security cameras

New Genetec Research Shows Almost 4 in 10 Security Cameras Can Be at Risk of Cyber-attack Due to Outdated Firmware

Outdated camera firmware, and failing to change default passwords present some of the biggest weaknesses in cybersecurity defence. As the number of interconnected security devices keeps on growing, keeping pace with the latest updates can be tricky and very time-consuming. According to new research* conducted by Genetec as many as 68.4%—or almost 7 out of 10—cameras are currently running out of date firmware.

Sonitrol Launches New TotalGuard Solution

Sonitrol launches TotalGuard, an all-in-one solution that provides video verification, impact activated audio, glass break detection, wireless support, Sonitrol Mobile App (video surveillance, alarm events, arm/disarm system), and so much more. TotalGuard is a perfect solution for the small business market looking for a low cost monitored security option; allowing Sonitrol to compete and have advantage over the popular DIY security systems. This solution can also pair with Sonitrol’s Cloud Access Control for businesses looking for complete security solutions.

Annke Releases 4-Megapixel HD PoE Day Night Security Cameras

Annke, a supplier of security cameras for small-scale commercial applications, announces its release of 4-Megapixel HD PoE security cameras with HD video quality, a variety of advanced functions, and a favorable price. The 4MP cameras are currently available in the United States, and will be sold in Australia and Germany soon.

A Behind the Scenes Look at Security in Biggest Mall in US

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.

What to Expect at CES 2015: 4K Video, Broadwell Chips, and Smart Homes

For years, consumer technology has resided in two rooms: the office, and the living room. At CES 2015, expect it to colonize the rest of the home. That’s not to say that you won’t find traditional PCs and televisions this week in Las Vegas. But consumer firms have moved beyond those mature, traditional markets into mobile technology, wearables, and cars – and they keep moving. This year, the theme of the show may very well be the connected home, as smartphones and tablets take on a new role as control devices for the Internet of Things.

Massena NY Teamsters Agree on Language for Security Cameras

A dispute in Massena, NY, going back to August over the installation of cameras in the Town Hall has been settled. Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said that officials wanted to install cameras in public buildings to ensure the safety of employees as well as visitors. But Mickey S. Smith, business agent for the Teamsters Union Local 687, questioned why cameras would be put in areas not accessible to members of the public.

Lawsuit Blames San Diego Mall in Shooting Deaths of 3 in Its Parking Lot

A San Diego shopping mall was negligent in not providing better security measures that might have prevented the Christmas Eve shooting deaths of three persons in its parking lot, a lawsuit asserts.

Filed by attorney Daniel Gilleon in San Diego County Superior Court, the lawsuit says that the mall’s owner, Westfield Centers, “failed to use reasonable care to protect their patrons, guests, tenants and invitees.”

Police Register CCTV Locations in Brisbane for Crime Prevention Database

Cleveland police – outside of Brisbane, Australia, have called for residents and businesses with security cameras installed to get in touch and help prevent crime. Officers have established a registry database cataloging the location of cameras at private dwellings, offices, and retailers across the city. If a crime happens near one of the cameras, police will ask the device’s owner for the footage around the time of the offence to see if it yields any evidence.

Delhi India Politician Promises to Install 1-Million WiFi Security Cameras

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.

Point Greys New 1080p60 Cricket IP-Camera

The new Cricket CR-POE-20S3C model features a 1/2″ Sony IMX185 Exmor CMOS sensor capable of 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60 FPS. This 2.0 MP sensor uses the same 3.75 micron pixel structure as the existing 1.3 MP Cricket camera with the Sony IMX139, which offers impressive low light performance and wide dynamic range. Like all Cricket cameras, the new model uses Sony’s Xarina image processing platform, which enables multi-image WDR functionality, multi-streaming, noise reduction, video encoding and ONVIF support.

NYCHA Screwed Up Application, Missed Out on Federal Funds for Security Cameras

NYCHA lost out on funding for more security cameras at housing developments because the application was bungled. NYCHA lost out on hundreds of thousands of federal dollars for security cameras because it bungled filling out the proper paperwork, the NY Daily News has learned. Early this year, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department offered $3 million in “emergency safety and security grants” to housing authorities. More than 330 agencies nationwide applied, but NYCHA officials sent in an application that “was not complete and did not meet the minimum threshold requirements,” according to a HUD document obtained by The News.

