Two New High Performance IPOLiS Network Domes From Hanwha Techwin America
Two New High Performance IPOLiS Network Domes From Hanwha Techwin America

The SNP-3350 and SNP-3750 can simultaneously stream up to six different channels of MPEG-4 or JPEG video at 4-CIF, CIF or QCIF.Part of the Samsung iPOLiS network product range, the SNP-3350 and  SNP-3750 are both true day/night cameras with a removable Infrared Cut filter (IRC) which allows the cameras  to automatically switch from high quality colour images during the day-time, to clear, sharp and infrared responsive monochrome images at night.The SNP-3350 has a 33x optical lens, whilst the SNP-3750 with a 37x optical lens and a 12x digital zoom, has a massive combined 444x zoom capability to capture clear images of far away objects.Like all Samsung iPOLiS products the SNP-3350 and SNP-3750 have been designed with professional security in mind and are packed with features to ensure users get the best image quality and usability. For instance, Samsung Super Noise Reduction (SSNRII) technology allows both domes to eliminate image noise in low-light conditions without creating ghosting or blurring, with the additional benefit of up to a 70% reduction in bandwidth requirements or video storage space compared to standard cameras. Both domes also benefit from Samsung Super Dynamic Range (SSDR), which balances images to reveal detail that might otherwise be hidden in shadows, DIS (Digital Image Stabilisation) and Highlight Compensation, a BLC technology unique to Samsung which detects if excessively strong light exists in the cameras' field of view.The SVM-S1 centralised management software provided with the SNP-3350 and SNP-3750 will assist operators to establish and control an effective network video management system with convenient monitoring options including PTZ controls, various events and map images.Bi-directional functionality allows sounds and conversations to be listened to remotely, whilst warning messages and instructions can be issued from a control room and doors remotely opened after audio/visual verification has been made. Once an alarm is activated or movement is detected via the domes built in eight zone motion detection function, an image of the event can immediately be sent via the operator's e-mail and FTP server.The two new domes are supported by an extensive full range of housing and bracket options including wall, pendant, corner, side pole and ceiling mounts and come with press tabs on the sides of the dome body to enable quick and simple, connection to and removal from the dome mount.As is the case with all Samsung Techwin products the SNP-3750 and SNP-3350 are offered with free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.    

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Honeywell Unveils New 600 TVL True Day/Night Vandal-resistant Mini-dome Cameras
Honeywell Unveils New 600 TVL True Day/Night Vandal-resistant Mini-dome Cameras

Honeywell is proud to introduce the new and improved HD4 Series of vandal-resistant dome cameras. Completely designed by Honeywell, the HD4D3SX, HD4DAFSX and HD4DIRSX come fully integrated with camera and lens that performs in both indoor and outdoor environments. Whatever the application, the new HD4 Series has a solution for you.Quick/easy installation - The new compact surface or flush one-piece mount design allows for fast, easy installation directly to a ceiling, wall, or to a 4S (using the supplied adapter plate), single, or double electrical box. In addition, a wall or pendant mount kit is available for installation in virtually any application. The new internal cable management design enables installers to easily place their video/power connection within the housing base and not in walls or conduit pipe. The HD4DAFSX has an auto focus mechanical zoom lens that continuously adjusts to the correct focus automatically for the sharpest picture, resulting in reduced installation time. Flexibility - With both composite and unshielded twisted pair (UTP) outputs, installers only need to buy one model for any application. This reduces the amount of inventory needed, and if the installation changes, there is no need to spend time returning the wrong camera and buying a new one. Better image quality - 600 TVL allows for outstanding picture clarity, sharp edge definition and true colour contrast. HD4DIRSX comes with ‘anti-saturation technology' to provide the clearest image in dark conditions. Highlight Masking Exposure (HME) masks overly-exposed light sources (such as car headlights) to produce a definable image. Peace of mind - New built-in breather vent eliminates all humidity or water ingress issues to eliminate weather-related issues and potential loss of critical video. The new integrated heater and thermostat ensures the camera will continue to function in temperatures as low as -40°F (-40°C). Part Number  Description HD4D3SX 1/3" CCD Integrated True Day/Night Rugged Dome Camera with DNR, 600 TVL, 3.3-12 mm VFAI, Heater, Surface/Flush Housing, 12 VDC/24 VAC, PAL HD4DAFSX 1/3" CCD Integrated True Day/Night Rugged Dome Camera with DNR, 600 TVL, 2.9-8.5 mm Auto Focus Lens, Heater, Surface/Flush Housing, 12 VDC/24 VAC, PAL  HD4DIRSX 1/3" CCD Integrated True Day/Night Rugged Dome Camera with DNR, 600 TVL, 18 LEDs, 3.3-12 mm VFAI, Heater, Surface/Flush Housing, 12 VDC/24 VAC, PAL

