More than one in five Americans say they have cancelled plans or considered cancelling plans to attend large-scale public events due to concerns about physical attacks and the safety of their data, according to the new 2019 Unisys Security Index™. The survey also found that a high majority of Americans are concerned about a criminal attack causing physical harm at large-scale events such as sporting events or concert festivals.
Advances In Infrastructure That Reduce Complexity: As BCDVideo closes out another expo attending ISC West 2019, one theme resonated throughout the show. System Integrators are looking for ways to deliver better solutions, leverage emerging technologies, and advance the capabilities of physical security infrastructures. One of the focal points for BCDVideo this year is hyperconvergence systems, or Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). Read more on why this truly is a game changer for the video surveillance market.
Revolutionizing how throughput is maximized in Milestone Systems video recorders, BCDVideo released today the BCDVideo Accelerator (BVA) equipped video recording servers for Milestone, which incorporate the company’s innovative accelerator technology and eliminates the need for extra storage solutions, including the costly and space-consuming 15,000rpm hard disk drives previously required to attain necessary system bandwidth.
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.
Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL),announced the acquisition of the intellectual property and key operating assets of Austin, Texas-based Ihiji, a leading provider of remote management services for technical integrators servicing connected home customers.
ASIS International announce its 2018 Commission on Standards and Guidelines. The 28-member commission ensures the standards and guidelines development process is voluntary, non proprietary, and consensus-based, utilizing the knowledge, experience, and expertise of ASIS members and the global security community.
Camden Door Controls, a premier provider of door activation and locking devices, is pleased to announce that its 2018 Catalog and Price Lists are now available in both U.S. and Canadian editions. The 100+ page books detail all of Camden’s offerings, including product overviews, features, specifications and pricing.
PSA Security Network, the world’s largest systems integrator cooperative, ISC Security Events and the Security Industry Association (SIA), the leading trade association for global security solution providers.
With the ability to offer low prices without compromising on technical specs, Chinese manufacturers of consumer video surveillance devices will outpace their US peers if market share boils down to a simple price war. US manufacturers of consumer video surveillance equipment risk losing market share to their Chinese counterparts, which have able to compete on price without compromising on technical features. Chinese video surveillance equipment makers accounted for some 5 percent of US market revenue last year, but high demand and supply in the China market could prove a “ticking time bomb” for US players, said Jimmy Dearing, IHS Markit’s residential security analyst.
The cyber-attacks on the FBI and American Department of Homeland Security in early 2016 reminded us that cyber security is a very real and pressing concern. And, the more recent Botnet takeovers and distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks demonstrated that many organizations still have a long way to go to make sure that their physical security systems are truly secure. We must not lose sight of the fact that the same platforms that improve an organization’s efficiency can also provide cyber criminals with new ways to access and compromise that organization. As people and organizations enjoy the advantages of connectivity, accessibility, and mobility that our increasing online activity allows we are also putting ourselves at greater risk of cyber criminality. An unprotected or improperly protected physical security system is no exception.
In an effort to improve cyber-threat information sharing and analysis, Johnson Controls, a global leader in energy efficiency, integrated solutions and building controls, announces a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. The agreement will help secure our nation’s critical infrastructure from those with malicious intent.