Critical Infrastructure

Schneider Electric Simplifies Security, Environmental Monitoring For Any Size Data Center

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today introduced NetBotz™ 250 for more simplified data center physical security. This new low-cost, scalable rack access control and environmental monitoring appliance proactively monitors critical IT assets in real-time, protecting against physical threats, environmental risks, or human error that can disrupt IT operations and reduce reliability. NetBotz 250 can be used for IT deployments of varying applications, including environment monitoring only, rack access only or a combination of both.

Hardening Your Security Against Cyber Attacks

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.

Johnson Controls And DHS Sign Cooperative R&D Agreement On CyberSecurity

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.

Capacity For Storage Fast Becoming Vital Component Of Smart City Infrastructure

Automated road traffic management systems, surveillance systems and storage for the vast amount of data being generated will make up a core part of the future smart city infrastructure. Much of this information is sensitive so the storage technology used needs to be the best available. Understanding how storage works and how end users can access it is now the focus for storage companies as they look to facilitate the adoption of cloud-based data centers. As smart cities grow, video surveillance is set to become a key target for storage companies over the next few years and as the cost of network video surveillance cameras drops below $100 so the cost of implementation will fall. As a result, the most difficult task for storage companies is ensuring the cost of storage or cost per gigabyte falls in-line with this while maintaining high standards of performance, compliance and security over those data management and storage systems.

New Axxon Next integration: MAGO Technology, Advanced Metal Detecting Solution

One of MAGO Technology’s cutting-edge products, the SNOOPER long-distance metal detection sensor, is now integrated with Axxon Next, the state-of-the-art open-platform video management software.

MAGO Technology is an innovative company that focuses on sensor technology detecting variations in the earth’s magnetic field. In April 2016, MAGO partnered with AxxonSoft, a global leader in PSIM and VMS software.

TRENDnet Introduces New Layer 2 Managed Network Switches

TRENDnet®, a global leader in reliable SMB and consumer networking solutions, announced the launch of three new Layer 2 managed switch solutions, offering traffic management, troubleshooting, access control, and monitoring features. TRENDnet introduces two new 48-port Gigabit managed Layer 2 switches, models TL2-G448 and TL2-PG484.

5 Things C-Suite Executives Need To Understand About Protecting Critical Infrastructure

While the typical CEO, IT director, or plant manager feels quite confident that they have a security system that keep the foxes away from their IT coop, many have no idea that there is a viper coiled, ready to strike at their unprotected plant, grid, refinery, or other critical infrastructure where they deploy Operational Technology […]

Taminco Chemicals Rely on Milestone Video for Employee Safety and Federal Regulation

Milestone Systems’ open platform IP video management technology is helping Taminco USA to manage employee safety and to uphold federal regulations for the production and transportation of hazardous materials. Taminco manufactures compounds and solutions for agricultural, personal and home care, energy and water treatment chemicals. The Department of Health, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Transportation heavily monitor the shipping of these substances, so it is essential that a sophisticated surveillance system monitor every step of the process, from delivery of raw materials to the shipment of end products.

New GPS Tracking Solution Offers Protection for ATMs in Financial and Retail Establishments

This innovative system’s global platform leverages multiple security and tracking applications and will deliver impressive apprehension (up to 70% of cases) and asset return (more than 87%) rates. By incorporating smart technology, the devices offer wide flexibility in deployment and improved data storage and organization. The ATM Tracker offers a compact profile which makes it easier to install in different ATMs or similar cash dispensing machines.

Chester County PA Finds Perfect System to Safeguard Cell Tower Sites

ECKey, the market leader in Smartphone Access Control Systems and Bluetooth Readers, today announced that Chester County, PA, has chosen ECKey access control technology to install at their cell tower sites to provide more effective protection for such critical infrastructure. The Protection Bureau, in Exton PA, is overseeing the planning and installation for this on-going project.