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Honeywell Adds High Definition Mini-dome To IP Camera Portfolio
Honeywell Adds High Definition Mini-dome To IP Camera Portfolio

Announcing the latest addition to the Honeywell EQUIP® family of IP products and the first in a series of high definition cameras. The new HD3MDIPX indoor mini-dome provides 720p images at extremely low bandwidth for significantly reduced storage requirements-even in low light. The HD3MDIPX is the latest addition to Honeywell's expanded IP portfolio of high definition (HD) cameras that allows end users to integrate a broad range of digital technology into their analog systems. The HD mini-dome provides extremely high picture quality at the cost of traditional analog cameras. It features an externally accessible web-based menu to let operators view and control cameras from virtually anywhere, and camera tamper detection alerts users instantly if a camera has been obstructed or vandalised. "When it comes to new security installations, IP-based systems are growing in prevalence as viable options alongside traditional analog-based approaches," said Vineet Nargolwala, general manager EMEA, Honeywell Systems Group. "IP migration is not a matter of if - it's a matter of when. And as this happens and the price of IP falls, the capabilities and benefits of IP will continue to grow. In light of this, beginning a migration to IP-based systems is a necessary way to future-proof an organization and prepare for the day when IP will be the dominant form of video." The company's IP offering includes a powerful video management platform, MAXPRO® VMS, and a complete selection of recording solutions. Open architecture lets users easily transition digital technology into existing analog systems and provides users the flexibility they need to control costs and maximize their investment in existing equipment. The HD portfolio of cameras will soon expand to include an outdoor mini-dome, a bullet camera and box camera options. For more information, visit www.honeywellipsolutions.com

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Honeywell Showcases Integrated Security Solutions, Launches Training Programmes At IFSEC 2009
Honeywell Showcases Integrated Security Solutions, Launches Training Programmes At IFSEC 2009

