ASIS International, the association of security management professionals, released the ASIS Private Security Officer Selection and Training (PSO) Guideline (ASIS PSO-2019) which provides recommendations for establishing and managing a program for the selection and training of private security officers. The new Guideline is critical as the private security industry employs millions of security officers across the nation to protect people, property, information, and other key assets. Applic...
It’s the first quarter of a New Year and businesses are already busy reviewing budgets for ways to save money. One line item that can impact business the most – loss. Employee theft alone is a crime that costs U.S. businesses $50 billion annually*, according to Statistic Brain. So if you aren’t sure who is keeping watch over your property and assets, and how they reduce preventable loss, it might be time for a security audit. According to GuardOne, the security patrol and remo...
Public spaces in cities and suburbs are important places for community development and promoting outdoor recreation. These areas may include main streets, parks, promenades, band shells and fields. Such locations are often utilized by public event planners for community activities, including summer festivals, wintertime ice skating rink installations, music concerts and art fairs. As the year drew to a close, holiday and Christmas markets as well as major New Year’s Eve events, presented...
School shootings continue, as does a search for answers. What solutions are there to prevent school shootings and/or to improve the response (and thus minimize the death toll)? In the physical security industry, we like to think we have solutions that can help, if not “solve”, the problem, but realistically speaking, how effective are they at the end of the day? We like to think we have solutions that can help, if not “solve”, the problem: but how effective ar...
The basic principles of access control are well established: only authorized people should have access to secure areas, only at times that can be defined in advance, and only within a system that can identify exactly who went where, and when. Traditional mechanical lock-and-key systems cannot accomplish this — at least, not without loading a huge admin burden onto security staff. But modern, electronic wireless access control has the flexibility to achieve it. What criteria determine the...
Live Earth, an advanced data visualization platform for directing and monitoring complex business and security operations, has partnered with HERE, the Open Location Platform that provides advanced location intelligence, to improve operations and safety measures across indoor venues. Through this partnership, organizations will be able to integrate HERE Venue’s detailed floor plans with a variety of assets that include sensors, door access controls and security cameras. The ability to mar...
Allied Universal is proud to recognize security officers during the fourth annual National Security Officer Appreciation Week, September 16 – 22, 2018. “National Security Officer Appreciation Week honours the incredible efforts of our nation’s security officers to create safer and more secure environments,” says Steve Jones, CEO, Allied Universal. “The appreciation week is also an opportunity to profile the many roles security officers fill; debunk misconceptions and stereotypes; and raise awareness of the career opportunities that exist within the security services industry.” Security professionals are hard-working, highly trained men and women who are our protectors, guardians and first responders. These individuals deter crime, lead evacuations, provide information, work closely with local law enforcement and are constantly vigilant in their efforts to keep us safe. This annual event is featured in Chase’s Calendar of Events. Join in the celebration on social media using #ThankYouSecurity in your posts.
AMAG Technology announces the release of Symmetry Control Room. Control Room provides a single operational window for situational awareness and managing video, alarms and events. It will integrate with AMAG’s entire Symmetry portfolio, which includes video, visitor, identity, incident management, intrusion and access control, as well as best-of-breed manufacturers that are part of the Symmetry Preferred Partner Program. Monitoring Symmetry’s platforms through Control Room delivers real-time intelligence for better decision making, more efficient operations and quicker responses to incidents. Custom Graphic Interface For Efficient Navigation Control Room comes standard with a powerful graphics engine enabling users to create a custom graphic interface for clear and efficient navigation “In the past three years, AMAG has released video, visitor, identity and incident management platforms. Control Room brings all these solutions into one operational window for optimal efficiency and total situational awareness,” said Jason Schimpf, VP of Product & Partner Programs, AMAG Technology. Control Room comes standard with a powerful graphics engine enabling users to create a custom graphic interface for clear and efficient navigation. Its advanced mapping capabilities support the most popular graphic formats (PNG, JPG, WMF) as well as direct support for Autocad files (DWG or DXF), providing users with flexibility and total graphical freedom. Users can respond to events in real-time using dynamic, multi-layer vector-based maps to better visualise a unified security environment. Control Room integrates with OpenStreetMaps for easy geolocation of events and navigation of all sites. Users can use geo-coordinates to dynamically place and find objects (cameras, card readers, transport vehicles, guards, etc.). From the map, users can view alarms, unlock doors and track events or activity by map location.
CheckPoint Tours is the latest service from the Connect ONE by Connected Technologies cloud-hosted integrated security management platform that bundles Intrusion, Access Control, Video Surveillance, Energy Management and Critical Environmental Monitoring in one single user interface. ScanPass Mobile Credential CheckPoint Tours tracks and documents activities and tasks required at the protected premises. It works with conventional access control readers or ScanPass Mobile Credential to track activities by guards or other personnel required to perform tasks at specific times and locations. As the user scans/swipes each checkpoint their access is logged and can be reviewed. Multiple checkpoints can be added economically by using only ScanPass barcode stickers in place of card readers and additional hardware. CheckPoint Tours is another valuable service that provides real-time recordkeeping that security guards have completed their rounds or employees have performed required routines.
Allied Universal, a facility services company and a security force provider in North America, has announced that Catherine King, Senior Vice President, Recruiting and Staffing, is a featured speaker at a Capitol Hill briefing on employment needs of unemployed older Americans on Friday, January 19 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC-203-02. The briefing will provide an introduction to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). “Older Americans, who represent a growing part of the U.S. labor force, struggle to find jobs after becoming unemployed,” says Catherine King. “I am proud that Allied Universal is working with SCSEP to help older adults find jobs and increase their economic self-sufficiency. We benefit from the skills, talents, and experiences of program participants we have hired thus far and look forward to bringing on more.” Opportunities For 11,000 Seniors In 2017, the company hired nearly 11,000 seniors as security professionals and in administrative roles. That’s over 7 percent of Allied Universal’s workforce, and it’s growing. Last year, the company also launched its Partners in Employment Community-Based Organization Program (PIE CBO) to help recruit older adults. Organizations that refer seniors can earn a referral payment of $400 per candidate hired. “We network with a number or groups like AARP to reach this population,” King continued. “They are attractive workers because of their high work ethic and dependability. They are the children of ‘the greatest generation.’” The SCSEP briefing will explore factors driving the conversation for employing older workers, such as an increase in life expectancy and workers prolonging retirement. Hosted by U.S. Senator Patty Murray, the other speakers include Kelly S. Mikelson, Ph.D., Research Associate, Urban Institute, who authored the white paper The Role of SCSEP in Workforce Training for Low-Income Older Workers; Sharron Holquin, a former SCSEP participant who will share how she turned her work-based training into a full-time job; and Joseph McCarley, Project Director, TERRIFIC, Inc., who will discuss his organization’s experience in hosting SCSEP participants.
