What is going to happen to China’s top security surveillance giants Hikvision and Dahua in the UK?

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has already made plans to shrink the involvement of the Chinese firm Huawei in Britain’s 5G infrastructure development. Will Boris Johnson go one step further and follow the USA in banning other Chinese tech companies such as Hikvision and Dahua? 

Australia has already started removing Hikvision from its state-owned buildings. 

With the latest of  Australia’s round of expanded to 5G restrictions, the Government of Southern Australian has made a change to get rid of all closed-circuit security cameras made by a Chinese surveillance giant from health department buildings, In accordance with an article by the Sydney Morning Herald.

This article states that the cameras in question are made by the partially state-owned Chinese security technology company Hikvision, which was blacklisted in October of 2019 by the United States for the alleged role they had to play in human rights violations and in purporting to create a security network amongst federal agencies. Issues with Hikvision in Southern Australia were first noticed in the course of a Commonwealth-funded trial in which Hikvision security cameras were to be used in the rooms of aged care residents. This was to improve the overall safety.

Upon South Australia Health asking for more details from Hikvision to ensure its compliance with South Australian security guidelines, the company, Hikvision quit the pilot, with South Australian Health Minister Stephen Wade further saying that “security and technical issues” arose with the pilot. This also comes following the Department of Defence removing two Hikvision security cameras from their Perth and Adelaide bases in 2018. However, despite this ban, Hikvision security cameras are still being used in and across the public hospital network in New South Wales.

The ban serves as a constant reminder that the importation and outsourcing of technology products and services bring its own set of complex circumstances. Therefore It is paramount that the Australian government fully understands the full suite of security risks inherent in such technology forms.

NSW Health has also said its public hospital network was serviced by CCTV,  a range of suppliers did this service, including none other than Hikvision.

In contrast to the above stories, Hikvision in Europe has experienced significant growth and development. From just a few people, the company now employees over 300 dedicated employees serving customers all over Europe.

Hikvision would not have been so successful without its state background. But, the same factor that has contributed to its success in China is causing a big problem in the overseas market. The future business success of Hikvision overseas massively depends on its future corporate policies.  

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Dear Student,

Ref: COVID-19 Update  

We’ve been working hard to responsibly reopen our centre, as per the government new ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines published on 11th May 2020, our courses will be running from the 1st June 2020 with all safety measures in place.  The opening hours will be from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday.   We have developed a COVID-19 policy statement to follow all the UK government and WHO guidelines  Please see the below information.  However, if there are any changes to the government guidelines, we will inform you accordingly.   As a part of our COVID-19 policy statement, we have restricted the total maximum number of students per classroom to four. Therefore, if you have not booked your place, please call us on 03330064005 and book your place. 

We understand that there are current students who have been waiting since March to start their courses. Please call us on 03330064005 to re-book your place of study.   If you have already booked on the course and have difficulties (e.g. accommodation or other problems) in attending or re-booking, please contact us as we can make alternative arrangements.   Please be aware that if you or anyone you live with have COVID-19 symptoms, you should not come to our centre and follow the government guidelines.  

We know this will be a difficult time for our students and customers. We appreciate your understanding and support in helping us to protect you and our staff.  

Thank you.  

Yours sincerely,  

Ferdinand Joseph

Director

Cube Group

———————————– Coronavirus 

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on businesses both in the UK and around the world could reach an unprecedented scale. This policy statement sets out Cube Group Training Ltd response to the current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will give assurance that we are doing everything we can to minimise the impact of the virus, and continue the training we provide. We are taking our responsibilities very seriously.  We have taken three drastic measures to safeguard our delegates and our staff.

  1. Promoting our online learning platform.
  2. Reducing the number of hours by running live video streams, online training videos and presentations.
  3. Following the government guidelines in safeguarding our learners and staff.

Promoting our online learning platform

  1. Our registered delegates (enrolled learners) will have access to the online portal. We have organised a number of online seminars to help learners to understand the portal. We also have a dedicated staff member who will provide guidance and support.
  2. Learners can attempt free quizzes, and online tests to prepare for their final assessment. 
  3. This will allow them to work remotely and submit their coursework, assignments and their exams.