Teen Caught Urinating In Reservoir: 38 Million Gallons Will Be Flushed

Call it the Big Flush 2 and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original. Portland officials said they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir. In June 2011, the city drained a […]

Statue Of Liberty Upgrades To New State-of-the-Art Digital Video Surveillance System

Administrators, security and maintenance personnel can choose from a menu of training courses, seminars and webinars, face-to-face meetings at leading trade shows and professional K-12 conferences, funding help, new products designed specifically for K-12 applications and free security assessments. Allegion will be offering a variety of training courses, seminars and webinars to keep administrators abreast of technology and trends in school security. This year, Allegion is serving up two new options. K-12 administrators can choose from an instructor-led course “School Locking Hardware” offered in cities across the U.S. or the Power Hour Webinar Series covering a variety of thought leadership topics. Dates and topics are listed on the Allegion website. Through leading trade shows, education association support and professional events, Allegion education specialists are available for one-on-one discussions to share their expertise on lockdown, key system management and proven access control solutions. They will talk with administrators about their district’s specific goals and how to put a plan in place. Many of these trade shows and other scheduled events can be found on the Allegion website. In their search on how to pay for security and safety upgrades, Allegion can also help schools identify funding allocations, key decision makers who manage grants, provide insight into grant applications and recommend grant writing resources.  Allegion utilizes a 24/7 cloud-based database of federal and state grant funding information. Not only does this database provide access to all public and private grants for public and private schools but it additionally details who in […]

Firetide Wireless Mesh Network To Deliver Real-time Video Surveillance For Malaysia MRT In Kuala Lumpur

A few weeks back, we told you about Bands Banding Together, a project being undertaken at Welcome to 1979, the studio complex owned and operated by Chris Mara (who also records the Upstairs at United sessions; go enjoy some video from the Cults and Bobby Rush sessions that went live last week, including the best non-Beatles version of "Come Together" I’ve heard yet). If you recall, Bands Banding Together began with an open call for participants interested in doing a live-to-lathe recording — as in direct-to-vinyl, zero undo, don’t screw up the last song or you have to do the whole thing over recording — who could register through Feb. 15. The next phase is a Facebook poll to determine who will get to participate in the project, and the ’79 camp tells us that the poll is live now! Of the 10 finalists, the five who receive the most votes will be making a unique direct-to-disc LP later this year. There’s a decent range of styles among the finalists, and a fairly broad geographic spread; three are Nashville bands, and the rest are from all across the eastern half of the U.S. Your Finalists: – East Side Americana pickers Don Gallardo and How Far West – Music City pan-American punks Max and The Wild Things – Northampton, Mass., folk rocker Jamie Kent , who hits my ear like The Wallflowers – Philadelphia’s Toy Soldiers , a little less country than Promised Land Sound but in similar territory – […]

NEC Establishes ‘Safer Cities’ Strategy For Global Expansion Of Public Safety Business

NEC Establishes ‘Safer Cities’ Strategy for Global Expansion of Public Safety Business NEC Corporation (JCN Newswire) 2013-11-07 Tokyo, Nov 7, 2013 – ( JCN Newswire ) – NEC Corporation has combined its competitive technologies, products, and services to establish “Safer Cities,” a new strategy for global expansion of its public safety business, while launching sales of globally available solutions in seven business domains. Aiming to contribute to the solution of various social challenges, NEC announced a shift of its business focus to Solutions for Society in its 2015 Mid-term Management Plan announced in April this year. NEC will offer advanced social infrastructure utilizing ICT to realize a safe, secure, efficient, and equal society through this management plan. NEC is also promoting its safety business as one of the pillars of the global growth strategy for its Solutions for Society business. To date, NEC has offered a wide range of safety solutions that combine state-of-the-art technologies, such as biometrics, sensors, and big data processing technologies. In addition to these solutions, NEC is currently developing common solution models, to fast track the global expansion of its safety business, while enhancing its overseas system integration capabilities and global customer base. Also, in April this year, NEC established a Global Safety Division (GSD) in Singapore to promote its safety business. Furthermore, in September, it established the NEC Laboratories Singapore (NLS) as the center of its global solutions research in Asia. Through NLS, NEC has formed flexible research collaborations with local research institutions and […]