Western Digital Corp., a global data storage technology and solutions provider, introduced its newest and highest performing industrial- grade and automotive-grade card solutions to date. Newly enhanced SanDisk Industrial and SanDisk Automotive card storage solutions provide superior endurance and reliability for commercial surveillance, intensive “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) applications and “connected automotive” applications under extreme ambient temperatures. With up to quadruple the read speed and more than twice the write speed of the company’s previous generation cards1, they enable OEMs to push the boundaries of applications – from supporting “smart” surveillance systems with fast in-camera analytics, to improving high-definition video capture in surveying commercial drones and automotive dash cameras, to enhancing the responsiveness of automotive 3D mapping navigation systems. SanDisk Industrial SD and microSD Cards New SanDisk Industrial SD and microSD cards, and SanDisk Industrial Extended Temperature SD cards (for trusted performance under extreme temperature conditions of -40oC to 85oC) are built with the high endurance and reliability that is paramount in the industrial and commercial industries, enabling them to consistently manage the challenging workloads of IIoT, commercial surveillance, medical and other intensive “connected” applications over extended periods of time. SanDisk Automotive SD Card New, higher performance SanDisk Automotive SD cards are built to meet the rigorous reliability, quality and temperature demands of the automotive market. Compliant with the automotive AEC-Q100 Grade 3 standard (operating in ambient temperatures of -40oC to 85oC), it enables OEMs to bring intelligent, high-capacity and fast data storage to a wide array of advanced, in-vehicle applications and systems, including navigation mapping systems, data event recorders, infotainment systems and more. Highlights And Features Performance - Delivers sequential reads speeds of up to 80 MBs and sequential write speeds of up to 50 MBs.2 High Capacity - SanDisk Automotive SD cards, SanDisk Industrial SD cards and SanDisk Industrial Extended Temperature SD cards are offered in capacities up to 64GB. SanDisk Industrial is also available in a microSD form factor in a range of capacities, including a new, high-capacity 128GB card. Expanded Intelligent Features for OEMs - The new cards include an enhanced Health Status Monitor with expanded reporting capabilities to enable manufacturers to remotely monitor usage of the card and identify when card upgrades or replacements are needed. An automatic “Read Refresh” feature optimizes the card for compliance with strict OEM data retention specifications. Other intelligent features include OEM customization capabilities, enhanced power protection and “host lock” to help ensure security if the card is removed. Availability - New SanDisk Industrial SD and microSD cards, and SanDisk Automotive SD cards are now sampling to OEMs worldwide. These new SD and microSD cards are part of the company’s suites of industrial-grade and automotive-grade solutions optimized to address the vast data generated at the “edge” by connected commercial and automotive applications. Critical Part Of IoT Systems “The skyrocketing volume of data and the increased need for fast responsiveness for in-device analytics and other real-time event processing has made trusted storage at the “edge” a critical part of IoT systems. Leveraging our vertical integration, we built our newest SanDisk-brand industrial and automotive cards from the ground-up for the intensive demands of IIoT and “connected” automotive applications. These robust, high endurance cards offer up to quadruple the performance of our previous generation cards and an outstanding feature set. In addition, we have expanded our portfolio to include a new 128GB SanDisk Industrial microSD card that provides the capacity that is imperative for capturing advanced video and supporting data-heavy connected applications over extended periods”, said Christopher Bergey, Vice President of embedded and integrated solutions, Western Digital. “The enhanced endurance of SanDisk Industrial microSD cards allow our customers to develop products that capture and store high definition video over long periods of time under a variety of challenging environmental conditions”, said Chan Lee, Vice President of engineering at Ambarella, Inc.
Building upon its leadership in integrator-focused solutions for the commercial and residential markets, Middle Atlantic Products has reorganized its electrical engineering and power product management teams into a single department. The combined unit will increase its focus on solving integration and specification challenges with innovative and market-leading solutions. The new department will be led by Scott Lowder, director of product management — power. Solving Customer Problems "Solving customer problems is the primary focus of the Middle Atlantic power team, and we are fortunate to work with the most talented consultants, engineers, and integrators in the world," said Lowder. "With the pace of technology and the time it takes to develop complex products, it is critical for a development organization to operate as leanly as possible to get the best solutions to our partners quickly. This is an opportunity to create a seamless link between our customers and the talented engineers that are working to develop our next innovations that will reliably deliver the expected end-user experience." Scott Lowder Lowder is an expert in converting market problems into powerful solutions that have been awarded multiple patents and serve the integration community. Prior to joining Middle Atlantic, he worked for ASSA ABLOY in the security solutions industry for more than 10 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Fairfield University, a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA in finance and marketing intelligence from the University of Connecticut.
From satellite imagery to street views to indoor mapping, technology has disrupted our past world. This has left us dependent upon new ways to visualise large spaces. This new world has brought many benefits and risks. But what does that mean for the security professional or facility manager today and what technologies can be used to secure buildings and improve facility operations? A Brief History Of 3D Technology Starting May 5, 2007 (inception 2001), Google rolled out Google Street View to augment Google Maps and Google Earth; documenting some of the most remote places on earth using a mix of sensors (Lidar/GSP/Radar/Imagery). The mission to map the world moved indoors May 2011 with Google Business Photos mapping indoor spaces with low cost 360° cameras under the Trusted Photographer program. In the earlier days, 3D scanning required a high level of specialization, expensive hardware and unavailable computing power With the growth of 3D laser scanning from 2007 onwards, the professional world embraced scanning as effective method to create digitised building information modeling (BIM), growing fast since 2007. BIM from scanning brought tremendous control, time and cost savings through the design and construction process, where As-Built documentation offered an incredible way to manage large existing facilities while reducing costly site visits. In the earlier days, 3D scanning required a high level of specialization, expensive hardware, unavailable computing power and knowledge of architectural software. Innovation during the past 8 year, have driven ease of use and lower pricing to encourage market adoption. Major investments in UAVs in 2014 and the commercial emergence of 360° photography began a new wave of adoption. While 3D scanners still range from $20K – $100K USD, UAVs can be purchased for under $1K USD and 360° cameras for as low as $100. UAVs and 360° cameras also offer a way to document large spaces in a fraction of the time of terrestrial laser scanners with very little technical knowledge. Access to building plans, satellite imagery, Google Street View, indoor virtual tours and aerial drone reconnaissance prove effective tools to bad actors The result over the past 10+ years of technology advancement has been a faster, lower cost, more accessible way to create virtual spaces. However, the technology advances carry a major risk of misuse by bad actors at the same time. What was once reserved to military personal is now available publicly. Access to building plans, satellite imagery, Google Street View, indoor virtual tours and aerial drone reconnaissance prove effective tools to bad actors. Al Qaeda terror threats using Google Maps, 2007 UK troops hit by terrorists in Basra, 2008 Mumbai India attacks, 2016 Pakistan Pathankot airbase attacks, ISIS attacks in Syria using UAVs, well-planned US school shootings and high casualty attacks show evidence that bad actors frequently leverage these mapping technologies to plan their attacks. The weaponization of UAVs is of particular concern to the Department of Homeland Security: "We continue to face one of the most challenging threat environments since 9/11, as foreign terrorist organizations exploit the internet to inspire, enable or direct individuals already here in the homeland to commit terrorist acts." Example comparison of reality capture on the left of BIM on the right. A $250 USD 360° camera was used for the capture in VisualPlan.net software What Does This Mean For The Security Or Facility Manager Today? An often overlooked, but critical vulnerability to security and facility managers is relying on inaccurate drawing. Most facilities managers today work with outdated 2D plan diagrams or old blueprints which are difficult to update and share.Critical vulnerability to security and facility managers is relying on inaccurate drawing Renovations, design changes and office layout changes leave facility managers with the wrong information, and even worse is that the wrong information is shared with outside consultants who plan major projects around outdated or wrong plans. This leads to costly mistakes and increased timelines on facility projects. Example Benefits Of BIM There