Johnson Controls announced that its American Dynamics victor Video Management Software now integrates with the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System from Shooter Detection Systems, providing users with an automated solution to react in real-time to shots fired in a facility. By reducing the margin of human error, the solution helps to eliminate costly false alerts while enhancing the overall security of any school, business or public venue building.
Static electricity is more problematic when there is low humidity, no matter what the season. The issue is compounded as electronic devices today are smaller and more susceptible to electrostatic discharge. Granted, most electronics have ESD protection built in; but over time or from a constant barrage of these tiny lightning-like strikes, the protection becomes corrupted, resulting in a failure. Anytime air is warmed, this only reduces the humidity further, increasing the likelihood of a static discharge.
Traditionally architected video surveillance does not have the ability to address the upcoming security concerns faced by a business. With increasing agility in business processes, video management software (VMS) service providers cannot afford VMS application to be down, even for a short time. With single-tiered VMS (monolithic architecture), it is nearly impossible to meet the dynamic and evolving surveillance requirements of the modern businesses.
Digital Barriers has released SmartVis Identifier, which the company calls the world’s first live facial recognition system for body worn law enforcement cameras. The company integrated its EdgeVis and SmartVis technologies to provide defense, security, and law enforcement agencies with real-time facial recognition against multiple watchlists and databases. The SmartVis facial recognition technology, which was previously available for standard smartphones, has now been adapted to run live on Digital Barriers’ body worn cameras designed for frontline law enforcement. Combined with mobile live streaming solution EdgeVis, it makes streaming from body worn devices both operationally and financially viable.
You might be thinking that the only way to speed up hybrid fiber-wireless networks is to expand the capacity of the wireless link. It turns out that’s just one option. A consortium of innovative thinkers from academia, equipment, and service providers has joined to eliminate another speed throttling part of the network, the termination unit or mux/demux. In January 2017, the IPHOBAC-NG consortium delivered optical 2.5 Gbit/s GPON over millimeter wave wireless without using any termination or mux/demux units between the fiber and wireless networks. They did this by developing photonic to millimeter-wave converter, which speeds up the network, simplifies networking, and lowers costs by eliminating the termination units.
ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions is simplifying the installation of its door and opening products through interactive 3D models. These step-by-step instructions make installations easier, ensure products are installed properly, and store warranties for future reference. The mobile BILT app is free to download on Apple and Android and provides access to Intelligent Instructions™ for ASSA ABLOY products. The instructions are fully-interactive, voice narrated step-by-step guides that simplify installation and shorten the time it takes to accomplish the job. They remove the guess-work when attempting to interpret paper instructions.
In order to promote and advance autonomous security vehicles –ground, marine, and aerial– a security industry veteran is announcing the formation of the Autonomous Security Association. This trade association is a focused venue for autonomous security technology partners and market experts working with surveillance and security robotics to advance the understanding and awareness of the autonomous security marketplace. Autonomous Security Association focuses on the unmanned vehicles and robotics industry and supports all forms of platforms including ground, air, and marine vehicles coupled with a broad spectrum of robotic initiatives including commercial, medical, military, personal, and industrial security applications.
On Monday, a Knightscope K5 security robot in Washington DC suffered a watery demise after falling into a fountain. The mishap was spotted by passers-by whose photos of the aftermath quickly went viral on social media. Onlookers at the office complex discovered a curious sight: the body of a security robot, floating face-down in a fountain. The Knightscope K5 autonomous security ground vehicle is able to “detect unusual activity and report it for humans to investigate,” according to the company’s website.
Farpointe Data, the access control industry’s OEM for RFID solutions, announced that Secure Our City, Inc., an electronic security technology and low voltage design firm based in Ashland, Mass., was able to solve the problems of a leading healthcare organization’s parking garage was having with standard 125-kHz proximity readers and credentials. By creating a new security system featuring cameras, access control, and the Farpointe Ranger® long range reading system, Secure Our City was able to make possible higher security access, such as double-tapping at the entrance, and provide the increased control the parking garage needed.
In 2008, the security industry buzzword was ‘convergence.’ It was a statement on how the market was shifting from analog video surveillance cameras to digital IP surveillance cameras. The experts were saying how the convergence would top 51% percent digital IP by 2009. It took until 2015. If we look at another part of the market, we see the earliest conversations about Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) around 2010.