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.
Shoppers at the Mall of America seem undeterred after hearing about a video purportedly made by al-Qaida-linked rebels that urges Muslims to attack shopping malls. The video specifically mentions the Bloomington Mall of America.
Former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has promised to make Delhi streets safer like the UAE with the help of security cameras, if voted to power again. The national convener of Aam Admi Party (AAP) who is readying to fight assembly elections in Delhi early next year, promised to install one million WiFi security cameras across Delhi to make the streets safer, especially for women.
Smarter Security, Inc., provider of premium, innovative entrance control and outdoor security solutions, today announced a worldwide electronics company recently installed Fastlane® Glassgate® 300 turnstiles in its Canadian headquarters. As part of a building renovation, the company chose to put optical turnstiles in the lobby to increase accountability and safety. The company’s appreciation of and familiarity with Fastlane in the United States contributed to Smarter Security winning the business.
The roster of people flowing in and out of campus buildings changes frequently. New students come in, others graduate. Adjunct faculty and visiting scholars join the campus for a limited time; corporate partners and parents stop over for a day. Giving everyone access to the appropriate buildings is a challenge that’s compounded when a mix of security cameras, surveillance systems and other security devices have been installed independently. However, feeds from various devices can be integrated and delivered to safety personnel, who can view and connect security-related events. Additionally, security actions—such as turning on a video camera when unauthorized building access is being attempted—can be automated with security information management software.
Real-Time Technology Group (RTTG), an industry-leading provider of secure and hosted Identity Management solutions for secure operations and incident response, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with CTS Consolidated Telecom Services (CTS), a Woman Owned Small Business, to bring RTTG’s award-winning Real-Time Verification™ (RTV) technology platform to CTS’s Public Safety and commercial customers.
Throggs Neck Houses on track for upgrades and safety improvements with state aid. – Three NYCHA complexes in the Bronx will get nearly $4 million in state grants to bolster safety measures and upgrades, officials said. The money will be spread across the Sack Wern, Pelham Parkway, and Throggs Neck public housing developments, said state Sen. Jeff Klein, who helped secure the funds.
Students are headed back to school in New Hanover County, NC, on August 26th. This year parents and students will notice a new security system has been installed using audio and video to better screen who can gain access to school facilities. According to the information released by the New Hanover County School System, "The […]
Code Blue Corporation announced that it has received Lenel factory certification and joined the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program (OAAP). Code Blue’s ToolVox interfaces with the Lenel OnGuard access control system to enable customers to monitor the status of the ToolVox emergency communication management platform and all calls placed from Code Blue phones. “Code Blue has […]
The article title More Westerners join ISIS following the group’s successes in Iraq linked here indicates that over 100 terrorists that we know of have United States Passports, making it safe to assume that there are plenty more we don’t know about. This is why I have been predicting that there will be an increase […]
Tyco Security is on an aggressive mode to tap the Indian healthcare space to provide advanced Elpas Location Based Tracking solutions to trace not just people but medical assets. Elpas is a brand of Tyco Security Products known for location-based tracking and intrusion solutions in the security industry. In fact Tyco’s portfolio is one of […]