could be evidence of a suspect water value leak which using BIM could be located and then identified in the model without physical inspection; listing a part number, model, size and manufacture. Identification of vulnerabilities can dramatically help during a building emergency. First Responders rely on facilities managers to keep them updated on building plans and they must have immediate access to important building information in the event of a critical incident. Exits and entrances, suppression equipment, access control, ventilation systems, gas and explosives, hazmat, water systems, survival equipment and many other details must be at their fingertips. In an emergency situation this can be a matter of life or death. Example Benefit Of Reality Capture First Responders rely on facilities managers to keep them updated on building plans A simple 360° walk-through can help first responders with incident preparedness if shared by the facility manager. Police, fire and EMS can visually walk the building, locating all critical features they will need knowledge of in an emergency without ever visiting the building. You don’t require construction accuracy for this type of visual sharing. This is a solution and service we offer as a company today. Reality capture is rapidly becoming the benchmark for facility documentation and the basis from which a security plan can be built. Given the appropriate software, plans can be easily updated and shared. They can be used for design and implementation of equipment, training of personnel and virtual audits of systems or security assessments by outside professionals. Our brains process visual information thousands of times faster than text. Not only that, we are much more likely to remember it once we do see it. Reality capture can help reduce the need for physical inspections, walk-throughs and vendor site-visits but more importantly, it provides a way to visually communicate far more effectively and accurately than before. But be careful with this information. You must prevent critical information falling into the hands of bad actors. You must watch out for bad actors attempting to use reality capture as a threat, especially photo/video/drones or digital information and plans that are posted publicly. Have a security protocol to prevent and confront individuals taking photos or video on property or flying suspect drones near your facility and report to the authorities. Require authorization before capturing building information and understand what the information will be used for and by who.There are a number of technologies to combat nefarious use of UAVs today Nefarious Use Of UAVs There are a number of technologies to combat nefarious use of UAVs today, such as radio frequency blockers and jammers, drone guns to down UAVs, detection or monitoring systems. Other biometrics technologies like facial recognition are being employed to counter the risk from UAVs by targeting the potential operators. UAVs are being used to spy and monitor for corporate espionage and stealing intellectual property. They are also used for monitoring security patrols for the purpose of burglary. UAVs have been used for transport and delivery of dangerous goods, delivering weapons and contraband and have the ability to be weaponised to carry a payload.Investigating reality capture to help with accurate planning and visualization of facilities is well worth the time The Federal Aviation Administration has prevented UAV flights over large event stadiums, prisons and coast guard bases based on the risks they could potentially pose, but waivers do exist. Be aware that it is illegal today to use most of these technologies and downing a UAV, if you are not Department of Justice or Homeland Security, could carry hefty penalties. Facility managers must have a way to survey and monitor their buildings for threats and report suspicious UAV behaviours immediately to authorities. At the same time, it’s critical to identify various potential risks to your wider team to ensure awareness and reporting is handled effectively. Having a procedure on how identify and report is important. Investigating reality capture to help with accurate planning and visualization of facilities is well worth the time. It can help better secure your facilities while increasing efficiencies of building operations. Reality capture can also help collaboration with first responders and outside professionals without ever having to step a foot in the door. But secure your data and have a plan for bad actors who will try to use the same technologies for nefarious goals.
There’s a lot of excitement around artificial intelligence (AI) today – and rightly so. AI is shifting the modern landscape of security and surveillance and dramatically changing the way users interact with their security systems. But with all the talk of AI’s potential, you might be wondering: what problems does AI help solve today? The Need For AI The fact is, today there are too many cameras and too much recorded video for security operators to keep pace with. On top of that, people have short attention spans. AI is a technology that doesn’t get bored and can analyze more video data than humans ever possibly could.AI is a technology that doesn’t get bored and can analyze more video data than humans ever possibly could It is designed to bring the most important events and insight to users’ attention, freeing them to do what they do best: make critical decisions. There are two areas where AI can have a significant impact on video surveillance today: search and focus of attention. Faster Search Imagine using the internet today without a search engine. You would have to search through one webpage at a time, combing through all its contents, line-by-line, to hopefully find what you’re looking for. That is what most video surveillance search is like today: security operators scan hours of video from one camera at a time in the hope that they’ll find the critical event they need to investigate further. That’s where artificial intelligence comes in. The ability of AI to reduce hours of work to mere minutes is especially significant when we think about the gradual decline in human attention spans With AI, companies such as Avigilon are developing technologies that are designed to make video search as easy as searching the internet. Tools like Avigilon Appearance Search™ technology – a sophisticated deep learning AI video search engine – help operators quickly locate a specific person or vehicle of interest across all cameras within a site. When a security operator is provided with physical descriptions of a person involved in an event, this technology allows them to initiate a search by simply selecting certain descriptors, such as gender or clothing color. During critical investigations, such as in the case of a missing or suspicious person, this technology is particularly helpful as it can use those descriptions to search for a person and, within seconds, find them across an entire site. Focused Attention The ability of AI to reduce hours of work to mere minutes is especially significant when we think about the gradual decline in human attention spans. Consider all the information a person is presented with on a given day. They don’t necessarily pay attention to everything because most of that information is irrelevant. Instead, they prioritise what is and is not important, often focusing only on information or events that are surprising or unusual. Security operators scan hours of video from one camera at a time in the hope that they’ll find the critical event they need to investigate further Now, consider how much information a security operator who watches tens, if not hundreds or thousands of surveillance cameras, is presented with daily. After just twenty minutes, their attention span significantly decreases, meaning most of that video is never watched and critical information may go undetected. By taking over the task of "watching" security video, AI technology can help focus operators’ attention on events that may need further investigation. As AI technology evolves, the rich metadata captured in surveillance video will add even more relevance to what operators are seeing For instance, technology like Avigilon™ Unusual Motion (UMD) uses AI to continuously learn what typical activity in a scene looks like and then detect and flag unusual events, adding a new level of automation to surveillance. This helps save time during an investigation by allowing operators to quickly search through large amounts of recorded video faster, automatically focusing their attention on the atypical events that may need further investigation, enabling them to more effectively answer the critical questions of who, what, where and when. As AI technology evolves, the rich metadata captured in surveillance video – like clothing color, age or gender – will add even more relevance to what operators are seeing. This means that in addition to detecting unusual activities based on motion, this technology has the potential to guide operators’ attention to other “unusual” data that will help them more accurately verify and respond to a security event. The Key To Advanced Security When integrated throughout a security system, AI technology has the potential to dramatically change security operations There’s no denying it, the role of AI in security today is transformative. AI-powered video management software is helping to reduce the amount of time spent on surveillance, making security operators more efficient and effective at their jobs. By removing the need to constantly watch video screens and automating the “detection” function of surveillance, AI technology allows operators to focus on what they do best: verifying and acting on critical events. This not only expedites forensic investigations but enables real-time event response, as well. When integrated throughout a security system, AI technology has the potential to dramatically change security operations. Just as high-definition imaging has become a quintessential feature of today’s surveillance cameras, the tremendous value of AI technology has positioned it as a core component of security systems today, and in the future.
