Qognify announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI) and the OnSSI company SeeTec GmbH. In bringing these award-winning technology solution portfolios together under one roof —including Qognify VisionHub, OnSSI Ocularis, and SeeTec Cayuga— Qognify becomes one of the largest VMS, Video Analytics, PSIM, and critical incident management companies in the world. Qognify is backed by global investment firm Battery Ventures.
I have been talking about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for almost two years. The regulation sets out a single set of rules for all companies operating in the EU. These rules were developed to provide people with greater control over their personal data and incentivize organizations to make meaningful changes to how they collect, process, and store that data. The GDPR is also the reason why you received so many emails last spring from sites that you visit and newsletters that you subscribe to asking you to update your information.
While video is critical to the security of K-12 schools and universities to help detect threats and investigate incidents, it is increasingly becoming a critical tool beyond protecting students, faculty, staff and assets. Going further than simply gathering footage, educational facilities are beginning to see the value in adding intelligent video software, such as analytics, to their arsenal. This results in an innovative approach to not only security, but also operations within a school.
The 21st century is shaping up to be the century of data. We are collecting more and better data than ever before. And the possible applications include everything from improved security and more efficient movement through public spaces to better allocation of resources and strategic planning. But, while access to this data can help improve our lives in truly meaningful ways, we are also facing new challenges about how to better collect, understand, and make use of it.
It’s time for the Fifth Annual Physical Security and Video Surveillance Market Influencers Nominations. Nominate yourself –or that influential market leader– that others should listen to and take note of their subject matter expertise and industry foresight. Security.World will take nominations through July 31st, 2018.
It’s graduation time for high-schoolers and college students alike. The streets here are awash in young people in suits, prom dresses, and graduation garb. I love to see those fresh faces full of excitement, and a little apprehension, about the future. But it is not lost on me that, in response to recent events, while so many young people are experiencing this important rite of passage, many of us are having —or not having— difficult conversations about school safety. For anyone avoiding the conversation, it might help to know what the research about gun violence in schools is telling us. The current debate around school safety is centered on mass shootings. But research to be published later this year by Professor James Alan Fox and doctoral student Emma Fridel shows that mass school shootings are rare events. They have found that, on average, mass murders in the U.S. occur between 20 and 30 times per year while, on average, only about one of those incidents takes place at a school.
At the innovative InnoVEX AI-Powered Startup and Media Matching event, to be held alongside the COMPUTEX Taipei 2018 show, AI will be used to match media representatives with the startup leaders most relevant to their interests, readership, and advertisers. The AI matchup event, which premieres at InnoVEX 2018 highlight insights from key technology influencers of today and tomorrow, is organized by the leading promotional organization fostering trade and investment between the world and Taiwan: the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
ISC West sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), the largest converged security event of the year, experienced it’s biggest and most successful year to-date. This year ISC West offered over 85 sessions throughout the SIA Education@ISC program, spanning a range of topics that impact security professionals across physical, IT and IoT security – from biometrics to drones to leadership skills. Some of the most highly-attended sessions were Access Control and Video in the Cloud, The Evolution of Credentials and their Use in the IT, OT, and Physical Security Environment, Connected Home – The Future is Now, and The Future of Physical Security: The Decade Ahead.
NeighborhoodScout® research reveals the 100 safest cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Data used for this research are the number of total crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and the population of each city. It is the most up-to-date and fully vetted data with complete national coverage that is available. NeighborhoodScout insist on using Final, Non-Preliminary data for their analyses and analytics, rather than basing their research on preliminary data that may need to be updated or have errors in it.
PSA announced the addition of Zachary Stall as the Online Education Specialist. This new role will be responsible for building, updating, and managing all online education content at PSAEducation.com and supporting ongoing education programs from PSA. Stall comes to PSA with over ten years in the educational field with a varied background of classroom instruction, administrative, and coaching positions in elementary and middle schools.