Swann Bets Home Security Trumps Automation in the Internet of Things

he Swann security system supports its own hardware, but also third-party products such as the Philips Hue Lighting system and the Nest thermostat (as well as its own). When the chief executive of Swann Security popped into see the chief technology officer a year or two ago, the resulting conversation changed the strategic direction of the company.

Swann sold security cameras and other sensors through retailers such as Harvey Norman and Dick Smith. It was a good business that was enjoying a period of sustained growth.

Michigan House Commerce Committee Members: NO on H.B. 5189

[EDITOR’S NOTE: It appears that many are still uneducated as to the realities of the value and preventive realities of video surveillance installations.] The Michigan House Commerce Committee will be hearing testimony this morning regarding HB 5189, the Jessica Heeringa law, which requires 24-hour gas stations to install costly surveillance equipment and maintain a minimum of two employees during overnight hours.

EtherWAN Systems Announces Hardened High-Power PoE Switches

California-based EtherWAN Systems recently announced the release of its EX786000 family of hardened managed Ethernet DIN rail 60-watt (W) power over Ethernet (PoE)++ switches. The EX786000 Series switch provides 4 10/100 Ethernet 802.3at ports supporting 30W per port, 2 10/100 60W PoE++ ports plus 2 Gigabit ports and is designed specifically for power-hungry outdoor high-definition (HD) pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) security cameras and outdoor wireless access points (WAP).

Kastle Systems, DC Real Estate Leaders, and Washington Met Police Department Launch Capital Shield

Kastle Systems, Washington, DC’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and prominent Washington area real estate firms launched Capital Shield, a partnership that allows MPD direct access to an interconnected network of private security cameras, floor plans, and other critical information in business locations across the city. Enabling MPD with direct access to a large new pool of video cameras and building information in times of crisis allows first responders to quickly gain the situational awareness required for responding to serious threats.

Hands-on With Homeboy: This Could Be the Best Home Security Camera Yet

Is the Homeboy, interesting product name, a DropCam replacement. Here’s an excerpt from PCWorld’s take on this potential competitor to DropCam.[SL]

If you’re looking for an IP camera for home security, you’ll want to know about Homeboy. It remedies almost every drawback I’ve seen in security cameras. It doesn’t cost a fortune. And you’ll be able to buy one soon—without having to participate in a crowd-funding campaign.

If Homeboy looks familiar, it’s because it built on the intellectual property developed for the Hive camera that garnered a lot of attention about two years ago, but that was ultimately never brought to market.

Homeboy runs on a rechargeable battery, so you can put it virtually anywhere indoors (it’s not weatherized against the elements). It eliminates the expense associated with a monitoring service that can contact an emergency dispatcher, but it delivers some of the most important benefits a paid monitoring service provides. It can function as a stand-alone device, or you can integrate it into your home-control system to trigger other devices, such as a light switch.

Are Taxpayer Funded Security Cameras in Downtown Columbia Effective?

After a weekend shooting in downtown Columbia, MO, ABC 17 News reached out to the Columbia Police Department to see if any parts of the incident had been caught on any of the security cameras downtown. The question was never answered. ABC 17 News also asked for a report showing numbers of how many crimes the cameras have helped solve to see if the taxpayer funded security system is effective.

Assessing Safety, Council Pays Another Visit to NYCHA Residents

"Fix the locks! Put up security cameras!" called out Olivia Taylor from a corner of the Breukelen Houses’ Community Center in southeast Brooklyn. Taylor interrupted the crowd’s silent focus on the City Council’s latest public housing hearing, until order was restored with several strikes of the committee chair’s gavel. Taylor was one of several public housing residents, lawmakers, and advocates who gathered at the public housing complex on September 16 for a hearing to discuss the roll out and progress of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $210.5 million plan to reduce violent crime in public housing.

Sharjah UAE to Deploy 5,000 ‘High-Tech’ Security Cameras

Sharjah City in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is planning to install 5,000 advanced security cameras on its roads and public places in a bid to curb crime and improve security, its police chief said. The cameras would be deployed on roads and near schools, hotels, and public parks, at government offices and vital installations, public utilities and other places, Humaid Al Hadidi said, quoted by Emarat Al Youm Arabic language daily.