There are many aspects to consider when developing a retail security strategy, including loss prevention, physical security, asset protection, risk management, and IT. All these areas could be the responsibility of just a few people working to secure a handful of stores or each of these areas could be entirely separate departments, as is often the case for major retailers with locations throughout the country. Regardless of the size of the retailer, there are many different technologies that can be used within a retail store to improve security and loss prevention, yet none should be used in a silo. There are tremendous benefits to integrating security technologies and communications systems together, including enhancing overall safety and security, reducing shrink, and improving operations. There are many different technologies that can be used within a retail store to improve security and loss prevention As the existing security infrastructure is evaluated and plans for the future are developed, the team responsible should consider some of the following questions. Are there areas of the store that require greater security? Are there notifications or other technologies that could improve the efficiency of personnel and the safety of shoppers? Are there other departments within the organization that could benefit from the data gathered by the security technology? Understanding current pain points within the stores and how integrated security solutions can address these is the key to implementing the best solution. Here are a few “hot spots” within a typical retail store that easily demonstrate the power of integrated solutions. Point Of Sale Terminals Whether it’s loss through sweet hearting or other fraud, point of sale terminals present a significant shrink risk for retailers. Integrated systems enhance security at these locations. Video recording of HD or megapixel cameras integrated with point of sale data makes it easy to locate video associated with transactions and exception reporting. This allows for visual verification of each transaction when needed.There are tremendous benefits to integrating security technologies and communications systems together Other risks like robbery not only result in loss, but also impact the safety of employees and shoppers alike. Panic buttons or bill trap sensors connected to the intrusion detection system ensure silent alarms are issued when employees are at risk. When the intrusion detection system is integrated with the video system, pressing a panic button or pulling the bill from the sensor can automatically trigger a video snapshot to be sent to the monitoring station to provide verification of the alarm and more information for law enforcement when they are dispatched. Adding audio integration to the intrusion system can also result in a message sent to the store security personnel’s two-way radio when a panic button is pushed, or a bill trap sensor is activated. If no security guard is onsite, video monitoring services can allow the monitoring center to intervene through audio, alerting the perpetrator that his or her actions are being monitored and that the authorities have been contacted. This may cause the offender to flee the area, helping to mitigate the safety risk as well as the potential for loss. Panic buttons or bill trap sensors connected to the intrusion detection system ensure silent alarms are issued when employees are at risk High Value Displays Protect high-value or frequently-stolen items such as electronics, using video analytics integrated with audio communications Protect high-value or frequently-stolen items such as electronics, using video analytics integrated with audio communications. For example, a person standing at a display for longer than a pre-defined time or touching items on display can trigger a video snapshot to be sent to the store manager and an audio message to play through a nearby loudspeaker, such as: “Thank you for your interest in our smartphone selection; an associate will be there soon to assist you.” This not only alerts potential offenders that their actions are being watched, it also serves to improve customer service for legitimate shoppers – as a retail floor associate is notified that a customer may need assistance. Cash Office An access control reader at the door to the cash office restricts access to only authorized individuals. Integrating video can automatically capture an image of the person requesting access for verifying an employee’s identification prior to granting access or for retrospective analysis in the event of a theft. Exit Doors If an employee props open a back door – either for easy re-entry after a break or to allow access to another person with intentions of theft – integration of the intrusion detection system to the video and audio system can significantly reduce risk of loss. For example, the intrusion detection system can monitor doors for abnormal conditions, even when the system is disarmed.Loss can also occur when a cooler or freezer malfunctions or when the door is accidentally left open A door left open for longer than a pre-defined time can cause an alarm on the intrusion panel, which can trigger a nearby camera to send a snapshot of the open door to the store manager and trigger the public address system to play a pre-recorded message through a nearby speaker. This prompts the employee to close the door, reducing risk of theft. Coolers And Freezers Loss isn’t just about theft. Loss can also occur when a cooler or freezer malfunctions or when the door of one of these units is accidentally left open. The same concept for monitoring exit doors can also apply to doors for coolers and freezers to prevent spoilage. A cooler or freezer door monitored by the intrusion detection system can trigger an alert or chime to play in the area to remind an employee to close the door or to alert the store manager to the issue. While providing surveillance of the cash register area, the camera's video analytics can be used to trigger an alert in case the queue exceeds the pre-defined threshold Serving A Dual Purpose Retailers can use the metadata from the cameras to gather business statistics like counts of people entering the store While the technology solutions described above positively impact loss prevention in a retail store, they can also extend beyond security to improve health and safety and enhance customer service as well as customer engagement and sales. For example, while securing a store’s main entrance with IP cameras featuring on-board video analytics, retailers can use the metadata from the cameras to gather business statistics like counts of people entering the store. This data can help them understand peak days and times when making decisions about staffing. Or while providing surveillance of the cash register area, the camera's video analytics can also be used to trigger an alert in case the number of people in a queue exceeds the pre-defined threshold. At this point, the same public address system and loudspeakers used to play background music to enhance the shopping experience could be activated to broadcast a message to request another cash register to be opened, improving store operations. For security and loss prevention purposes, video analytics can also be used to ensure that no one enters or leaves the retail shop using the emergency exit. To address health and safety issues, these same cameras can also trigger an alarm if that emergency exit is blocked by an object – improving the safety of customers and employees. When systems are used to deliver data for purposes beyond security, other departments may be willing to contribute toward the cost Metadata generated by the cameras can also be used to gather information that when processed with sophisticated algorithms in the cloud can show trajectories of the paths that shoppers take as they travel throughout a store as well as heat maps indicating where they walk, stop and dwell – all while protecting the privacy of individual shoppers. This information can be used by merchandisers to evaluate the success of displays and store layouts, which directly impacts customer engagement and sales. When systems are used for and deliver data for purposes beyond security, other departments may be willing to contribute toward the cost of the system. This provides an added benefit by relieving some of the cost burden from security or other operational budgets. Product Selection Integration is becoming easier using standards and expanding industry partnerships. However, in some cases, choosing systems from a single vendor that are designed to work together can help to speed and simplify installation, while also reducing system costs for both the integrator and the user. Regardless of the products chosen, it will be important for a retailer with many locations to have consistency in the type of equipment installed at each site. This makes support easier and enables a more uniform response to incidents that happen at various stores. As many retailers already understand, there is no silver bullet to reducing loss. However, a combination of the right technologies working together to prevent shrink and improve investigative capabilities can result in smarter and more effective loss prevention.