IFSEC hall 4, stand E70Honeywell will showcase its latest integrated, IP-based security systems at IFSEC 2009, which is being held at the NEC Birmingham from May 11-14. Visitors to the Honeywell stand E70 in Hall 4 can see a variety of recently launched products and solutions designed to help installers win more business and boost their revenues. These include the Fusion III v3.6 Digital Video Recorder (DVR), HCX megapixel camera range, ACUIX™ ES PTZ and fixed dome cameras and Performance Series security cameras.IFSEC also sees the unveiling of Honeywell's Trained Specifier Certification (TSC) programme, designed to help consultants and specifiers stay in touch with market trends. The company will also promote its Systems Integrator Programme (SIP), which provides customers with industry knowledge through a wide range of training programmes.The products and solutions taking the spotlight on the Honeywell stand this year include:Fusion III v3.6 Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and HCX megapixel camera range - Providing security installers and integrators with a comprehensive Honeywell IP video solution alongside its analog solutions, the Fusion III v3.6 DVR is ideal for organizations such as government facilities, educational centers, commercial buildings and municipal environments looking to expand digital or analog networks with the latest IP technology.  The solution offers full integration with Honeywell's new HCX megapixel camera range as well as the EQUIP™ range of IP cameras and ACUIX™ IP PTZ domes. ACUIX™ ES PTZ and fixed dome cameras - This line of pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) and fixed dome cameras has a reduced footprint that fits into most surveillance environments.  Operating on less than 15 watts of power, the ACUIX ES offers energy efficiency as well as ease of installation and operation. Performance Series security cameras - The Performance Series incorporates indoor and indoor/outdoor mini-domes as well as bullet cameras, many with infrared (IR) illumination. The line is ideal for organizations looking for cost-effective security surveillance.Recognising that success for installers and consultants in 2009 is about more than just product, Honeywell is launching training programmes that deliver valuable sales, marketing and technical support and training. These programmes include: Trained Specifier Certification (TSC) - Honeywell's TSC programme will be officially launched at IFSEC. It is designed to help consultants and specifiers stay in touch with market developments and trends as well as new solutions, applications and technology. This richly varied programme provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today's market and encourages a rewarding relationship between Honeywell and the key security consultants, consulting engineers and specifiers who drive leading edge security solutions across Europe.Systems Integrator Programme (SIP) - This programme is designed specifically to help system integrators generate new business, stimulate growth and build and sustain customer relationships, providing them with a variety of marketing, training and support resources. Honeywell offers three membership tiers to participants, and courses are held at the company's Training Centres of Excellence in the UK, Netherlands and Germany."We are witnessing dramatic change in the security space: systems are moving from analog to digital; applications are bridging physical and logical security; and companies are adopting a more holistic approach than ever before," said Vineet Nargolwala, general manager EMEA, Honeywell Systems Group. "At IFSEC we are demonstrating the rich variety of ways in which Honeywell is responding to these changes and is protecting our customers' businesses, from two-door systems to multi-site access control and video security, and integrated systems based on IP or analog. We are also launching new training initiatives designed to enable our customers to stay ahead of industry changes."

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Honeywell HD3CHSX - High Resolution Day/night Colour Indoor Mini Dome Camera
Honeywell HD3CHSX - High Resolution Day/night Colour Indoor Mini Dome Camera

Honeywell's HD3CHSX indoor fixed mini-dome camera is the latest addition to the HD3 Series. No matter how demanding the environment, this compact, integrated solution delivers outstanding image quality under almost any light conditions. The 1/3" CCD sensor offers the latest in digital video surveillance technology with accurate colour rendition through a wide variety of lighting conditions. The HD3CHSX incorporates the latest Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) technology to produce extremely sharp and clear images regardless of lighting levels. DNR removes noise artefacts, increasing the performance of motion detection and typically providing longer recording durations on digital and network video recorders. Producing 540 TV lines of crisp, clear horizontal resolution with a minimum illumination of 0.2 lux, the HD3CHSX reproduces sharper images down to the smallest detail with outstanding accuracy. A 2.8-10.5 mm Vari-focal Auto Iris lens covers a wide range of viewing angles. Picture adjustment after installation is easy with the 3-D axis gimbal that is capable of 360° of pan, 160° of tilt and 360° of horizontal rotation. The HD3CHSX integrates a camera and lens into a compact, one-piece design for fast and easy installation. The surface mount offers easy installation directly to a ceiling, wall, or 2S single gang box. A wall/pendant mount kit is available in off white for inconspicuous installation in virtually any application. A service/monitor cable is included for easy on-site adjustments.  

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Honeywell Introduces New Miniature True Day/night PTZ Dome To The Performance Series
Honeywell Introduces New Miniature True Day/night PTZ Dome To The Performance Series

