities may be considering the impact of a higher threat level to the country s tourist industry the second biggest in the world during high season .
Hoteliers in Barcelona approached by The Independent on Friday reported cancellations following the attack on La Rambla.
Police Scotland has launched Operation Summer City as the capital gets set for the 70th anniversary of the International and Fringe festivals. It comes after it was announced anti-vehicle barriers will be installed across the city for the first time, in the wake of recent terror attacks in London and Manchester. Other measures planned for this year s festivals include an increased police presence, non-uniform officers, and the opening of the Unofficial Fringe Venue 999 in Princes Street Gardens. Superintendent Lesley Clark said: Come, have fun – it s a wonderful experience, but just think about your safety.
Think about your surroundings and, if you see anything of concern, if you don t think it s right, chances are it s not right . So please let us know and we ll follow that up. The National Barrier Asset (NBA) is in place purely and simply because, as we know this is the 70th anniversary, there will be an increase in the number of tourists.
We can see that already and the festival hasn t even begun. READ MORE1: Anti-terror barriers installed ahead of Edinburgh Festival So it s just a sensible and proportionate way to provide additional security to a crowded place. NBA includes high security gates, portals and barriers which are designed to prevent hostile vehicle attacks on key or busy crowded place locations. Horseback officers as well as dog units are among other increased security measures to be deployed. READ MORE2: Bag checks to be introduced at Edinburgh Festival shows
Police are aiming to concentrate on preventing crime by giving residents and visitors information about travel and where they can get help if they need it. Three command points where the public can access help and advice are located at The Mound, Princes Street Gardens and on the High Street next to the Fringe office. Ms Clark added: Summer City is the Police Scotland response to how we are going to provide additional facilities, additional visibility, to maximise the safety of the public.
We have the training . If we are responding to a major incident, irrespective of where it is, we would muster well and we would be able to deliver a proportionate and appropriate response. For the second year, the force unveiled a mascot for the summer operation, with Amanda the panda being given the honour.
The operation was announced at The Stand Comedy Club, which is one of the festival venues.