“Mixed reality” may seem like a strange term to apply to the physical security industry, but it describes a new approach to enable the features of access control and video surveillance systems to be used by operators in the field. Mixed or augmented reality technology combines a real-time view of the world through Microsoft’s HoloLens headset, with placement of virtual devices and controls as holograms in a three-dimensional space. Virtual Devices And Controls In effect, a security guard wearing a HoloLens headset can approach a door in his facility and see the real-time status of that door, provided by an access control system, projected as a hologram alongside his live view of the door. It’s the first implementation of a technology with many possibilities. Related to video surveillance, real-time facial recognition could provide the identity of a person walking past a security officer in a hallway, for example. Basically, the approach extends the interfaces and capabilities available in a control room to a security officer on patrol. The officer can place and interact with a variety of virtual devices and controls as holograms in the 3-D space he or she views through the headset. Augmented Reality For Integrated Electronic Security The security industry technology has been developed by CodeLynx, a software engineering and systems integration company headquartered in North Charleston, S.C. As a systems integrator, CodeLynx specialises in audio-visual and physical security design and installation for A/V, access control and video surveillance systems. A complementary business is software engineering; Darren Cumbie, Director of the Software Engineering Division, and his team provide custom integrations of various technologies. The approach extends the interfaces and capabilities available in a control room toa security officer on patrol CodeLynx has developed software to adapt Microsoft’s HoloLens product for use in the physical security field. They are bringing it to market as ARIES (Augmented Reality for Integrated Electronic Security). The software operates using Microsoft’s HoloLens, introduced in 2016, a powerful, self-contained holographic computer worn as a headset. Specialized components enable holographic computing in lockstep with advanced sensors, including five cameras. Users can move freely throughout an environment and interact with holograms that augment the reality they view through the HoloLens. Cumbie says HoloLens provides the best mixed reality headset currently available: “Nothing else has the power, usability and scalability across an organization.” AMAG Symmetry Access Control Integration In ARIES, CodeLynx has created a certified integration with AMAG’s Symmetry access control system to enable operators to view information from Symmetry as holograms in their field of view through the HoloLens. The integration extends the functioning of Symmetry to operators in the field, thus expanding the control room environment. Holograms can be created and positioned for each user, and they function just like physical devices, tied into Symmetry. Approaching a door, an operator can request a list of the last five people who came through the door, for example; he or she can see a photo ID related to each person who swipes through a turnstile. CodeLynx is looking to expand the market for ARIES using integrations with other OEMs in addition to AMAG. “Instead of being chained to their desk looking at monitors or a display wall, operators can work in the field using the full functionality of their systems as they walk throughout the property,” says Drew Weston, CodeLynx Director of Sales and Marketing. “Meanwhile, I am not sitting at a desk, I am out in public.” Holograms can be created and positioned for each user, and they function just like physical devices, tied into Symmetry At some point, the headsets will likely get lighter and more ergonomically appealing. Right now, all the computing power is inside the headset (which, even so, only weighs only 1.3 lbs). In the future, more of that computing will likely be “offloaded” to a nearby desktop or laptop computer, or even to the cloud, and wirelessly “tethered” to the headset. In addition to making the headsets lighter and more ergonomically appealing, tethering would bring down costs from the current $5,000 per headset (possibly into the “three digit” range). CodeLynx is poised to leverage any Microsoft enhancements to the HoloLens environment. Currently the software is priced at $1,500 per user. Benefits For Systems Integrators For systems integrators, ARIES could be used to simplify installations, given its ability to view camera frames through the headset hands-free rather than needing to view a separate laptop when focusing or positioning a camera. For maintenance or troubleshooting, an operations center could access the field user’s view and direct him or her to correct a problem. In this way it would be a training tool to help integrators, which is a separate value proposition from how the devices may be deployed by end users. The ARIES approach could also eventually change how we think of a control room. Instead of video screens and walls, operators might sit in comfortable chairs in rooms with white walls, viewing all the control room “screens” through their headsets as holograms. Less power consumption would be among the benefits. ARIES plans to offer a “virtual operations center” in 2018, enabling command center operation from anywhere, user-customizable layout views and the ability to push content to specific HoloLens users. This video demonstrates how interaction with holograms can drive security functions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B82oAlxt5_s
I have been unpacking from last week’s ASIS show in Orlando. It was a good show, except if you compare it to last spring’s ISC West in Las Vegas, which was especially well attended and generated a lot of excitement in the market. ASIS was definitely smaller, lower key and less crowded. And there were no big product announcements. But there was still plenty of technology on display. In particular, I saw the show reflecting several ongoing trends in the market. Impact Of M&As Mergers and acquisitions have been big news in the security market for the last year or two, and there was evidence at ASIS of how M&As are changing the market. For example, Axis Communications, now owned by Japanese giant Canon, is taking over the marketing of Canon’s small (by comparison) selection of video surveillance equipment. Thus ends (quietly) one of the big questions in the market: Why would a company like Canon want to compete against itself? Even more reflective of the changing Canon/Axis world is a new 20-megapixel camera highlighted at ASIS. It was developed through cooperation by the two companies, with Canon providing the lenses and Axis providing the rest of the camera, including image processing. It’s being positioned as an opportunity to combine the best capabilities of both companies. Mergers and acquisitions have been big news in the security market for the last year or two, and there was evidence at ASIS M&As changing the market Vanderbilt is expanding its cloud and video management offerings – in addition to access control – with acquisition of Access Control Technology (ACT) in Dublin. A company built on acquisitions, Vanderbilt will be looking to unify their product offerings in coming months – combining technologies from various acquisitions into a unified whole. It’s been a big year for FLIR, which has swallowed up DVTEL and now offers a complete range of video surveillance products. Reaching way beyond FLIR’s historic presence as a thermal imaging company, the new FLIR is looking to educate the market about its versatility. Meeting End User Demands End users demand more integrated systems, and you heard it repeatedly at ASIS. For example, Tyco Security Products says their products are now more connected, reflecting further deterioration of the silos that used to exist. More effective user interfaces are getting attention. One I saw at ASIS was by Honeywell’s Connected Buildings business. A big screen at their booth showed a map with multiple locations in an enterprise; clicking on a location brings up a schematic showing where cameras are located. If you click on a camera icon, you see video from that camera. They also previewed a smart phone app that runs off the same database, which can be used by guards working in the field. Bosch also has a neat integration of their access control, intrusion and video systems, all tied together using their intrusion system to provide intuitive controls. Ameristar, an ASSA ABLOY subsidiary, offers Perimeter InSite software, providing a virtual view of any perimeter security construction project as it is planned and built – stage by stage – with no surprises. Mobile Credentialing, Wireless Locks A leader in mobile credentialing, HID Global is emphasising how the technologies are being implemented in the market – more customer references and case studies are paving the way for broader adoption. Other companies are also onboard with mobile credentialing, including Brivo and Lenel. A leader in mobile credentialing, HID Global is emphasising how the technologies are being implemented in the market Wireless is continuing to evolve. Stanley Security offers the WiQ wireless product line, emphasising that installation of wireless locks is half the cost of wired, but there are downsides (such as slight access delays) compared to wired. Allegion continues to expand its Engage wireless portfolio, too. Paxton Access, a British company, has restructured and is investing in the U.S. market. Their Paxton BLU cloud-based access control system uses Amazon web services and is an opportunity for dealer/integrators to earn more recurring monthly revenue (RMR) Security In The Headlines Violence in the headlines often screams out for security solutions, and there were some at ASIS. Stanley highlighted its Shelter product that enables a wireless lockdown in an active shooter situation in the education environment. It solves a high-profile challenge, but Stanley emphasises that it’s just part of a broader school security program – that’s what’s really needed. A different approach on the active shooter scenario is offered by risk assessment and consultancy company Control Risks, which offers active shooter education programmes for enterprises, including an e-learning module to teach employees how to react in an active shooter situation. New Video Capabilities Video grabbed attention at ASIS. As Hikvision and Dahua continue their energetic push into the U.S. markets, they were among the largest (and most crowded) booths. Several companies – including Bosch and Tyco -- are adding video analytics to their cameras at the factory. Vicon previewed its new Valerus VMS system, based on ONVIF protocols and totally compatible with their legacy ViconNet VMS. They see open systems as a strong selling point, but they will also continue selling hardware and “total systems.” "Suspect search" can search video to deliver additional examples of video involving a subject that has been identified by a single frame “Suspect search” is a new feature showing up on video surveillance systems. The feature can search captured video from throughout a system to deliver additional examples of video involving a subject that has been identified by a single frame of video – find the girl in the blue dress, or the man wearing a red shirt. Searching a whole system, rather than a single camera feed, expands an operator’s ability to investigate an incident. Avigilon introduced its version, called “Appearance Search” at ASIS, and Qognify also highlighted its version, called “Suspect Search,” which I first saw at IFSEC. I notice Exacq also has a flavor of this, and I am sure there are others. Perimeter Security Evolving Perimeter security is changing. Long considered a “low-tech” wing of the security market, there is a lot going on in the area of perimeter security. Visiting a couple of booths at ASIS opened my eyes. For example, Senstar has every kind of sensor, and their Tungsten product is a security appliance that offers cyber-security at the edge of the network, tying together the sensors and other devices. Protech offers solar-powered wireless sensors that don’t require trenching, another money-saver (more to come about them).
