The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) launched the third installment of the Virtual Whole-of-Government R&D Showcase. This unique four-part series highlights how S&T and its partners across government are mobilizing research and development (R&D) teams to reduce risks from natural and human-induced disasters; accelerating breakthrough discoveries; and helping the nation prepare against future threats and unknowns.
Iris ID will showcase its biometric technology at the National Sheriff’s Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition later this month, the company has announced. The company aims to capitalize on the law enforcement sector’s intensifying interest in biometric identification solutions. The company already has a strong footing in the law enforcement sector. Its OU7S-AK camera module, for example, was embraced by the County of Los Angeles for its prisoner release process last year.
Invixium has been chosen to provide PPG an automated touchless solution to accurately measure employee temperatures at staff entry doors. When faces with the overwhelming cost of screening employee temperatures during the COVID-19 pandemic, PPG sought to invest in a solution that achieved high accuracy without breaking their budget. When the COVID-19 outbreak took hold in the United States in March of 2020, PPG took swift action by hiring additional security professionals to screen employee temperatures before entering their chemical plant.
Qognify has announced that VisionHub is being trusted and relied upon by six departments at the University of Vermont – one of the oldest universities in the U.S. The VMS+ is fully integrated and operational across the University’s on-campus install base of 459 video channels (predominantly AXIS IP cameras) and CBORD’s CS Access system. It has been instrumental in helping to reduce unnecessary on-site attendance, as part of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pressures of the global pandemic forced remarkable evolutions in the way we do business as well as the tools with which we perform our tasks. Upon inspection, manufacturing and distribution in particular were presented with significant challenges of productivity, supply chain continuity, employee safety as well as the increased requirements around workplace safety. With these factors in play, leaders in this space were able to deftly respond to the initial COVID-19 workplace requirements via OSHA & CDS.
LenelS2 announced a North America distribution agreement with its OpenAccess Alliance Program (OAAP) partner, Splan, a next-generation visitor check-in software solutions company. The agreement enables LenelS2 and its value-added reseller network to provide a more comprehensive touchless building access experience that includes visitor management. Splan’s visitor management solution integrates with LenelS2’s market-leading OnGuard and NetBox systems as well as BlueDiamond mobile credentials to more fully realize Carrier’s Healthy Buildings Program.
When the University of Arizona was chosen as a COVID-19 vaccine POD, they wanted to put in place a distribution process to get the vaccines out to as many people as possible as quickly and efficiently as possible. To do this, they turned to Genetec Inc. and Route1 Inc. to build a solution that would not only offer valuable insights about their POD operations but would also be affordable and easy to set up, UA chose to implement the Genetec AutoVu Managed Services (AMS) solution with four ALPR cameras installed throughout the POD.
Boon Edam announced the resumption of on-site entry evaluations, a building or campus analysis that aids security managers in creating a defensible physical security entrance strategy against the costly liabilities associated with tailgating and piggybacking. These evaluations have proven to be critical to the success of entrance projects. During the COVID pandemic, to support community health and safety, Boon Edam shifted from conducting on-site evaluations to virtual ones.
In support of Carrier’s Healthy Buildings program and the safe return to work, LenelS2 introduced a COVID-19 Contact Notification subscription-based service for businesses and other organizations using LenelS2’s OnGuard or NetBox access control security systems along with LenelS2’s BlueDiamond mobile credential app. LenelS2, a global leader in advanced security systems and services, is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, the leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions.
Ninety percent of companies faced an increase in cyber attacks due to the pandemic, according to a survey of 1,000 CXO’s conducted in June 2020. 93% of these CXO’s said they were forced to delay security projects in order to help manage their company’s transition to remote work. TalentLMS partnered with Kenna Security, an industry-leading penetration testing and vulnerability management firm, to survey 1,200 employees on their cybersecurity habits, knowledge of best practices, and ability to recognize security threats.
Public California Charter Schools are taking innovative steps to reduce COVID-19 risks by using Team.Care Network, a workforce engagement solution developed by Solve.Care with a focus on well-being and COVID-19 risk, to help ensure the safety of students and their families, teachers and support staff. The Collaborative Charter Services Organization provides administrative support services to public charter schools across the State of California.
ASIS International announced that since the launch of the program in November 2020, the ASIS Foundation has awarded more than 120 COVID-19 Support Grants to its global membership. This is a major component of the association’s efforts to address the global economic climate and those security communities hit hardest by the pandemic. The ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees approved $100,000 in grants to be awarded to ASIS members in need, encouraging individuals to apply for a grant to renew their ASIS membership free of charge.
The past decade saw the renaissance of data tape technology with dramatic improvements to capacity, reliability, performance, and TCO giving rise to new industry adoptions and functionality. This trend will only continue in 2021 as data storage and archival needs in the post-COVID digital economy demand exactly what tape has to offer. Here are 5 key contributions tape will make to the storage industry in 2021.
Genetec shared its top five predictions for the physical security industry in 2021. Innovative security solutions will help businesses thrive post-pandemic. While the world remains optimistic for 2021, organizations will need to remain creative about how they use, update, and redeploy their security systems across their facilities. This will allow them to start thinking more broadly about the role of physical security and what it can do beyond traditional applications to deliver more value.
The global smart home market has witnessed impressive growth in recent years, driven by the growing adoption of smart devices, the increasing need for energy-saving solutions, and the rising importance of home monitoring systems. According to data presented by BuyShares.co.nz, the revenues of the global smart home market jumped by 16% year-over-year to $77bn in 2020. The increasing trend is set to continue this year, with smart home revenues growing by 28% YoY and reaching $99.5bn in 2021.
Bosch has launched a human skin temperature detection solution that features built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The intelligent solution assists businesses to react to and predict possible unwanted situations. Data from the “Human Skin Temperature Detection solution” from Bosch provides actionable insights that can minimize illness spread by accurately identifying people with elevated skin temperature at checkpoints in office buildings, manufacturing plants, and airports.
The latest release of Intelligent Insights from Bosch offers a software widget update that supports safe social distancing. Intelligent Insights is an AIoT video software solution that combines the connectivity of physical products with the application of AI, giving customers the power to predict based on live and historical data. Intelligent Insights taps data from Bosch video cameras with built-in AI and pulls it into a single dashboard to support informed decision-making before a potential situation occurs.
2021 could prove to be almost as turbulent for the security industry as 2020. In the earlier part of the year, we expect the industry will continue to grapple with the fallout from COVID-19 with possible disruptions to the equipment supply chain. However, assuming we can keep our critical workforce healthy and an effective vaccine is successfully deployed in Q2, the situation could improve very quickly.
COVID-19 shut down the United States seemingly overnight back in March. Students couldn’t return to school, thousands of employees shifted to a completely remote workstyle and many businesses closed their doors to visitors to try curbing the spike of cases. Nearly every industry faced many new challenges, and communication proved critical to navigate the new normal. Historically, communication has been vital in nearly every crisis.
Owners and managers of video monitoring centers have generally fared well during the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly half increasing business according to a recent international survey conducted by Calipsa. The Calipsa Video Monitoring Report 2020 found 47% of respondents said the pandemic had stimulated business growth, providing an average 33% increase in clients and a 30% boost in revenue. More than a third (37%) of businesses reported no change in performance.