The HDTX True Day/Night PTZ dome offers the economy and size of a fixed lens mini-dome camera whilst offering the functionality and versatility of a PTZ dome. The HDTX is a low profile unit suited to areas where a larger dome is impractical. Its small size remains virtually unnoticed in varying indoor surveillance applications, so it is perfect for retail sites or other environments where customers and visitors are monitored. The camera provides excellent picture quality - even in low light - due to its 10X optical zoom lens and 470 TVL resolution. A single connection lead connects straight into the dome, saving the installer time on site or allowing more domes to be commissioned per day. Each unit comes with fittings so that it can be flush or surface-mounted. Wall and ceiling mount brackets are also available. The HDTX is also environmentally friendly, designed to consume less energy and customers have the option to power it via either a 24VAC or 12VDC power supply.  "The HDTX offers installers and end-users a small, adaptable product that is easy to install and cost effective to operate," comments Jeremy Kimber, Commercial Operational Marketing Leader EMEA. "In addition, because HDTX has a 360° viewing angle and the ability to get to any one of 127 programmable preset positions at 360° per second, it offers fast image capture in any direction." The Performance Series range includes indoor and indoor/outdoor mini-domes as well as bullet cameras, many with infrared (IR) illumination and a range of H.264 digital video recorders.  The range is ideal for organizations looking for cost effective surveillance as a part of their security systems. For more information on the Performance Series, visit www.honeywell.com/security/uk/performance.

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5 Key Ways To Ensure End-to-end Perimeter Protection
5 Key Ways To Ensure End-to-end Perimeter Protection