A mass shooting tragedy over the weekend in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. – 50 dead and 53 wounded –highlights the random nature of violence even as it points to a number of issues for discussion in the security community. Early Sunday morning, Omar Mateen entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and opened fire with an assault rifle and a pistol. Three hours later, during which the 29-year-old Mateen held hostages and called 911 to declare his allegiance to the Islamic State, he died in a shootout with police. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Here are some aspects of the shooting that will be driving conversations among the security community in the coming days and weeks. How To Protect Soft Targets Protecting public places is a tradeoff between implementing extreme security measures and encroaching on individual freedom of movement. Would metal detectors, for example, help avoid such calamities? After a shooting at a movie theater in 2012, high costs were cited as an argument against the measures – the equipment costs about $2,500, and it would cost thousands more to implement a proper checkpoint. How many businesses are likely to go such a route? How might the calculus change in the wake of the most recent tragedy? How To Respond To An Active Shooter More organizations will be looking to perform active shooter drills; in effect, to prepare themselves for such an eventuality. Update: 18 #Orlando shooting victims have been identified so far https://t.co/BdnwKONYfw pic.twitter.com/N0zf1eedob — CNN (@CNN) 13 June 2016 More And Better Background Checks For Security Officers Security officers have historically struggled with perception problems (such as a stereotype as “mall cops”), and the Orlando shooter’s job as an armed security guard at G4S, working at a South Florida residential community, will likely contribute to negative perceptions, at a minimum. The situation could also prompt a more serious reevaluation of how security officers are vetted. Mateen was subject to a detailed company screening when he was recruited in 2007 and re-screened in 2013 with no adverse findings, according to G4S. He was also subject to checks by a U.S. law enforcement agency with no findings reported to G4S (although he was reportedly on the FBI’s “radar,” according to press reports.) The unanswered question is: How did it happen? G4S says they are providing their full support to all law enforcement authorities as they conduct their investigations. Encouraging more professionalism among security staff is an ongoing concern. A Lingering Shadow Of Tragedy At ASIS International 2016 After 9/11, there was a greater sense of purpose just days later when ASIS International held its annual Seminar and Exhibits. The show this year will be in Orlando – and it’s likely the recent tragedy will inform much of what is discussed at the show. Undoubtedly, security professionals will be looking for new and better ways to keep such tragedies from happening in the future. Infograhpic: How To Prepare For Active Shooter Incidents
Three leading Australian universities are introducing SafeZone technology from CriticalArc in a drive to improve safety, increase their security teams’ capabilities and provide better care for students and staff. With 30% of Australian universities now using SafeZone, this latest wave of roll-outs confirms CriticalArc’s position as the most comprehensive safety and security management solution provider in the Australian market. Adding to CriticalArc’s growing network of customers, the University of Tasmania (UTAS), the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) have more than 75,000 students and staff working in 33 campuses and associated facilities across four States, meaning that SafeZone now serves the needs of 1.5 million students and staff at more than 500 locations across the world. Ensuring Best Safety Standards SafeZone is a key tool in enabling campus security to be more effective, more relevant and more approachable"“UTAS, USQ and USC each have their own unique character and particular priorities but ensuring the best standards of care for students and staff is top of the list for all of them,” says Robert Christie, CriticalArc’s Customer Success Manager, Asia Pacific. “Preventing crime, managing public safety and handling emergencies are still the top concerns of university security teams, yet SafeZone is also enabling those teams do much more to address issues that are increasingly important. "From improving support around mental well-being to tackling sexual harassment and making campuses inclusive environments where everyone can feel safe and welcome, security and response teams are playing a much bigger role than they traditionally did. SafeZone is a key tool in enabling campus security to be more effective, more relevant and more approachable.” Notifications In The Event Of Emergencies SafeZone puts individuals directly in touch with response teams at universities, hospitals, government departments and similar large organizations, making it easy for them to use their mobile phones to request help, trigger an emergency response, receive rapid notifications in the event of emergencies and benefit from a wide range of customer-care services. With the ability to ‘geo-fence’ any location, each of the universities’ security teams can now monitor care and safety of users wherever they areThe technology also lets students and staff share their situation with response team members by checking-in when working alone outside hours or in higher-risk environments such as laboratories and workshops. With the ability to ‘geo-fence’ any location, each of the universities’ security teams can now monitor care and safety of users wherever they are – including those working out-of-hours on campus, those traveling between campuses locally or on field projects, or traveling overseas for study or research placements. Precise Location Of Vulnerable Individuals With its global reach combined with its ability to precisely locate vulnerable individuals, SafeZone is helping universities around the world to better meet their duty of care obligations, says Darren Chalmers-Stevens, CriticalArc, Managing Director. “SafeZone offers all the functions that university teams want, in one easy package. It is not only helping them to deliver better care, it is letting them demonstrate this fact in an accountable way.”
Comprising a large tertiary and secondary hospital, along with three rural hospitals, Waikato DHB is a substantial healthcare operator which employs approximately 6,000 staff throughout the region. With security needs that include protecting staff from verbal and physical abuse, safely securing high-dependency patients in dementia wards, restricting unauthorized access to medication and medical equipment, and protecting high-risk facilities such as newborn intensive care units, Waikato DHB required security systems that could be applied to both high and low security areas and found the solution in Gallagher’s range of innovative security products. Serving a large geographical area of the North Island of New Zealand, the Waikato District Health Board (Waikato DHB) provides hospital and community-based health services to a population of nearly 400,000 people. Controlling Access Areas Within Hospital Gallagher’s system enables us to make changes quickly and push that information out to the card readers instantly"Gallagher’s access control system and Command Centre central management platform provide Waikato DHB with control over access in and out of areas within the hospital. With access profiles that change on a daily basis, as medical staff – predominantly nurses – move between different departments on different days, it’s vital that the system can be updated simply and efficiently. “Gallagher’s system enables us to make changes quickly and push that information out to the card readers instantly, ensuring that staff can approach doors with the confidence that they can enter or leave areas as necessary,” said David Wilson, Manager of Security and Parking for Waikato DHB. The safe and secure storage of medication and medical equipment, ranging from syringes and surgical tools, to large expensive machinery, is a legal requirement of all hospitals in New Zealand. Single Access Card System Gallagher’s access control solution forms a part of the security system that delivers this for Waikato DHB facilities. Utilizing a single accesscard system where permissions can be set to allow different access ensures the efficient movement of staff, reduces the risks associated with handling keys, and provides a comprehensive audit trail that identifies access movements by employee. Utilizing a single access card system where permissions can be set to allow different access ensures the efficient movement of staff Waikato DHB is proud to put people at the center of what they do, and strives to ensure staff and patient safety at all times. A number of Waikato DHB’s wards require high-level security either for the protection of the patients – as in the case of dementia facilities – or staff. Duress buttons located throughout the hospital and its high-risk areas automatically notify security staff of the exact location where a duress alarm has been activated. Lock-Down System Gallagher’s Command Centre Mobile application delivers these duress notifications directly to a guard’s mobile device – speeding up the delivery of urgent information directly to security personnel. The ability to lock-down areas of the hospital for safety reasons is paramount. “Command Centre gives us the ability to isolate areas and restrict access. This is a critical requirement for us and the reliability of that lock-down system is hugely important,” said Wilson. With so many visitors and staff coming and going from the hospital, carpark management is an important aspect of facilities administration for Waikato DHB. In choosing a solution, the DHB selected Gallagher’s Carkpark Management system - an optional license feature. Streamlined Parking Processes Through an integration with Gallagher’s Command Centre security management software, staff are able to badge their access card at one of the many staff and public carparks on site, and have their parking fee deducted from their pre-paid account. The program has in-built intelligence including the ability for staff to exit and re-enter during a set period without being rechargedThe program has in-built intelligence including the ability for staff to exit and re-enter during a set period without being recharged. This system has streamlined parking processes, particularly for part-time and shift-work staff who have irregular parking requirements. According to Wilson, “One of the real strengths of this system is the reporting. By managing the pre-paid carpark system through Command Centre and linking it to staff access cards, we are able to effortlessly extract detailed reports.” Electronic Tag Boards Waikato DHB’s facilities are continually expanding and this means a large number of contractors may be present on site within a 24 hour period. By utilizing another Gallagher license feature - electronic Tag Boards - contractors can easily sign on and off of the site. A key driver for this was health and safety, “It’s really important for us to know who is on site in case of an emergency,” said Wilson. “Making this process as simple as possible for contractors is the best way to ensure it is used.” A number of other system integrations appear across the site, including CCTV. Waikato DHB’s largest hospital facility, Waikato Hospital, has over 250 CCTV cameras connected to Gallagher’s Command Centre platform. As Waikato DHB’s requirements continue to evolve, Gallagher’s systems expand alongside them. Security Ward Standard The Security Ward Standard details the minimum security equipment required for new buildings, including access control, duress alarms, and camerasTo remain at the forefront of technology, Waikato DHB has a software maintenance agreement with Gallagher, to ensure they operate the very latest software available. “Any advancement in technology will make life easier, that’s a straightforward investment for us,” said Wilson. Through Waikato DHB’s experience with Gallagher products, the team developed a ‘Security Ward Standard’. This standard details the minimum security equipment required for new buildings, including access control, duress alarms, and cameras. The Security Ward Standard has greatly reduced the time involved by Waikato DHB staff in producing specification documents and gathering approvals. “Gallagher gives us a complete and total security package that is expandable and easy to manage,” said Wilson. “We are confident that a high-standard of security is being consistently applied across our sites for the safety of our staff, patients, and visitors.”
