I have mentioned in this space before that I have the opportunity to travel a lot and that this has afforded me an excellent view into how airports are run. But my perspective is not limited to their inner workings. In fact, from my office here in Montreal, I can see the O6L and 24R runways at the P.E. Trudeau airport. This means that, every once in a while, I get to watch these feats of engineering and technology move through the air. And I am reminded of the incredible precision required to get so many planes safely through take-off and landing every day. At the same time, I also know that any disruption on the airfield —no matter how small— can delay flights or threaten security.
The 21st century is shaping up to be the century of data. We are collecting more and better data than ever before. And the possible applications include everything from improved security and more efficient movement through public spaces to better allocation of resources and strategic planning. But, while access to this data can help improve our lives in truly meaningful ways, we are also facing new challenges about how to better collect, understand, and make use of it.
As part of my first column in a monthly series for Security.World, I want to look at the emerging technologies coming down the pipeline within the security industry —and beyond— and answer the burning questions: Will this change how we protect people? Can we achieve more protection with less equipment? How can AI influence the industry? Will these changes be good or bad overall? Tune in as I explore a wide range of topics in the coming months. While most of us are now familiar with and may have even experienced the fun and excitement of virtual reality (VR), there’s a newer, similar technology with a less immersive experience that may soon start impacting our everyday lives: augmented reality (AR).
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.”
Inattention, excessive speed, failure to yield, and unsafe lane changes are among the top causes of truck collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For fleet managers, preventing collisions caused by their own drivers can be quite challenging because risk factors must be measured before an accident occurs. But what happens when a crash isn’t the truck driver’s fault? In fact, a Fleet Owner whitepaper on video-based safety, sponsored by SmartDrive, found that even though truckers are blamed for most of the crashes that occur in the U.S., 80% of those crashes are actually the fault of car drivers.
In the face of growing reports of threats on Jewish people and institutions nationwide, the Community Security Service (CSS) is launching a new app called the Jewish Security Application (JSA). JSA empowers individuals to report suspicious activity and document anti-Semitic incidents quickly and accurately from their smartphones. JSA also provides a panic button to alert local authorities to immediate threats.
Intruder Defense Services, LLC (IDS) announces the release of Guard Safe™. Guard Safe allows existing staff the ability to respond pro-actively and quickly to an attack by an armed intruder. Research shows the average response time for law enforcement to arrive on scene in the U.S. is nearly eight minutes. In outlying or congested areas this time can be significantly longer. This time lapse between onset of an active shooter event and the arrival of police leaves a building and its inhabitants vulnerable for too long.
Each aisle at InfoComm has thousands of the latest AV products for you to discover. It’s focused. InfoComm has organized the Exhibit Hall into several focused pavilions so you can hone in on just the technology you’re looking for.
Reliance High-Tech has expanded its popular range of Reliance Protect services with the launch of the rtouch™, a small, ultra-lightweight emergency alert device that offers lone workers enhanced personal protection, support and two-way communication whenever they may be exposed to heightened risk while at work.
Yes, in most places you really do need to take an exam to be a Security Guard. Throughout Canada and the United States, Provinces and States are requiring those who wish to work as a Security Guard to take a course and pass a licensing examination before being permitted to work as a Security Guard.