Reducing the number of hours by running live video streams, online training videos and presentations.

  1. By encouraging the delegates to follow our online sessions, the course in-class hours will be reduced.
  2. We are running a series of online training sessions which will cover the theory part of the course.
  3. We have made a number of interactive videos, animations and presentations.
  4. We run live tutoring sessions, where learners will be able to ask questions via video chat, text chat and emails. 

Following the government guidelines in safeguarding our learners and staff. Below are some of the tougher measures that we have taken to create a safe environment for our learners and staff.

  1. All of our admin staff are working from home where possible.
  2. All of our staff have strict instructions to consult a healthcare professional if they experience any relevant symptoms and report the results to us.
  3. No member of Cube Staff, or their associates, have visited any country deemed high-risk in the last 2 months.
  4. Every delegate’s body temperature will be recorded using a touch-free thermometer before the training starts.
  5. If the delegate’s body temperature shows a high reading, we will advise the delegate to postpone the training date or discuss an alternative arrangement.
  6. Every delegate is encouraged to report directly to us if there are any instances where another person in the class shows signs of relevant symptoms for COVID-19.
  7. We will only allow four delegates per classroom and maintain the two-metre minimum spatial recommendation.
  8. Unfortunately, we are forced to stop serving refreshments at the centre. Every delegate will be provided with a bottle of water.
  9. Every delegate will be given the following PPE equipment: 
    1. Disposable gloves
    2. Face mask
    3. Face cover
    4. Antibacterial wipes
    5. Hand sanitizer
    6. Disposable hand towels, Bin

COVID-19 PPE for students CCTV installation course

  1. Every delegate will be given separate tools and a dedicated station at which to work.
  2. Every delegate will be asked to clean the tools before and after they use them.
  3. Our centre is now subject to a regime of regular antibacterial wipe-downs of desks, delegate laptops and door handles, with hand sanitiser dispensers located at the entrance to each building. 
  4. Tissues and antibacterial wipes are available throughout our centres, with dedicated tissue bins to effectively control any potential contamination.
  5. All office-based staff will monitor each other, and where practicable observe the two-metre minimum spatial recommendation set out by PHE (Public Health England) to minimise the spread of infection.
  6. COVID-19 signs are used throughout the centre to warn and remind the staff, visitors and delegates about the preventive measures.
  7. A risk assessment is conducted every fortnight and reviewed continuously.
  8. Further details can be found by downloading the WHO and HomeOffice guidelines.

Last updated: 27th May 2020

Dear Student,

Ref: COVID-19 Update

At the time of writing the below statement, the Cube Group Training Ltd is planning to restart our training sessions by the 18th May 2020. However, we are taking all the measures to safeguard our employees and customers. 

Like everyone, we are following guidance from Public Health England and the World Health Organization (WHO).

We have developed a COVID-19 plan to implement these guidelines. 

We have introduced changes to how we deliver and assess our training courses.

We will reassess the current measures every fortnight.

If you are a current student, our colleagues will be in touch with you to discuss these plans and book you for your practical session. 

The below statement gives a comprehensive view of the measures we have taken to comply with the government advice. 

Should you require any further information, please contact our team on 03330064005.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Ferdinand Joseph

Director

Cube Group

———————————–

Coronavirus 

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on businesses both in the UK and around the world could reach an unprecedented scale.

This policy statement sets out Cube Group Training Ltd response to the current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will give assurance that we are doing everything we can to minimise the impact of the virus, and continue the training we provide.

We are taking our responsibilities very seriously. 

We have taken three drastic measures to safeguard our delegates and our staff.

  1. Promoting our online learning platform.
  2. Reducing the number of hours by running live video streams, online training videos and presentations.
  3. Following the government guidelines in safeguarding our learners and staff.

Promoting our online learning platform

  1. Our registered delegates (enrolled learners) will have access to the online portal. We have organised a number of online seminars to help learners to understand the portal. We also have a dedicated staff member who will provide guidance and support.
  2. Learners can attempt free quizzes, and online tests to prepare for their final assessment. 
  3. This will allow them to work remotely and submit their coursework, assignments and their exams.