It took six years to remodel the interior of the ‘Palace of Culture’, a monument to socialism built in the 1960s under East German communist rule. Now Bosch is contributing intelligent solutions to make sure that visitors feel safe there, without detracting from its historic charm. It takes the right setting for culture to flourish. Various things are essential: an ambiance in which visitors feel at ease, excellent acoustics, and flawless organization. Now that the Palace of Culture has been completely renovated to ensure all of this, the city of Dresden boasts a new, modern venue for promoting the arts. Sophisticated Security Solutions The main auditorium seats 1,700 people, and the building as a whole can accommodate up to 2,800 A completely new, state-of-the-art auditorium is the heart of the building. It meets international standards with its striking architecture and top-notch acoustics, providing ideal conditions for the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and all kinds of other musicians to give concerts. There is also a new municipal library branch, emphasizing the Palace of Culture’s new, open character. Spacious lobbies containing a restaurant and ticket sales link all of the facilities and rooms with one another. Many of the events held here in central Dresden are sold out. The main auditorium seats 1,700 people, and the building as a whole can accommodate up to 2,800. Crowds like these call for sophisticated security solutions that can be smoothly integrated into the overall design. Cleverly Integrated Components “We wanted a cost-effective overall solution that would do justice to the Palace of Culture and its unique architecture,” says Steffen Meyer, the building’s manager. “We published an invitation to bid for the project and of all the applications we received, Bosch convinced us that they were right for the job.” The building experts from Bosch implemented a customized solution for the Palace of Culture with a host of cleverly integrated components for fire protection, evacuation, access control, video surveillance and building management. The result is a harmonious overall system that meets the entire range of security needs. “As a public facility where people gather, we have to comply with very strict fire protection rules,” explains Meyer. Invisible Smoke Detectors “We also had to meet some special requirements.” Since the Palace of Culture has protected status as a historic landmark, the appearance of the walls, ceilings and floors may not be noticeably altered. Security staff can also tell whether anyone is still in the building, an important piece of information in case it is ever necessary to evacuate it Now virtually invisible smoke detectors preserve the ambiance of the concert hall. Special calculations were even carried out to avoid impairing its acoustics. Advanced video technology automatically counts visitors to prevent the building’s capacity from being exceeded. Security staff can also tell whether anyone is still in the building, an important piece of information in case it is ever necessary to evacuate it. Building Integration System In critical situations, special speakers powerful enough to be heard over the orchestra or even a rock concert are lowered from the ceiling to make sure that everyone hears important announcements. All of the individual components are networked via the Building Integration System from Bosch. It makes it easy for the well-trained security guards to monitor and control everything. And to ensure that everything functions reliably in the long term, experts from the Bosch center in Dresden will regularly check and service the system. Meyer stresses that “we don’t want our culture fans to run any risks.”
Unlike private sectors, the government-run offices or buildings are the places where people constantly visit for specific purposes, making these official institutions easily become a target for tempted malicious attack by people who might possess strong and negative emotions toward the governments. Despite the fact that these buildings are often guarded with more security staff with arms, it is even more than necessary to set up a solid surveillance system to proactively safeguard the public and its assets. Surveon provides government solutions with product lines including weatherproof cameras with excellent image quality, patent RAID NVRs with spare drive protection, and feature-rich VMS with post VA search. These powerful solutions enable the governments to protect people from most of the threats. Weatherproof Cameras With Smart WDR Surveon cameras secure the outer spaces of government building with IK10 vandal proof and IP66-rated weatherproof housingTo build a reliable security system for governments, SIs might encounter some challenges such as harsh outdoor conditions and data protection of recorded video. Under these circumstances, Surveon cameras secure the outer spaces of government building like parking lot with IK10 vandal proof and IP66-rated weatherproof housing, giving partners the most reliable outdoor-use option. Moreover, all of Surveon cameras provide excellent image quality with smart WDR, allowing the security guards to recognize crucial details such as license plates even under lighting contrast and prevent any suspicious vehicle from entering. Patent RAID NVR With Data Protection To avoid the loss of confidential data from surveillance system, the data protection of recorded video is particularly important in terms of planning for government security. Featuring patent RAID function with spare drive data protection, Surveon NVRs provide reliable performance with zero video loss. Featuring patent RAID function with spare drive data protection, Surveon NVRs provide reliable performance with zero video lossBesides, its client-server architecture can offer high I/O, large capacities, and overall system stability. To quickly identify useful information and relative footage from hundreds of hours of video recording, Surveon designs Post VA Search, an efficient management tool, reducing the time and efforts of management staff, making the surveillance system more efficient. Enhancing Security System Surveon government solutions have been successfully safeguarded the customs building in Bolivia, the post offices in Cairo, and the border checkpoint in Turkey. “Surveon provides the best C/P value solutions for the customs and improves its whole security system with high-reliability products. We are satisfied with the result and I’m sure we will keep choosing Surveon’s solutions in the future projects,” said VisionLine, Surveon’s major partner in Bolivia. Surveon is dedicated to offering a variety of end-to-end video surveillance solutions catering to different vertical applications, giving partners reliable options for their projects.