Critical infrastructure facilities that must secure large areas with extended outer boundary and numerous entry points, present a particularly difficult challenge when it comes to perimeter protection. As such, true end-to-end perimeter protection calls for the utilization of a sophisticated, multi-layered solution that is capable of defending against anticipated threats. Integrated systems that incorporate thermal imaging, visible cameras, radar and strong command and control software are crucial for covering the various potential areas of attacks. Let’s look at these technologies and the five key functions they enable to achieve an end-to-end solution that provides intrusion detection, assessment and defense for the perimeter. 1. Threat Recognition The first step in effectively defending against a threat is recognizing that it’s there. By combining state-of-the-art intrusion detection technologies, facilities can arm themselves with a head start against possible intruders. An exceptionally important aspect of effective perimeter protection is the ability to conduct 24-hour surveillance, regardless of weather conditions, environmental settings, or time of day. Visible cameras do not perform as well in low light scenarios and inclement weather conditions. However, thermal imaging cameras can provide constant protection against potential intruders, regardless of visual limitations, light source or many environmental factors. In fact, facilities such as power stations located near bodies of water can use thermal cameras to create what is known as a “thermal virtual fence” in areas where they are unable to utilize the protection of a physical fence or wall. Deterring suspicious activity can be achieved through real-time two-way audio, a simple but powerful tool Critical infrastructure applications require not only continuous video surveillance and monitoring, but also a solution that yields highly reliable intrusion detection, with fewer false alarms. This need makes advanced video analytics a must for any adequate surveillance system. Features like dynamic event detection and simplified data presentation are game changing in supporting accurate intrusion analysis and facilitating a proactive response. Advanced analytics will provide multiple automated alarm notification options, including email, edge image storage, digital outputs or video management software (VMS) alarms. Incorporating high quality, unique and adaptive analytics can virtually eliminate false alarms, allowing security personnel to respond more efficiently and effectively, while also lowering overall cost for the end user. While surveillance technologies such as radar, thermal imaging and visible cameras, or video analytics work well on their own, utilizing all of these options together provides an advanced perimeter detection system. For example, ground surveillance radar can detect possible threats beyond the fence line as they approach and send a signal to pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, triggering them to slew to a specific location. From there, embedded analytics and visible cameras can further identify objects, notify authorized staff, and collect additional evidence through facial recognition or high-quality photos. 2. Automatic Response Systems Once an intrusion attempt is discovered, it is important to act fast. Organizing a response system that can initiate actions based on GPS location data, such as the slewing of PTZ cameras, automated intruder tracking or activated lighting sensors, greatly increases staff’s situational awareness while easing their workload. For instance, thermal imagers deployed in conjunction with video analytics can be used to generate an initial alarm event, which can then trigger a sequence of other security equipment and notifications for personnel to eventually respond to. Having all of this in place essentially lays the entire situation out in a way that allows responders to accurately understand and evaluate a scene. Power stations located near bodies of water can use thermal cameras to create a “thermal virtual fence” in areas where they are unable to utilize the protection of a physical fence or wall 3. Deterring Suspicious Activity  After the designated auto-response mechanisms have activated and done their job, it is time for responders to acknowledge and assess the situation. From here, authorized personnel can take the next appropriate step toward defending against and delaying the threat. Deterring suspicious activity can be achieved through real-time two-way audio, a simple but powerful tool. Often, control room operators can diffuse a situation by speaking over an intercom, telling the trespasser that they are being watched and that the authorities have been notified. This tactic, known as ‘talk down’, also allows officers to view the intruder’s reaction to their commands and evaluate what they feel the best next step is. If individuals do not respond in a desired manner, it may be time to take more serious action and dispatch a patrolman to the area. 4. Delay, Defend, Dispatch And Handle The possible danger has been identified, recognized and evaluated. Now it is time to effectively defend against current attacks and slow down both cyber and physical perpetrators’ prospective efforts. Through the use of a well-designed, open platform VMS, security monitors can manage edge devices and other complementary intrusion detection and response technologies, including acoustic sensors, video analytics, access control and radio dispatch. A robust VMS also enables operators to control functions such as video replay, geographical information systems tracking, email alerts and hand-off to law enforcement. With the right combination of technologies, facilities can take monitoring and evidence collection to the next level The primary purpose of the delay facet of the overall perimeter protection strategy is to stall an attempted intrusion long enough for responders to act. Access control systems play a key role in realizing this objective. When a security officer sees a non-compliant, suspicious individual on the camera feed, the officer can lock all possible exits to trap them in one area all through the VMS. 5. Intelligence: Collect Evidence And Debrief More data and intelligence collected from an event equals more crucial evidence for crime resolution and valuable insight for protecting against future incidents. With the right combination of technologies, facilities can take monitoring and evidence collection to the next level. One innovative resource that has become available is a live streaming application that can be uploaded to smart phones and used for off-site surveillance. This app gives personnel the power to follow intruders with live video anywhere and allows operators to monitor alarm video in real-time. Geographic Information System (GIS) maps are computer systems utilized for capturing, storing, reviewing, and displaying location related data. Capable of displaying various types of data on one map, this system enables users to see, analyze, easily and efficiently. Multi-sensor cameras, possessing both visible and thermal capabilities, provide high-contrast imaging for superb analytic detection (in any light) and High Definition video for evidence such as facial ID or license plate capture. Integrating these two, usually separated, camera types into one helps to fill any gaps that either may normally have. Still, in order to capture and store all of this valuable information and more, a robust, VMS is required. Recorded video, still images and audio clips serve as valuable evidence in the event that a trial must take place to press charges. Control room operators can use data collection tools within their VMS to safely transfer video evidence from the field to the courtroom with just a few clicks of their mouse. More advanced video management systems can go a step further and package this data with other pertinent evidence to create a comprehensive report to help ensure conviction.

ISC West 2019: What's New In Physical Security's Biggest Global Tradeshow?
ISC West 2019: What's New In Physical Security's Biggest Global Tradeshow?