Reducing the number of hours by running live video streams, online training videos and presentations.

  1. By encouraging the delegates to follow our online sessions, the course in-class hours will be reduced.
  2. We are running a series of online training sessions which will cover the theory part of the course.
  3. We have made a number of interactive videos, animations and presentations.
  4. We run live tutoring sessions, where learners will be able to ask questions via video chat, text chat and emails. 

Following the government guidelines in safeguarding our learners and staff.

Below are some of the tougher measures that we have taken to create a safe environment for our learners and staff.

  1. All of our admin staff are working from home where possible.
  2. All of our staff have strict instructions to consult a healthcare professional if they experience any relevant symptoms and report the results to us.
  3. No member of Cube Staff, or their associates, have visited any country deemed high-risk in the last 2 months.
  4. Every delegate’s body temperature will be recorded using a touch-free thermometer before the training starts.
  5. If the delegate’s body temperature shows a high reading, we will advise the delegate to postpone the training date or discuss an alternative arrangement.
  6. Every delegate is encouraged to report directly to us if there are any instances where another person in the class shows signs of relevant symptoms for COVID-19.
  7. We will only allow three delegates per classroom and maintain the two-metre minimum spatial recommendation.
  8. Unfortunately, we are forced to stop serving refreshments at the centre. Every delegate will be provided with a bottle of water.
  9. Every delegate will be given the following PPE equipment: 
    1. Disposable gloves
    2. Face mask
    3. Face cover
    4. Antibacterial wipes
    5. Hand sanitizer
    6. Disposable hand towels, Bin
  10. Every delegate will be given separate tools and a dedicated station at which to work.
  11. Every delegate will be asked to clean the tools before and after they use them.
  12. Our centre is now subject to a regime of regular antibacterial wipe-downs of desks, delegate laptops and door handles, with hand sanitiser dispensers located at the entrance to each building. 
  13. Tissues and antibacterial wipes are available throughout our centres, with dedicated tissue bins to effectively control any potential contamination.
  14. All office-based staff will monitor each other, and where practicable observe the two-metre minimum spatial recommendation set out by PHE (Public Health England) to minimise the spread of infection.
  15. COVID-19 signs are used throughout the centre to warn and remind the staff, visitors and delegates about the preventive measures.
  16. A risk assessment is conducted every fortnight and reviewed continuously.
  17. Further details can be found by downloading the WHO and HomeOffice guidelines.

Last updated: 11th May 2020

Cube Online Courses

Earn a Cube Certificate

When you complete your course, you will earn a Cube certificate, which can boost your resume, helping you stand out in the job market.

We have new and exciting online courses which you can learn from anywhere at your own pace. 

The online courses are very engaging and include interactive discussions, updated content and reference materials, videos, and scenarios used to facilitate learning. 

Your progress is guided by an instructor while still allowing for the flexibility you want from an online course. The instructor guided online courses are self-paced with a 4-month duration to complete all modules.

For more information, please call us on 03330064005.

Online Electronic Security Courses

FREE Webinars and online courses

Who’s bored yet? OK, yes, pretty much everyone. But we’re all doing the right thing by staying inside in our pyjamas all day. 

Unless you’re already a homebody, being stuck in the house for the last few weeks is probably taking its toll on you.

The unprecedented times come with unprecedented measures, as a human race, we are quick to adapt, innovate and make the most of any situation.

Online learning

Why not learn online during this lockdown

As a leading electronic security training centre, we have announced the start of our new series of webinars and online courses. The idea is that learners can take part and develop an invaluable skill while stuck at home during the lockdown.

Upcoming events:

29th April 2020 – Electronics and CCTV Installation – FREE webinar

 

 

FREE Webinars

FREE Webinars

Hi there,

You have successfully registered for Cube webinar.

Webinar details:

Basic Electronics and CCTV Installation

By

Ferdinand Joseph MSc, BSc (Hons)

Date: 29th April 2020

Time: 10 am ((GMT+0:00) Greenwich Mean Time)

Duration: 1 hour 

Please click the following link.

