As consumers, we are technology junkies searching for the next great fix, and companies around the world are racing to deliver the coolest new distraction. Sounds great, right? There’s just one problem: companies are working under relentless pressure and impossibly tight deadlines that are quite literally harmful to us, and lead to greater technology risk. Remember that awesome smartphone with the iris recognition system, the Secure Folder security feature, and the battery that had the unfortunate habit of exploding? What about the time Amazon lost hundreds of millions of dollars over a typo? With this never ending demand for newer, cooler technology, many businesses today find themselves sacrificing security and operation in order to release as quickly as possible.
Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, introduces an enhanced version of its award-winning Zipstream technology. It now dynamically adjusts the frame rate, instantly adapting to any changes in the scene. The new dynamic frame rate feature offers significant additional bandwidth and storage savings for video surveillance applications.
Police across the country are using increasingly sophisticated surveillance systems to monitor daily life in their communities. Ultra-high-definition cameras, software that can read license plates and recognize faces, and systems that can alert police to suspicious behavior have given law enforcement unprecedented access to our everyday activities. Average citizens and privacy advocates say the ability to monitor and record public activity at such an extraordinary level is a threat to personal privacy.
New York Police Department officers and vehicles are to be outfitted with new technology as part of a $160 million program that will lead to fewer arrests and more summonses after being fully implemented next year, Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters on Oct. 23. All 35,000 NYPD officers will be equipped with smartphones that allow officers to search databases, view wanted posters, and scan suspects’ fingerprints.
Axis Communications, the global leader in network video surveillance, will be featuring a range of new products and speaking in key educational sessions throughout ASIS International (booth #1023) in Atlanta from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. This year’s theme invites attendees to discover the Power of 4 with Axis: “4” hardware offerings, new “4K” Ultra HD technology, “4th” generation software and celebrating the “4th” decade of Axis.
Security concerns are always balanced by the need for occupants to have easy facility access when they need it. A new technology developed by the Tecnalia Applied Research Centre in partnership with the Palladium Hotel Group and Paypal could change that by combining personalized access with daily functionality. The next generation of wearable technology is here – a smart bracelet that allows hotel guests to access their rooms, make payments, share experiences on social networks, and receive personalized services while maintaining information security.
The New York City Building Code requires the detection of smoke by means of smoke detection systems. New products have recently been introduced that use video camera and image recognition software to detect smoke. Current New York City Building Code regulations do not address such products. However, Local Law 141 of 2013, which will take […]
This is a photo from TASER International showing one of several ways police officers can wear a body camera. It shows the camera affixed to a pair of yellow-lense glasses. Not seen in this photo is a recording device clipped to the front of the officer’s shirt. The city of Tampa, which already has 119 […]
Sci-fi authors –the Nostradami of technology– have been making accurate predictions of modern-day living since as far back as 1888 when the idea of debit cards surfaced in the utopian tale “Looking Back.” Similarly, Philip K. Dick, the author behind “Minority Report,” foresaw and wrote about various technologies that are being put into play today […]
Published on 19 Feb, 2014 American Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company, announces the introduction of the Illustra 825 Fisheye Camera, a sophisticated camera that provides exceptional video quality and ultra-smooth digital pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) movements for capturing real-time 180°/360° panoramic views of wide areas. American Dynamics brings the reputation for high quality video to the 360° panorama product class. With a single, affordable 5 megapixel camera, the Illustra 825 Fisheye can do the work of 2, 3 and sometimes 4 cameras in many indoor applications. Leveraging the power of 5 megapixels, this camera can provide a 360°degree view of a whole lobby using a ceiling mount or a 180°degree view of a room, using a wall mount, or even a 2×2 view of 4 simultaneous dewarped streams. This ultra wide angle technology with dewarping at the edge, and in a future release at the client as well, represents the power of new technology in the IP camera space. Seeing entire rooms with a single camera, delivered with the flexibility of 180°and 360°degree views, or 4 separate streams in a 2×2 view, delivers a whole new video experience. "The technology in this camera actually minimises the quantity of cameras needed for surveillance, which lowers both install times and costs for dealers, integrators, and end users," said Steve Carney, Director of Product Management for Video Solutions at Tyco Security Products. "Simply put, the Illustra 825 Fisheye delivers more […]