Property is one of the biggest targets for crime in the UK, especially open land. There are thousands of acres worth of property across the UK which aren’t effectively secured, as a result of which they have become hot-beds for crime, anti-social behavior, and not least fly-tipping. Security therefore must be a top priority for property owners, too many of whom tend to favor traditional methods such as fencing or hiring security guards. But, these methods come with a premium budget, with manned security running at a cost typically of some £300 per day. Nor is it possible to guarantee that every inch of a property is monitored. An increasingly adopted solution is Ad Hoc Property Management’s Smart Tower Security System and Smart Alarm System. Ad Hoc’s Smart Camera Security Tower sits six metres tall with a 36x optical zoom magnifying distances of up to 150 yards Ad Hoc Smart Camera Security Haringey Council contacted Ad Hoc Property Management after one of its industrial sites, Rosebery Industrial Estate in London, was repeatedly being targeted by fly-tippers over the course of many years. Every time the property was dumped with waste, it was costing the council hundreds of pounds to have their waste contractor called out to clean-up. By November 2017, they had expensed literally hundreds of thousands of pounds. By the end of the month the first Ad Hoc Smart Camera Security Tower was deployed, since then costs and incidents have plummeted. In fact, there have been no major incidents and local residents and tenants alike are delighted, welcoming the improved local environment. Ad Hoc’s Smart Camera Security Tower sits six meters tall with a 36x optical zoom magnifying distances of up to 150 yards, and a 12x digital zoom to enhance optical performance. Using state-of-the-art SMART technology (the same technology used in monitoring US Defense Center, The Pentagon), the tower boasts a 360 degree camera which can be programmed to move zones at set intervals for 24/7 monitoring. Utilizing wireless technology, the camera is able to filter large objects from those that are small, ensuring the alarm is only triggered when there is a clear threat. Ad Hoc’s Smart Cameras have been deployed successfully by numerous property owners around the UK" Ad Hoc's Property Security Solutions “Open land is one of the biggest targets for waste dumping, but it doesn’t have to be. Ad Hoc’s Smart Cameras have been deployed successfully by numerous property owners around the UK, preventing anti-social behavior and, more importantly, reducing opportunity for property-related crime,” said Darren Tubb, General Manager, Ad Hoc Security UK Limited. Land owners aren’t the only ones who can benefit from Ad Hoc’s security solutions; property owners of retail spaces, industrial buildings and homes who traditionally look at hiring in security guards, can benefit too, deterring fly-tipping and other anti-social crimes. As it stands, if a property is fly-tipped and no one is caught, it is the responsibility of the property owner to remove the waste legally at their own expense, which means hiring in a company licensed to remove these materials. However, as more property owners become aware of the technology available to them through Ad Hoc, not just in protecting the property but in helping police to identify the culprits, we could see property damage and fly-tipping become a thing of the past.
Government regulations continue to step up security demands at federal agencies, requiring identity cards to support multiple identity assurance factors and be validated at entries into a building or location. Because of the cost and infrastructure that goes along with many security upgrades, federal agencies must wait months or, in many cases, years to implement changes. The Federal Aviation Administration—an operating mode of the U.S. Department of Transportation—is no different. The FAA is tasked with the colossal mission of regulating and overseeing all aspects of civil aviation in the United States. With offices around the world, including its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the FAA has a large number of employees and buildings to oversee. With so many people coming into and out of the buildings each day, it is particularly important that security personnel have reliable tools to validate employee credentials Need Of Tools For Validating Employee Credentials As part of its security requirements, the FAA must validate Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards at checkpoints within its facilities. With so many people coming into and out of the buildings each day, it is particularly important that security personnel have reliable tools to validate employee credentials. As recently as a year ago, FAA security personnel were conducting visual inspection of PIV cards at the gates into facilities that did not have PIV card readers. They had no way of telling if the card was authentic, revoked, or if the employee had access rights to a checkpoint at a particular time. At the FAA headquarters, which employs just under 6,000 permanent employees, and another FAA facility, the Minneapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center, which is the organization’s 11th busiest airport traffic control tower, visual verification just wasn’t enough. Automating The Verification Process In order to comply with HSPD-12 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum 11-11, the FAA needed a process beyond visual verification that allowed security personnel to quickly check the authenticity and revocation status of a card, as well as access rights to a particular area of the facility. With as many as 5,000 people coming into the FAA headquarters facility daily, the organization’s primary goal was to automate the verification process. “The project needed to provide guards the ability to validate PIV cards at FAA facilities where the gates did not have PIV card readers,” said Craig Auguston, HSPD-12 Program Manager at the Federal Aviation Administration. “We also wanted a mobile solution for backup and for roaming guards to be able to validate secure areas, such as parking garages.” Codebench’s OMNICheck Plus Software OMNICheck Plus was ultimately decided upon because it is integrated with many physical access control systems including the P2000 The FAA began looking at products that could not only meet its requirements for mobile validation, but also integrate seamlessly with its P2000 security management database from Johnson Controls (JCI), according to Auguston. “This upgrade was important to meet the FAA’s requirement to validate PIV cards at all check points,” Auguston said. The FAA’s former process of visual verification was not allowing security guards to check the status of a PIV card, such as revocation status and specific access rights, both of which the organization needed to meet its security goals. After testing a couple of mobile software validation programs, the organization chose OMNICheck Plus software from Codebench, a HID Global Company. OMNICheck Plus was ultimately decided upon because it is integrated with many physical access control systems including the P2000, and it is listed on the GSA’s FIPS 201 Approved Products List as a CAK authentication system when running on an ARM-based mobile device such as the DAP CE3240B, which both FAA facilities use. Giving Mobile Access To The Security Guards “They really needed something that was going to allow their security guards to be mobile in certain parts of a facility,” said Botio Mandov of Johnson Controls. Johnson Controls, the integrator for the project, helped the FAA implement a larger security upgrade, which included the security management database and mobile validation software. Together, the FAA’s mobile DAP devices and OMNICheck Plus software enabled roaming security guards to use the mobile handheld devices in FAA parking garages and other entry points that needed to be secured, but do not have stationary PIV card readers. One of the most important aspects of authentication software for the FAA was the ability to check an employee’s access rights directly on the mobile card readers Checking Access Rights On Mobile Card Readers In addition to mobility, one of the most important aspects of authentication software for the FAA was the ability to check an employee’s access rights directly on the mobile card readers—something only their organization’s P2000 physical access control system could do previously. With an OMNICheck module called Data Import, certain cardholder information housed in the FAA’s P2000 database, such as access rights, was pushed down into the DAP mobile devices used by security personnel. “Access rights allow FAA security guards to make sure employees’ cards are not only valid, but that they are allowed to be in a certain area at a certain time,” Mandov said. In addition, FAA security administrators can run audit reports that show which cards were checked and when. The implementation took about five months, including testing the interface with the access control system and coming up with a training guide for the security guards, according to Auguston. The FAA is currently using 31 DAP CE3240B mobile readers with OMNICheck Plus. Saving Money By Eliminating Physical Parking Passes Prior to the OMNICheck Plus installation, FAA security personnel had an unreliable way of authenticating PIV cards and access rights. Now, security personnel are able to verify digital certificates, revocation status and access rights, all while having an audit trail of the cards checked in the system. An additional, unexpected benefit for the FAA has been the cost savings of eliminating physical parking passes at its two facilities. “We are able to positively identify cardholders’ status when they try to enter the facility. We were able to save money by eliminating the physical parking pass by using OMNICheck to validate cardholder’s status for parking in FAA-controlled facilities,” Auguston explained.
Round table discussion
In tidying up after a year of Expert Panel Roundtable questions and answers, we came across some previously unpublished responses from our panel. These interesting responses address some of the hottest topics in the industry, from robots and deep learning to the “race to the bottom.” Taken together, the varied comments offer their own range of insights into the evolving physical security market. This week, we highlight some of these assorted Expert Panellist comments submitted over the last several months.
Body-worn cameras are becoming more common every day, driven both by needs of the marketplace and technology developments. However, questions remain about the usefulness of the devices, and their future role in promoting safety and security. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the challenges of body-worn cameras for the security industry?
As the new school term begins, awareness of security at all levels of educational institutions is higher than ever. Technology plays an important role in protecting educational facilities and their students, faculty, staff and visitors. Specific security challenges drive which technologies and other measures are used, and those challenges are evolving, along with the dynamic institutions security is tasked with protecting. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the security challenges for schools and colleges?