Parcel Security

M4siz has brought together a specialised group of image analysis specialists to apply its skills to developing the technology and performance you require for detecting a range of materials and products. This technology has a wide range of applications and M4siz can provide bespoke product development and software solutions or enhance the precision of existing products to protect the reputation and brand value of your business.

The high security alert status in the UK, currently set at SUBSTANTIAL, is mirrored across the world and means that it has never been more important to ensure the ensure the safety of personnel and protect the integrity of the corporate environment. M4siz are pleased to bring you a product that incorporates the latest software development tools to provide individual and corporate security from the screening of mail room and reception activities to individual executive mail screening services. For the level of risk detection acheiveable with our latest machines, especially using our powder detection system, it is one of the most cost effective solutions available to protect your most valuable resource - your staff.

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The problem with Business Continuity

Business Continuity

Business Continuity is a strategic and a tactical essential for today’s modern business. However, here is the inherent problem: it is designed to be triggered by a sequence of events, the Crisis Spiral, that sets in motion the response to protect or restore a range of functions. However, each trigger event will vary from organisation to organisation and may be a subjective trigger rather than an objective one. What about our customer I.M. Angry, who is at the end of their tether. In an act of desperation they decide to cause as much problem for that business as possible.

In a given business continuity scenario, these event triggers must breach a substantial threshold set by the organisation to activate the strategy and supress the Crisis Spiral. Critically, the time taken to trigger a business continuity response can lead to significant disruption to the business and a freezing of business operations not as a result of failure in the strategy but in this period we call the Continuity Gap.

Thus, what happens when a fire alarm is set off in a building. The building is immediately evacuated and a search instigated for the cause of the event. The Fire emergency protocol for the building is activated. The businesses involved in the evacuation will have any business operational process active at the time of the Continuity Event shut down, data lost or corrupted and perhaps an unsupervised office or open desktop. The impact of the Continuity Event is the same for a range of possible scenarios: malicious attack; accidental trigger; circuit failure; minor localised incident; fire event. The cost to the organisation is the same for each scenario.

The organisation continuity strategy may not have been triggered by such events, yet the cost of unproductive staff on the pavement is still incurred rather than being engaged in generating business profit. Thus, additional protocols are introduced to provide additional logic steps for your Event Trigger during the Crisis Spiral. What does our client I.M Angry and people like them do? Well, they are vengeful and angry but do not want to take unnecessary risks in seeking what they see as some sort of justice or retribution.

They decide to put some talcum-powder to mimic a biological attack or a battery and some wires in an envelope to mimic a bomb threat and send it to the business through the post or even hand delivers it to reception. Are you confident that your organisation is prepared for this event?

What happens when it arrives? If your organisation is prepared it is detected early in the Crisis Spiral and package is identified as suspect. If your organisation is not prepared, then the package potentially lands on someone’s desk. If they open it, your business is now faced with the imminent threat of either an explosion or massive contamination of your air conditioning system. Fortunately, it is only talcum powder but you now have a traumatised employee or group of employees on your hands. You are so busy dealing with your employees the Building Emergency evacuation procedure is activated and your business continuity strategy activated. The building is emptied, the police are called, police respond, tests are conducted, results are processed and staff are allowed back to work but this can be up to eight hours later. That’s a whole day lost, staff costs incurred, maybe some trauma counselling or sick days. These events happen – look at the recent attack on the office of MP and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Jo Swinson, that resulted in the partial closure of the third floor of Portculis House as a result of a talcum powder letter . The stream of emergency services in attendance, Police, Fire Brigade, Army Bomb Disposal Unit, Ambulance Service consumed time and money better deployed elsewhere, simply as a result of the 50 pence it took to manufacture and send a letter. Because, and this is the important point, you have to react to the incident as if it were a real and imminent threat to life.

About the author

James Ling, is Technical Solutions Director at M4siz Limited, a manufacturer and developer of image analysis and security detection systems