Posted on Thursday 7 February 2013 by Ulster Business

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Tavcom managing director Mike Tennent and Mercury Security director Francis Cullen launch the '18.12' conference

Mercury Security and Tavcom Training are jointly running a conference for security professionals at the La Mon Hotel and Country Club near Belfast on March 7.

The '18.12' conference is being supported by a number of expert speakers from across the security industry and will feature practical tests and demonstrations of a wide range of products and technologies.

"Our day/night event is intended to give those attending a greater understanding of many of the current issues relating to both analogue and IP network technology, and it will also cover the latest CCTV standards," said Mike Tennent, Managing Director of Hampshire based Tavcom Training.

"We are calling it the 18.12 Conference simply because we will be addressing how CCTV cameras cope with challenging lighting conditions and, although we have a packed afternoon of presentations covering other issues, the practical tests and fun will start when the sun sets at twelve minutes past six."

Analytics, Thermal imaging and the gathering of video evidence will be among the subjects to be discussed at the conference, whilst among the expert speakers will be Brian Hoy of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), who will talk about what it means for an installation to be 'fit for purpose', Peter Fry, Head of the CCTV User Group who will bring with him a realistic and perhaps somewhat controversial view of public surveillance systems, and John Laws, an independent security consultant, who will table and discuss the question: Is IP everything it is cracked up to be?

Mercury Security Director Francis William Cullen said: "It's clear from the success of the technical training facility which we jointly set up last year with Tavcom Training at our head office in Lisburn, County Antrim, that installers and security professionals in Northern Ireland are hungry to learn more about the technologies which can help them generate new business. They also, of course, want to be able to offer professional advice to their customers on how to get the best out of the technology incorporated into the latest generation of CCTV equipment."

Security professionals can register their interest by emailing


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