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.
Due to the fact that Universities and Institutes for Higher Learning have large amounts of legacy financial and health records, grant computer privileges to students with traditionally a lax security mindset, and house valuable research data hackers have taken notice. This is why higher education has become the second most targeted industry after Healthcare. Based on how stolen data can be monetized, various types of hackers have become interested for different reasons. In some cases, it has been nation-state actors that are more interested in the research data such as with the recent case of the Russian hacker known as Rasputin. In other cases, it has been an individual who was able to change passwords of email accounts or a disenfranchised student assistant who was terminated but maintained access to the system.
DeTect announced installation of its DroneWatcher™ drone detection and defense system at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City, Florida. Drone incursions into controlled airspace around airports has emerged as a major security and flight safety risk over the past few years and DeTect’s DroneWatcher system provides the highest level of detection and control available.
Arteco, a global leader in the delivery of video event management solutions, will unveil advancements to its video event management portfolio at the upcoming ISC West conference. The Arteco video surveillance solutions portfolio delivers a wide variety of functionalities that help stakeholders gain new levels of awareness within their security and business infrastructures. The company has expanded its focus to provide customized systems that fit the requirements of specific vertical applications, such as retail, logistics, Smart City, critical infrastructure and campus. Enhancements include advanced storage options, bandwidth reduction for live and recorded video, support for ONVIF Audio Out, POS and marketing platforms.
Tyco Security Products, part of Johnson Controls, announced that its Innometriks Cheetah high assurance physical access reader has achieved UL 294 certification and the complete Innometriks Infinitas FICAM solution is now listed on the General Services Administration (GSA) Approved Product List (APL). These are two important designations for government agencies that need to deploy a secure and interoperable access control solution for high security areas.
New York City Police Department documents obtained by The Verge show that police camera teams were deployed to hundreds of Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street protests from 2011–2013 and 2016. Originally acquired through a Freedom of Information Law request by New York attorney David Thompson of Stecklow, Cohen & Thompson, the records are job reports from the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) that document over 400 instances in which the unit’s video team attended, and sometimes filmed, demonstrations. More important than the records the NYPD turned over, however, are those that it claims it cannot find: namely, any documents demonstrating that legal reviews and authorizations of these surveillance operations took place.
Veracity will be promoting its new complete surveillance solution comprised of COLDSTORE™, (an innovative storage system that is uniquely and specifically designed for video surveillance), TRINITY™, (which allows “smart” IP-cameras to record to COLDSTORE without a physical NVR), and VIEWSCAPE™ (the management front end that provides the “GUI” as well as integration tools for systems ranging from access control and biometrics to building management and HVAC controls).
Free2Move, a mobility app for car-sharing providers including Car2Go, Flinkster, Multicity, Zipcar, and DriveNow, has selected the Jumio Netverify Trusted Identity as a Service to verify customer driver’s licences quickly and easily. Free2Move aggregates local available car share options on a mobile app, providing registered Free2Move users access to local car share providers. Customers register by scanning their photo ID using the camera of their PC or mobile device, and Netverify’s computer vision technology then extracts customer data from the ID.
Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), an innovator in artificial intelligence and robotics and master distributor for SMP Robotics Systems Corp., announced it is enhancing its complete line of autonomous robotic guards with the NVIDIA Jetson embedded computing platform. Using NVIDIA Jetson, an embedded AI supercomputer ideal for intelligent machines, RAD robotics can achieve higher levels of autonomy, while adding advanced people and vehicle detection on the moving robot.
Security starts with making sure only authorized people can enter your facility, a special challenge for organizations with multiple locations. InstantCard, a leading online provider of photo ID cards and credentialing services, will demonstrate its solutions for large corporations at ISC West in April. InstantCard clients outsource production of professional photo ID cards quickly and easily on the Web. All smart-card technologies, as well as many other enhanced security features, are supported by the cloud-based service. The InstantCard system is easily integrated with human resources and access-control systems.