It’s graduation time for high-schoolers and college students alike. The streets here are awash in young people in suits, prom dresses, and graduation garb. I love to see those fresh faces full of excitement, and a little apprehension, about the future. But it is not lost on me that, in response to recent events, while so many young people are experiencing this important rite of passage, many of us are having —or not having— difficult conversations about school safety. For anyone avoiding the conversation, it might help to know what the research about gun violence in schools is telling us. The current debate around school safety is centered on mass shootings. But research to be published later this year by Professor James Alan Fox and doctoral student Emma Fridel shows that mass school shootings are rare events. They have found that, on average, mass murders in the U.S. occur between 20 and 30 times per year while, on average, only about one of those incidents takes place at a school.
As part of a company with global operations, I have had the opportunity to see and support a wide variety of organizations as they grapple with security challenges on a large scale. One of the persistent challenges we’re facing in the 21st century is how to manage and make use of the ever-increasing amount of data being collected and stored within our security systems. Lately, a lot of my time has been spent with our European team out of our Paris office, getting ready for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Developed to protect individual privacy, the GDPR sets out a series of specific regulations as well as strict fines for non-compliance for organizations that collect and process personally identifiable information (PII) from EU citizens.
Genetec has unveiled AutoVu Flexreader™, a new offering that brings powerful ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition) capabilities to suitable IP video surveillance cameras supported by the Genetec™ Security Center unified platform. AutoVu Flexreader enables organizations to move beyond simple plate capture and use existing IP cameras to identify and track license plates of vehicles entering or leaving their premises.
Invixium continues to add new integration and technology partners to support the company’s global expansion and growth. Integrations with the industry’s leading access control companies compatible with Invixium’s portfolio of biometric solutions are all on display here at ISC West 2018 (booth #6109). Invixium’s IXM WEB enterprise software includes their newest module IXM Link which plays a major role as the foundation in making these integrations possible. Link allows for two-way synchronization of user/cardholder data between IXM WEB and various access control software platforms, making the entire process of management and system administration simple and efficient for installers and system integrators; eliminating the need to enter user/cardholder data in two places and dramatically reducing set-up time.
MOBOTIX continues to expand its growing portfolio of integration partners to seamlessly accommodate and further enhance the company’s premium end-to-end network physical security solutions. New integration partners showcased at ISC West 2018 (Booth #16089) include ABP Technology, ClearSite Communications, Genetec and Konica Minolta. These four new additions join MOBOTIX’s family of over 50 integration partners to date. MOBOTIX offers various Developer Tools and Software Development Kits (SDK), including our EventStream Client SDK, MxMessage System SDK and MxCamera System, free to partners to facilitate fast and seamless integration of our innovative surveillance solutions with their applications.
Visitors to the Genetec booth will be able to learn about the company’s new range of market-specific solutions specifically developed to address the needs of airports, cities, educational institutions, retailers, and transportation customers. Attendees will also be able to see how Genetec Security Center, a unified security platform, Genetec Clearance™, a digital evidence management system, and Genetec Mission Control™, a collaborative decision management system, are helping leading airports around the world heighten security, improve operations, and grow retail revenue.
Genetec is urging North American security directors to get ready for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). While the initiative is led by the European Union, the territorial scope of the GDPR is global. As of May 25, 2018, any business that is collecting or storing personally identifiable information (PII) of EU citizens (including surveillance video, cardholder information and activities tracked by an access control system, and license plate numbers captured by an automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) system) will be held accountable, regardless of where the organization is based.
Earlier this year, a group of public and private organizations —including Transportation America, Natural Resource Defense Council, Uber, and cityway— got together to establish a set of Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities. Essentially, the group put together 10 principles that they feel should guide urban decision making for the future. Notably, the list includes planning cities and mobility together, prioritizing people over vehicles, engaging with all stakeholders, and working toward creating greater connectivity.
Innovative laser scanning technology from OPTEX, can now be integrated with the Genetec™ Restricted Security Area (RSA) Surveillance module, to deliver a new era in security and detection in outdoor and indoor environments for airports and other critical infrastructure sites. Via the RSA Surveillance module, OPTEX’s award-winning REDSCAN laser sensors can now send real-time events and alarm data to the Genetec unified security platform, Security Center, alerting control room operators to any intrusion in the surveillance area.
Temperatures here in Montreal have once again settled into the low negative 30s. Rather than complain, we embrace the cold and head outside. And this year, it’s with the added benefit of getting ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. To be fair, we are not all Olympic athletes able to compete in bobsledding, skeleton, or moguls. But we do feel like winter sports are an essential part of our everyday lives. We feel personally connected with the event, and, for me, this extends to issues of security. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to talk with Juliette Kayyem, a professor who teaches on homeland security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. At the time, she said something that has stayed with me ever since: “If you want to have a perfectly safe Super Bowl, don’t have a Super Bowl.”