ISC West continues to innovate and adapt to the changing needs of the security marketplace. In 2019, there will be 200 new exhibitors, 100 new speakers and an expanding mix of attendees that includes more end users and international attendees. The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) will be held April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Among the more than 200 new exhibitors on the show floor will be Dell Technologies, Resideo, SAST (a Bosch IoT startup), Belkin International, NetApp, Lenovo, Kingston Technology and many others. The event continues to see more and more solutions in the area of IoT/connected security, a surge in barrier/bollards exhibitors, an increased number of start-up companies, and an emphasis this year on stadium/major events security. Plus, the new exhibit area of ISC West, Venetian Ballroom, will include a mix of solutions from mid-sized domestic and international companies, and is the home of the Emerging Technology Zone – back for its second year with 50-plus start-up companies expected.  The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) will be held April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas “ISC West is no longer just about video cameras, access control systems and alarms,” says Will Wise, Group Vice President, Security Portfolio for Reed Exhibitions, which produces and manages ISC West. Embracing and stimulating the market dynamic of comprehensive security for a safer, connected world, solutions on display at the show reflect convergence across physical security, IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology). The ISC West expo floor includes specialized featured areas such Connected Home, Public Safety & Security, Connected Security, Unmanned Security Expo and the Emerging Technology Zone. Plus, complimentary education sessions in the Unmanned Security Expo theatre will include topics such as drones, counter-drone solutions, ground robotics and regulations/policies that support autonomous technology. This year’s event will feature more than 1,000 products and brands covering everything from video surveillance, access control and alarms/alerts, to IoT, IT/cybersecurity convergence, AI, embedded systems, drones and robotics, smart homes, smart cities, public safety and more. The ISC West expo floor includes specialized featured areas such Connected Home and the Emerging Technology Zone  Elevating the Keynote Series  Over the past few years, ISC West has elevated its Keynote Series (open to all attendee types) to include more speakers and dynamic content covering relevant topics. Attendees should be sure to head to the Keynote room Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. before the expo floor opens at 10 a.m.  Relating to attendance, ISC West continues to diversify and grow the attendee universe by attracting additional enterprise government end-users across physical and IT/OT responsibilities. The show also continues to attract and grow the channel audience, and there will be an increasing number of International attendees.  “Years ago, ISC West was known exclusively as a dealer/integrator/installer show, but not anymore,” says Wise. “Today, the demographic mix continues to evolve as the event diversifies its product and educational offerings, embracing the current market reality of collaboration among integrators/dealers/installers, end-user decision-makers, and public safety and security professionals.”  When planning for the show, be sure to view the list of special events and take advantage of the additional connection-making opportunities Within the SIA Education@ISC West conference program, there are over 100 new speakers. Through ISC West’s strong partnership with the Security Industry Association (SIA, the Premier Sponsor of ISC), the SIA Education@ISC West program has expanded and become increasingly dynamic and diverse over the last three years. In addition, ISC West and SIA are hosting a Women in Security breakfast on Friday morning April 12th.  Women in Security is a new track for the education program.    “Our attendance data reflects the demand for a mix of physical security integrator and end-user content, a balance of technical and management/strategic topics, and diverse topics incorporating IoT and cybersecurity/physical security convergence, and analytics expertise,” says Wise. “Last year was a record year for conference program attendance, and 2019 will yet again set new benchmarks.” Mobile apps, information desks and ease of registration ISC West is also focusing on the attendee experience. Need advice on what exhibitors are a fit for your business needs and interests? The Information Desk adjacent to the main expo entrance will provide customized recommendations based on the information attendees provided during the registration process.  Attendees can download the official ISC West mobile app and create a MyShow account through the ISC West website Attendees can download the official ISC West mobile app and create a MyShow account through the ISC West website to research exhibitors and product categories, receive exhibitor recommendations that best fit business needs, review complimentary educational opportunities as well as 85-plus sessions from the paid SIA Education@ISC program.  There are many networking opportunities being offered at the show this year. When planning for the show, be sure to view the list of special events and take advantage of the additional connection-making opportunities.  Whether attendees want to network with peers or customers at an awards ceremony (Sammy Awards, Fast 50, New Product Showcase Awards), Charity event (AIREF Golf Classic, Mission 500 Security 5K-2K Run/Walk), or an industry party (SIA Market Leaders Reception, ISC West Customer Appreciation Party at Tao), there are a variety of special events offered, all designed to help you make new connections. Make sure to check out the ISC West website for all the Special Events taking place at ISC West.

