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Creating a Safe and Secure Workplace Environment Using a Culture of Openness

Companies that have developed a culture of openness can provide and receive feedback at all levels “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down” is an old Japanese saying that took hold in our post World War II corporate America culture. This phrase encourages an unspoken rule of conformity combined with an authoritarian hierarchical structure. Today it is important for business leaders to consider the impact this has in American workplaces. Brent O’Bryan...

How Retailers Can Best Utilize Video Surveillance Systems

Video surveillance software now allows retailers to monitor a location from anywhere Video surveillance has a lot more applications in the retail sector than mere loss prevention.  It can serve as an important management tool to boost operations and business intelligence. In this article, Gadi Piran of OnSSI, describes how surveillance video can be effectively used by retailers to improve their operating efficiencies and save costs by combining remote monitoring with...

Intelligent Key Management for Access Control

Intelligent asset management is a natural extension of access control Key and asset management can integrate with other security disciplines to extend beyond the much-hyped vogue for 'convergence' and move towards truly intelligent building management. Brenda Taylor, Sales and Marketing Director of Traka, shows how assets can be protected with an approach that draws on shared data while making its own contribution to enterprise-wide information. A point for anybody who has be...

Enhancing Security With 360-degree Video Surveillance

One alternative purpose for a 360-degree camera is the ability to provide a panoramic view in a wall-mounted orientation Changing security requirements have necessitated rapid advances in video surveillance technologies.  With the ability to retrospectively track incidents of security breaches, 360-degree cameras provide a much clearer perspective into such events. Here, Richard Pineau of Oncam explains the many facets of this technology and its impact on improv...

Perimeter Protection For Ports And Maritime Applications

Thermal video analytics identify intruders despite background water movement or glare off the water There are more than 300 ports in the U.S. maritime system, representing a major point of vulnerability that could have potentially devastating effects on the US economy. Securing the nation's ports is essential, and port perimeter security is the first line of defense against disruption to global commerce. In this article, SightLogix CEO, John Romanowich, explains how therma...

Unifying Identity Management And Access Control

For many companies, the current state of their access control infrastructure is best described as being fractured For many companies, the current state of their access control infrastructure is best described as being fractured. Multiple disparate physical and logical access control systems and cumbersome manual processes are all too common. Standardizing one system throughout a company might address part of the problem, but replacing multiple systems may require large amounts...

Getting The Most Out Of Your Emergency Call Box Investment

Acquiring emergency phones is an effective way to improve security and safety Call boxes / emergency phones play a very important role in improving security. Not only are they important communication tools in the event of an emergency, but they can also serve as effective deterrents to crime or prevent security threats.  In this article, Sam Shanes, Chairman at Talk-A-Phone, gives five valuable tips to significantly enhance the capabilities of the call box / emergenc...

Biometrics Security Solutions- Everything You Need To Know

Many forward-thinking organizations are rightly reassessing their security options In many industries, security and dependability are at the forefront of customers’ minds. But the fact is that firewalls and encryptions will only ever form part of the solution. Use of biometrics presents one of the most secure options for organizations, say Jon Mooney and Dave Bulless, security experts at Ingersoll Rand in the US and UK respectively. They list out the numerous benefits of...

Boost Homeland Security With Better Hometown Security

The idea that homeland security starts with hometown security cannot be overemphasised Homeland security, which manifests in overall public security and safety, is the responsibility of all citizens, as much as it is of the police and security officers. The idea that homeland security starts with hometown security cannot be overemphasized. Ordinary citizens can contribute to the timely detection and prevention of any serious security threat by staying alert, recognizing suspic...

IP Network Requirements For Video Surveillance/physical Security

IT networks are expanding to include more users and applications The use of corporate IT network infrastructure for physical security applications such as video surveillance presents unique challenges. Jack Fernandes, President & CEO of American Fibertek, makes a case for separate networks using specialized equipment and technologies specifically designed for video surveillance which could also integrate other physical security functions. In today’s business world, c...

Managing Physical Security Systems & Information In A Multi-Building Campus

Multi-building campuses face unique problems in implementing a total physical security solution The requirements of a physical security solution for a multi-building campus are quite different from those for the security of a single building. Gadi Piran, President of OnSSi, lists the immense potential and benefits of implementing an integrated security solution and the key characteristics of an effective solution. Multi-building campuses such as universities, research faciliti...

Accurate And Cost-effective Outdoor Video Security

Technologies are now available that are specifically designed to accurately detectbreaches in a range of environments Designing a surveillance system that is accurate and cost-effective for the outdoors has been a significant challenge for the security industry. However, time-proven technologies are now available that are specifically designed to accurately detect security breaches in a wide range of outdoor environments while addressing the core issue of n...

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