29th April 2020

Looking forward to seeing you,

Cube Training

Our previous webinars:

Cube Group Training statement regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cube Group Training statement regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus 

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus and its impact on business both in the UK and around the world could reach an unprecedented scale. This policy statement sets out Cube Group Training Ltd response to the current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will give the assurances that we are doing everything we can to minimise the impact of the virus, and the training we provide.

We are taking our responsibilities very seriously.

All of our staff have strict instructions to consult a healthcare professional if they experience any relevant symptoms and report the results to us. No member of Cube Staff, or their associates, have visited any country deemed high-risk in the last 2 months.

Every delegate is encouraged to report directly to us any instances where another person in the class shows signs of relevant symptoms.

Each Cube Training centre is now subject to a regime of regular antibacterial wipe-downs of desks, delegate laptops and door handles, with hand sanitiser dispensers located at the entrance to each building. 

Tissues and antibacterial wipes are available throughout our centres, with dedicated tissue bins to effectively control any potential of contamination.

All office-based staff will monitor each other, and where practicable observe the two-metre minimum spatial recommendation set out by PHE (Public Health England) to minimise the spread of infection. Where possible, consideration to working at home will be given to those staff who may be more susceptible to the virus, and this will be established by risk assessment and reviewed continuously.

At present, we are still delivering our course programme within our Gravesend, Kent centre. The maximum delegate number of all our courses is 6, with some being substantially lower, and in line with current guidelines, the overall risk is low. All course support material and stationery shall be newly provided, with any excess material, from previous courses, disposed of in a controlled manner.

For those delegates whose travel is restricted, we are considering the development to deliver the course via a webinar link, providing the recipient IT system can support this. These courses will be typically those which do not involve any practical element.

Course Booking – Deferral / Postponement

In line with the current guidelines provided by both Public Health England, and the Government, we are trying to carry on with business as usual, however, this will be wholly dependent upon the views of all our clients, their controls associated with the outbreak, and the advice given, as well as safeguarding both our staff and our delegates.

For those clients who still require our training services, we fully appreciate your support and thank you in advance, however, we fully understand all reasons should any client wish to cancel/ defer their course booking to a later date. 

We have modified our booking terms to allow for greater flexibility for those who have training courses already booked with us. We encourage our clients to contact us as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements in terms of postponement and rescheduling of future courses.

However, failure to inform us of your intentions before a course running and anyone not attending, will unfortunately result in full payment for those with existing bookings.

Should you wish to discuss you booking with your account manager, please do not hesitate to do so, as we will endeavour to meet your requirements as well as we possibly can.

This statement aims to achieve the right balance in terms of business continuity against the risk to all staff / delegates during this period of uncertainty.

Cube Group Training will constantly monitor all associated guidance and will update its processes regularly, ensuring effective control throughout.

Symptoms in Summary

Coronavirus is essentially a respiratory disease, with the symptoms being:

  • A continual cough
  • A fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher)
  • Shortness of breath

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

What to do if you Think you Might Have Coronavirus

  1. Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service for advice NHS 111 Online Coronavirus Service
  2. Only call NHS 111 if you don’t find the online service helpful
  3. Do not go to a pharmacy or hospital
  4. You will need to call ahead if you want to attend your GP surgery

Prevention

The biggest contribution to preventing the spread of the virus is the personal one. Please ensure, at all times, you:

Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • Wash your hands when you arrive at work and get home
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the dedicated bin straight away and wash your hands immediately
  • Try to avoid close contact with unwell people
  • Don’t shake hands, acknowledge verbally
  • People should avoid pubs and clubs and work from home where at all possible
  • People with symptoms should stay at home for 14 days and don’t go out except for exercise. This will also include those persons who may be in contact with other family members who experience the symptoms
  • From the weekend, it will become necessary to ask the most vulnerable to stay shielded for 12 weeks

For more details, please call us on 03330064005 or email us at sales@cctvdvrsystem.co.uk