How Effective Security Departments Bust Multi-million Dollar Crimes
How Effective Security Departments Bust Multi-million Dollar Crimes

It had been a particularly slow night. The plant security guard had just made his rounds on this Sunday evening shift. As soon as he passed the weighing scales, he could enter the guard shack and get off his feet. Challenging A Curious Incident However, on this night, he noticed the waste vendor’s truck sitting half on and half off the scale. He stopped dead in his tracks to see if the truck would back up and completely sit on the scale. It never did. The observant guard walked up to the truck and challenged the driver who seemed surprised. “Hey, you’re not weighing your truck properly.” The driver fumbled for a response before replying, “Sorry, I was on the phone with a friend. I didn’t notice it.” But this security guard had the presence of mind to demand the driver’s phone. The driver was caught off guard and surrendered the phone. The guard then pulled up the most recent incoming/outgoing calls and saw no calls during the last 30 minutes. “I don’t think so.” “You don’t think so what?” The security guard was frank, “You haven’t used this phone in over half an hour.” The truck driver sheepishly acknowledged the fact. It was decided to install video surveillance covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting Preventing Crime As It Happens Knowing the driver was lying, the security guard ordered the truck back on the scale for a correct weighing and advised the driver that he would report the incident. The security guard wrote up his report and handed it off to his supervisor who, in turn, contacted the local corporate investigator. This investigator was soon on the phone with his boss at corporate headquarters on the other side of the world. Together with Security, they decided to install video surveillance covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting. However, once completed, they waited. They would not have to wait long. For the next two months, the waste vendor trucks, filled to the brim with production waste, black-and-white paper and other waste products from the plant, would stop on the scale only for a moment and then drive the front half of the truck off the scale for weighing. It was obvious that the vendor was cheating the company by only paying for half the waste. After two months, it was decided to catch the next cheating driver “en flagrante.” Sure enough, the next truck went half on and half off the scale and was weighed. Security then asked the unsuspecting driver to park his truck and invited him inside the building to talk to a supervisor. The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet Waiting for the driver in a large office was the local investigator and his close friend, the Head of Security. After a difficult interview, the driver admitted to cheating on the scales over a two-year period—he claimed that some of the scale cheating was done at the direction of the vendor’s management, while some of it he did himself by “ripping off” the vendor—which he acknowledged was dangerous. Working With Authorities The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet—they would see what they could do for him later on. In the meantime, Corporate Investigations had received a due diligence report on the vendor company which contained disturbing news—the company and its managers were associated with a countrywide waste management mafia. The report suggested that the vendor had a reputation for thefts and involvement in numerous lawsuits regarding thefts and embezzlement. Shockingly, no prior due diligence had ever been conducted on the vendor. Fortunately, the plant’s finance and audit team had maintained good records over the past 5 years and were able to re-construct the amount of waste going out the plant door and the amounts being claimed and paid for by the vendor. The discrepancy and loss stood at a multi-million dollar figure. After consulting with the local police authorities and company lawyers, it was decided to pursue a civil case against the vendor. Pursuing Legal Action The regional lawyer, the Head of Investigations, the Head of Security and the CFO invited the vendor to discuss the problem. Some of the evidence was shown to the vendor’s CEO who became indignant and, in order to save face, promised to fire the truck drivers and to repay any losses for the last two months. Inter-dependent entities - security, investigations, finance/audit and legal - combined their resources and agendas to form a unified front That was not enough for the company and a protracted legal battle ensued which lasted several years and resulted in the vendor’s paying almost the entire amount in instalments. The vendor was dropped from the contract and internal controls strengthened—the only plant employee dealing with the waste issue left the company and was replaced by two individuals. The plant also began paying more attention to the waste process and less to the production side. Several “lessons learned” come to mind. First, the tripwire came in the person of an astute and well-trained security guard who exhibited some of the best characteristics you want to see from men and women in that profession. The Security Department was also adept at installing the surveillance system and capturing the fraud live on videotape. But a far greater lesson was learned—of what can happen when inter-dependent entities (security, investigations, finance/audit and legal) within a company combine their resources and agendas to form a unified front. The results speak for themselves.