critical infrastructure

DHS S&T Launches Series 3 of Virtual Whole-of-Government R&D Showcase

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.

Arteco Focuses On Innovation, Vertical Market Solutions

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.

SpotterRF To Provide Rapid Relief For Power Grid Perimeter Security

SpotterRF, the leader in low cost compact surveillance radar (CSR), and an ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Winner, has been selected by VTI Security, one of the largest independently owned security systems integrators in the U.S., as a sole source radar standard. After rigorous testing, VTI Security now uses SpotterRF compact surveillance radar (CSR) for all CIP-014 electrical substation protection projects as defined by the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA).

Haystax Technology and Houston Public Safety Agencies to Present at Secured Cities Conference

Haystax Technology, a leading provider of advanced analytics and cybersecurity solutions, announced it will present with public safety agencies from the City of Houston at the annual Secured Cities Conference on Nov. 11, 4:00-4:50 p.m. Led by Jack Hanagriff, coordinator for the Houston Regional Asset Management Program (RAMP), this panel discussion is titled, “Inside the Digital Sandbox: How Houston Shares Public Safety Risk Analysis and Information Across the Region.”

SoleraTec Phoenix RSM Video Surveillance Management Software Available for Oracle Solaris 11 SPARC

SoleraTec LLC, provider of innovative video lifecycle management and storage products, has released the PHOENIX RSM video surveillance management software solution for Oracle Solaris 11 operating system on the SPARC processor. Currently available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux operating systems, PHOENIX RSM now provides organizations that require uninterrupted operation of their video surveillance infrastructure with access to a high-performance and highly-reliable, secure computing platform. Organizations that need a cost-effective integrated and professional video surveillance solution can look to SoleraTec’s PHOENIX RSM, for Oracle Solaris 11.

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.

Meyertech and SilverNet Agree to Technology Partnership

Meyertech is one of just a few companies globally who can provide ‘mixed technology’ hybrid solutions that incorporate both analogu and digital IP-cameras. The integration between the two British manufacturer’s respective offerings further enhances Meyertech’s ability to be at the heart of an integrated end-to-end video surveillance solution.

MicroPower Technologies Introduces Remote Network Surveillance Solution That Extends Capabilities for Remote and Isolated Sites

MicroPower Technologies Inc., an award-winning provider of surveillance
solutions optimized for rapid, cost-effective deployment, announced the availability of remote network surveillance solutions designed for isolated or unmanned facilities, such as those commonly found in the oil and gas, water utility, critical infrastructure, and power substations industries. An extension of the company’s solar, wireless surveillance technologies, this
platform provides surveillance to sites that were previously unreachable by
traditional systems.

Safe Cities: Protecting Critical Infrastructure Installations With IP Surveillance

Network video offers excellent possibilities for the operator of an industrial plant (such as these cooling towers of nuclear power plant) to integrate security, safety, and production control in one system. A centralized system combines the supervision of all processes, video surveillance, intrusion protection and access control, and allows security staff to reliably detect, verify, and identify alarms – both from remote sites as well as from a central control room.

Border Security Market Worth $544 Billion By 2013 – 2018

Homeland Security & Emergency Management Market report categorizes the global market on the basis of sub-sectors (Aviation Security Market, Mass Transit Security, Maritime Security, Critical Infrastructure Security ) & geography forecasting revenues for 2013-18. According to a new market research report, “Global Homeland Security and Emergency Management Market, 2013–2018″, published by MarketsandMarkets is expected to […]

Kratos Receives $2.8 Million In Critical Infrastructure Security System Integration Awards

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced that its Public Safety & Security (PSS) division recently received $2.8 million in security system deployment awards for certain educational facilities located in the United States. Under the new contract awards, Kratos will design, engineer, deploy, and integrate into command […]

DINION Imager 9000 HD IP-Camera From Bosch Delivers Enhanced Safety And Security For Critical Infrastructures

The new DINION IP imager 9000 HD camera from Bosch Security Systems, Inc. is designed for perimeter protection and the surveillance of critical infrastructures, such as power plants and water treatment facilities. These types of applications require robust and reliable IP video surveillance solutions that proactively guard the property’s fences day and night, regardless of […]

Samsung Corporation And VidSys Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement At ISC West

S1 Corporation (“S1”), a global leader in security systems and integration, and VidSys, a world leader in Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, today announced a strategic partnership agreement. S1, an affiliate of the top global corporation Samsung Group, is adopting VidSys as its exclusive go-to-market PSIM platform for security integration and critical infrastructure in […]

Kratos Receives $7.8 Million Mass Transportation Security Contract Award

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that its Public Safety & Security (PSS) Division recently received a new $7.8 million critical infrastructure security system contract award. Under the contract award, Kratos will design, engineer, deploy, and integrate into command and control infrastructure a leading technology security […]

