ONVIF®, the leading global standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products, hosted its 16th ONVIF Developers’ Plugfest (ODP) May 10–12 in Québéc City, Québéc, at the Delta Hotel Quebec City in the Old Town district. With multiple testings of ONVIF conformant products, the Developers’ Plugfest offered interoperability testing for five ONVIF profiles, including the Release Candidate of Profile A for broader access control configuration, which is scheduled for final release this summer.
Smart Cities Council gathered inventors and technologists and pioneers and civic leaders in the innovation capital of the world last week for a preview of what’s ahead for the cities of tomorrow and the technologies that will shape them. Conference participants had a deep-dive into some of the new technologies that will drive smarter cities, including what breakthroughs in artificial intelligence will mean for cities, how leaders can prepare for the arrival of self-driving cars, new technologies that are helping tackle homelessness and the latest advances in 3D urban modeling, among many others.
Harford County (Maryland) Public Schools will more than double the number of mobile video surveillance systems inside its buses, after the Board of Education approved a $179,640 contract recently to purchase systems for 103 buses. The surveillance systems have already been installed on 95 buses, including those operated by the school system and those operated by independent contractors, Charles Taibi, director of transportation, told board members.
Who would you expect such a reaction from? Probably a rich, techie tycoon or at the very least a gaming geek? As a vendor that serves many ISP’s, I can testify that only a handful of premium customers get these speeds. Well, not this time! This was the reaction of a “Digital Alien” in a Cleveland homeless shelter.
Essence USA, a leading provider of connected living solutions, has partnered with Affiliated, the United States’ number one call center monitoring company, to launch a robust and customizable dealer program centered around Essence’s innovative suite of PERS products. The fully customizable program gives dealers a range of options about how to best run their PERS offerings, including order fulfillment – direct to the consumer or distributed to the dealer, customer service, invoicing and collections, equipment retrieval, and refurbishment, and branding options.
In a dim, low ceiling room, federal agents and private contractors are testing the feed coming off cameras erected along the southeastern Arizona border. It’s a subdued project when you consider the magnitude of the goal: eyes and ears watching every movement along the U.S.-Mexico border 24 hours, seven days a week. The Customs and Border Protection agency uses two types of towers: integrated fixed towers (IFT), which use ground sensor surveillance in rural parts of the Mexican border, and remote video surveillance systems, which are used in urban areas where legal traffic is heavy enough to render ground sensors useless. The agency currently uses eight of the IFTs in southeastern Arizona and 11 of the remote video systems. It’s called the Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan; and it’s a network of these towers, cameras mounted on pickup trucks and backpack surveillance systems that can be hiked into the desert and dug into the ground.
CNL Software, a world leader in Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, is pleased to announce it has entered a non-exclusive technology collaboration with underwater security company, Sonardyne International Ltd. The companies are currently working together on a major critical national infrastructure project, integrating Sonardyne’s Sentinel intruder detection sonar with the IPSecurityCenter™ PSIM platform. This delivers complete situational awareness through the long-range identification and early classification of approaching underwater threats.
ISONAS Inc., a leading Pure IP™ access control system manufacturer, announced that the company will be releasing Pure Access 2.2 in May 2017, marking the one-year anniversary of Pure Access. Launched in 2016, Pure Access, is an industry leading, cloud-based access control software application that provides users the ability to manage their access control from anywhere at any time, on any device.
General Dynamics’ Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) upgrade has achieved a ‘Full Operating Capability’ (FOC) designation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This key milestone was achieved after two years of successful deployment and field testing along the southern border and underscores the operational impact this solution provides to the U.S. Border Patrol. The RVSS capability is currently operational in Nogales, Douglas, Naco, Yuma, and Ajo, Arizona, with relocatable deployments planned in McAllen and Laredo, Texas in 2017.
Vanderbilt, a global leader in providing state-of-the-art security systems, has announced a new partnership with Citel Spa, a premier supplier of physical security information management (PSIM) software to Italy’s financial and industrial sector. Citel Spa uses IT solutions to improve security, safety, and Building Management processes, supporting operations and management with compliance to PSIM paradigm and Business Continuity rules.