Video Surveillance Of Downtown Houston To Expand

HOUSTON (AP) — Police surveillance of downtown Houston is expanding with 180 new cameras that will bring the number of video feeds available to law enforcement authorities by early 2014 to nearly 1,000. The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday ( ) most cameras are pointed on public areas around downtown, including its theater district and stadiums. "With all the homeland security requirements that we have — we have more critical infrastructure to protect than New York City — we can’t do it without video," Police Chief Charles McClelland told the newspaper. The city has spent more than $18 million in federal money to build its camera system and has another $5 million in reserve. Houston also has expanded its video network through private sharing agreements, such as by accessing networks along rail lines. The expansion comes despite shrinking national security grants for video surveillance and studies showing mixed results on whether the presence of cameras improves public safety. Nancy La Vigne, a justice policy researcher with the nonprofit Urban Institute, said cameras help but can’t replace beat officers. "You need that human interaction," said La Vigne, whose 2011 study of surveillance networks showed variances in their effectiveness. In Baltimore, for example, where officers were trained to monitor video feeds, crime was reduced. In Chicago, while cameras at one park cut the crime rate in half, they had little impact at another, according to the study. But C.O. Bradford, a Houston city councilman and former Houston police chief, said the technology […]

IHS: Electric Utilities And Oil Refineries To Increase Investment In Perimeter Security

Although most critical infrastructure sites are target applications for electronic perimeter security, electrical utilities and oil refineries are projected to have the most growth opportunity, according to a published note by Blake Kozak, senior analyst for access control, fire and security at IHS Inc.   The global market size for electronic perimeter security sensors and video in electrical utilities and oil refineries is forecast to top $160 million in 2014, says Kozak.   Electrical utilities have experienced strong growth despite the economic slowdown in 2011 and 2012. Part of this growth is resulting from the trend to use remote video and networked sensors in order to configure and maintain sensors from remote locations. For example, there has been demand to integrate video with detection sensors and network these back to a central monitoring station. This has helped increase demand for applications and locations where sensors couldn’t be monitored in the past.   Another driver is the updates to the NERC CIP standards which are mostly concerned with cyber security and classifying / identifying critical assets, which could lead to a change in the security requirements for transmission substations. For example, NERC CIP Version 4 states any substation that maintains transmission lines at a capacity of 500kv or higher are now considered a critical asset.   Solar power plants, oil refineries and LNG plants are also expected to be strong markets to sell perimeter security equipment, says Kozak’s note. The capacity of solar power is expected to increase dramatically, especially […]

Port Arthur, Sabine-Neches Waterway Improve Video Security

Port Arthur featured With high-level national security implications, live-camera views and the ability to quickly check recorded video is essential to the port’s operational standards for efficiency. As the fourth largest port in the U.S., Port Arthur in Texas’ Jefferson County is the number-one crude oil destination for foreign tankers, as well as the number-one commercial and military out-load port. Hundreds of vessels are processed through the channel each day, making their way from other domestic ports and from all over the globe into the Gulf of Mexico and up the Sabine-Neches Waterway.   With oil refineries and other critical infrastructure lining the 55 miles of river bank through Jefferson County, the sheriff’s department required a sophisticated security surveillance system to monitor waterway traffic and incidents. Deputies needed to ensure the safety of those working and traveling through the port, and to keep commercial and military traffic flowing.   A vast waterway traffic-monitoring network has been deployed at Sabine-Neches to ensure all vessels can safely navigate the waters. The new surveillance system also monitors the many petroleum refineries that line the channel. Backed by a Verizon Wireless 4G connection, the county cameras alongside the waterway are networked through the use of Milestone XProtect Enterprise surveillance software.   “Milestone’s open platform IP software integrates with all of the cameras seamlessly” said Mark Nolan of Knight Security Systems, the designer and integrator of the Sabine-Neches Waterway monitoring and surveillance project. “Milestone XProtect provides the sheriff’s department with more high-definition screen images […]

AGT International Raises The Bar For Safe City Solutions

AGT International Appoints Jens Wegmann as Chief Corporate Development Officer Those that are successful will adopt an integrated model of public safety continue reading this.. and security that protects citizens and businesses. The new UrbanShield 5.0 release unveiled today by AGT International at the Global Security Asia Conference in Singapore, enables this visionary approach with its centralized system of advanced technology capabilities that facilitate different levels of government, agencies and the private sector to share data, decision-making and costs and deliver a faster and more effective response to the many threats and incidents facing cities every day. Mati Kochavi, CEO of AGT International, said: “Our UrbanShield public safety and security platform was designed to provide the foundation for the integrated cities of the future, such as Singapore. Our latest enhancements within UrbanShield 5.0 raise the bar for Safe City solutions globally. By developing leading-edge information and communications technologies and deploying proven solutions that enable safer, as well as smarter cities, we make the critical infrastructure and services of a city more aware, more interactive, and more efficient.” The latest release of UrbanShield builds on earlier versions of the software that provide city authorities and law enforcement officials with a single, holistic situational awareness picture of what is happening in their city, enabling them to evaluate the current situation in real-time; simulate outcomes of possible actions; potentially predict incidents before they occur; prepare for various contingencies; and mitigate loss and damage when incidents do occur by managing them as effectively […]